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Calorie-Free Caffeine

From eNewsletter 10/16/2023

DID YOU KNOW that a new study in BMJ Medicine found that calorie-free caffeine can reduce body fat and type 2 diabetes risk because of its thermogenesis effect?

The reason the researchers were so insistent on referring to calorie-free caffeine is that when caffeine beverages were accompanied with milk, alternative milk, or caloric sweetener, there was no thermogenesis benefit.

Other recommendation from this study:

  1. If you have a genetic predisposition for caffeine intolerance, the results do not apply to you because you should be avoiding caffeine as much as possible.

  2. This study was not just about coffee. Other calorie-free caffeinated beverages apply.

  3. If you cannot tolerate coffee because of GERD or a digestive disorder, you can get still get caffeine from yerba mate, tea and caffeinated water.

A Special Message From All of Us at Nutritional Concepts

If you, or anyone you are close to, have been affected by the war in Israel, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and are here for you if you need it during this extremely difficult time.


Services Update

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

As a Health and Wellness Counselor, Steve analyzes and offer solutions to optimize human functioning not only with food, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.

Text Us If It Is Convenient at (847) 497-0902

Text is quickest way to get communicate with us. Type (847) 497-0902. Questions for Bonnie do not apply.

Pet Wellness

Our dietary supplement line for dogs and cats, ThorneVet, has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. Carolyn Martinelli "Coach Care" can answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at Please leave detailed contact information as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accordingly. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018).

Online Gift Cards

Giving the gift of wellness has never been easier. Order your gift cards here.

Upcoming Wellness Screenings

Food Intolerance Blood Draw

Options to set up a Biotrition food intolerance test blood draw. By appointment only:

  1. One Saturday per month at Biotrition in Glenview - next date October 28th

  2. M-FRI 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook

Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.

Thermography Screening Friday, October 20th

October is Breast Health Awareness Month. Eniko is offering $25 off to new clients who are getting a breast scan or $50 off to new clients getting a 1/2 body or full body scan in the month of October.

For those interested in an upper torso or whole body thermography scan, please book your session by emailing: (tell Eniko you would like to schedule your thermography scan at Schuster Chiropractic on Friday, October 1th. She will get back to you with times available, type of scan; openings are limited and first come first serve). To find out more about thermography, please read the following.

Infection Section


Year-round infection is the new normal. We are exposed to many endemic viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • WC Feature: Future of Personalized Screening

  • Menu Savvy: Kids Who Skip Breakfast

  • Smart Food: Watermelon

  • Brand Buzz: Sea Salt with Iodine

  • Aesthetically Speaking: Feminine Products

  • Your Healthy Kitchen: Improve Kitchen Air Quality

  • Wild Card: The Pill Pause

  • eInspire: Leo Tolstoy

  • Action Plan of the Month: Improve Your Mood

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Stress Update

  • October 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch: Processed Meat Sensitivity

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Stress in Men and Women Differ

Steve: A new study from Cell Reports discovered that a subcategory of brain cells responds to stress in a totally different manner in males and females. One deduction made from this study is that men are more vulnerable to chronic stress than women.

Believe it or not, this is a first-of-its-kind study, which is incredible when you think about it. The findings will lead to a better understanding of health conditions affected by chronic stress, such as anxiety, depression and even obesity and diabetes, and will pave the way toward more personalized therapies.

Another study from Cell Reports found that when you're under stress, your brain may release its own cannabinoid (CBD) molecules to calm you, activating the same brain receptors as THC derived from cannabis plants. A key emotional brain center, the amygdala, releases cannabinoid molecules under stress that dampen the incoming stress alarm from the hippocampus, a memory and emotion center in the brain.

For those under constant "fight or flight" stress, there is no endless supply of your own cannabinoids, which is why some find supplemental CBD as helpful for anxiety and stress.


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