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Cancer Screening Efficacy

From eNewsletter 9/11/2023

DID YOU KNOW that the results of a new study examining whether cancer screenings extend lives was shocking?

According to a study of 2.1 million subjects published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine, the only screening extending life years was colorectal cancer screening with sigmoidoscopy, which "may extend life by approximately 3 months". The other screenings examined were breast, lung, and prostate.

The authors conclude that except for colorectal screening, "current evidence does not substantiate the claim that common cancer screening tests save lives by extending lifetime." Wow.


Services Update

Update on Call Tea

At long last, Calli Tea is available, albeit in small quantities (boxes of 10 teabags, not the usual 60).

The bad news? We will no longer be stocking Calli Tea.

The good news? You can order it directly as a guest from Just go to the website and type "Calli® Original 10 Bags" into the search box. It costs about $24 with shipping for 10 bags

Once again, we are no longer stocking it, so any further questions should be directed to Sunrider.

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 September 9th

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

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

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: Heart Health Update

  • Did You Know? Meds: New Alopecia Drug

  • Genetic Update: Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  • Brand Buzz: Dark Chocolate with Protein

  • Tech for Wellness: Computer Problems

  • Mental Minute: Depression and the GABA Pathway

  • Wild Card: Foster Your Kid's Resilience

  • eInspire: Brice Marden

  • Action Plan of the Month: Sports Nutrition, Optimized

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • The Latest for Heart Health

  • September 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch: Intestinal Balance

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

The Latest in Heart Health

Steve: Here is the latest on how we can protect our cardiovascular system.

Gut Microbiome

"The gut microbiome modulates heart failure pathophysiology, contributes to disease progression and therapeutic responses, and holds promise as a novel biomarker," the authors of a Journal of the American College of Cardiology

study note. "Interactions among the gut microbiome, diet, and medications offer potentially innovative modalities for management of patients with heart failure," they add.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attacks among people aged over 60, according to a clinical trial in The BMJ.

Taking higher doses of vitamin D3 for five years reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation in older men and women, according to a study in American Heart Journal. The risk of atrial fibrillation was 27% lower in the 40 micrograms (1600 IU) group and 32% lower in the 80 micrograms (3200 IU) group compared to the group taking 20 mcg (800 IU).

In a study from Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics examining subjects aged 40 years or younger, vitamin D deficiency (less than 25) and vitamin D insufficiency (25-49) had worse cardiovascular disease outcomes than vitamin D sufficiency status (50 or above).

Heavy Metals

Chronic exposure to low levels of lead, cadmium and arsenic through commonly used household items, air, water, soil and food is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new statement in the Journal of the American Heart Association.


Not that it should shock anyone, but regular physical activity and exercise can induce major beneficial effects in the context of both primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention. Notably, there are numerous biological mechanisms supporting exercise-induced cardiovascular benefits involving not only the heart tissue but also the metabolic and inflammatory milieu, according to the results of a study in European Heart Journal.

A study of more than 15,000 people presented at ESC Congress 2023 has found that physical fitness is linked with a lower likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation and stroke.


In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, daily intake of blueberry powder, equivalent to 178 grams of fresh blueberries, improves vascular and cognitive function and decreases 24 hour ambulatory systolic blood pressure in healthy older individuals.

Mobile Phones

Adults who spent that at least a half-hour per week on their mobile phone to place phone calls at their ear had a 12% increased risk of developing hypertension, whereas those who spent more than 6 hours weekly had a 25% increased risk, compared with a weekly usage time of under 5 minutes, according to a study from European Heart Journal: Digital Health.


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