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Great Meals Junky Snacks

From eNewsletter 10/4/2023

DID YOU KNOW that although some hearing loss is considered normal as we age, levels of hearing loss in the US are expected to double in the coming years?

An interesting new study from PLOS Biology has identified that reduced levels of cholesterol affects the ability of the outer hair cells in the ears to amplify sounds.

When supplementing with plant-based sterols (phytosterols) that improved levels of cholesterol, hearing improved. Given that many people are now prescribed statins to reduce their cholesterol levels to lower levels than ever, it may be that the statins are also impacting their hearing. More research on this issue to come.

ALERT: Why purchase high quality supplements like Pure Encapsulations and Metagenics through a licensed reseller and not Amazon? A man was arrested last week for selling $130,000 of counterfeit Pure Encapsulations supplements!


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

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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. MON-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 20th. 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 Support

Prevention or During Infection 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

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  • October 20% OFF Sale Items

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Great Meals Junky Snacks?

Steve: A study just published in European Journal of Nutrition reminds of us of something that we do not discuss with you as much as we should. The benefits of healthy meals can be derailed by consuming unhealthy and unbalanced snacks.

Snacking is not unhealthy, as long as the snacks are healthy. People who eat high-quality snacks like nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables, and lean protein are more likely to have a healthy weight.

A quarter of the participants in this study reported eating healthy main meals and poor-quality snacks, which were associated with leaving them feeling hungrier, higher visceral fat mass, and higher triglycerides concentrations, all of which are associated with metabolic disease such as stroke, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

The average daily snack intake in the subjects who snacked was 2.28 snacks, with 47% of people eating two snacks a day and 29% of people eating more than two.

The most popular snacks consumed were cookies, fruit, nuts and seeds, cheese and butter, cakes and pies and granola or granola bars. The greatest contribution to calorie intake were cakes and pies, granola and granola bars, ice cream and frozen dairy desserts, donuts and pastries, candy, cookies and brownies.

The timing of the snacking can also be crucial. Snacking between dinner and bedtime was associated with poorer blood markers compared to all other snacking times. Snackers at this time tended to eat foods higher in fat and sugar.

The best advice we can give regarding snacks is if you eat them, never eat a carbohydrate alone. If you have a piece of fruit or vegetable, balance it with lean protein (hard boiled egg) or healthy fat (6-8 nuts). Try to avoid grains and especially sugar of any kind as snacks.


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