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Habits, Not Resolutions for 2023

From eNewsletter 1/2/2023

DID YOU KNOW that results of one of the few studies looking at the effect of healthy eating and COVID-19 has been published?

As reported in the December issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, of the 42,000 subjects followed, those who had healthier dietary habits when the pandemic started and stuck with them throughout had a much lower likelihood of severe infection and were much less likely to be hospitalized.

Not surprising to you or me, but these results exposed the single greatest failure of our government's pandemic response. If consistent public health messaging would have emphasized healthy eating habits, not only would the pandemic have been less severe, but we would have emerged from it with better prospects for a healthier future.

On a much more positive note, a study published in the November issue of Nutrients found that collagen peptides strengthened connective tissue proteins for joints, as well as keratin that keeps skin supple. Just as exciting was the discovery that collagen peptides reduce expression of inflammatory agents such as IL-6 and TNFa in those same areas.

Note to Paid NCI Well Connect Members: because of the New Year, today's issue is truncated.

Note to All: We Are Open Today. Click here for a Pooches' New Year's Wish!


Services Update

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

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

Pet Wellness

Our dietary supplement line for dogs and cats, ThorneVet, has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018).

Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to 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.

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US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Increase

For the second consecutive year, the US Postal Service temporarily raised their shipping rates from October 2 until January 22, 2023. For the second consecutive year, we will NOT be temporarily increasing your holiday shipping rates. They will be staying at the current pricing :)

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 January 28th

  2. Tu, Wed, TH 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook

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

Thermography Screening Friday, January 20th

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, January 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 Section


COVID-19 is endemic, meaning it is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other endemic viruses including 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 year-round with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

Well Connect Feature*

Coping With Stress Begins With Resilience *For Paid Members

2023: The Year for Optimal Wellbeing

Steve: I hope you had wonderful holidays and New Year.

I've never liked New Year's resolutions. The focus is usually just on diet, is draconian in nature, and often fails before February. I am very bullish on working on positive habits, which include much more than diet.

My training as a Health and Wellness Counselor is unique in that I can advise you on the most important habits to achieve individualized, optimal wellbeing. These include eating style and habits, genetic expression, dietary supplements, sleep quality, physical activity, emotional balance, stress management, and toxic load.

The following is an unsolicited testimonial from a client who wanted to remain anonymous but was compelled to share her experience with Nutritional Concepts.

"Improving my health with Nutritional Concepts began nearly ten years ago. At first, I had multiple dietary consults with Bonnie. Our meetings included some heated discussions and food intolerance testing. Her direction included adding supplements, dramatically reducing sugar, and adding more protein. We both thought I “graduated” to a much-improved nutritious diet.

More recently, I consulted with Steve on various wellness and health issues. He also analyzed Pure Genomics results, which were incredibly illuminating and insightful. After that, I realized his expertise could lead me to the answers I’ve sought for over ten years; how to better manage my highly sensitive personality (HSP), insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In early 2022, I wrote in my journal that my HSP was not working anymore, and I needed to search for answers. My internist suggested drugs to harness my anxiety and insomnia. I hoped to avoid medications and figured Steve would have alternative options. Steve suggested trying vagus nerve stimulation therapy provided by Gammacore Company.

While the FDA has approved this for migraine management, Steve explained there is research that indicates the 4-minute neck stimulation done twice daily could help reset my “fight or flight” parasympathetic system. In just a few weeks, the therapy enabled me to stop using any sleep medication and reduced my migraine headaches occurrences. My parasympathetic system is much calmer (yes, I can feel this, but remember, I have a highly sensitive personality).

Steve Minsky has dramatically improved my health and well-being, and I will forever be grateful. I did not want to accept that I was stuck with HSP, PTSD, and continued sleep issues. I did not want to try RX prescriptions. I worked with Steve to help find answers that served my best interests".

Whether you need counsel as an existing client, or you're completely new to the process and need a full analysis, we're here for you.

If needed, here's one positive habit tip for each wellbeing category.

  • Eating style and habits - pick one bad habit or deviation from your optimal eating style and reverse it;

  • Genetic expression - if you haven't done so already, do a 23andMe or Ancestry test and let us know when your results are ready;

  • Dietary supplements - if you are rushed in the morning, gather your supplements the evening prior;

  • Sleep quality - stop eating 3 hours before bed;

  • Physical activity - if sedentary, get up and move around once per hour;

  • Emotional balance - breathe into your diaphragm (belly button go up and down);

  • Stress management - breathe into your diaphragm (belly button should go up and down);

  • Toxic load - filter your indoor air.


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