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From eNewsletter 10/30/2023

DID YOU KNOW that supplementation of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a substance synthesized in all cells of the body which is necessary for synthesis of ATP (energy to all cells), can be beneficial for many, even those with severe medical issues?

According to a study in Food and Function, CoQ10 supplementation showed a beneficial effect on heart function in heart failure patients, and reducing mortality and hospitalizations. Energy starvation of the heart due to CoQ10 deficiency causes stiffening of the heart walls in the left ventricle and results in impaired filling of the heart, or diastolic dysfunction. Fatigue or lack of energy is a common symptom of diastolic dysfunction.

A study from The Lancet's eClinicalMedicine purports that those with multiple system atrophy, a rare genetic disease, have significantly less atrophy when taking a CoQ10 supplement compared to placebo.

Note: Statin-induced CoQ10 deficiency is the probable cause of the most commonly reported side effects of statins: muscle pain, exercise intolerance, and fatigue.


Services Update


You have until the end of the day on Tuesday, October 31st to get sale items for November and October. See website for details.

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.

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We're in the last few months of 2023, so this is your reminder to stock up to take advantage of your loyalty rewards. We track and apply discounts as you achieve certain dollar thresholds, but feel free to ask us if you qualify for a loyalty discount or are close to one. NOTE: all accounts reset to zero in 2024, so get your orders in before the end of the year.

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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).

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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 TBD

  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 Infection 2.0 Protocol here.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

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  • WC Feature: Chronic Pain Update

  • Menu Savvy: Soybean Oil

  • Mythbuster: Cold Weather Makes You What?

  • Brand Buzz: Safe Pans

  • Intelligently Active: How Much Weight Does it Take?

  • Mental Minute: Brain Clutter

  • Wild Card: Children Who Are Close to Their Parents

  • eInspire: Charles Babbage

  • Action Plan of the Month: Improve Your Mood

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Optimize Joint Support

  • Nov & Oct 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch: Healthy Halloween Treats

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Optimize Joint Support

Steve: If you've seen me for a chronic pain or arthritis, you've probably heard my spiel about protecting your synovial fluid.

Synovial fluid is the gel like substance between your bones that allow fluid movement. When synovial fluid hardens like cement, you will not move fluidly and arthritic pain often follows. A new study from Biointerphases just elucidated this.

The most important thing you can do to keep your synovial fluid gel-like is to limit sedentary behavior. The longer you sit, the more hardened your synovial fluid becomes. That is why when you sit for long periods and get up you feel so creaky. Sedentary behavior, hour after hour, day after day, and year after year leads to chronic pain and arthritis.

Hence, my rule of thumb is to never sit longer the 30-60 minutes. Even if you only get up for a few seconds and then sit down, it is beneficial for staving off arthritic pain.

What if you already have arthritis and pain?

There are many options that should be individualized. However, the results of a new Frontiers in Nutrition study showed that levels of glutathione in the synovial fluid were lower in patients with severe arthritis than mild arthritis. Moreover, low vitamin D levels were significantly associated with the high levels of inflammatory oxidants.

Subjects with low levels of glutathione and vitamin D were given hyaluronic acid injections with vitamin D, which significantly reduced the oxidative stress status in synovial fluid, attenuated knee pain, and improved knee function.

Hyaluronic acid is an important component of synovial fluid and other connective tissue. The new study from Biointerphases purported that those with arthritis have decreased levels of hyaluronic acid.


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