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Probiotics on the Brain

From eNewsletter 9/18/2023

DID YOU KNOW that a new study in Nutrition Reviews found a significant effect of probiotics on cognition involving populations with Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment compared to placebo?

The dosage they found effective was between 5 and 10 billion CFU/gram, which these days is considered a low dose!


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 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 Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • WC Feature: Cancer Update

  • Menu Savvy: Why You Should Eat This Protein

  • Smart Food: Broccoli

  • Brand Buzz: Whole Grain Quinoa

  • Aesthetically Speaking: Oil to Prevent Hair Loss?

  • Your Healthy Kitchen: Dishwashing Detergent Decisions

  • Wild Card: Protect Against Contrast Agents in Scans

  • eInspire: Sydney Smith

  • Action Plan of the Month: Sports Nutrition, Optimized

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Cancer Prevention Pearls

  • September 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch: Intestinal Balance

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Cancer Prevention Pearls

Steve: These most recent pearls are fascinating.

Dietary Supplements

In a very conservative cancer journal, Cancer, Cause, and Control, the June issue contained the results of a study stating that regular supplement use, including multivitamins, was associated with a decreased risk of gastric cancer risk ranging from 30-70% depending upon the type of cancer!

Vitamin D

Hailed by the authors of a JAMA Network Open study as a "game-changer," vitamin D supplementation significantly reduced the risk of relapse or death in patients with digestive tract cancer who were p53-immunoreactive. In this subgroup who had colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, or small bowel cancer, daily vitamin D supplementation (2000IU) reduced the risk of relapse or death by 73%. Overall, the 5-year relapse-free survival among those receiving vitamin D was 81% versus nearly 31% in the placebo group.

Another incredible study from Clinical Nutrition found a significant reduction of the inflammatory marker TNF-α by vitamin D3 supplementation for patients with cancer or precancerous lesions. The authors purport personalized vitamin D3 supplementation for suppressing tumor-promoting inflammatory response.

Finally, a study from Nutrients found the overwhelming majority of studies indicate that a higher level of dietary vitamin D3 and its analogues, and consequently, higher blood serum levels, inhibit the molecular landscapes of head and neck carcinogenesis and tumor progression.

Cancer Screening Tests

For those who missed last week's issue, 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".

Ultra-Processed Foods

High ultra-processed food consumption is associated with a significantly increased risk of certain site-specific cancers, especially the digestive tract and hormone-related cancers, as stated in Frontiers in Nutrition.


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