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Sun, Skin Aging, and Genetics

From eNewsletter 6/28/2023

DID YOU KNOW that zinc is the second most abundant trace element in the human body, exerting a critical role in many physiological processes such as cellular proliferation, transcription, apoptosis, growth, immunity, mood, blood sugar balance and wound healing? Zinc is essential for many enzymes and transcription factors, thus making it essential for the central nervous system. Synaptic zinc in the brain is necessary for neural transmission, playing a pivotal role in neurogenesis, cognition, memory, and learning. Data from a study in Nutrients suggest that zinc deficiency is associated with several central nervous system disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.


Services Update

Double Sale Week Ends Friday! Sale ends Friday June 30th, so please take advantage of the 20% OFF items for July and June. 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.

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.

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 July 15th

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

Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment. Thermography Screening Friday, July 14th 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 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

In Today's Issue...

  • WC Feature* Skin Health Update

  • Reactions to the Sun Vary

  • July & June 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Case Report

  • Chiro Corner NEW!

  • Pure Genomics

  • Blog Briefs NEW!

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Reactions to the Sun Vary

Steve: We were agog by anthropologists' Nina Jablonski and George Chaplin findings that over millennia, skin color has been shaped more by conflicting demands from folate and vitamin D than the strength of the sun's rays. Until now, we were unaware some folate is destroyed by the sun’s ultraviolent (UV) radiation. Whereas the skin kickstarts production of vitamin D after being exposed to those same rays. Hence, the balancing act: we must protect folate and produce vitamin D because both are essential for evolutionary fitness. So humans need a happy medium dosage of sun that satisfies both. While the intensity of UV rays is dictated by geography, the amount actually penetrating your skin depends on your degree of genetics, pigmentation, or skin color. It’s thought that dark skin is better at impeding the breakdown of folate because it contains higher amounts of melanin, a dark-brown pigment that absorbs UV rays and chemically disarms their harmful by-products. Vitamin D can be made in the skin, but only when the process is initiated by certain wavelengths of UV rays. Away from the tropics, for most of the year, there is not enough UV of the right wavelength for skin cells to form vitamin D. So, to get sufficient vitamin D year-round in high latitude places like Boston, people have to rely on body-stores built up during the summer months or acquire the nutrient through food and supplements. But the darker your skin, the harder it is to maintain adequate vitamin D. So what should we do with this information? The recommendation of 15 minutes per day of sun exposure without sunscreen when possible is ideal. Of course this is not possible for many of us because of where we live. Thus, testing our vitamin D3 levels, knowing our genetic variation, and supplementing properly is essential. For those living in a warm climate year-round, especially those with darker skin, and for all who have strong genetic mutations of the MTHFR folate genes, taking folate in activated form (in a multi or separately) would probably be a good recommendation. Genetic Note for Skin Aging If you want to know how to mitigate negative expression of your genetic mutations related to skin aging, look at your folate, detoxification, collagen, vitamin D, and IL-17 genes, all of which are in our Pure Genomics report.


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