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Your Pet Deserves the Best

From eNewsletter 9/26/2022

DID YOU KNOW that according to a new study in PNAS, electrical activation of a specific nerve can promote healing in acute inflammation?

Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve has been used with encouraging results in clinical studies of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and recently long COVID.

Stimulation of the vagus nerve shifts the balance between inflammatory and specialized anti-inflammatory molecules, which promotes healing.

As you have read in this newsletter, and heard from us countless times during consultations, inflammation and its resolution plays a key role in a wide range of common diseases, including autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular diseases, among others..

For those who may benefit from vagus nerve stimulation, there is now a non-invasive way to apply stimulation. Ask us for details.


Steve Minsky MS, HWC

The clinician of the future is here now. Steve just completed his Masters of Science (MS) with honors in Health and Wellness. As a Health and Wellness Counselor, he will continue to analyze and offer solutions to optimize not only the food you eat, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More information on Steve's services.

Text Us If It Is Convenient!

We encourage text messages at (847) 498-3422.

Virus Prevention and Support

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other viruses including influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. We recommend supporting your immune system year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

or "Long COVID" Action Plan 3.0

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID" includes symptoms that can last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, follow our Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Action Plan 3.0. It is available for purchase here (password: discount2018).

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

Your Pet Deserves the Best!

Steve: Is the saying "people treat their pets better than they treat themselves" really true? Hopefully not for our clients, but there is truth to it. We can, and should, treat our pets as well as ourselves.

Just like with humans, it is difficult to provide everything your pet needs from food alone. Their diet should be augmented with a solid nutrient foundation, and when necessary, targeted nutrients. For this reason, we have taken our decades of dietary supplement expertise, performed an exhaustive search for just about every brand on the market, and found our favorite dietary supplement line for dogs and cats.

Thorne Vet

ThorneVet supplements have an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. We feel it is the most efficacious, of the highest quality, and most importantly the safest pet supplement brand.

For one week only, all ThorneVet supplements we carry are 20% OFF!

To peruse the ThorneVet line or order from our wellness shop, please visit here (to see prices, you must enter the Guest Area paywall password: discount2018).

Pet Support by Coach Care (pictured above with dog Von)

We are elated to announce that Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements. Any questions should be directed to Carolyn 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 accurately.

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • Well Connect Feature: PaleoMed Diet Updates

  • Food Focus: The Avocado

  • Genetic Update: Physical Activity

  • Brand Buzz: Cell Rejuvenator

  • FoodQ: Emotional Patterns and Kids' Food Choices

  • Green Lifestyle: Greening Your Home

  • Wild Card: Nutrition and Tendon Health

  • eInspire: Phillip Brooks

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Artificial Sweeteners Are Not Inert

  • Sept 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch - Tendons & Ligaments

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

*To get past the Guest Area paywall use password: discount2018

Artificial Sweeteners Are Not Inert

Steve: As you know, we have been vehemently against consuming artificial sweeteners, or as the industry more positively calls them, non-nutritive sweeteners.

As successful as the industry has been in the past quelling negative research, over the last several years and months, the data is coming fast and furious, and there is little they can do to stop it.

If you are one of the select few reading this that still consumes artificial sweeteners, please read further. If you have family, friends, or coworkers who still consume them, please pass this along.

A new study in Cell states that sugar substitutes are not inert and, in fact, alter human our microbiomes in a way that can change our blood sugar levels. Specifically, saccharin and sucralose significantly and negatively impacted glucose tolerance in healthy adults.

In a new study from The BMJ, researchers followed over 100,000 healthy adults, average age of 42, for over a decade. Artificial sweetener consumption was linked to a 9% higher risk of cardiovascular disease. When looking at specific types of illness, they found artificial sweetener consumption was linked to an 18% higher risk of cerebrovascular disease, conditions that affect the blood flow to the brain.

A specific type of sweetener, aspartame, was associated with a 17% increased risk of cerebrovascular events, while acesulfame potassium and sucralose were linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Here's a full list of artificial sweeteners to AVOID, so check your labels.

  • Acesulfame Potassium or Acesulfame K (brand Sunnett, Sweet One, Sweet & Safe)

  • Advantame

  • Alitame (brand Aclame)

  • Aspartame (also known as Acesulfame Potassium; brands NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Equal-Measure, Canderel, Benevia, AminoSweet, NatraTaste)

  • Aspartame-acesulfame Salt (brand Twinsweet)

  • Cyclamate (brands Sucaryl and Cologran)

  • Erythritol (brands ZSweet, Wholesome Sweeteners, Organic Zero, Zerose, Now Foods, NuNaturals, Swerve Natural Sweeteners, Truvia)

  • Isomalt (brands DiabetiSweet, ClearCut, Decomalt)

  • Neohesperidine dihydrochalcone

  • Neotame

  • Saccharin (brands Sweet’N Low, Necta Sweet, Cologran, Heremesetas, Sucaryl, Sucron, Sugar Twin, Sweet 10)

  • Sucralose (Splenda, Nevella)

We still recommend organic stevia and organic monk fruit as long as they are not mixed with any other ingredients (i.e., Pure Via contains stevia and dextrose). We still recommend sugar alcohols such as xylitol, but only if tolerated and consumed in moderation.


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