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April 8, 2024

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Dear Steve,

DID YOU KNOW that the allopathic perception of complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine for neurological disorders is positive, but the same old problem exists?

Researchers in Medrxiv conducted an anonymous online survey of neurology clinicians who had published articles in neurology journals. Respondents overwhelmingly perceived it to be promising in preventing, treating, and/or managing neurological diseases. Mind-body therapies received the most positive responses.

However, nearly half of clinicians did not feel comfortable counseling patients about it, and over half did not feel comfortable recommending it because of a lack of formal and supplementary training. We have seen this time and again from allopathic specialities. While the perception is positive, integration does not occur because of lack of training.

They may not want to see the conclusion of the following study from The BMJ, as it could severely hurt their bottom lines! "Physical exercise offers similar benefits for depression as psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, a new systematic review and meta-analysis suggests. Intense exercise and walking or jogging, yoga, and strength training were particularly effective".


Services Update

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 the quickest way to communicate with us. 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.

Wellness Screenings

Food Reaction Testing

Email Steve or Bonnie for authorization to get our food reaction test. For questions about the test and how to prepare, contact our office staff.

Genomics Testing

For lifestyle and diet-related genetic predisposition, go to the "Pure Genomics" section below.

Standard Blood Work

For a list of standard blood tests for new or existing clients, please go to this page and look at Steve or Bonnie's wellness forms.

Thermography Screening at Nutritional Concepts - Friday, April 26th

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 Nutritional Concepts on Friday, April 26th. 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

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.

Warning: Counterfeit, Adulterated Supplements Online

On the internet, especially at Amazon, there is an epidemic of counterfeit, adulterated, and purposely mislabeled dietary supplements. In September 2023, a man was arrested for selling counterfeit Pure Encapsulations products. A study from JAMA Network Open found that half of immune products analyzed from Amazon had labels that did not match the contents. The FDA sent a warning letter to Amazon in late December 2023.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky
In Today's Issue
  • Paid Member Content
  • WC Feature: BBB & "COVID Brain"
  • Menu Savvy: Dried Fruit
  • Smart Food: Gout Buster
  • Aesthetically Speaking: Cellulite
  • Your Healthy Kitchen: Candles
  • Wild Card: New Sinusitis Treatment
  • eInspire: Ella Fitzgerald
  • Action Plan of the Month: Reverse Reflux
  • Free Member Content
  • Did You Know?
  • Acid-Alkaline Balance
  • April 20% OFF Sale Items
  • Pure Genomics
  • Watch: Grounding
  • Loyalty Program
  • Well Connect Member Benefits
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Acid-Alkaline Balance

Steve: One of the most important ways we can limit inflammation is to make sure our diet is not overly acidic. For example, a recent study in British Journal of Nutrition found that those with the most acidic diets had a significantly higher risk of colorectal cancer.

We are susceptible to excess acidity in our diets because of excess processing, sugar and refined carbs, and over-spicing. However, being too alkaline is not desirable either because it leaves you more susceptible to infection.

Thus, the ideal balance should be 60/40 alkaline/acid foods. A new study from Frontiers in Nutrition echoes this. An 8-week study of overweight women who followed a 60/40 alkaline/acid eating style lost five percent of their body mass without loss in muscle mass, improved VO2max during exercise, and lowered triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.

So what are two simple ways to achieve a 60/40 balance?

  • Consume at least 6-8 fruit and vegetable servings daily.
  • Avoid or severely limit sugar, artificial sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates in food and beverages.

There are many more details to achieving acid-alkaline balance, but they are not "one-size-fits-all".


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How We Stack Up vs Online Retailers

Amazon 117.70 (120 gels)

Nutritional Concepts 78.16

Savings: 39.54

Amazon 66.36 (60 caps)

Nutritional Concepts 48.19

Savings: 18.17

Amazon 62.80 (250 caps)

Nutritional Concepts 40.63

Savings: 22.17

While we only used Amazon as an example, we found similar price disparities with many online retailers. We are authorized retailers of all of our brands while many online retailers are not. Our supplements come directly from the manufacturer and never encounter a third of fourth party.
Why Pure Genomics?
Pure Genomics harnesses the science of nutrigenomics so you can understand the relationship between your genes, nutrition, and wellness at the deepest level. Covering 72 genes in 11 trait categories, we've used Pure Genomics since 2015 to help clients live longer with better quality of life.

How to Get Started

  1. Order a genetic kit directly from or and send back your saliva specimen.
  2. When your results are ready, request that we set up a Pure Genomics account for you. We just need your full name, email address, and date of birth.
  3. You will receive an email invitation from Pure Genomics with a link to set up your account and instructions for how to upload 23andMe or Ancestry data.
  4. You will receive a confirmation from Pure Genomics when your report is ready and we can then set up an appointment to go over your results.

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What Is a Paid NCI Well Connect Membership?

Twice Weekly eNewsletters with Tons of Extra Content 

Long-form issues on Mondays and Wednesdays address all aspects of wellness including nutrition, mental and emotional health, physical activity, cooking, brand awareness, dietary supplements, medical breakthroughs, and much more.

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Loyalty Program
NCI Well Rewards are simple: 1 point for $1 spent on products.

How to Claim Your Well Rewards
We keep track of your points automatically. Discounts are automatically applied to your orders or you will be sent a promo code if you order online.

250 points = $5 off
500 = $10
750 = $10
1000 = $15
1500 = $15
2000 = $15
2500 = $20
Each 1000 thereafter = $25

Rewards can only be applied to dietary supplements. NCI Well Rewards start January 1 and ends December 31 of the same calendar year. We reserve the right to alter or cancel this offer at any time.

April Action Plan -

Reverse Reflux

Our 46 title Action Plan Library is available to paid NCI Well Connect Members at this page (enter password) or free subscribers can individually purchase.

Navigating Our Website

Wellness Shop

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  1. Password to log into your account. This is the password you entered when you first registered at our site. Only you know this password.
  2. Password to get past the "Guest Area" firewall: discount2018. The password will always be discount2018 unless we notify you.

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  3. Place your order online but pay offline by calling in your credit card info.

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Self-Help Action Plans

Inexpensive self-help protocols covering myriad conditions. These do not replace individualized consultations. View all 4 titles under Action Plans.

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Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, Lilo, Lori, Sharron, Cindy, Diana, Ileana and Carolyn

Nutritional Concepts Inc.

1535 Lake Cook Road, Suite 204

Northbrook, IL 60062

Phone 847-498-3422

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