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April 17, 2024

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Dear Steve,

DID YOU KNOW that pregnant women eating modern diets are missing key nutrients needed for them and their babies?

A study from PLOS Medicine that examined more than 1,700 women found most were missing vitamins, many found in animal protein, including B12, B6 and D, folic acid and riboflavin which are essential for the development of fetuses in the womb.

According to the lead author, "The push to reduce our dependence on animal protein to achieve net-zero carbon emissions is likely to further deplete expecting mothers of vital nutrients, which could have lasting effects on unborn children. Our study shows that almost every woman trying to conceive had insufficient levels of one or more vitamin, and this figure is only going to get worse as the world moves towards plant-based diets. People think that nutrient deficiency only affects people in underdeveloped countries, but it is also affecting the majority of women living in high-income nations."

One positive result of the study showed that quality prenatal supplements reduce vitamin insufficiencies during the preconception, pregnancy and lactational periods.

Services Update

Expanded Blood Work Options

We recently expanded our blood work wish list to give us more clues for how to best optimize you. The great thing is while the list has expanded, the cost has not, if getting it through our labs. The complete list can be found on the first page of wellness forms either for Steve or Bonnie.

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 need to be by email).

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).

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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

To screen for lifestyle and diet-related genetic predisposition, please see 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 Support

For 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 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 later December 2023.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue...
  • WC Feature* Fertility, Pregnancy, and Nursing Update
  • Men Must Prep for Fertility
  • April 20% OFF Sale
  • Case Report
  • Chiro Corner NEW!
  • Pure Genomics
  • Blog Briefs NEW!
  • Well Connect Member Benefits
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Men Must Prep for Fertility

Steve: When it comes to fertility or lack thereof, often the focus is on the woman. This must change.

New research from Andrology has demonstrated that it takes at least three months at minimum for the effects of alcohol consumption to leave the father's sperm. Because of this, it's crucial that couples planning on getting pregnant know how far in advance to stop drinking in order to prevent birth defects. When someone is consuming alcohol on a regular basis and then stops, their body goes through withdrawal, where it has to learn how to operate without the chemical present. A father's sperm are still negatively impacted by drinking even during the withdrawal process.

A study from Frontiers in Nutrition purports that dietary factors affect semen quality, and the mechanisms underlying the observed associations are likely multifactorial, involving complex interactions between diet, oxidative stress, inflammation, and hormone levels.

A study from Advances in Nutrition found that men who include at least two servings of nuts daily as part of their diet improves sperm parameters and have potential to promote successful reproductive outcomes.

A study in British Journal of Nutrition suggests that men exhibiting infertility should make sure their vitamin D levels are optimal.

Exposure to phthalates, a group of plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in many household products, was linked to a lower probability of getting pregnant, but not to pregnancy loss, according to research Environmental Health Perspectives. This affects men and women equally.

Finally, a study in Fertility & Sterility shows that frequent use of mobile phones is associated with a lower sperm concentration and total sperm count. However, researchers did not find any association between mobile phone use and low sperm motility and morphology. The authors suggest men in their fertility years keep their phones off their person as much as possible.


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Case Report

Cancer Recurrence

A 57 year-old male recently saw Steve because of cancer recurrence. He had stage four adenocarcinoma of the esophagus along with four small lesions on the liver.

He wanted complementary therapy to not only minimize side effects of conventional treatment, but improve his outcome. Given that some of the cancer was located in the esophagus, the potential for severe side effects such as painful reflux was high.

Steve immediately put him on an individualized eating and supplement plan that would not interfere with conventional treatment, as well as optimize his ability to not only breeze through treatment, but thrive.

The client followed the eating and supplement plan to the letter, and added grounding and meditation on his own. He was shocked by how great he felt throughout the treatment process. Even directly after treatment, he had little or no side effects.

After eight months, his physicians were agog when his scans showed that he was completely cancer free. They had rarely ever seen such a quick recovery, especially in someone with cancer recurrence.

Did you have a great experience working with us? Please let others know by leaving a review here.

Disclaimer: Case reports are not intended for self-healing. Case reports are for references purposes only and should be discussed with your health professional.

Chiro Corner NEW!

Helping Those With Asthma

Asthma is an inflammatory condition that increases mucus production and hypersensitivity in the airways. This contributes to a decrease in airflow, which can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and a feeling of chest tightness. Inhalers are commonly prescribed yet many still suffer and turn to Chiropractic care. sites many case studies of asthmatic patients. One article presented three patients, who were being treated conventionally with medication. They also had chiropractic manipulation twice a week for a period of 6 weeks. All three cases resulted in improvement of their symptoms in the time period of being adjusted. 

Another article was of a 12 year old who had substantial changes in her asthmatic symptoms with 10 chiropractic visits. She stopped care as was feeling better but then came back at age 17 when her symptoms crept up. Once again she improved greatly with chiropractic care. Then there was the clinical case of a 5 year old who had 5 treatments over a 3 day period. There was a quick and drastic reduction in his symptoms and he was able to reduce all of his medication over the next few months with the exception of a rescue inhaler, which he needed infrequently.

Never underestimate the power of the body to feel and work better with the help of chiropractic. This hands on approach reduces stress responses and increases repair and self healing responses, allowing for a multitude of health benefits.

Dr. Liselotte Schuster is a Holistic Family Chiropractor and has been in practice since 1989. She tailors each visit by using a variety of techniques that she feels are most effective. She loves seeing children and adults reach their full potential, trusting in the healing powers of their body. Dr. Schuster is in the same office as Bonnie & Steve Minsky as they have been in practice together for 33 years. She can be reached at (847)509-9067 or

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.

*Paid NCI Well Connect Members have free, 24-7 access to Pure Genomics. Non-paid members must first pay a one-time $25 processing fee to access results.
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