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January 3, 2024

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Dear Steve,

DID YOU KNOW that a study from Nature found that a blood nutrient compound from animal protein, called trans-vaccenic acid (TVA), reprograms CD8+ T immune cells and encourages anti-tumor immunity?

The researchers suggest TVA has translational potential for the treatment of tumors. Yet another of the myriad reasons why animal protein consumption is important.

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 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).

Online Gift Cards
Giving the gift of wellness has never been easier. Order your gift cards here.
Upcoming Wellness Screenings

Food Intolerance Blood Draw

Biotrition food intolerance test blood draws are by appointment only M-FRI 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook. Text, email, or call us about how to set up your appointment.

Thermography Screening at Nutritional Concepts - Friday, January 19th

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, January 19th. 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.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue...
  • WC Feature* Biomarkers for Longevity
  • Yep Sugar is Toxic
  • January 20% OFF Sale Items
  • Case Report
  • Chiro Corner NEW!
  • Pure Genomics
  • Blog Briefs NEW!
  • Well Connect Member Benefits
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Yep Sugar Is Toxic (and all artificial forms)

Steve: One of the most important lifestyle habits you can improve upon is reduce or eliminate high sugar foods, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners.

A new study in Obesity followed children eight to 18 years old and had them replace any food that contained added sugar and replaced it with food that had starch. They didn't just remove sweets. For example, chicken with teriyaki sauce is high in added sugar. Sweetened yogurts are high in added sugar. All of these foods were removed and replaced, but the number of calories stayed the same.

In as little as nine days, the subjects fasting blood sugar levels dropped by 53%, along with the amount of insulin their bodies produced. Their triglyceride and LDL levels also declined and, most importantly, they showed less fat in their liver.

Of course, the starchy food the subjects were eating is still not considered healthy, but simply removing sugar from the equation had that dramatic of an effect. The authors were emphatic in stating that "sugar is toxic irrespective of its calories and irrespective of weight".

Distinctions need to be made. Naturally occurring sugar in fruit and vegetables are NOT toxic, as shown in a recent study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study found that intakes of total glucose equivalents, total sugar, added sugar, and fructose from added sugar and juice were associated with higher coronary heart disease risk, but naturally occurring fructose from fruits and vegetables were NOT.

Not to be outdone, artificial sweeteners took a beating last year by research journals and the media for their toxic effects. One source, erythritol, thought to be the darling of the artificial sweetener industry, is also in freefall. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced last week that it has reevaluated the safety profile of erythritol, pinpointing concerns over its laxative effects.

While a very difficult habit to break because of its extremely addictive nature, eschewing high sugar foods, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners can have the most rapid, beneficial, and measurable effect on your overall health.


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Case Report

DEXA Scan Shocker

Bonnie: A 73 year-old female came in to see me three years ago presenting with a broken ankle and osteoporosis in her lower back.

She was consuming gluten even though she was intolerant to it. So we agreed that she would go off gluten until her next DEXA scan.

I also put her on a targeted supplement plan to address bone formation, resorption, and reduce inflammation.

Moreover, I suggested that she consistently perform weight-bearing exercise.

This month, I received an email from her saying, "I just received the results of my dexascan and learned that my bone density increased 9.1%. This is without fosamax or any other medication!"

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!

Changed Life From Chiropractic

The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the case study of a 36 year old man who had left leg pain for 14 years, stress, eye pain, gastritis, ulcers, nervousness, depression, lack of concentration and a general loss of interest in daily life.

He smoked, drank in excess, did not exercise, and regularly ate a sub-optimal diet. The authors of this case report noted that "patients under chiropractic care tend, as their misalignments reduce, to spontaneously take up lifestyle changes or health enhancing activities.”

That’s exactly what happened with this man. At the 6 month period, the patient reported that he was physically pain-free and did not have to use medications. His overall health improved 100% with many positive lifestyle changes. He ate better, stopped smoking, began listening to classical music and started a routine of relaxation, deep breathing and regular exercise.

It’s amazing what the body can do when there is a better balance within the nervous system. That’s why it’s important for adults and children to be checked regularly for spinal subluxations. Chiropractic makes sure that all systems and nerve signals are working properly, for positive changes to occur. What health condition are you ready to let Chiropractic care help you with?

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.
eNews Blog Briefs

Epigenetics: Can We Control Our Genes?

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.

Pure Genomics Wellness Screening
Results are free. Analysis with Steve or Bonnie is a separate fee.

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