When my kids were growing up in the 1970s, my wife could always consult the teachings of our friend, pediatrician Lendon Smith, M.D. His advice helped us through many of the problems common to children of all eras. Mothers can always use the good advice of seasoned pediatricians who are also well educated in orthomolecular medicine as well as conventional medicine. Pediatrician Ralph Campbell, M.D., has taken the time to pass along some of his sage advice to today’s mothers in his new book, The Vitamin Cure For Children’s Health Problems.

There were 20 of them, cute and innocent as could be. The farmer raised his shotgun and pumped one shot after another into each one of them, killing every last piglet, and their mothers too. This was heart-wrenching for the farmer, but he knew he had no choice since the State of Michigan was about to descend upon him with a SWAT-style team intending to arrest him as a felon if any of his pigs were found alive on his property. His crime? Harboring an animal that the State had designated as an “invasive species”. And this farmer’s tragedy was not the only one to play out in the State; there were thousands of others facing similar dilemmas.

P.L. Thomas joined forces with grower/processor Just the Berries to offer black currant ingredients for supplements, grocery and personal care applications. Says P.L. Thomas, this black currant is different “because of the large volumes of condition-specific and pharmokinetic research that has been carried out using their unique black currant products.”

Capsugel has released a new plant-based capsule made from pullulan, fermented from tapioca. Plantcaps capsules are an “important option for customers distributing organic supplements in the United States, which restricts organic labeling language on organic ingredients encapsulated in other non-pullulan polymers,” says the company. Capsules are clear.

Lonza now offers DHAid, a vegetarian algae DHA product with enhanced stability and taste. The line includes DHAid FNO-350, an oil with 350 mg of DHA/gram for food applications. DHAid CL-400 is a clear oil delivering 400 mg of DHA/gram for dietary supplements. Last, DHAid Dry is a dry powder blend for special nutrition beverages.

Vancouver, WA—Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural sulfur well known in the joint health arena. Now, a patented form (OptiMSM from Bergstrom Nutrition) may have a unique new application: helping to keep personal care products fresh and efficacious.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

New York, NY—Krill oil supplier Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., based in Quebec, Canada, brought out a new secret weapon during a media lunch at SupplySide Marketplace in May.

When it comes to the biggest organ in our bodies, shoppers should know how to keep their skin naturally hydrated and healthy. Here, we pinpoint seven impressive ingredients that may not be familiar to everyone, but will ultimately help moisturize the one organ that people actually see.