The natural products industry, organic food manufacturers and suppliers in particular, should be closely allied to all efforts at creating sustainable supply chains for business.

Developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago in Germany, homeopathy is a medicinal system inspired by the body’s propensity toward healing, preventative care and natural therapeutics. Homeopathic medicine works with the body in order to treat the causes of symptoms instead of just eliminating symptoms. In 2007, an estimated 3.9 million adults and 900,000 children used homeopathic medicine, according to the National Health Interview Survey (1).

In September, consumers and the dietary supplement industry achieved a major victory in the pursuit of good health. On September 28, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a coalition of health practitioners, scientists and manufacturers, including the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), agreed on the wording for qualified health claims for selenium against various forms of cancer.

Santiago de Chile can be a beautiful place, but one of the first things a visitor notices is that it is a city of stray dogs. They are everywhere. No one abuses them. I’ve never seen that happen even once during my two, week-long visits here. But, then, I’ve never seen anyone feed them either. Some are plumpish, but most are lean and hungry. And too many have visible ribcages pushing out against fur.

Maypro Industries will distribute Sustained Release MicroActive Curcumin. This bioavailable curcumin formulation solubilizes curcuminoids, “thereby greatly reducing particle size,” says the company. The encapsulated micronized particles are released in the stomach and small intestine.

LOWAT from InterHealth is a patent-pending, fat-targeting, weight-management ingredient derived from Piper betle and Dolichos biflorus. A recent 50-person, eight-week trial found that LOWAT “significantly reduced body weight more than twice as effectively as placebo,” said a researcher.

Enzymotec USA has launched Krill Oil+, a high-potency, pure krill oil. This oil has an increased omega content of 19%.

Helios CORP and Sunbio announced that they received new dietary ingredient (NDI) approval for EstroG-100.

Lip balm with organic Shea Butter is the newest product to debut from Out of Africa. Available in 0.15 and 0.25 ounces, this balm is 100% natural and vegan. It promotes healing with the essential fatty acids and contains vitamins such as A, E and F. The lip balm contains no sulfates, petrolatums, parabens and phthaletes and is ecofriendly and cruelty-free.