In August, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the latest research on vitamin D and the flu. This month, we will discuss Dr. Cannell’s hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency is a trigger for autism and other childhood diseases of modern civilization.

Ever notice how a particular task can be tiring, but the minute you switch to something else, you’re full of energy? Where did your fatigue go? Our minds have surprising power to quickly change our intensity levels and emotions. In retailing, when Labor Day arrives, if you’ve been away on vacation, it’s really tough to immediately click back into work mode. And, if you haven’t had a vacation, it’s doubly hard to stay in the groove when everyone else around you is rested and refreshed. What can you do? Change helps wake up our spirits. Here are a few ideas to help you re-energize your store and yourself in the process.

Soy-Free Phosphatidyl Serine 60% Powder has been launched by NutriScience Innovations, LLC. Derived from sunflower lecithin, the ingredient avoids the issue of soy as an allergen in supplement products, according to the company. Phosphatidyl Serine plays an important role in cognitive health, especially in aging individuals.

New from LycoRed is a natural beta-carotene color called Lyc-O-Beta 1% CWS. Lyc-O-Beta is available in a powder that instantly dissolves when mixed with cold water. The heat-stable ingredient provides a natural and vibrant color and ensures the daily dietary requirement for vitamin A.

We all need to treat ourselves from time to time. Some people do it with chocolate; others with a shopping trip. But, many crave a trip to the spa, where they can relax and rejuvenate in the lap of luxury.

On June 24, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, H.R. 2359. This is the second time that this trio of legislators has introduced a bill by this name, and the bill could potentially have a major impact on the cosmetics industry.

The Seaweed Bath Co. has made additions to its Wildly Natural line of seaweed-based products. The new items are Seaweed Body Cream, combining ingredients like shea butter, kukui oil and argan oil, and Seaweed Shampoo, which blends seaweed extract with Moroccan argan oil and vitamin E. Each of the company’s products are formulated with nutrient-rich seaweed harvested in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Now in an easy-to-use squeeze tube, derma e’s Psorzema Body Wash allows for a quicker, cleaner application. With a blend of herbal extracts and skin vitamins such as neem, burdock, bearberry, chamomile and vitamins A and E, this pH balanced formula helps calm, rebalance and nourish irritated skin. The product also does not contain steroids, coal or pine tars.

Pads, tampons and pantyliners have just been released by Emerita. Tampons are chlorine-free, fragrance-free and 100% organic cotton. And, pads are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, chloride-/dioxin-free and made from 100% natural cotton. The company also offers feminine cleansing and moisturizing wash and cloths.