We hear the term “free radical” almost on a daily basis in news reports and magazine articles. Given their potential to have a major impact on health, it’s important to have a firm grasp of what they are and how we can prevent the damage they can inflict on our bodies.

Merchandising Insights

You know the feeling. You’ve just packed out your big order, or cut in space on your shelves for that hot new line, or built a promotional end cap for your monthly specials. Row upon row of neatly faced products beam brightly back at you. “Picture perfect!” you say to yourself.

There are so many ways consumers are getting information about health that they look to you, not as a salesperson, but as an information specialist.

Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

We have discussed the importance of the “advanced” carnitine called GPLC (GlycoCarn, from Sigma-tau HealthScience, Inc.) in previous columns with both cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, M.D., and exercise physiologist, Richard J. Bloomer, Ph.D.

Industry members will never forget the day they learned Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.  

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Baseball has long been our nation’s pastime, yet we read comparatively little about the importance that nutrition plays in the sport. Many thousands of Americans actively participate professionally or recreationally in baseball, while millions more enjoy the relaxation and wholesome entertainment that the sport provides.

Tips

First, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threw Warning Letters at three companies marketing dietary-supplement drinks in sizes too large and with names too suggestive. A few days later, the FDA’s draft Guidance on this same issue was cast upon the world. Confusion now reigns as the magic words on the label seem to have lost their protective powers.

For years, “Table for two, non-smoking” has been part of the regular vernacular for restaurant goers.