Despite the popular mythology surrounding the “unregulated dietary supplement industry,” the reality is that both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have significant regulatory authority over the marketing of supplements. FDA’s primary jurisdiction covers product labels and labeling while FTC is focused on product advertising. There can be significant overlap between “labeling” and advertising, as the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act considers labeling to be any material directly connected to the sale of any regulated product—including dietary supplements.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.” —Henry Ford

Joy and sorrow! First, the joy. This month, October 2014, I take great pride in having the legendary Professor Fred A. Kummerow, Ph.D., as our interviewee.

Be it from a simple headache or chronic condition, many people’s first reaction to pain is to seek relief from pain medication. While conventional drugs are effective for many, there are also side effects. In one survey, 68% of participants reported experiencing two or more negative side effects while taking pain medication, confusion and nausea being the most common (1). For those wary of these side effects, there are several alternative natural pain relievers with minimal side effects. While none of these can be said to outright cure any ailments, there is scientific and anecdotal evidence suggesting that these can match the effects of traditional pain medication.

Over 11,150 Facebook comments. Within 48 hours of the initial post, that’s how many fans turned to the Annie’s Facebook page to voice their opinions over the announcement that General Mills was buying the 25-year-old company.

For years, Vitamin K was the Rodney Dangerfield of vitamins. You can almost picture it sitting around a table with all the other fat-soluble vitamins (like E, A and D), pulling on it’s tie and saying “I don’t get no respect.”

But that was then and this is now.

Just the mere mention of genetically engineered (GE) foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) today makes us think about science gone awry. The terms leave such a bad taste in our mouths that we often forget about the science behind it. What if nature has been modifying its genome for millennia before scientists accelerated the process? Are there species of plants we eat today that were developed from nature’s laboratory?

The U.S. government recommends that men and women between the ages of 31 and 50 get two and a half to three cups of vegetables a day, a goal that many nationwide are failing to meet. The nutrient content of vegetables provides a variety of benefits, from maintaining immune health to potentially lowering the risk of stroke and certain cancers (1). If you want to reach the vital recommended daily amount of veggies or simply want to increase vegetable content in your diet, there’s an option that may be flying under your radar: green superfoods. These powdered mixtures of healthy greens boast the nutritional content of the healthiest vegetables available, all in a simple, versatile package.

Please take a careful look at the photo nearby. Notice the not-so-subtle LARGE numbers for the produce this conventional supermarket carries, and the teeny-weenie numbers for its “competitors.”