Last month, we began a discussion about the many health benefits of Pycnogenol with Frank Schönlau, Ph.D., scientific director of Horphag Research (distributor of Pycnogenol). He joins us again this month to highlight some more exciting research about how Pycnogenol supports cardiovascular health, women’s health, skincare and more.

Sunset pinked the German sky as the Codex delegates sat at their conference-room tables, a long first day already behind them, still debating health standards that will affect billions worldwide. Naturally a day filled with such debates—especially over technical language for draft guidelines for vitamin-and-mineral Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) as well as draft Principles about adding essential nutrients to foods—would trick the delegates’ sense of time as they crawled through reams of documents, making a long day seem even longer. At such times, natural health is a frequent casualty because overall vision is sacrificed on the altar of hyper-technicality. But not this time. Instead, this first day of the 35th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) saw health granted a reprieve, however provisional, as the executioners stayed their hands for reasons unknown.

How much potassium do you think you get daily? The full 4.7 g/day that the Institute of Medicine suggests? If the trend from a recent survey holds, probably 61% of you believe you consume this amount every day—and nearly all of you are dead wrong.

Ears. They’re our key to the unseen world of sound. That is why it is important to keep our ears safe and healthy. Infections, wax buildup and tinnitus can affect balance and hearing. Here are some natural ear care remedies that can keep ears funtioning at their best.

Through the years, there have been many clinical studies demonstrating a plethora of health benefits for Pycnogenol. So many, in fact, that since my first column on the antioxidant properties of Pycnogenol in 1991 (1), I have written six books about the (increasing) health benefits (2–7). Through the years, we have discussed Pycnogenol’s benefits on joints (8), the heart (9, 10), skin, (11), inflammation (12) and more. Now, we know better how Pycnogenol works to bring about these diverse health benefits.

The natural products industry is a pretty comfortable place to be. I say this as someone who unintentionally swerved into the business 36 years ago when my friends encouraged me to interview for sales manager at a start-up New England natural foods distributor. I wanted to teach classical guitar. Well, I got the job, for $150 a week. Of course, my living expenses were $140 per month for rent, and food costs were heavily subsidized by mysteriously damaged cases of Wha Guru Chews and miscellaneous organic free range grains, nuts and seeds from our warehouse and returning delivery trucks.

Have you ever had water enter your nose while swimming? The feeling is uncomfortable and often unexpected. However, more and more people are looking to cleanse their nasal passages with water to relieve their nasal symptoms. If done properly, the process isn’t uncomfortable in any way, and many find it soothing.

Last month, Jørn Dyerberg, M.D., Dr. Med. Sc., and I discussed the false report that fish oil intake was shown to be a risk factor in prostate cancer. This month, I will continue discussing this issue with longtime omega-3 expert and co-inventor of the HS-Omega-3 Index test, William Harris, Ph.D. Dr. Harris presents several reasons why we should ignore the inappropriate report and continue eating a diet rich in fatty fish and consuming supplements rich in EPA and DHA for their many health benefits.

It always happens this way. First, like an artillery barrage, comes the media attack. Then, after the enemy has been softened up, comes the main assault: the legislation. Those who would prefer that you and I suffer from ill-health and be forever chained to their miserable, drug-happy, disease-care system employ this strategy repeatedly to attack their competition: alternative medicine and supplements.