The drug companies had a problem. They always have a problem, but this one looked huge. For some time, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whistleblower had been helping Brian Hooker, Ph.D., uncover data manipulation by the CDC that showed deliberate suppression of scientific evidence linking autism to vaccines among African-American babies.

Jam-packed lanes. Backups forcing long lines of people to inch forward at a snail’s pace. Rubber-necking at something surprising on the sidelines. Nope, I’m not talking about my typical commute on New Jersey’s notoriously crowded highways. I’m describing the busiest aisles of Natural Products Expo West 2015, held March 5–8 in sunny Anaheim, CA.

Jonny Bowden

Here's what Jonny Bowden says you should do about buying herbal supplements in light of NYAG's findings.

FDA Law Steven Shapiro

What can be done about class action lawsuits?

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The New Year once again promises to be a full industry roller coaster for everyone from supply side to consumer. I thought that I would be spending most of January gathering data, reporting on year-end, and ensuring that everything is in order to close 2014 activities. In addition to these things, I find myself running full pace into 2015 and examining a number of opportunities that our industry may be facing this year. While in many ways they remain the same challenges of competition, growth, and access to product, what is different is the pace.

Want to enjoy sexual intimacy without having to worry about the harmful chemicals in the products you are using? Natural intimacy products may be your best choice to restore and ignite sexual vitality for you and your partner.

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The two recent actions by Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, against eight (and counting?) companies selling botanical products in retail outlets in New York serves as a reminder of a couple of harsh truths for industry:

You spend your days helping others achieve optimal health, but what about your store? As the old adage goes, it is always the cobbler’s children that have no shoes. So, with March in full swing, and your vitamin and supplement sales at their annual peak, now is a good time to plan how you will optimize your slower summer months. Here are a few things you can think about to help get your store in good shape—optimal health, if you will.

Last month, we began our discussion about magnesium being one of the most important nutrients with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D. We examined how magnesium is involved in nearly every chemical reaction in the body that requires energy to proceed. Paramount is magnesium’s role in activating adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP)—a biochemical that Dr. Rosanoff called the “Battery of Life.”