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Washington, D.C.—American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin met with the staff of Senator Richard Durbin, (D-IL) on July 13, addressing the senator’s about the dietary supplement industry’s compliance with the federal regulated current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs).

Although chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and its cousin fibromyalgia (FMS) only affect around 2–4% of the world’s population, their debilitating symptoms have caused concern in the medical world. CFS and FMS not only cause pain for its sufferers, but they also impair sleep, mental clarity and overall wellbeing. After a three-week study, published in The Open Pain Journal, conclusions yielded that supplemental D-ribose, a key element in the production of the “energy molecule” adenosine triphosphate (ATP), can improve all affected areas.

Washington, D.C.-After more scrutiny continued over several issues in the finishing of the Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee approved the bill on July 12th with a vote of 35-11.

The debate goes back and forth, but chalk one up for the “organic is better for you” side. A study conducted at the University of Barcelona (UB) found that tomatoes grown under organic conditions contained higher levels of healthful phenolic compounds than conventional tomatoes.

Whiting, IN—The coupon-clipping public has spoken: 72% of U.S. adults would be more inclined to buy organic food items if they were less expensive than their conventionally produced counterparts. This is according to a new survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of, which polled more than 2,000 participants aged 18 and over.

One great strength you have as an independent natural products retailer is your broad selection of hard-to-find, high-quality products. But for first-time natural shoppers, this massive selection can be overwhelming.

South Plainfield, NJ—This fall, WholeFoods Magazine will debut a mobile version of its Web site,

Yonkers, NY—Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in April that it would seek to restrict the use of antibiotics in agricultural production, there has been more movement on this controversial front. Critics claim that overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, done to promote animal growth and prevent disease, can create drug-resistant strains of diseases, making antibiotics less effective for humans.

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