Vancouver, WA—A proof of concept study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggests a branded form of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM, as OptiMSM from Bergstrom Nutrition, based here) may be beneficial for recovery after exercise.

St. Clair Shores, MI—Those caring for loved ones with cystic fibrosis (CF) are often desperate for ways to keep the air passages clear and open. Now, new research suggests magnesium supplementation could be of some help. CF is a serious, life threatening genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract, leading to lung disease.

Long Beach, NY—The aftermath of Sandy left Long Beach, NY looking like a scene from a disaster movie. This is what Bob Binder, owner of Bob’s Natural Foods in Long Beach woke up to weeks ago. His normally below-average blood pressure skyrocketed as he surveyed the damage of his own home and business as well as everyone’s ruined belongings scattered around him in his once quiet, happy seashore town. Faced with a devastated home and store flooded with three feet of water and no electricity, heat or clean water, Binder went to work gutting everything he owned in hopes of salvaging his house and his business.

Ocean, NJ; Basking Ridge, NJ—Hurricane Sandy wasn’t very kind to Dean’s Natural Food Market, New Jersey’s largest organic grocer with locations in Ocean, Shrewsbury and soon-to-open Basking Ridge. The 7,400 ft2 Ocean location was hit hardest by Sandy, with power outages and store closures for 10 days, says owner and founder Dean Nelson.

New York, NY—For more than 15 years, LifeThyme Natural Market has provided customers with the finest natural and organic products. Located in Greenwich Village, the store certainly felt the disabling effects of Hurricane Sandy. Although the store did not sustain any property damage, they were left without power for a week, resulting in the loss of many frozen and dairy products. The store was up and running as of November 3rd and was fully stocked by November 5th.

Vernon, NJ—Healthy Thymes, a small natural products store is not just another business that felt the effects of Hurricane Sandy. In the last month, the store was exposed not only to a hurricane, but also an earthquake and a snowstorm. Miraculously, physical damage was minimal at Healthy Thymes. While wind was the main culprit of damage in this area of the state, owner Dan Segal says that his store lost power for four and a half days. In that time period, Segal was forced to discard all of the products that he keeps in his 22-door refrigerator and frozen department.

We’ve all heard the numbers: millions on the East Coast go without power for weeks in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. But, there are real faces behind these figures, and many of them are our friends and colleagues in the natural products industry.

Oceanside, NY—After two weeks without power and losing five of 30 employees to displacement after the storm, Howard Chasser, owner of Jandi’s Natural Market, had no problem rolling up his sleeves and jumping on the register to ring-up and listen to his customers’ horror stories.

Woodbury, CT—Throughout the past year, Connecticut’s New Morning Market was still feeling the financial effects of the three major storms they faced last year. With Hurricane Sandy approaching, founder and owner John Pittari prepared by having all perishables items moved into his walk-in freezer.

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