natural social media

Chicago, IL—Experts believe promotional posts should comprise only 20% or less of a business’s social media content. What about the remaining 80%? To help create informative, balanced content for natural products retailers, The Shelton Group (a public relations firm, based here) is now offering a social media service called The Organic Social Club.

depression curcumin

Chester, NJ—A recent clinical trial published in Phytotherapy Research indicated that a high-absorption curcumin (BCM-95 from Dolcas Biotech, based here) had similar effects as a generic form of Prozac (fluoxetine) on depression, sans the adverse effects.

Green Zebra Portland

Portland, OR—Portland Business Journal is reporting that a new natural products convenience store chain could take Portland by storm this fall.

diabetes supplement

Silver Spring, MD—On July 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is taking steps to remove dietary supplements from the market that it says are associated with illegal health claims. The agency sent warning letters to 15 companies it feels are making illegally marketed diabetes products, insisting the firms respond sufficiently and correct violations within 15 days. Otherwise, FDA may seize products or file for criminal prosecution.

 

Although her passion for the issue is commendable, I respectfully disagree with most of Claudia David-Roscoe’s remarks (in response to NPA president Jeff Wright's opinion piece) regarding the proposed Natural Products Association (NPA) bylaw.

Paul Bennett

In June, industry said a sad goodbye to a friend and leader. Paul Bennett passed away at the age of 59 due to a heart attack.

fish oil prostate cancer

Seattle, WA—In mid-July, researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center published an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute claiming that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood were associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

fancy food

If it’s hot, humid and June, it must be the time for the Fancy Food show in the Javits.  Sure enough, in June 2013, I arrived at the entrance doing a good imitation of a human puddle. Thankfully, it took no time at all to see my first genuine trend of the day; the second generation of thirst quenchers. They quenched but also set the theme for the days; food and drink that soothe the spirit, the mind and the body.

embria epicor

Embria Health Sciences just added four Olympic medals and one World Cup championship to its team.