March 2010

What are you doing about the new cGMP requirements?

March 22, 2010

In June 2007, the FDA published its current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) guidelines for dietary supplements. In my personal estimation, the FDA is not asking for anything unreasonable. Essentially, the guidelines are for safe, responsible manufacturing practices.

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Am I pharmacovigilante?

March 17, 2010

I came across this Candian study http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/10/8 wherin the researchers interviewed people who had self reported adverse reactions to natural health products (NHP), which included “…vitamins (regardless of source), minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, Ayurvedic medicines, Native North American medicines, traditional herbal remedies and homeopathic medicines.” Specifically, the researchers wanted to understand, when people had an […]

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Trolling for news

March 15, 2010

Increasingly,traditional Chinese herbs are showing up in the news.  Sometimes good, sometimes bad, often times misrepresented. My request to all of you, if you see an article, or news report, or blog post, or even a really interesting looking advertisement about Chinese herbs, send me the link.  Chances are pretty good that I am going […]

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It Never Gets Old!

March 12, 2010

When I read articles like this one on Goodkin by Adrienne Breaux, it makes me remember why I got into this business. It really does make my heart do a little dance to know that someone out there has come to feel better because of a product I had a hand in. My personal favorite […]

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Insomnia Relief: Natural Solutions to a Common Problem

March 11, 2010

Arming yourself with common sense solutions to insomnia can be your best weapon against sleepless nights. A few simple strategies may be your best defense against the trappings of prescription sleep aids.

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What about Organic Herbs?

March 4, 2010

I often here the question, “Do you use organic herbs to make your products?” No. And I’ll tell you why. Most of the herbs we need to make our products are grown in China. And the plants we need are very particular about where they are grown.Even within China, the herb quality is often dependent on […]

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Always…. Never…. What’s a consumer to do?

March 2, 2010

This British article was brought to my attention this morning. Once again, sensationalism sells- if you read the article, you’ll notice that it has painfully little to do with the headline. In fact, upon reading the headline, I was all set to start bashing the article as once again being irresponsible journalism. But upon reading […]

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