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Vitamin Angels Reach The Unreachable

While here at home we constantly debate the merits of supplementation in underdeveloped nations …. One third of all childhood deaths are caused by undernutrition. We can change that. For young children, essential nutrients help build the foundation for good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives. Vitamin Angels is dedicated to […]

Reader’s Digest Must Be On Crack—Suggests Benefits of Vitamins Folk Tale

Given all the vitamins NBN has taken since the 1980’s if the Reader’s Digest story is accurate, I must have died a hundred deaths by now. Read the links below. Or just ignore the folks who must be on somebody’s payroll. Or maybe just supremely stupid. http://drugstorenews.com/story.aspx?id=133561&menuid=793  http://www.naturalproductsmarketplace.com/articles/2010/03/crn-counters-readers-digests-vitamin-myths.aspx  http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100255816  http://nutritionbusinessjournal.com/alternative-medicine/news/11-18-study-deals-a-second-blow-vitamin-e-c/

FDA Drafts Guidelines to Regulate Supplements, Herbs as Drugs

Once again the FDA has issued guidelines that would allow it to regulate non-toxic, supplements and herbal products. This Monday the FDA announced via a document posted on its website a new “guidance” document, plans to reclassify virtually all vitamins, supplements, herbs and even vegetable juices as FDA-regulated drugs. Massage oils and massage rocks will […]

Vitamin E, Echinacea Continue to Lose Sales

As regular readers of NBN know (and if you’re not a regular reader get with it!) starting in 2005 and continuing in 2006 the media was rife ongoing reports over the inefficacy of nutritional supplements with Vitamin E and Echinacea bearing the brunt of the bad press. Studies about these were widely reported, overstated and […]

Chromium Gets FDA Approval—Health Claim for Diabetes Approved

In case you think chromium is just for the fenders on cars built before 1980, think again. A recent FDA ruling allowing qualified health claims for chromium picolinate might mean you’ll see cereal boxes touting ‘added chromium.’ As the supplement savvy NBN readers know, chromium, in the form of chromium picolinate, has been shown to […]

We’re Skipping The Expo and Heading to Canada

NBN’s Own ‘Deep Throat’ To Report From the Show  As we noted a few weeks ago more and more manufacturers are deciding that the increasingly high costs of exhibiting at both New Hope shows isn’t worth it. NBN was planning on attending, but a better opportunity came up last month. Instead we are flying to […]

Echinacea Schmechinacea, New York Times Story Ignores Existing Literature

A study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that there is no scientific evidence that Echinacea is helpful in combating colds. As noted in a press release by the American Botanical Council, “This is not a definitive trial on the efficacy […]

Wyeth to Solgar: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

NBTY Buys Pharmaceutical Cast Off Once upon a time not so long ago, something strange happened.  A family business started in 1947 was purchased by a health care giant (translation: a company that says 100 million doesn’t add up to peanuts), and people wondered why. While some suggest that the recent sale of Solgar Vitamins […]