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One Year On, CRN Sees Success With Online Supplement Registry

By Erik Goldman, Editor

In the 18 months since it launched, the Council for Responsible Nutrition's "Online Wellness Library" (OWL) has amassed labels and product information from 89 dietary supplement companies representing over 11,000 product labels. The library, an independent and voluntary project, is part of a broader supplement industry movement toward greater transparency and truthfulness.

Common Medicinal Herbs That Are Vulnerable to Adulteration

By Erik Goldman, Editor

All herbs, like all agricultural products, are potentially subject to contamination with microbes, pesticides, environmental toxins, and financially-motivated adulteration or mislabeling.Certain herbs, however, have been particularly vulnerable to economically-motivated adulteration.

Is the Time Right to Revise DSHEA?

By Erik Goldman, Editor

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) has certainly had its share of critics over the 25 years since it was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.Some contend the regulation is weak, and that it gives the supplement industry too much latitude, while providing too little consumer protection. On the other side, many argue that the law puts a stranglehold on truthful communication about supplements. Is the time right to revisit--and revise--this landmark law?

With TruQuality Program, Metagenics Ups the Ante on Transparency

By Erik Goldman

Many supplement and nutrition companies now make claims about their transparency and their products’ traceability. Few, however, publish complete data from their quality analysis testing for all the world to see. This year, Metagenics—one of the top three practitioner-channel brands—has taken that step, with its new TruQuality program.

Analytical Testing for Herbal Adulteration: An Interview With Elan Sudberg, Alkemist Labs

By Erik Goldman

Analytical testing laboratories are at the heart of all quality control endeavors in the dietary supplement industry. Few know more about it than Elan Sudberg, CEO, of Alkemist Labs, one of the nation's leading independent analytical laboratories serving the dietary supplement and natural products industries. In this in-depth interview, Sudberg shares his views on the state of quality control for herbal medicines and the direction for future improvements.

To Help Patients with Irritable Bowel, Clinicians Need to "DIGIN"

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) "is a very serious condition that needs aggressive intervention," said Gerard Mullin, MD, MS, at the Institute for Functional Medicine's recent 2018 Annual International Conference in Hollywood, Florida. While conventional medicine offers drugs for symptom management, Mullin believes that to truly heal IBD, clinicians need to "DIGIN," and work holistically to address the multiple facets of this condition. His DIGIN protocol offers good guidance.

American Botanical Council Leads Initiative to End Adulteration of Herbs

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Call it the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adulteration!”

Though it may not quite be a divine decree, the elimination of contaminants and adulterants is an imperative that conscientious herbal supplement companies are taking very seriously these days, as the American Botanical Council spearheads a major drive to tackle the problem.