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FDA, Amazon Nix NAC in Dietary Supplements

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

A spate of recent warning letters issued by the Food and Drug Administration offers a clear indication that the agency is seeking to limit the availability of N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) in dietary supplement products. NAC, a precursor to the key antioxidant glutathione, is widely recommended by functional medicine and naturopathic practitioners, often as part of […]

Feeling Regulatory Pressure, Amazon Puts Supplements in the Hot Seat

By Erik Goldman

The phrase, “hot on Amazon” is taking on new and problematic meanings for the dietary supplement industry this Spring. Beginning on April 15, Amazon began requiring supplement companies that sell on the platform to guarantee that their products can withstand temperatures up to 155o F, and still meet label claims for stability and potency. Companies […]

How Financial Stress Impacts the Immune System

By Kristen Schepker

A recent study of a group of hedge fund traders suggests that the immune system responds to financial stress as if it were a disease. The findings suggest a striking correlation between the human immune system and the volatility of entire financial systems, including the stock market.

It “Should Be Like Masks” Resolution Urges Congress to Recognize Value of Vitamin D

By Erik Goldman

Vitamin D “should be like masks. Everybody should know about it. The government agencies should be pushing it that way,” says Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI). Grothman, representing Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district, wants to see vitamin D become part of the nation’s COVID control efforts. Last month, he introduced a resolution urging the federal agencies to […]

California Grants NDs Permission To Give COVID Vaccines

By Erik Goldman

The California Department of Public Health recently authorized licensed naturopathic doctors to become COVID vaccine providers, permitting them to participate in the state’s vaccination efforts if they so choose. Under the California’s Business and Professions Code, naturopaths may give the COVID vaccines provided they are licensed in the state, and they are doing so at […]

Biden COVID Plan Overlooks Vitamin D, Nutrition

By Erik Goldman

Search the Biden administration’s new National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness for the term “Vitamin D” and you will come up with nothing. Vitamin C? Nothing. Zinc? Nope, nothing. The word “nutrition” does appear thrice, but only in the context of malnutrition, and the need to bolster the government’s food aid programs. […]

From Music Gear to Medical PPE: How D’Addario Stepped Up to COVID-19

By Erik Goldman

The D’Addario musical accessories company has been through many ups and downs since its founder Carmine D’Addario (aka Charles) emigrated to Astoria, New York, in 1905, and began making sheep gut guitar strings in a shop behind his house.  But in 4 generations, the company had never ceased operations completely. Then COVID-19 hit the US. […]

Functional Med Practices Show Resilience Through the COVID Storm

By Erik Goldman

Data from a survey of over 3,500 functional, integrative, and metabolic medicine practitioners suggests that most are navigating the stormy post-COVID waters with considerable resilience. Compared with other physician surveys posted over the course of the last 9 months, the functional and holistic clinicians in this cohort report fewer practice closures and less income loss. […]

New Biden COVID Task Force A Mixed Bag for Holistic Medicine

By Erik Goldman

The Biden-Harris administration’s new COVID-19 Advisory Board promises to bring a strong public health perspective to the nation’s pandemic response and a welcome shift away from the haphazard, willfully anti-scientific policies of the Trump administration. But it could be a thorn in the paw for the dietary supplement industry and for some practitioners of natural […]