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Decoding DSHEA: FDA Study Shows Current Labels Confuse Supplement Consumers

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. , 2000

Supplement marketing language, as regulated by the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, is supposed to help consumers and make them aware that the FDA has not validated supplement claims. Consumer surveys show, however, that DSHEA-speak ends up confusing consumers more times than not.

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Increasing Dietary Omega-3’s Takes “Fishful” Thinking

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 1. , 2001

Most people know that fish is “healthy” food, but many people do not like it, and it is a challenge for them to get healthful omega-3s into their diets. Sonja Connor, RD, a nutrition counselor, offers tips for demystifying seafood for landlubbers, and making it palatable for fish-phobes.

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Tackling the Most Common Nutritional Deficiencies: Fiber, Long-Chain Fatty Acids, Vitamin D

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. , 2008

Many Americans are well fed but poorly nourished, thanks to a calorie rich, nutrient poor diet. This is a major driver of chronic diseases. Fortunately, it’s correctable. In the first of a two-part article, Steven Masley, MD, a nutrition-centered primary care doctor, offers tips for managing the most common deficiencies, including fiber, omega-3s, vitamin D and the B vitamins.

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Fake Supplement Sites Are Part of FTC’s Regulatory Redress

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. , 2000

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates dietary supplement claims, has established a number of phony supplement websites featuring appealing but implausible health claims, in an effort to raise consumer awareness about the dangers of false claims, and push the industry to clean up its marketing act.

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Highlights of the International Workshop on Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. , 2001

Omega-3 researchers from around the world gathered in Bethesda to present the latest findings from clinical studies on the effects of omega-3’s in preventing and treating heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. A review of some of the most compelling presentations.

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Nutritional Therapies for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. , 2008

A unique form of hyperinsulinemia is one of the metabolic drivers of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). According to Dr. Alan Gaby, nutritional therapies aimed at normalizing insulin action and glucose metabolism can greatly benefit women with this condition, often restoring ovulation and fertility. N-acetyl cysteine, vitamin D, chromium, and a little known nutrient called pinitol are valuable allies.

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The Weight Is Over: HCG, Weight Loss & Health Care Reform

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer

Obesity and associated chronic diseases cost this country roughly $147 billion a year in direct medical expenses. It’s not a problem that will be legislated away by health care reform plans that perpetuate status quo medical approaches. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) therapy, when combined with a careful diet plan, regular exercise and other hormone-based treatments, can make a huge difference in helping people lose weight, and could help trim the nation’s health care budget as well.

Minnesota Sets the Standard for Health Freedom

By Gloria St. John | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. , 2000

Minnesota may have a reputation as a politically conservative, middle of the road state. But when it comes to public policy on holistic medicine, it is among the most progressive states in the Union. In 2000, Minnesota legislators passed the Complementary and Alternative Health Care Freedom of Access Act, which allows natural medicine practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds, even those without prior licensure, to practice freely.

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Eskimos Discover Sat-Fats Grease the Wheels of Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 1. , 2001

Heart disease and diabetes were virtually unheard-of among Alaskan Eskimos, until the 1970s, when they abandoned their hunting and fishing lifestyle, and their marine diet. They began eating a lot of processed foods and saturated fats, and living in more sedentary ways. Thirty years later, these diseases are rampant. Dr. Sven Ebbeson is working with Eskimo communities to reverse these deadly trends.

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The Weight Is Over: HCG, Weight Loss & Health Care Reform

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer

Obesity and associated chronic diseases cost this country roughly $147 billion a year in direct medical expenses. It’s not a problem that will be legislated away by health care reform plans that perpetuate status quo medical approaches. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) therapy, when combined with a careful diet plan, regular exercise and other hormone-based treatments, can make a huge difference in helping people lose weight, and could help trim the nation’s health care budget as well.