Pulse of Natural Health Archives

  • Jan 27, 2009 1

    Wall Street Journal Article on Alternative Medicine Provokes Angry Response

    The January 9 issue of the Wall Street Journal published an article by Deepak Chopra, MD, Dean Ornish, MD, Andrew Weill, MD, and Rustum Roy, PhD.  “‘Alternative’ Medicine is Mainstream” made the case that an integrative, diet-and-lifestyle approach can curb our sky-high medical bills and cu...

  • Jan 20, 2009 1

    Conflicts of Interest at FDA and the New England Journal of Medicine

    The US Dept of Health and Human Services inspector general’s report published January 12 said FDA’s screening system is “unreliable” because of researchers’ conflicts of interest. The report focused on 118 new drug applications approved by the FDA in 2007. (more…)...

  • Jan 20, 2009 0

    FDA Publishes Guidance on the Substantiation Needed for Supplement Claims

    In December 2008, the FDA published its guidance regarding structure/function claims for dietary supplements in the form of non-binding recommendations to supplement industry manufacturers. Contrary to the oft-repeated notion that dietary supplements are unregulated, under the Dietary Supplement ...

  • Jan 20, 2009 2

    More Melamine Found in Baby Food

    Updates published on the FDA’s website reveals more products for infants that are contaminated with melamine. A December Pulse of Health Freedom article reported on the contradictory action taken by the FDA after baby formula was found to be contaminated with melamine, a compound first synthesize...

  • Jan 20, 2009 0

    BPA — More Bad News for Babies

    One of 2008’s top ten health stories continues to trouble consumers in 2009: the hazardous compound bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical component of plastics, which is widely found in consumer products like water bottles, food containers, baby bottles, and dental sealants. BPA is known to leach f...

  • Jan 13, 2009 0

    Bisphenol A (BPA) and the FDA among 2008’s Top 10 Hot Topics, says WebMD

    The editors at WebMD have posted their list of top 10 health news stories from 2008. Salmonella in tomatoes was number one (even though it now appears that it wasn’t tomatoes and the tomato industry collapsed for no reason); the promise of healthcare reform placed second. Vitamin D was voted t...

  • Jan 13, 2009 2

    FDA Petition Calls for Changes in Diabetes Drug Labeling

    On December 18, a petition was filed with the FDA by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. It asks the FDA to require that diabetic medications in the thiazolidinedione class of drugs like Avandia include labeling that states a low-fat vegan diet has been shown to be as effective or mor...

  • Jan 13, 2009 1

    The Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program is Up and Running

    The governments of the US and Canada stand in sharp contrast to sixty other countries around the world, including the European Union, Russia, and China, by not requiring foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be so labeled. They do so despite good evidence that GMOs could have n...

  • Jan 6, 2009 0

    Vested Interests Abound on Pharmacy Boards

    Physicians who use complementary and alternative therapies in their clinical practices often face charges from their respective state boards of medicines for practicing “outside the standard of care.” USA Today has conducted a review of the state pharmacy board panels, who are assigned to ov...