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"Don't Fall in the Ditch:" How to Help Patients Prevent Autoimmune Flares

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

When treating patients with complex autoimmune diseases, it's advantageous to, "think of the patient's biology like a landscape," proposed Samuel Yanuck, DC, FACFN, at the Institute for Functional Medicine's 2018 Annual International Conference in Hollywood, FL. Imagine a meadow. An "autoimmune flare is a ditch in the meadow," he suggested. The question to ask is: "How far are they from the ditch?" 

California Mandates Disclosure of Physician Sexual Misconduct

By Erik Goldman, Editor

As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced off in the Senate, the state of California quietly passed a major piece of legislation on sexual misconduct, one that could provide patients with far greater protection against predatory physicians.

The Patient's Right to Know Act will require any California physician placed on probation for sexual wrongdoings to disclose this fact to any and all patients before an appointment.

Prior to this new rule, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in late September, physician probations--for whatever reason--were already public information: the Medical Board of California posts all such disciplinary actions in an online registry.

But it was up to a patient to: a) find out about the registry; and b) take action to look up her physician prior to any medical consultation. The reality is that few patients even knew this database existed, and those who did seek the information had to contend with an online system that was far from user-friendly.

Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1, 2019, any physician placed on probation after that date must proactively inform patients of the disciplinary action prior to booking an appointment. The rule emphasizes sexual misconduct, but also applies to probation for drug abuse, inappropriate prescribing, or any criminal activity that could potentially harm patients.

Holistic Practitioners Voice Ambivalence on Dietary Supplement Regulations

By Erik Goldman

How do Holistic Primary Care's practitioner-readers feel about the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)? Over half don't even know what it is. Among those who do recognize DSHEA as the main federal statute regulating dietary supplements, there's considerable ambivalence about the efficacy and the intent of the law.

Formulation Innovation: How New Science Shapes Supplement Product Development

By Erik Goldman, Editor

Research on the impact of various vitamins, minerals, fats, and other nutraceutical substances is progressing at a rapid pace, despite a regulatory system that prohibits supplement companies from using clinical data to make prevention or treatment claims.  None the less, inovative companies are translating new discoveries into a new wave of science-backed supplements.

Supplement Makers Take Action To Reduce Environmental Impact

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

Healthcare—with its reliance on single-use disposables—is one of the world’s biggest polluters. And the natural products and dietary supplements industries—despite their “clean, green, and healthy” values—do contribute to the deluge of trash and pollution. Fortunately, eco-conscious companies in the natural products sector are responding to the crisis, and leading the charge toward ecological sustainability.

How Supplement Companies Walk Their Wellness Talk

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

Nutraceutical companies like Klaire Labs, Lonza, and Metagenics appreciate a healthy bottom line, but they also value a healthy workforce. A company that makes a strong and sustained commitment to the health and wellbeing of its own employees is likely to be equally committed to ensuring the quality and safety of its products.

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.