Television personality and surgeon Mehmet Oz, M.D., made an example of one of his guests on a February 2012 episode of The Dr. Oz Show. That day, the audience was asked to guess the age of a particular woman in the crowd.

What kinds of promotions and activities does your store have planned for the month of October? Carving your logo into a pumpkin? Gluten-free pies in your café?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, perhaps you should add a women’s health focus to your planning. Women are the key shoppers in most households, and their varied health needs are ones you can help with.

Who knew a bunch of plants could be such big business? According to a report by Amadee + Company, sales of plant-based omega-3s are set to grow twice as fast as their fish and marine counterparts over the next several years (1). This means that plant sources are staking an increasing claim within the multi-billion dollar omega-3 industry.

Due to a growing interest in food products and supplements with “clean labels,” it is important to provide consumers with diverse options that meet their wide range of lifestyle needs. Many savvy shoppers to question the integrity of nutritional and ingredient information on product labels.

Naturopathy, meaning “to follow the path of nature,” is the essence and foundation of Michael’s Naturopathic Programs, San Antonio, TX, started 30 years ago. The company’s commitment to the natural products industry and to healthy longevity has shined through over the past three decades, and is unwavering to this day. After launching more than 100 products over the years, company founder and president Michael Schwartz insists not much has changed about the company and its mission, besides the fact that, as he says, “I have gotten older.”

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Benicia, CA—InterHealth recently expanded its portfolio with the purchase of the 7-Keto ingredient business from Humanetics Corporation. According to information from the company, this healthy weight support ingredient has sold more than one billion dosage units to date.

City of Industry, CA—Best Formulations’ philosophy is “together we grow,” and growth has certainly been accomplished over its 30-year history.

Be it from a simple headache or chronic condition, many people’s first reaction to pain is to seek relief from pain medication. While conventional drugs are effective for many, there are also side effects. In one survey, 68% of participants reported experiencing two or more negative side effects while taking pain medication, confusion and nausea being the most common (1). For those wary of these side effects, there are several alternative natural pain relievers with minimal side effects. While none of these can be said to outright cure any ailments, there is scientific and anecdotal evidence suggesting that these can match the effects of traditional pain medication.