Though they founded a pioneering mushroom supplements company called Mushroom Wisdom, president and CEO Mike Shirota and vice president Tomoko Nakamura are no mycologists (fungi specialists). Instead, they were initially inspired by a simple truth: mushrooms and the nutrients they contain can support many areas of human health.

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The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently printed two separate articles that cover the mechanisms through which amino acids affect protein synthesis.

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Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Albuquerque, NM—When German physician Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, M.D., began experimenting with homeopathic remedies in the 1920s, he probably had little idea that the company he would soon found—Heel—would one day become a major force in the world of homeopathy. This year, the firm is celebrating its 75th year of manufacturing homeopathic remedies.

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South Plainfield, NJ—This fall, WholeFoods Magazine will be available online at www.wholefoodsmagazine.com. Its former site (www.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com) will redirect readers to the new address.

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Baltimore, MD—Fresh partnerships and new business opportunities will mark Natural Products Expo East 2011, to be held here September 21–24. Coming home to the Baltimore Convention Center after a three-year run in Boston, this year’s show features over 1,300 exhibitors and should see a boost in attendance as well.

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Fish Oil Brain

Paris, France—Taking fish oil supplements may change the physical structure of the brain, according to research presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, located here.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken news steps to create a standard definition for the term “gluten-free,” according to a new consumer update. 

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A decades-old natural products retailer in New York City has been learning the value of starting from scratch over the past few months. Westerly Natural Market, perched on the corner of 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, didn’t have much choice in the matter after an electrical fire rendered the building untenable for business. CEO Michael Toback had to ask himself a tough question: Do we clean and make repairs, or cut our losses and start anew?

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