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AHPA sends news alerts
The American Herbal Products Association recently launched an e-mail news service, AHPA Alerts, to keep members up to date on information relevant to the herbal products industry. The service is free to AHPA members and covers three categories: domestic and international regulatory actions; current research articles on everything from clinical trials to case reports associated with herbs; and media alerts will keep readers abreast of what the popular news outlets are saying about the herbal industry.

Textbook turns a page
The first effort in more than 90 years to assemble the wisdom and therapies of naturopathic medicine into one textbook is well under way. More than 150 clinicians and scholars are taking part in The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project, whose goal is to "produce a textbook on the philosophy, theory and principles of naturopathic medicine as a synthesis of the state of knowledge and understanding of the naturopathic scholastic community," according to the project's Web site ( The cost of the five-year project is estimated at $595,000.

The doctor may be in, but is out of touch
Critics of conventional medicine—particularly its traditional attitude toward alternative therapies— typically complain that doctors flunk when it comes to knowledge about dietary supplements. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine backs that complaint. Researchers tested 355 physicians regarding their knowledge of supplement rules and regulations. The average test score was 59 percent, with a full third unaware that supplements did not require approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prior to hitting the market. Test scores improved dramatically after participants took an interactive online curriculum.

PC market looks good
The natural and organic personal care market is expected to grow from $6.1 billion in 2006 to more than $10 billion by 2012, according to a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts. Driving current growth are sales from aging baby boomers trying to reduce wrinkles, save hair, maintain tooth and gum health and use makeup with cosmeceutical benefits; growing retail dynamics, including a stronger natural/organic products infrastructure; crossover into mass and prestige markets; and direct sales via the Internet, catalogs and infomercials.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 11/p. 34

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