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Articles from 2011 In December

Delicious Living

New noodle bowls

New noodle bowls

Filling, nourishing, easy on calories, and packed with vegetables and lean protein, a well-designed noodle bowl is the perfect one-dish meal. Start with a noodle you love; traditionally, noodle bowls reflect Asian influence, but any long, thin pasta will work. Next, add flavorful broth, plus vegetables, herbs, and low-sodium condiments. Then lay on some substantial, healthy extras, like seafood, tofu, or chopped nuts. Details count: Prewarm the bowls, garnish liberally, and be creative. These recipes are built for individual servings but all can be made in one large, family-style serving bowl.

Udon Bowl with Spinach and Tofu

A good udon bowl is all about presentation. There are a few extra steps involved in preparing vegeta- bles individually, but it’s worth it when you see the results. Nonvegans could add a soft-poached egg on top. If you have time, do step 1 the night before; discard the ginger and garlic cloves, cool, and refrigerate. View recipe.

Rice Noodles and Scallops in Green Curry

If you’re gluten intolerant, be sure your fish sauce and curry paste are also gluten free. View recipe. 

Yakitori Chicken Soba Noodle Bowl

Serving the meat on skewers adds a festive touch; or for easier eating, remove meat from skewers and arrange on each bowl. View recipe.

Five-Spice Pork Noodle Bowl with Shiitakes and Napa Cabbage

This dish is especially good served with additional toppings; offer bowls of shredded daikon radish or carrot, chopped spinach, or bell pepper slivers. Chicken or shrimp can stand in for pork; substitute baked tofu and vegetable broth for an easy vegetarian option. View recipe. 

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Filtered or French press: Which brewing method is healthier?

2011 was the year of coffee research. But most people still don’t know that

In 2011, it seemed researchers couldn’t get enough coffee, and not just to keep them alert while writing up those long, dry reports. Drinking coffee—four or more cups daily, in some of these studies—may lower risk for certain cancers (liver, colon, endometrial, prostate). It’s also been found to reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, depression in women, Parkinson’s, dementia, stroke, and heart rhythm problems.

Abundant research shows caffeine improves athletic endurance, performance, and motivation. My favorite study, as a French Roast purist, was the one published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, which found that dark roasted coffee improves human antioxidant status more than (wimpy) lightly roasted beans.

However, the one thing I find most people still don’t know about coffee is: When it comes to potential health benefits, the way you brew matters.

Filtered vs. French press

Research has shown that “boiled coffee,” which is popular in Scandinavian countries and similar to French press coffee, can significantly increase cholesterol levels (8 percent in men, 10 percent in women) while filtered coffee does not.

That wonderful oily sheen on unfiltered coffee contains up to 80 times more coffee-specific fatty acids, one of which—cafestol—is a potent stimulator of LDL (bad) cholesterol, says Rob van Dam, assistant professor at Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition.

Because most cafestol gets left behind in the filter, people with high cholesterol levels should choose drip coffee. (Espresso is apparently somewhere in the middle: some cafestol, not as much.)

If you have heartburn or an otherwise sensitive stomach, look into cold brewing. This method retains and concentrates coffee’s volatile flavor elements as well as the caffeine, but cuts out 85 percent of its oils and acids, making a smoother, nonirritating brew. Cold brewing is easy, you just need to do it ahead of time.

So go ahead and enjoy your hot, inky elixir. Just be selective about how you brew it.

4 social media tips for natural retailers in the New Year

4 social media tips for natural retailers in the New Year

This month, shoppers will be on the hunt for products that help them stick to their health-focused New Year’s resolutions. Social media is a perfect way to connect with these customers—and drive traffic to your store. Try these social media tips that play up your store as a health and wellness destination.

  • Nearly everyone makes a New Year’s resolution. On your natural store’s Facebook page, ask your fans about their craziest resolutions. Follow up with product picks and special deals that can help them meet these goals and drive store traffic.
  • Search Twitter for keywords such as “#newyearresolution” and “#health” to find people who are tweeting about their health resolutions. Tweet to them about your store’s offerings. For example: "@cbaginski: Our supplements specialists can’t wait to meet you to help with your healthy goals!”
  • Create health tips for all 31 days of January and tweet one a day to your followers. Use content from NewHope360 and our magazines, such as Natural Foods Merchandiser, as your guide. For example, “Want to shop non-GMO? There's an app for that!
  • Do you offer daily coupons or deals on your store’s website? Take a cue from online supplements retailer Vitacost and post them frequently on Facebook and Twitter. Find examples on @Vitacost's Twitter page.

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NeilMed responds to recent neti pot scare

NeilMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the world’s largest company for manufacturing and selling large volume nasal rinse devices. As a founder and practicing physician, I have placed a great amount of effort, since 2000, in writing appropriate instructions to address anticipated concerns for the type of water to be used with our nasal wash devices

As a physician, I feel that nasal irrigation is safe and very effective for nasal and sinus symptoms as long as directions are followed as described in our product brochure.

NeilMed has learned about recent news and internet articles concerning the improper use of unfiltered or contaminated tap water with neti pots. We emphasize when used as directed, NeilMed's nasal wash devices are safe, affordable and effective. From the beginning, NeilMed's directions of use have always stressed the importance of using clean and previously boiled, distilled or filtered water through a 0.2 micron filter for nasal irrigation. Our product brochure clearly notes that using tap water is not recommended. Please do not use tap or faucet water when using NeilMed's nasal wash devices unless it has been previously boiled and cooled down. NeilMed brochures also provide clear instructions for disinfecting our nasal irrigation devices. The neti pot devices are designed to allow for microwave disinfection as they do not contain any metal parts.

Can I use the tap water for nasal rinsing if it is labeled safe to drink?

No, we do not recommend using drinking tap water for nasal rinsing unless you boil it or run through a filter of 0.2 micron size. Tap water is not always safe depending on its environmental source, and it is impossible to designate all areas as water safe for nasal irrigation.  

NeilMed products have helped millions worldwide who continue to use nasal irrigation for their nasal and sinus mucus symptoms. NeilMed's website contains the most up-to-date product information.

If you cannot obtain previously boiled, distilled or filtered water for nasal irrigation, we offer a premixed, ready-to-use solution called NeilMed Sinuflo® ReadyRinse®. This product is available at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and several other stores.

For additional information on product disinfection, we recommend visiting our website at or reading the NeilMed brochure included with our product packaging.

--Dr. Ketan C. Mehta, MD, Founder, Inventor and CEO of NeilMedfeat

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The biggest personal care news of 2011

The biggest personal care news of 2011

In my 2012 personal care predictions, I give Johnson & Johnson a pretty big shout out, naming its decision to reformulate its baby products the personal care industry’s “one hallelujah moment.” Giving such praise to a mass-market company in a piece about the successes of naturals. Am I a sell out or what?

After writing my piece, part of me questioned: Why should we give this much praise to a company just for taking some of the personal care industry’s worst toxins out of baby products, when natural companies have been doing it for years? Since when is doing the right thing revolutionary?  Should I amend said hallelujah moment?

By no means does the success of naturals rely on the compliance of mass. In fact, it’s hard to say exactly how such changes from conventional manufacturers will affect natural companies. What are the ramifications of Johnson & Johnson patenting new technology to produce safer and effective products, at a reasonable price? While it may boost competition, I’m confident that it can ultimately even the playing field when it comes to quality ingredients.

Plus, the bottom line (depending, of course, on who you ask) is: We all deserve safe, efficacious products, and last month’s news took us one step closer. Mass market is finally waking up to naturals. This means naturals could soon be the new mass.

Change is coming... what was the hold up?

For years, finely crafted marketing schemes have allowed the likes of Johnson & Johnson to convince customers that their products are gentle, natural, and the right choice not just for them but for their children. Then, the economy took a turn in 2008 and kids’ personal care products took the hit.

Parents suddenly had to make choices about where they spent their money. Thanks to the hard work of organizations like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, increasing awareness about the conventional personal care products they had relied on for years (not to name names, but how about Johnson & Johnson’s No More Tears Shampoo?) made that the logical place to cut back. Many parents found natural replacements. Some simply stopped making kids' PC purchases. Companies like Johnson & Johnson, under pressure from consumers and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, had to adapt. 

So now, I realize: I named J&J’s why-didn’t-it-happen-sooner announcement this year’s one hallelujah moment because what’s truly to thank can’t be applied to one year, day or a time. Consumers’ collective voices build slowly, then gain momentum and somewhere along the line yield results that can change an industry forever.   

Nature’s Formulary introduces retail training video

Nature’s Formulary introduces retail training video

Nature’s Formulary has launched “On-Demand Video” training for our natural product retailer store staff, responding to requests by our retailer partners. For more than a decade, Nature’s Formulary has offered the Ayurvedic category’s most comprehensive training program. These programs will be on-going and still conducted in person at the store by educators from the company. However store staff asked Nature’s Formulary to create an “on-demand” training that could be used instantly, whether our products are new to the store or when there have been staff changes since our last training.

The 15 minute video Training is presented by Amber Vitse (Director of Ayurveda Education) and P. K. Davé (President) and is offered exclusively to Nature’s Formulary retailer partners. The video can be seen on any smartphone, iPad or computer that has an internet connection.


Nature’s Formulary is the natural products industry’s oldest marketer of Ayurvedic products including herbal supplements and personal care products. All of the company’s products are based on Ayurvedic Medicine, a 4,000 years old science of health care developed in India. Consistent with Ayurvedic philosophy, Nature’s Formulary has always believed in empowering consumers to make their own health care decisions and offers the industry’s broadest educational programs. The company’s products are available throughout the USA at health food stores and on-line at Nature’s formulary products are manufactured and packaged in the USA in FDA inspected facilities.

Retailers can get more information at 800-923-9338, ext 10. For trade inquiries please contact Caitlin Fitzpatrick at ext. 11 or Reporters and media are requested to contact P K Davé by e mail at Amber can be reached at


The journal Nature publishes "Traditional Asian Medicine" supplement

The journal Nature publishes "Traditional Asian Medicine" supplement

From the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

On December 22, 2011, the scientific journal, Nature, has published an open-access, online supplement (free print version is available from the website) that includes a number of articles on what it calls "traditional Asian medicine." Topics include regulations, patents, biodiversity, modernization, and "clinical trial barriers." The supplement also includes a collection of three review articles.

Using scientific techniques to investigate the claims of traditional medicine as practiced in countries such as China and Japan can help sort effective treatments from unfounded superstitions - and perhaps give modern medicine a few insights into holistic approaches borne from thousands of years of herbal remedies.

Free full access here.

The link above is provided as a convenience, however, web pages are often updated by their host sites and this link may not remain active. AHPA gathers information from many organizations. Some sites require you to register in order to read articles.



Help American Botanical Council fulfill its vision for 2012

Help American Botanical Council fulfill its vision for 2012

I hope you’re enjoying this time of year. I find this lull between the hectic activity of the holidays and the energetic beginning of a New Year to be a natural and much-needed time for rest, renewal, and revitalization of body, mind, and spirit.

For me, my mind naturally focuses on the coming year and more specifically on family, dear friends and colleagues, past holidays, and my hopes and dreams for the future. This includes my vision for ABC for 2012. I get excited about the possibilities the New Year brings and think about how ABC can advance our unique nonprofit educational mission in new ways, enhance ABC’s current services and benefits, overcome obstacles, and, in general, improve ABC.

As we look forward to beginning the New Year, it seems the there is little to no limit on achieving these possibilities. And truthfully, the only real obstacles are resources. Yes, our herbal community will continue to face attacks — usually undeserved, sometimes warranted — from a frequently misinformed media, misguided but well-meaning governmental agencies, and/or often undereducated healthcare professionals. But, together we can make certain that the continually emerging science reinforcing the benefits of herbs and other beneficial botanicals is heard both in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2012, with your help, ABC will focus its energy, staff, and educational and research resources to do the following:

  • Provide reliable educational resources to help people make informed and affordable choices about their health and how to preserve it;
  • Expand the resources available to the herbal community to help improve the quality of products reaching the consumer, particularly through our two newest projects on educational solvents and botanical adulterants; 
  • Reach new audiences by disseminating reliable, science-based, peer-reviewed information using every medium at our disposal – print, television, radio, web, and, in early 2012, with a new ABC blog on our website; 
  • Train upcoming pharmacy and dietetic practitionerson how to include herbs and dietary supplements into their practices – and this year they’ll be guided by a Naturopathic Physician who is also a licensed acupuncturist;
  • Continue energetically educating the mediaand responding to erroneous and/or misleading articles on herbs and other plant-containing dietary supplements; and
  • Provide guidance and support in any way appropriate to those working to expand the role of beneficial plants in safe, natural self-care and healthcare.

So here’s looking forward to 2012, when ABC will enter its 25th year. We’re looking forward to this landmark year and to the opportunity to reach new milestones (ex: publishing our 5,000th HerbClip!)

As always, we are keenly aware at this time of year that every accomplishment of ABC is a shared victory made possible only by the level of support we receive from people like you – plus a dedicated staff, vigilant board members, and committed volunteers.  

So, if you have the resources, please consider supporting ABC during this giving season. Together we are doing important work helping to promote a healthier planet filled with healthier people.

Even if you aren’t in a position to give generously, please know how much we appreciate your interest in and support of ABC at whatever level you can provide. Having you as a partner in our efforts to promote responsible use of beneficial plants in self-care and healthcare makes a world of difference in how we achieve this essential educational mission.

My wish for the New Year is that yours be filled with blessings, happiness, accomplishments, and, of course, great health. Thank you for all you do for ABC!


Mark's Signature

Mark Blumenthal
Founder & Executive Director
Editor, HerbalGram

Expo Digest

Vegan category looking hot for 2012

From on-the-go vegan snacks to healthier plant-based foods, the vegan food movement is hot. Find out the latest trends heating things up in the vegan world.

This video was shot at Natural Products Expo East 2011 as part of Expo Digest, a first-of-its-kind research product, containing 85 pages packed with interviews, videos, analysis and actionable intelligence for the natural products industry. Find out more at

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Adia Nutrition "On-the-Go" probiotic powders now available at Whole Foods

Adia Nutrition "On-the-Go" probiotic powders now available at Whole Foods

"This is an important step in the development of our company," said Wen Peng, CEO. "We are in a number of independent pharmacies and local stores, and now we believe it is time to take our brand into health food stores who share our core values. We believe Whole Foods is a great launching pad for us, and we are excited to have them as a customer."

About Adia Nutrition, Inc. (pinksheets:ADIA) is a company specializing in probiotics. Currently, Adia offers four flavors of probiotic powder and two flavors of probiotic chews. Adia sells their product across the country and can be found in gyms, independent pharmacies and health food stores. For more information, visit our website at .

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