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NPA’s Fabricant derails HBO exposé on supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON – In response to an HBO expose on sports nutrition supplements sold on military bases, the Natural Products Association's CEO and executive director Daniel Fabricant, former director of the Dietary Supplements Division at the Food and Drug Administration, published a rebuttal on HBO’s Real Sports segment that attempted to link “Orrin Hatch’s dietary supplement legislation to military fatalities.” 
 
The op-ed was published in the Salt Lake Tribune on Friday. 
 
"Here we go again.  'HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel' is the latest to jump on the bandwagon with those falsely claiming that dietary supplements are unregulated," Fabricant opened. "It may make for sensational media coverage posing as investigative reporting, but it is far from being accurate."
 
Fabricant argued that not only are supplements regulated, the enforcement of those regulations have pulled illegal products off of the market and landed their proprietors in jail. "John Edward Mullikin, who was falsely promoting a weight loss product, is now serving time in a federal prison after being sentenced in June, 2013," he said, citing an example of how FDA enforced the law during his tenure.
 
Fabricant also took exception with HBO's report that the supplement industry lobbied to water down regulations through its support of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
 
"All of the critics who conveniently ignore the past 20 years of federal oversight of this industry are also ignoring the fact that former President Bill Clinton, Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Congressman John Dingell, D-Mich. — what many would consider a pantheon of consumer safety advocates — supported the law," Fabricant added. "I guess these Democrat Hall-of-Famers are just pawns of the dietary supplement industry, too."
 
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Soccer star Tobin Heath endorses new sports nutrition brand

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
PHOENIX – The Glukos Company, a natural performance energy foods brand officially launching in May, on Tuesday announced the signing of United States midfielder Tobin Heath. Heath, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time NCAA champion, World Cup silver medalist and one of the starting players on the U.S. national team, signed a deal to become the face of the Glukos brand in soccer. 
 
"Being a two-way player that's consistently transitioning from offense to defense, it's imperative I fuel my body with an all-natural source of performance energy like Glukos that keeps my energy levels high," said Heath. "Since it's absorbed directly into my bloodstream and doesn't give me the jittery feeling associated with other products on the market, I'm able to perform at my peak throughout a 90-minute match."
 
Glukos founder Mark Jensen, a former collegiate runner and Ironman competitor, realized there was a gap in the energy product market. This led him to extensive research and development to find the optimum source of energy that was both healthy and effective for athletes. Glukos will be available sports specialty retail stores across the country for athletes that want to perform at their optimum levels while competing.
 
"With Tobin's prominence in soccer and the biggest women's tournament coming up this summer, she was an obvious choice to partner with heading into our launch," said Jensen. "As we embark on a new era, it's a thrilling time for Glukos and we're excited to welcome one of the best women's soccer players in the world to our team."
 
Glukos is available in six different products, including a ready to drink, gel, powder, tablet, gummy and bar. According to the company, the ingredient glucose is the only fuel the human body can use to produce natural energy unlike other energy products that contain high fructose corn syrup, which actually creates lactic acid, and triglycerides in the muscles that hurt performance and recovery, caffeine which artificially increases the heart rate and causes dehydration, and artificial sweetener.
 
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CRN promotes supplementation of iodine on World Thyroid Day

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — As part of efforts to increase awareness of thyroid health for the 8th Annual World Thyroid Day on Monday, the Council for Responsible Nutrition joined the American Thyroid Association and its sister international thyroid societies in calling attention to the important functions regulated by a healthy thyroid. In particular, CRN is focusing on the role of iodine and its importance for thyroid and overall health, especially for women who are pregnant or lactating. 
 
“Iodine is a nutrient that is critical for the production of thyroid hormones, and therefore, a deficiency in iodine can lead to thyroid hormone-related and other health problems,” stated Duffy MacKay, SVP scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. “Additionally, pregnant or nursing women who are getting insufficient amounts of iodine can put their children at risk for decreased cognitive function, which is why CRN, and medical organizations, including ATA, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Endocrine Society, recommend that women who are pregnant or lactating receive a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement that contains 150 mcg of iodine.”
 
In addition to demonstrating iodine’s essential role for the health of women of childbearing age, scientific evidence has shown that getting enough iodine can help in preventing thyroid gland dysfunction, such as goiter, and various abnormalities related to the nervous system, digestive system or skin.
 
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