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Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems launches new weight loss kit at expo

BY Michael Johnsen

ANAHEIM, Calif. Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems on Thursday launched its three-step ThinBerry Diet & Cleanse Kit here at the Natural Products Expo West conference.

“Over-promising weight loss products are overwhelming and frustrating for consumers and retailers,” stated Rainbow Light president Linda Kahler. “Many available products have hidden ingredients that can lead to harsh side effects. … Rainbow Light’s ThinBerry Diet & Cleanse Kit offers an all-natural, effective and safe solution that is time-tested and botanical.”

ThinBerry Diet includes a proprietary blend of decaffeinated green coffee berry, Svetol, standardized green tea and artichoke leaf. Green coffee berry curbs appetite and promotes an increased ratio of lean body mass to fat and can also improve the immune system and skin tone with its antioxidant power, the company stated. Standardized green tea is also noted for its heart health and immune-boosting effects. Artichoke leaf has been to flush fat from the body and support digestive health.

The kit and its standalone products are currently available at www.rainbowlight.com and will be available at select Whole Foods Market stores and independent natural retailers beginning March 23, the company reported, at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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Throat Biotics introduces immunity-boosting lozenge

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Throat Biotics announced Thursday the official launch of the first probiotic zinc lozenge.

The new lozenge is being sold as a natural alternative to effectively boost your natural immunity and help strengthen the body to resist the effects of germs and viruses that cause the common cold and flu.

Throat Biotics said its lozenge utilizes new probiotic technology that coats the whole digestive tract with competing, throat-healthy organisms that have been wiped away by antibiotic use. It comes in a very tasty cinnamon flavored lozenge, and is naturally sweetened with xylitol. It is packaged in a 30-count. convenient travel size.

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Metallic, medicated patches could cause skin burns, FDA warns

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. People undergoing magnetic resonance imaging scans may suffer skin burns if they wear certain medicated patches, according to a warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday.

The warning includes branded, generic, prescription and OTC patches.

The FDA said warnings were absent from the labeling of some transdermal patches that contained aluminum or other metals in their non-adhesive backing. While not attracted to the MRI’s magnetic field, the metal can conduct electricity, which generates heat and can cause burns.

“The risk of using a metallic patch during an MRI has been well-established, but the FDA recently discovered that not all manufacturers include a safety warning with their patches,” FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research director Janet Woodcock said in a statement. “Because the metal in these patches may not be visible, and the product labeling may not disclose the presence of metal, patients should tell both their healthcare professional and their MRI facility that they wear a medicated adhesive patch.”

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