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Reed’s anti-nausea beverage now available at Publix

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES Reed’s, the maker of a line of sodas popular in natural food stores, on Tuesday announced that Publix will begin carrying Reed’s natural ginger nausea relief, a ginger-based remedy for nausea and motion sickness, in the over-the-counter remedy aisle in all Publix locations.

“This is a terrific fit for both Reed’s and Publix and we are excited to introduce Reed’s natural ginger nausea relief into all Publix supermarket locations in the Southeast and expand our distribution,” stated Chris Reed, chairman and CEO of Reed’s.

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FDA issues warning about MMS use

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a warning to consumers not to take Miracle Mineral Solution, an oral liquid also known as “Miracle Mineral Supplement” or “MMS.”

The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health.

The FDA has received several reports of health injuries from consumers using this product, including severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration.

Consumers who have MMS should stop immediately using it and throw it away.

MMS is distributed on Internet sites and online auctions by multiple independent distributors. Although the products share the MMS name, the look of the labeling may vary. 

The product instructs consumers to mix the 28% sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice. This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and symptoms of severe dehydration.

MMS claims to treat multiple unrelated diseases, including HIV, hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne, cancer and other conditions. The FDA is not aware of any research that MMS is effective in treating any of these conditions. MMS also poses a significant health risk to consumers who may choose to use this product for self-treatment instead of seeking FDA-approved treatments for these conditions.

The FDA continues to investigate and may pursue civil or criminal enforcement actions as appropriate to protect the public from this potentially dangerous product.

The FDA advises consumers who have experienced any negative side effects from MMS to consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible and to discard the product. 

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PacificHealth to develop sports nutrition product with Signal Nutrition’s help

BY Michael Johnsen

MATAWAN, N.J. PacificHealth Labs plans to introduce innovation within the sports nutrition category, the company announced Friday, with the signing of Signal Nutrition as a consultant.

“[Signal Nutrition] brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in assisting [PacificHealth] address its core needs in the area of science and the development of new products,” stated Fred Duffner, Pacifichealth president. “The company has not provided new innovation under its sports nutrition umbrella in over 3 years,” he said. “There is new science in the category that we need to stay ahead of to insure we continue to bring leadership to the category. We look forward to working with [Signal Nutrition] over the next several months to prepare for 2011 and the anticipated growth opportunities.”

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