United Natural Products Alliance reaches out to practitioner groups as partner organizationsThe United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), led by attorney, lobbyist and organizer Loren Israelson, has announced a new set of partners. Among these are the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute

United Natural Products Alliance reaches out to practitioner groups as partner organizations

The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), led by attorney, lobbyist and organizer Loren Israelson, has announced a new set of partners. Among these are the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute founded by Jeffrey Bland, PhD and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The UNPA presents these partnerships, sealed with formal agreements, as a means of advancing the UNPA strategic plan. The organization calls itself “an international alliance of forward-looking companies dedicated to providing consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit and reliability.”

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: I began to think that the UNPA had new directions up its sleeve when it lured a co-founder of the LOHAS movement and former Innovision vice-president Frank Lampe from his communications role with the American Herbal Products Association to a vice president position. Wonder what’s next?

AHPA publishes second edition of Botanical Safety Handbook online

One of the first significant early projects of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) was the publication of its Botanical Safety Handbook. The field needed to address safety issues leveled against herbs. Now the second edition is available online. Called an “essential tool for anyone who manufactures, recommends, or uses herbal products,” the text provides safety information on nearly 600 species of herbs and data compiled from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts. AHPA noted in its June 20, 2013 release that in the text classification systems are used to indicate the safety of each listed species and the potential for the species to interact with drugs.