Volume XXVIII | October, 2018
Your monthly news & updates
The Vitamin D Petition - An Update

O&N had its first meeting with FDA regarding the Vitamin D Petition in September. In addition to our highly skilled Venable team, we were joined by Carole Baggerly and Dr. Roger Newman. Dr. Newman is the head of MUSC’s OB/GYN department as well as the University’s Research Department.

Overall, we were extremely pleased with FDA’s genuine interest in our Petition, the participation of a very large team from FDA, and their knowledge on vitamin D itself.    The presentation was thorough, providing documentation for our health claim and addressing what we knew would be the most difficult issue for FDA, accepting the validity of data derived from nutrient levels vs. nutrient dosing.  

The FDA’s primary point of discussion related to the study not containing controls for ensuring changes in vitamin D levels resulted solely from dietary supplementation (versus tanning in the sun). It is indeed unlikely, if not simply incomprehensible that pregnant women of limited means would adopt tanning practices once pregnant and participating in a vitamin D study. However, this FDA's worldview and thus, our reality.

The process requires that FDA respond to the petition by December 10. They have the option of posting it for public comment, which we are advocating they do. They also have the ability to reject the petition outright without posting for public comment. 

While we can't predict the outcome of this particular effort, we can promise that O&N is committed to sharing quality research outcomes on the power of nutrients in any and every way possible.

O&N 2019 Conference
January 22-23, 2019
The Pink Shell Resort & Marina

Preliminary Schedule of Events


January 22
5:00 PM Bus Departs
Private Dinner

January 23
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM The Pink Shell

Opening Keynote, Naomi Whittle
Author, Wellness Explorer, CEO, Author of Glow15

Supply Chain Integrity and Inspiration
Redefining Best Practices – Declaring Leadership
Making Media Work for You

Food Ingredients are Supplement Ingredients: A Business Case for Regenerative Agriculture

Finance for the Future

The Politics Hour

Offsite Dinner
6:00 PM

Additional Details Here.
Registration Will Open November 15.

In the News

A Roundup on Glyphosate, Whole Foods Magazine - Karen Howard

Three Hidden Health Problems , Fox - Atlanta, Dr. Christine Horner

Getting Employees to Buy into Corporate Vision , Natural Products Insider, Karen Howard
Glyphostate Testing
Round Two
Get out of the weeds by living without glyphosate.

Glyphosate recently made national headlines when a court ordered Bayer, which now owns Monsanto, to pay Dewayne Johnson, a former school caretaker $289 million in damages, asserting Roundup caused his cancer. 

  • Cornell University, Environmental Working Group, and the FDA all issued reports in just the last few weeks on foods contaminated with glyphosate.

  • In HRI Labs’ study on people’s exposure to glyphosate, 86% of study participants had detectable levels in urine averaging 0.52ppb for men and 0.45ppb for women. Those who eat organic most of the time had much lower levels than those who eat the least amount of organic food. 

By the way, pet levels are 40 times higher. 

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