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Huge Kudos for Probiotics, Omega-3's

From eNewsletter July 1, 2019

DID YOU KNOW that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quietly changed its cannabis policy recently to allow passengers to bring some forms of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, plus an FDA-approved marijuana based drug, on flights?

All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in both checked and carry-on bags. The agency updated to reflect new regulations that allow FDA-approved medical marijuana and products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil. The CBD oil is allowed "as long as it is produced within the regulations defined by the law" under the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp and hemp derivatives.

The TSA's new rules still ban other forms of marijuana, including certain cannabis-infused products and CBD oils that have THC, which are still illegal under federal law.


Steve and Bonnie: The significance of these two developments cannot be ignored, as they were by the media.


The American Gastroenterological Association is, for the first time, recommending probiotics for specific indications.

The draft guidelines, presented at Digestive Disease Week 2019, name live organisms that can be used to prevent antibiotic-related Clostridium difficile infections, treat pouchitis, and prevent necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants.

Of course they are only decades behind, but according to the authors, "research on probiotics is proceeding steadily and correlations have been established between changes in the gut microbiome and myriad health conditions."


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a list of five qualified health claims for omega-3 fatty acids and their effect on blood pressure.  

Qualified Health claims:

-Consuming EPA and DHA combined may help lower blood pressure in the general population and reduce the risk of hypertension.

-Consuming EPA and DHA combined may reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension, a risk factor for CHD (coronary heart disease).