Bariatrix Nutrition Inc.:    http://www.bariatrix.com

Developer of nutritional food products for use in weight loss, sports nutrition and in medico-nutritional applications. Bariatrix has invested heavily in research and development for more than a quarter of a century, and this investment has resulted in significant advances in the design, development and manufacture of nutritional products, which have benefitted Bariatrix™ customers worldwide.

Smart Nutrition Company, Inc.:    http://www.smartforme.com

Smart Nutrition Company offers convenient, high-protein, low-carbohydrate nutritional products to supplement a variety of diet programmes, through a secure online store featuring great tasting bars, shakes, drinks and quick fix meals under the SmartSlim and SmartForme trade marks.

Weight Exchange, Inc.:    http://www.weightexchange.com

This web site offers a wealth of scientific information on all aspects of weight loss and weight management, including the rationale for high-protein diets, plus some useful diet plans and guidelines for nutritional support before, during and after gastric bypass surgery.

United States Food and Drug Administration,
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition:
    http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/supplmnt.html

The FDA regulates Dietary Supplements in the United States in accordance with the provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Under this Act, the Dietary Supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed. FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market. Generally, manufacturers do not need to register their products with FDA nor get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements (there are exceptions). Manufacturers must make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading.

FDA's post-marketing responsibilities include monitoring safety, for example, voluntary dietary supplement adverse event reporting, and product information, such as labeling, claims, package inserts, and accompanying literature. The Federal Trade Commission regulates dietary supplement advertising.

The main FDA web site, http://www.fda.gov, is also worth a visit.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:    http://nccam.nih.gov

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is a wealth of information on herbs and botanicals.

The National Library of Medicine:    http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Though not dedicated to natural products, this web site allows access to a number of very useful data bases which contain the answers to many questions.

American Herbal Products Association:    http://www.ahpa.org

A trade association that represents the American herbal industry. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association that is focused primarily on herbs and herbal products. All of AHPA™s activities are focused on its mission, to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products, and are undertaken to maintain and improve market opportunities for companies that sell herbs, herbal products and other health-related products, and to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide choice of goods.

Natural Products Association:    http://www.naturalproductsassoc.org/site/PageServer

Formerly known as the NNFA, the Natural Products Association is also a trade association that promotes natural products for healthy lifestyles; the mission of the association is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products.