Natural products retailers are often told that the best way to compete in today’s market is to show off what makes them unique and special. An annual tasting event held at Sundance Natural Foods of Eugene, OR, is a great example of a store highlighting a special quality and running with it to give shoppers a great, engaging store experience.

New York, NY— On December 3 at the Kaufman Music Center in Manhattan, the motion concerned whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should have a place in agriculture. The formal debate of that motion, part of the Intelligence Squared series of public debates, featured thought leaders on both sides presenting arguments about the necessity, environmental impact and safety of GMOs as audience members asked questions and weighed in with a vote.

You have probably heard people bragging about their wonderful new juicers and how much fun they’re having with them, and thought this was just another trend that is here today, gone tomorrow. Well, on the contrary, juicing is one of the most efficient and fun ways to get the nutrients your body needs by mixing the most improbable ingredients together.

When Ken Babal and I discussed the health benefits of mushrooms and mushroom extracts in February, we mentioned active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). I was surprised to learn that not many people knew of AHCC’s well-researched health benefits so widely used in Japan. AHCC supports immune system health to protect against and overcome “germs” and tumors. So now, I have called upon AHCC expert and internationally recognized expert on integrative medicine, Fred Pescatore, M.D., M.P.H., to discuss AHCC in more detail.

As with life, words have plain meanings. That is, we all generally expect the basic meaning of a word to be what we know it to be through our experience and education. A “cat” does not mean a “dog.” Instead, they are what we expect them to be just as water is water and blue means blue. Without such commonly accepted meanings, we would be lost at sea, unable to communicate with one another and transmit information. Hence, shared definitions exist that typically transcend time and even cultures.

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When it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, shoppers may think they’re covering all their bases with a well-balanced diet and a great workout routine. But what about oral care? Conventional toothpaste may be doing more harm to their enamel than they realize. Natural oral care—from natural toothpastes and rinses to eco-friendly toothbrushes—is an important segment for shoppers to bite into.

Beautiful Nutrition offers hair care products to address many condition-specific needs. Examples include Citrseal leave-in/rinse-out conditioner with lime fruit extract to reduce frizz; Shine Repair products with grapefruit seed extract to reduce dulling and remove toxins; and the Healthy Hair Diet shampoo/conditioner to revitalize stressed hair.

Uplift mood and energy levels with Chakra Crystal Mist aromatherapy sprays from I AM Enlightened Creations. Made from pure essential oils and gem essences, the seven varieties include I AM Peace, made with lavender and chamomile for calmness, I AM Truth with eucalyptus to clear negative thoughts and I AM Love, made to bring joy.