karen howard organic natural health association

In 2016, the Organic & Natural Health Association will work with Grassroots Health (GRH) to promote the amazing impact vitamin D has on a wide variety of health issues ranging from pre-term births, to breast cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And we won’t stop with vitamin D.

frank lampe unpa

If you consider 1994—the year the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was passed—as the beginning or birth of the modern dietary supplements industry, then the industry just turned 21 this past October. Legally, it’s an adult now. If it was a person, the industry could now vote and buy alcohol.

aloe

Perhaps it is just a sign of the times that a year that started with the actions of the New York Attorney General against several dietary supplement marketers concludes with the December 4, 2015 announcement of the addition of “Aloe vera, non-decolorized whole leaf extract” and goldenseal root powder to the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals “known to the State to cause cancer.”

gmos

When it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the debate is highly contentious. With all that noise, it can be difficult to get to the core of the matter so as to understand for oneself what it’s all about. Here are some basics to get you started.  

dr. passwater

Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy and satisfying New Year. The New Year is usually a time when many of our friends once again resolve to improve their lifestyle and nutrition. Some of them try once again to shed some unwanted pounds. They may even come to you for advice on healthy dieting. So, this month, I am asking Eric Westman, M.D., past-president of the Obesity Medicine Association and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, NC, to discuss what his experience has been.

jay jacobowitz

If you’ve had a chance to read last month’s 38th Annual Retailer Survey Overview, with the Retail Insights’ 2016 Universe for Premium Natural and Organic Food, Supplement and Personal Care Sales (WholeFoods Magazine, December, 2015, page 25), you know that the Cincinnati, OH-based Kroger conventional supermarket chain is generating billions of dollars in sales from its natural and organic Simple Truth private label brand, helping drive the nearly 40% overall growth of natural and organic products within the conventional supermarket retail channel.

editorial Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner

Choosing this year’s Person of the Year was no easy task. Readers put several good names on our radar, but in the end, we went with the person whose name was on the tip of everyone’s tongue throughout 2015: New York Attorney General (NYAG) Eric Schneiderman.

Jonny Bowden

If you work at Whole Foods, sooner or later someone is going to ask you about Smart Fat. And I, for one, think that’s a very good sign.

curcumin

Turmeric is a source of curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that is a key component in many joint- and brain-support dietary supplements.