Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

As we understand more about gluten intolerance (not an allergy) and its related problems including gluten-sensitive enteropathy, celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, Gee-Herter’s disease and others, we can help more of the thousands of affected people achieve better health. There are many more gluten-free products available to help. The most important thing to keep in mind is that if the problem is not corrected as soon as possible, damage to the intestinal tract worsens, suffering increases, and the absorption of vital nutrients suffers, compounding all health problems!

Did you know that natural and organic foods are in a “premium” class that is completely separate from gourmet and conventional foods? Neither did John Mackey, CEO of Austin, TX-based Whole Foods Market when he agreed to acquire arch competitor, Boulder, CO-based Wild Oats Markets for $565 million in February 2007. Fast forward to December 9, 2008, and Whole Foods is suing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which is still trying to block the deal based on the flawed logic that natural and organic constitute a “premium” category of foods that only these two competitors sell, and that by acquiring Wild Oats, Whole Foods will have monopoly pricing power that will harm consumers.

We do our best to ensure that babies are happy and healthy as they grow and develop. But so much of our efforts are focused on their diets; what they should and should not eat, how much and how often. This is only a small portion of caring for a baby, as they are especially vulnerable to the health risks posed by harsh chemicals and synthetic materials in conventional products. Thus, parents (and babies) are demanding safer, gentler alternatives to traditional diapers, wipes, bottles and skin care products—and the natural products industry has answered. 

Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

A dozen years ago, on Christmas day December 25, 1996, great joy emanated from a clinical trial showing that suffering and death could be cut in half simply by taking a selenium supplement.

Cleaning products are supposed to keep us safe, comfortable and healthy. However, because most conventional products can be extremely toxic, our homes literally have us running a poison gauntlet—whether we realize it yet or not. Having a clean home is important to all of us, but the results of using noxious chemicals throughout our daily living spaces can be devastating.

Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

Perhaps you have read about the exciting results of still another clinical trial with Pycnogenol and arthritis (1). As the baby boomers age, more and more find themselves hampered by various aches and pains, especially knee pain. This month, I have called upon Frank Schönlau, Ph.D., to discuss this research with us and to get his recommendations for the best help for knee pain.

Jay Jacobowitz

Independent natural products retailers don’t diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease, but they do help millions of Americans on the path to well being. Independent natural products retailers can’t legally practice medicine, but their knowledge of nutrition and genuine empathy and concern supports those who are trying to get and stay well. Tens of millions of American consumers enjoy better health because there is a helpful natural products retailer nearby.

The rich hues of fresh fruits and vegetables are not only aesthetically pleasing; they’re good for you, too. Most yellow, orange and red pigments synthesized by plants are called carotenoids, and are essential to a healthy diet. These fat-soluble antioxidants are made by plants to protect themselves from free radical damage and help the body in countless ways (1).

Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
—Thomas Jefferson, September 23, 1800
When Congress created the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1906, it was intended that this vital agency would operate under principles of our Constitution. It was not the intention of Congress to create an agency that would encumber the health of our nation.