Many people are still being taught by those with vested interests that eating cholesterol will cause heart disease. Some people may be shocked to learn that there are more than a dozen better indicators of artery and heart disease risk than blood cholesterol levels. I have often referred to the “Cholesterol Myth” and “Cholesterolphobia” in this column. As Dr. Stephen Sinatra has pointed out in this column many times, “the broken record of cholesterol keeps playing in the Dark Age of medicine.” It’s time to point out the facts, and fortunately, a new book by Sheldon Zerden does just that—point out the facts. The Cholesterol Paradigm: The Greatest Health Scam of the Century by Sheldon Zerden is scheduled for publication in December 2009 by Benelos LLC. However, a lot of people don’t want to be confused by the facts when it is so obvious that food cholesterol results in arterial deposits of cholesterol—or at least they think so. We will examine the facts in the next two columns.

Pungent aromas, bold tastes and festive colors; with spices, there is no shortage of flavors and they can also offer a plethora of health benefits, too. The good news is that your customers may not have to go farther than their own spice racks to find some of the healthiest options. Read further as we explore a smattering of spices, their medicinal properties and how they can improve the health of your customers.

Many may be spared from cancer if they are informed of selenium’s role in preventing cancer. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations make it difficult to inform people of this health benefit. The biochemistry of selenium is different from other nutrients, which makes it difficult for many to understand. With all due respect, this apparently includes our good friends at the FDA, who write health claims opinions.

Jay Jacobowitz

Most independent natural products retailers today are losing customers faster than they can replace them. This is the opposite of our history. Throughout the 1970s, ‘80s and well into the ‘90s, natural products retailers held an exclusive—if only because conventional grocers didn’t want or need natural products. This limited availability of natural products forced shoppers who wanted natural foods to travel to local, and sometimes not-so-local, natural products specialty stores.

Whether you’re 20, 40 or 60, you should feel good about your body and your sexual health. Get out from those covers you’ve been hiding under and let’s explore some natural remedies.

Nothing reveals a person’s true stripes faster than his/her reaction to the news of a health problem. 
 

Your customers may soon be asking you about the new movie, The Informant. What is it all about and why does it affect you? When we chatted with Mark Whitacre, Ph.D., in April about the weaknesses of the SELECT trial, and comparing high-selenium yeast and selenomethionine, I mentioned that I would interview him again about an upcoming Matt Damon movie and a Discovery Channel documentary called Undercover, in which Dr. Whitacre is the main subject of both.

 

Tips

Just prior to its summer recess, the House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R.2749), which had been launched by industry nemesis Representative John Dingell (D-MI) and amended by equally repugnant Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA). This bill replaced other food “safety” bills about which this column reported previously (see “Goon Squad on the March” June 2009).

Have you heard of homeopathy or homeopathic medicine, but are unsure of what they are? Homeopathy, a popular way of treating aliments holistically, was founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann some 200 years ago. The name “homeopathy” comes from two Greek words meaning “like disease.”