High-protein diets are all the rage these days, to go along with the gym-enthusiast lifestyle that many people are taking on. Protein is a macronutrient that is needed in the body for varying functions; in a sense it is a jack of all trades.

Medical scientists are now realizing the importance of a particular form of vitamin K, the vitamin K2 form. Yes, the general medical community, by and large, still thinks of vitamin K solely in terms of its role in blood clotting, a very important role indeed, but there may be other equally—if not more important—roles that are only recently coming to light.

After the bloodbath in the fields of France during the First World War in which almost 1.4 million French lives were lost, the Third French Republic was determined that this would never happen again. Vast sums were approved in the 1930s to construct a series of strong forts and powerful buried defensive positions strung in a line on the border between France and its old enemy Germany. This became known as the Maginot Line, named after André Maginot, the French Minister of War at the time; and it is best remembered as a huge failure.

A revolution is underway at cafeterias across the nation. Part of it is stemming from disgruntled kids who aren’t thrilled with their ho-hum plates of spaghetti. But, school administrators are also ready to launch their meatballs at lawmakers who tasked schools with making lunches healthier—a job that schools say is next to impossible to accomplish while still making meals appealing. In the end, could it be young natural products retailers who are saving the day for schoolchildren across the nation?

Welcome to the 2014 WholeFoods Magazine Source Directory, the largest and most comprehensive print/online directory of information in the natural products industry.

When the body is running smoothly, you may not give magnesium a second thought. But those who have a magnesium deficiency definitely notice that it’s gone!

I just finished reading the February editorial (“Celebrating #30,” p. 4) and wanted to tell you how moved I am. You have captured the essence of WholeFoods Magazine, and told us what that is, for most including me, probably for the first time. Thank you for your eloquent words.

Jay Jacobowitz, president/founder
Retail Insights
Brattleboro, VT


Longtime readers may remember that my early longevity research centered on antioxidant synergism and selenium. In 1959, I was researching the possible role of selenium as “Factor 3” proposed by Drs. Klaus Swartz and Calvin Foltz in 1958, when I discovered a synergistic role of selenium and vitamin C. At that time, selenium was not known to be an essential nutrient for humans or other animals. In 1973, Rotruck and colleagues discovered that selenium was a component of an essential enzyme (1) and, in 1989, it was discovered that selenium forms the active site in the amino acid selenocysteine (2), which is now known to be the 21st amino acid specified by our genetic code. In fact, unraveling the mysteries of selenium biochemistry has altered our understanding of the genetic code. We now know that there are at least 20 active biochemicals made in humans that contain selenocysteine as their active site, but we still don’t know many of their functions.

Transparency is big these days, especially in our industry. Millions of U.S. shoppers are drawn to natural and organic products in the first place because they want to know exactly what’s in their food, how companies are treating the environment and how growers are compensated.