Dear Editor,
I just got the February issue of WholeFoods today, with the two in-depth articles on heart health and joint health. They both contain so much helpful insights into multiple causes of these diseases. I want to tell you what an awesome publication you put out, year after year. You have so many great articles and editorials.

What if we told you that some of the indulgences we take part in on a daily basis—like red wine and chocolate—can be good for your health? Too good to be true, right? Not exactly.

Resveratrol, a natural chemical compound found in these and other foods, is linked to many health benefits including heart health. Studies suggest resveratrol is responsible for lowering inflammation, supporting heart health and, dare we say, contributing to anti-aging benefits.

Vitamin D slows the progression of cells from premalignant to malignant states, keeping their proliferation in check. A team of researchers at McGill University has discovered a molecular basis for the potential cancer-preventive effects of vitamin D (1). The team, led by McGill professors John White and David Goltzman, of the Faculty of Medicine’s department of physiology, discovered that the active form of vitamin D acts through several mechanisms to inhibit both the production and function of a protein that drives cell division and is active at elevated levels in more than half of all cancers.

In seminars around the country, I ask independent natural products retailers if they believe their store is a distinct brand. Usually only a few raise their hands. But even if you don’t think of yourself or your store as a brand, your customers do…and I can prove it to you.

December and January aren’t just times for celebrating and making resolutions; these months are prime time for predicting the happenings of the coming year.

Harmful chemicals—you wouldn’t eat them, you wouldn’t use them on your face, so you certainly wouldn’t want to put them “down there.” As Americans are becoming more health conscious and aware about the harmful ingredients in mainstream foods and personal care items, there is also a rising concern over intimacy products. Intimacy products may be a bedroom staple, but getting your hands on the wrong kind can lead to more damage than pleasure.

During these trying economic times, more and more people have either chosen or been forced to become more involved with overseeing their own healthcare. As Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., says on his Web site (, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This especially includes your health care.”

The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) just finished a week-long (December 3–7) meeting in Bad Soden, a small German city near Frankfurt am Main. Nearly 300 delegates were in attendance, composed of government functionaries and international non-governmental organization (INGO) representatives. So, for one week, the assembled delegates—including the INGO delegation of the National Health Federation (NHF)—met, discussed and debated a wide number of food and food-supplement issues, including the controversial draft Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for vitamins and minerals.

Eureka!, we thought. We had a great idea on our hands: a brand new way for the industry to access key information at its fingertips. We brainstormed, interviewed vendors (and more vendors), hammered out the fine details and away we went into the brave new world of product development. Now, over a year later, we are pleased to bring you:

The WholeFoods Source Book Online