One great strength you have as an independent natural products retailer is your broad selection of hard-to-find, high-quality products. But for first-time natural shoppers, this massive selection can be overwhelming.

South Plainfield, NJ—This fall, WholeFoods Magazine will debut a mobile version of its Web site, www.wholefoodsmagazine.com.

Yonkers, NY—Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in April that it would seek to restrict the use of antibiotics in agricultural production, there has been more movement on this controversial front. Critics claim that overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, done to promote animal growth and prevent disease, can create drug-resistant strains of diseases, making antibiotics less effective for humans.

Chur, Switzerland—A new study published in Phytotherapy Research has found that saw palmetto (20 mg Prostasan from Bioforce USA) not only improves urinary problems, but also helps with erectile dysfunction.

Dover, DE; Portland, OR—Two new studies continue the flow of research on the negative effects of vitamin D deficiency.

Utah—Natural products industry champion Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is one step closer to keeping his seat in Congress. In a sweeping victory over opponent Dan Liljenquist, Hatch won his party’s nomination with 67% of the vote.  

Harleysville, PA—Could too much of a good thing could yield negative results? It might when it comes to green seals on product packaging, according to a study conducted by market research expert Natural Marketing Institute (NMI).

Stanford, CA—A new study shows that an antioxidant supplement may be useful in addressing certain aspects of autism. The data, published in Biological Psychiatry, were collected by a team from Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Columbus, OH—Low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression seasonal affective disorder and schizophrenia in adults. But what about teens?