In our October column celebrating Professor Fred A. Kummerow, Ph.D.’s 100th birthday, we discussed his early nutritional scientific achievements that have resulted in the saving of many thousands of people from premature death. We also discussed the deceitful maneuvering of data that resulted in many people believing that dietary cholesterol and saturated fat were factors in heart disease.

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the WholeFoods Who’s Who of Manufacturers and Suppliers, the only reference tool of its kind in the natural products industry. In these pages, you will find listings of hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals who work for these companies.

Could herbal and dietary supplements cause liver injury?

Despite the popular mythology surrounding the “unregulated dietary supplement industry,” the reality is that both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have significant regulatory authority over the marketing of supplements. FDA’s primary jurisdiction covers product labels and labeling while FTC is focused on product advertising. There can be significant overlap between “labeling” and advertising, as the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act considers labeling to be any material directly connected to the sale of any regulated product—including dietary supplements.

Joy and sorrow! First, the joy. This month, October 2014, I take great pride in having the legendary Professor Fred A. Kummerow, Ph.D., as our interviewee.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.” —Henry Ford

Be it from a simple headache or chronic condition, many people’s first reaction to pain is to seek relief from pain medication. While conventional drugs are effective for many, there are also side effects. In one survey, 68% of participants reported experiencing two or more negative side effects while taking pain medication, confusion and nausea being the most common (1). For those wary of these side effects, there are several alternative natural pain relievers with minimal side effects. While none of these can be said to outright cure any ailments, there is scientific and anecdotal evidence suggesting that these can match the effects of traditional pain medication.

Over 11,150 Facebook comments. Within 48 hours of the initial post, that’s how many fans turned to the Annie’s Facebook page to voice their opinions over the announcement that General Mills was buying the 25-year-old company.

For years, Vitamin K was the Rodney Dangerfield of vitamins. You can almost picture it sitting around a table with all the other fat-soluble vitamins (like E, A and D), pulling on it’s tie and saying “I don’t get no respect.”

But that was then and this is now.