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Maureen M says ...
<p>Wow, taking responsibility for your own health for a change! Great idea! I just wish there was a Whole Foods in WV. It is very, very difficult to buy GOOD organic food here, plus the lifestyle, recipe for disaster.</p>
09/26/2009 12:32:00 PM CDT
Beth says ...
<p><strong>inflammatory </strong>I had shopped at Wholefoods/Wild Oats for 10 years.<br> I have a family of four and used to spend hundreds of dollars evry week! I have not been into a Wholefoods store since Mr. Mackeys OP.Ed.<br> I miss shopping there but am able to get all the same products by going to farmers markets and sevral other stores.<br> Mothers Market, Henry's, Sprouts, and now even Costco and Vons have some organic products. I look forward to the day Mr. Mackey steps down, but until then I will never step foot in a Wholefoods again!</p>
09/26/2009 2:04:00 PM CDT
JoAnn Carey says ...
<p>As a registered dietitian/nutritionist, I am passionate about preventing and/or delaying the onset of disease. Health Savings Accounts work contrary to the concept of wellness. Just because we give responsibility to an individual for their health, does not mean they will make wise choices. I know of people with HSA that delay tests in order to delay spending their account. I know of a young man who spent his HSA on Lasik surgery instead of going to his doctor and dentist for check ups. I hope he does not regret this. Young people may have serious disease and not even know it until it is too late!</p>
09/26/2009 2:14:00 PM CDT
Terri Johnson says ...
<p>Dear Mr. Mackey,</p> <p>There is a Whole Foods store where I live, but I have rarely shopped there in the past. After reading your article, I will now shop there frequently in order to support your outstanding company and the fortunate employees who work for you.</p> <p>I will also e-mail your article to friends and family members who are fortunate enough to have a brain and who therefore have the ability to think rationally. I know they will support your company as well.</p> <p>Thank you!</p>
09/26/2009 6:53:00 PM CDT
J. Ricardo Planas says ...
<p>Your views motivated me to write about this issue from a moral standpoint, and thus to contribute to the national discourse in a civilized manner. Given that it is a rather lengthy piece, I am attaching the link. <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20101020182743/http://www.reasonandpolitics.com/healthcarereform.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.reasonandpolitics.com/healthcarereform.html</a></p> <p>Thank you.</p>
09/26/2009 8:52:00 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
<p>I already shopped at Whole Foods on occasion, but now I go out of my way to shop there and I am happy to hand my money over to the cashier. Mr. Mackey, you literally gave me a glimmer of hope in what I find is increasingly a very depressing state of the nation full of people ready and willing to just turn the country over to socialist and Marxist ideals. Many are just too uneducated or ignorant to realize it, and the educated, informed ones will never admit it. It's evident everywhere. It's all about the word police now too. They won't even call it what it is: socialized medicine. It's failing in other countries, and it would be a disaster in a country as large as ours with our current irresponsible, largely corrupt government. Today's Democrat is a socialist who occasionally teeters on the edge of Communist ideals, and it makes me ill.</p> <p>I'm a graduate student, and I'm in classes that are preaching the evils of capitalism on a daily basis. I actually have professors accusing anyone who doesn't agree with 'Obamacare' and the failed 'stimulus' package of being a racist.</p> <p>Thank you a million times over for going out on a limb and risking losing some business to stand up for ideals that are incredibly and increasingly important at this time. You have a loyal customer in me for life.</p>
09/27/2009 7:06:00 AM CDT
Christine Lee says ...
<p>With no medical insurance or Dr or income to support a physican/drug/insurance existance, my only choice is to practice preventative self-care. The operative word is CHOICE &amp; even if I HAD medical coverage, I would choose a natural lifestyle minus chemical foods and chemical medicine w/nasty side effects. I educate myself by studying all I can about natural healing, and try to eat accordingly.I was so very ill last spring (years of undiagnosed celiac) and 'cold turkey' tried a gluten-free diet. In less than a week I went from feeling like I was dying to having more energy than in years! I continue this lifestyle and will continue the rest of my life. Bottom line ' WFM has the products and ingredients I need to be well and have quality to my life (I'm a Gram to 7). How foolish it would be for me to put politics ahead of my being well naturally! Whole Foods ' you won't please everyone all the time but thank heavens you are there for me. I gave up frivolous shopping without looking back to be able to afford to eat chemical and gluten free. Parents and caregivers should do the same for our next generation! There is NOTHING more important!!! Teach them well to take care of themselves everyday and they &amp; their's will survive better in this increasingly crazy world. They are the future ' good nutrition is THE most important element that should be taught. A little used-true motto: You are what you eat.</p>
09/27/2009 10:27:00 AM CDT
Bob Warsham says ...
<p><strong>Inflammatory </strong>Although you are entitled to your opinion, using the term 'Obamacare' indicated to me a prejudice on your part'¦there is no bill in Congress entitled 'Obamacare''¦the term is aa creation of the extreme right wing and shows a preconceived anti agenda sentiment. You did, indirectly, mention the president by using this term.</p>
09/27/2009 2:10:00 PM CDT
Anne says ...
<p>Dear Mr. Mackey,</p> <p>I agree with about 80% of your stated views. One statement you made is as follows: 'Most of the diseases which are both killing us and making health care so expensive-heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, which account for about 70% of all health care spending, are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal or no alcohol consumption, and other healthy lifestyle choices.'</p> <p>I agree wholeheartedly with your position that we are better off with 'minimal or no alcohol consumption' yet your stores sell wine and beer and in fact, promote it during your 'Five After Five' Friday food and wine tasting. We have a local grocery store chain in Richmond VA, Ukrops, which refuses to sell any kind of alcohol because it would be in direct conflict with their values. I understand that profits from wine and beer contribute to Whole Foods overall profitability but I encourage you and your Board to align your 'values' with what your company does and does not sell, namely, alcohol. In talking to a friend who is a judge in Virginia, he says that over 66% of the cases which come before him can be directly or indirectly attributed to alcohol or drug use. Most of those who admire and respect Whole Foods for marching to the beat of a different and more ethical drummer, will no doubt have even more respect and loyalty to a company who eliminates another clearly unhealthy product(alcohol) from their stores' inventories. I hope you will seriously consider this and post your thoughts. Thank you.</p>
09/27/2009 2:17:00 PM CDT
gb says ...
<p>Mr Mackey,<br> Will you please run for President in 2012? This article makes more sense than anything else I've read on the healthcare debacle in the last 3 months. </p> <p>BTW, I went to our local Whole Foods after this article appeared just to try to show my support. I was unprepared for the changes the food we bought at your store has brought about in our lives! After I got home, we started reading about refined sugars and started to follow Joanna Budwig's recommendations. My husband was so impressed by how much better the chicken we bought tasted than Tyson's that we've made weekly visits to WF since then. Your milk and several other products are actually cheaper than Krogers.</p> <p>Bottom line: we both have more energy and have been able to put away our bottles of antacids for the first time in yrs. So thank you!</p>
09/27/2009 5:21:00 PM CDT
Suzanne says ...
<p><strong>Inflammatory </strong><strong></strong>Dear Mr. Mackey,</p> <p>I have shopped at Whole Foods, and worked at Whole Foods and Bread &amp; Circus before it was sold to you ' that is over twenty years.</p> <p>I am saddended by your attitude, but not surprised.<br> When you took over Bread &amp; Circus and insited on selling white sugar and white flour in 'our' store, the staff was outraged. While corporate mouthed 'we value your feedback', you told us that you wanted people to have a 'one stop shopping' experience at Whole Foods. I knew then that you were NOTHING like the noble Harnetts who truly valued health and healthy living. I knew that all you valued was the almighty dollar. </p> <p>So, yes, I continued to work and shop in Whole Foods because I am committed to a healthy lifestyle.</p> <p>Twenty years later &amp; guess what? I have a chronic, congenital condition and no health insurance. Except for this I am very healthy; which I attribute in part to my eating habits. Apparently I am too well for Mediciad, but can't work enough to buy my own insurance. Is THIS how the market takes care or things? In addition (to Becky Hunter, as well), emergency health care is provided to all; however, I was just in the ER for what appears to be a bleeding ulcer and the minute they found out I had no insurance they 'referred' me to a specialist and no more tests were done. I suppose if I had been vomiting blood they might have done more, but I doubt it. I will not be going to a specialist because I can't afford it. Sad to say, I have been treating it myself with products from your store. What do you say to that, Mr. Mackey? That must make you happy/richer. Hmm'¦</p> <p>This is SOCIAL DARWINSIM.</p> <p>I am ashamed to have ever worked for you. You are just another selfish capitalist.</p> <p>As soon as I find an alternative, I will cease shopping at your store, but that will be difficult because you have bought up all the competition. Way to go.</p>
09/27/2009 10:34:00 PM CDT
Suzanne says ...
<p><strong>inflammatory </strong>Oh, and another thing: how complicit are YOU? </p> <p>You talk about people being responisble for their own health and what they eat is a part of that. Then why do you sell white flour and white sugar (among other things) in your store? Are these 'whole foods'? Oh, I know, free-market, freedom of choice. Funny that you are profiting from that choice, dontcha think? </p> <p>You, sir, are a hypocrite.</p>
09/27/2009 10:50:00 PM CDT
James Beswick says ...
<p>An insightful, honest and straight-forward point of view that has been blasted by the free-spending liberals for no logical reason at all. Personally, I'll be switching all my grocery shopping to Whole Foods.</p> <p>Apparently, the people who are boycotting Whole Foods over this prefer Wal Mart's stance on health care insurance, which basically allows them to bury competitors and tighten their monopoly.</p>
09/28/2009 9:15:00 AM CDT
Suzanne says ...
<p>Moderator: It looks like you are cherry picking comments that agree with Mr. Mackey's position. You sprinkle in a few opposing viewpoints. I suppose mine were too accurate for you to post? Where are my posts? Typical. And exactly what I expected.</p>
09/28/2009 3:07:00 PM CDT
Suzanne says ...
<p>Dear Mr. Mackey,</p> <p>I have shopped at Whole Foods, and worked at Whole Foods and Bread &amp; Circus before it was sold to you ' that is over twenty years.</p> <p>I am saddended by your attitude, but not surprised.<br> When you took over Bread &amp; Circus and insited on selling white sugar and white flour in 'our' store, the staff was outraged. While corporate mouthed 'we value your feedback', you told us that you wanted people to have a 'one stop shopping' experience at Whole Foods. I knew then that you were NOTHING like the noble Harnetts who truly valued health and healthy living. I knew that all you valued was the almighty dollar. </p> <p>So, yes, I continued to work and shop in Whole Foods because I am committed to a healthy lifestyle. I do not work there any more.</p> <p>Twenty years later &amp; guess what? I have a chronic, congenital condition and no health insurance. Except for this I am very healthy; which I attribute in part to my eating habits. Apparently I am too well for Medicaid, and/or make too much money but can't work enough to buy my own insurance. Is THIS how the market takes care or things? In addition (to Becky Hunter, as well), emergency health care is provided to all; however, I was just in the ER for what appears to be a bleeding ulcer and the minute they found out I had no insurance they 'referred' me to a specialist and no more tests were done. I suppose if I had been vomiting blood they might have done more, but I doubt it. I will not be going to a specialist because I can't afford it. Sad to say, I have been treating myself with products from your store. What if I have cancer or die from this? I suppose that is my fault for not being well enough to eran enough to buy medical care? This is SOCIAL DARWINSIM.</p> <p>Furthermore, you talk about people being responsible for their own health ' what they eat is a part of that. Then why do you sell white flour and white sugar (among other things) in your store? Are these 'whole foods'? Oh, I know, free-market, freedom of choice. Funny that you are profiting from that choice, dontcha think? </p> <p>As soon as I find an alternative, I will cease shopping at your store, but that will be difficult because you have bought up all the competition. Way to go Mr. Mackey.</p>
09/28/2009 3:23:00 PM CDT
Catherine F. says ...
<p>Hi,</p> <p>I'm the French woman with the 3 kids you met at Whole Foods in Louisville today.<br> It was a big honor to meet you.<br> I forgot to tell you that you store is the only reason we moved from the East Coast (NYC and Connecticut) to Louisville. When my husband was considering Louisville for his business, i asked him if there was a 'Whole Foods''¦and the rest is history.<br> Beside being a big fan of your store, i'm in line with your business philosophy.<br> Your business story proves that corporations can be successful while caring for the environment, human and animal rights.</p>
09/28/2009 3:32:00 PM CDT
daje says ...
<p><strong>Inflammatory </strong>I am not going to take the time to read all the ideas Mackey has on Health Care. He wants to attack socialism. Yet public schools, police, ect. seem to benefit people. Regulations on Organic seem to be a socially responsible action and Taxing the greed and hording nature of those with resources seems necessary. </p> <p>I guess if the rich could keep all the money to themselves, they would, they have uncaring hard hearts. If the rich got anything by themselves without using human resources or earths resources they are in fantasy land. The private sector thinks they are in competition with public, communal and governmental systems. But the motivation and intention is different. </p> <p>The idea to get rich versus the idea to serve, protect and empower with collective good being the product. I stopped in the parking lot and turned around and did not go inside the Wholefoods store today, just so I could express my contempt for Mr. Bigshot Mackey. </p> <p>So quick to talk about bootstraping pulling your self up to independence. Or look at all the good things I do like run the market all by myself. Yah Right! Empathy they have none when it comes to making a buck. </p> <p>If they can sell salt for a profit he would. Got brick and mortar'¦got employees. Now is a good time to ask Vons and Ralphs markets to start carrying the yogurt and coconuts and ph water. Those things I really only need from the capitalist free market. Too bad for me and maybe you will feel alittle too. Because you are a selfish capitalist with a nobrainer Idea to retail exotic items, and the connections to make it happen 3 times in Santa Monica and Venice. So What'¦. You and your croonies are the reason everthing has a price and you make a profit. And when your mattress is full of money, and your bank fails and your broker has flipped it short and long again and it fall flat on your greedy brain. You may still find people who care for you, and wipe your behind and spoon feed you. maybe I'll be there for you Mr. Republican. The price of your soul is too high. you may need some societal or social support to get you into heaven.</p>
09/28/2009 9:44:00 PM CDT
Andre Courtemanche says ...
<p><strong>Inflammatory </strong>Congratulations, Mr. Mackey. You have now aligned your company with the hateful people marching at tea parties and watching Glenn Beck. Atta boy on the 180 degree turn you brought to your company's image. </p> <p>I applaud the people who protested Whole Foods and hope to see more until you are dismissed. You don't belong at Whole Foods, Mr. Mackey.</p> <p>Writing that piece in the WSJ and alienating most of your customer base clearly demonstrates your lack of insight into your company's strengths and core market'¦ So why are you still CEO?</p>
09/29/2009 10:51:00 AM CDT
Chris says ...
<p>'We hold these truths to be self-evident,'that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'</p> <p>Author: Thomas Jefferson</p> <p>Source: Declaration of Independence of the United States of America</p> <p>*-*-*-*-*-*-*</p> <p>A careful reading of both The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will also not reveal any intrinsic right to oxygen. Should we make oxygen optional as well? Healthcare, like oxygen, is included under the reference to LIFE, Mr. Mackey. Healthcare is necessary for LIFE. Every one of us has a pre-existing condition, it's called being mortal. </p> <p>I wholeheartedly agree with you about personal responsibility, but I ask you to consider the many, many cases of illness and deformity that have absolutely nothing to do with diet and exercise. Whether intended or not, you came off extremely callous since you are certainly wealthy and can afford any and all treatments available to you and your family.</p> <p>I am unsure about continuing to shop in your stores. There are many other sources where I can buy the products you sell.</p>
09/29/2009 12:39:00 PM CDT
Rob L says ...
<p>I read your op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately I cannot shop at your stores any further since you believe only the wealthy should be healthy. I and my family will take our business elsewhere.</p>
09/29/2009 5:58:00 PM CDT
Melissa says ...
<p>Mr. Mackey,<br> It is amazing to me, that one man's OPINION can foment so much froth! First of all, living in Berkeley, I have to ask what happened to free speech? Secondly, for those who choose to support a boycott or disrupt a store, what about the jobs of those who work at WFM?</p> <p>I completely agree with your stance that healthcare is not a right, and like you I agree there are reforms that will bring down the cost and make it more affordable without letting the government take it over. I want to make my health decisions with my doctor, not with the government looking over my shoulder! But as a resident of the Berkeley, CA community , I get my opinion shouted down. Three is no civil discourse, if one disagrees with the liberal thoughts of most in this area.</p> <p>Suffice it to say that the Feds are running Medicare into the ground; I have no confidence that they will be able run a single-payor system efficiently with many millions more in the system.</p> <p>I haven't shopped at Whole Foods often as it is not near our home, but I now drive out of my way each week to your Oakland store to support your right to voice your opinion and your employees jobs. It is clear that you have such high regards for your employees and the organic products that you sell.</p> <p>(And for Anne, the person above who opposes the sale of wine and beer, it is part of our healthy diet. If you don't want to drink it, don't! But how odd that you would want it banned from WFM, when like everything else in moderation, it has healthy merits.)</p> <p>Keep up the good work, Mr. Mackey, and do not let your opponents misinterpret nor silence you!</p>
09/29/2009 6:24:00 PM CDT
Greg Johnson says ...
<p>I appreciate concerns about increasing costs of government programs social security and medicare. Where were these concerns when the previous administration was running up the deficits and in case you haven't noticed, it did bankrupt us. The current healthcare system will take only deeper into deficits. We must put a stop to this now and wait no longer for healthcare reform.<br> By the way, I just started shopping at Whole Foods and loved the store. I was so disappointed to hear the op/ed by the CEO. Now I do not want to shop there anymore.</p>
09/29/2009 6:36:00 PM CDT
jon says ...
<p><strong>inflammatory </strong>It most be nice to be so rich that you don't have to worry about health care!!!!!! You have the money to pay for your own health care!!! But I don't!!!<br> Oh yah I am a teacher busy taking care of your kids!</p>
09/29/2009 8:22:00 PM CDT
Tim A. says ...
<p><strong>inflammatory </strong>To me, Whole Foods represents a blatantly self-centered approach to health and wellness that is, ironically, extremely unhealthy. In the quasi-religion that your company espouses, self takes precedence over the community with a degree of narcissism that borders on the pathological. </p> <p>Yoga is good for 'me.' Organic foods (regardless of whether they are produced locally or around the world) are good for 'me.' Self-pampering toiletries are good for 'me.' </p> <p>At Whole Foods, there is 'me' ' and then there are the animals, which come next in the order of values that your company proclaims are the most important. </p> <p>Whole Foods stopped selling live lobsters in 2006 because you deemed the practice 'inhumane' ' from the Latin 'inhumanus,' meaning 'cruel, savage, barbarous.' That policy decision was both absurd and hypocritical given the tons of meat and seafood that you sell each day. But I digress. </p> <p>What is savage and barbarous in 2009 is to ignore progress, and this: single-payer health care systems around the world that cut out the middleman ' the insurance companies ' generate better health care results at a much lower cost that the libertarian utopian myth that you so passionately embrace.</p> <p>After reading your editorial in the Wall Street Journal, I will be avoiding Whole Foods from now on. I am trying to stay healthy, and when it comes to human health, compassion and lovingkindness are much more important than organic sprouts, vitamins, and even green tea. The money that I save from shopping at less expensive stores will go toward supporting progressive politics and a single-payer health system in the US.</p>
09/29/2009 11:06:00 PM CDT
Susanna Holt says ...
<p>Just to let the secret out! I lived the first 42 years of my life as an English person, in UK, and benefited from free healthcare'¦. firstly, we had a substantially healthier diet, and we ate roughly 50% less than the average American I should guess. consequently, no one went bust with medical bills, all of us could rush our children to the hospital and be treated immediately, each of us held insurance for catastrophic just in case we became seriously ill. Minimal payments. It worked just fine, not perfect, but one hell of a lot better than the 6-7 K I have been paying the last few years, and supplements and checkups on top. Think of all the education and all the holidays I would have enjoyed for that amount, instead of giving it to the Insurance Industry, whose premiums are mutable. For heavens sake, do yourselves a favor, let this brilliant President, who has the rest of the world applauding him, go to work for the job you elected him to do, and stop shouting about it! You will be very happy in the long run, I guarantee it. Don't listen to the naysayers, eat healthily, smaller portions, reward yourselves with a new piece of clothing for each pound that you lose! God bless America!</p>
09/30/2009 9:56:00 AM CDT

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