The Paul Penders e-Newsletter: December 2007

In This Issue:
The LifeCo Features Paul Penders as Guest Editor
Paul Penders Joins American Botanical Council
Paul Penders Chinese Factory Passes Inspection

The LifeCo Features Paul Penders as Guest Editor

This month, European wellness center The LifeCo features Paul Penders in its online Winter Edition as Guest Editor. The center’s ezine offers a thought-provoking look at how the way we live and the products we consume affect both ourselves and the environment.

The Autumn Edition, for example, included insights from vegan chef Chad Sarno. The 31 year-old Bostonian shared his thoughts on autumn, a time to enjoy the fruits of the soil and rethink our role in taking care of Mother Earth.

The Winter Edition focuses on reflecting over the year past, and of course, the products we use to take care of our skin, hair and body. Articles written by Paul Penders discuss how to be good to the Earth by being good to your skin and unmask the harmful ingredients included in many cosmetic products. Other sections include Paul’s Frequently Asked Questions about organic products for hair and skin, online resources for eco-friendly skincare, and a Letter to Readers.

Based in Turkey with facilities in the UK, Sweden and Germany, The LifeCo was founded in 2002 on the premise that good health is a continuum rather than an absolute state. It believes that optimal health is attainable by including healthier options in one’s life. Those options include a range of techniques that The LifeCo offers to promote wellbeing such as yoga, medication, steam bath, massage, floatation tank and detoxification.

To help clients achieve wellness in other aspects of their lives, The LifeCo offers a variety of educational resources including seminars, workshops, classes and books. It has also opened vegetarian restaurants to encourage healthy eating. The Saf restaurants, which include dining, juice bars and martini bars, use fresh, organic ingredients that are rich in favor, while introducing fewer toxins into the body than mass produced foods. In the Turkish language, “saf” means purity.

To visit The LifeCo website and read its Winter Edition, please click here.

Paul Penders Joins American Botanical Council

To help support one of the natural products industry’s preeminent organizations, the Paul Penders company has joined the American Botanical Council (ABC).

A nonprofit, educational organization, ABC’s goal is to inform the public on the use of herbs and phytomedicinals.It accomplishes this through a wide variety of services including scientific publications, continuing education programs, internships and other educational offerings such as tours, a speaker’s bureau and media education.

ABC has published several very highly regarded books, including The Identification of Medicinal Plants: A Handbook of the Morphology of Botanicals in Commerce, The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs,Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs and The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Each offers scientific discussions of common and specialized herbs, describing their usage in modern medicine.

One of ABC’s most highly recognized publications is HerbalGram, a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal designed to increase public awareness and professional knowledge about medicinal herbs. HerbalGram features articles, research reviews, conference reports, and book reviews on medicinal plants, the history of their use, ethnobotanical and modern clinical research, and legal and regulatory developments.

Due to its commitment to the usage of natural and organic ingredients, Paul Penders is proud to advertise in HerbalGram.

ABC’s website offers a wealth of information about herbs, with several online herbal databases as well as a virtual herb garden tour.

For more details about ABC or HerbalGram, please click here.

Paul Penders Chinese Factory Passes Inspection

Last month, government inspectors conducted a comprehensive examination of Paul Pender’s factory in Hangzhou, China. After a rigorous inspection, the facility and its staff passed with flying colors.

China has recently ramped up its efforts to ensure that products manufactured within the country meet global standards. This regulatory belt-tightening follows several high profile product failures involving toothpaste, sedatives and cough medicines.

This summer, for example, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze. This ingredient, diethylene glycol (DEG), had been found in a shipment at the U.S. border and at retail stores in Miami and Puerto Rico. DEG had also been identified in a variety of Chinese-made sedatives, syrups and cough medicines worldwide. In September 2006, a cough syrup containing DEG resulted in more than 40 deaths in Panama.

After learning that certain pet foods were sickening and killing cats and dogs, the FDA also found contaminants in vegetable proteins imported into the United States from China and used as ingredients in pet food.