Paul Penders e-Newsletter: April
Mentor, Dr. Herma Eeftink Ruiter
By Paul Penders
Doctor Herma Eeftink Ruiter grew up in The
Netherlands in a family of 14 children. Her father, a
well-known pharmacist in the heart of Amsterdam, worked
hard to provide for his kids but like many men of his
generation, believed that education was wasted on women.
Undeterred by his lack of support, Herma
left for Canada at the young age of 15 to attend the
University of Montreal, attracted by the world famous
Montreal Botanical Gardens. To fulfill her dream of
becoming a veterinarian, Herma worked as a dishwasher to
pay her university fees. She put herself through school
that way for the next 5 years.
However, Herma’s interests quickly turned
to homeopathy and iryscopy when she saw that her
four-legged patients responded better to natural
medicines than “modern” preparations, which mostly
contained chemical-based ingredients.
Pursuing her own way of healing in a
medical empire full of the newly introduced antibiotics,
Herma studied in Australia under Dr. Its Hovenga, not
realizing that her growing success was actually brewing
trouble. When she returned to Holland to set up her
practice in natural medicine, Herma found that the
small-town doctors were threatened by her new-founded
beliefs and she was ostracized by the medical
Never giving up, Herma eventually earned
high respect from people both inside and outside
Holland, including the Royal Family, by demonstrating
that homeopathic medicines not only work, but also
generally have no ill side effects.
I am very proud and thankful to testify
here that Herma (you can’t see it in the picture but she
is now 82!) remains an intelligent and lively teacher.
She patiently taught me herbal knowledge and all-natural
skincare preparations as no other person could. Herma
always tells the truth – even when it may be hard to
hear. Whenever I visit her, after few minutes of joy and
fun, she always asks (and complains!) why I haven’t done
this, why not that, and why everything takes such a long
time. That is Herma.
Although retired for many years, her room
is always filled with fresh flowers from ex-patients,
many of whom she saved from cancer or other life
threatening ailments. Every day I think of her as an
inspiration, as she has helped me to lead our company to
where it is today.
Thank you Dame
Japanese Magazines Feature Paul
February, two popular Japanese magazines featured Paul
Penders ShampooFORTE and Pegaga Scalp Cleansing
Treatment. ANAN and L25 included these products in a
discussion of several well-known brands including
Weleda, L'Occitane, Neal's, Yard, Aveda and
Penders ShampooFORTE is the only time release shampoo
available in the world. It is designed to first cleanse
the scalp, ensuring a healthy foundation for beautiful,
shiny hair; then form a thick lather to cleanse the hair
itself. When first applied to the scalp, ShampooFORTE
gently removes dandruff and debris from the surface of
the head. As more water is added, it “breaks open”,
creating a rich foam specially developed to wash the
hair. After washing, the hair is full, luxurious and
well-mannered, without fly-aways.
Scalp Cleansing Treatment is a unique product specially
formulated to gently cleanse and stimulate the scalp.
Containing the local medicinal Malaysian herb pegaga,
which stimulates the circulation, it is ideal for
persons with dandruff, oily scalp or other conditions
that can inhibit the health and cleansing of the
of Japan, Paul Penders products are also receiving
acclaim. In the U.K., two Paul Penders products recently
received award nominations and Paul Penders is now
competing in a larger award contest in the U.S. that
includes 200 cosmetic companies.
read more about Pegaga Scalp Cleansing Treatment,
ShampooFORTE and other Paul Penders hair care products,
Natural Products Found to Contain
to studies conducted earlier this year by the Organic
Consumers Association (OCA), some organic products
contain the chemical 1,4-dioxane, a dangerous ingredient
linked to cancer.
that tested positive include well-known natural brands
such as Jason, Alba Botanica and Giovanni.
cosmetics, dioxane is the byproduct of a chemical
process used to soften harsh ingredients. It is banned
from use in cosmetics in the European Union, although it
can still be used in the U.S. While the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration says at the levels that dioxane is
found in cosmetics, it does not pose a hazard to
consumers, the National Toxicology Agency says that the
presence of 1,4- dioxane, even as a trace contaminant,
is cause for concern.
the OCA also found that virtually all of the personal
care products that are certified organic by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and the German certifying
groups are free from dioxane. "Among brands testing free
from this contamination include Aubrey Organics, Dr.
Bronner, Hauschka, Terressentials and Nourish," said
David Steinman, environmental health consumer advocate
who works closely with the OCA.
the heels of the study, the OCA announced on March 26
that companies marketing themselves as organic but whose
products contain petrochemical and/or conventional
ingredients have until April 22 to reformulate or face
legal action from the OCA for misrepresenting
organic product companies including Kiss My Face
subsequently announced that they would test their
products for the presence of 1,4-dioxane.
California-based Nature's Gate said that it was not
aware that its products contained harmful levels of
dioxane and is currently reviewing the OCA
Penders products have always been completely free of
1,4-dioxane. To read more about the products, and view
the ingredients contained in each, please click