Natural Healing Sell Outs according to Dr. Schulze and I agree with him. It is not such a good idea for us the consumers.
The Corporate Buyout of our Health
No, I’m not talking about HMO’s, but that’s another thing that didn’t improve medical care, but it did improve insurance companies’ profits. I am talking about the selling of health businesses and herbal medicine companies to big corporations.
Coca Cola bought out Odwalla juice. That was a nightmare. Their bad processes made people sick and caused pasteurization laws to be passed so now we can only buy cooked apple juice.
Pepsi Cola bought out Naked Juice, so now most of our fresh juices are being produced by Coke, Pepsi and other soda pop companies.
Kraft Foods, the people who make Velveeta imitation cheese, bought out Boca Burger, the veggie burger company, and that quality went down. (By the way, Kraft Foods is owned by tobacco giant Phillip Morris.)
Lipton, the huge black tea company, bought out Celestial Seasonings Herbal Teas, and we got prettier packaging, not better product!
Mars Incorporated, the huge candy bar company (M&M’s and Snickers), bought out what used to be an awesome Organic seed and food company, Seeds of Change.
Traditional Medicinal Teas – SOLD and is no longer owned by the great California herbalist Rosemary Gladstar anymore. In fact, I just searched for her name on their corporate website and nothing came back!
Janet Zand’s herbal products – SOLD and is no longer owned by Janet anymore. (By the way, I couldn’t find her name on the company website anymore, either.)
Burt’s Bees – SOLD to Clorox.
Get my point here? The Soda Pop, Candy Bar and Junk Food industries are taking over our Health Food Industry!
Am I Paranoid?
During the days of my clinic, I used to feel like the government was closing in on me—actually it did! Today, corporate giants have surrounded and are circling the health wagon train, and are picking off my friends, students and the health food industry in general, one by one.
(OK, in fairness let’s not blame corporate giants, they make health-destroying junk, but this is not their fault. It is actually the pure greed of my friends, students and the health food industry people, that are selling their companies, and their souls, for the almighty dollar! They are selling the natural foods and natural medicines we made to combat the damage caused by the health-destroying products of these big corporations, TO THE SAME CORPORATIONS!!!)
I would love to believe that this trend is the beginning of a new era, and awakening of American corporations, that Americans want health, and are willing to take more responsibility. My fear is that in this process, of all my students and other herbalists selling their businesses to drug companies and horrible corrupt earth and animal destroying companies, well, these once good products will become trendy names with good packaging, wider distribution, but the quality will degenerate to total garbage! Actually, it is more than a fear, it is happening!
Another One Bites the Dust!
In my life I have had the privilege to teach many great men and women who have gone on to become great herbal doctors and run great clinics. Other people I have trained have gone into the health food and herbal medicine industry. Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to teach two east coast friends, Paul Schulick and Rick Scalzo. Paul Schulick went on to create New Chapter, a natural vitamin supplement company, and Rick Scalzo founded Gaia Herbs, a very good herbal company.
In The News This Week:
Paul Schulick has just sold his natural vitamin supplement company to Proctor & Gamble!
Proctor & Gamble:
– The makers of Crisco, the original crystallized cottonseed oil supplying Americans with a daily dose of health-destroying trans-fatty acids for 100 years now.
– The makers of Pepto Bismol, basically liquid aspirin.
– The makers of Tide, its heavy duty earth polluting synthetic detergent.
– The makers of Crest, and the original fluoride toothpaste.
And let’s not forget Pringles and Prilosec! Yes, Proctor & Gamble makes “over the counter” pharmaceuticals too!
There have been many websites that have made great comments on this sell out by New Chapter to Proctor & Gamble.
Excerpts from a few other recent Blogs, Regarding the Sell Out…
Spread the word: New Chapter is now owned by Proctor & Gamble.
Proctor & Gamble, the global corporate conglomerate that sells a vast array of consumer products containing cancer-causing chemicals and petroleum derivatives, is now the proud owner of New Chapter, one of the more promising nutritional supplement companies we’ve seen in a while.
New Chapter co-founder Paul Schulick announced, “For us, this has been a dream come true. This is what we have been wanting to do since we started doing this 30 years ago. The world and the United States need this.”
Really? The world needs global corporate giants to buy up all the natural product brands? This is one of the many companies we helped publicize and promote, only to see them sell out to corporate giants who routinely take over these companies, cheapen their product formulations, and exploit name recognition to intentionally mislead consumers into buying watered-down, reformulated products.
So now the same company that brings you Tide laundry detergent, Pringles potato chips, Dawn dishwashing soap, and Bounce dryer sheets (can you even think of a more offensive chemical laundry product?) will be bringing you New Chapter supplements, too.
I’m disappointed in New Chapter and Paul Schulick. Here’s yet another case of someone who has sold out to the global power elite, apparently oblivious to where this will likely lead.
Paul Schulick has made a deal with that devil, it seems.
Of course, I’m sure Paul has justified it all to himself. The huge financial backing of P&G will allow New Chapter to “expand into more retail outlets,” he’s probably told himself. The deal will show P&G that natural products can be profitable! It will make nutrition mainstream! Yeah, right.
These stories always have the same ending: The products get watered down, consumers shift their demand to a smaller, trusted company, and the financials of the once-great small company collapse. The big corporation ends up either shuttering it or whoring it out using the same brand name but replacing all the quality ingredients with crap filler and toxic chemicals. The only “winner” in these deals is usually the CEO who sold it, and possibly a few board members who also walk away with millions of dollars while their customers who made them great get left with nothing.
Vote with your dollar, do your homework, make someone be accountable so we the consumer don’t end up with the corrupt conscquences.