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Jamie Hanna, Founder and CEO of Zobha

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Jamie Hanna channels hervision and the creativity of the Zobha team into an organization that gives back.

Why did you start this business?

I believe we are all meant to be productive and contribute to the forward march of mankind. I believe in the power of collaboration. I believe in giving back. Zobha is an expression of these three simple truths, from the beautiful products we make to our amazingly creative team that collaborates each and every day with the broader community. Together we march forward, we make meaningful connections and we make a difference in the world.

How does Zobha give back to its community?

At Zobha, we give back every day through The Zobha Foundation and through the inspiring yoga and fitness instructors who make up our Circle of Grace community. Ten percent of the proceeds from our #1 selling style, The Grace Tank, support Headstand, a non-profit organization that brings yoga to youth-at-risk. In our efforts to make yoga accessible to all, we provide yoga teacher-training scholarships and regularly sponsor free community classes.

Why did you choose the image at right?

One of my first yoga teachers taught me that strength without flexibility is weakness, and flexibility without strength is also weakness. In yoga and in life, we need to be strong but not rigid, flexible but not without purpose. This posture is a beautiful illustration of the power of combining strength and flexibility.

What do you hope to see happen in the next 35 years?

I hope to see my children as happy, highly productive, contributing members of society. I hope I still enjoy good health. I hope we continue to address the issues facing our world and our planet without sacrificing the joy and wonder of life.

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Dr. Udo Erasmus's personal wellness quest led him to the truth about fats and health

Why did you get in this business?

In 1980,1 was poisoned by pesticides. No medical help was possible. I decided to take responsibility for my own health. In researching nutrition and health, I learned of the damage done to cooking oils by processing in order to give them a longer shelf life. I decided that oils should be made with health in mind, rather than shelf life. In 1983, I developed methods that protect sensitive oils from damage by light, oxygen, and heat during pressing, filtering, filling, and storage. In 1986, working with others, we pressed the first flax oil, and my book on fats and health was published (now called Fats That Heal Fats That Kilt). Since that time, I have become a spokesperson for good oils. In 199/1. I developed the formula for an oil blend that contains both Omega 3 and Omega 6 in their undamaged form, in the best balance to one another. Omega 6 is widely consumed; however it is usually damaged by processing. People need to stop consuming harmful Omega 6 and start consuming healthy Omega 6 like that found in Udo's Oil. Omega 3 was established as an essential nutrient in 1981. In most of the population Omega 3 levels are too low for optimum health, but every cell needs it. I realized that by making undamaged Omega 3 and 6 available to people, we could help millions live better lives. The inspiration to do so has sustained me and the work that I have done for almost 30 years now.

Dr. Udo Erasmus, founder of Udo's Oil


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How does Udo's Oil help people achieve maximum health?

The human body is a remarkable machine, and like most machines it needs oil to run its best. Udo's Oil provides the most effective ratio of both Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids in an undamaged form. Both are essential for health (normal functioning). Neither can be made in the body from other molecules. Both are sensitive to damage by light, air, and heat, and both need to be protected in order to retain and unfold their health-supporting functions. Damaged fats result in a large range of degenerative conditions in every part of the body. Good oils should replace damaged oils, and can prevent and reverse the problems cause by damaged fats.

Why did you choose the image at right?

Because it shows strength and stamina.

What do you hope to see happen in the next 35 years?

I hope to see health become a properly organized, consumer-friendly, coherent, teachable field. I hope that this will replace disease management misrepresented as health care, around the world.

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