Paul Gaylon Biography
Paul likes to be on the cutting edge. President and founder of Herbal Products & Development, he has studied herbs and formulated innovative herbal products and whole food concentrates for over 30 years. Through his extensive travels, he has become knowledgeable in both native and foreign herbs. Having studied medicinal plants in many countries, Paul created the concept of a Natural First Aid Kit for travelers in 1991. The kit was the first of its kind marketed in the U.S. Seeing the need for high-energy nutrition for highly active people, he also formulated and brought to the market a green superfood Plant Power, only the second person in the country to do so. Plant Power has now evolved to Supremely Green. Other well-known products he developed are Power Plus (food enzymes), Friendly Colonizer (probiotics), Vita Power (vitamins & antioxidants), Macro-Night (macro-minerals), Flex-Connect Plus (joint issues), Liver Restore, Mushroom Power, Global Male Tonic, pure-pressed Saw Palmetto, and Hempkin (a popular food oil blend). Herbal Products & Development is listed in various trade publications, such as Green Business Association, Natural Foods Merchandiser, and Herbal Green Pages, and is represented by the website herbprod.com. Paul continues to be involved in new product development.
The full range of nutritional and natural products that Paul has helped bring to the market includes nutritional green foods, seed oil blends, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamin and mineral antioxidant blends, fluid extract herbal combinations, nutritional chocolates, probiotics, skin care, other concentrated powder blends, as well as bulk powder extracts. Paul has also been instrumental in introducing new foods and food preparation techniques to the market, including dietary programs. He has worked with various associates on a number of these projects and has been a consultant for many supplements, skin care, and nutritional bar products. As a result, Paul has become accomplished in all phases of bringing product ideas to market, from formulating, sourcing, production, to marketing. His company also does private labeling for other companies. As much as is possible, he actively sources out organic ingredients. He is also committed to educating people on nutritional and medicinal topics through his company’s catalog and profile sheets and through other forms of sharing information, which often is simply his warm willingness to confer with people directly. He continues as an active reader and researcher on the leading edge of herbal and health frontiers.
Finishing in 2010, clinical studies have been conducted at medical centers with a variety of selected HP&D products. Results on Flex-Connect Plus with MSM-Vitamin C, Liver Restore, Power Plus, Vita Power, Macro-Night, Gluco Low Balance, Golden Lite (a chocolate), a high grade of pure-pressed Saw Palmetto, and Supremely Green, have been overwhelmingly positive. One of these has been published in a medical journal, with another now in the process of being placed.
Paul has made various public statements on freedom of individual and public health choice issues, on water quality, the environment, and social justice. Over the years, he has assumed many leadership and independent project coordinating roles in local and regional organizations, at events, and in outreach at numerous conferences, and has developed fruitful networking skills that he is constantly putting into practice. He has also reviewed a number of manuscripts, proposals, and books for articles; has given talks, including public TV and radio events; and has provided evaluations in various contexts for the natural food, hemp, and environmental community. Paul likes to offer his first aid nutritional know-how at music and cultural events when he is available.
Paul integrates innovative ideas in other areas too, such as building, carpentry, house design, and landscaping, including permaculture. His own gardens utilize land contouring, natural drainage, terracing, mulching systems, and integration of natural and recycled materials of wood, stone, plants, and sculpture. His permaculture skills were boosted when he took a permaculture intensive with David Blume of the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, author of the book Alcohol Can Be A Gas. Paul has also added his creative food preparations to many local food group events.
A major project that Paul directed in the spring of 1998 was the Santa Cruz Industrial Hemp Expo, the largest event of its kind in the country (6,500 attending). It was very successful, bringing together businesses and individuals on the cutting edge of the expanding hemp market. Out of that event emerged a one-hour documentary video on the expo and the enormous potential of industrial hemp. Paul is contributing partner and co-director with the fine videographer L.B. Johnson on the video, titled Hemp Hemp Hooray! The Growing Industrial Hemp Market. Its premiere showing took place in September 1999, at the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz. The DVD is found in many libraries and video stores and is now on YouTube. Paul has also been a consultant for C.A.I.R. (Coalition for Agricultural & Industrial Renewal), helping it to organize an industrial hemp reception in Santa Cruz in 2001 as a fundraising benefit (which featured about 15 hemp food dishes) for a California assembly bill to renew the legal status of industrial hemp for commercial purposes. The intent of all of these efforts has been to bring greater attention to the future of hemp and its connection to ecological sustainability, natural health, and global change. unifiedcommunity.info contains about 200 links under 50 categories on hemp. He helped with a number of California granges and hemp companies to put on a sold-out music show in Sacramento in 2014 for industrial hemp.
Paul maintains membership in an organic-oriented grange in Santa Cruz, CA, a longtime farming organization, now revitalized for community events. He wants to see free farmer education talks at local granges in 2015. In addition to serving as a moderator on three expo panels, Paul organized a panel on organic food and fiber processing for the Eco-Farm Conference in January 2000 in Pacific Grove. In 2002, he participated in Gaia Song, a Sustainable Living & Ecological Building Conference in Santa Cruz. Also in 2002, Paul co-directed events for Synergy Party, a forum combining music and an informal networking party where diverse local non-profit groups were able to present the vision behind their projects. These highly successful events would bring in over 150 people to a local coffeehouse venue. Spring Into Summer Fest (June 2012) was a successful community showcase fundraiser for CAFF (Community Alliance for Family Farmers), featuring a multi-farm produce dinner, 75 vendors, speakers, musicians, and four performance spaces.
Paul’s other activities include snorkeling in the warmer oceans and nature walks that include plant identification, photography, and wild-crafting when appropriate. In 2008, Paul worked with biodiesel and ethanol fuel conversion and byproduct utilization in the U.S. and Asia. In India, he visited different appropriate technology and co-generation facilities. His travels allowed him to also visit with traditional Ayurvedic practitioners, and both traditional and modern herbal facilities, farms, gardens, and production crop areas, as well as an organic sugar cane facility.
Other projects have included unifiedcommunity.info, a website and directory conceived as a union of communities, offering a networking hub of links to approximately 1,800 sites, in over 100 categories, all dedicated to a sustainable, environmentally responsible world. His current website exploringbotanicals.com showcases a large photo collection of plants (all original, taken by him, locally and from his international travels), with brief explanatory statements. It is projected to be a valuable reference work on the Internet, and ultimately its own wiki site.
Paul has always been dedicated to implementing new concepts in health, nutrition, and herbology. Herbal Products & Development is well-known regionally, while also having offered products on the national market for years. Paul is a firm advocate of empowering people through education and in giving them a choice in deciding what is best for them. Always forward-looking, he wants to see the building of more multidisciplinary healing retreats and health centers.
Herbal Products & Development • PO Box 1084 • Aptos, CA 95001 • (831) 688-8706, with website herbprod.com, offers a compendium of Paul’s writings on products, formulas, and nutrient materials. An article archive, Tonic Bar concepts, nutritional recipes, profiles, standards, as well as testimonials, are available on the site.