For Immediate Release    For more information, contact: Pat Mayrhofer
November 12, 2008    866 786-6370
    info@naturestonesinc.com
 
 
Nature’s Stones, Inc. Teams up with Know Your Source
Going ‘Green’ Just Became Easier
for Health Care Practitioners, Spas and Wellness Clinics
 
Nature’s Stones, Inc. Part of National Supplier E-commerce, Social Network and
64-Page Catalog Debut of Eco-Friendly Products
 From foods and fuel, to fashions and family health care, America is going “green,” and now there is a new source for eco-friendly health care products. Nature’s Stones, Inc. has teamed up with Know Your Source, the nation’s first supplier to specialize in  “green” products for health practitioners, spas, health clinics and doctor’s offices.  
Products from Nature’s Stones, Inc. will be featured in Know Your Source’s new catalog and on its Web site (www.knowyoursource.com). Nature’s Stones, Inc. is the maker of the Hot Stone Pocket, Stone Net Bags, Hot Stone Wraps, and Educational Videos for Stone Therapy.
Evidence for changing attitudes toward environmental impact abound: 66 percent of U.S. consumers report that they use organic products, such as cotton, foods, cleaners and paper products, at least occasionally.* Seventy percent of consumers are concerned about the use of additives, pesticides and chemicals often used in food production. More than a third of U.S. adults—two-thirds of those over 50—are turning to providers of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for a wide array of diseases and conditions. The retail spa market alone is $22 billion.
With all this interest in saving the planet—and ourselves—it’s surprisingly difficult to find eco-friendly, high-quality, ethically sourced products in line with the underlying philosophy of health, healing and wellness—especially as they pertain to professional providers and clinics. Hospitals, for example, are one of the least environmentally friendly facilities in America and have only recently begun to think about ways to do their part in healing the planet as well as patients.
“Know Your Source helps health practitioners improve upon the quality and effectiveness of their already beneficial services by providing them and their patients with the most healthful, least-environmentally impactful products available in the industry,” said Douglas “Las” Wengell, CEO of Know Your Source and author of Educational Opportunities in Integrative Medicine: The A-to-Z Healing Arts Guide and Professional Resource Directory (The Hunter Press, 2008). “We ask a lot of our suppliers, and Nature’s Stones, Inc. meets our high standards for quality and integrity.”
 
A Different Kind of Distributor
As an ethical supplier to health professionals, Know Your Source lives up to its name. Its in-depth product information delves into how products are produced and the impact of their production on the environment. For the first time, practitioners have access to not only the quality and specifications but also the environmental and social aspects of the products they are considering for use on and with clients.
Know Your Source acknowledges manufacturers like Nature’s Stones, Inc. who commit to high standards of integrity in all phases of product manufacture, including decreasing the environmental footprint of products and manufacturing, substantiating product claims and disclosing the sources of all materials and ingredients with the designation “Preferred Vendor.” It asks company officers to sign off on its disclosures. Know Your Source offers products that are organic, sustainable, biodegradable and acquired through fair trade practices.
In return for its suppliers’ transparency, Know Your Source donates a portion of profits to the Association for Integrity in Medicine, a nonprofit organization with a stringent code of ethics and a mission to advance the broad disciplines of integrative, alternative and complementary medicine with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism, of which Nature’s Stones, Inc. is a participant.
At the Know Your Source Web site (www.knowyoursource.com), visitors can purchase high-integrity and high-quality products, offer user reviews and participate in an online community for practitioners and business owners to rate products and share best practices in modality and in going green.
About Know Your Source and [Preferred Vendor’s name]
Founded in 2007 in Burlington, Vermont, Know Your Source (www.knowyoursource.com) is a “mindful” supplier of environmentally friendly and organic health care products to integrative health practitioners and spas. It is a founding member of the Association for Integrity in Medicine and carefully screens its vendors and their products according to a set of standards for quality, integrity, origin and environmental and social impact.
Nature’s Stones, Inc. an internationally known full service hot stone company is committed to providing quality products and education.  Nature’s Stones, Inc. offers exceptional high quality training videos, a wide variety of basalt and marble stones for full body, facial, pedicure/manicure and reflexology.  Also offered is a full line of unique hot stone products.  
 
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*Conducted by the Organic Trade Association, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Center for Health Statistics and AARP.

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