From little things big things grow

Founders of TP Health, Christopher and Lynda Dean (left), with fellow director Peter Dean receiving their Ballina Business of the Year and Trade & Industry award at the Ballina Business Awards on Saturday night.

The story of TP Healths success is a classic rags to riches story, and it certainly caught the imagination of judges at the Ballina Business Awards on Saturday night, who named the company the overall Business of the Year.

The business, which also won the Trade and Industry category, started as a two-person operation near Ballina and over the past three decades has grown into a global distributor of tea tree products turning over more than $30 million each year.

According to the companys founder, Christopher Dean, the journey has been full of eureka moments. Like the time Christophers infected toe, announced incurable by the London School of Tropical Medicine, was cured by tea tree oil. Like the time that Christopher realised you could do business honestly and that profit wasnt a dirty word.

This wonderful success reflects on the benefit of being in a great industry in a great location, said Christopher, but this is just a small win in a much bigger and more important battle. Natural therapies are here to stay and deserve to be taken much more seriously by mainstream healthcare.

Christopher and his wife Lynda have been taking natural therapies seriously since the 70s when they lived in a swamp with no power, no running water and no phone. They produced the first batches of tea tree oil from an original bush cutting method, filled the bottles with oil by the light of kerosene lanterns and candles, and sold their magic tonic to hippies at the local markets.

Now that the company has found financial success Christopher and Lynda are on another mission to shift the paradigm that only pharmaceutical drugs can be trusted to work.

There is now so much available data to confirm the benefits of using natural therapies against the extraordinary risks of so many pharmaceutical drugs, that it is time we reversed the pattern, said Christopher. In todays world a health professional who does not first consider the safe, effective, natural options for their patients is at risk of being charged with neglect of care.

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