Energize Organics was founded in 2015 by Sam and Kathryn Schartz.
In his youth, Sam Schartz was a BMX racer, athlete, and competitive cyclist. Most racers did not wear helmets at that time, and Sam sustained years of injuries and countless concussions in the course of his training and various competitions. Because the effects of concussions were not well studied in those days, Sam did his best to continue on as usual while struggling in school and suffering from inexplicable anxiety.
In 2006 while headed out on a ski trip, Sam was in a serious car accident. The other driver hit a tree on ice and Sam took a major hit to the head, resulting in yet another concussion. This time, the effects were immediate and brutal. Sam developed post-concussive syndrome and began to suffer from panic attacks on a regular basis.
To help manage his anxiety and depression, Sam was put on medication, the effects of which lead to severe feelings of disconnect and thoughts of suicide. Once a successful business owner, athlete, and devoted husband and father, Sam began to feel the life he had enjoyed slipping out of his reach. For two years, Sam worked to slowly wean himself off the medication in the hopes that life would return to some semblance of normalcy.
Unfortunately, his bad luck continued. In July of 2009, Sam suffered another concussion while wakeboarding. One week later, he developed the symptoms of post-concussive syndrome again and his anxiety came screaming back. Sam tried to manage on his own without medication, but the unchecked stress drained his adrenals and within a matter of weeks, Sam developed severe adrenal exhaustion.
Desperate for a solution, Sam began looking at alternative healing methods. He changed his diet drastically, took supplements, increased his consumption of antioxidants, and worked with several experts in the field of adrenal fatigue. Nothing worked and his anxiety steadily became worse.
Then in October of that year, Sam’s leg was crushed while splitting firewood with a friend. Ten days in the Intensive Care Unit, five major surgeries, and two blood transfusions later, Sam’s body had been completely ravaged and depleted of resources. He lost thirty pounds and became extremely weak. Within the next month, Sam began to have gallbladder attacks and had to have his gallbladder removed. This created acid reflux that lasted the next three years.
It was at this point that Sam began looking for answers on his own. He was intrigued by herbalism and began to research how certain herbs and superfoods worked to gently bring the body back to balance. The more he learned, Sam became fascinated with adaptogenic herbs and their effects on anxiety and adrenal fatigue.
Sam read widely, gathering information and experimenting with different combinations of healing herbs and superfoods. Finally, after extensive recipe testing, Sam formulated a signature blend for himself- 22 herbs and superfoods, each selected for the purpose of restoring energy and aiding recovery.
He used the blend every day. And for the first time in years, Sam began to heal.
Exhaustion was replaced by strength. Anxiety was replaced by vitality. Slowly but surely, Sam’s energy returned. He gained back the weight he had lost and began training for competitive road cycling again. Within a year, Sam placed third in a State Championship race.
Sam’s health continued to improve over the years and soon he and his wife, Kathryn, found themselves wanting to share their knowledge to help others heal and find peace. The first bags of “Sam’s Herbal Synergy” were hand-filled in the incubator kitchen at Hummingbird Wholesale, a small, family-owned organic food distributor in Eugene, OR. A few months later, Energize Organics was established with the mission of providing high-quality, organic health products to heal and energize the mind, body, and spirit.
From all of us at Energize Organics, thank you for reading our story. We hope these products will bring as much healing to you and your families as it has to ours.
Herbal Synergy and Beet O2 (Energize Organics’ newest product) can now be found online and in select health food stores across the United States.
Sam and Kathryn currently live in Oregon with their children.