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ABC has recently posted on its website the Executive Summary of its fiscal year 2004 Annual Report which will be posted early in 2005. View the Executive Summary at ABC_Annual_Report_2004.

Past issues of the HerbalEGram are now available on ABC’s website at http://herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=HEGArchives. When a new issue is published, the previous issue will be made available on the website.

The Handbook of Clinically Tested Herbal Remedies, volumes 1 & 2. Edited by Marilyn Barrett. 2004. Over 160 herbal products and 360 clinical studies are covered in this two volume set. Details of the products and the clinical trials in which they were tested are in an at-a-glance format. It includes product information and clinical trials for particular products and manufacturer contact information. 1435 pp. $159.95. Item B528.

Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Human Health, 2nd edition. By Walter H. Lewis and Memory P.F. Lewis. 2003. This books broad coverage includes green plants, fungi, and microorganisms. It is organized by body system and ailment for ease in locating appropriate therapies. Also includes extensive references and citations form both conventional and complimentary medical systems when natural products or their derivatives are involve. 832 pages. $95.00. Item B531. Read the review in HerbalGram 64.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, the last issue of HerbalEGram for 2004. We hope you have enjoyed and learned a little something from these first five issues. As always, we want HerbalEGram to be useful and relevant to our members, so please send us your suggestions and comments to HerbalEGram. Thank you for your membership and continued support of the American Botanical Council.

HerbalGram

The next issue of HerbalGram (#65) will be mailed in late January. It will include a feature article on a new functional food coloring from purple corn (aka blue corn) and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and an article on traditional Australian Aboriginal bush medicine.

December is the midst of cold and flu season so, if you haven’t already, you may want to read the Clinical Update from the current HerbalGram (#64), Echinacea purpurea Liquid Extract Effectively Treats the Common Cold in Adults. In addition, ABC published a nationwide press release on possible alternatives to the flu vaccine virus. Based on the release, CNN ran a story, a regional news station in Texas came to ABC for an interview, and the release was posted on thousands of websites. If you want more information on echinacea, read about the new American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph in AHP Releases Monograph on Echinacea purpurea Root. Information about ordering the monograph is included in the article.

Events

The following are just a few of the upcoming events that you will find listed on ABC’s Event Calendar at http://www.herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=calendar.

January 7-9, 2005: 2nd Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update.

La Jolla, CA. Sponsored by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Scripps Clinic and Co-Sponsored by UCSD. During this conference, renowned faculty will present a concise, clinically relevant overview of natural supplements in evidence-based practice, with an emphasis on disease states. A must-attend for clinicians wanting to acquire the knowledge and expertise for addressing and managing dietary supplement use. CME credits available. Ph: 858-587-4404. Email: med.edu@scrippsclinic.com Web site: www.scrippsclinic.com

January 13-14, 2005: NIH Conference on Dietary Supplements, Coagulation, and Antithrombotic Therapies.

Bethesda, MD. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in collaboration with other Institutes and Centers (IC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is convening a national conference to increase understanding of the potential for dietary supplements to interfere with hemostasis and influence antithrombotic therapies. For more information contact Ahmed Hasan at Ph: 301-435-0064. Email hasana@nhlbi.nih.gov Web site: http://ods.od.nih.gov

February 12-13, 2005: The International Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Conference and Expo.

Grand Hyatt, New York City. A premier global event designed to bring information, products and services to the Complementary and Alternative Healthcare community. Program includes the latest research, clinical trials, and case studies, and the most cutting-edge approaches in the fields of complementary healthcare and alternative therapies. Exclusive offer to ABC members: 15% off registration fee - just enter priority code DM11 when registering. Register by October 29, 2004 and receive an early bird discount of $100. For more information: info@camexpo.com or http://www.camexpo.com. To register: http://www.camexpo.com/visreg.asp

March 6-9: The 2nd Annual Nutrition and Health Conference: State of the Science & Clinical Applications.

Tucson, AZ. This conference is designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, registered dietitians, certified clinical nutritionists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and other professionals who make nutritional recommendations as part of their clinical practice. Ph: 212-305-3334. Web site: http://ColumbiaCME.org

March 18-19: West Chester University’s 5th Annual Integrative Health Conference.

Philadelphia, PA. The conference theme is botanical medicines for health promotion, disease prevention, and symptom management. A special clinician/practitioner session will focus on evidence-based research on botanical medicine efficacy. CEUs and CMEs for physicians and nurses will be offered for all sessions. A concurrent general session, open to the public, will focus on topics such as botanical medicine safety, working with a clinical herbalist, and drug/herb interactions. This event co-sponsored by West Chester University of PA and the American Herbalists Guild. For complete information, go to WCU's Web site: http://health-sciences.wcupa.edu/.

Professor Neil Towers Dies at 81

The herb and medicinal plant research community lost one of its truly great men with the death of Professor Neil Towers, PhD, FRSC on November 15 at age 81. Dr. Towers was known internationally as a prolific scientist, an accomplished botanist and phytochemist, and a renaissance man of charming and highly engaging wit and intellect. He held a post as Emeritus Professor of Botany at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and had been on the faculty of UBC for 30 years. Read more at http://www.herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=neiltowers.

Hoodia Featured on 60 Minutes

On Sunday, November 21, CBS News’ top-rated news magazine 60 Minutes aired a segment on hoodia, the increasingly popular succulent plant from Namibia in southwestern Africa that is being touted for its ability to suppress appetite. Read more at http://www.herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=hoodia1.

Increased Demand for Malaria Drug Puts Sweet Annie in Critically Short Supply

Officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international public health officials are concerned about the shortage of the traditional Chinese herb sweet Annie (Artemisia annua L., Asteraceae, standardized common name: sweet wormwood), the source of the antimalarial drug artemisinin and its derivates arthemether and artesunate. As a result of the shortage, prices have quadrupled, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Read more at http://www.herbalgram.org/default.asp?c=sweetannie.

HerbClip

The current HerbClip bin was released on November 30. Two samples have been made available online to all members: Butterbur Root (Petasites hybridus) Clinical Study in Asthma Treatment and Antioxidant Properties of Sutherlandia frutescens

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service, from which HerbClip Online is derived, provides hard copies of both the HerbClip summaries and the original articles when permission can be obtained. In FY2003, 62% of the HerbClips that were mailed included the original article. In FY2004 we were able to increase that percentage to 83%, exceeding our goal of 75%. For information about upgrading to receive the hard copy of HerbClip twice a month, contact Wayne Silverman, PhD, at 512-926-4900 ext. 120.

Members of ABC at the Academic level and above have access to HerbClip Online, a searchable database of more than 2,400 summaries and critical reviews of contemporary herbal literature, including many recent clinical trials on herbal preparations and other topics of related interest. To find out more about HerbClip Online, to see what is in the current group of 12, or to view 75 free HerbClip samples, visit HerbClip. To upgrade to a membership level providing access to HerbClip Online, contact Kim@HerbalGram.org.

Latest News on ABC’s Web Site

In an effort to keep our members up to date on the latest news in the herbal arena, ABC has a “Latest News” section on the home page of its web site. Here are three items that have recently been added.

ABC Submits Letter to Editor of USA Today Responding to Bitter Orange Article

FDA Announces Initiatives for Regulating Dietary Supplements

20/20 Runs Show on Sex Myths, Including Herbal Aphrodisiac

Legal and Regulatory

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new initiatives to more fully enforce the provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). The new policy was posted on the FDA website along with a news release on Thursday, November 4, 2004. Read more at FDA Announces Initiatives for Regulating Dietary Supplements.