James A. Duke, PhD
Remembering ABC Co-Founder James Alan Duke: 1929-2017
The American Botanical Council pays tribute to preeminent ethnobotanist and herbal medicine advocate James A. Duke, PhD. Duke was truly a “renaissance man,” and introduced countless people to the healing power of herbs through his many publications, bluegrass music, and Green Farmacy Garden. For almost 30 years, Duke worked for the US Department of Agriculture as an economic botanist, traveling around the world from Panama to China documenting indigenous and traditional uses for medicinal plants. However, he was happiest as “the barefoot doctor” in the Amazon rainforest. Read more >>
Food as Medicine: Date (Phoenix dactylifera, Arecaceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Addie Abohosh
Status Update: Publications of the Botanical Adulterants Program
By Stefan Gafner, PhD
American Botanical Council Welcomes Three New Board of Trustees Members. December 7, 2017.
Botanical Adulterants Program News:
Ecologist Mike Shanahan, PhD, examines the history, mythology, ethnobotany, and ecology of the genus Ficus. The fig tree exemplifies humanity’s relationship with nature, and the stories of the past may provide keys to the future: restoring rainforest, halting the loss of endangered species, and even limiting climate change. No aspect of the fig tree, from the wasps that pollinate them to the birds and mammals that feed on the fruit, is too small for Shanahan to explore in this text (published as Ladders to Heaven: How Fig Trees Shaped Our History, Fed Our Imaginations, and Can Enrich Our Future [Unbound, 2016] in the United Kingdom).
This excerpt is adapted from Mike Shanahan’s book Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees (Chelsea Green, ©2016) and is printed with permission from the publisher.
Chamomile Extract May Improve Sleep Among the Elderly: RCT. NutraIngredients-USA. December 11, 2017. A recent study found that daily supplementation with a chamomile extract significantly improved the quality of sleep in elderly individuals.
WHO Report Finds No Public Health Risks or Abuse Potential for CBD. Forbes. December 11, 2017. A preliminary report published by the World Health Organization in November found “no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with [its use].”
Nutritional Outlook’s 2017 Best of the Industry, Industry Leader: American Herbal Products Association. Nutritional Outlook. December 11, 2017. Nutritional Outlook has named the American Herbal Products Association, which has produced numerous assessment tools, guidance documents, and white papers, as the “Industry Leader” for 2017.
Supplements Claiming to Ease Opioid Addiction Come Under Scrutiny. The New York Times. December 8, 2017. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has urged the US Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to take action against supplement companies that make unproven claims related to opioid addiction.
China to Roll Back Regulations for Traditional Medicine Despite Safety Concerns. Nature News. November 29, 2017. Under draft regulations released in October, human safety and efficacy trials may not be required for certain traditional medicines to enter the market in China.
Nutritional Psychiatry: Emerging Evidence and Expert Interview. Psychiatry Advisor. November 28, 2017. A recent literature review supports the idea that diet and nutrition may play a significant role in mental health.
As Droughts Lengthen, Zimbabwe’s Medicinal Plants Disappear. Thomson Reuters Foundation News. November 27, 2017. An extended drought in Zimbabwe is threatening the supply of local medicinal plants, which inhabitants rely on for both food and medicine.
The Future of Functional Ingredients. Natural Products INSIDER. November 20, 2017. Natural Products INSIDER predicts that certain botanicals, including lavender, elderflower, and ashwagandha, will see increased popularity in the coming year.
Crackdown Urged on Supplements Marketed as Opioid Withdrawal Aids. Center for Science in the Public Interest. December 8, 2017.
NUNM Food as Medicine Institute Partners with Saint Luke’s Hospital. National University of Natural Medicine. December 8, 2017.
Streamlining Regulations Is Necessary to Keep Consumers Safe as Americans’ Demand for Natural Products Booms. Natural Products Association. December 7, 2017.
NPA Highlights New Book in Comments to FDA on List of Pre-DSHEA Dietary Ingredients. Natural Products Association. December 7, 2017.
CRN Foundation Pledges Additional Funding to NAD Dietary Supplement Advertising Review Program through 2020. Council for Responsible Nutrition. December 6, 2017.
AHPA Submits Comments on Pre-DSHEA Dietary Ingredient List. American Herbal Products Association. December 5, 2017.
NSF International Consulting Services Bring Science-Based Methodologies to Sustainability Practices. NSF International. November 29, 2017.
The Most Common FDA cGMP Inspection Observations of 2016-17. American Herbal Products Association. November 28, 2017.
Natural Products Center to Collaborate with Beijing Hospital. University of Mississippi. November 28, 2017.
Ministry of Health and Pharmaceutical Companies Collaborate on Developing Non-timber Forest Product Utilization Policies. TRAFFIC. November 27, 2017.
Green Tea Extract-Containing Natural Health Products - Rare Risk of Serious Liver Injury. Health Canada. November 15, 2017.
Bastyr and AOMA Discontinue Plans for Affiliation. Bastyr University. November 1, 2017.
1st International Symposium on Herbal Medicine. January 18, 2018. Sarawak, Malaysia.
The Mexican Healthy Products Summit. January 26-28, 2018. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
15th Annual Natural Supplements – Scripps. February 8-11, 2018. San Diego, California.
Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference. February 22-24, 2018. New York, New York.
Natural Products Expo West. March 7-11, 2018. Anaheim, California.
Permaculture Design Course and the Herbalist’s Path. March 12 – April 4, 2018. Costa Rica.
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