JAMA Article on Conventional Drugs Marketed as Dietary Supplements Attracts New Attention to Decades-Old Issue
By Stefan Gafner, PhD, Michael Levin, and Mark Blumenthal
Food as Medicine Update: Chickpea (Cicer arietinum, Fabaceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Mallory Houck
American Botanical Council Celebrates 30th Anniversary. November 1, 2018.
This book describes in great detail the history, folklore, practices, and traditional remedies of Southern and Appalachian folk medicine. Heavily based on ancient Greek and European practices and melded with Native American, Christian, and African influences, this system offers us a uniquely American way to look at disease and wellness. Herbal practitioner Phyllis Light has worked within this system for more than 30 years, and relates to readers the traditions passed down through the generations by healers who cared for their communities with the plants and tools that surrounded them.
Southern Folk Medicine can be purchased from the publisher’s website. Excerpt from Southern Folk Medicine by Phyllis D. Light, published by North Atlantic Books, ©2018 by Phyllis D. Light. Reprinted by permission of publisher.
Five Major Crops in the Crosshairs of Climate Change. NPR. October 25, 2018. Due to factors such as growth altitude, water needs, and other growing conditions impacted by a changing climate, these five crops could suffer in the future.
Eating Organic Foods Linked to Lower Cancer Risk. Newsweek. October 23, 2018. A large-scale study has found a link between a diet based on organic food and a reduced risk of cancer.
Extracts of Mangosteen Rind and Indian Bay Leaf May Enhance Muscle Strength, Endurance. NutraIngredients-USA. October 23, 2018. Results from two recents studies suggest that supplementation with mangosteen and Indian bay leaf extracts may enhance muscle strength.
Cannabis Improves Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease Despite Having No Effect on Gut Inflammation. EurekAlert! October 22, 2018. Contrary to previous medical thinking, the improvement of Crohn’s disease symptoms after treatment with cannabis oil was not due to decreasing gut inflammation.
Reference Standards for Dietary Supplements Are More Important than Ever to Combat Adulteration and Fraud. Nutritional Outlook. October 19, 2018. Quality assurance procedures for dietary supplements rely on accurate and authoritative reference standards to produce an effective product for consumers.
Extreme Botany: The Precarious Science of Endangered Rare Plants. YaleEnvironment360. October 18, 2018. University of Hawaii’s “extreme botanist” Steve Perlman has scaled sea cliffs, kayaked in the ocean, and traveled to remote ecosystems in order to preserve plants on the brink of extinction.
Guayusa: Ceremonial Energy Tea from Ecuador to Begin European Charge. NutraIngredients. October 17, 2018. The caffeine-rich guayusa leaf was recently granted EU novel foods approval.
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Marijuana Reform Scores Big Wins in Midterms. NORML. November 7, 2018.
Dietary Supplement Trade Associations Warn Consumers of Dangerous Substance Illegally Posing as a Dietary Supplement. United Natural Products Alliance. November 5, 2018.
Celebrating 25 Years of Plant Conservation, 1994-2019. United Plant Savers. November 5, 2018.
New Techniques Needed to Conserve Seeds of Many Threatened Species. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. November 2, 2018.
UNPA and TraceGains Announce Strategic Partnership to Promote Dietary Supplement Supply-chain Quality, Integrity and Regulatory Compliance. United Natural Products Alliance. October 30, 2018.
NPA Reviews 10 Years of FDA Dietary Supplement GMP Compliance & Enforcement. Natural Products Association. October 29, 2018.
US Non-Profit Certification Program Joins Forces with International Standards Group. Americans for Safe Access. October 23, 2018.
AOAC and ISO Announce Cooperation Agreement. AOAC International. October 22, 2018.
New Data Reaffirm Trust and Confidence in Industry, Reveal Modern Trends and Habits of American Consumers. Council for Responsible Nutrition. October 18, 2018.
16th Annual Natural Supplements Conference. January 9-13, 2019. San Diego, California.
Integrative Healthcare Symposium. February 20-23, 2019. New York, New York.
3rd World Congress on Nutrition, Dietetics and Nutraceuticals. February 25-26, 2019. Prague, Czech Republic.
Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices Compliance Seminar. April 2-3, 2019. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
SupplySide East. April 9-10, 2019. Secaucus, New Jersey.
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