Portulaca oleracea. ©2021 Steven Foster
Food as Medicine: Purslane (Portulaca oleracea, Portulacaceae)
Growing prolifically in temperate climates, purslane can often be considered an invasive weed. However, this succulent ground cover plant contains some of the highest levels of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. These anti-inflammatory compounds, which are often underrepresented in Western diets, are beneficial for cardiovascular health as well as the management of chronic, inflammatory conditions such as asthma. Research is in the early stages for purslane, but early results show that it may have a role to play in the fight against diabetes, asthma, and neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson's disease. Read more >>
Remembering Frank Stephen D’Amelio Sr.: 1940–2021
Frank D’Amelio Sr., founder of Long Island-based supplement manufacturers Bio-Botanica and Nature’s Answer, died on June 11, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. His work in the early 1970s was integral to building the US supplement market to the thriving, multi-billion dollar market of today. Starting from a family business where Frank, his wife, and his sons filled and labeled bottles of herbal extracts by hand, his companies now employ over 200 people and occupy a 140,000-square foot warehouse and office complex. Throughout this growth, D’Amelio Sr. emphasized quality and cutting-edge scientific methods to make products that enhance wellness. Read more >>
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Research Review: Systematic Review of Human Trials Regarding Dosage, Efficacy, and Safety of CBD in Adults by Mariann Garner-Wizard. May 2021.
Olivia Newton-John Foundation to Fund Research on Herbal Therapies for Cancer by Connor Yearsley. April 2021.
ABC’s 16th Annual Botanical Excellence Awards Celebration On-Demand [video]. May 25, 2021.
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Leadership in Mission-Driven Companies. July 15, 2021.
Clinical herbalist, teacher, and former Green Beret medic Sam Coffman approaches herbal medicine from an emergency preparedness angle in Herbal Medic. The text offers a basic introduction to herbalism as well as information on assessing emergency situations and instructions for medical care in primitive situations where access to conventional medicine is not possible. Part first aid guide and part herbalism textbook, Herbal Medic includes entries on herbs to use in treatment; information on disease in the body and how herbs work against it; instructions for making herbal preparations; a list of those herbs the author has found most useful in his clinical experience; and a wide array of specific herbal care protocols for a multitude of acute health issues.
Herbal Medic can be purchased from a variety of retailers. Excerpted from Herbal Medic ©2021 by Sam Coffman, used with permission from Storey Publishing.
8,000 [People] to Be Cleared after Kratom’s Removal from Narcotics List. Bangkok Post. August 10, 2021. Thailand is set to remove kratom, known for its mild opioid and stimulant effects, from its list of banned narcotics on August 24, after which approximately 8,000 people will have charges, arrests, and indictments cleared from their records.
Research to Trial If Traditional Indian Herb Can Promote Long COVID Recovery. Evening Standard. August 10, 2021. A clinical trial is underway to study the effects of ashwagandha on “long COVID,” a chronic lingering of COVID-19 symptoms that affects 10-20% of coronavirus survivors.
New Type of Carnivorous Plant Found in Mountain Bogs. National Geographic. August 9, 2021. A research project has found that false asphodels, native to high-altitude North American wetlands, receive nutrients by digesting insects.
Ancient Herbal Medicine from Asia May Offer Relief to Veterans with Gulf War Illness. SciTechDaily. August 7, 2021. Andrographolide, a constituent of ancient Asian herb Andrographis paniculata, showed beneficial effects on gut health in a recent study on multi-symptom conditions such as Gulf War Illness.
Meta-Analysis Finds that Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improved Cardiovascular Outcomes. ScienceDaily. July 8, 2021. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of omega-3 fatty acids found that omega-3 supplementation correlated with a decrease in cardiovascular risk factors.
Why Wild African Fruits Can Supplement Low Protein Staple Foods. EurekAlert! July 7, 2021. Many fruits that are wild-gathered on the African continent contain beneficial compounds including lysine and essential amino acids that may be missing from a low-protein diet.
Biodiversity Must Be at the Heart of Recovery Strategies. TRAFFIC. July 6, 2021. As the world hopes to move on from the COVID-19 pandemic, conservation groups are urging world leaders to incorporate sustainable economic and social development into their strategies.
Nutrition, Immunity, and a Global Pandemic [video]. Scientific American. June 24, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed focus on a robust, well-functioning immune system.
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ASA Submits Comments to White House on Impact of Federal Cannabis Policies on Patients. Americans for Safe Access (ASA). August 6, 2021.
Clinical Trial: Sublingual Administration of CBD Is Effective in Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy. NORML. August 5, 2021.
Study: Medical Cannabis Treatment Associated with Sustained Relief, Decreased Use of Analgesics in Chronic Pain Patients. NORML. August 5, 2021.
NPA Priority to Strengthen Enforcement Activities for Inspections Receives Funding in Appropriations Bill. Natural Products Association. August 5, 2021.
Mentorship Matters: NUNM Director of Research Receives First Mentoring Grant Awarded to a Naturopathic Doctor. National University of Natural Medicine. August 4, 2021.
May the Forest Be with You — The 2021 Issue of the Journal Has Arrived! United Plant Savers. August 3, 2021.
Half of All Plants Have Never Been Photographed in the Wild. Botanical Research Institute of Texas. July 30, 2021.
CRN Foundation Announces New Executive Director, Prioritizes Access. Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). July 28, 2021.
IUCN’s New ‘Green Status of Species’ Measures Impact of Conservation Action. International Union for the Conservation of Nature. July 28, 2021.
SCNM Launches Executive Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership Program. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences. July 28, 2021.
AHPA Webinar: Hemp Lexicon Clarifies Key Botanical Terms. American Herbal Products Association. July 27, 2021.
Americans for Safe Access and Cannabis Patient Care™ Form Partnership to Share Medical Cannabis Content. ASA. July 27, 2021.
CRN Announces Registration Open for Signature Industry Events ‘Science in Session’ and ‘Now, New, Next’. CRN. July 27, 2021.
AOAC Announces Winners of Joint Student Scholarship with Herbalife Nutrition. AOAC International. July 22, 2021.
Over 50,000 Plants to Be Hand-planted into New American Prairie Conservation Landscape at Wakehurst. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. July 22, 2021.
International Herb Symposium Virtual Learning Center. Online. Available until December 10, 2022. Use code “IHSFRIEND” for $75 off.
CHPA Regulatory, Scientific, and Quality Conference. Online. September 9-10, 2021.
CannMed 2021. Pasadena, California. September 29 – October 1, 2021.
American Herbalists Guild’s 32nd Annual Symposium. Online. October 15-17, 2021.
Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics. New York, New York. December 1-5, 2021.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.