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On May 20, 1995, in a continuing series of expeditions sponsored by ABC, the Texas Pharmacy Foundation, and International Expeditions, 32 travelers departed for Belize on a work-study trip, "Pharmacy from the Rainforest." Of the 28 participants, 13 were registered pharmacists who received up to 10 continuing education credits for attending the workshops. Presenters were Dr. Jim Duke: "Nutrition and the Tropical `Food Farmacy,'" Dr. Rosita Arvigo: "Ancient Medicines/Modern Cures" and "Plant Collection for the National Cancer Institute," and Mark Blumenthal: "Herbal Remedies & Natural Products in Today's Pharmacy -- Issues & Alternatives in Today's Regulatory Environment."

At a reception in Belize City, Dr. Michael Balick introduced six traditional healers from the Belize Healers Association. Dr. Balick is Director of the Institute of Economic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden and co-founder of Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation. Other highlights of the trip included a tour of the pharmacy of the Belize City Hospital, and trips to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich in Belize and Tikal in Guatemala.

Two more rainforest trips are scheduled for 1995 -- Costa Rica in August and the Peruvian Amazon in October.

Article copyright American Botanical Council.