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ABC Advisory Board Expands to Include Added Expertise

In June 2001, the American Botanical Councils Board of Trustees added twelve members to its Advisory Board. The new members bring the total to 53. Reflecting the wide range of professional disciplines that constitute the study of herbal medicine, the new appointees include six physicians with experience in herbal and/or integrative medicine, a doctor of pharmacy, a naturopath, a pharmacognosist, an ethnonutritionist, an author and syndicated columnist, and a member of the herb industry.

Many of these people have been assisting ABC in various ways, prior to their appointment to the board. Their membership officially recognizes an already existing relationship, said ABC founder and executive director Mark Blumenthal.

The following are the new members of the board:

Cindy K. Angerhofer, Ph.D., is research director at Toms of Maine in Kennebunk, Maine, a manufacturer of personal care products and herbal supplements. She earned a doctorate in pharmacognosy at the University of Minnesota and post-doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bruce Barrett, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. He has researched and published on echinacea for upper respiratory infections, and authored several reviews of herbal medicines. His doctoral work in anthropology involved medicinal plant research on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.

Peggy Brevoort, co-founder and former CEO of East Earth Herb of Eugene, Oregon (now operating as A.M. Todd Botanicals), is a well-known pioneer in the herb industry, has a background in herbal market research, and is a former president of the American Herbal Products Association.

Francis Brinker, N.D., is the lead instructor on botanical medicine for associate fellows at Andrew Weils Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Author of numerous articles and books, Brinker is best known for his extensive compilation, Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, now in its third edition.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Care Sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine. She is the author of Alternative Medicine: What Works and the upcoming 5 Minute Clinical Consult for Herbs and Dietary Supplements. Dr. Fugh-Berman is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee to Establish a Framework for Evaluating the Safety of Dietary Supplements and is on the board of the National Womens Health Network, an independent consumer advocacy group.

Joe Graedon, M.S. in pharmacology, is a co-author of the Peoples Pharmacy book series, syndicated radio show, and syndicated newspaper column, which communicate the benefits and risks of various pharmaceutical drugs, dietary supplements, and home remedies.

Mary Hardy, M.D., a board-certified internist, is the Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center program in Integrative Medicine. She has integrated botanical medicine into her clinical practice for many years and is involved in systematic reviews of herbal medicine review topics for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements at the RAND Corporation in Los Angeles. She has served as a technical expert adviser in complementary and alternative medicine for the California Board of Medicine. Also, she is a regular workshop leader on ABCs Pharmacy from the Rainforest tours to the Amazon and other areas and conducts numerous educational workshops for health professionals.

Timothy Johns, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples Nutrition and the Environment at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he researches and teaches on the role of plants in the development of indigenous diets. He is the author of Origins of Human Diet and Medicine: Chemical Ecological Approaches (formerly published as With Bitter Herbs They Shall Eat It).

Tieraona Lowdog, M.D., is an herbalist, family practice physician, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque. She is a member of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, a member of the U. S.Pharmacopoeias monograph advisory panel, and author of numerous continuing medical education modules on herbs.

Victor Sierpina, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Family Practice Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and author of Integrative Health Care: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the Whole Person. He currently directs an NIH-funded project to produce a model complementary and alternative medicine curriculum for medical schools.

Daniel T. Wagner, R.Ph., MBA, Pharm.D., owns Nutri-farmacy, near Pittsburgh, which was awarded the Innovative Pharmacy Practice of the Year for 2000 by Dupont. His awards include National Merit Award for 2000 (American Pharmaceutical Association), and One of the Fifty Most Influential Pharmacists in America (Pharmacy Times magazine 1999). He founded the nonprofit Student Rainforest Fund, which takes college students in the healing professions to the rainforest of Belize, Central America.

Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D., studied conventional medicine and phytomedicine in Germany, Israel, and the U.S. A family practice physician in Miami, Florida, he is an associate editor of the forthcoming ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs and is a contributing editor of the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association.

Members of the Advisory Board are actively involved with various aspects of the editorial process of HerbalGram, HerbClip, and other ABC publications and projects. They also advise ABC on new projects, organizational policy, and related matters. LeAnne Hunt