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By ABC Staff
ABC welcomes to its Advisory Board 10 esteemed individuals who will bring their expertise in a variety of medicinal plant-related scientific fields and an increased international presence to the board.

By Robert L. Beyfuss, Guest Contributor
Prompted by a new ginseng poaching reality TV series, former New York State Specialist for American Ginseng Robert Beyfuss presents a potential solution to issues with current conservation regulations.

By ABC Staff
Acknowledging HerbalGram's 100th issue and the collaborative Botanical Adulterants Program, Nutrition Business Journal announced in January that ABC will receive its 2013 Education Achievement Award.

By ABC Staff
Using botanical identification and abductive reasoning, HerbalGram guest authors Art Tucker, PhD, and Rex Talbert make a convincing case for the New World origins of the Voynich Manuscript — an illuminated text of unknown provenance.

Featured Book
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks was written by Amy Stewart and published in 2013 by Algonquin Books. The featured excerpt includes the book's title page, table of contents, introduction ("Aperitif"), and a section on herbal ingredients.

In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart — who previously authored Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities (Algonquin Books, 2009) — delves into the world of botanical-inspired alcoholic drinks. With references to more than 150 species, The Drunken Botanist is divided into three parts covering common plant-derived spirits, herbs and spices used as flavoring, and botanical mixers and garnishes. Stewart explores the science, history, and lore of such plant-based or enhanced beverages and includes dozens of recipes and practical gardening tips for readers interested in cultivating their own ingredients.

“Around the world, it seems, there is not a tree or shrub or delicate wildflower that has not been harvested, brewed, and bottled,” Stewart writes in the book’s “Aperitif” section. “Drunken botanists? Given the role they play in creating the world’s great drinks, it’s a wonder there are any sober botanists at all.”

Available for purchase from the publisher’s website.
Media Watch

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Farm Bill Promotes Hemp as Legal Crop
. Al Jazeera America. 2-5-14. The Farm Bill will provide researchers, farmers, and universities with legal access to hemp in 10 states.

The McDonnell Scandal: What's the Dope Behind Star Scientific Supplement Products? Forbes. 1-31-14. Safety and regulatory concerns are mounting over the supplement ingredient anatabine, a natural component of some plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae).

Geranium Extracts Inhibit HIV-1. Science Daily. 1-30-14. Scientists recently found that an extract of geranium prevents HIV from attaching to healthy cells.

Study: Resveratrol a Smoker’s Best Friend? NutraIngredients. 1-23-14. Smokers taking resveratrol supplements had lower levels of triglycerides and inflammation compared to controls.

Prince Charles Makes Plea on Alternative MedicineThe Telegraph. 1-19-14. Prince Charles has called for an end to delays with regulatory guidance for alternative medicine practitioners in England.

Western Scientists Look to Chinese Medicine for Fresh Leads. NPR. 1-18-14. American researchers are exploring the promising anti-cancer properties of various traditional Chinese herbs.

Green Tea Disease-Fighting Compounds May Weaken Blood Pressure DrugsLos Angeles Times. 1-13-14. Researchers found that antioxidants in green tea reduced the absorption of a beta-blocker in a recent animal study.

In the Jungle with Dr. FeelgoodOutside Magazine. January 2014. For the past 20 years, Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham has been on a passionate, international quest for medicinal plants.

Community And Industry Releases

Guidance for Industry: Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages. Guidance document from the US Food and Drug Administration.

NYBG's Amazon Forest Program Will Help Conserve and Manage Earth's Largest Intact Forest
. Press release from the New York Botanical Garden.

Medical Advocates Say President Obama Has Authority over Marijuana Classification
. Press release from Americans for Safe Access.

IADSA Releases 'Shelf-Life Recommendations for Supplements' Technical Document
. Guidance document from the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations.

New Version of The Plant List Released. Blog entry from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.


March 7-9: Natural Products Expo West. Anaheim, CA.

April 3-6: Integrative Health for Pain Relief. Maui, HI.

May 12-25: Aromatic Indonesia Study Tour. Starting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

More event listings can be found on ABC's website.

Herbal IQ

Clinical research supports the use of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and saffron (Crocus sativus) to enhance what function in humans? Find the answer here!