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By Stefan Gafner, PhD
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association apparently "disproved" the benefits of cranberry extract for urinary tract infections, and an accompanying editorial suggested that cranberry therapy should be abandoned. Media coverage of the study continued to cast cranberry treatment in an unfavorable light. However, experts have questioned the validity of the data, the study’s methodology, and whether the tested endpoints were appropriate. Read more >>

By Hannah Bauman and Mikala Sessa
While they may be delicious baked in a pie and topped with marshmallows, sweet potatoes deserve to shine on their own merits. All parts of the plant, including the vines, leaves, and tubers, are edible and contain vital nutrients, such as beta-carotene, anthocyanins, dietary fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Not to be confused with the common potato (Solanum tuberosum) or a true yam (Dioscorea spp.), the sweet potato has a deep cultural history in the southern United States as well as Central and South America. Read more >>

By ABC Staff
Twelve experts from around the world have agreed to join the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council. These new members will serve a vital function for ABC, offering their time and expertise for peer-reviewing HerbalGram articles, HerbalEGram articles, HerbClips, and more. They represent a variety of fields in the botanical community, including pharmacognosy, analytical testing, Chinese medicine, and others. Read more >>

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Coffee Fruit Joins American Botanical Council’s List of Adopted Botanicals. November 8, 2016.

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Aromatherapy Garden  
The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being was written by Kathi Keville and published by Timber Press in 2016. The excerpt includes the introduction and Chapter 1, “A Tradition of Scent in the Garden.”

The Aromatherapy Garden is a home gardener’s guide to growing therapeutic aromatic plants. Kathi Keville, aromatherapist, herbalist, and director of Green Medicine Herb School, teaches readers how scent influences health and how to create aromatherapeutic products such as body oils, tonics, sachets, and essential oils from “the ground up.” She begins with growing techniques for more than 80 fragrant plants and continues through to harvesting and processing. In addition to the practical applications of aromatic plants, Keville also includes instructions and suggestions for growing a beautifully arranged garden that appeals to all senses and creates a haven for the body and mind.

The Aromatherapy Garden can be purchased at the publisher’s website. Excerpt taken from The Aromatherapy Garden ©2016 by Kathi Keville. Published by Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
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Medical Marijuana Victories in Florida, North Dakota, Arkansas, Montana Turn the TideThe Washington Post. November 9, 2016. Medicinal cannabis ballot measures passed for the first time in Arkansas, Florida, and North Carolina, bringing the total number of US states with legal medical marijuana to 28.

‘Pro Business’ is Best Guess When Looking at Character of Trump Administration. NutraIngredients-USA. November 9, 2016. Trade group leaders speculate about how the election of Donald Trump will impact the dietary supplement industry.

UK Petition Demands Nutritionist Become Protected Job Title. NutraIngredients. November 9, 2016. A recently filed petition calls for the UK government to provide legal protections for professional nutritionists.

As Health System Collapses, Zimbabwe Turns to Street HerbsThe Washington Post. November 6, 2016. Access to health care in Zimbabwe is becoming increasingly difficult, leading some residents to self-treat with traditional medicines, including herbs.

Consumers Urge FDA to Keep Vinpocetine on Market as Dietary SupplementNatural Products Insider. November 4, 2016. More than 800 public comments have been filed in response to the FDA’s conclusion that vinpocetine, a derivative of an alkaloid found in Vinca minor, is not a legal dietary ingredient.

Project Aims to End 'Ambiguity' of Plant-based Medicine. BBC News. November 2, 2016. Researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are attempting to compile a single database of the world’s known medicinal plants.

Full Extent of Bias into Food Industry Research Remains Unknown. The University of Sydney News. November 1, 2016. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis found that industry-sponsored nutrition studies, compared to studies without industry funding, are more likely to report positive findings, although the difference was not statistically significant.

Key Trends in Functional Foods & Beverages for 2017Nutraceuticals World. November 1, 2016. Experts predict that turmeric will be the most popular functional ingredient in 2017.
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Community And Industry Releases

Kew and Colombia to Help Identify, Protect and Promote Plant Biodiversity. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. November 1, 2016.

The Recent Passing of Bob Duggan, Founder and President Emeritus. Maryland University of Integrative Health. October 27, 2016.

Ethiopia’s Prof. Sebsebe Demissew Awarded Prestigious Kew International Medal. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. October 21, 2016.

"Incidental DNA Fragments" May Be Misinterpreted Using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). American Herbal Product Association. October 19, 2016.

Lawmakers Agree: Naturopathic Doctors are a Solid Choice to Combat Chronic Pain for Veterans. American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. October 12, 2016.


Weeds, Woodslore, and Wildwoods Wisdom with Doug Elliott.
November 13, 2016. Austin, Texas.

Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference.
November 14-16, 2016. Denver, Colorado.

Dietary Supplement Regulation: Labeling and Claims Conference.
December 8-9, 2016. Alexandria, Virginia.

International Conference on DNA Technology for Authentication, Quality Control, and Conservation of Herbal Material.
December 12-14, 2016. Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

The Mexican Healthy Products Summit.
January 27-29, 2017. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference.
February 23-25, 2017. New York, New York.

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

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