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The Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs: Reflections on a Book that Changed My Life

By Dennis McKenna, PhD
ABC guest contributor Dennis McKenna shares his history with the Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs symposium: how the original 1967 symposium proceedings shaped his career trajectory as a scientist and psychedelic pioneer, the changes in political climate surrounding the use of psychoactive substances, and his participation in the 50th anniversary symposium in 2017. Proceedings from both conferences were published as a two-volume text in 2018. Read more >>


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Food as Medicine Update: Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas, Convolvulaceae)

By Hannah Bauman, Jenny Perez, and Mikala Sessa
It’s not a yam and it’s not a potato: The sweet potato is a category unto itself. This native American plant has been a part of the human diet for at least 10,000 years, and both the tuber and leaf have been used in traditional medicine practices. The nutritious tuber is an important food crop in the fight against vitamin deficiencies in developing countries. Read more >>



Book Review: Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 1: Digestion and Elimination

By Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
In this review, board-certified naturopathic oncologist Lise Alschuler evaluates the first volume in a planned five-book series that offers clinicians methods with which to improve their skill in herbal formulation. Focusing on body specific systems, author Jill Stansbury uses her clinical experience and the current scientific literature to guide readers through the creation of herbal formulas tailored to a patient’s specific needs. Read more >>


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Herbal Supplement Sales Topped $8 Billion in 2017

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Featured Book
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Moodtopia: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress, and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, and More was written by Sara-Chana Silverstein with Susan K. Golant and published in 2018 by Da Capo Lifelong Books. The excerpt includes the table of contents and a selection from chapter 4, “Nourish Your Liver and Revitalize with Adaptogens.”

Herbalist Sara-Chana Silverstein, RH (AHG), introduces the reader to natural support strategies for stress, anxiety, and general health. This text explores the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of mental health and how they can be maintained with the help of practices that include aromatherapy and adaptegenic herbs. Silverstein primarily addresses women in this book, and offers insights through her own experiences or those of her clients as examples. The final part of this book includes a 90-day program that incorporates all of the previously mentioned strategies to achieve emotional and mental wellness.

Moodtopia can be purchased from the publisher’s website. ©2018, Da Capo Lifelong Books. This work has been reprinted with permission and may not be used for any other purpose.
Media Watch
The Long Lasting Benefits of Supplements & the Fascinating Study That Nobody Is Talking about. NutraIngredients-USA. September 7, 2018. A recent study reported that a decade after the end of a randomized clinical trial, the benefits of dietary supplementation not only persisted, but seemed to grow.

Can Cats and Dogs Help Reverse Marijuana’s Stigma? Forbes. September 5, 2018. CBD products are among the drivers of a booming animal medication market, and many owners are turning to medicinal cannabis after seeing firsthand its beneficial effects on their pets.

Leave It to Botanists to Turn Cooking into a Science Lesson. NPR. September 5, 2018. Since 2012, two botanists have explored plant science, evolution, and morphology in an approachable, consumer-oriented manner on their popular cooking blog.

Scientist Sends MoBot Plants to the Smithsonian in Case They Go Extinct. St. Louis Public Radio. September 2, 2018. For the past year, a researcher at the Missouri Botanical Garden has been collecting samples from one of the world’s largest collections of plants for long-term preservation at the Smithsonian Institute.

Ayahuasca Rituals Can Be Profoundly Beneficial — If They’re Done Properly. The Guardian. August 31, 2018. As tourists flock to the Columbian rainforest to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies, experts advise a serious approach to the ritual and caution against unscrupulous providers.

Farmers See Promise and Profit for Agroforestry in Southern Kenya. Mongabay. August 31, 2018. In Kenya’s Rift Valley, rural communities are implementing agroforestry to boost incomes and forest cover, widen farm revenue streams, and reduce carbon emissions.

Suppliers See Uptick in Demand for Botanical Ingredients in Beauty-from-Within Products. NutraIngredients-USA. August 30, 2018. Many beauty products in the US feature botanical ingredients such as ashwagandha root and ginseng, and the demand is projected to grow.

Maple Leaf Extract May Prevent Wrinkles, Research Suggests. NutraIngredients-USA. August 23, 2018. Maple leaf extract may have anti-aging effects, including the prevention of wrinkle formation, by interfering with the breakdown of elastin proteins in the skin, researchers reported.
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Community And Industry Releases

AHPA Requests Relief for Supplement and Herbal Industry from Tariffs on Imports from China. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). September 11, 2018.

SIDI Work Group Releases Updated Protocol to Help Maintain Dietary Supplement Industry Supply Chain Integrity. Council for Responsible Nutrition. September 10, 2018.

Public Health Researchers Warn of Dietary Supplements Containing Higenamine. NSF International. September 6, 2018.

NUNM President David Schleich Announces Plans to Retire. National University of Natural Medicine. September 6, 2018.

Researchers Study Impact of Medicinal Plant’s Harvest in San Juan National Forest. United Plant Savers. September 4, 2018.

Guidance on California Proposition 65 for Herbal Products. AHPA. August 30, 2018.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on FDA’s Support for Exempting Coffee from California’s Cancer Warning Law. US Food & Drug Administration. August 29, 2018.

NIH Names Dr. Helene Langevin Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. National Institutes of Health. August 29, 2018.

Illinois Takes Huge Step Forward in Combating Opioid Crisis with Medical Cannabis. Americans for Safe Access. August 28, 2018.

COMPASS Pathways Receives FDA Approval for Psilocybin Therapy Clinical Trial for Treatment-Resistant Depression. Compass Pathways. August 22, 2018.

Trump Administration Tariffs Threaten US Leadership of Natural Products and Dietary Supplements Industry. Natural Products Association. August 17, 2018.

Esca Bona. October 22-23, 2018. Austin, Texas.

29th Annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium. October 25-29, 2018. Helen, Georgia.

SupplySide West. November 6-10, 2018. Las Vegas, Nevada.
7th Annual Botanical Conference. November 10, 2018. Las Vegas, Nevada.

2nd Southern African Congress of Integrative Medicine. November 17-18, 2018. Cape Town, South Africa.

7th Global Summit on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. November 19-21, 2018. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Regenerative Earth Summit. December 5-6, 2018. Boulder, Colorado.

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

Herbal IQ

Though not advised for a first date, high consumption of this botanical may be protective against Helicobacter pylori infection and gastric cancer development. Find out what it is here!