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James A. Duke Inducted into New Hope Network’s Hall of Legends

By Hannah Bauman
On March 7, 2019, the New Hope Network recognized the achievements of ethnobotanist and author James A. Duke, PhD, through his posthumous induction into the Hall of Legends. The event, which took place during Natural Products Expo West, honors groups and individuals who have made significant contributions to the natural products community. ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, who is a previous inductee to the Hall of Legends, and Green Farmacy Garden Chief Gardener Helen Lowe Metzman accepted the award on behalf of the Duke family. Read more >>








Book Review: Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 2

By David Hoffmann, BSc, FNIMH
The second volume of Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals focuses on herbal formulations for respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Author Jill Stansbury, ND, provides a robust materia medica for both body systems as well as a nuanced approach to formulation that combines aspects of American Eclectic, traditional Chinese medicine, and current research-based practices. Read more >>








ABC Awards:

ABC Presents James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award to Historic Compilation of Psychoactive Research. March 13, 2019.

ABC Announces Annual Herbal Community Builder Award Recipients. February 25, 2019.

Jim Emme Named ABC Champion for 2018. February 18, 2019.

ABC News:

Euromed Adopts Milk Thistle through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program. February 28, 2019.

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program News:

NEW! Issue #16 of the Botanical Adulterants Monitor has been published. Read for updates on evaluating saw palmetto extract, distinguishing spent cinnamon material, and more.

Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Grape Seed Extract Laboratory Guidance Document. February 27, 2019.







Research Reviews:

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Featured Book
Art of Herbal Healing cover  
The Art of Herbal Healing: A Guide to Health and Wholeness was written by Susan Clearwater and published in 2018 by Green Turtle Publishing. The excerpt includes the table of contents and the sections “Calendula” and “Creating Alcohol Tinctures.”

This reference text offers a comprehensive guide to safe and responsible herbal healing and contains a wealth of information, step-by-step instructions, and full-color illustrations. Holistic nurse and herbalist Susan Clearwater, RN, presents a dynamic, hands-on exploration into the world of herbalism and empowers readers to interact with medicinal plants at a variety of levels: gardening, harvesting, marking herbal teas and other preparations, and learning which herbs are helpful for specific conditions.

The Art of Herbal Healing uses a holistic perspective to heal the whole person, and medicinal herbs are examined through a broad-spectrum lens that begins with the mythology of ancient cultures and continues through modern scientific research. A materia medica of 50 herbs includes information about their medicinal usage, cultivation, preparation of topical and oral remedies, dosages, safety precautions, and chemical components.

Learn more about The Art of Herbal Healing at Readers who purchase through the website can receive a discount. ©2019, Green Turtle Publishing. All material is used with permission of the publisher and may not be reproduced for another use.
Media Watch
Paul Talalay, Researcher Who Found Cancer-Preventing Qualities in Broccoli, Dies at 95. The Washington Post. March 13, 2019. The pharmacologist who ignited scientific interest in dietary sources of cancer prevention died at home on March 10, 2019.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Just Resigned as Head of the US’s Top Food and Drug Regulator in a Surprise Announcement. Business Insider. March 5, 2019. Scott Gottlieb, MD, will step down as the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration after almost two years on the job, in a move that surprised many.

Native California Medicinal Plant May Hold Promise for Treating Alzheimer’s. Science Daily. February 20, 2019. The discovery of a potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory chemical in yerba santa, a native Californian shrub, may lead to a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Argentina Celebrates ‘Historic Record’ for Yerba Maté Sales. NutraIngredients. February 19, 2019. Domestic and international sales of Argentinian yerba maté hit a “historic record” in 2018, according to the National Institute of Yerba Maté.

Grasses Found to Cheat Evolution By Stealing Genes from Their Neighbors. New Atlas. February 19, 2019. Scientists studying Alloteropsis semialata grass discovered similarities in DNA sequences that had been acquired laterally from neighboring plants.

Is it Time for Supplement Companies to Move away from ‘Cleanse’ and ‘Detox?’ NutraIngredients. February 15, 2019. “Detox” and “cleanse,” when used with supplements, juices, or diets, have strong market appeal; however, some experts believe it’s time to move away from those words.

What Should DSHEA 2.0 Look Like? Here Are a Couple of Suggestions. NutraIngredients-USA. February 15, 2019. This editorial opines that the industry should take advantage of a regulatory atmosphere focused on collaboration and based on science for a healthy future for the dietary supplement industry.

Aloe sanguinalis, a New Red Aloe from Somaliland. EurekAlert! February 14, 2019. Despite its showy color and presentation, red aloe has not been described by science until recently.

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Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. March 29-31, 2019. Tempe, Arizona.
Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals. April 8-11, 2019. Oxford, Mississippi.

SupplySide East. April 9-10, 2019. Secaucus, New Jersey.
Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference. May 4, 2019. Ojai, California.

International Garlic Symposium. May 28-30, 2019. Hiroshima, Japan.

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

Herbal IQ

Do you know which luxurious spice is used in traditional medicines to treat eye diseases, infectious diseases, and skin diseases, and has modern evidence of beneficial effects on symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases and various forms of cancer? Find out here!