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Remembering Paul Talalay: 1923-2019

By Hannah Bauman
Internationally renowned pharmacologist Paul Talalay, MD, pioneered the study and research of “chemoprotection” from natural products. During his career at Johns Hopkins University, Talalay focused on the cancer-fighting potential of compounds from broccoli and headed a research team dedicated to the study of natural products for a healthier world. Read more >>







©2019 Steven Foster


The Case of Canaigre and ‘Wild Red American Ginseng’

By Mark Blumenthal
In this retrospective article, ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal reflects on his involvement in an early case of botanical integrity and market confusion. May 2019 marks the 40th anniversary since the publication of the Herb Trade Association’s “Policy Statement #1 – Canaigre” self-regulation document, an industry trade initiative that sought to dissociate canaigre with true ginseng from the genus Panax. Read more >>







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©2019 Steven Foster








Food as Medicine: Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa, Lecythidaceae)

By Hannah Bauman and Jamie Moser

Common in nut mixes, the Brazil nut has an interesting history as a food, medicine, and article of commerce in its native Amazonian rainforest areas. The high selenium content in Brazil nut — the highest known in any conventional food — has potential benefits for a variety of populations, particularly the elderly, and is the focus of much of the clinical research on this nut. Read more >>


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Featured Book
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Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature was written by Sajah Popham and published in 2019 by North Atlantic Books. The except includes a selection from the introduction, “The Evolution of Herbalism.”

Herbalist Sajah Popham reveals his dynamic practice in Evolutionary Herbalism that focuses on animism, the experience of Nature as a living being. Combining elements of herbal traditions from around the globe as well as alchemy, astrology, and conventional science, Popham explores a truly holistic system of plant medicine. This text, divided into five parts from the microcosmic to the universal, provides a new context for how plants can be used to heal the body, spirit, and soul.

In the foreword, author and practitioner Matthew Wood, RH (AHG), wrote: “This synergy of plant medicine, alchemy, astrology, and the Living Nature ultimately culminates as a model of evolutionary herbalism. This is the holistic healing so many people seek and need in our modern world, which is so far removed from the Living Nature, yet so close to it.”

Evolutionary Herbalism is distributed by Penguin-Random House and available wherever books are sold. Excerpt from Evolutionary Herbalism by Sajah Popham, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright ©2019 by Sajah Popham. Reprinted by permission of publisher.
Media Watch

Patented Maca Improves Physical Performance and Fatigue in Men, Says Recent StudyNutritional Outlook. May 1, 2019. A recent placebo-controlled study on a standardized maca formulation found significant effects on grip strength and fatigue in men.

Why ‘Plant Blindness’ Matters—and What You Can Do about It. BBC Future. April 29, 2019. Described as “the inability to see or notice plants in one’s own environment,” plant blindness may be resulting in a limited interest in conservation or biology, potentially impacting the future survival of species.

Are Mushrooms the Next Big Supplement for Athletes? Bicycling. April 26, 2019. Athletes are the latest group to turn to medicinal mushrooms for wellness and a competitive edge, using cordyceps and maitake to improve oxidative stress and immune function.

High Hopes: Will ‘Cannabusiness’ Turn Around Deprived Communities? Reuters. April 24, 2019. As cannabis legalization spreads across the globe, minority communities hope to bounce back from marijuana-related convictions by investing in legal growing and selling operations.

Ancient Secrets of Medicinal Mint. Science Daily. April 24, 2019. The genome of Scutellaria baicalensis, or Chinese skullcap, has been sequenced, which scientists hope will improve the plant’s breeding prospects and study interest.

How Blueberries Became a SuperfoodOutside. April 23, 2019. After the advent of antioxidant assays, the powerhouse wild blueberry skyrocketed in mainstream popularity.

Mexican Study Suggests Potential Prebioatic Activity of Mango Peel. NutraIngredients. April 22, 2019. Mango peel may selectively boost the growth of beneficial bacteria, and open up opportunities to use the waste material as a prebiotic ingredient, suggests a new study.

Marijuana Is a Lot More than Just THC—A Pharmacologist Looks at the Untapped Healing CompoundsHerald & Review. April 19, 2019. Though tetrahydrocannabinol, the “high” in cannabis, is perhaps one of the most well-known cannabinoids, the plant contains at least 85 more, along with 27 terpenes, that may be active, drug-like compounds.

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Community And Industry Releases

Study: Most Health Professionals Supportive of the Use of Medical Cannabis in Clinical Practice. NORML. May 9, 2019.

AHPA Urges Specificity in OEHHA Review of Scientific Data on Cannabis. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). May 8, 2019.

CRN Mourns Passing of Dr. John Hathcock. Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). May 2, 2019.

AHPA ERB Foundation Issues RFP for Goldenseal Sustainable Harvest Study. AHPA. April 30, 2019.

Report: CBD Content in Commercial Products Typically Less than Advertised. NORML. April 25, 2019.

FDA Urged to Take Enforcement Action against Manufacturers of Dietary Supplements that Promise to Help Smokers Quit. Center for Science in the Public Interest. April 23, 2019.

Dr. Christine Girard Named President of National University of Natural Medicine. National University of Natural Medicine. April 23, 2019.

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) Is Excited to Announce the Transfer of the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program to United Plant Savers. United Plant Savers. April 18, 2019.

FDA Statement from Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas on New Steps to Protect Consumers from Unlawful Ingredients in Dietary Supplements. US Food and Drug Administration. April 16, 2019.

CRN Commends FDA’s Commitment to Consumer Safety and Enhancing Dietary Supplement Regulation —Agency Launches the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory. CRN. April 16, 2019.

CSUN Herbarium Digitizes Collection of Plant Specimens.
California State University Northridge. April 10, 2019.


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

IFT19. June 2-5, 2019. New Orleans, Louisiana.

International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine. July 5-7, 2019. London, UK.

67th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Products Research. September 1-5, 2019. Innsbruck, Austria.

50th International Symposium on Essential Oils. September 9-11, 2019. Vienna, Austria.

SupplySide West. October 15-19, 2019. Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

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