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ABC's recent campaign to reduce forecasted budget deficit has been extremely successful; we have raised over $5000 in early renewals, book sales and gifts since we appealed to our members a few weeks ago.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have donated and continue to support ABC through their membership and donations. 

We have launched Part 2 of the Herbal Information Course, our online certification course. Part 2 expands on the information presented in Part 1. You can find Year 1 and 2 at

We hope that you are able to take advantage of all the educational services that we have to offer.  If you have any questions or comments about our services, let us know by sending an email to the American Botanical Council. Thanks again for your continued support.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

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November 4-6: The 16th Annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium: Treating Chronic Illness with Herbal Medicine. Portland, OR. Attendees can anticipate more than 40 workshops by leading herbalists such as: Christopher Hobbs, Robert Rountree, Mindy Green, Mary Bove, Francis Brinker, David Hoffmann, and many others. ABC founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will present lectures titled “Herbal Research and Writing” and “Herb Market Update: What’s Happening in the Herb Market with Sales Trends, Consumer Attitudes, New Herbal Products, Legal and Regulatory Developments and Media Coverage.” Continuing education credit will be available for nurses, pharmacists, acupuncturists, and naturopathic physicians. Pre-conference intensives will be held on November 3. Phone: 770-751-6021. Fax: 770-751-7472. E-mail: Web site:  

November 9–11: SupplySide West. Las Vegas, NV. The trade show features the world’s largest exhibition of functional, healthy and nutritional ingredients, plus more than 680 booths for education programming, special events and promotional opportunities for participants. Mark Blumenthal will present a lecture covering “Negative Outcomes for Clinical Trials on Herbs and Pyhtomedicines: Media Reports and Public Perceptions – A Crisis in Consumer Confidence.” For more information about the trade show, contact: Amy Sharman, Marketing and Communications Manager, 480-990-1101, ext.1543. E-mail:

December 2: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: an Evidence Based Overview for the Health Care Provider. Uniondale, New York. A morning plenary session includes topics ranging from interpreting evidence in journal articles regarding CAM, new paradigms for healing, and medico-legal and ethical issues. The afternoon will consist of workshops focusing on the techniques and evidence for various CAM therapies including massage, imagery, energy medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture and herbs and supplements.  Mark Blumenthal will present a morning lecture entitled “The State of Herbal Medicine in the US: Issues of Regulation, Quality, Safety & Efficacy” as well as an afternoon workshop covering the most commonly used herbs, the data regarding efficacy as well as potential dangers. CME and CEU credits are being offered through the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. For more information call the Department of Professional and Public Health Education at 516-465-2500.

January 20-22, 2006 - Natural Supplements Conference – Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine - At the conference, more than two dozen nationally renowned medical experts will present an evidence-based, comprehensive, and timely overview of natural supplements to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, other health care providers and the general public. In addition, attendees are welcome to pre-conference tours of a botanical garden and a local supplement manufacturing site to learn more about dietary supplements from plant to product. Guest speakers include keynote speaker Deepak Chopra, ABC Advisory Board members Mary Hardy, M.D. and Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. and Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal. Up to 14.75 Category 1 continuing medical education credits are available. Accreditation provided by ACCME. To register for the conference, please call (858) 587-4404 or register online with Academic Affairs.  Web site:


The current HerbClip bin was released on November 1, 2005. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Patented Powder from Danish Rose Hip Subspecies Reduces Pain in Osteoarthritis of Knees and Hips

Effects of Red Wine Consumption on Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service is published twice monthly and provides hardcopies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This unique educational benefit is available at the Sponsor Member level. For more information, please contact Aileen Truax at the Development Department or by phone at 512-926-4900.