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Registration deadline for ABC's Continuing Education tour to Peru, Botanical Medicines from the Amazon, is fast approaching. Registration form and deposit must be received by August 31, 2006. See the itinerary or register (pdf).

July 25: CRN Day of Science. Washington, DC.


July 26-28: NBJ Newport Summit. Laguna Niguel, CA. ABC encourages key leaders to attend the summit to visit Dr. Wayne Silverman, PhD and ABC Founder and executive director Mark Blumenthal at this event. Web site:

Several new and interesting studies have been released regarding major diseases and conditions (Study Finds No Link Between Marijuana Use and Lung, Head, or Neck Cancer, Caffeine From Green Tea and Coffee May Lower Diabetes Risk, and Recent Article Promotes Butterbur Extract as one of Few Effective Migraine Treatments). Also, several new web based resources with a focus on CAM have been released (IFC Issues Guide to Private Businesses for Protecting Biodiversity and Center for Mind-Body Medicine Launches New Web Site).

Dont forget that the deadline to register for ABC and ACEERs annual Ethnobotanical Tour to the Amazon is fast approaching. It has been extended to August 31, 2006. We hope that you will be able to join us for this educational opportunity.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council


HerbalGram #70 shipped on April 26, 2006. Feature articles are as follows:

Government Increases Restrictions on Wild American Ginseng Export

India Digitizes Age-Old Wisdom

Additional articles from this issue are available at


Botanist Shares Passion Citizen-Times

Botanist and holistic herbals instructor Juliet Blankespoor teaches botany as well as an intergenerational educational program.
Nash, Lindsey. Botanist Shares Passion. Citizen-Times. April 15, 2006.


A Simple Way to Predict Drug Effects Social Computing.
Adverse drug reactions may be predicted by screening urine for metabolites.
Graham-Rowe. A Simple Way to predict Drug Effects. Social Computing. April 20, 2006.


The FDA Awaits a Cure for Its Malaise LA Times
Issues remain unresolved within the FDA without a permanent director.
Alonso-Zaldivar, Ricardo. The FDA Awaits a Cure for Its Mailaise. LA Times. April 30, 2006.


Calorie-free stevias 11-year war with FDA
Though proponents of stevia tout its many benefits, the FDA is still reluctant to list it as a safe food additive on par with sugar and other artificial sweeteners.
Orden, Erica. Calorie-free stevias 11-year war with FDA. May 2, 2006.


Natural Guidance Washington Post
Consumer reports has introduced an herbal database that contains information on the effectiveness and contraindications of nearly 14,000 supplements.
Boodman, Sandra G. Natural Guidance. Washington Post. May 2, 2006.


Test-Drug Suit Reinstated
A federal appeals court ruled that terminally ill patients can not be barred from receiving experimental drugs that may not be approved before they die.
Test-Drug Suit Reinstated. May 3, 2006.


Puffing is the Best Medicine LA Times
Lester Grinspoon offers his opinions on the pharmaceuticalization of marijuana.
Grinspoon, Lester. Puffing is the Best Medicine. LA Times. May 5, 2006.


Roger That & The Artful Roger Grist Magazine
ACEER president Roger Mustalish answers questions from Grist editors and readers. He covers topics such as his influences, environmental responsibility, and the wonders of the Amazon rainforest.
The Artful Roger & Roger That.. Grist Magazine. May 5, 2006.


Many Americans trying new menu of preventative foods
Americans are incorporating more functional foods such as goji berries, holy basil and yerba mate into their diet.
Hunt, Maria C. Many Americans trying new menu of preventative foods. May 23, 2006.


Neem: Indias tree of life BBC News
An international group is working to prevent the patent of ancient knowledge about the versatile Neem tree of South Asia.
Porter, Anna Horsbrugh. Neem: Indias tree of life. BBC News. April 17, 2006.


Patients Want Alternative Medicines, Despite Proof of Efficacy: Presented at AUA Doctors Guide
Products containing saw palmetto, cranberry, and supplements for prostate cancer prevention are still used by patients despite evidence questioning their efficacy.
Patients Want Alternative Medicines, Despite Proof of Efficacy: Presented at AUA. Doctors Guide. May 29, 2006.


For the fact on natural remedies, go online The Boston Globe
A comparison of four websites that provide information about herbs and supplements.
Foreman, Judy. For the facts on natural remedies, go online. The Boston Globe. May 29, 2006.


Weed Control The Boston Globe
Under current laws, the quality and medicinal benefits of marijuana are still not fully explored.
Winter, Jessica. Weed Control. The Boston Globe. May 28, 2006.


Herb-Drug Interactions Uncommon
A Canadian study finds that consumers may be more aware of herb-drug interactions that previously thought.
Edmundson, Ann. Herb-Drug Interactions Uncommon. May 25, 2006.


The current HerbClip bin was released on 5/30/06. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Sage Leaf Extract Reduces Anxiety in Clinical Trial


Safety of Coumarin

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