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February 8-10: CAMEXPO East Conference & Exhibition.
New York, NY. The CAMEXPO East will focus on six key areas - Functional Medicine, Food-as-Medicine, Pediatric Health, Womens Health, Traditional Healing, and Mind-Body Medicine through an in-depth conference program of over 30 educational sessions led by experts in the industry. The Exhibit Hall will feature more than 100 companies showcasing a wide range of products from nutritional supplements, to functional food and medicine, to homeopathic products. ABC is a collaborating partner of CAMEXPO East and ABCs Mark Blumenthal is a member of the Advisory Board. For more information visit Web Site

We hope that your new year is off to a good start. We have several great news stories that you may have missed over the holiday season as well as a few updates on ABC-related events. As you may noticed, we have made a few changes to our member benefits this year including a copy of the Quick Access Consumer Guide to Conditions, Herbs and Supplements. You can find more information about the changes to your member benefits by visiting our membership page. As always we are grateful for your support of ABC's nonprofit educational mission.

The Staff of the American Botanical Council


HerbalGram 72 mailed on October 25, 2006. Featured articles include:

Integrating Recent Knowledge about the Genus Echinacea: Morphology, Molecular Systematics, Phytochemistry
by Bernard R. Baum, PhD; Shannon E. Binns, PhD; and John T. Arnason, PhD
The authors of this article propose a new taxonomic scheme for the medicinal plant Echinacea, revising the currently accepted taxonomy. Based on field investigations, DNA, phytochemistry, and statistical analyses, they have condensed R.L. McGregors classification of 9 species in the genus Echinacea into 4 different species.

Medicinal Plants of Montenegro
by Steven Foster
The small Adriatic coastal country Montenegro boasts hundreds of different native medicinal plants and has a rich history of herbal traditions. Author and photographer Steven Foster describes the beauty, medicinal uses, economic value, and cultural significance of Montenegros medicinal flora in this pictorial essay.

Additional articles from previous issues are available at

Media Watch

Diet Pill Makers Fined Millions for False Claims - MSNBC
The FTC has fined four diet pill advertisers for making what the agency has deemed to be false claims regarding weight loss, osteoporosis and cancer. Diet Pill Makers Fined Millions for False Claims. Associated Press. January 4, 2007.

The Energy-Drink Buzz is Unmistakable. The Health Impact is Unknown - NYT
While many energy drinks include herbal formulations to draw in consumers focused on health, the primary active ingredient may be caffeine. Mason, Michael. The Energy-Drink Buzz is Unmistakable. The Health Impact is Unknown. New York Times. December 12, 2006.

The Magic of Mushrooms - The National Post
New research has found that mushrooms, once thought to be void of nutritional content, have a variety of benefits depending on where and how they are grown. Helm, Janet. The Magic of Mushrooms. The National Post. October 30, 2006.

Honeys Healing Powers - The Vancouver Sun
Manuka honey, known for its antibacterial and healing properties, is quickly becoming a common preventative and addition to soaps, teas, and beer. Gram, Karen, Honeys Healing Powers. The Vancouver Sun. October 30, 2006.

Hoodia Fever Takes Toll on Rare Plant - L.A. Times
The future of Hoodia remains unclear as demand, poaching, and disregard for conservation threaten future sustainability. Dixon, Robyn. Hoodia Fever Takes Toll on Rare Plant. L.A. Times. December 26, 2006.

Somali Islamists are gone -- so "khat" is back! - The Scotsman
Small quantities of a natural stimulant plant, khat, are reappearing on the streets of Mogadishu after a recent ban is lifted. Abdulle, Sahal. Somali Islamists are gone -- so "khat" is back!. The Scotsman. January 2, 2007.

Supplement demand is up - Tennessean
Supplement sales rise after new years resolutions, despite the disappearance of ephedra. Organ, Mike. Supplement Demand is Up. Tennessean. December 21, 2006.

Taking the Land Back to its Roots - Austin American-Statesman
Two men work to restore native Texas plants to an 8-acre lot. Toohey, Marty. Taking the Land Back to its roots. Austin American-Statesman. December 26, 2006.

Voting With Your Trolley - The Economist
An examination of the benefits and disadvantages of buying organic, fair-trade, and local food on the environment. Voting with Your Trolley. The Economist. December 7, 2006.


The current HerbClip™ bin was released on 12/29/06. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

If you do not currently have access to the full HerbClip Online, please consider upgrading your membership. We are certain you will enjoy reading these reviews as much as we enjoy writing them. Read the latest reviews from HerbClip Online or view one of the following free samples:

Effect of a Flavanol-rich Cocoa Snack Bar on Cholesterol Levels in Hypercholesterolemic Adults

Small Trial Examines Product Preference of Medical Cannabis Users

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