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October 22-24, 2008: SupplySide West Conference and Trade Show. Las Vegas, NV, USA.
ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will present a workshop with Robert S. McQuate, PhD covering the market trends, use as an ingredient, and GRAS status for the increasingly popular herb stevia. Global dietary supplement, food and beverage, and cosmeceutical manufacturers come to SupplySide West to source ingredients and services, research and develop new products, find new suppliers and learn about late-breaking science. More information, registration, and information on exhibit space reservations are available at

November 7-9: WHO Congress of Traditional Medicine. Beijing, China.
ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will present a lecture covering "Opportunities and Interests in the US". The Congress will be held in Beijing, People's Republic of China from 7 to 9 November 2008, to coincide with WHO's 60th anniversary, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration. This year's conference will review the role of traditional medicine and associated practitioners in health care in line with the Alma-Ata Declaration and in the renewal of primary health care and the progress of the countries in the field of traditional medicine.
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The American Botanical Council would like to thank all who participated in this year's HerbDay celebrations. The event at the ABC headquarters drew a nice crowd from the community and contributed to the success of the celebration. Thank you also to those who celebrated across the nation.

ABC continues to fill its educational mission by launching the HerbMedPro Pay-per-Day access for those in the academic or research fields or others who are interested in the scientific literature of herbs. This service will allow interested participants temporary 48-hour access to this dynamic database to find information on one or two herbs. Unlimited access to this feature is available to ABC members at the Academic level or above.

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Media Watch

ABC editorial staff tested the links of the articles below just prior to publication to ensure that they were still live. However, various publications disable links at different times. ABC is not responsible for the longevity of links for these articles nor the accuracy of the information contained in each article.

‘World’s Biggest Pharmacy’ may have Short Shelf-life (video)
The Shipibo Indians of Peru asked herbal medicine company Naturex and medicine hunter Chris Kilham to help them find medicinal herbs in the Amazon so that they can raise money to build a school. However, finding the herbs becomes difficult amongst logging and fears of biopiracy. Kilham works to conserve the jungle while helping the Shipibo.  
Nightly News. NBC. September 18, 2008.

Rules Over Animal Dietary Supplements ‘In Disarray’
A study sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration has found that there is limited information available to the public regarding the upper limits, adverse event reports or safety regulations for lutein, evening primrose oil and garlic for animals. September 16, 2008.

Comarow on Quality: The March of Alternative Medicine
Though the use of complementary and alternative medicine in hospitals has been on the rise, finding reliable survey statistics on its use are still elusive.
Comarow, Avery. U.S. News & World Report. September 16, 2008.

Ancient, but How Safe?
The latest study accusing Ayurveda of containing heavy metals has created a dialogue between practitioners and patients. 
Ellin, Abby. New York Times. September 17, 2008.

Feeling Good about Fish Oil
Parents are turning to fish oil to help their children with mood, developmental and learning problems.
Rabin, Roni Caryn. New York Times. September 14, 2008.

Kitchen Health Remedies: ‘Spice’ Your Life
Common kitchen spices and ingredients are used in Ayurveda for a variety of ailments.
Sharm, Dr. Suravi. Express Buzz. September 22, 2008.

Sinseh, Dukun Can Register Online Soon
A new act in Malaysia will require traditional medicine practitioners to register with the Health Ministry so that their qualifications may be vetted.
New Straits Times. October 8, 2008.

Remedy Revival
A brief history of Traditional Chinese Medicine is recounted along with a look to its future use alongside modern medicine. 
Bagenal, Flora. China International Business. October 8, 2008.

Turmeric Helps Reduce Size of Hemorrhagic Stroke
Researchers have found that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties may reduce blood clots and prevent strokes.
Goswami, Neelam. The Med Guru. September 23, 2008.

Research Undermines the Spicy Claims
Studies produce mixed results on cinnamon’s ability to help diabetes patients due to different varieties of the herb used in trials.
O’Mathuna, Donal. Irish Times. September 23, 2008.

Junk Science: ‘Functional’ Foods Promise Good Health But Can They Deliver?
As the market for functional foods continues to rise, some wonder if functional foods can really deliver all they promise on their labels.
O’Leary, Noreen. Adweek. September 22, 2008.

Herbal Group Wants Sanctuary
An herbal medicine advocacy group in Fiji is asking the government to help them protect forests, and the medicinal herbs within them, by creating nature reserves.
Fiji Daily Post. September 22, 2008.

What’s Behind an F.D.A. Stamp?
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to stay on top of the products released on the market but is having trouble keeping consumers informed about safety and regulation.
Harris, Gardiner. New York Times. September 29, 2008.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Older Urban African Americans: Individual and Neighborhood Associations [pdf]
A study of a neighborhood in Baltimore, MD finds that 29.5% of African Americans over the age of 60 used some form of herbal or home remedies regularly. October 8, 2008.

TrimSpa Company to be Liquidated
A judge has ordered Goen Technologies, the maker of TrimSpa, to liquidate the business. TrimSpa, a diet supplement, contained ephedra until it was banned in the US; it was reformulated with Hoodia gordonii as its active ingredient.
Saitz, Greg. The Star-Ledger. October 8, 2008.

Ginkgo Holds Promise for Stroke Patients
A mouse study has found that ginkgo has the potential to protect brain cells during a stroke.
Parker-Pope, Tara. New York Times. October 10, 2008.

China Bans One Brand of Herbal Drug After 3 Deaths
The Chinese Food and Drug Administration has banned an injectable eleuthero (aka Siberian ginseng) preparation after three patients died and three others became seriously ill.
Wong, Edward. New York Times. October 9, 2008.


The following are just a few of the upcoming events that you will find listed on ABC’s Event Calendar.

October 22-24: SupplySide West Conference and Trade Show. Las Vegas, NV.

October 23-25: BioFach América Latina. São Paulo, Brazil.

October 24-26: 2008 American Herbalists Guild National Symposium: “Botanical Medicine in Oncology, Immunity, & Chronic Illness”. Redmond, WA.

October 25-29: Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program. Minneapolis, MN.

October 25-26: Weaving Herbs into Your Nursing Practice. East Meredith, NY.

October 28-30: 5th Malaysian International Conference on Essential Oils, Fragrance and Flavor Materials (MICEOFF5). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

October 28-31: International Congress on Traditional & Complementary Medicine (ICTCM). Sari, Iran.

October 28-31: The 1st Global Tea & Coffee Expo. Damascus, Syria.

October 30: TLC for Dietary Supplements: Botanicals. Salt Lake City, UT.

November 4-6: Health Ingredients Europe 2008. Paris, France.

November 5-7: 3rd CMDD Symposium on Marine Natural Products & Drug Discovery (CMDDS 2008). Seoul, Korea.

November 6-7: AICR Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity & Cancer. Washington, D.C.

November 7-8: Ethnobotany: Integrating Biology and Traditional Knowledge. St Louis, MO.

November 7-9: WHO Congress of Traditional Medicine. Beijing, China.

November 9-14: 4th World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (WOCMAP). Cape Town, South Africa.

November 16: Bringing Integrative Medicine to Your Practice 2008. San Diego, CA.

November 16-18: The 6th Middle East Natural & Organic Products Expo 2008. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

November 17-21: The Science & Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine. San Diego, CA.

Featured Book Excerpt

October's selected book excerpt is from Herbal Pearls: Traditional Chinese Folk

Wisdom with stories collected by Miao Wen-wei, translated by Yue Chong-xi,
edited and annotated by Steven Foster, and published in 2008. The excerpt
contains the book cover, title page, table of contents, an introduction to the
English edition of the book, and a section covering dong quai (Angelica sinensis).
This excerpt and more information can be found on this month's Featured Book


The current HerbClip bin was released on October 15, 2008. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Korean Red Ginseng Affects Cognitive Function in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease

Studies Indicate that Stevia Component Rebaudioside A is Safe for Human Consumption

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 15 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip Homepage.

ABC's Individual members can upgrade membership to the Academic level to access HerbClips on the ABC website.

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service is published twice monthly and provides printed copies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This unique educational benefit is available at the Sponsor Member level and for HerbClip Service members. For more information, please contact ABC’s Membership Department by email or by phone at 512-926-4900.