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ABC Names Recipients of Botanical Excellence Awards

Conference in New Mexico to Celebrate Late Herbalist Michael Moore

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May 2-4, 2009: ABC Executive Director Mark Blumenthal to speak at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, NV: Blumenthal will be speaking on issues of quality surrounding food, supplements, and drugs from China, and will also present research updates on the health benefits of tea.

It is with great sadness that ABC reports the recent death of renowned herbalist Michael Moore. Michael profoundly influenced many people during his lifetime, including some ABC staff members. A conference to honor Michael will take place next month in New Mexico, as noted in an article in this issue.

ABC’s 4th Annual American Botanical Celebration will take place tonight in Anaheim, California, and the winners of ABC’s Botanical Excellence Awards are announced in this issue of HerbalEGram. In addition to those recognized at the event tonight, ABC would like to extend its gratitude to all members and supporters. It is through your generosity and encouragement that ABC is able to fulfill its educational mission.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council

Media Watch

We have tested the links of the following articles prior to publication; however, some news organizations remove stories and disable links at various times.

Supplements company settles lawsuit for $4 million. The Associated Press. 2-27-09. Mannatech Inc. has agreed to pay consumers to settle a lawsuit, which charged the company with using deceptive sales practices.

Study Shows Some Prenatal Vitamins Lack Enough Iodine. The Associated Press. 2-26-09. Tests on 60 brands of prenatal vitamins found that many fell short of their stated iodine amount and had less than the recommended daily dose.

Herbal Pesticides Remain on Substances Control List. Bangkok Post. 2-19-09. Thailand's government decides to keep 13 herbal plants on its list of hazardous substances despite much opposition from farmer advocates.

Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy. U.S. News & World Report. 2-13-09. A new herbal formula based on ancient Chinese medicine may be able to control allergic reactions to peanuts and other foods.

The Maggots in Your Mushrooms. New York Times. 2-12-09. This article uncovers the secret ingredient in many common items of our food supply: rat feces and fly eggs! 

Herbal Weight Loss Pills Face Tougher Testing. The Australian. 2-11-09. The Therapeutic Goods Administration of Austrailia has published draft guidelines that, if passed, will require weight loss pill makers to verify claims with a higher level of scientific studies.

Antarctic Patents Strain Goals of Shared Science. Reuters. 2-5-09. Despite a 50-year treaty, some companies are trying to file patents on Antarctic organisms or molecules for items such as medicines.

Universities Drop Alternative Medicine Courses. The Times. 1-30-09. Some universities in the United Kingdom have recently eliminated or changed their complementary medicine courses, which are frequently criticized by some in he UK scientific community.


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

March 21-22, 2009: Quail Botanical Gardens 13th Annual Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale, and Tomatomania. Encinitas, CA.

April 4-5, 2009: Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. Tempe, AZ.

April 6-9, 2009: 8th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals. Oxford, MS.


The current HerbClip bin was released on March 2, 2009. The following samples have been made available online to all members:

Peruvian Maca Extract Used to Treat Symptoms of Menopause

Garlic Intake and Cancer Risk Reduction: Additional Study Needed to Assess Relationship

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 15 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip homepage. To gain access to all HerbClips, upgrade your membership.