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ABC was recently featured in the June issues of 2 publications: Nutrition Industry Executive contains a detailed profile of ABC and Austin Fit Magazine features a story, found on page 18, with natural allergy treatment advice from ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal.  

The Identification of Medicinal Plants: A Handbook of the Morphology of Botanicals in Commerce, published by ABC and the Missouri Botanical Garden, could assist some mid-sized supplement manufacturers in improving herb supplement quality in light of the recent deadline for compliance with FDA's new GMP regulations.  

July 17-18, 2009: ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will speak about conservation and the impact of climate change on medicinal and aromatic plants at the 3rd annual Garden Walk at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A few key organizations concerned with botanical and natural products have recently celebrated major milestones. The Society for Economic Botany held its 50th anniversary meeting in early June. A report on that meeting, as well as a tribute presented at the meeting to the late anthropologist and ethnobotanist Nina Etkin, PhD, is included in this issue of HerbalEGram. The American Society of Pharmacognosy also recently held its 50th anniversary meeting, from June 27-July 1. ABC congratulates these organizations for their longevity and contributions to the field of herbal medicine.

The dietary supplement industry, meanwhile, also recently reached an important milestone. As of June, all mid-sized dietary supplement manufacturers (20-499 employees) must be compliant with FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements. Companies are encouraged to visit ABC’s online store for resources that might assist them in GMP compliance.            

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.

Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge At Risk. Thaindian News. 6-29-09. Researchers have concluded that indigenous groups worldwide risk losing much of their traditional knowledge on medicinal plants as a result of relocation, forest protection laws, and flawed standards of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Matrixx Recalls Zicam Homeopathic Nasal Spray. The Associated Press. 6-24-09. A week after FDA warned consumers that Zicam could cause loss of smell, Matrixx Initiatives has recalled the cold remedy line and is also being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Britons Ditch Vitamins for Fruit and Veg During Economic Downturn. The Daily Mail. 6-24-09. Amid a bad economy, people in Great Britain are buying fewer vitamin and mineral supplements and instead are purchasing more functional foods and natural sources of nutrients, such as fruit, vegetables, and dairy products.

Concerns in India over Drugs Being Sold as Supplements. 6-24-09. As vitamin E and vitamin E-containing products are classified as drugs in India, the drug company Merck is receiving criticism for adding new ingredients to its vitamin E pills and selling them as dietary supplements with a much more expensive price tag.

Red Yeast Rice Helps Reduce Cholesterol. ABC News. 6-15-09. Participants in a recent study who took red yeast rice supplements every day for 12 weeks had their LDL cholesterol levels lowered by 27% and also had far fewer muscle pains than are commonly experienced by those who take cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals. 

Australia to Register and Set Standards for Naturopaths and Herbalists. The Courier-Mail. 6-14-09. Australia’s largest complementary therapy profession--naturopathy--will soon be regulated, along with practicing herbalists, by a new national register that enables consumers to check practitioners’ credentials.

Prison Term for a Seller of Medical Marijuana. New York Times. 6-12-09. A federal judge in California sentenced a medical marijuana seller to one year in prison despite the state’s legalization of medical marijuana sales and use and the Obama administration’s relaxation of prosecuting those who abide by their state’s legal code.

Brazil’s Public Health System Embraces Herbal Medicine. Inter Press Service. 6-1-09. A national program in Brazil will soon begin research on 71 native and exotic medicinal plants in order to provide more affordable herbal-based medicines for its citizens, as well as to create a source of income for small farmers and national laboratories.


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

July 22-24, 2009: 12th Annual NBJ Summit - "Transformational Partnering in Challenging Times: Orchestrating a Profitable Future." Dana Point, CA. *ABC members receive $200 off: Enter ABC09 when you register.*

July 30-August 1: Aromatheraphy, Clinical Phytotherapy, and Endobiogénie Retreat and Trade Show. Salt Lake City, UT.

August 16-20: 57th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. Geneva, Switzerland.

Featured Book Excerpt

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care and Preven


July's selected book excerpt comes from Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care and Prevention: Foundations & Evidence-Based Interventions, by Marc S. Micozzi, PhD, MD, published in 2007. This excerpt contains the book's title page, table of contents, preface and Chapter 13: "Natural Products in Cancer Care and Treatment." All are available here.


 ©2009 Springer Publishing Company, New York.

The current HerbClip bin was released on June 30, 2009. The following samples have been made available online to all members:

Advice Based on Systematic Reviews of Echinacea’s Role in the Prevention of the Common Cold Varies on the Internet


Subjective Effects of Maca Root Extract on Men's Health

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 15 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip homepage (be sure to log in). If you are an Individual Member, gain access to all HerbClips and the HerbMedPro database by upgrading your membership.