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By Ash Lindstrom
As part of ABC's continuing coverage of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's medicinal cannabis documentaries, HerbalGram Managing Editor Ash Lindstrom presents a critical review of Weed 2: Cannabis Madness, which CNN released in early March. Read more>>

By Stefan Gafner, PhD
ABC Chief Science Officer and Technical Director of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, Stefan Gafner, PhD, summarizes and comments on a new analytical method developed to detect the clandestine addition of exogenous flavonols to ginkgo extracts. Read more>>

By Hannah Bauman
Three recent clinical studies show that eating strawberries may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. The results suggest that anthocyanins may be responsible for the observed effects but additional, better-controlled human studies are needed. Read more>>

By Tyler Smith
In mid-March, the nonprofit American Herbal Phamacopoeia released an excerpt from its upcoming Cannabis Therapeutic Compendium detailing the current scientific evidence for the use of cannabis for treatment-resistant seizure conditions such as epilepsy. Read more>>

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Featured Book
Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease was written by Donald Yance and published in 2013 by Healing Arts Press. The featured book excerpt contains the book’s table of contents, introduction, and conclusion to Part One, “The Future of Medicine.”

Yance is also the author of Herbal Medicine, Healing, and Cancer, published in 2010. Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism is divided into two main sections: Part One introduces readers to Yance's holistic approach to health and healing, and Part Two includes a materia medica with extensively researched monographs of herbs and nutritional compounds such as B vitamins and fish oil.

Additionally, the book outlines the author’s Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS), which takes a comprehensive approach to herbalism and adaptogenic herbs, encouraging the reader to consider all aspects of a healthy life and emphasizing spirituality, exercise, and diet, in addition to herbal treatments and nutritional supplements. Incorporating traditional medical knowledge and the latest scientific research, Yance’s background in the treatment of cancer and chronic health conditions informs his latest research on “aging gracefully.”

Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism
 is available for purchase on the publisher’s website.
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Why Climate Change Is Bad News For India Tea Producers. BBC News. 3-27-14. Fluctuations in temperature and rainfall in India have increased the cost of growing Assam tea.

Need To Know: Algae Are Everywhere, And They’re Awesome. Al Jazeera America. 3-27-14. These versatile organisms are used as biofuel, in dietary supplements, and as potential sources of anti-cancer drugs.

Breast Cancer Metastasis May Be Slowed By Peach Extract. RedOrbit. 3-26-14. Mice fed polyphenol-rich peach extracts exhibited slower tumor growth and reduced blood vessel formation.

How Will The 'Green Wave' Of Cannabis Acceptance Reshape America? Fox News. 3-26-14. Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of the "eventual legalization of cannabis."

Science Compared Every Diet, And The Winner Is Real FoodThe Atlantic. 3-24-14. Adhering to a mostly plant-based diet with "minimally processed" foods is better than any single nutrition fad, researchers say.

After The Saffron Spice DNA. Science Daily. 3-10-14. Scientists have developed a genetic analytical technique to detect adulteration of the prized spice.

A New Picture Of The Average Herbal Supplement User. NewHope360. 3-6-14. Herbal supplements are used increasingly by young women who purchase the products online or in mass-market stores.

New Herbal Stimulant Creates Buzz, Worry About AddictionUSA TODAY. 2-27-14. Safety concerns over kratom have led some states to ban the herb, which may have addictive properties.

Community And Industry Releases

April 15-17: 13th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals. Oxford, MS.

May 3: 9th Annual Herb Day. Events nationwide.

June 5-8: Food as Medicine 2014. San Francisco, CA.

More event listings can be found on ABC's website.

Herbal IQ

Can you name one of the most common "bitter herbs" used in traditional Passover Seder? Find the answer here!