By Tyler Smith
Earlier this month, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (pictured to the right) and his wife were convicted on 11 federal charges for their involvement with Jonnie Williams Sr., the founder of the dietary supplement company Star Scientific. In August, the company stopped sales of its products containing anatabine, a compound found in some plants such as tobacco. Read more>>
By Ash Lindstrom
In early summer 2014, the New York Times editorial board published an article titled "Repeal Prohibition, Again," which advocated national legalization of cannabis and introduced a series of six subsequent editorials that addressed important angles including health, regulation, and criminal justice. HerbalGram Managing Editor Ash Lindstrom offers a detailed overview of the series. Read more>>
By Hannah Bauman
Working in collaboration with United Plant Savers, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia is in the process of creating a monograph for osha (Ligusticum porteri) root. Concerns about the osha's sustainability prompted the organizations to begin work on a monograph for the plant, which is traditionally used for upper respiratory concerns and in tribal rituals. Read more>>
International Dietary Supplement Trade Alliance Endorses Botanical Adulterants Education Program
IADSA, an alliance of 49 member associations representing thousands of companies around the world, has endorsed the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, representing a "quantum leap" forward for the Program. Read more>>
Herbal Dietary Supplement Retail Sales Up 7.9% in 2013
The current issue of HerbalGram (#103) features the 2013 herb market report, which shows that sales of herbal dietary supplements in the mainstream market channel increased 7.9% over 2012. Read more>>
Called the “father of functional medicine,” Dr. Bland examines the current medical approach to managing and coping with chronic diseases in the United States. In The Disease Delusion, he advocates for a highly personalized treatment method that separates chronic illness from acute disease and fosters life-long good health.
“Breakthrough discoveries … have demonstrated that your heart disease is not the same as mine, … that the people with rheumatoid arthritis or Alzheimer’s disease are not all similar to others with the same diagnosis,” writes Dr. Bland. “Rather, these so-called diseases are dysfunctions of each individual’s physiological functioning, are due to varied causes, and demand treatment approaches as different from one another as are individuals.”
Dr. Bland discusses the seven core physiological processes that are integral to repairing and maintaining health, devoting a chapter to each: assimilation and elimination, detoxification, defense, cellular communications, cellular transport, energy, and structure.
The book encourages reader interaction, with eight health assessments that can be completed on the publisher’s smartphone application. Also included are guidelines for creating health management strategies and an appendix with suggested meal plans that emphasize the healing power of proper nutrition and functional foods.
The Disease Delusion is available for purchase from a variety of retailers.
Study Suggests Increase in Liver Injury from Supplements, CRN Weighs In. WholeFoods Magazine. 9-5-14. A recent study suggests liver injuries caused by supplements are on the rise, but CRN’s Duffy MacKay says the results do not necessarily point to a general upward trend.
How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up. New York Times. 9-4-14. Scientists are sequencing coffee genomes, shedding light on how and why the plants evolved to produce caffeine.
Fools! Latin Isn’t Dead – It Speaks for Itself. The Telegraph. 9-3-14. The use of botanical Latin allows scientists to discuss plants in a clear, unified way, and should not be phased out in favor of English, the author explains.
Huge 40-Year, 180,000 Woman Cohort Shows Flavanols Can Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk. NutraIngredients. 9-2-14. A large, population-based study suggests that consumption of flavanols like those found in citrus fruits and tea can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 21%.
The Dark Side of Almond Use. The Atlantic. 8-28-14. The growing popularity of the almond for its health properties raises environmental concerns as California contends with the worst drought in the state's recent history.
Medical Marijuana Laws May Reduce Painkiller Overdoses. CNN. 8-26-14. According to a study published in August, states with medical marijuana laws have, on average, a 25% lower rate of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses.
For Chinese Herbs, One Word Can Mean Millions. Xinhua News Agency. 8-26-14. Following the re-naming of a species of honeysuckle widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese farmers who grew the plant reported millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Blackberries: An Original Superfood. Fox News. 8-20-14. As Chris Kilham explains, the American blackberry may not be as highly publicized as açai or pomegranate, but the fruit is high in beneficial antioxidants, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids.
AHPA Issues Cannabis Oversight Recommendations for Regulators. Press release from the American Herbal Products Association. 9-10-14.
Illinois: Governor Signs Hemp Research Measure Into Law. Press release from NORML. 9-4-14.
NPA Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to the Industry. Press release from the Natural Products Association. 9-4-14.
New Report: Phytosterol Supplements Help Protect Your Heart—and Wallet. Press release from the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 8-28-14.
150th Anniversary Edition of the British Pharmacopoeia Published. Press release from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. 8-26-14.
October 1-3: Vitafoods Africa. Johannesburg, South Africa.
October 6-10: SupplySide West. Las Vegas, Nevada.
October 23-24: DNA Methods for Quality Control of Botanical Products. Rockville, Maryland.
December 3-6: Fifth International Conference on Plants & the Environment. Lucknow, India.
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