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By Josef Brinckmann
HerbalEGram guest author Josef Brinckmann celebrates the life of Klaus Dürbeck. Dürbeck leaves behind a legacy that includes the development of the FairWild Standard, an international standard for sustainable harvesting and trade of plants, fungi, and lichens; decades of volunteer efforts in developing countries to cultivate and maintain high production standards for commercial botanicals; and dedication to raising awareness of sustainable harvesting practices in the aromatherapy community. Read more >>

By Stefan Gafner, PhD
A recent study by academic and industry researchers evaluated the viability of using the DNA barcoding technique to verify the identity of different mushroom species. ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner reviews the study and comments on the utility of DNA barcoding, which is growing in popularity as an analytical technique in the botanical sector. Read more >>

By Hannah Bauman and Lisa Carrigg
Tiny in size, the sesame seed hides a powerhouse of nutrients that belies its humble stature. In addition to having an almost-complete protein profile, the seed, which is one of the oldest cultivated seeds in the world, contains high amounts of calcium and other minerals. The fragrant oil pressed from the seed has been used in medicine, cuisine, and perfumery since the time of the ancient Egyptians, all of which take advantage of its unique properties. Read more >>

By ABC Staff
The HerbalEGram staff takes a look back at the top stories of 2016, as determined by the readers. Functional foods dominated the news cycle, but another popular botanical took the number-one spot. Read on to discover what interested ABC members last year. Read more >>

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St. John’s Wort Adulteration Bulletin Released by Botanical Adulterants Program. January 9, 2017.

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Featured Book
Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill was written by Nishi Whiteley and published by Alivio LLC in 2016. The excerpt includes the table of contents, foreword by Ethan Russo, MD, and Chapter 3, “The Science of Cannabis.”

As more and more US states begin to legalize medical marijuana, scientific research continues to explore its possibilities as a treatment for chronic and terminal conditions such as cancer, PTSD, anxiety and depression, and others. Nishi Whiteley’s Chronic Relief explains the recent advances in cannabis therapies in a clear, easy-to-read guide for consumers. Patients and caregivers are given the tools to determine if cannabis is appropriate for their condition, identify and mitigate risks, and establish an effective dosage. The text also includes in-depth analysis of the cannabis plant, the history of its prohibition, and anecdotal information compiled from over a dozen cannabis experts and their patients.

“It is time we bring science to the forefront of the conversation about cannabis and dissolve the cloud of shame, secrecy and controversy around the use of this legitimate medicine and empower millions of people to get the relief they deserve,” wrote Whiteley.

Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill can be purchased at the publisher’s website. Excerpt ©2017, Nishi Whiteley. All material is used with permission and may not be reprinted for another use. All rights reserved.
Media Watch

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Naturopaths Get Their Own Licensing Board in MassThe Boston Globe. January 11, 2017. A new Massachusetts law will require naturopaths to be licensed before practicing in the state.

Deceptive Spice Extract Offers Cautionary Tale for ChemistsScientific American. January 11, 2017. A recent literature review of curcumin explores the compound’s complex chemistry and raises questions about its therapeutic potential.

52 Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Fossils Rewrite Veggie History. NPR. January 10, 2017. Based on the recent discovery of two small tomatillo fossils, scientists believe the nightshade family may be 12 million years older than previously thought.

Cities Are Driving Rapid Evolutionary Changes to Plant and Animal Species. AlterNet. January 10, 2017. A meta-analysis of 89 studies suggests that plants and animals living near urban areas are undergoing trait and behavior changes faster than those living in the wild.

Dietary Supplement Industry Bullish on Trump Administration, 115th CongressNatural Products Insider. January 6, 2017. Trade group leaders are mostly optimistic about the impact of the Trump Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress on the natural products industry.

Did the DEA Really Make CBD into a Schedule I Drug? New Hope Network. January 4, 2017. The US Drug Enforcement Administration’s creation of a new drug code for “marijuana extract” has resulted in confusion and frustration for those in the cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp industries.

Top 2017 Food Trends Predicted by Over 1,700 Dietitians in National SurveySanta Monica Observer. January 1, 2017. According to a large national survey, registered dieticians predict that hemp seeds, ancient grains, green tea, and coconut products, among others, will dominate the food scene in 2017.

Review Supports Metabolic Benefits of EGCG from Green Tea. NutraIngredients-USA. December 19, 2016. A new analysis supports the use of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol found in green tea, for metabolic control and weight management.

Community And Industry Releases
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Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference.
February 23-25, 2017. New York, New York.

Environmental Health Symposium.
March 2-5, 2017. San Diego, California.

17th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals.
April 3-6, 2017. Oxford, Mississippi.

Ingredient Marketplace 2017.
April 18-20, 2017. Orlando, Florida.

Vitafoods Europe.
May 9-11, 2017. Geneva, Switzerland.

Preservation Matters in the History of Herbal Medicine.
June 7, 2017. Birmingham, UK.

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Herbal IQ

Help keep your New Year’s resolution to get active with this Ayurvedic herb, which was recently shown to improve knee pain. Find out what it is here!