Remembering Koji Nakanishi: 1925-2019
By Hannah Bauman
Dried kratom leaves
Kratom Research Grant: NIDA Gives University of Florida $3.5 Million to Study Southeast Asian Tree
By Connor Yearsley
Food as Medicine: Rhubarb (Rheum spp., Polygonaceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Jennifer Wible
Master herbalist Linda Woolven and author Ted Snider have produced a text that explores the benefits of chocolate and its flavonoids for heart health, cognition, and multiple conditions and disease states, including diabetes. The authors also discuss chocolate’s history of use, production, and mythology. In addition, the book includes recipe ideas for incorporating chocolate and cocoa into the diet in creative ways.
In the foreword, naturopathic physician Michael Murray, ND, wrote: “This book is packed with series of observations, facts, and findings that can lead you on an amazing journey of discovery of the remarkable ways in which chocolate can impact your health.”
Reproduced with permission from Chocolate: Superfood of the Gods by Linda Woolven and Ted Snider, foreword by Michael T. Murray, ND. Lotus Press, a division of Lotus Brands, Inc., PO Box 325, Twin Lakes, WI 53181, USA, www.lotuspress.com. ©2019. All rights reserved.
Nutrients from Food, Not Supplements, Linked to Lower Risks of Death, Cancer. EurekAlert! April 8, 2019. Adequate intake of certain nutrients from food sources is associated with a reduction in mortality, but there was no association between supplement use and a lower risk of death.
Study Upends ‘Dogma’ on Malaria Drug Component. NC State University News. April 8, 2019. A new study shows that artemisinin, the anti-malarial compound in sweet wormwood, can be produced more readily in the plant than previously understood.
What Is the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’? Forbes. April 7, 2019. Reishi mushroom has been growing in popularity as an ingredient in dietary supplements for its immune-boosting effects.
Medicinal Plants Used in Traditional Remedies under Threat in Mexico. TRT World. April 7, 2019. Development threatens the wild supply of medicinal plants in Mexico, where as much as 80% of the rural population depends on traditional medicine.
Industry Expert Warns of Dwindling Natural Resources and Importance of Clinically Validated By-Products for NPD. NutraIngredients-USA. April 5, 2019. Minimizing waste, standardizing herbal extracts, and catering to niche market segments are vital to longevity in Asia’s nutraceutical market, according to a long-standing R&D expert.
FDA Finds Unsafe Levels of Heavy Metals in Kratom. Pain News Network. April 5, 2019. The US Food and Drug Administration tested 30 kratom products that were found to contain unsafe levels of lead and nickel.
Crushing Biopiracy in Sri Lanka. Daily News. April 3, 2019. Two universities have formed a partnership to document the genetic barcodes of medicinal plants in Sri Lanka in an effort to protect the diverse flora and culture from exploitation by outside companies.
Florida Seeks to Limit Strength of Smokable Medical Pot. US News & World Report. April 3, 2019. The House Health and Human Services Committee in Florida has voted to cap THC levels in smokable medical marijuana at 10% in a move protested by patient advocates.
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CRN Opens Membership to Include CBD Companies, Pursues Regulatory Path Forward. Council for Responsible Nutrition. April 4, 2019.
Guam Legalizes Marijuana Use By Adults. NORML. April 4, 2019.
CSPI Urges FDA, DEA to Crack Down on Sale of Contaminated Poppy Seeds. Center for Science in the Public Interest. April 3, 2019.
Medical Foods Could Play Larger Role in Chronic Pain Management & Opioid Crisis, Says NPA. Natural Products Association. April 2, 2019.
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on New Steps to Advance Agency’s Continued Evaluation of Potential Regulatory Pathways for Cannabis-Containing and Cannabis-Derived Products. US Food & Drug Administration. April 2, 2019.
AHPA Adopts Guidance Policy on Supplements and Foods Containing Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD. American Herbal Products Association. March 28, 2019.
AHP Releases Lycium (Goji) Berry Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. March 20, 2019.
22 Areas in Guinea Are Declared the First Official ‘Tropical Important Areas’ in Africa, Helping Protect 60% of Threatened Plants There. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. March 20, 2019.
HerbDay 2019. May 4, 2019. Austin, Texas, and other locations.
Sixth Annual Traditional Roots Herbal Conference. May 17-19, 2019. Portland, Oregon.
International Garlic Symposium. May 28-30, 2019. Hiroshima, Japan.
Fourth International Conference on Natural Products Utilization. May 29 – June 1, 2019. Albena Resort, Bulgaria.
NBJ Summit. July 15-18, 2019. Rancho Palos, California.
Sixth World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. November 13-17, 2019. Famagusta, Northern Cyprus.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.