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Less Gas with Lemongrass? Burger King Aims to Reduce Methane with Modified Cattle Diet
ABC and SHP Launch Webinar Series Focusing on Sustainability, Ethnobotany, and Plants in Commerce
©2020 Steven Foster
Food as Medicine: Cashew (Anacardia occidentale, Anacardiaceae)
Symphony Natural Health Adopts Maca through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program. October 14, 2020.
Natural Remedies Adopts Andrographis through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program. October 5, 2020.
Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program News:
Botanical Adulterants Monitor #20 is out now. The latest issue includes recent news and updates on reishi identification, broccoli supplement adulteration, cranberry studies, and more.
This text disregards the popular conception of chocolate as a nutritionally void Halloween treat and delves more deeply into chocolate as a product of Theobroma cacao, with its bitter, intense flavor and impressive polyphenol profile. Covering the history of human interaction with the cacao tree, a “chocolate formulary” detailing its medicinal uses, and chocolate in myth and legend, herbalist and lecturer Marcos Patchett covers the lesser-known aspects of this Central American delicacy.
The Secret Life of Chocolate can be purchased from the publisher in North America and elsewhere. ©2020 Aeon Books. This material is reprinted with permission from the publisher and may not be used for any other purpose.
US Senators Demand Action After AP Exposes Palm Oil Abuses. US News and World Report. September 25, 2020. Lawmakers say the US government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry.
Man Dies from Eating More than a Bag of Liquorice a Day. BBC News. September 24, 2020. The culprit in a man’s sudden death from a heart attack was likely an overdose of glycyrrhizic acid from licorice, which can cause hypertension, hypokalemia, metabolic alkalosis, fatal arrhythmias, and renal failure.
Cooked Carrots Can Trigger Allergic Reactions. EurekAlert! September 24, 2020. For the rare population that suffers an allergic reaction to carrots, heating does not denature the allergenic Dau c 1 protein matrix, which also may be present in carrot extract.
Are CBD Sales Up or Down during COVID-19? Nutritional Outlook. September 24, 2020. Early reports showed a CBD boom as consumers sought to mitigate stress and improve sleep; six months on, a new market report investigates if those numbers rose or fell.
Study Finds Cannabis Effective for 82% of Migraine Patients. Pain News Network. September 23, 2020. In a study of 10,000 patients with migraines from the United States and Canada, almost one-third tried medical marijuana or cannabinoids to relieve their pain and symptoms, and 82% found it effective.
Natural Products Industry Rises to Meet COVID Challenges. Holistic Primary Care. September 11, 2020. Since early March, the natural products industry has dealt with complex challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, including surging consumer demand with simultaneous global supply chain disruptions.
Study Finds Botanical Effective for Chemo-Resistant Colon Cancer. EurekAlert! September 9, 2020. After successes in cell line and animal models, a new study found that an andrographis extract boosted the effectiveness of chemotherapy and modified two key cancer pathways in colon cancer cells.
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Analysis: Little Evidence to Support Health Benefits Claims of CBD Products Available Over the Counter. NORML. October 8, 2020.
Vermont Becomes 11th State to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana Sales. NORML. October 8, 2020.
Nations Fall Short on Biodiversity Despite Protected Area Growth — IUCN Co-Authored Study. International Union for the Conservation of Nature. October 7, 2020.
Maryland University of Integrative Health to Offer Spring 2021 Intake of Its Master of Science in Herbal Product Design and Manufacture Program. Maryland University of Integrative Health. September 30, 2020.
NYBG Scientist and Collaborators Propose Measures to Improve Plant Research Collections and Data Access to Address Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change. New York Botanical Garden. September 30, 2020.
Failure to Tap into the Myriad Uses of Plants and Fungi Is Costing People and Planet, Says New Report. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. September 30, 2020.
Four New Members Join NCCIH National Advisory Council. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. September 25, 2020.
Review Paper Suggests that Cannabis Use Is Negatively Associated with Cancer Risk. NORML. September 24, 2020.
New Analysis Unfairly Maligns and Misrepresents Brain Health Supplement Category. Council for Responsible Nutrition. September 23, 2020.
American Herbalists Guild Online Symposium. October 15-19, 2020. Online.
The Practitioner Channel Forum. October 22-23, 2020. New York, New York.
NOCO Hemp Expo 2021. March 25-27, 2021. Denver, Colorado.
Integrative Healthcare Symposium. May 2-4, 2021. New York, New York.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.