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In one of the most popular sessions at the Natural Products Expo West, Mark will design and moderate a panel of herbalists who will be posed tough, obscure and at times whimsical questions as they compete against each other and the audience. Come to Room 204B at the convention in Anaheim, CA on Thursday, March 17, from 2:45–4:00 p.m.You can visit ABC at Booth 1904.

All ABC Members will receive a free pass to the SupplySide East trade show and conference, May 4-6 in Baltimore, courtesy of Virgo Publishing, ABC’s partner in the online Herbal Information Course. Members may choose from a complimentary Exhibit Hall Pass or a $50 discount on an Executive Package. Come visit the ABC booth, 1210 or attend Mark Blumenthal’s scheduled presentation entitled “Promising Herbs: The next wave of clinically tested botanicals poised for market success!” Call (800) 454-5760 or visit to register for your free pass. To view an exhibitor listing and an agenda, visit

The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes

By Wade Davis, 2004
#B536 Hardcover, 220 pp. $35.00

Essential Guide to Herbal Safety

By Simon Mills and Kerry Bone, 2005
#B535 Hardcover, 704 pp. $59.95

Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice

By Benjamin Kligler and Roberta Lee, 2004
#B533 Hardcover, 700 pp. $59.95
Also featured – CME Study Guide
#B534 Softcover, 240 pp. $55.00

Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Human Health, 2nd edition.

By Walter H. Lewis and Memory P.F. Lewis, 2003
#B531 Hardcover, 832 pp. $95.00

Are you curious about who does what at ABC? Want to put a face with the name? Visit the new staff page on our site

We are pleased to announce a new format for HerbalEGram, ABC’s electronic newsletter, beginning with issue Number 1 of 2005.

We have greatly reduced the amount of text and have instead provided links to recent articles and news items that we believe are of particular interest to you. For the sake of consistency, we continue to group items under the same general section headings as in previous issues.

We hope you enjoy the new format and we welcome your feedback.

The staff of the American Botanical Council

ABC Appearances

Mar 11-13: Mark will speak on Friday afternoon the 11th from 1-5pm at the Southwest Symposium held in Austin and hosted by The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing.

March 17: Mark will moderate the annual 'Stump the Herbalists!' panel at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA from 2:45PM until 4:00PM, in room 204B. Please visit ABC at Booth 1904.

Mar 23-24: Mark will be the keynote speaker at the Alberta Natural Health Agricultural Network’s (ANHAN) 2nd Annual Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Feature article from HerbalGram #65:
The Potential Health Benefits of Purple Corn


The following are just a few of the upcoming events that you will find listed on ABC’s Event Calendar:

Come buy your spring herb transplants from ABC at the Sunshine Plant Sale on Saturday, March 5.

Join us at ABC on March 15 for A Wild Walk through a Cultivated Garden with Susun Weed.

April 1-3: 2005 International Society for Chinese Medicine (ISCM) International Conference on Chinese Medicine. Macao, China. Many national and international experts will gather here, sharing their findings and recent advances in Chinese Medicine. On March 31st there will be a Pre-conference Symposium on “Enhancing the Evidence of Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine”. Ph: 853-753361. E-mail: Web site:

April 9-11: Significance of Garlic and its Constituents in Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. Georgetown University Conference Center, Washington, DC. This conference will provide current scientific information about the effects of garlic and its constituents on health and performance. Emphasis will be placed on garlic’s actions in disease and cancer. Ph: 310-222-4240. E-mail:

April 15-16: 4th Annual Course: Integrative Pain Medicine. Columbia University Medical Center, New York. The purpose of this course will be to give an evidence-based overview of pain medicine using an integrative model that combines current conventional medicine and procedures with the best of the CAM therapies. At the end of this two-day course, participants should be able to: understand the fundamentals of modern pain medicine, describe some of the best conventional and CAM therapies for use in pain management, and the research data that exist to support them, know how to identify and evaluate competent CAM practitioners, and have a sense of how to interact with these practitioners and be knowledgeable about the practical integration of useful CAM therapies into the treatment of pain patients with and without cancer. This course is sponsored by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine. The College designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15.0 category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Ph: 212-305-3334. E-mail: Web site:

Educational Opportunities

Florida International Institute's Center for Ethnobiology and Natural Products has funding for one post-doctoral position, one Ph.D. and two M.S. students. The post-doc position is available January 1; the graduate positions begin in May.

The NIH-funded Training in Tropical Botanical Medicines Program seeks applicants with interests in ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry, microbiology, immunology, or related disciplines. Prospective students should have strong interests in complementary and alternative medicines and must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident visas. Support includes a stipend, tuition, and research funds. In addition, participants will receive support for field courses and attendance at national meetings. FIU is especially interested in underrepresented minority applicants who would like to pursue careers in alternative medicine. For more information please contact Dr. Bradley C. Bennett or visit the CENAP website.