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January 20-22: 3rd Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. La Jolla, California. ABC’s Founder and Director Mark Blumenthal will present a lecture titled “Identifying High-Quality Supplements.” More than two dozen medical experts will present an evidence-based, comprehensive overview of natural supplements to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, other health care providers and the general public. To register for the conference, please call 858-587-4404. Web-site:

February 9-10: Health Canada International Symposium on Food, Nutrient, Natural Health Product (NHP) - Drug Interactions.Château Cartier, Alymer, Quebec, Canada.  ABC’s Mark Blumenthal will present a speech covering the “Industry Perspective on Interaction Risk.” The aim of the Symposium sponsored by the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) and the Foods Directorate (FD) is to increase awareness of potential food, nutrient, NHP - drug interactions; and to assist Health Canada to develop risk management strategies on these interactions. Mark Blumenthal will present a lecture titled “Industry Perspective on Interaction Risk.” Phone: 613-957-3506. Web site:

March 3-5. Complementary and Natural Healthcare Conference and Expo.
 Marriott Marquis, NYC. Learn the latest clinical advances and most cutting edge approaches at the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Conference and Expo. Register online at and use priority code ABC to SAVE 15% - a $150 savings!

We hope that your New Year is off to a great start. We’re celebrating the New Year with a revised format and updates to the stories you might have missed.  In addition to the news we regularly provide, we have added a new section called MediaWatch.  This section will contain links to selected articles on herbs.  We hope that this will keep you informed of all aspects of the herbal community. 


The Staff of the American Botanical Council


HerbalGram 69 will ship by February 1 and features the following articles:

Jimson Weed: History, Perceptions, Traditional uses and Potential Therapeutic Benefits of the Genus Datura
by Kofi Busia and Fiona Heckels

Media Spins Numbers on Bitter Orange AERs Based on Erroneous Information from FDA
Guest Editorial by Michael McGuffin, President of the American Herbal Products Association

You can find articles from past issues on our Website.


Is Bird Flu Drug Really So Vexing? Debating the Difficulty of Tamiflu
Current demand for star anise and TamiFlu has manufacturers debating over which method of production is most efficient. 

Blumenthal Interview for “Healing Herbs” in January Issue of Bottom Line/Health
ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal appears in the January issue of Bottom Line/Health to discuss herbs that may be beneficial or detrimental for men and women over 50.

Tea Interest Brewing
Though the benefits of green tea are still unclear, sales of the product in the US are still on the rise.

Employment: Nutraceutical Spin-off from Agricultural Products Research Firm Seeks Professional Help for Commercialization Plan