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March 22-24: Nutracon. Anaheim, CA. Phone: 303-939-8440. Web site:

March 23, 7:00–10:00pm: American Botanical Celebration. Anaheim, California. The American Botanical Council will host a banquet honoring Sponsor Members and recognizing scientific contributions to the herbal community. By invitation only to existing and prospective Sponsor Members. The Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award and James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award will be presented at the event. For information contact Nancy at the American Botanical Council or 512-926-4900 x 121.

This event is being held in conjunction with Nutracon and is sponsored by :

March 23-26: Natural Products Expo West. Anaheim, California. Attended by more than 36,000 natural and organic product professionals from across the globe, Natural Products Expo West features the best companies, the best new products and the best education in the industry. For more information contact New Hope Natural Media Customer Service at 866-458-4935 or 303-390-1776. Web site: Please visit us at booth #2234.

April 1:  Compost Tea:  Basics, Brewing and Benefits.  Amy Cunningham will discuss how compost tea works, how you can brew compost tea and the benefits compost tea provides.  Noon till 2pm at the American Botanical Council.  More information at

April: 6-8 Texas Dietetic Association Conference. Woodlands, TX.

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This month marks a turning point in our history related to two very different topics. For the first time in our history, ABC is hosting a major event at a national convention. The American Botanical Celebration will bring together our Sponsor Members at the Nutracon Conference prior to the Natural Products Expo. The first two Botanical Excellence Awards will be presented, one for research and one for literature.

The second topic is the simultaneous publication of two cover stories publications honoring the work of ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal. This month’s issue of Whole Foods Magazine features the cover story “Mark Blumenthal: Industry Icon” and this month’s Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal has a cover feature, “Herbal Advocate: An Interview with ABC’s Mark Blumenthal.” The synchronistic cover stories a part coincidence and part the result of the life-long efforts of Mark Blumenthal. Through his influence throughout the herbal and dietary supplement community, his impact in the media, and the role that ABC now plays on the world stage, these features are timely and well-deserved. Thanks to both publications for providing this recognition.


The Staff of the American Botanical Council


HerbalGram #69 shipped on January 23, 2006. Feature articles are as follows:

Guest Editorial: Media Spins Numbers for Adverse Event Reports on Bitter Orange Based on Erroneous Information from FDA
by Michael McGuffin

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

Herbal Medicine in Belarus
by Jolie Lonner and Ivan Darashkevich

Additional articles from this issue are available at


Sacred Protection for Medicinal Plants – National Public Radio
Ethnobotanist Jan Salick, PhD works with doctors and religious leaders to prevent the over harvesting of medicinal Tibetan plants, which poses a threat to the survival of more than 6000 species. Arnold, Elizabeth. Morning Edition. February 21, 2006.  

Saving the Snow Lotus from Extinction – National Public Radio
In the second part of its coverage on the use and conservation of medicinal Tibetan plants, Morning Edition and National Geographic’s Radio Expedition to China aired a show on the attempts to conserve a threatened Tibetan medicinal plant. Arnold, Elizabeth. Morning Edition. February 22, 2006.

The New Medicine – PBS
A new show debuting on PBS covers doctors who use integrative medicine.

When Trust in Doctors Erodes, Other Treatments Fill the Void – New York Times
The percentage of Americans using alternative medicine has increased since 2004 due, in part, to increasing distrust of mainstream medicine and the psychological appeal of nontraditional approaches.
Carey, Benedict. “When Trust in Doctors Erodes, Other Treatments fill the Void.” New York Times. February 3, 2006.

Chocolate for Health – NBC4 – Video
Researchers at NIH are conducting a six week study on volunteers between the ages of 21 – 65 to test the effects of a polyphenol packed chocolate.  They are trying to find out the effectiveness of the chocolate on blood pressure and insulin resistance. The chocolate is not yet available in stores. For more information:
“NIH Tests Chocolate Treatment.” NBC4.

Healthier Storm in a Teacup – The Scotsman
This article profiles several types of smart teas and includes an informal analysis of the herbs included in the tea and a description of its traditional uses. Sawers, Claire.“Healthier Storm in a Tecup.” The Scotsman. February 6, 2006.

Herbal leaves stand for harmony between man and nature – The People’s Daily Online
A new study claims that four cups of tea a day can provide many health benefits.  The author provides a shot description of benefits of green, black, oolong and pu’er teas. They also provide a brief history of tea in China.
“Herbal leaves stand for harmony between man and nature.” The People’s Daily Online. January 19, 2006.


The current HerbClip bin was released on 2/28/06. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

FasTrak HerbClip: Literature Review of the Effectiveness of Echinacea in Treating and Preventing the Common Cold (2/28/06).

Fastrak HerbClip: Small Study Shows that Milk Thistle and Black Cohosh Extracts do not Affect the Pharmacokinetics of Digoxin (2/28/06).

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service is published twice monthly and provides hardcopies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This unique educational benefit is available at the Sponsor Member level. For more information, please contact Aileen Truax at the Development Department or by phone at 512-926-4900.