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In this issue of HerbalEGram, you will find some of the recent news in herbal studies, industry, and more.
The Staff of the American Botanical Council
Herbs Shown to be Effective on Eczema The Standard
A five-herb mixture from traditional Chinese medicine has been shown to alleviate symptoms of juvenile eczema sufferers in addition to improving their quality of life.
Al-Sudairy, Sara Z. Herbs Shown to be Effective on Eczema. The Standard. August 3, 2007.
In Case of Apocalypse Later, A Plan to Ensure America’s Regreening New York Times
A project run by the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew England will protect seeds from around the world should the end of the world be nigh. With the project’s help, the Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island will be able to maintain its own collection of seeds.
Newman, Andy. In Case of Apocalypse Later, A Plan to Ensure America’s Regreening. New York Times. August 8, 2007.
I’ll Have the Fish Paste Sushi with the Green Tea Rice New York Times
Food scientists at the annual Institute of Food Technologists convention via for the chance to announce their product as the “pomegranate juice of 2008” while improving the market for functional foods.
Martin, Andrew. I’ll Have the Fish Paste Sushi with the Green Tea Rice. New York Times. August 1, 2007.
Adulterated Medicines Said to Involve Mostly Herbal Products Bernama
Consumers in Kuala Lumpur are buying more adulterated medicines rather than copycat medicines because of lack of information about natural products.
Adulterated Medicines Said to Involve Mostly Herbal Products. Bernama. August 2, 2007.
‘Plant Detective’ on the Case for Cures Helena Independent Record
Radio broadcaster and children’s book author Beth Judy brings information and education about herbs to her audience in through the accessible medium of story telling.
Woodhouse, Murphy. ‘Plant Detective’ on the Case for Cures. Helena Independent Record. August 2, 2007.
Folk Healing Links the Past to the Present The Eagle
Curanderismo, or traditional Hispanic folk healing, incorporates herbs, massage, and midwifery into a holistic approach to medicine and has changed little over time.
Manning, Victoria. Folk Healing Links the Past to the Present. The Eagle. August 15, 2007.
Beautifying the World with Amazon Ingredients New York Times
Access to fresh, unpolluted resources make Amazon-sourced, herbal-based beauty products more desirable.
Downie, Andrew. Beautifying the World with Amazon Ingredients. New York Times. August 24, 2007.
Ah, the Tonic of Ginseng! Especially a $65,000 Sprig! New York Times
The high demand for wild ginseng roots has sent prices soaring into the tens of thousands and increased the number of people searching for the valuable plant.
Onishi, Norimitsu. Ah, the Tonic of Ginseng! Especially a $65,000 Sprig! New York Times. August 23, 2007.
American Medical Bounty BibliOdyssey
Laying groundwork for the first American pharmacopeia while following in the footsteps of Gutenberg, Jacob Bigalow transformed the printing process and botany as we know it in American Medical Botany.
BibliOdyssey. American Medical Bounty. http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2007/08/american-medical-botany.html (Aug 21, 2007).
Medicine Quality Bills Await NA Debate Daily Times
Two bills introduced to the Pakistan National Assembly with the intention of regulation herb adulteration and trade in 2003 and 2005 have been stalled in the debate phase. They may not be heard before the National Assembly’s five-year term is up in mid-November.
Achakzai, Jamila. Medicine Quality Bills Await NA Debate. Daily Times. August 23, 2007.
Doctors Flunk Quiz about Supplements Their Patients Use Washington Post
A brief online test for physicians, which covered the supplement industry, shows a lack of knowledge concerning supplements and patient safety.
Boodman, Sandra G. Doctors Flunk Quiz about Supplements Their Patients Use. Washington Post. September 4, 2007.
Living Well: The Quest for Safe Supplements Draws Scientists to Bastyr Seattle Post-Intelligencer
As manufacturers rush to meet the FDA’s new GMP standards, Bastyr helps lead the way to accessible methods of ingredient disclosure.
Condor, Bob. Living Well: The Quest for Safe Supplements Draws Scientists to Bastyr. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. September 2, 2007.
China to Ban Celebrity Endorsements of Drugs, Tonics Bloomberg.com
After a bevy of recalls from children’s toys to pet food, the Chinese government is taking things one step further by banning ads which use celebrities to endorse drugs and supplements.
Lawrence, Dune and William Bi. China to Ban Celebrity Endorsements of Drugs, Tonics. Bloomberg.com. August 27, 2007.
Herbalists Agree to Stop Claims of HIV Cures Stabroek News
Herbalists in Guyana have agreed to follow the Minister of Health’s request to “drop claims about cures” in an effort to regulate the practice of alternative medicine.
Herbalists Agree to Stop Claims of HIV Cures. Stabroek News. August 23, 2007.
Alternative Schmedicine vs. Herbalism Tuffgong
A blogger urges herbalists and consumers to make clearer distinctions between herbalism and some questionable alternative therapies.
Tuffgong. Alternative Schmedicine vs. Herbalism. http://www.progressiveu.org/124943-alternative-schmedcine-vs-herbalism.
(Aug 1, 2007).
Cameroon: 80 Percent of World's Population Depend on Traditional Medicine All Africa
Citing a recent statistic from the WHO that 80 percent of people in the developing world use Traditional Medicine, doctors at the fifth annual African Traditional Medicine Day push for more research and development of herbal production.
Nana, Walter Wilson. Cameroon: 80 Percent of World's Population Depend on Traditional Medicine. All Africa. September 6, 2007.
The following are just a few of the upcoming events that you will find listed on ABC’s Event Calendar.
September 19 - 21: Conference on Orphan Crops in Africa. Bern, Swizerland.
September 26 - 29: Natural Products Expo East 2007. Baltimore, MD.
September 28 - October 3: The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. New Orleans, LA.
October 3 - 6: CRN's Annual Symposium on Dietary Supplements. Scottsdale, AZ.
October 6 - 7: Green Festival. Washington, D.C.
October 7: The 6th Annual Catskill Mountain Ginseng/Medicinal Herb Festival. Catskill, NY.
October 12: "The Heart of Bioneers". Houston, TX.
October 13: HerbDay. Nationwide.
October 13 - 14: Functional Food Conference. Dallas, TX.
October 13: United Plant Savers (UPS) presents"Planting the Future". Flat Rock, NC.
October 16: AHPA educational events presents: Adverse Event Reporting: Guidance & Compliance Strategies.Tele-Seminar.
The current HerbClip bin was released on September 14, 2007. Two samples have been made available online to all members:
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