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By ABC Staff
"Herbal Ed" Smith receives ABC's second annual Champion Award. Smith is the co-founder of Herb Pharm and has traveled all over the globe teaching and learning the art of herbal healing techniques. ABC is honored by Smith and Herb Pharm's unwavering support since its inception. Read more>>

By ABC Staff
Herbalist and acupuncturist Michael Tierra, who, with other herbalists, established the American Herbalists Guild in 1989, is the recipient of ABC’s 2015 Mark Blumenthal Community Builder Award. Tierra is also a classical pianist, and he recently helped establish the East West Free Herbal Clinic to provide free treatment to the underserved in the community and free training to young herbalists.
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By ABC Staff
Warwick, Australia-based MediHerb, an Integria Healthcare company, is the recipient of the 2015 ABC Varro E. Tyler Award. Co-founded by Professor Kerry Bone, MediHerb specializes in extensively researched phytomedicinal products and adheres to Professor Tyler's vision for the rational use of medicinal plants. Read more>>

By ABC Staff
Professor John T. Arnason is the recipient of the ABC Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award. Arnason is a biology professor at the University of Ottawa, where he specializes in the chemistry and biological activity of plants. Read more>>

By Hannah Bauman and Stephanie Darby
Once called "Italian asparagus," broccoli florets conceal a wealth of nutritious and beneficial compounds. This vegetable is more than a maligned childhood trial: a library of research explores broccoli's efficacy as a treatment for environmental pollution, obstructed lung disease, tumor suppression, and a long list of other conditions. Read more>>

Ed Smith

Michael Tierra, LAc, OMD

John T. Arnason, PhD

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The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination was written by Richard Mabey and published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. in 2016. The excerpt includes the title page, table of contents, introduction, and Chapter 12, “The Panacea: Ginseng.”

British naturalist Richard Mabey applies his trademark verisimilitude as he explores the relationship between humans and plants over the course of history. The scope of The Cabaret of Plants covers the globe from the Himalayas to the Amazon, time periods from the Ice Age to the present, and subjects including Leonardo da Vinci, William Wordsworth, and Abraham Lincoln.

Going back to the beginnings of human history, Mabey shows how flowers, trees, and plants have been central to the human experience as sources of food and medicine, as well as objects of worship, actors in creation myths, and symbols of war, peace, life, and death. The text includes full color pictures, which display plants as the subject in works of art, scientific discovery, and medical ingredients.

This book is available for purchase on the publisher’s website.

Excerpted from The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey. Copyright © 2015 by Richard Mabey. First American Edition 2016. With permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Photo: akg-images / Mark De Fraeye.

Media Watch

FDA Issues Warning to Consumers About Tainted Products Sold in Ethnic Markets. NutraIngredients-USA. March 8, 2016. The FDA sent out a warning regarding purported health products sold in ethnic communities that are subject to tainting with undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.

Five Million US Seeds Banked for Resurrection Experiment
Nature News. March 8, 2016. Unlike most seed banks, Project Baseline is designed to enable research into how plants are evolving in response to climate change and environmental degradation.

The Successes and Drawbacks of Peru’s Fight Against Biopiracy
. Latin Correspondent. March 7, 2016. Peruvian authorities face an uphill battle protecting indigenous knowledge and materials, such as ayahuasca, maca, and other botanical treasures.

Is Africa’s Ancient Baobab Tree Growing the Next Superfood?
 National Geographic. March 1, 2016. The vitamin C-rich fruit of the baobab tree is attracting attention, but in Senegal, all parts of the tree have an extensive history of use.

Local Environmental Knowledge Helps Indigenous Societies to Adapt
. EurekAlert! March 1, 2016. Indigenous communities that retain their ancient knowledge display a greater ability to adapt to environmental changes.

Mixed Reaction from Industry on New FDA Commissioner
. NutraIngredients-USA. February 25, 2016. Robert Califf, MD, has been confirmed as the new FDA commissioner, and several supplement industry trade associations have released statements in reaction.

Researchers Uncover Risks of Some Herbal Medicines for Cancer Patients
. Science Daily. February 25, 2016. A recent study concludes that popular herbal remedies may cause complications when interacting with chemotherapies.

National Institutes for [sic] Health: A Sneak Peek at Upcoming Dietary Supplement Research Studies
Nutritional Outlook. February 24, 2016. A wide variety of dietary supplements are going under NIH’s microscope in the upcoming year.

Events
March 14-20: Dr. Murray's Natural Medicine Summit. Online.

April 14-16: 10th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics. Baltimore, Maryland.

April 27-29: Ingredient Marketplace 2016. Orlando, Florida.

May 5: CRN Regulatory Summit. Bethesda, Maryland.
 
June 13-16: NBJ Summit. Dana Point, California.

More event listings can be found on ABC's website.
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This compound, found in an African shrub species with traditional medicinal purposes, has been used in rituals and as part of detoxification therapies. Can you name this compound? Find out which one here!