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By Hannah Bauman
ABC is saddened to report on the passing of women’s health and complementary medicine expert Fredi Kronenberg. Kronenberg’s academic research on menopause was some of the first to investigate the phenomenon now known as “hot flashes,” and she extensively studied phytoestrogenic herbs such as black cohosh for their safety and efficacy in managing these symptoms. In addition to her invaluable work in the field of complementary and alternative medicine, Kronenberg served on the ABC Board of Trustees for 18 years. Read more >>

By Connor Yearsley
In his book Insectivorous Plants, Charles Darwin wrote that the Venus flytrap “is one of the most wonderful [plants] in the world.” Now, that “wonderful” plant is still being threatened in the wild by a combination of poaching and overharvesting, habitat loss, fire suppression, wetland drainage, seed collection, and other factors. Increased conservation efforts are necessary to protect this carnivorous curiosity in the wild. Read more >>

By Hannah Bauman and Monica Silva
The caper bush has an unusual cycle of classifications for a medicinal plant: the young shoots are considered a vegetable, while its unopened buds, when plucked and pickled, are considered herbs, and its mature fruits once again circle around to a vegetable. The pickling process of the buds affects the bioavailability of its constituents, which have been investigated for their actions against inflammation, liver toxicity, and parasites. Read more >>

By Karen Raterman
Valued for their fiery flavor and medicinal benefits, chili peppers have traditionally been used to treat colds and fevers and to soothe the digestive tract circulatory system. Recent research on capsaicin, an active compound in peppers that gives them their zip, explores the fruit’s contribution to overall health and longevity. Read more >>

Fredi Kronenberg, PhD

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Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally was edited by Stephen Gray and published in 2016 by Park Street Press. The excerpt includes the table of contents, foreword by Julie A. Holland, MD, and a selection from Chapter 2, “Venerable Traditions: A Brief History of the Ritual and Religious Use of Cannabis,” an essay by Chris Bennett.

Although the use of cannabis for physical health has received more and more attention, this text is a guide to the benefits and challenges of its use in spiritual practice. Editor Stephen Gray calls cannabis “a medicine for body and soul” in this publication, which also includes 17 other voices of the modern cannabis movement. The discussion of cannabis’s use in spiritual practice ranges from meditation and yoga to shamanism and spirit work. The excerpt provided examines the history use of cannabis in religious and spiritual ceremonies, from the pre-Biblical period to modern times.

In her foreword, Julie Holland writes: “Cannabis can unlock us from our habitual way of doing things, and, more importantly, of thinking about things. It pulls us out of our forward-leaning vector, encouraging us to hang back, wait a bit, and see how things feel before rushing into anything. It puts us in touch with our deepest longings and our truest feelings. It enables contemplation and reflection.”

Cannabis and Spirituality can be purchased at the publisher’s website. ©2017, Inner Traditions. All text is used with permission from the publisher and may not be reproduced for any other purpose.
Media Watch

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Gottlieb Confirmed as FDA Chief. Politico. May 9, 2017. Gottlieb, who most recently worked for a venture capital firm with ties to the pharmaceutical industry, is considered by some to be a “safe” choice for FDA Commissioner.

How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up To Protect Forests and ClimateSmithsonian Magazine. May 3, 2017. By embracing collaborative research efforts with indigenous groups, scientists have been able to gain insight and access to traditional knowledge.

Which Antioxidant Ingredients Alleviate IBS Symptoms?Nutritional Outlook. May 3, 2017. According to a new review of 80 human clinical studies, herbal ingredients such as boswellia, wormwood, and chamomile have “clear benefits” for certain digestive conditions.

How a Wild Berry Is Helping to Protect China’s Giant Pandas and Its Countryside. NPR. April 26, 2017. Implementing the FairWild standard for schisandra in China has helped ensure a sustainable supply of the medicinal plant for rural villagers who rely on its harvest for food and medicine.

Hemp Product Sales Slowly Inch Up as Cultivation Barriers Get More Lax. NutraIngredients-USA. April 17, 2017. Thirty-two states have taken steps to allow the production of industrial hemp, and this increased access to the product has helped fuel the growing market.

Resveratrol Shows Bone Health Promise for Child Chemotherapy Patients: Study. NutraIngredients. April 18, 2017. Resveratrol is a potential candidate to help prevent bone-related complications in children during and after chemotherapy, according to a new study.

New Method for Tapping Vast Plant Pharmacopeia to Make More Effective Drugs. EurekAlert! April 14, 2017. Researchers have used a new method to identify gene networks in plants that are involved in the production of bioactive molecules.

Why a Herbarium of 7.8 Million Plants Is One of New York’s Most Valuable Resources. Hyperallergic. April 10, 2017. A new exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden explores the importance of herbaria, which have declined in number in recent years.

Events

The Big Natural.
June 7-9, 2017. Las Vegas, Nevada.

2017 American Council for Medicinally Active Plants Conference.
June 20-23, 2017. Clemson, South Carolina.

Simply Spicy.
July 8-9, 2017. Taos, New Mexico.

Alchemy of Fermentation.
August 4-6, 2017. Boulder, Colorado.

SupplySide West.
September 26-30, 2017. Las Vegas, Nevada.

3rd International Conference on Natural Products Utilization.
October 18-21, 2017. Bansko, Bulgaria.

More event listings can be found on ABC's website.

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