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Numerous herbs and fruits, including strawberries,
were destroyed in the Tulsa woman's garden.

As public interest in edible and medicinal gardens rises — evident with First Lady Michelle Obama's vegetable garden — some towns across America are struggling to balance the benefits of such plots and property owners' rights with neighborhood aesthetics. An article in this issue of HerbalEGram discusses a recent case in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in which a local woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the city for ordering workers to mow down her garden containing numerous species of vegetables, fruits, and medicinal herbs.

The Recent News section below features additional stories written by HerbalEGram staff and contributors, including an article on the rise of online crowdsourcing as a means for science fundraising. ABC's Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, meanwhile, was recently selected to serve as a member of the Lloyd Library and Museum's Honorary Advisory Board.


The American Botanical Council


HG 94HerbalGram 94, now available online, includes an ethno-botanical and scientific review of the sausage tree of southern Africa. The issue also features a quality control report on the adulteration of commercial grapefruit seed extract with synthetic compounds. Additional articles include coverage of Procter & Gamble's purchase of New Chapter, Inc., as well as information on 2 grant-funded projects to study the therapeutic compounds of medicinal plants.



Featured Book

Invasive Plant Medicine


August's featured book excerpt comes from Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives by Timothy Lee Scott. Published by Healing Arts Press in 2010, this book examines the beneficial properties of rapidly spreading weeds and their effects on the body and the environment. The excerpt selected for readers includes the table of contents, Chapter 7, “The Deep Ecology of Invasives,” and Chapter 8, “The Chemistry of Plant Medicine.”

 ©2010 Timothy Lee Scott

Media Watch

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Chinese Herbal Medicines to Face Stricter Controls in TaiwanTaipei Times. 7-26-12. The government in Taiwan is now requiring the 10 most-imported TCM herbs to obtain safety certifications.

Pfizer Warns Against Herbal Rivals. Business World Online. 7-24-12. Pfizer issued a statement warning against herbal alternatives to Viagra, a prescription pharmaceutical whose sales have been decreasing.

Natural Remedies for Treating Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac. Fox News. 7-24-12. Columnist Chris Kilham discusses various treatments — including witch hazel and tea tree oil — for the itching rash caused by these 3 plants.

Dietary Antioxidants May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk. OnMedica. 7-24-12. A large epidemiological study found that people who ate foods with high levels of vitamins C and E and selenium had a reduced risk of developing this often-fatal cancer.

Naturopaths — License or No? The Durango Herald. 7-23-12. Naturopathic doctors in  Colorado are not licensed despite efforts from some local organizations to join the 16 states that regulate the profession.

Attack on Complementary Medicine 'Undermines Safety.' The Conversation. 7-16-12. Responding to a recent editorial in The Medical Journal of Australia, professors warn against cutting universities' CAM courses.

Bacteria, Herb Among Potential Cancer KillersShreveport Times. 7-14-12. A Louisiana researcher is studying the Chinese herbal formula shiunko's ability to slow tumor growth in mice.

Treating Winter Ills in Summer. Xinhuanet. 7-9-12. Many Chinese are treating themselves with herbal medicines for wintertime ailments, believing it is best to build hot energy (yang) during the hottest month of the year.

Recent News

Tulsa Woman Sues after City Mows Down Edible Garden. By Ashley Lindstrom, HEG Staff. The City of Tulsa claims their actions were justified based on a public nuisance ordinance.

SciFund Challenge
The nonprofit initiative SciFund Challenge aims to
help scientists improve crowdsourcing projects and social media outreach. ©2012 SciFund Challenge.

Crowdsourcing Science: A New Frontier in Fundraising. By Lindsay Stafford Mader, HEG Staff. In an emerging online crowdsourcing scene, researchers present their projects to the public and provide incentives for donations.

German Magazine Öko-Test Rates Black Cohosh Medicinal Products for Menopausal Conditions. By Josef Brinckmann, Guest Contributor. The consumer magazine's review concluded that medicinal black cohosh products are effective treatments for menopausal symptoms.

The New York Academy of Sciences Sponsors Lecture on Health Benefits of Resveratrol in Wine and Chocolate. By David Levine, Guest Contributor.