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Keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in herbal medicine. From ABC's appearances as a trusted source of information for the press to the speaking engagements of Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, you'll find it all here and more.

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ABC News - Press Releases

Press releases from the American Botanical Council:


ABC News - In the Media
Industry Experts Dispute Dietary Supplement Critic Cohen's Call for Sweeping New Regulations
April 3, 2014 –

USDA Article Attacking African Mango Supplements Doesn't Represent Responsible Core of Industry, Experts Say
March 31, 2014 –

Naturex Battles Botanical Adulteration with Supply Chain Security
March 27, 2014 –

American Botanical Council Awards Botanical Excellence in Anaheim
March 13, 2014 –

'American' Herbal Organizations Adopt Increasingly Global Perspective
Feb. 10, 2014 –

New Clue to Voynich Manuscript Mystery
Feb. 7, 2014 – The Guardian

Find more ABC media mentions in the archive.

ABC News - On the Air

ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal travels the world speaking about relevant herbal topics. Check out video, podcasts and articles featuring Mark:

Responding to Criticism of Herbal Products
Dec. 21, 2013. In this interview for Dr. Ronald Hoffman's radio show "Health Talk," Mark responds to criticism that herbal products are unproven, frequently adulterated, or worthless. A podcast of the show is available here.

The Best Way to Identify Botanicals
Nov. 26, 2013. In this interview from Natural Products INSIDER, Mark discusses the DNA barcode analysis study published in BMC Medicine, its flaws, and his take on the best way to identify botanicals. The video is available here.

DNA Barcode Analysis Controversy
Nov. 7, 2013. Mark was a guest on the radio show "Forum with Michael Krasny," broadcast by NPR station KQED. He was joined by three other guests to discuss the controversy surrounding a new study that purports to have discovered the adulteration of some herbal supplements through the use of DNA Barcode Analysis. The audio recording can be found here.

Adulterated Herbs: Black Cohosh:
June 13, 2013. Mark joined Board President Steven Foster for this webinar by Terry Talks Nutrition on the adulteration of black cohosh, based on the paper written by Foster and produced by the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program. The entire webinar is available for download from the Terry Talks website here.

The Science of Herbal Medicine:
April 9, 2013. Mark gave an hour-long webinar through Terry Talks Nutritions on "What Works and Why: The Science of Herbal Medicine." The entire webinar is available for download from the Terry Talks website here.

The Second Oldest Profession:
Dec. 20, 2012. Functional Ingredients editor-in-chief Todd Runestad site down with Mark to discuss the ups-and-downs of the botanical trade during this interview.

Evidence for Herbal Medicine:
July 10, 2012. Wellness Times Editorial Advisor, Lise Alschuler, ND, interviewed Mark in this 50-minute radio program about the scientific evidence substantiating the use of herbal medicines. The two botanical experts also discuss safety and other issues associated with the use of medicinal herbs. Listen to the interview here.

iHealthTube — Stevia and More:
June 22, 2012. Mark filmed a segment on stevia for An additional 26 short videos that Mark did for on various herbal topics such as basics of herbal medicine, how to find safe and effective herbal products, and mixing herbal medicine with conventional medicine are available here.

Find more of ABC On the Air in the archive.



ABC News - On the Road

ABC's Mark Blumenthal speaks at conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world:

HerbDay at the American Botanical Council. May 3, 2014. Austin, TX. Mark will give an herb talk on “Humorous Health: Medicine, Drugs, Diet, Alternative Medicine, and Lifestyle as Seen through Newspaper Cartoons.” More information.

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium. May 30 - June 2, 2014. Black Mountain, NC. Mark will give three presentations: botanical adulteration, recent meta-analyses of clinical trials showing the benefits of popular herbs and phytomedicines, and the year in health as seen in cartoons. More information.

AOAC 128th Annual Meeting & Exposition. Sept. 7-10, 2014. Boca Raton, FL. Mark will give the keynote presentation on "Adulteration of Botanical Raw Materials and Extracts in the Global Supply Chain." More information.


Botanical Excellence Awards

ABC’s Botanical Excellence Awards were founded in 2006. They are presented each year at the American Botanical Celebration, which takes place in conjunction with the Natural Products Expo West/Next Innovation Summit (formerly known as Nutracon). Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to the herbal and botanical community during the previous year.

2013 Award Recipients:

James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award: Kerry Bone and Simon Mills for Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine, 2nd edition

Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award: Gordon M. Cragg, PhD, former chief of the National Cancer Institute's Natural Products Branch; current Special Volunteer at the National Institutes of Health

Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedicinal Research Award: Wakunaga

Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award: Sara Katz

All recipients.

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