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December 20th, 2010 - Staff

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Mixing herbal remedies and certain medications can be dangerous

March 13th, 2010 - By Tina Amirkiai, Medill News Service

People taking herbal supplements such as St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba and other readily available herbs should be aware of potentially dangerous interactions with certain heart medications.

A review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology February 9 said that certain over-the-counter herbs and some prescribed heart medications do not mix well. This study adds to the ongoing debate about the safety of using herbal remedies in the place of, or in conjunction with, chemical-based drugs.

Dr. Arshad Jahangir, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona, who wrote the review, said the main reason patients look to herbal remedies is because they want to preserve their health.

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Indiana Botanic Gardens celebrates 100 healthy years

January 31st, 2010 - By Rob Earnshaw

A Hobart company is celebrating 100 years of keeping Americans healthy. Indiana Botanic Gardens, a leading provider of more than 500 high-quality nutritional supplements, including its best-selling Apple Cider Vinegar Plus for weight-loss support, was founded in 1910 in a small cottage of Joseph Meyer’s home in Hammond.

“He was an orphan in Germany and read a lot of books on plants,” said Tim Cleland, Meyer’s great-grandson and president of IBG.

When Meyer immigrated to the United States, he started in the printing business and in 1918 published The Herbalist, a book he wrote touting the benefits of plants.

Herbal Healer—What is cashew?

November 22nd, 2009 - By Ted PanDeva Zagar

Related to the mango and the pistachio, the cashew tree provides a tasty, nutritious seed—erroneously referred to as a nut—that appears beneath the bottom end of the cashew apple. The United States is the world’s largest importer of this delicious snack.


Research conducted at the University of Minnesota supports diets high in magnesium-rich foods like the cashew to minimize the incidence of colon cancer. Cashew nutshell liquid (CNSL) provides an acardic acid proven to destroy the bacteria behind tooth abcesses. Cashew nut oil has been used to repair cracked heels and as an antifungal medicine. The powdered seeds are found in antivenom concoctions for poisonous snake bites. Cashews provide iron, zinc, essential fatty acids and B vitamins.

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Herbal Healer—What is konjac?

November 13th, 2009 - By Ted PanDeva Zagar

Native to East Asia, konjac has been used in Chinese cuisine for 2,000 years. Its reputation as a dependable weight-loss ingredient, owing to high amounts of fiber while boasting almost zero calories, reaches far back in time.


Dutch researchers discovered that adding konjac and sesame seed extract to the diet may lessen the severity of food poisoning. It appears that E. coli and Salmonella bacteria bind to these foodstuffs rather than to our gut cells. Konjac also contributes to lower blood glucose levels when made into shirataki noodles. Its soluble fiber content more impressive than even oat bran, konjac helps maintain a healthy intestinal tract and brings benefits into the lives of people coping with type 2 diabetes.


This perennial plant rises from a large corm or root that can measure 1/4 meter across. Konjac is also called devil’s tongue owing to the unique appearance of a long, purple spike that bears the plant’s flowers.

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