is "an independent organization that presents un-biased research on supplements and nutrition," and aggregates and analyzes studies on various supplements.
A new study has identified product substitution and contamination in the herbal supplement industry on a massive scale
. As the New York Times reports
, one-third of the US herbal supplements tested by researchers had no trace of the advertised herb in the product, and many products were entirely composed of fillers such as rice, or contained dangerous contaminants and allergens. Only two of the 12 companies tested exclusively sold products that did what they said on the tin. Pro-supplement organisation the American Botanical Council has questioned the findings, due in part to what it says are flaws in the DNA technology used to identify herbal ingredients.
In 1772, at the age of 73, Mrs. Mary Delany invented a new way of depicting flowers: with hundreds of small pieces of paper carefully cut out and placed. This method - which she called "paper mosaicks" and which later became known as (paper) collage - enchanted her friend Lady Portland, King George III and his queen, and natural historians, artists, collectors, and friends alike. They look like botanical paintings, but are constructed out of paper.
the British Museum's collection. [more inside]
Kava exporters in Pacific react to Western Kava bans
Pacific countries who export kava called for an
international review of its alleged health risks. They are reacting
to a recent spate of warnings on its use and, in some cases, bans on
its sale (1
Growing concern over a link between kava use and liver
toxicity has prompted Germany, Switzerland and France to ban
the sale of kava-derived herbal medicine
The US, Canada, and NZ are advising against its use, pending their
own reviews (1
Kava is cultivated and brewed to produce an narcotic
ceremonial drink in much of the Pacific. Recently it has become a
cash crop for an herbal-enthused Western market (1
), as well as part of
a growing drug-abuse problem (1
) in Pacific countries.
Rooibos Tea has 50 times more antioxidant properties than Green Tea.
It seems the South African brew is over taking the popular Chinese brew in the European health food/herbal tea circles.
can work wonders. But against AIDS? Hard to believe. (from Feed)
In case other forms of augmentation
isn't a viable option, now women can order Bloussant
, "an all-natural herbal tablet, which, when taken daily will increase ... bust size by up to two cup sizes.
" The site also has the commercial for the product in Windows Media and QuickTime formats.