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Friday, April 24, 2009

Green news...

Mark Blumenthal is the founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council. (Visit site for great herbal info http://www.herbalgram.org/). The public is slavered in highly profiled RTCs (random controlled trials) with negative outcomes with little regard for truth. This unprofessional practice warps perception of herbs as medicine thus diminishing herbs value in the public eye. Mark rebutted this practice with an editorial citing the many clinical trials that SUPPORT the efficacy of herbs.

The RCTs included popular herbs such as garlic (Allium sativum) for lowering blood pressure, Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) for erectile dysfunction, hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) for aspects of congestive heart failure, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) for mild to moderate depression and echinacea (Echinacea spp.) for upper respiratory tract infections related to flu and common colds. Mark mentions several clinical studies in which the herbs worked significantly better than the placebo. To read Mark's entire editorial go to Alternative Therapies website: : http://abc.herbalgram.org/site/R?i=eoUB8XiMfnENqd2E8DqbqA.


Planting a garden? Go here for good info: www.motherearthnews.com/Best-Regional-Crops.aspx


The photo is part of GBH Farm. This section of our gardens is in two tiers separated with dry stacked rock. Round stepping stones down each tiers center; plantings on either side of the stones. This year I started rock moss beween the stones and am going to mulch on the sides where the ground cloth is. I used ground cloth over the entire garden last year and didn't like it. Rain did not get through to my satisfaction, plus it was difficult to harvest root crops. So this year it runs just down each center. Still need to lay the soaker hoses.
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