Topic: The Business of Botanicals
Ann Armbrecht is the director of the Sustainable Herbs Program under the auspices of the American Botanical Council. She is a writer and anthropologist (PhD, Harvard 1995) whose work explores the relationships between humans and the earth, most recently through her work with plants and plant medicine. She is the co-producer of the documentary Numen: The Nature of Plants and the author of the award-winning ethnographic memoir Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, based on her research in Nepal. Her latest book is The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry (Chelsea Green Publishing, February 2021). She lives with her family in central Vermont.
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Twitter: @AnnArmbrecht
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Instagram: @ann_armbrecht

Guest: Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon Psy.D., DABPS, C.HT

Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon Psy.D., DABPS, C.HTis a double board certified integrative and interventional psychologist, author and speaker. She supports  integrative health and believes in a holistic approach-treating the body and the mind. Dr. Aimee leads an integrative and functional health and wellness practice, serving clients locally and internationally. She and her multidisciplinary team focus on wellness, preventive care and coaching to help people live healthier, happier and more satisfying lives. Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon and her team of experts don't just treat symptoms, they solve health problems and create better outcomes.  
The Center for Integrative and Functional Health & Wellness
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Topic  : know your Legal GMP’s
Asa Waldstein is a Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH) with 20 years of experience developing and implementing compliant marketing and cGMP manufacturing processes in the dietary supplement and hemp industries. Asa has formulated, manufactured, and marketed hundreds of products in a compliant manner and has helped oversee three FDA CFR 111 audits without any 483s. Asa is a former AHPA board member and current Chair of AHPA's Cannabis Committee.
 Asa is CEO of the regulatory consulting company Supplement Advisory Group.  He is also founder of the Regulatory Education Series platform which regularly hosts free events for the community FDA/FTC enforcement trend analysis, social media marketing principles, and manufacturing efficiency principles.  
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Dr. Kevin Spelman is a molecular biologist, phytochemist, clinician and herbalist who has worked with medicinal plants in the field, in the clinic, and in research models including clinical human trials and preclinical models. He has practiced phytotherapy at several clinics and was a cofounder of the first full accredited Master of Science degree in Clinical Herbal Medicine.  As a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute on Aging he researched the molecular biology of brain and ovarian cancer and predicted and demonstrated novel phytocannabinoid ligands from Zanthoxylum spp. Dr. Spelman was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the EU researching medicinal plants against malaria. His doctoral work connected metabolic and immunological function and elucidated a novel target for Echinacea spp. Dr. Spelman has been an editor, reviewer and contributed to the knowledge base in Integrative Medicine with publications in JPBA, Phytother Res, Toxicology, J Chromatogr B, Anal Biochem, Int Immunopharmacol, Planta Medica, etc. Dr. Spelman also publishes an audio science journal The Spelman Report: PhytoPharmacology Review highlighting clinically relevant research on natural products. He also runs Health, Education & Research a consulting company for the natural products and cannabis industry.
From Farm to Pharmacy and Back Again: My grandmother's Recipes for Good Health Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., ND,MBA, CNC, DACBN is a doctor of Pharmacy and licensed pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, Diplomate from the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, master herbalist, and chef who is committed to finding the safest and most effective means to promote health and wellness over disease and illness. She is an Endowed Professor and  Assistant Clinical Professor in the Nova Southeastern University  College of Pharmacy and has Functional Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Therapy practice in the Nova Southeastern University Clinic Pharmacy.  Before this she worked 7 years in the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine where she put together an Integrative Medicine Department and created the certificate in Functional Nutrition and Herbal Therapy. Her research is focused on natural medicine and supplementation therapy and is currently conducting research on Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Immune Builders, Herbal considerations in the elderly populations, and genomics.
Her website is where she has courses, including "Becoming your own Health Investigator" for people who want to stay healthy using a more natural approach.
Dr. Kevin Ng completed his medical training in Singapore in 1963, and became a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Pharmacology . He then was conferred a PhD by the University of London in October 1968 for his research on the “Dynamics of the renin-angiotensin system”. Dr Kevin moved to Miami in 1987. After a long international illustrious career as a leading force in pharmacology, and inventor of ACE inhibitors, he turned his interest to Food as Medicine because foods and medicines have a common origin. Dr. Ng believes in  Hippocrates’ teaching “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”.
Here is one of his many slideshows about this topic.
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Dr. Matthew Jay Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA, professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the endowed chair of preventive cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center . Budoff has been the lead researcher on numerous studies showing the healing powers of garlic, but he says few doctors know to recommend it. This common vegetable has been the subject of 4,525 study abstracts that can be found in the National Library of Medicine showing it can successfully treat more than 150 chronic diseases, including infections and heart disease. Budoff says if used properly and in the right amounts, garlic, and specifically aged garlic extract, can be instrumental during the high-stress environment of the pandemic as it has shown to dramatically improve heart health, reverse early heart disease, and prevent strokes and heart attacks.

Guest: Vidisha Mohad, PhD

Vidisha Mohad, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She performed her undergraduate studies at the University of Mumbai, India, followed by a Masters in Communication Disorders. She completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Fall 2019 before joining Harvard Medical School for a postdoctoral research fellowship. Her current research focus is to understand the gut epithelial biology and the impact of gut microbiome on gastrointestinal diseases such as IBD, crohns/UC and metabolic disorders.  Contact for public:
Christopher S. Kilham has taught yoga, meditation, and natural health since 1971. Known as the Medicine Hunter on the Dr. Oz Show, CNN Health, the New York Times, and many other media outlets, he founded Medicine Hunter Inc., and has conducted medicinal research in more than 45 countries across 5 continents and the South Pacific. The author of many articles and 15 books, including The Five Tibetans, he lives in Leverett, Massachusetts. On todays show, we will discuss Chris Kilhams new book, Lotus Bud.  In India, both yoga and cannabis are considered gifts from the Hindu god Shiva. They are seen as twin currents of wisdom and enlightenment, allies for healing and consciousness expansion. As ethnobotanist and yogi Chris Kilham explains, when wisely and thoughtfully combined, cannabis and yoga offer profound benefits for body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Marina Yuabova is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Associate Professor at the City University of New York. She is also the founder of Integrative health and aiming to restore health holistically. Her extensive training and broad experience makes her a unique medical professional with vast knowledge pertaining to functional, integrative, alternative medicine, She is the  author of  "The Thyroid Whisperer", and offers an array of complimentary and natural medical therapies at her state of the art clinic, Integrative Wellness New York, and is also available for virtual consults.
Contact:  718 222 4888

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