How an ex-hippie became a leading authority on herbs and nutrients from the world's remote places
Chris Kilham is known as the Medicine Hunter, and is the author of numerous books and has appeared on many television programs, including Dr. Oz, CNN, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and FOX News, for whom he writes a weekly health column about medicinal plants, sustainability, and holistic health.
Kilham has made a fascinating career of roaming the world in search of healing herbs and nutrients from nature. In this four-part series of interviews at Natural Products Expo West in 2011, Kilham speaks with WellWise.org Editor in Chief James Townsend about how he became fascinated by plants and their healing properties, and embarked on his unusual profession; how to we can be sure we're getting good product; the fate of the Amazon rainforest; and what herbs are showing a lot of promise now.
The problems with identifying herbs, and how to avoid a product that is not the real thing
Chris Kilham, aka The Medicine Hunter, speaks with James Townsend, editor in chief at WellWise.org about some of his early successes, with the help of shamans and indigenous peoples, in discovering certain healing herbs and bringing them to the United States. The mission of his company, Medicine Hunter, Inc., is to promote natural, plant-based medicines, to protect the natural environment, and to support indigenous cultures. Kilham also addressesin this segment the trouble with some companies selling bogus herbs or the wrong varieties of herbs, and how that hurts everyone. segment the trouble with some companies selling bogus herbs or the wrong varieties of herbs, and how that hurts everyone.
Amazonian natural remedies that may become medicinal superstars
In this WellWise.org video, James Townsend asks Chris Kilham, The Medicine Hunter, about some of the herbs or nutrients he is currently excited about bringing to Americans' awareness and making available to us. Chris Kilham's website is here.http://www.medicinehunter.com/. WellWise.org is a nonprofit website providing unbiased, accurate and authoritative information about healthy living and nutrition, and a lively meeting place for consumers, integrative health professionals, nutritionists and researchers.
Deforestation of the rain forests of the world and what you can do about it
Known as The Medicine Hunter, Chris Kilham spends much of his time in places such as the Amazon rain forest. In this final video in the WellWise.org interview with James Townsend, editor in chief, Kilham emphasizes the fact that despite having fallen off the mainstream media's radar, the destruction of the world's great rainforests continues apace. He warns that we are losing species of animals and plants as an astonishing pace.
Does Fish Oil Contain PCBs?
Adam Ismail of the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s discusses a lawsuit filed in California in March of 2010 against a number of retailers of fish-oil products, claiming that they tested too high for PCBs, chemicals that have been banned or severely restricted in many countries since the 1970s and 80s because of the possible risks to human health and the environment.
Adam reveals that PCBs are found in virtually all agricultural products, and that the levels at which they were detected in several fish-oil brands are considered unacceptable only in California, which requires warning labels on products that exceed certain limits.
Transforming Health with Brad King
Follow this link to listen to WellWise.org blogger Brad King's radio program on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, featuring interviews with such notables as Dr. Brenda Wade, a frequent guest on Oprah; Dr. John Gray, the bestselling author of Men are from Mars Women are from Venus; New York Times bestselling author Peggy McColl; Dr. Michael Murray, author of What the Drug Companies Won’t Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn’t Know.
Postmenopausal Tips for Women
Editor in Chief James Townsend interviews Lyra Heller, cofounder of Metagenics (a cutting-edge company that addresses health through advanced genetic diagnoses, and integrative medicine). Heller is a medical anthropologist and an expert on alternative medicine.
The Critical Importance of Vitamin D and Testing
Lyra Heller speaks to James Townsend about what vitamin D does for you and what test to tell your doctor to administer.
Obesity, the Greatest Health Problem in America Today
James Townsend interviews Dr. Jay Udani, CEO of Medicus Research and Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA, on what tools nutriceutical science are discovering to fight the obesity epidemic.
The effect of whole foods on aging
The late James A. Joseph, PhD, former director of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, discusses the dramatic effects being seen in anti-aging studies Tufts is conducting, feeding rats with diets supplemented with high-ORAC-value berries (such as blueberries and strawberries), and walnuts.
Berries, Walnuts and Anti-aging
Editor in chief James Townsend interviews the late James A. Joseph, PhD, of Tufts University, about the dramatic effects being seen in anti-aging studies Tufts is doing, feeding rats with diets supplemented with high-ORAC-value berries (such as blueberries and strawberries), and walnuts. Dr. Joseph is also the lead scientist in neuroscience at the United States Department of Agriculture.