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Health, Medicine & Wellbeing
Dr. Shaun Holt holds Pharmacy and Medicine degrees, has been the Principal Investigator in over 50 clinical trials and has over 220 publications in the medical literature. He is the Scientific Director and a founder of HoneyLab and an advisor to several pharmaceutical companies. He has started two clinical trials organizations and formed Research Review, a company that produce reviews of medical research.

Shaun is the author of 11 books including the bestseller "Natural Remedies That Really Work" and new book “Medical Cannabis - a brief guide for New Zealanders”. He was a finalist in the 2015 New Zealander of the Year Awards in the Innovator category and a finalist in the 2019 New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Shaun currently offers the following 15 talks and is working on several others. They have been well received already on a cruise ship and are regularly given to community groups in New Zealand:

1. Medicines from the Hive - the medical uses of honey and bee venom
Humans have been using honey for medical purposes for at least 4000 years and recent research has shown that it is an effective treatment for many medical conditions. Other products from bees are also effective, including bee venom that can help with pain and remove wrinkles!

2. Natural Products and Therapies: which work, which don't....and how to tell the difference.
Do you know the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath? A homeopath and a
naturopath? Whether rescue remedy, ginger, or B vitamins are worth taking? Learn about the evidence behind natural products and therapies, and ask about ones that you use or are thinking about.

3. Remarkable Research - important and fascinating recent medical studies
There are around 10,000 medical journals published every month, each containing many reports on medical research studies. Cutting-edge medical research is not only fascinating but the findings can also contribute enormously to our health and wellbeing. Many remarkable studies are presented in an easy-to-follow manner, discussed, and the merits of them debated.

4. Complementary therapies Q&A
Most people take vitamins, supplements or herbal products, or use other forms of natural, complementary or alternative medicines. In this open session you can ask about the science of any that you use, are thinking of using, or are simply interested in.

5. Plants that heal, plants that harm
Growing in your garden are plants that have been used for centuries to heal us and improve our health...aloe, chamomile, cranberry, feverfew, to name just a few. Others can harm or even kill you, such as oleander, ivy and hemlock. This presentation will appeal both to gardeners and those interested in health.

6. Churchills' ills
Churchill survived multiple health scares to become one of the world's greatest leaders. Crashed a plane, thrown from a camel and survived an attempt to throw him under a train....all whilst he was in his thirties!

7. The dose makes the poison
This is what Paracelsus said....common substances such as water and oxygen can be fatal if the dose is too high, whereas potent toxins can have medical properties at very low doses. This talk explores how a decimal point can make the difference between life and death.

8. Travel sicknesses
Travelling long distances by air, sea or land has led to many illnesses over the centuries. This talk describes the history of medical problems associated with travel, and more contemporary illnesses, and covers both the diseases and the cures.

9. Medicines / drugs
A fine line between pharmaceutical medicines and illegal drugs. Steroids and opiates, to name just two, can be classified either way depending on when and how they are used. The history, the law and the positives and negatives of substances like these are discussed.

10. From Test Tube to Prescription - where new medicines come from
Until recently, all of our medicines came from plants or animals. Now, most medicines are manufactured through chemical processes and undergo extensive testing. It takes an average of 12 years and costs $5 billion for a new medicine to travel from the laboratory to your medicine cabinet, and this fascinating process is described.

11. Alternative Medicine: weird & extreme healthcare practices
Alternative medicines and therapies are healthcare products or practices that are
taken or used instead of standard medical therapies. Some of the most interesting and controversial of these therapies are discussed, including: colonic irrigation, ear candling, cupping, colloidal silver and massive doses of vitamins. This is often a light-hearted and humorous presentation, but with a serious underlying message.

12. Natural Health Quiz & Prize
Do you know the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath? A homeopath and a
naturopath? Crystal therapy and colour therapy? Ginseng and Ginkgo? Test your knowledge and be in with a chance of winning a prize.

13. Scared to death? Health stories in the media
Do vaccines cause autism? Will bird flu kill us all? Do fish oil capsules cause prostate cancer? One thing is for sure: health stories in the media can be bad for your health, giving bad information and scaring you unnecessarily. This talk discusses recent health scares and teaches you how to critically assess new stories as they arise.

14. Bacteria: friends or foes?
These bugs are everywhere and although they cause many important diseases and deaths, we can't live without bacteria. Just like people, some are good and some are bad & dangerous. This talk will tell you about the different types, which to avoid and which to get more of.

15. Tea, coffee & better health?
Your favourite cuppa is good for health as well. New research has found that tea can make your brain, muscles, bones and heart stronger. And coffee can make you smarter, thinner and faster, and reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. But like everything, too much can be a bad thing as well.