Monday, June 9, 2008
via his website
"Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator. The founder of Medicine Hunter Inc., Chris has conducted medicinal research in over 20 countries including India, China, Siberia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Vanuatu South Pacific, Lebanon, Syria, Ghana, Austria, Germany, Thailand, Malaysia, Morocco and the US. Chris is Explorer in Residence at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he teaches ethnobotany through the department of Plant & Soil Sciences. Chris also conducts botanical educational programs for the natural products trade.
Chris is the host of Medicine Trail, a series of television specials on medicinal plants shot on location around the world. The first two programs, shot in Peru and Malaysia, are currently in international distribution. More Medicine Trail specials are scheduled.
Chris has worked with numerous companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products into market successes. These successes include kava, maca, horny goat weed, catuaba, tamanu oil, herbal beverages and dozens of other plants.
Chris is the author of fourteen books, including Hot Plants, The Five Tibetans, Psyche Delicacies, Tales from the Medicine Trail and Kava, Medicine Hunting in Paradise. Chris also writes articles on plant medicines for several publications.
Chris lectures extensively on holistic health and botanical medicines, throughout the United States and abroad. He held the diplomatic post of Honorary Consul to the United States for the Republic Of Vanuatu from 1997 through 2000. Chris has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Parade, Boston Herald, Vogue, Psychology Today, Natural Health and Men’s Health, and hosted his own health-oriented talk radio programs in the Boston area for five years. An avid body surfer and adventure traveler, Chris lives and works in Massachusetts with his wife Zoe Helene, their dog Boo and cat Beastie. Chris and Zoe travel the globe on Medicine Hunter expeditions, and work together to promote plant medicines, environmental protection and cultural preservation.
Chris has appeared as a guest expert on over several hundred radio and television programs including news programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, BBC and NPR. As a guest he has spoken about medicine hunting, traditional botanical medicines, nutraceuticals, environmental and cultural preservation and other related topics.
Chris has appeared on over 1500 radio programs and more than 500 TV programs worldwide. CNN calls Chris “The Indiana Jones of natural medicine.”