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What are Jason’s Health Credentials?

Firstly, I am not a trained doctor, nutritionist or naturopath. I have no degree or doctorate of any kind. I just hated being sick badly enough to do something radical about it. My expertise comes from walking the talk in the real world – not in theory. My knowledge comes from over 30 years’ of health education and research; over 30 years’ raising four healthy kids and one darling granddaughter; 20 years’ travelling internationally and teaching; appearing via requests on TV, radio and in magazines; 20 years’ presenting seminars about food, nutrition and health; and 25 years compiling all of this passion and study into this website, my books and research papers. Through this journey I have become a health researcher, coach, speaker and best-selling author.
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I have trained experts
I now find myself regularly training naturopaths and having intelligent highly trained doctors, dietitians, pharmacists, herbalists and clinical nutritionists taking my advice on food and diet or asking me for my opinion on health matters. I have lost count of how many times I have been asked, “What did you do to cure all your health problems?” My advice is based on tens of thousands of hours study on millions of different people from countries all over the world. Also my first-hand experience over many years working closely with thousands of people right here in NZ and in 13 different countries around the world to transform their health. Once I completely cured all my own illnesses, and stayed well, and what I had learned started to make a genuine difference to others, it became crystal clear to me that the challenge modern medicine has is that it offers pills and procedures after you get sick. My aim is to offer prevention before you get sick, and in doing so, to give you exceptional health.

I am a permanent student
When studying something you must do a few things well. Observe, gather evidence, form a hypothesis, research your findings, look at history, follow a variety of human experience, double-check, and use your common sense and intelligence. Then report back. This is what I have done. Observation, not lead by emotion or money, is the foundation of every science. Science is meant to be a reporting or uncovering of the truth for the wellbeing of humanity. You do not have to be a scientist to observe and draw conclusions. I have observed people. I have known people to live long healthy lives into their 100s without disease or the need for drugs. I have read about thousands of people who lived long, healthy lives without disease or drugs. I observed and studied their habits, their commonalities, what they did, and what they did not. I have looked at large population groups (epidemiological studies), centenarians, traditional cultures, food habits, the Mediterranean diet, the Asian diet, the caveman diet and much more.

I have looked at the science and the scientific research on people and how they live all over the world. This is how I came to my conclusions and healed myself. This is the basis of my knowledge. I continue to study, learn, research, analyse and make conclusions every day. This is my life. As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine SAID “He who does not know food, how can he understand the diseases of man?”

I have spoken to hundreds of thousands of people
I have presented inspirational educational health seminars and events to Fonterra, Deloitte, Hong Long Savings Bank (HKSB), MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Mindfood, Simpson Grierson, IAFGG, Les Mills, QBE Insurance, Radius Pharmacy, Russell McVeagh, Planet Health, University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia), Aztec Packaging, Atlantis Healthcare, Probus, and many health organisations such as The Breast Cancer Network, The Heart Foundation, AIMA, Clinical Nutrition Association, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Hardy’s Health Stores, NZ Wellness Retreats, Crohn’s & Colitis, ADHD Allergy, Holistic Cancer Congress, Habitat for Humanity, Wellpark, South Pacific College of Natural Medicine and Diabetes NZ. Many have immediately invited me back to present again on different topics to their teams. They seemed to find my unique education very powerful and effective. They have access to many trained medical and health professionals and yet they have chosen to request that I go back and educate further. The seminars I present on a myriad of health-related topics from fasting to sleep to longevity to heart disease to cancer prevention to weight loss to genetic expression, and many more, are all based in real world scientific information and genuine real world experience on normal human beings – like you.

Doctors generally love my ‘common sense scientifically-proven’ approach
I have doctors recommend my books and programmes from around the globe because I have a way of putting complex and overwhelming information into a way that inspires people to genuinely make change and take action in their lives. I do this via a mix of my own life’s experience, my own healing of “incurable” diseases, my 30 years study (over 20,000 hours), my research into the centenarian cultures and my humour and confrontational ‘no BS’ style of communication. I have worked with doctors in my programme from around the world (currently US doctors, UK doctors, Scottish doctors and NZ doctors), who applaud the message I am teaching.

“Jason’s work is informative, inspirational and he has the courage to tell it as it is. Following his advice will change your life”
Dr Luke Wilson, MBChB, BA, MSc, 2015.

“I am a GP and I attended your Jason Shon Bennett seminar in Gisborne. I am moving back to USA early next month. Thank you, this is quite amazing what you do and in helping many people. The more people that can benefit of your lifestyle the better off the world will be. I look forward to your emails/blogs/articles/support”
Dr. Sirpa, 2012.

“Your book is inspiring and empowering; I wish all my patients could read it”
Dr Mimi Irwin, GP, NZ, 2013.

“I will be recommending this book to all my patients”
Dr Eva Tombs, MB, Scotland, 2014.

The experts behind the world-leading BROAD study
Dr Luke Wilson, one of the key authors on the internationally-recognised BROAD study (the most successful randomised, non-exercise and non-calorie restricted weight loss study ever done), recommends my work, education and books. I have presented to large groups of highly educated, university trained pharmacists and chemists (some who were so enthusiastic about what I talked through that they swamped me for hours asking for help with their diets…). I also present to, and train, chiropractors, nutritionists, dieticians and nurses, in how to eat well and get their health back. These many and varied professionals are far more ‘learned and trained’ than I but they come to me and ask me to support them and mentor them as they have lost touch with what it actually is to eat well.

I simply love inspiring people to better health
I have helped many highly trained health professionals who are busy, stressed, overweight, obese, with high blood pressure, constipation, cholesterol problems, heart problems, and energy problems and skin problems, and who are often sick with colds and bugs. They simply ask me to help to support them in getting well through simple common sense diet and lifestyle changes. I am simply a human being with a passion for health who may have something worthwhile and meaningful to share. Just because one knows information or has studied information, does not make them an expert or make them change their behaviours. I am not university trained but I seem to have a way of deeply reaching people.

Radio, TV, Magazines, Media
I have spoken many times on live national radio across Australasia including the 90-minute interview feature on Newstalk ZB (the #1 rated NZ radio show) with Leighton Smith in March 2014, Radio New Zealand, National Radio, Radio Live, and music stations up and down the country such as The Breeze and More FM.

I have been featured in many magazine and newspaper interviews.

I have spoken all over the world
I have been invited to and have presented various large public and private health seminars in countries and centres around the world in London, Calgary – Canada, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Fiji, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne Central, Hampton – Melbourne, Gold Coast – Australia, Toowoomba – Australia, Sunshine Coast – Australia, Bowral – Australia, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Nelson, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Tauranga, Wanaka, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Gisborne, Taupo, Cambridge, Whakatane, New Plymouth, Paraparaumu, Invercargill, Timaru, Golden Bay, Blenheim, Whangarei, Keri Keri, Whanganui and more…

A small selection of Jason’s Public & Corporate Events
Keynote speaker at the 2016 NZ Conference of Emergency Nurses, Auckland
Real Food Revolution across Australia 2014-2015 (highest rated speaker)
Keynote speaker at both 2015 WELLFEST events throughout New Zealand
IAFGG Guest Speaker – March 2014, Calgary, Canada
Vantage Pharmacy Conference – September 2010, Fiji
Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) Massey University
Hardy’s National Public Health Seminars – October 2011, Keri Keri to Christchurch
Guest speaker/health panel, Auckland Healthy Living Show
Keynote speaker, Diabetes Southland – November 2014, Invercargill
Aro Ha launch presenter – January 2014, Glenorchy, Queenstown
Radius Pharmacy Conference – May 2011, Wellington
Health Industry Training – February 2011, Melbourne
Austbrokers Phillips, Victoria, Australia
Trainer at Wellpark College (Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine), Grey Lynn
Trainer for South Pacific College of Natural Medicine, Ellerslie
Keynote speaker, 2014 Women’s Pampering Expo, Nelson
Clinical Nutrition AGM – September 2011, Auckland
Atlanta HealthCare – December 2013, Auckland
Sara Lee, corporate events various, Auckland 2011-2013
The 2011 & 2012 Holistic Cancer Congress, Auckland City
Baby & Child Show – August 2013, Auckland
Key speaker, Wanderlust Taupo, 2016
Sunshine Coast University – May 2012, Queensland, Australia
Deco Cities Pharmacy Public Seminar – June 2011, Napier
Aztec NZ Limited – December 2011, Ellerslie
2014 Turf Association AGM in Northland
Accessable – November 2011, Auckland
ASB Stadium, Whangarei

A small selection of Jason’s community seminars
Breast Cancer Network, Auckland,
Habitat for Humanity Fundraising Seminar, Whangarei
Les Mills supporting Diabetes NZ, Auckland
Breakfast for Diabetes Fundraising Seminar, Invercargill
Nayland College Fundraising Seminar, Nelson
Crohn’s & Colitis Auckland Support Group
Buller High School Kapa Haka Fundraising Support, Westport
Michael Park Steiner School fundraising, Ellerslie
Probus Remuera/Tauranga
NHOS Group, Auckland
Campbells Bay School, Auckland
Josephite Retreat Centre, Wanganui

There is a vast amount of evidence that eating a plant-based wholefood diet lowers, and in some cases, reverses, heart disease and hypertension. This has been shown in the fasting studies, the chicken studies, the saturated fats studies, the fibre studies, the plant-based eating studies, and of course, the meat-is-directly-linked-to-heart-disease studies.

Plant-Based Diets & the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease – Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Nutrition Report: An Evaluation of NCD Prevention Research in the United States on Human Health

Global Morbidity Burden Report 2008

A healthy plant-based diet is simply mostly eating ‘plant-based wholefoods’ – such as apples rather than apple juice – as these are plant foods in their natural state, unrefined, and with their natural fibres, antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals intact. Eat mostly plant foods, mostly wholefoods, and you receive the benefits, as the centenarian cultures do:

Healthy Plant-Based Diets – what does it mean – Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Plant-based diets are crucial as a solution to our health crisis

How plant-based diets can prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

Practical tips for preparing healthy plant-based meals


Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective (the Third Expert Report – 2019) is a comprehensive analysis, using the most meticulous methods, of the worldwide body of evidence on preventing and surviving cancer through diet, nutrition and physical activity. It builds on the ground-breaking achievements of the First and Second Expert Reports, published in 1997 and 2007 respectively.

Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity & Cancer – A Global Perspective – Summary-third-expert-report

World Cancer Research Fund & American Institute for Cancer Research UPDATE Cancer-Prevention-Recommendations-2018

2019 International Research ‘Preventable Cancer Burden Associated with Poor Diet in the United States’
Cancer Facts & Figures

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