The TEDx Conference, organised by the Newcastle University TEDx Society, took place on Sunday 3rd March and provided attendees with a series of lectures based around the theme of building a better future.
The event was professionally organised with workshops and musical performances along with 10 speakers presenting their talks. TEDx society members were clearly visible in their TEDx shirts ready to offer assistance and direction. The TEDx society won Society of the Year last year.
First to present was Birmingham lad Michael Taylor on why it’s okay to like money. Michael points out from a young age we are taught the pursuit of money is immoral. He continued stating the case that a healthy relationship with money is a must in the modern world. In order to build a better future, he suggests getting to grips with the stock market, investing our stagnant cash and making it work harder for us. He recounts how surprisingly easy it was for him to bounce back after losing all his money on the stock market candidly remarking that “once you’ve lost all your money, you can’t really lose anymore, if your get what I mean”. Before investing your start investing your student loan, however, Michael suggested that you read, read lots, twenty or more books on investing, and in doing so gaining a grounding in the ins and outs of the market and using it as an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others, before you make them yourself.
Second to take the stage was Sam Waterfall, presenting on the discovery of a “new organ”, the micro biome. As an international food marketing consultant, Sam knows the ins and outs of nutrition; and I’m sorry to say to those of your downing a daily Actimel thinking it will cure and prevent your ills or ailments, think again. According to Sam the issue is far more complex; to get your micro biome in tip-top condition, first you’ll need to get a micro biome sample. Step two for a healthier biome is to avoid antibiotics at all costs unless absolutely necessary. According to Sam this could mean going vegetarian, as the animals that we eat are stuffed full of antibiotics as they promote growth in cattle. With a growing obesity epidemic, it is possible to make the connection that residual elements of these antibiotics make it into the human, causing the same ballooning effect, as well as harming the good bacteria of our biomes. Finally, and most interestingly, Sam suggests we experiment with probiotics. A solid commitment of 3-6 months needs to be made to any given probiotic in order to know whether they are working for you. Having had your micro biome analysed should give you a good starting point for your experimentation.