I am an author and journalist, with over 25 years of experience in science writing.
In April 2017 I published the biography of the controversial naturopath Dorothea Snook, who converted to a wholefood, plant-based diet in 1944, and is recognised alongside luminaries such as Professor Peter Singer and Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee in the history of vegetarianism and veganism in Australia.
I uncovered the impressive pedigree of Mrs Snook’s diets, which can be traced back to the founding figures of the naturopathy movement in Boston and New York, and revisited the controversial 1990 court case that recommended she face criminal charges over the death of her elderly brother.
I was inspired by Mrs Snook’s experiences, and the life of her remarkable mentor Dr Alice Caporn. These feisty foot-soldiers of the nature cure revolution stood firm against the ridicule and censure they experienced for their dietary beliefs, which are today widely accepted and increasingly supported by the science of the gut microbiome.
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