I am an author and journalist, with over 25 years of experience as a science writer. In 2017 I published the biography of the controversial naturopath Dorothea Snook, who, in 1944, took up a wholefood and plant-based diet with a zeal that almost landed her in jail. However, today Mrs Snook is recognised alongside luminaries such as Professor Peter Singer and Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee in the history of vegetarianism and veganism in Australia.
Mrs Snook’s vintage diets can be traced back to the founding figures of the naturopathy movement in Boston and New York. I tried Mrs Snook’s gut-cleanse diet, which helped me lose over 20 kilos (or 50 pounds) and forever changed my views on diet and health. In writing this book, I spoke to Mrs Snook’s family and former clients, and have republished her books and vintage diets for a new generation.
The strength and determination of Mrs Snook and her remarkable mentor Dr Alice Caporn have inspired me. These feisty foot-soldiers of the nature cure revolution stood firm against the ridicule and censure they experienced for their dietary beliefs, which are now increasingly supported through the burgeoning science of the gut microbiome.
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