I am a writer, with over 25 years’ experience in food, science and technology writing.
In 2017 I published the biography of the pioneering naturopath Dorothea Snook. This was the culmination of three years of research in America and Australia, as 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.
Working with Mrs Snook’s family, I have shed new light on her ultimate exile from the naturopathic community and the intimidation she experienced from medical authorities.
Researching and writing ‘Gut Instinct’ was a journey that was to change my life and health. I lost 50 pounds following Mrs Snook’s gut-cleanse diet and halved my cholesterol levels.
But more than this, I was inspired by Mrs Snook’s experiences, and by the life of her remarkable mentor Dr Alice Caporn. These feisty foot-soldiers of the nature cure revolution were driven to follow their vocation as healers and stood firm against the ridicule and censure they experienced for their dietary and health beliefs – beliefs that have now largely been proven to be correct.
Mrs Snook was a woman ahead of her time and I am pleased to be able to make her vintage nature cure diets available for a new generation.
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