Educational Record
New York University. New York, New York. 1982-1986. Bachelor of Arts awarded in 1986.
University of the District of Columbia. Washington, DC. 1989-1990. Courses in Biology and Botany undertaken.
College of Phytotherapy. East Sussex, United Kingdom. 1993-1997. Diploma of Phytotherapy awarded in 1997. (Diploma in herbal medicine)
University of Exeter. Exeter, United Kingdom. 1997-2007. PhD in Herbal Medicine.

Employment Record
Television host and writer
Wrote and hosted the gardening and health television show “The Urban Gardener”. Tasks included writing, hosting, and producing over 100 episodes of a television program dealing with gardening, health, and herbal medicine.Natural Health AdvocateBook writing, radio and television presentation promoting awareness of natural health.
Founded “Planet Botanic”. Activities included:

  • Opening a full service herbal clinic servicing the City of London
  • Creating a line of herbal products available through mail order, retail, and web-tail in the United States and Europe
  • Managing a think tank of herbal professionals
  • Creating an online herbal resource
  • Editor of “The British Journal of Phytotherapy”

Contributing editor and advisor to “Prevention”Faculty member Tai Sophia Institute, Botanical medicine program. Activities include teaching History of Herbal Medicine and the Plant Interaction Course as well as acting career counsellor.Founder of herbal research institute and consultancy in Washington, DC.
Contributing editor and advisor to “Prevention”Consultan t to the herbal industryHerbal research institute. ;Professional AssociationsMember of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists,UK. (MNIMH)Member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, UK. (MCPP)Publication RecordConsumer level books currently in print.

  1. ”Dictionary of Aphrodisiac Plants”. 1992. 207 pages. An ethnobotanical guide to botanical aphrodisiacs.
  2. “Thirty Plants that Can Save Your life”. 1993. 134 pages. A guide to thirty of the top tonic plants used to insure well-ness.
  3. “Dump Your Stress in the Compost Pile”. 1994. 144 pages. A guide to using gardening and herbal medicine to solve the stress problem.
  4. “Backyard Medicine Chest”. 1995. 160 pages. A guide to using plants found in the backyard to treat illnesses usually treated with over the counter medication.
  5. “Echinacea”. 1999. 125 pages. A comprehensive examination of the Echinacea species.
  6. “Maitake: Healing Mushroom for the year 2000”. 135 pages. 2000. A comprehensive guide to using Grifola frondosa.
  7. Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Herbs. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. 94 pages. September 2000. A consumers’ guide to herbal medicine.

Consumer level books due out in 2009

  1. “Healing Plants of the Bible”. 335 pages. Spring. A guide to the plants found in the Bible with medicinal applications today.
  2. “You Don’t Have to Get Sick. ” 300 pages. Fall. A guide to two hundred tonic plants that can aid in prevention.

Consumer Level Articles
Tummy Soothing Herbs. Natural healing with time honoured remedies. Prevention. August. 2003.Sun burn first aid Kit. Prevention. June 2003.5 Natural Brain Boosters. Prevention. February 2003Drink the Red Tea. Prevention. Novermber 2002.Antibiotic Resistance-herbal immune stimulants and you. Prevention. December 2001.Weight Loss Herbs that Work-and they’re safe. Prevention. August 2001.Herbal Aphrodisiacs. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. December 2000Fertility Herbal Medicine. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. December 2000The Truth About Ginseng. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. December 20009 Herb Cures to Use Right Now. Prevention. August 2000Chocolate on the Brain. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. July 2000.Super Herbs of Asia. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. July 2000.Bargain Hunter’s Guide to the Best Herbs. Prevention. February 2000.Echinacea: Not Just for Colds Anymore. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. January 2000.Gifts of the Magi. Prevention’s Guide Healing Herbs. January 2000.Five Cutting Edge SuperHerbs. Prevention. December 1999.Seven Herbs to Keep You Out of the Doctors Office. Prevention. January 1999.
Professional Level Articles

  1. Araliaceae: An Ethnobotanical Survey.
  2. Ranunculaceae: Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Pharmacology.
  3. Grifola frondosa as a Potential Addition to the Materia Medica. British Journal of Phytotherapy
  4. Mahonia aquifolium in the Treatment of Chronic Skin Disease. British Journal of Phytotherapy
  5. Grifola frondosa in the Treatment of HIV and AIDS. British Journal of Phytotherapy
  6. Echinacea as a Wound Healing Agent. British Journal of Phytotherapy.
  7. Grifola frondosa in HIV and AIDS: clinical trial. Planet Botanic Journal
  8. Grifola frondosa in Chronic Thrush Infection: clinical trial. Planet Botanic Journal.

Research Projects
Maitake(Grifola frondosa) project
Ever increasingly, poor immune function is causing disease. In the 1980’s, Maitake, an obscure medicinal mushroom, was found to limit the spread of cancer in animals and to inhibit the HIV virus through immune stimulation. Despite these sensational findings, the mushroom received little attention from the scientific community. This project sought to study and promote this worthwhile botanical drug. Activities included clinical trials, educational seminars, article writing, and other public relations activities.
Echinacea(Echinacea angustifolia) project
Following years of antibiotic abuse, antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria have evolved and now represent a risk to health and well being. Topical antibiotics are one of the greatest contributors to this phenomena. Despite this fact, topical antibiotics continue to be used widely. Echinacea angustifolia is an excellent wound healing agent and offers a realistic alternative to topical antibiotics. This project sought to study and publicize Echinacea angustifolia as an alternative to topical antibiotics. Activities included clinical trials, educational seminars, article writing, and other public relations activities.
Oregon Grape(Mahonia aquifolium) project
Chronic skin disease is a source of great misery to those affected. Often rooted in immune dysfunction, conventional medicine offers very little to the person suffering a chronic skin disease. Oregon Grape offers these patients a cure and lacks the side effects associated most traditional treatments. This project sought to study and publicize Oregon Grape as a potential treatment for this group of conditions. Activities included clinical trials, educational seminars, article writing, and other public relations activities.
PhD project
Adaptogens in the Eclectic Materia Medica. University of Exeter. August 2007.
Thesis Statement
Adaptogens are a class of botanical remedies reputed to raise resistance to stress and thereby prevent disease. Few have been identified and those that have been are not well understood. Thus, further research was warranted.The purpose of this research was to reconsider the roll of adaptogens in maintaining health by taking a fresh look at the concept, identifying potential new adaptogens, developing a better understanding of these drugs, determining useful areas of future research, and identifying appropriate clinical applications.The outcome of this research was as follows; 44 additional botanical remedies displaying the adaptogenic effect were identified; a comprehensive examination of both previously identified and newly identified adaptogens suggest that they can raise resistance to stress and play a role in the prevention of disease; future research for the new adaptogens was identified; and potential clinical applications for these adaptogens have been established.

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