I was born and raised in London, the second of three sisters.
An early love of the countryside made me choose a school
in semi-rural Hertfordshire. After leaving school I started
medical school back in London again and in 1987 qualified
as a doctor. This was followed by several years working
as a hospital doctor in a whole range of different specialities,
such as endocrinology, medicine, surgery, paediatrics,
obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry and emergency medicine.
It was during this time that I was struck by a desire
to do some research so I enrolled at Christ Church, Oxford
University to study for an academic doctorate. After a
successful year studying breast cancer, I changed the
field of my research to human metabolism - something I
had always been interested in particularly because of
the link between metabolism and body weight. It was while
I was here that I met my future husband Mike. Coincidentally
Mike had also studied at Christ Church but several years
earlier. Soon after I had finished my research we got
married and I moved up to Scotland where we had two sons.
It was soon after this, when I had gained a significant
amount of weight following the birth of my second son,
that I read an article in a national newspaper on how
chemical toxins at current levels of environmental exposure
are currently damaging animal health by meddling with
their hormones. It was immediately after reading this
that I made my discovery which explains why many of us
are getting fatter despite dieting and exercising more.
My academic background and broad base of previous medical
experiences had given me the ability to see the possible
connection between these toxins and our growing weight
Three years later I had gathered enough information to
write 'The Body Restoration Plan: Eliminate Chemical
Calories and repair your body's natural Slimming System'.
Which I am delighted to say has been launched in the
United States as 'The Body Restoration Plan: Eliminate
Chemical Calories and repair your body's natural Slimming
System'. This US version has also been launched as a
paperback in the UK as ‘The Body Restoration Plan:
Eliminate Chemical Calories and repair your body's natural
Following the success of my first book, I have gone
on to write a second book. It is known as ‘Stop
the 21st Century Killing You’ in the UK (Random
House, January 2005) and as ‘Toxic Overload’ in
the US (Penguin Putnam June 2005). This book looks
at the wider issue of the ways in which 21st century
living damages our health, and outlines ways in which
to adapt and thrive in our new and toxic environment.