I began my enquiry into Natural Healing soon after leaving Cambridge University in the mid-70s, prompted by my own health issues. Before finding the College of Herbs and Natural Healing I had already found and trained in Reflexology, Massage and Aromatherapy, Polarity Therapy and humanistic psychotherapy.
My research interests led me to a Master of Sciences degree in which, through an enquiry into ethnobotany and traditional medicine, I examined the nature of research itself and concluded that standard biomedical research models are ill-suited to assess complex interventions such as plant medicine and natural healing. I have worked extensively withing the herbal and naturopathic community to promote the self-determination of the profession and navigate the legislative environment surrounding the use of natural medicines.
I have a special interest in Iridology, which again I have been keen to rescue from certain popular misconceptions, and have developed a practice which I call Iris Counselling, which maximises the potential for personal self-evaluation and empowerment in health. My book Practical Iridology was published in 2004 and is still selling well around the world.
I am currently Academic Director, Head of Research, and Course Director for Herbal Medicine at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM).
I am also a working musician with a back-catalogue of self-penned songs and recordings, as well as a specialist interest in Arabian music, playing percussion in an Arab Takht ensemble.