I enjoy writing about how the body works. My aim is to make the science behind health and illness accessible to the general reader. I like to shed light, bust myths and raise questions.
My first book, Your Intelligent Immune System, explains how the immune system works in sickness and health and how to get the best out of it.
My second is Reflux and Heartburn, The New Self Help. This is a fresh look at a common health problem. Traditional and new-age remedies for reflux and heartburn either involve consuming acid- neutralizing remedies or making unwelcome changes to your diet. However the key cause of reflux is a mechanical failure at the top of the stomach, not a chemical imbalance. My book explains the problem and suggests a range of physical, rather than chemical solutions.
I have B.Sc and M.Phil. degrees from the University of Wales and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Southampton. I have worked as a science teacher in secondary schools and as a staff trainer in both the National Health Service and the water industry. I have also been an antenatal teacher, a mother, a school governor and teacher of yoga.
What prompted you to write your first book, Your Intelligent Immune System?
A few years ago my son had treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. As he was going through treatment I learned that this was a disease of the immune system. In order to get rid of his cancer he had his bone marrow stem cells harvested and frozen, his immune system wiped clean by chemotherapy and his own stem cells re-infused. This re-booted his immune system back into a healthy state. I discovered that there was no straightforward book that explained the immune system to patients and relatives. The research was a revelation and I am still in awe of the complex majesty of the immune system and full of admiration for the immunologists whose detailed work is beginning to bear fruit in fields as diverse as cancer therapy and malaria.
And what prompted you to write your new book about reflux and heartburn?
A couple of years ago I developed symptoms of reflux and quickly discovered how it can affect your quality of life. All the self help advice seemed to be about giving up a long list of enjoyable foods. My son pointed out that the problem was anatomical and that my knowledge of yoga could help me manage it.
A fresh look at managing the symptoms of reflux and heartburn. Gastric reflux is not caused by too much acid or the wrong kind of food. It's a weakness at the top of the stomach. This down-to-earth book explains how to strengthen your body's anti-reflux barrier and reduce pressure on the stomach.
Many things claim to boost the immune system but do any of them really work? Are they based on solid evidence or are they a waste of money? If you have a weakened immune system, an allergy or an autoimmune disease this book will help you to understand how your immune system works and how you can help yourself.