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Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health and wellness at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. She has taught nutrition at Cornell University and Ithaca College. She is the author of
Healthy Eating for Life for Children (Wiley, 2002). She has written or delivered more than 50 scientific articles, reports, and presentations, with an emphasis on bone health and the benefits of low-acid eating. In 2005, she testified before the committee that revised the USDA Food Pyramid, and urged them to embrace the low-acid approach. They did not. She is also a senior nutrition scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine through good nutrition. Dr. Lanou received her B.S. in Nutrition Science from the University of California at Davis (1985) and her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Cornell University (1994).
alanou@unca.edu

Michael Castleman, M.A., has been called “one of the nation’s top health writers” (
Library Journal). Over the past thirty-five years, he has written more than 1,500 health articles for magazines and Websites, plus 12 consumer health books, including An Aspirin a Day, Nature’s Cures, Before You Call the Doctor and The Healing Herbs, which has sold more than 1 million copies. He has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards, once for an article on advances in breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, and once for an article on how smoking destroys the body with every puff. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan (1972). He earned a Masters in journalism at UC Berkeley (1979), and has taught medical writing at the Graduate School of Journalism there. He lives in San Francisco. Visit www.mcastleman.com. michael@mcastleman.com