Spread the loveIn addition to being a writer, I am a trained Western Herbalist who is focusing my career on blending deeply held traditions in holistic healing with modern scientific inquiry. I received Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) and spent a year in the faculty supervised student clinic and many hours as an assistant in the school’s herbal dispensary, gaining hands-on experience in helping individuals initiate profound healing in their lives. I find joy in sharing as many moments as possible with my wife and daughter and I cried on my last day as a stay-at-home dad. That was quite a year. Passionate pursuits include unraveling my family tree, finding old family grave sites, tennis history, Druidry and paganism, tales of Amazonian culture and herbs, and pretending that I will learn my guitar. I had tried my hand at becoming a famous actor in Hollywood and used to direct and produce musicals at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, building programs from the ground up. Directing introduced me to Hawaii. My core reverberates when I am on Hawaiian soil and I believe I was Hawaiian in an iteration of my being. It feels like “home” to me. It’s where I’ve felt my happiest and where I experienced a misdiagnosis that included many pills and a few shots that taught me to seize the reins of my health. Shortly after that ordeal, I began to educate myself about our food supply. I earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan. DSC03203-1The strep came from extending myself too thin to the point of susceptibility. For years, however, I set myself up for illness by keeping a poor diet that irritated my gut. I used to eat pasta, fast food, and pizza for most of my meals. In college, I managed to drink at least six highly caffeinated sodas per day. I also passed my first two kidney stones. I managed a degree in English from Amherst College in Massachusetts, but I still had a lot to learn. In the years since undergraduate, I have embarked on formal and informal learning. My biggest teacher has been my body, its symptoms big and small. I have learned to listen, shaken my rigid notions about how life should be, and chosen to adapt frequently. I like to pluck what feels like universal knowledge and share it with people on this blog. I combine research and personal experiences. My hope is that readers will see a piece of themselves reflected in the writing and be inspired to change the world in big and small ways.