I am a professional herbalist, teacher, and writer. I spent most of my childhood in Sweden but went to college in the U.S. and graduated with a degree in neurobiology with minors in biochemistry and French from the University of California at Berkeley. I subsequently was awarded a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and worked as a research attorney at the California Court of Appeal for a number of years before going into private practice specializing in complex consumer litigation. While a delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates, I drafted a law requiring California attorneys to file pleadings on recycled paper and allowing them to use unbleached rather than pristine white paper. Though the proposal was voted down at the conference the Sierra Club subsequently adopted it and eventually the rule was enacted.
I eventually left my law practice to study botanical medicine with Michael Moore in New Mexico and Arizona, and ultimately became a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. I am the author of Herbs and Influenza, a book that documents herbs Eclectic MDs used successfully during the 1918 flu pandemic. I co-authored Clinical Botanical Medicine 2nd ed with Dr. Eric Yarnell with whom I have also co-authored a regular botanical medicine article in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies for many years.
In 2007, I developed a dietary approach to quiet inflammatory health and weight issues I was experiencing. The results so improved my health that I began teaching classes on Vashon Island, an island between Seattle and Tacoma. The classes immediately began growing by leaps and bounds, and continue to grow by word of mouth. I currently teach those classes live online and at a number of locations in the Seattle, WA area. In late 2011, I published a planbook, and my diet has been written up in Seattle Magazine, the Vashon Beachcomber, and in Alternative and Complementary Therapies. These articles and other information on the classes are available at http:TQIDiet.com.
I am passionate about food, nutrition, and health. This blog is one expression of those interests.