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7 May 2003


Michael van Straten, an accomplished medical broadcaster and writer, and LBC voice for the past 20 years, presents his ever popular programme on LBC 1152 from 7 - 10pm every Saturday evening. The programme brings listeners all the latest news and features on complementary medicine, alternative treatments, pills, potions and all that's controversial across the full spectrum of medical care. Experts from around the world, Government ministers, professors from the great London teaching hospitals, and a range of celebrities from great chefs to the stars of stage and screen, are regular guests.

As a practising Osteopath, Naturopath, Acupuncturist and Nutritional Consultant, Michael has a practice at his home in Bedfordshire. He is a past Governor of the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy and has served two terms as President of British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association.

He has written many books including the bestselling series of Superfoods health/cook books and was Consultant Editor to the Reader's Digest reference work Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal. Other books include Foods for Mind and Body published by HarperCollins, The Family Medicine Chest, a book of home remedies, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Organic Living published by Frances Lincoln. The Superfoods series include Superherbs, Superboosters, Organic Superfoods and the very successful Superjuice all published by Mitchell Beazley. Other books are Good Mood Food published by Cassell, The Little Black Dress Diet published by Kyle Cathie (2001), and new Super titles for Mitchell Beazley, Supersalads and Supersoups, published 2002. The ORACle Diet, was published by Kyle Cathie in Autumn 2002. His most recent books published by Quadrille in 2003 are Super Energy Detox, Super Radiance Detox and Super Health Detox.

Michael regularly guests on television shows such as This Morning, Watchdog, Kilroy, the highly confrontational Central Weekend Live and Sky News. He was the alternative medicine contributor to UK Living's Live at 3, as well as for Channel 5's Espresso.

Michael writes on alternative health for the Daily Express and he is Alternative Health Editor for Woman magazine. He has written for Chic, OK!, Best and Health & Sport. He is frequently asked to give his expert comments by many national newspapers including The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Times and the Daily Mirror.

Recent TV ventures for Michael have been the co-presentation with Julia Carling of a video The Complete Guide to Men's Health, his participation in a six-part gardening series Fruity Stories for Channel 4, and guest appearances in Food for Thought for Carlton Food Network. He also filmed his own series Superherbs for broadcast on Carlton Food Network.

Michael lives at his country practice in Buckinghamshire where he and his wife, journalist Sally Pearce, have a very large organic garden and a menagerie of chickens, ducks, geese, sheep, pigs and cats. As an enthusiastic cook Michael enjoys making jams and chutneys from their fresh organic produce and he relieves his tensions by beating up the dough during Sunday morning bread making sessions.



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