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Please note that the inclusion of information about the occupations, dietary beliefs, or avocations of contributors here does not necessarily represent endorsement. Dietary bios, in particular, are presented on the site primarily for a look at the actual effects experienced, but given the personal nature of such narratives, no judgment on the part of Beyond Veg editors one way or the other about the individuals' personal beliefs or vocations should be implied.

Thomas E. (Tom) Billings is a computer consultant, a former organizer with SF-LiFE (San Francisco Living Foods Enthusiasts--a raw foods support group), a yoga teacher (presently on hiatus), and a vegetarian of over 30 years' standing. His career has included work in software/systems engineering, plus marketing research and consulting, in a variety of industries: aerospace, telecommunications, academia, consulting, health care. Tom has a B.S. in mathematics, an M.A. in economics, and an M.S. in statistics. Tom was a fruitarian in various forms for 8 years in his twenties, and has been through several changes since, including natural hygiene-style and raw veganism, and most recently has added some dairy and cooked vegetables to his diet.

Steven Bratman, M.D. is a physician practicing alternative medicine who often recommends dietary improvements for patients, but from lengthy experience no longer sees nutrition as the be-all/end-all health treatment. During his youth 20 years ago, Steven was a cook and organic farmer in a large commune, where he prepared meals for many different types of dietary adherents. He has seen numerous cases of dietary eating disorders firsthand--including in himself previously--stemming from obsession with pure foods.

Loren Cordain, Ph.D. is Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Colorado State University, and is one of the pre-eminent figures pursuing research in the emerging scientific field of "Paleolithic diet"--the investigation of human diet and health in the evolutionary past and its genetic relevance today. He has authored or co-authored a large number of peer-reviewed papers on the subject (currently over 20) that may be of interest to readers.

Go to Loren's website for his complete peer-reviewed works including printable PDFs of each paper, and for information about his 2002 book, The Paleo Diet.

Articles for the Beyond Veg website converted from Loren's postings to the Paleodiet list:

Dean Esmay is former host and moderator of the PALEODIET listgroup, and was coordinator of several other internet lists including LOWCARB. Dean tried the conventional wisdom of a high-carb, low-fat diet for a few tough years before deciding to give near-veganism a brief (and disastrous) attempt, and now eats Paleodiet-style after discovering the low-carb dietary literature.

Kate Finn lives in Santa Monica, California and works as a massage therapist and yoga instructor.

Roy Holman was previously a human rights activist doing work in Central America and is presently a distributor for an intestinal cleansing program.

Inanna has her own web page I Have Survived (offsite link), that provides information and healing resources for survivors of abuse. Her Eating Disorders link page (offsite link) includes a bulimic parody of the "Obsession" perfume ads.

Gerald Y. Kinro writes articles on fruit and agriculture "for fun." The article below appears on Beyond Veg with permission of the publisher, the California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.

Ward Nicholson is a graphic designer and business copywriter, a long-time distance runner, and was a haphazard vegetarian for 15 years before getting serious for a few more years as coordinator of the Natural Hygiene Many-to-Many letter group from 1992-1996. After experiencing deterioration on a more pure vegan diet during this period, and observing similar problems in other natural hygienists--plus having begun to explore the research on human dietary evolution--Ward later added animal foods and changed to a more Paleolithic-style diet.

Kirt Nieft is a schoolteacher, and has taught special and regular education classes in the U.S. and abroad in Peru, Thailand, and New Zealand. Kirt ate strictly instincto for a few years before including salads and occasional fresh juices in his diet. After 8 years all-raw he has recently been experimenting with some minimal cooking of meat and vegetables.

Jeff Novick is the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Aventura, Florida, where he helps people make the transition to healthful eating. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in nutrition with minors in exercise science.

Jeff has taught nutrition at Indiana State University, Indiana University Medical School, and at the University Of Miami Medical School. While in Indiana he developed and taught the Nutrition Education Initiative, a nutrition and preventative medical curriculum for medical doctors, residents, and medical students. In recognition of this project, he was awarded the Indiana State Public Health Excellence in Health Science Award.

Jeff serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the National Health Association (NHA: formerly known as the American Natural Hygiene Society), and writes for Health Science magazine, the membership journal of the NHA. He is frquently quoted on nutrition topics in a wide range of popular health magazines.

Jean-Louis Tu recently completed his Ph.D. in mathematics in the U.S. and has returned to his native France where he now holds an assistant professorship. He eats mostly instincto-style.

Stephen Walsh has a Ph.D. in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, specialising in data analysis, mathematical modelling, and optimisation. Stephen is Vice Chair of the U.K. Vegan Society Council (Board of Trustees).

Stephen's comments regarding the use of his material on Beyond Veg are as follows:

"I consider vegan diets to be advantageous to health. There is, however, a need for care on B-12, omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, selenium and vitamin-D (the latter three only in some locations) if these advantages are not to be eroded. All these issues can be dealt with satisfactorily and easily within a vegan diet (see the offsite article: A recipe for abundant vegan health).

I regard the Beyond Veg site as providing a useful sceptical voice in relation to raw vegan, mainstream vegan and vegetarian diets. I do not agree with the overall conclusions of the site - that "evolutionary" diets including animal products are preferable for human health to appropriately chosen vegan diets. There is no known nutritional requirement for humans that cannot be met by an appropriate vegan diet."

Sandy Warf is a schoolteacher and former chair of EarthSave Orange County [Los Angeles]. She now includes eggs in her natural hygiene-style diet after developing troubles following a more traditional interpretation of the program for some years.

Sharrhan is a musician who records and performs her own original meditation music of improvisations for electronically altered flutes and voice. She is also a silk painter/watercolorist and a long-time meditation practitioner.

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