It's very hard to write about oneself, but my interest in herbs began about forty years ago. Such a journey can never end because herbs are teachers and healers with a more direct connection to spirit than people. They can conceal or reveal, but one of the wisest inheritances from my family was a single sentence from my uncle, Dr. Franklyn C. W. Olson: "If you wish to understand Nature, do not disturb Her."
As an undergraduate, I was torn between anthropology and philosophy. As an adult, the interests take the form of indigenous and ethnobotanic medicine, most especially Ayurveda, and spiritual practice which involves a mixture of passion for the environment, study, and an unending search for meaning.
At this juncture, my life's work is still incomplete, but I wrote a book on botanical approaches to cancer and host about 40 web sites. Ironically or perhaps fatefully, the research that went into the book is now proving useful in that the longer-term consequences of radiation exposure involve a higher risk of cellular mutation and cancer, conditions that many herbs are capable of addressing.