Expert contributors from the 'Practical Parenting' team of health experts including midwives and obstetricians.
Derek and Julia Parker are internationally renowned experts in dream interpretation, predictive techniques and the occult. Derek Parker is former president of the Faculty of Astrological Studies. Julia Parker is a professional astrologer and writer.
Tracy Parker is a registered dietitian who has spent more than 15 years working with people with IBS. Six of those were spent as a research dietitian at Addenbrooke 's Hospital in Cambridge, England, studying the role of diet in the management of IBS and Crohn's disease.
Dr Patrizia Collard
Dr Patrizia Collard is an experienced MBCT and MBSR trainer and is a Senior Lecturer for Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling (University of East London). Patrizia was also resident in Hong Kong and China for 9 years where she studied Taoism, Buddhism, Energy work, Meditation and Yoga.
Marguerite Patten worked for the Ministry of Food during the Second World War, in East Anglia and London. Marguerite was awarded the OBE for her services to the art of cookery in 1991. IN 1995 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Food Writers.
Gill Paul is a non-fiction author and novelist. She studied Medicine at Glasgow University before deciding that a doctor's life was not for her. In non-fiction she specializes in Health and is the author of a number of titles including Food Hospital (tie-in to a major Channel 4 series), published by Penguin, and Perfect Detox.
Robin N. Phillips
Dr Robin N. Phillips, chief consultant and contributing editor, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Robin is also a practising gynaecologist.
Louise Pickford has worked as a food writer and stylist for 15 years. She regularly contributes to food magazines such as Delicious, Australian Good Taste and Gourmet Traveller. She is the author of Fresh Baked, 30-minute Food for Friends and Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Veggie Feasts.
Michael Powell studied English Language and Literature at Manchester University before spending three years at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, training to be an actor. He then spent five years as an internationally unknown professional actor and musical director. In 1996, Michael entered publishing and became assistant editor at BCA for two years. In 2001, Michael became a freelance writer and editor. Since then, he has established a reputation for writing a wide range of books for adults and children.
Jonathan Pugh first studied law -- which presented him with hours of doodling practice. After a brief stint as an art teacher, he began his career as a freelance cartoonist in 1987.In January 2010 he joined the Daily Mail as their daily pocket cartoonist after nearly fifteen years at The Times. He was voted the Cartoon Art Trust Pocket Cartoonist of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2007 and was the British Press Awards Cartoonist of the Year in 2001.As well as illustrating several books, his work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, Private Eye, Country Life and The Spectator. His work also appears weekly in The Tablet.
New York Times bestselling author Jamie Purviance is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller.Jamie is a graduate of Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America. He is an accomplished chef and teacher who has helped millions of people to grill like professionals. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines, and is the author of many bestselling Weber cookbooks.