Dr. Gillian McKeith

1959 -

Controversial nutritionist, broadcaster and author. Born in Perth, the daughter of a civil servant, and later moving to Dunfermline (Fife), McKeith read languages at the University of Edinburgh followed by business at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Her later qualifications have been a matter of newspaper speculation.

Stimulated by her own ill-health she studied holistic nutrition and began a crusade against junk food, showing how a good diet can improve health. She advocates the use of raw food and supplements but deprecates dairy products, processed foods and red meat. In the USA, McKeith hosted the popular Healthline Across America on radio and became health expert on the Joan Rivers Show. She came to prominence in Britain presenting a health segment on Independent Television's This Morning and her own series You Are What You Eat for Channel 4, which gave rise to a best-selling book. Her other books include The Miracle Superfood: Wild Blue-Green Algae (1996) and Living Food For Health (2000), and she writes columns for a number of magazines. However, despite her popular success, her science and nutritional claims have been severely criticised.

McKeith now lives in London, where she runs McKeith Research, launched in 1998 to promote organic food supplements, and the McKeith Clinic.

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