Iris Bell MD PhDIris R. Bell, M.D. Ph.D. is Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Medicine, and Public Health at the University of Arizona. She has been a researcher in areas related to complementary and alternative medicine for most of the past 30 years. She graduated magna cum laude in biology from Harvard University and then received her PhD in Neuro- and Biobehavioral Sciences (studying diet and sleep) and MD from Stanford University. Her psychiatry internship and residency were at the University of California – San Francisco, and she is Board certified in Psychiatry with Added Qualification in Geriatric Psychiatry.

She is licensed to practice conventional medicine in Arizona and California. She is also nationally certified in biofeedback, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a licensed physician in homeopathy/alternative medicine in Arizona. She has served on the faculties at Harvard Medical School, University of California – San Francisco, and the University of Arizona. She has published over 100 papers and a dozen book chapters on her clinical research in these areas.

Her current research focuses on the relationship between complex systems and network science and theories of leading complementary and alternative medicine systems of care such as homeopathy. She was chosen as one of the Best Doctors in the Pacific region of the US in 1996 and in the US in 1998. She is now a full-time researcher, educator, consultant, and writer.

Her other recent books include the humorous/inspirational and award-winning Chew on Things – It Helps You Think: Words of Wisdom from a Worried Canine and the Chew on Things Workbook for Fellow Worriers (available at www.ChewOnThings.com or Amazon.com). She is also the author of Clinical Ecology: A New Medical Approach to Environmental Illness. Her own website is http://IrisBell.com, and her blog is www.HolisticMedicineTips.com.

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