For almost 20 years Alan has been writing academic articles co-authored by university-based physicians and scientists. Alan is highly respected for his endeavours and commitment to the scientific exploration of biopsychosocial and ecological influences in health. His focus has been on nutrition, microbiota, and natural environments, particularly as they pertain to mental health.
Alan has published dozens of papers in diverse scientific and medical journals, including his 2011 article in Gut Pathogens (Bowe and Logan. Acne and the Gut-Brain-Skin Axis) which has been accessed 122,000 times and is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. In 2003 and 2005, Alan and his colleagues provided the first contemporary scientific frameworks for the study of beneficial microbes for cognition and depression (Logan and Katzman in Medical Hypotheses).
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. He also contributed to the Harvard School of Public Health Natural Environments Initiative.
Alan obtained his doctorate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 2001. He is a researcher, not a clinician. From 2005-2015, Alan was an invited faculty member within the Benson-Henry Mind-Body Medicine courses offered at Harvard's School of Continuing Medical Education. Here, he presented on nutrition and mental health, as well as natural environments in the context of health promotion. He contributed to Harvard School of Public Health's recent Natural Environments Initiative position statement, and is a co-author within the upcoming Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health (Oxford University Press Anticipated 2018).
Alan promotes ecological perspectives in medicine and respect for equity in health. He is co-author of Your Brain on Nature (Harper Collins, 2012). Alan’s latest book is, The Secret Life of Your Microbiome: Why Nature and Biodiversity are Essential to Health and Happiness (New Society, 2017).
Alan is an avid historian and loves researching scientific and medical history. Alan enjoys communicating to the public through public speaking and radio.
It’s all interconnected. That’s the theme of my research and my broader philosophy on life".
“The microbiome revolution has shown us that everything is interconnected – our health, our environment, our planet. Microbes are the foundation of all life, the glue that holds it all together, and may yet provide solutions to many of our health and environmental challenges. This inspires us to find new possibilities, through new perspectives, and work together more symbiotically to overcome the challenges on our planet today”
A team for life
Alan works closely with his partner, internationally renown physician scientist Susan L. Prescott MD, PhD. They met in Japan in 2003. The story of their relationship - parallel universes that converged - is nothing less than a book in itself. They are a team. Their career paths - research, writing, speaking, media - and their lives have been on the trajectory towards each other for many years. They function within expansive medical/scientific territory covering conventional and holistic outlooks; their differing educational backgrounds and experiences are of significant appeal here. Susan is internationally recognized for her work involving the microbiome, allergy and the immune system. Alan is internationally recognized for his work involving natural environments, nutrition and mental health. They are poised to bring a message of unity. The combination of an MD-ND team is a rarity in general, and certainly in this realm of discussion.
They both enjoy hiking, biking, travelling particularly in natural landscapes. Susan loves painting and drawing. Alan is an avid historian and loves researching scientific and medical history. They also both enjoy promoting awareness of holistic health perspectives. Alan enjoys communicating to the world though both his writing, public speaking and radio.
Career and Training
Alan chose a broad liberal arts undergraduate degree with concentration in psychology - he loves history and the arts - but is also passionate about science. He graduated magna cum laude and completed his pre-med. He already had ideas that the role of diet and nature were greatly underestimated in a range of medical conditions including depression and pursued the doctoral program in naturopathic medicine. Alan has never been a clinician. He decided to focus his efforts on sifting scientific evidence and sharing knowledge and its practical applications with both healthcare professionals, industry and the public at large. Always a collaborator, Alan has worked extensively with scientists and medical doctors on a number of projects including various books
BA Liberal Studies (Psych),
Doctorate (ND) Naturopathic Medicine
Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY)
Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY)
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine*
*One of the 7 Accredited, 4-Year, Full-Time Graduate Programs in North America; there is no equivalency to this Doctorate outside of North America
In 2015 Alan was awarded the prestigious Research Award of Excellence by the Japanese Society of Physiological Anthropology. He shared this award with Eva Selhub M.D. and Alison Bested M.D.