About Dr. Attwood

rowley pediatrician, Dr. Charles Attwood, is the winner of the 1997 Telly Award for non-broadcast videos, as guest host of the award-winning video Mooove Over Milk. Produced by Sure Word Productions of Hot Springs, North Carolina, the award-winning video was chosen for the 18th Annual Telly Award over several thousand entries. The Telly Award represents the video counterpart of the renowned Emmy Award for broadcast TV productions.

Dr. Attwood is presently on a 120 city world lecture tour, following the publication of his book, Dr. Attwood's Low-Fat Prescription For Kids (New York; Viking; 1995). During the past two years he has worked closely with Dr. Benjamin Spock and Pocket Book publishers on revisions for the 50th year edition of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, which will be published in 40 languages in May 1998. The new book will recommend Dr. Attwood's nutritional program for children.

His recent article, "Low-Fat Diets for Children, Safety and Practicality," will appear in the American Journal of Cardiology in 1998.

His book, tapes, videos, and columns, focus primarily on  family health and nutrition. These include wellness programs for all ages, health issues for women, and a new prospectus on the raging epidemic of obesity for both children and adults.

Recent Background Biography

Charles R. Attwood, M.D., F.A.A.P., a board certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who has practiced for 35 years -- first in San Francisco, and since 1972, in Crowley, Louisiana -- is the author of DR. ATTWOOD'S LOW-FAT PRESCRIPTION FOR KIDS (Viking HB, Penguin Paperback). He has written hundreds of newspaper articles on the health effects of nutrition and fitness, and co-authors a regular column with Dr. Benjamin Spock in the nationally respected publication, New Century Nutrition. His new audio series THE GOLD STANDARD DIET, How to Live to be 100, is produced by Knowledge Products.  Dr. Attwood also writes a regular health column in HealthSmart for 35 Louisiana newspapers. He has been a longtime writer and consultant for Medical Economics magazine, the nation's largest medical publication.

Since 1996 he has worked as a consultant with Dr. Benjamin Spock to revise the nutrition sections of the classic, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care.

Dr. Attwood has taken an activist role in national health and nutrition policy. For example, he, along with his colleagues, sent a document requesting the USDA to take a stronger position in favor of plant-based diets. As a result, the 1996 U.S. Dietary Guidelines For Americans stated for the first time that a vegetarian diet can be healthful. A similar initiative is now underway for revising the food pyramid. He took a strong stand against Proctor & Gamble's olestra, urging the FDA against approval of the product. Attwood is a consultant for the Center for Science in the Public Interest in
Washington, DC, along with which he worked on the olestra problems and a longstanding concern about infant baby foods. He and CSPI director Michael Jacobson conducted a national press conference (February 1996) revealing that Gerber baby food was diluted with water, sugar, and starches. As a result 1,500 pediatricians wrote the FDA. During the following weeks, according to Advertising Age magazine, Gerber's market share dropped from 80 % to 65 %. They stopped the dilution and changed their labels to 100 % fruit and 100 % vegetables.   Within days, Heinz Baby Food quietly stopped their own dilution practices.

During 1995-1997, Dr. Attwood was interviewed by over 300 radio and TV stations in the U.S. and Canada, and national networks, including CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, COX, CNBC, Westwood One, America's Talking, PBS, and NPR. He was a consultant on the Oprah Show and appeared three times on David Essel Alive.

Newspaper interviews include USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Oakland Press, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Calgary Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Chicago Times, Louisiana State Newspapers (30 papers statewide), New Orleans Times Picyuune, and dozens of regional and local papers.

Magazines covering his book, include Ladies' Home Journal, Eating Well, Target the Family, Woman's World, Bay Area Vegetarian, Success Express, Vegetarian Times, Let's Live, Publisher's Weekly, Parenting, Mothering, and First For Women.

Recent tours and keynote speaking engagements include EarthSave in Seattle and Los Angeles, The Kalamazoo CHIP wellness program, National Safety Associates International Conference, their NYC conference, and numerous regional conferences, the Office Nurses Association of America, Health in America 96 in San Francisco, The World Vegetarian Congress, The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, The Role of Exercise and Nutrition in Preventive Medicine in Colorado, Michigan State Legislature, school lunch personnel in Michigan and Louisiana, National Nutritional Foods Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, Michigan State University, on-line conferences for both CompuServe and America Online, and a 120-city tour of the  U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rica.

Dr. Attwood has been selected as a faculty member of the American Academy of Nutrition and a guest lecturer at Cornell University. In June of 1996, he was appointed to the Board of Advisers of EarthSave International. He was selected as a faculty member and speaker, along with 20 world experts, at the Summit on Cholesterol & Coronary Disease, the Second National Conference on Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease, by the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida, September 4-5, 1997, and will speak at the Asian Cardiology Congress in Manila, Philippines in December 1998. Among the many other major appearances during 1998 are The Health Show, presented in major cities throughout the United States, numerous bookstore signings, several vegetarian and environmental conferences, and The CHIP program in Witchita, KS.

His essays and articles on nutrition and heart disease have been published in the United States, Canada, and Europe in English, German, and Italian. In 1998, his article, "Low-Fat Diets for Children: Safety and Practicality," will appear worldwide in the American Journal of Cardiology.

The following comments were made by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D, following Dr. Attwood's lecture before Professor Campbell's Cornell University class in October 1997:

"Charlie Attwood, whom I consider the heir apparent to Benjamin Spock in the pediatrics field, ran a very large pediatric practice in Crowley, Louisiana (at one time, the largest in the country). Now, he writes and lectures extensively on his experiences; our students found him to be a very warm person 'on stage' and were reassured that children really can be raised with optimal health when consuming a vegan low-fat diet. The fact that atherosclerotic plaques begin before the age of 10 years in children who consume the traditional American diet is a story for all to remember. My students surely did. (Charlie also contributed beautiful articles, with his friend Benjamin Spock, to a newsletter that we had and will be starting again.)"
--T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D
Cornell University

Dr. Attwood lives, and writes, in Crowley, Louisiana; Greenville, SC; and New York City.

Contact publicist Judy Calmes at (864) 234-0302
or Gail Johnson, (318) 783-8215 Ext. 14 or Voice Mail evenings.
Address: 621 N. Ave. K. Crowley, Louisiana 70526 USA
e-mail CharlesAttwood@compuserve.com   FAX 318-783-8884

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