Kathy Shull Abascal is a practicing herbalist, teacher, and writer. After spending some of her early years in Sweden, she went on to obtain a degree in neurobiology with minors in biochemistry and French from the University of California, Berkeley.[1] She obtained her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and worked as a research attorney at the California Court of Appeal for a number of years and then went into private practice specializing in complex consumer litigation.[2] For example, cases were litigated regarding excessive banking fees, an issue that continues to resonate today with banking customers.[3]

While a delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates, she drafted a law requiring California attorneys to file pleadings on recycled paper and allowing them to use unbleached rather than pristine white paper. Though the proposal was voted down at the conference but the Sierra Club subsequently supported it and eventually the rule was enacted.[4]

Abascal then studied herbalism with Michael Moore in New Mexico and Arizona, and ultimately became a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild.[5] She is the author of the widely cited book Herbs and Influenza, which helped revive the Eclectic medicine successes with herbal medicine during the 1918 flu pandemic and discusses its applicability to today's world.[6][7] She is also co-author of Clinical Botanical Medicine 2nd ed. She has been co-author of a regular botanical medicine article in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies for years.[8]

She serves as executive director of the Botanical Medicine Academy. She has taught five clinical botanical medicine courses with James A. Duke, noted botanist and herbal writer, in Maryland.[9] She is currently teaching popular courses in how to implement an anti-inflammatory diet in the Seattle, WA area.[10]

Kathy Abascal also teaches anti-inflammatory diet classes on Vashon Island, in West Seattle, Seattle and Burien. In these 5-week series, she teaches the causes of inflammation and how to quiet inflammation.

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