About Baker Dan

Note: The following excerpt is taken from Baker Dan (2013)©: Beating Arthritis: Alternative Cooking. Baker Dan LLC. NYC (www.bakerdan.com)

Seventeen years ago, when I was in my early forties, I was diagnosed with Palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis (PRA). My wife, Tal, and I were living on Central Park West in Manhattan in a well-lighted one-bedroom apartment. I was busy working on my field research for my doctorate in education, observing and video-recording young children and their male teachers as they interacted during the day. The previous year I had fulfilled my childhood dream by finishing my flight training and becoming a private pilot. I was also busy playing my electric guitar, writing songs and putting together a demo CD. Tal was working as an analyst in an investment company, and traveling the world visiting food companies, her specialty. Our first son was had not yet been born, although we had already started planning for a child.

My first signs of Palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis (PRA) were redness on the side of my right index finger at the middle joint. At first I didn’t pay it any mind, although it was a bit red and warm, but then the joint began to swell, until eventually the finger had nearly doubled in size and was very painful. I began a lengthy medical odyssey, going to a variety of Western, Chinese, and Alternative doctors, and I eventually changed my diet. People often ask me to explain how I dealt with PRA through diet, and this book is a summary of what I have learned. The book has been written from a patient’s point of view, not from a medical one. Formally, I have two professions. I became a pastry chef in Israel, graduating in 1989 from The Central Hotel Training School, named after Aryeh Avisar, located at the “Tadmor” Hotel, Herzliya, Israel. I am also a professional educator, having earned a Ph.D. in Education from New York University in 2003, a Master of Science in Education (MSE) from Bank Street College of Education in 1991, and a BA in Education and English Literature from the Hebrew University in 1983.

Website: www.bakerdan.com

Baker Dan’s Books

Beating Arthritis: Alternative Cooking

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