Steven Bratman

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Steven Bratman is an American doctor who describes himself as an alternative medicine practitioner, but does not recognize any alternative medicine methods without scientific verification. He wrote a great number of guides. Among other things, he became known in 1997 for the first description of the (scientifically controversial) eating disorder orthorexia nervosa , from which he himself had suffered.


Bratman studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania . He has worked for HealthONE, Concentra and EBSCO Information Services, among others. Today he works for the Sutter Health nonprofit network and at the California Pacific Medical Center. He has been an author since 1996.

He coined the term Orthorexia in 1997. For a time, he said he had only fed on fresh fruit, which he ate 15 minutes after harvesting at the latest. He'd gotten used to this while living in a commune in New York.

He later said of people with this type of eating behavior: "Instead of one life, they only have one menu."

Bratman practiced in Fort Collins, Colorado and now lives in San Francisco .

From his own experience, he writes: "Someone who spends the whole day just eating tofu and quinoa cookies can feel as holy as someone who has devoted his entire life to helping the homeless."


  • Beat Depression with St. John's Wort. Prima Lifestyles, 1997. ISBN 978-0761512974 .
  • The Alternative Medicine Sourcebook: A Realistic Evaluation of Alternative Healing Methods. Lowell House, 1998. ISBN 978-1565658554 .
  • The Alternative Medicine Ratings Guide: An Expert Panel Ranks the Best Treatments for Over 80 Conditions. Prima Lifestyles, 1998. ISBN 978-0761512783 .
  • Treating depression. Prima Lifestyles, 1998. ISBN 978-0761515531 .
  • Your Complete Guide to Herbs. Prima Lifestyles, 1999. ISBN 978-0761516712 .
  • Your Complete Guide to Illnesses and Their Natural Remedies. Prima Lifestyles, 1999. ISBN 978-0761517917 .
  • with David J. Knoll and Angelo Depalma: Natural Health Bible: From the Most Trusted Source in Health Information, Here Is Your AZ Guide to Over 200 Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements. Prima Lifestyles, 1999. ISBN 978-0761520825 .
  • with Stephen Gillespie, Lucinda Miller, Victoria Nunamaker and David J. Kroll: Clinical Evaluation of Medicinal Herbs (Interior). Prima Lifestyles, 1990. ISBN 978-0761517054 .
  • with David Knight: Health Food Junkies: The Rise of Orthorexia Nervosa - the Health Food Eating Disorder. Harmony, 2004. ISBN 978-0767905855 .
  • Collins Alternative Health Guide. Collins Reference, 2007. ISBN 978-0061120183 .
  • with Richard Harkness: The TNP Handbook of Drug-Herb and Drug-Nutrient Interactions: A Guide for Health Professionals. Prima Lifestyles, 2009. ISBN 978-0761527534 .
  • with Andrea Girman: The TNP Handbook of Herbs, Supplements, and Conditions: A Guide for Health Professionals. Prima Lifestyles, 2009. ISBN 978-0761527732 .
  • with Deborah Lieberman: The Natural Pharmacist: Homeopathy. Prima Lifestyles, 2009. ISBN 978-0761517580 .
  • The Natural Pharmacist: Losing Weight: Carbs, Fats, and Natural Supplements. Prima Lifestyles, 2009. ISBN 978-0761520023 .

Sound carrier

  • The Healer Within: Healing Chronic Illness - A Whole Person Approach with Guided Meditation and Relaxing Music. Light of Mind, 2014.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Health Food Eating Disorder. In: Yoga Journal , October 1997.
  2. Steven Bratman, MD ( Memento of the original from April 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on the Sutter Health homepage. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Juliane Lutz: Rice crackers for breakfast. In: Focus , issue 20, 2005.
  4. ^ Rebecca Charlotte Reynolds: When Eating Healthily Becomes a Fixation. In: Newsweek , April 4, 2015.
  5. Stella Bettermann: Soup Kaspers Ökokinder. In: Focus , issue 48, 2001.