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MARTHA C. COTTRELL, M.D.
Martha Clayton Cottrell M.D. is a Licensed Physician, nationally recognized author, mother, activist, pioneer in holistic medicine, and proponent and counselor of Macrobiotics. Dr. Cottrell retired from private practice in New York City specializing in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She was Staff Physician at the Student Health Services at Stonybrook University in Long Island, NY. Staff Physician at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA., Developer and Director of Athens Model Neighborhood Health Center, Athens, GA., before becoming the Director of Student Health at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York for twenty years.
Dr. Cottrell received her boards in Family Medicine in 1969 after graduating from Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate work was at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia where she graduated Cum Laude. During medical school she did research in cholesterol metabolism with David Kritchevsky, Ph.D. at Wistar Institute. In 1981 – 1982 she was a fellow in Preventive Medicine and Community Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Martha (Maggie) has frequently lectured both in this country and abroad on the need to emphasize prevention and health promotion, integrating the methodology of both eastern and western approaches. From 1985 – 1987 Dr. Cottrell was the clinical coordinator and medical consultant for the AIDS research project in conjunction with Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, and the Kushi Foundation of Boston, studying the effects of Macrobiotics as alternative therapy for AIDS. In June of 1986 the AIDS pilot study was presented at the first International Conference on AIDS in Paris. The study was in collaboration with Michio Kushi, leading authority on the Macrobiotic approach to health; John Baldekas, Ph.D., Robert Lerman, M.D., and Elinor Levy, Ph.D, of Boston University School of Medicine; Lawrence Kushi, D.Sc., Harvard School of Public Health.
In 1987, Dr. Cottrell presented her work with Michio Kushi again before medical doctors in France, and at a conference upon invitation, from the government of the Republic of Congo, Africa. In May 1988, she also traveled to Japan to present this work. Dr. Cottrell is co-author with Michio Kushi on the book, AIDS, Macrobiotics and Natural Immunity with Mark Mead; published by Japan Publications and distributed by Harper & Row. She also contributed to the book, Doctors Look at Macrobiotics, which includes ten physicians‘ views on macrobiotics. In 2009, Dr. Cottrell conducted a highly successful week-long project at the Kushi Institute where data revealed the effectiveness of the macrobiotic approach on the reversal of Type 2 Diabetes.
Presently, Dr. Cottrell lives in South Florida and is currently Licensed in New York State. Her knowledge and commitment to world health and peace, characterize a woman of courage and strength who lives her life with hope, passion, positiveness, and great humor. She continues to write, teach and counsel in the area of Health Promotion of Mind, Body, and Spirit.