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Dr Marilyn Glenville BEd (Hons), MA, PhD (Camb)

A Brief Biography

Dr Marilyn Glenville Bed (Hons), MA, PhD is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, a nutritionist, psychologist, author and broadcaster who obtained her doctorate from Cambridge University. She is the former Chair of the governing council for the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and former chair for Foresight the Association for the Promotion of Pre-conceptual Care. She is also a member of the Nutrition Society. For over twenty five years Dr Glenville has studied and practised Nutritional Therapy, both in the UK and in the USA, specialising in the natural approach to female hormone problems. She has had several papers published in scientific journals, frequently advises health professionals and often lectures at academic conferences held at The Medical Society and the Royal College of Physicians and The Royal College of Surgeons. She is also a popular international speaker. As a respected author on women's health care she gives regular talks on radio and has often appeared on television and in the press. She is the author of six internationally best selling books:

In July 2000 Dr Glenville was invited to give a presentation in the House of Commons to The Scientific and Technology committee, on behalf of The Nutritional Therapy Council, on the standards of nutritional training in the UK and the benefits of nutrition to the general public.

Dr Glenville has been officially appointed by the FSA (The Food Standards Agency) as an observer on the Expert Group for Vitamins and Minerals set up by the government to look into the safety of vitamins and minerals.

Dr Glenville has also been elected Chair of the steering group for setting National Occupational Standards (NOS) for nutritionists in the UK.

With her special interest in the female hormone cycle Dr Glenville also works with women who are having menstrual problems including heavy periods, painful periods, pre-menstrual symptoms, fibroids, endometriosis etc. who would like to work on a nutritional approach to these problems.

Dr Glenville also helps couples who are having difficulty conceiving because of unexplained infertility, problems with the woman's cycle or problems with sperm count, motility etc.. She works with couples who are having recurrent miscarriages, small for dates or a problem with a previous pregnancy or who are preparing for IVF.

Memberships and Positions

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

Chair of the Nutritional Therapy Council

Observer for the FSA (The Food Standards Agency) Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals

Chartered Psychologist

Member of the Nutrition Society

Member of the National Osteoporosis Society

On the Editorial Board of the Nutrition Practitioner Journal

Former Chair of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists

Former Chair of Foresight - the Association for Preconception Care and Infertility


Author of the international best selling book ' The New Natural Alternatives to HRT ' published in February 2003 by Kyle Cathie. The book has been reprinted many times in the UK and is also being sold in over 20 countries throughout the world. This book is a nutritional approach to the menopause and over 500,000 copies have been sold.

February 1999. Launch of ` Natural alternatives to Dieting `. 32,500 copies printed in first run; sold out in first week. Published by Kyle Cathie.

January 2000. Launch of ' Eat Your Way through the Menopause '. 50,000 (Hardback) copies first print run. Sold out in first four months. Published by Kyle Cathie.

April 2000. Launch of ' Natural solutions to Infertility '. Published by Piatkus Books.

April 2001 Launch of " The Nutritional Health Handbook for Women ". Published by Piatkus Books

April 2002 Launch of " Natural Solutions to PMS ". Published by Piatkus Books

Collaborated in a study on Preconception Care and the Outcome of Pregnancy undertaken by the University of Surrey and published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (1995) , 5, 205-208. This study investigated the effects of controlled nutritional intake during the pre-conceptual period on fertility, recurrent miscarriages, small-for-dates babies and malformations.

Author of 'Health Professionals' Guide to Preconception Care' published by Foresight for doctors, nurses, midwives and health visitors.

Glenville M., Broughton R., Wing AM. and Wilkinson RT (1978)
Sleep, 1, 169-176

Glenville M (1979)
Chronobiologia IV, 2, 101

Glenville M and Broughton R (1979)
Chapter in P. Passouant (ed.)
Proceedings of the Symposium 'Pharmacology of the States of Alertness'.

Glenville M and Wilkinson RT (1979)
Ergonomics 22, 8, 927-933

Glenville M, Broughton R, Wing AM and Wilkinson RT (1979)
Chapter in C. Mackay and T. Cox (ed)
Response to Stress published by IPC Science and Technology Press

Workshops conducted for:

  • Barclays Bank
  • Worthingtons
  • National Association for Pre-menstrual Syndrome at the Medical Society
  • The British Society of Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians
  • The Institute for Optimum Nutrition
  • Foresight (The charity for pre-conception care)
  • TMS
  • The Hale Clinic
  • The Festival of Mind, Body and Spirit
  • Healing Arts Exhibition
  • The Canadian Embassy
  • American Women in England
  • Flint House Clinic
  • Women in Banking
  • The Guides Association
  • Champion Women
  • Wimbledon Golf Club
  • University College London
  • Daisy Chain The Premature Menopause Society
  • St Johns and St Elizabeth's Hospital (The Birth Unit)
  • Stoke Manderville Hospital
  • South Buckinghamshire Complementary Medicine special interest group
  • American Association for Environmental Medicine
  • Vitality 2000 and Vitality 2001
  • Bright Idea. At the Royal Collage of Surgeons.

Dr Glenville has also conducted workshops internationally in:

  • Australia.
  • Ireland.
  • South Africa.
  • Switzerland.
  • The United States.

Dr M Glenville has featured in

Sunday Times Daily Mail
The Guardian Daily Express
The Daily Telegraph Daily Mirror
The Independent The Observer
Good Housekeeping Women's Realm
Vogue Zest
You GQ Magazine
Top Sante Women in banking
Women's Own Kindred Spirit
Here's Health Network Directory
Slimming Insight
Positive Health Lifesigns
What Doctor's Don't Tell You PMS Helplink
National Childbirth Trust Green Guide
BBC 1One O'clock and six O'clock News BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour
BBC 1The Ester show (Women's health) BBC Southern Counties Radio
BBC 1Kilroy (On the Menopause) BBC Scotland
BBC2Trust Me I'm a Doctor BBC Wales
ITVThis Morning Show BBC Radio Leeds
Channel 4Diet and Male Infertility BBC Radio Derby
Central TVLate and Live LBC
Carlton TVLondon TV News Viva
Carlton TVLiz Earl's A-Z of healthBBC Most regions
Yorkshire TV A-Z of FertilityBBC Radio 4 The Food Programme
GMTFood and Health seriesBBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show