13.06 MLMichael Lerner is the president and founder of Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. He is also the co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, a weeklong residential program for cancer patients that achieved national recognition when Bill Moyers featured it in his award-winning PBS series “Healing and the Mind.” Lerner is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer (MIT Press).  He is also a co-founder of HealthCare Without Harm — the campaign for environmentally responsible healthcare. He is currently actively engaged in the development of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE).  CHE is a network of researchers, patients, health professionals, and other citizens who share a concern with the effects of environmental toxicants on human, animal and ecosystem health. Lerner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1983. He is also the president of the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts in Washington, D.C., which offers the Cancer Help Program on the East Coast.

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