About the Author


Before ALS/MND. Steve performing with American musician, Faith White

Steven Shackel was born in London, England around midnight of
the 24th/25th September 1951. He is 190cm/6'3" tall and weighs in at around 100kg/220lb.

At the age of fifteen he immigrated with his parents from England  to Australia and spent the next couple of years frantically saving money to return to England. At the age of sixteen he grew a mustache to make himself look older. He is now at a loss as to what to grow to make himself look younger.

Precocious, he qualified to attend university at an early age but instead "life happened" and he began to travel. In seeing the world he worked in offices, factories, ditches, building sites, sewers, shops, restaurants, a large zoo and even a plaster gnome manufacturer's.

He has been a member of Mensa, a karate champion, musician and commissioned artist. At one time he was the youngest art director in the UK, employed by a large, international publishing house.

Steven has over thirty years experience in communication as an author, editor, copywriter, graphic designer, illustrator, radio announcer, teacher and lecturer.

He has been a consultant to large and small businesses plus various Local, State and Federal Government departments in promotional campaign planning, graphics, copywriting, and the production and editing of instructional manuals and promotional and educational materials.

See the Your Home website for an online version of his work (winner Banksia Award, Australia) as its first principal editor and a contributing author. Your Home is now university and industry required reading throughout Australia.

In the past three decades he has taught classes in communication, broadcasting, public speaking, advertising copywriting, drawing and painting, graphic design, guitar, meditation, relaxation and creative thinking.

He has written, co-written, illustrated, edited and/or published various books, manuals and articles on topics ranging from humorous to scientific and technical.

He has won awards for his writing, poetry, acting, art and karate and is trained and licensed to handle, relocate and care for highly venomous snakes and other Australian native fauna.

There's something on your hat...

Somewhere in there he also designed
a number of houses and gardens.

Our house and also looking west across the river at sunset

For seventeen years Steven researched the potentially beneficial effects of supplementary and other readily available medications, liver function and secondary illnesses that may influence the progress of neurodegeneration. Some of the results of that research can be found on this website.

Currently, he is (sporadically) writing and illustrating a book on gardening techniques and design and has the inevitable unfinished novel and movie script awaiting completion.

He has already co-written, illustrated and published an Australian bestseller "Cube" (now out of print) and "Eyes of the Beholder',
a novella still available from the authors.

Yes, that is the neck of a bottle on my pinkie finger so I can play

bottleneck/slide on my steel-bodied resophonic and other guitars

Since his early teens, Steven has been involved in community volunteer and charity work and fund-raising projects.

At fifteen he received an award for community service in the UK and over the years has undertaken long and short term projects including running an animal care shelter; creating a community park; rehabilitating and fostering native wildlife; recording "talking books" for the blind and disabled; teaching remedial English; was an advisory board member, public speaker and lobbyist for improved disability services.

His most challenging single project was planning and coordinating a large community festival including a rock concert and numerous other simultaneous events to raise money for an international charity.

Although a fulfilling and integral part of his life, these ventures have allowed little time or opportunity to accrue personal wealth and he struggles to continue his ALS/MND research, largely unfunded.

They all make very different sounds and are played in different ways. There used to be twenty six of them. The others were sold to pay bills - only fanatical guitar players can truly comprehend the loss. Sigh...

My 55th birthday present, a small, custom built fingerpicking guitar. Luthier and friend, Grant Burkitt, made it based on my design brief.
I call it "The Pup" but it barks as loud as the bigger guitars.

Animals really like me, so I can’t be all bad. Working right to left, upwards: a rare “tangerine” tiger snake, a baby swamp wallaby, a baby wombat, a mountain dragon, a visiting echidna (spiny anteater) and a neighbour’s turkey.

For over thirty years Steven Shackel has lived in Goulburn, NSW (Australia's first inland city, about 100miles/160km south of Sydney)
where he resides with his beloved wife, Vicki, in a passive-solar house he designed and built, overlooking the Wollondilly river.

Our house soon after completion and in spring several years later

Steven does not swim or drive a car, always needs three more guitars and detests looking for items that were not there in the first place.

My beloved wife, Vicki

Steve Shackel on his first major outing since starting to walk again.
(I was hiding my cane behind me)

Alphabetical Contents List
| Introduction | Acknowledgements | Antioxidants |
Antioxidant Articles | Articles | Diagnosing ALS | Diet | F A Q |
| Healthy Foods | Inspiration | Liver Function | Lyme Disease |
Medications | Mental Attitude | Minerals & Aminos | My Advice |
Mycoplasma | My Diagnosis | My Opinion | My Regimen | My Story |
| My Study | My Theory | OPCs | Organophosphates | Self Assessment |
Self Healing | Stress | Talking to Doctors | Theories | Therapies |
Treatments | Steven Shackel | Useful Links | Vitamins |
Home Page |


In order of relevance
My Study
My Regimen
My Story
My Theory
My Advice
My Diagnosis
My Opinions

Mental Attitude
Self Healing

Frequently Asked Questions
Useful Links
Antiox Articles
Minerals & Aminos
Liver Function
Healthy Foods 

Lyme Disease
Talking to Doctors
Diagnosing ALS
Self Assessment

Steven Shackel
Home Page

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