Alan Bell

Sara McCranie

After years of prosecuting hard-core criminals, rising legal star Alan Bell took a private sector job in South Florida’s newest skyscraper. Suddenly, he suffered such bizarre medical symptoms, doctors suspected he’d been poisoned by the Mafia. Bell’s rapidly declining health forced him to flee his glamorous Miami life to a sterile “bubble” in the remote Arizona desert. He eventually discovered he wasn’t poisoned by a criminal, but by his office building. Bell founded the Environmental Health Foundation advocating for victims of environmental injury and teamed up with other top lawyers—including those portrayed in the films Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action—to help other environmentally injured victims in court. His book, Poisoned: How a Crime-Busting Prosecutor Turned His Medical Mystery into a Crusade for Environmental Victims (Skyhorse Publishing) puts a human face on the toxic dangers assaulting us in our everyday environments. As a former victim, survivor, health advocate, and legal avenger, Bell offers an aerial view of one of the most important global health issues of our time.