LOL! If Savage is an example of what happens to your personality if you become an "herbalist" I'll stick to my artificial drinks, thank you!!! By the way, I love the description: PERPETUALLY ENRAGED TALKSHOW HOST!!! ROFLMAO!!!!
Michael "Savage" Weiner is indeed an herbalist who has written at least one book on the subject. He worked at the office of a physician I went to for awhile in Sausalito. The doctor is well thought of, and Weiner was too at the time..circa 1985. But I didn't like Weiner, found him too egotistical to be a good practitioner, and only saw him one time.
I have no idea when he became Savage, in both the upper- and lower-case sense. Perhaps it is his natural reaction to the liberal idiocy in the San Fran area, which has become so extreme in recent years. Extreme circumstances may require extreme shouting.