For almost two decades Udo Erasmus has dedicated his time to understanding the effects of fats and oils on human health, as well as the nature of health itself.
Most of his more recent days have been spent on the road, spreading the message about this largely misunderstood, but vitally important, subject. He has written two ground breaking books: Fats and Oils, and Fats That Heal Fats That Kill, and has recently completed his third, The Right Fat Diet.
Udo Erasmus received his B. Sc. degree in Honors Zoology with a major in Psychology, followed by graduate studies in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of British Columbia. While he studied Genetics at UBC, one of his research papers was published in the peer reviewed journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in 1967, and two more of his papers were published in the peer reviewed journal Mutation Research, in 1971.
A Major Turning Point
In 1980, life for Udo took a significant turn when he was poisoned while carelessly working with pesticides. When medicine was unable to provide help, he concluded that health was his own responsibility and sought the answers he needed by burying himself in research literature on nutrition and health.
He gave special attention to the least understood arena: the effects of fats and oils on human health. This meant finding and perusing thousands of original research studies, many which were inaccessible to the public and were therefore unknown. Several years of collecting and reviewing this data culminated in his landmark Canadian best-seller Fats and Oils. This book also became his thesis and earned him a Ph.D. in nutrition in 1986. The book is now available in expanded, revised, updated form as Fats That Heal Fats That Kill.
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Today we discuss
- How pesticides poisoned Udo and what he did about it
- Why oils are the most important but overlooked aspect of health
- What good oils are
- Why leading with your heart is more important than anything you can do
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