In 1980, when pesticides poisoned me and the doctor had no remedy, I realized that my health is MY responsibility. I also knew that the bodies of most animals and all humans in nature are made from food, water, oxygen and sunlight, and nothing else.
I figured out that my first intervention when something goes wrong with health should be to raise the standard of quality of my intake of food, water and air, and to give my skin exposure to the sun. Searching through the journals for information on nutrition and health as well as nutrition and disease, and talking to people who knew more than I on that topic, I learned that every year, 98% of the atoms in my body are removed and replaced. I didn’t know it at the time, but my body, like everyone else’s, was a perpetual work in progress, a major construction site. That’s what made it possible for me to heal physically from my poisoning.
It worked out beautifully in practice. To heal, I only needed to raise the quality of my intake of oxygen, water and food, and within one year, life re-built 98% of my body to a higher standard. There was my hope. I did that, and physical healing took place. There was my proof.
I found out how much industry damages oils when it treats these most delicate of our food molecules with harsh chemicals and then heats them to frying temperatures to extend their normally short shelf life. This learning revised my understanding of how oils should be treated in order to optimize health rather than to destroy it. I concluded: Oils should be made with health in mind. We should protect them from being damaged by light, oxygen and heat.
Out of that simple idea, a new industry of making oils with health in mind was born. In 1986, flax seed oil came out of my invention of the new method for making oils, and several companies now make it. Directly or indirectly, they all learned from me how to do it.
After I had moved back in with my mother in order to write my book on oils (Fats and Oils, which I later expanded and renamed Fats That Heal Fats That Kill), she asked me to move her dahlia bulbs. A life-long avid gardener, she was getting older, and her energy was becoming less than her ambitions. I said to her, “You know, mom, I don’t see moving your dahlia bulbs as the purpose of my life.” I thought she’d be angry, but she matter-of-factly said, “Oh! What DO you see as the purpose of your life?” We were both floored, jaws dropping, by what came out of my mouth. Here’s what I answered:
“I will make sense of how fats and oils affect health.”
“I will create a comprehensive, practical, consumer-friendly field of health.”
“I’ll create a comprehensive, practical, consumer-friendly field of human nature.”
She was floored because her problem child had finally come up with a purpose. I was floored by how clear I was about what that purpose was. I’d thought about what to do with my life for years, but had never clearly formulated a life’s work and mission. “Okay,” she said. “I’ll get someone else to help me with my dahlia bulbs.”
My first purpose, regarding oils and health, has been accomplished. The two others, health and human nature are so intertwined that I’ve linked them together. Under the umbrella of total sexy health, I can address every problem on the planet. Why? Everything affects health, and there is now great interest in this topic, and even more interest in being sexy, which depends on health. Health was invented by life in nature and is based in nature and human nature. It is a huge, important and practical topic.
You can read more in my book Total Sexy Health, available on Amazon.