Udo Erasmus, Ph.D. - Biography
Udo Erasmus was born in Poland during the second world war to parents from
Latvia and Estonia escaping from communists. His family fled to West
Germany at the end of the war, and emigrated to Canada when he was 10
His parents, having endured the first world war and the bolshevik
revolution during their childhood, and having lived through the depression
during adulthood only to be caught in the middle of the second world war,
moved to northern Canada where Udo and his four siblings grew up on 112
acres of bush land. Without television, telephone, or radio, nature was
both his teacher and entertainer.
At 16, Udo began university studies in the sciences -- math, physics,
chemistry, and biology. Eventually, he settled on zoology and psychology
as his field of study, and specialized in genetics (under Canadian
geneticist, educator, and environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki) and
biochemistry. His papers in genetics were published in the peer review
journal "Mutation Research."
At 25, Udo found the direction science was taking unacceptable -- it was
increasingly used to control people rather than to help or free them, and
geneticists talked about cloning super-races. Udo left the University of
British Columbia and went in search of his mission. "I traveled, looked
around for several years, and did all sorts of different jobs to get to
know more about my society and the world. Eventually, I was poisoned by
pesticides and, in search of self-help, re-discovered a childhood passion
for health and healing."
He resumed studies, now focused on nutrition, health, and human nature.
The first edition of this book ("Fats and Oils") was his PhD thesis in
nutrition. His M.A. thesis in counseling psychology, entitled "The Nature
of Human Nature," will also be published in book form, "when I'm satisfied
with my understanding of the details. I want to let my experience of this
topic mature a little longer."
Udo pioneered our understanding of the effects of fats, oils, and
cholesterol on human health at a time when other writers were quoting
wrong information from outdated sources. The result of his painstaking
assembly of relevant research resulted in this landmark book, seminal in
His technological innovations include: development of custom-made parts
for existing oil presses to protect the oils being pressed from damage
caused by light, oxygen, and heat; use of opaque containers for fresh oils
to protect them from light; refrigeration or freezing of oils during
transport to slow deterioration and shelf-dating of oils to warn consumers
about old oils. The use of the name "flax" oil (to distinguish the fresh,
unrefined oil made with human health in mind from "linseed" oil, which
comes from the same seed but is a paint-grade, refined, rancid, industrial
product previously offered for human consumption) was Udo's suggestion. He
also helped to pioneer the fresh, unrefined hemp oil that has recently
appeared on the market.
Udo has worked with professionals (doctors, pharmacists, dieticians,
osteopaths, naturopaths, nutritionists, chiropractors, massage therapists,
other healing professionals, educators, veterinarians, and researchers);
consumer health organizations; individuals who want to become more
educated in nutrition and health; manufacturers who want help formulating
high quality products; and developers of machinery and processes for
making products with health in mind.
As an authority on fats, oils, cholesterol, essential fatty acids,
technology for pressing healthy oils, complete nutrient programs for human
health, and other health topics, Udo has been invited to tour throughout
North America and Europe. Since 1987, he has reached an estimated five
million viewers, listeners, and readers. He is particularly appreciated
for his detailed, precise, clear, and non-technical style.