Show #133: Professor Alfred Poulos on The Secret Life of Chemicals




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And onto this week’s show!

Once a curious mind always a curious mind. Today’s show is with retired Professor Alfred Poulos has far from ‘retired’ continuing to research and write book after book. While Professor Poulos’ medical and scientific research has been wide and varied, it has chiefly focused on the role fats play in health and disease. He specialised in genetics and fat metabolism, Professor Poulos published over 150 peer-reviewed papers.His recent interests are in nutrition, and in the chemical pollutants present in our food, water and the environment. He doesn’t fear monger or call absolutes where they’re unfounded but he does call things into question, shed light on what we DO know, and suggests a heck of a lot more caution than we’re currently taking when it comes to what we’re surrounding ourselves with. I hope you enjoy my chat with Alfred – He is a passionate foodie and home cook, he bakes his own bread and shops weekly at the Queen Victoria Market and he’s totally one of us! 



The questions I asked Alfred:  

  • Can you share a little about your career as a scientist?
  • And when did it begin to become apparent for you that our environments were playing a much greater role in our health than we realised?
  • And in terms of the book – you had a very personal reason dear to you, for wanting to write this book: What are their names?
  • You drew from the latest peer-reviewed and scientific literature: What makes a good, credible study?
  • Is any study sounding an alarm for more research worth our attention if they’ve found something, even if it’s a small study?
  • Let’s look at some of the key things you discovered in the research…
  • The health effects of plastic packaging – run us through the primary risks.
  • Pesticides in our food
  • Toxic metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury and how they have ended up in the food chain – symptoms/treatment for people with high levels: What works?
  • Plastics in the ocean and in landfill and the chemicals they release – how do you see us getting out of this mess?
  • ‘Indestructibles’ – the industrial chemicals like PCBs, PFOAs, dioxins and PBDE flame retardants that hang around and don’t break down very easily
  • When it comes to PFOA’s being replaced with ‘safe’ PTFEs – are they really safer?
  • Effects of environmental chemicals on our genes and immune systems. You talk about genetic variability and how an individual’s own genes can impact their susceptibility to different diseases – can you give an example?


And for more on glyphosate, pop to my past shows with Professor Michael Antoniou, Professor Jonathan Latham and Dr Zach Bush as this wasn’t a deep area of research for Professor Poulos.


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To find out more about Professor Alfred Poulos check out:

More information about his book The Secret Life of Chemicals can be found HERE.


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Comments 1

  1. Thank you for this interview with Professor Poulos. Found it very insightful and helpful.

    As he says, we need to see far more action on this NOW. What Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ warned us of is now a raging river and it is, I believe, behind so much of the illnesses and disorders we are all facing, here and internationally.

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