The Toxicity of Seed Oils and Their Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids


Kurt Woeller, DO, FMAPS


Fatty acids make up a significant component of our cell membranes, including those of the mitochondria. Omega-3 fatty acids are often linked to improvements in health with regards to lowering inflammation, and improving immune function. However, certain oils from seeds, e.g., canola, safflower, which contain high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) can lead to oxidative stress within the body that have a damaging effect on membrane structure and integrity. The focus of this lecture by Kurt N. Woeller, D.O. of Integrative Medicine Academy is to discuss PUFA reactivity and some of the damaging effects on health through the consumption of these seed oils.

Kurt N. Woeller, DO

About the Author

Kurt Woeller, DO, FMAPS

Kurt N. Woeller, DO, FMAPS, is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, integrative and functional medicine physician, and biomedical Autism Treatment Specialist in clinical practice for over 25 years.

Dr. Woeller is the education director and main course developer for his Integrative Medicine Academy (https://integrativemedicineacademy.com), an online academy for health professionals. He is also the Organic Acids Test (OAT) seminar creator and presenter for Mosaic Diagnostics Laboratory (formally Great Plains Laboratory’s GPL Academy) Mosaic EDGE seminars and has been involved in monthly educational webinars for GPL/Mosaic Diagnostics, and other organizations for over a decade.

His private practice, Sunrise Functional Medicine (https://mysunrisecenter.com), focuses on specialized diagnostic testing and treatments for individuals with complex medical conditions like autism, autoimmune, gastrointestinal, certain neurological disorders, and other chronic health conditions. Dr. Woeller is a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS).

He has served as a clinical consultant for various laboratory companies, i.e., Great Plains Laboratory, BioHealth Laboratory, providing health practitioner education regarding functional and integrative medicine.

You can follow Dr. Woeller for ongoing education articles and videos through his Substack at https://drwoeller.substack.com/ and his YouTube channel for Integrative Medicine Academyhttps://www.youtube.com/@integrativemedicineacademy. Finally, listen to Dr. Woeller’s latest health professional interviews through his Functional Medicine Doc Talk Podcast – https://functionalmedicinedoctalk.com.