I was 21 years old and I wassick, I mean really sick. I mean,I’m not talking facing death sick,I’m talking that I couldn’t breathethrough my own sinuses, I hadgut pains that were so bad thatI couldn’t think. I had horrible cysticacne that was painful to smile and it wasmy life. I always had that tissue. I was that kid that always had the tissuein their pocket. You know the one. You know, I was that kid. And I went to doctors. The doctors want to help me. They didn’t go spend six, eightyears in medical school because theydidn’t want to help people, but werethey empowered at medical schoolto help me?No. No. No, they weren’t. But I didn’t know that. Hell, my dad was a famous orthopedicsurgeon. My uncle was a well-recognizedorthopedic surgeon. We had doctors allover the family, and so I trusted doctorsand I visited them for year upon year uponyear. And you know what they gave me?Pills, inhalants, injections,and then finally, surgery. Yeah, you know what?It seems like God or evolution,whatever your belief,accidentally put tonsils in my throat. Total accident. “Got to take those babiesout. ” That’s what they said to me. Luckily for me, some friends ofmine sat me down and said, “Eric,I think you need to consider somechanges to your diet, just for a month. “And so I did. And so over the next — I’mtelling you, two weeks — my body startedto change. Two weeks later, no acne,no allergies, I had dropped 35 poundsoff my body. I was completely transformed. And then I became deeply curious, I mean,deeply curious. How is it, how isit that I can spend year upon yearupon year visiting doctors and get noresult, and then I could just simplychange what I put in my body andI could get all the results?And so I asked a doctor one day, I did,I asked a doctor. . . I’ve now askedhundreds of doctors in countries allaround the world the same question. But I asked a doctor one day,“How long did you go to medical school?”Can you imagine being a doctor anda kid says, “How long did you goto medical school?” “Six years. ““And how much time did you spendstudying food?” “Uh, uh, not very much. ““How much specifically?” “Well, none. “I’m in an event in Germany about a yearago, there’s about a thousand and a halfpeople in the room, and there’sa doctor sitting just about here. And in the middle of my talk, I go,“Do we have any doctors in the house?”He raised his hand, he says, “Here. “I get a microphone to him. And in front of a thousand people inGermany where I’ve never asked thisquestion before, I asked him, “Howlong did you go to medical school?”He was a general practitioner, 6 years. I asked him again, “How long did youstudy food?” Microphone in his hand,cameras around, thousand and a halfpeople watching, he says, “None. “And for many of the people in the room,the penny dropped. They suddenlyrealized what the significance to thatquestion was. And I’ll put it to youanother way, in case you’re stillwondering what the significance is,how many of you would be happy to takeyour car to a mechanic who hadnever studied fuel? It’s funny, right?Had never studied oil?Had never studied anti-freeze?Would you take your car to that mechanic?Then I suggest you rethink yourrelationship with your doctor. And then one day, I’m on a plane and I’mon my way to Africa doing a wildlifephotography thing and I’m readingthis article. And in the article,they talk about elephants beingcaptured and put in zoos and circuses,which I’m no fan of. So I was curious because the article wasthe history of it. And it said that 100years ago, when they took theseelephants and they put them in the zoosand circuses, they would make a lot ofmoney because they would attract audience,right, but the elephants would onlylive for 6 or 7 or 8 years, maybe 10. But nobody knew that that was a problem. I mean, they made their money backin that 10 years and that was the mainconcern for them, until they found outthat elephants in the wild couldlive 70 years. And suddenly,they became deeply concerned about theirinvestment. I’m sure some of them wereconcerned about the elephant,but I’m thinking it was mostlya profit-loss question. And once they had thatprofit and loss question,they were forced to do the verysimplest thing, they were forced toevaluate elephants in the wild. Sure, they could have conducted amultigenerational macro-nutrition andmicro-nutritional study on elephantsto try to figure what’s wrong,or they could just go and look atthe ones that are getting the resultand duplicate that. Does this makesense? And so that’s what they did. And they found out that elephantsin the wild eat 200 kilograms,500 pounds of fresh grass and bark andfruit when it’s in season and they drink70 liters, I don’t know how many gallonsthat is. It’s a lot. Every single day. And when they duplicated that for theelephants in captivity, look at that,70 or 80 years. I became fascinated. Because as I was reading this article,they were making a massivegrammatical mistake in the article. They kept referring to the elephant’s wilddiet and the elephant’s captive diet. Let me just back up for a minute. The elephant was on a captive diet when itwas on the zoo, and when it was innature, it was on what, the elephant diet. Not the wild elephant diet,the elephant diet. And the grammarianin me wanted to take out a red pen andcircle every instance of this wild dietrubbish in the thing. Like that’snot… It’s the elephant diet. And as I want to do this,I start thinking to myself, oh,elephants have a diet. So doesevery other organism on Earth. Every organism on Earth hasa diet. An oak tree has a diet. A cheetah has a diet. Its dietis 2. 5 kilograms of fresh meatevery day. It won’t eat existingmeat. It has to kill it itself. A hyena doesn’t have that issue,right? They have different diets. The leaf-cutter ant hasa diet. What does it eat?Ants. You might think so, but they don’t. They go out and they collect leavesand they bring them back and theycompost them and grow fungus,because they’re fungivores. Andif you try to make them eat leaves,they would die. Diet is specific,and humans have one. Humans have one. And I know that some of you are going togo, “Yeah, but what about the bloodtype diet? And what aboutthe genome testing diet?”Okay, raise your hand if you needVitamin C. That should be everybody. And how about omega fats, who needthose? Oh, yeah, everybody again. And how about this, anybody needs calcium?Anybody up for iron. Hang on a minute,what about the blood type diet?What about the genome diet?What I want to suggest to you is thatevery homo sapien on Earth needs the samestuff. We have some differentproduction capacities, some of youare gluten-intolerant. Some ofyou have issues with lactose. And I get that. But what I would suggestto you is that that so many of us havean issue with lactose is a clue andthat if you are not sensitive to lactose,I feel bad for you, because itmeans the alarm’s been turned off. You don’t have the pain so you justkeep having it and that will give you,according to Harvard Nursing School,a 30% uplift in your opportunityto develop ovarian or prostate cancer. Milk, it does a body good. It does not. That’s why you will never see those adsagain. You look, you will not, in Britain,Canada, or America ever see anadvertisement from the dairy industryever again telling you that milk isgood for you. Diet is specific, guys,but what we have to do is get to behavior. And that’s what truly gave birthto WildFit. I got to tell you something,that whole conversation, you know,Vishen and Allen wants an inspirationand Emily Fletcher, like I want youto hear something. When I created WildFit,I knew that what I wanted to do was havemassive impact, like we need to turnaround the lives in the healthof billions of people on this planetfor the planet. It has to be done. We’re arguing about Obamacare, Trumpcare,national health care in all yourdifferent countries. Stop it. Whohere would be happy to buy carinsurance from a company that charges thesame amount to you as to a 16-year-oldchild with five accidents under theirbelt? Who wants that insurance? I’m sorry,you want insurance based on your riskfactors? I’m not interested in universalhealth care. I’m interested in universalself-care. You know how the dietindustry works. You write adiet book, 10,000 people buy it,5 people get really good results,you get their before and after pictures,you sell more books. What if instead,that every 100 people that does it,90 of them get really good results?What would happen then? Big change. And I want to tell you why we’re ableto create that and that is that lastingtransformation is not about givingpeople a bunch of restrictive rules. It’s not about telling people you canand can’t do this. It’s about changingyour psychology. When wecreated WildFit, it was really simple. I knew I could coach people one on one,but what I knew I had to do is I hadto put them together. And sowe created a community. And that really gelled people together andit’s one of the big reasons we’ve beenso successful. I want you to think aboutthat when you’re creating transformationfor people. You want to make sureyou’re changing the way they think,you want to make sure they’recommunity. But here’s the big one. You need to treat them like thewhole frog in the hot water thing. How many of you that had done WildFitshowed up on Week 1 and thought that I wasactually crazy? How many people?How many people realize that it’s notcrazy at all, it’s just crazy enoughto be making a dent in the universe?That’s what Week 1 is all about. It’s about easing in and learningsome things, because if we want to getdifferent results, we’re going to have todo different things. And that’s exactlywhat that’s all about. Your health is farmore determined by you getting enough ofwhat your body needs than by removingstuff. If we tell dung beetles, “Dungbeetles, stop eating poop. That’s gross,”they will get sick. They need what theyneed and you need what you need. Does this make sense to you?And so all I’m going to say to you,even for those of you who haven’teven begun yet the WildFit Quest,what I want to suggest to you is justdo this, before you eat the other garbage,get all the stuff you need in first. That is the primary thing you needto be doing to turn things around. And with that, you can beginto change the industry.