Why Eating Organic Alone Won’t Get You Healthy

by Sarah Healthy LivingComments: 290

eating organic at Whole Foods

High five!

You’ve made some big changes in your family’s diet recently and are really focusing on eating organic.  You’ve stopped buying boxed cereal and other processed snacks at the grocery store and are making homemade snacks and treats with wholesome ingredients instead.  You’re even soaking or sprouting your nuts, seeds, legumes and grains!

You’ve joined an organic fruit and veggie co-op and made the switch to grassfed locally produced meats. You’ve even taken the wise step of incorporating raw grassfed milk into your family’s diet.

While all these changes are wonderful and beneficial compared with how you’ve been eating, I’ve got some tough news for you.

These changes alone are not going to get you healthy.

Eating organic is not the way to health shocking as it may sound!


How can this be, you ask?  Your diet is now light years ahead of where it was.  How can this organic, whole foods diet not result in vibrant health?

Let me tell you a little story ….

The Telling Tale of the South Sea Islanders

The first Europeans to visit the South Sea Islands in the 1700’s were Captain Cook and his crew.  Tahiti was truly a paradise with beautiful people whose frequent smiles revealed perfectly straight, pearly white teeth.

Dr. Weston A. Price found the same blissful environment nearly 200 years later when he arrived with his wife to study these happy, healthy people.  Dr. Price noted that the bone structure of the South Sea Islanders was the most perfect of any of the 14 isolated traditional cultures he studied during his travels around the world in the 1920’s and 1930’s which he documented in the amazing book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

The traditional diet of the South Sea Islanders was high fat, consisting of seafood and pork with coconut the most important plant based staple.   Tropical fruits and other plants were also consumed as there were plenty available in such a temperate and ideal growing climate.

The environment and water were, of course, pristine and food was abundant.

Wouldn’t such an organic, whole foods diet be enough for health?

No, it was not.

The South Sea Islanders knew from observation and perhaps instinct that their clean, whole mixed diet was not enough to maintain their own health or to produce healthy babies and children.

The Sacred Food the South Sea Islanders Could Not Do Without

hanging shark livers
Fermenting shark livers in the South Seas Islands

Despite having plenty of whole, nutrient dense foods available during all times of the year, the South Sea Islanders risked their lives over and over again to hunt sharks.

Once a shark was caught and brought to shore, the liver was removed and put inside the shark’s stomach which was then hung on a tree to ferment.

The oil that came out of the shark liver as it fermented provided a plethora of fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K2 to the South Sea Islander diet that was the critical missing link for vibrant health. This oil was given to growing children and young adults who were about to get married and also to pregnant women.   Such oil would have been critical to maintaining health into advanced age as well.

Dr. Price knew from research that the level of fat soluble activators in the South Sea Islander diet was about 10 times higher than the Americans of his day … and processed, devitalized foods had not even arrived in full force yet!

Fat Soluble Vitamins More Important Than Eating Organic

The story of the South Sea Islanders illustrates the critical nature of the fat soluble vitamins in the diet.  Without them, no matter how pure, whole and organic a diet may be, health will not be maintained nor healthy children easily produced.

The fat soluble activators A, D, and K2 supercharge mineral absorption into the body tissues and enhance the health and function of every organ system.

Fortunately, fermented cod liver oil and fermented skate liver oil are available today that are very similar to the fermented shark liver oil consumed by the South Sea Islanders.

Please note that the typical brand name fish, krill and cod liver oils on the market are highly processed, industrialized, rancid, deodorized oils that should be avoided.   Only fermented cod and skate liver oil is processed with no heat as practiced by traditional cultures.

I have been taking these types of oils for many years and would never consider my whole foods diet complete without them.  Why reinvent the wheel and experiment with the latest and greatest silver bullet supplements that seem to change every few months when traditional cultures such as the South Sea Islanders already knew what it took to have healthy babies and stay vibrantly healthy well into old age?

Where to Source Fermented Fish Liver Oils

Please refer to my Resources page for a list of companies that offer clean, purified fermented fish liver oils to provide your whole foods diet with the critical fat soluble activators A, D, and K2.

What to Do if You are Allergic to Fish

If fermented cod or skate liver oil aren’t possible for you due to a seafood allergy, note that you can obtain fat soluble vitamins in other foods valued by other Traditional cultures such as raw, grassfed butter (must be deep yellow to orange in color – sources), fish eggs (many can tolerate fish eggs even with a seafood allergy), emu oil from emus eating their native diet (sources), deep orange yolks from pastured hens, and liver from land based animals.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source:  Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Weston A. Price DDS

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Comments (290)

  • Rebecca

    Hi Sarah, I am wondering what is the benefit or harm to eating beef that is not grass fed. I live in El Salvador and it is almost impossible to find beef that has been raised on pure grazing. I don’t know whether to limit what I buy in the grocery store or not and whether it is still worth making butter from these cows. Also, I can get the pastured chickens here and there, though most of them have been fed corn (non-GMO) along with what they scrape up on their own, but it is few and far between. I make broth and eat chicken from where I can get it fresh, but it has been given feed I am sure. I know how to eat the right stuff in the States, but when it isn’t available, what do you recommend? How much is harmful or beneficial? I would hate to avoid it completely, but I don’t know.

    April 30th, 2015 2:19 pm Reply
  • Jose Paul

    Sounds good. I never knew shark livers can be eaten.

    March 30th, 2015 8:50 am Reply
  • Joe

    The title could be better. What’s Sarah’s definition of “healthy”? People have this conception planted in their minds of what “healthy” is. It usually fits the definition of non- or low-fat, low or no cholesterol, low or no sugar and low or no fat. Organic is none of those. Organic is based around ‘low or no’ pesticides.

    The people mentioned in this article are eating a largely organic diet consisting of typically (or hopefully) non-polluted food sources from nature. Fatty and oily foods that nourished the body and provided essentials.

    I think Sarah has her wires crossed from comparing the mass produced and packaged “organic” foods which can be found at Whole Foods and what people can haul in from the ocean or pick off a tree. And no, I’m not referring to mass ocean fishing or large land-based farms. These are small groups of humans who collect things at a subsistence level.

    Perhaps the title could be revised to something like, “Shopping at Whole Foods not as a healthy as catching and eating a wild food.”

    December 20th, 2014 5:57 pm Reply
  • Karen

    I have to agree with the persons saying that this article is misleading and not well done. I love Sarah’s posts and read them as they give very informative articles, but honestly, when I read this one, I had the impression is, well going organic and eating nutrient-dense food is not worth it if you not take FCLO. I was very disapointed. And also, why can you make this kind of claim, Sarah ? You do not have any study or proof to this claim. I understand that what Price observed was that fat-soluble vitamins are very important to diet, but does not taking FCLO on a nutriten-dense diet mean you won’t be as healthy ? So, yes, I think this articles falls under the standard and not well written and very misleading. You can suggest, but not make a claim without having somehting to back it up. Please be careful in the future.

    October 9th, 2014 7:17 pm Reply
  • Paleo Huntress

    I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with your recommendation- but I always come back to the same question when considering the argument for any kind of fish liver oil, and that is, what did healthy human beings do for these nutrients before they had access to fermented fish livers?

    Who do you suppose was the first person to stick a bunch of fish organs in a bladder, stomach or barrel and conclude that the resulting slimy, (likely foul smelling) mixture was something you’d want to eat?

    I think it’s pretty easy to see the evolution of fermenting or sprouting grains and other foods as these processes were likely to occur naturally in humid storage conditions, but I’m simply not sold on the fish oils. It doesn’t make any sense at all.

    Several of the people Price studied had no source of fish oil in their diets and yet were extremely strong and healthy.

    October 9th, 2014 1:34 pm Reply
    • Sandy

      In ancient times, Romans (at least the upper-class ones) ate a fermented fish sauce with every meal. The Legions were fed fish sauce also, as it was believed to increase their endurance for long marches, and make them immune to diseases they might encounter in foreign lands. Primary documents from the day attest that they thought it was delicious. I do not know if the fermented fish sauce included liver or liver oil, but I can say that primary sources say it smelled awful while being prepared.

      October 10th, 2014 5:34 am Reply
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  • Armand Bechard via Facebook

    I’m going to say upfront that I have not read the entire article. But, being a farmer, I can tell you that an organically raised cow or chicken CAN be only marginally better than it’s commercial cousin (this isn’t always the case). Using this logic on humans I think should apply. I read a study, I wish I could remember the source, that stated if you cook it yourself you’ll be healthier than eating processed organic food. Eating bad foods would be more self limiting because they are generally more time consuming to prepare. FCLO is a good safety net to begin with until you can curtail the bad habits and find good sources for good, well raised food.

    September 3rd, 2014 12:51 am Reply
  • steve

    If you want K2 eat fermented soy http://products.mercola.com/vitamin-k/

    September 2nd, 2014 5:22 pm Reply
    • steve

      But don’t make the mistake and make soy your staple, it’s a nutrient inhibitor… Organic vs conventional ? well that’s a no brainer… lol

      September 2nd, 2014 5:25 pm Reply
  • Abby Levandoski via Facebook

    You guys are ridiculous. She’s a blogger, clicks are her living, a catchy title to get clicks and get you to READ her article are the point!!! All authors do it, how else would they draw people in! She’s not wrong either, deny it all you want but those of us not afraid to face our ignorance head on will benefit.

    September 2nd, 2014 1:35 pm Reply
  • Brittany Keogan via Facebook

    Eating a diet as much organic as you possibly can and avoiding processed is a great diet to strive for.

    September 1st, 2014 8:08 pm Reply
  • Jillian

    The title of this article is very misleading. It really has nothing to do with organic foods or eating organic. Eating organic IS important and the article suggests that people shouldn’t bother choosing organic foods. Studies have shown that foods with pesticides affect your brain. Plus, I don’t want to give my money to support Monsanto and other big industry businesses who could care less about my health or the environment. Very misleading title. Poorly done.

    September 1st, 2014 2:36 pm Reply
    • Ursula

      Where do you read that you shouldn’t bother choosing organic foods? Have you read the article? Her point is, that eating organic is not ENOUGH if you don’t get vitamins A, D and K2 (and I want to add, enough omega 3 fatty acids, which are also in cod liver oil).

      Unless you get those fat soluble vitamins, the best diet won’t keep you healthy.

      The title is there to get people to read the article. It got me to say, WHAT? I better read what she is saying, so I read the article. You might want to do the same thing before commenting.

      October 9th, 2014 6:02 pm Reply
      • Robert

        Whoever thought eating organic alone would make one healthy unless the food were nutrient hi-density and covered all the nutrient requirements? Most of us know about K2, D2, alpha lipoic acid, krill oil, fat soluble vitamins like D, A, E, etc., DHA, CoQ10, probiotics in the AM, on an empty stomach, etc. Many of us know as much and some of us more than the good lady, but one does have to be careful not to ruffle feathers, the point being many people believe that eating organic will make them healthy, but of course there’s a lot more to it than that. I can eat sugar from organically grown sugar beets, I can eat lots and lots of organic fruit and watch my blood sugar level go past 200 or more, I can eat high protein and the excess will turn into sugar, and so forth. How many people are going to read Dr. (dentist) Price’s book? How many will read Grain Brain by Perlmutter, Nora Gedgaudas’s book, Primal Body, Primal Mind, and then there’s the vegan, vegetarian community with more than half of the latter being B12 deficient and vegans being wiped out by it, over 90%, and the fact is no culture on earth ever went vegetarian unless they had nothing else to eat. Our brains grew because of meat/fish, etc., not tofu, soybeans and wheat. We were once fruit eating little people and one day the fruit wasn’t available but some rotting meat was, and so it began, we gravitated toward something that was easy to digest and made the gel-like organ in our heads grow, too. It’s laughable to imagine what would have happened had we put our money or lives dependent on soy, wheat, or sugar, we wouldn’t be here. Who knows what’s really happening? Few of us. However, there is a Doctor, his name is Russell Blaylock, MD and neurological surgeon, and they are a brainy bunch, Perlmutter, Natasha Campbell McBride, and now Blaylock, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcVgm_hskfw
        And though Dr. Blaylock is a Christian, which sometimes comes with biases that are a bit questionable, none of that happens in his presentation other than the saturated fat reference, but he does qualify it by saying most saturated fat picks up pesticides more than any other fat. He is speaking to many who are vegetarians and vegans, poor misguided souls, and still he is well received. When he recommended cold pressed olive oil the audience did applaud. I don’t think they would have had he recommended lard, which I choose as often as olive oil. Where did the saturated fat bad rap come from. Ancel Keys, a liar and a killer in that he’s the culprit who got the statin thing going by demonizing cholesterol and late in his life he admitted he was wrong, still vegetable oil companies thrive because of his lies and there isn’t on vegetable oil that isn’t carcinogenic, canola oil being the least, but still harmful. Having met a few people whose minds and bodies were in jeopardy using statins, one committed suicide, shot himself in the head outside of his job. He’d become impotent and suicidal on that junk. Ancel Keys and all those who influence an entire nation should have been put on trial and sent to prison all the harm he did. Actually statins were rejected by the Japanese because all the test animals were dying, along came Merck offered them some cash and life has neve been the same, but then we all know drug companies will do anything to make a profit. Statins, the thief of memory, and life.
        Getting back to the article, when one eats organic and it’s balanced and includes all the stuff Dr. Blaylock features, yes, health improves, and providing we drink pure water, certified raw milk though in small amounts, get’s 40-70 grams of high quality protein per day, plenty of vegetables (organic and homegrown if possible), limited fruits and none out of season, no organic fruit juices, ever, and so forth, yes, one will be healthy or get health. I have researched hundreds of data, from the CDC, New England Journal of Medicine, San Francisco UC, and many publications, but the way I learned best was being my own guinea pig and raising four children, all strong, health and intelligent who were rarely ill. I wish I could do it over, maybe I’ll be reincarnated and have another chance. Joke.
        By saying eating organic won’t make us healthy it is a bit offsetting but she does explain and that did get our attention, it certainly did me.

        November 22nd, 2015 7:49 pm Reply
  • Brice Howe via Facebook

    Thank you, Sarah, invaluable info, as usual :)

    September 1st, 2014 12:10 pm Reply
  • Jane N Josh Goodman via Facebook

    LOVE this! Green Pasture cinnamon tingle FCLO is a staple in our home!

    September 1st, 2014 11:08 am Reply
  • Milvia Caban via Facebook

    Switching to speller coconut oil made a huge difference in our health. Allergies are gone

    September 1st, 2014 11:08 am Reply
  • Robert Zimmerman via Facebook

    that looks like the w/f store on 41st in tulsa

    September 1st, 2014 11:06 am Reply
  • Selena Molina via Facebook

    A diet of organic foods plus good fats and exercise is key..

    September 1st, 2014 10:03 am Reply
  • Marie Rogers via Facebook

    When I first read the title, I was like, “well duh!” Then I read the comments, and I was like what on earth did Sarah say? So I went and read it. Now I’m thinking, “what the hell is wrong with people?” You know, the ones that have a negative comment to say. First off, I didn’t notice any “advertising”. Sarah doesn’t manufacture the oils. And what is disappointing in the article? The fact that Sarah is telling us how to really get a high dose of very beneficial vitamins in a fish oil, based on historical data, not just cuz it’s the new SUPERFOOD that was just discovered. Thank you The Healthy Home Economist for putting out real and reliable information.

    September 1st, 2014 9:44 am Reply
  • Amanda McConaghy via Facebook

    It’s also a crucial step to healing tooth decay.

    September 1st, 2014 9:25 am Reply
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  • TNT

    I agree with WAPF thinking and eating whole foods, however, I’ve started to reject the idea of isolating one or two items from a culture’s diet coining them as super foods. I’ve noticed that we do that a lot lately… ppl in China live long without cancer so eat soy because they do, other cultures have low rates of heart disease so drink lots of red wine, etc. etc. etc. I’m not doubting that these ppl were extremely healthy, but I don’t think it’s rational to attribute one practice to their health instead of focusing on a whole lifestyle. Where is the proof that they wouldn’t have been just as healthy without the fermented oil? I see no study showing a difference between the two, with and without said variable. It also seems they didn’t consume fresh raw milk, butter, eggs, and beef. Maybe the oil made up what they were missing by not having grassfed animals since fish and pork are not a source of grassed omega 3s. Their diet may be beneficial to a pacific climate only. It seems each culture faced with a different climate and terrain would have had some food source to provide the necessary vitamins and nutrients to sustain life and procreate, otherwise we wouldn’t be facing overpopulation. Dr. Price also studied tribes in Africa and noted that the tribe who ate a combination of foods… grain, raw milk, meat, vegetables were the ones that had the optimal size, health, and straight teeth. Also most cultures have their own version of fermented foods. It’s quite possible that the oil was more beneficial for the mere fact that it was their version of a fermented food source. I do believe that nutrient dense food is critical to our health, but I don’t believe in a one path line of thinking. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, if you know what I mean.

    November 5th, 2013 6:23 pm Reply
    • Gail

      TNT has the most logical explanation, albeit it’s about one year old. Through all my trials and research regarding the most appropriate foods to eat, I am of the firm opinion that it should be based on what your ancestors ate. Just look back to where your great or great-great grandparents came from and know your background. I agree that, for instance, what Orientals eat is not necessarily what Europeans could tolerate. This is explained by the Weston A. Price Foundation, as well as in the book “Nourishing Traditions”. In one chapter, it explains how Orientals are better able to tolerate rice than Europeans. To quote: “Asians have larger pancreas and salivary glands in proportion to body weight than Westerners, and these traits make the ideally suited to a grain-based diet. In my family, growing up, we never ate rice….it was always potatoes. Our ancestoral background is Northern European. Do your own research.

      October 14th, 2014 1:23 pm Reply
  • Victoria

    I’m sorry if this has already been asked but i am wondering where to find sources for SPECIFIC guidelines to eating traditionally for myself and family. Together we have a very heavy Scottish/Irish background. I have only seen a few general things on the Weston Price site. Thanks for your help!!

    November 5th, 2013 9:23 am Reply
    • Gail

      Hi Victoria,

      My background is primarily Scottish, with some Irish, and a tad bit of Dutch. Please know that those of us who are Scot/Irish, mostly descended from the Scandinavian countries, as a result of the Viking conquests. You can find the answers to your questions in the book “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. Generally speaking, in the northern climates, these peoples thrived on foods from the seas, tubers such as potatoes, organ meats, oats, and milk from their oats, and milk products from their animal herds.

      October 14th, 2014 1:32 pm Reply
  • Meridian Hutchins

    So one guy, 100 years ago, saw a single narrow genetic population, in a particular climate and lifestyle, be healthy with this supplement, and so people should spend $240/person/year on it? Give me some more facts and hard science, and less snake oil, please.

    November 4th, 2013 4:32 pm Reply
  • Serenity A

    I loved this! I’m a recent Real Food convert and my family and I have been making changes slowly over the last two years. In fact your opening paragraph could have been about me! LOL!

    I had heard in my knowledge-gathering over the last couple of years that proper nutrition could prevent crooked teeth and that butter oil capsules (when paired with other things) could help heal cavities. While we don’t suffer from cavities, I did have braces as a teenager. My husband- from the Pacific Islands- didn’t (go figure!).

    Here’s my question:

    If we’re consuming raw dairy from A2/A2 grass-fed cows, including butter that we personally make from that milk, do we still need to take the butter oil supplement along with the FCLO?

    Thanks in advance!


    November 4th, 2013 3:43 pm Reply
  • Becky

    While I agree with nutrient dense, I don’t know if I agree with taking high levels of A with D. A naturally blocks D absorption, and my family’s diet is sufficient in vit. A and precursors. I do think K with D is a good idea though. We eat a good amount of local, grassfed eggs, milk, and beef, I make bone broths frequently, and do supplement my whole family with vit D3 with K2 drops in EVOO. I don’t supplement my kids with anything else.

    November 4th, 2013 3:28 pm Reply
  • Jema

    Can this oil be substituted with another non fish oil ? After two earthquakes in Fukushima by the nuclear power plant, I don’t think it is safe to consume fish anymore.

    November 4th, 2013 2:41 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    This blog post is informative and helpful as far as the basics of the origination of the Weston A. Price discoveries and the importance of cod liver oil, etc., but I think we need to be careful with our titling of the blog.

    Eating organic certainly does help you to be healthy. Pesticides and hormones are highly detrimental (as you know). I eat a diet of about 12 or more servings of organic/local fruits & vegetables daily, a serving of beef, chicken, fish, etc., raw milk and cheese, organic soups, fermented food like a bit of sauerkraut with breakfast, organic nuts, and occasionally items with my lunch like Wasa crackers and cheese, organic beef jerky, etc. I also have a nice pastry or bagel once in awhile. I say this because this is an 80% improvement over the fast food, extraordinarily unhealthy diet I ate years ago. Yet my current diet is not necessarily a Weston A. Price diet. My diet is considered simply “an organic diet”.

    Many people are still eating lots of processed foods and a barrage of chemicals. Let’s not discourage them with titles such as “Why Eating Organic Will Never Make You Healthy”. Yes, cod liver oil is wonderful supplemented with the diet. But when so many people still have not transitioned to a healthy, organic diet, your article serves as somewhat of a deterrent to people who think they’re doing a better thing for themselves. Sort of like, “Why Driving a Prius Will Never Make a Difference in Climate Change” (you shouldn’t drive at all) or like “Why Exercising 15 minutes a Day Will Never Be Enough” (you need to work out at least 30 minutes daily). There may be some truth to these statements, but ultimately, it’s not too effective on those trying to do the right thing. How about just calling it, “The Next Step After Switching to An Organic Diet”?

    November 4th, 2013 11:06 am Reply
    • Gloria

      I agree with you totally. It’s disheartening at best to read this kind of intro when you are doing all the right things mentioned and then read none of it is going to work unless you do this one specific thing.

      September 1st, 2014 10:35 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Hi Sarah

    I am based in South Africa and I have approached our various natural and organic suppliers here regarding fermented cod liver oil and NONE of them have heard of it never mind stock it. Although South Africans are slowly waking up to the benefits of a real, organic, free-range lifestyle, it is still early days. Do you know anyone on your side of the world who’d be willing to ship it to South Africa?! I look forward to your response!

    Warm regards

    November 4th, 2013 10:21 am Reply
    • Rachel

      we live in Germany and have it shipped from Holland!! http://www.codliveroilshop.eu is the website we use. the shipping is expensive but worth it :)

      November 5th, 2013 4:47 pm Reply
    • Olive

      I found malted cod liver oil at Dis-Chem that tastes similar and has similar texture to the Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil… Maybe it’s similar? The lady working in that aisle said that form of cod liver oil has been around for ages in South Africa. I also think the K2 levels in Amasi should be high. I am currently in the US but will be flying back to SA in a couple weeks. Have you found a good cod liver oil source?

      November 24th, 2014 11:44 pm Reply
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  • Peggy

    I just wrote a comment with the wrong email address. Can a six year old take 1/2 tsp each of cod and skate oil or would that be too much, I am trying to heal cavities.

    April 12th, 2013 11:26 pm Reply
  • Peggy

    Can a 6 year old take 1/2 tsp of cod and skate oil? Aim trying to heal cavities!

    April 12th, 2013 11:24 pm Reply
  • Raederle Phoenix West-Jacot via Facebook

    I think the Quaker company is indeed in the ugly GMO corporate bed, but as to whether or not the rolled oats are actually GMO at this point, I do not know.

    December 31st, 2012 4:35 am Reply
  • Raederle Phoenix West-Jacot via Facebook

    I think the Quaker company is indeed in the ugly GMO corporate bed, but as to whether or not the rolled oats are actually GMO at this point, I do not know.

    December 31st, 2012 4:35 am Reply
  • Patrick

    I am appalled by some of the comments to this post. Sarah makes a good point that organic food is not necessarily nutrient dense, and nutrient dense food is necessary for optimal health. Her post is well reasoned and honestly presented. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree, some of the posts are downright disrespectful and nasty, calling Sarah a “silly girl”, saying “you can do better”, and calling her article “disappointing”, among the rest. Sarah’s blog with all of its informative posts and videos has helped to educate thousands of peope, if not more, to the benefits of nutrient dense foods. What have YOU done in comparison? Very little I would guess, especially judging by the character of someone who would throw such insults. Your criticisms do nothing to further the food movement and seek only to cause division among its members. Grow up.

    December 30th, 2012 9:59 pm Reply
  • Fraidycat

    Again – as the commenter above noted – you have such a misleading title for what can be a good post. Why I thought you were jumping on the Dr. Oz bandwagon at first…… which is the only reason I pulled up the post to read. Silly girl, keep your blog content good and you won’t have to lure people to read them with goofy headlines.

    There are LOTS of good reasons to eat organic – and eating organic healthy fats is important.

    December 30th, 2012 9:11 pm Reply
  • JoAnne

    I am disappointed that you would stoop to such a sensationalistic title for one of your posts. Of course anyone who is paying attention realizes that organic junk foods are not healthy. But to put organics and nutrient dense as an either/or proposition is misleading and a disservice to any of your readers who have not experienced the benefits of an organic diet first hand.
    My family has slowly been adopting an organic diet over the past 4 years. We originally thought we couldn’t afford to eat organic but wanted to do the right thing for the kids we pass this world on to, so snuck in an organic item or two when they were on sale or close in price to chemically farmed foods. As our income declined, we found that we were more full and more healthy with less food (and less cost overall) when we included more local, organic foods in our diet. We now eat almost exclusively organic and live on less than a third of the average household income. We are happier and healthier than we have ever been in our 40 some-odd years.
    Yes, eating the right nutrient dense foods is important. AND so is eating organic foods (which are more nutrient dense than their chemically farmed counterparts).
    Please don’t fall into the trap of confusing your readers for the sake of an attention grabbing headline. You can do better.

    December 29th, 2012 4:40 pm Reply
  • Connier Nordan via Facebook

    Raederle do you know is Quaker is on the GMO list?

    December 29th, 2012 3:39 pm Reply
  • Connier Nordan via Facebook

    …and why I advocate eating fish http://www.conniernordan.com/food-herbs-medicine.html

    December 29th, 2012 3:38 pm Reply
  • Silvia Postill via Facebook

    ..& the title of this whole article is so wrong on many levels..very ,very disappointing

    December 29th, 2012 9:58 am Reply
  • Silvia Postill via Facebook

    more than anything this article will be most misleading for people who aren’t in the ‘know’..the very ones who should address their diet,as certainly eating processed,nutrient devoid or genetically modified food will shorten your life for sure..it almost plays to the hands of big Monsanto unwittingly,as most people who don’t understand true interconnectedness in nature,can certainly view it that way.What about holistic approach to living ,does it not bare any weight in this ??

    eating organic ,taking nutrients aside,is great for biodiversity & environment & people..
    now,with regard to fermented fish oil …the oil derived from suffering fish on the fish farms..most certainly,in order to satisfy demand.
    How can that be good in any sense ??
    thanks,but no thanks…in fact ,I’m quite disappointed by this article,coming from the source it’s coming.I ‘m confused as to why this article was even written..other than promote fermented fish oil.I feel now more than ever is important to promote wholistic,all inclusive way of living..rather than drilling more holes,into our own ship.

    December 29th, 2012 9:41 am Reply
  • Raederle Phoenix West-Jacot via Facebook

    As someone who has done years of research into nutrition and food, including the momentous project of comparing over 140 different whole foods in over 25 nutritional categories, I must say that there IS a difference between “clean” and “nutrient dense.” Apples and pears, for example, are NOT nutrient dense. I have a book about this containing 31 different reference charts showing which foods are REALLY dense with vitamins and minerals per calorie called Vitamin Confusion Solution available on my website. I have a fun pretty info-graphic comparing oranges, kiwis and pears showing how MUCH more nutrient dense oranges and kiwis are than pears here: http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/2151/foodfightkiwiorangepear.jpg

    December 29th, 2012 8:06 am Reply
  • Elisa Bieg via Facebook

    that depends from your definition of eating clean. I have never heard that eating clean means eating organic. As far as I am concerned eating clean = nutrient dense.

    December 29th, 2012 5:44 am Reply
    • Kristi

      If you are not eating organic, you are not eating clean. That is pretty simple. Look up the definition of organic (if it is not organic it pesticides, GMOs etc.). Not exactly “clean”.

      September 2nd, 2014 12:22 am Reply
  • Rana Jafar via Facebook

    Could you possibly compile a top ten list for a nutrient dense diet

    December 28th, 2012 11:32 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I wrote this post because I ate organic and squeaky clean for 10 years and felt lousy most of the time. Once I “got it” and opted for nutrient dense instead of “organic”, guess what? I finally got healthy. Nutrient dense may be organic but organic may not be nutrient dense. People need to understand the difference else they are going down a road to nowhere with their health.

    December 28th, 2012 11:17 pm Reply
  • Hope Comito Malott via Facebook

    Thank you Sarah for always offering helpful ways to feed my family! I’ve learned so much and you’ve inspired and encouraged so many people.

    December 28th, 2012 10:57 pm Reply
  • Belleviolette Rubyrose via Facebook

    maybe those criticizing should actually read the article first?great info,thank you x

    December 28th, 2012 10:30 pm Reply
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    December 28th, 2012 10:08 pm Reply
  • Melanie Korsmo Simmons via Facebook

    I had a perplexing recommendation from my midwife last week. I take a spoonful of GP FCLO most days, and he told me to stop. He said due to “possible vitamin A toxicity, and the likelihood that it would act like castor oil and possibly induce labor.” Then his recommendation was to “go pick up a good D3 from gnc.” Sounded like rubbish to me, but…….

    December 28th, 2012 10:07 pm Reply
  • Hope Comito Malott via Facebook

    Igrabbed a bag of organic corn chips and a jar of organic salsa for dinner with a bottle of organic lime soda. Just kidding. We actually had a nice big warm spinach salad (from a local chemical free farm) with garlic and olive oil dressing drenched in lemon juice and red crushed pepper, whole wheat pasta and anchovies on the side. That’s the difference between eating organic and nutrient dense.

    December 28th, 2012 8:52 pm Reply
  • Wendy Nelson via Facebook

    All I need to do is to look at my 4 grand children and see how they have grown in much better health and all aspects by following the health plan that their parents have adopted. We each have our own opinions and options that we go for and try….I would always encourage organic fruits and veggies..the quality of soils also plays a very important role in the quality of the fruits and vegetables…In Oregon there is a very strict code that is overseen by Oregon Tilth….I would definitely do research on line to find out facts.

    December 28th, 2012 8:52 pm Reply
  • Ryan Melissa Harmening via Facebook

    Thank you for the info

    December 28th, 2012 8:18 pm Reply
  • Violet Revo via Facebook

    Why the heck is everyone fighting about such stupid stuff?? Get the best food you can afford. That’s it, it’s simple. Do the research. Don’t depend on other people to tell you just what you need to do to be “healthy”. There’s no personal responsibility in this country anymore!

    December 28th, 2012 7:59 pm Reply
  • Michael Lee

    I don’t see any science here… just an outdated anecdote about Pacific Islanders that may or may not have anything to do with reality.

    December 28th, 2012 7:48 pm Reply
  • Primo Sanelli via Facebook

    I read your post on your blog. My issue is with your advice to the pregnant (or planning) mother to be. You are not a health practitioner and therefore should at least be making a comment that you are not dishing out medical advice. Taking fermented cod liver oil will not prevent congenital defects like spina bifida. There are other nutrients that are typically deficient in American females that should be consumed in a good quality prenatal vitamin. Stop giving out medical advice. I’m ready to unfriend you. BTW, I’m a Clinical Nutritionist.

    December 28th, 2012 7:27 pm Reply
  • Fiona Shearer-Hann via Facebook

    Umm who actually READ the article? At what point did Sarah demonise Organic foods?? She certainly did not! ALL she was saying was that eating organic foods is NOT ENOUGH… it’s ALSO important to eat nutrient dense foods! That’s it! At no time was it ever implied that organic foods are not an important part of a healthy diet.

    December 28th, 2012 7:15 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Hofheins Haacke via Facebook

    Bravo JOSEPH and WENDY. This blog post seemed very one sided and seemed to discourage people from eating organic. I think avoiding GMOs is a top priority, and would not eat cod liver oil from fish produced with GMO feed. I think the post title should have suggested something about the benefits of cod liver oil and nutrient dense foods rather than demonizing Organic foods.

    December 28th, 2012 7:07 pm Reply
  • Rana Jafar via Facebook

    Thnx Erika I will chek that out

    December 28th, 2012 6:48 pm Reply
  • Ti Bergenn via Facebook

    My friend Raederle Phoenix has some recipe books that, while they do not include meat, do include high nutrient density. See Raederle.com.

    December 28th, 2012 6:41 pm Reply
  • Adine Marston Marc via Facebook

    My husband was in a car accident and hit his head. He now has severe tinnitus and hyperacusis, and all the sleep problems associated with theses issues. I purchased a bottle of cod liver oil and skate liver oil from Green Pastures and had him start taking them. He was reluctant. After a couple of weeks he appeared to be coping better. We ran out and I wanted to see how he would do without, so I did not get more. He went down hill again and asked me to buy more, which kind of shocked me. We are taking it again and he is coping better. They have not fixed the underlying problem, but they help him to cope with the issues better.

    December 28th, 2012 6:35 pm Reply
  • Wendy Nelson via Facebook

    I don’t agree, I have four young grand children, who have suffered a great deal with many allergies….my family has worked tirelessly to over come these…..completely ORGANIC, wheat free, spelt free, dairy free, sugar free….each person is an individual, and each of us have specific needs…needs….I disagree in every way that NOT eating organic will make you healthy….there are many, many pesticides in foods, they play a strong role in how healthy people are. I believe many of our diseases are directly linked to what foods are consumed, what we place on our bodies, shampoos, conditioners, underarm deodorant, detergents, tooth paste, teeth whiteners, the products we use to clean our homes, on and on…

    December 28th, 2012 6:24 pm Reply
  • Erika Queen via Facebook

    Rana – check out Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon! Take it slowly, there’s a lot to learn. I was a vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) for 18 years; I’m a little over a year into traditional foods, and am still a newbie. When you first look at NT (aforementioned book), read the front parts, and decide what aspect to start with (e.g. Grass fed meats, organic produce, raw dairy, fermented beverages, fermented foods, soaked beans/grains, supplements, etc.)
    The order I started off w/ (I was already eating a mainly organic diet):supplements, fermented beverages (purchased, then made), raw dairy, grass-fed meats, and now that I’m adding grains and beans back into my diet, soaking. Meal planning is still something I haven’t come close to mastering!

    December 28th, 2012 6:20 pm Reply
  • Tricia Mills Baehr via Facebook

    I agree, I choose organic or from a farmer I know to avoid GMO’s

    December 28th, 2012 6:16 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Tricia Mills Baehr GMOs are frankenfood and certainly not a nutrient dense choice.

    December 28th, 2012 6:15 pm Reply
  • Tricia Mills Baehr via Facebook

    What about GMO’s?

    December 28th, 2012 6:13 pm Reply
  • Natacha Dority via Facebook

    Thank you! Nutrient dense is something I barely hear anyone speak of.

    December 28th, 2012 6:08 pm Reply
  • Kristin Sanders via Facebook

    To save money, I buy almost all of my vegetables and some fruits frozen. That way I can get them organic but for less. I also don’t have to worry about it going bad because I forgot I had it, which happens to me a lot :/ Most of my food budget goes to organic meats/poultry, butter, and raw milk. I just bought a couple of sourdough cultures and I want to get a kefir culture next. I swear kefir is incredible. I had the worst stomach bug of my life, worst than labor pains, just the other week, and a kefir smoothie knocked that sucker out! I definitely have learned what’s most important to buy. I’m also on food stamps :)

    December 28th, 2012 6:02 pm Reply
  • Rana Jafar via Facebook

    For me as a beginner doing an organic diet was just easier to adopt- u just buy stuff labelled organic – nutrient dense needs research and I’ve not done that yet

    December 28th, 2012 6:01 pm Reply
  • Denver Tina via Facebook

    Both are necessary but not always affordable, Joseph. If one can’t afford to eat a nutrient dense diet and organic which do you suggest they eat?

    December 28th, 2012 5:58 pm Reply
  • Rana Jafar via Facebook

    Thanks for that post Joseph the article had made me feel we were heading in the wrong direction by focusing on organic

    December 28th, 2012 5:55 pm Reply
  • Joseph Balderson via Facebook

    I’m sorry, your argument doesn’t wash. There has been a lot of airtime recently with Dr. Oz’s ridiculous “about face” on organics, citing that “it’s too expensive” and “it’s not really that good for you anyways,” (among other arguments) that if one were not paying very close attention, this article might appear to be an attempt to throw in with that stinking pile of Big Agri/Pharma disinformation. It’s not, I can see that, but your article isn’t helping. For the simple reason that, while the fact that a food is organic might not necessarily mean it is nutrition dense, the two are not mutually exclusive, as your article seems to infer. In fact, they are mutually reinforcing, synergistic and complementary of necessity. I ask you: what is the use of getting fermented cod liver oil from fish raised in an overpopulated fish farm using heavy doses of antibiotics, or fermented butter from dairy cows being fed GMO soy? We’re talking about apples and oranges here: one is a method of production (organics), and the other is the content of that [food] production (nutritive density). Often, one finds that organic foods are more nutrition-dense, by the simple fact that organic standards necessitate holistic soil composition and animal care, which yield “crops” with a higher nutritive content that their conventional counterparts. So please, stop muddying the waters: both are necessary.

    December 28th, 2012 5:53 pm Reply
  • Rana Jafar via Facebook

    Can you suggest any good books to educate myself on having a nutrient dense diet? My husband and u just turned vegan and only eat organic but after reading this I feel maybe we’ve got our priorities wrong – bear in mind we were on a junk food diet before

    December 28th, 2012 5:53 pm Reply
  • Roseann Ligenza-Fisher via Facebook

    @Sara..we just bought a cow as well and the farmer we buy from stores it for us in his freezer at no extra cost…It’s great!!

    December 28th, 2012 5:47 pm Reply
  • Erik Snyder Roth via Facebook

    It will keep pesticides out of your body.

    December 28th, 2012 5:45 pm Reply
  • Roseann Ligenza-Fisher via Facebook

    I buy my raw grassfed dairy and meat from a farmer who is on the WAPF list. He’s not certified organic because of all the paperwork and added expense. But he doesn’t use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. His pasture is fertilized by the cows themselves naturally. I prefer grassfed meats and dairy I get now as opposed to the certified organic grain fed in the supermarket.

    December 28th, 2012 5:44 pm Reply
  • Kate Tietje via Facebook

    Which is why the olive oil potato chips I just had (rare treat and “clean” enough) are, well, a rare treat…. :) And the kombucha I just had is a daily occurrence!

    December 28th, 2012 5:32 pm Reply
  • Sara James via Facebook

    Thanks Sarah! I’m checking it out! I’m so fortunate to be able to have a cow in my freezer and fully intend to do it right this year! :)

    December 28th, 2012 5:25 pm Reply
  • Amy West via Facebook

    I think the missing piece here is that while eating organic won’t make you healthy, eating conventionally grown stuff with a lot of pesticides, or GMO stuff, can make you sick.

    December 28th, 2012 5:23 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Yes, my friend Stanley has excellent cookbooks on grassfed meat: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098234290X?ie=UTF8&tag=theheahomec0a-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=098234290X

    December 28th, 2012 5:22 pm Reply
  • Sara James via Facebook

    Sarah, any recommendations for cookbooks beside nourishing trad and grassfed gourmet? I just got a whole cow and need some good recipes as we will be eating meat everyday in 2013!

    December 28th, 2012 5:20 pm Reply
  • Sharon New via Facebook

    could not agree more.

    December 28th, 2012 5:19 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    If you can afford to eat nutrient dense AND clean, then do so. Most do not have the budget for this, so always choose nutrient dense over organic if necessary,

    December 28th, 2012 5:18 pm Reply
  • Mike Neil

    Maybe the whole foods diet was enough an the dumb island people risked thr life for no reason. What does this have to do with organics? Again, another worthless article. Why don’t you read another book and start another ridiculous blog that clearly indicates you have no idea what your talking about.

    Ps: take a creative writing course!

    November 2nd, 2012 9:07 pm Reply
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  • Lee

    I live in South Africa. Where do I find fermented cod liver oil?

    July 19th, 2012 8:26 am Reply
  • Tricia

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks again for all the great info. For the Beef liver that you told someone to eat. Raw or Cooked? And I understand about needing these vitamins in the diet, but I would be interested to know how those cultures that could not get shark or even ocean fish get this vitamins? Such as the Native Americans. Does the Price Book address this?

    Comment/info: I have had my Vitamin D checked and it is very normal. I do not eat any of fermented oils that you are suggesting. I do eat healthy, raw milk, good meats, eggs, fruits veggies, ect. Two things that I do do that others might be interested in, that Dr. Mercola talks about regarding Vit. D, are 1. I very, Very rarely wear sunscreen less than 1/2 dozen times in over a decade. (I have been check by a Dermo.. and my skin is fine) and 2. I do not wash with soap and water all over my body after I have been in the sun for a good period of time (I only use soap in the “important areas”). Apparently when your skin is exposed to sun it makes a vit D oil on your skin that takes up to 48 hours for your body to absorb and if you go out in the sun and then take a good soapy shower all over you just was that oil off and no Vit D. for you. My husband showers with soap twice a day and his levels are low. He takes a supplement.

    Thanks again and keep the good stuff coming.


    June 30th, 2012 12:32 am Reply
  • jill

    For some reason comments showing up in my mail are not showing up here. Anyway, someone said that kids should not be punished or rewarded. Maybe I missed something, since I didn’t see reference to that.
    As for kids eating a balanced diet if left on their own. I can agree somewhat. First of all, it depends on what they are being given and eating. Once they get too much junk food, it’s hard to get them to want anything. I’ve personally done this experiement with my grandson. I’ve proven it to myself over and over. I will put a plate with say, beets, green beans, meatloaf, (grassfed) a little bit of potato and a homemade cookie or some other little sweet that I know is healthy. Everyone thinks I’m nuts. I might also just use fruit for the sweet. I’ve found that he will eat everything on his plate. He might start with the sweet, but it seems to make him so happy, he just continues on with the whole plate. Now, if I give him the plate with no sweet, but promise him the sweet when he is done, then that’s all he can think about, and while he may eat some, he will keep pushing it around his plate. Although, as I said at the beginning, this will not work if he knows his mommy is showing up with the usual amount of junkfood that she likes to buy. Luckily he lives with me and I have quite a bit of control over this.
    As for parents forcing their kids to eat, well, I do insist that he taste things. I don’t punish, but I do encourage him strongly. Like, oh come on, just taste it, just one bite and tell me what you thing. With a 2 or 3 yr old it’s hit or miss. I have good luck with that one. But I don’t think it’s wise to get them to eat more when they are full just to have an empty plate. I was forced a lot as a child, (don’t get an olive near me) and I was anorexic for many years. To this day I struggle to eat. I like food, but it for some reason is not something I remember to do. It threw off my blood sugars, metabolism, and my vitamin D was 12. So, I do think kids should be encouraged to taste and test things, but telling them they can’t get up for three hours or any kind of punishment is not going to make them like it. Tastes change and develop over time, we must allow room for that.

    May 9th, 2012 8:05 pm Reply
    • Jaden

      Great comment. I wholeheartedly agree. I actually made a reply to the post you were referring to. Try hitting (ctrl + F) on your keyboard and type in “Kimlyn” which is the name of the person who posted the comment about how to feed children the oil, and you should be able to find the post, and can scroll down from there.

      I also had unpleasant mealtimes as a child, either being punished, forced, or guilted into eating foods I just couldn’t eat, and I struggled for years after that with no appetite and became severely underweight. When I became independent in choosing what I got to eat, I started to seek out wholesome foods that I would have never eaten as a kid. Great comment: tastes change and develop. Parents and kids, nothing ever stays the same! If a kid won’t take it one day, one day, they might see this article and decide to take it! Thanks for this great comment!

      May 15th, 2012 11:12 am Reply
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  • Jane C.


    When shopping at stores, what should I look for when purchasing the right/healthiest sour dough bread? I am able to shop at co-ops, Whole Foods – I don’t go there often 😉 – and Trader Joe’s.


    May 3rd, 2012 8:59 am Reply
    • jill

      I look for naturally fermented sourdough. I read that somewhere, and I’m not sure what else. For myself, I also check the ingredients, since I don’t want canola or soy of any kind in my products.

      December 28th, 2012 7:46 pm Reply
  • Alexis

    So when you eat out, where do you eat? How do you decide where you’ll go?

    May 1st, 2012 11:16 am Reply
  • Mandy

    Hi Sarah, I’m enjoying reading your blog. I wish i had known about it when I was pregnant with my now almost 18 month old though, because I only took one FCLO/BO capsule per day when I was pregnant – I should have been taking so much more than that! I am still breastfeeding her, and I was wondering if it is enough for me to be taking the FCLO/BO (I am taking the choc cream gel blend now, not the capsules) – will she get the benefit of it through my milk? She has not had much solid food up until just this last month, as she got eczema on her face when I intro’d egg yolk to her at 6 months and I then had a strong feeling that I should not worry about solids for her until she was over 1 yr…which I did and she is just fine now and is starting to really love food…she is my strongest baby, much stronger than my older two, who were born before I knew about WAP. I have given her the CLO a few times, but she will no longer take it now – she spits it out. So will getting it through my milk be enough?

    April 28th, 2012 11:02 am Reply
  • CJ at Food Stories

    Organic alone is not going to do it. There are many facets of eating healthy for optimum nutrition.

    April 27th, 2012 10:28 am Reply
  • Alexis

    To order the shopping guide doI have to become a member or donate? I cant figure out a way to just order it. And I dont have a user name or password.

    April 26th, 2012 9:50 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I don’t know what that username is for .. didn’t used to be there.

      Email the WAPF office at info@westonaprice.org to get yourself mailed one. No, you do not need to be a member to buy a Shopping Guide, but please consider it – it is tax deductible and you get WONDERFUL quarterly journals jam packed with amazing and helpful info. :)

      April 26th, 2012 10:36 pm Reply
      • Teresa

        This journal is great- more like a book with different subject. Definitely more than a newsletter! I couldn’t believe how thick and full of info it was- when I got my first one.
        The shopping guide is wonderful to slip in your purse for shopping because I can’t remember all the better brands to buy once I am in the store.

        April 27th, 2012 7:52 am Reply
  • Jeanne

    I just started reading your blog and thank you for your wealth of information.

    I have a question for you regarding cod liver oil and vit D deficiency.

    I get an annual physical, and this year, I was exceptionally healthy (in terms of the numbers) except for one area- vitamin D, with a level of 19. I’ve been an overall healthy, thin, active person, until after having my second son in feb 2011, when I needed major surgery because my uterus ruptured and my right ureter was damaged. Since then, I’ve been sooo sick- fighting one infection after another (uti, strep, mastitis) and have been on antibiotics more than not. Do you think the traumatic delivery and surgeries could have affected my vit D levels? I’m a sun lover, so I don’t get it. So that’s my first question. Why do people become deficient when they eat well and spend time in the sun without sunscreen? And why me personally?

    I’ve been taking 2000 units of D3. It’s tough though, because I am not a vitamin person and tend to forget. So I’d like to try cod liver oil, but thought I remember reading that it’s not a good option if you are deficient and in my foggy brain, I can’t recall why. Is cod liver oil really the best choice for deficiency or is it best for maintenance?

    April 26th, 2012 3:11 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You may be low in sulfur. If you are low in sulfur you can get sun all day long and it doesn’t convert well to the sulphated form of vitamin D which is water soluble and the type that forms on skin after sun exposure (if I am remembering all this correctly – read it sometime ago). I get sun AND take fermented cod liver oil and that is the only way I can keep my D up where I want it to be. I personally don’t like taking D on its own like you are doing. I like taking it as food with A and K2 present in the proper proportions.

      April 26th, 2012 5:13 pm Reply
  • Frank Escalante

    A question regarding fish broth, I have made the broth and the fish bones are soft. I was wondering if the bones had any nutrition value after a 48 hour on the stove cooking? I was planing to dry the bones and make it into a fine powder and add it to the broth? Is this worth
    the trouble to get whatever is left in the fish bones.
    Thank you,

    April 26th, 2012 2:12 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Sure you can do that I suppose. I’ve never done it myself though. Sounds interesting. Primitive cultures would grind bones with water to make a paste and then consume it.

      April 26th, 2012 5:14 pm Reply
  • Amanda Hubartt via Facebook

    When should it be taken? I never know if it’s most beneficial to do it first thing in the morning, before meals, with meals, on an empty stomach…

    April 26th, 2012 12:51 pm Reply
  • Kimlyn

    Any tips on taking the FCLO “gel”? I bought this for my toddler and I can’t seem to find a sneaky way for her to take it. She just spits it out. At least with the liquid she would swallow some of it before denying it completely.
    Thanks (and love your blog)!!

    April 26th, 2012 12:30 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I don’t know how old she is, but if she is an older toddler, you can just have consequences like no favorite dessert after dinner or favorite toy to play with … whatever works if she spits it out. If she is quite young still so this type strategy doesn’t yet work, you can rub it on her bottom instead as FCLO absorbs quite well through the skin. I have a blog post on this.

      April 26th, 2012 5:17 pm Reply
      • Kimlyn

        Yea, she is only 20 months. Never thought of rubbing it on her skin, thank you!

        April 26th, 2012 9:57 pm Reply
      • Megan

        I know this is not a parenting blog, but I was appalled at your suggestion to punish a child for not eating what a parent wants them to eat. What about all the research that shows children eat a balanced diet on their own if that’s what we offer them? And the research that indicates children whose parents turn eating into a battle (how much to eat, what to eat, when to eat) are vastly more likely to have eating disorders as adults? What about the studies that show rewards and punishments are both a bad idea? (See Alfie Kohn’s books about this.)
        Rubbing it on her skin is a much better suggestion, and one that doesn’t take away the child’s dignity or cause problems later.

        May 9th, 2012 5:30 pm Reply
        • Megan

          Just realized I only gave the negative feedback about a comment and not any of the positive feedback I have about the post itself. I can’t say I’m totally convinced yet but I’m actually considering it now, which is a pretty big change. Thanks for writing so informatively!

          May 9th, 2012 5:37 pm Reply
        • Jaden

          Great comment. I didn’t think of it before, but it completely makes sense that meal time should not be a battle. Eating meals under an unfavorable mood not only causes stomach upsets and psychological effects, but is bad for digestion, as well. I agree, we should not make meal time, which is revered as a peaceful and sacred act in many cultures, and create propel argumentative behaviors during that time with children, especially since they are still developing eating behaviors.

          But, I’m still grateful for reading this advocation of fermented oil vs. the regular processed unhealthy oil. I am sure this new knowledge will be a step in educating others about the importance of a wholesome diet, and not just an organic one. If, in the future, Kimlyn, you’d like to re-introduce the oil as an oral supplement, you could try incorporating it into heavier flavored foods before serving, such as sweet flavors (coconut cream, jams) or pungent flavors (beef stews, onion, herbs, esp. parsley). Hopefully, that will work for your child. Best of luck!

          And, it is never too late to let your child take these supplements. My father used to take a similar fermented oil (which we can’t find on the market anymore) ages ago. His father started to give him the supplement when he was about ten, but it was in a capsule form, so he was at the age where he could take pills. To this day, his skin is perfect and unwrinkled, his (childhood) skin problems cleared out when he took this along with daily homemade soups, and his bones and immune system are healthy.

          May 15th, 2012 11:02 am Reply
  • Dan

    I’d be curious to know exactly what your son eats, if what you say is true. Even for fruits and vegetables, the harvesting process kills rodents.

    April 26th, 2012 11:03 am Reply
  • Callie

    My son is 15 and has never eaten anything that caused the death of an animal. He won’t do it now. There must be a vegetarian alternative, but no one else has asked. Furthermore, our seas are in peril from overfishing. I can’t see how this trend is sustainable.

    April 26th, 2012 8:12 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      There is no vegetarian alternative which is why vegetarian cultures did not enjoy the health of the omnivore cultures Dr. Price studied.

      Why don’t you use the fermented skate liver oil .. this is a highly sustainable oil.

      April 26th, 2012 5:18 pm Reply
  • Teresa

    Just a short testimonial here! My husband and I have been taking green pastures clo for about 1 year. He has not been sick even 1 time and I have had only 1 virus( Nora virus in Feb) and I am immune suppress from a kidney transplant. I usually catch everything and get extremely sick. There is definitely health building benefits to Cod Liver Oil – it is worth every bit of the cost to us.

    April 26th, 2012 8:11 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes it is worth every penny!

      April 26th, 2012 10:31 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    How about just eating some cod liver in its own oil? There is canned cod liver in its own oil available on Amazon. Would eating that frequently be roughly equivalent to taking FCLO?

    April 26th, 2012 2:02 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Would not be fermented and would not be raw.

      April 26th, 2012 5:19 pm Reply
  • Marina

    Sarah, I was taking fermented cod liver oil for a few months. I am breast feeding and really need it. But I experienced easy bleeding and easy bruising. My legs all in blue spots and some under skin bleeding. I have no idea what is happening. I stopped taking it and they started getting lighter and some small once are almost gone in 2 weeks. I made an appointment with my doctor to see if I developed blood disorder, but was wondering if you herd about this before. I am sensitive to many foods. Can it be allergy to this oil? Thanks.

    April 26th, 2012 12:49 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The fermented cod liver oil does thin the blood a bit which is one reason it is so good for cardiovascular health. Perhaps it’s not right for you given your blood situation … you can eat liver and do fish eggs instead.

      April 26th, 2012 5:20 pm Reply
      • Ana

        Sarah, I thought that problem would be avoided if the fermented cod liver oil was taken along with the high-vitamin butter oil, given the vitamin K2 content in the butter oil, which helps clot the blood.

        Is that not the case?

        Thanks for all the informative posts, by the way!


        April 28th, 2012 4:48 am Reply
  • Aimee Ridgway

    Do you think it’s still possible to have issues with your body that block this amazing oil being absorbed to its full potential? As in, its not what you eat/take, its what you absorb.. only asking because I also take 1 tsp fermented cod liver oil off the (big) spoon, and 1/2 tsp butter oil, and I live in Australia and get plenty of sunshine (esp my belly!) but my recent Vitamin D levels were nothing to brag about, they were on the lower scale if anything. I have a great diet now but I know there is still some missing links to ultimate health for me because even with fermented food in my diet, my bowels arent as regular as most, only every second day!

    April 25th, 2012 11:47 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, I’ve seen this in Florida. Folks getting plenty of midday sun and their D levels don’t budge much on the upside. Might want to consider a sulphur deficiency as I saw a presentation at the last Wise Traditions conference that indicated that sulphated D is the type that forms from sun exposure and if one doesn’t have enough sulphur available to form it .. not gonna happen? Sulphur is best found in eggs. Soaking in epsom salts ups sulphur levels as well (epsom salts are magnesium sulphate).

      April 26th, 2012 5:23 pm Reply
      • Aimee Ridgway

        Thanks Sarah, great insight! I eat pastured eggs (cooked – and raw yolks) 5 days a week, and have an epsom salt bath twice a week. It’s good to know I’m on the right track – now just to find the missing link! Appreciate your blog, learn something new every day :)

        April 26th, 2012 9:18 pm Reply
  • Emily Robinson via Facebook

    Your blog always inspires me to try something new, Sarah. Thank you for everything you do, and from saving us from all the “fake organics”!

    April 25th, 2012 9:41 pm Reply
  • Judy Jones via Facebook

    @Amanda, I follow my spoonful of cinnamon tingle gel with a spoonful of peanut butter. It hides the taste pretty well. Swallowing the gel straight down without letting it get on your teeth and gums helps, too.

    April 25th, 2012 9:33 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    Sarah I was reading an article on the effects of cod liver oil and hair loss in women. Do you know if this holds any merit? Im thinking it has to do with some brands being rancid ?

    April 25th, 2012 9:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Perhaps so … I would never take an industrial processed cod liver oil or fish oil! Almost all brands are industrially processed at high and very damaging temperatures unless they are fermented which is the old way of extracting the oil which does not damage it at all and preserves its rawness.

      April 25th, 2012 10:08 pm Reply
  • jason and lisa

    lisa has psoriasis on her knees.. anybody know anything natural for this??

    -jason and lisa-

    April 25th, 2012 9:06 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Psoriasis is auto-immune. Work on gut balance. GAPS Diet would be a great place to start researching.

      April 26th, 2012 10:33 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    Just got my Green Pastures order in the mail! $30 for a bottle of FCLO capsules is expensive, but is nothing compared to the cost of being sick/missing work/going to the doctor.

    April 25th, 2012 8:22 pm Reply
  • Alexis

    How do I go about getting that little book you showed once about all the foods that are/arent good to eat? I remember seeing a video from you and you used Ezekiel bread as an example.

    April 25th, 2012 8:19 pm Reply
  • Julie Quan via Facebook

    Just saw this article and thought you might be interested in a fellow blogger’s freedom of speech issues – even if he is paleo! haha

    April 25th, 2012 8:00 pm Reply
    • jill

      That is a horrible story to have happened. I hope this blogger fares well. Thanks for posting this, I’ll be sharing it with some of my friends and family. Very scary indeed.

      April 30th, 2012 11:23 pm Reply
  • Molly

    You are also a source of inspiration to me as well. Thank you for all you do.

    April 25th, 2012 7:15 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You both are very welcome :) Glad you find it all helpful.

      April 25th, 2012 7:19 pm Reply
  • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    If I could not take the fermented cod liver oil, then it would be a daily spoon of fish eggs for me.

    April 25th, 2012 6:36 pm Reply
  • Karen Adelberg de Montiel via Facebook

    @Amanda, try it with apple sauce, that’s how I get my toddler to eat it!!

    April 25th, 2012 6:10 pm Reply
  • Sheril

    Thank-you for your ongoing efforts to post information and encouragement for those of us wanting to get healthy. You are a big help to me.

    April 25th, 2012 6:09 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    Just ordered my first bottle of FCLO. Pricey but hopefully worth it !

    April 25th, 2012 5:55 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Take it consistently for 3 months and then judge the improvements! :)

      April 25th, 2012 6:12 pm Reply
  • HHE fan

    For the hives, try eating a raw fat with the problem food. Good sources are fresh avocado, cold pressed or stone pressed olive oil, raw unsalted cheese, raw coconut cream or raw cream.

    April 25th, 2012 5:53 pm Reply
  • Real Food Outlaws via Facebook

    I keep trying to tell my mom that just because something says “organic” on the label that it doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy. For example, the organic chocolate chip cookies that have canola oil in them. Eek!

    April 25th, 2012 5:39 pm Reply
    • jill

      Yeah, was just going over that exact same thing with my husband. He had picked up a box of Kashi cereal, well, it did have the organic logo on it. He was trying.

      April 30th, 2012 11:22 pm Reply
  • jason and lisa

    hey!! speaking of whole foods market!!!

    once in a blue moon we would buy the organic lemon wafers from them.. the 365 brand.. not the best thing in the world but not that bad over all.. well they havent been in the store for a bit and now have come back with new packaging.. doesnt say a word about a new recipe however…..

    -the flour has been changed to enriched flour.. that gives you niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid..
    -lemon flavor has been added, not just lemon oil anymore..
    -non organic sodium bicarbonate (so theres a good chance it has aluminum..)
    -non organic baking powder, so you can bet that the cornstarch is GMO..
    -non organic citric acid (was there before but organic i believe..)
    -and non organic soy lecithin.. we know thats GMO..

    so yea.. there you have it.. change the package, dont tell anyone, cheapen the product right up and still charge the same price..

    didnt fall for it whole foods,

    -jason and lisa-

    April 25th, 2012 5:21 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      All that “enrichment” to the flour is synthetic by the way.

      Shopping at Whole Foods doesn’t improve health much either but it does put a dent in the wallet which is all part of their plan with the soft lighting and beautiful feng shui store layouts.

      Whole Foods is a 9 BILLION dollar company. That right there screams “DON’T SHOP THERE” in flashing neon lights.

      April 25th, 2012 6:08 pm Reply
      • jill

        Yep, so true about Whole Foods. I brought up the GMO thing and whole foods in a forum and I got ripped apart for saying a bad thing about Whole Foods and oh how wonderful they are.
        I never tell anyone how i think they should eat, will say what works for me and mine though. Plus, I just try to encourage people to research their own food. I can’t understand, maybe I’m missing a brick or something, why people still feed soy formula etc. to their babies.

        April 30th, 2012 11:20 pm Reply
  • Eldrito

    Sarah, can you please explain the difference between emulsified fermented cod liver and the regular cod liver? It is the emulsified intended for kids? I can’t find the difference on their website and it’s kinda confusing. Any response would be very much appreciated!
    I love your blog, read your articles has become part of my weekly routine!

    April 25th, 2012 4:53 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The emulsified is just thicker which some people find easier to swallow. I personally like the liquid.

      April 25th, 2012 6:34 pm Reply
  • jane

    hi, there, sarah!!! just wanted to say thank you for all the amazing insight & info you share so freely & willingly with us all….have learned so much from you, thank you!!! also wanted to say, tho, that life is one big lesson and our journeys are a symphony of many continuous steps….and each step counts!!! we all have to start somewhere and i do believe it’s very commendable that people begin on this whole food journey, & for them to be not wholly deceived by the media/doctors/society & even QUESTIONING the ‘normal’ American diet, & here reading your blog is a blessing in and of itself!!! like emily dickinson wrote “the truth must dazzle gradually, or every man be blind.” it can feel overwhelming at times with all this new info, i remember when i first started out, but to readers, don’t be discouraged, the step you are at is right where you’re supposed to be :o) don’t add stress to the mix…..at least you know you’re on the right path to healthier living, & finally there is hope :) AND sarah’s most wonderful blog!!! thank you again, sarah & God bless us all !!!! <3 !!!!

    April 25th, 2012 4:29 pm Reply
    • Molly

      Amen, Jane. I was in their shoes 15 months ago. I read nothing but health books now when I have spare time and the journey is long and arduous but very fulfilling in the end. I am battling a serious disease and it may take me years to be where I want to be, I fully intend on being there. My advice is read, read and read. Its fascinating.

      April 25th, 2012 7:12 pm Reply
  • Bonny Busch Reckner via Facebook

    I like the title! It grabs your attention. She’s not saying NOT to eat organic food (obviously), just that simply eating organic isn’t enough.

    April 25th, 2012 4:10 pm Reply
  • Bonny Busch Reckner via Facebook

    I like the title! It grabs your attention. She’s not saying NOT to eat organic food (obviously), just that simply eating organic isn’t enough.

    April 25th, 2012 4:10 pm Reply
  • Katherine

    Excellent, excellent post Sarah! I’ve been taking fermented cod liver oil with high vitamin butter oil. Tastes awful, but I know it has amazing health benefits :)

    April 25th, 2012 4:06 pm Reply
  • Connie

    Intersting post and thank you for sharing, but I wanted to note that at the end of the post there was an ad for ProPlan cat food. it had a lot of grains on the photo portion of the ad, and it is a food that is high in plant based ingredients. It is not an appropriate food for cats as grains are not ‘species appropriate’ (and you so know they aren’t soaked :) ). As a blog that is interested in traditional foods, this is – at least to me – in stark contrast. Similar to seeing an ad for Crisco.
    I hope you consider the health of the kitties when considering this type of advertising… please check out catinfo.org or feline-nutrition.org

    April 25th, 2012 3:27 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      If you can email the URL, I will block it from appearing again on this blog. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

      April 25th, 2012 6:38 pm Reply
  • Danielle

    Hi Sarah!
    We just started taking fermented cod/skate liver oil 4 days ago. How do I get my kids to take it? My 22 month old will not take it (even a few drops in food) and my 4 yr. old this morning told me he didn’t want it anymore. I don’t blame them. I have been burping it up all day and it makes my stomach turn. I’ve been holding my breath, but it doesn’t seem to help that much. My youngest has tooth decay (baby bottle rot-although she’s never had a bottle-and I really want to make this work. Everything I’ve tried with her, she won’t eat. My oldest has minor tooth discoloring, but I still want him to take it. Any suggestions would be helpful!! Thanks!

    April 25th, 2012 3:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      See my video on how to best take it .. link to the video above in answer to a similar question.

      April 25th, 2012 6:39 pm Reply
    • Kat

      I bought the Blue Ice Emulsified FCLO in (KId Tested) Peppermint flavor. I gave it to our son, who has never taken cod liver oil, and he took it with no problems at all. I couldn’t believe it! I also gave him a little OJ to chase it down. I tasted it and it’s really not too bad. I think it also helps to take it after a meal then it is less likely to come back on you.

      April 26th, 2012 12:13 pm Reply
  • Kat

    Thanks for the great post, Sarah. I’m expecting my first order of FCLO today. Now if I can just somehow get it into my 8 year old & my husband :/

    April 25th, 2012 3:16 pm Reply
  • Terry

    I had another question with regards to my husbands allergies. He gets a red nose post nasal drip alot. I drink homemade beet kvass and and strawberry/apple kvass and love them. Are these good for my husband? I’ve haven’t encouraged them on him since I wasn’t sure. If he takes more than 1 Bio-Kult capsule it runs right through him where I could take 3 or more with no negative results.
    Thank you!

    April 25th, 2012 3:11 pm Reply
    • Molly

      Its pretty obvious to me that your husband needs GAPS. But so does mine and I doubt he would ever do it. You can lead a horse to water…..

      April 25th, 2012 6:59 pm Reply
  • Terry

    Thanks for the reminder. We have to start with the CLO it’s in the cabinet! The trouble I have with my husband and others when I tout the benefits of WAPF prepared foods is:
    1. Here we go again with ANOTHER change in what is supposed to be god for us.
    When I explain that this is based on Weston Price’s research of traditional people and their great teeth and health….most people will then say..
    2. That those people didn’t live as long as we do now.
    Since there seems to be more and more folks living past 100 can you help me explain?
    I just started Weston Price’s book so perhaps that will answer my questions.
    thanks for all your great info – love it!

    April 25th, 2012 3:07 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Let them eat junk if they want. Just make sure you and your children get the good stuff.

      April 25th, 2012 6:40 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The people living long were born before WWII … people born after eating the processed diet of today are dropping like flies very young with all sorts of debilitating ailments. People who lived a short life were in the cities NOT out on farms. The life expectancy is already starting to drop.

      April 25th, 2012 7:14 pm Reply
  • Alexis

    I replied to someone elses comment but I dont know if you will see that. First, just incase you didnt already know…I just want to tell you how much knowledge and insight you give to people everyday. You are great with your words and should never stop doing what you’re doing. Second…Im trying to understand all this so sorry if this sounds simple but, how is eating BEEF liver equal to taking FISH liver oils? Same vitamins?? And why when I was pregnant both times would my doc tell me not to eat liver so much because of the high vitamin A content?? They were regular go with the grain docs just fyi.

    April 25th, 2012 2:37 pm Reply
  • Audrey Houston via Facebook

    Organic Oreos aren’t healthy? WHAT!

    April 25th, 2012 2:36 pm Reply
  • An Organic Wife via Facebook

    I think I’m going to have to disagree here. There are hundred of societies/tribes all over the world, and they all ate/eat different things. Some eat mostly indigenous fruits and vegetables, some nothing but meat, even in the Arctic they survive on not much other than blubber. And studies have shown that for the most part, they are all healthy. It’s not meat they need, it’s not fruit, it’s not even vegetables. It’s just the fact that they are eating, real whole foods, whatever that may be for them. The US, on the other hand, does not for the most part eat real, whole foods, and look at our health crisis. So while that may have worked for the South Sea Islanders, I don’t think it’s required for peoples all over the world. Even us.

    April 25th, 2012 2:33 pm Reply
    • jill

      Not sure about that, I’m sure some might have survived on whale blubber. But how do you explain that I have a totally whole foods diet, yet my vitamin D is dangerously low, and it doesn’t seem to be an absorbtion problem. I have started taking omegas, D3 too and feel tons better already.
      It could be pollution too that depletes us, just breathing the air. Even organic food that is grown in soil that has been depleted over time might not contain enough of the nutrients it would have many years ago.
      I haven’t done enough research to know how long those peoples lived.

      April 30th, 2012 11:10 pm Reply
  • Joanna Hunt Nunez via Facebook

    Man the skate liver oil…now that will put some hair on your chest.

    April 25th, 2012 2:31 pm Reply
    • jill

      Joanna, love your comment. Brings memory of my Dad, he used that term, putting hair on your chest. Hadn’t heard anyone say that in a very long time!

      April 30th, 2012 11:06 pm Reply
  • Sarah Dudding via Facebook

    So taking a store bought supplement is required for my good health, seeing as how I’m landlocked and don’t fish much?

    April 25th, 2012 2:27 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    I think I hesitate to take fish oil supps as it just feels a bit unnatural to concentrate things to levels that the average human would not be able to consume. I have a hard time reconciling that our bodies are made to needs supplements, unless we have some sort of serious health problem. I once asked a very wise doctor about this and he just replied, “Eat fish.” I still take vitamin D, and that’s the only vitamin our doctors recommend, as we live in Michigan and don’t really get enough sunlight. But even with that, my first priority is to get outside in the sun when we can. I’m just wondering about your philosophy behind taking supps, as I imagine you get oily fish in your diet on a regular basis (we aim for twice a week).

    April 25th, 2012 2:18 pm Reply
    • Sheril

      While I understand and appreciate your decision and the rationale that you attach to it. I think you may be misapplying it in the case of fermented cod liver oil (or fermented skate liver oil). In the travels and research of Weston Price he found that this superfood was consumed by people in older cultures who were not yet consuming an industrial age diet. It was part of their regular diet, especially for pregnant women and children. At one point in the past a shot of fermented cod liver oil was part of the daily ration given to soldiers in one country. This is not a modern supplement but an ancient food. and while we are not used to swallowing it and are likely to find it distasteful, especially at first, it is entirely possible to do so.

      April 27th, 2012 3:17 am Reply
  • Brenda in Phoenix

    Sarah, don’t antibiotics only work on bacteria rather than viruses? And wouldn’t an increased consumption of Kefir (which can eliminate pathogenic bacteria) be preferable to antibiotics? Thanks!

    April 25th, 2012 2:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Just about anything is preferable to antibiotics which have been shown to leaving LASTING damage to the gut for AT LEAST 2 years. Kefir is wonderful yes and using probiotics to strengthen the immune system and fight an infection rather than meds is certainly a better option.

      April 25th, 2012 2:17 pm Reply
      • Sara W

        Who knew that nasty antibiotics damage gut for atleast 2 yrs!
        Can you pls do a blog post on how to rebuild your gut/ things to follow immediately after antibiotic course?
        I am TTC. Any info would be great :)

        June 27th, 2012 12:55 am Reply
    • Sheril

      I don’t know if there is any research to answer (or prove the answer) to your first question one way or the other. But I tend to think in the terms as I explain it to my kids. Our bodies are not meant to be sterile of any bugs, germs, little creatures, etc. but there are some that are particularly good for us and some that are particularly bad for us. When we make sure we are eating the good ones they tend to fight for there living space inside of us and in the process they fight off the bad ones for us.

      Now, I’m sure you already understood this, but I just brought up my overly simplistic thinking just to add to it to gone to say that it makes sense to me that probiotics probably build us up and improve our health and our ability to heal so much that they do also help with viruses in addition to helping with bad bacteria. I’ve been sick plenty in my life and the more I make these changes the healthier I get and the less I get sick. I recommend probiotics from high dose good sources and probiotics from homemade foods, to everyone no matter what issues they face.

      April 25th, 2012 6:31 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    i think this post touches on another point as well…

    most of us here take much diligence in what we consume and surround ourselves with in relation to how it effects our health….

    it should also be noteworthy to take as much care as we do with our physical health as with our emotional/spiritual wellbeing : )

    April 25th, 2012 2:04 pm Reply
  • Angela W. Rogers via Facebook

    I finally am getting the FCLO down without gagging!!! The cinnamon flavored one I’ve found to be tolerable. The butter oil though is just sitting in the frig. I’ll get there!!

    April 25th, 2012 2:02 pm Reply
  • April Loveless Walraven via Facebook

    Amanda, I use an oral syringe to shoot the oil in the back of my mouth, then chug a drink.

    April 25th, 2012 1:58 pm Reply
  • Ashley Ferrara via Facebook

    I agree, the title needs to be changed. Have you seen ‘The Vanishing of the Bees’? Much inspiration to go organic.

    April 25th, 2012 1:43 pm Reply
  • Ashley Ferrara via Facebook

    I agree, the title needs to be changed. Have you seen ‘The Vanishing of the Bees’? Much inspiration to go organic.

    April 25th, 2012 1:43 pm Reply
  • Lucila Donoso Gómez via Facebook

    Que bueno que estoy consumiendo aceite de higado de bacalao desde hace un año y medio!!! me siento tan bien!!!

    April 25th, 2012 1:37 pm Reply
  • Marcee

    I buy the flavor free FCLO and I personally fill empty capsules with the syringe that comes with the bottle. Each family member takes 3 a day, that is about 3/4 tsp. One bottle lasts us one month. We should probably take at least one more per day, but the food budget is pretty tight.

    April 25th, 2012 1:37 pm Reply
    • Lynn

      Marcee and whoever else – I’m VERY interested in filling capsules for my family. Is this easy to do? How long do you think it would take to turn a whole bottle into capsules? I just can’t take the taste. I tried to hold breath and other things. Where do you get your capsules? I think I can get some through Wholesale Frontier.


      April 25th, 2012 2:12 pm Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        The healthfood store has empty capsules you can buy.. It’s easy to do but time consuming and messy.

        April 25th, 2012 2:15 pm Reply
  • Rebekkah Lynn via Facebook

    I LOVE the way my skin feels when I take the fermented cod liver oil capsules! So baby soft! I love your articles and just ordered some books you recommend yesterday.

    April 25th, 2012 1:15 pm Reply
  • Sybil Strawser via Facebook

    I often take a swig of fermented pickle juice or a spoon of fermented sauerkraut right after taking cod liver oil. Despite the flavorings, I just don’t like the way the taste of cod liver oil lingers. :)

    April 25th, 2012 1:13 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    Great post! Very informative. Im off to the health food store.

    April 25th, 2012 1:06 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Don’t buy cod liver oil at the healthfood store. The brands there are low quality!!

      April 25th, 2012 1:33 pm Reply
      • Tina

        What about the Barleans brand cod liver oil?

        June 7th, 2012 12:59 pm Reply
  • cristina

    my son is on Gaps….should i not do the butter oil blend then? Is it safe to give him the mint flavored kind? they accidnetly shipped me the flavored so Im using that one.
    thanks sarah! i enjoy your posts & the time you take to read them.
    Also, I am due in Sept & plan on BF’ing of course…but w/my son he had major issues latching on. I am planning on buying the package for Make-your-own-formula from WAPF JUST in case I have issues with this baby! How long will this last if I just use it sporadically? Im asking b/c w/my daughter who nursed perfectly had jaundice. So the nurses encouraged me to give her formula to make her have BM’s….in order to bring her billirubin down. I do not want to use formula w/this baby if he has jaundice as well (both my kids had it at right after birth). Just wanted your opinion :)

    April 25th, 2012 1:05 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Skip the butter oil unless he is eating ghee with no symptoms and is not severe GAPS. I used the WAPF raw milk formula only when I was out for the evening etc and the basic ingredients were fine in the pantry for the 2 years that I nursed using only very very sporadically. Of course, I used fresh raw cream and milk each time I made it :)

      April 25th, 2012 1:35 pm Reply
      • cristina

        thank you!

        April 25th, 2012 1:58 pm Reply
    • sue

      I had many problem nursing my son before 2 months — discovered when he was older that he had tongue-tie which causes problems latching. (Nursed my not tongue tied daughter ok 4 years later) If I knew then what I know now. I wish I had found a lactation consultant who knew about tongue tie and a doctor local enough to clip it for us. Still thinking of getting it clipped because his jaw seems to be held back — now in an orthodontic appliance to bring it forward but am worried after nearly 5K treatment the tongue tie will pull it back again… Anyway, here’s a link with some info and resources that might help you breastfeed more successfully.


      May 4th, 2012 1:46 am Reply
  • Vicky

    I watched the video on how you take the FCLO… then I read your post on how to give your child FCLO (via their skin). I hate the smell/ taste of fish, so I was thinking I’d have spend more $/ dose and go with the capsules. But, reading your kid-friendly idea, I think I might try that. Some people put lotion on after a shower, I’ll lather on the cod liver oil… ha! How long does it take to absorb? Once it’s dry, will it still stain any clothes that touch it? Does the smell go away quickly?

    Sorry for all the questions… just want to make sure I’ll really use it before I spend the $$$ :)

    April 25th, 2012 1:04 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, it stains clothes! It does stop smelling fishy within a few minutes of going on the skin curiously enough.

      April 25th, 2012 1:32 pm Reply
      • Vicky

        Hmmm… well if it still stains clothes even once it’s dry, then I may have to rethink my idea… May have to go with the capsules afterall. The Green Pasture’s website says 2 capsules a day of the butter oil/ CLO blend is a “serving size” (versus 2.5 ml of the liquid gel). Would you recommend more than that?

        Thanks for the feedback!

        April 25th, 2012 1:48 pm Reply
        • Emily

          I have found that the smell never goes away on clothes. I give it to my toddler in the am while he’s still in his pajamas and sometimes if he spits it out or it spills his pajamas sometimes have a fish smell even after several washings.

          April 25th, 2012 8:24 pm Reply
  • Sarah Hall

    Can you eat/take anything else (liver?) that would
    have the same benefits as these oils?
    We can get grass fed beef liver for free from a local farmer!

    April 25th, 2012 1:03 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You would need to eat grassfed liver 2-3 times per week and yes that would be fine. Most people would never eat liver frequently enough which is why the oil would be better to ensure that it is a consistent amount of fat soluble activators in the diet.

      April 25th, 2012 1:32 pm Reply
      • Alexis

        Sorry if my question seems simple but Im trying to understand all this…so eating grassfed BEEF livers would be the same as taking a fish liver oil? How is that?

        April 25th, 2012 2:24 pm Reply
  • anna

    Curious why you take both cod liver oil and skate liver oil? What does skate liver oil have that cod liver doesn’t?

    April 25th, 2012 12:53 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      See my answer in a comment above as to why I take both.

      April 25th, 2012 1:30 pm Reply
  • Amanda McCandliss via Facebook

    So… I ordered from Green Pastures. The cinnamon tingle cod liver/butter oil gel and it’s pretty awful. Blech. Not as awful as some of those health food store type cod liver oil pills- no burps with the Green Pastures gel. Any ideas for me to finish this bottle? Maybe mix it in something. I was thinking oatmeal but I don’t want to lessen or destroy the benefit.

    April 25th, 2012 12:44 pm Reply
  • Arlene Tognetti via Facebook

    Yes the title of the article needs to change: All natives and South Sea Islanders and most Asian cultures eat natural foods not necessarily organic but full of vitamin D3, omega fish oils and natural vegetables: You will have a far healthier immune system if you were to eat like the above, its your immune system you have to keep healthy then you can fight disease far easier!

    April 25th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
  • Alexis

    So I guess its safe to assume Im wasting my money on the Carlson brand Cod liver oil huh? Nice.

    April 25th, 2012 12:35 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Sorry, but yes this is true. Carlson’s is not a quality brand of cod liver oil. :(

      April 25th, 2012 1:30 pm Reply
    • AmandaLP

      Carlsons used to be recommended, as they used natural vitamins. However, they have switched to artificial vitamin A and D (they are listed on my bottle as added, and the previous bottle didn’t list them.). It is the high doses of the artificial vitamins that cause the problems.

      April 25th, 2012 6:32 pm Reply
  • Antonia Louise Longo via Facebook

    Great article. I just choked down a bunch of raw chicken liver and I take fermented cod liver oil every day. I could care less about the taste, the way it makes me feel is worth it!

    April 25th, 2012 12:30 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Barborka via Facebook

    Thought I like the article, I am not a fan of the title. Just by first glance it seems you you think eating organically doesn’t matter, and that you can eat “healthy” conventionally raised, pesticide ridden foods is just as good.
    I know you don’t think that, but why not a title that’s more fitting for the article? Like “Eating healthy is more than just organic foods” or So you’ve changed your diet, don’t forget all your vitamins!” just for example.
    I hear all the time about how it just matters that you eat vegetables, not if they’re organic or not, so anything that suggests otherwise hits a nerve.

    April 25th, 2012 12:27 pm Reply
  • Adam

    Green Pastures is not on your resources page? Do they not meet your standards?

    April 25th, 2012 12:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      They are running banners on my site this month … their products are sold by the other companies that are listed though at the same or even better prices :)

      April 25th, 2012 1:29 pm Reply
  • Giselle

    I take the Green Pastures clo and butter oil blend capsules. 2 before bed with chocolate almond milk. Even the capsules are strong lol. I’m bf’ing my 8 month old. I wonder if 2 capsules are enough???

    April 25th, 2012 12:15 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Not enough Giselle. What you are taking is helpful but you just need more. If it were me, I would take 10 or so per day if it’s the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend … too many in capsule form so best to get the liquid and take off the spoon then you can get enough easily.

      April 25th, 2012 1:28 pm Reply
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    April 25th, 2012 12:14 pm Reply
  • Kaley

    You are right. We used to eat organic and thought that was enough. Once switching to Weston A Price I saw real health benefits! Question- where do you purchase your grains bf you soak them. I am going to try to do it myself soon. It is just so expensive to buy and then ship.

    April 25th, 2012 11:52 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Breadbeckers co-op is fantastic. They are all over the place if you check breadbeckers.com

      April 25th, 2012 11:57 am Reply
  • Margie

    I am hoping to start taking fermented liver oil–which one (cod or skate) do you suggest? Is one superior over the other? I hadn’t heard of skate until this post. I can only afford one at this time. Thanks for your advice.

    April 25th, 2012 11:28 am Reply
    • Margie

      In looking at the green pastures website, I see they have flavored oils, and capsules. Wouldn’t these take care of the taste issue (which I believe my 7-11 year olds will have a problem with) or are they more expensive, or inferior than the plain liquid oil? Thank you for all this help–I have a tight budget so I want to make the best decision upfront. How long does a 237 ml bottle last for 1 person? What is the dosage for capsules? Thank you Sarah!! I love your blog.

      April 25th, 2012 11:37 am Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        I take both Margie .. I split my daily dose between the two. The two oils have different vitamin D profiles (did you know there are hundreds of types of vitamin D???? ) and I want to be sure I get as many types as possible as science has absolutely NO IDEA what all these vitamin Ds actually do yet which is why I am sticking with the wisdom of traditional cultures on this one who knew that these fermented liver oils were critical to health.

        April 25th, 2012 11:40 am Reply
        • Margie

          Thank you–that would make sense and be cost effective as your bottles last twice as long as if you were taking just one.

          Can you comment on the flavored oils? Are they truly tolerable with flavors? Reduced value?

          April 25th, 2012 11:48 am Reply
          • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            We use the cinnamon fermented cod liver oil. Still very strong tasting but the best of the bunch. I do large group orders for a buying club I run and overwhelmingly, the cinnamon is the fave.

            April 25th, 2012 11:56 am
        • pd

          I just started taking the fermented CLO from Green Pastures and have been trying the Cinnamon and Orange flavors. I don’t like the Cinnamon, there is way too much cassia (cinnamon) oil in it and it makes my throat burn. The burn goes away after a few minutes, but it is unpleasant. The orange flavor…I can’t really taste the orange in it, I do taste the fishy taste a bit more than the cinnamon one, but it doesn’t bother me.

          When I first taste the FCLO, I was surprised. Surprised that it didn’t taste as bad as I thought it would. I thought it would be gross and I would have to force it down. It certainly does have a fishy flavor, but not nearly as bad as I had anticipated.

          FYI, my bottles came with a little syringe so you can extract 1/2 tsp and then squirt it down your throat. Some of it still hits my tongue, but this might be helping with the taste issue.

          I am SO glad to have found this naturally processed “supplement”. Thank you WAPF and Sarah for promoting it!

          April 25th, 2012 5:14 pm Reply
          • Margie

            Thank you SO much for the info on the flavors. I don’t like cinnamon myself so probably won’t try it, but maybe the orange? I appreciate all the practical help I’m getting here! Our budget will balance out soon (job changes) and I am hoping to be able to purchase this soon.

            April 25th, 2012 6:22 pm
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  • Nevra

    Totally agree that eating organic is not enough. The only “supplement” I take regularly, if you want to call it that, is fermented cod liver oil.

    April 25th, 2012 11:28 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Nevra, we are 2 souls of the same mind in that regard !!! :)

      April 25th, 2012 11:38 am Reply
  • HHE fan

    In case anyone is interested, the Weston a price foundation web site has a good article as to why cod liver oil is superior to krill oil, in response to dr. Mercola stating otherwise.

    April 25th, 2012 11:19 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Hi Sarah! Thank you for all you do. I am a bit confused. I was looking at the Weston Price website article of Cod Liver Oil Basics and Recommendations. They suggest 2 teaspoons of fermented cod liver oil for pregnant/nursing mothers. In the above post to Allison you said 2/3 teaspoon of the fermented cod liver oil is what is recommended. Is it somewhere in between? Thank you, Sarah

    April 25th, 2012 11:19 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Perhaps they have revised it now? Take the higher amount for sure!

      April 25th, 2012 11:38 am Reply
      • Food Renegade

        I don’t think they’ve revised it. It’s just that the recommendations on their website are OLD. They were written before Dave started making the fermented cod liver oil, which concentrates the nutrients better. The 2 tsp recommendation is for high vitamin cod liver oil, which used to be the best option out there but no longer is now that fermented cod liver oil is available.

        April 25th, 2012 12:00 pm Reply
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Thanks for clearing that up Kristin! :) I will ask the WAPF Office if that can get updated. have a refrigerator magnet that I got recently that has the WAPF pregnancy recommendations and they are the updated ones … 2/3 tsp of the fermented cod liver oil then.

          April 25th, 2012 12:14 pm Reply
          • Tracey Stirling

            So if a pregnant women only needs 2/3 tsp a day then wouldn’t children and adults need considerably less? You mentioned you give your children about 1 tsp total of the cod and skate oil per day but wouldn’t they need less than a pregnant women?

            April 25th, 2012 3:27 pm
          • Sarah

            Sarah, I looked at the above mentioned website under recommendations. It says it was updated 2012. One line says the high vitamin cod liver oil and the second line says the fermented cod liver oil. It lists 2 teaspoons for pregnant/nursing under both types. I have an email to WAPF.

            April 25th, 2012 10:55 pm
  • Michelle

    My son is five years old, do you have any recommendations for getting him to take oils? I have been taking two capsules of the butter oil/cod liver oil mixture. Is this an ok replacement to the amount you are recommending- or do you think I should switch to how you are doing it? Thanks so much!!!

    April 25th, 2012 11:11 am Reply
    • Michelle

      Ok, I watched your video on how to take the oils after I posted my comment. I think we can handle that! Thank you. I also don’t think I could be getting near enough oils from my two capsules, after seeing how much you are taking. Once my bottle is empty I will be replacing it with your suggestions.

      April 25th, 2012 11:24 am Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Yes, you need much more than just 2 caps per day although any little amount would be great. It is most cost effective to take the liquids.

        April 25th, 2012 11:36 am Reply
  • Katy Widger

    I’m all for taking fermented cod liver oil, and have been taking the Green Pastures brand for a couple of years now. But I have a particular health issue that is complicating matters, and I wondered if you or anyone else has heard or dealt with this problem before. I am histamine intolerant, and have, apparently, been all my life. I have suffered from the full spectrum of all the histamine overload symptoms, including all manner of migraines, reflux, indigestion, tachychardia and most recently, severe eczema attacks. I am presently on my third month of the GAPS diet, have successfully completed the Intro and am into full GAPS. Prior to that, we had been living the Weston Price lifestyle, so eating a traditional diet was familiar to us.
    My problem is that fermented products, in particular fish oils and such as fish sauce, are extremely high in histamine. I had to eliminate the fermented fish liver oil from my diet to help
    alleviate my symptoms, along with my home made kefir, yogurt, kombucha, pickles, etc.
    I am trying to add them back in, one at a time, as I progress on the GAPS. But the fermented CLO is presenting a major problem. Right now, I am “off” of it, again. I can’t find much, if any, info on any of the GAPS sites concerning how to incorporate high-histamine fermented foods
    into the diet, when one is histamine intolerant. Histamine Intolerance is one of the conditions GAPS is supposed to address. Any suggestions????

    April 25th, 2012 11:03 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Katy, sounds like an overgrowth of histamine producing pathogens in your gut … which would explain the autoimmune issues you’re also experiencing as well as the migraines.

      I would suggest taking a look at the GAPS Diet as a way to recify the situation by rebalancing the gut and healing the gut wall. I would suggest biodynamicwellness.com (Kim Shuette) as a certified GAPS practicioner who could provide professional guidance.

      April 25th, 2012 11:09 am Reply
    • Kimberly

      Hi Katy!
      You go girl! GAPS is not for the faint of heart. I have read of others having this exact problem. My histamine reactions have almost completely gone for good (now on month 10 of GAPS). The folks I read said they would have to try VERY small amounts of the liquid of a ferment (like sauerkraut juice). Once you find a fermented liquid you can tolerate (even at 1/2 tsp), then you can work from there to tolerate more. Eventually getting to small amounts of the fermented vegetable. Keep getting lots of good fats in broth, ghee, coconut, etc. Fermented cod liver oil may have to wait until you have healed more. You have to go slowly and listen to your body, and consulting a practitioner is a good idea! Courage!

      April 25th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
      • bethany

        I’ve had this same problem and it started when I was on the GAPS intro. I used to be able to take FCLO, milk kefir, kombucha, etc. with no problems, but now my legs have been an itchy mess of hives since October. I got my first cavity ever while on GAPS and I really want to heal it with FCLO, but I can’t tolerate it. I think I am going to just have to get it filled. :(

        April 25th, 2012 4:22 pm Reply
        • bethany

          Also, someone else suggested the hives might be a sign that my liver needs more support when my body is trying to detox a lot of toxins. They suggested dandelion and milk thistle and these really help. I am wondering how all this ties together.

          April 25th, 2012 5:25 pm Reply
          • Raquel

            I have a histamine intolerance and I get hive like bumps on my face and neck. I dont even know which foods are causing them now. I was on GAPS for 3 months with 1 of them being intro. I gave up, right after I had a bowl of grassfed beef with broth I got a hive! I wish there was more information about histamine intolerance and GAPS diet.

            April 25th, 2012 10:54 pm
    • Jana

      Katy, are you tolerating just a regular (not fermented) cod liver oil?

      November 11th, 2012 9:18 pm Reply
      • Katy

        At this point in time, Hallelujah!, I am not only tolerating fermented cod liver oil,
        I can eat just about anything fermented I wish, and I have been on a fermenting frenzy lately, making all things I can think of fermented, and eating them, lots of them! daily!
        When the “tipping point” came for me on the GAPS diet, it came very fast. All of a sudden, I could tolerate more and more of the fermented pickle juice, and I kept pushing it until I was eating fermented foods three or more times a day. I re-introduced kombucha, kefir, fermented cod liver oil, and many different types of fermented veggie products which we made at home using a perfect pickler or lactic acid fermentation.
        After two months of this success, and feeling great, I made some slow-rise, long fermentation sour dough using Einkorn flour. Success again! I can now eat one or two pieces of this delicious bread every day. Still on a Weston Price type diet with all the good fats and whole foods, and not eating any processed foods, but doing extremely well. Plan to continue this forever! Lost 15 pounds total, gained back three and feel wonderful! Have had no recurrance of any symptoms, only steady progress forward.
        Stick with the GAPS diet! It’s definitely worth it!

        November 11th, 2012 9:34 pm Reply
        • Ian

          Thank you all for posting about your experience with histamine intolerance and GAPS. My HIT symptoms are simply bloodshot eyes and hives and I feel like I can power through those while on GAPS. If I can tolerate these symptoms, is there any reason why I should only eat low histamine foods while on GAPS? In other words, if I am reacting to something that can also help heal my gut (eg. sauerkraut) will the fact that the reaction is taking place lessen the effect of the probiotics on my gut? I just want to go full steam ahead and heal as quickly as possible, but I completely agree that there is not enough info online about HIT and GAPS!

          April 11th, 2013 1:25 pm Reply
        • Gay J.

          I am experiencing histamine Intolerence symptoms after being on GAPS 5 months. Can you give those of us with this problem directions on what you ate, etc. until you reached the “tipping point” where you could enjoy fermented foods, etc.
          For example, did you eat broths,fish, eggs, left-overs, etc. or did you cut those out completely for a time? If so, how did you add them back into your diet?
          Gay j.

          June 9th, 2013 2:43 pm Reply
          • Katy

            I stayed on a pretty strict GAPS diet until my breakthrough came. I ate gallons of chicken soup and broth, continued with the good WAPF fats, ate virtually no grain carbs or such as potatoes or rice. And I found that most GAPS recipes had way too much sugar in the form of honey, so I ate very little in the way of sweets. Ate lots of coconut, too. As long as I was experiencing any type of histamine intolerance systems, I steered clear of anything high in histamine, which made my diet pretty bland for quite a few months. I was on a pretty strict GAPS + anti-histamine diet for about 8 months before I began to notice a major change, which came on suddenly. At first, I just added more ferments. It took me many months to add the FCLO back into my diet. I had some other issues, unrelated to histamine intolerance, that cropped up last year, as well. And it turned out I am intolerant of nightshades, which also complicated things.
            But, it has been almost a year now, since I went “off” the GAPS. I am eating a full compliment of ferments, coconut kefir water, kombucha (diluted about 4/1 with S. Pelegrino) taking 2 FCLO daily, and even eating dark chocolate, a small 1″ x 2″ piece almost daily, my one indulgence. I have yet to try fish sauce, but I am eating canned sardines, salmon and fresh fish. Eating a pretty “normal” WAPF diet, now, and still making my long-rise sour dough Einkorn bread, which I eat almost daily with pastured eggs and fresh bacon. I have maintained most of my initial weight loss, down 3 dress sizes from when I began. Feel wonderful! I haven’t had any symptoms of histamine intolerance except for a very occasional occular migraine (the aura without the pain), but I can’t trace them to any particular foods, could just be occasional stress or lack of sleep.
            GAPS is different for everyone, and I would just advise sticking with it until your personal breakthrough comes. I suffered for years, and now it seems like such a small effort of only 8 months to achieve such good health. One thing I do caution, and am trying to do, is to avoid eating GM foods of any kind, avoiding the glyphosate compounds in the Round Up Ready corn, soy, wheat and canola oil and the Bt toxins in corn, which destroy the bacteria in your gut. That means no processed foods, certainly no non-organic foods, and very little “eating out”.

            June 9th, 2013 10:18 pm
        • Michelle

          Thank you so much for sharing your experience with histamine intolerance. My 15 month old has had eczema and we’ve been thinking about doing GAPS, but as I started to incorporate more fermented foods, it seemed like she was getting worse. After making a list of foods that seem to be triggering hives, I googled it and found histamine intolerance, and wow, it matches her list of trigger foods exactly!!! I was really bummed because I figured GAPS would no longer be an option for her, so thanks for giving me hope! :) Did you have any websites that were particularly helpful for you? I’m having a hard time finding reliable info on this topic. Thanks so much!!!

          January 20th, 2014 2:05 am Reply
    • Foxylibrarian

      I cannot eat commercial sauerkraut like Bubbies exactly because of the histamine issue – I break out in a rash and it gives me an uneasy, restless feeling. The commercial fermenting time is just not long enough and at the stage of harvest the sauerkraut is loaded with histamines. If I ferment my sauerkraut for over 16 weeks I’m good, though. Look into doing your ferments yourself. A ton of traditional eating blogs discuss the different fermenting stages and their histamine and vitamin levels.

      November 4th, 2013 11:22 am Reply
      • G. J.

        I, too, cannot tolerate Bubbie’s sourkraut for histamine intolerances.
        Can you share your recipe?

        November 4th, 2013 2:03 pm Reply
      • Sarah

        Bubbies Sauerkraut has been heated and isn’t raw-fermented.
        I called the company cause I had a feeling.

        November 4th, 2013 11:58 pm Reply
    • Sharon

      Hi Katy,
      I have the same problem with the histamines. When I was doing GAPS, my eczema was not healing but in fact became extreme when I introduced avocado. I didn’t realize at the time that I was breaking out from the fermented products—cabbage and kefir. I have finally healed from my eczema and what helped was Bragg’s ACV. I started taking two tablespoons everyday with a little raw honey and I noticed that my eczema started to go away and then went away completely after a few days. But after being on it for 2 weeks, I started getting very itchy all over. So I quit taking the ACV and the itching went away. So now I just take it once or twice a week and everything seems to be under control…no more eczema.

      November 4th, 2013 7:51 pm Reply
    • Beth

      For anyone doing GAPS who has histamine intolerance, be sure to read this article:


      January 24th, 2015 11:39 pm Reply
  • Suzanne

    Thanks for the post, Sarah. I have been really lazy about taking my Cod Liver Oil lately……I needed this reminder of just how important it is!


    April 25th, 2012 10:54 am Reply
  • colleen

    Sarah, question, living in PA are you still able to take CLO in the summer time? I thought it was just a winter thing and I have finished my bottle of CLO but haven’t replaced it because of the season. The issue is amount of sun along with the CLO. By the way, I don’t know if this is related but, I have had a “lump feeling” on my thyroid. Went to the DR and she advised that it was a nodule and suggested I have it ultrasound. I had just started taking CLO and the feeling went away. I haven’t have CLO for about 6 weeks now and I am starting to have the “lump feeling” back. I know that its a nodule on the thyroid, and I am not ignoring it, but just wanted to comment about it. I haven’t thought about it because since taking the CLO the feeling went away and now its back and I now have to think about it again.

    April 25th, 2012 10:42 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes, I get sun down here in Florida and keep right on with my fermented oils all summer. Here’s a post I wrote on why:


      Remember, the South Sea Islanders had sun all year round and wore little clothing and they still took their fermented oils.

      April 25th, 2012 10:46 am Reply
      • colleen

        Okay, so let me post my response! DAH on my part. Sending you my apologies. I didn’t realize you were in Florida so I shouldn’t have asked the question. B/T/W I LOVE YOUR POSTS. I look forward to them everyday and if it weren’t for you and your videos I would not be were I am physically everyday.

        April 25th, 2012 10:53 am Reply
    • jill

      Hi Colleen, My daughter had a nodule on her thyroid. It took drs. ten years to decide what to do with it. We did a lot of research. Her’s grew though, and we had no idea how to solve the issue, but refused to let drs. remove her thyroid. She suffered through tons of needle aspirations, and drugs to control her heart palpitations. They finally just recently did radioactive iodine. Now, usually a high dose with kill the thyroid, but the dr. was conservative, and so far, it’s been six mos. it only killed the nodule, and she is back to normal with no meds.
      If that cod liver is helping, I’d do it. Plus, in the meantime, check out, requires deep research, other alternative measures you can take.

      April 25th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
  • Jason

    Very good teaser on the blog heading! I was ready (as many others will be) to pounce and find out just exactly the post was all about. I agree with you on the critical importance of the vitamins. We have a K2 D3 combination that is very popular. People that restrict their diets in so many unusual ways find themselves lacking in many areas.

    Have a good day!


    April 25th, 2012 10:38 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I hear so many people say (as I’m sure you do as well), “I’m eating organic now” like this is somehow going to make them healthy. A clean whole diet ain’t gonna do it folks! You MUST have ample amounts of the fat soluble activators in the diet.

      April 25th, 2012 10:44 am Reply
      • Patrick

        Along these lines, I recently did a post titled “‘Organic’ does not equal ‘Healthy'” on my blog The National Fork. The post doesn’t discuss the importance of fat soluble vitamins. Rather, it discusses the watered-down meaning of “organic” and the irony of organic processed food, like Whole Foods’ Organic Mac and Cheese.

        I love your posts, and this one’s no exception.

        April 25th, 2012 9:44 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    Also, just wondering … do we know of a situation where only the fermented shark oil was taken out of their diet for a time? It seems like a stretch to say that everything hinged on this oil. Could you explain this?

    April 25th, 2012 10:37 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      When Dr. Price asked why they took this oil, he was told so they could have healthy babies so observation over the generations showed the wisdom of this. I would suggest reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration … an amazing read that will change your view of health guaranteed.

      April 25th, 2012 11:54 am Reply
      • cancerclasses

        Here’s a link where you can read the entire book free online. http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200251h.html

        May 31st, 2012 5:39 pm Reply
      • Archie

        Sarah can you reference the pages in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration that talks specifically about the fermented shark oil? I read the chapters on the South Sea Islanders and didn’t come across it. I must be looking in the wrong chapters.

        November 4th, 2013 7:10 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    I consumed regular cod liver oil off a spoon for years and then tried the fermented (plain) recently. I’ve no problems until I tried the fermented stuff. The flavor is so awful! How do you do it? And, it’s so expensive. :(

    April 25th, 2012 10:32 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      It’s worth it. I would sell a car if necessary to afford it for my family. I’m serious. It’s not that expensive really though if you look at the fact that you will most likely need antibiotics to get well when you get the flu if you don’t take it. Meds are much more expensive!

      I have a video on how to best take it. It is easy after you try this a few times:

      April 25th, 2012 10:34 am Reply
  • jill

    Which is better, the butter cod liver oil blend, the krill, or the fermented? Or do people do all three? It seems like too much.
    Also, why would Green Pastures take information off the label of vitamins listed if they are still in there?
    You write great posts. Thank you.

    April 25th, 2012 10:30 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Green Pastures takes it off the label as if they claim a certain amount of vitamin A in there for example the FDA makes them put a certain amount of synthetic A in there.

      SO … Green Pastures has wisely decided to treat the fermented oils as food rather than supplements to avoid all the FDA control issues which would come into play if they tried to list exactly the levels of A, D, and K2 in their product.

      Skip the Krill oil .. it has basically no vitamin A in there from what I know. I take the fermented cod liver oil (1/2 tsp per day), the fermented skate liver oil (1/2 tsp per day) and 1/2 tsp of the butter oil per day. That’s the cheapest way to take them all. Getting the blends is more expensive per dose.

      April 25th, 2012 10:41 am Reply
      • jill

        thanks for explaining. Totally makes sense now regarding the label.
        Also, thanks for sharing the doses/delivery of your regiment.

        April 25th, 2012 11:49 am Reply
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          When I am sick, I take twice the dose (morning and night).

          April 25th, 2012 11:58 am Reply
          • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Needless to say, I’m not sick very long!!!

            April 25th, 2012 11:58 am
  • Allison

    Hi Sarah: I have a quick question, which maybe you have addressed somewhere on your blog already :) I plan on having another child. I don’t care for prenatal vitamins – they made me very ill with my last child. Would Fermented Cod Liver Oil be an acceptable substitue? What, in your personal opinion, would your recommendation before for a pregnant woman?


    April 25th, 2012 10:26 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Allison .. I never took prenatal vitamins with any of my 3 pregnancies. They are typically loaded with synthetic vitamins .. who needs that?

      The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends a dose of fermented cod liver oil which supplies 20,000 IU of vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day when pregnant or breastfeeding. This would be about 2/3 of a tsp of fermented cod liver oil. NOT the cod liver oils available at the health food store which are highly processed and not worth taking.

      Make sure you get the fermented kind! See my Resources page for the very few companies that sell this high quality oil.

      April 25th, 2012 10:32 am Reply
      • Tracey Stirling

        Hi Sarah. My question is similar in that I have myself and my children currently taking the fermented cod liver oil/high vitamin butter oil blend and I am confused on how much of this we should be taking daily. Being that it’s the blend I haven’t been able to find the recommended dosage for adults or children (mine are 7 and 11). Do you know what it is? Also I’ve noticed that the amounts of vitamin D in the recommended dosages of just the fermented cod liver oil seem to be much lower than what the Vitamin D Council recommends for daily Vitamin D. Would this be because it is more easily absorbed than Vitamn D supplements? Thanks again for a great blog!

        April 25th, 2012 11:12 am Reply
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          I give my children 1 tsp per day (1/2 tsp fermented cod liver oil and 1/2 tsp of the fermented skate liver oil) which provides 3000 IU of vitamin D. Remember that 1 tsp is the BIG spoon, not the small spoon in your utensil drawer.

          April 25th, 2012 11:42 am Reply
          • Tracey Stirling

            Why would a child need 1 tsp total and a pregnant women only need 2/3 tsp?

            April 25th, 2012 12:41 pm
          • Rachel

            By “tsp” do you mean “teaspoon” or “Tablespoon”? I thought “teaspoon,” but if it’s the big spoon, do you mean Tablespoon?

            April 25th, 2012 1:31 pm
          • Fiona

            Sarah do you mean teaspoon (tsp) or tablespoon (tbsp)? As the teaspoon is the small one, and the tablespoon the big one. When you say 1 tsp, that comes across as a teaspoon which is obviously not much (about 5mL while the US tablespoon is 15mL).

            April 25th, 2012 11:29 pm
          • Beth

            Rachel and Fiona, I’m sure it’s teaspoon, not tablespoon. The fermented cod liver oil is highly concentrated and is generally measured in terms of teaspoons. Although I’ve heard Sally Fallon talk about near-miraculous outcomes for women dealing with myriad hormone-related issues by taking mega doses of several tablespoons for a short period of time. In general, though, it is taken in teaspoons or fractions of teaspoons.

            May 9th, 2012 5:30 pm
    • robb

      i think its important that we address that scientists have gathered for a few years in a row now to address the critical deficiency of omega 3’s in our diet….and NOT vitamin A. if you are pregnant and building a child’s brain in your body…a brain that is highly composed of omega 3 fats that were NOT discovered until 10 yrs after the death of Dr Price, i think its important that we change the focus to making sure you get high quality, non-rancid, measurable levels of omega 3’s. i recommend consulting the current recommendations by the american pregnancy association. you can take your fermented cod liver oil for these other reasons but i would approach a cultural deficiency in omega 3’s with great sincerity. the former head of the red cross, dr bernadine healy suggested that the most important information we can arm ourselves with present day is knowing what our omega 3 blood lipid levels are…and when buying supplements you should be buying them with a very clear notion of what they are providing you with.

      November 4th, 2013 3:02 pm Reply

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