Why Eating Organic Will Never Make You Healthy

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 25, 2012

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!

Gulp.

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 (280)

    • 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

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  1. Abby Levandoski via Facebook September 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. As someone who both eats a 95%+ organic whole foods based diet AND who supplements with the fermented Cod Liver oil suggested in this article, I agree with the people who are disappointed in the way this article was written. Both the supplement AND the diet are important for health. I’ve seen this in my own health and in my family’s health and I don’t need any studies to confirm it.

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  4. Marie Rogers via Facebook September 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

    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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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!!

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  8. Meridian Hutchins November 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    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.

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  9. 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!

    Serenity

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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”?

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    • 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.

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  13. 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
    Melanie
    Melanie\’s last post: Monday Mix up – Are we in danger of teaching our children to obsess over food?

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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

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  21. Elisa Bieg via Facebook December 29, 2012 at 5:44 am

    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.

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    • 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”.

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  22. 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.

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  23. Hope Comito Malott via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    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.

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  24. Melanie Korsmo Simmons via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    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…….

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  25. Hope Comito Malott via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    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.

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  26. 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.

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  27. Violet Revo via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    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!

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  28. 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.

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  29. 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.

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  30. Fiona Shearer-Hann via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    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.

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  31. Rebecca Hofheins Haacke via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    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.

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  32. Adine Marston Marc via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    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.

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  33. 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…

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  34. 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!

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  35. Kristin Sanders via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    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 :)

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  36. Rana Jafar via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    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

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  37. Denver Tina via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    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?

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  38. Rana Jafar via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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

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  39. 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.

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  40. Rana Jafar via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    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

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  41. Roseann Ligenza-Fisher via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    @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!!

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  42. Roseann Ligenza-Fisher via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    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.

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  43. Sara James via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    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! :)

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  44. Amy West via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    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.

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  45. Sara James via Facebook December 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    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!

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  46. 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!

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  48. 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.

    Tricia

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  49. 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.

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    • 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!

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  51. Sarah,

    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.

    Thanks!

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    • 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.

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  52. 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?

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  53. 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.

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      • 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.

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  54. 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?

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    • 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.
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  55. 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,
    Frank

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  56. Amanda Hubartt via Facebook April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    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…

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  57. 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)!!

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    • 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.
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      • 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.

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        • 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!

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        • 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.

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  58. 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.

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  59. 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.

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  60. Sarah,
    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.

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  61. 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?

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  62. 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.

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      • 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!

        Ana

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  63. 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!

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    • 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).
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      • 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 :)

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  64. 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 ?

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  65. 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.

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  66. 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.

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    • 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.

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  67. 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.

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  68. 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.

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    • 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.

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  69. 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-

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    • 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.
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      • 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.

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  70. 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!

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  71. 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 !!!!

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    • 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.

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  72. Do you think there is any way at all to get all the necessary fat soluble vitamins without the fermented liver oils? I eat a ton of butter, sour cream, lard, tallow, etc. as well as taking a non-fermented cod liver oil supplement. I live in South Africa and there is no fermented option available here. To get it shipped here would be way more than I can afford (I’m already making many sacrifices in order to afford a real food diet) especially considering the postal service here is dodgy and many things never even make the journey! Would be interested to know if you have any recommendations. Thanks!
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  73. 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

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  74. 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!

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  75. 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 :/

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  76. 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!

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    • 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…..

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  77. 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!

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  78. 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.

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  79. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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!

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  80. Sarah Dudding via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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

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  81. 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).

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    • 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.

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  82. Brenda in Phoenix April 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    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!

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      • Sarah,
        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 :)

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    • 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.

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  83. 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 : )
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  84. Angela W. Rogers via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    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!!

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  85. Ashley Ferrara via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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

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  86. Ashley Ferrara via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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

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  87. Lucila Donoso Gómez via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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

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  88. 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.

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  89. Rebekkah Lynn via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    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.

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  90. Sybil Strawser via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    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. :)

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  91. 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 :)

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    • 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.

      http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/bfhelp-tonguetie/

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  92. 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 $$$ :)

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      • 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!

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        • 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.

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    • The skate oil does NOT stop smelling fishy. I rub it into my preschooler’s underarm area so he can go shirtless for a while, or where the sun doesn’t shine. If we do it just before bed the smell is very faint (and suprisingly pleasant in a musky sort of way) by morning. When my skate is gone I’ll try the cod oil to see if it’s any better. God bless!

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  93. Amanda McCandliss via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    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.

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  94. 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!

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  95. Antonia Louise Longo via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    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!

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  96. Jennifer Barborka via Facebook April 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    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.

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  97. 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???

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  98. 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.
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  99. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.
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        • 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?

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        • 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!

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          • 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.

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  100. 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.

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  101. 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.

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  102. 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

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      • 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.

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          • 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?

          • 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.

  103. 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!!!

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  104. 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????

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    • 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.
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    • 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!
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      • 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. :(

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        • 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.

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          • 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.

      • 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!

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        • 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!

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        • Katy,
          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?
          Thanks,
          Gay j.

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          • 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”.

        • Katy,
          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!!!

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  105. 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!

    Suzanne

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  106. 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.

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      • 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.

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    • 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.

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  107. 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!

    Jason

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist April 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

      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.

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      • 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.

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  108. 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?

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  109. 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. :(

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  110. 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.

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  111. 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?

    Thanks!
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    • 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.
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      • 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!

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

          • 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.

    • 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.

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