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Home Testing?

I recently came across a home test kit, called Viome, in a blog post from the WellnessMama site. You can read her review of the test kit here. This kit is used from your home, without the need for any doctors, hospitals, etc., and it gives you an incredibly detailed analysis of your gut biome.

I greatly appreciate her review; and I think the idea of such home test kits are fantastic. But I had some concerns that I needed to express, while also making this tool known to more people.

Getting this kind of data is a powerful way to unleash yourself from the system. The cost and convenience, plus the breadth and depth of the data, make this an amazing value. It is your data, and you can use that to work with any and all health practitioners. Be warned however that Viome provides their own ‘health’ guidance in the app, and that guidance threatens to undermine everything and simply move the leash into their hands. Read on to see exactly what I am talking about…

I watched a video of the Viome results from Ben Greenfield. He also has a great review, which is here, and the video from Viome is fantastic, as they narrate the result of Ben’s test, and explain a lot of it. Ben is a world class athlete and nutrition/fitness guru, so his results are exceptional.

I cannot see everything in the test, but I could find a lot of advice that I would disagree with strongly. It should be noted that Ben Greenfield would also disagree, which you can confirm by finding contradicting guidance on his site. He does not address these conflicts in his review however, as his article is focused on introducing the product and its benefits.

Regardless of my concerns, the test is still amazing, and the app and service look fantastic. There is a lot of good advice too, but there are some serious problems with their ‘indulge’ and ‘minimize’ recommendations, which I explain below.  Here are my comments about a few key problems that I noticed:

  • General comment: I cannot see how they decide the good and bad food items, so this makes it difficult to evaluate their advice. In addition, there does not seem to be any distinction about food preparation (except for grains) or sourcing, and those two points have a dramatic effect on all food items.
  • Some great advice to push the soaking of grains, so I was happy to see that. But the advice falls short, and the grain list doesn’t make any sense to me. The list of grains is much too short, and Einkorn is not even there. Not sure why they are pushing a very small set of grains. (Actually, I believe it is because the testing is not complete, and they will continue to update your data as they get more information, so this should be kept in mind when evaluating the data. The data is updated continuously.)
  • Quinoa is a trendy favorite in my opinion, and not nearly as good anymore because of the sourcing. (Today’s commercial quinoa is not the same as it was decades ago). This general idea of qualifying sources is something that seems to be missing, and I feel that is critical.
  • Flax seed oil is definitely not good to indulge in. IMO, a huge mistake to list that as ‘indulge.’ Most flax seed oil is rancid, or becomes rancid quickly, and using too much is not healthy. And it should never be used for cooking. I use some ground flaxseed, which I keep frozen, and I only use a little. This feels like another trendy choice that looks like pandering to the public.
  • The list of oils does not make much sense to me at all, so I was terribly disappointed in that. They do recommend VCO and olive oil, but no tallow, lard, ghee, avocado, or butter.
  • They had tofu listed as ‘enjoy,’ which is not good. All soy should be avoided unless it has been fermented for a long time, such as quality natto, miso, and shoyu. Tempeh is ok, but not great.
  • Avoid butter?! With few exceptions, nobody should avoid butter. Same for cream. There are some exceptions of course, but I know that Ben Greenfield is not lactose intolerant, and he is a huge fan of butter and other dairy. No mention of the A1/A2 casein or grass-fed issue, so again this looks like a trendy mainstream recommendation.
  • They actually had butter and cheddar on a special ‘Foods to Avoid’ list, and commented that these are “foods that are harmful to everyone.” Terrible advice. Shocking. Again, sounds like pandering.
  • ‘Avoid’ Broccoli, Cabbage, and Beets seems insane to me, as those are three of the healthiest veggies you can eat. Specifically, fermented (sauerkraut, Beet Kvass). And cabbage juice is probably the best tolerated probiotic food in the world. Not comfortable with the generalization of those ‘avoid’ ratings.
  • Name dropping Michael Pollan and D’Adamo are not a sign of sound science IMO. Both are trendy names in the public, so again this looks like more pandering to me. They both have some good ideas, which I actually like, but ultimately their guidance is seriously flawed.

I don’t trust Viome’s advice; however, it is still an awesome test, with so much detailed data, and I could only see a small amount of it. Their recommendations may still be useful, but should be questioned and researched carefully. Use the data as a tool to empower yourself, but do not let Viome usurp that power to serve their own business agendas.

FCLO: Favored by Science & Wisdom

Green Pasture

This post is in response to some confusion that has surrounded Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO) in recent months, as competing products try to discredit it.

At the end of this post I propose a solution that can perhaps bring both ‘sides’ together for a common purpose. But please bear with me for a moment as I lead up to that…

Anyone relying solely on science for the answers has missed the point of this FCLO issue entirely. You have committed two sins that defy the very logic for you being here (in the traditional food space):

Sin #1: You are insisting that science trumps experience. Yet we are here exactly because we are tapping into the personal experience of our ancestors. Our science will never be able to completely understand water, let alone FCLO. The march of science is relentless because it is forever incomplete.

Sin #2: You are dismissing personal responsibility. Each individual is supposedly taking responsibility for their own health by joining this subculture, as they attempt to wrest control away from big business, big government, and whomever else is trying to deceive them or make them dependent. Trying to make WAPF or GP responsible for individual ‘FCLO abuse’ violates this essential idea of personal responsibility. The people must become aware of, and responsible for their own experience.

Dr. Weston A. Price did not use science to ‘find’ the answers. He used it to confirm what was already proven by the traditional people. The entire idea of pursuing ancient traditions is founded on the fact that they were much healthier than us. Their experiences proved the efficacy of their diets. Science just helped communicate that to us. Dr. Price looked for healthy people and tried to figure out why they were that way. He succeeded.

Dave Wetzel has actually done a similar thing, which most of you are disregarding. He is trying to provide a completely natural FCLO that eschews modern intervention to the greatest extent possible, and relies only on traditional processes, in order that it might provide benefits that we cannot yet quantify or understand. He succeeded.

Now we have people like Dr. Kaayla Daniel and David Gumpert making (IMO) libelous statements in an attempt to throw out the wisdom of experience. In my opinion they are certainly guilty of libel; however, their more serious crimes are committing the sins I mentioned above.

They are attempting to return people to the leash of scientific ‘authority’ – give up your personal responsibility, ignore the wisdom of experience, and be guided only by the rhetoric of supposed leaders; which of course would be them, and not WAPF. Ironically, they do not have science to support their guidance, so they are using fear, uncertainty, and doubt (which is why it is libel in my opinion).

They are asking us to ignore the countless people around the world reporting the spectacular effectiveness of FCLO for nearly ten years. They are also asking you to disregard the science. Yea, OK, it was rancid fish oil from China that was mixed with vegetable oil, devoid of nutrition and filled with toxins. Yea, ok, that is the product that cures rats of rickets in rat assays, helps heal cavities and eczema, etc., etc., etc.
Yea, sure.

Let’s put all that aside.

If there is a common issue that we can rally both sides around, perhaps it is this: There is a problem in the consumer base with FCLO ‘abuse.’ While the term and idea has not been discussed to my knowledge, I believe that both sides would agree that it matches the single concern about FCLO: There are people out there that are not compatible with FCLO, and they need help in understanding that.

This is not at all new or unique. All food products are potentially dangerous to someone, and we must stop promoting the idea that personal responsibility is not required. A glass of wine is good for you. For most people this is true. But not for all. And obviously alcohol abuse is not good for you. This advice is given by countless doctors and experts. And it is the same as the FCLO advice, and any number of other foods. Dave Wetzel has a daughter that is not compatible with FCLO, and he promotes that fact.

We need to encourage more personal responsibility, and educate consumers about weighing their own experiences with that of others, and with science too. This would be a legitimate and helpful pursuit that would be in line with everyone’s concerns.

There is definitely FCLO abuse occurring in the consumer base, and that doesn’t have to mean that we are blaming the consumer. Some people are just too eager, and the product is somewhat new to them, and to all of us. FCLO is like a magic pill for some people, and those stories of success are what drive the product sales – and possibly product abuse. In some ways, the product is a victim of its own success.

Blaming WAPF and GP is not correct, appropriate or constructive by any stretch. Certainly, we can all improve. Empower the people to use their own experience and make their own judgments – not only about FCLO, but about all their foods.


(If you wish to comment, please consider doing so at the Weston A. Price Foundation, where I have duplicated this article as a post here.)

FCLO: Calling Out David Gumpert

Another blogger, David Gumpert has turned deaf to the facts, and is blindly supporting Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s report that attacks Green Pasture’s FCLO, adding further false statements.
 
Disclaimer: I think David Gumpert is great, as this is a man that fights for our rights to choose what we eat. His efforts on raw milk are commendable, and I love the things he stands for. I am ‘attacking’ him here in an attempt wake him up from whatever spell Dr. Daniel has him under. We need David Gumpert to wake up on this issue.
 
His latest post, Playing with Fire: Why WAPF’s Cod Liver Oil Wounds Won’t Heal Soon, is a direct attack on WAPF, and it is all built on the false report. This is already his third lengthy post attempting to support Dr. Daniel. Quite an interesting quandary he has created for himself.  Let’s examine his points here:
 
1. No dissent tolerated. Ron Schmid, the naturopath who had his upcoming national WAPF conference gold sponsorship and speaking engagement unceremoniously canceled last week, has been an extremely committed and loyal WAPF supporter….
It is well documented, and not denied by Ron Schmid, that he took excessive amounts of CLO and FCLO for many years. Excessive by any standards. This is simply irresponsible, and has no bearing on the products. Yet he blames the Green Pasture FCLO, when there is in fact no way that he can prove this. Emotional, irrational, contentious people, with an agenda for conflict, are not productive members at a conference. WAPF took responsible actions to protect the other participants.
 
2. No empathy for those who say fermented cod liver oil may have damaged their health Ron Schmid, a loyal WAPF advocate, nearly dies from heart failure, but the cause couldn’t have been fermented cod liver oil, according to the WAPF report: “If this in fact contributed to his heart failure, it is just as likely that his extended over-consumption of cod liver oil in general, rather than fermented cod liver oil in particular, was the contributing factor.”
Using the same issue to attack WAPF on two points? There is no point in this, as warnings and guidance about consuming FCLO beyond recommended doses are discussed all the time. There is absolutely no point in acknowledging Ron Schmid. Certainly we can all sympathize, but he went against the advice of all the manufacturers, the WAPF, and others. His dosages were extreme: “An individual took 1-2 tablespoons per day of another brand of cod liver oil from 1979 to 2006 and 1-3 tablespoons daily of fermented cod liver oil from 2006 to 2012.  This is 3-9 times the recommended dose over many years.”
 
3. No commitment to research. When so many knowledgeable people about nutrient-dense food are expressing contradictory positions about a particular supplement, and   people are getting sick, then it’s time to step back and inquire seriously about what is going on here. But in the new WAPF Q&A, there isn’t a single indication that I can find pushing for additional research to determine the truth about the efficacy and safety of the Green Pasture products.
Wow. This is blatantly false. Here is a quick copy and paste of the calls for research from the Q&A in question:
 
 – “By the way, Dr. Masterjohn is of the opinion that the forms of D in cod liver oil are not D2, but other metabolites. We hope to solve this mystery with further research.”
 
 – “Because of the urgency of this issue, I over-nighted an unopened bottle of fermented cod liver oil that had been in my cupboard; the results are posted here: http://www.westonaprice.org/wp-content/uploads/13GrootveldReport.pdf.  Dr. Grootveld found no rancidity in the fermented cod liver oil.”
 
 – “When Dr. Daniel first emailed me about her concerns, I immediately contacted Nina Teicholtz, author of The Big Fat Surprise.  This book has a chapter on rancidity in vegetable oils…”
 
 – “Obviously we are now going to do more testing…”
 
 – ” We are currently looking for a U.S. lab to do this.”
 
 – “What we are planning to do is provide funding so that Chris Masterjohn can do this testing in his laboratory at Brooklyn College, so we can study this question thoroughly.”
 
 – “I will now be recommending to the board that we develop a protocol for testing all brands for vitamin levels and markers of rancidity before we approve them.”
 
That is seven instances that talk about future testing and research. All from the one article. Not to mention that the article itself is mostly a detailed explanation of various tests and research methods, referencing labs, experts, and historical results.
 
4. No commitment to open discussion and healing. As far as Sally Fallon Morell is concerned, the Daniel report on cod liver oil wasn’t meant to educate and inform. Quite the opposite: “The (Daniel) report is clearly aimed at putting Green Pasture out of business
She responded rather quickly, so obviously she has joined the discussion. She did not hide behind lawyers or other members. Dr. Chris Masterjohn has also provided a direct response.
 
Sally’s assessment is correct, as supported by the facts. Dr. Daniel did not bother to evaluate or debate the many tests, reports, lectures, and documents that underly the Green Pasture FCLO. There are many places that she can have open discussion, as we are all doing now.  No, she instead made a direct attack on the company, the person, and the products, and while doing so, she presented her opinions and insinuations in contrast to the facts. She is a scientist, and yet provided no evidence to support her accusations.
 
5. No sense of the ongoing risk this earthquake has created. Nearly everyone who analyzes this situation tries to assess the technical aspects of cod liver oil—is it rancid or is it a good source of vitamin D—as if this is entirely a matter of chemistry, and up to consumers to decide. I haven’t heard a single expression of worry that one or a number of the illnesses could lead to lawsuits against Green Pasture for possible negligence in making people ill.
Is there any point at all in this paragraph? Are you trying to incite riot? In all the years that the Green Pasture FCLO has been in use, around the world, there has been no cry of foul play, no class action suits, and no thought of such. Even water will kill you if you drink too much of it. The insinuations here are ridiculous. The ‘risk’ of such problems can only manifest from the false claims of people like Dr. Daniel, and sadly, as we see here, David.
 
Finally, one of the most discouraging aspects of the WAPF report is excuse after excuse on behalf of Green Pasture.
Excuses? Just discuss the science and stick with the facts. The only thing we have gotten from Dr. Daniel (and David’s recent posts) is insinuation, semantics, and speculation. Please address the facts. Here they are:
 
No tests have ever confirmed the Green Pasture FCLO to be rancid. None. Ever. Not in Dr. Daniel’s report, or any prior.
 
Summary of Facts about Green Pasture’s FCLO issue:
 
1. It is NOT rancid. This is explained in great detail by Dr. Masterjohn.
2. It is indeed from fermented livers, and this process is explained in detail.
3. It is Cod. Any search will show you that pollock is one of the few TRUE cod. Just check Wikipedia.
4. The Green Pasture FCLO unquestionably demonstrates a powerful and effective nutritional matrix. Not easy to measure, but definitely potent.
5. Activator X is certainly Vit K2, and Dr. Masterjohn invites anyone to challenge his previous reports on that topic.
6. The FCLO certainly contains activator X (K2), and Dr. Masterjohn repeats his statement three times for emphasis.
7. Transfat can be from microbial activity, and does NOT imply vegetable oil is present. Dr. Masterjohn and others presents several possibilities for the transfats, and does not consider them indicative of poor quality.
8. The idea of accidental or intentional contamination with vegetable oil is refuted by many. There is no evidence of vegetable oil in FCLO.
 
These and other accusations in Dr. Daniel’s report are solidly rebuked in Dr. Masterjohn’s response, and by others. I feel that Dr. Daniel’s report is criminal, and a betrayal to the community. Dr. Masterjohn’s conclusion is much more measured:
 
“…I find the antagonistic tone of the report to be unfortunate, and many of the accusations reach beyond what the evidence should allow for. If this report stands on its own, I do not think Green Pasture gets a fair hearing…”

FCLO: Calling Out Modern Alternative Mama

Yet another good person seems to have been taken down by Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s fraudulant report on Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO).

Kate, who runs her blog Modern Alternative Mama, has been a long time user and supporter of the GP FCLO products. But following Dr. Daniel’s report, she turned against her own experiences and wrote a scathing personal attack on the GP FCLO, and Green Pasture’s owner, Dave Wetzel. Having been a fan of Kate, I was shocked, and so I addressed her post head on here.

For convenience, here is my post in its entirety:

Wow Kate, your comments are shocking. You used these products with great success for years, through several pregnancies that ended with perfectly healthy children, and now you throw the products, the company, and the man under the bus with false claims?! I thought you were better than that. I believe that you misled by Dr. Daniel into feeling betrayed by Green Pasture, and you are striking out with an emotional response.

You have been seriously duped by Dr. Daniel’s hidden agenda. You are factually incorrect on numerous counts, and you are perpetuating false statements. Do the research. Experts, i.e., professionals in the field, have shown that all of Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s accusations are false. See this detailed report by Chris Masterjohn, which happens to be in line with all previous tests and reports:

http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/2015/08/weighing-in-on-fermented-cod-liver-oil.html

No tests have ever confirmed the Green Pasture FCLO to be rancid. None. Ever.

Summary of Facts (according to experts in the field) about Green Pasture’s FCLO issue:

  • It is NOT rancid. This is explained in great detail by Dr. Masterjohn.
  • It is indeed from fermented livers, and this process is explained in detail.
  • It is Cod. Any search will show you that pollock is one of the few true cod.
  • The nutritional analysis of Vitamin K2, D, A, etc. is very complex; however, the Green Pasture FCLO unquestionably demonstrates a powerful and effective nutritional matrix.
  • The FCLO certainly contains Vitamin K2, and Dr. Masterjohn invites anyone to challenge his previous reports on that topic.
  • Transfat can be from microbial activity, and does NOT imply vegetable oil is present. Dr. Masterjohn presents several possibilities for the transfats, and does not consider their quantity to be significant.
  •  Green Pasture is not the only CLO recommended by WAPF.

Again, no report has ever confirmed the Green Pasture products to be rancid. Dr. Daniel tries to imply, insinuate, infer, and speculate from her own secret lab results, but even those numbers are all dismantled by the experts. In fact, the lab tests from Dr. Daniel’s report actually confirms that the Green Pasture FCLO is an exceptionally clean, powerful, bioactive nutritional cod liver oil. The science is undeniable in this. And the experience of users is even more convincing.

And now you are running with Dr. Daniel’s agenda, adding more insinuations and speculation? Why? What has motivated you to attack a product that has helped you, your family, and your readers?

Some things that you must reconsider in your posts:

1. The fact is that nobody knows exactly what Green Pasture’s process is, as it is a trade secret. Yet you state as a fact that you know the process is the one you reference, and you condemn it. But that is simply not the case. Lab analysis confirms that the FCLO is indeed from a fermented process, but that exact process cannot be confirmed. You do a nice job of pulling up all that historical information, but that is irrelevant, and only serves to distract from the facts.

Furthermore, you misunderstand the concept of fermented CLO. It was never the oil itself that was fermented. It is the livers that are fermented, as the fermentation is used to extract the oils from the liver, and in doing so also imbues the end product with a bioactive nature. And the fact remains that no tests have shown the Green Pasture FCLO to be rancid or putrid.

2. You claim, at great length, that the Green Pasture FCLO is rancid, and yet you have no test results that show it. I find it offensive that you associate links to generic tests about the dangers of rancid oils, free fatty acids, etc., when those links have nothing to do with the product. In addition, you take a personal swipe at Dave Wetzel by quoting him on something that you think is relevant. This is especially sad, as Dave has a tremendous amount of great information on his site, and his opinions and research are respected by professionals in the field. Surely you must know this, and surely you could have posted numerous quotes from Dave that put him in a good light.

3. Anybody can look in Wikipedia or elsewhere and see that pollock is true cod. There is no single fish that represents ‘cod’ in a scientific way. The top level group of the cod family consists of four fish – Atantic cod, Pacific cod, Greenland cod, and Alaskan Pollock. These are all considered ‘true’ cod. That is the genetic taxonomy. In addition, the pollock only accounts for a small percentage of the livers, so any speculation about nutritional impact is meaningless.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadus

4. The politics that you discuss within and around the WAPF have nothing to do with the test results, the analysis of the experts, or the personal experience of users such as yourself. You have a lot of disparaging comments that have nothing to do with the product, and I was sad to see that. As I mention in my opening, it seems to me that you felt betrayed and responded emotionally. It is Dr. Daniel that has betrayed you and the community, and not Dave Wetzel. You have three healthy children that are living proof of the safety and efficacy of the FCLO.

5. There is overwhelming guidance on the dosage of FCLO, the dangers of overdosing, and the fact that it is not for everyone. Yet you pull an obscure quote from Dave Wetzel (which seems likely to have been a typo) to imply that he is pushing dangerous doses. The facts are clearly in Dave’s favor here, as he and others have spoken often on the topic, and the dosages are published in many places.

You article is in disagreement with every test report, and the analysis past and present from WAPF, Dr. Chris MasterJohn, Chris Kresser, and many others. I believe that Dr. Daniel’s misleading report incited an emotional response from you, as surely you must have felt betrayed. You should be relieved to see Dr. Masterjohn’s report that shows Dr. Daniel’s accusations to be unfounded, and thus confirms that your many years of using and recommending FCLO were indeed sound practice and good advice.

Good luck to you, your family, and your readers.

FCLO: Calling Out Chris Kresser

Chris Kresser is a great guy and a great healer. Absolutely a knowledgable and likable force in the natural health community. I enjoy his podcasts and blogs, but I have a very serious concern that I need to voice here.

It seems to me that Chris is compromising himself for monetary gain,  and while I would prefer not to believe that, it keeps poking at me via the FCLO issue (Fermented Cod Liver Oil, from Green Pasture). In truth, I am sure it is not about money. I think Chris has just been duped by marketing and sales at Rosita EVCLO, and by Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s recent report.

Chris has years of great experience and results with the Green Pasture (GP) FCLO, but has recently switched to the EVCLO product, which he gets a commission on. Commissions are fine, except when you marginalize a competing product without any valid justification – as he has now started to do to the GP FCLO.

The first evidence that I saw was in June 2015, in this article. I was dismayed, and made several posts; none of which he responded to. Here are my posts:

Victor

Come on Chris, give us a response on the Green Pasture FCLO. I can understand if you stopped using it because of taste or how it personally reacts with you, but it is absolutely the best product on the market, and Dave Wetzel from Green Pasture provides an absurd amount of great info on his products.

Green Pasture deserves your repeated recommendations. There is no company more trustworthy, and their level of transparency and commitment is second to none. They are preserving valuable ancient traditions, and delivering us the very best FCLO and Butter Oil products.

No Response 🙁

Victor

Many things invoke the gag reflex, and different things for different people. I watch this all the time within my family, as some people can eat the Green Pasture FCLO like it is ice cream, while others gag.

In addition, there is confusion here about the term rancid. We generally use it to mean that something has ‘gone bad’ and is not fit for consumption. However, that is not the dictionary definition, and is not used by everyone in that context. When something is rancid, it has what is generally considered a foul smell and taste, and is in a state of decomposition, or similarly bioactive. All fermented food fall under this technical definition, but not the common definition.

Thus, FCLO, natto, kimchi, etc. are technically rancid, but highly desirable for consumption, and therefore not rancid by common definition. I hope that helps.

Again, no response 🙁  And my comments there are particularly relevant to what has just happened with Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s ridiculous attack on the Green Pasture FCLO. To which Chris responded here.  It is a well written attempt at being neutral, and yet borders on slanderous with its unfounded insinuations.

My full response to his article is posted in his comments section here; although I do not know if we will approve it, so I present it here in full:

OK, so I am still getting zero response after two months… Chris, you did a great job, but I am very disappointed in you. There is a clear bias in your article, and that bias has caused you to misrepresent yourself on this issue. I have posted questions and challenges to you on FCLO for two months now, and you have not answered any of them. You seem like a great guy, but this puts you in a very bad light. Please consider these points:
 
1. Innocent until proven guilty. We don’t say ‘He might have killed her’ when we are debating guilt. To imply guilt is to reveal prejudice and create momentum towards that point of view. Innocent until proven guilty. Period. There is no proof that Green Pasture (GP) FCLO is rancid. Period. You did a good job of invalidating Dr. Daniel’s testing, and then you still said ‘the product might be rancid.’ The test does not show it, but it might be? Mind boggling. On top of that, you are someone with first hand experience that the GP FCLO helps people. Absolutely no doubt about it. Your own customers are disagreeing with your negative assertions. The evidence in favor of Green Pasture within your personal sphere is overwhelmingly positive, and yet you say ‘it might be rancid.’ Not acceptable from anyone, let alone a professional in the field that blogs to a large audience.
 
2. Arrogance breeds Ignorance. You do a wonderful job of hinting at the complexity of the vitamin D testing issue Chris. But you stopped way short. There are hundreds of vitamin D structures in nature; the complexities of which cannot even be known, let alone discussed with any certainty. Similar for vitamin A. Dave Wetzel is great about presenting this type of information, and yet, here we have all these medical experts that somehow skirt that reality. Credit to you for mentioning it, and for referencing Chris Masterjohn on the issue, but it needs to be brought much more into the forefront. As you did point out – testing for D3 and D2 in the products is problematic, as the bioactive nature FCLO cannot be fully understood or measured. But you are still way short, and you do not point to any of the vast information that Dave Wetzel has posted on this topic from himself and other experts. So I will point you to it. Read these posts on Green Pasture and then talk to me about testing:
 
 
3. Bioactive. This is such an important concept. We are still woefully ignorant of life, and yet each generation is arrogant enough to think they have all the answers. The great beauty and genius in the Green Pasture products is that they keep it natural and bioactive. They promote natural, organic processes (fermentation), keeping the product as natural and as bioactive as possible. Dave constantly points out that we are not capable yet of fully understanding the nutritional profiles of such foods. The product actually gets stronger over time, as it is active. This idea of ‘fresh’ that you keep associating with EVCLO is irrelevant, and it is inferior to the FCLO in every way (IMO). The fact that you try to imply a fresh smell or taste is somehow healthier is shocking Chris. You know very well that your statement is false, as fermented foods are the healthiest in the world, and it is often the most horrid smelling and tasting foods that are the most nutritious. You know this Chris with absolute certainty. Insinuating otherwise is not acceptable.
 
4. Variability. Why say that their processing may have changed? You introduce more unfounded concern?! You know – and you stated in your article – that it is a highly bioactive product, and thus it will change over time. You also know, and often discuss, that we are all different, and so our reactions will vary over time and from person to person. Absolutely no reason at all for you to introduce the idea of changed manufacturing processes. Do the research before you try to cast more doubts in public.
 
5. Transparency. You tried to imply that GP is not transparent by pointing out several times that EVCLO is? Seriously? There is far more detailed information on Green Pasture’s website, and you must know this, since you have used their products for years with great success. Your implications about transparency are patently false. Why would you even say such a thing? Sure the EVCLO site is filled with polished marketing crap, but it is dwarfed by the volume of raw data that Dave Wetzel puts out on his site. By raw, I mean blog posts, conversations with customers, Q&A, and even audio. Not only from Dave Wetzel, but from other doctors and experts in the field, speaking for, with, and even against him. Green Pasture is far more transparent, and they deserve respect and acknowledgement for that. You were duped by EVCLO sales and marketing people at Rosita.
 
6. Bias. OK, so you do mention that you get a commission from Rosita EVCLO. But you didn’t mention it directly, and not at all in that article. Not very transparent of you. It became obvious to me as I read your article though, and we can find the disclaimer on your website that mentions commissions. Even so, there is no reason for you to compromise yourself Chris. You are better than this.
 
7. Testing. No Chris, more testing is not the answer. The links above already make that clear, as well as your own comments. Common sense is the answer. We have a huge ‘live trial’ that has been going on for years on a global scale. Green Pasture FCLO is sold and respected around the world, and the accolades and evidence are non-stop. There is no single test or group of tests that will invalidate that historical data.
 
8. Rancidity.  There is confusion here (and abuse) with the term rancid. We generally use it to mean that something has ‘gone bad’ and is not fit for consumption. However, that is not the technical definition, and is not used by everyone in that context. When something is rancid, it has what is generally considered a foul smell and taste, and is in a state of decomposition, or similarly bioactive. All fermented food fall under this technical definition, but not the common definition. 
 
Obviously the tests do not help, as ‘experts’ cannot agree on the meaning of the various ‘markers’ that we attempt to associate with rancidity. And as you noted, even the biased report and testing from Dr. Daniel’s report cannot condemn the GP FCLO as rancid. Statistics never lie, but liars use statistics.
 
Thus, FCLO, natto, kimchi, etc. are technically rancid, but highly desirable for consumption, and therefore not rancid by common definition.
 
9. Cod. You blindly jumped on the bandwagon and supported Dr. Daniel’s false statement. Just look up Cod and you will see that Alaska Pollock is Cod. There is no single fish called ‘Cod’ because Cod is a family of fish. This is common knowledge. The GP FCLO is absolutely from Cod, and there is no question about it. The DNA reports confirm that 100%.
 
Hey, FCLO is not for everyone, so there will always be naysayers. But not everybody loves chocolate either.
 
You owe Green Pasture an apology, and you owe yourself, your clients, and your audience more. You’re a good guy. Perhaps you were a bit starstruck by Dr. Kaayla Daniel’s name on the report. She duped you and many others. Make it right Chris.
 

Boron, Arthritis, & More

BoronLet’s talk a bit about boron. Boron is an element, and a mineral that our body needs. Without enough of it, our body fails to make proper use of calcium, magnesium, and lots of other things. We don’t need a lot, but it is critical that we get the little we need. A great many problems can be fixed by this single mineral.

I was motivated to write this by a recent experience with a family member. Nearly a year of constant visits to doctors and hospitals did nothing to resolve a constant pain that the patient was experiencing in her arm and chest. Other than the pain, she seemed to be in perfect health. None of the doctors had any idea what was wrong, and no recommendations for further action. They assigned her to physical therapy and said that she had ‘fifty’s shoulder’ and was simply getting old. (A common catch-all diagnosis in Japan)

I suspected it was a chiropractic issue, and finally got her to agree to visit one. Of course the doctors and hospitals never recommended one (Sadly, chiropractics are still not recognized as ‘doctors’ in Japan). But then as she was preparing for her visit, I learned some other things that she hadn’t told me before. Chiefly, that she was having severe body cramps every night, which not only disrupted her sleep, but left her in pain. Cramps.

The first thought when hearing about cramps – magnesium. But she has a pretty good diet that should compensate for the magnesium deficiencies in our food. To be sure, we recently added magnesium and D3 supplements to her daily routine. However, boron alone has already started to have an impact. The cramps are subsiding and she is sleeping better.

Historically, boron was plentiful in lots of plants, so mankind never had a problem getting it. But now our soil, and thus our plants, are severely deficient in boron. And of course that means we too are now deficient.

The solution is sustainable agriculture, where we once again establish nutrient rich soils that bear nutrient rich plants. But that is a long-term solution. What about now? If you can’t get enough boron from your food, there is a rather unusual way to supplement, and it involves Borax.

Sally Fallon’s boron tonic: mix 1 teaspoon of borax into 1 quart of water and mix well. Use only 1 teaspoon of this base mixture mixed into a glass of water each day.

This is arguably the very best boron supplement that you can get, and it cost practically nothing. The very best borax (i.e. Two Mules brand) has been mined from the same place for over a hundred years, and a five dollar box will last you a lifetime. Pure. Cheap. Plus, it isn’t another pill to take. It is just a glass of normal tasting water – that you could use to wash down other supplement pills, I suppose. Magnesium and D3 would seem like the ideal combo. (Although I am generally not a fan of supplementing with pills)

If you are suffering from cramps, osteoporosis, or any number of other ailments – which might actually be attributed to calcium or magnesium deficiencies – boron might be your solution. But don’t take my word for it. Read more about boron here:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/minerals/boron.html

http://gnowfglins.com/2014/12/11/12-health-secrets-from-a-real-food-pioneer/

http://chapters.westonaprice.org/marincountyca/events/november-6-10-2014-pearls-from-the-2014-wise-traditions-conference/

And back to my current experience… Another hint that boron was probably the problem – she was losing mobility in her shoulders, which seemed like arthritis, according to the doctors. I could suspect K2 deficiency here, but she eats a ton of natto and other K2 rich foods.

She may yet need to make other diet adjustments, but it seems that this tiny little bit of boron every day might just do the trick and restore her shoulder mobility, eliminate her cramps (and restore her sleep!), and eliminate her constant daily pain. That is an awful lot of birds with one stone.

As always, it all comes down to proper nutrition.

Tooth & Gum Care

Squeezable Homemade Remineralizing ToothpasteAs I prepared for my visit to NY and packed my stuff I realized that it might be a good time to share some info about toothpaste.

Many toxic sources that often go unnoticed are the products that we use for dental care. Toothpaste, mouthwash, picks and various tools that are steeped in chemicals. You can eliminate them all with natural homemade solutions that are much more effective.

The information in this post owes much to the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, and the books from Ramiel Nagel that present Dr. Price’s work in addressing tooth and gum care.

There are many additional books and websites that provide various toothpaste or tooth powder recipes, and one of the most basic ‘secrets‘ is to use baking soda and some sea salt with colloidal silver (or hydrogen peroxide – but only if you have no metal in your mouth). I used this powder for some time, and then moved to an equal parts baking soda and bentonite clay mixture in coconut oil for a toothpaste. Both are very effective.

One caution: for some people, the gums can respond negatively to too much baking soda, which is likely due to making your ph too high. This depends a lot on the individual and their diet. It was a problem that baffled me for a while with my own personal use. Thus I have reduced the amount of baking soda that I use.

And now I use the recipe below, which is copied from The Healthy Home Economist, who in turn adapted it from The Wellness Mama’s Squeezable Toothpaste Recipe. I highly recommend reading many of the related articles on The Healthy Home Economist blog, as there is a wealth of information there on this topic.


Ingredients for Healthy Remineralizing Toothpaste

6 Tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
1 Tbl baking soda
5 Tbl calcium carbonate (where to find)
1-2 Tbl bentonite clay (where to find)
20-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
5-10 drops of lemon essential oil
30 drops of trace minerals (where to find)
Filtered water as needed

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients well.  If the mixture is too hard or thick, add a few splashes of filtered water.

It easy once you have everything on hand. I also use a squeezable silicon tube, recommended by the Wellness Mama, to replicate the convenience of a toothpaste tube. 

It should be noted that the amount of essential oils can be adjusted a lot, as not all brands are of equal potency. And you can adjust the other contents too, to find a preferred taste and texture.


How About Oil Pulling?

I highly recommend oil pulling as an effective detox method for not only the mouth, but the entire body. I put a spoonful of virgin coconut oil in my mouth every morning and swish it around for fifteen or twenty minutes, and then spit it out (into a paper towel). I also rinse with colloidal silver (CS) before and after this, keeping the CS in my mouth for at least a minute each time. It is usually effortless for me, as I can do it while I am prepping for the morning. I sometimes do it before, during, or after exercise or running. Brushing is done after that.

Mouthwash?

Maybe you like to use mouthwash? OK, here is a great mouthwash ‘recipe’ that you can make at home. I will reprint it here, but the linked article is definitely good reading:

Ingredients:

Xylitol is a little bit controversial, so I do not recommend it. If you really need a sweetener, I recommend pure stevia; although I personally do not find the need for any sweetener.

Why Should We Use These Recipes?

As far as cavity fighting, I already  use colloidal silver as a rinse before and after oil pulling. But fighting the cavity is not enough, as some damage will always be done. We need to heal. We need to remineralize.

The entire idea of ‘cavity fighting’ is irrelevant if our diet is good (i.e. following the WAPD guidance), as our cavities will heal.  And this mouthwash and toothpaste are aiding in remineralization, which is the key point for ‘fighting’ cavities.

Our ancestors thrived for millions of years without any of this – why? – because the body eliminates cavities and repairs teeth naturally when it has the nutrition it needs. Look around you. Animals and people throughout history have maintained perfect teeth. Diet is the single most powerful influence on the health of your gums and teeth.

But the recipes above help us stay healthy in several different ways:

  • They displace toxic products.
  • They help detox the mouth and body.
  • They help fight pathogens that cause cavities.
  • They help the body heal cavities.

Even with a perfect diet we are still inundated with toxins from our environment, so these types of recipes are a great way to help maintain health.

Personally, I have some old fillings, occasional cavities, and gum disease ( but no root canals), and my overall oral health seems to be steadily improving. – although it backslides quickly when I get lazy with my diet. The biggest and quickest positive impact always seems to come when I supplement with Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil from Green Pasture. I have seen pinhole cavities disappear when taking those superfoods, and sensitivity and bleeding will cease.

Search the internet and you will find many stories (and photos) of people healing their teeth and gums with similar recipes and diet.

Micro Greens

Microgreens, micro greens, baby greens, etc., cover a broad range of popular herbs and vegetables that many people grow at home; usually hydroponically.

This post is about two of the most popular and widely recommended:

  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Wheat Grass

In short, I recommend that you grow your own broccoli sprouts – in soil, and buy a powdered wheat grass from Pines (or an equivalent source).

Our motivation for growing these greens is to get maximum amounts of clean nutrition, and that is what is behind my recommendation. Clean for us means clean for the environment too.

Broccoli sprouts should be grown in a natural soil, organically. Hydroponic gardens are not natural, not organic (but still great for people with space limitations).  Combine soil growing with composting and you have a very efficient and very healthy gardening cycle. After your initial soil purchase (assuming you don’t already have compost available), you’ll be net positive on soil. And you are not consuming any other items that would be required for hydroponics, so you have less impact on the planet. Your only recurring cost is the seeds.

Broccoli sprouts are one and done. Meaning that you grow them, pull out the entire plant and eat it all (You could leave the roots, but it is easy enough to shake them free). The soil is then dumped in your compost, where nutrients will be restored naturally.

Wheat Grass on the other hand, is not one and done. We continue to harvest the same plant, and thus managing the nutrition of the soil or water is a challenge.  And no matter how perfect and organic my efforts may be, it is highly unlikely that I can match the nutritional profile of an organic grower like Pines. I cannot reproduce their pristine natural conditions, and their powdered products are made without any chemical or mechanical processes that could damage or reduce nutrition. The powder is still completely natural, and the nutritional profile is superior to anything I could grow at home. Equally important, in this case, is that purchasing is actually more ecological than growing – as long as the product comes from a place like Pines.

I am not a fan of supplements – heavily processed, artificial nutrition (i.e. synthetic vitamins), that is often loaded with fillers and chemicals and sold as pills and powders. It is always better to get nutrition from natural food sources. And there are many great food items that look like supplements – meaning they are packaged in pills, powders, liquids, oils, etc. Pines Wheat Grass is one good example, and the Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil at Green Pasture are others.

Bad: Fish Oil & Dr. Mercola

Is fish oil good for you?
 
Dr. Mercola is a leading advocate of ‘natural health’ and nutrition. But not really. While I often find good information on his site, I cannot continue recommending it, as some articles are blatantly false, and are supporting a hidden agenda – which is to sell you his own unhealthy products. Sadly, his advocacy is no less corrupt than pharmaceutical company advertising, as he is jeopardizing people’s health for profit. And nothing illustrates that better than his stance on fish oil.
 
OK, wow, so I went a bit off the deep end in the paragraph above. I actually think Dr. Mercola is great; however, there is a very serious problem with his stance on fish oil, and the articles he has written about it. The articles are far below is own standards, and needlessly undermine his credibility. We need him to be better than that.
 
Thankfully we have some amazing gatekeepers at the Weston A. Price Foundation that help keep truth in check. Here is a great example where they address Dr. Mercola’s post directly. It is a very educational read.
 
And if you want more information, here are a couple of other great articles about Fermented Cod Liver Oil vs other fish oils:
 
 
As for me, I never recommend fish oil as a standard supplement. It does have its place, but most fish oil (and cod liver oil) is terrible stuff for several reasons:
 – loaded with mercury, PCBs, and other toxins
 – pumped with synthetic vitamins
 – heavily processed, thus damaging the oil
 – risk of vitamin imbalance
 – too much omega 3 oil can be bad
 – not a quality source of omega 3s
 
That is a long list of negative reasons, and it varies a bit, depending on the manufacturer. The ‘idea’ was good, and cod liver oil had a great reputation a hundred years ago. But current products are heavily processed fish from polluted waters, so the end product is not nearly the same. There are none I trust. Except for one…
 
Fermented Cod Liver Oil from Green Pasture (under their Blue Ice brand) is the only such product that I recommend, and the owner, Dave Wetzel has a tremendous amount of knowledge on this subject as well. He is dedicated to using and protecting the wisdom of ancient processes. Notice that it is ‘fermented’ cod liver oil. This is very important.
 
There might be other good products that I am not aware of; however, as I have scoured the globe – literally – checking all countries that I could – I found only one product recommended as a sole source over and over – Green Pasture’s Blue Ice products.
 

There is no doubt that ‘generic’ fish oil has saved people’s lives. It is a magic elixir in some situations, both historically and still now. But I do NOT recommend it for the reasons stated. It gets its glory from special cases, and is therefore not worth the risks. Use the Green Pasture products, which are the safest and most nutritious, or find other safe sources for your omega 3s, vitamin A, D, etc.

And always check your sources very carefully.