Cod Liver Oil Controversy

If you’re active on social media and see news about the GAPS Diet and Real Foods movement, you may have heard about the concerns about the safety and efficacy of Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil products.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel has issued a report called “Hook Line and Stinker” on independent research she conducted on the purity and nutrient levels of Green Pasture cod liver oil. Get the full 111 page report here. 

Dr. Daniel is the Vice President of the Weston A. Price foundation, which is an organization that recommends Green Pasture products. Her concerns were brought to the attention of the WAPF Board of Directors last year who immediately looked into this matter. Independent lab results from the Leicester School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Leicester, UK found no signs of rancidity in Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil. The full findings as well as test results showing no markers of putrefaction can be found at:

Kaayla Daniels is someone I admire and respect for her books and research. Following up on her concerns against the wishes of WAPF like this could not have been easy for her.

Green Pasture is a company that I respect, and I have taken and recommended their products for about 8 years. I have seen marked improvements in my health and well-being using their products.  I certainly don’t want to recommend potentially rancid oils to my clients and the GAPS community! I am still taking my daily dose of CLO and using it with my children.

Green Pasture is a small business that I believe produces products with integrity and care. I don’t want to be part of any panic reaction that might wrongly put them out of business. Read their response here and look at their Vitamin D testing here.

Reading all these reports and properly comparing is not a simple task.  Details are from different labs and results may not directly compare.  I am not an expert at reading and understanding the research on either side. A good review of the research by another individual I respect is from Chris Kresser.

So, what do you do now?

Find what works for you as an individual – Listen to your body.

  • Have you felt a difference with FCLO?
  • Have you tested your Vitamin D level and found it low while taking FCLO?
  • Have you Muscle Tested or used a Functional Evaluation that showed it was the right product for you?

If the Green Pasture products are helping you, continue to take the product or not.  Honor your internal compass.  Other brands I’ve seen recommendations for but I have not tried include: Nordic Naturals or Rosita.

You may also get your Vitamin D from natural sources such as:

Wise Traditions 2014

This conference is for anyone with an interest in health, wellness, food, farming, science, traditions, body systems and so much more.

This is a great opportunity to hear live presentations from an amazing list of speakers including Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

No other conference serve such delicious, nutritious, traditionally prepared meals. I have always said that Wise Traditions is the only conference where you can be more regular with your body systems than you are at home. P

lease take advantage of this once a year opportunity to expand your palette, mind and so much more. Here you can not only meet and hear from some of the great minds of the real food world but also meet many local farmers and artisan producers.  I hope to see you there.

Fifteenth International Conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation
JW Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana

Friday, November 7 – Sunday, November 9
Plus special activities Thursday, November 6 and Monday, November 10

Thursday:  Chapter Leader Meeting and Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Dinner

Monday: Farm Tour plus seminars on Homeopathy, Health, Cooking, Movement & Raw Milk


Click here for conference details


or call (540) 722-7104


Saturday Schedule

(see easy-to-share schedule IN)


Plenary Session: Focus on Food

9:00-09:30 Introduction to the Work of Weston A Price, Sally Fallon Morell, MA

9:30-10:45 Wild Seafood, Randy Hartnell

11:00-12:15 The Acid-Alkaline Myth, Chris Kresser, LAc

1:45-03:00 The Science of Broth, Kaayla Daniel, PhD

3:15-04:30 Vegetarian Myths, Lierre Keith


Wellness Track

9:00-12:15 From Mush to Flush: A Brief Primer on the Physiology of Digestion, Konstantin Monastyrsky

1:45-04:30 The Health Secret of All Indigenous People, Tom Cowan, MD


Farming & Gardening Track

9:00-10:30 Tree Tapping Opportunities for Everyone, Michael Farrell

10:45-12:15 Six Inches of Soil, John Moody

1:45-03:00 City Chix, Pat Foreman

3:15-04:30 Growing Your Own Nutrient-Dense Vegetables, Calvin Bey, PhD


Awards Banquet Death by Food Pyramid, Denise Minger

Illinois Food Rights Threatened

Did you know that Food rights in Illinois are currently being threatened?

Raw milk always seems to be a hot point with many governmental bodies.

Whether you choose to consume this product or not, should the government take away your freedoms?

In our broke state of Illinois the Department of Public Health (IDPH) is revamping their regulations to add more regulations which you the tax payer will have to fund.  While there exists no health reasons for these changes IDPH is proposing new regulations on raw milk which would greatly increase costs for farmer, putting many out of business; and limit the access to this food in the state, denying consumers their freedoms.


Below are steps you can take to help protect food freedoms in Illinois.   

Tell IDPH to Leave the Raw Milk Law the Way It IsStop the Illinois Department of Public Health from issuing any raw milk regulations!
Under current Illinois law, farmers can sell an unlimited amount of raw milk on the farm without a permit. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is in the process of drafting a regulation to change that — a regulation that would severely restrict consumer access and deny raw milk producers the ability to make a living.The proposed regulation would prohibit producers from selling more than 100 gallons a month; in addition, it would require raw dairy farmers to comply with Grade A standards, costing farmers thousands of dollars to upgrade their dairy facility. Further, the regulation would ban herdshare agreements, even though Illinois law recognizes dairy livestock boarding contracts as being legal.IDPH is proposing to change the law even though there have been no cases of foodborne illnesses attributed to raw milk produced in Illinois going as far back as at least 1999.
TAKE ACTION – #1Email the IDPH Division Chief and Your Illinois Legislators Email Molly Lamb, the Division Chief of IDPH’s Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies; tell her that IDPH should leave the law the way it is and not issue a regulation on raw milk. Ms. Lamb’s email address is molly.lamb@illinois.govInclude represenatives on the administrative Rules committee copy your State Representative and State Senator on the email to Ms. Lamb.Need help finding your state legislators?  Click hereSome state legislators do not have an email address. If that is the case, please either fax or call their office to let them know about your opposition to the proposed regulation.
TAKE ACTION – #2 Attend the May 1 meeting of the Raw Milk Steering Committee in Bloomington    The committee will finish drafting the proposed regulation; the meeting is open to the public. Please make plans to attend.When:     9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday – May 1, 2013  Where:

  Illinois Corn Growers Association Building

            14129 Carole Drive

            Bloomington, Illinois 61705

Why:        Oppose any regulation that limits access to raw milk and hinders raw milk producers

TALKING POINTS1. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. The current laws are working. There have been no cases of foodborne illness attributed to any Illinois raw milk producers going at least as far back as 1999.2. The regulation would have a devastating economic impact on Illinois raw milk producers with the 100-gallon limit. Consumers will no longer contribute to the state economy, instead spending their money with out-of-state raw milk producers.3. The new regulations will cost money to enforce. Why is a state that’s in terrible financial condition spending money on something that isn’t a problem? State resources can be better spent elsewhere.4. IDPH is exceeding its lawful powers; there is nothing in the law to allow it to limit the amount of raw milk producers can sell. The department is trying to ban herdshares with the proposed regulation despite Illinois statute recognizing dairy livestock boarding contracts as legal.5. The proposed regulation will take away options on food choices from educated consumers. Many potential raw milk sources will not be able to stay in business with the 100-gallon limit.

IDPH has charged the Raw Milk Steering Committee (a subcommittee of the Illinois Food Safety Committee) with drafting the proposed raw milk regulation. The subcommittee is stacked with people from the conventional dairy industry and the Department of Public Health that are totally opposed to raw milk. An IDPH official admitted that the department is trying to have these proposed changes become law through rulemaking because the Illinois Legislature would never pass what IDPH wants to do. While IDPH is trying to limit how much raw milk producers can sell, the Illinois Department of Agriculture is promoting the “Illinois Product Challenge” encouraging residents to buy more of their food from Illinois producers  [see the press release at].The subcommittee is scheduled to finalize the rules in a May 1 meeting in Bloomington that will be open to the public. There are other steps that need to be taken before the rule is officially proposed to the general public; the time to stop it is now, before it gets any further along in the rule-making process.A googlesite, Raw Milk Threatened in Illinois, has been set up for Illinois raw milk supporters to follow current activities and updates (short link: and is posted at

Support local family farms now.   Barrington Natural Farms

Community Supported Agriculture

Did you know …

you can receive weekly deliveries of fresh produce throughout the growing season?

Pastured meats can be  ordered regularly and even delivered to your door ?

 a  drop site may be in your neighborhood or even on your block?

KYF-logo-on-black     Know Your Food,

Know Your Farmer

presents the

3rd Annual CSA Expo

 Friday March 15th 6:30 – 9:00 pmglobes black back

Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Sponsored by the NW Cook County Chapter of the  Weston A. Price Foundation

Come out and  meet local farmers and buying clubs who offer and deliver products in the suburbs of Chicago.

Not sure what to do with the products you receive and that it is worth your while?

Get some solid tips on
  • choosing the right CSA for your family and
  • making the most of your investment in healthy eating
from presenter Heather DeGorge speaking on

How to Make the Most of your CSA

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Attendance is limited, so please register for the event

Want to hear more?  Listen here to  “Community with Marie Lazzara.” On this show, Marie interviews Renee Renz, a representative of the Cook County/Northwestern Suburbs Weston A. Price Foundation chapter.


What is Paleo and How To Do It?

GAPS diet is essentially a form of Paleo, with protocols for healing and sealing the digestive tract. Paleo is a great way to focus your dietary choices, removing the processed foods and finding good sources of pastured and organics options. Our ancestors didn’t have to worry about how their food was being raised as we now do. If the soil the plant grows in or animal grazes upon is lacking in nutrients, the end product will be lacking as well. For sources of nutrient dense foods find your local Weston A. Price chapter ours for the Northwest Cook County  is

Great Videos on How to get started with Your Health Journey

The Weston A. Price Foundation has produced this 12 video series to help you achieve/maintain your goal of whole health!

Sarah Pope, a Florida Weston A. Price Chapter Leader, and author of The Healthy Home Economist blog, walks viewers through accomplishing many tasks, and provides step-by-step instruction, vital information as well as inspiration on many topics vital to healthy living!

 How to Make Homemade Baby Formula

 Traditional Fats and Sacred Foods

Journey Back to the Kitchen

 Pantry Intervention

Tips for Limited Time and a Limited Budget

Introduction to Traditional Eating

Healthy Snacks

Stocks and Soups

Proper Preparation of Grains and Legumes

Fermented Foods and Beverages

  Salad Dressings and Basic Sauces

Natural Sweeteners

Click here to view all 12 Videos! 


Here is a sampling of the content:   

1. Making Homemade Baby Formula with Nourishing Traditions Recipes

Both the milk-based formula and the meat-based formula are made right before your eyes in this 20-minute video.

Also addressed:

  • Where to buy raw milk as well as all of the ingredients to ensure the best possible quality nutrients for your baby
  • Why each of the ingredients is important to your infant’s development
  • Which ingredients can and cannot be substituted
  • How often each type of formula should be made

2. Healthy Fats and Sacred Foods

This 15-minute video addresses the myths and truths about cholesterol and fat-soluble activators. Incorporating traditional fats and sacred foods may be the best lifestyle change you can make to achieve optimal health for you and your family.

Nourishing Traditional Foods vital to being well nourished:

  • Butter
  • Liver
  • Fish eggs
  • Eggs Yolks
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Other Traditional Fats

3. Setting up your Kitchen for Traditional Cooking

Preparing nutritious meals from scratch need not be expensive!

This 9-minute video gives advice on:

  • Cookware
  • Bakeware
  • Food Processors
  • Storage Containers
  • Things to Avoid

4. Tips for a Limited Time and a Limited Budget

If your goal  is to prepare most of your meals at home, this video is for you! Maximizing your pantry, refrigerator and freezer will ensure that a healthy meal can be pulled together in no time!

5. Healthy Snacks

This video shows you how to  soak and dehydrate nuts and seeds to encourage an easy transition from refined, processed foods to nourishing, homemade treats!
Many thanks to Sarah Pope, The Healthy Home Economist, and The Weston A. Price Foundation for these helpful and inspiring videos!

2nd Annual Northwest Suburban CSA Expo

Are you interested in purchasing local foods but not sure what your options are for the Northwest Suburbs?

Interested in receiving regular seasonal deliveries of organic produce? Local drop-offs sites for pastured meats?

Come out and learn more at the

2nd Annual CSA* Expo *Community Sponsored Agriculture


presented by The NW Suburban Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network and the NW Cook County Chapter of theWeston A. Price Foundation

Friday March 23rd, 6:30-9pm

Arlington Heights Library

500 N. Dunton Avenue, 60004

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Meet local farmers, taste samples, and find out about CSA options in the Northwest Suburbs!

also featuring a screening of the documentary  King Corn

Two recent college grads discover where America’s food comes from when they plant a single acre of corn and follow it from the seed to the dinner plate. With the help of government subsidies, genetically modified seeds and powerful herbicides, America’s most subsidized crop becomes the staple of its cheapest—and most troubling—foods.

Contact Mary Green at or for more information

CSAexpo2012.pdf  Share this flyer with local businesses, neighbors and friends!

Inspiring story shows shortcut to end GMOs

I received the below story in an email and I felt this needed to be shared.  What you don’t know can harm you and we need to open as many eyes as possible to what is considered food in our society.  Read this inspiring story below to find out what is possible with your financial support. I think it’s a real eye opener for those who think ending GMOs is a long, drawn out, and difficult process. 

 11 minutes

 It took the audience just 11 minutes―11 minutes to give up food brands they had grown up with and to commit to seek healthier non-GMO food. Of course this group had already been against genetically modified organisms as a concept. This was Greenfest after all; and in San Francisco no less. But when I asked them to honestly rate themselves on a scale of 1-100 how vigilant they had been at avoiding GMOs, the largest number of hands went up for lowest category―1-20. That’s typical of most US audiences. And so is what happened next…

After showing them photos of damaged organs from lab rats fed GMOs, skin rashes from farm workers picking GM cotton, and dead livestock that had grazed on the cotton plants; when they saw rodent studies showing a 5-fold increase in infant mortality, smaller babies, sterile babies, and severe immune responses; when they realized that genes inserted into GM crops can transfer into the DNA of bacteria inside our intestines and possibly continue to function, and that the poisonous insecticide engineered into Monsanto’s corn is found in the blood of pregnant women and unborn fetuses; when they learned how industry rigs their research to hide dangers and attacks independent scientists and their studies; when they discovered that FDA scientists had repeatedly warned of serious harm from GMOs, but the political appointee in charge―Monsanto’s former attorney―allowed GM foods on the market without any required safety tests; and when they discovered that the same doctors’ organization that first identified Gulf War syndrome, chemical sensitivities, and food allergies, now urges physicians to prescribe non-GMO diets to everyone; I asked the audience to rate themselves how vigilant they would be next week to avoid GMOs.


“How many will be low vigilance, 1-20?” No hands.


“20-40?” Still no hands


“40-60?” A couple of hands.


The most popular category shifted from the lowest vigilance (1-20) in the first vote, to the highest (80-100) in the second―just 11 minutes later.


I then reminded the audience of the strategy to eliminate GMOs, which we had discussed at the beginning: If brand managers from major food companies see any drop in market share that was attributable to growing anti-GMO sentiment in the US, it would be the food industry equivalent of a “Sell Signal.” GMO ingredients would be considered a market liability and be discarded. Remember, these same companies had quickly removed GMOs from their European brands when GMO resistance spread there. To hit that sell signal in the US, we think the tipping point requires about 5% of US consumers changing their diet.


I asked the audience, “How in the world are we going to get 15 million Americans to change their diet?” After the 11 minutes, I told them, “Now we know. We just tell them the truth.”


I then asked the audience to rate themselves how active they planned to be to educate people on GMOs. At the start of the presentation, most rated themselves in the lowest category. After 11 minutes, nearly everyone was in the highest.


“So you see,” I said. “The same information that changes peoples’ diets also makes the campaign go viral.”

 Endgame for GMOs

 Now it’s just a numbers game. Once we disseminate that information to enough people, it’s the endgame for genetically modified food.

 The Institute for Responsible Technology has packaged this behavior-changing message into a full range of educational materials, organized local and national action groups, trained 750 people to give public presentations, and reaches 5-10 million people each month.

 Because collective consciousness is starting to awaken to this issue, it’s become easier to get the word out and change lives. As the same time, we’re now getting flooded with opportunities and requests. With current staffing levels, we simply can’t keep up. We need your help.

 We love our supporters. Our precious donors make our work possible. To you, and to everyone who has ever considered giving a donation, please understand that right now every single dollar has enormous leverage, driving us closer to a non-GMO future.

 Help us harvest all this low-hanging non-GMO fruit. Please make a contribution to help end the genetic engineering of our food supply.

 I wouldn’t say we’re in the home stretch just yet, but we’re banking the turn and hear the crowd cheering. It’s time to turn on the juice.

 Thanks so much,

 Jeffrey Smith, Executive Director

 Institute for Responsible Technology

Fast Ferments

NW Cook County Weston A. Price (NWCC-WAPF) Chapter Meeting

Join us for an evening of demystifying the process of making your own delicious, nutritious fermented foods.  Edie Brennan, Certified Healing Foods Specialist and GAPSTM Practitioner, will lead us in a hands on demonstration of some fast and family friendly ferments such as kefir, pickles, sauerkraut, and fruit chutney.

 Whether you’re new to cultured foods or are a fermenting pro, join us and share your questions and experiences.  Learn more about why these traditional foods are so essential to our health, and how to get your families to enjoy them.  Bring a small glass jar and a lid (pint or half pint) to take home a sample of your handiwork!

Friday, January 13th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm       

 Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Hendrickson Room

Cost: $25

 RSVP: or 224-244-7369 so we can plan to have items for everyone to bring home. 

Edie Brennan is a Master Certified Healing Foods Specialist and Certified GAPS Practitioner.  She is passionate about helping individuals and families achieve abundant health and wellness.  She owns and operates ABCI, a business that provides intensive behavioral programs, parent training, and dietary support to families of children with autism and other developmental delays, as well as providing in home support and coaching for any parents struggling with behavior problem.  Edie is also available for individual consultations, workshops, and cooking classes to anyone interested in improved health through food and lifestyle changes. As a busy mom of three little lacto-fermented- pickle- eating cuties, she has learned to take a no frills, practical approach to making delicious and nourishing foods that families will love.


Heart Disease and Molecular Degeneration: The New Paradigm

NW Cook County Weston A. Price (NWCC-WAPF) Chapter Meeting

Thursday November 3rd,  7:00 – 9:00
Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Hendrickson Room

Bring a snack or dish to share as we join in fellowship and learning. 

Watch the following presentation from the 2010 Wise Treaditions Conference: 
Chris Masterjohn

Heart Disease and Molecular Degeneration:
The New Paradigm

When researchers first produced atherosclerosis in rabbits by feeding them cholesterol, they argued that atherosclerois was of an “infiltrative” rather than “degenerative” character. That is, cholesterol was so abundant that it infiltrated the blood vessel wall. Over the decades it has become clear, however, that atheroclerosis is an attempt to protect the lining of the blood vessel from toxic waste generated by the degeneration of vulnerable lipids. The process of molecular degeneration can be likened to breaking glass, and the formation of atherosclerosis can be likened to the process of cleaning up the broken shards. The danger is not gone forever, though, because these toxic waste management sites (or barrels of broken glass) can eventually burst and spill their contents into the blood, leading to clotting, oxygen starvation, and the death of local tissue that can result in a heart attack or stroke. The key to preventing heart disease according to the new paradigm is preventing the molecular degeneration in the first place.

Chris Masterjohn became a strict vegetarian in his late teens, but realized the importance of nutrient-dense animal foods in the human diet after discovering the work of the dental and nutritional researcher Weston Price and resolving a number of health problems by changing his diet. Over the past six years he has been a frequent contributor to the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions, has spoken at the foundation’s annual Wise Traditions conference for the last four years, and currently maintains a blog on the Foundation’s new web site.

Chris created and maintains, a website dedicated to extolling the benefits of cholesterol-rich foods and detailing the essential functions that cholesterol plays in the body. More than 40,000 people visit his web site every month. He has published two letters to the editor on the importance of vitamin E in preventing heart disease, one in the American Heart Journal and one in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Chris has also published a hypothesis on the molecular mechanism of vitamin D toxicity in the journal Medical Hypotheses, which was partly confirmed in an experimental paper published by researchers from Tufts University last year. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, focusing on the role of antioxidants in supporting healthy blood vessel function and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Chris is currently preparing a manuscript describing his experimental results showing that antioxidants protect against some of the damaging effects of sugar consumption