I have written extensively about supplements before taking personally including oil, cod liver fermented .
If you follow many bloggers in the natural health community, which has seen the recent drama about quality problems with fermented liver oil cod.
If you missed it, here’s a quick summary:
fermented oil cod liver is considered a traditional food that has been recommended by the Weston A. Foundation Price and many real food bloggers (including me) for years. WAPF brand was even recommended for use in homemade infant formula and many members take religiously.
On August 21, 2015, Weston A. Price Foundation Vice President Dr. Daniel Kaayla released the 100+ page report detailing the results of independent lab tests she had in samples green pastures fermented cod liver oil and the suspected major problems with the brand, including rancidity, lower levels of nutrients that were claimed and supply problems.
Dr. Daniel The report states that FCLO actually not fermented, is rancid, putrid, and adulterated with other oils (cheaper). It also alleges that there are low levels of fat-soluble nutrients in FCLO the declared and that oil is not even cod. serious claims of a person highly respected in the community of real food.
Understandably, this has left many people in the community stagger real food and looking for answers. I have received many emails, comments and messages of social media in recent days asking what my opinion on the subject is, and I’ve spent the last days investigating all allegations of both parties.
Below is my personal opinion and research on this subject on the basis of the information available at this time. I’ll keep updating this post as more information is revealed.
My hope is that no matter the outcome of research and study on liver oil fermented cod, real food community will take this as a lesson in the importance of verifying the quality of the supplements and use this as an opportunity to improve the movement of the actual food, rather than divide the community.
cod liver safely or Rancid is fermented?
In short … I do not know. right now. The only laboratory reports I could find at the time were green pastures and they showed no rancidity in oil fermented cod liver and verified that FCLO did contain fat soluble vitamins was known.
The recent report of Dr. Daniel calls these tests in question. Their results have laboratory and party finance company blurred out test, which is somewhat suspect, although I do not think this necessarily discredits the information contained in the reports. The report, however, make some statements about certain compounds are harmful as a justification of why FCLO is not safe, and some of these claims are not supported by existing science (or at least controversial).
Over the past six months or so, actually, I’ve been researching and testing different forms of oil, cod liver after readers have asked about different brands and reported problems they have had with FCLO.
Our family has seen the benefits of taking cod liver oil fermented over the years, including reversal of dental caries . I also noticed that my skin is naturally more tolerant of sun since taking FCLO, probably from fat soluble vitamins it contains.
At the same time, there is a possibility that the quality of green pastures FCLO has changed’ve already researched for years, or that the most recent test laboratory has been able to reveal problems that were made undetectable years
fermented cod liver oil of :. The amount
FCLO is unfermented:
may be some truth in this statement. I’ve talked before about the importance of health fermented foods and why the beneficial bacteria created naturally in fermented foods are so important.
The red flag is that Daniels explains that oil can not ferment. Many people (including me) assumed that a carbohydrate no name was used for the fermentation process, but was eliminated by the process so was not included in the ingredients or livers fermented themselves and not the oil (as the oil can not ferment without other ingredients).
owner Greener Pastures Dave Wetzel has been very transparent about this process of fermentation, although it is assumed that he has brought several members WAPF and bloggers high profile to ease to see the process and verify quality. (I’ve never been to the center and have no firsthand knowledge of this process, so I have to trust the explanation Dave process.
This is an area that I hope we see more details of green and independent sources in the future pasture. for now, the debate on the process used and what part of the process actually requires fermentation does not necessarily mean that the final product is not high quality, but it raises some interesting questions to explore.
FCLO is stale 😕
Fats and oils can not ferment without carbohydrates, so what happens when exposed to the fermentation conditions in short, they become rancid
This. is the basis for claims in the new report. the results of independent laboratory of Dr. Daniel show several biomarkers of rancidity in the analyzed samples (these were not present in the reports I have found in my initial) research.
in tests Daniel, peroxide, it was found that free fatty acids and other biomarkers of rancidity. I could not find clear answers directly from green pastures, although I found several older articles and interviews in which David claims that their product does not contain these biomarkers or substances that are not harmful. Again, more research independent sources in this
low levels of vitamins :.
Another statement in the reports is that soluble vitamins FCLO contains less fat and claimed that vitamin D is in the form of D2 and D3 no.
common consensus among medical experts is that D3 is the preferred form, although Green Pastures states that D2 is equally safe and effective . To be fair, all forms of cod liver oil contain higher levels of D2 and this does not necessarily pose a warning sign, but again, more research is needed.
In addition, green pastures has never made claims, to my knowledge, on the levels of nutrients in their products, carefully explaining that they are a foodstuff and levels can change
not really Cod :.
The report further states that DNA tests showed that Green Pastures products livers used were polluck Alaska, no cod. This appears to be partly a problem of understanding of fish species and families, because:
The Alaskan pollock pollock (chalcogrammus Gadus, formerly Alaska Pollock) is a species of fish sailors of the cod family Gadidae. Alaska pollock is the midwater schooling fish widely distributed in the North Pacific with higher concentrations are found in the eastern Bering Sea.
After hours of research, I could find no definitive answer directly from green pastures on the origin and species of fish they use. The closest I could find was Dave vague answer their own FAQs:
Ok, the question arises on the issue of the location of the fish. The bank fishing in the cold waters of the north, around the Arctic Ocean. They do not have a nationality and a school can fish for more than 1000 miles in his life. So the relevance of the specific point is cleaned fish is not relevant to the discussion, ‘is the safe fish for consumption. “
red banners Memory
If While the report Kaayla certainly raises some concerns about FCLO, also raises some concerns about its own validity. for example:
- the laboratories used for testing and who pays for independent testing not disclosed. this is not necessarily a warning sign in itself, but considering the rumored history of drama within the WAPF organization, I believe that further research deserves. given how much heat press has generated this report, I can certainly understand the desire potential donor to remain anonymous in the report, but it raises a red flag.
- Although I have no firsthand experience with any member of the board of WAPF, including Sally Fallon and Dr. Daniel, reports of internal drama proliferate in the community of real food. In fact, I have avoided joining the WAPF for years in part because of these demands. We have not heard an official response yet WAPF or green pastures, and I think thoroughly evaluate both sides will be important to any of us who seek to understand the long-term validity of these assertions step.
- The one source of funding that Kaayla mentioned in the report, Dr. Ron Schmid ND, has a long history and dramatic FCLO both. According to reports, (very large doses- above the recommended amount) of oil and cod liver oil regular cod liver fermented for decades and credits her severe heart disease was. He has also publicly stated that he attributes his miraculous recovery from heart disease, with interruption of taking FCLO. Not exactly an unbiased source. Again, this does not discredit the information, but it raises some additional questions.
- While Daniels a list of points for many of its claims, it does not show its sources for many of his appointments. In fact, although she says she spoke with many experts (including “top university professors, scientists, researchers, lab managers, doctors and other health professionals”), these sources do not have names for many of its most serious charges. Obviously, these claims would be much more weight if they were substantiated and come
- also raised a red flag to me that Daniel has a call to action for its own services on the report, saying. “Finally, If you think you have problems related to consumption FCLO health, share your story with friends, colleagues… and me. to share your story or to make an appointment, please contact me at ******* ****@earthlink.net. “I can understand your desire to help others if you really feel that FCLO is harmful, but a report making these accusations not seem to be the right place to make this offer. Again, it is not a reason to discredit the report, but a red flag.
- Emerging information has also revealed some possible political ties of the new organization Dr. Daniels founded after leaving / being forced out of WAPF and product manufacturers Extra virgin liver oil cod is recommended . In other words, the company is recommended as an alternative to FCLO is one of the sponsors of the new organization, so that may have a bias here. In addition, there is a lot of information floating on the potential conflict within the old hierarchy of the organization WAPF that suggests there may be more in the history of both sides.
on the basis of the information available at this time, it is extremely difficult or impossible to draw a definitive conclusion on the question of the quality of green pastures FCLO CLO or other products. I think all this “scandal” is a symptom of a much larger problem of mud slinging between competing firms and attacks on both sides of the fence emerging.
The report brings up some serious and indirect points in any possible misleading information greener pastures in recent years. As a mother who has given FCLO my own family for years and have seen good enough results to recommend to the readers, so I am very angry and disappointed in green pastures if any of these claims prove true. At the same time, there are some serious holes in the report of Dr. Daniel and possible financial ties with the new company to appear more questions.
I think more research and dissemination of the two parties is needed, and like I said, I hope that all of us in the community of real food this is used as an opportunity to improve, learn more, and get to the truth, and not as an excuse to argue and divide.
at the end of the day, I have hope and confidence until I see evidence to the contrary that both the founders of green pastures and Dr. Daniel are interested in health and serve their communities and continue to evaluate any information as objective as possible.
at the same time, I do not think either side is impartial.
Green Pastures, of course, a benefit is derived from the sale of its FCLO. Dr. Daniel has a rumored history of discord with different parties within WAPF and green pastures as well as possible financial ties with the new company EVCLO. Again, none of them is relevant to the validity of the data in reports or even necessarily the motivation of either party, but provide a possible motivation for the inclination of the information in one way or another.
At the end of the day, things are rarely what they seem on the surface and my guess is that we will continue to find both sides of this story.
Our family is doing what
As mentioned, after many questions from readers, I have been investigating the sources of alternative liver oil and cod FCLO for months.
for now, we still have FCLO in our fridge, but we have been testing the virgin liver oil also cod. I am also continuing to investigate the safety and efficacy of both products and hope to see greater transparency of both companies.
Based on the available evidence, I can certainly see the importance of caution with drinking FCLO until you have more information, but do not think the report is only enough evidence to not have FCLO again unless we receive further verification.
for those of us who have had (or still decide to take) fermented liver oil recommended doses, I do not think the report gives reasons definitely concern or stress.
I hope that both sides act in an open and transparent manner in the coming weeks and months and update this post as more information becomes available.
Because there is so much conflicting information on the subject at this time, please share any information or research that found in the comments below. FCLO your opinion has changed as a result of this report?