Dr. Price’s Remedy

Many people have dipped into Dr. Weston Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration without actually making it to Chapter 22, “A New Vitamin-Like Activator.” There he summarizes his findings about “activator X,” a fat-soluble vitamin he discovered in butter (especially butter from cows eating rapidly growing green grass), fish eggs and the organs and fats of animals.

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In studies with humans and poultry, he found that giving cod liver oil alone was not as effective in promoting growth and recovery from bone loss or tooth decay as the combination of what he called “high-vitamin natural cod liver oil (a source of vitamins A and D)” and “high-vitamin butter oil (a source of vitamin A and activator X).”  He made the butter oil by centrifuging slightly heated butter to separate it into an oil and hard portion—the vitamins concentrated in the oil. Today we know that activator X is vitamin K2, MK-4, the animal form of vitamin K.

In Chapter 22, Price describes a Depression-era study involving school children of mill workers suffering from rampant tooth decay and many other health problems.  Their diets usually consisted of “highly sweetened coffee and white bread, vegetable fat, pancakes made of white flour and eaten with syrup and doughnuts fried in vegetable fat.”

Dr. Price and his researchers provided the children with one meal per day at school. The meal consisted of marrow stew with meat and vegetables, fish stew or organ meats; cooked fruit with very little sweetening; rolls made of freshly ground wheat and spread with high-vitamin butter; and two glasses of fresh whole milk.  Most importantly, each child received one teaspoon of a mixture of high-vitamin cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil.

Price reported, “The clinical effect was apparent complete control of dental caries for the entire group, as shown in the x-ray films.” One hundred percent of the cavities in these children filled in! Moreover, the health of the children improved in numerous other ways, including overall energy and performance at school.

What Dr. Price does not describe in Chapter 22 is the way he used the combination of high-vitamin butter oil and high-vitamin cod liver oil in emergency situations.  It was Pat Connolly of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation who introduced me to “Dr. Price’s Remedy,” namely alternating drops of high-vitamin cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil under the tongue.  “This brought many people back from the brink of death,” she told me.

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One person brought back from the brink of death was Donald Price, Dr. Price’s nephew. I had the privilege of speaking with Donald by phone in the late 1990s, shortly before he died.  Donald had traveled with Dr. Price and operated his lantern slides during lectures–he was probably the last surviving person who knew Dr. Price. When I mentioned the remedy, he told me that his uncle had given him the alternating drops when he was close to death from pneumonia. The remedy quickly revived him and he was out of bed the next day.

I used the remedy recently on my husband (age ninety-five) who had a bad fall while working on the farm.  I gave him the drops five or six times before he went to bed—followed up by bone broth and a good dinner—and he was up and about the next day.

The remedy seems to work for mental as well as physical ailments. A friend of ours recently came to visit—normally cheerful and upbeat, she was in a deep depression, unable to even smile.  We sat her down and gave her the drops, several times over the hour. Soon she was smiling again, the depression lifted.

I was recently reminded of Dr. Price’s remedy when viewing the film called Medicating Normal, about the catastrophic addictive effects of psychiatric drugs. The film presented the stories of three individuals: a soldier who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after the death of a friend in combat; a naval officer who went into burn-out and depression after working very long hours; and a waitress who had trouble sleeping at night. All got prescriptions for pills from a psychiatrist and all became addicted—the film follows their heroic efforts to return to a normal life.

I kept thinking. . . what about Dr. Price’s remedy? And what about good nutrition? After any trauma, period of stress or accident—any shock that disrupts the body’s homeostasis and makes normal life impossible–the alternating drops of high-vitamin cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil should be the go-to remedy. . . followed by a nutrient-dense diet that includes liver and other organ meats, shellfish, fish eggs, fermented foods, bone broth, butter and raw dairy products. Good nutrition daily sustains us, but sometimes the body needs a kick-start, and the fat-soluble vitamins, given under the tongue so they are rapidly absorbed, no digestion required (which may be compromised in situations of trauma), can help us snap out of a desperate situation. (I’ll talk about remedies for insomnia in a future blog).

After an accident, after an insect or animal bite, before and after surgery, recovery from addiction and (should a vaccine be absolutely required), before and after an injection—these situations all cry out for Dr. Price’s remedy. I recommend six to eight drops each, spaced about an hour apart, using a simple eye dropper.

COD LIVER OIL: Use only a natural cod liver oil, containing natural vitamins A and D.  See the recommendations of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

HIGH VITAMIN BUTTER OIL: This is produced by Green Pasture products. You can also use Australian emu oil, which is very rich in vitamin K. Please note that many products claim to be “butter oil,” but are actually just ghee (clarified butter).  These may be very rich in fat-soluble activators and are good products for daily use, but they are not the true butter oil as described by Dr. Price.

After you have recovered with Dr. Price’s remedy and a diet of nutrient-dense food, it’s still a good idea to take a combination of high-vitamin cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil (or emu oil) on a regular basis.  I find the best way is to put about one teaspoon cod liver oil and one-fourth to one-half teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (or emu oil) in a small glass.  Add a little hot water, stir around and then gulp it down the hatch.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is your source for accurate information on diet and health

Author: Sally Fallon Morell

Sally Fallon Morell is best known as the author of Nourishing Traditions®: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels.

17 thoughts on “Dr. Price’s Remedy”

  1. I would like you to clarify what you meant when you said if vaccines are absolutely required, are you referring to somebody having their civil rights violated and forced to receive a vaccine or are you implying that you partly believe in the theory of vaccination?

    Of course anybody would agree that taking this remedy before and after being forced in violation of your civil rights to receive a vaccine would be a smart move.

    It’s important to point out that there is data somewhere out there showing that there have been a percentage of people suffering from “tetanus” symptoms diagnosed as “tetanus” where they were not able to isolate tetanus from their blood, and there have also been people who they were able to isolate tetanus bacteria from their blood yet had zero signs or symptoms of tetanus toxicity. That alone puts the theory of tetanus as a disease into question.

    1. I am totally opposed to all vaccines. But some people think they have to get them–for example, they might lose their jobs if they don’t. So I’d recommend Dr. Price’s remedy before and after.

      1. I really appreciate that comment. I work as an RN and am required to be updated on all vaccines. The flu is shot is the absolute worst one and i fall ill every year when i take it. Ordering my butter oil now!

      1. Unfortunately the hospital workers did not prevail, however the Court’s opinion was that they could go out and get a different job. Hopefully they never approve them.

  2. Thank you so much for this helpful information. I have been on a quest to get my health back to what it should be, and this will be very helpful! I was wondering if you had a protocol to help get off of antidepressants? I would really really like to get off it, but last time I tried it was not good so I am now scared. God bless you and your family! 🙂

    1. Hello Sally, I am a young 25 y.o and I really appreciate what you are, you do, you say, your works, your mood! I am troubling with depression, anxiety, fatigue, and before my period I feel really bad. I would like start follow your’s advice, but I have a lot of fear, cause by my 18th I follow totally what Dr Greger, and others say about nutrition, I do religiously a whole plant based diet, infact I remember that when I was non vegan, I never been depressed and in this way. Could you just encourage me? Cause I fear to became illness or have an heart attack eating again animals food.

      1. As an older individual I can tell you that what I had learned over the years is that you should listen to what you body is telling you. if you never had trouble with depression, anxiety and fatigue prior to going on a vegan diet as you stated then it may be time to slowly introduce some of your old eating habits back into your diet. It should be quality food, not fast food.

        You are in the prime of your life at 25 years of age and should not suffer thru the ailments that you described because some people and or “researcher” says that a vegan diet is healthier and that you may live longer. Your genes play the biggest role in your health and longevity than any diet. The are/ have been people who smoked and ate a very poor diet who lived a long relatively healthy life. And those whom ate well and exercised who died of a heart attack at a relatively young age. Of course you want to eat and live a healthy lifestyle. And as with most things in life, moderation and balance is key. The nutritional guidelines has changed many times over my lifetime and I am sure they will continue. So I would not waste my youth restricting my diet to a vegan diet.

        Do your research and don’t fall into the trap of one diet is better than the other. Stay away from processed foods and sugars, eat a variety of healthy foods and splurge on some so called unhealthy food that you enjoy, but of course in moderation. And above all, listen to what your body is telling you!

        We only have one life to live. So, live it with kindness, joy and happiness Your quality of life is much much better than your quantity, especially when we are talking about no real difference between those who eat meat and vegans.

        Live life your way, don’t confirm or be pressured by others. Make the best of everyday because it goes by so quick!

        I wish you all the best!


  3. Hi Sally! Always look forward to your email containing new blog posts! I was wondering if you would suggest the Fermented Cod liver oil and concentrated butter blends as a remedy also? Does it have to be the separate cod liver oil and butter? Asking because I already have the cod liver and butter blend. If the blend is acceptable, what would be your dosage recommendations?

  4. Hello Sally. After reading this article I went and boiught some Cod Liver Oil and, as I am in Australia, and am not sure which` butter to get yet, I got the Emu Oil.I would like to know exactly how to take these as drops. How much, how many, how far apart. I am tryig to get off psyche meds, and am now just over a week without any pharma meds. I feel this will really help me do this. ( I came off them very slowly, in case you’re wondering, nothing dangerous.)Thank you for your work. I now eat like I used to in the 60s again. Deliciously.

    1. So glad this is working. The Australian Emu oil is fine, you don’t need the butter oil in addition.
      I think 6 drops of each, alternating, about 6 times per day, to start. Then you can taper off and just take the clo and emu oil every morning.
      Best, Sally
      PS, please send us an update in a few weeks. Thanks!

  5. Hello! I am a little confused. I don’t see a chapter 22 in the Nutrition and Physical Degeneration book. It seems to only go up to 21? Is there something I’m missing? Thanks for clarifying.

  6. Could you talk about the effects of heavy metal poisoning ? I currently have dental braces and suffering from heavy metal allergy from the metals dental braces are made out of. Nobody seems to believe me but I am very aware of my body and the change started as soon as my braces were put on. I was wondering if both these products will help? Cod Liver Oil seems to make me depressed and angry not matter how much I take. I always take the recommended amount and have tried less but I still get the brain fog and the depression. Normally I’m a very healthy and happy man. Could you help ? Thank you Sally.

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