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.
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.
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