September 2016 DVD showing

Saturated Fat Does a Body Good

(The Biological Function of Saturated Fats )

by Chris Masterjohn

Recorded at the 2015 Wise Traditions Conference.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

DVD begins at 6:30 PM
Please come around 6:15


Market of Choice
67 West 29th, Eugene
Upstairs in the Community Room


Saturated fat has long been demonized as the energy source most likely to raise “bad cholesterol” and thereby contribute to heart disease. Only recently is this beginning to change in the mainstream. Despite this, the disciplines of biochemistry and of cellular and molecular biology have been elucidating the positive and essential biological functions of saturated fatty acids for decades. Among these are included the following: regulating the fluidity of cellular membranes, anchoring proteins to membranes, and ensuring that proteins properly interact with one another and thus that proper communication takes place within and between cells. A number of specific saturated fatty acids also provide energy in unique ways that aid in improving body composition and intestinal health. Saturated fats, in fact, are so important that we synthesize many of them in large amounts from carbohydrate. This talk will explore the specific biological roles of saturated fats and conclude by discussing the health implications that these rules suggest for consuming saturated fat in the diet.

Chris Masterjohn, PhD
is assistant professor of health and nutrition sciences at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY. In 2012, he obtained his PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut, where he studied the role of vitamin E and other antioxidants in regulating the metabolism of methylglyoxal, a potentially toxic byproduct of energy metabolism that appears to contribute to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. From the fall of 2012 through the summer of 2014, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he studied interactions between fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K. He is now continuing this research at Brooklyn College. Chris created and maintains a website Cholesterol-and-Health.Com which is home to his blog, The Daily Lipid.  He has published eight peer-reviewed scientific papers and has contributed regularly to the pages of Wise Traditions since 2004.

Cost: Free

Donations of any amounts to the Eugene Chapter, Weston A. Price Foundation are appreciated.
$5-10 suggested for those who can afford it, and $1-4 for low-income.
(Please also help carry supplies to the car after the movie or volunteer to help the Eugene Chapter in other ways).

Want to see the DVD, but can’t attend? 

Purchase your own copy from Fleetwood Onsite Recording:  26180 – Saturated Fat Does a Body Good: Exploring the Biological Roles of These Long-Demonized Yet Heroic Nutrients $25

More Questions?

Please see our Notes on Popcorn Review page for more info.

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Joel Salatin, guru of the pastured farming movement


Neal Barnard, MD, president of Physicans Committee for Responsible Medicine

Gene Baur, President and Founder, Farm Sanctuary

The topic: “Don’t Eat Anything with a Face”


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This comes to us from The Weston A. Price Foundation:

Dear Lisa,

Congratulations! Thanks to your generosity, we have raised $70,000 for our research lab project, which puts us in a good position to reach our goal of $200,000. Still, we have a long ways to go. If you have not yet donated, please do so today. If every one of our members donated just $20, we would more than meet our goal.

Let’s make this a group effort with everyone participating! Thank you in advance for your support.


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The Weston A. Price Foundation has a tremendous opportunity to access an independent research laboratory where we can further our mission of restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through research, education, and activism. But we need your help to realize this goal!

The research lab is the Burnsides Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which for many years has been guided by the esteemed Dr. Fred Kummerow. It was Dr. Kummerow who over 40 years ago performed research showing the damaging effects of trans fatty acids, a fact which Americans now take for granted.

Today, at age 98, he continues to do research on the causes of heart disease. Just as we have predicted, Dr. Kummerow has shown a link between oxidized cholesterol, vegetable oils and heart disease. (See this link: and the text below this letter for more information on Dr. Kummerow’s latest research.)

And Dr. Kummerow’s legacy continues with the work of post-doctorate Chris Masterjohn, PhD. Chris is using the Burnsides Lab to study the interactions between fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K, examining the protective effects of vitamins A and K on soft tissue calcification otherwise caused by vitamin D consumed in isolation. Chris’s research will provide important insights into the fat-soluble vitamins, the key to healthy traditional diets, as discovered by Dr. Weston Price.

As you can see, the Burnsides Lab plays a key role in maintaining the legacy of Dr. Price as well as the scientific discoveries of tomorrow. Here’s where your help comes in.

We have been assured by the university that $300,000 per year will allow WAPF to have complete access to the laboratory to do our important research. Just imagine the opportunity this presents for us!

•Chris Masterjohn, PhD, can do further research on the fat-soluble vitamins, including the testing of various foods for levels of vitamins A, D, and K.
•We can research harmful additives in our foods, such as hexane.
•We can investigate the impacts of various cooking and preparation techniques on the nutrient profile of the foods we eat.
•And so much more!
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Science News… from universities, journals, and other research organizations

Lipid Researcher, 98, Reports On the Dietary Causes of Heart Disease
Feb. 27, 2013 — A 98-year-old researcher argues that, contrary to decades of clinical assumptions and advice to patients, dietary cholesterol is good for your heart — unless that cholesterol is unnaturally oxidized (by frying foods in reused oil, eating lots of polyunsaturated fats, or smoking).

The researcher, Fred Kummerow, an emeritus professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois, has spent more than six decades studying the dietary factors that contribute to heart disease. In a new paper in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease, he reviews the research on lipid metabolism and heart disease with a focus on the consumption of oxidized cholesterol — in his view a primary contributor to heart disease.

“Oxidized lipids contribute to heart disease both by increasing deposition of calcium on the arterial wall, a major hallmark of atherosclerosis, and by interrupting blood flow, a major contributor to heart attack and sudden death,” Kummerow wrote in the review.

Over his 60-plus-year career, Kummerow has painstakingly collected and analyzed the findings that together reveal the underlying mechanisms linking oxidized cholesterol (and trans fats) to heart disease.

Many of Kummerow’s insights come from his relentless focus on the physical and biochemical changes that occur in the arteries of people with heart disease. For example, he has worked with surgeons to retrieve and examine the arteries of people suffering from heart disease, and has compared his findings with those obtained in animal experiments.

He and his colleagues first reported in 2001 that the arteries of people who had had bypass operations contained elevated levels of sphingomyelin (SFING-oh-my-uh-lin), one of several phospholipids (phosphate-containing lipids) that make up the membranes of all cells. The bypass patients also had significantly more oxidized cholesterols (oxysterols) in their plasma and tissues than people who had not been diagnosed with heart disease.

Human cells incubated with the blood plasma of the cardiac patients also picked up significantly more calcium from the culture medium than cells incubated in the plasma of healthy patients. When the researchers added oxysterols to the healthy plasma, the proportion of sphingomyelin in the cells increased, as did the uptake of calcium.

Earlier research, including studies conducted by medical pioneer Michael DeBakey, noted that the most problematic plaques in patients with heart disease occurred at the branch-points of the arteries of the heart. Kummerow followed up on these reports by looking at the phospholipid content of the arterial walls in pigs and humans. He found (and reported in 1994) that the branch points of the arteries in humans and in swine also had significantly more sphingomyelin than other regions of the same arteries.

For Kummerow, the increase in sphingomyelin was a prime suspect in the blocked and calcified arteries of the cardiac patients. He had already found that the arteries of the newborn human placenta contained only about 10 percent sphingomyelin and 50 percent phosphatidylcholine (FOSS-fuh-tih-dul-COH-lean), another important phospholipid component of cell membranes.

“But when we looked at the arteries of people who had had bypass operations, we found up to 40 percent sphingomyelin and about 27 percent phosphatidylcholine,” Kummerow said. “It took us many more years to discover that when you added large amounts of oxysterols to the cells, then the phosphatidylcholine changed to sphingomyelin.”

Further evidence supported sphingomyelin’s starring role in atherosclerosis. When Kummerow and his colleagues compared the blocked and unblocked arteries of patients needing second bypass operations, they found that the arteries with blockages contained twice as much sphingomyelin as the unblocked arteries. The calcium content of the blocked arteries (6,345 parts per million) was also much higher than that of the unblocked arteries (182 ppm).

Other studies had demonstrated a link between increases in sphingomyelin and the deposit of calcium in the coronary arteries. The mechanism by which this occurred was unclear, however. Kummerow’s team searched the literature and found a 1967 study that showed that in the presence of certain salts (in the blood, for example), lipids like sphingomyelin develop a negative charge. This explains the attraction of the positively charged calcium to the arterial wall when high amounts of sphingomyelin are present, Kummerow said.

“So there was a negative charge on the wall of this artery, and it attracted calcium from the blood until it calcified the whole artery,” he said.

Oxidized fats contribute to heart disease (and sudden death from heart attacks) in an additional way, Kummerow said. He and his collaborators found that when the low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the so-called “bad cholesterol”) is oxidized, it increases the synthesis of a blood-clotting agent, called thromboxane, in the platelets.

If someone eats a diet rich in oxysterols and trans fats and also smokes, he or she is endangering the heart in three distinct ways, Kummerow said. The oxysterols enhance calcification of the arteries and promote the synthesis of a clotting agent. And the trans fats and cigarette smoke interfere with the production of a compound, prostacyclin, which normally keeps the blood fluid.

“And that causes 600,000 deaths in this country each year,” Kummerow said.

Kummerow is the author of “Cholesterol Won’t Kill You, But Trans Fats Could.”

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September 21-22: Wise Traditions Conference in Portland!

For the first time ever the Wise Traditions Conference is coming to Oregon!

September 21-22, 2013
Portland, Oregon
Regional Wise Traditions Conference

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR  97220

Register Now!

We will be offering:
  • A Showcase for Delicious Traditional Food
  • A Unique Opportunity for Health Professionals and Laymen interested in Diet and Health
  • WAPF Networking, Friendship and Fun
Seminars include:
  • Nourishing Traditional Diets
  • The Vital Fat-Soluble Vitamins
  • Myths and Truths About Vegetarian Diets
  • A Healthy Pregnancy
  • Taking the Fear Out of Fermentation
  • Passing the Bone: The Lore and Life of Bone Broth
  • Death by Food Pyramid
  • How to Maintain Optimum Joint Health as We Age
  • Empowering Fertility With a Nutrient-Dense Diet
  • The China Study
  • The Explosion of Autoimmunity
  • Raw Milk Babies
Featured Speakers will include:
  • Sally Fallon Morell, MA
  • Chris Masterjohn, PhD
  • Dale Jacobson DC
  • Kaayla Daniel, PhD
  • Denise Minger
  • Charlotte Smith
  • Nora Gedgaudas
  • Lisa Bianco-Davis
Location and Accommodation
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR  97220
Conference Food
As always, the conference will feature two delicious lunches of traditional foods. Interested in donating/bartering food items?  Phone our office at (304) 724-3006 or email
Exhibit and Sponsor Information
For information about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference, please contact Paul Frank at PTF & Associates at (304) 724-3006 or via email to Space is extremely limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Please tell others about this conference!
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Sponsoring Partner
Green Pasture
For further information visit
or call (304) 724-3006.
I am pleased to announce that I (Lisa) have been asked to give a presentation on fermentation at the conference.  You local members in Eugene can hear me talk anytime, but don’t miss this opportunity to hear the other great speakers in person!  I don’t know how long it will be before the conference returns to Oregon.  If you’ve never heard Sally Fallon Morell’s Nourishing Traditional Diets presentation, you owe it to yourself to attend!  And the food is always awesome, that alone is worth the admission!
We hope many Eugene members will attend.  Please use our WAPFEugene list on Yahoo groups to coordinate sharing rides or rooms with other local members.

Register Now!

March 30th: DVD – Fat Myths

“Fat Myths”
by Chris Masterjohn
A Presentation from Wise Traditions 2011, 12th Annual Conference

Friday, March 30th, 2012
DVD begins at 6:30 PM
Please come early.

Market of Choice
67 West 29th, Eugene
Upstairs in the Community Room

Conventional medicine and the main stream media all agree: dietary fat is the cause of all health ills.  Yet traditional the diets of healthy traditional people varied greatly in the amount of fat, some going to considerable risks to obtain saturated animal fats.

Are low-fat diets healthy?  Are high-fat diets healthy?  What about the dangers of arachidonic acid or benefits polyunsaturated oils?  What about studies that report to show that dietary fat causes heart disease?  What did those studies show?  What does the science really say?  Chris Masterjohn tackles these difficult questions with humor and a well-grounded basis in science.  This is a “must see” presentation for anyone following a low-fat diet or confused about fats.

Good Fats, Bad Fats: Separating Fact From Fiction
In the modern era, the nutritional establishment has created the tall tale of a mythical transition from a low-fat diet associated with poverty to a high-fat diet associated with affluence and has considered this mythical increase in fat intake to be the scourge of modern, disease-producing diets. The establishment has likewise promoted the use of polyunsaturated vegetable oils to supply our needs of “essential fatty acids” and to lower blood cholesterol. Others have maintained with equal vigor that using large amounts of fat is necessary to displace harmful carbohydrates, and that this is the key to vibrant health. Traditional, health-promoting diets, however, varied widely in their composition, some being very low in fat, others deriving over 50 percent of their calories from saturated fat alone. Healthy, non-pregnant, non-lactating adults require essential fatty acids in infinitesimal amounts. Growing children, pregnant or lactating women, and adults who are recovering from injury or suffering a degenerative disease require greater amounts of these fatty acids, but acquire them best from animal products. The use of vegetable oils likely promotes heart disease despite lowering cholesterol. Saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids play essential roles in our bodies, but we can synthesize them from carbohydrate, an option on which many healthy groups have relied. Fats provide essential nutrients and aid in the absorption of nutrients from other foods. It is the overall nutrient density and nutrient bioavailability of the diet, however, and not the specific content of fat, that produces health.

Chris Masterjohn is creator and maintainer of Cholesterol-And-Health.Com, a web site dedicated to extolling the benefits of traditional, nutrient-dense, cholesterol-rich foods and to elucidating the many fascinating roles that cholesterol plays within the body. Cholesterol-And-Health.Com is home to his blog, The Daily Lipid. Chris is a frequent contributor to Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, is a perennial speaker at the annual Wise Traditions conference, and writes a second blog on the foundation’s web site, Mother Nature Obeyed. Chris is a doctoral candidate in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He has authored three peer-reviewed publications including a hypothesis on the molecular mechanism of vitamin D toxicity published in Medical Hypotheses, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology challenging the conclusions of a widely publicized study claiming to show adverse effects of eating coconut oil, and a letter to the editor published in The American Heart Journal arguing that drugs used to raise HDL-cholesterol should not be considered safe until their potential adverse effects on vitamin E metabolism have been studied. He has also recently authored a human study on the effects of vitamin E on sugar metabolism that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, and a review on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease accepted for publication in Nutrition Reviews. Chris plans on graduating with his doctorate in the summer.

Please RSVP if you think you will be attending(email Lisa at: If your plans change, always feel free to just show up.

Suggested donation of $4-10 per person
(Or please volunteer to help the Eugene Chapter).


Chris Masterjohn’s website & blogs:

Articles by Chris Masterjohn:

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Aug 20: DVD – Cod Liver Oil: Our Number One Superfood

by Chris Masterjohn

Friday, August 20, 2010
DVD begins at 6:30 (ends approximately at 8:30 PM)
Discussion time before and after movie – 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Market of Choice
67 West 29th, Eugene
Upstairs in the Community Room

We have had such interesting conversations before and after the last couple of DVDs that I have decided to offer more time for discussion. We will have the room available from 6:00 to 9:00. You are welcome to buy food downstairs in Market of Choice or (shh, don’t tell them I told you this) bring something from home to eat in the room.

This DVD was recorded at the 2009 Wise Traditions Conference.


“Cod liver oil has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes and to strengthen general health. Physicians and scientists have used it to prevent and treat tooth decay, eye and bone diseases resulting from deficiencies of vitamins A and D, infectious diseases and rheumatism, and during the twentieth century it saved millions of dollars of productivity for American industry by reducing absenteeism. This valuable superfood has recently come under attack because of its high vitamin A content, accused of increasing mortality, raising the risk of infectious disease, causing osteoporosis and antagonizing the beneficial effects of vitamin D. Vitamins A and D should be seen, however, not as antagonists but as partners. By providing these partners together, cod liver oil used in moderate quantities makes a valuable addition to a healthy, traditional diet.”

Chris Masterjohn is the creator and editor of Cholesterol-And-Health.Com, a web site dedicated to extolling the benefits of cholesterol and cholesterol-rich foods. He is a frequent contributor to Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He has published two peer-reviewed publications, including a hypothesis on the molecular mechanism of vitamin D toxicity. His primary interest is the interaction between the fat-soluble vitamins, especially vitamins A, D and K. He holds a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently pursuing his PhD in Nutritional Science with a specialty in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at the University of Connecticut.



We need to have at least 5 people RSVP in order to reserve the space at Market of Choice, and there is a maximum of 25 seats available. So I urge you to RSVP ( oh<.re=u>mhifal:in=l@krhtapltnder”clm>/in=l@krhtapltnder”clmo h/ ) if you think you will be attending. If your plans change, always feel free to just show up.

We are requesting a $5-10 donation to the Eugene Chapter at the door.
(No one should miss a showing because of cost, so a sliding scale for low-income people is $1-4 or volunteer to help the Eugene Chapter).

Aug 31: DVD Re-Run – Cod Liver Oil: Our Number One Superfood

DVD Re-Run

“Cod Liver Oil: Our Number One Superfood”

by Chris Masterjohn

Friday, August 31, 2010
DVD begins at 7:00 (ends approximately at 9:00 PM)

At the home of Julia S.
515 Berntzen Rd., Eugene

Julia has graciously volunteered her house for showing re-runs of our DVDs. This is for people who are not able to attend our regular Friday night showing.

This is a re-run of the Aug 20 DVD showing

From Eugene, take Hwy 99 North. Turn left on Royal. Turn left on Berntzen Rd. 515 Berntzen Rd. is across the street from a Fire Station.

We appreciate an RSVP if you think you will be attending. If your plans change, always feel free to just show up.

We are requesting a $5-10 donation to the Eugene Chapter at the door.
(No one should miss a showing because of cost, so a sliding scale for low-income people is $1-4 or volunteer to help the Eugene Chapter).