July 15: History of Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Dave Wetzel, co-founder of Green Pasture Products, will be making a special stop in Eugene to give us a presentation on the History of Fermented Cod Liver Oil!

The History of Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Date: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Market of Choice
67 West 29th
Eugene, OR 97405
Upstairs in the Community Room

Dave and Barb Wetzel founded Green Pasture Products in 2000, with a focus on providing high-quality sacred-food oils just as they were made prior to the industrialized food and farming revolution.

High-Vitamin Butter Oil is our foundation product that all our work has blossomed through. Dr. Weston Price discovered High-Vitamin Butter Oil back in the 1930’s but the pinnacle of his discovery was when he combined Cod Liver Oil with High-Vitamin Butter Oil.

Today we produce the High-Vitamin Butter Oil, and we ferment the historically sacred cod and skate liver oils. Fermenting the livers of fish to extract the oil is an old world practice that may go back as far as biblical times. During the 1850s was the beginning of the industrial food revolution and the first time cod liver oil manufacturing changed from it’s historical sacred roots to an industrialized food.

For more info see: www.greenpasture.org

There will also be tastings available and time to ask all your questions.  And if you order products at the presentation they are offering FREE shipping!

This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear him speak in Eugene. Don’t miss it!

Articles – Cod Liver Oil, Vitamins A, D & K2:

For more information about why we recommend cod liver oil, and where to purchase locally see: Cod Liver Oil

Aug 12: Potluck & Cod Liver Oil Food Demo

Monday, August 12, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 PM

At the home of Holly & Steve
869 Elm Dr.
Eugene, 97404

Food Demo: Cod Liver Oil
After our last DVD showing we had some interesting discussion about cod liver oil.  What brands to use, where to find it, how to take, etc.  At this potluck we will discuss these topics again, and for our food demo, Lisa will bring her Greener Pastures Cod Liver Oil.  Everyone will get an opportunity to sample it, both straight in flavorful mixes, and we will discuss other ways to take our number one superfood!

Directions to Potluck:
If approaching from the south coming down River Rd. turn Left on Maxwell Rd. then continue past the one stoplight about 3 blocks to turn Left onto Hemlock St. There is no Hemlock St on the R. Then take the first Right onto Elm Dr. 869 Elm Dr. is on the Right.  It is a blue house with white trim.

This house is handicapped accessible.

Phone: Steve’s phone number is 541-731-0317

Bring a Dish:
Please bring a Nourishing Traditions style dish and join us for some great food and great conversation! Families and guests are welcome. Please bring enough food to feed the size of your party, and your recipe on a 3×5 card or notepaper.

Please let us know if you plan to attend, so that we have some idea of how many people to expect (email Lisa: info@eugenewestonaprice.com). If your plans change, feel free to just show up.

New to all of this?
For those of you who are new to our potlucks or The Weston A. Price Foundation principals please see our Notes on Potlucks page.

Wise Traditions 2011 (Lisa) Friday


Wise Traditions 2011, the 12th Annual, Weston A. Price Foundation Conference.  November 11th to 14th, 2011.  The theme of this conference was “Mythbusters”.

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Oatmeal Bar Breakfast

The conference began on Friday with an “Oatmeal Bar”.  Breakfast was not included in the conference registration fee but was provided as a fundraiser for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.  I know from experience that I don’t do well with oatmeal for breakfast, even when it is properly prepared.  So I bought two boiled free-range eggs and the sausage and biscuits.   There were also blueberries, crispy nuts, butter, and cream for the oatmeal, and tea, kefir, local grass-fed milk, fruit and other items for sale.


The conference was broken into several “tracks” that were all running at the same time.  This made choosing which one to attend difficult.  On Friday the tracks were:

Part 1, 2, & 3 by Sally Fallon Morell
Part 1, 2, & 3 by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Part 1, 2, & 3  by Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Part 1 – The Biodynamic Preps by Hugh Lovell
Part 2 – Biodynamic Bovine Care by Michael Schmidt
Part 3 – Biodynamic and Practical Bee Care by Christy Hemenway
Part 1 – Traditional Cooking by Tara Rayburn
Part 2 – Broth Based Soups and Stews by Jessica Prentice
Part 3 – Gluten-Free Sourdough by Sharon Kane

During the first session I was so excited about being at the conference, that I found I couldn’t sit still to listen to any one speaker, so wandered the sponsor’s tables and peeked in on all the talks.

Traditional Diets by Sally Fallon Morell

Sally’s six-hour presentation is well worth attending.  You owe it to your self to see it at least once.  We have shown a version of this presentation at our Popcorn Review DVD showings, and will show it again sometime in the future.

Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, HMC, CCH

Gut & Psychology Syndrome - Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD

When I attended my first Wise Traditions conference in 2007, hearing Dr. Natasha speak was the highlight of my trip.   The basis of her talk is that the brain is intimately connected to what is going on in the gut, and that healing the digestive system can clear up many so-called psychiatric or neurological (and physical) disorders. We have shown her presentations at our Popcorn Review in the past, and will probably show this presentation, as  I understand that there was new information presented that was not available a couple years ago.

Nutrition and Metabolism by Stephanie Seneff, PhD

Nutrition and Metabolism - Stephanie Seneff, PhD

Stephanie’s presentations are very in-depth and interesting.   We have shown two of Stephanie’s presentations at our Popcorn Review.  She makes a clear biological case for needing such nutrients as cholesterol, fat and sulfur in the diet.

Biodynamic Preps - Hugh Lovell

Farming Track

This year I didn’t stay in any of the Farming track presentations.  In 2009 I spent most of one day in the farming track.  I find the farming tracks very interesting even though I am not a farmer.  I like to know what good farmers are doing, and what I, as a consumer of farm products should be looking for.  I would love to show some of the DVDs from this track to local farmers and consumers.

I mostly attended the Food Preparation track.


Friday Lunch

Friday Lunch featured some very interesting coconut wraps, cheese, veggies, salsa, chicken and baked apples for desert.

View the conference menu.

Broth Based Soups and Stews

Broth Based Soups and Stews - Jessica Prentice

After lunch I attended Broth Based Soups and Stews.  Jessica Prentice, owner of Three Stone Hearth in California and author of Full Moon Feast, is a wonderful speaker.  She has a great way of grouping together different recipes so that you can see the patterns behind them.  In this presentation she talked about how traditional cultures all over the world used similar techniques to make soups and stews.  She gave examples of recipes that fell into different categories of cooking techniques.  This gave us the opportunity to look at recipes that we decide to make not simply as instructions to follow, but allows us to see the pattern it fits into, and this gives us flexibility to modify the recipe.

Gluten-Free Sourdough

Gluten -Free Sourdough - Sharon Kane

For the third session of the day I continued with the food preparation track and attended Gluten-Free Sourdough. Sharon Kane described her experience of learning to make traditional sourdough breads only to discover that she was severely gluten intolerant.  She was told on all the sourdough-making sites that gluten-free sourdough was not possible.  Through her own perseverance she discovered the process needed to work with gluten-free grains and seeds.  She uses kefir (?) to start each batch in order to get the fermentation process going quickly enough to work with these alternative grains.  She does not keep a sourdough starter going at all times, but instead usually starts each batch with fresh starter.

Gluten -Free Sourdough - Sharon Kane

At the end of the session Sharon Kane gave us all samples of her Teff-Carob bread.  Yummy!  She had helpers toasting pieces in the back of the room and the smell was simply wonderful.

I bought her book and hope to be able to teach these recipes sometime in the future.

Friday Dinner

Friday Dinner

Pork sausages, pulled pork, baked beans, garlic sauerkraut, potato chips fried lard, bread and lots of butter.  For a sweet treat there was watermelon slices drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  The sausages were a little too dry by the time I got any, but otherwise fairly good food.  I thought the balsamic vinegar on watermelon was a strange combination, but it was nice.

The meals are all eaten at large round tables that hold at least I had a lovely conversation with someone I met at the table.  She said she was going to blog about it.  I took a picture of her “butter with a little bread”.

We WAPFers like our butter! This was my neighbor's bread & butter

Evening Activities

Sally said that at previous events they used to wonder what people wanted to do in the evening, and tried organizing social events.  When conference reviews came back, they found that what attendees wanted was more education!

So in the evening we had the choice of five more activities:

Radical Medicine: “Removing the Obstacles to Cure” by Louisa Williams
Film: The Greater Good by Leslie (Bradshaw) Manooklan
Obesity Myths by Ben Pratt
Cod Liver Oil by David Wetzel
Real Food – Bloggers Panel

Cod Liver Oil

The History of Cod Liver Oil - David Wetzel

I attended the presentation on Cod Liver Oil.  David Wetzel is the owner of Green Pasture, the first cod liver oil bottler in modern times to make cod liver oil through the original technique of fermentation.

His presentation covered the history of cod liver oil including many photos of original packaging and advertisements for cod liver oil.  He outlined the change that occurred when industrial processes of refining, bleaching, deodorizing the oil took over the market.  Instead of the advertising focusing on the health benefits of cod liver oil (that were well known at that time) they focused on the tastelessness of the product.  They claimed how easy it would be to get your children to take it.  They didn’t seem to know or maybe care, that the tasteless product lost most of its nutritional value.

I thought it was a great talk.  Unfortunately this presentation was not recorded.  I spoke to David Wetzel after his talk and found out that he is willing to come to Eugene (from Nebraska) to give this presentation to us if we have 25 people who are interested in hearing it.  Please let me know if you would be interested in hearing this talk.

Traveling Light

This was the first year I attended the conference without my son along.  He went to his first conference in Virginia, when he was just barely two, and slept through most of it in a carrier on my chest.  He is six now, and had a great time spending the weekend with his grandparents, aunt and cousin.  The conference provides childcare and activities for children for a reasonable extra fee.  My son did fine in childcare,  but  I enjoyed “traveling light” this time.

Stay tuned to the Eugene Chapter Newsletters for more highlights from the Wise Traditions 2011 conference.

Wise Traditions 2012

It is not too early to start planning to attend the 2012 conference, which will be in California!  Several of us from Eugene will be attending, and I am sure there will be opportunities to carpool, caravan, travel by air, or share rooms together.

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).