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March 18, 2010


Dr. Donald contacted me as he has had a few patients not test strong for FCLO. I have blogged previous that not everyone is the same and some do better on skate rather than FCLO. I do not know why this is true but i have heard this from more than one doctor. Dr. Louisa Williams (Author of Radical Medicine) commented during her WAPF Conference presentation that many of her patients test stronger with Skate vs FCLO. This is not to say that they will test poorly with the FCLO but just stronger with the Skate Liver Oil. Some people will test even stronger combining the skate and FCLO. No two people are the same. We all have different needs, strengths,weaknesses...

Theory contrived from discussion with Dr. Richard (below posts): The reason we all seem to be deficient in vitamin D is not always because some of us do not get enough but rather the systems to properly handle the assimilation of Vitamin D are not working. The Thyroid, Liver, Kidneys, and enzyme P450 Cytochrome (which is damage through diet (transfats) and other dietary concerns. Lets stir the pot further, is it the right thing for all to address a vitamin D shortage by taking vitamin D drops or is it worth considering other factors that need to be addressed.

also, fyi, The main Vitamin A in Real FCLO is Palmitate form not retinol. Their other minor forms of of vitamin A including Retinol but based on my testing palmitate out does the next closest minor form of vitamin A by 6-7 times +/-, plus keep in mind natural forms of nutrients may optically rotate in the oposite direction vs natural wholefood compounds.

the only thing i would add to Dr. Donald comments below is FCLO has thousands of other nutrients, above and beyond a variety of A's and D's. i think one should take for many reasons not just vitamin D. vitamin D has the headlines today so this is all that is focuses on.

I did have to edit Dr. Donalds note to remove specific diseases discussed



I have not found a patient in the last few years that does not have athyroid issues and 99.9% of all my recent patients show a liver/gallbladderproblem, and 90% of the average American's diet is processed food which isloaded with trans-fats (hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils)?I was with the first patient, a retired dentist recovering from mercurypoisoning, when the homeopath tested him. It was the unflavored fclo thattested weak - The separate test for the butter oil test strong for him.I did not think much of it until the second patient complained of testing weak for the fclo.

In the last 34 years I have not had a patient with Breast XXXXXX Prostate XXXXXX and all of the other vitamin D deficient diseases that faithfully took their cod liver oil daily.

However, since Norway has decided to replace the vitamin A and vitamin Dwith synthetic vitamin A and synthetic vitamin D your fermented cod liveroil is the only one that is actually "cod liver oil" and the only one that I recommend to my patients so you can see the reason for my concern(Oh yes, the result that I got with autistic children in four months withthe norwegn cold liver oil I get in two weeks with the fclo)

Recently there has been a rash of articles lately comming out against codliver oil falsly accusing it of blocking vitamin D absorption (Follow theMoney)Please go to: and read the following newsletter article:Read This Shocking Vitamin D Report or You'll Kick Yourself for the NextDecadePosted by Dr. Mercola | March 16 2010 | 232,527 viewsAnd then read the corrections that I made for my patients - and rememberthat Mercola sells krill oil:

Read This Shocking Vitamin D Report or You'll Kick Yourself for the NextDecadeThe British Medical Journal has published a remarkable paper confirming thatlow vitamin D levels obtained in the past are a risk factor for developing colon cancer in the future. But the study contained an even more significant finding -- as Dr. Cannell'ssite has reported before, synthetic vitamin A, even in relatively lowamounts, can thwart vitamin D's association with reduced rates of colon XXXX.

This is the largest study to date showing synthetic vitamin A blocks vitamin D's effect. Hidden on page eight of the paper was one sentence and a small table,showing that the benefits of vitamin D are almost entirely negated in those with the highest synthetic vitamin A (synthetic retinol) intake. And the synthetic retinol intake did not have to be that high -- only about 3,000 IU/day.

Young autistic children often take 3,500 IU of synthetic retinol a day in their powdered multivitamins, which doesn't count any additional vitamin A given in high single doses.The finding explains some of the anomalies in other papers on vitamin D and cancer -- similar studies sometimes have widely different results. This maybe because the effect of synthetic vitamin A was not taken into account.

Insome countries, modern cod liver oil, which contains synthetic vitamin A, is commonly used as a vitamin D supplement, and in others it is used more rarely, causing differences in the results. Sources:The Natural Advocate February 28, 2010 - Vitamin D Council -British Medical Journal, BMJ 2010;340:b5500

In this recent article by Dr. Cannell, he discusses the latest research published in the British Medical Journal, which confirms his previous assertion: that too much synthetic vitamin A negates many of the beneficial health effects of vitamin D. In his December 2008 issue, Dr. Cannell explained:"The crux of the problem is that a form of synthetic vitamin A, syntheticretinoic acid, weakly activates the vitamin D response element on the gene and perhaps blocks vitamin D's more robust activation. In fact, the authors of a 1993 study state "there is a profound inhibition of vitamin D-activated...gene expression by the synthetic retinoic acid.

"So what does this mean? Vitamin A versus Vitamin D. Well, naturally, since appropriate vitamin D levels are crucial for your health, it means that it's essential to have the proper ratio of vitamin D to vitamin A in your body. This also means that synthetic vitamin A supplementation is potentially hazardous to your overall health, as vitamin D plays a significant role in a large number of common diseases and afflictions.

In a paper published in the August 2007 issue of the American Journal ofClinical Nutrition, Anthony Norman, an international expert on vitamin D,identified vitamin D's potential for contributions to good health in:· Your adaptive and innate immune systems· The secretion and regulation of insulin by your pancreas· Heart and blood pressure regulation· Muscle strength· Brain activity. There are only 30,000 genes in your body and vitamin D has been shown to influence over 2,000 of them. That's one of the primary reasons it influences so many diseases, including:XXXXX Hypertension Heart xxxxxx Autism Obesity bone and joins, blood sugar, xxxxxxxxxMultipleXXXXXXX disease, Flu, Colds, XXXXXXXXXXXX Aging, xxxxxx skin, xxxxxx sleep patern, Hearing, loss Muscle pain, xxxxxxteeth disease, Athletic performance, eye xxxxxxx degeneration, xxxxxx, Seizures, Fertility, lungXXXXX, xxxxxxxxxxx, Mind, mood XXXXXXX, mind, nervous systemXXXXXXX disease, XXXXXXXX,.

Vitamin A production is tightly controlled in your body. The substrate, or source of the vitamin A, are carotenoids from vegetables in your intestine.Your body converts these carotenoid substrates to exactly the right amount of organic retinol. However, when you take vitamin A as synthetic retinol directly, such as inmolecular distilled cod liver oil where the naturally occurring vitamin A and vitamin D is destroyed and replaced by synthetic vitamin A and synthetic vitamin D, you by pass all the natural controls in this closed system.

Ideally, you'll want to provide all the vitamin A and vitamin D substrate your body needs in such a way that your body can regulate both systems naturally such as in fermented cod liver oil which maintains vitamin A and vitamin D in its natural organic form. Another way to do this is by eating colorful vegetables (for vitamin A) and by exposing your skin to sun every day (for vitamin D). Even Low Amounts of synthetic Vitamin A Can Negate Benefits of Vitamin D Given that xxxxxcell , heart xxxxxxx and blood sugarxxxxx are three of the top causes of death in the United States, ensuring that you are getting enough of this crucial vitamin should be a top priority.

A study by Dr. William Grant, Ph.D., another internationally recognized research scientist and vitamin D expert, found that about 30 percent of xxxxx deaths -- which amounts to 2 million worldwide and 200,000 in the United States -- could be prevented each year with higher levels of vitaminD. Knowing this, it's clearly important to avoid anything that might hamper your vitamin D production, and it appears that synthetic vitamin A supplementation may indeed have this effect.

Dr. Cannell writes:"Dr. Mazda Jenab and his 45 colleagues from the International Agency forResearch on Cancer confirmed that low vitamin D levels are a risk for colon xxxxx in a dose response manner; those with the highest levels were about twice as less likely to develop colon xxxxxx compared to those with the highest levels. However, hidden on page eight is one sentence and a small table, which shows that the benefits of vitamin D are almost entirely negated in those with the highest synthetic vitamin A intake. And the synthetic retinol intake did not have to be that high in these older adults to begin to negate vitamin D'side effects, about 3,000 IU/day.

Remember, young autistic children often take 3,500 IU of synthetic retinol a day in their powdered multivitamins, which doesn't count any additional synthetic vitamin A given in high single doses. The Synergistic Effects of synthetic Vitamin A on Vitamin D It's highly unfortunate, but many people in developed countries are potentially sabotaging the multitude of health benefits they could receive from adequate vitamin D by taking excessive amounts of synthetic vitamin A, either in the form of multi-vitamins or molecular distilled cod liver oil.

I spent many hours reviewing this issue in the latter part of 2008, and as a result, I issued a revision of my long held recommendation for cod liver oil. I have recommended cod liver oil as a source of vitamin D for quite sometime, prior to this revision. My stance was based on the fact that cod liver oil contains vitamins D and A in addition to healthy omega-3 fats. These vitamins are essential for most everyone who cannot get regular sun exposure year-round. It's important to understand that vitamin A is essential for your immune system and a precursor to active hormones that regulate the expression ofyour genes just like vitamin D, and the two work in tandem.

For example, there is evidence that without vitamin D, vitamin A can be ineffective or even toxic. But if you're deficient in vitamin A, vitamin D cannot function properly either. So proper balance of these two vitamins is essential. Too much or too littleof either may create negative consequences.Unfortunately, we do not yet know the optimal ratios between these twovitamins, but it is clear that nearly all molecular distilled cod liver oilproducts, unlike fermented cod liver oil, supply them in levels and formsthat do not appear to be ideal. How Can You Ensure Proper Ratios of Vitamins A and D?As Dr. Cannell has stated in earlier writings on this topic, the ideal wayto obtain the proper vitamin A to D ratio is to obtain it the way your bodywas designed to obtain it:· Vitamin A through your diet, in the form of colorful vegetables· Vitamin D through daily sun exposure on your skin (but only if youare consumming the medium chain fatty acids such as coconut oil, palm oil,extravirgin olive oil and grass fed butter)· Fermented cod liver oil

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