Discovering Dr. Weston Price’s Remedy for Emergency Nutrition Situations

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.

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).”

Emergency Situations

Price did not describe the way he used the combination of high-vitamin butter oil and high-vitamin cod liver oil in emergency situations. Years ago, Pat Connolly (of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation) 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 had known Dr. Price.

A Better Way

I was reminded of Dr. Price’s remedy when viewing the film “Medicating Normal” about the catastrophic addictive effects of psychiatric drugs.

The film presents three stories: a soldier who suffers post-traumatic stress disorder after the death of a friend in combat; a naval officer who goes into burnout and depression while working long hours; and a waitress who has trouble sleeping. After a psychiatrist prescribes pills, all three become addicted.

I kept thinking: what about Dr. Price’s remedy? What about good nutrition? After any trauma, stress or accident — any shock that disrupts homeostasis and makes normal life impossible — alternating drops of high-vitamin cod liver and butter oil (or Australian emu oil) should be the go-to remedy, followed by a nutrient-dense diet that includes liver, other organ meats, shellfish, fish eggs, fermented foods, bone broth, pasture-raised butter and raw dairy products.

Dangers of Vitamin D Supplementation (Sally Price recommendation; not Dr. Mercola’s)

The Weston A. Price Foundation does not recommend vitamin D supplements — only vitamin D from food, such as cod liver oil, egg yolks, animal fats like lard, organ meats, fish eggs and shellfish, where it is balanced by its co-factors vitamin A and K2. Vitamin D taken on its own can rapidly deplete vitamins A and K2 stores.

In addition, taking large doses of vitamin D can induce severe depletion of magnesium, as magnesium is essential to the metabolism of vitamin D. Vitamin D enhances mineral absorption and can lead to hypercalcemia (dangerously high levels of calcium in the blood), and higher levels of vitamin D also have been linked to enhanced absorption of toxic elements such as aluminum, cadmium, cobalt and lead.

About the Author

Sally Fallon Morell is author of the best-selling cookbook “Nourishing Traditions” and many other books on diet and health. She is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation ( and a founder of A Campaign for Real Milk ( Visit her blog at


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