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We moved last week and I'm now in the process of unpacking and organizing my kitchen. All I can say is thank God I did The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This is a billion times easier since I konmaried.
It's the beginning of a new chapter for me and my family, in our new home by the beach. I plan to be doing a lot of writing (I'm working on a book and I will be blogging) and creating (livestreaming and launching a new podcast), and our new house is very conducive to that. Fresh ocean air, lots of sunshine, lots of room to stretch out and enjoy peace and quiet.
FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development
There is a shocking new development in the fermented cod liver oil scandal. As I was researching cod liver oil yesterday for a series I'm writing on how to buy cod liver oil and which cod liver oil brands I recommend, I came across some information that really disturbed me.
Some of my readers have been asking about a cod liver oil sold by a company called NutraPro International. Many people seem to think it's a good product, and it is listed as one of the three “Best” cod liver oils by the Weston A. Price Foundation. The other two products in the “Best” category are Green Pasture Products FCLO (fermented cod liver oil) and Rosita EVCLO (extra virgin cod liver oil).
Since Sally recommends NutraPro so highly, I wanted to know more about this company. I was horrified by what I found.
Before I looked into this, I knew nothing about NutraPro International. Since I knew nothing about the company and could not find anything about the company and who owns it, I didn't feel comfortable recommending their products to my readers.
I have known David Wetzel and his wife of Green Pasture Products for close to a decade. And I have known Dan Corrigan and Archie Welch of Corganic (the company that sells Rosita EVCLO) for the same amount of time. I met all of these people in 2008 at a conference, and had seen them every year at the WAPF conference until I stopped attending the Wise Tradition conferences in 2014.
Although NutraPro International was founded in 2007, I had never seen them at a WAPF conference which was odd to me.
I had a lot of questions. Who owns the company? Where do they source their cod livers? Where is the manufacturing plant located?
So first I researched the company. I found out they were based in Utah, I used the Utah.gov website to look up the corporation filing.
Registered Sex Offender?
The next thing I did was google the name of the owner. And what I found was local Utah news coverage of Tilak Dhiman. Apparently he was arrested in March 2007, just months before he founded NutraPro International.
“Undercover police officers focused on Dhiman after he engaged in sexually explicit Internet chat-room conversations with an investigator who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. Dhiman was arrested after he arrived at an arranged meeting. Flowers and a condom were found in his possession, according to police reports. He pleaded guilty in June 2009.” (Source)
“A former Utah State University professor who pleaded guilty to coercion and enticing sex from a minor dodged prison time Friday. Tilak Dhiman, who taught dairy nutrition at USU until he lost his job after being arrested in 2007, appeared Friday in U.S. District Court to be sentenced.
Roy officer Matthew Gwynn, with the Northern Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said Dhiman contacted undercover officers in a Yahoo! chatroom in January using the screen name “Lucky sharma.” After his arrest, Dhiman admitted to using that screen name in conversations with the undercover officer, according to court records from USA v. Dhiman.
In a statement to the court, Dhiman apologized to his family and friends, saying he had “made a wrong choice.”Dhiman tried to get directions to her house, saying meeting in a hotel would be ‘dangerous' because she was only 14 years old,” according to court records. During a chat on March 10, he asked if her bed was large enough for the two of them and described what he would like to do sexually with the girl.” (Source)
NutraPro International Headquarters?
Next I googled the company address for NutraPro International. I was curious as to why Dhiman's address on the sex offender registry sites was the exact same address on the corporation filing.
If you go to the NutraPro International website, they have a big photo on their home page of an idyllic farm.
This is what I found in Google Maps:
So Dhiman is running “NutraPro International” out of his suburban home in Logan, Utah. The fact that he didn't even bother to get a post office box is shocking. Even I have a post office box, and I just run a blog.
Perhaps he was under house arrest and was unable to go to a post office box?
“U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups sentenced Dhiman to 60 months of supervised release, including a year of home confinement and 3,000 hours of community service.” (Source)
Well, I guess now we know why he never attended any of the WAPF conferences and why he doesn't put his face or his name on his website or any of their social media sites.
Fake Facebook Profile?
I was trying to find him on Facebook, and of course he is not on Facebook.
But then I found something odd in my Facebook friends list… who is Rex Dhe? He (she?) added me as Facebook friend a while back… and he and I share over 200 mutual friends, many people who are in the Weston Price/paleo/real food community.
“Rex Dhe” has a classic troll-type Facebook profile. No photos of himself, no recent activity. And he doesn't show his friends — I can only see our mutual friends. Who hides their Facebook friends, and why?
The only photos he has are of NutraPro products and marketing materials.
Could this be this “Lucky Sharma” A.K.A. Tilak Dhiman, owner of NutraPro International? Hmm… who else could it be?
Who Is This Guy?
I don't know about you but I don't feel comfortable buying health supplements from this guy. As a mother, one of my worst fears is my daughter being preyed upon online by a pedophile.
Yes, we are all human, yes people make mistakes. But this is one of the worst things I can think of. Preying on innocent children.
I don't know how I can trust someone who did this… and who hides behind a website.
And OMG — he friended me on Facebook. I post photos of my daughter on Facebook. I'm seriously creeped out. (Yes, I unfriended him.)
Sally Fallon Morell's Total Lack of Research
Sally Fallon Morell, did you even do the most cursory research on this company? I mean, COME ON. I found this out with 15 minutes of searching online.
And here's what's missing… we still don't know anything about where this guy gets his cod livers, where he gets the butter for his butter oil… we don't know anything about the testing of his products. I can't find any test results on his website.
What I want to know is how can Sally Fallon recommend a product that she knows nothing about? Where are the lab tests?
Sally Fallon… you are always preaching that we need to “know our farmers”. Do you know Tilak Dhiman?
Please tell us, what are these products NutraPro is selling? Where is he manufacturing them? Where is he sourcing them?
Sally, if I am wrong, if this is not the same Tilak Dhiman… if this is not the same NutraPro International… if you can defend any of this, please do. I would love to have evidence that I am wrong.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal and WAPFGate: My Emotional Reaction
I made a livestream video on Facebook yesterday to share my emotional reaction. I'm disgusted and outraged by the complete lack of ownership Sally Fallon Morell of the Weston Price Foundation and David Wetzel of Green Pasture Products have shown in this matter.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal and WAPFGate: Conclusion
Sally Fallon Morell continues to recommend supplements that are highly questionable, and that are likely harmful to people's health. Why does she continue to do this? The only conclusion I can come to is that she must has a financial relationship with these companies. There is nothing wrong with getting paid to promote products that help people. However, to do this at the risk of our children's health is wildly irresponsible.
As I have said countless times, I have learned a great deal from Sally Fallon Morell, but I feel that her response to this scandal has been outrageously inept. We need leaders we can trust and leaders we can hold accountable to be honest. The dishonesty and lack of attention to this very serious matter is extremely disappointing.
I will send a link to this post to Sally and to others who are promoting FCLO and NutraPro. I doubt that I will hear back, as it has been almost a year since I first started posting about FCLO and WAPFGate, but I will contact her. I'll post a response if I get one.
What Cod Liver Oil Do I Recommend?
I know you guys are going to ask. I recommend one brand of cod liver oil: Rosita EVCLO (extra virgin cod liver oil).
Please note: I have recently become an affiliate for Corganic, the company sells Rosita, so if you click that link, I will earn a small amount if you purchase a product. This is the only cod liver oil I will be recommending. (I only promote and recommend products I truly believe in… and affiliate commissions help me continue blogging.)
I am working on a comprehensive post today about why I recommend Rosita cod liver oil over the other brands.
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Sometimes you just need to vent… and this post is really more of a pep talk for myself, to encourage me to keep going. Maybe someone out there will benefit from it. If not, that's OK. I just need to write it for me.
I spent 10 hours yesterday going through over 1,500 blog posts, fixing broken links, deleting, redirecting and recategorizing posts. I have close to 150 recipes with broken links, bad photos and they need to be categorized.
So much work to do. And I've barely made a dent.
My blog is at an all-time low in terms of traffic. It's at 10% of what it was at its height in 2013, the year I made a million dollars. It is at the same traffic it as at the first year I started blogging. So it really is like I'm starting over from scratch.
Starting over is really depressing. I'm having to fix everything. Literally everything. The blog has so many problems.
In addition to all the broken links and recipes, there were over 70,000 comments that were “pending”. Right after the blog network crashed, this blog got hacked and my comments got spammed. So we had to move all the comments into the moderation queue. And now I have to go back and hand-moderate every single comment. I'm down from over 70,000 comments to just under 45,000.
Yeah, I know. What a nightmare, eh?
The thing is, I have to fix everything because it's all this broken stuff that has made my blog lose all its traffic. Broken links and spam comments cause you to lose all your search engine rankings. So if I want to get my traffic back up again, I have no choice but to go back and clean everything up.
Given all of the above, it really feels like I'm wasting my time.
The Good News
But here's what's good… So far this month, since I started blogging again, a few good things have happened.
I made enough money from Amazon Associates and Google AdSense in the past two weeks to pay for this month's hosting. And I made my first five dollars ever from YouTube.
I know, it doesn't sound like a lot, and it isn't. The money I made barely covers my hosting costs and certainly does not cover the hosting costs I have accrued over the past year that I've had my blog back up.
So the blog will not make money this year. Even if I work very hard, which I am doing, and even if I grow my traffic exponentially, I will still be in the red.
But the point to focus on is that I am making progress. However slowly.
Look at the Bright Side
When you are starting over, rebuilding, as hard as it is, you can't look at the bad stuff. You have to look for all the good things so you can keep going. Because if you keep going, you will reach your goal if you just don't quit. So the trick is to just find a way to keep going.
As hard as it is to go through this, cleaning everything up feels kind of good. When the company went under in 2014, and almost everyone I trusted turned against me, it seems like everything got dirty and tainted.
And now I'm going back and polishing everything. Every post, every plug-in, every widget… everything. It is going to take many months before I am finished. But I guess this is part of my healing process.
Doing all of this clean up work is making me think about what the blog is really about, who it serves and helps, what its purpose is, and what I'm trying to accomplish.
And I truly believe that on the other side of this, I will end up with a blog that is much better, one that helps more people.
Remember the People You Are Helping
I was at the hairdresser's a couple of weeks ago. I was chatting with a woman who asked what I did.
I said, I'm a blogger. She asked what my blog was about and I told her the story of how I was diagnosed with arthritis at age 25, and how I was cured by changing my diet, going off gluten and sugar, and taking natural supplements. I told her that after two years, I was able to go back to eating normally again and had no symptoms.
She told me she is allergic to gluten and dairy and eggs. She said she can't eat anything anymore, and doesn't even want to go to restaurants with her family because there is nothing she can eat.
At that moment, I knew that whatever it takes, I must rebuild my blog. Not for me, but for people like her.
When I think of all the families out there who are suffering with food allergies and other health problems… and these people are told by well-meaning doctors that there is no hope. That's what my doctors told me when I was in my 20s and staring down the barrel of a lifetime of pain, drugs and surgery.
Thanks to my recovery in my 20s, I have been blessed with more than 20 years of good heath. That's something I can't keep quiet about.
So many people need to know what I know:
- That you can recover.
- That you don't have to settle for being sick.
- That food truly is medicine.
Helping the Wrong People
I'm a giver, always have been. When I built the blog network, I gave to anyone and everyone. And I asked for nothing in return. The group of bloggers I was helping grew so large and so needy that I became overwhelmed. I spent all day every day helping them.
I always expected they would have my back, and when they didn't, I learned the hard way that you have to be careful who you give to, and how much you give.
It's a good thing, what I went through. Because I learned that I have limits. I learned that it's okay for me to have needs and that I am allowed to express my needs. And I learned that I don't have to do anything I don't want to do. I learned that there are people out there who will take advantage of you. And I learned to spot those people a mile away.
Funny thing is, I always knew who the “takers” were! I just ignored my intuition. Never again. I look forward to the day when the same people have their hands out again. I know it will happen because that is what takers do. This time I will have the wisdom and the strength to ignore them.
I truly believe now that those of us who are givers are often the most successful in life. But we must learn to moderate our giving. We must learn to set boundaries, to ask for what we need in return, and to take care of ourselves first. This is what I head to learn, and I'm grateful that I went through what I did. I truly believe that the lessons I learned have prepared me for a much bigger success in the future.
Focus on Where You Are Headed
Whatever you're going through in a period of starting over… whether it's a death or a break up of a relationship… or you lost your job… it's the same. You have to stay focused on where you are headed, on what the future will bring.
It's like walking on a tight rope. Don't look down — just keep looking ahead in the direction you are going.
Instead of thinking about how horrible it is that I have to start over and rebuild everything, instead of dwelling on how my sand castle was kicked to the ground, I should find a way to look at this as a good thing. And focus on where I am headed.
I need to remind myself that in a matter of years I will be out of debt again, my finances will be stable again, and I will have a thriving business again.
And I hope this blog will help many people in the coming years. If that is what comes out of the grueling work I am doing now, if it helps someone avoid a life of pain and drugs and surgery, then it is absolutely worth it.
And if you are trying to restart your life after a business failure or a divorce or a death or breakup, whatever it was, I hope you will remember to stay positive, look ahead to the future and know that there is a reason you are going through this — even if you don't know what it is right now.
If you got this far, thanks for listening. If you didn't, I don't blame you. I just needed to get that out. Now I'm going to work on a post that will help someone.
Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/224175619
Today is Lucky Charms Day. It's a new tradition in our house. Every Saturday morning, my kids get to eat Lucky Charms cereal.
No, this is not an April Fool's joke. This is for real. (You notice I did not post this on April 1st.)
The Lucky Charms Tradition
A couple months ago, 8-year-old Kate and I were in a CVS. She became captivated by a box of Lucky Charms. (Of course she did! Cereal boxes are designed to captivate children.)
She looked up at me and said, “Mom, what does this cereal taste like?” (She has eaten mainstream kids cereals a handful of times in her life.)
I couldn't lie. I said, “Yeah, it's good. I ate it when I was a kid.”
I went on, the happy memories dancing in my head, “Every Saturday morning we used to watch cartoons and eat cereal. When I was a kid, we didn't have YouTube and computers and iPads. We had ONE morning a week that they showed kids shows.”
“Can I get it, Mom? Please?” she asked, waving the box.
And ever since that day, every Saturday is Lucky Charms Day. Kate always pours the biggest bowl possible, and sits down at her little kid-sized table with great gusto and excitement to watch YouTube on her iPad while she relishes her Lucky Charms morning.
Ollie, 17 months old, begs for Lucky Charms until we give them to him. He eats all the marshmallow candy charms first, then he eats the cereal pieces. Ollie is so happy on Lucky Charms morning, he even does a little Lucky Charms Irish jig when the red box comes out.
OK, so I'm sure a lot of you are TOTALLY FREAKING OUT right now because you're thinking, “OMG, Cheeseslave gives her kids junk food cereal!”
Yes, I do. Once a week. Let me explain.
The 80/20 Rule
Here's why I got her the Lucky Charms. It's because of the 80/20 Rule.
The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle (and honestly, it's probably more like 90/10) states that 80% of effects come from 20% of causes. In other words, 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts.
80% of what you worry about doesn't matter and all the time you spend thinking about it is a complete waste of time.
The Pareto Principle was coined by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, in 1906, when he realized that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.
People like to talk about the 99% vs. the 1% but that's not really how it works. It's actually 80/20. 20% of the world's richest people control 80% of the wealth.
I have seen this play out in pretty much every part of my life. There are examples everywhere if you look around.
The 80/20 Rule and Junk Food
For me, the 80/20 rule is how I simplify my life and stop worrying so much. And focus on what matters.
Kate had 3 huge cavities filled last year. And I mean they were HUGE. And she had been eating a near-perfect WAPF diet since she was a baby.
How did this happen? I don't know for sure but I believe it was because she was taking a supplement that was rancid (rancid fats cause a loss in fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D that builds bone).
I have a number of friends who went through this. They were eating perfect WAPF diets, but ended up getting very sick from this WAPF-endorsed supplement. (I won't go into it here, but if you want to read more about this, scroll back on the blog and read my posts from October-November 2015).
So it didn't matter that we were doing everything right 99% of the time. Because that one supplement was likely the culprit that was causing massive damage.
Six days a week, Kate eats a great breakfast. It's always some variation on her favorite breakfast foods: eggs, bacon, sourdough bread cinnamon toast with grass-fed butter, soaked oatmeal with butter and cream, and organic raw milk.
If you divide 6 by 7 days, you get 86%. So 6 days a week, or 86% of the time, Kate is eating a great breakfast. One day a week, she's eating Lucky Charms.
Is she going to die from eating Lucky Charms once a week? No. Is she going to get cavities? I sincerely doubt it. Because 86% of the time, she's eating really well.
The Purpose of Life is Joy
For us, Lucky Charms Day is a celebration. Not only are Lucky Charms “magically delicious,” they are a symbol. A reminder. To enjoy life and have fun.
Life is not about trying to be perfect and do everything right. It's about enjoyment and fun.
My mother-in-law (best bubbe in the world!) has a big sticker on her fridge that has been there for nearly 3 decades. It says, DON'T POSTPONE JOY.
Also, you can think you're doing everything “perfectly” and getting absolutely nowhere. I was feeding Kate a perfect diet in an attempt to build strong bones and teeth, and she got cavities.
Besides, I'd rather have happy kids who feel free and excited about life who eat really well 80% of the time than kids eat really well 99% of the time who feel trapped and are scared and nervous about the food they eat.
Can 80/20 Work for You?
If you are feeling stressed out trying to feed your kids the perfect diet, ease up. Not only will your family be happier, but I guarantee that you will be, too.
You can apply the 80/20 rule to other parts of your life as well.
For example, when I lost all my baby weight the first time in 2013 (40 pounds in 6 months), I found that it was really helpful to have a “cheat day” once a week. On that day I ate whatever I wanted. It really helped me to stick to my diet the rest of the week.
Another thing… try just doing 20% of the housework, only the high-impact stuff. Just clean the toilets, sweep and mop the high traffic areas, and do a quick tidying up on the kitchen and living room. If you just do that 20%, you'll feel like you're 80% of the way there.
So, yes, I'm giving you permission right now to slack on the housework and order a pizza for dinner tonight.
PS: You will notice there are very few pictures of Kate in this post. That's because she doesn't like having her photo taken. So you'll have to make do with the pictures of Ollie who is still too young to object.
And with that, I leave you with a picture of Ollie with purple marker all over his face (don't worry, it washed off).