FCLO Scandal & 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.

This is an update to my fermented cod liver oil series last fall… In case you missed it, you can click here to read all the posts and watch all the video interviews: Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal

FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

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.

NutraPro International?

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.

FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

Source: Utah.gov

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.

FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

Source: KSL.com

“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)

FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

Source: offenderdata.com

FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

Source: HomeFacts.com

“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.

FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

This is what I found in Google Maps:

FCLO Scandal and WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

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?

Ah, yes…

“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.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal

“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.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil Scandal

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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35 thoughts on “FCLO Scandal & WAPFGate: Shocking New Development

      1. This might help: https://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2015/08/27/how-to-choose-and-understand-cod-liver-oil/

        Our family has been using Dropi and we like it. I find the oil to be similar to Rosita’s but the family insists on capsules, which Dropi has.

      2. Yep! That was me. We haven’t taken FCLO for a long time for financial reasons, but a friend started taking Dropi post WAPF-gate, and I’m reevaluating our current supplements.

    1. Dropi, FCLO, and Rosita (amongst others) are all compared here:https://www.thehealthcloud.co.uk/fish-oil-showdown/#Dropi_Extra_Virgin_Cod_liver_oil

      I have been told that Dropi are currently updating their label to reflect more recent lab tests (inc vit D levels), and this page will get updated accordingly.

      1. I’ve actually read several comparison posts that include Dropi, but none from anyone that doesn’t recommend FCLO.

        1. The figures were accurate at the time of writing, but you are right, with more up-to-date lab results available, it should be updated! I’ll get on that, thanks for pointing it out.

  1. What is a good replacement for the GP Butter OIl and X Factor? I am currently remineralizing my teeth and have paid buko bucks for this stuff.

      1. Doesn’t ghee get rid of X factor though? Because ghee is created by heating raw butter, getting rid of the precious vitamins….

        1. Hi, John… well nobody knows what Dr. Price’s X Factor is but I believe WAPF reported it may be vitamin K2… I don’t trust what WAPF says anymore but it’s a theory. If it is K2, heating doesn’t damage or impact K2.

  2. Has Sally Fallon seen any of your blogs & commented? I’d be interested to know her response. Thank you for shedding some light.

  3. Hi, good information as usual thank you. I have to say it’s a little off putting to see you make a commission on the last brand recommended by the WAPF (especially while bashing other options, but I understand people will ask and want to know what is ok to buy.) Considering their track record I won’t be buying their third recommendation. Rosita should work on having the WAPF remove them from their recommendations because in my eyes that’s just hurting them at this point. I will read your follow up on why you recommend it.
    I appreciate the detective work and look forward to Sally’s response!

      1. However you also said you’ve know green pastures for years as well. So why would you not trust them but trust rosita?

        1. Hi, Ellen, I guess you didn’t read all the posts I wrote about Green Pasure and why I no longer trust them?

          Here is the archive: https://www.cheeseslave.com/fermented-cod-liver-oil-scandal/

          Here is the first post to start with: https://www.cheeseslave.com/my-take-on-the-fclowapf-scandal/

  4. Did NutraPro remove fermented cod liver old from their website? The only cod liver oil in their products list is “Virgin Cod Liver Oil” and the description states, “Why Eat Fermented When You Can Have Fresh &Tasty? Oils Don’t Ferment, They Go Rancid”

  5. It’s too bad about WAPF. They have been one of my most favorite resources over the years. I never have tried the FCLO so that was never an issue with me, but it’s all just too bad especially when us natural health advocates are already at odds with the majority of the world, it stinks to have to be divided. It is what it is. If something is true, it’s true.

  6. All I can say is wow, what the heck…? I’m so shocked, disappointed, and angry. I have bought both NutraPro’s CLO and butter oil. Anne Marie, thank you thank you for all you do!

  7. Two things really.

    One. Although the guy is obviously disgusting, you can’t just totally tell people that his brand of CLO and Butter is rubbish because he is a peadophile. This doesn’t help people looking for products for health reasons, this is just an ethical reason.

    Two. You are an affiliate of 1 of the 3 products on the list, you have already convinced people (and you should) to quit the GP products, but now this post just seems like you are convincing people to quit the second product too, leaving just the third which, of course coincedentally, you are an affiliate of.

    I have been reading your site for a while and I respected your opinion because it was totally unbiased, however since you are now an affilliate of Rosita, unfortunatly it is not longer unbiased :/

    You haven’t mentioned anything negative about Rosita yet there is an EU finding going around that Rosita contains too much contaminant for EU standards for example. https://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation-Policy/Norway-warns-on-polluted-fish-oil-supplements

    It all seems rather fishy.

    FWIW I have been after a good source of oil for a while now with interest to decalcifying the pineal gland if that is even possible, but have yet to buy because of so many conflicting opinions/reviews on each brand.

  8. According to the EU, Rosita has too many harmful contaminents. I can’t post the link (I wrote a lengthy reply and your site deleted it due to the link to the study).

    Also you tarnish the whole brand of NutriPro oils based on purely your ethics in regards to the owner? Fair enough from an ethical point of view but you can’t say that the product doesn’t work because the owner is a peadophile.

    Given that you are an affiliate of Rosita this is looking rather dodgy and biased now unfortunatly.

  9. Thanks for your post. That is very scary and bizarre of Sally Falon to behave in this manner. We use Nordic naturals omega junior, it’s chewable and the only one my kids will take. Do you know anything about this? Our pediatrician also sells it. Thank you. I am working on my blog to launch hopefully by Thxgiving, and will post a link to that once it’s complete.

  10. It's PAINFULLY obvious you are doing all this detective work to get some referral dollars from ROSITA. Maybe we should do some digging on you, "Corganics", and your tie to this company.

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