Emu Oil: Sacred Healing Food Revealed

 

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The Australian Aborigines are one of the most ancient and still living primitive societies on the planet. For eons they have utilized traditional health practices and retained their robust health. The Aborigines prized emu fat as one of their “sacred foods” for health and healing and have long incorporated it into their mythical “dreamtime” spirituality. Because the emu shares the inhospitable Australian Outback environment with the Aborigines and manages to survive well on only its fat reserves, the fat was revered as a precious food and medicine by the traditional culture. Weston A. Price, the famous dentist and nutritionist of the 20th century who studied the Australian Aborigines as well as other indigenous groups, proclaimed their diets to be rich in fat soluble vitamins and activators which accounted for their low incidence of chronic health problems as compared with people in the developed world. Perhaps the time has come to bring a little “sacred” healing oil into our own lives?

Walkabout Emu Oil

Emus are large birds, native to Australia and similar looking to Ostriches. They cannot fly, but they can do something perhaps even more amazing!  They can go without food, essentially fasting, for months at a time usually while sitting on their nest. In order to endure this long period of nutritional deprivation, emus have an ability to store nutrient dense fat in a special fat pocket on their back. Until recently, Emus living in the wild had higher quality oil than those raised commercially. Now Walkabout has been able to replicate this potent wild emu oil by raising emus on Australian farms using their natural habitats and food sources. Raised as genetically distinct groups with no crossbreeding, Walkabout emus are specific genotypes ensuring the highest quality oil. Walkbout Emu Oil is guaranteed to meet strict standards for purity and quality. It is registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which oversees the production of natural supplements. Walkabout imports the Aborigine’s life-sustaining emu oil from Australia to treat your myriad of health and beauty needs.

Ancient and Modern Uses

Emu Oil can be taken orallyas  liquid or in capsules or applied topically and allowed to penetrate the skin with it’s healing qualities.

  • Emu oil is best known for reducing local and systemic inflammation often with fairly dramatic results.
  • It has been shown to reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints and to improve muscle strain, tendonitis, or bruising. Dr. Oz has recommended emu oil for relief of joint pain and sore muscles.
  • Since it is bacteriostatic, no bacteria can grow in it making it a sterile treatment for all sorts of skin ailments from eczema and psoriasis to reducing nail fungus and rashes.
  • Emu oil is remarkable in its capacity to thicken and strengthen skin so that it retains water thus healing chronic dry skin and treating sun damage and wrinkles.
  • A natural moisturizer, it conditions hair and even cures itchy scalp. Dr. Mercola recommends this as a great alternative moisturizer for the whole body.
  • The high bioavailability of nutrients in emu oil may assist in cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, gum disease, high blood pressure, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, intestinal disorders, and even in decreasing allergic sensitivity among other things.
  • Loaded with vitamins K2 and D3, emu oil helps to repair and prevent tooth decay.

Emu Essentials

Emu oil is a whole food, not a manufactured vitamin compound. As such the miraculous benefits come from the synergy of nutrients found in precious combination in the oil. Nevertheless, it is possible to test for and quantify some of the components in order to better understand the harmony of vital healing agents. Walkabout Emu Oil has consistently shown to be higher in nutrients compared to other brands due to their free-range farming and feeding practices.

  • Omegas 3, 6, and 9: essential fatty acids necessary for growth, life energy, and skin regeneration.
  • Vitamin K2: the “Activator X” vitamin identified by Dr. Weston A. Price as potentiating many other nutrients. Recently, Sally Fallon of the Westin A Price Foundation tested many popular whole food oil supplements and Walkabout Emu Oil came out on top for having more vitamin K2 than the rest, sometimes 10 times as much!
  • Vitamin D3: critical vitamin for immunity, maintaining healthy bones, cognitive ability, and preventing multiple diseases.
  • Vitamin E: antioxidant for immunity, healthy skin and eyes, and physical performance
  • Vitamin A: antioxidant that repairs skin and provides antiseptic abilities.
  • CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid): decreases muscle and joint pain as well as assisting in fat metabolism and healthy weight maintenance.
  • Sapogens: skin softening agents

The Walkabout Way

Walkabout Emu Oil is refined by combining the best of traditional practices with modern day science. The unadulterated oil assures the best absorption and assimilation possible. Walkabout Emu oil is always Non-GMO, and is farmed on virgin soils with no pesticides, or chemicals. No artificial growth hormones, antibiotics, or vaccinations are given and there is virtually no waste in processing the animals as their meat, skin, feathers, and egg shells are all utilized commercially.

“Sacred Food”

The Australian Aborigines have practiced the spiritual healing journey known as a “walkabout” for thousands of years. During this solo rite of passage in nature that could last for weeks, male Aborigine youth tapped their inner resources to emerge stronger in body and mind. Emu oil is a traditional, nutrient dense, life sustaining food carried with them on this quest. Its pure and unadulterated power is now available to help transform your life as well. Discover the pristine whole food medicine of the traditional Australian Bushmen and find your own balance with nature.

The Truth about Fermented Foods

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Traditional cultures around the world have utilized fermentation in their diets for all of recorded history. Before modern times it was one of the best ways to preserve food, including meat and fish, without refrigeration. But fermentation has it’s own health building benefits which many traditional societies sought with production of such well known fermented foods as European kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut, Korean kimchi, and Japanese natto just to name a few. In fact, most primitive and traditional cultures devised some form of fermentation to increase the nutritional value of their foods.

What is Fermentation?

The natural process of using enzymes, bacteria, or yeast to begin the breakdown or pre-digestion of food is called fermentation. It is entirely different from rotting or putrefaction in which oxygen fuels the growth of pathogenic organisms. Fermentation is an anaerobic process, which serves to reduce any toxicity in foods such as vegetables or meat/fish. It creates a stable food that improves digestion through the creation of prebiotics and other beneficial gut bacteria. Fermenting reduces the food to its most nutrient dense form at the same time as making it more easily absorbed and usable.

Why Ferment?

Fermentation preserves food without the need for heat or cold. Cooking foods can destroy some of the delicate nutritional structures of the vitamins, amino acids, and other potent chemicals, thus rendering the food denatured. By contrast, fermenting generally increases the nutrient composition of foods, making it easier to digest, and improving absorption. Fermented foods help to optimize the immune system through better gut health thereby strengthening the sick and promoting the overall health and vigor typical of more traditional societies. Weston A. Price, the esteemed dentist and nutritional researcher of the 20th century, was one of the first to recognize the health building characteristics of more primitive diets. One of the consistent themes he reported was the high enzymatic content of lacto-fermented foods such as vegetables, meats, fish, dairy, fruits, beverages, and condiments eaten by these traditional cultures. Dr Price attributed the robust health of many primitive groups to a diet rich in fermented foods and high quality fats as well as “Activator X”, the vitamin we know today as K, which is found abundantly in fermented foods. For more information on the dietary revelations and fact based traditional knowledge of Weston A. Price, see the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Benefits of Fermentation

  • Increased nutritional density
  • Reduced toxicity
  • Added beneficial bacteria
  • Easier digestion and improved gut health
  • Increased absorption of nutrients
  • Optimized immune system
  • May help to control body weight
  • Supports mental health

Fermented Supplements

While fermentation is a natural process that has been utilized for hundreds of years, it also requires strict controls to ensure the outcome meets today’s safety and nutritional standards. The top quality manufacturers of fermented supplements employ stringent procedures allowing only beneficial microorganisms to flourish. Peaceful Planet sells fermented supplements only from brands that meet or exceed our high standards for quality and safety.

Perfect Supplements

Perfect Fermented Kale and Perfect 3 Grass Blend are two of Perfect Supplement’s premier products. By fermenting kale and a perfect grass blend of organic barley, oat, and wheat grass into easily consumed powders, they have made powerful foods even more potent. Both Perfect Fermented Kale and Perfect 3 Grass Blend are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and Kosher.

  • Perfect Fermented Kale powder contains vitamins K, C, beta-carotene, and folate, as well as many necessary minerals, and essential omega 3 fatty acids. When kale is fermented, beneficial enzymes and microorganisms are created that promote digestive health. Perfect Fermented Kale is easier to digest than raw kale allowing for better absorption of the nutrient dense richness.
  • Perfect 3 Grass Blend is loaded with vitamins B, C, and K, as well as protein, and the minerals magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Detoxifying, cleansing, blood sugar and blood pressure modulating, Perfect 3 Grass Blend is indeed a super fermented food.

Dr Mercola

Peaceful Planet sells Dr. Mercola Fermented Black Garlic, Fermented Ginseng, and Vitamin K2 derived from fermented chickpeas. Dr Mercola, a renowned osteopathic physician (D.O.), believes in a holistic approach to preventive healthcare and has developed supplements which he believes support overall well being, treating the entire person rather than just symptoms. Focusing on preventive health care, D.O.s help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.

  • Fermented Black Garlic is particularly nutrient dense raw garlic, which has been double fermented creating concentrated and abundant SAC (superoxide dismutase), an antioxidant capable of neutralizing free radicals. Rich in vitamins B6 and C, fermented garlic provides the calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium that are often missing in modern diets. Take Fermented Black Garlic for regulating blood pressure, cholesterol, and the immune system.  It is a natural vitality tonic.
  • Mercola Fermented Ginseng is a highly available form of the Korean Ginseng which has been shown to improve focus, mental clarity, detoxification, and to strengthen brain, digestive, and heart health, as well as reducing feelings of stress. It boosts the immune system with quickly absorbed nutrients capable of being utilized efficiently by the body.
  • Mercola K2 is the fat-soluble vitamin attributed with extraordinary health benefits by Dr. Weston A. Price due to its ability to help “activate” other vitamins and nutrients. It supports bone formation, is essential for strong teeth, and protects against bone loss due to aging. Mercola gets K2 from chickpea natto, as opposed to soy, making it non-allergenic for those who are sensitive to soy. Mercola uses a consistent, stable process, fermenting chickpeas with bacillus subtilus to produce probiotics for gut health and superior K2. Vitamin K2 is the necessary catalyst to turn up the potential of other nutrients in the diet.

Green Pasture

Green Pasture produces some of the finest and most strictly controlled lactic-acid fermented products available. Free of all synthetic vitamins or additives, and tested repeatedly for contaminants, Green Pasture products harken back to some of the most revered fermented foods in traditional cultures.

  • Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil is Green Pasture’s signature supplement. Packed with easily absorbed, vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as fatty acids for brain and nervous system health, Green Pasture Fermented Cold Liver Oil has been used to increase tooth density and reverse tooth decay. It has high anti-inflammatory action to help with everything from arthritis to skin irritations. A calming agent to the nervous system, Fermented Cod Liver Oil may be useful in treating depression and ADHD. Cod liver oil is an exceptional source of natural D3, which is known to be critical for a strong immune system. Fermented Cod Liver Oil can help regulate blood sugar, making it a necessity for diabetics looking for natural treatments. With all these benefits and more, Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil is one of nature’s most healing super foods.
  •  Blue Ice Royal Blend is made by Green Pasture of 1/3 X-Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil and 2/3 Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil for ultimate healing power. Dr. Weston A. Price believed that butter made from cows grazing on fresh grass contained the miraculous “Activator X” which, when combined with Fermented Cod Liver Oil, was truly exceptional in its healing potential. Today we recognize the “Activator X” was pure and bioavailable vitamin K2. Blue Ice Royal Blend offers pasture butter oil and fermented cod liver oil in easy to swallow capsules or in a gel.
  • Skate Liver Oil is fermented by Green Pasture as an alternative to Cod Liver Oil for pregnant women primarily because of its extremely high DHA content which aids in fetal development. People with cardiovascular issues may also prefer Skate Liver Oil to Cod because it does not interfere with blood clotting. It is richer in vitamin E than Cod Liver Oil and is a terrific source of vitamin K, the “activator” vitamin discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price. It is widely used to help decalcify the pineal gland.
  • Green Pasture Blue Ice Calm Balm combines their signature Fermented Cod Liver Oil with X-Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil and menthol camphor for fast penetrating pain relief. An all-natural sore muscle rub and topical congestion remedy, Calm Balm is enriched with essential oils, coconut oil, and shea butter.  It soothes aching muscles and joints as well as clearing stuffy heads from colds or allergies. Since it is an all-natural product, it is safe to use on children.
  • Green Pasture Beauty Balm is a healing cleanser and moisturizer. It combines Fermented Cod Liver Oil and High Vitamin Butter Oil with Blue Breeze Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and other emollients and essential oils. It can be used on the face and also on the feet, skin, and lips for all-natural hydration. Treat acne breakouts, wrinkles, sunspots, rashes, and eczema with Beauty Balm for smoother, naturally clean skin. Green Pasture Beauty Balm is a wonderful way to infuse the skin with nutrients since the vitamins and amino acids are absorbed through the skin. Treat yourself to glowing, healthy skin and a more even complexion with hypoallergenic Beauty Balm.

Fermentation Heals What Ails Us

Fermented foods offer us the intergenerational wisdom of traditional cultures who relied on these precious nutrients to strengthen and heal their bodies. With our modern diet so lacking in nutrients from poor eating habits as well as the degradation of our food supply, it has become essential that we add fermented foods into our diets again. Perhaps the easiest and safest way to do this is through supplementation with the highest quality fermented supplements. Peaceful Planet is pleased to be your source for fermented health solutions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY All Natural Bentonite Clay Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

Finding a healthy toothpaste can be such a challenge! I have spent hours browsing the dental aisle shelves at big box stores and health food markets alike, trying to find a suitable toothpaste for my family. I wanted a fluoride free toothpaste, one without artificial ingredients, plastic microbeads, or chemical compounds. There were none to be found! Even the natural toothpastes generally contained glycerin and fluoride, both ingredients that I did not want going in our mouths or on our teeth.

Today we have a wonderful remineralizing homemade toothpaste recipe (below) made from detoxifying bentonite clay. Making your own natural toothpaste not only saves you money but also ensures that only the safest, best ingredients come in contact with your body. Commercial toothpastes — including most of the natural ones — contain many questionable and even toxic ingredients. The Physician’s Desk Reference states that the oral cavity has an absorption rate of greater than 90 percent, which means nearly all of those chemicals on your toothbrush are going straight into your bloodstream.

Harmful Ingredients in Toothpaste

Store-bought toothpaste usually contains at least a few, and often many, of these potentially dangerous ingredients:

Sodium Fluoride: Last year, the Lancet finally officially declared fluoride a neurotoxin. In fact, fluoride is one of the main ingredients in rat poison and pesticides. Toothpastes have warning labels on them to avoid swallowing and not to use for young children. Just one tube of toothpaste could contain enough fluoride to kill a small child. Studies have found that fluoride does not necessarily prevent cavities or decay, and may lead to fluorosis (white areas on teeth), nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, allergic reaction, arthritis, and cancer. Fluoride is not even FDA approved.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent that is corrosive and irritates and damages skin tissue. It is often used in animal studies to induce skin irritation so that they can see how well healing compounds work. Sodium lauryl sulfate accumulates in vital organs and can become carcinogenic when combined with certain other chemicals. SLS is also linked to canker sores.

Artificial Colors: Dyes such as FD&C Blue Dyes 1 & 2 may cause behavioral, learning, and health problems. They can also irritate the respiratory and digestive tracts.

Propylene Glycol: This chemical is used in antifreeze and workers handling propylene glycol are required by the EPA to wear protective gloves. Propylene glycol can cause gastrointestinal problems, harm skin cells, damage the kidneys, liver, and brain, and depress the central nervous system.

Triclosan: An antimicrobial clorophenol, Triclosan disrupts hormone and thyroid function and can cause cold sweats, circulatory collapse, cancer, convulsions, coma, and death. It is classified by the EPA as a pesticide. It also has damaging effects on the environment.

Hydrated Silica: Hydrated silica is highly abrasive and can damage tooth enamel.

Glycerin: Found in even most natural toothpastes, glycerin creates a coating on the teeth that takes 27 brushings to wash off. This coating can prevent mineral absorption, interfering with the natural remineralization process of the teeth.

By making homemade toothpaste, you have complete control over the ingredients and can avoid these chemicals and improve your dental health.

About This Homemade Toothpaste

The bentonite clay in this homemade toothpaste draws out toxins, reduces oral bacteria, remineralizes the teeth, and whitens and brightens. Since it is a mild abrasive, it is great for scrubbing teeth clean, but won’t wear down enamel. Bentonite clay is alkaline, so it neutralizes the acids that can contribute to enamel erosion.

The baking soda, too, in this homemade toothpaste helps neutralize acid and removes surface stains. Stevia adds a sweetness to this homemade toothpaste and inhibits bacterial growth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Flavor is imparted with essential oils that provide great health benefits and none of the risks of artificial flavorings or sweeteners. This homemade toothpaste is that it is very safe — all of the ingredients are edible, so it is safe to swallow, fluoride free, and therefore perfect even for young children.

Simply mix up the ingredients and store your homemade toothpaste in a sealed glass jar. Avoid plastic, since bentonite clay absorbs toxins that are in most plastics. Also avoid metal, since hydrated bentonite clay is electromagnetic and can cause rust and deterioration of metals left in contact with it, as well as decrease the clay’s effectiveness.

Brushing your teeth with bentonite clay toothpaste is a little different than using commercial toothpaste. For one, it does not foam up — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cleaning! In fact, the foaming agents usually added to toothpastes are toxic, and only give the impression of cleaning efficacy. It’s also a little strange at first to spit brown toothpaste into your sink, but remember that this is a homemade toothpaste from the earth that doesn’t contain the dangerous whitening agents and artificial colors of other toothpastes.

Bentonite Clay Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

homemade_toothpasteHomemade Toothpaste Ingredients:

Homemade Toothpaste Method:

Combine with purified water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches a good paste consistency. Store in a glass (not plastic or metal!) jar.

How to Use Homemade Toothpaste:

You can simply dip your toothbrush into the jar. Or, use a small spoon, knife, or popsicle stick to spread your toothpaste onto your brush. Brush teeth as usual. Spit out or swallow, whichever you prefer. Also consider adding oil pulling with coconut oil to your daily oral care regime to further improve dental hygiene and whiten teeth.

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe Variations:

  • Substitute the peppermint with other essential oils for some variety. I love lemon essential oil in mine. Cinnamon oil is another fun option. Children may enjoy orange or vanilla essential oils. The great thing about homemade toothpaste is that you can flavor it exactly as you like!
  • You can use xylitol in place of stevia, as xylitol helps kill bacteria, prevents cavities, and remineralizes enamel. Since xylitol is not as sweet as liquid stevia, you will need to adjust the amount to taste. Try about 1/2 cup xylitol to start.
  • If you tend to have a lot of toothaches or infections, add some ground cloves or clove oil to your homemade toothpaste. Cloves are a natural analgesic — relieving tooth pain — plus they are antimicrobial to combat infection.

By Ali Wetherbee

Cure Tooth Decay

Cure_Tooth_Decay_ReviewBy Ali Wetherbee

If you are looking for a natural or holistic alternative to Western dentistry, Ramiel Nagel’s book Cure Tooth Decay is a valuable resource. Drilling, filling, and root canals are not the only methods of treating cavities! This book teaches you how to remineralize teeth, slowing down and even reversing cavities. Author Ramiel Nagel wrote this book after successfully finding a way to halt his daughter’s tooth decay. His protocol is backed by five years of research and is based on Dr. Weston A. Price’s recommendations.

The dietary component is crucial, and involves limiting or eliminating grains, nuts, and beans, all of which are high in phytic acid, as well as sugars. Nagel recommends a diet rich in vegetables, grass-fed meat, pastured dairy, organ meats, bone broths, and healthy fats like grass-fed butter, coconut oil and fermented cod liver oil. Healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are essential to the remineralization process. Diet plans for those with special concerns, including those who are vegetarian, primal, or lead very busy lives, are also presented.

With chapters entitled, “Dentistry’s Inability to Cure Cavities,” “Remineralize Your Teeth with Wise Food Choices,” and “Your Bite: A Hidden Cause of Cavities, A Fresh Look at Orthodontics and TMJ,” this book takes you step-by-step through the problems with modern dentistry, Dr. Weston A. Price’s findings, and the actions you can take to rid yourself and your children of cavities. There are also meal plans and recipes to set you off on the right foot, and an entire chapter devoted to preventing and curing tooth decay in kids (hint: you don’t have to stop breastfeeding!)

Supplements to consider: Cure_Tooth_Decay

Get the book here to for more in-depth information on preventing or reversing cavities.

Additional recommendations:

  • Check your toothpaste. Even most natural and organic toothpastes contain glycerin, which, according to Dr. Gerard Judd, forms a coating on the teeth that prevents remineralization. It takes more than 20 brushings to remove glycerin from the teeth. Many people opt instead to use tooth powders, tooth soap, remineralizing toothpastes, or homemade formulas. Ever since my own family stopped using commercial toothpaste, our dentists have been amazed at how clean and healthy our teeth are! After experimenting with homemade toothpaste, we now use just a brush and water, but rinse with a baking soda and essential oil solution. Depending on your specific oral care needs, you can find a recipe or product that will work for you.
  • Try oil pulling. The healthy oil is good for the teeth, and so is the saliva that gets swished around with it. Saliva is an excellent source of calcium and phosphate, which are essential minerals for tooth remineralization.
  • Dietary calcium and phosphorus and blood sugar levels may be crucial; according to Dr. Melvin Page, DDS, they must be present in the proper ratio. In 100cc of blood, the ideal ratio is 3.5mg calcium to 8.75mg phosphorus and 85mg blood sugar. He found that when any part of this ratio became out of balance, tooth decay became more prevalent.
  • Manuka honey, with it’s potent antibacterial properties, has been found to reduce plaque just as much as chemical mouthwash and more than xylitol chewing gum. Studies have found manuka honey to successfully kill more than 250 different strains of bacteria. Use topically on teeth, or replace sugar or processed honey in your recipes with this raw, UMF 15+ manuka honey.

Going Back to Our Roots for Better Health

WAPFBy Ali Wetherbee

What is the Weston A. Price Diet?

Dr. Weston A. Price was a dentist from Cleveland who traveled the world studying non-Westernized populations in an effort to discover the secrets to dental health. These isolated populations relied heavily on nutrient-dense foods full of vitamins and minerals, some type of animal protein, a mix of raw and cooked foods, and soaked, sprouted, and fermented foods — with absolutely no refined, processed, or artificial ingredients. He found that those who followed traditional diets were in better health, had stronger, straighter teeth, and were more immune to disease than those who had switched over to modern diets relying heavily on processed foods. The Weston A. Price diet (often shortened to “WAP” or “WAPF”) guidelines recommend eating only real, whole, unprocessed foods. The diet is a return to our traditional roots, and in many ways clashes with the popular nutrition ideologies of limiting fat, oils, cholesterol, salt, eggs, and red meat:

“Fat free is best.”

“Coconut is full of artery-clogging saturated fat.”

“Vegetarians are healthier.”

Mainstream media bombards us with these well-intended catchphrases. But while nutritionists across the country are trying to guide us in better food choices, Americans have continued to face countless health problems — many of which could be prevented or reversed by returning to a traditional diet. Below, we have the top four nutrition myths, busted.

Myth: Cholesterol and saturated fats are bad for the heart.

Fact: Despite the trend of cutting back on saturated fats and cholesterol, heart disease rates have continued to rise in America. Countries including Spain and France, where animal products are regularly consumed, do not have high rates of heart disease. There is little to no evidence supporting the claim that eating foods high in cholesterol and saturated fat contributes to cardiovascular disease or clogged arteries, and arterial plaque is mainly composed of calcium deposits and unsaturated fatty acids — not cholesterol and saturated fat. Cholesterol is essential for brain and nervous system health, helps fight infection and fend off depression, and is a precursor to vitamin D formation.

Myth: A vegetarian or vegan diet is healthiest.

Fact: While some vegetarians suggest that humans were not designed to eat meat, populations following traditional diets have always consumed meat or fish in some form. Our teeth and jaws are specifically designed for tearing and chewing meat, and our bodies produce enzymes to digest certain proteins only found in animals. There are several nutrient requirements that cannot be met on a vegan diet; for example, vegan diets lack vitamin B12 in an absorbable form, as plant-source B12 is not well absorbed. Vegetarians are diagnosed with diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer just as often (sometimes more often!) as meat-eaters. Additionally, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarian men and women are more likely to die than non-vegetarians. The effect was particularly pronounced for women.

Myth: Low fat is the way to go.

Fact: Low fat foods are overly processed, with much of their nutrition removed along with the fat. Those who follow low fat diets are more likely to suffer from depression, fatigue, and mental health problems, and in children, learning disabilities and failure to thrive. Americans consume an excess of omega-6 fatty acids (found in vegetable oils), which is associated with disease, and benefit from omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fish, fish oil, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Saturated fats help fight inflammation, and healthy oils such as coconut oil are associated with lower rates of heart attacks and heart disease.

Myth: Eat more soy — it’s so good for you!

Fact: There is a lot of controversy around this one. Proponents point to the fact that soy has been used for thousands of years and is a staple in Asian diets, so it must be healthy. In fact, soy foods are used sparingly in Asian meals, and almost always in fermented forms. Fermenting neutralizes the toxins in soybeans, but most soy foods sold in America are not fermented and contain high levels of carcinogens. Furthermore, most soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. It is also full of phytoestrogens, which disrupt the endocrine system and may lead to thyroid dysfunction, impaired fertility, and hormonally mediated cancers. Soy foods can also deplete the body of calcium, protein, and vitamins D and B12, as these are not properly absorbed from soy and actually cause the body to require more of these nutrients.

The WAPF Diet Guidelines

The Weston A. Price Foundation Diet overcomes these myths and provides the healthiest, most nutritionally sound foods nature has to offer. Below is general outline of WAPF recommendations:

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Choose organic

  • Consume in salads, soups, or steamed

  • Eat lacto-fermented fruits or vegetables regularly

  • Avoid GMO produce and any produce that has been sprayed, waxed, canned

Meat and Seafood

  • Do not avoid animal products; they are essential to health

  • Choose products from naturally-raised animals

  • Use bones to make bone broths, which should be consumed frequently

  • Avoid meat from factory-farmed animals

Dairy

  • Consume dairy from pastured cows

  • Opt for raw or fermented dairy when possible (yogurt, cultured butter, sour cream, fresh whole cheeses)

  • Avoid processed, imitation, pasturized and ultrapasturized dairy

Grains

  • Prepare grains by soaking, sprouting, or sour leavening to reduce phytic acid content and anti-nutrients

  • Avoid white flours and white rice

Fats

  • Use animal fats, including butter

  • Use extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, and sesame and flax oils

  • Avoid refined vegetable oils such as corn, soybean, safflower, and canola oils

  • Avoid polyunsaturated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils

Other Guidelines

  • Drink and cook with filtered water

  • Choose natural supplements

  • Consume only natural sweeteners (raw honey, stevia, maple syrup), in moderation

  • Use only cast iron, stainless steel, glass, or enamel pots and pans

Anti-Inflammatory Emu Oil

By Ali Wetherbee

Emus, native to Australia, are flightless birds similar to small ostriches. They are a good source of high-protein, iron-rich red meat, with the added benefit of being low in fat and cholesterol. After the meat has been processed, the fat is used to make emu oil, an antioxidant-rich oil that can be used topically or internally to relieve a variety of health and inflammatory conditions. Aboriginal Australians have long used emu fat as part of their traditional healing practices.

Emu oil is used both internally and topically for a variety of purposes, including:Emu_Oil_web

  • Reducing pain and inflammation of conditions including gout, carpal tunnel, sciatica, hemorrhoids, diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and earaches
  • Increasing omega 3, 6, & 9 essential fatty acid consumption
  • Improving cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Cold & flu relief
  • Managing diabetes
  • Relief for sore muscles and joints, strains, sprains, and shin splints
  • Speed healing of cuts, burns, bruises, and bites and minimize scarring
  • Healing surgical wounds and radiation burns
  • Moisturize hair, nails, and skin
  • Ease skin conditions including diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff
  • Reverse sun damage including sunburns, wrinkles, and age spots

Numerous Testimonials

Those who have tried emu oil are amazed at the results. Former runners who were incapacitated by aches and pains found that emu oil relieved their pain and got them back on the running trails. People with arthritis report being able to resume normal activities including sports and gardening after starting emu oil use — and no longer need prescription pain killers. Adults and children with skin problems praise the oil for its ability to clear up previously untreatable rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Doctors who have prescribed it to their patients have found remarkable results in improvement of a variety of inflammatory conditions. Here is an excerpt from an email written by one of many happy emu oil users:

I really want to thank you for marketing Walkabout Australian Emu Oil, it has really helped me.

I have had two major surgeries (back for ruptured and bulging discs and knee for a badly torn meniscus) over the last eight years and had lived with constant pain. I refused to take prescription pain pills and survived by taking daily doses of Back and Body aspirin just to get through the day (other over the counter pain killers did nothing for me). I tried physical therapy but the pain was too much.

A dear friend of mine sent me a bottle of your product and told me to just try it for a couple of weeks. Always the sceptic but willing to try anything I took the pills. As I told him, I didn’t know if it was coincidence or if they really worked but within ten days I could walk virtually pain free. Within a few more weeks my chronic back pain went away. I was astounded! I got several more bottles and took them religiously with no more pain.

One month ago, I ran out of my Emu oil right before a long trip with lots of walking and carrying heavy loads. I thought that I would be OK but one week in my knee started to give me some trouble. By the time I got home there was the old pain back and I had to revert to heavy doses of aspirin again. I am so glad to have the Emu Oil again and look forward to being as active as possible again.

Thank you for providing an outlet for this wonderful product. I am a firm believer in its claims.

Sincerely
Neal
Neal L. Larson
Larson Paleontology Unlimited

Emu Oil Research

Studies on rodents have shown emu oil to be effective in reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis, ear infections, burns and wounds, and chemotherapy-induced mucositis (an inflammation of the digestive tract). In vitro analyses comparing emu oil to other avian oils have found emu oil to be strong in antioxidant properties and protect against oxidative damage. Although there isn’t yet much human research on emu oil, results of recent studies suggest that it may be beneficial for healing injuries, inflammation, and infections and treating digestive tract disorders, and may be a safer alternative than NSAID medications.

Walkabout Emu Oil

Walkabout Emu Oil is a rich source of…

  • Omega 3
  • Omega 6
  • Omega 9
  • Vitamin K2 (especially the isoform K2 MK-4, menatetrenone)
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin E
  • CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)

Walkabout Emu Oil is derived from a line of emus especially high in vitamin K2, dubbed “Activator X” by Weston A. Price. Activator X works in synergy with vitamins A and D to support bone and tooth development and general health, and has been used to prevent and heal cavities. The healthiest, longest-living primitive peoples had diets rich in Activator X, as it helps the body absorb and utilize minerals. Walkabout Emu Oil is 100% natural, with nothing added or removed, and not pasteurized or chemically processed. This supplement will benefit the whole family for general health, and can be consumed in higher doses to remedy various ailments. The capsules can be taken as is, or for children, broken open and mixed into a favorite food such as yogurt. We also have a topical Walkabout Emu Oil for external use.

Oil Pulling – The New Health Trend With Ancient Roots

By Ali Wetherbee

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When I first tried oil pulling just a couple of years ago, few had ever heard of it. Now, it’s popping up all over the news, the Internet, and even the radio, and many have recently become devotees to the practice. While there has been a lot of buzz around it lately, oil pulling is far from new. In fact, it’s been used for centuries and is part of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Oil pulling involves swishing a spoonful of oil around your mouth each day. The oil emulsifies and saponifies, aiding in a mechanical cleaning process as you move it around your mouth. Many believe this practice pulls toxins from the body and remedies numerous overall health problems.

The Benefits

Ayurvedic practitioners claim that oil pulling draws toxins out of the body and aids the lymphatic system, leading to resolution of health problems ranging from allergies, hormonal imbalances, and migraines, to cancers and diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Unfortunately, there is scant scientific research regarding these claims at this time, although there are many who testify that oil pulling has solved their health issues, and it has been used for thousands of years for those very purposes. Furthermore, there have been studies showing a correlation between bacteria in your mouth & serious illness. Streptococcus mutans in the mouth, for example, can lead to pneumonia or meningitis, so it makes sense that eliminating these kinds of bacteria from the oral cavity could reduce the risk of some diseases. Perhaps in time, researchers will discover more to support the role oil pulling can play in overall health.

There are many research-supported dental benefits to oil pulling. My teeth feel cleaner when I oil pull. I also used to have dark stains on my teeth (possibly from balsamic vinegar?) that would not brush off, and oil pulling removed the stains, leaving my teeth whiter and brighter. Studies have found oil pulling to lead to improvements in oral health. A 2009 study published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research compared oil pulling to using chlorhexidine mouthwash and found it to be equally effective in reducing plaque-induced gingivitis and lowering bacterial counts. This is good news, because antiseptic mouthwashes can raise blood pressure, increase the chance of heart attack and stroke, and kill off healthy bacteria, making oil pulling the safer alternative. Oil pulling every day can:

  • Lead to fewer cavities
  • Prevent gingivitis
  • Strengthen the jaw, gums, and teeth
  • Whiten teeth
  • Counteract bad breath
  • Decrease dryness of mouth, lips, and throat

Oil pulling should not replace daily brushing & flossing and routine dental cleanings, but should instead be a supplement to your oral care regime or an alternative to chemical mouthwashes.

But doesn’t it taste gross?

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Perfect Coconut Oil tastes great!

The idea of putting a spoonful of oil in your mouth is indeed unappealing to many. I prefer to use organic coconut oil because it tastes good and isn’t at all slimy like some oils. Sesame oil and olive oil are other good oils to pull, but I’ve found them to be much less palatable. Even my 5-year-old is happy to swish a small spoonful of coconut oil around his mouth for a minute or two! Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland found coconut oil to be effective against the bacteria that cause tooth decay as well as other bacteria and yeasts, including those that cause oral thrush. Perfect Coconut Oil is 100% pure, organic, unrefined, and not bleached and deodorized like many other brands of coconut oil. The coconuts used are grown without pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides — perfect for oil pulling, because we are trying to remove toxins from the body, not add more of them!

How do I do it?

There are several variations in technique floating around the Internet. I have found that you don’t need to do it perfectly every time to reap benefits, but the more you do it, the greater the effects. At first, you may be only to pull for a minute or two. Don’t worry, you will build up to the full amount of time quickly.

  • Pick a time of day when you will consistently have time to pull, and when you won’t need to talk to anyone. I choose morning, right after I brush my teeth.
  • Put a spoonful of oil in your mouth. Start with a half spoonful if you’re feeling reluctant or have a tendency to gag.
  • Swish the oil around your mouth. You don’t want to gargle it, just move it around and push and pull it through your teeth. Your coconut oil may be solid at first, in which case you’ll need to chew it a bit (or melt it in a cup if you prefer).
  • Make sure to avoid swallowing any of the oil. If your jaw hurts, you’re swishing too vigorously. Slow down & swish more gently.
  • Continue for 10-20 minutes, or as long as you can tolerate. This is a great time to check emails, empty the dishwasher, or even just sit quietly.
  • When you are done, spit the oil into the trash or compost. Don’t spit into the sink or your drains could become clogged over time.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water.

It may seem strange at first…

…but as you become accustomed to this practice, you’ll probably come to enjoy it and even look forward to it. Oil pulling can be very meditative, a wonderful opportunity to care for yourself, to just sit and relax. Even if you’re busy and always on the go, you can find time in your day for this – you can oil pull while doing many of your daily activities. I’ve actually found being unable to talk for a bit has made getting ready in the morning a more peaceful experience. My son is surprisingly cooperative when I can’t talk (or yell!) at him and often he giggles uncontrollably trying to decipher my hand signals. Once you start benefiting from it, you’ll want to keep at it. Your teeth and mouth will feel cleaner and healthier, and you may start to experience other positive health effects too. Give it a try!