Emu Oil: Sacred Healing Food Revealed

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


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. Nourishing World 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.


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. Nourishing World 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:

  • 8 Tbsp Living Clay Bentonite Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Liquid Stevia
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint Essential Oil

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

Organic Whole Food Vitamin C from Traditional Foods Market

By Ali Wetherbee

Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay, created the Traditional Foods Market company in response to “health food” supplements full of sugars and additives and lacking the nutrients present in whole foods and pasture-fed animal ingredients. The supplements from Traditional Foods Market embody strict standards for safety and purity, and are processed using traditional methods, with no sweeteners or fillers. Using organic, humanely-raised, high quality ingredients, Ramiel Nagel has created and tested a line of nutrient dense supplements that are better for you and your children than many of the products you’ll find at your pharmacy or health food store.

Fight Colds and Flu, and More!

As we head into winter, one of our new products from Traditional Foods Market, True Whole Food Vitamin C, can provide vital immune support and improved health. Symptoms of inadequate vitamin C intake include increased susceptibility to illness and infections, poor wound healing, bruising easily, dry skin and hair, pain or swelling of the joints, nose bleeds, anemia, fatigue, depression, and weight gain. Low vitamin C can also lead to oral health problems such as inflamed or bleeding gums, gingivitis, loose teeth, and weak tooth enamel. Vitamin C, as an antioxidant which limits and reverses free radical damage and oxidative stress, may also play a key role in:

  • Reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Preventing and treating cancer
  • Slowing or preventing macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts
  • Preventing colds, particularly in the elderly and in those who exercise heavily, such as marathon runners and skiers
  • Limiting UV damage from the sun and eliminating sun spots and wrinkles
  • Avoiding diseases of malnutrition (such as scurvy) in adults who eat limited diets and children who are picky eaters

In those with anemia or iron deficiency, vitamin C should be taken along with iron-rich foods or supplements to increase the body’s absorption of iron.

Boost Your Vitamin C Intake

Food sources of vitamin C include oranges, red and green peppers, grapefruit, kiwi, and broccoli. However, you’d have to eat 16 oranges to get the equivalent vitamin C in just one teaspoon of Whole Food Vitamin C. That’s a lot of extra sugar and calories! Whole Food Vitamin C, is made of whole organic acerola cherries, retaining the entire vitamin C complex. The vitamin C is not isolated or synthesized; all the nutrients in Whole Food Vitamin C work together to benefit your health.

Vitamin C is safe even in high amounts, because it is water soluble and any excess beyond what the body needs is excreted in urine. This makes overdose highly unlikely, although some people may experience loose bowels or upset stomach by consuming too much too quickly. The recommended dose of Whole Food Vitamin C is 1/4 teaspoon twice daily, and the powder tastes great alone or mixed into water, juice, or smoothies.


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.

Natural Sweeteners 101

natural_sweeteners_manuka_honeyBy Ali Wetherbee

Why choose natural sweeteners? There are many reasons to avoid highly processed sugars. They are bad for your teeth, spike blood sugar and insulin, have been implicated in heart disease, can lead to obesity, and may cause mood and behavioral problems. Refined sugars go by various names, including granulated sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, glucose, fructose, dextrose, and maltodextrin. Products with unspecified “sugar” in their ingredient lists often contain sugars derived from genetically modified sources. More than half of the sugar in the United States, including white granulated sugar, powdered sugar, and brown sugar, is made from sugar beets, and 95% of sugar beets in the U.S. are grown from GMO Roundup-resistant seeds. While it may be wise to limit sugar consumption in every form, there are many GMO-free and natural sweeteners available for moderate use. Some of these so-called “natural sweeteners” are not as great as their labels suggest, but others may actually have benefits to your health. So how do you know which natural sweeteners to seek out and which to avoid? Read on to find out!

Natural Sweetener #1: Raw Cane Sugar

Though not actually a raw food, this natural sweetener is a minimally processed extract of sugar cane. The molasses is retained, leaving this sugar brown in color. Because only water is evaporated, the nutrients are also retained, so turbinado sugar contains some calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and other trace minerals. Raw sugar is vegan-friendly, since no animal by-products are used (white sugar is usually decolorized with bone char). Rapadura, Demerara, turbinado, muscovado, and sucanat are varieties of raw sugar with varying amounts of moisture and variations to the drying process. Raw sugars, although similar in appearance, are different than brown sugar, which is simply processed white sugar with some molasses added back in. Rapadura and sucanat retain higher amounts of molasses than some of the other varieties, and rapadura is probably the least refined of all the cane sugars.

Natural Sweetener #2: Molasses


Molasses is the by-product of sugar refining. As the sugar cane is boiled and sugar is crystallized, the remaining syrup is removed and sold as molasses, a natural sweetener. “First boiling” molasses is a light-colored syrup, and “third boiling” yields the dark blackstrap molasses, which is an excellent source of iron, calcium, and magnesium, manganese, and vitamin B6. Nearly all the nutrients that are stripped out of white sugar end up in blackstrap molasses, making this a nutrient-dense natural sweetener.

Natural Sweetener #3: Honey

Honey is the food produced by bees from nectar through regurgitation and evaporation. It is low glycemic. Some of the many benefits of honey include its antibiotic, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, and its high levels of antioxidants. Raw local honey may help those with seasonal allergies. Did you know honey can even be used externally on cuts, wounds, and burns to speed healing? Manuka honey is best for this purpose, as it is a medical-grade medicinal honey. Honey should not be given to infants, because in rare instances it has been known to cause botulism, so choose a different natural sweetener for your little ones.

Natural Sweetener #4: Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a natural sweetener made by boiling sap from maple trees. It contains a variety of nutrients and more minerals than honey — calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium. Maple syrup is also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Just be sure that the product you purchase contains 100% pure maple syrup, since there are many look-alikes on the market. Look for Grade B, which has a higher mineral content and more robust flavor than Grade A varieties.

Natural Sweetener #5: Stevia


Produced from the leaf of the stevia rebaudiana plant, this natural sweetener is a popular sugar substitute since it contains zero calories. Research finds that stevia may help lower high blood pressure, with no effect on normal blood pressure. In diabetics, it lowers blood sugar and improves insulin sensitivity. Stevia may also reduce LDL cholesterol and arterial plaque build up. Stevia adds a natural light sweet taste to several of our protein powders and supplements.

Natural Sweetener #6: Agave Nectar

Made from the Mexican Agave cactus (the tequila plant), agave nectar is sweeter than sugar. Because it is low in glucose, it is low glycemic, a vegan alternative to honey, and often marketed as a health food product. The fructose content, however, far exceeds that of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is linked to numerous health problems. Agave nectar is hard on the liver, and increases the risk of heart disease and fatty liver disease. It may also lead to insulin resistance. Furthermore, it seems that the production of agave involves some questionable chemical processes very similar to the production of HFCS, so most natural food experts now recommend avoiding agave altogether, as it is not truly a natural sweetener.

Natural Sweetener #7: Palm Sugar

Palm sugar, or arenga sugar, is obtained from the sap of the flowers of several species of palm trees, which is then boiled down to a syrup. Palm sugar from the coconut palm is specifically known as coconut sugar, coconut syrup, or coconut nectar. Palm sugars contain iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, and other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. They also contain inulin, a fiber which slows the absorption of glucose, and is low in fructose. One notable fact about palms is that when the sap is used for sugars, those flowers will not produce fruit. So while this is a healthy natural sweetener, no coconuts will grow on trees used for coconut sugar, making this practice ultimately unsustainable.

Natural Sweetener #8: Yacon Syrup

The yacon plant is a South American root vegetable that looks similar to a sweet potato. The juices of the root are extracted, filtered, and evaporated until it reaches a thick, dark syrup state. The end result is a natural sweetener that is an excellent source of inulin and fructooligosaccharides (FOS), and contains only a third of the calories in sugar. The FOS in yacon can help regulate digestion by increasing stool bulk and feeding healthy gut bacteria. Even better, earlier this year, Dr. Oz introduced yacon syrup as a potential weight loss aid. He asked a group of women to eat one teaspoon of yacon syrup with each meal for four weeks, and a whopping 73% of them lost weight! Other research supports Dr. Oz’s results, including a Clinical Nutrition study in which women who used 3-4 teaspoons of yacon syrup a day, cut calories, and exercised, lost an average of 33 pounds and 4 inches off their waists — while those who exercised and cut calories without taking yacon syrup lost nothing. Additional benefits of yacon syrup include lowered insulin levels, better cholesterol, and more frequent bowel movements.

Natural Sweetener #9: Brown Rice Syrup


To make brown rice syrup, cooked brown rice is treated with ezymes to break the starches down into sugars. The result is extremely high in glucose, and thus high on the glycemic index, but very low in fructose. Brown rice syrup is a natural sweetener that is vegan, gluten-free, contains some B vitamins and vitamin K, and very small amounts of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and manganese. A warning: brown rice syrup can contain significant amounts of arsenic, and foods and baby formulas made with this syrup have also been found to have arsenic. Brown rice syrup is also known as “brown rice malt syrup” or simply “rice syrup.”

Natural Sweetener #10: Barley Malt 

Barley malt syrup or granules are produced from sprouted barley and contain mostly maltose, some glucose, and very little fructose or sucrose. Barley malt is a natural sweetener containing complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber, making it closer to a “whole food” than most sweeteners. Aside from fruit, barley malt may be one of the healthiest natural sources of sugar. While barley malt is more slowly absorbed by the body than simple sugars, it is not low glycemic. It also contains small levels of gluten, which may be a problem for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Natural Sweetener #11: Erythritol

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, derived from cane sugar or corn starch but also naturally found in fruits, that is usually produced by a yeast fermentation and crystallization process. It is very low calorie (0.24 calories per gram, compared to 3.9 calories per gram in white sugar). Erythritol does not cause blood sugar or insulin elevation. In large amounts, it may cause digestive distress.

Natural Sweetener #12: Xylitol (Birch Sugar)

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol derived from birch mark, and is low in calories, with 2.4 per gram. Good for dental health, it has been found to reduce cavities, repair enamel, and prevent decay, which is why it is often added to chewing gum and toothpastes. Xylitol may also improve bone density and protect against osteoporosis. It does not raise blood sugar or insulin levels and is not easily converted to fat. Birch sugar can also help control yeast issues and candida. Xylitol can cause digestive issues when consumed in excess. It is also lethal to dogs, so keep it away from your family pet and wipe up any spills or crumbs immediately.

Anti-Inflammatory Emu Oil

By Ali Wetherbee

Psst... Have you heard about Emu Oil? Follow me on a Walkabout to learn more!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:

  • 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.

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 species 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. Their emus are bred for the high vitamin K oil – not for meat or other purpose. This doesn’t mean it is wasted, but the Activator X rich oil is the main product, not a by-product like with other emu oils.  This supplement will benefit the whole family for general health, and can be consumed in higher doses to remedy various ailments. And Walkabout Emu Oil comes in three convenient forms, liquid and capsules for internal use or topical liquid for external use.