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(Uploaded from Coconut Research Center in July 2006 for Consumer awareness)
My name is Annette and I just starting using Virgin Coconut oil just about 3 weeks ago. I had been suffering with arthritis and back problems. I use to have a problem just getting up out of my seat and since I have been using coconut oil I just get right up with not problems. I thought I had to get a new mattress because my back was hurting so bad but now I have not problems. ( I am still going to get a new mattress anyway). I just want to say that I am sold on this coconut oil and have recommended it to family and friends and they have and they are telling me great results from it.
- Annette Riddick - Atlanta Georgia
I thought you might like to hear of my experiences with coconut oil. My name is Jo Wilkinson, I'm 39 and live in the UK.
In 1987 I was diagnosed with what was then called Post Viral Syndrome, now ME/CFS/CFIDS. I had a serious bout of flu in 1986 from which I did not recover properly, although my health had been slowly deteriorating since mid 1985. I had a severe relapse in 1993 following a flu vaccination. From this point I was often house and/or bed bound. My husband (my rock) and I have been everywhere and tried everything.
To cut a long story short, it was suggested by a doctor in London that I should see an endocrinologist in Brussels at that point I was on hydrocortisone, (BP down to 80/30 which precipitated the prescription.)
The endo always spent a lot of time lecturing us on diet. Lecturing is not to strong a word, he was very insistent that I should use coconut oil for cooking and not olive oil. Your book (The Coconut Oil Miracle) was shown to us along with a tub of oil. He was against the prevailing low fat dogma, saying that fat is required by the body for making hormones.
The second strand of his diet theory was that I should eat a paleolithic type diet : no grains, sugar, dairy. Not too much fruit, loads of veg and salad, plus meat, fish nuts and seeds. My complaint was that I like yoghurt, so I was allowed two a week as a concession. This diet is very healthy especially when combined with the coconut oil and over time I recovered to a point where I decided to get off the meds. Since September 2004 I have been off all meds and my health since then has improved dramatically.
Apart from my recovered hormonal system (BP now normal and stable) my energy is better, I sleep less but more refreshingly, I don't get night sweats almost nightly I don't get them at all. I used to get a lot of leg pain, a sort of lactic acid feeling and that has dissipated in the past three-four months since I started using Primal Defense.
I think that my immune system is getting back to normal as I had flu two months ago, was acutely ill and then recovered normally instead of languishing with fluey symptoms for months as previously. I have a few minor problems left, but I am hopeful that another six months should see
My husband is also very healthy on this diet. He has lost 35 pounds (I lost 7 pounds after dropping the steroids, back to a normal weight of 125 pounds). Eighteen months ago just after turning forty he took up squash again. As one of his friends commented, most people give up squash at 40, not take it up again!
I am very grateful to you for writing your book. I can safely say that it has changed our lives. We are members of The Weston A Price Foundation, and I have re educated myself on nutrition. Coconut oil along with a careful diet has restored health for both of us, and we enjoy cooking together as a hobby.
Health and Happiness,
- Jo Wilkinson
I had some concerns of the effects of EVCO (I thought it may bring up my chol/trigs levels.) After a month of use--2tbs a day and after a lipid panel evaluation, no change in these values. They stayed the same as the blood work one year ago had indicated. The proof is in black and white (the lab results).
- Ray Lemoine-- Lafayette, La
I have very bad eczema on my hands and arms and have tried every prescription cream. The only thing that has worked in the past is a large injection of cortisone, which greatly lowers your immune function. I happen to buy some coconut oil for my daughter's thick and curly hair, hoping it would moisturize it. By chance I put some on my eczema and it really helped. So I tried an experiment, I stopped using the non-steroidal cream and just put on the coconut oil. I was amazed that my eczema felt so much better and is starting to go away after only a week. For the first time all winter I don't have any open skin cracks on my hands (very painful!) and my skin is healing.
- Jen Chingwe
I just thought I would post about my experience this week with virgin coconut oil (VCO) and flu symptoms.
I was coming down with a sore throat and general aches and pains on Sunday/Monday and that "omg" feeling that I was going to be battling with feeling bad for a week or more. I was already treating myself with extra Vitamin C (which I have found very helpful through personal experience) and I take 4+tbs VCO a day anyway.
I just happened to be flicking through Bruce's Coconut Oil Miracle book where he talks about curing flu symptoms with extra VCO. So on Tuesday, I added an extra 2 tbs to my diet that day (making a total of more than 6 tbs) and by that evening, I suddenly realized that I didn't feel so bad any more! The next day (Wednesday) I also added in more VCO than usual and today I basically feel completely well (perhaps a bit tired).
There's nothing like proving a theory for oneself, is there? :)
In October 2004, I was introduced to virgin coconut oil (VCO) in one of the trade fairs that I went to in Manila. I bought a small bottle and started taking it internally. I noticed that my pain tolerance increased enabling a measure of comfort from my constant back pain. Later I used it for cooking pancakes and omelets and mixing with the chocolate drinks of my children so that they too can benefit from it. Lately, the changing temperatures are causing people here to be affected with upper respiratory tract infections. My daughter and I had thick and yellow mucus but our energy level was up. We didn't experience fever or cough or any other cold symptoms although we felt like we should already be coming down with the flu, like many people during this season in the Philippines.
My right thumb has eczema that comes and goes depending on my immune system performance. My dermatologist prescribed a very expensive steroid cream to treat it when it's active. Three weeks ago, the eczema was making my thumb "weep", itchy, and red. Instead of putting on the steroid cream, I applied VCO and covered it with gauze. The following morning the redness was gone and the skin became dry. I continued to apply VCO 3x a day and after a few days the thick flaky dead skin was gone and my thumb is smooth again.
Another bonus is a smoother complexion as I use VCO as a "night cream." Since then I have replaced my cooking oil with VCO and my children are getting used to it. Thank God for VCO!
- Lorna Protacio, Philippines
I didn't have many expectations when I started using coconut oil a year ago. I was overweight, and resigned to it; diets just didn't work with me. In fact, in spite of a basically healthy diet - I really prefer natural, whole foods, organic fruit and vegetables, and detest junk food - I was steadily gaining weight over the years and decades. I was also using what I considered the healthy fats - polyunsaturated oils.
After reading Bruce Fife's books on coconut oil I switched oils completely. I diligently read labels to avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils - and was amazed at how pervasive they are. I used coconut oil for all my cooking, and even added it to my tea. I lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks, and what's more important, my weight has stayed at this level for the whole year. Even at times of more indulgence, such as holidays and Christmas, I did not gain. I take coconut oil with me wherever I go and can't live without my daily dose! I'm convinced that it was the polyunsaturated oils that made me gain weight, and coconut oil that helped me lose it. Also, my energy is up; formerly I was prone to inactivity but now I can go all day. Another side effect - my dandruff has disappeared completely.
- Sharon Maas, www.sharonmaas.com
I am a type-II diabetic. I control my glucose levels thru diet & supplements alone with no allopathic meds. Because I take so many different things, it is hard for me to say what does the most good. But I drink a can of coconut milk every night as my final of 4 meals a day. By drinking coconut milk late at night, I believe it helps regulate my fasting blood sugar measurement. As a little fringe benefit, the night sweats & chills I have experienced for most of the past 40-50 years are almost completely gone.
- Alobar Graywalker
I was diagnosed at one time to have "shingles" (the old version of chicken pox) which made my hip's skin feel like it literally was being ironed. My doctor said the only way to deal with it is to take some kind of horribly expensive antibiotic! Since it was still bearable, I did not buy the prescription. I put coconut oil on it instead, and what do you know. The thing went away in minutes!!!! My sister came to me with the same complaint coming from her doctor (same as mine). I told her to apply coconut oil, and it also worked for her.
Two relatives of mine, both avid golfers, have very itchy thick hives on their backs. They have been to good dermatologists and were given prescription creams that cost too much and yet their hives did not go away. They asked for my cream, and overnight the thick hard hives have softened, and after a few days the hives disappeared with no trace. It has also been used by one of them for an infected big toe. The infection cleared in a matter of three days.
A lady OBGYN's daughter is a regular customer. She applies it on her pimples and claims it disappears overnight.
Another friend of my sister, who has awful dry skin because of the medicines she takes for her heart, diabetes, allergies, etc. has used commercial moisturizers with no success. She used my cream and it helped her skin recover and she said it no longer itches. I am a diabetic too and I use it for my body as a moisturizer. I use virgin coconut oil with lavender (liquid form not cream) for my day/night moisturizer and it does remove my wrinkles. However, if I skip using it on my face, the wrinkles come back. I once poured boiling candles on my finger. It got so red and had a blister. It hurt all day. When I was about to go to sleep, I put the cream thickly on top of it and put socks over my hand so that the cream stays on the blister while I am asleep. The next morning, it was not there anymore. No trace at all of the burn.
A cousin uses it on her grandchild for itchy insect bites and diaper rashes with great success.
My sister-in-law had very bad black scars on her arms from a brush with a big nail. After applying the cream for a short while, the scar totally disappeared.
My mother-in-law had injections on her varicose veins. For two years those veins got so black. After a few applications, the vein has turned gray and now is clear of any color. All this is from the coconut oil.
- Melly Almanzor-Banagale
Here in the Philippines we Catholics are celebrating 9 dawn masses every day (BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY) at 4:30 in the morning and during these 9 consecutive days, I believed my immune system was running so well because of the coconut oil that I religiously consume everyday (3 Tbs/day).During these days, I felt warmer although the temperature was getting colder here in the Philippines. I did not catch any cold during these days unlike the previous years when I was not taking it yet.
But days, before the New Year, I experienced headache due to sinusitis. I thought the coconut oil that I've been taking is no longer effective (contents is almost empty and there is some slight change in the taste). I opened a new one ( same brand) and took it with additional 1tbs/day higher dosage. Right after taking the newly opened one, my sinusitis and headache were gone in 10 minutes.
Recently, for the past 2 weeks that I missed to take my coconut oil, I felt weaker especially every time I sleep late. I catch cold yesterday, and I am reminded to take my coconut oil religiously. I am sure the coconut oil boosted my immune system and I believe it heals me from my colds, sinusitis and protects my body from getting sick.
- Neil Emmanuel S. Mapas
(Uploaded October 2006)
I began using coconut oil 11 days ago. I went to the doctorˇ¦s office the Friday before and my blood pressure was 169/94, now my blood pressure is 112/68. Here are a few other changes I have noticed, hair (stopped breaking), skin (not dry and flakey). I take 1 tablespoon in hot tea every morning and another 1 tablespoon at lunch on my salad, and add 1-2 tablespoons in my dinner meal. Did I tell you how much energy I have now? Coconut oil: YOU ARE THE ONE!
I am a health professional and therefore not surprisingly, I was abashed when I would see books about coconut oil. Until my own health problems began. My thyroid levels were swinging around, but not really high enough to be treated by most allopathic doctors. I felt awful. My hair was falling out, my skin was so dry it itched and cracked, my cholesterol was up and so was my weight, ever so slowly with every passing month. In addition, my coworkers were amazed at how can I function when I am constantly sick and on antibiotics. I was a mess at a fairly young age.
I did some of my own research and kept coming up with coconut oil. Then I found this website (Coconut Research Center) and became more convinced as I accessed the journals presented. I felt like what was I to lose? Here is what happened after taking coconut oil for several months:
1) Weight has stopped increasing, it is starting to drop because I no longer crave sweets or simple carbs and have a massive surge of energy which allows me to be more active.
2) Cholesterol dropped, HDL [the good cholesterol] went WAY up (from 30's to almost 60).
3) My skin is beautiful! I was having rosacea, now it is smooth and clear. My legs feel as if I am a teenager they are so smooth. I even put coconut oil around my eyes as a moisturizer. I love feeling my legs, it is almost as if I have made a discovery. I cannot believe at my age my skin can be so soft and supple. It's almost like having a flashback to my teenage years!
4) I am not bloated anymore; my stomach not distended and my feet not hurting from not fitting in my shoes at the end of the day.
5) I feel so much more energetic, as if I was 10 years younger.
6) My hair is beautiful and silky and not falling out.
7) I am hardly ever sick anymore. When I or my kids are coming down with something, we up the coconut oil. We are better within a day.
8) My daughter was born with such extreme eczema, she was constantly itching, even had patches of scabs on her body and scalp. I have spent hundreds of dollars on expensive prescription steroid creams, which after a few years, stopped working. The doctor laughed at me when I mentioned coconut oil. The proof is in the fact that my daughter's skin is beautiful and flawless now, no itchy bumps, just beautiful baby skin. Even though she doesn't like the taste of coconut oil in her food she will eat it when I remind her of her skin problems. (She also is a very healthy weight.)
9) No more monthly yeast infections.
10) Wounds heal very quickly when coconut oil is applied. It's almost like magic.
11) My TSH levels are way down into the normal range (not even subclinical hypothyroid anymore). WOW! The first time in over 6 years!
It took quite a long time before I noticed these changes (several months). At first I gained weight and was very depressed by it all. I stuck with it. The health changes have been remarkable. Simply remarkable. Coconut oil has changed my life. The only sad part is, when I mention this to my colleagues or friends. I still get glazed-over looks of disinterest and disbelief, or outright gasps of horror with a refusal to listen to anymore of it.
(Name withheld on request)
My name is Jen and I am 25 years old. I just started using virgin coconut oil 3 weeks ago. I have very sensitive skin, skin redness, pimples in my back and chest and big pores.
Since I was 16 years old I always bought different kinds of expensive cosmetics, creams and facial mask to avoid and to get rid of my pimples. These products caused me only more blemishes and my face turned dry. I noticed if my skin gets dried from different kinds of cosmetics and creams and facial mask I only get more blemishes. I had back pain last month since I am working in the office 9 hours a day. My cousin massaged my back with the virgin coconut oil and the next day I noticed that my pimples on my back went dry and it feels so smooth. So I started applying it on my face daily and all over the body. And now I have a very smooth face and it has its moisture again. My skin redness, pimples, big pores are all gone. It really helps a lot and I can really recommend the virgin coconut oil.
I was walking and golfing as my exercise program, on weekends 18 holes and
almost everyday after work 9 holes at least. My heels started to ache constantly,
I had to leave the golf course frequently, and could barely walk from my truck
to my house when I got home. I heard about virgin coconut oil (VCO), starting reading about its ability to reduce inflammation, and thought Iˇ¦m desperate enough to do it,
as I was about ready to give up golf.
So I started taking VCO three times a day. The heels of my feet felt better right away, but only by about half. I was happy with that. I never stopped golfing. But my feet continued to get a little better every day, and after a month and a half, I was completely healed. I knew this when I walked 18 holes 5 days in a row. Later at night my feet felt normal with no pain, nor was there any pain the next morning.
As a side bonus, the calluses on the fingers of my left hand were thick and flakey
from playing the guitar. I was having to file them down to be able to play, and my finger
tips were tender. That all went away. I still have calluses, but they are pliable now, I don't have to file them, and my finger tips are not tender any more. I can play pretty much as long as I want to now.
I haven't lost any weight yet, but at least I'll be able to keep up my golf exercise program.
Maybe over time, I will lose weight, but I am sure healthier now.
There has been a nasty stomach virus going around the New York City area. I was hit with it on a Sunday mid-afternoon. I had two bowel "episodes" which made me know I had the virus, just like my brother and our mother and father. Later that day I took about two tablespoons of liquid virgin coconut oil and I also took some cider vinegar with water. For dinner, I had a sweet potato drenched in coconut oil.
I never had another episode. My friends and family had been telling me about how long the virus stayed with them - some for seven days or more. Mine only lasted for an afternoon. That evening I was back to normal.
I'm glad I've been finding out about all the incredible things coconut and coconut oil can do for you.
I got shingles last week on Thursday. My sister in-law gave me some virgin coconut oil and by Saturday the pain was gone. It is now Thursday [the following week] and the rash is almost gone with no pain. Sure beats getting steroids!! I am impressed and will be using this product daily!
After having 25+ years of severe acid reflux -- using the strongest medication barely helped. After one day of using virgin coconut oil I noticed an improvement. By the end of the week it was completely gone and has stopped years of suffering. I've noticed more energy and the loss of junk food cravings. My skin has improved and can go out in the sun again -- not a mole hiding in the shade or behind sunscreen. Your book is right -- this is nothing short of a "miracle" -- praise the Lord.
I found myself leafing through Bruce Fife's book just before Christmas, and was
so fascinated that I walked out having bought the book and a jar of organic unrefined coconut oil. Immediately I started using it on my skin and added a small amount to my diet. On New Year's Eve I felt the onslaught of the flu....scratchy throat and fatigue....so I added more coconut oil to a soup I was making (to which I also added fresh ginger and reishi mushroom and garlic). Overnight the symptoms progressed to my lungs...a deep cough signifying bronchitis. I had more coconut oil, probably 3 or 4 tablespoons.
Usually when my body is successfully fighting an illness like this, the symptoms
gradually subside over a couple of days at best. But in this case, by nightfall of New Years day, ALL my symptoms were absolutely GONE! Wow. I could only imagine those free fatty acids busting up all the influenza viruses one by one as the reason. I have never experienced such a quick and complete turnaround.
Melissa Janae Emberson
I am very pleased with the great benefits of coconut oil. My horse had these ugly warts on her nose that would not go away. I decided to put some coconut oil on them and everyone thought that I was going nutty. Within 6 days they had all cleared up and I am so happy about it. She loves the smell and the taste of the oil too.
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About a week after we moved in to our new home, our eight-year old dog, Davis got deathly ill. We actually thought he may have broken his back on the stairs. He could not walk and had to be carried everywhere. The vet was certain that he had hurt his back as well, but on the second day, he started having blisters on his feet and on the back of his body. When he stood up on his feet, they would just bleed. (Just lovely in the new house!!!) After inconclusive tests, as well as even a spinal tap, they decided to call it an immune disease. Still not sure quite the diagnosis, but he was on death's bed. After $1500 in tests and medications, the vet still was unsure of prognosis and suggested to put him out of his misery. Davis was still unable to walk, but now unable to open one eye and had large half-dollar size lesions all over his back and hind legs.
After making the appt. on Friday, to put him to sleep on Monday, I decided to try one last thing over the weekend. I read on the net about coconut oil being good for dog's immune system. Desperately I tried it, and miraculously about four hours after his first dose, he got up and walked. Within a day, his feet stopped bleeding and he was once again walking over to the food bowl! I am convinced and just amazed! Funny how after $1500 of tests and meds from the vet, a $15 jar of coconut oil healed him!!! It has now been two weeks and he is back to normal.
Cedar Park, TX
Last week I just started taking coconut flakes daily with salad or chocolate. I have lost 5 lbs in a week and I haven't tried to diet. Just every time I feel hungry, especially at night I take some coconut flakes. I have improved digestion without a doubt.
Could it be that easy to lose weight?
I have about another 15lbs to lose - at this rate I'll be done in just 3 more weeks. Then up my coconut dose if I feel myself gaining a few pounds.
I am hypothyroid and I take synthroid daily. I'd like to wean off the Rx. I wonder if coconut is the secret?
I've gone from tears and a life of despair over my weight, to a young, healthy vibrant 34 year old. I feel as though I've captured my 20's once again. I was told about Kevin Trudeau's book and went out to purchase it, which led me to your website as well. I have been using Organic coconut oil for a week now and have lost 13lbs. It's absolutely amazing. I weigh in at 360lbs and was told by doctors that I would surely be at risk for heart disease and a host of other life threatening ailments due to my excess weight. I'd tried it all.....slim fast, nutria-system, weight watchers, Atkins, south beach, relecore....you name it and I was out there buying it. I was just really desperate to find the answer to my life-long weight problem. I discovered through research and reading that the coconut cure along with spicy foods and organic foods, Yerba Mate Tea, and Organic apple cider vinegar, would boost my metabolism through the roof and it DID! It's only been a week and I'm running around here doing housework like a maniac and I can't sit still. My metabolism is so revved up and my cravings have totally vanished. I can't thank you and Kevin Trudeau enough for renewing my faith in this wonderful thing we call life. I am shouting this information from the hilltops. The benefits are so tremendous that it's difficult not to broadcast it to all who will listen. I use the coconut oil as a moisturizer for my skin. I have no blemishes and my rosy cheeks have returned. I even buy the coconut powder and sprinkle it in my bath. It leaves my skin feeling soft and my psoriasis has literally disappeared. I no longer feel the aches and pains from fibromyalgia associated with my weight. I am a type II Diabetic and my blood glucose levels have dropped significantly. I also noticed that the white powder on my feet that diabetics often get, has also disappeared. I can't say enough about this cure. It's not hocus pocus like some believe. I was a skeptic at first, like most, but I opened up my mind to it because I'd tried so many other treatments for my obesity. I figured it was worth a shot. I was currently on a waiting list for Gastric Bypass surgery, which I will no longer be needing. I am quite certain that coconut oil will be in my life for always.
I take 3 tablespoons full of organic raw apple cider vinegar a day before each meal. I also take a tablespoon of organic raw DME coconut oil 3 times a day as well, before each meal. Throughout the day I brew Yerba Mate tea and I can't recommend it enough. It is a tasty tea, a natural diuretic and helps to boost the metabolism. I have abolished sweeteners and have turned to Stevia to sweeten the tea just a little. Last but not least, I incorporate hot peppers and cayenne pepper into my diet. This tactic raised my body's basil temperature and kick starts my metabolism. I've noticed that I no longer have a problem with acid-reflux or constipation. I have lost that bloated, distended feeling...it's truly wonderful. I know I've gone on and on but I can't say enough about the wonders of DME Coconut Oil. For those of you on a budget, it is a little on the costly side, but it's advantages are worth more than I can explain. I honestly would live without all of my worldly possession to keep buying this stuff. If you haven't already, please do yourself the world's largest favor and go GET SOME. Don't waste another minute feeling depressed, unhealthy and discouraged with diet pills or programs.
Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
My name is Grant Bowker and at the moment live on the island of Santo, Vanuatu.
In 1999 while working with my father, Neville on a way to extract the fresh meat from the coconut in Australia, I read Bruce Fife's book on the health benefits of coconut oil. I had been brought up in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and was lead to believe that coconut oil and butter was bad for you and our experimenting on the extraction of coconut meat was only because no one had invented a way of meat extraction of the coconut and we loved the challenge as we came from farming stock.
Well I did weigh 105 kgs, had high blood pressure (186/99) and taking two different types of medication, I do not remember the name of them as I stopped taking them in 2004. I now weigh 75 kgs and a blood pressure of between 116/68 to 132/80 depending what I am doing at the time.
I had high cholesterol with the bad being higher than the good.
I had been using cortisone cream for over 30 years on my face to control eczema. I no longer have eczema, but have to use VCO every day. My eyebrows have turned from grey to black and so have my arms and leg hairs. I had a caustic burn on my arm the size of a tennis ball that had no hair on it for 20 years and although the skin still looks slightly white it is now completely covered with hair.
I told my Doc. That I was going to eat and cook with VCO and he said that I was going to kill myself.
Six months later he made me have a chol/tri and PSA done as my father had prostate cancer (180), he was shocked. Although my bad cholesterol was still higher than the good, it had come under the danger mark, but what shocked him most of all was the triglycerides and PSA was at 0.4, he asked me to order some VCO for himself to use. He did another test on me a year later and the bad cholesterol was lower than the good and PSA at 0.5 and as I was 54 at the time, I could have a PSA up to 4.0 without any worries.
I have taken VCO for about 6 years in cooking & baking. My only health problem were lungs. By 2003 when the doctors finally believed me, my lung volume was only 22% and went on oxygen 24/7. I immediately went to lung transplant list (after much testing). Because of my age, 61, only really healthy people are taken for new lungs. By mid 2005 my lung volume was way down. Not good at all!
The transplant doctors could not believe how well I was doing with the condition my lungs were in. Now believe me I was not running races and such, in fact making the bed was difficult - had to stop and rest 4 times to get it finished. But I was able to continue to move around. On clinic days, they would bring in students and other doctors to say "You cannot tell by looking how bad of shape she (me) is really in.
I was hospitalized Dec (05), Jan, Feb, & Mar with lungs not able to rid itself of carbon dioxide - down to 10%. Docs are still amazed at how well my body is doing. New lungs came on April 18th. It was an amazing and awesome event in my life. Although I had 3 rejections and 2 lung infections in the first year, I was not ill nor did I EVER have any pain (even with the surgery). The only downside was low energy because of ALL the medications.
One thing they told me was that after transplant I COULD NOT stay on VCO because with the steroids I would gain too much weight on a saturated oil like that!
After 15 months has passed and I'm still on VCO, they are in awe of how well I doing. My energy levels are off the walls and my kidneys and liver are acting like a normal person's (not on medications). Yes, I do exercise - dancing to the oldies in my living room or brisk walking and I try to eat well. They can't understand it and if they ever ask, boy, will I tell them. I might add here that I'm 66" tall and weigh 116 lbs.
Is it the VCO? - I believe it had a lot to do with how I did past and present. Now we even have coconut flour - WOW!
Two weeks after taking extra virgin coconut oil capsules, my husband who weighed 210 lbs and I who weighed 195 lbs found ourselves 10 lbs lighter without even going to a gym.
Our routines did not change. But our weights did!
We learned that the virgin coconut oil has weight reduction properties. EVCO actually stopped our cravings for sweet and chips. It has kept us satiated longer than the "diet pills" we took before.
We are looking forward to getting exercise into our lifestyle now since we are motivated to increase our metabolism levels to speed up our weight reduction.
When my daughter came up against a thyroid problem she started to investigate natural cures. I have studied herbs and natural cures for years but it was she who told me about coconut oil. She has improved some since starting the oil. She takes it internally and slathers it all over her body. My story is a little different. I had a melanoma on my leg. After six weeks and turning different colors it's gone. Sounds weird, but yes it's true.
Now I am starting to heal the inside of my body. It always stops pain from arthritis and the bruises are leaving very fast where in the past they took weeks to go away. I'm studying cures for Lupus to help myself and my friends, and as far as the thyroid goes,....as with anything else, it seems to take more than one thing to cleanse and heal. I will never stop using VCO. It's one of the planet's gifts to mankind.
I have had really bad eczema all of my life. For the past 3 weeks, I’ve had it really bad on my face and neck. My skin was coming off in sheets. Nothing – not even my last resort of steroid cream – was working. Three days ago I was taking a spoonful of coconut oil, when some happened to drop on my chin ....instant relief! I rubbed it all over my face and neck, and the irritation and dryness immediately disappeared. It’s been a few days now, and things are getting better and better.
I've had chronic bladder infections for twenty years. I've been to numerous doctors with no positive results and most of the time I was worse. After the last doctor I swore I would not go to another doctor unless I was dying and had no choice. I began to research natural remedies. I tried so many things it would be hard to list. They helped to some extent but didn't cure my infections. I found your web site and tried coconut oil. In one month's time I have not had one bladder infection. I'm taking one tablespoon 3 times a day with meals. I've put the oil on cuts and healed so quickly I couldn't believe it. My husband eats popcorn every night and I started using coconut oil instead of canola oil. He loves the flavor of the popcorn. I'm anxious to see what other benefits we'll get by using the oil long term.
I would like to congratulate this website. Well done! I am a primary care practitioner or general practitioner with priority in nutritional medicine as the healing component. I have read Dr Fife, Dr Dayrit, and Prof Mary G.Enig’s books and am using only virgin coconut oil/VCO) for cooking and also orally when down with the flu, etc.
I strongly advise my patients to consume more VCO when sick and advocate to all ages from newborns to the old and sick, including those with diabetic, hypertensive, heart, and skin ailments and even those stricken with cancer. Over the last two years I’ve seen patients get better.
It is difficult sometimes for some patients initially to accept VCO. They think I am going 'nuts'!
I have even started VCO production using the DME method to produce this relatively expensive oil for my patients and customers and make this remarkable healing oil more affordable to them. I am also getting excellent guidance from the Agriculture Ministry. I am very grateful to have a Prime Minister that advocates the VCO industry and hope to see his vision come true for my countrymen.
The truth is being revealed and allopathic medicine has to admit all this while they have been wrong and it is still not too late to rectify this mistake. I still get criticisms from many but I believe in due time the critics will be silenced. Also, as consumption of coconut flour gets ongoing promotion, I think the overall health of everyone and the world will be better.
Dr S. Kumar M.D.
I am 52 years old and suffering with high Cholesterol and Uric Acid. Many parts of my body start aching, especially my right arm. Right shoulder's pain even causes hard to move, irritating pain. (I was taking Simvastatin and alpurinol for Cholesterol and Uric then) a friend from Canada asked me to assist them get Virgin Coconut oil from the Philippines where I am living now. That reminded me I had more than a liter in my kitchen cabinet lying there idle, and thought to myself why not try it? I pour 2 spoons full into plate with hot steamed rice when I eat lunch and 2 spoons during the dinner at night. It makes the plain rice taste better, like special fried rice coconut flavor. After a week or so I noticed my right arm moving more freely, and the pain subsiding. After a month the pain was gone.
I was diagnosed with prostatitis almost a year ago. This infection was caused by a hospital stay in which I was diagnosed with a chronic leukemia. My leukemia is under control, but my prostatitis seems to be flaring out of control. Several courses of antibiotics later, I still had the prostatitis. Not much fun, this condition. I noted that coconut oil can kill different types of bacteria and Candida. After 5 days on 4 Tablespoons of VCO a day, my prostatitis symptoms are almost gone. Pain reduced from a 10 to a 3. My "flow" is far better than even normal. I also note that when I wake up in the morning, my teeth are not "fuzzy", they feel clean and smooth. I have lost 7 pounds and my skin is clearing up. I have far greater energy than I have ever had before. The habitual sweet tooth I suffer from seems to have vanished. I am in shock from the great benefit of this food. If all this can happen in only a few days, where might I be in a month?
G. Eugene Davis
I wanted to share my story about the wonders of coconut oil (and flax oil). I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes about 1 ˝ months ago plus I had been battling with low thyroid levels for several years. I was reading internet information about diabetes and ran across a website that discussed the poisons of partially hydrogenated oils in our food supply and the direct correlation of their consumption to the rising epidemic of Type II diabetes & insulin resistance. I found that this is directly linked to consumption of partially hydrogenated oils in the diet. I also read of the benefits of consuming coconut oil. I then eliminated all partially hydrogenated oils and products containing them from my diet and began using two tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil spread on whole wheat toast in the morning plus two tablespoons of flax oil in my oatmeal. After just 3 weeks, my energy levels have soared, my blood sugar went down from 300 range to normal range of 114, my craving for starches, sweets and carbohydrates completely disappeared, I feel fuller, which helps me stick to my diet, my body temperature increased (indicating improved metabolism from the coconut oil) and even my blood pressure increased slightly, though not dangerously high – another side effect of the increased metabolism. All I can say is that I wish every Diabetic with type II diabetes would read this information and begin using coconut oil and flax seed oil. They would see amazing results. My doctor is very impressed that I brought my blood sugar under control so quickly WITHOUT drugs and thought it was the diet and exercise only. I explained that sticking to the diet and exercise is made so much easier from the incorporation of these delicious oils in my diet. Unfortunately, many in the medical community have never heard of the wonders of coconut oil. Perhaps they don’t want to hear because by actually curing type 2 diabetes with this information, many doctors and specialists would soon be “out of business” As one website author said, the word “cure” and diabetes is not on most medical doctor’s vocabulary – and the reason is financial.
(name withheld by request)
My husband and I vacationed in Belize last summer and fell in love with coconut rice, which is a staple in the Belizean diet. After returning home, we replaced white potatoes with coconut rice in our diet. We lost weight, our skin looked great, my husband’s blood pressure has improved, and we feel better in general. As part of an overall healthy lifestyle, coconut does the exact opposite of what we have all been conditioned to believe. Doctors still claim that it’s bad for your heart and it’s fattening, but my experience proves differently. I wanted to share my recipe for coconut rice:
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 cups water
˝ can coconut milk
1 Tbs. organic natural sugar
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. fresh ground tri-color peppercorns
Add all ingredients together in rice cooker (or heavy pot with lid on stovetop) and steam until liquid is absorbed. Texture will be tender and creamy.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed to have a high bad (LDL) cholesterol level. I did everything to lower my cholesterol level. In fact, I exercised at least three hours a week and successfully reduced my weight by 12 pounds. I was also avoiding fatty/oily foods. After three months, I went to our company clinic to have my blood chemistry result. To my surprise, my bad (LDL) cholesterol was not lowered, in fact, it increased by 15%. My doctor advised me to take simvastatin to lower my cholesterol. I took the drug daily for one month and as a result it lowered my LDL cholesterol by only 15% but I feel it had bad side effects on me. Since then, I just avoid oily foods and exercise to stay healthy. I also take vitamin E, fish oil, and other anti-bad cholesterol vitamins. After three months, my LDL is still the same level as before.
My officemate told me to try virgin coconut oil (VCO). I thought that I have nothing to lose on taking VCO, so I tried it for 3 months. I consumed almost 1.3 liters during that period without avoiding oily foods like lechon (roasted pig), egg yolks, leche flan, cakes, ice cream, and even junk foods. I was surprised when I read the blood chemistry result which indicated that my LDL (bad) cholesterol went down and my HDL (good) cholesterol went up. Since then, I recommend to all my friends and officemates the beauty and health benefits from VCO. In fact, I encouraged them to buy VCO.
I used to be an annual sufferer of flu, at least once a year during the start of rainy season in the Philippines (month of June), and normally causing a personal downtime of 3 to 5 days of rest each time. My suffering from flu ended in September 2004 when I first used virgin coconut oil. This was how it happened.
I woke up at that time feeling weak, but since I had a commitment to visit a client I decided just to bear with it. When I came home in the evening from the factory, I was already very sick—feverish, joints pain, back pain, and very tired—the usual symptoms of flu that I have been very familiar. Since I’ve heard about the anti-viral effects of VCO, and knowing that flu is viral, I decided to try it and bought a bottle from a nearby drugstore. I struggled to drink 4 tablespoons. Since I had 39.5 C fever already, and without any information that VCO is antipyretic, I took 500 mg of paracetamol, together with 2 glasses of water. Then I went to bed at 9 PM. I was not able to sleep immediately, I felt my body was energized, and the feeling of fatigue did not worsen. Eventually I slept, but woke up at 3 AM extremely surprised that my flu was completely gone. Being so familiar with the flu, I could hardly believe that it could actually disappear that fast. I felt so well that I decided to proceed with my early morning flight at 5 AM that day to the southern city of the Philippines, Davao City.
Since that time I take 1 tablespoon of VCO every day, and increase it up to 4 tablespoons whenever I feel tired or weak. I haven’t had the flu again for over 2 years!
Quezon City, Philippines
I am not scratching for the first time in a month. What a relief. I first noticed it as persistent itchiness at the top of my thigh. After a week or so, a small rash appeared. It quickly spread across my hip. Then the rash appeared on my other hip. Before long, I was itchy on the back of my knees, the inside of my elbows, and the back of my hands, as well as across both hips. I went to a conventional doctor who couldn’t diagnose the source but prescribed antihistamines and a prednisone “burst.” After a week on prednisone, the rash was as itchy as ever, and my skin was even more red and swollen. I tried every topical remedy I could think of with little relief. I saw a naturopathic doctor who was also unable to diagnose my problem but suggested treating it through a process of elimination, trying an antifungal first, and going to an antibacterial if the antifungal didn’t work. After several days on the antifungal with no relief – in fact, the rash was now spreading to my back, my belly, and my forearms -- it flashed through the back of my mind that I had once read that coconut oil had anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-virus properties. Feeling fairly desperate – and with nothing to lose -- I pulled my bottle of virgin coconut oil out of the kitchen cupboard and applied it topically to all my itchy places. The results were miraculous. Almost instantly, the itching stopped. Within hours, my skin began to smooth, and the redness faded. This absence of itching is such a wonderful feeling that I’m truly grateful. I am now a coconut oil convert.
I began using Virgin Coconut Oil manufactured by Namio Nanpei of Pohnpei and his Filipino doctor three weeks ago. I am 64 years old, diabetic, and intermittently have high blood. After three weeks of use, I notice these changes: My flaky, achy, dry skin is gone! My stinky scalp psoriasis is also gone! My 4-inch diameter patch of itchy, scaly skin on my back is gone! My wrinkled, square-shaped fingers are now rounded and smooth looking as well as to the touch. My dry toe nails which were cracking, breaking off, and dying are now regenerating! I have a whole new skin that looks healthy and alive!
I burned my forearm on the oven rack. It was a very bad burn and after the heat went out of the burn I put coconut oil on everyday, so far this is the third day. I had anticipated that the burn would blister and seep, but so far the burn is healing with no blistering and doesn't even hurt. The coconut oil is like a miracle. I never had a burn heal so fast and my skin is almost back to the normal color.