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Coconut Oil Notes

"99 to 2004 THE COCONUT OIL MIRACLE by Bruce Fife

2005 COCONUT CURES by Bruce Fife <> <> <>

Notes on Coconut Oil

from Dorothy Kohagen

Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist and Naturopathic Doctor, president of
the Coconut Research Center has written two books and completed extensive
research on the benefits of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil. To his
benefit, he has no interest in any company selling coconut oil and a portion
of his proceeds from the sale of his books are donated to Save the Children

In just the last decade many researchers agree with Bruce Fife's claims that
Coconut Oil is the healthiest oil on earth and one of the most remarkable
health foods available. This is an ancient health food that the world had
almost forgotten about, but thanks to Dr. Fife, its benefits have been

Research began in the 1950's in the United States with great results.
However, the Vegetable oil (Soy Industry) in the 1980's spent billions of
dollars bad-mouthing Coconut Oil, deceiving Americans and swaying the food
industry. Nearly 80% of all vegetable oils are made from soybeans, with 75%
of these oils being hydrogenated. The American Soybean Association
convinced consumers that Coconut Oil was the "oil from Hell." By 1990 the
Soy Industry had won their campaign. (Fife, 1999) Up until the 1980's many
US food companies used Coconut Oil. The food industry knew that coconut oil
does not go rancid and foods stayed fresh longer when this oil was used in
their production.

Coconut meat and Coconut oil have been a major source of food and medicine
for thousands of years by millions of people in tropical areas (Asia,
Pacific Islands, Africa, and Central America). These people have
traditionally had better health than people in North America and Europe with
less heart disease, cancer, digestive complaints or prostate problems. When
these same people adopt Western ways of eating, their health begins to
deteriorate and health problems begin to be present. In Western cultures
where Coconut Oil is not used, heart disease is the number one killer. Sir
Lanka, a country that uses the most Coconut Oil, has the lowest rates of
heart disease in the world.

Coconut Oil with its medium-chain fatty acids produces energy, not fat!

In the processing of Cold Pressed Coconut Oil no chemicals or high heat
treatments are used. This oil contains no trans fatty acids and has the
longest shelf life of any plant oil due to its anti-oxidant properties. It
is better than Olive Oil (other than in salad dressings) for cooking.
Coconut Oil can be solid or liquid at room temperature, depending on the
temperature of your home. It does not need to be refrigerated, but should
be stored in a dark place or in a dark jar.

Some additional benefits of Coconut Oil include:

* Strengthens and boosts the immune system

* May aid in weight loss; it's lower in calories than other oils and
boosts metabolism

* Conditions the skin and scalp (no dandruff) and may help thicken hair

* May help fight bldder and kidney infections

* May help Crohn's disease, leaky gut syndrome, colitis and digestive

* May prevent gum disease, dental cavities. A study of Pacific
Islanders who never brushed their teeth, never flossed, didn't use
mouthwash, and never saw dentists, showed they had exquisite dental health.
(Probably didn't eat white sugar either)

* Pacific Islanders use Coconut oil for ear infections, to prevent flu
and colds

* May help prevent enlarged prostate, herpes, parasites, mold and fungi

* May prevent epilepsy in children and adults

* Prevents heart problems, chronic fatigue, liver disease and food

* May shrink ovarian cysts

* May help prevent an under-active thyroid (which is almost an
epidemic!) due to lack of iodine, selenium and too many pollutants,
pesticides, and mercury. (Peanuts and soybeans {and fluoride} block iodine
and are tough on the thyroid as they contain anti-thyroid chemicals and
cause weight gain. Vegetable oils, especially soybean and corn, are
anti-thyroid in nature.)

* Coconut Oil has lauric acid, with proven antiviral and antibacterial
properties. Use cocoanut oil in place of butter in baking and cooking.

* Coconut Oil helps improve mineral absorption, helps the gallbladder
digest fats.

* Coconut Oil can be used to kill viruses (which antibiotics can't

* May help with diabetes (which is unheard of in Pacific Island
cultures). It's vegetable oils that contribute to diabetes. Diabetics have
no fear with Coconut Oil.

There are many different kinds of coconut oil and many different
manufacturing processes. It's best to use Organic, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
and well as eat fresh coconut meat and milk. Some countries cook it and use
as porridge for breakfast. Calorie intake is lower in Coconut Oil, so get
an Oil change!

Not all saturated fats are unhealthy. Those found in mother's milk and
coconut oil are medium- chain fatty acids that have remarkable health
benefits. Coconut Oil contains fats that are called mono-laurin that are
good for health. Coconut Oil is considered by the FDA to be a safe, natural
food and is on the FDA's exclusive GRAS (generally regarded as safe) list.
Lauric Acid is also found in coconut oil and has great anti-viral

Coconut Oil should be a major component of baby formula as it provides many
of the same nutrients as human breast milk. Put it in your baby's bottles
and in their cereal too.

The boost in energy from Coconut Oil is not like that of caffeine; it's
subtle and lasts longer. Metabolism is elevated for at least 24 hours.

Fife claims that Vegetable oils depress thyroid activity and metabolism.
Soybeans contain anti-thyroid chemicals and cause weight gain. We are now a
population characterized by lean pigs and obese people!

If your sick, you can use 4 to 8 Tablespoons a day or every 6 hours ingest
Coconut Oil or consume fresh baby coconut meat, up to 7 oz a day, or shred
the coconut meat or drink 10 oz. coconut milk.

There is no need to refrigerate coconut oil. It can be used in warm milk,
tea, and coffee, hot chocolate, in warm vegetable juice or room temperature
orange juice. (It is solid when cold.) Coconut Oil has protein, folic
acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and
other trace minerals, as well as a range of B vitamins, vitamins C and E.

Keep in mind that Western doctors, after graduating from medical school, are
for the most part, educated by the pharmaceutical industry, their literature
and seminars, which are funded by these companies and their HUGE profits.

For more information on benefits and use of Coconut Oil refer to:

The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife (2004)

Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife (2005) <> ; <> ; <> <> (then do a search for coconut

The Fungus Link, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by Doug Kaufman

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The following information was copied from


Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many
conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one
form or another may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these
are summarized below:

* Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
* Functions as a protective antioxidant.
* Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote
premature aging and degenerative disease.
* Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.

* Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from
* Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
* Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia
(prostate enlargement).
* Reduces epileptic seizures.
* Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
* Dissolves kidney stones.
* Helps prevent liver disease.
* Is lower in calories than all other fats.
* Supports thyroid function.
* Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
* Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being
stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
* Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
* Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to
ward of infection.
* Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
* Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
* Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
* Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
* Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
* Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation
form the sun.
* Helps control dandruff.
* Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking
temperature like other vegetable oils do.
* Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
* Is completely non-toxic to humans.


While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and
nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and
medicine. Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high
saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a
unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health
giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a
nutritious health food.

Coconut oil has been described as "the healthiest oil on earth." That's
quite a remarkable statement. What makes coconut oil so good? What makes it
different from all other oils, especially other saturated fats?

The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are composed of
molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty
acids. The first you are probably familiar with is based on saturation. You
have saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Another
system of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon
chain within each fatty acid. Fatty acids consist of long chains of carbon
atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. In this system you have short-chain
fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and long-chain fatty
acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty
acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).

The vast majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated
or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain
fatty acids (LCFA). Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are
LCFA. The size of the fatty acid is extremely important. Why? Because our
bodies respond to and metabolize each fatty acid differently depending on
its size. So the physiological effects of MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly
different from those of LCFA more commonly found in our foods. The saturated
fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids. Both
the saturated and unsaturated fat found in meat, milk, eggs, and plants
(including most all vegetable oils) are composed of LCFA.

MCFA are very different from LCFA. They do not have a negative effect on
cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower
the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. It is primarily due to
the MCFA in coconut oil that makes it so special and so beneficial.
There are only a very few good dietary sources of MCFA. By far the best
sources are from coconut and palm kernel oils.

Copyright C 2004 Coconut Research Center

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