healthiest food fat known to man
coconut oil is the most potent tropical oil on earth. It has been maligned, along
with palm oil, by US Agribusiness. They want to demonize tropical oils so that
corn and soybean oil will dominate your pantry.
have been talking about the dangers of hydrogenated oils at this site for a long
time. We also have discussed the fact that modern oils, polyunsaturated oils like
corn, sunflower, canola, and safflower oil are deadly and adverse to good health.
The scam of the oil companies turning America against coconut and palm oil is
research was bogus, but the FDA and official policy went for it. Why? Well, Bunky,
you cannot grow palm trees and coconut trees in Iowa. Do you get the picture?
fellow at the right has just whacked the end off of a green coconut for you. He
will drop a straw into the hole, and the drink is very refreshing on a hot tropical
J. Kabara, Ph.D.
palm tree has a long history of providing man with useful materials for his daily
life. None is more important than the oils obtained from the palm nut. Coconut
and palm kernel oils were recognized as health oils in Ayurvedic medicine almost
4000 years ago.
The same health effects were also found in Sanskrit medicine for mother's milk.
Mention was made that freshly expressed human milk was adopted as an "antibiotic"
after eye surgery. Modern research has now found a common link between these two
natural health products -- -- their fat or lipid content.
For over thirty years our lipid laboratory has pioneered finding relationships
between natural and synthetic lipids and their biological activity. Our studies
indicated that the fatty acids and monoglycerides found in these two natural products
had extraordinary antimicrobial. properties.
Over a period of 30 years my colleagues and I screened other lipids hoping to
improve on nature. During this period we screened some 300 lipids and other structures
for antimicrobial activity. We failed and so I returned to nature for clues.
The medium chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found primarily in these two tropical
oils and mothers milk have miraculous healing power.
It is rare in the history of medicine to find substances that have such useful
properties and still be without toxicity or even harmful side effects.
My students and I then vigorously pursued the industrial and medical application
of the most active species, monolaurin. The highly purified monoglyceride is better
known as Lauricidin® rather than simply monolaurin since the usual commercial
monolaurin is only 45- 55% pure and has no antimicrobial properties. The first
utilization of monolaurin was the incorporation into margarine as a food preservative
and then into a sanitizer for the prevention of bovine mastitis.
Since that time monolaurin (Lauricidin®) has found use in cosmetic, pharmaceuticals
and in clinical medicine. Monolaurin as a dietary supplement has shown extraordinary
and exciting results as an antibiotic and as an antiviral agent. The latter property
against lipid coated viruses was first demonstrated by Hierholzer and Kabara more
than sixteen years ago.
Since that time our studies have been confirmed and extended by others. Literature
references for the use of monolaurin are now appearing at an increasing rate showing
* dental cares,
* peptic ulcers,
* benign prostatic hyperplasia,
* genital herpes,
* hepatitis C
* as well as HIV/AIDS
years of neglect by others I have finally convinced the medical community and
now important clinical studies are finally increasing at a rapid pace. Our prediction
at an international conference of the American Oil Chemist Society(1995) that
these tropical oil derivatives were going to be the new health oils for the next
millennium is coming true. Not only does monolaurin have antibiotic and antiviral
activity but also these remarkable derivatives have been shown not to cause resistance
organisms to appear.
In addition, it has now been shown that monolaurin can reduce the resistance of
germs to antibiotics.
Never before in recent times has recognition of the positive health effects of
tropical oils been stronger.
New and exciting health and industrial uses of monolaurin are available and predictable.
Monolaurin derived from coconut and palm kernel oils suggest a bright future for
an industry that was once referred to as a "sunset industry".
This means that the oil industry must move quickly to modernize itself in making
value added products from these oils which will contribute to a more vigorous
and healthy agriculture future.
article by Dr. Joseph Mercola: http://www.mercola.com/2001/mar/24/coconut_oil.htm
The purpose of this site is to provide information on the health benefits of coconut
products, particularly coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which
is known for being anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. Studies have been
done on its effectiveness in lowering the viral load of HIV/AIDS patients. Coconut
oil is also being used by thyroid sufferers to increase body metabolism, and to
lose weight. Virgin coconut oil is also used for making natural soaps and other
health products, as it is one of the healthiest things one can put on their skin.
At one time
coconut oil received negative press in the US because of its high level of saturated
fat. However, modern research has shown that not all saturated fats are alike
and that the fatty acids in coconut oil, the medium chain triglycerides, do not
raise serum cholesterol or contribute to heart disease, but are in fact very healthy.
Also, some negative studies done on coconut oil in the past was done on hydrogenated
coconut oil, which has been altered from its original form. Other studies have
clearly shown that traditional Asian cultures that eat significant amounts of
coconut in their diet do not suffer from modern diseases seen in western cultures
that promote a low-fat diet.
Much research on the nutritional and medicinal benefits on coconut oil has surfaced
in recent years. Much of that research has been done by Dr. Mary Enig. Dr. Enig
has classified coconuts as a "functional food," which provides health benefits
over and beyond the basic nutrients. She has specifically identified lauric acid
as a key ingredient in coconut products:
50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium
chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed
into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial,
and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated
viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria
including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as
giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the
free lauric acid."
As a "functional food," coconut oil is now being recognized by the medical community
as a powerful tool against immune diseases. Several studies have been done on
its effectiveness, and much research is currently being done on the incredible
nutritional value of pure coconut oil. Please browse the links page to read about
these studies. To add pure virgin coconut oil to your diet, you can purchase the
Tropical Traditions brand made in the Philippines.
like to say that I have been on Virgin Coconut Oil for the past 2 months (4 tablespoons
daily) and feel better than I have in a long time! My energy levels are up & my
weight is down. I am never hungry anymore, & have incorporated a daily exercise
routine & have lost 20 pounds. Paula (The Coconut Diet Forums)
The above quote is quite typical of what we are seeing from those who are switching
to Virgin Coconut Oil (VCNO) in place of less healthy oils in their diet. Many
people are reporting that consumption of VCNO is bringing about increased energy
levels, fewer cravings for carbs and sweets, and a more satisfied feeling of being
“full” after meals.
Since beginning to use Tropical Traditions Virgin coconut oil, about 8 months
ago, I have: experienced a noticeable increase in my energy, rid myself of cravings
for carbs, cleared up my complexion (which has always been a problem) gotten the
silkiest, most glorious hair from using it internally AND lost 16 pounds. This
oil does all that it promises, and more! Sharon Elaine, author
So how does Virgin Coconut Oil provide these weight loss benefits?
Diets Don’t Work
Before looking at the specific properties of coconut oil, it is helpful to understand
that modern nutrition counsel has made a huge mistake in teaching that low-fat
diets are healthy and lead to weight loss. For decades now we have been told to
cut back on fat in our diet if we want to lose weight. Marketers of low-fat foods
have championed this concept. So what has been the result? According to the US
Center for Disease Control:
In 1999–2000, an estimated 30% of U.S adults aged 20 years and older — nearly
59 million people — were obese, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2000
In 1999–2000, an estimated 64% of U.S adults aged 20 years and older were either
overweight or obese, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more.
Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2000
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson states: “We’ve seen virtually
a doubling in the number of obese persons over the past two decades and this has
profound health implications. Obesity increases a person’s risk for a number of
serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure,
and some types of cancer.”1
Obviously, low-fat diets have not helped Americans lose weight, as today nearly
two thirds of all adults in the US are classified as overweight. We’ve been told
for years that we should avoid fat as much as possible. Some people have been
on a torturous low-fat regimen, trying to avoid all fat in their diet. Now we
are learning about the dangers of low-fat diets. Certain fats are necessary and
even healthy, but which ones?
Fats have always been a part of human nutrition. Rex Russell, M.D. writes: “It
was 1944, and World War II was roaring. A young mother was wasting away with an
infection diagnosed as tuberculosis. Antibiotics were unavailable. Her doctor
prescribed (1) isolation, (2) bed rest, (3) exercise (eventually) and (4) a diet
high in fat. Surprising, but true! High-fat diets were often recommended by the
medical profession during those years. Before you scoff, you might want to know
that this lady recovered. She is my mother, and she has stayed on this diet through
the years. Presently she is enjoying her great-grandchildren”2 So while the experts
claimed “fats are good” prior to World War II, now we hear just the opposite.
So what actually
constituted a “high-fat” diet back in the 1800s until the 1940s? Basically butter,
eggs, nuts and animal fats such as lard and beef tallow. Margarines, which were
introduced in the 1860s, were butter substitutes made with animal fats such as
lard and tallow or the saturated vegetable oils from coconut oil and palm oils.
These high-fat diets, considered then to be healthy, were rich in saturated fats,
today seen by many as the worst possible fat one can consume. However, drastically
reducing saturated fats from the modern diet has not solved any health problems,
and statistics show that obesity rates are at an all-time high. The low-fat advice
is losing credibility.
Fats and oils are technically known as “lipids.” If a lipid is liquid at room
temperature, it is called an “oil.” If it is solid, it is called a “fat.” Fats
can be found in many food sources in nature: animal meats (such as tallow and
lard), marine animals (fish oil), vegetables and fruits (such as olives, avocados,
coconuts, etc.), nuts and seeds/legumes (soybeans, sesame seeds, peanuts, cashews,
grape seeds, etc.), and whole grains (wheat, rice, etc. – must contain the bran
and all components to benefit from all the oils present). A diet rich in natural
foods will be a naturally high- fat diet! It is virtually impossible to eliminate
fats from our diet. And we wouldn’t want to! Fats are an essential part of life.
Without them, we could not survive.
Four vitamins—A. D, E, and K—are soluble in fat; fat carries fat-soluble vitamins.
When fat is removed from a food, many of the fat-soluble compounds are also removed.
adds satiety to our meal—a feeling of having had enough to eat. Fat-free and low-fat
foods are one of the reasons some people over-eat carbohydrates, which really
packs on the pounds. They just don’t feel like they’ve had enough to eat, even
when the volume has been more than enough.
I have been taking a tablespoon of coconut oil three times daily with meals. Taking
the oil with my meals seems to give me a “full feeling” a lot faster. My sweet
tooth has practically vanished—and this is from someone who should have bought
stock in Hershey's long ago! Ironically, facilitating weight loss was my main
reason for trying the coconut oil diet, but with all the wonderful benefits I
am experiencing, the weight loss aspect almost seems like an afterthought. About
three days into the routine, I had an energy rush on a Saturday morning that kept
me going until well after lunch. I can’t believe how much I got done that day!
My mental state of mind seemed to be much sharper. I was able to focus on the
tasks at hand without getting sidetracked. I was not exhausted at the end of running
my errands, which included traipsing around a huge mall. It seemed like I was
practically running, rather than the leisurely walking that was formerly my habit.
In addition to my energy level, my mood has been very stable—no up and down mood
swings—even with the onset of PMS! My husband commented yesterday on how soft
and silky my skin felt, and I have not used any lotion since I started taking
the oil. Theresa (The Coconut Diet Forums)
for Animal Feeds
One interesting way to study the role of fats and their affect on weight loss
or weight gain is to study the animal feed industry. If ever there was a group
of people with economic interest in weight gain, it is the livestock industry.
Back in the
days when fat was “in,” the fatter the pig you could raise the better. Lard was
a basic staple for cooking in the days of our forefathers. It was found that feeding
pigs polyunsaturated fats (primarily soybean and corn oil) would put more fat
on them. This is the reaction of the longer chain fatty acids found in vegetable
oils, and is well documented in the scientific literature.
Today however, we’ve come full circle with our new low-fat mantra, and the consumer
demand is now for low-fat meats. So how does one produce a leaner pork? Well according
the Department of Animal Science of North Carolina State University, during the
“finishing time” before slaughter, you stop feeding them polyunsaturated oils
and start feeding them saturated fats.3 They used beef tallow in their experiment,
which they found was a bit hard for the pigs to digest. So some farmers are now
actually starting to use coconut oil, a plant-based saturated fat, instead.
So what are the fats found on the shelves of grocery stores today, that make up
the majority of the US diet? Polyunsaturated fats: mostly soybean oil, which commonly
is referred to as vegetable oil. These are the same fats that have been known
to fatten livestock in the animal feed business. The saturated fats, which made
up most of the fats in the diet of our forefathers, have been almost banned by
modern nutrition advice. The result: lean pigs and obese people!!
Diets: Half the Story
Gary Taubes wrote a startling article in the New York Times in 2002 titled “What
If it Were All a Big Fat Lie!” In it he stated:
The cause of obesity [is] precisely those refined carbohydrates at the base of
the famous Food Guide Pyramid -- the pasta, rice and bread -- that we are told
should be the staple of our healthy low-fat diet, and then add on the sugar or
corn syrup in the soft drinks, fruit juices and sports drinks that we have taken
to consuming in quantity if for no other reason than that they are fat free and
so appear intrinsically healthy. While the low-fat-is-good-health dogma represents
reality as we have come to know it, and the government has spent hundreds of millions
of dollars in research trying to prove its worth, the low-carbohydrate message
has been relegated to the realm of unscientific fantasy.
Over the past five years, however, there has been a subtle shift in the scientific
consensus. It used to be that even considering the possibility of the alternative
hypothesis, let alone researching it, was tantamount to quackery by association.
Now a small but growing minority of establishment researchers have come to take
seriously what the low-carb-diet doctors have been saying all along. Walter Willett,
chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health,
may be the most visible proponent of testing this heretic hypothesis. Willett
is the de facto spokesman of the longest-running, most comprehensive diet and
health studies ever performed, which have already cost upward of $100 million
and include data on nearly 300,000 individuals. Those data, says Willett, clearly
contradict the low-fat-is-good-health message ''and the idea that all fat is bad
for you; the exclusive focus on adverse effects of fat may have contributed to
the obesity epidemic.''4
This started the current low-carb tidal wave because people generally have found
that it is true: if you cut out refined carbohydrates you will lose weight.
But while these new low-carb diets are now challenging the low-fat hypothesis,
there still seems to be mass confusion as to which fats and oils are actually
healthy, and which ones are not. And no wonder. Probably no other food group has
been politicized more in American nutrition than fats. With all the books and
literature written on the subject, and each one practically contradicting each
other, there is really only one book written by a lipid expert with no commercial
ties to anyone in the edible oil industry. That book is “Know Your Fats: The Complete
Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol” by Dr.
Mary Enig, a nutritionist/biochemist with her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from
the University of Maryland. Much of her work is featured in the Weston Price Foundation
that studies traditional foods.
Let’s face it. The low-fat dietary dictum is a multi-billion dollar industry built
upon a foundation of sinking sand. Not only does the scientific research show
that the polyunsaturated vegetable oils promote weight gain, it also shows that
they are not good as an animal feed either. While they do promote weight gain
in livestock, they do so at the expense of another essential fatty acid: conjugated
linoleic acid (CLA).
is found primarily in beef and dairy products, and cannot be produced in the human
body. Research has shown that animals grazed strictly on grass, their natural
diet, can have levels of CLA hundreds of times higher than animals raised on grain
feeds. Also, in a study done by the Department of Animal Science at Southern Illinois
University in 2003, it was found that beef finished off on soybean oil directly
reduced the amount of CLA produced by ruminant animals.5 What are the known benefits
of CLA, now that we have almost lost it from our meat and dairy sources? Among
its benefits are: it destroys cancer cells, it reduces tumors, and it promotes
weight loss while increasing muscle growth.
So while many people are seeing weight loss on low-carb diets because they are
cutting back on refined carbohydrates, many do not see weight loss because they
are still lacking proper fats in their diet, and most of the popular low-carb
diets are giving mixed messages about which fats are healthy and which ones are
not. If you choose the wrong fat and consume large quantities of it, such as hydrogenated
polyunsaturated fats full of trans fatty acids, not only will you not have much
success in losing weight, you will probably develop a whole host of other health
When a dietary philosophy has been promoted as long as the current low-fat dogma
has, and a multi-billion dollar industry feeds off it, we can expect it to die
a slow death with much opposition, as America gets fatter and fatter because the
popular media continues to propagate the low-fat myth. It is amazing to read new
studies conducted that start with this myth as fact, and then construct their
whole study to support it, never once questioning the “wisdom” behind the myth
that is just accepted without question as fact.
In a study published by British Journal of Nutrition, entitled “Effects of including
a ruminally protected lipid supplement in the diet on the fatty acid composition
of beef muscle,” the abstract begins like this: “Enhancing the polyunsaturated
fatty acid (PUFA) and decreasing the saturated fatty acid content of beef is an
important target in terms of improving the nutritional value of this food for
the consumer.” With this “truth” declared without any supporting evidence whatsoever,
it goes on to show how one can increase the PUFA content of beef while decreasing
the saturated fat content by feeding cows soybean, linseed and sunflower-seed
oils.6 And because this entire generation has been brainwashed into believing
saturated fats are bad and polyunsaturated fats are good, this is seen as positive!
it gets even worse. Have you noticed all the news lately about the epidemic of
obesity among children? A study was published in 2003 by the Journal of the American
Diet Association entitled “Soy-enhanced lunch acceptance by preschoolers.” The
objective: “To evaluate acceptance of soy-enhanced compared with traditional menus
by preschool children. Soy- enhanced foods were substituted on a traditional cycle
menu, and the amount eaten, energy, and nutrient values for traditional and soy-enhanced
lunches were compared.”
conclusion? “Soy- enhanced foods were successfully substituted for 23 traditional
foods included in the cycle menus. Soy-enhanced foods tended to be higher in energy,
protein, and iron. Traditional lunches tended to be higher in fat, saturated fat,
and vitamin A.” Therefore “Preschool programs can substitute soy-enhanced for
traditional foods, which will add variety to the diet without sacrificing taste,
energy, or nutrient value.”6 Great! So since we start with the presupposition
that saturated fats are bad and polyunsaturated fats are good, we can now design
a study to “prove” we should be feeding preschoolers soy instead of “traditional
foods.” And people continue to ask why children are so overweight today….. Other
concerns about soy and children are not even addressed in this study, such as
how large amounts of plant hormones (phyto-estrogens) in soy are equal to adult
levels and can cause severe damage to the endocrine system of children.7
Fats are Best
So while we wait for the science to catch up with the truth, here is a better
idea. Let’s go back and eat the traditional fats our forefathers and other traditional
societies have eaten for hundreds and even thousands of years, and were known
to be healthy. These fats are rich in saturated fats, and include healthy traditionally
raised meat, dairy, and eggs. In tropical climates it includes coconut oil and
palm oil. Coconut oil is unique in nature with medium chain fatty acids that are
also found in human breast milk, with volumes of research showing that it leads
to greater metabolism and weight loss.
Researchers now know that weight loss associated with coconut oil is related to
the length of the fatty acid chains contained in coconut oil. Coconut oil contains
what are called medium chain fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs
for short). These medium chain fatty acids are different from the common longer
chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils. Most vegetable oils are composed
of longer chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (LCTs). LCTs are typically stored
in the body as fat, while MCTs are burned for energy. MCTs burn up quickly in
the body. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCTs that increase metabolic
rates and lead to weight loss. MCTs promote what is called thermogenesis. Thermogenesis
increases the body's metabolism, producing energy. People in the animal feed business
have known this truth for quite some time. If you feed animals vegetable oils,
they put on weight and produce more fatty meat. If you feed them coconut oil,
they will be very lean.
There are many studies proving this concept of thermogenesis and MCTs in the scientific
literature. In 1989 a study was done in the Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt
University, at Nashville TN. Ten male volunteers (ages 22 to 44) were overfed
(150% of estimated energy requirement) liquid formula diets containing 40% of
fat as either MCT or LCT. Each patient was studied for one week on each diet in
a double-blind, crossover design. The results: "Our results demonstrate that excess
dietary energy as MCT stimulates thermogenesis to a greater degree than does excess
energy as LCT. This increased energy expenditure, most likely due to lipogenesis
in the liver, provides evidence that excess energy derived from MCT is stored
with a lesser efficiency than is excess energy derived from dietary LCT."8
In another study recently conducted at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition,
McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada, the effects of diets
rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) or long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) on
body composition, energy expenditure, substrate oxidation, subjective appetite,
and ad libitum energy intake in overweight men was studied. Twenty-four healthy,
overweight men with body mass indexes between 25 and 31 kg/m(2) consumed diets
rich in MCT or LCT for 28 days each in a crossover randomized controlled trial.
Their conclusion: “Consumption of a diet rich in MCTs results in greater loss
of AT compared with LCTs, perhaps due to increased energy expenditure and fat
oxidation observed with MCT intake. Thus, MCTs may be considered as agents that
aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss.”9
Another benefit of coconut consumption is it helps me control my blood sugar levels.
Have you ever eaten any carb intensive food and had a sugar crash? Try eating
some coconut oil along with the carb and it may prevent the sugar crash or at
least mitigate them. I try to keep my blood sugar level steady all day and so
have a nice level energy all day, and not ups and downs all day long. I use to
always be a little chubby. (wonder why?) Eating coconut does help control the
chubbiness. So the direct health benefits that I have experienced from coconut
oil consumption is: increased thyroid function and the blessings that brings;
eliminate yeast infections; and, it also helps me control blood sugar levels.
I am sure the increased thyroid function and controlling the blood sugar accounts
for not being chubby anymore and the stuff tastes good in food. – Phyllis (The
Coconut Diet Forums)
Studies on the Weight-Loss Effects of Coconut Oil's MCTs
Scientific studies have reported that the fatty acids from MCTs in coconut oil
are not easily converted into stored triglycerides, and that MCTs cannot be readily
used by the body to make larger fat molecules. One animal feeding study evaluated
body weight and fat storage for three different diets--low-fat diet, high-fat
diet containing long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), and a high-fat diet containing
MCTs. All animals were fed the selected diets for a period of 44 days. At the
end of that time, the low-fat diet group had stored an average of 0.47 grams of
fat per day; the LCT group stored 0.48 grams/day, while the MCT group deposited
only 0.19 grams of fat per day, a 60% reduction in the amount of fat stored. The
authors conclude that "the change from a low-fat diet to a MCT-diet is attended
by a decrease in the body weight gain.”10
This study points out two important facts: First, when MCTs are substituted for
LCTs in the diet, the body is much less inclined to store fat. Second, when we
eat sensibly, a diet containing MCTs is more effective than a low-fat diet at
decreasing stored fat.
In a human study, researchers compared the metabolic effects of 400-calorie meals
of MCTs and LCTs by measuring metabolic rates prior to and six hours following
the test meals. The results showed that the MCT-containing meals caused an average
12 percent increase in basal metabolic rate as compared with a 4 percent increase
with the LCT-containing meal. The authors concluded that replacing dietary fats
with MCTs could "over long periods of time produce weight loss even in the absence
of reduced [caloric] intake."11
Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCTs. Not only do MCTs raise the body’s
metabolism leading to weight loss, but they have special health-giving properties
as well. The most predominant MCT in coconut oil, for example, is lauric acid.
Lipid researcher Dr. Jon Kabara states “Never before in the history of man is
it so important to emphasize the value of Lauric Oils. The medium-chain fats in
coconut oil are similar to fats in mother’s milk and have similar nutriceutical
effects. These health effects were recognized centuries ago in Ayurvedic medicine.
Modern research has now found a common link between these two natural health products----
their fat or lipid content. The medium chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found
primarily in coconut oil and mother’s milk have miraculous healing power.”12 Outside
of a human mother’s breast milk, coconut oil is nature’s most abundant source
of lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids.
I've been over 100lbs overweight for 5 years. I struggled with ear and sinus infections,
headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure (never been diagnosed). Everything in
life seemed like work. I was miserable emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Well I've been consuming about 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil per day and I feel
amazing! I get a slight cold, but never get the secondary infection and beat the
fever in 24 hours! I sleep better and wake up with a smile on my face. I'm more
flexible. And I feel more at peace with my body.
spiritual life has improved and I am ready to pursue my dream of being a Christian
Counselor. This has marked a pivotal change in my entire life including my marriage.
This may sound silly. But I gained weight subconsciously because I didn't want
to be noticed by men. And by eating better I have allowed myself to be freed from
this bondage. I don't know how much I've lost, and choose not to watch the scales.
But my clothes fit better, my muscles are stronger and people have noticed the
loss. And now, with coconut oil, I actually have hunger pains. Our society is
so focused on lowering the appetite, but a healthy appetite is good! I'm now satisfied
with less food and not bound by sugar imbalance hunger. Bridgette (The Coconut
Over the past 18 months I've lost 107 pounds, going from 316 to 209 and from 52
to 36 pants (19 pounds to go). I lost the weight following a low carb, no sugar
or grain, high saturated fat and high protein diet and eliminating ALL soy products
and ALL polyunsatured vegetable oils. I used about 2 or 3T of Virgin Coconut Oil
daily. Chuck (The Coconut Diet Forums)
coconut oil reduce the viral load of HIV-AIDS patients? "Initial trials have confirmed
that coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can beneficially reduce the
viral load of HIV patients", University of the Philippines' Emeritus professor
of pharmocology Dr. Conrato S. Dayrit said.
A minimum of 50 ml of coconut oil would contain 20 to 25 grams of lauric acid,
which indicates that the oil is metabolized in the body to release monolaurin
which is an antibiotic and an anti-viral agent. Among the saturated fatty acids,
lauric acid has the maximum anti-viral activity, he said. Based on this research,
the first clinical trial using monolaurin as monotherapy on some of the HIV patients
was conducted recently. Dr. Dayrit's conclusions after the study: "This initial
trial confirmed the anecdotal reports that coconut oil does have an anti-viral
effect and can beneficially reduce the viral load of HIV patients. The positive
anti-viral action was seen not only with the monoglyceride of lauric acid but
with coconut oil itself. This indicates that coconut oil is metabolized to monoglyceride
forms of C-8, C-10, C- 12 to which it must owe its anti-pathogenic activity."
results of Dr. Dayrit's study can be found here in PDF format.
On July 19, 1995, Dr. Mary Enig, noted biochemist and nutritionist, was quoted
in an article published in The HINDU, India's National Newspaper as stating that
coconut oil is converted by the body into "Monolaurin" a fatty acid with anti-viral
properties that might be useful in the treatment of AIDS. The staff reporter for
The HINDU wrote about Enig's presentation at a press conference in Kochi and wrote
was an instance in the US in which an infant tested HIV positive had become HIV
negative. That it was fed with an infant formula with a high coconut oil content
gains significance in this context and at present an effort was on to find out
how the 'viral load' of an HIV infected baby came down when fed a diet that helped
in the generation of Monolaurin in the body."
The reporter commented on Enig's observations that "Monolaurin helped in inactivating
other viruses such as measles, herpes, vesicular stomatitis and Cytomegalovirus
(CMV) and that research undertaken so far on coconut oil also indicated that it
offered a certain measure of protection against cancer-inducing substances."
Enig stated in an article published in the Indian Coconut Journal, Sept. 1995
that Monolaurin, of which the precursor is lauric acid, disrupted the lipid membranes
of envelope viruses and also inactivated bacteria, yeast and fungi. She wrote:
"Of the saturated fatty acids, lauric acid has greater anti-viral activity than
either caprylic acid (C-10) or myristic acid (C-14). The action attributed to
Monolaurin is that of solubilizing the lipids ..in the envelope of the virus causing
the disintegration of the virus envelope."
Dr. Mary Enig has also written a book entitled "Nutrients and Foods in AIDS,"
and one of the chapters is published on her website here.
In a July 1997 newsletter entitled "Keep Hope Alive" an interview with Chris Dafoe
was recorded. Chris Dafoe of Cloverdale, IN who, based on his lab numbers, thought
the end was near in September, 1996. His HIV viral load was over 600,000, CD4
count was 10 and CD8 at 300. He prepaid his funeral and decided to take his last
vacation in the jungles of South America with an Indian tribe in the Republic
of Surinam. Around October 14, 1996, he began eating daily a dish of cooked coconut
which was prepared by the local Indians. By Dec. 27th, 1996, a mere 2 and 1/2
months later, his viral load was at non-detectable levels and he had gained 32
lbs and was feeling great. He had some other people he knew with HIV try using
coconuts in their diet, and they experienced the same results. The entire interview
is recorded here.
Recently the PATA International-Potato and Products Aid Alliance To Africa committed
to purchase and send several hundred container loads of Tropical Traditions Virgin
Coconut Oil to Africa for distribution among HIV - AIDS sufferers. They state:
the modern day Black Plague. Millions have all ready died from this disease, leaving
behind millions of orphans. Millions more will follow in death, unless a low cost
way of controlling this illness is found quickly.
Several long term world studies sponsored by various health organizations have
found that the high content of lauric acid in unrefined coconut oil can prolong
the lives of AIDS patients by dissolving the covering of the virus itself. This
same action has been found effective against other infectious, tropical based
diseases as well."
If the results from the smaller studies duplicate themselves in the clinics in
Africa, PATA intends to extend the distribution of Virgin Coconut oil in Africa.
Traditions unrefined Virgin Coconut oil can be ordered here.
are two general groups of parasites. One consists of worms such as tape worms
and roundworms. The second category is the protozoa, one-celled organisms. Parasites
infect the intestines of both humans and animals and can cause a great deal of
intestinal distress. We often associate parasites with Third World countries and
poor sanitation, but parasites are a problem everywhere, even in North America.
In countries where sanitation is a priority people mistakenly assume that no problem
exists and they don't need to worry. Parasites are everywhere, waiting for the
opportunity to latch onto an unsuspecting host. Backpackers have long been aware
of the danger of drinking water from streams and lakes. Open water even in the
backcounty is often contaminated with parasites waiting for a host.
Bert Thomas, a 45-year-old geologist, was a wilderness enthusiast. He loved hiking,
rock climbing and mountain biking and was an excellent athlete. In the spring
of 1994 he took his three children and went backpacking in the Wyoming wilderness.
Always mindful about the dangers of drinking surface water, even in a seemingly
pristine wilderness, he made sure to boil or filter every drop of water they drank.
On his return
home he began to experience bouts with diarrhea and became increasingly fatigued.
He lost all energy and stopped participating in the outdoor sports that had become
a regular part of his life. He began to lose weight, suffer from dizzy spells,
and became short of breath. Doctors were unable to find a cause for his problems.
Because the illness began soon after his return home from Wyoming, a stool sample
was tested for parasites. The tests came back negative.
the next six months in an attempt to find the cause of his illness he was treated
for ulcers, had blood tests, abdominal scans, and X rays. Symptoms became worse.
He began having blackouts and heart palpitations and was hospitalized. Monitoring
his heart revealed a serious abnormality called arrhythmia. It was assumed this
was the cause of his dizzy spells and blackouts. He was given medication to control
the arrhythmia but after a while stopped taking it because of the side effects.
Despite the negative tests from the stool specimen, his doctor gave him medication
to treat giardia because there was little else they could do.
He felt dramatic relief of the diarrhea and regained much of his former energy.
As Bert found out, a common problem with tests for parasites is that they are
often wrong. A negative reading doesn't necessarily mean there are no parasites
His heart palpitations and dizziness continued and seemed to become aggravated
when he attempted to exercise. He went to another doctor, an expert in intestinal
disease, who recognized the symptoms immediately as giardiasis. Another stool
test was performed to make sure that the giardia has been eradicated. It was.
parasites may have been removed, the damage done by them wasn't. Intestinal permeability
tests showed Bert was having trouble absorbing nutrients and was suffering from
a mineral deficiency. He was given a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.
Within a month Bert reported a 90 percent reduction in heart palpitations and
dizziness and was able to resume his favorite sports. It took nine months on high
doses of supplements for his body to recover completely from the damage caused
by the giardia infection.
It was assumed that Bert became infected with giardia while he was in the wilderness,
but that may not be so. Tap water can also be a source of contamination. The water
treatment process doesn't remove all contaminants and parasites. Single-celled
organisms such as cryptosporidium and giardia are particularly troublesome because
they can often slip through water purification treatment unharmed. Since these
organisms are protected by a tough outer coat, the chlorine added to municipal
water supplies to kill germs has little effect on them. Because of their small
size, very fine filters are needed to trap them, and complete elimination of these
parasites from tap water isn't possible.
regulations are designed to reduce, but not necessarily eliminate, parasite contamination;
so even water systems that meet government standards may not be free of parasites.
Water supplies must be constantly monitored to detect levels above acceptable
limits, even then there exists the potential for giardia infection. The most susceptible
are those who have a weak immune system incapable of mounting an effective defense
against the organism. This is seen mostly in the very young and the elderly and
those affected with other immune-suppressing illnesses such as AIDS.
Giardia and cryptosporidium normally live in the digestive tracts of many mammals.
Public water supplies can become infected with these organisms when they are contaminated
by sewage or animal waste. Although you may not hear about it, outbreaks occur
all the time, usually in smaller cities and occasionally in large metropolitan
areas. In 1998 the three million residents of Sydney, Australia were advised by
the Health Department to boil all their tap water because high concentrations
of giardia and cryptosporidium were detected in the city's water supply. In this
instance most people were spared from infection because they were warned in time.
is an embarrassment to the water department of any city and sometimes officials
are unwilling to admit that a problem exists until it's too late. This is apparently
what happened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1993. A breakdown in water sanitation
permitted cryptosporidium to contaminate the city's drinking water for a week.
As a result, a hundred people died and 400,000 suffered stomach cramps, diarrhea,
and fever that are characterized by the parasite. Recent outbreaks have occurred
in several cities in California, Colorado, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, and
Massachusetts to name just a few.
Cryptosporidium is believed to be in 65 to 97 percent of the nation's surface
waters (rivers, lakes, and streams), according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC). About half of our tap water comes from treated surface water.
Giardia is a much bigger problem. It is commonly found in the pretreated water
system used by some 40 million Americans and has caused epidemics in several small
ranks among the top 20 infectious diseases that cause the greatest morbidity in
Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is the most common parasite diagnosed in North
America. The CDC estimates that two million Americans contract giardiasis every
can live in a variety of water sources: streams, ponds, puddles, tap water, and
swimming pools. Infection is spread by contact with an infected source. You don't
have to drink contaminated water to become infected. Giardiasis can spread by
sexual contact, poor personal hygiene, hand- to-mouth contact, and from food handlers
who don't wash their hands thoroughly. If hands are exposed to contaminated water,
animals, people, or feces (e.g., litter boxes, diapers) it could spread to you.
Shoes can come in contact with animal droppings and bring it inside the home.
Veterinary studies have shown that up to 13 percent of dogs are infected. Any
pet can become a source of infection for humans although they may not show signs
Infection can come from the most unsuspected sources. One family get-together
proved this point. A few days after a party 25 people who attended reported gastrointestinal
distress. They were all found to be infected with giardia. On investigation, suspicion
fell on the fruit salad. It was discovered that the salad became infected by the
food preparer who hadn't properly washed her hands. She had a diapered child and
a pet rabbit at home both of which tested positive to giardia.
A study at Johns Hopkins Medical School a few years ago showed antibodies against
giardia in 20 percent of randomly chosen blood samples from patients in the hospital.
This means that at least 20 percent of these patients had been infected with giardia
at some time in their lives and had mounted an immune response against the parasite.
rampant in day-care centers. A study in 1983 showed 46 percent of those who were
infected were associated with day-care centers or had contact with diaper-age
children. It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of workers in day-care centers
harbor giardia.2 In a study done in Denver, Colorado with 236 children attending
day-care centers, it was found that 38 (16%) were infected.3
Symptoms of infection are similar to those of the flu and often misdiagnosed.
We don't usually think of parasites when be feel "under the weather." I wonder
how many times when the "flu" goes around that the real cause is parasites in
the water supply? Symptoms vary. In acute cases symptoms are usually most severe
and can include any of the following listed in order of prevalence:
malaise (a sense of ill being)
greasy, foul-smelling stools
Infection can persist for weeks or months if left untreated. Some people undergo
a more chronic phase that can last for many months. Chronic cases are characterized
by loose stools and increased abdominal gassiness with cramping, depression, fatigue
and weight loss. Some people may have some symptoms and not others while some
may not have any symptoms at all.
Giardiasis can be mistaken for a number of other conditions including the flu,
irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many people
are diagnosed and treated for these other conditions without finding relief.
Even if giardia is diagnosed and treated, it can damage the intestinal lining
causing chronic health problems that persist for years after the parasite is gone.
Food allergies, including lactose (milk) intolerance can develop. Damaged intestinal
tissues become leaky. This is often referred to as leaky gut syndrome. Toxins,
bacteria, and incompletely digested foods are able to pass through the intestinal
wall into the bloodstream, initiating an immune response. Sinus congestion, aches
and pains, headaches, swelling, and inflammation—all typical symptoms of allergies—are
Loss of intestinal integrity can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort known as
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Leo Galland, an expert in gastrointestinal
disease, demonstrated that out of a group of 200 patients with chronic diarrhea,
constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating, half of them were infected with giardia.
Most of these patients had been told they had irritable bowel syndrome. He notes
that parasitic infection is a common event among patients with chronic gastrointestinal
symptoms and many people are given a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome without
a thorough evaluation.
Another consequence of poor intestinal integrity is fatigue resulting from malabsorption
of important nutrients. If the condition persists it can lead to chronic fatigue
syndrome. A giardia infection can be so draining on the immune system that it
causes fatigue. Again the cause is often misdiagnosed. A giardia epidemic in Placerville,
California, for example, was mysteriously followed by an epidemic of chronic fatigue
syndrome. In 1991 Dr. Galland and colleagues published a study of 96 patients
with chronic fatigue and demonstrated active giardia infection in 46 percent.
In another study of 218 patients whose chief complaint was chronic fatigue, Dr.
Galland found that 61 patients were infected with giardia.4 His conclusion is
that giardia may be an important cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Coconut oil may provide an effective defense against many troublesome parasites
including giardia. Like bacteria and fungi, giardia can't stand up against MCFA
found in coconut oil. Research has confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA in destroying
giardia and possibly other protozoa.5,6,7 By using coconut oil and other coconut
products every day, you may be able to destroy giardia before it can establish
a toehold. In so doing you also eliminate the possibility of developing food allergies,
chronic fatigue, and other related symptoms. If you're currently troubled with
these conditions, coconut oil used liberally with meals may provide a source of
relief. Because MCFA are quickly absorbed by the tissues and converted into energy
it seems logical that those suffering from chronic fatigue would gain a great
deal of benefit. Foods prepared with coconut oil, or even fresh coconut make a
great energy booster.
Another possible use for coconut is for the removal of intestinal worms. In India
it has been used to get rid of tapeworms. In one study it was reported that treatment
with dried coconut, followed by magnesium sulfate (a laxative), caused ninety
percent parasite expulsion after twelve hours.8 The authors of some pet books
apparently have had success with coconut and recommend feeding animals ground
coconut as a means to expel intestinal parasites. In India coconut oil is rubbed
into the scalp as a treatment to remove head lice.
Tapeworms, lice, giardia, Candida, bacteria, viruses, and germs of all sorts can
be eliminated or at least held in check with coconut oil. For infections and intestinal
complaints it seems like coconut oil is one of the best natural medicines you
the Incredible Health
and Weight Loss Benefits
of the ”Coconut
Why should you be using coconut oil versus any other type of oil? Because
Help you lose weight, or maintain your already good weight
the risk of heart disease
Lower your cholesterol
in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue
Improve Crohn's, IBS, and other
Prevent other disease and routine illness with its powerful
antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents
Increase metabolism and promotes
healthy thyroid function
Boost your daily energy
Rejuvenate your skin
and prevent wrinkles
Coconut oil is now starting to get the respect it deserves as not only the healthiest
oil you can consume, even superior to olive oil which contains trans-fat, but
as one of the most nutritious of all foods.
Coconut Oil seems to be one of the most powerful of all oils when ingested. I
was watching the Larry King Show on CNN the other night. He was interviewing Dr.Weise.
They were talking about both types of major thyroid problems, over-active and
under-active. Both of which affect my family and my editorial staff. One had her
thyroid removed and swears by coconut oil. Her husband also joins her and swears
it gives him more energy. Her testimony is below.
Dr. Weise said that there has been a two year study that concluded that people
should use three teaspoons of Coconut Oil a day.
The Study showed that after doing this daily for one year the person that did
this had their Thyroid in a perfect balance and the people who were given a placebo,
(the thought they were taking the oil), Thyroid stayed the same or their condition
You can put the oil in a drink, a salad dressing or cook with it.
Author's Note: I have received more e-mail than ever on this particular subject
and all are saying we are right on and that they have found this to be very true.
I am just starting the regimen myself. -Dolen.
Bentley on Coconut Oil
I am by know means a expert on Coconut oil, but please let me tell you what it
has done for me. I am 45 years old. Married with 5 children and 1 grandchild.
age of 32 I had a total hysterectomy. It seemed like after that was over, I was
always sick. No energy what so ever. After going to countless doctors it was finally
determined that I had fibromayaliga, and lupus along with a cholesterol count
of 328. The doctors always tell you that there is nothing they can give you to
make you better, just deal with it. Except for the cholesterol they can medicate
I spent the 10 years trying everything under the sun to feel better. I was so
exhausted all the time that I had to quite my job of 15 years teacher school.
I just felt that life was hopeless.
Three years ago they told me that I had a tumor on my thyroid and that it had
to be removed immediately. They removed half of my thyroid. After the operation
I felt worst then before. I was in severe muscle pain all the time, could not
sleep, I felt as if my reaction time was slowed down. And most of the time my
head had this feeling, which is hard to explain, you are there but not really.
It is like you are in a fog. I was ready to give up, what else could happen.
April of 2003 I was still feeling the same. I woke up on morning and had this
lump the size egg protruding out of my neck. Back to the doctor. He said that
I had to have surgery the next day. I was devastated. I can home and cried to
my husband, I don’t want to do this!!!
I went in the next day everything went fine. They took out the total thyroid.
And the biopsy came back that it was borderline cancer. So I am so blessed that
we caught it!!!
After three days in the hospital, I came home, I though I cannot go through this
again. I feel terrible. I was on the Internet looking up thyroid cancer when I
can across the Coconut Oil. My husband was so excited that we called every store
in town that could handle it. We finally found it 75 miles away. So Bill went
and brought it home. I was very skeptical at first.
The first day I took 2 tablespoons and added it to my coffee in the morning. That
night I slept all night threw. The first time in about 15 years, and the next
morning I noticed that the pain was not a severe. So the next day I took 1 tablespoon
in the morning with coffee, and at lunchtime I put 2 tablespoons on toast with
peanut butter. After 3 days I could not believe the difference. I felt almost
good. I had not felt that good in18 year. I was so pleased.
The end of July I went to the doctor. I still have the fibromayaliga, and lupus,
but I am almost pain free. Except for little aches and pain that we all have.
My cholesterol was down to 214, which is great, since I went off of medicine in
April because of liver damage. After surgery I developed diabetes, I have been
able to control this with diet and the coconut oil, I believe. My doctor could
not believe his eyes when he saw me, nor the medical test that he had preformed.
He told me “Keep up with the Coconut Oil”. And that I have done.
I am doing fantastic, I feel good mentally and physically. Before Coconut oil,
I was taking 15 prescriptions a day. Now I just take vitamins, coconut oil, and
my synthyroid pill. I hope to stop taking that soon. But for now I am a little
scared to change things.
I know that it is an old saying: but Coconut Oil has given me back my life. I
am able to function mentally and physically now. I have all my family taking it.
My husband claims that it charges him up for the day. If you miss a serving you
do notice it.
Coconut oil has so many healing properties. I know for a fact that it clears up
skin infections. And not to change the subject, but we a Saint Bernard Dog “Dudley”
He would get such severe ear infections, over the past year we spent $425.00 just
in office visits and ear cleaning, and medicine. I place about ½ teaspoon of coconut
oil in Dudley’s ears twice a week. He has not had an ear infection since April.
So I have passed this tidbit of information on to the Dog Community.
If you are interested in knowing more about Coconut Oil. MabelWhite.com
will have a new e-book coming out August 15. It will be available in the download
section for subscribers. “Coconut Oil and its Healing Properties”. This e-book
will contain information about coconut oil, and how to use it. Along with recipes
for soap, lotions, balms, etc. Included will be recipes for cooking with coconut
oil and coconut products.
Sutton on Coconut Oil (Subscriber)
Just a note about your virgin coconut oil. I am following the Atkins diet and
1 tab. of the oil with each meal (use to sauté in or just put in some cottage
cheese) and you will absolutely not get hungry. It is almost 2pm before I realize
I've not had lunch. 45 lbs. so far. C.A. Sutton
Morris on Coconut Oil (Subscriber)
I've been finding some great personal uses for the coconut oil. The discussion
group mentioned using a thin film of it underarms...you know it is the best I've
used in the 'natural' realm; even better than my mineral stone. Also on a gum
or tooth sensitivity flare-up. I had a filling and the gum tissue was scraped,
almost immediately after allowing some of the virgin coconut oil on it, the pain/irritation
disappears. I'm sure that adding some oils etc to the 'recipe' would still work
as well and you would have some new additions for your monthly menus. Her name
is Maria Morris and she swears by eating a few teaspoons of coconut oil a day.
Found at: http://www.mabelwhite.com/CoconutOil.htm
FROM WEB SITE
Most animal and vegetable fats and oils are long-chain fatty acids. Coconut oil
and palm kernel oil are medium chain fatty acids, and so these fatty acids rarely
end up as body fat. Instead they are burned by the body for energy.
Coconut oil melts at 76ºF.
It is a good idea to eat some fats with each meal, because they make you feel
"sated" or "full" and help transport fat-soluble nutrients into the body. Healthy
saturated fats include coconut oil and organic butter (or ghee made from organic
butter). We emphasize "organic butter" because many pesticides are fat soluble
and become concentrated in butter and cheese.
It is good to eat three to four tablespoons of coconut oil daily. Coconut oil
may be the healthiest oil for cooking, followed closely by olive oil. Most cooking
oils break down at about 350°F. In general, it is better to cook longer at lower
temperatures so that oils used in cooking are not damaged. Butter and ghee are
also good for cooking.
From "Saturated Fats and the Kidneys" by Mary G. Enig, PhD. "the conversion of
the flax oil-type omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) to the fish oil-type
omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) is enhanced when the diet contains saturated
fat such as coconut oil. This conversion is hindered when there is extra omega-6
oils in the diet.4" 4. Gerster, Int J Vitam Nutr Res 1998;68:159
IS VIRGIN COCONUT OIL THE HEALTHIEST OIL ON EARTH?
Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor and the author of the book The Coconut Oil
Miracle, thinks so. Modern research seems to back up this bold statement. Once
wrongly accused of increasing cholesterol levels, coconut oil is now actually
being used by doctors in the treatment of a variety of disorders, including Candida,
Hypothyroidism, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and others. Studies show the medium
chain fatty acids, while having anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects, also speed
up metabolism and promote weight-loss.
The Coconut Oil Miracle (Previously published as The Healing Miracle of Coconut
Oil) (Paperback) by Bruce Fife, Jon J. Kabara "If you were to travel the world
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just returned from our trip. Thanks for posting your information. I'll need to
gather my thoughts tonight and then post tomorrow. Glad you got the coconut oil.
Someone mistakenly said on the hypothyroid thread here that coconut oil is high
is saturated fats and she was worried about that. We must start to learn very
quickly that there are good fats and bad fats. Oils such as corn, canola, soybean
and sunflower are NOT good oils as they are not assimilated properly in the body.
Oils such as palm, rice bran, coconut, olive and sesame are all great, easy to
assimilate and contribute to a multitude of healing benefits. I'm working with
a lupus patient right now who is thriving since she started copious amounts of
coconut oil and rice bran oil. Thinking more clearly, less agitated, symptoms
settling down, better looking skin, etc. Essential fatty acids such as the good
ones I mentioned are imperative to anyone wishing to live long and resist opportunistic
illness. We are being slowly (some would say rapidly) killed by the consumption
of trans fats and cheap cooking oils that do nothng but block our body's ability
to operate and our brain's ability to think and reason with clarity.
We now move on to Lupus considerations.
reason why this Lupus discussion is here is that coconut oil is a powerful help
with Lupus. Coconut oil boosts the immune system, and it frees the system up by
replacing the sludge producing modern oils. Lupus is a metabolism warping disease
which causes bone trouble and weight retention. Coconut oil helps decrease these
FROM A WEB SITE
This vital antioxidant plays a special biochemical role in the production of ATP,
the basic energy molecule of all cells. CoQl0 plays a crucial part in immune system
enhancement and anti- aging processes. Dr. Emile Bliznakov of the Lupus Research
Institute in Ridgefield, CT, showed that CoQI0 supplementation can double the
immune system’s abilitv to clear invading organisms from the blood; double antibody
levels; protect against chemically induced cancer; increase resistance to viral
infections; reduce the toxicity of immunosuppressive drugs used in cancer treatment;
and quench free radicals associated with arthritis and other chronic degenerative
diseases.(s) Not well-absorbed when taken in two-piece hard gelatin capsules or
tablets produced by standard methods, CoQI0 becomes more bioavailable when chewed
and swallowed with vitamin E, encouraging absorption through the lymphatic system.
Hundreds of scientific studies over the past four decades indicate that to increase
our chances of living longer in a healthier state, we must take aim at free radicals
and confront them head-on with an optimal barrage of antioxidant Studies indicate
that optimal protective amounts of some antioxidants, such as vitamin E and possibly
zinc, cannot be obtained solely through the diet. A diet high in antioxidant-rich
fruits and vegetables, as well as a wide selection of natural nutritional supplements,
are easily available for encouraging your optimal health.
Free radical pathology encompasses many disease states and degenerative conditions
including atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, various cancers, cataracts, macular
degeneration, arthritis, diabetes mellitus, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis,
lupus, Alzheimer's disease, asthma, sickle-cell anemia, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease),
Meniere's disease, some prostate problems, psoriasis, senility, diverticulitis,
tinnitis, memory loss, emphysema, cholesterol oxidation, immune dysfunction, high
blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic bronchitis, periodontal disease, stroke,
hypertriglyceridemia, vertigo, hearing loss due to reduced blood flow, abnormal
blood clotting, congestive heart failure, inflammation, autism, allergies, hemorrhoids,
AIDS and many others.
Are there any homeopathic medicines that are good for treating lupus?
(Published 9/3/96) Lupus is a serious autoimmune disease that is imperfectly managed
by conventional medicine. It can be mild or life threatening and may cause a variety
of symptoms, including arthritis, skin eruptions, neurological problems, and kidney
disease. Four times as many women as men have lupus, and there isn't much known
about its cause. Some think a viral infection may trigger immune-system dysfunction.
that conventional doctors use for lupus are immune-suppressive and toxic. They
may be necessary when symptoms are most severe, but they reduce the chance that
the disease will go into remission naturally.
Homeopathic medicine would not be my first choice to treat lupus. Instead, I've
seen very good results in lupus patients who modify their diet and use anti-inflammatory
supplements and herbs like blackcurrant oil, ginger, and turmeric - as well as
in patients who employ mind-body healing techniques, like hypnotherapy and guided
You also may want to experiment with Native American, Ayurvedic, or Chinese medicine.
I'd start by eating as little protein as possible and eliminating dairy. Try to
get lots of starches and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat sardines packed in sardine oil (without salt) three times a week, or take
supplemental flaxseed meal. These provide omega-3 fatty acids. Blackcurrant oil
is a natural source of another fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid, which is
an effective anti-inflammatory. Take 500 mgs twice a day. Take Feverfew (Tanacetum
parthenium), an anti-inflammatory herb, to help with any arthritis (one capsule
of the freeze-dried leaves twice a day for as long as you notice symptoms).
Exercise regularly. If you're hurting from arthritis, you can swim. Drink plenty
of water and get plenty of rest. Seek out ways to avoid stress and fatigue in
It's especially important not to stay with a conventional doctor who encourages
you to feel hopeless or negative. Lupus has a high potential to go naturally into
remission, and the attitude of your physician can be a powerful influence on your
ability to feel well. For insight into one woman's encounters with conventional
and alternative medicine in her efforts to manage this disease, read Laura Chester's
book "Lupus Novice: Towards Self-Healing" (Stations Hill Press, 1987).
Health, Natural Medicine online
Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
of the major autoimmune diseases, affecting young women mostly, lupus can be mild
or life threatening. It frequently causes arthritis that behaves like rheumatoid
arthritis, skin eruptions, and kidney disease that can result in hypertension.
The drugs that allopathic doctors use to treat lupus are suppressive and highly
toxic. They may be necessary for brief periods of crisis, but it is important
to hold them in reserve for times of need and to get off of them as soon as possible.
If you take them regularly, you will reduce the chance of having the lupus go
naturally into remission. Here are the recommendations I give patients with this
* Eat a very low protein diet, with lots of starches and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid milk and all milk products.
* Avoid all polyunsaturated oils. Use only
extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and fish oils as your only source of dietary
* Eat sardines packed in sardine oil three times a week; or take supplemental
* Take black currant oil, 500 milligrams twice a day.
If arthritis is a problem, take an herb called Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium).
Use only freeze- dried Feverfew leaves (available at most health-food stores)
and take one capsule twice a day. This has an anti-inflammatory effect, helpful
in cases of autoimmune arthritis. Use it as long as symptoms persist.
plenty of water (mouthful every 30 minutes).
* Get plenty of rest.
Do aerobic exercise regularly. Swim if arthritis is a problem.
* Do not stay
in treatment with any medical doctors who make you feel hopeless about your condition.
Lupus, like all autoimmune diseases, has a high potential to go into remission.
The suggestions of practitioners, for good or ill, can be powerful influences
on your state of health.
* Experiment with traditional Chinese medicine,
Ayurvedic medicine, Native American medicine, and other forms of unorthodox medicine,
* Use breathing exercises and work with other techniques
of relaxation and stress reduction.
* Use visualization and hypnotherapy
to increase the likelihood of remission.
* Read Lupus Novice: Towards Self-Healing
by Laura Chester (Barrytown, New York: Station Hill Press, 1987) for the story
of one woman's adventures with this disease and her encounters with regular and
Off an Immune System Attack
Most of the time your immune system is your best friend, fighting off invading
microbes and keeping you healthy. But in certain cases--in someone with lupus,
for example--the immune system gets confused about who the enemy is.
A painful and potentially life-threatening illness, lupus occurs when the immune
system turns renegade and attacks the body's own tissues, causing inflammation
and damage. Skin, kidneys, blood vessels, eyes, lungs, nerves, joints--just about
any part of the body can be involved.
At the same time, in severe cases the immune system sometimes shirks its normal
protective duties, making infections of all sorts more likely. "No one knows what
sets off the immune system in the first place, but a genetic tendency and exposure
to some sort of outside trigger, perhaps a virus, may be involved," explains Sheldon
Paul Blau, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at the State University of New
York at Stony Brook and co-author of Living with Lupus.
Lupus affects about 1 in 2,000 people, mostly women between puberty and menopause
(ages 13 and 48) and, more frequently, African-American women. Some get the more
common form of the disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects the entire
body. Another form of the disease, discoid lupus erythematosus, can cause disfiguring
skin problems. Both conditions can flare up, then subside.
Lupus may be treated with corticosteroid drugs, such as prednisone (Deltasone),
which reduce inflammation and suppress the immune response. "But most people newly
diagnosed with lupus don't need steroids," Dr. Blau says. "They may do well on
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or with some dietary changes."
important to see a doctor, preferably a rheumatologist (one who specializes in
arthritis and autoimmune diseases), for assessment and long-term follow-up, Dr.
Blau says. One good reason: People with lupus can develop inflammation in their
kidneys, blood vessels and other organs but have no obvious symptoms until damage
is severe. Your doctor can periodically check your kidneys with blood and urine
therapy for lupus involves correcting drug-induced deficiencies and eating a balanced
diet to help prevent heart disease. Women with lupus are much more likely than
normal to develop heart disease. People with kidney disease also need to follow
special protein restriction guidelines.
In addition, some doctors recommend so-called antioxidant nutrients that may help
reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease. "There's good evidence
that vitamins C and E can help prevent heart disease, and since that's such a
big risk, even in these young women, I feel these vitamins are essential," Dr.
Some doctors also recommend fish oil, which helps fight inflammation.
May Offer Protection
Inflammation produces unstable molecules called free radicals, which damage cells
by grabbing electrons from healthy molecules in a cell's outer membrane. Antioxidants
help stop a free radical free-for-all by generously offering up their own electrons.
doubt that inflammation produces free radicals. And lupus creates inflammation,
sometimes all over the body. Doctors who recommend vitamins C and E, the mineral
selenium and beta-carotene (the yellow pigment found in carrots, cantaloupe and
other orange and yellow fruits and vegetables) to people with lupus are hoping
that over time, these nutrients will help reduce the inflammation by mopping up
some of the free radicals.
of animals with lupus do show that these nutrients can help stop the damage from
inflammation," Dr. Blau says. "I give these nutrients to all of my patients, from
day one." He recommends a daily intake of 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, 1,000
international units of vitamin E, 25,000 international units of beta-carotene
and a supplement that includes 50 micrograms of selenium and 15 milligrams of
zinc, which is used by the body to produce a free radical dousing enzyme. Dr.
Blau urges all people with lupus to discuss any vitamin or mineral treatment with
In two studies, people with discoid lupus, a form of lupus typically characterized
by red, inflamed skin in a butterfly pattern on the nose and cheeks, who took
more than 300 international units of vitamin E daily (most took 900 to 1,600 international
units daily) saw clearing of their inflamed skin. And a British doctor reported
that large doses of beta-carotene (50 milligrams, or 83,000 international units,
three times daily) completely cleared up sun-induced skin rashes in three of his
patients with discoid lupus.
Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene are considered safe, even in fairly large amounts.
Both selenium and zinc have much smaller ranges of safety. It's best not to take
more than 100 micrograms of selenium or 15 milligrams of zinc a day without medical
supervision, experts say.
Fish Be Your Dish?
If you have lupus, you may have heard about the potential beneficial effects of
fish oil for this condition. Doctors sometimes suggest fatty fish for several
autoimmune diseases, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud's disease,
psoriasis and scleroderma. (Autoimmune diseases are the result of the immune system
turning on the body.) These conditions involve inflammation, or pain and swelling,
of the joints, skin and vital organs. But since they don't involve infection,
drugs such as antibiotics usually don't help.
oil apparently reduces inflammation by substituting for other fats when your body
makes inflammation-generating biochemicals," explains William Clark, M.D., professor
of medicine at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, and a leading
researcher of lupus and fish oil.
Your body normally makes two groups of potentially inflammatory biochemicals;
prostaglandins and leukotrienes, using whatever fats are available. If you eat
meats and eggs, your body uses a component of the fats found in these foods, arachidonic
acid, to make very potent forms of these biochemicals. (To a much lesser extent,
your body can also use corn oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil to make these
biochemicals.) If fish oil is abundant, however, your body uses it to produce
forms of prostaglandins and leukotrienes that are less likely to cause inflammation.
oil really help control the symptoms of lupus? "Studies of mice with lupus that
were fed large amounts of fish oil instead of other dietary fats show that these
diets do help reduce inflammation and improve kidney function and immunity," says
Richard Sperling, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
and a rheumatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "In the few studies
done so far with humans, however, results have been disappointing, with no clear
That doesn't mean that fish oil is a bust, however. It's possible that the people
in these studies got too little fish oil and too much of other fats, says Dr.
Sperling. It's also possible that they started the diet too late in the course
of their disease or were followed for too short of a time to see benefits, he
If you have lupus and want to try fish oil, your best bet may be to substitute
fatty fish (broiled or poached--not fried!) for meats and eggs, experts say. Amounts
as small as 6 grams a day may help reduce inflammation, but up to 15 to 18 grams
a day may be necessary for cardiovascular protection, Dr. Clark says. One fish
oil capsule contains only 300 milligrams (or 0.3 gram) of fish oil, so you'd still
have to take about 60 capsules a day (ugh!) to reach the 18-gram level.
One seven-ounce serving of mackerel, Pacific salmon or fresh albacore tuna offers
5 grams of omega-3's, about as much as you'd get in 16 capsules. (Omega-3 fatty
acids are the beneficial part of the oil found in fish and marine mammals.) The
same amount of Atlantic herring has 4.24 grams of omega-3's; canned anchovies,
4.1 grams; canned pink salmon, 3.38 grams; and bluffing tuna, about 3 grams.
Some doctors worry that combining fish oil with anti-inflammatory medicines such
as aspirin may prolong the amount of time it takes for blood to clot. But in one
study of people with rheumatoid arthritis who had been taking anti-inflammatory
drugs such as aspirin, there was no increase in bleeding time, Dr. Sperling says.
your eating habits can go a long way toward controlling the symptoms of lupus
and warding off heart problems and kidney damage, its worst side effects, says
Sheldon Paul Blau, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at the State University
of New York at Stony Brook and co- author of Living with Lupus.
Don't chew the fat. Saturated fat, that is. "Evidence that this fat contributes
to inflammation and may promote heart disease is a good reason to keep the fat
out of your diet as much as possible," Dr. Blau says. One way to do that: Stick
to small servings of lean meats and reduced-fat salad dressings and cheeses. Instead,
load up on whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Avoid alfalfa. According to Dr. Blau, alfalfa sprouts, tablets and tea all contain
an immune system stimulating compound called canavanine. In large amounts, this
compound can trigger immune problems, says Dr. Blau.
Only two cases have been reported of people whose symptoms flared in response
to alfalfa. One took 15 tablets a day for nine months; the other, 8 tablets a
day for more than two years. Since alfalfa could be a problem for people with
lupus, Dr. Blau recommends that his patients avoid it.
Stay away from cured meats and hot dogs. Both contain compounds that in large
amounts can aggravate symptoms in people with lupus, says Joseph McCune, M.D.,
associate professor of rheumatology at the University of Michigan Hospitals in
Take it easy on mushrooms and beans. They add flavor to any dish, but both contain
hydrazines and amines, compounds that in large amounts can aggravate symptoms
in people with lupus, says Dr. Blau.
Load up on garlic. Numerous studies show that garlic has a remarkable ability
to reduce blood cholesterol levels and help prevent the clotting of arteries.
Declining levels of DHEA may have just as much to do with the autoimmune disease
lupus as they do with growing old, reports the June 1998 issue of Seminars in
Arthritis and Rheumatism.
Lupus is characterized by immune changes akin to those associated with normal
aging. DHEA, short for dehydroepiandrosterone, is an adrenal hormone that drops
significantly with age. In addition to calming stress-induced hormonal reactions
such as inflammation--a symptom of lupus- -DHEA is also linked to immune function.
In one study,
animals given DHEA avoided some of the immune function disruptions caused by aging
and survived what are normally lethal infections. Previous research shows that
people with lupus have low DHEA levels, and now studies indicate DHEA may help
treat the disease.
In the first trial, 10 women with lupus received 200 mg DHEA daily for six months
and showed improvement. A controlled clinical trial followed, involving 28 women
with lupus who also received 200 mg DHEA or a placebo daily for three months.
The women who took DHEA felt better and were able to decrease their daily dose
of prednisone, a corticosteroid commonly prescribed for lupus.
The researcher suspects that low DHEA levels may be linked to the immune system
changes that characterize both lupus and aging and calls for further clinical
Word On Health Online" is a monthly column featuring readers' questions.
My mother has been diagnosed with lupus. Is it hereditary and what are some natural
ways to treat it?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakes its
own tissue as foreign and reacts against it. Lupus affects the skin, heart, kidneys
and brain and can be life threatening if it damages the kidneys permanently. The
cause of lupus isn't known. Theories suggest that toxic exposure or genetic factors
trigger the immune system to become aggressive. In its milder form, discoid lupus
erythematosis, lupus manifests mostly as a skin rash. The severe form, systemic
lupus erythematosis, may involve fever, arthritis, inflammatory rashes, kidney
damage, heart problems, and neurological problems including dementia.
Here are some natural treatments that might help. Check with your doctor to determine
if these therapies are right for you.
1. Lupus treatment usually begins with the digestive system because food can possibly
trigger immune responses. I often place people on a restrictive diet for three
weeks, removing foods that commonly cause allergic problems, then analyze the
results. These foods include dairy foods, wheat, yeast, citrus, sugar, caffeine
and various preservatives.
2. I also look at digestive function. Lab tests
can determine whether the digestive system breaks down foods properly and whether
an overgrowth of yeast or unfriendly bacteria, which can trigger immune responses,
is present in their digestive tract. I often recommend garlic, extracts of tannic
acid or grapefruit seed extract to suppress yeast. Acidophilus and digestive enzymes
replenish the digestive tract's beneficial bacteria, and herbal bitters stimulate
3. Because lupus is a disease involving inflammation, I recommend
anti-inflammatory substances such as omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil
capsules or omega-6 fatty acids in the form of blackcurrant, primrose oil or borage
oil. I also recommend high doses of vitamins B6 and C. B6 produces stress hormones,
thus helping the body cope with illness; vitamin C helps normalize immune function.
Pantothenic acid, a B vitamin, is useful in chronic stress situations including
4. Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is an adaptogen
that aids the adrenal glands' stress response, boosting the body's ability to
cope with chronic illness.
5. Ayurvedic boswellia cream can be rubbed on
skin to reduce joint inflammation.
6. Acupuncture eases arthritis symptoms.
7. The hormone DHEA can convert to stress hormones, helping the body handle
Have a doctor measure your body's DHEA levels before supplementing.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - CQ 10 ENZYME
Everyone is concerned about developing the number one killer, heart disease. Well
there is no need. A wonderful book written about COENZYME CQ 10, otherwise known
as CQ 10 will surprise you. CQ 10 enzyme not only protects the heart, but can
also reverse heart disease according to the research findings. It also cures gum
and teeth problems, boosts and balances the immune system and slows downs the
aging process dramatically. The book was written by Dr. Emile G. Bliznakov, President
and Research Director of the Lupus Research Institute. The Institute was doing
research on CQ 10 because many Lupus patients develop heart disease. What they
uncovered not only affected Lupus patients, but normal healthy people. CQ 10 is
produced by the body from other co-enzymes. However, as the body ages, less CQ
10 is manufactured. The research studies showed the heart, other vital organs
and the immune system need this crucial enzyme within cells because it gives cells
the energy to function properly. Without it, cells become abnormal, stop functioning
and die before they should. This is a must read for anyone that wants to be healthy.
The book first published in 1987 by Bantam is in its 11th printing.
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What is the best diet for my friend with lupus? She's been on a real clean-out
vegetarian diet for about ten weeks. - Trish S., Eureka, CA
A: When suffering from lupus or any degenerative disease, favor easy-to-digest,
nutritionally balanced foods. It takes minimal effort to extract nutrients from
soft, well-cooked foods like porridge and soups. When energy is limited, don't
squander it on a wrestling match with a slice of pizza. Favoring easily digested
foods frees our energy for important repair work.
Lupus is named from the Latin word for wolf because about half of those who have
it develop a red facial flush that was said to give a wolf-like appearance. Other
symptoms include intermittent fever, severe joint pain and bouts of extreme fatigue.
Sunlight aggravates the flush and it can cause it to develop into a rash and scaly
lesions or patches. Over 90% of the sufferers of this autoimmune disease are women
and it is typically diagnosed in young adulthood.
With lupus, as with many autoimmune and degenerative conditions, the digestive
system is compromised. Therefore, it is critical to first determine if there are
any food sensitivities or allergies (See Identify Food Allergies.) Then follow
the guidelines to Cure Food Sensitivities.
Not so curiously, the best diet for lupus is the best diet for all of us. Enjoy
moderate amounts of freshly prepared organic foods. Favor a variety of quality
whole foods. Avoid highly processed, refined, denatured foods—including leftover
or stale foods. While these lesser quality foods offer calories and fill the belly,
they're not deeply satisfying or energizing. Be careful to not over consume carbohydrates.
with lupus have challenged digestive systems and it is imperative to have ample
and easily digested protein, I do not recommend a vegetarian diet. Fish or chicken
soup will be easier to assimilate than a bean burrito.
Neither do I recommend any strict “clean-out” diet. Cleansing diets work well
for people with robust energy. Because lupus is a degenerative disease, those
afflicted are frail and chronically fatigued. Their primary needs are to rebuild
and strengthen. Fortunately, a daily diet of good quality food enables gentle
cleansing over a long period of time without stressing an already over- stressed
critical dietary supplement for those with lupus is essential fatty acids (EFAs).
When there is an EFA deficiency, the whole body declines and eventually dies.
Flax seed and fish oil are superior sources of these essential nutrients.
Mature alfalfa leaves are medicinal for lupus. However, immature alfalfa sprouts
(those that have not yet set forth their first two leaves) contain the amino acid
canavanine, which exacerbates the inflammations of lupus and other autoimmune
Also, members of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant
and peppers, aggravate lupus symptoms, so people with lupus should eat these foods
rarely, if at all.
Lupus and other degenerative illnesses cannot always be eradicated but quality
of life can be greatly improved.
The featured recipe, Congee (Rice Porridge), is an easy-to-digest and strengthening
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their report, published in the current issue of the Journal of Autoimmunity, Gosh
and colleague So-Yon Lim, PhD, report that all commonly used types of phthalates
are harmful to susceptible strains of mice. Normal mice, however, soon block the
antiphthalate antibodies and suffer no ill effects.
Ghosh is quick to point out that the doses of phthalates given to mice in this
study have no relation to human exposure to the phthalate compounds that leach
into the environment from plastics, cosmetics, dyes, flexible PVC products, artificial
leather, adhesives, and many other products.
While noting that the study has no direct relevance to humans, the findings are
quite interesting, says lupus expert Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD, assistant professor
of medicine and an investigator at the autoimmunity center of excellence at the
University of Rochester in New York.
autoimmune diseases and in lupus, we know there are strong genetic and environmental
influences -- but we do not know what the environmental factors are," Anolik tells
WebMD. "Because that is such an unknown, it makes this paper interesting. There
might be chemical exposures in the susceptible individual that might contribute
Are chemical compounds found in many plastics and beauty products -- may trigger
lupus, suggests an Indiana State University study published in the July issue
of the Journal of Autoimmunity.
The finding comes on the heels of research linking phthalates to reproductive
abnormalities in humans. Male babies of pregnant women who used beauty products
containing phthalates were found to have smaller genitals, according to recent
research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Researchers in Indiana State’s life sciences department found that injecting mice
with phthalates triggered lupus, caused development of glomerulonephritis, and
considerably shortened the lifespans of mice that had a genetic disposition to
the disease. However, the injections did not have the same effect in mice that
were not predisposed to lupus.
In the stinky noni fruit, many claim all kinds of cures
By Virginia A. Smith
smells like vomit or rancid cheese. And for a tropical fruit, it sure ain't pretty.
entrepreneurs have sweetened the stinky brown liquid from the grenadelike noni
fruit and brought forth a miracle elixir that devotees say cures high blood pressure
and menstrual cramps, arthritis and depression, cancer, lupus, AIDS, and so on.
There's no scientific evidence noni cures anything in humans. No matter. Consumers
don't seem to care.
Juice from the foul little fruit has become one of the hottest herbal supplements
on the market. Sales in this country have zoomed from $10 million in 1997 to more
than $200 million in 2003, with worldwide sales pushing $700 million annually,
according to the Nutrition Business Journal, which tracks the industry.
"It's mind-boggling how
this has taken off," said Brian F. Issell, an oncologist at the University of
Hawaii's Cancer Research Center. Issell is studying dehydrated noni's effects
on tumor growth, fatigue, nausea and pain in cancer patients.
Recent studies, mostly animal and laboratory, suggest noni may indeed boost the
immune system and contain antioxidants, which are thought to help prevent cancer,
heart disease and stroke. But Issell's project is the first credible clinical
trial involving humans.
results will take years.
For Donald J. Mantell and millions of others, the funny-sounding fruit with the
outsized legend already is a godsend.
Mantell, a physician with an alternative medicine practice in Sarver, Pa., prescribes
the juice, along with vitamins and other nutritional therapies. So it's hard to
pinpoint what caused the "significant improvement" he's seen in children with
attention deficit disorder or the higher T-cell count — indicating a strengthened
immune system — in an AIDS patient. "Noni is definitely part of it," he said.
Once he prescribes
the juice to patients, Mantell — a distributor of the Tahitian Noni brand — then
sells it to them. (The stuff is not cheap. A 33-ounce bottle could sell for $42,
a 40 percent markup for Mantell).
Mantell also has used noni juice himself. He claims that an ounce a day for a
month cured his gout and that after his wife applied diluted noni to her eyes,
she no longer needed glasses. "I don't have millions of dollars to test it but
if a patient is better, if the product is safe and has no side effects, what's
the difference if it's real or a placebo?" he asked. "It's very beneficial."
Noni is generally considered safe, but doctors warn that it's high in sugar and
potassium, a potential problem for people with diabetes or kidney problems.
And buyers beware: 68 companies sell noni in the United States but, like other
dietary supplements, their products are not standardized. There are no guarantees
that what you see is what you get or that one company's product is the equivalent
The market is dominated by Tahitian Noni International in Provo, Utah, which was
founded in 1996, and last year reported sales of $502 million in 73 countries.
Recently, it began selling in China.
Like many herbal products, noni owes much of its popularity to the Internet. There,
hyperbolic testimonials speak to legions of people hungry for a simple cure-all.
of federal prohibitions against cure claims, however, manufacturers emphasize
their product's role in promoting "wellness," rather than curing disease, said
Tahitian vice president Shon Whitney. Here's one example from the Tahitian Web
site: "Noni Juice contains compounds that work at the cellular level to actually
increase the positive functionality of cells in the body."
In 1998, Morinda, Inc., now the parent company of Tahitian Noni International,
reached a $100,000 settlement with four states' attorneys general, including New
Jersey, in which the company agreed to stop making miracle claims to cure, treat
or prevent disease.
Such claims, which the company blamed on zealous distributors, would have changed
noni's legal classification from dietary supplement to new drug, subject to federal
Tahitian now has 34 compliance officers who monitor what its distributors say.
"Unfortunately, that doesn't always stop others," Whitney said of the online testimonials.
"People like to talk about their personal experiences."
Wallace I. Sampson, editor of the journal Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine
and spokesman for the American Cancer Society, calls noni users' ubiquitous healing
claims "part of the panacea myth."
that's good for everything obviously doesn't work for anything," said Sampson,
a California oncologist. "Eighty percent of symptoms get better on their own anyway."
is extracted from the evergreen Morinda citrifolia or Indian mulberry plant, which
has been used for centuries as topical medicine by cultures across the Indian
and Pacific Oceans.
Historically, the leaves were used as bandages or salves for wounds and burns,
the roots and bark for inflammation and infection. The knobby fruit served as
Newer uses of noni stem mainly from a 1985 article written for the Pacific Tropical
Botanical Garden Bulletin by Ralph M. Heinicke, a retired University of Hawaii
biochemist who has achieved cult status in the noni world.
He could not be reached.
Heinicke has claimed that noni fruit contains a compound called proxeronine that
converts to xeronine, which can regenerate and repair cells to slow aging and
treat depression, senility, drug addiction and pain. Most of the other claims
— that noni fights cancer, for example — came later.
Will C. McClatchey, a University of Hawaii pharmacist and ethnobotanist, called
Heinicke's compounds "made up," noting that they cannot be found in the medical
does not need more white knights supporting it," McClatchey wrote in an e-mail
from Hawaii. "It simply needs to have one question clarified by science. What
are the biological activities of noni plants that explain the many traditions
of usage that make this the most important medicinal plant in the tropical Pacific
Many successful drugs come from plants, among them aspirin, quinine and cancer-treating
Taxol. And more researchers now are expected to build on the promising results
of noni lab and animal studies.
any good scientist, I would say more work needs to be done," said A. Douglas Kinghorn
of Ohio State University, an expert on noni and other botanicals.
Although there are intriguing hints of noni's possible benefits, he said, "I wouldn't
say it's the best thing since sliced bread till the evidence is in."
Tea May Protect Against Autoimmune Diseases
By Kathleen Doheny
FRIDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Green tea, already lauded for its cancer-fighting
ability, may also protect against certain autoimmune diseases, new research suggests.
inhibit the expression of antigens made by the body, substances that can trigger
an immune response, explained study author Stephen Hsu, an associate professor
in the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is
to report on the research Sunday at the Arthritis Foundation's Arthritis Research
Conference in Atlanta.
He focused on EGCG, a substance found in green tea known to suppress inflammation,
and its effect on skin and salivary gland cells. In one autoimmune disorder, Sjogren's
syndrome, the salivary glands are affected, causing dry mouth. In another autoimmune
disorder, lupus, the skin is affected.
Hsu's team isolated 130 autoantigens from cells and exposed them to EGCG. Autoantigens
are molecules in the body with useful functions, according to Hsu, but changes
in either their amount or their location can result in an unwanted immune response.
Of the 130
autoantigens "most were inhibited or without changes" when exposed to the EGCG,
he said. "Among them, a group of key autoantigens were inhibited." While the research
is very preliminary, he said, eventually green tea might help protect cells from
being attacked by the autoantigens. Besides applications for the dry mouth that
affects those with Sjogren's, Hsu said green tea might prove useful for the skin
found in lupus.
The Georgia researcher speculated that EGCG modulates the presence of the autoantigens,
in addition to its ability to suppress inflammation.
According to Hsu, other research with green tea in animal models has shown it
can reduce arthritis.
The new study is "a significant beginning," said Nihal Ahmad, an assistant professor
of dermatology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, who was part of a team
in 1999 that showed that polyphenols (of which EGCG is one) in green tea could
prevent induced arthritis in mice.
The Hsu research, he said, "appears to have great potential," though it "needs
more work." However, "based on the cell culture study, we can only say that we
can be hopeful."
People with Diabetes, Lupus,
Some Forms of Cancer, and other Inflammatory
A specially designed, naturally occurring set of regulatory molecules proven effective
for diabetes, lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and some forms of cancer is making
(PRWEB) April 25, 2005 -- Biogenic Nutraceuticals has announced that it has been
appointed as the exclusive, licensed, international distributor for the products
of Berean Development, Inc., an emerging biotechnology company focusing on the
development and commercialization of naturally occurring compounds for the treatment
of Diabetes, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis and Cancer. Berean’s main patented,
non-presciption products are Mirac®, for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia,
and certain types of cancer; and Allbaid® for diabetes.
Science driven Mirac® is a specially designed, naturally occurring set of regulatory
molecules proven effective for lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and some forms
of cancer. Mirac® is a safe, non-toxic bioflavonoid complex whose mechanism of
activity targets the blocking of ion channels in certain lymphocytes. Lupus is
caused by Natural Killer (NK) CD4-- and CD8-- T-Lymphocytes, also called T-cells.
These T-cells multiply using a potassium gene channel. These same cells cause
diabetes. By blocking these ion channels, Mirac® prevents the cascade of events
leading to inflammatory responses seen in autoimmune and neuroinflammatory type
diseases such as lupus.
The efficacy of each of these products is well supported by highly qualified doctors,
scientific research, and actual clinical and/or blood tests. Both Mirac® and Allbaid®
have been approved under the Dietary Supplements Health Education Act of 1994
(“DSHEA”) as being safe and free of side effects with one exception: people with
an allergic reaction to pineapple cannot take Mirac.
Physicians working in the field of Rheumatology, or with diseases of the autoimmune
system, or individuals suffering from an inflammatory disease such as lupus, rheumatoid
arthritis, fibromyalgia; some forms of cancer; or diabetes; should seriously consider
these ground-breaking products.
Key Regulator of Autoimmunity Discovered -- The North American Rheumatoid Arthritis
Consortium (NARAC), funded by the Arthritis Foundation and the National Institutes
of Health, has discovered a variation in a gene linked with an increased risk
for RA, lupus and other autoimmune disorders. The gene is responsible for the
production of an enzyme, PTPN22, which keeps the immune system from getting out
of control. When a variant of the gene is present, control mechanisms of the immune
system are reduced or absent which contribute to immune hyperactivity and autoimmunity.
Additionally, researchers have shown that other genetic regions on chromosomes
1, 6, 11 and 18 are likely to contain genes involved in RA. This work is making
significant progress in the search for specific genes involved in RA and providing
insights about its underlying causes. Researchers showed that when the PTPN22
gene variant is present, the immune system isn’t able to shut down appropriately,
resulting in chronic inflammation and tissue damage. PTPN22 is considered to be
the first RA gene found outside of the major histocompatability complex (MHC),
a large cluster of genes essential to the immune system (Arthritis Foundation
Research Conference, June 2005).
In the Year Ahead: Within the next five years, NARAC researchers expect to identify
the various genes involved in autoimmune conditions such as RA, lupus and type
1 diabetes. Identifying and understanding the genes that contribute to autoimmune
conditions will lead to better ways to diagnose and predict the severity of a
disease and the development of new therapeutic approaches, and will enable doctors
to individually tailor treatment recommendadations.
Lupus "Gatekeeper" Gene Discovered
Bridget M. Kuehn
Drug Also Fights Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis
THURSDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer drug rituximab may benefit lupus
patients with central nervous system (CNS) complications, according to a new U.S.
appears to be quite effective. It is a kinder, gentler form of treatment lasting
up to six months with a low risk of side effects, compared to previous treatments
of high-dose steroids and chemotherapy," researcher Michael Neuwelt of the University
of California, San Francisco and Stanford University, said in a prepared statement.
16-month study included 22 patients. More than half of them received rituximab
alone, others took the drug in combination with steroids, and a third group took
the drug with the chemotherapy agent cyclophosphamide, the current standard treatment
for severe CNS lupus.
Sixteen of the patients showed significant improvement and the condition of four
others was stabilized, the study said. Brain scans revealed improvements in adverse
changes caused by the disease.
Neuwelt stressed that randomized-controlled clinical trials still need to be conducted
to determine the effectiveness of rituximab in treating CNS lupus. The findings
were presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the European Congress of Rheumatology
in Vienna, Austria.
Another study presented at the meeting found rituximab to be a safe and effective
treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The U.K. study, which included 465 men and
women who had had arthritis for about 10 years, examined the effects of two doses
of the drug.
results of the study's 24-week analysis showed that both doses of rituximab were
highly effective, and significantly better than placebo. It seems that the higher
of the two doses produced the best effects," Professor Paul Emery of the University
of Leeds, said in a prepared statement.
Rituximab targets a specific type of immune cell and helps control inflammation
and pain in arthritis patients.
-- Robert Preidt
fish oil diet rich in eicosapentaenoic acid reduces
and suppresses lupus in MRL-lpr mice
VE Kelley, A Ferretti, S Izui and TB Strom
Dietary supplementation of fish oil as the exclusive source of lipid suppresses
autoimmune lupus in MRL-lpr mice. This marine oil diet decreases the lymphoid
hyperplasia regulated by the lpr gene, prevents an increase in macrophage surface
Ia expression, reduces the formation of circulating retroviral gp70 immune complexes,
delays the onset of renal disease, and prolongs survival. We show that a fatty
acid component uniquely present in fish oil but not in vegetable oil decreases
the quantity of dienoic prostaglandin E, thromboxane B, and prostacyclin normally
synthesized by multiple tissues, including kidney, lung, and macrophages, and
promotes the synthesis of small amounts of trienoic prostaglandin in autoimmune
mice. We suggest that this change in endogenous cyclooxygenase metabolite synthesis
directly suppresses immunologic and/or inflammatory mediators of murine lupus.
Stem cell treatment shows promise for lupus
Study: Procedure can reverse
effects of inflammatory disease
Updated: 4:14 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2006
CHICAGO - Stem cells from the bone marrow of patients with severe cases of lupus
can help reverse the course of the chronic inflammatory disease when transplanted
back into the same patients, according to a study published on Tuesday.
Of 50 patients who underwent the procedure, half were disease free after five
years, doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago said. Those involved
in the study had either life-threatening or organ-threatening lupus and had exhausted
all treatment options.
The patients’ bone marrow stem cells were taken from their blood and separated
out. High doses of chemotherapy were used to almost destroy the stem cells’ immune
systems before they were reintroduced to try to regenerate a healthier immune
system, the study said.
idea is that if you turn back the clock and let the immune system heal itself,
the patient should have a chance of ending up without the disease,” said Richard
Burt, the physician who led the study.
Burt did the first U.S. stem cell transplant for lupus in 1997. His study ran
from 1997 through January 2005. The results, he said, justify a larger study comparing
transplants to other methods of treatment.
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that affects the skin, joints, blood, kidneys
and other parts of the body, causing inflammation and pain.
The study was published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
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lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic, clinically and genetically heterogenous
disease characterized by diffuse tissue damage mediated in great part by autoimmune
pathogenic reactions. Notwithstanding impressive therapeutic progress and significant
amelioration of quantity and quality of life, there are still intractable cases
which demand more incisive interventions. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
(HSCT) was first proposed in 1993,1 and the first two patients underwent autologous
transplants (ASCT) in 1997.2,3 Since then, the procedure has been performed worldwide,
including the largest ongoing single center study at Northwestern University,
Chicago4-6 and a multicentric registry study by the European Group for Blood and
Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR);7
summarizing individual center experience in Europe. A National Institutes of Health
(NIH) funded phase III clinical trial of HSCT for refractory SLE is anticipated
to begin in 2003/2004. Encouraging results are raising new questions about the
role of HSCT in SLE, as well as in other severe autoimmune diseases.8ss
is an article that is pretty messy editorially, but I wanted you to have the data
from the sources I found so that you would see that I am not inventing any of
for the record, almost every particular of coconut oil is identical with palm
oil. Palm oil is simply red in color and neutral in flavor. It does make many
dishes more interesting in color though. Also, almost all modern and polyunsaturated
oils in our Western markets are rancid when they get to the market place. The
frightening thing is, polyunsaturated oils do not taste rancid, so the producers
can feed them to you and brag about how good they taste. They are, in fact, old
and deteriorated when you buy them. Coconut oil and palm oil simply do not go
rancid, even retaining their qualities in tests for up to three years.
I was a little brat, sitting on my great grandmother's knee (move over, John Henry),
she used to give me a spoon full of butter every chance she could. My Mom asked
her why she did that, and she gave the Missouri Blue Blood answer, "It will
grease his innards." As it turns out, her disdain for Oleo, the 1940s hydrogenated
oil we now call margarine, was well founded. We have come full circle, and we
are back to saturated oils, the oils God gave us-- butter, olive oil, and palm
yes, and since Peter was told, "Kill and eat" ion the roof top in Acts,
we are free to eat lard in our biscuits and pie crust. Here in Tennessee, Billy
Bob will tell you, "If you cain't cook it with lard, it ain't worth eatin".
The Polynesians are said to be among the healthiest people on earth, and they
live on coconut oil, pork, and taro root, at least they did long ago when scientists
first noticed how healthy they were. Now, I see in Web news photos that they are
getting fat, and I know from surfing around that they are eating their coconut
oil hydrogenated now. Go figure!
In Christ Jesus
Steve Van Nattan
buy our products here. We like the
quality standards, the price, and the flavor.
These are good people-- get our vitamins here.
VERY GOOD BRIEF DISCUSSION
HAVE BOUGHT HERE--
Good products and sales
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COCONUT OIL IS ON THE SHELF AT WAL-MART
Brand name-- LouAna-- Usually a white
bottle with a green cap
Problem-- I do not know if they heat process it. That
is entirely possible.
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