Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acid Reflux
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
- Antibacterial, Antifungal
- Athlete's Foot
- Back Pain
- Bathing: Caution on Slippery Oil
- Belch, Smelly
- Bladder Infections
- Blood Pressure
- Body Temperature, Menstruation
- Canker Sores
- Cheap Coconut Oil Sources
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil Alternatives
- Coconut Oil and Hair Dye
- Coconut Oil and the Liver
- Coconut Oil Application Tips
- Coconut Oil Caveats
- Coconut Oil Ointment
- Coconut Oil Recipes
- Coconut Sugar
- Digestive Issues
- Dry Skin
- Energy Booster
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Fat Stripper
- Gallbladder Pain
- General Feedback
- Genital Warts
- Gum Disease
- Gum in Hair
- Hair Loss
- Head Congestion
- Heart Health
- How to Take Internally
- Ingrown Toenail
- Itchy Skin
- Make Your Own Coconut Oil
- Meningitis, Encephalitis
- Mite Infestation
- Mouth Issues
- Multiple Cures
- Oil Pulling
- Organic Vs. Regular
- Perioral Dermatitis
- Primary Complex (Tb of the Lungs)
- Rancid Coconut Oil
- Refined Vs. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Saturated Fat in Coconut Oil
- Shelf Life
- Side Effects
- Sinus, Allergy and Asthma Issues
- Skin Issues
- Smelly Scalp
- Sore Throat Infections, Chronic
- Storing Coconut Oil
- Stretch Marks
- Sweet Cravings
- Ted's Coconut Oil Feedback
- The Elderly and Children
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Weight Loss
- Where to Buy: India
Coconut oil got a bad rap based on science that only investigated the cheap stuff (hydrogenated coconut oil), but virgin coconut oil is a genuinely healthy food that can be an effective skin care treatment and overall health supplement. Cold-pressed coconut oil is full of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are quickly processed into energy, will not be stored in adipose tissue, and that may improve insulin efficiency among a host of other natural health benefits.
Selecting cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is the essential thing here, as the cheaper hydrogenated oil is indeed harmful for your health (but ignore the claims of "Extra" Virgin Coconut Oil. There is no "extra" to be had, and this is just a marketing gimmick). As for use of virgin coconut oil in cooking, it is acceptable for use at all temperatures unlike with olive oil which should only be used with low temperature cooking.
Virgin Coconut Oil Benefits
Virgin coconut oil is a cholesterol-free saturated fat that is more than 40% composed of lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid well-regarded for potential potential benefits. For lauric acid and coconut oil overall, these health benefits include increased energy and metabolism, reduction in waist size, potential weight loss benefits, antibacterial effects, anti-parasitic effects, and thyroid benefits.
Do you take coconut oil? Please let us know if it has cured you of anything!
|Multiple Cures||60 YEAS|
|Skin Issues||35 YEAS|
|How to Take Internally||25 YEAS|
|Dry Skin||21 YEAS|
|Weight Loss||7 YEAS|
|Acid Reflux||7 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil Recipes||6 YEAS|
|Make Your Own Coconut Oil||5 YEAS|
[YEA] 04/16/2008: Vi from West Covina, CA: "Extra virgin coconut oil is the only thing that cured my acid reflux. I tried everything including tums and apple cider vinegar. The only side effect is that you will drop about 10 pounds in a month and I think the majority of people might like that. It's been about three weeks since I've taken the coconut oil and so far no sign of the acid reflux."Replies
05/08/2008: Pat from Toledo, Ohio replies: "was just wondering how much and how they took the coconut oil for the acid reflux?"
03/25/2009: Janie from Houston, TX replies: "I'm trying the Extra Virgen Coconut Oil for acid reflux, but I'm unsure exactly how much and when to take it. Could someone please give me some pointers. I'm also interested in how this might help with weight loss."
10/19/2009: Michele from Fort Lee, Va replies: "There is no such thing as "extra virgin" coconut oil. If you are using it, you've been duped. The companies listing coconut oil as extra virgin are borrowing from the olive oil industry. It is important to use organic virgin coconut oil. I just thought I'd mention that there is no need to pay extra money for a marketing ploy.
10/28/2010: Marian from Pueblo, Co replies: "Not to diminish the good and no doubt worthy press for virgin coconut oil, I too, suffer from acid reflux badly, and have found that a simple cup of mineral water with every meal virtually eliminates the midnight seiges of all the symptoms that come with heartburn. I have read on Dr. Mercola's website that coconut oil has a ton of benefits that far outweigh the GERD relief, so I'm not propounding that anyone give it up. Only that if that's all you're using it for, mineral water will be a lot cheaper... Not tonic, not spring, not artisan, not sparkling. MINERAL water. About a buck a day if you buy the clear bottle stuff rather than the green bottle stuff..."
01/12/2011: Togo2009 from Manchester, Ky replies: "There is such a thing as EVCO! The Extra Virgin Coconut Oil tastes a lot more like coconut than regular coconut oil. Also, you cannot cook at a very high temperature with evco versus a somewhat higher temp than regular coconut oil. Someone, my friend, has duped you. Buy extra virgin coconut oil and buy regular coconut oil... HUGE difference!"
01/12/2011: Carla from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "From Livestrong.com:
"Organic coconut oil can also be found in the virgin form, which is highly regarded due to its being both virgin, meaning more natural, and grown under organic conditions. While extra virgin coconut oil is a term sometimes used, there is no set standard or recognition of the use of the term 'extra virgin'."
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22890-types-coconut-oil/#ixzz1ArUXIBRL
There is no difference between "virgin" coconut oil and "extra virgin" coconut oil as far as I have been able to find. There is a HUGE difference between regular refined coconut oil and virgin coconut oil however.
You want to purchase Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. If you are buying Organic EXTRA Virgin Coconut oil, chances are you are just paying more for the same item. (Marketing)
Refined coconut oil will look off color or even gray when compared to VCO."
11/20/2013: Diane from Port Saint Lucie, Fl replies: "Were you on Prilosec or protonix, first and if so how did you wean off them or did you start coconut oil first then taper off prescribed medications?"
[YEA] 01/18/2008: Cheryl from San Juan, Trinidad: "I started using Coconut oil about three days ago for my heartburn. I did my own test by specifically eating the foods that causes me heartburn and to my amazement I can honestly say it really works! Next I am going to try it for weight loss and see how that works out."Replies
10/14/2011: Mg from Dallas, Tx replies: "I have had heartburn since high school (40 years). I am now taking Nexium (which works) but would like to stop because of the side effects and long term effects. I can look at food and get heartburn without nexium. I would like to know how much, when you took it and how long the effects of the Virgin Coconut Oil lasted.
[YEA] 04/18/2012: Zill from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. replies: "I'm suffered from acid reflux than 10 years.. When I tried coconut oil it really helped... And now I can sleep well every night..."
06/18/2012: Huda from Detroit, Mi, United States replies: "Hello, I want to know how much Virgin Coconut Oil you take and when to to take it please."
[YEA] 09/12/2012: Subdahl from New Orleans, Louisiana replies: "Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) takes some getting used to for a lot of people. It feels a little odd going down. I had no problem. See how it goes first and perhaps work up from a small amount. For a theraputic dose, I take 3 tablespoons per day. I spread it out to three doses of 1 tablespoon - morning, afternoon and night."
[YEA] 05/16/2007: Dee from Fairfax, VA: "I'd been having terrible heartburn for over a week. So bad that that my kids and husband were very worried. A few years ago I had six ulcers! But didn't want to start the standard gastro treatments lansoprazole or purple pills - I'm well aware of the downsides to them. My gastric problem was probably caused by my ADHD, I frequently forget to eat because I get so hyperfocused I don't notice I'm hungry!So, I went looking for a homeopathic cure and found your website. I read a whole bunch of stuff and probably confused one thing with another nevertheless this is what happened: I made the ACV mixture adding the Baking Soda also 2 tbsp Aloe juice; 1 tbsp of organic honey; 1 tbsp of Virgin Coconut Oil (using warm water, which melts the honey and VCO). I tried with and without the VCO and for those who find the ACV drink unpalatable the VCO helps alot! The heartburn stopped in 24 hours! Major miracle. I felt focused, relaxed, energetic and pain free. The only side effect of note was/is gas. Is this from the Virgin Coconut Oil? Is there anything I can do about that? And is it OK to blend all this together? Should I be drinking it before or after or with a meal? I don't know about the other magical effects of Virgin Coconut Oil its only been 2 days! Thanks for this great site, its already helped me a lot!"Replies
07/31/2011: Syd from London, United Kingdom replies: "For the gas you can try oil pulling with coconut oil. Also a quick 10 day masterclense could help."
11/01/2013: Melissa from Oregon replies: "Probably the gas is due to taking vinegar and baking soda together."
[YEA] 06/05/2006: Pinoy Ako from Philippines: "I am still observing its effect: Taking Virgin Coconut Oil after meal (1TB after every meal = 3x daily) appears to relieve the production of phlegm associated with gastric reflux. I take my last one an hour before going to bed, and wakes up in better condition than when not taking it. Please note that the coconut oil has to be cold-pressed process, hence, it's called Virgin Coconut Oil, which also lowers cholesterol and boosts immunity. DO NOT consume non-virgin coco oil--that will clog your arteries!"
[YEA] 05/28/2006: June from Adelaide, South Australia: "After reading on this site the positive comments regarding coconut oil, I managed to purchase some excellent C/oil on May 6th, started taking 1 x tbsn. each meal, although I did miss at times. My indigestion/reflux disappeared almost immediately as did my desire for coffee and alcohol. I am also using it externally. As it is only three weeks ago that I started I will wait to give a report on my hair, skin etc. If anyone would like to know the name of the company I purchased from, I can give it. It is important to know exactly the quality you use."Replies
04/11/2011: Kathy from Sydney, Nsw, Australia replies: "Since this post was a few years ago, I am wondering if this person could please give an update on the coconut oil benefits? I too have acid reflux and am about to embark on coconut oil since I've heard of the benefits recently. Would appreciate the brand [I am in Sydney, Australia] and an update. Many thanks!!!"
10/11/2011: Skippi_oz from Brisbane, Queensland Australia replies: "Kathy, you can buy virgin coconut oil from health food shops in most Australian shopping centres. I buy mine from GoVita. I buy Banaban brand. I have also started buying coconut exotic oil from purefiji.com.Au. Starfruit is a gentle fragrance but you will be amazed at how quickly your skin reacts. (It took me a while to want to put oil on my skin but a tiny bit goes a LONG way. )"
[YEA] 07/06/2013: Mike from Madison, Ms: "At about 44 I started getting persistant acne on my forehead. Although I have a pretty good natural and organic food diet this became a problem for me. I tried many things including apple cider vinegar ingested and applied topically.
What seems to have made a dramatic difference is coconut oil taken orally. I came upon this purely by accident as I began adding a tablespoon of cocnut oil to my morning coffee each day just because I wanted to get the other health benefits of cococnut oil in my diet. After a couple of weeks of doing this I noticed that the acne had cleared quite considerably. That was the only dietary change that I can recall making so I am assuming it has helped. I would say it has given me about 75% improvement in the facial acne.
Coconut oil in my coffee also has given me a great boost and feeling of wellness in the morning. It seems to be a simple change with great benefits and I like the taste as well."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/27/2006: Dani from Sydney NSW: "Been taking this for over one month so far. Unfortunately, i wasn't aware of the "side-effects" when i started, and started taking the standard 3 - 5 tbsp daily, thinking this is good for me. The nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting were not pleasant. I would become nauseous around 8 - 10 hours later, diarrhea would follow, and sometimes i'd wake in the middle of the night to vomit. It took a while to work out these symptoms were caused by the coconut oil. I kept thinking it was food poisoning. I stopped taking coconut oil temporarily, and the symptoms disappeared. Started the coconut oil again, and the symptoms returned -- just like clockwork. I found the trick is to start off with smaller doses, say 1 tsp the first week, then gradually increase. Wish i'd known this prior to starting, would've saved me nearly a month of continually feeling nauseous and ill. On the plus, it has helped with a few things -- it's diminished cravings for sweets and alcohol. And that's great! I'm hoping the longer i take this oil, the more i'll receive some of the other wonderful benefits that i've read about."Replies
04/19/2010: Michael from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "If after you take the oil, it is mobilising the toxins in your body, thats why your body wants to get it out, once the side effects start you should mix a teaspoon of activated charcoal, with water and drink it, the charcoal will soak up all the toxins and you will notice the side effects aren't as bad, you can use ghee as well as coconut oil for the same toxic flush"
06/21/2011: Debbie from Alexandria, Va replies: "I always find it funny there's always that one person that immediately says that the body is simply trying to expel the toxins. What toxins exactly? You mean from the cereal I had in the morning? Or was it from the grape juice or the filtered water I drank? I bet that Dani just realized which amount is far too much for his/her body. That's a lot of fat your body just isn't used to imbibing. It's no big deal. I gave coconut oil to my cat and noticed similar negative reactions. Her litterbox was quite a mess, let me tell you! However, there's no way I'm going to give her charcoal to absorb the so-called toxins from her... Canned cat food? It's not like I feed her diarrhea mixed with benzene for godsake. I decreased the amount of oil she has access to and she's fine now."
07/26/2011: Elissa from Newcastle, Australia replies: "Canned cat food is actually highly toxic, and human beings and animals are completely different. We are constantly absorbing toxins from our water, plastics (which are everywhere), environment, the food we eat (all non-organic foods contain chemical residues, some quite significant levels) and the body builds it up over a lifetime. Every time you spray perfume or put roll on deoderant you increase the toxic burden. Every cup of coffee, glass of wine, sugary treat we eat increases the burden on our liver which reduces it's ability to remove said toxins. So yes, charcoal is helpful in eliminating those built up toxins. The coconut oil may also have been killing candida, those look like die-off symptoms."
08/04/2011: Madonnab from Houston, Texas, Usa replies: "I'd like to respond to Debbie from Alexandria in regard to her comment about activated charcoal. Activated Charcoal is one of the few safe things you can give a cat or dog for diarrhea or food poisoning. You can't just give them tums or pepto-bismol. It is also a common recommendation for humans who have food poisoning. Activated charcoal is also useful for bee and wasp stings - if in pill form... Crush or in capsul... Dump the powder into a small bowl and add just enough water to make a paste and put on the sting - it will help draw the poison and ease the sting. For more info http://healingtools.tripod.com/thn5.html
EC is a site where many like-minded people are posting to help each other out as well as find suggestions for themselves. Debbie was dismissive and derisive - I fail to see how that helps."
08/25/2011: Lili from Darwin, Northern Territory replies: "Thanks for the advice for lessening detox symptoms. I did know about charcoal absorbing toxins but forgot in this case. I have been on 2 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) for over 2 weeks. My reaction has been like having been hit by a truck! Going into a deep sleep for hours during the day, nausea, dizziness, less bowel movements and passing water, swollen right gland, feeling foggy in the head and today skin has been peeling off inside my mouth. Yesterday I increased my water intake and felt a little better today. Will buy some lemons and try the lemonade tomorrow. I've had allergies to dust and pollen for 20 years, and had Glandular Fever 5 years ago. Any ideas on my apparent detox symptoms??"
10/07/2011: Catherined from Corona, Ca replies: "I have read on other websites that some people have these reactions to coconut oil - I think it's presumed they're allergic to it. Everything does not work equally well for every person and is not equally safe. Please stop taking the coconut oil - if there are things you need remedied, there are usually other alternatives if you search for them."
10/26/2011: Kay from Austin, Tx replies: "Why the gang-up on Debbie from Alexandria?? I liked her comments and agree with them as well. @Madonnab from Houston, Texas - why so defensive? Maybe you need to lay off the charcoal. I really don't think Dani's stomach was reacting to toxins, it was more likely reacting to a high amount of grease."
02/04/2012: Hem from Chennai, India replies: "Dear Group, I find that there is quite a bit of interest in using coconut oil for medicinal purposes. It is true that it is very good for various digestive and other problems and its fatty properties allow for healing very quickly.
However based on its usage in India, I would recommend that you ingest coconut oil by using it for cooking purposes rather than taking it directly by tbsp. I am not sure if that is good for the body. By using it for cooking purposes like frying, I think it is safer and will not give adverse reactions like nausea etc. As for skin and haircare, it is definitely very good, provides lustre and thickness to hair and is good for skin generally and especially in healing scratches and other minor problems."
03/05/2012: Koguma from Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia replies: "Based on all the things I know about Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), the vomiting would definitely be a detox. The viral/bacterial killoff could do it. I too experience nausea if I take too much, but I haven't done a detox in awhile.
I would also suggest mixing in some calcium bentonite in with the Virgin Coconut Oil, or maybe taking some right after (properly mixed with water)."
06/13/2012: Lili from St Ann, Jamaica replies: "Coconut oil is amazing for skin and hair. To agree with HEM re: ingesting vco..... I would like to say that Jamaicans have long been reaping the benefits of ingesting Virgin Coconut Oil by using it in our cooking... Use it to saute your veggies... Fish... Etc. I cant imagine taking it by the spoonful like medicine..."
02/22/2013: Brian37 from Auburn, Wa replies: "Try adding the Tablespoon of VCO in your hot cofee or tea. It is wonderful. It totally melts and is easy on the stomach. I do it daily. So good taste. And provides great energy."
09/14/2013: Mike from Denver, Colorado replies: "Sunny: I take 20 grams a day and have not had any problems. One of the ways to use coconut oil is as an eye wash. There is not anything in the coconut oil that I have read of that would cause cloudy eyes. Polynesians get 1/3 of their calories from coconut oil. Babies get coconut oil when they drink mother's milk. Chronic fatigue is a side effect of an infection. Chronic fatigue causes cloudy eyes."
[YEA] 04/13/2008: Gail from North Bend, WA: "VIRGIN COCONUT OIL FOR HYPOTHYROID AND ADRENAL EXHAUSTION SYMPTOMS. I have been experiencing hypothyroid symtoms as well as adrenal exhaustion symptoms for 6 months. My Medical Doctor did blood and urine tests as well as an MRI because I was experiencing headaches, low body temperature, extreme fatigue, earaches, muscle and joint pain. All tests came back normal. Liver function normal, thyroid normal, B12 normal, iron normal. Naturopath did allergy testing, autoimmune and thyroid tests. Thyroid TSH, T3 and T4 all were in optimal ranges. No allergies to foods. Negative to autoimmune test. I began on my own taking nutritional support for my Adrenals. I purchased a book and took all the recommended supplements for Severe Adrenal Fatigue. My morning temperatures were consistently in the lower 97 degree F. I ate well, eliminating junk food and sugary foods. My morning temperature dropped into the 96 degree F range. In desperation, I began taking Virgin Coconut oil, starting with 2 teaspoons on day 1, then 3 teaspoons on day 2. 3 Tablespoons on day 3. After 4 days of VCO 3 tablespoons a day I was able to do light exercise. Before that I was barely able to make it through a day. My legs felt like lead. I worked 4 days a week at a sitdown job and would be in bed for 3 days. After 9 days of 3 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil a day I had nerve zapping in my right leg and right shoulder at night. Since that time I have had no nerve zaps and the pain in my left shoulder due to Adrenal Fatigue is 98% better. I have been able to exercise vigorously. If I reduce to 1 tablespoons a day my body aches. At 3 tablespoons a day I have energy and have no body aches. My morning temperatures have gone up a degree, 97-98 F. I've been taking Virgin Coconut Oil for a month and a half."Replies
06/02/2008: Peter from Kissimmee, FL. replies: "Does anyone know if Virgin Coconut Oil would be good for HYPERthyroidism/Graves Disease?"
EC: One positive response from the thyroid issue page:
02/25/2007: Carolyn from Lorain, OH writes: "I have been taking virgin coconut oil for eight months now because I read it will help regulate my thyroid. I am hyper-thyroid and have been on medication for the past four years.Last month I stopped my meds. because I was told my thyroid is in remission now. I believe the oil is what helped me."
09/01/2008: Cathy from Sudbury, Canada replies: "If you want to use coconut oil, cook with it! Butter your bread with it, use it in or on muffins instead of butter. My favorite is to use it for cooking pancakes, fried sweet potato french fries. Anything you fry because it is the only safe oil at high temperatures. Get creative with it. enjoy the lovely flavor. Put it in shakes!"
[YEA] 09/08/2008: Lori from Saint Cloud, FL replies: "Most definately Virgin Coconut Oil is soothing to the thyroid. My B/F/F has Graves' disease, she swears by it. She mixes it in her AM shakes and cooks with it."
[YEA] 09/14/2009: Megan from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States replies: "I have been using extra virgin coconut oil for awhile now. I use it both topically for acne and moisturizer/conditioner as well as take 3 tablespoons per day. I also use it in soaps, shampoos, etc. I would recommend EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) to anybody! I also use it for adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. It has been one of the best things I have done as far as treatment of my symptoms goes. I am only taking supplements and treating my disease naturally. Coconut oil is my number one and apple cider vinegar. Both used for adrenal/thyroid problems in addition to my supplements."
09/15/2009: Beverly from Phyllis, Ky replies: "Megan, Could you please explain more about your use of ACV and coconut oil for thyroid trouble. I am hypothyroid and thought ACV worked against your thyroid in this case? I love the benefits of ACV otherwise and would like to know how you use it? Thanks, Bev."
09/24/2009: Megan from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma replies: "Beverly, for the ACV: I use 1-2 tablespoons in 10-12 ounces of water. Put in some honey or pure maple syrup to help it go down easier. Just something to naturally sweeten it. The reason it has helped me mainly with my thyroid problem is my puffiness and weight gain. It has drastically reduced my overall "puff" as I call it. Also, it really helps to energize plus has an overall cleansing effect. I really felt so light and energized within just a few days of using this. I have had no other side effects, so I'd say give it a shot. It can't hurt that's for sure. However, I will note that I take no prescription medications, but on the same note, I have never known of it interfering with thryoid problems. I hope that helps you!"
09/24/2009: Megan from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma replies: "Beverly, I am sorry I forgot the coconut oil part! I have been using this about the same amount of time as ACV and I think it's helped drastically. With the thryoid issues I have had really awful looking skin. Not just acne trouble, but overall my skin just looked terrible. Since using it, I have had a few people complient my skin! I was so excited! I still have some acne, but as far as skin tone, it's amazing. Also, it's helped with acne scarring. For my thyroid, EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) will definitely help boost thyroid function. I've read that it helps people with a sweet tooth and it will help you lose weight if you're looking to do so. Also, since I started having thyroid trouble, I always got cold hands and feet and just seemed to have poor circulation. It has really helped with this. I have started cooking with it, taking it, using it topically, etc. I really use it for everything! Give it a try too if you've got any of those symptoms: cold feet and hands, weight gain and puffiness, headaches too-used to get one every single day, skin problems, etc. I really have nothing bad to say about ACV or EVCO. Again, might read up on it if you take prescription meds, but overall, I don't know that it would interfere. I hope that this helped you."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/01/2011: Cb from Warwick, Ny replies: "Hi, I used extra virgin coconut oil (a good unrefined brand) for adrenal exhaustion, slowly increasing the amount over three days, and on the third day, at one tablespoon, it felt like my eyes were opened, I felt alive and awake for 24 hours. Ever since that day I haven't gotten that feeling back. I know all about the placebo effect and this was not it, especially considering it took three days to get such an effect. I increased my intake to two tablespoons - still nothing. Then back to one and still no reaction like the third day. I tried for a month to get what I had on the third day. I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what happened and how I get that "awake" feeling back. I'm 21 year old female and have had adrenal fatigue since I was 13. Please help!"
01/02/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Cb, I don't know anything about Adrenal Fatigue also because I don't know anyone who has it but this morning I was reading a book on water "Water for Health, for Healing, for Life" by F. Batmanghelidj and he mentions the use of water to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Maybe you should give water and salt a try? When I finish it and the book link is working I will add a review on this book which I consider very interesting. If like me you are someone who has always drank too little (the difference is that I am 53 so I have a lifetime of dehydration) maybe it will work for you! At least it is cheap and if you don't overdo it it can't hurt! Happy New Year for you and all those on this site, especially Deirdre!"
06/11/2012: Kathy from Redondo Beach, Ca replies: "I have hypothyrodism and have been on medication for 30 years... I am tired most of the time and although prior to my 40's was able to keep my weight low... Now that I am in my 50's I am tired and can't get the weight off... Does the coconut oil really help and how much should I take?"
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
10/22/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "Here is a most interesting study on the benefits of simple coconut oil in the diet helping to prevent/cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Many of the reasons are explained and presented in detail.
This study was carried out by Dr Richard Veech a senior researcher at the NIH. The ketones or ketone-bodies that this article talks about are derived from MCT's in coconut oil. Ted from Bangkok has also written widely about the many benefits of coconut oil containing MCT's and the advantages of using ketone bodies for energy in the body.
"While the hunt for the genetic basis of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's continues, and 'cure' in the form of foetal cell transplant turned into nightmare, senior NIH scientist Richard Veech is developing a promising approach that will involve dietary intervention.
A team, headed by Richard Veech, senior scientist in the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), has made discoveries that may lead to a simple, effective treatment for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. A molecular shunt that feeds into the core metabolic cycle, can protect cultured neurons from the kinds of damages involved in those neurodegenerative diseases...
10/22/2011: Deb from Waterloo, Ia, Usa replies: "Hi Bill, Everyone has such great advice. I'm bringing my 85 year old dad to my house to help restore his heath to the point of walking again. He had a setback and ended up in a nursing home and of course he has gotton so much worse I had enough. Any advice on the Virgin Coconut Oil? My mom has been holistic for many years but is unable to care for him due to his weakness. Any advice for Parkinson's would be appreciated. Need to detox my dad. Going to try grapeseed extract. No sugar, dairy, red meat, grains (wheat), he will hate that! He keeps getting infections so to many antibiotics!"
04/08/2012: Silpu from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India replies: "Hi Ted, My aunt aged 69 yrs, is suffering from Parkinson's disease kind of. Now, she is unable to walk properly and always in depression and very much worried. She never sleeps at night and struggling hard to get sleep, in mornings too she is sleeping very few hours.
I read your article which is very useful for me. Could you please suggest the dosage of the coconunt oil she needs to take. She is also suffering from diabetes, High Blood pressure and thyroid too. She is feeling very uneasy all the day and night and keeps calling everyone and asking to sit near her.
Please tell me whether coconut oil can be used for her, if so, dosage she needs to take and what kind of coconut oil she needs to take. Awaiting for your reply."
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
[YEA] 09/01/2013: Roszczynski from Madison, In: "My father was placed on a low-cholesterol, lowfat diet after a visit to a doctor. Within a month, he was losing his ability to find words, could not complete sentences, his sense of humor was leaving, and his personality was being altered. I am finalizing my doctorate in psychology and was listening to a lecture by Dr. David Perlmutter (author of Grain Brain) wherein he discussed the impact of lowfat diets on the brain when our brains consist 95% fat. I called my mother immediately after the lecture and we started my dad on 3 TBS a day of coconut oil.
In TWO weeks, he is able to complete sentences, he rarely searches for words, his sense of humor has returned and his IBS has subsided. Additionally, his hearing has also improved, which was an unexpected development. I am fully convinced as a researcher and someone who has seen the impact of coconut oil, that this marvelous oil can provide the nutrients that are missing in our bodies and resolve many health issues that we are facing today."Replies
11/07/2013: Katherine from Gj, Co replies: "Hi,
I wanted to share with you that a new clinical trial has begun in FL by Dr. Mary Newport. The results should be final within a year. You can read about it on Mercola.com, here's a link: http://tinyurl.com/pnm5uwr. I have many friends who are taking coconut oil as a preventative aid. I am just beginning to do so. My grandmother died of dementia and I'm concerned I may have memory issues as well. I care for a man with Down's and early on set Alzheimer's. We started him on coconut oil so I hope to see some improvement over the course of the next few months. I'm glad your father is recovering! Blessings to you!
Katherine = )"
04/08/2012: Hasshiaussie from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "My mother is 80 years old and in the 7th stage of Alzheimer's disease. I found out about coconut oil on this site & did the research & looked at giving it to her even though it may be 'too late'. She is in full-time care, immobile and almost baby-like now so feeding her coconut oil is not so easy. We began about three months ago and we have had tremendous success.
We use coconut cream made up as a cosmetic cream and bought from the natural cosmetics section of the health food store. It smells like coconut and is quite cheap. My mother laughed the first time we put it on her arms. Members of my family each have a pot and we put it on her face, arms and chest every day now and her skin which was mottled very badly with large purple black blotches has improved greatly. Everyone reports that she definitely 'perks up' in 10 minutes or so after the cream has been applied. We get many smiles and she is watching what is going on in the room to a much greater extent. The nurses and doctors are very impressed and are looking at getting some coconut oil into the cooking regime for the rest of the people there. Just goes to show it is never 'too late' and worth it to see my elderly father still catching 'that smile'. Thanks Earth Clinic."Replies
04/09/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hasshiaussie, something also which may help your mum is Gotu Kola. It is a herb which is renouned for helping the brain. It is sold in nurseries or online.
From the Herbsarespecial.com. Au website:
"Gotu kola has been known for centuries, valued for treating leprosy and tuberculosis; relieving the pain of rheumatism and arthritis; to increase brain capacity; and for longevity, often being called, the elixir of life. A legendary saying, in reference to gotu kola was: '2 leaves a day, keeps old age away'. In Sinhalese culture, they valued the herb to strengthen and revitalize worn out bodies and brains; eating 2-3 leaves a day to bring about a gradual return to health and strength, provided that the body is exposed to the sun, for a time, each day.""
04/10/2012: Hashieaussie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Thanks Debbie, I will look to getting some and report back."
04/10/2012: Laura from Clovis, Ca replies: "I buy the large organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil jar at my local vitamin store. I keep one in my kitchen for cooking and the other, I keep in the bathroom, using it for myself when I finish showering. It might be cheaper than what you are using and doesn't have any fillers. After letting it soak in for several minutes, you will need to take a small, dry washcloth and buff off the residual since it will still be quite greasy.
So glad to hear this is helping your mother!"
02/10/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines: "Some clarification and further research evidence for any doubters concerning the true benefits of virgin coconut oil (VCO).
The most useful protective ingredient by far in VCO is lauric acid -- a medium chain triglyceride fatty acid(saturated fat) which, after it enters the body is easily converted to monolaurin -- a monoglyceride and the active and protective form. VCO contains about 50% lauric acid. By comparison, mother's breast milk contains only 20% lauric acid which works to actively protect babies who feed on the milk.
As far as I'm able to work out, monolaurin acts on lipid coated viruses and bacteria in much the same way as BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and Hydrogen Peroxide. Monolaurin has several weak hydroxyl(OH) chemical bonds which react with all lipid (fat) coated viruses and bacteria in the same way to disrupt their hydrogen bonds, thus fluidizing the lipids and phospholipids in the outer envelope of the virus and completely exposing their DNA for recognition and direct attack and removal by the body's white blood cells, antibodies and neutralase enzymes. Monolaurin additionally also seems to adversely effect signal transduction during replication of these lipid coated pathogens.
To keep it short -- here is a simple list of Viruses and Bacteria that are already known to be destroyed by VCO:
Viruses killed by VCO
* HIV 1 and HIV
* Measles Virus
* Herpes HSV 1
* Herpes HSV 2
* Herpes Viridae (all)
* Human lymphotrophic viruses(type 1)
* Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)
* Visna virus
* Epstein-Barr virus
* Influenza virus
* Leukemia virus
* Sarcoma virus
* Syncytial virusr
* Ruboela virus
Bacteria killed by VCO
* Lysteria monocytogenes
* H. Pylori (gram negative)
* Hemophilus Ibnfluenza (gram negative)
* Staphilococcus aureus
* Streptococcus agalactiae
* Groups A, B , F & G streptococci
* E. Coli
* Gram positive organisms
* Gram negative organisms if first pre-treated with a chelator.
Research and evidence sources :
02/11/2011: R from Dallas, Texas replies: "Bill thanks for this informing article. How much VCO would you think is needed, daily, to kill a Virus thats on your list (specifically hiv). I have taken it in the past, and had to stop because I was heavily detoxing, and maybe should have just cut my dosage back. I would like to restart, but dont want to over do it again. Any suggestions? And thanks in advance!"
02/11/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "I forgot to add that VCO also contains both caprylic and myrysitc acid triglycerides(saturated oils). VCO contains 5% Caprylic acid and about 18% myristic acid -- and both these triglycerides provide significant defense either topically as well as internally against fungal and yeast infections. I know first hand how useful VCO is against candida. VCO cured my candida constipation rapidly but gently and my bloating symptoms disappeared within a week of starting to take VCO which was a significant player in my own candida cure."
02/11/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi R... I normsally take a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (VCO) 2-3 times a day with my coffee. You also needn't worry about VCO clogging up your blood or being stored as fat in your body. The fatty acids in virgin coconut oil are mainly medium chain triglycerides(MCTs), whereas vegetable oils are wholly made up of mainly long chain triglycerides(LCTs). LCTs (veg oils) in excess are normally always stored as body fat and can cause problems in the blood and intestines, whereas MCT's are handled completely differently. MCT's are more easily absorbed into the lymph from the intestines and then all of the MCT's are taken to the liver where some MCT's are converted to glycogen and any excess MCTs are then immediately and directly excreted back into the intestines via the liver. MCTs are not stored in the body tissues as fat like LCTs. Whenever energy is needed by the body, the liver glycogen is quickly converted into ketone bodies and then converted and used in the cells eventually as glucose. No insulin or any glucose regulation involved, the liver controls it all. This is why VCO is so useful for diabetics -- and virgin coconut oil never gets stored as fat in the body. In fact, when I used VCO in my own candida cure, VCO was one of the major reasons why I lost weight. I've been cooking with and using VCO now for over 4 years. My wieght has not and increased and I've never felt healthier.
Regarding HIV therapies, perhaps the best, simplest and one of the most successful is Dr Foster's Selenium HIV therapy. Dr Foster discovered that a major and important enzyme in the liver -- Glutathione peroxidase (protects the liver and body from oxidant damage) -- was heavily depleted in all HIV AIDS patients because the AIDS virus uses it, along with Selenium, amino acids Glutamine, Tryptophan and N-Acetyl-L-Cysiteine (which all become depleted when you have HIV AIDs). Read his free ebook on his HIV AIDS remedy: "What Really Causes AIDS" by Harold Foster
With some small alterations and additions, Dr Foster's therapy is essentially the same as Dr Berkson's therapy for Hepatitis B & C, Cirrhosis and liver disease etc. This therapy simply involves taking Milk Thistle, Selenium, Magnesium and R-Alpha Lipoic Acid daily and is essentially a Triple Antioxidant Therapy to revive and greatly boost the liver, blood and immune system.
A third option is to just take the Chanca Piedra herb everyday (1000 mgs or twice a day). Chanca Piedra is currently undergoing trials against HIV AIDs and has been fairly successful at greatly reducing the viral load. Chanca Piedra is easily obtainable from any health shop and succesfully works to inhibit the reverse transcriptase enzyme in the HIV virus thus completely inhibiting viral reproduction. I know alot about Chanca Piedra -- one of my favourite herbs -- and is another herb that greatly boosts both the liver and the kidneys -- I can personally vouch for this. I grow Chanca Piedra in my garden and I have already used it quite successfully for treating friends and locals who had gallstones, bloating, diabetes, edema, gout, candida and arthritis.
All the above therapies have few if any side-effects and can be combined without problems."
02/12/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi R... I forgot to fully address your heavy detox problems.
Whenever you have a detox overload problem -- more properly recognized as a Herxheimer Reaction by medical science -- it really doesn't matter whether you successfully kill alot of the pathogens causing your ailment if your liver is over stressed or becoming diseased because it cannot cope with removing and excreting the debris and toxins from the body. An example of this is Stage 4 cancer. You can successfully kill billions of cancer cells but if you liver is diseased and cannot clear the debris or poisons and toxins, then the liklihood is that the cancer victim may well die of cachexia(starvation), morphine overdose or from the cancer. All three of these outcomes can result from a weakened or diseased liver.
Various alternative therapists have recognized this as key to healing the body. If your excretory pathways are clogged and polluted, you're immune system will remain depressed and you will never heal. Dr Gerson from the Gerson Cancer therapy wisely recognized a healthy liver as a key factor in his cancer and tuberculosis therapies.
Dr Gerson did a famous experiment with two rats. One rat had bone cancer and the other rat was completely healthy. He connected up the arteries and veins of both rats so the blood of the healthy rat ran through the sick rat and vice versa.
The outcome was spectacular. Instead of the healthy rat catching the cancer as you might think, the reverse happened and the sick rat was completely healed.
This proved outright that with a healthy immune system, even cancer will be defeated. And the major organ that he focused upon to tune up the immune system was the liver -- which is the chemical factory of the body.
Which is why I have advised treating your liver with various simple but effective therapies in order to boost your immune system while simultaneously attacking and removing your pathogen problems. This will boost and quicken healing time as well as boost the immune system.
02/12/2011: R from Dallas , Texas replies: "Bill, Thank you for the great information!! You are so appreciated! One last question is, do you find any one brand of VCO of better quality, over another?"
02/12/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi R... I use a good Filipino brand of VCO called Nature's Gift. It only costs about $6 per liter(34 oz) in the Philippines. That's why I cook with it too, very cheap and it's the only one I've ever used. They also sell the RBD Coconut Oil (made from copra) here but I avoid that one."
04/28/2011: Louise from Orlando, Fl replies: "Hi Bill, just wondering if you could help me. I tried VCO about a year ago. Started with 1tsp and added 1 each day til I was up to 3. After about a week or so, I got a horrible cold sore and started having bladder control issues. So I stopped using the coconut oil and the bladder problem went away. Cold sore was gone after a week and I haven't had one since. I would really like to use coconut oil but am afraid to. Are these normal reactions that will go away after a while, was I doing something wrong or are they possibly allergic reactions? The bladder thing happened to me once before when I tried aspirin therapy - does that have something to do with thinning the blood? Thanks so much for the information."
04/29/2011: Bill from San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Louise... To find out whether you are allergic to virgin coconut oil (VCO) spread some VCO on a small patch of your skin on say your forearm. If you are allergic to virgin coconut oil, the skin area will eventually become red or itchy.
If you are taking VCO, it is quite likely that your reaction is due to a die-off in your body. Sometimes, when the liver is insufficient or stressed, eruptions may occur on the skin to compensate because the skin is also an excretory organ like the liver. This can also be a way for the body to express and get rid of excess toxins. Your racing heart problems may also be due to the excess toxins released from any die-off or Herx reaction.
So if you want to continue with virgin coconut oil, I would try and give your liver more support by taking the Alpha Lipoic Acid(300 mgs twice a day at meals), Selenium (200 micrograms twice day at meals) and Milk Thistle (1000 mgs twice a day at meals) at the same time. Or simply take 1000 mgs Chanca Piedra capsules twice a day at meals. Both these are protective therapies for the liver and will act to help remove excess toxins from the blood quickly and will also spruce up proper liver function.
I would also begin the VCO therapy with a reduced dose, to help you cope with the die-off more easily. Stick to whatever dose you are happiest with. Start by taking one teaspoon VCO three times a day with meals --and work up slowly to at least two tablespoons a day(6 teaspoons) if you can. This should be enough to help provide benefit to your body."
04/29/2011: Louise from Orlando, Fl replies: "Thanks so much for the response. I will try the allergy test and the liver boosting suggestions. The bladder control problem was the thing that really freaked me out but from what you're saying, sounds like that may have been herx reaction as well. Thanks again."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/10/2011: Tonya from Leicester, England replies: "Hi Bill, Last week after reading about VCO on here last week I took a tablespoon of oil before bed as a treatment for Candida. I had a terrible time that night unable to sleep because I was very hyperactive and then my heart began to race, it continued to race for a few days. In 24hrs I lost 4lbs in weight, in a week I have lost half a stone. I am already very slim and can't really afford to lose this much weight. This surprised me as I have used it in cooking previously and as a replacement for butter without these drastic effects. Today I used a tablespoon for roasting some parsnips and so far it hasn't had the same effects. Does the oil or the way in which our bodies use the oil change when it is heated to a high temperature?"
[YEA] 03/26/2009: Shiva from Hyderad, Andhra: "drink two spoon of pure coconut oil which helps u to increse the apatite and helps u to cure thyroid .. it is my own experience."
[YEA] 06/15/2007: Jenna from Vineland , New Jersey: "I have been taking Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for only 3 days now, and let me say my apetite has decreased already. I was one of those people that would eat just because i was bored or because i was stressed out. Not anymore, even if i wanted to eat, i cant, because the oil creates a full feeling. True it is hard to swallow at times, but i grit my teeth and bare it. Sometimes i'll mix it in just a little bit of Organic Apple Juice to mask the taste a little bit. I cant wait to see other things improving."Replies
10/11/2008: Karen from Little Rock, Arkansas replies: "I've found that it all depends on the brand you buy. I bought Jarrow at first, and gagged every time I ate it. Bought Nature's Way brand the next time, and it is SO much better! I could literally drink it, it is so good!"
08/23/2009: Lisa from Pearl, Ms. replies: "I have only tried one kind of organic virgin coconut oil so far made by ____ ____and although it smells very much like coconut it is completely tasteless/flavorless. It's like taking spoonfuls of water, only with a thicker consistency."
08/23/2009: Noelle from Minneapolis, Mn, Usa replies: "There are lots of great brands of organic virgin coconut oil out there. You might find one you like if you go to iherb.com, look under Coconut Oil, pick out several brands of organic virgin coconut oil and read the tons of reviews from people who've actually used the product. People will definitely tell you if it tastes and smells good (or not), and if it was effective for what they were using it for. Then you can search for that product at your local health food store, coop, market or superstore. Looking up stuff and finding out about other people's experiences -- that's what the internet is for! Have fun!"
01/02/2010: Rick Z from Pueblo, Co replies: "Did major research on why I was having digesting problems and learned bad foods like fast food and what not decreases the good bacteria in the stomach thus leaving the bad bacteria to roam freely. I tried prilosec which didnt help much, I even tried changing my diet and finding that waking up on an empty stomach I will burp uncontrollably even drinking water. So I researched on the why's, how's and what are my options? I found Colloidal silver to help eliminate any toxins or unhealthy bacteria, but that was not enough! I had to also give Acidophilus a try. I repopulated the good bacteria and taken Colloidal Silver precautiously. I started to see great progression with the belching, indigestion and heartburn. Then I ran out of my Acidophilus awhile back and have purchased Coconut Oil and said "Maybe I should give it a shot" What won't kill me will make me stronger, right? So I taken a teaspoon and notice within a few minutes of ingesting it with food I noticed I wasn't burping or getting that sharp pain in the chest which I compared to a heart attack (scary stuff right there) Since I stopped taking Acidophilus and Colloidal Silver, I just stuck with the 1tspn per meal to maintain a healthy digestive tract. I narrowed it down to either I encountered Candida Albicans or H.Pylori which both are in comparison of many symptoms. Gradually reducing the indigestion, heartburn, and other various problems I see going away and not at a slow rate or fast. Everyday I notice a better progression. I'm only 26 and been eating unhealthy for at least 15 years. Sad America teaches us to stuff our face with fastfood instead of serving more healthy alternatives besides a salad or bottle water. Additives and antibiotics and horomones being injected in our cattle and other food eating products and hydrogenated products which in time will lead to dire situations. Yes I am young and shouldn't have these problems but yes People who don't eat right or exercise is heading down a dark road and might not come back, Jack!"
06/01/2011: Todd from Peoria, Az replies: "I tried this Pina Colada smoothie: 3 cups of water/ice, 2 cups of fresh pineapple, 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup pitted dates, 2 tbs of coconut oil and 1/2 vanilla bean. Mix it all up in a high speed blender. It is fantastic!"
06/02/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Yes, Todd, it sounds fantastic but have you thought that when you use a high speed blender you kill all the vitamins and enzymes in your smoothie? I don't think that I would use one..."
06/03/2011: Tina from Princeton, New Jersey replies: "Hi Francisca, I just read your post with dismay. I use a blender, a Vitamix, to make my green smoothies and love them. They not only fill me up but have greatly improved my overall health, including weight loss. Can you tell where you got the information about high speed blenders destroying vitamins and enzymes? Thanks!"
06/03/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Tina, when I decided to start juicing I did a lot of research because I had no idea of what to buy. Here in France you hardly ever find anything but centrifuge juicers and I thought of buying one but the more I researched the more I came to the conclusion that the best juicers were the masticating juicers, also the advice from a few juicing books I have. It wasn't easy as you hardly ever find one here in mainland Europe so I ordered an Oscar from Amazon. Am I happy? Yes and no, I am happy because of the fact that they turn slowly and therefore everything stays alive, which is very important. Even after a few hours the colors are still amazing, like you threw ink in the juice. What I am not happy about is the quality of the machine, with some fruit and vegetables juice goes into the motor which is not easy to clean, for example but if I ever bought a juicer again, which I probably won't as I hope this one will last me a long time (they aren't cheap.... ), I would probably buy a Champion or else one of the other juicers which is very similar to the Oscar but less expensive."
04/14/2012: Linda from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "Dear Francisca, I think either you have misunderstood, or else there may be a difference in terminology between your country and mine (USA).
Here is the USA a 'blender' is a completely different device than a 'juicer'. You are perfectly correct when it comes to juicers (I have a (masticating) Champion too, and for the same reason :-)); The center charge in the centrifuge-type juicers kills off enzyme activity in the juice.
However, with a blender this does not happen and is not a problem. The blender also does not separate the pulp from the juice, just turns the whole thing, pulp *and* juice, into a delicious :-) wet mush. I like to blend berries with a handful of salad greens. Yummm.
Stay well, Linda"
09/08/2012: Tom from Brewster, Ny replies: "I bought a Juicer about two months ago and beleive me, it has changed my life. Best juicer and easiest juicer to use and clean. I now add a tablespoon of Coconut oil to every drink and feel twenty years younger."
05/29/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "A video on you tube showed a guy juicing a cucumber with a slow and fast speed juicer. He took the temperature of the juices and they were both the same."
[YEA] 03/07/2010: Tinkerbell from Austin, Texas: "I have been taking coconut oil mainly because I heard it helps UTI's and i got them chronicly. I never expected it to help my asthma! Iv been taking it a few months and I noticed I wasn't useing my asthma meds. I couldn't believe it. Iv been studying coconut oil like crazy for a week now and found that this stuff is incredible! I eat a lot less cause the oil suppress my hunger, my chronic UTI's are gone, I have way more energy, my asthma is going away, my skin is clearing up, dry skin is gone, candita symptoms are gone, chronic headaches are gone. Coconut oil has given me hope for a new life! Don't take it from me! Educate yourself. There is a ton of science behind this stuff, and research that can help you understand what it does and why."Replies
12/03/2010: Bella from Louisville, Ky replies: "U mentioned your "asthma" got better. Maybe your reflux got better and therefore your "asthma" cleared up. Reflux splashes hydrochloric acid into your airway causing asthma like symptoms. Most Dr.s don't think of this. 50% of people are silent refluxers. So, maybe it wasn't asthma after all."
08/24/2011: Cheryl from Summerville, Sc replies: "In my experience, most acne is a virus and an imbalance in good bacteria in the colon. It's often not enough to take probiotics or coconut oil because it does not kill it entirely. The best one thing for acne is black walnut because it is very good at killing all the things that cause breakouts AND will balance the good/bad bacteria at the same time. And yes, cleansing and supporting the liver is important too, but if you're not killing things when they come out, you're just re-circulating everything. I suggest working with a professional on this one because killing stuff is not an easy process most of the time and it's hard to know if it's die-off or you need to back off because your organ are in overload.... Because that's what probably caused the problem in the first place. There are different parasite killing herbs for different parasites, viruses, etc... So if you're going to get the job done... You need to know which one you have... Get tested.... Muscle testing is best and I'm an advocate of nutrional response testing.... Good luck!"
08/24/2011: Kattis from Auckland , New Zealand replies: "This is a great post. I am getting muscle testing for the first time also, so am looking forward to that. With acne yes so caused by imbalances in the body... Like acidity and yeast. Especially that yeast lead to leaky gut syndrome etc. Another good thing that is similar to black walnut is Grapefruit seed extract. Highly effective for clearing the body of rubbish and leaving a great balance in the body. Tastes sooo bad though. I am going to try to insert into gel cap to take. Also nothing like a bounce on a rebounk to get your lymphatic system fired up and flushing. They say 15mins on a rebounder is the same as a 30 min run = D"
08/25/2011: Blanche from Iberia Parish, Louisiana replies: "How can you tell when it is a virus?"