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Posted by Cat (Austin, Tx) on 07/18/2010

[YEA]  THE VCO EXPERIMENT. I fluctuate at 176-180lbs because I do have a thyroid/metabolism problem. I try to always eat a healthy low carb diet as it combats my allergies and at least keeps my weight stable. BUT, I think I may have solved my thyroid and weight problem by ingesting coconut oil and water ONLY for breakfast and lunch and as a nighttime snack as needed.

Here is what I do and it works: Breakfast and Lunch consists of 1-2 tablespoons of VCO with water. Dinner consists of satiety level meat, salad, raw berries, sauteed veggies, and any vitamins I feel I need. Sometimes when eating out, I will include limited rice, white or sweet potato, or whole corn. I try never to eat wheat, bread, milk, SOY, sugar or polyunsaturated oils.

THE EXPERIMENT started: A more than hectic, rushed week began with no time to eat breakfast or lunch; so I ingested 1-2 tablespoons of VCO and drank water for these meals. Well, lo and behold, I did not miss the meals and found that I had tremendous energy, clarity, eyesight and was hungry-less while I only partook of the oil. By dinner time, I began to feel hungry and ate the low-carb meal described above. Within two days, my OH-SO-TIGHT-AROUND-THE-WAIST jeans were not so tight; I wasn't nearly as bloated in the mornings. So I continued this for the rest of the week, finally getting on the scale for my usual Friday weighin, thinking I might see a huge weight gain from all that oil. I had lost 6 pounds in 5 days!

The following days, I purposely went back to my usual low car regime, eating a normal breakfast, lunch, and dinner cooked with VCO or Palm oil and quickly gained the pounds back. I am now 2 days into trying THE EXPERIMENT again and have already lost 2 pounds. I still don't get hungry or feel fatigued, quite the opposite, again. Now, I am aware that coconut oil does not give all the nutrients the body needs so I try to make dinner as nutrient dense as possible, including a multivitamin. I am going to continue THE EXPERIMENT of 2 meals VCO and 1 off and will post in a month (8-18-10) on my progress or lack thereof. By the way, my thyroid loves this as well only experiencing pain when I eat soy out at restaurants. When the throat pain begins, I put a drop of lugol's iodine with a drop of coconut oil on my neck and the pain subsides within 5-10 minutes. SOY is SUCH a bugger!

Posted by Bessie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
07/18/2010
Hi Cat - I'm looking forward to your update in August. I, too, am hypothyroid (with the menopause added in for good measure! ) and I am battling a weight gain. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and I cook with it but I haven't ingested it. I'll have to start to see what will happen. Good luck on your experiment!
Posted by Cat
Austin, Tx
10/05/2010
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Hi Bessie! Well, the experiment works! 10 lbs every 2 weeks! HOWEVER, I now know I'm allergic to this nut as well. Had to make a choice between extreme eczema or weight loss. Chose my skin which is getting better now that I've stopped the VCO. Also noticed my blood pressure slipping higher which ceased when I stopped imbibing VCO. Sigh! What next? mmmm.. I'm working on it..
Posted by Bessie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
10/06/2010
Thanks, Cat, for your update. Sorry to hear about your eczema! I've been taking 1 teaspoon of coconut oil daily (will slowly work up to 1 to 2 tablespoons daily) and I hope I will do as well as you have. Good luck on your mission. Isn't Earth Clinic grand?! I've learned so much. Cheers.
Posted by Alimaacd
New Fairfield, Ct
01/20/2011
10 Posts
low carb may help some but you really should consider going gluten free. 9 out of 10 cases of hypothyroidism are autoimmune (hashimoto's) which causes the immune system to attack the thyroid. Gluten molecules resemble thyroid tissue so it can actually stimulate an attack. Besides avoiding an autoimmune response, going gluten free can relieve all kinds of symptoms like aches & pains and especially digestive issues. I lost 17lbs within 4 weeks when I went gf and I lost all the bloat!
Posted by Bry
London, Uk
03/21/2012
My eczema got worse with VCO. I also saw a Homeopath to treat emotions from the inside. Very good! MUST DO IT. I also saw a nutritionist. CALENDULA cream is my ALL TIME HERO.. until now.
Posted by Cat
Austin, Tx
04/02/2012
49 Posts
Yes, Alimaacdes, I agree, and find corn & wheat a huge problem for my digestion, hair (loss, ) and skin. Eating the same inflammatory foods over and over also presents a problem. But, knowledge is power! I esp. love these 2 books: wheat belly and victory over diabetes - I recently added them to my health library. (not selling these just found the informaton within them so helpful) For example: how many gluten free eaters know that most oatmeal is processed in wheat factories? This could be why I always had terrible stomach aches (a gluten intolerance symptom) after eating oats, a gluten free food. It now shows on the oatmeal box whether the oats were processed in a factory that processes other grains & nuts. If it says nothing abou it, it probably is.

As far as coconut oil is concerned, for me, it's a wonderful aid for stomach aches, topical cleansing, and helpful for getting a sound sleep. If I don't ingest it every day, and limit that ingestion to tsps. rather than tablsps, then I can take full advantage of its many great benefits -- like softer skin, better bowels, alleviating thyroid problems... My face is the deciding barometer of what I am eating and if I'm eating too much of the same inflammatory food. If I am not eating right, my skin is a rashy mess for weeks at a time. I say again to new mothers of preemie babies, please, please, please, do not feed your baby grains for at least 6 mos. The preemie gut is just too immature to handle grains. Mashed or stewed, fresh fruits and veggies (and mother's milk protein) are perfect for the gut-immature, preemie baby starting on solds. This is of course, my very own opinion coming from my very own experiences and observations. Peace out, ..... CAT!

Posted by Justamammakim
Idaho Falls, Idaho
07/17/2012
3 Posts
Cat, For the eczema, you can try soaking in the bath a couple of times per week for 15 min. or more with a mixture of Tea Tree oil and Lavender. This will help with the eczema :) You can also try controlling your blood pressure with another natural supplement. Use this site to your advantage. I know I am. I love this site. It has really been a savior to me. Don't give up on the coconut oil.... Until you try the tea tree and lavender.

Posted by Sunita Rao (Mumbai, Maharashtra) on 05/25/2009

[YEA]  Virgin coconut oil helps to thyroid patients. I have been using virgin coconut oil extracted from coconut milk..it is one of the best oil i ahve ever used..its good for thyroid..i would recommend to try it atleat once..i have been using ___ Extra virgin coconut oil

Posted by Ravi
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
11/30/2011
From where do I buy Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in Mumbai. I would like to try that.

Posted by Misha (Binghamton, New York ) on 03/19/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I began taking a tablespoon of coconut oil in my morning tea each day. On about the 4th day, I suffered from chest pains which I had never experienced before. I discontinued use to rule out other possibilities, and when I reintroduced it, I suffered from the chest pains once again. I began taking the coconut oil to help a sluggish thyroid, but have stopped taking it since my negative experiences with it. I am 27 and in excellent health.

Posted by Nicole
Chicago, IL USA
03/19/2009
4 Posts
Chest pain from using coconut oil could actually be a good thing, if it is the feeling of a clogged up lymphatic system starting to drain. This feels like painful, slow-moving lumps.
Posted by Dianne
Orillia, Ontario Canada
03/20/2009
4 Posts
For a sluggish thyroid I use Kelp 660mg x2 and I also have started on Maca 1 tsp daily in your favorite beverage or choice of beverage, I have mine with my morning coffee. Both seem to be working fine. When I used it a few years back, (different reason) it worked well, cleared up the issue plus increased my energy and gave me a new attitude. Works good for mental, emotional wellness too. Good health and Blessings.
Posted by Alimaacd
New Fairfield, Ct
07/21/2010
10 Posts
If you're on thyroid meds and start taking coconut oil regularly and experience heart palps, it could be because the coconut oil is working and you're actually able to reduce your thyroid meds. Myself and others I know were able to go off our thyroid meds completely after going gluten free and addressing other underlying conditions like dysbiosis and dysglycemia.
Posted by Carly
Seattle, Wa Usa
07/21/2010
That is very interesting. . . I am not on thyroid meds but have been taking about 3 tbsp of VCO a day for almost a year and having the heart palps off and on for about the past 3 months. Nothing unbearable but a bit creepy feeling at times. I am wondering if anyone else out there is experiencing this due to the VCO and if there is a solution for it other than stopping the VCO? I love the energy it gives me, and don't want to quit! Thanks~Carly
Posted by Addy
Flowery Branch, Ga
07/22/2010
I've read previous posts which refer to supplementing with Magnesium when taking CO. I use CO on my skin and hair. . Haven't quite got the nerve yet to ingest it but I do see results. I also get the palpitations and it is a scary feeling.
Posted by Alimaacd
New Fairfield, Ct
01/20/2011
10 Posts
If you're on thyroid meds and experience heart palps with coconut oil you may need to adjust your meds accordingly. If you experience them and not on meds you may just be taking too much.
Posted by Cat
Austin, Tx
04/02/2012
49 Posts
When I first began taking coconut oil, I did experience a faster heart rate and higher blood pressure that worried me. I was taking daily tablespoons as Fife and many on earth clinic recommended. I think it was an over-load; too much, too fast! I believe that when first taken, if it is foreign to the body, some people may experience system cleansing or allergy, over-load, or inflammatory related problems. Starting with a small amount, every other day may be the ticket. For example, instead of ingesting a tablespoon, start with 1/2 teaspoon every other day. This works for me and my weakened (but getting better) immune system. So, I advise small amounts at first. Small and/or infrequent amounts may be ALL that your body needs. CAT
Posted by Coconutrisk
Reno, Nv
06/10/2013
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I too have been getting chest pains from coconut oil. I have 100% confirmed this several times by eliminating it from my diet then reintroducing it. It is concerning because sometimes it feels like I am having a heart attack. All the healthy stuff that is indicated by taking coconut oil, I am really concerned about the risks.

I have never taken thyroid meds, or any other meds. Just had to changed my diet to veggies fish and some meats over the past year. Coconut oil was helping my diet not be so bland, but despite what I just read on this forum about it possibly being a godo thing, the chest pains don't seem good to me. I'd like more science behind this.

PS: I have also found a few other cases of chest pains with coconut oil from google search.

Posted by Cydrae
Baton Rouge, La - Louisiana
07/08/2013
Although coconut oil has many health benefits, too much of a good thing is usually just that - too much. There is some evidence that VCO decreases gallstones, but overindulgence can have the opposite effect and cause gallbladder pain which mimicks heart attack symptoms. Hope this helps. Good health to all.
Posted by Cononutty
Pdx
04/04/2014
This might be a reason for increased heart rate in some individuals when taking virgin coconut oil, because if it is dried then processed it oil it may have mycotoxins this can cause an allergic reaction...I figure no ones body likes mycotoxins! So please make sure you are buying Organic virgin coconut oil harvested from FRESH coconuts that means it has NO myctotoxins and is safe for consumption.

Posted by June (Sydney, Australia) on 03/17/2009

[YEA]  Thanks to this site I have been able to contol the symtoms of an inactive thyroid. I take 2 tablesspoons of EVCO in small glass of orange juice morning and night . This has given me energy, I am now able to exercise 4 times a week, stopped the constipation.Improved my moods and increased my general wellbeing. It did not decrease my weight so i have started counting the calories. I used to be able to feel my thyriod constricting, now that has gone, so I know that the EVCO is having a direct effect on my thyroid. I have not decreased my medicine -1 thyroxine per day and my scan shows no change to the thyroid surface, but the EVCO has given me my motivation back.

The Doctor says I have an autoimmune response to my thyroid "hasimoto desease". Is there any suggestion to how else this may be treated? Thanks

Posted by Alimaacd
New Fairfield, Ct
07/21/2010
10 Posts
90% of hypothyroidism is caused by hashimoto's... It's the #1 cause of hypothyroidism in the USA. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease so it's absolutely necessary to address what's causing autoimmune responses. Some possibilities include dysbiosis, dysglycemia, food sensitivities etc. Check out the hashimoto's groups on facebook and you'll get alot of info on this.
Posted by Molly
Lumberton, Tx
08/11/2010
In regards to the Hashimoto's, try getting tested for gluten sensitivity. Ask your doctor, or you can order a stool test from EnteroLab, which is supposedly more accurate than a blood test.

Posted by Sarah (Champaign, IL) on 07/24/2008

[YEA]  My thyroid level was low. The doctor said I must go on thyroid prescription. I said give me a few months to try virgin organic coconut oil.
I took 3 to 4 tablespoons daily in smoothies or melted on salad or just ate it. (It looks like crisco, which worried me, but I was determined not to have a lifelong prescrip.) At the next blood test in 4 months my thyroid function was "excellent" and to top it off my cholesterol had dropped the bad level and raised the good level. The docotor was pleased. I needed no prescription. I did gain 2 pounds, but considering how much oil I ate and for how long it was not an issue.

Posted by Becky
El Paso, Texas, USA
10/09/2008
does extra virgin coconut oil help you if you have had your thyroid removed completely?
Posted by Chris
Syracuse, Ny
01/27/2012
I am wondering this too and cannot find any info anywhere on what can help peeps with no thyroid.

Posted by Dorie (Ft Lauderdale, Florida) on 04/08/2008

[YEA]  Coconut Oil for Hypothyroid patients: I heard that virgin coconut oil was a good supplement for people suffering with hypothyroidism. I went to a natural food market and bought a jar of it. That was 2 months ago and I have gone back to buy more several times. I am taking 3 tablespoons in the morning. It has not helped with my weight although I know a few people who used it and lost weight immediately. It has stopped my hair loss (it use to fall out by the handful) and in fact not only is my hair thicker but my eyebrows are growing back. I no longer have cold hands and feet either. It doesn't cure thyroid problems but it certainly is a great supplement to help with the effects of the disease.

Posted by Kelley
Graham, Washington,USA
07/11/2008
You say you take 3 TBLS of coconut oil. Can you tell me how you consume it.....is it by spoonful?!
Posted by Maurice Escargot
Sacramento, Ca
03/16/2010
You say that the coconut oil caused your hair to grow back thicker, your eyebrows to grow back, your hands and feet to warm up, yet you mention it doesn't cure thyroid problems. All these symptoms are for hypothyroidism. Why do you say, then, that coconut oil DOESN'T cure thyroid problems?
Posted by Alimaacd
New Fairfield, Ct
01/20/2011
10 Posts
Coconut oil will help the hypothyroid symptoms but 9 out of 10 cases of hypothyroidism are autoimmune (hashimoto's) so you still need to address any underlying conditions that are causing the autoimmune responses. Gluten free diet is a must and other food sensitivities could also cause symptoms. Adrenal fatigue is a biggie and can cause blood sugar issues etc. Check out the hashimto's 411 group on facebook for links to good information on all this.
Posted by Robyn
Sydney, Nsw
08/29/2012
I have been taking VCO for the past 5 months. I was a lot of thyroxine - 900mcd a day and I still felt incredibly tired all the time. Through these forums I read that VCO could help with the symptoms of an underactive thyroid so I started taking 1 tbsp a day. I love the taste and quickly increased to 3 tbsp a day. I had SO much energy I had to make sure I took it in the morning so I could get to sleep at night! After 3 months I had my blood done and it turns out the VCO was working so well I had to drop my meds and am back on 100mcg a day. I am an elite athlete so really push body constantly and have kept up with the 3 - 4 tbsp of VCO a day however am much more tired than before. My friend pointed out that whist "Hyper" thyroid I was actually feeling a high! This is the greatest natural thyroid help anyone could ask for. I imagine if you were only slightly hypo it would cure you. I'm wondering if if I increase the dose of VCO again will it help more? I'm scared of negative side effects obviously due to long term use.
Posted by Sasha
San Diego
04/04/2014
[YEA]   I take 1 to 2 tablespoons and I feel much better and take lugol's iodine as well, I weigh 108 plus I'm mostly raw vegetarain but I did cut back and eat a small lite dinner no weight gain from VCO at all. Plus skin and hair look very healthy and my eyes look brighter clearer.

Posted by Teresa (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) on 04/04/2008

I have been taking coconut oil since the summer. I have the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. I was shocked when I read the causes. The coconut oil also helped to improve my skin tone. I feel for everyone that has this problem.

Posted by Kelly (Brooklyn, ny) on 03/01/2008

[NAY]  i found out i was hypo in Sept 07. have never been overweight ..read about VCO so i tried it for a month but have gained weightI went from size 4 to 6 in a short time. i exercise alot and have not changed my eating habits with the exception of adding VCO to my diet. I would have 1lbs on my toast in the morning and then cook with another tbls at night. i started taking it for additional energy and softer skin...but the only thing i got was thicker thighs and stomach. i just had my endo appt this week and still had to increase my meds as the THS levels were still not close to normal. I guess I was the exception!

Posted by Karen sheridan (Essex, england) on 01/30/2008

[YEA]  Coconut Oil: Has really helped me with my thyroid condition and has given me energy when it has not been functioning that has really helped.

Posted by Melynda (Niagara Falls, Cananda) on 01/29/2008

[YEA]  I have had a chronic thyroid condition including goiter and hypothyroidism for years. I have been taking thyroidisine prescribed by my doctor, 1.75 mg per day for 1 1?2 years. The weight loss was slow and I always feel as If there is something stuck in my throat. I would often start coughing and throwing up, because of the condition. my T3 levels were at 90, after a year they are at 3, finally. However I now take coconut oil reliving the constant pain in my neck, therefore i take it everyday. it makes me feel alive, after many years. The weight loss has been slow, I will mix a tablespoon in my coffee in the morning. I spread it on bananas, just so I am getting the desired amount. I find it still hard to swallow, and when I combine my thyroid prescription with the oil, It makes all the difference in my comfort level of my neck area. Slowly, the goiter is shrinking. i will continue to buy coconut oil, the benefits are very great. It still often uncomfortable and I have weight to lose, It is a slow process, but the oil makes a great difference in my energy and throat irritation.

Posted by Sky
Brattleboro, Vermont
03/02/2009
2 Posts
for those suffering from thyroid symptoms- be sure to request testing for Hashimotos Thyroiditis- its a disease, NOT a 'condition'. Im searching EC for info on using VCO and ACV w/ BS for thyroid weight loss. Ted? anyone else? thank you!
Posted by Crystal
Bronx, Ny
09/16/2010
I just found out that I have an enlarged thyroid(goiter) and I would like to know what coconut oil do you use and also how long do it take the goiter to shrink...also how do you take the coconut oil. Thank you so much for everything

Posted by Linda (Concord, CA) on 12/14/2007

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  [WITH SIDE EFFECT] I began using VCO on doctor's orders to help combat hypothyroid. My skin, hair, energy levels were all positive results. I also used VCO as a deodorant. However, after a few days I began gaining weight, got dizzy spells and some diarrhea. My blood pressure soared! After continued trials for a couple of weeks, my doctor advised me to stop using it. This was disappointment as I got good results in other areas; however, every attempt made to try it again caused my BP to go higher. I do full body cleanses once or twice a year. Possibly it might help if I did just liver cleanse? I'm 60 years old, exercise daily, eat healthy foods, do drink 1.5 cups coffee in morning and am Blood Type A. Disappointed as not being able to use coconut oil due to HBP. Would appreciate any comments on my HBP problem to be answered on this site. Any insight would be beneficial. Thanks, a CA gal

Posted by Ione
Sacramento, CA
08/13/2008
According to D'Adamo and the "Eat Right 4 Your Type" diet, just about no one should eat coconut oil. I'm a fan of that diet, but I also know that one size does not fit all. Some of the things ER4YT says I can tolerate, in truth, I cannot (wine, sulfa drugs, etc). As a Type A, non-secretor, it says that I can tolerate coconut milk. But not coconut oil? It doesn't make all that much sense to me. I started taking it for thyroid help, but I love what it has been doing for my skin. I haven't had any side effects so far. I don't understand how anyone can lose weight taking this tho. At 120 calories in 1 tbls, if you take it 4 times a day, you are adding 480 calories.
Posted by Cat
Austin, Tx
03/16/2010
I tell all my sisters, every female: STOP INGESTING SOY!... and its many products. Do your research and study what soy does to your thyroid. Then, check your grocery labels intensely because soy is in just about all packaged food labeled as vegetable protein, gluten...etc; in names disguised to fool the American public. So, do watch what you buy. It is used exclusively in most restaurants so try to cook at home as much as possible or eat simply of meat, fruit, salad with your own dressing (store bought salad dressing is loaded with SOY OIL). For me, first getting rid of soy, switching to red palm and coconut oil, stopped my extreme thyroid problems. Now I am slowly losing the weight that I could not lose no matter how much I exercised or ate well.. Applied Coconut oil with a drop of iodine soothes my aching neck. So ladies, if you find that you eat right, exercise and still cannot lose excess weight, you need to get rid of soy in all its forms. THIS KNOWLEDGE IS FINALLY CATCHING ON. Believe me, where the female goes, the nation follows. EXCESSIVE BLEEDING AND OVARY SWELLING, losing eyebrows,head and body hair, sore turkey neck, itchy skin, weight gain and a host of other SOY problems is the legacy of soy that catches up to you even if you are a tiny person. Without soy in my diet, I no longer suffer from extreme daily bleeding. And, my eyebrows are growing back and my hair has stopped falling out with my hairline slowly growing back in. BEWARE! IT IS THE SOY SISTERS.
Posted by Janice
Coloma, Mi
03/19/2010
Thanks for that info Cat. I am having a very hard time losing weight no matter what I do. I do believe it is my thyroid even tho the Dr. says no. My basal temp in the morning is always very low. My question to you is, how do you apply the iodine? You mentioned it with coconut oil. What all do you do for your thyroid beside avoiding soy?
Posted by Diana
Grand Junction, Co
03/21/2010
3 Posts
i have the same issue as you i have done some iodine painting. one time with a sinus congestion i painted it on the outside of my glands on my neck. Worked wonders within two hours i was 70$ better 90% by the next morning. after that i ordered some lugol's iodine online. only since taking it internally has my temperature started to slowly creep up i was normally (for me) 35.8 Celsius now 36.3 still low but getting there. i have been taking it for about 4 weeks. Surprisingly my eye sight improved reading glasses went from 3 to 1 1/2! day 6 i started to get a little more energy. I love what it is doing for me. my waist line is a little less yet i gained some weight to start with think i might be gaining mussels. i also eat a few Brazil nuts for the selenium. Good luck on your journey.
Posted by Janie
Mattoon, Illinois
03/30/2010
15 Posts
Thanks for the information on Soy related foods in your diet. I really appreciate your input. I am a vegetarian and have been for many, many years. At the time that I became a vegan, I replaced all meat products with "SOY" products, especially Soy Protein. a day never went by that I didn't consume soy in my diet, and that is in a span of around 20 years thus far! All my meals had soy in them.

I am now going to the doctor this week because I have just not felt like myself in a long time; weight gain even when I don't eat (can never lose weight even with diet and exercise- seem to gain instead!), overly tired, dry skin, hair, nails that crack, hypothermia, acid reflux, itchy skin, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, dry eyes, very low body temp. low blood pressure, slow pulse, etc. on and on and on.....And this, all because I try to be soooo healthy and watched what I ate, that I may have brought these syptoms on myself from consuming SOY all these years. I printed off a sheet on the web, Soy and your Thyroid, to which I am showing my doctor when I go for my visit. I can't wait to have a discussion with her about this subject. Hopefully, through some bloodwork, tests, etc. that she can determine what is now going on in what I thought was my healthy body! I will write about my results after I go to the docs.

Posted by Cat
Austin, Tx
04/02/2012
49 Posts
Sorry for getting to this reply for this particular feedback sooo late. For my thyroid, I also went on a gluten free diet as well as eliminated all soy from my foods. This two prong approach took my neck - in 3 months - back to normal. It is smooth and doesn't hurt when I swollow. I've also lost that "husky" voice I had acquired, and the choking. Anytime I eat soy, knowingly or unkowningly at restaurants, I feel my neck aching and know what to do - No Soy, No Grains, and a tsp. Of coconut oil with a drop of lugol's iodine, by mouth. Doesn't take long to work - about a day. I do make my own dressing and grab it whenever we plan to eat out , or, I use lemon juice on my salad. Check out your store's dressings. Soy is used even in the ones that list olive oil or cheese as main ingredients. By the way, I'm within 40 lbs of my goal weight so have added 8 minutes of jumping roap on a thick rubber mat to my routine. The rope-skipping is making my stomach disappear! How cool is that?! See ya, CAT

Posted by Peter (Koh Samui, Thailand) on 10/05/2007

[NAY]  I was diagnosed with mild Hypothyroidism in May 2006, studied the benefits of VCO and started to use it shortly after. For the first 6 manths I experienced an increased energy and a better digestion. However this effect did not last. The oil did not have any effect on the funtion of my Thyroid and my general wellbeing. I am still using the VCO internally(every heated meal is prepared with it) and I also use it externally (on some parts of my body). I do this, because I am convinced by the benefits of this oil. However it does have not any dramatic effect, as testified by others. Since about one week I am having digestion problems and feel congested in my liver and spleen area. I am still on my Thyroid medication (50 mcg of Euthyrox). Does anyone have a similar experience that they seem not to benefit so much from the oil? I am of the blood type O and according to the bloodype diet I should avoid coconut and also the oil from it. Has anybody experiences with the effect of VCO on blood type O people?

Posted by Anna
Philadelphia, Pa
03/03/2010
I'm type 0 (Rh-) and I use coconut oil! However,lately I have stopped drinking it(1 tbsp in orange juice) only because I saw no difference (so why bother?) after 3 months (3 months is a deadline in my book). However if the supplement is very right for you, you should know immediately!). But I still use it on my skin and it really does wonders! My eyes are very sensitive and CO is the only thing I can use around eyes!
Posted by Sindee
Clovis, Ca
08/11/2013
I remember my mom telling me never to heat coconut oil to cook with because something happens to it so I haven't, but we used coconut oil for our hair which made it thick, shiny and healthy. We used it on our skin in place of lotion, also as dressing for salad. After 30 years of no EVCO I am back on it again and I can't rave enough about it. But I don't cook anything in coconut oil, my mom knew best I suppose. I know it's not scientific but everything she taught me is right on the money so far.
Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
08/11/2013
435 Posts
Sindee, isn't coconut oil made by cooking it?? So why not cook with it?
Posted by Kt
Usa
08/12/2013
333 Posts
I wanted to ask the same question... I have been using CO to cook my eggs... please tell us why we should not heat it.
Posted by Ed2010
Canada
08/12/2013
435 Posts
In the Caribbean, Philippines and in other regions, coconut oil is prepared by squeezing milk from coconut and then the butter is separated. This butter is heated and melted into coconut oil.

In India, a coconut is broken and sun dried, then the white flesh (solid endosperm) is ground and the oil is extracted. The traditional oil milling machine is made of wood, similar to pestle and mortar. The pestle will be moved by Bull in a very slow motion. So heat is not generated much, this is similar to COLD PRESSED OILS.

This is what we used to cook and apply in skin and in hair too. And it has wonderful fragrance and taste. It is predominantly used in KERALA state of India, which I mentioned in another post.

Industrially produced coconut oil uses steel machinery, which produces heat when extracting the oil.

Posted by Kt
Usa
08/12/2013
333 Posts
Perhaps my head traumas prevent me from reading between the lines... It is still unclear to me why CO should not be heated before consumption... please advise because I use it to cook with and even add it to my coffee.
Posted by Chiquita B
Colorado
08/12/2013
Coconut oil is the best oil to cook with actually. I'm not sure why that person's mom told them not to cook with it? I only use virgin coconut oil in my baking and frying. Other oils are not healthy or stable at high heats. I also use EVOO in dressings but not for cooking. Anyhow, coconut oil is awesome - for both external and internal uses. You can use it with confidence! :)
Posted by Rani
Berkeley, Ca
08/12/2013
Most of South India (Kerala particularly) uses coconut oil. As (in effect) do people in Thailand, because to do a proper coconut-milk-based Central-Thai style curry you have to "crack" the coconut cream to release the oil and cook it for a while with the wet curry paste before doing anything else. No one there has any problem with cooking with coconut.

I cook both styles of food, and use coconut oil when I do. This sounds like bogus advice.

Posted by Jess
Bg Ky
01/26/2014
3 Posts
When coconut oil is heated to a certain temp, the "good stuff" is killed essentially. The same happens with many foods. That is why so many of you are probably not seeing much benefit. It can be used in WARM liquids to drink, but not HOT. (Same goes for honey for the record.) If you aren't buying COLD PRESSED oil then you will not see the same results. Of course you CAN cook with it--it won't hurt. But it won't really HELP you much medicinally either. Might as well use olive oil to cook with since it's typically much cheaper. I put a mixture of coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon in my tea once it has cooled down to a nice warm temp. I also use the same mixture in hot chocolate (once it has cooled to warm of course) along with protein powder. Very yummy.

When using ANYTHING as "medicine" be sure to read as much about it as you can!!! For example, as I've read on here elsewhere, the potassium iodide (I think that's right) in Lugol's iodine is counteracted by vitamin C when both are ingested within an hour or two of one another (so take your iodine supps at least an hour before/after having any vitamin C intake). Such info is crucial if you want to get the most out of your supplements (and the money you paid for them). Earth Clinic is a treasure trove of info! Read everything on here that you can. AND then google your supplements, and also google combos of the supplements you take to see what info is out there about taking them together (many times things can counteract one another). You can't just cook with coconut oil and say "Coconut oil didn't cure me of ______ so it doesn't work" etc, etc. You have to know HOW to use natural remedies (especially when you're also on any pharmaceutical DRUGS).

Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
01/26/2014
I have to disagree. VCO if used tor sauteeing and not deep frying can take more heat than other oils. Read Dr. Fyfe's book on coconut oil .

Olive oil is now 98% marketed to include gmo'ed cheap oils and it will be difficult to find pure olive oil since it will not show on the label. See other posts on that on EC. Namaste Om

Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
01/26/2014
264 Posts
Jess, you brought up an excellent point. Using the natural cures requires due diligence in researching how the natural cure should be optimally taken. Blindly gulping down something and going no further in the learning process can cause failure. There is a self education process that one must endure even if very sick. One must understand how things interact with other things. Vitamin C can nullify iodine supplementation if one is not careful.

Many supplements will direct person to take with food (probably to avoid nausea problems) when to be efficacious one should take without food. Reading what's on the manufactures label is not sufficient.

Many people who come to earth clinic are still under the trance of their conventional medical doctors. They will continue to blindly follow the advice without lifting a finger to realize the inefficacy of so many of their prescribed medications. I notice many people who have side effects from astaxanthin are using other prescription medications. Natural medicines and conventional medicines are most of the time in opposition to each other. It requires a higher level of expertise to combine the two also and this is something that most doctors just won't do. They will just say the natural medicine doesn't work.

Some people are so overwhelmed with mental and physical sickness that they are unable to make the mental effort. It may take them a couple years to implement some suggestion. I am very careful with what I suggest knowing that what may seem like little effort to the average person may require a monumental effort from them mentally and physically. If they still trust their doctors, the negative fate of their health is usually sealed. Nothing can be really done.

Most people just want to be told what to do since it psychologically seems to make their life easier. If one is relatively healthy and has no major problem, it will usually work. They are lulled into a sense of comfort. When something serious comes along, they will usually be in trouble and will never know that conventional medicine was the reason behind their death.

Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
01/26/2014
264 Posts
There is burn point for the oil. There is the point when the vital nutrients of the oil get destroyed. You may both be right but in differnt ways. If oil is cold pressed, I would assume it's sensitive to heat
Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines
01/27/2014
949 Posts
I have to agree with Om here. I've been using VCO to cook with and medicinally for over 6 years now and I've never regretted doing this. Mind you, VCO is much cheaper in the Philippines than in the West. VCO helped to kill my candida, rapidly cured my constipation (I was going for poops once every 7 days -- and that's serious), I lost weight and the VCO also helped my skin by leaps and bounds. What's more, my BP is still at 110/70 -- been that value for the last 6 years -- ever since including VCO permanently in my diet (while excluding all processed veg oils).

So I am a little astonished when people say that saturated fat is bad for them. That's the Lipid Theory screaming at you in your brain and its like a knee-jerk or instinctive reaction for most people. We've all been taught or brainwashed by the drugs companies 40 years or so ago, when the FDA decided (together with the processed vegetable oil cartels in the US), that vegetable oils were all terribly good for the heart.

Strange though that even after the whole world population converted to processed veg oil 40 years ago and who are now all happily cooking everything imaginable in heavily processed (and oxidized) polyunsaturated vegetable oils -- that the heart disease statistics today in the West have gone logarithmic. Therefore, one must at least fairly conclude from this that the FDA's heart disease theory -- veg oils benefit the heart!! -- is absolute bunk and is just a stupid ruse to help aid sales for the US veg oil cartels.

In the 1970s-80s there was a trade war going on between the Asian coconut and palm oil cartels and the the aggressive US rapeseed cartels and farmers. The palm oil cartels were winning because their oil was cheaper. After some very bad heart research by Ancel Keys which was used to make saturated fats enemy number, people then started using more and more processed veg oils(more trans fats) in their diets and heart disease has blossomed to become the epidemic disease that it is today.

For those who want to know more about how they (and their parents) were duped/brainwashed by an ad campaign from the US veg oil cartels 40 years ago, then best to read this, which is pure common sense:

How a P.R. Campaign Led to Unhealthy Diets

And here's some more research which should interest a few logical-minded people:

Study: Traditional Virgin Coconut Oil High in Antioxidants and Reduces Oxidative Stress in Heart, Kidney, and Liver

New Extensive Research From Sri Lanka Shows Coconut Oil Has No Risk to CVD, and that Coconut Residue has Great Promise for Treating Heart Disease

Virgin Coconut Oil and Diabetes

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer?TMs: Is the Misguided Low-fat Dietary Philosophy Primarily Responsible for Alzheimer?TMs Disease?

Study: Virgin Coconut Oil Effective in Treating High Blood Pressure

Coconut Oil and Heart Disease

Study: Virgin Coconut Oil Protects Liver from Toxic Effects of Drugs

Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
01/27/2014
264 Posts
The government has for many years advocated fish oil. I bump into so many people who climbed on board.

But they neglect to warn people - the oxidation in fish oil are known to cause aging and lower intelligence. I take the more stable and less rancid krill oil but I a;ways take it with enough antioxidants. An alternative is to take parent oils or non fish oils. There is a point of view which says that fish oils are not good for you based on the ratio of 18 and 20 chained molecules must be maintained which I haven't become convinced.

So the powers that be try to screw people through the holistic health angle. Anything they recommend even if it seems healthy, one must keep on alert for the gotchas.

Most of those people who climbed on board with fish oils will get damaged over the long run without the antioxidants. Some manufacturers of fish oil do add antioxidants but usually not enough.

Posted by Kt
Usa
01/27/2014
333 Posts
I too have to agree with Om. I purchased what I thought was quality OO, but I kept having to return it to the store because it went rancid. Then it was on quite a few news briefs about how companies were diluting the OO with cheaper oils to cut costs. You just don't know who you can trust anymore.
Posted by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn.
01/27/2014
HI U PRIORIS, , , , , , , , , Our Anti-aging doctor put us on fish oil big time some 6 years ago. We buy ours from LEF because they are quality folks. We subscribe to a few medical news letters and one is edited by Dr Robert Rowen. He says that Omega 3's from fish oil is bad news Charlie and will cause you to age before your time. You have to believe somebody so we are swapping out about $ 400 of Omega 3 fish oil for 3, 6, 9 oil from vegetables. There are a lot of experts this day and time and you have to pick who you think is a winner.

The best two news letters we have found is Dr Rowen and Dr Frank Scellenberger. You dang sure can't go with your regular MD. He is 20 years behind the times and only listens to the Pharma rep in a tight skirt, and feeds his staff. I say that because our youngest daughter was a Big Pharma rep for a number of years.

The medical field has changed in my lifetime and most of you know this. It's a big house, a beach house and a European vacation. As the sayin goes, " DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS". Don't mess with the medical field unless you want confusion.

That is my word. ======OLE ROBERT HENRY==========

Posted by Rischa (Seattle, WA) on 08/26/2007

[YEA]  I began taking coconut oil about June 1st this summer, primarily for my long term hypothyroidism. Now not yet 3 months later I am completely off my synthroid and cytomel. I was on more than 300 mcg for about 7 years. It has changed my life. I feel so much better than I did on the thyroid meds. I am not cold, I am sleeping better. It made a herpes outbreak completely dissappear in 4 hours when applied topically. my periods which have been abnormal all my life are normalizing,(I am 45) and I am finding that I am eating smaller meals and more satisfied and not hungry. I swear I can hear the click in my head that says I have had enough to eat! Ive lost 10 lbs. I attribute it all to 4tbsp VCO a day(2w bfst/1w lunch/1w dinner) and also trace minerals, and fish oil. none or very little bread and refined carbs. I did have a day of scary high blood pressure symptoms, after which I reduced my meds by 1/3rd, and the symptoms went away. A wwk or so later when I began feeling the same things again, I reduced my meds again and again until I quit all together. the last step is to get my blood levels tested by my doc, just to confirm I am doing as great as I feel, tho I am starting to think it is not necessary, except to gloat to my dr.

Posted by Lisa
Los Angeles, Ca
08/08/2009
Re: coconut oil for thyroid. I have been hypothyroid for many years and am encouraged by those people who have successfully reversed their hypothyroidism. Do you continue to take coconut oil if your condition returns to normal? Or do you need to keep taking it once you are off meds and your bloodwork is normal?
Posted by Tony
Feltham, Middlesex, United Kingdom
01/22/2012
12 Posts
[YEA]   My god I'm totally blown away by this website. It is without doubt the best website on the planet. For many years I have suffered with back pain, chronic fatigue and depression. I keep telling my doctor that all my symtoms point to a thyroid issue but she will not listen. I did have some thyroid tests done but they came back normal. Symtoms are hair loss on shins, calves, eybrows, cold hands, cold feet, zero sex drive, depression, chronic fatigue, unable to lose weight, lower back pain, knee pain, pain in wrists, pain in ankles, pain in all joints, constipation and yes even thoughts of suicide. I thought I was almost on to finding the solution when I started taking my Nascent iodine supplement last week. The reason why I thought I might be iodine deficient is after spraying a cut with iodine about an hour later I started to feel great, no brain fog and felt happy. I assumed wrongly or rightly that is must be an iodine defiency. Anyway I went out and purchased some Nascent iodine. According to the Nascent instructions you take 1 drop in 3 to 6 oz water or topically for the first, increasing 1 drop each day for 5 days. On the 5th day I took 5 drops and later felt very faint and light headed. Also it felt as though my heart was pumping faster and I must admit I was quite scared. I then read about Virgin Coconut oil and decided to give it a go. I took a tablespoon in the morning together within my muesli and with an hour I started to feel that a great weight had lifted from me. I couldn't believe it, I went out for a run and actually felt happy and motivated for the first time in many years. I am also losing weight, for some reason it seems to raise your metabolism. I take a tablespoon in the morning with breakfast, a tablespoon with my lunch and a tablespoon with my dinner. It is nothing short of amazing, thanks so much for all the wonderful people on earthclinic. Coconut oil may not work for everyone but it certainly works for me. Good luck to all.

Posted by Andrea (las vegas, nevada) on 07/14/2007

[YEA]  I have been battling hypothyroidism for 8 yrs now, i gained 82 lbs over the yrs,diet after diet failed umtil i started on coconut oil and let me tell you that in 2 months of taking coconut oil combined with a low carb diet, i have lost 35 lbs feel great energetic again, on my way of losing all the weight i plan to lose an aditional 40 lbs by december since i"ve taking the coconut oil softgels i have not had any side effect coconut oil is the miracle oil but again combined with a low carb diet.

Posted by Karen
Corinth, Tx
09/07/2011
How much coconut oil did you take?
Posted by Rebecca
Weatherford, Texas/usa
01/03/2012
Hi Andrea - on those Coconut oil soft geltabs how many did you start with and how many do you continue to take today? I am hypo as well (12 years) and have the geltabs -- don't want to take 4 though unless necessary. Have heard should start slow and ramp up? Thanks!

Posted by Deborah (Denison, TX) on 07/12/2007

[YEA]  I have read a lot of the comments about the VCO and its problems. i have been taking VCO & ACV (Read my testimonial) for over 10 years. In addition to both of these natural cures I also take 1/2 lemon & 1 tbsp. of Sea Salt each day with 8 oz. of warm water. This lemon/sea salt drink is a natural cleanser for your liver & digestive tract. If anyone is scared of the VCO causing liver problems then this might benefit them. The VCO does give you a oily discharge and gas but the benefits far outweigh the negative. I have taken several body cleanses and the natural, cheap and easiest way to do a body cleanse is to take the VCO twice daily (I mix mine with vanilla yogurt) and you will dispel the parasites that cause illnesses and clean your intestinal tract that when old food is not dispelled causes diseases. I do the lemon drink first thing then my VCO with yogurt and then my ACV & water and I am ready with so much energy to start my day. I have my thyroid and weight under control due to this regimen.

I also use VCO instead of body lotion or hair conditioner. I had very dry hair, skin and cuticles due to a thyroid problem but once I started the VCO it went away. I also make a VCO & Sea Salt scrub that does double duty because it opens your pores of the skin to dispel toxins and softens your skin. I am a 48 year old red head grandmother that looks in her 30's because of this great oil. I have 3 incurable diseases that I take no medication for except for my thyroid medication and my dosage keeps getting smaller & smaller each time my blood work is done.

I have found many cures for illnesses that are natural and have not been to a doctor in 4 years except for my yearly Lupus physical.

Posted by Bilja
Toronto, Ontario
11/30/2010
Greeting. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is quite motivating. Just a question, mostly hear ACV should be taken prior to meal. Is it OK to have yogurt&VCO first? What would be difference if taken other way around? Thanks


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