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Cholesterol  

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Posted by Pegiot (Leavenworth, KS) on 12/01/2007
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My cholesterol was a little high (212) although my ratio of low to high density cholesterol was fine. I was already using a low carbohydrate diet and I added 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil daily. After 3 months, my blood work was re-done. My total cholesterol had declined to 187.


Posted by Earl (St.Catherine, Jamaica) on 05/27/2007
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coconut oil reduced my cholesterol level


Posted by Elizabeth (Buffalo, NY) on 12/01/2006
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my cholesterol was 224 before using extra virgin organic coconut oil. doc took me off lipitor because of side effects. i started coconut oil 1 tbls or more/ 4 or 5 days a week. IN THREE MONTHS MY CHOLESTEROL WAS 176 ....! i'd changed nothing else about my diet, but do not eat egg yolks--hadn't for a long time.

Replied by Chegui69
Long Beach, Ca, Usa
05/27/2011

Besides it working for cholesterol I've heard people using it for oil pulling etc etc....my questions would be is Virgin Coconut oil everyone is talking about the one in a paste form or liquid form? I'd like to go and buy some but don't know what the product is. thank you in advance


Chronic Fatigue  

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Posted by Henri (Los Angeles, California) on 08/23/2007
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Hi I have been battling a string of health problems due to chronic stress. The one thing that made everything worse was chronic fatigue. 4 Days ago i could barely get enough strength to get out of bed in the morning. I searched this site for a cure, and found that virgin coconut oil helps. I had bought some a few weeks ago, i started drinking 2 tablespoons a day, it has given me enough energy to get through the day, and be active at work and even enough to go out after work and have a life. It has even helped with my bowel movements. all this after less than a week. I cant wait to see if it can help me with everything else.


Chronic Sinusitis  

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Posted by Janie (Palmdale) on 01/07/2006
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I started taking 2tbl.spoons of coconut oil 2 times a day, 8-05 for systemic candida. I have suffered chronic sinusitis for years. By 9-05 my sinuses were completely clear. No more Allegra, Flonase, Clartin, Contac or any of that stuff. I gave my daughter a jar and her sinuses cleared up in 3 days. I am still battling the candida.


Circulation  

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Posted by Jamie (St. Petersburg, FL) on 01/31/2008
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My boyfriend was tired of seeing me uncomfortably cold all the time. He became uncomfortable knowing that I couldn't relax from always being so cold. He did some research and discovered that my body temp. was averaging 96.8 F. He suggested I take Coconut Oil for a while to see if it would help. We honestly can't believe it! I, for the first time, am not constantly cold. Yes, I do occasionally get cold but nothing like I use to. I'm actually relaxing now. It's has made such an improvement to my life. Would definitely suggest it for anyone with a similar situation.

Replied by Kathy
Richardson, Tx.
05/19/2009
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I also felt a difference from taking EVCO in not being so cold all the time. Others that I work with would ask me if I was cold because the thermostat was set too low and they were cold. I thought that was unusual because I was the one who was always cold. I was taking about a teaspoon with my oatmeat every morning. One side effect from this was that by the end of the week I was sooo tired, like I feel when I am coming down with something. I didn't feel like doing my aerobics or walk the dog for 30-40minutes as I had in the past. So now I use it occasionally 2 or 3 times a week and even less depending on how I feel. But, I do use it as an under arm deodorant and on my feet. There is NO odor from my armpits even when doing aerobics. Apply enough of the oil so the skin around the armpit area is well covered. The coconut smell goes away after an hr. or two.


Posted by Deloris (Covington, GA) on 07/06/2007
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My husband suffers from cold hands and feet, but since he's using the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil(Organic) he has not had any problems since. I use it on my hair and it makes it look healthier and stronger than it has in years.

Replied by Merona
Bellevue, Wa
04/29/2012
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My temperature has always lower than normal. Having a subnormal temperature causes one always to run colder, than most, I dealt with it by wearing silk underwear, super long ski socks, and layers of clothes, covering my ears wearing cashmere hat, scarf, shawl, I always thought it was because I was so thin but then my dr pointed out that I was subnormal. I started taking organic coconut oil and that has helped tremendously.


Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Cara (Los Angeles, Ca, United States) on 05/24/2013
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A few years ago I stumbled on this site when looking for more natural cures for common ailments. I didn't like the idea of using antibiotics all the time, especially when I would be taking 750mg horsepills several times a day. Yuck!

Oil pulling with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) has changed my life in several ways:

Sinus infections- I used to get these all the time! Since I started pulling, though, I feel any hint of congestion break, especially in the shower with that steam. I stopped pulling for awhile out of laziness and totally caught a sinus infection that was going around. Within minutes of pulling I felt the congestion start to break, especially in my ears! A little pulling, some cracking and popping in my ears and I was able to hear clearly for the first time in a few days! All the gunk started coming out. I need more tissues...

IBS-C- I was diagnosed with IBS several years ago but oil pulling I have much more regular and healthy BMs. My digestion is fabulous!!!

Teeth- People ask me how I get my teeth so white and when I tell them its not bleach they usually don't believe me at first! My mouth, teeth, and tongue feel cleaner and whiter for sure.

Energy- Overall my energy levels are so much higher when I oil pull. If I go without pulling for some time I'll go through a detox period where I may feel fatigued after oil pulling or break out slightly, but I know its a sign of healing.

I've read up and seen conflicting ideas about what it actually does. All I know is that it changes my body in a real way for whatever reason. I'm hooked... And tellin the world about it. Thanks Earth Clinic!


Coconut Oil Alternatives  

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Posted by Brian Barbour (Fayetteville, NC) on 05/07/2008
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Hello, I really like your site. I have just discoverd great bennefits from Hemp Oil, you can get it through online from canada, it is suppose to be very similar to Coccunt oil with high in Omega 3 and 6 Also High concentrated THC Oil suppose to cure many Cancers, anti-iflamitory, athrites etc. Before the 1937 Marijuan Prohabition, Industrial Hemp was our Nations Biggest Crop, U can Make Ethanol, Fabric, Food. Without any Chemicals or Fertilizers. But since Dupont makes a Fortune selling Chemicals to Farmers, We are being screwd by our Politicians...Please spread the WORD!


Coconut Oil and Hair Dye  

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Posted by Coco (Anon) on 01/18/2013
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Coconut oil (EVCO) made my hair very soft and shiny but it stripped my salon hair dye out. I saw online that olive oil and coconut oil can do that. Maybe I will try Henna/Indigo dye next time (though I heard the Indigo can get stripped out too). Be careful it ruined my $60 dye job.

Replied by Coco
Anon
01/20/2013

I have to be fair, I also used some shampoo and condition at my parents place that might have done it too. But it is true that coconut oil can strip hair so be careful. I did leave mine on overnight and trying to think back to the cause more, I just want to be fair. Thanks.

Replied by Jill
Chicago
01/02/2015
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I have 100% all natural coconut oil that has worked really well for my hair. At the age of 48 my hair is drier than it used to be and the pricey conditioner I have wasn't helping. The coconut oil has made an amazing difference in my hair and it hasn't ruined my dye job. But I leave mine on for about 45 mins. Not sure what the diff is between virgin and natural.


Coconut Oil and Healthy Fats  

Posted by Rebel (Somewhere Usa) on 06/23/2014

Hello to all. I really want EC, Bill, Ted, Dave, Mama to Many and anyone else, I might have left out to take a look at these websites. Please give your opinions about some of the content, in particular about the Truth about Fats / There are No Healthy Oils, Coconut oil, and Olive oil. Also about The Dangers of Maca, Coffee, Green Tea and Chocolate. I would like to add these websites here that have some great information on them. Some of it is already here on EC, But some of them have extra stuff that is not here and as you can see also some have some different opinions on some of the natural remedies and their cause and effects on us.

See I believe we are all different and respond to natural treatments and diet differently than others, where as medical doctors say we are all the same.

Here is the website with the most info. Which by the way has info including Bill Murno's website and all kinds of good stuff. Can be found here:

http://educate-yourself.org

Second up is about dangers of Maca, Coffee, Green Tea and Chocolate. Can be found here:

http://www.relfe.com/wp/

So third is the Truth about Fats / There are No Healthy Oils. Can be found here:

http://vega-licious.com/?s=healthy+oils

I am in no way trying to conflict what we have learned here on EC about coconut oils, olive oils ect.... Just saying, lets investigate all avenues . The more we read, study, investigate and try different techniques the more we will know and understand.

Replied by Mama to Many
Tennessee
06/25/2014

Dear Rebel,

You ask some good questions. I agree that there is not a one size fits all solution to health problems. I find it fascinating that here at EC, different people respond differently to the same things. It is one of the beauties of EC; lots of people sharing a variety of experiences and options.

The “what to eat” issue is huge. There are so many options, so many opinions. And I don't think there is just one answer. I think different diets are appropriate at different times. Even nature tells us this. For example, a baby cow drinks cow milk, exclusively. As an adult, she eats grass. (Well, cows are fed lots of things, but her natural diet is grass.) Baby humans do best on human milk for many months. Sick or convalescing people need gentle diets. Sedentary people need less food than those who are active.

I don't think there could be a “perfect” human diet. Human beings live all over the globe in different climates with all sorts of different availability of food. Different cultures have different values, beliefs, etc that affect what they eat. My understanding is that people living near the North Pole would eat things like seal and blubber. They won't have much availability for fresh fruits and vegetables, but still the culture lives on. And living in that climate people will need the extra fat to stay warm. The ladies there probably won't look like Barbie, but Barbie would freeze to death living there. I get nervous when I hear about the perfect diet “X.” It is often expensive and not available to many people. I don't think good health is only available to the wealthy who have internet access. If I have to get all of my food online to get the ““best, ” that makes no sense to me. Until recently, it was normal for people to live on local food. So I think a variety of diets will sustain a variety of peoples quite nicely. Sally Fallon's book, Nourishing Traditions has oodles of fascinating stories of people eating an unprocessed local diet. It seems to work out quite nicely for them.

Regarding fats, I agree that processed oils are not healthy. Olive oil is a food that has been used for food and healing for thousands of years. I think it is tried and true. Having seen coconut oil heal my son of mono a few years ago was pretty convincing to me of its health benefits. Should people be taking large amounts of it daily? Well, I am not sure. Most cultures did not have access to that until recently. So, when I consider what local options for fat I would have, it might be possum or raccoon fat. Oh, dear. I am not ready to go there! :)

I think sometimes our problems come in with eating mostly processed foods, eating too much food, getting too little exercise activity. I don't mean at all to imply that anyone with a weight problem or health problem is a lazy glutton. Not at all. It is much more complex than that. Chemicals from a variety of sources (foods, cleaning supplies, vaccines, mercury fillings etc…) can affect our health in a bad way. Overprescription of modern drugs is also affecting health poorly.

But I am not a purist in my food choices. I like to cook and eat healthy and like to use natural medicines. But for me there is a balance in that and being able to enjoy life. While eating potato chips on the couch in front of TV is not usually relational, often meals are a relational activity. To be unable to enjoy a meal prepared by someone else for you because of the fear of its contents will affect relationships. I am not suggesting celiacs eat gluten, nor diabetics sugar but the pursuit of a perfect diet tends can make some people obsessive and fearful, which isn't fun or healthy. I know because I have been there.

I do think food choices affect health. But I also think activity level, attitude and environment and lots of other things affect your health a lot too. Just my very wordy two cents! :)

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
06/25/2014

Mama to Many: very well put!!


Coconut Oil and the Liver  

Posted by Dee (Australia) on 12/04/2013

Hi I have started taking virgin coconut oil 3 teaspoon a day for the last 2 weeks. Feeling more energetic and no more brain fog. But I had ultrasound few months ago for stomach pain I was having and it shows some fat in my liver. I don't take alcohol. So my question is coconut oil is not going to make liver even worse ???? Since it's all fat. Am so concerned about my liver.. But can't deny the benefit coconut oil has been giving me. Please help. Waiting to hear from your experience and thoughts.

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
12/05/2013

Dee: A good broadspectrim multivitamin/mineral will further help w/ metabolism, as well as detoxification. Make sure to also get plenty of Omega 3 Fatty Acids like Fish & Flax Oil. 1000mg L-Methionine w/ 1000mcg B-12 plus extra Niacin (Inositol Hexaniacinate is good flush free form, take as directed). If you don't see any positive results in about 1 month, a Gallbladder Cleanse will be necessary.

Replied by Mike 62
Denver, Colorado
12/05/2013

Dee: Google natural news treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease naturally.


Coconut Oil Application Tips  

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Posted by Rami (Santa Cruz, Ca.) on 05/18/2010
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I loved the way the coconut oil felt on my body but I had a hard time putting it on. (I live in a colder climate and it was hard as a rock). I always take a bath at night so I scoped some out, put it in a plastic container and while I am drawing my bath water, I float the container. It melts quickly and perfect for application when I get out. If one took a shower one could put it in the sink with hot water while showering.
It is doing wonders for my dried up, sun damaged skin.

If I am going to be in the sun for long, I still put on sun screen over the coconut oil. It seems to lock in the coconut oil. I do the same at night (put other creams over it) and it locks in the moisture. The next morning my skin feels like a baby.

Thank you Earth Clinic, you have opened up a new world for me.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
05/19/2010

Rami, a little while ago I read in a book that coconut oil protects the skin very well against burning in the sun. I tried when we had a few very hot days and it is true, my skin browned nicely without getting red at all. I don't have a very white skin but still I do burn a bit in the beginning of the summer even if I take care not to lie in the sun too long. I have no idea whether it also protects against damaging rays but one thing you should consider is that there is a lot of talk of the sun screen creams causing cancer. For the time being I am only using coconut oil but if ever I decided to use sun screen again I will buy the cream in a health store because they explained to me that theirs don't contain the cancer causing chemicals. Oh.... it is all so complicated....

As far as dry skin goes a while ago I posted here a quite good recipe for a bath oil. It works wonder for me when I don't feel like applying the oil after my bath. Just soak in it and your skin will feel wonderfully moisturized. Being almost 53 I have started to have very dry skin.

Replied by Rami
Santa Cruz, Ca
05/19/2010

Fracisca,

Thanks for the input. I am a red head with very light skin. I do use the good sunscreen. What is the recipe for a oil bath? Thanks, Rami


Coconut Oil Caveats  

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Posted by Pat (Ballwin, MO) on 07/04/2008
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I intended to purchase the product below from Amazon, then checked the reviews on it. Please read the review below:

Source Naturals
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Softgels, 240 softgels
Price: $21.46

1.0 out of 5 stars Would not buy again, November 18, 2007

I bought these to take by mouth, but after seeing the thick covering decided I didn't want to ingest that material--then decided to use the oil inside the capsule on my skin.

When cutting a small hole and squeezing out the oil, I noticed a small pellet that wouldn't melt on my skin in almost all the capsules. Not sure what that material is, but am glad that I decided not to take them internally.

Also after doing some reading on Titanium Dioxide (listed as an ingredient) found that it is "Classified as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans" by IARC.

Now I plan to stop using it on my skin and throw away the rest of the bottle--should've done my research before buying.

Replied by Jennie
Cph, DK
07/06/2008

A quick search on the net turned up some info about this product (Source Natural's Coconut Oil Softgels). The Titanium Dioxide (TD) is added to the product as well as gelative (presumably the capsule). TD is added to products for its optic whitening qualities. As that has to do with appearance, it makes no sense to use TD in a product meant for ingestion!

Pure coconut oil does not contain TD, and therefore does not carry the carcinogenic risk with it.

Replied by Davd
Norway, Maine
08/09/2009

Check out swanson. They have bottles of organic coconut oil soft gels, (without the td), for 2.99 and its buy 1 get 1 free now. So for 2.99 you get 120 capsules then 4.99 s&h.I got 6 bottles and 2 bottles of ginger root and only pd 15 with s&h! I have been taking them for a month and my blood pressure has leveled out big time. it was 165/94 I am now at 136/76 as of 2 weeks ago.

Replied by Destingirl54
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
08/05/2012

I bought 3 containters of the Louana Coconut Oil and what a disappointment! I bought it at Publix and was so excited that it was on 6 dollars for each. I will promptly take it back tomorrow. I know Publix will take it back because that is the way they work. They had a different brand that was much smaller and I will look at it to see if it is organic and unrefined. I was so disappointed that this coconut oil did not even smell like coconuts and it is yellow, not white!!

Replied by Deedee
Skowhegan, Maine
12/24/2014

I think you may have gotton a bad batch. I use LouAnna from walmart, it is white as it should be, it should not be yellow. I buy mine a little over $6 a jar. Smells faintly of coconut, I use it in baking and cooking and also use a big jar of organic coconut I keep on the counter.


Coconut Oil Ointment  

Posted by Georgina (Tolmie, Victoria, Australia) on 05/05/2013

Has anyone ever made an ointment using Coconut Oil? If so, was it easily absorbed by the skin? I have been making ointments with Virgin Olive Oil however it really leaves a greasy trail on the skin.

Replied by Montana
Toronto, Ontario
05/06/2013

Use less coconut oil.



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