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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.

How to Take Internally
Posted by Gettingearthy (USA) on 04/19/2013

Hi Lisa from Thousand Oaks, CA. Question for you. I am new to EarthClinic and so VERY glad I found this website. I've been taking ACV in my morning water and have found a few other uses for it with positive results. I started OP just this morning and surprisingly, it went well! (I have a strong gag reflex so I thought I couldn't do it but mind over matter.... I did it. Can't wait to reap the benfits of this with time. ) Onto my question, I bought organic CO and use it topically on my face and as an all over moisterizer. My husband uses it on his scalp for his eczema - works VERY well! But to ingest CO... It's in a solid form when you buy it. If I were to just take a tablespoon of it, would I melt it first? I understand if you cook with it, it would melt. Same for putting it in your coffee????? I put a tsp. Of pure cocoa in my coffee for health benefits and I can only imagine CO in my coffee with the cocoa would be pure heaven. I want to start taking more CO for weight loss, too, but not exactly sure how to take it orally. Again, do I melt it first? Sorry if this seems silly. Everyone posts that they take CO daily but don't really say if they warm it up first or swallow it in its solid form. Thank you!!

Oil Pulling
Posted by Jana (Portland, Tn, United States) on 04/11/2013

I would like for my elderly mother to try oil pulling as she suffers from severe arthritis but she has both upper and lower dentures, would this still be a viable option for her? Could she still 'swish' in the morning before putting her dentures in? I would love to be able to be able to tell her about this and for it to work for her so she would not be in so much pain. Additionally, what kind of coconut oil is best to use? Organic, extra virgin, etc? I'm new to all of this and it's all a bit confusing to me. I will be trying this myself as I suffer from chronic daily migraines as well as cluster headaches nonstop with no relief in sight and have been on massive doses of opiates to control the pain for six years now and I hate the amount of chemicals running good through my body. I and am hoping that this will help with the migraines and hopefully the clusters as well, not to mention a total body cleanse!

Oil Pulling
Posted by Debi Sunshine (Apple Valley, Ca) on 04/09/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I use 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil and I add a few drops of oil of wild oregano for immune support OR clove oil if I have a toothache. I average 5 days a week and I do it in the morning. For three years I have not had a cold or flu. I started OP because I couldn't afford a dentist and I am thrilled with the results. Whiter, stronger teeth and pinker gums. Feeling good. I learned about this from Earth Clinic then checked out Bruce Fife's book from the library. Happy swishing!!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Erin (Pittsburgh, Pa ) on 03/25/2013

Heather that is really interesting, and I hope that the EVCO is helping you out!

I have stopped taking it internally. I was getting no benefit after about two months of consistently cooking plus drinking in my coffee. (1-3Tbls).

As far as for yeast, I would still recommend coconut oil for really any vaginal irritation, but I don't believe that it will absolutely "cure" anything.

As soon as I stopped reading all of the systemic candida/Weston A Price Foundation nonsense and started reading up on the cervix, I started to feel better. I was focused on every little uncomfort and every thickening of discharge.

I highly recommend that women view the Beautiful Cervix Project.

I also switched to a menstrual cup rather than tampons which seems to have relieved a lot of irritation.

I stopped using coconut oil as a moisturizer as eventually it did seem to be creating acne and was not really moisturizing. The oil (a small amount with excess wiped off) was just sitting on my skin and eventually made me itchy (no this is not a toxin die off symptom). Winter skin is obviously contributing to the dryness/itch as well.

I still use coconut oil toothpaste occassionally because it does get rid of any white build up on the tongue very nicely.

I am never going to understand why so many people take the word of literally 1-3 doctors/dentists that published unreliable studies over 20-80 years ago (Weston A Price published in the 1930s and never intended to advise what the foundation puts out and though the foundation cites hundreds of sources in their panel's individual publications; there is only a handful of peer reviewed medical journals which at best were creatively interpreted by the foundation's authors). (Crook was over 20 years ago).

I've read double blind trials and different studies that tried to indentify "candida hypersensitivity" which like "gluten sensitivity" just means that no infection or allergy is present so they call it "sensitivity. " All conclusively showed that placebo works as often as actual anti-yeast drugs used in treating systemic candida that results from severely compromised immune systems (and kills people).

Well...To each their own.

I certainly have nothing like chronic fatigue syndrome but experienced a lack of energy and a foggy brain pretty consistently. I found a vitamin supplement combo (B, E, K, Magnesium/calcium, and D, probiotics) that really helped along with increased exercise and water intake. Water is so crucial!

Body Temperature, Menstruation
Posted by Sheila (New York, Ny) on 03/20/2013

Yes, that's normal. It feels nasty though, but it goes away after a few minutes or when you drink something. I don't know why it makes you get that scratchy feeling in your throat like that, but what I had really hard time with, was when I first started taking teaspoon or tablespoons in it in the morning, I'd get quesy for a good 30-45 minutes and have to lie down. It's been a couple years and I take it every morning and that feeling has gone away somewhat but I still get it sometimes. Coconut oil will make you nauseated especially in larger amounts. That's why it helps to eat with it.

Posted by Suzeeq (Port Saint Lucie, Florida) on 03/16/2013

Noticed a rash that looked like ringworm, found this site and decided to go with the coconut oil, can anyone tell me how long it takes to go away if I'm applying twice daily?

Skin Issues
Posted by Joy (Battlegound, Wash) on 03/10/2013

Hi, I read the book by Mary Newport on Alzheimers and she talked about coconut oil and I then started reading web sites to find out more.

I was hit by a car in the abdomen at 3 and flew 15 feet and hit a firehydrant with my head, so I have trauma to the brain, ADHD , Dyslexia and memory problems and learning challenges... so I followed some things I read and started on a tsp a day in my oatmeal and put a little on my skin and it soaked right in. My skin is EXTREMELY SENSITIVE , but NO Problems with the coconut oil. I am up to 3- 7 tsp. a day and coat my face neck hands and feet daily. dry heels are GONE.

I got a little acne at first and I've always had some but I haven't had any in a while , just kept putting the oil on the outbreaks. Hope it helps.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Heather (San Diego, California) on 03/03/2013

Hi Erin from Pittsburgh, Pa! Thank you so much for being a voice of reason here.

I too think that people are a bit over zealous when it comes to systemic candida claims. I get that we may have fungal issues, but, well, no need to rehash what you said.

I've tried many things on earth clinic for my chronic fatigue syndrome with severe insomnia, lack of energy and brain fog. Going after mysterious systemic candida was an epic fail. However, using Ted's remedies I have been able to get rid of local fungal issues, and coconut oil internally and externally has improved feet fungus (white powdery heels) as well as improving my ability to breath deeply (previously had shallow breathing. ) The latter was a remarkable improvement, and reason enough to keep using it as a general health tonic.

It has made no difference in my hormonal acne, or hormonal troubles. It dries out my chapped lips and hands when I use it instead of lip balm or lotion. The jury is still out on whether it truly offers any increased energy, but I like that it may be effective as an antiviral, and that it helps with cellular energy including brain energy via ketones. Viral and energy metabolism issues may be the source of my many problems, which are all the same symptoms of the mysterious systemic candida.

I am aware of the dangers of consuming polyunsaturated fats, so only use coconut oil in a reasonable amount for cooking. If I go long enough without cooking in it, I'll take it now in teaspoons, not the tablespoons I was downing for many months for candida. I did not lose weight with coconut oil, and it didn't noticeably reduce my appetite. Other things have worked for those issues, including giving up grains and sweets, and alkalizing.

I've used both RBD and EVCO forms. It's the specific type of fatty acids that work, not the organic or non organic forms of those fatty acids. If you can't afford organic, go to Walmart and get a $5 tub of their cheap stuff (Luannes?). It will work the same regardless of what the slick marketers tell you.

Anyhow, I think people post to earth clinic miracle cures for things they've only been using for a few days, and this bothers me. Use coconut oil, yes! Try it to see if it works for a given condition long term (I'm still breathing great! ).

The HIV and Alzheimer's research using coconut oil is promising; as is its potential for preventing SIDs. If I had a bad virus, or a vaginal yeast infection, I'd use it for sure.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Clockworkorange (Hamilton, On) on 02/26/2013

@Alicia Vancouver

Not all coconut brands are alike. I have tried several and the best one I have used so far is N----va and A-----na. Never take coconut oil in pill. In order for you to get real benefits from coconut oil, you might have to start guzzle it. Don't just rely on getting in your food. Place it near a heater or some kind of heat source (DO NOT MICROWAVE) and drink it down by the cup. I read on another testimonial where someone drank a gallon of coconut oil to cure himself of brain tumour. I say its worth a try. The worst thing that can happen to you is you will poop alot and then after it will stop. When I first ate 4 tbs, it gave me the runs for a few days then stopped. If drinking it make you nauseous, drink freshly squeezed lemon juice. For some reason, I crave fresh fruits whenever I drink coconut oil especially citrus fruits.

I find I get more benefits from just drinking the oil than using it for cooking. I had a bad case of vaginosis (putrid), I realized I have an overgrowth of fungus and all sorts of nasties in my gut and so I started drinking half a cup or more of oil daily and within a few days the smell went away. I even put some on tissue to wipe myself. And ladies, if you drink coconut oil long enough, down there will aways be fresh and clean. And your poop won't stink as much. I used to be a regular user of coconut oil then I stopped. My skin was so great that I really thought it was the make up I was using. I even telephoned the company because they discontinued the makeup then I realized after I no longer drink the oil, my skin was going back to looking 30 something and not the 20 something I was used to. I am in my 30s and I was still getting carded at casinos and beer stores.

Now, I am going back to using coconut oil and I drink the amount based on the severity of my problems. For regular maintances 4tbs per day but you have a diseae I would start guzzling it down. You have to find your own balance and a good brand. If you can't keep it down drink fresh lemon juice. I could go on and on about the great benefits of coconut oil and why everyone should drink at least 4 tbs per day outside of what they cook with but I realize it is not for everyone and mostly people from the Tropics would understand. Just drink it or eat without food. Your benefit is at least beautiful soft, young looking skin. I drink it, I eat it, I put it on my body and in my hair. I even put some on my private to keep it soft and fresh. The above was my routine then I like an idiot stopped and now I regret it but I am back on my routine now.

I wish you health. If you need support, let me know.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Braying_donkey (Hamilton, On) on 02/26/2013

Capsules are a scam. Buy a bottle of the oil and take it normally.

How to Take Internally
Posted by Brian37 (Auburn, Wa) on 02/22/2013

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.

Storing Coconut Oil
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 02/21/2013

Goldenchick, the coconut oil doesn't need refrigeration. If it goes bad it'll smell off or have black mold. Mine never went off, except for a little vial I kept in the bathroom. I think the moisture there made mold on it.

Storing Coconut Oil
Posted by Om (Hope, , B.c. Canada) on 02/21/2013

the question about how to store coconut oil. It does not get rancid or spoiled, ever! Go for 15 years and it will be good. This, according to my research on CO. In hot countries where it originates, most people have no fridges. It is a treasure from the gods. Enjoy. Om

Storing Coconut Oil
Posted by Goldenchick (Concord , Nc) on 02/21/2013

I bought EVCO a couple of weeks ago but just now read on the label refrigerate after opening does this mean it as bad now since I have not not sure whether to throw it away?

Where to Buy: India
Posted by Sreejit (Calcutta, West Bengal) on 02/16/2013

I want to buy extra virgin organic coconut oil with short and medium chain.

How to Take Internally
Posted by Lilli (Kenmore, Wa) on 02/11/2013

A friend melts the VCO with dark chocolate (both are good for you) as a treat then pours the mixture in ice cube trays. She uses the VCO that is flavored. You can buy unflavored VCO for cooking. I use mine in green tea, coffee, and toss a blob in with any hot food I am cooking like stews and soups. The flavored VCO is great in Indian and other Asian dishes.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Suja Biju (Dubai, Uae) on 02/05/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Pure coconut oil which we extracted at home provides nice aroma for kerala dishes. It won't increase cholestrol. It helps me in reducing the hair fall and the dry skin problems.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Earl (Middleton, Wi) on 02/02/2013

Check out the ketogenic diet. The Cantin Ketogenic diet talks about a "healthy fat usage" like coconut oil (expeller pressed), cold pressed virgin Olive oil, eating clean meats like organic chicken and Sockeye wild Alaskan Salmon. Reduce carbohydrates to 30 grams per day (it will be hard but could really save your life). Cancer ravages sugar but cannot survive on healthy fats. The idea is to get the body to a point where it will be fed healthy fats instead of sugar. The cancer "cannot stay alive when it eats the healthy fat. " Read her book (the Cantin Ketogenic Diet) ..... It provides exact menus for each day to make it work. Good luck.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Erin (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 01/27/2013

Thank you both for the responses! Unfortunately, the ACV does not work for me (organic with the "mother").

Black cumin sounds interesting, and I will certainly look into that.

Really the coconut oil works (I say with hesitation), but the relief does not last. I am going to go to the doctor and insist on a culture soon to confirm that I have some resistant strand of yeast.

Skin Issues
Posted by Vic (Niagara Falls, Ontario. Canada) on 01/22/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using organic virgin coconut oil for quite a while now and must say... wowwww... I aIso use it for cooking, and applying it on my lips and face and have noticed the great changes.. I eat from the jar around 3-4 teaspoons a day and love it not to mention the great favor it adds to tea. I can only say anyone that is having problems with it especially in their bowel movements must be using a cheap imitation brand. I have tried both the jar brand and also by the bulk at bulk barn in canada. It's also a little cheaper at around $8.75 per kilo or 2.5 pounds.. I will be using it for ever now and everyone I talk to loves it in cooking with their foods and also in their salads by melting it down in a pan.

Cheap Coconut Oil Sources
Posted by Denis (Vancouver, Bc) on 01/20/2013

My understanding is that the best source of virgin coconut oil is from Tropical Traditions (Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil) Highly recommended for health benefits. It is hand pressed. The result is that it has the highest level of antioxidants. Great for candida sufferers.

Otherwise Costco carries Nutiva which is great tasting but the container is made of plastic.

Trader Joe's also carries a great coconut oil that is reasonably priced and the container is made of glass. also carries different brands of coconut at reasonable prices.

Coconut Oil and Hair Dye
Posted by Coco (Anon) on 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.

Coconut Oil and Hair Dye
Posted by Coco (Anon) on 01/18/2013
1 out of 5 stars


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.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Faeqa (Amman, Jordan) on 01/18/2013 66 posts

Hi Erin; I used black cumin (Nigella Sativa) for internal fungus and Yeast infection and it give me a very good result and a complete cure within one week, I think if you use it, it may give the same.

The way I used is: grind it then add ACV, let it stand around one hour to be a soft paste, take internally one teaspoon 2 -3 times a day (before or after meal), and put this paste externally 2 times a day

Not: don't grind alot of black cumin, just prepare for 2-3 days every time and keep it tightly in a jar because it oxidize by air.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Iowama Quoting Dr. Terry Wahls (Pella, Ia) on 01/17/2013

Hi Erin, I read your post and wanted to throw in a remedy for that yeast infection you've experienced. My daughter and I have sometimes developed them, usually after we eat too many sweets. We have tried the following with great success: Instead of dipping your tampon in melted coconut oil, moisten it with apple cider vinegar and leave it in for 3 to 4 hours, or sleep with it in. I hope this helps!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Erin (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 01/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Oh Coconut Oil... Where to begin...

I have been using coconut oil for 4 months now on and inside my body. I will say first off that I do not believe in this systemic candida issue and these "die-offs. " I do, however, believe in eliminating processed foods from my diet, while eating locally, organically, and sustainable. It is a learning process. So organic virgin coconut oil is great stuff. Here is what I have used it for.

Yeast infection: I am currently suffering from repeated yeast infections... Check that... I am just not getting rid this yeast infection completely. I have tried the prescription pills and OTC creams. Coconut oil is great for relieving symptoms and the infection temporarily. It has been more effective than the creams or prescriptions thus far. My infection has always been minor/mild. I am getting insurance in a few weeks, so I have not been to the doctor recently, so it is undiagnosed, and I am very well aware that I could be misdiagnosing (but after hours and hours and months of reading, I don't think that I am). It began with diagnosed BV and antibiotics (so I know the difference).

Put some coconut oil in a glass, and put that glass in a stopped sink with hot water (about an inch worth). The oil will melt pretty quickly while you brush you do your bathroom routine. Dip an organic cotton tampon in, swirl it around in the oil, and put it on up there. It is pretty much instant relief for me. I leave it in 2-6 hours. After doing this for three days my symptoms will disappear but always temporarily. Basically it gets rid of the problem on the surface but not entirely.

May I suggest that EVERYONE read the V Book. There is a crazy amount of misinformation on this site. Read this book. The chapter on yeast infections is online so just google it. Learn about your body apart from only second hand naturopath advice which, if you understand the complexity of scientific experimentation- studies, you will understand that a naturopath (though sometimes helpful) is not a substitute for a doctor... Meh.. But to each their own. If you have reoccurring yeast infections, put some coconut oil up there to get you through and insist on a culture from your gyno.

Please do not get into these year/s long extraordinarily restrictive diets that drive you to the point of thinking every ache and pain is the candida monster thriving inside of you. Eating a little sugar does not cause yeast infections... Now, if you are drinking a liter of pop a day and over a quarter of milk with a bunch of cookies, etc...well...

Moisturizer/stretch marks: Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer. My boyfriend loves it. I would like to use it as a sexual lubricant as well.

After a month of regular use there is no noticeable difference in my stretch marks.

I do use it on my face and upper shoulders where I have the occasion pimple break out. Coconut oil does not reduce nor cause pimples as far as I can tell. I definitely do not breakout from coconut oil, but it does not seem to have much of an effect on existing pimples. Things are pretty much as they ever were, though I have received compliments on my skin.

Toothpaste: Google a recipe. I have been using it as a homemade toothpaste base for only a week now. Nothing incredible to report, but I do not think that I have bad breath.

Shaving cream: I only shave with coconut oil now! I put a little melted oil on my legs and shave away. It is great! Razor burn is not completely eliminated, but definitely greatly reduced.

Consumption/Internal Use: Okay... I have added 1-3 T in my coffee for... 4 months now, every morning. This does _not_ eliminate yeast infections. It does absolutely nothing as far as preventing/stopping yeast infections. No changes whatsoever from ingesting.

Eating this stuff does increase your metabolism. This means your heart rate will increase and your body temp increases so you will sweat more. I hate this. I have not lost weight (getting back into my yoga routine now.. Exercise and eating right is the only way to lose weight... There is no special tonic). The increased sweating (especially at school or in work when I tend to be more nervous) is terrible. I don't like it. I don't smell great from it either.

This is not a herx reaction or any kind of toxin die off. People that throw out "herx" every time someone has a negative reaction (most of them either allergic or due to severely depriving oneself of carbohydrates/sodium/sugar) make me insane. Look up coconut oil. It raises metabolism and heart rate. I do not have a mysterious systemic candida condition that everyone has and every single doctor ever attempts to mask from their patient's eyes in order to line their pockets with more yeast money. If you are sensitive to raised heart rates (I am and the first day was kind of rough so I had to start smaller and build up the dose) then start with just a little and work your way up. I am going to work my way back down on this one as I am not sure that a little increased energy is worth the sweatiness and warm sensation all day. We will see.

But most importantly, eating coconut oil does not do anything for yeast infections... At least not for mine. I will say that topical application as described above has worked better than Apple Cider Vinegar (did nothing... I started using Apple Cider Vinegar for everything and it did nothing for anything, but I do use it to cook), garlic (did nothing... Ingested and stuck some up there overnight a few times), yogurt (did nothing), probiotics (love for digestion but as suppositories they do nothing for me, and I have tried all of the most recommended brands made especially for vaginal flora harmony).

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General Feedback
Posted by Hannah (Paris, France) on 12/15/2012

Thanks so much for the feedback everyone!

How to Take Internally
Posted by Sheila (Sandisky, Oh) on 12/10/2012

Hi, for oil pulling: Swish for about 15 minutes then spit it out in the toilet. I usually then swish with a little water then brush my teeth with toothpaste. Some will tell you not to use toothpaste but I just have to. Hope that helps.

How to Take Internally
Posted by Stephanie (Greenwood, In) on 12/09/2012

I put Virgin Coconut Oil on apples and on angel food cake and its so good!

Posted by Debbie (Stanfield, Nc, Usa) on 12/06/2012

I started using coconut oil on my hair about a month ago. I have EXTREMELY dry and really frizzy hair. I put it on til my hair looks oily (not drippy oily but like its about time to wash it oily (lol)). I do not wash it out. I'm retired so I dont have to go out if I dont want to, if I did I would probably pull it back or wear a scarf. Because my hair is SO dry, I dont wash but once or twice a week. Within a day of putting on my hair, it has totally soaked in and not frizzy and not oily looking. (told you my hair is extremely dry). When my hair has been shampooed and i'm blow drying or hot ironing, I put some on (like when you put on "heat treatment" that is over the counter that you're supposed to use before blow drying or heat ironing).... I dont have to use all that stuff the hairdressers recommend using.... Shiney stuff, body stuff, heat treatment stuff, etc etc etc. I love the way my hair is starting to look AND with only ONE product. I use it also on my legs for conditioning but just started that and it takes a bit longer than lotion. Also, I started Apple Cider Vinegar about 3 weeks ago and my energy has really improved. I need to check and see what all Apple Cider Vinegar is supposed to do but I know I have some more energy. I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!

General Feedback
Posted by Ed2010 (Oakville, Canada) on 12/04/2012

I will tell you something interesting. There is a province/state in India named "KERALA" which is derived from the word "KERAM" meaning coconut in its native language, which is "Malayalam". It is the land of coconut trees.

People here use only Coconut Oil for their cooking, for almost everything. It is one of the staple food in this province. It is also applied in the hair by most of the people.

The population of "Kerala" is 33 Million, then you can imagine what a staple food it is. So, you can take coconut oil. Good Health

General Feedback
Posted by Candy (Bk, Ny United States) on 12/04/2012

I am taking coconut oil for HSV1 and HSV2 but I have a toddler who still breastfeeds will the coconut milk affect her in any way? How long should I take this oil?

Cheap Coconut Oil Sources
Posted by Carol (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 11/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Walmart does have organic coconut oil by Spectrum in their cooking oil aisles for under $7. However, it is refined. Also, Costco is now carrying cold pressed coconut oil in a large bottle. Can't remember the price or name because I just purchase it with everything else I get there.

Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 11/26/2012

Hi Erin... I am quite surprised at what you say and all the assumptions you have made in your last post:

"Neon, there is no medical evidence to support a "die off" theory at all. I have done soooo much reading and have yet to find an actual medical physician to support this phenomena theory."

I would beg to differ here. Just type 'Jarisch-Herxheimer Effect' in Google search and see how many thousand hits you get. Die-off symptoms do exist and are well-recognised by both modern medicine and also recognised by alternative medicine.

"I believe that people who cut out all sugar and carbs (or most) are denying their brains an essential nutrient that it needs to thrive. "

The misunderstanding here can perhaps be resolved by recognising our natural historic diet and and the truly destructive effects of refined sugars and other processed foods in our diets today.

Up until 10,000 years ago our natural diets consisted of fruits, root vegetables, berries and raw meat. Then we started to eat cultivated crops like wheat and maze. Today our diets consist of heavily processed and refined foods that contain all sorts of pesticides, fungicides, additives etc that are not part of our natural diet. We have been eating agricultural, cultivated crops for thousands of years -- and the truth of it is that our bodies have still not adjusted to this agri-diet yet -- which is why some people still have allergies caused by gluten and lactose. And so what about the fairly recent introduction of so many chemicals and GMO foods into our processed food? Do you think all this proliferation of man-made chemicals in our diets is actually good for us?

There was also a huge difference in sugar intake between the early 1800s and now. Up to the 1850s, very little sugar was eaten -- and usually only in its natural forms such as raw honey. During this time auto-immune diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, obesity, cancer etc were almost unknown. What people are also amazingly ignorant about is that the body doesn't really need sugar at all because the liver and the adrenals can also help to convert proteins and fats into sugar when they are needed for energy -- so you can easily get your energy from just fats and proteins in your diet.

As for the dangers of eating excess sugars and carbohydrates in our diets, here is an interesting Korean 10 year study, involving 1,300,000 participants. Various medical body parameters were tracked in these people over a ten year period. About 20,000 people got various cancers and it was found that, in all cases of cancer death, these cancer sufferers had sugar levels above 110 mgs/decL. In all those that had remission and recovered -- which was about about 3% -- they were all found to have low sugar levels at or below 90 mgs/decL in their blood. From their analysis, the research concluded, "We observed linear trends in mortality with increasing fasting serum glucose level for all cancers combined and for cancers of several sites". See the research here"

JAMA Article on Cancer and Raised Sugar Levels

So when you ask yourself "How did I get my candida" -- the answer and root cause must be because of what we did and what we didn't put into our mouths -- constantly eating unatural refined processed foods, additives, pesticides, fungicides etc or drinking tap water laden with poisons also including chlorine, fluorine, bromine and heavy metals which is also combined with a complete lack of proper nutrients in our diets today.

It's also well-known that candida proliferates and spreads rapidly in the body when sugar is eaten in excess in the diet. Sugar simply feeds candida -- which is why some candida sufferers crave sugary or sweet food. So when you eat excessive sugar and carbohydrates in the diet (which seems to be the Western diet in a nutshell), it really does not really surprise me at all that so many people in the west suffer from candida problems now.

For more honest information and for a better understanding of your candida problem, I would also urge and recommend that you read either Orian Truss's book, Candida: The Missing Diagnosis or William Crook's book on Candida -- The Yeast Connection. Both these authors were practicing medical doctors who specialized in treating and curing candida problems specifically using alternative methods and proper diet as their main tools.

Posted by Erin (Pittsburgh) on 11/25/2012

Neon, there is no medical evidence to support a "die off" theory at all. I have done soooo much reading and have yet to find an actual medical physician to support this phenomena theory.

That said, I am not a doctor. I believe that people who cut out all sugar and carbs (or most) are denying their brains an essential nutrient that it needs to thrive. The symptoms of this carb deficiency are identical to the listed symptoms of "die off. " There is a medical systemic candida condition that results in people with compromised immune systems, and this is a lethal condition. You would know.

I take coconut oil every morning orally and it has never helped any external candida issues that are more common. Actual application did relieve symptoms greatly but did not solve the problem. I did not have "die off" symptoms bc I was not cutting out whole grains and all sugars from my diet.

The only negative symptom that I had was increased heart beat and sweating from an increased metabolism. I have read that this is due to the saturated fats improving the function of my heart, but I am not certain about this. The extreme heart palpitations went away as I decreased the dose and slowly increased to 1.5-3 Tablespoons/day.

It has been a month with no real negative side effects or positive results from consuming the oil. (Yes, I use the good stuff).

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Posted by Tapike (San Augustine, Texas) on 11/25/2012

Anytime you start using a remedy that is supposed to help cleanse & purify the body or flush illness out of the body, you need to be prepared for side effects such as nausea, headaches, tiredness, etc. Used herbs that help to cleanse your body. For instance, herbs such as red clover blossoms & burdock root help to cleanse the blood. Milk thistle, cinnamon, barberry bark, peppermint leaft & ginger root help cleanse the liver & gallbladder. There are several good formulas & remedies, even accupressure, that can be used to cleanse the liver & gallbladder, a process that should be used in conjunction with any cleansing process. Certain types of hot herbal baths & cold wraps can help pull impurities out of the body thru the skin. And there are, of course, some herbal enemas that help to cleanse the lower bowels.

If you have a sudden reaction to a cleansing, simply back off of it for a day or two or change your schedule so that you're doing it every other day or just a couple of times a week, at first, instead of everyday. You can increase it as your body gets more used to it & the negative reactions become less.

Also keep on hand items that will help to boost your energy levels or help you to sleep better. Things like ACV, honey, blackstrap molasses & bee pollen can help increase your energy. Concentrated supergreens drink mixes & other herbs in capsule form can help do the same.

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Posted by Mel (Nj, Nj, Usa) on 11/25/2012

If I were you, I would put a little bit of coconut oil on the back of your hand, and leave it there for a few hours. If you notice that specific part of your hand starts to turn a little red or reacting in any way, you may be allergic to coconut oil.

I'm female and your age too and I'm very sensitive to many holistic products, and I am allergic to coconut oil. I found out the hard way though by putting some on my face like lotion, and it turned my face all red and irritated. I made sure it was organic and everything. I'm even allergic to apple cider vinegar!

So once you clear that away, and if you find out you arent allergic, then it just may be your body cleansing and rebuilding itself. Stopping the dose may just prevent you from gaining the benefits. Theres alot of information already posted here on how to introduce it gradually.

hope this helps!

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Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, USA) on 11/25/2012 2085 posts

Hannah: First make sure your air, food, and water are pure; then begin detoxing your body with the best women's multivitamin/mineral supplement you can afford. Also supplement the glutathione precursor NAC or N-Acetyl-Cysteine (this will detox the liver and more). One of the major problems w/ the vegan diet is lack of quality protein. For overall recovery, strength, stamina, etc. Either take Liver tablets or eat cooked liver as it is one of the most nutritionally dense foods. Whey protein powder mixed w/ milk or juice is also a very excellent quality protein.