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Previously published as The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil


1. Coconut oil—Health aspects. 2. Coconut oil—Therapeutic use. 3. Fatty acids in human nutrition.
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Book Details
 254 p
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 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004
 by Bruce Fife

About the Author
Dr. Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., is an author, speaker, certified nutritionist, and
naturopath. He has written 18 books, including Eat Fat, Look Thin, and Coconut
Lover’s Cookbook. He is the director of the southern Colorado chapter of the
Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nutritional
education. He is the publisher and editor of the Healthy Ways Newsletter. He
serves as the president of the Coconut Research Center, an organization whose
purpose is to educate the public about the health and nutritional aspects of coconut.

He was the first to gather together the medical research on the
health benefits of coconut oil and present it in an understandable and readable
format for the general public. Because of this, he is recognized as one of the
leading authorities on the health benefits of coconut oil. For this reason he is
often referred to as the “Coconut Guru,” and many respectfully call him “Dr. Coconut.”

Some years ago when I was in a meeting with a group of nutritionists, one of the
members of the group made the statement “Coconut oil is good for you.” We all
gasped in disbelief. Coconut oil healthy? Preposterous, we thought. Everywhere
we go we’re told how bad coconut oil is because it is a source of “arteryclogging”
saturated fat. How could coconut oil be good?
She knew we would doubt her statement and explained,
“Coconut oil has been unjustly criticized and is really one of the good fats.” She
cited several studies proving to us that it wasn’t the evil villain it was made out
to be and that it actually provided many valuable health benefits. I learned that
for several decades it has been used in hospital IV solutions to feed critically ill
patients and that it is a major component of baby formula because it provides
many of the same nutrients as human breast milk. I learned that coconut oil
could be used to treat a number of common illnesses and is considered by the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be a safe, natural food. (It’s on the
FDA’s exclusive GRAS list, which means it is “generally regarded as safe.”)

After the meeting I was intrigued. I had learned a lot, but it
brought up many questions that troubled me. For instance, if coconut oil was
good, why is it so often portrayed as being unhealthy? If the health benefits are
for real, why haven’t we heard of them before? Why don’t we hear about the use
of coconut oil in hospitals, baby formula, and elsewhere? If it’s good for the sick
and the very young, why wouldn’t it be good for us as well? Why would the
government include it on its list of safe foods if it were dangerous or unhealthy?
Why aren’t the studies on coconut oil better publicized? Why have we been
misled…or have we? Perhaps coconut oil is bad, and hospital patients and
parents of formula-fed babies are being deceived. These and many more
questions filled my mind. I had to find the answers.

I began a search to find out anything and everything I could
about coconut oil. The first thing I discovered was that very little has been
written about coconut oil in magazines and books. Even my nutritional textbooks
were relatively silent on the subject. No one seemed to know much about it.
Almost everything I came across in the “popular” health literature was critical,
stating that coconut oil is bad because it is high in saturated fat. Each author
seemed to parrot the others, giving no further explanation. It was almost like a
royal decree had been sent out to all authors stating that they must say the exact
same thing about coconut oil in order to be politically correct (but not
necessarily accurate). Saying anything different was against the rules, and that
was that. I did find a few—a very few—authors who stood up to this rhetoric
and stated bluntly that coconut oil wasn’t bad, but they didn’t give much detail
either. It seemed that nobody really knew anything about it.

The only place I could find cold, hard facts was in oftenignored
research journals. Here I found a gold mine of information, and the
answers to all my questions. This was the best place for me to search, because
these journals report the actual results of studies and are not simply people’s
opinions, as is most of the material in popular magazines and books. There were
literally hundreds of studies published in dozens of the most respected scientific
and medical journals. What I learned was absolutely amazing. I found out that
coconut oil is one of the most remarkable health foods available. I felt as if I had
rediscovered an ancient health food that the world had almost forgotten about. I
also learned why coconut oil has been maligned and misunderstood (I will get to
that later, and the answer may shock and even anger you).

I started using coconut oil myself and began recommending it
to my clients (I am a certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician). I’ve seen
it get rid of chronic psoriasis, eliminate dandruff, remove precancerous skin
lesions, speed recovery from the flu, stop bladder infections, overcome chronic
fatigue, and relieve hemorrhoids, among other things. In addition to this, the
scientific literature reports its possible use in treating dental caries (cavities),
peptic ulcers, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), epilepsy, genital
herpes, hepatitis C, and HIV/ AIDS. Yes, as incredible as it sounds, I learned that
coconut oil can be used to fight AIDS—a dreadful disease that has been
considered incurable! Many AIDS patients have already benefited. Another
remarkable benefit of coconut oil is its ability to prevent heart disease. Yes, I
said prevent heart disease. While for years we’ve been led to believe that
coconut oil promotes this condition, recent research proves otherwise. In fact, in
the near future it may gain wide acceptance as a powerful aid in the fight against
heart and other cardiovascular diseases.

I’ve continued to research coconut and other oils. I’ve been so
impressed with the potential health benefits available from coconut oil that I felt
an obligation to share what I’ve learned with the rest of the world. That’s why
I’ve written this book. Before I go any further, let me state right here that I do
not sell coconut oil or have any financial interest in the coconut industry. My
purpose in writing this book is to dispel myths and misconceptions and reveal to
you some of the many healing miracles of coconut oil. What you will learn in
this book may sound incredible, at times maybe even too incredible, but I didn’t
make this stuff up. Every statement I make in this book is verified by published
scientific studies, historical records, and personal experience. If you want to
check them out, references and additional resources are listed in the back of this book.

Whenever I talk about coconut oil, the first thing people think
is “Isn’t that bad for you?” This may have been your reaction when you first saw
this book. Stop and think about it for a minute. All you need to do is use a little
common sense, and you will see how ridiculous it is to think of coconut oil as
being harmful. Coconuts (and coconut oil) have been used as a major source of
food for thousands of years by millions of people in Asia, the Pacific Islands,
Africa, and Central America. Traditionally these people have had much better
health than those in North America and Europe who don’t eat coconut. Before
the introduction of modern foods, many of these people depended almost
entirely on coconut to sustain life. They didn’t suffer from heart disease, cancer,
arthritis, diabetes, and other modern degenerative diseases, at least not until they
abandoned their traditional coconut-based diet and began eating modern foods. It
should be, or soon will become, obvious to you that coconut oil isn’t the evil
villain it has been generally considered to be.

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