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Manage Weight, Blood Sugar and Diabetes – Coconut Fiber

Today we have so many more choices  available in almost every aspect of our lives. That has led to bigger waistlines and butts all over north america. It’s not like any of us set out to become a bigger versions of ourselves – it just happens because of the choices we make.

A big part of the why of this blog is to share choices that make it easier to not be that bigger version of ourselves. I am finding coconut to be a really easy to incorporate choice. You can throw coconut flour, shredded coconut and coconut oil in of almost anything you are making with out really doing anything other than make that food taste richer and creamier. It is one of those no brainer solutions.

The Mediterranean Wellness shakes I mentioned earlier this week already taste so good but adding shredded coconut to it is a great and simple way to increase your fiber intake.

I have to chuckle at my husband. He has a really sweet tooth and loves his coffee. Sometimes it is hard to get him to eat enough real food because he is full of his overly sweet coffee. He is not big on fresh veggies unless we grow them. Making sure that he gets good fibre and quality nutrition in the winter is a bit of a nightmare but he does love a good smoothie. So Wednesday, I make a double batch of the Mediterranean Diet shakes as smoothies because it is going to be a busy day. That takes getting lunch together off the schedule – so I think – and it did,  but he liked it so much, he would happily have drank my lunch too.

Typically – he thinks most of my health solutions taste like crap. So him sneaking the Truffles and offering to drink my smoothie if it is too much for me or volunteering to go get our vitamins (daily complete) – is such a hoot.

He has no idea how good for him any of these are and I AM NOT GOING TO TELL HIM. But I am sure going to continue to enjoy a private chuckle knowing that he is making a far healthier choice because he really likes the taste.

He is a great guy but very much his own person and has a very healthy skepticism so this is too funny. Maybe next winter he won’t accrue that seasonal spare tire that disappears during the summer.

It’s like my oxygen spa – he wouldn’t go near it. After he had a really bad bout of muscle spasms, it cleared them up pouf.  He felt so good afterwards, he is in it all the time now. Another one of those things that I tried to tell him would be good for him – but he had to be difficult about.  I would love to be able to say I told you so but I just bite my tongue and chuckle to myself.

The following is a great article that explains the what and how of cocnut fiber an its’s afects to Manage Weight, Blood Sugar and Diabetes.

Weight Management

Since you cannot digest dietary fiber, you do not derive any calories from it. Dietary fiber is calorie-free. You can eat as much as you like without worrying about gaining weight—good news for those who are concerned about their weight.

Fiber absorbs water like a sponge. For this reason, it aids in filling the stomach and producing a feeling of fullness. It provides bulk without supplying fat-promoting calories. Fiber also slows down the emptying of the stomach, thus maintaining the feeling of fullness longer than low-fiber foods. As a result, less food and fewer calories are consumed.

Studies have shown that consumption of an additional 14 grams of fibre a day is associated with a 10 percent decrease in calorie intake and a loss in body weight. The observed changes occur both when the fiber is from high-fiber foods, like fresh vegetables or coconut, or when it is from products made with high-fiber flours, such as coconut flour.

When you eat high-fiber foods that are generally low in calories, you crowd out higher calorie foods. Simply adding high-fiber foods into your diet will lower your calorie intake even if you eat the same volume of food as you normally do.

Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Blood sugar is an important issue for anyone who is concerned about heart disease, overweight, hypoglycemia, and especially diabetes because it affects all of these conditions.

Carbohydrates in our foods are broken down in the digestive tract and converted into glucose

(blood sugar). Meals that contain a high concentration of carbohydrates, particularly simple carbohydrates such as sugar and refined flours, cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. Since elevated blood sugar can lead to a coma and death, insulin is frantically pumped into the blood stream to avoid this. If insulin is produced in adequate amounts blood sugar is soon brought back down to normal. This is what happens in most individuals. However, if insulin is not produced quickly enough or if the cells become desensitized to the action of insulin, blood glucose can remain elevated for extended periods of time. This is what happens in diabetes.

Dietary fiber helps moderate swings in blood sugar by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. This helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels under control. Coconut fiber has been shown to be very effective in moderating blood sugar and insulin levels. For this reason, coconut is good for diabetics.

Diabetics are encouraged to eat foods that have a relatively low glycemic index. The glycemic index is a measure of how foods affect blood sugar levels. The higher the glycemic index, the greater an effect a particular food has on raising blood sugar. So diabetics need to eat foods with a low glycemic index. When coconut is added to foods, including those high in starch and sugar, itlowers the glycemic index of these foods. This was clearly demonstrated by T. P. Trinidad and colleagues in a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2003. In their study, both normal and diabetic subjects were given a variety of foods to eat. Some of the types of food included cinnamon bread, granola bars, carrot cake, and brownies—all foods that a diabetic must ordinarily limit because of their high sugar and starch content. It was found that as the coconut content of the foods increased, the blood sugar response between the diabetic and non-diabetic subjects became nearly identical. In other words, coconut moderated the release of sugar into the bloodstream so that there was no spike in blood glucose levels. As the coconut content in the foods decreased, the diabetic subjects’ blood sugar levels became elevated, as would normally be expected from eating foods high in sugar and white flour. This study showed that adding coconut to foods lowers the glycemic index of the foods and keeps blood sugar levels under control. Sweet foods such as cookies and cakes made using coconut flour do not affect blood sugar levels like those made with wheat flour. This is good news for diabetics who want a treat now and then without adversely affecting their blood sugar.

(The same goes for the rest of us too – so if like us you have a sweet tooth – maybe coconut in it’s various forms will help you satisfy the sweet tooth without adding to that spare tire syndrome epidemic that is having such a detrimental affect on so many of our lives.)

Tony 38 – AIDS Victim Tells of Healing Virtues of Coconut Oil

 

 

AIDS Victim Tells of Healing Virtues of Coconut Oil

In coming out of the closet to tell his story Tony, 38, lends hope to thousands of AIDS sufferers worldwide. “You don’t know how hard it is for one to have an illness that others find repulsive…I had wanted to shut myself inside my room and just wait for my time to die,” Tony told symposium participants.

Tony was a guest speaker at a symposium titled “Why Coconut Cures”, held in Manila, Philippines May14, 2005. The symposium was headed by Dr. Bruce Fife, who was also the keynote speaker. Other participants included cardiologist Conrado Dayrit, dermatologist Vermen Verallo-Rowell, biochemist Fabian Dayrit, and Senator Jamby Madrigal.

Tony’s testimony, along with those of others who had experienced dramatic recoveries from various ailments, provided first-hand accounts of the use of coconut oil in healing chronic health problems described by symposium participants.

Beneath the sunglasses that he wore his eyes were moist, not in self-pity but in triumph. Covered with a cap and long sleeves, hides a body scarred by a disease Tony contracted while working in the Middle East in the 1990s. Coming home in 2002, Tony was devastated to learn that he was infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). As the disease progressed, the pain he endured came not only from the infections ravaging his body but from the shame the disease had brought him. He felt like giving up.

Drugs, which he could barely afford, could not deliver him from the dreaded virus and the other infections that were slowly draining away his life. His body was covered with fungal infections, and oozing sores accompanied by a chronic pneumonia infection that caused a persistent cough. He knew he was losing the battle as each day symptoms grew worse and he found it increasingly more difficult to function and was completely incapable of working.

Unable to afford medication he sought help from the Department of Health. He was referred to Dr. Conrado Dayrit, the author of the first clinical study on the healing effects of coconut oil on HIV infected patients, which was conducted at the San Lazaro hospital in the Philippines. By this time Tony was diagnosed with full blown AIDS and had little hope for recovery.

Dr. Dayrit secured a steady supply of coconut oil for Tony’s use, free of charge. He was instructed to apply the oil to his skin two to three times a day and consume six tablespoonfuls daily without fail.

The program worked miracles. Each time Tony went to the hospital for his periodic blood tests his viral load decreased. Tony said that when he told hospital doctors what he was taking, they could not believe that a simple dietary oil was killing the virus better than all the modern drugs of medical science.

Just nine months after his initial visit with Dr. Dayrit, Tony appeared before the audience at the symposium for all to witness his remarkable recovery. The infections that once racked his body were gone. Even HIV was no longer detectable. What used to be skin sores all over his body were now just fading scars. His life energy had been restored enough for him to give an eloquent testimony of how something as simple and natural as coconut oil could halt this deadly disease.

Evidence for coconut oil’s effect on HIV was first discovered back in the 1980s when researchers learned that medium chain fatty acids—the kind found in coconut oil—possessed powerful antiviral properties capable of destroying the AIDS virus. Since then numerous anecdotal accounts of HIV patients using coconut and coconut oil to overcome their condition circulated in the AIDS community. Even basketball legend Magic Johnson who retired from the NBA because he was HIV positive is reportedly credited with using coconut on his road to recovery.

The first clinical study using coconut on HIV patients was reported by Conrado Dayrit in 1999. In this study HIV infected individuals were give 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. No other treatment was used. Six months later 60% of the participants showed noticeable improvement.

This was the first study to demonstrate that coconut oil does have an antiviral effect in vivo and could be used to treat HIV infected individuals. Dr. Dayrit is now heading a larger study in Africa using coconut oil in the treatment of HIV.

The symposium “Why Coconut Cures” was based on Dr. Bruce Fife’s recently published book Coconut Cures. Philippine president Macapagal-Arroyo recognized Dr. Fife’s relentless advocacy  in educating people about the healing properties of coconut.

 Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap acknowledges the efforts of author Bruce Fife (with wife Leslie) in promoting the health benefits of coconut. Dr. Fife presented president Macapagal-Arroyo a copy of his new book Coconut Cures.

 The Philippine Department of Agriculture will publish the Philippine edition of Coconut Cures, which is scheduled for release in that country August 2005.

Coconut Cures is currently available at most health food stores in the US. It is also available directly from the publisher at http://www.piccadillybooks.com or from http://www.amazon.com. ■

 

 

 

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Suggestions to live a Rich and Fulfilling Life

Suggestions to live a rich and fulfilling life # 01 by Rene Hamilton
by Rene Hamilton (Notes) on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:06am
Thank You Rene!  Rene is a friend and a sage – he got it at a young age and has been experiencing life in it’s fullness. His facebook posts always expand your body, mind, spirit, understanding or give you an unexpected chuckle from time to time.

Suggestions to live a Rich and Fulfilling Life

Do whatever you do with integrity – “integrity meaning self truthfullness”. Even if you do not do something in full intergrity, then recognize that you are doing so.

Do not beat yourself up over not being truthful to yourself. Remain neutral, but watch and observe what develops in your experience, whether it be of integrity or not… We Grow with experience. However when we judge ourselves based on our experience… then we stop feeling fulfilled. Experiences are Temporary Happenings to be observed, not judged.We are that which experiences, However we are not the experience itself exclusively. Judging ourselves is like throwing mud on the sun and saying the sun is now dark. Now imagine.. each thought and judgement we have is like mud… It Darkens and hides the light out of whatever it is being directed at, and we can no longer see the eternal joy and light in anything else… or ourselves for that matter.

Judgments are made out of Mana or otherwise know as illusions or thought forms. Your mind is very skilled at unconsciously manipulating that Mana / Illusion / thought form material.  Each judgement superimposes itself over your natural Unlimited creator given brilliant clear joyful paradise vision. Manipulating your true Joy experience and vision into a dark maze of limited and complex idea’s that literally has seemingly sucked the joy out of almost every moment of life’s experiences. All judgements are based on Fear and to a lesser degree Assumption based. All judgements stem from the Ego. The Part of you that is living in temporary Delusion as to what your true nature really is. We can call the ego a confused child, who was brought up and raised on lies and misunderstandings.The Ego is not bad or good. Only Confused. Yet we need the Ego to experience life as individuals, if that is the path that we are living. There may come a instant where you no longer feel you are interested in illusion and let go of the Ego and all of the drama and delusion it brings with it, thereby living in truth, beauty and joy!

It may be a gradual transition or happen in an instant! You the individual will no longer exist. Yet you will be replaced by pure unlimited wisdom, pure unlimited love and pure unlimited beingness. Even in this Replacement you will notice.. that you are still here and never left. The only difference will be that you are now everywhere and nowhere instead of just one place.

We are swimming in an ocean of love…yet we are projecting a personalized movie of pain an sorrow on top of that ocean of pure love…All we need to do is to give up our stories, let it all go… we are addicted to our own story even though it brings us so much pain.

The good news is…. is that we were never that story or the projections the story brought forth. It was all Mana / illusion / thought forms. Now that you realize the power of thoughts…

You have three options.

1.) Continue on as normal.. projecting your story or pain, lack and sorrow, which is Pure Chaos Illusion.

2.) Change the story / thoughts and create a whole new amazing life experience, which is essentially controlled and consciously directed illusion, which is can hold higher levels of happiness yet will still hold some degree of suffering and confusion.

3.) Get rid of all the thoughts and story’s all together and experience the ultimate unimaginable joy, love and magic in perfect clarity.

Whichever choice you make… Don’t judge it… just enjoy the experience. This is why you are here… to Enjoy the Experience of Experience.

Rene in true love.

Rene writes the truth – change your mind and change your life experience! An open mind allows  – judgement limits. Do your best always to live in your integrity – allow others to choose their own way.

Stop judging because you never never know the whole story even if it is your own. We are not all seeing. No matter what happens remember “And this too shall Pass”

Look for the lessons – they are always there.

Be grateful and loving and you will be blessed with a more vibrant joyful life experience!

You think what you want is what you need. That is usually not true. We are living in a very material time – you may want a million dollar house but do you need it. Most likely not.

A fear based mentality gave me grey hair at an early age and worry robbed me of so much, fun, time, energy and joy. I was a professional at judging and worrying. When I actually had to face those fears head on – the resourceful me found workable solutions. A smile and a positive attitude brings a multitude of people and solutions out of the wood work to assist you.

Find you spiritual self – it will be grateful to be here to experience life in all of it’s fullness. recognize how magnificent the planet, universe,every plant, animal, bird, sunrise , sunset are……….

Expect that you don’t know : what your next adventure is, the next interesting person you will meet, what interesting information you will find, where your next chuckle or tear will come from, what old friend will re-appear, who needs the information or perspective you have. Don’t judge – just go with it and have some fun. You will be amazed at what wonderful gifts the universe has in store when you have an open mind and allow!

Be generous in word and deed.  Money is only one solution but your humanity is who you are not your bank account or lack there of – I will take love, friendship, joy and a helping hand. Some of the truly most wonderful people I have known, have cared the least about material things – they have cared about people and experiences. Our material needs often get confused with wants. Remember the more stuff you own the more of your life is spent managing and taking care of it. Make sure you leave enough of you to enjoy the experience of living and being.

Deb.

Baking Soda is Proving to be an Effective Treatment For Cancer

Old news -new again.  Remember that pH is King, always. Cancer patients always test out around 5, where nary a healthy cell can survive. But alas, baking soda makes Bad Pharma no money… See one of my favorite doctors, Tulio Simoncini wwww.cancerisafungus.com

Prevention is always preferable to treatment. The following points work for both.

My husband and I have lost so many relatives to cancer through the years.  I have spent hundreds of hours learning. It boils to maintaining an alkaline, oxygenated, hydrated body that constantly is in a gentle state of ongoing toxin removal. Not only will you be well on your way to preventing cancer but to aging well, being healthy and energetic so you can really enjoy all that life has to offer.

Also remember to support the body:  1. Get good alkaline nutrition 2. Drinks lots of water (with lemon is even better)  3. Take a really good liquid vitamin-mineral supplement 4.. Get enough sleep 5. Get exercise every day -just take a walk 6. Have fun and laugh 7. Listen to music or nature 8. Eat raw fruits,vegetables and nuts that are organic whenever possible.9. Wash all produce very very well. 10. Get sunshine to boost Vitamin D3 levels 11. Have 2 to 3 bowel movements a day.12. Find solutions to Anxiety and Stress. 13. Get more oxygen and negative ions into your body.  14. Get your body to an alkaline state inexpensively using Baking Soda (ensure does not contain aluminum) – dosage recommendations in attached link. 15. Forgive and move on – mental states play a huge role in how we experience life. When you have good nutrition and detoxification – your mental state improves immensely and so does your physical health. Coconut oil and Omega 3 fatty acids are huge for brain and mental health as are vitamins and minerals. (I have linked the appropriate points to solutions I personally use)

Do a few smart things and your body will take care of you. You do not need to be perfect or a health nut.

Dr. Simoncini cancer therapy – treat cancer with Sodium Bicarbonate

The video below contains additional information and animations regarding the therapy with sodium bicarbonate. The movie Cancer – The forbidden cures

This is the closing chapter from the film “Cancer – The forbidden cures” available on luogocomune.net.

Baking Soda is Proving to be an Effective Treatment For Cancer

Thank You to collective-evolution.com for this article.

May 6, 2012 by

‘For baking, cleaning and deodorizing..’ and SO much more. It used to be common knowledge that baking soda could easily cure a common cold, as well as assist in numerous other ailments. What happened to all that information? This was not the first time I heard that baking soda was being used to cure cancer. I have come across people who have used it to rid their cancer and then I came across this written piece that was quite intriguing.

“When taken orally with water, especially water with high magnesium content, and when used transdermally in medicinal baths, sodium bicarbonate becomes a first-line medicinal for the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, influenza and even the common cold. And importantly, it is also a powerful buffer against radiation exposure, so everyone should be up to speed on its use.”

Below is an article written from the book ‘Sodium Bicarbonate – Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment – Second Edition’ by Mark Sircus, AC., OMD. I felt it was a good idea to share this information so please be sure to check it out -with an open mind of course. It is understandable how this can seem fa fetched but there are a number of well known natural cancer treatments that are working today that mainstream medicine refuses to talk about.

“There are many reasons to use baking soda but one overall reason is that sodium bicarbonate is a natural substance that will not harm us, our children or the environment because is it not a chemical compound that effects nature in any kind of negative sense. Baking soda is actually a compound that is found throughout nature, in the ocean, in the soil, in our foods, and in our bodies. Baking soda is a neutralizer of many other compounds, which makes it extremely helpful as a medicine in the age of toxicity, which we are all presently passing through.

Life-threatening asthma in children is often resistant to treatment with bronchodilators and systemic corticosteroids. Recent research suggests that administering sodium bicarbonate—an ingredient commonly found in kitchens—in intravenous (IV) form can significantly improve pH and PCO2 in children with life-threatening asthma. Sodium bicarbonate can save the day when nothing else can. The only other substance we can say the same is with magnesium chloride, which when injected will save a person during cardiac arrest and pull one out of a stroke if given soon enough.

There has been work going on at the University of Arizona, using bicarbonate (baking soda) as a potential treatment for cancer. Robert J. Gillies and his colleagues have demonstrated that pre-treatment of mice with sodium bicarbonate results in the alkalinization of the area around tumors. (Raghunand 2003) This type of treatment has been found to “enhance the anti-tumor activity” of other anticancer drugs. This is very similar to the recently published research of injecting O2 directly into tumors where such direct administration of Oxygen also facilitated the action of chemotherapy.

This year these same researchers reported that bicarbonate increases tumor pH (i.e., make it more alkaline) and also inhibits spontaneous metastases (Robey 2009). They showed that oral sodium bicarbonate increased the pH of tumors and also reduced the formation of spontaneous metastases in mice with breast cancer. It also reduced the rate of lymph node involvement.

When it comes to sodium bicarbonate it is an open and shut case. It is already in wide use and has been for decades, even by oncologists who do not want their patients dropping dead too quickly because of the tremendous toxicity of their treatments. Sodium bicarbonate is used routinely to keep the toxicity of chemotherapy agents and radiation from killing people or from destroying their kidneys. In relation to bicarbonate, millions of people in the world either consume bicarbonate ions in drinking water or have been treated clinically with bicarbonate in hospitals, medical centers, or emergency. Sodium bicarbonate helps to save countless lives every day.

Dr. Boris Veysman specialist in emergency medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey describes one emergency room experience: “The emergency department is always noisy, but today the triage nurse is yelling “not breathing,” as she runs toward us pushing a wheelchair. A pale, thin woman is slumped over and looking gray. Without concrete proof of a “Do Not Resuscitate” order, there’s no hesitation. Click, klang, and the patient has a tube down her throat within seconds. I do the chest compressions. On the monitor, she is flat-lining — no heartbeat. I synchronize my words with the compressions and call out for an external pacemaker. Pumping … thinking: Cardiac standstill … after walking in … with cancer … on chemo. This resuscitation isn’t by the book. “Get two amps of bicarbonate,” I say to the intern. The jugular line takes seconds, and I flush it with sodium bicarbonate. This probably will correct the blood’s extreme acidity, which I suspect is driving up the potassium. The external pacemaker finally arrives. Potent electric shocks at 80 beats per minute begin to stimulate her heart. The vitals stabilize.

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) lives up to the image on the Arm and Hammers box, it is the ultimate heavy weight work horse medicine that every healthcare professional and parent should be knowledgeable about and routinely using. When combined with other strong but basic natural substances like magnesium chloride and iodine one has at ones fingertips a trinity of medical super heroes ready to perform scientific medical miracles in a single bound.

We are talking about serious medicine when we talk about sodium bicarbonate. Earlier and more frequent use of sodium bicarbonate is associated with higher early resuscitability rates and with better long-term neurological outcomes in emergency units. Sodium bicarbonate is very beneficial during CPR.

Bicarbonate is present in all body fluids
and organs and plays a major role in
the acid-base balances in the human body.

Bicarbonate deficiency is the most unrecognized medical condition on earth even though it is extraordinarily common.Problems from acid pH levels (relative deficiency in bicarbonate ions) take a large toll from human physiology and the more acid a person gets the larger the problem for cell physiology. Every biochemical reaction is pH sensitive with enzymes being especially sensitive. Our diet plays an important role in maintaining appropriate pH levels in the body.

Most modern diets give rise to unhealthy acidic pH conditions. An imbalanced pH will interrupt cellular activities and functions to extreme levels as ph drops further. Excessive acidic pH leads to cellular deterioration which eventually brings on serious health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and heartburn. The fact that the biological life functions best in a non-acidic (alkaline) environment speaks miles about the usefulness of baking soda.

“I have used intravenous sodium bicarbonate therapy mostly as a naturopathic treatment for patients who consistently react to allergens or that have chemical sensitivities. This is a great therapy during the Vancouver allergy seasons of spring and fall. The alkalinizing sodium bicarbonate IV can often immediately stop an allergic reaction, or asthmatic attack, since such reactions cannot persist in an alkaline environment. Some of my patients also get benefit from taking an alkalinizing drink every night to reduce their chemical sensitivity symptoms,” writes Dr Eric Chan. “All of my Vancouver and Richmond patients have tolerated this therapy markedly well.”

Uniformly, in ill patients, increasing the alkaline buffer of the tissues makes patients feel better. As mentioned above, this is particularly true in chemically sensitive patients, and can actually be a “cure” in the sense that we are increasing the body’s ability to react in a healthy way to noxious stimuli. If I use the intravenous sodium bicarbonate in such patients, it is usually given twice a week for a period of 4-5 weeks. Sodium bicarbonate is a very effective way of directly improving celllular health by making the tissue more alkaline,” concludes Dr. Chan.

Sodium bicarbonate loading and continuous infusion was
associated with a lower incidence of acute renal dysfunction in
cardiac surgical patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass.

Sodium bicarbonate is the time honored method to ‘speed up’ the return of the body’s bicarbonate levels to normal. Bicarbonate is inorganic, very alkaline and like other mineral type substances supports an extensive list of biological functions. Sodium bicarbonate happens to be one of our most useful medicines because bicarbonate physiology is fundamental to life and health. So helpful and elementary it’s even instrumental in helping sperm swim up and enter the cervical canal.

It is not possible to be a fully educated medical professional without coming up to speed on vital medical information about sodium bicarbonate. This book is full of contributions from universities, hospitals and clinicians who have for decades been researching and using sodium bicarbonate for many medical applications. Baking soda is an essential medicine, which no emergency room or intensive care ward would be caught without. This book represents a full medical review that combs through all corners of the medical universe to lay bare the full knowledge and scope of sodium bicarbonates use in medicine.

Everything I know about bicarbonate you should know and when you do, you will know more than anyone else who has not taken the time or has had the interest to fully research the subject or read this book. It’s an experience to know much more about such a basic vital substance than your doctors. Take the journey and sail through bicarbonate seas. Read and learn and then begin to think of what is the medical truth about sodium bicarbonate as a treatment for cancer.

This book also gives the keys to understanding that vast fraud and the intended rip off of labeling Carbon Dioxide (CO2) a poisonous gas. In these pages you will find the truth about CO2 because it is a great part of the secret about sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which turns to CO2 in the stomach when mixed with water. As we shall see sodium bicarbonate, CO2 and Oxygen (O2) are all tied together. All three are essential for biological existence on planet earth. CO2 is no more of a poison than water.

Sodium bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is probably one of the most useful substances in the world; no wonder the pharmaceutical companies don’t want doctors or anyone else to know much about it. Sodium Bicarbonate is an important medicine – of the safest kind – and it is essential when treating cancer, kidney and other diseases.”

Source:

http://publications.imva.info/index.php/e-books/sodium-bicarbonate-rich-man-s-poor-man-s-cancer-treatment-e-book.html

Mediterranean Diet, Health & Weight Loss Benefits, Simply and Easily

Mediterranean Diet Has Huge Health Benefits, New Study Finds

A “landmark” study provides compelling evidence that the type of fat you consume, not the amount, is what imparts the cardiovascular health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet
People at high risk for heart disease had 30% reduction which is comparable to the effect that was achieved with statins.

But how do you and I, in our real day to day lives have the TIME and the MONEY to actually follow the Mediterranean diet and reap those amazing benefits?

As a Wellness Coach – I have searched and searched for the perfect nutritional supplements. Research tells us as we age or if we live very hectic  stressful lives, we actually need the best nutrition or we will pay the piper in poor health.

Long ago I recognized the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. I would send my clients off to research and implement the diet but money. time or both, made it impractical.

Then lo and behold, the company that makes the best liquid vitamin- mineral  I have ever found on the market – comes out with a shake that is very nutritious. Now I had something that met the nutritional requirements I was recommending and was an excellent cost/value proposition for my clients and me too.

I love to eat and I love to cook but I also love to help my clients, spend time with my family, garden blah. blah, blah. We are all the same. There are just never enough hours in the day. What suffers – our diets and our health. Then the kids leave home and all that cooking/grocery shopping time does not seem worth  the reward of that rushed diner.

Now we get a great BREAKFAST shake – with the liquid vitamin mineral supplement. I prep the FRUIT/VEGGIES on Sunday for the week, so LESS THAN 5 minutes in the morning gets us everything we need nutritionally. Then if diner has to be rushed, we have another shake as our DINER. For the breakfast shake we like to add fruit and for dinner we often add veggies.

A total WIN WIN! But BEST OF ALL the shake and the vitamin-mineral supplement are based on, you guessed it the Mediterranean Diet.

On top of that – if you replace 2 meals a day with the shakes and use the Truffles to manage the cravings – YOU LOSE WEIGHT!

So now the Mediterranean Diet is more than a possibility in our home.

Even more impressive – all the products come with a 30 day money back guarantee and most are Listed in the Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceuticals & Specialties

Due to the North American Diet, 80% of us have digestive problems, constipation and cravings for sweets. I have also provided information on Experience which cleanses the colon and promotes regularity. Cleansing the colon helps all of the organs that aid in digestion work more effectively. This makes it easier for the body to loose weight,

Cravings undermine so many of us  when we try to change our diet and our habits. The Truffles really do taste good and they do work. When I am running late with a client and I know that I still have an hour drive after we are done, before I will get home – instead of stopping for a quick snack ( which has to be eatable while driving, so probably something from the nearest drive  through) I  pop a Truffle and have a glass of lemon water.

You will love them as that not so guilty pleasure. They have the consistency of soft taffy but taste like a YUMMY Chocolate or Carmel. I’ll be honest – I’m not always hungry when I grab one because I do enjoy the taste.  At 25 calories – I know I can get away with a few. (Which I do – the box can go pretty quick)

Below I have provided a run down on the various products that are a true reflection of what your body would receive from the Mediterranean Diet ,which can all be purchased separately. But I have also outlined the packs because they typically provide a bit better value. The most comprehensive pak is listed first followed by the more basic paks.

Crazy as this may sound – especially for those who only cook for your selves so end up at Timmie’s for morning coffee, then buy lunch and dinner out – You will save a ton. You will feel & look better.

Where-ever you are at in life – if you need a bit of help with either Nutrition or Weight-loss – the only way you can go wrong is by doing nothing different. This MAY BE that something different that is for you!

Consistency is the key to success. If you have the tools but don’t use them consistently – you are only sabotaging yourself.

For those of you who want more information on products not listed here or would like more information than I have provided here –  and there is so much more information plus actual studies and testimonials, please click on the link: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/

The SKINNY!  How you can loose pounds & inches, Plus get the Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

MEDITERRANEAN WELLNESS SYSTEM (Pure Trim shakes, Truffles and Daily Complete Liquid Supplement) is used by many HOLLYWOOD stars, professional dancers as well AS SPORT CELEBRITIES, with increasing popularity. The health benefits, great taste and the convenience speak for THEMSELVES. Try the system for YOURSELF, today!

Stars and  Celebrities – Who are they –  These are not paid endorsements – Check out this link

http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=celebs&section=celebs 

The PureTrim Mediterranean Wellness Shakes

The PureTrim Mediterranean Wellness Shakes are a natural approach to weight loss, based on the time-tested ingredients that have been part of the Mediterranean lifestyle for centuries.*

Important Benefits:
• Leaves you full for hours
• Only 225 calories per shake
• Less than 1 gram of sugar
• High Protein, Low Carb
• No Dairy, No Whey, No Soy
• 100% Gluten-Free
• Listed in the Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceuticals & Specialties

This unique, whole body approach to weight loss is the solution for shedding pounds and for achieving overall wellness. In addition, it tastes delicious and leaves you feeling full for hours.* Try the mouth-watering chocolate and vanilla!

What’s in it?

  • High Protein Energy Shake
  • 225 calories
  • 21g Protein (NON-GMO Vegetable Pea & Brown Rice Protein)
  • 10g Net Carbs (17g total)
  • Antioxidants & Prebiotics
  • Mediterranean Essential Fatty Acid Blend
  • Prebiotic and Enzyme Blend
  • Ionic Plant Trace Mineral Blend (from ocean plant)
  • Anti-Stress & Energy Blend
  • Mediterranean Skin & Digestion Blend
  • Super Greens Blend
  • No Soy • No Whey • No Dairy • No Aspartame • No Sucrose

How do I use it?

Suggested Use:
Using the Shaker Cup: Vigorously mix contents of PureTrim® Mediterranean Wellness Shake in chilled water. Use 10 oz. of water for a thick shake, or up to 12 oz. for a thinner shake. Add 1 or 2 ice cubes for better flavor. When using a blender, you may use more ice cubes.
Make sure you drink 1 glass of water after you drink your shake for best results.
For Weight Loss: Drink 2 shakes a day.
For Maintenance or Wellness: Drink 1 shake a day.

Order now and you’ll also receive a FREE 43 page weight loss book and a FREE PureTrim shaker cup.

1 box of 10 packets    $ 39.99 chocolate or vanilla

To Learn more or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=puretrim

Customer Reviews – Testimonials are from Awareness Product Distributors/Customers.

The best tasting meal replacement ever and no aftertaste from fake sweeteners.
— Ronaye, in AB

I love the PureTrim Shakes, especially the chocolate. I love the taste and I’ve lost 3 lbs. already and all while just eating normally.
— Jocelyn, in NL

*PureTrim® must be used with diet and exercise. Weight loss results vary depending on the individual. For our in-house preliminary study, weight loss averaged 1-2 pounds per week

TO CONTROL THE CRAVINGS 

PureTrim Truffles®,

Now, you can get a delicious and nutritious jump-start on your health and weight loss goals. With PureTrim Truffles®, you can now manage your cravings naturally, with Chocolate or Sea Salt Caramel!

As a part of the PureTrim® System, the Truffles work in complete synergy with the PureTrim® Mediterranean Shakes, Daily Complete®, Experience®, and SynergyDefense® to provide you with all the tools you need to achieve long-term weight loss and vibrant health!

Important Benefits:
• Only 25 calories
• Zero sugar
• Zero caffeine
• Just 4g net carbs
• Powerful blend of 12 organic Mediterranean herbs
• Soy-free, Whey-free, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Aspartame-free, Sucrose-free, Glucomannan-free
• Rich Chocolate or Sea Salt Caramel


what’s in it?

Each PureTrim Truffle® contains a time-tested blend of 12 organic Mediterranean herbal ingredients. The PureTrim Truffles® are also 100% Gluten-Free!

how do I use it?

Suggested Use:
As a dietary supplement, eat 1 Truffle with a full glass of water, once or twice daily, any time you feel hungry or start to feel a craving coming on.

MEDITERRANEAN WELLNESS SYSTEM (Pure Trim shakes, Truffles and Daily Complete Liquid Supplement) is used by many HOLLYWOOD stars, professional dancers as well AS SPORT CELEBRITIES, with increasing popularity. The health benefits, great taste and the convenience speak for THEMSELVES. Try the system for YOURSELF, today!

NO SUGAR, NO GLUTEN, NO SOY and WHEY Free!  ChocolateSea Salt Caramel

To maintain your PERFECT body WEIGHT – use ONE shake DAILY: to shed unwanted pounds, use TWO shakes daily! Use the TRUFFLES to balance your sugar thus curb your appetite.

1 box is a 30-day supply (30 truffles)    $ 37.00  Chocolate • Sea Salt Caramel

To Learn More or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=truffles

Real Customer Reviews – Testimonials are from Awareness Product Distributors/Customers.

Every since eating chocolate I have lost 22 pounds and 9 inches off my waist!!!
— Susan McGarry, in ON

Wonderful products, I love that they are organic based and not chemical. Thank you.
— George S, in ON

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Daily Complete Liquid Supplement

Daily Complete is a great tasting liquid supplement. This proprietary balanced blend of ingredients delivers 194 vitamins,minerals, organic fruits, organic vegetables, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, Mediterranean herbs, pure phytoplankton,and other important accessory nutrients to your body in one liquid ounce a day.

Improve Your Energy & Reduce Stress now!*


Important Benefits:
194 Vitamins, Minerals & Special Organic Nutrients
• 100% RDA of Key Vitamins & Minerals
• High ORAC Antioxidant Value (Anti-Aging)
• Organic Fruit & Organic Vegetable Whole Juice Blend
• Organic Anti-Aging Mediterranean Super Seed Blend
• Ionic Mineral Blend
• Essential Fatty Acids Blend
• Whole Super-food Green Complex
• Proprietary Ocean Vegetable Complex with pure Phytoplankton
• Great Orange Taste
All this in just one ounce a day!
• No Dairy Products, No Artificial Flavors, No Sucrose
• 100% Gluten-Free
• Listed in the Canadian Compendium Of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)!

1 bottle is a 1-month supply (30 oz.)    $ 39.99  Daily Complete

To Learn more or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete

Real Customer Reviews – Testimonials are from Awareness Product Distributors/Customers.

I had a skin problem for a long time, and my doctor told me there was nothing he could do about it. I tried Daily Complete, and I’ve noticed my skin is getting better and better each day.
— Henry, in BC

I had tried everything to relieve my allergies for two years, after using the Daily Complete for three weeks I no longer take any other products. It’s a miracle!
— Carol, in ON

This product gives me the energy to keep me going through the day. My cravings disappear completely since my body is satisfied with this nutritional supplement.
— kathy forbes, in ON

My hair was falling out but after using the product within 30 days my hair was no longer falling out in clumps.
— Susan, in ON

No vitamin capsule or pill comes close to this!
— Lisa Hanson, in MB

Complete is better than taking hard pills, a delightful orange taste to it. Complete mixes well in bottled water or juice and even in the Pure Trim Wellness shakes.
— Doug, in SK

It’s great to find one product that offers SO much. I was tired of taking 16 different vitamins a day, every day. Complete gives me all I need in a small serving.
— Jason, in MB

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Experience elimination as nature meant it to be with

EXPERIENCE

If you’re suffering from bloating, gas, heartburn and constipation, you may benefit from Experience. This natural, vegetarian blend gently and effectively cleanses the colon and improves regularity. For generations, this Mediterranean recipe has been proven to work. *(100 year old Mediterranean recipe)

Important Benefits:
• Works gently and quickly
Improves regularity and cleanses the colon
• Vegetarian and natural
• 100 year-old Mediterranean recipe
• Doctor-patient tested
• 100% Gluten-Free
• Listed in the Canadian Compendium Of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)!

1 bottle is a 45 to 90 day supply (90 capsules)    $ 39.95 Experience

To Learn more or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=experience

Real Customer Reviews – Testimonials are from Awareness Product Distributors/Customers.

Since taking the Experience, I have my health back! I go three times a day. Thank you to Marc for the AwarenessLife products! — Rose Merkosky, in SK

Have been taking the Experience, and it feels great to get rid of all the toxins! — Rose, in SK

I was constipated and irregular 2-3 days, unhealthy,allergic to many things. Since taking Experience my colon was cleanse, toned and it worked by itself. That is the best product ever. — Erma, in BC

I got the experience of my life and my health back. I am so thankful for AwarenessLife for this product. — kathy forbes, ON

My irritable colon was a constant challenge for many years and by using these products it certainly has changed the way I feel and is a life saver for me! — Julie, in AB

This product is fantastic — been using it on an off for 8 years to maintain a healthy and balanced colon; there is nothing else on the market that even comes close to the “Experience” you get. — Pamela, in ON

Truly amazing…best cleanse, in my opinion, ever!!!! — Natalie, in BC

Several years ago I started suffering cramps and severe gas. Since taking Experience I now have things under control and go regularly to the bathroom once or twice every day. — Ron, in MB

Experience is by far the most superior product I have ever used in re-educating my intestine to do its job properly.
— Tammy, in BC

I have tried every cleansing product you can buy from the stores with NO results… After one day on Experience I now have daily bowel movements. Before Experience I was going every 2-3 days. — Jason, in MB

I have used Experience for 5 years now, and i find nothing can compare to the results you get with it. Over the counter remedies do not even come close to the results you get with this. — Lori , in ON

I have more energy because I now get rid of the “stuff” I’ve been carrying around with me all my life. I take it every night, and now I am regular and go every day, three times a day. — Jennifer, in AB

Experience is an awesome product. It is a blessing in my life knowing that I can have easier bowl movements & daily cleaning of my colon. — Charlene, in AB

Within the first 24 Hours of using the Experience Product I got results. I was a person who went only 1 perhaps twice a week. I now go Everyday and feel great! — Susan, in ON

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The 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge StarterPak

The absolute best way to set yourself on the path to true health. This provides you with everything you need to lose weight naturally, for a full 30 days!

  • Mediterranean PureTrim Shakes help with weight loss and anti-aging.
  • Delicious PureTrim Chocolate Truffles help you control late-night cravings and reduce appetite.
  • Liquid Daily Complete provides 194 vitamins, minerals, and important nutrients for increased energy.
  • Experience helps cleanse the colon and promotes regularity.
  • Pure Gardens Skin Cream helps to keep your skin toned and firm while you lose weight!

The FREE 43-page weight loss book gives you the education you need to make it all happen!

With the 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge StarterPak, you can take your weight loss to the maximum!

Choose whether you’d like Chocolate only, Vanilla only, or a mix of both when you purchase your StarterPak. You get the choice!

This StarterPak Includes:
3 boxes of PureTrim® Shakes (Chocolate – 10 packets)
3 boxes of PureTrim® Shakes (Vanilla – 10 packets)
1 box of PureTrim Truffles®
1 bottle of Liquid Daily Complete®
1 bottle of Experience®+$75 OF FREE PRODUCT!

1 FREE jar of Pure Gardens® Skin Cream
1 FREE box of PureTrim Truffles®
• FREE 43-page weight loss book
• FREE PureTrim® shaker cup

$ 356 00 mixed • chocolate • vanilla

To Learn more or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=30pak

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Fit into your Skinny Jeans

Take the 10 day Pure Trim Challenge

The Mediterranean Ultimate Weight Loss StarterPak

The answer to life changing weight loss results you have been looking for!

  • Mediterranean PureTrim Shakes help with weight loss and anti-aging.
  • Delicious PureTrim Chocolate Truffles help you control late-night cravings and reduce appetite.
  • Liquid Daily Complete provides 194 vitamins, minerals, and important nutrients for increased energy.
  • Experience helps cleanse the colon and promotes regularity.
  • Pure Gardens Skin Cream helps to keep your skin toned and firm while you lose weight!

This entire time-tested Mediterranean system is designed and balanced to promote natural and healthy weight loss.

The FREE 43-page weight loss book gives you the education you need to make it all happen!


This StarterPak Includes:
1 box of PureTrim® Shakes (Chocolate – 10 packets)
1 box of PureTrim® Shakes (Vanilla – 10 packets)
1 box of PureTrim Truffles®
1 bottle of Liquid Daily Complete®
1 bottle of Experience®
1 FREE jar of Pure Gardens® Skin Cream
• FREE 43-page weight loss book
• FREE PureTrim® shaker cup

$ 196.00 Ultimate Weight Loss StarterPak 

To Learn more or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=ulpak

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The Weight Loss StarterPak

The Weight Loss StarterPak provides you with everything you need to get started on the path to weight loss and improved overall health. The PureTrim Shakes help with nutrition and weight loss, while Daily Complete provides vitamins, minerals, and important nutrients for increased energy. The FREE 43-page weight loss book gives you the education you need to make it all happen!


This StarterPak Includes:
1 box of PureTrim® Shakes (Chocolate – 10 packets)
1 box of PureTrim® Shakes (Vanilla – 10 packets)
1 bottle of Liquid Daily Complete®
• FREE 43-page weight loss book
• FREE PureTrim® shaker cup

$ 119.97 Weight Loss StarterPak 

To Learn more or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=wlpak

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For those of you who made it this far – for MARCH only, anyone who goes on auto ship  (can be every month, every other month or every 3 months) will get a free 2 month supply of :

Natural Pure Gardens Skin Serum

Natural Pure Gardens Skin Serum is like a waterfall on thirsty skin. Blended by a master Mediterranean herbalist, it helps smooth away fine lines, dry skin, and age spots while protecting & nourishing your skin at the same time.*

Pure Gardens® Skin Serum is a versatile and clinically proven product made with natural ingredients that help nourish your skin. It can help reduce fine lines, reduce age spots, smooth skin texture, and moisturize dry skin.

Important Benefits:
• Helps reduce appearance of fine lines
• Contains antioxidants
• Softens dry, rough spots
• Improves age spots
• No added chemicals
• Listed in the Canadian Compendium Of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)!

1 jar is a 2-month supply (2 oz.)    $ 29.95 Pure Gardens
 Skin Serum

To Learn more or Purchase: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=puregardens

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For those of you who want more information on products not listed here or would like more information than I have provided here –  and there is so much more information plus actual studies and testimonials, please click on the link: http://deb.awarenesslife.com/

Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol?

Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” an expert on coconut, diet, and nutrition answers the question.

Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol? 

Lower Cholesterol Ratio With Coconut Oil

This is the most often asked question I receive regarding coconut oil. This is a legitimate concern because we have been conditioned to believe that all saturated fats raise cholesterol. Since coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat it would stand to reason that it too would raise cholesterol.

The truth is, eating coconut oil will improve your cholesterol values and reduce your risk of heart disease. Many people, however, have expressed concern after having their blood cholesterol checked and found that their total cholesterol has increased since they began using coconut oil. If coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease why did their cholesterol levels rise?

I have found that people’s response varies when they start using coconut oil. In some people total cholesterol decreases, while in others it increases. But in either case, their HDL (good) cholesterol always increases. The rise in total cholesterol that some people experience is due mostly to an increase in good cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol) improves, thus reducing their risk of heart disease.

It is an established fact that the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk than total cholesterol. Total cholesterol, in fact, is misleading and is a poor risk indicator because it lumps together both LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Total cholesterol gives you no indication of how much is good and how much is bad. You can have high total cholesterol, but if a large percentage of it is made of up HDL, then your risk is low.

The lower the cholesterol ratio the better. A cholesterol ratio of 5.0 mg/dl is considered average risk. Above this value is high risk and below is less than average risk. A ratio of 3.2 mg/dl or less is considered optimal or the lowest risk.

If you have a total cholesterol value of 240 mg/dl, this would be considered high. You would be told that you are at high risk for heart disease. Your doctor would tell you to reduce your saturated fat intake and have you to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. However, if your HDL value was 75 mg/dl, your cholesterol ratio would be 3.2 mg/dl. This value is in the optimal range and you would have the lowest risk. Since the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk, even though your total cholesterol may be high, your actual risk is very low.

Just the opposite can also happen. If a person has a total cholesterol reading of 178 mg/dl that we be considered ideal and be said to be at low risk. If, however, their HDL was only 35 mg/ld, their cholesterol ratio would be 5.1 mg/dl, which is in the high risk category! This explains why so many people who die of heart disease have normal or below normal total cholesterol levels and why many people with high total cholesterol levels live long lives without experiencing heart problems.

When people ask me about their cholesterol values I tell them to ignore total cholesterol and look at their cholesterol ratio. In every case, the cholesterol ratio improves when they start using coconut oil and their risk of heart disease drops.

Here is an actual case. A woman had a family history of high cholesterol. Family members had total cholesterol readings in excess of 400 mg/dl. After adding coconut oil into her diet her total cholesterol rose from 336 to 376 mg/dl. Ordinarily this is considered very high. However, her HDL (good) cholesterol nearly doubled from 65 to 120 mg/dl. Her cholesterol ratio dropped from a high risk value of 5.2 mg/dl to a low risk value of 3.1 mg/dl, which is in the optimal range. Although she had a very high total cholesterol reading, her true risk was very low. Her blood pressure was optimal at 110/60.

Studies have consistently shown that coconut oil increases HDL and improves the cholesterol ratio. While coconut oil does not reduce total cholesterol as effectively as polyunsaturated oils do, it has a greater effect on HDL. When HDL and cholesterol ratio values are evaluated, coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease more than soybean, canola, safflower, or any other vegetable oil typically recommended as “heart healthy.” Interestingly, most vegetable oils increase the cholesterol ratio thus increasing the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is definitely the best oil you can use to protect yourself from heart disease.■

Get the latest well researched information on everything Coconut from Dr. Coconut Himself –  Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut”

Subscribe to his newsletter,  click bruce@piccadillybooks.com and write “subscribe” in the subject line.

The Coconut Oil Miracle

This is an extremely well written article that gives a really good overview of what coconut oil can do. Kudos to the author for a very comprehensive and well documented Essay.

Coconut Oil, coconut milk and coconut water can replace so many of the dairy products and unhealthy fats that are in most kitchens today. I find that when I am baking now I use the coconut oil but I also throw in a handful of shredded coconut. It doesn’t change the flavor but your baking has and retains a moistness that you really come to appreciate.

I also find that I feel satiated (full) on smaller portions and that feeling stays with you so you are not reaching for that snack near as frequently. We really enjoy banana bread – I throw in a handful of raisins and shredded coconut. One slice mid-afternoon and I am good until dinner. Enjoy this great article!

The Coconut Oil Miracle: Where is the Evidence?Christine Tomlinson, MD, director of the National Candida Society, in the UK believes in the antibacterial properties of coconut oil, and advises candida sufferers (those with a yeast overgrowth) to include it in their diet. Mary Newport, MD, director of the neonatology unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida, is a firm believer in the power of coconut for the treatment of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. She should, her husband suffered with Alzheimer’s for five years before she discovered coconut oil. With the aid of coconut oil he’s making a remarkable comeback. Others claim that it can help with diabetes, cancer, kidney and liver function, vitamin and mineral absorption, digestive problems, immune function, and weight loss. From all the glowing reports coconut oil appears to be a super food with a multitude of nutritional and medicinal uses.In recent years coconut oil has shot to superstardom in the world of health foods. Celebrities area using it, nutritionists are recommending it, and patients are extolling its many virtues.Yet, despite the growing popularity, some people are skeptical. How could one thing have so many health benefits? It sounds too good to be true. In addition, many doctors, dieticians, and other health care professionals have been reluctant to accept coconut oil as a health food. Coconut oil contains a high percentage of saturated fat. Saturated fats have been condemned for so many years, that they find it hard to change their opinions even when faced with evidence to the contrary.

The objection they state is always the same: there is not enough evidence to prove that coconut oil is harmless or that it has any health benefits.  “If it has any health benefits,” they bellow, “show me the evidence!” They demand peer-reviewed studies published in respected medical journals. By crying “show me the evidence” they are implying that there is little evidence and that there are no such studies available.

In recent years doctors and editors of health journals are frequently being asked about coconut oil. Most don’t know anything about it and consider it just another passing fad. Their answers reflect this view.

A letter sent to the editors of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association asks: “Is there science to support claims for coconut oil?” The editor’s reply begins by inferring that all the so-called health claims come from websites selling coconut oil and then states, “According to these sources, the health benefits of coconut oil help to prevent or mitigate a wide range of medical conditions. However…there is insufficient evidence to support the claims.”1

A similar question was posed to bestselling author Andrew Weil, MD. “We don’t have any evidence suggesting that coconut oil is better for you than other saturated fats,” he states on his website. “The benefits of coconut oil in the diet, if any, are likely to be minimal, and until we have more and better evidence about coconut oil’s effect…I do not recommend using it.2

Readers of Dr. John McDougall’s newsletter asked him the same question.  “Coconut oil is the newest miracle food promoted on the Internet and at health food stores for rejuvenation and cure of ‘whatever ails you,’” responds Dr. McDougall. “Advocates of coconut oil claim this sensational food has anti-microbial, anti-heart disease, anti-cancer, and anti-obesity benefits.  Furthermore, this fat is sold as a cure for low thyroid function (hypothyroidism).  This is a huge turnaround for a substance that has traditionally been thought of as an artery-clogging saturated fat. Testimonials provide most of the evidence for the miraculous effects these oils have on people, rather than well thought out and carefully designed experiments [italics mine].  Thus, most of these claims are based on a little truth overblown into a sales pitch for sellers of coconut oil.”3

The answers are all the same; the health claims are attributed to people selling coconut oil and that there is little or no evidence to back up their claims. Obviously, these doctors did not bother to take the time to research the question but simply gave their uneducated, biased opinions. That’s the problem with those who refuse to acknowledge new advances in science and medicine. They don’t take the time to find out and belittle those who have.

Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, MD, wrote an article a couple of years ago lambasting coconut oil in the same vein as those above. However, recently Dr. Oz reversed his stance and acknowledged that coconut oil is a healthy food and admitted that he himself now takes it every day. He even included several segments of his TV show to the benefits of coconut oil. (You can view them at http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/coconut-oil-super-powers-pt-1) If these other doctors were open minded enough and had taken the time to do just a little investigation, like Dr. Oz, they would have seen the overwhelming evidence and become believers too.


“Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth.”
-Bruce Fife, N.D.


“Coconut oil is the healthiest oil you can use.”
-Joseph Mercola, D.O.


Coconut oil is the world’s only natural low-calorie fat.


Why has coconut oil had a bad reputation in the past? It’s not what you might think. The reason has nothing to do with science or with health.


“Show me the evidence.” That’s the universal battle cry of the critics. Is there sufficient evidence to justify the safety and value of coconut oil? There is actually plenty of evidence, if you know where to look. On the Internet there is a website sponsored by U.S. National Institutes of Health called PubMed (www.pubmed.gov). This is a research tool that indexes nearly 6,000 medical and biological journals published around the word.If you key in the word “coconut oil” you get a listing of all the studies in the database that involve coconut oil. Currently there are 1,315 studies listed. Over thirteen hundred studies, that’s a lot of evidence! New studies are continually being added. We can say to  
the critics are these enough studies? They would probably say “no, we want more studies.” OK, well you can find additional studies by looking up similar search terms like “virgin coconut oil,” “medium chain fatty acids,” “medium chain triglycerides,” “lauric acid,” “capric acid,” “caprylic acid,” and so forth. When you have done that, you will get a listing of over 17,000 studies! How’s that for evidence! This would blow their minds. Some of these studies, however, will be listed twice. So if we take into account some duplication, that still leaves about 10,000 studies on coconut oil.Ten thousand studies should be enough to convince any skeptic, especially when you consider that the FDA grants approval to new drugs if only two positive studies are published. The arthritis drug Vioxx, had only four published studies before it was approved. When new drugs are approved for distribution to the public, why don’t doctors stand up and scream for more evidence? When Vioxx, Baycol, and Darvon were approved why didn’t the medical community rise up in protest asking for more evidence for their efficiency and safety? They should have, since each of these drugs were later taken off the market because they were crippling and killing peopleWhen the Alzheimer’s drug, Apricept, was approved by the FDA in 1996 there were less than 10 studies available, not all of them positive. The effects of the drug have been less than impressive. A few of the studies suggested that some patients may benefit from taking the drug, while others failed to show any benefit. In general, less than half of those taking the drug demonstrate any benefit. When improvement does occur, it lasts only a few months and is not great enough to have any worthwhile effect on the patient’s symptoms or day-to-day functioning. The results have been generally disappointing, nevertheless, the drug was approved and is currently the most wildly used treatment for Alzheimer’s.
What price does the patient pay for the possibility of a few months of minor improvement? The price can be measured in terms of the adverse reactions from taking the drug, which may include any number of the following: diarrhea, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, vomiting, weight loss, seizures, and death. Is it worth it? While the benefits are only expected to last a few months, patients often continue the drug for years. Where are the voices calling for more studies on Apricept? Where are the voices challenging its safety? Is it because it is a chemical created in a laboratory that gives it acceptance among the medical community, while coconut oil being a product of nature is looked upon with suspicion?Coconut oil has caused no deaths or harm of any type. It’s been used safely for thousands of years. There is no risk in using it. Thousands of studies have proven its therapeutic worth and tens of thousands satisfied users can attest to its health promoting properties. Coconut oil has proven to be far more effective at treating Alzheimer’s than Apricept.4 Yet, critics still call for more studies on coconut oil.Admittedly, not all of the 10,000 studies involving coconut oil are of equal value, some provide little or no useful information. However, the same is true for drug studies as well, not all of them are useful either. Nevertheless, there are ample studies on coconut oil to clearly demonstrate its many nutritional and medicinal properties. Let’s take a brief look at the evidence behind the modern medical uses for coconut oil.

The basic chemistry of coconut oil was figured out back in the 1920s and 1930s. Back then it was discovered that coconut oil was distinctly different from other fats and oils. Coconut oil was found to be composed predominately of a unique family of fats

Death and Injury Caused by

Drugs* VS Coconut Oil (US)


Deaths/Year from Prescription

Drugs** — 106,000

Deaths/Year from

Coconut Oil — 0


Serious Injuries/Year from

Prescription Drugs** — 2 million

Serious Injuries/Year from

Coconut Oil —   0


*These figures are for prescription drugs only. They do not include over-the counter or street drugs. Over-the-counter drugs also cause many deaths. Every year, more than 15,000 people die in North America from ordinary aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

 

**These drugs have all been through the peer review process and have been evaluated and approved by the FDA.

 

The number of studies that have involved coconut oil is far greater than the vast majority of prescription drugs currently on the market. Coconut oil has a long history of safe and effective use. It is ridiculous for people to cry out for more studies on the safety and effectiveness of coconut oil yet say nothing about investigating the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, which have the potential to do great harm as evidenced in the data above.

 

Source: http://commonground.ca/2012/01/prescription-drug-deaths/

called medium chain fatty acids. In coconut oil these fatty acids are in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).In the 1930s and 1940s. It was discovered that when coconut oil was added into the diet it improved the absorption of various nutrients. For example, W.D. Salmon and J.G. Goodman at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) studied the effects of vitamin B-1 deficiency in animals given different types of fats. Vitamin B-1 deficiency leads to a fatal disease called beriberi. The fats and oils evaluated included olive oil, butter, beef fat, linseed oil (flaxseed), cottonseed oil, and other oils. When rats were given a vitamin B deficient diet, coconut oil was by far the most efficient in preventing the disease and extending lifespan. In fact, those receiving coconut oil actually gained weight, indicating continued growth even though the diet was nutritionally poor.5 None of the tested oils, including coconut oil, contains  vitamin B-1. However, coconut oil makes what little of the vitamin that is in the diet more biologically available, thus preventing the deficiency disease.A number of studies over the years have found similar effects. Coconut oil improves the absorption of not only the B vitamins but also vitamins A, D, E, K, beta-carotene, CoQ10, and other fat soluble nutrients, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and some amino acids—the building block for protein.6 (Please note that for readability only a very few references will be included in this article. If all available references were listed, this article would swell to well over 30 pages in length.)The fact that coconut oil improved absorption of a wide variety of nutrients led researchers to investigate its use in treating malnutrition and malabsorption syndrome in children and infants. Eventually it was included in hospital feeding formulas for the sick and in infant formulas, especially for premature and low birth weight babies. When compared to other dietary fats, coconut oil produced faster growth, weight gain, and improved nutritional status.7 Coconut oil became a standard ingredient in all commercial infant formulas and still is today. Coconut oil or MCTs are also still used in hospital IV and feeding formulas to treat sick patients of all ages. Adding the oil reduces the patients’ recovery time and improves nutritional status.8In the 1950s researchers began investigating the nutritional and medicinal uses for MCTs. Harvard researcher Vigen K. Babayan, PhD is credited with developing the process of distilling coconut oil down into pure MCT oil. He called the purified oil fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil.9 A great deal of research followed and it was soon evident that MCTs possessed unique biological properties with a number of important nutritional and medical applications.

It was soon discovered that MCTs digest differently than other fats. When swallowed, most fats travel down the esophagus (throat), through the stomach, and into the small intestine where they are broken down by digestive enzymes and bile into individual fatty acids (long chain fatty acids). These fatty acids are then absorbed into the intestinal wall where they are repackaged into bundles of fat, cholesterol, and protein called lipoproteins. These lipoproteins pass into the bloodstream. As they circulate in the bloodstream they release little particles of fat and cholesterol that are utilized by the cells or stored as body fat.

The process is completely different with MCTs. When MCTs are consumed, they digest very rapidly and begin breaking down immediately. When they pass from the stomach into the small intestine, they are already completely separated into individual fatty acids (medium chain fatty acids) and, therefore, do not need pancreatic digestive enzymes or bile for digestion, thus relieving stress on the digestive system. Since they are already in the form of fatty acids when they enter the small intestine they are immediately absorbed into the portal vein and sent directly to the liver. In the liver they are metabolized into energy.10

The difference in the way MCTs are digested is very important because it provides a means to treat a number of medical conditions. Extensive research and clinical work in the 1960s and 1970s led to the use of MCTs for the treatment of a variety of malabsorption syndromes including obstructive jaundice11, cystic fibrosis12, tropical sprue13, a-beta-lipoprotenaemia14, intestinal lymphangiectasia15, pancreatic insufficiency16, and to speed recovery after intestinal surgery17.

Because of the unique way in which MCTs are digested and metabolized they produce an increase in energy and boost metabolism. For this reason, MCTs are used by athletes to improve performance. MCTs or coconut oil are commonly found in commercially produced energy bars and sports drinks marketed to people with active lifestyles.

This metabolic boosting effect diminishes fat deposition. This led researchers in the 1980s to begin investigating the use of MCTs as a means for weight management.18 Researchers from McGill University in Quebec, Canada and elsewhere are now recommending the use of MCTs as a means to treat obesity.19

In the 1960s Jon J. Kabara, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at Michigan State University, discovered that MCTs possess potent antimicrobial properties. In his search for a safe means to protect foods from fungal and bacterial contamination he found that MCTs fit the bill. Over the years he and other researchers found that MCTs can kill a wide variety of disease-causing bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites.20 MCTs were not only useful in preserving foods, but could be used topically and internally as antimicrobial agents to prevent and fight off infectious disease. Many common disease-causing microbes as well as potentially deadly ones like HIV and drug-resistant bacteria are vulnerable to MCTs.21-22 This aspect of MCTs is extensively researched. There are literally hundreds of studies on this topic and even entire books describing the antimicrobial effects of MCTs.

Because coconut oil is composed predominately MCTs, it possesses the same antimicrobial power, as evidenced in many clinical and laboratory studies.23

In the 1970s it was discovered that while the liver burns some MCTs immediately to produce energy, others are converted into ketones. Ketones are a super potent form of energy that are used specifically by the brain, but can be used by all the tissues in the body except the liver.

Ketones not only provide a high quality source of energy for the brain but trigger the activation of special proteins that function in brain cell maintenance, repair, and growth, thus providing a therapeutic effect on the brain. Since the 1970s MCTs have been used in ketogenic diets to treat epilepsy. Today modified ketogenic diets, using MCTs, are the standard dietary treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy.24

Besides epilepsy, ketones have been successfully used to treat a number of other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS, stroke, narcolepsy, brain trauma, and brain cancer. The consumption of coconut oil can increase blood ketone levels to therapeutic levels that can successfully treat all of these conditions. Many patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are currently being treated with coconut oil and are achieving far better results than the medications currently approved for these conditions. Studies show that MCTs can effectively mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s and a dietary supplement designed for this purpose was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Coconut oil is known to aid those with diabetes by balancing blood sugar levels. MCTs improve insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, thus reversing the underlying cause of diabetes.25

Coconut oil has very potent anti-cancer properties. When cancer is chemically induced in lab animals the addition of coconut oil into their diets can completely negate the carcinogenic effects of the chemicals.26

Coconut oil can prevent and even reverse liver disease caused by a variety of toxic agents such as alcohol, bacteria, drugs, and chemicals.27 It does the same for other organs in the body such as the intestines, colon, kidneys, and pancreas.28-30

Even heart health is improved with the use of coconut oil. While much criticism has been cast on coconut oil because of its saturated fat content, the evidence supports its heart friendly nature. MCTs are readily used by the heart as fuel. In fact, it uses MCTs in preference to glucose or polyunsaturated fatty acids as a source of energy. Ketones, as well, which are produced from MCTs act as a superfuel for the heart, increasing oxygen delivery by 39 percent and heart function by 28 percent. In fact, researchers at University François Rabelais in France are now recommending the use of MCTs for the treatment of heart diseases.

They have shown that the diseased heart is energy deficient and by improving oxygen and fuel delivery, heart function and survival is dramatically improved.31 The fact that that coconut oil is not harmful to the heart and may even be therapeutic is substantiated by numerous studies on coconut eating populations where heart disease rates are among the lowest in the world.32 Many other degenerative diseases are also much lower in these populations such as cancer, diabetes, colitis, liver disease, gallbladder disease, and dementia. Could it be due to the coconut in their diets?

Coconut oil has the potential to aid in the protection and treatment of a number of health problems due to its documented antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiulcerogenic, antimutagenic, analgesic, and antipyretic activities.33-34 Scientists and pharmaceutical companies have recognized the importance of MCTs and have filed numerous patents for their therapeutic use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, dental caries, periodontal disease, skin diseases, and various bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Apparently the researchers at these companies feel there is ample scientific evidence to invest their time and money in procuring the legal rights to use them therapeutically.

The health benefits of MCTs are so well documented that the critics cannot argue against their nutritional and medicinal value or safety. However, some will argue that many of the studies were done using fractionated coconut oil or MCT oil, not coconut oil, and therefore, are not representative of the effects of coconut oil. This argument is just a smokescreen to justify the demand for “more evidence.”

Since coconut oil is predominately a medium chain triglyceride oil (63%), “the biological effects of coconut oil are a consequence of the presence of these acids,” says Hans Kaunitz, MD, professor of pathology at Columbia University Medical School and long time MCT researcher.35 Because coconut oil is composed predominately of MCTs, it influence on the body is characterized by theses fatty acids.

While critics may question if coconut oil has the same therapeutic effects as MCT oil, they will acknowledge that soybean oil is characterized by linoleic acid because it contains 51 percent of this polyunsaturated fatty acid, or that olive oil is a monounsaturated oil because it is 77 percent oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid), or that fish oil (salmon oil in this case) is characterized by omega-3s because it contains 38 percent omega-3 fatty acids, yet it also contains saturated fat (22 percent) and cholesterol (485 mg/100g). Likewise, soybean oil and olive oil also contain saturated fats, so they are not pure either, but their character is defined by their predominate fatty acids and their saturated fat content is ignored as inconsequential. Conclusion: coconut oil is an MCT oil and its effects on the body are characterized by these fatty acids. This has been observed time and time again in studies and in clinical settings.

Some of the nutritional and therapeutic benefits of coconut oil come from the saturated fats in the oil, such as its resistance to oxidation, long shelf life, and superior cooking properties. Some come from MCTs such as the antimicrobial effects and its unique mode of digestion and nutrient delivery. However, most of its medicinal benefits undoubtedly come from the ketones produced from the MCTs. The protective effects on the heart, brain, kidneys, colon, pancreas, and other organs, its metabolic boosting and energizing effects, and its anti-cancer, anti-diabetes, anti-Alzheimer’s and other effects come principally from ketones.

If you do a search on PubMed for ketones, as they relate to MCTs and diet, you will find about 25,000 studies. Combining these studies with the 10,000 on coconut oil and MCTs, we have a total of over 35,000 studies describing the effects of coconut oil on health. Is that enough evidence? There is far more evidence demonstrating the safety and efficiency of coconut oil than there are for most FDA approved drugs.

Of course, additional studies are welcomed and encouraged, but to state that there is little or no evidence demonstrating the safety and value of coconut oil is simply not true. Coconut oil has been used successfully in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and in western medicine for at least 60 years with no adverse effects. It’s been granted GRAS (i.e. generally recognized as safe) status by the FDA.

Regardless of the number of studies available, the real test for the value of coconut oil is how it affects people’s lives. Coconut oil is helping thousands of people with various health problems. Here is a typical example. “I was once diagnosed with lupus, lichen planus (lost all 20 nails), ADD, depression, COPD, allergies, atherosclerosis with chest pain, metabolic syndrome, rapidly progressing to full blown diabetes, high CRP, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia,” says Peggy M. “I was living on inhalers, antibiotics, prednisone, antidepressants, sleeping pills, allergy meds and more…I began to try alternative things. I am sooooo thankful to say, I have been using organic coconut oil for several years…My thyroid meds continue to be decreased, and I no longer have to take any allergy meds besides shots. I’m afraid to quit them. My breathing problems are totally gone. I have healthy nails, no fibromyalgia, metabolic syndrome, or diabetes.” You can access similar stories here.

While testimonies like this may not provide “scientific” proof, tens of thousands of people can attest that coconut oil has changed their lives for the better. Medications may give good results in laboratory settings, yet in real life prove disastrous (i.e. Vioxx). Coconut oil has proven its worth in real life.

Whenever someone says, “Show me the evidence,” give him a copy of this article and say “here is the evidence check it out if you want to learn the truth.” If they demand more evidence, refer them to books such as Coconut Cures or Stop Alzheimer’s Now. Every health claim made in regard to coconut is backed up by published research and historical facts. Each book includes hundreds of references to medical studies.

You can also send them to www.coconutresearchcenter.org and have them look under the heading “Medical Studies” to access a 25 page listing of some of the 10,000 studies on coconut oil. ■

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