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NATURE’S FLU SHOTS

NATURE’S FLU SHOTS –

Juice of 6 fresh lemons
1 bulb Garlic
2 tsp. Ginger powder
2 Tbsp. Honey
3 cups Pineapple juice
¼ tsp Cayenne powder

Blend all ingredients thoroughly and store in a glass jar. Take 1 cup 4 times a day until the symptoms are resolved.

Prevent Flu Naturally – 8 Natural Solutions

       

8 Ways To Avoid The Flu Naturally

To learn more about how to prevent and beat the flu naturally, check out this helpful article by Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D., of the Center for New Medicine:

Couple the recent media predictions of a pandemic-proportion flu season with talk of more vaccination shortages, and the spread of panic isn’t far behind. However, the flu does not have to be inevitable for you or your family and can be avoided naturally by strengthening your immune system.

Taste the rainbow
Eating a wide variety of fresh, wholesome foods packed with powerful vitamins and minerals is the first step to ensuring a strong immune system. Vitamins A, B6, C and E and the minerals zinc, iron, copper and selenium are critical for maintaining strength and immunity. Make sure that your diet consists of a rainbow of fruits and vegetables to ensure that you are getting all of the necessary nutrients. Supplementing your diet with a *** daily multivitamin/mineral*** will fill the gaps where your diet falls short and should be an essential part of your health regime. During cold and flu season, increase your dosage of vitamin C for added virus fighting benefits. Should you still become sick, studies have shown that the powerful antioxidants in vitamin C can reduce both the symptoms and duration of the flu***

I’ll have extra garlic, please
Certain foods can give you an extra boost and should be factored into your regular eating habits. Garlic is known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and can prevent infections from taking hold and spreading. A daily serving of two raw garlic cloves will provide you with the bulbous herb’s healthy benefits. Tip: To avoid offensive garlic breath, cut the cloves into smaller pieces and then swallow them with water or herbal tea. Follow with a sprig of parsley.

A mushroom a day
Mushrooms have been found to increase production and activity of white blood cells, improving your chances of fighting off infection. Both shiitake and maitake mushrooms provide the biggest immunity boost.

Have a tea party
Jump-start your immune system each morning with a fresh pot of black tea. While the healthy properties in black tea have been known for centuries, a recent Harvard University study confirmed its healing effects. The study found that people who drank five cups of black tea a day for two weeks had 10 times higher levels of the cold- and virus-fighting chemical interferon than those who did not drink tea. Researchers suspect that green tea has the same effect.

Run away
Exercising for 30 to 60 minutes daily can give your immune system the extra kick that it needs. A study conducted by David Nieman at Appalachian State University found that people who walked regularly for 12 weeks had half the number of colds and sore throats as people who were less active.

Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress and its harmful effects on the immune system. It has been estimated that 90 percent of illness and disease is stress related. But don’t overdo it! Too much exercise can have the opposite effect on your immune system. Exercising for more than 90 minutes a day could make you more susceptible to the flu virus.

Sleep on it
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for the immune system to recharge itself. An overly fatigued body doesn’t have the necessary strength to fight off infections. With eight hours a night of solid sleep, your body will be ready to face a new day and ward off pesky invaders.

Lather Up
A strong immune system should be able to combat the flu virus, but washing your hands frequently can increase your health odds even more. Use warm water and soap and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes to prevent the virus from entering your system.

Avoid the flu shot
According to Dr. J. Anthony Morris, the former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the FDA, “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine, thus far developed, is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.” When you also consider the toxic mixture of chemicals found in the flu vaccine, the decision becomes a no-brainer. Among the vaccine’s ingredients are such toxins as ethylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze), formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s disease and known to produce cancer in mice) and thimerosol (a form of mercury, the most toxic of all heavy metals). Thimerosol has had so much scrutiny in the past decade that it has been banned in all childhood vaccinations in the United States, yet it still remains in the influenza vaccine today.

This year the flu season doesn’t have to get you down. Take good care of your body and you will be rewarded with a lifetime of good health. And just think of what you can do with all of those unused sick days!

Dr. Connealy, M.D., M.P.H. began private practice in 1986. In 1992, she founded South Coast Medical Center for New Medicine, where she serves as Medical Director. Her practice is firmly based in the belief that strictly treating health problems with medications does not find the root cause of the illness. Dr. Connealy writes monthly columns for Coast and OC Health magazines, and is a biweekly guest on Frank Jordan’s “Healthy” radio show. She routinely lectures and educates the public on health issues.

Thanks to Natural News for a great article.
***daily multivitamin/mineral……Best I have found is Daily Complete: A liquid formulation http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete
*** Vitamin C, Freshly squeezed lemon juice in very warm water with honey or Pure Maple Syrup and Cinnamon. I drink this at the first hint of a Cold or Flu with excellent results. Drinking warm lemon every morning is excellent for  boosting your immunity and helping your body detox on an ongoing basis.

Pneumonia Cured in 3 Hours Using Natural Medicine – Vitamin C

by JONATHAN LANDSMAN
The numbers are staggering. The eighth leading cause of death, in the United States, is pneumonia and influenza – killing over 50,000 people per year. Conventional medicine, in all its years of ‘wisdom’, advise people to get a flu shot for ‘prevention’. There’s only one problem – it doesn’t work!

Flu shots only weaken the immune system – especially when you consider that flu vaccines are loaded with unwanted (toxic) ingredients like, mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde. Adding insult to injury, the most deadly cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ are treated with antibiotics – which are completely ineffective against viruses. Fortunately, once again, the natural health world has a solution – which has been systematically ignored by western medicine for decades.

One vitamin kills pneumonia on contact

Since the 1940’s, proven by Frederick Klenner, M.D. plus many other medical doctors, over 30 diseases (including pneumonia) have been easily cured by taking adequate amounts of vitamin C. In truth, the benefits of vitamin c have been well documented throughout history – in the scientific literature – and NaturalHealth365 has made it a point to highlight its healing powers – for some time now.

Ask any (honest) physician and they’ll tell you that antibiotics will not help you – if you suffer from a viral infection. But, even if your health troubles stem from an ‘unfriendly’ bacterial overload – vitamin C can do wonders without damaging your intestinal flora, which (eventually) compromises your immune system. Still not convinced that vitamin C can cure pneumonia?

Listen [above] – to a portion of my exclusive interview with Dr. Andrew Saul. His personal story of recovery from pneumonia – in just 3 hours – is remarkable to say the least. In addition, after a number of failed attempts by conventional medicine, you’ll learn how one child fully recovered from serious upper respiratory dis-ease, naturally.

What are my vitamin C options?

Keep in mind, not all vitamin C supplements are created equal. If your vitamin C supplement is derived from corn – be sure it’s a non-GMO variety. Simply ask the manufacturer – you may be surprised to discover what they admit on the telephone.

If you should decide to take vitamin C orally in powder, capsule or liquid form – just remember that you may experience bowel intolerance (loose stool) – once you reach your threshold. Everyone is different – depending on health history and current state of health. Liposomal or IV vitamin C will help to avoid this issue plus increase your cellular absorption rate.

Naturally, if you suffer with any serious health condition, it would be best to find a physician that understands the power of vitamin C. How do you know? Just ask and don’t be intimidated – after all, it’s your good health that matters most.

Source: Natural Health 365………………Where The Experts Speak Out

Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/pneumonia-cured-in-3-hours-using-natural-medicine/#fDroXirBF2PhXBAF.99

***REPOSTERS NOTE***

Thank You to Natural Health 365 for this excellent article.

So when you get a virus or think you may be getting something – Get lots of Vitamin C in you!.

Personally we keep fresh lemons in our home and at the first sign of colds or flu we start drinking hot lemon with natural unpasteurized honey and a bit of cayenne pepper as our drink of choice for the day. We find that stops most everything.

A hot drink of Lemon, Ginger Root and Turmeric  has been found to be very effective also.

The Lemon Rind has significantly more Vitamin C so you can wash it very thoroughly, shred it very finely or use the food processor . Take this and add warm (not hot) Honey and a sprinkle of Himalayan Sea Salt.  Eat 1 tablespoon full with each glass of hot lemon you drink. This allows you to get much more fresh Vitamin C out of every lemon. The lemon paste also makes a great stand alone adult cough syrup. Honey has been found to be an even better cough suppressant for children over 1-year-old than any prescription or over the counter solution that you can get .

http://consumer.healthday.com/alternative-medicine-information-3/mis-alternative-medicine-news-19/honey-a-sweet-treatment-for-kids-night-time-cough-667352.html

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/URIstheFlu/34065

Home and Personal Care Products are Killing Our Children, Seniors and Chronically Ill – Natural Alternatives As Part of the Solution

 Home and Personal Care Products are Killing Our Children, Seniors and Chronically Ill – Natural Alternatives As Part of the Solution

How many of these products are in your home?

  

                     

Here’s WHY thousands of people every month are SWITCHING Brands…and becoming loyal customers of products and companies that value customer safety over profits…….. Here is why people are looking for natural solutions.

Environmental Protection Agency
studies have shown that indoor air pollutants are 3 to 70 times higher than outdoors.

The following information came from a conference call with Kay Heizer, Director of “Healthy Choices” (a non-profit organization comprised of doctors, nurses, environmental scientists and educators committed to teaching the public about the hazards of chemicals in our home and how we can avoid or minimize the risks):

50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality [Source: 1989 State of Massachusetts Study]

Since 1950, at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment. Only a fraction of these have been tested for human toxicity. We are, by default, conducting a massive clinical toxicology trial, and our children and their children are the experimental animals. [Source: Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Raising Children Toxic Free]

150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. [Source: Consumer Protection Agency (CPA)]

The United States of America Federal Code of Regulations exempts manufacturers from full labeling of products if used for personal, family or household care. [Source USA FCR: Section 1910.1200C, Title 29, Section 1500.82 2Q1A]

3 groups of people are primarily affected by indoor chemical concentrations because they spend more time indoors and their immune systems are weaker. The 3 groups are: Infants and Toddlers, Chronically ill and the elderly. [Source: 1988 EPA, 5-year study]

In 1901, cancer was rare: 1 out of 8,000. Since the Industrial Revolution, the cancer rate today has risen to 1 in 3 and by the year 2002, it will be 1 in 2.[Source: The American Cancer Society]

The top 6 cancer-causing products in the average home include the following:

1. Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder w/talc,

2. Crest tartar Control Toothpaste

3. V05 Hair Conditioner

4. Clairol Nice-n-Easy Hair Color

5. Ajax Cleanser

6. Lysol Disinfectant

[Source: The National Cancer Prevention Coalition]

Liquid dish soap is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of six (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year). Most brands of liquid dish soap contain formaldehyde and ammonia

Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations [Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989]

Out of 2,435 pesticide poisonings in a one-year period, over 40% were due to exposure to disinfectants and similar cleaning products in the home. [Source: State of California Study]

Just by reducing (not eliminating) environmental carcinogens alone, we would save at least 50,000 lives taken by cancer annually. [Source: Dr. Lee Davis, former advisor to the Secretary of Health]

Most laundry detergent contains a form of NTA. NTA is a substance we may reasonably anticipate to be a carcinogen [Source: The Merck Index]

Household bleaches which claim to disinfect are classified as pesticides under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Inadvertently mixing bleach with other cleaners that contain ammonia produces a toxic chloramines gas. These toxic gases can cause coughing, loss of voice, a feeling of burning or suffocation, and even death. Chlorine bleach has been banned in Germany. [Source: Guide to Hazardous Products Around the Home, Household Hazardous Waste Project, 1989]

Women who work in the home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who work outside of the home [Source: 17- year EPA study]

150 chemicals found in the home have been connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. [Source: The Consumer Protection Agency)

As more toxic chemicals have been introduced to our everyday environment in greater amounts over the last 20 to 30 years, the level of toxins stored in adipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies have risen. Bioaccumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. One study showed that in the fat of 100% of the people tested was 1,4-Dichlorobenzene, a chemical found in most household deodorizers and room fresheners.

Diseases that used to occur later in life are now appearing at younger ages. Diseases that used to be rare are more frequent. For example:

There has been a 28% increase in childhood cancer since the addition of pesticides into household products.

– Cancer is now the #2 killer of children – second only to accidental poisonings. Since 1977 the rate of cancer among American children has been steadily rising at a rate of nearly 1% each year. [Source: National Cancer Institute]

– There is an increased risk for leukemia in children where parents have used pesticides in the home or garden before the child’s birth. [Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute]

Some products release contaminants into the air right away, others do so gradually over a period of time. Some stay in the air up to a year. These contaminants, found in many household and personal care products can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritations and some cause cancer.[American Lung Association]

Asthma was once a very rare disease. Now the condition is extremely common – the asthma rate has tripled in the last 20 years with nearly 30 million Americans currently afflicted. [Source: Consumer Federation of America, 1997]

In one decade, there has been a 42% increase in asthma (29% for men, 82% for women). The higher rate for women is believed to be due to women’s longer exposure times to household chemicals. [Source: Center for Disease Control]

Childhood asthma has increased by more than 40% since 1980. [Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, June 1997; 105 (6)]

Asthma death in children and young people increased by a dramatic 118% between 1980 and 1993.[Source: Environmental Health Threats to Children, Environmental Protection Agency 175-F-96-001, September 1996]

The average child visits the doctor 23 times in the 1st 4 years of life, with the most common complaint being respiratory ailment.[Source: National Center for Health Statistics, 1997]

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in adults and children is also rising – in 1993, 4.5 million children took the drug Ritalin so they could sit still long enough to learn. By 1998, 11.4 million children were being drugged with this powerful Class-2 narcotic.[Source: Your Children and Ritalin, The Detroit news (March 8. 1998)]

Even small doses of neurotoxins, which would be harmless to an adult, can alter a child’s nervous system development. [Source: Environmental Health Perspectives 106 Supplement 3:787-794 (June 1998)]

Developing cells in children’s bodies are more susceptible to damage than adult cells that have completed development, especially for the central nervous system. During the development of a child, from conception through adolescence, there are particular windows of vulnerability to environmental hazards. Most disturbing – until a child is approximately 13 months of age, they are virtually no ability to fight the biological and neurological effects of toxic chemicals. [Source: Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Raising Children Toxic Free]

Today, children have chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults. Because children are exposed to toxics at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases, with long latency periods, such as cancer. [Source: Environmental Policy and Children’s Health, Future of Children, Summer/Fall 1995; 5(2): 34-52]

Formaldehyde is a highly toxic substance. It is a known cancer-causing agent. It damages the neurological connectors in the body. It is an irritant to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and may cause:

Skin reactions, ear infections, headaches, depression asthma, joint pain, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea, disorientation, phlebitis, fatigue, vomiting, sleep disturbances and laryngitis.

One in five people are sensitive to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly found in:

drugs, mouthwash, hairspray, cosmetics, cleaning products, perfumes, waxes, hair setting lotions, shampoo, air fresheners, fungicides, fingernail polish, floor polishes, dry cleaning solvents, toothpaste, laundry starch spray and antiperspirants……just to name a few

DO YOU STILL WANT TO USE PRODUCTS IN YOUR HOME THAT CONTAIN FORMALDEHYDE?

Due to the increase in toxic buildup in our bodies, including the toxic buildup of formaldehyde, dead bodies are not decomposing as fast as they used to.

Bodies now start to decompose within 7 to 10 days after death.

During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese bodies started to decompose within 24 to 48 hours. However, Americans didn’t start to decompose for 4 to 5 days.

Twice as much formaldehyde was needed to embalm a person 20 years ago compared to today.

How many of these names would you have recognized as formaldehyde?

Formalin, Methanal, Methyl Aldehyde, Methylene Oxide, Oxymethylene, Bfv, Fannoform, Formol, Fyde, Karsan, Methaldehyde, Formalith, Methylene Glycol, Ivalon, Oxomethane, Formalin 40, Formalin, Formic Aldehyde, Hoch, Paraform, Lysoform, Morbocid, Trioxane, Polyoxmethylene.

The following products are just a few that are so toxic that they should be disposed of in a toxic waste dump:

Floor care products, furniture polish, window cleaners, bug spray and nail polish remover. [Source: Water Pollution Control Federation]

Warning labels on containers refer only to toxic hazards from ingestion; however, only 10% of health problems from chemicals are caused by ingestion. 90% are caused by the inhalation of vapors and absorption of particles.

Government regulations require that only the most EXTREMELY toxic substances must contain a warning label. Labels that say the following should be removed from your house immediately:

“Do not induce vomiting”

“Corrosive – rinse from skin immediately”

“Harmful or fatal if swallowed”

“Call physician immediately”

“Warning!” (may mean that as little as 1 teaspoon of product can harm or kill adult)

“Danger!” (means that as little as 5 drops can harm or kill an adult)

Phenol is an extremely caustic chemical that burns the skin. Absorption of phenol through the lungs or skin can cause:

central nervous system damage, pneumonia, respiratory tract infection, heart rate irregularities, skin irritation, kidney and liver damage, numbness, vomiting and can be fatal.

Phenol is a very common chemical and is regularly found in the following common products:

air fresheners, aftershave, bronchial mists, chloroseptic throat spray, deodorants, feminine powders and sprays, hair spray, decongestants, mouthwash, aspirin, solvents, acne medications, antiseptics, calamine lotions, detergents, furniture polish, lice shampoo, polishes, cold capsules, all purpose cleaners, aerosol disinfectants, anti-itching lotions, cosmetics, disinfectant cleaners, hand lotions, lip balms, sunscreen and lotions, insecticides, cough syrups … just to name a few

DO YOU STILL WANT TO USE PRODUCTS IN YOUR HOME THAT CONTAIN PHENOL?

***Reposter’s Note

This is an old article but the information is still very pertinent.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Baking Soda and Coconut Oil can replace most Home and Personal Care Products. Here are some natural solutions that are useful. I have linked them to the original posts.

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My absolute favorite solution that I will never be without is my Oxygen Spa. After using it, my body has had a gentle detox and massage and my home smells like after a soft summer rain.  My brain is clearer, my body relaxed, and my skin feels like a baby’s bottom.

I have had mine for 5 years and it has paid for itself many times over because my daily headaches are gone, I haven’t needed a chiropractor, my adult acne is a thing of the past, my pain from carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, and 3 crushed vertebra  is gone. It has been a true Godsend for us. I can’t say enough so I won’t even try.

Best of all, we can use it whenever we want in the privacy of our home. It is one of those things I frequently Thank the universe for bringing into my life.

My husband thought I was crazy when I first got the Oxygen Spa but now he uses it even more than I do. He has 3 back injuries and it ha helped immensely with pain, muscle spasms and flexibility. On top of that bowel problems that led to major surgery have all disappeared.

I now am a Canadian Distributor of the Oxygen Spa because of what it has done for us. Just today I got a call from a client who bought the spa 2 years ago shortly after being diagnosed with Leukemia and Type 2 Diabetes. Her doctors are thrilled as they tell her, her blood work is better than normal. She tries to use it twice a week  but says she feels so good she forgets to use it sometimes.  Like us, she says she needs it because of what it does for her health and well-being.

Here is a short video and a link to my website – You can e-mail me Deb, for more information or to help with getting one for you or your family, wherever you call home, at allaboutwellness@mail.com 

http://www.homespaedmonton.com/

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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