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Coconut Oil-Part III

Coconut oil -part III - food and medicine:
 
Whether you live in South or Central America, the coasts of Somalia or Ethiopia, the islands in the Caribbean, on an atoll in the Pacific Ocean, or in Southeast Asia or India, the native doctors there would include coconut oil, milk, meat and pulp as part of your treatment for illness of almost any genre.  Mind you they don't have a lot of extra penicillin or other First World drugs in those places but on the whole they have maintained higher standards of health than people in First World countries who consume mostly factory made pre-fab food as their source of nutrition.
 
The Medium-chain-fatty-acids (MCFAs) in Coconut oil have a powerful antimicrobial effect that can kill a wide variety of infectious organisms, even the superbugs that are resistant to drugs.  This is why it has been viewed as a superfood - it is easily digested and utilized by the body. Medical research and clinical experience is continually uncovering additional uses for this oil-as-medicine.
 
Research and clinical observation has shown that MCFAs (like those in coconut oil) can help prevent or avoid a wide range of diseases, such as:
heart disease, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, stroke
diabetes
osteoporosis  (helps develop strong bones and teeth in all ages)
promotes loss of excess weight  (does not promote weight loss in thin and fit people)
kills viruses that cause mono, influenza, hepatitis C, measels, herpes, AIDS and other viral illnesses
reduces sypmtoms associated with pancreatitis
reduces severity of malabsorption and gastrointestinal problems such as cystic fibrosis, Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers
relieves symptoms of gallbladder disease
relieves pain and irritation of hemorrhoids
reduces chronic inflammation
protecst against several cancers including breast, and colon
helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay
prevents premature aging and degenerative disease
helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome
relieves symptoms associated with enlarged prostate gland
reduces epilectic siezures
protects against kidney disease and bladder infection
helps protect against liver disease
kills bacteria that causes pneumonia, earache, throat infections, dental cavities, food poisoning, UTIs, meningitis and many others
kills fungi and yeast that cause candida, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash and other infections
helps expel tapeworm, lice, giardia, and other parasites
wards off skin infection
reduces symptoms associated with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis
relieves dryness and flaking of skin (it's wonderful as a skin cream)
helps prevent the damaging effects of UV radiation
controlls dandruff
Well, looking at this list makes me think that a coconut is more powerful than a locomotive and should be able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound.
There are hundreds of references at the end of the book, each one citing some of the aspects mentioned above. (and there are quite a few books available on amazon.com for further reporting on research - I just ordered 2 more!) but suffice it to say, coconut oil is not the bringer of evil that the soybean industry prompted us to  believe a few decades ago.  It has taken quite a while to beat back that negative (and false) image.
I believe that it is not only a good oil that should be part of our diets,  but that it is also the oil to cook with since it is not denatured by high heat.
 
The dosage suggested to achieve its health benefits is 3 and 1/2 Tbsp a day.  (almost 1/4 cup).  Certainly the native peoples mentioned at the beginning of this article who depend on the coconut for survival use it in greater quantities. Their percentage  of fat intake is weighs in at over 60% from coconut oil and coconut products  (and no heart disease was evident until these groups were exposed to our "western diet" which, as we all know, consists of high levels of trans-fat vegetable oils from soy, corn, canola, etc)
 
Even a  tsp or two  a day in your morning cup o' joe plus a tsp of pure organic cocoa powder can set you up with a lot of energy and oxidative stress protection.  Plus, it's delicious!
 
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