Today I have the pleasure of not only giving this awesome book away to one of YOU (along with some coconut oil), but we also get to hear from the author himself!
I first read this book a few years ago after having heard and read studies (here are a few: 1, 2, 3) about the healing power of coconut oil. I became a believer myself after I began incorporating coconut oil into my every day routine. That consisted of cooking with it, putting it in my coffee or tea, using it as lotion for my body and face, and using it on my hair as a mask treatment.
As I stated in this article I believe coconut oil is both food and medicine. Fife discusses the reasons in this book and has provided even more revelations about coconut oil in this new 5th edition. Here are some examples of what he covers in the book:
Here are some questions that I asked Dr. Fife to give you an even better understanding of the amazing benefits of Coconut Oil.
Fife: There are two primary arguments critics use when speaking about coconut oil. The first, and most common, is that coconut oil is full of saturated fat and, therefore, may promote heart disease.
The idea that saturated fats promote heart disease is only a hypothesis. It is not even a theory because there is too much evidence to the contrary. The evidence that established the diet-heart disease hypothesis was based on a woefully flawed study published by Ancel Keys back in the 1950s. His proof that saturated fats promote heart disease was based on diet information from 7 countries. He plotted the heart disease death rate versus amount of saturated fat consumed in each country. This plot showed a straight line relationship—the more saturated fat a country consumed, the higher the heart disease death rate. The problem with Keys’ graph and conclusion was that it was all wrong. He fabricated the results. Keys had data for 22 countries but only used 7 because these countries were the only ones that appeared to substantiate his hypothesis. If he had plotted the data available to him from all 22 countries, the association between saturated fat consumption and heart disease would have disappeared. He manipulated the data in order to prove his hypothesis. At the time, no one knew he had carefully selected the data and so his hypothesis was quickly accepted and was included in government recommendations on dietary health.
Since the time of Keys proposed diet-heart disease hypothesis many researchers have argued that saturated fat does not promote or cause heart disease. They point out that saturated fat consumption was higher back in the early part of the 20th century when heart disease was extremely rare. We eat less saturated fat today than we did back then, but heart disease rates are much higher now. The diet-heart disease hypothesis doesn’t fit the facts.
Also, many studies have been coming out that disprove the diet-heart disease hypothesis. Just last month a new huge meta-analysis study out of the University of Cambridge demonstrated that saturated fats, regardless of their source, do not cause or even promote heart disease. This was an important study because it combined the data from 72 previously published studies on diet and heart disease. Since this study included essentially all previous high-quality studies on the topic, it dwarfed every other study on the relationship between saturated fat and its effect on heart disease. The study included data on over 600,000 participants, making the results highly significant. The study found that those people who eat the most saturated fat have no more incidence of heart disease than those people who eat the least. A previous meta-analysis study published in 2010 by a different group of researchers came to the same conclusion. The results are consistent; eating foods high in saturated fats do not increase the risk of heart disease.
The second criticism about coconut oil is that there have not been enough studies done to prove that it is harmless or that it has any health benefits. This augment is given as a means to suggest, that there has been little research on coconut oil and the health claims are unreliable. On the contrary, there have been over 10,000 studies published in medical journals. That is a substantial amount of research! There has been more research done on coconut oil than there has for most FDA approved drugs. Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years without any harmful effects being observed. Research has shown that in those countries where coconut oil makes up the majority of the fat in the diet, heart disease is very low. In fact, those people who eat the most coconut oil have the lowest rates of heart disease in the world.
Fife: Coconut oil has a very healing effect on the digestive tract. Cells lining the gastrointestinal tract readily absorb the fatty acids from the oil and use them to produce energy. This actually boosts cellular metabolism which speeds healing and repair. GERD, ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and other digestive disorders respond very positively when coconut oil is added to the diet, generally bringing great relief from the symptoms associated with these conditions.
Since the 1950’s coconut oil has been recommended as the preferred dietary fat for people suffering from poor digestion or from gallbladder disease. The reason for this is that coconut oil digests much more easily than other fats, in fact, pancreatic digestive enzymes are not even needed. This relieves a lot of stress on the digestive system.
Fife: The unique fat molecules that make up coconut oil are known as medium chain fatty acids. One of the characteristics of these fatty acids is that they can kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This property allows the fatty acids to aid the white blood cells in cleansing the body of harmful germs and relieve stress on the immune system. In addition, coconut oil stimulates the production of white blood cells in bone morrow, thus boosting the protective army of white blood cells in our bodies.
Fife: Coconut oil helps protect the skin and keep it looking young and beautiful. The oil helps to block harmful free-radical reactions that occur in our skin and bodies when polyunsaturated fats become oxidized. Coconut oil is very stable chemically. Polyunsaturated fats, like those found in soybean and corn oils are highly unstable and chemically very reactive. When they are exposed to heat, light, and oxygen they spontaneously began to oxidize or in other words, become rancid. When this happens in the body, highly destructive molecules are formed known as free radicals. Free radicals attack cells and tissues of body causing damage. Free-radical damage is seen in sagging and wrinkled, discolored, and dry flaky skin which is often associated with aging.
The antibacterial and anti fungal properties of the oil help kill infections that can cause athlete’s foot, ringworm, toenail fungus, dandruff, and other unsightly skin conditions. It is also an excellent acne cream. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are known to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Unlike other oils that when applied on the skin make the skin greasy and remain greasy all day, coconut oil readily absorbs into the skin were is can do some good. You don’t need to use a lot. A small amount will absorb into the skin within a few minutes. Of course, if you use too much it will look oily for a much longer time, but will eventually be absorbed.
The fatty acids in the oil absorbed into the skin, nourishing the underlying skin cells, and stimulating an accelerated rate of healing. For this reason, coconut oil makes an ideal natural skin lotion and healing salve that can soften dry, rough skin and sooth and heal many cases of psoriasis and eczema.
Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review. Opinions are my own.