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A New Weapon Against AIDS
Viruses that are the most vulnerable to the killing action of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil are those which are encased in a lipid membrane. When MCFAs come into contact with these viruses, they are
absorbed into their outermembranes, destabilizing them to the point that the membrane disintegrates, killing the organism. HIV has a lipid coat, thus making it vulnerable to the action of MCFAs. Studies have shown that when MCFAs are added to human blood and semen infected with HIV, the virus is effectively killed. Dr. Thormar and colleagues report that MCFAs formulated into a hydrogel for effective delivery are “highly virucidal in vitro and cause a greater than 100,000-fold inactivation of viruses in human semen in 1 minute.” The researchers add that they are “potent inactivators of sexually transmitted viruses.”
Viruses that are the most vulnerable to the killing action of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) in coconut oil are those which are encased in a lipid membrane. When MCFA come into contact with these viruses, they are absorbed into their outer membranes, destabilizing them to the point that the membrane disintegrates, killing the
Testimonial by AIDS sufferer Tony extols the virtues of virgin coconut oil.
organism. HIV has a lipid coat, thus making it vulnerable to the action of MCFA. Studies have shown that when MCFA are added to human blood and semen infected with HIV, the virus is effectively killed. Dr. Thormar and colleagues report that MCFA formulated into a hydrogel for effective delivery are “highly virucidal in vitro and cause a greater than 100,000-fold inactivation of viruses in human seamen in 1 minute.” The researchers add that they are “potent inactivators of sexually transmitted viruses.”
Studies have shown that MCFA are not only effective at killing HIV but also a large number of lipid-coated viruses that cause a number of diseases, including the measles virus, herpes simplex virus, hepatitis C, stomatitis virus (VSV), and cytomegalovirus (CMV). MCFA also kill lipid-coated bacteria as well as some fungi and parasites, including Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Staphylococcus aureus, Helicobacter pylori, Candida albicans, and giardia.
Coconut oil is composed predominately of MCFAs and also alleviates many of the opportunistic infections that commonly afflict AIDS patients. Unlike the drug cocktails used to treat HIV/AIDS, coconut oil is a completely harmless, natural product that has been used safely as a food for thousands of years. It has no harmful side effects.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with AIDS include chronic diarrhea, fat malabsorption, malnutrition, weight loss, wasting, and various complications with secondary infections. Studies have reported significant improvement in all of these conditions when patients are given diets containing coconut oil or medium chain triglycerides. For instance, C.A. Wanke and colleagues took 24 adult patients with HIV who were suffering from chronic diarrhea, fat malabsorption, and weight loss. Patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups. Medium chain triglycerides were added to the diet of one group. The other group served as the control. The researchers reported that those that received the MCT demonstrated significantly decreased stool number, stool fat, and stool weight, indicating a marked improvement in their nutritional statues. With better nutrient absorption comes improved health and better immune function. P. Gelas and colleagues report that along with improved digestion and weight gain, CD4/CD8 lymphocyte ratios also improve in MCT-fed patients, indicating improved immune function.
The organization Keep Hope Alive has documented several cases in which HIV/AIDS patients have reported marked improvement after consuming coconut products. In some cases all evidence of the infection were removed. For example, one man dropped his viral load from 600,000 to non-detectable levels in just 2 months by consuming a bowl of coconut and cooked cereal every day along with eating a healthy diet containing lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. He was not using any antiviral drugs.
In a second case, a person with a viral load of 900,000 ate half a coconut a day. After 4 weeks, his viral load dropped to around 350,000. After the second month, his viral load remained the same and his doctor added the drug Crixivan to his protocol. After 4 weeks, his viral load dropped to non-detectable levels. Unlike the first case cited above, this person ate a typical American diet that included ample amounts of junk food. His progress would have been quicker with a better diet.
In another case, a man consumed a glass of coconut milk daily for 4 weeks. His viral load for HIV dropped from 30,000 to 7,000. Both his CD4 and CD8 counts doubled. He used no antivirals.
The first clinical study using coconut on HIV-patients was reported by Conrado Dayrit, MD, in 1999. In this study 14 HIV infected individuals were given daily 3 tablespoons of coconut oil or monolaurin (coconut oil derived dietary supplement). No other antivirals or treatment were used. Six months later 60 percent of the participants showed noticeable signs of improvement. Improvement was measured by increased CD4 count, lowered viral load, and better overall health. This was the first study to demonstrate in a clinical setting that coconut oil does have an antiviral impact and could be used successfully to treat HIV-infected individuals.
The amount of coconut oil used is important. The higher the dosage, the more effective it is in deactivating the virus and other pathogenic organisms. The participants in Dr. Dayrit’s study consumed only 3½ tablespoons a day; Tony consumed 6 tablespoons. Case histories of those who have used coconut oil with other therapies indicate that diet and lifestyle are also important. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding junk foods helps strengthen the immune system and improves the success rate. An ample amount of coconut oil combined with a healthy diet looks promising as a safe and affordable treatment for HIV.
Since coconuts can grow in many of areas of the world where HIV is a major health problem, coconut oil appears to be a feasible and exciting solution to this worldwide epidemic. ■
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Success with Coconut Oil and Dietary Intervention
By Renee Osterhouse
In February, 2007, we discovered one of our children had Asperger’s disorder. A blessing in a way; it answered many of the questions we had regarding our child’s behavior. Asperger’s is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This discovery opened a door that is leading our daughter to wellness, a path that has improved the entire family’s health.
Asperger’s disorder is a form of autism. Her list of symptoms went on forever: brain fog, lethargy, sinusitis, headaches, stomach aches, repetitive speech patterns, eyes darting, at times unresponsive, and hearing difficulties. She also had gross and fine motor skill difficulties. The worst though, was the meltdowns. They were like emotional break-downs that she clearly couldn’t control and would occur at least every other day.
In trying to establish what was causing her symptoms, we had removed all preservatives and hydrogenated oils. We updated the ducts in our air conditioning and threw out all of our non-stick cookware, in her bedroom was an air purifier, and we started drinking water free of fluoride and chlorine. We avoided refined sugars and artificial coloring as well.
Beginning to scratch the surface of a healthier cleaner life, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. We all started taking whole food supplements which became a nutritional anchor for all of us. A few weeks after his last treatment we found out our daughters issues were explained by Asperger’s disorder. What seemed to be blow after blow really pushed us further toward a truly healing way of life. When I started researching ASD it didn't take long before I learned of gluten and casein and their link to autism. I found the book Feast Without Yeast: 4 Stages to Better Health, by Dr. Bruce Seman and Lori Kornblum and learned more about yeast/candida overpopulations.
I wanted to investigate how to naturally reduce and maintain the level of candida. Already pleased with our success with this dietary intervention, it was difficult to hope our daughter could get much better. Then I found Bruce Fife’s book, Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut. I learned of coconut oil and its healing benefits, as well as its ability to restore balance in the gut by controlling candida.
With this new information we added 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil to our daughter’s diet. Our dietary intervention program consists of gluten free, casein free, and yeast free, along with avoiding/limiting refined carbohydrates. Within a week we noticed a new level of clarity. It seemed to clear away the rest of the cobwebs. Her speech improved rapidly, her vocabulary skyrocketed, and her physically painful symptoms became intermittent and controllable. Her hearing is normal. She initiates conversations and people are able to engage her in conversations as well. For the first time in her life, she was able to complete homework on her own and was an honor roll student throughout the school year.
Before, when she would read, her eyes would dart all over the page picking up words that were at the bottom and inserting them where they didn’t belong. It naturally wouldn’t make any sense so she would have to re-read each sentence. After two pages she was exhausted and confused. Dietary intervention along with coconut oil has given her a new life. Now, she will read for hours if we let her. ■
Based on the principles she has learned by dealing with her family’s health issues Renee Osterhouse created Nourish to Flourish—a Healthy Home Center. She offers services and support as well as a growing inventory of products and books, including those mentioned above. She invites readers to visit her website at www.NourishToFlourish.net and appreciates any comments. Her store is located at 208 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida. You can contact her firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (386) 736-2001.