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  • COCONUT OIL BENEFITS FOR FIBROMYALGIA

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    19 posts, 15 voices, 12877 views, started Sep 24, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 by Dana Arcuri

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    • Recently, I met an author named Barbara Shepherd who is the author of a fibromyalgia book called, “ONE STEP AT A TIME.”  We met on Facebook.com, which is where this author started up a fibromylagia group. (The group is called One Step At A Time.) Through our emailing back and forth to one another, I discovered that certified organic coconut oil is used to help relieve many symptoms of fibromyalgia.  Barbara shared with me that her girlfriend has had great success with coconut oil and she suggested that I try this natural method.  Out of curiosity, I decided to do some research on certified organic coconut oil, dosage, benefits and here is some information specifically geared towards fibromyalgia.  (This information is from the website www.coconut-oil-central.com)

      The coconut oil fibromyalgia healing relationship, if you may, is largely dietary in nature. People swear that by taking coconut oil (CNO) regularly, they have much more energy and many of their symptoms are either reduced or gone.

      Fibromyalgia (FMS) or fibromyositis or fibrositis is a persistent combination of signs and symptoms characterized by muscle pain, stiffness, fatigue, aching and a wide range of other manifestations. Please note that FMS has no universally accepted cure, yet. In fact, there are even no strict diagnostic criteria for the disorder.

      This syndrome has a mysterious cause but there is no shortage of theories to explain its origination. The following are some of the hypotheses being offered, either individually or in combination:

          * Chronic fungal infection

          * Immune dysfunction

          * Hepatitis

          * Anemia

          * Brain imbalances

          * Thyroid disorder

          * Protein deficiency

          * Phosphate buildup in tissue cells

          * Parasites

          * Excessive carbohydrate consumption

          * Hypoglycemia

          * Heavy metal poisoning

          * Protozoa

          * Chronic inflammation

          * Genetic kidney dysfunction

      Your diet is always key to good health and that includes keeping fibromyalgia at bay. Coconut oil can help treat at least half of the postulated causes above.

      Autoimmune disease is a popular angle for explaining FMS. If it is indeed an immune deficiency condition, CNO can come to the rescue. Lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) most generously found in coconut oil, has potent antimicrobial properties that strengthen the immune system. It’s an excellent food for intestinal problems which are common in FMS.

      In the war against fibromyalgia, coconut oil can also help:

          * Normalize thyroid function

          * Minimize carbohydrate consumption

          * Boost the immune system

          * Deactivate hepatitis-causing viruses

          * Stop hypoglycemic symptoms

          * Kill all kinds of fungal infection like candida albicans

          * Neutralize parasites including giardia (a protozoan)

          * Relieve persistent inflammation

          * Reverse the effects of food poisoning

      Never-ending tiredness is very much associated with this incapacitating illness. After consistently taking coconut oil, many people with or without FMS swear that they are bursting with energy. I believe and so do many others that coconut oil will play or is already playing a vital role in solving the mystery of fibromyalgia.

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          Deb Link wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • I did the coconut oil thing for 3, count ‘em, 3 whole weeks. OMG....I could never get over the gag reflex.  I tried...oh how I tried.  I wanted a natural remedy so badly.  But 3 weeks was all I could do.  Good luck to anyone who uses this method to heal.  I really wanted to be one the FM sufferers that found relief with this method.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • Debrajl9, by chance did you try melting the coconut oil in a pan and mixing it with fruit juice or try mixing it with a hot beverage, such as tea?  I could not get myself to take a spoonful of the coconut oil because the thought made me nauseated. For one week, I have been using the certified organic coconut oil.  I am creative in my ways of using it.
          I have cooked with it when I made french toast, I spread it on
          multi-grain toast, I mix it in coffee/tea, I melt it on my chicken, fish or whatever I am cooking.  Try this method because it is so much easier.  Start off with ONLY one teaspoon, but gradually work up to 3 tablespoons within several weeks.  

          NOTE:  Both my daughter and I had one negative initial response to using coconut oil on the very FIRST DAY.  For some odd reason, both of us had stomach pain on the first day, but once never again.  I have read that if individuals have any bacteria or yeast internally that there could be a
          “die off” effect. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, which
          kills off yeast, bacteria and parasites.



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          Lisa Kochevar wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • Hello Ladies :o)

          .....fate must have been on my side today!  I was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and have just begun researching homeopathic treatments.  What are the odds that I’d drop in just now, huh?  

          I also suffer from Vitiligo and when I was diagnosed with this ten years ago my doctor mentioned it may have been cause by some kind of parasite.  I had recently spent a day in the river after a few days after a severe thunderstorm struck the area.  I firmly believe that something in the land run-off from that storm contributed to my condition.

          If this coconut oil works, I’ll let you know.  My curiosity is piqued enough by what I’ve read so far, it’s worth whatever it costs me to possibly treat more than one condition I suffer from.  

          Thanks for the information :D

          LiveLoveLaugh



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          Deb Link wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • Thanks for the tips!!  I did it the yucky way!  I just tried to swallow it in the state it was in the jar.  I’ll have to give it a try again....it’s in my cupboard just waiting for me to give in!  :)



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • One thing I want to mention is that coconut oil should NEVER be microwaved.  Keep me posted on how you do this time using coconut oil!



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          Deb Link wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • I have completely stopped using the microwave!  That’s another topic there.  I’ll just leave it at that.  :)



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          Dianne67 wrote Sep 27, 2008
        • I use coconut oil in place of my love of butter on things.  I actually just made french toast fried in coconut oil for my boyfriend this morning and it always smells so delicious.

          I use it on whole grain bread instead of butter.  I cooked scambled eggs in it etc.

          I have been using it for at least two years now and I have not found any really noticable fibromyalgia help.

          hugs-
          Dianne



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 1, 2008
        • Coconut oil is good for everybody - even if you don’t see noticeable benefits. I can not imagine trying to eat it plain - yuk! Just use it like you would olive oil, butter, vegetable oil (but I wouldn’t fry things with it. Fried things are bad for you no matter what you cook them in!)
          It is also beneficial because of the omega fats, aside from all the things listed above. Eating walnuts in small quantities on a daily basis is also good. Molecularly distilled fish oil supplements are helpful, but I don’t recommend fish, simply because it is so laden with heavy metals.
          In your research, the book Miracle Sugars, by Rita Elkin is very helpful in identifying things that help fibro, as well as many other auto-immune issues.

          Dee Dee



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          Susan Sullivan wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • I can attest to this as well.   As others have mentioned, using it in cooked food is the way to get it. I also lather it on my skin after my showers - the skin is a great way to absorb it and it’s def helped my pain levels as well as be a great moisturizer.  Also, my cats eat it...they love it and it’s great for their coats.



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          Paizley wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • Here are some tips:

          Warm the coconut oil to liquify it.
          Add to a cup of broth or soup.
          Pour on hot rice.
          Toss up with some pasta and herbs.
          Use on your salad with cider vinegar.
          Add to cottage cheese.

          Basically, substitute coconut oil for any other oils or even use in combination.  I prefer not to cook with it.  

          The first time I tried it was in broth with fresh ginger and ACV.  I suffer from fibro nausea daily (usually in the morning) and the combination I just mentioned immediately treated the nausea and gave me an energy boost as well.  I have used just the ACV and ginger in chicken broth for nausea but the addition of coconut oil worked much faster, got rid of the dizziness that accompanies my nausea, cleared my brain fog, and gave me energy.  This is how I start my day now.  After a cup of this, I can actually eat food without getting sick.

          Just make sure you use organic broth or bouillion.  I make my own broth from organic chicken.  If you add some vinegar while making the broth, it will help to draw out very beneficial collagen. The collagen comes from the bones, tendons, and cartilage so it is best to use legs, thighs, wings, or backs rather than breasts.  

          Hope this helps.



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          Rose Nino wrote Jul 8, 2010
        • While I no longer have to deal with this particular issue, I use coconut oil as part of my healthy life-style. And as mentioned here by you amazing ladies, the health benefits are second to none. I cook with it, add it to my shakes, etc. heart

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          Donna Whetsel wrote Jul 15, 2010
        • Very Interesting about what you all wrote about the coconut oil. I have some in the cabinet, will have to pull it out, and give it a try. I do have Fibro, and if there is something that might help with the pain that would be wonderful.
          Donna



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          Tearahni Cox wrote Oct 12, 2011
        • I’m wondering if there is some very very mild coconut oil. No coconut smell/taste etc. I’d like to try it and get me and my new little family (fiancĂ© and his kids) healthy!



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          Juanita Mullins wrote Jan 31, 2012
        • Tearahni Cox, this coconut is supposed to be very bland and not taste like virgin coconut oil.  It is the way it is processed. The website is
          [Link Removed]  I have just learned about coconut oil and am trying this expeller pressed oil.


          Jm1253492222, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Juanita Mullins wrote Jan 31, 2012
        • I just found this site too and joined just to help you and then I see they removed the link so....good luck.  I will move on to other sites.



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          Nita P wrote Jan 31, 2012
        • i am a polynesian from the middle of the south pacific.  coconuts in its various forms are part of our staple diet and living.  my husband is a type 2 diabetic, diabetes from his mothers side.  he finds that eating young coconuts that are still green or where a translucent thin layer of coconut in the shell has formed, is the best kind of health tonic for him to drink and the flesh to eat.



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