Coconut Cures by
Bruce Fife ND
After reviewing Bruce Fife's first book,
I thought well, that 's that -- just about all we need to know about this magnificent food.
Boy was I wrong.
Coconut oil is first and
foremost the best oil you can put on your skin. It’s antifungal. For
jock itch, a baby bottom, or athlete’s foot, just a touch of coconut
oil is very healing. Using coconut oil topically is also a great
And though we’ve talked about
omega-3 essential fatty acids for a healthy heart, Bruce publishes a
list of countries in the order of their heart attack rate and the
Philippines’ incidence (where coconut is a staple) is at the bottom.
The book lists conditions and
how using coconut oil can help relieve the condition.
Internally, coconut oil is
turned into fatty acids that are very healing. I was not surprised
to find out that these fatty acids are found in mother’s milk, but
was not surprised to learn that one can guarantee even more of these
oils being passed to one’s offspring if the nursing mother adds a
bit more coconut oil to her diet.
My biggest and most delightful
discovery in this book was that coconut oil aids in digestion. I’d
received this from a reader after she'd read our first article on
Just wanted to tell you what a good
article this is. I've been researching coconut oil for a while and
your article summarizes the facts very well. I started began using
coconut oil recently and I absolutely love it. It cleared up an
on-going digestion problem almost immediately!
And then Bruce sent me a review
copy of Coconut Cures and went quite deeply into the subject,
explaining that coconut helps break down foods so that they are more
digestible, and he even gives you a little demonstration you can try
Next time you’re about to toss
some chewing gum in the trash, put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your
mouth and continue chewing. The chewing gum will break down in your
mouth as you chew and dissipate.
Interestingly enough, I
discovered this principle on my own, but did not understand the
reason behind it. I buy natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter
is not as smooth as the hydrogenated peanut butters, so I add a
little butter to it. However, one day I decided to add some coconut
oil to it, since both butter and coconut oil are both saturated
fats. When I stirred up the mixture, I suddenly had peanut soup on
my hand. I was totally at a loss as to why two thick substances
mixed together would turn into a soup, that is until I read Coconut
Cures and discovered that coconut oil helps break down foods. This
is also the reason you can’t substitute coconut oil for butter in
cookie recipes, though in most other recipes you can substitute
it. In cookies, as I discovered, the cookie dough turns into slush
and the cookies turn out very, very flat.
This book and a small bottle of
coconut oil should be in every first aid kit. I was truly impressed
with Bruce’s research.
However, being that we are
investigative journalists, it is incumbent upon us to report on some
criticism of Bruce’s work.
Most of Bruce’s research is
accepted in the natural health circles, but his assertion about
using coconut oil for hypothyroidism recently came under attack by a
Dr Ken Woliner, MD, ABFP (American Board of Forensic Psychology), an
My first doubts about this
criticism arose when Dr Woliner claimed that Dr Fife was a shill for
the coconut industry. This is patently false. So I did a little more
research, and Dr Fife answers Dr Woliner’s attack with his usual
attention to detail and flawless writing style.
You can read the criticism at
About Network, and at that same site you can read
Dr Fife’s response.
Personally, I feel that Dr Fife's
work is well researched and his presentation, as he states himself,
is not intended to substitute for care from a health care
professional. Information is never a substitute, but it can be used
by the healthy to stay healthy.
Personally, I’ve used coconut
oil successfully as a preventive measure and I simply love the
stuff. If you like cream in your coffee, try a tablespoon of coconut