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God bless you for your tireless service in providing and explaining this ancient health food, which brings so many benefits. -- Marilyn Diamond - Best-selling co-author of Fit for Life

The Shilhavys have done an exceptional job here drawing on their knowledge, experience and highly accessible writing style. --Dr. Joseph Mercola - Mercola.com, best-selling author of Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Cookbook & Program

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When Abraham Lincoln served as president of the United States in 1862, 48 percent of the people living in the U.S. were farmers. Today, that figure is less than 2%. Along with the age of industrialization and technology we have, by and large, lost many of our community family farms and, with that loss, also the loss of many traditional farming skills. Few would argue that our food sources here in the U.S. have suffered as a result, as a consumer-driven economy seeks to support its lifestyle of ease and comfort with cheap foods produced by fewer people providing the labor back on the farms.

But there are new market trends and demands from consumers who are now placing greater value on traditional skills, and healthier food produced "the old fashioned way." The 21st century sees a whole generation of "baby boomers" heading into their senior years, with complex health problems that did not plague their parents’ and grandparents’ generations, in spite of all the "medical advances" the 21st century brings us. Traditional ways of producing food are coming back into the spotlight, as some are questioning whether those responsible for filling the shelves of our grocery stores and supermarkets truly have our best interest in mind, or represent our core values.

In the Philippines, by contrast, about 50% of the population is still small-scale family farmers. Some would see this as a negative thing but others, like Marianita and me, see that this is actually a strength in the 21st century. My years in the Philippines showed me a way of life where people are still connected to their communities and sources of food. While mass-produced foods are undoubtedly choices available to the majority of Filipinos in the 21st century, in most places the community market still operates where one can find "native" or locally-produced foods, much the same as it has been for hundreds of years.

The alarming trend, however, in the Philippines as well as in most developing nations, is the desire to prosper as the U.S. has, and follow the way of industrialization and technology. I am certainly not anti-technology. But I do believe there is great value in traditional ways of producing food. As more people wake up to the fact that there are just certain things in nature that cannot be improved upon by man, because they follow the laws of nature set forth by the Creator, traditional ways will also reap economic value by providing a quality product to the consumer that technology cannot provide.

When Marianita revived the traditional way of making coconut oil, as you will read about in Chapter 1, only a few left in her home community from her parents’ generation still knew how to produce this quality coconut oil that we named "Virgin Coconut Oil." A massive training program had to be instituted to teach the younger generation how to produce this quality product. We were within only one generation of losing this traditional skill. A few years later now, we have shown the world what a traditional skill, producing a quality product that cannot be mass-produced, can do economically for the Philippine economy and what it can do for people’s health, as is evidenced by the more than 100 testimonies recorded in this book.

This book is the result of four years of research and feedback from thousands of people who have begun to incorporate Virgin Coconut Oil into their diet. We started an internet discussion group called Coconut-info four years ago that grew to over 7000 people, and is now the Coconut Diet Forums. All the archives from past years, which include many of the testimonies which you will read in this book, are stored on Coconutdiet.com. You can search tens of thousands of messages for yourself to see what people are reporting about the effects of Virgin Coconut Oil in their lives.

Brian Shilhavy

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tropical Traditions; 1st edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976057808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976057802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very interesting to read and easy to follow.
Fan in Washignton
This book is very informative, much technical information regarding coconut oil in regard to production, its effect on health, and even recipes.
Alice Shaver
I am very pleased with the Coconut oil product spoken of in this book.
teresa w lee

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Marinamansfield on July 19, 2006
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This book has opened the eyes of skeptics who believe that coconut oil is bad for you because it is saturated. Until I read this book, I didn't realize how healthy coconut oil is. I've loaned this book to my friends and they have started using coconut oil. I only use coconut oil for cooking and coconut concentrate for spread on bagels or toast instead of butter. It's very yummy! Tropical traditions's coconut products are excellent!

If you want to learn about coconut oil, then read this book. This book will enlighten you.

Marina, Bremerton, WA
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Wood on August 27, 2009
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Virgin Coconut Oil
How it has changed people's lives, and how it can change yours!
Brian and Marianita Jader Shilhavy

If the sound of Carrot Ginger Vichyssoise, African Vegetable Stew and Coconut Flour Brownies (Gluten Free), awakens your taste buds you don't want to miss this resource! However, if it awakens your curiosity then you really shouldn't miss this resource! In a day when diseases are growing resistant to the typical medical approach and epidemics are being warned about we all need to read, Virgin Coconut Oil- How it has changed people's lives and how it can change yours! The author writes, "Outside of a human mother's breast milk, coconut oil is nature's most abundant source of lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids." The authors reference several respectable leaders in health and nutrition such as Dr. Joseph Merola, The Weston Price Foundation and Mary Enig to list a few. Mary Enig Ph. D shares that a diet rich in lauric acid from human breast milk or coconut oil forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin, which has been shown to destroy several bacteria and viruses. Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is a favorite in my home kitchen; in fact it is the only oil we use! For the last three years, we have experienced increased health, energy and resistance to common illnesses that we have been exposed too. In the book, Virgin Coconut Oil- How it has changed people's lives and how it can change yours! The author's life experience and personal relationship with God are clearly seen; not neglecting a personal invitation to Christ! Brian and Marianita share a healthy balance of statistics, personal testimonies, and recipes to make this book a resource you will return to for reference and encouragement time and time again!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl C. Malandrinos VINE VOICE on June 16, 2011
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In Virgin Coconut Oil - How It Has Changed People's Lives and How It Can Change Yours, authors Brian and Marianita Jader Shilhavy share their stories, years of research, testimonies from others, and recipes to show you how to live a healthier life.

This book opens with an introduction discussing the decrease in farming in America, and how many developing nations like the Philippines are attempting to follow the way of industrialization and technology to prosper like the United States has. It then swiftly moves into the authors' stories. Born in the Philippines, Marianita talked about her father being a farmer and the daily use of coconut oil. She goes on to discuss the health of the people in her farming community, and how they rarely visited the doctor.

After Marianita and Brian were married, they lived in the States until 1998, when they moved to the Philippines. Though the area had gone through some changes, Brian was amazed by the health of the older generation. This led him to begin researching dietary habits and herbal traditions. They began making their own coconut oil, following the older methods, instead of purchasing refined versions in the stores.

What follows after their moving tales is a well-researched book on the health benefits of using virgin coconut oil and numerous testimonies from people from all walks of life who have experienced these benefits for conditions such as: diabetes, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, weight loss, and more. There is even a section on coconut oil and pet and animal nutrition.

Virgin Coconut Oil contains over 75 recipes like: Jalapeno Orange Sauce, Turkey Soup, Green Beans with Spicy Basalmic Sauce, and gluten free Chocolate Fudge Brownies. Yum! The first Appendix is a Candida Questionnaire.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Owen on January 25, 2010
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After reading this book and using the information you learn. You will be more than glad you read it. Something so good, that is so good for you is very rare! There is so many things that coconut oil can help. I was amazed at symptoms that were brought out in this book that I have. How things are connected in the body. I would have never thought that I had a problem with my thyroid, but now, I believe that my thyroid is the base of several issues I am having. The issues not connected to thyroid, they were even discussed, with testimonial results on each thing. Great book. A must read!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Veget8r on January 10, 2011
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This is an excellent book. I recommend it to all my friends. I put coconut oil in my tea, in my cooking and I use it on my skin - great moisturizer and helped with bug bites. Buy this book. You will learn so much!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fran F. Abernathy on July 3, 2014
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this book is informative and necessary if you want to understand the benefits of coconut oil and how to take it....we are mainly taking it to help my hubby's slight dementia and think it has helped him....but for me the results have been dramatic...it has cleared up my IBS and also greatly improved my cholesterol numbers...topically it helps my skin go from dry plaques to healthy looking...I could go on...get the book...there is another good one called coconut cures that I got from amazon....both are great books and there is a little overlap but not much...
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