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The Coconut Oil Miracle Paperback – September 9, 2004
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About the Author
Dr. Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., a certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, is the director of the southern Colorado chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nutritional education. As president of the Coconut Research Center, he educates the public about the health and nutritional aspects of coconut. He has written numerous health and nutrition books including Eat Fat Look Thin.
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This review is not really about the content. I think the content is great. I believe in the coconut oil miracle. Yet, when comparing the 5th edition (2013) to the 4th edition (2004) I see basically no changes. I bought the 5th hoping there would be new research, new proof, new conclusions. I was disappointed.
I found no new forward or introduction. One website added to the Resources section. The Product section was dropped. In References (chapter bibliographies) I found only a few new entries in one chapter (Coconut Oil as Food and as Medicine) which did not seem significant. The book contained the same 50 recipes. The 5th edition has more pages (more readable with more white space) and a nice new cover.
In general I suggest the 4th edition is a better buy.
Strangely both editions are available from the same publisher at this time.
The book goes into why coconut oil got a bad rap to begin with. It was a marketing ploy by the GMO soybean companies that wanted to take over the movie popcorn market and it worked. The sad fact is, coconut oil is far healthier for you than many other oils and especially healthier than GMO soybean oil that is now used in movie theatre popcorn. And coconut oil is a much more stable oil that can last a very long time in your pantry.
It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. I have used it in food and it tastes delicious. I love it on popcorn with sea salt, freshly baked bread, in smoothies, stir frys and I make raw chocolates that are to die for with it.
As far as health benefits, I have used it to prevent colds that I felt coming on, healed dry skin, sunburn, softened dry hair, whitened my teeth via oil pulling with it and my sister even healed an infected sore on her cat's head with it. The cat had a sore that just did seem to want to heal. We thought it was fungal and a couple of days with coconut oil on the sore and it dried right up.
This book goes into so many more benefits than these mentioned including things like constipation (that I can attest to) and weight loss. It is a great thing to have before a workout. Some people even claim it has gotten rid of their hypothyroidism and now studies are coming out that it is slowing Alzheimer's.
If you want to learn about all the amazing benefits and uses for coconut oil, this is the best book for that.
Very thorough book outlining the use of coconut oil in other cultures as well as how to use it in all aspects of life, cooking, as part of a daily health/beauty regime and for your pets!