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Guest Heretic Nikola Popović Returns To His Rural Roots, Part I

Nikola Popović

Nikola Popović

This week on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast we find out what happens to your mental and physical health when you work for me. Our Audio Engineer, Nikola Popović, shares with us how listening to episodes while editing the podcast encouraged him to return to the diet of his youth growing up in rural Croatia and how his health improved dramatically as a result.

Listen to the second halfwhen Nikola continues our talk about how his new dietary approach has healed him from mood disorders, reversed tooth decay and his one year anniversary of having no cold or flu.

Nikola Popović is a freelance audio and video engineer, as well as a voice over artist, and his work includes The Nutrition Heretic podcast.  When he's not mixing tracks, he's enjoying life, solving its mysteries, and spending quality time with his family.

Highlights from today's episode:

  • 04:56 ~ What a Croatian rural diet was like in the '80s.

  • 07:36 ~ Why do you think you let go of that way of eating?

  • 18:27 ~ Nikola's turning point and finding his way back to real food.

  • 13:22 ~ How social anxiety can affect your physical health.

  • 26:00 ~ The biggest influence on Nikola's current health.

  • 34:55 ~ How Nikola now sources his food.

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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and Coconut Water; What to Use It for, and More with Guest Heretic Coconut Guru Bruce Fife


Bruce Fife on The Nutrition Heretic Podcast Today’s episode starts off with a discussion about why Fat is the new Black. We're more educated than ever about what causes obesity. So why is it on the rise?  Will simply changing the quality of fats make one healthier and even lose weight?

Welcome to Bruce Fife, CN and ND, author of over 20 books including The Coconut Oil Miracle, Coconut Cures, the Detox Book, Stop Vision Loss Now! and many, many more (Affiliate links are included in this post).  Bruce has been researching coconuts for 20 years and this week he chats to Adrienne about the differences in coconut oil and palm oil, how coconuts are farmed, reasonable expectations from coconut oil and water.

Coconut oil is being touted as a wonder-food, but why?  It’s known to have the following qualities:

  • Anti-bacterial—stops bacteria that cause gum disease, throat infections, urinary tract infections and ulcers in their tracks.
  • Anti-carcinogenic—keeps dangerous cancer cells from spreading while boosting immunity.
  • Anti-fungal—destroys infection-promoting fungus and yeast.
  • Anti-inflammatory—suppresses inflammation and repairs tissue.
  • Anti-microbial—inactivates harmful microbes and fights infection.
  • Anti-oxidant—protects from free radical damage.
  • Anti-retroviral/parasitic/protozoa/viral—destroys HIV and HTLV-1, rids the body of lice, tapeworms and other parasites, kills protozoan infection in the gut, kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, AIDS, hepatitis and more.
  • Stabilize blood sugar
  • Lower heart disease risk
  • Boost thyroid function
  • Lose weight/flat belly

Is coconut oil just a panacea? Is the coconut so perfect? Or can you overdo it like other foods? Is there any contraindication for coconuts?  How did coconut get such a bad rap?

Bruce and Adrienne discuss how coconut oil used to be common but how marketing by big companies changed this in the USA and how that has even affected the use of coconut oil in other countries such as Jamaica and Fiji.

What can you use coconut oil for?  Its usefulness goes beyond eating and drinking it.  Find out why it’s great for mechanics!  There's even talk about using coconut water as IV fluid -- Really!  And Bruce answers all our listener’s questions about Coconut oil.

Bruce’s website, Coconut Research Center is packed with information about everything coconut: articles, videos, news and information.

Coconut and its health benefits are many, and Bruce Fife is an expert in this field so why not learn more about what coconut can do for you by reading one of his books?

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Why purchase coconut oil when you can make it?

For centuries, people of the tropics have known the coconut to be one of the healthiest and most life-sustaining foods available. Unfortunately, due to a plethora of misinformation created by manufacturers of synthetic oils and nutrient-free juice drinks, the coconut has fallen out of favor even in those countries where it is amply found.

Such is the case in Jamaica. This summer, I was fortunate enough to visit members of my extended family that I barely new existed until a few years ago. Having cousins visit from their American cousin was a big deal and the two weeks we spent there were filled with many culinary delights.

At my request, my cousin, Jackie, showed me the traditional way that Jamaicans make coconut oil — a craft she learned from her mother, but so few younger Jamaicans are familiar with as their diet gives way to margarine and “bag juice” (essentially Kool-Aid in a bag). As expected, their health is suffering from this dramatic shift. Where not very long ago Jamaicans easily lived to the ripe old age of 100+ and vibrant until the end, now they succumb to diseases such as dementia, diabetes and cancer in their 60s, 70s and 80s. In fact, we had just missed the funeral of a 70-year old aunt a month earlier.

Typically, Jamaican coconut oil is not the organic virgin coconut oil that is finally getting it’s due in North American and European alternative health circles, but it seems to be just as effective at warding off disease and curing infections, thyroid and yeast conditions. The only issue I have with Jamaican coconut oil is that it is often made in aluminum pots since aluminum manufacturing is one of its largest industries along with tourism. (Driving the countryside in the parish of St. Elizabeth, you’ll notice very red soil. This contains bauxite, the mineral which makes aluminium.)

Here are a few photos of my cousin making Jamaican coconut oil.

First, she must tear the husk from the coconut which is deep inside.

tear the husk from the coconut

tear the husk from the coconut

coconut meat must be grated

coconut meat must be grated

Then, copra (dried flesh) or coconut meat (fresh flesh) must be grated.

Here, you can see the difference between the copra (left) and the fresh coconut meat (right).The copra has a slightly translucent appearance. When it is opened, there is no water left inside and it feels rather oily to the touch. This is the preferred coconut used to make coconut oil.

copra and fresh coconut meat

copra and fresh coconut meat

coconut being boiled

coconut being boiled

In this photo, you can see the coconut being boiled. As I stated above, this does not seem to destroy the beneficial properties much at all. When the water boils off, the oil rises to the top and a piece of coal (taken from the burned hardwood at the barbecue) is thrown in for a rich, roasted flavor!

For more information on the many benefits of coconut oil, consult one of the many excellent books by Bruce Fife.

About Adrienne Hew


Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.