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Coconut Oil

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

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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.

Other links mentioned in this interview:

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Don't Fear Fats! Why You Need Them on This Week's Q&A

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Don't Fear Fats! Why You Need Them on This Week's Q&A with The Nutrition HereticLard. Butter. Goose fat. Why is there such a fear of fats, and why isn't it warranted?  Why are more people turning back to traditional animal fats and turning away from the trendy vegetable oils? This week Adrienne and Nikola explore the ins and outs of fats and oils.  Why they're needed for health, as well as how best to use them.  What is the best fat to use when high-heat frying?  These questions and more, answered on this week's Q & A.

Your Questions Answered about Fats:

  • Is there a fear of fat in Croatia?
  • Are there any good oils that don't have blood money? asked by Angela
  • What are health benefits of mac nut oil?

Links for this episode:

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Think You Wash with Soap? Think Again! Guest Heretic Dana Christensen Cleans Up and Tells Us How To Make Our Own

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Dana Christensen Big Island Soap Company on The Nutrition Heretic podcastDid you know that the stuff you clean your body with may not be soap? It’s true! But there’s a solution. Our special Guest Heretic Dana Christensen of Big Island Soap Company not only has it, but tells you how to do it yourself. Many health enthusiasts will tell you not to put anything on your body you wouldn’t put IN your body. Others will tell you that liquid soap is better than bar soap.  What actually is soap?  How does it differ from beauty bars? And why can't you find out what the ingredients are in store-bought soap?

In this episode you'll discover what goes into the soap making process, three ways to make soap, and what to do with the little end-of-the-bar pieces.

Adrienne and Dana talk about using tallow in soap in addition to other emollients, when to add essential oils to the process, how to mold and cut soap, as well as how to to rebatch soap so that none is wasted.

Dana is sharing one of her Big Island Soap recipes with us: Click here for your Big Island Soap recipe

Now that you've heard how easy it is to make your own soap at home, get creative and have fun with it!  Here are a couple of supplies you may find helpful to get you started (affiliate links):

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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

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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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Joint Pain Relief in a Bowl of Soup

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Several years ago, I saw one of my mentors Sally Fallon give a talk about the importance of traditional foods in healing. She mentioned that she had a discussion with an old time chiropractor who was complaining about the fact that his clients no longer come for just one visit. Instead they need several visits with no end in sight because chiropractic adjustments don’t last the way they used to. If you go to a chiropractor, you know that the recommendation is to go weekly if not several times per week for an unlimited amount of time. Even if you don’t go, you will notice that your body is slipping back into the aches and pains all too easily. This chiropractor insisted that the phenomenon is due to the lack of real, healthy and balanced meals. Instead, the modern diet of ready-to-eat meals, microwaves, vegetable oils and an unreasonable amount of starches and sugars is every bit to blame.

This is congruent with my experience.

So when I or anyone I know suffers from joint degeneration and pain such as arthritic conditions or gout, I recommend the following protocol and the results are always impressive:

1. Completely avoid vegetable oils and fats especially the industrial ones like canola, soy, corn, cottonseed, most commercial olive oils, margarines, shortenings and anything hydrogenated. These oils wreak havoc on your joints instead of lubricating them. Instead, focus on the real fats of our ancestors: butter, cream, lard, tallow, poultry fat, coconut and palm oil. For many people, this one change will eliminate all joint pain.

2. Eliminate refined sugars including syrups and juices. These require your body to give up valuable vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and calcium in order to be metabolized. Avoiding them allows your body to rebuild itself.

3. Eat some cock soup several times per day. Chicken, and in particular the meat and bones of roosters, is extremely nourishing to joints. It is prized throughout the world for its value in body and joint repair. Use the broth as a beverage at meals, as a base for soups or to cook your side dishes. It’s great stuff!

4. Do gentle exercise like yoga or walking. With the current fitness frenzy, most people are convinced that they aren’t healthy if they constantly running marathons. Not only is that false, but for over a decade now, an increasing number of health professionals have found decreased life expectancy amongst runners and others who practice similarly joint damaging activities. Simpler activities, however, increase lifespan and bring more flexibility to the joints while easing pain.

These simple changes were instrumental in helping me to get rid of chronic low back pain I suffered in my early 20s. When properly followed (yes, I sometimes eat out which I pay for), I am able to easily keep my back limber and even give myself “adjustments” with simple exercises — something that is impossible for me without proper nourishment. Several years ago, on a visit to Jamaica, my cousin complained of arthritis in her knees. Her brother suffers too. I recommended that she change her fats and lay off the packaged cock soup and opt for the one she makes herself. Within a few weeks, she reported back that  her pain had completely disappeared!

Some 5 years later, she continues to enjoy a pain-free life.

Her brother, who relies on beestings (he literally catches bees and allows them to sting him) still suffers as he’s too unwilling to make any changes. Oh well, you can’t help everybody. What about you? Do you or someone you love suffer from joint pain or arthritis? Do you have a particular remedy that works great for your pain? Leave a comment or question below and let me know! Or join the Nutrition Heretic’s Inner Circle on Facebook to join the conversation!


About Adrienne Hew

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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.

Day 14 - Your Guru Takes It, So Why Don't You?

Most gurus including your doctor will dissuade you from doing this, but 75% of the time are not following this advice for themselves.  Watch the video to learn the best way to determine what is appropriate for you as an individual, how not to turn your diet into your religion and when to seek appropriate support if needed.

I regularly use virgin coconut oil in my cooking and as a supplement. I also use cod liver oil. For some years, I have a love-hate relationship with fermented cod liver oil because my vitamin D levels plummeted at one point while I was taking it even though it is supposed to be much higher in vitamin D than regular cod liver oil. It is unclear if this has to do with the cod liver oil preparation itself or a reaction to stress from a car accident which made it difficult for me to metabolize a lot of foods for some time. Of course, the corner of the planet where I live gets very little sunlight year round, which could have EVERYTHING to do with this as well. However, I still prefer it to other brands because it is the only one I know of that assures it is 100% derived from cod livers versus other brands which are reputed to be a melange of various vegetable oils and synthetic vitamins.

You can get both Green Pastures cod liver oil and Tropical Traditions coconut oil at Amazon. I also purchase supplements and certain non-toxic household products, nut butters etc from Vitacost from time to time. You can check out their selection here and get $10 off of your first order.


About Adrienne Hew

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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.

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

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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.