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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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What's the Difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

N.B.: Before I describe the differences between a dietitian and a nutritionist, please note that this post is going to ruffle a lot of feathers. If you already feel that you know everything about nutrition or otherwise are prone to getting angry and lashing out, then you probably shouldn’t be surfing the web much less reading this blog. My comments here below are based upon my extensive experience in the field and are my opinion based upon keen observation.  They are not intended to belittle anyone for their choices or experiences.

The reason I am writing this post is because people continually approach me with get rich quick food related products that they would like me to sell. They assume that because I’m a nutritionist I would be interested in any kind of supplement or eating program that induces weight loss. It took some time, but I finally realized that those people don’t really know what I do. And if they don’t know, then it is likely that others are unaware of how I operate.

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist – Missing piece of the puzzle

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist – Missing piece of the puzzle

According to my reading and the experiences of my dietitian friends, a dietitian (R.D.) is a person trained in what I call the mathematics of food. This person is registered by the American dietetic Association, which is in fact run b by the food and drug administration, which is overseen by drug companies.

Is it any wonder that the food pyramid doesn’t work?The main concern  of dietitians is how many calories  and fat grams a person is consuming. In order to get my degree, I had to study one of their main textbooks and was appalled at the nourishing foods they suggested we should not eat to be healthy always in favor of something that had low calories, no fat, and often was highly processed – – even if it were synthetic sweeteners like aspartame or industrial oils like canola.

Unbeknownst to many, nutrition is not a regulated term. As such, the ADA has fought hard in several states to make its members the only food-related degree allowed to be called Nutritionist. This was particularly apparent on a recent trip to Florida where I visited my mother in a hospital and the staff dietitian had her on a weight loss diet that resulted in 20 pounds of weight loss in only three weeks. My mother is a tall woman and being forced down to 113 pounds so rapidly clearly was not an approach that concerned itself with her health.

Sadly, there are many people who use the title “nutritionist”, but have little more than a few broken theories and Mickey Mouse books (if any) under their belts. These people also tend to focus mainly on calories and fat grams. However, they also often endorse one of the many eating disorder style diets that confuse people even more. Just like with dietitians, these “nutritionists” are often primarily focused with weight loss as an indicator of overall health status.

But I don’t see it that way.

According to my training, nutrition is the practice of selecting specific nutrients and foods that support overall health. We were not all meant to be skin and bones. In fact, any doctor or other health care practitioner who looks in their files to do an overall assessment of their healthiest patients will find that those who carry “a little extra weight” are their healthiest clients.

Meanwhile, it is a little known fact that thin people often suffer from exactly the same diseases of excess as do the obese and in relatively the same numbers — even diabetes and heart disease!

To me, this is a liberating fact.

But it also allows me to focus on what is really important and why I got into this business in the first place. If anyone knows anything about me, I spent a lifetime fighting many seemingly irreversible health problems. The first half of my life was spent was spent trying to find relief from the nosebleeds, the eczema, the migraines, the erratic periods and so many other health problems that plagued me.

Sadly, the lose weight quick programs ignore the actual health problems with which people suffer. Some totally, while others assume that these types of issues will correct themselves once a sufficient amount of weight is lost. Nothing can be further from the truth.

In fact, focusing solely on weight very often increases health problems by starving the body of nutrients and depriving it of the fats that are often necessary to promote healing, while replacing them with all sorts of chemicals that are far worse for your health.

As a side note,  I have found it quite interesting that the majority of my dietitian friends who follow the ADA’s recommended diet suffer from obesity or significant digestive troubles since achieving their degrees. On the other hand, nearly all of my friends who subscribe to other variations of low-fat, no protein diets suffer from the same conditions and even worse. Many are unable to work because they are so sick and others have ended up with cancer. An alternative nutrition school in New York pumps these folks out by the hundreds every year.

The only dietitian friends who are healthy are

the ones who do not strictly tow the party line.

Sadly, they face expulsion and losing their credentials by doing so. I don’t know about you, but I do not think that our dietary choices and knowledge should be ruled by a totalitarian system.

I fully understand that I am probably shooting myself in the foot financially by not simply giving people what they think they want, however, I do believe that there are people on the planet were more concerned with feeling good from the inside and allowing the way to naturally fall off once the body has achieved balance.

In any case, I hope this little post clears up some questions you may have about why I don’t promote just anything and why I choose to focus on what to my mind nutrition is about. Again, this is not intended to offend anyone, but if you are offended, then perhaps I’ve done my job — to get you to think more about the sacred cows of nutrition.

Comments? Questions? I’d love to hear from you. Please drop a comment below!


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.

The Exercise and Weight Loss Myth

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Everybody has heard the mantra that if you need or want to lose weight then you’ve got to cut calories while increasing exercise. Well, you all know how bogus I think the whole calorie counting crap is because not all calories are created equally. But the push for more exercise is also full of sh!t. There is no doubt that moving our bodies is important and being a couch potato isn’t the best thing in the world, but the blanket recommendation for everybody to increase their heart rate every day and run or bike across country to lose weight is ignorant at best and staggeringly dangerous at worst.

For years, I had noted the correlation between exercise and autism as well as infertility amongst clients, friends and acquaintances, but it wasn’t until I began to dig deeper into my own challenge with a whopping 20 lb weight gain during the two weeks following a traumatic car accident that I realized how horrible exercise can  be on the human body. Before you jump down my throat and say that I must have been eating a ton of fat, cake or whatever, that’s not the case. During the two weeks following the accident I had virtually no appetite. In fact the few times that I ate, I only ate some cucumbers and drank water. That’s it. And if you think that I’m a lazy person who hates exercise, you’re partially right. I’ve never been one for exercise just for the sake of exercise. Yet, at the time of the accident, I was a belly and hula dancer. So I was getting plenty of exercise up until the day of the accident.

Unfortunately the accident sent my body into a tailspin. And during the two weeks immediately following I had absolutely no energy to do anything. However that still should not have equated to a 20 pound weight gain. Especially since the only thing that I was eating were cucumbers and the only thing that I was drinking was water.

Over the coming weeks, my body got weaker and weaker. I slipped into depression and felt horrible. I tried to exercise, but would feel completely exhausted every time I did. I tried things that to me were counterintuitive, but in an attempt to try anything, I ate a diet of only fruits and vegetables for three weeks to see if I would gain any positive results. It wasn’t until the very end of the three weeks that a few of the pounds started to come off. However as the weight began to come off, my body began to feel weaker and weaker. All I could do was sleep all day getting up for a few hours of the day to nibble on something and go straight back to bed.

The worst part was when I realized that exercise only made the condition worse. One weekend I attended a bellydancing workshop and within two days of eating a little more than tuna fish and drinking a few glasses of water, I had gained a whopping 6 pounds! And no, it wasn’t muscle! I also attended a Chinese dietetics class over the course of that year. The class took place in New York City which was over an hour from where I live. The class took place one weekend per month for 10 months. During the weekends when I had class, I did very little eating and drinking and lots and lots of walking to and from the train,  during my lunch break, and at the end of the day when I would stay my friend’s house which entailed a 20 minute walk from the subway station. Once a month I could expect to gain at least 5 pounds during the weekend when I attended my Chinese dietetics class. Again, it wasn’t muscle, but water and bloating. If exercise and this kind of effect on my body, then I wanted no part of it.

It wasn’t until several years later at a nutrition conference that I learned not only was my condition very common, but that leading doctors, nutritionists and healers were all recommending the same method of healing this condition. Rest! As it turns out, when the body is under stress, particularly from trauma such as a car accident, it becomes inflamed. And any kind of exercise, even something as simple as walking, can cause the body to pack on the pounds even in the absence of food. This type of trauma can also come from things like the death of a loved one, not having enough access to sunlight or fresh food, living in an abusive household, and many other things that you probably would not have considered. But this revelation was not only a solution to my problem, it brought to light the problem that many of my exercise, fitness and dance friends were suffering from — pushed past a certain point, the body (in many people) will interpret exercise as punishment!

The adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys, are responsible for managing stress. When they are not happy, they signal the kidneys to hold on to water and minerals in an attempt to protect the body. Even though we are often said the concept that exercise brings joy, to some people in certain conditions it is clear that exercise becomes a major stressor, triggering the adrenals to sense fear.

To correct this condition, it is necessary to supply the adrenals with their primary foods such as those which are high in vitamin C and natural salt, such as Celtic sea salt. In addition, it is necessary to allow them to relax. That includes getting lots of additional sleep. Going to bed before 11 o’clock at night and waking up after 9 AM is ideal. In addition, you would also want to make sure to get a nap in the afternoon, preferably in the sunshine so that your body is supplied with plenty of vitamin D, which is calming to the body. So break out the lounge chair!

Another thing to keep in mind is that drinking plain water can be very stressful to the body in this condition. The adrenal glands will be overstressed with trying to process too much water. So make sure to keep consumption on the low side and to primarily get your water from fresh foods during the recovery period.

So if you, like me, have had to endure the misery of gaining weight more fat than muscle by exercising, don’t let the fitness gurus beat you up and make you feel shameful about your condition! They are simply regurgitating a mantra that everyone has had rammed down their throats for the past 40 years. A mantra that describes an activity that only seems to be beneficial for about 1/3 of the population. In all likelihood, if you are in a state of adrenal fatigue or exhaustion, you do NOT need to exercise more. If anything, you need to exercise less. Much less. If you’ve had a sudden shock, you may need weeks or months to recover by allowing the adrenals to rest lots of times per day.

Take some time to get to know your body. What things feel comfortable? What makes you exhausted? And what makes you feel rejuvenated? Are you exercising 10 hours per week, but pudgier than people who only exercise 2 hours per week or less? No matter what it is, whenever you’re not getting the results you want, try going in the other direction. Just because everybody, even the experts, is saying there is one tried and true method to receive a particular outcome, that doesn’t mean that that method will work for you. Have you had a situation where exercise made your health worse or made you gain weight? I’d love to hear from you and all about your experiences. Please leave a comment below!


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.