Yesterday, while reading posts on my Pages Feed on Facebook, I had a lovely little sense of hope. Hope that the truth may yet come out about diet and its real connection to our mental and physical health.
A well-respected Montreal scientist, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, who is also Director at McGill Office for Science and Society, wrote a Facebook post and included a link to his blog post. Read it here:http://blogs.mcgill.ca/oss/2013/10/10/thinking-about-coconut-oil/
In true Sunflower Girls fashion, I felt compelled to reply to his post on Facebook. I’m including my reply here for your reminder of what I believe. Maybe the Sunflower Girls are not alone in our love of coconut oil. 🙂
Dr. Joe Schwarcz, I was so excited and I am so inspired by hope when I read this post. Not because I’ve learned something about coconut oil, but rather, because you, a well-respected scientist, are giving medium chain triglycerides a credibility that I can’t offer. I am just an ordinary, educated, intelligent woman who knows how to dig for information, and can understand most of what I read — even when it is quite scientific and often “over my head.” My personal interest keeps me researching until I come to a conclusion that I trust.
My discovery of MCT goes back at least 5 years when I first read of Dr. Mary Newport’s work with her husband. I researched and cross-referenced everything I could find and came to the conclusion that my mother should be taking coconut oil. With my encouragement, she started following my example and put a teaspoonful in her coffee every morning. But when she decided she didn’t like the oiliness of it, we switched her to the capsules, which she continues to take. But sadly, her one capsule a day is not enough to counter the “good diet” she follows in her assisted living apartment for seniors.
In her home, they believe that butter is bad, and serve only margarine, and other soy and vegetable oil products. Like all residents who have their meals prepared, my mother is also served a high-carbohydrate, moderate-lean-protein, low-fat, relatively inadequate diet. Her memory and other cognitive functions are definitely deteriorating. Personally, I believe her brain is starved of good fat. And she is gaining weight.
When I first learned about coconut oil, I had been going through the disturbing very early stages of some confusion and foggy thinking, and I started to be concerned. After adding coconut oil to my diet, I saw a dramatic improvement. At the same time, I increased my intake of other good saturated fats and totally eliminated the omega 6 vegetable oils that I had previously believed to be good for me. (I believe that they had contributed to my mental confusion and weight gain, as well as to the increase in fibrous breast tissue, and muscle and joint pain.) To be completely honest, I also cut out all HFCS, and fruit juices, as well as most grains.
A couple of years ago, I switched to using two tablespoons of MCT oil in my morning coffee — this oil is 100% medium chain triglycerides: 40% capric acid (10 carbons) and 60 % caprilic acid (8 carbons) which comes from coconut and kernel palm oil. I still use coconut oil in my cooking.
I have not only lost more than 30 pounds over the last five years, I have also tremendously improved my general physical and mental well-being. And by the way, I have four sisters who have the same story to tell. None of us wanted to take the chance of following in our mother’s footsteps, so we have started to take action now — in a way that we believe is beneficial.
But I told them the same thing I tell anyone: don’t believe me; do your own research; draw your own conclusions; act accordingly.
My life motto is “ We cannot let other people do our thinking for us.” (Dr. Albert A. Bartlett)
Dr. Joe, I know this is a personal testimonial and not a recognized scientific study; I am also aware that I don’t fully understand the nature of all these things that I “know” — I agree that a little information to the lay person can be a dangerous thing. But in this case, yes, I believe I know enough to be confident that I am on the right track.
And that’s why I am so happy and excited to see your post.