Coconut Oil and Mono

Yes, mononucleosis is horrible. Not only does the inflicted person feel like death, but he feels like death for a long time. Just to give you an idea how ill Husband was, he lost 20 pounds in the first three weeks. I thought about bottling his saliva for a new weight loss product…nah, too many side effects.

Feeling like there must be something that would be able to help and after doing a lot of research on the internet, we tried coconut oil to help fight the mono. There were many anectdotal reports of having mono for weeks and even months and finally the desperate people would try coconut oil and within a few days had remarkable turnarounds. The amounts seemed to vary, but I saw most often 2 tablespoons twice daily. So we started on a Tuesday night. Wednesday, Husband actually felt better somewhat, a few levels better, whereas priorly, he had been very gradually feeling a tiny bit better, like his fevers were creeping down to only 101 instead 103 degrees.

I was ready to throw the jar of coconut oil away Thursday though because Husband felt much worse. It was a good thing we continued with this unusual therapy because Friday he felt MUCH better. And more so Saturday and Sunday, and continued significant, steady improvements. He was also taking Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, milk thistle, garlic, and a combo echinacea/goldenseal. I figured the former would kill the bad guys while the latter would stimulate the immune system to help out.

The interesting thing about coconut oil and the part that was really compelling for me was that it contains lauric acid. Lauric acid is only found in coconut oil and breast milk. Lauric acid breaks down the protective lipid membrane that coats and protects viruses thereby killing it. Not only is coconut oil good for mononucleosis, but also other viruses such as HIV, meningitis, influenza, herpes, and hepatitis. It is also an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-candida.

Who is keeping this stuff from us???

Other benefits of consuming, well, let me digress for a minute. Some people liberally cook with it, others spread it on toast or stir it in applesauce that is slightly warm, or just eat spoonfuls out of the jar. At the time, we did the applesauce thing.  That was more than two years ago, and since then we just cook and bake with it a lot, stir it in tea or coffee, as well as saute and roast vegetables.

And if you, no, when you buy some, (because you are not crazy are you?) look for the organic, unrefined, expeller pressed virgin coconut oil which costs about $6.99 for a 14oz. jar. At Whole Foods and Trader Joes it is in the same section as all of the other oils.

(As of the of this post, it has been two and a half years since Husband had mono, and he has not had a single cold or flu or recurrence of mono since. We are so amazed.)

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