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    I love coconut oil. I crave coconut oil. But coconut oil seems to be making me and my partner sick.

    We ate a lot of it a week or so ago, meaning we cooked with it at every meal. I had been doing this for a while, when I was at my farm, but he hadn't. He promptly came down with flu-like symptoms: fatigue, sore throat, achy muscles. This lasted two days.

    Earlier, I had noticed the fatigue after, say, 2-3 T of coconut oil in a day. But my main symptom is aggravation of my rosacea to the point that it looks like ordinary acne. I am 57 years old, and my skin is actually dry, even where the acne is!

    I have read about Herxheimer reactions, which this must be. But how to deal with it and still get the healing goodness of EVCO? I have reduced my dose to 1/8 tsp/day, as of today. This seems ridiculously small. But when I took 1/4 tsp two days ago, I got dizzy and tired, and two days later the rosacea rash came back.

    Just wondering if anybody has any idea what's going on here and how to deal with it.

  • #2
    Is it refined or unrefined? From what I've gathered, unrefined shouldn't give you any issues. Refined does. IDK if that helps or not. Honestly, if I were in your boat, and if it's unrefined doing this to you, I would just stop using it altogether.
    Georgette

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    • #3
      It's unrefined expeller pressed virgin coconut oil, whole foods brand.

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      • #4
        These symptoms eventually went away! Now I am up to a teaspoon of coconut oil every day, with no further outbreaks of rosacea, and no more fatigue and flu-like symptoms.

        So I think it was some sort of Herxheimer reaction. It went on for a long time, almost six weeks.

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        • #5
          I went thru the same thing...coconut oil can produce detox symptoms from what I have read But, I see you said it has passed...Good Luck

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          • #6
            Yeah Coconut Oil is a great anti-fungal. You probably had some fungal thing going down there in your guts and you were getting some classic die-off reactions. ...they are the exact reactions people who are overcoming Candida (yeast overgrowth) get when using coconut oil.

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            • #7
              Yup, sounds like die-off to me. Lauric acid in coconut=chemical warfare on baddies . Raw garlic might help things along. If you need some baddies killed that's your go-to right there. Or tea tree oil. Anything to get things over with.
              Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

              Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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              • #8
                What exactly is the difference between refined and non? Is is more than just filtering out the chunks?

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                • #9
                  I'm happy to say that the acne and flu symptoms are completely gone and I'm up to four teaspoons a day now. My rosacea is a lot better too. Hurray for coconut oil!

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                  • #10
                    I love coconut oil and I now use it a lot. It has so many benefits. I also use it to moisturize my face.

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                    • #11
                      Being very prone to acne, I haven't discovered outbreaks with coconut oil...

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                      • #12
                        Very happy to read this and similar threads. Very recently went paleo and have coincidentally been eating a lot of coconut curries. After my third in a row after going paleo, I noticed a very strange feeling, almost like a mild allergic reaction, that I've never had with coconut before. Now I have very mild skin blemishes when my skin is usually very clear.

                        Happy to know it's probably related to detoxing...I'll chill out a bit. I'll start doing OCM again to help clear things up a bit...

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                        • #13
                          My coconut oil rashes are also pretty mild, and I expect they'll go away over time. It's worth it.

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