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    coconut oil=acne, flu-like symptoms?!?

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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.

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    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.

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

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

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    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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    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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