Welcome to another edition of our Reader Mailbag.
Remember, I can’t possibly get to every question. But I try to address the ones that come up the most, or can help the most folks at once.
Like the ones about coconut oil I’ve been getting lately, from Bob and others.
Laura sums up the “controversy” pretty well…
“I have a question in regards to coconut oil. I have been reading a lot of articles recently on how bad coconut oil is for you, some even going so far as to call it poison! Do you still stand by your advice to make coconut oil a great oil of choice to use in cooking? Thanks.”
The short answer is yes, I do stand by my coconut oil.
It is true, some doctor is getting a lot of headlines saying coconut oil is “poison.”
That take is really good for getting attention. But to put it mildly, it’s “Bravo Sierra.”
This doctor readily admits that he doesn’t like coconut oil because it’s high in saturated fats. And he believes that saturated fat is bad for your health, especially your heart.
But saturated fat is not associated with increased risk of heart disease. Nearly two dozen studies of more than 350,000 people over more than a decade did not find a link here.
Saturated fat helps form your cells. It increases healthy HDL cholesterol. It can reduce your risk of stroke. It can boost your brain health.
And I recommend it especially for higher heat cooking, because it’s resistant to oxidation. It doesn’t break down and create free radicals that are damaging to your body.
Now, I don’t eat a spoonful of coconut oil like some people do. There may be too much of a good thing. But please don’t be scared away from a healthy food just because someone is looking to make a name for himself.
OK, here’s a good question from Mark. Maybe you’ve wondered about this too…
“This might be one of those candidates for Jeff’s ‘reader mail’ segments. My wife and switched to and adhere to the ‘Flat Belly after 50’ program going on two years ago. I’ve lost and kept off about 40 lbs., and my wife has dropped about 25 lbs.
We’re doing just the Paleo diet – meats, fruits and vegetables at like 98% exclusively. (We might ‘cheat’ a little bit and eat a cookie with coffee after church, or have a frosted Easter cookie, but have even made the ‘paleo’ baked goods recently – which we enjoy.)
When included with some of the special offers, I’ve used the Ultimate Metabolism product as well.
My question/concern is ‘Where does this end?’
At some point (and of course we realize healthy living does have a ‘cost’ associated with it) one has to draw the line.”
Mark goes on to say that he’s seen other products we offer, for digestion or energy that he doesn’t need – they’re not for him. And ultimately, I think he’s answering his own question.
He’s doing a great job grabbing the bull by the horns, and taking control of his diet. And leaving room for a treat or two.
Now, I sometimes get notes from people saying I have too many products. “I can’t possibly take them all. Who has the time/money/inclination to take so many supplements a day?”
And to them (and to Mark) I say… good for you.
You’re making the right choices with your health, your life and your money. If you don’t feel something will have benefit, don’t do it. If you try something and it’s not right for you, try something else.
That’s health freedom at its finest.
But my job is to ferret out what I think will work best, for people of all stripes. Some people have joint pain, while others don’t.
Some struggle with energy, or weight, or sleep, or… you name it.
Perhaps you’re lucky and that’s not your issue.
But I’m not going to stop researching and offering the best things I can. I’m here to offer you advice, choices, and a kick in the rump every so often.
Your job is to figure out what’s best for you.
I would offer that sometimes, you may not even know what it feels like to live your best life, because you’ve grown to accept that being tired, or carrying that extra weight, or that nagging knee issue… that’s life.
It doesn’t have to be. Of course, not everything works for everyone. We’re all individuals.
But it’s best to have choices, and the freedom to act on them.
Let me close with a nice note I got from Virginia. (Yes, Virginia… there are enlightened docs out there!)
“When I received my bottles of Vital4, I took it with me to my cardiologist for his appraisal.
While he was doing paper work I held it up… he took one glance, and said “Good product, take two” and went on with his writing on my report.
He tells me I should make it to ‘1 zero zero.’ I am now 97, a veteran of WWII, and using several of your other products. Thank you for taking the effort to find these great products for us, and keep us healthy.”
No, thank you Virginia. For your service, and for taking charge of your own health. And my guess is you’ll blow past “1 zero zero.”
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance