Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Here are 5 ways for you to get phenomenal hair with coconut oil remedies for a common hair condition that I found out firsthand  comes along with aging:  Unruly hair.
My hair can get a mind of its own seemingly, very dry, not supple and not very touchable. This is very aging. So I use coconut oil for hair care.
 It doesn’t matter if your hair is stick straight, relaxed, curly or afro, anti-aging coconut oil benefits will give you touchable hair that's not dry feeling.
  • A good treat for your scalp is a massage before shampooing with about 1 teaspoon (tsp.) of oil. This mild pre-treatment traps scalp debris for shampoo removal but won’t allow the shampoo to strip all of the normal oils.
  • If you still use sulfated or detergent shampoos, apply warmed coconut oil to your hair as a pre-treatment to prevent drying. Then add  ½ teaspoon (tsp) of coconut oil to your leave-in conditioner or frizz releasing product.
  • Here’s a simple hairdressing ritual: Loosely braid your hair with coconut-oiled hands to completely distribute the oil throughout the strands.  This works better than just a comb-through.  Next, unbraid your tresses and perform final hairstyling.
  • Coconut oil won’t clog the pores in your hairline so slick your hair down or back with 1 tsp. of coconut oil plus a spritz of water. You can enhance the texture of your curly or afro hair with 1 tsp. of coconut oil plus 1 tsp. of water.
  • To minimize the color of gray strands in salt-and-pepper hair, you can massage 1 tsp. of coconut oil throughout your hair, instead of hair care products with whiteners. Coconut oil is clear at room temperature.
Coconut benefits my hair in a number of ways.  Try one or more of these  anti-aging tips to get the youthful and timeless look of phenomenal, gorgeous-looking hair that even Mrs. Eastwood will envy you for.

Pat Thomas for COCO MOJO

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Authors Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey MD
Published 2012 by Rodale, electronic version

THE HAPPINESS DIET is a study of food industry practices and the consequential harmful effects on  the brains of millions of people who eat in the United States.


 I conclude that the authors assert that the food industry is causing mass brain damage. In Part I  the authors write a compendium of food industry horrors involving bizarre preservatives, over-used hormones, corn products, factory farming, junk food processing, soy, and neurotoxin pesticides all of which have the dreadful effect of “eye of newt… and tongue of dog” on the  mental health of millions of people.


I have read dozens of books and research findings on food, eating right, vitamins and supplements over the years for my own personal knowledge, but I have NEVER read anything as frightening as the authors’ assertions, including the ones that sugar shrinks brains and causes Alzheimer’s, referenced as diabetes type 3 (repeat “3”.) (I had previously read elsewhere that sugar damages retinas.)
That’s only one macabre research finding from Part I.
The authors’ work surpasses anything that Upton Sinclair (The Jungle) could have ever dreamt of in a nightmare.


As an antidote to the “MAD” diet foisted upon consumers, in Part II, the authors make comprehensive recommendations of a variety of foods and food combinations that improve moods and restore brain health, such as salmon, beets, berries and many more. The author’s prepare menus for everything from breakfast to dessert.
They quash the notion of any major benefits from low-fat diets and supplements (mostly imported and lead laden) and assert that they both are  highly dangerous. The book includes illuminating facts on  the biochemistry of fats, like those in olive oil, coconut oil and trans-fats.


Profoundly comforting, traditional foods like bacon and eggs and oven roasted pork chops are included in the menus. The authors champion organic vegetables, grass-feed livestock, free-range chicken and especially traditional fish and other seafood above all.
A few food recommendations are curious, like octopus which isn’t widely available.
The authors also recommend that you source your own food from your local farmer or buy organic as much as possible.  Both options may be implausible for millions of Americans.


THE HAPPINESS DIET is dreadful, foreboding and depressing but required reading to salvage any hope to save you and your family’s mental health.
The book includes a full table of contents, comprehensive notes and references and a detailed, useful index. I could not review the authors’ backgrounds in my electronic version.

Pat Thomas for COCO MOJO

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I am in the process of reviewing THE HAPPINESS DIET by Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey MD published 2012 by Rodale. This book is a study of contemporary food industry practices and the resulting effects on the human brain.
It is very much a horror story so far. I will have the review completed for next week’s post.
 Despite the title, a sense of dread, foreboding and depression descended upon me as I read Graham and Ramsey’s work.
In the meantime, I can write that THE HAPPINESS DIET rivals Upton Sinclair’s THE JUNGLE written over a century ago. 
 I am glad that I made the choice to switch to coconut oil and olive oil for cooking whenever I can.

Pat Thomas for COCO MOJO

Monday, May 7, 2012


Check out this refreshing, tropical looking bedroom design from a guest post at  Little Green Notebook blog.  Ahhh….

Thursday, May 3, 2012


This is a simple nighttime hand care ritual that will carry you on a wave to the sweetest sleep while giving you better looking hands.
Do my ritual for just a few nights and you will soon discover that coconut oil skin benefits include dramatic improvements in the overall condition of your hands, with smoother texture, clearer skin tone, less dryness, all without the preservatives and other chemicals in drugstore lotion brands.  
Dr. Bruce Fife at the Coconut Research Center and author of book The Coconut Oil Miracle, writes that coconut oil can diminish the appearance of brown spots.  Brown spots, aka liver spots, aka age spots consist of solar damaged skin, especially skin on the hands, according to the National Institutes of Health,, MedlinePlus Health Information website. 
My procedure is to use a pea size amount of organic extra virgin coconut oil, massage it into my hands slowly and softly for a minute or two, being sure to include the skin on my wrists. Lastly, I inhale the fleeting delicate savory and ligneous coconut aroma as the oil melts into my skin and I get soothed mentally and physically.
Perform this ritual every night before going to bed.
This coconut oil skin treatment ritual leaves my hands looking incredible. The soothing feelings are amazing.