Friday, August 24, 2012


Here’s my easy baked recipe version of Poisson Cru, the traditional Tahitian raw tuna dish with coconut and lime.

Fish with Coconut Milk and Lime


4 Fish Fillets – I used Ocean Perch because these have fewer bones
2 Limes
2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil – Organic Extra Virgin
1 teaspoon of Coconut Butter
½ cup of Coconut Milk
¼ teaspoon of Salt
Dash Pepper and Turmeric



Spread the filets on a dish.  Juice the limes and pour the juice on the fish.  Allow to soak for ½ hour.
After soaking, drain the juice  and pad dry the fillets.  Salt the fish.
Heat the coconut oil in a pan that can be used on top the stove and in the oven.  Heat the oil on high heat until it starts to lightly smoke.  Immediately turn off the flame.
Add the coconut butter.  Stir into the hot oil.
Add the fish to the pan.  Flip the fish to coat both sides with the hot oil mixture.
Pour the coconut milk into the pan. Add the Black Pepper and the Turmeric.
Place the pan into a hot oven about 350 degrees.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until the fish flakes and is completed cooked. Remove the pan from the oven.
Remove the fish from the pan juices and serve on a platter.
Let me know if you enjoyed this recipe! Or not.
Pat Thomas for THE COCONUT LOVERS MOJO until next time…

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Imagine if you only were able to get fresh bananas whenever you traveled to a tropical country. Sometimes it’s like that with fresh coconut.  Imagine if mangoes were sold at $20 a pop.  Sometimes it’s like that with fresh coconut. 
A recent article in the Fiji Times Online documented how the production of coconut oil lifted up the economic circumstances of 50 women in 1 village. Link:  Virgin Coconut Oil Supports Villagers.


Nearly all Americans use cooking oil, skin care products, hair moisturizers, soap and dermatological pharmaceuticals.  Coconut oil can be used to manufacture all of these products and more.
Coconut products remain virtually an untapped market for trade between Americans and people living in tropical latitudes.
This is a lot of money virtually frozen and not flowing between the United States and small but numerous tropical countries, especially islands in the Pacific. Hundreds of millions of people live on tropical islands throughout the world.
The picture is changing.


Less than 3 years ago there was only 1 brand of coconut water on my grocery store’s shelves.  Now, a   half dozen or more brands are available.  And coconut water is sold at stores on every major street intersection in Chicago.  This has especially benefited the economy of Brazil.
Every country’s economy deserves a chance at getting a piece of the American pie.  More trade with people living in tropical latitudes could help the economies of everybody involved.
Trade in coconut products is in ALL of our economic interests.

Pat Thomas for THE COCONUT LOVERS MOJO until next time…

Thursday, August 16, 2012


My first “job” in the 1960s was combing and plaiting my babysitter’s long, soft, thick gray hair every day.  Out the blue one day, Mrs. Brown told me about her daughter’s hair woes with all the shampoo bottles that took up an entire shelf in the bathroom cabinet. 
Mrs. Brown said ‘None of them work, you know’. 
Here we are in 2012 and it turns out that Mrs. Brown was right, traditional shampoos do not work for everyone’s hair.


There’s a new generation of hair experts and ordinary women who have formulated revolutionary new hair cleansing and conditioning products and techniques.
These individuals realized that something just wasn’t right about the products they were faithfully and loyally using for hair care. The products just were not working.
This is the first in an ongoing series of blog post articles on some of these revolutionaries who changed all of our hair stories for the better.


The cleansing products are promoted as an alternative to traditional detergent-based shampoos.
Late one night, as I mindlessly watched a shopping channel, Chaz Dean came on with a presentation of his line of cleansing conditioners.  His statements about his cleansers’ attributes barely penetrated my blue screen brain fog.
But when Dean stated that the detergent sulfates in traditional shampoos were the very same ingredients in de-greasers used by automobile mechanics to clean oil spills off of garage floors, I sat-up immediately.  Next, I was on the phone to order the Fig Cleansing Conditioner.
Ordering the Cleansing Conditioner wasn’t too much of a stretch for me. As a teenager, I would try  an herbal recipe here or there. 
 But it got tiresome after a while trying to actually find specific herbs and then compound them into a homemade shampoos.
Chaz Dean’s Wen Cleansing Conditioners save all of that labor. 
There’s an entire line of Wen products that vary according to hair type with very different formulations and not just a different fragrances.
When I got the Fig Cleansing Conditioner and used it, I was simply amazed.  My straggly looking, aging hair looked lusher and felt softer.
There’s no hype on this blog site!  Wen works.


The internet saved my hair and skin.  Women who take time to document their hair care rituals on YouTube have made a tremendous difference in the look, feel and condition of my hair.
Until these women, who are virtually all in their 20s and 30s, started showing me on YouTube and writing downloadable books, I really had no idea of the serious problems associated with certain hair techniques and products.
  • Relaxed Hair – Thank you to all the ladies who have shown me and others on YouTube that there is a hair life after stopping using relaxers on African textured hair.
  • Women who did the “Big Chop” are particularly inspirational.  Without their experiences, I would have never closely examined the damaging and dangerous details of relaxers.  I haven’t chopped my hair, yet.  But I now know that relaxed hair is so 20th century old school in the 21st century.
  • Petroleum Jelly – Many thanks to women who used the internet to spread information about the extremely irritating and drying nature of petroleum jelly.  Instead these women promoted coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil and other tropical oils for moisturizing hair and scalp.
  •  Now the major players in the hair care industry have jumped on the bandwagon by selling products with at least some natural oils. 
  • Unsafe Combing and Brushing—until the internet, I took for granted my combing techniques and tools.  I garnered little tidbits of new knowledge like ‘never comb dry hair, only comb hair when it’s wet’ or ‘don’t use combs that have seams on the teeth’ that have made a tremendous difference in my hair’s condition.
I could go on and on. I have learned so much from the young women who sit before their laptop cameras and educate the world via the internet.
Maybe you have grown comfortably old with traditional sources of information about your hair needs, like your hairstylist or television commercials.
I urge you to check-out YouTube for alternative sources of information for a fresh, new and updated approach to your hair’s life.


Blandi’s entire line of hair care products is based on the aromatherapy properties of one essential oil: Italian jasmine.
And it not a perfumy, artificial molecular copy.  It’s the real flower essential oil that has widely documented restorative botanical compounds for hair and scalp.
As an aromatherapist, I use to make my own recipes of hair conditioners with jasmine. This oil is very expensive and often sold in diluted concentrations.
Blandi’s line is convenient because the jasmine is already in the conditioner in the correct proportion and the essential oil is from the best source for jasmine: Italy.   It’s highly fragrant, not a faint smell, and long lasting.
The Protein Mist For Restyling Hair is a must for moistening hair and then sealing with coconut oil before combing.

Oh… about Mrs. Brown, whose hair I used to plait.  One day, in my mid 30s, long after I had moved from the old neighborhood, I decided to go visit her at the nursing home where she was living.  She was taken there after her eyesight began to fail.
She still had a full head of long, thick white hair.
 As I read the Bible to her, it occurred to me that she had been an old woman since I was a toddler. I wondered how old she really was but I didn’t ask.
She just wondered aloud why the Lord kept her on Earth so long. When I left, I myself wondered why anyone would question God about that.
When she died a couple of years later, she was 104 years old.

Pat Thomas for THE COCONUT LOVERS MOJO until next time…

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Larissa DeDea, PharmD recently presented a scholarly article in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Can Coconut Oil Replace Caprylidene for Alzheimer Disease? . It was published in the August 7, 2012 issue of the journal. In the article, Dr. DeDea examines whether there are any benefits to using coconut oil to restore the mental functioning of patients with Alzheimer Disease.

Dr. DeDea compares coconut oil to Axona, a pharmaceutical with coconut oil derivatives.

Coconut oil had been determined to induce ketosis, the biochemical process that occurs after the consumption of certain fatty acids that results in the body producing glucose, the primary food for the human brain.

Axona, manufactured by Accera, Inc. is currently the subject of a study by the National Institutes for Health (NIH), to determine its ability to remedy Alzheimer’s  Disease in patients by  inducing ketosis with a proprietary blend of coconut oil derived fatty acids.


  • Dr. DeDea notes that only 1 patient study has been conducted which demonstrates that coconut oil reverses Alzheimer Disease or even alleviates the condition’s symptoms.
  • The idea that coconut oil reverses Alzheimer Disease is very persistent in the American culture because of that 1 study.
  • Also, Axona just like straight coconut oil can cause an upset stomach, sometimes severe.
  • Axona is a very expensive prescription just as coconut oil is probably the most expensive cooking oil at the health food store or grocer.
Dr. DeDea’s work opens the door to some very basic questions about coconut oil and Axona that the American scientific, food and financial industries should answer.

scientific, food and financial INDUSTRY Questions

  1. Why is there only 1 accepted study of coconut oil, a product that is produced internationally and has been consumed by literally millions of people over many millennia?  It stands to reason that there would be a viable patient population to study.  Have there in fact been studies conducted but which are not accepted by the American scientific community?
  2. Why haven't there been any studies of the effectiveness of coconut oil in the treatment of reversible forms of dementia?
  3. Is the fact that both the pharmaceutical Axona and straight coconut oil cause stomach upset, sometimes severe,  a hint or clue to how both could be more effectual?
  4. Why haven't  coconut butter or coconut flakes been studied?
  5. Is a process comparable to the nixtmalization of corn needed for the human body to utilize straight coconut oil?  Native Americans treated corn with lime, alkaline calcium carbonate, to release nutrients for human consumption. Throughout tropical latitudes, there are cultural traditions that call for coconut to be consumed with lime, the citrus fruit. There are even songs about the marriage of coconut with lime slices.
  6. Is it high cooking heat that releases the coconut component that is effective for Alzheimer Disease?  In most tropical cultures that use coconut oil, the oil isn’t drank straight  or poured over cooked foods like in America but instead it is used as a cooking oil heated to very high temperatures.
  7. What is the market basis for coconut oil costing about $10 for a small jar and Axona’s $114 monthly prescription price? Coconut oil is a seed oil. Millions of tons of it are annually produced worldwide, in many different tropical countries. 
  8. Why is coconut oil still such a novelty at most large grocery stores and thus unavailable to millions of American consumers, despite the fact that the promise of coconut oil benefits has gone viral on the internet?

In Conclusion

The last question about coconut oil benefits for health is:  Why are American consumers who happen to be patients, left to their own devices to figure-out if a seed oil that is commonly used in tropical countries could inexpensively remedy their infirmities.


 I am not a scientist or doctor.

Resources and references: 

Dr. Bruce Fife, Coconut Research Center, Colorado, USA
Axona NIH government study by invitation only. Clinical Trial Identifier:  NCT01538212
Accera, Inc. links for additional information on Axona
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
Pat Thomas for THE COCONUT LOVERS MOJO until next time…

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Personal choice means that you and I have the freedom not to use plain coconut products on our skin or hair.
Here’s a smattering of brand name products  formulated with some coconut for skin and hair care readily available at drug stores, specialty beauty stores or online shopping websites:


  • Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade contains coconut oil derivative caprylic/capric triglyceride. This product also contains professionally compounded aromatherapy essential oils.
  • Ultra Sheen Ultra Care Oil Rich Serum contains multiple wholistic carrier oils and essential oils.  This product almost duplicates a recipe that I used to painstakingly prepare fresh each time I conditioned my hair. 
  • Dove Nutritive Therapy Antifrizz Serum for hair contains hydrogenated coconut oil and also has sweet almond oil.
I use these products because of the aromatherapy oils and the sweet almond oil which are rare in hair care products. When I don’t have time to mix-up my own recipes, the above products are very convenient.


  • Softee Coconut Oil Hair & Scalp Conditioner (also contains jojoba oil) 
  • Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Condition & Gloss Spray (also contains vitamin E)

Over the past 2 years, I have been able to virtually stop using hair care products formulated with petroleum. EXCEPTION: I use the above products only when it’s extremely humid outside.


  • Biore Refresh Daily Cleansing Cloths with coconut derivative caprylic/capric glycerides, coconut water plus gardenia extract.  Unfortunately, this product also contains parabens and propylene glycol. But it’s great for easily removing eye make-up with a simple wipe or two.
None of above products contain colorants or whiteners—they are all virtually clear just like coconut oil and coconut water.  That’s a big plus!

I just ordered Ojon's Rare Blend Oil which is advertised as including Tahitian Monoi Oil in the ingredients along with 6 other tropical oils, some rare.  I can't wait to try it for hair care. I already use 100% Tahitian Monoi Oil, the pure coconut oil for skin care.


Perhaps you are wondering why I mainly use 100% coconut oil or coconut water straight out of the jar or bottle? Because of these questions:

  • Is the coconut oil organic extra virgin? Hydrogenated coconut oil is a second choice.
  • Is the coconut water fresh or reconstituted? 
  • How much coconut product is in the container?  The ingredients list is not a reliable indicator.
  • Why do I have to use so much product and so often when I can get away with using coconut by the drop weekly?
Insteading of wondering, I just dip out a little pure coconut oil or splash some coconut water to rejuvenate my hair and skin just like women living in tropical latitudes worldwide.
Pat Thomas for THE COCONUT LOVERS MOJO until next time…

Monday, August 6, 2012


I am almost positive that troubles for Michael Jackson’s mom Katherine Jackson momentarily melted away if she got a coconut oil massage at the exclusive desert spa she recently secreted away to.
But with my family obligations a spa vacation is out of the question right now. And let’s not talk about how much money a luxurious spa has got to cost:  I don’t have the dough.
When I was younger I always invested in monthly treatments at a day spa or a beauty school.  Now I feel that I need weekly treatments of some kind just for stress relief.
I am going to make lemonade out this situation by improving my in-home spa treatments over the next few years.

HOME SPA plans

  1. Buy a massage chair
  2. Invite in a masseuse for home massages especially foot massages
  3. Buy a professional stand hair dryer with steam and other salon options
  4. Buy an upscale salon mirror, station and chair.
  5. Fit-in a shampoo chair and bowl
  6. Look for a professional hairstylist to do my hair at my house
  7. Buy bigger containers of coconut oil for massage and hair treatments
  8. Use a cosmetician for professional facials at home
  9. Invest in a skincare steamer
  10. Buy bigger bottles of essential oils for aromatherapy.
My thinking is that dedicated spa equipment and supplies will almost force me to cook up some pampering for myself regularly and not just when I go on an occasional excursion.
Pat Thomas for THE COCONUT LOVERS MOJO until next time…