COCONUT OIL IN HEALTH AND DISEASE: ITS AND MONOLAURIN’S POTENTIAL AS CURE FOR HIV/AIDS* By Dr. Conrado S. Dayrit
Read at the XXXVII Cocotech Meeting Chennai, India. July 25, 2000
Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology University of the Philippines Past President. Federation of Asian Scientific Academies and Societies Past President, National Academy of Science and Technology. Philippines
The coconut is called the tree of life despite it has been providing us, humans, fare and drink, materials for housing, combustible matter and many industrial uses. And its medicative uses are many and varied. The latest medicinal potential of products of the coconut in the beginning identified by Jon Kabara and others in the 70s, is the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal briskness of its medium chain fatty acids, distinctly lauric acid (C12:0) in its monoglyceride figure (monolaurin or ML).
The first clinical assay ever of ML was on 15 HIV-infected patients reporting regularly at the San Lazaro Hospital, Manila who, not ever having received any anti-HIV medication, were randomly assigned to 3 method of treating groups: 7.2 g ML, 2.4 g ML and 50 ML of coconut oil quotidian for 6 months. The San Lazaro Hospital Team was led by Eric Tayag.
Viral, CD4 and CDS counts, thorough blood counts, blood lipids and tests instead of liver and kidney functions were translated at the beginning of the study and behind 3 and 6 months of management. In one patient, the viral load was too low to count.
By the 3rd month, 7 of the patients (50%) showed reduced viral freight and by the 6th month 8 patients (2 receiving 7.2h ML, 4 receiving 2.4 g ML and 3 receiving, coconut oil had a lowered viral swell the number. The CD4/CD8 counts showed a kind increase in 5 patients. There were ~t one serious side effects observed.
Three patients developed AIDS up~ 3rd month of therapy when their CD4 swell the number dropped below 200. One of these three, who was in the coconut oil assemblage. died 2 weeks after the study. The couple other AIDS patients were in the 2.4 g ML cluster; one recovered fully on the 6th month and the other showed a quick return towards normal CD4 and CD8 counts.
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