Can Coconut Oil Help Arthritis?

I have arthritis in my finger and thumb joints and one foot, also knees and lower back. I have a lot of pain and inflammation. I have been taking 200 mg of Celebrex to control the pain. Can coconut oil help?

Coconut oil combined with good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, certain dietary supplements, and exercise can work wonders for arthritis. I’ve written a book on this topic titled The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently. The book is based in part, on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS.

Price was a dentist and served as the research director for the American Dental Association back in the early 1900s. He is most famous for his groundbreaking book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, originally published in 1939. In the early 1920s he published a two volume set of books on dental health which explained how the health of a person’s teeth can affect the health of their entire body. He gave numerous examples of how various health problems could be corrected by addressing dental issues. One of the most common health problems he encountered was arthritis. After addressing the patients’ dental issues their arthritis would quickly go away. He believed that most forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, were due primarily to infection that originated from the mouth. His books go into great detail documenting the science behind this.

The first step of the arthritis program outlined in my book is to address any existing dental issues and improve oral hygiene. The book explains how to do this using a technique called oil pulling, which uses coconut oil. This process “pulls” bacteria and deep rooted infections out of the mouth. This eliminates the source of the bacteria that continually seeps into the bloodstream and finds its way into joint tissue.

The second step is to take coconut oil as a systemic antibiotic. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are ineffective against arthritis because they cannot easily penetrate into the joint tissue. Anti-bacterial medium chain fatty acids from coconut oil however can, thus eliminating the infection in the joints. These two steps combined with a proper diet and dietary supplementation enhances the effects and prevents reoccurrence of the infections.

After reading three of my books one 86-year-old woman wrote, “I started using coconut oil about 3 months ago. I have arthritis in my right knee and my left hip to the extent I could not walk without pain. This has gone on for years. My daughter found out about coconut oil through her home school organization. I started using it and now I can pick up my leg and walk without pain in my hip or leg. Plus, many more good things have happened.”
Fibromyalgia can also be treated using this same program. “I have had fibromyalgia for about five years and arthritis in my back for three,” says Shannon Lundin. “I was progressively getting worse. The arthritis in my back was constant, never ending pain, and my fibro came and went, some days worse than others. I did not want to take medication. I don’t want to mask one problem and cause a series of other problems. So, I lived with the pain, slowly gaining weight and feeling miserable.

“In July my wonderful husband said enough is enough and started researching online. He came across your book, The New Arthritis Cure, and asked me to order it. We read it and he said he wanted me to do the whole foods diet [described in the book] and coconut oil. I told him I don’t think I have the willpower to change the way I eat and watch my family continue to eat the foods I love. So, he said he would do it with me. We started the middle of August. I am happy to report (after 3½ months) that I am completely pain free! I feel so good! I am happier. I have lost 19 pounds to date and still losing. I am exercising. It is wonderful.

“About a month ago I found out that I have borderline osteoporosis. Again, I don’t want to take the medication, I am too young (42 years old). So, I am fighting it with weight exercises. Several months ago I would not have been able to exercise the way I need to. I am so grateful to you and my husband. My children are tired of hearing about how great I feel and me telling people what I am doing to feel so great. They ask if I get tired of telling people and I don’t. I am so excited and I want the world to know that it can be done. It is not easy at first, but once you get over the first hurdle it is so easy. I do not crave the sugars and junk anymore. Another bonus is my husband also feels great. He also is able to exercise more than he did before. We are true believers.”

By itself coconut oil can do a lot to improve a person’s health. However, when it is incorporated into a treatment program designed to address specific health issues it can work miracles.