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St. Luke’s Medical Center
Quezon City, Philippines
The coconut palm (Cocos nicifera) has been considered the tree of life because all of its parts can be used as an important tool in every aspect of life including medicine. Ever since the start of Ayuverdic Medicine 4000 years ago, it has been known in Sanskrit literature as the Mother’s Milk. The coconut oil is mainly composed of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) which are easy to digest and converted to energy and contains lauric acid (C 12). It has been regarded as a miracle plant because of its healing power. It has been recognized as having antiviral, antibacterial as well as antifungal properties. It has also been used against HIV. One study showed a potential powerful protective effect against 6 mutacarcogenic chemicals like benzpyrine, azaserine and nitrosamines.
In 1979, a Filipino made the first fermented coconut gelatin which we called nata de coco. It has become a favorite dessert for the Filipinos. In 1993, the Japanese brought it to Japan and became an instant hit for slimmers and was considered good for colon cancer.
Interest in this product grew when a herbal scientist by the name of Mr. Antonio Agustin concocted the mother liquid of the fermented coconut gelatin and added some herbs into the solution. The solution has shown promise in chronic diseases and inflammatory conditions including cancer. In vitro cytotoxicity studies showed its carcinogenic effect on different cell lines like colon and lung. Animal studies in rates revealed good safety profile.
The author started his research on this product in 2002 and has given this to advanced cases of head and neck cancers as well as to breast, lung, colon and leukemia cases. Interesting cases will be presented and discussed.
A proposed mechanism of action is that of the production of acetic acid which causes apoptosis when presented to the cancer cells.