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Sunday, December 17, 2017

SANOFI bumwelta kay PNOY! "it's your own decision! not ours!"

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December 17, 2017 - Genuine Self-Knowledge


Sunday of the Third Week of Advent

Father Shawn Aaron, LC 

John 1:6-8, 19-28

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?”, He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?” He said: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Introductory Prayer: Father in heaven, my heart desires the warmth of your love. My mind is searching for the light of your word. I long for the coming of Christ our Savior. Through this short, intimate encounter with you, I seek to grow in my love for you. You are my strength, my light, my peace, my joy, my life.

Petition: Jesus, help me to generously fulfill the mission you have given me.

1. A Man Named John Was Sent from God: Consider for a moment the magnitude of this verse. On the one hand, we have an ordinary member of the human race –– like you and me –– who bears one of the most common names known to mankind. On the other hand, he has a mission that transcends his very person –– also like you and me. Scripture repeatedly attests that God “sends”; he reveals himself to a person and then sends that person forth to communicate to others the truth about himself. What is more, the one who truly comes to know God feels compelled to communicate him to others. Even Jesus refers to himself as the one “sent” by the Father. This is because the Blessed Trinity is a relationship of love that God will not keep to himself. He first creates the world for us men and women for our enjoyment and sustenance. Then, after we sinned, he sends us patriarchs, prophets, kings and ultimately his very own son as a way of assuring us that he loves us and wants us to be with him forever.

2. I Am Not the Christ: John knows who he is not. Honest self-knowledge is an essential step on the path to holiness. John is attracting the attention of the multitudes in Israel. Many people would perhaps be flattered or even intoxicated with such celebrity status. Yet John is not grasping for power, nor does he seek to be someone he is not; rather he is preparing men’s hearts for the true Christ. The Evil One will continually try to get us to look to ourselves and our own talents in an attempt to distract our eyes from God and his plan for us. John gives us a shining example of the triumph of humble self-knowledge over the wiles of the devil. When we, too, are totally focused on God, we feel compelled to eliminate from our personal lives any duplicity, vanity or inflated self-esteem. We begin to live in the truth, rightly valuing all the gifts God has bestowed on us to use in service of his Kingdom, without taking anything for ourselves since everything is his.

3. I Am the Voice of One Crying Out in the Desert, Make Straight the Way of the Lord: John knows who he is. There is no division in John’s heart between what God is asking and what he personally wants. He knows that God has brought him into this world to make a difference. This reveals the inner source of his zeal, which gives resounding force to his message. He has been entrusted with a mission, and his heart is fully in it. But John is not unique. God has called each one of us into existence to accomplish a mission. Is my heart ardently attached to God’s plan for my life? Do I know and fully embrace God’s plan for my life?

Conversation with Christ: Blessed Lord, you are the source of lasting happiness and genuine peace of soul. Help me to base my interior strength on the certitude of your love for me. Help me to recognize your greatness and my nothingness, so that I will be more ready to be emptied of my selfishness and be a faithful instrument of your love. Give me the grace to take on my mission with fervent zeal and to bring it to completion.

Resolution: Today I will make three acts of humility for love of Jesus.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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If Robredo could not come up with specific and tangible solutions to the country's problems, why doesn't she keep her mouth shut for good and cooperate in Duterte's program and projects for change?

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December 16, 2017 - Bethlehem and the Cross


Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Father Walter Schu, LC
  
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Introductory Prayer: Lord, your disciples sincerely tried to comprehend your identity and believe in you. I come before you today with my doubts and problems, hoping to find in this prayer an answer to my deepest aspirations. I want to believe with unwavering faith, and I want to love you with a devout heart. I offer you this time of prayer as my token of gratitude for all I have received from you.

Petition: Mary, help me to embrace God’s will in my life, just as Christ embraced the Father’s plan for our salvation.

1. John the Baptist as Elijah: Once again the Gospel refers to John the Baptist as the one whose role is to prepare us for the One who is to come. Through the prophet Malachi, the Jews’ expectation of the return of Elijah, who will prepare the way for the promised Messiah, has grown. But they have come to view him as a figure of great power, someone who will sweep men away. So, they fail to recognize Elijah’s presence in the person of John the Baptist, whose only power is that of the Spirit of God, calling all people to conversion of heart in order to receive the Christ. How many times in my life do I fail to recognize the presence of Christ in my life because I’m seeking something other than Christ’s promises to his followers? Christ doesn’t offer an easy path of comfort and consolations.

2. Bethlehem and the Cross: Why did Christ become a helpless baby at Bethlehem? Why did he take on a fragile human body? Precisely so he could suffer for us in order to redeem us. What does that mean for our lives as Christians? It means nothing less than the fact that suffering is a gift from God. It is the Father’s gentle caress, molding us into the image of his Son. The cross is the source of our fruitfulness, not only in our personal spiritual growth, but also in the mission to win graces for others, for all of the souls God has mysteriously entrusted to our care.

3. Obedience unto Death: Christ’s desire to embrace suffering rose from his loving obedience to his Father’s plan, without condition or limit. This loving obedience is what gives suffering its redemptive value. From the moment of his birth at Bethlehem, Christ shows us what it means to obey with love. Bethlehem is a school of obedience. In Bethlehem, Christ teaches us that only a loving obedience frees, only loving obedience redeems and sanctifies, only loving obedience enriches. Loving obedience alone saves, loving obedience alone frees us from sin and loving obedience alone pleases God. Let us embrace the cross of obedience in the challenging circumstances of our daily lives, in the trials brought by the passing of years, in the sorrow that afflicts us when God calls our loved ones back to him. Loving obedience is the path to holiness, the way to the Father’s house.

Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Lord, for giving us a school of loving obedience at Bethlehem, throughout your life and in your death on the cross. Help me to embrace suffering like you did and to be confident in its power to make me holy and win graces for souls.

Resolution: I will seek to recognize God’s presence in my day by patiently welcoming the suffering and trials he permits, so he can bring about a greater good.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Why does the Church favor lawbreakers, not enforcers?

BY RICARDO SALUDO ON DECEMBER 12, 2017

WHOM should the Catholic Church, rights groups, and other moral and religious authorities support— criminals, rebels, and terrorists; the police and soldiers battling them; or the victims of their depredations?
The answer, of course, is all of them. Every human being has rights and dignity, which should be respected, whichever side of the law he or she may be.
So, why are religious, rights, and law groups raising hell over alleged killings of suspect offenders, insurgents and extremists, but rarely raise placards, stage protests, or post angry statements for those killed or hurt by drug syndicates, crime gangs, terrorists and communists? Nor do these paragons of spirituality and morality get agitated for state forces defending peace and order.
About 4,000 suspects have died in anti-narcotics operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and thousands more may have been killed by vigilantes targeting drug users and pushers.
Catholic clergy, Christian groups, local and global rights advocates, opposition politicians, including Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Leila de Lima, and other worthies have rightly denounced the deaths, and pressed for the investigation and punishment of the killers, especially those in uniform.
But how many of them have shown great mourning and outrage over the 8,000 or so murders, the 9,000 rapes, the 60,000 robberies, and the 200,000-plus assaults that happen every year?
Crime trebled in the Aquino years, from 324,083 incidents in 2009 to more than 1 million a year in 2013 and 2014, as the Philippine Statistics Authority reported.
Yet there were hardly any pastoral letters, processions and demonstrations, manifestos and blogs about the many thousands of Filipinos killed or raped, and the hundreds of thousands injured.
As for addiction, between 1 million and 4 million Filipino lives were enslaved, if not destroyed, by shabu, heroin and other illegal substances, fed by the tripling of contraband to more than $25 billion a year by 2014.
Yet only in the past year did the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines devote more than a paragraph or two denouncing narcotics. And that was in a CBCP statement mainly against drug-war killings.
That led many to think that if the Church weren’t excoriating police and vigilantes for the gunning down of drug pushers and users, it would not have condemned the illegal substances trade as much as it did.
Demon state vs angel rebels
The same disparity in advocacy divides how religious and rights groups stand up for insurgents and militants, but clench no fists for officials, police, soldiers and civilians assassinated by the New People’s Army, or the PNP and military detachments attacked, along with farm and industrial facilities razed by the NPA.

And when communist rebels were mounting attack after attack amid peace talks and ceasefires, and even during the Marawi conflict, no prelates, priests, nuns, or other holies called on the NPA to play fair and get serious with peace.
Now, President Rodrigo Duterte and our long-suffering Armed Forces have finally had it with peace talks after a year of communist attacks and violations, even if several leftist leaders were appointed to the Cabinet.
Yet who are some priests pressing on peace talks? Not the Communist Party of the Philippines, its NPA armed wing, and their National Democratic Front legal façade, whose violations and depredations scuttled negotiations.
Nope. These men of the cloth and other supposed advocates of peace call on President Duterte and the AFP to take more treachery and violence from the reds, and resume talks which the CPP-NPA-NDF use as a deceptive ruse to hold back the military while they attack and attack.
Turning to the Islamic State-driven terrorist groups, there are bizarrely pockets or even swathes of anti-government animosity, if not anger even in and around Marawi, so that IS-linked extremists are said to be recruiting fighters, reportedly offering as much as P100,000.
Why aren’t Muslim leaders, including ulama, not denouncing IS and its Maute, Abu Sayyaf, and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters cohorts? A couple of months ago, there was talk of the Ulama Council declaring a fatwa on terrorism, but nothing so far.
But with the move to extend martial law in Mindanao, President Duterte and the security forces are again the villains in the cross-hairs of religious, rights and democracy entities, with hardly a word of denunciation against terrorists, rebels and their foreign backers.
Thankfully, despite this thankless state of Christian, Muslim, and democrat perspectives on the threats facing the nation and its defenders, President Duterte, the AFP and the PNP continue to protect the people and battle the true demons, whatever condemnation the government may reap.
Last week, some Redemptorist priests at Baclaran Church posted the sign “STOP THE KILLINGS” above the head of the Crucified Christ, turning the holiest icon of Christianity into a protest message.
Why not STOP THE DRUGS or STOP TERRORISM? Fat chance.
Never mind. For tens of millions of Filipinos bloodied or intimidated by crime, drugs, insurgency and terrorism, far and away the real bearers of our nation’s crosses, it is the targets of religious and rights groups here and abroad—our law enforcers and our nation’s defenders, who are the true heroes upholding peace and order in our land.

http://www.manilatimes.net/church-favor-lawbreakers-not-enforcers/368153/

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December 15, 2017 - A Lesson about the Heart

Friday of the Second Week of Advent  


Matthew 11: 16-19

Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in the marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge, but you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said. ‘Look he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for this new day and all the graces you will bless me with. I believe in you and your love for me. I wish to show my love for you by staying focused on what is most important during this time of prayer: you and your most holy will.

Petition: Lord Jesus, help me to see your actions and the actions of others with the eyes of faith.

1. Eyes of Faith: God comes to us in many and various ways each day. Sometimes he reveals his goodness to us when he allows us to succeed in life. Other times he permits trials in our life so that we can cling more surely to him. The proper response to God’s constant action in our lives will only be possible if we are able to discern that it is indeed God who is acting –– that it is God who is “playing the flute for us” or “singing a dirge for us”. We need the eyes of faith. A habitual interior attitude of faith and trust in God allows us to live with great peace and purpose.

2. Worldly Standards of Judgment: Jesus complains when the crowds use worldly standards to size him up. They are caught up in their opinions and all too easily pass judgment on him. They accuse Jesus of being possessed by a demon, a drunkard, and so on. How easy is it for me to judge others by accepting or rejecting them for mere external things? What are my internal attitudes towards others? Lord, help me to be detached from all worldly standards of judging and to embrace each soul, loving them as you do, and to leave the judging to you.

3. But Wisdom is Vindicated by Her Works: Despite the rejection and harsh judgments of many, Jesus went about doing good. This is what he meant by saying that “wisdom is vindicated by her works”. In the same vein he also taught that you can recognize a tree by its fruits. Knowing how easy it is to misjudge others, I cannot permit myself to worry about what others may say or think of me. Rather I need to be busy like Jesus, going about doing good. Good actions speak for themselves, even if it may take a while for others to perceive or appreciate them. When we trustfully follow along to the flute or the dirge Our Lord is playing for us, and we do so for his sake and for the sake of spreading his message, we can rest in the certainty that God is blessing us and will bring his good works to fruition through us.

Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Jesus, for this opportunity to spend time with you in prayer. Let it be my motivation for the day and bring me to live a greater spirit of faith in you and the mission you have entrusted me. How much it would help me to consider my actions, the actions of others and your actions under the light of your love and good will. I do believe that you permit everything that happens in my life for the sake of bringing about a greater good, but Lord, increase my faith.

Resolution: I will strive to interpret the actions of others in a positive way, excusing any defects I may perceive.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Noynoy Aquino contradicts experts’ claim that Dengvaxia procurement did not follow standard procedure

Straight out of a script:
Former Philippine President BS Aquino
(Photo source: ABS-CBN News)
Former Philippine President BS Aquino received praises from his supporters for showing up at the Senate investigation being conducted on the purchase of dengue vaccine Dengvaxia from French Pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur. It was akin to a child receiving an award just for showing up in class. It’s as if Aquino had a choice whether to attend or not. Some were even saying he acted with dignity. I wish these people – those who act like cult followers – would give us a break. They are scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to save the Aquino image. He was only forced to attend because not showing up would be worse for his public relations.  
No, Aquino did not act with dignity. He read a prepared statement or, rather, a script insisting he did the right things in the procurement of the dengue vaccine. Watching the video of Noynoy speaking before the Senate committee reminds me of the reason why I started writing against the Liberal Party. I still cannot believe he became the President of the Philippines. He was struggling to read from a statement that somebody else obviously wrote for him.
Aquino insisted that the purchase of Dengvaxia went through a process for “efficacy” and “safety” requirements. Oh really? What were those processes? I wish he was more specific. There are reports that came out recently saying a lot of experts warned against the risks of using Dengvaxia. One of them, a former Philippines health department undersecretary and former senior official at the World Health Organization (WHO) Susan Mercado, said that “the usual process for the DOH that has protected our children for so many decades was not followed”.  
Reuters report revealed that “key recommendations made by a Philippines Department of Health (DOH) advisory body of doctors and pharmacologists were not heeded before the program was rolled out to 830,000 children”:
After Garin’s announcement, the Formulary Executive Council (FEC) of advisers urged caution over the vaccine because it said its safety and cost-effectiveness had not been established.
After twice meeting in January, the panel approved the state’s purchase of the vaccine on Feb 1, 2016 but recommended stringent conditions, minutes of all three meetings show.
“Based on the available scientific evidence presented to the Council, there is still a need to establish long-term safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness,” the FEC told Garin in a letter on that day. The letter was reviewed by Reuters.
The FEC said Dengvaxia should be introduced through small-scale pilot tests and phased implementation rather than across three regions in the country at the same time, and only after a detailed “baseline” study of the prevalence and strains of dengue in the targeted area, the FEC letter and minutes of the meetings said.
The experts also recommended that Dengvaxia be bought in small batches so the price could be negotiated down. An economic evaluation report commissioned by Garin’s own department had found the proposed cost of 1,000 pesos ($21.29) per dose was “not cost-effective” from a public payer perspective, the minutes from the meetings reveal.”
Whoever wrote Aquino’s script did not read the Reuters report or was hoping the public would not read it. Aquino’s insistence that the procurement of Dengvaxia went through a strict process is not true. As a matter of fact, Aquino would not be forced to attend the hearing and face an inquiry into the dengue fiasco if the program really did go through a rigorous process. One would think that since thousands of lives were at stake, Aquino would have given instructions to his then Department of Health Secretary Janette Garin not to cut corners in implementing the program.
Aquino may not be a doctor and may have relied on Garin to brief him about the risks involved, but at the end of the day, Aquino called the shots and gave the go signal for the purchase of the vaccine. In other words, blood is in both Garin and Aquino’s hands.
The truth is, Aquino could not wait to implement the program, perhaps wanting to add more to his so-called “legacy” and so approved the use of savings or “unutilised funds” that was not meant for the department of health to fast-track the purchase of the vaccine. He also defended this at the hearing saying “If by December 31, you do not utilize these unutilized funds, it reverts back to the national treasury, then how do you fund it?”
He basically admitted to violating the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that the creation of savings from un-obligated allotments prior to the end of the fiscal year without complying with the statutory definition of savings under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) is unconstitutional. For that, Aquino and his then Budget Secretary Butch Abad has to be held accountable, definitely.
Someone should investigate whether or not (and, if so, how much) bribes were given out by Sanofi and who were the recipients after the deal was made. Aquino and Garin were wined and dined by the Sanofi Pasteur officials in China and Paris on November 2014 and December 2015. The public was not privy to the deals made then. The public should be alarmed by the lack of transparency and the speed with which the deal was made.
As usual, Aquino washed all this off his hands and insisted that “he was not informed of the company’s supposed involvement in bribery and false claims on their products.” That’s not something a person who follows strict guidelines would say. That’s not something a person with dignity would say. That’s something a person who tries to appear innocent would say. It’s something Aquino would say. He quite often used lame excuses to get away with violating the law. He’s doing it again.
It was a shame to see the members of the Senate committee still deferential to Aquino during the hearing. It’s quite baffling why they still treat him with kids’ gloves. Senator Richard Gordon was disappointing when he apologised for asking “tough” questions. They were not even the right questions that could lead to the useful answers. It seems patronage politics is once again saving Aquino’s ass. It’s so obvious the senators were soft on him during the hearing. Patronage politics is the reason why public servants in the Philippines do not feel accountable for their actions. They know being well-connected and doing “favours” is enough to “get out of jail”.
While it is good to see Aquino being made to respond to his failed and deadly policies during his term, the public still has to bear the chore of hearing him speak again. It was so annoying to hear him use terms such as “po” and “sa atin” just to sound humble and deferential. He was also trying to sound like he was very careful in assessing the risks involved. Only his rabid followers would believe him though.
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15 Reasons to Keep Coconut Oil in Your Bathroom


By Dr. Mercola
While multiple companies manufacture and market "new and improved" FMCGs — fast- moving consumer goods — that we use every day, such as soap, toothpaste, deodorant and body lotion, one of the best and most natural products has been right under our noses, so to speak.
Coconut oil has a pleasant scent, and besides being very economical, it's an amazingly versatile and therapeutic substance. Since the mid-1990s, roughly, coconut oil for a number of applications, such as cleansing, deodorizing and healing, has been growing on the larger population.
Questions like "Where does coconut oil actually come from?" and "What does it smell like?" are apropos. Coconut oil, like butter, is a solid substance, melting to a liquid form when it reaches about 76 degrees.
Insoluble at room temperature, it takes on a creamy consistency when blended with water using a whisk. If not treated to processes such as bleaching, refining or deodorizing, coconut oil exudes the mild fragrance you would expect — like coconut.

2 Kinds of Coconut Oil — Commercial Grade and Virgin

The relatively recent interest in the many uses of coconut oil also elicits questions regarding its production. There are two basic types: Commercial-grade and virgin coconut oil.
Commercial grade coconut oil — This product is made from copra, which is the dried meat of the coconut. It's usually smoke-, sun- or kiln-dried or a combination of the three. But when standard copra is used to make coconut oil, it's not sterile and therefore unsuitable for human consumption.
It's "purified" or refined through a process known as RBD — refined, bleached and deodorized. According to Coconutdiet.com:1
"High heat is used to deodorize the oil, and the oil is typically filtered through (bleaching) clays to remove impurities. Sodium hydroxide is generally used to remove free fatty acids and prolong shelf life.
This is the most common way to mass-produce coconut oil. The older way of producing refined coconut oil was through physical/mechanical refining. More modern methods also use chemical solvents to extract all the oil from the copra for higher yields."
Virgin coconut oil — In comparison, like olive oil, coconut oil is best when "first-pressed" and "virgin." Like pressing a teabag that's been steeping in boiled water a few minutes, the first water released will contain the most actual extracts.
The second time it's pressed, as in the teabag analogy, the result isn't as concentrated. Coconutdiet.com continues:
"Virgin Coconut Oil can only be achieved by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, since the natural, pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years.
There are currently two main processes of manufacturing Virgin Coconut Oil:
  • Quick drying of fresh coconut meat which is then used to press out the oil. Using this method, minimal heat is used to quick dry the coconut meat, and the oil is then pressed out via mechanical means.
  • Wet-milling. With this method, the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. 'Coconut milk' is expressed first by pressing.
  • The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge."

Why Keep Coconut Oil in the Bathroom?

Raw, organic coconut oil, besides being good enough to eat (which we'll discuss in a minute) has a plethora of benefits apart from actual ingestion. Here's a list of 15 benefits of coconut oil, in no particular order:
1.Smooth shave — If you've been plagued by red, irritated and razor-burned skin after shaving, coconut oil is both soothing and antibacterial.
2.Rash recovery — Other rash problems from diaper rash to mild allergic reactions can be remedied using coconut oil. Propylene glycol is one chemical found in commercial moisturizers that can cause skin irritation and dermatitis.
3.Lip balm — Use coconut oil to moisturize, nourish and hydrate chapped lips without inadvertently eating endocrine disruptors.
A study on the metal content in lip balm revealed lead, aluminum, cadmium, chromium and manganese in high concentrations, some associated with reproductive, developmental or other adverse health effects.2
4.Facial cleanser — Effective as a face wash, mixing equal parts coconut oil and castor oil is known as oil cleansing. Massage it into your skin and remove gently with a warm washcloth.
Ninety percent of the body washes and cleansers you buy contain harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, which, in combination with other chemicals, can form cancer-causing nitrosamines.3 Coconut oil can even improve acne.
5.Makeup remover — Not only can you cleanse your face, you can remove use it as a natural makeup remover — even stubborn mascara and eyeliner.
6.Night cream — While you may not want to use coconut oil under makeup, applying it lightly before bed will hydrate your skin because its fatty acids form a natural emollient. If the skin around your nails is hard and peeling, treat your cuticles to a soothing coconut oil rub to keep them soft.
7.Deodorant — A tiny dab of coconut mixed, if you desire, with an essential oil such as lavender is very effective — so much better than the antiperspirants containing aluminum, which is linked to Alzheimer's.
Another deodorant recipe combines 3 tablespoons each of coconut oil, arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and baking soda.
8.Foot fungus fighter — Because it's antimicrobial and antibacterial, coconut is very effective in combating athlete's foot. Rub it on the bottoms of your feet after every shower.
Antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal compounds in coconut oil have been shown to inactivate microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast and fungi.4
9.Soothing bath — As an alternative to bubble baths that may induce urinary tract infections, especially in children, drop a dollop of coconut oil in your bath with a few essential oils. It's both moisturizing and helps kill bacteria.
10.Body scrub — Combining equal parts coconut oil with sea salt, sugar or baking soda to make a homemade scrub softens, smoothes and moisturizes your skin.
11.Body lotion — Moisturizers you buy at the store typically contain harmful chemicals such as aluminum, phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde and propylene glycol.5 Coconut is a fragrant, moisturizing alternative containing none of these.
12.Toothpaste — To combat tooth decay and even whiten teeth, make a DIY coconut oil toothpaste by mixing 1 teaspoon with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Just brush as usual.
13.Oil pulling — An oral rinse works much like a mouthwash, only you shouldn't gargle with it. As you swish vigorously for five to 15 minutes, it penetrates the soft tissue between your gums and "pulls out" bacteria that causes cavities, plaque and bad breath.
14.When applied to infected cuts or wounds, coconut oil develops a layer of naturally protective chemicals that also keep out dust, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Applied to bruises, it speeds up the healing process in damaged tissues.
15.Frizz fighter — People with hair that tends to frizz often turn to silicone- or alcohol-based gels and mousses, which coat the hair, prevent it from absorbing moisture and dries out the hair shaft. Just a few drops of coconut oil are all you need for a natural hair conditioner for smooth, silky shine.

Healing Properties of Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil has been described as having a "haunting, nutty, vanilla flavor (and) even milder and richer-tasting than butter." A New York Times article noted that coconut oil, while once demonized by the "all saturated fats are bad for you" camp, has now become accepted:
"The main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid. Lauric acid increases levels of good HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, and bad LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, in the blood, but is not thought to negatively affect the overall ratio of the two.
… Any number of health claims have been made for lauric acid. According to proponents, it's a wonder substance with possible antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral properties that could also, in theory, combat H.I.V., clear up acne and speed up your metabolism."6
Even applied topically, coconut oil has healing properties. One interesting factoid is that while antiperspirants containing aluminum are associated with Alzheimer's, coconut oil actually prevents it because of the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are easily absorbed and metabolized by the liver and can convert to ketones. One study noted:
"Ketone bodies are an important alternative energy source in the brain, and may be beneficial to people developing or already with memory impairment, as in Alzheimer's disease (AD) … (It may also) be beneficial in the treatment of obesity, dyslipidaemia, elevated LDL, insulin resistance and hypertension — these are the risk factors for (heart disease) and type 2 diabetes, and also for AD."7
Alzheimer's is projected to affect 1 in 4 Americans in the next generation, rivaling obesity and diabetes, but evidence suggests that ketone bodies in coconut oil may help restore and renew neurons and nerve function in your brain, even after damage has set in.

Unhealthy Alternatives to Coconut Oil

Regarding coconut oil in the kitchen, even as a household cleaner, there are a few points to consider:
Virgin coconut oil has a smoke point of 350 degrees, so for cooking, it's best used at lower temperatures. Olive oil overcooks even as low as 250 degrees, which may cause oxidization, doing your body more harm than good.
You can substitute coconut oil for butter or olive oil, and most definitely instead of so-called vegetable oils. Here's why:
Multiple studies reveal coconut oil to impart amazing benefits when used in nutritional applications. One of the most dramatic changes you can make in your health will be to replace the so-called "healthy" vegetable, soy, corn and cottonseed oils such as canola when sautéing food or baking cake or cookies.
It's interesting to note that Polynesian populations, who've been using full-fat coconut oil as a diet staple for untold generations, have no heart disease to speak of. Why? It's a direct contradiction to what conventional medicine touted for a few decades, that saturated fats are bad for you, and will lead to obesity, high cholesterol levels, heart disease and Alzheimer's.
The truth is, saturated fat like that of coconut oil and olive oil is natural, not the concocted substances created in a laboratory using methods like hydrogenation and partial hydrogenation that convert polyunsaturated fatty acids to trans fats. Vegetable and seed oils undergo the double whammy of hydrogen atoms and high heat, creating a cheaper oil with a long shelf life that's very bad for your health.
Further, when vegetable oils are heated to a high temperature, the chemical compounds break down, get "stuck" in your cells, oxidize and create dangerous free radicals that lead to disease, including heart disease and cancer. Here's a timeless article on the type of oil you should cook with.

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An Extraordinary Christmas Present...

One Christmas Eve, a frenzied young man ran into a pet shop looking for an unusual Christmas gift for his wife. The shop owner suggested a parrot, named Chet, which could sing famous Christmas carols. This seemed like the perfect gift. 
"How do I get him to sing?" The young man asked, excitedly. 
"Simply hold a lighted match directly under his feet." was the shop owner's reply.
The shop owner held a lighted match under the parrot's left foot. Chet began to sing: "Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! ...." The shop owner then held another match under the parrot's right foot. Then Chet's tune changed, and the air was filled with: " Silent Night, Holy Night..."
The young man was so impressed that he paid the shop-keeper and ran home as quickly as he could with Chet under his arm. When the wife saw her gift she was overwhelmed.
"How beautiful!" She exclaimed, "Can he talk?" 
"No," the young man replied, "But he can sing. Let me show you." 
So the young man whipped out his lighter and placed it under Chet's left foot, as the shop-keeper had shown him, and Chet crooned: "Jingle Bells! Jingle bells!..." The man then moved the lighter to Chet's right foot, and out came: "Silent Night, Holy night..."
The wife, her face filled with curiosity, then asked, "What if we hold the lighter between his legs?" 
The man did not know. "Let's try it," he answered, eager to please his wife. So they held the lighter between Chet's legs. Chet twisted his face, cleared his throat, and the little parrot sang out loudly like it was the performance of his life: 


 "Chet's nuts roasting on an open fire...."