E-Mail Edition  Volume 13   Number 3

Published Spring, 2016

Published by Piccadilly Books, Ltd., www.piccadillybooks.com.

Bruce Fife, N.D., Publisher, www.coconutresearchcenter.org  


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  • The Autism Solution

  • Book Ban in Europe

  • Vaccine Cover-Up Exposed

  • Film Shines Light on Cayman’s “Bright Spot”

  • New Cookbook

  • The Palm Oil Controversy


The Autism Solution

By Bruce Fife, ND 

 At the age of two Elleanna spoke only a few words, wouldn’t respond to her name, didn’t laugh or giggle like other children, and obsessively opened and closed drawers throughout the house. She would often fly into a rage at seemingly minor incidents. Concerned with her odd behavior, her parents consulted a specialist. Elleanna, they discovered, had autism.

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that is characterized by social withdrawal, communication deficits, and repetitive behaviors. Children with autism may also experience motor function disturbances, vision or hearing defects, hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation, or epilepsy.

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There are no blood or biologic tests for autism, so diagnosis is based solely on behavior. In order for a physician to diagnose autism the child must be old enough for the above conditions to become clearly evident. Up to 40 percent develop normally for the first 12 to 18 months of life and then rapidly lose their learned skills, most notably their ability to speak and interact socially. For these reasons, diagnoses are usually made between 2 to 4 years of age.

Autism is rapidly turning into an epidemic. In the 1940s one in 10,000 children were believed to have autism. By 1980 autism affected one in every 2,500 children. According to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today one child out of every 68 is now affected.1 This is scary. There are already over 1 million people living with autism. If this trend continues, the number with autism could double within the next five years.

What is causing this dramatic rise in autism rates? Despite intense investigation the cause of this mind numbing disorder has been allusive. A number of theories have been proposed as to its cause including genetics, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, vaccinations, toxins, and food allergies, yet none of these can explain all cases of autism. A unifying factor that ties all the evidence together has been missing. Fortunately, that missing link has finally been found.

 In my book Stop Autism Now! A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Reversing Autism Spectrum Disorders the underlying cause of autism is revealed with recommendations for treatment using diet therapy.2 The book explains that there is one unique feature that distinguishes autistic children from other children—chronic brain inflammation and immune activation. The brain, has its own immune system, separate from the rest of the body. Whenever the brain is exposed to potentially harmful substances, such as bacteria or toxins, its immune system is kicked into heightened state activity. In this process, a variety of substances are released to aid the brain’s

Stop Autism Now
Stop Autism Now!

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 defense. While beneficial in the short run, some of these substances, such as proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, nitric oxide, excitotoxins, proteases, and free radicals, are potentially harmful to brain tissues. Frequent exposure to harmful agents can keep the brain’s immune system continually activated, stoking the flames of inflammation and promoting tissue damage. Repeated immune activation over a period time can result in severe disruption in normal brain development and function leading to autism.3

Medical investigators at Johns Hopkins University were among the first to identify chronic inflammation and immune over-activation in autistic children. They examined brain tissues from 18 people with autism, aged 5 to 44 years, who had died from accidents or injuries. They also measured levels of inflammatory proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord) in six living autistic patients, ages 5 to 12 years. In each case, they found extensive immune activation and widespread elevated inflammation. The evidence indicated that brain immune activation had persisted for years.4 The Johns Hopkins team concluded that overstimulation of the brain’s immune system plays a key role in the development of autism. These findings have been confirmed by a number of other researchers.5-9

The Johns Hopkins medical team suggested the use of therapies that would calm immune hyperactivity in the brain as a way to treat autistic patients. Avoiding the factors that promote brain immune activation could prevent autism altogether. So what causes immune activation? Basically anything that can harm the brain.

Vaccines have long been suspected as a primary cause of autism. Vaccine makers and most doctors claim there is no connection. However, thousands of parents have testified that within days, and sometimes even hours, after being vaccinated their children developed neurological problems (intense headaches, encephalitis, seizures, etc.) and then gradually slipped into autism.  


No vaccine is completely safe. Every time a child is vaccinated there is a risk of adverse reactions. It is not uncommon for a child to become ill after getting a shot. If the child is relatively healthy the reaction is minor and only temporary—a fever and slight discomfort for a few days. However, in some cases it can lead to severe complications, including

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brain injury and death. According to the manufacturer’s package inserts, vaccines can cause any number of adverse side effects including seizures, encephalopathy (brain damage), thrombocytopenia (hemorrhaging or bleeding in the brain), and hyporesponsive episodes (muscle limpness and unresponsiveness). After all, vaccines contain disease-causing viruses and an assortment of other microorganisms and chemicals to purposely activate the immune system into a feverish state of intensity. Injecting these toxins into the body is bound to have some effect. Unfortunately, the brain is one of the most affected organs.

Vaccines infuse a mixture of germs and toxins directly into the body purposely to elicit an immune reaction. The younger the child is when he or she receives the shot, the more turmoil it causes. An infant’s immature immune system will be unable to mount a normal controlled defense. The response will be slow and inefficient in ridding these poisons from the body. Booster shots are often needed to induce a strong enough response to make it effective. Each shot causes a prolonged period of inflammation in the immature brain that could last between one to six months.

Giving vaccinations to very young children is bad enough, but the repeated administration of vaccines creates an even greater danger. Prior to 1988, the date when the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine was introduced and the time when autism rates began to skyrocket, children received less than half the number of vaccinations as they do today.

Following the current recommended vaccination schedule, children receive their first shot on the day of birth. At two months of age the infant receives eight vaccines, all of which may be given at the same time. Two months later seven more vaccines are administered. By the time a child is 6 months old he or she has been given 25 doses of 9 vaccines. Elleanna received all of her regularly scheduled vaccinations—37 in all by the time she reached her second birthday.

Since immune activation can persist for up to six months with each shot, the brain could be in a continual state of intense immune hyperactivity for the child’s first few years of life. During this time the brain will be under constant assault from runaway inflammation, destructive free radicals, and harmful excitotoxins created by the immune response. With each vaccination the brain’s immune system becomes more sensitized and the effects are amplified.

At some point, the intense immune activity can become self perpetuating, leading to autism. In some cases, this may occur very early in life before the child is old enough to communicate in any meaningful way. In others, the child will develop normally for the first year or so before regressing into an autistic stupor.

Vaccinations alone, however, are not the cause of autism. Most vaccinated children do not become autistic. Why are some children affected more than others? Autism is caused by chronic over-stimulation of the brain’s immune system. Anything that can harm the brain elicits an immune response. Vaccines clearly do this, but so do other things such as infections, environmental toxins (exposure to pesticides, industrial waste, etc.), food allergies, heavy metal exposure (including mercury in amalgam fillings), many drugs, certain food additives, and physical trauma. Rarely is just one of these alone the cause. This is why treatments that address one or two of these issues, such as a gluten-free diet or mercury detoxification, seem to work for some autistic children but not for others. This is also the reason why some unvaccinated children develop autism. All these factors can contribute.


A healthy child may initially be able to withstand the onslaught of repeated vaccinations. After each vaccination the immune system is able to recover. However, a child that is repeatedly exposed to other immune-stimulating factors will be less likely to recover. The next routine vaccination may be all that is needed to push the brain’s sensitized immune system into a state of self perpetuating hyperactivity, which eventually leads to autism.

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Elleanna’s parents found their daughter’s diagnosis hard to accept. “I was blaming myself,” her mother says. “I kept asking, was there anything I could have done to prevent it?” The answer to that question is yes. Unfortunately, she didn’t know what to do. Most parents don’t.

So what can be done to prevent autism? Avoiding unnecessary vaccinations is perhaps the most important step you can take. Another is to avoid as many of the other immune stimulators as possible such as taking unnecessary drugs and getting dental amalgam fillings. Of course, adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle will strengthen the immune system making it more capable of withstanding various insults.

Another very important thing you can do to prevent and even treat autism is to consume coconut oil on a regular basis. Coconut oil is known to increase immune efficiency and protect against infections and environmental toxins. It also helps protect the brain. Coconut oil is composed of a special group of fats known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). When digested, a portion of these MCTs are converted into a special type of fuel known as ketone bodies or ketones. Ketones are produced specifically by the body to feed the brain. They act as high performance brain fuel, producing more energy than glucose. Ketones also stimulate the activation of certain proteins in the brain that function in brain cell maintenance, repair, and rejuvenation. By eating coconut oil the brain receives a superior energy source that encourages better brain function and triggers the activation of processes that calm inflammation, repair damaged cells, and promotes growth of healthy new brain cells. As a result, brain function is allowed to normalize. Symptoms associated with autism fade. IQ, language and social skills, behavior, and overall health greatly improve. For children like Elleanna there is hope. The book Stop Autism Now! provides detailed instructions on how to use coconut oil and diet to stop this devastating disorder.



1. http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/health/more-autism-reported-likely-from-better-testing-20120329.

2. Fife, B. Stop Autism Now! A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Reversing Autism Spectrum Disorders. Piccadilly Books, Ltd.:Colorado Springs, CO, 2012.

3. Blaylock, R.L. Central role of excitotoxicity in autism. JANA 2003;6(1):10-22.

4. Vargas, D.L., et al. Neuroglial activation and neuroinflammation in the brain of patients with autism. Ann Neurol 2005;57:67-81.

5. Zimmerman, A.W., et al. Cerebrospinal fluid and serum markers of inflammation in autism. Pediatr Neurol 2005;33:195-201.

6. Chez, M.G., et al. Elevation of tumor necrosis factor-alpha in cerebrospinal fluid of autistic children. Pediatr Neurol 2007;36:361-365.

7. Li, X., et al. Elevated immune response in the brain of autistic patients. J Neuroimmunol 2009;207:111-116.

8. Sajdel-Sulkowska, E.M., et al. Increase in cerebellar neurotropin-3 and oxidative stress markers in autism. Cerebellum 2009;8:366-372.

9. Molloy, C.A., et al. Elevated cytokine levels in children with autism spectrum disorder. J Neuroimmunol 2006;172:198-205.



Book Ban in Europe

A movement is underfoot to take away the rights of people to become informed and make their own choices regarding their health

 Banning of controversial books is nothing new. Book banning has been an effective means of censorship for hundreds of years. Some of our favorite classics have been the subject of censorship such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Some books have been banned for political or religious reasons; others because they contain racial slurs, profanity, sexuality, or excessive violence. The purpose of book banning is to prevent the contents of these books from influencing, or in some cases educating, potential readers.

Spanish edition of Stop Autism Now 
Spanish edition of Stop Autism Now!
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Now it appears a movement is afoot to remove certain books that threaten the commercial interests of the pharmaceutical industry, books that promote the use of natural or dietary means for the prevention and treatment of disease. Currently, there is a movement bellowing in Spain to do just this, and my books have been spotlighted for this form of censorship.

I was recently contacted by a newspaper reporter from the Spanish publication La Razón in the capital city of Madrid. He said he was writing an article about a book that was recently published in Spain titled Vencer Al Autismo (in English Defeat Autism). This is the Spanish edition of by book Stop Autism Now. His interest in this topic was piqued by a growing movement to have my book banned from the country. Protestors are demanding that the book be removed from all bookstores, libraries, and websites and that the publisher stop publication immediately. A petition is being circulated to build support to ban the book and force the publisher to take it out of print. After 4 weeks, the promoters of this petition claim to have over 33,000 signatures.

The movement to have the book banned appears to have originated from a single source, Ms Ainara Ortega Arjona, a women who claims to be the mother of an autistic child and to even be autistic herself. She wrote a scathing article online to incite outrage over the book and encourage people to sign her petition.

She calls the book a “public danger” and that we should not trust our health to information found in books. In other words, you should do what your doctor tells you without question and don’t even try to educate yourself by reading books, it is your doctor’s job to care for you and your family’s health, not yours.

Autism, she claims, is not a disease at all and so there is no cure. It is just a behavioral characteristic that some children are born with. It is genetic, like skin or hair color. Autistic children who appear to have overcome the condition using special diets were really just misdiagnosed and their symptoms really were the result of a mini-stroke or language impairment, which they were able to grow out of. It is “impossible,” she says, for a truly autistic child to become normal. So there is no use trying or wasting your money on books that offer any type of hope.

However, if autism is not a disease but simply the normal type of behavior of some children, why are they treated with a variety of medications like other neurological diseases?

Her belief is that autism is normal for many people and therefore, there is no epidemic and no need for alarm or need to seek for a cause or a cure.

The facts say otherwise. Over 1 million people have autism. This number is rapidly growing. Over the past several years autism has increased to epidemic proportions. Sixty years ago the disorder was virtually unheard of; 30 years ago it affected 1 in 2,500; today at least 1 out of every 68 children in the United States has autism. Autism has become an epidemic. It is definitely not genetic because genetic disorders do not appear out of nowhere and proliferate at such an incredible rate.

She says books like Defeat Autism are harmful and need to be banned because they sow false hope that could be terribly discouraging. Parents and children affected by autism should embrace the belief that there is no cure, there never will be a cure, and that they should just accept it and live with it.

She claims the book Defeat Autism is filled with lies, that there is no scientific proof to back the claims in the book, and that it promotes a treatment that she calls “inhumane.”

The fact is, everything I write about in the book is backed by published studies (over 500 studies cited) and actual experiences of those who have recovered using the method described in the book. The “inhumane” treatment she was talking about was a low-carb diet using coconut oil and a few select dietary supplements. It seems to me that using this approach for a period time (a few months to a few years) to dramatically improve symptoms or bring about a complete recovery is far better than doing nothing and suffering with the symptoms for a lifetime.

What I find interesting in her article is that she writes very intelligently, not like an average mother just speaking her mind, let alone one who claims to be autistic. She writes and speaks both English and Spanish. Most of those with autism have difficulty mastering one language, let alone two, which seems very strange. She hits every single point that the pharmaceutical industry uses in their attack against those who promote vaccine safety and awareness. So much so, that it looks as if she may even be a shill for the pharmaceutical industry. The book has been attacked by such people in the US using the exact same arguments.

I did a little investigation on Ms. Ainara Ortega Arjona and found that she doesn’t even live in Spain, but resides in the UK. Why is she so troubled by a book that is sold in another country? Is Ainara Ortega Arjona even her real name? Did she even write the article and petition, or were they crafted by someone who does not what the public to know the truth about autism? Who would that be? Who profits by not treating autism using natural methods? The drug companies, that’s who. If you don’t use natural methods, you will probably resort to medications. And, as you will discover if you read the book, the drug companies may be partially to blame for the worldwide autism epidemic. No wonder they want to suppress the book!


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Vaccine Cover-Up Exposed

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) is caught red-handed deceiving the public about the dangers of vaccines.

 In 2004, Dr. William S. Thompson headed a study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Immunization Program. That study, which ran in the medical journal Pediatrics, came to the conclusion that there’s no link between vaccines and autism. This study was used as “proof” that vaccines do not cause autism. Later, Thompson admitted that he and other CDC scientists

Vaccine coverup

intentionally fudged the results and manipulated the pool of children they analyzed.

Most people have strong opinions on vaccines, and even stronger opinions about whether or not vaccines are linked to autism. Whatever your opinion, you should be appalled at the deception occurring in the CDC to hide the truth from the public.

Journalist Ben Swann has pored over the thousands of pages of documents relating to the 2004 CDC study on autism and vaccines. The documents were originally obtained by Dr. William Thompson, the CDC scientist who became a whistleblower. Dr. Thompson hired an attorney to force the CDC to hand the documents over to Congress. In December 2015, Swann was the first journalist to obtain the documents from Congressman Bill Posey.

“What I am about to share with you is not theory,” says Ben Swann. “This is a documented case of massive corruption within the CDC and an attempt to change research, protocols, and ultimately hide their own findings.”

Swann’s investigation led to the production of a hard-hitting documentary titled the Truth Behind the CDC, Vaccines and Autism. In this film Swann examines Thompson’s claims and documents the facts, with the assistance of doctors, journalists, authors, and former CDC scientists.

This film isn’t about vaccines. And it isn’t about autism. It’s about a cover-up and corruption in the CDC, a government agency, funded by your taxes, and entrusted with your health.

Watch the documentary and hear from the experts on whether or not the CDC manipulated scientific findings and deceived the public.

The Truth Behind the CDC, Vaccines and Autism

The Truth Behind the CDC, Vaccines and Autism

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Film Shines Light on Cayman’s “Bright Spot”

 Cayman Islands coconut palm trees

Bright Spot is a documentary created by filmmaker Rob Tyler and holistic nutritionist Tamer Soliman. The duo were inspired by a concept originated by Jerry Sternin who was able to identify successful and traditional practices in poor Vietnamese villages that had fallen by the wayside. Sternin called these practices “Bright Spots,” and advocated the return to these tried and true traditional practices to solve malnutrition in the villages.

Rob and Tamer identified coconut oil as a bright spot for the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. For centuries coconuts have been used in the Caymans as a source of food as well as remedies for numerous ailments. Through interviews with experts and locals they set out on a journey to discover why the people have strayed from their traditional use of coconut oil in favor of cheap imported vegetables oils, like soybean and canola oils.

Tyler, a filmmaker by profession, paid little attention to health and nutrition until he teamed up with Tamer to make the documentary. Once he learned about the benefits of coconut, he chose to start cooking with coconut oil, instead of vegetable oil. In just five months, and with no other significant lifestyle or dietary changes, Tyler lost 30 pounds.

This is the message the film seeks to spread. “We are not trying to get people to change their entire lifestyle,” Tamer and Tyler say. “We are suggesting they just make one small change – cooking with coconut oil. One simple change is easy to make…and that one change may well lead to other subsequent changes.”

Many of the interviewees in the film describe a time when they ate coconut oil and coconut milk in almost every dish, and there was little occurrence of preventable, chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes. Today, the opposite is true.

Coconuts are plentiful in the Cayman Islands but more often than not, they are going to waste when many people are struggling to put food on the table.

“About three months after arriving in Grand Cayman, I was running down Seven Mile Beach one day and I came across some maintenance guys pruning the palm trees.” Tamer recalls. “There were three truckloads of coconuts they had cut down. I asked them what they were going to do with the coconuts, and they told me they might take a couple for themselves, but the rest would go to the dump.”

It was then that the light bulb went on in Tamer’s head. “Coconuts were being sent to the local dump and vegetable oils were lining the shelves of the Cayman Islands grocery stores and kitchen cupboards. I came to understand that convenience and westernization played a part in the diminished use of this local food. With modern research claiming that coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and warning people of the harms of highly-processed vegetable oils, I felt that there was no better time to educate and inspire people to re-embrace coconut oil,” said Tamer.

The 22-minute-long production was filmed in the Cayman Islands and took ten months to complete. Over the course of those months both filmmakers learned more about the history of the coconut in the Caymans through interviews, museums, local historical magazines, and casual conversations.

Bright Spot
You can view the film here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/brightspot


New Ketogenic Cookbook

 Dr. Fife’s Keto Cookery:

Nutritious and Delicious Ketogenic Recipes for Healthy Living


 A ketogenic diet is one that is very low in carbohydrate and high in fat, with moderate protein. Such a diet shifts the body into an ultra-efficient metabolic state in which fat is utilized as the primary source of fuel in place of glucose (sugar).

This metabolic state, known as nutritional ketosis, has a pronounced therapeutic effect on the body. The diet has proven safe and effective in helping people lose excess weight, improve mental function, balance blood sugar and pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and much more.

Described as the ultimate ketogenic cookbook, this book contains all of my favorite ketogenic recipes, nearly 450 in all! It includes 70 vegetable recipes, 47 salads and 22

Dr. Fife's Keto Cookery

Dr. Fife's Keto Cookery
by Dr. Bruce Fife

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 dressings, 60 egg recipes, 50 delicious high-fat sauces for meats and vegetables, as well as a variety of mouthwatering wraps, soups, and casseroles, with a creative array of meat, fish, and poultry dishes. With this resource, you will always have plenty of options to choose from for your daily needs.

No exotic or hard-to-find ingredients here. This is a practical cookbook that can be used every day for life. All of the recipes are simple, with ingredients that are readily available at your local grocery store. None of the recipes include any artificial sweeteners, sugars, flavor enhancers, gluten, grains, or other questionable ingredients. Recipes use only fresh, wholesome, natural foods to guarantee optimal health.

Some of the recipes in this book include: chicken pot pie, corned beef and cabbage, barbecue beef short ribs, sirloin tip roast with roasted vegetables, roasted rolled pork belly with mushroom stuffing, rosemary lemon pork chops, lamb patties with mushroom gravy, shepherd’s pie, low-carb turkey dressing, crispy chicken wings, Parmesan chicken strips, pecan-breaded fish fillets, breakfast pizza, coco fries, avocado bacon wraps, and beef stroganoff.


 Roast Beef

Roast Beef and Vegetables

Fish and cheese
Fish and Cheese



Oven-Roasted Vegetables

Oven-Roasted Vegetables



Breakfast Pizza


Rogan Josh 

Rogan Josh

Nearly 450 recipes in all.

Shrimp Salad
Shrimp Salad





The Palm Oil Controversy

The Palm Oil Miracle

The Palm Oil Miracle

by Dr. Bruce Fife

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Not a week goes by that I don’t receive at least one email asking why I recommend the use of palm oil when we hear so many reports about the destruction of the rainforests in Malaysia and Indonesia for the planting of oil palms and how this is threatening wildlife, especially the orangutan. 

If the use of palm oil was truly a threat to endangered wildlife I would be concerned. But the issue is not about endangered species or sustainability, it is about corporate greed and consumer misinformation.

Back in the 1990s I began an in-depth study on the health effects of fats and oils. At the time, I believed, like most people, that saturated fats promoted heart disease and that polyunsaturated fats were the “healthy fats” that we should be eating. As I pored over the medical literature I discovered that I was wrong. What I discovered was that saturated fats were the good fats and that eating too much polyunsaturated oil could be very hazardous to your health. I also learned about the amazing benefits of coconut oil.

In the late 1990s I began writing and promoting the use of coconut oil and other saturated fats. My first book on coconut oil was published in 2000. It was originally titled “The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil.” In 2004 the title was changed to “The Coconut Oil Miracle.”

During my research I learned a lot about the health effects of the various fats and oils. I discovered that palm oil was also a very healthy fat and wrote a book about it titled The Palm Oil Miracle. This book was released in 2006, the same year the new law went into effect that required the labeling of trans fats on packaged foods.

Trans fats are found in hydrogenated vegetable oils. In an effort to reduce the trans fat content in their products, food manufacturers began looking for suitable fats that could replace the hydrogenated vegetable oils they had been using. Saturated fats were the perfect answer, palm oil was particularly attractive because it was resistant to oxidation (rancidity), stable under normal cooking temperatures, and relatively inexpensive.


When I was doing the bulk of my research on palm oil in 2005, I never ran across any mention of the destruction oil palms were supposedly having on the environment. Oil palms had been cultivated for decades, and at this time, palm oil was second only to soy as the most commonly used oil in the world. If there were abuses going on, I would have learned about it. There was no mention of any problem in the media.

Suddenly in 2006 alarming reports began circulating through the media about the abuses of the oil palm industry and how it was destroying the environment, leveling hundreds of thousands of acres of rainforest, and killing up to 5,000 orangutans a year. Demonstrators gathered around business and protested the use of palm oil and demanded food manufactures and restaurants stop using it. Protestors identified certain brands of foods containing palm oil and called for a nationwide boycott on these foods. Protestors marched into grocery stores by the hundreds and stuck bright-colored warning labels on foods containing palm oil. Articles flooded the media depicting cleared rainforests and dead wildlife, all attributed to the encroachment of oil palm farming. Never in history has there been such a vocal and active protest against a food ingredient. Even trans fats that have been documented to contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and cause thousands of premature deaths annually never saw such protests.

Palm oil had been around for a long time, why suddenly in 2006 was there such an enormous outcry against it? When the new labeling law went into effect, sales for hydrogenated soybean and other hydrogenated vegetable oils rapidly declined. For the most part, palm oil took their place. This was a big blow to the seed oil producers. They stood to lose billions of dollars to the increasing use of palm oil. As a consequence, they orchestrated a cleaver smear campaign to discredit their competition in an attempt to recapture their market share. They began feeding lies and half-truths to green organizations and activist groups, donating millions of dollars to them, and encouraging them to wage  war on palm oil.

Has there been abuse in the oil palm industry? Yes, some but these have been greatly distorted and blown way out of proportion. The abuses caused by soy, corn, and canola have been far worse and have caused far greater environmental damage. But you rarely ever hear about it. Why? Because there is no one out there funding anti-canola or anti-soy rallies. Most of the media hype about palm oil is simply not true. For example, a photo of a rainforest being leveled is accompanied by a caption that attributes the destruction to oil palm, yet the picture is really of a field being prepared

for soy cultivation. Or a photo showing dead or dying orangutans or elephants and claims it’s was done by the oil palm industry, when in reality it was done by poachers or local soy farmers and had nothing to do with oil palms. I see this type of misinformation all the time.

I receive so many inquiries about the misinformation being perpetuated about the oil palm industry that I was compelled to write a book to reveal the facts titled The Shocking Truth About Palm Oil. If you want to learn why I recommend using palm oil and who is really behind the anti-palm oil campaign, I encourage you to read this book. Give it to your friends who may also be misled by the cunning tactics of the seed oil industry.

The Shocking Truth About Palm Oil

The Shocking Truth About Palm Oil

by Dr. Bruce Fife

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