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Testimony found in the Book Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common

Health Problems with Coconut By Bruce Fife Page 66 to 67

Posted on June 1, 2015
Julie Figueroa Maryland, Ohio

In 1998, I was running a computer company in New York. I also had an Internet
company in the Philippines and was in charge of a very exciting Internet trade show
in Asia (Internet World). I was very busy and enjoying work but always made sure I
got my yearly executive check up, including my yearly mammogram.

In February of 1998 1 got a clean bill of health. A few months later I began feeling a
strange sensation in my breast late October it developed into a sharp pain. I went to
the doctor and was immediately referred to an oncologist for testing. I was told I
had a very aggressive form of breast cancer and needed surgery immediately. This
came as a shock to me. I began to wonder why? There was no history of cancer in
my family. Was it the toxic waste in New Jersey where I had lived for the past ten
years? Was I stressed at work and did not know it? I thought there had to be a
reason why people get cancer. Before going through with a mastectomy, I wanted a
second opinion.

I went to a different specialist but he told me the same thing. I kept trying to find a
doctor that would tell me that all I needed was a lumpectomy or just chemotherapy.
Finally, the fifth doctor told it to me straight, You dont have a choice. We dont
even know if we can still save you. You are at stage 4, the most serious stage, we
need to do the surgery immediately.

Here I was, in February cancer free, now just eight months later I was knocking on
deaths door with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. I went through with the
operation and afterwards several months of chemotherapy. While doctors said that
the cancer was under control, it wasnt completely gone. So they kept me on
medication. I decided to go back to the Philippines for a visit. I owned a farm there
that I loved and had always wanted to grow medicinal plants. The farm was filled
with coconut trees, which were harvested for the copra. I thought about planting
coffee under the coconut trees and start an herbal medicine garden.

Then in 2001 1 began to experience painful headaches. They became so severe that
it felt like the bones in my skull were being fractured. I walked into my doctors
office and told him I wanted an X-ray of my skull. Were you in an accident he

questioned? No I said, I just feel that I have some kind of fracture? He smiled,
How do you know you have a fracture? Maybe a strong pain killer will solve your
problem. I know what a fracture feels like. I said, Ive had several bones broken
in the past and I know what it feels like. He didnt argue any further and I had an Xray taken. I went back the next day to see my doctor and instead, met with seven
other doctors. They had never seen the type of skull cancer I had. Almost half my
skull looks like cheese that had been eaten by rats. I was in shock. I asked them
what were my chances for survival? They said, In the Philippines, at your stage
none. I probably had two months.

I took the next flight to the United States. I went to see my doctor the afternoon I
arrived. The doctors in Manila had already faxed and spoken to him about my
condition. The next day I visited with my neurosurgeon. We discussed my condition
and scheduled a craniotomy. My prognosis was poor. He ordered an MRI, CT scans,
bone scans, blood work, etc. This was the same cancer that had so aggressively
attacked me before. It had now spread up into my skull. Surgery was scheduled for
the morning after. The cancer was hairline close to the main artery in my brain. The
bad news was that he could not take it all out; 20% of it was at the back of my skull
in the center over the main artery. Chemotherapy had not been successful after
breast surgery so there was little hope it would be of any use now. But at this point,
it was the only hope I had. My chances for survival were grim. I knew Id better
make the most of the time I had remaining.

After several months of recovery from the surgery I went back to my farm in
Philippines to visit my family. I was really weak and would just sit on the hill
watching the farmers work among the coconut trees planting coffee seedlings. I
knew I had to do something to strengthen my immune system. I wanted to plant an
herb garden. I started doing research on what medicinal plants I should grow that
would boost my immune system. I thought about planting ginseng or bitter melons.
I even considered growing a shrub from the Amazon.

Just about that time, I came across some research on coconut oil. I read about
clinical trials for AIDS in the Philippines using coconut oil. I figured if coconut oil can
boost the immune system and cure AIDS, it might work for my cancer. I started
taking 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil a day plus whatever I used in preparing my meals. I
would add it to my oatmeal in the morning, put it in my hot chocolate, cook my
meals in it. I also snacked on fresh coconut and drank coconut juice.

By July my doctors started to worry. I had been gone for nearly six months. They
needed to monitor the cancer that was still in my skull. So I flew back to the US. To
their complete surprise I had gone into remission. They asked me what I had done. I
told them I found a cure-virgin coconut oil. Today I continue to use coconut oil and I

am cancer free! I had grown up around coconut trees in the Philippines. My

grandmother used to make coconut oil from fresh coconuts just as many of the
farmers did. I never used it because we were told it was a saturated fat. We were
health. Conscious so we used hydrogenated soybean oil and corn oil. I had coconut
oil around me all my life. It took getting cancer and a desperate search for a cure
that made me rediscover this miracle oil.