Q. Thanks for writing about coconut macaroon cookies. I’d had diarrhea for almost 18 months. Last year the doctor did a colonoscopy and found an ulcer in my colon. He put me on a low-fat, low-fiber diet and prescribed Rowasa. This treatment did not improve my condition, so he prescribed cortisone.

Despite the medicine I was having six to ten liquid stools daily. After I lost ten pounds, he referred me to another specialist who diagnosed bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. The antibiotic that was prescribed was also ineffective.

The doctors didn’t seem to know what to do. I was very discouraged and felt like a guinea pig. But after I read your article I tried eating coconut macaroons. They worked very well.

Another colonoscopy was done and the biopsy showed my colitis was healing. When I saw the doctor for follow-up I told him about the cookies and was told to keep eating them. I eat just one macaroon a day, because two make me constipated.

A. Many years ago Donald Agar wrote us that Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies relieved his chronic diarrhea due to Crohn’s disease. Since then we have heard from many people who have also benefited. One scientist suggested that the lauric acid in coconut can fight bacteria; this may account for some of its effectiveness.

Here are some other stories about coconut cookies vs. diarrhea:

“My wonderful dog hasn’t soiled in the house for over twelve years, since she was a little puppy. So I was alarmed last week when she developed diarrhea and soiled our brand-new carpet.

“I was upset, but remembered the people who have written about Archway Coconut Macaroons. I bought the cookies and gave her some, and she did not have another accident. It may be coincidence, but I am convinced these cookies work wonders.”

“I read your article mentioning someone giving Archway Coconut Macaroons to a dog. Like you, I can’t imagine how a coconut macaroon would stop diarrhea. My mother-in-law suffered from totally liquid bowel movements for about eight years without getting benefit from any prescription drug on the market. She had visited numerous doctors to no avail and had recently become somewhat homebound because of this problem.

“When my brother-in-law heard about coconut macaroons, he told her to try them. Within a couple of days her problem disappeared totally, to her total astonishment! I thought you’d like another unsolicited testimonial for Cookie Power!”

“I have enjoyed reading about Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies for chronic diarrhea. I could not find that brand and so just started eating some shredded coconut. The symptoms went away after the first day. Thanks for the tip.”

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  1. Bonbon

    Would coconut water work instead of coconut cookies for diarrhea in my dog?

  2. TexasOlTimer

    For diarrhea, I found that nutmeg works best. I use a whole nutmeg and grate a teaspoonful. I place this (dry) on my tongue and then wash it down quickly with water. So far it’s worked every time I’ve had a problem for the past five years or so since I started using it. My older son drives a truck long haul and diarrhea is extremely inconvenient when a bathroom is rarely handy. He keeps ground nutmeg that he purchased in a grocery store in his truck and it works for him as well.
    People’s Pharmacy response: A teaspoon is quite a lot of nutmeg! Would a lower dose also work?

  3. Mark

    My name is Mark. I’m a 47 year old caucasian male. In 2011, I was diagnosed with anal cancer. I went through 2 months of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation treatments.
    In 2013, I developed chronic diarrhea. It was really bad. I was going as much as 5 to 10 times a day, every day! Yet, I wasn’t losing any weight. At first, my oncologist put me own a Cortizone enema. That didn’t work. Then they tried numerous other medications to help calm the diarrhea. None of those worked!
    Eventually, I was seen by a G.I. doctor, who put me on Hyoscyamine 0.125 mg. Finally, something that works. My G.I. doctor did suggest that I have a colonoscopy, which I did. (In May 2014) My biopsies showed no cancer, but my colonoscopy showed that I have low radiation injury. (I have all the symptoms of someone that has chronic radiation proctitis).
    My gastroenterologist put me on a low residue diet. I have been on that diet since May 29, 2014. I eat like a bird. Can’t have anything spicy! If i do, I pay for it within an hour. The days of eating Mexican food, pizza, and actually anything that I would consider good, like fried chicken and things like that, I can’t have anymore. I live on tuna, baked chicken, an occasional beef roast, white rice, canned green beans, sweet potatoes without skin (can’t eat any thing with skin) baked potatoes (no skin), lean hamburger (thankfully, I can tolerate ketchup and yellow mustard) ground turkey, ham steaks (Smithfield), canned peaches, canned pears, only 2 tablespoons of peanut butter per day, and water…….ALL I DRINK IS WATER! (I take that back, I became lactose intolerant after my cancer treatments and I do drink Lactaid milk with breakfast).
    Since I don’t want to be taking pills for the rest of my life to stop the diarrhea, I’m going to give this coconut macaroon cookie thing a shot. I’ve done some investigating myself, and from what I’ve read it looks like this might help me 1000%! I’m buying some today. It would be amazing if I could actually eat a burrito and then have a coconut macaroon and not have diarrhea. Well, maybe I shouldn’t start with a Burrito on day one, but I guess I could work myself up to it.

  4. Donna

    In a pinch I also carry Mounds Candy bars. This seems to help too…
    We have heard from others that they too get some help from Mounds, perhaps because of the coconut.

  5. CDM

    If it’s the lauric acid in the coconut that helps stop the diarrhea then why not just eat a spoonful of pure organic coconut oil that is tasty and healthy in so many ways and can be used for baking, frying, oil pulling, moisturizer, etc. etc. etc.

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