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Coconut Cookies Eased Crohn’s Symptoms

Q. My niece has Crohn’s disease and has suffered from unremitting diarrhea for months. She started eating homemade macaroon cookies (1 per day, 12.5 grams of dried coconut per macaroon).

As a result, she had a dramatic improvement in her diarrhea in less than a week and actually had to reduce the “dose” to one macaroon every other day. I love double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, but in this case there was no reason not to try one cookie a day.

A. We too love double-blind studies, but we agree that your niece figured out a way to determine that coconut macaroons help her. We’re impressed with the precision of the dose.

Ever since we first learned from Donald Agar about the beneficial effects of coconut macaroons on diarrhea associated with Crohn’s, we have been collecting messages from others. Most people who suffer from this inflammatory bowel condition report that they get good results with two or three cookies a day. The homemade macaroons may be more potent. Readers can find a recipe for homemade macaroon cookies in our book, Recipes and Remedies from The People’s Pharmacy.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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