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Book Review

Virgin Coconut Oil

By AndBrian W. Shilhavy and Marianita Jader Shilhavy

Usually 25.00, the book was on sale at the site for $14.99 when I checked on December 8


Right up front, I need to tell you that Tropical Traditions (at my request) provided me with a free copy of this book to review.

If you are new to using coconut oil in your diet (as I am) this is a book you should consider purchasing this slim volume It’s  a great reference for all of the uses of virgin coconut oil.


Most of the information is on coconut oil, its chemical make-up and uses. Tropical Traditions makes no health claims for its product and emphasizes the use of coconut oil in cooing as its aim by providing a group of recipes at the back of the book. There are stews and desserts and vegetable side and main dishes–something for everyone and I am anxious to try them all.


While the authors in no way claim any medical properties for their product and urge people to follow the advice of physicians in treating medical problems, individual testimonials included in the book attest to individual success at success in supplementing traditional medicine with the use of coconut oil topically or in one’s diet. Various writers testify to a wide variety of uses for the oil from helping to correct small thyroid imbalances, aid dry skin and scalp situations and help with acne. Others have written to say that since starting to use coconut oil in their diet they have seen better results for mental acuity, weight loss, and even various stomach and fatigue disorders. Even if you do not agree with these testimonials, the purity of the product sold by Tropical Traditions recommends itself as a healthy addition to any diet.


Although Tropical Traditions has posted a lot of information and many wonderful recipes online, I like being able to hold the book. I’ve already recommended it to several people and am giving a copy to my daughter as a part of her Christmas presents along with a jar of the Virgin coconut oil. Certainly an interesting read for anyone new to the idea of adding coconut oil to the pantry and array of OTC remedies for things like dry skin and scalp.

You can purchase a copy at www.tropicaltraditions.com

About the authorsMarianita Jader Shilhavy, CND (Certified Nutritionist/ Dietician in the Philippines)
Marianita earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition at Centro Escolar University in Manila. Understanding the nutrition of Filipino foods, Marianita worked for over eight years as a hospital dietician and nutritional counselor in the Philippines.

Brian W. Shilhavy, BA, MA
Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible/Greek from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and his Master of Arts degree in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Tropical Traditions, Inc