In November 1998, newspaper column reader Donald Agar contacted us to report the results of his self-experimentation:
“I have had Crohn’s disease for 40 years, and during that time I have had a never-ending battle with diarrhea. Lomotil helps some, but it doesn’t eliminate the problem.
“Three months ago, I bought a box of Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies. I’ve been eating two a day and I have not experienced diarrhea in that time. If by chance I eat three in a day, I get constipated. Believe me, I have a new life now.
“My brother-in-law has a friend who just had cancer and suffered diarrhea as a consequence of the operation. We told him about the cookies and they corrected his diarrhea. I would be delighted if others were helped by my discovery, too.”
We responded to Mr. Agar to let him know we weren’t sure how Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies would be able to control diarrhea, but before long we started hearing from other readers who found this simple health remedy helpful.
One shared this story: “I read your column on the effect that coconut macaroons might have on Crohn’s disease. Having suffered with this dread disease for years, I bought four boxes of Archway cookies. Much to my shock, there has been dramatic improvement.
“I am on prednisone, which has horrible side effects. My gastroenterologist pooh-poohed this new remedy, but the macaroons have given me far more relief than any medication I have taken.
“It is still too early to tell if this improvement is a temporary blip on the radar screen, but it is the first optimism that I have had in years! Thank you so much.”
Eventually, readers identified coconut as the effective ingredient in this remedy.
Here is another report: “Coconut macaroons work! Or at least they did for me. I decided to make them (very simple) instead of buy them to save money. But before I had time to make them, I ate about 2 tablespoons of plain coconut and didn’t have any diarrhea after that. I made the cookies anyway and stored them in a covered container in the refrigerator.
“I had been prescribed an Rx for this problem after nearly three months of diarrhea, including a trip to the ER because I was so dehydrated. Still, the diarrhea continued. Thank you to whoever discovered this. I am and will be forever grateful!”
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