My god, I can't even imagine being out of electricity for a month. We were lucky - it was only 24 hours w/out electricity and water, and I just had a water deliv. of 40 gallons of the purified stuff the day before, so I lucked out on that one. It's amazing how spoiled we Americans are, and how much we depend on our modern technology. I don't know why we aren't more actively researching alternatives forms of energy. I guess it's all about money, like everything else.
On the coconut oil, I had not done much research, just got excited about the Body Ecology diet and started buying a bunch of stuff right away, including a $100 crock to ferment the veggies. (It's a bad habit of mine - impulsive spending.) The coconut oil tastes absolutely wonderful - a tiny, tiny amount can flavor a whole bowl of veggies, etc., so I guess if I was sauteeing fish in it or something, it would probably always taste like a Thai dish, no matter what other spices I used. I will definitely check out your source, because I'm hoping to be house hunting in the coming year, and I've really got to get on a tighter budget. I don't have any other mouths to feed, not being a mom, so I have a little more disposable income for this kind of stuff.
AS for the seaweed - I have taken Sea Silver in the past (without any noticeable benefit), but I was talking about the dried sea vegetables in packages at the health food store - Eden brand arame, wakame, kombu, etc. I'd have to research all the particulars, but I know it's loaded with minerals, I think has some protein, and is supposed to be really great against things like tumors. I think it's a super nutrition-dense product. The arame seems to be the mildest and the easiest to get down just plain, and it's good in stir-frys, although I usually just dump it on top of whatever else I'm eating. I don't have a lot of time to get too creative. Look for it in the macro-biotic section of your health food joint.
Hope that helps! THanks for the info on your coconut oil brands.