In 2008 Dr. Mary Newport, a neonatologist practicing in Florida, and author of Alzheimer's Disease: What if There was a Cure? began to notice changes in her husband, Steve.Â He had a degree in accounting, managed her office and did the billing, bookkeeping and payroll.Â He began forgetting things like going to the bank or the post office and once he realized what was happening to him he became severely depressed, which is one of the first symptoms of Alzheimerâ€™s.Â At 58 he was diagnosed with â€œearly onset Alzheimerâ€™sâ€� which means it occurs before the age of 65.Â He was given the standard Alzheimerâ€™s treatment drugs of Arisept and Namenda, but he got worse.Â Eventually he developed a tremor, and became basically unable to communicate.
For many days in a row, he
was in a fog, unable to find a spoon or figure out how to get water out of the refrigerator.Â Then for a few days, heâ€™d seem to go back to his
old self.Â Steve didnâ€™t qualify for a clinical trial because his
test score was too low, but Maryâ€™s research found that the main ingredient in the drug they were using was Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT oil) which is derived from coconut oil.
Steve couldnâ€™t remember where he
lived, the day of the week or what county they lived in.Â At the time Mary didnâ€™t realize she
could order MCT oil over the Internet, so she
bought coconut oil from the health food store.Â She
stirred 2 tablespoons in Steveâ€™s oatmeal in the morning and the effects were apparent the very same afternoon.Â Steve took a similar test that he
had previously scored a 14 on and this time he
scored an 18.
According to Dr. Newport
continued to improve significantly over the next year and began doing household projects, working in the yard and â€œwalks into the kitchen each morning happy and alert, talkative and making jokes.â€�Â Until he
started coconut oil, his
prognosis was bleak and he
was steadily becoming worse.