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Now, Dr. Mary Newport has ...
Now, Dr. Mary Newport has developed a theory around the digestion of coconut oil and its effects on the brain.
Her theory revolved around ketone bodies.
Ketone bodies are produced by our bodies whenever we digest coconut oil, and she thinks that they could be an alternative fuel for our brains.
Specifically, Newport thinks that it can benefit those suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Newport actually has first-hand experience with Alzheimer's disease.
husband, began experiencing cognitive problems related to progressive dementia in his
An MRI scan would eventually lead to Steve's diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
talks a bit about how it affected her
"Many days, often for several days in a row, he
was in a fog; couldn't find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator… One day I would ask if a certain call came that I was expecting and he
would say 'No.' Two days later he
would remember the message from so-and-so from a couple of days earlier and what they said."
Oddly enough, it seemed as though Steve still retained information in his
brain even when he
had zero short-term memory.
got a strange feeling that his
diet had something to do with it.
So, Dr. Newport
decided that her
husband should try a daily regimen of coconut oil, just to see if it would have any effect.
And it absolutely did.
Two months after adding coconut oil to his
diet, Steve was more aware and happy.
was making conversation, making jokes, and his
tremors were less intense.
After a year of two tablespoons of coconut oil twice every day, Mary
says that Steve is a changed man.
says that, while he
struggles occasionally with words, he
recognizes family members, actively participates in conversation and has more lively facial expressions.
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Dr. Mary Newport
Dr. Mary Newport has served as founding medical director for two newborn intensive care units and is currently in full-time practice as a neonatologist in the Tampa Bay, Florida area....Read more
Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it opened in 2003.
About the same time the unit opened, her husband Steve, then 53, began showing signs of progressive dementia, later diagnosed as Alzheimer's Disease.
She stated that: "Many days, often for several days in a row, he was in a fog; couldn't find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator".
They started him on Alzheime's drugs - Aricept, Namenda, Exelon - but his
disease worsened steadily. (It should be noted that the latest research shows that the various Alzheime's drugs, like Aricept, have proven disappointing, with little real benefit and often distressing side effects.) When Dr. Newport couldn't get her
husband into a drug trial for a new Alzheimer's medication, she
started researching the mechanism behind Alzheimer's.
discovered that with Alzheimer's disease, certain brain cells may have difficulty utilizing glucose (made from the carbohydrates we eat), the brain's principal source of energy.
learned that the ingredient in the drug trial which was showing so much promise was simply MCT oil derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil, and that a dose of 20 grams (about 20 ml or 4 teaspoons) was used to produce these results.
When MCT oil is metabolized, the ketones which the body creates may, according to the latest research, not only protect against the incidence of Alzheimer's, but may actually reverse it.
Moreover, this is also a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), drug-resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and type II (insulin-resistant) diabetes.
So Mr. Newport
, not being able to get into the drug trial, started taking the coconut oil twice a day.
At this point, he
could barely remember how to draw a clock.
Two weeks after adding coconut oil to his
After 37 days, Steve's drawing gained even more clarity.
The oil seemed to "lift the fog", and in the first sixty days, Dr. Newport
saw remarkable changes in him: every morning he
was alert and happy, talkative, making jokes.
gait was 'still a little weird', but his
tremor was no longer very noticeable.
was able to concentrate on things that he
wanted to do around the house and in the yard and stay on task, whereas before coconut oil he
was easily distractible and rarely accomplished anything unless he
was directly supervised.
Over the next year, the dementia continued to reverse itself: he
is able to run again, his
reading comprehension has improved dramatically, and his
short-term memory is improving.
often brings up events that happened days to weeks earlier and relays telephone conversations with accurate detail.
In 2003, medical doctor Mary Newport's husband Steve, then only 53 years old, started showing signs of dementia, and was later diagnosed as being in the severe stages of Alzheimer's.
He was put on several medications to help slow the progression of the disease, but he continued to decline.
Dr. Newport watched her husband of 36 years simply fade away.
But Dr. Newport, a neonatologist and medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Tampa, Florida, could not accept her husband's ill fate, and decided to take matters into her own hands.
She began researching the science behind Alzheimer's and what happens in the brain cells of people who suffer from the disease.
During that research she
discovered clinical results from a new medication being tested that had effectively stopped the progression of Alzheimer's disease and showed actual memory improvement.
No other Alzheimer's medications have shown actual memory improvement - only that they can slow the progression of the disease.
In the new medication's patent application, she
found an in-depth discussion of its main component - medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut oil.
began adding coconut oil to Steve's diet, and saw immediate and dramatic results, which she
later documented in her
book Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was A Cure? (Basic Health Publications, October 2011).
This five-minute video gives an overview of Dr. Newport's
experience with using coconut oil as a dietary intervention for Alzheimer's.
proved that coconut oil alone or in combination with MCT oil can effectively stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease and reverse the symptoms.
There are other videos of interviews with Dr. Mary Newport
husband available for you to watch on YouTube
, however I found this one to be the most succinct and interesting, and that is why I chose to offer it here.
Also, there is a particular brand of coconut oil that is prominently staged in the video, and I do not endorse that brand.
It is a refined, bleached, and deodorized coconut oil that has been processed at high temperatures.
I don't doubt that the manufacturer of that coconut oil paid for placement, but it is the brand that Dr. Newport
used in her
Dr Fife's book and Dr. Newport's
book and website provide details on how to use coconut oil along with a proper diet to successfully combat Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders.