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.
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.