I read a story on CBN.com about Dr. Mary Newport, a physician in Tampa, Fla., and her husband, Steve, who has Alzheimer's.
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She became determined to help her husband after the severity of his disease was determined through an Alzheimer's test where the person being tested is asked to draw a picture of a clock.
"He drew circles and several numbers just in a very random pattern, didn't really look anything like a clock," she said. Steve's Alzheimer's had progressed from moderate to severe.
Dr. Newport began researching his disease, "It appears to be a type of diabetes of the brain and it's a process that starts happening at least 10 or 20 years before you start having symptoms and it's very similar to type 1 or type 2 diabetes in that you develop a problem with insulin," she explained.
In Alzheimer's, insulin problems prevent brain cells from accepting glucose, their primary fuel. Without it, they eventually die.
Ketones are metabolized in the liver after you eat medium chain triglicerides, which are plentiful in coconut oil. They are an alternative fuel that brain cells easily accept.
Dr. Newport added coconut oil to her husband's diet. Just two weeks later, he re-took the clock test, demonstrating stunning improvement.
Three weeks later, another test, and still greater improvement. At home, Steve's turnaround wasn't just intellectual, he improved emotionally and physically.
"He was not able to run. He was able to run again," she recalled. "He could not read for about a year and a half, but after two or three months he was able to read. Instead of being very sluggish, not talking very much in the morning, he would come out in the morning with energy, talkative, and joking, and he could find his water and his utensils," Dr. Newport said.
According to Coconutresearchcenter.org, take a total of 5 tablespoons (74 ml.) a day in divided doses, some with each meal, for treatment purposes. For prevention, take 2-3 tablespoons (30-44 ml.) daily.
Dr. Beverly Teter is a lipid biochemist researcher at the University of Maryland and an expert in the area of dietary fat. Teter said the way coconut oil helps the brains of some Alzheimer's patients can even be extended to people with Parkinson's disease, ALS , epilepsy, dementia, even schizophrenia and autism.
If you needed more incentive to incorporate coconut oil into your diet, Dr. Teter adds that it raises HDL cholesterol and acts as a natural antibiotic.
If you wish to read more about coconut oil and Alzheimer's, Dr. Newport documented Steve's success in a book titled, Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was A Cure?
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