Mary Newport has much reason to celebrate these days.
After helplessly watching her 58 year old husband rapidly degenerate into severe dementia only 5 years after MRI diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, Mrs. Newport decided to pursue unorthodox treatment of his condition with virgin coconut oil instead of the expensive drug Axena which has the drawback of producing intestinal distress in some patients and wears off within just a few hours of ingestion.
Mary Newport, a neonatal pediatrician at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida, learned through research that the active ingredient in Axona is MCT, also known as Medium Chain Triglycerides, a saturated fat used to treat epilepsy as well as in neonatal feeding programs.
Since Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is loaded with MCTs, Dr. Newport began an intensive feeding program for her husband that consisted of a mixture of 2 TBL virgin coconut oil and the MCT pharmaceutical isolate with every meal.
One standard measurement for Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders is the Clock-Drawing Test. Patients are asked to draw a clock. If their clock is missing important details like hands or numbers, it’s indicative of a problem. Steve took the clock test before starting his coconut oil regime and then again shortly thereafter.
Here are his results.
You can see how his clock renderings dramatically improved after a short time on coconut oil indicating his brain function was improving.
Dr. Newport wrote a detailed account of her husband’s progress and her struggle to get the medical establishment to consider coconut oil and MCT oil treatment in Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure?.
Within 35 days, Steve Newport’s rapid neurological decline was arrested and 18 months later he had recovered enough brain function and normal behavior to test as only a mild case of Alzheimer’s – the same tests which, before starting the VCO feeding program, had indicated that he was borderline severe dementia.
As a bonus, Steve Newport’s cholesterol profile has improved significantly by adding this healthy saturated fat to his diet with good cholesterol (HDL) going up and bad cholesterol (LDL) going down.
Dr. Newport now travels all over the United States relaying the remarkable story of her husband’s recovery from borderline severe dementia using VCO to essentially rebuild his brain.
She is a strong advocate for continued research into the use of MCTs as a therapy for those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating neurological diseases.
Coconut Oil Provides Fuel to the Brain
For best results, experts suggest organic, cold-pressed, non-hydrogenated, virgin coconut oil – and don’t let the word “oil” frighten you. Coconut oil is a heart-healthy oil that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats, and provides many benefits in addition to improving brain health, including:
- Improving the body’s use of insulin
- Removal of Amyloid plaque in the brain
- Improving cholesterol by increasing HDL (good cholesterol)
- Boosting thyroid function resulting in increased energy
- Acting as an antioxidant and natural antibiotic
- Improving overall health of skin and hair
A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease supports existing evidence that coconut oil may help to alleviate the neurodegenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. The study is tiled: Coconut Oil Attenuates the Effects of Amyloid-β on Cortical Neurons In Vitro. It helps shine light on a way to use coconut oil to reduce amyloid plaques, also known as (Aβ) peptides in the brain.
One theory concerning Alzheimer’s is that amyloid plaques build up in the brain in much the same way that plaques can build up in our arteries, causing the neural pathways to be slowed and damaged. Entire sections of the brain can start to shut down if these plaques are allowed to grow without intervention.
In a clinical trial involving the medium chain triglycerides of coconut oil, it was found that users experienced a profound difference after only 45-90 day’s use. It turns out that coconut oil “rescued” Aβ-treated neurons from mitochondrial damage caused by their toxicity. Coconut oil also seemed to change the circulation of mitochondria, as well as their size.
Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Stop Alzheimer’s Now, recommends VCO instead of MCT drugs such as Axona because the drugs become ineffective over time, wear off quickly, have side effects and cause free radical damage to the cells.
When the MCTs in virgin coconut oil are converted into ketones they act as a super fuel for the brain. This super fuel provides energy to the brain as well as stimulates healing and repair.
It is the chemical structure of the MCTs in coconut oil that allows them to pass through the blood-brain barrier which ordinary food or oils cannot.
Where to Get Quality Virgin Coconut Oil
If someone you love is suffering from a neuro-degenerative illness, help them by adding virgin coconut oil to their diet! The research is showing what Traditional Cultures such as those in the Pacific Islands have known for centuries – coconut oil helps keep you healthy!