I am 74 years old and I have Parkinson's, diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago and am under conventional drug treatment by Mayo Clinic. A year ago, while taking Mirapex Er (3mg) and Azilect (1Mg), my symptoms had progressed to severe slowness, unsteadiness, chronic stiffness and joint pain, frequent freezing episodes and I dragged my left leg. I had lost all facial expression and my lower left leg was retaining a significant amount of fluid (swelling to about 130%).
The addition of Carbidopa/Levodopa (25/100, 3 per day) eased the joint pain and the freezing episodes and restored some of the lost balance, but I still had annoying unsteadiness, slow movement, and could not rise from a low chair unassisted. I still dragged my left leg. I began to have severe lower back pain (under-medicated?) and got some relief from osteopathic manipulation.
This past April, I began taking coconut oil, worked up to 8T daily (4 with breakfast, 2 at lunch, 2 at dinner). I saw significant improvements in a couple of days. My wife and friends are astonished at my apparent recovery. It is strikingly noticeable. The reason for this dosage pattern is that I can feel a return of old symptoms 6-8 hours after the last dose, especially the return of dragging my left leg and low back pain.
I move so quickly about the house (kitchen) that my wife and I nearly collide,
My speed on the elliptical trainer changed from 2 mph to 3.5 mph in a few days (I had to be careful with this, my knees were not used to this level of performance)
I have good balance (stand on one foot, put on pants standing without support, confidently step over small objects 6", etc)
I can rise from any chair unassisted
I can do football agility drills (shift right, shift left, step forward, step back in response to random commands)
Past and Present Photos show a pronounced change in facial expression
I can smell again
My osteopath has noticed a pronounced improvement in joint flexibility
The swelling in my left leg has disappeared.
I walk normally, but still have a tendency to stoop.
Back pain has disappeared, but returns quickly if I get behind on dosage
My primary care physician has declared my improvement miraculous, he calls me his "clinical trial of one"
I have no delusions that this is a cure. I still have Parkinson symptoms, but my quality of life has vastly improved. We are about at the end of 3 months, and the benefits are maintaining. Something real has happened to me.
There is solid science behind this: Blog of Dr Mary Newport
I strongly encourage you to look a some of her postings on the Internet and to read her book: Alzheimer's - what if there was a cure.
Saturated Fat Myths: The knee-jerk fear of saturated fats has been largely discounted by modern research results. Nonetheless, my doctor did a complete blood workup on me after 2 months: big rise in HDL (good) and all LDL in large particles (good). Healthy blood report!
I may be a lucky one. I take my coconut oil on top of hot tea or coffee, hardly noticeable. It can cause indigestion, so start slowly and work up gradually. I saw benefits in a couple of days. In the interest of science, give it a fair trial and then report your results (COMFIRMATION OF PD STATUS, dosage, time used, results POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE), preferably to tis blog and to Dr. Newport: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Newport reports that 19 PD patients have reported benefits to her. Her initial and primary interest is in Alzheimer's. To the degree that this is a case of benefit from improved nutrition to the damaged brain, there is hope that some of the AD benefits will also apply to the PD patients. USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute began double blind Clinical Trials on 65 AD patients in April, the first clinical trials of coconut oil as a therapy!