Coconut Oil and Doctor Newport
An UPDATED Note from Dr. Mary & How Steve is doing now!
It has been more than 6 years since Steve improved with coconut oil. He improved very significantly the first year and remained stable for 2 years. . He began having seizures in summer 2013 starting with a head injury from a fall and has not fully recovered. Although he has had some serious setbacks since then, I feel it was well worth the extra quality time that we have had together as a family. Although these setbacks have been discouraging, he remains in good spirits in our home, and has regained some strength and has been talking, smiling and being generally silly in recent weeks (much more like himself). I cannot help but think that ketones are playing an important role in all of this. Although he will most likely not win his battle against Alzheimer's, there is now at least Hope for others who are at risk or in earlier stages of this horrible disease, and their families, might actually Win their fight. Alzheimer's Awareness is coming and we will keep you updated so you may help us bring more awareness and research to this and future projects to find a cure.
I want to thank everyone who has sent me testimonials for your loved ones who have tried coconut oil and or MCT oil. I have received over 400, and while some people have no response, the vast majority has reported improvements in cognitive functions and overall quality of life. I am overjoyed that so many people have benefited from this food-based intervention as my husband Steve has!
These testimonials have helped to get grants for research at the University of South Florida (USF) Byrd Alzheimer Institute, where humane animal studies have been completed and a clinical trial of coconut oil in 65 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease is currently in progress as of June 2013, funded by an anonymous foundation. This is a pilot study that will look at whether there is symptomatic improvement and also if this treatment will delay progression to Alzheimer’s disease.
There are several other large studies of MCT oil for Alzheimer’s that are currently in progress as well. Ketones as an alternative fuel are also under study at USF in the lab under direction of Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D. for treatment of cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), wound healing, oxygen toxicity, epilepsy, and status epilepticus, using ketogenic diets that contain medium chain triglycerides and also ketone esters. The cancer studies are looking at combinations of ketogenic diets with hyperbaric oxygen and glucose lowering substances to further enhance the effect on killing cancer cells, which thrive on glucose but cannot use ketones, while preserving normal cells. Results of several of these studies have now been published and others are forthcoming.
Studies of ketone esters for Alzheimer’s disease urgently need to be undertaken but funding for mass production of the ester and clinical testing has not yet materialized. For now you can provide ketones to the brain as an alternative fuel by consuming foods that contain medium chain triglycerides to produce ketones. What do you have to lose?