Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure?
by Mary T. Newport, MD

Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure?
The Story of Ketones,
Second Edition

Also available for purchase at Barnes & Noble Bookstores & Online

from Basic Health Publications, Inc.

If you need directions or have questions for the use of Coconut Oil, please refer to the 
Diet Guidelines & FAQ (pdf format here)


This just skims the surface of what Coconut Oil did for my husband, Steve Newport in under 2 months:

Steve's Clock Test - 2008


February 23, 2016
An UPDATED Note from Dr. Mary Newport
It has been nearly 8 years since Steve improved with coconut oil. He improved very significantly and steadily the first year and remained stable for 2 more years. He began having seizures in summer 2013 starting with a head injury from a fall and did not fully recover. In spite of this serious setback, I feel it was well worth the extra quality time that we had together as a family. He remained in our home with the help of our wonderful caregivers and had minimal further worsening over the next two years. I cannot help but think that ketones played an important role in all of this. Although he lost his battle against Alzheimer's on January 2, 2016, at age 65, 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. We will continue to 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 late husband Steve! 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 underway, 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. Several small and larger studies are taking place in the USA and Japan and other areas of the world, and a much larger three year study of MCT oil for prevention of Alzheimer’s in people with mild cognitive impairment will take place in Canada, funded by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Steve asked for his brain to be donated to the Florida Brain Bank which is a research study for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. We hope to find what he truly suffered from, be it Alzheimer's or Lewy Body, or a combination of these two horrible diseases, and if ketones produced a visible impact on his brain to aid in the search for a cure.

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, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases 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?

February 2016: Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain and Brainmaker interviews Dr. Mary Newport

Case Report of Ketone Ester in a man with Early Onset
Alzheimer's Disease

The Coconut Oil and Low-Carb Solution for Alzheimer's,
Parkinson's, and Other Diseases
by Mary Newport, MD

This book is also a companion to my first book and second edition:

Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure?
The Story of Ketones Second Edition
by Mary T. Newport, MD


Available for purchase at

and at Barnes & Noble Bookstores & Online

from Basic Health Publications, Inc.

Book also available in French, Japanese and German.


2013 important Ketone Ester article from Dr. Veech and others.

TED Talk - TEDxUSF 2/22/13 (18 minutes)

Dr. Mary and Steve Newport on the 700 Club, January 5, 2012

The 700 Club, January 7, 2013


Other videos and articles have been moved to MEDIA section.

What If There Was a Cure for Alzheimer's Disease... and No One Knew? 
July 2008 Article by Mary Newport, M.D.

***If you need directions for the use of Coconut Oil, please refer to the Diet Guidelines & FAQ***


Greek news story on coconut oil.

2/26/13 FAAFM Webinar Powerpoint Presentation

February 2011 Steve's Status, Regimen and Latest on Ketone Research

Steve's Status, Regimen and Latest on Ketone Research, September 2009 video: Dr. Newport's effective work on Alzheimer's and dementia with coconut oil
(Part 1 of 6) July 2009

Our local Bay News 9 came and shot a video (Aired on 8/2/09)

St. Pete Times Article about the Newports and Ketones, August 2009

St. Pete Times Article about Dr. Mary and Steve Newport, October 2008

Case Study: Dietary Intervention Using Coconut Oil

Poster Presentation at International Symposium on Dietary Interventions for
Epilepsy and Other Neurologic Diseases, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2010
(Abstract and Chart of Responses(below))

2012 - Chart of Responses

Scientific References for Ketone Research


Write to Encourage NIH Funding for Ketone Research
Story C. Landis, Ph.D., Director
National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke
NINDS Neuroscience Center
Division of Extramural Research
6001 Executive Boulevard Suite 3309
Bethesda, MD 20892- 9531*

Alzheimer's Study Group
1425 K St., NW, Ste. 450
Washington, DC 20005
Members include retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
National Alzheimers Strategic Plan (PDF)

Guide to Dementia

How to help

Also visit Dr. Mary Newport's blog: Coconut Oil and Ketones

Please Email Dr. Newport at with your loved one's response or lack of response
to coconut oil and/or MCT oil. Please provide details, including age, sex,
diagnoses, duration, medications, type of oil used and amount,
specific changes noted. Please allow 1-2 weeks for a response.

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