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
Write to Encourage NIH Funding for Ketone Research
Story C. Landis, Ph.D., Director
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Division of Extramural Research
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Please Email Dr. Newport at Ketones08@aol.com 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.