With 6-8 treatments over 6-8 weeks, researchers found that 50% of amyloid plaques were removed from the brain and memory function was restored, to what would be found in normal mice, in 75% of mice.
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.
Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and cause a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques.
“Focused Therapeutic Ultrasound” is a special type of non-invasive treatment that beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By high speed oscillation these sound waves gently open up the blood-brain barrier, and activate the brain’s microglial cells.
Microglila cells remove waste from the cells and clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Hear a radio interview with the research team Here
Coconut oil may hold the key to unlocking the riddle of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia like MS, Parkinson’s, ALS, schizophrenia, autism, bi-polar, as well as diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart-related illness and even brain-fog.
Alzheimer’s currently afflicts 5.2 million people in the US and is predicted to explode to 15 million by 2050. It’s the 7th leading cause of death for seniors. But now there is new hope.
Coconut Oil Unlocks the Minds of Alzheimer’s Patients
In 2008, Dr. Mary Newport, a neonatal specialist at Springhill Regional Hospital in Florida, discovered what she believes is a significant contribution to slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s, stabilizing it and possibly reversing it in some cases.
Her discovery was spurred by the desire to find some way to help her husband Steve, who in 2004, began showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He was diagnosed with a severe case of Alzheimer’s and was literally in full decline. She was losing him fast.
During her research, she came across some reviews published in remote scientific publications, that pointed towards the potential therapeutic uses of ketones – a high energy fuel that nourishes the brain. The most readily available source of ketones is in the form of coconut oil. She introduced a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into Steve’s diet and began monitoring him closely. The results were remarkable.
What were the results that were so astounding?
Within a few days of first taking coconut oil, Steve’s personality returned, and he was able to tell her that it felt like a light switch had been turned on, the day he started the coconut oil.
Whereas before he could not find the words to complete a sentence, he now could talk coherently and hold a conversation.
Whereas before he would show visible facial and hand tremors, now the tremors had disappeared
He would awake with renewed energy in the mornings, talkative, happy, alert.
He showed interest in exercise and could run again.
He could read and comprehend what he was reading, whereas before the words seemed to swim around on the page.
He’s been able to maintain the improvements over 5 yrs.
Both short and long term memory has improved.
Within 18 weeks after beginning the coconut oil he was back on his computer.
The decline has slowed, and he is showing signs of regaining the ground he had lost because of the disease.
What Dr. Newport discovered, arrested his decline, has stabilized his life and possibly stopped the progress of the disease, since he has had a significant reduction in the symptoms associated with it. Although Steve’s brain shows atrophy, she remains cautiously optimistic, that it will not get worse.
The Other Side of the Story
Perhaps, we may be able to turn back the clock on Alzheimer’s with a simple, natural food that’s been available for years. Coconut oil is now being used by more and more people, who are finding it to be helpful in dealing with Alzheimer’s. And taking coconut oil has also shown significant hope for those who suffer from MS, Parkinson’s, ALS, epilepsy, dementia, schizophrenia, autism, bi-polar, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and neuropathy.
But does it work for everyone? Research seems to indicate that it works mainly for those with a certain gene variant. For a more scientific explanation, Dr. Case Adams shares a readable explanation, that looks at the other side of the story – Does Coconut Oil Really Reverse Alzheimer’s?
How does Coconut Oil Work to Slow Degeneration?
The key ingredient in coconut oil is Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT. If the body is given MCT, it will convert the triglycerides to ketones which the brain can use. The brains of Alzheimer’s patients are unable to process its primary fuel, glucose, and when that is cut off, it causes the brain to slowly deteriorate. However, when ketones are introduced, the brain recognizes and accepts them in place of glucose. This gives the brain an alternate source of fuel. Many people are now trying this new dietary approach in order to stem the progress of the disease in their loved ones. If it doesn’t reverse the disease, it will at least stabilize it.
What Kind of Coconut Oil is Best?
Only non-hydrogenated, pure virgin coconut oil has this effect. Plus it has the added benefit of increasing the good HDL cholesterol that the body needs. It also has a natural antibiotic effect that kills bacteria in the body, freeing the immune system to do its job to protect the body from viruses and other invaders.
Coconut oil got a bad name in the 1950’s when the president of Proctor and Gamble called coconut oil an “artery clogging oil”, in order to set the stage to promote his own hydrogenated shortenings and butters, as better alternatives to natural oils like pure coconut oil. This misconception was picked up, spread through the media, and was never retracted after the truth came out.
Caution: Dr. Newport advises that what people really need to be concerned about is eating anything with hydrogenated vegetable oil in it. Get rid of it. Do not wait until you’ve used it up. And read the labels on everything you buy, to avoid buying anything else that is hydrogenated.
The largest producer of coconut oil and coconut products is the Philippines, where it is a food staple in the diet. They cook with it and have some form of coconut in nearly every meal. The Philippines has one of the lowest incidences of cardiovascular disease in the world. They also eat a lot of fish which contains omega-3 fatty acids.
How much coconut oil do you need to take?
Originally, Dr. Newport suggested that to duplicate the dose of MCT taken in the ketone study, about 7 level teaspoons of Pure Virgin Coconut Oil be taken at one time, once a day, which should circulate ketone bodies for about 24 hours.
She later moderated this routine, and spread it out over the course of the day:
2 tablespoons in morning,
2 tablespoons at lunch
2 tablespoons at dinner time
1 before bed.
Always mixed with some food.
Each individual is different, so trying different routines is the only way to find out what is best for you.
Note: Some people may experience diarrhea, for a few days, until the body gets used to the oil.
Coconut oil can be added to oatmeal for breakfast, combined with salad dressings, and put it on anything that one would normally put butter on. It is recommended that you also eat fish twice a week to get enough omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal and oil, fish oil capsules and walnuts are also good sources.
I recently discovered a new and easy way to take this combination of coconut oils. It’s called Gourmet MCT Coconut Salad Oil, from Alpha Health Products. It combines MCT oil and Virgin Coconut Oil, with Chia Seed Oil containing Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These are the exact proportions suggested in Dr. Newport’s formulation.
Here is the Formulation
Brain Food Formula
Based on: Dr. Mary Newport’s Ketonic Diet www.coconutketones.com
The proportions recommended in her book are:
4 parts MCT Oil 60/40 ratio to 3 parts Virgin Coconut Oil – and an Essential Omega-3 Oil
Daily Dosage of this mixture: Depends on body weight: 155 lbs or less – 1 tbsp 3 x day; 155-190 lbs – 1-2 tbsp 3 x day; over 190 lbs – 2-3 tbsp 3 x day
If you’d like to have more of the active ingredient MCT (medium chain triglycerides), you can get pure MCT oil. You may find that taking 4 tsp of MCT oil once or twice a day may be more effective. This product is also available from Alpha Health Products.
Why Not Try Coconut Oil as a Brain Booster?
Even normal healthy people who want to boost their brain power can try coconut oil. It has anti-aging properties, helps the body use glucose effectively, especially good for diabetics. It also improves digestion.
Remember, the material here is provided purely for information purposes. No health claims can be made, other than what you see here in anecdotal form. This offers you the opportunity to try it for yourself and see how it works.
For more information, Dr. Newport has written a book: Alzheimer’s Disease What If There Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones. The book contains three parts: her story; the science behind ketones; and how to incorporate medium chain fatty acids into your diet.
Healing the Body Through Nutrition
Discoveries like coconut oil point the way to dietary intervention as the best way to prevent and even reverse many health conditions. And age does not appear to be a factor, since people in their 70’s and 80’s respond positively to these natural changes in their diet. Nutrition is emerging as a core medicine in the alternative treatment of brain-cell related diseases.
Is the Tide Changing?
Just recently, a world renowned heart surgeon with 25 years experience, who is in the Beating Heart Hall of Fame and has been listed in Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctors for 10 years, Dr. Dwight Lundell has come out with a statement that admits the doctors were wrong in telling people to follow low fat diets for the past 50 years. He says that this kind of diet leads to impaired digestion, injury and inflammation in the blood vessels, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and eventually Alzheimer’s Disease.
He recommends buying foods closer to their natural state. Avoiding sugar, and processed foods, and learning more about the way our grandparents ate, which kept them strong and healthy. The Standard American Diet is no longer the last word on how to stay healthy in our world today. The onus is on us, as individuals, to pay attention to this new information and incorporate it into our lifestyle now. Making coconut oil a staple in your diet might be a good start.
An Update on Dr. Newport’s Husband – Steve
Steve passed away on January 2, 2016.
Dr. Newport’s statement: “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.”
Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? by Dr. Mary Newport MD
Stop Alzheimer’s Now!: How to Prevent & Reverse Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis & Other Neurodegenerative Disorders by Dr. Bruce Fife ND
Exciting Research is Beginning The University of South Florida is looking into it. And the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has received a private grant of $250,000 to begin research on the benefits of coconut oil.