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Brain Food- A fix for Alzheimer’s ?

2 weeks ago I held a workshop on Superfoods.  These are the top 10 most naturally powerful (health boosting) foods on the Planet – We covered Coconut and it’s properties.. But I wanted to give you some research that will not only benefit you – but your elders as well. Need ways to implement coconut into your daily diet?  Contact Me – Breanne Curran AADP CHHC   bcurran@macseattle.com

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease

From Well Being Journal (Nov/Dec 2011 )                    By Bruce Fife, N.D.
sitting on your cupboard shelf.


Recently a medical doctor
neurodegeneration while researching a new drug.
From time to time I receive testimonials from people
who attest that coconut oil helped them or a family member
overcome neurological problems. These problems
include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism,
dementia, epilepsy, and various emotional disorders. Of
these conditions, the effects of coconut oil or the fatty
acids in coconut oil on epilepsy are the most thoroughly
studied and documented. However, new research on Alzheimer’s
disease has shown that coconut oil may be the
best alternative treatment for this otherwise untreatable

Recently, I received a copy of a letter addressed to
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other
members of the Alzheimer Study Group. I would like to
share some of the contents of this letter with you.
The letter was written by Mary T. Newport, MD, director
of Neonatology at Spring Hill Regional Hospital
Steve, began to develop signs of Alzheimer’s disease. At
the time Steve was only 53 years old. The disease progressively
worsened and according to Dr. Newport his
condition was “moderately severe.” Steve’s latest MRI
shows extensive atrophy in the amygdala and hippocampus,
the areas affected by Alzheimer’s. He lives at home
where his health care is supervised by his wife.
During this time, Dr. Newport searched endlessly for
ways to curb the progression of the disease. She learned
of some clinical trials recruiting Alzheimer’s patients
for studies to test the effectiveness of two experimental
drugs. In researching the drugs she discovered that one
of them, Ketasyn, showed great promise. In preliminary
studies persons with Alzheimer’s disease demonstrated
overall improvement in mental ability in as little as 45
days. Positive results were noticeable in some of the subjects
after just a single dose. She recognized that this drug
had the potential to be the most effective treatment on the
market for preventing and reversing symptoms associated
with Alzheimer’s disease.
During her research, she discovered that the active
ingredients in Ketasyn were medium chain triglycerides
(MCTs)—which are derived from coconut oil. Since the
drug is not yet approved for treatment of Alzheimer’s by
the FDA and was not commercially available, she went
to the health food store and purchased a bottle of virgin
coconut oil. The daily dosage of MCT oil used in preliminary
studies was equivalent to about 2 tablespoons of
coconut oil.
“I started adding 2 tablespoons to my husband’s oatmeal
at breakfast,” says Dr. Newport. “Within a few days
there was noticeable improvement in his gait, his ability
to converse, and his sense of humor has returned; he

remembers the month and the season immediately, which he could not remember
if repeated over and over to him before. He is following through
on things that he wants to accomplish during the course of the day.…
To see this much improvement in such a short time is very encouraging
for both of us. He is well aware that he is suffering from this disease and
fully supports and enjoys our dietary change.”
In the hospital where Dr. Newport works, some nurses are from the
Philippines. “My nurse friends from the Philippines have advised me that
in their country of origin (as well as other Asian countries), coconut and
coconut oil are a staple, used on a daily basis, which may explain why
there is a much lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in that part of the
How do the medium chain triglycyrides change this disease?
During digestion, MCTs are
broken down into medium chain fatty
acids, some of which are converted
into ketones. Nerve tissue, including
the brain, relies on glucose for energy,
nerve cells can also convert ketones
into energy. When food is restricted and
adequate glucose is unavailable, the
body converts fat into ketones, which
supplies the brain with the energy it
needs to function properly.
Glucose cannot enter cells without
the aid of insulin. Insulin is a hormone
that takes glucose from the bloodstream
and shuttles it into the cells. Certain
insulin resistant. In insulin resistance, insulin receptors do not function
properly and cannot adequately transport glucose into the cells. When
Therefore, the brain is unable to get the glucose it needs and nerve cells
degenerate and die, leading to problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s
disease, Huntington’s disease, and other neurological disorders.
Ketones do not require the aid of insulin to pass through cell membranes.
Therefore, they can supply brain cells with needed energy regardless
of insulin status. Nerve comprimised brains that are starving for
nourishment can get the energy they need from ketones the body manufactures
from coconut oil. Other fats and oils will not convert to ketones.

Dr. Newport discovered that the science behind the use of MCTs to
treat neurological disorders has been around for a number of
years, but little has been done to use this knowledge to develop
treatments for Alzheimer’s and other neurological conditions.
MCTs and coconut oil are natural products and as such, are not
patentable, so drug manufacturers have little interest in researching
their therapeutic potential. Likewise, the government
Likewise, the government
greatly influenced
by the pharmaceutical industry, have shown little interest.
by the pharmaceutical industry, have shown little interest.
Newport laments that had she known about MCTs, she
could have begun treating her husband sooner. “Just three
years ago my husband’s MRI was ‘normal’ and he could work
as an accountant.” Now, it may be too late: “realistically speaking,
I cannot expect him to fully recover.” She believes his mind would not have deteriorated to the state it is in today
if she could have started him on the coconut oil when the symptoms first arose.  In fact, he may have retained all of his mental capabilities
Newport wrote a letter to key individuals imploring
them to study the research and make the findings public
knowledge so that everyone who suffers from this disease
can potentially benefit.  ” In addition to Justice O’Conner
and myself, letters were sent to Senator Hillary Clinton,
Steven K. Galson, M.D. acting Surgeon General, Mehmet
Oz, M.D. at NBC studios, the medical editors of the New
York Times and Washington Post and many others. Hopefully
Newport’s campaign will bring about greater aware-
of the health benefits of coconut oil.

Reprinted by permission from Healthy Ways Newsletter 06, volume
5, Number 3, http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org.

BRUCE FIFE, N.D., is the author of over 20 books, including  New Arthritis Cure, Cooking with Coconut Flour


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