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Alzheimer's Disease Breakthrough

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Recently we came across an article telling an emazing story of a person recovering from Alzheimer's Disease! We want to share this miracle with you today. For privacy purposes we changed the names in the article below.

Six years ago, John Smith, a 59-year-old accountant and book-keeper, began having problems at work. As the months went by, he became increasingly disorganized, error prone, frustrated, and depressed. He eventually consulted a neurologist and was told he had early dementia. Over the next few years, Steve’s dementia rapidly progressed. He was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s disease and was started on Aricept, the first of several drugs he would eventually take. By the time an MRI revealed evidence of brain atrophy and confirmed that he had Alzheimer’s, he was unable to do simple math, type, or use a calculator. He even had to be reminded to eat and take his medications. Well aware of Steve’s dire prognosis, his wife, Mary Newport, MD, was constantly on the lookout for new therapies that might help.

Last spring, she came across a recruitment notice for a clinical trial evaluating a new Alzheimer’s drug. She learned that about half of the patients who had taken the medication in a 90-day pilot study had remarkable improvements, and the other half held steady compared to a placebo group that continued to decline. Intrigued, she searched the Inter¬net and discovered that the drug’s active ingredient was medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), natural fatty acids that are abundant in coconut oil.

A remarkable Turnaround

Steve didn’t qualify for the clinical trial, but Dr. Newport was undeterred. She went to her health food store, purchased some coconut oil, and began giving it to her husband. After the very first dose, “a light switch came on.” As Steve continued to take the oil over the next two months, he became more alert and talkative, and his sense of humor slowly returned. His attention and ability to stay on task improved, and at a family reunion, he remembered the names of relatives he couldn’t recognize the year before.

Today, a year and a half after beginning treat¬ment, Steve volunteers in a hospital warehouse and enjoys his job and coworkers. His previously impaired gait has normalized, and he is able to run—something he couldn’t do for well over a year. He can read again, with decent comprehension, and his short-term memory is gradually getting better. His conversa¬tional skills continue to improve, and he’s no longer depressed. In short, he feels as if he “got his life back”.

MCTs Create Ketones

How in the world could inexpensive oil facilitate such a turnaround? It’s all about ketones. Medium chain triglycerides don’t behave like the more common long chain fats. Thanks to their shorter chemical structure, they are easily absorbed and rapidly metabolized in the liver. And rather than being stored as fat, they are converted into ketones.

Ketones are your body’s alternative energy source. When glucose stores are exhausted, ketones are synthesized from fats and delivered to the cells, where they’re burned for energy. But because glucose is the preferred fuel, ketones are produced only as a backup—when you’re fasting, for example, or eating a very low-carbohydrate diet. (This is the principle behind the Atkins’ weight loss program.)

Unfortunately, in Alzheimer’s and other neuro¬degenerative diseases, neurons lose their ability to properly use glucose. Inefficient glucose metabolism in specific areas of the brain is an early feature of -these disorders, present long before symptoms appear. Many experts believe this is due to insulin resistance— Alzheimer’s is sometimes referred to as “type 3 diabetes.” Neurons deprived of energy obviously cannot function normally and they eventually die, contributing to the degenerative process.

...And Ketones Nourish Brain Cells

Affected neurons can, however, use ketones for energy, and when they’re made available, starving brain cells perk right up. When this fuel source is supplied on a consistent basis, remarkable things can happen—as evidenced by Steve’s initial and ongoing progress.

Actually, the therapeutic effects of ketones for the brain are old news. Ketogenic diets have been used since the 1920s to effectively prevent or reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy, and a handful of studies suggest that such a diet would also improve other neurodegenerative conditions. The ketogenic diet, however, is hard to swallow. It requires eating lots of fat and almost no carbohydrates, and it’s difficult to stick with over the long term.

That’s the beauty of MCTs and coconut oil. When you supplement with these oils, they are converted into ketones, even if you don’t change your diet. In other words, you can have your carbs and ketones, too.

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The Coconut Connection

When Dr. Newport first began giving Steve this therapy, she didn’t realize that refined MCT oil was available, so she gave him non-hydrogenated coconut oil instead. Coconut oil is about 60 percent MCTs by weight, so she figured that to get the dose of MCTs used in the drug trials (20 g), he’d have to take 35 g of coconut oil (7 teaspoons).

She’s since learned that ketone blood levels peak about three hours after taking coconut oil and are out of the system within eight hours. She also discovered that MCT oil is available and it produces a peak blood level at 90 minutes that clears within three hours. Now, Steve takes 4 teaspoons of MCT oil and 3 teaspoons of coconut oil three times a day with meals to ensure that his brain has access to a more or less constant source of energy. When he misses a dose, he may develop a transient tremor or feel temporarily “dazed and confused.” But once he makes it up, he’s back to “normal”.

Normal is relative. Steve, who has the APOE4+ genotype that predisposes people to early Alzheimer’s, has significant brain atrophy. It is highly unlikely that he will return to his previous accounting/bookkeeping job. He’s relearning to type, but he’ll never be the computer whiz he once was. But to his wife and daughters, today’s definition of normal is good enough.

A solution Hiding in Plain Sight

Folks, this one of the most remarkable stories I’ve come across in a long time. I’ve known about MCTs for years and first wrote about them in Health & Healing in 1993. MCT oil, which is obtained from coconut oil, is used in conventional medicine to provide energy for premature infants and patients recovering from surgery, and those with malnutrition and absorption problems. It’s used by athletes to improve performance and endurance and by dieters to control appetite and stimulate fat burning. Studies suggest that it also enhances heart and immune health.

Unrefined coconut oil has numerous benefits as well. Contrary to popular belief, it does not—I repeat, it does not—raise cholesterol or in any other way increase risk of heart disease. In fact, it is cardioprotective and contains compounds that support the liver, improve immune function, and have antimicrobial properties.

However, I was unaware of the incredible poten¬tial of these ketone precursors. This powerful natural therapy and possible cure for some of our most devas¬tating diseases has been hiding in plain sight for years, recognized by nobody except a drug company and a handful of researchers. Now, thanks to Dr. Newport, it’s finally getting the attention it deserves.

The Nuts and Bolts of Ketone Therapy

I’m now recommending ketone therapy for all of my patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and other neurodegenerative disor¬ders. There is evidence to suggest that it may also be beneficial for individuals with Down syndrome, autism, and diabetes.

The most practical and economical way of rais¬ing ketone levels is with the MCT/coconut oil combo. It can be taken by the spoonful, but a far more pleasant way to get it down is to add it to food. In the Newport household, they mix the two oils in a jar and measure out the desired amount for each meal. They cook with the oil, put it in oatmeal, and use it in salad dressings and as a spread. They also use other sources such as coconut flakes, milk, ice cream, macaroons, etc., and adjust the amount of additional oil accordingly.

Another—in my opinion, inferior—option is the drug that first turned Dr. Newport on to MCTs. Axona has been available for a few months now as a medical food. It’s essentially MCT oil in 20 g servings, with a suggested dose of once per day. Dr. Newport feels this isn’t enough—MCT ketone levels peak at 90 minutes and are gone within three hours. Of course, you could take it three times a day, but that would cost upwards of $300 per month. It also requires a prescription, and so far, few insurance companies are reimbursing for it.

Finally, Dr. Richard Veech of the National Institutes of Health is doing research with actual ketones, which he makes in his lab from MCT oil. Taken orally, they increase levels to a greater degree than is possible with the oils and, presumably, add more benefits. Oral ketones are not yet available, but I’ll keep you posted on future developments.

Could Ketones Prevent Disease?

I believe that ketone therapy also has a promising role in prevention. As I mentioned, poor glucose tolerance precedes symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders and contributes to their progression. Why shouldn’t healthy people—especially if they’re older or have a family history of any of these diseases— take a few spoonfuls of these oils every day to help stave off future problems? I’ve been doing this myself, and I urge you to consider doing the same.

In closing, I want to commend Dr. Newport for her diligence and creativity in finding help for her husband, and for her advocacy in sharing her family’s personal experiences so others may benefit. Let’s help her get the word out.

Recommendations:

The recommended dose of MCTs for neurodegenerative disorders is 20 g per meal (7 teaspoons or a scant 2½ tablespoons). Dr. Newport’s recipe is to combine 16 ounces of MCT oil plus 12 ounces of coconut oil, Store at room temperature (it gets hard when refrigerated), and use as needed. To avoid diarrhea, start with 1-2 teaspoons per meal and build up gradually—and be aware that some people will only be able to tolerate lower amounts. Because coconut oil contains no omega-3 essential fatty acids, a minimum of 2 g of fish oil should also be taken daily.

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To learn more, visit www.coconutketones.com , Dr. Newport’s Web site. You’ll find a wealth of information on ketone therapy, as well as guidelines for incorporating coconut oil into your daily diet.

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