Submitted by Dr. Helen Pensanti Friday, January 6, 2012

Five million people have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to increase exponentially as baby boomers enter their golden years. If you have a loved one with this dreaded disease you should know that, in some people, coconut oil slows the progression of Alzheimer’s and may also prevent it. One of those people is Steve Newport. His Alzheimer’s has slowed considerably. Some of his symptoms even reversed, thanks to the unlikely treatment prescribed by his wife, Dr. Mary Newport, a physician who runs a neonatology ward at a Tampa, Florida hospital.

Dr. Mary Newport became determined to help her husband after the severity of his disease was revealed upon taking an Alzheimer’s test in which the person being tested is asked to draw the face of a clock. “He drew circles and several numbers just in a very random pattern, didn’t really look anything like a clock,” she said, “And the doctor pulled me over to the side and said, ‘You know, he’s actually on the verge of severe Alzheimer’s at this point, he’s beyond moderate.’ So that was very, very devastating news.”

Dr. Newport began learning everything she could about her husband’s disease, “It appears to be a type of diabetes of the brain and it’s a process that starts happening at least 10 or 20 years before you start having symptoms and it’s very similar to type 1 or type 2 diabetes in that you develop a problem with insulin.” In this case, insulin problems prevent brain cells from accepting glucose, their primary fuel. Without it, they eventually die. But there is an alternative fuel: ketones, which cells easily accept. Ketones are metabolized in the liver after you eat medium chain triglycerides, like those found in coconut oil.

So Dr. Newport added coconut oil to her husband Steve’s diet. Just two weeks later, he took the clock test again and demonstrated stunning improvement. Newport said, “I thought at the time, was it just good luck? Was it a lot of prayer? Was it the coconut oil? And I thought, well, we’re going to keep the coconut oil going,” she said.

Three weeks later Steve took the clock test a third time and continued to perform better on it. And it wasn’t just intellectually; he also improved emotionally and physically. “He was not able to run, he was able to run again,” she recalled, “He could not read for about a year and a half but after two or three months he was able to read. Instead of being very sluggish, not talking very much in the morning, he would come out in the morning with energy, talkative and joking, and he could find his water and his utensils.”

For nearly ten years, working with many suffering from various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, we learned that amyloid plaque build-up (much like cholesterol in the arteries) congests the brain and prevents proper function. We have also learned that it is not animal fats, but rather, sugar, chemical sugar substitutes and simple carbohydrates (which convert quickly to sugar) that are likely the cause of plaque build-up anywhere in the body. Therefore, it stands to reason that following our Raw Diet Two Week Cleanse, followed by (and incorporated into) our Anti-fungal Diet, while performing our Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen, would help in improving this disease. It should be noted that, Coconut and coconut oil are high in lauric and caprylic acid, which are known anti-fungals, which is no doubt why this supplement worked so well from Steve Newport. However, our good friend Doug Kaufmann also suggested years ago that the best way to take anti-fungals is by rotating them each month, hence our Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen. Also, if the person is taking no Alzheimer’s or blood thinning drugs, the addition of PSOE’s (read about them here in the Reference Center), has been found to aid in dissolving plaque throughout the body, including the brain, while a minimum of 6000 mg fish oils aids with neurological protection and nutrition. While high-lignan flax, borage, black currant and other non-soy nut and seed oils are also helpful, none of these appear to be as strong as fish oils. Again, make sure there is NO soybean oil in the product you take! Soybean oil is cheap and often used as filler with a bonus of “vitamin E” in various supplements; however, soybean oil prevents proper absorption of the nutrients in its base, so please avoid it at all cost. If you cannot absorb the nutrients in your supplement, what is the point of taking it at all?

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