His Wife Started the Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease and Was Stunned By the Result

Ketone bodies made by the human body when digesting coconut oil could be an alternate fuel for your brain. This new theory is according to Dr. Mary Newport, who says coconut oil has significant benefits. Dr. Mary Newport believes coconut oil offers profound benefits when it comes to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. She started the treatment for her own husband and was stunned by the results! If proven accurate, her theory could be among the greatest natural health discoveries in several years.

His Wife, a Doctor, Started the Treatment and Was Stunned By the Result

The Backstory
Dr. Newport has a personal history with Alzheimer’s disease. When her husband Steve was in his mid-50s, he suffered from progressive dementia for more than five years. Steve then had an MRI, which confirmed the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

His Wife Started the Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease and Was Stunned By the Result

As Dr. Newport relates her story in a case study, her husband was in a fog for many days, usually for several days in a row. He could not even remember how to get water from the fridge, and neither could he find a spoon. She once asked him if a particular call she had been expecting came and he said no. However, Steve remembered the message two days later, in detail.

The Backstory

Dr. Newport noted that although information was still filed somewhere within her husband’s brain, he had no short-term memory. As a result, she developed a gut feeling that her husband’s diet was somehow contributing to his lack of short-term memory.

Steve began taking medication hoping it would help to slow the process. Unfortunately, he lost weight, became depressed, forgot how to cook and perform simple additions even when using a calculator. Although Steve remained in good physical condition and spent his days working in his garage or the yard, he completely forgot how to perform several everyday tasks.

Finding Hope

Finding Hope
There are several studies on the potential use of ketone bodies or medium chain triglycerides in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Some of these studies caught Dr. Newport’s eye. Medium chain triglycerides are also considered as a potential treatment for several other ailments including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Huntington’s disease, and drug-resistant epilepsy.



Western diet increases Alzheimer’s risk

Globally, about 42 million people now have dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease as the most common type of dementia. Rates of Alzheimer’s disease are rising worldwide. The most important risk factors seem to be linked to diet, especially the consumption of meat, sweets, and high-fat dairy products that characterize a Western Diet. For example, when Japan made the nutrition transition from the traditional Japanese diet to the Western diet, Alzheimer’s disease rates rose from 1% in 1985 to 7% in 2008, with rates lagging the nutrition transition by 20-25 years. The evidence of these risk factors, which come from ecological and observational studies, also shows that fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, legumes, and fish are associated with reduced risk. “Using Multicountry Ecological and Observational Studies to Determine Dietary Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease,” a review article from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition presents the data.

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In addition to reviewing the journal literature, a new ecological study was conducted using Alzheimer’s disease prevalence from 10 countries (Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, India, Mongolia, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, and the United States) along with dietary supply data 5, 10, and 15 years before the prevalence data. Dietary supply of meat or animal products (minus milk) 5 years before Alzheimer’s disease prevalence had the highest correlations with Alzheimer’s disease prevalence in this study. The study discussed the specific risk each country and region faces for developing Alzheimer’s disease based on their associated dietary habits.

Residents of the United States seem to be at particular risk, with each person in the U.S. having about a 4% chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, likely due in part to the Western dietary pattern, which tends to include a large amount of meat consumption. The author, William B. Grant, states, “reducing meat consumption could significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as of several cancers, diabetes mellitus type 2, stroke, and, likely, chronic kidney disease.”

He concludes, “Mounting evidence from ecological and observational studies, as well as studies of mechanisms, indicates that the Western dietary pattern — especially the large amount of meat in that diet — is strongly associated with risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and several other chronic diseases. Although the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with about half the risk for Alzheimer’s disease of the Western diet, the traditional diets of countries such as India, Japan, and Nigeria, with very low meat consumption, are associated with an additional 50% reduction in risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”


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Diet, exercise reduce proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease, study says

A healthy diet, physical activity and normal body mass index have been connected to overall better health, with a new study at the University of California Los Angeles suggesting the combination of healthful choices may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at UCLA found eating well and being active can reduce the incidence of plaque and tangles in the brain associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

The buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the space between nerve cells in the brain and knotted threads of tau protein in brain cells are indicators of the condition, and the delay of their formation in patients inclined to develop Alzheimer’s could help in its prevention.

The researchers said they were surprised to be able to detect the differences in both plaque and tangle formation, but an experimental type of PET scan designed to measure for both allowed their observations.

“This work lends key insight not only into the ability of patients to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but also physicians’ ability to detect and image these changes,” said Dr. David Merrill, a researcher at UCLA and lead author of the study, said in apress release.

For the study, researchers scanned 44 adults between the age of 40 and 85 with mild memory changes but not dementia, also collecting information on BMI, exercise level, diet and other aspects of lifestyle.

In most cases, the researchers report more physical activity and a more normal BMI were linked to lower levels of either plaque or tangles, as was closer adherance to a Mediterranean-type diet.

The Mediterranean diet — high in fruit, vegetables, legumes and fish, with lower levels of meat and dairy compared to Western diets — has been linked to overall greater health, including better heart health and lower rates of obesity.

Researchers say the next step will be to examine the effects of improving diet and exercise on cognitive health and memory loss, noting the current study is another suggestion that living a healthier life may have its benefits.

“The study reinforces the importance of living a healthy life to prevent Alzheimer’s, even before the development of clinically significant dementia,” Merrill said.



The Mediterranean Diet may prevent Alzheimer’s

There is a genetic determinant factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease that can not be avoided. Aging is also one of the main causes and therefore increases the incidence of this disease in populations with longer life expectancy.

An investigation comes to the conclusion that high cholesterol levels cause slight cognitive deterioration. This disorder is considered the prelude to senile dementia and Alzheimer.
The slight cognitive disorder ends up affecting memory, language, attention and mood in over 50 years of age. According to several studies it seems that cardiovascular risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, cholesterol or sugar) are also brain risk factors.

Obesity, according to several studies is correlated with the risk of dementia. Obesity is measured by body mass index (weight in kilograms divided by height in square meters). The optimal BMI is between 18.5 and 25.

The Mediterranean diet, characterized by a large number of fruit, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and fish, and little quantity of meat and dairy products may reduce the risk of Alzheimer, according to several studies. To remark that diet plays a role in this reduction, but it is not still clear which foods or substances would be the clues. We have talked about the importance of fatty acids from oily fish, vitamins E and B, antioxidants …Probably it is not a single nutrient but several and the type of diet which act as a preventive factor.