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Using Pure Virgin Coconut Oil to treat Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS and Parkinson’s disease
Treating Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS and Parkinson’s disease with Coconut Oil
Although my eighty-six year old father recently passed away from a heart attack, he also suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Dad started showing symptoms in the summer of 2011. He quit his part time financial job because he said he couldn’t remember things like he used to. At the time I didn’t think much of it, figuring it was just some memory loss linked to his age. As summer turned to fall, he began to exhibit an increasing number of incidents including forgetfulness, confusion and excessive sleeping. My mother worriedly informed me that something was wrong. He was “slipping”, she noted. I optimistically dismissed her concerns telling her not to worry about it. He’ll be okay. But other family members began noticing things too.
By Christmas it was clear that something abnormal was happening. I was startled at how fast he was losing it. By late winter he was getting lost while driving to familiar places, sleeping most of the evening away, repeatedly asking the same questions, unsure of what day it was or what stamp to use for mailing a letter. These incidents were occurring with increased frequency and intensity culminating in a drive to the veterinarian to pick up some medication for my parent’s little dog in March. After two attempts to find the vet clinic, a facility he had been to many times, he returned home confused and frustrated. I went with him on the third attempt. We arrived at the clinic and he paid the girl behind the counter with a credit card. Less than thirty seconds after she had handed him back his credit card, he turned to me and asked if he had paid the bill. It was clear that his intellectual capacity was collapsing and he wouldn’t be able to care for himself before long. (His older sister suffers from Alzheimer’s and resides in a nursing home. His twin brother died ten years earlier from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.)
I began to search for options and came across the experience of Dr. Mary Newport, a Florida physician specializing in neonatology. Dr Newport’s husband Steve was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s while only in his 50’s. She said that he had reached a point where he couldn’t find a spoon or remember how to get water from the refrigerator. Dr. Newport desperately searched for answers and discovered research done by Dr. Richard Veech at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Veech and others published a paper in 2001 entitled “Ketone bodies, potential therapeutic uses.” (Ketone bodies are derived from Medium Chain Triglycerides found in coconut oil.)
Their studies suggest that in Alzheimer’s disease, neurons in certain areas of the brain are unable to take in glucose (sugar derived from food intake) due to insulin resistance. The affected brain cells slowly starve to death robbing the patient of their cognitive abilities. Dr Newport termed it “diabetes of the brain.” Dr Veech found that there is an alternative source of nourishment for brain cells in the form of fatty acids like the medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) found in coconut oil. MCT’s are converted by the liver into ketones which can readily be used to nourish brain cells. Even more promising, other brain diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s and other neural afflictions may also benefit from coconut oil. (An ALS patient describes his very encouraging experience with coconut oil at the following link: www.coconutketones.blogspot.com/.)
Dr Newport began treating her husband with several tablespoons of pure virgin coconut oil every day and noticed a remarkable improvement in a matter of days. The following link provides more details: www.coconutketones.com/whatifcure.pdf.
In early April 2012 I started my dad on one to two tablespoons per day of pure virgin coconut oil. I slowly increased the dosage to four tablespoons per day after about a week. I would have preferred to give him six to eight tablespoons per day, but my dad hated the oil and resisted taking it. I gave him all four tablespoons at once after dinner. That was the most he could take without suffering from loose bowels. Coconut oil is a powerful laxative and best taken after a full meal at home. Smaller doses a couple times a day seems to alleviate this problem.
Dad seemed to improve after a couple of days, but I wasn’t sure if something was really happening or I was being too optimistic. The disorientation and forgetfulness seemed to subside. A week after he began taking the coconut oil, he received a call from his stockbroker. I could hear him on the phone discussing the stock with her. He got off the phone and excitedly told me the financial details down to the penny. Not a big deal in normal times past, but a week earlier he wouldn’t have remembered the specifics. At that point, I knew the coconut oil was working. He still had an odd, shuffle like walk and couldn’t do complicated financial work like he used to, but at least he was functional again. He could carry on a normal conversation, drive without getting lost and generally look after himself. It was a gratifying and remarkable improvement!
Coconut oil works best when used early in the course of the disease before too many brain cells are lost. Coconut oil cannot revive dead neurons and people like my aunt who are too far gone won’t derive much benefit from its use.
Since these debilitating neurological disorders can start ten to twenty years before symptoms develop, it’s not a bad idea to take a couple tablespoons of coconut oil every day as a preventative measure particularly if you have a family history of the disease. I take three tablespoons per day myself.
Pure virgin coconut oil is a white paste at room temperature. It melts into clear oil at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. It doesn’t have much taste except for a slight coconut flavor. You do not want processed or hydrogenated oil. There are several good brands of pure virgin coconut oil available. I purchase a brand called Nutiva which can be found at GNC or Walmart for around $24 per 29oz jar.
For more information see the links below:
Dr Mary Newport: http://www.coconutketones.com/whatifcure.pdf
Here's an interview with Dr. Newport on CBN: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/January/Coconut-Oil-Touted-as-Alzheimers-Remedy/
Another case: http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/coconut-oil-reverses-the-effects-of-alzheimers-in-50-year-old-woman/