Doctor says an oil lessened Alzheimer’s effects on her husband – St. Petersburg Times

Coconut (halved)

I clipped this from the St Pete Times.. reading it makes me wonder.. are simple things like these dietary changes signs of how far wrong our diet has gone? If we returned to processing food how we did fifty years ago and stopped all the additives that have “helped” food processing profits would we be healthier and would this simple thing aid is the decline of disease?

Newport was not accepted for the first clinical trial. He was unable to remember the season, month or day of the week, and he scored a 14 out of 30 on the mini-mental state examination, a test used to screen for dementia and assess the level of impairment. He tested too low and, according to the results, had “severe” Alzheimer’s.

One important test for Alzheimer’s progression is to draw the face of a clock from memory. That afternoon, Newport could barely remember how the clock looked, said Dr. Newport.

“We were devastated,” she said.

She tried to reassure herself and her husband by looking forward to the next day’s second screening, but she was beginning to feel hopeless.

“And then it hit me,” she said. “Why don’t we just try coconut oil as a dietary supplement? What have we got to lose? If the MCT oil in it worked for them, why couldn’t it work for us?”

Trying out coconut oil and testing result

On the drive home, she stopped at a health food store and bought a jar of nonhydrogenated, extra-virgin coconut oil. The experimental medication’s patent application was complete with dosage information, and she did some quick math, converting the measurements.

The next morning she stirred two tablespoons of coconut oil into her husband’s oatmeal, and she tried it in hers, too.

On the way down to the second screening in Tampa, Dr. Newport quizzed her husband, asking him the day, month and year.

“I prayed harder than I’d ever prayed in my life,” she said.

via Doctor says an oil lessened Alzheimer’s effects on her husband – St. Petersburg Times.

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One response to “Doctor says an oil lessened Alzheimer’s effects on her husband – St. Petersburg Times

  1. Wow! What a story. I think diet has a lot to do with wellness (additives and such) but I didn’t know about coconut oil. Thanks for sharing. As I suffer from some of the same symptoms of Alzheimer’s I want to run to the store right now. Again, thanks for sharing. Take care.

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