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Coconut Oil Touted as Alzheimer's Remedy

Researchers say the ketones found in coconut oil have slowed the progression of Alzheimer's disease in some people and may actually prevent it. Read Transcript


Reporter: STEVE

NEWPORT'S ALZHEIMER'S

DISEASE HAS SLOWED

CONSIDERABLY.

SOME OF HIS SYMPTOMS EVEN

REVERSED, THANKS TO AN

UNLIKELY TREATMENT

PRESCRIBED BY HIS WIFE, DR.

MARY NEWPORT, A PHYSICIAN

WHO RUNS A NEONATAL WARD AT

A HOSPITAL.

SHE BECAME DETERMINED TO

HELP HER HUSBAND AFTER SHE

FAILED THESE SO-CALLED

ALZHEIMER'S CLOCK TESTS.

HE DREW A FEW CIRCLES AND

NUMBERS IN A RANDOM

PATTERN.

DIDN'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE A

CLOCK.

AND THE DOCTOR PULLED ME

ASIDE AND SAID HE IS ON THE

VERGE OF SEVERE

ALZHEIMER'S.

HE IS BEYOND MODERATE.

Reporter: DR. NEWPORT

BEGAN LEARNING EVERYTHING

SHE COULD ABOUT HER

HUSBAND'S DISEASE.

IT APPEARS TO BE A TYPE

OF DIABETES OF THE BRAIN.

IT IS A PROCESS THAT STARTS

HAPPENING AT LEAST 10 OR 20

YEARS BEFORE YOU START

HAVING SYMPTOMS.

IT IS VERY SIMILAR TO TYPE

ONE OR TYPE 2 DIABETES, AND

THEY DEVELOP A PROBLEM WITH

INSULIN.

Reporter: IN THIS CASE,

INSULIN PROBLEMS REVENT

BRAIN CELLS FROM ACCEPTING

GLUCOSE, THEIR PRIMARY

FUEL.

WITHOUT IT, THE CELLS

EVENTUALLY DIE.

BUT THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

FUEL.

KEY TONES, WHICH THE CELLS

EASILY ACCEPT.

KEY TONES ARE MET

METABOLIZED IN THE LIVER

AFTER YOU EAT MEDIUM CHAIN

TRIGLYCERIDES, WHICH ARE

FOUND IN COCONUT OIL.

SHE ADDED THE COCONUT OIL IN

HER HUSBAND'S DIET.

TWO WEEKS LATER HE TOOK THE

CLOCK TEST AGAIN, AND HAD

STUNNING IMPROVEMENT.

I THOUGHT, IT WAS IT GOOD

LUCK, A LOT OF PRAYER, WAS

IT THE COCONUT OIL?

I THOUGHT, WE'RE GOING TO

KEEP THE COCONUT OIL GOING.

Reporter: THREE WEEKS

LATER, HE TOOK THE CLOCK

TEST A THIRD TIME AND

CONTINUED TO GET BETTERMENT

AND IT WASN'T JUST

INTELLECTUALLY.

HE ALSO IMPROVED EMOTIONALLY

AND PHYSICALLY.

HE WAS NOT ABLE TO RUN.

HE WAS ABLE TO RUN AGAIN.

HE COULDN'T READ FOR ABOUT A

YEAR AND A HALF.

AFTER SOMEWHERE AROUND 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 WITH ENERGY

AND TALKATIVE AND JOKING,

AND HE COULD FIND HIS WATER

AND HIS UTENSILS.

Reporter: DR. NEWPORT

DOCUMENTED STEVE'S SUCCESS

IN A BOOK CALLED

"ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, WHAT

IF THERE IS A CURE?"

SHE RECEIVED THIS STACK OF

THANK YOU LETTERS WHO'S

LOVED ONES WERE HELPED AFTER

SHE FOLLOWED STEVE'S DIET.

WHILE COCONUT OIL IS

ENCOURAGING, THERE IS

ACTUALLY SOMETHING MORE

POWERFUL.

A TEAM OF BIOCHEMISTS AT

ENGLAND'S OXFORD UNIVERSITY

HAVE DEVELOPED A KEY TONE

ESTER.

IT MAKES QUITE

CONSIDERABLY HIGHER LEVELS.

YOU CAN GET WHATEVER LEVELS

YOU WANT, DEPENDING ON HOW

MUCH YOU DRINK.

Reporter: THE PROBLEM

IS THEY NEED MILLIONS OF

DOLLARS TO MASS PRODUCE IT.

IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE, AND

SO WE CAN'T MAKE VERY MUCH

OF IT OURSELVES.

WHAT WE WOULD LIKE IS

FUNDING SO WE COULD ACTUALLY

SCALE UP AND MAKE IT.

OF COURSE, THERE IS NO REAL

PROFIT IN MANUFACTURING

STUFF LIKE THAT.

Reporter: SO UNTIL A

HIGH POTENCY KEY TONE ESTER

IS AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL

PUBLIC, COCONUT OIL IS STILL

A GOOD KEY TONE SOURCE.

JUST MAKE SURE IT IS PURE,

NON-HYDROGENATED.

AVOID ANY HYDROGENATED OIL,

WHICH IS THE SAME THING AS

DANGEROUS TRANS FAT.

MANY PEOPLE AVOID COCONUT

OIL BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS

BAD FOR THEM, BUT IT IS

ACTUALLY VERY HEALTHY.

DR. BEVERLY TEETER IS A

RESEARCHER WHO SPECIALIZES

IN DIETARY FATS.

SHE SAYS YEARS AGO, COCONUT

OIL WAS CRITICIZED FOR

RAISING CHOLESTEROL.

BUT SCIENTISTS HAVE SINCE

LEARNED THERE ARE TWO KINDS

OF CHOLESTEROL.

L.D.L., THE BAD KIND.

AND H.D.L., WHICH IS VERY

GOOD FOR YOU AND IS THE KIND

COCONUT OIL RAISES.

SO THEY PUT OUT THE

MESSAGE THAT IT INCREASED

CHOLESTEROL, BUT IN TRUTH IT

WAS HELPING THE PROFILE OF

THE SERUM CHOLESTEROL.

THAT NEVER HAS BEEN

CORRECTED IN THE PUBLIC

PRESS.

AND I THINK THAT'S THE

REASON PEOPLE HAVE

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT IT.

Reporter: SO NOT ONLY

DOES COCONUT OIL IMPROVE

YOUR CHOLESTEROL LEVELS,

DR. TEETER SAYS THE WAY IT

HELPS THE BRAINS OF SOME

ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS CAN BE

EXTENDED TO PEOPLE WITH

PARKINSON'S DISEASE, A.L.S.,

EPILEPSY, DEMENTIA, AND EVEN

SCHIZOPHRENIA AND AUTISM.

AND ONE MORE THING: COCONUT

OIL IS A NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC,

THAT ALSO KILLS VIRUSES LIKE

H.I.V. AND HERPES VIRUS.

THE COCONUT OIL TENDS TO

KEEP THE BACTERIA DOWN SO IF

YOU'RE ASSAULTED WITH A

VIRUS, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS

CONCONCENTRATE ON THE

VIRUS.

Reporter: SO CONSIDER

COCONUT OIL TO IMPROVE YOUR

OVERALL HEALTH AND PERHAPS

EVEN GO SO FAR AS TO STAVE

OFF LIFE-THREATENING

DISEASES.

THAT'S GOOD.

Reporter: LAURIE

JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

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