Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease

October 5, 2010
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fresh coconut halves on beachHow worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lot—as this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or is worried about it.

Of course, just about everyone worries about Alzheimer’s. It currently afflicts 5.2 million people in the US and is the seventh leading cause of death. The cost of treating it is estimated at $148 billion.

Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it opened in 2003. About the same time the unit opened, her husband Steve, then 53, began showing signs of progressive dementia, later diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease. “Many days, often for several days in a row, he was in a fog; couldn’t find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator,” she said.

They started him on Alzheimer’s drugs—Aricept, Namenda, Exelon—but his disease worsened steadily. (It should be noted that the latest research shows that the various Alzheimer’s drugs, like Aricept, have proven disappointing, with little real benefit and often distressing side effects.) When Dr. Newport couldn’t get her husband into a drug trial for a new Alzheimer’s medication, she started researching the mechanism behind Alzheimer’s.

She discovered that with Alzheimer’s disease, certain brain cells may have difficulty utilizing glucose (made from the carbohydrates we eat), the brain’s principal source of energy. Without fuel, these precious neurons may begin to die. There is an alternative energy source for brain cells—fats known as ketones. If deprived of carbohydrates, the body produces ketones naturally.

But this is the hard way to do it—who wants to cut carbohydrates out of the diet completely? Another way to produce ketones is by consuming oils that have medium-chain triglycerides. When MCT oil is digested, the liver converts it into ketones. In the first few weeks of life, ketones provide about 25 percent of the energy newborn babies need to survive.

Dr. Newport learned that the ingredient in the drug trial which was showing so much promise was simply MCT oil derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil, and that a dose of 20 grams (about 20 ml or 4 teaspoons) was used to produce these results. When MCT oil is metabolized, the ketones which the body creates may, according to the latest research, not only protect against the incidence of Alzheimer’s, but may actually reverse it. Moreover, this is also a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), drug-resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and type II (insulin-resistant) diabetes.

So Mr. Newport, not being able to get into the drug trial, started taking the coconut oil twice a day. At this point, he could barely remember how to draw a clock. Two weeks after adding coconut oil to his diet, his drawing improved. After 37 days, Steve’s drawing gained even more clarity. The oil seemed to “lift the fog,” and in the first sixty days, Dr. Newport saw remarkable changes in him: every morning he was alert and happy, talkative, making jokes. His gait was “still a little weird,” but his tremor was no longer very noticeable. He was able to concentrate on things that he wanted to do around the house and in the yard and stay on task, whereas before coconut oil he was easily distractible and rarely accomplished anything unless he was directly supervised.

Over the next year, the dementia continued to reverse itself: he is able to run again, his reading comprehension has improved dramatically, and his short-term memory is improving—he often brings up events that happened days to weeks earlier and relays telephone conversations with accurate detail. A recent MRI shows that the brain atrophy has been completely halted.

Let’s take a moment to consider what actually happened here. Synthetic (patentable) Alzheimer’s drugs have failed. A drug company reluctantly decides to put a non-patentable natural substance (medium-chain triglycerides derived from coconut or palm) through an FDA trial. It works. But, darn it, a smart doctor figures out that a natural food can be substituted for the super-expensive drug. Not only that, the ketones from natural coconut oil last in the body longer than the drug version—eight hours instead of three hours. This is enough to make a drug company start worrying about its future. What if this natural health idea really catches on? Goodbye to monopoly profits!

Coconut oil can be found in many health food stores and even some grocery stores. One large chain sells a non-hydrogenated (no trans-fat) brand of coconut oil in a one-liter size (nearly 32 ounces) for about $7. It can be purchased in quantities as small as a pint and up to five gallons online. It is important to use coconut oil that is non-hydrogenated and contains no trans-fat. We would also strongly encourage the use of virgin oil (chemicals used to extract non-virgin oil are potentially dangerous, and better still, virgin organic, still quite reasonably priced.)

For more information, see Dr. Newport’s website. Sadly, you will not find any information on ketones, or the use of coconut oil or MCT oil, on the Alzheimer’s Association website.

Coconut oil is not the only natural product that has the potential to turn Alzheimer’s around. We will cover some other ones, and drug industry efforts to steal some of them, in a future issue.

See our follow up article: More on Natural Substances to Combat Alzheimer’s


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210 Responses to “Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease”

  1. Kristin says:

    I have been reading with great interest all the comments about coconut oil. Since it helps brain function, has there been any stydies on mental illnes, namely bipolar disorder?

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  2. Brenda says:

    Was just referred to this site and am amazed at all the info. I was just wondering if anyone knows if coconut oil would benefit one with a brain injury. My mother was involved in a serious car accident last June, resulting in a very serious frontal brain injury. She is doing better but has short term memory issues. She will forget things in the middle of conversations and struggles with remembering recent conversations we had. Just wondering. Other than that, I will try this for my menopause. Oh how frustrating it is to have to write everything down. :)

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    • Lindy says:

      We tried about every alternative therapy out there following our son’s severe traumatic brain injury (15 years ago). Best outcomes: hyperbaric oxygen therapy and sound therapy. Note that Hyperbaric was started over 2 1/2 years following his injury — but made the difference between living independently and not.

      Good luck!

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  3. Strother Hammond says:

    The same beneficial effect from coconut oil can be achieved with the ketogenic diet or a modified Atkins diet. When diet non-compliance is the issue, coconut oil or mct’s will work. We have seen vast improvement in a schizophrenic relative on the oil. A study exists showing complete resolution of schizophrenic symptoms of 17 years after eight days on the ketogenic diet.

    It seems the Astrocyte cells in the brain must go faulty in not just Alzheimer’s disease but schizophrenia, MS, Parkinson’s, ALS and Huntington’s Chorea. Ingesting sugar in any significant quantity is something our bodies have not yet evolved to handle. As much as people do not want to hear this, we are more carnivores than omnivores. Our teeth do not decay on a carnivore diet… that is the key.

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  4. Two books which contain some useful info on the causes and treatments of Alzheimer’s are – “Beating Alzheimer’s: A Step Towards Unlocking the Mysteries of Brain Diseases” written by Tom Warren and “Alzheimer’s Challenged & Conquered?” by Louis Blank.

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  5. Honey Ward says:

    Coconut oil was recommended by our vet for Chloe, a geriatric dog who was snappish, agitated, suddenly peeing inside, and generally unhappy (therefore, us, too).

    In fewer than 10 days her sweet demeanor returned nearly 100% of the time and in a full month of use we have had no peeing incidents.

    She is an Australian Shepherd weighing 45 pounds. We give approx 1tsp. morning and nigh, in food. It is solid, so can’t really measure, we just chip off a chunk.

    We couldn’t be happier, and I believe Chloe would agree. Woof!

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  6. Melissa Browning says:

    Is coconut oil safe for diabetics?

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  7. Heather says:

    Has anyone heard of coconut oil causing an insulin response? and, thus, one gains weight (fat).

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  8. itsme says:

    I’d be interested to know how Mr Newort is doing now that he’s been on the coconut oil for a while. Also,, is he on any other meds or supplements or special diet for the alzheimer’s other than disclosed in the article? We recently had testing done on my DH. He has some dementia – unclear what kind as 2 Dr’s have differing opinions. Now he’s changed health plans at the end of the yr and neither of the original Dr’s is covered. Need a new Neurologist and some testing such as mini mental which neither Dr did much if any of. Just sent him for MRI, EEG, and PET scan. What help is that w/o the cognative and memory tests? All this has happened after a fall that included a skull fracture 3 yrs ago. One DR said vascular dementia, one said alzheimer’s. Any help appreciated very much.

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  9. DB says:

    Hello:
    Does anyone have any information or experience regarding coconut oil, nutritional supplements and/or natural protocols for Cortico Basal Degeneration? CBD (or CBGD) is supposedly related to Alzheimers Disease. It occurs when the brain cells in two areas of the brain – the Cortex and the Basal Ganglia – die off. It presents with some of the same symptoms as Parkinson’s Disease. In fact, it has, what they call, “overlapping” symptoms. This leads many doctors to misdiagnose CBD as Parkinson’s Disease. My brother-in-law was told by the doctor that he has 5 – 7 years to live. Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    DB

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    • Walther says:

      Hello,
      Maybe you allready found some information, but I was looking for the same and found information at the website:
      http://alzheimers.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/762104261/m/63910335
      It is from “Swarfmaker posted april 14 2009″.
      He wrote “For anyone who stumbles across this message in a search for information about CBD (a.k.a. CBGD or corticobasal degeneration) please take note that my mother is one case of clinically diagnosed CBD where the supplements cinnamon and coconut oil/MCT oil have arrested the progression”

      And I also found information on the website:
      http://www.homeopathyworldcommunity.com/forum/topics/corticobasal-degeneration-cbd?xg_source=activity
      The reply of Dr. Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on December 18, 2010
      He writes “Corticobasal degeneration is primarily a Syphilitic miasmatic condition. In this type of degeneration, there is a unique point that its initiation is due to Sycosis which may be in latent form initially. Due to Turmoil in life, at genetic level, the sycosis becomes active and starts fruiting. But due to fundamentally syphilitic trend, the syphilis is aroused due to partial interaction of Psora and both the miasms- Psora and Sycosis are SUPPRESSED while Syphilis becomes predominently active and manifests its full course, often ending in termination of life….

      The treatment required is based on antimiasmatic ground. Firstly, we have to SUPPRESS Syphilis so that the degenerations could be immediately stopped. Then the Psora who triggered the Syphilis is to be treated, so that the Exciting cause of Syphilis might be removed. Now the syphilis is spontaneously towards regression. In last, we should treat Sycosis to establish perfact cure. But Remember- The permanent irriversible changes occured in body may not be cured and some deformity may persist even after a cure.”

      If you also have some information, please let me know. Because my brother in law have this terrible
      disease.
      Sincerely

      Walther

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  10. hilliard says:

    this is good news for mommy. maybe she would like some coconut juice.

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  11. NoOne says:

    Thanks! Good info!

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  12. Asoka Wijesekara says:

    I am a Sri Lankan and coconut milk and oil a common thing for preparing this country’s 90% of the vegitables and other curries.New world’s fast food and canned food full of chemicals due to their process.Even agriculture use vast amount of chemicals for best commertial results causing billions of humans to eat at least few mili grams of these chemicals daily.We Sri lankan population still suriving from many deceases thanks to consuming coconut milk.It has absobing quality of many poisonus particales to human body.Thousands of years our nation was using coconut and still the same.This is not a new news for us.But we thanks to the people who discovered and make it publish to the rest of the world.It is great huminity to save another life.

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  13. Joanna Hogan says:

    I read this article with amazement about two weeks ago. It had been forwarded to me by a friend whos mom died just over a year ago due to Alzheimer’s Disease. I have an 87 yo sister who I care for in my home. About 6 years ago she began to demonstrate signs of dementia. Initially, our Family Practice Dr gave her the “10 Question Alzheimer’s Test” which was positive. Of course, we saw several neurologists also. We went from a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s Disease with Louis Body Involvment, back to Dementia-Non Alzheimers type. The dementia has been very slow thankfully. She has been at the point when she cannot form words, or sentences resulting in her choosing to be most often quite. I do believe her comprehension is very good, just can’t express. In a week and one half on the Coconut oil both I and an assistant caregiver have noted much more attempting to speak, much brighter affect, much more expressive with her emotions and now is starting to form words which we can understand and the structure of the sentences are getting longer? I don’t just think that this is my, or her imagination. I am certainly sharing this story to anyone who will listen and I am certainly going to continue with the coconut oil. Thank you.

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  14. Karl Stuetzel says:

    I still remember the homemade Donuts where always baked in Coconut Oil. Good Food is the best Medicine……..unfortunately doesn’t make the Drug Industry rich. Good Food makes our brain functioning right …….but who wants this anyway. Only with stupid people you can make money…..

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    • Lora Bandurski says:

      Yes and also movie theater popcorn, until they were told it was (unhealthy). Now I pop my own in coconut oil. I got my 13 yr old neice hooked on it now. I order mine from Dr. Mercola.com.

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  15. Karmal says:

    Clearly Big Pharma’s CEOs would sell out their own fairy godmothers if they thought it would make them an easy buck. Those same CEOs and their weasel political lapdogs in Washington love to preach about letting the market rule, but they all sing a far different tune when the market (that’s you and me) balk at Big Pharma’s price gouging and go for the vastly less expensive and often superior natural alternatives. Then those CEOs can’t go crying to Washington and the FDA fast enough to fix the market in their favor. I predict that there’ll not be a peep about coconut oil and its healing potential for Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases on CNN or the NY Times now or perhaps ever. Perhaps they’re on the take as well, with literal blood money from all those who’ve suffered and died from the physiological, psychological and financial harm Big Pharma causes on the US citizenry with its greed-centric practices.

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  16. Lynn says:

    Co enzyme Q10 was referred to on a Oct 10 reply, stating that it was essential for those taking a statin drug ( cholesterol lowering) Here is a link to a company that sells ALL NATURAL vitamin and mineral supplements, nutritional products and skin care. lynnsunlimited.usana.com Look under products ; cardiovascular; and read about CoQuinone 30. We MUST take control of our health. It is your greatest gift, next to a healthy soul. God Bless.

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  17. KaD says:

    The mainstream medical establishment and big pharma is concerned with making money, not curing anything or keeping people healthy. HOW will they make money if you are cured or just don’t get sick??? There have been natural cures for cancer for decades now as well; not used because they can’t be patented and profited from. Google ‘Budwig Protocol’ and ‘Gerson Therapy’ for some.

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  18. Dick Perera says:

    W e in Sri Lanka, have been using coconut oil for hundreds of years. We grow coconut and

    export it to other countries. Every household uses it for cooking. They also use it externally.

    Except in one instance, I have not heard of anyone suffering from Alzheimer`s disease, in

    my 80 yrs. Need I say more on the efficacy of this marvelous food item.
    ,

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  19. If you are interested in learning about the various causes of Alzheimer’s, and other treatments, then a good book is – “Beating Alzheimer’s: A Step Towards Unlocking the Mysteries of Brain Diseases” written by Tom Warren.

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  20. BobbyBman says:

    It is quite a shame, that the world has reached a level of greed, in which helping people stay healthy is kept at bay because of the almighty dollar. Where has our humanity gone?

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  21. amalhator says:

    Does it apply only to extracted coconut oil or would shredded coconut also be as effective?

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  22. Italics Mine says:

    If coconut oil is therapeutic, you think the drug pushers are going to sit by and be happy at healthy people?

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  23. I live with my mother who started to show substantial confusion and meemory loss twelve years ago. I have been doing a number of therapies and supplements over the years. All have helped but I want to leave you with three things in order of importance that I think was most helpful, in the supplement category. 1. Systemic Enzymes. Neprinol is what I use now. 2. GPC, a form of choline. 3. Theanine. Neprinol use as directed, gpc 12000 mg a day and theanine 200 mg in late afternoon (4pm) and 100 in the morning. I belive there are other helath benefits you will see with this. For instance the enzymes improved her kidney function saving her from drugs and her circulation and energy level improved. Do your own research to see the wide range of benefit on the enzymes. Eurpoe has been using sytemic enzyme therapy for decades. Best Wishes Roger

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  24. Bob Jones says:

    Please everyone, when using this information on the wonderful effects of coconut oil do not forget that you should remove the source of toxicity that caused ALZ and other related diseases. Mercury amalgam or your silver fillings. Genetic predispositions and inibitions such as the APOE 4 protein are the culprit proteins that cannot bind Hg in the brain for waste elimination. Fortunately only 17% of us have only 1 APOE 4 while 7% have two APOE 4 one maternal and one paternal. This has been covered up by the ADA for hundreds of years. Have your Amalgam fillings removed by a Biological Dentist safely and correctly to prevent further damage. Removing the source of the cause will improve the results of the coconut oil and speed the recovery process. Remember “silver” fillings are 50% mercury and newer high copper Amalgams create more mercury vapor to be absorbed into the brain. If you have not seen it the University of Calgary video release tells the whole story about the mercury effect on the brain and no other metal creates this problem. In the Library of Congress you can find the results of my study under the EPA report on Mercury in the Enviroment; specificately stating that 80% of the human load of mercury comes from Amalgam not fish. 243 MG;s a day leak out of a one spill filling [1 gram] with 212 mg going directly into the blood stream right into the brain. Bob

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  25. Ken Brodeur says:

    This is but another example of the genius of nature, how about that! A natural, growing in your yard (for those of us in tropical climes) time released, with no side effects “drug”! I am with the ultimate homeopath, Hypocrites, “let your medicine be your food and your food be your medicine”. Cannabis promotes apoptosis which is the programming or death of cells. Cancer is cell growth without normal cellular death so there is another natural cure for cancer.
    Best thing to do is watch TV and know that you are getting “programming”, take the info and do the opposite of their programming. My contrarian stance has kept me relatively healthy and modern medicine free for life!

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  26. P.R. Jr. says:

    “How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lot—as this story will show.”

    Or maybe not so much at all. You aren’t factoring in corporate ownership of government these days. Health supplements have just been outlawed in Europe, and the push is on to do the same here.
    So maybe they don’t need to worry much at all – not unless people wake up and take control of their own lives again.

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  27. vibeguy says:

    Coconut milk twice daily in my tea.

    Classic test – take oral temperature upon arising, take two tablespoons, take temperature 1 and a half hours later, very good for you hypo-thyroids

    Politically…….The American Soybean Association has blood on it’s hands, demonizing coconut oil to sell soybean oil, which is a minor poison.

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    • KaD says:

      Yes, soybeans are one of the most common GMO crops in the US (over 90 percent of soy is genetically modified) and hexane is used in the soymilk extraction process.

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    • hermon says:

      For many years my mother has used coconut oil without knowing all the benefits thereof, She died at age 95. My family has been using canola oil, as my wife thinks it is one of the best among the rest, but on reading up on the tremendous value and benefits of the lowly coconut oil, I will let my wife finish the last bottle of canola oil she recently bought, but it’s back to the life saver, good ol ‘ coconut oil. We will choose the virgin, non-trans fat, etc. version. My wife and I do experience some “senior moments” (early indications of Alzeihmers?), so we will begin the preventive measures ASAP, with the use of this available substance, right here in our backyard!

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  28. Tomas says:

    Here’s something else which would help. The combo of coconut oil and Turmeric could be the perfect Alzheimer’s cocktail!
    http://www.naturalnews.com/029767_turmeric_alzheimers.html
    NaturalNews) Nature is full of various herbs and spices that protect against disease and even treat and cure it. And according to Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist and Fox News’ “Medicine Hunter”, turmeric root — also known in its extract form as curcumin — is one such powerful spice that appears to both prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and even cure it.

    “People who develop Alzheimer’s disease get a sticky plaque in the brain called amyloid beta,” explained Kilham to Dr. Manny Alvarez in a recent Fox News interview. Such plaques either develop as a result of Alzheimer’s, or they are the direct cause of it. But either way, they are directly related to the degenerative process.

    However studies show that turmeric actually eliminates these plaques, both when they are first starting to form and even during the late stages of their advancement.

    “What we have in turmeric is something that appears to inhibit the development of Alzheimer’s disease…and actually help to reduce the occurrence of plaque in the brain if you have it,” noted Kilham. “We know in animal studies, when animals actually have amyloid beta plaque in their brains and they’re given turmeric root…that plaque is reduced.”

    Observational studies have also shown that people groups who eat large amounts of turmeric virtually never get Alzheimer’s.

    “In countries where people consume a lot of [turmeric], there’s a very low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease,” emphasized Kilham. “In India and Southeast Asia, it’s a rare disease. And [in the U.S.] it’s very, very common.”

    According to Kilham, drug companies are hard at work trying to develop drug versions of turmeric, but he recommends eating real turmeric whenever possible, and taking turmeric extract supplements if eating the spice in food is not an option.

    “A challenge that we face is that drug companies…can’t patent turmeric root,” he said. “So they will continue to try to develop something else. [But] eating turmeric, eating its extracts…appears to be protective against one of the most horrific and debilitating diseases we know.”

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  29. Anonymous age 68 says:

    Not necessarily wanting to bring politics into this, but as a long-term Republican it is disgraceful that RINO”s Kay Hutchinson and John McCain both want laws which will place your vitamins and supplements under Federal government control. I personally received an e-mail from Kay on this issue.

    I have not communicated with McCain, but I believe it was stated he wanted to require a prescription for vitamins. When you know that studies show the average doctor knows less about nutrition than the average patient, it makes no sense to have to ask them for permission to use vitamins.

    Beware!

    You can be sure there is a lobbyist from the pharmaceuticals involved here. The same medical profession which kills over 100,000 people a year (fact) wants to take away our vitamins because of a handful of people who suffer from misuse of supplements.

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  30. Anonymous age 68 says:

    I find 0 transfat Coconut Oil in many ordinary supermarkets in the US. I d not find it in much of Mexico, which is a shame.

    By the way, my user name is well known in many parts of the Web, strange as it is.

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  31. There is some indirect evidence that coconut oil might work at least in part by promoting absorption and utilisation of copper. There is a large literature on copper deficiency in Alzheimer’s. But a recent trial of copper supplementation failed, possibly because utilisation of copper needs manganese, and the patients were even more deficient for manganese than for copper. White flour has had nearly all its manganese removed, as well as most of its copper.

    New research has confirmed excess iron and zinc cause the damage in Alzheimer’s:
    http://www.elements4health.com/study-explores-alzheimers-protein-and-iron-metabolism-link.html

    Excess iron raises the requirement for manganese, and excess zinc raises the requirement for copper. Meat is very high in highly-available iron and zinc, and low in copper and manganese. The combination of meat and white flour, eaten in large quantites over a lifetime, is arguably the cause of Alzheimer’s.

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    • cornelius says:

      “new research has confirmed…….”
      that research is not infallible.

      the combination of large quantities of meat and white flour…..is arguably the cause of alzheimers.

      yes, arguably.

      but i suppose we need a drug to fix this problem?

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  32. G-U-E-S-T says:

    Coconut trees absorb radioactive cesium, and since the USA and other countries conducted so much nuclear weapons testing in the areas where these trees grow, radioactive cesium contamination in coconut products is fortunately not uncommon. It is so bad in the Bikini Atoll areas that the local population cannot even live there anymore, as consumption of local coconut products caused their bodies to become contaminated with radioactive cesium. Before everybody runs out to consume more coconut products, we need to first demand they are tested free of any radioactive compounds, including cesium.

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  33. Matt says:

    expect to see coconut oil banned shortly…

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  34. Asaru says:

    Alzheimer’s Association’s ignorance is understandable. Trust the mainstream and those of status. Depend on corporate funds and sponsorship. Fear thise other intelligent researchers who in their grassroots way attempt to awaken those who are suffering.

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  35. M.ferguson says:

    http://www.tropicaltraditions.com excellent website for coconut oil

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  36. FriendsT says:

    Check also for Herpes Simplex infections in the nervous system. The kissing disease can damage good neurons as we age by inflammation.

    http://www.wellsphere.com/eating-disorders-article/mct-oil-advantages/226640

    Coconut oil, a natural MCT, is well known in the low carb community. Most use it everyday. Many just swallow a big ol’ spoonful at a time. I use it for sauteing veggies and in my daily coffee. The research behind the benefits of coconut is vast. During the early days, coconut oil was an important part of traditional medications. People used herbs and parts of certain trees. Coconut oil concoctions applied directly to wounds or swollen areas provided quick healing.

    Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria, including listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid. Also, approximately 6-7% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are capric acid. Capric acid is another medium chain fatty acid, which has a similar beneficial function when it is formed into monocaprin in the human or animal body. Monocaprin has also been shown to have antiviral effects against HIV and is being tested for antiviral effects against herpes simplex and antibacterial effects against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted bacteria.

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  37. JOHN SMITH says:

    FIRST THANK YOU FOR YOU WONDERFUL INFORMATION.

    AND I HOPE YOUR HUSBAND IS FEELING BETTER.

    PLEASE CAN I ASK YOU HOW MUCH OIL OR OIL PILLS THAT YOUR HUSBAND WAS TAKING A DAY.

    I WANT TO START MY MOM ON THIS, AGAIN, THANK YOU.

    JOHN

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  38. [email protected] says:

    Excellent info! Have been using coconut ol in cooking (sir fry, eggs, bison burgers, drizzle on steaeded veggies etc) for several years. Began using after diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Also influenced by GARY NULL (my health GURU) about using GOOD OILS in cooking.

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  39. MJ says:

    While coconut oil is certainly a good thing, even more so is eliminating coffee, soda pop, and alcohol. Most, if not all alzheimer’s and Lou Gherigs patients are drinking things that cause extreme acidity in the body, and they do not drink restructured alkaline water. Think about it…the brain is 90% water. If it is malfunctioning, it needs moisture. How simple can it get??? Ask anyone who has these kinds of health issues to see what they are drinking and I would be willing to bet that in every instance, they are not following the above very simple remedy to a very complex problem.

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  40. Kelli says:

    Actually all the natural remedies would put Big Pharma out of business faster than anything imaginable. Thats because their all a huge fraudulent racket set up for profits. We need to destroy the whole concept of patent, which rewards people for modifying nature.

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  41. Rajeanne says:

    Thanks for your wonderful information! Organic Coconut Oill is available at many online websites, such as Vitacost.com & Swanson.com at very low prices. Swanson also has Organic Coconut Oil capsules, which I take every morning! Topically putting the oil on my skin
    is wonderful too!
    Peace, Love, Joy & Tons of Blessings,
    Rajeanne

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  42. Joyce says:

    I have taken coconut oil. It is wonderfulI. However, I stop taking it, but after reading this article I am going to start back taking it tomorrow. I take the Spectrum organic coconut oil. Thanks for this God sent information.

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  43. Fran says:

    My husband is experiencing cognitive decline following 8 years of statin (cholesterol lowering) drugs. There were numerous side effects. Most dramatic was TGA (transient global amnesia). That’s when he stopped Lipitor 7 years ago. Memory improved for a couple of years, then started to decline again. Interesting twist of fate that I never came across Dr Newport while I was researching my husband’s memory loss. We lived in Spring Hill for 11 years.

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    • Pete Mare says:

      Any person who uses statin drugs, MUST, also take Coenzyme Q10. Statin drugs eliminate Coenzyme Q10 from the body. CoEnzyme Q10 is Ubiquinone. Ubiquinone in the Human body converts Ubiquinone into Ubiquinol through the mitochondrial system to give Oxygen to every cell in the body. In 2006 the Kaneka Co of Japan formulated Ubiquinol to be stable in an oil base gel with best results if the oil was Coconut Oil or Soy oil. Blue Bonnet supplements sell Ubiquinol with Coconut Oil. Swanson Vitamins uses a medium chain triglyceride. As long as you purchase Ubiquinol that is from Kaneka approved it is safe. Ubiquinone is produced in Humans until age 25, then a 300,000 year old genetic defect slows down the production and the aging process begins.
      There is no overdose of the ammount you can take. It is natural, not a chemical from Big Pharma. The Human immune system will work at 100% with Oxygen in every cell. No more getting tired and needing a nap. Ask the computer if Cancer can live in a Cell that has Oxygen. The answer is no.
      EVERYONE READING THIS SHOULD TAKE A MINIMUM 200 MG Ubiquinone & 200 MG Ubiquinol per day.. Learn as much as you can on the Mitochondrial System and CoenzymeQ10. In 2007 Nodules in my lungs were eliminated with 200 mg of Ubiquinone per day for 3 months because the Chief Medical Researcher in China told his daughter who is our Acupuncturist’s secretary that he personally witnessed 100% cure of mice with lung cancer in the early 90’s. Since then my wife & I have been telling everyone of this truth. I have been given the gift of life. I cannot keep this gift to myself. I have to share it with everyone. Pete Mare

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  44. Theresa H says:

    Wonderful article! I use coconut oil everyday. I put a heaping teaspoon in my morning mocha. I put it in smoothies, tea, and soups. I cook with it whenever possible. I buy organic, virgin coconut oil at my local supermarket in the health food section for $10. I will use it for the rest of my life. http://www.coconutoil.com has lots of good information for those who want to learn more.

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    • Teri says:

      I just wanted to share that I’ve found a great place to purchase extra virgin coconut oil at a great price.
      The website is http://www.swansonhealth.com They have their own name brand oil, it’s extra virgin, and organic and it’s about $7 for 16 oz..

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  45. Suzy says:

    Wonderful News!!!!!

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  46. Barbara Boggs says:

    Thankyou for this. I’m sending it on. mrs. b…

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  47. DIANA MACKOWN says:

    NATURE PROVIDES HELP AND MANY CURES IF ONE CAN EXTRACT THE RIGHT INFORMATION.

    MANY THANKS FOR THIS ARTICLE. i WILL CERTAINLY PASS IT ON.

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    • Rodolfo Colipapa Kintanar says:

      My grandmother, Juliana Colipapa, (a manghihilot and mananabang) used the traditional knowledge of our people in Catmon, Cebu to treat her patients.
      A manghihilot is a traditional healer in the Philippines who used massage to treat sprains, fevers and dislocations.
      A mananabang does the work of a midwife doing prenatal care and delivering babies as well as that of a pediatrician – treating infants and children.
      In reality her work was a General Practitioner. She used her knowledge of Philippine fruits and herbs including coconut oil in her more than 80 years of private practice.
      Alzheimer’s disease – she just makes the patients eat coconut meat from young and matured coconuts.
      This was way back in the early 1900’s until her death in the ’80’s.
      For us Filipinos, to minimize health costs, we have to learn to look back to our past and revive the healing practices that existed then.
      Fortunately I grew up with my grandmother during and learned some of what she used to treat her patients.

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  48. ja combs says:

    coconut oil is amazing . an holistic doctor told me to take it internally and use externally/internally female wise. it made an incredible difference in my body atter menopause. also it is good for weight loss.

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    • Steven says:

      Now what was this article about again? Oh yes, coconut oil! :) I use coconut oil on my skin and it is incredible. Use it as a night cream and you will see the difference immediately when you wake up. I order the pure coconut oil from Fiji, but I’m sure you can use any brand just so long as it is pure coconut oil. I’m in my 40’s and people think I’m 30 something. I also alkaline my body, disease cannot grow in a alkaline environment, period. (research it) and I train every day. Hope this helps you to look and feel young! Thanks for the article, I think I’ll start eating this stuff when I apply it to my face!

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    • ria says:

      Can you provide more detail as to how your holistic doctor suggested that you use coconut oil?
      How much to take internally? Was it used as a vaginal lubricant? What use does it have female wise?
      Thank you.

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  49. Barbs says:

    Brilliant news! Thank you so much for sharing, as always!! I’ve turned 53, and am now post-menopause, 2-yrs. My memory is no longer to be relied upon. It’s been making me crazy… I never in my life ever, ever had to write anything down. I even had colleagues who got cranky with me, saying “You can’t remember that!.” But now – my fiance says, “Your friends all told me how brilliant you are.” And all I can say is that I was, I used to be. But Menopause has kicked my butt. But, after reading this I’ll start taking coconut oil – non-trans, of course! I already drink coconut milk, and take extra vE everyday. Never even thought of coconut milk.

    And, so I don’t have to send another ‘reply’… I am literally OVER the MOON regarding Atty Emord’s settlement… HUGE, HUGE!! Nice, nice job!!! Thank you so much for being there – for all of us!

    Sincerely,
    Barbara A. McCarthy

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    • Mark D. says:

      Raw whey and Coconut oil super-permeate blood brain barrier providing brain vital
      nutrients as well as energy . Switzerland was highly prized for its whey long ago . NZ
      now is as good , molasses provides energy as well as retaining nutrients .C2C.com / search.
      Water , water water . No aspertame . or aluminium . B-12 sublingual . Light and Love .
      God is Love , pass it on !

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      • I have been using a top grade Coconut Oil now for the last 2 years, I got rid of all the Clear Cooking oils that you purchase in the supermarkets, and I recently threw out all my Teflon based Auminium cooking utensils and changed to Stainless Steel, my biggest problem is how to introduce a way cheap way of producing clean drinking water from the mains, as this is a nightmare that I live with every day, and the maze of what is on offer for to improve my drinking water is ridiculas as well as expensive, and then of course “Food” is also a problem, and especially good clean meat

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        • Harvey Branman says:

          Anthony, I’ve been drinking Kangen water and it has made a tremendous difference for my wife and I, not to mention our friends who have switched to Kangen water for hydration. Check out the info on http://www.KangenWaterWorld.info and let me know if you want help getting your own Kangen machine.

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        • Frankie says:

          Hi Anthony,
          Great job in getting rid of all the aluminium and changing to Coconut Oil. I suggest you check out Distllation as a solution to your quest for pure water. The LifeMist distiller is the Gold Standard of water purification – unlike filters and RO, distillation provides consistent pure water regardless of the source water. The neutral Ph brings the body into balance. The purity of the water assists the body in a natural detox. It’s truly a cornerstone to optimal health. My family and I have all experienced such superior results, check it out at http://www.lifemist.com and http://www.waterdistillersnw.com for more info. Let me know if you would like to discuss this further, Thank you! and Best of Health!

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          • snowstar says:

            DON’T DRINK DISTILLED WATER. It is so “soft” it dissolves out the minerals in your system. Canadian research showed 30 years ago that soft water wells should have dolomite limestone added to reduce heart problems.

            To improve the PH balance of your body eat more alkaline foods like fruit and vegetables. Grains are acidic. There are charts which will show the PH of foods, determined by burning them to ash and measuring the acidity of the ash, the same residue left after digestion.

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    • Alan Inselberg says:

      Dear fellow subscriber, as a clinical nutritionist may I respectfully submit to you that your problems with memory are as a result of 2 conditions; Acetaldehyde toxicity and low Thyroid function (Hypothyroidism). Based on a 4,000 person study in the USA, at the end of a three year period, 96% of those people were found to be Iodine deficient. Google Acetaldehyde toxicity, also known as Candida Syndrome, and see its overwhelming relationship to memory loss, brain fog, ADD, lethargy, etc. and other Dementia like symptoms. If you have low thyroid function as well, you are not making enough stomach acid to properly digest the food you are eating and thereby unable to extract the proper nutrition from the food to produce the necessary amino acids to properly maintain brain function. Please look at the sites “iodine4health.com,” “naturalthyroidchioces.com,” “1-thyroid.com” and “stopthethyroidmadness.com” to learn more about how the Thyroid controls EVERY function, directly or indirectly, in your body. And Iodine is the Thyroid’s food if you will. Thyroid Hormone can NOT be made without Tyrosine and Iodine (the T in T4 and T3 stands for Tyrosine and the 4 and 3 are the number of Iodine molecules that are attached to the Tyrosine rings. It is the Tyrosine that allows the Iodine to attach to the some 75 trillion cell receptor sites. I can absolutely assure you that if you learn about these things I’ve mentioned you will live a completely disease free life and never ever need prescription drugs from the real “Drug Czars”, the pharmaceutical companies.

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      • Tina says:

        I’ve looked at many of the sites you mention but am at a loss on what to do when you have no thyroid. I had a thyroidectomy many years ago and have been on various doses of synthyroid or levothyroxine. I have asked my endocrinologists if I could try armour-thyroid and they have told me that the synthetic versions are much better. I also have a difficult time with my doctors because they always want to change my dosages. I know I need thyroid replacement but would like to find a natural alternative that will be better for me long term and dislike being at the mercy of doctors who like to change my dosages.

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        • Bill says:

          I have hypothyroidism. The only 2 endochrinologists in this town told me on the phone before I even saw them that they don’t prescribe natural thyroid hormone (armour). I have read how most patients feel better taking the natural hormone. I just wanted to try it and see if it did for me. Does anybody know if the AMA is against this and why? I just thought it must be a AMA ‘policy’ thing if no endochrinologist will prescibe something that makes most patients feel better.

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          • Heather says:

            Armour has a heavy proportion of T3, which is unhealthy. The synthetics such as T4 Synthroid and T3 Cytomel are bioidentical and the proportions can be controlled. While is makes sense to gravitate to a more natural product and certainly not give pharmaceutical companies business, sometimes it makes sense to. Forest Labs makes Armour and the same company makes T4 and T3.

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    • Jill Copenhagen says:

      Perimenopause and menopause trashed what little memory I had. Since then, I have switched to organic everything, grass-fed meat, and stopped eating both commercially processed foods and wheat or anything with wheat in it. My memory is back and better than the past several decades. Looking back, going wheat-free would have helped long ago. Frankly, I don’t expect good info from the usual tools of big pharma and big agra. When you recover, people ask you what you did. The word gets out if slowly. Those who believe in conventional western medicine with unquestioning devotion may never come around. You can lead a horse to water, as the saying goes. Live long and prosper.

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      • mjbogdanov says:

        Jill-
        So true. Thanks for posting. Climbing this long and arduous mountain now. The turnaround is slow but certain as any back-sliding confirms, without fail. Best to you ; )

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    • marlyngibson says:

      I really have no biz telling you anything but there is something that I know and that is “the milk is not good for you to drink too often”..Ask any Thai person and they will tell you. The oil is good the water or juice is good but the milk made from the meat is not. Check this out for yourself. Sorry to butt in but I just had to tell you.

      marlyn

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      • Joanna says:

        I am a new coconut oil user, purchased “Spectrum Coconut Oil ” from Whole Foods, am a little worried as this is solid oil!
        Found good information on: http://www.cookycoconuts.com/coconutnutrition.html

        After reading your post, I think you were trying to tell us which Coconut Oil to purchase. the above website cleared it up for me. Below is an exerpt from that website;

        QUOTE
        High-quality coconut oil is a completely different product and is truly the healthiest oil you can consume. It is a much safer alternative to other popular oils such as canola oil, where most of its omega-3s are transformed into trans-fats during the deodorization process, which increases the dangers of chronic diseases.

        Because of these drastic variations, my team and I here researched coconut oil extensively until we found the ideal source. I now highly recommend and offer you what is clearly the premier brand of virgin coconut oil in the United States, Tropical Traditions. This virgin coconut oil is not only certified organic, but it also met all our other requirements, including no GMO ingredients, bleaching, deodorizing, refining or hydrogenation. Tropical Traditions also uses fresh coconuts (not “copra” or dried coconuts like most oils) that come from a rural region of the Philippines untainted by urban pollution.

        If you do choose another brand of coconut oil, please be sure that it meets these requirements. (How Coconut Oil Works For Thyroid) End of QUOTE

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