Alzheimer's Disease: What If There was a Cure? : the Story of Ketones

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Basic Health Publications, Incorporated, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 478 pages
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The story of Dr. Mary T. Newport's discovery and use of medium-chain fatty acids, which act like alternative fuel in the Alzheimer's brain, to aid her beloved husband, Steve, created such a stir when the first edition was published in 2011 that a second edition was needed to reflect the most recent developments. Here Dr. Newport, a neonatal practitioner, brings the story of Steve's progress up to date and details the most recent research on such topics as possible causes of Alzheimer's linked to over-the-counter and prescription medications, and how infection, inflammation, and genetic makeup may affect an individual's response to fatty acid therapy. She also covers the latest clinical trials aimed at removing beta-amyloid that accumulates in the Alzheimer's brain. Dr. Newport shares the story of Steve's reprieve from the downward spiral of Alzheimer's to educate caregivers about the readily available dietary intervention with coconut oil and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil. Basically, medium-chain fatty acids are converted by the liver into ketones that are used in the brain as fuel. Since it is known that the Alzheimer's brain is insulin resistant or deficient, consuming these fatty acids provides an alternative fuel to glucose. Changes in individuals may come in the form of improved memory, return of personality, or resumption of activities and social interaction. Because synthesized ketone ester produces considerably higher levels of ketones than fatty acids in foods, Dr. Newport has become an ardent advocate for ketone ester research, with FDA approval her final goal. The latest developments in ketone research, both at the National Institutes of Health and the University of South Florida in Tampa, are discussed in this edition. All those who care for the more than 5.4 million people in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer's disease need to learn about Dr. Newport's research and Steve's reprieve, the importance of medium-chain fatty acids, and how Alzheimer's patients can incorporate these essential fats into their diet as outlined in this important book. Book jacket.

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Board-certified in pediatrics and neonatology, founding director of the newborn intensive are unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida, and clinical faulty assistant professor at USF. Author of Alzheimer's DIsease: What if There Was a Cure?, a national and international best-seller.

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