I saw a touching documentary on Alzheimers recently but it freaked me out a bit because my dad is in the advanced stages of Alzheimers and I wondered, is this my fate?
I’ve long heard that Alzheimer’s is referred to as Type-III diabetes. So the obvious question was, had anyone done research on the impact of a ketogenic diet for arresting or delaying the disease? The answer sadly, is no, not really.
But if you are happy to be swayed by anecdotal evidence (I often am) then this story from 2008 is full of hope:
In this account, Dr. Mary Newport supplemented her husbands diet with coconut oil (a medium chain triglyceride) to increase ketones in circulation.
There was no carbohydrate restriction. In fact many of you will cringe to see pictures of coconut oil added to every grain imaginable (she usually stirs it into his oatmeal). The dose given was 2 tablespoons of pure coconut oil daily (non-hydrogenated).
In just 24 hours his severe Alzheimer’s showed improvement and this continued for several months. He literally “rolled back the clock” as shown by the amazing improvement in his ability to draw a clock face (a standard test for Alzheimer’s).
She has written a book on her experience but to save time and money, just check out this 4 page case study she wrote.
Here is a similar story of using coconut oil to treat Alzheimers. In this case, intervention was a lot sooner and appears to have been completely effective in stopping progression of the disease (although they do not appear to have independently verified his condition):
Peter at Hyperlipid looked at Dr. Newport’s story when it first came out and made this interesting comment:
One of the first posts I ever put up on Hyperlipid was the use of the full blown ketogenic diet for the partial reversal of Parkinsons Disease. As far as I can see Alzheimers Disease, Parkinsons Disease and ALS are all essentially the same disease, but the genetics of your glutamate receptor subtypes or quirks of your glutamate processing enzymes determine which you get. They’re excitotoxin diseases, and Russell Blaylock has the most self consistent hypothesis of their generation that I’ve come across.
For me all this means that I need to hunt down a good source of coconut oil pronto. If Alzheimer’s is in the cards I may notice nothing for another 20 years, but likely the seeds of it are taking hold now.
I have had a hard time sticking to a low carb diet over the long terms and have indulged in regular carb-filled relapses. So it seems that, as a minimum, I should start taking coconut oil as a potential prophylactic against brain rot…