Following on the heels of our story describing how Dr. Terry Wahls reversed her MS with a healing diet comes this remarkable account of how Dr. Mary Newport is reversing her husband’s Alzheimer’s simply by adding coconut oil to his diet.
Coconut oil preserves your brain — and more!
I told you this was stunning news, didn’t I? And there’s even more good news associated with this wondrous oil…
Once the whipping boy of mainstream nutritionists and cardiologists (because of its saturated fat content), coconut oil is finally proving itself to be a healing food that belongs in everyone’s kitchen.
Mainstream doctors and nutritionists unanimously dissed coconut oil, claiming it was bad for heart health because it raises cholesterol.
What doctors failed to notice (or mention when they finally understood) was that coconut oil elevates both LDL (the “bad” kind) and HDL (the “good” variety), which is why total cholesterol increased.
But having high HDL cholesterol is a good thing.
It’s long been known that HDL is highly protective of our cardiovascular system — and that having an elevated HDL level is far more heart-healthy that a low level of LDL.
Unfortunately, this fact wasn’t publicized because Big Pharma didn’t have a drug that could raise HDL, although one company spent billions trying to develop one.
"So they put out the message that it (saturated fats, such as coconut oil) increased serum cholesterol,” says Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist researcher at the University of Maryland and an expert in the area of dietary fat.
“But the truth of the matter is,” Dr Teter points out, “it was helping the profile of the serum cholesterol."
“Eating fat makes you fat.”
Another reason they badmouthed coconut oil was because consuming it, like the consumption of all fats, supposedly increased your weight.
But this was always assumed, and never really proven.
While dietary fat has been blamed for our current obesity epidemic, the real culprits are refined carbohydrates — specifically sugar, sweeteners, and foods made from refined flour.
One can clearly see that the popularity of the low-fat diet in the 1980s coincides with the explosion of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the US and developed world.
We evolved eating a high fat diet
No major study has ever been able to show that eating a low-fat diet reduces the incidence of obesity or heart disease — and this includes the really big studies such as MRFIT, WHI, and the Nurses’ Health Study.
On the contrary, history shows that humankind evolved on a high-fat diet (especially saturated fat) consisting largely of animals and their products.
Anthropologists point out that early hunter-gatherers consumed the entire carcass of an animal, not just the muscle meat — and preferred the fattiest parts and organs of the fattest animals.
For example, the Inuits of Greenland and the Eskimos thrived on a diet almost exclusively comprised of whale meat and blubber — yet they remained slim, fit, and disease-free.
It wasn’t until the rise of modern agriculture and the emergence of the refined carbohydrate that we began seeing problems with widespread obesity and diabetes.
The first low-carb diet
William Banting (1796-1878), an obese London undertaker, is credited with publicizing the high-fat (low-carb) diet as a cure for obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Banting had tried every weight-loss technique of that time, including increasing his physical activity, but met with no success.
It wasn’t until he followed the suggestions of William Harvey, a British physician, that he shed 50 pounds effortlessly by eating four meals a day consisting of meat, fish, and game — while abstaining from sugar, starchy foods, and beer.
By some estimates, Banting’s diet was 80% fat — and seems to be the forerunner of the Atkins Diet, which appeared 200 years later.
Modern benefits of coconut oil
In a 2009 study, researchers gave coconut oil to a group of obese women and found that it reduced their waistlines and increased their HDL. (A separate study found it produced similar results for men.)
In addition to finding improvements in the brain function of Alzheimer’s patients, Dr. Teter reports similar benefits for people with other neurological diseases such as epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s, and possibly even autism and schizophrenia.
Coconut oil, like extra virgin olive oil, is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent which relieves joint pain. It also supports healthy digestion.
Furthermore, it possesses anti-viral properties and is being investigated as an immunity booster for people with HIV and herpes.
Many people also use coconut oil as a face moisturizer (it reduces the appearance of wrinkles) … as a stress-relieving massage oil … as a protective barrier cream on scrapes and cuts … to help bruises heal more quickly … and as a hair conditioner.
Cooking with coconut oil
My favorite way to use it is in cooking.
It’s my oil of choice for stir-frying and sauteing because it has a high smoke point (meaning it is very stable under high heat). If I ate deep-fried foods (which I don’t), this is the oil I would rely on.
Note: If you are planning to add coconut oil to your diet (which I recommend you do), make sure you purchase the organic, non-hydrogenated variety, such as Artisana, Nutiva, and Spectrum brands (I get mine at significant discount from TheGreenPolkaDotBox — and you can too).
Why the non-hydrogenated form? Because all hydrogenated oils contain dangerous trans-fats which have been linked to heart disease, cancers, and other serious health problems.
Are you a “Coco Fan” yet?
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And be sure to forward this video to every Alzheimer’s-afflicted person (and their caregivers) that you know — as well as people who are at risk.
Coconut holds promise as a first line of defense against this uniquely heartbreaking affliction.
According to some vocal advocates, it’s been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s — and may even be able to prevent its onset.
We currently have 5.4 million Alzheimer’s sufferers in the U.S. — and that number could skyrocket as the Baby Boomer generation heads into old age.
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