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Alzheimer's Society Fear of Coconut Oil

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Created October 29, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I've been reading Mary Newport's - Alzheimer's disease What if there was a Cure? I cook with coconut oil, take it as a supplement, and follow a Paleo Lifestyle. My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's and my sister-in-law is afraid to try the coconut oil due to its' high fat content and association with heart disease. In addition to these fears the Alzheimer's web site is totally against coconut oil citing its' horrible artery clogging properties. Is there a study out there that might persuade the family to at least try coconut oil? Alzheimer's disease has no cure. Why are people so afraid of a food? The reaction is similar to the response of taking a teaspoon of Drano. I can only guess that the drug companies are afraid of a natural substance undermining their potential drug cure.

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on November 08, 2012
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Thank you for the information. Unfortunately my mother-in-law already has heart disease and now Alzheimer's. This is such a heartbreaking situation for all concerned. My frustration lies with the Alzheimer's Association and the fear of natural solutions.

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on November 08, 2012
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Yes, Dr. Mary Newport practices pediatrics with a specialty in neonatology. Dr.Newport also added MTC oil to her husband's diet along with the coconut oil.The purpose of her book was to spur research in this area.

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on October 30, 2012
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True, the design of this study was odd. At the very least though I think it is a good study for refuting the idea that eating coconut oil instead of pufa rich vegetable oil will cause you to keel over from a heart attack.

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on October 30, 2012
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Given how inflammatory peanut oil is, I'd say the St. Vincent's study isn't a good example of the benefits of coconut oil.

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on October 29, 2012
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Is she the lady whose husband started showing signs of Alzheimer's and added coconut oil to his morning oatmeal every day for weeks until he showed improvement?

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on October 29, 2012
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I'm not sure dying of heart disease (not saying coconut oil will cause problems) is any worse than losing one's mind to Alzheimers.

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The Saint Vincent's Hospital study was a randomized controlled trial which might be worth citing: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/42/5/943.full.pdf

It took 100 men with a history of heart disease and separated them into 2 groups. Group 1 was given supplemental fat as an equal mixture of corn and safflower oil, while group 2 was given supplemental fat as equal parts peanut and coconut oil. After consuming a tablespoon of coconut oil every day for 5 years, there were 4 deaths in group 2. This can be compared to 5 deaths in group 1.

Also, in a major meta analysis of 60 trials measuring the effect of fatty acids on cholesterol, the authors reported ???Lauric acid has a more favorable effect on total:HDL cholesterol than any other fatty acid???. The ratio of total:HDL cholesterol being one strongest predictors of heart disease. The main fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid.

A 12 week study on women eating less and moving more and given supplemental fat (30 ml) found that coconut oil decreased waist circumference increased HDL, and didn't increase LDL, while supplemental soybean oil raised LDL, lowered HDL, and didn't decrease waist circumference.

Finally, another study fed women diets with lots of coconut oil or olive oil. The coconut oil group experienced lower postprandial levels of lipoprotein A (or Lp(a)) and tissue plasminogen activator antigen (or t-PA). Elevated Lp(a) and t-PA levels are considered risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

There haven't been too many coconut oil studies done on humans, but as you can see the ones that have been done have not found it to be unhealthy or damaging to health, but rather potentially beneficial.

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on October 30, 2012
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Given how inflammatory peanut oil is, I'd say the St. Vincent's study isn't a good example of the benefits of coconut oil.

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on October 30, 2012
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True, the design of this study was odd. At the very least though I think it is a good study for refuting the idea that eating coconut oil instead of pufa rich vegetable oil will cause you to keel over from a heart attack.

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on October 29, 2012
at 10:34 PM

I'm sorry to say this but they probably won't listen unless their doctor tells them to use coconut oil or go into ketosis. You might try asking them (or looking together) for references between coconut oil and heart disease. Ask them which is a bigger problem in their life right now. Without being overbearing be persistent. They have to be willing to change. Demonstrate that when they are willing you still will be there. Good luck, I hope you win.

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on October 29, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Tons of information out there. Not just Coconut Oil, but all forms of MCT's. The idea is more toward getting into Ketosis, if not applying a permanent Ketogenic Diet to treat the disease. Start here.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21130529

The use of Coconut Oil to help one achieve a Ketogenic state is very easily accessible. You can probably Google that and find tons of related material.

Personally, I've had two family members get Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, once it hits a certain point, many of the signs and symptoms are overly apparent and it's difficult to treat. The sooner the better.

In your case, if said sister-in-law has issues, throw it back to her and ask about the idea that if the Alzheimer's is already present, why worry about heart disease, which is not only an unfounded worry but is NOT already present. It's just another inherent risk of many in life. She can't deny that already-present Alzheimer's will only worse if no action is taken...and like you said, there are no cures and very little available in-terms of Pharmaceutical remedies.

Good luck. It's a tough battle to have with family. I've been there...

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on November 08, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Thank you for the information. Unfortunately my mother-in-law already has heart disease and now Alzheimer's. This is such a heartbreaking situation for all concerned. My frustration lies with the Alzheimer's Association and the fear of natural solutions.

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on October 30, 2012
at 01:31 AM

There have been recent articles that mention that Alzheimer's should actually be re-named Type 3 Diabetes. I agree with this. Ever since I went Paleo and low/very low carb, my "old" mind and fading memory has come back sharp as a tack. I'm thrilled! My husband is not. :) Now I remember EVERYTHING! LOL

Here's a link to one of the articles:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/bittman-is-alzheimers-type-3-diabetes/

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