by Peter Wright, NTP, CGP
260,000 Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s each year. 1 in 8 of those are over 65. While age is the biggest risk factor, age does not cause Alzheimer’s. The gradual degeneration of the brain starts well before old age. While initially helping, drugs do not provide measurable improvement after 12 months.
However, according to Bruce Fife, ND, author of the book Stop Alzheimer’s Now!, coconut oil can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s and in some cases even eliminate it completely. His book explains in detail the use of coconut oil in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain disorders. In this post I will briefly summarize the main points of his book.
It is important to note that Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and is related to other neurodegenerative disorders including Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS, and MS. Dr. Fife explains in the book how this treatment is equally effective against these disorders.
Alzheimer’s is now being referred to as Type 3 diabetes. Type 3 diabetes shows characteristics of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. With Type 3 diabetes there is an inability to make insulin and insulin plays an important role in normal brain development. Type 3 diabetes also causes a resistance to insulin which makes it difficult for the body to absorb glucose. This is particularly damaging to the brain because the brain runs on glucose. This explains why Type 2 diabetics are at high risk to develop Alzheimer’s.
When brain cells lose the ability to absorb glucose they die. All cells need a continual supply of glucose (blood sugar). When glucose is unavailable, for example when you don’t eat for a long period of time, the body has a backup mechanism. It converts fatty acids for energy needs. Unfortunately the brain can’t use these converted fatty acids, but it does have its own special backup fuel called ketones. These are made in the liver specifically for the brain.
Ketones act as a high potency alternative to glucose for the brain, increasing blood flow and improving both circulation and oxygen delivery. Ketones activate proteins that regulate growth and repair of brain tissue and provide the fats used for repair and generation of new cells. Ketones are really not a new concept. The Ketogenic Diet has been used quite successfully for years to treat Epilepsy, Parkinsons, ALS, and Alzheimer’s. The diet limits carbohydrates to 2% of total calories and replaces the low carbohydrates with healthy fats.
If you are dealing with Alzheimer’s or know someone who is, I strongly recommend this book!
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