Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease
worried should drug companies be about supplements
eating into their monopoly profits? A lot—as
this story will show. Please share
it with anyone you know who is suffering from
Alzheimer’s or is worried about it.
course, just about everyone worries about
Alzheimer’s. It currently afflicts 5.2
million people in the US and is the seventh
leading cause of death. The cost of treating
it is estimated at $148 billion.
Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director
of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring
Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it
opened in 2003. About the same time the unit
opened, her husband Steve, then 53, began
showing signs of progressive dementia, later
diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease. “Many
days, often for several days in a row, he
was in a fog; couldn’t find a spoon
or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator,”
started him on Alzheimer’s drugs—Aricept,
Namenda, Exelon—but his disease worsened
steadily. (It should be noted that the latest
research shows that the various Alzheimer’s
drugs, like Aricept, have proven disappointing,
with little real benefit and often distressing
side effects.) When Dr. Newport couldn’t
get her husband into a drug trial for a new
Alzheimer’s medication, she started
researching the mechanism behind Alzheimer’s.
discovered that with Alzheimer’s disease,
certain brain cells may have difficulty utilizing
glucose (made from the carbohydrates we eat),
the brain’s principal source of energy.
Without fuel, these precious neurons may begin
to die. There is an alternative energy source
for brain cells—fats known as ketones.
If deprived of carbohydrates, the body produces
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