Dr. Mary Newport
Mary T. Newport, M.D. grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended Xavier University for pre-medicine, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1978. She trained in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and completed her fellowship in neonatology, the care of sick and premature newborns,at the Medical University Hospital in Charleston, SC. She practiced neonatology in Florida for 30 years in Florida and served as founding medical director for two newborn intensive care units. After taking some time off to care for Steve, she resumed medical practice at the opposite end of the spectrum and now makes home visits with people who have chronic conditions. Dr. Newport was married to Steve Newport in 1972 and they have two daughters and a grandson. Steve lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia in 2016. To carry on his legacy, she remains a fervent messenger for ketones as an alternative fuel for the brain for Alzheimer’s and other disorders. She is author of three books and an international speaker on this subject.
In 2008, she wrote an article, “What If There Was a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and No One Knew?” relaying her family’s experience with this disease and her research into a dietary intervention that may benefit persons with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Her first book Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was A Cure? The Story of Ketones (2011; 2nd edition 2013) details the story of Steve’s dramatic response to medium-chain triglycerides providing ketones as an alternative fuel for the brain, with translations in German, Japanese, Mandarin and French. Her second book, The Coconut Oil and Low-Carbohydrate Solution for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Other Diseases (2015), offers a practical guide to using coconut oil and MCT oil and a sensible approach to lowering carbs in the diet to increase ketones, which provide alternative fuel for the brain. Her newest book, The Complete Book of Ketones: A Practical Guide to Ketogenic Diets and Ketone Supplements is available for pre-orders from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound and will ship on February 19, 2019. This book explains what ketones are and how they work, details the role of ketones in evolution, the history of ketone research and ketogenic diets through the eyes of the pioneers and rising stars in this field, and provides practical step-by-step information to plan a low-carb or ketogenic diet.
This is just one visual of what
Coconut Oil did for my husband,
Steve Newport in first days to months:
First days: More alert, more talkative, finished sentences, sense of humor and animation in his face returned, was less distracted, recognized relatives, said it was like the “light switch came on” in his head the day he started coconut oil. Hand and facial tremor resolved.
After weeks to months: SEE CLOCK DRAWINGS BELOW. He could “do things” again, like cutting the lawn and helping with housework, finish projects, became hospital volunteer; stiff slow gait resolved after two months, visual disturbance resolved and he could read after three months, could recall what he read hours earlier after nine months. Coconut oil and MCT oil changes our lives for the better.
An Update from Dr. Mary Newport
It has been more than 10 years since Steve improved in May 2005 with coconut oil, the richest natural source of medium-chain triglycerides, which convert to ketones, an alternative fuel for the brain. He improved very significantly and steadily the first year and remained stable for at least 2 to three more years. He began having seizures in summer 2013 starting with a head injury from a fall and did not fully recover. Despite this serious setback, it was well worth the extra quality years that we had together as a family. He remained in our home with the help of our wonderful caregivers and had gradual worsening thereafter. Although he lost his battle with Alzheimer’s on January 2, 2016 at age 65, there is now at least hope for others who are at risk or in earlier stages of this horrible disease, and their families might actually win their fight.
Recent studies using Ketone and Glucose Uptake PET scans show that ketones are taken up normally in the areas affected by Alzheimer’s disease even when glucose is not. In addition, this research technique shows that consuming medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil can fill in the gap between how much energy the brain needs and how much it receives in older people who are cognitively normal and in people with mild cognitive impairment which can lead to Alzheimer’s. This strategy could help prevent or delay the onset of this dreadful disease. As an author and an international speaker I carry on Steve’s legacy as a messenger to increase awareness and promote research of ketones as an alternative fuel for the brain.
I want to thank everyone who has sent me testimonials for your loved ones who have tried coconut oil and or MCT oil for Alzheimer’s, other dementias, memory impairment, Parkinson’s and other disorders. I have received well over 400, and while some people have no response, the vast majority have reported improvements in cognitive functions and overall quality of life. I am overjoyed that so many people have benefited from this food-based intervention as did my late husband Steve! These testimonials (kept anonymous) could help obtain funding for this type of research. Several small and moderate studies completed in the USA and Japan and other areas of the world have shown improvement in a significant number of people, and a much larger three-year study of MCT oil for prevention of Alzheimer’s in people with mild cognitive impairment is in progress in Canada, funded by the Alzheimer’s Association, also with preliminary promising results. Other studies of MCT oil and/or coconut oil are underway or beginning soon.
Steve asked for his brain to be donated to the Florida Brain Bank which is a research study for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We learned that he suffered from both Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia, a condition with many symptoms like Parkinson’s disease. Our family had great closure from knowing his diagnoses and I suggest others consider making this donation to further dementia research and discovery of causes and cures.
Ketones as an alternative fuel are also under study at USF in the lab under the direction of Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D. for the treatment of cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), wound healing, oxygen toxicity, epilepsy, rare enzyme deficiencies and status epilepticus, using ketogenic diets that contain medium chain triglycerides and also ketone esters. The cancer studies are looking at combinations of ketogenic diets with hyperbaric oxygen, ketone esters and glucose lowering substances to further enhance the effect on killing cancer cells, which thrive on glucose but cannot use ketones while preserving normal cells. Results of several of these studies have been published and others are forthcoming. Human clinical trials are underway.
Studies of ketone esters for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases urgently need to be undertaken but funding for mass production of the ester and clinical testing has not yet materialized. For now, you can provide ketones to the brain as an alternative fuel by consuming foods that contain medium chain triglycerides to produce ketones. Ketone salts offer a new source of boosting ketone levels with many people reporting health benefits. This should not be taken as medical advice and I strongly encourage people to consult with their physician before undertaking a ketogenic diet or using ketone supplements. If you or your loved one is suffering from a progressive condition, this may be worth considering.
Mary T. Newport, M.D.