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    Coconut Oil Revisited
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    Judith L London, PhD posted:
    Hi Everyone,

    Just found out at a workshop yesterday given by Dr.Michael Lara that 2-3 Tablespoons of coconut oil 3 times a day may be good for the brain for people with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's. That is the main ingredient in the drug Axona. For people in general, coconut oil is also beneficial - about 1 tablespoon in the am and pm. Do not cook with it since that will break it down to counteract the benefit. You can gently melt it and combine it with something else. Coconut milk also works.

    Check with your doctor to confirm Dr. Lara's recommendations.
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    2010guardian responded:
    Sounds good. I would like to see what other peoples doctors say about giving the 'OK' to take it.
    I'm wondering how it will effect cholesterol and trigycerides.

    Kathy
     
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    cjh1203 responded:
    I don't know if anyone here listens to "The People's Pharmacy" on NPR, but they did a show a few weeks ago that included a discussion with a doctor from Duke University about this subject. There are other topics covered in the show, also, but you can forward through whatever you aren't interested in.

    Here's the link: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/03/03/848-health-news-update/ .

    Carol
     
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    2010guardian replied to cjh1203's response:
    Hi Carol,
    I could not get on the web page of peoples pharmacy. I clicked on it and also typed the add. in. Any suggestions?

    Kathy
     
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    cjh1203 replied to 2010guardian's response:
    Hi Kathy. That's odd -- I just clicked on the link and it took me straight to the page. Computers are a constant source of mystery!

    Maybe if you go to www.peoplespharmacy.com , and do a search for coconut oil, it will bring up the information. I hope that will work.

    Carol
     
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    2010guardian replied to cjh1203's response:
    Carol,
    I have not been able to pull up the 'peoples pharmacy'.
    I've even typed in the add. in the search engine.

    Sounds interesting.

    Kathy
     
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    cjh1203 replied to 2010guardian's response:
    That's so weird, Kathy. I'm not sure what else to suggest. Have you tried just googling "people's pharmacy", rather than the whole address?

    If I have any brilliant ideas, I'll let you know. It's a great site, and I subscribe to their newsletter. I've learned a lot from them over the years.

    Carol
     
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    2010guardian replied to cjh1203's response:
    Hi Carol, I clicked on your link and it took me right there. I put it in favorites, so I won't have any trouble with it again. Thanks for your persistance.

    Kathy
     
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    cjh1203 replied to 2010guardian's response:
    Glad it finally worked, Kathy! I think you'll really like the site.

    Carol
     
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    2010guardian responded:
    Judy,
    Today I bought Organic extra virgin coconut oil at a 'Whole Foods' Store. It was cold-pressed from young coconuts within hours of harvest. When I put a little in my palm, it instantly broke down to oil. The sales lady knew about Dr. Lara. Your information said 'do no cook it'. I'm wondering how to melt it?
    double boiler? microwave?
    The directions said to try it in sauteing or baking. also use instead of butter. (no hydrogenated fat)

    My initial concern was how it will effect my cholestrol and triglycerides. Per 1 T. it has 13 g. saturated fat (63% DV); monounsaturated fat, 1 gram; no cholestrol.

    Also you said the main ingredient is the drug Axona. I wonder how that would affect the Aricept and Naminda?

    I don't think the MD's keep up with this kind of food. I'm open to comments and suggestions. I'm doing further research.

    Kathy Dagenett
     
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    EdFcaregiver responded:
    New as primary caregiver wife of 51 yrs. with severe Alzheimers...reading about coconutl oil that others may find encouraging..."What If There Was a Cure?" by caregiver Dr. Mary T. Newport. Interesting results...ed
     
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    cjh1203 replied to EdFcaregiver's response:
    Hi Ed.

    Welcome to the board. Thank you for your book suggestion.

    I'm so sorry about your wife. It's shocking and heartbreaking to get a diagnosis like that. How advanced is her Alzheimer's? Does she still have good days?

    Please come here whenever you would like to talk, vent, get moral support or ask for advice. Caregiving can be overwhelming and lonely, and we will help as much as we can.

    Take care.

    Carol
     
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    EdFcaregiver replied to cjh1203's response:
    Hi Carol...unfortunately, the road to A started in April '11 with a bbrain injury fall, shunt and rehad...then another fall in Jan.'12 leading to the Alzheimer's diagnosis. My athletic wife of 51 yrs sleeps about 23 out the 24...so i guess this is an end sstage symptom...regards, ed
     
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    Judith L London, PhD replied to 2010guardian's response:
    Hi Kathy,

    Dr. Lara specifically said that cocnut oil loses its effectiveness when heated. I just tried some and it tastes good, melting in my mouth immediately. I also have the organic virgin cocnut oil from Trader Joe's and it lists no cholesterol, no sodium,. I t does state 14 grams of fast of which 12 is saturated fat. I would email Dr. Lara to ask his opinion of how the oil affects triglicerides and if it is, indeed, OK for cholesterol restriction.

    Let us know how you make out,
    Judy
     
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    2010guardian replied to Judith L London, PhD's response:
    Thank you, Judy, for responding. I've been away for a while. Yes, I think I will email Dr. Lara. Coconut is very good and I enjoyed using it. I'm wondering if it should be refrigerated. I kept it on the counter at room temperature and it stayed melted clear liquid. About the end of the jar, it did have some mold in it.


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