“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 has practiced neonatology in Florida since 1983 and has been medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital since opening in 2003.
Dr. Newport is employed by the All Children’s Specialty Physicians group, who provide newborn services to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. She is also volunteer clinical faculty for the Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida since January 2004. She previously practiced neonatology and served as medical director at Mease Hospital Dunedin, after founding the newborn intensive care unit at that hospital in 1987.
Dr. Newport has been married to Steve Newport since 1972 and they have two daughters and a grandson. She has written 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. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled, What If There Was a Cure…And No One Knew? “
“Coconut oil and MCT oil provide relatively low levels of ketosis, however, the ketone ester made and studied in the lab of Dr. Richard Veech can provide levels at least 10 times as high…the amount of energy provided to the brain is directly proportional to the level of ketones in the blood. Thus his ketone ester could provide as much as 60% of the brain’s energy requirement compared to perhaps 5-10% by MCT oil/coconut oil.” – For more on this blogpost, please click here.
“…Our cells can use ketone bodies as an alternative fuel when glucose is not available. Brain cells, specifically neurons, are very limited, more limited than other cells, in what kinds of fuel they can use to function and to stay alive. Normally, they require glucose (sugar), but they can also use ketone bodies. Humans do not normally have ketone bodies circulating and available to the brain unless they have been starving for a couple of days or longer, or are consuming a ketogenic (very low carbohydrate) diet, such as Atkins.
In Alzheimer’s disease, the neurons in certain areas of the brain are unable to take in glucose4, 5 due to insulin resistance and slowly die off, a process that appears to happen one or more decades before the symptoms become apparent. If these cells had access to ketone bodies, they could potentially stay alive and continue to function.MCT oil is digested differently by the body than other fats. Instead of storing all MCTs as fat, the liver converts them directly to ketone bodies, which are then available for use as energy.
Oral and intravenous administration of MCT oil produces hyperketonemia, 10 or circulating ketone bodies, which are then available to the brain for energy, in the absence of glucose19 and even in the presence of glucose.22 In addition, hyperketonemia results in a substantial (39%) increase in cerebral blood flow, 18 and appears to reduce cognitive dysfunction associated with systemic hypoglycemia in normal humans…”
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“The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes , HIV and cancer , dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.” Recently, the health benefits of coconut oil was addressed in the New York Times. Read inside for the link to the article!