I read this book and Dr. Newport gives very compelling testimony of her husband/s Alzheimer's condition. However, and this is only my personal position about this, I do not believe the "scientific information" provided to support the claims are sufficient serious and solid. This is a very interesting possible discovery, but -in my opinion- it needs more scientific research.
I am posting this in my blog because it is part of my research work and because I find it important to be out here for people to acquire knowledge, do their own research and find out for themselves, with this base as a point of departure.
So, welcome to the following book reviews by some readers:
"Consider another point of view based on the following points:"
"1. While coconut oil may increase ketones and help brain function, it may be damaging veins, arteries and capillaries at the same time.
2. The United States Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, International College of Nutrition, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, British National Health Service, and Dietitians of Canada recommend against the consumption of significant amounts of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fats.
3. Although coconut oil can increase HDL, it is also *hardens arteries*. "The Golden hamster has been used in many studies to observe the development of atherosclerosis and study the effects of various types of fats. In a recent study by Mangiapane et al at the University of Nottingham, Loughborough, UK, hamsters were fed a diet high in cholesterol and either coconut oil or olive oil. The hamsters in the olive oil group had less atherosclerosis. In a second study the researchers stopped the high cholesterol diet but continued either coconut or olive oil. Atherosclerosis lesions in the large arteries actually continued to increase in size in the coconut oil group."
4. When scientists want to study artery hardening in animals, do you know what they feed them to induce atherosclerosis? *Coconut oil*.
5. Although coconut oil may help with one problem, you are going to be destroying your veins in the process, eventually leading to heart attack or stroke.
6. I just don't want people to trade one problem for another, maybe more serious one. Also, for some who have diabetes leading to memory problems, we shouldn't assume that lifelong chronic bad health choices (e.g., overeating, lack of exercise, high carb and fatty diet, obesity) will be fixed by some "miracle cure" latest natural dietary saturated fat. The solution to the problem (for many) is self control, limiting portion sizes, reducing fat and carbohydrates, and exercise.
7. Medical decisions need to be taken from peer-reviewed scientific articles. You can find these at places such as PubMed or Google Scholar."
Rational Shopper, Ph. D.
"I work as a researcher and found this book one day while in search of another one. My sister is in the middle stages of the disease and I am hungry for any
thing that will help her in her struggle. We are blessed in that she still can drive, cook and still knows us all, but she is gradually declining. I am
thankful for the information in the book and am praying for a cure! God bless the author of Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure? for sharing her
experience and the information she has obtaining with all of us."
Beulah S. Coyne
(Birmingham, AL USA)