Q My mom is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Several friends have suggested I give her coconut oil. They have shared a video clip from the Web that shows almost miraculous improvement. Do you think this is real? Can it really work? — AD, Greenville
A I found the book “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan” by Dr. Murali Doraiswamy and colleagues at Duke University to be helpful and based on good science. It does not include the topic of coconut oil, so Eden Rouse, a third-year Brody medical student, searched the literature for information about coconut oil and Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment. Here is what Eden found.
Primary care physicians around our country are preaching prevention to their patients. The incidence of obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes is rising rapidly in America, and many doctors are doing what they can to slow the waves of new disease diagnoses. Some reports hint that coconut oil may hold the key to prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating illness characterized by a slow decline in brain function, usually among the elderly.
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