86: Dr. Mary Newport on Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was A Cure?


In the third episode of a special podcast series on Alzheimer’s disease, I have the honor of having Mary T. Newport, M.D. here as my featured guest on today’s Carbohydrates Can Kill podcast show. Dr. Newport, a neonatologist (physician who specializes in newborn health), has become very knowledgeable regarding Alzheimer’s disease, which is a disease supposedly related to aging, because she has to take care of her husband who sufferes with this terrible disease.

As I mentioned in Episode 84 of this podcast on January 18, 2012, we have found amyloid plaques in the brain of the patient with Alzheimer’s disease. However, we have also found reducing or eliminating the amyloid plaque formation does not stop the symptoms of the disease from deteriorating. It is true that restricting carbohydrate consumption could improve the symptoms, likely because of the formation of beta-hydroxybutyrates, which is a ketone body. Nevertheless, consuming medium-chain triglycerides could even facilitate the formation of beta-hydroxybutyrate in the liver, therefore, “may be” helpful in improving the symptoms. Through her personal experience in taking care of her husband, Steve, she is the person who can offer us the first hand knowledge about What If There Was a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and No One Knew?” Let’s start our interview with Dr. Newport now!

About Mary T. Newport, M.D.
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 was 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. September 27, 2011 marks the date of the release of her book, Alzheimer’s Disease:
What If There Was A Cure?
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  • Philis Hileman

    Enjoyed hearing Dr. Newport again. Thank you for having her. Is there any advantage for an Alzheimer’s person to use MCT oil instead of the Coconut oil?

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su, MD

      I am glad that you enjoyed listening to my interview with Dr. Mary Newport.

      Depending on the quality, for example, the content or concentration, of the commercialized MCT oil, I can only assume that MCT oil may be more convenient in comparison with coconut oil, which general contains about 50% in MCT and the rest in other fats. That said, perhaps MCT oil may be easier in use for Alzheimer’s person. Personally, I like coconut oil better because it is much like a natural product.

      One thing that I always want to remind you is do not heat either MCT oil or coconut oil above 300 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid decomposition of MCTs, which boiling temperature is around 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  • Anonymous

    After the intro, the first 10-12 minutes are missing, at least for me.

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su, MD

      My most sincere apology. I listened to it myself, the interview fall into silence even before the end of my introduction. The recording from the website also shows skipping a big part of my introduction until Dr. Newport began to answer my first question. I have asked my producer for help. He is excellent and should correct the problem soon.

  • Philis Hileman

    Thank you for your response. I tremendously like coconut oil also.

    Another question, what would be the top 3 books you would recommend for a brother in law who has diabetes & just listens to the Drs. He also has, not surprisingly, high BP & just got a CPAP.

    I have talked about LC & wheat with my sister (not too much) as she does not live near & do not want to aggravate them, but they continue to eat as they do after trying other things for a short while. I expect it is because he wants or is addicted to those carby things & thinks all the fruit & bread is healthy for him.

    So – thought maybe sending a book or two from Amazon to them might be of help if it really grabbed their attention & was very readable, to entice him/them to read. I fear I interfere too much with opinions about diet, especially when I am not yet the example of great energy from not being able to sleep well.

    So I likely do not have a position of strength, except that my husband and I are very trim.

    Just wishing I knew how to help without being an irritant. :)

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su, MD

      Ms. Hileman:

      Before I recommend a list of three books to you for your brother-in-law, I want you to know the people, with whom you have the hardest time to share your knowledge about the ill health impact of carbohydrates, are those who are your family members and closest friends. They would not believe you until when you show them your own result.

      I am not surprised with the problems your brother-in-law has: he is obese with sleep-airway obstruction or sleep apnea, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus. If you have read my book, you wold know I wrote a chapter for addressing the relationship between obesity, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and several co-morbidities, all of which are directly or indirectly associated with excess carbohydrate consumption. Frankly, your brother-in-law has a high health risk, and require immediate attention to his dietary style.

      The top of the list of three books are Dr. Richard Bernstein’s “Diabetes Solution”; my book, “Carbohydrates Can Kill”; and a cookbook such as Judy Barnes Baker’s “Nourished”, Jenniffer Eloff et al’s “Low Carbing Among Friends” or Dana Carpender’s “1001 Low Carb Menus and Recipes.”

      Dr. Bernstein is a type 1 diabetic since he was five years old, and managed to find out how eating carbohydrates aggravates his blood sugar level and how he can do to avoid hyperglycemia and reduce the need of insulin, most importantly, afford him a long life, which is deemed impossible as a type 1 diabetic even today.

      I recommend my book to your brother-in-law, not because I am the author of the book, but because I take a different perspective when I am in search of the real cause of diseases —- hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia, even before one is diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, causes inflammation and initiates disease process. I include a six-year worth of my personal experiments with explanation from the medical standpoint, and a chapter of briefs on 35 medical and nutritional articles to show the reader whey carbohydrates can kill. Of course, I also have a chapter for discussing the problems with carbohydrates and how we can do to restore our health.

      I have found that the most difficult part for those who understand the need of changing their dietary style with carbohydrate restriction and often fail to follow through is the lack of good recipes and menus for them to enjoy carbohydrate-restricted diet. Therefore, I strongly recommend you send your brother-in-law a copy of cookbook should help him a great deal.

      Take care of yourselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=698287482 Kyra Xavia

    Thank you for sharing this important information. It’s heartwarming to know this life changing knowledge is reaching people who need it.

    • http://www.carbohydratescankill.com Robert K. Su, MD

      You are very welcome. My crusade pays off even if my information helps save one life at a time. Please share the information with others. Thank you very much.