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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