My dad, Steven J. Newport was an enormous influence on my life, as fathers tend to be. He influenced much of my love for fantasy and supernatural, taught me to dig in the dirt and not be afraid of worms, frogs and beetles, and was the stay-home parent in my family while my mom was the working parent (more on my mom in a minute).
Imagine graduating high school, leaving for college, then finding out your dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. At age 50. Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease is something that is affecting more and more people these days. It is a truly horrible thing to lose a loved one to a disease like this at such a young age because when you think of Alzheimer's, you think of the elderly.
From age 50, Dad very slowly descended into Dementia and by the last few years, couldn't remember who I was at all. It was horrifying.
My mom, Dr. Mary T. Newport, MD concentrated on sick and premature newborns throughout her illustrious career in medicine. When my dad became ill however, she began searching for something that could help him.
With a newborn son, I was an emotional, sleep-deprived mess. My mom was possibly even more of an emotional mess than I was because of the stress my dad had been causing with his dementia-borne antics.
In 2008, she had him set up to try out for a few medication clinical trials. When he scored too low (meaning his Alzheimer's was too far advanced) to enter the first clinical trial, she began her own research.
She found a study from many years prior that used a 'fuel' that the body creates naturally called "Ketone bodies." Essentially, the body only makes this 'fuel' when it is starving or eating a specific diet, known as the Ketogenic Diet (a low or no-carb/high-fat diet).
She discovered a scientist had a patented formula for an ester that people could take that would trick their bodies into producing Ketones rather than having to starve or not eat any sugar or carbs whatsoever. The formula was not being produced, but she found (through many hours of research) that it all went back to Medium Chain Triglycerides, which were found in Coconut Oil.
The next morning, she went out and bought Coconut Oil for my dad, and gave him a nice, lumpy spoonful. Within a few hours, they went to the next clinical trial she had them scheduled for and he tested 4 points higher than the day before, which allowed him to enter the trial.
I watched my father get a little better, my mom get a little crazier, and I was meanwhile stuck in the middle with my tiny son. Prior to her discovery, Mom was obsessed with finding something that could help my dad. Now that she had, she became obsessed with Coconut Oil. Every conversation we had was about Coconut Oil. It drove my still-sleep-deprived brain nuts.
We got to a much better place with some time, but it really did take time for us to get there.
In the meantime, my dad had several really great years that felt like he was almost back... not 'to normal', but he was back to being human, rather than vegetable.
It was during this time that I began writing my debut novel Indelible, and the idea came to me that it should have a lot to do with the main character being unable to remember his past life. Fortunately for Corbin, his memory is eventually retrieved.
Unfortunately for my dad, in 2014 he suffered a major seizure after a different medication was introduced into his regimen. His health took a turn that only worsened.
My mom's book, Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure garnered her world-wide acclaim that has taken her from our home in Florida across the world! She has been invited to speak across the US, Canada, England, Greece, France, Germany, Japan, China, and most recently Thailand.
Her second book, The Coconut Oil & Low-Carb Solution for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Other Diseases was released at the end of 2015.
We lost my dad on January 2, 2016 at age 65, after a 15-year battle against Alzheimer's Disease. I am positive he would have lived a much longer, better life if the products that came from my mom's research were available for use before he had that first seizure.
However, he would be very happy to know that his life has inspired a revolution in Neurodegenerative disease care that will help many others and their families.
My mom gets emails from around the world every day thanking her for her work and informing her of how the Coconut Oil alone helped their loved one out of some of the worst symptoms. Since Mom has been so busy, my Aunt Angela and I have been answering the emails and letting her followers know about how these new products can dramatically improve the lives of those suffering.
I have felt broken and lost since losing Dad, but I know there was a reason for it and I need to honor him by doing what I can to help others like me who are losing a parent or spouse.
In my father's memory, I am doing what I can to help anyone losing a loved one to Alzheimer's, Dementia, ALS, Parkinson's, MS, etc. Children with epilepsy and autism have been treated with the Ketogenic Diet with great results! Ketones have even been proven to destroy Cancer cells in the body!
Since my mom's research began in 2008, Alzheimer's has been called Type III Diabetes or Diabetes of the Brain. Sugar feeds diseased cells. And I'm sure since then you've noticed a steep increase in Coconut products, especially Coconut Oils in the cooking oils sections of grocery stores (my mom may or may not be the one responsible for that).
The best thing that can be done for someone suffering with any disease, is to try the Ketogenic Diet (the low-carb/high-fat diet) and try the Keto//OS Products by the Pruvit Company. jdipalo.pruvitnow.com
They are marketed for fat-loss, which is also true - they do help in that aspect - but Ketones rebuild 'dying' brain cells. It is by no means a cure, but any improvement brings victory over these diseases!
Please, if you have a loved one suffering from a neurodegenerative disease or know someone who does, spread the word and help bring them and their caregivers some relief.