You are reading the review of the groundbreaking book “The Complete Book of Ketones: A Practical Guide to Ketogenic Diets and Ketone Supplements.”
Are you looking for a treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia?
You are not alone. In fact, most family members and caregivers to Alzheimer’s Disease patients go through this phase in the hope of a cure–or at least a way to prolong the life of their loved one.
If you are a skeptic like me you will never fall prey to scams and snake oil solutions. When it comes to a serious life-threatening condition like Alzheimer’s Disease, it is best to consult a medical professional. As of April 2020, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s’ Disease.
Having said that, with a proper diet and nutrition, it is possible to prolong the life of your loved one. Well, at least by 3-4 years. This is what Mary T. Newport, a certified Pediatrician and Neonatologist from Cincinnati, Ohio did.
What do I need to know before adopting a keto diet?
Before adopting a ketogenic diet of any kind, you should be informed about the fact that ketones are acidic substances released by the liver when your body doesn’t have any nutrients from food sources.
Meaning, when you consume ketogenic food, the liver is forced to convert the fat into ketones. These ketones flow through the bloodstream. It acts as a substitute for food while your body is in a ketogenic state.
Generally speaking, a ketogenic diet does not come with any side-effects for non-diabetic people. But for diabetics, it can cause the acidity in the blood to shoot up. This can be extremely fatal.
In conclusion, do not consume ketogenic foods if you are insulin resistant. Consult your doctor instead.
Expert reviews suggest that the complete book of ketones book can help the dementia patient live longer
Modern-day human beings have the leisure to eat more than his/her body requires. Mary T. Newport, in this book, has detailed how the abundance of food has led humans to overeating and as a result suffering from diseases like diabetes and obesity.
For an Alzheimer’s Disease patient, merely getting rid of sugar and processed food from their diet can provide a massive boost to the ability to think and process reality.
Mary’s husband Steve Newport was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 40. By maintaining a strict diet of ketogenic medium-chain triglycerides and coconut oil, Steve was able to prolong his life by three years.
Steve suffered from a combination of Alzheimer’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. During her most challenging days, Mary was able to keep her husband in decent shape (mentally and physically) by feeding him ketogenic foods like fish, cheese, avocado, coconut oil, eggs, etc.
Since this is simply a review of her book “The Complete Book of Ketones,” I am not sharing Steve’s entire diet plan. But you can definitely find it in the chapter “Quick Start to Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet”.
What I like about this book
Mary T. Newport, the author of “The Complete Book of Ketones” is neither a professional caregiver nor an expert in Dementia. She was simply practicing neonatology when her husband— out of nowhere— was diagnosed with two of the worst forms of Dementia known to human beings.
She does not claim to have found a miracle cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. As the condition of her husband began to deteriorate, she was forced to try out new and innovative ways to keep Steve healthy and fully functioning.
The Keto diet simply helped Steve live a bit longer. In her book, she has shared how a ketogenic diet can act as an alternative fuel for the brain. Whether a keto diet boosts the brain cells or not is another thing, but it will definitely make the life of your loved one a bit easier.
What I don’t like about this book
In this review of “The Complete Book of Ketones,” I have shared a lot of positives about Mary’s work. Although, I feel the concepts could have been explained in brief.
This book is gold for someone working as a caregiver to a Dementia patient, but for someone reading this on behalf of their loved one would not want the nitty-gritty details about ketones.
Apart from this, I don’t think you will have any qualms about this book.
Who is this book for
Although this book is written from an Alzheimer’s patient’s point of view, a healthy person also needs to think about his/her future health. Ask anyone over the age of 50 and they will tell you the adverse effects of dementia on their life.
As we age, Dementia occurs in everyone. The extent of it depends on the overall health and lifestyle of the individual. Adopting a keto diet would restore your vitality. It makes you feel good all over.
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