SusanJ wrote:Hi, Lindy, and first off welcome. Sorry you have faced so many challenges. And good for you that you have been interested in your own health and done a lot of reading!
Lindy wrote:How did you personally choose which protocol you thought would work for you?
SusanJ wrote:And just a couple of off-the-top observations.
Not sure where you got the idea that you should eat more saturated fats. Bredesen, for example, says use MCT oil to make the shift to creating ketones, but encourages healthy mono-saturates like avocado, EVOO and nuts for the long run. Many of us see shifts in lipid panels with the addition of saturated fats, some good, some bad, so it differs between folks.
SusanJ wrote:Eating a mostly vegan diet, do you know if you are getting enough choline, or are you supplementing choline is some manner? I ask because you need choline to make acetylcholine and other useful biochemicals needed for good brain function. (And a deficit can lead to depression.) Being under stress can make you burn through both methyl groups (B vitamins) and choline.
SusanJ wrote:And stress, yep, it will throw every metabolic and neurotransmitter process out of whack. (I know, just saying you have to manage stress feels, well, stressful!) When I have an off day, I always ask, did I get enough sleep? Am I stressed about something? And have eaten reasonably well? Instead of thinking your memory is bad, maybe shift your focus to fixing what isn't working for that one day? String those actions together and you might find strategies that help you improve over time.
CoachDD wrote:I've been actively researching and learning so much about coconut oil (CO) and MCT. Over the past week, I've been watching the Regain Your Brain docuseries - see link (don't be fooled by the name - it is the correct link): http://links.cancerdefeated.com/a/746/c ... ab8c613db4
The latest episode featured Dr. Mary Newport who has written two books (Alzheimer's Disease - What If There Was a Cure? and The Coconut Oil & Low Carb Solution for AD, Parkinson's and Other Diseases). In this series, she highlighted the benefits of cooking and ingesting these oils. Her husband was struck with early onset (in his early 50s) - he was declining so rapidly that they were ready to put him in assisted living. She was scrambling for answers and help and stumbled upon a medical food clinical trial which included CO and MCT. She decided to try it and was simply amazed at how quickly his symptoms turnaround (same day improvement, then vastly better within two weeks - he continued to improve for months until leveling off). Several years later, he is still doing well.
I appreciate your dedication to take the bull by the horns. . . and that we are here to support each other in that quest! Best of luck and "see" you around on other forums.
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