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Mary T. Newport, M.D. cured her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease with coconut oil and ketones.  After struggling to find a way to help her ailing husband, Dr. Newport stumbled upon evidence ketones and ketogenic diets could be an effective treatment for degenerative diseases.  She began testing her hypothesis on her husband and got amazing results.

After further research, Dr. Newport realized ketones have a host of other health improving effects.  Dr. Mary Newport comes on Bulletproof Executive Radio to share some of these unique health promoting effects, and tells us how we can use them in our daily lives to improve brain performance.  If you want to improve your health, become more resilient to disease, and increase your cognitive abilities – you’ll want to listen to our interview with Dr. Newport.

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What We Cover

  1. How Dr. Newport got interested in treating Alzheimer’s disease and the story of her husband’s recovery.
  2. Why you need to understand the mechanics of Alzheimer’s in order to maintain your brain function.
  3. The tipping point which made Dr. Newport believe ketones could enhance mental performance.
  4. The exact protocol she used to treat her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. Other diseases than can be treated with ketones.
  6. How trans and hydrogenated fats disrupt your brain function and health.
  7. Why you should consider ketones as a possible method for extending your life.
  8. What makes coconut oil different from other sources of MCT’s.
  9. The most eye opening studies that support Dr. Newport’s research.
  10. The supplements you can take to speed the production of ketones.
  11. The foods highest in MCT’s.
  12. The dosing protocol you should use if you want to start experimenting with coconut oil and ketones.
  13. The resources, websites, and books you can use to learn more about this topic.


Links From The Show


Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? by Dr. Mary T. Newport

Food & Supplements

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Oil


Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter

Grass-Fed Meat


Silicon (Found in “Bone Restore“)

Vitamin D3

Magnesium Citrate (Natural Calm)


Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein

Paleo Pemmican Powder Upgraded™ Whey Protein

Vitamin K2+Vitamin D3

Upgraded™ Glutathione


Vitamin C

NOW Food Super Enzymes

(Lipase & Betaine HCL)

Solary Digestive Enzymes

Ox Bile Extract


Citrus Pectin

Activated Charcoal


Whole Body Vibration Plate

FAR Infrared Therapy Device

CES Ultra Unit


Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? by Dr. Mary T. Newport

The 4-Hour Body

The Better Baby Book

The Rotation Diet by Martin Katahn, Ph.D.

The Amazing Liver & Gallbladder Flush by Andreas Moritz

Listener Q & A

  1. What are your recommendations for fixing an autoimmune disease?
  2. How do you heal extreme injuries like bone fractures?
  3. Do some people never regain the ability to digest fat?
  4. What does Dave eat on a daily basis?
  5. Are steel cut oats healthy?
  6. Could mycotoxins be the worst part about grains?
  7. What should you eat to cure prostate cancer?
  8. Should you be using tDCS to reduce cortisol levels?
  9. Is all MCT oil created equal?
  10. Are flu shots safe?


Biohacker Report

(A review of the latest studies and research.)

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Listener Questions

Andy What are your recommendations for someone with an autoimmune disease – specifically ulcerative colitis would be. Both in general and in terms of the Bulletproof Diet? Currently I follow the LEF foundation’s protocol(, vitamin wise. I also take GABA, Ashwaghanda, 5-HTP, resveratrol(not really bulletproof, but it helps), ALA/ALC/Carnosine and melatonin. I live in Japan and follow a fairly bulletproof diet, low wheat, bulletproof coffee every day, lots of raw egg yolks, etc. I have actually found the higher saturated fat, lower carb diet to be great for my symptoms, contrary to what the experts would tell you!  I also culture my own raw milk, organic probiotic enhanced kefir, which works awesomely well.  One thing I haven’t yet tried is removing nightshades from my diet.

Sean Do you have experience with healing extreme injuries like bone fractures (broken bones)? Diets similar to yours will manage inflammation, but dollar for dollar, which supplements and/or foods have you found to be most valuable in healing?

Sasho I am trying the bulletproof diet and I have tried a high-fat diet in the past, but every time I do it, I feel weird, spacey, un-grounded etc…. you know, the low blood/brain sugar symptoms… so how do I approach this to get results? I have tried to stick for 2-3 weeks, hoping to adapt and start converting fat for energy.  My body just doesn’t seem to like processing fat.

Mike I am interested in starting the Bulletproof Diet.  I see the food charts and the number of recommended servings per day, but can you give me an idea of what and when you eat on a daily basis? Right now I eat on average every 2.5 – 3hrs. I eats steel cut oats now, is the something you recommend I stop eating?

D Almeida There is a lot of epidemiological evidence that wheat products aren’t that great for health, but the research of paleo-types usual focus on gluten, though research on that has been less than conclusive. Have you ever considered that the mold/mycotoxins from wheat could be what everyone should be focusing on?

Mike I’m curious if any of your readers had success with your diet and prostate cancer. I have low grade p/c and eat kinda like an americanized macrobiotic diet. I do eat little fish, (wild salmon-sardines mostly) grass-fed meat only on occasions. My grains are brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, yams and root veg. as pumpkin, squash, etc.,the rest is plenty veggies, some beans, some fruits, (mostly berries)The fats I consume are avocados, coconut oil, evoo, little pasteurized grass fed butter, and nuts, mostly almonds and walnuts. Not afraid of fats but I do not want to overdo it. My blood test #’s are really good.  The only supplement I take vitamineral greens, and citrus pectin plus vit D in water.

Andy What do you think of the recent hype around tDCS: Have you tried it? Would you recommend it? It would seem to be a rather cheap, safe and effective means of lowering cortisol and boosting concentration for a number of hours. Cheers, Andy

Shane There are a lot of different companies that sell MCT oil, an I’m trying to figure out what the difference is.  Is there anything special about the MCT oil on Upgraded Self, or is it all pretty much the same?

Zingbo Since we’re entering sniffle season and I seem to be the only person in my office healthy enough to not be bedridden right now, I have a question for you guys: are flu shots bulletproof?

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  • Tyler

    Missed that edit at the 1hr 5min mark

    • Sean

      hahaha there’s usually one missed edit in these….. this one’s funny.

      • Armistead Legge

        Thanks guys :) We’re getting better :P

  • Neil

    A question for Dave: During the show, you very briefly mentioned that anyone without a gallbladder that isn’t taking ox bile “won’t live long.”

    I had my gallbladder removed at age 28 (now 31), and docs gave me no directions to take any supplements. I feel fine, and have felt no symptoms. (I didn’t really want it out, but was getting attacks every 2 weeks!)

    That said, about a year ago I noticed that my blood glucose levels were quite high at a physical (105 fasting, 5.5 a1c). I’ve been eating high-fat/protein diets and avoiding carbs for this reason, but now I’m a bit worried that all this fat intake could be detrimental w/ no gallbladder.

    Other interesting facts that may be related:
    - grew up eating tons of carbs and avoiding fat thanks to the media
    - also recently tested very low for vitamin D (17 ng/ml, despite supplementing at 2000 iu per day)
    - HDL isn’t too bad – around 60
    - have had gum recession issues since around age 27. another odd condition that seems to indicate premature aging.

    I read somewhere that a lack of a gallbladder could lead to difficulty in breaking down fat, and therefore deficiency in vitamins (like D) and important omega3′s (though my HDL’s seem ok).

    Any thoughts or other tips for those missing a gallbladder?

    • Armistead Legge

      2000 IU a day is not very much. You should be taking at least 1000 IU / 25 pounds of BW. Even then, test to make sure you’re getting enough. We’ve discussed gall bladder issues a lot on the show. I would listen to some of the past episodes, and take ox bile extract every time you eat fat. It matters. Just because you don’t feel bad doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Good job for being proactive!

  • JD

    Looks like the iTunes Podcast subscribe link is wrong. I had to do some searching and found it using “Armi Legge”.

    • Andrew Clark

      Thanks for letting us know JD! We’ll fix it.

  • Matt Hooper

    I just wanted you to know that your podcast isn’t available in the Canadian store. I wanted to listen but I couldn’t.

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    • Andrew Clark

      Hi Matt thanks for letting us know–it should be available in all stores, we’re working on it!

    • Armistead Legge

      Hey guys, the itunes link should be working now!

  • Lazy Wolf

    What in the world is all the noise in the background of the podcast? It was extremely distracting.

    • Steve in Oz

      Hear, hear.

  • Sean

    Searched: ‘coconut mycotoxin’

    “Mycotoxin hazard analysis and identification of possible control measures.”

    Not particularly useful; but interesting.

    • Armistead Legge

      Thanks, interesting stuff :)

  • Jake

    I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this, but Katahn’s Rotation Diet is NOT the allergen rotating diet you’re thinking of; it is a calorie rotating weight-loss diet. Jill Carter & Alison Edwards have a book called The Rotation Diet Cookbook that is an allergen rotating plan.

  • Karen

    Are you familiar with a product called Lauricidin? Dr Thomas Cowan “Four Fold Path to Healing” has had good success with managing herpes virus using this product

    • Kira

      Karen, I did try it for couple of months, I did not find it helpful…

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  • Kira

    Hi hackers. have a question about yeast: I totally agree about the regular type, but I have lately been buying Nutritional Yeast, and it tastes amazing added to smoothies, salads etc… Any concerns? Here is the info:

    • Armistead Legge

      Great question! It’s on the list :D

  • Tim

    In the podcast Dave mentioned a liver detox, any links to this?
    I’ve read a couple but i’m sure there will be some opinion about the easiest and most effective method. (Lemon juice + olive oil, need for epsom salts etc)
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    • Sean

      I’ve heard Dave recommend Hulda Clark’s grapefruit juice and olive oil detox recipe (preceded with epsom salt water).

  • noah

    what ratio of K2 to D3 do you recommend?

    • Armistead Legge

      Hey Noah,

      its not about the ratio, its about the total amount. Aim for 2000mg of K2 a day, half of which should be in the MK-4 form. take 1000 IU if vitamin D per 25 lbs of body weight per day.

  • Greg

    HI Dave!

    In order to cause the least amount of damage to grass-fed beef, what’s the BEST way to cook it? Enjoy the podcast and website, Thanks for all the work you guys put into it :)


  • Mikkel

    I don’t understand why to mik the mct Oil and the coconut Oil? A’s far A’s i understand Mtc Oil alone should be enough?

  • greg

    yes! what is all the noise in the background _ it dominates the podcast! Its as if someone is making coffee or lunch whilst the guest is talking …

  • Shashishiva5150

    Hi Armi,

    I have question about using the MCT oil for healing scars. What was the severity,depth,color, and age of your scar? I was interested in using the MCT oil for healing a lateral scar on the top lip of a cleft palate 3 year old. Thanks for sharing all your research and information.

  • B3xx13

    OK, so on your green-red chart wild/brow rice is higher up the green part then white rice, but you say in this podcast that white rice is better then brown?!?! Can you clear this up? thanks

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  • Ben

    Just listen to podcast 13. As usual good information. One minor saying that wheat causes mouth crowding is not clear. Have read Dr Price the presence of wheat in the diet did not predict the jaw malformation. I think is more complicated. Mitochondrial malnutrition is probably the cause and grains are implicated but it is a multi factoral issue including refined grains and other dietary deficiencies. I don’t eat grains but no need to over state your case.

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  • TJ14

    Quoted from American Alzheimer’s Association

    There haven’t been any large studies to test the effectiveness of coconut oil, we just can’t say whether it really helps people with Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. I personally suspect that it has little effect on Alzheimer’s symptoms but, to be fair, I haven’t had any family members, friends or clients who’ve tried it.

    My rule of thumb is that if the risks and costs are low, you might consider trying it. If the risks or costs are high, don’t chance it. Think about how you would feel if you gave your loved one something and they lost ground and independence as a result.

  • rustyTuB

    Apparently your brains ability to take up carbs regulates its use of ketones…

    Under normal circumstances, that is, ample glucose and few ketone bodies in the blood, the brain apparently does not oxidize ketones in any significant amounts. In prolonged starvation, the carbohydrate stores of the body are exhausted and the rate of gluconeogenesis is insufficient to provide glucose fast enough to meet the requirements of the brain; blood ketone concentrations rise as a result of the rapid fat catabolism. The brain then apparently turns to the ketone bodies as the source of its energy supply.

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