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Differences in the Conventional Medical Workup for Cognitive Decline
Let’s look at the standard conventional approach used for evaluating neurological symptoms, so we can highlight where gaps exist.
A neurologist examines a patient with specific neurologic problems and carefully notes what is found on physical exam. This helps determine exactly where the problem area, or “lesion” is located within the nervous system, even without doing expensive testing such as CT scans or MRIs. This is “old school” neurology, like it should be done.
In the case of cognitive decline or dementia, this process of “identifying the lesion” helps determine the area of the brain most responsible for the symptoms and disease. In the next step towards making a diagnosis, the physician matches physical findings with the patient’s history. Getting details about symptoms and creating a “timeline” of when they developed is essential for making an accurate diagnosis.
Some significant symptoms to ask about when evaluating problems with memory and cognitive decline include:
Problems recalling names of people or misplacing objects
A tremor of the hands
Personality or mood changes
Trouble doing simple math, such as keeping track of finances
Getting lost while driving
Problems with walking or balance
Cognitive testing, including basic testing like the MoCA or more extensive testing such as CNS Vital Signs or a full neuropsychological exam, are also useful in determining the diagnosis and the severity of the cognitive problem. Blood tests, CT scans, MRIs, and even evaluation for markers in the CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) with a spinal tap may also be used to rule out other potential conditions which can look like Alzheimer’s but aren’t.
At best, the medications can help slightly with some Alzheimer’s symptoms. At worst, the medications are a waste of money and represent false hope for patients looking for something to slow their decline.
What has been lacking all these years in the treatment of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s has been any attempt to identify and address the underlying causes in a comprehensive, effective manner.
It is clear to me now that using Functional Medicine, which at its core investigates root causes of diseases and symptoms, is the only way to prevent, slow, and reverse cognitive decline.
What Do Functional Medicine Practitioners Do?
Some of the features of Functional Medicine that you won’t find in a conventional care model:
Advanced testing: We do testing that is rarely done in a conventional medical office. We test for things like digestive function, gut microbiome, organic acids, toxins, food sensitivities, and mitochondrial function. All these areas can have direct impacts on brain function, as well as other organ functions.
Holistic approach: We address many variables using multiple modalities in our “toolkit.” This includes pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and lifestyle optimization.
Customized treatment: Every person is unique, so we insist on a personalized approach to treatment.
Team support: We recommend lifestyle modifications using a team-based approach. This way, making important but difficult personal changes is more manageable. We work with nutritionists, health coaches, and other practitioners to support patients while implementing the personalized protocol.
DNA-based therapy: We capitalize on the power of epigenetics and lifestyle medicine. Over the past decade, it has become increasingly clear that epigenetic mechanisms play a pivotal role in Alzheimer’s and dementia. Epigenetics is modern science about food-gene and environment-gene interactions. Applying what we have learned about epigenetics has had a significant impact on the prevention and treatment of all chronic conditions.
The Bredesen RECODE ® Protocol—A Giant Step Forward for Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline
Dr. Dale Bredesen is a neurologist and researcher in the field of Alzheimer’s. In 2017 his New York Times best-selling book “The End of Alzheimer’s” came out.
Dr. Bredesen’s work showed that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease could often be partially reversed even in more advanced cases. His RECODE Protocol® returned many people to pre-diagnosis levels of cognition. They were able to work, regain their independence, and even resume driving if they maintained their lifestyle changes and the protocol! In many patients, he saw the volume of the hippocampus, the primary brain area which shrinks in Alzheimer’s, return to normal on MRI, something that the radiologists reading the MRI scans had never seen before.
Dr. Bredesen’s RECODE Protocol ® works because it brings an organized, multifactorial approach to diagnosis and intervention.
His research demonstrates that the successful reversal of cognitive decline is possible by:
Addressing multiple root causes simultaneously
Optimizing key lifestyle factors – including sleep, exercise, diet
Designing individualized treatment based on subtypes for each patient
In short, it is completely aligned with the concepts of Functional Medicine.
Practitioners trained through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) are seeing results NOW in reversing Alzheimer’s. That’s because IFM practitioners specialized in the use of lifestyle and systems medicine to identify and address the root cause of chronic disease – we’re the best suited to apply, and even expand, the Bredesen protocol for treating Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Bredesen’s Protocol + Functional Medicine = Incredible Outcomes
In our clinic, we see incredible outcomes combining Dr. Bredesen’s protocol with our full Functional Medicine approach.
The entire process leads to comprehensive diagnostic and treatment programs for our patients. Our advanced lab assessments go far beyond what is available in a conventional medical or neurology clinic, enabling us to identify underlying brain-impacting imbalances that standard medicine evaluations usually ignore such as:
Blood sugar control
Environmental toxins and infectious triggers
Food-related allergies and sensitivities
Microbiome imbalances in the gut
Why is our combined approach so effective?
We use specific tests to measure underlying factors driving the formation and removal of amyloid plaque, which is felt to be the main final disease mechanism in Alzheimer’s
We lean on Dr. Bredesen’s system to accurately classify the disease by 6 subtypes based on specific testing and information gathered.
Comprehensive plan addresses accompanying lifestyle factors, especially diet, sleep, stress management, and exercise.
A personalized plan that addresses the root causes of the disease for each individual patient, including gut health, hormonal balance, environmental exposures, and infectious triggers.
Establishes a systematic and full systems approach to the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.
Learn more about this robust, comprehensive approach
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