What if…Alzheimer’s can be reversed?

In June of 2016, Science Daily published a report describing initial results of a study underway at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The title: “Pre and post testing show reversal of memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease in 10 patients.” It goes on…

This is the first study to objectively show that memory loss in patients can be reversed, and improvement sustained, using a complex, 36-point therapeutic personalized program that involves comprehensive changes in diet, brain stimulation, exercise, optimization of sleep, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry.

Alzheimer’s reversed? Yes!

This is stunning in a healthcare culture where “everyone knows” that Alzheimer’s is a sentence to steady decline over a long period of time with no hope of recovery.

Below is a video of Dr. Dale Bredesen speaking about his research to the Silicon Valley Health Institute in November 2016. Don’t miss watching it. There are some bits of medical terminology, but he speaks in relatable terms and uses good analogies. And he includes examples from among the patients to demonstrate how the disease and its reversal impacted their lives.

In the Alzheimer’s field, ApoE is a big part of the conversation. The terminology can be confusing because ApoE is a fat/protein molecule (which Dr. Bredesen refers to as a “fat bucket” and it is also the name of a gene that tells the body how to make ApoE. Heterozygous means a gene was inherited from one parent. Homozygous means inherited from both parents. If you aren’t familiar with ApoE, reading even the first part of the following article will fill in the gaps in regular language. APOE4, Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease: Explained in Human Terms.

Do not miss this video.

What can you do right now?

  • Exercise your brain. Dr. Bredesen mentions brainHQ brain training. There’s a free sign-up for a limited number of activities. I’ve done other brain training, including word search and sudoku, but brainHQ was new to me so I signed up to give it a try. You might like to too.
  • Read this. Maria Shriver interviews Dr. Bredesen to learn about Early Alzheimer’s Prevention: 4 Things You Should Do Now. You might want to implement his recommendations.
  • Order “Awakening from Alzheimer’s.” This is a series of excellent interviews featuring leading-edge researchers and practitioners in the field. I watched it when it aired in September 2016 and highly recommend it. The online series is over but it’s still available to purchase for $99. On this page you’ll find a 45-min video that features snippets from the interviewees and program creators. It’s an excellent overview of the series.
  • Research and learn. Internet research can be overwhelming and take you down a lot of rabbit holes if you let it. Sometimes that’s fun…and even useful. However, if you want to focus your search, here’s a strategy: Go to the sign-up page for Awakening from Alzheimer’s. It’s over so you can’t sign up, but the page is a great resource because it lists all the participants, who were carefully chosen because they are leaders in the field of brain function and cognitive decline. It’s a great place to find the correct spelling of the expert’s names and learn something about them. Then you can focus on those you find interesting by looking up their websites, books, and publications.
  • Keep an open mind. When your doctors tell you there’s nothing to be done about cognitive decline, don’t buy that story. Just be aware that they haven’t yet caught up to the new things that are happening. Then move on. Take steps to find someone who is more aware.

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