By Dr. Stephen Stevenson
There is a revolutionary new treatment protocol for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical trials have already been completed, and they show this new protocol can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. In several cases, the protocol actually reversed cognitive decline. Patients with significant cognitive impairment have been able to resume normal lives.
Dr. Dale Bredesen developed the treatment protocol – known as the Bredesen Protocol – after thirty years of research on Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bredesen is a neurologist at UCLA and an internationally-recognized researcher and expert on neurodegenerative disease. His protocol is a major breakthrough in the treatment of this terrible, ultimately terminal, illness. Until now, Alzheimer’s had only been ineffectively treated with medications. At best, these medications delay a person’s entry into a nursing home by three to six months. They cannot stop or reverse the progression of the disease.
The Bredesen Protocol uses a Functional Medicine approach to determine what caused a particular patient to develop Alzheimer’s disease. For example, some people develop inflammation-driven dementia, which is triggered by infection, an inflammation-inducing diet, leaky gut, or chronic insulin resistance. Other people may develop a nutrient, vitamin, or hormone deficiency that leads to dementia. Still others may develop toxin-driven dementia, triggered by exposure to toxic metals, xenobiotics, or mycotoxins. After identifying the causes of a patient’s dementia, the doctor and patient use finely-tuned, personalized changes in lifestyle, supplements, and nutrition to address those underlying causes.
The initial clinical trial of the Bredesen Protocol began with a small group of ten people who were experiencing varying stages of cognitive decline. Nine of the ten participants showed dramatic improvement in their symptoms in a matter of months. What’s more, the improvements have persisted following the trial. Since that initial study in 2012, more than a thousand people with either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease have been treated with this protocol, with similar results.
I do not think we are looking at the end of Alzheimer’s disease, not yet. But now, for the first time, we can get dramatic, sustainable results for many people. Cognitive decline no longer has to be something we just watch, wait, and hope it is something other than Alzheimer's. Now it is possible to intervene, especially when we catch it early.
If you are interested in learning more about this exciting development, stay tuned. I recently completed my training in using the Bredesen Protocol to treat patients, and I will discuss more details in my next few blogs posts. You also can find out more about how this protocol could be used to help you or someone you care for by contacting me, Dr. Stephen Stevenson, at Atma Clinic and scheduling a free consultation.