How do we identify…and prevent Alzheimer’s?
Dr. Bredesen is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The End of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Bredesen has broken down the archaic approach to treating Alzheimer’s. He shares several stories of real patients who have overcome neurodegeneration and even regained function they thought was lost forever.
One of the most concerning issues my patients have is the fear of getting Alzheimer’s especially if there is a family history. We now know genetics are not the final say in cognitive decline. Dr. Bredesen’s work has shown us just because we may test positive for the APOE4 gene, it does not mean we will develop Alzheimer’s.
Identifying the root causes
Determining the root cause of Alzheimer’s is the key! If you don’t know what is causing it, how can you fix it? Inflammation, toxicity, deficiencies in energies (like blood flow and mitochondria function), and trophics (like hormones and nutrients) often cause Alzheimer’s. Finding out where the inflammations originate, such as food sensitivities, hidden GI infections, low adrenal function and other sources is extremely important. Once identified, we can work toward removing them. Testing for toxins can determine another risk for Alzheimer’s. Exercise, healthy foods, and balanced nutrients are important for brain health. Balancing hormones is essential. Recent studies show women with balanced hormones throughout their life can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s by 50%. These are all things we have the power to impact in our daily lives.
Correcting imbalances with IV therapies using detoxification protocols and specific IV’s with phosphatidylcholine often leads to cognitive improvement.
When to diagnose
One of the driving issues with Alzheimer’s is waiting too long. The entire concept of “mild cognitive impairment” is delaying people from seeking the help they need. It takes 15 to 20 years of degeneration to lead to the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Many people think if they are lacking focus, experiencing memory loss, or having difficulty thinking they may shrug it off as getting older even at age 50. They may think it is just stress. In reality, they may be suffering from a neurotransmitter imbalance. Testing can be as simple as providing saliva and urine. This stage can actually be referred to as brain impairment.
Most people don’t think about taking a proactive approach to their brain health. Dr. Bredesen’s top recommendation for anyone over 45 is to get an evaluation based on specific criteria, known as a cognoscopy, to protect ourselves, our families, and reduce the global burden of neurodegeneration.
It’s time for us all to change the way we think about aging, brain health, and prevention.
For further information or questions, please call Dr. Norling’s office 828-595-9880. We are here to help you.