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New Advances in Preventing and Treating Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease

There’s no longer a reason to ignore symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease because of a belief that there is no effective treatment available. Today, effective treatment for the symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease is available, thanks to three decades of research by Duke Medical School graduate, neurologist, molecular biologist and now internationally recognized expert in Alzheimer’s disease, Dale Bredesen, MD.

Bredesen’s approach is easy to understand. He determined that Alzheimer’s disease does not have a single cause, but instead is caused by numerous anti-brain factors that contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Bredesen also found that applying enough pro-brain interventions can tip the scales, offsetting the anti-brain factors and resolving the symptoms. Bredesen applied a tenet of Integrative Medicine when he searched for causes of Alzheimer’s disease and addressed them, rather than treating the symptoms.

The early stage of Alzheimer’s (decreased interest in social activities, difficulty word-finding, forgetting conversations and events, difficulty with everyday tasks, getting lost while driving, mood changes, etc.) has been shown to respond to the Bredesen/MEND (metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration) protocol in the majority of patients who have been treated with it.

Though it’s not possible to predict the course of Alzheimer’s disease for an individual, generally speaking, the early stage can last from two to four or more years, creating a window of opportunity to receive treatment before advancing to the moderate stage in which there is further memory loss, inability to recognize family and friends, difficulty following instructions, hallucinations and difficulty coping – symptoms that are resistant to treatment.

Hundreds of patients have currently completed the Bredesen/MEND Protocol. The following comments describe three of the first group of ten participants’ response:

“She was able to work once again, was able to learn Spanish, and began to learn a new legal specialty. Her children noted that she no longer became lost in mid-sentence . . .”

“He began on the therapeutic program, and after six months, his wife, co-workers, and he all noted improvement. He was able to recognize faces at work unlike before, was able to remember his daily schedule, and was able to function at work without difficulty. He was also noted to be quicker with his responses.”

” She noted that her memory was now better than it had been in many years. On one occasion, she developed an acute viral illness, discontinued the program, and noticed a decline, which reversed when she reinstated the program. Two and one-half years later, now age 70, she remains asymptomatic and continues to work full-time.”

Dr. Bredesen trained a small number of physicians in the application of his Alzheimer’s MEND protocol in 2016, including Great Smokies Medical Center physician Cynthia Libert, MD. Dr. Libert now offers the Bredesen/MEND protocol to patients with early Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, or people who have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease who want to prevent it.

If you want to learn more about treating or preventing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss or to determine if you are a candidate, call (828) 252-9833. We would be happy to address your questions and tell you more about our program.

Click here to read a scientific article on reversal of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.

Click here to read an article on reversal of cognitive decline: a novel therapeutic program.

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