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Alzheimer's Disease Specialist in Houston, TX

First, it's a missed conference call. Then the route to a favorite restaurant. Finally, the name of a grandchild slips temporarily from a deteriorating memory bank.

At this moment, dementia is silently creeping up on millions of people who fear hearing that word come out of their doctor's mouth so much that they don't get tested. They keep their decline a secret, compensating with wrist scribbles, iPads, and the generosity of strangers - all in order to maintain their independent living, their driver's license, their dignity.

Why don't they get evaluated? Because they've heard there is no cure. They've heard wrong.

Dr. Bredesen interview Part 1

Alzheimer's is the leading cause of dementia worldwide. According to the World Alzheimer's Report, approximately 5.2 million Americans have it, and approximately 15% of young Americans with dementia genotypes are destined to develop memory problems during their lifetimes. That means 45 million Americans are heading down this road of symptoms.

The Bredesen ReCode Protocol has moved past these symptoms to treat the root causes of this cruel degenerative disease, and help hundreds of patients retrieve their memory, their dignity and their joy. Dr. Ruan would like to make you one of them.

At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we and our dedicated patients work tirelessly together to combat cognitive decline. Our certified specialists can craft a multi-pronged cognitive care protocol to prevent or treat your unique type and severity. For a thorough, holistic, and compassionate consultation, call us today at (713) 690-1991 or contact us here.

What causes Alzheimer's Disease?

In this question lies the reason why decades of research done by thousands of scientists still hasn't produced a cure - millions of dollars later. It's why traditional primary care doctors often don't refer patients to specialists until dementia deterioration reaches later stages.

For decades, the medical community stubbornly clung to the belief that there is only ONE cause to discover and ONE pill to develop.

That belief stands challenged.

Worldwide clinical research has now demonstrated that AD is a progressive network of dementia dysfunctions.1 A network of at least 42 complex causes, with most dementia patients presenting a unique combination. In order to effectively treat this complex condition, one drug would have to address over 40 highly specialized biochemical and degenerative dysfunctions. That's a burden no one drug alone could ever bear.

You may have heard of amyloid plaques on health talk shows or magazine articles. For years, they were viewed to be the cause of AD. Now we know they are actually your brain's protective response, like a police force decked out to protect you from these 6 types of attacks:

inflammation

When your body experiences an attack of chronic pathogens - like bacteria, fungi, spirokytes, or chronic viruses - your immune system responds inappropriately or insufficiently, sending out the amyloid beta force. While your amyloid precursor proteins can be directed toward cell death, they can also be driven toward cell reconstitution - which our protocol will help your brain accomplish.

molecular deficiency

When your brain suffers from a vitamin (like vitamin D or vitamin B12) or mineral (like magnesium or potassium) deficiency, it requires regeneration of molecules via trophic support. Trophic factors are compounds that keep your neurons alive and functioning properly. Once we know which deficiencies you're suffering from, we can prescribe the appropriate trophic factors to replenish them.

metabolic imbalance

Hormones like insulin, testosterone, and thyroid control your metabolism (chemical reactions that turn food into energy). Sudden or gradual withdrawal of hormones like progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid depletes the brain of nerve growth factors and causes it to signal cell death. Hormone imbalances like insulin resistance are often detected in late stages, like diabetes. We're determined to prevent those imbalances before they reach those late stages.

circulation dysfunction

When the veins and arteries that transport your blood get blocked or damaged by strokes, TIAs, blood clots, or cardiovascular disease, they also cause the atrophy of your neurons (brain cells). After detecting these dysfunctions, we can provide you with many strategies to repair your heart and brain health simultaneously - the same way they were damaged.

toxicity

Amyloid beta plaque binds tightly to heavy metal toxins like iron, copper, mercury, and micro toxins. Every toxin exposed patient presents with different symptoms: apraxia, executive dysfunction, visual abnormalities, etc. Patients in their 50s (early presentation) may not even have genetic indicators. These toxins can rob you of vitamins and minerals, causing a deficiency that can "starve" your brain. We can prepare a regenerative feast that your brain will love.

trauma

Environmental brain trauma (such as from a car accident, fall, or severe stress episode) can also trigger or contribute to these attacks, precipitating cognitive decline.

How does your body respond to these attacks?

That will depend highly on which genetic markers you've inherited and what type of lifestyle you've embraced. And yes, genes and lifestyles can also affect the success rate of our treatment - but you can fight Alzheimer's Disease. Genetic codes do not always cement your fate. And you no longer have to wonder what causes memory loss and forgetfulness.

Through molecular biology, our functional medicine practitioners can detect and target the network of nutritional, metabolic, environmental, genetic, and lifestyle dysfunctions that are driving your specific Alzheimer's or dementia.

Everybody presents symptoms and stages differently. That's why Dr. Ruan's cognitive health strategy requires a deep dive into your array of symptoms. It's imperative to pinpoint all of the causes behind the symptoms that you're experiencing so we can craft all of the treatments required at your point along the cognitive decline continuum.

The array of Alzheimer's symptoms

Dr. Ruan has treated the causes behind a spectrum of symptoms that vary from patient to patient:

  • headaches
  • concussions
  • loss of consciousness
  • loss of balance
  • loss of hearing
  • loss of smell
  • a history of meningitis
  • a history of herpes
  • anxiety/depression
  • anosognosia (awareness of symptoms)
  • aphasia (word recall)
  • calculating challenges
  • reading challenges
  • organizing challenges
  • difficulty with directions
  • visual hallucinations
  • irritability
  • tremor or rigidity

What's driving your neurodegenerative process? That's what we're determined to find out during our 6 sessions with you.

Cognoscopy for Discovery

Just as you maintain your colon health with a regularly scheduled colonoscopy, Dr. Ruan believes you should maintain your brain health with an annual cognoscopy.

Unlike singular diseases, AD is a complex, chronic, and progressive network of dysfunctions. The good news? That's why we can see them coming! From your genetic and metabolic profiles, we can tell which type of dementia you may be heading toward...and intervene early.

It all starts with discovery.

Dr. Ruan has trained his team to administer a very specific set of biochemical lab and genome tests to generate your ReCODE Report™ - a personalized snapshot of your cognitive health.

The End of Alzheimer's Book

This in-depth evaluation is part of a treatment program developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen, an internationally recognized expert in neurodegenerative disease. You can read more about his research and clinically validated program in his new book: The End of Alzheimer's.

Whether you're still preventing, or actively treating imbalances, once we access your metabolic cognitive parameters, we can begin to normalize, then work to optimize them.

To craft your custom cognitive care plan, you'll schedule 6 visits with our highly focused specialists in our comfortable suite to:

  • Discuss your medical and lifestyle history in order to assess:
    • symptoms: short- and long-term
    • social history (alcohol, anesthesia, and air and food toxin exposure)
    • medication use
    • dental history (mercury amalgams, root canals, hygiene issues)
    • diet and dietary supplement use
    • sleep history (length, quality, disorders)
    • hormone history (menopausal/andropausal issues; cortisol, insulin, growth hormone imbalances)
  • Administer these blood tests to detect a variety of imbalances:
    • ApoE status: the greatest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease
    • micronutrient test: an extracellular assessment of vitamin and minerals levels
    • advanced lipid panel: measure total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides
    • advanced hormonal panel: assesses levels of DHEA, SHBE, estradiol, prolactin, SHBG, total and free testosterone, cortisol, and melatonin so we can tweak them to optimize your metabolism and sleep quality
    • complete blood count: detects hemoglobin (protein in red blood cells that contains oxygen), hematocrit levels and the ratio of red blood cells to plasma
    • comprehensive metabolic panel: measures sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function
    • SMC Interleukins: this immune system activation marker detects a protein produced by immune cells to regulate immune responses
    • toxin testing: to detect mold, environmental heavy metals, and dementogens
  • Take a written exam to determine your cognitive function via:
    • CNS-Vital Signs testing: for blood pressure, pulse, respiratory health
    • MoCA testing: to assess mild cognitive impairment
    • Evoke Neuroscience eVox testing: to detect memory loss biomarkers
  • Administer neuroimaging if needed via:
    • MRI: detects amyloid and neurofibrillary tangles
    • FDG-PET: detects patterns of hypometabolism to diagnose dementia type
    • video EEG: detects seizures, sleep quality, and dominant brainwave patterns
    • sleep study: to observe sleep patterns and quality

Once the root imbalances and dysfunctions in each of these categories have been identified, our specialists will systematically address each finding in your ReCODE Report™, then craft a cognitive care plan during a series of 6 sessions.

To get started on your evaluation:

How hard is it to stick to this protocol?

A holistic, highly customized, specialist-crafted plan is great, but complying with it is not always so easy. Your environment, family relations, old habits, and fear of change can get in the way.

That's why our patient, compassionate health coaches follow the Bredesen Protocol to assist you any time, for as long as you need with:

  • dietary compliance
  • physiology counseling for exercise routine compliance
  • emotional and psychological support
  • behavioral modification for smoking/alcohol cessation, psychological issues

Our ReCODE program director Kathleen Biederman, NP has worked with a wide range of patients who had so many concerns before starting. Today, thanks to this highly-skilled, compassionate ReCODE practitioner many of them are already returning to their old selves.

To meet with Kathleen and begin your discreet, custom evaluation:

How do I know this protocol works?

At this moment, all across the country, there are hundreds of trained, certified healthcare providers practicing this methodology with stellar results. Meanwhile, hundreds more are in training and learning from the successes of their predecessors. Most of the 800 patients on the Bredesen Protocol who are complying with their custom cognitive care plan report improvement.

Because Alzheimer's Dementia is not a one-variable disease, it does not provide us with one variable to study - which traditional clinical trials are structured to do. And because the Bredesen Protocol is not a singular drug, it cannot be evaluated like a singular drug.

Bredesen Protocol studies have demonstrated efficacy through real patients' blood work, cognitive assessments, and reported experiences. Subjective impairment patients almost all improve fully. People who followed the program for 5 years are improving all of their physiological processes. Even nursing home level patients are improving 5-7 points on their MOCA scores.2

*If you'd like to take a deep dive into the research and exciting results of this innovation listen to my interview with Dr. Bredesen here:

Dr. Bredesen interview Part 1

Dr. Bredesen interview Part 2

Most fulfilling for Dr. Ruan are the many opportunities he gets to witness case studies like these:

  • a 70-year-old ApoE4 positive man: despite negative FDG-PET scan and 12 years of memory decline, was able to once again remember names, faces, and numbers - especially the ones on his follow up tests
  • a 55-year-old attorney: after leaving the stove on and constantly carrying an iPad around to keep track of conversations for 4 years, she strictly followed her cognitive care plan for 10 months and was able to return to work and learn Spanish
  • a woman in her 60s: scanned positive for amyloid after years of memory loss; after treatment no longer got lost on the freeway or forgot names, and returned to work; when she went off the program, she would decline within 10 days, then revive after restarting
  • a Navy veteran who's extremely passionate about telling his own story: you can meet him below

These are the kind of case studies that fuel Dr. Ruan's passion for medicine. You'll be able to meet some of these patients in an upcoming documentary that chronicles their return to work, to grandkids, to hobbies, and to dream adventures, after regenerating their brain function with the Bredesen Protocol.

Many of them are currently learning from each other, motivating each other, and celebrating together as they share their healing journeys on social media. Would you like to join them?

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Preventing or reversing cognitive decline at any age demands not only specialized skill and continuous education, but intellectual curiosity and instinctive compassion. That's what you'll find at the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine. Don't let Alzheimer's Dementia tarnish your golden years. Get started on your custom ReCODE journey now:


Sources:

1. Dale E. Bredesen1,2, Edwin C. Amos3 , Jonathan Canick4 , Mary Ackerley5 , Cyrus Raji6 , Milan Fiala7 , and Jamila Ahdidan8. Reversal of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease. Aging (Albany NY). 2014 Sep; 6(9): 707-717.

2. Dale E. Bredesen1, 2 1 Mary S. Easton. Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program. Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095; 2 Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA 94945