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Memory Loss Specialist in Houston, TX

What do middle-aged Americans fear most? Not loss of finances. Not loss of mobility. The #1 fear of aging Americans is loss of mental faculties.

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'connor, who announced she's leaving public life because of her diagnosis, is one of 4 - 5 million Americans with dementia. Many of them try to keep their memory loss a secret - even from friends and family - because they fear losing their independence, their social status and their dignity.

The National Institute on Aging reports that dementia is the most expensive disease in America - surpassing heart disease and cancer. A woman in her 60s is twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's dementia than breast cancer.

So why are we instructed to regularly screen our colons and breasts, but not our brains?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a set of symptoms like impaired thinking and memory loss. What causes memory loss and forgetfulness? That's what Dr. Ruan is determined to discover - and the exact answer will be different for each patient.

That's why he practices The ReCode™ Protocol, which has reversed many types of memory loss, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and subjective cognitive impairment (SCI) - both precursors of Alzheimer's. By looking past the symptoms at the root causes of this cruel cognitive degeneration, Dr. Ruan is able to tackle them one by one to help retrieve each unique patient's memory, dignity and quality of life.

Like the ReCODE™ founder Dr.Dale Bedesen, Dr. Ruan believes dementia is an urgent global emergency. And he's facing it head on, alongside hundreds of determined patients.

His highly trained team combats cognitive decline every day, with customized, multi-pronged prevention and treatment plans. For a thorough, holistic, compassionate consultation, call the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine at (713) 690-1991 or contact us online.

What is dementia?

A dementia diagnosis is simply a set of symptoms. Like being diagnosed with a sore throat without being told what's causing it (allergies? strep? common cold virus?). Patients diagnosed with dementia are not typically told what's causing their symptoms, like:

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

ReCODE™ practitioners like Dr. Ruan don't stop at these - they investigate further to uncover the "why" behind each symptom, then work systematically to target one cause at a time.

The following dementia-presenting conditions may all have the same symptoms, but completely different causes:

Vascular dementia: a decline in thinking skills caused by conditions that block or reduce blood flow to the brain, depriving brain cells of vital oxygen and nutrients

Lewy dementia: abnormal proteins known as Lewy bodies build up in nerve cells of the brain's thinking, memory and motor control regions

Huntington's Disease: a DNA mutation in a single gene causes brain cells (neurons) to die in various areas of the brain, including those that help control voluntary movement in Parkinson's Disease

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: abnormal infectious proteins called prions stimulate rapid mental decline


Causes of dementia

Most types of cognitive decline are triggered by three major brain threats: inflammation, nutrient or hormone imbalance (deficiency or overproduction), and toxic exposure.

Inflammation and a nutrient shortage are functions of your metabolism, which are highly influenced by your diet, activity levels, genes, and your exposure to and tolerance of stress.

Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can arise when you are continuously exposed to:

microbes:

Autopsies of people who died from Alzheimer's dementia reveal pathogens: bacteria in the mouth, mold in the nose, viruses like herpes on the lips, or disease organisms like Borrelia (Lyme disease) at tick bite sites. When these pathogens invade a brain, it fights back with its own potent pathogen: amyloid. But when amyloid becomes overactive it kills the very synapses and brain cells it was meant to protect.

trigger foods:

can cause chronic inflammation if you chronically continue eating them

sugar

Our bodies are equipped to handle much smaller amounts of sugar than most Americans ingest. Our sedentary lifestyle doesn't require that much energy, so we store it in fat, which produces brain-damaging adipokines. When your bloodstream is awash in sugar, glucose molecules disrupt your vital proteins, creating insulin resistance. That's why having diabetes increases your risk of dementia by 39 percent.

gluten & dairy

Too much gluten and dairy can create microscopic holes in a sensitive gastrointestinal tract, allowing fragments of food or bacteria into your bloodstream. Your immune system recognizes these fragments as foreign invaders, and fights back - with an overzealous inflammatory response.

Your body also responds to pathogen invaders by producing amyloid, the protein that generates Alzheimer's disease brain plaques.1

Hormone or nutrient 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 your brain of nerve growth factors and causes it to signal cell death. Hormone imbalances like insulin resistance are often detected in late stages (diabetes). We're determined to prevent those imbalances before they reach those late stages.

When your brain suffers from a vitamin (vitamin D or vitamin B12) or mineral (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.

Toxic exposure

Heavy metal toxins like iron, copper, mercury, and biotoxins like mold-produced mycotoxins cause amyloid to act like an anti-venom. Each 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 for dementia. These toxins can drain you of vitamins and minerals, starving your brain.

The ReCODE™ Protocol helps you detoxify with foods (cruciferous vegetables), pure-water hydration, sauna-based toxin removal, and glutathione molecule supplementation. These are all strategies to try stopping the brain from churning out more amyloid.

Cardiovascular damage

Many middle-aged Americans have cardiovascular risk factors - high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol - which increase their chance of developing dementia. 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.

Blocked veins and arteries damaged by strokes, TIAs, blood clots, or cardiovascular disease cause neuron (brain cell) atrophy. ReCODE™ Protocol practitioners will detect these dysfunctions, and provide you with many strategies to repair your heart and brain health simultaneously - the same way they were damaged.


Preventing or reversing dementia before it escalates into Alzheimer's

Our ReCODE™ team will help you fight back against the pathogens - whichever ones are causing your symptoms.

To eliminate the three neuro-threats - inflammation, shortage of synaptic support, and toxic exposure - you must restore lost synapses and protect new and remaining ones.

You have the power to extinguish potential infections, optimize your immune system's ability to destroy pathogens, and reduce the chronic inflammation that results from fighting these organisms for years, sometimes decades.

The ReCODE™ program targets all the causes by helping you to:

  • prevent and reduce inflammation
  • optimize hormones and trophic factors
  • feed your brain the nutrients it needs
  • eliminate toxins

How much of which you will need and for how long? That depends to a large extent on which genetic markers you've inherited and what type of lifestyle you've embraced. The first step is to determine the cause of your dysfunction so you can stop wondering what's causing your memory loss and forgetfulness.

Everybody presents symptoms and stages differently. That's why Dr. Ruan's team assesses the nutritional, metabolic, environmental, genetic, and lifestyle dysfunctions that are driving your specific type of dementia. We discover all of the causes before crafting all of the treatments.

Diagnosing and crafting your treatment plan will require 6 sessions with our specialists.


Cognoscopy for diagnosis

The ReCODE™ Protocol prescribes monitoring brain health with an annual cognoscopy, the same way we maintain colon health with a regularly scheduled colonoscopy.

Dementia may be a multi-headed monster, but the good news is: that's why we can see it 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.

This in-depth evaluation is part of a treatment program developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen, an internationally renowned neurodegenerative disease expert, and critically acclaimed author of The End of Alzheimer's.

Whether you're still preventing, or actively treating imbalances, we can't begin to normalize and optimize them until we access your metabolic cognitive parameters.

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

Our specialists will systematically address each test result into your ReCODE Report™ then customize a cognitive care plan during a series of 6 sessions.

To get started on your ReCODE Report™:


How hard is it to stick to this protocol?

Your environment, family relations, old habits, and fear of change may make our holistic, customized care plan difficult to follow.

We're happy to help you comply with, and truly enjoy your plan. Our 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?

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

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.

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

  • a Navy veteran who's extremely passionate about telling his own story: you can meet him below:
  • 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

These stories are the reason Dr. Ruan practices medicine. You'll be able to meet some of these happy 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. You can join them.


Reserve your appointment

It's not only a wall full of degrees and decades of experience - unearthing the root causes of each patient's dementia requires compassionate intellectual curiosity. You'll find plenty of that at the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine.

Dementia doesn't have to send you into hiding - stop it before it stops you from enjoying life as you know it. Get started on your custom ReCODE journey now:


Sources:

1. amyloid is antimicrobial Kumar, D. K., Eimer, W. A., Tanzi, R. E. & Moir, R. D. Alzheimer's disease: the potential therapeutic role of the natural antibiotic amyloid-beta peptide. Neurodegenerative disease management 6, 345-348, doi:10.2217/nmt-2016-0035 (2016).