Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer's Disease

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.

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At this moment, dementia is silently creeping upon 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.

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.

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Alzheimer's Disease Case Studies

Dr. Dale Bredesen Interviewed by Dr. Cheng Ruan
End of Alzheimer's Dementia
Dr. Dale Bredesen interview by Dr. Cheng Ruan Part 2
Types of Alzheimer's Disease
Carl Mullen - End of Alzheimer's

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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.

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.

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.

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™:

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 Dr. Cheng Ruan, MD 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 Dr. Ruan and begin your discreet, custom evaluation:

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.

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.
  • 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.

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:

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  • We will collaborate with any other health professionals you are already working with to maintain a team approach.

  • We love to collaborate with alternative medicine professionals as well (naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, health coaches, etc.)

  • We believe that this team approach and integrating a holistic approach while using the latest in scientific, clinical, and population data is the future of primary care medicine.

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