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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, September 13, 2019

alzheimers news-my protocol

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one question i get asked frequently is
why do you think you are doing so well

my answer
its what im doing to stay healthy
its the aricept (donepezil) i am taking since i started it so early it has more long term effects of slowing down the disease symptoms than if i had waited to take it
eg if i wasnt on it i might be more advanced in my symptoms
if i stop it i might worsen but then i may not
im not willing to take the chances

so basically i think its my protocol i am on and its the aricept (donepezil)

in 2014 dr bredesen published this study linked here on reversal of cognitive decline in 10 patients using his protocol which in the study 9 of 10 patients got better
it got a lot of press
i became interested in it and eventually mostly follow it

he also wrote this book the end of alzheimers about his protocol

his theory is there are 36 things that might help to slow down or prevent the disease
i was after slowing it down
that preventing thing well im too late for that one

i looked at the 36 things

most i was already doing and had already evaluated when i had my workup initially
i had memory testing and mris and amyvid pet scans and spinal taps and gene testing

i looked at his supplements and vitamins he recommended and cross referenced them on webmds supplement vitamin link to make sure there was no interference with my meds
i eg cross linked my older brothers meds with this checker and many he couldnt take since they interfered with his heart medicines

so warning dont take supplements and vitamins without cross referencing them and checking with your doctor
thats what i did i checked with my pcp and my neurologist

so here is my protocol

based on labs which showed low b12 and low vitamin d3 and high homocysteine i now take vitamin b12 and vitamin d3 and folic acid and vitamin b complex supplements
i wouldnt be on all these if i had normal labs except for the vitamin b complex supplement

i was placed on blood pressure medicine
i was placed on cholesterol medicine
i was placed on aricept (donepezil)

i was tested for low thyroid and low hormone levels and they were normal
i was questioned about
stress issues
sleep issues
social activity
mental activity like reading writing etc
my diet and settled on the mind diet
remember each of these are points on his 36 point plan

then the second group of things i did

i added these supplements on his list
remember that they havent been scientifically proven to help
remember i cross referenced these with my prescription meds and had my pcp and my neurologist review them to say it was ok
i tried coconut oil but it caused bad indigestion
i tried omega 3 but it caused bad indigestion
i take vitamin e
i take acetyl choline and alpha lipoic acid
i take tumeric acid
i take coq 10
i take bicopa
i take resveratrol deerived from wine grapes
i take citocholine
i take probiotics which may help with gut inflammation
i have regular dental cleanings and checkups to prevent gum disease and its inflammation and infection

the first group of things i do has been showed to slow down the disease
the second group of things i do have not been definitely shown to help but they might
im good with they might since my choice is well as i see it there is no good choice

i picked all these out above from his 36 point approach
i also tried to match what he did with someone in his study who was close to my diagnosis and symptoms when i was deciding on what to do

is this why i am better

i am sure that the first group is definitely why im am better
it might be more my improved diet exercise and blood pressure control and correcting my b12 level that plus the aricept (donepezil) that has made the difference
that second group may not have helped at all
it may have

i plan to continue my protocol as long as i can since it seems to be helping

dont just do this without checking your labs discussing it with your doctors and cross referencing your meds on webmd

recently dr beredesen did a 50 minute interview online with the being patient website

if this intrigues you i suggest you watch the video and listen to it
click here to link the article and video
i think most of what he does is accepted science

remember if you go to see a neurologist and they do a complete workup on you most of what is on his protocol is in their workup
they probably wont recommend all the supplements he recommends but they might suggest coconut oil omega 3 turmeric maybe vitamin b complex

that is my protocol
i cant argue with its success so far

my younger brothers team #team joe nash will be walking in the el dorado arkansas walk to end alzheimers on saturday september 14 2019
he died 6 years ago in the final stage of alzheimers disease
he was diagnosed at the age of 55
here is the link to his team and the walk

the organicgreen doctor

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