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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
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i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, May 22, 2020

alzheimers news-a critical review of the protocol

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not long after i was diagnosed dr dale bredesen published a paper about the reversal of cognitive decline
he took 10 people and put them on his protocol
it was a 36 point protocol
its outlined in the link here and above
9 of the 10 people on the protocol got better
his theory was if you did those 36 things that can help memory or might help memory that all added together may help to slow down the disease or make it better

its hard to do good scientific studies on something like 36 things
usually you do them one at a time when you study things
not 36

doing a study like that probably will not ever be done

he later wrote a best selling book called the end of alzheimers

i read the book and started on some of his protocol not long after it was published in 2014

now much of what is in his protocol is recommended by most memory care specialists
some of the supplements and labs are agreed to be helpful by these specialists

things recommended that i did or had done that most memory specialist agree with are
a diet similar to the mind diet
try to do a 12 hr fast between evening meal and breakfast
get a good 8 hrs of sleep
reduce stress in your life
be mentally active
do good oral hygiene
be socially active
control your blood pressure your cholesterol your diabetes your weight

the labs i did were
homocysteine which was too high so i take folate and b12 to lower it
vitamin b12 was low so i take b12 orally
vitamin d3 was low so i take d3 orally
testosterone levels were normal
thyroid levels were normal
crp that measures inflammation in the body was normal
i chose not to do the rest of the labs he recommended

most memory specialists have no problem with these labs i had done

i started on supplements that i thought might help
i have settled on these to take every day since they are sometimes recommended
coconut oil caused indigestion so it was stopped
vitamin e but stopped eventually since it caused indigestion
omega 3 but stopped for the same reason
resveratrol but stopped it later since a well done study showed it may not help
coq10 but stopped it later
b complex but stopped because of indigestion

so after doing all of this for 6 years i settled on this regimen above for me
its probably one that most memory care specialist would have no problem with

so recently a neurologist from ucsf wrote an opinion piece on what she thinks of the bredesen protocol
its linked here

if you are on the protocol or have considered the protocol i suggest you read it
form your own opinion of whether it works for you

i read the article which is critical of the protocol
reviewed the original reversal of cognitive decline protocol
it didnt change my mind on what im doing

there probably is some truth in what he recommends thats not accepted by most memory specialists
it just hasnt been studied in good well done scientific research
sadly probably never will be done

in the meantime
i picked out the parts that work for me then thats what im doing
i dont begrudge anyone who decides to do his complete regimen

the organicgreen doctor

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