Health & Happiness: New Hope for Cognitive Decline

08 Brain 01By Jennifer Means, ND, LAC

Did you know that Alzheimer’s affects one in ten Americans over the age of 65?

I recently attended a seminar on cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Dale Bredesen, author of The End of Alzheimer’s. It was an “aha” weekend – looking at this complex, devastating medical condition that leads to the hopeless decline of our loved ones, even while they are physically still here.

Until now there has been little to offer these folks. Dr. Bredesen spent many years researching why brains produce beta amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles – two common types of damage seen in Alzheimer’s patients. His research showed that multiple insults cause these plaques and tangles to form—like a leaky barn roof battered by years of wind, hail, ice and critters. One patch won’t stop the water from pouring in. So the various causes of Alzheimer’s must be addressed by taking a multi-disciplinary approach.

Dr. Bredesen has developed treatment protocols that can stop the progression and even reverse cognitive decline. By simultaneously addressing underlying insults to the brain – such as damage from diet, toxins, inflammation, high blood sugars, hormone deficiencies, infections, vascular disease and head trauma – one can slow down and even reverse memory loss, language decline and dissolution of life skills.

Of course, the sooner you start on this path, the better. If you are experiencing cognitive changes or someone you know has Alzheimer’s, it’s time to invest in your brain. There is hope.

Dr. Jennifer Means & Dr. Elizabeth Elliott welcome you for Primary Care for the whole family: Nutrition, IV Therapy, Naturopathy, and Acupuncture.

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