Cognitive Health – Bredeson Protocol and ReCODE
As we age, the effects of our diet, lifestyle, toxic exposures and general stresses can catch up with us, and the result can be a decline in cognitive health, amongst many other conditions. Our brains, just like any other organ, can be damaged by inflammation, oxidative stress, nutrient deficiencies, stress, hormone imbalances and physical injury, all of which can cause accelerated aging.
When brain health declines beyond a certain point, a person may be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. But there are many small signals in the years that precede such a diagnosis that can be treated and the decline reversed.
At present, modern medicine has little to offer patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other conditions of cognitive decline. It has become accepted that the person’s condition will inevitably progress, rather than get better.
30 years ago, Dr Dale Bredeson began to research the driving factors behind neurodegenerative disease, and now, as a result of his research, we can help people recover, by identifying the causes for each individual, and designing a program to repair the damage.
In his research, Dr Bredeson discovered that the brain produces beta-amyloid plaque in an effort to protect itself from damage – caused mainly by inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, unresolved infections, poor micro-circulation, head injury, toxic exposure or metabolic imbalances.
Elspeth has completed training in The Bredeson Protocol for treatment of cognitive decline, and can therefore offer specialist treatment in this area.
What the Bredeson Protocol involves
There is no single cause of the neural impairment that causes cognitive decline. Stopping and reversing the brain aging process requires careful and thorough evaluation of the factors that have contributed to the decline in brain function in your particular case. Every person is different and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment.
Elspeth will make use of any of the following methods of investigation, before deciding on a complete treatment program:
Initial Consultation – during which a detailed health history is taken, medical tests completed are reviewed, and general pathology and relevant functional medicine tests are initiated.
Online Cognitive Health Assessment Questionnaire – a link to a secure online cognitive assessment will be sent to you by email, to be completed before your second consultation.
Cognitive Health Assessment Questionnaire – this will be provided to you at your first consultation, for you to complete and email back before your second consultation.
APOE gene test – this is a simple mouth swab test that can identify your genetic risk of potential cognitive decline.
Comprehensive pathology testing – which will look for any of the many contributing factors to cognitive decline, such as nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin D, inflammatory markers, blood sugar levels, liver and kidney function, cholesterol and blood lipids, anion gap, cardiovascular risk factors, zinc and copper ratio and others.
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis – may be required to assess digestive/colon health, leaky gut, gut pathogens etc.
Organic Acids test – may be required, to asses for metabolic factors such a mitochondrial dysfunction, specific nutrient deficiencies and more.
Once all data has been gathered and assessed, a program that includes diet, lifestyle, exercise and nutrient/herbal supplementation will be recommended.
It is possible to repair damaged brain cells and restore memory loss, foggy thinking and the anxiety it causes. The best time to start is when early signs begin to show. This is exactly when most people go into denial and just hope it will go away.
If you have any concerns about your memory, brain health or cognitive capacity, don’t wait to see what happens! Alzheimers is being diagnosed in people as young as 40 nowadays, due to that many factors in modern day life that damage our cells and reduce our brain function. Take action now, and request a cognitive health assessment!