Reversing cognitive decline
It is expected that 45 million Americans will develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime. Once viewed only as a slow and suffering death sentence, science has now demonstrated that cognitive decline can be prevented – and reversed – by identifying contributing factors and prescribing lifestyle and supplementation.
With Alzheimer’s, western medicine has largely focused on identifying the quantity of plaque (protein deposits) in the brain and developing a drug to diminish it. In 2010, a shift started when Dale Bredesen, MD, author of The End of Alzheimer’s, and researchers at MIT both noted that plaque in the brain was harboring virus. This finding was the beginning of a new understanding of Alzheimer’s disease as the brain’s protective response to many detrimental factors.
Bredesen’s work led to an evidence-based protocol which helps identify those factors and establish a plan to heal the brain allowing it to continue to do its job and function well.
The Bredesen Protocol includes comprehensive testing and individualized treatment plans which have been adopted by leading integrative practitioners and institutions. The Coachella Valley has many integrative MD’s including Bredesen-certified practitioner Jeralyn Brossfield, MD, of XO Health. Dr. Brossfield has been practicing medicine for eighteen years and was the Medical Director at the Eisenhower Wellness Institute before opening her own Functional Medicine practice in Rancho Mirage this past January.
“By identifying factors that are contributing to mental decline, and taking targeted action through the ReCode Protocol, we can heal the entire system and promote excellent brain health and longevity. We can survive something that was once thought to be incurable.”
Brossfield sees patients from both in and out of the area. The first appointment consists of a detailed history intake to help identify exposure to toxins throughout life, questions on current brain function, and extensive blood work to determine heavy metals, infections, vitamin and mineral levels, genetic factors for Alzheimer’s, and more.
“We are finding that many people have a virus that their body is still fighting and this can be the cause of memory loss,” says Brossfield who has been seeing elevated mold and viral bio-toxin markers in 60% of her cognoscopy patients. “Further tests can help us identify the exact mold or virus which we are then able to address through holistic lifestyle changes and supplementation.”
Follow up appointments to review test results and develop an individualized treatment plan can be done locally or long distance. Brossfield also works closely with the Bredesen team; patient data is uploaded and individualized reports and recommendations can also be provided.
“This program is bringing hope – and results – for so many,” states Brossfield. “It is exciting to see lives changed by identifying the root cause of memory loss and addressing it through lifestyle changes and natural supplementation.”
Jeralyn Brossfield, MD, can be reached at (760) 573.2761 or on Facebook @ XO Health. Cognoscopy programs cost between $1,200 and $3,600 plus lab work (usually covered by Medicare and most PPO insurances). For more information on cognoscopy, visit www.drbredesen.com.