By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
July 11, 2016
- Reverse Alzheimer’s and boost brain volume
- No drugs, psychiatric care or side effects
- Dementia-busting tips you can put to use immediately
Today, there is no medical cure for Alzheimer’s disease. So the true story I’m about to tell you brings a great deal of promise to anyone hoping to revitalize their brainpower.
You see, a 66-year old man with well documented early Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment signed up for a very unique program.
When he started, the volume of his hippocampus (which is critical in consolidating daily information from short term memory to long term) was smaller than 83% of men his age. He also had reduced glucose utilization, which is indicative of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, he carried the APOE4 gene variant, which placed him at greater risk for the disease.
In the first three months of the program he showed marked improvement. He lost weight. His memory improved and work came more easily to him.
And after merely 10 months, the changes were phenomenal. MRI scans showed the size of his hippocampus increased dramatically. The volume increased by nearly 12%, making it larger than 75% of men his age!
Boost Brain Volume and Reverse Alzheimer’s
These results are absolutely amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
This gentleman is just one of the people highlighted in a newly published paper by Dr. Dale Bredesen. There were 10 patients altogether.
Each of them met the criteria for Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive impairment before taking part in the program. And none of them met the criteria after treatment. In fact, most of them returned to the normal range of cognitive testing.
And all of the results were obtained without drugs, psychiatric care or side effects.
Dr. Bredesen is a neurologist who’s truly forging new ground in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He calls his program the MEND protocol. This stands for Metabolic Enhancement for Neurodegeneration.
Like me, he doesn’t believe that pulling out the prescription pad is the answer to memory problems. And he has proven, over and over again, that personalized lifestyle changes can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to preventing – and reversing – dementia.
Many of his recommendations – which are proven to work – echo my own. Here are a few of the most relevant.
Get Started with these Dementia-Busting Tips
Eat a low glycemic, low inflammatory and low grain diet. I prefer a modified Mediterranean style diet that includes plenty of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and wild-caught fish. Meat, grains and dairy should be limited.
This way of eating isn’t simply anti-inflammatory. It’s also repeatedly shown to cut the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Take part in daily intermittent fasting. Eat all of your meals within an eight hour time window each day. Then, fast for the other 16 hours. This will trigger a process called autophagy, which rids your cells of waste and helps them work more efficiently.
Stimulate your brain to strengthen neuronal connections. Simple ways to do this include learning a new skill, playing brain games, taking up a foreign language or learning to play musical instrument. Even varying your routes every day can help stimulate your brain.
Aim for eight hours of sleep each night. This is when the “drainage” system in your brain goes to work to flush toxic waste products – like beta amyloid – from your brain. If you need a little help falling asleep, try 600 mg. valerian and up to 5 mg. of time-released melatonin (try smaller doses first and build up to the larger doses).
Get plenty of exercise every day. A good workout can nourish your neurons, decrease beta amyloid plaques and increase the size your brain’s hippocampus. All of these are necessary for a fully functioning brain. Exercise increases something called BDNF, brain derived neurotrophic factor.
You can easily ramp up your activity levels by performing high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises daily. This type of exercise involves short bursts of activity followed by brief reset periods.
For example, walk or sprint as fast as you can for about 30 seconds. Then, slow down to a slower pace until you catch your breath. Repeat about four or five times. You can also apply this fast/slow HIIT concept to other exercise like rowing, swimming, bicycling and so forth.
It’s also important to take control of your stress levels, since chronic stress is linked to a decrease in hippocampal mass and a decline in mental function. So don’t forget to make time for yourself to get a massage, read a good book or just sit back and listen to your favorite music. Yoga, meditation and mindful breathing exercises are also proven ways to cut your stress levels.
Additionally, I recommend certain nutrients that can help boost your brainpower and reverse damage. I’ll share those with you in the next issue of Advanced Natural Wellness.
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