North Coast Family Health Presents:
Healthy Brain Program
Memory Recovery utilizing a Functional Medicine Approach
Our Healthy Brain Program
Our program focuses on treating Mild Cognitive Impairment and Early Alzheimer’s Disease. The program is based on new neuroscience informing us if memory problems are treated early in the process of decline, they may be reversed.
The new neuroscience informs us that adult brains, even elderly brains, can and do repair themselves. We are continually making new connections between neurons (called synapses). Every time we introduce a new thought, routine, learn something, gain new insight, do something different, we are growing new connections inside our brains. Our brain is continually remodeling and changing. When the brain becomes unhealthy, the natural growth and repair mechanisms slow down or stop altogether. The brain may even shrink and the neurons become disconnected from one another. This is called neuro-degeneration and causes memory loss.
One of the keys to repairing a damaged brain is finding out what is injuring the brain and stop the damage. Being able to answer the question: “What is causing my cognitive decline?” is essential. Our Healthy Brain Program is devoted to discovering the cause of your memory decline, stimulating your brain to repair itself and become healthier in the process. The end goal is to grow more connections to improve your memory.
The many causes of damage to our sensitive brains result in:
Neuro-Degeneration Causing Memory Loss
Of the many ways a brain can be harmed, it all boils down to a few mechanisms of damage:
- Chronic inflammation (from diet, gut problems, chronic infection, toxins, etc. )
- Atrophy (or brain shrinkage)
- Toxicity (toxic metals, mold, and Lyme disease, etc.)
- Brain trauma (concussion and traumatic brain injury)
- Lack of blood flow (clogged arteries)
The ReCODE Program – Recovering COgnitive DEcline
Over the last few years Dr. Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and renowned neuroscientist, has published a few studies demonstrating how a functional medicine approach to diagnosis and treatment leads to reversal of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Early Alzheimer’s disease. This approach finds the cause of the brain decline and designs a treatment program to fit the patient.
The Bredesen Protocol is a comprehensive personalized program designed to improve cognition and reverse the cognitive decline Alzheimer’s and related disorders. It prevents Alzheimer’s in those at risk.
Dr. Bredesen’s institute (MPI Cognition) has offered certification training, which Dr. Leon Hecht has received, and is a component of our Healthy Brain Program in our clinic. The ReCODE Program guides doctors and their patients on the latest advances in neuroscience using a functional medicine approach to reverse memory problems. Additionally, with 3 decades of experience helping patients optimize their health using natural and functional medicine, our clinic is particularly well informed to help you recover your memory and be the healthiest you can be.
Dr. Bredesen published 10 cases of well-documented Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment, and the return to cognitive functioning. With proper cognitive functioning subjects can lead productive and healthy lives, including returning to work. To date there are over 1000 patients currently in a large study using this approach to diagnosis and treatment. Our clinic is participating in this study. Dr. Bredesen’s institute (MPI Cognition) has offered certification training, which Dr. Leon Hecht has received, and is a component of our Healthy Brain Program in our clinic. The ReCODE (Recovering Cognitive Decline) Program offers a customized Memory Recovery Program for doctors to help their patients with. Additionally, with 3 decades of experience helping patients optimize their health using natural and functional medicine, our clinic is particularly well informed to help you recover your memory and be the healthiest you can be.
Memory Improvement with our Healthy Brain Program
The new neuroscience indicates the health of your body influences the health of your brain. Expect positive benefits to occur within 2 months on our Healthy Brain Program. As you incorporate a Healthy Brain Lifestyle, your cognitive functioning will improve.
Goal of Treatment:
- Stop the brain damage by finding and modifying the cause of your cognitive decline
- Increase the number of connections (synapses) you have between neurons
- Teach you the tools for a brain healthy lifestyle to improve your memory!
What does it include?
Our Healthy Brain Treatment is based upon personalized evaluation and commonly includes:
- Increasing Energy in the body and mind
- Hormonal optimization
- Brain Boosting Diet and Nutrients
- Detoxing your Body and Brain
- Brain Recovery Exercises
- Healthy Brain Lifestyle
How Does It Work?
To recover your memory, the cause of your decline needs to be found.To do this we put on our Health Detective hats on.
We focus in 5 areas:
- Do you have excessive inflammation in your body? If so, we uncover its origin.
- Do you have elevated blood sugar or insulin that is damaging your brain? We will find it.
- Do you have brain atrophy? Is your brain smaller that it should be? We may be able to help you to increase your brain size to recover your memory.
- Have you been exposed to toxins that are harming your brain? We can find the major ones and work to neutralize them.
- Have you been getting enough blood flow to your brain? We can enhance the circulation to your brain.
- Have you suffered brain trauma? We can recommend specialists to help you.
Memory improvement can begin quite quickly, after only a few months. Stopping the memory decline may sometimes be the only sign of improvement at first. Often as long as a person is staying on the Healthy Brian program they will maintain and enhance their memory. We ask you commit to this process for 6 months to a year. Regression is often seen with a lapse in implementation of the program, i.e., stopping the recommended supplements, exercise, diet, etc.