Brain Health

The principles of functional medicine contribute to the health of cognitive function and brain health. With early intervention, dietary and lifestyle modifications can greatly improve the outlook for patients with the genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Because early intervention is crucial, FoundationMED offers the CNS Vital signs assessment as a tool to provide data around your current cognitive function. Genetic testing may also be recommended if you are not aware of your family history around cognitive decline. Additionally, other functional medicine tests can be valuable in getting a comprehensive view of your cognitive health.

Of the 318 million Americans currently living, 45 million will develop Alzheimer’s disease during their lifetimes if we do not do something to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. Many others will suffer from vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia or other forms of dementia. Loss of mental faculties has become the #1 concern of aging Americans.

Medicine is undergoing a radical transformation, from 20th-century medicine to 21st-century medicine: 20th-century medicine uses small data sets—like looking at sodium and potassium but not the genome or metabolome or epigenome—to attempt to diagnose very complex illnesses in very complicated organisms—human beings. 20th-century medicine makes a diagnosis of what—Alzheimer’s or cardiovascular disease or hypertension—without understanding why.

20th-century medicine uses a one-size-fits-all, monotherapeutic approach, and has been largely unsuccessful in treating chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, other neurodegenerative conditions, cancer, and cerebrovascular disease.

21st-century medicine is completely different: larger data sets are used to identify network changes that characterize chronic illnesses, revealing the “why” for each person—this is the etiodiagnosis. Prevention and early symptomatic approaches are emphasized. Addressing the cause of each condition in a comprehensive and personalized, programmatic way leads to improved outcomes, and each program is repeatedly optimized over time, to ensure sustained improvement.

Such an approach was used to bring about the first reversal of cognitive decline in patients with early Alzheimer’s disease or its precursors, MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and SCI (subjective cognitive impairment), published in 2014 (Bredesen, Aging 2014).

MPI Cognition was established to provide the research, support, and information to make this approach available to all. They have identified multiple subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease using the extensive metabolic profiling of 21st-century medicine (Bredesen, Aging 2015), identified new and previously unrecognized causes of Alzheimer’s disease (Aging 2016), and developed a continuously evolving version of Dr. Bredesen’s original MEND program.

At FoundationMED our Doctors Offer:

  • A comprehensive assessment of your health.
  • Guidance for optimal nutrition to support brain health
  • Advice regarding reduction of toxin load and exposure
  • Functional medicine testing to provide data around each system in the body
  • Advice and support around hormonal balance and optimization

Functional Medical care administered at FoundationMED can certainly be effective for those with a family history or concern about their cognitive health.

  • September 6, 2017 – CBN News – Doctor Finds Natural Ways to Reverse and Prevent Alzheimer’s
  • Augusts 28, 2017 – CBN News – New Alzheimer’s Treatment, Prevention Shows Impressive Results
  • January 20, 2016 – The Scientist – Another Role for ApoE? Key Alzheimer’s disease- related protein may be a transcriptional regulator
  • January 20, 2016 – The Journal of Neuroscience – Direct Transcriptional Effects of Apolipoprotein E
  • January 4, 2016 – HuffPost Impact – Creativity and a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • November 26, 2015 – New Zealand Listener – Hope On the Horizon
  • October 2015 – Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal – Dale E. Bredesen, MD: Reversing Cognitive Decline
  • Recommended Reading – The End of Alzheimer’s , Dale E. Bredesen MD

FoundationMED recommends reading “The End of Alzheimer’s” to better understand the process of the Bredesen Protocol. This is NOT a “how-to” book but rather a fascinating overview into the Functional Medicine approach that encompasses the results-proven Bredesen Protocol.

The End of Alzheimer's book