Treating Mild Cognitive Impairment with the ReCODE Protocol

​My approach to supporting mild cognitive impairment and preventing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is based on Dr. Bale Bredesen’s work and his New York Times Best Seller book, The End of Alzheimer’s. Based on the hypothesis that AD results from an imbalance in an extensive neural plasticity network, and that therapy should address as many of the network components as possible, Dr. Dale Bredesen has pioneered a systems-based personalized therapeutic approach. His protocols used in preliminary human trials that have shown improved cognitive function and a reduction in Alzheimer’s-related symptoms. I have trained with Dr. Bredesen and his expert staff in dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention using the Bredesen ReCode protocol.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a multi-faceted disease, and Dr. Bredesen calls it “brain downsizing” in response to signaling imbalances in the brain. These imbalances can be caused by inflammation, hormonal imbalances, exposure to toxins, sleep apnea, vascular disease and/or trauma.

“The Cognoscopy” – the protocol starts with a multifaceted approach to uncovering the causes for cognitive decline/memory loss. This can include MRI imaging of the hippocampus (memory center of the brain), Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), an on-line cognition assessment (CNS Vital Signs), and extensive lab work to determine your risk or the causes of your cognitive impairment.

Type 1 is inflammatory (hot)

  • Increase in inflammatory markers such as hsCRP, fasting insulin, & fasting glucose levels

Type 2 is atrophic (cold)

  • Hormonal levels are below optimal
  • Vitamin D and other vitamin levels are low
  • Homocysteine is high

Type 3 is toxic (vile)

  • Hormonal levels are below optimal
  • High blood levels of toxic chemicals or mycotoxins (from mold)
  • Bacteria & viruses from poorly done root canals

The treatment plan uses a multi-prong approach:

  1. Screen and treatment of sleep apnea
  2. Restoring optimal levels of vitamins & hormones, using bio-identical hormones.
  3. Treatment for mycotoxin and heavy metal exposures.
  4. Using a ketogenic diet to reduce insulin levels and give the brain a better fuel source to burn.
  5. Exercise – daily walking, yoga, or low-impact aerobics along with weight lifting.
  6. Stress reduction: mindfulness training, listening to music, or other ways of reducing stress.
  7. Brain games – the daily use of appropriate brain exercises
  8. Reduce exposure to EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies (cell phones, wi-fi, other electronic devices).