Brain Health

 

 

Does Brain Health Really Matter?

 

It matters more than you may know. The human brain is one of the greatest miracles in the universe. It has been called the most complex structure in existence. Without question, your brain is your single-greatest asset. Good health begins in the brain. Your brain is involved in everything you do! It is the “control tower” responsible for directing the operations of the entire body. Every day, your brain performs the extremely complicated job of quietly running your body’s numerous systems while you are busy living your life. Every blink of your eyes, every movement of your body, every thought, every decision, and every emotion that runs through your mind—it all originates in your brain. Your memory, intelligence, personality, capacity to love, and your sense of meaning and purpose in life all reside in your brain.

 

Here’s the bottom line: When your brain works right, you work right. When your brain doesn’t work right, you don’t work right. People with healthy brains are happier, healthier, and wealthier because they are capable of making better decisions. People with unhealthy brains are sadder, sicker, and poorer because they are incapable of making better decisions. That’s why brain health really matters!

 

The Devastating Effects of Aging on the Brain

 

Since 1970, lifespan around the world has risen dramatically with people today living more than 10 years longer than their great grandparents. That’s the good news. Here’s the bad news: Optimal brain function is not keeping pace with rising life expectancy. Even if you seem perfectly healthy, your brain is shrinking as you age. Brain shrinkage (atrophy) is a silent threat to your health and longevity. Besides costing you memory, intellect, and quality of life, brain atrophy is directly associated with dementia and premature death. Here are the stark statistics:

 

1.  From age 25 to 40, memory declines 21%
2.  By age 40, 80% of people have atrophy of the brain
3.  By age 70, memory loss climbs to 43%
4.  By age 80, half will be demented

 

The incidence of cognitive decline and dementia increases substantially as the brain ages. This is due to the loss (death) of brain cells—a degenerative process that begins as early as age 25 and really picks up steam at age 40. It’s important to realize that the health of our brain is every bit as important as the health of our heart. Memory is the greatest gift of all. If we lose our memory, we lose everything! Moreover, if we don’t find a way to grow new brain cells in the areas that are dead and dying, living longer may not be worthwhile.

 

One of the most prevalent myths is that we use only 10% of our brain, but that is simply untrue. The fact is that most areas of our brain are active nearly all of the time. This has been proven by modern technologies, such as Positron Emis­sion Tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imag­ing (fMRI), which have made it possible to peer inside the brain and measure the level of activity. Until the recent emergence of such technologies, it was also believed that growing new brain cells (neu­rogenesis) was impossible. Scientists and physicians commonly held that a person is born with a set or finite number of neurons (brain cells), and that we cannot replace these neurons once they’re gone. We now know this to be untrue as well.

 

Stimulating neurogenesis is the new treatment for aging brains. Neurogenesis can help repair brain function and improve its performance, but it takes the right conditions for neurogenesis to occur.

 

Under the right conditions, it is possible to slow or stop brain atrophy. Under the right conditions, it is possible to replenish damaged and dying brain cells with healthy new cells. Under the right conditions, it is possible to slow or stop age-related cognitive decline and early-stage dementia. Under the right conditions, it is possible to recover and maintain optimal brain function so that our later years can be some of the most fulfilling of our lives. Using the science of metabolic and nutritional medicine, we can now create those “right conditions” to help stimulate neurogenesis and help repair the brain.

 

Has This Happened to You?

 

You enter a room and cannot remember why. You misplace your keys, stumble for a word, or can’t put a name to a familiar face. You might even experience a slight delay in deciding to do something and actually doing it, such as changing lanes on the highway. Any one of these events could be blamed on the fast pace and high stress of today’s world. Or they could be the first signs of a neurodegenerative condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)—a forerunner to brain-destroying Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, people with MCI are 14 times more likely than cognitively-healthy adults to progress to full-blown Alz­heimer’s. Sooner or later, one way or another, MCI may be coming your way.

 

Sadly, the risk of dementia is battle that many will face, but one that most people will ignore. It is vitally important that you identify potential symptoms of neurodegeneration at the earliest possible stage while there is still time to address them. Most people assume that these symptoms are a natural and normal part of aging. They are not! It is our job to help people realize they should take these symptoms seriously, and they should make the commitment to reverse and slow brain aging. To learn if you may be at risk for dementia, click here to take the free online dementia quiz.

 

Why is Alzheimer’s disease the #1 Fear?

 

Let’s face it. Whereas gray hair may look “distinguished,” of all the changes associated with aging, one of the most common and devastating is the decline in cognitive function. People fear the loss of independence and control of their life as a result of losing their mental capacity more than they fear the results from losing their physical abilities.

 

Cases of dementia are starting to skyrocket, and the one disease that is more terrifying and worse than all others (including cancer) is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the fastest growing disease in America and is currently the sixth leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s used to only be seen in people in their 70’s or 80’s, but is now being seen in 50- and 60-year-old’s, and sometimes even as early as the 30’s and 40’s. And while memory-destroying diseases such as Alzheimer’s are more common with age, they are not an inevitable part of aging. Healthy people do not develop Alzheimer’s disease no matter how old they are!

 

By the year 2050, it is predicted that as many as two billion people worldwide could be at risk for Alzheimer’s. This is an unprecedented health-care crisis that could cost $1 trillion a year in the US alone. The scope of the looming medical-care disaster is beyond comparison. If this disease is not contained, it may bankrupt the US healthcare system!

 

Besides the tragic physical toll of Alzheimer’s, the emotional impact on the sufferers and their families can be agonizing. In the latter stages of the disease, many cannot feed or bathe themselves, and they frequently fall and get injured. Some become agitated and combative. Many become incontinent of urine and feces. And most cannot even recognize the people dearest to them, or articulate coherent thoughts and sentences. They lose all sense of self, and they become the equivalent of mental vegetables as their minds turn to mush.

 

The changes described above lead to a degrading loss of independence and tragic end to a life for the sufferer, and a tremendous burden on family caregivers who will experience a high rate of depression, heart attacks, and stroke as a result of the stress. On top of that, the cost to care for someone with Alzheimer’s in a nursing home can exceed $90,000 per year. That’s five times the cost of living independently!

 

What’s Hiding Inside Your Head?

 

Gone are the days when Alzheimer’s was a disease just for our grandparents to worry about. It has been found that silent, degenerative changes in the brain leading to Alzheimer’s can begin decades before symptoms appear—sometimes starting as early as age 20! If you have symptoms of forgetfulness,decreased ability to maintain focus, and decreased problem-solving capacity, you may already be in the early stages of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Left untreated, MCI can fast-track into full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. Time is not on your side. Your life depends on the decisions you make. If you choose to ignore protecting your brain, you risk losing your memory, your independence, and most importantly, your quality of life!

 

The Shortcomings of Conventional Treatment

 

Our healthcare system is preoccupied with disease management rather than disease prevention or reversal. And when it comes to age-related cognitive decline and dementia, conventional medicine has little to offer. FDA-approved drugs such as Aricept® (donepezil) and Namenda® (meman­tine) may reduce some symptoms, but generally only do so for 6-12 months, and half of all patients show no improvement whatsoever. Furthermore, these drugs do nothing to prevent, stop, or reverse the underlying disease process itself. That’s because they fail to address the root causes. Even while taking the drugs, the disease continues to advance.

 

From time to time, you will hear of supposedly miraculous drug-based “cures” being developed for Alzheimer’s disease. In the past, all such drugs were ultimately found to be ineffective, and, in our opinion, that will continue to be the case. Here’s why: The human brain is extremely complex. Numerous biological systems must work together perfectly in order to maintain optimal brain function and cognitive ability. Alzheimer’s is a multifactorial disease. Single-mechanism treatment doesn’t work because your brain doesn’t develop Alzhemier’s in single-mechanism way. Alzhemier’s is the net result of multiple dysfunctional conditions and it requires a multipronged treatment.

 

Drug therapy—also known as monotherapy—is too simplistic an approach for something as com­plex as brain health. Drugs may treat a single dysfunctional condition related to age-related cognitive decline and dementia, but no drug can simultaneously treat all of the conditions. Treating all of the conditions is crucial in order to stop or reverse the underlying disease process. Here’s an analogy to put that into perspective: Imagine sitting in a rowboat with ten holes in the bottom of the boat. If you plug a single hole, or even two or three holes, the boat will still sink. You have to plug all of the holes to keep it from sinking. In our opinion, the human brain is no different than this rowboat.

 

Breakthrough Treatment Offers New Hope

 

For too many people, a longer life expectancy comes at a cost of markedly reduced brain function. Life for these people can be better than it is today. Fortunately, we are entering a new era in the prevention and treatment of age-related cognitive decline and dementia. But it is not drug-based. To restore and maintain optimal function and performance of the most vulnerable and important organ for your health and quality of life (your brain), we use a powerful and science-based combination of medicinal foods, targeted nutritional supplements, exercise therapy, sleep modulation, bioidentical hormone optimization, brain photobiomodulation, and microcurrent brain stimulation.

 

Our breakthrough multipronged treatment helps normalize brain chemistry by targeting and sim­ultaneously treating the numerous underlying pathological conditions that cripple and destroy our aging brain, including oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, defi­ciency of neuroactive hormones, cerebral microvascular insufficiency, toxic protein aggregates, synaptic dysfunction, impaired insulin-signaling, and reactive microgliosis.

 

Our aim is to restore and maintain full cognitive function for a lifetime. If started soon enough, our advanced and comprehensive approach can help repair an aging and deteriorat­ing brain by stimulating the growth of new neurons (neurogenesis), and restoring cogni­tive func­tion. Our treatment then helps nourish and protect these new neurons in order to maintain cogni­tive function. This innovative approach offers new hope, and repre­sents a much needed change in how we prevent and treat age-related cognitive decline and dementia.

 

Time is Not on Your Side

 

Like most conditions, age-related cognitive decline and dementia follow a continuum or spectrum. They don’t occur overnight. And like most conditions, the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome. Time is not on your side. If you wait too long, there is a point of no return at which nobody can help you. Not even us.

 

As stated earlier, silent, degenerative changes in the brain leading to Alzheimer’s disease can start decades before symptoms appear—sometimes as early as age 20. Fortunately, our brain has an incredible amount of reserve. But there’s a point at which that reserve is depleted and the first symptom of Alzheimer’s begins. The moment that occurs, the remaining brain cells begin to rap­idly die. Although the speed of progression can vary, the usual life expectancy fol­lowing diagno­sis of Alzheimer’s disease is only three to nine years. So, when it comes to safeguarding the health of your brain, time is truly of the essence!

 

To see if you may be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, click here to take the free online dementia quiz. It takes only 10 minutes to complete. If you are at risk, further testing and state-of-the-art treatment such as ours should be considered as soon as possible.

 

Who Our Program is for (and not for)

 

Fortunately, stimulating neurogenesis and repairing years or decades of brain deterioration can be done, but it does not happen overnight. Our program lasts 12 months and it is designed to prevent and treat age-related cognitive decline and dementia, including MCI, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia.

 

For people interested in prevention, our protocol helps keep your brain functioning at the highest level possible by protecting your memory, focus, and intellect. For people in need of treatment (healing), our protocol helps prevent further cognitive decline, boosts cognitive functioning, and begins to reverse the brain damage that has already occurred.

 

Our program is available to those who value their health and who are able to pay for things they value. It is for those who desire to regain and/or maintain a sharp mind to give them more years of fulfilling and productive life. And it is for those who like being independent and not a burden to others, and who want to keep it that way. Are you one of those people?

 

Our program is not for everyone. Because insurance and Medicare does not cover the cost of treatment, our program is not for those who seek to have no out-of-pocket expense. Fortunately, the cost is modest, especially compared to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s in a nursing home. Our program is also not for those who have waited too long, and whose dementia is now too severe to be helped by anyone (including us).

 

Get Started Today

 

What’s next? The first step is to schedule extensive bloodwork followed by a 3-hour, in-depth, initial consultation. During the consultation, Dr. Thomas will review your medical history and bloodwork results, will administer a computerized neurocognitive test to give you a detailed and thorough assessment of your current brain function, and will make recommendations based on all of this information. Dr. Thomas will go over our program in detail (including the fees involved), and will answer any questions you may have.

 

We only accept a small number of patients each year, as we are totally committed to our patients. We dedicate a tremendous amount of our time, expertise, and individualized attention to each patient.