Brain Health Program


 

What is the Brain Health Program?

The Bredesen Protocol (a brain health program developed by Dr. Bredesen) 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.

It brings together the best of modern Western and traditional Eastern approaches to medical treatment – including nutritional supplements, dietary, lifestyle modifications, and meditation.

Continued research and testing by Dr. Bredesen began by evolving MEND into The Bredesen Protocol, which has identified new and previously unrecognized causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

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

 

 

Why is the Brain Health Program needed?

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 or 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. We 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. 

We hope that this information, research, and support will be valuable to all in our shared goal of reducing the global burden of dementia.  

 

Recommended Reading

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. 


Brain Health Program

Currently scheduling with Dr. Jignasa Sachar, Bredesen Certified Physician.

This program is designed for those concerned about their cognitive health.  Concerns can range from family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to other symptoms of mild cognitive decline.  This program has proven to be effective for those who commit to it and fully implement the recommendations. 

The Brain Health Program is designed to be customized for each patient.  It will take 1 year to complete and is divided into four phases.  The program will be personalized by our physician based on the ongoing assessment and laboratory evaluations.

This program is based on recommendations outlined in the Bredesen Protocol.  With experience we have found that the initial amount of data collection (laboratory testing) that is advised by the Bredesen Protocol results in an overwhelming amount of information that is given to the patient, resulting in an extremely complicated therapeutic plan. We have decided to spread out the testing over the first year of care, in attempts to design a treatment plan that is still aggressive, but manageable in implementation.

We have bundled the Brain Health Program into the listed phases.  Please note the fees are non-refundable.  We have packaged together all services we feel are necessary to achieve success in this program.  Dividing it into phases allows the patient to have a better idea of costs associated with the program.  We only have capacity for a limited number of patients for this program, purchasing a package gives you priority scheduling with Dr. Sachar.

There is no contractual/financial obligation to complete all phases (i.e. move from Phase I to Phase II etc.). If desired, patients can (after completing a phase) exit the program and schedule regular consultations.

For ALL patients it is recommended that a spouse, relative or close friend (or care giver) accompany them to the consultations as they will be given a lot of information.  This support is very beneficial for the patient.

 


 

PHASE I - $1720

With Phase I new patients will make a $350 deposit when booking their first appointment.  The balance will be due at the first consultation with the physician.

Included in the package:

Physician consultation: Initial 1.5 hours plus two 1-hour follow-up consultations (physician consultations are approximately 6 weeks apart)

Cognitive testing

Physical Exam and InBody assessment

Health Coach visits: Three 1-hour sessions

(This package and packages below DO NOT include costs of laboratory testing, some of which you will pay directly to the lab. Other testing could be billed to your insurance or you could pay FoundationMED the testing fee, which we give to you at our cost.) 

Laboratory testing recommendations: Basic, hormone & nutrient testing

 


 

PHASE II - $1200

Balance due with first consultation of the phase.

Included in the package:

Physician consultation: Three 1-hour consultations

Physical Exam and InBody assessment

Health Coach visits: Three 1-hour sessions

Laboratory testing recommendations: Gastrointestinal related

 


 

PHASE III - $1252 

Balance due with first consultation of the phase.

At this stage, we are following up on Phase I & II actions and continuing to optimize the treatment plan.

Included in the package:

Physician consultation: Three 1-hour consultations

Physical Exam and InBody assessment

Health Coach visits: Three 45-minute sessions

Cognitive testing

Laboratory testing recommendations: Mycotoxin, Infections, Bacteria (This testing will only be ordered if required. Not needed in all patients.)

 


 

PHASE IV - $1122

Balance due with first consultation of the phase.

Included in the package:

Physician consultation: Three 1-hour consultations

including Physical Exam and InBody assessment

Health Coach visits: Three 45-minute sessions

Laboratory testing recommendations: Metal testing. (This testing will only be ordered if required. Not needed in all patients.)

For patients participating in Recode or Reverse, there will be a $100 fee for each time we need to update their RECODE report.

 


We are thrilled to see patients officially for our Brain Health Program under the Bredesen Protocol. IF you are not sure you belong in the Bredesen Protocol, you can certainly be seen as a valued FoundationMED patient. If the physician determines that the Bredesen Protocol would be best for you, the physician would advise you of this. Since much of what FoundationMED already does is the intense application of Functional Medicine principles, this may be sufficient for you (particularly as an initial approach).