Program to Reverse Memory Loss Targets Lifestyle

Can memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s be reversed? With 36 million people worldwide living with the disease and the cost of care only increasing, doctors and researchers are looking for ways to prevent, treat, and even cure it.Program to Reverse Memory Loss Targets Lifestyle

A recent study out of UCLA was able to reverse memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease through lifestyle changes. Learn more.

An Intense Program to Reverse Memory Loss

A recent study published in the current edition of the journal Aging shows promise in reversing memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The small study was conducted by Dr. Dale Bredesen of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and included ten participants who were experiencing varying levels of cognitive impairment.

The study involved an intense 36 point program which targeted lifestyle choices. The program included diet changes, brain stimulation and vitamins. While each program was personalized according the needs of each individual participant, sample components of the program included:

  • A major reduction or total elimination of processed foods, simple carbohydrates and gluten
  • An increase in consumption of vegetables, fruits and non-farmed fish
  • Meditation and yoga for stress reduction
  • Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, up to six days per week
  • Sleeping between 7 and 8 hours each night
  • Fasting for at least 12 hours between dinner and breakfast

Encouraging Results for Memory Loss Reversal

Nine of the ten participants experienced improvement in their memories within six months of the study. Six individuals who had already quit their jobs or were considering quitting were able to return to work with improved performance. The one patient who did not improve had been diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Lead researcher Dr. Bredesen said,

“The existing Alzheimer’s drugs affect a single target, but Alzheimer’s disease is more complex. Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well. The drug may have worked, and a single hole may have been fixed, but you still have 35 other leaks, and so the underlying process may not be affected much.”

While the findings are very encouraging, researchers say that the results are anecdotal and more studies will be needed before implementing a program like this for more patients. Researchers are also unsure how long improved cognition will last if the program is discontinued.

Would you try a program like this for a loved one struggling with memory loss? Please share why or why not in the comments below.

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  • Amy B Portland, ME

    This is amazing. Why hasn’t this been reported more widely?

    • sue

      Drug manufactures want our dollars more than wanting us to be healthy so any news that shows we can do it ourselves isn’t newsworthy.

  • Elizabeth Whitlock

    This program can obviously be trued by the general public with no ill effects. Where can we find an outline of the program to try. I am showing signs at age 66 and having had both parents die from dementia/Alzheimer’s, I am willing to give it a try to improve both my health and cognitive.

  • Kathleen zilinski

    I would like to participate. Is that possible?

  • benevolent_dictator

    The AMA, FDA, pharmaceutical industry then presses the health insurance industry to classify this as non standard medical procedures and is not taken seriously nor is it covered by health insurance (but none is really needed). This is called functional medicine and is the Pariah of the medical industry, with merit, as it lacks the strict and costly protocols to receive FDA approval for the legal label of “cure”. Legal end run around the FDA is called a “protocol to reverse”. The challenge is that the patient needs to be micromanaged by the hour for 6 to 24 months because memory loss causes a lack of self awareness in order for the patient to be able to self manage; the patient requires a 24/7 caregiver for this protocol to be implemented AND it is not a 100% successful.
    We should appreciate that many MD’s have come to similar conclusions by different disciplines, thereby creating very good credibility.
    Dr. Mark Starr, as it relates to the health of the mitochondria and solving endocrine problems, especially with the cell’s ability to assimilate T3 and T4 due to damaged mitochondria.
    Young Hee Ko PhD as it relates to cancer, again damaged mitochondria.
    Dr Mark Hyman, Dr. Steven Gundry and Dr, Daniel Ahmen use a similar protocol as Dr Dale Bredesen with intended results.
    Dr. Terry Wahls as it cured her MS along with many other patients.
    During the 1960’s the pharmaceutical industry had a symposium and concluded that a cure is sold only once but a symptom maintenance program of chemicals is sold over and over again so it becomes a decision based on economic viability, which is important, lest the industry collapses. I think the last cure to come out of the USA was the Polio vaccination during the 1950’s and there have been no cures since, while surgical procedures and other industries have had major advancements.
    I am very cynical about the pursuits of government-funded research to develop cures or fund raisers for research as no results for cancer, MD ((remember the billions of dollars collected by Jerry Lewis and to this day nothing), MS and dozens of other diseases.
    In 50 years, assuming society maintains relative stability, the medical industry will be chastised for being barbaric as it relates to not developing cures in order to maintain economic stability by using maintenance programs with drugs, especially as it relates to cancer as cancer is a metabolic (mitochondria) disease more that a genetic disease.

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