I spent years as a neurologist treating multitudes of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and over time became frustrated by the trajectory of the traditional medical approach. If you have Alzheimer’s disease you know that you have been labeled with an almost universally fatal disease for which you are told the cause is unknown, there is no cure, there is no way to reverse its course. Even the medications currently available have limited benefit. Conventional medicine removes hope, and replaces it with a life sentence that ties you to an unsatisfying pharmacological solution. I knew the toolbox had to be bigger. While I recognized the value of the medication, I also knew there were things I could do to help my patients address the root cause of their disease. This is when I decided to start my own private neurology and functional medicine practice, and develop The Brain Tune Up!, a neurology-based functional medicine protocol that allows my patients to identify the root causes of their Alzheimer’s disease. Put simply, it works. With the help of my Brain Tune Up team I find I can drastically improve the trajectory of your Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists believe that for most people, Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that affect the brain over time. Less than 5 percent of the time, Alzheimer’s is caused by specific genetic changes that virtually guarantee a person will develop the disease. This is good news. Because it means that if we can identify the root lifestyle and environmental factors we have a 95% chance of impacting the trajectory of this disease.
Right now, the best evidence available suggests that early intervention have the greatest benefit. This means that the widest window of opportunity is for healthy at risk individuals, for those who have mild memory loss only, or for those who have been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease damages and kills brain cells. A brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease has many fewer cells and many fewer connections among surviving cells than does a health brain. As more and more brain cells die, Alzheimer’s leads to significant brain shrinkage all over, but especially in a region of the brain known as the hippocampus.
When doctors examine Alzheimer’s brain tissue under the microscope, they see two types of abnormalities that are considered hallmarks of the disease, plaques and tangles. Plaques are clumps of a protein called beta-amyloid which damage and destroy brain cells in several ways, including interfering with cell-to-cell communication. Tangles are threads of protein called tau that come from the normal internal support and transport system of brain cells responsible for carrying nutrients and other essential materials throughout their long extensions. Tau protein twists into abnormal tangles inside brain cells, leading to failure of the transport system. This failure is also strongly implicated in the decline and death of brain cells.
Present technology allows for software-driven quantitative measurement of hippocampal and total brain volume (NeuroQuant), and spinal fluid and PET imaging analysis of beta-amyloid and tau protein in the brain. This allows for a more precise diagnostic approach than has ever been available. Furthermore, genetic screening is available to identify those most at risk.
Since lifestyle and environmental factors play a major role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a functional medicine approach is the ideal strategy for addressing Alzheimer’s at its roots. To accomplish this goal the Functional Medicine operating system consists of the Functional Medicine Timeline, The Functional Medicine Matrix, and the Therapeutic Lifestyle Factors (Sleep & Relaxation, Movement & Exercise, Nutrition, Stress, and Relationships). Functional Medicine Matrix, based on a scientific framework known as “systems biology,” allows the practitioner to evaluate imbalances at the cellular level. This helps sort out why the disease has occurred in the first place. By understanding each of these imbalances the patient is empowered to make changes to correct them. Each part of the Matrix is called a “node,” and there are 7 nodes on the Functional Medicine Matrix. You can read about them here: Assimilation, Defense & Repair, Energy, Biotransformation & Elimination, Structural Integrity, Transport, and Communication.
Brain Tune Up! Intensive is a 6 to 12-month comprehensive functional neurology program, not a “one-off” visit to the doctor. Brain Tune Up! utilizes the tools of functional medicine, including The Functional Medicine Timeline, The Functional Medicine Matrix, Therapeutic Lifestyle Medicine, advanced laboratory testing, pharmaceutical-grade supplementation, Cutting-edge Technology, and a team of specialists who have the knowledge and experience to guide you on your journey to beat multiple sclerosis!
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Dr. Sharlin knows that normal working people want to participate in Brain Tune Up! To make Brain Tune Up accessible to everyone he has partnered with a company called Advance Care. This is a secure, free, on line paperless application process that will give you instant feedback. Through Advance Care you will have the opportunity to spread out the cost of the program over 6 or 12 payments interest free. If you choose to extend your payments beyond this point you only pay interest on the remaining balance.
When you consider the cost of Brain Tune Up! The Brain Optimization for Life Plan Dr. Sharlin wants you to see what he has to offer against the backdrop of the hidden costs of our current medical environment and the costs of chronic illness. It is an investment you are making in you, right now, and for your future.
Program cost can range from the base price of $4375.00 to $5,500.00 depending on how many advance laboratory tests Dr. Sharlin thinks would be necessary depending on the complexity of each individual’s medical care.
We hope you choose to join us for this life-transforming opportunity.
Our Brain Tune Up! Intensive Program lasts anywhere from 6 to 8 months. However, patients have up to a year to utilize services.
We do not accept any form of insurance. However, you may submit your receipts to insurance and your policy may cover out of network services according to their rules. We will not provide ICD or CPT codes for this though. We will provide any medical/office visits notes to you. Please allow 72 hours processing time.
We are looking forward to meeting you in-person for your first visit! Before you arrive, please complete your LivingMatrix intake forms that were sent to your email. If you have not received the email from LivingMatrix please contact our office. Please note that these forms do take time. Plant to allocate at least 30 minutes to complete them, occasionally it will take patients up to two hours to complete depending on medical history, family history, and chief health concerns. Once you complete the forms we are updated, patients do not need to worry about printing, emailing, or contacting us to let us know they were completed unless a problem arises. At the time of arrival -review history, sign agreement, pay, set up scheduling.
Thank you for your interest in our program. Please fill out this Alzheimer’s disease patient intake form which will be received by our program director and Dr. Sharlin for review.
If you are interested in one of our programs we please ask you fill the intake form out before you call or email us. As we will not be able to answer any of your questions until you have done so.