What Is The Bredesen Protocol?

“Everyone knows someone who has survived cancer, but until now no one knows anyone who has survived Alzheimer’s disease.”

The Bredesen Protocol

The Bredesen Protocol is named after Dr. Dale Bredesen, a physician, neuroscience researcher, and internationally recognized expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  Currently affiliated with The Buck Institute on Aging and UCLA he is now the Chief Medical Officer of MPI Cognition which has lead the way in the fight to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and reverse early Alzheimer’s disease. In a September 2014 paper published by Dr. Bredesen and his team he demonstrated the first reversal of cognitive decline in patients with early Alzheimer’s disease and its precursors, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Subjective Cognitive Impairment.  Further research lead to a follow up publication in 2016 in which Dr. Bredesen demonstrated not just reversal of memory decline, but reversal of the physical and functional changes of Alzheimer’s disease as it affects the brain proving unequivocally that it is possible to alter the course of this devastating illness and impact the lives of the millions of Americans affected by it.  In his soon to be published book The End to Alzheimer’s Dr. Bredesen outlines 36 metabolic factors (micronutrients, hormone levels, sleep) that trigger “downsizing” in the brain.  The protocol provides specific targets, laboratory tests, nutraceutical strategies, and lifestyle changes needed to achieve the rebalancing that must take place for his protocol to be effective.

Beginning in 2016 Dr. Bredesen invited a select group of 60 healthcare providers to The Buck Institute for training in The Bredesen Protocol.  These included nutritionists, family medicine and internal medicine physicians, chiropractors, psychologists, and health coaches.  Included in this group of providers was Dr. Ken Sharlin, medical doctor and board-certified neurologist who has additional training and clinical experience in functional medicine.  As an expert in the identification and management of diseases affecting the brain neurologists such as Dr. Sharlin are uniquely qualified to recognize and treat Alzheimer’s disease.  Yet few have the additional skill set in functional medicine needed to apply the principles of The Bredesen Protocol in clinical practice, and even rarer are neurologists trained by Dr. Bredesen himself.

At Sharlin Health and Neurology, located in the greater Springfield, MO, area, and the , Dr. Sharlin and his team have developed a unique, integrative approach to conditions affecting the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease.  His multidisciplinary program called Brain Tune Up! welcomes individuals from around the country who want to take advantage of his proven strategies to impact neurological illness from a root cause level.  Brain Tune Up has helped individuals return to a healthy, productive life, including the successful treatment Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment using The Bredesen Protocol.  Part of the success of Brain Tune Up! is that Dr. Sharlin’s effective and manageable strategy ensures not only do individuals go through the proper steps, but he makes sure those steps are attainable and sustainable.


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