The Bredesen Protocol
Brain Tune Up! Treatment Program
Brain Tune Up! Treatment Program
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.
“Everyone knows someone who has survived cancer, but until now no one knows anyone who has survived Alzheimer’s disease.”
– Dr. Dale Bredesen
At Sharlin Health and Neurology we are not just about information, but about implementation. My unique position as a functional medicine and board-certified neurologist who was trained by Dr. Dale Bredesen at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging makes me uniquely qualified to help those who seek an authentic Bredesen ReCODE Protocol experience. I have integrated Dr. Bredesen’s Protocol for Reversal of Cognitive Decline into my Brain Tune Up! Program to give participants interested in this specific approach a practical way to apply these complex principles in their lives. The ReCODE Protocol is designed to help improve memory in those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Subjective Cognitive Impairment. I can offer the exact testing described in his New York Times Best-Selling book, The End of Alzheimer’s, and provide a ReCODE report as part of the Brain Tune Up! experience.
THE BREDESEN PROTOCOL BRAIN TUNE UP! TREATMENT PROGRAM OUTLINE
Below is an outline of my Bredesen Protocol Brain Tune Up! Treatment Program. Here you with find the program overview and what you will receive if you choose this option. The program cost and enrollment form follows this section.
Initial Neurological Evaluation
This is a comprehensive medical review of your condition, your presenting symptoms and current concerns, diagnostic tests and test results, treatments and treatment experiences. A complete neurological examination will be performed. This allows Neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin to have an “anchoring point” to begin your functional medicine journey.
You will also meet with Cāllie Maggard, Brain Tune Up! Program Coordinator, to answer any questions about your intensive experience and make sure you are fully briefed on your schedule for the two days you spend with us.
The Bredesen Protocol Laboratory Testing
Bredesen-compliant laboratory investigations to populate your ReCODE report will be obtained at our office. In general, these laboratory studies require that you arrive at the clinic in a fasted state. Please hydrate well!
If you do not know your ApoE status this will be evaluated at low cost through our partner laboratory. Additionally, MRI Brain with NeuroQuant can be arranged, and, if necessary, lumbar puncture to test for amyloid beta 42, the amyloid 42/40 ratio, tau protein, phosphorylated tau, and the amyloid-tau index (ATI). Dr. Bredesen’s protocol requires extensive laboratory testing that is best obtained in two to three visits. Dr. Sharlin has divided the testing into a core laboratory data set that is immediately actionable, followed by one or two additional laboratory draws so that the results can be layered into the treatment plan in a way that is both understandable and manageable. The nature of the ReCODE software is that it can be updated as new information is available.
Functional Medicine Consult with Dr. Sharlin
Expect to spend approximately 75 minutes with Dr. Sharlin. Prior to your visit, you will be asked to complete a private, secure cloud-based questionnaire which will be the basis for your discussion with Dr. Sharlin. You will have plenty of time to complete this questionnaire before your visit to Sharlin Health and Neurology. Please allow 2-3 hours. The goal of this part of your visit is to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that uniquely contribute to your condition and have keep you on your current trajectory. Together with Dr. Sharlin you will start to uncover your areas of greatest imbalance. This is your functional medicine timeline and matrix. You will receive a copy of your timeline and functional medicine matrix to take home.
Lifestyle Specialist Consultations
As part of your comprehensive evaluation and path toward success you will meet with each of the Brain Tune Up! Professional team members. Dr. Sharlin has hand-picked his team based their track record of success. They will help to highlight your areas of greatest need while providing you with a launching point for success in each of the focus areas. You will receive specific recommendations which may be in the form of printed material, audio, or video recordings that you will bring home with you to continue your practice. You may also be provided with a cutting-edge device from Heartmath that is yours to keep.
The Brain Tune Up! Lifestyle Specialist Professional Team Members:
- Angela Jenkins, R.D., 20 years of experience in clinical nutrition consultation
- Merry Yeager, B.A., L.M.T. specializing in Emotion Code, Heartmath, Massage Therapy, and Health Education.
- Amy Gordin, Licensed Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer specializing in functional movement and fitness.
- Chuck Renner, O.T.R., owner of Advantage Therapy, specializing in manual and adjunctive therapies for chronic pain and biomechanical imbalances.
Exclusive Access to Nutraceuticals
Practitioner-exclusive pharmaceutical grade nutraceuticals are used in Brain Tune Up! A core selection of these products have been specifically chosen to work with the Brain Tune Up! protocol, and will be provided to you as part of your visit to Sharlin Health and Neurology. Additional supplements may be purchased, if desired, from the clinic. Dr. Sharlin will create an account for you in Fullscript, and future supplement needs can be fulfilled through this service and delivered directly to your home.
Concluding Your Day 2 Visit
Dr. Sharlin and his entire team of specialists want to make sure your visit to the clinic has been truly rewarding and you are armed with the tools you need for lasting change. The conclusion of this will consist of a brief review with Cāllie Maggard, Brain Tune Up! Program Coordinator, so that you are scheduled for your next steps with us.
On-site or Virtual Follow Up (3 to 4 Weeks Later)
You will be scheduled for follow up approximately 3-4 weeks after your visit to Sharlin Health and Neurology. In preparation for this visit you will receive a copy of your test results. If you live within a 3-hour drive from Ozark, Missouri, it is Dr. Sharlin’s preference to visit with you in person. However, because many of our patients come from a far distance it is possible to visit by telephone, Facetime, or Skype. During your follow up, Dr. Sharlin will go over your laboratory test results and your lifestyle specialist recommendations. Based on your results and your progress he will provide specific recommendations to assist you toward your goal. Upon the conclusion of your visit (within 1 week) these recommendations will be provided in writing to you, and in some cases additional audio or video recordings may also be prepared to assist you on your journey.
Five (5) one-on-one personal visits with IFM-certified neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin that will dive deeper into your personalized plan. This plan is based on your condition, and your specific areas of imbalance identified in your timeline, matrix, and laboratory testing.
Brain Tune Up! Labs
Follow up Brain Tune Up! labs. We repeat the key laboratory studies that were imbalanced at baseline so that we can track your progress and make strategic adjustments. At additional cost, further laboratory testing is optional, and will be discussed with you before ordering.
Focused Speciality Meetings
Two and a half hours in each of the Brain Tune Up! focus areas:
- 2 1/2 Hours in Functional Nutrition
- 2 1/2 Hours in Mind-Body Medicine
- 2 1/2 Hours in Manual Therapy.
Personal Training Sessions
Four (4) personal training sessions aimed at improving movement, strength, and mobility at Sessions Fitness.
$800 Supplement Bank
$800 in pharmaceutical grade supplements (retail value), chosen by Dr. Sharlin, as the key supplements you need to heal your brain.
Included in your Brain Tune Up! experience. You will receive this cutting-edge technology to optimize your brain, reduce your stress, improve focus, and help you attain better sleeping habits.
The Living Matrix
Access to the Living Matrix which infuses the power of modern technology into the functional medicine timeline and functional medicine matrix.
A variety of outcome tracking tools are used to help make sure you are getting the results you want.
The Brain Tune Up! food plan includes all educational materials, recipes, and weekly planners.
Brain Tune Up! Community
Access to our private Facebook page, moderated by Dr. Sharlin, where all members can share experiences and ideas, including key articles to broaden your education in functional medicine.
Your spouse or partner can accompany you to all Brain Tune Up! visits. We want you to be successful and the best way to accomplish that goal is for your life-partner to be there with you.
Program Investment: $10,000
The Bredesen Protocol is a Premium Option that is added to the Brain Tune Up! Comprehensive Program for an additional $3000. This added cost is an approximation and is based on the independent pricing of laboratory studies recommended by Dr. Dale Bredesen, including the Cyrex Array 2, 3, and 20, Quicksilver Scientific toxic metals studies, mold analysis, additional micronutrient profiles not typically performed in our Brain Tune Up! Alzheimer’s Intensive, and hormone testing. In some cases, for tracking purposes, these tests may need to be repeated. The shorter Brain Tune Up! Intensive programs are not suitable for those interested in the Bredesen Protocol.
When you participate in Brain Tune Up! you are making an investment in you. Many people ask why we are not able to accept insurance for our functional medicine program? It is because the current healthcare system is designed for the diagnosis and management of illness, not the care of a unique person. (You.) It does not consider the time involved in our approach. (We take much longer than your usual doctor appointment.) It is not set up to evaluate the factors that contribute to why we get sick in the first place. (It focuses on making the diagnosis, not exploring the causes.) Unfortunately, functional medicine approaches cannot be translated into the rules practitioners are required to follow in an insurance-based economy to make sure their services are reimbursed. In short, we could not be paid for our efforts, and as a result we could not have a program to help you.
At Sharlin Health and Neurology we ask you to do something difficult when it comes to seeing a doctor. We ask you to pay for your care, and this is something most of us are not accustomed to doing up front. But for anyone who has used our current healthcare system for tests, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits, or to purchase medications, visit a specialist, and go to rehab therapy you know that even with insurance healthcare has a high out-of-pocket cost. There are deductibles, copays, and limits to coverage that add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in a lifetime. In reality, the cost of Brain Tune Up! is less than 1% of what a couple who retires today can expect to pay for healthcare, and this does not include the cost of long term care.
Dr. Sharlin has earned the trust of thousands of patients and professional colleagues over the years. He can help you. Brain Tune Up! is a proven system. The program cost is $10,000. For your investment, you will receive all the services outlined above this section, and because you are investing in your health it is our aim to lower the cost of your future healthcare needs. In effect, Brain Tune Up! has the potential to pay for itself many times over.
We know that normal working people want to participate in Brain Tune Up! To make the program accessible to everyone Dr. Sharlin 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.
From Dr. Sharlin, “I sincerely hope you join us for this life-changing experience.”
“Thank you for your interest in our program. I look forward to speaking with you about your health conditions and how our program could potentially help change the trajectory of your health.”