Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Testimonial: Do You Know Mike?

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Patient Testimional

Do You Know Mike?

Read this article in which we describe the daily life of Mike, our patient, in which we describe his journey and his results achieved with the Brain Tune Up! Protocol.
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58 Mike's Age
15 MoCA Score
35 BMI Score
237 Mike's Weight

Mike’s Story Before Joining Brain Tune Up! Protocol

To Mike there were four things Mike valued most in life: His wife, his job, his grandchildren, and his golf game. He had two main jobs during his adult life. For many years he worked for a tractor company, and then more recently he got a job in security for a local hospital. He learned many skills over the years. His wife said he could tear down a bulldozer and put it back together, if necessary. But over time, gradually, she noticed that he had increasing difficulty. “He mixes things up and almost turns things around,” she said. She noticed unusual changes with his visual tracking. For example, he might read a calendar across, then go down. Or, he might start writing a simple math problem, but put the numbers in odd places. He had difficulty retaining new information. He had problems spelling words. Especially embarrassing was a golf outing with his buddies. He put his shirt on backwards. He hit other people’s golf balls instead of his own. He putted in the wrong direction on the green. His friends did not know anything was wrong until that day.

But they approached his wife and said, “what’s wrong with Mike?”

Mike Existence Had Been On An Invisible Trajectory

Mike’s existence had been on an invisible trajectory. He was comfortable because he “did not know what he did not know.” Sure, he smoked cigarettes and was overweight, and even though his energy level was low by the latter part of the day he thought all this was normal for being the ripe age of 57. But that invisible trajectory met a major roadblock when Mike discovered he could not do his job at the hospital, he had trouble recalling the names of those people who were close to him, and his golf game took a nosedive. (His wife was no match for him on the golf course until things started to deteriorate, then she beat him by 15 strokes.) Challenged with these dramatic life changes Mike went to a neurologist who ordered an MRI of the brain, did standard blood testing, and tested his memory, then gave him the bad news.

MRI of the brain

The problem with Mike’s brain appeared to be Alzheimer’s disease, and there was no conventional treatment – no surgery or drug – that would fix the problem. He would have to prepare for the worst. He could expect, over time, that he would no longer be able to drive his truck. He would no longer be able to manage his finances. He would become disoriented to his surroundings. He would become completely dependent on others to take care of him. Of course, his job and his golf game were out of the question. Soon, he would not recognize his grandchildren or his wife.

Mike's Daily Challenges
The key aspects of Mike's life that was a turning point for him to see help with his memory loss.

Issue: Work

Mike discovered he could not do his job at the hospital. His daily duties were filled with mistakes he typically never would make.

Issue: Memory Recall

Mike struggled to recall names of family members and loved ones he knew for years.

Issue: Problem Solving

Mike could tear down a bulldozer and put it back together, but over time, gradually, he had increasing difficulty performing these tasks.

Issue: Vision Tracking

For example, he might read a calendar across, then go down. Or, he might start writing a simple math problem, but put the numbers in odd places.

Issue: Retaining information

Mike had difficulty retaining new information. He also struggled with spelling words.

Issue: Golf

Especially embarrassing was a golf outing with his buddies. He put his shirt on backwards. He hit other people’s golf balls instead of his own. He putted in the wrong direction on the green. His friends did not know anything was wrong until that day.

When I Met Mike
Our journey together when Mike and his wife came to Sharlin Health & Neurology for my Brain Tune Up! Protocol

When I met Mike his memory test (15 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment) was one point below the average score for people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. (A lower score is worse.) But, from the beginning Mike had the right mindset. He was determined to get better, and his most important support system was right beside him to give him the daily nudge he would need – his wife. My team and I were there to help, as well.

Would Mike fight memory loss, the biggest battle of his life, and win?

Mike accepted the challenge because, like the hardest race he might ever run, he was able to visualize himself crossing the finish line successfully. We had to take an honest look at how he was doing in terms of the pillars of health:

  • Sleep,
  • Exercise,
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet, and
  • Stress Management.

Fortunately, Mike had excellent relationships, but those were deteriorating as he isolated himself because he was embarrassed about his brain function.

Our Path To A New Mike
My Brain Tune Up! Protocol Team's deep dive into identifying the root causes of Mike's memory loss symptoms.
Functional Medicine Team

With the help of my Brain Tune Up! team we took a deep dive to understand what was going on with Mike’s brain.

  • We looked at the levels of different nutrients that were dangerously depleted.
  • We looked at hormones, infections, and heavy metals in his body.
  • We evaluated his digestive function, healed his gut, and nurtured healthy gut microbes.
  • We looked at his ability to make neurotransmitters and connections between brain cells, and even nurtured the growth factor – called BDNF – that helps him make new brain cells from stem cells. In other words, we helped him stimulate neuroplasticity.
The Power Of Brain Tune Up! Protocol
Within six short months Mike saw a dramatic improvement in his daily life. In fact, his memory score improved by 80% from his initial score!
Mike Overcame Memory Loss

No one said this was going to be easy. It wasn’t a matter of finding the right combination of supplements. It was a lot of work. But six months later Mike completed the foundational phase of our Brain Tune Up! program with a memory test score that was normal, 27 out of 30. Mike had plans to return to work. He was back on the golf course and was no longer an easy win for his wife! He had his grandchildren and many memories he could look forward to making with them.

He has been transformed by the experience

It is good to be home, but life will not be the same for Mike. The challenges of Alzheimer’s disease will demand a constant attention to what he needs to do on a regular basis to avoid memory loss and protect his aging brain. He will be vigilant with his daily routine and stay on top of his blood tests and need for targeted supplementation to correct the imbalances we identify as time goes on.

What is the story of your journey? How is your brain doing? I can help you like I helped Mike. 

27 New Memory Score
26 New BMI Score
216 Mike's Exit Weight
13 Rounds Of Golf Enjoyed!
How Is Your Memory?
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Over 90% of all Brain Tune Up! patients treated scored higher in their Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test scoring upon completion of program.
100% of Brain Tune Up! patients experienced improvement on their MSQ (Medical Symptoms Questionnaire). AVG increase of 40%.
We have helped hundreds of patients successfully reverse cognitive decline without the use of experimental medications.

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Memory Loss Treatment - Neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin
Neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin“Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to speaking with you about your health conditions and how our program could potentially help change the trajectory of your health.”

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol is currently treating patients from across the United States and even abroad. We are accommodating and understanding of the travel expenses. Which is why we offer customized care options throughout the program. However, we do require that patients be seen IN-OFFICE at least three times throughout the program.

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