Functional Medicine Protocol


elcome to Neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin’s Brain Tune Up! Protocol. Brain Tune Up! is an 6 to 12-month protocol that combines the principles of neurology and functional medicine to both treat and help prevent chronic illnesses related to neurological disease. This comprehensive functional neurology program is 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.

In short, this is for a person looking to dramatically change the trajectory of their short and long-term health. A person willing to put in hard work to experience results that they were previously told was not possible.


At Sharlin Health & Neurology we are able to help individuals seeking medical treatment for the following neurological conditions through both our Traditional Neurology Clinic and or our Functional Medicine Practice. While results may vary from patient to patient, the majority of my previous Brain Tune Up! Protocol patients enjoyed the following benefits.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Advantages & Results For Alzheimer’s Treatment:

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol has proven to successfully treat Alzheimer’s Disease by utilizing advancements in neurology that few neurologists take advantage of for their patients and combine those advancements with cutting-edge functional medicine.

  • Clearer and More Precise Memory
  • Improved Planning or Problem Solving
  • Increased Energy Level & Mood
  • Return To Normal Daily Activities
  • No Longer Feel Disoriented or Confused
  • No Longer Struggle For Right Words
  • No Longer Struggle For Right Names
  • More Confidence In Decision Making
Multiple Sclerosis

Advantages & Results For Multiple Sclerosis:

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol for Multiple Sclerosis gives you the tools to not only improve your short term health, reduce and eliminate flare-ups, but help you develop skills that will allow you to continue this improved trajectory for the rest of your life.

  • Improved Vision
  • Reduced Tingling
  • Less Numbness
  • Pain Reduction
  • Less Muscle Spasms
  • More Energy
  • Better Balance
  • Sharper Memory
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Advantages & Results For ALS:

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), gives you the tools to not only improve from a disease you know that has been labeled a death sentence. We will identify the root cause of ALS and work to get you back to a healthier you.

  • Improved Ability To Walk
  • Ability To Do Normal Daily Activities
  • Reduced Tripping or Falling
  • Increased Strength In Upper Body (Arms & Hands)
  • Increased Strength In Lower Body (Legs & Ankles)
  • Reduction In Daily & Evening Cramping
  • Improved Speech & Communication
  • Swallowing Has Become much Easier
Chronic Migraine

Advantages & Results For Chronic Migraine:

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol for Chronic Migraine has allowed many individuals who were suffering from migraines the ability to live migraine free. This is a debilitating condition where we have had great success in identifying the root cause and then developing a custom treatment program for patients that works.

  • Energy To Tackle My To-Do List
  • Ability To Get Out Of Bed, Leave House
  • Ability To Enjoy Public Places
  • Ability To Enjoy Social Activities
  • Reduction In Missing Work
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  • Generally Less Fear and Stress

Advantages & Results For Fibromyalgia:

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol for Fibromyalgia has successfully treated patients suffering with fibromyalgia for years without any hope in sights as traditional medicine and medications continued to fail them. Brain Tune Up! identifies the root causes and then we work to create a unique treatment program for you.

  • Less Anxiety & Depression
  • Reduced Stiffness
  • Reduced Numbness
  • Fewer Headaches
  • Less Pain & More Energy
  • Improved Sleep
  • Better Concentration
  • Lift The “Fibro Fog”
Parkinson's Disease

Advantages & Results For Parkinson’s Disease:

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol for Parkinson’s Disease has restored hope for my patients. Labeled with a death sentence, traditional medicine has given you no hope. My program aims to identify and treat the root causes of of your disease. Allowing patients to do the impossible… actually improve!

  • Clearer & Louder Speech
  • More Vigor
  • Increased Energy
  • Better Handwriting
  • Reduced Tremor
  • Less Rigidity
  • Improved Posture & Balance
  • Reduced Stress


The Six Pillars of Brain Tune Up! Protocol

Control Your Genes
Although humans have about 25,000 genes the exciting news is that our genes are not our destiny. For each of us insight into our unique genetic code is empowering. The science of epigenetics teaches us that our genes are controlled by our environment. Once we have the power to turn on health-promoting genes and turn off disease-promoting genes, then we have an enormous amount of power over our health and our future.

- ApoE
- PureGenomics Evaluation
Reduce Your Inflammation
Inflammation, an important part of life, occurs when our brains and our immune systems detect something in our environment that may be a threat. Inflammation triggers a whole cascade of events in the body, and when the body is inflamed it limits or shuts down digestion, tissue repair, reproduction, and happiness. Otherwise, it would be like trying to drive a car with one foot on the accelerator and the other foot on the brake. Chronic diseases occur as a result of inflammation that is persistent or unchecked. When you gain an understanding of the things that drive this type of inflammation, you will alter the trajectory of conditions, like Alzheimer’s.

- Gut-healing Protocol
- Cardio IQ Advanced Lipid Profile
- Omega Fatty Acid Profile
- Copper:Zinc ratio
- MaxPulse Test 1 (Endothelial Function)
Tame Your Toxins
Toxins come in many forms. Some toxins are natural to our environment while others have been introduced by our modern way of living. The human body has evolved with systems in place to manage the toxins that occur naturally, but not our twenty-first-century exposures. Our human system can be overwhelmed. Remember, too, that we are capable of toxic thoughts and toxic relationships which can have an equally bad effect on our health.

- Heavy metals
- Chemical pollutants
- Electro-Magnetic Fields
- Infections – bacteria, virus, mycotoxins
Bring Your Brain into Balance
In pillars 1 through 3, you learned what you what you needed to protect your brain. I have helped you to understand your genes, eliminate inflammation, and remove toxins. The next step is to Bring Your Brain into Balance.

- Homocysteine/Methymalonic acid
- B-vitamins (B6, B12, folate)
- Antioxidants (C, E, glutathione)
- Hormones: Cortisol, Pregnenolone, Progesterone, DHEA-S, Testosterone, Estrogen, Thyroid
- Vitamin D
- Essential minerals: Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Potassium, Calcium
- MaxPulse Test 2 (Heartrate Variability)
Grow Your Brain
Through the power of epigenetics, to be able to Grow Your Brain.

- MRI of the Brain with 3D Volumetric Imaging
- Increase BDNF
- Increase mitochondrial biogenesis
Enhance Your Brain Performance
Lastly using cutting-edge technology, I will give you the tools you need to Enhance Your Brain Performance.

- Montreal Cognitive Assessment
- CNS Vital Signs
- eVox testing
- Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation
- BrainHQ
- Functional Movement Program
- Binaural rhythms


Of My Brain Tune Up! Protocol

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol has proven to successfully treat memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, chronic migraine, and fibromyalgia by utilizing advancements in neurology that few neurologists take advantage of for their patients and combine those advancements with cutting-edge functional medicine. Why has my program delivered results when billion-dollar drug companies and their experimental medications have failed?

Simple. Drugs treat the symptoms, and leave the disease to march on, wreaking havoc on the brain. Brain Tune Up! Identifies the root causes of your illness. Then, my team and I develop a customized plan, based on your root causes, that has proven for others to dramatically change the short and long-term trajectory of their health.

While my program is only 6-12 months, I will give you the foundation for better health for the rest of your life – a life you can live, a life you can enjoy. So how do we do it? What is the magic sauce? The following are key elements of Brain Tune Up! Protocol and how I have led my patients to success.

ESTABLISH GOALS: Establish goals and secure an anchoring point. A comprehensive review of your symptoms, your history, your neurological examination, and any testing that has been done up to this point. Up to 20% of the time I have found those who come to see me have been given the wrong diagnosis! I use precision medicine laboratory testing to accurately identify the nature of the problem. This may include MRI with 3D Volumetric Analysis, Positron Emission Tomography, and biomarker identification and quantification.

OPTIMIZE NEUROPLASTICITY: Utilizing cutting edge technology we will help you rev up the restorative power of your brain.

ROOT CAUSE: Identify root cause imbalances. Extensive laboratory testing to explore the root causes of your condition. These include identification of specific nutrient markers, antioxidant, inflammatory messengers, hormones, and signs of toxin exposure.

HEALTH RESTORATION: Six pillars of health restoration. Restore your gut, Reduce your stress, Tame your toxins, Treat your infections, Balance your hormones, and Mend your mitochondria (the energy factories of your cells).

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 decrease of 40%.

Patient Results

We have been told it’s impossible to reverse cognitive decline. That Alzheimer’s disease is a death sentence. Memory loss cannot be improved. Well here is PROOF of just how WRONG traditional medicine is. View our Brain Tune Up! Patient Results Case Study.

Protocol Enrollment.

Brain Tune Up Coordinator
Program Coordinator: Callie Maggard“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.”

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol is currently treating patients from across the United States and even abroad. Since many of our patients come from all across the country we try to be as accommodating and understanding of the travel expenses our patients will have during the course of the program which is why we are able to offer customized care options throughout the program to assist patients travelling from afar. However, we do require that patients be seen IN-OFFICE at least three times throughout the program.

Step 1: Schedule Free 15 Minute Telephone Consultation

Your first step is to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation with Callie Maggard, Brain Tune Up! Program Coordinator. Please select the time you can be reached by telephone and complete the form afterwards. These steps are critical! Because of the high volume of interest, we are unable to answer your calls or questions until you have scheduled through this process and completed the intake form.

Brain Tune Up! Investment.

Brain Tune Up! Program Outline

Pre-Visit: Conference call with Cāllie

Cāllie will collect a brief history of the problem that your chief concern. If your records and insurance information can be sent to the clinic it will allow us to plan ahead if any additional testing/evaluation might need to be done (i.e., MRI Brain with NeuroQuant, lumbar puncture for Alzheimer’s biomarkers, or ApoE genotyping).

Clinic Visit 1: Day 1 of 2

You arrive to clinic where you will personally meet with neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin for a review of your medical history, neurological physical examination, functional medicine timeline and matrix. We will draw half of the laboratories on this day.  

Day 2 of 2: Team Evaluation

The second half of laboratory tests are drawn (including fasting labs). You will undergo a transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) session for neuroplasticity followed by BrainHQ or another appropriate program. You will also meet with our registered dietitian for your initial nutrition consultation and diet recommendations, and our licensed occupational therapist to evaluate neurologically-driven biomechanical imbalances. Finally, you will meet with our licensed physical therapist for your first functional movement and fitness consultation.

Clinic Visit 2: Day 1 of 2

You will personally meet with Dr. Sharlin where he will review your MRI of the brain with NeuroQuant, lumbar puncture results, and ApoE status, if applicable. 

Day 2 of 2: BTU Labs

On day 2 you will review your Brain Tune Up! laboratory results. Based on your test results Dr. Sharlin will initiate a targeted nutraceutical regimen to correct imbalances in nutrients, oxidative stress markers, and inflammation. Then you will meet with our Brain Tune Up! Team, and have a tDCS session with Brain HQ review. Our nutrition specialist will introduce you to the Ketoflex 12/3 diet.  

Telemedicine Visit 1: With Dr. Sharlin

Visit with Neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin where he will review your progress in the program, including nutrition, movement, sleep quality, stress resilience practice, nutraceuticals, tDCS and BrainHQ. 

Clinic Visit 3: Day 1 of 1

Dr. Sharlin will review your progress in the program, including nutrition, movement, sleep quality, stress resilience practice, nutraceuticals, tDCS and BrainHQ. You will complete a Montreal Cognitive Assessment, and have follow up with our licensed dietitian, occupation and physical therapists. Finally, follow up laboratories will be drawn to make sure all the imbalances identified have been corrected. 

Telemedicine Visit 2: With Dr. Sharlin

Dr. Sharlin will review your follow up laboratories, and your progress in the program, including nutrition, movement, sleep quality, stress resilience practice, nutraceuticals, tDCS and BrainHQ. Based on your new results he will update your report, and give you final recommendations. He will showcase areas of improvement from where you began and your transformation in our Brain Tune Up! program. 

Maintenance: Your Long-Term Plan

Our Brain Tune Up! program will offer you the ability to be seen by Dr. Sharlin on an annual, semi-annual, or more frequent basis. Supplements are available directly from our office or through a personal account on Fullscript. Additional support from our team all can be scheduled on an individualized basis.

  • Brain Tune Up! Protocol
    $8,500Complete Program
    • Program is 6-8 month in length requiring 3 in-person visits over this time period to our clinic in Ozark, Missouri.
    • Advanced Laboratories & Speciality Consultations with Brain Tune Up! Team
    • The Living Matrix, Outcome Tracking, Food Plan, $800 Supplement Bank, and more!
    • Disclaimer: please understand this program will not be covered under your health insurance policy.

Financing Option

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. APPLY NOW

Brain Tune Up! Protocol Testimionals

  • "Brain Tune Up! has changed the way I live. I am back to doing things that I love to do. I have more energy... I am just doing so much better!"

    Christine Multiple Sclerosis
  • "I love the fact this program is nutritionally based rather than taking another pill. After 3 months in the program I am feeling better, I am well on the way to where I want to be!"

    TJ Chronic Migraines
  • "This is the first time in my life I actually can see a future past living with fibromyalgia. I've had so many days without a heachache."

    Margaret Fibromyalgia
  • "I feel really good. I retrained my mind and body. I have more energy, I am able to remember names; my mind feels sharper. I never thought this would be possible."

    Pam Alzheimer's Disease
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