Breakthrough Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments

 In Alzheimer's Disease, Functional Medicine

Why So Many Alzheimer’s Treatment Trials Have Failed, But You Don’t Have to Wait for a Miracle Cure

A March 13, 2018, article published online by Inside Science aptly suggests that the failure of Alzheimer’s disease treatment trials – approximately 250 trials in all with a market cost in the hundreds of billions of dollars – is perhaps because researchers don’t understand the disease. The problem is that treatment trials are designed to address Alzheimer’s disease as if it has a single cause. It is now clear that this line of thinking is wrong.

Alzheimer’s Disease TreatmentThanks to modern imaging, breakthroughs in genetics, microbiology, our understanding of the brain’s immune system, and cell biology we now know that Alzheimer’s disease has many causes and those causes can be different for each person who gets the disease. Michael Murphy, associate professor at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, is quoted as saying, there are likely “a whole cascade of events that lead to Alzheimer’s. The process is far more complicated.”

Enter the work of Dr. Dale Bredesen, an internationally recognized expert in the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease, founding president and CEO for the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and Chief Scientist for Brain Health at AHNP Precision Health. In two seminal journal publications later summarized and expanded upon in his book, The End of Alzheimer’s, Dr. Bredesen demonstrates a multimodal approach that effectively prevents and reverses cognitive decline. This is the first program to utilize the idea that many causes contribute to the disease and a program that addresses those many causes – what Dr. Bredesen calls the “36 holes in the roof” – can change the trajectory of an illness currently affecting an estimated 5.7 million Americans and nearly 50 million people worldwide.

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This breakthrough, known at The Bredesen Protocol, does not involve medication. Instead, by using laboratory-based evaluation to identify the precise areas of imbalance, targeted supplementation, natural hormone restoration, nutrition, and lifestyle medicine, those affected by memory decline are now able to restore function, in some cases reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s completely.

Dr. Ken Sharlin is one of the few neurologists in the world who have had the privilege of studying under Dr. Bredesen and he brings this approach to his neurology-based functional medicine clinic in Ozark, MO. “We take the Bredesen Protocol,” says Dr. Sharlin, “and lay it out in a way that folks can understand. It’s not easy. It takes work. There are a lot of lab tests and it is a large amount of information to put into action.” That’s what they do at Sharlin Health and Neurology. Dr. Sharlin and his team have helped hundreds of patients restore their brain health, and report that 90% of those who participate in his program have improvement on memory testing. With those odds who would want to wait for a cure when breakthrough treatment is available immediately?

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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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Protect Against Coronavirus: Doing our Part to Help you

In these difficult times we want to share with you some brief bullet-points about Sharlin Health and Neurology and COVID-19:
  • First and foremost, we want you to know that the safety and well-being of each and every one of you is number one importance to us. If you have a chronic lung condition or another health reason that would make you susceptible to the more severe effects of the coronavirus, we want you to stay at home.
  • Sharlin Health and Neurology is considered an “essential” business because we provide critically needed care to those with neurological disease in our community. Despite the threat of the coronavirus conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, migraine, MS, and other neurological diseases do not go away. We are a privately-owned neurology practice here to serve our community.
  • We follow all CDC guidelines for protection against the dissemination of coronavirus. There have not been any known cases of coronavirus in our office, among staff and those customers who have entered our door. 
  • We have six available exam rooms in our clinic and every effort will be made to prevent patients from having to stay in our waiting room. We can move you quickly from the reception desk to a private exam room, and have the doctor meet you there.
  • If you are sequestered at home, it may be possible to visit with you by telemedicine. We have the capability of using a telemedicine portal though the smart phone or computer that is HIPAA compliant and allows us to see you and speak with you. Alternatively, we can speak by telephone. Please ask our receptionist.
  • If you do come to our clinic for a doctor visit or a need a test please do not touch any surfaces you can avoid touching, and come by yourself or – if you do need to have someone with you – have them bring you to the door and we will help you from that point. If they wait in their vehicle, we can call them when you are finished.
  • If you have had contact with a person with known or suspected COVID-19, have had contact with a person coughing or with fever in the past 14 days, or you yourself have a fever, cough, or runny nose in the past 14 days, please let us know and we will either reschedule you or schedule you a telemedicine visit. 

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 please reach out to your nearest medical center. We will not be testing patients at Sharlin Health and Neurology. 

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