The future of Alzheimer’s disease treatments

 In Functional Medicine

An estimated 5.8 million Americans over the age of 65 live with Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that causes memory and thinking abilities to deteriorate over time. Many that develop the disease are eventually unable to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Several treatment options are available for those looking to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and address symptoms. However, conventional treatments are not always effective and can cause undesirable side effects.

Neurologist Dr. Ken Sharlin, a functional medicine doctor, has developed a unique treatment plan that has proven successful in 90 percent of patients. We’ll discuss this treatment plan in more detail below, but first, some background information about Alzheimer’s.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that causes memory and thinking skills to decline over time. Deterioration occurs slowly, typically over four or more years.
In most people the onset of Alzheimer’s disease appears in their mid-60s – aging is the leading risk factor. This is known as late-onset Alzheimer’s.  Early-onset Alzheimer’s is less common but can be seen in people as young as 30.

Alzheimer’s disease is the number one cause of dementia.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s affects people in different ways, and early symptoms vary among individuals. Common signs include the inability to think clearly and consistently, difficultly finding the right words when communicating, impaired judgment, poor reasoning skills, vision problems, and a decline in spatial awareness.

In the middle and later stages of the disease, people have difficultly performing everyday tasks they were previously good at, such as driving, paying bills on time, arriving at appointments on schedule, and cooking. They might repeat themselves, ask the same questions, put items in strange places, and get lost often. Some people may become paranoid, irritable, angry, and in some cases, violent.

What are the treatment options for those with Alzheimer’s?

Treating Alzheimer’s disease with conventional drugs isn’t straightforward, and none actually stop the disease from progressing. Even though they may seem to improve memory function in the short-run, recent evidence suggests the currently U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications may even make the condition worse over time.

The good news is that drugs are not the only treatment option. By taking a functional medicine approach, Dr. Ken Sharlin (one of the few functional medicine doctors in the United States that is also a neurologist) has developed a highly effective treatment program called the Brain Tune Up! Protocol.

The future of Alzheimer’s disease treatment

Alzheimer’s disease

If you are looking for a way to stop cognitive decline in its tracks and kick frustrating drugs to the curb, Dr. Ken Sharlin’s Brain Tune Up! Protocol may be just the solution. This carefully developed, practice-proven treatment has helped patients achieve milestones once thought to be impossible.

  • Results vary from person to person, but many experience some, if not all, of the following benefits:
  • Clearer memory as measured by higher scores on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test after completing the program.
  • Better day-to-day functioning on completing regular daily activities with ease, and fewer symptoms as measured by the MSQ (Medical Symptoms Questionnaire). The average decrease is 40 percent.
  • Improved confidence. Imagine, no longer struggling for the right words, being more easily able recall family members’ names, and experiencing higher energy levels and a better mood. This improves confidence and quality of life.

How does the Brain Tune Up! Protocol work?

Brain Tune Up! Protocol uses a functional medicine approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease. Functional medicine is a science-based method that works to identify and treat the root cause of disease – not just the symptoms.

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol utilizes functional medicine alongside cutting-edge advancements in neurology to deliver real, life-changing results that billion-dollar drugs have been unable to achieve.
Unlike conventional Alzheimer’s treatments, the Brain Tune Up! Protocol views each patient as an individual. Where drugs put band-aids on symptoms, allowing the disease to progress behind-the-scenes, Brain Tune Up! provides a customized pathway to battling the root causes of cognitive decline.

The program, which runs for six to twelve months, provides a robust foundation for improved health and well-being. It works by addressing four key elements:

Identify the problem correctly

Incredibly, Dr. Sharlin has discovered several patients who came to him for the Brain Tune Up! Protocol with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s from

another doctor, did not actually have Alzheimer’s disease. The first step in the Brain Tune Up! Protocol is to establish a clear diagnosis, understand what caused the disease, and create a workable plan for changing the disease trajectory. Patients undergo rigorous testing, which may include the use of MRI with 3-D volumetric analysis, Positron Emission Tomography, spinal fluid and genetic testing, or other investigative technology.

Optimizing neuroplasticity

Using the latest in neurology innovations, Dr. Ken Sharlin works to optimize patients’ neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to grow new connections and create new networks of nerve cells where others have been lost to the disease.

Identifying causes

Laboratory testing is conducted to uncover the root causes of each individual patient’s Alzheimer’s disease. There are many causes and the causes for one affected person may be different than the causes for another person. We investigate inflammatory markers, antioxidant levels, hormones, nutrient and trace minerals, fatty acid balance, toxins including chemicals, heavy metals, and chronic infections, and genetics.

Restoring health

The Brain Tune Up! Protocol works to restore health by addressing the where disease has its start: the gut, stress, toxins, infections, hormones, and mitochondria (the part of the body’s cells that produce energy), and more.

The future of Alzheimer’s treatments is here

Dr. Ken Sharlin spent years treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease but quickly became frustrated and dissatisfied with so-called conventional approaches. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s were told that the cause was unknown, and recovery was just about impossible. With a functional medicine and neurology combined, Dr. Ken Sharlin has created a truly remarkable, holistic treatment path.

Today, patients of the Brain Tune Up! Protocol can get the answers they deserve. If you or a loved one is living with an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, help and support are available. It is possible to improve and maintain a high quality of life. Please, get in touch if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity. We’d be happy to answer your questions.

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