The Eight Causes of Alzheimer’s

By Deb Martín, Holistic Health Educator, September 2022

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Natural medicine practitioners have been treating brain conditions such as Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig Syndrome), Alzheimer’s and others for hundreds and even thousands of years. One might easily be able to argue, that practices such as Chinese Medicine and other forms of Eastern Medicine have had better success with brain issues such as these than Western Medicine. The emphasis on Lifestyle is likely a big reason for that success.

The American Academy of Neurology reported in 2020 that Alzheimer’s is now the third leading cause of death by disease (503,000 people), following heart disease (596,000 people) and cancer (575,000 people). Interestingly, cancer deaths appear to be on the decline the last few years, while Alzheimer’s is skyrocketing (based on a study from autopsy data in 2020).

In this article and follow-on articles in this series, we will introduce you to a system of functional testing and natural medicine solutions which form the basis of a Program of Protocols from an MD and UCLA Researcher that is quite literally reversing Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

A Dear Friend in Trouble
Recently, a retired MD friend gifted me with a book to read called “The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s”. (Thank you Ana!) It was written by another MD who has been successful in treating people with MCI (Mild Cognitive Decline), Alzheimer’s and other brain issues. His patients are climbing back out of the Alzheimer’s trench, regaining their brains, their families and their lives.

As I began devouring the accounts of patients (in their own words), I became excited and knew I had to get this information out to a dear friend in Colorado who no longer remembers my name. Her husband is deep in the trench with her. He began digging for answers himself after the medical system failed his wife. He has encouragement for all those affected by neurodegenerative disease:

“We could have saved over $4000, and more importantly, we would not have lost many precious months if we had found Dr. Bredesen’s Program early in our Alzheimer’s journey. After many months with a renowned expert in Denver, Colorado, we had no progress, and my wife was still declining. I proceeded to do my own research, much of which I later found to be validated in “The End of Alzheimer’s Program” by Dr. Dale Bredesen. We began healing the natural way, with the best information I could find. My wife’s mental decline STOPPED and now we are beginning the full Bredesen ReCODE (Reversing Cognitive Decline) program and are very hopeful of significant healing.

I strongly encourage those who are suffering, or have a family member suffering, from such brain issues to follow the Bredesen ReCODE Program with passion, curiousity, and with a discipline like nothing you’ve ever done before. When you do that, I believe you’ve got at least an 80% chance of full or near-full recovery. The most important things are exercise, supplements, foods, brain exercises and detox, detox, detox.

Nitric Oxide increases blood flow by 63%. Coconut oil helps create ketosis. Sweat all the toxins out with an Infrared sauna! Keep a highly positive attitude – put the right chemistry in your body–and you’ll join the first survivors of Alzheimer’s. I believe that following this protocol gives you at least an 80% chance of recovering the brain. “The caregiver and the patient need to keep hoping, doing and fighting to win.”
– Frosty Wooldridge, Speaker, Author, Environmentalist

Who is Dale Bredesen, MD?
While Western Medicine has been struggling for decades to find an effective drug for Alzheimer’s, now from within their own ranks has risen an MD and Researcher with published proof that Alzheimer’s (and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsons’) can be reversed, sometimes completely, using a significantly-different approach to diagnosis and treatment. His diagnostic approach breaks the disease into Eight Causes, and his treatments involve a host of functional medicine tests and natural medicine protocols.

Dr. Bredesen is an internationally-recognized expert in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. He has worked in prestigious, academic institutions in California for over 30 years and has worked directly with patients to help heal their brains for the last 12 years. Early on in his research, he made a discovery which convinced him that the commonly-accepted theory about amyloid plaque being the cause of Alzheimer’s was very wrong.

Amyloid plaque is the sticky substance found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Think of it like the white blood cells of the brain. They are deployed to protect the brain from pathogens and harmful situations such as inflammation. Amyloid plaque is simply doing the same thing in the brain that white blood cells do in the rest of the body. Far from being The Cause, it is the immune system’s attempt to protect the brain from deteriorating! Yet, millions of dollars, over several decades, have been spent by the pharmaceutical industry aimed at eradicating this plaque in the brain. Let’s just say that Dr. Bredesen’s findings did not make him popular with the medical and pharmaceutical establishments.

Dr. Bredesen’s key research paper “Reversal of Cognitive Decline” was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinsonism in October 2018. It is a 100-patient study from his first 10 years of treating patients with protocols based on his research. That research started in the late 1980’s.

These are the categories of Cause in Dr. Bredesen’s diagnostic approach, and most of his patients are dealing with several of them:

1. Insulin Resistance (e.g. Diabetes, another leading cause of death in “advanced” societies such as the U.S.A.)
2. Mycotoxin exposure (from molds including Penicillium and Aspergillus) or mercury exposure. (Note: mercury comes into our bodies in many ways in our modern world.)
3. Reduced oxygen while sleeping (e.g. from sleep apnea)
4. Leaky gut
5. Poor dentition (dental care) leading to infections being spread throughout the body and brain.
6. Chronic infections with viruses such as Herpes Simplex or tick-borne pathogens such as Borrelia or Babesia.
7. Nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin B12 or vitamin D3.
8. Vascular disease

Not only can functional testing for cognitive decline be useful in treating active neurodegenerative disease, but we can use them to discover potential problems brewing in the body and brain. Then we can help with preventive medicine, such as food-as-medicine guidance, “exercise” classes (we offer Qigong, TaiChi, and Yoga), massage, acupuncture and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique for stress), and even acupuncture for cardiometabolic issues. These are forms of natural and lifestyle medicine and are helpful to prevent and reverse diseases of many types.

At Lotus Blossom Clinic, as of October 2022, we are setting in motion the basics to help people find the testing resources needed to check their brain function and discover any sources of these brain diseases which may be brewing–or already in motion–no matter what stage of progression, so that the healing can begin. Stay tuned…

Dr. Bredesen’s ReCODE Program is a new way of diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s Disease (also Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative issues). It is revolutionary in the medical world, and we hope it will take off quickly before, as some experts are predicting, they break the Medicare “bank”.
Presently, the Baby Boomer Generation has about 15 million people with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative issues, and that number is expected to skyrocket to 35+ million in just a few years. Not only is this a tragedy of huge proportion for people and their families, but it is largely avoidable and can be reversed with determination and consistency. It can also be found and corrected early—even before symptoms begin–through proper functional testing and appropriate lifestyle changes.

Related Articles:

Reversing Alzheimer’s: When Love Inspires Recovery

“Alzheimer’s Predisposition: The ApoE4 Gene Expression

21st Century Alzheimer’s Vaccine

Can You Prevent Or Heal Alzheimer’s?

“Healing the Brain after Anesthesia”

The End of Alzheimer’s Program: The First Protocol to Enhance Cognition and Reverse Decline at Any Age; Dale E. Bredesen, MD, copyright 2020.

Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients; Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinsonism, ISSN: 2161-0460, Dale E Bredesen, et al, Oct 2018

Healthy Brains to All,

Dr. David and Deb Martin
Lotus Blossom Clinic

Serving the Greater Fort Myers area with Natural and Holistic Medicine, including Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Science-backed Food as Medicine, Energy & Transformational Sessions…and Community Classes & Events both Virtual and In-Person!

We are not MD’s, Nutritionists, or Dieticians. Vickie Gelardi and Deb Martín are certified in the Conquering Any Disease, a High-Phytochemical Food Healing System, and they work under Dr. David Martín’s directions with his patients, helping them incorporate his dietary guidelines into their lives to improve health.