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Connect with a Bredesen trained physician or health care practitioner:

Contact Apollo Health. They will help you get started.



Get the right testing and diagnosis:

Your Bredesen trained physician or health care practitioner will start with an evaluation and testing. This is called a CognoscopyTM.  Once this is completed, you will receive a report listing the results. 

These simple tests will include:

What's the Purpose?
Blood TestsThese will show chemical, hormonal, metabolic and toxicity levels.
Genetic TestingThe results will determine some of your treatment plan. (Carrying particular genes from one or more parents may put you at greater risk for Alzheimer's or dementia.)
NOTE: Check with your doctor to see if testing through 23 and Me might be a less expensive option.
Cognitive AssessmentThis is a simple assessment done by using a computer program online.
NOTE: Check with your doctor to see if this can be completed at home.
Brain MRI
(may be needed)
This shows brain volumes. (A decrease in volumes may indicate Alzheimer's or dementia.)

Get your Individualized Treatment Program to follow:

Your Bredesen trained doctor or health care practitioner will enter your test results (from your CognoscopyTM) into a special computer program. Once the assessment of your test results is complete, your doctor will provide you with a treatment program customized just for you. Your treatment will also focus largely on diet, fasting, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, and other lifestyle factors. This part of your program will have a greater impact than you might imagine.

Keep in Mind:
Alzheimer's Disease happens when the brain tries to protect itself from three main metabolic and toxic threats:

      - inflammation (from infection, diet or other causes)
      - Decline/shortage of supportive nutrients, hormones and other brain-supporting molecules
      - Toxic substances such as metals or biotoxins (poisons produced by microbes such as molds)
Whatever threats are revealed through testing, they are then addressed as you follow your program.

The Goal:

There are 36 or more contributing factors for Alzheimer’s or dementia. Through an evaluation and testing, your doctor will know which of these contributing factors have led to your disease and symptoms. The goal isn’t just to get those factors under control and within normal limits. The goal is to optimize your specific levels, giving you the best chance of halting and reversing your cognitive decline.


Your Responsibility:

Those who have had the most success are the ones who strictly  follow their individualized program. If necessary, find a family member, friend or even a health coach who would be willing to keep you on task. Remember, this is not a quick fix or cure. Those who temporarily slip off the program notice a decline in their thought processes. This is a treatment program and a lifestyle which must be maintained – but it is so worth it!

NOTE: There are no guarantees this program will work for everyone, but it has helped hundreds of people halt and reverse their cognitive decline.


Contact information for Apollo Health:

   Phone:  800-450-0805

What are the patient costs for this program?
  Contact Apollo Health to request the current fees being charged. 

NOTE: The support staff at Apollo Health will answer any questions you may have and help you get started on The Bredesen ProtocolTM.
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abbreviation for Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
a type of dementia and a progressive disease of the brain that slowly causes impairment in memory and cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease happens when the brain tries to protect itself from three metabolic and toxic threats: 1 - Inflammation (from infection, diet or other causes) 2 - Decline and shortage of supportive nutrients, hormones and other brain-supporting molecules 3 - Toxic substances such as metals or biotoxins (poisons produced by microbes such as molds) The protective response causes APP (Amyloid Precursor Protein, the long molecule that protrudes from neurons) to be cut into four fragments, including amyloid-beta, that downsize the neural network and eventually destroy synapses and neurons. When the APP molecule is cut into those four pieces, it is not cut into the two pieces that nourish and maintain synapses. Alzheimer's disease is a state of the brain in which there is an imbalance between the reorganization of synapses that have outlived their usefulness (and which the brain can stand to lose - healthy destruction) and the maintenance or creation of existing and new synapses (which the brain needs to sustain old memories and form new ones, as well as perform other cognitive functions). That imbalance  comes from too many  of the synapse- and neuron-destroying quartet  of molecules snipped from APP and too few  of the synapse- and neuron-sustaining duo  of molecules snipped from APP.
abbreviation for apolipoprotein E, a gene variant (allele) which is a protein that carries lipids – i.e. fats. Carrying one ApoE4 (inherited from one parent) increases your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s to 30 percent. Carrying two copies (from both parents) increases it to 50 to 90 percent. That compares to a risk of only about 9 percent in those who carry zero copies of this allele.
abbreviation for Amyloid Precursor Protein, the long molecule that protrudes from neurons
metabolic and genetic testing that identifies cognitive decline or what may be putting you at risk for it
umbrella term for a group of symptoms (a syndrome) without a definitive diagnosis. Dementia is a group of symptoms that affect mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning. (Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia.)
Early Alzheimer’s Disease
an early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and uncommon form of dementia that typically affects those under the age of 65
Functional Medicine
a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease
carrying 1 copy of the ApoE4 genetic variant
carrying 2 copies of the ApoE4 genetic variant
Integrative Medicine
healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
Ketoflex 12/3
anti-Alzheimer’s diet to include at least 12 hours of fasting, with the first 3 hours of that fast starting after dinner. It is largely plant based, but flexible as it does allow for small amounts of meat or fish.
Mild Cognitive Impairment
MCT oil
an abbreviation for medium chain triglyceride (a saturated fat) which is found in coconut oil.  Alzheimer's impairs the brain's ability to use sugar.  An MCT ketogenic diet offers an alternative energy source:  ketones.  This allows brain cells to survive better, blocking a receptor in the brain that causes memory loss.
Subjective Cognitive Impairment – a precursor to MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment)
The Bredesen ProtocolTM
treatment program developed by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen to prevent and reverse cognitive decline (also known as The ReCODE ProtocolTM)

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