Just as Julie was about to turn 50 years old, she learned that she carries two copies of the APOE-ε4 allele. Cognitive testing at that time revealed that the disease process had likely already begun. When she realized that the medical profession could offer her no hope, she turned to other carriers of the gene and helped to create a community designed to explore strategies to mitigate the pathological effects of their high risk gene, which ultimately became the ApoE4.Info non-profit. Working together, the group scoured the scientific literature, consulted with experts, and ultimately began to experiment on themselves, sharing N=1 trials designed to optimize cognition and various biomarkers associated with Alzheimer’s disease. As the group uncovered helpful strategies, Julie began to systematically apply them to her daily routine. She radically changed her diet and entire way of living in an attempt to optimize her cognition and save her life. One year later, Julie repeated cognitive testing, and her scores had risen from the mid 30th percentile for her age group to the high 90th percentile. Eight years later, she maintains that improvement.
Julie also serves as the Chief Health Liaison for Apollo Health and shares her expertise through ApoE4 Consulting, LLC. Julie recently teamed up with Dr. Bredesen and his integrative physician wife, Aida Lasheen Bredesen, MD to share the diet and lifestyle strategies she uses in The End of Alzheimer’s Program: The First Protocol to Enhance Cognition and Reverse Decline at Any Age, available August 2020. She is married to Bruce, an international airline pilot, who’s also experienced a radical health transformation since adopting Julie’s new diet and lifestyle. She is passionate about sourcing local, seasonal, clean, nutrient-dense food and experimenting with novel flavors. She loves cooking, entertaining, exercising in nature, and spending time with family and friends enjoying her bonus years.