baysidewalk wrote:... My doctor in San Diego is certified in the Bredesen Protocol and will be a great resource as I meet with him again...
Alison wrote: Hi Bayside walker,
I live in metro San Diego area and just read the End of Alzheimer's book by Dale Bredesen. My husband is having short term memory loss and we're just getting started on options. We don't have a primary Doctor but have medicare and a good supplement. What Doctors have you found in our area? Any that are Functional Medicine practitioners? We'd like to work with an MD so our insurance would cover the costs. We have been currently been working with a great acupuncturist in Poway but costs are all our of pocket. I've downloaded the IMP practitioners list but I would prefer a referral.
Thanks for your help
I'm glad you found our forum yesterday and know that you must be a wonderful advocate and support for your husband, since you have also found the IFM list of practitioners. Here are a couple more resources that may help:
Below is the link from our resource-rich Wiki
to practitioners who have been recommended by our members or who have added their own information. We call them "ApoE4-Aware" because while most have Bredesen training, all have been reviewed as knowledgeable and willing to work with members on ApoE 4-related health. ApoE4-Aware Healthcare Practitioners
And here is the Wiki link for Searching for a Healthcare Practitioner
I quoted "baysidewalk" using the single large quotation mark (you can find it in the upper right hand corner of each post). Quoting someone triggers an email notifying her of your question. If she's comfortable doing so, she can either post a reply or send you a Private Message. For step-by-step directions on that, and how to search for topics, subscribe to forums or conversations "threads", send Private Messages and find unread posts, check out this wiki entry: "How-To" Get the most out of the ApoE4.info website
As a personal note: My husband and I are also on Medicare with a Medicare Advantage program, and have discovered that it pays for some of the blood tests are recommended by Dr. Bredesen. But it does not cover them all. Most Functional Medicine doctors spend a considerable time with patients at each appointment, so do not accept Medicare or other health insurance payments. What some of us have done is use online lab requisitions, with blood word taken at local labs and then sent in to the online company, which sends you results within days. I then take those results to my local doctor, who I like very much, and we have a great discussion about what to do about the results. I have spent only a couple of hundred dollars out of pocket over the last several years (although I have not gotten the full array of tests possible!) Here's yet another Wiki link to that topic: Direct to Consumer Lab Testing Options
For some suggestions about which tests to prioritize, check out the PRIMER
by Dr. Stavia, who is herself ApoE 4/4.
And please feel free to share more about yourself; we are a community of people who believe in the power of learning together!