eleath wrote:Looking for a good doctor in my area (Louisville, KY.) that can coach me in getting a Cognoscopy and getting started with a RECODE protocol.
A warm welcome, eleath!
We're glad you found this forum and hope we can be a source of both information and support to you. Here is a link to our Wiki page that shows several different methods for finding a doctor who can help with a "cognoscopy": Searching for a Healthcare Practitioner
. While "cognoscopy" is Dr. Bredesen's term for a check-up for our brains (with a clever play on getting a colonoscopy when we turn 50!) the link gives you several options for finding medical practitioners who may either have been trained in the Bredesen Protocol through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) or who may have advanced training in their own specialties and offer a similar perspective.
Depending on your age and finances, it may also be possible to have your primary care physician order some of the recommended tests, and to have an extensive cognitive, motor, memory, daily living and blood tests through a university-affiliated Memory Disorders Clinic if you have concerns. We recently had a healthy 84 year old new ApoE 4/4 member whose Medicare Advantage program covers that in full without a referral from her primary care doctor.
We also have members who have shared their recommendations on this wiki: ApoE4-Aware Healthcare Practitioners
I don't see anyone in Louisville on that list, but if you find someone who you would recommend to others, we hope you'll consider adding their name to the list on Practitioner Reviews
Some of our members take a Do-It-Yourself approach to getting testing done, and then share it with their own doctors, if they feel comfortable with that, or just jump in and try to adjust their diets, supplements and exercise based on lab results. (If so, we always advise: start slow with one or two things at a time!) Here is a link to our Wiki entry on Biomarkers
that offers an extensive list of tests that people may want, along with an explanation of what the tests measure. A subset of that section offers a shared Google Doc spreadsheet that may help you to create your own private spreadsheet, with either Google Docs or importing the info into an Excel spreadsheet: ApoE4_Test_Results
Here is our Wiki entry on Direct to Consumer Lab Testing Options
that may help sort out the confusing menu of options.
In case you've missed these sections, the Welcome
page is a great start to learn more about this website. We encourage new users to check out our PRIMER
, which has many helpful topics for people beginning to learn about ApoE4 and those ready to dive in to the deep end. Stavia, the doctor who wrote the Primer, discusses how to prioritize which tests to start with, which is a great option if you're looking for how to start with a few things to save money.
Also helpful for navigating the site is our "How-To" Get the most out of the ApoE4.info website
. We look forward to hearing more from you as you learn more from us, and from your health care partners!