Walnut wrote:Hello everyone! I'm new to the board but this is not about me, it's about my dad.... Sorry for the rant. I'm just in a troubled state of mind so thanks for understanding. I guess my question is, have you seen someone actually and objectively improve and reverse their Alzheimer's?
Hello Walnut! Welcome to the ApoE4.info forum!
Your rant is also welcome.
That's a major reason this forum exists, to offer support for anyone affected by cognitive decline, whether you OR a loved one. As someone who has watched a loved one suffer with AD, I understand your alarm and concern. It is such a disheartening experience to witness a loved one's functionality become impaired by changes to cognition.
It is understandable to be skeptical and even wise, especially when it comes to matters of health and wellbeing. Asking questions leads to greater understanding of both the problem and possible solutions. While this forum doesn't promote one protocol over another, there are members who have successfully applied Dr. Bredesen's protocol. There are many personal stories and threads on topics related to your question. I will share with you how to search so you can continue to read and glean some of the amazing collective wisdom found here on the forum.
One of the founding members and current president of ApoE4.info, Julie G., has successfully applied Bredesen's protocol to herself with wonderful results. In fact, you read about her success in Dr. Bredesen's book! I see that Tincup has already filled you in a little on Julie G's success story including a link to a video interview. Tincup also offered a personal perspective having met Dr. Bredesen in the past.
A key takeaway point is that the cause of cognitive decline is as individual as the people it affects
, so the fact that there is no one size fits all curative approach bodes well for the legitimacy of the protocol. A person with cognitive decline, and in many cases their caregiver(s), must invest personal effort into finding out the cause of the decline (what type of AD is it?) and what works for them to reverse or minimize it (what interventions work to patch the holes in this particular roof?).
Tincup mentioned insulin resistance being one common denominator in the fight against cognitive decline. There are powerful lifestyle changes that can be undertaken by anyone which will, as you mentioned, improve overall health and wellbeing with little to no risk. Simple Preventive Steps
is a good place to start for strategies anyone can use with the benefit of improving all aspects of health.
One challenge to sustained improvement is commitment to permanent lifestyle changes. I have read here on the forum that success depends on the level of commitment or ability to follow a protocol. I found a roadblock here with my own mother in the years before Bredesen's protocol was published. I was educated on what could help her, but the implementation was impossible for me to "enforce". Perhaps if I had had this knowledge 15 years prior to her debilitating decline with AD, I could have gotten her and my father on board and lifestyle changes could have been more permanent and successful. If I had been able to educate them earlier in the trajectory, the place where you are now
, perhaps more years of her life would have been productive. I think you have every cause to be hopeful!
Since you are new to the forum let me introduce you to some useful tools for navigating the site
:How To Get The Most Out Of The ApoE4.Info Website
is a good place to start. You will learn how the site is organized and how to navigate it like a pro.
A forum can be a confusing place to find information on a specific topic. Using the Search
function helps you find previous conversations or threads on topics that interest you. We encourage people to post to previous topics, even if they haven't been active for a while. It gets conversations going and often promotes new ways of looking at an issue. In addition, you can search for a specific thread topic by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the menu bar at the top of the page. How To Search the ApoE4 SiteQuoting
someone in a post facilitates conversation between members. It triggers an email to the forum member that you are quoting and gives that person a link to log on and open the ApoE4.info website right to your comment. So if you would like to "tag" someone in a post, here are the directions for how to do that: How To Use the Quote Function
Most of all, please know that your skepticism is welcome because that is how we develop a solid foundation of knowledge to use for discerning a path going forward. Please continue to ask questions. Best to you as you seek answers to help your father. I am excited for the possibilities that exist for him and your family, that were not available even less than a decade ago!