Welcome, Tony,deproduction wrote:I'm curious about other people's experience with AHNP Health.
I paid $1,400 for their ReCODE protocol and it took them several months to get me test results. There was zero personal interaction, just organizing my test results into a report that helps make sense of the results... useful, but certainly not worth $1,400. Most of the same tests I have been able to get from my healthcare provider (Kaiser Permanente) for much less (in some cases, free).
AHNP took 5 or 6 months to get me my report, and asked me for $900 more for their ReVERSE program before the results even came through. I'm somewhat desperate for solutions, so I subsequently agreed to pay for ReVERSE despite my poor experience with ReCODE, and now 3 months later, I've heard nothing from them. I don't think its a scam, by any means, just maybe disorganized.
Thank you for sharing your experience with AHNP:Precision Health. As you probably know, this forum is not affiliated with AHNP, even though many of our members may have had training in, or experience with using elements of the "Bredesen Protocol". Many more found this site after reading Dr. Bredesen's book, or finding that they have one or two copies of ApoE 4 through a genetic test.
You have every right to be upset with the poor customer service, especially if no explanation was given for it. You have some options too; one of them is to be the squeaky wheel and write letters to the top people in the company (you can see that on their website), another is to contact consumer protection agencies in AHNP's home state of CA. Since they finally provided the ReCODE report, you would mostly be putting them on notice that for the second round of testing for ReVERSE you expect far better service.
I have friends and family members who have been on Kaiser plans, and have heard from them that their providers have been fairly understanding of the request for labs and other referrals. Since you're "desperate for solutions", have you tried seeing your primary care provider to schedule an in-depth conversation about your concerns? If you have not already shared your results, and you know you have ApoE4, you may want to ask your doctor to keep that information out of your records. Medical insurance and life insurance companies cannot discriminate against you based on a genetic risk, but long-term care companies can choose to use that information in providing coverage. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
If you're concerned about the risk of future effects of apoE4, you may want to focus on the key strategies suggested by the ApoE 4/4 doctor and author of our Primer. Stavia offers a list of strategies, most of which you can start working on yourself. Many of these, including aerobic and strength-training exercise, sleep, maintaining social and cognitive (ex. reading books, using computers) hobbies, reducing inflammation, controlling blood pressure, managing insulin resistance, eating a balanced diet with more fresh and nutrient-dense food and less added sugar and processed food, is also what large-scale studies recently reported on at the annual Alzheimer's Association meeting find are associated with continuing brain health.
If you are experiencing changes, it may be helpful to share your results with your primary provider and look for clues as to what might be out of balance. Sometimes symptoms that are distressing, like a lack of energy and focus, can be tied to something as easy to fix as low thyroid or Vitamin B-12. If you have significant concerns, you may be able to get comprehensive cognitive, physical and neurological testing paid for by Kaiser at a regional Memory Care Unit, which are usually affiliated with a teaching hospital or major medical center. I have been part of a clinical study as such as center, so I know the kinds of tests given and the people who work there, and have found them deeply supportive to families.
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