A Book Review: “The first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline”
Written by Dale E. Bredesen, MD.
Prof. and founding president, Buck Institute: Professor, UCLA
I won’t bore you with the statistics about Alzheimer’s disease, suffice to say the numbers are growing and as the baby boomer generation approaches the age when Alzheimer’s begins to emerge, the numbers will be horrifyingly large.
From a personal point of view, I am within that baby boomer generation and to make matters worse, Alzheimer’s runs on one side of my family. As you might imagine, this has sharpened my focus on the disease and the prevention of it. So when I saw this book pop up on Amazon, there was no question that I was going to buy it. And, I am delighted that I did.
A very quick summary would be that Dr. Bredesen, in his lab at UCLA, has identified 36 molecular variables that can, when combined, create Alzheimer’s in any individual. Those of us with a genetic predisposition will be more likely to have some of these variables go active.
The important thing about this book is that it is scientifically, testable, and all 36 variables can be measured.
And once measured, solutions to all of these can be found.
Table Of Contents
Part One: The Alzheimer’s Solution
1: Disrupting dementia
2: Patient zero
3: How does it feel to come back from dementia?
4: How to give your self Alzheimer’s: a primer
Part Two: Deconstructing Alzheimer’s
5: Wit’s End: from bedside to bench and back
6: The God Gene: three types of Alzheimer’s disease.
Part Three: Evaluation and Personalized Therapeutics
7: The Cognoscopy: where do you stand?
8: ReCode: reversing cognitive decline
9: Success and the social network: to people’s daily routines.
Part Four: Maximizing Success
10: Putting it all together: you can do it
11: This is not easy — workarounds and crutches
12: Resistance to change
And not to put too fine a point on it, there are a great many other things that Radisson agrees with traditional medicine when he says that controlling variables such as stress, and a regular exercise program are critical in pushing back against Alzheimer’s.
Having all of the tests done is expensive. ($C 4K in 2018) But, given my family history, I took the money and on a recent trip to the US, I worked with a functional medicine physician and had the tests done. Note while I went “all in” my physician indicated there were some that “might’ be avoided because of the cost.
I am not able to describe the feeling of relief when the tests came back with few problem areas.
To be sure, there were some things that needed improvement but I was under the number of variables that indicated the disease was well established. And, by adding three supplements to my daily list, I could drive the test results to almost zero.
But what this means is that I have to maintain my fitness regime, my meditating, and have this testing done every few years to ensure I’m still on track to avoid mental degradation.
I note that fitness and meditation are recommended for a wide variety of anti-aging medical conditions.
From my point of view, the $4K was money well spent. And I know my mom would approve. (at 91, she’s had Alzheimer’s of increasing severity for over 16 years now and is in a nursing home) I do not want to go down that road and if you’ve ever had one of your loved ones take this journey, you too will recognize what level of commitment you’d make to avoid it for yourself.
The bottom line is that I would recommend this book highly to both potential patients and their families.