The dementia epidemic continues to increase with an aging population. Integrative, functional, & holistic medicine offers a different approach to Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment.
Alzheimer’s, like other forms of dementia, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects mental function, memory, and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting 10 percent of adults 65 years of age and older.
At CentreSpringMD, our team of integrative physicians understands that Alzheimer’s disease places a significant burden on family members and caregivers. Through the use of holistic medicine we’re devoted to helping patients and their families find the most innovative and effective Alzheimer’s treatments and prevention strategies available.
Preventive screenings, genetic testing, and complementary therapies such as diet intervention provide whole-body support and the best Alzheimer’s treatment available.
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The Root Cause of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
In an effort to stem the rapidly rising tide of Alzheimer’s disease, the conventional medical paradigm has poured billions of dollars into funding for a drug to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. However, this massive expenditure has proved unfruitful; Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials demonstrate an extremely bleak 99 percent failure rate.
The dramatic failure of Alzheimer’s clinical trials is due to the medical community’s approach to research, which is primarily focused on developing a “miracle drug” targeted at reducing the buildup of amyloid plaque within the brain. But this approach fails to take into account the multitude of factors that contribute to this complex chronic illness, such as:
- Microglia activation
- Mitochondrial dysfunction
- Oxidative injury
Though previous theories suggest that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a buildup of a type of protein, called amyloid, around brain cells, the most current evidence suggests that the build up of beta-amyloid plaque is not the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
Integrative Holistic Medicine for Alzheimer’s Treatment & Prevention
An integrative holistic medicine approach to Alzheimer’s disease includes a focus on the metabolic, inflammatory, and genetic factors that drive brain health and cognitive function across the lifespan.
The biggest strides toward Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment are most effective when part of a comprehensive program. There seem to be major effects involving:
Genetics & Lifestyle
The most important genetic test for Azheimer’s disease risk is ApoE
- Those with zero copies of ApoE4 the lifetime risk of developing AD is low — about 9 percent
- For those with one copy the risk is about 30 percent
- For the approximately 7 million people in the U.S. with two copies the lifetime risk is above 50 percent
This has led to a misconception among those who favor a conventional approach, with the claim that there is little or nothing one can do to reduce their lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s, you may have a slightly heightened risk if you also have other risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, or heart disease.
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Supporting Services for Alzheimer’s Prevention
Discover the influence your lifestyle has upon your chemistry, and understand how to functionally change the way you think, feel, and react. Many people are unaware of the connection between physical health and mental and emotional wellbeing. Brain Boost provides the guidelines you need to improve your daily habits to maximize brain health.
We evaluate: genetic factors, diet and lifestyle, toxin exposure and buildup, metabolism, and more which all regulate cognitive ability during all stages of life.
At CentreSpringMD, our integrative holistic medicine team has years of experience helping to optimize brain power, overcome brain fog, and achieve peak mental performance in people of all ages.