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Evolving Past Alzheimer's
43 minutes | 8 days ago
Being Patient - The Evolution of Data in Alzheimer's & Dementia with Deborah Kan
Deborah Kan is a former executive producer with the Wall Street Journal. In 2017 she founded the website BeingPatient.com, a comprehensive website dedicated to Alzheimer's news, stories, and support. This interview covers how Deborah sees the current world of Alzheimer's research and trends in brain health and wellness. 5:42 - Being Patient and how it serves people who are taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s 8:35 - Early signs of Alzheimer’s that are often overlooked 17:17 - How the dementia space is evolving with the rise in early diagnosis 20:25 - Why there are more women diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men 26:09 - The importance of prevention over curing 31:04 - Functional medicine in Alzheimer’s treatment for the people who can’t wait for the science 37:10 - Education and prevention for Alzheimer’s that everyone needs
80 minutes | a month ago
Pushing Back Against Dementia - Chrissy's Journey
This is a really unique and important episode. We are witnessing a sea change in dementia. More people are being diagnosed, earlier and younger. And people are figuring out how to actually fight back against the disease and taking ownership of their condition. My guest this week on the Evolving Past Alzheimer's podcast, Chrissy Thelker, was diagnosed with Vascular dementia at age 57 and nearly 5 years later is still living on her own, driving, and living a life of incredible purpose... her story inspires, but she also gives useful information for anyone out there working through the early stages of the disease. This is one you're crazy not to listen to....an amazing episode! 2:00 - What it was like to receive a dementia diagnosis 6:22 - Why a dementia specialist refused to take Chrissy on as a patient 9:44 - How Chrissy followed the Bredesen protocol to slow her dementia symptoms and almost completely prevent herself from getting worse 14:56 - What it’s like to live with dementia 19:22 - How to balance fighting against the dementia with tending to your new needs living with the disease 21:22 - “You have to monitor yourself, and if we all learned from a younger age that it’s ok to rest, we would all be doing better in our health.” 23:37 - What does it mean to live with purpose after a dementia diagnosis? 29:45 - What it feels like to hear “you don’t look like you have dementia” 37:31 - How Chrissy thinks about the future 43:54 - Some major conversations happening in the DAI community and people living with dementia - the connection between sleep and brain health 48:33 - “Dementia is like a spider web. We need treatments to help manage the different aspects and symptoms rather than a cure.” 52:40 - Why organizations working towards treatments and cures need more people suffering from the disease at the table 1:00:00 - “Have those conversations early in receiving your diagnosis about your driving and other aspects of your independence.” 1:06:16 - How has COVID impacted her function as someone living with dementia Resources Mentioned Chrissy's Book - For This I'm Grateful Chrissy's Blog Dementia Alliance International
35 minutes | a month ago
A Patient Story: The Heart-Brain Connection & Energy
Some listeners have requested more personal stories of people improving and how they are doing it. In this episode, we want to introduce you to an amazing couple, Betsy and George Muller. George suffered a major brain injury as a result of his heart stopping about 4 years ago. Fortunately, he has successfully recovered from the brain injury and this is the story of how the Mullers did it! If you're interested in more details of the Muller's journey, check out Betsy's book - The Comeback - An Energy Makeover Love Story (available on Amazon and Audible). 9:24 - What George and Betsy have learned about brain health and brain resilience from their experience 14:41 - How meditation can help anyone who is suffering from a cognitive issue or their caregiver 17:33 - Tapping into the power of routine to help someone recover cognitive function 18:44 - The connection between heart health and brain health 21:43 - How to deal with some of the challenges of navigating a loved one who needs a caregiver 26:59 - How to keep your brain as healthy as possible Several Resources were mentioned that are relevant to folks with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Among them: AlzU.org - comprehensive website for evidence-based, Alzheimer's education led by previous guest Richard Isaacson MD. Lumosity Brain Training Donna Eden Energy Medicine - Betsy recommends do this with your partner of someone with dementia you are caregiving for. It takes only about 6-7 minutes.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Taking Hormones After Menopause - New Data with Felice Gersh MD
We get many questions from listeners and people seeking Alzheimer’s prevention and early intervention about the risks and benefits of hormone therapies, such as estrogen and progesterone. Our guest this episode, Felice Gersh MD and co-authors recently published an article entitled: Postmenopausal hormone therapy for cardiovascular health: the evolving data In this episode we talk about: Hormone Therapy in this episode is referring to Estrogen (ie estradiol) and Progesterone. 4:29 We talk about the ideal forms to take 10:28 We discuss doses and the best way to monitor for safety and effectiveness according to the recent journal article. 15:55 - Hormone Therapy’s potential benefits to heart and brain of Estrogen. 21:15 - How estrogen might help the natural process of inflammation that occurs in women’s bodies after menopause. 40:28 - Why it might make more sense to start estrogen therapy earlier rather than later. 48:50 - Considerations for starting estrogen after age 60 or more than 10 years after menopause and how long it may take to see results.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Live Well With Dementia
In this episode, you'll meet the co-founders of Kemper House and Kemper Cognitive Wellness. Betty and Kristin Kemper talk about the ideas that inspired them to start: 1) Kemper House - a dedicated assisted living environment pushing the boundaries of what people thought was possible for Alzheimer's and dementia care 2) Kemper Cognitive Wellness - one of the nation’s leading companies for Alzheimer's and dementia prevention, support, and services. We treat everything from brain fog and ADHD all the way through dementia You'll also hear from Cheryl Freed, Vice President of Learning & Education at Kemper and family dementia coach at Kemper Cognitive Wellness on the principles that shape living well even with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia. Finally, we'll tell you about our latest project that we are so proud of - a course for Caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's or other dementia - called, Live Well with Dementia. Learn more at: Livewellwithdementia.com Learn more about the work at Kemper: Kemperwellness.com kemperhouse.com 7:48 - What they learned when Kristen’s father and Betty’s husband ended up in the care of their organization 10:49 - The mission of Kemper Cognitive Wellness to catch cognitive decline early 13:13 - What it is like to work in the innovative environment of Kemper vs a traditional assisted living model 15:25 - What can you do when you recieve a diagnosis? 20:03 - What does success look like when someone is moving through the later stages of Dementia? 23:50 - What does success look like when a loved one is at the end of their life?
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Shining Light Into the Brain - New study results! with Dr Marvin Berman
We have discussed, photobiomodulation in several past podcasts. It’s essentially shining lights on the head in order to positively influence brain function. Growing research supports the use of photobiomodulation for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In this episode, we review the hot off the press positive results of a recent clinical trial done by Dr. Berman's group at the Quiet Mind Foundation and his colleagues at the Texas A&M Dept. of Neurosurgery using 1068nm transcranial and intraocular photobiomodulation to treat early to mid-stage dementia. This was a randomized, double-blind placebo-control trial. Several of the folks using this "light helmet" for 6 minutes, twice a day for 8 weeks had significant improvement in memory and cognition. Dr. Berman recounts his experiences and talks about where similar devices to the one used in this trial can be obtained. In This Episode 2:24 - What is photo-bio-modulation? 6:11 - The clinical trial Marvin just completed on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients and what the results taught them about the laser treatments 16:43 - How does this intervention fit into the current dementia-care model? Does it slow the progression of the disease? Does it help increase the number of good days? 19:03 - The importance of functional medicine elements in the treatment of dementia and use of photo-bio-modulation 21:03 - Is this device commercially available? And how much does it cost? Links Quiet Mind Foundation
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Homeopathic Treatments for Alzheimer’s Patients (and their caregivers) with Joette Calabrese
Joette Calabrese, an international homeopathic consultant, author, educator, and sought-after speaker who teaches around the world. As a physician, I admit that I have some skepticism towards homeopathy, but when it comes to Alzheimer’s and Dementia, I am open to anything that works as long as it’s safe. In this interview, we talk about what homeopathy is, the safeness and effectiveness of homeopathic treatments, and how you can use homeopathic remedies if you are a caregiver of someone with dementia to benefit yourself and your loved one. 1:11 - “Homeopathy shines in areas where there are no solutions, and modern medicine leaves us great big gaping holes for us to fill.” - Joette Calabrese 3:34 - What is Homeopathy and when is it useful? 8:35 - Are homeopathic treatments a placebo effect? 15:06 - What are the side effects to homeopathic treatments? 17:36 - Homeopathic remedies Joette used to help her mother with dementia 22:11 - How could homeopathy slow the progression of Alzheimer’s 28:56 - “I’ve been doing this for over 34 years and I am still amazed.” - Joette Calabrese 29:19 - Can you get started with homeopathy yourself, or do you have to see an expert? 44:05 - How long does it take to see improvements with homeopathic treatments? 46:50 - How you can use homeopathy to support your own health if you are in the position of being someone else’s caregiver Find Joette Online
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Preventing Disease Through Diet with Dr. James O'Keefe
James O’Keefe is the director of preventative cardiology at St Louis Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City and a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri. Dr O’Keefe taught me that checking your blood sugar right after you eat is really important. And even healthy people may see a huge spike in their blood sugar right after they eat. Many different chronic diseases are linked to problems with blood sugar. Dr. O’Keefe recently published a paper on the pesco-Mediterranean diet as the ideal way to eat for heart, brain, and overall health. 5:12 - Advantages of the Pesco-Mediterranean diet for preventing cardiovascular problems 12:33 - Dr. O’Keefe’s perspective on the ketogenic diet 16:38 - How dairy can cause inflammation 23:25 - “Erectile dysfunction is the canary in the coal mine. It is an early warning system of trouble with lifestyle.” 24:09 - How to test endothelial function and measure lifestyle changes that need to be made before real problems manifest 29:51 - Exercise for brain function and Alzheimer’s prevention 46:50 - Is fish oil good for your health?
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Methylene Blue & It’s Potential in Alzheimer’s
Part 2 of the conversation with Francisco Gonzalez-Lima. We are talking about Methylene Blue as a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s. This is something that you can access yourself with the proper research needed to obtain a pharmaceutical grade. We talk about its potential as a therapy for early intervention and prevention of Alzheimer’s. Part 1 of this interview was released two weeks ago, where we talk about brain bioenergetics and laser treatments as a therapy for Alzheimer’s. 0:30 - The “magical properties” of Methylene Blue 10:44 - What do people feel like on Methylene Blue? 25:40 - Benefits of Methylene Blue for early intervention and prevention of Alzheimer’s 35:47 - Why it is so difficult to find Methylene Blue. Is it poisonous?
88 minutes | 6 months ago
Brain Energetics & 2 New Potential Therapies in Alzheimer's
This is a super technical episode. The guest is a world leader in brain energy and its impact on cognition and cognitive change that leads to Alzheimer’s. We had to break this episode into two parts. The difference between early-onset Alzheimer’s (which is usually genetic) and late-onset Alzheimer’s that usually happens after age 65. Dr. Gonzalez-Lima argues that there is a common pathway, a problem with the way the brain produces energy, which leads to late-onset Alzheimer’s. The causes of this can be multiple, and the major one is simply getting older. So as individuals, we have to lead healthy lifestyles to push back on these changes. The earliest changes in the brain are different than are commonly understood. They are changes in the way the brain metabolizes energy. These changes show up long before the common atrophies we see in Alzheimer’s patients. Many of the factors that lead to the development of Alzheimer’s are vascular. Test that may help catch Alzheimer’s before cognitive symptoms… Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test (CIMT) EEG or QEG - brain maps Genetics, head injuries, and brain trauma are other factors that can lead to Alzheimer’s. There are also some infections and viruses that can be associated with the development of the disease. Environmental toxins are a new cause that is being accepted worldwide by even the most conservative organizations. We finish by talking about mitochondria therapy, a low-level laser therapy, where photons are shot into the brain’s photon acceptors. It essentially makes more space, making the cells more likely to bind and use oxygen. The main risk with this laser is the need to protect the eyes. Ultimately, the hope is that this treatment can be done with LED lights, and people can do it themselves. The ketogenic diet can help repair even a damaged brain. We have seen a number of people improve through adopting this diet, even though it can be difficult to sustain, and I don’t recommend sustaining it for long. That conversation will lead us into part 2 which will be released in two weeks. 12:17 - Fundamental problems in the brain and nervous system that are leading to diseases like Alzheimer’s 21:05 - Why are some brains more vulnerable than others to Alzheimer’s? 38:48 - A practical way to assess cerebral brain flow 40:02 - Laser light treatment to help with brain flow 1:09:39 - The ketogenic diet and its potential to help with improving cognition
77 minutes | 7 months ago
The End of Alzheimer’s with Dr. Dale Bredesen
Dr. Dale Bredesen is a neuroscientist of the first order as well as a truly pioneering doctor in the fields of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research. In 2014, Dr. Bredesen published a widely publicized case series of 10 people who improved from cognitive decline. He has gone on to teach thousands of practitioners his methodology. At the time of recording this episode, there is a clinical trial well underway testing his methodology. Dr. Bredesen is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as the author of New York Times bestseller, The End of Alzheimer’s. Most importantly, Dr. Bredesen’s work brings hope and potential solutions for those struggling with Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline. In This Episode “The field has argued that some drug is going to be out there that will work, and they haven’t. So we wanted to start from ground zero.” The root cause of Alzheimer’s Subjective cognitive impairment vs mild cognitive impairment Factors that determine if you can reverse cognitive decline and how much you can improve “Chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s are working against the physician because they are keeping people from coming to you for years.” How long the results hold after cognitive improvement and what you can do to retain the results The “pandemic within the pandemic”, how COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s are connected “The Five Personalities”, sub-types of Alzheimer’s “We should never follow Alzheimer’s with a period. Alzheimer’s due to what?” What is the ketoflex diet, and why ketone energy is so important in Alzheimer’s and cognition? What is detoxification, and how does it play into Alzheimer’s treatment? The role of psychotherapy in Alzheimer’s prevention and how to deal with apathy during treatment Links The End of Alzheimer’s Read Dale’s Publications Evolving Past Alzheimer's
32 minutes | 7 months ago
BrainSee - Early Detection of Alzheimer's
The field of preventive neurology is coming. Detection of early brain damage is critical and our guest this episode, Darmiyan appears to have developed this technology. This interview is with Darmiyan's co-founder, Kaveh Vejdani MD, currently serving as it's chief medical and technology officer. A highly technical, but potentially game-changing episode. Darmiyan is a medical image processing company currently focused on applying ai technology for early detection of neurodegenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s. Changes in the brain early on lead to Alzheimer's before symptoms develop. If we can learn to detect these changes before symptoms manifest, then there is more opportunity for prevention. In This Episode: 1:04 - What the technology is and what it can see 5:18 - Discoveries they have made about early Alzheimer’s prevention and how the test works 12:04 - “This is one of the tests that is going to change the course of action.” 14:04 - The accuracy you can expect from the test 17:10 - The criteria for diagnosis with the test 20:22 - What is on the horizon for Darmiyan? 21:50 - “If you wait for the person to be close to dementia that it’s visible on the MRI, that is too late for treatment actions.” 27:26 - Interventions that can improve results after early detection 29:24 - When this technology will be more widely available to people who want to detect degenerative diseases before they have symptoms Links Darmiyan’s Website
43 minutes | 8 months ago
Cognitive Benefits of Crossfit...Yes even for "older" brains and bodies!
In Feb 2018 Michele Mootz started the CrossFit Wellness Program focused on bringing CrossFit to populations that were not being addressed including those with serious chronic diseases as well as aging adults over 65 including those with cognitive impairment. We discuss the tremendous benefits they have seen to date. We also discuss the impact COVID has had on this program and the overall health of this community of individuals. Michele Mootz was a Physical Therapist for 13 years before starting work with CrossFit. She is currently the Program Director for CrossFit Wellness as well as a Flowmaster for CrossFit Training Department. In This Episode: 1:23 - What is Crossfit? 2:29 - Michele’s journey from working as a physical therapist to CrossFit 9:45 - “The recipe to try to get our patients healthier doesn’t change, we are just paying closer attention to more high-risk factors they walk in with.” - Michele Mootz 11:12 - Results Michele has seen with the members of her gym 14:18 - “The foundation of CrossFit has always been that the movements are functional movements.” - Michele Mootz 17:03 - How CrossFit can improve areas of your life outside of just physical fitness 21:33 - “One of the mistakes that have been made by me and other CrossFit gyms is trying to integrate everyone into one class.” - Michele Mootz 22:54 - How likely is an injury in Crossfit? 27:23 - What the senior CrossFit classes look like 29:57 - How long it takes to see the results of CrossFit To inquire about a local class or to join CrossFit's zoom offering: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org The zoom class discussed in this episode occurs at 9am Pacific time.
39 minutes | 8 months ago
More on COVID-19 & the Brain
In this episode we talk with neurologist Suzanne Gazda MD. Dr Gazda is an authority on neurodegenerative diseases and offers more insight to balancing the "mental" vs "physical" risks in the age of coronavirus and social distancing. We focus on inflammation, auto-immune disease, Alzheimer's, and isolation.
33 minutes | 9 months ago
NeuroCOVID & Alzheimer's. What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
This is a review of the neurological symptoms that are associated with COVID-19. We discuss the implications of COVID-19 on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. We discuss what you can do to protect yourself. This is not medical advice, please ask your healthcare provider before taking action to find out what is right for you. Protection: -N95 mask (or at least a cloth or surgical mask) -Low Inflammatory diet (low in processed foods that come out of a bag or box) -Increased exercise/movement - 20-30 minutes of moderate intensity 4-5 times per week. -Good sleep - 7-9 hours according to your chronotype (biological rhythm) -Managing stress- we outline box breathing technique Supplements that likely offer immune support -Zinc citrate or picolinate or acetate. about 30-60mg. -Quercetin - 1gram twice a day -N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) - 600-900mg by mouth twice a day -Resveratrol - 100-150 mg daily -Curcumin 500-1000mg twice a day -Vitamin D3 -3000-5000 IU per day -Vitamin C - 1000-3000mg daily (can be taken as 1000mg two or three times per day) If you would like information on where and how to obtain high quality supplements, dietary advice, stress management tools please email email@example.com, that is our company. And we can direct you to those resources. If you have questions or comments that you would like us to address please find us on social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org
43 minutes | 10 months ago
Telomerase Therapy for Alzheimer's?
Dr Michael Fossel received his MD and his PhD from Stanford University. He has published numerous articles in both high impact medical journals and popular press. His book The Telomerase Revolution was hailed by the WSJ as one of the five best science books of 2015. In this episode we discuss the promise telomeres and telomerase therapies for Alzheimer's and dementia. Deep dive on epigenetics and the role of glial cells in the process.
51 minutes | a year ago
Light Therapy for Alzheimer's - Part 2 transcranial photobiomodulation
This is the second part of a rich discussion between Anita Saltmarche and Dr Nate Bergman. It features transcranial photobiomodulation (PBM), or shining LED light energy into the brain. Anita has led numerous clinical trials and has over 17 years of experience with this technology. A good discussion about which devices, how much to use, and more information about the VieLight product.
41 minutes | a year ago
Light Therapy for Alzheimer's - Part 1 transcranial photobiomodulation
This is the first part of a rich discussion between Anita Saltmarche and Dr Nate Bergman. It features, transcranial-photobiomodulation (PMB), or shining LED or low level laser light energy into the brain known. Anita has led numerous clinical trials and has over 17 years of experience with a variety of photobiomodulation applications. We talk about near-infrared and red light, the important wavelengths and intensities of over the counter and prescriber only devices. We specifically look at the research around the VieLight product.
41 minutes | a year ago
Light Helmet - One Case of Improvement of Cognitive Impairment
The first of a 3-part series on light therapy (AKA: Photobiomodulation). This is an interesting discussion of light therapy helmet used with a 64 year old woman with significant Alzheimer's type cognitive impairment. With Dr Joe Diduro DC from ProNeurolight.
15 minutes | a year ago
Good News! 3 Cases of Improvement in Alzheimer's and Dementia
This is, Dr Nate Bergman on a solocast chatting about 3 cases of improvement with Alzheimer's and cognitive impairment. We are excited to be part of the changing conversation within the Alzheimer's and Dementia communities. Increasingly, the question isn't so much IF someone will improve, it's more of a question of how much.
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