"MIND" Study to Improve Function in Alzheimer's & Dementia
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Do you or a loved one have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease or other form of Dementia from a neurologist? Dr. Teitelbaum is conducting a study to improve brain function in people with these illnesses and needs volunteers.
Many factors increase the risk of developing dementia as well as the progression of the illness. Unfortunately, conventional medicine does not address these factors.
Dr. Teitelbaum’s pilot study takes a comprehensive approach by identifying and addressing underlying issues that we know contribute to these illnesses and in turn, optimizing brain function.
This six month study will allow participants to undergo a thorough, extensive assessment as well as a widespread treatment plan. As the principal investigator, Dr. Teitelbaum will manage and follow each participant’s care throughout the duration of the study.
Study participants must:
- Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of Dementia from a neurologist.
- Live with a full time caregiver.
- Be able to walk independently (even with assistance)
For more information about participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our study coordinator, Denise Haire, at 410-658-3832 (leave a message and she will call you back).
Alzheimer's & Dementia Study Description
To Improve Function in Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Dementia is a devastating condition affecting upwards of 10,000,000 Americans, with approximately 5 million having Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Dementia can be triggered by numerous causes including Alzheimer’s, multi infarct dementia, and nutritional deficiencies. Treatment currently is geared towards giving 2 modestly helpful medications, Aricept and Namenda. Numerous studies show that many factors increase the risk of developing dementia, and there is no reason to believe those factors stop contributing to progression and impairment once the dementia occurs. Unfortunately, these factors are largely not addressed in treating these conditions.
Let’s Begin with an Important Concept
In most organs, such as the kidney and lungs, over 50% of function can be lost without much clinical effect. As the damage increases however, eventually small changes in function can have dramatic clinical implications. Likely, this also occurs in dementia, which is why some days the person may function quite well and other days they may not remember their children. It is suspected that fluctuations may occur for a number of reasons, as many factors affect brain function.
This leads to a common sense hypothesis: A simple yet comprehensive program aimed at optimizing brain function may increase the person’s ability to function in dementia. This may be done by optimizing factors shown to impact the likelihood of developing dementia (e.g., thyroid and other hormone levels, nutritional factors, treating infections) as well as incorporating low-cost and benign treatments that have clinically been shown to be helpful, but do not get much attention because they are low cost.
Restore Cognitive Clarity With the MIND Protocol
So let’s go back to how we can improve cognitive function 5-10%, which can improve function considerably, and sometimes even make the Dementia go away. Begin with a good overall physical. Remarkably, even in teaching hospitals only half of those with dementia had received the basic recommended evaluation. So we begin with a thorough history and lab exam.
Here is a simple acronym to focus your evaluation and treatment:
Optimize thyroid and testosterone function.
In 2004, investigators at Wayne State University examined testosterone levels in men enrolled in a larger aging study. They found that every 50% increase in free testosterone in the bloodstream was associated with a 26% decrease in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Men who went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease had about half the free testosterone in their bloodstreams as men who did not. Thyroid is also critical. In the Framingham study, women in the lowest and highest third of serum TSH (thyroid test) concentrations had more than twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Does your mind feel fuzzy when you have an infection? We ignore “asymptomatic” bladder infections at the person’s peril! In addition, Candida is a common cause of post nasal drip and constant throat clearing as well as increased gas. Consider the expression “old fart” may in part come from Candida! Sinusitis also needs to be treated.
The typical American diet is just as bad for your brain and memory as it is for your heart, leading to cell-damaging inflammation throughout the body, including the brain. Good brain function relies on the right nutritional support. We’ll start by introducing a high potency vitamin powder along with other key nutrients.
We will spend the needed time and get people off of any unnecessary medications. If most people were on the dozen medications that many of the elderly are, they’d likely get arrested for DWI! Very often, many of these are no longer needed, and the benefits of stopping any unnecessary meds can be dramatic.
- Improve cognitive function for study participants
- Improve functional abilities of study participants (daily tasks)
- Slow down progression of the illness and additional loss of function
- Identify patients with cognitive dysfunction who have been incorrectly diagnosed with Dementia
- Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia by a neurologist
- Study participant needs to be ambulatory (even with assistance is okay)
- A relative or representative who lives with the study participant and will help administer treatments and participate in appointments
We think we can help you and others with dementia markedly improve cognitive function. We look forward to helping you and your loved one, while also offering help and hope to millions of others!
Love & Blessings,
Jacob Teitelbaum MD
More Info From Jacob on Alzheimers
Dr. T Discusses Alzheimer's and Dementia Treatment (podcast interview with Dr. T)
Alzheimer's and Senility Are Reversible (blog post by Dr. T)