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Can I Really Reverse my Alzheimer's and Cognition Problems? with Robert Hedaya MD

Evolving Past Alzheimer's

Release Date: 02/19/2018

Light Therapy for Alzheimer's - Part 2 transcranial photobiomodulation show art Light Therapy for Alzheimer's - Part 2 transcranial photobiomodulation

Evolving Past Alzheimer's

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.  

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Light Therapy for Alzheimer's - Part 1 transcranial photobiomodulation show art Light Therapy for Alzheimer's - Part 1 transcranial photobiomodulation

Evolving Past Alzheimer's

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. 

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Evolving Past Alzheimer's

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.  

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Good News! 3 Cases of Improvement in Alzheimer's and Dementia show art Good News! 3 Cases of Improvement in Alzheimer's and Dementia

Evolving Past Alzheimer's

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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Individualized Alzheimer's Prevention is (Just Now) Evidence Based with Richard Isaacson (Part 2) show art Individualized Alzheimer's Prevention is (Just Now) Evidence Based with Richard Isaacson (Part 2)

Evolving Past Alzheimer's

In this episode we discuss Richard's idea around how mitochondria might be a root-cause for Alzheimer's disease. We talk about different "personalities" of early Alzheimer's.

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Evolving Past Alzheimer's

This is a great episode where we discuss a first-of-its-kind (prospective design) paper showing that early interventions work to prevent Alzheimer's and treat early symptoms. An episode not to be missed. A deep discussion of the research and some of the controversies surrounding Alzheimer's research.

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Evolving Past Alzheimer's

In this episode we explain non-invasive electrical stimulation.

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Evolving Past Alzheimer's

Deep conversation on brain health coaching and finding your edge.

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Evolving Past Alzheimer's

Dr McEwen explains her study of exercising older adults with cognitive decline.  The discussion to turns to how Dr McEwen ties together all the various indicators she is researching into her CogFit exercise program. Fascinating listen!

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Evolving Past Alzheimer's

We're back on track...here's a really helpful discussion covering why neuropsychological testing is important if you are dealing with memory loss, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's, Traumatic Brain Injury, and even problems with mood (such as anxiety and depression).  

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Robert Hedaya, MD, has been at the cutting edge of medical practice, psychiatry and psychopharmacology since 1979, and has been practicing Functional Medicine since 1996. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Author of three books (Understanding Biological Psychiatry, The Antidepressant Survival Guide, and Depression: Advancing the Treatment Paradigm), and the founder of the National Center for Whole Psychiatry in the Washington DC area. He has been on national media (20/20, 60 minutes, the New York Times, Washington Post etc.) on many occasions and is a frequent, nationally and internationally recognized speaker.

This is a great episode to get the low-down on just who's, what's, and how's of Alzheimer's and Cognitive Impairment programs. We discuss over-hyped and over sensationalized results you may be hearing about in the news and the internet and what you can really expect when you embark on a "reversal" program. Dr Hedaya has seen success applying a Bredesen-style approach to: Subjective Cognitive Impairment, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and early stages of Alzheimer's.

Dr Hedaya explains the difference in his approach to traditional psychological conditions, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's. Bob recounts a recent encounter he had at an academic conference where he challenged the current paradigm. We talk about how this approach is generally received by the medical community —because (like Semmelweis) it is often unfamiliar,uncomfortable, and inconvenient for the medical establishment in its current iteration.

We discuss our feelings about the realistic applications and limitations of applying "Alzheimer's reversal" programs. We cover who might be the best candidate to succeed on these programs.

Bob explains his understanding of the systems biology approach of Functional Medicine and how it applies to his work in cognitive impairment and mood disorders.

30-50% of people with depression with develop Cognitive impairment.

We discuss the personal commitments in terms of time and energy someone has to make to become succeed with this kind of program and Dr Hedaya outlines his the first case he handled where someone with cognitive impairment improved.

Dr Hedaya's basic panel to help with determine risk:

  • Complete Blood Count
  • Homocysteine
  • Fasting Cholesterol Panel
  • Fasting insulin (goal ~3-4)
  • Avoid head trauma
  • Check thyroid function (goal TSH ~1.4) as well as checking free T3 free T4
  • Estrogen and progesterone (in some women)
  • Zinc (RBC) and Copper (16:1)
  • Inflammatory markers like high sensitivity CRP

Overall he recommends a Mediterranean style diet as the best diet in general.