A few updates on the Bredesen protocol

I’ve been absent from blogging here or on most of my other personal sites this year, due to stress and health issues, but feel like I might be on the comeback! Anyway, until I remember to follow up with whoever it was who offered to help me turn my three blogs into one, I’m posting a few links to a few positive articles on Professor Dale Bredesen’s protocol here.

Some of you will think it is misleading to publish what you may see as ‘false hope’, others will see this as fresh new hope. I’m in the latter of those baskets, and honestly believe it is the ONLY hope on the horizon for most people with either MCI or in the very early progressions of most of the diagnosed dementias. Some hope is better than no hope, which is how I’ve been feeling about research for a cure or as disease modifying drug or drugs for far too long, and also why I’ve fought so hard globally to get a balance in research into risk reduction and care, and not only a cure.

Dr Dave Jenkins

On another note of good news, on July 25(UK>USA)/26 (AU), DAI is hosting its monthly “A Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar with guest speaker, Dr Dave Jenkins, who is a medical doctor accredited in the Bredesen Protocol in Australia and New Zealand.  Keep your eyes open for the announcement, as registrations for this event will be live soon .


Bredesen Protocol

Dr. Dale Bredesen, of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, is a scientist who has been studying Alzheimer’s disease for 30 years and has come up with a way to reverse it in its early stages. His initial protocol involved 25 different interventions which individually don’t make a big difference, but together can provide powerful synergistic benefits.

Each intervention is tweaked over time by using blood tests, body measurements, imaging and similar guides to measure its effect. In his initial paper, nine out of ten patients reversed their memory problems and returned to their former healthy level of functioning. The one who didn’t show improvement was past the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Bredesen has since expanded the protocol and number of patients seen. He is in the process of making it available to the wider public with the help of doctors certified in the protocol through MPI Cognition.

Do follow the link to read the full article, in particular the links to the things you can do at home, that may slow the progression of dementia, or even prevent it

Hope on the horizon

Dr Dale Bredesen says we need to measure our brain-health ­bio­markers in the same way we do cholesterol and blood pressure. His lifestyle programme to reverse memory decline could help revolutionise treatment for dementia, a disease he describes as an “emergency”.

Read the full article and the testimonial here…

The Bredesen Protocol™ Announces Progress in Reversal of Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

The inventor and developer of the original MEND protocol (metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration), Dr. Dale Bredesen, has developed a more advanced and effective protocol, dubbed ReCODE™ for Reversal of Cognitive Decline. The MEND protocol was the first to result in the reversal of cognitive decline in patients with pre-Alzheimer’s conditions and early Alzheimer’s disease, as published in the journal Aging in 2014 by Dr. Bredesen.

“These new features greatly enhance our ability to determine the underlying causes of cognitive decline, and improve the accuracy of information, which helps our trained physicians reverse cognitive decline”

Read the full article on Business Wire here, and a summary here…

And finally, one more article worth reviewing;

Alzheimer’s Disease Amyloid Hypothesis Crumbling

“… At the very least, the amyloid hypothesis should be revisited and revised, in order “to reconcile data from recent drug failures.” There may even be a protective role for amyloid proteins. According to Dale Bredesen, MD, who has designed a multi-pronged diet and lifestyle protocol that has been shown to reverse Alzheimer’s and its precursor, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), in a small but extremely promising study, “The production of the amyloid is a protective response. […] The idea of just getting rid of the amyloid without understanding why it’s there actually makes very little biological sense.” Other researchers agree: they “propose that Aβ is a key regulator of brain homeostasis. During AD, while Aβ accumulation may occur in the long term in parallel with disease progression, it does not contribute to primary pathogenesis. This view predicts that amyloid-centric therapies will continue to fail, and that progress in developing successful alternative therapies for AD will be slow until closer attention is paid to understanding the physiological function of Aβ and its precursor protein.”

24 thoughts on “A few updates on the Bredesen protocol

  1. Hello. I’m a geropsych nurse who is a Bredesen believer but I’m not charging a bunch of money. I agree with many of the comments here, about the high cost of “functional medicine”. Reminds me a little of CrossFit. Anyway, I have a set of lecture notes for anyone that wants it that outlines the very best of the protocol for $15 and $35 if you want a consult over the phone or by email. Thanks.


      1. Thanks for your message. I’m not a consultant for the Bredesen Protocol, so if that’s what you wish to discuss I recommend you go to the MPI Cognition website. Let me know if it’s about another matter. Kind regards, Kate Swaffer


  2. Consider finding a naturopath who will work with you. Or if you have a good md and a good relationship with the md, that doctor might consider working with you. A good friend has one such md and they are figuring it out together. After one year, he is much improved cognitively.


  3. Here is contact information for the Bredesen protocol: https://www.drbredesen.com/participants. You’ll find an email address and phone number there. And here’s a review of Dr. Bredesen’s book, The End of Alzheimer’s, which was published in August 2017: http://www.unconventionalmedicine.net/blog/the-end-of-alzheimers-by-dr-dale-bredesen-a-book-review. He outlines his protocol in this book. If you have a doctor or other healthcare practitioner who is willing to work with you, such as with ordering lab tests, you can go pretty far with this alone. In addition, the ApoE4.Info web site contains a lot of information about the Bredesen protocol. ApoE4 is the gene that carries the highest risk for Alzheimer’s, but it is not required for Alzheimer’s to develop. However, the vast majority of people on this site have one or two copies of ApoE4. If you don’t know your ApoE status, don’t let that stop you from checking out this site. It contains a wealth of information.


    1. Hi Alysson, i have most of this information and his book. In fact i co host a Brain Health for people with dementia following the Protocol. The biggest challenge we’ve had is being able to find the names of trained practitioners, without having to pay for the name, and then the costs of the practitioner!


      1. Kate, what wonderful work you are doing! I worked with Dr. Bredesen’s protocol through Muses Labs for two rounds. I have two copies of the Alzheimer’s gene and was experiencing some cognitive issues. I left Muses Labs about the same time Dr. Bredesen did, but my intention was to address root causes like thyroid dysfunction, gut dysbiosis, etc. I recently learned I have Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) due to mold. This is a major driver for Alzheimer’s, as you likely know, so I’m focusing on addressing that, while continuing my protocol. My primary care provider is open to ordering tests I request and very supportive. I recently had an MRI with NeuroQuant to get a baseline (my hippocampus is in great shape, fortunately).

        I understand what you mean about paying for the names of MPI Cognition-trained ReCode practitioners and then paying for the costs of these practitioners. It’s onerous. After I learned that a practitioner was working in a nearby town (about 40 minutes from where I live), I asked what kinds of degrees practitioners have. I might be willing to pay MPI Cognition’s monthly costs for an MD or DO, but perhaps not for a health coach. Nothing against health coaches, but they can’t order lab tests. I was told that the practitioner near me is a DO. Through online searches, I was able to determine precisely who that DO is. Frankly, I’d like to have an appointment or two with a doctor before agreeing to a yearlong commitment. My hope is that costs will come down as more practitioners are trained in the Bredesen protocol.

        The ApoE4.Info non-profit recently started a forum thread on Practitioner Reviews. So far, the list is short.



      2. This nailed it: “I understand what you mean about paying for the names of MPI Cognition-trained ReCode practitioners and then paying for the costs of these practitioners.” Many i know with dementia are struggling to pay their bills, including the basics! We will keep advocating for this to change.


      1. Yes, I know! I’ve been in contact a few times about it, as feel it’s unrealistic and unfair to the very cohort this Protocol is meant to help. Not much luck my end… but I could not afford the fee, and then the cost of a practitioner, tests and supplements. It’s actually been very disappointing for me, as I was so hopeful.


  4. Thanks for this Kate. I never think it is too late to try to reclaim aspects of cognitive decline as you will see from my Blog. Despite Maureen’s diagnosis being moderate to severe dementia we are still leaving ‘Prescribed Disengagement’ where it belongs: in the bin!

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