Ok, so anyone who follows me here, or indeed my other blog, will know I’ve been a strong believer of the Bredesen Protocol.
A few weeks ago, I was inspired to see this Protocol differently. In particular, the fact that MPI Cognition refuses to make their list of trained practitioners public is what is making me question.
It has also ensures I am a little bit cross!
If we have to pay for a one year subscription ($75/monty) to gain the name of a practitioner in our area, then still pay the trained practitioner, as well as fund the various tests and supplements, then it becomes totally unaffordable. It is therefore unreachable for those people diagnosed with MCI or dementia who are trying to reverse or slow the progression.
When I complained to them, MPI Cognition did at least give me the names of trained practitioners based in or near Adelaide, but I’m still waiting on a reply to my last email to them as Chair of DAI…
Is it a scam? Many will tell you it is.
Does it really reverse early stage Alzheimer’s Disease and MCI? Their research says it does in some cases.
But I question, is it only doing so, because not all people diagnosed with MCI will go on to develop dementia anyway? It also appears there has been a reclassification of MCI, so people in the trials may not have had an early Alzheimer’s type dementia.
Furthermore, clearly, following this or a self managed version of this protocol will mean that we will feel healthier and happier anyway. Eating better quality food and exercising and sleeping more definitely improves our overall health and well being. That’s been proven time and time again, for all sorts of diseases and health problems.
DAI also provides many of us with a new ‘lease of life’ that may in fact, be part of why some members ‘feel much better’. Perhaps rather than only the protocol, it’s as much about the engagement, meaning and feeling truly valued again that returns after joining a DAI peer-to-peer support group or getting involved in our many activities, that has made the biggest difference.
As always, there are so many things to consider or reconsider, and so much more to research!
So for now, whilst I still have belief in the Bredesen protocol, I will not be subscribing to them for a year.
But I will definitely be maintaining the self prescribed program I have been following for almost 8 years, that seems to have worked quite well in slowing things down for me. It has reduced my ‘suffering’, and it has increased my well being; my clinical tests and imaging last year also show it has slowed things down in some of the cognitive domains.
There are so many things I will continue to to question. These are just a few of them!