Understanding Alzheimer’s

Are You Afraid That You Might Be At Risk?

Even if you’ve had one, or more, family members diagnosed with dementia and/or Alzheimers, there are things you can do, starting NOW, to minimize your risk.

Do you want to know more?


The reality of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can be scary for many people. Especially scary if you’ve watched a loved one decline from loss of brain function.

What can be more problematic is that there isn’t ONE cause to Alzheimer’s Disease. There are many system breakdowns that play a role in the loss of healthy brain function.

While this is problematic, Dr Bredesen and his team, figured out a systematic way to determine the different causes of Alzheimer’s and how to address each one of them. We will be using his systematic approach in our office to make sure we determine the right approach for you, or your loved one.

This means that even before you start to show signs and symptoms of cognitive decline, you can be pro-active and make changes NOW that will certainly improve the health of your brain.

Just like Ben Franklin stated … “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”

Click on any blue tab below to see additional information about the signs and symptoms of cognitive decline.

Types Of Alzheimer’s

The cause of Alzheimer’s is not the same for everyone. Several forms have been identified. These forms include:

Type 1 Found with excess inflammation
Type 2 Found with imbalance in hormone levels
Type 1.5 Combination of Type 1 and 2
Type 3 Found with molds and toxins
Type 4 Found with vascular problems
Type 5 Found with traumatic brain injuries

A thorough health history with proper diagnostic testing will help determine if you have any of these causes and a customized program will be created to address your specific challenges.

Optimal Blood Levels

Are you one of the many people that get an annual physical that includes a comprehensive blood test?

Often times you might get a phone call, a few days later, telling you that your lab values are ‘within normal limits’ so you don’t give your blood test a second thought until next year’s physical.

What if I told you that these blood tests might be giving you clues to the health of your brain? Though your lab values might be ‘within normal limits’, that does not mean they are within optimal limits.

The table below highlights the optimal limits. If your numbers aren’t within these ranges, you would want to consider making healthy lifestyle changes NOW to minimize your risk of developing decreased brain function LATER.

Homocysteine less than 7
Vitamin B12 500-1500
Folate 10-25
Vitamin B6 60-100
Fasting Insulin less than 4.5
Fasting Glucose less than 90
Hemoglobin A1c less than 5.6
Vitamin D3 50-80
TSH less than 2.0
Free T3 3.2-4.2
Reverse T3 less than 20
Free T4 1.3-1.8
TPOAb (Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody) less than 25
Estradiol 50-250 pg/ml
Progesterone 1-20 ng/ml
Total Testosterone 500-1000 ng/dl (male)
Free Testosterone 6.5 – 15 ng/dl (male)
Magnesium (RBC) 5.2 – 6.5
Selenium 110-150 ng/ml
Glutathione 800 – 1230
Total Cholesterol 150-200
LDL-p 700-1000
Vitamin E (measured as alpha tocopherol) 12-20
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 20-30 nmol/l
Body Mass Index (BMI) 18-25

Schedule a Cognoscopy Screening

You can have a ‘Cognoscopy’ to look at the health and function of your brain … much like a ‘colonoscopy’ looks at the health of your colon.

What is tested?

A cognoscopy is a term coined by Dr Dale Bredesen and refers to a thorough health screen, recommended to be done at 45 years old.  This screening will assess your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and includes:
  • Blood tests
  • Genetic tests
  • Mental status exams
  • MRI to measure brain volume

We believe strongly in the importance and effectiveness of a strategy used to detect cognitive decline in its earliest stages so that we can work towards preventing its progression.

If you’re interested in enrolling in our services, please:

  • Call us at 1-833-4 1 BRAIN (1-833-412-7246) or

  • Click here to fill out our contact form to discuss your specific case.

Dr Becky Spacke on Alzheimer's and Dementia Prevention

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