What is the Bredesen Protocol?

The current approach to Alzheimer’s disease has failed. Researchers and drug companies have spent billions of dollars looking for a single drug that will cure Alzheimer’s disease, and yet all of the drugs have failed in their clinical trials, and not one pharmaceutical or drug in existence can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, or reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

The reason for the pharmaceutical failures is that they fail to address the root cause of Alzheimer’s. They seek to find a simple monotherapy for a disease that is very complex and multifaceted. A search for a monotherapeutic treatment is simply outdated and follows the archaic 20th century medicine philosophy of ‘a single pill for every ill. That approach will simply not treat the chronic diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The Bredesen Protocol, developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen MD, involves a functional approach to the treatment of Alzhimer’s disease. This means that it addresses the root cause of the disease, rather than simply masking the symptoms. It looks at each person as a whole and identifies their individual metabolic imbalances which have led to a programmed downsizing of their cognitive system. It utilizes multiple personalized strategies to improve cognition and reverse the cognitive decline of SCI (subjective cognitive impairment), MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and early Alzheimer’s disease.

At the Amos Institute, we specialize in helping people implement the Bredesen Protocol. It’s all we do, and we believe there is no better support system for the Bredesen Protocol than ours. We have worked closely with Dr. Bredesen and are always up on the latest science and innovations. On our 6-month course, we take you through each part of the Protocol and how you can implement it in your life. In each week of our curriculum we address a new topic, which allows you the opportunity to fully implement the interventions over time. Your Amos Institute dietitian will help you individualize the Protocol to meet your unique needs and to specifically address your metabolic imbalances. We use our years of expertise in this Protocol and in this field to provide you with all of the information, strategies, and resources that will help you achieve success.

The Bredesen Protocol uses a complex therapeutic approach that involves comprehensive changes in nutrition, targeted supplementation, sleep hygiene optimization, stress management, physical exercise and brain training, and related modalities. It is tailored to meet the needs of each individual, as the root causes of Alzheimer’s disease vary from person to person. The Bredesen Protocol is designed specifically to help people optimize their metabolism and exploit our knowledge of their personal genetic variants in order to enhance their cognition. It is a rigorous program that requires many significant lifestyle changes. An outline and history of the Bredesen Protocol is set forth in a book published by Dr. Bredesen entitled “The End of Alzheimer’s”.

To fully and properly follow the Bredesen Protocol is extremely difficult. It requires full compliance to many major lifestyle changes. Habits that have been developed over the course of a lifetime often need to be altered, and that change can be very challenging and frustrating. The requirements are often time consuming and labor intensive. While much can be learned about the basics of the Protocol in Dr. Bredesen’s book, “The End of Alzheimer’s”, most people have their best outcome when working with a physician and a dietitian who is trained in both functional medicine and Bredesen Protocol.

The results of the Bredesen Protocol are incredibly hopeful. Countless individuals have shown tremendous improvement, documented using both subjective and objective measures. In 2018 the Amos Institute published alongside Dale Bredesen and practitioners from fifteen clinical sites documenting the reversal of cognitive decline in 100 patients. This publication was the first of its kind and demonstrates that the results of the Protocol are not rare; rather, they are highly achievable and reproducible in a number of clinical sites, including the Amos Institute. Many people ask for a success rate of the Bredesen Protocol. At this point, there is no clear success rate as the treatment modalities are multifaceted, which makes tracking compliance difficult. Additionally, reversal of symptoms takes time, and the exact length of time to recover varies from person to person. What we do know, is that the Protocol works best when used in individuals in the earliest stages of cognitive decline. It is also, thus far, extremely effective when used for prevention in susceptible individuals.

There are many clinics, coaches and practitioners out there who claim to be knowledgeable in the Bredesen Protocol. At the Amos Institute, we are experts. We do not have a general practice, because we are specialists in the Bredesen Protocol. And we believe very strongly in the power and importance of you being in control of your program and having all the time and support you need to be successful. That is why we offer our services and our curriculum online so that you can learn how to do the Bredesen Protocol in the comfort of your own home. We believe there is no benefit, and in fact that it can be counter productive, for you to have to drive to a practitioners office, fight traffic, find parking, and endure all the stress and hassle of going to a brick and mortar office. We deliver our curriculum directly to your email inbox each week where you can watch and study it at your own pace and as many times as you need. Our dietitians also meet with you online via video conference so you can enjoy each of your consultations from the comfort and privacy of your own home.