“The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s”: What’s in the New Book by Dr. Dale Bredesen

by Amylee Amos MS, RDN, IFMCPNews
Cover of the book "The First Survivors of Alzheimer's"

This week Dr. Dale Bredesen’s third book, “The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s”, goes on sale. Bredesen’s first two books, “The End of Alzheimer’s” and “The End of Alzheimer’s Program” were received with high acclaim. These first two books outline his research and clinical work, highlighting that Alzheimer’s disease is a treatable and preventable condition. “The End of Alzheimer’s,” which was published in 2017, discusses the science behind this profound statement, from Bredesen’s work in the lab studying “mouzheimer’s” (a colloquialism for Alzheimer’s when studied in the mouse model) and “Alzflymer’s” (the same when studied in the fruit fly model), to the learnings from many failed clinical trials of Alzheimer’s drugs. In the first book he outlined for the first time (outside of scientific journals) the various subtypes of Alzheimer’s and the basic steps that should be taken to treat each one. In “The End of Alzheimer’s Program,” published in 2020, Bredesen elaborates on his original message with more details as to how to implement the protocol with an in-depth description of the diet and lifestyle recommendations. 

“The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s” takes a very different approach than his previous two books, and instead highlights the stories of seven individuals who had Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment and have not just survived, but thrived following the Bredesen Protocol. Each of the seven survivors tell their story in their own words. The result is a beautiful and heart-wrenching message of hope. Each of these people faced what one could easily argue is the most devastating diagnosis one can receive. They were all presented with the conventional medicine “wisdom” that there is nothing that can be done to prevent, stop, or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet fortunately, they refused to accept that answer, looked far and wide for an alternative solution, and found the Bredesen Protocol. Their improvements, which are clearly laid out in each story, are remarkable. Each of these survivors explain what led them to their diagnosis, including the symptoms they experienced, how they found the Bredesen Protocol, the steps they took to follow the protocol, challenges they faced, and the state of their cognition and lives today. 

The series of anecdotes start with Patient Zero, Kristin, the first person to ever follow the Bredesen Protocol. She begins her story by sharing an entry from her own personal journal, which she wrote prior to finding the Bredesen Protocol. In the journal entry, she writes about how she has collected and organized her sleeping pills and how she hopes that when the time comes, she will have the courage to take them and end her life before forgetting how to do so. The passage is enough to send chills down your spine. Fortunately, her story ends with a woman who is in exceptional physical and cognitive health. Not only was Kristin able to return to work, but she got her life back. 

This is the book to read for anyone who is in the early stages of cognitive decline, who wonders if there is life beyond the despair that they are currently feeling. This book is for the person who has watched a family member suffer and die from Alzheimer’s disease, and dreads ever putting their own family through the same heartache. This is a book of undeniable hope. 

Reading this new book of Dr. Bredesen’s is exciting and inspiring. If you’re new to the Bredesen Protocol and have not yet read any of his three books, I recommend starting with reading this newest publication: “The First Survivors of Alzheimer’s.” I believe that this book is helpful for those who have feelings of skepticism surrounding the Bredesen Protocol. Reading the in-depth success stories is a great way to get excited and get started. From there, I recommend reading his second book, “The End of Alzheimer’s Program”, for more of a how-to as you get started with implementing the protocol yourself. Finally I would finish with “The End of Alzheimer’s” for the science background. 

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is a wonderful way to inspire yourself to get started with the Bredesen Protocol. As all of the survivors highlighted in the publication point out, following the Bredesen Protocol is exceptionally challenging. You need to have a team behind you. At the Amos Institute, we are your team. We exclusively work with people following this protocol and are ready to help you every step of the way. Our Cognitive Health Program is affordable and comprehensive. Sign up today to get started on your journey to brain health and Alzheimer’s prevention!