Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Common questions about working with the Amos Institute.

Yes. The Amos Institute does not provide medical care or treatment. We work directly with your current doctor to help you obtain the blood tests, genetic testing and diagnostic studies needed to obtain your ReCODE report from AHNP Precision Health. Then we will use the information obtained from the tests and ReCODE report to develop and help you implement a personalized program specific to your needs based on the most current science surrounding the protocol. If you or your physician would like, we can also refer you to a neurologist with a specialty in implementation of the Bredesen Protocol and treatment of Alzheimer’s patients on the Protocol. The Amos Institute can also at your request provide feedback to your doctor so that your entire support team can help you achieve maximum cognitive restoration.
There is not one way to treat Alzheimer's. In fact, most people are not aware that there are different types of Alzheimer's. One of the unique aspects of the Bredesen Protocol is that it addresses the underlying etiologies of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Bredesen has identified 36 different contributors for Alzheimer's disease. Our goal is to determine which of these contributors have caused the disease in each individual patient and address them accordingly. Because patient's contributors vary, the treatment plan varies to some degree as well.
ApoE is a gene and there are three different alleles or variants of that gene: ApoE2, ApoE3, and ApoE4. Every person is born with two copies of ApoE, one from each parent. There are many factors that contribute to why some people get Alzheimer’s disease, but one of the most important genetic factors are your ApoE alleles. So for example, a person may have one copy of ApoE 2 and one copy of ApoE3, and we would classify that person as having ApoE2/3. According to the most current research, ApoE2 is the rarest and seems to carry the least risk for Alzheimer's. ApoE3 seems to carry neutral risk. According to a large body of evidence, ApoE4 carries a very high risk for Alzheimer's and is the strongest known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

75 million Americans have one copy of ApoE4 and 7 million Americans have two copies of ApoE4. Here are your chances of getting the disease if you take no steps to improve your cognitive health:

  • With 0 copies of ApoE4 your chance of getting the disease is still about 9%.
  • With 1 copy of ApoE4 your chance of getting the disease is about 30%.
  • With 2 copies of ApoE4 your chances of getting the disease is as high as 90%.
The good news is that with all of these scenarios your odds of preventing the disease can be dramatically improved with implementation of the Bredesen Protocol. Individuals on this protocol who have 2 copies of ApoE4 and developed the disease have been able to reverse the disease by using the protocol and are now back to living healthy lives. The key is early intervention and beginning a healthy lifestyle.

Learning your genetic risk can be scary, but we walk you through this process during your program. We believe that genetic risk is something every person should know so they can take steps early in life to make sure they do not get the disease. If your parent has Alzheimer’s, we recommend you obtain your ApoE score to see what steps you should take now to make sure you do not develop the disease.
Not necessarily. If one or both of your parents had a copy of ApoE4 that they passed on to you, your genetic risk is elevated. We would determine this through a genetic test when running your ReCODE report.

However, your genetics do not determine what will happen to you and your health. We can influence our genes through our lifestyle choices. This is why at the Amos Institute, we take an aggressive and proactive approach to treating Alzheimer's disease. We pull out all the stops, ensuring that you are doing absolutely everything possible to bring out the best of your genetics to reverse your disease.
Yes. The fact is, there is an insurmountable amount of misguided nutrition information in the public forum. "Eating healthy" is unfortunately not as simple as it sounds. Everyday on the news there is a story about a food (be it coffee, soy, animal protein, etc.) and it seems that while one day they report on a study finding the benefits of eating a certain food, just the next week they report of the detriments of the very same food. Beyond the misinformation issue, our food supply is laden with hidden toxicants, many of which are not even listed on nutrition labels.

At the Amos Institute, we specialize in a nutrition program that is designed for reversing chronic disease. To carry out what seems to many as an impossible task, we take this idea of 'healthy eating' to a whole new level. For nearly all of our clients, including those that formerly considered themselves healthy eaters, the nutrition portion of our program is rigorous and challenging.
Yes. Alzheimer’s is a terrifying disease and feeling worried about one day getting the disease is normal. The good news is that even with strong genetic predisposition, you can help prevent the disease in you and your family by following our program. The concept behind how this works is called ‘epigenetics’ in the science community. Through factors like diet, exercise, stress, and sleep, we all have the ability to turn on and off various genes in our body's genome, whether in a favorable or unfavorable way through a process called methylation. With our program, we are using methylation in a favorable way, by signaling to our body to turn on genes that will help prevent cognitive decline and turn off genes that contribute to it.
We are not affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association. Unfortunately, the Alzheimer’s Association continues to promote the myth that there is no treatment available to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The published results of the Bredesen Protocol demonstrate that Alzheimer's can be prevented, stopped, and reversed. We believe that the financial incentives to the big pharmaceutical companies from promoting drugs to Alzheimer’s patients has influenced many such organizations that claim to help the Alzheimer's cause (even though it is well documented that these drugs provide no hope for regaining cognition).
The Amos Institute assists people with the implementation of the Bredesen Protocol all across the country. Our yearlong video curriculum is sent to you by email and your one-on-one video conferences with the dietitian can be done in the convenience of your home over the internet via video conferencing or if you prefer they can be done over the telephone. Our office is located in Los Angeles within the Original Farmers Market next to The Grove.

6333 W. 3rd Street Suite 175-J
Los Angeles, California 90036
No. The fees of the Amos Institute are not covered by insurance. It is our hope that our lobbying efforts will one day change this. Unfortunately, at the current time our healthcare system places strong restrictions on the type of care you can receive. The specialized program offered by the Amos Institute does not currently fit into the tight restrictions of our healthcare system. Depending on your health insurance plan, some of the testing necessary to obtain your ReCODE report may be covered by insurance.
No, we have clients all over the United States as well as in other countries. Even some of our clients who are in Los Angeles elect to have some or all of their dietitian consultations over the internet so they can be in the comfort of their own home. This also helps to prevent any stress that may be caused by a long drive or driving in traffic.

The Bredesen Protocol

Questions about the Bredesen Protocol, the first program in the world shown to prevent and reverse cognitive decline.

The actual patients referred to in Dr. Bredesen’s studies speak for themselves. As an example, one patient had two years of progressive memory loss. She was considering quitting her job which involved analyzing data and writing reports, she got disoriented driving and mixed up the names of her pets. A second patient kept forgetting once familiar faces at work, forgot his gym locker combination, and had to have his assistants constantly remind him of his work schedule. A third patient’s memory was so bad she used an iPad to record everything, then forgot her password. Her children noticed she commonly lost her train of thought in mid-sentence, and often asked them if they had carried out the tasks that she mistakenly thought she had asked them to do. All of these patients reversed their cognitive loss using the Bredesen Protocol. Since the release of this groundbreaking program there are now hundreds who are achieving similar results.

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Alzheimer’s is a devastating and very complex disease. In fact, Alzheimer’s is not just a brain disease but is more precisely a systemic, metabolic problem with brain manifestations. As a result, the fight against Alzheimer’s disease is also a complex battle. Following the Bredesen Protocol takes time, great dedication and patience, but it can also give you the highest quality and enjoyment of life ever experienced. That said, the protocol requires you to make many significant lifestyle changes in eating, exercise, stress management and sleep. The Amos Institute is the only organization in the country that specializes in assisting people who are serious about winning the battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Our intense and personalized curriculum will give you every tool you need and will provide you with the information, resources and motivation you need to succeed and take your life back.
Dr. Bredesen says the most important thing you can do is get your biochemistry and genetics measured so you know where you stand, because then you’ll know what to address. It will pinpoint if you have developed or are at risk for Type 1, 1.5, 2 or 3 Alzheimer’s. It will tell you if you have altered intestinal permeability or other mechanisms of inflammation. These tests are critical to determine what is driving your specific underlying process. The sooner you are tested, the sooner you will know the particular areas that can be addressed and lead to your cognitive recovery. The first step that the Amos Institute will assist you with is obtaining your personal ReCODE report.