In the December 2018 issue of Discover magazine I read an article about a man who claims that Alzheimer's disease can be reversed through a protocol of intensive diet, and exercise. The man's name is Dale Bredesen. He is a professor of neurology at UCLA.
He has a protocol that is designed as a comprehensive personalized program that aims to reverse the biological causes of cognitive decline and early Alzheimer's disease. Basically, he gives them a whole bunch of tests, and then designs a completely different lifestyle for each of his patients based upon the outcome of the tests. He says that when he puts his patients on these protocols their symptoms greatly improve, and sometimes disappear altogether.
The protocol includes getting at least eight hours of sleep, fasting at least 12 hours a day; patients usually don't eat anything after 7 PM until the next morning.
Aerobic exercise for 30 minutes to 60 minutes at least five times a week.
Frequent yoga and meditation sessions.
Brain training exercises for 30 minutes three times a week.
Eating mostly fruits and vegetables.
Cutting out high mercury fish from the diet which includes tuna, shark, and swordfish.
Drinking plenty of water.
Eliminating gluten and sugars. Cutting out simple carbs, like bread, cookies, and candy.
The article also mentions that he puts his patients on supplements, but it doesn't state what the supplements are.
Do you think it's possible that such a protocol could reduce, or eliminate the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? The article mentions a couple other top doctors in the field who feel that there is enough anecdotal evidence that the possibility deserves serious study. What do you think? Do you think this guy might be onto something, or is he offering false hope?