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New Alzheimer's Treatment, Prevention Shows Impressive Results

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LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): These days

69-year-old Sally Weinrich smiles almost all the time,

ever since her Alzheimer's symptoms reversed.

SALLY WEINRICH: Life is good.

I like being able to remember, to connect the dots,

because I've experienced the absence of thinking.

And that is scary.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Her husband, Martin?

Equally overjoyed.

She has come back.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Sally's not alone.

Hundreds of patients with mild to moderate cognitive

impairment experience never before

seen improvements thanks to a revolutionary treatment

developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen.

Alzheimer's disease is no longer a mystery.

You don't have to say, "We don't know why you get it.

We don't know what to do about it."

We do know why you get it.

We do know what to do about it.

And we know how to prevent it.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): After 30 years of research,

Dr. Bredesen is sharing his treatment

in the new book "The End of Alzheimer's",

as well as in medical journals.

Just like a roof with 36 holes can only

work when all 36 are repaired, Dr. Bredesen

says there are 36 causes of Alzheimer's, which

must all be addressed.

If there are specific exposures,

you want to get rid of those.

If there are specific nutritional changes,

you want to address those.

If there are hormonal changes, you want to address those.

If there are inflammatory changes.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Sally and Martin sensed trouble

when she began forgetting things,

like her grandchildren's names and her purse at the grocery.

A test confirmed early stages of Alzheimer's.

It was a total sense of hopelessness.

A wish to die, and not want to live.

Because as a nurse, I've cared for Alzheimer's patients,

and also have had family members, who I love dearly,

who've had advanced Alzheimer's, and who

died from Alzheimer's in fact.

So of course I was scared.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Martin,

a scientific researcher, scoured the internet for help.

He found Dr. Bredesen's protocol,

and got Sally on board.

You don't want to wait until it's very late in the game.

The earlier the better, and the more likely you're

going to see dramatic improvements.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Sally got

what Dr. Bredesen calls a cognoscopy, bloodwork,

genetic tests, and more to identify where she was when it

came to Alzheimer's 36 causes.

All of us should have a cognoscopy

when we get to 45 or more, just as we get

a colonoscopy when we're 50.

Everybody knows that.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Sally's results pinpointed

specific areas of concern.

Each person's program is different.

So we developed a computerized algorithm,

so that you can look at all the different contributors

for each person, identify.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): The next step for Sally?

Tailor-made treatment that zeros in

on where she needs improvement.

In her case, that meant certain medicines,

vitamins, and supplements.

More sleep, less stress.

And the first thing I started doing was spending--

because Dr. Bredesen talks about decreasing stress--

was spending 30 minutes each morning praying.

I immediately saw improvement in what I could recall.

Next thing I did was increase my exercise.

I immediately saw improvement in my thinking.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Sally eats a mildly ketogenic diet

as part of her treatment.

That means no sugar and very few other carbohydrates.

When I am ketogenic, my brain thinks clearer

than when I'm not ketogenic.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Sally eliminated exposure

to certain toxins, like mold and pesticides, addressed

hidden infections in her body, and much more.

I have not gone to town and forgotten my pocket book

since I've started this program.

Hallelujah!

Because I need my credit card.

It takes, typically, three to six months.

But we see unprecedented improvements in their scores,

in their ability to go back to work,

interact with their families, increases

in their hippocampal volumes, things like that.

When it comes to sustainability,

Doctor Bredesen says people who have

been on the program for five years now

are still mentally fit.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): So while genetics

mean an estimated 75 million Americans are

predisposed to Alzheimer's, like Sally Weinrich,

Dr. Dale Bredesen says they no longer

have to fear being tested, because now there's

something they can do about it.

The fear is pretty much gone.

The doubt is pretty much gone.

And that's the real Sally.

That's who God and Dale Bredesen have given back to me.

LORIE JOHNSON (VOICEOVER): Lorie Johnson, CBN News.

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