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Health Reporter Lorie Johnson: Why Everyone Needs a Cognoscopy

Health Reporter Lorie Johnson: Why Everyone Needs a Cognoscopy Read Transcript

Well, I-- you know, this has been sort of cloaked

in mystery.

Yeah, I've got Alzheimer's, but it's nothing I can do about it.

There's amyloid plaques that are in my brain,

but nothing I can do.

And this Bredesen says, yes, there is something.

It's really fantastic.

I've been a medical reporter here, at CBN, for nine years,

and this may be the most exciting story

I've ever done, because Alzheimer's is such a scourge.

Of course, heart disease and all the other things

are, too, but Alzheimer's is so--

These people, they're living shells.

It's just the most awful thing.


So now, it's wonderful, because people don't have to be afraid

to know if they have the Alzheimer's gene,

or have to be afraid to know if they have early stages

of Alzheimer's.

What's Dr. Bredesen going to tell you to do?

I mean, he says you can identify it.

All those-- I mean, there's a whole bunch of stuff

you've got to learn about, though, isn't it?

Well, it's not that complicated.

You have a cognoscopy.

So we all have--

like, we women, we have our mammograms,

people have their colonoscopies, men have their PSA tests.

Hopefully, this is a test that everybody

gets when they turn age 45.

And if you want to have a cognoscopy,

it kind of measures where you are, as far

as your brain function.

Who does that, and where do you have it performed?

Anybody can do it.

So what Sally did, she's actually

never met Dr. Bredesen.

She had her regular doctor-- and she lives out in the country,

in South Carolina.

She went to her regular doctor, who

coordinated with Dr. Bredesen.

Now, the book, which, by the way, I don't get any of these


But I'm telling you, this is one of the best books I have ever

read, in my life.

The Bible is number one.

This is in the top five.

So this has the list of tests that you need-- the blood test

and the genetic test-- you need for the cognoscopy.

So the list of the cognoscopy things-- also,

there's a website,

He says he knows what causes it.

What causes the stuff?

36 different things.

And see, that's what's so revolutionary about this,

because most people are thinking it's just one thing,

so they develop a medicine that just targets one thing.

And his theory-- and by the way, he's

been working on this for 30 years.

He went to Duke Medical School.

He did his residency at Duke.

Then he went to Caltech.

So he has the pedigree.

He's been studying this for 30 years,

and he came up with 36 different causes.

And I love the analogy of 36 holes in your roof.

If you just fix one, you're still going to have a flood.

So, for example, mold, that's one.


Mold is a toxin.

And see, this is one of the things

that people don't realize, that they

might have been exposed to mold, and it affects your brain.


You're big on sugar prevention.

Is that a major cause of Alzheimer's?

Huge problem.

Huge, enormous.

And also, processed foods, because refined carbohydrates,

like white bread and things like that, our body responds

to them just like sugar.

And some of the other things in processed foods, too,

like those heavily-processed, industrialized, heated oils

are big problems, too.

PAT ROBERTSON: Heated oils--

So diet is a major component.

Heated oil, as in trans fats?

As in trans fat, and some of the omega-6 fats,

like those vegetable oils that you see.

And they might cause Alzheimer's?

Oh, yeah.

There are so many different things that can contribute.

But they looked at the brains of people

who had died of Alzheimer's, and they found bacteria

from things like Lyme disease, periodontal disease,

because if you have bacteria in your mouth,

that travels to your brain.

Periodontal disease is one of the leading

causes of illness in the world.

And a lot of people don't know that.

Just, the gums start to bleed a little bit.

The teeth get a little loose.


And that will go to your brain?

Oh, yes.

And metals, too, toxic metals, like mercury.

We have mercury, sometimes, in our fillings,

but also in fish, the big fish, like swordfish and some

of the tuna.

So there are a whole lot of--

hormone levels, vitamin D, all different types

of things which can contribute.

So you get all this checked out and you see where you are,

and then you can start your protocol.

I'm wondering, what's a quick fix, and there is no quick fix.

You want a pill.

Well, that's why this is a double-edged sword,

to use a term from the Bible.

It cuts both ways.

On one hand, it's wonderful, fantastic news.

And then, on the other hand, it does require a lot

of personal responsibility.

Sally talked about going to her grandchild's birthday party,

and she wanted so badly to have a piece of cake,

and so she did.

And she noticed the cognitive deficiencies, a little bit


So that got her off sugar.

But she's into exercise, and--

Right, and it's not just the Sunday stroll

in the park, which is good.

I encourage that.

But he's talking about getting that heart rate up,

because when you get oxygen into your brain,

that really helps with brain health.

The End of Alzheimer's-- man, this is so important.

It is.

75 million people in America.

75 million-- is that the number?


And, well, right now, there are 5.5 million people who have it.

But there are 75 million people who have the gene--

PAT ROBERTSON: Oh, have the gene.

--who are genetically predisposed, like Sally.

But the thing is, as people--

most people don't want to know if they're predisposed

to Alzheimer's.

How did you find this guy?

I found him--

I think I-- you know me, I'm always doing research.

I don't know.

He came up on my radar screen about six months ago,

and I interviewed him.

And then he said that he was coming out with this book that

explained it all.

And this book was just released last week, on Tuesday.

One of the best books you've ever read.

I love it.

I recommend it so highly for everyone,

because this is great for prevention, too.

You can nip it in the bud.

I have had several friends who've had Alzheimer's.

It is the most tragic, awful thing,

to see these beautiful people, and the light

goes out of their eyes, and suddenly they're

an empty shell.

And this can save-- you can prevent that.

I believe it with all my heart.

And so the book is The End of Alzheimer's.

The website is

And any questions that we haven't answered, today--

PAT ROBERTSON: Have we got it?

Can they get it through us?

I'm not really sure about that.

I know you can get it on some of the major booksellers.

And as I say, Dr. Bredesen has his own website,

So the information is all in there, and also on his website.

And your local doctor and Dr. Bredesen

can team up to get the cognoscopy, and then also

your own personalized protocol.

Will you do a follow up on this for us?

LORIE JOHNSON: I'd love to.


I'd love to.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is so important.

And if you've had a loved one that's got it,

and you see these people, and they get wild, and then

the next thing, they die.

I mean, one after the other, they die.

They can't-- their bodily functions shut down,

and then they die.

It's horrible.

In our Protect Your Brain series, by the way,

you'll find more about these--

what to do about warding off Alzheimer's.

And a DVD can be yours, free of charge.

You just call the number on your screen, or log on to

We've got a free DVD.


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