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New Alzheimer's Treatment, Prevention Shows Impressive Results

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Alzheimer's, just the word is terrifying.

This dreaded disease not only steals memories.

It's also America's third leading cause of death.

But one doctor has found a way to successfully fight back.

Our Lorie Johnson visited one of his patients,

whose Alzheimer's symptoms have actually been reversed.

LORIE JOHNSON: These days, 69-year-old Sally Weinrich

smiles almost all the time, ever since her Alzheimer's symptoms

reversed.

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: Her husband Martin, equally overjoyed.

She has come back.

LORIE JOHNSON: 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: 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. Branson

says there are 36 causes of Alzheimer's, which

must all be addressed.

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: 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 of hopelessness,

a wish to die and not want to live because I as a nurse,

I've cared for Alzheimer's patients,

and I 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: Martin, a scientific researcher,

scoured the internet for help.

He found Dr. Bredesen 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: Sally got what Dr. Bresson calls

a cognoscopy--

blood work, 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: 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: 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 were 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: 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: 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 pocketbook

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,

Dr. Bredesen says people who have

been on the program for five years now

are still mentally fit.

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.

Lori's here with me right now.

Lori, you know, the suspense is sort of cloaked in mystery.

You have got Alzheimer's, but there's

nothing I could do about it.

There's amyloid plaques.

They're in my brain, but nothing I can do.

And this Bedesen says yes, there is something.

It's really fantastic.

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

PAT ROBERTSON: Yeah.

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 awful.

And 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?

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 perform--

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 proceeds, but I'm telling you,

this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life.

The Bible's number one.

This is in the top five.

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

and the genetic tests you need for the cognoscopy.

So the list of cognoscopy things.

Also, there's a website, drbredesen.com.

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?

Right.

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.

PAT ROBERTSON: Huge?

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 their gums start to bleed a little bit,

their teeth get a little loose.

Right.

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 one who wants 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

later.

So that got her off sugar.

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?

Mhmm.

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

But there are 75 million people who have the gene.

PAT ROBERTSON: Who have the gene.

Who are genetically predisposed like Sally.

But the thing is most people don't want to know

if they're predisposed to Alzheimer's.

How'd you find this guy?

I found him--

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 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 say you can prevent that.

I believe it with all my heart.

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

The website is drbredesen.com.

And any questions that we have an answer today--

Have we got it?

Can they get it through us, the book?

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,

drbredesen.com.

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?

I'd love to.

PAT ROBERTSON: Please, OK?

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 the next thing, they die.

I mean, one after the other, they die.

Their bodily functions shut down and then they die.

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