A small study revealed that reversing memory loss and maintaining improvement is objectively possible for people with degenerative brain disease, and it’s the first to do so, according to Science Daily. The treatment used is known as metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration (MEND). It comprises 36 facets, including modifications in diet, exercise, and sleeping. Study participants also were given medication and brain stimulation therapy.
Researchers at the Buck Institute reported that all 10 study participants experienced improvements in memory and cognition to the extent that some patients gained the ability to perform tasks that had not been possible before the study, according to US News Health Care. In some cases, participants who had been forced to stop working were able to return due to the treatment. Those experiencing difficulty working bettered their job performance.
A professor at Buck Institute and author of the study, Dale Bredesen, MD, said, “All of these patients had either well-defined mild cognitive impairment (MCI), subjective cognitive impairment (SCI) or had been diagnosed with AD [Alzheimer’s disease] before beginning the program.” Bredesen is also a professor at the Easton Laboratories for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of California Los Angeles.
Bredesen also said, “Follow up testing showed some of the patients going from abnormal to normal.”
An example of one participant’s success involved a 69-year-old business owner who had experienced progressive memory loss for 11 years leading up to a decision to close his business. Some of the difficulties he faced at work had included recognizing employees, performing quick addition, and recalling his schedule. Following six months using the MEND protocol, these abilities returned to him. His spouse and co-workers stated that they noticed his memory getting better. Following 22 months of treatments, the man was evaluated with neuropsychological testing. Tests revealed significant improvements in all categories of long-term recall. The business owner is now expanding his business instead of closing up.
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