Welcome to the Alzheimer’s Center. Its purpose is two-fold. The first is to provide an information source for those affected by this devastating disease and those looking for evidenced based information on prevention.
Many will ask why is the above necessary? That answer is straight forward. The staggering statistics on this disease have made this process imperative:
- 5.4 million American patients and 30 million affected globally.
- 13 million Americans and 160 million globally are projected to have the disease in 2050
- These projections may lead to potential bankruptcy of the Medicare system
- Unlike several other chronic illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease prevalence is on the rise.
- AD has become the third leading cause of death in the United States behind cardiovascular disease and cancer
- Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic, with 65% of patients and 60% of caregivers being women.
- A woman’s chance of developing AD is now greater than her chance of developing breast cancer.
- In spite of billions of dollars spent on research over the past 3 decades, no progress has been made towards finding any effective treatment that slows or reverses the disease.
The second purpose is to provide information on the first treatment program demonstrated to prevent and reverse early stages of the disease process, The Bredesen Protocol. The protocol was evolved out of an innovative look at the research on the mechanisms that drives the development of Alzheimer’s disease by Dale Bredesen, M.D. the Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA and founding President & CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
The new paradigm that the Bredesen Protocol™ embraced was that Alzheimer’s disease was not driven by any single factor that was correctable with a single drug but rather was the result of the sum contribution of many contributing factors highly related to modifiable lifestyle factors. He describes this collection of factors as “36 holes in the barn roof”. The current drug centered approach to finding effective treatment of the disease is asking if it is raining which one hole would you patch to prevent water from leaking in. The effective answer is of course all 36.
The protocol is centered on the concept that Alzheimer’s is not simply a brain disease but rather is a brain manifestation of systemic disease processes. Some data that supports this conclusion is the strong relationship between diabetes and inflammation and a sharp increase risk of developing the disease.
Dr. Banks participated in certification training at the Buck Institute under Dr. Bredesen in 2016 and is a certified practitioner.