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Midlife Strategies for Brain Health

The connection between brain health and nutrition has been making headlines over the last several years, supported by growing evidence of the correlation between what you eat and cognition. A May 2018 study published in Neurology found that a healthy diet increases total brain volume, potentially offsetting age-related shrinkage. Read More
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Slowing Neurodegeneration With Nutrition

An aging population brings greater focus on reducing the toll of neurodegenerative disease. Nutrition can have a big impact for patients with neurodegenerative conditions like multiple sclerosis. Read More
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Successful Outcomes in Reversing Cognitive Decline

For many people, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis predicts a bleak future. But some Functional Medicine clinicians are seeing successful outcomes. Dale Bredesen, MD, a researcher in cognitive decline, has developed a multimodal approach focused on personalized dietary and lifestyle intervention that has yielded positive outcomes in a number of cases. Read More
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New On-Demand Course on Reversing Cognitive Decline

In collaboration with MPI Cognition and Dale Bredesen, MD, IFM is developing an on-demand course on Reversing Cognitive Decline. The course provides the unique opportunity to learn online from Dr. Dale Bredesen and other expert clinicians about how to subtype patients in order to treat their unique underlying causes. Learn to reduce the risk of, slow the progression of, or even reverse cognitive decline in your patients. Read More
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Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolomics, and Early Interventions

Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death that we are currently unable to prevent or cure. Metabolic disturbances can serve as clues of impending Alzheimer’s, and future research holds great potential for early treatment.

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Treat Neurodegeneration With Diet and Lifestyle

Whether age-related or caused by Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline is a major concern for many patients. What strategies, research, and interventions help these patients?

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A Multi-Pronged Approach for Cognitive Decline

In 2016, 47 million people were living with dementia. This number is expected to triple by 2050, yet more than a third of dementia cases may be preventable. What mental challenges show benefit? Read More
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The New Era of Alzheimer’s Treatment with Dale Bredesen, MD

We are entering a truly revolutionary era for treatment of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more from Dale Bredesen, MD, and get a sample chapter from “The End of Alzheimer’s.”

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Why Nutrition Is Critical to Cognition

The power of nutrition to harm or protect the brain is undisputed. How can primary care clinicians help patients act on this science to stave off cognitive decline?

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Protecting the Brain With Exercise

Exercise changes the brain’s physical structure and chemical signaling. Research indicates that different types of exercise produce specific physical effects. For instance, which increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor more: bicycling or exergaming?

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Expand Your Toolkit for Cognitive Decline

As cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s continue to increase, clinicians who can appropriately recommend and personalize interventions are in high demand. IFM’s Advanced Clinical Training, Reversing Cognitive Decline, equips you with the tools and framework to effectively assess, stratify, and treat these patients. Read More
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A Systems-Biology Approach to Reversing Cognitive Decline

In Reversing Cognitive Decline, you will learn a systems-biology approach to assess patients for the six known subtypes of Alzheimer's disease and differentiate them from mild cognitive impairment. What do we know about an environmental form of Alzheimer's with treatable causes? Read More