Biomarker testing identifies the unique combination of biochemical malfunctions that are causing memory loss in you or a loved one. These are standard tests that can be done at any medical laboratory. Using the test results, you can generate a treatment program that addresses each causative factor.
In Reversing Alzheimer’s I reveal which lab tests to do, how they work, and why they are important. I explain what the results mean and provide detailed instructions for correcting the values that are out of range.
Based on the results, a treatment program can be designed—an individualized protocol that addresses each dysfunction to restore metabolic harmony.
For example, if your vitamin D is low, you’ll know you need to take a D supplement. If your thyroid hormone level is low, that needs to be balanced. If your homocysteine is high, you will need to supplement your diet with B-complex vitamins. If a polysomnogram reveals sleep apnea, you’ll need to use a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. If hair analysis shows a high mercury level, you’ll know to stop eating fish and have amalgam fillings removed. If your blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol are elevated, those need to be fixed.
Here are the tests that identify the specific causes of Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative disease:
- Blood pressure: It is important to check your blood pressure regularly and make sure it is 120/80 or less.
- Blood tests:
- Fasting blood sugar
- Homocysteine, vitamin B12, and folic acid
- Vitamin D
- Thyroid (free T3, free T4, TSH)
- Ferritin (to detect excess iron)
- Sex steroid hormones
Other forms of testing, such as the following, can provide helpful information:
- Polysomnogram (to diagnose sleep apnea)
- Gut microbiome assessment
- Hair analysis for toxic metals (mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium)
Once testing has identified the “broken” metabolic systems, the next step is implementation of your treatment program to reverse the abnormal markers, repair the damaged neurons, and get the entire central nervous system up and running properly again.