Brain Health & Chronic Inflammatory Disease

The following information has been developed by our staff after attending conferences, reading investigational studies, and studying the data on Brain Health and Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (“CID”). This includes how to protect our brains from developing Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease, reverse mild cognitive decline (the earliest form of Dementia), and treat CID.

CID is the leading cause of diseases such as:

  • Neurological-related (for example, Dementia)
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pulmonary
  • Autoimmune
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancers

As we age, these are the most common causes of diseases that can disrupt our way of life and prevent us from doing the things we love.

What is an Example of Chronic Inflammatory Disease?

An example of CID is “Long Covid.” Most individuals who had Covid experienced an Acute Inflammatory response and recovered like any other viral infection. Some individuals did not recover and they continued down the chronic pathway and therefore have what we now call Long Covid. Long Covid is a CID that continues to cause inflammation in the heart, brain, peripheral nerves, and other organ systems.

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The Treatment Process & MoCA Test

We take a multifaceted approach to our brain health and potential CID. We assess and treat our body as a whole, whether through hormones, diet, or supplements. In this way, we know we’re doing everything we can to create success in the program for a healthier lifestyle.

Brain Health, CID lab tests, and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) will be performed on each person as a baseline. The tests may be repeated depending on whether you are on a preventative pathway (repeated yearly) or an active treatment pathway.

1. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The first cornerstone of prevention and treatment is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Everything we do in our office with BHRT has decreased CID. This includes Estradiol, Testosterone, Progesterone, Thyroid, DHEA, and Vitamin D3 which have been the cornerstones of our BHRT treatments for years. Many of our patients report better mental clarity and decreased brain fog after starting BHRT even during the first month.

2. Diet & Nutrition

The second cornerstone of prevention and treatment is a diet with an evaluation of food allergies. Unfortunately, the Western Diet is highly inflammatory because of added sugars, processed foods, pesticides, steroids, and fertilizers found in the food. If you keep eating something you are allergic to, you continue to fuel the CID fire inside you. So, it is important to get your diet right and work on achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight.

DR. Hertoghe, from Belgium, president of The World Society of Anti-Aging Medicine and The International Hormone Society, and expert in Chronic Inflammatory Disease, spoke at a recent conference. He said the following, “For those who do not want to hear me talk for 6 hours, I am going to give you the 3 critical points of my lecture. First, we eat too often. Second, we eat too much. Third, we eat all the wrong foods!” The Mediterranean Diet has been shown to decrease Alzheimer’s by 23%.

Based on this information, we require that everyone see our Dietitian. Neglecting your diet to decrease the anti-inflammatory responses means you will be missing out on a 23% risk reduction for developing Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. 

3. Supplements

The third cornerstone is to take specific supplements that are known to decrease dementia, Alzheimer’s risk, and CID! These are nutrients and supplements that are known to decrease signaling of the Cytokines, especially Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), which are the major cause of inflammation. These are numerous and we have a separate information sheet to describe why they are used. When you sit down with one of our providers during your consultation, they will discuss these with you.

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How to Get Started With the Program

To get started, please fill out our initial consultation form here. A member of our staff will then get in touch with you over the phone to get both your blood work and consultation scheduled. After we get your lab results in, we’ll bring you in for your consultation, which may include your MoCA test appointment if time permits. You’ll then also meet with our dietitian for an initial consult so they can get a better idea of your current diet and make recommendations accordingly.

As you go through our Brain Health/CID Program, we will continue to monitor and optimize your hormones based on our providers’ suggestions. Alongside your hormones, you’ll be on a recommended supplement regimen and receive nutritional guidance from our registered dietitian.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at (513)-791-9474. We will all walk this journey together!

Frequently Asked Questions

Inflammatory disease is a general term that applies to autoimmune disease and chronic inflammation conditions in which a person’s immune system attacks the body’s own tissues. In addition to contributing to the development of illness, chronic inflammation is the cause of all autoimmune diseases.

Chronic inflammatory diseases occur when inflammatory cells travel to the place of an injury or foreign body like bacteria. If inflammatory cells stay too long, it may lead to chronic inflammatory diseases. It is important to recognize the symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases so they can be addressed as soon as possible. Symptoms include:

  • Stiff joints
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain or unexpected weight loss
  • Rashes
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acid Reflux
  • Unexplained fever
  • Mood disorders such as depression or anxiety
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Cardiac myopathies
  • Vascular issues
  • Confusion and neurological issues
  • Speech problems
  • Headaches
  • Generalized body pains and spasms

In short, no chronic inflammatory diseases are not curable. 

But chronic inflammatory diseases are treatable! Through symptom management, hormone replacement therapy, diet & nutrition, supplements, and supervision under a health care professional symptoms of chronic inflammatory disease can be lessened and managed.

The most effective way to decide which supplements will help address chronic inflammatory diseases is through blood work and a consultation with a healthcare professional. Blood work will provide a deeper look into what may be causing chronic inflammation so a healthcare professional can correctly decide the best treatment plan. 

Some supplements that research suggests help to reduce inflammation are:

  • Curcumin
  • Fish Oil
  • Ginger
  • Resveratrol
  • Spirulina
  • Vitamin D
  • Bromelain
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Bromelain
  • Garlic
  • Vitamin C

When left unaddressed, a chronic inflammatory disease can lead to damage of healthy cells, tissue, and organs. Which can lead to internal scarring, tissue death, and damage to the DNA in previously healthy cells. 

Ultimately this can lead to the development of potentially disabling or life-threatening illnesses.