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Preventing and Reversing Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

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What do Rita Hayworth, Perry Como, Norman Rockwell, Rosa Parks, and Sandra Day O’Connor all have in common? Aside from being household names who made their mark on society, each suffered from a diagnosis of Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dementia is a syndrome (a symptom cluster), characterized by a decline in cognitive function (thinking and memory), beyond the degree associated with normal aging. Although it affects mostly older people — at least count, 50 million people worldwide — it is not a normal part of aging and is certainly not inevitable. Even better news, for those experiencing cognitive decline and their family members and caregivers, is that dementia can be prevented; and now, based on new research and clinical trials, even reversed with proper interventions when started early enough.

Symptoms of Dementia

Symptoms of dementia are commonly broken down in to the following three stages, as presented by the World Health Organization (WHO):

Early stage:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Losing track of time
  • Becoming lost in familiar places

Middle stage: continue reading

Meet the Staff: BioDesign’s Customer Experience Manager Lori

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Welcome to another installment in our Meet the Staff series. This time around, we’d like to introduce Lori, the customer experience manager here at BioDesign Wellness Center. Lori is the point of contact for all of our patients and usually the first person most people see upon entering our Tampa functional medicine practice.

Lori handles a lot of essential functions for us, including coordinating patient appointments, confirming those appointments and then making sure nobody falls through the cracks when it comes to those appointments. She also greets new patients and takes them on a tour of our facilities. On top of that, Lori is responsible for keeping track of patients incoming lab results so our doctors have what they need when you arrive for your appointments.

We asked Lori if she would sit for a quick Q&A about her work history, as well as a few personal asides that she might be willing to toss our way. Here’s what she had to say:

BioDesign Wellness Center: What did you do for work before coming to work to BioDesign?

Lori: I’ve been in weight loss wellness and aesthetics for the past 15 years, as well as working as a complete beauty consultant. I attended the International School of Skin in Atlanta, Ga., from 2001 to 2002, which is where I developed a passion for the aesthetic industry. My first position was working as a laser technician and I was amazed at how much a simple procedure could change a person’s personality. I witnessed sad, embarrassed and shy people turn into happy, outgoing confident individuals. Later I stumbled into the weight-loss industry and a job that truly changed my life. After struggling with my own continue reading

Detox in Your Sleep with Proper Sleep Hygiene

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Have you ever wondered why you feel terrible the next day when you sleep poorly the night before? Or why the same people who develop sleep issues as they age tend to be more susceptible to progressive brain disorders, such as dementia? Evidence is beginning to suggest a possible connection between poor sleep and brain health. When you’re unable to sleep soundly on a regular basis, your brain may be unable to fully detoxify itself.

(Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash)

New research shows how the depth of your sleep can impact your brain’s ability to efficiently flush waste and toxic proteins. Because sleep often becomes increasingly lighter and more disrupted as we age, the study — co-authored by the co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, along with Danish and Finnish researchers — reinforces and potentially explains the links between aging, sleep deprivation, and heightened risk for irreversible and progressive brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, Increased glymphatic influx is correlated with high EEG delta power and low heart rate in mice under anesthesia, appears in the February 1, 2019 edition of the journal Science Advances, and indicates that slow and steady brain and cardiopulmonary activity associated with deep non-REM sleep are optimal for the function of the glymphatic system, the brain’s unique pathway for removing waste.

If you’re a patient of ours, you’ve likely heard us preach about the brain-gut connection. For example, when your gut microbiota is imbalanced, we can see not only digestive disorders but also autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and (this is important in regard to today’s post) unhealthy expression of hormones and brain chemicals leading to mood disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Sleep, as it turns out, may truly be your best friend.

To be successful with any plan of care — regardless of it being one we prescribe one offered by another functional medicine practice in Tampa, you must sleep well. In this post, we provide guidance on how to improve both the continue reading

BioDesign’s Top Doc Discusses Healthcare on Tampa Television Show

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Our very own Dr. Matt Lewis is taking part in a 30-minute segment about the state of the healthcare industry, airing this coming Sunday morning, March 24, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on WTOG St. Petersburg/Tampa (CW44 Tampa Bay and channel 504 for HD cable customers). The first segment— entitled “Healthcare Disasters” — is hosted by Kristen Burton and features our own Dr. Lewis and Dr. Jordan Axe, another Tampa area medical practitioner.

As you’ll see when you tune in on Sunday, the two doctors discuss the failures of traditional medicine and how a functional and integrative approach to healthcare can provide long-lasting health benefits to those have been procrastinating when it comes to their own personal health issues.

Dr. Lewis was asked during the segment why so many people suffer chronic illnesses, and he said many of his patients are elderly, with others suffering at least one chronic condition. (He described a chronic health issue as any ailment that continues for three months or longer and won’t go away.) And, he said, traditional medicine cannot continue reading

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