As a stroke neurologist, I have saved numerous lives while working in the hospital. After getting better, patients were going home and resuming their old habits and soon returning with more strokes. That happened because their most underlying causes of disease were not being addressed after they got out of the hospital. This is where integrative neurology may help.
The most common causes of strokes are diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and hyperlipidemia. These disorders point to a general disfunction of the body and not just to disfunction of the brain. In fact, when the brain gets affected, it means that other issues were present for a long time and the body was not able to compensate any longer.
It has always bugged me when neurologists thought that prescribing aspirin and statins will fix all their patient’s problems and prevent future strokes.
In my clinical experience, this type of approach was not helpful in the long run.
It is my firm belief that we must address whole body health, instead of focusing on the disease in one organ.
More and more patients are coming to my clinic with memory issues. The traditional neurological assessment is brain imaging, formal memory testing, checking a couple of labs, mostly thyroid and B12, and then prescribing Aricept and /or Namenda. That is all. After that, a neurologist will address social issues and behavioral issues. This is not effective and is very frustrating for families and patients.
I was trained in Dale Bredisen’s RECODE protocol. This is an integrative medicine approach which addresses multiple risk factors for memory loss. It is a much better approach and has had many good outcomes, but I noticed that not all patients get better. If you look carefully at that approach, it is certainly more personalized than other approaches, but still does not account for a patient’s unique biochemistry. According to that protocol, all patients should follow a strict ketogenic diet. However, not all patients are able or willing to do so. In addition, patients come to my clinic with huge boxes of supplements (20-30 pills a day) after they visit other integrative providers. This is crazy!
This is where the Balance Protocol approach shines. Not only does it address all the above risk factors, but it also educates patients and their families on environmental influences that are not accounted for by anybody else. Treatment, which includes diet and a few supplements, is based strictly on the individual’s biochemistry and correction of their environment. This type of approach commonly resolves symptoms and allows patients to be on less medications/ supplements.
Traditional neurology aims to establish a diagnosis and hopefully find combination of medications that will control the symptoms. I believe that if we address underlying functional dysfunction then we can resolve chronic health condition. If you want to work with me virtually, click the button below.