Help with Cognitive Decline: 4 Part Program
Join us for a 4 part program to help you slow and recover from cognitive decline.
What is cognitive decline?
Brain fog, failing memory, and loss of mental sharpness are all things that can happen as we age. Foggy days, stumbling over words, and losing our keys can leave us looking at the ceiling, wondering how much time we have left before we completely lose our minds. Or even worse, being found out and being labeled as someone with cognitive decline.
Alzheimer’s dementia is one of the most feared diseases. A poll conducted in 2010 of 1,007 people found that 31% of people in a recent poll feared being diagnosed with the disease only trailing behind cancer which 41% of people feared. And this is for good reason! Who wants to lose past memories, become unable to form new memories, lose fine motor function, not sleep as well, and lose their executive functioning and problem solving ability.
Why would you want to address difficulties with Cognitive Decline?
You have spent your life sorting through, cultivating, and improving the processes and habits that allow you to live a productive and happy life. As neurological degenerative changes occur, these complex neural networks being to wilt. Left unchecked, the connectivity between the neurons is reduced, and this ultimately means loss of function. And not just executive function, I’m talking about sensory and motor function as well. As the brain’s connectivity and mass is reduced, your ability to interact with the world around you decreases.
Ultimately you are only one person, and what happens with you doesn’t necessarily have to affect those around you right? Wrong. One of the most stressful things that I have seen my patients go through dealing with is a parent who isn’t able to take care of themselves. It isn’t to say that family doesn’t want to do it, its just that undue stress is put on the family in these cases.
As if the cost to you and those around you enough to make you cringe, the cost to society is monstrous as well. Memory care (nursing homes designed to take care of people with cognitive decline) costs ~ $8,000 per month and is rising 5% annually. Estimates in 2015 were that around 15 million caregivers were providing 18.1 billion hours of care to people with Alzheimers and other dementias, running up a bill of 221 billion. (considering a wage of $12.20 per hour). If family members aren't able to care for the person, then society’s safety net tries to catch them. In 2016, Medicare and Medicaid paid out 236 billion to people who had dementia. The safety net is there for now, but who knows how long it will be.
But by then you will already be old, already have contributed to social security, and just want to be taken care of right? This sounds like a rationalization for not wanting to look at what is really going on. And for people who want to leave this world a better place than it was when they got here, a cognitive dissonance creating nightmare.
"I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it”, is a popular phrase. It is a great way to compartmentalize things and make them more simple. Putting something that you recognize as being important aside is like saying “I'm not there yet so I’ll ignore the things that I am doing right now that are affecting it.” This emotional decision is commonly rationalized by: "I have too much going on to take care of myself, to give up my vices and do the things that I know I should be doing for my health.” Well I am here to tell you, my patients who do the best rarely set aside their health completely for other short term gains.
Ignorance is bliss, but the truth is what sets you free. The nihilistic argument that nothing matters therefore we shouldn't take responsibility is one way to incur much more suffering in life than is necessary. It is by being more conscious of issues and our role in their creation that gives our life meaning. Being at cause can produce some existential anxiety in the short term, but pays off in the long term. Being at effect (the victim) has benefits in the short term (for example, not having to take responsibility, getting attention, etc.), but always leads to worse outcomes in the end. The price of having a meaningful life is that everything you do matters. It takes courage and an aim at the highest good that you can image to live this way. And when it comes to mental faculties, the things that you do everyday really do matter.
The fear around this condition, let alone the devastation that it brings to families and society would make you think that the modern medical industry would be pouring resources into it. New Drugs and procedure developed with this research would reduce the risk of getting to the diagnosis, improve outcomes, and help people who have degenerative neurological conditions to live better lives. The fact is, major pharmaceutical companies have cut funding for researching alzhiemers drugs because they have failed to show any improvements during clinical trials. All of the drugs intending to cure Alzheimer’s disease have so far failed, and the allopathic medical system is giving up. We have better and better methods all the time of diagnosing issues in an exquisitely specific way. The effective treatment of these problems is where the conventional medical system is falling short.
You can choose to be a victim of this system which won’t be there to catch you when you fall. Or you can take responsibility for your own health and be at cause.
On top of this, we are living in a world where chemical and electrical pollution is growing. While the situation isn’t dire yet, the idea of better living through chemistry and technology does have an impact on our bodies and minds.
How we can help...
Despite all of this, there are people who maintain their faculties until the day they die. In my practice I have helped hundreds of patients with different types of neurological issues. This is because over my years in practice I have constantly been learning about what causes neurological issues and have distilled the highest yield interventions into a 4 module CORE Protocol.
About Dr. Evan
Dr. Evan van Driel, BSc, ND is a Naturopathic Physician specializing in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, and chronic pain. He graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 with a doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and has since pursued post-graduate studies in neuro-emotional technique, muscle physiology, psychoneuroimmunology, and regenerative medicine, including certification from the International College of Applied Kinesiology and multiple certifications in injection techniques and the application of ozone.
Dr. Evan’s mission is to help people to be stronger so that they can handle more. By helping people to reduce pain, improve their mood, and re-wire their brains after trauma, Dr. Evan has noticed that people can be more themselves and show up differently in life. He sees the nervous system as innately intelligent, adaptable, and having a high degree of plasticity. Being able to leverage his knowledge of this fact structurally, biochemically, and mentally/emotionally means that what people experience doesn't have to be what they experience.
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