A new way to detect Alzheimer’s

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Bailey Slater is 54-years-old and loves life with her family, Dodger and Bixby. Earlier years were a less happy time, when her mother suffered and died from alzheimers. So is Bailey at risk?

“As soon as I learned that there are behavioral changes that I could make in my lifestyle that would lower my risk, I thought I wanted as much information as I can get,” said Bailey Slater.

Her search led her to Doctor Elroy Vojdani, who helped create a blood test to assess the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. A vial of blood is separated in a centrifuge, and the immune-related components are analyzed in a lab.

Elroy Vojdani, MD, IFMCP, Functional Medicine Physician said, “This is the first time that we can get a glimpse at how abnormal interactions between the immune system are affecting the health of the brain.”

Bailey’s test showed that her brain doesn’t regenerate quickly enough.

Doctor Vojdani has her on a plant-based diet and this brain supplement. He says customized diets are 80 percent of the changes needed. He also promotes more exercise, brain games, and sleep.

Doctor Vojdani said, “They want to know what’s happening between the outside and the inside that could potentially put them at risk for this. This is what the test is perfect for right now.”

“For me, it’s huge, because I really lived in fear of getting the disease, and now I finally have hope that I can do something to change my destiny,” said Bailey Slater.

Doctor Vojdani says the test is most useful for folks in their mid-40s.

Right now, you can only get the test done through a lab called Cyrex in Arizona. Your doctor can order the test, which costs 495 dollars and gives results in three weeks or less.

Some clinical trials have begun, but there may not be enough data for an FDA study for ten to fifteen years.

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