Working with the Bredesen protocol has been an incredible journey for Jean and myself, but one of the biggest challenges we face is when our patients show up as having type 3 (toxicity) contributors.

This is one area where the complications that these cases bring, has meant that we’ve had very limited success. At CogMission the biggest concern is what we can do for this patient group. After discussing this with Dr. Bredesen, the team agreed to head to Phoenix, Arizona, where the world’s experts in toxicity were gathering for an intensive summit.

Environmental toxicity creates a very complicated patient presentation that affects multiple systems and a variety of seemingly unconnected symptoms, making diagnosis and treatment very challenging.

It is now recognised that Lyme disease, toxic mould, heavy metals and pollution are some of the contributors to our Type 3 patients. With so many environmental toxins and toxicants being identified as neurotoxic, we have to be able to correctly diagnose and effectively treat.

CogMissions challenge is to identify which of our cognitive patients have an element of Type 3, to prevent further exposure to the toxic elements and safely remove toxins from the body before repair on the nervous system can take place.

The Phoenix conference has filled up our toolbox in terms of both testing and treatment.  Jean and I are delighted to say that the think tank of knowledge that was in that room was tremendous. We have made new connections that we can reach out to when we are faced with complicated cases.

When we initially began Dr. Bredesen’s work, we thought that the Type 3 patients would make up only a small percentage of our cases, however we have now find that most cases will have an element of toxicity, even if it is not the main cause of cognitive decline.

Some of the statistics are alarming. A 2005 study of cord blood from newborns found that on average, a child enters this world exposed to over 287 toxins including pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.  Out of those, 217 have document effects on brain and nervous system function. It would appear that the next generation will be severely impacted unless our environmental laws change.(Read more)

So, now armed with more tools and ideas we are looking forward to seeing how we can incorporate this knowledge in for our patients. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of the pearls that we plucked from the event. We’ve also come back realising that it will be essential to start preventative neuroprotection work with future generations.

Written by Charmaine Shepherd

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