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Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment in Vienna, VA

There's no way around it: Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can be both scary and disheartening for patients and their loved ones. The cognitive impairment, memory loss, and eventual cognitive decline can seem like a grim prognosis. Unfortunately, the standard reductionist approach seeking to identify a single silver bullet cure doesn't account for the multifactorial nature of Alzheimer's disease.

That's why treating Alzheimer's disease requires a multifaceted response from functional medicine. While there is no single drug that can cure Alzheimer's, protocols addressing the nuanced factors contributing to the disease can make a difference. That's where Proactive Wellness Centers and Bredesen protocol treatment in Vienna, VA comes into play.

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The Proactive Wellness Approach to Brain Health

At Proactive Wellness, we firmly believe that brain health is an essential part of your overall well-being. However, despite the emergence of new research, there has been limited understanding of how to promote brain health effectively. This includes reducing the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's and stabilizing cognitive decline in patients with early symptoms. Dr. Lawson, an esteemed Bredesen Protocol practitioner and ReCode 2.0 Certified with 17 years of experience in functional medicine can identify and address the root cause of cognitive decline in you or your loved one.

Dr. Lawson's goal isn't to replace the role of family physicians. Rather, we collaborate with primary care physicians, internists, and other medical professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to care. We believe that every individual is unique from a physiological perspective, and therefore, we avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for men and women who have dementia.

Our programs have a strong emphasis on slowing down and reversing the aging process, preventing diseases, and treating chronically ill patients. To achieve this, we employ a three-pronged approach:

  • We empower patients with the knowledge they need to manage their health and attain optimal well-being.
  • We prioritize disease prevention by conducting a thorough evaluation with the help of comprehensive diagnostics and the patient's health history form.
  • We collaborate with patients to implement a rejuvenation program that includes various science-based treatments, like our Brain Health Optimization Program (BHOP) for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's

One of the most popular and effective programs we offer includes Bredesen protocol treatment in Vienna VA. This revolutionary approach to dementia has provided hope and improved cognitive function for countless people in the US. But to understand the importance of the Bredesen protocol, it's important that you first understand dementia, Alzheimer's, and its effect on people across the world.

The Wide-Reaching Effects of

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

There are currently more than 5.8 million individuals in the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease. It is predicted that the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will more than double by 2050.

Dementia is a type of cognitive decline that affects mental abilities. There are many different causes and complex layers involved. Cognitive impairment is characterized by abnormal results on tests measuring memory, speech, critical thinking, and other cognitive abilities, but individuals with this diagnosis are still capable of performing daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Without proper treatment, Alzheimer's disease is likely to follow within a few years. Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, and it is diagnosed through neuro-imaging and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid.

In the past, being diagnosed with Alzheimer's was often worse than receiving a death sentence. It was dehumanizing and stripped individuals of their memories, thinking abilities, and independence. However, after three decades of research, we now have a greater understanding of this devastating illness and even solutions like Bredesen protocol treatment in Vienna, VA that can help patients deal with dementia.

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What Causes Dementia?

Dementia is caused by a normal and healthy brain process that malfunctions due to a toxic environment, inflammation, and a lack of necessary nutrients and hormones. The brain's defense mechanism produces amyloid plaques, which serve as a protective helmet around the brain. Unfortunately, these plaques destroy connections between nerve cells, ultimately affecting comprehension, recollection, and clarity.

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Dementia by the Numbers

It's important to understand the impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD) around the world. According to the CDC, AD is present in 50% of patients in nursing homes and causes more than 110,000 deaths annually in the US. It was the 6th leading cause of death in 2015. More than 5 million people in the US are affected by AD, and recent data indicates that the problem is getting worse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47 million people around the world are currently living with dementia, and this number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 and 132 million by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.

While reading those statistics can be disheartening, there's reason to be hopeful. New therapies and treatments offered at Proactive Wellness - like Bredesen protocol treatment - can help patients deal with dementia and cognitive decline.

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The Power of

Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Vienna, VA

The Bredesen Protocol is a highly personalized treatment program that aims to reverse cognitive decline and improve brain function in patients. Dr. Bredesen has designed the protocol to be adaptable and customizable, tailored to the specific symptoms and needs of each patient.

The program is centered around lifestyle changes, medication, and nutritional adjustments, all of which are tailored to address the unique symptoms and environmental factors that may be contributing to cognitive decline. This approach, referred to as ReCODE, helps patients to combat brain fog and prevent the onset of dementia.

It has also helped patients improve cognitive function significantly, reverse symptoms, and even return to work. The ReCODE program comprises lifestyle interventions, therapeutic diets, and targeted nutrients. Proactive Wellness Centers is thrilled to offer this promising treatment modality for Alzheimer's disease to benefit our patients.

It all starts with a baseline Bredesen evaluation at our wellness clinic in Vienna, VA.

Baseline Bredesen Evaluation from

Proactive Wellness Centers

At Proactive Wellness Centers, we have two ways to help patients who are in search of Bredesen protocol treatment in Vienna, VA. The first option is our Baseline Bredesen Evaluation, which is best suited for asymptomatic patients - that is, individuals who do not exhibit any significant cognitive decline beyond what is expected with age. Dr. Bredesen classifies such patients as "PreCode."

This evaluation serves as a starting point for PreCode patients, as well as those who are unsure of their cognitive status and potential risk factors. Our baseline evaluation includes the following:

The first step involves conducting a comprehensive set of baseline labs to evaluate your overall health, closely following the Bredesen protocol. This step goes beyond standard labs that you might have for a physical. It includes tests for magnesium, zinc, and selenium levels, B6, B12, and folate levels, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels.

It also includes

  • Pre-Diabetes Evaluation
  • Hormone Level Evaluation
  • Thyroid Level Evaluation
  • Specific Immune Marker Evaluation such as TH1, TH2, IL6, and TNF.

Our goal with this assessment is to establish a starting point and compare your cognitive function against what is typical for your age group. We have chosen to use the CNS Vital Signs cognitive assessment, which is widely recognized as one of the best in the industry. Additionally, we will be conducting the standard MoCA test as part of the evaluation.

A DNA test is performed to identify the specific APOE genotype present in your DNA. APOE e4 has been shown to be associated with an increased chance of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which occurs after a person is 65 years old.

This step covers your lab results and includes a detailed plan of action to address areas of improvement as identified in your baseline evaluation.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Vienna, VA

What are the Early Signs of

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

As we grow older, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal changes in our cognitive abilities and the initial signs of dementia. The issue with preventing chronic illnesses is that we often believe we are healthy as long as we don't experience any symptoms, but this is not entirely accurate. Symptoms are typically the last indicator of a disease, meaning it has already progressed by the time they appear.

While it's always best to catch diseases before you notice symptoms, taking proactive measures at the first sign of cognitive changes can greatly impact the aging of your brain and body. It's crucial to act immediately if you're experiencing the following symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment. That way, ,you have a better chance of preventing the development of Alzheimer's.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Vienna, VA

Roughly 10% of individuals with MCI progress to Alzheimer's annually.

Fortunately, Bredesen protocol treatment in Vienna, VA may provide you with a chance to delay or even reverse these symptoms

Memory Issues

Memory Issues

You have a hard time remembering events that happened recently, such as appointments or important conversations with loved ones. You may also have trouble remembering important information.

Language Issues

Language Issues

You have trouble finding relevant words when you're talking with other people. You may also have problems following along with complex or complicated discussions.

Maintaining Concentration

Difficulty Maintaining Concentration and Attention

You have noticed a reduced ability to focus and stay honed in on most tasks. You may also not be able to multitask effectively, and it may be harder to keep your attention for long periods of time.

Decline in Executive Functions

Decline in Executive Functions

This symptom involves difficulty with skills like decision-making, planning, problem-solving, and organizing. These difficulties are often most apparent in day-to-day activities.

Visuospatial Awareness

Problems with Visuospatial Awareness

You may have trouble parking your car, judging distances, reading maps, or completing tasks that necessitate spatial orientation.

Impaired Judgement

Impaired Judgement and Reasoning

This may include problems when making judgments or decisions. Examples may consist of difficulties making financial decisions, managing finances, making reasonable and appropriate social decisions, or thinking through risky situations.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Vienna, VA

By contrast, some of the most common signs of normal aging can include the following

Experiencing temporary lapses in memory, where recently learned details like names or scheduled events may slip from one's mind but can be remembered later on

  • You occasionally make mistakes, but nothing that stands out as significant or unusual.
  • You have to ask for help putting together or setting up electronic devices or equipment.
  • You sometimes forget what day it is but have the ability to remember the correct date later on.
  • Your vision is getting worse, which is caused by cataracts.
  • You experience shortness of breath or get tired more often when being active.
  • You feel unusual aches and pains, especially during poor weather.
  • You get confused sometimes but don't have an inability to make decisions or multitask.
  • You have a hard time keeping your body temp regulated.
  • You get angry or frustrated when tasks aren't completed in certain ways.

Your Trusted Choice for Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Vienna, VA

Maintaining a healthy brain is crucial for one's overall well-being, yet there remains a lack of knowledge when it comes to promoting brain health, reducing the likelihood of dementia, or managing symptoms for those exhibiting early warning signs.

That's why we're excited to offer patients the ReCODE program at Proactive Wellness Centers. Developed by Doctor Bredesen, this treatment has shown remarkable success in improving cognitive function and even reversing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program includes lifestyle changes, dietary interventions, and specialized nutrients, and we are eager to provide this promising treatment option to patients like you.

If you or a loved one are starting to show concerning signs of cognitive decline, contact our office today to learn more about Bredesen protocol therapy. It could be your first step toward reversing mental decline and enjoying life to its fullest.

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Le Bistro Opens in Vienna Tuesday

Acclaimed Chef Roberto Donna, executive chef at Roberto’s Ristorante Italiano, opens his newest dining enterprise, Le Bistro, Tuesday in Vienna. Located just down Church Street from his award-winning Italian dining destination, which was named one of the 50 Bes...

Acclaimed Chef Roberto Donna, executive chef at Roberto’s Ristorante Italiano, opens his newest dining enterprise, Le Bistro, Tuesday in Vienna. Located just down Church Street from his award-winning Italian dining destination, which was named one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Northern Virginia in 2022 by Northern Virginia Magazine, Le Bistro marks a departure from his native cuisine.

“We are ready to go,” Donna says. “A friend of mine came and helped us set up the menu — a French chef — and now for the next two weeks, I will be there almost every night.”

Le Bistro replaces what used to be Blend 111, at 111 Church St. NW. Donna posted a menu for the restaurant’s September 15 soft opening on the Vienna VA Foodies Facebook page, with the official opening on Tuesday, September 19.

“It’s been fun,” says restaurateur and owner Nancy Sabbagh, wife of Donna. “People pop in Roberto’s and then they go see us at Le Bistro — we’re so grateful for this community.”

The French menu includes classics with some modern twists. Diners can enjoy salade Lyonnaise, cassolette of snails à la Bourguignonne, steak frites, and beef Bourguignon, among the offerings. Entrees run $24 to $30.

“They all say they love it,” Donna says about the soft opening diners, though he notes a few outliers questioned the authenticity of some French dishes.

“You want to go authentic, but you also want to go American palate-friendly,” Sabbagh says. “We’re finding a mix and people are just excited to have a bistro, which makes us happy.”

Reservations are available for Le Bistro on the OpenTable dining app.

“It really is just a comfortable place to come in and have a good meal, gather round, have a glass of wine, in the neighborhood,” Sabbagh says. 111 Church St. NW, Ste. 101, Vienna

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Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ Opens New Dunn Loring Location

VIENNA, VA — The "winningest man in barbecue" is ready to welcome customers to his newest restaurant at the Dunn Loring Metro.Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ is opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna, VA, which is near the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro. Meanwhile, Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ announced that it closed its location at 220 N. Lee Street in Old Town Alexandria after Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.The restaura...

VIENNA, VA — The "winningest man in barbecue" is ready to welcome customers to his newest restaurant at the Dunn Loring Metro.

Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ is opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna, VA, which is near the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro. Meanwhile, Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ announced that it closed its location at 220 N. Lee Street in Old Town Alexandria after Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

The restaurant focuses on classic Southern smoked barbecue with smoked meats like brisket, pork, chicken and "fixins’" like Mama’s slaw, peach BBQ baked beans, collard greens, and mac ‘n’ cheese. The new Dunn Loring location will have fast-casual counter service will beer and wine at the bar.

"We greatly appreciate all of our loyal customers, and welcome you to join us at our new place in Dunn Loring-Merrifield, the only place you'll find Myron Mixon's great BBQ in the DC metro area!" the restaurant brand shared.

Mixon, who has been called the "winningest man in barbecue," has won over 180 grand championships in barbecue, including the Memphis in May World Championships five times. He also appeared on TLC’s "BBQ Pitmasters," Destination America’s relaunched version of "BBQ Pitmasters," and Destination America’s "BBQ Pit Wars." He is also the mayor of Unadilla, Georgia, the town where he is from.

The Alexandria location of Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ had been open since 2016. But the closed location won't stay vacant for long, as a change of ownership special use permit application was filed to the City of Alexandria. The owners of the new restaurant would be Ralph Davis, who opened RT's Restaurant and ran other Alexandria restaurants, as well as his son Matthew Davis.

The proposed restaurant would be called Mystic BBQ & Grill and continue to serve BBQ and other items similar to what Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ served during its first years of business. Mystic BBQ & Grill is proposing minimal changes to the space, such as painting, refinishing floors and new decor.

New Year's Eve 2023: Where To Find Events Around Vienna

VIENNA, VA — Between family-friendly celebrations and adult parties, there's no shortage of New Year's Eve events around Vienna to help welcome 2024.There are Noon Year's Eve events to help the kiddos celebrate the new year early. Patrick Henry Library is hosting a Noon Year's Eve party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 30. Then, the Cedar Park Shopping Center will host the ...

VIENNA, VA — Between family-friendly celebrations and adult parties, there's no shortage of New Year's Eve events around Vienna to help welcome 2024.

There are Noon Year's Eve events to help the kiddos celebrate the new year early. Patrick Henry Library is hosting a Noon Year's Eve party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 30. Then, the Cedar Park Shopping Center will host the Vienna Noon Year's Eve on Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a 12 p.m. balloon drop countdown, pop-up artisan market and vendor fair, DJ music, face painting, airbrush tattoos, "nonprofit in residence" Committee for Helping Others, giveaways and more.

Here is a look at some additional events happening near Vienna:

In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Other U.S. cities have adopted iterations of the ball drop — the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho, for example.

Virginia's twist on the ball drop includes events like Chincoteague Island's Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade, Cape Charles's Dropping of the Crab Pot, Fincastle's New Year's Eve Bell Ringing and Portsmouth's Olde Towne Scottish Walk.

The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.

The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.

According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves.

The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse — for gaining weight, for example — and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.

Where To Find A Christmas Tree In Vienna In 2023

VIENNA, VA — It’s still early, but if you’re planning to put up a live Christmas tree this year, it’s a good idea to scope out what will be available from Vienna area tree growers.Here are a few places to start:Optimist Club of Greater Vienna: Maple Avenue East and Branch SE, Vienna, VA. Starting Nov. 24 to raise money for the Optimist Club's youth fund for scholarships, grants and awards to students....

VIENNA, VA — It’s still early, but if you’re planning to put up a live Christmas tree this year, it’s a good idea to scope out what will be available from Vienna area tree growers.

Here are a few places to start:

Optimist Club of Greater Vienna: Maple Avenue East and Branch SE, Vienna, VA. Starting Nov. 24 to raise money for the Optimist Club's youth fund for scholarships, grants and awards to students.

DePaul's Urban Farm: 2599 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna VA. Check back after Friday for holiday decorating items in stock.

Vale United Methodist Church: 11528 Vale Road, Oakton, VA. The church sells Christmas trees with all proceeds going to Rise Against Hunger, a global relief organization, and anti-hunger efforts in Fairfax County. One tree sale can provide 100 meals for hungry children and families. Trees, wreaths, pine roping, and tree stands are for sale. Sales begin Nov. 24 and continue while supplies last. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

George C. Marshall High School Boosters: Marshall High School front parking lot, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The Marshall High School Christmas Tree sale opens on Nov. 25 and support student athletes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays.

Krop's Crops: 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA. During the holiday season, this seasonal farm offers Christmas trees and decorations.

Sexton Christmas Trees: 10001 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA. This family business will open for the season on Friday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It will close early at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 for the Great Falls tree lighting.

Meadow Farms Nurseries: 11254 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, VA and other locations in Northern Virginia. Christmas trees, wreaths and other greenery are available to purchase.

Merrifield Garden Center: 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA; 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. The garden center typically carries Christmas trees during the holiday season.

Home Depot: 2185 Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA. Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and holiday plants are available to purchase at this home improvement store.

Last year, the median price for trees purchased directly from a grower was about $93, according to PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org. About 26 million live trees were sold last year, compared to 27.4 million in 2018.

A survey by the American Christmas Tree Association, an industry trade group, shows that of the 94 percent of Americans who plan to put up a Christmas tree this year, 23 percent will display a live tree.

Last year, live tree prices increased about 10 percent, largely due to inflation and drought, according to industry experts.

Years of extreme weather — drought conditions in some parts of the country and excess moisture in others — are expected to translate to slightly higher 2023 Christmas tree prices, according to a report from Country Folks Grower, a business-to-business publication serving fresh market and ornamental crops.

“A lot can happen in a half dozen years that can change the outlook for a Christmas tree crop from one season to the next,” the report said. “Farmers will be facing challenges in the 2023 Christmas tree season brought about by developments over the past several years.”

At any given moment, about 350 million Christmas trees are growing on tree farms across the country.

It typically takes a tree between six and eight years to grow to the desirable height for decorating. Large trees — those 7 feet and taller — may be in short supply because sales of smaller trees have been strong in recent years, the report said. Also, people may need to settle for a different species than they’re accustomed to buying.

Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest Winners Announced For 2023

VIENNA, VA — The Town of Vienna is filled with plentiful displays of holiday lights, but only a few homes and businesses came out on top.Homes and businesses within the Town of Vienna were invited to submit their holiday displays for the annual Shine Bright Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest. Members of the Town Business Liaison Committee judged the business contest, and membe...

VIENNA, VA — The Town of Vienna is filled with plentiful displays of holiday lights, but only a few homes and businesses came out on top.

Homes and businesses within the Town of Vienna were invited to submit their holiday displays for the annual Shine Bright Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest. Members of the Town Business Liaison Committee judged the business contest, and members of the public were invited to visit nominated displays and vote for their favorite home and business.

Winners were announced Friday at the Town of Vienna's Holiday Reception. In the residential display category, the first place winner was 121 Casmar St., SE. Second place went to 317 Patrick St., SW, and third place went to 524 Walker St., SW. Winning residents received a gift card from a local business and a 2023 Town of Vienna holiday ornament.

In the business category, Trousseau came out in first place. Trousseau won one volunteer hour from Mayor Linda Colbert as a guest employee. The People's Choice Award went to Pennywise Thrift Shop, and Trace - The Zero Waste Store received an honorable mention. The honorable mention award, which was a new part of the contest, goes to a business that was the most creative to celebrate Vienna Elementary School's 150th anniversary. Trace - The Zero Waste Store's display included snowflake ornaments created by Vienna Elementary students.

The annual holiday contest is held by the Town Business Liaison Committee and Vienna Parks and Recreation. A record 1,167 votes were cast in this year's contest. Nominees could earn bonus points by including Vienna Elementary School in their displays in honor of the school's 150th anniversary.

Residents can visit nominated displays throughout the holiday season. A map of nominated displays is available to help residents plan their tour of displays. Homes outside Town of Vienna limits are included on the map but were not eligible for contest prizes.

Stay tuned for Vienna Patch's holiday display guide later this week. Sign up for Vienna Patch emails to receive our morning newsletter and real-time news alerts. You can submit displays by sending your address and photos to emily.leayman@patch.com.

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