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Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment in West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, 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 West Springfield 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 West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, VA

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

Fortunately, Bredesen protocol treatment in West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, 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 West Springfield, 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.

Latest News in West Springfield, VA

Springfield, Franconia Area Schools Named Purple Star Schools In 2023

The Virginia Department of Education has named its latest round of Purple Star Schools that meet the needs of military families.Mark Hand, Patch StaffSPRINGFIELD/FRANCONIA, VA — Eighteen schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools division have been named Purple Star Schools, a recognition for military-friendly schools, in 2023.Four of these schools — Lynbrook Elementary School, Rolling Valley Elementary Scho...

The Virginia Department of Education has named its latest round of Purple Star Schools that meet the needs of military families.

Mark Hand, Patch Staff

SPRINGFIELD/FRANCONIA, VA — Eighteen schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools division have been named Purple Star Schools, a recognition for military-friendly schools, in 2023.

Four of these schools — Lynbrook Elementary School, Rolling Valley Elementary School, West Springfield Elementary School and Rose Hill Elementary School — are located in the Springfield and Franconia areas.

The Purple Star Schools are selected by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Schools receiving the designation must demonstrate a commitment to helping students in military families. Fairfax County has a significant military family presence given its location near the nation's capital and military bases like Fort Belvoir.

"I’m proud of FCPS’ strong partnership with our nation’s military families to help support the almost 15,000 military-connected students enrolled in our schools," said Superintendent Michelle Reid. "With the help of our Student Ambassadors at schools, military-connected students transitioning to FCPS can feel — really feel — that they belong."

Rose Hill Elementary School, for example, posted signs during their Back to School Night indicating they are a school that supports and appreciates military members and their military-connected children. Each year, the school celebrates the Month of the Military Child in April with a spirit week, featuring books in their library, creative and informative bulletin boards, and displaying photos of military-connected families and staff members.

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The Purple Star Schools designation has been awarded annually since 2018. Schools earning the Purple Star must have a staff member designated as a point of contact for military students and families, providing professional learning, resources and programming on issues important to military families and have an active peer-led transition team to welcome new students from military families. At FCPS, the peer-led transition teams are student ambassadors that support military students' transition to school.

Schools maintain the Purple Star designation for three years before they must reapply. There are 69 Fairfax County public schools with a current Purple Star School designation — about a third of the schools at FCPS.

Other Purple Star Schools in Fairfax County recognized in 2023 are:

West Springfield Elementary School was recognized for the second time after being recognized in the 2020-2021 school year. The other schools were recognized as Purple Star Schools for the first time.

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West Springfield post office has three employees contract COVID-19, USPS says

USPS said it's waiting on guidance from local health officials on how to proceed.WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Three employees of a U.S. Postal Service office in West Springfield, Virginia have tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, according to USPS.USPS said it's waiting on guidance from local health officials on how to proceed, but has already started to follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for how to handle COVID-19 exposures within its post office."We are in the process of...

USPS said it's waiting on guidance from local health officials on how to proceed.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Three employees of a U.S. Postal Service office in West Springfield, Virginia have tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, according to USPS.

USPS said it's waiting on guidance from local health officials on how to proceed, but has already started to follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for how to handle COVID-19 exposures within its post office.

"We are in the process of reaching out to the local public health office and will follow the guidance they provide. We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the West Springfield Post Office but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available," said the West Springfield Post Office in its statement to WUSA9.

At this time, WUSA9 has not confirmed how this will impact mail delivery in the area.

USPS said it believes that the risk for other employees is low.

USPS said it will not release the condition or identities of those that contracted COVID-19. because of the Rehabilitation Act and the Privacy Act, said the statement to WUSA9.

WUSA9 is working to get more information and will provide updates as they come into our newsroom and station.

Below is the full-statement from USPS about the contraction at its West Springfield office:

“The U.S. Postal Service has learned that three employees at the West Springfield Post Office tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We are in the process of reaching out to the local public health office and will follow the guidance they provide. We believe the risk is low for employees who work at the West Springfield Post Office but we will keep our employees apprised as new information and guidance becomes available.

As you may know, under the Rehabilitation Act and the Privacy Act, specific employee medical information must be kept confidential and may only be shared in very limited circumstances. Therefore, the Postal Service cannot share the name of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 or further specifics of his or her medical condition.

The safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority. To ensure the health of our employees, we are continuing to follow recommended guidance and strategies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Inside Springfield's new Whole Foods Market, double the size of now-shuttered West Springfield store

It’s amazing what one can do with 25,000 extra square feet.Greater Washington’s newest Whole Foods Market opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Springfield. The grand opening at 6426 Springfield Plaza comes three days after Whole Foods closed its West Springfield store three miles away, giving employees 72 hours to stand up a store double the forme...

It’s amazing what one can do with 25,000 extra square feet.

Greater Washington’s newest Whole Foods Market opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Springfield. The grand opening at 6426 Springfield Plaza comes three days after Whole Foods closed its West Springfield store three miles away, giving employees 72 hours to stand up a store double the former’s size.

The new Whole Foods, formerly a Giant Food, is nearly 49,500 square feet, and with that extra space, the store offers a host of things the former could not. There was no full-service meat department in West Springfield; there is here. There is indoor and outdoor seating, multiple areas of prepared foods, salad bar, coffee bar, made-to-order pizza and sandwiches, a scratch bakery, massive cheese section, much larger beer and wine selection and a large row of self-check stations.

Daniela D’Ambrosio, senior “local forager” for Whole Foods Market, described the setting as lighter and brighter. It’s D’Ambrosio’s job to identify “local” — defined as within 250 miles — items to offer in store, of which there are some 600 in Springfield.

The new store employs roughly 200, a Whole Foods spokesperson said, and all West Springfield staff were offered jobs in the new location. Operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The West Springfield Whole Foods is among the region's oldest. It originally opened as a Fresh Fields in 1993. Whole Foods acquired Fresh Fields three years later and converted the store.

At Springfield Plaza, Giant relocated to a larger store carved out of a former Kmart. Trader Joe’s, another Springfield Plaza tenant, is expected to leave its space for Whole Foods’ now vacated location on Old Keene Mill Road in West Springfield.

Largest Grocery Retailers in Greater Washington

Metro-area grocery sales 2022

RankPrior RankName/Prior/URL
11Giant Food LLC
22Albertsons Cos.
33CVS Caremark

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West Springfield continues relay dominance on first day of state meet

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — For the West Springfield girls’ 4x800-meter relay team, Friday served as redemption.In February, at the Class 6 indoor state championships, the Spartans suffered an unexpected blow from the Langley Saxons, whose quartet won the event by three seconds to capture the state title.The defeat wa...

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — For the West Springfield girls’ 4x800-meter relay team, Friday served as redemption.

In February, at the Class 6 indoor state championships, the Spartans suffered an unexpected blow from the Langley Saxons, whose quartet won the event by three seconds to capture the state title.

The defeat was bitter for the Spartans, and three of them came to Todd Stadium with thoughts of payback.

The Spartans got that Friday morning as Lexi Stein, Kenza Elakari, Chloe Miller and Aidan MacGrath won the event in 9 minutes 16.16 seconds, just ahead of Yorktown (9:18.75).

“Really satisfying,” said Elakari, whose second leg put West Springfield ahead as she made her break on the backstretch of her second lap and opened a three-second lead before handing the baton to Miller.

Miller, a sophomore, delivered the decisive lap, taking the baton on the third leg and doubling her team’s lead to six, which was the plan, according to Coach Chris Pellegrini.

“Her instructions were to go out hard,” said Pellegrini, whose team has dominated this relay at the state level over the past decade, winning 12 VHSL Class 6 boys’ and girls’ championships between the indoor and outdoor seasons. This was the girls’ first outdoor win since 2013.

MacGrath received a scare on the final lap as Yorktown’s Anna Macon Corcoran, a Duke commit, closed the lead to two seconds heading into the final turn, a fact unknown to the Spartans senior.

“I felt like I was going slow,” MacGrath said. “With about 150 [meters] to go, I saw a bunch of Yorktown runners cheering for Anna, heard her and realized that she was right there.”

Holding to form, the Spartans boys also won, with Kyle LaJoye, Nasir Banks, Sean Cochran and John O’Donnell clocking a meet record time of 7:44.42 — more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up South Lakes. Cochran’s final split of 1:55.2 added six seconds to the margin of victory.

Friday’s performance was the boys’ sixth consecutive win in the relay, counting indoor seasons.

Many field events were held on Friday — the meet continues Saturday — but there were no winners among Northern Virginia athletes.

Battlefield’s Brian DiBassinga scored eight key points with his second-place finish in the triple jump (47 feet 4.25 inches) to help the Bobcats’ bid for a Class 6 boys’ team championship. The Battlefield boys are in second place with 14 points, with West Springfield (12), South Lakes (11) and Potomac (11) close behind.

Viviana Rodriguez of Osbourn Park was the runner-up in the Class 6 pole vault, clearing 10-3. The Osbourn Park girls sit in fourth place with 11 points.

Reigning indoor track All-Met Athlete of the Year Wisdom Williams of Alexandria City was second in the girls’ discus with a throw of 139 feet 5 inches.

Trader Joe's hunting for bigger space in Springfield as nearby Whole Foods makes a move

Trader Joe's is on the hunt for a bigger box in Fairfax County, according to two sources familiar with the situation, as part of a larger round of supermarket reshuffling kicked off by Giant Food’s relocation to the former Kmart space at Springfield Plaza from another part of the Fairfax County retail center.The specialty grocer is in talks...

Trader Joe's is on the hunt for a bigger box in Fairfax County, according to two sources familiar with the situation, as part of a larger round of supermarket reshuffling kicked off by Giant Food’s relocation to the former Kmart space at Springfield Plaza from another part of the Fairfax County retail center.

The specialty grocer is in talks to take over the roughly 24,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market at Federal Realty Investment Trust's (NYSE: FRT) Old Keene Mill Shopping Center in West Springfield, according to the sources, who were not authorized to comment on the record about the situation. The space would be an upgrade for Trader Joe's, which now has a 10,673-square-foot store next to the new Giant at Springfield Plaza, about three miles east of Old Keene.

Why would Whole Foods close? That's what's fueling some of the speculation among retail brokers across Greater Washington that have been keeping close watch of the situation. The Amazon.com Inc.-owned market chain plans to take over Giant’s former space at 6426 Springfield Plaza, according to Fairfax County land records and the two sources. It's unclear whether Whole Foods will shutter its store at Old Keene once it opens the new one, or, for that matter, whether Trader Joe's would close its Springfield Plaza store if it opens in West Springfield. The specialty grocer has been known to maintain two stores close to each other, as it does in Bethesda.

That's a lot of ifs, to be sure, and real estate experts say other grocers including Aldi, Amazon Fresh and Lidl have also been sniffing around the area given its demographics and the street visibility of the two centers. The larger Springfield Plaza sits just off Interstate 95 while more than 41,000 households, with a median household income topping $134,000, are within a 3-mile radius of the Old Keene Mill center, according to demographics information in Federal Realty leasing material.

Rappaport leasing materials show a “new grocer coming fall 2023” to the space Giant shed, though it does not identify the tenant. Fairfax County permit data, including a fire alarm review dated June 2, make repeated references to the planned Whole Foods. The former Giant space has been demolished to its frame as that construction work, led by contractor L.F. Jennings, continues.

Representatives for Whole Foods could not be reached for comment, on Old Keene or on its planned Springfield Plaza location, which was first reported by FFXnow.com. Federal Realty and Rappaport, which manages Springfield Plaza, declined to comment on any pending leases at Old Keene. Deidre Johnson, senior vice president of asset management for the company, said in a statement that they are adding other new tenants including Duck Donuts and Pacific Dental.

A spokeswoman for Trader Joe’s said only that the specialty grocer considers many locations. She noted that all of the locations opening soon are listed on its website, including one in College Park.

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