An article I read recently by Dr. Frank Shallenberger on a Nobel Prize winning scientist grabbed my attention.  Although this article  pertains to all of us,  if you suffer from memory problems,  it may be the most exciting news you read this year.

Not long ago, Rita Levi-Montalcini celebrated her 103rd birthday. During the festivities she made a speech.  She said: “my mental capacity is greater today than when I was 20.” Normally when I read a story like this,  I smile and I say “God bless her.”  And then I turn the page.

But in this case, I took Rita’s comments very seriously; and so did the rest of the medical world. You see, Rita was a famous doctor who devoted her life to studying the human brain.  In fact, her brain discoveries were so important that they earned her the Nobel Prize in medicine!

A Discovery That’s Changing The World

Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini  won the Nobel Prize for discovering a protein called nerve growth factor (NGF).  Since her discovery, hundreds of studies have been done on NGF.  These studies show that NGF has a whole host of benefits:  it reverses age-related memory loss and cognitive decline,  it helps with the survival and maintenance of brain cells,  it protects and repairs damaged brain cells,  and it prevents your brain from shrinking as you get older. MRI studies on patients with high NGF actually show a significant decrease in brain shrinkage!

A Simple Way to Boost NGF

Want to boost NGF in order to reverse or slow down memory loss and cognitive decline?   Dr Dale Bredesen,  Professor of Neurology, University of California,  LA,  and author of The End of Alzheimer’s  tells us how… “by balancing the body’s hormones”.  His breakthrough protocols,  which have now helped thousands of patients, are used by many other centers of excellence, including The Cleveland Clinic and Sarasota’s  own Roskamp Institute. 

However, keep in mind that, simply adding a ‘one size fits all’ hormone like an estrogen patch or progesterone pill will not do.  All the hormones need to be in balance to promote optimal NGF.

Balancing hormones for cognition is like conducting a symphony orchestra and requires a similar expertise.  If one of the instruments is out of rhythm or tune, it will ruin the sound of all the other instruments .  All the hormones (15+) must be optimized; symptomatology plus individualized blood or salivary panels must be monitored closely.

About The Renewal Point:

With over 30 years of experience and numerous board certifications and credentials, Dr. Watts, MD, ND, MSNM and Helena Williams, ARNP, MS are experts in Bio-Identical Hormone Balancing.  As hormone balancing is both an art and science, it requires expertise in individualized therapy and ongoing dosing changes based not only on a patient’s diagnostic lab values, but also their symptoms.  Due to the sensitive nature of hormone balancing, it is imperative that you work in partnership with an experienced provider and program.   

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