Cindy Kennedy, FNP, is joined by Dr. Ken Litwin to talk about his fascination with the brain, including memory. Once he educated himself on a functional approach for maintaining and improving brain function, he never looked back to standard treatment approaches for brain health. He is using his broad knowledge and experience in functional medicine to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease in his practice in Sandy Hook, Conn., alongside colleague Dr. Kara Fitzgerald.

Dr. Ken Litwin

He got his B.A. in Neuroscience from Oberlin College in 1992, his MD from Hahnemann University in 1996, then completed his residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Yale in 1999. He then practiced Primary Care Internal Medicine in a traditional model in Danbury, CT for 15 years.

After a colleague introduced him to functional medicine, there was no going back. He then earned his certification in functional medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). Knowing that there are many ways to help himself and his patients get healthy and stay healthy through nutrition and lifestyle medicine, as well through investigating the root causes of symptoms and conditions through advanced laboratory testing has revolutionized the way that he practices today. He strives to educate and empower his patients so that they better care for themselves and their families.

Dr. Litwin has been fascinated with the brain ever since his neuroscience days at Oberlin. He considered becoming a neurologist in medical school. But his experience showed him that most of the time, neurology was all about figuring out what diagnosis a person had. After that, the treatment options were purely palliative, addressing only the symptoms but not the underlying causes in most cases of chronic neurologic conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease. This is still the case in conventional neurology today.

When he learned that there was a neurologist and researcher who had applied concepts of functional medicine to the treatment of Alzheimer’s, it was music to his ears. He earned certification in Dr. Dale Bredesen’s (Author of the book: The End of Alzheimer’s) RECODE protocol. This protocol is used to prevent, stop and even reverse Alzheimer’s Dementia. He has using that knowledge with his broad knowledge and experience in functional medicine to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease in his practice in Sandy Hook ever since. For more information go to https://www.drkarafitzgerald.com/functional-memory-rx/

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SHOW NOTES

What is cognitive decline and are there levels of decline?
Who recognizes the decline first-family or self?
What are the causes of cognitive decline? Talk to effects of Lyme Disease.
What part of the brain stores memories?
What do you feel is the best approach to staving off cognitive decline?
Are there Functional tests that would offer insight to our listeners?
Talk to Genetic, Environmental factors associated with cognitive decline.
Does stress have something to do with memory?
How can we improve our memory?
Is there a relationship with nutrition and memory?
Do you have favorite supplements that promote brain plasticity?
Are there prominent research studies that has focused on cognition?
What programs do you offer?