Functional medicine takes a proactive approach to identifying all metabolic causes of brain, memory, mood, and cognitive dysfunction.
Optimizing nutrient deficiencies, balancing hormones, and reducing inflammation are functional medicine strategies proven to boost cognitive function and overall brain health.
“Detecting early signs of cognitive decline is the key to enabling early intervention.”-Dr. Shapiro
Identifying Memory & Cognitive Deficiencies
Progressive memory loss or forgetfulness can be an early sign of cognitive impairment. This may be more concerning for people with a strong family history of Alzheimer’s Disease.
For patients at risk, Dr. Shapiro recommends early screening with the APOE ε4 gene test. This blood test plays a crucial role in identifying genetic risk factors associated with late onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Early detection allows for Dr. Shapiro to create a personalized treatment plan that supports the delay in disease onset.
Regardless of Alzheimer’s risk, Dr. Shapiro recommends patients with memory or cognitive concerns to complete the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) Test.
By measuring attention, memory, language, visuospatial abilities, and executive functions, the MOCA test provides valuable information about brain health and can help detect early signs of cognitive decline or impairment.
The MOCA Test is an integral part of helping Dr. Shapiro to develop personalized treatment plans focused on supporting brain health, memory, and cognition.Request A Consultation
Addressing Nutrient Deficiencies
Blood work and micronutrient testing are essential to identify any metabolic deficiencies impacting brain health. For example, deficiencies in omega-3’s, B vitamins, magnesium, and vitamin D can all impact brain function.
Dr. Shapiro addresses these deficiencies through personalized supplement programs, IV nutrient therapy, as well as nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.Get Started
Optimizing the Gut-Brain Connection
The gut-brain connection is well-established, therefore addressing gut health can improve overall brain function. Dr. Shapiro recommends all patients with suspected gut inflammation to complete a GI MAP stool test.
This state-of-the-art test identifies DNA from specific microorganisms known to cause gut dysbiosis, gluten intolerance, and various inflammatory conditions.
Identifying and treating the root causes of gut dysbiosis allows Dr. Shapiro to optimize brain health and cognitive function.Get Started
Hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, insulin, cortisol, and thyroid hormones can all impact brain function when unbalanced. We use specialized blood, saliva, and urine tests to identify any hormone imbalances that may be impacting brain function.
Exposure to many types of toxins can affect brain function. Using specialized blood and urine testing, Dr. Shapiro can identify suspected toxins and recommend detox protocols designed to eliminate them from the body.
With effective elimination of toxins, you can anticipate improvement or recovery of brain health.Request A Consultation
What Puts Me at Risk for Cognitive Decline?
- Symptoms of forgetfulness, progressive memory loss, confusion, and difficulty with daily activities
- Family history of Alzheimer’s dementia, or other cognitive impairment
- Chronic conditions: obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease
- History of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Elderly people