What we're about

BEFORE applying to join, please read our unique meetup description and membership criteria.

We are committed to optimizing brain health based on the diet and lifestyle outlined in Dr. Dale Bredesen’s 2020 book “The End of Alzheimer’s Program”.  Our meetups provide social connection with like minds, cognitive challenge during the educational portion, circadian rhythm-regulating sunshine, fresh air, accountability for building healthy habits, and sometimes a brief gentle movement break or guided breath-work. We learn from sharing experiences and uplift each other to create habits/practices for optimal brain health.

***Your "REQUEST TO JOIN" may be rejected if you haven’t reviewed the membership criteria below.***

Our members do NOT have significant cognitive impairment. Our meetings are mainly for PREvention of COgnitive DEcline (also known as “PreCODE”).  This meetup is NOT suited for those experiencing mild cognitive impairment, pre-Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's, or other types of dementia.  Some members have successfully reversed cognitive impairment (yay!) then joined our group after they no longer have significant cognitive issues.

If you suspect subtle cognitive decline, please read (points #5 and #15) further below.

Ours is a special group--the first Meetup with a brain health focus in the nation. We've even had Dr. Bredesen visit us in person!  We have lively group discussions about snacks/meals/recipes/groceries aligned with a brain healthy diet, balancing blood sugar, gradually fitting in more physical activity, handling sleep issues, managing stress, understanding lab tests, improving gut health, reducing toxin exposure, training/challenging your brain, ordering affordable ketogenic meals at local restaurants, utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement and supplements, improving mindset, and overcoming challenges to adhering to the holistic program.

We use the ReCODE 2.0 Bredesen Protocol™ as a common starting point and template, but are not dogmatic in light of evolving scientific evidence and personalization.

ABOUT YOUR HOST:

I’m Jen Felix, a ReCODE 2.0™-trained Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and former cell biology researcher at UCLA Dept of Neurobiology and UCSD Dept of Bioengineering.  I’m a Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach who has graduated from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.  I’ve completed both Dr. Bredesen's original intensive training for healthcare practitioners as well as his ReCODE 2.0 training.   Since January 2018, I have hosted this meetup and partnered with numerous doctors to help their Bredesen Protocol™ patients, including recent work in Dr. Heather Sandison’s clinical trial to reverse early Alzheimer’s.  I also practice a brain healthy lifestyle daily.

You can learn more about me, Dr. Bredesen’s research, a brain healthy diet, how to get a PreCODE™ or ReCODE Report™, my health coaching services, and more on my website http://nurturebrainhealth.com.

MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA:
(1) All members must have ALREADY read most of Dr. Bredesen’s 2020 book “The End of Alzheimer’s Program” (or the educational guides in a paid PreCODE™ subscription) BEFORE joining our discussions.

(2) All members must be committed to implementing much of Dr. Bredesen’s recommended KetoFLEX 12/3™ diet, physical activity, sleep hygiene, stress management, toxin reduction, and brain training.

(3) Do NOT APPLY to join if you cannot attend meetups in person at a park in San Diego. If, instead, you seek ONLINE group coaching, consider adding yourself to the interest list of my "Revitalize Your Brain" support group http://nurturebrainhealth.com/home/how-i-can-help/group-program.

(4) We welcome people at the stage of PREVENTING cognitive decline, possibly due to family history of Alzheimer’s disease [AD], ApoE4+ status, or with possible signs of subjective cognitive impairment (SCI).

(5) If you suspect that you have very mild cognitive issues and unsure whether you are at the stage of prevention, please email me (Jen) to make sure you are a good match for this group.  You’ll likely need a clinically-validated cognitive test (see (15) COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT below) to begin to objectively evaluate the extent of the problem. If you’re already experiencing memory issues, I urge you to consult a ReCODE doctor.

(6) Meetup members who are implementing PreCODE for themselves may also bring their loved one with early Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) as long as he/she is currently under the care of a ReCODE-certified doctor.  MCI is often a prelude to Alzheimer's, requiring medical oversight and intervention well beyond the scope of this support group.  To be clear, Dr. Bredesen compares MCI to stage 3 cancer—a life-threatening stage that should be treated with qualified medical interventions, far beyond the scope of this support group.

No one should self-treat an established neurodegenerative condition.

(7) The meetup is NOT for anyone with dementia nor early/moderate/advanced Alzheimer's. Our meetups often include a fast-paced deep dive into aspects of the Bredesen Protocol™ and the scientific underpinnings--inappropriate for people with dementia.

(8) Your contribution of $5-10 per meetup attended helps support our mission (including the $197 yearly meetup.com subscription). Your financial support and/or volunteer work keeps our meetups from being polluted by marketing/advertising and potential bias created by corporate sponsorship. Please bring cash in person to the meetings or contribute via MC/Visa/PayPal at https://nurturebrainhealth.com/donations/ .

(9) Our group CANNOT provide personalized healthcare advice. For optimal brain health, engage your own ReCODE™-certified doctor along with one-on-one support from a health coach for personalized testing, diagnosis, and personalized recommendations.

(10) My educational group presentations draw from Dr. Bredesen's books, published research, and my broad education in the functional medicine approach to brain health and overall wellness. However, I am legally prohibited from sharing Apollo Health’s intellectual property gained from ReCODE 2.0™ training with individuals who haven't subscribed to their PreCODE™ or ReCODE™ program.  Apollo Health wants everyone to understand that you're not truly following a personalized Bredesen Protocol™ unless you are guided by your custom PreCODE or ReCODE Report™, see https://nurturebrainhealth.com/recode-resources/labs-reports-doctors/  I whole-heartedly understand how this may be beyond the financial reach of many members.

(11) The information we discuss at our meetups is for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Please consult your healthcare provider before undertaking any diet and lifestyle change.

(12) You must RSVP and attend in person to receive handouts.

(13) All members are expected to keep personal details shared in discussions CONFIDENTIAL.

(14) The meetup is a time to be PRESENT and supportive, so please take personal phone calls, texts, and general cell phone distractions away from our meeting.  We sometimes incorporate a break for gentle movement or a breathing exercise about halfway through the meeting that can be used for checking your phone.

(15) Optional COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT:
Participants may receive an inquiry from me as to whether they’ve had a medical evaluation for potential cognitive decline. If you perceive that you’re having “senior moments”, it’s essential to have a cognitive assessment.  Please read https://nurturebrainhealth.com/recode-resources/cognitive-testing/ for a description of many options, including the MoCA, CNS-VS, and neuropsychological exam.
If you are experiencing subtle and mild cognitive symptoms, yet you have not completed a clinically validated cognitive assessment administered by a professional, I may be able to offer you a one-time CNS-VS test of a dozen cognitive domains with full report to take online at home for $50.  The fee covers the $40 to directly pay CNS-VS + $10 to begin to compensate me for my time to arrange your test. I also offer a single 55-minute private consultation via videoconference along with the CNS-VS cognitive assessment, see https://nurturebrainhealth.com/home/how-i-can-help/one-on-one-recode-coaching/ for details and cost. It is vital for people experiencing cognitive concerns to obtain an initial objective measure of the problem.

(16) Besides the gradual onset of Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss can be due to Lewy Body dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, excessive alcohol use, brain tumors, adverse effects of prescription drugs, head injury, or other causes. Cognitive issues due to NON-Alzheimer’s causes may not be helped by the Bredesen Protocol™. It's imperative to consult your DOCTOR about your symptoms.

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As Brain Health Optimizers, our MISSION is to help each other practice a healthy lifestyle that broadly avoids the drivers of Alzheimer’s Disease as well as other major chronic diseases in order to live a long, functional, vibrant life. We'll all be more successful building better brain health when we pursue this TOGETHER.

Many thanks for your time reading the above description. If our group seems like a good fit for you, please apply to join.  Given time and practice, I look forward to hearing about your gains in blood sugar balance, body weight normalization, cognitive performance, and/or other aspects of well-being.

Yours in optimizing brain health,
Jen Felix, BSc in Biology, NBC-HWC, FMCHC with ReCODE 2.0 Certification

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