Neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease collectively represent the leading cause of disability in the United States. Conventional medical treatment has largely taken a disjointed approach to this epidemic: doctors typically focus on each specific disease, in lieu of performing a comprehensive, personalized evaluation of each patient’s situation.
Functional medicine centers on a more holistic perspective that addresses some of the limitations of traditional patient care. In this episode of GIOTalk, Dr. Gellis speaks with Dr. Kenneth Sharlin – acclaimed author of the #1 best-selling book The Healthy Brain Toolbox: Neurologist-Proven Strategies to Improve Memory Loss and Protect Your Aging Brain. Dr. Sharlin discusses groundbreaking, yet practical, therapeutic techniques for the millions of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders. His Brain Tune Up! Program emphasizes the benefits of nutrition, exercise, and even interpersonal relationships as the essential components of the fight against oxidative stress, inflammation, and other factors that contribute to these afflictions.
As with stem cell therapy, functional medicine presents a valuable potential alternative to the traditional “pill for an ill” methodology that is commonly practiced in healthcare today.
About Our Guest
Ken Sharlin, M.D., M.P.H., IFMCP, is a board-certified neurologist, consultant, functional medicine practitioner, Assistant Clinical Professor, researcher, author, and speaker. His medical degrees are from Emory University, University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. His functional medicine certification is through The Institute for Functional Medicine.
He is author of the #1 best-seller The Healthy Brain Toolbox: Neurologist-Proven Strategies to Improve Memory Loss and Protect Your Aging Brain. His most recent publication, Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients, can be found in the peer-reviewed Journal of Alzheimer’s & Parkinsonism. Additionally, Dr. Sharlin has been the primary investigator in several pharma-sponsored clinical trials that have helped bring new therapeutics to market.
Dr. Sharlin practices general neurology, and directs his functional medicine program, Brain Tune Up!, in Ozark, Missouri.