Your Neuro-Regeneration ProgramJan 29, 2021 10:15AM ● By Les Cole, MD
Your ancestors had a program in their bodies that automagically got turned on every year to remove damaged cell proteins that caused destruction and thus made their cells younger, healthier, work stronger and live longer. This organic happening increased their stem cell numbers, youthfulness and activity, improved immune function ergo health and healing and decreased inflammation, oxidative stress and disease.
Well, it turns out that you have the same innate program and it can be turned “on”. It is called autophagy and to understand how it works, see my article, “The Holy Grail of Regenerative Medicine, Health, Youth and Longevity”, published in the January 2021 issue of Natural Awakenings Tampa.
It has recently become clear that all neurodegenerative diseases have abnormal protein depositions in the brain tissue as causing the disease. If you have memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease, you have accumulated two abnormal proteins— amyloid and tau—in your brain tissue. If you have Parkinson’s disease, you have an abnormal protein called alpha-synuclein (aka Lewy bodies) in your brain tissue. If you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), you have the abnormal protein called TAR-DNA or SOD1 in your upper and lower motor neurons. And if you have Huntington’s disease, you have an abnormal protein called Huntington (HTT) protein in your brain tissue. All neurodegenerative diseases now have these abnormal proteins identified.
So, in the interest of being protected from neurodegenerative disease or in the instance of already having a neurodegenerative disease and wanting to remove the abnormal protein from your brain, turning on your autophagy program is key. The hard part—actually doing a five-day fast* to turn on the program—is made easier to accomplish. With doctor’s supervision and eating a Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), it can be safe, simple and quite easy. The FMD allows you to turn on your autophagy program to remove the unwanted damaging neurodegenerative proteins while you are still allowed to eat. That way, it is also fairly easy to do.
The FMD foods have been chosen to fool your body into thinking it is fasting so the damaged protein-gobbling program turns on. The FMD used at St. Petersburg Health and Wellness consists of five days of pre-packaged foods with explicit directions. No need to plan meals or learn a new diet; just follow the directions. Repeating this process once every month, you can remove these damaging proteins. When you consult their physician and nurse practitioners, they will help you choose a functional goal. When you reach that goal, you can then progress to eating a five-day FMD once every three months to prevent further abnormal protein accumulation.
St. Petersburg Health & Wellness is located at 2100 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N, St. Pete. To make your appointment for a consult with their physician or nurse practitioner and start improving your neurologic function today, call 727-202-6807.