79- Preventing Dementia and Alzheimer's with Cindy Santa Ana1

79- Preventing Dementia and Alzheimer’s with Cindy Santa Ana

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

July 25, 2019

It is estimated that over 16% of elderly people will develop Dementia or Alzheimer's after the age of 65. The rate increases the older you get.

If you have ever known someone suffering from Dementia, it can be a really sad disease for the family to deal with. Seeing someone you love slowly disappear mentally is not the last memories we wish to have of our loved ones.

While researchers have spent decades trying to find a cure for Dementia, conventional research isn't any closer to finding the cure as they were 50 years ago.

However, the Amen Clinic has been making some huge changes in the progression of Dementia in their elderly patients.


How Should We Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer's?

What the Amen Clinic is doing right is they focus on the entire person in front of them.

This means they aren't just assessing brain function and deterioration. They are looking at:

  • Lifestyle
  • Nutrition
  • Hormones
  • Genetics
  • Exercise
  • Substance Abuse
  • and much more

By looking at the entire person's history, their protocols go much more in depth than anything else out there!

Lucky for us, Cindy Santa Ana is part of the food and nutrition team at the Amen Clinic, and came on the show to share about how that impacts Dementia and Alzheimer's.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How the Amen Clinic works as a team to treat patients
  • What are common signs of Dementia to look out for
  • Steps to take to prevent your chances of developing Dementia
  • Important tests to monitor brain function


  • [4:00] How does Cindy Santa Ana integrate nutritional practices with cooking classes
  • [7:00] Did you choose to remove dairy on your own, or did a practitioner test for it
  • [9:00] Have you tried different types of dairy to see if the allergy continued
  • [10:15] What was the process for you to start learning about Dementia and Alzheimer's
  • [13:00] The Amen Clinic has different branches of support for their protocols
  • [18:00] Are the people coming into the clinic trying to prevent brain issues, or are they too late and trying to manage it
  • [23:00] Omega 3 foods are extremely helpful for brain function
  • [26:00] Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers can help to push extra oxygen into the brain
  • [28:00] Those who drink alcohol have worse brain scans than those who don't drink
  • [31:00] Do the scans show whether there is a specific amount of alcohol that causes more damage than others
  • [34:30] What type of movement is beneficial for preventing Dementia and Alzheimer's
  • [35:30] Ryan Glatt talked about using commands during exercise to train the brain
  • [37:00] Are there specific dietary types that are best for Dementia and Alzheimer's
  • [41:00] Jack Wolfson talked all about Cholesterol and how statins are not the best option
  • [43:00] How does the Thyroid influence the brain

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

  • How Concussions Can Influence Dementia and Alzheimer's- Listen Here
  • Can the Keto Diet Improve Your Alzheimer's?- Listen Here
  • Using Voice Commands During Exercise to Workout the Brain- Listen Here
  • The Cholesterol Myth and New Ways to Treat Heart Disease- Listen Here

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts may not be 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Cindy Santa Ana

Website: Unlock Better Health

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Cindy Santa Ana of the Amen Clinic chats with us about the integrative approach for Dementia and Alzheimer's they use at the clinic.

Cindy Santa Ana of the Amen Clinic chats with us about the integrative approach for Dementia and Alzheimer's they use at the clinic.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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