Alzheimer's Disease and Dr. Romi's Introduction and Approach
To celebrate the start of Naturopathic Medicine Week 2019, I am excited to introduce myself to my new followers, as well as re-introduce myself to those that have followed me, seeing my talks, or have personally worked with me in my practice.
My name is Dr. Romi Fung, and I am a Naturopathic Physician practicing in the City of Richmond, British Columbia.
My clinical interests lie in treating patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
Now, why would some be so interested in a condition that we think is a part of aging?
If you look at the evidence, there are people out there, such as the Centenarians who live to be 100 or older, and they do not have any signs of cognitive impairment. And right now, Alzheimer’s doesn’t even fall in what we thought to be conditions correlated to those in the later stages of life. There are people who unfortunately experience these symptoms in their 40s and 50s.
I have worked with seniors for almost 2 decades of my life (Can you guess how old I am?). I’ve had fond experiences working with seniors in events and dinners, and even supporting them physically and mentally in extended living homes and independent residences. I have witnessed seniors who were isolated and unwilling to connect with others express such amazing emotions of happiness when they are able to do something that gets them using their senses as well as making such fond memories.
I know the living situations for these seniors are hard when their functionality is declining and adding a lot of stress to their families and caregivers. Failing memory and thus improper function of daily life tasks really robs these seniors of their living and independence. And I know it doesn’t have to be that way.
My approach to Alzheimer’s Disease is that I do not see it as one single entity. Alzheimer’s Disease is not Alzheimer’s Disease where based on the diagnosis, that a specific treatment will be prescribed. In fact, based on Dr. Dale Bredesen who founded the Bredesen Protocol, there at least 36 contributions to Alzheimer’s, grouped into sub-types. The 3 subtypes commonly seen in Alzheimer’s patients include inflammation, hormonal imbalances and toxins and heavy metals. Each and everyone of the these subtypes contribute to Alzheimer's Disease individually, and collectively. Health can be viewed like a 'ripple' effect.
No two Alzheimer’s patients are alike. This is where I take a thorough history of the patient (and caregiver) and determine which avenues that can likely put the patient to be more predisposed to their current symptoms. This is where we do lab testing and functional testing to quantify and confirm our suspicions. From there, we know the underlying pathways that contribute to the systems, and we treat accordingly. This may involve diet changes, supplementation, lifestyle counseling, exercises, etc.
If you are interested in working with me but do not know if this is for you, I am more than happy to offer a complimentary 15 Meet and Greet where I discuss more about what I do and my approach. If it resonates with both parties, then we can discuss a plan then.
I look forward to working with you in optimizing your health.
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