A few months ago, I read about a new lab test that looked very interesting. Whenever I run across this type of thing, I try it myself. When I got the results back, I was astounded. It was the answer to a personal medical situation that I have never been able to handle. I have a hereditary elevation in blood homocysteine. None of the usual remedies have worked and I have tried many of them over the last 20 years. Finally, I gave up. Lo and behold, this test gave me the answer. When I started taking the suggested remedy, within two months my usual homocysteine of 13-15 had reduced to a nice normal 8.
What was the test?
It measured a group of blood lipids called plasmalogens. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. I hadn’t either. These compounds are made by our cells but in many cases they don’t make enough. Low levels underlie nearly every neurological disease including M.S., Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS. This includes most cancers and heart disease. Patients with colon polyps who have low plasmalogen levels get colon cancer. Those with normal levels, even with polyps, don’t get cancer. It’s the same for dementia.
Not bad huh?
The information is in a new book called Breaking Alzheimer’s by Dr Dayan Goodenowe. The book is deep reading but excellent.
We are now offering this test here at LifeWorks and if you haven’t had it ordered please ask about it and we can get it done.
It is a game changer for sure.
Ask for the Prodrome lab test.
Have a great week.
Dr. David I Minkoff, MD