Friday, September 22, 2023
Mitochondrial Health

Advances in the Prevention of Dementia and Alzheimer’s with Dr. Kat Toups — Part 2

This two-part episode of Conversations for Health features Dr. Kat Toups, a Functional Medicine Psychiatrist at Bay Area Wellness in Walnut Creek, CA, and organizer and administrator for Bay Area Functional Medicine Group since 2012. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Toups is a former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC Davis, and later the Owner and Medical Director of Bay Area Research Institute, a Clinical Trials Research Center in Lafayette, CA. After serving as the Principal Investigator on over 100 clinical trials for 12 years, including 20 failed trials for Alzheimer’s drugs, she realized that the elusive cure for Brain and Psychiatric illness was not going to be found in a pill.

In the second part of our conversation, Dr. Toups continues our exploration of approaches to Alzheimer’s, dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and general cognitive health. She highlights the role of toxins testing, the importance of sleep hygiene and dietary monitoring, and the part that hormones play in overall brain health. Her personal and professional experiences are both encouraging and enlightening, and she offers an array of action items for anyone that is invested in dementia prevention efforts.

I’m your host Evelyn Lambrecht, thank you for designing a well world with us.

*Episode Resources:*

Dr. Kat Toups –

Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Precision Medicine Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease: Successful Pilot Project –

Dementia Demystified –

*Design for Health Resources:*

Designs for Health –

Blog: Minerals for Detoxification Support –

Blog: The Latest Clinical Research on Zeolite and Heavy Metal Detoxification –

Blog: Exploring the link between the ApoE4 gene and increased risk for Alzheimer’s –

Webinar: Fueling and Building the Brain – Understanding the Role of Fat & Ketones in the Brain –

Journal: Fish oils review, Chapter 91, 2020 Textbook of Natural Medicine –—fish-oils-review-chapter-91-2020-textbook-of-natural-medicine

Visit the Designs for Health Research and Education Library which houses medical journals, protocols, webinars, and our blog.


00:00 Intro
01:24 Kat’s experience with toxins testing, treatment, and study findings.
07:52 Two main considerations of the role of genetics in treatment protocol.
11:30 Dietary monitoring recommendations for advanced APOE4 genetic lipid markers
14:42 Sleep hygiene considerations and device recommendations.
17:05 Two Designs for Health supplements were used in the trial study.
20:14 Dementia prevention supplement recommendations include fish oil, B-complex, and vitamin D.
23:53 Kat’s personal favorite supplements and mitochondrial support.
27:03 Kat’s top and non-negotiable health practices start with what she puts in her mouth.
32:08 A holistic approach is the answer to finding lasting health.
33:40 The role of hormones in achieving optimal brain health.


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