ReCode & Dr. Hedaya’s Brain-Saver ™ Program


Take out the bad, put in the good. 

Whether you call it ‘ReCode’ (per Dr. Dale Bredesen) or Dr. Hedaya’s Brain-Saver Program, this is a scientific, data-based approach to restoring optimal brain function in people with subjective and mild cognitive impairment as well as neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Dr. Hedaya’s Brain Saver program and the ReCode Program are based on the principles of Functional Medicine. Dr. Hedaya has been using this program for reversal of dementia since 2009 when he successfully reversed a case of mid-stage dementia (a 63- year old women who were getting dressed in the morning and putting her bra on over her shirt).

In this very personalized and thorough approach, we identify all health-damaging factors and correct them. At the same time, we identify and replace or restore what is needed to support the restoration of brain health. Early intervention aids recovery of brain function, and importantly, brain resilience. The


1. Inflammatory agents and processes:
(Diet, Infections, Mold, Genetics): Evidence is abundant that we live in a balance with bacteria and viruses. However, the evidence is also abundant that chronic low-grade infections cause deterioration in brain function. In fact, it is now thought that the ‘excess’ levels of beta-amyloid found in Alzheimer’s disease, are actually the body’s anti-bacterial response to low-grade infection in the brain.

brain saver2. Diet, nutrition, and hormones:
The typical western diet leads to the development of high blood sugar levels, damaging fats, cardiovascular deterioration, and nutritional deficits. As a result of this, and other factors, hormones which are needed to maintain normal brain function begin to fail.

3. Chemicals and toxic metals:
brain saverWe live in a world filled with thousands of synthetic chemicals. Many of these are toxic to our bodies, and in particular, to our nervous system. Many of us are routinely exposed to heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, tin, and arsenic. In high levels, these metals impact nervous system function (e.g., certain forms of mercury prevent the growth of new brain cells). Depending on one’s genetic vulnerabilities, life experiences, and dietary habits, the body may be able to buffer the negative effects of these chemicals and metals for many years. Typically, however, the accumulation of chronic damage to the nervous system, adds vulnerability which is unmasked during times of stress.

brain saver4. Stress and Sleep:
Relationships, attitudes, and finances are common sources of stress. Other more hidden sources are sleep disorders, which is equivalent to a biological toxin, or chronic pain.


How the Brain-Saver ™ Program Works


Robert Hedaya, MD

Step 1: Evaluation – Phase 1

An initial in-person evaluation (3 and ½ hour session) is designed to identify the underlying root causes of your symptoms. It includes a comprehensive health history, questionnaires, computerized and genetic screening tests, a review of past records, and physical exam. Testing is done to determine what type of dementia is present. When the suspected root causes and vulnerabilities (i.e., the ‘bad stuff’) are provisionally identified, Phase 1 Testing is planned to confirm or reject the suspected factors, and measure the degree of dysfunction. First phase interventions are provided to you and your caregiver to be implemented.

Step 2: Primary Treatment – Phase 2

Four to eight weeks after Phase 1 Testing is done, your doctor spends 2 to 4 hours reviewing the results of the testing and formulating your initial treatment plan. You and your caregiver will meet with the doctor to review the results of the testing and go over your customized plan. You will be instructed on how to implement it. Based on the results of Phase 1 Testing, further testing may be ordered.

DNAStep 3: Advanced treatment – Phase 3

Four to six weeks after the primary treatment plan is introduced (step 2 above), the results of genetic testing and advanced metabolic testing become available. Your doctor spends 2-4 hours identifying which genetic networks are potentially causing vulnerability to chronic brain disorders by analyzing your entire genome with the use of the state of the art genetic analysis software.

These genetic networks are then cross-referenced with the metabolic testing to determine which genetic networks are actually causing your vulnerability. Based on this fundamental information, and any additional testing that was ordered in Step 2 a final treatment plan is created. Follow-up testing is done to determine that the identified abnormalities have been corrected.


Dr. Hedaya’s Brain Saver program is NOT a temporary intervention. Rather it is an approach to a permanent lifestyle change. The program requires commitment. It involves a significant investment of time, energy, and financial resources. It works to the degree that it is implemented. It is suitable for those who want to work the program and have the appropriate in-home support to help to assist with implementing the program.