The festive season is the busiest and most frantic of all. With Coachella Valley city streets piling up like logs on an open fire, and retail stores blazing with Black Friday and Christmas shopper bargains, it’s not uncommon to forget a few things, or yourself …

For decades we have heard the expression, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”. Indeed, it is. The human brain is far more developed and complex than any machine will ever be. There is no comparison, despite what certain media or I.T. companies maintain. The brain is a vital component that allows humans to think, understand, move, speak, recall and more. Therefore, it is of vital importance that we do all that we can to support its health and function.

At this time of the year, and as chestnuts roast on an open fire, candies, cakes, and other Christmas treats dance in our eyes, many will be using their brain power to focus on trimming down waistlines in the New Year. But what if you placed a portion size of our focus this New Year on preserving the health of our brains? If we did, it would help us avoid, and or minimize the risk of experiencing brain illnesses later in life such as dementia.


Considering the above, if you want to “feel better and live longer” then you would be making a wise investment this Christmas by taking a few minutes to read the remainder of this column, and consider a $100 consultation visit with the Coachella Valley’s leader of Holistic healthcare, DESERT LONGEVITY INSTITUTE.

For nearly three decades, Dr. Johnson has been the brains behind the brawn of Desert Longevity Institute which is cradled amidst the charm and excitement of El Paseo, in Palm Desert.
Dr. Johnson’s tenure as a master health practitioner extends far beyond his clinic’s existence and boasts a lifespan of close to 45 years. Dr. Johnson has been involved with, and has witnessed more health and wellness transformations than he has sunrises and sunsets. He has been affectionately referred to as – “the doctor of last hope”.

“Q&A with DR. JOHNSON” allows readers to write Dr. Johnson and ask health-related questions. Dr. Johnson will answer questions in the order they are received, but nothing is more productive than scheduling a consult with Dr. Johnson in-person at DESERT LONGEVITY INSTITUTE.

This week’s question comes from local resident, Rebecca. Rebecca, thank you for taking the time to write us.

Rebecca asks:

“Dr. Johnson, my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s. What are the best foods, supplements, and or Holistic medical services available that may act to preserve brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s. Thank you!”

Dr. Johnson replies: 

“Dear Rebecca,

I am sorry to hear about your grandmother. Sadly, Alzheimer’s and other dementias seem to be increasing. The good news is that some holistic doctors now have a better understanding of the conditions, and there are new cases where Alzheimer’s has been reversed to a significant extent.

We now recognize that there are over 30 possible risk factors for dementia that include deficiencies of certain hormones, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids (the healthy variety) and things like heavy metal toxicity, diabetes, stress, inflammation, high homocysteine, clogged arteries, poor gut health and mold toxicity. A well-informed holistic doctor can guide you through the maze of factors that must be consistently addressed.

Some simple things that you can do at home include:

  1. Follow a ketogenic diet (with no sugar)
  2. Avoid gluten and dairy (whey is okay)
  3. Exercise
  4. Optimize weight
  5. Treat sleep apnea if needed)
  6. Take fish oil
  7. Take lithium 10mg twice per day
  8. Take pregnenolone 100mg twice daily
  9. Take probiotics
  10. Take hi-potency B-complex every day
  11. Take zinc 90-100mg daily
  12. Take magnesium threonate (dosage will be determined by blood test)
  13. Take selenium 200mcg (not mg) twice daily
  14. Take enough vitamin D3 to bring your levels up – 10,000 i.u. daily for many adults
  15. Take glutathione (IV is most effective)
  16. Maintain good dental health
  17. Take natural (not synthetic) vitamin E 400 i.u. daily
  18. Avoid statins (they are toxic to your blood) If you have high cholesterol in many cases its due to undiagnosed low thyroid.

The treatment of Alzheimer’s is complicated and time consuming but results and a better quality of life for those affected, and for those caring for those with the disease can be achieved.  

To your good health!

If you would like to ask Dr. Johnson a question concerning health and wellness, please write us at:


(760) 773-5994