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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, August 26, 2016

alzheimers news-can zika affect memory


Alzheimer's Texas

i sat outside reading my news feed on my phone
damn that skeeter
as i swated it as it landed on my arm
squished it good
thank goodness it had not filled its belly full yet

i read this article 
on zika and memory

now we have all seen what zika can do to the developing
we have seen those pictures of those microencehalic babies
born to those moms who got infected with the zika virus

now researchers looking at models of mice
have found that the zika can infect cells in the brain
that are producing new cells called progender cells
they are used to process new memory and learning
interestingly enough one of the areas
is where alzheimers in the brain starts
in the hippocampus

an infection there could leave a person with long term
memory issues
a person with reduced immunity may be at higher risk

it does make you wonder and think
when that mosquito lands on your arm

the adult infection may cause maybe more long term and subtle symptoms
the fetal infection which is more short term and dramatic

add protection against mosquitoes
to your repertoire of things to do
to prevent alzheimers and memory loss

support us in raising funds in the fight against this
awful disease

we are walking in these two local alzheimers texas walks

lets put a boot to alzheimers

donate and or join my team organicgreendoctor
for the alzheimers texas williamson county walk on september 24th
in georgetown texas

donate and or join our team austin regional clinic
for the alzheimers texas travis county walk on october 8th
in austin texas

to join the team you will need to register first
to only donate just hit the donate button

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, August 25, 2016

country n news-beesmarizing


sometimes here at the country n while i am out working
things will happen
that make you pause
to absorb
to take it all in

this seems to happen all the time
this summer eg
a quail landed on our fence
i havent seen a quail around here for 15 years
i know i had heard some this spring
in fact
i used my bob bob white whistle to call them

in fact
i used it on this guy that day
he answered me
he stayed around for several minutes

made living out here all worth it

then yesterday
as i was working to clear off my fence line
i walked up to the fence where the tree
called flame sumac was located
here is what it looks like in the fall
a brilliant red that stands out in the landscape

though the blooms were all out on the tree
as i go closer and closer to the bloom
it sounded like a concert was going on
i took out my iphone and recorded this concert

i stood there for a long time
taking it all in
watching those bees almost in a frenzy
this moment of my personal connection with nature

thank you country n for this moment 
i must say it was
the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

pop the top

this week a friend said meet us at the new house
i would like to drink a bottle of wine to celebrate
the building of the new house

we and another couple met her there
the house is a few miles from the country n
not in some subdivision in town
you have to be wanting to go there
if your car passes by the nearby houses
the neighbors keep an eye on it
people just dont pass through this road

we looked around at the house
talked about its location
the  potential for landscaping etc

we got out the bottle of wine
from a local winery nearby
got out the paper cups to sip it from

wheres the wine opener
oh i think its in the truck
well i usually have one in our car
i thought why would you have one in your car
nope it wasnt there

here we are in nowhere land
with no wine opener
now we live 3 miles away
we got three at our place
a 20-30 minute trip would bring it back

i looked at one of the guys
hes a researcher at a university

lets put on our mcgiver hats i said

you know
i saw this video once where you put the wine
in the heel of your shoe or boot
beat the heel on a post or wall
the cork will come out

we even pulled up the video on line
it was in some language i couldnt recognize
but the video was easy to follow

he looked at me
i looked at him
why not i said
i peeled off the top wrapper
put the wine bottle in my tennis shoes heel
banged it hard against the new post on her porch

i sure hope this wine bottle doesnt break in my hand
that would be fun to explain to the er doctor

the cork barely peaked out the top
bam bam bam i went
harder and harder each time
it barely peaked a little more

i thought to myself
nothing good is going to come of this if i continue this

with a mcgiver look to the researcher
lets think of something else

do you have a screwdriver he said
luckily the electrician had left his there

do we have a screw somewhere

so i found a roofing screw and a sheet rock screw

the researcher with that mcgiver grin
screwed the screw into the cork
leaving a small amount sticking up out of the cork

do you have some pliers he said

he left some here

he grasped the screw with the pliers
pulled and wiggled that screw and cork
kapop the cork came out
he raised the wine bottle
cheers he said
poured each of us some wine
we tapped the paper cups together

to the new homeowner

the organicgreen doctor