welcome to the organic green doctor blog

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, July 20, 2018

alzheimers news-thanks bill

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one of the goals of alzheimers researchers besides the main one of finding a  treatment or cure of this disease is to be able to identify folks with alzheimers early in the disease or even before symptoms start

if you can get to folks before symptoms start or before damage has been done
then you have a better chance of slowing or stopping the disease

once the damage is done
its done
its not repaired

thats why you see so many drugs fail
they are started too late
they cant fix whats already been broken
its like a vase dropped from a roof onto a sidewalk
its smashed to thousands of pieces that cant be put back together

so it is with an alzheimers brain

so if i really have alzheimers disease then its being going on for at least 15-20 years
it just hasnt taken over enough brain cells yet to make me have noticeable symptoms
that damage cant ever be repaired even if they find a treatment or cure

so thats why early detection then treatment even if there is no symptoms is so important

ive read for the last 8 years since i was diagnosed
that an early blood test to tell you if you have alzheimers is almost here
they seem to say that each year
its not here yet

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enter bill gates
one of the richest men in the world
who has given lots of his money away for good causes
basically he got his money off us all who bought his products and now he is giving it to more needy folks

he recently donated well over 100 million just for alzheimers research
he has donated 30 million just to find an affordable test like a blood test for early detection of this awful disease
here is his statement

“Imagine a world where diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease is as simple as getting your blood tested during your annual physical.”

well i can imagine it
this money was put into a venture fund
he calls it diagnostic accelerator

we the federal government should be doing this by spending our money for a disease that is programmed to totally break our healthcare system in the near future
it will cost us billions of dollars

thanks bill
for doing what our federal government wont do for us

he is the definition of a philanthropist

on another note
biogen will be presenting data form the aducanumab study that i am in and one similar to it on sunday at a large alzheimers conference
expect to see news reports on their findings

expected approval for use by the fda if its approved will be 2020 or 2021
please hurry since i am scheduled to come off the aducanumab study in spring 2020
i dont want to lose anything ive gained

this aducanumab will not be a cure for alzheimers
it will be a treatment that will slow it down

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, July 19, 2018

garden to table yum recipe-edited version

my wife she just texted me from bed as she woke up to read my blog
you got it wrong she said
heres the correct recipe i use
below i have edited it all to be correct according to my wife she

with the internet now you can find websites or apps where you can just type in what veggies you have and push enter and find several recipes using the produce

there are two plants that i grow that we tend to have more than we an eat or use
okra and eggplant

for the eggplant
we fry them
we use them in our grilled veggies we do
my wife she has an eggplant dip that is real yummy good
every time she makes that dip i think of our friend who ate so much of it that they puked on our kitchen floor
ok so she also had too much wine
no it wasnt my wife she

so right now we have bunches of tomatoes like tons of them as we are at the peak of the tomato production in the garden
my eggplants just started to produce
i have a few onions which this year werent as productive as what ive had in texas
please note the nt on the sentence it stands for not which means no
we have garlic
we had swiss chard but it started wavering and looking puny so it was removed

so as we looked at all those tomatoes
i said to my wife she
why dont you cook that eggplant tomato recipe one
you know the one that i didnt think would taste very good a few years back
now is one of my favorite recipes

mixing tomatoes and eggplant and swiss chard together
well it doesnt sound like it would be good
it to me doesnt even look good

my wife she
cooked it anyway a few years ago
she didnt pay attention to my whining

she cooked it
i ate all of it
i even scrapped the dish well to get all of it
ok so i lifted the pan and licked it all off like a dog if you set it in front of him
i ate it all
its good
one of my favs

here is the ingredients
she got it from an old cookbook from the mid 1980s from the junior league of little rock when i was in medical school and residency there

tomatoes whole and cherry tomatoes
mozzarella chunk cheese
parmesan cheese
salt pepper italian spices
our fresh basil from our front porch
bread crumbs
she adds garlic
swiss chard

some how she mixes it all up
puts it in the oven
takes it out
i eat it
almost all of it by myself

yummy recipe

its sort of like a  eggplant parmigiana but adding the swiss chard makes the flavor different but better

here is the original recipe to which she adds swiss chard
the messy page is from cooking this recipe a lot
its the bitterness of the swiss chard and the eggplant mixed with the acid and sweetness of the tomatoes with hte flavors of the cheeses that when all mixed together leaves this taste in your mouth that makes you want more of this stuff

from   vegetable literacy by deborah madison page 210

feel free to post your eggplant recipes on here or on facebook

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

learned my lesson

one day as i was looking in the mirror i noticed a small pinprick drop of blood on my nose
i wiped it off and went on about my business
a few days later there it was again
like someone had painlessly pricked my nose with a fine needle

i knew since i had removed skin cancers like basal cell and squamous cell off peoples faces and their bodies over my career
i knew what that was

i thought
you have a basal cell on your nose

i googled mohs surgery for basal cell of the nose
hit enter
clicked on images
oh my i thought
that looks awful

off to the derm for a biopsy
then to a mohs surgeon to have it removed
the basal cell not my nose
it just felt like she had removed my nose

2 years later you really cant tell she cut a big ole hole in my nose and moved flaps of skin around so there would be hardly any scar

i thought to my self during recovery
i never ever want to do that again

i became religious about using sunscreen and wearing a hat and sometimes wearing long sleeves even in the hot summer

now here in santa barbara its dangerous since the weather is usually nice
like today
it will start out with some morning fog then as the day goes on there will be bright sun with no clouds
it seems like nothing slows down those sun rays

theres been many a day ive gone to the garden hatless and sunscreenless since it was so overcast
the next thing i know by lunchtime my face is red like i had a hot flash

ive learned to be more aggressive with the sunscreen and hats no matter the weather

 ive settled on the sunscreen in the above two pictures and have noticed that it works well and doesnt seem to sweat off much as the day goes on

after reading the below article i think i will need to change mine

recently i saw this article on sunscreen damaging things
the coral reefs
our hormones

in hawaii the reefs are dying they think from the sunscreens with
in them

i do worry what affect these have on babies and young kids since they are rapidly growing
and they get a lot of sunscreen rubbed on them everyday

this article recommends avobenzone which is better
even better is
zinc oxide and titanium dioxide

these last two make the uv light bounce off thus blocking the uv effects
zinc oxide is in desitin amd other diaper rash ointments and is used as a thick paste on folks noses who surf and life guard

the other stuff above absorbs the sun rays

so blocking is better than absorbing

sprays dont work as well as the kind you rub on

use spf 40-50

this article has references to sites like consumer reports or an app that give recommended products to use
it also lists the recommended ones for kids

use one that doesnt kill the coral reefs and doesnt change your kids hormones

ive learned my lesson to use sunscreens regularly and floppy hats
i just need to use the one that doesnt harm me or the environment

the organicgreen doctor