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, May 26, 2017

alzheimers news-ted talks

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-TED TALKS
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my wife she posted this ted talk on facebook this week
i clicked on it and watched it

the person doing the ted talk
is
lisa genova

a neuroscientist
the author of the book
still alice
which was made into a movie
julianne moore won an oscar for her part

in this well done easy to understand ted talk
she explains alzheimers disease
how it develops
how we are trying to treat it
how we can prevent it
those of you who attended my talk last week
or
have heard me talk before
should recognize that all this seems real familiar
as
its what i talked about
maybe without the great slide presentation she used

folks
the more you understand about alzheimers disease
the easier it is to handle the diagnosis
in a loved one
or
yourself

so watch this
is if you want to understand how alzheimers develops
how you can SLOW it down
or
maybe PREVENT it


i am a week out from my last infusion in the aducanumab study
the only side effect i have noticed is an extreme fatigue that
seems to hit me in the afternoon and evening
i know i know
i have always fallen asleep on folks
dating back to my early 20s
but this seems different

i am hoping its due to the drugs effect
and
not some placebo phenomena

also
i am in the processing of getting a transfer to another facility
in california to finish the study
so that i wont have to make those trips back to dallas each
month for 4.5 years
i am hoping for ucla

i should find out soon

we my wife she and i have made the decision that
this drug has too much potential for me and others
that we will do what it takes to finish the study

i will be doing the
alzheimers texas walk in georgetown texas
on saturday september 23rd
team name is organicgreendoctor

i also will have a team in the
santa barbara walk to end alzheimers 
on saturday october 28th
team name is organicgreendoctor

join us

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

the last times

THE LAST TIMES
we are having a lot of these this month
some are peaceful
some are not
some are tearful
yesterday
i did a talk to a group of about 20 people
telling my story and talking about new clinical research
on alzheimers disease

as i was standing up there talking
i looked out over the group
some ive sat on the alzheimers committee with
some were my patients
some have heard me talk before

i realized this would be my last time to do
an alzheimers talk in texas

i recently attended this years committee meeting
for the williamson county alzheimers texas walk in georgetown texas
on september 23rd
i realized it would be my last meeting

however
if you have walked with me in the past or want to
in the future
i will have a team in the walk
the organicgreendoctor team
yes
it will be my last time to do the walk
so
put that on your calender

the other day i went to heb grocery store
as i was shopping
i stopped and looked around
thinking
this is my last time to shop here

there is no heb like store in santa barbara
i thought to myself
ill probably have to shop at 2 or 3 places just to get what we need

we plan to have a last run on chuys
one of our favorite mexican food places

i recently did my last landscape at habitat for humanity
it was my last time to work there
man
i sure learned a lot over the last few years

this last homeowner was fun to design her yard for
remember
this is done with not much funding

she wanted herbs in her front bed instead of shrubs
so i added oregano mexican oregano lavender rosemary
i also added a raised veggie bed that can easily be
expanded

i later went back alone
stood on the street
taking it in
this doing these habitat builds sure makes you feel good inside

this week on friday
i run my last meals on wheels route
some of the folks i have been delivering meals to for
5 years
ill say bye to each of them
another feel good inside volunteer opportunity

they desperately need volunteers to deliver meals
you can pick a day a week
or
be a sub when someone cant deliver
or
some folks just do 1 or 2 days a week

you want feel bad about it if you do it

here is the link to how to volunteer
they need your help

soon
our old dog maverick
he is 15+ years old
he is in poor health
some days he cant hardly get around
some days he acts like a puppy
last winter i thought he was agoner more than once

we have decided
to have him put to sleep
here at the country n
where he has had a good life
protecting the place
protecting my wife she
who says she always feels safe knowing he is protecting her

this may be the hardest thing about moving
but
we know if he could talk he was say
i am ready
i want to go here not at some other place

so
some last times are feel good
some last times arent

but
we must move on
we have our memories


the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

the others arent good enough

THE OTHERS ARENT GOOD ENOUGH
i think we need some to be from other places

all of our supreme court justices either attended
harvard or yale law school
which
i think is not good
to have such influence from those two schools
on matters that can last a lifetime or forever
and
have a lot of influence on all our lives

i think that
the next justices that get appointed
need to be from somewhere else

maybe
what needs to be done is that they have to be
appointed from regions
like they do with the representatives to the house
so
we dont get all this concentration of power
to one region of the country

maybe
one from the south
one from the far west
one from the midwest
etc

i really hadnt thought much of this
until i saw an article in business insider
that wrote about this

eg
a midwestern conservative from say idaho
they dont think like one from say new york

a far west liberal from say oregon doesnt
think quite like one from say new york

now i know that those law schools throughout the us
like say stanford ucla texas eg they produce good
smart lawyers that could be on the supreme court

like i use to tell folks
you know what they call a person who graduates
from harvard medical school
and
one who graduates from arkansas
yep
you got it
they are both called doctors

most patients eg dont really care where they come from
as long as they are pleasant and competent
the same should be for the lawyers on the supreme court

hum
maybe thats the problem
having lawyers on the supreme court
maybe
they need
moms
school teachers
firemen
policemen
construction folks
maybe a doctor
maybe a pharmacist
then
maybe the right decisions could be made by common regular folks
for a change
we know what needs to be done
we live it every day

we need to change this system up some

nope
thats right
the laws are made by rich lawyers

guess
we will just keep having an ivy league supreme court
bummer

the organicgreen doctor