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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

dear ms b-the banana leaf

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ms b
i enjoy picking you up from preschool by myself
i dont have to share you
we can do things together
that it seems we both enjoy

when i pick you up
we go from the preschool
to the garden where my garden plot is located

we have this routine you know
as we head in to the gate
you ask
where are the pumpkins

i think to myself
you are just two how can you talk like this
remember all those things

there was this big ole pumpkin you liked to pet as
you went by and another pumpkin that was all
warty and lumpy looking
one of your favorites it seemed

then on to the bock bocks as you call them
chickens for those who dont know
we talk to them dont we
we fed them leaves of veggies and cukes
they pecked and squawked
we were there for awhile
visiting those chicks

on to the garden plot
you helped me water my bed real well
i look forward to you being able to pull up a carrot
from the garden later this winter
like a rabbit eat it on the spot
just maybe
eating it just as it comes out of the ground
we gotta boost that immune system you know

you as usual want to go over to the birdbath
to fill it up
splash it a lot
you pet the bluebird sitting on the side
not quite understanding why you cant
put its beak into the water
you did cup your hand to give it a drink
you also bent down and petted the big ole strawberry
growing underneath the bath
for a not done yet adventure
we went out the back gate
to the orchid

there is this big ole tree
full of these ripened oranges
we picked one
a satsuma orange
peeled it
i got one piece
i guess you were hungry
you ate all the rest

down and around the orchard
there we picked a pomegranite
my niece says you can cut one in half
give it to your kiddos
they can spend thirty minutes getting those seeds out
i tried it
on myself
it works
a little messy
but it kept me busy

into the cool big ole tall banana grove
there hanging up high
like in a jungle
was a whole bunch of bananas
i lifted you up
you got to pet all those baby green bananas

well come back when they are ripe
they taste so much better than the store bought ones

there on the ground
was this big ole banana leaf
it was 3 times as long as you were
having fallen down to lay on the soil
to keep it cool the soil that is

you said to me
i let you pick it up
by one end

you drug that big ole banana leaf
up the hill
around the garden
back to the car
we stretched it out all 6 foot of it
from the back to the front seat it stretched
you pulled it out
walked back to our condo
dragging that thing all the way

we placed it on our balcony
for all to see

i must say
this was an adventure i would like to repeat
many times over

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, November 20, 2017

helter skelter

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i saw the movie
when i was reading the book
it was so bone chilling
that i would lock all the doors and turn
on all the lights just to read the book
i only would read it during the daytime
when my wife she was home
never read it alone

thats how gruesome those murders were

i am not a real believer in the death penalty
if you execute one person who was innocent
thats one too many

we have seen too many times in history
especially some of those tied to racial injustice
where an innocent man was put to death
was about to be put to death

that said
there are crimes when they are committed
that there is no chance in hell
that the justice system could be wrong

when that happens
iv infusions of drugs to quietly put them to sleep
like you would an old ill dog
that too good for some people

a more uncomfortable death should be considered
a firing squad

thats what should have been done
to the helter skelter master mind
we should never had allowed him to smolter
in prison for around 40 years
on our nickel

he should have been taken care of
not long after he was convicted

there are certain cases that fit that criteria
was one of them

i refuse to write his name
may he not rest in peace

may his accomplices never ever get out of jail

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, November 17, 2017

alzheimers news-is there room

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thats the question raised by a recent rand corporation study on
what would happen if a treatment for alzheimers disease
came on the market

well that very likely will be a reality in less than 5 years
if some of the drugs show promise in fighting this disease
get approved for use

biogen which makes the aducanumab drug i take each month
sponsored the rand corporation study

the result of the study i am in will come out in 2019
if the results are promising the drug will be approved
soon after that

they probably will go after folks who have changes in the
brain already of alzheimers they just dont know it yet
the prealzheimers or prodromal state
ie normal memory with positive scans
those like me with early symptoms

if you are too far long with the disease its probably too late
to get treatment

now recently in this blog i wrote titled
alzheimers news-can we afford it
that we basically may not be able to afford these treatments
at the same time we cant afford not to do them

lets say in 2020 a new treatment becomes available
there are literally thousands of people no thats millions
in just the us who will fit the criteria for treatment
me when i was 55 i would have had a positive scan
thats when if not earlier i would have wanted to get treated
to get maximum effect from the drug

so what would it take to get diagnosed and evaluated
to qualify for treatment

you go to a doctor usually a specialist like a neurologist
a geriatrician or psychiatrist
its usually a neurologist
there arent enough of them available
now remember we are talking about several million folks
needing to see the specialists
can you imagine the back load of appointments just to get
the work up will include probably the amyvid pet scan
for the beta amyloid
its the stuff that the aducanumab removes

remember we are talking millions of people here
after finally getting into the neurologist
now need the amyvid pet scan
there are not enough scanners that do this in the us
to do all the scans that will need to be done

can you imagine the delay its going to take to get
your diagnosis

this stuff will probably be given in infusion centers
the ones where things like
chemotherapy is done
infusions for ms connective tissue diseases like rheumatoid
lupus ulcerative colitis psoriasis etc

you can see the backlog that will build up just to get the infusion
whenever you finally get diagnosed
especially early on
will there be enough drug available for all these folks who
will need treatment

the rand corporations conclusion is that it will probably take
18 months to get seen and get diagnosed before receiving

as those of us know who are familiar with alzheimers know
those two years are a long time in alzheimers time

it is predicted by the study that starting in 2020 over the
next 2 decades over 2 million people will develop alzheimers
waiting for diagnostic studies and treatments

we will be at the finish line but we wont be able to cross it

i feel like those of us needing treatment
are like charlie brown when he goes to kick that football
lucys gonna pull it away at the last minute

the organicgreen doctor