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, June 22, 2018

alzheimers news-does herpes cause alzheimers

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does it

now most folks when they hear herpes they think of just one herpes the kind that is usually sexually transmitted manifesting itself as genital herpes or lip herpes ie cold sores
those are herpes 1 and herpes 2

now almost all of us have been infected with a herpes virus
chicken pox
hhv 8 or kaposi sarcoma associated herpesvirus
hhv 6
hhv 7

herpes viruses are known to be latent viruses where they can hide away somewhere to show up years later as an infection
chicken pox can stores itself away and later commonly in later adult life show up as that god awful painful infection shingles

recently researchers while studying the genetics of brain cells in alzheimers patients found that there were much more of these herpes viruses in the brains of patients with alzheimers than those who did not have alzheimers disease

the two virus hhv 6 and hhv 7 were the ones they found
eg they cause the childhood disease roseola or 6th disease that causes fever and rash in kids under two

the researchers think that the virus doesnt directly cause alzheimers disease but the virus as they hide in the brain activate the genetic codes in the brain cell eg apoe 4 that can lead to the production of the amyloid and eventually tau that causes the brain cell destruction seen in alzheimers disease

this isnt proven yet but its probably going to be accurate

what to do
maybe find if one of the antiviral drugs or similar new ones would work to knock out or decrease the viral load in the brain cells which would stop the brain cell destruction it leads to

wouldnt it be nice if it was that easy

the thinking is this is one of several mechanisms that causes alzheimers
only one of many im afraid

here is a nice review of this by npr thats really written for the nonmedical person to read and understand

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, June 21, 2018

its going to be a long day

A Fisher Book
summer solstice link

now if you move in the alzheimers world you may see the longest day in a different way than what we do in the summer solstice celebration in santa barbara

today is the longest day of the year
dealing with alzheimers disease in your world makes this day exceptionally long
if you have someone you know who has this disease or an acquaintance whose dealing with this in their family
then reach out to them today
they may be wore out and could use some cheering up and support

donate or volunteer somewhere or some place
you can go to www.alz.org and find what and how to donate and get involved

this weekend is the summer solstice celebration here in santa barbara
the parade is on saturday
there is festivities starting tomorrow through sunday

recently while watching a documentary on the history of santa barbara there was a section on how this parade got started

it almost didnt happen
the folks who started it were antiwar probably pro marijuana hippy type protesters
they  were allowed to do the parade ie they got a permit with the understanding it wouldnt be some antiwar vietnam protest
the organizers were mostly young adults

over the years the summer solstice and parade has grown to where it is now

i think of it as santa barbaras version of mardi gras on a smaller less raunchy scale

all of the floats are human powered
there is a lot of dancing and bright colors
its sort of an eclectic parade

there are waves of bands playing at one of the large parks for 3 days
theres no beads or shirt lifting going on that ive seen

we like to get down where the parade starts as its less crowded and we get to see the parade with a first look

later in august there is the fiesta parade that is probably larger and seems more formal but it is also one that we enjoy seeing
this one though the summer solstice patade seems to fit our personalities better

it may be a long day everywhere else
the days if they are longer are worth the extra light and brightness today

paradise at its best

today i will be remembering
mom dad my younger brother
on this longest day this purple day
get involved

the oganicgreen doctor

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

i cant sleep either

i have been known for my ability to fall asleep easily on folks as i have demonstrated quite well over the years
it hasnt gotten worse over the years but it hasnt gotten better either

one of the benefits of retirement is that you can program in a nap every day
usually what i do is lay down after my lunch
i usually watch the news floating across several news channels even some i dont agree with to get a feel of what the news is and how its being received
i also have a couple of sport shows that i watch if they are on at the start of my nap or after the nap is over

this picture above is from our camping trip this weekend
as demonstrated by this true actual not set up picture i can nap in midday quite easily despite all the activity around me

except for this week
i am now on my third day of not getting my afternoon nap
a rarity
never happens event

why cant i nap
you know if youve watched the news
its about all those kids that are being snatched away from their moms and put in those internment camps
yes internment camps
in south texas and elsewhere

it seems very few folks agree with this being done

now thats without even seeing or hearing those younger kids those babies and toddlers that are being snatched away
they wont let anyone see those kiddos
if they do
that will be the tip of the iceberg
the uproar will only get worse if that happens

i listened to those tapes and saw those crying kids looking up at their moms being handcuffed
its hard to look at and hard to listen
i will admit that i cried when i heard those tapes

its just uncivilized

i hope joining me on this insomniac journey are

mr trump
mr pence
dhs secretary nielsen
sarah huckabee sanders who looks like she will cry when she talks about it
i think the mother in her makes this hurt inside
chief of staff john kelly
any congressman who supports this cruel and inhumane treatment
any of you who support this treatment
this internment of these kids

i must say if those above are so heartless that it doesnt bother them
they dont deserve to be our leaders

the organicgreen doctor