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

Monday, August 20, 2018

why is any acceptable

baby foods

last week it was roundup or glycophosphate acceptable levels in kids cereals
this week it is metals like lead or cadmium or that old homicide metal arsenic acceptable levels in baby food

it use to be you would occasionally see lead exposure in babies and kids from usually old pipes since they were soldered with lead
like what happened in flint michigan
there were a lot from the contamination from the lead in gasoline before they took it out
kids who lived along freeways or major highways would get too much lead since it accumulates in the soil and since kids eat dirt

it seems some of that poisoning has now settled down as environmental protections seem to ease the exposures to these metals

now this
consumer reports just did a review of baby foods for lead and cadmium and other heavy metals
there should be zero nada none of this stuff in babys food
no excuses

its naturally in the enviroment
then take it out of the food at least

they tested 50 baby foods
some of them the sacred organic ones
all of them had lead arsenic cadmium in them
the recommended level in these foods like i said is zero

2/3 of the tested foods had too high levels of these heavy metals

the heavy metals are naturally in our enviroment
most are from man made sources in water and soil like farming pesticides manufacturing and gasoline

just because its everywhere doesnt mean the levels in food not zero are acceptable
they arent

here is a list of things that can happen to babies who get too much lead and other heavy metals
many are long term
none of them good

you see
babies are tiny
like with a dose of tylenol a little goes a long way
it doesnt take as much to damage a baby as it would an adult
most of these exposures are long term over the baby food years
when things in their bodies are growing fast

side effects
physical and mental growth and development
learning ability

they said in   this webmd review   that rice and sweet potatoes had the highest levels
so they recommended using the rice and taters with oats and cereals
wait a minute
now you are mixing heavy metals like arsenic lead and cadmium with roundup in the babies food

just what are we doing to our babies
poisoning them

take it out i say
take out these heavy metals

you have to make them do it
they wont do it unless you make them do it

this food should be as pure as fresh fallen snow use to be

will it happen
probably not
look at the companies and industries involved
they carry a lot of influence
if parents get upset will it change things

sometimes i do wonder if a lot of our neurological diseases like autism and add and asthma and allergies and learning disabilities that we seem to see more of arent caused or made worse by
fetuses and babies and kids exposures in their everyday lives when they
eat play breath

not acceptable i say

the organicgreen doctor

Saturday, August 18, 2018

alzheimers news-lets talk about it

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about 8 years ago i was blindsided by my diagnosis
mild cognitive impairment due to alzheimers disease

this diagnosis was based on
a normal memory testing followed by a series of abnormal ones
a strong family history of alzheimers diease
a positive spinal tap for the bad beta amyloid and tau protein
a positive amyloid pet scan called amyvid
a positive genetic test for the apoe 4 gene which puts you at an increased risk of getting alzheimers

this is how you diagnose this disease in 2018

once diagnosed i was overwhelmed since i had seen it up close in my mother and brother
so i knew first hand what was in store for me in the future

i really thought it would be full blown alzheimers disease by now 2018
8 years is a long long time in alzheimers years

somehow i feel like i have gotten a reprieve
im not sure

maybe its because my diagnosis was done so much earlier than most people by luck i guess
well maybe luck is not a good word to be used when you talk about this disease

maybe because i got real motivated to take care of my health
changed my diet my sleep my stress level did a lot of things i enjoy doing
went on a regimen to improve my health and make sure everything lab wise was normal
well my b12 and vitamin d3 was low
but i fixed that

i also entered this study now 18 months ago
the biogen aducanumab study using antibodies given as infusions to remove all that amyloid or some of it from the brain
i either got the placebo or the real stuff
i feel like i got the real stuff

do i notice some memory issues
but it seems no more than anyone who is my age
i do well on the memory tests
not 100% but i pass them
my scores are better than some of your scores

so now that im diagnosed
now that im better or stable
i feel like i have gotten a reprieve
i am thankful for the last 8 years
i want another 8 like these last 8

all ive done is enjoy retirement
maybe more than most do
i really really appreciate what ive been given
i like talking or writing about it

its seems when folks get a terminal disease they just do better and their friends and family appreciate it when you are open and talk about it and yes even joke about
yes i make jokes about it
after all
laughter is the best medicine you know

dont ask me about alzheimers
ill talk your ear off
ill talk until you just turn away and walk off
hoping that some of what ive said sunk in and maybe helped you or your family

i like talking to folks about this disease
especially the less formal question and answer sessions
especially small numbers

folks ask me about
side effects of the medicines
i got that one for sure since i can tell them from personal experience and of course as someone who has prescribed those meds
what and when to get an evaluation
as early as possible i say
should i have genetic tests
only when you are ready emotionally socially and financially
its a little overwhelming
like some one who has the huntingtons disease gene test
if its positive you know what you are in store for
so it is with alzheimers

to slow this disease down
to get to it soon enough
it seems now
you have to know long before i knew
you have to start doing things to improve your health
when the new drugs come you have to start them long before your memory loss starts

we all need to be talking about this
alzheimers thing
those of us who have it
those of you who will have it
talk freely about it

dont be afraid to
its therapuetic

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, August 16, 2018

i wonder if it tastes salty


thats what i was wondering when i read this article this morning about using sea water for drinking water
i cant wait to drink some of it

here its dry
naturally dry
now we are in a drought
now we are unnaturally dry

here they get their water from a reservoir and from underground water and from the california water system and from lakes

one of the water sources got a lot of debris and stuff in it so it is not at its full capacity for providing water
its not raining so the other sources arent to full capacity
the water table in california is dropping
in fact in some locations the ground is even dropping as more water is removed

man as a species needs three things

the basic needs triangle

we here are at risk if things turn bad to loose the water angle of that triangle

in the mid nineties a saline water system was set up
it was shutdown as it was i think too expensive to run
cheaper water was available

now cheaper water isnt available
heck expensive water my not even be available soon

the city decided to reactivate the saline water plant

now israel is the best i think at doing this
i think all their water comes from the ocean

so reactivate it they did

heres how it works

water is sucked deep from the ocean two miles away
about where the oil platforms are i think
i dont really know that to be a fact

the water is sucked through screening to keep out larger animals and creatures
no sharks or crabs or mussels or lobsters are allowed in

it goes through filters eventually into reverse osmosis
eventually all thats left is pure water
expensive water
remember that triangle
gotta have water

then they put stuff back into it so it matches up with all the other water the city gets from other sources
things like minerals etc

i think it represents 20+-% of the cities water

the stuff thats left from the desalinization is then dumped back into the ocean since its real salty
way out about a mile and half about where the city waste water dumps their stuff into the ocean

i sure hope the pipe sucking the ocean water into the system isnt close to where this waste water is dumped and isnt close to those oil platforms

seems a disaster in the making if they reactivate those oil platforms

we seem not to learn lessons do we

i told someone yesterday my wife she and i still handle our water like we were back in texas on the rainwater system
limiting dishwashing and running water while brushing teeth etc showering with less water limiting how much water i use in my garden
in fact im using the methods i used in texas
i water my garden only once a week underground and use a heavy mulch of pine straw to prevent water loss

the average person in the city uses 350 gallons a day a recent article read
we use that in a week
maybe that was a misprint or something

i cant wait to turn on my facet and drink this 20% sea water drinking water

i wonder if it tastes salty
maybe it smells like you are at the beach

the organicgreen doctor