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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, September 26, 2016

we did it


Alzheimer's Texas

last february i got the email letting me know that the
central texas chapter
now known as the
alzheimers texas
would be pulling out of the alzheimers association
like other well established chapters did
san diego los angeles new york chicago etc

it seems that all the funds raised would have been  sent
to the national office
leaving less control
less funds going back into the
central texas area for education and support

the board and directors
felt it would be better for the central chapter to be
which it had really been operating as for 25 years
being a strong willed chapter

i was skeptical but decided to continue to support them
as i have for the last 6 years

i have seen and see up close where the money goes
from these fund raising events
all going to the local cause of alzheimers
all staying here in central texas
i just like the feel of doing it this way

for this area its the best way i think

so the funds we raised for our alzheimers texas this weekend
all $40,000+ will all stay around here
to pay for local research
education about this awful disease
alzheimers disease

this weekend our team
the organicgreendoctor
got together to join the 500+ walkers
at san gabriel park in georgetown texas
for the williamson county alzheimers walk

all for the same cause

most of us walking are affected by alzhiemers in some way

this young lad has been walking with me for the last 6 years
a former patient he lost his grandmother recently to this
awful disease
here he is today

this cute as a bug little girl
cuter than a ladybug
another former patient
has walked before
she is walking for me dr duck
also is walking for her grandpa who has alzheimers disease

so we slowly walked over the 2+ miles
all for the same cause
teary stories being told along the way

i recognized
former patients
folks that have been to my talks
folks i worked with
folks with the disease
folks in the alzheimers research studies like me

we were all walking for the same cause

a treatment and cure
for our families behind us
for you and your family

we did it this weekend

thanks to all of you who either donated
and or gave your moral support

we also have another alzheimers walk my wife she and i are doing
the austin regional clinic team
the travis county alzheimers texas walk
at fort mabry
saturday october 8th 2016

come join us

the thankful organicgreen doctor

Friday, September 23, 2016

alzheimers news-lets do it


Alzheimer's Texas

as i sat in the committe meeting for the Alzheimers Texas walk
which is at san garbriel park this saturday
they said
as the captain of a team
you can determine what percentage of the teams donation
goes to each category

i thought to myself
mainly thinking of myself and my family
i want 100% of my teams donations to go to
that would mean that the funds our team raised
would go to one of the universities in texas
that does alzheimers research
the biggest one is where i go in dallas
the alzheimers center at university of texas southwestern

easy choice i thought

then as i went through the next several months
looking at the caregiving and educational classes that
Alzheimers Texas does in central texas
looking at the caregiving and educational seminars
that they sponsored
some i was a presenter for
i manned the Alzheimers Texas table
folks could come by and ask me questions
that they did
lots of lots of questions
they just needed answers

i thought to myself
they really need education
where to get help was a common question

thats when i changed my mind
on where the funds would go

i decided that i would allow the funds our team raised
to go back into the pot
to be used as most of the funds will be used
mainly research and education

for those about to deal with this disease for the first time
for those in the middle of dealing with this disease
for those whose loved one is now not with us
i realized that
the educational part of Alzheimers Texas
is much more important

as many of you know who have read this blog
this is why i am an avid supporter for these
alzheimers walks especial the Alzheimers Texas walks here in
central texas

my mother and younger brother died with the disease
my father probably had it when he died
my older brother may have it now
i have the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment amnestic type
i may have it also
i take aricept (donepezil) and am in alzheimers research studies

i saw us dealing with all this
without knowledge and help to understand what was happening
to us and our family

these funds help to do that
we here in central texas are lucky
to have such a well established Alzheimers Texas group
this is their silver anniversary
the 25th one
to provide all the educational services to help us understand whats
happening to us

is the big day for our walk team
to raise as much as we can to fund all this
thats the only way it gets done

no federal or state grants or monies are used
no national office to send down funds
its all of us locally helping this area

lets put the boot to alzheimers

we will walk tomorrow
the williamson county Alzheimers Texas walk at san gabriel park
in georgetown texas
registration starts 830am
preceremony at 930am
walk starts at 1000am

come join us
if you cant you can donate below to
donate and or join my team organicgreendoctor

we cant do it alone

thanks again for all of you that will participate
by your presence tomorrow
and or
by your financial and emotional support

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, September 22, 2016

country n news-dont do it yet


this week as i headed to my garden i walked passed
this arugula plant that planted itself at the entry to
our garden
it started as a transplant probably 10 years ago
i let it flower and go to seed each year
the butterrflies and bees love these yellow flowers

i have found the wild type arugula all over our yard
i usually just let it grow
picking the leaves whenever we need arugula for a salad

i walked into the garden
there sitting on top of a milkweed that was growing
in the garden
was this beautiful butterfly
not sure if its a monarch
its not quite their time yet but close
this milkweed was planted in the corner of the garden
3 years ago
i let it go to seed
it seems to find the right place to grow
usually on the edge of a garden bed

our contribution to the monarch problem
we as a society seems to be determined to
wipe them out
there are wild type milkweeds called antelope horns
that grow wild on our property
i mow around them and let them go to seed
apparently these wild ones are better for the

as i walked around my garden
the fall tomatoes are growing good
and are getting blooms
getting ready to produce our first fall tomatoes
we are harvesting a few juliet tomatoes that planted
itself around a citrus tree i planted this spring
the juliettes have been producing all summer long
they are now bursting with tons of blooms
getting ready to produce an abundant fall crop

the okra are growing like crazy
we use them in cooking
pickle them
fry them
grill them with other veggies
cook them in the crockpot with tomatoes and onions

we are still eating the malibar spinach that grows
the hotter it gets
we eat it in salads
spinach casserole
pasta dishes

the purple hull peas i planted in our winter bed
are making its final push to produce its last crop
after this crop
i will trim them to the ground
leaving the roots in place
feeding the vines to the chickens
which coverts them to compost for us to use

i plan to put down about 3-4 inches of our country n compost
spread a generous dusting of cottonseed meal
a sprinkling of organic garden fertilizer
i use ladybug 8-2-4
i gently rake this into the top couple inches of soil
water it well with liquid molasses and humates
cover it with a layer of mulch
either leaves or if i have access to it
pine straw

now its ready to plant

its cool this am
its 69 degrees
it feels fall crisp
makes you want to start planting the fall garden
todays temperature here will rise to 95
a cool front is coming through though
dropping the daytime temps to upper 70s and low 80s

i listen the the natural gardener folks on the radio each weekend
a big warning they are giving for gardening in central texas
dont plant you fall garden yet

i know the plants are at the nursery and big box stores
they say now they are the gurus of organic gardening around here
dont plant until the garden soil temperature gets 85

seeds like carrots beets lettuce dont sprout good
another heat attack is coming ready to wipe out what you have planted

plants like broccoli cabbage kale etc may survive
but get stunted by the warmer soil and heat
the plants get stimulated to go fast to bolting and flowering
which can make the final products
taste bad

now i am speaking from experience
since ive learned my lesson
having replanted seeds and plants multiple times over the years

all i can say is

dont do it

the organicgreen doctor