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, June 27, 2017

dear ms b-is it green yet

DEAR MS B-IS IT GREEN YET
thats what i asked her the other day
after this picture was taken

she sort of looked at me not understanding what
i was saying
which i must add she usually understands what we say
well
too well i must add

we recently started spelling around her
then
she started repeating our spelling
what goes in her little ears can go right out her mouth
with
some thinking about whats being processed on the
way out

so
i looked down at her little thumb
nope
its not green yet
but
it was a little brown that day
from the dirt
and
from feeding the chickens in the garden area
scraps from the kitchen
and
some old bread that
she ate and shared with them

now in my new garden bed in the community garden
i quickly planted things the first full day i arrived here
tomatoes
peppers bell jalapeno sweet banana
egg plant
swiss chard
kale
basil
squash
transplanted my malabar spinach from texas
so far its liking it here
transplanted my garlic chives
transplanted my multiple onions i have had for about 30 years

all this planting was to get going on my garden
as i learn how to garden here
since
i can garden all year round

now back to ms b
her preschool actually comes over to this garden on a regular basis
the area they work on is about 10 ft away from my bed
other class rooms from area schools will be coming through
starting this fall
i plan on helping as a volunteer with this activity

so
ms b doesnt know it yet
but
i am starting a slow indoctrination of organic gardening
trying to activate that gardening gene
no my wife she doesnt have it
but
i have the double gene
one from my mother one from my father
hoping it got passed down to ms b

i guess
time will time if this is true

i am looking forward to when she reaches over and plucks
that first tomato out of this garden
pops it in her mouth
eats it
and
smiles

that will make all this worthwhile

the organicgreen doctorr

Monday, June 26, 2017

put your name on it

PUT YOUR NAME ON IT
if what all the news folks said this weekend is true
obamacare will flip over to trumpcare this week

my guess for trump that will not be a good thing
when it sticks on you that word
its there
forever probably

im sure those 15-20+ million that will lose their health coverage
arent going to like it much
theyll remember it when they go to vote
many of them voted for trump

this weekend i watched several different news shows
about the new trumpcare plan
fox cnn msnbc pbs
and
read a diverse number of articles on the plan

my thoughts are
i agree
its obamacare lite
with less folks being covered

whenever our health system is being revamped
and both sides dont work together to get it done
its not going to be a good  plan

the democrats did a one sided plan
called obamacare
the republicans are doing a onesided plan
called trumpcare
then
when the democrats control congress again
it will be back to
obamacare 2

cant we like
take a step back
take a deep breath
get a bipartisan group together
come up with a plan
that is better for all of us

now if you make over $250,000 a year
youll like this plan
you are getting a tax break
but
if you make less than that
well you might not notice much

will it affect most of us
this trumpcare plan
probably not
since the majority of us arent affected too much
by all this
except
the general consensus is that
all our insurance costs are going to rise
no matter what is done

im not sure this plan is going to fix this
its not

then
theres the let the states decide on things like
preexisting conditions

now
lets see
texas is going to make that better for those of us
well most of us
who have preexisting conditions
the state
that has the third world statistics when it comes to
maternal and child health
an embarrassment for one of the richest states
to be ranked down there with those third world places

yep
i wouldnt want the state of texas to make things better
for our health system
their record is not a good one

so
obamacare wasnt the answer
it did fix somethings like capped lifetime amounts and preexisting
conditions to name a few
tumpcare wont be the answer either
it will create what i call reverse death panels

folks will lose insurance
diseases like cancer diabetes cholesterol high blood pressure
those slow killers
will slowly kill those uncovered folks

we wont be better i am afraid
it will probably affect all of us

here we go again
back into the health care abyss
again

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, June 23, 2017

alzheimers news-are these three the ones

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-ARE THESE THREE THE ONES
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i am waiting for the one
that will carry us to the promised land
that promised land of no more alzheimers disease

it might be within our reach now
if these three drugs pan out to work
to slow down or stop alzheimers

aducanumab

thats my drug
that i get monthly infusions of

its undergoing clinical studies now that will be completed in 2020
it works by
removing the bad beta amyloid from the brain
removing the plaques from the brain
stimulating microglial cells to clean up damaged areas in the brain

it showed much promise in phase one studies
it removed all the measurable amyloid plaques fron the brain in those studies
those folks also noted memory improvements

if this stuff works then this will be one way to treat folks with
the early symptoms of alzheimers disease or those with no
symptoms yet but who are in that prealzheimers state that can last
15-20 years before alzheimers symptoms start

bace inhibitors

these come in pill form
they block the formation of the beta amyloid in the first place
so there is none to be deposited in the brain
thus
alzheimers disease will be slowed or prevented
those studies are ongoing now in folks with mild symptoms
and those with no symptoms yet but who are in that prealzheimers state

eg
my brother would have started in that state in his late thirties
or early forties
i would have started in that state in my mid forties to early fifties

gamma secretase modulator (gsm)

this article describes who rudolph tanzi is
he is called the rock star of science
a well known alzheimers researcher
i have seen him on ted talks and on many of the alzheimers specials
that have been on tv

he and fellow researchers have developed this brain in a petri dish
that develops alzheimers disease
it the brain in a petri dish develops amyloid plaques then develops
tangles the hallmark those two of alzheimers disease

adding the gsm drug to this petri dish
makes the amyloid plaques go away or not form and there is no
formation of tangles

its the amyloid accumulation and the tangle accumulation that causes
brain cell death in alzheimers disease

the theory is
give this gsm pill to folks and none of this stuff will happen
no amyloid accumulation
no tangles
no alzheimers disease

studies will start on this drug in 2018 on humans
if it works in humans
its a huge discovery in helping in ending alzheimers disease

so
if these three things do work
we will know in about 3 or more years
then
i will get up each morning
take my bace inhibitor pill
then
take my gsm pill
then
once a month i will go to an infusion center to get my
infusion of aducanumab
and
if it really works all this stuff
i wont ever get alzheimers disease
which
i must add
i really fear like you of having that happen to me

remember
we need financial support to fight this disease
and
emotional support to deal with it

join us as we walk this year

we 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.com

join us

the organicgreen doctor