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, May 22, 2015

alzheimers news-gamers beware

gamers gonna game
if they can remember how when they get older

parents if your kiddos are big video game players
maybe you should read this blog today
maybe this article
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Image result for caudate nucleus and hippocampus
when alzheimers disease starts years and years before
symptoms show up
a process starts in the hypothalmus etal where beta amyloid
accumulation occurs then unraveling of tau proteins occurs
then plaques and tangles form
which leads to brain destruction
what  is seen eventually
is shrinkage of this area
underneath the brain
the hypothalamus
easily seen on mri scans
areas called the caudate nucleus and the hypothalamus
and the hippocampus
are greatly affected early on

so alzhiemers disease affects the caudate nucleus and leads to
shrinkage in there and in the hypothalamus and the hippocampus

got it

now enter gaming
the research was done on people who play the game
call of duty

it seems when compared to folks who dont game
that gamers used the caudate nucleus twice as much
as nongamers

the caudate nucleus is an area associated with drug and
alcohol addiction also
its also affected by alzheimers disease

they found that gamers had decreased grey matter and
decreased functional brain activity in the hippocampus
where alzheimers really starts
its the area that controls memory emotions and learning

what this means that this decreased function puts gamers
at increased risk for neurological diseases
like alzheimers disease

so the question is does gaming lead to an increased risk
of alzheimers disease
or does it make the onset come on sooner in life

it seems if you are affecting the alzheimers starting place
in the brain early in life that you are priming that area
to more easily be overtaken by
alzheimers disease

more long term studies using brain scans and other research
studies are planned

in the meantime
im glad i was never a gamer
i stopped when i felt myself get addicted to atari games

maybe that helped slow down the process some
maybe thats why you dont see a lot of old old gamers
maybe they are all in long term memory centers

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, May 21, 2015

country n news-harvest time

this is the time of the year when all the work that
was put into planting and caring for the garden
pays off

here is the link to the blog where i planted my red lasota
potatoes in late january
this is the first planting that has been done in my
enriched soil
as i mentioned in previous blogs
i dug out the dirt as far as i could go
added cardboard newspapers logs limbs lots of leaves
layers of compost and soil and newspapers
topping it all off with 3 inches of compost
and organic fertilizer and cottonseed meal
and a good sprinkling of molasses and humates

now i knew it was time to dig them up as
some of the plants were dying back
plus some were poking through the ground
out they all came
plus i was at a garden talk where the speaker
recommended pulling them all out now
one year i left them all in and they mostly rotted in
a few weeks
out they came
here is some hanging from a plant
here is one fitting nicely in my hand
here are the over two 5 gallon bucketfuls that
i dug that day
this represents more than i got last year
these taters are about half of them hand size

these are stored in my garage for use over the next
few months
the onions in my beds
all 200+ of them had grown well although not as big
as last years crop
the stalks have all fallen over which means its time
to pull them
so i pulled all of them and here they are in my
they will be placed in the garage all spread out
when they have dried good

they will be placed in pantyhose to be made into
what i call
onion chimes

we clip them off as we need them
they should last close to winter time

these are 1015 onions
the name comes from when the seeds are planted
now i get them in january as small plants

they are sweet and i notice my eyes dont burn and
water when i cut them
ive been eating them for lunch everyday on my sandwich
adds a nice sweet taste to the meal

we are just now starting to get a few cherry tomatoes
lots of strawberries a few sink peaches
armenian cukes are starting to grow as are our tatume squash
our peppers are just starting to bloom and grow
the plum trees are loaded with plums
the bees are making lots of honey

the other large tomatoes are going to do quite well this year
there is lots of large green tomatoes
hoping to keep my wife shes hands off them until
they can ripen

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ruh roh

scooby doo use to always say this
when some impending doom was to happen

thats what the city of austin officials are saying
as they prepare for 50,000+ bike riders as they
descend on austin on the weekend of june 11
for the
rot republic of texas motorcycle rally held here
each year

now when i was in the clinic i worked in
it was a large block away from the highway where
many of these riders came into austin from a
northern route
hopefully not from waco though

there was this constant drone of motorcycles as
they drove into town
it was so constant you sort of got to where you didnt notice
if you were there on sunday the drone noise went
the other way
occasionally a rider would drift into the clinic
when you got past their outfits they were just regular
people who enjoyed motorcycling
of course
you cant tell from looking at them to see if they are
the bad guys or not

each year they lose a few at this rally from wrecks
involving no helmets and alcohol
ok they have the right to not wear a helmet

now i dont agree with them
it doesnt matter i guess since they are not around to argue
with me

ive sat in my office twice before i retired
trying to console a widow with young kids
whose hubbys felt the need to be free and ride
a motorcycle and to do so without a helmet

now i know what motorcycle gangs are really like
since i watched two seasons of sons of anarchy
those guys are ruthless bastards
probably the old gangs are still that way
i sure wouldnt have wanted to have been at waco at
twin peaks when that guy ran over other guys foot
and started all that slaughter of folks
sure makes me worry about the right to carry law
it worked well this time didnt it

now as the weekend of the rot rally is near
i think ill keep a wide girth around austin that weekend
just in case

the organicgreen doctor