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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, January 16, 2017

the dreamer

Image result for mlk i have a dream speech

the last few days
i have thought alot about mlk
martin luther king
what all he did
where we are today with what he fought for

i think we are much better off
then we were back when he was marching

when i go to a public restroom
i stand up and pee next to a black person doing the same

when i look at the airport for a water faucet to drink from
yes there are more than one
but there is no label above one of them called
colored only or whites only
the differences
are the height of the faucets so you dont have to bend over
so those in wheelchairs can access the faucets

my we have changed some havent we

yes i remember the water faucets at the county square
where it said
colored only

it seems so long ago

i guess this change might have happened eventually
it was mlk and his involvement in the nonviolent movement
that sped up the process
without these demonstrations and many of our consciouses
it might not have ever happened
thank goodness he came along
our past would have been scattered with lots of violence

things might have stayed the same

even today
there are three states
alabama mississippi arkansas that still honor the
confederacy on this date

now i have relatives that fought and died for the confederacy
i accept that
i respect them fighting for what they believed in
if that was for slavery to persist
yes many were slave owners
many introduced their dna inappropriately
i cant honor the confederacy on this date
its a thing of the past
something we of that blood line need to put behind us

we need to all move forward not backwards

my wife she and i went to see the movie
hidden figures
a story about the black female computer calculators
that were so important for the space programs
success in the early years of the 50s and 60s

in the movie
you can see the things thats mlk
marched for and fought against

you can see we as a country have made a lot of progress
in making racial injustice a thing of the past
no its still there ill admit
but its much much better

all you have to do is look around you

as we move forward
lets not undo
what is right
all those things that society has made better for
those discriminated against in the past

lets not step backwards

i am afraid if we do
we will all lose

the organicgreendoctor

Friday, January 13, 2017

alzheimers news-it fights worms

Image result for organicgreendoctor
the apoe 4 gene
if you have it increases your chance of developing
late onset alzheimers disease
what that means is that
you tend to get the disease later in life
in your late 60s or 70s or sometimes in your 80s

if you get the single variant apoe 4
your chances are doubled or some say increased 5 times
same as someone who has diabetes they dont control

if you get the double variant apoe 4/apoe 4
your chances are increased from 5-20 times
based on which source you read

i have the double variant apoe 4/apoe 4 gene
putting me for high risk of developing late onset
alzheimers disease

those with the apoe 4 gene also have
elevated cholesterol levels
leading to more heart disease and strokes

the percentage of the apoe 4 gene is about 25%
in the white us population

the percentage of the apoe 4 gene is about 33%
in norway

why did evolution have this gene be so prevalent
in our population

usually bad genes kill you off early
its prevalence stays low

so why evolution did you create this damn
apoe 4 gene to cause us and our families such misery
was it naturally selected to be here now

now years and years and years ago
folks didnt live to be 70 and 80
they died in their 20s and 30s
the apoe 4 gene causing alzheimers disease
it was a non factor

scientists have found in the amazon
no not the drone people
the amazon river place in brazil
there is a population of folks
isolated from the world
that go about their business as they have for
hundreds or thousands of years

they get intestinal parasites or worms real bad
it seems that those with the apoe 4 gene
for some reason
seem to have better memory as they age
the apoe 4 gene provides some protective measure
to these individuals brain

scientists think that the apoe 4 carries the cholesterol
to the brain but keeps the worms from getting any of it

isnt fate strange
a gene protects folks in a primitive tribe
kills folks in a more advanced society
where there is sanitation clean water and refrigeration

now the natural selection is going the other way
there is less advantage to have the apoe 4 gene
i say none
there is now more advantage to have the milder gene apoe 2 or apoe3

makes you wonder huh

here is an article that discusses this 

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, January 12, 2017

country n news-free the tree

i will admit
i am a tree hugger

2 or 3 years ago i was asked to look at several lots
that the habitat for humanity had bought
to identify any trees that should be saved

so as i drove up to the almost city block
it was all growed up

you could tell where the old fence line was
since there was a line of hackberries around the property
like a fence
growing up under the trees were all kind of brush
and vines

many of the vines were those green ones with
thorns that to me look like a rose bush thorns
you walk up against them
they grab you real good

they also grow up and up and up into all the
trees along the old fence line
all intermingled with old pasture fencing
barb wire
old gates
old chicken coop wire
yes a few snakes
none of which i would let anyone kill
i just moved them to the abandoned old house next door
i know i know
they just slither back over
those working that day sure were happy

so as i walked the property
i identified several trees

an old pecan tree
deemed by the arborist to be worth about $8-10 thousand
it was saved and old dead limbs were trimmed
adding value and beauty to the lot

several big ole vitex trees
these were all rotted inside
full of insects
in the way of the house
down they came

a small cedar elm which i marked and tagged
later to be the main tree for the new owner of that lot

after it was cleared of all its vines and surrounding
competing brush
it just took off and will now be a show tree for the owners
new home

then in the middle of the property
there in the middle of a thick thick thicket
lots of hackberries
was i think
this big ole live oak

when i saw it
i hugged it
couldnt even get my arms a fourth of the way around it
my goal
save this tree
for future generations
it was already several generations old

here is the tree which you really cant see well
after some clearing

here is the tree after a group from fort worth worked
clearing the thicket on a hotter than heck summer day

i counted about 4-5 large youth groups that came
and cleared out this thicket

at one point we had several rolls of vines
that looked like those west texas tumbleweeds
that they were taller than the kids that pulled them from the trees

after finally getting all the stuff cleared from around the tree
i got an arborist to come assess the tree
it was found to be a healthy tree
that has years and years and years of life left
its an ancient oak
protected by all kind of laws
from being removed

value to the property
the value is priceless

here is the tree recently
when i cut down 7 or 8 hackberries from underneath
around the trees

as i looked up at that tree
i thought back to a trip to california
where we took this picture below

this ancient cypress growing on rocks
overlooking the monterey peninsula ocean

i think our ancient live oak is just as pretty
dont you

free at last free at last

you can just see
if you stand back
look real close
listen real close

that tree
that live oak
it now takes deep deep breaths

all worth it i say

the organicgreen doctor