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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

thanks, moment of zen, dark thanksgiving, thanksgiving

thanks to the warm response to the article yesterday in the
austin american-statesman
thanks to mary roser for doing a good job
thanks to those of you that have been touched in some way by
the article
thanks to those who plan on getting involved with the alzheimers
movement-lets call it occupy alzheimers

thanks to austinregionalclinic for posting a warm notice about
the article on their website and the warm response to that
posting from patients

thanks to jeff carlton for helping with getting the media exposure

thanks to my wife she for being there over this last year

thanks to the disease for not having progressed much over this
last year

people have been asking about the zen book my wife mentioned
in the article
did a blog on it january 3 2011
here is the farmers luck blog that explains what she was talking about

why are the retailers trying to make thanksgiving darker by making
a black thanksgiving
whats next a black halloween or black veterans day
is there no end in site
black labor day
guess a black halloween would go along with the orange color

leave thanksgiving along please
its for turkey getting together with family being thankful for what
you have and for watching football all day

leave the darkness to black friday
my only experience with black friday was very tramatic
never to be repeated again
here is the black friday experience blog

tomorrow on thanksgiving my wife she and i will be getting together
with family
our two sons both live in california and will be together with my
smiley daughterinlaw she tomorrow
we will be together with my white on white relative now called
my historian brother he and his cowgirl wife she
my rainwater brother he and his wife she who i havent named yet
for fear of retaliation
and my nephew he who did not really fall in the rainwater tank
see this blog on his falling in the tank?

after all these years i am going to cook my first turkey
hope it comes out better than my black friday experience
will be using a recipe from the abc show the chew
it looked good on tv

then we (the males) will 'watch' football after the meal
if you are kin to us you know what the 3 amigos will be doing

do have a happy thanksgiving
and a bright black friday

no blog tomorrow

the organicgreen doctor


  1. Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and your family.

  3. I read your article with interest. Two or three years ago I was diagnosed with early onset dementia, and put on social security disability. No one has ever mentioned any specific diagnosis, or reasons why I have this, or suggested any treatment. I was 52 when diagnosed. Where do I start, what do I do about this? I'm already confused enough as it is, is there not something that I can do?

  4. annonymous
    if you havent had a complete workup to rule out other causes you should have it
    labs usually done are a complete blood count, a chemistry 20 or similar test to rule out diabetes, electrolyte problems, kidney failure or liver disease, a thyroid test tsh, vitamin b12 level, syphilus test, hiv test
    then a new mental status evaluation such a moca test or a thorough neuropsych test
    then am mri to rule out other causes of dementia such as stroke, mass, tumors etc
    a good screen for depression
    a good review of your medical history looking for other causes such as head trauma, stroke, alcohol and drug abuse, family history of dementia, sleep disturbance
    if it appears you have alzheimers then most doctors would put you on aricept (donnepezil)

    you need to eat a good diet like the mediterannean diet, exercise every day, get adequate sleep, avoid excessive alcohol intake, control your blood pressure and cholesterol, if a diabetic control it, stay active mentally, and to socialize frequently
    those are all you can do like its all i can do
    to slow down the progression of this disease

    but these are all equally important in that process

    if you are not getting what you want from your primary doctor go to a neurologist or even better a memory clinic which is found at most universities
    im followed by the memory clinic at the university of texas southwestern medical center in dallas
    ive had other causes ruled out

    ruling out other treatable causes are important

    good luck