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, October 11, 2013

monster test, their story

my wife she makes the best cookies i have ever tasted
just ask my two sons
since they expect to get a box of them in the mail for
their birthdays every year
like me they do not like to share them

these cookies have oat meal brown sugar unsalted butter and
i guess the main ingredient is peanut butter

so this morning i picked out the monster cookie above

got out my ruler which didnt measure in centimeters but only
in inches

then i put my nose at the end of the ruler
closed my right nostril and smelled the cookies
no smell was detected at 10 inches
so i inched it closer and closer until 3 inches away there was
that monster cookie smell
then i closed the left one and it was about the same

so what the heck was i doing with my wife shes cookie
well after the test i ate it

but theres a new test for alzheimers from the university of florida
researchers who developed a peanut butter smell test

based on the fact that the left smeller nerve that goes to the underneath
surface of the brain where alzheimers starts seems to get affected
that is
its the first to go
the right goes bad later as the disease progresses

so what they do is take a tsp of peanut butter
close the right nostril
starting at 10 centimeters away they move the peanut butter
closer and closer to the nose until the patient can smell it
then they compare it to the right nostril

it seems in studies that this test is positive in alzheimers patients
and not positive in other dementia about 70% of the time

so this could be used as a screen test for alzheimers disease

in other words if its positive then a more aggressive workup might
need to be done
especially as we get closer to finding a treatment or cure

now they are looking at patients with mild cognitive impairment
to screen them to see if the test is positive


i just did it myself
i took a tsp of peanut butter and my ruler
instead of using donald i used the organicgreen doctor as my
study subject

i started on the left side with the right nostril pinched
i could smell the peanut butter at 5 inches
then i did the right side with the left side pinched
it was about 7 inches before i smelled it
then i ate the peanut butter
nice breakfast hugh

so based on the peanut butter test i may have alzheimers disease
which correlates with all my testing so far
abnomal neuropysch test showing short term memory loss
apoe4 double genotype which increases my chances of getting the disease
some noticable short term memory issues
abnormal biomarkers beta amyloid and tau protein in the spinal fluid
amyvid pet scan for beta amyloid to be done soon

so ill just add this positive test to my list now

the team for my younger brother for the walk to end alzheimers has been
 officially moved to the little rock arkansas walk on november 16

you can sign up for his team #joe nash at this link

last weekend my niece his daughter gave a heartfelt presentation in
memory of her dad at the prewalk luncheon in little rock

while there she and my sister in law were interviewed for a story about
their journey and my younger brothers journey with this disease

it should be published tentatively scheduled in this weekends
arkansas democrat gazettethe state newspaper for arkansas
go online or buy the paper to read their story

the presentation and the interview were tearfully done

our family seems to have been overly affected by this disease

next weekend october 19 we will be walking in
the travis county austin walk to end alzheimers
with the austin regional clinic team 
donate and or come join us for this walk 

on saturday november 2 the organicgreendoctor team
willl be walking in
the bell county walk to end alzheimers at
the new beautiful pepper creek trails park
donate and or join us for this walk

the organicgreen doctor

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