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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
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Friday, October 21, 2016

alzheimers news-it works on mice


yesterday i stood and answered questions from several folks
for about an hour and a half
this is the favorite presentation that i do
no slides
no handouts
no board to write on
me standing up there
telling briefly my story
getting the folks in the audience to ask me questions

i am surprised that folks arent aware more of
what causes alzheimers disease
what you can do to prevent or slow it down in your family
what exciting research is out there
that may bring us that treatment drug

usually at these events there is usually a lot of wet eyes
as they talk or ask questions about alzheimers
and their loved ones

there just needs to be an education class
for folks when their family member gets diagnosed
you know like
when you get diagnosed with diabetes
you go to all those classes
explaining diabetes
esplaining what to eat how to exercise etc

well so should that be with alzheimers
an education class for alzheimers

ill start one

usually in the audience there is always at least one person
usually there are more
that is or is becoming an
isolated caregiver
looking sort of overwhelmed

there was one yesterday
she was linked up with caregiver groups
she was linked with the research center where i go
her husband probably qualifies for the study i am
trying to get into

like my wife she says
education is a good thing

so we need it for alzheimers

i saw an article recently on this
can a cancer drug reverse parkinsons and dementia

Image result for nilotinib
there is a cancer drug that is used for leukemia
its approved by the fda already for it use

researchers at georgetown university gave it to mice who had alzheimers
yes mice get alzheimers
they the scientists put the alzheimers gene in the mices brains
it makes beta amyloid which accumulates
they all get alzheimers disease

the drug works by turning on the garbage cells in the brain
to clean up any rogue proteins in the brain
like beta amyloid thought to be the culprit in alzheimers disease

the study i am trying to get in with the adu drug
was given to these mice
the beta amyloid a lot of it got cleared from the brain
the mice got better
next step
it seemed to work in those first studied
next step
hopefully me

so these mice studies are important
the cancer drug is called

when given to parkinson patients they got better

now the georgetown researchers plan to give it to alzheimers patients
in a study

if it really works its already available legally
all will need to happen is to have a doctor order it

maybe hopefully it will work
im game

the organicgreen doctor

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