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, August 18, 2017

alzheimers news-thanks frank

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-THANKS FRANK
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frank is frank broyles
if you are a sports fan
a football fan
a razorback fan
you know him as the iconic football coach for
the arkansas razorbacks
who won the national championship in 1964
one well known player on that team
was jerry jones the cowboys owner

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frank broyles had a lot of battles with
the university of texas darrell royal
another iconic football coach

they have something else in common
they both died from alzheimers disease

darrell royal left the
darrell k royal alzheimers fund which funds basic alzheimers
research in texas and alzheimers education

now frank
left his mark with a book
that he wrote after his wife was diagnosed with the disease
ironic that he would develop and die from the same disease

here is the book
for sale at
this link at the alzheimers association book store
or
here on amazon


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i discovered this book when my mother who lived in arkansas
was diagnosed with alzheimers disease
one of my sisters gave it to me

even as a physician i really didnt understand alzheimers disease
this book helped a lot
i was able to read it and understand what was going to happen
i was able to figure out where she was with the disease
what was going to happen next

i must say its the best book on the disease for folks who
are having to deal with it in their family

i obtained other copies and kept one in each of my three
exam rooms

i even occasionally would lend them out

i went back and read it more than once

its still a good book to have if you or your family are affected
by this disease

so
thanks frank
your legacy you have left like darrel k royal
is more than a sports one

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

dear ms b-take out the batteries

DEAR MS B-TAKE OUT THE BATTERIES
ms b
go back into your room and grab that device
take out that battery so it doesnt work
take a strip of duct tape and put over the eye of the device

now once you have done that
i want you to read this article from kim komando
on
how disney is using its apps
yes thats their apps
to spy on kids
thats you ms b
so
if you go on your device
click on
moana island life
then they can access all that you are doing
like your location
your email
etc

but ms b you are barely over 2 years old
and
they are already collecting data on you

i know i know
but
you already like watching moana
ok ok
i know
i enjoy watching moana too
but
lets find another way to to watch it

maybe old school
like with a dvd or a disk

so below is a list from the article
of apps that they
thats disney
i know i know
thats donald ducks bosses
but
they arent doing good things with all of this

heres the list from her article

This is the full list of games named in the complaint filed last week:
  • AvengersNet
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Perfect Match
  • Cars Lightning League
  • Club Penguin Island
  • Color by Disney
  • Disney Color and Play
  • Disney Crossy Road
  • Disney Dream Treats
  • Disney Emoji Blitz
  • Disney Gif
  • Disney Jigsaw Puzzle!
  • Disney LOL
  • Disney Princess: Story Theater
  • Disney Store Become
  • Disney Story Central
  • Disney’s Magic Timer by Oral-B
  • Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures
  • Dodo Pop
  • Disney Build It Frozen
  • DuckTales: Remastered
  • Frozen Free Fall
  • Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot
  • Good Dinosaur Storybook Deluxe
  • Inside Out Thought Bubbles
  • Maleficent Free Fall
  • Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions
  • Moana Island Life
  • Olaf’s Adventures
  • Palace Pets in Whisker Haven
  • Sofia the First Color and Play
  • Sofia the First Secret Library
  • Star Wars: Puzzle DroidsTM
  • Star WarsTM: Commander
  • Temple Run: Oz
  • Temple Run: Brave
  • The Lion Guard
  • Toy Story: Story Theater
  • Where’s My Water?
  • Where’s My Mickey?
  • Where’s My Water? 2
  • Where’s My Water? Lite/Where’s My Water? Free
  • Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object
now i recommend gorilla tape duct tape
its real hard to get off

can you imagine the data that will be collected on your kids
over their young lives

i hope this gets all fixed so we can watch moana again
without getting spied on

the organicgreen granddaddy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

vertigo

VERTIGO
no this is not about the movie
that hitchcock did in the 50s
that real psycho scary movie

its about yesterday
here at our place

i take a short nap usually every day after lunch
but having not slept well the night before
probably from my aricept (donepezil)
a common problem i have that i use low dose melatonin
to help with my sleep
well
i fell asleep early the night before
woke up real early too early
so
when i laid down for my retirement nap
i knew it would be longer than usual

as i awoke
i was on my back
no problems
as i turned over to get up
well i did sit up
the room was aswerving like i was on a
merry go round
something i never ever do
get on a merry go round
kerpluck back on the bed i went

i got too much i need to do this afternoon
i must have slept hard in one position
i know if i sleep on my left side i tend to get vertigous symptoms
when i first get up
but not like this
this was super merrry go round stuff

so i laid there on my back
that made the room quit spinning
so i just went into the smartphone world
on my back for awhile

tried again to get up
wow thats really a lot of spinnnnnnning going on
so
back on the back

so my wife she came in
would you get my traveling pill
a dramamine pill called dimenhydranate
that i take when i fly
since i get bad motion sickness

its not as powerful as the meclizine that is used sometimes
and is also used for vertigo
that one just knocks me out for a day

so i took the milder one
waited thirty more minutes
went back into the facebook vortex
then
i slowly turned to the right
slowly sat up
whoa
i think that merry go round got sped up
so
i whirled back on my back
thinking
i may have to take that one pill that hammers me for a day
then
i remembered once when i had this real bad
i found this video on you tube on how to do a  maneuver
to make this go away
since
as you get older the little rocks in your semicircular canals
those little balance beams in the inner ear
get stuck
these maneuvers loosens them
so
i googled it
there it was
no video but the description of the epley maneuver
so
it said
turn you head 45 degrees to the left
since the left is the side that bothers me usually
then
sit up for 30 seconds
i think the room sped around 30 thirty times
then
i lad back with my head in the same postion
back onto a pillow under my shoulders
i waited 30 seconds
the room slowed some
then
i turned my head ninety degrees to the right
waited 30 seconds
someones putting on the merry go round brakes
i was thinking
then
it said sit up for 30 seconds
i already was about to puke
if this didnt work
i was sure i would be puking if that merry go round
were to take off

now
wanting this to stop
i sat up with my head turned to the right
the merry go round
well
it wasnt go around anymore
it all stopped

thank you dr epley for figuring this all out

i was able to get up
go to the bathroom since i needed to go bad
then
into the living room for the rest of the evening

wished i had known about and used this method in the past more
it would have saved me a lot of wiped out days

i swear if i turn my head back and forth
i can hear those little rocks sliding across those
little hairs in my inner ear now

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, August 14, 2017

alzheimers news-in memoriam

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-IN MEMORIAM
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i thought about these two guys a lot last week
both were from arkansas

one was my brother joe who died 4 years ago
in the final stages of alzheimers disease

here is the blog i wrote about him after his death
he was the mirror i looked into
as
i saw myself
knowing that this is where i will be sometime in
the future
when i dont know
im doing what i can to slow it down

here is the blog
THE SMILE

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the other person
also had that same smile
it was glen campbell
who died last week in that final stage of alzheimers disease

now i have read some criticism of his family
sending him on his tours
when he struggled so much at times trying to remember his lines
however
he was doing what he loved to do
he was able to do it longer than most would have

may he rip
when you get to that final stage of this disease
death brings peacefulness
to the person
and
their family

hopefully they are at peace


this last week i had my first visit at ucla
the worse part was the traffic
its like worse than than the worse austin traffic

i had to undergo reevaluation and reintroduction to
the aducanumab study
i am able to just pick up where i left off at ut southwestern

i am about the fifth one in the aducanumab study by
biogen here at ucla

i chose ucla instead of a private neurology group
since i wanted the connections to a research facility
in case i need to be in other studies in the future
i have found it makes a difference knowing the folks
and
knowing what new stuff is out there
when it happens
it will be happening here at ucla

they have the mary easton alzheimers disease center here
that does the different research
eg they are also doing one of the bace inhibitor studies
that will probably benefit folks who have no symptoms

they could be used like the statin drugs are being used
to prevent stroke and heart attacks
these bace inhibitors may help slow down or prevent alzheimers
time will tell on that one

the aducanumab study that i am in
has more promise for us with symptoms
although if it works it will probably be given
with the bace inhibitor before folks
develop symptoms
so i went down to the infusion center
got all hooked up again
took my two hours it took to get all set up
and
get in my infusion #6
then out the door into the throngs of the traffic

12 more to go until they put everyone
placebo and real drug on the real drug for another 3 years
then soon after we will find out if this study really works

next
more blood work and an mri of the brain at ucla in two weeks

so far
i have just some daily fatigue i experience
thats hard to separate whether its the infusions
or my aricept (donepezil) or my sleep issues or my chronic iritis
i am hoping its my infusions
since that would mean i got the real deal stuff
and
not the placebo

time will tell

i also volunteered for a substudy of this one
which does extra amyvid pet scans for the
bad stuff beta amyloid
to see if it really all got cleared out after a year
that is
if i got the real stuff

however i will never know if i got the real stuff
this first 18 months
thats part of the deal
they will know but i wont

remember
we need financial support to fight this disease
and
emotional support to deal with it

join us as we walk this year

txalz walk
we will be doing the
alzheimers texas walk in georgetown texas
on saturday september 23rd
team name is organicgreendoctor

yes we will be in georgetown for the above walk
as we walk with our austin friends and family
do join us
come say goodbye to us

i also will have a team in the
santa barbara walk to end alzheimers 
on saturday october 28th
team name is organicgreendoctor.com

join us

the organicgreen doctor


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

cut the cord

CUT THE CORD
as we sat down to visit with a friend recently
i saw on her coffee table
the august 2017 consumer report
i opened it up
there was this article in there on
cutting the cord

whats cutting the cord
its cutting yourself away from the holds of the cable folks
or the direct tv or dish tv folks

now we had lived way out in the country for several years
we didnt have cable
we relied on satellites to provide our tv connections
so we basically had two choices
direct tv or dish tv

for our internet we had two choices
a cell phone card
or
satellite internet
both are slower and more expensive to use than
cable connected internet

so each month as we got our bills
two of them
i would seethe
having to write that check for over $200+ a month
just to stay connected to the outside world
and
that includes no access to hula live tv or netflix or amazon etc

so when we moved i wanted to do something different
now when i write i i mean we

so as i opened the magazine
i read the several page article on how to
cut the cord

i wrote down what tv stuff we watched
like all the local stations pbs sports stuff news stations comedy central
rfdtv hbo etc
then i looked at what or which services we could use
to watch our tv stuff and still cut the cord

so
here is what we came up with

i bought a tv antenna
mohr 50
its is flat and lays down behind our tv
we get all the local channels minus nbc
and three pbs stations
and several spanish speaking channels

i like to watch the local news so we now have access to the station
that we like to watch here
all for free minus the cost of the antenna

i bit my tongue held my nose and held my breath
and
opened a cox account
for the internet only
looking at what all we planned to do
which was just watch tv
no gaming etc

so now we have a fast enough for us speed to hook up
to this new world

first
we chose of course
netflix
no more dvds to pull out and watch house of cards
we are in tv heaven now
cost around $10+- a month

next
we chose hula with live tv
we get now all the channels we regularly watch except for
comedy central and rfdtv
we can add hbo if we want
we want
hbo may get attached to hulu or amazon prime for free
maybe
it also has dvr
cost around $40 a month

next
we added amazon prime
cost around $10+-

then we used
apple tv as our streaming service in order to get the
hula live tv
we already had roku as a streaming device which allows
us to get amazon prime

now we are all set up
initial costs
antenna around $40
apple tv around $200
roku around ?$40 my wife she lost the records on the cost
modem/router around $180
note the cable company charges over $10 a month to use theirs
cable hookup $20

so for the initial cost of around $480
we have now cut the cord
we should break even in 6 months

we have a monthly cable bill of $40
netflix $10+-
hula live tv $40
Amazon prime $10+-
for a monthly cost of $112+-

if we were full cable we would have a bill in a year of close to
$200+ a month

so thats how we cut the cord
i know i know
we still have to be hooked up to the internet
but that cable cord i cut
is all way through

it feels good
the selection of what to watch is much better
and
we dont feel screwed by the cable company

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, August 7, 2017

anniversary

ANNIVERSARY
today is two anniversary days
one is the anniversary of my parents
now deceased
we miss them

the other
is the anniversary of this blog

it was originally started
when my wife she suggested i watch this pbs show
on a lady that started blogging
and
now makes her living doing it

i said
i can do that
so
i did
and
i havent looked back

i started blogging on our living at the country n
on things like rainwater harvesting organic garden larry the rooster
chickenering etc
also
i hoped to write some on what it was like to be working
as a family doctor

then that fall late winter
it started as an ocular migraine
i had wavy lines like i was looking at a messed up tv
it lasted 30 minutes
was this the start of it all
i dont know

then 3 months later while volunteering to be in the normal
control group of a large national research study
at ut southwestern in dallas
it was noted that i had short term memory problems
i was not aware of

from there i went to having a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment
and
getting placed on the alzheimers medicine aricept (donepezil)
to now being in a large new experimental treatment trial for
alzheimers disease called the aducanumab study

so
i refocused the blog to include my journey with my diagnosis
luckily for me it hasnt progressed in 7 years
maybe my memory has slightly improved
its definitely stable

so now 7 years later
i have written over 1719 blogs
had my blog reviewed as many as 700,00+ times
from folks around the country
around the world

i communicate with them frequently over this blog facebook and twitter
answering questions about gardening rainwater collection etc and
of course
alzheimers disease

so
this summer as we enter another phase of our life
here in socal
we hope to continue our journey with the same focus as before
gardening organically of course
healthy living
alzheimers disease and our quest for a treatment and cure
ms b
anything else i can find interesting thats happening in the world
yep
theres plenty of material to write about

i hope to write until it doesnt make sense
the words i put down on this computer

thanks to my readers

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, August 4, 2017

alzheimers news-kids and the alzheimers lady

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-KIDS AND THE ALZHEIMERS LADY
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one thing i have noticed over the last few years
is that the kids
the grandkids
the kids
the nephews
the nieces
they sometimes get all lost in the alzheimers story

recently
i sat by a young relative at a restaurant
i asked him did he remember his grandpa who
died from alzheimers disease
yes he said
not as well as i use to though
he seemed to sadden up and not want to talk about it

i thought of him
thought of my brothers grandkids as i watched the video below
wondering how his alzheimers disease
and
his downward course
what effect it had on them

what effect does it have on those kids that are sort of
well
ignored it seems

as i watched this video of these kids talking to the lady
with alzheimers
i thought about all this

ive watched this video several times and get teary eyed
as i think about
it being me sitting in that chair
answering questions from miss b
i hope she understands it all one day


i hope that if you have a child exposed to this disease
that
you try to explain it all to them

remember
we need financial support to fight this disease
and
emotional support to deal with it

join us as we walk this year

we will be doing the
alzheimers texas walk in georgetown texas
on saturday september 23rd
team name is organicgreendoctor

yes we will be in georgetown for the above walk
as we walk with our austin friends and family
do join us
come say goodbye to us

i also will have a team in the
santa barbara walk to end alzheimers 
on saturday october 28th
team name is organicgreendoctor.com

join us

the organicgreen doctor