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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

dear ms b-plant it theyll eat it

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ms b
ive found that to be true

if you take a kid who doesnt like a certain food
tell them all about the food like a veggie
have them hold the seed in their hand
press a hole in the ground
plant the seed
cover it with compost or dirt
pat the dirt smooth
water it
care for it
watch it as it grows

usually when the time comes
they will pluck it from the ground
eat it

at the school garden where i volunteer
this cute little kiddo was helping me pull
up the weeds in the garden
she ran across a carrot that had been missed
by a previous class
she plucked it from the ground
we went over to the water hydrant
washed it off real good
she held onto the carrot with the green stalk
ate the whole thing

later she was all excited about finding that carrot
telling her mom all about it when she got home

thats why i like to garden with kids

now ms b
when we pick you up at the preschool near my garden
we always wander over to the garden

recently all these gourds and pumpkins are on display
they were grown in the garden for kids to see and enjoy
as we walk by you always have to stop and pet them
you have favorites
like the dark one with all the bumps on it
its off to see the four chickens
bock bocks as you call them
its over to my garden
where you water my garden
you always love to fill up the bird bath with water
sometimes while you are there
a bird will fly over to take a drink
sometimes a bee will
this day
the garden apprentice said
its ok to pull up one of those carrots from the kids garden
i had you pick one
pluck it out of the ground
wash it off in the bird bath
you wouldnt let go of that carrot
when we got home
you pulled up your step stool
turned on the water
youre good at that
washed it real good
you crunched and ate the whole carrot
well you tried to eat the green stalk but i stopped you
not sure if it was ok to eat or not

i told your mom about you eating that carrot
she said
she doesnt like carrots

she does now

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 16, 2017

rise up

now the rendition of this song that i like
the best
is the one by alicia keys once sung on the voice
it sings in my head frequently
as i walk or hike or garden or drive around

this weekend on the news i saw another rendition
no they werent as good musically as alicia keys
they probably gave me more chills and tears
than her rendition did
i think that young man in the video that sings
the lead part
he should be on the voice

here are the lyrics

You're broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can't find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
And I'll rise up
High like the waves
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousands times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn't quiet
And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we'll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We'll take it to its feet
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
We will rise
We will rise
We'll rise, oh oh
We'll rise
I'll rise up
Rise like the day
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we'll rise up
Rise like the waves
We'll rise up
In spite of the ache
We'll rise up
And we'll do it a thousands times again
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you oh oh oh oh oh
For you
now you can apply these lyrics to a lot of situations
these kids possibly have a different inspiration 
than say i would

i feel inspiration when i hear these kids sing
i felt it when i heard alica keys sing it that night
i put myself into the words
i feel inspiration after i hear it sung
as i feel the words somehow apply to my life

can you 

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 13, 2017

alzheimers news-it affects them

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ive heard it many a time
in doctor meetings
nurse conversations
facebook postings
family get togethers

those medicaid folks just need to
get a job
buy their own insurance

in the state of iowa
1 in 4 folks with alzheimers in that state end up
on medicaid
most were hardworking tax paying folks
its probably not different in other states

they may start out on a cash basis at the
long term care place
but when the money runs out
thats when medicaid kicks in
most of the patients social securityor pensions are
turned over to help pay the costs

there is some left over each month for the spouse
so she or he doesnt have to be too indigent

when the patient dies the government then looks back
takes over some of the patients assets

i personally dont have a problem with that
since medicaid paid for their care for weeks to
sometimes years

this happened in our family
since we have had family members in long term care
facilities for their later stages of alzheimers disease

interesting is that this system
doesnt care
what your politics is
what your race is
what your religion is
it sort of works for everyone

so if you are reading this
if you havent been affected by this financial delimma
its likely you will

so look closely
when you read and hear about those medicaid cuts
it will likely affect you eventually
the money may not be there for you or your loved ones care

think about how this will affect you
when you hear the rhetoric
dont let your politics get in the way

support us at our next walk
donate and or walk at your local walk

santa barbara walk to end alzheimers october 28th

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 12, 2017

now i have the answer

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i always wanted to know the answer
to the question
what would a penny do if you threw it
off the empire state building in new york

once when we were visiting new york on
sort of
did my own experiment
i didnt chunk a penny off the top of the
empire state building

all i could see
was some guy down below
1200+feet down there
with this penny impaled into his skull
worse into his brain
my fingerprints all over it

i chose instead
since i am a avid gum chewer
of peppermint gum
i chewed it real good going up the elevator
so it got all the juice out of it
i took it out of my mouth
rolled into a nice round ball
looked around
when no one was looking
i pushed it over the edge
watched it float downward downwards to the street

i waited for the sirens
wonder if ill get arrested
i thought

what it if it falls into some ladys long coiffured hair
so it would act like a trampoline like the fireman
hold up to catch you when you jump off a building

well none of that happened
as i walked out of the building
i noticed this blue circular splat on the sidewalk
i was afraid to scrape it up though
i was thankful it didnt cause no damage

i always wondered
would a penny hurt if you dropped it
that 1200+ feet off the empire state building
would it gain speed
be like a big boulder
crunching whatever was landed upon

i now know the answer
i saw this video below
it well explains what happens
when you drop the penny off the empire state building

if you want to know
then click on the video
hint the answer is not what you think

i do feel better knowing that years ago
i didnt cause no harm
just made some little ole lady mad

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

farther on the other side

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thats me looking for my prescriptions

thats what has happened to me
i have gone farther on the other side than i
use to be

no i didnt become some radical opposite viewed
i tell you with all the stuff thats going on in the us
from politics to race to football
i sometimes want to

this is about being on your side now
the patients side
ive complained about this before

its been a gradual change to the patient side

i still like to sit in the waiting room
thats why its called that
a waiting room

i do like to sit out there
to watch and listen to folks

i just want to speak up
you know if you would take this for that
it would clear things up
you wouldnt have to sit and wait and spend money
to know what i know and will tell you for free

i also just like to watch folks
listen to the receptionists or nurses on the phone
excuse me
we are sitting over here
i can hear you talking about ms smith
about her periods
about her depression
about her lab results
about her next appointments

privacy is a word that seems to be getting lost here

my oh my
try to get a prescription refill
now thats an ordeal

all i got to say is
cant anyone get your prescriptions right

i have experienced this first hand
has my wife she

i know how the system works
i worked in it for years
i know how to go back through the system
to get it correct
my of my how do folks take care of this
who dont have my insight

i see a lot of frustration

the doctors office says
no you call your pharmacists
they will send a request
we will then ok it
send it back
so it may not be right
well at least you got some medicine
the dose will be wrong
the brand is ordered
the amount will be wrong
you will eventually get your medicine

you get your medicine
thats not the right dose
thats not the right amount
thats the brand and i use the generic

either we will send another request
you can just call back the doctor
you will have to call back the doctor

so it starts all over again

somewhere in the system things arent written down right
once eg its in a computer wrong
it must be true since its written down

im sure most of you have had this happen before

we sometimes buy our prescriptions at costco
and get a 6 months supply
since its cheaper to just pay cash for them
somehow the system cant understand that
it seems to only know 1 month or 3 months

i have the back door numbers to my doctors
i can circumvent the above inefficient system
to get things fixed

i have done that before
after i played the part of the typical patient

now i know the people involved all along the path
i realize they are doing their job as best as they can
somewhere this is written down wrong

it can cause a $10 prescription to become a $200 one

now multiple this by all yall who are patients
thats all of you

thats a lot of money and a lot of errors

i am slowly being driven farther to the other side
the patients side

this should be a requirement for all providers
to be on the other side

i dont like it much

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 9, 2017

done all i can

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thats how long we my wife she and i will
have to deal with this

probably even after i die she will be
dealing with this
probably after she dies our kids will be
dealing with this

our information
the odds are ours and yours got stolen
released into that dark hole of the deep web

they those folks will be using it
to do some financial shenanigans to make money

i wish to personally thank these two companies
for the release of my wife shes and my information
into that dark web

thank you
no i know thats a misspelling
but that how i spell it now

thank you

more than likely between the two companies
our stuff got released

i heard a financial person say
just expect that your stuff got released

so i read an article from clark howard the consumer guru
he made these recommendations
so i did them for both my wife she and i

i went to the 3 credit bureaus to do a credit freeze
it seems that equfaux made it easy to sign up for the freeze
as i was answering their questions to get it done
i thought
wow a lot of people have access to the information
they asked for
anyone could have frozen our credit

the other two were tougher to do
in fact when my wife she and i were doing experians questions
i guess we flunked one of the answers
gotta do it all by paper now for experian
a hassle but at least they were picky

so now
my credit is frozen at at all three credit bureaus
my wife she is frozen at two of them
the other one is having to be done old school like
with snail mail documentation

like clark suggested
we signed up for credit karma to monitor our credit
my wife she had trouble signing up since we had to unlock
our freeze to sign up
we chose not to do that

none of this cost me a dime
my wife she had to pay $10 for transunion and $10 for experian
since equifaux was guilty theirs was free
i guess all mine were free since i am older

i also put limits and notifications on all our credit cards and
checking accounts and investment stuff

i think i have done as much as i can now to protect

somehow though
i and we dont feel safe

this weekend i watched a vice show on hbo on the dark web
it was disturbing to realize how helpless we
may all be

this damage done will last our lifetime and your lifetime

remember that when you see your congress people
tell them to fix this if they want to fix something

ok maybe healthcare taxes gun control could be added
along with stop poking that rattlesnake in north korea

is there anything else we can do to protect ourselves

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 6, 2017

alzheimers news-#8 done and more

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we got this now
is what i told my wife she as we were zooming down the 101
turning onto that notorious 405
we are about to enter the mouth of the beast
i told her
i was talking about the traffic not the study i am in

its a 1.5 to 3 hour drive one way to ucla from where we live
how long it takes is based on the traffic and the time of day
i must say for our 800 am appointment we just zoomed right there

when we were going to ut southwestern in dallas for my
aducanumab study to get my infusions
it was usually a 3-3.5 hour drive
we dont really complain about the la traffic
well we do but we shouldnt since we get to la quicker
than we did to dallas

so this aducanumab im getting as an infusion is made by biogen
it removes the bad beta amyloid that starts the
alzheimers cascade of events that leads to the brain cell
destruction that causes the symptoms and signs
that you see in your loved ones

the theory is removing the beta amyloid may make a

it seems from what i read this morning that wall street
likes biogens chances of producing a drug that will
alter alzheimers disease
its interesting that sometimes wall street knows things
we dont know

then this morning i read about dr tanzi from harvard talk
about his research on being able to grow a minibrain
in a petri dish that did what they predicted

first beta amyloid was produced
then brain cells died
plaques fomed
then tau proteins unraveled
then inflammation occurred
then the minibrain started dying

this is what the theory of amyloid causing alzheimers says
it just got proven in a petri dish

if this aducanumab stuff works like it did in the early studies
the phase 1 study
it removed all of the beta amyoid after a year in all of those in the
early study who had received the aducanumab
the placebo folks had no change maybe just it got worse

so if this stuff aducanumab really works
i and others will get better

as least wall street the stock market thinks it might work

the first results of our study should be out in 2019 or 2020
by then i will have gotten if i got the real stuff which i think
i am getting
at least 3 years of the drug before the results come out

in alzheimers years 3 years is a long long time

another article i read which sort of sucks is that the fda may
make them use it in folks who already have symptoms
who may not be helped as much by this new drug
to really be effective like a lot of the new drugs have to be given
to folks who do not have symptoms yet or who like me have minimal
so that this amyloid stuff doesnt accumulate in the brain
even i may be too late too far along to get the maximum benefect
from this drug

i want to be the first person to proudly hold up this flower
at the alzheimers walks in the future


its the flower thats reserved for the first alzheimers survivor

support us at our next walk
donate and or walk at your local walk

santa barbara walk to end alzheimers october 28th

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 5, 2017

sb country n news-layered up

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the picture below is where i started back in june for my
garden here
it was dry devoid of plant material
i added compost and organic fertilizer
then planted my veggies knowing i was late planting
things by about two months
i knew that before the fall winter garden i needed to improve
that life of the soil

the life is compost organic fertilizer plant material
like leaves mulch did i ever add mulch
i added a lot of trash barrels full of mulch
lots of cardboard and newspapers
all in layers of course
what i did
is what i did in my gardens in texas
i dug out 4 ft square blocks
down to about a ft and a half
hitting a lot of hard soil
i even had to use a rock bar to break it up
i added a layer of cardboard from side to side
a layer of about 10 sheets of newspapers
a layer of the soil i had dug out of the hole
a layer of compost some from the local garden where
my garden spot is
it has worms and lots of bacteria and germs that are needed
to make the soil better
i also added a good sprinkling of an organic fertilizer
to add more nitrogen in the bed
i then soaked that in with a liquid mixture of molasses
seaweed fish emulsion easily found at most nurseries
i watered this all in well with a water hose
i repeated these layers unit i got to the top of the hole
where i added garden soil and compost mixed together
added a dusting of an organic fertilizer that also had
microbes in it that plants like
i then covered that all up with a layer of mulch
to let it sit for a few weeks
ripen if you will

i did these 4 ft squares like this all over the garden until i had all the garden
all layered up

this week when i went to plant
a lot of this stuff all mixed together had composted down
in fact i think the whole bed will eventually settle down about 4-6 inches

my soil is starting to look a lot like my soil
at the country n in texas

i was able to use just my hands to plant my garden this time
a measure of rich fertile soil

i chose things that we like to eat
that we can usually eat on all winter long

broccoli swiss chard kale carrots lettuce spinach beets
sweet peas onions garlic

this is about what i planted when i lived in texas
except here i dont have to worry about it freezing
i really dont have to do much now
but water it regularly

on the beds where i planted seeds
i try to usually water them once or twice a day
so they dont dry out

i decided to not use a drip system on this garden

since i live two miles away
this makes me have to go by the garden to keep it watered
gotta keep that shadow in the garden
you know

we are hoping
that like in texas
that we have a bountiful winter garden again

the organicgreen doctor