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

Monday, October 15, 2018

i voted will you

I VOTED WILL YOU
sometimes elections dont mirror the will of the people
why
folks dont vote

here its simple to vote
we have chosen to do it by mail
usually in texas and arkansas i use to go to the voting locations to vote
i just like the feel of waiting in the line and voting on the machine
it seems like i have more power when i vote this way

alas
times change
we vote by mail
in comes to our mail this envelope
out pops the ballot
i make my marks
close the envelope
sign the outside
put on a 50 cent stamp
drop it in the mailbox a block away
so i did get a little exercise in this activity
done
i voted
i got this sticker
i can wear it to show off that i did my duty as a us citizen

now if you dont agree with the way i voted
first if you dont vote then dont discuss politics with me
if you do vote then youve done your duty
youve earned the right to discus and or complain about politics

not enourgh of us will vote this time or most times
we let the minority of the electorate sometimes decide the things that matter to all of us

the economy
our healthcare
immigration
medicare
social security
and
all those other things we all argue about

so
please vote
its the only way our system can keep working

i did
i always do
i have the right to complain now
do you

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 12, 2018

alzheimers news-should i get tested

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-SHOULD I GET TESTED
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every time i do an alzheimers presentation i get asked this question

this week i spoke to about 20 folks who live at the valle verde retirement community here in santa barbara
my talk was on my story using it as a vehicle to talk about what workup needs to be done for memory loss and what research is ongoing that may lead to a treatment or cure
of course focusing on my study as a vehicle to talk about what its like to be in the study
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i always mention my apoe 4 status since i am apoe 4/ apoe 4 this being the risk gene for late onset alzheimers disease
notice i wrote risk gene
it just means i represent 3% of you and that i have a 10-20 times increased risk for developing the disease

compare that to the early onset risk gene which is 100% sure if you have that gene you will 100% get alzheimers disease

yesterday i wrote this blog on preexisting conditions
a former young patient messaged me about whether she should be tested for the alzheimers genes

i wrote her my answer but i thought more about it later after i also ran across this excellent article and this podcast on getting tested for the alzheimers genes

so my answer for her would be
i understand why she is asking
its in her family
like many of you

yes
and
no

yes
once you know it really stimulates you to maximize your health
now while you are young
if you can max your health while young many people including myself feel like you can defeat the alzheimers or at least delay it enough so you will die from something else

however
as this article talks about and this podcast talks about you should know what the test results mean before you go having the test done

no
some folks cant handle the answer
they dont understand what it means
if it gets on their preexisting list of diagnoses it is there forever for all to see like health insurance disability insurance life insurance maybe some employers the feds the military eg

so my suggestion to her before she gets tested is read this article to understand what the testing means
and
listen to this podcast of a young person who was tested before she really understood what it meant

which answer should you be given
read this article and watch this podcast then decide for yourself


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here is the information on our team for the walk to end alzheimers next month

my team in the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3rd is called
organicgreendoctor

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

 the organicgreendoctor

Thursday, October 11, 2018

dont get preexisted

DONT GET PREEXISTED
will all of you please take off your political hats for a moment
whether its a red one or a blue one or a purple one
just take it off
then
read my blog today

this folks should be one of the top priority for all us
as we vote and approach the politicians

its preexisting conditions

now preexisted dont care
whom you voted for
what race you are
what sex you are
what your sexual orientation is
what your weight is
well it does on the weight thing since thats one way to get preexisted

if you are preexisted
well either you are going to pay more a lot more for healthcare
or
well you wont be able to get insurance at all
period

now if you are on medicare or medicaid or va care or military retirement
then you are probably safe from getting preexisted

well if you have medicare and didnt sign up on time for the supplement plans
you will im sorry to say get preexisted even now

i suggest you go look into your medicine cabinet
is there are any prescriptions in there
well
you my friend are preexisted

does you child have asthma
do they or have they ever used inhalers or breathing treatments
ever
sorry
they are preexisted forever

my guess is there are very few of yall who arent preexisted

which means
you aint going to get covered for care for that condition ever not ever
or
if you do get covered you will be paying a lot for that coverage
an awful lot

we in our extended family have two young infant toddlers who are staring at major care over the next years maybe forever
they both of them are preexisted
forever im sorry to say

im sure their medical bills are well over a million dollars apiece
looking way into the future there will be more

i look at mr hs medicine cabinet
theres 5 prescriptions sitting there
they are taken some of them several times a day
those mean he will be always preexisted
his main health issue may not be his kidney failure
it may be his healthcare coverage

so im sure that all of you have stories of ill relatives like this

if the law on preexisting conditions get changed they are doomed financially forever
their health will be so affected like their finances

if the law on preexisting conditions gets changed my guess is that almost if not all of us are doomed financially forever
our health may be affected also
forever
unless this preexisting condition thing is protected

basically getting rid of this preexisting protection allows the insurance companies to take your money for your health care coverage but not pay for anything thats preexisted

so when you hear this word coming from politicians
take off your hats
listen carefully
you my friend and your family are about to lose out
big time

dont let them preexist all of us

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

another use for duct tape

ANOTHER USE FOR DUCT TAPE
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now i have been known in the past as someone who was interested in uses of duct tape
my most infamous use was on my infamous duct tape chair
my wife she bought it for a few bucks and brought it home
the frame was good but the leather on it was quite worn
i liked it cause it would rock and spin around in circles
it even would lean back
ms b loved it
it was her merry go round when she use to visit the country n

i instantly saw the old chair for what it could be if i used two-three rolls of black duct tape on it

i thought it was a masterpiece
it was and always will be my most favorite chair ever

so when we decided to move from texas to california we had decided to take only those things that could fit into one of our cars
the rest not pushed and packed in the cars had to be sold or given away

you can best believe i thought about it
took measurements of it
even thought of tying it on the roof like in the vacations movies
but
alas
it had to stay

the most saddest thing we left behind besides of course our dog marley
lucky for him and for us
he and the chair both went to the same friend
someone we know who appreciated its story and history

why it even hid my billfold once and almost ruined our trip to nashville

so im always looking for duct tape uses

the other day
i filled my bathroom sink with water after pulling down on the stopper thingymyjiggy
that shuts off the water from going down the sink drain

after i finished with the water
the thing was stuck

i wiggled and wiggled the lever under the sink and pulled and pushed that lever
somethings stuck down in there

so
i got this old rag and soaked up all the water
dried it real good
then i tried a knife a scalpel a razor blade a ice pick my finger nails
nothing could lift up that stopper thing
i even thought of putting a glob of gorilla glue on the top and gluing a piece of wood to it
luckily i decided not to do that

so
i looked on google since i had never replaced one of those stopper things before in my home plumbing career over the years

so
i thought after watching a video
im not sure about all this
i thought
remember those times you tore into stuff in the plumbing world
things would just get worse the more you did

so
i thought how can i can get that stopper thing up
knowing now that the lever thing probably had rusted off

i knew i had to attack this first thing in a morning when i had time to run back and forth to the hardware store as i found more and more wrong

suddenly as i was looking in our junk drawer in the kitchen
everyone has one of those right
you never know what you can find in there

there in the middle of all my wife shes junk she throws in there
was this
nice big roll of duct tape

suddenly a light bulb came on in my hippocampus
up in my brain
why of course
duct tape
thats the answer
so i tore off a piece and rolled it in a circle like a wheel
stuck one side on the top of the stopper
up out of the hole it came

another use for duct tape
one i have never seen in my duct tape book

this is a picture of what you need to do this at home

for the record
i successfully replaced the lever mechanism
successfully
without causing further plumbing crisis

thanks again
to the inventor of duct tape

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 8, 2018

quit messing with mother nature

QUIT MESSING WITH MOTHER NATURE
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in the viet nam war they sprayed agent orange all over everything to defoliate the forest so they could see the enemy
problem is that it defoliated a lot of humans
sad to say
many of them were our us soldiers

when you use chemical or biological warfare
using agent orange seems to qualify for both
you cause a lot of short term and long term damage
just ask those who are on the agent orange compensation plans

thinking about agent orange as i read this article where the us government ie military is looking to genetically alter viruses in insects to use in cases if its needed to use as a weapon or as a means to protect our food sources
or
probably to destroy someone elses

in one study they took aphids and infected them with a virus that carried a gene that would infect the corn so that the ears of corn would fluoresce at night

i am not quite sure what use this fluorescent corn would be but when you think of it well for me it bothers me when we mess too much with mother nature

we now have a problem with insects from foreign countries coming here and infecting our crops and us

even the asian ladybugs i read where they are sort of invasive and that many of the lady bugs we buy are from this asian genetics
the asian version loves your house in the winter
i know i speak from experience

when the us military gets involved you know that what happens will not be good for whatever country gets infected with whatever they blast on them

florescent corn
maybe it could be used at halloween
but i see no other use for it

could we just leave mother nature alone
shes struggling enough as it is

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 5, 2018

alzheimers news-from the mouth of those affected

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-FROM THE MOUTH OF THOSE AFFECTED
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last weekend we zoomed down to the ucla medical center at santa monica to an early memory conference put on by alzheimers greater los angeles to be on a panel with others who have memory loss
my wife she was invited to be on the panel but she declined
which probably was the right choice

since i am not far along in the disease i can mostly speak for myself
it was obvious that the two folks with memory loss who were on the panel with me were much farther along with the disease
they needed their spouses to help them get through the seminar
they neither were allowed to drive anymore
they both are probably in the mid stages of alzheimers
while i am back in the mild cognitive stage real early on

now
i dont have blinders on
i know that this stuff can take off and go fast
so
im not letting my defenses down
not for a minute

my wife she sat right in the front row
i said
could you please move to the back
why you ask
i knew if she stayed there that when i got to talking and answering questions
that having her right up front would make me cry easier
so
to the back she went

the things that stood out were the two caregivers
how much it the alzheimers disease had affected their lives
turned it upside down

one patient had lived out of state
they had got to the point where they needed to be closer to their kids
so
they uprooted
unloaded a lot of stuff and moved to southern california from the midwest
leaving their friends and home behind
leaving an area that they had made their home for all their lives

now
carless
they are learning to get around in this area
their kids are nearby
he has a good neurologist caring for him
he seems happy
he says i like it here i just dont know anyone

he has what i call a wondering bracelet from the local sheriffs department
if he disappears they can activate the bracelet and track him down
hopefully before something bad happens

you know those grey alerts that come across your phone
the scary ones are the ones where they give the folks license plate number and car descriptions
excuse me they shouldnt be driving most likely

my wife she and i decided to uproot now before we got to that stage
she would have been isolated out at the country n as i would wander around quite happily im sure

we moved while my mind is intact and we are younger
we now have time to get reestablished before things worsen
so far we dont regert doing this

in the conference the caregivers were the standout speakers
they articulated their feelings quite well
for me
i answered the panel  moderators questions as i wrote in last weeks blog
then
folks started asking me a ton of questions
about alzheimers
about clinical trials
about medicines
about how to get workups
it went on and on
finally
as they were running out of time
they asked if i would mind going outside at the break
letting folks come up and ask me questions
that they did
for over an hour i answered their questions as best i could
i think they listened to me
since
i have been there with my familys bouts with the disease
i am a physician
i am in an important treatment study
then
im one of them
i am a patient fighting my battle as best as i can

so far so good

yes we did zoom off the 10 onto the hwy one known as the pacific coast highway
no i didnt cry on the way back
but
i did do a lot of daydreaming and thinking about all this
as we zoomed along the ocean shore back home
a saturday well spent

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here is the information on our team for the walk to end alzheimers next month

my team in the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3rd is called
organicgreendoctor

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 4, 2018

alzheimers news-this is the real stuff today

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-THIS IS THE REAL STUFF
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i wrote this blog to ms b in february 2017
dear ms b-todays it
it was about me getting the aducanumab
i reread it
i recried
heres hoping now ms b when you look over at my easy chair when you are able to read that blog i wrote to you that you can see me sitting in that chair and it wont be empty

then for my birthday in march 2017
i got this phone call described in this blog
its my day
it was the best birthday present ever
the best birthday ever

then 1 week after receiving my first aducanumab infusion i write about having side effects and what that means in this blog
update and more

these symptoms are the symptoms folks have from taking the aducanumab
especially those like me who have the apoe 4 gene known as the late onset alzheimers gene

now
yesterday
after having 18 treatments of either placebo or aducanumab
we made the 2 hour drive down to ucla to start the second leg of the study
i for sure got the aducanumab

if i was on placebo i will have got the low or high dose aducanumab yesterday

if i was on aducanumab i will continue the same dose in this second phase
for at least 2 years with the possibility of taking it longer if the study is extended again

we were up early and left in the dark around 530 am
it rarely rains here
it sprinkled rain off and on all the way down the 101 to the 405
interesting
the traffic wasnt heavy
maybe thats a sign huh

then
there were these beautiful clouds up against the mountains in the distance
the sun would come out and go away
making this beautiful coloration of the clouds
must have been another sign
almost heavenly looking in its appearance

was i nervous
was i anxious
no
im so ready for this part to start
since
i know these next 2 years are important to my long term survival
if
this stuff does what it is suppose to do
which is
clear out all the amyloid from the brain so the disease that is being continuously fed by more and more amyloid being deposited may be slowed

will it be enough
im hoping so
ill accept just some slowing of the process
like a dam slowing down a river
maybe it will gain me some time
ill take all the time it gives me

then
i met the doctor again
got a memory test
one i have had before and have administered myself to folks
so
i know how well i did on it
i got most if not all of them correct
my score im sure is back up in the normal range

is that the drug
or
my healthy living
or
is it fate

i dont care which one it is
ill take it
then
the nurse hung this dark colored bag of iv fluid
as he turned it on
today for some reason
i could feel a coldness run up my arm into my shoulder
eventually it all got up to my brain
doing its thing
doing its job
well i hope

then
after an hour it was done
out the iv came

i had to just sit there for awhile
almost meditating like
absorbing all that this may mean
this is my purple wrap over the iv site
a color i requested today
a symbol the alzheimers color
then
on my wrist is my name bracelet

i have decided to keep that white bracelet on as long as it will last
as
a reminder to me how important this day is

yep
i got for sure the real stuff today and im happy

also
im really really hoping that no side effects like headache occurs
if it does that probably means this was my first real meds
if i dont get a headache then there is a good chance that this was my 19th dose

either way
im happy today

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 1, 2018

let it be

LET IT BE
as i thought of writing this blog today
the beatles song
let it be
just popped in my head

but different from the lyrics
im afraid
there will be no answer

you see
politics is a dirty vicious game
played by two parties
both are equally involved

then another thing
you dont lie
to the fbi
just ask clinton and others who lied to them

so i welcome the fbi investigation if thats what its called
if someone lies
they can pay the price

now
i watched all of the testimony the other day by myself
without commentary from any news experts
i wanted my own impressions
i wanted to come to my own conclusions

first
it will come to she said he said
there will be no answer

they just need to let it be
what i mean is
if it was me
i would say
im outta here
i dont want that job
my lifes ruined now forever
he will not win
he will always be marked in the public eye

she likewise
her life will never be the same
ever

so i decided to sit and watch the hearings like i was on a jury

i believe her
100% i believe her

he obviously has obsessive compulsive disorder
he probably self medicates with beer
since he likes beer
a lot of beer i guess over the years

what 17 yr old keeps a calendar like that

did he do it
i think he did
does he remember
yes he remembers unless he was over alcoholed at the time
which he probably was

now
after i sat and watched all the hearing
i will need to vote to convict him or let him go
if i was on a jury
i would have to vote to let him go
since
there is no physical evidence or someone else that says they witnessed this when it happened

yes
it comes down to she said he said

thats the way the system would work


why they havent pulled his nomination i dont know
his nomination is now tainted forever
we could have have been spared

other presidents have done that when even lesser claims have been made

there is a list of judges who will probably zoom right through like the last one did

so i say
they need to let it be
she and he have suffered enough
and
their families
and
so have all of us

please spare us more please

lets move on

there will not be any justice

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, September 28, 2018

alzheimers news-to answer their questions

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS
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in the morning my wife she and i will hop in our car and make the pleasant trip down to santa monica as i am on a panel of people with early memory loss at the ucla medical center in santa monica for the early memory loss conference sponsored by the alzheimers greater los angeles and the mary easton center for alzheimers research center at ucla 

the conference will run from 9am to 3pm
here is the link to the conference 

on the panel i am on there will be 4 people with early memory loss
some will have their wives with them
as you hear them answer questions you can easily tell they need their partners there to help them answer and remember what to say

last time i did this
it was obvious when comparing me to the other 3 people that my symptoms are mild and early
really not obvious to others
thats not the case with the other folks on the panel

ive never seen a panel like this where patients answered the questions from the moderator and from the audience
many of the answers came from deep inside
they were answers that you dont hear from those affected with this disease very often
why
well no one asked

all said treat me like a regular person
dont talk down to me

here are some of the questions that will be asked of us by the moderator
the best questions though come from the audience
folks want answers to questions that arent getting answered
these questions from the audience go on until the moderate stops them due to time limitations
last time we ran over 30 minutes because of the audience questions

i will provide a shortened version of my answers to the moderators questions

what were your early symptoms
i did not know i was having symptoms until i had my memory tests
after it was abnormal i did a look back and realized i was having trouble with my memory
it was things i noticed but not others

did you have difficulty getting a diagnosis
no i volunteered for a research study and the memory testing showed i had memory issues

what was your initial response to the diagnosis
did you tell others
i felt overwhelmed when i realized that my moment had arrived
yes i told everyone i could
my wife was with me when i was tested 
i later told my two sons
i did a lot of crying since i had seen my mother and my younger brother struggle with alzheimers
i knew what was coming for me
8 years ago when i was diagnosed i really didnt think i would be able to sit here today and write the answers much less be on a panel talking about it or giving talks on alzheimers disease to groups

what in your life was impacted the most
i went from seeing 30 +- patients a day to not working
to needing to find things to do
luckily we had moved to the country n and i had the 10 acres and the property to care for
i entered a research study and began volunteering 

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deseret news article on my story

what changes did you make in your life
i began to do healthy things more aggressively
like controlling my blood pressure my cholesterol my weight exercising more eating better learned to relax and stayed busy mentally and physically and socially

where do you find support
what helps you cope with the new changes
my family
my gardening and other volunteering efforts like the school garden and the alzheimers organizations and doing seminars like this one and other alzheimers talks

have there been positives
i know what i have so i can deal with it
knowing early has allowed me to be aggressive with my health
my wife she and i have been able to plan out our financial and legal documents
my family knows whats going on and we can just move forward to enjoy our lives while we can

do you have any advice to professionals working with early memory loss patients
yes
listen to your patients

usually on the way back to santa barbara we drive the highway one through malibu and along the coast until it meets the hwy 101 below santa barbara

its a beautiful relaxing drive that im sure tomorrow i will be doing a lot of reflections on my story and what was said at the conference
and
yes i will cry some on the way home

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here is the information on our team for the walk to end alzheimers next month

my team in the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3rd is called
organicgreendoctor

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

the organicgreen doctor


Thursday, September 27, 2018

its time to do it

ITS TIME TO DO IT
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cdc.gov

look in the mirror
if you have gray hair
then you need a flu shot
you are probably in a hi risk group
the elderly

elderly folks dont do well when they get the flu
may die from it

now if you are a female
look down at your tummy
if you are pregnant
you need a flu shot

if you are pregnant
your husband and your other kids and your parents and in laws all need to get a flu shot

if you have kids they need a flu shot
if they are over 6 months old
they are at risk your kids by going to school playing sports doing things kids do with other kids

if you have an under 6 months old baby
everyone who comes in contact with those little babies need a flu shot
everyone
miss one and you can have a little sick one on your hands this year

do you or your loved ones have a chronic disease like heart disease asthma copd diabetes or are they on some immunocompromising drug or are they immunocompromised
they all need a flu shot that person and whoever is around them

yes
if you are a school teacher you definitely need one
you know how germy those classrooms are

lets see we are getting to where we can say
eveyone needs one

i wouldnt get the nasal spray since the old ones didnt work well
they say the new one does
but
i dont know about that
also
the nasal spray is a live virus so you have to be careful who gets it and who they are around
like a immunocompromised person or a pregnant person eg

a little needle prick aint going to hurt you
too much

over 80,000 people died from the flu last year
the largest in a long time
they are trying to prevent that from happening again
if we all got the flu shot then that number will drop

this last year was the worse since the 1976 season
in 1918 over 500,000 folks died in the us from the flu

now
i will get mine next month
since i get those monthly infusions i have just a few days a month that i can get immunizations
my day is around october 16 +- a day

i want to protect mr h and ms b also
sorry ms b you gotta get one also

so
be sure and get your flu shot this fall
your life and others lives may depend on it

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

this nauseates me

THIS NAUSEATES ME
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i read an article this morning about a nurse mom whose two sons twins went out graduation night to a party
they were both honor students and good athletes
never been in trouble

they apparently had drinks at the party and pills were passed around which they took
no they werent drug users
the pills turned out to be oxycontin

the next morning mom was washing clothes
she went in to check on one son
he was dead
she ran downstairs to check on the other one
he was dead

two sons lost from the use of oxycontin and alcohol

its these opioid prescription drugs that have triggered our national disaster
the opioid crisis

enter a company called purdue that in 2007 was charged with lying and cheating to patients pharmacies and doctors about how safe they were
the company is mainly owned by one family
they have made billions off our grief
they have ruined many a family in the us

so what did they do
since the purdue oxycontin brand was being attack justifiably in the media and the courts and in congress
they have millions of dollars of law suits against them by families and government agencies

what did they do
well they went out and bought a new generic company to make generic versions of the opioids
the companys name is rhodes
never heard of them right

they even made a lot of the drugs in the purdue factories
just slapping the rhode generic labels on the drugs

cha ching the family is making billions again off us

it doesnt matter where you live
you have opioid overdoses happening in your neighborhood
some die
usually young like the nurses two sons

what a tragedy

this crisis the opioid one should be up close to the top of the issues that congress is talking about

just look at the top news stories this week
none of those stories are about things that will make our lives better

healthcare
good jobs
good pay for work done
opioids
equality
immigration
those should be the headlines everyday until the election

this all makes me sick that this is and has been allowed to happen
we have lost a lot of our young adults to this tragedy

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

its best for them and him

ITS BEST FOR THEM AND HIM
i can remember there was a point in time when not many moms breastfed their new babies
it was almost looked down on at one time
then
i think out of the 60s and the womens movement that came out of that time that more and more women started to breastfeed
so
that now there are more women breastfeeding than not breastfeeding

i have my own idea why there was this push to bottle feed formula
it involves the companies that make the formula
pushing it in hospitals and in doctors office
some even getting hospitals to designate their formula as the formula of choice
eventually
the push came to change breast milk to the feeding of choice

it was almost standard to ask a new mom
what formula do you want to feed your baby
not here lets help you breast feed your baby

all of us in medicine know that breast milk is the best for babies
sorry formula companies you cant duplicate what moms bodies can make for their babies

so when mr h was born
the nephrologist said are you going to breastfeed
we sure hope so
since
breast milk is the best thing for him to use
otherwise if you formula feed you have to use this special formula
called pm 60/40 low iron that used for babies with kidney issues

we prefer breast milk since it has what mr h needs

i looked up the cost of a can of that stuff
its $26 a can
i looked up the cost of mr hs moms breast milk
well
it was $0 a can

let see
its free
its better for him even preferred by the nephrology folks

which should mom feed mr h

yep
mr h gets breast milk
and
he loves every drop
except
when they put those nasty meds in it

i even got the nurses to let me taste his meds
my ranking worse tasting to yummy tasting

#1 vitamins with iron taste awful
he has to have the iron until one day he gets a transplant
to keep his blood counts to normal
he also gets a weekly shot to keep his blood counts up
the one his relative gets who is undergoing chemotherapy
when he gets transplanted that shot will be stopped

#2 saline solution
its like eating salt a lot it in a small amount of water
he dont like it but he takes it

#3 calcium
he seems to be ok with it

#4 blood pressure med
he also likes that one

#5 his antibiotic
he loves that one

once he is transplanted one day he will go off these meds

its the breast milk thats the vehicle for him to take all these meds
plus
he seems to just suck all that breast milk right down

sorry similac you seemed to have lost a customer

now its found in a recent study that babies who are directly breast fed seem to be the less likely to grow up and be obese
second best is when there are bottle fed breast milk
which mr h has to do a lot since he had so many tubes in his lungs and in his nose and ivs and monitors and at one point catheters and central lines

so the difference between breastfeeding directly and bottle feeding breast milk is not that great
but
those fed the formulas are more likely to be obese when they grow up

now sometime babies just have to be fed formula for various reasons

the recommended regimen for mr h and all babies is to breast feed as long as possible
starting some foods around 6 months with breast milk until around 2 yrs old
do that
and
you are more likely to have a healthy toddler and a child who is not obese

mother nature just seems to know whats right for those babies

we are excited since mr h has one foot out of the nicu door
he will be tubeless soon if not already
its so nice to see him without all those tubes
smiling
wide eyed
looking around

now the long road starts
a transplant is in the card for mr h

ive decided to add to my causes i am advocating
add
kidney transplant
national kidney foundation

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, September 24, 2018

where did they go

WHERE DID THEY GO

one thing we had to learn when we moved to the country n was to coexist with insects bugs yes even spiders
the house we moved into hadnt been really lived in much over the last few years before we arrived
so
all those bugs had become well established

more than once i heard my wife she scream as she got zapped by a scorpion

no i didnt resort to poisons or to non organic approaches

after consulting with my rainwater brother here is what i did
i put two rings of stuff around our house

one ring was diatomaceous earth not the kind you use in swimming pool but the organic gardening kind
this stuff works by cutting the bellies of insects as they crawl across them

the second ring was boric acid
this stuff is sold as a product called roach pruff
its also obtained from borax or borate like what you use in your clothes
it works by stopping up their air holes as they crawl over the boric acid

insects cant get resistant to these two products like they can the poisons

so as you approached our front door you could see this two rings going around our house
and
at the front door was a line of white stuff

if a bug crawled across the line
well it usually died

another ring i added a few times was  pyrethrum which is obtained from chrysanthemum flowers
it kills bugs but it also may zap the butterflies bees etc
so i used it only occasionally
some organic folks wont use this stuff

so we had a 2-3 ring of stuff around the house
then
inside behind all our appliance we dusted the diatomaceous earth and boric acid generously
we means i as my wife she says i overdid it some
then
i had to tear out at least three walls for water damage so when i replaced the walls i added a thick layer of this stuff on the base 4 x 4

over time all this stuff started reducing the amount of bugs that appeared in our house
also getting a couple of cats also may have helped

once we got a infestation of fleas from probably a cat or dog in our house
using the organic technique
i dusted all the floors and up 4 ft on the walls with this concoction of diatomaceous earth and boric acid
our whole house looked like a kitchen or a bakery

my wife she wasnt happy
she still whines about that what she jokingly called cocaine powder i threw all over the place

when we returned a week later
i swept up and vacuumed up all the powder
we never had fleas after that
although
we did have to buy a new vacuum cleaner since sucking up all that powder ruined our old one


so we solved or controlled the bugs in our house
but
we didnt contaminate or poison the environment
although my wife she isnt sure about that after seeing our white powdered house

sometimes in the spring when we would get home after driving from town
our car windshields would be covered with squished bugs

since arriving here one thing i noticed is
i dont see bugs very often
it is nice to get a reprieve from getting eaten up by mosquitoes
or
getting bitten by those painful fire ant bites

i rarely if ever see an insect in our house
maybe an occasional wolf spider which i just leave alone

now it seems
our insects are disappearing from the world
in some areas folks cars dont get zapped by all those insects
i know here we dont at all


it appears that the bad bugs arent declining
just the good ones
like
ladybugs and bees and mayflies and butterflies and moths and fireflies

why
insecticides and climate change and loss of habitat and use of non native plants and light pollution and highway traffic and one crop agriculture

our dead zone lawns dont attract insects

insects and bugs we have to have to grow our food
our lives depend on keeping these guys alive

we do what we can
we grow our food organically
we dont bomb our place with chemicals
i have always allowed inscets a few to just be around
i just never tell my wife she i let them escape

if we get a spider or wasp or bug we dont like inside
my wife she is good about scooping it up and transferring it outside

in the south one noticeable decline was the fireflies
a joy in my youth was to chase them and collect them in jars

it was only right before we moved from the country n that we had the fireflies return to our place

so
be careful what you use in your house and in your yard
be careful of spraying or placing all those poisons in your home
to kill the bugs
many who wont harm you or your home

we accept some or tolerate them
maybe
thats what we all should be doing

look at that list of why they are disappearing
try to fix those things that are wiping them out at your home

our food chain may depend on it

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, September 21, 2018

alzheimers news-here comes round two

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-HERE COMES ROUND TWO
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i am preparing for two presentations over the next 3 weeks
one an alzheimers panel that i will be on answering questions about having mild cognitive impairment from a moderator and the audience at ucla medical center in santa monica
then
another doing a 20 minute presentation on telling my story with my diagnosis followed by questions from the audience at the valle verde facility in santa barbara
then
a usc professor wants to interview me about being diagnosed while i was practicing medicine

then
yesterday and the day before i started the long term extension that will last another two years and maybe longer of the biogen aducanumab study
this time i will either get the 3 mg dose or the 6 mg dose of the aducanumab

since i have the apoe 4 apoe4 gene i cant get the larger 10 mg dose since apoe 4 folks run the risk of having brain bleeds on that dose
the 10 mgm dose is the dose in the phase one study that worked the best
it cleared all the amyloid out that showed on the original amyvid scan in the phase one study
my two doses that i might get still cleared most of the amyloid but not all of it

in the first part of this phase three study im in now i either got the placebo or the other two doses
if i got the real stuff then they leave me on that dose
if i got the placebo then i get randomly the 3 mg or  6 mg dose
i want the 6 mg dose
well actually i want the 10 mg since i dont mind a little brain bleed
since
the option of doing nothing
well
that option is a hell of a lot worse than a little brain bleed
especially since most folks recover from the brain bleeds without effects
in fact if you get a bleed they just lower the dose then work the dose back up to the original one

i am so glad to get rid of the placebo cloud
have i lost ground by being on the placebo or have i wiped some of that bad stuff outa there

so all this alzheimers stuff plus getting ready for the alzheimers walk in november
see below
i feel almost like i have ptsd
i had to rethink about all thats happened in the last 10 or so years re alzheimers in my life
most if it is not good
my mother died
my brother died
my older brother was diagnosed
i was diagnosed
i had to quit work
i have made it my mission to go out there and talk about it freely
you ask me ill talk about it
i can see how ptsd folks do better being in the open and talking about their issues

i worry about not seeing my grandkids graduate from high school
i especially worry about not being around when mr h will need a lot of help
i worry about my wife she when she has to be a caregiver
i worry abut my two sons
i worry about my other siblings
i dont want any of them to have to deal with this
i think about my dad dying of a heart attack
i know he was headed down the alzheimers journey
man he spared himself and all of us a lot
i think about my mom and brother going down that alzheimer path to the end

when i do all these alzheimers things i do
sometimes its hard to make myself do them
i feel sad but no im not depressed
dont worry i get screened 4 times a year for depression
i cry sometimes as i practice my presentations or write my blogs
but
it really is therapeutic for me

i really hope that others can learn from what has happened to me
especially
the caregivers
please please take care of yourself


so
off i went yesterday afternoon
i had my amyvid pet scan that shows that bad amyloid upstairs in  my brain
thats the one that on me looked like this 18 months ago

they gave me the radioactive stuff in an iv then waited 30 minutes then into the pet scanner i went
with it whirling whirling sounding like a washing machine spinning a load of clothes
when its over
what i would give to just take a look the screen

since then i would know
did it work did it work
or
did i get the placebo
ill never know

for now im looking forward way out into the future as far as i can see
im never looking back
only forward

im doing all i can to slow this down
but
will all im doing work

donate and or walk with you local alzheimers walk

my younger brothers team in the south arkansas walk to end alzheimers on saturday september 22nd is called
#joe nash
click above to see his team page

his course with alzheimers bothered and bothers me a lot
we were a year apart
he died not long after i was diagnosed
when i looked at him as he worsened i felt like i was looking in a mirror
i really thought when i was diagnosed that today i would be where he was when he was first diagnosed

if you live in south arkansas and know his family show up tomorrow and support them
and the fight against this disease

it means a lot to them

my team in the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3rd is called
organicgreendoctor

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

the organicgreen doctor