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, January 19, 2018

sb country n news-homesteading


liberty hill living magazine

now that we have moved
i guess i dont get to homestead anymore
now that we dont live at the country n anymore

i get up each morning
go to my garden plot at the gardens
carrying my container of compost materials
say hi to the four chickens there
dump the best of the stuff in the container
over the fence to those chickens
lucky girls
the rest
i dump into the compost piles thats maintained there
its 9 piles that are 4 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft each
i sometimes will stir down into the pile
just to feel the heat and see all the worms working
like crazy

then over to my garden i go
i put my shadow in my garden as much as possible
looking for problems like unwatered plants
insect infestations
varmint damage
lucky for us we dont get too much of either of these
just think you can garden here without
ever stepping onto a mound of fireants
get bitten by mosquitoes

after inspecting things well
i hand water my garden
i try to do this at least twice a week
it reduces water use
it makes me come to the garden and make sure
its all ok
ill also harvest things if they are ready
right now thats broccoli swiss chard kale spinach
arugula lettuce mix cilantro carrots beets sweet peas
green onions if i decide to pull them early
before they get big
for onions i planted mostly the texas 1015 yellow sweet onions
they seem to be short light and hopefully will do well
i have close to 150+- of the different onions
i have 3 other varieties planted
including a red variety

i also while i am there stroll through the garden
looking at the other 20 plots
sometimes i run into another gardener
i stop and visit with them for awhile

i also commonly will walk down through the orchard
where there are numerous different citruses
bananas mulberries pomegranates avocados to name
some of them
ive been known to reach up and pluck one
for my immediate consumption

fresh flavor is the best

so i can spend a few minutes there
i have been known to spend over two hours there

usually once a week
i volunteer there for 2-3 hours
doing whatever the garden manager needs done
making a bed to plant
planting veggies
harvesting veggies
putting down mulch
putting out fresh compost
organically treating veggies for insects
enjoying every minute of it

the produce from the central plots are donated to
food kitchens

then im off to do whatever i want the rest of the day
like the new 310 gallons of rainwater catchment at the school where i
volunteer at once a week

i was able to access this article in the liberty living magazine
where they interviewed me about my garden at the country n in texas
here is the link
the section on my interview is about half way down the page

we are no longer homesteading
we sort of  are
santa barbara style

mudslide update
hwy 101 due to be opened on monday
one local school district carpenteria opened back up
the mudslide area is still blocked off from folks going back
20 dead 3 missing 127 houses destroyed 254 damaged
it will be years before this area will if ever brought back to normal

thatcher update
he is unhooked from everything
he is now in a room with mom and dad

here is his gofundme account
#thatcher strong

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, January 18, 2018

alzheimers news-trumps memory test

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ill be the first to admit
i dont like donald trump
lets be fair to him regards his memory test

alzheimers starts in the brain 15-30 years before
any symptoms start
before any memory tests are abnormal

there are subtle things that can happen before the
memory tests become abnormal

sometimes the first thing is spatial things
missing things in your peripheral vision
which can show up when driving
sometimes subtle memory things happen
im speaking from personal experience here
things you notice that others do not

eventually when the time comes
the memory tests become abnormal

first let me say
if you are going to need memory testing anytime
dont be reading whats in those memory tests
it affects how accurate they are

now i have personally been administered the same memory
test he had done more than 15 times over the last 8 years
i have personally administered that particular test to
family members and friends several times
i am quite familiar with the moca memory test

when you go to a doctors office
he might administer one of three tests

one is the minicog test
it involves being told three words to remember
you are given a time and asked to draw that time
on a clock

if you dont pass that one
you have memory issues
you need more evaluation

its a quick and simple test
its not sensitive though in picking folks up early
with memory loss

the next is the mmse
multimental state exam
its scored up to 30
get 30 and you might be ok
for those like me when i was first tested
it missed me
i got a normal score on the mmse

the third test is the moca
thats the one that trump took
the best score you can get is 30
a normal score is 27-30

when i was first tested in 2010
my score was 25
which was abnormal
its in the mild cognitive impairment range

the moca test is a more sensitive test to pick
up those early changes
like what you see with early alzheimers or mild cognitive impairment

its not a 10 minute test
its a 20-30 minute test

so with a normal result
a 30 score
as of right now
trump probably doesnt have any symptoms of dementia
or short term memory loss
the first thing that usually shows up in alzheimers disease

my scores earlier this year on one of the moca test
was 30
a perfect score

so why did mine get better
medication ie aricept (donepezil)
correcting things like cholesterol blood pressure weight exercise
stress sleep staying mentally engaged
all helped to make my scores improved

so i have a perfect score on my last moca test
does that mean i dont have alzheimers disease
the diagnosis is made on more than just the moca test

they use
family history
past medical history
risk factors
spinal fluid for tau and amyloid
a pet scan for amyloid the amyvid pet scan
genetic tests
serial memory tests
the gold standard
the neuropsychological exam
eg mine is abnormal even though my last moca was normal

the neuropsychological exam is more accurate
if there are memory issues it will show up
yes you can have a normal moca and have
an abnormal neuropsychological exam
it take 2-3 hours to do this exam

the moca test is a screening test
it doesnt rule out alzheimers disease

there is a state
prealzheimers or prodromal alzheimers disease
the memory tests are all normal
the scans and spinal fluid levels are abnormal
in this stage
you just dont have symptoms yet

either does not have alzheimers disease at all
he is in that prealzheimers state or prodromal state
a time that can last 10-20 years

as a medical doctor
as a family doctor
as someone who has had this test multiple times
as someone who has administered this test multiple times
as someone who reads 10+ articles on alzheimers disease each day
as someone who has lectured on alzheimers disease multiple times
as someone who has been and is now in two of the most
important alzheimers studies ever done
i feel like
i can speak with some authority about alzheimers disease

if i was trumps medical doctor
if i had administered the moca test to him
i would tell him
right now there is no evidence that you have memory loss or dementia

i would tell him to correct those other health issues
the what i called heart attack levels of the ldl cholesterol
he is just a point or so away from being labeled morbid obese
get more sleep
get more physical activity
greatly improve his diet
let your calcium score on that heart ct be a warning
if a heart attack or a stroke dont get you
demential or alzheimers might in the future

the posting of the moca test for all to read
i think does a disservice to those who may need a moca test
in their workup for memory loss
practicing or reading the tests affects its accuracy
i am not allowed in my studies to have other memory testing
since it causes what they call testing effect

this doesnt mean trump doesnt have mental problems
or psychological issues
this moca test this screening test
doesnt check
for anxiety
for depression
for bipolar disorder
for psychosis
for paranoia
for narcissism

those are tested usually by a psychologist or psychiatrist

no he dont appear to have active dementia or alzheimers
manifesting itself right now

lets all move on from this

mudslide update
maybe next week the 101 will be open
no new recoveries no change in the death toll
we saw what seemed to be miles of trucks loaded with mud
and stuff on the freeway waiting to go to a dump place
way north of santa barbara
they are expecting to dump over 20,000 dump truck loads of
stuff in those dump sites

thatcher update
he is awake
tape free
looks like iv free except for the pic line
oxygen free
soon to be moved from icu
you go thatcher

here is his gofundme account
#thatcher strong

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

did i or you get faked newsed on facebook

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during the election i got tired of all the stuff that was
appearing on facebook
from both sides
i found an app and put it on my facebook page
it filters out political stuff
especially any mention of trump or clinton
if folks got too aggressive on their political postings
i used my darwinian clicker and blocked them
i must admit i blocked more folks who believe
like i did then those who have opposing views from mine
if racists or bigoted or homophobic stuff got posted
i blocked that person also
what was left was a much more pleasant read each day

when i go on facebook i want to know
how folks are doing
how their family is doing
not that other stuff

i started hearing about the true fake news stuff
not trumps fake news he rants about
the real fake news that was mainly put out by
the russian hackers it seems against the clinton
run for president

it seems from court and legal documents that the russians
wanted trump to win
the russians as most agree hate and loathe clinton
they did these fake news stories and posted it
mainly on facebook
mainly to folks in areas that determined the election
michigan and wisconsin and pennsylvania and a few
other states

after i heard about all this
i no longer click on any news related stories on facebook
i consider anything that gets posted there as
possibly fake news

i get all my news online from 3 different news feeds
that gives me a variety of news sources from
across the news spectrum
i decide for myself what to believe
not just what some reporter wrote

so i wondered
did i read fake news on facebook during the election
that may have affected my thinking

so kim komando the computer guru
posted this link that you can click on to see if you
got faked news

here is her article click here

here is the facebook link to see if you got faked

this should disturb you that this has happened to us

no i didnt click on any fake news sites on facebook
according to this link

mudslide update
the hwy 101 is still closed between santa barbara and los angeles
since i have to have an mri at ucla to get my next infusion
i cant get it anywhere else since this is all part of the study
we had to make it down to los angeles yesterday to be here
for our mid morning mri scan today
so off we went north for about an hour up the 101
then up and over the  mountains
a slow trip that was quite curvy
but i must add quite beautiful
the line of cars and trucks seemed to extend behind
us for a couple of miles
all moving slow
lucky for us we seemed to be number 3 in line
then after 3 hours of driving we made it to the
interstate 5 south of bakersfield
lucky for us
we drove during the right time of day for the la traffic
missing all the backups on the notorious 405
we made the trip in a little over 5 hours
it could have easily take 7 hours
but it didnt
if we are lucky in 1 week the 101 will be opened some
so we will not have to go back the way we came

the mudslides were the result of a perfect storm
it turned out to be a 1 in 2000 year event
in all my reading on this this morning
there was a flood several years ago
down the creek that is a block away from our condo
it was a 15 foot of mud rocks debri that caused flooding
in the part of santa barbara we live in
yes it closed the 101 then

so in the south
you have tornadoes and floods
we here it seems
have mudslides and fires and i must add earthquakes
although the south is getting a lot of earthquakes now
from all the fracking thats done

there has been no change in the death toll
someone who was displaced in the mudslides
will be staying at our condo while we are gone
our contribution to the cause

he is extubated
his ivs are out
his pic line in in
his oxygen is off
he smiled
he sucks on his pacifier
he drank a bottle of formula
his parents have got to hold him in a chair
he grabbed his dads hat off his head
the miracle child

here is his gofundme account
#thatcher strong

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

new tax calculator

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as we have downsized moving out here to california
we downsized our taxes some
we thought
we downsized or lost some of our deductions
trumps tax law wiped out what was left

i ran across this trump tax calculator online
click here 
from clark howard the consumer guru and marketwatch

its fairly straightforward
you only need a little information to do it
many of you like us will lose some of the deductions
property taxes
sales taxes
medical expenses
mortgage interest
since the trump law increased the amount of standard deductions
you take

i ran my 2016 tax info through
last year we had a lot of medical deductions
along with those deductions above
for us our 2016 taxes were lower because of those deductions
if we had ran them through the new tax law
if it had been in effect
we would have still had more deductions than
the standard deductions
our calculated taxes would have been higher
we would have fallen in a sort of donut hole spot

now lucky for us
for 2018 all our stuff has been streamlined
since we have removed those things that allowed
us to take deductions
but also removed some taxable income

running our numbers through this trump calculator
we would owe close to $2000
running our numbers through the h r block tax calculator based
on the 2017 law we would have owed no taxes

so we lost
plug in your numbers to see where you will be in 2018

we all know from reading
this law is apolitical
if you are democratic or republican or independent and you
are wealthy
you will make out like a bandit on this new law

for now
many of you will come out ahead under the new law
but your kids and grandkids
they wont

mudslide update
20 people died
3 are missing including a 2 year old whose family died in the flood
155 houses destroyed
its unlikely any of those homes were worth less than a million
many were multimillion dollar homes
close to 250 houses were damaged
the 101 freeway the way folks go south is still closed and will
be closed for at least 1 more week maybe more
folks are traveling via amtrack and boats to get back and forth
a special bus convey is being used to move needed workers
like teachers firemen rescuers medical folks weaving back
and forth with a police escort to get to santa barbara
there is waiting lines on all these
the rainy season hasnt started here yet

we have to drive an extra 5 hours by going north then east
then south around the mountains to get to ucla for my appointment
tomorrow for my mri and blood work
i have to have the mri before i can get my next infusion
we have decided to stay there since i have to come back in a week
to get my aducanumab infusion
we are hoping in a week the 101 will be opened
if not
its back the way we came around and across the mountain
at least its a pretty drive

thatcher update
he is extubated
he is able to suck his pacifier
a pic line was placed which will allow some of the ivs to be
his little sister got to facetime him yesterday
he is playful
he is on 100% oxygen to help keep up his levels
he is off some of his drips like the epi drip
he is slowly getting there

here is his gofundme account
#thatcher strong

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, January 12, 2018

alzheimers news-billy

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thats not really his name
his name is more of what you would find in ireland
which he must be from based on his accent

we met billy not long after we moved in here
he would stand on his front patio
easily viewed across the courtyard from our condo
with his sporty hat on
dressed neatly
standing usually in the sun
he usually liked to talk to the women as they walked by
not in a harassing way though

later after watching for awhile
hearing what he was saying
i realized that some of it was gimmerish

i told my wife she after my observations
he has alzheimers disease you know

he lives with his wife
my guess they are in their 70s or early 80s
my impression is that he probably was like
a college professor or something like that
i dont know that for a fact
its just the thing that popped up into my brain
when i looked at him across the way
a college professor
like my historian brother and writer brotherinlaw

so i at first sort of ignored him
when i walked by
it was gibberish he was saying
i just said hi and kept on going

one day i noticed he was out on the porch
with his hat on
his handy cane in hand
he looked to the left
he looked to the right
off he went
over toward us
he turned towards the street we live on
a busy one especially during traffic times
he then
turned left towards the bus stop and uptown
he went
maybe i thought he use to be a runner or track star
i waited
no wife came out
no caretaker came out

having read about and seen first hand
bad things happening to alzheimers patient who wander off
eg once my younger brother wandered off into the woods
near his home before he was eventually found
he was going hunting he said
something he loved to do

out the door i went
i turned left
there was billy way down the street
with cars zooming back and forth
he was trying hard to get into this locked car
looking around
then trying another door
i walked up to him
billy i said come lets go this way
he muttered some gibberish
he sort of sounded like my younger brother when he got worse
ok i said
its over this way
he looked at me
smiled that cockney smile
off we went
back up the sidewalk
turned right towards our condo
the left towards his condo
there was his wife
all worried looking for billy

here he is i said
hes safe now

i thought
next time
he might not be though

it takes a village to help these caregiver folks out
24/7 duty is what they do

ive noticed folks sort of keep an eye out for him
hes always wandering next door to the condo next to him
a few minutes later i see the owner walking him back
to his place

there needs to be some type of system
that you can implant in someone like billy
that will send out warnings if he goes beyond some gps border
has a gps tracking system so one could look at a smartphone
to find their location
maybe one that could be implanted permanently
i will volunteer to be the first one to use it

i so worry about folks like billy
there is always a chance that things wont end well
a tragedy for him and his family

i want to go first

mudslide update
here is a link to a lot of mudslide images
click here

16 killed including 4 kids
42 missing
a lot of well known actors musicians sports folks had to
run for their lives
their homes are destroyed
over a hundred total
hundreds more are damaged
our relative still cant get in to see their new home
in fact
everyone in the mudslide evacuation zone are being told to leave
expect to be gone for a couple of weeks or more
they are bringing in so much clean up equipment that folks
wandering around are getting in the way
theres no water no electricity no gas

the 101 hwy may be opened on mlk day
the beaches are all closed indefinitely
along the beaches are rolled up balls of metal that are
unrecognizable cars
the largest was this big ole hummer reduced to a ball of metal
there are boulders the size of bulldozers

amtrack finally opened
boats are taking folks from the santa barbara harbor the
30+ miles away to the ventura harbor
otherwise its a 4-5 hour track through mountainous roads to ventura
our trip to ucla will probably take 7-8 hours next week
i have to have my mri scan before i can get my next infusion
of the alzheimers experimental drug aducanumab
so if the 101 doesnt open by then
we are going to take us a little day trip
up and over the mountains down the valleys
down the 5 freeway then into los angeles
a sort of sight seeing tour for a day

thatcher update
hes starting to wake up
hes off the nitrous oxide and is having to take some morphine
for pain
during one waking up period his mom bent over and kissed him
his heart rate went up
his skin got all flushed
hes a mommas boy i guess
thanks for everyones continued support

here is his gofundme account
#thatcher strong

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, January 11, 2018

sb country n news-rainwater system

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i was thinking as she said
theres this grant that we can get for doing something green
that will pay for improvements in the garden

i instantly thought
rainwater system

now i realize that it doesnt rain here that much
the annual rainwater is about 1/3 of what austin texas gets
if you catch the rain when it rains
catch as much as possible
thats x gallons of water that doesnt get pulled
from the water systms
thats x gallons of water that doesnt just flow out
to the ocean

i told her
how about a rainwater collection system i said
do it she said
come up with some figures on what the $300 could
be spent on

i got this i said
i put in a 30,000 gallon system at our country n
all by myself
i put in a 3000 gallon tank in my wife shes first school
later put in a 1500 gallon tank in another school
i helped a neighbor design and put in his
20,000 gallon system

i got this i said
a  piece of cake

then at an alzheimers meeting
one of the fellow volunteers and i were talking about gardening
and rainwater
she said i got these two barrels that we just never hooked up
you want them
you betcha i said

so i painted those
put in screens at the top
put in the faucets

i ordered online 3 more tanks that had all of the connections
like the faucets drain holes screens already done
at a cheaper price than i could do
i ordered them

we only got one instead of three
amazon said
you keep that one and well send you 3  more
now im waiting on those other three
i painted the blue tank from amazon a nutmeg color
so it would match the other tanks that were donated

i took down part of the downspout
replaced it with a 2 inch pvc
that allowed the water to flow easily down into the tank
i hooked all three tanks in a series
using 1/2 inch irrigation tubing from the home center
thats buried underground

when we get the other three tanks
ill paint them
hook them up in the series

the two donated ones are 35 gallons
the bought ones are 60 gallons
so when we are finished
we will have 310 gallons of rainwater collection capacity

water that will be used in the garden over the next few
months instead of draining to the sea

the goal i think
is to use these tanks as a teaching tool
for art english writing science math
for the kids enjoyment

those veggies
they always prefer rainwater over city water every time
as i went over to the school to check it during the rains
our tanks were filling up
the other gutters were flowing all that water
out onto the grass
out onto the driveway
you got it into the ocean
carrying who knows what off the ground and the street
to the sea

add ecology to the teaching tool

flood update
death toll 17
over 100 homes destroyed
several hundreds are damaged
hundreds have been rescued
many by being airlifted out
dozens of folks are missing
the 101 freeway is still closed for a 30 mile stretch
its suppose to be opened on mlk day on monday
scooping up the mess is like shoveling soup
half is scooped up and half runs off the scooper

the alternate route will take 5-6 hours for a trip
that usually would take 30 minutes down the freeway
my relatives still havent been able to see their new home yet
a well known tennis pro just got airlifted out of his place

thatcher update
he is a tough little guy
his valve seems to be working well
his band is doing its job
his pressures inside the arteries and heart are where they want them
he is still on the ventilator and is all swollen up
he is still paralyzed from the drugs
the plan is to wake him up today and extubate him
he will gradually be diuresed ie get the fluid off him
he is a tough little guy

thanks to those who donated to his gofundme accout to help
his parents with expenses
thanks to those who wished him and his family well

here is thatchers gofundme account
#thatcher strong

use some of your charity money or some of your gift money
to help them out some

if you look at the pictures on the gofundme site you will
notice how thin his little arms are
so much of the energy and nutrition he takes in is being used
by his little heart that the rest of the body like the muscles
arent as big as they should be
that will change though as he recovers
i see a little chubby kiddo soon appearing in those pictures

thanks again

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

slides and hope

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first the slides
the thomas fires affected us directly because of
the poor air quality that made it hard to breathe
we my wife she and i were not really directly affected otherwise
although we thought we were the day we evacuated down
to the la area for a day
the thomas fire was devastating in its destruction

the other day
i thought thank goodness its over with
i got to thinking as i looked up from the garden plot
as i was working in my garden
looking up towards the beautiful mountains
i thought as i looked over towards the east
where the fire did all that burning
there is nothing there to stop all that rain
when it comes

little did i know
that it would be this bad
the power of rainwater boulders
in a 10 ft river mixed with mud cars debris
rolling down that mountain for several miles
down through neigborhoods
all the way to the ocean
destroying everything in its path
removing completely multimillionaire mansions
it spared no one in its path it seems
even oprah

yesterday here at our place
we must be in some flight path
there were it seemed lines of helicoptors
some military flying back and forth all day
i presume carrying rescued folks
injured ones as we live a few blocks from the

none of our kinfolk were affected
except for one who is finishing up a build in that area
they think their place is ok
they are not allowed to go into the area yet
there is no electricity or water there either

looking at the freeway
the 101
that runs along the coast through
santa barbara and montecito and carpenteria
what it looks like
a river that is 6 lanes wide
covered with several feet of
if you live in the south
quicksand mucky mud
littered with boulders mangled cars all kinds of debris
it looks to me like a river
if you live in texas
like the lano river or lampasas river where its wide
but shallow with water streaming down through the
mud and rock
its a sea of muck
that runs for miles and miles

how they will be opened by thursday night
all i can say
it aint going to happen

so far 18 folks have died
one small child removed from the mud
they dont know who she is or where her family is
she was found luckily when someone went to check
on their neighbor
they heard her
they reached down into the mud and debris where they heard
her cry
pulled her out
she apparently is ok

the stories go on and on

for such a beautiful special place to live
almost idealic for us
so much havoc and destruction could be dumped
on it over the last few weeks

we are lucky this time to be safe and sound
it all could have easily have happened above us
the fires and all
lucky for us
the fireman and nature stopped it before it got above us

ive learned since then this area has a long history
dating back to the earthquake of the early 1900s
that totally destroyed this area
the fires and floods seem to happen off and on over
the years
like in the south with the tornadoes and floods and hurricanes
folks seem to persevere through it all
like they do elsewhere

now for the hope

thatchers heart issue was picked up when he developed
a viral infection that required transfer to a childrens hospital
the issue was his heart was arranged wrong
the best treatment was to put everything as close as possible
back to where it all should be
the worry was that since he was older
that probably wouldnt be possible to do
a temporizing procedure would have to be done
that would buy him time
years probably
the final solution would probably be eventually one day
a heart transplant
thats where things were as he went to surgery

as they did the operation this week
it seemed that the arteries were not as closed down
one valve was able to be repaired
it looks like they will be able to go back in later
to put things all back together again
like they should have been

all i could say
when i heard the news was

i knew from what i read of his status online
this will make for a huge difference in his quality
of life as he gets older
his prognosis will be much better

as my wife she always says

now im sure they have good insurance
that pays for some of the bills
thank goodness the law now doesnt allow caps on coverage
like it use to years ago
as we all know when you use your insurance
it doesnt cover it all

both parents have jobs
it would be hard to work knowing your little buddy
is laying up in the cardiac icu
this little 6 month old guy

the expenses besides just the medical
im sure are accumulating

so if you have some funds to donate to a good cause
their happiness and his future
consider donating to his gonfundme account

here is the link to thatchers account

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

dear ms b-not today


i woke up this morning
to rain pattering on our gutters
on our front porch

if you have ever lived in a home with a metal roof
been in a barn with one
when its raining
then you know that peaceful sound it makes
like it hypnotizes you
to make you want to just not get out of bed
go back to sleep

well not today i thought
we have to hop in our cars and make our 2-3 hour trip
to ucla
as i have to have blood drawn and a mri of the brain
done 2 weeks after my last infusion

we are having our christmas get together tonight
that was delayed because of the thomas fire
that largest fire ever in california

is when we have it rescheduled
it fits everyone schedule

as i go up
thats all i was thinking about
was getting ready for that trip
getting back this afternoon in time
for the get together

i thought
that rain sounds real heavy
thats a lot of rain falling
if you live in texas
you recognize that sound

oh no
i thought
theres nothing up in those mountains
to hold all that water from just rushing down
the mountains and hills into the ocean
carrying trees rocks mud houses cars furniture
with it

as i turned on the news
there it all was
this time it was water related
not fire

mud slides
houses gone
the freeway closed from water and wrecks
people having to get rescued like
they do in texas floods

one guy was pulled from the muck and mud
the old guy was up to his neck
in mud
he survived
lucky him

now we rely on google maps and waze when we travel
they said
2 hours and 20 minutes
i thought
that cant be right
the freeway is closed
the police say dont get on the freeway
its closed

i havent woke my wife she yet
we wont no worry
mr policeman
like in texas
when the rain gets bad

we cant drown or wreck
if we dont get on the road
it has bode me well when we lived in texas
it should bode me well
here in california

i think about those poor folks
who survived the thomas fire
just to have their saved homes
get flushed down the hills on a river of mud

i wonder
did we make the right decision moving here
its been one disaster after another
ms b comes over and spends the afternoon with us
all we could say last night
its all worth it

we will be safe today
we are away from the flooded area
we are on the second floor of our condo
we plan to stay off the roads today

if we have to we will just do the christmas again
another time
make 2018 an even bigger christmas this year

and his family
he is over 6 months old
he has a congenital heart defect that needs to be corrected
it was just discovered recently
when he developed heart failure
he will be undergoing surgery this morning
to have it repaired
its been a long christmas for them

i looked at our granddaughter ms b yesterday
all i thought was
i dont know if i could handle this if it was her

his family is a strong one

whatever your religion does to wish them the best
whether its prayer
whatever your religion or belief system
use it
for thatcher today

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, January 8, 2018

one plus two is five

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most folks do new years resolutions
probably most say im going to eat better

so to help
the us news and world report got together a panel
of nutritionists and doctors and dietary consultants
to rank the diets

here is the link
to the top diets
on this link you can click on a particular diet
to read more about it

number one and number two were tied
the mediterranean diet is good for the heart
the dash diet is good for blood pressure

if you take the mediterranean diet and the dash diet
and merge them together
you get the mind diet
which seems to slow memory decline

seems odd that it is not tied for first
since its a combo of both the top ones

when you look at the top ones they are usually similar
fruits vegetables nuts berries some meat especially fish
some poultry and some allow limited red meat olive oil
red wine
like the mind diet does

way down at the bottom of the list is the popular
keto diet
its number 39th
last place it was

it induces ketosis which may be good on a short term basis
waiting 12 hours between the evening meal and breakfast leads
to ketosis which is used by the brain as its energy source during this time
also if you eat 3 hours before bedtime the ketosis gets
started before you go to bed
the keto diet induces a continuous ketosis
if you know someone on it
just smell their breath
but be careful
itll knock you off your feet
its like smelling rotten acetone

when i look at the top 10 or so of these diets
they really are almost the same
chose one and you probably cant go wrong

the one that is ranked number three is the flexitarian diet
it lets you have some meat
catchy name

i skimmed down through them all

if i was going to chose one
i would chose the mind diet
it is good for the mind the brain
as well as the heart and your blood pressure

whats good for the heart is good for the brain

for us it allows us
wait it doesnt control us

on this diet there is all the food we like to eat
even occasional meat
like fish chicken turkey some hamburger some steak

i dont  mind that one 
for sure

the mind diet
should be number one

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, January 5, 2018

alzheimers news-alzheimers resolutions

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many of us do the new years resolutions thing
i did it this year
didnt write them down
i just did them in my head
you know
the usual stuff we all write
many of the things we never do

there are resolutions that i do every year
they are almost absolute ones
they are
my alzheimers resolutions

my number one ranked one
the one that may possibly have the most impact
continuing in the aducanumab study at ucla
it ends in september 2018 for me
theyll look at the studys results
if they look promising
all 1000+ of us in the usa will be given the chance
to continue for another 2+ years on the real stuff
the real drug aducanumab

if it works as advertised
it will slow down the disease
how much we dont know
i do feel like i am getting the real drug
i plan on making sure getting this drug has priority
in my life
my wife she agrees

then there are the others

i will continue to talk to anyone who asks me about alzheimers disease
in fact i will tell you more than you want to know

i will eat a healthy diet like the mind diet
i will drink 1-2 glasses of red wine at night
i will drink 3 cups of coffee in the morning
i hope to improve sleep i addressed this this week now that weed is legal here
at least for now unless jeff gets a wild hair
i will stay active physically mentally and socially
i could improve on the physical thing some since i am not
working every day on our property in texas
i will plan to increase the activity

i am happy
i am not sad
i try to have my moments of zen each day
sitting here in the condo or standing in the garden or on the beach  etc
i will continue to stay on my 36 point regimen of healthy things
and supplements from dr bredesens reversal of cognitive decline article
i will update and solidify my will my power of attorneys my healthcare
 directive my legal records etc

if i can do all those things
i think i am doing the best i can with my resolutions
to slow this stuff down

i make resolutions every year
mine may be a little different than yours

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, January 4, 2018

sb country n news-squirrels 9 togd 15

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at the school garden where i help the kids garden
the varmints were winning
big time
they ate all the peas not once but 3 times
they ate all the nice tender carrots as they emerged from the ground
they ate all the lettuce and spinach plants
they left the strawberry plants alone
they ate all the broccoli the kales the cilantro the swiss chard
the parsley
no they didnt eat the rosemary mint lemon balm sage garlic
the herbs seem to be winning the war
they ate all the veggies more than once

they were winning the war
i went all out to try to keep them out of the garden
i dug up every bed
replaced any missing wire barrier to the gophers
you can see their little tunnels through the wire
i guess if any roots pops through
they snag it
ill give them all those they want

as i wrote before
i made cages from pvc that fit each bed
covered it with 1/2 inch hardware cloth
attaching it with zip ties
latches were placed on each side to hold it in place
those dang squirrels actually lift up or dig under the frames
the latches worked

the hardware cloth kept out the little birds and the rest
of the varmint crew

those little birds they would crawl right through the chicken wire
using it as a perch to eat the veggies

the cages
are real light
are easily moved around
wont ever rot

so i replanted everything again
using plants and seedings to try to get it back to where the kids
planted theirs
which the varmints all consumed
not this time

so after over 3 weeks nothing has happened to the veggies
that were replanted

the kids all approved

squirrels 9 togd 15
a fellow alzheimers committee member gave us two
rainwater tanks and a large composter
i used my rainwater tank skills to convert the tanks to
usable collectors of water
adding three coats of paint
adding faucets
adding screening to the top holes to keep trash out
and water in

our next project is put in a 200+ gallon rainwater system
to water the school garden
the garden received a $300 grant to pay for it
we have 3 more tanks coming
i will put all them in a series to collect the rain off the
schools roof
then the composter
we had a compost party
adding sticks and branches
leaves lots of torn up fall leaves
lots of torn up newspapers and cardboard
lots of stuff removed from the garden area
like vines old plants weeds
you name it we chunked it in there
we added some pine cones
some plastic to show how it dont break down

i brought a couple of bags of compost from the community garden
we spread it out over the cardboard
they dug through it looking for things
roly  polys
they found them all
they was no squeamishness at all
there were a lot of dirty little hands
but with a lot of smiles on their faces

it makes it worthwhile

hopefully all this stimulates some of them to develop a love
for gardening
i hope so

it makes it all worth it

the organicgreen doctor