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, August 20, 2018

why is any acceptable

WHY IS ANY ACCEPTABLE
baby foods
webmd

last week it was roundup or glycophosphate acceptable levels in kids cereals
this week it is metals like lead or cadmium or that old homicide metal arsenic acceptable levels in baby food

it use to be you would occasionally see lead exposure in babies and kids from usually old pipes since they were soldered with lead
like what happened in flint michigan
there were a lot from the contamination from the lead in gasoline before they took it out
kids who lived along freeways or major highways would get too much lead since it accumulates in the soil and since kids eat dirt

it seems some of that poisoning has now settled down as environmental protections seem to ease the exposures to these metals

now this
consumer reports just did a review of baby foods for lead and cadmium and other heavy metals
there should be zero nada none of this stuff in babys food
no excuses

like
its naturally in the enviroment
then take it out of the food at least

they tested 50 baby foods
some of them the sacred organic ones
all of them had lead arsenic cadmium in them
the recommended level in these foods like i said is zero

2/3 of the tested foods had too high levels of these heavy metals

the heavy metals are naturally in our enviroment
most are from man made sources in water and soil like farming pesticides manufacturing and gasoline

just because its everywhere doesnt mean the levels in food not zero are acceptable
they arent

here is a list of things that can happen to babies who get too much lead and other heavy metals
many are long term
none of them good

you see
babies are tiny
so
like with a dose of tylenol a little goes a long way
it doesnt take as much to damage a baby as it would an adult
plus
most of these exposures are long term over the baby food years
when things in their bodies are growing fast

side effects
cancer
physical and mental growth and development
learning ability


they said in   this webmd review   that rice and sweet potatoes had the highest levels
so they recommended using the rice and taters with oats and cereals
wait a minute
now you are mixing heavy metals like arsenic lead and cadmium with roundup in the babies food

just what are we doing to our babies
poisoning them

take it out i say
take out these heavy metals

you have to make them do it
they wont do it unless you make them do it

this food should be as pure as fresh fallen snow use to be

will it happen
probably not
look at the companies and industries involved
they carry a lot of influence
only
if parents get upset will it change things

sometimes i do wonder if a lot of our neurological diseases like autism and add and asthma and allergies and learning disabilities that we seem to see more of arent caused or made worse by
fetuses and babies and kids exposures in their everyday lives when they
eat play breath

not acceptable i say

the organicgreen doctor

Saturday, August 18, 2018

alzheimers news-lets talk about it

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-LETS TALK ABOUT IT
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about 8 years ago i was blindsided by my diagnosis
mild cognitive impairment due to alzheimers disease

this diagnosis was based on
a normal memory testing followed by a series of abnormal ones
a strong family history of alzheimers diease
a positive spinal tap for the bad beta amyloid and tau protein
a positive amyloid pet scan called amyvid
a positive genetic test for the apoe 4 gene which puts you at an increased risk of getting alzheimers

this is how you diagnose this disease in 2018

once diagnosed i was overwhelmed since i had seen it up close in my mother and brother
so i knew first hand what was in store for me in the future

i really thought it would be full blown alzheimers disease by now 2018
8 years is a long long time in alzheimers years

somehow i feel like i have gotten a reprieve
why
im not sure

maybe its because my diagnosis was done so much earlier than most people by luck i guess
well maybe luck is not a good word to be used when you talk about this disease

maybe because i got real motivated to take care of my health
so
i
changed my diet my sleep my stress level did a lot of things i enjoy doing
went on a regimen to improve my health and make sure everything lab wise was normal
well my b12 and vitamin d3 was low
but i fixed that

i also entered this study now 18 months ago
the biogen aducanumab study using antibodies given as infusions to remove all that amyloid or some of it from the brain
i either got the placebo or the real stuff
i feel like i got the real stuff

do i notice some memory issues
yes
but it seems no more than anyone who is my age
i do well on the memory tests
not 100% but i pass them
my scores are better than some of your scores

so now that im diagnosed
now that im better or stable
i feel like i have gotten a reprieve
i am thankful for the last 8 years
i want another 8 like these last 8

all ive done is enjoy retirement
maybe more than most do
i really really appreciate what ive been given
and
i like talking or writing about it

its seems when folks get a terminal disease they just do better and their friends and family appreciate it when you are open and talk about it and yes even joke about
yes i make jokes about it
after all
laughter is the best medicine you know

dont ask me about alzheimers
ill talk your ear off
ill talk until you just turn away and walk off
hoping that some of what ive said sunk in and maybe helped you or your family

i like talking to folks about this disease
especially the less formal question and answer sessions
especially small numbers

folks ask me about
side effects of the medicines
i got that one for sure since i can tell them from personal experience and of course as someone who has prescribed those meds
what and when to get an evaluation
as early as possible i say
should i have genetic tests
only when you are ready emotionally socially and financially
its a little overwhelming
like some one who has the huntingtons disease gene test
if its positive you know what you are in store for
so it is with alzheimers

but
to slow this disease down
to get to it soon enough
it seems now
you have to know long before i knew
you have to start doing things to improve your health
and
when the new drugs come you have to start them long before your memory loss starts

we all need to be talking about this
alzheimers thing
those of us who have it
those of you who will have it
and
talk freely about it

dont be afraid to
its therapuetic

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, August 16, 2018

i wonder if it tastes salty

I WONDER IF IT TASTES SALTY

thats what i was wondering when i read this article this morning about using sea water for drinking water
i cant wait to drink some of it

here its dry
naturally dry
now we are in a drought
now we are unnaturally dry

here they get their water from a reservoir and from underground water and from the california water system and from lakes

one of the water sources got a lot of debris and stuff in it so it is not at its full capacity for providing water
its not raining so the other sources arent to full capacity
the water table in california is dropping
in fact in some locations the ground is even dropping as more water is removed

man as a species needs three things
air
food
water

the basic needs triangle

we here are at risk if things turn bad to loose the water angle of that triangle

in the mid nineties a saline water system was set up
it was shutdown as it was i think too expensive to run
cheaper water was available

now cheaper water isnt available
heck expensive water my not even be available soon

so
the city decided to reactivate the saline water plant

now israel is the best i think at doing this
i think all their water comes from the ocean

so reactivate it they did

heres how it works

water is sucked deep from the ocean two miles away
about where the oil platforms are i think
i dont really know that to be a fact

the water is sucked through screening to keep out larger animals and creatures
no sharks or crabs or mussels or lobsters are allowed in

it goes through filters eventually into reverse osmosis
eventually all thats left is pure water
expensive water
but
water
remember that triangle
gotta have water

then they put stuff back into it so it matches up with all the other water the city gets from other sources
things like minerals etc

i think it represents 20+-% of the cities water

the stuff thats left from the desalinization is then dumped back into the ocean since its real salty
way out about a mile and half about where the city waste water dumps their stuff into the ocean

i sure hope the pipe sucking the ocean water into the system isnt close to where this waste water is dumped and isnt close to those oil platforms

seems a disaster in the making if they reactivate those oil platforms

we seem not to learn lessons do we

i told someone yesterday my wife she and i still handle our water like we were back in texas on the rainwater system
limiting dishwashing and running water while brushing teeth etc showering with less water limiting how much water i use in my garden
in fact im using the methods i used in texas
i water my garden only once a week underground and use a heavy mulch of pine straw to prevent water loss

the average person in the city uses 350 gallons a day a recent article read
we use that in a week
maybe that was a misprint or something

i cant wait to turn on my facet and drink this 20% sea water drinking water

i wonder if it tastes salty
maybe it smells like you are at the beach

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

you are what you eat

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
when i eat something out of my organic garden i know that there are no poisons in the food
no pesticides no insecticides no nonorganic weed killers
zero 
nada

when i go over to ms b house or have her at our house and make her some oatmeal or cereal
i should feel comfortable that no poisons are in the mixture she is eating
i really havent thought about it much 
until 
today

in california a jury awarded a groundskeeper about 290 million dollars for getting lymphoma from using roundup (glycophospate) over the years
he tells of the spray bottle breaking and getting soaked with the stuff
he also got a lot of backspray when he sprayed it everywhere

he says it caused him  to get lymphoma
the jury agrees with him
a lot of non usa countries agree with them
the state of california agrees with them
it causes cancer

just spill a bunch on you or spray it in your face or get some in your mouth
wait a few minutes and see if you dont feel funny
it absorbs through the skin nose moth and lungs

of course monsanto and the companies that make it say it aint so

would you let your baby or infant or toddler or young child eat it

well of course you wouldnt
but
you probably have been feeding it to them everyday for breakfast

remember a little goes a long way in kids

we all try to take good care of our kids
making them eat the right things
then
this all happens

in this study mentioned on the news 
out of 45 samples of oat cereals or meals
all but two had levels not accepted for roundup in food

wait a minute
you mean there are levels that are acceptable in oatmeal in kids
sorrry
that doesnt seem right

whats scary is that even a few organic cereals had roundup in them
someone was lying when they grew the oats
or
someone got sprayed from the neighbor next door

this 
seems unacceptable to me

so i asked ms b
ms b do you like roundup on your cherios or your oatmeal

no way she said
thats yucky

i agree
dont you

thats not acceptible

its noted that major companies oat products were tested

so ms b
looks like we will be growing oats in the garden now
no roundup will get in the oats there

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

a promise for the future

A PROMISE FOR THE FUTURE
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i attended a junior college
my wife she attended junior college
my historian brother attended junior college
i have a bachelor degree and a medical degree
my wife she has a bachelor degree and some graduate work
my historian brother has two bachelor degrees one masters degree and a phd

we all might not have gone to college if we had not had the local junior college available to gives us the start we needed
i know for sure i wouldnt have gone back to college

junior college gives many folks a bridge between high school and a four year school
for myself and my brother both of us flunked out of school our first semester of regular four year school
we both needed some maturity to happen before we were able to restart our college careers

more and more kids are attending junior colleges now
many do it since its cheaper
if you listen to dave ramsey much you know he tells folks to go to junior college to get the first two years and then transfer to a four year school for the last two years
a not expensive one

i am amazed at folks who get a 4 year degree from an expensive school
for the cost of over $120,000+
many owe most of that on student loans
if they become a school teacher then they will be able to pay it off maybe before they start drawing social security at 65

so junior colleges are here for second chances convenience and to save you a lifetime of debt

so its with interest i read this article in the local online newspaper here

the local junior college or community college i guess its called now
if you live in their community college district
offers free college
yes free college
there we go paying our tax monies for free college
nope
its all from private donations
so no whining on that one

my impression is that
you have to
go straight from high school to college
or
straight from the military to college
take at least 12 units
maintain a certain grade average
do it in 2 years
now i did mine in 4 years since i took only 2 classes a semester
once i reestablished that i was college material i went full time

i like the feel of this program
do the work on time and you qualify
dont do the work on time then you dont qualify
maybe this is what is missing in a lot of the community colleges
some accountibility

although i wouldnt have qualified for this program or my brother or my wife she
i wish there were more of these across the usa

this is a promise for the future
for those who take advantage
especially those who are financial disadvantaged

i like it

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, August 13, 2018

sb country n news-the tomato that could

SB COUNTRY N NEWS-THE TOMATO THAT COULD
see that tomato perched high on that chickens tail feathers
theres a story on how it got there

that chicken made the cut when we started getting rid of stuff before we moved here last year
yes its one of the things we stuck in our cars as we headed west

this chicken is quite heavy
ms b cant hardly move it on the table
my former patient now deceased made this for me to give to my wife she
i told him i wanted a chicken bowl
so
he got a stump of an old mesquite from deep south texas
using his skills with a chain saw and wood chisels and his artist skills
he made this for me

it sits proudly at our condo on our dining room table
like its a hen sitting on a bunch of eggs
it looks so real
you almost expect some baby chicks to come scurrying out from under its wings

last year as i started preparing for my spring summer tomato plantings
i took several tomatoes i bought at the nursery
transplanted them into larger pots
then later
transplanted them again into larger pots
so
by march the first they were ready to plant in my garden
all eight of them

so i loaded all eight of them in the back of my car for planting time
as i unloaded them in the garden
i thought i had eight didnt i
nope looks like it was just seven
so i planted them

as i drove up to our condo garage
there sitting in front of the garage was a squished black pot with a tomato all gnarly looking
broken with half the dirt gone

my wife she said a neighbor had found it in the middle of the driveway
knowing i was a gardener figured it was mine
so she scooped and scraped it off the pavement
put it into the mashed pot
so
i watered it real good
planted it in my garden

it was a cherokee purple
it just seemed to struggle real bad
several times i almost plucked it from the garden
but
i wanted to give it a chance
it only put out a few yellow blooms
deep inside the bush one day i found this small green gnarly looking tomato
everything about this tomato plant has been grnarly

i gave it extra care
extra water
extra fertilizer
i even would talk to it when i was working in the garden
i swear it smiled once and said thank you

it said
i only have enough
enough energy to make one it said
i want to make a good one for you
since you have cared for me when i was all beat up

so
over tirme
that little green gnarly tomato
it grew slowly real slowly
it grew up into that big ole ripe gnarly looking tomato
thats perched up on that chickens tail
proud it seemed perched up there

remember
dont give up on folks or things
they can surprise you sometimes

no
i didnt eat this tomato
i little it get real ripe
real juicy ripe
and
gave it to the lady that saved that tomato that day in march

paying it forward sort of


mr h is stable and still in the unit

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, August 10, 2018

alzheimers news-a week of reflection

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-A WEEK OF REFLECTION
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this has been a long week of reflections

on tuesday august 7th was my parents anniversary
he was a minister
she was a nurse
he i think had alzheimers disease when he died although not officially diagnosed but as i gain more knowledge about this disease i realized that was probably what he had
she my mom we know she had alzheimers disease since we her kids lived with it for several years
some having to provide more care than others
it was hard on them since they were there day by day
hard on those of us too far to provide that much needed daily relief that caregivers need
so the reflection about my parents lives filled my thoughts this week

then on that same day our new grandson mr h we will call him was born
early he was
so he is still in nicu here in the los angeles area
we will be happy when he goes home

i also reflected on my blog since that day is my 8 year anniversary of my blog having reached 775,000 readers over that time period in my almost 1900+ blogs that ive written
i wish two things that i hope my blog has done

make folks smile and chuckle to start their day
and
to educate and inform folks about alzheimers disease

if that happens with my blog then i am satisfied

then
i did a lot of reflection this week as i received my next to last infusion in this part of the biogen aducanumab hope it makes a difference alzheimers research study at ucla
yep a lot of reflection
thinking how lucky i am to be in this study if its one that will truly make a difference for myself and for others

next month this trajectory im on i think will get a bump as the study ends and i start that second phase called the long term extension which i found out yesterday for me might get extended even beyond the 18 months it was planned
by that time we will know if this drug works and if it will probably be on the market for you and others to use

i realize that for me
this is it
there is not another chance at really doing something to make a difference in this disease
im hoping i made the right decision


yesterday as i was sitting with ms b and about to be headed to see her brother mr h and then go off to ucla
she said
granddaddy
could you get a purple bandaid on your owie this time

i smiled
yes sweetie i will
so
i did
as you can see in the above picture

made me feel better just that little statement she made

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

dear ms b- your life just changed

DEAR MS B-YOUR LIFE JUST CHANGED

well ms b
your life will never be the same
im afraid you wont be top dog anymore
you will always though be at the top of the list in our hearts forever

that little brother arrived yesterday
i know you cant hold him yet but maybe before the week is up you can

ms b
heres what will happen
i really sorry to tell you this but
you will have to share mommy and daddy now with your new brother
dont worry there is plenty of love to go around
he will im sorry to say will want to play with your favorite paw patrol toys
he will want to hold your bun bun
he might even chew on its ear
maybe spit up on it some
he will probably pull on your hair
he will probably follow your around like a little puppy
he will stand up to well you know instead of sit down
he will drink mommys milk for awhile
he will have to have his diapers changed for a while
well for a long time
until he can go on his own like you learned to do
he wont talk but he will make a lot of noises
maybe ms be
his first words will be
miss b
wouldnt that be grand

we hope like you that he likes to play outside and dig for treasures in the dirt
like those big seeds we took last week and duct tapped to your earlobes to make those special earrings and necklace
well maybe he wont like the earring things but he will like digging in the dirt
just dont let him eat too much of it
maybe just a little preferably just good rich compost

yep ms b
you gonna have to learn to be a big sister now
i think you are prime for the job
you can tell him what to do
while he is young he will do it but later he probably wont
in fact ms b
youll probably have to get mommy and daddy to put a lock on your door

he will be fun though
enjoy him while you can
youll grow up
hell grow up
you may not see him much
but
that love sibling love you can develop can last forever

enjoy ms b
enjoy

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, August 3, 2018

alzheimers news-the science of alzheimers

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-THE SCIENCE OF ALZHEIMERS
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im sure all alzheimers patients during their course of illness become depressed
when i have my evaluations a few times a year i am screened for symptoms of depression

as a physician i know what they are and i look for them in my life

that said
sometimes
its only happened a few times
i get melancholic
lucky for me it only lasts for a couple of hours
then i shake it off and move on

i got that way when my mom died from alzheimers
i got that way when my younger brother died from alzheimers
i get that way every year around my moms birthday and his birthday
but its a temporary thing
then i move on

i think everyone with a fatal disease has this problem
my friend who died from huntingtons disease did
our friend his wife who died recently with cancer had depression
most do i think

i know my disease is fatal
but i feel like somehow im getting a reprieve that so far has lasted eight years

so this last week
after i worked in the garden had lunch took a short nap
i felt this overwhelming melancholy that i recognized
it lasted for about a couple of hours
i wanted to be left alone
what i did was i took this time magazine special edition out onto our condos porch
sat down
and
read all of it
it took me about an hour and half

there is an article about a couple where the husband is in the same study i am in
we have the same hope that this stuff will work

i felt better after reading this special edition
i felt some hope that what i am doing is right
that there will be some treatment coming in the near future

i also watched the interview with dr rudy tanz a nationally well known alzheimers researcher
which gave me more hope
and
a better understanding of the disease process and future treatments

the video on there is lengthy but the article summarizes whats in the video

i suggest if you are dealing with the possibility of alzheimers disease in yourself or your family or your friends that you obtain a copy of this special edition from somewhere like amazon
or your local library
and
also watch this interview of dr tanz and or read the artcle on the intreview

i felt better after reading and watching
hopefully you will too

there is some hope for the future

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

dear ms b-you are my hero

DEAR MS B-YOU ARE MY HERO
we have a good friend that would definitely not like this picture
she would probably say what awful grandparents you are
letting ms b hold that snake

im sure she wont be able to sleep tonight thinking about that snake
this friend is the one we gave a christmas present one time
a snake aquarium cage wrapped for christmas
inside was a realistic fake snake
the kind if you didnt know it wasnt real and if you had this fear of snakes .........well you can just imagine the scene that christmas evening at the present opening event
we even have it on video

now one of the things that i want in dealing with you ms b
is for you to have a love of  nature and not fear it
like
spiders
bees
rolly pollys
worms

now
add snakes to that list

this picture was from the local museum one day last week when your
other not my wife she grandmother brought you for a tour of the museum
i wonder if thats her grandmother handing you that snake
i know for sure it wasnt my wife she
guarantee it

was i ever a proud granddaddy to see you holding that snake
slithering around in your hands and arms

of course i recognized that snake
a rosy boa
i use to have one myself
in fact i had it when my wife she and i were dating
its the one that had to disappear when we got married
my wife she tolerated it before we got married
but
didnt tolerate it afterwards

we guys know how that works
it did

i have no fear of snakes but i do respect them
having gone out rattlesnake catching while in college

several times at the country n i would use my homemade snake catcher to snatch a slithering rattlesnake that appeared on our property replacing it over my property fencing as a donation to my neighbors
dont worry they had a hundred acres with nothing but nature on it
i never let my wife she know when i did that

another time a large big ole rat snake sat on the top of our water tank sunning himself looking down on my wife she as she soaked in the hot tub butted up against that tank
i never let her know about that one either

ms b sometimes in a marriage you have to keep things to yourself
its best if you do that

now this rosy boa makes a great pet for kids and grandmothers
they are friendly and easy to play with

as i look around our condo i have located a few sites that an aquarium
for snakes could easily fit
then ms b when you come over
well you could take your rosy boa out and play with it
with my wife she not being home of course
and
we dont have to tell anyone
it will be our secret

i guess ill have to check those hoa regulations to see if snake pets
are allowed

ms b
im glad you were exposed to snakes and will develop no fear of them

next on the list
is spiders

ms b most spiders are the good guys
i rarely ever remove one if i see one
especially in my garden

maybe ill catch one for you to hold
like you did that rosy boa

yep
you are reaching hero status with me

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, July 30, 2018

dont worry be happy

DONT WORRY BE HAPPY
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thats my new motto
it seems the millennials are having problems with this one

when this course was offered at yale 1/4 of the student body signed up for the class called the happy class
they had to move it to large auditoriums to accommodate the large numbers

it will eventually have to be eliminated though since its sucking away so many students from other classes its interfering with other departments success

now most yale graduates dont have to be too worried about getting a job
since
most are able to do so when they graduate

near where we live is a popular coffee place where when you walk by its always busy
if its open its busy
when you go inside or sit outside you see a lot of folks visiting
all of course half the time looking down at their electronics
half listening it seems

then
there are a lot of folks just sitting there alone
looking at their laptops or phones or tablets
i always wonder what they are doing
what they need to be doing is day dreaming
or
interacting with other folks

the professor who teaches this popular class talks about how personal interaction is gradually being eliminated from our society

i was at a large store the other day and as i went to check out
there were only self check out lines with 1 person to help to cover a large volume of checkouts
that interaction with the grocery clerk or retail clerk is all gone or going away it seems

when i lived in texas i shopped at heb for groceries
i had my favorite check out folks
we always struck up conversations with each other
talking about the weather or some item i bought or their grandkids or if they were a student what their plans were

here i like going to trader joes since its always fun to interact with the clerk
they must train them all to be friendly and converstational
i feel good every time i check out there
i notice they have no self check out lines
they trader joes seem to understand thats what we all want
and
need
social interaction

we can order what we want online
especially with amazons efficiency
why buy something you have to drive and park to buy it
when
you can sit at home with your coffee 24/7 and buy what you want and it will appear on your doorstep in two days at the same price as going to the store

you can order from most restaurants here now
uber will pick it up
deliver it to your front door

you dont have to make a reservation or stand in line or ask for more water or put up with a noisy table next to yours or have to wait for the food or have to wait for the check etc
it makes life easier
but
does it make life better
does it make life happier

those interactions may be important to all of us
since
we all are starting to isolate ourselves more and more

for the millennials and the students they are even worse at isolating themselves
you can order stuff online talk online or text online or take classes online
but
doing that offline learning how to interact with others
may make your life better
make your life happier

my concern is this will all get worse
not better

those yale students and other students and millennials and well probably all of us
we want more
we want to make our life better
we want to make our life happier

they the yale students learn how to change things up to make their life happier and better

we all probably could learn from this class or one like it

it makes me look at my life
making sure i and my wife she have a lot of interactions with folks
to not become millenialized

our family interactions especially ms b
our volunteering
our walking to the grocery store and pharmacy and restaurants and doctors office and dentist office and relatives all force interactions on us that driving or staying at home wouldnt allow us to experience

so
my our new motto is like the name of that yale course
the one the students are trying to learn before they enter the world on their own

dont worry be happy

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, July 27, 2018

alzheimers news-its not my drug

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-ITS NOT MY DRUG
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several folks contacted me yesterday asking if the drug that was in the news was my drug
it was on a lot of tv channels and on my newsfeeds yesterday and today

that drug is called ban2401
my drug is called aducanumab
both are made by biogen

Image result for ban2401
ban2401 attacks the amyloid at a particular site called protofibrils
aducanumab attacks the amyloid at a different site
both drugs grabs the amyloid and removes it
both are antibodies against the amyloid given as an injection or an infusion

ban2401 is about 2-5 years behind my drug aducanumab
ban2401 is in phase 2 studies
aducanumab is in phase 3 studies

the aducanumab phase 3 study ends for me after my next 2 infusions in 6 weeks
others in my study are further behind me
there are about 1200+ of us in the aducanumab study

it should be all finished in 2019 with the final results out probably 2020
it could be on the market the following year or two pending fda approval
ban2401 wont be available if it continues to do well until 2021+

dont worry starting in october i begin to definitely receive the aducanumab and not the placebo and will receive it for another 18 months or longer
that should carry me into 2020 when the results come out
if it doesnt work then ill stop it
if it does work then ill probably stay on it since they usually will continue the studies for a long term after that
ie
im covered for now

ban2401 in this phase 2 study didnt work except at the higher doses
it worked best in folks like me with the apoe 4 gene
this higher dose study has only about 200-300 folks in it
the drug in the higher dose not only removed the amyloid
but
the patients memory improved by 30% on the memory tests they used

Image result for aducanumab
aducanumab results from nature

my drug aducanumab in its phase 1 study on 100+ patients also worked best at the higher doses
the amyloid was mostly removed
the higher the dose the more removed
also all in the phase 1 study had improvement in their memories
except
those who received the placebo
it always sucks to be in the placebo group

so unlike the ban2401 drug it worked at the lower doses just not as strongly
the folks in the phase 1 study of aducanumab have now been followed for over 5 years
they have continued to have less amyloid in the brain and have showed continued improvement in their memory

my aducanumab drug also has higher side effects at the higher doses
in fact in the phase 3 study they dropped the highest dose because of the side effects
the biggest side effect is micorobleeds that may occur as the amyloid plaques are removed
a side effect that most of us with this disease would readily accept
but
the fda doesnt like them

when my drug aducanumab publishes its results next year or next expect the same hype that the ban2401 is getting now
the difference is that it will be available first for treatment for alzheimers disease

it probably will be used in folks with prealzheimers disease
prealzheimers disease is where many of you are
you dont have symptoms but your amyloid pet scans and or your spinal fluid for amyloid are positive
you just dont know that yet

it will be also used in folks like me with the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or those with mild alzheimers
it probably wont be used in moderate to severe alzheimers since by then so much damage has been done that little gain will come from using this expensive drug on those patients

getting diagnosed early is going to be important in the near future if you are going to be able to stop or slow down this disease

in the meantime be aggressive in taking care of your health

the early the better is the rule

so thats my answer to the question
is this your drug

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, July 26, 2018

sb country n news-green squash

SB COUNTRY N NEWS-GREEN SQUASH
i call this my texas zucchini squash
since its so big

in texas i would plant my zucchini squash every april
knowing that i would only get one crop of those green veggies
before that moth laid its eggs
and
that worm sucked all the life out of the plant
the beautiful green squash plant turned to a wilted brown one in a matter of hours

in fact in texas i quit planting zucchini squash
since the worm always won
i did use a squash from mexico called tatume squash
it appeared to be somewhat resistant to the squash worm borer

here
as i talked to gardeners
they said we dont have that problem here
so
i planted my zucchini squash
a few weeks ago
it has produced a ton of squash and shows no sign of slowing down

my bed that one plant is planted in is 3 ft x 8 ft
it occupies the whole bed and more

as the plant has gotten bigger it has been harder and harder to spot all the squash
which produces monster ones like the one above
yesterday i came home with two more that were even bigger

my wife she makes zucchini bread zucchini soup zucchini salads zucchini sandwiches
and
ive been know to eat on one while im working in the garden as a midday snack

i recently found this tatume squash at the nursery
i  planted it and will allow it to grow up the bamboo pole
so it doesnt take up too much space in the garden
and
since im sure that that regular zucchini will one day quit producing
i like to pick the tatume at this size which is about a large orange size
it looks and taste like zucchini

if you leave it on the vine it gets larger and develops a harder outer shell
much like a winter squash
you can store it like a winter squash and eat it later

we like to just treat it like a zucchini eating them as they grow

they are good if you have limited space since they can be grown on a trellis

in the gardens we planted these pumpkins and gourds and winter squash
close to a 100 of them
they will be used for a fall harvest educational class for elementary kids
and
will be sold for fundraising for the garden

this garden gets beautiful with all those pumpkins and squash and gourds
along with the beautiful red amaranth and sunflowers and oats and corn

unlike in central texas a lot will grow here this time of the year
not having that oppressive heat helps

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

dont go fishing

DONT GO FISHING

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Baked Snack Crackers - 6.6 oz bag
dont worry
we wont be fishing any at our house

my wife she wont let me have those orange goldfish in our cupboards
why
you ask
well
because ill eat all of them

thanks to her saying no it appears that i want get a salmonellla infection
heck
i may have been cycloed as i wrote about in a previous blog
titled was i cyclo
from cyclsporosis causing gi symptoms

now i do have access to goldfish
no i dont have a secret stash somewhere
ms b has some at her house
when she is good or eats well etc she can have some as a reward
if i am there i like to be the one that goes to the cupboard to get
her some goldfish
i usually will get 15 out of the box
she only gets 5 of them

i always carefully wipe the yellow stuff off my mouth and off my hands so ms be cant see it

if you have heard
if you got goldfish in your cupboard
you might want to chunk them
since
they may be contaminated with salmonella
which can cause
fever
diarrhea
belly ache
headache
body aches
joint pains

it usually clears itself out on its own
no pun intended

those at risk are
immunocompromised folks like new babies old folks like my wife she and i folks with hiv or cancer or folks on drugs that suppress the immune system

at worse it can cause joint infections or meningitis or severe dehydration and in some cases death in those folks

it seems this stuff was found in whey used to make the goldfish
whey is one of the proteins in milk

you remember the kid song
little ms muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey
thats the stuff

maybe it should say
little ms muffet sat on her potty after eating her curds and whey

it also is used in some ritz crackers

in this article there are the names of those recalled foods

how does this germ get in whey
somebodies didnt wash their hands real good

another source of salmonella is chickens and eggs
chicken should always be cooked well
dont eat raw cookie dough since there is a risk of catching this and other germs from the uncooked eggs in the dough

my wife she please read that last sentence

if you raise your own eggs
be sure and wash your hands well after gathering the eggs
i always suggest to my wife she that she wash off the eggs right before she uses them then wash her hands real good

now when we gathered our eggs we didnt refrigerate them since we left them in the cartons on the cabinet unwashed
washing them removes a protective barrier that keeps the eggs sterile
if you wash them they need to be refrigerated

you should also wipe down your countertops where you handled any raw chicken
as well as wash your hands well

maybe
they should suggest that those folks who process that whey powder do the same
there really is no excuse for this happening
but
it seems to happen all too frequently in the processed food world

ill never look at a goldfish the same in the future

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

was i cyclo

WAS I CYCLO

cdc

two weeks ago the day before i was to receive my infusion of biogens aducanumab at ucla
i felt vertigous and nauseated and gassy
my wife she said more than usual on that one

i had diarrhea and loss of appetite and bloatedness and stomach cramps and fatigue and those other symptoms mentioned above over the next few days
it took me about a week to feel better

this morning i read this article on mcdonalds the golden arches folks on how they have quit serving salads since they have tracked a gastrointestinal infection to these salads
from
the article said
it was from fecal contamination

now i dont even want to know how those salads got contaminanted
my imagination even cant imagine how that happened

now i know i didnt get this from any mcdonalds salads
since
its been years sinc i have eaten at one

but
now a days you never know
since those salad mix things you buy at the store that are triple washed
well
they seem to be the source many times for these gastrointestinal infections
maybe
it could be i got mine from those

my wife she got sick a few days later

i eat a lot of compost so i have some resistance to infections by all those good germs i injest
no i just made that up

the infection from the mcdonald salad is from cyclospora and is called cyclosporosis

sounds bad huh

a stool sample can be used to diagnose it
sometimes antibiotics and or antiparasite meds are given to some patients
its worse if a person is imumocompromised and gets this infection
like someone with hiv or cancer

most folks dont have to be treated

the symptoms can wax and wane for weeks

its that waneing i dont like
so far i havent waned yet

the way to prevent it
avoid the golden arches

the organicgreen doctor