welcome to the organic green doctor blog

i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, April 19, 2018

youll be missed ms b

YOULL BE MISSED MS B
no not my granddaughter ms b
ms b the former first lady
barbara bush
the grey headed one
that when you saw her in a crowd you could spot her
because of that silver hair

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dallasnews.com
nice article on her final decision

i always noticed her eyes
they being easily identified in someone who has
had graves disease
thats where the body gets tricked into overproducing
thyroid hormone
the eyes look that wide open look since the antibodies
cause inflammation and swelling around the eyes
causing them to have that wide eyed look
even when its treated

i dont know that the disease ever caused her long term problems
must not since she lived to be 92
its easily controlled with radioactive ablation of the thyroid
or surgical removal of the thyroid or with use of medication
to slow the overproduction down to normal
i see no scar on her neck so she probably had one of the other two
methods

i always liked her
i didnt always like or agree with her husband or son
but her
i liked and respected a lot

she was witty
she was a strong willed person from what i can tell from reading
about her
she was nice to people unless they attacked her family
i dont think she liked trump much

this week as i lay on the bed getting my infusion at ucla
i have two hours downtime
so
i sat and filled out my living will using the 5 wishes booklet
i read through all the options of what you want to have done
when your time comes

you can have them go all out
with all that modern medicine stuff to save you
but
the end result will be the same
maybe not sooner with all that help

i chose
like ms bush
to say when its time
its time

she made that decision
not someone else

she said
i lived a good one
im ready
its time
she went her way

thats how she lived her life
may
she rest in peace

the organicgreen doctor


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

did you pay too much tax

DID YOU PAY TOO MUCH TAX
Image result for income taxes irs website
this is the first year that i have done our taxes myself
in almost 30 years
while in practice my taxes were always too complicated
when we moved to the country that were a lot of tax
deductions for the property that were just too complicated
for me to do
after i had to retire in 2010 and i was no longer associated
with the clinic my taxes gradually got less and less complicated

when we sold our country n last year
all those deductions from the property went away

now with the new law we really dont have enough
deductions to claim that would exceed the exemption
that is new and higher

so i decided to do them myself this year

it also for me was a test of my cognition
i decided if i could do my taxes
both the federal and state ones
then i was in good standing with my memory

the federal tax form was easy breezy
i zoomed right through all that

however
since i moved into the state in august
the form the long one i had to do for california taxes
well that one did test my memory and cognitive
abilities an awful lot
but
i manged to do it after several attempts
i had a sense of accomplishment when i finished
plus
i feel good about my status now with my brain

8 years ago if you told me i was going to be able to
do these taxes
i would have said no way
i was expecting to not to be able to do these things
by now

i also used a hr block program where i estimated my
taxes for 2018 based on our present financial situation

when i saw what we would owe next year
i got to wondering
what difference in folks paychecks did this new tax law really
make in peoples checks in 2018

here is the link to the article where i go these numbers

i picked several occupations of folks i know that read this blog
then i listed their wages
im not sure where these wages came from
this one below is definitely not from oklahoma
eg
the schoolteachers wage was 60k
the increased two week paycheck was $64,69
or
$1682.94 per year
a 2.8% increase in pay

the paycheck increases were from paying less taxes
these are for a single person non homeowner getting paid every
2 weeks
so thats 26 paychecks a year

so its
annual salary
every two week savings
annual savings
% increase in check

waitperson
25k
$12.94
$335.34
1.3%

clerk
22 k
$9,76
$253.76
1.2%

pharmacist
120k
$133.50
$3471
2.9%

construction worker
38k
$28.50
$741
1.9%

electrician
57k
$59.17
$1538.42
2.6%

firefighter
51k
$51.50
$1339
2.6%

family doctor
200k
$161.08
$4188.08
2.1%

oh my
that would have been a good saving in taxes for me
if i was still in practice

something doesnt see right about all this
as i look at this
i think of all of the tax cuts that were given
where did it all go
it doesnt seem to have gone much to any of these folks in this article
or
to many of you who read this blog
unless they were on the higher end of the salaries

why do the lower wages get less of a % increase

i think its that 1% group thing again
their tax savings numbers are well obscene

we need to remember that these increased incomes we are
all getting from the tax cuts
well its coming off the backs of our kids and our future generations
they will be paying for them

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

my favorite color is blue

MY FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE
as she was setting up all her stuff on the bedside table
to draw my blood and start my iv for my
#15 infusion for the aducanumab study at ucla
i noticed the blue wrap thats used to wrap the arm
after the iv is in place

sometimes its purple
i always think how appropriate since this is an
alzheimers study
purple being the color for the alzheimers association

sometimes its red
not my favorite color
but
it would be ok to use since its my wife shes favorite color

but me
its always been blue
i guess cuz thats my eye color

i noticed they never have burnt orange color at ucla
in texas they had the green color
i guess for baylor

the blue
thats ucla blue
ive never been a ucla fan
but i dont dislike them
maybe cuz their color is blue

so
blue
im ok with it
ive noticed that when i have a blue wrap
i just feel better afterwards
they have you leave it on for awhile after
the infusion
to apply pressure to the puncture site
ok
yesterday
they needed extra pressure when they removed the iv
i was ok
since the extra wrap was that pretty blue color
thats my favorite

its so pretty i really dont want to remove it
maybe i could keep it on as one of those forearm
bracelet things

the blue color made me think a lot yesterday
maybe because the nurse i had asked me a lot
of questions
well i asked her a lot also

i realize i have 5 more left before i finish this study
its then that all the info gets analyzed
it will be a year or two before we know if this stuff
works
or
doesnt work

in october i will elect to continue the infusions for at least
another 2+ years
in this long term extension of the aducanumab study
all of us will get the real drug
there will be no one on the placebo

so
my favorite color is blue
it sort of brightens my day
yesterday and today as i look down at my wrapped arm

i dont feel blue
i feel hopeful

yesterday i drove by myself to my infusion
and
drove home all the way
a 90 + mile trip each way
i noticed while driving  i seemed to pay more attention
to details of the surrounding terrain buildings etc
maybe
its the burst of infusion i got yesterday
making me more alert
more aware of things

somehow i feel different today

it must be the blue wrap

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, April 16, 2018

sb country n news-my gardens

SB COUNTRY N NEWS-MY THREE GARDENS
i garden in three places now here in sb

the first is our front patio or porch as we call it
in the south

i started out putting a lot of stuff on the porch
but now have whittled plants down to
some herbs
lavender rosemary basil thyme mint oregano
a jalapeno pepper which we use fresh in margaritas
and in cooking
a dinosaur kale
a sweet 100 tomato
a citrus called dwarf satsuma

ive moved everything else to my garden at the community
garden where i have my two plots

at the community garden it was so great to be able to grow
things in the winter and not have to worry about things freezing

i still have some dinosaur kale and curly leaf kale
and beets and sweet peas and carrots and onions and garlic
and lettuce and a strawberry

looking out how well things did this last winter here
i plan to plant more broccoli and more cabbage next winter
i didnt plant cabbage this year since i was limited on space
but now with my two plots i plan on adding those

i will grow the sweet peas again since ms b and my wife she
love to pick and eat them
the lettuce and arugula and spinach and bok choi all do well
here so i will do a better job of doing serial planting of those
using the cut and go method of harvesting
the beets and the carrots can almost be planted all year here

i had a strawberry that was being thrown away by another
gardener so i just stuck it in the ground
it has done well so i plan on planting more of those
plus ms b loves them also

since i got my second plot i amended the soil
well with compost and organic fertilizer and liquid
molasses
as it warms up i will add a thick layer of pine straw on the
beds if the weather gets hot like it did last summer
hot doesnt mean like hotter than hell texas
but
we did have a lot of 90+ days and a few over 100 degree days

the climate here is mediterannean
in austin the average rainfall is 35+- inches a year
here the average rainfall is 13+- inches a year
with it being more -inches in the last few years
as there has been a drought here for several years also

so the veggies that i grew at the texas country n
are about what i can grow here
so i planted
10 tomatoes
almost the same i planted in texas
sweet 100s celebrity early girl black krim brandywine
a black heirloom cherry tomato a mexican heirloom cherry
and a russian one
i know trump will like that one

3 peppers bell jalapeno poblano
bush and pole green beans
basil
malabar spinach

zucchini squash which was hard to grow in texas because of
the squash vine borer
enough that i quit growing them
okra
japanese egg plant
armenian cucumbers
cantelope
ms bs big pumpkin

christmas lima beans
purple hull peas they grew well here last summer
a few leeks that were given to me by another gardener
my one garden plot butts up to the work area for the garden
so i put up a rustic looking structure from ole poles and
twine to remind folks there was a garden bed there
on the structure i planted my pole beans
and my malabar spinach

i also planted some cover crops oats and hairy vetch and some
unknown bean and some unknown pea
folks can crush those and i dont care if they do

in those white pots in front of the beds i planted rosemary
lavender and borage since they would grow too big if
planted in the ground

i try to water at least once a week real deeply only by hand
i dont use a drip system
it makes me come by frequently to keep an eye on the garden
when i plant new transplants or seeds i come by daily to water

as it gets warmer or hotter i change that to twice a week
half of the stuff is watered via buried black 10 inch pots
with holes in the bottom
this provides water deep into the soil so the plants can run
their roots deep also
this allows me to water less often
then
i have a 1 foot trench around both beds and crosswise through
the beds that is filled with mulch
this provides a large moisture holding capacity for the garden

this year i planted a russian tomato ive never heard of
into this trench to see how it will do since
the mulch i put there last summer has decomposed a lot

i also separated a 4 ft square section of my new bed
for ms b
she planted with my help all her stuff
she likes sun gold the yellow cherry tomato
juliette a pear shaped cherry tomato
french green beans
later we will plant carrots when the tomatoes
and beans get larger and provides some shady areas
i also set up her a little bench and she has her
garden tools and her purple watering can there also

the central part of the community garden has a kids section
and a large section for growing food for local food kitchens
a large food harvest including ms bs chicken eggs
are made each week

they really arent hers but she thinks they are

i volunteer to work in this section one half day a week
eg
i built this structure in the kids section using old mulberry
limbs so the foot long green beans can grow up them
the kids apparently love the long long green beans

recently i planted a long bed of basil on either side
of a long bed of tomatilloes
we also have 8 bins of compost that we maintain
each gardener has access to this compost

so these are two of my gardens
my front porch garden
the community garden

the other is the school garden i will write about later

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, April 13, 2018

alzheimers news-can they fix it

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-CAN THEY FIX IT

new atlas.com

we all have an apoe gene
its either apoe 2
its the lucky one is what i call it
it tends to protect you against alzheimers

it could be apoe 3
you may get alzheimers but it may be a mild case
whatever a mild case of alzheimers means

or
it could be apoe 4
apoe 4 is known as the late onset alzheimers gene
if you get one apoe 4 you risk increases over 5 x youll get alzheimers
if you get two of them your risk increases over 15-20 x

we all have two apoe genes
the possibilities are

apoe 2 apoe 2
apoe 3 apoe 2
apoe 4 apoe 2

apoe 3 apoe 3
apoe 3 apoe 4

apoe 4 apoe4

the best one is apoe 2 apoe 2

the worst one is apoe 4 apoe 4
less than 5% of us have this one

around 25% of you have the single gene apoe 4
apoe 4 apoe 2 or apoe 4 apoe3

here is a link to a recent research study where researchers
in the lab in growing human brain cells
were able to alter the apoe 4 protein so that it became
an apoe 3 protein which would carry with it the decreased
risk of getting alzheimers disease if it could be done in
human brains

they used a chemical on these brain cells programmed to make apoe 4
apoe 4 has a deformed protein that causes the bad beta amyloid
to accumulate in the brain cells causing them to die
the apoe 3 protein does not

this chemical changed the apoe 4 protein into an apoe 3 protein
since they differ only at one tiny location
this new apoe 3 protein works more normal in the brain

now
researchers are working to develop a chemical that could be
given to patients to change the apoe 4 protein to apoe 3 protein
which decreases remarkably the risk of developing
alzheimers disease

all i can say is
im game
they can give this new stuff to me when it comes along
i got first dibs

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

facebooking

FACEBOOKING
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wikepedia.com

when i was in practice i never was on facebook
but when i retired
i realized it was a good way to stay in contact
with former patients and friends
not having to worry about medicolegal issues anymore

it was nice to keep up with a lot of the families i had
cared for over the years
some for up to 20 years or so

i also had started writing this blog earlier in the year
before i had to retire
once i retired i used facebook as a way to promote my blog
setting up a facebook blog page
so folks could follow me on facebook and or follow my
facebook blog page

it boosted my readership of my blog so that today
over half of the readers of my blog are someway
connected via facebook

the other half gets my blog via email feeds direct emails
tweeter or other feeds or just by going to it directly

so facebook is 50% of my readership

so
i can see the effect facebook can have on a topic
so
if i write on a topic that stimulates facebook interest
via sharing of the blog liking it etc
you can see the effect it has on that days readership

once
facebook sent me a coupon for $10 to use on facebook
they for $10 send it to folks not on my friends list
or not linked to my facebook blog page
it went out to several thousand folks
i could see the effect it had on my readership that day

those unsuspecting folks
got my blog on their feeds
they clicked on it
i got a reader for the day

but
i never did it again
it sort of felt creepy to do that

after reading all this facebook stuff thats going on
i thought
mine just went out to a few thousand
theirs went out to millions
even stealing all that information on each individual persons data

now
i thought to myself
thats creepy

another time
i was using a counter on my blog that would tell me when
folks looked at my blog
to get a real time look at how well it was doing
the problem was that it gave me feedback on all those folks
like who they were and where in what city they lived
it also felt creepy
even though it was a free service
i discontinued using it
since it just didnt feel right

so
i decided to let my blog grow on its on
without the use of these data and internet tools
relying mostly on word of mouth and sharing to make
it grow

i feel better about it

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

death is calling

DEATH IS CALLING
Image result for grim reaper wikipedia
wikipedia

we all know what the grim reaper is
when it comes calling
well
you are done for

recently when a friend was visiting from texas
he showed us a posting from his son
who had just started some raised beds for his
first ever veggie garden

he decided to use water troughs filled with good garden soil
and drilled holes in the bottom for drainage
now ive used these metal troughs for my gardens
at the country n
in fact
this one shows up on pinterest all the time
i get notified when its used
sometimes i even find it when i look at garden
stories on raised beds or keyhole gardens

so
in his list of plants
like the standard tomatoes and peppers
he has listed a pepper called

the carolina reaper
Carolina Reaper Pepper - 4 Live Plants - World's Hottest Pepper -Fear the Reaper
i thought to myself
now the grim reaper is a bad thing to have calling on you

i suspect the carolina reaper
could be the second cousin once removed
of the grim reaper

i think i would die if i ate it

you see
i love peppers
but
i eat bell peppers and sweet banana peppers
and poblano peppers
they are on the other low real low side of the
scoville scale for hotness

for my hot pepper
i have chosen the tam jalapeno
tam stands for texas a&m
its a mild pepper with a low scoville reading
like their football team :)

i can eat it
feel a little warmth
just enough to make you feel warm
both inside and outside
just right for me
but
this carolina reaper pepper
i dont know about this one

i worry cause this guy has a young child with one on the way
so
ive suggested to him that he get these things before he eats
his first one
long term disability
a big ole life insurance policy
long term care insurance
a real good health insurance policy
a couple of gallons of fresh whole milk real cold
a quart or two of orange juice
real orange juice not the fake stuff
organic would be good

apparently orange juice or citrus acid is better to
make your tongue and stomach quit burning
plus usually you only vomit the milk not the citrus acid

his family are always doing crazy things
like tricks on each other
i can see them having a hot pepper eating contest
for their family reunion
it would be sad to see a family lose two generations
at one setting

so i read about this guy who got carolina reaped
2 million scoville units worth
habenero only has 500,000
he vomited a lot
he weeped a lot
he had a lot of pain
he burned his mouth and his stomach
it was like a burning lump of coal
then it got these god awful worse than migraine headaches
called thunderclap headaches
the kind folks get right before a blood vessel ruptures in
the brain

i sincerely hope my friends son reads this today
before that garden of his produces that first pepper

i can think of better ways to leave this earth
getting reaped by a carolina reaper is not one of them

jalapeno dip anyone

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, April 9, 2018

new words

NEW WORDS
Image result for merriam webster
every year new words get formed
we my wife she and i notice new words just pop into
our use

the latest one we learned when friends were visiting
recently
i asked what does that mean
they said
just gts it
gts it
what do you mean gts
you know
google that stuff

so
my wife she and i
well especially her
says to me when i ask what that means
she says
gts it
with a smirk i might add

so
i looked at this website that listed words that were new
by the year they were introduced
you know
like
google it

i remember when i first heard that on my garden show
i heard the gardener guru say
just have them google it
so
i went to see what google meant
but
there was no google to google it
to see what it meant

we have come a long way havent we
why
just yesterday our screen door on our condo
wouldnt close good
so
i just googled how to adjust a screen door that wont close
there was a picture and explanation
on how to do it

that google
best word ever developed
besides
maybe
amazon

where did you get that
oh i amazoned it yesterday
it was on my porch when i got up this morning

heck
i wanted this particular liquid fertilizer i used in texas
since i couldnt find it here
so
i amazoned it
yep
it was on our steps the next day
how do that do that i asked someone last night

ok
google it they said

merriam webster dictionary folks have a site
you can type in the year to see what words
were developed that year
so
i picked out
the year i was born 1950
the year i graduated from high school 1968
the last year listed 2016

here are some examples

in 2016
there was just one word
utility token whatever that is

in 1950
action figure antimatter baby oil beautiful people
boobaby cardiac arrest charge card dwi dry wall
fold out mccarthyism pap smear shopping mall
sweat equity tank top
wonder what words they used for these things
before 1950

in 1968
alt key blind carbon copy better known now as bcc
car seat correction fluid chairbroil do rag m16
peace sign peace symbol talk radio travelers diarrhea
yippie

so i would say the most important word that has
come around since 1950
google
google it
gts it

ok ill add amazon

these have changed things  a lot
ok
ill add
facebook
smartphones

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, April 6, 2018

alzheimers news-its not fair

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-ITS NOT FAIR
Image result for organicgreendoctor.com joe nash
its not fair
that im still here and he is gone
we were born almost a year apart
we were really
almost like twins
fraternal twins
we were different but we did a lot together
some of it mischievous
quite mischievous

i wont give you any details
even though the statue of limitations are past

we have the same genetic background
now i know i have the homozygous double apoe 4 genes
im sure he had at least one if not two of them
he probably got two of those late onset alzheimers apoe 4genes

it doesnt seem fair though
that he got it so young in his early 50s
then once diagnosed
it seemed he just had a steady decline
down that final slide that people with alzheimers disease
have
one that once it starts cant be stopped

even in the future when new treatments come along
i doubt that when the slide starts that even this stuff
will work

he died in the last stages of alzheimers in august 2013
at the age of 62
i was 63
i had been diagnosed almost 3 years before he died with
mild cognitive impairment due to alzheimers disease
my memory had started a slow decline during this time
but
for some reason he has stopped that decline

i really thought that today at 68 that i would be where he was
when he was diagnosed
meaning that that decline would have started to begin
for me

it hasnt
my memory is stable
if not better
my health knock on wood seems to be good

why me
why not him

i think i was sort of lucky by accidentally having my memory issues
picked up real early before it was noticed
i had volunteered to be in the adni alzheimers study in the normal group

my early diagnosis made me change my life before symptoms showed up
being aggressive doing all the healthy things that one needs to do
to slow things down

its been shown that early diagnosis does alter that downward trajectgory
so that the decline when it happens gets pushed down the road some

when he was diagnosed it was probably too late to do much intervention
since its being shown that if we are going to stop this disease
it has to happen in folks before they have have symptoms
or
in folks extremely early in the disease process like i am

looking at whats going on in alzheimers research
there will likely be a treatment or treatments in 10 years
that will slow down the disease or stop it in its tracks

i think
what if that stuff had been available 15 years or so ago
for him and my mom
they both might still be with us
as would many of your loved ones

so
get diagnosed early
maximize your health
blood pressure cholesterol weight exercise diabetes sleep mental health issues
stay mentally active
consider supplements
volunteer for a clinical study see clinical trials.gov
youll know where you are with the diagnosis so when its time
for you to get treatment then you will know if you have it or not

his birthday is on april 8th
he would have been 67
he died in hospice on august 8 2013
he is missed by friends and family
especially his wife and kids and grandkids and siblings

we all would like to be able to see his smile again

we need a treatment and cure for this awful awful disease

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, April 5, 2018

dear ms b-the gardener

DEAR MS B-THE GARDENER

a year ago you came to stay at the country n
for a week
while there we introduced you to garden dirt
although you were a little squeamish at first about the dirt
you eventually went all in
both hands deep into the soil
getting dirt under those pretty little finger nails

what happens is you get  inoculated with the good
germs in the soil
that may help boost your immune system

thats why farm kids dont get sick as much
and
dont usually have as much problems with allergies
and asthma

we were just making you more healthy

you also learned to pet a chicken
pick up the eggs
pick up and hold the worms in the garden
a fear you no longer possess

now
fast forward one year
you readily go into the community garden
talk to the chickens
feed them food scraps and old bread
pick up the eggs
change the water in the bird bath with the
pretty blue bird on the edge of it
you reach down and sometimes pick one of the
strawberries that grows in the kids garden
some of which i help maintain and plant

last week
since i was given access to another garden plot
i designated a 4 ft square section for you
we added compost fertilizer and liquid molasses

then
i chose two tomatoes
a juliette and a sungold
both proliferative cherry like tomatoes that
should grow most of the year
and
that you will love to pick and eat while in the garden

you even like the sound of them
and
repeated them back to me
juliette
sungold
you dug the hole
added a spade of worm compost
mixed it all in the hole
then
we emptied the tomato out of the pot
down into the hole
we then watered it in good with the watering can
then
we placed a taller than me bamboo pole
tied the tomato to the pole
now
we are just waiting for the tomatoes to grow

we also
added some bush french green beans
that you will love to eat off the vine
then
we dug another hole
slid the big pumpkin plant into the hole
covered it up and watered it real good

what a big ole pumpkin you should have for
halloween this year
then
we planted those pretty christmas lima beans
those big calico colored beans that all the kids like
to play with
so later in the fall we can pick them
maybe youll eat some of them

yes
we are getting you indoctrinated into the green world
it seems to be to your liking

you are now
officially
a gardener

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

they just want to be challenged

THEY JUST WANT TO BE CHALLENGED
back in the day it was
i dare you
things like
eat a bug
eat a real hot pepper
eat dirt
pick up a snake
tump over an outhouse

now it seems that the teenagers and kids
well their dares and challenges have to
go further
they want to show it on facebook or youtube or other sites
to get likes and recognition

i guess the most recent challenge
was the tide pod challenge

in this challenge
the teen swallows one of those tide pods
i can only imagine the burn it must give
their tummies
and
what a surprise it must be the following day

now
my wife has been retired since june
so shes not around the teenagers anymore
to keep her uptodate on all the teenage
shenanigans

now she had heard about the tide pod thing
we have something like that we use for our dishwater
that we keep up on a locked shelf about 7 ft high
so our granddaughter wont get tempted to eat one
of them
they look like a nice piece of candy you might
get in a wrapper at a restaurant as you are leaving

so yesterday she asked me about my blog
whats that thing about the kids sticking a condom
up their nose

you havent heard about that yet
the snorting condom challenge
well i told her i keep up with all the important news
from my various news feeds
if it happens i know about it

so for those who dont know how it works
the snort a condom challenge
the kids unwrap a condom
pinch one nostil
insert the end of the condom into their other nostril
close their mouth
then
inhale and inhale
until the condom slides down the back of their throat
they reach in and grab it and pull it through

the risk is choking on the condom

so far there has been no reports of this happening

however
before this became a fad
well use your imagination
there was
a case of condom pneumonia
and
a case of condom appendicitis
or
read this news report from usa today

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

superman

SUPERMAN
Image result for multidrug resistant neisseria gonorrhoeae
this isnt about the man with the cape
maybe though he should have been wearing something else

back during the vietnam war i heard stories of guys
coming back from there with it that didnt respond well
to any treatments
it was resistant to all the known antibiotics available at
the time
sort of
like this poor superman guy

since the vietnam war there have been several well known
antibiotics developed that many of you have probably
taken by mouth
or
got a shot in the booty for things like pneumonia
cipro or ciprofloxin zpack or zithromax and ceftriaxine or rocephin

i first met rocephin as an intern in the 80s
i was able to order it for a child with h flu meningitis
instead of giving him two iv antibiotics
one that was toxic to the kidneys

well like most antibiotics they have been misused
by you and by me
so now these superbugs are resistant to all of them

now
the first superbug gonorrhea infection has appeared
in this superman guy
there is no regular antibiotic that will work
so
this superman now has a superbug infection

yes like the vietnam vets he got his while
visiting the same area

there are several venereal diseases that are having
an up tic in numbers
hepatitis c and hiv and syphyllis
at least all these are treatable
the hiv needs a lifetime of treatment
the other two can be cured
although hepatitis c treatment can cost thousands
of dollars

during my career i treated a lot of cases of gonorrhea
usually they were genital infections
sometimes the patients didnt even know they had it
especially an unsuspecting partner

i saw newborns with eye infections and meningitis
i saw adults with joint infections skin infections
and at least one case of meningitis

all preventable
with that thing the teenagers are snorting up their noses
to replace the old thing of eating tide pods

now i realize they get these ideas
since they dont know what else to do with them
since there is little true sex education in school
sorry
telling them not to do it never worked

there is a drop in family planning clinics where they
are told what they are to do with them

they really dont know what to do with them
so
they snort them up their noses

so
i think its time to do something about this
lets educate our kids
that those things are to be used
in that area below the belt
to
prevent pregnancy
to
 prevent stds
to
prevent a drug resistant gonorrhea

not sure where we all went wrong with all of this
but
somewhere we screwed up

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, April 2, 2018

good morning joe

GOOD MORNING JOE
every morning i crawl out of bed
all sleepy eyed
all croggy headed
blurry eyed

i scoop out enough coffee into my filter in my new pot
enough to make strong coffee
i pour in my filltered water
i then push all the buttons on the pot
especially paying close attention to the one labeled
bold
i punch it and make sure it lights up
i dont know what that pot does when i push that button
but
it makes a good strong cup of coffee
ok
so my tj coffee also has the word bold on it
so
i drink bold coffee

i was disappointed the other day when i saw where
this judge had ruled coffee may cause cancer
i thought
how can a judge make that ruling
should someone like the cdc or some coffee researcher
be telling us this
something doesnt seem right here

now
i gave up my cigarettes years ago
i smoked the same number of packs a day as coffee cups i
drink every morning
3
now
it wasnt hard to tell that smoking was bad for you
i started wheezing and coughing a lot when i was
in college
so i quit
plus
as a doctor you know that things like heart attacks strokes
emphysema chronic bronchitis lung cancer bladder cancer
can all be caused by smoking

i had no problem knowing that smoking is bad for you
it will kill you

but morning joe
a cup of java
i dont think so
it cant be bad for you

for with alzheimers it may have a positive effect in slowing
down the disease
up to three cups a day may be the magic number in helping with
alzheimers disease
thats why i drink three cups a day
he makes folks alert especially in the morning
folks who drink coffee may live longer

so when coffee is made a chemical called
acetylwhatchamacallitmaybeitsbad
may be produced during the roasting process
maybe
probably
i dont care if it does

apparently this acetylwhatchamacallitmaybeitsbad
cant be removed because its part of the process of
making coffee

so
we be stuck right
nope

that can put that cancer warning on my morning joe coffee
it aint going to stop me one bit
i will continue to drink my three cups each day
no matter what the label says

sometimes you just have to do what you feel best
for yourself
maybe
even think for yourself

so
im sipping my 2nd cup right now
all alert and perky now
and
thats the way i want it


the reason that call it morning joe
they dont really know
it may be cause a joe is a normal average guy
its the drink of the regular guy
so
thats me
a morning joe kind of person

the organicgreen doctor