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, February 16, 2018

alzheimers news-doc im having memory issues

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-DOC IM HAVING MEMORY ISSUES
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yesterday i was contacted by someone who felt like he was having
memory issues
he is a retired professional who works one day a week
he has noticed that he has problems doing some of the work that
he used to do that involves memory and numbers

this has happened to me a lot over the last 7+years since i was
diagnosed
folks wanting to know what to do

for those of us like him with it in our immediate family
we are always concerned
is it going to happen to us

i was
it did

heres my advice

if you think you have issues
you should have an evaluation done
i read this morning in an article that when folks have memory issues
and
dont recognize them
thats more concerning

losing you keys is not abnormal
not knowing what car keys are for is abnormal
but
as we are finding out
there is a gradation between losing your keys and not knowing
what they are for
where you are on that grade is what you want to know

the first thing i tell folks
make an appointment with your primary care doctor for
only one thing
memory issues
nothing else

dont go alone
take your spouse or significant other
many doctors will want to interview them

if you dont think your primary doctor will listen to you
or do a good job
go to a neurologist

eg i if i was in practice now i think i could do a good initial workup
for memory loss

they are looking for causes that you can treat or do something about

go in prepared

if this individual has alzheimers starting he is real early
some of the memory testing will be normal
like the test called the mini cog
the one a lot of doc use
or
the mmse
trumps test the moca test is more sensitive to early changes

please dont go online and read and take the moca test
it affects its accuracy when you do have to take it for a diagnosis

if you dont do well on the moca test you should have a
full neuropsychological exam

if you are further along some of the previsit paperwork becomes
more important

to be complete
i would have his wife fill out this 21 question alzheimers questionnaire by herself
without his help
here is the link
sometimes spouses notice more things than you do
take that with you even if its normal
it helps the doctor out

then go online and take the sage test
here is the link
fill it out copy and take with you
this also helps the doctor out

if you are early in the disease these will be normal also
i expect his will be
mine were
now my moca test was initially abnormal
his moca test may not be normal

make a list of all your medications and all the supplements
that you take

i now take a lot of supplements
i have cross referenced all of them against each other and
against all my prescription medications

webmd.com has a good one to use to cross reference supplements
some supplements and over the counter meds i cant take
because of these interactions
eg
i have to limit antihistamines use since they interfere with
my aricept (donepezil) that i take for my diagnosis

make a list of your health issues like high blood pressure
high cholesterol diabetes sleep issues anxiety depression etc

make your appointment only for memory loss
bring your online tests
bring your wife
bring you list of concerns of what you have noticed
yes write them down
hand your doctor a copy
it is entered into your medical records
it shouldnt now get ignored
you keep copies of the online tests and the other lists
for yourself

the doctor should take a good history and do an examination
thinking in terms of finding a treatable cause for his memory loss

these are the labs that he should have
a cbc
a metabolic profile like a chem 24 that is commonly done
a tsh for your thyroid levels
a vitamin b12 level

some like me would add
a vitamin d3 level
a homocysteine level which if elevated may be associated with
an increased risk of heart attack stroke and alzheimers disease

then some would had sex hormones like testosterone for males
estrogen progesterone for females

if the b12 or the vitamin d3 or the homocysteine level are abnormal
they are usually easily corrected with daily over the counter supplements
all thrre of these were abnormal on me

then after the history and exam and the lab testing is done
there should be a memory test done
a minicog is not a sufficient one for early disease
a better one is the moca test like trump took
it shows up early symptoms

if the moca test is abnormal he should if his labs and history and exam
are unremarkable have a
full neuropsychological exam
it will show if there is memory loss
these are usually done by a neuropsychologist

if the history and exam or lab shows things like sleep issues or depression
not well controlled or abnormal labs these need to be fixed
before more testing is done

if the neuropsycholigical test is not normal
a mri scan should be done
that will rule out things like old strokes tumors etc

at this point the cause of the memory issues should have been
discovered

for him
he might consider after this
if he wants to know more
to do genetic testing
spinal tap for beta amyloid and tau
an amyvid pet scan for beta amyloid
none of these are covered by insurance
and are expensive

for me
i wanted as much information as i could obtain

so i have
such that i feel like my diagnosis is as accurate as one
can have based on the testing thats available in 2018

also
as i told him
he is a good candidate for research

you can go to clinicaltrials.gov
type in alzheimers
click on the state you live in
a list of all the alzheimers studies available are there

i can tell you though sometimes they dont show up before
they are open
the alzheimers centers in your state will know whats coming
in the future that may not be listed

for him
since he could be early or even in that prealzheimers state
that state where the memory is normal but the scans are not
he would be a good candidate for
some of the new treatments that are being used on folks with
prealzheimers or those with mild cognitive impairment like me

also a new study that is the phase 3 of the adni2 i was in for 5 years
called the adni3 study is starting up in his state. it should be on the
clinical trials website

also you can sign up for the alzheimers associations trial match
on their webpage www.alz.org
they will let you know when a study comes available that you might
match up with

also
if he goes to his doctor and gets the run around
he should go see another doctor
he should make sure he has a complete work up

a history and exam
labs
memory testing
maybe mri
maybe further tests for alzheimers not covered by insurance

he also
after he has had a complete workup
not before
should consider the regimen in dr bredesens article on reversal of cognitive decline
this should never be done without discussing it with your doctor
i reviewed them with my doctor and my neurologist before i started them

does it help
i think it might
but
its hard to prove if this is why im not worse now
or
if its the aricept (donepezil)
or
if its just the course of the disease
waxing and waning for now

tomorrow i will be on an alzheimers panel at a conference
at the huntingtom memorial hospital in pasedena california
sponsored by the alzheimers greater la at www.alzgla.org
answering questions about my story and diagnosis
and
how i feel about being diagnosed
and
how it affects my family and my life
and
what recommendations
i have for other folks

the panel im on at 1030am will be all folks who have
an early diagnosis

its interesting when you are around folks who are early on in the disease
that for many you would have no idea they had memory problems

here is the link to the conference

so
if you have memory issues
get a good workup
some causes can be treated

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

i always felt it was there

I ALWAYS FELT IT WAS THERE
Cave found underneath Cambria Drive in the Brushy Creek neighborhood on Feb. 8, 2018. This photo was taken by a spelunker.
kxan.com article on the cave

i always felt like it was there
i dont know how many times i told my wife she
and my neighbors this over the years that we lived
at the country n

my older son has a friend that lived in the area where this
cave was
he asked me to come over to help him with his landscape
recommendations that is

in his front yard was this white oak or mexican oak that seemed
stunted and not growing and the leaves were dying
i told him
its either
not watering it enough
watering it too much
or
it was planted over a rock
then
he said
you know theres a cave next door
so that i thought is the reason for that high iron fence with
spiky things on top like a spear to keep folks out

yep he said
ive even been down there
the spelunkers club gets to go down there once a year
the neighbors can peek in if they want
i thought to myself
i dont want

so
i added to the list of why his oak wasnt growing
its over a cave

i could just visualize those roots from the oak
hanging down through the roof of the cave
growing slowly down to the floor of the cave
like a big ole stalagthingmajig

i really havent thought about all that much since then
that was 2 kids ago for his friend
but
his house was in the subdivision where this big ole hole
just appeared that was 20 ft deep
it goes to a cave thats 200 ft at least wide

so
when i read about this this morning
i thought
i know that was a cave under our country n

we would get these torrential downpours onto our house
now we had gutters all around that dumped into
4 inch underground drain pipes that went to our 30,000 gallons
of tanks
and
our front yard had a 1 foot rock wall that went around the house
so only a small part of the whole yard around the house
didnt have a wall

the water on these torrential rains would eventually overflow
the gutters
the water would get fairly high sometimes around the house
then
as the rain slowed or stopped
all that water would just be all gone
there were no flowing streams of water off the property

where did it all go i asked my wife over and over again
then
one night
i had a dream
probably an aricept dream
that there was this hole in the yard
i stuck my head down in the hole
there was this big ole cavern down right under our house

i had that dream several times over the years
enough
that it almost seems real

i even told my neighbor who had lived around there for
forty or so years
yep theres a lot of caves around here
there use to be a lot of bats around here also

now
he may have just said that
and winked and i missed the wink
but
well i believed him
i know that rain had to go somewhere

the only explanation is a cave

yes
i always and still do feel its there

not my worry now though

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, February 12, 2018

a muddy beach

A MUDDY BEACH
i read about this in the online paper
and
saw it on the local news

you know when you hear things
sometimes
you just say
that doesnt seem like the right thing to do

now
i am an outsider here
having lived here for only 7 months
and
not having had gone through this history of mud and fires
around here like folks have who lived here for years

still
i think it gives a different perspective on things
when you are new and fresh to things
you sometimes see things differently

so
it was with me

there it was truckloads of mud slide muck being hauled
down to the beach near here
the goleta beach
to be dump right on the beach
not just a few truckloads
tons of truckloads stuff

now
granted from what i read
the stuff is trucked an hour or so south
so the debris in there like metal and rocks and logs etc
are removed
then
off to the goleta beach it goes
to be dumped
to be washed apparently over and over again
by the waves coming in on the beach
you know like when you do a sand castle on the beach
and
the tide comes in and eventually washes it away
now i saw this big ole dumpster there on the dumped on beach
that was partially full of all kind of stuff

no the beaches are not white
they are a mud grey color

one of the justifications for doing it here is
the mudslide stuff is destined by nature to eventually end
up in the ocean anyway

now
when we made our long long trip north then around the mountains
to get to los angeles for my last infusion
we passed what seemed like hundreds of dump trucks in a long
long line waiting to dump this stuff into a quarry up north

the goleta beach i think is sort of a poor mans beach
i havent really read that before
its just seems thats the way it is
theres no tourists here

so i wanted to see all this for myself
so one sunday morning before my wife she woke up
i drove over to see for myself

there was all this yellow and red like tape around the dump areas
warning signs were up
dont swim in this water
its contaminated
worse i think with human bacteria
this beach sits in a cove just south of the ucsb campus
you can see the building of the school on the small bluffs close by
i saw several what looked like students walking and biking
on nearby trails
i walked out on the wharf or pier that goes out quite a ways
i would say over a quarter of a mile
there were a lot of folks even this early
as the sun had just popped over the horizon
fishing off the pier

you cant swim here but you can fish here
seems like
not right to me

i looked back over to see the dark spot in the distance
where the dumpster was and big ole heavy machnery was sitting
i guess they all get sunday off

i then walked back to the shore
climbed down off the pier
onto the shoreline
i guess you call it the beach
a dark grey mud colored one

i walked along the edge of the surf as it wiggles back and forth
sometimes catching my feet off guard
getting them all wet
and
i guess
contaminated
i then walked up to the marked off area
the tide was low so i just walked along the waters edge
into and on top of that dark grey mud colored beach
it didnt sink in
it didnt stick heavy to my shoes like mud
but it felt and looked a different consistency
the beach if thats what you call it
didnt feel right as you walked on it
if i took my shoes off
that wouldnt be sand between my toes

i walked up the beach to the machinery
one of those big monster things
you might see in a quarry

i turned and looked back into the sun at the pier
at the beach not affected yet
there was only one other person beside me walking on it
i was the one that broke around the barrier

so after reading about all this
reading about the bacteria counts
reading about how it not chemically contaminated
i dont believe that one
knowing how things work in this world

all i could think
was
why dump that stuff here
i dont understand why

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, February 9, 2018

alzheimers news-now they are gone

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-NOW THEY ARE GONE
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the other night or should i say early early morning
i sat on our couch looking out over our courtyard of
our condo
looking across the way to where he lives
the one with dementia
i saw the light on
there he was roaming around in the middle of the night
how tired his wife must get from being woked up at night
then having to stay awake during the day
anytime
he could bolt out the door and be on his way
somewhere
something bad could happen

as i was looking out
i was also reading my newsfeeds
there it was
the story i had read a few days before
about the elderly texas panhandle couple that had gone missing
in their car it seems

i know when i read that before
i thought to myself
this is not going to end well

it reminded me of a story a few years ago
also in texas
where in a nearby town
an elderly couple just disappeared
never being found
until months later
off a cliff in the hills and mountains of arkansas
hundreds of miles away
on a windy road there
they were found in the car
at the bottom of the ravine

i thought to myself
thats whats going to happen to this couple in texas

well
i was right
it didnt end well

they were found miles away
in new mexico
down a long 2 track road
they found their car
later they were found
they had died both of them
from exposure

just like that
they are gone

i dont know
but
im sure that at least one of them if not both probably had
dementia
thats what killed them
dementia

here is the link to a news report on the tragedy

dont let this happen to your loved ones
dont be afraid to make them angry
take away or lose the keys or disconnect the battery or some
ignition wire
do something

i told my wife she after that night
and
after reading about that couple

please dont let that happen to me
we have good long term care insurance
please i said
put me away where its safe

dont let that happen to me

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, February 8, 2018

dear ms b-nature lover

DEAR MS B-NATURE LOVER
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you are getting there
slowly but surely

it seems that you love to go to the garden
in fact
its hard to get you to leave when we go to visit

i know those chickens are the main attractions for you

use to you would just chunk in the bread to them
or
drop in the trimmed leaves from the plants in my garden
like broccoli or swiss chard or the one you call the
dinosaur leaves the kale
now
you just hold those things in your hand as they
chew down to the end
you hold them as long as you can
before dropping the last handful
you know all their names
well
you call the one named chocolat
ice cream instead
but
the others names you seem to have them down
i like it when you say
itchy and scratchy
eventually you can be pried away from the chickens
next you go to the bird bath
yes you usually bring something over from the garden
for that little bluebird to eat that sits on the edge of
the bird bath
once you brought a lemon
which you let bob up and down like a fishing bobber
in the water that i let you hose into the bird bath

this day in the picture you brought in a swiss chard leaf
and picked a strawberry

you also always like to give that bluebird a bath
also
you have now mastered the art of drinking out of a water hose

then there is this purple adirondack chair that you are
drawn to
thats your favorite color
you usually like to climb in and out of that chair

your gma and i enjoyed watching you sitting on top of the
picnic table eating lunch which including broccoli
and sweet peas from my garden
you were talking away the whole time

then sometimes we go down to the citrus orchard
why
last week you found this large yellow lemon on the ground
and you wanted to play soccer with it

we also pitched it back and forth like a baseball
in fact once i think you threw me a curve ball

yep
you are getting there
you little
nature lover you

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

rocket man

ROCKET MAN
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wikipedia

no not the guy from north korea
the one
you know
that tesla guy

now ive ridden in a tesla
it must look and feel like a space ship
as i was sitting in the passenger seat
all belted down
holding on for dear life
there was no sound
we just shot out onto the street onto the highway
i it felt like was forced back onto the car seat
this i thought
must be what its like to be launched into space

i actually felt like we were going to take off
and zoom through the air like the jetsons

well
that guy
that tesla guy
has done that
can you believe it
he launched a red tesla
his red tesla into space yesterday
with
a space man in his special space x space suit
looks like something you would want to buy yourself
to wear
that space man is sitting there
his arm on the window
his hand on the steering wheel
just cruising down the space highway

this is like in a space movie
some science fiction thing

then
can you believe it
then
he landed two of those rockets
back down to earth onto their pads
synchronized like those water dancing ladies in the olympics

as i watched all this
mesmerized i was
all i could think was

why is the us government not doing all this
why is some guy using his own money

having seen sputnik
john glen in space
the moon landing
all in my lifetime

is this the ultimate in privatization or what

i guess
if thats what it takes
do it

you go for it
elon musk

see you at the next full moon
as your space car zooms across the front of the moon
a full tesla car full moon eclipse

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

cheap cheap

CHEAP CHEAP
folks know hes cheap
many know who he is
i wont name names today
you know though

hes got the shortest alligator arms you ever seen
real short
in fact
the first thing he says when we all go out to eat
i want my own ticket
only just that ticket
his arms only extend far enough to reach just that one

now some of these stories i am about to share
these folks arent broke
they are middle class many upper middle class
its sort of in their dna

sorry but that dna runs in our family

eg
at habitat for humanity i was known for my dumpster diving
i pulled many a pvc pipe out a lot of metal and cardboard
to recycle

not long after we moved here
we had zero nada furniture
just some pots and pans and our glassware and plates etc
i saw this old green chair with peeling paint on it on the side of the road
for some reason it appealed to me
its sitting now in our bedroom
its that chair you have in your bedroom that no one ever sits on
its just to hold the clothes you take off you might wear tomorrow

then
my wife she and her mom
they be the queens of dumpster diving
they grab stuff off the side of the road
in fact
in the dining room here we have a lamp thats unique
its my favorite lamp
we cleaned it off
put in those last forever bulbs that look old
no one would ever know
it gets a lot of compliments

we have friends that are not poor
they are always grabbing things off the side of the road
i hate to go visit them
since our car sometimes is full when we leave
ok so i did get a lot of planters for the school garden from her

clark howard the consumer im on your side guy
we need more of them since now the government consumer folks
they are for the rich guys now
he gave a long list of extreme type cheaper folks

after i read them
i wondered
does he know our family and friends

now he did list folks who saved shower water for watering their garden
i am guilty as charged
i was more aggressive at the country n since all we had was rainwater
this person even scoops out the bathwater to use on her non edible plants
well we did run our washing machine water to some of the trees

now this one is cheap
i might feel guilty doing this
when she goes to amusement parks like disneyland she brings along
toys etc from cheap places and gives them to her younger kids
who apparently are quite happy with getting those toys from disneyworld
wink wink

another person goes to the grocery store when they are giving out all
those free samples of food
they make it their meal

ok ok
so when i go to traders joes
i do drink 1-3 of their little coffee cups to top off my coffee for the day
somehow they just make their coffee taste so rich and bold

i look at all our furniture and stuff in our condo
none of its is new
its either used or dragged home by you know who from off the street
we are good with all this

here is the link to all 31 of the cheapest of the cheap
many of you may recognize yourselves in that list
i hope so

he really does have real short alligator arms though

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, February 5, 2018

thanx

THANX
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cbssports

this years super bowl was one of the best ever from
pregame to postgame

i enjoyed all the pregame music and interviews and stories

thanx to those who set all this one up
it was one of the few i can remember
a super bowl without some type of controversy spinning
around it and political stuff all over the ads and in
the music and commentary by the reporters

thanx to jj watt for making me cry the first time
of several times last night
i was just thinking about how and what he did for all those
harvey folks that needed help
maybe he should run for office one day

thanx to everywho that was who sang america the beautiful
yes
it made me cry too

thanx thanx thanx to pink
now i didnt know who she was until a few years ago
when i would see folks with a tshirt on that said pink on it
i thought it was a womens movement thing
no they said she is a musician and entertainer
oh
i thought
one of those rock star athletes
until one night i saw her perform on an awards show
oh my
i said
how can she sing so good doing those cirque du soleil things in the air
ive been a fan since
then
she was overcome with the flu this week
she has had a long time desire to sing at the super bowl
to sing the national anthem
she was determined to do it despite the flu
so
as they panned for a close up
she spit out her throat lozenge
she had this i dont feel real good
that flu look on her face
but
well
she nailed it
made me cry again
my heroine

then the half time show
jt had me hopping and bouncing all over the couch
i like the way he engaged the crowd
they all seem to hopping up and down with me
yes
i teared up again when he did the prince song
whats wrong with the critics over singing that duet with prince
it was out of respect
he nailed the performance overall
at least that selfie kid thought so

then the only other time i teared up
well some with some of the commericials
thank goodness they didnt make a joke about those tide things

the other time was after the game during one of the interiviews
with mvp foles
the hero of the night
his story and his family and his winning made me
well my final tearing of the night

now
i was going to be ok with whoever won the game
both storylines would be good

i sure hope we see more of the patriots
is this the beginning of the end
i must say mr brady preformed quite well

that foles
i thought to myself
he must be on weed or something
he seems so laid back
so calm
so peaceful like
just taking it all in he was
some lucky team may snag him

so
thanx again to a great game and surrounding activities
its like someone put a filter like i have on facebook
that cut out any political stuff

now
lets hope those philly fans havent destroyed philly too much
remember
they pelted santa claus with snowballs once
they are a different breed
like those european soccer fans

thanx for a good day and evening

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, February 2, 2018

alzheimers news-i think he had it

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-I THINK HE HAD IT
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i know an author who wrote several books about him
says he didnt have alzheimers disease when he was president
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reaganlibrary

well
i think
ronald reagan was in the early stages of the disease when
he was president
he had to have been

i read that his doctors back then in the 80s said he showed
no evidence of alzheimers
did he have memory tests like trump had earlier this year
the one i have had several times over the last 8 years
the moca test
no reagan didnt have that since it was developed in 1997
the other one used commonly is the mmse
it was developed in 1975
it could have been given to reagan but i doubt that it was

if you are early in the disease the mmse misses the diagnosis
the moca test usually doesnt

so my guess he was never ever really tested while in office
even by his private doctors

i was a primary care doctor having graduated in 1982
and finishing my residency in 1985
starting private practice in 1985
i will admit i never recall actually diagnosing alzheimers
disease in my career
it was something like cancer you didnt talk about with
patients
it sort of got ignored

my guess is that his symptoms were ignored
and not tested for

ive watched reagan on tv clips since i was diagnosed
and now knowing a lot more about the disease

you can hear it in his speech
you can see it in his face
the stare
if you have had a loved one with this disease
you recognize that stare
you know what im talking about

there are three stages in alzheimers
prealzheimers with normal memory tests and abnormal spinal fluid and a positive amyvid scan
mild cognitive impairment with slightly abnormal memory tests and abnormal spinal fluid and a positive anyvid scan
alzheimers with abnormal memory tests and abnormal spinal fluid and a positive amyvid scan

if trump will develop alzheimers as he ages he would be prealzheimers now
he would be in the white area
i have mild cognitive impairment
i am in the pink area
reagan at the end of his second term probably had early alzheimers disease
he would have been in the grey area




this is the alzheimers graph
the graph of the typical late onset alzheimers patient
it shows the development of symptoms and testing that we
now have available

this graph was developed from data from the large research
study that i was in called the adni 2 study

he died at 93
he quit the presidency at 77
plot those points on the graph
he was first president at 70 years old
plot that point on the graph

if this was his path which it probably comes close to
at 70 he probably had early mci or mild cognitive impairment
if you had done the moca test on him it might have been abnormal
not like the good score trump had

he probably noticed things himself
maybe his wife
probably not others unless they knew him real well
if he had had a full neuropsychological test it would
have been there
its the gold standard memory test
his spinal tap analysis for the bad amyloid and the tau
would have been abnormal
his amyvid pet scan the one for the bad beta anyloid
the hallmark of alzheimers disease would have been
positive
maybe early changes would even been seen on a mri scan

so i think when he was first inaugurated as president
these would have been positive

i have been exposed in the last eight years to a lot
of folks who have mci and real early alzheimers
they function quite well
they work they write they give lectures they drive
they travel they do all their financial stuff
most folks dont even know

when he was first inaugurated
my guess he would have qualified to be
in the aducanumab study that i am in now

wouldnt that have been interesting
if a sitting president was undergoing a novel treatment
for alzheimers disease

it probably would have been the best thing that
could have happened to the alzheimers movement

but none of this was available

my guess is he functioned quite well in his first term
my guess is that he started to have issues in the end
of his last term
issues he noted
his wife nancy noted
his close white house staff really noticed
and
they were able to protect him
he did a good job at the end
but
had his disease been a faster progresser
it might not have been a good ending on that second term

so
i believe
knowing all i know now
that he could have been diagnosed while in office
alzheimers just doesnt pop up one day
its a usually slow gradual process that can take
like in him
30 years to fully develop and cause death

lets dont be ashamed if he did have it while in office

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, February 1, 2018

sb country n news-towers for worms

SB COUNTRY N NEWS-TOWERS FOR WORMS
recently i started researching the internet on how to
do worm composting

at the school garden i had taken a storage bin
drilled holes in it
then
made a composter out of it
adding all the greens and browns you need to make a
composter work
we added some worms to the mix
however
the bin was so heavy it was hard to handle
so
i decided to convert it to a worm composter
thus
the worm composter internet search

man
i love youtube videos

as i was searching i hit this link
about worm towers using 5 gallon buckets
and
putting them in your garden

i was intrigued i must say
bascially
you dig a hole in the garden the depth of the bucket
take the bucket and drill holes in it on the sides
and the bottom
i did 3/8 in holes
then
in the hole i dug in the ground
i added shredded newspapers
thats worms candy they love it
plus
i added some compost
then
i dropped the bucket into the hole
then
in the bottom of the bucket
i added more compost and shredded newspapers
then
i wet this down good
worms like it moist like a sponge after you wring it out
then
i added shredded food scraps
like veggies fruit bread rice pasta egg shells preferably crushed
no meat no bones no sauces no oils
then
on the top of the pile
i keep moist shredded newspapers
covered with a thick moist newspaper or cardboard
then
i put a lid on the bucket
in my case
i added a square concrete paver over the bucket
to keep in moisture
to shut out light
to keep out varmints
then
all i do is add clippings from the garden
removed plants as long as they arent diseased
as i go along
then
when the worms get this all composted up
it will take several weeks
the worm compost that is left is used to fertilize the garden
plus
the worms go out into the garden to dig around
loosening up the soil
fertilizing it as they go
then return back into the worm tower
the buried 5 gallon bucket
for more food

so i added 4 of these spaced 4 ft apart down the middle
of my garden which is about 20 ft x 10 ft

so now
we recycle all our food scraps in the buckets
or
donate them to the schools worm composter

is this the ultimate food recycling idea or what

thank you mother nature

the organicgreen doctor