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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

keep it clean

KEEP IT CLEAN
this isnt about politics
its about my laptop

each morning i pull my laptop out of its hiding place
early each morning
i rarely use my laptop during the day
since i do all my computer and social media and blogging
before the sun comes up

so
i usually am working on my computer in a somewhat dim light
so i can sort of see my screen better
it just seems to show up better in that lighting

now when we travel i usually take my laptop with me
as a carry on i keep under my seat
i like to look at my social media and emails on the laptop
since i seem to not miss as much as when i just use my cellphone

i ran across an article on how to clean your computer
so
i got to thinking
ive not cleaned this thing in a long long time

when i say its been everywhere i mean everywhere
yes
its been in the bathroom more than once

my old computer got a broken screen from a mishap in the bathroom
ill spare you the details

so i took out my laptop after reading that article
used the spotlight on my iphone
looked at it real real close

oh my i thought
thats almost disgusting
all those crumbs and dust and prints and smears
whatever is that on my screen
ok so i do sneeze a lot in the morning

so i reread that article
i knew i had noticed my laptop had slowed down some lately
i know its getting real old
not as old as my rainwater brothers
his laptop looks like something you would dig out of the dump
but
i still get emails from him off that computer
granted like many of us he uses his iphone a lot

so my laptop is old
so my laptop is grungy

i linked the komando article on cleaning your laptop click here

here is what i did
i took some alcohol pads
wiped down the screen using multiple pads
that was dirty at first then got more white the more pads i used
i did notice all those periods on my screen are now gone

i then used those pads on my keys and my touch pads
oh my
the alcohol pads werent white after the first cleaning or the second
but eventually the keys and touchpads were all greaseless and crumbless and shiny

then i got some of that spray stuff for your computer
you know the stuff they keep locked up
you have to be either 18 or 21 to buy it
ill need your id the clerk said
excuse me
see all this grey hair
an id
yes an id she said
you want this stuff
i need an id
so
i gave her an id

then i sprayed all over the laptop
if  there was an opening it got sprayed
all this material come flying out from around the keys

at the end
the laptop felt lighter
shiny
not slippery when i picked it up
i could see the screen better especially without all that punctuation on it

. now i tired to wipe off this one at the beginning of this sentence
but i finally realized that was really a period

i turned on the computer
it hummed just like a car would if you washed it
you know how a car drives better after a car wash
well
thats the way my laptop seems to be running now

now
ill keep it clean
i promise.

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 15, 2018

i voted will you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 12, 2018

alzheimers news-should i get tested

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

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

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

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

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

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

yes
and
no

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

 the organicgreendoctor

Thursday, October 11, 2018

dont get preexisted

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

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

its preexisting conditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

dont let them preexist all of us

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

another use for duct tape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

so im always looking for duct tape uses

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

after i finished with the water
the thing was stuck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

thanks again
to the inventor of duct tape

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 8, 2018

quit messing with mother nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 5, 2018

alzheimers news-from the mouth of those affected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

so far so good

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

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

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

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 4, 2018

alzheimers news-this is the real stuff today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

then
after an hour it was done
out the iv came

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

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

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

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

either way
im happy today

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 1, 2018

let it be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

she likewise
her life will never be the same
ever

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

i believe her
100% i believe her

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

what 17 yr old keeps a calendar like that

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

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

yes
it comes down to she said he said

thats the way the system would work


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

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

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

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

please spare us more please

lets move on

there will not be any justice

the organicgreen doctor