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, December 14, 2018

alzheimers news-whats for breakfast

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-WHATS FOR BREAKFAST
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i like the two cs
coffee
chocolate

in fact i use to eat chocolate off and on all day
until i got put on aricept (donepezil) for my mci due to alzheimers disease 8 years ago
the donepezil interfered with my sleep
adding chocolate to that made the insomnia worse because of the caffeine

so
my compromise on the chocolate thing is if i have chocolate in the house that i need to eat
i eat it for breakfast
well
to stay healthy i eat my breakfast
then eat the chocolate as my breakfast desert
that makes me feel better that im being healthy

im always scouring news reports and research articles for things that may help slow down this disease
i look for things that arent complicated and are based on scientific research

here are two articles
article one
article two

article one
alexander spier spent three years in auschwitz and is a holocaust survivor
he was a multimillionaire who in his later years developed alzheimers disease
he had the type where you escape get paranoid delusional aggressive have anxiety pacing depression
this all worsened his last two years of his life
the antipsychotic meds he was prescribed didnt work well
so
the family moved him to a center that used marijuana to control his symptoms
it helped a lot
if you have had a family member who has experienced these symptoms as they spiral downward at the end then you know what its like
the prescription meds either oversedate them or dont work

after his death the family formed a foundation called the spiers family foundation
which now is financing some of the medical research that needs to be done on marijuana
to prove if it helps or not
the government cant or wont do the research that needs to be done
since marijuana is federally illegal

the only way he would take the marijuana was in edible granola bars

the edible that most people think of is the brownie edible
this is how i would try it as my morning chocolate
an edible chocolate brownie

an aside here
im reading a book written about my first cousins battle with alzheimers disease by her daughter
the biggest issue my first cousin had with her lengthy battle was the symptoms that mr spier had
she was institutionalized for awhile in a psychiatric hospital to regulate her psychotic meds which kept her at times oversedated
i wonder if the edibles would have helped her
knowing her family they probably wouldnt have used them on her

right now
im putting it in writing to my family
if i get all psychotic like she was or like mr spier was
give me my breakfast of coffee and edible brownie please

article two
this article is about coffee
it seems that dark roasted coffee whether caffeinated or decaf has a chemical that is produced in the roasting that seem to possibly lower the risk for developing alzheimers
in the study cited a 21 year study showed those who drank a lot of coffee like 3-5 cups had a 60% lower risk for developing alzheimers
thats good enough for me i say

ok so i was doing that anyway

so
here in a few minutes
i will make myself an extra strong brew of peets italian dark roast coffee
then
pull out my pieces of chocolates + a capsule of cbd
knowing that as i have this for breakfast
that
im fighting that war going on up in my brain
maybe winning a battle just a little up there

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, December 13, 2018

dont do it i said

DONT DO IT I SAID
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usatoday

she just looked at me
smiled
and
took a bite out of it

i said dont do it

she said
why

i said
two words why

salmonella
e coli

now if you have read about food lately those are two words that most of us know
if you are one of the unlucky ones that got infected from eating contaminated foods
well
you would said the same thing i said
dont do it
its bad real bad if you get it

so my wife she was making cookies
there are two ingredients that are put in cookies that if you eat it as raw uncooked cookie dough
you can get one or both of these infections

eggs
known to sometimes get contaminated with salmonella
anything you eat from a chicken should be cooked well done cooked

flour
it can be contaminated with e coli
a germ we all have but some versions can make you have the gis real bad
if you are young or immunocompromised it can kill you
as can the salmonella

in my medical career ive seen babies with salmonella meningitis salmonella pneumonia salmonella joint infections salmonella gastroenteritis
ive see babies die from it

i know
ive eaten cookie dough myself
before i knew better
not ever again

i dont like what happens if you eat it and get infected
it can definitely ruin a day and sometimes a whole week
or should i say runs

so
all i can say to my wife she as she makes her delicious monster cookies
is
dont eat the dough
dont do it

cook it first
then
ill take care of them for you

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

dear mr h-dont read or watch this until you get older

DEAR MR H-DONT READ OR WATCH THIS UNTIL YOU GET OLDER

mr h you are now 4 months old
please wait until you are old enough to vote before you read todays blog

mr h has chronic kidney failure that is due to an obstruction that occurred before he was born that resulted in permanent kidney damage
this obstruction was relieved in just a few minutes after he was born
but
it was too late to save his kidneys
they are functioning well enough right now but will gradually fail more as he grows this year

now 4 months later
he is being added to the kidney transplant list with an eye to being transplanted some time after his first birthday when he gets over 10 lbs and around 23 inches tall
he has to be big enough to receive an adult kidney
the wait on the transplant list for a cadaver kidney can be over 2 years at his age
an adult may have to wait 10-15 years for a kidney
unless
they get a live kidney donor

mr h takes
medicine 3 times a day to control his blood pressure
two medicines one once a day and the other twice a day to control his high potassium level
a salt solution nacl sodium chloride several times a day to keep his sodium level up
an antibiotic to keep him from getting a kidney infection
he receives a weekly injection of a hormone that the kidney makes that stimulates the bone marrow to make red cells
he takes a multivitamin drop each day

his blood pressure is kept normal
his potassium and sodium is kept normal
his blood count hgb hemoglobin is normal
for those medical folks his creatinine is 2.2

his growth is normal for his age
it is around 50 percentile for his age
he is the product of a tall day and a short mom
this growth needs to be maintain so he can reach his goal of an early transplant hopefully after his first birthday next year

if his kidneys fail sooner he will go on peritoneal dialysis using his abdomen
a tube is inserted into the abdominal cavity and fluid is ran in and out over 12 hours every day
this is done until a kidney becomes available
either by a live donor or a cadaver donor ie someone dies usually tragically and the family donates the persons organs so others can live

i certainly would want my organs donated that way if this happened to me
i cant donate my kidney because of the monthly infusions i receive and my age

an adult kidney can be used but it has to be a small one since it an adult kidney has to fit into a little toddlers belly

lucky for mr h he has blood type ab+ that makes him a universal recipient

lucky for the live donors is that people do just fine with just one kidney
many folks just have one kidney and dont even know it

below is a video of sarah hyland a star from modern family
she talks about her two transplants she has had

mr h will need one now then will probably need his second one in his late teenage or early adult years

ms hyland freely talks about what its like to get transplanted and what its like to be on dialysis
her story is what mr h is facing

yes
for us mr hs family
this video is sobering
but
at the same time it is encouraging

 

the organicgreen doctor