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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
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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

Saturday, September 4, 2010

type 2 diabetes in children, rainwater harvesting books

type 2 diabetes is usually found in adults
it is usually associated with obesity
use to not be seen in children much but is more common now

saw a child in my office yesterday who was overweight
his bmi(body mass index) was 32
bmi is a measurement using the height, weight, age, sex of person
can be used to measure obesity
this child he is classified as obese-the classifications are normal overweight
obese morbidly obese

his family was worried he might have diabetes
they had bought a glucometer to measure his blood sugars
his fasting blood sugars were frequently elevated

this nine year old boy has mild type 2 diabetes
failure to treat it now can lead to all the complications we see
in adult diabetes-stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, blindness, amputations
of lower legs
these may occur in him in his early adult life-30's or 40's
this can  all be prevented and treated  by a proper diet of fruits and vegetables
low fat foods and regular exercise-walking, biking, swimming, gymnastics
organized sports etc

this generation of children are programmed to not to live as long as my
its is all because of obesity, diet , lack of exercise

the best rainwater book that we used to put in our system
(wrote we but really was just me) is
'rainwater collection for the mechanically challenged' by suzy banks and
richard heinichen
he is the god of rainwater collection around here
the book is funny, witty, and straightforward and simple

had no problems putting in my own system using this book
except for digging holes in this dang limestone soil for the drain pipes

he also has a dvd you can get with the book
would get both if you are going to do a system
you can google 'tank town' and read about his book history etc
went to many of his lectures on how to do the system your self

another source that just came out and have not read it yet
is a manual put out by the texas agrilife bookstore
'rainwater harvesting:system planning'
it is 200+ pages for the both the professional installer and the do-it-yourselfer-
that would be me
probably is more detailed than richards book
it can be found at www.agrilifebookstore.org

would choose richard heinichan's book

the organicgreen doctor

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