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

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

alzheimers disease neuroimaging initiative(adni), election-people have spoken

the national institutes of health(nhi) is expanding the azheimers
disease neuroimaging inittialtive (adni) which is a study that is
recruiting hundreds of new volunteers to help define the subtle
changes that may appear in the brains of people many
years before overt symptoms of alzheimers disease appear

over the next 5 years 1000 people aged 55 to 90 will be
enrolled at 55 sites in the us and canada-so there is a site
close to you

this second phase of the study is called adni2
the volunteers will be followed to help define the changes
in brain structure and how the brain functions as people
move from normal cognitive brain function to mild
cognitive impairment (mci)-see previous blog on this
which is the beginning or precursor to alzheimers disease

the study will use neuropsychological tests    mri s and
pet scans and biomarkers in the blood and spinal fluid
developed to track changes in the living brain
the biomarkers include beta amyloid protein and tau
in the spinal fluid    
genetic analysis of  the blood will be done

the study hopes to identify who is at risk for alzheimers
track progressioin of the disease and devise tests to
measure the effectiveness of potential interventions

the adni data base has been established so that as soon as
results are obtained researchers all over the world will have
instant access to the data

i have volunteered for the study and will do the initial
entry evaluation in 2 weeks at a university center near where
i live      this is a 5 year study but the plan is to be followed
well into the future      will have extensive neuropsychological
test  mri s     pet scans   blood tests   spinal taps
am willing to do this for myself   for my family  and hopefully
some useful information can be obtained for future evaluation
and treatment of this terrible disease

i plan to do a blog on this each time i go in to be seen and
will blog on the results of the study as they are published

to volunteer or get more information contact (adear)
alzheimers disease education and referral center at 1-800-438-4380 or

interesting is that this study is sponsored by the recovery act

the election is over-the people have spoken
dont always agree with the results but respect the system
we have in america in place to elect our government

i voted so feel have the right to complain if the government
is not doing its job

have always felt it was not good for one party to totally
dominant the election and have full control of everything

the president of one party   the senate will a small majority with
the presidents party  and a house of representatives with a
majority from the other party is  probably ideal as they will
keep the president and senate under some control

the bitterness between the two parties hopefully will get better
cant any of those guys think for themselves instead of
spitting out the party line all the time

maybe we need a new party that will sit between the far right
and the far left since the majority of americans are in the
middle anyway

the organicgreen doctor


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