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, April 20, 2011

new guidelines, another study, weather, bb

new guidelines came out yesterday in an article on classification
of alzheimers disease
this is significant since the last time this was done was 1984

this article in the ny times on alzheimers guidelines does a good
job describing the new guidelines and why they are important

these guidelines were used when making my diagnosis
mild cognitive impairment amnesic type felt to be secondary
to alzheimers

the testing that is discussed in this article and the guidelines are
not all readily available but i have had them or will have them
this month

these guidelines are important as they will identify people early
with the disease
hopefully these will provide tools for family doctors to use to
identify people earlier
in my case it was good that i was identified so that i could plan
my life and that i stop practicing medicine before some harm
was caused as my disease progressed

some people dont want to know but not me
it has made my life better knowing now (have always feared it
would happen)
luckily i have disability insurance that should kick in soon to help
with my financial situation and i have long term care insurance
to cover long term care later in life and i have health insurance
(notice these need to be obtained before the diagnosis is made as
you cant get life insurance, disability insurance, long term care
insurance or health insurance with my diagnosis)

with these new classifications as more people are identified earlier
then more research can be done on those people with the
disease earlier than before

thats why the study im in now is important as they are looking at
people with normal cognition and with an early diagnosis like mine
now new drugs and new tests can be designed to attack this
it wont help me but it may help you or your kids or my kids

full article if you are interested  is at

next week i have a mri then will do other tests later

next week i will also be involved in another study in which the
university is developing an online neuropsychological test that
your family doctor or neurologist can order on you
you can go online and complete it then it is sent to a
neuropsychologist to interpret
the report is then sent to you doctor

hopefully this online test will make it easier to get tested

i will be taking the online version of the test for the study
they are doing but it may not be available to the general
public without a doctors order

if it becomes available i will blog about it

remember on these genetic tests eg huntingtons, alzheimers, etc
you dont want it done until you have all your insurances lined up as
you wont be able to get them once it is placed in your medical

this weather we are having now is scary
its hot in the mid 90s and dry and real windy
there have been fires around here this last week and there are
fires in west texas
this is summer weather in april
it doesnt bode well for this area if this continues into the summer
especially if we have no rain
the fires will only increase if this happens

this is usually the time of the year when we can leave our doors
and windows open until june when it gets hot
its one of the good things of living where we do in the spring
the wind blowing through our house cooling it off during the day
not this year
we are using our air conditioning every day

we need rain

nicks just dont have it this year
mavs may make through the first round
magic won maybe they will kick in now

the organicgreen doctor


  1. What University is doing the other study?
    Agreed on the weather. Our brother-in-law lives in Hawthorne, NV and has had several small earthquakes over the past week. They are expecting a "big one" along with possible volcanoes. They have all been placed on alert. This year seems hotter and drier than usual. More fires and natural disasters. Praying for rain soon and hoping it helps with local fires.

  2. ain
    ut southwestern
    rain dance rain dance rain dance

  3. we are getting sprinkles but went ahead and tried to entice the rain clouds by watering the grass last night and this morning.