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, June 24, 2011

myths, duct tape, wedding journey

here are more myths from www.caring.com

3     alzheimers only affects the elderly
the vast majority of those with alzheimers are older than 65
the percentages double every five years over 65
there is a form of the disease called early onset alzheimers that
can stike most commonly in the 50s but can occur in the 30s

4     most people with alzheimers are oblivious to their symptoms
most people with alzheimers realize something is wrong
they are aware that they are having memory losses
(seems cruel doesnt it)

many of them appreciate help sometimes if done gently when they
make a mistake due to memory loss or disorientation
as the disease progresses and symptoms worsen their awareness
of these deficits decline

(please dont correct me when i cant remember  a name)

5     my parent has alzheimers so ill probably get it too
having a parent or a sibling with alzheimers(my parents and close
relative have it) does increase your risk for getting alzheimers
compared to someone without it in their family
family history only increases your risk slightly

the role of genetics in the developement of alzheimers is being

the gene apoe-e4 is one of three common forms of the apoe-e
gene for alzheimers (1 2 3 or 4)
everybody inherents a form of this gene
inheriting apoe-e4 from one or both parents is known to increase
the risk of developing alzheimers

there are also other genes involved in alzheimers besides the
apoe gene

most late onset alzheimers dont necessarily follow a genetic pattern

a test for apoe-e4 is available
i have had this done and will post the findings in july
most genetic counselors and doctors dont recommend routine testing
i wanted to know where i stood so ive had it done

you can put duct tape on your broken nose piece or on a broke
ear piece of your glasses
if your glasses are grey no one may notice

while getting ready for our wedding journey i got out my suit
and took a piece of duct tape and rolled it into a circle
then used it to clean off the lint off my suit

well we are nearing the end of our wedding journey
starting on monday i will post my daily musings each
day of that final week

the organicgreen doctor

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