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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

Friday, September 9, 2011

wtea t-35, alzheimers vaccine, speech, 9/11, fb

the walk to end alzheimers in austin is 35 days away

donate or join my team the organicgreendoctor.com  for the
october 15 2011 walk   click here
any size donations are needed
donate or join a team or walk at your local walk at www.alz.org

there is a new alzheimers vaccine that is entering the phase 3 trials
this year
it may be 2-3 years away before its available to the general public
it will be given every few months for the life of the patient
it will cost several thousands of dollars a year to receive it
(of course insurance probably wont cover it)
the name is bapineuzumab jab
am sure they will put a more fancier name on it when its marketed

it works by using antibodies against beta amyloid in the brain
the beta amyloid is what is thought to be the end result of the
alzheimer process
the antibodies attach itself to the beta amyloid and can remove
as much as 25 % of it in some studies

will i take this vaccine when it becomes available
yes i will
even though its less effective in patients like me who have
the double hit apoe4 genotype for alzheimers disease

what have i got to lose
this disease is like a terminable cancer that has no definite
effective treatment
what harm will it do to me to take this vaccine
none in the long run
if it helps even a little its worth the cost and risk

ive decided to do anything that can slow this down as long as it
has been scientifically shown it may help

these may help
maintain normal weight-check
maintain a  normal blood pressure-check
exercise at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week-check
eat a low fat mediteranean diet with fruits veggies nuts-check
maintain a normal ldl cholesterol-check
stay active mentally-check
stay active socially-check
get sleep-partially check as the aricept causes some sleep problems
take omega 3 fish oil-check also take this for high triglycerides
     this may help those more who are apoe4 negative
     screwed again as im apoe4 positive
take folic acid-check
take tumeric root (curcumin)-check
am considering taking vitamin d
need to listen to more music especially classical music

take medications such as aricept early on
it appears that taking aricept early on in the diagnosis can increase
the length of time the aricept is effective
its appears that if you have the apoe4 genotype like i have that
the effect of the aricept will last even longer if taken early on
not screwed on this one

remember dont use any of this stuff unless you clear it with
your doctor
for me there appears to not be long term health effects from
these treatments
even though they are not completely proven to help there is the
suggestions from some research that they may help

what do i have to lose

thought the presidents speech was presidential
at least someone has put forth a plan
it appears that both democrats and republicans agree on many
of the things proposed

it helps that even thought obamas approval ratings are low that
congresses is even worse (around 10%-thats bad)
as john mccann said when he went home last week to arizona
none of those 10% were at any of the meetings he was at

if congress and the president dont get this done over the next 16+
months then not many of them will be around to do something for
the next 4 years

can they just get er done

the bastrop fire has burned over 34000 acres and burned over
1400 homes
its the largest fire ever in texas
its still not close to containment
still have not got those big planes flying yet here to dump water
on the fire
they better hurry up because the hotter weather is returning next
if the winds come back well be in trouble again

this summer has been the hottest and driest in texas  ever in the
history of the united states
it has been worse even than during the dust bowl of the 1930s
i believe that
rain please
storm nate is going away from us
la nina is returning
were screwed

stop on sunday and remember those who died on that day
remember the heroes from that day

glad its back
saints packers game was a good one
look forward to the weekend
games on

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. The vaccine for Alzheimers would be an answered prayer for many.
    The fires are the worst thing I have seen in my life with the exception of 9/11.
    I hope we never forget.