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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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Thursday, December 29, 2011

new gene, ben

many of you who read this blog know that i carry the
double allele homozygous double hit sucky combo genotype
for alzheimers called the apoe 4
this was inherited from my parents
both parents and my younger brother had or have alzheimers disease
(although having this gene doesnt mean you will get alzheimers but
it increases the chances that youll get the disease)

well i have determined that i have another gene and it appears that
i may be the only one in the family that has the dominant form of
the gene

the gene is called the napgene
there has not been a lot of research done on this gene but i think
i may start a case study of one ie me

the napgene causes me to take naps twice a day
once right after lunch and
the other time is right after the evening meal when the good shows
or ball games come on
the dvr has made a huge difference in my life
i dvr the night time show i was going to watch and i instead watch it
at lunch time when the napgene shows its effect again

i even have to prep myself for big events like last nights holiday bowl
i take a long nap later than usual the afternoon of the event
then last night for example i was wide awake when the game started
who won that game
will find out later today at noon naptime

i know this napgene didnt just start because i retired or because my
hair has turned grey
it started turning grey in my late 20s

those of you who know me well know that ive had this napgene for years
have never been able to watch saturday night live
my medical school friend had a fantastic movie room that we would go to
see a movie there
never ever did i ever make it through a movie
ok i never made it through the introduction part of the movie
even slept through independence day at full volume that made the seats
so they tell me

how i made it through medical school, residency, all night call nights, all
night er work i never know
something must have shut off the expression of the napgene during that

know my brothers have the napgene as we easily demonstrated it after the
thanksgiving and christmas meals
but i think i have the double gene and they have the milder single gene

napgene dont think i want treatment for this one

click so it fits your full screen

ben an austin teen had hcm hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
he had several cardiac arrests and even had an implantable
defibrillator pacemaker

he talks about his experiences with note cards
this was his last video

ben breedlove got his wish one week later when he had a
cardiac arrest and died on christmas day

the organicgreen doctor


  1. Ben was a very sweet kid. Born into an amazing family. His family attended our church until he was in middle school. The media surrounding his death has been crazy!

  2. I too have the napgene and sometimes it's very frustrating. Linda says that if I getting on her nerves all she has to do is feed me and sit me in front of the TV......I'm out for an hour or so.

    Read about Ben, his story will get to you for sure.