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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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solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, June 15, 2012

two articles

here are two articles on alzheimers disease

the first one was written by dr michael weiner one of the lead investigators
for the adni (alzheimers disease neuroimaging) study that im in

he like me is also a subject in the adni study
he is in the normal control group
he like me wanted to be part of a research study on alzhiemers
and wanted to go through the same studies as the subjects of the
adni study
unlike me he passed his neuropsychological exan and has remained in
the normal control group
i had problems with the short term memory portion and was placed in the
early mild cognitive impairment group
yes he gets the blood drawn the spinal tap the mris the pet scans
and does those dam neuropsych exams

here is the link to the article for the huffington post he wrote recently

alzheimers disease needs facebook, volunteers

near the beginning of the article
click on the sentence

so what can the general public do

to see the video that my wife she and i did for the alzheimers research center

refer someone you know who has problems to enter the research studies
references are given in the article where you can join a study

the other article is longer
its titled

how do you live knowing you may have an alzheimers gene

its an article from the ny times
it is a long article but worth reading
it struck a nerve with me
since some of this may be happening to me

my mother father younger brother first cousin maybe two grandmothers
and several aunts and uncles and great grandfather had or may have
had alzheimers disease

i have the apoe 4 genotype for alzheimers disease
if you have the apoe 2 gene you have some protection against getting
the disease
if you have the apoe 3 gene you may get a mild form of the disease
if you have the single apoe 4 gene you have an increased chance of
getting the disease
if you have the double apoe 4 gene like i have then you have a much
more increased chance of getting the disease

(luckily i guess with the double apoe 4 gene its not 100% guaranteed youll
get alzheimers but the odds are you will but with the gene discussed in the
article if you have the gene they have youll get the disease you just dont know when)

read this article
it will make you think about your life and ours

the organicgreen doctor

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