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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, July 12, 2012

get tested for hcv

if you are a baby boomer
you need to be tested if you have not been tested
for hepatitis c (hcv)

if you were born between 1945 and 1965 you should be
tested at least once in your lifetime

i was tested two years ago when i was having all my
blood work for my evaluation for short term memory loss
i was negative

hepatitis c was the hepatitis that for years they could not test
for in the blood so blood was given to people and they got
the disease
some had symptoms some did not
some still dont have symptoms but have the infection

you remember the 60s and 70s
many did a lot of things they dont do now
mulitple sex partners
iv drug use
sharing razors and toothbrushes

some worked in blood banks
in labs or hospitals where they got needle sticks
long term kidney dialysis
and those unlucky ones who received blood transfusions

many have it and dont know
my patients who had it most did not have symptoms
just a positive test maybe they donated blood and it showed
on the screen test
if you have donated blood in the last few years you have
been tested
some got it from blood transfusion
some from iv drug use in their younger days
some from sexual contact

close to a million people in this age group have it and dont
know it
it can be curable
not treating can in some lead to liver failure and death
easy test to do

so get tested via your doctor or just go donate some blood
i did

the organicgreen doctor

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