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, July 27, 2012

wtea, it dont work


last week when we were in san francisco we were 
sitting at our favorite cafe outside enjoying a meal
when this electric bus drove by with this sign on it

this is to remind you and us that the
walk to end alzheimers is coming to where you live soon

you may join a team donate or walk and get information
on your walk in your area at www.alz.org/walk

my team organicgreendoctor.com will be walking in
the september 29 2012 walk at georgetown texas
the austin walk will be october 27 2012

you may donate to my team at this site
our goal is $5000 and there is no limit on the number
of team members

donate and walk on my team or locally where you live

i carry the double allele gene for alzheimers disease
called apoe 4
it increases the chances that my symptoms noted on
neuropsychological tests are due to alzheimers disease

a new test thats just now available called the amyvid is
a pet scan that highlights beta amyloid that accumulates
in the brain
the theory is that this amyloid buildup is what causes
alzheimers or what is the end result of the disease

if you have alzheimers there will be amyloid in your brain
if you dont have any amyloid build up in the brain then you
probably dont have the disease

i have mci mild cognitive impairment thought to be due
to alzheimers disease
if my amyvid test is negative then i probably dont have
this devastating disease

if its positive i probably do have it

new drugs are being tested that by using immunotherapy
these drugs bind to this beta amyloid and remove it from
the brain
hopefully by removing this sticky stuff there will be a noticeable
improvement in a patients mental status

a report out on one of these drugs called bapineuzumab
that is in phase 3 studies has shown that in patients like
me with the apoe 4 alleles for alzheimers that it does
not work
ie if i took it would do no good

dang it
it dont work for me
but it may work for others who do not have the apoe 4 genotype
these results will be out soon

the organicgreen doctor

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