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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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

lost forever, halloween electricity

Walk to End Alzheimers
we are walking in the bell county/temple 
walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3 2012

you can walk free but a donation to and or joining
my organicgreendoctor team is appreciated

join us there


when i was in practice i always was worried about protecting
the patients medical record
i never ever took a chart out of the office
for fear it would get lost or stolen
the charts were always kept inside the building locked up
at night
the only one who could steal it was someone who broke
into the building and took them

we always had this real loud alarm that would go off and
in a few minutes the police would show up
i know once i entered the building and had forgotten the
code to enter into the keyboard at the door

the alarm was so loud it sounded like a jailbreak alarm
at a prison
i felt guilty just hearing the alarm
and just knew i would get arrested when the police got there
not sure how anyone would break in and steal the medical

now many medical records are on our computer systems
which allow internet access
which opens them up to hackers
here is a website from the feds
that lists some of the health
entities that have reported breaches of their systems
the names on the list are worrisome
sure are a lot from texas and california

blue cross blue shield had a lot
mutual of omaha
kaiser permanente
mayo clinic
university of san francisco
loma linda
university of arkansas medcial systems
mdanderson cancer center
baylor medical systems
just to name a few
mulitple dental and medical offices

makes me feel good that our medical records are safer now


saw this article from komando.com about spooky electricity loss
in the article its called vampire electricity
those things that just suck away your electricity at night and
during the day even if you dont know it

gadgets you arent using but they are using electricity even though
they are turned off

ive written before about how i took the kill a watt monitor and used
it to measure how much phantom or vampire electricity was being
used at my house

it came out to 1/4 of my electric bill was things just left on and not
being used

biggest abuser was the xbox left on in ready mode

i have solar panels that generate some of my electricity and some
months this phantom or vampire devices was eating up all my
electricity i produced
made me feel sad and disappointed

my solution was to keep things unplugged
cant use electricity if its not plugged in
if its plugged in it may be using electricity
eg your tv if its turned off is still using electricity
your xbox is
your dvr device is

so i added power strips which i plugged stuff into and just
pushed the switch to turn multiple things off at once
i also added a power strip that has a computer chip it it
so that when the strip senses that the tv etc is off it will
shut itself down or will gear down the electric use
called a smartstrip

you can also even get it all wired to one light switch and flip it off as
you are leaving

however my one device that ive decided to not hook up
and sacrifice its use is my dvr
that device is the one item that i have decided to splurge on
when it comes to electric usage
i love watching dvred football games
games without commercials are great
also its good for those of us who seem to fall asleep
before halftime

overall though i am saving electricity by limiting those
phantom electronic devices that suck away my solar power
happy halloween

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. you forgot to mention how terrible it is to turn on the cable and watch it load for 5 minutes because you've turned the power off on it again!

    -not so anonymous son