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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
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, August 23, 2013

penny for your thoughts


it use to be aluminum
they thought
that caused it
they think that it may be copper
too much of it

we get copper naturally in red meat shell fish some vegetables
and fruits and multivitamins and from copper water lines
and i guess if you chew on pennies you can get too much

copper is necessary to maintain the bodys health
too much may cause problems
it helps with nerve conduction and the metabolism of iron
not enough copper can lead to immunity and bone problems
like anemia and osteoporosis
too much can lead to kidney disease and intestinal disease

now a study has found that maybe just the trace amounts we
get now may contribute to alzheimers disease

as this copper accumulates if you get too much
it builds up in the vessels in the brain
and it affects the blood brain barrier
that barrier that keeps things out of the brain cells that doesnt
need to be there
it is the protector of the brain
this blood brain barrier

since the blood brain barrier is affected by the accumulation of
copper that bad old protein beta amyloid starts to accumulate
in the brain which is thought to be the culprit in alzheimers disease

they even have a new drug that works by removing copper from the
brain and by doing so may prevent alzheimers or treat it
its under study now
time will tell

of course these new studies were done on mice
so now studies will need to be done in humans to see if
this really applies to us

of mice and men
sometimes they arent the same

maybe this time though they are

the organicgreen doctor

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