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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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

poly, we win


what if i told you that you could reduce your risk of
developing cardiovascular disease by 80%
thats stroke and heart attack
interesting is that this treatment may also reduce
your risk for developing alzheimers disease

at the cost of 50 cents a day
with a side effect profile of 8-15%

would you be willing to do it

well its called the polypill
its been written about and researched a lot
an indian company even manufactures it
all the ingredients rolled into one


the good thing is that all the ingredients are generic
and when you go and purchase them separately
eg at costco pharmacy they only cost
$0.50 a day
thats $15 a month
$180 a year

so i went to the costco website and priced #100 of each of
the ingredients

aspirin 81 mg-$5.00     it prevents clot formation ie heart attack
folic acid 1 mg-$7.81   it lowers homocysteine levels as high levels may
                                    increase chances of heart attack
atenolol 25 mg a beta blocker for blood pressure-$6.90
simvastatin 40 a cholesterol medication-$10.83
lisinopril  5 mg a blood pressure medication-$7.91
hctz 12.5 mgm a diuretic and blood pressure medication-$10.83

put these in a polypill and take it every day
reduce your risk by 80%
add a mediterranean diet
add mild exercise

this sounds too dang easy

i looked at this pill real close and thought
wait a minute
im already on 4 of these medications already
they dont bother me in any way

wait a minute
i read a lot of research articles on alzheimers
and how to possibly slow things down
they suggest
folic acid
a statin like simvastatin etc to lower cholesterol
blood pressure medication to keep your blood pressure down

im already doing a good job
lets just say im on the mini polypill

i wonder oh i wonder
what isnt this being done universally

i think i know part of the reason
dont you


one of my goals when i was a practicing physician was to
save my patients money on their prescriptions
i used generic as much as possible
now days its so easy to do
i recommend they go to the costco pharmacy website to price
check the drugs

here is what eg i found and we actually do on all the medications
that my wife she and i take

my wife she takes
a thyroid hormone but yes her endocrinologists insists she takes
the brand version
whatever i said
ill chose my battle on this one

price brand for 100-$88.47
insurance price-$90

blood pressure medication for 100-$7.91
insurance price-$30

cholesterol medication for 100-$19.42
insurance price-$30
my wife shes total
generic cash price-$115.80
insurance costs-$150

the organicgreen doctors medications for 100 pills each
aricept generic for possible alzheimers-$27.58
insurance price-$30

blood pressure medication-$10.83
inurance price-$30

stomach acid reducer-$20.83
otc price-$36
insurance price-$30

cholesterol medicine-$40.12
insurance price-$30
ok so i lost $10 on this one
but i only go to the pharmacy every 180 days to get my

the organicgreen doctor total
generic cash price-$99.36
insurance price-$120

plus i only go twice a year
yes you can get a prescription from your doctor for 180 pills
if you are paying cash price
you are beating the system
finally we as consumers are able to do this

so i suggest
you look closely at your medications as there are a lot of
generic versions of similar medications
you look at your medications and run them through this
price checker
paying close attention to what the brand cost is also
youll be surprised and probably a little nauseated
youll be able to answer that question i asked on the first part
of this blog

also add a comment if you have a question about your medication
for a generic version on this blog or on my facebook page


the organicgreen doctor

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