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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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solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, November 8, 2013

one makes me angry the other one sad

there are two groups in our society that are vulnerable
and sometimes folks do take advantage of them
the young and the elderly
especially those elderly with memory issues and dementia
such as alzheimers disease

this article made me angry and sick
click here to read it

this is the reason why i lost faith in big pharma
i know for years as physicians weve used medicine off
label for health problems not approved by the

respirdal (respiradone) was originally approved by the fda for
use in schizorphrenia
its now more widely used for other things
thats right in the young and the elderly

it was originally sold by johnson and johnson and its janssen
pharma subsidiary
now its generic

they are now paying a $2.2 billion dollar fine
for aggressively marketing respirdal for use in behavior problems
in dementia patients through an elder care sales force designed
to target nursing homes and doctors who treat the elderly

allegations are off label marketing and kickbacks to doctors
and pharmacies

i was given it recently at a real low dose to see if it
could help me sleep at night
since i have sleep loss from taking the aricept (donepezil)
it folks knocked me on my arse
i slept for two days
so i guess it helped some
but i was non functional
kinda like when i was taking vicodin and valium for my
ruptured disk
dont remember a dam thing when i was under their influence

please take the time to read this article
it will make you sick so you might have a barf bag ready

i follow a blogger who is married to a man in his early 50s
who has early onset alzheimers disease
her blog is called
missing jim confessions of an alzheimers wife

(if you really want to cry this am just click on the
video jim in his own words to the right side of the blog)

they have two young kids
she writes about her daily struggles with dealing with her
husbands illness raising her kids and working full time

you can just feel the stress extruding from her blogs

recently her son and her went to the library and got books
one he chose was
the disease book a kids guide

later he said mom read the section on alzheimers disease

she opened this kids book and read

alzheimers disease has been called the cruelest disease that
humans have ever faced for it gradually destroys the brain

simple bouts of forgetfulness may be the beginning
but the ending is always the same

kids get left out in seems in dealing with alzheimers
in family members
the alzheimers association has a section dealing with
kids and teens on its website www.alz.org
heres the link

im sure she wishes she had had him watch these videos and
read the information on this website instead
of reading what was in that book

kids and teens are really affected by this disease
for years

lets find a cure
they are the ones who will get to see this disease lessens its
grip on our society

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. when my father in law was in an alzheimers home for two years, we did wonder if the home was medicating the patients. They mostly just slept. Sometimes we visited my father in law and couldn't wake him, so just sat there watching him sleep.