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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, February 21, 2014

and it makes you feel better


on days when i take my dogs walking along the 1 mile path
i have mowed in my pastures i get a sense of well being as
i walk
i notice that the rest of the day seems to
go much smoother

i am just 6 feet from whats happening on the ground
as eg now i see all those blue bonnets growing everywhere
that i would not normally see from the driveway or the
road driving by

i can see eg the blue birds as they are searching for a place
to live this year
please take my blue bird houses i have readied for them
yes i talk to them
i love their song they sing
i tell my wife she do you hear the blue birds singing

then there are all those turkeys agobbling down by the river
and that owl that hoots and hoots even in the early morning

i see all the signs the deer have been in my pasture
the tracks the residue they have left the areas where they
seem to be bedding down
they seem to get closer and closer to the house each year
as my pastures and the trees there especially the trees get
more and more grown up

many times in the early morning there are lots of deer that
will travel across our front pasture i guess on the way
back down to the river

so its relaxing to take that short walk
and its exercise

our dogs love it
they walk and run a lot more than that mile course
as they follow smells and run through the deep native grasses
we have there

we have a resident road runner bird now that seems to live year round
in our pastures
heck hes around so much our cats and dogs just ignore him

so this relaxing exercise is good for your heart your brain your soul

in the last 3 weeks i have been to two conferences on alzheimers disease
there has been and is now going on a lot of research on the effect
of exercise on the development of dementia and alzheimers

folks its been shown that exercise can decrease the production of
beta amyloid in the brain
that stuff sticky stuff that shows up in alzheimers disease

if you add other things we can do to stay healthy
control blood pressure
control cholesterol
control diabetes
control your weight
eat a healthy diet
dont smoke
dont drink excessively
sleep well

wait isnt that what i wrote yesterday when i wrote about things
to decrease the chances of having a stroke
and before on heart attacks

the europeans are big into doing studies on preventative stuff
for the general population
if you look at the above list
its all doable
its cheap to do
most we can do ourselves
in their studies the dementia rate can be decreased by 30-40%
over a long period of time

in the us these long term studies are going on now
isnt that where most of us came from the european countries
their findings should apply to us

so could this be the major prevention that those of you who
are in your 20s 30s 40s 50s could be doing now
to prevent through treatment with those things listed above
to not get or to remarkably slow down dementia and alzheimers
onset later in life

even starting this later in life in your 60s 70s 80s 90s seems to help
but not as much as in those millenniums

exercise research shows that it increases the number of blood vessels
that supply the brain cells and increase the number of connections
between nerve cells

i swear as im walking in my pastures enjoying the scenery
that i can just feel those new vessels growing and those
nerve cells start interconnecting again

so as of right now the best hope for treatment for me
and for you younger folks the hope for prevention
is to exercise any exercise and to do those things on
the list above

so lets get moving
for your heart and your brain and your soul

the organicgreen doctor


  1. Great, as always, doc! thank you for sharing and for giving us prescription we all know to do. Bless you and yours