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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 blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, March 27, 2014

the pill

when i write the pill
the first thing you think about is the pill
you know the one that the supreme court is trying
to decide if insurance has to cover
why in 2014 are we having this discussion

however thats not the new pill that im writing about

i have a long time love affair with chocolate
with my most favorite source being a snicker bar
i know they added all those peanuts and sugar and fat
but it satisfies my sweet tooth more than anything

if fact my dentist who has gotten wealthy off me over
the years
he really encourages me to eat more of them
not really
but i wonder when i write those checks for root canals
and fillings and crowns

my mother in law works for sees candy in california
has a ready access to lots of chocolate of different sizes
and shapes
my favorite is what i call the chocolate cream ones
i know thats the ones she sends because the box
is so darn heavy

however my biggest problem with chocolate nowadays
is sleep
yes i said sleep

there is a lot of caffeine in chocolate especially dark chocolate
my favorite
when you add that to my 2 cups of coffee a day
the caffeine level in my blood stream goes up
plus me like many of you cant  just eat one of those sees candies

add the effect of of the aricept (donepezil)
which knocks off about 2 hours of sleep a night
when i chocolicize myself
i dont hardly sleep at all when im on a chocolate binge
not hard to do when you are faced with a box of chocolates
from sees

life is like a box of chocolates
you just have to take it all in

now mars candy the ones who make my favorite snicker bars
ok sees is right up there with them
has decided to finance a study to see if chocolate can improve
heart health
it already seems to help some with alzheimers disease
i try to treat myself everyday

in the study they will extract flavanols from chocolate and give
it to volunteers
maybe i want in that study
the problem is its in a pill
how good can that look in a box
the taste wont be there
the pleasure of the flavor not flavanols wont be there
the slight rush and burst of energy from the caffeine
wont be there

somehow all this just doesnt seem right to me
its like when they extract vitamins etc from vegetables and fruits
and we take it as pills
the health benefits arent there in the pills vs the eating the real plants

maybe thats the way it will be with these new chocolate pills

i say
no pleasure
no benefit

the organicgreen doctor

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