welcome to the organic green doctor blog

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 8, 2014

you may need a little sun


you need to drink your milk
your mom was right it seems

you need to cover up with a floppy hat long sleeve shirts
long pants gloves and put on  tons of sun screen to protect
your skin
good advice for preventing skin cancers
may be not as good for preventing or slowing down dementia
it seems

a recent study on the news showed that folks who had
decreased vitamin d levels seemed to have an increased chance
of developing dementia
the lower the levels of vitamin d the higher the risk it seems

those who were moderately deficient in vitamin d had a
53% increase risk in developing dementia
while those who had a severe deficiency had a 125% increase
risk in developing dementia

those are significant numbers

then those who develop dementia tend to stay inside and become
less active and eat less which may make their vitamin d levels
go even lower
maybe speeding things up some

so what do you need to do
get sunlight

if you over sunscreen lighten up some on the spf
dont cover up so much especially early in the day
so your skin can get some direct sunlight to do that
conversion in the skin to make vitamin d that can be
used in the body

drink milk eat cheeses eat yogurt and yes ice cream is ok too
these tend to be fortified also with vitamin d
milk not processed ie not forified if the cows dont get much
sunlight may not have as much vitamin d  in their milk
a free range cow who gets good sun exposure is best

fish especially salmon mushrooms the legal kind fortified tofu eggs
cereals kale organges orange juice
there isnt a lot of vitamin d in other vegetables

dont just start taking vitamin d without discussing it with your doctor
since too much vitamin d is not good for you
consider having your level checked
for your bones sake and your brains sake

so here is what i do
i wear a floppy hat
use spf 20+
occasionally in the early morning i skip sunscreen
wear short sleeves some but usually wear long sleeve shirts
eat cheese twice a day
eat a free range egg including the yolk since thats where the
vitamin d is located
of course have been known to partake in a bowl of
blue bell vanilla ice cream

maybe thats why my neuropsych tests are stable right now

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enjoy the sun

the organicgreen doctor

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