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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
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, October 31, 2014

crispy walk, flavanols, nilvadipine,

for those of you who get the austin american statesman
this sunday look on page two of the metro section
for the patrick beach column
whatever happened to
its an article on an interview he did with me this week
ill post the link next week

also if you look at the top of this blog you can read
the article done on my story 3 years ago by mary ann roser
the medical writer for the statesman
or click here to read that article

walk to end alzheimers in temple texas at the pepper creek trails
starting at 1000am
will be a crispy walk in cool weather with a beauitiful clear skies

so i guess the warmup to be done by team member km will be
an important one for this walk
need to get those juices flowing blood circulating

we cant wait to enjoy this walk with those hoping to find a cure
or treatment for this awful fatal disease

donate and or join my team at

here is the link to the walk
bell county walk to end alzheimers

so remember
this is a no charge event
donation is optional
you can show up and sign up at the registration desk

see you there

walk to end alzheimers in little rock next weekend at
the clinton library starting at 930am
we will walk with the team
#joe nash

this is my brother joes team
he died last year in the final stages of alzheimers
struck at such a young age in his early 50s
we need a few more donations to reach the teams goal
for this walk
help if you are able to

these are found in certain foods but can be in high concentration in
yep thats chocolate
the good stuff

that took cocoa and removed the flavanols
mars the candy company developed the method
it takes a lot of cocoa to get the flavanols for studying

so they took a lot of flavanols and gave it to older folks
then followed them over time
it was a 6 year long study
done in a reputable scientific method

what they found that basically folks who took these high
levels of flavanols went from a 60+ year old memory to
a 40 year old memory
documenting it with memory tests and with brain scans

problem is that eating just chocolate by itself would
require a huge amount to be eaten each day
sorry side effects would occur
it would be fun trying though

these flavanols seem to increase the blood supply to
a certain part of the brain that can be affected by
alzheimers disease early on
called the dentate gyrus

maybe one day we will take flavanols in a pill to help
our memory
add to that the resveratrol thats found in grapes and wine
take that in a pill also to help lower the bad stuff
beta amyloid

its chocolate and vino without all the pleasure associated
with its consumption

this is a blood pressure medicine available in europe and
other countries but not in the us
it is in a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers
like verapamil amlodipine diltizem nifedipine etc
its used for blood pressure control angina control and
to improve circulation to the brain after strokes
its about to go generic
it has been around for years

now there is an enzyme called syk or spleen tyrosine kinase
which regulates inflammation the bad stuff beta amyloid
and tau protein
all three are implicated in alzheimers disease

research shows that it appears that nilvadipine may
block this enzyme and by doing so
reduces inflammation beta amyloid and tau
and by doing this may help slow down progression of
alzheimers disease

i think if this pill was available in the us
i could get it from mexico or europe
its is the one that i would take for my high blood pressure

kill four birds with one stone is what i would do
blood pressure
beta amyloid
tau protein

its too bad its not available in the us
since its generic there is no big drug company
promoting its use here either
no big profit to be made i guess

so little things keep adding up in this fight for an answer
to ending alzheimers disease

we are getting closer it seems every month

help and join us in this fight

the organicgreen doctor


  1. I read an article online today about nilvadipine blocking the syk enzyme. I found your blog post just now when I was googling for more information on nilvadipine. I am hoping I can find nilvadipine here in Mexico where I live. I went to 3 pharmacies today but so far nobody has it. All I can find is nifedipine, which I think is not the same thing. I've been taking atacand for years for my high blood pressure but I'd sure like to switch to nilvadipine. I also have diabetes. My mother had Alzheimer's. She also had high blood pressure. If I find nilvadipine here in Mexico, I'll let you know.

  2. Just googled it and found out Nilvadipine and Nifedipine are not the same thing. Formula is similar though.
    Nilvadipine: C19H19N3O6
    Nifedipine: C17H18N2O6
    I'm going to keep looking here in Mexico for Nilvadipine. Will let you know.

  3. Hey, it's me again. I found a document online from 2001 that says Merck-Mexico makes it under the brand name "VALICOR." Husband and I will go to town again tomorrow to look for it.

  4. if you have high blood pressure it may be a good choice. however diabetics also do better using ace inhibitors like lisinopril or arb angiotensin 2 inhibitors like avapro or diovan
    protect the kidneys or protect the brain
    tough choice
    he study in europe on the nilvadipine will evenutally be published if it helps slow down alzheimers disease
    remember controlling your blood pressure is an important part in managing your risk factors
    i didnt see mexico listed as a country where this is available

    thanks for reading the blog

  5. I think you're right because I can't find it anywhere here in Mexico! Rats! The meds I take now for high blood pressure are Atacand and also Diltiazem. My US doc added the Diltiazem last year for the tachy. I'm careful to control the blood pressure and the glucose. My last A1C was 5.8. If by chance I ever find the Nilvadipine, I'll let you know. Have a good weekend!