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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, February 13, 2015

grapes of wrath, fyi

alzheimers disease reeks a wrath of destruction inside
the brain
it starts years and years
20-30 years before symptoms start

a lot of effort and money is being spent to find things
that can slow down or stop that wrath from occurring
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one of those things is a compound called
its found in red grapes

now at night each night i have a glass of red wine
inside that glass there is that compound

now part of the way that the red wine helps is
that it simply relaxes you some
something that has been shown to slow down or
maybe when added to other things could stop
alzheimers disease

now in that red wine im taking each night
its the relaxing part that helps me

too much though makes things worse

now if i wanted to drink enough red wine to get all
the resveratrol i would need to help slow down
alzheimers disease
well i couldnt drink that much wine in a days time
nor could anyone else

so they have taken the resveratrol from the grapes
concentrated it a lot
use it as a potential drug

recently at texas am a researcher
took old rats many who we destined to have a decline
in memory
they gave them resveratrol
those who got it had no decline in memory
measured by spatial memory tests
those who didnt take the resveratrol
failed the memory tests

so the thinking is that the resveratrol from red grapes
does something in the brain to slow down the process
Image result for beta amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles
it appears it decreases inflammation in the brain
remember me writing about the beta amyloid and tau
accumulation with it plaques and tangles
all the inflammatory reactions that occurs

well resveratrol decreases that inflammatory reaction also

in patients like me who carry the double apoe 4 gene
there is a ratio of enzymes that are involved in the production
of the beta amyloid
the thing that probably starts accumulating and cause all
this mess up there in the brain
since this ratio gets flipped
the brain makes too much bad stuff
beta amyloid so it starts accumulating leading to the
destruction we call alzheimers disease

it appears that in the lab the resveratrol flips back that ratio
to where it should be
so the production of beta amyloid goes down

so thats how resveratrol from red grapes helps to prevent
or slow down alzheimers disease

there is a large study that is finishing up at mulitple well known
alzheimers research centers across the us
called the resveratrol study
the results should be out soon
we will know if taking large doses of this resveratrol
will work

so for now im drinking my red wine
i actually take a large dose of resveratrol each day

there will be no wrath at my house

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next saturday at 100 pm
at the alamo drafthouse on south lamar
the alzheimers association is sponsoring a special showing of

still alice

the oscar nominated film with the oscar nominated best actress
julianne moore
the film is about a linguistic professor who develops
early onset alzheimers disease
a version of the disease that took my younger brother

a local neurologist and i will be doing a q&a
on alzheimers disease

come join us

i will post the link next week on how to  buy tickets

the organicgreen doctor

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