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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 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, May 1, 2015

what if

there was a cure for alzheimers disease in the next 10 years
thats the gist of
this article from the wall street journal

we actually could be that close if a lot of the studies
going on right now shows that the treatments used

we already are finding out that aggressively doing healthy things
can not only prevent or slow down not only alzheimers disease
but also heart disease and stroke

the mind diet
control of blood pressure cholesterol diabetes weight stress
anxiety depression sleep abnormalities
correcting abnormal labs like thyroid b12 homocysteine vitamin d
staying mentally active

there are several big studies going on right now using the
new alzheimers vaccines mainly in people who are
destined to get alzheimers but have no symptoms
if it works this will be part of the new approach

drugs that shut down the production of the bad stuff
beta amyloid that is found in alzheimers patients
these studies are ongoing now

a new anticancer drug seems to slow down the progression
of alzheimers disease

a drug given to patient with strokes that clears up tiny
blood clots in those patients may also work to clear
things up in alzheimers patients brains

a combo of vitamins and supplements may help slow
down the progression of the symptoms in alzheimers
more research on this is needed

etc etc etc

so what if
this all works

half of all nursing home beds would be emptied
saving the government and individuals millions
and millions of dollars

all those caregivers would be released from the stress
emotionally and financially of caring for their loved ones

those research dollars for alzheimers could be shifted to
other diseases

millions of patients destined to have the disease
will not
they can continue to be productive human beings

the fear of getting this much dreaded disease as one
ages would not exist

so i think about this
hoping that it will happen
in time for me and my siblings

we can all hope

the organicgreen doctor

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