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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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Friday, June 19, 2015

alzheimers news-dollars can help

it was announced last week
that the house of representatives appropriation committee
just approved with bipartisan support
a real rarity now a days in politics
a $300 million dollar increase in research funding for
alzheimers research
Image result for alzheimer's association advocate
thanks to the efforts of the alzheimers association advocates
many from this area were advocates
all are affected by the disease personally

now we are on the cusp
of having treatments to slow down the disease
if we are lucky to prevent it

if this money had been provided 10 years ago instead of
being cut from the budget
we would already be there
i would be receiving monthly infusion of a medicine that
may push my disease way down the line
take a pill that would prevent my brain from producing
the bad stuff beta amyloid
preventing or delaying alzheimers disease
my younger brother would have his disease delayed
or slowed down a lot
so we could have enjoyed his smile and kindness for
a lot longer
my older brother who was recently diagnosed

my generation would have greatly benefited had this been
done a decade ago
many wont be helped much now when the new treatments occur

its the generation behind me thats going to be helped the most
if you are one of my nephews nieces children or even a cousin
please maximize your health right now so you will be ready

-please control your blood pressure your cholesterol your diabetes
your weight your depression your anxiety
-please get a normal nights sleep
if you have sleep apnea or sleep issues please get them controlled
-please have a good review of your medicine you take even the
over the counter ones as they may increase your risk
-please get regular exercise
heck just walking 30 minutes 5 days a week is enough
thats about a mile and a half
-please dont do drugs or drink too much
-please dont smoke
-please stay active both mentally and physically
-please be as happy as you can
there are some vitamins and supplements that may also help

please do these to the max so that your can slow things down
those kin to me know what the disease is like
it can strike young and hard
its really devastating to the family

please be ready so that when the treatment comes
you all will be the best you can be
so the new treatments will work better for you

remember many of you will probably need treatment
before you have any symptoms
luckily new blood tests and scans will be available soon
to identify those who need treatment

i wish i was 20 years younger
so that i could benefit the most from the new treatment

thanks congress for doing something right for a change

please take care of your health now

the organicgreen doctor

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