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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 blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, April 15, 2016

alzheimers news-lets stop it

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it was with great interest
for myself for family members and for others
that i watched the nova pbs special wednesday night
can alzheimers be stopped

you can actually click on the title above to go to a link
where you can watch the show online

it was interesting that much of the show was about
what i was planning on talking about at my presentation
tomorrow at
first united methodist church
401 east university
georgetown texas
sponsored by alzheimers texas
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i will be speaking at 900 am

here is the link to sign up for the talk
there are a few slots left

as i watched the show i kept saying to my wife she
thats what i am talking about this weekend
telling her what the speaker on the tv would say next
not sure she appreciated that much

the difference is that i am adding a personal twist to my talk
with my story

i am in research studies
awaiting approval to get into one of the studies discussed in
the show

what i have found is that i fall between the cracks
i am not consider normal so i dont qualify for the A4 studies
my siblings do as do many of you

you just to have to be willing to know that you have
preclinical alzheimers by having an amyvid pet scan
well described in the tv show

that i think is what is holding folks back
knowing that they probably have it

i always tell folks when i do my talk
i usually pick someone out in the audience
i could tell you that you have cancer would you want to know
if you have it i will offer you a treatment that may cure it
would you want to know

most folks always say of course

its not that way with alzheimers disease
the big A
its too scary
they just would rather not know

i personally dont understand
since i have begged to get into these studies
i know what the potential for me personally it is to start treatment
not wait for 5-10 years
it will probably too late for it to help much

it appears to work the best when started early

so i am waiting to hear if i get into the aducanumab study using
biogenes alzheimers vaccine via infusions

the problem for me
even though i have the diagnosis they are looking for
my memory has returned to normal for my age
there is a possibility i may not qualify
a real possibility
that i would have to wait until 2020 when the results of all these studies
come out to see if these new drugs actually work
wait for a unknown number of months and years before it gets approved
before i could be treated

sucks huh
my plan is if not accepted
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to get my amyvid pet scan for the bad beta amyloid in the brain
to know
as much as possible do i have alzheimers disease
for then i would have had all the diagnostic tests available in 2016
to make a diagnosis

if its positive
i will continue to maximize my health to its fullest
stay on aricept (donepezil)
stay on my supplements and vitamins
until it the vaccine becomes available

that is
if it works like they think it will

if it doesnt
this will be a big set back for me and all those others hoping
for new treatment

ill keep writing hoping to do so like the writer in the film
documenting his path his journey down the
alzheimers slope

lets hope
this stuff works
we can stop it

the organicgreen doctor

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