welcome to the organic green doctor blog

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, May 27, 2016

alzheimers news-neuro


these researchers are doing research to see if doing these
healthy things over 18 months can slow the progression
of mild cognitive impairment thats my diagnosis from
converting to early alzheimers disease

it also appears to be good for all of us to do this
even those without memory issues or family history of memory loss

here is the link to the article

i think they can
i actually hope they can
i wonder if this is why my memory got better
i thinks so
i believe so

they use the acronym
n e u r o

n is for nutrition
eating the mind diet a combo of the mediterranean diet and dash diet
just doing this may push back symptoms for 5 years
if thats true
my five years may be up since ive been doing this for 5 years
i hope the good continues for a little longer

e is for exercise
i think of exercise as the newest drug to treat memory loss
increases blood flow to the brain
brings in oxygen nutrition and increases new blood vessels
all make memory better
plus you feel better doing it

now my exercise routine is not a gym thing
i move a lot working here at the country n
doing a lot of manual labor at habitat for humanity
eg i worked 4 hours this week cutting down trees
and stacking brush

u is for unwinding
meditation yoga are the best to do
relieving stress lowers the stress hormones cortisol in the
these hormones can hasten the onset of alzheimers disease

i use gardening and yard work as my form of unwinding
i frequently will stop for several minutes
listen to the birds
the turkeys the owls the whippoorwills even do calls back and
forth with quail
watch the butterflies and hummingbirds
enjoy the beautiful waves of wildflowers that are in our pastures

r is for rest
a good uninterrupted night sleep free of electronic devices
free of sleep apnea or other sleep disturbances

now i have really struggled with this over the last 5 years
the side effect of the aricept (donepezil) has left me with
only 5 hours a night
recently for the last 4 weeks i have been sleeping those
needed 7-8 hours at night
a life changing event for me
i feel so much better and am more productive
i can see looking back over the last 5 years how much this lack
of sleep has altered my life
i can only wonder how much it affected my memory
it couldnt have helped this not sleeping

i found a minimal minuscule dose of melatonin that seems
to work perfectly for me
its hard to believe that these few drops are making my life better
way below the recommended doses
i gradually tapered it down to the dose that worked
normal doses for me made be fidgety and not able to sleep

remember dont just start taking this stuff without discussing
it with your health provider
not every one can tolerate it
not everyone can safely take it

o is for optimizing social and mental activity
if you retire and become sedentary you will not do well
physically or mentally
you have to get out into the world and do things
listen to music plays concerts museums
socialize with friends neighbors

no couch potatoing allowed
when it comes to your brain

i aggressively try to do optimizing every days
all my volunteering is the conduit for optimizing
as is blogging

if you have a family history of dementia
or if you are having memory issues
you need to jump on this regimen
we all should be doing it anyway
it may
like what happened to me
slow down the process

Site logo
a reminder
we support the alzheimers texas
the former central texas chapter of the alzheimers association
it has always been an independent chapter
but this year it opted to go totally independent
all the money raised now all stays locally
all the research money goes to texas universities
all the education money stays here for programs in your communities
in the central texas area

so go to this link for more information
also this is the link to the upcoming walks

the first i will do is the williamson county alzheimers walk
in georgetown
on saturday september 24th

my team is the organicgreendoctor

consider donating and or joining our team for that walk

the organicgreen doctor

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