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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, June 9, 2017

alzheimers news-placebo power

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in the aducanumab study that i am in at ut southwestern in dallas
soon to be at ucla in los angeles
i am either in the treatment group
one of three doses of the aducanumab is used
the higher the dose in phase 1 studies
the more of the bad beta amyloid was removed
like all of it

i may be in the placebo group

now this is a double blind study
the researchers dont know which you are in
you the study subject dont know which you are in
at the end of 18 months
the veil comes off
as the results are analyzed
lucky us
all those who want to continue
have the chance to receive the real deal drug
for at least 3.5 years more

my amyvid pet scan done a few months ago was real positive
for the bad beta amyloid
i am getting the placebo
my repeat scan in 18 months would still be real positive
no changes would occur

i got the real deal
the aducanumab
my amyvid scan should be all clear

what if i am getting the placebo
is the headache i had for a week after the first one
is the fatigue i get a week after everyone of them
the placebo effect

whats the placebo effect
folks given treatment that is a placebo
actually get better on it

well the mind is a powerful thing

thats why
these studies are done as double blind
no biases are introduced into the study
only healthier folks would receive the real deal
so the results at the end would look better

so thats the power of the placebo
sometimes it works

have i used placebo before
i do admit that i have used placebo treatment on folks before
sometimes it worked
i dont plan on saying more about this

all i know
is i hope
that i am not getting the placebo
that puts me 18 months behind
in someone with alzheimers disease is an awfully long time

our alzheimers walks to help raise money to fight this disease

we will be doing the
alzheimers texas walk in georgetown texas
on saturday september 23rd
team name is organicgreendoctor

i also will have a team in the
santa barbara walk to end alzheimers 
on saturday october 28th
team name is organicgreendoctor

join us

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