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, September 1, 2017

alzheimers news-flames

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when i see the word inflammation
i think of flames
a burning fire in the body

inflammation occurs eg when you stick a thorn in your eye
like i did last year
well described in this blog called
a thorny situation
the body attacks all the germs and damaged tissue
to get it all cleared out
so the eye can return to normal

white cells and its chemicals
called the inflammatory response
attacks the site

it gets red and tender but usually clears up ok

now in the brain
there is this inflammatory response that occurs
cells inflammatory ones
move in to clean up damaged areas
if it the response isnt too great
the brain gets all healed
if it is a severe response
then the good guys those inflammatory cells go too far
they damage the brain

if this inflammatory process becomes chronic
then the destruction is ongoing

this is what probably happens with alzheimers disease

there are 4 things 
yes there are more than 4
but four of these things
that stimulate the inflammatory process
that becomes chronic and causes damage

they are
vascular disease ie high blood pressure

these risk factors are easily modified

be sure and move often during the day
take a walk
walk to the store

eat the right stuff
look up the mind diet
eat it
if you like it its on the list
just in moderation

the first two above commonly control this
are the basic blocks for controlling diabetes
add medicines to control the diabetes if needed

control you cholesterol and your blood pressure
it can decrease strokes and heart attacks
doing those first two things is the basic block for controlling
the blood pressure and cholesterol
then you add medicines to control them if its needed

after i got actively involved in attacking the risk factors
for alzheimers disease
i realized how important it was to use medications for the
cholesterol and blood pressure
if they werent controlled

controlling these factors that can lead to more inflammation
in the brain
works also in parkinsonism

so when i look at all the things that i am doing to slow this
disease down
including my aricept (donepezil) and getting the aducanumab
infusion in the research study at ucla
these 4 things mentioned above
are probably the most important things that i am doing
that you can easily do yourself

do it now
before it gets you

we need financial support to fight this disease
emotional support to deal with it

join us as we walk this year

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

yes we will be in georgetown for the above walk
as we walk with our austin friends and family
do join us
come say goodbye to us

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

join us

the organicgreen doctor

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