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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, December 15, 2017

alzheimers disease-is this the answer to their disease

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there are several neurological diseases that have a lot in common
when you get the disease
there is no cure
it probably will be the cause of your death

alzheimers disease
huntingtons disease

my friend greg had huntingtons
his mom and brothers had it
the result is the same for all of them

huntingtons sort of is a combo of als parkinsons and alzheimers
having the worse symptoms of each

its a cruel disease
sometimes even at the end the mind is still intact
the body is not

i remember seeing greg a few weeks before he died
we were all sitting around
he was lying in bed
hardly if at all able to move any muscle
the fasciulations controlled with meds
he barely could swallow
when he talked you had to get close to him
to hear what he said

we were trying to all think of  a famous scupturer
out of his low voice came the answer

its one of the cruelest disease

there may be a breakthrough in the disease
heres an article on the new breakthrough treatment

in huntingtons
the huntingtin gene on chromosome 4 has a defective gene
there is a messenger rna that makes a defective protein version of
the huntingtin protein
this defective protein kills the brain cells

the new drug goes in and attaches itself to the rna
shuts off the rna from signaling the making of the bad protein

the result is no brain cell destruction occurs
in animal studies the damaged brain cells even repair themselves

in the phase 1 human studies the huntingtons disease is slowed
maybe stopped

this is the hope for all those with the disease and those who
carry the gene

oh if something like that could happen with alzheimers disease

heres hoping  my aducanumab study provides something like that

theres hope now

fire update
the thomas fire is now the 4th largest ever in california
900+structures destroyed
243,000 acres burned
35%  contained
full containment expected maybe in janury
there have been two deaths so far
a retired lawyer crashed and burned while escaping the fire
a young san diego fireman died fighting the blaze
as i was outside working in the school garden yesterday
it sounded like a war zone with all the helicopters and planes
flying overhead to drop water on the flames
tonight and tomorrow the winds will pick up again
these winds may decide whether the fire drops down on us
from the foothills and the mountains
if it does we plan to evacuate north or to the south to la
i have gained a lot of respect for the firefighting folks working
on this fire

the organicgreen doctor

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