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, November 9, 2018

alzheimers news-these may slow it down

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-THESE MAY SLOW IT DOWN
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ive written about this before but it bears repeating since i read once you have to say things 10 times before folks will act on it
so
folks this is the 10th time so act on it

doing these things may slow down your chances of getting alzheimers
i know you are worried that you are going to get it
well
this is what you need to do now and have your kids and grandkids do them also

now i do all these things plus i also do the monthly infusion of the biogen aducanumab each month at ucla
i just had my 2nd for sure aducanumab infuison on monday
so far no side effects noted
yes

do these things and maybe youll remember them when you get older

exercise regularly
like the nike ad says just do it and do it regularly get moving doing something
it increases blood flow to the brain providing more oxygen and food to the brain cells
they last longer that way
it also lowers blood pressure and helps with a sense of well being which is important

get a good night sleep
its the sleep where the brain gets recharged and the garbage cells clean up all the debris that accumulates

eat the mind diet
this may decrease things significantly in the dementia risk category
its not complicated  click on this mind diet link

relieve stress
stress causes too much steroids in the brain
use meditation yoga or something that relaxes you
i use my gardening to relax and exercise

socialize
that social interaction is important like clubs volunteering church etc

learn new things
this makes new brain cells
some folks i know are learning a new language

control your blood pressure and cholesterol
whats good for the heart is good for the brain
dont be afraid to use meds if thats what it takes to control these

control your weight
if you have the apoe 4 gene and you are overweight then you will probably get alzheimers disease much sooner

brush and floss every day
the inflammation and the bacteria in the gums and teeth can get transferred to the brain
in the development of alzheimers its amyloid then tau then inflammation

do brain games
this also makes new brain cells
read a lot or write a lot or do games or learn a new language

consider supplements
they havent been proven to definitely help but they havent been disproved
i personally take them since i feel like i cant wait for these to be proven to work or not
so i go ahead and take them
warning again dont take them without discussing them with your doctor
you can also go to webmd.com and check your supplements against your meds to see if they interact with each other

protect your head
falls or bike wrecks can damage your brain which increases your risk

take care of your gut germs
normal gut germs can prevent inflammation that transfers to the brain
this may be important in several neurological diseases like alzheimers and parkinsons
this is where the mind diet helps
i also take a gut bacteria pill every day

take drugs when they become available
look for research studies like mine at clinicaltrials.gov or www.alz.org
by doing clinical trials you can get access long before they become available
eg
my drug aducanumab if it gets approved will be available probably around 2022
by that time i will have had it for 4-6 years

remember in the near future they will be treating you long before you develop symptoms

here is the article i read as a reference for this blog

so finally
do all of these things to lower your chances of developing alzheimers disease

so
yes there are ways to slow this disease down some

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, November 8, 2018

lets get rid of it

LETS GET RID OF IT
the birds dont care
the bunnys dont care
the squirrels dont care
the coyotes dont care
the owls dont care
the deer dont care
none of them care

they just keep on living like they were living
following the sun or following the moon

its a man made thing
this time change stuff

i bet the old farmers from years ago would laugh at us
they would still get up with the sun as it rises in the east and go to bed when it sets in the west

here we voted to leave it at daylight savings time all the time if the state wants to

well
i want to

this just seems to make me tired
this daylight savings time things
i get good and adjusted then it all gets changed

the other option i have
which may be a better idea
is to just quit using my watch and clock and just live my daily life
then
what time it is wouldnt really matter

now if i could chose
this is for me personally
i would like to leave it like it is now
since i like the early morning light
i can get more done when the sun arises earlier
of course the sun doesnt really change when it rises just the clock changes
the sun comes up now no matter what we say when its time to

yes i say leave it like it is now
others im sure prefer the longer hours after work
im ok
i guess
whichever way is chosen
just quit changing it

my biorhythms
my biological clock dont like to be messed with

yep
lets get rid of it

are yall all in

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

go vote

Go Vote

yesterday while i was getting my monthly infusion at ucla i had a new nurse that ive not had before
i asked her
have you voted yet
no
but i plan to tomorrow
its my first time to vote ever
i plan to go to the polls to vote since i want to experience it all
how old are you i asked
she said
im 32

it this election is too important she said

she in our short initial conversation put it all in perspective

your vote our vote their vote
it all counts
its all important

when the day is over today
we should all be happy and proud
even if we lose
since
our system seems to be working
yes
at the end of the day the american people will have spoken

what their final answer is
well
thats the way it will be for another two years
then
oh my we have to do this all over again

it seems we need some rules like some of the european countries do
but
whatever happens today
our system is doing its job the way it was all planned out

i hope over the next two years that the parties can come together someway
to permanently not temporarily fix

healthcare    apparently this one is the number one issue folks worry about  we didnt hear enough about this one from both sides

the immigration system    just fix the damn thing so each president cant mess with it

taxes    some more breaks for the middle class and lower income folks and less breaks for those upper income folks who dont need it
you know the saying the rich get richer the poor get poorer
thats what seems to be happening now

racism    this may be the one that destroys our country

the national debt    actually this one may need to be first on our list
it may ruin us all financially

yep
this vote is real important
if you havent voted

Go Vote

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, November 5, 2018

i had a dream

I HAD A DREAM

this weekend i spoke for a few minutes at the opening ceremony for the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers about why i was holding the blue flower that represented those of us with alzheimers disease

yes i cried they cried we all cried
later someone said there wasnt a dry eye in the crowd
mine wasnt for sure

all week i have been thinking about alzheimers
about how i was diagnosed
how i am doing
about my mom and younger brother and their battle with the disease
how those who were caregivers had to deal with them as they worsened

i guess i have thought more about all this in the last week than i have in a long time

do you ever have a dream that when you woke up it seemed real and it takes a while for that dream to fade away and the real world to finally return

friday night thats what happened to me
i had to get up early what i call dark thirty to help the crew set up the walk event

during my dream
which even now two days later seems more like not a dream but like it really happened

when i woke up from my sleep i was so worried i started doing memory tests on myself just to make sure i was ok

during my sleep dream i was working in the medical office seeing patients
but
during the dream i was confused
i couldnt remember what the patient was telling me
i couldnt remember how to work my computer
i couldnt remember how to take their symptoms and figure out what the diagnosis was
i couldnt remember how to order the labs and xrays on patients
i couldnt remember how and what medicines to order on my patients
my colleagues talked to me about my memory and told me i shouldnt be practicing medicine
about that time when they were confronting me
thats when i woke up

it all seemed so real
i will admit that thats why i quit practicing medicine when i did
i didnt ever want to reach that point

i will admit i was still bothered by the dream even after i was driving to the alzheimers walk
it all seemed even then to be real

now
nothing like this ever happened to me
i quit before this could have happened
something i vowed to do years ago once my mother and younger brother were diagnosed
i didnt hesitate at all when i quit

yes even this morning as i head to ucla for my second for sure infusion
it even now seems real like a true memory

now
before you feel sad for me and my memory
i really am doing well
knock on wood

i do all our financial stuff
i do all our financial planning
i do most of our shopping
i do all of our checkbooks
i do our taxes
i plan all of our vacations doing the reservations for airline tickets hotel and cars
i do this blog most days
i do my alzheimers talks when asked
i do my memory tests several times a year so i know how i am doing
i even can score my memory tests as i take thme
my memory probably is as good as many of you reading this

so
dont feel too sad for me
ive outlived several friends who left us since my diagnosis
i figured i would go before them

yes
as of right now i seem to be doing just fine

except
i must say that dream is way back in the back of my brain
reminding me
i really dont want to be like i was in my dream
ever

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, November 2, 2018

alzheimers news-flowers of alzheimers

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-THE FLOWERS OF ALZHEIMERS
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below you will see pictures of the flowers of alzheimers in the promise garden from a couple of alzheimers walks we have done in the last few years

those flowers as they are held up in the air
all spinning in the breeze
as the announcer talks about each color
what it means to each of us that hold them up
i always get tears in my eyes

when i walked through these promise gardens i felt like i was walking through a graveyard
each flower representing someones battle with the disease
all die from it
its a solemn quiet space
like when you go to a cemetery to honor those who are placed there

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here are the colors and what they mean

yellow     i am caring for or supporting someone with alzheimers or dementia
my mom and younger brother died from the disease
since we lived so far away we could only show up on some weekends to help out or be there to visit them

orange     i support the cause and the vision of a world without alzheimers
im doing all i can to get the word out on finding a treatment or cure for this awful disease

purple      i have lost someone with alzheimers or dementia
i lost my mom and brother to alzheimers
my dad probably had it as did my maternal grandmother and all her kids had it
my dads mom probably had it and at least one of his siblings had it

blue          i have alzheimers
my diagnsis of early mild cognitive impairment is due to alzheimers disease
the is the flower that i hate to have to hold carry and talk about
but i do it since i think it helps to advance the cause

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white        thats the new one
its for the first alzheimers survivor
my hope it has to be my hope is that i can hold that one high in the air one day

sadly to say
i meet the criteria or have met the criteria for all of them
except the white one
so far that is
this is the one that i really want to be able to hold up one day and talk about it

tomorrow at our walk
i will talk for a couple of minutes on why i am walking this year
yes ill be holding that damn blue flower again
an alzheimers treatment and a cure has to be our goal

we need two things to reach that goal

money
thankfully the feds are putting up more money not enough though for research
these alzheimers walks raise a lot of money for research

we need you
one of the obstacles to finding a cure is having enough volunteers to conduct these studies
it took over 12,000 volunteers to find the 1600+ folks in my study

yes
we need your help


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here is the information on our team for the walk to end alzheimers next month

my team in the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3rd is called
organicgreendoctor

click the link above and donate and or walk with us
we are close to reaching our goal

the organicgreen doctor


Thursday, November 1, 2018

voting

VOTING

this is the sticker i got for voting
i early voted
by mail

my wife she has her early voting envelope but she wants to go to the polling place on voting day to experience the whole voting in person thing
after watching the news and reading about voting turnout
she may be in for long wait in line next tuesday

now she has a history of waiting in long lines
she is best known for waiting in the long long lines at franklin bbq in austin texas
you get there at 730am to get a spot so that you maybe can get bbq at 12-100pm
she does it
she enjoys it
so
i guess she will do it again next tuesday waiting in line to vote
she always has these stories to tell

once at franklins she met this lady and developed a friendship over the years
they still stay in contact via facebook and other social media
another time the lady next to her in line struck up a conversation about her dad who was it turned out was a student in my historian brothers class
when asked my historian brother said yes in fact i have a letter i kept in my files that he wrote after the class was over
another time the person in line was from arkansas and use to coach in the high schools there
he knew my brother in laws who were coaches and he also attended a small college in arkansas that my two nieces attended

so when she does vote this year im sure she will come back with some story like these

she always attracts these stories it seems
just last evening as she was walking from our condo up the sidewalk and over to the garage
i was standing on our second floor porch since she walks fast she seemed to be flying up the sidewalk

pause for a minute
i chose for her sake not to take any photos of this event
i will spare her that but i will tell the story
it is funny sort of but probably not to her

she was dressed in this halloween outfit as superwoman i guess
she had the cape and tshirt
black pants
thsoe rbg superman socks with capes hanging down
she tends to walk fast so as she was walking the capes were flying in the breeze
so
i looked down and texted her
you sure look cute
i knew our granddaughter ms b would love her outfit
a lot
since she dresses up like that and runs through the house sometimes

so as i was texting i heard this yelp
i looked up
she had disappeared from site behind a long line of shrubs
i heard her laughing almost a os laugh
then
the bunnies who live in those shrubs were scattering across the lawn like some fox or dog was after them
then
up popped up her head above the shrubs
she turned and walked limped back to the condo
i noticed her pants were all ripped

what happened i asked
she said i fell on something and hurt my leg
i need to change pants so i can get to the trick or treating with ms b and mr h
i looked at the leg
another os moment

well it looked like someone attacked her leg with a butcher knife
so
i gently cleaned it up
i thought i wish i had a suture kit to sew her up
or
maybe i could just use some gorilla glue and duct tape

nope
she wouldnt go for that
so
i said we need to go to the er

so we did
a 3 hour trip
for xrays and suturing
a lot of suturing i must add

oh
she as she was turning to wave to me tripped and landed on a 2 ft metal sprinkler head
had a sharp edge like a knife

what i was getting to in this story is that she always has these meet up experiences when she does things

last night the er doctor did his residency here in california where i almost did mine
when he heard my southern accent he asked you from arkansas
ever heard of this town in southern arkansas
yes i said
i worked there in the hospital in high school and later as a lab assistant after college then later as a physician
he went to the same medical school i did and we knew a lot of the same professors and state doctors
some my fellow classmates

so im sure when she returns from voting next week she will have some story like she always does

now back to voting

i am excited for this election this year
why
because there so many people voting this year in the midterms
usually its just old white folks that vote
now its young and old folks
folks of different races different religions different political views different educational levels different financial levels

all voting at the same time at the highest numbers ever in a midterm election

i think this is what the starters of our country envisioned when they started our country

yep im happy that all yall are voting
even though i dont agree with half of yalls vote

yes
my wife she is ok this morning
no
she didnt have kryptonite in her pocket when she fell

here are some smart remarks
you should have been batman
you didnt get krytonited did you
did you fly over here
you should have been flying
there were more but ill spare her more jokes

vote
if you havent yet

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

microchip me im ready

MICROCHIP ME IM READY
if you have a loved one you are caring for at home who has dementia you know it crosses your mind
will they slip out the door when im not looking and escape

each year in the los angeles area there is a family who talks at the alzheimers walks about their mom wife sister neighbor who wandered off never to be seen again
no
we you dont want that to happen to our loved ones
right

when i did my alzheimers panel in santa monica recently as i was sitting at the panel table with an alzheimers couple she the caregiver he the patient i noticed this bracelet he had on
the kind you have to have cut off to remove
you know like the home arrest folks wear on their ankles

this one he had on was obtained from the local police department for a monthly fee
it has a gps tracker on it that gets activated when the need arises
the police can turn it on and track the person down

so
with interest i read the article about how folks are microchiping themselves in sweden
thousands of folks
its a tiny rice size chip that gets placed under the skin above the thumb
flash you hand across the scanners to get in a building in your home buy a starbucks and more

it has no batteries to be replaced since scanners pick up the data like off a credit card

now
what i would like to see is someway that could be converted to a gps card that a person could be tracked

thats what i would like to see
an implantable gps microchip to track me down when my time comes

when they gets invented
i say
microchip me now
im ready

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 29, 2018

the boinnnnnngy thing

THE BOINNNNNGY THING
this thing above made the cut when we moved
its interesting when you decide to only move across the country those things you can stuff into two cars
one car a small one
this boinnnnngy thing it made the cut

it is made of a gourd
half of the bottom was cut off
a clear plastic circle was inserted in the opening
a long spring was attached to the plastic
the outside of the gourd was decorated with paintings
over time the paintings have faded from weather exposure
i expect it was an african painting or a native american painting or a seashore painting
i thought of them as hieroglyphs like you would see in some cave out west

when the wind blows
the gourd sways back and forth
the wire spring wiggles opposite of this movement
this makes this boinnnnngy sound
like a distance african drum sound or a distant native american drum sound
it use to be louder but now over time its gotten quieter

now the sound is more subtle
you have to listen real hard to hear it
it sort of calms you down inside

you have to get real quiet to hear it
i think thats why it relaxes you
you have to almost be meditating to hear it

have you ever been in the wilderness
stopped
got real quiet
to hear the sounds you can hear
i always feel that way when i listen to the boinnnnngy thing make its sound

now our friend susan gave this to us
im sure she knew we would enjoy it
she left something with us to remind us of her long after she is gone
having been taken away from this earth much too early

yesterday i sat on our patio overlooking our condo courtyard
now we hung this boinnnnngy thing at the corner of the patio
where it catches the wind which is either down off the mountains
or
on from the shore

its interesting the sound you hear changes based on which direction the wind comes from
i think and i thought as i listened yesterday
i swear in the wind and the boinnnnngy thing sounds
i could barely hear susan whispering to me

yes
i think i did

she said
i miss yall
hang in there

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 26, 2018

alzheimers news-am i there i hope so

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-AM I THERE I HOPE SO
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thats me holding up that blue flower at last years alzheimers walk here in santa barbara
i talked just a few minutes about my diagnosis and my familys battle with alzheimers disease
yes i choked up when ms b who was in the audience cried out grandaddy grandaddy
sorry thats when i lost it

my goal in all of this is to see ms b grow up and know who i am
i want to see her graduate from high school
i plan to enjoy her until then

i want to see mr h get his kidney transplant next year when he is one
i know he will be a healthier infant when that happens
he will be able to have a good life expectancy and a good life doing things every other child does
except maybe not football
i want to see him graduate from high school but i know that may be pushing things a little
i would be 76 which if this stuff im doing doesnt work i know thats not going to happen

i want to see my sons become grandparents
i know if this stuff doesnt work i wont get to see this happen

i want to grow old with my wife she
i know thats going to happen if this stuff works or not
it will just be a real bumpy ride for her and my family
ala my younger brothers family

so i am about to listen to a webcast in a few minutes from the clinical trials in alzheimers disease from barcelona spain on how well my drug aducanumab appears to be working
in a few minutes
i well
will sort of get my fate
did all this ive done the last few years
is it going to let me do those things above
i will get my preliminary answer
i will report on the results at the end of todays blog

yes im anxious as i ever get
yes im all teared up
whenever this happens i wonder did my mom and brother have these moments
or did it just sneak up on them before they could understand what it all  meant

as i walk up onto the stage next weekend carrying that dam blue flower
ive had to limit what i say because as i stand there looking out in the audience i will be seeing all those that i talked about in my family above in the beginning of this blog
if i try to say all i want to say i know that i wont be able to finish
so
as i compromised
here is what i plan to say

i am holding this blue flower today representing those of us who have alzheimers disease
now i have seen alzheimers disease up close and personal
its an awful ugly disease

i have three reasons why im walking today

i am walking for my family
my mom and my younger brother died from alzheimers disease
my dad probably had alzheimers disease when he died
my older brother was diagnosed with mild alzheimers disease a few years ago

i am walking for myself
i was diagnosed 8 years ago with early mild cognitive impairment thats turned out to be due to alzheimers disease
i take the alzheimers drug aricept that slows down the symptoms
i am in a clinical trial of a new alzheimers drug that i receive as monthly infusions that shows some promise to slow down the disease

then finally
i am walking for you your family your loved ones your friends who have been affected by alzheimers disease

we need a treatment or cure for alzheimers disease

my hope is that some of you will see the time when no one will have to stand up here and hold this blue flower

thank you


now for the results about my drug aducanumab
the results reported was on the original study called a phase 1b study
it has around 197 folks in it
after a year it converted to a long term extension study of at least 3 years

the results presented from the original study is where my study will be in 2 years
so what they report will be about what will be reported when my study ends in 2 years
but my study will be more accurate since there are 10x more participants
1605 vs 197

so what they reported just now in barcelona about 10 minutes ago will probably be what they will report in 2020 when my study ends

here is the link to listed or download all the presentations
www.ctad-alzheimers.com 
unless you understand the research stuff and medical jargon it may be hard to understand the results

this is where i come in
i speak the language
i am from both sides the medical side and the patient side
so ill try to put into regular how we speak language
you know like regular people talk

here are words ill define for you

aducanumab is my drug thats an antibody against the bad amyloid in the brain
amyloid is the protein that accumulates in the brain that starts the alzheimers disease process
amyvid is a pet scan that shows the amyloid in the brain
mmse is an in office memory test that doctors use to access memory loss
it takes about 20 minutes to administer
placebo means you dont get the real drug
apoe 4 is the gene called the late alzheimers gene that makes you at a higher risk to get alzheimers
i have the apoe 4 double version of the gene
aria stands for amyloid related imaging abnormalities
i think of them as microbleeds in the brain as the bad amyloid plaques are removed from the brain

the way aducanumab works is its given as an intravenous infusion once a month
it is an antibody against the amyloid that grabs the amyloid plaques in the brain and removes them
it also removes amyloid floating in the spinal fluid in the brain
it also fights the inflammation reaction the body use to attack the brain damage from the amyloid

my study has 1605 people in it and is done at 360 sites in 20 countries
they had to screen 12,500 people to get those 1605 of us that qualified
thus volunteers for this and other studies make alzheimers research happen
find studies at clinicaltrials.gov or at www.alz.org

the study thats reported on is a phase 1b trial of over 100+ folks
at the end of the first year the results were promising enough that the fda allowed the biogen company to skip phase 2 studies and go right to phase 3 studies
phase 3 studies happen right before a drug get fda approval

in my study there are folks with
preclinical alzheimers-those with normal memory but positive amyvid pet scans
mild cognitive impairment due to alzheimers disease
mild alzheimers disease

it seems if your disease has progressed further than these three then these drugs may not help
thats why early testing is so important especially as new treatments are found

so here is what they reported at 630ish cdt from barcelona spain
i watched it live and took notes

aria occurs in 25% of the participants
about 50% of those with the apoe 4 gene got aria
so i probably had aria

aria and its headaches occurred most commonly after the first doses and in the first 6 months
rarely was someone removed from the study if they got aria
i think of it as a side effect from the aducanumab doing its job
grabbing those plaques from the brain tearing them lose
bleed baby bleed is what i say
then it all settles down

yes i had bad headaches after my first infusion 19 months ago that lasted one week
placebo dont cause that

at the end of 1 year and now at 3 years those who got the high dose and a titrated up dose have mainly clear amyvid pet scans which if read would be read as negative
remember to get in this study that amyvid pet scan has to be positive
so that means my amyvid pet scan was positive 20 months ago

if im getting the higher dose my amyvid pet scan will be negative today

at the end of a year and now at 3 years the placebo and all doses of aducanumab had a continued decline in memory
the placebo folks had a more rapid decline like you would expect to see
the higher dose and titrated dose folks had a much slower decline in their mmse or memory
its a significant difference
for me
my memory has trended down since i can score myself as i take the test plus ive seen my last several mmse scores done in another study
so mine is better

thats the true measure of is this stuff working
not if its all removed
but
does it make the memory loss better

yes
how much better we will find out in two more years

it sure makes me more hopeful now

no its not going to be a cure
just a treatment that along with everything else i am doing will slow this disease down for myself and others

i wonder what ms b wants for graduation
im stoked
there may be some hope for the future

we need two things to help us find a treatment and cure

money
volunteers

you can help with both of those

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here is the information on our team for the walk to end alzheimers next month

my team in the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3rd is called
organicgreendoctor

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

organcgreen doctor

Thursday, October 25, 2018

sb country n news-back at it again

SB COUNTRY N NEWS-BACK AT IT AGAIN
last year i volunteered one day a week at an elementary school helping them with their veggie garden that had been dormant for awhile

i instantly discovered the varmints loved all the veggies so i had to make pvc wire cages to cover the garden beds
without the cover the veggies were all stripped to the ground

the varmints identified were squirrels birds big ones and small ones voles gophers and a another small squirrel all of which had a great fall last year in the garden until we figured out how to keep them out

so far knock on wood this year the cages are working

one of the first thing we planted was lettuce
i got some lettuce transplants and the kids planted them
i seeded a lettuce mix around the transplants so we would have a continuous crop of lettuce all year
as the season progresses we will plant more lettuce seeds

we restarted our blue worm composter
we obtained worms from the teacher and from my garden that i work in
to the composter we added
a layer of newspapers
a layer of wet soaked leaves which becomes the worms home
torn up newspapers wetted real good
worms love wet newspapers
then we added handfuls of wiggly worms
lots of food scraps were added
a rotten pumpkin was added
yes the worms ate it
a large daikon radish was added to see if they would eat it
the kids will be monitoring the radish each week

then
we put a worm tower in a whiskey barrel
we used a 5 gallon bucket with holes in it
we added leaves newspapers compost worms food scraps
these worms can move back in forth from the bucket into the barrel via the holes in the bucket

all this compost will be eventually added to their garden

planned plantings are carrots kale swiss chard parsley cilantro sweet peas
things the kids will eat
we are just finishing the last of the sungold sweet yellow tomatoes that i oversummered

yes
they get their hands dirty
they pick up the worms
they eat what they plant

they are back at it again

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

how to lower your cancer risk

HOW TO LOWER YOUR CANCER RISK
these are called christmas lima beans
i grew them in my garden
while volunteering for a seed swap i had to clean up at the end of the day
there were these seeds laying on the floor
i scooped up about 10 or so of them since i had grown them before in texas
the flavor of these beans are almost meaty tasting like they were cooked in ham
some call it a chestnut flavor

this spring i planted these 10 beans in my garden
i prepped the garden site by digging down about a foot and a half
removing the soil which was mostly clay
into the deep hole i added cardboard newspapers lots of mulch compost and soil
i did this in layers until i got about 6 inches from the top then i added just alternating organic compost and soil until the bed was filled up
the resulting bed was much higher than the surrounding garden
but
over the last 6 months the height has slowly decreased as all those goodies have composted itself into a rich rich organic soil
i also had added to these layers some organic fertilizer with good germs in it and molasses and seaweed solution and fish emulsion

yep its real rich organic soil

as the seeds which ms b planted for me grew i never ever used any products on them that was not organic
never ever never ever would i

why
well
i grow all my veggies which we eat a lot of in a total organic fashion
no chemicals
no pesticides
nada
nothing
i even rarely use any organic products pesticides or weed killers
rarely

so when i harvested these christmas lima beans
they were pure unadulterated organic christmas lima beans
no cancer causing chemicals on or around them

here is my giant organic daikon radish i recently planted in my garden a few weeks ago
now its harvested
i chose to donate it to the elementary worm composter to see if the worms would eat it like they did the rotten pumpkin
my guess is the worms will love it

that compost like the compost i make in my garden worm towers is pure organic compost

a recent study discussed in this article shows that eating organic food can lower your cancer risk by 25%

why
i think its because eating rainbow foods and organic foods naturally assists your body in fighting cancer eg tomatoes maybe with prostate cancer

not putting all those chemicals in our bodies from contaminated foods has to play a part

maybe but i dont think its proven eating not altered genetic foods ie nongmo might play a part

remember this rule dont mess with mother nature
just look around you and youll see evidence of that

folks who eat organic foods also tend to eat a healthy diet and exercise more

thats what i think may lower the cancer risk

in the meantime
in my fall organic garden i will or have planted organic veggies that will help to fight heart disease alzheimers cancer obesity diabetes and probably more

ive planted things like
sweet peas kales cilantro broccoli cabbage garlic onions lettuce beets spinach bok choy carrots and im sure as the fall and winter progresses ill add more

sure beats chemo

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

nor a drop to drink

NOR A DROP TO DRINK
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ive been watching all the rain and flooding in the austin area with interest
years and years ago before all the lakes were made on the colorado river
austin would get flooded every so many decades so that it would wipe out
a lot of the city

this recent rain and flood would have been one of the worst ever but for all those dams and lakes and slower downer stuff that have done to the water

one of the lakes called lake travis provides almost all of the water for austin and the surrounding areas
if its low people start getting worried
they have to quit watering their lawns washing their cars cleaning their drives and sidewalks and there is a lot of talk about conserving that water

then when the lakes get full they sort of forget about it

now this flood its provided enough water more than enough water for several generations
the problem is its all running down the river eventually to be all dumped into the ocean

along with all that water is a lot of debris and junk
a friend whose inlaws have a place on the first lake in the lake series well their place got flooded
which is hard to believe that happened
the house was flooded on the first floor
i saw pictures where the water as it rose got higher and higher 
when the lake reached its peak
then the water eventually receded
there sitting on the top of their boathouse is this big old speed boat

that folks took a lot of water to do that
water that was really needed in that area
just not so fast would have been nice

it was needed
probably most of it is in the gulf now
a lot of destruction was left in its wake
several deaths occurred


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in austin to get an idea of how bad the flooding is you watch the stevie ray vaughan statue on lady bird lake
if its covered up then it was a real bad flood
it wasnt all covered up
yet

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so now austin who has been begging for more water for years
now they got it more than enough
the problem is they dont have enough
and
to make it worse it has to be boiled before you drink it
there is a city wide water restriction going on

say what you say
there is so much debris and contamination it has overwhelmed the citys ability to provide enough water potable water for folks to drink

so if you drink it do at your own peril
it needs to be boiled

plus they cant produce enough water in their plant for everyone in town

so yep after one of the worst floods maybe ever in austin
now they have water restriction

cant water your yard or trees
cant wash your car
cnat wash your sidewalk or driveway
cant fill up a pool or fountain or fish pond
inside they have asked to delay dish washing and clothes washing and to take shorter showers

now my wife she and i would have no issues since we live a water restricted lifestyle even though we dont have to do that

water water everywhere and nor a drop to drink

these are definitely crazy times arent they

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 22, 2018

sears

SEARS
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i sure hate to see it go
i remember when i was younger getting that sears catalog and going through it all seeing the wishmes that were scattered throughout the catalog

yes
at sites that had an outhouse only
i remember tearing those sears roebuck catalog pages out
crinkling them up so they would be softer
yep
done that for sure several times

the catalog was like an amazon search old school version
anything it seemed you wanted you could get there

later
all our appliances we bought were sears kenmores
washing machines
dryers
refrigerators
stoves
microwaves

once i worked for a tool company while my wife she was in graduate school
we made the ratchet tools for sears
i must say their quality control was strict
even today ill pick up a competitors wrench and can spot the defects on it
those craftsman tools i owned a lot of

the advantage over amazon was that when you went into sears looking at something you could touch it turn it off and on move it around smell it pick it up
on amazon you cant do that until it arrives at your door
yes
i know amazon is pretty liberal at taking back things
but
thats no comparison to going to sears to see things before you buy them

but
alas
we are in a new world

there are things ill miss not having sears around for

whats a shopper to do who likes to do hands on purchasing

i guess like we always do
well just have to adjust

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 19, 2018

alzheimers news-i dont want one

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-I DONT WANT ONE
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i am 16 days out from my first for sure aducanumab infusion at ucla
so far
so good
no headaches or side effects have occurred except for fatigue which i always get after the infusions

this may mean that i have been getting the real drug the last 18 months

since when you first get the new drug the first time and if you are apoe4 apoe 4 positive like i am then you are very likely to get a bad headache for a few days

a bad headache i didnt have after the november 3rd infusion
but
i did have one after the first unknown infusion in march 2017
a real bad one for several days

what this means is i might have been on the real drug for 18 months
im sure hoping so


i was reading an alzheimers blog written by a researcher who took care of his mom when she had alzheimers called alzheimers reading room on palliative care

when the time came his mom didnt get a feeding tube
why
he and she had this discussion a long time before she got worse
she didnt want one
she didnt get one

i have been redoing some of my legal paperwork recently to update it
i have a living will
i just did a booklet called what if...workbook
i just did a booklet called five wishes
in all of these documents i wrote like this these words

I DONT WANT A FEEDING TUBE WHEN MY TIME COMES

if someone does put one in me when my time comes
i hope they get struck by lightening and fall into a den of rattlesnakes then get covered with fire ants and roaches and rats

thats how strong i feel about this

its written my wishes all over these documents
i plan to have it tattooed on my stomach
just like i wrote it above in caps and dark ink

my wife she knows how i feel
now so does everyone else

alas though it does happen though
usually in a hospital setting
once its in there if someone objects to removing it
it will stay in until i die

thats when i ask fate to come back and strike the person who put it in me

so
in addition to all these written documents i have
here in black and white on this date in my blog the organicgreendoctor
are my explicit wishes for all to read and have access to

no feeding tube please
togd

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here is the information on our team for the walk to end alzheimers next month

my team in the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 3rd is called
organicgreendoctor

click the link above and donate and or walk with us

the organicgreen doctor