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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, January 26, 2018

alzheimers news-its in the blood

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the other day while at the ucla infusion center
as i was getting my iv started
i saw the red blood ooze out the long tubing
thats connected to the iv

i said
did you hit an artery there
i was joking
she the nurse looked up at me
for a second
i think she thought
did i
no you didnt
i was joking

as i looked at that blood oozing down that line
i was thinking
the answer to all this alzheimers thing
is in that blood flowing down that line

in that blood a genetic test was done
positive for the apoe 4/apoe 4 gene
the one that increases your odds for getting
late onset alzheimers disease

knowing you have it is nice i guess
it would have been better to have known it when
i was in my 30s and 40s
i probably would have gotten even more aggressive
with my health
eating right
controlling my blood pressure and cholesterol
controlling my weight
sleeping better
all those things that make a person live longer
it the genetic test
sort of gives you an incentive to try harder
to be healthy
when you get a report back that your cholersterol is way too high
increases your risk one day to have a stroke or heart attack

so that one happened to me when i was forty

as i looked at that blood as it flowed out the end of the tube
soaking into the sheet
i thought
that stuff im taking
in a lot of folks
that aducanumab antibody
its in their blood naturally
lucky them

then when she finally got it all hooked up
and cleaned my arm all up
into the vein went that stuff
either salt water or the aducanumab
im sure i dont have any naturally of that aducanumab

later when i got home
i saw this article about infusing young blood into folks
that it might slow down the alzheimers disease

i knew it
i thought
when i was looking at my blood flow out the end of that
iv line
i know its in the blood

we just need to figure out what that it is
give that it to all of us

when blood from young donors were given to patients
with mild to moderate alzheimers disease
functional improvements were noted
paying bills and taking medicines and cooking for yourself

that fountain of youth stuff in blood may help folks
have better memory

now i understand what those vampires are all after

the organicgreen doctor

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