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