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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
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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

getting old

GETTING OLD
these are the words that i dont want to utter
im getting old

over the last week i have thought about it a lot
its been a week since i started this cataract journey
its made me think a lot about
am i getting old

now
ive been fighting getting old since i retired 8 years old
so far
i think ive been winning
until
this last week

after the second surgery last week to remove the dislocated lens
i started thinking
im getting old

my day starts with a 2-3 hour bout of computer time
its the only time i get on the computer the rest of the day
i know after i get my 3 cups of coffee and take my aricept (donnepezil) that i will have a burst of energy that will usually last until 100pm
then i start fading some
so
i take a nap
usually about an hour or so
i also take that time to watch my favorite news show and to watch my favorite sports show
then
after the nap i get up and do some busy work inside or outside until our evening meal
having lost some of that busy energetic self

now i will have a good 8-12 hrs of good energy
enough to do what i like to do
it rarely ever involves sitting still except for my computer time and my nap time
that is
until this last week
half my day is spent putting those 5 eye drops in my eye four times a day with five minutes between the drops
you can do the math to see how much time gets eaten up by those drops
cutting into my getting things done time

then
i developed double vision if i tried to not use a lens on my surgerized eye side since its starting to approach normal
so i popped my old lens for someone with real bad vision back in to stop my double vision
so right now my vision is right where i was when i started before the surgery

now
the plan is to pop a contact in the non surgerized eye tomorrow so i can then use the improving surgerized eye without glasses on
which will eliminate the double vision
yes i tripped over a lot of cracks in the sidewalk when we went walking holding onto my wife she as i went along
this is a place i dont want to be in
also going up and down the stairs was hard since i couldnt tell which stair was real and which was an illusion
i took my time
held onto the rail
held onto my wife she
like some little old elderly man with my bernie glasses on

you can forget driving
but
once i put my old glasses on all that went away
i just couldnt see as well out of the surgerized eye looking through the old lens
for now that will have to do

i was even able to drive with my old glasses

hopefully tomorrow will bring a better day on the eye front
i realized that i might not be wearing glasses again after 56 years of wearing glasses
i realized that i have never owned a pair of sunglasses
only clipons or bernie over the glasses sunglasses or those tinted lens that made it hard to see since my prescription was so strong

i dont know i might have to just pop out both lenses or have fake lenses put in my glasses so i can wear them
wearing glasses seems to be embedded in my dna since ive worn them for so long

yep
a new world tomorrow
for the better if i can get the surgerized eye to 20/20

now
someone asked me yesterday at the ucla research center
are you going to get the other one done
i dont think so i said
ill decide after all this trauma is over with
probably not i thought later

ill just may have to accept being a one eyed willie forever

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

alzheimers news-make it last longer

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-MAKE IT LAST LONGER
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the research person emailed me last week
she said
can you bring my wife she with you to your mri scan on tuesday
why i emailed her back
she said
the aducanumab study the long term extension part just got extended to 5 years
we need yall to sign the paper work tuesday to continue you in the extension
well be there

now i had planned to drive down myself to ucla today to get my mri
zoom down and zoom back
the brain mri is being done every so often to make sure i dont have microbleeding in the brain

however
if you have read my last two blogs you know that i got a little waylaid with my recovery from my two cataract surgeries
only one was planned
i got the special
i got two
so i cant drive today anyway

my wife she had planned to help out with grandbaby duty with ms b and mr h
maybe later today

then
it seems floods may occur sometime today in the montecito area
its been about a year since the floods happened
oprah and the rest of the montecitians are asked to evacuate
she could stay at our place if she wants

then
the recent fires along the 101 in the thousand oaks area are going to be prone to mudslides today and tomorrow
our plan
get there then get back home

normally i would reschedule all this since there is so much happening today
but
we have decided that only death will keep me from keeping my appointments for this study

the biogen aducanumab biib037 study that i am in may be the partial answer to slowing this disease down for me and the other 1600+ of us in the study
then
if it does work some it may be available some day for you and your family

briefly
the aducanumab an antibody obtained from older folks who dont get alzheimers is made in large amounts in the lab
when given intravenously it goes to the brain and removes the amyloid plaques from the brain removes any amyloid floating around and stimulates the garbage guys microglia to clean up and also fight the inflammatory response that happens

if removing the amyloid and cleaning things up makes a difference it will show up in better memory tests and delayed disease
already in those who get the drug the amyloid gets mostly cleared out as shown on amyloid scans called the amyvid pet scans
if it does all this it will be on the market

i did 18 months initially of either the placebo or the real drug
i had a 67% chance of getting the real drug
i think that i got the real drug since i had headaches a week after my first dose
headaches being the number one side effect thats seen
headaches were more common in folks like me who carrying the apoe 4 gene known as the late alzheimers gene
then in october of 2018 i started another 18-24 months of for real getting the real stuff
all placebo folks were started on the drug
this part of the study is called the long term extension

today
i and my wife she will be signing the permits to be part of the new long term extention of another 3 years
which means if i got the real drug in the beginning  then i will get a total of at least 6-7 years of the real drug

this if this stuff really works this could be a life changer for me

i have said my goal is to make it to ms bs high school graduation
i have 15 more years to go
at the end of this study i will be halfway there

if i dont make it well i really cant complain since 8 years ago i really didnt think would be able to sit here today and write this blog

yep i cant complain
a little inconvenience is not going to waylay me at all today

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, January 14, 2019

dislocated

DISLOCATED
these are my weekend at bernies glasses
if you saw the movie you understand
no i cant make myself wear them
plus when i do my wife she laughs at me and calls me bernie

in my medical career ive seen a lot of dislocated things like
fingers
ankles
knees
hips elbows
toes shoulders
clavicles
jaws
noses
necks
backs
so i have a visual and personal experience with dislocations
some i put back in place on the spot

so when he said it was dislocated
all i could think of was the ankle dislocation and knee one
those were painful and painful to watch

that right eye of mine has been my nemesis
in high school before i got my safety lenses i got hit with an elbow playing basketball shattering my lens with the fragments slicing my cornea and some embedding themselves there
all the glass was removed
after two weeks it was healed and i got to return to full activities after that

in the mid 90s my eye became red and quite painful
i developed a marked headache that took vicodin to relieve
then i developed marked fatigue for awhile
i had iritis or uveitis which is inflammation of the iris and the eye
over the years it would flare and unflare requiring pupil dilatation and long term steroid eye drops
it seemed to flare for no reason every 2-3 years

about 3 years ago it flared and i was put on steroids in that eye for 3 months then thats when that agave thorn poked in my eye braking off in the eye
in these blogs i wrote about my experience
yes i used a pair of tweezers to remove the thorn even though it was broken off at the corneal level
yes my wife she gets real squeamish when i retell the story

if you want to know more read these old blogs
and
have a good laugh at my expense
click on these three links in order
-a thorny situation
-dethorned
-the treatment

after that time 3 years ago i have been on steroid eye drops every day
if i miss them i develop fatigue first then get headaches then if i dont start the steroids my eye will turn red like the pink eye and i will have vicodin eye pain
thats eye pain that only vicodin will relieve
i dont let it get that far though

as i saw my favorite ophthalmologist in austin right before i left she said you know you have an early cataract in that right eye that will be need to be removed one day
youll know when she said

when i moved to santa barbara i made an appointment with an ophthalmologist here to get my steroid drops and to have someone to see when the need arrives
yep
he said
youll know when its time just call me

this brings me to where i am today

as in my last blog right above this one i write about needing my cataract removed
so i underwent a completely painless stressless procedure
during the procedure he says do you take flomax  well he asked me several times
i said through the versed fog no but ive ordered it a lot for patients

when i woke good it was like someone had smeared vaseline all over my glasses
i could see light and that was it
no i couldnt read the big big e on the eye chart

he said
for some reason your pupil wouldnt dilate like it should and the lens wouldnt sit right like it was suppose to back in the eye
do you take flomax
no i said
your lens has dislocated and needs to be replaced

dislocated i thought of all those joints i had put back in place
cant you just snap it back where it belongs
its not that simple he said
we need to remove it and put in a slightly different lens and suture it in good

ive seen this happen with flomax
flomax makes old men pee better
but it also affects the pupil
do you take flomax he said
so i was scheduled the next day for
an exchange of lens right eye
i thought
exchange seems like a funny word to use

so i read up on dislocated lenses after cataract surgery
it happens in 10% of cases
one of the top ten risk factors was
iritis

so under the versed influence i went
they sure do this surgery fast
it only took a few minutes
this time i saw the stitches being put it
the next day i saw the redness on both sides of the whites of the eyes that werent there after surgery one
i presume that had something to do with the stitches

then
i started having an increase in eye pressures in that eye
high enough i had headaches and got nauseated
i knew what that meant when i had the symptoms

so
i was given glaucoma eye drops
i got 5% sodium chloride drops to put in that eye that sucks fluid out of the eye
the normal saline you wash you eye with or that you get in an iv is 0.9%
all i know is it burns like hell when i put it in the eye
i also was given an oral diuretic called diamox to take for a few days to help relieve the eye pressure

lucky for me except for the iv stick ive not had much pain except when my eye pressure shot up

today as i sit here
i estimate my vision in my right eye to be 20/100
it is like im looking through a mild fog or froggy as ms b calls it
i have no pain
i am on 5 different eye drops
a steroid one
an anti inflammatory one
a glaucoma one
the burns like hell saline one
an antibiotic one
all these meds  prices are whats wrong with drug pricing in the united states

i need a computer to keep up with the dosing

my vision improves as the day progresses
it reminds me of when i would have the severe flare up of iritis
there is a lot of dead cells that slough off in the eye fluid leaving a froggy or cloudy vision
this stuff tends to settle down in the lower part of the eye during the day then get stirred up at night while you sleep

its expected that this will eventually all return to normal vision in that eye

i sure hope so

as i was leaving the office the other day i said you know you shouldnt treat a doctor and their family
bad things happen

he said with a smile
i know

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

a new world

A NEW WORLD
sometime around when i was twelve years old i had a vision screening done at school that showed that i needed glasses
when i eventually got the glasses a new world opened up to me
when i looked up at the sky at night
well i could see the stars they were always talking about
well i could see that the moon wasnt huge like a big full harvest moon all the time
it was actually smaller
well the car lights at night werent this huge big old moon sized things coming down the road
they were actually small
well i could actually see the board at school to see what the teacher was writing up there
i was actually a good listener to pick up on what the teacher was writing on the board
i was always an a b student even though i couldnt see the board

even when i got my glasses i was bad about wearing my glasses
i didnt when i should have

i was a baseball pitcher from 10 years until i was 15 years old
there are so many funny stories i could tell about this one
i was the best pitcher in the league
i always made the all star team as the pitcher
the catcher couldnt give me signals cause i couldnt see his fingers so i always called my own pitches
he never knew what was coming
a fast ball a curve ball a knuckle ball a slider a screwball a change up pitch etc
there was many a time when i pitched the ball and the umpire wasnt in place
im surprised no one recognized it as a problem

my little league coach was an ex minor league pitcher who use to give me signals on what to pitch and where to pitch a hitter
the problem was i couldnt see his signals unless i walked off the mound over to the third base line so i could see his signals
once when i was 12 pitching in the all star game the all star catcher always called the pitches for his pitchers
he was probably the best player in the ten team league
he finally after i couldnt see his calls let me just pitch what i wanted

he was also the best hitter in the league and hit the most home runs
my goal even though i couldnt see him clearly was to not let him hit a home run on me
if he got a double or triple or a single i would be happy
i struck him out on more than one occasion probably the only time he struck out all year

also during that time if i wasnt pitching since you could only pitch so many innings i played first base
once during warm ups the third basemen threw me the ball that i couldnt see in the dim lights
kerplunk right in the face breaking my nose that required it being put back in place in the emergency room by my doctor former baseball coach

when i got my glasses finally i still wouldnt wear them
my pony league coach said you arent going to pitch unless you wear those glasses
so i wore them that season

it amazes me today that i was that good of a pitcher but couldnt see the batter or catcher or umpire or coach as they were blurs 30 feet away
i always batted 300 or more in the 6 years i played baseball
i always was the winningest pitcher in the league

i always was the quarterback from pee wee football starting at 10 years old until my freshman year when i was 15 years old
i never played football with my glasses on
i couldnt see the scoreboard to read the score or how much time was left and couldnt see the sidelines to get any signals
i am amazed that some of my coaches didnt step in to make sure i could see
when i threw a long pass i guess i used some sixth sense to complete the pass

i played high school basketball
i made all district or all county all four years of high school
during my ninth grade and my tenth grade i played basketball without glasses
i didnt have any
i couldnt see the scoreboard during the game to see the score or the time on the clock
even then i was one of the top two scorers on the team

my junior year my high school coach took me to the optometrist and got me glasses to wear
during classes and during games
it changed my life
ill alway remember him for what he did

im sure there were a lot of folks that talked about how i didnt say hi or acknowledge them away from school
i simply couldnt see them
i learned to recognize a persons walk and blur and voice

there was a period of time during my no glasses year what i call our poverty years we couldnt afford much much less glasses
i even remember having one pair of shoes that had a hole in them so i put cardboard in them

even when i got glasses as a teenager i was bad about wearing them

in our school after the 8th grade you had to buy your own books
in biology class i never had a book
i had to rely on what was said and written in class
on the board i couldnt see it so i had to just listen well
even then i still got an a in the class

why am i writing about this
well
tomorrow i have cataract surgery scheduled on my right eye
the vision on that eye has worsen to the stage where it needs fixed before it worsens
i sort of have been having flashbacks to my childhood when i close my left eye which is 20/20 with glasses
and try to see things with my right eye

my wife she didnt know or understand what i was doing with my left eye covered as i
looked at the moon
looked at the car lights
looked at the football scoreboard on tv

i was flashbacking
wondering if somehow my life would have been better someway if i could have been able to see normally all my life
or
did this all make me be successful in life
i dont know
im not sure

i told my wife she you know ive been wearing glasses now for over 55 years
glasses completely changed my life

im not sure i want to go without them as i will end up with normal vision

i may just have to put clear lenses in them and wear them even if i dont need them

i sat the other day with my glasses on the couch beside me
looking at them
remembering all what i wrote above

i felt sad but happy at the same time

maybe ill just wear sunglasses all the time to make me feel better

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

when sweeter isnt good

WHEN SWEETER ISNT GOOD

nice article on the insulin pricing machine
beyondtype1.org

when someone has diabetes their blood sugar becomes too high
if it goes too high they develop diabetic ketoacidosis
if its not stopped
well
they can die

when a diabetic is on insulin sometimes their blood sugar goes too low
if it gets too low they become unconscious
and
if the sugar level gets too low
well
they can die

there is type 1 diabetes
these folks dont make insulin
the pancreas cells that make insulin are destroyed
a person with type 1 diabetes has to have insulin given as injections in order to live
without it
well
they will die

there is type 2 diabetes
the more common one
these folks make insulin ok
it for various reasons doesnt work well
many of these folks are obese
if they could control their diet and lose weight and exercise they can control their diabetes without any medication

most of these folks take oral medication that either simulates the pancreas cells to make more insulin or the drug makes it easier for the insulin to work better
some take new injectible meds that do the same thing
some end up on insulin to help out
its usually better to have type 2 then type 1

type 1 folks use to be doomed to an early death via kidney failure heart attacks amputation blindness strokes at an early age

now with better blood sugar monitoring and more aggressive insulin treatment their life expectancy is for many approaching normal

now enter the cost of insulin going up

what triggered this blog today was a type 1 diabetec who at 26 went off his parents insurance plan such that he no longer had insurance coverage
diabetes is an expensive disease

his insulin each month use to be a few hundred dollars
now the cost went to well over $1,000++ a month
being an independent person he stretched out his medicine such that his blood sugars gradually climbed over time
he was found dead from a diabetic coma

he couldnt afford his insulin that he needed to stay alive

why i wondered
insulin has been around as long as i can remember
it should be cheap
it was discovered in 1921
the inventor sold the patent to the university of toronto so no one could patent it and sell it at an expensive amount
the original insulin came from animals like pigs
later it was made in the lab
thats when the new patent stuff happened
thats when the prices started to climb

1997 a vial of humalog they manufactured in the lab insulin cost $27
today that vial costs $300 +-
some folks use the insulin pens which are more expensive than the vials
they are more convenient

thet old insulin has to be taken a lot more often like several times a day
that old insulin may not work as well

nowadays
most folks take the new insulins
they work better
they cost more though

you have to pay a lot for it

the fingers get pointed at

the drug manufacturers

the middle man folks who control the flow of drugs to pharmacies and hospitals and doctors offices
they tack on a lot of money to the cost of the insulin

then the final stop is the pharmacies
they tack on their profit

whats left is an expensive product
one that if you are a type 1 diabetic
you have to have to live

like a kidney failure patient who has to have dialysis each week
or they die
so be it with the type 1 diabetic
they have to have the insulin
or they die

like the young man i mentioned above

this insulin enigma is whats wrong with our health care system
other examples
the epi pen price gouging
the cancer drug increases
the asthma medicine price increases
etc etc etc

this insulin debacle is like the health care coverage debacle
it doesnt care what your politics are
without it the insulin the person
will die

again
when they start debating this drug pricing thing
pay close attention
it will affect you
if you are a type 1 diabetic
it may decide when you
will die

make them the politicians fix this

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, January 7, 2019

dont let them uncover you

DONT LET THEM UNCOVER YOU

Image result for california blue shield insurance card
this is about the health insurance coverage in the united states

here are some terms defined in my words as i understand them

lifetime limit
most policies use to have a maximum lifetime limit they would pay of $1,000,000
when you reach that amount well you dont have coverage anymore

in the present law there is no lifetime limit

powers that be are trying to do away with the no lifetime limit

in my circle of family and friends i am aware of three kids that i call the million dollar babies
one being my grandson
they in the past would have met their lifetime allowance
they would not have coverage if they change the law
if the disease is ongoing like with my grandson mr h it would be a catastrophic financial disaster for them

my advice
dont let them meaning the politicians get rid of this
you and your family may be next

dont let your politicians get rid of this one even if your party supports getting rid of it

maximum out of pocket
this is the most you will have to pay out of pocket in a year
the amount is based on which policy you buy and how many are in your family
when you reach this amount the insurance pays 100%

yes
the politicians are trying to get rid of this one also
again
dont let your politicians get rid of this one even if your party supports getting rid of it


now this one is the biggie
preexisting conditions

when i think about family and friends i realize that almost all of them have preexisting conditions
eg if you have asthma
you wont be able to get coverage for any of your asthma care

yes
the politicians are trying to get rid of this one also trying real hard
again
dont let your politicians get rid of this one even if your party supports getting rid of it


preventative health care
yep
the politicians are trying to get rid of this one

for kids that would be well child care and immunizations at no extra cost
remember that cost is included in your premiums
for women that would be your annual visit with pap and mammograms and bone density and birth control
again this is figured in what you pay for your premiums
for men for those who do preventative care includes the finger test psa screening labs colonoscopy

yes
the politicians are trying to get rid of this one also trying real hard
again
dont let your politicians get rid of this one even if your party supports getting rid of it

theres more in the coverage that we all have been enjoying the last few years granted we are paying more

in the last election the majority of americans supported the health care laws and didnt want them changed

so dont let your politicians go against your own best interest
dont support them just because they are democrat or republican
think about yourself and your family and what it means

now these changes if they were voted away would affect medicare medicaid champus employee health insurance private health insurance and insurances bought on the exchanges
we all 100% of us would be adversely effected

be real real careful of buying the new crappy health policies that are now being allowed without any of these coverages above or below
youll pay less money for these crap policies each month for hardly any coverage and no protections


i just went on the coveredca website and pretended i was a 45 year old couple with two kids living in santa barbara making $75,000 a year and picked the silver ppo policy the one most folks use to compare policies

the policy would be with california blue shield the same supplement my wife she uses with her medicare
the monthly premium would be $614 a month after a $1104 tax credit
lifetime maximum no limit
yearly deductible  $5,000 family  $2,500 individual
maximum out of pocket  $15,100 family  $7,550 individual
pcp $40 copay
preventative care $0
etc etc etc

you can see what would happen to you or this family if these protections are taken away
it would take one medical event to wipe you or this family out financially

so
in summary

dont go against your best interests and those of your family and friends
dont support changing these coverages
we
all of us
will lose
big time

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, January 4, 2019

alzheimers news-ai can tell

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-AI CAN TELL
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ai stands for artificial intelligence
like watson the ibm computer

i watched watson battle it out with the two top human contestants on jeopardy
watson easily won the battle
he started slow but then just rapidly started answering all the questions

the first research study i was in was the adni 2 study
adni stands for alzheimers disease neuroimaging initiative
i was in the study for 5 years
i had
serial memory testings such as the moca and mmse and neuropsychological exams
my memory tests were abnormal for a couple of years then have gradually returned to being near normal since then

serial blood test checking my dna rna chemistry profile blood counts urine tests and genetic tests
i carry the apoe 4 homozygous gene ie i have apoe 4/apoe 4 the double version
its called the late onset alzheimers gene

serial mris
mine were all normal

a PET scan of the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease
ucsf article on using ai
serial glucose metabolism pet scan like the one above where i was given radioactive glucose before the scan
the working brain cells took up the radioactive glucose and showed up as red highlighted areas
the nonworking brain cells did not take up the radioactive glucose and showed up as blue areas
my pet scans for glucose were normal
which is common early on in the disease
later on maybe now it will or would be abnormal

two spinal taps for amyloid protein and tau protein
these levels become abnormal in alzheimers disease
i had mine done in a private lab and it was abnormal

i had one amyloid pet scan called the amyvid pet scan
if you have alzheimers disease that scan will be positive
i dont know that result on the first one
i have had two since then
although i havent seen the last two results i know they are positive since i am not allowed in the present study im in called the biogens aducanumab study unless im positive
if my drug works my last amyvid pet scan to be done in 15 months may be read as negative

there are around 1200+ of us that were in the adni 2 study from all over the us and the world
so at ucsf
they took artificial intelligence
ie
one of watsons buddies to look at all the scans

well mr watsons buddies were able to predict with a high degree of accuracy 90+ that some folks had or would have alzheimers disease
they were able to predict this 6 years before the disease showed up
how
by recognizing subtle real subtle changes in serial scans that humans couldnt recognize using an algorithm the scientists designed

so
one day when you go to the neurologist for early memory loss the neurologist will say
well id like you to meet my friend
watson
its elementary my friend

early diagnosis leads to early treatment
we are close to having treatments soon

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, January 3, 2019

why blackeyed peas for nyd

WHY BLACKEYED PEAS FOR NYD
on nyd we were in nola for our sons wedding
we were in recovery mode but knew we had to have some blackeyed peas on nyd
yes i know the correct spelling is black eyed pea or black-eyed pea but i think that spelling it like this blackeyed peas just well should be the way its done

so
i went down to the restaurant at the hotel where we were staying
i waited for this nice dressed up young waiter who came up to ask what i needed
i said
will you be having blackeyed peas today
thinking of all places in nola they would have them
he said as he looked down his nose at me
we dont serve those here

well
i cant say what i said under my breath
use your imagination

on to emerils nola restaurant thinking surely emeril would have some
nope
his was just those little green peas
im sure if you ate them they would cause bad luck for the year
so we didnt partake

why blackeyed peas for nyd
this is the lore as told on wikipedia
when sherman made his march to the sea during the civil war he plundered and burned everything so the south folks wouldnt have anything left
the peas in the field were recognized as food for the animals by the north troops and not for human consumption
thus the southern folks many survived eating the blackeyed peas that winter
thus
it became a tradition to eat the blackeyed peas on nyd in the south
thus becoming the symbol for good luck for the year
or
the blackeyed pea represented the emancipation of the slaves on nyd
thus being a symbol for good luck for the year

the blackeyed pea is a pea from africa brought here by the slaves
its growth spread over the south
it was used as food for farm animals
it was used as food for humans also
like corn is
the purple hull pea is a variation of the blackeyed pea named for the purple hull
if you have ever shelled them using your thumb you know that its purple

so back to my story
we my wife she and i decided
lets just wait till we get home the next day and use the purple hull peas i harvested from my garden this summer and froze just for this good luck meal which we did last night
so
i did a vegetarian version in our crock pot using my frozen shelled purple hull peas
i added 1 box of vegetable broth plus sauteed onions and garlic and bell pepper plus seasoning of sea salt ground black pepper pepper flakes my cooking spice mix plus liquid mesquite smoke plus 1 can of tomatoes and peppers some know as rotel plus olive oil and a pad or two of butter
then
i cooked it for several hours

we ie my wife she made some cornbread which represents gold
she also got some cans of peas as in the picture above in case i didnt cook the peas right

we had collards the day before at nola so that represents green which is money

the blackeyed via purple hull peas thats the good luck for the year
a prosperous year is in store for us if this story is true

maybe
we all here in the us need to be sure we all ate blackeyed peas this year
we may need it this year

the organicgreen doctor