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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

Friday, February 22, 2019

alzheimers news-you can have it when im through with it

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when i say that to them they sort of get quiet and stare at me for a second
some have got teary eyed
what am i talking about
its my brain

i think its an important brain
they have a series of mri scans of the brain over the last 8 1/2 years
more than 10
they can line all those up and look at them
serial changes can be seen over time
like those cartoons you can draw on cards so that when you thumb through them there is this cartoon that runs across your visual field

Image result for oraganicgreendoctor amyvid pet scan
they can line up my amyvid pet scans that have been done
i have lost count of how many i think ive had 4 or 5
the amyvid shows up the alzheimers causing amyloid protein in the brain
so as they thumb through them in my case they should see it accumulating over the 5 years of the adni study where i wasnt being treated with a drug but was just been monitored so they could watch it grow more and more in my brain
when i entered the biogen aducanumab study they did an initial amyvid pet scan that was positive
now although i havent seen the scans and more than likely never will
as they look at them over time they will see less and less of the amyloid in the brain scans so that eventually it the scan will be read as negative
like the scan above on the left

now i have around 6 more years at least of taking this stuff so there will be more scans for them to look at
after that i plan to continue with more studies as they become available

Image result for oraganicgreendoctor.com alzheimers brain slide
so one day when my time on this earth is over
i want them to be able to hold my brain in their hands and then process it so that they can see with the naked eye and with the microscope what actually really happened during all this time when i was taking all those supplements doing all those healthy things taking those experimental drugs taking that alzheimers drug aricept (donepezil)
did all that i did and they did
well did it make a difference

somehow someway maybe all this will help someone else
maybe advance the alzheimers knowledge forward some

ive always said i would never donate my body to a medical school or science after going through human anatomy working on my own cadaver
i did think some though about our cadaver that person how many folks maybe benefited from the knowledge i gained from understanding the human anatomy
maybe that knowledge saved a life or saved someone some misery

i want my brain to be used to maybe advance someones knowledge
i have been working on having my brain donated to ucla when i die
here is the form i had to sign
my wife she and my family understand thats what i want done
when i die

it was quite surreal when i completed that form
signed and dated it
stopped to look at real good
thats when it all sunk in to my brain

i dont know if ive ever seen someone sign their own autopsy forms before
im sure im not the first

my body will be shipped to ucla where they will harvest my brain
they process it analyzing it for how all this stuff worked out that i did to fight this disease
something that a biopsy or scan wouldnt show
i get picked up and brought back to the mortuary for my final disposition
i have decided to be cremated after the brain is harvested

like the tv show
the final answer is...

now i know what harvesting a brain means since i did that for a year as a morgue attendant when i was in medical school
i know what and how its done

so i understand the process so i feel like i am quite capable of making a decision on this

they can have it when i done with it
hopefully it will help some in this battle against alzheimers

the organicgreen doctor

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