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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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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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

sb country n news-we keep losing them

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yesterday we left our condo around 530 am on our way to ucla for my infusion of the experimental alzheimers treatment drug biogens aducanumab
by the way i have been on it now for two years and have another 6+ years to go
my memory testing earlier this month was in the normal range
maybe this drug or maybe all the healthy things i and we are doing or maybe both

as we walked out onto the courtyard in the crisp cool air of the early morning right before dawn bursts onto the sky we both paused and looked up at the almost close enough for us full moon so bright in the sky
i took a slow deep deep breath then sighed enjoying the crisp burning feeling that cool air made deep down in my chest
it made the rest of the day better stopping and seeing that moon and breathing that air

on the drive to ucla from santa barbara there is this stretch of the hwy 101 just before dawn that is so picturesque so calming that you only get at this time each morning when the weather is clear and crisp like this
i was driving while my wife she worked on her crackberry iphone
i looked out over the ocean out into the distance there was this long row of oil platforms that parallel the hwy 101 that seems to go for miles and miles
they are pretty with all their lights miles out in the ocean
you can also see miles and miles of ocean waves in that moonlight
pretty but i kept in mind that one of these oil platforms was the ones that leaked all that oil onto the beaches of santa barbara and montecito in the late 1960s that ruined the economy of the area for several years

its also that leak that spawned the green environmental movement the earth day movement we know today
when you live here and see what importance a clean healthy environment is to this areas economy
it makes you feel different about those oil wells when you look at them

as i drove along my mind then drifted back to my organic garden plots at the community garden where i garden
i got to thinking about planting my garden and about the environment of the garden
my mind drifted to the good insects for the garden

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every time i garden there are these insects i look for in the garden
if they are present i know we are doing a good job


when i see them i know my garden will probably do well

now in my plot i try to make sure something is blooming all the time
for now i have calendula wildflowers arugula two types flowering my cabbage i let go to seed so they are flowering my cover crops peas and beans and sweet pea vines are flowering now
soon when i get my spring veggies planted they will all be blooming
so in my plots i am doing my part
the bees are happy soon the butterflies and ladybugs will be there also and will be smiling

i read this article about the insects becoming extinct from the guardian
we are losing 2.5% of the insects each year
do the math
in 10 years we will have lost 25%
in 20 years we will have lost 50%

this is the bad part
when we go further than that and start approaching 100%
we might all starve to death
we might all starve to death
do the math
for some of you that will be in your lifetime or at least in your kids lifetime

look around where you live
start looking for these good guys
do what you can to make them happy

the biggest threat to these insects ie to us are insecticides used in agriculture and of course other environmental insults

it does seem ironic doesnt it that producing the food we all need may be what kills us all eventually

as we drove further to ucla
as the sun bursted over the mountains heading away from the ocean to the mountains this azure color of the sky with its almost pinkish orangish reddish clouds over the mountains
my wife she and i to take a deep breath again and sigh at what just transpired in our minds

will ms b be ok when we are gone

our day has begun

the organicgreen doctor

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