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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 blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, February 7, 2020

alzheimers news-you only have 32 of them

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this fall i listened to a lecture from a neurologist and researcher from ucla give a presentation on an update on alzheimers disease

on one of her slides she had a list of 18 things that are risk factors and contributors to alzheimes disease

they are
the environment
social interactions
mental health
education brain resilience
innate immunity
inflammatory pathways
hormonal regulations
oral health
gut microbiome
pathogens toxins
vascular health like blood pressure cholesterol diabetes

dr dale bredesen in his reversal of cognitive decline article spelled out 36 things to look at that may affect your cognitive decline
all of the ones in the list above was on his list

one of the things on the list is oral health
it seems the inflammation and infection that can occur in our teeth and gums can get transferred to the brain
this inflammatory process may contribute to the inflammation that occurs in the brain in alzheimers
inflammation causes the body to send in the troops to attack that inflammation
this battle that ensues can cause more brain cell destruction

also a germ found in the gums called p. gingivalis which may be passed to the brain or as in a recent study may induce compounds that contribute to the development of alzheimers

this inflammation and infection may be one of the spokes on the alzheimers disease wheel

dr bredesen recommends good oral health

if you look at the list of things that are in the neurologists lecture you will see that many of them are things that you and i can fix or control

oral health is one of them

i have tried to be good since i was diagnosed 9 years ago about taking care of my teeth
since moving i fell off the wagon and didnt get regular dental cleaning and evaluations of my teeth
one of my new years resolutions was to restart it
i did
oh my
one crown down and one root canal down with two more crowns to go

as i await that needle injection to happen and await all that grinding and noise that gets made and my head bouncing up and down while they do their dental procedures
i think
its all about inflammation and infection

i dont want any part of anything i can control on one of those spokes of the alzheimers wheel to be broken
i want all of them intact helping to keep this disease at bay

brush your teeth
floss every day
get regular dental cleaning and dental checkups

your brain and your memory may depend on it

the organicgreen doctor

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