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, September 25, 2020

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-these meds may put you at risk

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-these meds may put you at risk: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-THESE MEDS MAY PUT YOU AT RISK in alzheimers disease the chemical acetylcholine gets depleted this acetylcholine is used in ...

alzheimers news-these meds may put you at risk

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-THESE MEDS MAY PUT YOU AT RISK

in alzheimers disease the chemical acetylcholine gets depleted
this acetylcholine is used in the nerve endings where nerves connect to each other so the nerve endings will fire

if a nerve cell is damaged this acetylcholine level is lower so the nerves dont fire like they should
in alzheimers disease the end result is a problem with memory
as alzheimers disease progresses the acetylcholine levels go lower and lower and the memory gets worse and worse

the drug i take aricept (donepezil) inhibits the enzyme thats found in the nerve endings so the amount of acetylcholine available in the nerve endings goes up and there is memory improvement
this rising acetylcholine level is also why you see some side effects
eg
if you stare at my calves you will see that my muscles fasciculate 24/7
it basically looks like something is crawling under my skin 
thats the increased acetylcholine in the muscle nerve cells nerve endings causing that

in alzheimers disease the basal forebrain gets attacked first by the disease so the acetylcholine starts to get depleted

now if that person who gets affected just happens to be on one of the 100 or so anticholinergic drugs then that acetylcholine can get even more depleted

a recent article linked here from the american academy of neurology journal called neurology describes a recent study looking at those effects
here is a news report on the study 

anticholinergic drugs are used for allergies and colds and bladder issues and blood pressure control and anxiety and depression
some names you recognize are benadryl claritin allegra zyrtec and other allergy pills and metoprolol and atenolol or other beta blockers and those bladder control meds sold over the counter and as prescriptions

here is a list 

so if you have biomarkers already that are abnormal like the amyloid and tau proteins which many of you do already you just dont know it yet then you already are depleting your acetylcholine
when you add the anticholinergics you are just making it worse
according to the study its 4 x as worse

if you happen to have the apoe 4 gene like i do and like at least 25% of you do then you will be making it 2.5 x as worse

if you take at least one of these drug you have a 47% chance of developing mild cognitive impairment

older folks are more vulnerable to their effects 

a large number of folks on these drugs and with those risk factors will develop mild cognitive impairment the precursor to alzheimers disease

what i would do would be to look closely at the anticholinergic drugs you are taking and decide if you really need them
if you dont really need them then stop them
if you really need them talk to your doctor about alternative drugs
eg a beta blocker blood pressure med can be replaced with a different class of drug
sometimes though folks just have to take an anticholinergic drug then you just have to take it
but
then you want to be more aggressive about living a healthy lifestyle

here is a list of drugs that have possible and definite anticholinergic effects
dont stop yours without talking to your doctor
some of these drugs have to be tapered off or replaced with another drug

for me
i try to avoid drugs that affect the acetylcholine levels since i already have a deficit in my brain cells
taking an anticholinergic drug could possibly make my memory worse

thats why when you go in for a memory evaluation they look closely at the drugs you take including prescription over the counter herbal and supplements

sometimes folks can stop them and have an improvement in their memory

again
do not stop taking these drugs without a doctors approval

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, September 24, 2020

organicgreendoctor: garden news-garlic planting

organicgreendoctor: garden news-garlic planting: GARDEN NEWS-GARLIC PLANTING we use garlic a lot in cooking so i try to grow enough each year then store it in our garage to use as we need i...

garden news-garlic planting

GARDEN NEWS-GARLIC PLANTING

we use garlic a lot in cooking so i try to grow enough each year then store it in our garage to use as we need it during the year
i hang them in woven garlic weaves to hang from the garage ceiling
they almost look like a macramé if you know what that is

the garlic from last years planting is about half gone
we should have enough to last us until these garlics i planted this week are ready to harvest

the secret to growing garlic and actually any vegetable is to have
a good rich soil

here is a picture of where i planted my garlic bed
the bed is 3 ft x 8 ft
this spring and summer it started out as where i planted my zucchini squash and my tatume squash
when the squash season was over i removed the squash
then i added about 4 in of rich compost
that we made ourselves here in the garden
then i added a sprinkling of an organic garden fertilizer
then i forked this in with a garden fork 
then i added a solution of fish emulsion seaweed molasses to the soil
then i covered it with several inches of a mulch
then i kept it watered for a couple of months
then when i got ready to plant the garlic the soil was this rich dark full of nutrients that any veggie would love to be planted in
i simply raked back the layer of mulch and planted the garlic

the picture of the garlic above shows the upper left one wrapped in that purple mesh 
that is a silver white soft neck that does good in central california
you have to get one that works in your area
i ordered this one from botanical interests a seed company from colorado who makes organic seeds that you see being sold in a lot of organic nurseries here and also elsewhere like texas

the one on the right some of which are broken into cloves with the red are a red spanish garlic i got from a local organic nursery
it was actually grown here in the santa barbara area so i know its adapted to this area

the one on the bottom left is a red italian garlic that i grew in my garden last year
it produced the best garlic ive grown since i have been here
we have been using it since last may in our cooking and hopefully we can make it until this new crop is ready to harvest

when i plant these i plant them with the pointy end upwards
i plant them about 1.5 inches deep about 6 inches apart
i cover them with soil then water them in with my fish emulsion seaweed molasses mixture
i water them at least once a week with a drip system
i add the fish emulsion etc every 2 weeks
i sprinkle coarse ground corn meal on the soil twice a month to cutdown on fungal diseases since we get a lot of morning fog 
i spray them once a week with hydrogen peroxide every week this also helps to kill bacterial and fungal diseases
in texas i never seemed to have to worry about these but here the increased moisture from the morning fog creates an environment the germs love

then i just keep an eye on them until april or may when the leaves seem to start dying then i harvest them
i try to let them dry out some before i harvest them so they wont be wet when they are harvested

then i just wait until its time

garlic is really easy to grow much easier in the austin area then here

you can even grow some in a pot
just
remember you put a $5 plant in a $50 hole

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #58-i knew then when i wrote th...

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #58-i knew then when i wrote th...: MY STORY REVISITED #58-I KNEW THEN WHEN I WROTE THAT BLOG last week i wrote the blog about going up for the adni study  the visit that start...

my story revisited #58-i knew then when i wrote that blog

MY STORY REVISITED #58-I KNEW THEN WHEN I WROTE THAT BLOG


last week i wrote the blog about going up for the adni study 
the visit that started my trip towards retirement
as i read the blog below that i wrote after the adni evaluation i can read between the lines
i didnt really say what i knew inside was the beginning of the end of my career
i remember like other mornings writing my blog about this that i shed a tear thinking a lot about my mother who died a few years earlier with alzheimers and my younger brother who was in last half of his jouney with the disease

even though i hadnt got that phone call yet when i wrote that blog
the caller the research director said dr nash you have memory loss greater than you should have based on your age and your degree of education
we think you should see a neurologist

those words changed my life our lives my patients lives my families lives

i wasnt surprised though when she said those words
i knew already
i knew the minute during the neuropsychological exam when i struggled to do part of the exam
i knew that my time had arrived

now when i do that part of the exam i dont struggle to do it

so what i did
i knew that once i got my official diagnosis from the neurologist then i was through so i planned the next 4-6 weeks to be ready for that day
as i wrote the blog below it would be about 2-3 weeks before i got that phone call
but i knew already

i began to slow down my practice
i stopped seeing new patients
i started refilling medications early so folks could have a few months buffer to find a new doctor
i had folks come in early for their well child exams and their physicals and their follow up visits
so when that day came when i had to stop i was as ready as i could be to stop practicing 

so there was no surprise really when i got that phone call
im sure why wife she was in some denial
but
i had already accepted what was coming
__________
11-18-2010
FOLLOWUP ON ADNI STUDY(ALZHEIMERS STUDY)
well i went to the center for the initial evaluation for the
adni study
good thing was that i did not have to do a lumbar puncture
yesterday
bad thing is that when i go back i have to get it done

but after going through 3 1/2 hours of psychological,
neurological, and neuropsychological evaluations the
lumbar puncture doesnt seem quite so bad

i was warned by testers that that is how most people
feel who go through the testing

after the complete evaluation is completed in a few weeks then
a decision will be made as to which arm of the study
i will be placed in
the bad thing is that for the adni study have to go through the
neuropsychological evaluation again

the mri scan and lab work will also be done after the followup
evaluation probably next month

no matter whether i am placed in the adni study
i will have labs and a mri scan and a neuropsychological
evaluation annually for as long as i live
i will be able to receive those results when they are done

if i am placed in the adni study i will get more evaluations
over a 2 year period
much of the labs and scans that are done in the adni study
are experimental and are not done outside of research
you cant go to a local xray place and get the
scans done or to the lab and get the genetic studies done
these results will never be given to me

the testing done outside of the adni study-routine labs, mris,
neuropsychological evaluations- though are results
that i will receive after they are done and can be used to
plan my future

overall i am glad that i went
hopefully i will be able to contribute a small bit of information
to fighting this disease

i will blog in the future  about each visit when i go
__________
if you notice i didnt say in that old blog that my neuropsychological exam was normal
like i wrote above i knew what it showed the minute i took it


the organicgreen doctor 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

organicgreendoctor: what happened to those chinese mystery seeds

organicgreendoctor: what happened to those chinese mystery seeds: WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE CHINESE MYSTERY SEEDS  i recently read about folks who got those chinese mystery seeds in the mail that they didnt or...

what happened to those chinese mystery seeds

WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE CHINESE MYSTERY SEEDS 

i recently read about folks who got those chinese mystery seeds in the mail that they didnt order
they seemed to have been sent all over the country

i didnt get any chinese mystery seeds in the mail
if i had i know what i would have done with them

so what did folks do with those chinese mystery seeds they got unsolicited in the mail
well you can only imagine

according to this thorough article on them 

some folks ate them
some folks called 911
some folks just planted them
some folks just threw them away

we are talking about tens of thousands that got these seeds in the mail
i still cant believe folks ate them

one person planted them and said nothing came up and all the plants around that area just died
even the fbi is involved in investigating these chinese mystery seeds

the usda said folks should not plant them
they also should have said dont eat them stupid
they recommended folks notify their local state agricultural authority 
they recommended mailing them to the usda or their local agri authority

they said it may have been a brushing campaign
this link here explains what a brushing campaign or scam is

i would say from reading about these mystery chinese mystery seeds that the scam worked
why would someone eat unknown seeds
what if they were poisonous
thats called natural selection to get rid of the stupid gene

the seeds turned out to be all kinds of seeds
one was the dreaded bindweed the bane of gardeners around here
once its in your soil you cant hardly get rid of it

another was amaranth
i grow that one to use the leaves in salads some grow it for the seeds but its the bane of a lot of farmers as it competes with their crops like soybeans eg

was it a brushing campaign or was it a way to get bad seeds into our environment 

i thought about this for awhile 
what would i have done if they had appeared in the mail
i would have tried to get them identified
but 
i probably would have dumped them in the toilet and flushed them away

then
i read about this method
had i got the seeds and had i known about this method of disposal 
i know thats what i would have done


you take the seeds and wrap them with duct tape
then
mail them to the usda

yep
no way would i have planted them
definitely would i have not ever eaten them
i would have used the duct tape to dispose of them
yep for use

did you get any chinese mystery seeds in the mail

if you did what did you do with them
please dont tell me you ate them

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, September 21, 2020

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-a grim milestone this week

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-a grim milestone this week:   COVID 19-A GRIM MILESTONE THIS WEEK this week we should hit the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths in the us due to covid 19 the world will ...

covid 19-a grim milestone this week

 COVID 19-A GRIM MILESTONE THIS WEEK
this week we should hit the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths in the us due to covid 19
the world will reach a million deaths due to covid 19
the us represents 20% of the cases even though we have only 4.25% of the worlds population

the next wave which may be the largest yet in the us may raise that number another 100,000 to 200,000 this year which would make it at least the third leading cause of death in the us this year 
it might become number two or if its real bad it may be number one

this implies that we have done something wrong
i saw a program on taiwan who has around 20 million folks but have had only 7 deaths

i ask what did they do right that we seem to have done wrong
those are the questions we need to be asking

for starters
if we had done these four simple things at the beginning 
wearing masks
keeping our social distance from others
washing our hands frequently
avoiding large groups
well
then the 200,000 lost lives here in the united states would have been cut in maybe half

we could have saved 50,000 to 100,000 lives
whats so political incorrect about all that

failing to do so is killing our elderly and our friends and our close relatives 

20 of the 50 states are starting to have another uptick in cases
its predicted that the cases will began to climb such that the 2nd wave or 3rd wave or whatever wave it is will overcome us
it will be larger and wider than those before

why 
we arent doing those four things well

the labor day holiday where folks moved around a lot and got close together started it off
we didnt learn from memorial day did we
the schools opened causing more outbreaks in younger folks who dont necessarily get real sick but become vectors who carry it to their more vulnerable contacts like teachers parents grandparents aunts uncles etc
the colleges and universities opened and many have turned into a vector stew pot spreading the covid 19 among themselves and to others outside the universities
sports teams for all ages have started up 
another vector source
now professional teams and maybe rich universities can afford to bubble the athletes but most colleges dont have those resources
then the cold weather forces folks inside where the covid 19 can get concentrated in the air

then there is the twindemic thats about to start up soon
thats the flu
and
the covid 19
both peaking at the same time

i just read where the flu is already in san francisco so it is probably elsewhere in the country
the best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot 
i get mine in early october
then
you do those things that we should all be doing to keep from getting the covid 19
those things i listed above

the covid 19 vaccine is coming
even it comes early which it probably wont most of us wont be able to get it until next year
so
for this winter 
you need to get your flu shot and do those 4 things i listed above

history is not going to look kindly at how the us handled the covid 19 pandemic that left us and is leaving us with such death and economic devastation

history always takes the politics out of what happens and tells the truth

get your flu shot 

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, September 18, 2020

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-can it lead to alzheimers disease

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-can it lead to alzheimers disease: ALZHEIMERS DISEASE-CAN IT LEAD TO ALZHEIMERS DISEASE yes probably maybe what is it its obesity recently i wrote a blog about how obesity can...

alzheimers news-can it lead to alzheimers disease

ALZHEIMERS DISEASE-CAN IT LEAD TO ALZHEIMERS DISEASE

yes probably maybe
what is it
its obesity

recently i wrote a blog about how obesity can lead to a higher risk of dying if you got covid 19
the two are related
the increased risk of dying from covid 19 if you are obese is related to its effect on the immune system
the increased risk of developing alzheimers disease if you are obese is probably related to the decreased blood flow to the brain that occurs in obesity

here is a recent research article that looked at this issue
here is a summary article reviewing that research article

there is decreased blood flow to the brain if you are obese
that includes if you are overweight bmi of 24.9 to 29.9 or obese bmi >30 or morbid obese bmi>40
the higher the bmi the greater the decrease in blood flow to the brain

the researchers used functional pet scans of the brain
there was decreased blood flow to all regions of the brain but especially those areas that are associated with alzheimers diseases
like
the temporal lobe parietal lobe hippocampus posterior cingulate precuneus

the blood flow worsened as the bmi increased
the more obese you are the less blood flows to your brain

my bmi was 25 so i was considered overweight so i was having some decreased blood flow to my brain just from that
then you add on high blood pressure not treated high cholesterol not controlled having the apoe 4 apoe 4 late onset alzheimers gene well none of that was slowing down my disease any 
it was speeding it up

look at your bmi
lower it as much as you can and you will increase the blood flow to your brain
and
maybe decrease you chances of getting alzheimers disease


consider getting involved with your local alzheimers walks

here is the information on my team organicgreendoctor that will walk in this years santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 7 2020
the opening ceremony and closing ceremony will be virtual
so anyone can watch it online
then
each individual member will walk in their neighborhood or favorite hiking trail wearing their purple alzheimers shirts for the 2-3 mile walk 
this is the safest way to do the walk this year
please wear your mask and keep a good social distance from others
hopefully next year we can all be live

join us wherever you live for our walk this year


you can donate and or join our team organicgreendoctor 
at this link
then walk in your own neighborhood the morning of the walk to honor those lost in our families to this disease and to those who are affected now by this disease

the organicgreen doctor 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

organicgreendoctor: garden news-growing community project

organicgreendoctor: garden news-growing community project: GARDEN NEWS-GROWING COMMUNITY PROJECT   thats growing like in growing vegetables the community garden where i have my garden plot and where ...

garden news-growing community project

GARDEN NEWS-GROWING COMMUNITY PROJECT 

thats growing like in growing vegetables

the community garden where i have my garden plot and where i volunteer 2-3 days a week grows vegetables in the center of the garden that are then donated to food kitchens shelters soup kitchens etc

we rely on volunteers to make this work
precovid 19 we would have groups of folks come in to help with some groups as large as 20-30 people to help in the garden
they would do things like weed the garden especially help us keep the bind weed or morning glory under control
i didnt know bind weed until i moved here
if its not controlled it will take over your garden
they also put out yards and yards of mulch
they helped harvest the veggies
they helped prep the beds
they helped plant the veggie seeds
the helped to plant the veggie plants
you name it that needed to be done in the garden and they helped
the groups were from high schools middle schools elementary schools colleges universities charities businesses
they kept our garden cleaned up and helped us keep our garden veggies growing

but 
since the covid 19 hit in march we have not had any volunteers come in to help
except for a few of us regular folks

we have been struggling to keep up with what needs to be done in the garden

so enter the bucket brigade
ill link here to their website

the bucket brigade is known for helping clean up the debris and mud from peoples property after the montecito mud slides in 2018 that killed a lot of folks and destroyed homes and businesses and led to the closure of the highway one and 101 for weeks

they are a high energy volunteer group of a few thousand that attack a problem and like the mud slides help clean things up
they get dirty when they do their jobs

the name comes from the use of buckets to haul mud and debris from the properties

so now they are partnering with those names on that sign above to grow veggies and fruits for folks in need and to encourage folks to grow their own veggies 
think victory gardens during ww2

we are having and its about to get worse a national problem with food and folks not getting enough food to eat
this project hopefully will help some with this food shortage in this area

eg
they will salvage old lumber thats donated or thrown away to build raised beds of different sizes for folks to use to garden in
these will be given away

they have located abandoned garden sites eg a local church has a large lot that will be used to develop a large sort of victory garden

in our garden the volunteers will add some of these raised bed for our garden to use
they will help plant our seeds and plants and harvest them
they will weed and help prep the beds and move the mulch and whatever we  need them to do 
they are get it done volunteers that ooze with energy

the benefit is to those in need of our veggies and that need will only grow as things dont get back to normal

also in that list above is an organic seed and garden nursery that will be donating seeds and plants

we in this country may if things get worse may have a real food shortage for those who need help
just look at those food kitchen lines sometime in your area

so
i look forward to working with this group in our volunteer garden to help us do our part in this moment of need

the organicgreen doctor 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #57-how it all started

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #57-how it all started: MY STORY REVISITED #57-HOW IT ALL STARTED two years after i did the adni initial evaluation i looked back at that day when i went to dallas ...

my story revisited #57-how it all started

MY STORY REVISITED #57-HOW IT ALL STARTED

two years after i did the adni initial evaluation i looked back at that day when i went to dallas to do the evaluation to see if i would qualify to be in the research study 

i mentioned my long term care insurance i had bought a few years before
i had passed a memory test in order to qualify for the insurance 

my goal was to be followed long term via the research study so that somewhere along the way if i had memory issues i would detect it early

little did i know that that day i went for the research study would be that day it was detected
__________
03-12-2012

HOW IT ALL STARTED
this is how it all started
in november of 2010 i tried to enter an alzheimers research study
as a normal subject

this posting seems so innocent
little did i know what was coming

im reposting several of my blog entries to retell what happened
for my benefit and to some of the readers benefit who have
family members friends with this disease
thats all of you

here is the blog titled alzheirmers disease neuroimaging initiative

11-17-2010
ALZHEIMERS DISEASE NEUROIMAGING INITIATIVE 
those of you who know me or my family know that
my mother had alzheimers and spent the last months of
her life in a nursing home before she died
we experienced the effects of alzheimers on a loved one
we saw the devastating effect it can have on a person and
their family
we saw the dwindling of our mother over time
we all dread this happening to us but know that it may
be coming to visit all of us eventually

our father before he died probably had early stages
of azheimers but his death from heart disease
occurred before the disease progressed too far

our close younger relative was diagnosed with azheimers in
the mid 50s

i am in an occupation where i can not afford to have any
cognitive difficulties as it could cause adverse effects on
my patients
this has been one of my fears for several years
should there be signs or evidence of impairment then i would
want to discontinue working
so far i have not noticed any problems that would cause me
any concern

i have wanted to get involved in a study so that i could be
monitored over time so that when the early stages occur then
i will know and can start planning my life appropriately and
can start medications that can slow the progress of the disease

for example i have purchased a long term care insurance policy
so that when the time comes in the future that i need more
care we have a safety net financially that will provide care
for me
usually in our family this occurs in the late 70s and 80s
but it can occur younger as we have seen in our family

today i start that journey on being monitored
my wife she and i are going on a 3 hour trip to a teaching
university so that i can be involved in a study they are doing
on early mild cognitive impairment  called the adni study

i will undergo 5 hours of testing today
i will undergo neuropsychological testing (hope they dont
ask me to remember names or spell correctly)

i will have blood tests done to make sure my baseline health is
ok     tests will also be done on dna and rna to measure
markers that may be monitored in people with alzheimers

i will undergo a mri of the brain today that will look for any
changes to the brain

i will undergo a pet scan of the brain today that will be looking
for deposition of a protein and carbohydrate in the brain that
occurs in alzheimers patients

i will undergo a lumbar puncture
(the only sucky part of the visit) to test for the protein
and the carbohydrate in my spinal fluid

after all of this done if i qualify i will be entered in the study
hopefully as a volunteer normal control  but if i were to have
mild cognitive impairment which i dont think i have then i
would be put into the study as a study subject

they are picking 5 people from this location to be part of a
200 patient study nationwide

i will have to go there several times over the next 18 months
to do the same tests
i will continue to be monitored there after the study for as long
as i live

what benefit do i get from this
i feel like i am contributing my small part to help figure out this
terrible disease that will some way affect everyone who is
reading this blog
i hope that things i learn about myself may help my siblings
and my children and their children and....
i will know where i am with this disease as i continue to age
so that my wife and i can plan our  lives for the future

tomorrow i will blog on what it was like being tested
__________
well on our drive home that day almost 10 years ago after that visit it was fairly quiet as we both thought about what had just happened
there was some denial going on
but
i knew that my time had arrived

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

organicgreendoctor: those blood sucking mosquitoes

organicgreendoctor: those blood sucking mosquitoes: THOSE BLOOD SUCKING MOSQUITOES since we have lived in santa barbara i dont think i have seen a mosquito here now im not complaining  i sure ...

those blood sucking mosquitoes

THOSE BLOOD SUCKING MOSQUITOES

since we have lived in santa barbara i dont think i have seen a mosquito here
now im not complaining 
i sure dont miss them at all
i guess we dont have them much since we dont get rain from march until maybe october
so there is no standing water anywhere

when we lived at the country n we had to be vigilant to keep them under control
in my little ponds and water troughs i put either gold fish or got minnows from the river
they would keep the mosquito larva under control
we also added mosquito dunks in any standing water like the ponds as double protection
the mosquito dunks had a bacteria bt that kills the mosquito larva

we kept our drain pots for our plants on our patio and in the yard turned upside down so there would be no standing water

our rainwater tanks were closed or had a screen over any opening

if you let water accumulate anywhere those mosquitoes would find it and lay their eggs

now they loved my wife she and they would eat her alive
but for me they rarely went after me

so at certain times of the year in the late evenings we would stay inside

now mosquitoes carry diseases like malaria not much a problem in the us west nile virus zika several other types of encephalitis yellow fever and dengue fever

there are stories on how big those mosquitoes can be in arkansas texas and lousiana
it takes a shotgun with bird shot to shoot them out of the air

recently 
ill link the article here
there were stories especially in louisiana where there was so much rain and flooding that the mosquitoes were forced out of the swamps and the rivers 
where they attacked humans wild animals and farm animals

there were so many mosquitoes that attacked the animals that they sucked a lot of the blood out of them
some animals got wore out swatting at the mosquitoes all day long
leaving some farmers and ranchers with dead cows and horses

the deer were also found weakened and may were found dead

so far ive not seen a story where a human got drained of their blood
but 
i cant tell you from experience from getting bitten by gobs of mosquitoes at one time so that when you swat them you are left with a big smear of your blood on your skin
it wouldnt take many of those big suckers i bet to make you anemic

pity lousiana since they are getting more rain with hurricane sally and i bet the blood sucking mosquitoes will only get worse

lets see which is worse

wildfires
or
blood sucking mosquitoes

i guess it would be wildfires since humans have lost their lives and their homes and businesses and whole towns along with lost animals

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, September 14, 2020

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-sports a nice diversion

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-sports a nice diversion: COVID 19-SPORTS A NICE DIVERSION sports is such a nice diversion during this time of uncertainty there is  all the political stuff going on ...

covid 19-sports a nice diversion

COVID 19-SPORTS A NICE DIVERSION

sports is such a nice diversion during this time of uncertainty
there is 
all the political stuff going on
all the protests going on 
all the hurricanes and bad weather

all the wildfires out here burning the state up and leaving this eerie look to the sun
all the cases of covid 19 everywhere with no let up in sight this fall

there is so much bad stuff going on that we all need a good diversion

now i use my gardening time and grandparent time to divert some from all these negative things
but
here recently i have been able to add another big diversion to all this bad stuff
and
its sports

i think most of us like some type of sports to watch
for me
i have my favorite sports
it seems when i am engage in watching a sporting event i dont really think about anything else but the event im watching

its a nice diversion 
an hour or two where i dont really think much about anything else

now im able to do that sometimes when i go to the garden where i am usually by myself except for me and the chickens and birds and lizards and insects and bees
a moment to relax

it was such a long long time since march without seeing sports
sorry i couldnt watch any of those reruns of old events
i did watch a lot of the documentary stories like the one about the chicago bulls
but
after awhile you just want to see the real live events on television or the internet
so
recently i have watched a lot of live events and got my fill of sports finally
well a partial fill

i watched a lot of nba games with more competitive games coming as they start the semifinal playoff games
i have enjoyed watching a lot of the young new players
i realize what great athletes these guys are
no i dont get caught up in the political side of it all
i just enjoy the game

i watched some wnba games
its nice to see them pass and shoot and not dunk all the time

i watched serena play several matches this week in the us open
sorry she lost 
i really want her to win another major
i did watch ms osaga win the finals though 
she may be the next serena
sorry 
i usually dont watch the mens game

last week i watched the kentucky derby
it seemed strange to not see all those folks in the stands all decked out in garb
i hope to watch the rest of the races as they occur

i was able to watch several nfl games this weekend
again it seemed weird to see no fans in the stands
what a nice diversion for all of us nfl fans to finally get to see games played again

i was able to see several college games this weekend
im afraid the covid 19 will hit college football the worse as that second wave hits this fall 
there is too much covid 19 on campuses and it will be hard to keep it away from the football teams

i could have watched nhl hockey but i am not a hockey fan but if i was i still could watch it 

i could watch car racing but again im not a big car racing fan but i occasionally watch them

i did watch some golf the last few weeks
now golf that seems like a fairly safe sport during the covid 19 era

there was and is even soccer to watch here in the us and from overseas

so i think us sports fans in this covid 19 pandemic have gotten some much needed exposure to sports this weekend and the last few weeks
a much needed exposure

it makes it easier to deal with all thats going on 

be safe
wear a mask
keep your distance from others
wash your hands a lot

enjoy your sports team or event

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, September 11, 2020

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-plasma exchange may help

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-plasma exchange may help: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-PLASMA EXCHANGE MAY HELP   by now many of us know what plasma exchange means since it is used to treat covid 19 patients tha...

alzheimers news-plasma exchange may help

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-PLASMA EXCHANGE MAY HELP 
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by now many of us know what plasma exchange means since it is used to treat covid 19 patients that are hospitalized
basically they take blood from folks then remove the liquid part from the blood then send the cell part of the blood that has red cells and white cells back to the donor

inside that plasma or liquid part is a lot of goodies
proteins like antibodies albumin etc
coagulation chemicals or clotting factors
water salts enzymes
hormones
nutrients
etc

its those antibodies that is utilized in covid 19 treatment
if the donor had covid 19 they may have a high level of antibodies against covid 19 which theoretically will help the ill covid 19 patient get better

the right research needs to be done to tell us if this really works

some companies are actually taking those antibodies and making them in the lab to give to covid 19 patients

a few years ago a study was done where dementia patients were given blood from young adults then had their memory tested and it was found their memory got better
so
there is something in that plasma thats in that unit of blood that seems to help
finding what that is is what a lot of research is being done on 

two tests that are done frequently in dementia research to see how a person is doing over time are
the activities of daily living scale ie eating dressing clothing communicating social interaction etc
the alzheimers disease assessment scale-cognitive subscale or adas-cog which measures cognitive dysfunction in alzheimers disease

eg when i was in the biogen aducanumab study these two tests were done on me on a regular basis over the two years i was in the study
they were also used for the 5 years i was in the alzheimers disease adni2 study 

so there is something in the plasma that seems to slow the disease down
what that is we dont yet

for the aducanuab study they isolated a protein antibody that older folks who didnt get alzheimers disease made
they then made that in the lab and gave to us
it may actually help to slow down the disease

so recently a study was presented at the alzheimers association international conference where they gave alzheimers folks other peoples plasma 
they removed albumin in the plasma which is the protein antibodies bind to 
they removed the albumin +amyloid protein from the alzheimers patients and gave them the healthy donors fresh albumin+amyloid protein 
they removed the old stuff and put in new stuff

they did this for a year
they did a treatment group and a control group that didnt get real plasma

here is what they found
the treatment group had a 52% less decline than the control group on the activities of daily living scale
the treatment group had a 64% less decline than the control group on the adas-cog or cognitive scale

so
there is something in the plasma that slows down the disease
we just need to find out what that it is and start making it for folks to take so we can slow alzheimers down some

when they find that it then we should be able to treat folks and slow the disease down


consider getting involved with your local alzheimers walks

here is the information on my team organicgreendoctor that will walk in this years santa barbara walk to end alzheimers
the opening ceremony and closing ceremony will be virtual
so anyone can watch it online
then
each individual member will walk in their neighborhood or favorite hiking trail wearing their purple alzheimers shirts for the 2-3 mile walk 
this is the safest way to do the walk this year
please wear your mask and keep a good social distance from others
hopefully next year we can all be live

join us wherever you live for our walk this year


you can donate and or join our team organicgreendoctor 
at this link
then walk in your own neighborhood the morning of the walk to honor those lost in our families to this disease and to those who are affected now by this disease


the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, September 10, 2020

organicgreendoctor: garden news-planting fall seeds

organicgreendoctor: garden news-planting fall seeds: GARDEN NEWS-PLANTING FALL SEEDS recently i went to my usual seed packet buying stores and the selection was thinned out i went online and lo...

garden news-planting fall seeds

GARDEN NEWS-PLANTING FALL SEEDS

recently i went to my usual seed packet buying stores and the selection was thinned out
i went online and looked a the seed catalog from a website i use to order things from when i lived in texas
i used this site since the organic nursery i usually used bought many of their seeds from this company
i was able to select from a bigger selection than at the nursery

earlier i wrote about how i prepare my beds using compost organic fertilizer liquid fish emulsion seaweed and molasses
i fork that into the soil real well then cover with a thick layer of mulch for the several weeks until its time to plant my seedlings
then i just rake back the mulch and plant my plants
i also will usually add some of my worm compost when i plant the seedlings

this year i looked at my 8 3ft x 8ft beds and said what i can plant in there that we will eat and not have to can or freeze or preserve in someway
also what will ms b and mr h eat out of the garden

so 
i came up with these things
broccoli cabbage curly leaf kale swiss chard bush sweet peas vine sweet peas and then a lettuce mix of several packets of lettuce mixes plus spinach plus baby kale plus swiss chard plus beets

i put the lettuce mix in the pictured spice shaker and use it to scatter the seeds into my starter mix or soil
this gives me a wide variety of greens to eat in our salads



i took the empty plastic 6 packs
filled them with this good potting starting mix which has stuff in it to hold moisture so the seeds will germinate like zeolite perlite vermiculite peat moss

i then planted the seeds into the 6 packs

i for now will keep them in our front picture window that gets a lot of morning sunlight

later i will transfer them to our community garden greenhouse to grow larger

early on i like to keep them at home where i can watch them better
i water them each day to keep them moist

some of the plants i will transfer later to a 4 inch pot to allow them to get larger before i transplant them
i anticipate they will be ready in about a month to plant into the garden

in addition i will add this winter into my garden carrots garlic onions cilantro and im sure ill find something else to add later

i usually dont plant many things directly from seed into the garden since pests and varmints tend to eat them when they are first growing
they tend to not attack them as much if i use transplants like above
i usually direct seed carrots 

these plants will all grow in my garden all fall and winter
some like the lettuce mix i will plant every few weeks to keep a fresh crop growing

i never really did a lot of my own seedlings much before moving here but ive found this pleasure from planting this tiny little seed in this container and watch it grow up into a large edible plant
the best example this year was my t tomatoes from my sister in laws garden which i seed saved and grew a ton of tomatoes from

you should try planting your own seeds yourself especially if its hard to find veggie plants this fall

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #56-tough choice

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #56-tough choice: MY STORY REVISITED #56-TOUGH CHOICE my wife she and i have already had the discussion about what i want to do if i reach that point where i ...

my story revisited #56-tough choice

MY STORY REVISITED #56-TOUGH CHOICE
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my wife she and i have already had the discussion about what i want to do if i reach that point where i no longer should be at home but should be in a long term facility
i have told her dont hesitate
if you arent sure do it
thats what i would want to do if i could make the decision for her

dont let me wonder off
dont let me fall down some stairs
dont let me drive off in a car and be one of those silver alerts you see on the interstate
dont let me stay at home if i cant take care of myself

i told her
when its time its time just do it
im giving you permission to make that decision when you make it dont look back
dont think twice about it

now it helps we have a good long term care plan that covers most of my care for up to 3 years

most adult men with alzheimers dont last that long after they are put in long term care

i have also told her that i dont want any life saving things done to me once i dont know whats going on 
let me go peacefully

we recently finalized all our legal paperwork like a will a trust a power of attorney a health care directive our wishes on how we want to be cared for
its all in writing for folks to see when its needed

we are glad thats done

my brother lasted about a year and a half in long term care
at the end he was in the final stages of azlheimers disease
the decision was made by the family and the one i would want done for me to place him in hospice and let him go peacefully with his family around him

it was the end to a long painful journey that so far i have escaped but i know its coming sometime in the future

in fact when i wrote this blog 8 years ago i really thought i would be much further along in the disease process
i am not so far and im grateful for the reprieve these last 8 years

i am also glad my wife she and i have had a chance to talk about our final wishes 
we both understand what the other one wants now
its in writing also
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03-30-2012
TOUGH CHOICE

i am thinking today of my younger brothers family as they have
to make a difficult decision
my younger brother has alzheimers disease and it has come to a
point when a difficult decision has to be made as to whether it
is safe for him to stay in his home because this terrible disease
has marched on

he had a seizure which was probably unrelated to his alzheimers
disease
this placed him in the hospital and brought this social issue to a
head for his family

sometimes things happen for a reason

my wife she and i have already had this talk about what i want done
when i reach this stage
our decision has already been made
its to be made and no one is to look back and wished they had not
made the decision to put me in a long term care facility
there is to be no guilt as its the right thing for my family to do
the right thing for my wife she to do
all i ask of them and my friends is to come visit me when the time
comes and to support my family

my wife she and i are lucky as compared to my younger brother and
his wife as we got to discuss these issues years (i hope years) before
it happens
they probably did not get a chance to have an open frank discussion
about what to do as my younger brother when he was diagnosed was
probably cognitively impaired enough not to be able to
make the decision

i and my wife she are glad i have gotten an early diagnosis as we are
able to plan our lives
its almost cruel for families to not have that opportunity

this alzheimers disease is a cruel disease
it saps away a persons personality
they are not what they use to be
and it affects the family and friends sometimes the worst

i know i have a difficult time visiting my brother
as do some of his other siblings because we all know and me
specifically that we could be looking in a mirror at ourselves
its hard to do

again
good luck today my younger brother in your new transition to
the next stage of your life
we will be thinking of you today and every day
and
we will be with your family in spirit as they make this difficult decision
today to have you move on to this next stage
but
we know and i hope they know that they are making the right
decision for all involved
i feel like that my younger brother would want it this way also
just remember that
as
i know thats what i would want done also

the sad organicgreen doctor  : (
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if you havent done your final paperwork you should get it done
there is a peace of mind knowing that you have taken the burden of those decisions that are hard to make from your loved ones having to make them for you

the organicgreen doctor