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, October 23, 2020

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-now what do you do

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-now what do you do: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-NOW WHAT DO YOU DO  now you are diagnosed what do you do well this is what i did i started reading up on alzheimers disease ...

alzheimers news-now what do you do

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-NOW WHAT DO YOU DO 

now you are diagnosed what do you do
well this is what i did

i started reading up on alzheimers disease so that i could understand what we knew about the disease
then i looked at what can you do to slow down the disease
those things one could do was easy to find since it was on the alzheimers websites and frequently showed up in articles on alzheimers in the lay press

i made sure i had a complete evaluation which i eventually had
so
my diagnosis would be accurate before i started changing my life

my mother had alzheimers and my younger brother was diagnosed a few years before i was
so i had seen personally what this disease could cause in ones own family

to review
i had a good neurological history and exam
i had screening labs that are done looking for other causes of memory loss
things like blood count chemistry profile thyroid levels vitamin b12 levels folate levels vitamin d levels homocysteine levels
my b12 and my vitamin d3 levels and my homocysteine levels were abnormal
i took and still take supplements to keep them corrected ie b12 d3 and folate
i had a good memory exam in the form of the in office moca test and the full neuropsychological exam
i had several mris that were normal
early on in the disease the mri may be normal
it also rules out other causes for memory loss like strokes masses too much fluid etc
i had a spinal tap for amyloid and tau that was abnormal
i had an amyvid pet scan for amyloid for the aducanumab study that was positive
so
i know with a high degree of certainty of my diagnosis

make sure you or your loved one has had a complete evaluation

then i started looking for treatments
there are a lot of alternative treatments like with cancer that folks can take your money and they really dont help any

i used supplements for awhile but after whatever i had in march that made me sick i stopped most of them but continued the ones that treated something i could measure each year with labs
low b12 low vitamin d3 high homocystiene level

i even used axona for awhile
it is a food supplement medical food that is prescription that produces ketones that provide a food source for damaged brain cells
it has not been shown to help much in studies
i stopped it after a few months

i did go right to aricept (donepezil) since it had been shown to maybe slow down the symptoms
if its started earlier enough in the disease it can slow the symptoms for awhile

i went to the alzheimers association website and became quite familiar with it
i also utilized other alzheimers websites
i read a lot of alzheimers blogs
i read a lot of articles on alzheimers by signing up for a google newsfeed on alzheimers
i dont miss much that happens in the alzheimers world

you and your loved ones have to educate yourselves about this disease 
others arent going to do it for you

if you are the caregiver or will be the caregiver you need to be ready
look for caregiver support groups
read about the disease
you will have to be your loved ones advocate one day 
the more you know about the disease the better it is

look for alzheimers research studies 
participate if you can 
i dont regret doing my eight years of research studies
i got the full workup one needs to have
i got treatment with biogens aducanumab that may turn out to slow down the disease
also you feel like you are adding to the cause of finding a treatment and cure 

find you a good primary care doctor or neurologist to help you as you go through this disease journey

also
here is a link to a two page handout from the national institute on aging on what steps to take once you or your loved one is diagnosed 
the title is next steps after an alzheimers diagnosis

there is a good book on this written by the mayo clinic titled
mayo clinic on alzheimers disease 

then 
become involved with the alzheimers walks in your area
they are all being done virtually this year
find one and participate
you will make good contacts with folks that can help you when the time comes

here below 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 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


here is the link to our team
the organicgreendoctor team

donate and or join us that day
you can walk wherever you live

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 22, 2020

organicgreendoctor: the voice provides some relief

organicgreendoctor: the voice provides some relief: THE VOICE PROVIDES SOME RELIEF we both looked at each other last night after it was over that was nice that was relaxing we dvred the voice ...

the voice provides some relief

THE VOICE PROVIDES SOME RELIEF

we both looked at each other last night after it was over
that was nice
that was relaxing

we dvred the voice and watched it last night
we zoomed through the commercials
we didnt have to watch any political commercials

aside here my favorite coach is blake
my guess is my wife shes favorite coach is probably john

in fact i realized we havent really watched many political commercials at all
we mostly watch dvred tv shows even the news so we can miss the commercials
we also watch stations like pbs or netflix or amazon prime or hbo that dont do commercials
even when i watch sporting events i have them dvred so we also can miss all those political ads etc
it also speeds up the games
yes i turn my phone off when i watch the games so no one will text me the scores

all the sporting events lately we have been able to watch have also given us some relief from all the bad news thats on tv and all the political stuff thats going on
of course being a cowboy and longhorn fan makes it hard to watch
i may have to switch back to being a razorback fan

prior to watching the voice last night we watched the pbs news
there was no crazy talking going on 
one session was on dealings with china
a former trump person gave his side and a former bush and obama foreign affairs person gave their side
there was no histrionic stuff going on 
both gave their side of what needed to be done with china
i didnt mind listening to the side i didnt agree with
they made good points and were respectful of the moderator and the opposing side
im ok with that

it would be nice if we could all do that

we sometimes almost hate to turn on the tv or look at social media at all anymore
but
we both felt good after finishing the voice
it was just the singers and their stories trying to make it in a tough business and the judges all accomplished artists trying to pick the best ones who they think might win
an almost all feel good tv show

it was such a relief to just sit and enjoy a show a feel good show

i noticed when i looked at social media that many folks are voting early 
now many i know have voted the opposite of how i voted but im ok with it
as long as they vote and no one interferes with their right to vote

all of us voting is what makes our democracy work
not voting leaves the control of it in the hands of a limited view

if you are undecided at this point on who needs to be president well maybe you shouldnt vote on that race
im not sure how anyone can be undecided can you

yall keep voting even if you cancel out my vote

what i do when i go to vote i think to myself as i vote
im canceling out put a name here their vote
it makes me feel better when i do it that way
but
i can only chose one person
no 
i want tell you who that person was
but
i will admit though i have voted before to cancel out my wife shes vote

keep voting
be safe when you are doing it
dont let anyone keep you from voting

yes
right before we went to bed
we said
that felt so good to just watch tv and enjoy it

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #62-best tests

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #62-best tests:   MY STORY REVISITED #62-BEST TESTS this was the status of the best tests to have in 2012 to get your diagnosis of alzheimers disease it has...

my story revisited #62-best tests

 MY STORY REVISITED #62-BEST TESTS

this was the status of the best tests to have in 2012 to get your diagnosis of alzheimers disease
it hasnt changed much since then 
they have recently approved the tau protein brain scan to add to the regimen but its mostly only used in research studies
a quick review is that amyloid usually appears first then later tau appears as tau tangles
the amyvid pet scan can show amyloid deposits
the tau pet scan can show tau deposits
insurance doesnt pay for either
the amyvid pet scan is used more now in diagnosing folks in the private world if the patient is willing to pay for it or if like me i was able to get it done in a research study for free

if you have alzheimers disease your amyvid pet scan will be positive
when my younger brother was first seen for memory loss he did not have a complete workup 
later though when he got worse he had a complete workup
my younger brother in his second workup had all the tests one would have at that time

i wrote that his mri was normal but my guess knowing what i know now about this disease that had he had an mri on that first visit  his mri might have been normal or it might have been abnormal
they might have seen some brain shrinkage and some changes in his hypothalamus on the mri
his amyvid pet scan had it been available would have been abnormal on that first visit

my mris have all been normal which goes along with my early diagnosis

so even in 2012 once we had the amyvid scan available you could diagnose someone who has alzheimers with a great degree of accuracy

also since 2012 the accuracy of reading the amyvid pet scan has gotten a lot better

just like in 2012 really the only meds to use to treat it has not changed
most get started on aricept (donepezil) or a similar drug like i was started on 

now in march of next year at the earliest the fda could approve the use of biogen aduanumab in the treatment of alzheimers disease

i should find out next month when the biogen aducanumab study i was in will be reactivated
if it does get reactivated i will restart my monthly infusions again
because of the covid 19 i have lost over a year of treatment infusions

so
make sure you or your loved one has had a complete evaluation for their memory loss
__________
04-27-2012
BEST TEST(S)

the new amyvid beta amyloid pet scan recently was approved by the
fda to scan for amyloid deposits in the brain for helping diagnose
alzheimers disease

that is it helps to diagnose alzhiemers
because you can have amyloid plaques form in the brain and not have
alzheimers disease
so the test is not a definitive test for alzheimers
it just adds icing to the cake to make the diagnosis



for example

if my younger brother had a neuropsychological exam done when he was
first evaluated it would have shown then that he had definite defects in his
short term memory
all of the blood tests and mris and depression screens would have been
negative
an amyvid scan would have probably been positive
his diagnosis then would be as definite as a person could be in 2012
now several years later we know he definitely has it as he has progressed
a lot over this period of time

he did not have the spinal fluid analysis and the apoe 4 genotype done
but more than likely he would have been positive for both

for me
i had a normal mental status screen that was normal then two years later
a full neuropsychological test that showed the development of early short term memory changes
all my lab tests and mris were normal
my apoe 4 gentotype was posistive for the double gene
my spinal fluid tests for beta amyloid and tau protein were borderline
my fdg glucose metabolism test was normal
my beta amyloid test similar to the amvid test was done but again i dont
know the answer to the results

if i had the amyvid test and it was positive then my diagnosis would be
more certain
although it would eliminate any hope for my future
i would know what i was facing for sure

so in summary the neuropsych test and the mri of the brain are the most
important tests to have done in evaluating someone for alzheimers disease
as well as ruling out other causes with labs and a good medical history
and examination
the amyvid scan just adds more certainty to the diagnosis

folks if you appear to have alzheimers or if you have a family member in
this situation
please dont resist taking medication as you want to be on this stuff as soon
as you are diagnosed
as it slows the symptoms of the disease for awhile
failure to take the medication may make your loved one progress quicker

it may save a few weeks or few months or if you are lucky a few years of
slowed progression of this terrible disease

thats why im taking aricept (donepezil)
i know it has no effect on this disease at all but only just slows the symptoms
for awhile
but there is nothing else available
yet
__________
i do feel like the fact that i have been on aricept (donepezil) for 8 years is one of the reasons that i have not worsen during that time


the organicgreen doctor

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-herd immunity

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-herd immunity: COVID 19-HERD IMMUNITY if you want to know how herd immunity works or should i say doesnt work all you have to do is look at small pox small...

Monday, October 19, 2020

covid 19-herd immunity

COVID 19-HERD IMMUNITY

if you want to know how herd immunity works or should i say doesnt work all you have to do is look at small pox

small pox use to decimate the world in waves for centuries
it never was able to achieve herd immunity
it never was under control until we as a world had a highly effective vaccine
it now has been irradiated

herd immunity when you listen to true scientist and not politicians doesnt ever work in infections like covid 19 unless there is a highly effective vaccine and folks do those things that we all know you should be doing

when you hear politicians and others spout we should just let herd immunity take over to control this covid 19 pandemic
well
this is what would happen
look around you
look at your parents grandparents your immunocompromised relatives those with at risk diseases like asthma diabetes heart disease kidney disease obesity etc
many of them wont be around if we try to do herd immunity
only 10% of us have been exposed so far and look what its done so just imagine if the other 90% of us get exposed

what devastation to our economy and to our health would occur

basically the idea with herd immunity is you let the kids and young adults all get infected since they dont usually get real sick
well most of them dont but a few do and die

then
you protect all those vulnerable folks like my wife she and i and mr hudson and my mother in law so they we wont get infected
i guess they would just lock us all up

right now the wave this third wave of the first wave or is it the second big wave weve heard about since march and thats starting to hit us now
all states are seeing an uptick of cases well maybe a few arent but most are
and
we are just starting this second wave season
its predicted that we will lose another 200,000+ folks from covid 19 by march

if you use this herd immunity then multiple that by either 3 or 4 or 5 or some say 10 times
and
those who die will be your loved ones
none of our families will be spared a covid 19 death

you have only two choices to control this thing
herd immunity is not one of them

one is to do those things we all know we need to do

wear a mask

when you see someone without a mask just know they dont respect you and they must not like their at risk relatives very much or even themselves

keep your distance and 6 ft is probably not far enough

avoid groups
just remember the most dangerous get togethers this year may be thanksgiving and christmas get togethers
if you do them i would say enjoy them since some of those folks there if they are at risk may not be there for the 2021 holidays
avoid superspreader events
that big ole bike rally in the dakotas is probably the largest superspreader event so far leaving hundreds of covid 19 cases in its wake

avoid those high risk situations like those above and bars and indoor restaurants and sporting events and parties and well if you have any sense youll know what they are

wash your hands
the covid 19 can stay on your skin for up to 8 hours

then
when its your time to get the vaccine when it becomes available please get it
for most of us that will if things go right that will be next summer or fall
then
even when you get the vaccine this next year you will still need to do all those things above
for
if we dont
we may not ever get to return back to a normal life again
we
will be like they use to be in the small pox era

in summary
dont listen to the herd immunity talk
get your flu shot this year
if you are older get your pneumonia shot
when the covid 19 vaccine gets here and its your turn to get it then get it for all our sakes
then
wear a mask
keep your distance
avoid gatherings
wash your hands

if i do it and you dont then neither of us are helped much

we are about to enter the darkest months over the next 3-4 months of this pandemic
how it turns out will be based on what each individual does to be safe

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 16, 2020

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-dont let this happen to your loved...

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-dont let this happen to your loved...:   ALZHEIMERS NEWS-DONT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR LOVED ONE we went down to manhattan beach to do the walk to end alzheimers that goes along th...

alzheimers news-dont let this happen to your loved one

 ALZHEIMERS NEWS-DONT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR LOVED ONE


we went down to manhattan beach to do the walk to end alzheimers that goes along the strand between manhattan beach and hermosa beach
in the opening ceremony there was a speaker whose wife had gone missing several months before
they were together at the los angles museum of art when she just disappeared never to be seen again except once on a stores video walking down the street 
her name was nancy paulikus a 55 year old who had early onset alzheimers disease
here is a news report of her story

there is also a new documentary on her story playing at some of the film festivals
here is a link to a story about the documentary with a short trailer video

the family and police searched for her for months
then
two years later her remains were found on the side of a hill in los angeles about 15 miles away from where she was at the museum
they dont know where she had been or what happened to her

her story led to the los angeles sheriff department being aggressive on providing bracelets for risky alzheimers patients

once when i was on a panel for an alzheimers la alzheimers seminar i met a fellow panel member who had mild to moderate alzheimers disease
he had one of these bracelets on so that if he went missing the sheriff department could track him down

i always thoughf that these things ought to be used on everyone who is at risk for wandering
maybe even use a chip like they do on dogs and cats

my younger brother who had alzheimers disease would sometimes wander off
once he wandered off into the woods 
he loved to hunt so im sure he thought he was going squirrel or deer or hog hunting
he was found safe but when these patients wander off things can sometimes like with nancy paulikus they can not end well

here in our condo complex a gentlemen had alzheimers disease and would sometimes wander off
i found him once down by a bus stop a block away
i walked him back home
another time i found him wandering along the sidewalk along the street nearby
again i walked him back home

his wife eventually had to place him in a long term facility for his safety 

the same happened with my younger brother 
even there he would try to escape

im sure when my time comes and i start to wander off all they will have to do is to go look for me at the garden

ive also told my wife she when i start doing that just dont hesitate its time for me to go live somewhere else like a long term care facility

so if you have a loved one who has dementia and they reach that time when they could wander off 
then its time you protect them
find a bracelet system
find a long term care facility for them

dont let it all end tragically
 

be looking for your local alzheimers walks this fall
they are all being done virtually

below is the link to the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers to be done on november 7 2020
the opening ceremony will be virtual 
then everyone is asked to walk in their neighborhoods or their favorite walking spot using covid 19 safety guidelines

the promise garden with its different alzheimers flowers will be at the santa barbara missions beautiful front grounds
we plan to walk to the mission to see the promise flowers
we will pause there for a few moments to remember our loved ones whom we lost from this awful disease
in our case it is 
my mother 
my younger brother
probably my father
multiple other aunts and uncles and grandparents

consider getting involved with your local alzheimers walks

here below 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 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


here is the link to our team
the organicgreendoctor team

donate and or join us that day
you can walk wherever you live

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 15, 2020

organicgreendoctor: garden news-togd method of making garden soil

organicgreendoctor: garden news-togd method of making garden soil:   GARDEN NEWS-TOGD METHOD OF MAKING GARDEN SOIL there is a method of making soil called the lasagna method and the keyhole garden method my...

garden news-togd method of making garden soil

 GARDEN NEWS-TOGD METHOD OF MAKING GARDEN SOIL

there is a method of making soil called the lasagna method and the keyhole garden method
my method of making garden soil is sort of a combo of the two methods
the picture above is one i did at the country n 
this is a large water trough that had rusted out its bottom
it was about 8 ft in diameter and about 3 ft in height
i converted it to a keyhole garden using the keyhole garden method linked above from deb tolman
in this picture is my red potatoes growing
it had a central composter that was 1 ft in diameter and was 4 ft tall
i had a good crop of potatoes that year

i made the soil similar to my togd method described below that i recently used at the community garden where i garden to fill up a donated raised bed

the bucket brigade volunteers made 2  3 ft x 10 ft raised bed from oak pews from a church that was donated to them
yes it was heavy to lift

the plan was to make our own soil to fill up that large garden bed in one of them
i talked them into letting me use the togd method that i used at the country n to make my soil 
i will admit that sometimes there i simply bought soil that was already ready to plant in 
the austin area had several good sources for good organic garden soil that was quite rich 
my guess is the togd method or lasagna method or keyhole garden method produces a soil that is as good if not better than those sold from the garden centers

i had helping me that day two helpers
a hardworking 8th grader who was using this as a science paper topic he had to do 
his mom 

we accumulated these materials

dirt from around the garden 


cardboard and newspapers
we soaked them in water in these barrels 
yes i was found raiding the recycle bins at our condo for several days for these products
cardboard and newspapers equal carbon 
i am sure i will get one of those hoa condo letters reprimanding me for digging through the dumpsters
or maybe they just thought it was a homeless person digging through the trash

browns which are carbon sources
we used material harvested from the garden that were run through a wood chipper
we also got wheelbarrows of mulch


greens which are nitrogen sources
we used green materials from the garden 
one large batch was christmas lima bean vines that were growing up a 10 foot tee pee
there were clippings from trees shrubs some grasses some flowers some citrus leaves all green


fertilizers another nitrogen source
we used this organic fertilizer that also has fungi and bacteria in it
we also used a mixture of fish emulsion plus seaweed or kelp plus molasses
the molasses provides a sugar source for the living organisms in the soil
these living organisms ie bacteria and fungi make the plants grow better
you cant grow veggies well in dead soil


compost
this compost we make here in the garden in 4 ft square bins from donated food scraps and chipped up material from the garden 
the final product is rich dark and usually full of worms

  
first we lined the bed with wet cardboard

second we added a layer of dirt

third we added a layer of browns

fourth we added a layer of greens

fifth we added a layer of compost

sixth we added the organic fertilizer and a good soaking of the fish emulsion seaweed molasses
 
seventh we soaked this all in well with our water hose

eighth we covered this with a layer of wet newspaper


ninth we repeated this over and over again until we reached a few inches below the top of the garden bed frame
the last thing we added to this was a half a bucket of worms and worm compost from my worm 5 gallon composters from my garden 
we added probably a thousand worms
they will love all that cardboard and newspaper and plant material
one measure of a good soil is if you find worms in it


tenth we covered this all up with a couple of layers of good wet cardboard 

we will let this sit for a couple of days then we will add our final layer
a mixture of good potting soil mixed well with compost
this will be soaked well with the fish emulsion seaweed molasses mixture
this will be covered back up with the cardboard to help hold in moisture
then
when our seedlings are ready to plant we just take off the cardboard and plant them into the richest soil one can use in your garden

this makes a fluffy rich black soil with a lot of airspaces 
when we finished you could push on the soil and it felt like a soft mattress

i am predicting a lot of veggies will be grown in this bed 

if you were a vegetable woulnt you love this soil

that my friends is the togd method of garden soil production 

the organicgreen doctor 
 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #61-one should volunteer

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #61-one should volunteer:   MY STORY REVISITED-ONE SHOULD VOLUNTEER 10 years ago i went from seeing 20-30 patients a day in the office to one day i was done just bam ...

my story revisited #61-one should volunteer

 MY STORY REVISITED-ONE SHOULD VOLUNTEER

10 years ago i went from seeing 20-30 patients a day in the office to one day i was done
just bam abruptly it all ended

over the next two years i had to find things to do to fill in all that free time

at the country n when i was in practice i would work on my weekends off and on my wednesdays off on our 10 acres doing farm ranch work like fencing and mowing and cutting down dead trees and gardening and reroofing my barn and rebuilding my garage etc

now i really had time to do other things 
so
i started a lot of projects at the country n 
i started hiking or walking 3-4 miles a day
i was in the alzheimers research study called adni 2 at ut southwestern in dallas and had to go up at least once a month for the study 
so i started looking around for things to volunteer at
i picked the alzheimers association to volunteer at by doing alzheimers talks for them by manning booths at events by being on their walk committee etc
later they separated from the alzheimers association to become alzheimers texas so i stayed with them doing volunteer work
i also started doing a meals on wheels route once a week that took about 3 hours to do
then
i had always wanted to build a house from scratch so i decided to volunteer with habitat for humanity 
i worked every time they did building
i watched the concrete slab being laid 
i helped with the framing
i helped put up the roof
i helped to put up the siding
i helped to put up the fascia
i helped to put down the flooring
i helped to put up the doors
i helped to paint the walls and ceiling  and the outside of the house
i helped put up the cabinets
i helped with the landscaping

so my volunteer schedule was full
i did this for the next 5 years until we made the move to santa barbara
i lost count of how many houses i helped build

here i volunteer some with the alzheimers association and did a kindergarten garden one day a week for three years and do volunteer work at the community garden where i have my garden plot

since covid 19 hit i now only do the community garden volunteering 
i do ms bs kindergarten class three days a week as her proctor
all that keeps me busy enough 

all the volunteer work i did made me feel good especially when you see the smiles on folks faces when they get needed help from others
that was my payment for the volunteer work i did

a part of the treatment and prevention of alzheimers is to be socially active
volunteering for me helped to provide some of these social connections and interactions
plus it made me feel good

you should try it sometime 

also here is a link to a newspaper article that was written about my volunteering a few years ago
lhindependent.com/diagnosis-alters-doctors-path-but-not-his-passion-for-helping
____________

04-16-2012

HABITAT HOUSE FINISHED
after i retired i decided i wanted to do volunteer work 1-2 days
a week
since i was busy with my work here on the country n and with the
alzheimers association and the alzheimers research study and
with some travelling the 1-2 days would fit well into my weekly
activities

we all need to give back in some way
since i had to give up my medical license and discontinue medicine
i couldnt do volunteer medical care
its a shame i spent all those years going to school and practicing
medicine and left medicine at the peak of my abilities as a practicing
family doctor and not be able to use that skill and knowledge to
help others by volunteering
but since the decision was made to discontinue medicine because of
my diagnosis my medical license dea number board certification, and
dps certificate as well as my medical malpractice were all discontinued
(i do have what they call a tail coverage on the medical malpractice
that covers me until i die and probably after i die)

thats done and i cant go back so
i volunteer in non medical ways
ive chosen the habitat as one source of my volunteerism

the way habitat for humanity works is it depends on donations and
volunteerism for it to survive
its an international organization that has branches everywhere
i just googled habitat for humanity and found the local branch
i contacted them and started volunteering when this latest
house was started

ok i also always wanted to watch a house be built from the beginning
to end
thats what i did on this house
from the walls being constructed to the landscaping being placed
i learned to use tools ive not used before
how to do cuts on boards and molding so they would fit right
a problem i always had when i did things at the country n
how to put up tyvek siding paint properly and put down flooring

i did use my influence as an organic green person and added a
keyhole square foot garden and recycled all the concrete that
was broken up and used it for the edging of flower beds and
beds around the house and recycled some of the cardboard

i also helped with doing the landscaping and made sure the
oak tree which my nurse she and her husband donated to the
land owner and other trees and landscape plants were properly
planted
(the soil has clay under the topsoil so i made sure everything
was planted with small raised beds with good soil so the plants
would get a good start
the trees were also planted high enough so the root flares were
all visible-a big problem with a  lot of trees being planted)

this weekend we finished the house
all the landscaping was done
the closing ceremony was done on sunday
the house will be hers later this week
another good deed done

shes a single mom with a 10 year old she is raising on her own
she works and is active with her sons activities
the deal is she went through a lengthy screening process that
requires a lot of screening
when chosen she has to do a certain amount hours of work on the
house and after she moves in may have to do more to get all her
hours in
she gets a no interest loan for 20 years for an amount that is
probably 40% of what the house would cost if she had done
this on her own
(the labor was all donated except for some skilled persons like
plumbers and electricians and concrete work)

this house is in a good neighborhood and should only increase
in value over time
in fact it will increase in value by 60% the day she moves in
eg a $40000 note on a house that will be worth $100000 when
an assessment is done

not a bad deal is it
so yes there is good in this world
we just have to look for it and
hopefully we all will try to be a part of this good
and
yes there is hope for the future
and im getting to be part of that good and hope for the future
___________
one of the reasons i think i have done well since my original diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment due to alzheimers ten years ago is the fact that i have stayed busy every day since i was diagnosed
volunteering has helped me get better
along of course
with 
controlling my blood pressure staying mentally active taking the biogen aducanumab infusions in the aducanumab study controlling my cholesterol staying physically active eating correctly keeping my weight under control
well since i was sick in march this year with maybe covid 19 and losing 40 lbs my weight is not an issue except maybe it got too low
eating a good healthy diet
doing all those healthy things we all really should be doing

yes
i would add volunteering to your regimen that you do to stay healthy 
yes
for sure
i would do that

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

organicgreendoctor: my vote counted

organicgreendoctor: my vote counted: MY VOTE COUNTED that is the envelope i mailed in to the election folks over a week ago inside was my ballot all marked correctly i opted to ...

my vote counted

MY VOTE COUNTED

that is the envelope i mailed in to the election folks over a week ago
inside was my ballot all marked correctly
i opted to place mine in a blue mail box a block away from our condo
why
i wanted the system to work
that system included a working uspo handling of my ballot
to safely get it to the election folks
to get my vote counted for this years election

when we moved here 3 years ago we signed up for mail in voting
so
each election we get our ballots in the mail
we usually not long after we receive our ballots
get them completed and remailed

i opted to remail mine
my wife she opted to drop hers off at one of the 30+drop off boxes in the county

note in texas eg they allow only one ballot drop off box per county 
some counties have just a few hundred people out in west texas
however
in the houston area that county has over 4 million folks
why 
would a state do that
its called voter suppression
it seems worse this year and is mostly one sided

no voter suppression here that ive seen

we signed up to track our ballots online
we were texted when it was mailed to us
we were texted when it was received back at the elections place
then
we were texted when our vote was counted

done
our votes counted
the system worked like it was suppose to work

the covid 19 risk factor for our voting was probably a zero or maybe a 1 since i walked down to the mailbox
i did wear my mask and sanitized my hands on returning

i watched yesterday as folks in georgia sat/stood for up to eight hours to vote
some sat/stood in the rain all sat/stood in the heat 
one lady said it doesnt matter how long i have to wait and what the weather does im going to vote

that folks is the approach we all should take

shame on those who make it so hard for folks to vote
shame on them

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 12, 2020

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-risk levels for these activities

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-risk levels for these activities:   COVID 19-RISK LEVELS FOR THESE ACTIVITIES since the covid 19 outbreak has hit i have limited what i do in my day to day life i try to do t...

covid 19-risk levels for these activities

 COVID 19-RISK LEVELS FOR THESE ACTIVITIES

since the covid 19 outbreak has hit i have limited what i do in my day to day life
i try to do those things that are low risk for transmission of the virus

this morning i read about research that shows that the covid 19 may remain on surfaces for a much longer time than expected like 20+ days

this article linked here lists from 1-10 the risk levels for certain activity where you are most likely to catch covid 19
with 10 being the highest risk and 1 being the lowest risk

this is presuming that folks are wearing mask social distancing washing hands
eg at the rose garden ceremony they were doing none of that

my guess the risk level for that event was probably at 9 or 10
 
staying at home in my condo risk level probably 0
taking care of a sick person 10

gardening at my garden 2
going to the grocery store risk level 3
going to the pharmacy 5
going to the gas station 2
going to my garden guess its like a 1 or 2
going into a retail store 5

my wife she and i keep our risk levels low 
if we do a riskier level activity we limit how often and how long we are there
we also use the internet some to limit exposure
we wear a kn95 mask if we go to a higher risk activity 
i wear my cloth mask to and from the car and when im in the garden 
i keep my distance from others
i wash my hands as i leave and as soon as i arrive home
we keep the surfaces wiped down in our condo

here are things that i know that some of you do or have done
it seems bars are at the top of the list for risk at a 9

going to a wedding 7
that would also include things like funerals family reunions white house rose garden events
going on a walk 3
going hiking  4
going to a hair salon 7 
going to a gym 8
gong to a nail salon 7
gong to a ball game 9
playing a team sport 7
getting a haircut 7
going to a hotel 4
eating at a restaurant 7
getting take out 7
hugging someone 7
going on an airplane 7
going to a doctors office 4
walking downtown 4
going to an art museum 4
going to a library 4
going to a baby shower 5
going to a retail store 5
going to school 6+
going to a playground 4
going to a farmers market 4
going to a cookout at someones house 5
going to dinner at someones house 6+
working in an office 6
going swimming 6
going on a trip with friends 6
going to a theme park 8
eating a buffet 8
going to church 9
going to a bar 9
attending a sporting event 9
taking care of someone who is sick 10

several well known medical experts have said if they had to chose between wearing a mask and getting the new vaccine right now they would chose wearing a mask
but
they if they had the choice would take both of them

now these risk levels go up if you dont wear a mask dont social distance dont wash your hands

how well we as a society handle this pandemic over the next year is not determined by whether some new drug gets developed or whether a vaccine gets developed
its determined by whether we all

wear a mask

we as a society will determine how many of our fellow americans die in the next few months

be safe
wear a mask
social distance
wash your hands

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 9, 2020

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-lose it and you might get it

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-lose it and you might get it: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-LOSE IT AND YOU MIGHT GET IT  what is that it that you might lose well its sleep alzheimers develops first in the hippocampu...

alzheimers news-lose it and you might get it

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-LOSE IT AND YOU MIGHT GET IT 

what is that it that you might lose
well its sleep

alzheimers develops first in the hippocampus where short term memory is processed
amyloid and its plaques get deposited first then later tau tangles form
as the disease progresses it spreads over the brain

there are things that can put you at risk for alzheimers disease
poor blood pressure control
poor cholesterol control
poor diabetes control
obesity
lack of exercise
excessive alcohol intake
smoking
lack of exercise
stress
depression and anxiety
the apoe 4 gene

then there is sleep
it takes sleep usually 7-8 hours for the astrocytes and microglial the garbage collectors to go into the brain at night to clean out all the debris that has accumulated in the brain
failure to do so can lead to alzheimers disease

one way people dont get enough sleep is obstructive sleep apnea
the airway is blocked when the person goes into a deep sleep 
the brain gets a deficit of oxygen to the brain
the patient wakes up and then goes back to sleep all night long
they dont get a good nights sleep
plus
without a mask to keep their airway open their oxygen level gets low all night long
you know that has to kill a lot of brain cells every night

we all have seen those sleep apnea cpap machines on tv

now a study from science linked here looked at folks some young who died of other causes unrelated to sleep apnea
in looking at their brains
these researchers found even in younger folks that their hippocampus was smaller than it should be
and
they found those tell tale changes of amyloid deposits and tau protein tangles in their hippocampus
changes that are seen in alzheimers disesase

this leads to the conclusion that obstructive sleep apnea may lead to alzheimers disease
here is a review article of the above study

makes you want to use that cpap machine huh

be looking for your local alzheimers walks this fall
they are all being done virtually

below is the link to the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers to be done on november 7 2020
the opening ceremony will be virtual 
then everyone is asked to walk in their neighborhoods or their favorite walking spot using covid 19 safety guidelines

the promise garden with its different alzheimers flowers will be at the santa barbara missions beautiful front grounds
we plan to walk to the mission to see the promise flowers
we will pause there for a few moments to remember our loved ones whom we lost from this awful disease
in our case it is 
my mother 
my younger brother
probably my father
multiple other aunts and uncles and grandparents

consider getting involved with your local alzheimers walks

here below 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 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


here is the link to our team
the organicgreendoctor team

donate and or join us that day
you can walk wherever you live

the organicgreen doctor