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

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

organicgreendoctor: it was a texas size event

organicgreendoctor: it was a texas size event: IT WAS A TEXAS SIZE EVENT YESTERDAY cbsnews the cbsnews link above and the la times linked here give a good description of what happens with...

it was a texas size event

IT WAS A TEXAS SIZE EVENT YESTERDAY

cbsnews

the cbsnews link above and the la times linked here give a good description of what happens with the atmospheric rivers

those of you east of here that havent felt the brunt of this river
well 
you will

we got probably close to 2 inches based on our rain gage in the community garden
ill check it this morning for a final measurement
it was at 1.5 inches halfway through  the heaviest of the rain

its a big deal when it first rains here because we go months like 6-8 months without any rain
you can imagine how much dust accumulates outside on things
and
how much oils and goop accumulates on the roadways
so
when it rains especially early on the roads are extrally slick

it reminds me of folks in austin driving in the snow 
thats what its like when it rains here
i personally like to get out and drive in the rain 
heck its a free car wash right
and
to walk around to watch the water make rivers everywhere

lake oroville a big holder of water in northern california rose 20 ft
we need a heck of a lot more water though to replenish all our water we are missing
well take what we can get

all the fires are put out
the mountains got a couple of feet of snow

there were mud slides in several places shutting down the highways
so far i havent see no bad mud slides like we had here in santa barbara and montecito a few years ago that shut down highway 101 for months and killed several folks

i started my day sitting on my couch with the sliding door open so i could hear the rain hit our metal awning and hear the rain dropping down the gutters
it was a soothing sound
it was a country n like moment

i had an appointment to get to so i dug out our hardly used umbrella to keep from getting too soaked
as i drove out of the garage it felt like i was in a car wash it was raining that hard
it was flowing down our drive like a small river

by the time i drove on the road most of the goop and oil slicks were washed away

one thing i didnt do is walk down to the creek that is a block away
it usually fills up and flows like a river with rains like this
ill add that to my bucket list today 

after my appointment i went to the community garden to check on it
i wanted to see how the water was flowing on the garden
there is a gradual decline from the front of the garden to the back where it drops off down to a deep creek that i think flows into the creek near our condo
it all ends up in the ocean

the water flows into the middle of the garden front gate then off to the left side then down past my garden plot under the back gate down the steps into the orchard then down the slope to the creek

if it doesnt hit obstacles it washes away soil and forms gullies as it flows 

what we have done is fill the walkways full of mulch and i have made swales that slow down the water flow which makes the water stay on the property longer and soak into the ground

i havent looked yet but im sure our two rainwater tanks are full now
they hold 120 gallons of water
we use it to water our veggies
the overflow from the tank runs into my garden where i have 1 foot deep trenches full of mulch 
these trenches can hold several hundreds of gallons of water

thats all water staying in our garden that would have ended up in the ocean

we had a 10 gallon bucket full of soil that was all dried out
i checked how deep into the soil the moisture level was after an inch and a half of rain 
it wasnt even a inch deep before i hit fully dry soil

you can imagine how dry all that soil is in our garden

you could see how much all the newly planted veggie had perked up with the rain already
the whole garden will  probably explode with new growth this week
its prime time to pull weeds also since the soil is wet

from the garden i went to visit mr hudson 
they had a fire going and it felt good with all my wet clothes i had on 

this all reminded me of texas during and after a good rain

then after my nap there was hardly a cloud in the sky
the sun was bright
the air was crisp and it felt good going into my lungs

this morning i cant wait to go to the garden to see how nature is responding to this infusion of a much needed rain 

it was a texas like event
an infusion of life blood into an ecosystem in need of a good rain

my favorite time to be in the garden is the next day after a good rain

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 25, 2021

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-what to do if you catch covid

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-what to do if you catch covid: COVID 19-WHAT TO DO IF YOU CATCH COVID  thats the artists rendition of the covid virus going down the funnel to hopefully be flushed away so...

covid 19-what to do if you catch covid

COVID 19-WHAT TO DO IF YOU CATCH COVID 

thats the artists rendition of the covid virus going down the funnel to hopefully be flushed away somewhere
this was drawn as sidewalk art in april 2020
sorry 
but the covid virus is still here and will be here for awhile maybe a long time

so
what to do if you catch covid
the symptoms are similar to a cold the flu rsv parainfluenza and other upper respiratory viruses
it takes a covid test to tell if its covid

a covid over the counter test is a good screening test
if its positive you probably have it
if its negative you still may have it
the gold standard is a pcr covid test done at a doctors office or covid testing site

if its positive and you are triple vaxxed like me and you have no other comorbidiities eg in my case it would be my age over 65
you probably will be ok and not have to be hospitalized or be put in icu or be placed on a ventilator or die from covid

however
if you are not vaxxed you are in the group thats ending up in the hospital in icu on the ventilator or dying

almost all of the close to 1500+- that are dying each day are in that category

also
even folks who are vaxxed but are immunosuppressed due to age and other comorbidities like obesity cancer patient asthma diabetes etc
they also are in the group showing up in the hospital icu ventilator dying group just as much much much lower numbers than the unvaxxed

so what do you do if you are unvaxxed and or in a high risk group if you get covid

remember most folks recover from covid without any issues
some dont though or should i say a lot of folks dont

if you are one who decided to take ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine to stop the covid
be assured that you wont get malaria or intestinal parasites
sorry but you are not protected from catching covid

seek medical care
covid can move fast
you based on your status may qualify to get intravenous monoclonal antibodies
these are the same antibodies that your body would be making if you had gotten the covid shot

based on your status you might benefit from high dose steroids
i talked to an oncology nurse who noticed that their chemo patients werent getting as sick from covid as they expected
they think its because they are on high dose steroids
so get steroids early on if you qualify for them

as the year progresses there may be an oral antiviral pill called molnupiravir to take they may have a 50% chance of keeping you from dying from covid

you may if hospitalized be able to get a different antiviral intravenously that may also help

remember dont wait too late to seek care 
if you reach that point of no return nothing will help

so
get diagnosed early 
seek out monoclonal antibody infusions
seek our high dose steroids

those well known public folks who got covid
why did the survive 
they got these three things

or
you could get a covid vaxxine series and not have to worry about any of this


its looking like the 5-12 years could start getting their covid shots in about 2 weeks
based on what happens with the fda and cdc recommendations
we are so looking forward to seeing ms b get hers
this will better protect mr hudson until he gets his 

its predicted his age range 3 years olds may be able to get theirs by the end of the year or the first part of 2022

mr hudson will have to get his two covid shots then a booster shot
they will be monitoring his antibody response to his shots so they will know if he is immunized against covid
luckily pediatric kidney transplant patients seem to be responding to the covid vaxxine
fingers crossed

our numbers continue to fall here
our vax rate for eligible over 12 is 70%
our zip code is pushing closer to 80%
so its much safer here than some places elsewhere

keep check on you local covid case rates

vaxxing the under 12 year old will protect a large population that is helping spread the virus
this group usually recovers from covid ok
its those vulnerable folks in our communities that they can spread it to
someone eg gave the virus to colin powell

if the thanksgiving and christmas and new years holidays dont stir up the covid infections too much
we could be in a good place come march of 2022

if we let up too much on the safety things like masking hand washing etc things may not be where we want them next march

be safe
if you are unvaxxed and get covid seek help early on 
or if you are in a high risk category 
or if you feel like you are getting worse even if you are at low risk

we may be about to get through all this 
finally

sadly also the fact that all those unvaxxed folks are catching covid is also helping to increase our numbers immune to covid

sadly it seems a high price to pay at 1500 a day dying when a covid shot would prevent this from helping in most cases

just remember as long as folks are available to get infected it will remain in our lives

the organicgreen doctor

Friday, October 22, 2021

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-an old drug may help

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-an old drug may help: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-AN OLD DRUG MAY HELP scientists are always looking to repurpose older medication approved for other uses to be tried in slow...

alzheimers news-an old drug may help

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-AN OLD DRUG MAY HELP

scientists are always looking to repurpose older medication approved for other uses to be tried in slowing down alzheimers disease
many of these are older cancer treating drugs
one observation has been that these patients tended not to get alzheimers disease
subsequent studies on many of them has shown they didnt help in alzheimers disease

the apoe 4 gene is known as the late onset alzheimers gene
its involved in lipid metabolism in the body
it is probably involved in the deposition of amyloid plaques associated with alzheimers disease

if you have the apoe 4 your chances are increased that you will get late onset alzheimers disease
how healthy you live your live determines usually what effect it has on you getting the disease

the old drug researchers looked at is called bumex or bumetanide
a potent diuretic as strong if not stronger than lasix or furosemide

its usually used in congestive heart failure liver failure or kidney failure to unload the excess fluid from the body as the heart fails to circulate the blood and fluid around the body 
most patients i saw who took bumetanide had heart failure

researchers have found that the bumetanide can flip apoe 4 to the less damaging apoe 3
apoe 3 carries a reduced chance of getting late onset alzheimers disease

to read about the scientific more complicated effects read this article about how bumetanide affects the brain in research
bumetanide crosses the blood brain barrier so it reach the brain cells
in the mice study described in the above article it caused biochemical changes so the apoe 4 lost its effects

could this same thing happen in humans

scientists looked at a large group of folks treated with bumetanide and found that they tended to not get alzheimers disease

so maybe it will work in humans

they plan a large clinical trial starting next year where folks will be given bumetanide to see if it will work like it did in mice

some scientists think that if it works the drug may have to be altered so it loses some of its powerful diuretic effects

i cant imagine taking it without have heart failure or kidney failure or liver failure since it so powerful
maybe
altering those effects will make it more tolerable

but
hey 
if it were to work i would take it

i plan to keep my eye on the bumetanide clinical trials to see if it works
it will be a few years before we know for sure

a one month cost of bumetanide is $10-15
that would be a cheap treatment if it works

of course if they go and change its effects so it looses its powerful diuretic effects to lessen side effects that will then be a new drug that will get a new patent
it then will not be cheap

but you know alzheimers disease is a very very expensive disease that costs the health care system millions and millions of dollars a year 
that price tag continues to climb each year

so 
if we could slow down the disease or stop it then the price tag would be worth it

i have set up my team for the walk to end alzheimers in santa barbara named
organicgreendoctor at this link

because of the pandemic we will not be walking at the walk site but will walk a route up to the santa barbara mission by ourselves wearing our alzheimers walk shirts and carrying our alzheimers flags

we will be thinking of our lived ones who had alzheimers 
mom nell
brother joe
probably dad charles
and
me

i seem to be the lucky one to have gotten a temporary reprieve

please feel free to donate to and or join our team to help raise funds to fight this awful disease


the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 21, 2021

organicgreendoctor: garden news-is it the onions

organicgreendoctor: garden news-is it the onions: GARDEN NEWS-IS IT THE ONIONS   this is a picture of my onions i grew several years ago at the country n after harvesting them and letting th...

garden news-is it the onions

GARDEN NEWS-IS IT THE ONIONS 

this is a picture of my onions i grew several years ago at the country n
after harvesting them and letting the stalks dry up we would cut off the stalks and drop the onion down the leg of a pantyhose
then
a knot was tied to separate the onions from each other
this allowed air to get to the onions so they wouldnt rot
we then hung them in our garage snipping off an onion whenever we needed one
the onions would last for months this way

i tried this after moving here to santa barbara but it didnt work as well
the humidity is higher here and it doesnt get as warm
so 
many of the onions would rotten
so
the next season and subsequent seasons instead of making these onion chimes
we chopped up the onions
then
threw them in a blender
then
froze them in gallon ziplock bags 
so
whenever we needed onions for cooking we just took out the ziplock bag and broke off whatever amount of onion the recipe called for

now these are organically grown onions from my garden plot so i know they are chemical and germ free

sometimes you need a fresh onion for things like a salad or tacos etc so i just buy one 

i usually dont think much of it 
i just buy it and use it

for my beans and stews and soups and casseroles etc we just use our disease free onions from the freezer

this weekend i bought an onion to use in our taco salad

on monday i woke up nauseated and felt washed out and had some gastro issues that lasted about one day 

i didnt really think much about it until i saw this news item linked here about a salmonella outbreak from contaminated onions from mexico
it has been found in 37 states so far
most folks have mild symptoms but for those younger and immunocompromised folks they might get a little sicker

 i looked at the sticker on the last onion left but it only had the variety of onions
ie dulce sweet onion and not the name of the company from mexico getting the blame for this 

note a huge amount of our winter produce comes out of mexico

i think this onion will not be eaten or composted its going into the trash
just to be safe

this reminds me of the spinach shortage that occurred several years ago 
spinach all across the us got contaminated with some bacteria usually its e coli or salmonella that was making lots of folks sick
in the grocery stores you couldnt find spinach at all

at that time at the country n i was growing malabar spinach that grows on a vine
it likes warm weather
the smaller leaves work good in salads
the larger leaves work well in casseroles and spinach dishes
i always add some to my beans and soups

we at that time during the spinach shortage were giving way bags of spinach to folks needing it for cooking etc

i got the original plant about 15 years ago from the local nursey
it reseeded itself for years
when we moved to santa barbara i pulled a few plants up and transported then here
the first day i got here i planted them in my garden 4 years ago
i have abundant spinach in my garden most of the year here

i have potted up 4 inch pots of them to sell or donate from our garden
we also have it planted several places around the community garden 
next year
we plan to plant a whole row of malabar spinach since the soup kitchen and food pantries will take it

no worry about germs spreading from this organically grown spinach

so
was it the onions
maybe
maybe not
but
that left over onion with that label on it is now gone

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #108-the start is the finish

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #108-the start is the finish: MY STORY REVISITED #108-THE START IS THE FINISH i wrote those words in the title of the blog today 8 years ago  it was true then it is still...

my story revisited #108-the start is the finish

MY STORY REVISITED #108-THE START IS THE FINISH

i wrote those words in the title of the blog today 8 years ago 
it was true then
it is still true today but there may be hope in the future that the start will not be the finish

its the beginning of the end

when i wrote this my moca memory testing was still off some
it since has returned to a normal level
a score of 27-30 is normal
i have for the last several years scored 28-30 on my moca testing

there are a lot of folks who are just starting on this journey
my advice to them if they are just diagnosed is

maximize your health

make sure you have a good accurate diagnosis
if your provider didnt do a good evaluation find one that will
in 2021 you should be able to fairly definitely tell if a person has alzheimers and if not be able to know what the cause is if its not alzheimers
remember all memory loss is not dementia

become involved with your local alzheimers organizations like the alzheimers association or state alzheimers organizations eg alzheimers greater la alzheimers texas alzheimers arkansas etc to name a few
its these organizations that have pushed the politicians to fund better research and to pass laws protecting alzheimers patients

you can make a difference by getting involved

know as much as you can about the disease

make sure your caregiver and family  are involved and know what is going on

get involved in research studies as a research volunteer
nothing happens if folks dont volunteer for these studies
see clinicaltrials.gov for clinical trials opportunities
eg
i have been in two major alzheimers studies now for 11 years
one the adni study is the most important study thats ever been done on alzheimers
the other the aducanumab now called aduhelm study led to the fda approval of its use to treat those with mci and early alzheimers

im being treated at about $5,000 a monthly infusion at no cost to me plus all the mri scans and pet scans and lab work and memory testing and physician visits that are required

if it works i will have gotten it months before others are able to access it
granted we probably wont know if it helps as well as advertised
one measure of is it working will be
if im still writing this blog in 8 years then it worked 

when the disease diagnosis starts it is the finish
you will not get better
you will probably die from alzheimers
how soon 
how healthy you live and if this aduhelm and others soon to follow work then the trajectory will be slowed hopefully significantly

join your local alzheimers walks
these monies and those involved with them will make and have made a difference
___________
09-16-2013
IT WAS A JOURNEY THAT WAS NEW FOR SOME












this is why i walked this weekend in the
williamson county walk to end alzheimers
for the alzheimers association
for those who dont know thats my brother mother and dad
all stricken with the disease

i noticed at the walk some people wrote my name on their tshirts
i cant do that yet since i guess since i cant 100% say for sure that
i have it
although based on my testing it all points to that
and
i personally think i have it as i feel a slow decline thats recognizable
right now only to me but im sure it will start to show on testing
soon










thats mr b my walking buddy at the beginning or is it the end

is the same i think like the disease itself

today was the first time many walked on this walk
and
like with the disease its the first day that many will start
the walk with themselves or their families or friends as they
start that journey with the disease

im sorry to say once that journey starts it has only one ending
and the journey is usually a sad one until it ends

you cant turn back like people were able to at this walk when
they got too tired or hot or sweaty or muddy
life
im afraid with this disease
doesnt quite work that way

its only one direction with a lot of hills and valleys
but its is only a downward one












thats my buddy michael who two years ago gave me a pillow he made
to raise money and made a poster that he and his brother pulled in a wagon
the 2+ miles around the walk that said
im walking for dr nash
then gave me a letter ive posted and saved
it makes me cry every time i try to read it

he always raises money this year it was by collecting cans
and selling them
and he is one of the top fundraisers on his team












this is another one of my buddies
a die hard aggie fan
whom i am always trying to convert to a horn fan

what i like about mr b michael and aggie kid
especially joshua the middle schooler who sang the national anthem
and the high school cheerleaders and the school band that was there
was that there was this youth presence there this weekend

that is important for us to find a cure
as it will be them that will benefit the most from all of the treatments
that are on the way

some of the treatment research is financed by some of the
money raised through these walks

its the young sons and daughters and grand kids and great grand kids
and nephews and nieces that get lost sometimes
in all this alzheimers business
they are affected by this like we are
lets dont forget them










these are volunteers from the habitat for humanity that i work with
frequently
they spend a lot of hours every year helping build these houses
for deserving families
i personally want to thank them for taking the time to walk with  us
today

we all need to be volunteering somewhere and giving back to those
in need










this is most of our team the organicgreendoctor team that walked
last saturday

thanks to each one who took the time to walk with us today

most of not all have been affected some way by
alzheimers disease

a parent
a grand parent
an in law
a sibling
a spouse
a friend
a relative












then finally
this is my wife she
the one with the hat on
with the alzheimers walk miniature donkey
thanks to her for her support

i  wish her a happy anniversary next saturday
(we will be putting in the square foot garden that we auctioned
off for the walk)
and
i hope we have a lot of good times together in the near future until
that journey starts to slow down
love you
__________

these three young men are now in high school or college
they walked with us for several years
they made each walk special as we enjoy and need youth in the movement
kids may suffer silently sometimes in dealing with the disease in their loved ones

thanks guys

i have set up my team for the walk to end alzheimers in santa barbara named
organicgreendoctor at this link

because of the pandemic we will not be walking at the walk site but will walk a route up to the santa barbara mission by ourselves wearing our alzheimers walk shirts and carrying our alzheimers flags

we will be thinking of our lived ones who had alzheimers 
mom nell
brother joe
probably dad charles
and
me

i seem to be the lucky one to have gotten a temporary reprieve

please feel free to donate to or join our team to help raise funds to fight this awful disease

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, October 18, 2021

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-will there be a twindemic this year

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-will there be a twindemic this year: COVID 19-WILL THERE BE A TWINDEMIC THIS YEAR yes is the answer a twindemic is when two viruses cause large amounts of infections at the same...

covid 19-will there be a twindemic this year

COVID 19-WILL THERE BE A TWINDEMIC THIS YEAR

yes
is the answer

a twindemic is when two viruses cause large amounts of infections at the same time

last year the flu was almost nonexistent
this year the flu will probably be back with a vengeance

last year folks hunkered down
avoided being around each other
wore masks everywhere
washed their hands a lot
didnt travel much

this year
folks are traveling a lot
i see less mask wearing around here
folks are doing more entertaining at home
they are going to concerts and games and other venues
all that stuff spreads the flu virus
and
of course the covid virus

last year there were only 2,000 lab confirmed cases of flu in the us
this year that number may be around 200,000 lab confirmed cases
this year one prediction is there will be over 600,000 hospitalizations due to flu
many of those will die from the flu

usually we get what was in the southern hemisphere
this year their fllu cases were light there this summer
but
the prediction is our cases will be higher than theirs

rsv a virus known for infecting kids is on the up rise this year already in the us
the rsv is transferred just like the flu and covid

also kids are the big vectors for spreading flu around in the community 
just like with rsv and covid

yes adults can get sick with rsv

older folks and immunosuppressed folks are susceptible to get gravely ill with all three of these viruses

that would be a tridemic right

luckily we will be able to immunize everyone for covid who wants it over 6  months old by the time the winter is over
there is no rsv vaxxine but one is in the works
there is a flu vaccine but its not as good as the covid vaxxine
it may only be 50% effective
there is a covid vaxxine that is probably around 90% effective

who is susceptible the most to this twindemic this year
us old folks
folks who are immunosuppressed 
pregnant women
folks with certain health conditions like kidney disease heart disease lung disease diabetes obesity to name a few

even though colin powell was vaxxed he still got covid and died
why
probably because he was over 80 and  had multiple myeloma and his immune system was severely suppressed
remember him when you expose those loved ones at risk even though they are vaxxed

yes
we will have a twindemic this year
how bad will it be
its according to how many of us get our flu vaxxines and our covid vaxxines
and
how careful we are around each other
ie wear masks avoid larger gatherings avoid larger groups inside reduce travel etc

i was looking at the covid map of the us showing dark maroon as the worst areas for covid right now

most of the northern states are that dark maroon color meaning heavier infections
the southern states and far western states are a lighter brown
why
the colder climate
folks start staying inside more when it gets cold
spreading the flu and rsv and covid all round to each other

it can be a bad twindemic
or
it can be a mild twindemic

its up to all of us

yes you can get your flu and your covid shot together

the organicgreendoctor

Friday, October 15, 2021

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-get treated now before symptoms start

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-get treated now before symptoms start: ALZHEIMERS NEWS-GET TREATED NOW BEFORE SYMPTOMS START if you would like to get treated for alzheimers disease before you have symptoms if yo...

alzheimers news-get treated now before symptoms start

ALZHEIMERS NEWS-GET TREATED NOW BEFORE SYMPTOMS START

if you would like to get treated for alzheimers disease before you have symptoms if you are over 55 years old
well
if you are willing to be in a clinical trial and be willing to find out if you probably have alzheimers months to years before symptoms start
well
you can do this now
yep
find out if you have alzheimers 
yep
get treatment for it months to years before symptoms start

eg
when i was fifty five if i knew that there was a clinical trial for treating alzheimers before symptoms start
you betcha
i would have jumped at the chance

this study involves eli lillys drug donanemab
its a monoclonal antibody against part of the amyloid protein that is thought to accumulate at the start of alzheimers disease

the theory is that if you could remove this stuff the amyloid before symptoms start then you might be able to slow down the trajectory of the disease

eg
for me it  might have added say 5-10 years to delaying the alzheimers downward slope 

5-10 years is a long long time in the alzheimers world

it works similar to my drug aduhelm (aducanumab)
but
it appears to work even better than aduhelm

the theory is the earlier you treat alzhiemers the better chance you have to slow it down

that treatment is probably available now in the form of donanemab

similar studies are also being doing with aduhelm and with biogens lecanemab

here is the link to lillys donanemab study called trailblazer alz3
here is the clinical trials.gov link to that study 

yep
you betcha
i would have signed up for this one when i was 55
but
ill take second best by taking the aduhelm infusions

we wont know for several years if all of this stuff works

if it does work and you add doing all the healthy things we should be doing 
then
we will die from something besides alzheimers

i have set up my team for the walk to end alzheimers in santa barbara named
organicgreendoctor at this link

because of the pandemic we will not be walking at the walk site but will walk a route up to the santa barbara mission by ourselves wearing our alzheimers walk shirts and carrying our alzheimers flags

we will be thinking of our lived ones who had alzheimers 
mom nell
brother joe
probably dad charles
and
me

i seem to be the lucky one to have gotten a temporary reprieve

please feel free to donate to or join our team to help raise funds to fight this awful disease

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, October 14, 2021

organicgreendoctor: garden news-pumpkin patch

organicgreendoctor: garden news-pumpkin patch: GARDEN NEWS-PUMPKIN PATCH our community garden pumpkin sale almost didnt happen this weekend first the pandemic looked like it would damper ...

garden news-pumpkin patch

GARDEN NEWS-PUMPKIN PATCH

our community garden pumpkin sale almost didnt happen this weekend
first the pandemic looked like it would damper the pumpkin sale
but
the pandemic has slowed significantly here 
in our zip code the covid immunization rate is over 70%

so covid wont be stopping the pumpkin sale this weekend
all the volunteers will be masked
distancing will be done

i will help set up the event but have elected to not be part of the sale volunteers
even though i am triple vaxxed and am at a low risk for getting the covid virus infection

also the air quality is so bad here i will be wearing an kn95 mask to filter out some of the junk in the air from the fires that are about 25 miles a way

the other reason this sale almost didnt happen was due to one word
gophers

the gophers had an early pumpkin party this year

we at one point were having a caddy shack moment thinking of ways to get rid of them
they were sinister thoughts

we were able to trap several
that seemed to slow down the demise of the pumpkin plants

its sad to work so hard to plant these pumpkins then see the whole pumpkin plant partially disappear down a gopher hole

we didnt win all of the battles but i think we mostly won the war

we now have enough pumpkins to sell but nothing like what we have had in the past
lets just say the gophers that were caught were quite healthy looking with an orange tint to their fur

all the funds raised will be used in the community garden where the produce is donated to needy organizations

i was feeling all bummed about how our pumpkin patch was being devastated by the gophers when i read this article linked here from texas gardeners seeds
note link may not be available until 10-20-2021
it discusses the trials and tribulations of the texas pumpkin producers

they had to endure
excessive rains that led to fungal problems
hailstorms destroyed some pumpkin producers crops
real muddy fields
out of control weeds
armyworms devastating whole fields of pumpkins
prices for fertilizer sky rocketed
prices for wood pallets were higher
the big problem was getting folks to care for the pumpkin fields and harvest and loading them
workers with immigration permits werent allowed in the country

but
the pumpkins are here across the country now
they may cost a little more this year

the crop is about average
most farmers say they will just break even

im glad we do our pumpkin patch not for profit but for giving back to folks

ill not complain about gophers anymore after reading about the texas pumpkin growers trials and tribulations this year

i must say watching a kid pick out a pumpkin with a smile on their faces and proudly carrying it home makes it all worth it

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #107-presentations

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #107-presentations: MY STORY REVISITED #107-PRESENTATIONS i have been doing walks to end alzheimers now for the last 11 years several of them have been emotiona...

my story revisited #107-presentations

MY STORY REVISITED #107-PRESENTATIONS

i have been doing walks to end alzheimers now for the last 11 years
several of them have been emotional for me
one was the walks done in 2013 after my younger brother died

my wife she and i went to little rock to do the alzheimers walk after my brother died
that was the one that i probably cried the most at

my first was one where my wife she and i just showed up to walk the day of the walk
it was emotional as we walked and listened to the walkers and listened to the folks at the opening ceremony talking about their personal experiences
it wasnt long after those walks that i was being asked to talk prior to the walks
ive done this numerous times now and i cry every time when i start to talk about my younger brother and my mom dying from the disease

another time i had trouble continuing when i was talking here in santa barbara when ms b yelled out when i looked at her
granddaddy 
sorry i lost it that day but finally got composure enough to continue

so 
yes these walks are emotional for me and for others affected by this disease

prior to the walk in 2013 we did a silent auction to raise money at a local restaurant with an outside venue
we auctioned off a beautiful alzheimers quilt made by a former classmate who was a plastic and hand surgeon who did quilting for a hobby
it got sold finally after a bidding war
i still regret not making a bid on it

another prize was a raised bed vegetable garden that i built and planted for the winner

those were the two biggest prizes

now
for my fundraisers i usually use social media to reach out to friends family and readers of my blog and to folks who have listened to my presentations

when i add up how much my teams have raised in the last 11 years for the alzheimers walks i realize how successful our efforts have been

the local alzheimers organizations like alzheimers texas alzheimers arkansas alzheimers greater la and the alzheimers association have made the difference in providing local services to folks in the dementia world and for having influence on politicians to support alzheimers research

we wouldnt be where we are today without their influence

support your local alzheimers walks
they do make a difference
________
09-06-2013

PRESENTATION WAS GOOD
 
this is how we did our presentation of our items for
our silent auction we held last wednesday
you can get an idea of the size and beauty of that
alzheimers memory quilt

this week as i put all the work that went into getting
this silent auction all set up
i thought
why am i really doing all of this
is it really making much of a difference in the long run

ok if you are over 65 or if your family member is over
65 you or they have a 1 in 3 chance of getting alzheimers
that folks is high odds

what can we do about it right now if we get it
not much im afraid
it is maybe worse than cancer
its the kiss of death
if you get it you will die from it

since i probably have alzheimers disease and am on aricept
(donepezil) because of this possibility
and
since my mother died from alzheimers and my dad probably
had alzheimers
and
since my younger brother sadly died last month from this
horrible disease
i felt like i need to do something to advance the cause
so

i participate right now in three large alzheimers research studies
at ut southwestern medical school alzheimers research center

i write this blog although not all about alzheimers i try to write
about it at least every friday
this blog is read by people across the us and several countries

i talk to everyone who will listen to me about alzheimers

i wear if you will an alzheimers chip on my shoulder

i give talks on alzheimers when asked-i have 2 this month

i am on three of the walk to end alzheimers committees  in
this area
i have a team
the organicgreendoctor in the williamson county walk to end alzheimers
where i do most of my fundraising
a team in the bell county walk to end alzheimers
a team with austin regional clinic in the austin wallk to end alzheimers
and
i support my brothers team
#joe nash for this years first el dorado ark walk to end alzheimers
 
why is the fundraising important for the alzheimers association
the alzheimers association is the third largest supporter of research
in the world behind china and the us national institute of health

the only way the alzheimers association gets funding is through
donations and fundraising
most of their funds are received from these walk to end alzheimers

its only through research that the answer to adequately
treating this disease will be found
and
that funding can only come from you and me
as the government needs to put more monies in towards
finding the answer
so
thats why i do all this talking and writing about these walks
since its important to me personally but its important
to all of you
now or in the future as it will be affecting 100% of you
in some way

you can go to www.alz.org/walk to find a walk in your area
find your state and click on it
then find the walk near you

its you and i that will help find the answer
_________

i have set up my team for the walk to end alzheimers in santa barbara named
organicgreendoctor at this link

because of the pandemic we will not be walking at the walk site but will walk a route up to the santa barbara mission by ourselves wearing our alzheimers walk shirts and carrying our alzheimers flags

we will be thinking of our lived ones who had alzheimers 
mom nell
brother joe
probably dad charles
and
me

i seem to be the lucky one to have gotten a temporary reprieve

please feel free to donate to or join our team to help raise funds to fight this awful disease

the organicgreen doctor