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, May 7, 2021

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-does getting a ct scan help

organicgreendoctor: alzheimers news-does getting a ct scan help: AZHEIMERS NEWS-DOES GETTING A CT SCAN HELP each morning when i log onto my email account i have a feed of alzheimers articles that i read i ...

alzheimers news-does getting a ct scan help

AZHEIMERS NEWS-DOES GETTING A CT SCAN HELP

each morning when i log onto my email account i have a feed of alzheimers articles that i read
i also have numerous other alzheimers feeds like the alzheimers association alzheimers texas alzheimers greater la being patient alzheimers weekly etc

so there is not much i miss in the alzheimers world
in fact
this is how i first found out about the biogen aducanumab study a few years before i entered the study
i kept a close eye on the aducanumab research and when it became available for me to participate i jumped at the chance

had i not been proactive i probably wouldnt have gotten in the aducanumab study 

i read about animal studies on alzheimers 
all research starts there
from there if it looks promising it may move to humans

this week a study published in the journal of alzheimers disease linked here caught my eye
as well as
this article discussing the research study 

the study only had four people in it
they all had advanced alzheimers disease
they all had ct scans of the brain

ct scans produce a low level of radiation to the brain
there is a small amount of  changes that occur in the brain from the radiation 
we dont notice it as the body fairly quickly repairs any damage done and we move on 

if you have ever had a loved one in the final stage of alzheimers disease any improvement even for few days or even a day is appreciated

many of us all have seen our loved ones be better one day for some reason then the next they are back to where they were

what they noticed in these 3 patients there were some improvements in their status for a period of time after they had ct scans of their brains

scientist thinks the low dose radiation from the scan alters things in the brain on a biochemical level
maybe improving oxidative stress on the cells 
that leads to this improvement in their overall status for a period of time
then the body repairs any changes

the way i think of it is things are real bad up there in the brain and if you stir up the stew in the brain lt makes things better for awhile
then
it all settles back down again
like
if you have sand in a tub of water and you stir it all up and you have this sandy water for awhile before the sand settles back down to where it is 


doing a ct scan or low dose radiation earlier in alzheimers may not make any changes be noticed since the stew in the brain isnt so bad yet

will this lead to some treatment one day 
maybe 
maybe not

would i do it to see
absolutely 

i have had one ct scan of the brain when i had a concussion 20 years ago
i had post concussive symptoms for a month
since my brain was probably not damaged yet by the alzheimers i would not have gotten any benefits from that ct scan if this study above is accurate

i  have had about 10 mris of the brain over the last 10 years in research studies including one about 2 weeks ago
there has been no change in my mri over the last 10 years
mri scans use magnetic waves to do the scans not radiation
no benefit there i guess 

i truly believe that i am doing as well as i am now because i have been proactive in my care and have kept up with what might help to slow this down
some things i did didnt pan out 
some might pan out
like 
eg
biogens aducanumab

time will tell
maybe ill also get a ct scan every once and a while when things progress

the organicgreen doctor

Thursday, May 6, 2021

organicgreendoctor: garden news-bed prep for planting vegetables

organicgreendoctor: garden news-bed prep for planting vegetables: GARDEN NEWS-BED PREP FOR PLANTING VEGETABLES this is ms b and hudson in their garden each week we try to get them into our community garden ...

garden news-bed prep for planting vegetables

GARDEN NEWS-BED PREP FOR PLANTING VEGETABLES

this is ms b and hudson in their garden
each week we try to get them into our community garden
this week ms b did her zoom art class while sitting under the big ole oak tree in our garden using a hot spot for wifi
the class was on how to draw a chicken
ms b and mr hudson had just finished feeding food scraps and bread to the chickens
so
it worked out well that day
she also gave the kindergarten class a zoom tour of our community garden 


ms b drew this chicken knowing that one of our chickens named itchy was ill
she drew this as a get well card for ms itchy
she got some tape and taped it on the door to the coop turning the picture towards the inside so ms itchy could read it and maybe feel better
alas ms itchy passed a couple of days later
im sure ms itchy got some solace in her last days after reading ms bs card


i volunteer 3 times a week for 3-4 hours doing whatever needs to be done in the community garden
this week i cleaned off a bed where the cauliflower was planted to get it ready for the next spring vegetables 
all our vegetables are donated to those in need

over the last two years we have tried to be aggressive in prepping our beds using lots of compost and an organic source of nitrogen 


here is what is left of a huge dump truckload of good organic compost
we have been using this for several months on our new beds
i can really see a difference in the quality of our garden soil over the last two years


for this fertilizer for the new bed we used this composted chicken manure that has been aged for months
its a rich organic source of fertilizer for the beds


i placed piles of compost and the chicken compost on the newly harvested bed
i then raked in the piles so it was evenly distribute over the bed


then i took this broadfork which is about 3 ft wide with 7 tongs that are 12 inches long and are triangle shaped
3 ft is the width we want our beds to be
you stand on top of the broadfork which forces the tongs 1 ft into the ground
you then rock it forward so its almost parallel to the ground
then you rock it backwards so its almost parallel to the ground
you do this about every 4-6 inches up and down the bed
when you finish the bed is well loosened up 1ft down
plus
youve got a dang good workout 
the bed is about 30 ft long

using the broadfork instead of a tiller or shovel keeps from disrupting the soil so much
and
killing so many of the worms


when completed this bed is 3 ft wide and well worked down to a foot with the compost and fertilizer deeper into the soil
i usually go back and do a raking on each side which makes the sides of the beds thicker

drip tape is placed in three rows for watering the vegetables
then we plant the veggies
i usually water the veggies in well with a fish emulsion molasses seaweed solution to give the veggies a boost


on this particular bed we will put a line of this cattle panel
we first place our tposts down the middle of the row
then
wire the panels in place

these panels allow the vining plants a structure to grow on 

we will then plant in this bed rows of green bean vines
or
tomatoes
or 
cucumbers
or
winter squash
or
beans like kentucky wonders or christmas limas etc

so
i probably will get close to ten thousand steps in doing this bed
and
it will be like going to the gym to workout several times

i do prefer the garden for my exercising
fresh air
nature all around
quiet except for the birds or chickens
cost
priceless

the organicgreen doctor

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #85-what were they really like

organicgreendoctor: my story revisited #85-what were they really like: MY STORY REVISITED #85-WHAT WERE THEY REALLY LIKE when i read this blog tthis morning i thought about my mother and my younger brother and w...

my story revisited #85-what were they really like

MY STORY REVISITED #85-WHAT WERE THEY REALLY LIKE

when i read this blog tthis morning i thought about my mother and my younger brother and what they were really like before the disease took over
what you saw in those last stages of alzheimers disease is not what you would have seen before the disease set in

i also thought of my friend greg who died with huntingtons disease
like me he saw his mom die with a neurological disease
later he would find out like me that he had the same huntingtons disease that his mom had
his younger brother died young before he was diagnosed
he likely had huntingtons disease

another older brother was diagnosed after greg died and he soon died later from huntingtons disease

i looked at the old pictures of my mom as a young mom as a nurse as a grandmother then later pictures of her through the various stages of alzheimers
if you line those alzheimers pictures up you can see the changes as the disease progressed

i dont want pictures taken of me when i get demented
i want folks to remember me as i am now or was 
not what i am like when my time comes

i also dont really want to be out and about for others to stare and feel sad for me
just come visit me and enjoy the moment
thats what we did when we visited her and later my brother as the disease progressed

my mom would have been 91 when i wrote that blog 8 years ago
my younger brother died a few months later
my visiting relatives with this terrible disease ended when they both died
i hope i dont have to experience it again

just remember your loved ones with the disease as they were 
thats what i do with her and him
thats what i want folks to remember me 
as i was
__________
02-23-2013
REMEMBER THEM AS THEY WERE


yesterday would have been my mothers 91st birthday
she died a few years ago from alzheimers disease
but i dont just remember her from those last days
instead i try to remember her whole life

this is a picture of her probably in her late 20s or early 30s

she grew up in a small rural area in southern arkansas

i suspect from being around her for years that she was a
quiet respectful excellent student that the teachers liked

she did have a stubborn streak though as we all learned
over the years
sometimes it was to do what was right for someone or
a situation
she usually won those chosen battles

she played basketball as it was the only sport they had
and was known as the lawson flash
because of her speed and aggressiveness

its those quiet ones that you have to watch out for sometimes

she was a student in elementary school
high school

she met the love of her life in high school and
at 17 they were married

she was a wife
then she was a mother
then she was a college student
then she was a elementary teacher
then she was a preachers wife and all that entails
including dealing with 8 pks
(no thats not prekindergartners thats preacher kids)
then she was a mother again for a total of 8 times
then she was a nurse her true profession that she seemed
to be made for and gave her great fulfillment

then she became a caretaker as my dad began to fade some
into some dementia which i presume to also have been alzheimers

then she became a widow

then she became one that required caretaking
something she did so well for others

then she reached the point with her disease
alzheimers disease
that she required long term care in a facility
where the disease as it does marched on unabated


here is a picture of her in the facility in one of the fun moments
there where she was having a good time with us
wearing one of my donald duck hats

however i want to remember her as a child young adult mother
nurse wife preachers wife when she was at her best

i think thats why i like that first picture the best

so when you see an older person or someone like her or
my younger brother with alzheimers
why dont you ask and find out

what were they really like
__________
do visit your loved ones as they age
they do appreciate it

the organicgreen doctor

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

organicgreendoctor: where did your state get its name

organicgreendoctor: where did your state get its name: WHERE DID YOUR STATE GET ITS NAME recently i found the youtube video below from a link from kim komando.com on how did each state get its na...

where did your state get its name

WHERE DID YOUR STATE GET ITS NAME

recently i found the youtube video below from a link from kim komando.com on how did each state get its name

i realized that i didnt really know where california got its name from
i thought it had something to do with a bear or something
wrong
so
i looked at the three states that i had lived at and also two others nebraska and louisiana

when you click on the video you can fast forward until you see the state you are interested in pop up on the video 
then listen to the story 

california around 3:00
california got its name from baja california when the spanish controlled the territory 
the original word came from a book written in 1510 titled about queen calafia in a fictional island called california

texas around 10:45
texas used to be called new philippines
later it was named tejas from a caddo indian word taysha for friend
later the j in tejas was changed to texas
so howdy yall is texan for the caddo word taysha for friend

arkanssas around 10:00
arkansas got its name from the arkansas river
arkansas river got its name from a french version arcansas for a quapaw word akansas

louisiana around 11:00
louisiana got its name from louis 14 of france
that one was easy
louisiana is full of its original french influences

here i would like to make a shoutout for a friend who has written a three book series on a family in new orleans with the main character being a female 
if you read this series you will understand the history of new orleans and louisiana
she was the author of the book last trip home
here is the link to info on the book
madeleine

nebraska around 9:33
nebraska got its name from a chiwere word nibraske for flattened water
maybe someone from nebraska can explain that one

so find your state of interest
move along that thermometer looking line until you see your state pop up on the screen
then listen to the discussion of how that state got its name

we need to be aware of where we came from and the history of where we came from
and
of course where we live
then
from there branch out to learning the history of where you have lived or where you are living now

sometimes we can learn a lot about ourselves when we do this

while you are at it you might read some on us history and on civics

i think we all could benefit from knowing more about civics and our history since many of us dont

maybe we could start with our politicians doing it first
right 

the organicgreen doctor

Monday, May 3, 2021

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-a disservice to humanity

organicgreendoctor: covid 19-a disservice to humanity: COVID 19-A DISSERVICE TO HUMANITY thats the exact words that popped into my mind when i heard what he said he is providing a disservice to h...

covid 19-a disservice to humanity

COVID 19-A DISSERVICE TO HUMANITY

thats the exact words that popped into my mind when i heard what he said
he is providing
a disservice to humanity 
who is he

its joe rogan the libertarian popular podcaster who said
young folks shouldnt get vaccinated since they are healthy and dont get as sick from covid 19

now i like having libertarian people around
they keep us all honest
even though i dont usually agree with what they say

in this case i most definitely dont agree with what he said
it was
a disservice to humanity 

since making these statements he has retracted some of what he said 
since
there was such an uproar from folks who know better

why is he wrong
here is why 

30% of us are now totally vaccinated
thats about 100,000,000+ folks
we are mostly free to do what we want to do now and not worry about getting sick from covid 19
like dying or getting permanently disabled eg

that leaves 70% of yall now not vaccinated
yall are the ones that will now get covid 19
yall will be the ones that will now die or get permanently disabled from covid 19
thats around if you do the math around 230,000,000+ folks

most folks over 60 are vaccinated
most folks getting sick are younger than 60

if you read what doctors who are caring for the sick folks say
they are seeing younger and younger folks in the hospital and in icus with covid 19

the covid 19 virus doesnt care how old you are they just want to infect folks
the new variants seem to be highly contagious and spread much easier
especially in younger folks

the younger folks are more mobile and are getting out doing things
spreading the virus amongst each other

if a vulnerable person is in their circle of contacts they are the ones that will get sicker
vulnerable would be anyone unvaccinated who is obese has asthma is older than 65 has diabetes heart disease kidney disease lung disease connective tissue disease immunosuppressed folks cancer survivors cancer patients etc

these are the ones the virus will hit the hardest
these are the ones that those young folks will transmit the virus to 

yesterday around 600 people died in the us from covid 10
none if any of those 600 people who died were vaccinated
most if not all of them were unvaccinated

if you search the potential sources for their infection
most sources would be from younger folks

thats why younger folks should get vaccinated

in our circle of acquaintances there are around 8 unvaccinated folks
6 of them are vulnerable folks
at least one cant ever take the vaccine

if they get the covid 19 they will probably get sicker from it than most
how will they get infected
probably from a younger person

thats why younger folks should get vaccinated

there is a big group of folks under 16 that cant get vaccinated yet
that number is around 70+million folks
when the vaccines get approved for that age group that unvaccinated number will be decreased substantively 

what will be left in august or this fall will those who just wont get vaccinated or those who cant get vaccinated for various health reasons

those folks probably around 80,000.000+ folks will then become the reservoir from which the covid 19 will access to infect

many of them will die become permanently disabled or become quite ill 
that number will gradually drop each year
but
sadly that vaccine hesitancy group will probably be the reason we dont get this pandemic under control in the us

a real disservice to humanity 

then also
thats not even considering whats happening in the rest of the world
if we dont help them control their pandemics then whats there will continuously infect those left in the us that are unvaccinated

do your job
get vaccinated
wear your mask until this is all over with 
if you are unvaccinated protect yourself and others by doing all those things you should be doing

i was glad to see that joe rogan retracted some of what he said

our younger population does need to get vaccinated

the organicgreen doctor