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, December 17, 2021

alzheimers news-does java boost your memory


i think it does
in the morning when i first get up i drink a cup of coffee that is half caffeinated and half decaffeinated
i found that drinking more than 2 cups will make my blood pressure go up
some folks that drink coffee have problems with heart palpitations
some folks that drink coffee have hand shakes or tremors or an increase in anxiety
it can affect you such that you probably shouldnt be drinking it

when i was sick almost 2 years ago with my possible covid related symptoms
i cant really prove or disprove that it was covid
i was unable to tolerate any coffee because it flared up my marked stomach indigestion
i didnt drink coffee for months
man that was not fun
if you are a coffee drinker you know what i mean

this is my coffee mug that someone gave me
i only use it 
it never gets washed just rinsed occasionally
i treat it like you would a cast iron skillet
i swear it puts more flavor into my coffee

later i restarted my coffee gradually so i could tolerate it again
thats when i found if i drank too much coffee my blood pressure went up
once i stopped drinking coffee i was able to stop my blood pressure meds
then i tapered my dose of coffee to my present intake so it doesnt affect my blood pressure

in the morning a few hours after my cup of coffee i take my dose of aricept or donepezil that i take for my diagnosis of mci or mild cognitive impairment due to alzheimers 

after the coffee and my pill i can tell the difference in how alert and how well my memory gets
so i feel both of them help me immediately each day

now the aricept or donepezil improves the memory by increasing acetylcholine levels in the nerve connection in the brains nerve cells so they work better
i can tell when it kicks in each morning

both make me more alert more talkative more active more energetic 

overtime as the disease progresses aricept or donepezil loses it effectiveness since so many brain cells get damaged

im not sure how the coffee works but i can feel it also when it kicks in
whatever way it works i seem to feel it

now an university in australia published an article linked here on how coffee may help slow down the development of alzheimers by lowering the amyloid level in the brain
how it does it is not known

they followed folks over a decade and it seemed that 2 cups or more of coffee a day seemed to raise cognitive function

they think it may lower the amyloid levels in the brain by about 5%

this is a separate effect from the one you get when you first drink your morning coffee

all i gotta say is that 
this makes me want to drink my coffee each morning

my aduhelm or aducanumab infusions now that i am on the full dose will be slowly lowering my amyloid plaque in my brain so that the amyloid will be barely measured in my brain
add to that my coffee might be lowering it even more
the fact that i feel more alert and more memoryized after drinking my coffee
you can betcha you will find me with a cup of java in my hand not long after i get up each morning

i usually wait until i finish drinking my coffee before i do my blog so im at my most alertness

dont give up your coffee unless you have to for other health reasons

biogen aduhelm update
i am now at my 6 month point in my aduhelm clinical trial
i am on my maximum dose and if no aria or microbleeds happen then i will continue on this dose long term
this last week i had my 6 month neurologist clinical visit and got a pint of blood removed for studies
this next week i do all day testing which includes several different methods of memory testings
my wife she is interviewed as part of this day
i feel like i just did my national board exams or some big ole giant final exam that lasts for several hours
i feel wasted afterwards
im glad my wife she drives me home

on that day i will drink my cup of coffee with my breakfast then before the testing all starts i will probably have another boost of caffeine around mid day to get me through my memory testing

hopefully all that caffeine i have taken in each day has helped some

the organicgreen doctor

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