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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
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

my story revisited #123-from fog to fog


when you see a doctor for memory loss they ask you all kinds of questions
any history of head trauma
any history of alzheimers or memory loss in the family
medications or drugs or otc meds you are on
other medical illness that could affect memory like stroke high blood pressure depression anxiety sleep issues to name a few
they ask about chemical exposure

i said when we were kids we chased the mosquito fog machine as it went through our neighborhood

that might not have been a good thing to do

did it cause my alzheimers disease
but like those other things above it may have contributed some to my getting this disease

it seems if you are apoe 4 positive then you are more likely to have been affected by the fog machine

for me
it was also family history apoe 4 gene apoe 4 gene at least 3 concussions high blood pressure high cholesterol and probably other unknown things we dont know about yet

when you add all these risks up this may be what makes the disease happen

maybe it all started with the fog machines as described below
when we were growing up we were always outside
especially in the summer
we would stay out late into the evening after sunset

i can remember playing outside with friends and my siblings
when someone would yell
hey here it comes
the fog machine
we would watch it come up the street with its fog being
sprayed back behind it
as it would pass us we would take off running behind it
running in all that fog

it would eventually outrun us but we would catch it as
it went one block over and came back our way

we would repeat this until it got further then we were allowed
to go this late at night

running so hard
breathing so hard to keep up
we sucked in an awful lot of that fog into our lungs
and it seems now we sucked a lot in
that ended up in our brains

now possibly leaving some of us in a fog as we get older
Photo of an old cannister of DDT

the fog had stuff in it to kill mosquitoes
i dont know for sure
but that was the time that ddt was used to kill mosquitoes
so im presuming thats what it was or some other
bad chemical like that

it ddt has since been banned in the united states
thanks monsanto for designing such a deadly poison
that affects us still
and will for hundreds of years

researchers have found that those who were exposed to
ddt when they were younger
may have a higher incidence of alzheimers disease

in my immediate family of 10 people
that appears to be 40%
my mother
my father
my younger brother
probably me

did sucking in all that fog somehow speed up
the process for my younger brother
and maybe me

even though ddt was banned in the us in 1972
80% of the patients in this study who had alzheimers had ddt
still in their body

thats at least 40+ years ago this exposure could have happened
unless they were still exposed from contaminated areas and animals
and drinking water

wonder if those west virgina folks need to be worried about
something like this happening to them in their later years
then in those patients who have the apoe 4 double gene
(that would be me and i presume my younger brother
had that bad combo also)
had 4 times the level of dde the breakdown product of ddt that
persists in the body compared to those without that gene

this ddt and dde seems to cause an increase in the production of that
protein called beta amyloid that is associated with alzheimers disease

its that sticky gooey stuff that sticks in the brain
and starts that chain of reactions that
ends in alzheimers disease

what is bad is that its not banned in all countries
some of the fruits and vegetables we eat from those countries
may have the ddt and other chemicals on it

i guess if you are kin to me you shouldnt eat fruit and vegetables
from those countries

pesticides like ddt have been shown to cause parkinsonism
so the link to alzheimers is not surprising
as mentioned above
it may be inducing the body to make this beta amyloid

thanks again monsanto etc
you did it to us all again

so in my youth i entered into that fog in the summer
now in my later years
i again enter that fog
maybe caused by the same chemical

folks this is more reason why we and why i should stay organic
in what we eat and do in our landscapes

who know what else is out there
ddt and its relatives are still used in south america africa and asia
it was discontinued here in the us in 1972

i was born 22 years too soon 
so if you are 50 years old or younger you probably dont have this as a risk factor for alzheimers unless you maybe lived in one of the areas where its still being used

of course theres probably other ones we are exposed to now that will turn out to affect us like ddt does
we just dont know about it yet

the organicgreen doctor

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