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
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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

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

my story revisited #125-stay busy stay informed


when i retired abruptly about 3 years before i wrote the blog below i looked around to make sure i stayed busy
below in the blog are the things i eventually got involved in
lucky for me we had moved to the country n north of austin from our house in austin
we went from a home with the typical front yard and backyard to 10 acres with a barn and a house and great potential for keeping one busy

put in a 1000 sq ft garden with fencing
redid my 1200 sq ft barn with metal roofing
put in a 30,000+ gallon rainwater system
repaired a lot of fencing
planted over 100 shrubs and trees
sowed lots of wildflowers and native grasses
maintained the property 
did all those other things listed below

i also was in the adni2 or alzheimers disease neuroimaging imitative study on alzheimers disease for 5 years
i also started doing several Alzheimer's presentations and q and a sessions with groups

it was about this time i started looking at studies to replace the adni2 study 
i wanted a treatment study

the one i was looking as i mentioned below i didnt qualify since i needed to be 65 and my memory was not normal so i didnt qualify 
it was about this time that the studies on aducanumab now called aduhelm started showing up 
i put that drug in my sights as one i might want to be on

eventually i qualified for the study and have now gotten 32 infusions in the aduhelm studies
18 of them were placebo

the person mentioned below eventually hooked up her rainwater tanks and used it to water her horses and her vegetable garden
since i have retired i have my things that i like to
be involved in and promote
habitat for humanity volunteering
meals on wheels delivery
giving advise-doing this one is cheap-
on medicine
organic of course
rainwater collection
xeric gardening
solar power
setting up a small garden
recycling things
sports especially football and basketball
alzheimers disease
anything that will promote awareness of this disease

so this weekend i get to do three of these things

this am if the ice doesnt cancel it

i will be representing the alzheimers association at a volunteers fair
at sun city in georgetown texas
i get to wear purple and talk about alzheimers research
alzheimers programs available in this area
the walks to end alzheimers and more

this is a subject i can talk on all day long if someone will listen

then on saturday morning my wife she and i go to an
annual conference luncheon in dallas at ut southwestern
for those of us who volunteer our bodies to be researched on
there we get to hear whats going on at the research center
and whats going on nationally

i usually know most of whats going on since i keep up
with all the alzheimers research nationally

one of the upcoming research studies involves giving one of
the new alzheimers vaccine that removes the bad gooey
beta amyloid from the brain
it starts soon
im one year too young but attempts are being made to
get me into this one

the secret in the future will be to start treatment as early as possible
even before symptoms start
those studies are going on now here in the us and elsewhere

i usually learn something since the researchers are all there
talking about their research studies


i go slightly south of dallas and meet with a professor at
a large university who is putting a rainwater collection
system on her barn
the water to be used in her garden and maybe to water her horses
and trees
she has access to water but its restricted because of
water restrictions in the area

i do look forward to infecting her with the rainwater
collection virus
she may not know how contagious it is even though she
is a biologist
there is no vaccine or cure known so far

she has 3 tanks to hook up
ive warned her that she needs to plan for more since
those tanks will fill up real fast

its hard for a rainwaterer to sit and watch the water
run over out of the tanks or over the gutters
you see
there is only one cure
more tanks

hopefully with these three events this weekend
i can spread the word
end alzheimers now
save the rain
now most if not all my volunteering is at the community garden
i changed my volunteer hours to there once the pandemic hit
it was much safer i felt since it was outside and the volunteers were scattered over 2-3 acres

you also need to be proactive when it comes to getting your medical care and if you have to seek care like i did in a clinical trial

my motto
stay busy
stay informed

the organicgreendoctor

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