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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
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, April 22, 2022

today is earth day


here we are again 
its earth day
are we or should i say is the earth better off than it was last year
i dont think so

as we drive to ucla each month early in the morning the 101 highway is merged with the pacific highway and off to the right in the early dawn light you can see this row of oil platforms with their lights on in the distance

one of these platforms leaked the thousands of gallons of oil that almost destroyed the economy of this area for several years and caused millions of dollars of damage

that santa barbara oil spill and the national and international outrage over its damage help lead to the observation of earth day

we are on the edge of a war in ukraine that if it were to go real bad and nuclear weapons were to be used the earth will not fare well

the ice caps are melting
google has a video of the ice caps melting over time
that cant be good
where does all that water go
places like low lying area like new orleans or miami
even worse in some poor foreign countries
so add flooding to the threat of nuclear war to whats going on on earth day

we here in california are having a severe drought 
we are having fires lots of fires they seem to get worse every year
add drought and fires and the lack of water to our earth day worries

during the pandemic since so many people were staying home the amount of air pollution dropped significantly
air pollution kills folks slowly 
the air pollution is making a come back
when we go to ucla each month you can see the change in the smog as we drive down off the mountains

add air pollution to our earth day woes

there is a big concern for plastic pollution
i sit sometimes and think about this plastic pollution
it cant be a good thing
i dont have a solution to this problem
we need to find one
microplastics are showing up in our food chains in our kids and in us
this cant be a good thing
there is the chemicals in the plastic im sure that leaks into the water and drinks and foods

add plastic pollution to our earth day problems

this week i read about contaminated produce the worst 15 to eat
top contaminated ones are apples strawberries tomatoes
more in a later blog
we and or kids are eating all this stuff
it cant be good for us
at least you can mainly go organic and avoid some of this contamination

add contaminated food to our earth day problems

i read about contaminated soil and water systems from old chemical sites and old pipes and other old stuff just left in the ground
i read about all those cases of brain tumors in folks from one high school
was that a chemical pollution problem

add that to our earth day problems

i looked at all those earth day problems
i can only do my part to make myself and my wife she safe
we try to do our part
to save this earth

i havent figured out how to avoid all of them though

we recycle as much as we can
we try to limit our over use of water
we eat a lot of our vegetables and fruits from our organic garden
we reuse plastic bags 
we use reusable shopping bags
we make our own compost from our food waste and use it to make our organic food grow
we avoid pesticides insecticides bad cleaning materials
if we buy another car it will be an all electric one

we can only do what we can do
we are doing our small part to help this earth 
if millions of us would do that the earth might start improving

if we dont do more to save this earth our future generations will be doomed

its up to us to make it better

take the day today to go outside and to enjoy and appreciate whats around you

its our earth
we only have one
there will not be another one

the organicgreen doctor

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