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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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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, October 19, 2022

my story revisited #154-we have some control over whether we get it


i feel like i am doing my part to slow down this disease

my family history of alzheimers disease ie my parents my younger brother aunts uncles grandparents i cant do anything about that

my inheriting the homozygous or double version of the apoe 4 gene i cant uninherit that

i can do things well listed below in my old blog to counterbalance the effects of these two things above

i do wish i had known all this when i was younger like in my 20s so i could have been better at limiting my risk factors

at least as i got older mostly after my diagnosis did i get more aggressive at taking care of my health
really it would have been better to do it for 40 years instead of the last 12 years

i feel like it would have made a difference

a warnig to you younger folks

i also have added to my regimen

getting these biogen aducanumab infusions at ucla to END ALZheimers

#22 so far
yesterday i found out i will get another approximately #22 more in this study im in 

i think of these infusions as being the icing on the cake for slowing this disease down

now we know that these infusions probably need to be done when you are younger
in me when i was 50 which was 22 years ago

my amyloid pet scan that will be done next summer should show little if any amyloid plaque buildup
my original one which i havent gotten to see from 2016 should show a lot of amyloid plaque buildup in the brain
now does removing all that plaque make a difference
we will know at the end of all this if it does
you have some control over the outcome
whether or not you get alzheimers
its the 6th and some recent studies suggest its the 3rd leading
cause of death in the united states

yes i wrote you have some control over the outcome
whether or not you get alzheimers

this report on
world alzheimers report 2014 on dementia and risk reduction
can be reviewed at this link

here is an article on a summary of the report

here is the togd summary
well ive written this many times

you have control on whether you get dementia and or
how bad it is if you get it
somethings like genetics family tendencies environmental
exposures you cant control
like ddt exposure like carrying the apoe4 gene like your age eg

see that kid in the  picture above
put your kid your grand kid your nephew or niece in that picture
do this for them also

so you can control

-your blood pressure especially starting in mid life
its interesting that this time is when the bad stuff
beta amyloid accumulation and tau destruction starts in the brain
again please dont worry about potential side effects of meds
they cant be worse than a stroke heart attack or the most dreaded
disease alzheimers disease

-your diabetes in mid to late life
folks the chances of getting alzheimers if its not controlled
is 50%
that an impressive number
diet and exercise and medicine
even the old diabetic drug metformin may help slow things down

-dont smoke dont start stop if you do

-your cholesterol easily done now a days with medications and
diet and exercise
if you have ever dealt with the family member or friend with
alzheimers the side effects of the cholesterol meds arent that

-those things that make a healthy heart make a healthy brain

-healthy diet like the mediterranean diet
-your weight as normal as possible
-mentally active all the way through your life

-get as much education as you can
the goal is to enter your late life with a healthy robust brain
with lot of brain cells to withstand the on slot of this terrible

-stay socially active
-control stress anxiety depression
-get adequate sleep
-enjoy your music

also take notice that these things also help in the fight against
stroke heart attack cancer diabetes

so yes you have some control
start now while you are young
although its never too late to start

then finally
we need your help fighting for a cure and treatment
its the nih and the alzheimers association who lead in
providing the research monies for this fight

you can join and or donate to our 
organicgreendoctor walk team for the santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 5th

here is the link to the conference
i will be on an alzheimers panel for alzheimers los angeles on saturday october 29th
the audience will be medical professionals

i will be on a  panel with other patients telling our stories and answering questions from the audience
this is my first panel ive done live since the pandemic hit

help us find a cure
help yourself while you are at it

the organicgreen doctor

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