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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

Thursday, April 6, 2023

my story revisited #173-mind your diet


the diet we should be eating is called the mind diet
click on this link to get a good explanation for what is in the diet

the mind diet is officially called the mediterranean dash diet intervention of neurodegenerative delay
its the mediterranean diet mixed with the dash diet

if you would start this diet when you are younger you could lower the risk for alzheimers by 30-40%
then if you controlled your weight your blood pressure your cholesterol your diabetes your sleep your stress that number would go even higher

there is no drug including my drug aduhelm that will work that well in slowing down the disease
there may not even ever be a drug that works that well

we are what we eat

just think you could eat your way out of an alzheimers diagnosis in your future
imagine the health benefits if you started you kids on the mind diet from day one
what phenomenal health benefits that would be for your kids

my next infusion of aduhelm or aducanumab is in about 3 weeks
i start counting down the infusions with this one
i will have 13 more after this one

early june is a big month as i go to ucla 4 times to get all day memory testing and an amyloid pet scan and a tau protein pet scan and a mri and then an infusion of aduhelm or aducanumab
i wish i could see those scans
the amyloid should be mostly gone from my brain

where the tau protein is located at would tell me what symptoms i should expect to have show up
if its in my speech area of the brain i will notice problems with speech 
if its in my frontal area i might have trouble with my emotions
if its in my visual centers i might have problems with my vision

i wish i could see those scans to really know where i am at with this disease but i probably will not ever see them as they are protected by the study


as i know more and more about what effect diet
has on someone who develops alzheimers
i realize how important it is that we eat
all our lives

i wonder what my health would be like right now if
i had eaten like i eat now all my life
would i have high blood pressure
would i have high cholesterol
which i had for years before i realized it at 40
but then i had 40 years of high levels doing its
slowly like the corrosion build up in a water pipe
in you house
until it reaches the point where damage gets done
some of it is subtle
in those small vessels to the heart and the brain

what if i had eaten right all my life
would my memory issues been delayed
or not happened

i think about this a lot when i shop for groceries
especially when i wait in line for checkout
i look at what other folks have put in their carts
sodas full of sugar
orange juice thats really just orange flavored sugar water
the cancer that has taken over our health here in the us
cereals like those advertised heavily to your kids
on tv
all loaded with that sugar that our bodies werent
programmed to ingest
all those prepackaged and processed foods that
fill up those carts
all that meat
now meat is ok
i do eat meat
but not as much as what i see in folk carts

i recently cut my bread consumption in half
since i have a turkey sandwich with chips for
lunch every day
have toast with egg ie an egg sandwich for breakfast
i use one slice of bread and use 1/2 the number of chips
i have eliminated 500 calories from my diet
thats worth a few pounds weight loss over a year

so when im checking out i look down at my cart
half of what i buy are fruits and vegetables
there are no processed foods
some meat but not much
whole wheat bread with nuts and seeds added
dried fruits and nuts
no cereal
no bon bons or twinkies
even no snickers
just  good healthy food

now what if we all ate like this in the us
we would all be healthier and live longer
add some exercise
we would cut down on the incidence of alzheimers
by 30%+-
decrease heart disease strokes diabetes knee and hip replacements

of course
we would have more folks drawing social security for a
lot longer time

so we are
what we eat
i really feel like i am doing so well now because i have done all the healthy things you are suppose to be doing plus i eat a fairly healthy diet
add on my 13 years of being on aricept or donepezil and my 40+ monthly infusions of aduhelm or aducanumab to this healthy regimen
i am doing all one can do to slow down the disease

i just wish i would have started about 20-30 years earlier

the organicgreen doctor

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