What am I up to?

“Not always this laid back”

“Not always this laid back”

Thank you for asking. I am asked this question so often. This phase may just be a salutation, but I have learned many have a curiosity about my various endeavors. A blog seemed like the best way to answer this question on a regular basis. In addition, this blog provides a means for me to keep track in an organized fashion of what I am up to.

The purpose is to record and relate what I am up to these days. The information will be in one place for recording memoirs and historical events. It will be a place to document the present and consider the future.
I expect to regularly make entries concerning various categories: physician/surgeon; medical research and development; the golf adventures and Life. You may see a recent post or follow the topic that might interest you.

Let me know what you think as this blog will becomes my “Lectronic Legacy” in what ever time remains.

Physician/Surgeon

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

“30 years at the bedside” circa 1980

In the course of my practice I was one of the pioneers in arthroscopic surgery. This resulted in hundreds of surgeon visitors, such that Ingham Medical Center in Lansing created the first operating room dedicated to arthroscopic surgery including a glass wall for visitors to comfortably observe surgery.

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

Arthroscopic Suite Ingham Medical Center

First and foremost I am a physician/surgeon. No matter a physician’s special interest, the medical license says physician/surgeon. In the course of my medical practice, medicine became very specialized, me included. I went from medical doctor, to board certified orthopedic surgeon to arthroscopic surgeon. My business card indicated such. I did not go so far as to do only left knees and right elbows. When I saw this unfolding, I changed my business card my roots, a “new” specialty called Physician/Surgeon.

 

 

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Inventions/Patents

Inventions/Patents

Official Patent Document

Official Patent Document

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Golf

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

My friend and partner on the PGA Tour; Howard Twitty

I started golf at age 11 a Burroughs Farms, a family recreational area for employees of Burroughs Adding Machine Company. This facility is now called Oak Pointe, west of Brighton, MI. I played on Royal Oak High School team which won the Michigan State High School Championship in 1951 (not a misprint on year). My last year at Michigan State and sfter I was admitted to medical school, I played #3 man on Michigan State College (at that time) golf team. My best competitive score was two under 70 against Notre Dame. I have enjoyed 3 holes in one, the longest being 265 yards in 1955. I played a few local country club invitationals over the years, winning once at the Lansing Country club with Otto Schubel.

Long hiatus in golf due to medical school and practice, but in 2002, I slipped on the ice after a Michigan State basketball game and dislocated my shoulder. This resulted in rotator cuff repair and exploring one handed putting. This led to interest in putting and putter design. This led to meeting Howard Twitty, former PGA tour player and the rest is history and daily documentation of new events now reflected in this blog’s “What are you up to in Golf”

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Life & life

Open Bible

Open Bible

These are musings about Life and life. Notice the capital letter on the first Life. The reason is that it is a synonym or code name for the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He called himself the Way, The Truth and the Life. Over the years I have lived an imperfect life (not capitalized) which is one of the qualifications for becoming and remaining a Christian. There is a fun scripture that rhetorically says, “Does a well man need a doctor?” Only those with faults need apply.

I have written a number of manuscripts about Life and life. One such many people Christian or not have appreciated is my insight to what goes on in the operating room which resulted in a prayer for those undergoing surgery. (use the form to the right to sign up and get this free)

I have written a short manuscript on “A Physician Looks at Scriptural Healing”. Being a medical doctor and a Christian it was of interest to me, what the Bible recorded about healing. So it was important to me to make this study in light of my clinical experiences. I want the proceeds from this to go directly to Fresh Wind Christian Community in Benzie County, MI.

This section will have many other reflections on Life and life as we go along.

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Answering the frequently asked question (FAQ) of what am I up to now?

A BLOG seemed the best and most efficient means of answering the FAQs on a regular basis.  It might be said that I wear multiple hats or have many interests.  Discovery in medicine will always be the main topic.  However there are other categories; Golf Adventures, Inventions, and some Christian writings.  Hopefully the BLOG will be a format to tell what I am up to in each of these main endeavors.  It seems almost daily there are interesting events; at least to me. Perhaps the events may be of interest to others.

I want to make it clear, I am not retired.  Retirement it is bad for one’s health.  I concluded my clinical practice in 1995, but work regularly in these various endeavors.  I do not see anywhere in the Bible where retirement is to be desired or realized.  I have told my daughters that I will not be speaking at my retirement party.

From time to time I will answer publicly herein those questions that recently surfaced and may be of general interest.  I will not be recording what I had on my hot dog at a ball game, let alone focus on mundane events.

I trust I will accomplish the intended goal of answering “What am I up to?”

Being Thankful is the Solution

12/12/2018: “There is no problem so great that you cannot thank your way out of it.”  It is written that we are to be thankful for (Ephesians 5:20) and in (1 Thess 5:18) all things.”   I have learned this over time.  I have the opportunity to practice this regularly as I regularly face challenges.  However, the thanks must be directed to someone who can do something about your problem.  I have learned it is the the Lord Jesus.  As a result I am granted peace in every circumstance. (2 Thess 3:16)

Out of Golf Business

12/6/2018: I am out of the golf business.  I was assessed a penalty of hundreds of thousands of dollars by the IRS.  The IRS examiner determined that I was just having fun out on PGA tour and not really working, trying to sell my intellectual property.  She had no direct evidence of such.  This Federal ruling is not based upon a law or a regulation.  It is based upon a long time IRS internal common ruling concerning their definition of a hobby.  A hobby is one in which a person claiming a business expense has not been profitable in 3 years.  I was not aware of this type of ruling, nor was I advised of such by my accountant.

My choice is to accept or fight.  I could fight the federal government in their court.  I was not likely to win.  So, I reluctantly paid.

The IRS examiner would not accept the fact that my business was not selling golf equipment, but one of an inventor trying to establish worth for his intellectual property that would be attractive to a buyer.  Although I had penetration on the PGA tour with my equipment and seven wins on tour, I was unable to attract a buyer.  Therefore, the IRS has the authority to determine I was just having fun in golf, not working.  Hence, the financial penalty.

To the contrary, it is evident that I am an inventor.  I have 76 US patents starting in 1978 and issued regularly including one December 4th this year.  For the record, only 41% of patent applications result in an US patent.  Worse yet is that only 1% of US patents issued ever become commercialized and make any money.  I have beaten those odds, as many of my patents have resulted in commercial value, however none in golf as yet.

One of the best business decisions one can make is to cut their losses.  This arbitrary and capacious IRS ruling has helped me make that decision.

 

BioActive Dressing US Patent to be Issued

11/15/2018:  I learned today the my patent application for creating a bio active bandage or dressing with protocatechuic acid (PCA) will be published on December 4, 2018.  This bandage has the antibiotic and wound acceleration reagent (PCA) within.  When on a wound that causes the bandage to be moistened, the PCA is activated and kills a broad spectrum of microbes and accelerates the wound healing.  This is particularly important for diabetic and varicose ulcer wounds.

Why Are Medical Costs so High?

11/7/2018:  The expected time to recoup an investment is long.  There are two FDA routes.  One is called 510K, which means there was a similar instrument prior to 1976.  This process takes an average of 2.4 years (0.5 to 7.7 years)*

The other is worse for something new.  The Pre-Market Approval (PMA) includes clinical trails and takes an average of 8.5 years ( 2.9 to 24.5 years)*

Then consider time to market, sell and defend product liability and you have your answer.

I have a US patent on method to prevent infections in total joint surgery.  There is no interest from the implant manufacturers since they project 50 to 150 million dollars and 10 years to get market approval.  No thanks.

*J Bone Joint Surg. 2017.Volume 99, Issue 6.  page 26.

Food Supplement Cautions

10/25/2018:  There are published cautions about a number of food substances.

www.consumerreports.org/vitamins-supplements/15-supplement-ingredients-to-always-avoid/

I have been very cautions as I have explored the health benefits of food supplements.  I have done extensive testing and review of the literature on the food metabolite I am using; protocatechuic acid.  It is safe.  The FDA considers it Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) as a food additive for flavoring.

My first launch is www.4WhatAilsU.com   This is an antioxidant pill.  The web site has all the information.

Editing a Book

10/14/2018:  I am finishing editing a book I started several years ago; “Things My Fathers Have Told Me”.  I have two fathers; one natural and one supernatural, my Heavenly Father.  My motive for writing this was to be able to share my lessons in life with my children and grandchildren.  It is in a sense, my spiritual autobiography.  I am really enjoying this venture.

This is a good one from my Heavenly Father.

CHRISTIANTIY is based upon

CHRIST’S PERFECTION, and

HIS FORGIVING NATURE and our willingness to receive both.

Here are a couple of my father’s sayings.  He called my Lan.

“Lan, The first liar never has a chance”.   I do not think this requires an explanation.  He often referred to this about fishermen, who tell stories (lies) about how big a fish they caught or the one that got away.  Once the size is established, the next story teller knows the bench mark to be exceeded.

“Lan, Poor people never go bankrupt.”  This was to say that poor people could not borrow, go greatly in debt and therefore could not go bankrupt.  The poor might be broke or live pay check to pay check, but never have a large debt they could not cover.  The implication was also not to borrow great sums of money.

Handling Unanswered Prayer

10/4 /2018: I recently was reviewing a prayer list from a few years ago.  Upon review, all the prayers were legitimate and conforming to scriptural requirements.  However a certain group of them went unanswered and not likely will be answered.

So I decided to apply the Word to the problem and it satisfied me.  It is no surprise that I am not sovereign, so I defer to the loving sovereign God.

The Word says that God will not withhold any good thing from me. (Psalm 84:11)  I accept that truth, even though I may disagree and think that He was.  He was not, therefore  I will make my actions agree with His Word and not my opinion.  End of story.