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?”

Work; the most satisfying experience

2/14/2019: I have learned that work and its rewards are among the most satisfying experiences in life.

Another US Patent Granted

2/14/2019:  I learned today that a US patent will be issued soon concerning my novel formulation for the treatment of skin acne.  This was based upon a two year, four phase study at Loma Linda Medical School.  It features the broad spectrum biofilm destroying nutraceutical, protocatechuic acid.  There are 3 other ingredients in the formulation.  Very thankful.

Anti-Semitism; Waiting on God’s Response.

 

2/11/2019: Anti-Semitism now being spewed out of the mouth of two recently elected Muslim congress women.

This is how The Lord of Hosts handles the problem.

Isaiah 41:4:  Behold, all who rage against you will be ashamed and disgraced; those who contend with you will be reduced to nothing and will perish.  Berean Study Bible.

Isaiah 54:15: “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you.  New American Standard Bible.

Keep watching.

California; 1000 new laws in 2018

2/6/2019: California made 1000 new laws in 2018.  These were added to the thousands created in prior years.  Why does California need so many laws?  The answer is simple.  Absent from the list are the historic Biblical 10 basic laws for humanity.

Kneeling; the symbolism, the method, and the result.

2/2/2019:  Going down with only one knee on the ground is apparently is a symbol of protest.  Going down on both knees on the ground is a symbol of humility and petition.  Perhaps if those favoring kneeling to one knee had gone down on both knees, something positive may have resulted.

Kulaks; A potential prophetic parallel for America

1/28/2019:  www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/elizabeth-warren-tax-plan-is-asset-forfeiture/

Kulaks: I just read this story in the framework of a potential prophetic parallel for America.  It is framed as “fair share” of which there is no clear legal definition proposed in regards to personal property on either what is “fair” and “share”.  The definition is being proposed in this must read.

Social Justice is a Code Word

1/8/2019:

Social Justice is a code word for “I want what I want, and I want it now!”  And not mentioned is that this should be implemented at someone else’s expense.

Formally the concept is defined as a noun meaning “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.  It includes the concept of “sublimating individuality”.  The prefix re- is missing from distribution in this formal definition.

The foundation of the idea of social justice is built on former distasteful concepts, now common in present day culture; greed and covetousness.