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?”

New Patented Acne Treatment Launch

5/11/2019:  A new acne treatment to launch this week; A-Cosmetic.com.   It has been issued an US patent; 10, 265, 285: Antimicrobials and the methods of use thereof.  April 23, 2019.  The patent claims specifically identify this new way to treat acne.

It is safe and effective as confirmed in human studies. This treatment was discovered while scientifically searching for a skin disinfectant to control acne, a new problem in shoulder surgical site infections.  The study on human skin was performed at Loma Linda Medical School.

The causes of facial acne are complex, but the one common denominator is the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes that resides deep under the skin surface.  A-Cosmetic attacks this bacteria.

A-Cosmetic has four active ingredients; protocatechuate, rubbing alcohol, propylene glycol and an essential oil.  All ingredients in this patented formulation have skin penetrating properties.  Skin penetration is necessary as the bug for acne resides deep in the skin; in the hair follicles and the sebaceous glands.  Most existing skin disinfectants treat only the surface.  Therefore they do not control acne.  A-Cosmetic penetrates down to the home of the acnes bug.

Protocatechuic acid, a.k.a. protocatechuate is FDA approved for ingestion as a food flavoring supplement.  The other ingredients are FDA listed a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).  All ingredients are considered safe by FDA published standards.

The A-Cosmetic formulation was developed as one would a drug; meeting all the pre-clinical criteria.  Unfortunately, the cost to continue that avenue to market was not attractive to any pharmaceutical company.  We know, because major Pharma rejected the proposal for these reasons; long time and high cost of FDA regulations.  They projected the FDA drug regulation route would involve 10 years and more than 10 million dollars.  Therefore, we chose the nutraceutical route to the market for A-Cosmetic.

It is legal to market a nutraceutical or plant derived material, providing the claims in the labeling do not say that it makes a diagnosis or treats any disease.  Our labeling and web site are careful to conform to these regulations.  You can see that we want to conform to the law and medical ethics.

Unfortunately, the present treatment of acne often involves the long term use of systemic antibiotics.  Dermatologists wish there was another way.  There is, A-Cosmetic.  The nutraceutical marketing route provides a means of ethically meeting this medical, humanitarian and societal need for the treatment of facial acne.  It is reported that 50 million Americans are afflicted.

A-Cosmetic should be ready for delivery in 10 days. For a short-time there is an introductory offer, FREE.  Put in the code Thanx and it will come to you at no charge.  This offer will end soon. Let us know how it worked even by before and after photographs.  See such photographs on the comment page on the web site.  a-cosmetic.com/testimonials/

Truth and Consequences

4/18/2019:  We do not have to look very far to see the consequences in America; i.e. the feces on streets in San Francisco for starters.   “Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.”  This is from Deuteronomy 28 where the truthful condition to be met is stated in the first few verses.

Who started it?

4/8/2019:

It always comes down to a Definition of Terms and careful examination of facts on who said what and when.

CNN reported “Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Sunday again took on Vice President Mike Pence — whose stances on LGBTQ issues have faced criticism from gay rights activists — saying that if Pence has “a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Mr. Puttigieg has manufactured a quarrel with Vice President Pence.  Pence has not expressed he had a problem with the person of Mr. Puttigieg.  Pence generally refers to the existing literature on the subject which is related to principle not the person.  It is unlikely that such a discussion will be advanced since there is nothing to be discussed.   As Mr. Puttigieg’s advances his hypothetical quarrel he needs to clearly define “my creator”.  This would be important since the quarrel appears to be totally within Mr. Puttigieg.   Hopefully he will be able to identify what forces created who he says he is?

Another US patent

3/8/2019: US 10,219,559 patent was issued on March 5, 2019 concerning the sports glove that increases the player’s feel in the fingertips.  This results in affecting where the player moves in space.  They can hit a golf ball more accurately.  The can throw a ball more accurately.  They can catch a ball more securely.

Real Feel Gloves

Go to www.realfeelgloves.com  Listen to hall of fame golfer Bob Toski’s unpaid endorsement.

This patent is an addition to prior patents that carefully described the glove design (D827,245) and the glove function; US  10,058,135; US 10,077,967, and US 10,197,357.

You have to love human nature

2/20/2019: The residents of Southern California are complaining it is raining too much.  They must have forgotten they live in a desert that historically has a perennial drought.

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.