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?”

Exciting New Patent to Issue

7/18/2019: I learned today that another patent will be issued. The patented method addresses the treatment of infected total joint implants. Although the incidence is low at about 2% those affected face multiple subsequent surgeries. The annual cost of treatment is half a billion dollars in the USA alone.

I discovered a method to help solve this problem, perhaps without surgery. The method includes mobilizing the biofilm covered colonies of bacteria with ultrasound, followed by an accurate diagnosis. The treatment then can be with needle aspiration and installation of the antibiotic I discovered; protocatechuic acid. This metabolite of the dyes found in cherries and blueberries has proven biofilm destroying properties.

Hopefully this patented method will lead to fewer infections and less invasive treatment of those with a surgical infection.

I now need a orthopedic company to share my vision.

Word to the wise!

7/15/2019: This from Liberty Coin Newsletter/Frandor, MI.

“At some point in the future, and it may not be that long, the American economy
is facing a huge financial crisis. The value of paper assets such at stocks, bonds,
and currencies will plummet. This economic pain will not be inflicted on federal, state, and local governments and government school districts, but on the nation’s taxpayers and citizens.

Why?

Simple.

Governments ultimately do not have any assets of their own. The only assets they can use to pay for things come from the people through taxation, inflation of the money supply, and borrowing. (Which, by the way, means that when people advocate government spending, they are really advocating taking away more assets from taxpayers and citizens.) When governments take away more assets from the private sector, that means that the citizens’ standard of living goes down.”

Acne Launch this Week

6/11/2019: Finally, the web site and the product are in place. It is at www.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 at Loma Linda Medical School. This formulation was discovered while scientifically searching for a skin disinfectant to control acne, a new problem in shoulder surgical site infections.

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 penetrates the skin to attack this bacteria.

A-Cosmetic has four active ingredients; protocatechuate, rubbing alcohol, propylene glycol and an essential oil from grapefruit skins. 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.

The ingredients are safe. 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 clinical surgical disinfectant 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 carefully worded 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 is ready for delivery. For a short-time there is a FREE introductory offer. 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 using before and after photographs. See such photographs on the comment page on the web site. www.a-cosmetic.com/testimonials/

AOSSM lecture July 13, 2019

7/13/2019: This is the manuscript of lecture I was unable to deliver due to minor health reasons restricting flying.

Taking an Act of Faith on to a Tangible Reality

Before I start, I need to tell you my favorite golf story. I have spent 10 years as putting instructor on the PGA tour, so I know quite a few players. A couple of years ago Jay Haas came up to me and asked could we have our picture together. I was surprised because it is usually the other way around. I inquired as to the reason. He said he was at his orthopedic surgeon’s office recently and asked if he knew me. Jay told him he had lunch with me a few weeks before. The orthopedic surgeon told Jay he must be mistaken as Dr. Lanny Johnson is so old, he must be dead. You probably had lunch with his son. Jay wanted the photograph to email to his doctor to verify that Lanny Johnson was still alive.

I have a Judeo-Christian Biblical world view. The God I am referring to is not generic. He is the Lord God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the one who is manifest as Jesus of Nazareth and is present today as the Holy Spirit.

It may surprise you that I have never believed in the Bible. Where I went to Church as a youth they always preached, “You must believe in the Bible.” Even then as now, I think the Bible is unbelievable. Some statements were confusing like “the first shall be last and the last shall be first”. In retrospect I wondered if this passage was the precursor to the present-day concept where every child in sports gets a trophy; the last shall be first.

As a result, I would not ask you or anyone else to believe in the Bible. It might seem I am not exercising faith. I see it differently. I see what is written the Bible as a potential hypothesis to be tested. The hypothesis for this morning is “Can I take Him at His Word?”

A short spiritual autobiography will explain how I came to this way of thinking. I had a born-again experience when I was twelve years old. For the next 22 years I was a fundamental legalistic Christian. I thought the Ten Commandments were written for me and others to fulfill. I tried to live according to the admonitions in the Bible. I finally reasoned that with all my failures I was a hypocrite. I further reasoned, why fight it? I would likely feel better if I just lived a life of outright sin. At least I would not be a hypocrite like all the others in the church. I walked away from God at age 34. As the Bible says, sin was pleasureful for a season, but the season ended. I became manic depressive. The manic phase was more fun than you an image. I entertained myself and everyone I was running with, but not my family. While I was still high, I reasoned within myself, “If this is so super, why do I feel so bad?” Pause and think about that.
That is a common question for others in a similar state to be asking. Maybe you have or are asking, “If this is so super, why do I feel so bad?”

Then I hit the depression phase. That was so painful I wanted to make a change. I looked back and realized the manic season started when I walked away from God. So, I ran back to Him. I made several requests of God upon my return.
• I wanted to get delivered from the manic depression.
• If possible, I wanted my life to be exciting.
• I wanted to know God’s will for my life, and it had to be plain as black and white.
• I wanted the power to do it.

Here is what happened. I was verified mentally ill. At the time I was not going to church but was reading the Bible almost full time. I read where the disciples laid hands on the maniacs and they recovered. It also has a passage that said physician heal thy self. So, I tested this hypothesis. I put my hand on my head and prayed in the Name of Jesus to be delivered from manic depression. I was instantaneously and permanently healed with confirmation by everyone including my psychiatrist. No recurrence in 46 years.

I learned God’s will is written as plain as black and white in the Bible. I then received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit which makes available the power to do his will. I now have an exciting life without the agitation of a manic but accompanied with peace. I previously had a religion and now I have a relationship.

In an ideal relationship, I would like to be able to take the other person at their word. We have sayings like, “He is good as his word.” “His word is good”. We have expressions like; “If he says it, you can count on it or you can take it to the bank.” It is interesting that this concept is in the Bible. It is written that God differs from man as he is not a man that he should lie. Unlike man, you can trust what is written.
God goes a little farther concerning the importance of a person and their word. It is what is spoken must be true, but it is more than that. A person and their word are one in the same. I repeat; a person and their word are integrated, one in the same. This concept is so important that the Bible records that everything started with His Word, when it is written “in the beginning was the Word (a.k.a Jesus) and the Word was with God and the Word was God Himself”. Then the “Word became flesh” in as Jesus of Nazareth so we could see God in the natural realm and relate to Father God in His spiritual realm. This concept is unbelievable.

I explore the unbelievable by forming hypotheses. I do not believe it as this stage as I have no supporting evidence. I must test the hypothesis in the laboratory of my life. To start with I am going to think, act and behave as though it is true. At this stage it is nothing more than an idea and I am going to act upon it to see if it can be validated. It is the same definition of faith one has when they buy an airplane ticket. You agree with the terms of the contract to the extent you board the plane. That takes faith. The more you fly without incident, the more faith you have in flying. It is the same way one exercises faith in the Bible. I will give some examples of agreement with and acting as though it were true.

This way of thinking helped me come to understand what made no sense to me, the Biblical definition of faith.(Heb 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I found it puzzling that a definition of faith could include substance and evidence. I continued testing this hypothesis about substance and evidence before the resultant reality.

I approach this faith walk, based on the Bible the same way we approach evidence-based outcomes in medicine. I want God to be a tangible reality to me. I continue to test the hypothesis of what is in the written Word.

This is a way for Jesus to become more of a tangible reality in your life. Unlike most research projects in which one tests a hypothesis with an unpredictable outcome, it is not so with the Word. It states, “seek and you shall find”. With that guarantee in hand, I suggest you test the following hypotheses to confirm the Word and the tangible reality of Jesus, the Word who was made flesh.

You should start with some simple ones to execute and easily see the evidence. In the natural you have heard, what goes around comes around. In Bible language that is what so ever a man shall sow, so shall he reap. You will not sow soybeans and reap corn. It will be a harvest of like kind. If your present harvest in life is not to your liking, you need to think about when you planted it. If you find people are very critical of you, then maybe it because you have a very critical spirit. Worse yet you may be unduly critical of yourself and thereby others are given permission to get in line behind you to criticize. You need to pray for a crop failure.

You know the Golden Rule is in the Bible. The importance of testing this as a hypothesis is so that you get back the good you did to others. If not immediately, it will come. There is a backup to this provision in the Word and that is what you do for others, God will do for you. (Eph 6:8)

To see a cause and effect, I suggest you start by yielding way to other cars on the highway. Allow them have space to go ahead of you. At a stop sign, wave them to go ahead of you. Stop short of the car in front of you to allow another car to enter from a driveway. Allow another to have a parking space you had your eye upon. Now patiently wait for the outcome evidence.

I purpose to give something away every day. The Word says that give and it will be given unto you; pressed down, shaken together and running over. This giving is for God’s purposes and investing in the kingdom of heaven. That is true in every realm, including giving time to others. But to make it more tangible to see the evidence I suggest you do it with money. There are many similar potential hypotheses. “A generous man will prosper.” “He who waters will be watered.” I have tithed since I was 12 years old. The title is ten percent of my gross income. The Word says God would like to be tested on this principle. He says to try me in this and see if I do not open the treasures of heaven and pour out blessings to such an extent you will not be able to contain them. They will be in every realm including money. I know. I have proven this hypothesis. There is another side of the coin explained here, one which you do not want to test. That is if you do not do this, you will be cursed with a curse. That is curse to the second power.

I have laid up many treasures in heaven. I also have the evidence-based outcome here on earth. I encourage you to test this hypothesis. When it comes to money it will take lots of faith; i.e.; hypothesis testing with a pure motive. We do not give to get. We give and the consequence is receiving. Also note that the harvest is in the same measure that you plant. If you give very little, you will reap very little.

There are more difficult personal hypotheses for testing. The Word says that we are to forgive, or you will not be forgiven. WOW! How can you do this when only you know how serious was the offense? It has been said that keeping a grudge is like drinking poison expecting the other person to die. This experiment may take you longer to launch. However, when you do you will have peace. I will give you a preventive medicine from the Bible to test. It says, do not take into an account a wrong suffered. Let it go. If you do not, you will move on to unforgiveness. Persistent unforgiveness leads to a root of bitterness. This is a state almost impossible to overcome alone. It will take others praying for your deliverance.

I would not expect you to be able to do on your own everything I have suggested you try. Remember when I mentioned I thought the Ten Commandments were written for us to be able to do. I subsequently learned they were written to make it clear we were unable to fulfill them on our own. This like all other Word hypothesis testing requires God’s influence upon us for success. In difficult personal problems where my lack of desire or ability is not there, I have come to the following conclusion. If God does not do something, I will guarantee you nothing will happen. That premise is also in the Word. Outside of Christ Jesus I can do nothing. I need His help in every endeavor. However, there is the hypothesis that I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. I challenge you to test this one and the others I have mentioned. I challenge you to read and find other hypothesis directly related to your life to be tested.

This morning, we tested the hypothesis that where two or three of you are gathered together, I the Lord am also. We acted as though He was. He is here.
Let us test another hypothesis. The Word says “if any two of you join in a request here on earth, God will do it from heaven.”

Join with me as we test this request hypothesis in prayer, individually and then collectively.

Blood transfusions to Prolong Life

6/2/2019: Today is was published that many wealthy people in America are doing several things to promote their longevity. Peter Thiel is behind the company called Ambrosia. One such method was to pay for blood transfusions from young people at $8000 USD per transfusion. They have enrolled 600 subjects in the study. Of course there is no literature on such and no long term outcomes. The method and outcomes must be taken by faith.

It reminded me that there is a publication (Bible) that indicates that a covering of blood will not just result in prolonged, but eternal life. It will transform a corruptible body to an incorruptible one. At this time subjects are being recruited for the study. Enrollment is free, having been paid for by the sponsors. The method and outcome measurements will also be validated by faith.

Trump’s Tariff War

5/24/2019: Trump’s Tariff war of 20% put my business on hold. The tariff makes it impossible to buy product from China for manufacture in USA and sell at a reasonable price to US customer.

It appears that a US business that relieved upon China sourcing will come to a halt. We will find out how good a negotiator is Mr. Trump.

The only thing that will sell well in the future will be hand baskets. The demand will be great as hand baskets will be the transport means the the world is going to use on its way to hell.:) “The world is going to hell in a hand basket”

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/