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?”

Find a place without people

11/5/2019: “Lan, Find a place without people, as you will never have trouble finding people.”

This is one of my father’s many quotes in my new book. CLICK ON…

Things My Fathers Told Me

Signs of the Times

10/29/2019: A sign of the times for America with Biblical references for a nation not aligned with the Lord God of Israel; a.k.a. Jesus.

“Record 67.3 million speak foreign language at home, over 50% in 90 big cities, 59% in Los Angeles.” by Paul Bedard October 29, 2019 10:34 AM Washington Examiner.

Deuteronomy 28:49: The LORD will bring a nation from afar, from the ends of the earth, to swoop down upon you like an eagle–a nation whose language you will not understand,

Jeremiah 15:15: “Behold, I am bringing a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,” declares the LORD. “It is an enduring nation, it is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say.

Biblically, this is a curse, not a blessing.

Patent Claims Potential for Facial Acne

10/28/2019: A skin serum topical application for reducing the bacteria that cause acne was discovered during a 2-year 4-phase study at Loma Linda Medical School. Studies on normal human skin showed a serum formulation that would reduce Cutibacterium acnes. The studies were performed with the purpose of creating a surgical disinfectant.

An United States patent was granted on this science: 9,925,152 Antimicrobials and methods of use thereof for wound healing. March 27, 2018.

This was a continuation of the parent application showing that this original formulation may add another metabolite to protocatechuic acid; 2,4,6 trihydroxybenzaldehyde.

Patent claims were granted in that both metabolites act as broad spectrum antibiotics, plus collagen proliferation (i.e. wrinkle treatment) and reduction in skin scar formation.

As such there would be a serum formulation for skin health: www.a-cosmetic.com

Or dash to A dash cosmetic dot com. www.A-cosmetic.com

New patent

10/14/2019: I was granted another US patent on Octobers 3rd, which was an expansion and refinement of a prior one for a skin penetrating formulation to disinfect skin for acne or as a preoperative skin preparation: US 10, 426, 747.

A Manual for Humans

10/4/2019: I was asked to deliver a keynote address at a medical meeting this coming June, 2020. It is a meeting on shoulder surgery of which I was one of the pioneers in arthroscopic surgery. I chose the topic of “There is a distinct advantage to not knowing anything”. The implication is that we should be without bias or prejudice as we approach problem solving with curiosity. It got me thinking about expanding upon such. It then occurred to me that each of us born with the distinct advantage of not knowing anything. Then via environment and or conditioning start to learn. It is at that point we need a manual for human life. Fortunately, there is one, the Holy Bible. Unfortunately, I and so many ignore this manual and venture into learning from the world, the flesh and even the devil. God forbid.

Biblical Promises for Seniors

9/18/2019: Biblical promises for seniors: “You will come to the grave in full vigor.” (Job 5:26). “If they hear and serve Him, they shall end their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures.” (Job 36:11)

These are the Biblical promises which are available to all, of course with conditions.

Medical Technology New to Me.

9/11/2019: Medical Technology New to Me. Yesterday I was asked by two different professional athletes to give my opinion on two different medical treatments previously unknown to me. You must remember I concluded by clinical practice 24 years ago.

The first one was about ARP wave therapy. My Internet search learned it is primarily a commercial entity. See www.arpwave.com/ It is based upon an electrical input that reduces the “charge of injury”. I could not readily find a definition for this term. There is before and after MRI evidence on the Internet promotion showing rapid repair of torn anterior cruciate ligament. It is advocated for nerve and muscle treatment in a wide variety of conditions.

The second one was ozone injection therapy for spinal disc degeneration. See www.ijssurgery.com/content/8/17

They both appeared to be safe. The ARP lacks histological evidence, but search for such from the promoter results in opportunity to purchase the equipment. There is more supporting literature for the ozone treatments.

The general effectiveness although promoted, the specific uses and outcomes remain unclear.