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.


“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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Official Patent Document

Official Patent Document

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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?”

Blind golfer Testimonial


I am a Blind golfer and play in many national and international tournaments.
As you can imagine, it is difficult to line up the clubface at setup and
know that it is square to the target.  With the Groove Grips, I have the
comfort of knowing that the face is square to my target and just as
important, and maybe more importantly, I have an awareness of the face angle
throughout the entire swing.

Blind golfer Tobias

The Groove Grips have made my ball striking more consistence and playing
golf more enjoyable.

Mario Tobia
Two time US Blind Golf Champion
Three time American Blind Golf National Champion

If this Scripture is True….


If the following scripture is true, this is quite an indictment about our failed solutions and reason for increased awareness and productive action.

Ephesians 2: 2. from the Amplified Bible. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the rebellious, the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].

This says that the spirit at work in the disobedient, rebellious and unbelieving is the spirit of Satan.  If this is so, then it cannot be their upbringing or societal influences.  However, we can agree that they are victims, but of their own choices to comply with evil spirit influences.

If true, the solution then is to rebuke and bind the evil spirits that are influencing the disobedient, rebellious and unbelieving in our society so they become partakers of real freedom.



US Patent Expanded by Further Claims Allowance

7/8/2016: I was granted additional claims on my previous patent:

8,263,069 Composition including anthocyanins and anthocyanidins for prevention and or treatment of articular cartilage associated conditions. September 11, 2012.

The claims now include the direct intra articular injection of the phytochemical anthocyanin.  I now will submit an application for the phase I metabolite; protocatechuic acid for intra articular injection.

The claims allowed were:

 A method of inhibiting interleukin-1 (IL-1) induced glycosaminoglycoside (GAG) release in an arthritic joint of a subject, comprising administering into the arthritic joint of the subject, an intra-articular injection, a composition that is a solution consisting of an anthocyanin, glucose and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier,

wherein said glucose is a 5% solution, and

wherein the anthocyanin is cyanidin-3-glucoside and said cyanidin-3-glucoside is administered at a dose of 0.002 mg to 100 mg per joint

  1. The method according to claim 1, wherein the composition increases gene expression of IGF-l in the arthritic joint.
  1. The method according to claim 1, wherein inhibiting interleukin-1 (IL-1) induced glycosaminoglycoside (GAG) release in the arthritic joint of a subject is associated with a chondroprotective effect in the joint of a subject.
  1. The method according to claim 1, wherein inhibiting interleukin-1 (IL-1) induced glycosaminoglycoside release in the arthritic joint of a subject is associated with a chondronutritive effect in the joint of a subject.
  1. The method of claim 1 wherein the joint is a synovial joint.
  1. A method for treating damaged cartilage in an arthritic joint in a subject, comprising the intra-articular injection of a composition consisting of an anthocyanin, glucose and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier into the arthritic joint of a subject,

wherein said glucose is a 5% solution, and

wherein the anthocyanin is cyanidin-3-glucoside said cyanidin-3-glucoside is administered at a dose of 0.002 mg to 100 mg per joint

  1. The method according to claim 6, wherein the composition stimulates the production of insulin-like growth factor -1 (IGF-1) in the joint to regenerate the damaged cartilage.
  1. The method of claim 6 wherein the joint is a synovial joint.

Independence Day depends upon Continual Fight for Freedom

7/3/2016: All Americans must continually fight to hold on to our Freedoms.  As such we need to fight deciet, deception and outright lies.

Look at this: aclj.org/executive-power/demand-obama-administration-attorney-general-lynch-resign

And Look at this: aclj.org/executive-power/aclj-files-foia-lawsuit-against-obama-administration-seeks-records-on-iran-negotiation-cover-up

Help God Bless America.

Octarian Buddies Doing Business in D.C.

6/24/2016: Jerry and Lanny at Hogan and LovellsLanny with Jerry Gilbert, now octarians and buddies for almost 70 years are partnering in business venture today in Washington, D.C.  Making the rounds of Congressional staff, patent lawyers and wealth managment firms.  Gerald Gilbert is retired lawyer of Hogan and Lovells; still smart and energenic as ever to help Lanny find regulatory pathway for recently issued patents.

Two Book Questions

6/21/2016:  Question #1: Have you read a good book lately?

Question #2: Have you read the Good Book lately?

Furyk’s fabulous golf at US Open

6/20/2016: Jim Furyk finished in tie for 2nd at US Open.   He had the low round of the final day.  The amazing statistic is that Dustin Johnson, the eventual winner, out drove Jim by an average of 55 yards.  On many of holes Johnson used the less powerful driving iron.  Every golfer knows what an advantage distance can be by shorten the 2nd shot into the green.  However, in spite of Jim Furyk’s relative lack of distance off the tee, considered critical in this day and age, he compensated by a complete golf game; solid golf shots and great short game.  This is not to mention Jim is a fearce competitor and loves being “in the fire”.