“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
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
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
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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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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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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?”
11/23/2016: US patent was issued after a multi year saga. The research started more than 10 years ago and resulted in certain claims being granted in 2012. However the patent office examiner did not allow all claims, specifically the direct intra articular injection of these dyes that are found in plants. So more time and money was spent and now the issue is settled.
US 9, 486, 468 B2 was issued November 8, 2016 granting claims stating that intra articular of anthocyanins and or anthocyanidins to stimulate the synovium (joint lining) to make a growth hormone; IGF-1. The result there in will improve the nutrition and protect the cartilage in the joint and potentially heal the arthritic joint.
The sage is not over yet in that subsequent research showed that the active ingredient is the primary metabolite of those dyes; protocatechuic acid (PCA). I now have supporting research to expand the claims to include the injection of PCA. So back to the patent office with more money and time.
These are just the first of many hurdles, as I now face the FDA reglations before available for marketing.
11/22/2016: Holiday Highway Lighting in Los Angeles created by massive traffic jam on the 405 freeway by all those getting away early for Thanksgiving to avoid the traffic. LA LA land at its worse.
11/17/2016: Camilo Villegas tied for first in recent PGA regular tour event RSM Classic and then lost on third hole of the playoff. He uses grooved golf grips on all clubs. He is seen here prior to the event making sure the grooves are lined up perfect. It looks like he is back and will be in the winner’s circle soon.
11/15/2016 From the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, MO.
Obama years in 9 charts
11/11/2016: Tom Pernice, Jr. won on the PGA Champion Tour using Grooved Grip on his putter.
I has taken 3 year to convince him the grooved golf grip could and would make a difference.
Now he gladly says”It made a difference for me” Click the following to see his short video testamony.
Or go to: www.groovedgolfgrips.com
10/24/2016: You would have to think that White Lies Matter. They are not just “little white lies”. They have now multipled into the definiton of deceit.
9/29/2016: Regulators gone wild. I was with a famous orthopedic researcher today for lunch. He is head of orthopedic research at two of America’s most prestigious universities.
Now listen to this. He has a grant funded to study spinal cord injuries that will start soon, so there is no money available presently. He wanted to study the rat’s spinal cord anatomy so that when the project starts, he will know exactly the approach and technique to this heretofore unexplored anatomy.
So he asked around the laboratory for any dead rats. None were available. So with his own money he purchased some rats and humanely euthanized them. He then dissected the spine and spinal cord to see how best to perform their up coming research.
The regulators at his institution learned of this and called him in for an explanation. He had violated the regulations by not registering his use of the rats, especially killing them.
He received a 6 week “sanction” and cessation from research activities as the punishment.
Rats are killed every day in every city in America. It is legal. Home Depot sells the poisons and traps. People spend their own money to do this with no research in mind. This is legal. No reprisals and no regulators.