Loss brings determination

November 22, 2015

Life cannot be lived without loss. Losses we call ‘big’ and ‘small.’ Some losses are of a nature that you only know you have lost because you know you will never be able to have an experience you didn’t even know you wanted to have.

My good friend Denmark West has been honoring the life of HaHank Williamsnk 
Williams owing to his recent and unexpected death. He was a pioneering entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for increasing diversity in the technology arenas. Reading Denmark’s heartfelt posts triggered a cascade of thoughts. So, in addition to being supportive of my friend at the loss of his, I’m struck by the nature of my loss having never met Hank. Had I, I’m positive it would have been to our mutual benefit. Also, it was a reminder as to how utterly socially inept I have come to be (my momma taught me better – she doesn’t deserve this) to let soo many months go by since speaking to Denmark (sorry, man – I’m gonna fix that). Then the reminder that there are at least a 1/2 dozen other such people who I need to get with (sorry Todd).

But the most biggest and most insistent word in the word cloud is health. You see, Hank died aged 50 of a viral heart infection. 50.

While I have no more detailed information about the circumstances of his death (other than the news reports), Denmark’s plea in one of his posts honoring Hank kept ringing in my ears:

Denmark on Hank

I created the blog you are reading over six years ago now (after delaying several years) because of repeated requests of friends and acquaintances to share some of the self-taught lessons that have enabled me to continue in excellent health well past the age at which Hank was taken from us.

Sadly, I let these pages languish over the last while. Maybe because in 2015 blogging is just quaint (Oh look, he’s blogging, must be hard to compose those posts on a flip phone). Or maybe there are much better sources from which one would be able to get much of what I have to share (Mark’s Daily Apple, Vitamin D Council, Diet Doctor, Nutritional Science Initiative).

All that may be true, but I am determined to get back to helping people in any way I can.

It’s a small token, but I can say this loss has lead to determination.

Watch these pages. There is more to come.


Had a friend inquire about Vitamin D. Re-blogging this post with corrected links. As relevant now as it was when I authored the post over five years ago.

Health Man Blog

Well, it’s always a good time to think about vitamin D, but since we’re heading into November fast, its now that those great vitamin D levels of the summer (that is, if you actually got out into the sun this summer) start waning. Vitamin D is used in a myriad of mechanisms throughout the body. Since you’re been paying attention to this blog, you know how important it is.

The ‘new’ things in this post aren’t all that different than what you’ve been hearing me harp on for months now, but I did come across a few things I hadn’t seen:

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Too soon?

June 30, 2014

Time warp

Twenty years on, maybe we’re back on track


Maybe its time to refresh the blog.

Props to http://pilargerasimo.com/ for the composition of the image.

Heard you missed me, well I’m back (again).MITEFEvent

For the last few months, I’ve been working with a stellar all-volunteer team who has put together a great event that brings together innovators in Health Information Technology.

Won’t you join us?! Learn more here!

When: Wed, 03/14/2012 – 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: Washington Museum of History and Industry
2700 24th Avenue East
Seattle, WA


Health IT is transforming our healthcare system. Healthcare reform, industry consolidation, and demographic changes have spurred a significant increase in the U.S. healthcare industry’s use of technology to improve health and enhance the patient experience while trying to help control the ever-increasing cost of care. New players are emerging and cloud computing, social media, and mobile technology solutions targeting patients and healthcare providers are creating new opportunities.

Join us for our March 14 MIT Enterprise Forum and discover how NW technology entrepreneurs can identify these opportunities and succeed in the health IT market. Our panel of industry thought-leaders moderated by Rob Coppedge, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Cambia Health Systems, includes:

  • Sailesh Chutani, CEO, Mobisante
  • Peter Gelpi, CEO, Clarity Health
  • Luis Machuca, President & CEO, Kryptiq Corporation
  • Gwen O’Keefe, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Group Health

Our panel will provide an overview of major health IT trends, the new opportunities technology presents for both patients and healthcare providers, as well as explain how this may enable change in the traditional healthcare industry cost structure. Most importantly, our speakers will identify business opportunities and what regulatory restrictions such as HIPAA really mean for the NW technology entrepreneur community.

Audience Takeaways

During this event, you will learn:

  • How the health IT market has changed in the wake of healthcare reform and government investment incentives
  • What different types of care and cost models might look like, and what opportunities those present for entrepreneurs
  • Potential sources of funding for innovative health IT technologies
  • Approaches entrepreneurs can take to handle barriers presented by government regulations such as HIPAA

Sugar KillsWell, if you wanted to call me a Gary Taubes fanboy before, I guess you’ve got one more reason to now as here’s one more post about his writings.

Back in October 2010, I authored a post entitled Sugar – Public Enemy Number One. The main takeaway I intended for the article was to argue that if all the diet books and nutrition gurus in all the world would just agree on this *one* thing: elimination of refined sugars from the diet (including fruit juices, by the way) that would be the single most important contribution they could all make to our public health. This would result in vastly healthier people and dramatically lower health care costs.

Back in January when Gary took his show on the road to Seattle, he mentioned he was working on this big article for the New York Times about sugar. The summary was he was taking a look into the claims of Dr. Robert Lustig of UCSF who came out and said fructose was a toxin – in the concentrations consumed in the SAD (Standard American Diet). Now that Gary is a left coaster, he’s gotta make nice with the neighbors (he even got his new BFF Michael Pollan to say nice things about his new book – nice going :)). The net of all this is a ‘little’ piece in the New York Times called Is Sugar Toxic?. Of course, Gary doesn’t do ‘little’ so don’t expect a reader’s digest version, but you should expect a thorough and well reasoned article.

Of course, I want you to read it, but the summary is he thinks there’s something to the idea that sugar should be considered a toxin. One small step for man …

Imagine my delight and surprise that today’s BET.com Daily News Blast prominently noted the importance of Vitamin D.

They cited the alarming statistic I wrote a post on back in January of 2010 that 97% of African-Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.

To read this article The 411 on Vitamin D, please visit the BET site and let them know you’re interested in raising awareness of this issue.

Last minute notice for those of you in Seattle tomorrow evening. Gary Taubes will be here at Elliot Bay Books to talk about his new book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.

Here are the particulars:

Tuesday 02/08/2011 7:00 pm (Tomorrow at the time of this writing)

Elliot Bay Books
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle WA 98122

More info: 
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Knopf) is acclaimed science writer Gary Taubes’ no-beating-around-the bush examination of why so many today are seriously overweight. A three-time recipient of Science in Society Journalism Awards, and presently a Robert Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley, he builds on the strong base of material he presented in his Good Calories, Bad Calories—which Michael Pollan said was "a vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food." Part of that thinking is seeing the problem lying in particular kinds of carbohydrates, not fats, and not in calories per se.

I’ll be there! Hopefully you can make it as well.