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Scientists practiced in applying the experimental mind?

physician-scientists represent just one out of every 100 doctors.

RESEARCHERS AT THE University of Maryland recently announced a potential breakthrough in the fight against “neuropathic” pain— pain that results from malfunctioning or damaged nerves.

Neuropathic pain afflicts 100 million Americans and costs the nation over half a trillion dollars every year.


Kurt Amsler, PhD, is a professor of biomedical sciences at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Though the condition isn’t caused by physical trauma, it can nonetheless create a phantom sensation ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating agony.

The Maryland researchers developed a new technique that uses ultrasound waves to neutralize this pain.

That research team has a distinctive feature: It’s composed of physician-scientists. These specialized health care providers treat patients while also conducting research to develop new medicines and procedures.

Unfortunately, the physician-scientist is an endangered species—our country is suffering a severe and growing shortage of them. If we don’t reverse this trend, patients could lose out on the next generation of life-saving treatments.

Physician-scientists are defined by their formal training, which includes both a medical degree and a PhD in the biological and/or physical sciences.

Unlike typical lab researchers, physician-scientists have an intimate perspective of the patient experience. They witness firsthand the interaction between different drugs, the success of key surgical techniques, and patterns among patients. They bring those insights into the laboratory, where they guide research and accelerate the discovery process.

Shortly after the University of Maryland team announced its breakthrough, a physician-scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a large research hospital in Los Angeles, discovered a blood protein that is linked to a common type of heart failure.

Other research teams had failed to find such a clear bio-marker. This finding will likely be used to create a simple blood test to determine patients’ risk of developing a catastrophic heart condition.

Other examples abound.

In June, a group of physician-scientists at Oregon Health & Science University published research on a compound that could stop cancer cells from spreading throughout the body. A few years ago, physician-scientists at the Scintillon Institute in San Diego uncovered a molecular link between Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes.

Such monumental discoveries are the specialty of the physician-scientist.

This is the benefit of blending practical medicine with academic research.

Physician-scientists also help patients make informed care decisions. They’re well-equipped to see through flashy pharmaceutical and medical device marketing that saturates the health care industry.

Consider the story of Dr. Jalees Rehman, a physician-scientist at the University of Illinois.

In Scientific American, Dr. Rehman recalled a patient asking him about a controversial heart procedure offered by a private clinic in Thailand. For a small fortune, Thai doctors would treat the patient’s advanced heart disease with a bone marrow injection. The stem cells in the marrow would, supposedly, heal damaged valves, chambers, and nerves.

Dr. Rehman’s research specialty—studying the therapeutic application of stem cells to heart conditions—was directly relevant. He knew the procedure was bogus: Bone marrow actually contains very few stems cells and the injection process presented enormous health risks. He successfully deterred the patient from undergoing the procedure.

It’s increasingly difficult for patients to receive such informed advice.

Between 2003 and 2012, the already meager population of physician-scientists shrunk by nearly 6 percent, according to a survey from the American Medical Association. Today, physician-scientists represent just one out of every 100 doctors.

For the sake of medical innovation, it’s imperative to grow a new crop of physician-scientists.

More federal funding for young physician-scientists would help tremendously. Currently, most funding goes to physician-scientists who are already well established in their respective fields.

From 2012 to 2017, nearly six in 10 NIH pediatric research grants went to senior-level physician-scientists, according to a JAMA study. When young physician-scientists can’t secure grants, they often decide to abandon their research interests and practice medicine full-time.

Funding more research grants, and earmarking them for young physician-scientists, could lead to breakthrough treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases.

Institutions of higher education also have a role to play. Schools that only offer traditional medical degrees could create physician-scientist programs to attract more bright young people to the profession. My school—the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine—recently launched a seven-year DO/PhD program.

Physician-scientists bridge the gap between scientific theory and practical medicine. We need to boost their ranks.

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 107

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Let the dead enjoy a moment of revolt to suit his eternity: Let them be donning colored clothes that would never be washed again. 

An experimental mind is Not permitted to confuse causal factors with catalyst effects. The causes simmer for long time, a catalyst is instantaneous, a rumor inflaming rooted customs

If we were able during our tumultuous life to sharing and enjoying the pleasure and happiness of others then there will be no need for any moral set of restrictions.

As long as you are making a difference between blissful moments and your current difficult moments then you will never discover bliss. Your present life is the bliss, the grace, and paradise.

I tend to realize that the feverish activities of Putin in Ukraine, Crimea and Syria were reactions to the machiavelic and cynical warmonger of Barack Obama

A PhD candidate often steers clear from academia after earning a PhD: They learn nothing in the last two years of the hard work. Totally dejected from the untenable and time-wasting process.

“Apres tout, depuis Assad pere, le regime se presente comme un regime laic”  Est-ce pour cette raison qu’ils se sont souleves entre 20111-12? Est-ce cette perception qui les ont encourages a rejoindre les extremistes Islamques?

“Nous pensions que la victoire sur Bashar etait imminente”. C’est le refrain qu’ on entend depuis 2012 par tout le monde qui sont payes pour s’aligner avec les coloniaux et les retrograde Saudi Wahhabi Kingdom?

60,000 US psychiatric professionals signed on a petition confirming Trump is a dangerous mentally sick person. They created a new category in their Book: “Extremely violent narcissistic disturbances”. They demand Donald be denied code for atomic bombs.

Do you know? US nuclear missiles are parked in military bases in South Korea. Aimed at China, Russia and North Korea?

Businessman Tillerson, Secretary of State: Antagonizing China over North Korea is bad for economy

Shou al 3amal? Iza wa7ed moush mahdoum wa bi sorr yethadman 3alayyeh?

Saudi Kingdom realizes it has no serious leverage in Lebanon: it orders the “Interior” of Lebanon to crack down on bloggers who negatively criticize its activities

Very plausible that ancient Atlantis was located in current Hoggar mountain chains (current desert between South-East Algeria and South-West Libya. The vast ocean recede 12,000 years ago and the desert got elevated.

The Strait of Gibraltar is a current occurrence (9,000 years ago), setting the premises for Mediterranean civilizations.

You become authentic when your actions are in alignment with what you promise. Never promise when you can’t deliver.

Quand la femme veut un homme, elle ne le laisse pas respirer, et literallement.

Une “debutante” ecarte les filles de l’ annee precedente: et un tire en petanque qui ecarte les boules du “but” est un debutant.

On approche de l’ enfer, les entrees s’elargissent: on entre dans une grande ville

Je n’ai jamais rencontre’ un homme qui sache s’aimer.

Les hommes croient que le marriage leur donne le droit de transformer leur femme.

Et Gantier soudain compris: ces deux-la etaient un couple. Le “puceau” de 18 ans et la belle actrice plus age’ de 6 ans. Ce couple ont fait la bete a deux dos et se faisait confience, et personne n’a eut aucune suspition.

La shou kel hal 3ayeet, msabbaat, shata2em, narfaze wa ta7addeh? Wa moush kadreen yerba7o competition barrat kawke3ton?

A approfondir l’ etude de l’Histoire des WC (toilet) sert-il a bien faire pipi et caca?

No genocide or mass crimes against humanity have been committed without prior preparation of the Silent Majority of the population.

The plan for a massive violence starts with “hate literature”, “hate ideology”, scare tactics against a minority (ethnic, religious, skin color, class of the population, genders…).

The State is in control of the media and manufacture horror stories and pictures, consistently and according to an efficient schedule to impress upon the ears and eyes of the “silent ” majority of citizens.

The citizens first feel relieved that the fascist State is actually cracking down on those “imaginary” perpetrators of destabilization of peace, tranquility, common customs and traditions and ways of looking at life and the universe…


Design is basic to all human activity.

“All men are designers. All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity.

The planning and patterning of any act towards a desired, foreseeable end constitutes the design process.

Any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself, works counter to the inherent value, of design as the primary underlying matrix of life.

Design is com- posing an epic poem, executing a mural, painting a masterpiece, writing a concerto. But design is also cleaning and reorganizing a desk drawer, pulling an impacted tooth, baking an apple pie, choosing sides for a back-lot baseball game, and educating a child.

Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order.” – Victor Papaneck

A few people place Information Theory/technology at the center of all sciences and knowledge. I prefer to locate Design in the center.

Designing require vast general knowledge and an experimental mind to fine-tune and frequently re-design what targeted certain species, genders, ethnic idiosyncrasies.

We indeed need to recognize that we have to get interested in psychology, sociology, geography, history… and every discipline that affect our comprehension of “ How to design and who are our target users

The more we are involved with what people want, the more we focus on the health and safety of the users (mentally, physically and emotionally) of what we design.

The moment we consider ourselves ” a professional” in design, the more we get alienated from the target user and intention of the design. Thus, connectivity and communication with the larger segments of the population insure better receptivity to our designs.

Unfortunately, the skills and knowledge of how to design experiments is badly lacking in curriculum: These skills do Not come naturally and require many periods of initiation of what are the causes, the catalysts, the controlling variables and the interdependence of variables affecting outcomes.

Note: It would have been a great purpose to publish our day-dreaming projects, with details. Precising the kinds of disciplines required to fine-tune the planning and execution of the project, along with the proper people ready to take on the project full-time..

Am I a professional? Am I a generalist scholar? Who am I?

Do you think if you feel fully cognizant of the array of your emotions or your lack of talents (passions) in many aspects of the living that you are set for a boring death?

This post is based on facts that you can gleam in transcripts and documents…

With 14 years of university study, a PhD in Industrial/Human Factors, a couple of Masters in Operations research, physics and chemistry.

With taking many graduate courses in psychology, marketing, accounting,economy, higher education…

Can I consider myself a professional?

I still cannot claim this title: I didn’t work for a company for any substantial duration and just taught a few courses at universities.

Reading 3 hours per day at libraries, taking notes, reviewing books, writing posts and articles (about 7,300 articles on my blog in 45 categories), and keeping track of the political systems in countless countries, human rights performance, ecology…

Can I consider myself a professional?

At least, I should come to term that I am a generalist scholar

By mastering 3 languages, English French and Arabic (reading, speaking and writing), I’ll be a fool to deny myself knowledge of 3 cultures and civilizations

Most of all, I have an experimental mind and read and comprehend scientific papers in many fields and can evaluate the extent of their research or scientific validity.

I had to learn and get trained on various types of designing and conducting experiments with objects and subjects in many fields (engineering, psychology, marketing) and I am familiar with the particular statistical analysis packages that each of these fields feel comfortable applying and interpreting results. (That was some time ago)

Can I consider myself a professional?

And yet, I cannot claim to be a professional in the restrictive sense that hiring companies evaluate that term.

At least, I should come to term that I am a generalist scholar

I discovered that “professionalism” makes me physically sick, sustained stomach aches and recurring periods of catching cold… I would have died early on.

I am enjoying this freedom of expressing my opinions and feelings, and taking positions as a free man: Frequent confrontation with bullying people and the powers flaunting my rights and human rights

I don’t miss “professionalism”, excepting the retirement money

Critical Thinking? If you know what it is, it can be taught

A new study says critical thinking is a teachable skill, but who is going to teach it? (very funny: like training experimental mind)

Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s actually quite possible.

Experiments performed by Stanford’s Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education demonstrate that students can be instructed to think more critically. (You mean with an experimental mind?)

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of critical-thinking skills in modern society. The ability to decipher information and interpret it, offering creative solutions, is in direct relation to our intellect. (How that can be taught before you lean how to design, control and run an experiment?)

The most important skill you’ll ever learn?|By Lori Chandler
The study took two groups of students in an introductory physics laboratory course, with one group (known as the experimental group) given the instruction to use quantitative comparisons between datasets and the other group given no instruction (the control group).
Comparing data in a scientific manner; that is, being able to measure one’s observations in a statistical or mathematical way, led to interesting results for the experimental group.
Even after these instructions were removed, they were 12 times more likely to offer creative solutions to improve the experimental methods being used in the class, four times more likely to explain the limitations of the methods, and better at explaining their reasoning than the control group.
(If this one session extended so much improvement, why graduates in natural science and engineering have Not Design of experiment in their program? Students in social sciences are by far more advanced in critical thinking because they learn and are trained to design expriments)
The results remained consistent even in the next year, with students in a different class. So what does this imply about critical thinking, and how can we utilize these findings to improve ourselves and our society?

We live in an age with unprecedented access to information. Whether you are contributing to an entry on Wikipedia or reading a meme that has no sources cited (do they ever?), your ability to comprehend what you are reading and weigh it is a constant and consistent need.

That is why it is so imperative that we have sharp critical-thinking skills. Also, if you don’t use them, you will have nothing to argue with your family about at Thanksgiving.

More importantly, it keeps your brain from nomming on junk food and on more of a kale-based diet. Look at any trending topic, and test yourself.

Is this true/accurate?

How do I know either way?

Is there a way I can use data (provable, factual information) to figure this out?

Certainly, we can train ourselves to become better critical thinkers, but it’s also important that we teach these skills to kids.

Studies have shown how important this ability is to our success, and yet many feel that we’re doing a terrible job of teaching it.

This study, however, may lead to educators and parents realizing that these skills are teachable. The implications of a better thinking society are not quantitative, but I do believe they would be extraordinary.





 “Train the experimental mind of your students…” Professor Philip Adeeb Salem

Professor Philip Adeeb Salem” is the eminent worldwide recognized  cancer researcher and healer.

The philosophy in education is to form experimental minds, capable of change and adaptation. Train the mind for scientific experimental design instead of transferring repetitive knowledge…

Healthcare, from prevention, inoculation, early detection… should be an integral part of human rights charter in the UN: Without a healthy life, there is not much oo human rights to mind for.


Philip was born in 1941, the youngest of four other boys. His mother was the sister of Charles Malek who participated in writing the UN charter in San Francisco, 1946.

He received a grant from the British cultural center in Beirut to study medicine at AUB (1961-65) with a monthly pocket money of 400 LL (That was a fortune at the time).

He specialized in the USA under David Karnovsky, an eminent cancerologue and returned to Lebanon .

In 1987, Philip was teaching and practicing at the AUB Hospital  when he was warned that he is to be kidnapped in this lengthy civil war. The family decided to return to the USA.

He was the first physician to discover:

1.  the direct link between cancer and chronic ailments, particularly in the small intestine (frequent dhiarriya,  loss of appetite, loss of weight, inflammation of the fingers and toes… EPSID)

2. The link between Herpes and neck of the vagina

3. Bilharzia and prostate cancer.

4. Tamoxifen can decrease by 50% the incident of breast cancer.

5. Inoculation by Gardsell prevent the inflammation of the neck of the vagina

6. He developed the protocol for the usage of Sisplatinim by injecting the dose  over 5 days instead of once.

7. Recommended the resumption of chemo therapy even after the cancer disappeared.

8. Proceed on shrinking the tumour before any operation

9. He introduced the team work in treating cancer patients.

10. He insists on communicating and knowing the patient before starting any treatment. He coaxed the patient to telling him his hobbies and share with him his hobbies in poetry, literature and philosophical thoughts. It is the confidence and strong bond between the patient and the physician that may create the miracle of healing.

11. He is the first to get a chair at St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital in Houston. Currently, only 10 out of 700 physicians in the hospital received a chair.

The two physicians who received the Nobel Prize of medicine in 2005 (Barry Marshal and Robin Warren) based their hypothesis on Salem’s research that bacteria Bilory are the cause for ulcer.

If you treat early on with the targeted antibiotics, you don’t succumb to cancer and save yourself the lengthy harsh treatments. One of the researcher treated himself to prove his hypothesis.

Stories abound of patients who were terminally ill and abandoned by major hospitals in London and elsewhere. As they got in contact with Prof. Salem, he never relinquished his patients and supported them until they were cured, even 2 years later.

A clerics who suffered from inoperable heart ailment was taken care by Philip and pressured many heart surgeons to re-operate, even after the clerics went into coma. Three years later, the clerics returned to Houston to thanks his surgeons: half of them had passed away.

Late famous surgeon Michael Debagey and Philip first met as they became members of the health team during Bush Sr. to formulate a protocol for preventive health care.

Philip later coaxed Michael to contribute to the erection of a medical school and center at LAU university in Byblos.

St. Luke Hospital is contemplating of erecting a medical building for cancer treatment in Salem’s name similar to Denton Coly building for the heart.

Philip is one of the 24 professionals who meet weekly to decide on the medicine to be approved by the FDA.

Philip was awarded:

1. The Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom in 1994. He is the fourth to receive this honor after Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Charlton Huston.

2. The Alice Island medal for contribution of an immigrant to the USA civilization

3. The Italian medal of “The scientist of the year”


He instituted a branch of the Lebanese American Association in Houston and welcomed 20 Lebanese researchers to work at the Anderson Center where Dr. Issam Raad is currently heading the center of contagious bacteria.

Salem linked the AUB Hospital with Hotel Dieu de France (in Lebanon) based on 4 principles:

1. Establishing a protocol for treating cancer

2. Continuous communication among the hospitals and medical universities: a weekly meeting to share experiences.

3. Promoting the concept of training experimental minds in universities

4. Opening up to the physicians who graduated from the French educated Jesuit university in Lebanon

One day, Philip read a criticism in the New York Times of a counsellor to the Defense department who was not a US citizen. As a health counsellor to Bush Sr., he told the President in the Oval office @ I don’t want to be a liability to you: I am Not a US citizen

The president answered: I hired you for your brain and not for your passport.  Soon, Philip and his entire family got the citizenship.

In his office at St. Luke, you can see displayed pictures of his hometown Bterram, a handful of soil and a few olive branches from his town.


1. The man, the homeland, the scientist (2004) by Peter Indari

2. Cancer, love, politics of hope- The life and vision of Philip Salem (2010) by Frances Mourani and Boutros Indari

3. Philip Salem, the rebel, the scientist and the humanist (2013) by Maha Samara (a n extensive biography)

Note 1: I met Prof. Salem twice in Washington DC in the mid 1990’s when he was lecturing or delivering speeches to Arabic associations. My brother-in-law, military attaché at the time, and I gave Philip ride to his hotel twice. He had to wake up early: As physicians are training to do during their internship.

Note 2: The CIA frequently pressured Salem to divulge secrets on the health status of preeminent foreign personalities, but consistently refused to cooperate.

Note 3: In 1945, the towns in the district of Koura witnessed massive immigration to Australia and Latin America. Every week, 7 young persons left Lebanon for greener pasture. Those who opted for the USA ended up in the industrial cities of Pittsburgh and Roxburry.

Note 4: His wife is Waddad Jabboury. His daughters are Dara and Raya. His son is Khaled

The truth about the war for talent

It’s more of a skirmish, actually.

Plenty of recruiters and those in HR like to talk about engaging in a war for talent…

To be truthful, most of it is about finding good enough people at an acceptable rate of pay. Filling slots.

Seth Godin posted this Sept. 18, 2013 “The truth about the war for talent”

“More relevant and urgent is that it’s not really a search for talent. It’s a search for attitude.

There are a few jobs where straight up skills are all we ask for. Perhaps in the first violinist in a string quartet.

In fact, even there, what actually separates winners from losers isn’t talent, it’s attitude.

And yes, we ought to be having a war for attitude.

An organization filled with honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven people will always defeat the one that merely has talent. Every time.

The best news is that attitude is a choice, and it’s available to all.

You can probably win the war for attitude with the people you’ve already got.

And if you’re looking for a gig, you’ll discover that honing and sharing your attitude goes a lot farther than practicing the violin all day”.

End of quote.

Seth is demanding one attitude too many to be selected. And simply claiming that “attitude is a choice” as if the environment where you grew up is a secondary factor for shaping your set of attitudes.

Finding a candidate who is  honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven is not within the realm of possibility.

The impression is that all these attitudes are logically correlated, kind if you got one the remaining attitudes come naturally…

I think that many of these attitudes are not even correlated and are independent from one another.

The attitude of experimenting requires  learning, training and application. Having an experimental mind is a process of studying how experiments are conceived,  thought out, prepared, controlled from biases and confounding variables, and run according to a protocol… And you have got to get your “hands dirty” doing one thorough experiment in order to digest the complexity of conducting an experiment.

The attitudes of being connected, ethical and drive require proper environment, family, school, community, and peers to pull off the hard habit for retaining and sustaining these attitude.

My impression is that these attitudes are mostly in the realm of elite class who can afford to be connected, ethical and driven…

The attitude of learning, particularly continuing education and studying different fields as time change requires a system that offer opportunities to learning at affordable cost and facilities not to waste unnecessary years on courses that are not essential…

Finding a candidate who is  honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven is necessarily confining the search to the elite class.

And what is to be done with the majority of people who have a talent? Even the rudiment of a talent so that the working environment will increase and promote their talents?

What of opening opportunities that fit talents that companies “for profit” have no use of?




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