Why Benjamin Franklin is my hero

During the mid-1960s, I studied at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine.

It was located directly across the street from the first hospital ever founded in the United States.

Ben Franklin founded that fine institution in 1751.

It was but one of his many outstanding accomplishments.

Most people know that Benjamin Franklin not only signed the Declaration of Independence, he helped write it.

He also served as the United States’ first Postmaster General. In other words, he basically founded the United States Postal Service.

Franklin was also a dedicated statesman.

Before and after the War for Independence, Franklin played a pivotal role in both domestic and international policy.

He was particularly instrumental in solidifying relationships with France, which became America’s lifelong ally.

These are all fine achievements. But as a scientist, I note that Franklin also:

Invented bifocal lenses.

Invented a musical instrument called the armonia, that produced sound by rotating glass bowls around a centralized shaft.

Invented the lighting rod by first studying electrical current, then concocting a way to direct lightning strikes away from vulnerable buildings and populations.

When I think about all these accomplishments, I think of my own journey from podiatrist to leading contributor in the field of medical research.

For the past nearly 25 years, I’ve investigated how sugar—which has now reached epidemic proportions in our food supply—is one of our top causes of disease.

My name is Dr. Richard Jacoby.

If you currently suffer from some chronic illness or illnesses, and you can’t seem to shake them, I hope you’ll reach out to me.

I’ve had great success helping people kick their sugar habit and get back to leading a normal, healthy, vibrant life.

Until then, I wish you great help and happiness