November 23, 2013
Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue
Michigan State Police
333 S. Grand Ave.
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909-0634
Re: Serious Health Problems - Steering and Suspension Systems – Mayo Clinic – Mercedes-Benz
Discovery of Variable Material Creep Force Tolerance Threshold Values in Human Mass
Dear Colonel Etue,
I’m contacting you to make you aware that we have discovered design flaws in the steering and suspension on
vehicles that has been causing serious health issues for over 25-years and they must be corrected immediately
to avoid what has and will continue to prove to have a radical negative impact on drivers and passengers quality
of life. These problems are shared with the world-wide automotive industry. The flaws result in human physical
function loss due to pain and deformities in body mass.
Throughout the history of human kind our sciences have failed to realize that our body tissues (skeletal and
soft) have a “variable force tolerance threshold value.” Meaning that resilience erodes with repetitive forces.
Mercedes realizes this and is implementing suspension changes, and is working in steering effort reductions,
which is explained further in this letter.
What does this mean to the Michigan State Police? If you cannot turn the steering wheel with ONE FINGER, the
steering system has too much resistance in it. And that resistance results in the chronic injuries noted in this
In 2001, I initiated a study to determine why I developed so many muscle/skeletal injuries after retiring. Straight
fingers became curved, knuckles twisted, chronic pain in lower back, hip, left shoulder, headaches, and other
chronic ailments. The causes of the injuries were traced to the discovery of the presence of the “variable
material creep force tolerance threshold value” in human body mass. The high effort steering system and stiff
suspension in my 2000 Chevrolet Impala were responsible for shock loads traveling through my body mass while
my body was conducting the process of generating and delivering (G&D) the higher forces necessary to
overcome the resistance in the steering system within 3/10 tenths of a second. The faster the vehicle speed the
more resistance encountered, which requires even greater forces and shock loading.
The stiff suspension allows the delivery of shock loads (body shaking) through the human body because it does
not absorb the shocks from the uneven road surfaces. The repetitive shock loads inflict a damaging shock
loading dynamic force, which pushes matter through its elastic state, and into its plastic state resulting in mass
The steering problem started in the 80’s when the auto industry started replacing “low effort” (LE) one finger
steering with todays “high effort” (HE) steering, which requires one or both hands while turning the wheel or
course corrections because of the steering resistance. Remember the TV commercials “feel
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the road” and “take charge of your car” in the 80’s by Mercedes? Even with two hands steering, shock-loading
injuries are unavoidable. Shock loads are inherent with the HE design. Note: Children with soft (low material
creep) bones develop similar injuries from video gaming. Adults and children’s deformities (bending and
twisting) went unrecognized because video gaming and HE steering became popular at the same time. Adults
use their injured fingers as a benchmark for comparing their children’s injured fingers. If your children
conducted any of the processes shown in Module 1 of our web site miketomich.com, then their fingers have the
deformities noted. See Pages 3-44 to 3-51, for identification of the dynamic force presence in the coloring
process and its resulting bending and knuckle twisting in children’s fingers. Two pictures on Page 3-53.
The G&D process is started by firmly positioning/anchoring the feet to the floor. Muscles from the toes through
the finger tips snap/jerk from a relaxed state to a taunt state while delivering the forces and shock loads to all
muscles, joints, and tissues involved in the process. Some situations require the G&D process to include the
weight of the upper torso in the amount of the delivering force. The G&D process occurs with every steering
resistance encountered. The human senses, sense the presence of the resistance, but don’t know the amount
of the resistance. In the G&D process, the shock loading forces are absorbed by the bone mass, cartilage, disc,
and soft tissue (force pushing mass into its plastic state). See Module 2, Line item #2 of our web site. See
Chart #15 on Page 2-25, Chart 16 on Page 2-26, Chart #17 on Page 2-28. (Free copy of our information “Our
Silent Epidemic” is available in Module 6 of our web site www.miketomich.com).
Many health problems develop during the G&D required circular shock loading forces. On a smooth road with
low road crown, steering adjustments range from 56 to over 136 a minute at 55 mph. Each steering adjustment
results in a dynamic force pushing mass through its elastic state and into its plastic state…and each dynamic
force enlarges the injury area.
The steering resistance is a major factor in the development of carpal tunnel, chronic shoulder- back-neck-hip-
knee-ankle-elbow-hand injury, inflammation, finger pain, numbness, arthritic joints, and more. Many of these
injuries are shown throughout our site and book, also see the pictures at the end of Section 2 of our
downloadable book ‘Our Silent Epidemic’ in Module 6 of four site. Also Line item #2 in Module 2 on our site.
The steering wheels are too thick because the size does not allow parallelism between the knuckles and wheels
grasping surfaces. Driver wheel contact is made with the palm of the hands and fingertips (10-2 grasping
position). Forces delivered in this position result in fingers bending backward at the first and/or second
knuckles. In addition, knuckles become twisted from the forces pressing the knuckles to make full wheel surface
contact during force delivery in turning the wheel. In addition, if the tip of a finger rides on any part of the
steering wheel surface, the main knuckle at the hand becomes quickly enlarged and develops painful arthritis
within six thousand miles. This has been verified with many police officers and troopers. The deformities
happen to all, but appear much faster and more severe with smaller framed drivers. Please refer to Module 2,
line item #2 on our site www.miketomich.com. Refer to ‘Our Silent Epidemic’ (downloadable in Module 6) Page 2-
47 Group of pictures at bottom of page. Picture on Page 2-74 and the bottom of Page 2-47 in “Our Silent
Epidemic” information book. See Figures 31 and 32 on Page 2-48 and 2-49 for twisting or bones and knuckles
from the thick steering wheel and resistance.
The right and left turning resistance is responsible for vertebrae shifting out of position in the back due to the
uneven pulling of the back muscles during various turns and course corrections. This is another cause and
effect by the G&D process with fast developing crippling results (first physical signs usually
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within six thousand miles). Some injuries include numbness/tingling in hands and fingers, chronic arm-neck-
shoulder pain, migraine headaches, neck and back disc compressions and much more. Steering effort must be
reduced to easy one finger steering (see video on low effort harmless steering, in Module 2, Line item #3 on our
site). The vest they wear has prevented me from checking for any vertebrae shifting in their backs.
Stiff suspensions also result in serious health problems and we believe it may be linked to the cause of autism.
Degenerative back disease, sciatica nerve injuries, fibromyalgia, and other injuries mentioned in this letter, are
increased by the shaking of the body. Autism started to become a problem in the 80’s when the HE steering and
stiff suspensions were added to vehicles, and hard injection molded seats replaced spring seating. Today our
suspensions and hard molded seating do not isolate riders from the shock loads generated on uneven road
surfaces that cause shaking of the human body. In seven months an embryo can experience 7-9 million+ shock
loads traveling through it. Many mothers work almost to their due date and our research in the negative results
of impact forces on the human body indicates the shaking of the mother during pregnancy (shock loads, mini-
traumas) may be the major cause of autism, instead of a chemical cause. Many physicians believe it happens in
the uterus. Dr. Christopher Walsh, Children's Hospital Boston states “autism happens in the Uterus.” Hospital of
Boston “it affects all kids, all races. Dr. Christine O’Rourke-Lang, Autism Behavior Analysis; “everyone knows
someone with autism now. Reference ’PBC presentation 'Decoding Autism' (9-19-11, Sara Lee Kessler). CDC
3-21-13, Autism is now 1 in 50 children and no hint of a cure is available. (After 26+ years of research, they
admit they don’t have a clue of what might cause autism…they keep looking for a chemical cause).
Mercedes-Benz designed and promoted the stiff steering and stiff suspensions on their vehicles in the 80’s. The
automotive industry copied it as fashionable. Mercedes-Benz is now converting to a soft riding suspension
system that isolates passengers from the bumps in the uneven road surfaces. They are now scrapping that stiff
suspension system they designed and promoted because they know of the autism connection; they realize that
shaking the human body has serious consequences. One video of their ‘Fully Active Suspension Technology,’
There are other vehicle design issues, seat belts/seating/height/width/weight of steering wheel, etc. Example;
Seat belts provide the means for the L-4, and L-5 to separate and clash together during bouncing from the stiff
suspension. HE steering is also a factor in lower back pain. We believe this is the major reason so many high
mileage drivers suffer from chronic lower back and sciatic pain. Both small and large framed people develop the
accumulative injuries but the injuries appear faster in smaller framed people. Bending of fingers and twisting of
knuckles usually appear within six thousand miles.
You’ll find that a majority of employee medical expenses will be attributed to the steering, suspension, and
seating problems. This is typically reflected in workmen’s compensation claims for shoulder, back, knee, elbow,
carpal tunnel, depression, fibromyalgia, hip/shoulder replacements, chronic pain, pain pill addictions, and
various other additional musculoskeletal injuries. Mini trauma injuries deteriorate healthy mass while making the
injuries irreversible and susceptible to easy failure which is typically blamed on business processes. There are
other damaging processes in life and business today, which can easily be corrected once our new rules for safer
ergonomics are shared with process and product designers.
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In addition to Mercedes-Benz converting stiff suspension to soft/smooth riding suspensions, Mayo Clinic agrees
with our study results and is presently conducting necessary clinical studies in this matter. Unfortunately, due to
defined protocols, an announcement isn’t expected until after the three remaining years of the study are over.
Innocent passengers will continue to develop these injuries unless you take the lead to stop them now.
You have the resources available for every university in Michigan to look at this information and I suggest such
is done. However, it is only after they think outside of the box that they recognize the presence or possible
presence of material creep. Mechanical engineers initially have difficulty understanding this, so I suggest people
involved in physics and my explaining and showing them the proof. Dr. Sanjeev Kakar M.D., and Professor Kai-
Nan An M.E, P.E. understand and agree with us, which is why they are presently conducting clinical studies on
Please consider giving this information to your people in physics, and I hope you will provide me the opportunity
to share our information with them. Unfortunately, many mechanical engineers have difficulty understanding our
information about the “variable material creep force tolerance threshold values” as being applicable to human
I have experienced many of the muscle/skeletal problems identified in our information after I purchased a 2000
Chevrolet Impala. After seeing the same injuries with other Impala drivers, we asked GM in 2002 to participate in
our new study, they declined but we continued with our studies which led us also to new rules for ergonomics.
For the safety of all police departments that use your ‘police duty vehicle approval list’ it would behoove your
office to give this issue a top priority. Manufacturers must supply steering and suspensions that will not exceed
the “various variable force tolerance thresholds” in the human body. My forte’ since 1975 has been properties
of impact forces.
Obviously, I have only scratched the surface of our discovery in this letter. Please feel comfortable contacting
me with any questions. I’m will make myself available to meet with your office at any time.
I hope to hear from you shortly.
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Michael G. Tomich and/for
Professor Kenneth Granke M.D., Kausik Raval M.D., Amar Sawar M.D.
Cc: Dr. Sawar
State Police approving defective
vehicles for police duty.
Officers developing arthritic hands,
back, neck, shoulder and more.
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