18 June, 2021

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A Critique Of The YouTube Broadcast By Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, Entitled: Western Doctor Gives A Thundering Slap To Western Methodology

By Chandre Dharmawardana

Dr. Chandre Dharmawardana

We recognize that Dr. Padeniya, being a medical trade union leader, is also a consummate politician. So, it is not surprising that he comes forward to “reveal” various conspiracies and alleged corruption in some government departments. His explosive claim is that such corruption made Sri Lankans to eat poison in their food since 1960, and that they are still continuing to do so. He says that “we must go back to “traditional Knowledge, and traditional ways of producing food”, and that we must NOT EAT POISON. It is part of the Sri Lankan culture to take at face value what a doctor says, and say “Saadhu, Saadhu”, what a good, socially concerned doctor! But some readers may wish to read the following report in the Colombo Telegraph from 6 years ago to orient themselves on the issues involved before going any further.

However, how much of what Dr. Padeniya says is true? How much of it is fiction?  We must determine if Padeniya is capable of critically evaluating information. After all, we know of so-called “specialist Western  doctors” who are turning to “traditional knowledge” to sell doubtful products that are claimed to fight even viral diseases. We know of doctors in Kurunegala who  supported the “Dhammika Paeniya”, a concoction made by a devotee of the Hindu Godless “Kali Amma” following a “vision”. We know of “Western doctors” from Karapitiya who falsely claimed that they were backed by the Karapitiya Hospital, and the Ruhuna University, in marketing an untested  anti-Covid concoction. We also know of “western” doctors who invoke God Natha to market their smoke pot (“dum hattiya”) and other ”traditional” treatments claimed to cure Covid in 3-4 days!

We discuss Dr. Padeniya’s false propaganda, treated in three parts in the foregoing.

Part I: Does Dr. Padeniya have any capacity for critical thinking?

Dr. Padeniya begins his U-tube talk by citing history, a subject where he is a layman. Reviewing what he says here is a strong test of his capacity for critical thinking.

Dr. Padeniya tells us that in ancient times Lankans lived to 140 years of age. This type of claim is used  by Dr. Padeniya to tell us that the diet of the ancients ensured their longevity.

To support his  belief he claims that  Pliny the Elder who wrote an encyclopedia in the 1st century has said so. He also claims that Pliny’s Encyclopedia is the best in the world. Pliny has also said that in theses tropical countries people had  one leg that they could use as an umbrella against the sun’s heat. He also claims that some people had dog heads. So, does Dr. Padeniya believe that ancients Lankans were like that? That Pliny’s encyclopedia is an uncritical collection of  information and mis-information current at the time is well recognized not only today, but even in 1646, by Sir Thomas Browne who made a study of Pliny’s work 

Dr. Padeniya tells us that King Pandukabhaya lived to an age over 100 years, and that King Mutaseeha reigned for 70 years, and that any one who died at 100 was a “young man” dying. That very little is known with any certainty regarding the period of Pandukabhaya and Mutaseeha is the view of respected Historians like Prof. K. M. de Silva. Dr. Padeniya should at least learn something of  Sri Lankan history by reading, say, Prof. K. M. de Silva’s History of Sri Lanka, Penguin Edition.

Is this the kind of “evidence” that the “specialist” doctor Padeniya has to prove that the diet of the ancient Lankans ensured a long life?  He could have considered  archaeological material like bones and teeth, fossilized feces etc., of the ancients to  show what type of diseases they had, and even what they ate.

[Click for picture of tropical man with a foot adapted as a sunshade, according to Pliny]

In contrast, is said perhaps more truthfully that the Buddha died in his eighties. On the other hand, the Bible says that Methuselah lived to 969 years. So Dr. Padeniya should advocate that we return to the diet the ancient Jews; after all, if he can accept Pliny the Elder without question, why not the Bible, accepted by billions of people?

Miraculous increase of life expectancy of people who eat poison!

Dr. Padeniya says that the multinationals and scientists of the agriculture department have conspired to feed poison to the Sri Lankans since 1960. Hence we examine the life expectancy of Lankans from 1950 on wards.

So, Dr. Padeniya, if Lankans have been eating toxins since 1960, by what miracle can their life expectancy increase? If the food has poison, how can the percentage  infant mortality (deaths per 100 births of infants) for pregnant mothers decrease drastically, as seen in the red curve?

Recollect the Jataka story of the hare who, lacking any critical ability, frightened all the animals in the forest by claiming that the sky is falling. As in the Jataka, we extend our compassion to Dr. Padeniya.

Part II: The Green Revolution, and Western Medicine

Dr. Padeniya claims in an “Ayubovan Lanka U-tube that Lankans have been eating poison since 1960. And yet, as the accompanying graph shows, the life expectancy increased, while the infant mortality drop from 1950 on wards, steadily?

There were two main reasons, among others for this miracle!.

(1) The Green revolution in agriculture that Dr. Padeniya condemns, demanding a return to “traditional” Practices and seeds.

(2) “Western” medical treatment and public health. Dr. Padeniya gives them a thundering slap.   

His resort to violence fits with his wish to go back to “traditional methods”!

Agriculture and Fertilizers

In earlier times, farmers used composted farm refuse, bone-meal, sulphur, and added oxides of arsenic and lead as pesticides. A farmer was lucky to get over 1.5 tonnes of harvest per hectare.  When the Harber-Bosch method of converting atmospheric N into Urea became industrial in the 1930s, the compost-bonemeal & sulphur agriculture was discarded. For the first time a majority of people, at least in the industrial world vercame malnutrition. Their life expectancy began to rise steadily..

But there was imminent famine in the poor countries that had just gained independence. The Indian government that faced a desperate death of millions accepted Dr. Norman Borlaug’s proposals and adopted modern N, K, P fertilizers, and modern high-yielding seeds that needed less water. This spectacularly successful agricultural transformation was named the “Green Revolution”. It replaced the dangerous pesticides of traditional farming, (i.e., oxides of arsenic, lead, sulphur) with much safer chemical pesticides.

So, even in Sri Lanks, from 1950 on-wards, methods of the green revolution were steadily applied, and the “Mother of All Illnesses”, namely “Malnutrition” was increasingly avoided, leading to  increased life expectancy etc., as shown in the  graph. Lankan scientists developed new rice hybrids. They are heroes of this Green Revolution though slandered  by the like of Dr. Padeniya.

Dr. Padeniya wants to return to old, low-yielding grain like “Suvanael, Kalu-Heenati” etc., even though they take more water and more time to grow. He thinks they have medical properties! This is an unproven conjecture, with no double-blind experiments to prove it. A slightly lower glycemic index proves nothing as that depends on the level of “polishing” of the grains used.  Interestingly, Dr. Padeniya admits that no one really knows the aetiology of high blood pressure or diabetes, while recommending traditional rice in the same breath!

If organic fertilizers were exclusively used, following Dr. Padeniya, the harvests will fall to 1/5 of conventional farming. If traditional grains are used, it will drop even further, bringing back the famines, malnutrition and short life expectancy, and high  mortality that preceded  the green revolution.

Some politically powerful Sri Lankans support an exclusive organic agriculture, and brashly say that they can provide ALL the food needed organically. Why the current world production of organic food (2% of the total food needed) cannot be jacked up to 100% as need is explained in the following web document. It is a review of the research article by Dr. Adrian Mueller, a leading agricultural authority and supporter of organic agriculture.

The Green Revolution is just the early dramatic effect of the launch of modern agriculture. But it has evolved to generate Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), artificial intelligence-based Smart Farm technology (SFT), grow-tower technology, GM foods  etc. Modern agriculture  has extended and superseded the Green Revolution. Carotene contains Golden Rice, a GM product opposed by Luddites like Vandana Shiva, epitomizes the Hippocratic dictum that food is also medicine. Dr. Padeniya also utters Hippocratic quotes, but to justify the unjustifiable objective of creating a  wasteful food system catering to the frightened rich.

In any case, what fertilizer should be used, and how much N, K, P and humus matter (organic matter) must be used should be determined by a soil analysis, and not by the dicta of Dr. Padeniya or Ven. Ratana. Almost a decade ago the Agriculture Department issue booklets for each district, giving recommendations of how much mineral, or organic fertilizer should be used for the optimal mixture.

But the problem faced  by the Lankan farmer is not whether to choose mineral fertilizer, organic fertilizer, or an optimal mixture. His problem is, once he has farmed using what ever fertilizer that he can find and grow his crop, he has nowhere to sell his product and get a fair prince. After successive build up of debt, ma ny farmers simply committee suicide. Dr. Padeniya has nothing to say about the central problem of the typical Sri Lankan farmer who cultivates a few hectares for his perilous living.

Western medical system

The “Western Medical system” evolved from the old traditional herbal medical systems of earlier times. Western medicine in Lanka led to the control of most infectious diseases caused by pathogens. This task was  beyond the capacity of traditional indigenous medicine. The latter is strong on treating other physiological ailments, but not diseases caused by pathogens. 

So, infectious diseases like smallpox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, typhoid, diphtheria, dysentery, cholera, polio, TB, leprosy, as well as hookworm, tape worm, malaria etc., have all been put  down thanks to “Western Medicine”.  It is these successes that increased the life expectancy and reduced infant mortality. So, is Dr. Padeniya giving a thundering slap to “Western medicine” to please the “desheeya vedakam-Ayurveda” lobby?

Dr. Padeniya says that some members of the GMOA prescribe a whole handful of pills when a slight change in diet suffices. So, the fault is not in Western medicine, but in the practitioners who collect commissions from every blood test done, every X-ray, and from every prescription filled. Even today 40% of rural children come to school hungry, and so, the prevention of disease still needs to target food production for the poor, and NOT organic food for the Elite who will still need those pills, needles and vaccinations..

Many members of Dr. Padeniya’s GMOA prefers making money to disease prevention or even simple humanity to patients, or even to the dead. The following link, where a doctor recounts how the practitioners play their game is illuminating.

Part-III: Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Padeniya claims that the chronic kidney disease now endemic in the Rajarata is caused by the use of imported fertilizers and agrochemicals. He claims that unless we exclusively use organic fertilizer, a new pandemic of Kidney disease more dangerous than Covid-19 will engulf the country soon. Dr. Padeniya supported the “Natha Deviyo click” who claimed that arsenic and glyphosate in fertilizers caused the Rajarata Kidney disease. One of the “Natha Devio” people even became a minister, and Dr. Padeniya maybe keeping that in mind.

If Dr. Padeniya cannot sort out the chaff from the grain of historical accounts or in Pliny the Elder, he is unlikely to sort of the complexities of the aetiology kidney disease or keep abreast of research. As the following link shows, Dr. Pasdeniya went directly counter to cutting edge research even prior to this:

The GMOA Guns Glyphosate & Misses A Milestone Study On 90,000 People? See the report in the Colombo Telegraph, 19-04-2018.

Initially every one thought that Kidney Disease in the Rajarata must be connected to the run off of agrochemicals  that flow down various rivers into agricultural areas. If that is so, those who consume the water in rivers, canals and tanks should be getting the disease. They did not, but those who live on high ground away from these agricultural waters, and drink water from their dug wells on higher ground are the ones who contract kidney disease!

The wells used by affected people contained an excess of fluoride and magnesium ions, of geological origin. Furthermore, the well water did NOT contain any agrochemical pollutants. This was confirmed by experiments on laboratory rats conducted at the Institute of Fundamental studies and the Peradeniya University who fed rats with hard water containing fluoride. It was shown that the Mg ions in the hard water was implicated.

Analytical work on the pollutants collected  by reverse-osmosis plants in endemic areas by Tokyo University, iresearch from the Kidney Unit of the Kandy Hospital all confirmed this origin of chronic kidney disease in the Rajarata., and showed that agrochemicals are NOT linked to this disease.

So, Dr. Padeniya is invited to brush up his knowledge of Kidney disease to avoid disseminating false information. 

Dr. Padeniya’s proposal to install oxen-powered stone mills or “Sekku”!

Dr. Padeniya attacks use of Palm oil, and wants Lankans to install “Kekku” (traditional stone mills

for extracting oil, see Figure) in every village to extract oil using artisanal methods..

A false prophet is admonishing the people to grow coconut without modern fertilizers or pesticides against beetles and other pests. People are to harvest the coconut, dry the flesh in the sun and them in use a “sekkuwa” to make oil. Shouldn’t the GMOA establish a model village and show how to do it. If the model does not produce enough coconut, do you plan to import from Malaysia? This way of drying in the sun is sure to encourage the formation of te fungus Aspergillus which generates afflotoxins. If even a bit of poonnack gets trapped inside the crevices of the Sekkuwa that becomes a center for infection. Just because the ancients ate contaminated food as they were unaware of all these, why should we revert to these primitive and unsafe methods of oil extraction that leave half the oil in the poonack.’

[Click for image of oxen powered “Sekkuwa”]

Dr. Padeniya is seemingly unaware of the shortage of coconuts in the country. Palm oil is a safe inexpensive vegetable oil which is far better than animal fats or most other oils, and is the oil most used in the food industry. Professor Rajapaksa of Peradeniya University, Chemistry, wrote as follows;

“Padeniya is condemning palm oil without any scientific reason. … Coconut oil has the highest amount of saturated fat and palm oil is next. Sunflower oil and olive oil have the highest amounts of unsaturated fats….Sunflower oil and olive oil are the best if not heated to high temperatures. However, for deep frying they are the worst because of the conversion to the trans form and  carcinogenicity associated with reactive oxygen species production. These oils should not be used for deep frying. As regard to deep frying coconut and palm oils are the best.”.

What Prof. Rajapaksa says is well established. While saturated fats are toxic to insulin producing cells, unsaturated fats like Oleic acid may even be protective at normal temperatures. But the Lankan consumer needs a safe, inexpensive oil and they do a lot of frying. So, palm oil and coconut oil qualify. But coconut oil may be 5-10 times more expensive that palm oil. In extracting oils, low temperature methods, e.g., centrifugal extraction under sanitary conditions should be used. The artisan mills (Sekku) are open to dust, acid rain, insects, even mice that come to eat poonack residues. They leave their droppings in the mill. The miller comes next morning, ties the ox, and with the same hands roughly wipes the interior of the “Sekku” and proceeds to extract oil.  Even the mouse droppings wash into the oil, and that is the quality of Dr. Padeniya’s traditional sekku oil!

Some “environmentalists” object to palm oil claiming that palm plantations have destroyed virgin forests in, e.g., Indonesia. But such objections do not apply to converting derelict rubber  plantations to palm plantations, esp. in Lanka where an inexpensive frying oil is needed.

Conclusion

Dr. Padeniya is falsely claiming  that Lankans have been eating poison since 1960. He predicts an epidemic of Kidney disease more frightening than the Covid pandemic, although he clearly knows nothing about the statistics, or the causes of the disease. Just as for the hare in the Dadabbha Jataka, this very naive Dr. Padeniya earns our compassion. However, because he is a “Doctor” some people may accept his falsehoods at face value.

*Chandre DharmawardanaNational Research Council of Canada, Ottawa & Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

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    I am sorry that Dharme had to write a long article to debunk this nutcase Padeniya. Unfortunately this kind of intervention is needed because millions of people in the country are hoodwinked by snake-oil vendors. I remember in by Peradeniya E-fac days a loony message came through that a village mechanic had made a car that ran on water. What a shock I got when a PhD (in Mech Eng at that) jumped into his car and drove more than 60 miles to see this “wonder” !!!!

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    Dear Dr. Chandre Dharmawardana (retired Professor – Emeritus or not I don’t know) one-time Vice-Chancellor of SJP University:
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandre_Dharma-wardana
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    You have never been a favourite of the average Colombo Telegraph reader, or of me either! However, I judge you to be a serious academic, a bit too much of a Sinhala-Nationalist for our liking.
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    The nastiest person for us on CT now is “Eagle Eye”. The majority of readers imagine him to be either H.L.D. Mahindapala, now domiciled in Australia, or you, in Canada. I have always stoutly maintained that he is neither; a very much “lesser man” than either of you. Have you any idea who this “Eagle Eye” is? These fellows who use pseudonyms do enormous damage to the ability of readers here to think clearly, and to the country as a whole.
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    There are the exceptions, those who don’t reveal their identities but write honestly and consistently. Among them, Native Vedda, Champa, old codger, leelagemalli, Raj-UK, Nathan, Agnos, chiv, nimal fernando, et al.
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    Let me hope that they all take my observation seriously and treat your article with the respect that it probably deserves. I haven’t read it properly yet; my effort is to get this comment in early.

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      In Sri Lanka, the fact that you are an Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer, Professor or whatever, means only that you have passed the relevant exams. It certainly doesn’t mean that you’re educated.
      The spread of social media has made the situation worse, because clowns like Padeniya can reach their gullible audience easily. Previously they were filtered out by truly educated editors.
      The danger is that even non-science-savvy educated people are taken in by qualified idiots of the Padeniya type.

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      Sinhala_man
      Your desire to expose identities is all well so long your guesses are fool proof. H.L.D. Mahindapala is a man living in Australia who doesn’t want to hide his identity within the Sri Lankan community there.
      If your guess is wrong would you take the responsibility of him being looked upon as a bad guy buy those who hate opinions of Eagle Eye or even beaten up.?
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      Your claim that only good people (in your judgement) are entitled to use pseudonyms makes one suspect of your sanity.
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      Let those in your list of good guys counter Eagle Eye point by point. That will solve your problem.

      Soma

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        Sinhala_man
        I went through your comment again.
        When you say
        “You have never been a favourite of the average Colombo Telegraph reader” you are underrating Chandre D or the readership?

        Soma

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          Yes, soma, I have possibly been underrating Prof. Chandre D, and some of the readership. However, many readers habitually associate EE with Mahindapala.
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          EE has seemingly been quite happy with that misunderstanding. Had he on such occasions denied that identity, there would have been no problem. He could continue incognito.
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          However, he seems happy to allow that misunderstanding to remain unchallenged. As for damage done, you may be right that I shouldn’t make it my business to undo it, but it is tragic that we are allowing our island to be torn apart as it has been. How do I get you to see that?

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            Sinhala_man
            You don’t get my point.
            You are attributing a villainous character to Eagle Eye. You are free to hold that opinion and any other reader entitled too.
            I am defending a man by the name HLD Mahindapala living in Australia. You may dislike him too – that’s irrelevant.
            He cannot shoulder the burden of someone else.
            IF your association of him with EE is wrong you are pushing an unrelated man into a difficult situation.
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            I am begging you, DON’T DO THIS AGAIN.
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            I did not expect this from a man of your standing.
            You can’t implicate a man on mere suspicion..
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            I expect you to forward proof OR publish an apology to HLD Mahindapala on Colombo Telegraph.
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            Thanks

            Soma

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              Apologise? What for?
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              I have said that he is a greater man than Eagle Eye. That’s a compliment, isn’t it? Of course, the bar could hardly have been placed lower.
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              Of course, I’ve said that he is a racist. That is an insult, but one which applies to all too many Lankans, including you, soma.
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              Yes, I’m in the habit of apologising often, because I often make mistakes. However, I never apologise when I have done nothing wrong.
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              To get more sombre: HLD Mahindapala’s wife died last week. In Lanka, so many readers were getting that wrong. Note where they were living for the past couple of years.
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              Dear soma, unless you reform, please get lost!

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            S.M,
            EE is very upset this time. Isn’t that significant?

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              Very significant, dear oc.

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      “The nastiest person for us on CT now is “Eagle Eye”. The majority of readers imagine him to be either H.L.D. Mahindapala, now domiciled in Australia, or you, in Canada. I have always stoutly maintained that he is neither; a very much “lesser man” than either of you. Have you any idea who this “Eagle Eye” is?”
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      Moderator,
      This is a personal attack. Where is your Comment Policy? Is CT applying the Comment Policy on a selective basis?

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        Wow, it seems Eagle is human and has human feelings. I used to think he was simply a stuck record player playing a record with random phrases like ” slaves from Hindustan”, “Demalu invaders”, etc.
        Sinhala Man, please apologize immediately, otherwise EE will add this to his broken record.

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        My experience is anything goes if don’t say that a particular former minister is a homosexual.

        Soma

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          What on earth are you talking about, man?
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          Panini

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        EE, if you’re not H.L.D. Mahindapala, then tell us so.
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        Others also operate using pseudonyms, so could you. As you say, we could then focus on the content of what you say. It is a huge problem that you allow your identity to be associated with those of either Mahindapala or Chandare. It is unfair to both of them.
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        I think that many of us must have been saddened to hear of the death of Mrs Mahindapala (two days ago?), and that they had been in Sri Lanka for two years.
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        The ball is in your court, dear EE.
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        Over, and out!

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          Sinhala_man
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          “EE, if you’re not H.L.D. Mahindapala, then tell us so.”
          Are you the Supreme Court?
          My earlier suspicion of your satiny seems credible.
          If EE has any score to settle with a guy named HLD Mahindapala he can say yes. HLD Mahindapala has no way of finding out who is this Eagle Eye.
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          You still don’t understand the implications of this trying to uncover identities behind pseudonyms.

          Soma

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            It must be the Editorial policy of CT not to permit affixing pseudonyms appearing here to real life people. Because these third parties have no way of taking action against pseudonyms protected by CT.

            Soma

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              Soma,
              That’s confusing. You mean “protected” pseudonym users aren’t real people?

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            Please, moderators, we must have pity on this guy, soma.
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            He ought to be in a lunatic asylum.

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      Sinhala-Man,
      “These fellows who use pseudonyms do enormous damage to the ability of readers here to think clearly, and to the country as a whole.”
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      Can you please let me know how people who use pseudonyms do enormous damage to the ability of readers here to think clearly, and to the country as a whole?

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      Sinhala-Man,
      “These fellows who use pseudonyms do enormous damage to the ability of readers here to think clearly, and to the country as a whole.”
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      As far as I can see, whether someone use a pseudonym or not is immaterial. What matters is the contents of the comment or the reply to a comment. By saying those who use pseudonyms do enormous damage to the ability of readers here to think clearly, and to the country as a whole you are insulting the readers in this forum.

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        I note that EE’s English has improved suddenly. Is that significant?

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      While we’re saying all this, the sad news of two deaths, reminding us of our mortality:
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      One is the passing away of the wife of Mr H.L.D. Mahindapala in Colombo. She has been named as Ranji. It is said that they had re-located to Lanka two years ago, after fifty years in Melbourne, Australia.
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      The other is Ven Baddegama Samitha Thero, the first monk to enter Parliament, in 2001. CORONA. He had been 68 years old. A great man. He worked tirelessly for the unity of Sri Lanka, visited Jaffna with Vijaya K. and CBK.
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      I hope that readers note how we cannot generalise about people when we hear the bare facts.

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    Chandra,
    Reference, “So, Dr. Padeniya, if Lankans have been eating toxins since 1960, by what miracle can their life expectancy increase? If the food has poison, how can the percentage infant mortality (deaths per 100 births of infants) for pregnant mothers decrease drastically, as seen in the red curve?”
    He (Dr. Padeniya) does not know the answer to your question. He is specialised in “Pediatric Neuro Surgery”, as has been disclosed. He knows the aspect within his specialisation only and not how the survival rate has increased in the new borne.
    He has instead widened his knowledge of History to enable advise the President as humane assistance to SL. May the Triple Gem Bless Sri Lanka’s Future.

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    As a physician it is easy for me to understand the credibility of Dr. Padeniya, after he suggested testing for Patriotism ?? As a human we understand his credibility from his demands to vaccinate his family and relatives over front line workers. Most of all my 95 year old mom has enough and more to tell him, in person.

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    Time to do an analysis of the Geopolitics of the Great Covid-19 pandemic Hoax and Vaccine Culture, and Covid-19 Vaccine COLONIALISM in the Third World?
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    Follow the money – who is benefiting from the Covid-19 hoax, which stock markets, corporate stocks are booming with sales of Covid-19 vaccines?
    Where did mRNA vaccines touted as the future of world health come from at “warped speed”? Usually it takes 7 years to develop and test vaccines. Fort Detrick in Virginia where infamous Faucci rans his “Gain of Function” Virus and Vaccine bio-terrorism Research operations, later subcontracted to China’s Wuhan Labs!
    The Covid MASK is masking the Trade War and Hybrid War on Asia, including the burning Ships causing environmental catastophe in the Indian Ocean is part of the attack on the rise of Asia as the World’s Economic hub by the US,EU NATO with 800 military bases all over the world attacking and shutting down Globalization and the emerging BRICS economies all in one shot!

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      As the Buddha taught, Sri Lanka needs to follow the Middle Path, and stop being so frightened of death and the decaying body which we live with. Also stop the blame game and look at Covid-19 Geopolitics and who is making big profits at this time from Vaccines?
      Covid-19 is milder than seasonal flu and wearing masks deprives people of Oxygen and debilitates healthy immune systems and causes Black Fungus in humid countries
      Time for Asuba Bavana or meditation on the decay of the body and inevitability of death and stop the fear psychosis and Permanent Emergency and flu vaccine culture created by the Western Big Phrama industry and its mRNA vaccines with the Covid-19 hoax pandemic.
      Covid-19 is part of the Hybrid War on the Rise of Asia and BRICS economies as growth centers in the world. We need to focus on Covid-19 Geopolitics now and stop the blame game.

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        Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake aka Dinuk,

        You seem to be making increasinly unhinged statements. At one time, your analysis of the ethnic conflict in SL was said to be among the best. By veering into areas where you have no expertise, you are making a fool of yourself. By the way, Fort Detrick is in Frederick, Maryland, not Virginia

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          Agnos
          “Unhinged”? You are being too polite.

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    Free education and 1956 produced a set of social climbers greedy for money and desperate for social recognition but without any quality or class. They were good at memorizing books but had no standards and had no role models in their family backgrounds to learn any values. But since they were the majority in this small country , they merely declared their attitudes and culture as the best in the world and the most desirable..

    The doctors wear a tie and have a stethoscope around their necks 24 hours and the lawyers wear black ties and carry big books always. The books are not written by our lawyers and everything about western medical science is alien to our doctors and their deep rooted inherent qualities.

    Having made the money now these doctors enjoy many western luxuries, electricity, air conditioners, cars, big houses, their children study in western countries, foreign travel, eating at 5 star hotels. No longer eating in small kades for them .

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      D.S,
      “Free education and 1956 produced a set of social climbers greedy for money and desperate for social recognition but without any quality or class”
      The author himself is a product of free education. What do you think?

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      deepthi silva: I don’t think it has anything to do with “1956 Free Education”. This is more or less “Genetics” in the large majority of our people. An unexpected “Wind-Fall” is too much to bear with and most go “Nuts”. Look at the majority of our politicians from the Highest to the Local levels. This was very well understood by a “White” man who objected to giving us “Independence” and said: ” Don’t give them Independence because they don’t know the value of it and use it to better themselves”. Haven’t we proved it even in 2021 and still continuing to prove it? Slaves don’t know and understand the meaning of “Freedom”.

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      Dear deepthi silva,
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      Some of your observations display keen observation.
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      However, often running through your comments, and those of the fellow calling himself “sitrep”, is a nasty sense of snobbery.

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    Although they now have money and wear a tie and are called Sir by the pathetic patients, there is something missing.

    They can never be gentlemen, they can never earn the respect given to true professionals, they can never have the suaveness of an accomplished man. So they understanding their own true nature, play to the common culture- the native medicine ! The philosophy which says we flew planes during Ravana’s time, lived to 150 years, our research was very advanced , our technology was better than what we have in the 21 Century!

    Cunning and low doctors now embrace madness ! They are now ideal politicians for this asylum

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    What is the traditional medicine to get rid off head ache panandol is western

    You need a mixture of modernity and tradition. Tradition medicine is a guide of modern medicine
    It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition. Who will take time to discover history and impliement for future. Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

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    Sinhala man, Please read the article before you comment.it is not who is writing or his
    credentials , whether he is emeritus or not but the content of the matter presented is important. People like Padeniya want to take us back to the 1900s. He is living in a dream world thinking about organic fertiliser and old rice varieties. This was OK at the time of independence when the population is around 7 million which is now 22 million. half the people in this country will have to be exported for our survival. Our govt. will have to face the consequences of banning fertiliser imports in one year from now. Padeniya had high hopes on becoming secretary to the ministry pf health which he did not get. Still lime a leech he is hanging to get the crumbs from this government.
    As regards to kidney disease he is telling blatant lies about the no. of yearly deaths at 5000. Health ministry statistics show that the number of deaths is around 1500 in 2018. Kidney patient numbers have been decreasing from 2016. Also, now it is well established that the reasons are fluoride combined with hard water, They conveniently forget about the questions raised in this article.
    (1) Why those who consume piped water such as Anuradhapura town do not get the disease?.

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      Yes, of course.
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      I have listened to the entire Youtube speech. Padeniya certainly can talk, just as Wimal Weerawansa can, but Professor Dharmawardana has shown up the content to be rubbish.
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      I agree with what you say about the explosion of our population. When trying to reverse the trend one get caught up with problems related to “an ageing population”.
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      As for agriculture, it is difficult to even imagine that Gota could go through with this. We all like the idea of “organic”, and it may be possible to get there in five years, but it’s not for amateurs like us (include Gota!) to make decisions on such matters.
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      Regarding kidney disease, even I’ve been asked not to put too much strain on them by ingesting too much potassium. “Drink lots of water” is fine as general advice, but not for me, apparently. Ultimately, one feels that one has to reconcile to death! Isn’t it inevitable that as we outlive what used to be the norm, that new patterns of sickness should emerge?

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    The Gotabaya Government decided to ban the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemicals and replace with organic fertilizers. Is it based on the advice of his agricultural experts or it is decided by the military President?

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    Padeniya & many others in his profession who are actively involved in current politics, seem to have more faith in divine intervention & unproven or untested home grown remedies to scientific research on medicine & health care. These sceptics of ‘western practice’ should have become aurvedic doctors but I suppose there is no status or perks as aurvedic practitioners. People should boycott this lot for their sheer hypocrisy & unethical standards.

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    Dr Padeniya is a good example to understand that No matter what the degree and education one had , the crook will do damage to the society even worse than ordinary Sri Lankan with slave mentality. His argument may appeal to the popular gallery of Sri Lankan people but there is zero scientific evidence in his content correctly put forward by Dr Chandra.
    Most Sri lankans are literate enough to read and write but lacks understanding facts from fictions given by people like Padeniya. After all he is the president of GMOA and he is deceiving educated doctors union for a decade and ordinary public ordinance is a cheese cake for him.
    It is inevitable that corrupted , superstitious society will produce characters like this one. If it is not Padaniya then there will be another Dr X.
    I can show you the problem but do I have the answer to remedy the issue? NO

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    Moda Blind Eagle alias HLD, you must be proud of the title “Nastiest person in CT”. Ideally it should have been the “most nastiest person”. Yet you are a great nastiy guy and a pest who just repeats lies again and again and mislead unsuspecting and ignorant Sinhala people of the truth, their religion, language and history. You area a 100% liar and a trouble maker. They should censure you altogether as you have nothing to offer.

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      Dear Black Lankan,
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      It looks as though there is a delay in some of my recent comments coming on.
      .
      I “broke this news” a while ago.
      .
      http://www.dailynews.lk/2021/05/30/local/250399/death-mrs-ranji-mahindapala
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      Moda Blind Eagle is not Mahindapala. He is a “lesser man”. Never mind what his real name is. Can he please stop masquerading as Mahindapala?

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    There is a story about a Corona-pneumonia patient who was on an oxygen mask pleading for water and not given. Why didn’t doctors replace lost fluids to avoid dehydration of this patient? There is a high possibility that this patient died of dehydration, not Covid-19.
    According to reports, most of Covid-19 deaths WERE NOT FROM THE VIRUS. Some have even died in road accidents, homicides, suicides, dehydration and neglect!!!
    I wish the “unionized celebrity doctors” pay more attention to hospital situations than showing their faces in the media.
    For example; if there are manpower & procurement shortages in hospitals, they have had over one year to address the situation.
    I don’t see any difference between SL politicians and publicity-seeking unionized celebrity doctors who both utter fluent rubbish on a daily basis. They do nothing but mess up the situation.
    The ONLY exception is the Military, the Police and healthcare workers, who work 24/7.
    If not for Sri Lanka’s highly admired Army Commander Shavendra Silva, Sri Lanka could have become utterly helpless and hopeless.
    In no time, Sri Lanka Army has built another hospital with 10,000 beds and hopes to provide 100,000 more beds to their camps to be operated as emergency care centres. This is in addition to providing leadership guidance & overseeing various other community needs and arrangements.
    Contd’…..

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      Always my problem with you, Champa: your admiration of thugs in uniform. Some of them guilty of heinous War Crimes.
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      “Some” only; guys like that “Hasalaka Veeraya” died for those they considered their people.
      .
      How do we know that the same didn’t apply to some Tiger cadres? These complexities are vexing, aren’t they?
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      I’m “Sinhala_Man” only because, knowing no Tamil, I dare not call myself “Lanka_Man”.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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      Champa,
      “In no time, Sri Lanka Army has built another hospital with 10,000 beds and hopes to provide 100,000 more beds to their camps to…..”
      Please don’t parrot empty propaganda.
      Don’t 10,000 beds need 1000 nurses? Is Shavendra training them “in no time”? What about doctors? Respirators?!
      What happened to the “instant hospital” built in Diyatalawa last year?

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    Continuation…….
    Re: the contents of Chandre Dharmawardhana’s article:-
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    According to both Western medical systems and Sinhala Traditional Vedakama, Covid-19 is a mild to medium-scale respiratory disease.
    Covid-19 mild infection can easily be treated at home by taking “PasPanguwa”, “Samahan”, “Suwoda” and, I don’t remember the other name, I think it is “Lak Peyawa” which is little bit stronger than “Samahan”. The tip is to drink them warm like tea. Even healthy people can take half a cup every 2-3 days.
    There is no law that Covid-19 patients in Sri Lanka who are treated by “western medicine” should also be given “western style food”.
    Therefore, Sri Lankan hospital doctors and healthcare staff can start giving Sinhala herbal medicinal drinks for hospitalized Covid-19 patients. What’s the big deal, it is just a beverage.
    What is most important is wearing face masks outside AT ALL TIMES and washing hands frequently.
    As Covid-19 is contagious and fatal for some, WEARING FACE MASKS is a BENEVOLENT ACT of CARING for other human beings.
    Sri Lankan Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Village Councils should provide every eligible household at least 1 dozen of FREE reusable face masks.
    .
    On a separate matter, in a lot of countries seasonal flu cases have decreased due to hand washing and mask wearing.

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      Also, meditation can relax muscles and curb fear, anxiety and worries related to Covid-19 or any illness.
      Even those who are in ICU beds can meditate while lying down. Hospital staff should encourage Covid-19 patients to meditate while in hospital.
      Patients who are Buddhists can chant Pirith in mind. As a result, the brain will emit positive energy providing inner-tranquility and much needed psychological courage.

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      Yes, Champa, I think that yours is a credible “alternative approach”.
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      Guys like me are, in any case, old enough to die. We must learn once more the inevitability of death.
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      OTOH, not every guy who catches this “COVID flu” dies. Building up resistance through healthy living will save some – for a period.
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      Champa, with so wise a head on your shoulders, how do you still harbour a streak of racism?

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    Was it not Chandre Dharmawardena who inaugurated the food science programs at Vidyodaya University in the 1970-s, and was he also not one of the architects, if not drivers, of the Green Revolution?

    I have no truck with Padeniya, who, from all accounts is an odious character, but his allegation that indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers might be behind the chronic kidney disease epidemic in the north central province, must be looked at seriously.

    Fertilisers, especially TSP, have varying amounts of heavy metals such as Lead and Cadmium (these being naturally occurring in the phosphate rock), as well as Fluoride (this being a major by product of TSP manufacture), and these agents could act in concert within the human systems to cause irreversible damage to kidney tissue. See here for an interesting perspective on how the fluoridation industry was born: https://origins.osu.edu/article/toxic-treatment-fluorides-transformation-industrial-waste-public-health-miracle

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    Doctors fraternity have a long overdue to the ever suffering people of this country. As you all know that we have become a sickly nation ravaged by all sorts of diseases you name it we have them. Pharmaceutical companies with the connivance of the specialists call for the shots and we the hapless patients are at their mercy. Even a child would know that Dr Paedeniya is trying to glorify his promotions by preaching the people to go back to stone age. Of course Dr Paedeniya had to justify taking up high position in the government from the point of unscrupulous trade unionist. We the poor patients are silent lot manhandled by the pharmaceutical mafia and doctors and the government turning blind eyes.

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