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The magic of Vicks VapoRub, olive oil, aloe vera, KCl and extreme stretching

Just thought I'd summarise the few things that have helped me reduce physical pain and inconvenience, and save thousands of dollars in doctor visits/ tests and charges. I've addressed these elsewhere but perhaps not included olive oil yet. Let me explain, briefly:

1) Vicks Vaporub: I developed a fungus type problem in my big toe, perhaps from the swimming pool. A stupid "skin specialist" tried his level best to waste my time and money – with zero results. I applied Vicks vaporub for a few weeks and viola, the entire problem disappeared. I now generally apply Vicks vaporub quite liberally – to any skin-related issue. It works.

2) Aloe vera: I developed some painful sharp cuts in the skin (in an embarrassing place) for which the doctor advised some pretty strong medicine. Nothing happened. Medicine failed. I tried the sap from a fresh aloe vera leaf and within a day the skin healed. Aloe vera works. I've tried it henceforth for similar trouble and it works ALWAYS. Without fail.

3) Olive oil: I developed some crumbs of white on my face some time ago – flaking skin. Dry etc. Went to doctors for opinion, they gave strong cortisoids. One didn't work, so tried another. No effect. Asked a pharmacist. He gave some other brand of some similar strong medicine. Nothing worked. (btw, Vicks Vaporub or Aloe Vera also didn't work – although they seemed to assist). Finally, tried olive oil. Worked like magic. Within weeks, the flaking has almost entirely disappeared. Further, there is this costly medicine that allegedly helps reduce ear wax. One fine day I tried olive oil, instead. I thought it worked well. In fact, it seems to work like magic. 

4) Potassium Chloride (KCl): This one I've written about relatively recently – about the heart specialist who gave me some terrible medicine called beta blocker for some random, fast heart palpitations (mostly while playing tennis). After reading up and thinking about it, I decided to try KCl to supplement my diet (to try to mimic the K-Na ratio of paleo diets) along with a banana a day. This has worked beautifully. The frequency of the palpitations had dropped very significantly. I've decided to escalate my supplementation of KCl to around 2-3 gms per day.

5) Extreme stretching: YOGA IS USELESS. After getting extreme RSI I spent a lot of time doing yoga, and in mild stretches. BOGUS. No point doing any mild stretch. When your muscles get really sore, you need EXTREME STRETCHING. By now my RSI (which had reached a level that is perhaps unprecedented) and my eyestrain (which again, is definitely unprecedented) – both driven by my extreme typing/reading/writing – have almost disappeared. Not because of yoga but because of extreme stretches. I will perhaps write about these extreme stretches one day, time permitting. 

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Provide me with a **clean** audit report of Sone Ki Chidiya Federation or treat this as my resignation from FTI/SKCF/SBP

In 2005 I ended my efforts to reform India's governance. 

Somehow, this got revived in end-2007.

It may now be nearing time to end my revived efforts. Things have come to an INTOLERABLE pass. I can cope with all kinds of issues but I can't cope with financial failures.

Soke Ki Chidiya Federation (SKCF) collected a fair amount of money in its first year – around Rs.10 lakhs I think. Much of it for Uttarakhand flood relief.

The effort on the ground It was managed directly by FTI members – who I thought (and continue to think – that most) are paragons of integrity. I trusted them FULLY. I raised funds for the floods on social media, I cautioned the members each time they withdrew money that proper records should be maintained. 

The 2013-14 accounts should have been audited by June 2014. It is now March 2015. The draft report of the auditor has noted:

(a)    Details of payment made to Beneficiaries through one Volunteer has not been produced before us amounting to Rs 50,000. 
(d)    Proof of Other towards Administrative Expenses have not been provided to us .

(e)    Details of PAN,, Address and other details of some of the Donors not provided to us. [My comment: The bank is responsible – and SKCF should send a letter to the bank]

All I'm now saying is this: If I don't get to see a CLEAN audit of SKCF within the next 10 days (by 15 March latest), I'm going to announce the names of those who have betrayed my trust and the trust of those who committed funds to this organistation at my behest. I will then resign from all organisations I've created and end my relationship with India permanently.

I can deal all kinds of challenges, both physical and mental, but I can't compromise my reputation. I will NOT be involved with an organisation that can't spend people's money diligently and provide an audit report in a timely manner. 

I don't think any money was embezzled, but that's not the point. Such damning accounts indicate shoddiness and carelessness with people's money. 

For nearly one year I've been literally screaming (inside the organistation) demanding an audit, begging that those who took money provide receipts. But my appeals have fallen on deaf ears.

In that case there is no basis for me to be involved with India any more. With this post I'm publishing my final protest against this shoddy accounting practice. I OBJECT to FTI members who have deplorably failed the donors, and me. TOTAL accountability is the first principle of liberty. It is just not good enough to take people's money and not provide detailed and proper receipts. IN A TIMELY MANNER.

This is my last and final call.

I don't want excuses. I want people to submit the receipts or otherwise acceptable vouchers to the auditor.

The final and clean audit should be sent to me by 15 March by Anil Sharma. I will not be reading any FTI/SKCF/SBP email nor responding to ANYONE from FTI on any issue. Anil Sharma should call me before 15 March, with a clean audit report. If not, please treat this as a resignation from FTI/ SKCF/ SBP. 

My reputation and integrity is MORE important to me – by an order of magnitude – than India.

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India’s deeply racist underbelly exposed: by an Australian daughter-in-law of India

Someone has posted this comment on my blog. I think it deserves wider discussion among Indians across the world. I can vouch for the fact that Indians socialise in Australia ONLY with other Indians. 

First I want to say that saying someone is racist because they want to have lighter skin is ridiculous. People with dark skin want light skin and people with light skin want tans. Wanting light skin does not mean you are racist to dark skinned people and does not mean a love of white people. And offering service to white people holidaying in Indian above other people is also not loving white people – it is trying to get the most money out of a wealthy foreigner.

Why does this make me mad? Because I am white and all I see in articles like this is that Indians dislike Africans etc and like whites. Indians hate whites too. They hate everyone who is not Indian. This is a generalization of course, but non racist Indians seem to be few and far between.

They are amongst the most racist people in the world today. And most deny it and get all uppity because god forbid someone should point out a problem with India. I have many Indian friends, but the racism comes through even in the best of them.

I am not racist, before you say so. I am married to an Indian – a wonderful man. This is how I know how racist they are and how frustrated I am that all you people think you are either not or are because you like “white”.

Let me ask you, how many Indian parents are comfortable with the idea of their child marrying a white person?

The treatment myself, and my husband, receive from his fellow countrymen is a disgrace, even his family are a disgrace. Here in Australia, more than once we have seen Indian parents literally herd their children away from us like we are a vicious virus to be avoided at all costs. God forbid an Indian child should be exposed to the indecency of a happy interracial couple! How dare a good Indian boy marry an evil slut gorian!

And the worst thing about it, is I have to listen to his Indian friends talk about racism towards them, which frankly none of them have ever experienced. I can’t tell them about my experiences with Indians because I’m white and that would make me racist towards Indians – ironically enough. As my brother in law once said “It’s not racism if your talking about a white person”.

Australia is a multicultural country and if you go to any function you will see all manner of cultures. Not so at functions organised by Indians. Even the young ones born here only seem to have friends that are other Indians. Every single person there will be Indian. It’s really pretty sick. Only my husband had the guts to call a stop to that ridiculous behaviour – although he feels lucky not to have been disowned by his family for doing so. He had to listen to them say the most horrible things about me and my family, when they had never met any of us, just because our skin is white.

So please, sir, I applaud that you are trying to get Indian people to see their racist ways and change. But stop saying they love white people. They don’t. They love Indian people. Maybe they love Indian people with light skin more. But they love Indian people and everyone else is beneath them.


This is a useful insight. Note that I NEVER said that Indians “love white people”. No! Leaving aside a few exceptions (and such exceptions are now becoming more common), they also have two other characteristics: a) caste and b) “anti-colonial” bigotry.

They will fawn on the “white” but never marry (although the probability of their marrying a white person is higher their than marrying a black African) since that would mean going outside their “caste” and would expose them to the charge that they are marrying into a “colonial” oppressor’s “race”.

All said and done, a very unfortunate situation. 

The only remedy – perhaps – is greater liberty and prosperity. As the caste system then dissipates and people gain self-respect (yes, most Indians don’t have self-respect – which partly explains their behaviour), they will start looking at others as INDIVIDUALS not on the basis of the most superficial (and irrelevant) characteristic: skin colour.

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I think I’ve cured my supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) (arrythmia) – using Potassium Chloride

This is one more case of the medical profession failing to find a cure.

In this case (potentially very serious) I went against the advice of a cardiologist who gave me a beta blocker for my "disease". I hated the medicine, and hated the idea that I was to take this medicine for the whole of my life. I also disliked the idea of doing an ablation (operation) which could make things worse.

Instead, I chose to stop the medicine and kept searching and reading the literature till I found something worthwhile to try.

I tried it. And finally, I can declare that my treatment has worked. At least I can say that I did not take beta-blocker for the last 15 months and my problem has GONE.

Here is the evidence:

2013: six incidents of SVT

2014: two incidents of SVT, one in January 2014 and one (mild one) in July 2014. 

My main self-treatment started in February 2014, after the seventh incident. There has been only one more (minor) incident since then. Now, nearly seven months after the last incident, I'm now willing to conclude that the solution I found (and tried) has worked. These incidents had started occurring at a regular pace. Now they're history. WITHOUT ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE.

What's my remedy? I've already alluded to it in the blog post title. The remedy is a pinch (tiny pinch, around 1-2 gm) of KCL (Potassium Chloride) in water. Plus a banana on most days.

I will continue the supplementation.

What's the basis of my concluding that Potassium deficiency in the cells of the heart is a likely cause of my problem? I will probably write about it one day, but briefly, it turns out that our Paleolithic ancestors ate far more K than Na. We eat far more Na than K. The solution is not to cut Na, since excess Na is secreted by the body, but to increase K. 

K is found in bananas and potatoes. By increasing 1-3 gms per day the level of K in the cells is likely to increase sufficiently to prevent the electrical "short-circuits" that cause SVT. I did a huge amount of research on this, and if I find time I'll publish its key findings/ hypotheses separately.

But this is just to note that this works.   


Upon more careful thinking (30 January) after publishing this post, I'd like to suggest that although I'm 99 per cent confidence that K has been the solution to my problem, two other factors may have a role:

a) aspertame (which was my first port of call, and I dropped it very early. Note that I had used some such sweetener for many years, in place of sugar. Now I take a tiny amount of sugar, instead) 

b) drinking more water (although this started pretty late in the process of testing various ideas).

It will require control experiments to fully confirm that K is the solution to this problem. Such control experiments clearly can't be conducted in humans. So those who wish to take any learnings from this personal case study should use their own judgemnet. This result is great – it works, but it is not as scientific (with controls) as one would have liked.


INCIDENT 1) April 2013 First time (while climbing stairs in Patanjali). Quite strong effect. Very tiring. Sat for a while till I recovered.  A bitter/ bloody feeling in the mouth. Took about 20 minutes for the heart rate to return to normal.

INCIDENT 2) May 2013: somewhat fainter while climbing stairs in office (perhaps after the lunch time walk). Don’t think it was very big. Just a small incident.

INCIDENT 3) 26 May Twice on one day during tennis. Took about 20 minutes for the heart rate to return to normal.


June-July 2013 Sought (and got – through own research) appointment with doctor after number of failed attempts.

Saw cardiologist sometime in July, and got two tests done (ultrasound and stress test on treadmill) in July-August. All OK.

INCIDENT 4) 11 September 2013: Stood up suddenly while bending (head down). Heart beat rapidly.  (Standing up suddenly can cause it)

INCIDENT 5) 15 September 2013:

a) While lunging from one end of the court to the other while playing tennis. Massive speeding up of heart. So stopped and returned home.

b) Later that day while filling a hole with mud in the garden (minor exertion), and standing to review the work, suddenly experienced the same issue. Went inside and took rest. OK after a while.

September 2013

After seeing the cardiologist the second time I started taking sotalol. I think from Friday 27 Sept. 2013. The effects were immediate and very poor. Extremely tired and lethargic. Played tennis on 29 Sep. but didn’t enjoy it one bit.

Spent four days at work with these lethargic and terrible feeling. Very heavy, as if I’d taken a lot of medicines. Stopped after seven days in all.

18 October 2013: Sent letter to doctor informing that I’m not going to take medicines, and will await action on ablation.

Initial self-treatment: stopped aspartame in around early October 2013.

INCIDENT 6): 16 November 2013

During tennis. While lunging. Wasn’t very fast, but felt breathless and tried to resume, but tennis partner recommended I stop. It calmed down after I reached home. Around 25-30 minutes to come to normalcy.

INCIDENT 7): 27 January 2014

During tennis after half hour. During exertion, no particular motion. Didn’t seem to be too fast (perhaps 150+ beats) and mostly regular. Stopped game went home. Lay down. Calculated that it took 50-55 minutes to return to normal from starting. 

Further self-treatment: started bananas on the potassium hypothesis. Asparteme still stopped.

INCIDENT 8) 9 July 2014

At around 1:45 pm while browsing through a shop I suddenly felt onset of  heart palpitation and had to slowly walk out. Even on the tram there was fast heart beating. Only when I returned (say 20 minutes from start of the incident) did I find that heart beat had returned to normal. Even though I’m taking a banana, probably need supplementation. Have ordered KCL which should be received in the next two days. 

Started taking KCL from around late July 2014.

As at 29 January 2015: No incident all the way since July 2014. Even the July 2014 incident was relatively mild. 

Most likely conclusion:POTASSIUM WORKS. 

I would have been seriously worse off with a beta blocker. I can reasonably conclude that there is NO NEED for beta blocker in some SVT cases. Nor for ablation (which is a terrible operation to have).

I am glad that (as in most cases in my life, to date) I've reconfirmed that there is much merit in using one's own mind to search for answers. 

Source of my self-prescribed "medicine"

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A weak God that hides from mankind doesn’t work for me. A God of mathematics, might.

Religion involves extreme gullibility, such as believing that there was a "Son" of God who was so weak that there is no record of his existence in any book written in his time. Or there is a "God" called Rama who is so weak he needs an IDIOT called Advani to get a temple built for him in Ayodhya. Or who can't persuade people about "his" existence except by getting the Taliban to kill innocent people and children.

How can anyone believe a God can create the entire universe but is then so weak he can't "show" his presence unambiguously? The UTTERLY weak God also raises many other questions, such as why this God took billions of years (a time so huge it is unimaginable) to create humans, why he could not provide a consistent story to all humans (we have literally as many religions as there are tribes/ nations/ languages), why he is so weak he can't come forward and identify clearly what is good and what is bad, today (such as the mass killings of innocents, including children by some "religious" people). Or answer questions that humans ("gifted" with a rational brain that "he" presumably created) ask.

This UTTER AND COMPREHENSIVE weakness of "God" means he "has" to rely on his "followers" to kill each other through human means, than come over and fix any differences of opinion.

God can't be both omnipotent and UTTERLY AND COMPREHENSIVELY weak.

This persuades me that the God of religions is FALSE. 

All evidence points to (assuming there is any God) a "God" that is pure Energy, who operates under the purest laws of mathematics. Wherefrom came energy, we have no way to find out except through mathematics. Maths can tell us all the answers, if only we try hard enough.

So here's the pillar to God that I MAY be "willing" to "worship". The God of Phi. Nothingness, Infinity, Zero – and all in-between. Amen to the Mathematical God. Such a God can explain everything about the universe. No exception.

All organised religions have failed to persuade me about their God/s. Their God is FALSE. They better bin their "religious" books and start using their brains, for a change. Mathematics is the only true "religion", and along with scientific experimentation, it can never go wrong. At least this "God" is honest and doesn't confuse/ mislead us. 




I've written pretty much on the same lines earlier, e.g. :

Preliminary taxonomy of God (i.e. types or categories of God)



Is there a God?


There is an argument that because the odds of life are so small, out existence must have been designed. [e.g. Is science showing there really is a God?]

This is a fundamentally flawed way to look at things. In an INFINITY of events (e.g. big bangs) over an INFINITE duration, things like what we see ( will happen. The odds of existence of life as we know it are >0, no matter how infinitesimal. That's all that counts. Random chance is not disproven at all. God, on the other hand, has to be PROVEN. That's an entirely different ball game.


Vishal Kumar Singh says it is high time that God appears and clears all confusions about his existence. [Source]


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This is a fundamentally flawed way to look at things. In an INFINITY of events (e.g. big bangs) over an INFINITE duration, things like what we see ( will happen. The odds of existence of life as we know it are >0, no matter how infinitesimal. That's all that counts. Random chance is not disproven at all. God, on the other hand, has to be PROVEN. That's an entirely different ball game.

GDS's comment:

You make an assumption that there are an infinity of events such as big bangs spread over an infinite period of time. This is just an unprovable hypothesis that you use as a plausible theory to explain away God. The best theoretical postulations and observational evidence posit the current universe in which we live is not of infinite age and it is not of infinite size. There is a reasonably strong theoretical foundation and some indirect observational support for there being multiple universes. While Stephen Hawking has affirmed that atheism is entirely consistent with a rules based universe and there is no no need to bring in a supernatural being to explain the universe, he still does not address the question which I find most fascinating: why does the Universe bother to exist at all?

When confronted with new evidence, it seems that atheism involves as much faith as belief in deity. It is not as comforting as heaven and salvation and doesn't appear to offer as much upside. As I am an optimist by nature, I will stick to my incantations and incense. Eternal life does seem a better deal than being recycled material.

JF's comment:

He isn't talking about infinite age or size of this universe but the cyclic nature of destruction and creation of universes via big bang events.

Science requires you to view observed evidence and either adjust how you believe the world works if there is an inconsistency or explore that inconsistency. Science will never touch on religion, it's a logically inconsistent idea that you can measure or observe god. That's what faith means. Injecting science into it requires you to acknowledge god might not exist.

This is of course seperate from researching the accuracy of the bible. I honestly don't think that has much reflection on the existence of god or not.


G, re: "You make an assumption that there are an infinity of events such as big bangs spread over an infinite period of time. This is just an unprovable hypothesis".

Yes, "my" hypothesis (this is actually the Buddhist hypothesis, which – however – did not involve big bangs and such things) is unprovable. 

However, it counter other equally (or more) unprovable hypotheses. Indeed, it is superior to such other hypotheses on a fundamental ground: that its assumption (that "God", if any, is merely a set of mathematical laws operating on energy over an infinite time), is quite plausible, while other hypotheses (particularly those grounded on "standard" religions) are extremely implausible, with most of them involving events outside the realm of mathematical laws (e.g. miracles). They are fundamentally not believable.

Since all existing religions are ruled out for consideration, that leaves us with a God that is not a 'doer'. If so, there is no reason to believe God is a 'designer'. It is much simpler to believe he/she (if any) is a mathematical law. Our search then boils down to the search for the mathematical laws of the universe. I've provided some thoughts periodically on such an abstract "god", such as a recent blog post:…/a-weak-god-that-hides…/

The question is only this: is a god a doer or a mathematical law. If a doer, then the onus is on such "believers" to prove why he does one thing but not others,e.g. why he creates a big bang but doesn't even provide the slightest proof of his existence in any other form or shape. What's your reason for his not being a doer in our daily lives? And why did he take billions of years to create humans?

Further, low probabilities are no argument for design. The probability that any one of us was conceived, survived and grew up to be able to read this is less than one in **many** billion (I'd argue one in many trillion) but that doesn't mean we were in any way ‘designed’ or 'handpicked'. All it means is that there are certain laws regarding human birth that applied in a (relatively) random way in our case, leading to our specific birth. Chaos theory famously talks about a butterfly that causes a storm elsewhere in the world. Tiny bits of energy, operating on standard mathematical laws, can create interesting things over an infinite duration.

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