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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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Is there enough meat for everyone? YES. And don’t fuss about “environmental” impacts and such bogus red herrings.

This question re: sustainability of meat has been raised by a couple of people on Facebook.

I tersely replied: "anyone who talks sustainability doesn't understand either science or economics. Please start by reading Simon's The Ulitimate Resource. They key is calibration through the price system. And allocation of property rights."

I suspect the person didn't understand. Let me clarify in a couple of minutes:


The price system regulates all production. Only the wealthy can buy a sufficient meat (which, of course, gives their children a serious brain and health advantage over others). So the first thing to note is that meat won't grow just by itself. It has to be DEMANDED, thorough real purchasing power. Very few countries have such purchasing power. Till countries like India choose to remain poor (by rejecting capitalism), they will not be able to afford meat. That will curb meat production.

Now assume that countries like India actually become rich. They will then start consuming more meat. That's where the price system sets into place automatic incentives for innovation.

As the price of meat rises (with increased demand), innovators will (as they always have) start making use of economically viable models to supply meat. Chicken meat comes to mind as the first port of call. It is easy to grow, and supply can be scaled up 1000s of times without any problem. Chicken production doesn't take much space, nor much of any non-renewable resource. 

As the demand for beef rises, say, in India, we'll find innovative farmers who shift their breeds to more meat-producing ones. There is also no shortage of options to grow meat efficiently. Even many Australian farmers have stopped letting their cattle out in the open, in preference to feeding them in stalls. That is both economical and increases meat output. And since space is hardly an issue in such a case (just like a large chicken farm), there is virtually no limit to the amount of beef that can be produced. Vast quantities of fish can be produced in fish farms. (The price of barramundi has fallen by half over the past 15 years I've been in Australia – even as other prices have risen – because of this massive increase in productivity of fish; and the price of chicken that I buy has remained virtually unchanged over the past 15 years, as chicken production becomes increasingly more efficient). And don't forget the humble insects.

So, as prices rise, a commensurate quantity of meat can be produced.


There was a time when stupid greenies, easily prone to jumping to conclusions, went about saying that producing meat consumes vast quantities of water. Well, they clearly don't know how to add, nor to subtract; leave aside that water is a PURELY RENEWABLE resource. The total quantity of water on Earth remains almost entirely the same. 

Even these "vast consumption of water" theories have been rebutted. Even greenies like Bill Gates (Gates doesn't demonstrate an understanding of either basic economics or basic science), have admitted that "it takes just 44 liters—not thousands—to produce a kilo of beef" [Source]. Plus remember, WATER IS ENTIRELY RENEWABLE. The only real resource in meat production is therefore human ingenuity and some energy (which – as I've often explained – is fundamentally available in infinite quantities, if we are able to crack fusion technology).

Now, note that I mentioned  property rights.

That's part of the way of fixing any negative externalities on the environment. Allocate property rights, and markets will fix most externalities. If needed, add a regulatory regime.


99.99 per cent of the people don't understand demographics. They fail to understand how the demand for children operates. In summary, as people become more prosperous, the demand for children falls. India has around 3 times more people today BECAUSE of socialism, than it would have had with capitalism. As people become rich, they are better educated, they have fewer children and tend to consume meat in moderation. The richer you are in the West, you will tend to have healthier eating and exercise habits.


Never worry about sufficient meat and such bogus claims.

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Do Dharampal’s notes prove indigenous smallpox inoculation in 18th century India? NO.


The date of Edward Jenner’s discovery of the smallpox vaccine is 1798.


The reported accounts preceded Jenner by 10-60 years. Further, the original discovery is attributed to someone 150 years prior, so around 200 years prior to Jenner.

(The operation of inoculation called by the natives tikah has been known in the kingdom of Bengall as near as I can learn, about 150 years and according to the Bhamanian records was first performed by one Dununtary, a physician of Champanager, a small town by the side of the Ganges about half way to Cossimbazar whose memory is now holden in great esteem as being thought the author of this operation, which secret, say they, he had immediately of God in a dream.)



The inhabitants of Bengali, knowing the usual time when the inoculating Bramins annually return, observe strictly the regimen enjoined, whether they determine to be inoculated or not; this preparation consists only in abstaining for a month from fish, milk, and ghee (a kind of butter made generally of buffalos milk); the prohibition of fish respects only the native Portuguese and Mahomedans, who abound in every province of the empire.

Their method of performing this operation is by:

1) taking a little of the pus (when the smallpox are come to maturity and are of a good kind) and

2) dipping these in the point of a pretty large sharp needle. Therewith

3) make severall punctures in the hollow under the deltoid muscle or sometimes in the forehead, after which

4) they cover the part with a little paste made of boiled rice.

In detail:

Previous to the operation the Operator takes a piece of cloth in his hand, (which becomes his perquisite if the family is opulent) and with it gives a dry friction upon the part intended for inoculation, for the space of eight or ten minutes, then with a small instrument he wounds, by many slight touches, about the compass of a silver groat, just making the smallest appearance of blood, then opening a linen double rag (which he always keeps in a cloth round his waist) takes from thence a small pledget of cotton charged with the variolous matter, which he moistens with two or three drops of the Ganges Water, an applies it to the wound, fixing it on with a slight bandage, and ordering it to remain on for six hours without being moved.

Then the bandage [is] to be taken off, and the pledget to remain until it falls off itself;

Sometimes (but rarely) he squeezes a drop from the pledget, upon the part, before he applies it; from the time he begins the dry friction, to tying the knot of the bandage,

He never ceases reciting some portions of the worship appointed, by the Aughtorrah Bhade, to be paid to the female divinity before mentioned, nor quits the most solemn countenance all the while.

The cotton, which he preserves in a double callico rag, is saturated with matter from the inoculated pustules of the preceding year, for they never inoculate with fresh matter, nor with matter from the disease caught in the natural way, however distinct and mild the species.


Early on the morning succeeding the operation, four collans (an earthen pot containing about two gallons) of cold water are ordered to be thrown over the patient, from the head downwards, and to be repeated every morning and evening until the fever comes on, (which usually is about the close of the sixth day from the inoculation) then to desist until the appearance of the eruptions, (which commonly happens at the close of the third complete day from the commencement of the fever) and then to pursue the cold bathing as before, through the course of the disease, and until the scabs of the pustules drop off.

They are ordered to open all the pustules with a fine sharp pointed thorn, as soon as they begin to change their colour, and whilst the matter continues in a fluid state.

Confinement to the house is absolutely forbid, and the inoculated are ordered to be exposed to every air that blows; and the utmost indulgence they are allowed when the fever comes on, is to be laid on a mat at the door; but, in fact, the eruptive fever is generally so inconsiderable and trifling, as very seldom to require this indulgence.

Their regimen is ordered to consist of all the refrigerating things the climate and season produces, as plantains, sugar-canes, water melons, rice, gruel made of white poppy-seeds, and cold water, or thin rice gruel for their ordinary drink.

He extends the prohibition of fish, milk and ghee, for one month from the day of inoculation.

An injunction laid on the patients to make a thanksgiving Poojah, or offering, to the goddess on their recovery

The regimen they order, when they are called to attend the disease taken in the natural way, is uniformly the same.


When they want the operation of the inoculated matter to be quick they give the patient a small bolus made of a little of the pus, and boiled rice immediately after the operation which is repeated the two following days at noon.


The place where the punctures were made commonly festures and comes to a small supporation, and if not the operation has no effect and the person is still liable to have the smallpox but on the contrary if the punctures do supporate and no feaver or eruption insues, then they are no longer subject to the infection.

The punctures blacken and dry up with the other pustules.

The feaver insues later or sooner, according to the age and strength of the person inoculated, but commonly the third or fourth days. They keep the patient under the coolest regimen they can think off before the feaver comes on and frequently use cold bathing.

If the eruption is suppressed they also use frequent cold bathing. At the same time they give warm medicine inwardly, but if they prove of the confluent kind, they use no cold bathing, but (keep) the patient very cooll and give coolling medicine.

There usually begins to be a discharge from the scarification a day before the eruption, which continues through the disease, and sometimes after the scabs of the pock fall off, and a few pustules generally appear round the edge of the wound; when these two circumstances appear only, without a single eruption on any other part of the body, the patient is deemed as secure from future infection, as if the eruption had been general.


1. There is no doubt that this is a genuine vaccination methodology. The virus is injected into the body at a point when it directly creates antibodies.

2. But this cannot qualify as a smallpox vaccine.


i) It is an extremely high risk exercise. Live virus taken from humans can kill. There must have been many accidents in this process, where people got infected by the "vaccine".

ii) There is huge uncertainty about the quality of vaccination in absence of any quality control. This means that a good number of people would never have got immunity from this vaccine.

For these reasons I conclude that it is appropriate to cite this as part of the global history of observation and scientific discovery in relation to vaccination, BUT it is inappropriate to say that India had discovered the vaccination for smallpox prior to Jenner.

If the Indian smallpox vaccine was the only available method to mankind, we would still have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, die of smallpox each year. 

Moreover, as I mentioned in my FB post, I was from the generation that received the small pox vaccination which then allowed small pox to be eliminated from India. Why did it take 1970s for this to happen, if India had already 'invented' the vaccine.

MILLIONS OF INDIANS DIED, TENS OF MILLIONS WERE DISFIGURED FOR LIFE EVEN IN THE 20TH CENTURY. Compare the pathetic record of the “Indian vaccine” in India vs. the TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE control over the disease by the PROPER smallpox vaccine. That proper vaccine did not require the massive dietary rigmarole, nor the extensive time wastage on useless activities.

So, well done on Indian observation powers and attempts to create a vaccine. But unfortunately we can’t declare this to have been successful.

Btw, there’s yet another controversy in this regard, something to do with claims made in the Vedas. Download and read if you wish.

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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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Net effect of humans on 20th century warming was 0.15 degrees

Data never lie, if you look at them objectively. I've seen MASSIVE (!!) folly in the fields of economics and demography (and many others) that could have been easily avoided by some broad, high level analysis, to set the context.

In climate science a couple of broad analyses can avoid much folly. I've covered these elsewhere, but now I'm able to make a firm analysis (in the ballpark) about the actual effect of man's CO2 emissions on global warming.

The analysis below shows that the MAXIMUM that humans have contributed to global warming in the 20th century is 0.15 degrees Celsius.

I'm willing to wager (based on other analyses, provided elsewhere) that the MAXIMUM effect of human CO2 emissions – if continued at the current rate) in the 21st century will not exceed 0.5 degrees celsius. True, I won't get the benefit of winning the wager since I won't be around in 2100. But this is a ROCK SOLID FIRM prediction based on broad analyses, and will not go wrong.

NOTE: It could be argued, based on the slope of the two rises, that there was no real effect of man's CO2 emissions. I'm willing to accept that as the most ikelyi case. However, for the sake of sheer prudence, the above analysis (shown in the second diagram below) can be considered. The MAX impact is therefore 0.15 degrees, with a most likely impact of zero degrees.

Source of the chart

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