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More on Crispian Jago – the great rationalist who is now fighting advanced cancer

I introduced readers of this blog to Crispian Jago’s work in 2014, here. (Do read it – if only to refresh your memory).

Just a year later, in December 2015, kidney cancer hit Crispian with full force. It had already become advanced (Stage 4) and despite the complete removal of his right kidney, metastized within months.

Professionally, Crispian is “a freelance IT consultant specialising in the development of software test strategies and managing the full software testing of complex systems.”

But more importantly for the rest of the world, he “write[s] the satirical skeptical blog, “Science, Reason & Critical Thinking”, and [is] the co-founder and co-organiser of the Hampshire Skeptics Society and Winchester Skeptics in the Pub.” [Source]

Crispian is just 50 (or 51). He is coping with cancer in a most wonderful way. Every Friday he writes one more chapter of his book, Always Look on the Bright Side of Death.

Moreover, he has written a wonderful book, Ladybird book of Extremely Tedious Oncological Platitudes (I’ve converted this into PDF for ease of reading).

DO READ HIS WORK:

Please read his work and spread his ideas. There’s mountains of funny stuff on Crispian’s blog. A really nice booklet – The Ladybird Book of English Libel Law and Chiropractice Treatment

… much more on his blog.

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Vedic Hinduism is an Afghan religion – 100 per cent proofs

This is an elaboration by Tony Joseph of one of his earlier articles.

Clearly the archaeological theories (of Romila Thapar, and Wendy Doniger) and linguistic theories of Michael Wiesel and many others are finding absolute proof in DNA data, as DNA technology gets clearer by the year. [I’ve elaborated and commented on these theories extensively on this blog elsewhere]

So, yes, there was a spurt of migration from Central Asia (via Afghanistan) into India around 4000 years ago.

This confirms my view that Zend Avesta was written first – prior to the Vedas. The Vedas COPIED its key arguments and “gods”.

Talageri is wrong. Sanjay Sonwani is right. He shows clearly how the rivers of Afghanistan are the ones cited in the Vedas.

Btw, my ancestors were Vedic Hindu and residents of Afghanistan. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Vedic Hinduism to have reached Afghanistan from the “cow belt” of India in those ancient times. This also proves that Vedic Hinduism was ORIGINAL to Afghanistan.

Finally, the facial features of my grandfather and uncles and aunties from my father’s side are closer to European/ Middle Eastern – not the typical Indian features. Now that I know they migrated from Afghanistan – and were pushed into India by the Partition, this makes further sense.

 

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Yes, so there were these so-called “Aryans” who migrated into India. The proof is now conclusive.

I have commented extensively on the “Aryan” migration theory over the years. My well-researched position has been that:

a) Archaeological evidence points 100 per cent to inflow of “foreign” migrants into India (e.g. see this blog post)

b) Linguistic evidence is overwhelmingly clear (100 per cent) that modern Indian languages (including Sanskrit) came to India from outside (e.g. see this post). Attempts to suggest that Sanskrit originated in India result in pure gibberish (e.g. see this post, this one, and this one [My analysis disproves the “Out of India” theory of the recent Hindutva fanatics]

c) DNA evidence has been relatively unclear so far but the science is very new and surely more will be learnt soon.

Now, even DNA evidence has become very clear. This article confirms it.

R1a is distributed all over Europe, Central Asia and South Asia; its sub-group Z282 is distributed only in Europe while another subgroup Z93 is distributed only in parts of Central Asia and South Asia; and three major subgroups of Z93 are distributed only in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Himalayas. This clear picture of the distribution of R1a has finally put paid to an earlier hypothesis that this haplogroup perhaps originated in India and then spread outwards. This hypothesis was based on the erroneous assumption that R1a lineages in India had huge diversity compared to other regions, which could be indicative of its origin here. As Prof. Richards puts it, “the idea that R1a is very diverse in India, which was largely based on fuzzy microsatellite data, has been laid to rest” thanks to the arrival of large numbers of genomic Y-chromosome data.

QED. The proofs are ALL clear now.

But note that I use the word Aryan in quotes. That is because I do not consider that the idea of “Aryan” is robust or well-defined enough in any meaningful way. What exactly is it? A cultural idea, a linguistic idea, a “race” idea? No one can say for sure.

All we can say at best is that FOREIGNERS from Central Asia (including from as close as Iran) came into India.

ADDENDUM

Do read Sanjay Sonawani’s write-up (about which I became aware after writing this) here: http://ssonawani.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/i-came-across-article-published-in.html

Also our discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/sabhlok/posts/10155386064033767

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Some of the things to measure in regular (annual) blood tests

I’ve been a bit careless over the past few years in monitoring my declining levels of Vitamin D in the body. That’s something I woke up only yesterday after randomly chancing upon a report which showed a strong correlation between low Vit D levels and prostate cancer. I studied a bit more and found many more studies.

Regular (annual) blood tests are absolutely critical. It is only through such tests that my prostate cancer has been picked up. Hopefully it has not spread – fingers crossed. (Note: Although I’ve been fairly regular about these tests, I was a bit slack last year – too many things happening around me – and I did not immediately see the specialist despite a referral  –  A strong warning I’ve received to not neglect tests and specialist referrals at any cost.)

Better to take preventative steps than to suffer from consequences of ignorance.

I measure the following regularly.

Biochemistry

Vitamin D

A few years ago my Vit D levels had plummeted in to a severe deficiency stage.  Most dark-skinned knowledge workers across the world (including in India) have an extremely indoor style. Even my exercise is largely indoor – in a gym. This problem of low Vitamin D among office workers, particularly with a darker skin, is by now long documented. Btw, I don’t take milk or yogurt, either! A recipe for disaster.

Unfortunately, I was a bit careless. After reverting back my Vit. D levels to some semblance of normalcy after they had dropped precipitously, I did not continue taking the supplements regularly, since around 2013. (Took once in a while, but not regularly.) Because of that my levels declined steeply from 98 mmol/L in 2013 to 79 in 2014 and 59 in 2015 – a one way decline to levels below 50, which are considered deficient. More problematically, I suspect, this yo-yo level of Vit D is not healthy. I did not take a Vit D test in 2016 or 2017 but I’m sure the levels continued to decline – during a critical period for the development of my prostate cancer.

I’ve started taking Vit D again a few days ago. I feel a bit stupid about not having continued regularly supplements through out the past few years.

Glucose

Fasting glucose is the key level to be tracked.

Iron

This measures Iron and related matters.

Lipids

This measures cholesterol.

General chemistry

The main general chemistry test measures around 15 different types of chemical markers, such as sodium, potassium, urea, etc. etc.

Homosysteine

I’m particularly interested in this protein marker which has significant predictive relationship with inflammation across the body and can predict potential heart issues.

Heamatology

This measures Haemoglobin and platelets, etc. It provides around 10-12 different results. I’m afraid I’ve not understood these very well, but endeavour to track anything that’s outside the normal range.

Endicronology

This is mainly about the Thyroid gland and tests TSH. However, there is also a crucial test:

Tumour marker – PSA

This is a test for prostate cancer and is recommended in men over 40.

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