Influenza Sex

I read about this on reddit today and I thought that I should just share it. It is just extremely funny and very sad that our main news-wire will carry such utter nonsense. The article claims that, “avoiding masturbation and homosexual activities are among preventive measures one could take against Influenza A (H1N1), according to an eminent practitioner of complimentary therapy.” I mean seriously – WTF?! It goes further:

Dr. V. M. Palaniappan said that such activities caused the body to develop friction heat which in turn, produced acid and made the body hyperacidised.

“Thus, the body becomes an easy target for H1N1 infection,” he told Bernama, emphasising however, that normal sexual union between members of the opposite sex was absolutely safe.

Obviously, everyone is entitled to their personal opinions as long as they keep them personal. However, once they are trying to pass it off as their professional opinions, that is another matter entirely. According to the article, Dr Palaniappan used to be an associate professor at UM in Ecology. Yes, read that. The dear doctor is an expert in the field of ecology trying to pass off medical/health advice. Let us hope that the dear doctor was merely misquoted and the article sensationalised.

There are already plenty of reasons why our country is a laughing stock in this world. Let us not try to add more to them.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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