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Use & Abuse of Anti-oxidants
Oxidants are bad and anti-oxidants are life-saving; they should be taken on a daily basis: This has been the biggest myth in medicine that refuses to go away, even today. Millions of dollars’ worth anti-oxidants are sold every day, all over the world.
 
Scientific facts, discovered for some time now, have not been able to stop this misuse and abuse of anti-oxidants.
 
Vitamin ‘Supplements’
Anyone who goes for a check-up has low vitamin D levels. Who set the normal is anybody’s guess. Taking vitamin D supplements could be dangerous but the myth about vitamin D replacement is another big myth that does not go away.
 
Calcium supplements in the elderly are the most dangerous practice that might increase the risk even of a heart attack. But the myth about the need for calcium supplement in old age is alive and was a big market even until 2015.
 
‘Safety’ of Vaccinations
This is another dangerous myth. Many vaccines these days are not even properly checked before being administered. A few essential vaccines may be good; but many newer ones are not needed and could even be dangerous. But the vaccine myth persists as many in the mainline profession support their use. Today, as many as 69 jabs are given to children by the time they reach the age of 18 years. If vaccines are so safe and essential, why is there an exemption from compensation for victims of side-effects of vaccines? Why are some vaccines tested clandestinely on ignorant poor children?
 
Angiogram Is a ‘Diagnostic Test’
This is the biggest lie of the medical world. Coronary artery blocks are not synonymous with coronary artery disease. Healthy young men in the American army—after being shot dead in the battlefield—had their post-mortem angiograms which showed up to 74% blocks in one, two or three vessels; but had no coronary artery disease. Angiogram is only indicated for patients whose clinical picture demands a coronary revascularisation. The angiogram is just to know the coronary anatomy for plumbing. Today, angiograms are a big business for disease fear-mongering. This is more than a myth as it is a business-generated myth which will not die!
 
‘Regular Check-up’ Saves Lives
Nothing can be farther from the truth. Even cancer screening is dangerous. Other screening tests are very dangerous as anyone who goes for a check-up comes out as a patient! This is because we equate averages as normal. Applying these yardsticks to healthy men and women will throw up anywhere between 5% to 25% false positives. But, it is a very good business proposition.
 
‘Lifesaving, Routine’ PSA Test 
Routine test for PSA (prostrate-specific antigen) level was recommended by the United States Government (USG) in the past; but that has now been given up as dangerous. But the myth about PSA test is taking a heavy toll of human happiness and might even endanger life through cancer phobia.  
 
Uterus Removal
In a village in Telangana, all women above the age of 40, and with children, have no uterus at all. Additionally, a large percentage of them do not have their ovaries. This was a study by Dr Kamaeshwari, a dedicated gynaecologist, who is fighting against this myth—that women do not need the uterus after the age of 45 and will benefit by having them removed to prevent cancer. This is not true. It is one of those never-say-die type of myths perpetuated by the medical profession.

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Combing operation continues at Pathankot base on fourth day
Pathankot (Punjab) : Security forces continued search and combing operation inside the Pathankot air base on Tuesday -- the fourth day after the attack on the frontline Air Force Station (AFS) by suspected Pakistani terrorists.
 
The counter offensive against the terrorists at Punjab's Pathankot air base was going on for the past 77 hours.
 
Search and combing operation by security forces continued on Monday night also. The operation was stepped up on Tuesday to scan every inch of the air base, an Air Force official at the base told IANS.
 
NSG, Army and Air Force commandos were conducting a thorough mopping of the entire area inside the base.
 
Firing could be heard from inside during Monday night and early Tuesday. Officials said the firing was linked to the mopping operation.
 
IAF helicopters flew over the base to assist ground forces in the counter offensive against the terrorists.
 
"The operations are still going on. We have been able to eliminate the fifth terrorist. Combing and search operation continues," Inspector General of the NSG Major General Dushyant Singh told the media on Monday evening.
 
The terrorists infiltrated the base on Saturday, leading to fierce gun battle with security forces.
 
Four terrorists were killed on Saturday after 15 hours of fighting. The fifth terrorist, according to the security forces, was killed on Monday.
 
Seven security personnel, including an officer of the National Security Guards (NSG), an IAF Garud commando and five Defence Services Corps (DSC) personnel, were killed by the terrorists.
 
The United Jehad Council (UJC), an umbrella grouping of Kashmiri militant groups based in Pakistan, on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
Army and para-military forces continued to surround the entire air force base which is spread in a huge area.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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SC to examine plea for banning websites with jokes mocking Sikhs
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday said that it would give a "serious" consideration to the plea seeking a ban on websites carrying jokes on Sikhs and projecting the community in dim light.
 
"We may have to look into the issue seriously. We thought you alone have come. If your community too feels bad about it...." a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice R. Banumathi told PIL petitioner, lawyer Harvinder Chowdhury.
 
On being asked if the there was a "collective response" to the issue by the Sikh community and if they stood by her, she told the court that even Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had moved the court on the issue.
 
As she addressed the court on the issue, the court asked her: "Who will determine that a joke against a Sardar is to show him a stupid way."
 
When the court sought the views of Additional Solicitor General P.S.Patwalia on the issue, Chowdhury said his father (retired apex court judge) Justice Kuldip Singh had done a lot of work in the field which he (Patwalia) does not even know as he was very young.
 
Addressing the court, Patwalia said that the petitioner was "over-excited" and sought to dispel her apprehension on the issue being given serious consideration.
 
"We have taken it very seriously. My friend (Chowdhury) should not have any apprehensions," he said, assuing her that thje issue being agitated by her would be given serious consideration.
 
Seeking the issues of Vishaka like guidelines which the apex court had issued in 1997 to deal with the cases of sexual harassment of women at work place, Chowdhury told the court that Sikh children were being subjected to bullying and ridicule and their human rights should be protected.
 
Referring to the international covenants, she said that there should be human right courts to uphold the human rights of the Sikh community, and claimed that more than 15,000 suicides have been committed across the globe on account of such mocking. 
 
Trying to impress upon the court the seriousness of the issue being raised by her, she told the court that she had put in 30 years of research during which she undertook studies in a 100 societies, the court expressed its wonder, saying: "You have worked on the project for 30 years."
 
She has urged the court to direct the government to clamp down on the more than 5,000 websites like www.jokesduniya.com/category/sardar-jokes.htm, as they were "criticising one community and it should stop"'
 
Naming a number of websites carrying Sikh-centric jokes, Chowdhury has sought directions to the telecom department to install filters to weed out jokes relating to the community and that such websites created public nuisance under Section 268 of Indian Penal Code and it was a crime under the cyber laws.
 
Adjourning the matter for further hearing, the court said that it would hear the pleas of Harvinder Chowdhury and DSGMC together.
 
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