Angry Doctor

Friday, May 09, 2008

Good for what ails you! 2

angry doc must have been sick the day they taught water-medicine in med school...


Beating HFMD: Drink water

THE rising number of reported hand, foot and mouth disease cases shows that stepped-up hygiene standards and checks on the young charges are not enough to arrest the crisis.

One way that can help tackle the problem is to be mindful of children's water intake. I am not advocating just drinking lots of water. Water intake should be more specific, in proportion to the child's body weight. The key
is to drink it in sufficient quantity and regularity.

The rule of thumb is: Drink at least one ounce of water for every two pounds of the child's body weight. The metric equivalent is: 31.42ml of water for every 1kg of the child's weight. In addition, mix 6/100 (0.06) teaspoon of sea salt (do not use table salt) into every 314.2 ml of water.

For thousands of years, doctors have successfully treated their patients with nothing more than plain water and natural salt. Water and natural salt, when combined together, give you everything your body and mind need.

Soong See Choo


angry doc certainly didn't know that "[f]or thousands of years, doctors have successfully treated their patients with nothing more than plain water and natural salt", or that "[w]ater and natural salt, when combined together, give you everything your body and mind need".

Why didn't they just tell me that on the first day of medical school and just let me go on an extended vacation for the remainder of the five years?

Of course, Mr Soong didn't just come up with the figures of 1 ounce per pound per day off the top of his head; if you google around a little you will find where he got his formula and beliefs from.

It's not surprising that a layman like Mr Soong will come across unsubstantiated claims of a miracle cure and believe them. What is surprising and unacceptable to angry doc is the way a national newspaper periodically prints letters from advocates for unproven forms of therapy without fact-checking. The lack of editorial vigour is just irresponsible.

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9 Comments:

  • Here's a sobering article on the veracity of the health claims:

    http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/batman.html

    "It's not surprising that a layman like Mr Soong will come across unsubstantiated claims of a miracle cure and believe it. What is surprising and unacceptable to angry doc is the way a national newspaper periodically prints letters from advocates for unproven forms of therapy without fact-checking. The lack of editorial vigour is just irresponsible."

    Indeed, and in the context of infectious disease, this sort of nonsense can be very dangerous.

    By Blogger Lim Leng Hiong, At May 09, 2008 9:05 pm  

  • I think it is important that such claims, when made in a public forum, does not go unchallenged.

    Mr Soong pobably means well, but there is a danger that when this current HFMD epidemic has run its course that he and others who take up his suggestion will be reinforced in the belief that salt-water is indeed responsible for curing HFMD.

    By Blogger angry doc, At May 09, 2008 10:15 pm  

  • Unfortunately most people either don't have the qualifications/credentials to challenge or are afraid of the possible fallout from a challenge.

    By Anonymous Edgar, At May 09, 2008 10:25 pm  

  • Since when did A journalist or a forum writer qualify as a doctor. Yes saline can prevent dehydration and even save shock victim when introduced intravenously.
    But Prevent HFMD????
    And he did not even validate his data with a actual doctor. Or is it no doctor would have agreed to endorsing that claim......
    And they(SPH) say Bloggers have no credibility.

    By Anonymous Onlooker, At May 09, 2008 11:45 pm  

  • This letter seems to have disappeared from the ST Forum website...

    I am amazed it was even published in the first place!!

    By Blogger aliendoc, At May 10, 2008 8:14 am  

  • its like saying beer is good for sars due to the alcohol content

    By Anonymous med stu, At May 11, 2008 12:37 am  

  • $100,000 if I I can't prove that the free "water cure" is far superior to anything orthodox medicine has to offer! This man, another layman, Bob Butts really put his money where his mouth is, or else he is just insane to offer to the public this $100,000.

    but then again who in Singapore have this courage to prove him wrong on his "water cure" and reap his $100,000?

    http://www.watercure2.org/reward.htm

    nothing compares to personal first hand experience on any "therapy" , be it from the expert or grandmother medicine chest/kitchen.

    angry doctor need to drink enough water to keep cool in operation.

    By Blogger Its ME, At May 12, 2008 12:48 pm  

  • i saw some referrals to A & E:

    "...cough, RN, fever 3 days....Started on Augmentin but fever persisted...."

    not only can water eradicate HFMD, even antibiotics can kill virus...Wow!

    Hmmm.... layman vs doctor

    By Anonymous 47xyzsyn, At May 12, 2008 4:26 pm  

  • It is not layman versus doctors.

    It is enlighte doctors versus the medical capitalist system.

    Go see Healthy Wealth, (guess it's a doctor's blogsite?)

    http://theinnozablog.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Its ME, At May 16, 2008 3:01 pm  

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