"Dr VM Palaniappan, who came up with some "unusually brilliant" suggestions at a time Influenza A(H1N1) has wiped out a score of precious lives in this country.
He said to avoid A(H1N1), one should stay away from the acts of masturbation and same-sex relations.
He claimed that the increased body temperature owing to sexual behaviours and autoeroticism would expedite the release of acidic substances, thus making the body hyperacidic.
He said our immune system and resistance would be compromised if the body is too acidic, rendering us more vulnerable to flu viruses (heterosexuality spared).
It is up to you to choose to believe, or get amused or irritated by him.
But whatever it is, Palaniappan, an associate professor in ecology in Universiti Malaya, has been involved in ecological studies for so many years. While what he said may not become reality in the long run, it is by no means unfounded.
A "professional" view will tend to make the public believe in, rather than growing skeptical towards, its validity.
As a result, some of the most prevalent and universally accepted contemporary beliefs are at risk of being challenged."