Author Archive for Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa

Double Covid vaccine doesn’t stop symptoms for half of Delta cases

Sunday, December 31st, 2023

Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa Here are some Island articles that might interest you and your professional colleagues.  Please feel free to forward them and comment on the journal website at the end of the article for the benefit of other readers. An article related to CKDu (CKD-CTN) submitted to the Island in July 2023 was published only […]

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Eradicating CKDu From Sri Lanka is Straightforward—What is Preventing it?

Friday, December 8th, 2023

by Drs. Sunil J. Wimalawansa (Prof. of Medicine)and Chandra B. Dissanayake (Prof. of Geology) Since identifying chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka in the mid-1990s, little progress has been made in aetiology and prevention. Despite the numerous hypotheses and conjectures—with more than 35—none have been thoroughly studied or substantiated as the […]

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Vitamin D For All:—

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Prof. Sunil Wimalawansa  Part Five: Vitamin D safety and adverse effects—When should caution be advised?   In hypovitaminosis D, maximum benefit occurs over a steep dose response. Beyond that, no matter the high doses, additional benefits won’t exist. This principle is crucial for designing Clinical Studies and RCTs and Practice (DOI: 10.3390/biomedicines11061542)  It provides original links to […]

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Novel finding about CKDu in Sri Lanka:

Thursday, July 6th, 2023

Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa Eradication of CKDu (CKD-CTN) is straightforward and costs less than 10% of what the health department spends annually to manage CKDu!  Yet new patents and deaths are continuing.    Authorities have hardly any interest in preventing CKDu, partly due to those affected having little voice and thus being ignored by politicians.  Besides, there […]

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Part 7: Summary—Leadership Needed For Socio-Economic Success in Sri Lanka – A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

by Professor Sunil J.  Wimalawansa Types of leadership Sri Lanka needs? To advance the country, Sri Lanka needs a new generation of younger, educated, patriotic and self-sacrificing, honest, and intellectually mature people in leadership positions who understand the economy and how the country could develop sustainably.  An energetic, open-minded, honest, broadly educated, younger generation must […]

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Part 6: Overcoming Stagnant GDP—Reforming Subsidies, Energy, and Taxes, A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka

Monday, May 29th, 2023

by Professor Sunil J.  Wimalawansa Tariff and taxation Most of the Sri Lankan government’s revenue is derived from customs duties and Value-Added-Taxes (VAT).  This contrasts with most other countries where customs act as a border protection force to prevent the smuggling of counter-banned, incoming illegal items such as narcotics and to prevent dumping from protecting […]

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Part 5: Errors of Judgement, IMF, and Potential Solutions to Avoid Bankruptcy -A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka

Friday, May 26th, 2023

by Professor Sunil J.  Wimalawansa Consequences of IMF loans: Under IMF-imposed policies, Sri Lanka has witnessed the dramatic deterioration of many local industries.  Sri Lanka had sold off its profitable public sector enterprises such as the Tire Corporation, Sugar Corporation, Milk-food Corporation, Air Lanka (which used to be Sri Lanka’s national airline), Ceylon Transport Board, […]

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Part 4: Inability To Pay Loan-Traps, and Future Bankruptcy – A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka

Thursday, May 25th, 2023

by Professor Sunil J.  Wimalawansa Would taking excessive (unnecessary) loans by Sri Lanka lead to bankruptcy? In 2002, Sri Lanka paid more than US $320 million as import duties to affluent countries.  While some European countries exported three to five times more than Sri Lanka, Norway paid only $125 million, and Switzerland paid $245 million […]

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A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka -Part 3: Barriers to Progress, Healthcare Reforms and Skill Labor Export

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

by Professor Sunil J.  Wimalawansa Pre-requisites for economic development and the need for a new constitution The stagnation of the Sri Lankan economy since gaining independence from the British is striking.  This is due to selfish politicians lacking: a vision for the country, forward-looking policies, and long-term national development plans (e.g., for clean water).  The […]

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A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka Part 2: Competitive Advantage, Burecrctic Delays, and Need for FDIC

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

by Professor Sunil J.  Wimalawansa Properly trained labour force with skills, ethics, and attracting FDIC The skilled labour force in Sri Lanka is either stagnant or decreasing with exiting to other countries.  Most could speak and/or understand English, and fewer speak other foreign languages.  Hence, besides vastly expanding skills training centres—universities as described above, the […]

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A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka- Part 1:  Sri Lanka Needs a New Vision for Economic Success

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

by Professor Sunil J.  Wimalawansa Preamble: This article was published in June 2006 as a three-part series in the Sunday Financial Times (Part 1:  There were several requests to republish this article in full. Since the entire piece was not published then, the author is grateful to the editor of Lanka Web for the […]

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දේශීය ඖෂධ මගින් ප්‍රතිශක්තිය වර්ධනය කරගන්නා එන්නත ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන අයට වෙනස්කම් කිරීමට එරෙහිව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කොමිසමට පැමිණිල්ලක්

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa Over-confidence and reliance on out of date information, lack of familiarity with recent rapidly changing medical and scientific advances, and ‘close-mind set’ is likely to lead to inadvertently making false comments and unfair criticisms.  There are over 350 published, recent peer-reviewed clinical scientific papers on being significant benefits of vitamin D and […]

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Overcoming the COVID-pandemic:

Saturday, August 7th, 2021

Dr. Sunil J. Wimalawansa Prof. Medicine, Endocrinology, & Nutrition While vaccines are a temporary solution, there is no possibility of generating herd immunity through vaccines to eradicate the pandemic.  The current delta mutants, highly infectious, might direct the nations in that direction as nearly achieving in India, certain parts of the USA, and Sri Lanks […]

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Second Wave Of Covid-19 Or Continuation Of Community Spread Of Covid-19 In Sri Lanka?

Friday, January 29th, 2021

By Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa, MD, Ph.D., MBA, DSc. Prof. Sunil J. Wimalawansa The official reports on the prevalence and the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in tropical countries including Sri Lanka (excluding India) have been surprisingly low compared to most temperate countries. Let us explore some of the critical reasons for this significant discrepancy.   Why was […]

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Re: Mr. Bodhi Dhanapala’s personal attacks on Professor Wimalawansa

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Sunil Wimalawansa  Dear Editor:  It is very unfortunate that most of the comments by the author of the email below are unfounded, scientifically incorrect, and is geared to nothing else but character assassination.  Just because a person disagrees, there is no reason to attack him or her and engage in assassination.  This is scandalous and […]

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Combating COVID-19: Vitamin D the vital cog-in-the-wheel − Prof. Wimalawansa

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

By Saundarya Wellaboda Courtesy Ceylon Today World-renowned Professor of Medicine and expert in Endocrinology, Vitamin D and human Nutrition, Professor Sunil Wimalawansa has offered his services to the highest authorities in Sri Lanka to help the country to successfully fight the COVID-19 pandemic mainly with reference to disease prevention. In a previous article, Professor Wimalawansa […]

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Educational videos on COVID-19:

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

by Professor Sunil J, Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc. Caption: Myths & Facts: Staying Healthy During V COVID-19 Pandemic The common link to the U-Tube channel o COVID-19: ——————————————————————————- Video 1:  Introduction – Staying Healthy Video 2:  What is meaningful social distancing? Video 3: Controlling COVID-19: Some countries are successful and others are not […]

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Suggestions for staying healthy and prevent COVID-19 infection:

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Sunil J Wimalawansa Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, & Nutrition, USA Dear friends: Since I haven’t seen any medical society from Sri Lanka providing safe practices and guidelines for avoiding COVID-19, I thought of sending this in a summarized form.  I hope these and the links provided at the end of this email will be useful […]

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Info on, Global Health & U.S. Elections/Macroeconomics, 2016

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Sunil Wimalawansa The macroeconomic issues (e.g., trade) are poorly handed by many south Asian countries, including successive governments in Sri Lankan.  This seems to be getting worse in recent years, leading to increasing weakening of local currency and increasing debt.  The latter further increases the cost of borrowing and loan payments to creditors, and credit […]

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රජරට පවත්නා වකුගඩු රෝගය වලක්වාලීමේ සහ මුලිනුපුටා දැමීමේ ක්‍රියා මාර්ගය – ඉදිරි දැක්ම:

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Prof. Sunil J Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc ශ්‍රී  ලංකාවාසී ප්‍රබුද්ධ වෘත්තිකභවතුන් වෙත‍ය, රජරට පවත්නා වකුගඩු රෝගය වලක්වාලීමේ සහ මුලිනුපුටා දැමීමේ ක්‍රියා මාර්ගය – ඉදිරි දැක්ම: විශේෂයෙන් උතුරුමැද පළාතේ වකුගඩු රෝගීන්ගේ සංඛාව සීග්‍රයෙන් වැඩිවන අතර එමගින් කෘෂි සමාජයේ ජන ජීවිතය විනාශ වීමේ ප්‍රවනතාවයක් උද්ගත වී ඇති බව ප්‍රකට කරැණකි. එම අන්තරාදායක තත්ත්වය සපුරාම අවසන් කිරීමට […]

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Rajarata, Prevention and Eradication:- The Way Forward

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Dr. Sunil J. Wimalawansa, Hon. Maithripala Sirisena The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President’s Office, Colombo 1 Dear Sir: Chronic Kidney Disease in Rajarata, Prevention and Eradication:- The Way Forward As Your Excellency is aware the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that has predominately affected the north-central province NCP) of Sri Lanka […]

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Chronic kidney disease in Rajarata, worse than tsunami

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

by Prof. Sunil J. Wimalawansa Safe drinking water is a fundamental human right, but more than 2.0 billion people in the world still lack access to safe-clean drinking water and to sanitation; Sri Lanka is no exception. Contaminated water and poor sanitation claim more lives than any war or any single disease. Toxic chemicals or […]

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A comprehensive program to prevent CKD-related deaths in Rajarata:

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Prof.Sunil Wimalawansa Please find the attached three events in November,‚ focused‚ to prevent Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) deaths that affects dry zones in Sri Lanka. ‚ also attached is a brief summary of the prevailing issues and solutions that are‚ necessary‚ to overcome the ongoing CKD of-multi-factorial origin (CKD-mfo) disaster that kills ~13 farmers‚ every day,‚ destitute 13 families each day. ‚ At […]

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CKD Workshop at UoPon the Wednesday, November 20th morning (9.00 AM to 12.30 PM) at the senate house auditorium and the CKD-Oration at Ananda College on the 30th November, at 4.30 PM

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Professor Sunil Wimalawansa, MD,PhD,MBA,DSc Please find the attached two events related to the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affecting the dry zones in Sri Lanka, and a brief summary of the prevailing issues related to this ongoing disaster that kills on average, 13 farmers‚ every day that‚ destitute 13 families each day. Those who are in Kandy/Peradeniya region: […]

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Establishment of Bhikkuni Sasana in Lanka by Venerable Sanghamitta

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The core teachings of Buddhism have sustained for more than 2,600 years and will continue to do so in the future. Venerable Sanghamitta, the only daughter of Emperor Asoka, brought Bhikkuni Sasana into Lanka in 288 BCE and ordinate and empowered Lankan women. Since then, Theravada Buddhism and the Bhikkuni Sasana have thrived in Lanka.

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Establishment of Buddha Sasana in Lanka by Arahat Mahinda

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Buddhism was introduced to Lanka in 267 BCE. Arahat Mahinda, a son of the emperor Asoka the Great, brought Buddhism to Lanka. On a Poson Poya day, venerable monk arrived at Mihintale in Anuradhapura district. Since then, Theravada Buddhism and the Buddha Sasana have been thriving in Lanka. The core teachings of Buddhism that sustained more than 2,600 years will continue into the future.

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Escalating Incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and Suicides Among Soldiers and Civilians Who were Exposed to Civil War in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Post-traumatic stress disorders is characterized by serious behavioural and psychological abnormality that occurs following exposure to one or more acute stressful life events, including soldiers and civilians exposed to war situations, and also in several other non-combat circumstances. The latter includes, victims of sexual abuse or rape, mugging, violent robberies and home invasions, natural or man-made disasters, school bulling, and work place harassments and retaliations. It is essential to promptly diagnose these victims and provide them with effective therapeutic programs, enabling them to get back to normality and productive lives.

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The Wisdom and the Mind—Believe in Yourself

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Buddhism is a universal religion, and its teachings are for all human beings. Buddhist psychology offers us more than methods of investigation. Its core techniques of meditation and self-awareness have much to offer to laypeople, particularly Westerners, whose ever-increasing material comforts have not wiped out rampant, ever-increasing emotional distresses.

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Is Aggression and Destruction Necessary to Solve Problems?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Do governments seriously take the responsibility of poverty, scarcity of food and energy, inequity/disparity of their distributions, preparedness for natural or man-made disasters, or global instability? Rather than addressing the real issues, many jump into judgments and conclusions that result in wars and exacerbate the misery of people. Mindful thinking can eliminate such irrational behavior and destruction.

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Who is Deva, and Who is an Outcast?

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Trying to achieve happiness by seeking sensual pleasures, while non-adherent to the Five-Precepts will lead to misery and suffering. Conduct for achieving a sacred state, such as Brahma viharanaya, is illustrated in metta sutta. A person can become either a Deva or an Outcast (wasala) in this world, in this life.

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