Author Archive for Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa

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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Key Buddhist Practices

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The practice of Buddhism is relatively simple. It provides the clearest, most systematic, and most profound theory and practice of spiritual transformation. In addition, it also explains life and provides us a clear and peaceful code of conduct. Moreover, Buddhism provides answers to overcome the difficulties in the current materialistic society and to fulfill our needs, as long as people are willing to avoid extremes.

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Buddhism: The Way of Life

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Buddhism expands beyond a typical religion; it is a philosophy and a “way of life.” Technically, a philosophy deals with knowledge and the nature of things. In that sense Buddhism has a rich philosophical aspect and more. Buddhist teachings help a person to lead a moral life, develop wisdom and understanding, and be mindful and aware of thoughts and his or her actions. The Buddha’s teachings Tripitaka, are based on the Dhamma (the Truth). Buddhism provides a clear and peaceful code of conduct to be a successful person in this life and beyond.

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Sambuddhathva Jayanthi―May 2011

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

We should make use of the milestone of celebrating Sambuddhathva Jayanthi events to recall the values of Buddhism and improve our spiritual lives through the practice of meditation and following the Buddhist principles. Sambuddhathva Jayanthi is also an opportunity to introduce this valuable teaching to the newcomers. Sharing experiences and educating others, while educating ourselves will further widen our wisdom and create opportunities to develop our minds and self-discipline.

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Time to Eliminate Rituals from Buddhism

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

No one who has the Confidence of the Three-Refuges needs to go down this route, which wastes time and money. Based on the original Buddhist teachings, no place is allocated in Buddhist temples and shrines to make offerings to gods. Hence, consideration should be given to separate such from Buddhist shrines and from true Buddhism. People look for practical, environmentally friendly, sustainable, and empowering ways to enrich their lives. The vice do not believe in hearsay or stories, nor do they wish to recite religious verses in incomprehensible languages.

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Are There Any Benefits from Devotional Faith?

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Confidence in the Triple Gem; Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha is not the same as developing blind-faith based on hearsay. Confidence is derived from the devotee’s reasoned conviction based on understanding of the Buddha’s teachings, the Dhamma, which presents us the pathway to Enlightenment. This emphasizes that along with confidence, development of the wisdom is paramount.

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Realistic Approach to Buddhism

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The key approaches to Buddhism are self-exploration and purification of the mind, leading to development of Wisdom. Buddha concluded that persistent unrest in our minds occur as a natural consequence of the human consciousness, and our inability to distinguish between the duality of not-me and me. Our dis- synchronous firing of brain neurones is responsible for both chaos as well as creativity. Consequently we get attached to worldly material created by our perceptions.

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Addition of Rituals to Buddhist Practices

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Rituals are not a part of authentic Theravada Buddhism. For various reasons, these artefacts have been brought into the practice of Buddhism.

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Buddha’s Philosophy of Life – Article #2

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

by Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Physiology & Integrative Biology, USA Buddha preached a philosophy of life; life after death, and the path leading to Nibbana””‚the birthlessness””‚cessation of rebirth.  The Wisdom of the Truth of birthlessness as taught us by the Buddha is achieved through achieving the Supreme Nibbana.  Attaining Nibbana would […]

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Perfecting Life through Buddhism

Friday, January 28th, 2011

by Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa, Professor of Medicine, Physiology & Integrative Biology Robert Wood Johnson Medical School New Brunswick, NJ Buddhism is not strictly a religion, in the sense in which that word is commonly understood, for it is not “a system of faith and worship owing any allegiance to a supernatural being.” Buddhism does […]

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