Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Study

Now that I've completed my data collection, I intend to submit my manuscript soon. This is one of the most spectacular medical studies I've been involved in. So, I plan to submit this to the most prestigious of journals. With such high quality material, I'm 100% sure this will be accepted by Nature or Science. Heck, even NEJM isn't good enough for this. The results are sure to shake the scientific world.

My manuscript shall be entitled:

"The effects of a Malaysian diet on body weight and composition: A 2-week prospective study"

Objective: Malaysian food has typically been thought to be lacking in nutrients and was traditionally thought to be a poor source of energy. We sought to investigate this and to dispel any myths regarding the unhealthiness of the Malaysian diet.
Methodology: This was a prospective study of 2 weeks duration involving a large number of subjects (n=1; however because the study subject was an outstanding male specimen, this was deemed adequatedly powered to show a statistically significant difference). The patient was subjected to no less than 4 meals a day of Malaysian food of his choosing, limited only by stomach capacity and postprandial nausea. Western and non-ethnic foods were omitted from our study. Body weight was measured by a single Weight Watchers digital scale, and data regarding intake/output was captured using a specialized digital-ink-wood fiber papyrus interface (ie pen and paper). Data was analyzed by using the t test or Wilcoxon rank-sum test.
Results: In the 16 days in his native land of Malaysia, the subject consumed 85 meals (mean daily 6 ± 2). He experienced 2 episodes of traveller's diarrhea, both of which were minor and did not require decreasing the frequency of meals. At the end of the study duration, he gained 2.3 kg (p<0.01).
Conclusion: Contrary to public belief, we have shown that the Malaysian diet is rich in nutrients, and should be employed in a malnourished population.

My next project:

"Prevalence of depression in subjects deprived of Malaysian mamak food".


Blogger Sha_Fasihah said...

hi dr,

good one!why not u try to submit to Malaysian journal and see the feedback. :)

I've been ur follower a few months ago and really attracted to some of ur view. I wish the best for Malaysia too.I am malay girl but do have a strong relationship with chinese and indian community. I do pray that one day my children also can have the same bonding like i do.
anyway nice to read ur trip to malaysia again!

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so are you saying we Malaysians the ones still living here :p are overeating ? or

the occasional 'malaysians' who comes back from overseas are overeating ? hehehe

1:38 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

cannot make conclusions about malaysians still living there. this study does not address that question though it's likely they are not going to be as greedy as one visiting only once a year.
Sha- thanks for stopping by. hopefully things will change for the better and our leaders will wisen up and stop causing problems.

5:56 AM  

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