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Eye specialist underfire for junk science over Black Women’s Hair

Eye specialist underfire for junk science over Black Women’s Hair. Internationally renowned eye specialist and self-appointed ‘hair activist’ Dr Solomon Guramatunhu has come under fire for his comments on black women’s hair which critics argue is based on junk science.

The famous eye doctor who hates weaves and artificial hair so much that he does not allow black women with weaves into his home claimed that “hair does no die.” In a recent interview, Guramatunhu claimed that black women were exposing themselves to numerous diseases by wearing dead people’s hair.

He argued that science has shown that hair does not die and that this allows genetic material to be transferred from one person to another by wearing weaves. The veteran eye surgeon made the controversial claims in an interview with Trevor Ncube on the Conversation With Trevor series.

Below is part of the interview,

Unsurprisingly the good doctor’s assertions were robustly rebutted with people accusing him of using junk science. Seem even said that while Dr Guramatunhu is respected for his accomplishments in his field, he should conduct more thorough research if he wants to be an expert in other fields as well instead of misleading people because of his own convictions.

Below are some of the responses to Dr Guramatunhu’s assertions:

In other countries, they allow doctors to train first in basic sciences, join research labs for projects where they are exposed to deeper knowledge on biology and genetics. These RTGS local champions of ours pane basa (are another thing). Blaz varikunyepa apa. (This guy is lying through his teeth)

DNA in hair cannot be said to be “living”, it is inside hair cells and if intact can be extracted. You don’t get DNA exchange through extensions or hairpieces because the other hair never fuses with yours to become continuous strands of hair. Chiremba ngavasazvishorese vachidaro. (The surgeon should not besmirch his reputation like that)

If the other hair fuses with yours then unozobvisirei (why would there be a need to take it off)? Guramatunhu is a good surgeon for sure but apa hameno (but on this particular case am not sure which) page of hoaxsters that he followed on crazy conspiracy theories. As Abe Lincoln said, “never trust anything you read on the internet”. – Denver Ncube

He has literally failed to explain the difference between death and decomposition.

Hair on a human being survives on a follicle and it grows through the roots. Once you die it stops growing. But doesn’t decompose in a hurry cz of keratin. Chiremba vakutaura zvimwe (The doctor is saying something else) – Delight J Mabhiza,

I think it’s very misleading to misinform so many people because you need to make a point, scientists..you know this..hair DNA is in the root, and when washed and heated whatever DNA is present is removed. Pedzezvo (Besides) attaching someone’s hair to your head zvakasiyanei ne (is similar to) handshaking..(in terms of transfer of genetic materials)….even kissing where saliva is exchanged…none of these activities lead to DNA exchange..hakuna zvakadai (that is not possible)… Zvimwe zvese bho but DNA segment yavataura haisi ye chokwadi (Everything else he said is fine, but the DNA segment is an outright lie)

What has hair and eye surgery have to do with each other???

Source – iHarare

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