This letter to the papers today reminds me of the naivete of some of the patients when it comes to matters related to their health or bodily functions.
Scenario: 3rd year Med School - Community health project for SMPH (Social Medicine & Public Health, now known as COFM - Community Occupational & Family Medicine). My clinical group did a project on hypertension & obesity; to gather data, we had to go to various units in HDB estates to measure BP, take height & weight etc.
Head of this particular family was a gentleman in his 40's with 4 daughters. As we were about to leave after gathering the neccessary info, he pulled me aside & asked: "I only have daughters. Is it because I only eat fish & don't eat meat?"
Me: "Er, no."
Him: "So what kind of diet should I take so that I can have a son."
Me: "Er, doesn't matter, what you eat won't affect the sex of your child. But for your health, please eat a balanced diet."
Not sure if he believed me or not.