A good friend just forwarded the following issue(s) … and question(s) on Facebook:
“Do you have experience with parasites?
I lived in Mexico for over a year recently with no health issues. Unfortunately I had to return to the US. I have been sick ever since I came back to the USA. “
” Has anyone had experience with parasites in your body? What were your symptoms?
I have bad gut issues, prostate problems and a bad UTI that will not go away. Doctors have no idea what’s wrong. … Thanks for any input.”
The FB friend commented~requested:
” Steve … I have seen some of your excellent comments you have made on similar (GI) problems. Trouble is the cooments and advice are difficult to locate now. How about sharing your wisdom with a column on gut health for expats? What meds should we be taking every six months? Appreciate your willingness to be so helpful to all of us expats! ”
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Whew … What a challenging set of issues.
GI Parasites … could be GI worms, amoebas, paramecia or even nasty-cryptosporids.
Sidelight: Since it could involve a wide range of problems, (too much to describe here) … SEE the Parasite treatment issues described at the end of this article.**
Continuing … In addition to parasites … also more broadly consider all the GI Microbes … most often E, coli … Salmonella (even becoming endemic), Shigella, Campylobacter (popular-common in the USA), rotovirus, the varieties of Clostridium (including “C. diff” ) …
General Advice on Prevention & Avoidance?:
Eat only well cooked meats …
e.g. Avoid ceviche … (the lime juice is NOT magic .. encysted worms & their encysted eggs are NOT affected by lime juice – it takes either cooking, or a sharp knife & good eye to eliminate them) … unless the people preparing the ceviche put thin sliced fish fillets on a light box & cut out the parasites – like what good sushi chefs do to protect their customers.
Eat foods with a peel: Bananas … apples … pears … Oranges & pretty much all citrus fruits.
Mexican Street-Foods: Eat what comes out of hot oil, and goes straight into a sterile piece of paper, cup, napkin etc, without being touched … (Continued in our main article on this at
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GO TO A PHYSICIAN HERE … Seek COMPETENT experienced Medical advice from a Physician who knows Tropical Diseases & Tropical Parasites BEFORE you return back North. … Almost always … waiting to go to US physician or Canadian Doctor is NOT a good approach – because they don’t ever study it, nor do they take the time to read about this stuff.
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