GI Problems: Parasites, Bacteria & Fungi … What to do?

Jan. 19, 2020

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

https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/gi-problems-parasites-bacteria-fungi-what-can-we-do/

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Disclaimers:

~ Notice that “Dan Fitz” (the Original FB poster~patient suffering in the USA) …  is likely in the dog-house with his GI problems, because he returned to Canada-USA without getting treated here. … US & Canadian physicians have almost NO TRAINING in how to recognize or handle these things … and they almost always don’t know the meds…  
This means:
GO TO A PHYSICIAN HERESeek 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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Getting License Plates & Registration ~ Yucatan Style ~

Jan. 18, 2020
It’s time to get new license plates & registration papers for all vehicles in Yucatan state.  This year,  you go in during an assigned month, based on your current license plate number, per this table:

reemplacamiento 2020

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License plate costs 2020

Enjoy!

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Simple Home Testing of Your Tap Water

Jan. 16, 2020

Public Service Announcement:
We just got a request for some simple-but-proven ways to test the general water quality of your Merida City (JAPAY) water … or any chlorinated city water …. to determine if there is very likely ~no~ bacterial contamination in your home’s city water.

Here are 3 simple steps (tests) you can do at home:
1.  Take a water sample at the city water meter for your house (or from a spigot close to the meter) and test that sample for “free chlorine” using a swimming pool tester.

… If the incoming JAPAY City water tests positive, for acceptable “free chlorine” levels … ( 0.4 to 1.2 ppm Free Chlorine) … then GREAT … there’s enough disinfectant to ensure no bacterial contamination.

2.  Inspect the tinaco (and ground level cistern if there is one) … Make sure there is no accumulated detritus (leaves, dead birds, etc). If present: Remove any detritus & clean & disinfect the tinaco.

Tinaco Inspection

If the water in your tinaco looks clean & smells clean … then:
… Use your swimming pool chlorine tester to test the “free chlorine” levels in your tinaco water. … If the tinaco water tests positive, for acceptable “free chlorine” levels then GREAT … there’s enough disinfectant to ensure no bacterial contamination.

3.  Go to your kitchen sink tap & bathroom sink taps (where you brush your teeth) … Use your swimming pool chlorine tester to test the “free chlorine” levels at your two main sink taps … If the sink tap water tests positive, for acceptable “free chlorine” levels then GREAT … there’s enough disinfectant to ensure no bacterial contamination.

Past testing of Merida JAPAY city water has shown that 3% of home’s meters had no free chlorine, and had fecal coliforms in the water coming through the meter.  If this is true for your home’s meter,  CONTACT JAPAY & file a complaint (there’s likely an  underground leak in the pipes under the streets) …

Past testing of Merida JAPAY city water has shown that 26% of home’s kitchen sink water samples had no free chlorine, and had fecal coliforms in the water coming through the kitchen sink faucet.   If this is true for your kitchen or bathroom sink … when your meter water tested positive for “Free Chlorine” … then you have significant contamination somewhere in your home’s plumbing.

Kitchen Sink

If you have no free chlorine in your sink-tap water:
Typically, the in-home contamination comes from dead decaying organic matter (detritus) in your tinaco or cistern. … If your tinaco (and cistern) test positive for “Free Chlorine”,  but your sinks do not have any “Free Chlorine” remaining in their water,  then you need to clean your home’s plumbing.

After cleaning detritus from the system (organic gunk, like leaves, dead birds etc) …  Then disinfect the home water system: Put ¼ cup of unscented laundry bleach into a standard 1100 L tinaco (300 gal) … to get swimming pool levels of free chlorine for the next 2-3 days.

If you want professional testing to determine the typical kinds of contamination found in Merida home’s water,  then consider ordering one of the tests listed in this .pdf file:

https://www.gob.mx/cms/uploads/attachment/file/129235/LQM841126MG8.pdf

If you want professional testing to determine the typical kinds of contamination found in Merida home’s water, contact one of our local water quality laboratories.   Since we have had no experience with the current laboratories, we cannot vouch for the relative quality of any specific laboratory – but fecal coliform testing is a pretty simple & reliable test.

We welcome readers to volunteer (comment) on their experiences with any of our local water testing laboratories.

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Parts of Yucatan’s New “Ban” on Single Use Plastic Bags & Straws Start Jan. 1, 2020

Jan. 1, 2020
The State of Yucatan begins the first stage (of 3 stages) of it’s gradual ban on single-use plastic bags & straws ….   So … People often imagine that the “Yucatan BANS Plastic Bags Starting Jan.1, 2020”  is the headline … but it’s not quite that simple.
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When we read the Yucatan State’s published regs on this, the single-use plastic bag ban is a staggered implementation, rolling out in 3 gradual stages, staggered over the next 18 months.

The first stage applies to commercial establishments that are in the vicinity of cenotes, natural protected areas and ecological reserves.  … These commercial establishments  have six months to be in compliance (on both single use bags & straws).

The second stage requires supermarkets, self-service and convenience stores, pharmacies, markets, restaurants and the like must end their use within 12 months. (basically using up existing stocks and buying only limited new stocks of bags from existing stocks at distributors – until those distributor’s stocks are depleted).

The third stage requires the wholesale and retail sellers of single-use plastic bags & straws … to stop selling them within 18 months.

Finally … the state’s municipalities have six months to adapt their environmental regulations to reflect the new State law.    As such, Yucatan’s municipios must initiate municipal programs for the substitutions and a gradual elimination of single-use plastic bags, polystyrene containers (unicel) and plastic straws.

plastic bag

Makes sense?

Join in … by buying our fine robust plastic mesh bags … ~ Now ~

Even the really big ones cost only $60 pesos down at the plastics stores down by our Lucas de Galvez Mercado (the “Old Market”) down at Calle 54 & Calle 65.

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2019 After-Christmas Returns to Hit New Highs

After-Christmas returns are expected to surpass $90 Billion this year.

… including Amazon mail-order Brides …

Amazon Mail order bride

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!

Hope you’re all ready for the Roaring ’20’s !

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New Yucatec Maya City Unveiled: Kulubá


Dec. 27, 2019
Mexican archaeologists have just recently revealed the remains of a vast Mayan palace, that’s over 1,000 years old.   This big Maya palace is just one part of the ancient city of Kulubá, roughly 100 miles west of Cancún, in Northeast Yucatán.

The Kulubá palace’s form is somewhat unique (see the foto below) …
It’s dimensions:  55 meters long, 15 meters wide, but just 6 meters high.  Overall, the palace consisted of just six big rooms.    The Kulubá palace is one part of a larger complex that also includes two residential rooms, an altar and a large round oven.

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The Kulubá palace & the site are somewhat unique, because it bridges 2 Yucatec Maya epochs.   The palace was in use during the Yucatec Mayas late classical period (600 AD – 900 AD), through the terminal classical (850 AD – 1050 AD) between AD850 and AD1050, per award-winning Yucatecan archeologist & lead archeologist director Alfredo Barrera Rubio.
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Per Rubio:
We know very little about the architectural characteristics of this region, the north-east of Yucatán. So one of our main objectives, as well as the protection and restoration of cultural heritage, is the study of the architecture of Kulubá.

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“… This is just the start of the work. We are only just uncovering one of the largest structures on the site.”   Rubio hopes that as the work continues, Kulubá “will become a natural attraction for visitors to the region.”

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Specifically, the Kulubá site lies midway between Tizimin & Kantunkin … off the Tixcancal road.

This link takes you to a map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ruinas+de+Kuluba/@21.1161301,-87.8465939,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x7e465de2013985af!8m2!3d21.1161301!4d-87.8465939

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Check out the official INAH fotos here:

https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/cultura/video-palacio-zona-arqueologica-kuluba-yucatan-cultura-maya-descubrimiento-4625294.html?fbclid=IwAR3_yp66POzGHGQoJsSPUtV0CwXVn_w8fN0UG5_3kF0YcZT4TkjpX9eXjO8

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Mexican Visa $$ Solvency Requirements for 2020

December 21, 2019
Mexico’s daily minimum wage will be going up Jan. 1, 2020, to $123.22 pesos per day (20% increase).    Because the Mexican Government’s personal monthly income & personal savings requirements for Residente visas are tied directly to the minimum wages,  the SRE’s (Consulates) and INM’s “personal solvency” requirements for foreigners will also automatically rise 20% in January, 2020.

Residente Permanente visa applicants must show a monthly income of 500 times the daily minimum wage =>  $3,243 US dollars ($61,610 MXN pesos) using an exchange rate of $19:1 … That income must be documented by 6 months bank statements. … People who have liquid assets can also qualify by proving an annual average balance of 20,000 times the minimum wage =>  $130,ooo US dollars ($2,464,400 MXN pesos) using an exchange rate of $19:1 for 2020 applicants … documented by 12 months of bank statements.

Residente Temporal visa applicants must now prove a monthly income of 300 times the daily minimum wage => $1,946 US dollars ($36,966 MXN pesos) per month (using an exchange rate of $19:1.   Consulates want 6 months of bank statements. … People who have liquid assets can also qualify by proving an average annual balance of 5,000 times the minimum wage => $32,426 US dollars ($61,6100 MXN pesos) account balance for 2020.

If you want more details on immigrating to Mexico, or visiting Mexico, see our main immigration article at:

~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico

https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/new-rules-and-procedures-for-immigration-visiting-and-staying-in-mexico/

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