Eating for Two

Just rid myself of some kind of intestinal parasite after three weeks trying to use a local homeopathic remedy: eat a big handful of mint leaves upon waking up and just before going to bed.


 urubamba market - my mint dealer


Ultimately, I had to resort to antibiotics, but because of my total aversion to them and my mild state of denial, I wanted to try the natural cure first.  After local advice and some Internet research, I was convinced of the efficacy of the minty-fresh leaf.  Apparently, the mint should cause an environment in the gut that the parasites don’t like—at all.  It should send those critters running for the exit—so to speak.  For a little while it seemed to have worked, but alas, no, they came back angry at being annoyed.  So, I had to go for the nuclear option and bomb them with Cipro.  That worked.  Now I just have to reestablish all the good bacteria in my system.  Luckily there is a real Korean restaurant in Cusco with authentic kimchi, which will help.



the real deal at sa rang che


I might also continue the mint regimen, as I was beginning to enjoy my morning and evening “salads.”  Ah, the challenges of working in the field.

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