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That last one was our 100th Post!


Even though this is a public health site, it seems that more people have been led here by the formerly freakishly thin-waisted,

Head, thorax, abdomen..



In her defense, she did say: "Apart from my husband—who maybe will cross over one day as well—I am entirely surrounded by homos. For years, they have been my support, my friends, my adopted children, my confidants."

and proud  hate-speech spewer (several times arrested and fined)

WE KNOW that it would be mean-spirited and even provincially gringoish to disparage a great cultural icon and source of pride to the Gallic heart. We just want to give our readers more of what they want, with the ulterior motive of promoting public health.

With that in mind, we provide this link to an article on the movement to address Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Assassin Bugs on the Beach

And now, …


From the Amazon: Another reader with a vector-borne disease?





sand fly


Didn’t see an email for you, so hopefully you’ll get this message.  I was down at my lodge in the Peruvian Amazon this past November.  At the time, I got chewed up viciously my chiggers.  But in retrospect, I suspect it may have been more than just chiggers.  Long story short, upon my return to the states, came down with virulent flu-like symptoms including chills which nearly had me in convulsions that hurt my muscles and than an hour later a fever that would drench my blankets.  All the other flu-like suspects as well.  Even though I had been visiting the jungle for nearly 14 years, I had never been this ill before.  Eventually, the symptoms went away and I didn’t give it much more thought.  Fast forward.  In December, noticed a ringing in my ears.  In February, my left arm began to ache and was unable to lift it.  At the same a mysterious rash appeared one night on both the left and ride side of my ribs right beneath my arms.  No itch or pain, but looked like flea bites.  But nowhere else on my body and my wife didn’t have any bites. Seemed odd, but after a few weeks it disappeared.  But then the pain in my left arm migrated into my right arm.  Also, a slight numbness on the left side of my face.  Went to my GP and he told me I had rotator cuff injury and I should see a physical therapist.  Wait, I’m not stupid.  Where in the medical journals do they talk about rotator cuff injuries traveling from one arm to the other?  None-the-less, I’ve since moved onto a neurologist who had had many MRIs performed, blood tests and most recently a spinal tap.  Based upon my research, I’m starting to hypothesize that maybe I got bit by a tick in addition to all those chiggers…but I haven’t been able to find much in online literature that indicates there are ticks in the Amazon jungle, and if so, if they would carry lyme disease or a distant cousin of that?  I’m at my wit’s end and my symptoms are getting worse.  Do you think there’s any merit to my way of thinking?  Thanks, ________


Please tell me that your doctor checked for malaria. Any traveler with a fever who is returning from an area  known to have malaria needs to be tested. Were you tested for any other diseases? Were you on an anti-malarial? If you had been on a quinine derivative for the malaria, that could be the cause of ringing in the ears.

As far as I can tell, Lyme doesn’t really exist in South America.

From Manson’s Tropical Diseases, 13th edition

Save the Colonial Subjects! (But leave the Women and Fat Guys at Home.)

For years, Manson’s was the textbook on tropical disease. The 13th edition had some notions that we would now call, at best, quaint. It was, after all, 1951.

Chapter 1

Preparations for Residence in the Tropics

General Observations

In examining personnel with reference to their fitness for residence in the tropics, the age of the candidate is obviously important. He or she should have attained maximum development before going out. Those under 21—and this is especially true of women—withstand extreme heat and humidity badly, and appear, moreover to be more susceptible to tropical diseases. Women should be fully matured in mind as well as body and, as a rule, their age to be somewhat higher than that for men, which is from 23 to 25. It is a matter of observation that men over 40 find it difficult to accustom themselves to a intense heat, though exceptions will readily occur to the mind, such as Robert Koch, a pioneer in medical find, and Abel Chapman in zoology. Both had already passed 40 ere they set foot in central Africa, and both found themselves equal to its exacting demands.

While there can be no absolute standard of height and weight, the deviation from the generally accepted averages should not be great. As a rule, spareness  is more desirable than plumpness. Certainly the tropics is no place for the fat man. The “lanky,” spare type is best suited to tropical conditions, and the dark-hair, brown-eyed and dark- complexioned is generally considered more fitted than the blue-eyed, fair-haired, tender skin “Nordic” or “Aryan” type.