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JM_Runs

Date Posted:11/04/2010 02:45:59Copy HTML

There have been a number of comment about people not enjoying their vacation because they got a stomach bug of some sort.

The complaints generally come from people in North America who vacation in the Caribbean and south America.  This may be because people from the US and Canada have little or no resistance to the local microbes found in tropical places and because they are accustom to relatively safe water and food don't take some of the simple precautions that would decrease the chance of getting sick.

In response to one such posting I wrote the following, but as one user pointed out, it was off topic for the thread.  So I am removing it from that thread and reposing it here:

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The most common reason for people getting sick in foreign countries is drinking the local water and eating raw vegetables or food that has not been properly washed, prepared and fully cooked. 

This can be solved by drinking bottled water, and using the same for doing your teeth. Drink bottled or caned products. While they are locally sourced they are normally perfectly safe.

It is easy to get dehydrated in the sun and sea air. Consume a lot more water than you would normally.  Getting a good suntan also dries out your system. You may lose a lot of water by sweating but may not notice this because you are swiming, and cooled by the sea breeze. In the sun you are loosing a lot of your hydration. 
I often see dehydration being self diagnosed as an illness or queasiness, when all the person needs is better hydration. Bottled water by the case from Cosco is a lot cheaper than by the bottle at the resort. (Yes they have Cosco or similar, ask the locals.)  Gatorade or equivalent, mixed 50/50 with bottled water works good for re-hydration.

Stay away from alcohol in the first couple of days because it tends to dehydrate you, and may be mixed with local ice of dubious origin.  If, after a couple of days, you do start drinking remember that in the hot weather alcohol has more effect than in cold climates, go easy.

Wash vegetables before consumption. I suggest obtaining whole vegetables and peeling them yourself.  Fruit such as peaches, that you would not peal in the US,  should be peeled when abroad because their skins easily harbor bacteria. You are on holiday, you have time, peal your vegetables.

Eat fully cooked food. No raw oysters, no rare or medium burgers. Have all your food fully cooked - like the locals do.  Under cooking is common at hotels catering to tourists.

Try to swim in the ocean away from poor towns, because their sewer system probably discharges near by.  Look for places where the tide cleans the beaches and the ocean is clear with lots of reef fish.  Abundant reef fish are a good indicator of unpolluted water. 

If in doubt about the water quality don't use a snorkel, just swim with a face mask.

If the sand is not golden or white, and there is not a good volcanic explanation for darker sand, this may be an indicator of polution.  You will find a lot of the beaches right in front of towns often have a gray tinge to them. This is true for the US too.

If possible, on the first couple of days, eat a lot of fruit that you have peeled and prepared yourself.  This extra boost of fiber will help kick your digestion system into gear and help clean it out some, which will make you more resilient, less constipated, healthier and a more agreeable companion.

Don't let this make you paranoid. Enjoy yourselves. Just take some sensible precautions and think about source and preparation before putting anything in your mouth.
Ex_Member #1

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/02/2010 12:27:10Copy HTML

@ JM_Runs: Are you sure people read your posts?

You think you are wise, but one of the most important rules of participating on the internet (forums, blogs,...) is to KEEP IT SHORT!

Personnaly, I'm tired of your answers. Beside the fact that they are way to long, you always use common facts and knowledge and make us believe you came up with that yourself.

To quote Dr. House: you're an idiot. 
Popeye1 #2

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/03/2010 09:33:23Copy HTML

I think you're on the wrong board my friend. This board is for adults. The children's board is in another place. Peace Popeye
NoTanLinesToo #3

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/06/2010 03:58:54Copy HTML

 I find JM_Runs postings well written and very informative.  The information posted here may be available elsewhere, but it's a good reminder before going on vacation.  We Americans take for granted our clean water and safe foods, and it's very easy to just grab a glass of water out of the hotel sink, or order a salad.  We then lose a couple of days of our vacation because of such transgressions.  My wife and I spent 6 weeks in South America and were very diligent about only drinking bottled water, not eating lettuce, and washing every piece of fruit or vegetable thoroughly.  We were in 5 countries, including the Amazon, and didn't have a single problem.  Just about every tourist that we met wasn't as lucky.

I, for one, welcome all of JM_Runs postings and look forward to reading more.
Ex_Member #4

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/06/2010 06:20:07Copy HTML

I agree. JM's posting are informative and well written. Thank you JM for your posts. Try not to let the ignorant boneheads get to you.
Ex_Member #5

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/06/2010 07:09:49Copy HTML

Dear Santa

You can call me childish, but ignorant? Try looking that word up in the dictionary, mate! I think you mean arrogant. And yes, I am. JM's posts are way to long and that is against the basic rules of participation on the internet. Don't believe me? Here you go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle
http://smartblogs.com/socialmedia/2010/09/20/social-with-a-kiss-keep-it-short-stupid/
http://www.blogtrepreneur.com/2006/09/15/the-kiss-principle-keep-it-simple-stupid/

And many, many more...

Yes, I reveal my sources, JM, try to do that yourself in the future. You can fool some of these twads, but not me. And I'm not alone.

My 2 cents




hotbunz1969 #6

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/06/2010 08:00:38Copy HTML

I also enjoy JM's posts so I'm sure I'm not alone in saying " JoostGeetje why don't you slip off into your own little world and enjoy the internet elsewhere, and leave us to enjoy this board, you arrogant condercending prick"
bmicro #7

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/06/2010 08:16:48Copy HTML

JM, in addition to being the reason that this board exists in the first place, makes significant and well reasoned contributions to the discussions on these fora. 
JoostGeetje, I will join the others and hope that you find a place where your childish rants are appreciated (not here).

thinline #8

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/06/2010 08:47:49Copy HTML

If all internet forums were graded on brevity then this would be the ideal posting:






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I appreciate JM's postings. Some are long. Some are not. His post does communicate common sense if that common sense has come from traveling experience. He was pointing out ways to enjoy travel without becoming sick. Many Americans who travel take for granted the things we have and don't realize, for instance, clean water isn't everywhere.
Tips on how to deal with such situations isn't being abusive at all.
beachfolks #9

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/06/2010 08:47:58Copy HTML

From a guy who has been all over the world on business including the Netherlands, often disagrees with JM on this board- I go with JM's views and analysis of this situation and appreciate his quite long and helpful post-every bit of it. Keep up the good work "Fearless Leader"!
 
surfguy #10

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/07/2010 03:43:57Copy HTML

Why can't we all accept what JM shared with us as helpful advice for those who travel out of the US.I believe that was his intention all along,  just being helpful. 
Ex_Member #11

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/07/2010 12:18:37Copy HTML

The people have spoken

I will go to another board, because let's face the facts: you guys are all brainless sheep that follow the first shepherd who makes you all believe he has found the solution for world poverty, aids and cancer. You guys live in a small world, not me. I'm looking for something more then common knowledge and cliches spread by some ignorant "prophet".

To quote Dr. House: you guys are all idiots

Bye bye now
Maxtlatl #12

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:11/07/2010 03:01:40Copy HTML

If everybody around you is an idiot, it may be that you have forgotten to look in the mirror.
sailor250 #13

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:07/06/2018 12:09:07Copy HTML

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Sharon73 #14

Re:Staying healthy on vacation - simple ways to prevent illness

Date Posted:07/06/2018 05:08:33Copy HTML

I have to agree with this from our many beach vacations where things really heated up in the bedroom
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