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spider bites

Who doesn't have an outsize fear of spiders? The things look they were specifically designed to terrify us. Eight legs, eight eyes, fangs. What else? Oh yeah, some of them are venomous. We are afraid of spiders despite the fact that we have countless encounters with them. We've also been bitten by spiders, and in [...]


Bolivia Travel Health Guide

Bolivia Travel health Guide

With its history and rich, multi-ethnic culture, rain-forests, mountains and salt flats, an ocean coastline is about the only thing that Bolivia is lacking. You will surely manage without one, because there is already too much to see and do in this land-locked country that is situated in the heart of South America. As is [...]


Is MSG really bad for you?

are maggi cubes bad for you because of MSG?

If you've walked past any Chinese restaurant in the industrialized world, there is a good chance you have seen a sign that says something along the lines of, "We don't cook with MSG." What's the big deal? Is MSG actually bad for you? It must be bad if restaurants are making signs about it, right? [...]

fire coral

Here's the deal, fire coral is not even coral. It's worse than that. Fire coral is actually more closely related to jellyfish than coral. The good news is that you won't find it cruising around the ocean like a jellyfish. Fire coral is fixed to one spot, and with any luck, you won't go anywhere [...]

everything you need to know about hemorrhoids

Even if you don't know what hemorrhoids are, you almost certainly know that you don't want them. After reading this article, you will know what hemorrhoids are, and you will still not want them. Alright, let's get to it. Hemorrhoids are actually perfectly normal. In fact, you need them. A hemorrhoid is a collection of [...]

size of a kidney stone

Kidney stones are a top-5 fear for me. They are right up there with scorpions and being abandoned at sea. This is unfortunate, as I have a family history that is littered with kidney stones, and genetics are certainly a factor. My hope is that by following my own advice in this post, I won't [...]


Do I have a tapeworm?

tapeworm infection

There are times when I feel like all I am writing about is parasitic worms. Today, I find myself talking about one that we have somehow not addressed yet: the tapeworm. Contrary to Mango Worm and Guinea Worm, most people have at least heard of tapeworms. They've heard of them, but they don't really know [...]

is my heartburn from doxycycline permanent?

I previously wrote about why I stopped taking doxycycline as a malaria prophylactic. That was back in 2011. I had just finished a trip through West Africa at the end of 2010, and I had returned home to the states before setting off on the road again. Originally, I thought I was having a problem [...]

roundworm infection

Let's be honest, you have to be unlucky to find yourself with a roundworm infestation. But, it's possible, so we are going to talk about it. Roundworms are a type of nematode, which are considered to be the most numerous form of multicellular organism on earth. They are parasites of a variety of different organisms, [...]


South Korea Travel Health Guide

South Korea travel health

South Korea quickly became an industrialized country in the 21st century. With its economic growth came improved infrastructure and healthcare. You don't need to worry about much when visiting the urban areas of South Korea, but rural areas can still present a few issues. This article will break it all down for you. You should [...]

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