How to Fight Altitude Sickness, Stomach Bugs and Rude People : The 7 Things I Learned This Week

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annmarie at greens in cuzco peru
Annmarie hanging out at Greens in Cuzco, Peru.

In terms of a natural approach, we’ve got the stomach bug and the altitude sickness covered…

The rude people? I don’t know if there’s a natural cure that works every time. Maybe you can help me figure out this one later.

This week’s 7 Things, is loaded with tips and experiences that we’ve had so far in Peru (as well as some great lessons for anyone who does or doesn’t travel.)

Take a look…

1. Oregano Oil works again.

Remember just a week and a half ago, I made a video about my secret stomach sickness weapon for traveling to countries with poor water supply? (here)

Well, it worked again.

I don’t know exactly what we ate, but it came on strong.

What I’ve found is you usually can’t put a finger on what causes your stomach ache and eventually diarrhea, unless you did something really out of the ordinary, like buy some raw, street stand food or drink tons of water from a public tap.

Anyway, at about 5 o’clock on Thursday Annmarie and I both started to feel incredible pressure in our guts – the first sign that you may be sitting on the toilet for hours (playing Sudoku) – or maybe even days.

Since we’ve both been there before, we opened up our reserve supply of oregano oil capsules (we took 3 bottles) and each took 5-10 of them every 3-4 hours for 12 hours.

The next day, no diarrhea, no stomach ache.

The stuff, at least in my opinion, is a little bit of magic.

Now with that said, I have to be very clear, stomach illness can be very dangerous.

I’m sure you remember my story of having a 104 fever in Mexico, being severely dehydrated and the only doctor in town was out sport fishing.

In this case, I don’t know if oregano oil would have worked, but I would have tried it as a first resort.

So be smart if you choose to do what we do in this situation. If you don’t feel it’s doing the trick, go to a doctor. Don’t be a martyr for natural health.

2. We beat the altitude this time around.

Last time we came to Cuzco, we got a little altitude sickness.

When you’re up over 10,000 feet, this is a very real possibility.

What’s worse is that you can be in great shape or awful shape and it can still happen to you.

We’re both in great shape, but the last time we came, we were the ones that got sick, while others in the group who weren’t as active as us were fine.

I don’t know the equation or physiology that determines who gets sick or not, but I do know after this time what to do to ensure that you don’t end up lying in bed with a massive headache the first two days of your trip.

First off, you need to make sure you drink plenty of water. More than you’re comfortable with. It’s very dry up here and the sun is very hot. I made it a point this time make sure Ann and I drank at least a gallon of water a day for the first two days or so.

Ann, obviously didn’t finish a gallon, but it was a good goal to strive for.

Second, we laid low for the first two days we were in Cuzco.

The last time, I think we went for a hike the first or second day we were here. Obviously, if you take dry climate, hot sun, little water and exertion and put them all together, you are going to get sick.

This time, we stayed at the apartment, went to the market which is a two blocks away and took naps when we wanted to. By the time day two was over, we felt pretty well adjusted to the climate and altitude.

Finally, we drank a lot of coca tea.

Coca tea is very popular here for altitude sickness. It’s a mild stimulant and helps bring blood to the brain and extremities. It also has plant alkaloids (read: medicines) that can help with headache.

I prefer the loose leaf coca tea, which is just leaves in boiled water. We had at least 4 cups a day the first three days.

These three things combined, as well as remembering our past experience, made for a smooth transition from 60 feet above sea level in Lima (due to the cliffs), to over 10,000 feet.

3. Sleeping in Cuzco can be tough.

While sleeping in Lima can be tough, because car horns are as frequent as dog barks in a kennel, sleeping in Cuzco is hard for another reason.

It’s high and dry.

So for the first 4 nights in Cuzco, we haven’t slept great.

The reason altitude is an issue with sleep is because there is less oxygen for you to breathe, so your normal unconscious breathing cadence won’t bring the same amount of oxygen into your system. What this means is that you wake up frequently for what appears to you to be for no reason, but it’s really for your body to take in more air. The good news is that it takes only a few days for your body to catch up to the oxygen levels.

The second reason altitude, at least here, is an issue is because of the dryness.

So not only is it hard to get enough oxygen when you’re sleeping, it’s even more difficult to get enough oxygen while you’re sleeping with a dry, stuffed nose.

To combat this, we brought some colloidal silver nose spray with us that we spray before we go to bed.

You can use regular water and spray it up your nose as well, but since it’s so dry and you will be prone to nose bleeds or at least bleeding nose tissue, it makes sense to use something that has antimicrobial properties as well to protect you from any possible airborne bacteria or virus.

I wouldn’t let anything like this (or the altitude sickness) deter you from coming to this amazing city, because clearly if you use some of the tips we’ve provided here, you won’t have to learn from our mistakes.

4. The Q’eros couldn’t reach her.

Last night, Ann and I went out to have some food and decided to sit at the bar at a popular restaurant with some healthy options.

We love sitting at the bar where ever we go, because it’s a great place to meet people. The bartender will usually let you in on some cool things to do or places to visit and it’s very likely you’ll strike up a conversation with another patron that will make your night even more exciting than it already was turning out to be.

Last night was no exception.

The bartender, Jose, was fantastic and had enough time to chat with us so we could practice our Spanish and give us some tips on were there is good live music in the city. We ordered some food – it was like a Peruvian vegetable sushi roll – and just chatted about our plans for this trip, our goals and what we’re going to do when we get back.

About halfway through our evening, a group of tourists (yes, we’re tourists too) came into the restaurant. Normally, this isn’t a big deal in Cuzco, but in this group were 4 Q’ero. They’re not difficult to spot. They wear the most amazing colored hats, called a ch’ullo, they have very dark, golden brown skin, and wear very specifically woven ponchos.

The group was large, so half of them sat down, and the other half – maybe 7 or so – came up to the bar to wait for their table.

Since Annmarie and I are definitely interested in the Q’ero lifestyle and teachings of reciprocity, friendship, stewardship and connection to the earth, I wanted to know why these people were hanging out with them.

Maybe we could learn something.

So I turned to the group and asked them if they had been doing some learning and ceremony with the Q’ero.

For a moment, none of the them spoke back to me.

I figured that they must have not understood me – or English – so I asked again slower.

This time I got a woman’s attention and she turned to me.

In a very curt and bragging manner, she responded, “yes, we’ve been in the mountains for 14 days with them.”

I said, “that’s great! Where did you guys go?”

She responded back (clearly making fun of my English), “WE’S guys were in the south of Peru.”

With that, she turned back to the group and ended our conversation.

I turned to Annmarie, and said, “that was interesting.”

Ann then said, “apparently, just being with the Q’ero doesn’t guarantee your ability to master their teachings.”

We laughed.

(To give this woman the benefit of the doubt, maybe she was even more rude before the trip. LOL!)

5. A good salad.

I love a good salad and we’re lucky enough to have found a place where we can trust the raw vegetables here in Cuzco.

There are a few places where you can get a salad here in this ancient Incan city – I’ll write about them later this week – but to know that you’ll get a fresh, delicious salad at any time in a place where salad is usually some iceberg lettuce and unripe tomatoes, is a lifesaver.

The place is called Greens and it’s right off the old city’s Plaza de Armas.

Here you can hang out, have a coca tea, get some vegan or organic options and listen to some cool music. (Minus David Byrne’s “Independence Day.”)

When you come down here – which I really hope you put it on your bucket list – you now can know that you’ll have a home base where you can get your greens if you ever feel like you’re getting a little disconnected.

It’s also a safe haven for guinea pigs as well. No cuy served here.

6. Los mercados magnificos.

I love the markets here.

They are tightly packed, they are loud, and they are crowded.

You can get anything from a bundle of herbs (called an asnapa) to quinoa or corn chicha (a fermented drink) to salted, disgusting looking lamb (called charki.) You can also get other things, but I’m not going to mention what they are (think everything gross, and that should be enough.)

While we steer clear of the butcher side – which usually is clearly delineated – we love stocking up on the veggies that are literally 3-7 times less than U.S. prices.

Yesterday, we had a friend come over to make a full 2 gallon pot of quinoa soup (sopa de quinoa) and the total cost of all the vegetables, grains and potatoes we bought at the market was about 9 soles or $3.00 U.S.

For $3.00, you can eat soup for at least two days, and if you don’t eat like me, maybe even 3 or 4.

(Keep in mind, not everything is fresh, so you have to shop around.)

Now, I’m not sure if the prices in the U.S. could ever be that low, but it makes me wonder, when I go to the Berkeley Farmer’s Market and pay almost as much as I would at Whole Foods, if we have the right system in place for getting good, affordable food to people in need.

Of course, the answer is no, but everyone keeps saying go to the CSA, or the Farmer’s Market as a solution. While, I understand it supports local farmers, it definitely doesn’t get the food into the hands of those who need it most – those who can only afford things in a box.

7. Lima, Peru.

The first time we went to Lima, we were scared of it.

We were told that Lima was one of the most dangerous cities in the world and getting in and out as quickly as possible was your best bet.

We were told that people would jump into your taxi on the way to or from the airport and rob you of all your possessions.

We were told that you should go to your hotel and stay there – never to leave – until your flight out to Cuzco.

We were told you would be pick-pocketed in the nicest areas at any time during the day.

So we followed all this advice.

We locked the taxi doors on the way to the hotel (actually good practice in any city.)

We didn’t leave the hotel at all.

And obviously we didn’t need to worry about pickpockets because we didn’t go anywhere – though I will tell you I stared down a few housekeepers to make sure they knew I meant business, in case they tried anything funny while we were walking from the lobby to our room.

The second time in Lima, we actually learned the truth.

Why? We went with someone who knew a little about it. Dr. Williams has been going to Lima and Cuzco for years and showed us around the town in a way that we wouldn’t have ever experienced if we’d just read the tour books.

Now, I will be honest with you, Lima – in some areas – is not the best place for a gringo like me to be exploring alone, but as we learned from Dr. Williams there are areas that are very safe, very exciting and fantastically unique.

Miraflores and San Isidro are two of the coolest neighborhoods I’ve been to. (And we’ve been to a lot, at least in the Americas.) They’re right up there with Palermo and Palermo Hollywood in Buenos Aires, the West Village in New York, San Francisco’s many districts, and more.

The food in Lima is also world class. If you’re into organic and fresh foods, you will never be able to eat at all the places that are available – generally you do have to eat out, unless you get a hotel with a kitchenette. Also, if you’re vegetarian or vegan you can find options as well. Raw is more of a challenge, unless you’re OK with bananas, mangoes, avocado and passion fruit for every meal.

Again, I’ll write more about specific places later this week, but the point of this 7th “thing” is to make sure that you’re not mistakenly so afraid of Lima or any other place like we were based on false, or semi-true information (well, maybe Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.)

Makes you wonder what else we may be holding back from because we think it’s dangerous.

Maybe the raw diet… are you afraid you might not get your protein?

Maybe it’s a plant based diet?

Maybe it’s incorporating a little animal products into our diet.

I don’t know, it’s just something to think about.

We may or may not be better off if we really know what we’re fearful of and if what we are believing is really true or not.

I want to know your thoughts: What have you thought in the past that you’ve learned not be true (or only half true)?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Love Lima, love Cusco and love Greens. Just got home and now want to go back. I work with the Qero there and some of the “gringos” can be arrogant and rude. Just ignore them, we are not all that way. Would love to run into you at Greens and invite you to enjoy everyone I know. We always stay in Miraflores for a few days before and after. Just have to be smart about travel. Be well, have fun.

  2. Lois Kubota says:

    Sounds like a great trip. Hope you continue to enjoy yourselves.

  3. Sarah says:

    Great post, Kevin! I’ll share a few of my experiences with Peru here. Last year, my husband and I went to Peru to visit several extremely remote Andean villages to see how the programs of a non-profit we are involved with there were working. It was a life changeing experience for me and if you or anyone is interested, all of it is detailed in our blog:
    We have lived in different countries in the past and have traveled all over the world so I can tell you what we have found to be successful for high altitude and bad bugs: Though I would NEVER give anyone alse anything that even seems like medical advice (my disclaimer here) personally I decided not to get vaccinated or to take any drugs to avoid getting sick. (That is MY own decision, I am NOT telling you all what to do). So during our remote travels to Ecuador and Peru we took only two things to prevent getting ill: Jarrow probiotics (the kind that you don’t need to refrigerate) and a bottle of Aromune. Aromune is available from a company called Phybiosis and here in the bay area, we can get it at Good Earth and at Woodlands Market. My understanding is that a French Naturopath developed it and it is a number of essential oils made water soluble and you take 10 drops of the stuff at a time. Oil of oregano is ONE of the oils. We were in the Amazon jungle and the remote villages in Peru, eating food that the villagers prepared for us. There were numerous times we got that feeling you mentioned and we immediately took our Aromune and it stopped the bad bugs cold! Stuff tastes like what I would imagine turpentine tastes like, though. (Though turpentine is deadly poisonous :)). Oh yes: we also took along some french green clay to use as you would activated charcoal if you thought you had a case of food poisoning, but we never needed it. Coincidentally, on our Ecuador trip, all the other members of the group were taking Cipro (!) prophylactically and they all got sick! Regarding altitude: I have always suffered from altitude sickness at anything above 5000 feet. On a mountain climb one time, I passed out several times on the way up. So the thought of Cuzco terrified me. (You might say visions of cerebral aneurysms danced in my head). I did a ton of research and finally gleaned that apart from dehydration being an issue (good call there!), free radical formation seemed to be a potential culprit. So I took therapeutic doses of lipoic acid and Co-Q-10 as well as the water and this time, I had no altitude symptoms at all. You might not agree with the supplement thing, but that was what finally worked for me! BTW, being physically fit is no guarantee of not getting altitude sickness. I interviewed some climbing experts in altitude medicine once and that was what tney told me. Of course, being physically fit cannot hurt, either! If you have not already been there on this trip, Kevin and Annmarie, PLEASE visit Saqsahuayman. It will not disappoint. Finally I hope you might consider reading my little blog about our trip. Enjoy the rest of your time there!

  4. Sarah says:

    Just wanted to add: if anyone does want to read my blog, make sure you don’t include the period at the end of the sentence after “com”.

  5. Jill says:

    This is sooo awesome!!!! My brother and I are flying to Lima in a week, and then onto Cusco! Great info =) keep it comin

  6. Dr Chris says:

    Great article. I didn’t read the last one about oregano oil, but I certainly back you up on its usefulness. I urge all my patients to keep it in their medicine cabinets.

    I hope I’m not repeating anything you’ve written, but it’s good to put in your ear mixed with a little warm olive oil for ear aches and colds, or under your armpits if you have a cough or a sore throat, again mixed with a carrier oil.

    Be Well

  7. Cindy Yacob says:

    Hey Kevin and Annmarie, really enjoy the travel updates! I purchased Dr. Cass’ “The Cure is in the Cupboard” thanks to your past blog and I will pick up the oil of oregano.

    What I have learned not to be true? That a high fruit diet in large portions(unless you are an under 30 triathelite who lives in the tropics) is a healthy diet.

    Looking forward to the next video blog!

  8. hurtig says:

    Annmarie should stop crossig her legs, that is unhealthy!!!!!!!!

    why?? cause it tension and stress!!!

    and also probably we cross the legs when we have the impulse to move. so when we cross legs we not move we just stuck in our position. probably not good for people on the long run???????????

  9. Gail says:

    Kevin – not only do I enjoy reading your blogs, but I so very much enjoy reading the readers’ comments. Very interesting, Sarah!

    I love your final note on #4 – ever the gracious one you are, Kevin.
    I deal with rude people each and every day, all day, and I wish it would ‘cease to amaze me’, but it only saddens me.

    You know that I am from CA..but live all the way across country as of 5 years ago. I can only really comment on how shocking it was (is) to me about all the misconceptions of California, and people from California (since living here). It is truly laughable! And sometimes, not.. However, it is also fun when someone finally makes a trip out to CA, and then comes to me to tell me “OMG – I had no idea it was so COLD there!”, or whatever their comments were (based on their misconceptions of CA).

    When I was in HS, I was a student ambassador to Europe for a whole summer. We went to 10 countries, living with families in 4 countries. In the beginning, we kids thought how much we would be SO excited to finally get to England to be around people who spoke English and were more similar to us, being that England was the LAST country on our itinerary. However, we laughed later, when we finally got to England and could barely understand what they were saying, while we had no trouble understanding everybody else in all the other countries! LOL That was quite a revelation for us at the time.

  10. Lori says:

    I find the best thing for traveler’s diarrhea or food poisoning is Dr. Schulze intestinal formula #2. It is what he tells you to take for food poisoning. Let’s just say on a trip to Mexico my hubby had Montezuma’s Revenge and I averted it with IF2,,thanks to Dr Shulze’ good advice….maybe the bentonite clay in it?? I also have a show kennel and anytime a dog is ill with dirrhea or vomiting i add a capsule to their food and it clears them right up. Love that stuff…you may want to give it a try when you feel your stomach heading the wrong direction!!

  11. Fran says:

    Absolutely perfect timing Kevin, I’m heading to Peru next month for the first time and plan to spend a good couple of months there. So THIS blog post was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for the tips 🙂

  12. meiyin says:

    I wish I learn about this altitude problem you experienced and come with advices,it would have save me and my husband alot of money.
    I came to Reno in Nevada to visit an intergrative medical clinic for a health problem.We come from Australia.The place where I came from is pretty flat, close to the sea. My husband accompanied me. After a long flight, we arrived in Reno, my husband felt not well, with lots of headaches and short of breathes.We thought perhaps, we were tired and stressed due to the long flight.The shortage of breathe continued, and had trouble sleeping. We called the hotel reception and he advised to go to the emergency hospital. We did the next day after a restless night.We were given alot of attentions with lots of tests, and ended with a bill of US$6000/-.The doctor found my husband in good condition health wise and could not find anything wrong after allthe CT-scan x-ray, blood test.etc,etc.We were shocked with the bill! We promised we never again come back here again!I hope my insurance will pay me back, as you know how insurance companies when come to claims.We really felt cheated. We felt that the emergency hospital knowing we are tourists, and they take the chances to grab as much as possible.The doctor could have given us better advices with his experiences.Thanks again with your advices.


  13. Laura says:

    So funny, the first time I read the subject for this post I read “atitude” sickness!!! Yep, some people have it! LOL! Seriously, this was a great post. I was just housesitting for a friend of mine that was visiting Peru and I hope to go there one day soon. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your travels. Much love, Laura

  14. Anne says:

    Hey Kevin,

    Enjoyed your comments in 7 things “you” learned this week. I experienced similar preconceived fears when I traveled alone in Zimbabwe in 1998. Of course even though I’d heard plenty of :”Don’t go around in Harare after 6pm”, “People will steal from you”, “you’ll get malaria”, “you’ll get sick” etc and on and on before I went, I decided against taking anti-malaria medication before leaving. When I got to Harare I spent a day, with a money belt around my waist under my shorts, wondering who might want to steal from me. After a day I prefer to forget because of my frame of mind, I stopped myself and decided that this just wasn’t me. I took the money belt off and stuffed it in my daypack, deciding that if someone wanted to steal from me, so be it.

    Although I was still cautious in Harare at the beginning of my trip, by the time I’d traveled through the country using a train to move to different areas (Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Bulawayo and back to Harare) I’d become so accustomed to the country and its amazing people that I wondered what I could have feared on that first day. In Bulawayo I was convinced by someone local to take a local medication against Malaria before going down from the plateau into the Vic Falls area. You only had to take one pill a week from 1 hour before getting there to 4 weeks after leaving the area prone to malaria. This seemed to be far less medication than taking Larium and far less expensive at 20c for a packets of “Deltaprim” which had far more than I needed. Although to be honest I will never know if those meds go through thorough checking process. Larium however is expensive and is so potent that it gives people nightmares and you have to take it everyday for a month before arriving to the area and for a month after leaving.

    In different areas like Bulawayo, I took Emergency Taxis with the locals which were dirt cheap and reported to be very dangerous (because they pull in and out to pick up people and drop off people anywhere on the way) but mostly I wanted to move around with local people rather than tourists. To say that I blended in would be hilarious since I was the only white person in the 12 seater van (packed with about 25 people at least).

    At the conclusion of my trip, I was so touched by the country that I considered that perhaps I was meant to go back and live there and I was in tears at the airport leaving.

    It’s well worth not giving into our fears as they can keep us away from the most amazing experiences. I flew from there to Paris and felt like I went from a warm cozy friendly atmosphere to deep freeze!

    Of course this was back in 1998 and things have changed since.

    Enjoy your time in Peru and keep teasing us with your stories. Might be the next place on my list!

  15. oreganol says:

    Oregano oil always works for me as well. I’m surprised that more people don’t use it. It’s natural. It works. What more can you ask for?

  16. Rita Romney says:

    I was enthralled reading about your trip to Peru. Your writing is as colorful as a woven poncho. I’ve been to Colombia a few times when I was a child, but never to Peru. Your perspectives and recommendations are very nice, Kevin. Also, a perk to reading your blog, is that others also post interesting facts, etc. Love it! Have a wonderful rest of your jaunt. Now I am off to read Sarah’s blog.

  17. Diane says:

    Hi Guys!
    Loved reading this… headed for Lima (and a side trip to Huayanca, some altitude) in two days!
    I grew up in Miraflores, lived in Peru for over 18 years, so it’s somewhat like going home…
    except I’m a guest at this point. I will keep my eyes open for places you might enjoy (yes, safely!) in Lima, and would love top hear about healthy places you discover also. Quinua of course is amazing… have you tried the Kiwicha yet?
    Will buy my oregano oil manana, muchas gracias!
    Hasta pronto amigos, y que se encuentren MUCHAS personas amables y generosas!

    Buena suerte y buena salud! Diane

  18. Doris Dejwakh says:

    South America is one of the few continents I haven’t been to, but I lived in Africa for over 20 years, and I feel safer on the streets there than in the States. Here in China as well. I walk around at night in the alleys and have no problems at all. Of course I’m 62 and my wrinkled face reminds everyone of their dear grandmother who raised them, so they wouldn’t think of doing anything but smiling and giving me their seat on the bus! I know from experience in Africa that it’s always good to have a local friend to visit, in order to really learn about the local culture and not remain in the touristy spots, where you just see a facade of what they want you to think about their culture. I’ve been learning Chinese, too, as the language is a big factor in spanning culture barriers. In Africa, my French and smattering of the African local languages were helpful in communication. Luckily I have an apartment here with a kitchen and a blender, so I keep myself stocked with green smoothies and some Savory Veggie stews! Keep up the good work, Kevin! Doris

  19. Cassie Rhea says:

    (If this gets posted twice, I apologize. I wasn’t logged in and I didn’t see my reply posted, so I am re-posting!) Thank you, thank you, thank you! Wonderful article! My boyfriend and I are about to leave Doha, Qatar in three weeks to head out on a 5 or 6 month journey to India, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and somewhere in South America. We started planning last night and I said Peru would be top on my list for S.A., so this article was extremely useful! I LOVE reading your posts and totally dig what you and Annemarie are about! I am working developing a blog to educate on raw foods/natural living, as well as, a traveling blog, so you two are after my own heart! I appreciate the opportunity to learn from you and look forward to meeting the two of you again one day! (I met you back at the Longevity Conference March of 2010, but it was very brief.) …until then, I will continue enjoying your blog and videos! Best wishes for continued success in all you are up to!

    Cassie Rhea

  20. Pam Dix says:

    Thank you for sharing your travel stories! Peru is number 1 on my list to visit, I feel a spiritual connection. Your tips will be very helpful when I do go!!

  21. Nutritionizt says:

    Another tool to take on the road is colloidal silver. It has been used as an antibiotic, antiseptic, water-purifier, disinfectant, etc.

    Armed with colloidal silver and oil of oregano, ain’t nothin’ bad gonna affect you!

  22. This is a great article. I’ll take note all of the mentioned stuff here because all of it are all helpful especially when I travel next month. Thanks for sharing all of these tips to stay healthy at any time on any vacation.

  23. bultacokid says:

    There is a natural cure for rude people.
    Take 5 cloves of garlic, blend them up in
    your vita-mix and consume. Then take one
    to 2 cloves and rub on your body.

  24. Kuru says:

    It’s likely that the group that had been in the mountains with the Q’ero for 14 days were in a meditative space, having tuned into nature deeply, and wanted to stay there. Rather than finding the woman’s manner “curt and bragging,” I thought it was gracious of her to respond. Social mode is not for everyone all the time, and sensitivity would have picked up that she did not want to talk. She shouldn’t be made wrong for that. It might even be that she found you rude. When something bothers us a lot, it’s usually a reflection of something we need to see in ourselves. Sorry to rag on you, Kevin, but this is very dear to my heart. I’m lucky to live in a place where people’s sensitivities are deeply respected, and even though our health food store is a gathering place at times, it is clear when someone does not want to interact and we honor their space.

  25. Kuru says:

    One comment on Lima, I would guess that Dr. Williams’ easy relaxed and unaggressive manner opened doors that might have been closed to others.

  26. Cathy says:

    I enjoy your newsletters and videos. You and AnnMarie are always so upbeat, happy and really care about sharing your experiences and info!

    The rude behavior you encountered, which you mentioned in your post today, is worth considering at a deeper level. The way we treat each other matters, regardless of where we are or who we encounter. We’re hardwired for love, and we seek balance and harmony; even our health and stress levels are affected. When there’s a violation of love it creates a “short circuit”; it causes a problem within the system. Understanding how and why love actually works is just as important as understanding how and why foods affect the digestive system and be able to arrive at the balance, harmony and total health we seek.

  27. Isabelle says:

    Lovely article Kevin – I was in Cuzco and also in Lima which I loved. I traveled in many other parts of Peru as well and was enchanted with the people, the food and the beauty of the country as well as all the cultural aspects.
    One of the reasons people get altitude sickness, so I have read is low iodine levels. I had a terrible time in Cuzco with a massive headache for days & nausea & dizziness the first night. I thought I was going to die! I am going to buy some oil of oregano and the colloidal silver spray is a good idea but I am taking iodine regularly now to get my levels up. BTW…I was in Quito (2800m) and I was fine until we went to 3200m in the Andes. I am taking my iodine to see if this really helps….

  28. Isabelle says:

    I hope that in Lima you went for a stroll and a meal to the fabulous “mall” in Miraflores right on the edge of and overlooking the Pacific…I can’t think of the name right now but I have never seen a place so beautiful and elegant with such divine restaurants anywhere in Europe or the States.

  29. Jayvanthy says:

    The article gave me a lot of courage to plan a trip to Vietnam,a few months from now…Something we wanted to do for long. Since my Husband & myself are both vegetarians by birth & choice, we do not take any meat, fish or eggs. Could you guide me on how to manage in Vietnam, which I understand is almost wholly non-vegetarian.

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