Hemorrhagic Fever Dengue: Additional Information

I received the comment below from our friend Keith Daniels regarding my post yesterday on Hemorrhagic Fever.  Keith currently lives in Dolega, Panama.  I thought his comment interesting enough to do as a separate post.

Keith Daniels

The prevention method, is either drinking papaya tea daily (mixed in with whatever you like to cover the taste) or eating, and chewing up, a tablespoon of papaya seeds per day. In about a week the number of daily bites will go way down. This is not effective for “all” species of mosquitoes, but works quite well on the majority of disease carrying species. My experience has shown that it also works well on black flies, sand flies and other biting gnats. After using it for a week, my bites while working outside dropped from 50 to 100 down to 2 to 5.

The discovery that papaya could do the above was by a Peace Core couple in Borneo. I met them right after they came out of the jungle and walked up to our oil field base camp, around 1975 or 1976. I invited them in for some coffee and real food. While they were gorging, they told me the story of how they discovered the connection. They said they were South Africans and were going back to report on what they had found.

Since then there has been a lot of medical research done on Papaya extracts and they have found that the Papaya plant is a chemical factory and contains lots of medical compounds. The fruit, except for the seeds, does not have any medical uses, at least that they have found so far.

There is a cure for the deadly hemorrhagic part of Dengue. It is currently used in most of South East Asia and in South Africa. Note that it does not relieve any of the painful symptoms of regular Dengue–it just keeps you alive so you can enjoy them. There is also a easy way to lower number of mosquito and other insect bites that you get… to almost zero.

The fatal part of the hemorrhagic version, is from the virus preventing the production of blood platelets that prevent you from bleeding out externally from cuts… and internally as well if the platelet count gets too low.

The cure is a tablespoon of crushed or ground papaya leaves, not the little ones nor the big old leaves, but the ones that are still semi tender, taken 1 to 3 times in a day. Results are that the bleeding is over in less than 12 hours. The platelet count will go at least back to normal, if not higher. Last time I checked, they did not know exactly how this worked–nor why one dose sometimes cured the problem for good. You can Google “dengue papaya South Africa” (less the quotes) and find out more.

Keith made this further comment in a separate email to me earlier today:

I am not up to date on what is being done or researched, about Papaya.  That is why I gave a Google search pattern to search for.  But if you have any specific questions, that might trigger some new memory recovery of info I have forgotten…

Theoretically this should work on any disease that causes a drop in platelet count, and should definitely be tried on them.

Note that allergy reactions are possible with papaya.  I would try a skin reaction test by rubbing the crushed leaf or seeds on an area of tender skin and see if there is a reaction.

Thanks Keith for your comment.


Fruits and Peppers in the Garden

We have such an abundance from our garden.  Below are just a few of the fruits that we gather each week. I am happy to say that many of my neighbors and folks on my daily walk like guava or guayaba, everyone here uses lemons on almost a daily basis so we are happy to share what our garden produces. Some of our other trees do not yet produce enough to share a great deal. I just cannot use all that we get from our garden so giving the egg delivery guys a bag full of guayaba is a wonderful way to thank them for their service and use the extra fruits that Joe and I can not eat.

San Clemente 8.4.2014 048We are blessed to have found a home that had a garden filled with fruit trees. Each day we pick fruits for our table and share with neighbors and friends.

San Clemente 8.4.2014 036San Clemente 9.23.2014 011San Clemente 9.23.2014 029San Clemente 9.23.2014 027The above four photos are our pomegranate or granadas.  I have made Pomegranate Syrup to use on pancakes.

San Clemente 8.4.2014 043San Clemente 8.4.2014 046These are one of several lemon trees that give us fruit almost year round. The trees have just finished blossoming and we have picked all the old fruit to allow the new fruit all the nourishment the tree can give them.

San Clemente 9.23.2014 030San Clemente 9.23.2014 031San Clemente 9.23.2014 026The pepper plants in the ground are not as happy as the ones in the pot. Our soil is basically sand, I am amazed anything can grow in it.

San Clemente 9.23.2014 028San Clemente 8.4.2014 037Star fruit or fruta china is an exotic fruit, sweet, juicy. Wonderful for juice but they never make it to the juicer. With only one ripe at a time it is so easy just to wash it and eat it right out in the yard. And that is what I do most times.

San Clemente 9.23.2014 024This papaya is located outside our fence but it started from seeds that I tossed so I think of it as mine, ja ja  They are getting close, I just hope they are sweet with dark fruit, some of the lighter fruit papayas are tasteless.

San Clemente 9.23.2014 025San Clemente 8.4.2014 040Naranjilla is another exotic fruit and I do not think its natural habitat is on the coast. This is a sierra fruit but I found a tree and am babying it hopefully soon to put it in the ground.  The leaves and stems have thorns and can cause some good pinches. You can use the fruit for juice by boiling it for about 10 minutes and then blending and straining, adding water and some sugar. I like to use it in Seco de Chivo or Seco de Pollo.

San Clemente 9.25.2014 024Our guava or guyaba tree seems to be always producing. I make marmalade and paste from the fruit as well as an occasional batido. The tree is also a wonderful shade tree to keep our little yard cool during those hot sunny days.

San Clemente 9.23a.2014 002San Clemente 9.23a.2014 001Thanks for taking the tour of our garden which is only 20 x 30 feet. Small but filled with such surprises. And smiles.

Building a Finca – Update

Back in December of last year our neighbors Ivan and Max allowed me to visit their finca and post about their work. See Building a Finca, December 1, 2012.  Max was kind enough to come by with some beautiful papaya from the farm and he took me back for an update.

San Clemente 10.31.2013 045Joe and Max are examining the bounty on this one type of papaya. Different varieties of papaya have been planted to see which variety is better suited to this climate. Max is experimenting with the Hawaiian Papayas as well as the locally grown variety. His focus has been fruit that has a high sugar content with low maintenance and water consumption. The papaya trees that have been planted are producing but the focus of the farm is the production of tamarind.

San Clemente 10.31.2013 064San Clemente 10.31.2013 035These tamarind trees were started from seeds and have grown to over three feet in less than a year in the ground. It is a beautiful property with spectacular views of the ocean from almost any spot.

As we were leaving Max jumped out of the car and put several huge squash in the back seat, the one he gave me made several squash breads that I shared with the neighbors.

San Clemente 10.31.2013 040Since my first visit electricity has been brought to the property, roads and planting fields have been cleared and construction has been started on the first all bamboo home.

Good luck, buena suerte!

A Papaya Plantation in San Clemente

Fredy our contractor on the remodel of our home is also a papaya plantation owner. Many times during the remodel he would show up with these huge papayas just picked from his finca. It was a treat for Joe and I as well as the workers to cut into one of these homegrown beauties. He has over five hectares of land on the road to Bahia that he cultivates with both papaya and melons. These photos were taken on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Over the next several months I will be returning to take pictures of the progress and showing the work involved in this farm.

This photo shows some lobsters we received from one of our neighbors and one of Fredy’s huge papayas. This photo was taken back in late August.

I know it looks like nothing has been planted but it has over 5,000 papaya plants in the ground on this five hectare piece of property.

Fredy has 10 workers during the planting season and it goes down to two during harvest. He sells his crop to a group that come to his property every Monday morning during the harvest season, pick the ripe fruit, do a count and pay him under .50 each for his large papayas.

This is the size of the seedlings that the workers are planting, these were started from seeds Fredy had collected from his own papaya and some seeds from a papaya that Joe and I had purchased which was actually a bit sweeter than the variety that Fredy had.  I will be going back to the farm with him in about 10 days and will give you all an update at that time.

Once the trees reach a certain height they will plant a melon crop underneath, this will help keep the weeds down as well as hold any moisture from evaporating from the soil.

This is the cistern for holding water. The water is spread through a system of sprinkler hoses set near the trees. This water is replenished by water truck that gets it from the river.

Deliveries To Our Door

What a wonderful treat to have so many things delivered right to our door. First thing, I mean before 7am every morning, the Pan Man comes by on his bike to deliver hot fresh rolls.

These beauties are .10 cents each and still warm from the oven!

Next comes the many gentlemen delivering fresh veggies and fruits.

                                                                                         There is a man riding/pushing a trike and several others in small pickups that come through our neighborhood several days each week.  Today when he came by he had these melons called Melon Criolla for .50 cents each. They are sweet and delicious.

This morning this young man and his assistant had watermelon, melon, oranges, mandarina, red onion, potatoes, yucca, scallions, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and a few more items that I can’t remember. He even had homemade butter, peanut butter and chopped peanuts along with fresh queso.

Now these were happy guys. I bought 2 lbs of tomatoes, one cucumber and three large avocados for $2.

Some of the trucks go by so fast that I do not have enough time to stop them to see what they are selling. As you can see these folks were already at the end of our street before I got this photo.

Next comes the water guy. He delivers the 5 gal containers of drinking water for $1 a bottle and he comes by every day except Sunday. He has a small tienda downtown, where he sells many food and household items.  Everyone loves to pose while getting their picture taken, even the guy working on the roof of our house was yelling at the water guy. What a lovely feeling. These folks are so kind to allow me to do this….

There is also a fellow who comes by on his motorbike each morning selling choclo (corn used in soups etc)

I like this corn but right now I am doing very little cooking as we have not purchased our refrigerator as yet and this house comes with an oven stove combo but no refrigerator…well eating out for a few weeks is like taking a vacation and Manabi has the best food ever. They make so many great dishes my favorite happens to be viche. This is a soup made with a peanut base…oh I could eat it every day….but that’s another post…….

This is what I bought today from the above guys. Strawberries called Frutilla were $1 per pound, three large golden passion fruit for $1, large pineapple for $1.50 and four apples for $1. Guess what we are having for dinner tonight?

It may take me two weeks to finalize this post as I have been gathering pictures as I see folks pass as well as trying to visit with each of these vendors to see what they are selling each time they pass. Yesterday, I bought the two pounds of strawberries. We had a great fruit salad last evening for dinner but I still had strawberries left over and we do not have a refrigerator so this morning do or die, one way or the other the berries needed to go!  I made jam and it is wonderful. A bit of water, one packet of Sweet n Low (because I have no idea where my sugar is in all these boxes) and the balance of the berries.

This morning, besides the regulars, a man on a motorbike with huge plastic jugs on the back delivered fresh milk. I have no refrigerator and not even a nice container to collect this milk but I still bought a quart for .50 cents. I have tried it and it tastes pretty creamy but can’t get Joe to take a taste. This would be great when making puddings and cream pies because it is so rich but just drinking it reminds me of when my Dad had cows and we had fresh milk direct from the cow…how good is that? Well I bought a pound of rice, a package of white sugar, Joe found my bag of raisins and my cinnamon so we had rice pudding, it was rich and creamy.

A guy selling fresh chicken drove by this morning allowing me to take a peek inside the basket attached to the back of his motorbike.  Can’t imagine why I would go into town to shop for anything if this is a typical weeks’ worth of vendors.

We have the big truck that delivers beer and soda. His delivery day seems to be Tuesday and his truck is so big that they need to have someone run along the rails of the truck to be sure that the wire connecting us to our internet is not pulled off the bamboo poll in our yard across the street. How the driver saw that itty bitty white line I will never know. There are several small trucks that deliver toilet paper, plastic items,  clothes hampers, some glassware, clothes pins like little general stores on wheels. Freddy (our Maestro) called it SuperMaxi Taxi!

A truck came by that picks up used items. It is not the garbage truck just a small truck. Today it had bed springs and some other metal items, I will ask Gina exactly what this is all about, what he charges or pays. Kind of a scrap metal guy?

Now the garbage truck that we were told comes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays has shown up on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday so who really knows their schedule! But they pass right by my gate.

There is also a tienda located at the end of our street and this family has an array of items from laundry detergent to chocolate cookies for sale. And did I mention cold cerveza?

When I made the rice pudding this past week I shared some with my new friends in the tienda, the next time I went in to buy a few things, I left with 4 beautiful red peppers as a regalo. I just love these people!!!

And today Freddie came by with this huge papaya just look at it next to an apple, again this was a regalo…I have never gotten so many gifts in my life.

We will need to share this with the neighbors tomorrow because Joe and I cannot eat that much papaya in one day…