- So there you are in a foreign country and fresh out of drugstores, pharmacies, doctor clinics and even the helpful neighbor or relatives. It takes me back to Jordan Rubin’s response after visiting over 100 doctors and 7 countries and finally was able to save his life by eating hefty portions of his grandmother´s chicken soup. He has a very good book out entitled: “Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan Rubin.” So don’t think your 17 years of health study and medical expertise are going to save you. Your grandmother was right all along—- so admit it and begin to pay attention to some of the things your parents and grandparents handed down through the ages.
Your very first defense against any nasty travel disease should be to eat a clove of fresh garlic. If you can’t really eat raw garlic you can add it too your meals and receive most of the benefits. I like to make a Garlic butter sandwich— it makes it more tolerable that way. One of my fellow travelers recently was amazed when I reached in my right pocket and unwrapped what looked like the crown jewel only to see a perfect clove of garlic. I broke off a few pieces and he immediately added it to his evening meal and thanked me for the gesture. I laughed and said: “I always have some garlic secretly hidden on my person to ward off vampires and such.”
After recently arriving on Margarita Island, Venezuela I was staying at a friends condo when another friend came in coughing and sneezing all over the place. Twenty four hours later I had a full blown case of a nasty flu bug and so did almost every person in the condo if not the entire island.
I headed to the local market where I purchased packets of Chicken Soup and bought fresh white and red onions, fresh carrots, fresh celery, several limes, and several whole cloves of fresh garlic. I then proceeded to the condo where I added several quarts of water which came to a boil and I started with about 5 strong shakes of cayenne pepper (which aids in breaking up mucus and clearing your bronchial tubes) I then added the chicken soup mix with rice and turned the heat back to a rolling slow boil. I cut up one whole white onion and threw it in the soup, added one half red onion, and then began slicing up several whole medium sized carrots, I then added a few pieces of green celery cut in small pieces and proceeded to peel the fresh garlic and cut it in pieces. I turned the heat back and let simmer for approximately 20 minutes while I continually added a few shakes of cayenne pepper. After then covering the Flu Travel Soup I left it stand a few minutes and then proceeded to squeeze one half of a fresh lime into the soup.
Serve piping hot and make Flu Travel Soup every night until you are back to normal. Even the country doctor will tell you take a few aspirin, eats lots of your grandma’s favorite chicken soup, drink lots of liquids and get plenty of rest— that is if he isn’t already on the take with Merck for the antibiotic kickback game.
On a side note I walked across the street to the 24 hour Pharmatodo where I witnessed over 35 people standing in line to receive antibiotics for their newly acquired flu. I wish I had a grant to do a blind study using my chicken soup recipe versus the fancy antibiotics cure. I already know the answer— our homemade Chicken Flu Travel Soup comes out the big winner and only costs a few cents per serving.
So there you have it if you get caught on your travels anywhere in the world— prepare your Travel Flu Soup and send the flu a packing never to return. Them green flu bugs think cayenne pepper and garlic mix is enough to send them packing mas pronto, but they love to hang around and try an outsmart a new antibiotic concoction and laugh all the way to the bank.
QUOTE: ” The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. ” ~Voltaire
Flu Travel Soup ingredients:
one packet of chicken soup (adding fresh chicken optional)
one whole garlic clove peeled and cut in pieces
one medium size white onion outer layer peeled and cut in large pieces
one half medium red onion outer layer peeled and cut in large pieces
three medium sizes carrots cut in thin slices
one large piece of celery cut in medium slices
cayenne pepper at least six to ten hefty shakes or about one half of a teaspoon
one half of a fresh lime
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Your Grandmother’s Chicken Soup can save your life!
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your Grandmother’s secret recipe for chicken soup.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat you Flu Travel Soup so’s you can keep on traveling.
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