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I traveled extensively in Nicaragua and caught bacterial and parasite infections as well as amoebic dysentery. Imagine yourself spending the night in 90 degree heat with 98% humidity while being ravaged by insects (helpless to swat them away because you are too weak.) You're sitting on a toilet, wracked in pain, with a bucket in front of you. You are shivering uncontrollably and sweating profusely from a high fever. You're in this position the whole night because you can't sleep. Why can't you sleep? Well, every few minutes you have violent diarrhea and dry heaves at the same time. This is what water borne gastric infections will give you. The onset of this stuff is very rapid and if you're in the middle of the mountains someplace by yourself, you just might die of dehydration for all the liquid will be coming out of your body from both ends. Your head will be reeling and if you don't die, you'll wish you did.MaryPhyl wrote:My brother in law (a pharmacist) has a theory about water. He thinks that if you drink every kind you can find you become immune to whatever. So.... he does and I have never seen him sick. I think one can be a carrier of bugs even if they do not make you sick so be careful where you poop.
Lizard wrote:Chlorine dioxide is one of the more effective treatments for crypto known. It is used to treat many municipal water supplies. Here is a link to a study about its effectiveness:Sounds good, is there some scientific proof that it kills Cryptosporidium? That seems to be the only weak point to many of the chemical treatments.
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