Sengiggi, Malaria, and Vitamin D

Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Lina Hotel

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Before I left the states, I made a final Doctor's appointment with Dr. Ravin--the best doctor I ever had.  I really, really, like the guy.  He shared with me an article from the JAMA suggesting men take Vitamin D supplements, as indoor work and sunscreen had created a Vitamin D deficiency.  We often talk of such things--I asked him if he was taking Vitamin D, and he said yes. Good enough for me. I started taking Vitamin D.

That finding may have been a little Euro centric.  There are many things in short supply in Indonesia--breakfast meat, Jews, whiskey, and natural blondes immediately spring to mind-- but the one thing there is here in abundance  is Vitamin D.

I stayed at the Lina Hotel, a group of duplex beachfront cottages, while here in Sengiggi on my three day vacation.  Rooms were 75,000 rupiah (US $6.25) with A/C.  Lina is a very pleasant place to stay--owners are Hindu-- and the pics tell the story.  The balustrade I took the beach pics from is right in front of my cottage.  Highly recommended.

Met a guy from Flores who owns a restaurant in town--he is Catholic.  Took his pic. Told me that in Flores they eat papaya leaves as anti-malarial. I asked him how doing that fought off malaria.  He said it didn't and it tasted very nasty, but that it made your blood unappealing to mosquitoes.  Dr. Ravin--ever heard of this???  Don't worry, Mom-- the jungle method of making one's blood nasty by eating papaya leaves will not replace my daily regimen of Doxycycline.

Sengiggi Beach is a lot cleaner than I had been led to believe.  The vistas are very beautiful. The water is delightful.  Downside--the sand is hotter than hell.  It is hotter than walking barefoot on hot asphalt.  You have to wear flip flops from your beach towel to the water.  I'm not kidding.
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