Ignorance Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

Ignorance Can Be Dangerous To Your Health

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to choosing doctors in Mexico. In fact, ignorance can be dangerous to your health. “Common knowledge” among the expat community is that private doctors are the best doctors in Mexico. But, in fact, public hospital doctors are generally the best trained and most likely to be up-to-date on the latest…

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Medical Tourism in Mexico Costing Canada Plenty

Medical Tourism in Mexico Costing Canada Plenty

Millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent in Canada repairing botched stomach-shrinking surgeries performed outside the country, suggests new research into the growing phenomenon of bariatric medical tourism. Researchers who surveyed Alberta surgeons estimate that that province alone is spending a minimum of $560,000 annually treating complications in people who have traveled to Mexico and other…

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Zika Virus: World Health Organization Declares Public Health Emergency

Zika Virus: World Health Organization Declares Public Health Emergency

Up until now, most reports regarding the Zika virus have indicated that the mosquito-borne virus causes fairly mild flu-like symptoms and conjunctivitis and rash. But some very disturbing trends are emerging that point to serious congenital defects, like microcephaly (small head). Some health experts are saying that the Zika virus could be even more dangerous than the dreaded Ebola virus because some victims remain symptom-free. .

Jalisco’s Secretary of Health Jaime Augustín González announced the first confirmed case of the Zika virus on January 22, 2016, so it’s already here.

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Jalisco Secretary of Health Warns of Venomous Bear Caterpillar

Jalisco Secretary of Health Warns of Venomous Bear Caterpillar

23126.600x450Agustin Jaime Gonzalez Alvarez, Jalisco Secretary of Health, alerted Jalisco this week of the presence of a venomous caterpillar called the La Oruga de Peluche (Latin name Megalopyge Opercularis).

There have been two cases of people being injured by the caterpillar reported by Cruz Roja in Guadalajara, and a suspected caterpillar has been found in Lake Chapala’s Chula Vista fraccionamiento.

This caterpillar (see photo) carries a neurotoxin that can cause serious injury, and even endanger the lives of people who touch it. The venom is carried by the thorns hidden underneath the outer layer of fur.

The caterpillar should not be moved or touched under any circumstances. Instead, the Department of Civil Protection and the local firefighters (bomberos) should be notified immediately at 766-5252 or 766-3615. They will safely remove it.

 
Free Language Translation Services Available at Seguro Popular Hospitals

Free Language Translation Services Available at Seguro Popular Hospitals

Many expats are aware that people with permanente and temporaral residence visas are eligible for free health care if they are 60 years or older through Seguro Popular (SP), Mexico’s universal health care system. Chronic problems are usually best handled at one of the SP hospitals in Guadalajara. These are mainly Hospital Civil Nuevo (new)…

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LiveO2: Another Pseudo-Science Therapy Center in Riberas del Pilar

LiveO2: Another Pseudo-Science Therapy Center in Riberas del Pilar

The low-rent commercial district on the Carretera in Riberas del Pilar has attracted another alternative therapy center (see previous article here about another one). An ad for the LiveO2 center appeared in El Ojo del Lago this month, with the subtitle “Oxygen of Youth.” What does that mean? Do youths have more oxygen? Can you…

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