The tropics is out to get you

In 1972, when I should have been writing up my PhD thesis, I spent lots of time predicting the future, because I had young children, and wanted to know what was waiting for them. Unfortunately, my predictions were accurate.

One concerned the appearance and spread of diseases, some never before encountered. Why?

Mass travel means people encounter diseases they have not developed immunity for. With air travel, they arrive somewhere else while still in the incubation period. Then… BAM.

This has happened quite often.

Now it is getting worse because of climate change. Many of these diseases are spread by mosquitoes, ticks and the like. Both the insects and the germs breed faster in hot weather.

The result is described in an article by Karen McVeigh.

The extra-hot summer of 2018 in Europe has seen the rise of never-before-encountered diseases, and the spread of previous incursions from the tropics.

How to protect yourself?

Don’t get bitten. (Duh!) But not all of these diseases need an insect vector to spread. Non-specific protection is to look after your immune system:

  • Do your best to reduce the toxic load in your body: e.g., pesticides, nicotine, alcohol, street drugs, even prescription medicines.
  • Enjoy regular exercise.
  • Meditate daily.
  • Laugh lots.
  • De-stress your life as far as possible.

How to avoid adding to the problem?

Stay at home of course. Tourism is one of the scourges of our times. Travel may broaden the mind, but it shortens survival.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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