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  • #32815

    Brazzilliann
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    São Paulo’s Ultra Violet Ray count today was ten on a scale of 0 to 11, which is alarming.I thought of initiating this thread because this and other health issues arise which gringos often may not be aware of.The population has been advised over the media today to wear hats (who the hell wears hats in fashion-conscious SP?) and sun protection creams even in the shade. And we are only still in Spring. Summer this year is supposed to be the hottest ever… Got air conditioning?In Bahia (where ancient popular wisdom has banned any physical exertion during the hottest hours of the day… or maybe during office hours in general…) I once spotted a very red-faced gringo athlete ploughing his way over a wavering endless stretch of boiling highway. Running under the noonday sun, against all better judgement. This is a typical no-no. Those of us who have lived here for a longer while have learned to re-design our lives and schedules around sun avoidance. Then again, others have not…

  • #32819

    Greenback
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    WHAT! No shaggin on an afternoon?

  • #32823

    LolyBH
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    Wow. 10?! Aside from UV the air pollution here worries me. A recent Fantastico showed 5 times the level of Dioxins and Fluorines in the air from a few years back. They showed the filter paper (sampled in Ibirapuera park) and it was black, after 24 hours of “filtering”. And this is aside from the cesspit rivers… Of course Bahia is not the only area where hot early afternoons are foregone for a siesta. Many countries in Southern Europe do this also, as I’m sure do those in Africa and the Middle East. Personally I love the sun and heat though, which is probably a good thing. But this Spring is still very variable, and surprisingly often overcast (based on my experience of last year).

  • #32825

    mercy224
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    anecdote: A friend was vacationing in Bahia laying out in the hot sand on one of those super hot sunny days. Needing another drink, she called (with that customary Brazilian “pssssssiu”) to the waitress that was serving her from the nearest “barraca”. The waitress, lazing in one of the beach chairs under an umbrella, slowly lifted her head and replied, “Ai meu bem… ta’ muito calor hoje, sabe?”, and stayed right there. My friend had to get her own drink.

  • #32827

    mercy224
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    [QUOTE=hityl2000]WHAT! No shaggin on an afternoon?[/QUOTE] Like I said, only with a hat on

  • #32828

    mercy224
    Member

    Can anyone tell people about Dengue pls?

  • #32835

    Anonymous

    [QUOTE=Russell]Aside from UV the air pollution here worries me. A recent Fantastico showed 5 times the level of Dioxins and Fluorines in the air from a few years back. They showed the filter paper (sampled in Ibirapuera park) and it was black, after 24 hours of “filtering”. And this is aside from the cesspit rivers…[/QUOTE] I remember about ten years ago when car motors were a lot less sophisticated. You’d be walking along and enveloped suddenly in billows of unbreatheable smoke. Maybe the polluting chemicals are of a worse sort today, but it is less visible…I spent a whole night sitting in front of the entry desk at the Hospital das Clinicas a few months ago. I noticed that the great majority of emergency attention was for people who had trouble breathing. It was a very polluted evening.

  • #32838

    Anonymous

    All I know about Dengue is it comes from Mosquitos (that’s Mosquitos in English, as opposed to Mosquitos in Portuguese) and makes you very sick. Hence be careful around areas with lots of open water. My wife’s cousins, who live inland from SP city, have a small pool in the garden and it was FILLED with Mosquito larvae. In terms of air pollution, I know Brazil is a country of extremes with the glitzy shopping centres on the one hand, and the favelas on the other. But I still think the terrible pollution here needs to be addressed, whether it’s the stink of raw sewage being dumed into the Tiete (and friends) with God knows what else, or the choking particulates, dioxins and fluorines coming out of the old trucks and cars. I’m glad to see programmes like Fantastico highlighting it, even though nothing gets done. What is all this pollution doing to people?… I don’t know what cancer rates are here, and I don’t want to depress people, but anecdotally quite a few people I know here have had cancer and a USA friend was saying similar about SP friends and family.

  • #32841

    Anonymous

    About as many people died from tuberculosis last year in Brasil as died from AIDS (about 15,000 people). If the air isn’t polluted enough here, its also populated with tiny killer bacilli that you can inhale into your lungs and, if you’re unlucky, will eat your lungs into a bloody pulp. So, use a condom to protect yourself from HIV. And wear an oxygen mask twentyfour hours in Brasil to protect yourself from TB.

  • #32845

    Sian
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    [QUOTE=Russell] I don’t know what cancer rates are here, and I don’t want to depress people, but anecdotally quite a few people I know here have had cancer and a USA friend was saying similar about SP friends and family.[/QUOTE] i know people with skin cancer. I recall my friend the beautiful A.Marie, Brazilian of British lineage, baking under the unclement sun at her beach house, a large bandage covering her clavicule, from which a strip of cancerous skin had just been excised. Her phrase (shrugging): “Skin cancer? It’s like zits, everyone has it nowadays.”

  • #32847

    EricSGU
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    [QUOTE=Cary]About as many people died from tuberculosis last year in Brasil as died from AIDS [/QUOTE] The only person I ever knew who died of aids was in 1984, a young heir to an empire, Lauro.

  • #32857

    see your report of the high count in sp,,,,,,,,,,and up my way the sun gets hot and stays,,,,,,,,,,,,,will have to check and see if any listing is out for joao pessoa [jp] ,,,,,at least in a smaller city on the ocean we have pretty clean air to breathe and a great breeze most of the time [but no wall-marts or sam’s,],,,,,,,,,,so i guess that is a plus,,,,,,,,,,well stayed covered,creamed and healthy,,,,,where ever you are in BRAZIL,,,,,,,,later,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,mtf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,captbillnbrazil

  • #32860

    Greenback
    Member

    Note to self: Do not rent a convertible in Sao paulo this summer!!http://www.clarica.com/larry.larose

  • #32862

    santos
    Member

    Larry,The problem is not Sao Paulo…. it is the ozone layer…. a huuuuuuuge hole in it… and getting bigger every day….

  • #32866

    Sian
    Member

    well now you tell me,,,,,,,,,,will need a real big texas hat and lots of cream for that,,,,,,,,,,later,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,captbillnbrazil

  • #32867

    Badcam
    Member

    Suggested revisted note to yourself: That guy hacking and coughing in the taxi cab or bus or metro two hours before you boarded it my have left an ultra light gift for you floating in the air in the form of TB or Avian flu for you to suck inside yourself. Actually, you would be much better to rent a convertible!

  • #32878

    Badcam
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  • #32879

    Badcam
    Member

    Investment tip: Chicken stocks. Brasil now supplies a third of the world’s chickens due to Avian flu fears in Asia. Buy now, but sell quickly before our next flu season in six months!

  • #32922

    jontriple
    Member

    Why are Americans so darned paranoid about illness? Eoghan

  • #32926

    LandAmerica
    Member

    could it be we would like to live long enough to see the world in peace,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,?later,,,mtf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,captbillnbrazil

  • #32928

    mercy224
    Member

    Eoghan,Americans are indeed paranoid about illness.They are even more paranoid about a thing called “safety”.My uncle came to visit Brazil with a bunch of radioactive rods stuck inside his loin area to treat an illness. I told him truthfully that I would not give myself that kind of trouble. Whenever the bell rings, I’ll know it’s time to go.

  • #32931

    PatrickGH
    Member

    nina,,,,,,,,could it be the doctors know MORE about it and the big money “illness” can bring in with many visits,,,,,,the doctors do make some big bucks for sure,,,,,,,,,,,but not on me,,,,,,,71 years old and had my tonsils out at age 8 and that is it,,,,,i,m not counting war wounds,a different story altogether,,,,,,,,,,,but i do agree on people and their talking and thinking about sickness,,,,i believe it actually makes them sick,,,,,sort of a mind thing,,,what do you think??just clean your mind and enjoy life,,,,,,,,,,have more sex ! that clears up everything,,,,,,,have a good day in BRAZIL,,,,,,,,,mtf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,captbillnbrazil

  • #32932

    PatrickGH
    Member

    Personally, I only hope I don’t go uncomfortably. More than that I cannot ask. Eoghan

  • #32958

    joelle24
    Member

    with me having such a beautiful brazilian beautiful wife i don’t want to go at all,,,,,,,i’m here for the duration,,however long it takes,,,,,,,,,,,,,have a great day in Brazil,,,,,,,,,,,,captbillnbrazil

  • #33000

    Anonymous

    In the news today:Forty million people in the world have the AIDS virus

  • #33003

    bocokzoy
    Member

    And unfortunately, little hope that the situation will improve in any significant way soon.

  • #33004

    Anonymous

    Hasn’t Brasil done something, more than most countries, to fight AIDS?

  • #33012

    DonJuan
    Member

    AIDS and DRUGS ,,,,,,,,,the situation on both does not seem to improve,,,,,,,,,even with the many millions spent for education, medical and advertizing,,,,,They tend to grow everyday,,,,,,what is the answer??,,,anyone?have a good day in BRAZIL,,,,,,,,mtf,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,captbillnbrazil

  • #7579

    denda
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