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Homemade Vaccines in Africa, Then and Now

Homemade vaccines, or autoinoculation against virulent diseases, both for livestock and for people, has – and continues to be practiced – in Africa.  And, as seen in the following picture, early uses of small-pox vaccination in Europe were viewed with great … Continue reading

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Clay-Eating (Geophagy) in the 19th Century

“Dirt is matter out-of-place.”  This quote, by the anthropologist Mary Douglas, points to the cultural relativity of the term ‘dirt’; of dirt being culturally defined.   It is in reference to diseases that ‘dirt’ takes on a non-culturally and more universally … Continue reading

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More about Wild Mango Relish from West Africa

More about Wild Mango Relish from West Africa. Added: wild mango relish now being sold on the internet.  Who gains?  

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Clay-Eating (Geophagy) in the 19th Century

  Scientific American has recently published the podcast Let Them Eat Dirt  .  Here is a post I put up a while back, on dirt and geophagy. “Dirt is matter out-of-place.”  This quote, by the anthropologist Mary Douglas, points to the … Continue reading

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Severe Colonial Cures for Malaria in 1863

Treatment for malaria was a very hit-and-miss affair for colonial explorers and missionaries of the time.  The cause was not known (often thought to ‘come’ from rank swamps and wetness) and the treatments were numerous and sometimes very extreme, as the … Continue reading

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A Village Health Worker & New Contract Farmers in the Village

Food and healthcare are two of the most serious issues in village life in Burundi.  Over 90% of the population are smallholders, farming little plots of land to produce their own food crops and a little also for sale.  As … Continue reading

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How do You Carry a Load?

How did you carry a load when you grew up? When I was young we carried loads – school books, grocery sacks, etc – in our arms so that our shoulders were rounded forward. Babies, too, carried in the arms. … Continue reading

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