I wasn't well in Rio de Janeiro . I'd rate how I felt as "2". I was in Rio in September through December 2002.
I wasn't super well in Recife - perhaps a "2+". When I went a bit further north to Natal and Fortaleza, in 2003, I was well - perhaps an 8".
By 2007, the benefit of being in "good" locations seemed to have almost disappeared for me. I could only have one or two good days and only when I was first arrived near tropical seas and avoided mold.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 14, 2011 19:42:41 GMT -5
Here is a report I got from the mother of an ME/CFS patient who lives in Ottawa.
My daughter went to several places in Brazil last fall and felt much better there except Rio de janeiro. She also was in Vladivostock where there was a lot of snow and to her surprize she felt very good there. November to March is terrible in Ottawa for her.
We have always known that in the winter my daughter feels better within an hour of landing in a plane in Cuba for example. She goes into a remission from pain and illness. She feels worse immediately upon return. Something about the Caribbean really agrees with her. She might be able to achieve complete remission in that climate. But how practical is that?
From Paul Beith Triple Frontier (Where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet) Foz do Iguazu (Igazu Falls) Score: 5 I was not well on anywhere on the Argentina side of the border. Even at the falls, I was only so-so. Yet, on the Brazilian side, I am well when it is not rainy. However, I cannot rule out that the brevity of my good health here was not due to unrelated factors. Was there about a week each time, 3 times. Better than usual
From Paul Beith Pernambuco - Recife Score: 4 Recife seems to be a bit too far from the equator for me to be entirely well. I went 200 miles closer to the equator to Natal and was well there. Was there one week I was definitely better than I am in most locations
From Paul Beith Rio Grande do Norte - Natal Score: 5 I was in excellent health, but it disappeared after several days. Was there 2 weeks Felt very good, but only at first. After that, the CFS symptoms returned. However, I cannot rule out that the brevity of my good health here was not due to unrelated factors.
From Paul Beith Ceara - Fortaleza Score: 5 There is not much rain some months. Was there 5 months I seem to have a constant battle with mould here. I was well at first, but then my CFS returned. However, I cannot rule out that the brevity of my good health here was not due to unrelated factors.
Post by Lisa Petrison on Nov 15, 2011 12:31:26 GMT -5
Paul Beith wrote:
To be precise, I was well in the city of Foz do Igauzu, Brazil, but not at the falls (world´s largest), nor across the river in Argentina.
I also was not well further into Brazil. I am guessing that my "wellness" was caused by proximity to the world´s largest hydroelectric dam, which is several kilometers away from the falls.
I have spent numerous months in north eastern Brazil. It has been a very mixed bag for me here. (You might want to follow this on a map).
I first arrived in Recife and was not well. I was later 120 km. up the coast (north) in João Pessoa, one of the greenest cities in the world, and not well. 110 km. further up the coast in Natal for 6 days, I was well. About 500 km. further up the coast, in Fortaleza, I was only well for short periods. I seemed to get those well periods by avoiding mould, but am not sure.
After a short period, I was not well in Fortaleza, period. I then visited São Luis de Maranhão and Teresina, Piaui in the wet season. They are very close to the equator. I was not well. That same week, I gave Natal a final try, but only for 3 days. I was very well in Natal, but not anywhere else around it ! Natal allegedly has the world´s purest air and I havea documented breathing problem, so perhaps there is some connection.