[at-l] Pooh-pooh for health...

Frank Looper nightwalker.at at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 19:02:05 CST 2013

Chlorine? I carry a couple of ounces. I use it occasionally. Of course, I
grew up on a farm and drank out of pastured-in creeks. Maybe I'm immune. Or
maybe I'm just a carrier. :-)
On Feb 10, 2013 7:52 PM, "Mara Factor" <mfactor at gmail.com> wrote:

> Actually, those of you who have never had giardia may just be among the
> 20-30% that are asymptomatic carriers.  If you get it but don't know it,
> you just spread it around for the rest of us who do get the symptoms.
> Or, you just never found bad water.  Most water along the trail is fine.
>  Unfortunately, there's no way to tell by just looking at it. Someone's
> infected dog may have just taken a dump along the stream above where you're
> taking your water.
> As someone who travels extensively including third world and developing
> countries, I've had all sorts of digestive problems and exposing myself to
> bugs from these places hasn't done much for my immune system, it just slows
> me down when I get sick.
> Using some form of treatment for water along the trail is the ounce of
> prevention I recommend for hikers who don't want to get laid up for a week
> or more with giardiasis.  Of course, the only time I've had giardiasis was
> after accepting filtered water from someone on the Long Trail.  He didn't
> keep his intake and output hoses separate.
> Me?  I use chemicals.  They pack smaller, lighter, and are more fool-proof
> than the other options.
> Mara
> Stitches, AT99
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