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Our Abuelas Swear By These At-Home Remedies To Cure Anything You Might Be Struggling With

Everyone is going down right now with the cold, but not Latinos who follow their abuela’s advice like a religion. Honestly, our families have very interesting ways to try to make your illness vanish before dinner. Whether you are putting Vicks Vaporu on your feet and weraing socks to bed or gargling hydrogen peroxide for a sore throat, some are super questionable and some are genius. However, don’t get crazy and always seek medical advice if you are sick and need assitance. That being said, here are some remedies our abuela’s swear by.

Vaporu

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Symptoms: Literally anything.

There’s no world in which VapoRub doesn’t top this list. Our mamis put it on our chest whenever er had a cough and puts it on all her warts. The healing magic of Vaporu is endless.

It was such a staple in our childhoods that we legit fantasize about its amazing healing properties.

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We were all up in Vaporu’s business. So much so that if you look in your house, you’ll find a few containers of the magic elixir.

“Sana, Sana, La Colita de Rana”

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Alongside Vaporu, this it’s one of the only other cure-all’s we have on deck. Mom would sing the song as she made marks up your arm and end with a very intense tickle. It always made you feel better, so there’s your proof.

El Ojo

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Symptoms: General Lethargy / Sluggishness

Also known as uncooked eggs. If you’re feeling general malaise, you might have the evil eye. The only way to get rid of it is to rub an egg all around your body for three days straight, it will rid you of the evil eye demons.

A glass of water.

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Symptoms: Todo de todo.

Don’t even think about drinking that. Leave it behind your bed to absorb evil spirits in the night. Then, dump it out the next morning. Do that for a few days and you’ll be cured (or the virus will have run its course, who can say?).

Sopa de Pollo Cubano

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Symptoms: Cold/Flu

Caption: “Sopa de Pollo Cubano para mi mujer para los gringos:

Cuban Chicken Soup for my lady it’s been said to cure everything”

#facts

Salt Water

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Symptoms: Sore Throat

It is one of the most common cures for a sore throat in a Latino home. There was no getting a day off because your throat is sore. Gargle some warm salt water, wait 20 minutes then go about your day.

Honey

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Symptoms: Cold

Okay, this isn’t a uniquely Latino remedy, but you know your abuela has told you to have a spoonful of honey whenever you even felt slightly uncomfortable. It was even better warmed up with some lemon juice. As an adult, add some tequila and really kick that cold.

Onion syrup

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Symptoms: Cough / Weakened Immune Symptom.

Yep. Just peel and cut an onion and boil it. Once it’s a bit more reduced, add honey and lime and drink that onion water like your abuelita swears her life on it.

Garlic

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Symptoms: Frio Al Estómago

We don’t get sick because we pop raw garlic cloves like their grapes. That’s because we’re warm, tropics/desert people. So if you’re eating raw salads and smoothies all day, you’re betraying that warm stomach, and better add some garlic, stat.

A Spoonful Of Olive Oil

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Symptoms: Stomach Aches / Colds

Spaniards conquered us and brought us olives. At this point, you can make yourself a garlicky, caramelized onion olive oil dip and call it medicine. Abuela says it’ll help fight off colds.

Wear your socks.

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Symptoms: Existing

No matter what, you should wear socks around the house so you don’t catch a cold. It’s a preventative measure, but if you’re already sick, layer those babies on.

The Ocean

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Symptoms: An Open Wound

Whenever you hurt yourself playing outside or doing something they told you not to do, your parents, if you lived by a beach, would tell you the ocean can heal it. You could use salt + water + cotton ball and do this at home, kids, but it’s not how our abuela’s cured themselves.

Sancocho

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Symptoms: Cold / Flu

Screw chicken noodle soup, mijas. The Dominican Republic’s sancocho will build strong bones.

Mustard

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Symptoms: Cough, Congestion

If you’ve bastardized our shared identity by not having Vaporu around, you can mix mustard with an egg white and some flour. Make like play-dough and apply it to your chest to relieve coughing. We’re not scientists, we’re just messengers.

A shot of tequila

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Symptoms: Cold / Insomnia

It didn’t matter how old you were. If you had a cold or stomach flu, your mom made you have a shot of tequila. The hope is that it would instantly kill the bacteria in your body, but we do not recommend this for jóvenes.

Agua Florida

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Symptoms: Fever

Peruvians and general Miamians alike know that this is the holy water of healing grace. Pour a few drops of it over someone’s feverish head, and it’ll cool you down. Regardless, you’ll smell nice.

Manzanilla y Anise

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Symptoms: Stomach Cramps, Nausea, Discomfort

When that stomach flu hits you, here’s a twofer. Eat some citrus for that natural Vitamin C and then boil the orange peels along with anise. Drinking this abuela-approved tea will soothe your stomach right away.

7Up

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Symptoms: Nausea

Only Latinos would turn a soda into a medicine. It’s the healthiest soda in the house, so if you’re not feeling well, mami will offer you a 7Up.

Put potatoes on your feet, kid.

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Symptoms: Fever

Apparently, rubbing potatoes on your feet can also help reduce a fever.

What weird, strange, and effective Latino remedies keep your family alive and kicking?


READ: You Are Never Too Old to Try Abuelita’s Tried and True Cold Remedies

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A Girl In Puerto Rico Died From An Illness Because The Only Hospital In Her Area Was Destroyed During Hurricane Maria

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A Girl In Puerto Rico Died From An Illness Because The Only Hospital In Her Area Was Destroyed During Hurricane Maria

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There is sad news out of Vieques, Puerto Rico where a young teenage girl has passed away after suffering flu-like symptoms. Jaideliz Moreno Ventura, 13, died on Sunday after her condition worsened she began convulsing. Now, her family is pointing the blame on the island’s inadequate medical facilities. 

Vieques, a Caribbean island off of Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, hasn’t had a working hospital in over two years. That’s because its old primary hospital, Family Health Center Susana Centeno, was closed due to damage from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island more than two years ago.

What started out as just flu-like symptoms turned into a tragedy within the span of three days. 

It all started last Friday when Jaideliz told family members that she was experiencing flu-like symptoms. According to local media, her uncle, Carlos “Prieto” Ventura, said that she had “a fever, a sore throat, and a headache.” She was then taken to a hospital in Puerto Rico for a checkup and to be tested for influenza. While the results of the test came back negative and she returned back home to Vieques, things got worse over the weekend. 

By Sunday, Jaideliz’s symptoms only got worse as she began to have spasms and severe head pain. After the family took notice of her increasingly worse conditions, she was taken to the only health facility on the island, the Center for Diagnostics and Treatment, which was due to Hurricane Maria destroying its old hospital. According to NBC News, the clinic lacked proper medical equipment to help Jaideliz. Her cousin, José Ventura, told the news outlet that the facility didn’t have a working mechanical ventilator for oxygen, only an older manual air pump. 

By 11:30 a.m. local time Jaideliz was pronounced dead as she was being transported to Puerto Rico on an air ambulance. 

For those living on Vieques, receiving medical attention isn’t easy. Many have to take a boat to receive medical attention in Puerto Rico where trip times vary from 30 minutes to multiple hours. 

There is growing anger and blame about the teen’s death with many people pointing blame at the inadequate assistance that Puerto Rico and nearby islands have received since Hurricane Maria hit in 2017. The situation in Vieques is a perfect example of that as residents lack nearby health services and aid. 

“If we had more resources, she would be with us right now,” her cousin told NBC News. “They have forgotten about us.”

Puerto Rico’s Health Secretary, Rafael Rodríguez Mercado, says that he has ordered an immediate investigation into the death of Jaideliz and which circumstances could have caused this tragedy. Back in December, Democratic lawmakers requested an investigation into why FEMA hadn’t done anything to help rebuild Vieques’ only hospital. But lawmakers alerted FEMA about this issue in May but there was never any response. 

“In Puerto Rico, we talk a lot about how we are treated as second class citizens, but the people of Vieques and Culebra [another island off the coast of Puerto Rico] are being treated as third-class citizens,” Edgardo Román Espada, president of Puerto Rico’s Bar Association, told NBC News last May. 

Jaideliz’s family is using this tragedy as a wakeup call for health officials to do something about the deteriorating situation on the island. They are hoping for more medical supplies and equipment so this situation doesn’t happen again.

On Wednesday, a vigil was held in the girl’s honor as her family called for help. They say that they “don’t want Jai’s death to be in vain” and made the plea for more medical assistance. Her mother says the island needs to “have a dignified hospital, with medical equipment and supplies —so that no other mother will have to go through what I am dealing with now.” 

“Up to a point, the people feel abandoned, that politicians come and go, and there are no bonds of affection and our feelings are obvious. We live this problem and that is why our pain here. All this adds more regret and anguish to our people,” her uncle told local media. “This is what you live every moment on our island. We need more sensitivity. ”

This tragedy followed what has already been a tough start of the year for Puerto Rico as a 6.4 magnitude quake shook the island back on Jan.7, killing at least one person, destroying homes and leaving most utility customers in the dark. There has been an estimated $110 million in damages caused by the quake. 

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A Man In Mexico Was Hospitalized After A Three-Day Erection After Taking Bull Stimulants

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A Man In Mexico Was Hospitalized After A Three-Day Erection After Taking Bull Stimulants

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He’s a man without a name or a face but is what every tía is cackling about in Mexican cocinas across the country after news circulated that a man was hospitalized after taking sexual stimulants meant for bulls. The man was planning to have sex with a 30-year-old woman, Peruvian newspaper La Republica reports. The eager man decided to seek out something stronger than Viagra. The man eventually traveled to Veracruz, a 12-hour drive south of where he was eventually hospitalized, in order to seek out a sexual stimulant typically reserved for bulls used by the agricultural industry as inseminating machines. 

Local news outlets have not confirmed whether or not the highly-anticipated sexual encounter ever took place.

The man is currently being hospitalized at Specialist Hospital 270 in Reynosa, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The Mayo Clinic confirms that an erection can become a medical emergency if it has persisted for more than four hours. There are two different types of persistent erections. The more common one results from the use of erectile-enhancing drugs and can cause permanent damage to the penile muscles, causing erectile dysfunction, if not treated immediately. Essentially, the blood is not able to flow and be oxygenated, which means the surrounding tissues lose oxygen, which they need to function. Symptoms also include a “rigide penile shaft, but the tip of penis (glans) is soft” and “progressive penile pain,” according to the Mayo Clinic

This man waited three days before seeking medical attention. 

His doctors have confirmed that the substance that caused his condition is typically used to stimulate bulls for insemination.

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“He was admitted to the Specialties 270 hospital of the IMSS of this city (Reynosa), a man who would have ingested a sexual stimulant that he brought from Veracruz, used by farmers in that region, to stimulate bulls for insemination,” the man’s doctors told La República. In case you missed it, in order to have the mass production of meat and dairy that the existing human population demands, the animal agriculture industry has to get creative. It’s standard protocol to hire professional ejaculators whose sole job is to inject “viagra for bulls” into a selected bull and “collect semen.” It is a common practice in the meat and dairy industry to inseminate cows to increase the numbers in the herds.

The man told the outlet that he took the “viagra for bulls” because he was planning to have sex with a 30-year-old woman and didn’t want to underperform. Unfortunately, the very drug he sought out likely has permanently caused enough damage to his penis that he almost certainly suffers from erectile dysfunction as a consequence.

Some are choosing to make light of his condition.

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“Get well soon, @BorisJohnson,” one Twitter user joked of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “He should have tried the new Viagra LIGHT,” another user tweeted. Meanwhile, the unnamed man continues to recover at the Specialized Hospital 20.

The medical term for his condition is priapism and can cause permanent damage.

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The name itself, priapism, comes from the Greek god of fertility and lust, Priapus. Most of us are, thankfully, only familiar with priapism because of Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy,” but it is considered a medical emergency if an erection lasts longer than four hours. According to Weill Cornell Medicine, even just 6-8 hours of priapism can cause irreversible damage and cause erectile dysfunction disorder, and “it has been estimated that priapism of 24 hours duration is associated with an approximately 50% incidence of permanent erectile dysfunction.”

The first step in treating priapism caused by erectile-enhancing drugs is to drain “the old stagnant blood from the penis” and inject “a vasoconstrictive medication directly into the erectile tissue of the penis,” says Weill Cornell Medicine’s Male Infertility non-profit. When caught early, it can be effectively resolved in this manner. In the case of this unnamed man, he required a surgical procedure to attempt to reverse the erection. Typically, surgeons will have to place a shunt to drain the stagnant blood in the penis somewhere else. Still, surgical outcomes predict a 25-50 percent rate of long-term erectile dysfunction.

The surgery fails to relieve symptoms 25-50 percent of the time, in which case a penile prosthesis may be surgically implanted. There have been no updates on the status of this man’s recovery or projected sex life.

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