Yet in the Panamanian jungle, during my book researching trip, our guide Roberto tells a different story. His scorpion tale underscores the value of earth’s creatures. While handling a bunch of bananas, a scorpion stung his hand which gradually went numb as did part of his arm. The numbness lasted about a month and when it eventually abated he noticed he no longer suffered from arthritis in his hands. (In his former life he was a dentist.)
Soon after, Roberto realized arthritis had also disappeared in one of his shoulders. Intrigued, he began to research this phenomenon and discovered a clinic in the US that uses controlled bee stings to treat arthritis.
His story adds another dimension to a similar tale I heard from our Mexican landladies, seesters, when researching my first book in the Yucatán. While travelling to Japan, both suffered from a severe flare-up of arthritis in their fingers and hands. Seeking immediate relief they visited a local physician who told them the cure for arthritis was in their own back yard in Mexico. He maintained one or two daily shots of 100% agave tequila prevented the inflammatory disease.
Considering these two options, a scorpion/bee sting or a shot of 100% agave tequila, my husband and I chose the latter. We endeavour to take this clear medicine as often as possible and….so far, so good.
Jungle flora and fauna are perfect examples of symbiotic relationships. I plan to use these characteristics in a forthcoming novel when my major characters are lost in this environment. Will they or won’t they survive and escape unscathed?
Beware the Ides of March!