Nov 30, 1919, 12:00 AM
Post #7 of 17
My wife and I have lived in Mexico for going on four years now (first 2 1/1 in Chapala and now in Mazatlan) and we've learned - the hard way- to be very cautious about what we eat and where. A couple of years ago I ended up getting E-Coli, of all things, after eating in a street-food-type restaurant in Manzanillo. It took weeks to get rid of it, thanks to drugs prescribed by Brian Jones, the Canadian doctor who practices in the Lakeside. For the past several weeks my wife has been fighting off various parasites and now seems to be winning the battle. We had been eating once/twice a week at a local street food place, which I blame for her ailment (but can't prove). I have't read the Guad Reporter story, but I know there was a story in one of the U.S. newspapers awhile ago which basically said most of the dips restaurants in Mexico use are full of various contaminants, thanks to lack of adequate refrigeration. Dr. Jones told a friend that when he practiced in a pueblito, before moving to the Lakeside, he found virtually everyone in the place had serious intestional problems. So cast aside that myth that 'it's different for the Mexicans' - they get sick on the food too. I love this country, but the bottom line is we all have to be very careful about what we eat and where. Shrimp (a bottom feeder) can be deadly. We live in Mazatlan, where it's relatively cheap and plentiful and we've stopped eating it at restaurants (we can properly clean them at home). And those corn chips they serve in restaurants are tempting, but don't dip - or you could be sorry. If your food is well cooked, in a restaurant with good sanitation practices, you should be fine. And avoid street food - like the plague.