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    i think sezze says it best: the vilage folks eat what they have around them at the time; feast and famine... hubby's eating habits seem to reflect that also. recently a wild boar was (legally culled) shot and we have been eating wild boar for breakfast lunch and dinner feet head skin parts wahtever. the vegggies are either what i buy, or what he finds in the fields (every israeli moshav has thais so there are thai trees and veggies plus whatever else has been tried and found edible)... he tries not to buy fruit and veggies. i do or we would die of malnutrition. rice and meat with basil/coriander/peppers. the other main dietary issue is TEETH. thais do not take good care of teeth and they eat bones, gristle open bottles with their teeth, etc... hubby's paretns are missing most teeth and as the dentist here said after doing a four month 'catch up ' on hubby's teeth (or what remains of them) is that his teeth are like the beduins and arab fallaheen from 40 yrs ago (the poor ones, not the rich ones like the dentist and his family). w/o teeth, the facial bones degenerate, sink, adding to other problems. just the problems arent identified. w/o teeth, food is not chewed properly, not digested properly, and therefore malnutrition... things that are easyt o eat are not varied so much white rice is eaten adn thats that. calcium is an other prpblem. village thais boil bones and such in soups but w/o teeth, bones cant be crunched, so calcium levels drop. and no one gives thought to the home births and miscarriages that most elderly village women went throu gh from age 15-16 on up; home births, etc. since then, dietary intake has changed: the amount of junk the families consume has increased regardles s of financial status.. just more easily obtained. i live on kibbutz where elderly are very well taken care of , including those that went thru wars, famines, imprisonment etc; and then came to work the land, most are still working a few hours a day and would die if they didnt work. howver they are all sufferring also from dietary and dental problems that have caught up to them. because old thais dont tend to go to doctors, there's no knowing how many actually suffer from old people diseases, although ive heard that diabetes is quite commong (glutinous rice being a culprit) also... for every elderly thai moving around the village, there are many more who are laying on mattresses in back rooms being taken care of by grandkids and daughters, until they die... sometimes w/o no interceding care. liver flukes/bilharzia/parasites/alcohol.. all contribute also to the 'liver problems' that they always talk about... the adage more is better for pesticides/fertilizers, and the habit of recycling old containers of chemicals for water jugs (something that the workers do if the employers dont put holes in the jerrycans) means exposure to toxic chemicals and the cancers taht come with that; but a large majority of poor village thais and mostly the old folks wont go for cancer treatments so they survive until they die of cancer as opposed to dying from the cancer treatments; but also die w/o palliative care of any sort. my parents are 75 and spry, travelling etc. ; kibbutz elderly also are travellers, and healthy participating members of community. thai elders for the most part are tired out, unhealthy, teethless, by about 60 (for those that know wehn they were born). ive heard many of the thai men here refusing to go to doctors , saying they prefer not to find out if theya re sick or not, just to live until they die (rather like my ornery ex father inlaw, died while tying the laces of his work shoes, disregarding any doctors' advice and treatments, here in israel with socialized medicine.)ignorance is bliss and long life. im sure sheryl as a field nurse in asia, would know more statistics and the realities of elderly care in villages; not as romantic as some think for sure. bina israel
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