The Healthy Traveler
About the Author
We have health problems when we travel that we rarely or never have at home. Because we don't have these problems at home, we don't think of them when we prepare to travel. This guide reminds you of common travel ailments so that you can plan ahead and assists you with travel solutions to problems you may not have anticipated.
Travel ailments can differ from at-home health problems because diet, clothing, schedule, and environment change with travel. We lose many of our anchors, many of our constants. Air travel exposes us to desert-dry air, decreased oxygen, and lower atmospheric pressure. Changing time zones upsets our internal clocks. We tend to do too much. We lift too much, talk too much, eat and drink too much. Increased quantities of food, salt, sugar, and fat, the hallmarks of most restaurant meals, all affect our digestion.
Travel involves change, and change is stressful. Increased levels of stress during travel increase the likelihood of illness. Stress exacerbates everything; many problems appear only under stress. People who never get sick fall ill. Athletes experience unexpected fatigue. Sound sleepers cannot fall asleep, and sometimes they cannot stay asleep. Normally relaxed people become tense and anxious. Eating while under increased stress plays havoc with digestion. Travel is stressful even under the best of circumstances, and not feeling your best makes it more stressful. The increased stress of travel creates many of the problems that you commonly experience during travel, but rarely experience otherwise.
The Healthy Traveler addresses travel ailments and their solutions. Major topics, such as constipation or jet lag, are organized into chapters. Chapters include personal experiences, specific instructions, food, herbal and drug store remedies, and handy chapter summaries. When you need assistance with a travel problem, look first to the chapter headings. Alternatively, look up words relating to your problem in the index at the back of the book.
The remedies I selected for this book work well. They are drawn from western allopathic medicine, eastern and western herbalism, and homeopathy. The information in this book has been assembled from a variety of sources - personal experience, research of the medical and healthcare literature, advice and counsel of health professionals, and numerous case studies. Sometimes travelers know precisely what they need but that product (or healthcare tradition) may not be available for hundreds of miles - The Healthy Traveler assists you in finding effective substitutes. I firmly believe that "the herb you need grows in your own backyard." To paraphrase, you can find a solution close at hand, wherever you are in the world.
No matter how much I have learned over the years, when I am suffering, I find that all my education and knowledge disappears. My idea is that this travel guide will stay packed in your luggage, and that you'll find it so useful that you will remove it only to read when preparing for travel or for entertainment or information while traveling. It's meant to be handy. And it's affordable, so you can buy copies to give to friends who are planning trips. It is my hope that The Healthy Traveler addresses all your problems and answers all of your questions.