From our Bureau of Great Advances in Neo-Medieval Medicine with some assistance from our Greatest Achievements of Socialism Bureau and our resident medical expert Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber
How’s this for the best medical care in the world? And how’s this for great utopian achievements, too?
Intestinal parasites? Is this the 21st century or the 8th? Boiled pumpkin seeds instead of medication? Both of these indicators of pre-modern social conditions are alarming.
Lord have mercy. What’s next? Bloodletting? Leeches? Eye of newt and toe of frog plus wool of bat and tongue of dog? Will Castro, Inc. recommend relying on witchcraft and santeria rather than medicines? Tremendo retraso, compañeros. Such backwardness, comrades. Lovely Revolution. Absolutely lovely.
By the way, if you’d like to know more about intestinal parasites, visit this site: The Six Phases of a Tapeworm’s Life
Loosely translated from Marti Noticias
The local newspaper Venceremos, from Guantánamo province, suggested to its readers to give children pumpkin seeds to “combat intestinal parasites”, as an alternative to the lack of drugs on the island.
Although the media outlet recommends going to a specialist, especially in the case of minors, it proposes remedies based on pumpkin, “a vegetable without contraindications and very nutritious, rich in vitamins A, B3, E, K, zinc , iron, folic acid”.
The recipe to follow is as follows: “boil a liter of water and when it is about to boil, add the pulp and pumpkin seeds and wait for the water to reduce by half to turn off the heat. Let cool and then shake and strain, you can add honey and some crushed garlic cloves. Take one or two tablespoons daily fasting for seven days, rest three and repeat the treatment.
In the month of March, the pharmaceutical industry appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture to face a shortage of medicines with medicinal plants. The goal, according to the Granma newspaper, is to make “medicinal preparations” to replace drugs that require imported raw materials.
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