We have been in Istanbul a week today. I had no sooner touched Turkish soil than I became violently ill. Between moaning with discomfort I mourned my lost vacation. I knew, based on many past experiences, that my body would not recover for weeks, and I was destined to spend much of this month in bed.
Then our good friend took over the management of my illness. Though not a doctor, he is an experienced tour guide. His special expertise is the wilds of Eastern Turkey, where he has taken thousands of visitors. When he assured me he had helped many of them, I put myself in his hands.
I took no prescription of OTC medication. He ordered a diet of boiled potatoes with lots of salt, water, powdered ginger and bananas. The staff of our hotel boiled potatoes and delivered them hot to my room every morning and evening. I did not expect to be able to eat them, but actually found them quite tasty, almost as if my body appreciated this particular food. After 24 hours I had started to feel better, and by Monday I was once again walking the streets of Sultanahmet.
This is the quickest recovery I have had from this type of illness in many years, and I really give credit to boiled potatoes and powdered ginger. It is a remedy I am going to add to my personal journal. I firmly believe that the treatments from the village are often more effective than modern pharmaceuticals.
Although I am quite well, I am still receiving boiled potatoes every morning at breakfast. I have become very fond of them, added to my regular diet of tomatoes, cucumbers, yogurt, olives, fresh fruit and simit so I have not told anyone I no longer need them.
I am sharing this treatment with no guarantee except the promise that it can do you no harm, and potentially provide quick relief.