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Martina’s sick today. And I’m writing this and I’m starting to feel sick. Marriage: you can share everything, including your viruses! Ah my eyes burn. Anyhow, I’m feeling woozy so this might be a bit of a silly post. First, let me direct you to one of our really old videos, before we felt comfortable on camera at all and were super awkward. Here’s our Korean cold medicine video:

 

You can see jjuk in that video. The stuff we made today did not look like that because Martina slow cooked two chickens with onions and celery and used the broth to make her jjuk. She even sautéed some onions, ginger, garlic, tossed in some Korean dried dates and it was SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! And normally I hate jjuk. Anyhow, we’re gonna tell you some stories about health care and more about how to get medicine from pharmacists in Korea.

Magic Needle to the Ass

One of the things we didn’t talk about was magic-needle-to-the-ass. People who have been in Korea might know what we’re talking about. Needle to the ass. Feeling sick? Doctor’s got a needle to put in your ass for that! I thought they just did that in movies. I never got needled to the ass in Canada. I usually just get them in the shoulders. In Korea, though, the preferred method is in the ass. We have friends who went to the hospital, didn’t speak Korean, got needle to the ass, and miraculous recovery. WHAT IS IN THIS CONCOCTION!!

Point is: I’m not sure what’s in these needles, but they work. Have a cold that feels more severe than a real cold? Needle to the ass! God inexplicable groin pain that first made doctors think you’re about to die? Needle to the ass! Maybe one day you will experience this glory.

OH WAIT! Martina once got the Korean needle to the ass, but she wasn’t sick. She was trying to rescue a scared kitten crying in the park at 1AM during a thunder storm. When she tried to grab it, it mauled her hand and took a big kitten chunk out of her finger. She shamefully walked over to the hospital with her drippy bloody finger and because she’s allergic to cats and her finger was all gross and swollen and pink. She was getting all puffy and itchy and trying to explain the story to the nurses was HIIII-larious. They were like, “why would you touch a wild cat?” we’re like, “IT WAS A LOST KITTEN DON’T YOU SEE???!!!” Anyways, after we got super judged by the nurses for poor behaviour, they gave Martina some anti-infection/rabies shot to the ass. Poor Martina. She still brought that ungrateful kitten a can of tuna after that.

Korean Pharmacy Life Hack

Now, we’re not doctors in any way, shape or form, except when we act like certifieded doctors for Music Monday. These are just some of the things we’ve learned to ask for when we’re looking for medicine in Korea. A lot of this stuff is over the counter in Canada, but some of it isn’t so in Korea, but I’ve found that pharmacies aren’t necessarily uniform in their regulations. Some follow it, some don’t. Point is, we’re not doctors, so don’t take our word on this here. Do the research yourself. I’m refusing all liability if you do something and explode from death.

Also, some of the medicine you might be used to are combinations of some of these things, so, if there’s some medicine you’re used to, just get a list of the medical ingredients and a better understanding of what works for you, so you can ask for the ingredients rather than the brand when you’re in Korea. It’s also useful for when you’re in other countries. Martina got a cold when we were in Japan last, and so we just asked for the ingredients, which are universally named. Booya!

List of Common Medicines

Tylenol = Acetaminophen
Advil = Ibuprofen
Robaxacet = Methocarbamol
Getting Rid of Dry Cough/Cough Suppressant = Antitussant
Getting rid of a Mucousy Cough = Expectorant
Allegra = Fexofenadine
Sudafed (or anything else for stuffy noses) = Pseudoephedrine

Now, an interesting note. This last one (Pseudoephedrine) might not be given to you in a high dose by an over the counter pharmacist, they’ll say you need a prescription. This didn’t happen to us the first 4 years we were in Korea but recently it seems Korea is trying to crack down on illegal drug creation, more specifically meth. Any Breaking Bad fans out there? Yeah, so we were really baffled when it happened, but that’s what our local pharmacist told us. It super sucks because our sinus infections are wicked bad and require extra strength but it seems now we require a prescription to get that and AIN’T NO ONE GOT TIME FOR THAT! Australia, when we visit we will make a trip to the pharmacist.

Terms For Being Sick

So for those of you currently in Korea or planning on moving here, here is a little list of terms we put together that I hope you find helpful when you’re sick in Korea.

Stuffy Nose/ A Cold 감기 kam–gee
A Cough 기침 gee-chim
Runny Nose aka Snotty McSnotterson 코물 koh-mool (which literally means nose water! Hahahahh I LOVE IT)
Sore Throat 목아프다 or 목쓰림 mohk ah-poo-dah/mohk sseu-reem
The Flu 독감 Dok-gam
Barfing 구토 Gu-toe (FYI the “sound” of barfing in Korean is “UUUUUEEEHHKKK” but I liked to use “TOOOOEEEEEEE” which always made my students laugh)
DIHHARREEEHHAA 설사 seol-sa (or as I say, “SALSA PARTY!” and then I dance the salsa before running away sadly)
Constipation 변비 byeong-bee
Fever 고열 goyeol

Onto those things involving PAIN which always end with = 통 THAT TONG TONGTONGTONGTOOOooOOOONGG! Get it? Guise? Ahem…

A Headache 두통 Du-tong
A Toothache 치통 Chee-tong
Tummyache 복통 bok-tong
Girly cramps for that time of the month 생리통 saeng-retong (or secret term between girlfriends “ma-jik” aka MAGIC *Martina breaks in singing MAAAAAAGIC MAAAAAGIC MAAAAAGIC, OHMO OH MO OH MO…)

Korean Health Care Locations

This may not seem that important, but a couple notes on this. First of all, everything in Korea is stacked vertically so you might not expect to find your local Dentist on the 15th floor but that’s actually a normal thing, so learning the Korean words for health clinics can help you find one where you least expect it. Pharmacies are normally on ground level and dentists usually have teeth or other obvious things, but the E.N.T and Oriental Clinics are much craftier to find. Also, if you’re ever in an emergency and hop in a taxi, you can just tell them BYUNGWON. Here are some of the other names you might need:

– Pharmacy 약국 yahk-gook (medicine is just 약, so we always joke about being sick by saying we need to find a YAAAAAKKK)
– 
Hospital 병원 Byeong-won
– 
Dentist 치과 Chee-gwah
– 
Oriental Medicine Clinic 한의원 Haneewon
– 
E.N.T 이비인후과 ee-bee-en-hoo-gwaah BUT just “ee-en-tee” can be enough for people to understand you if you charade enough.

The E.N.T, aka Ears, Nose, and Throat specialists, are very common near universities and have all types of funky things for when you’re suffering from a severe cold, like hot air breathing machines with masks and warm cup things that look like big headphones to comfort your ears during infections. A visit to one of these without health care and no appointment (all you have to do is sign up and wait) cost me under $20.00.

I Can See Your Insides

Another story: Martina had some wicked painful heartburn a while ago, when she was still teaching. Turns out she was drinking green tea like water + coffee + eating spicy food and the combo was burning her esophagus from all the acidity. When we went to the hospital to check it out, we had to make an appointment to see the specialist and they put a camera down her throat. I was in the waiting room, and the nurse told me to look for screen number 7. Turns out there’s a big TV in the room with a bunch of squares. Square number 7 was going to be Martina’s innards. They broadcast that on TV in the hospitals! All the other peeps waiting for their loved ones are just sitting around me watching the screen. Woohoo! It kinda took our relationship to a new level. I saw the inside of Martina’s throat and stomach. Love, right there, boys and girls. That’s love. We opted for that version because that was the cheapest version. Turns out they also had pill cams. PILL CAMS! You swallow a pill and it’s a gortdamned camera that records what’s inside you and you just poop it out and doctors can watch that movie or put it on YouTube or something, I don’t know. I bet you there’s a secret YouTube channel known only to Koreans and it only shows people’s innards and its got a million subscribers. I’d subscribe to that.

Speaking of subscribing, if you like these TL;DRs, you should subscribe to us on YouTube! We’ll do more of them and talk about other experiences we’ve had in Korea.

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  1. Amusingly, you can’t be admitted into a hospital unless you are going to be receiving help from them ie. getting an op done there, etc.. Otherwise, you’ll literally be abandoned aside by the nurses. And they expect you to pretty much do everything on your own, be it going to the bathroom.

  2. Amusingly, you can’t be admitted into a hospital unless you are going to be receiving help from them ie. getting an op done there, etc.. Otherwise, you’ll literally be abandoned aside by the nurses. And they expect you to pretty much do everything on your own, be in going to the bathroom.

  3. I don’t have insurance right now and I am so so SO sick. For about the past 4 days. My mom wanted to take me to Urgent Care but I told her the only time I see a doctor now is if I literally have a limb falling off or I passed out an am otherwise unable to actually stop anyone from taking me. The minute I wake up though I will be outtie! I will give them a fake name and everything, I will not let those evil money grubbers get to me!

    But I actually do need to get insurance soon cause I will be fined now for not having it :(

    I’m just gonna move to Korea. I’ll pretend to be a Russian and maybe get a Ajushhi Sugar Daddy?

    …this meds are seriously ruining me right now.

  4. Awesomesauce
    Awesomesauce

    If I get really deadly sick, it will literally be cheaper to fly to Korea, pay the expenses, and then fly back than get treated in the US. -_- How sad.

  5. S & M – I just finished my first week of teaching English in Korea and have a nasty cough. This post was invaluable. Thank you so, so much. Off to the pharmacy now!

  6. vespertine

    I’m living in Korean right now! This nasty weather however has made me have a bad cold going on for 3 weeks. I went to see a doctor in Buncheon, but he was not very helpful and there hasn’t been improvement on my cold. :( Can you recommend any good places for foreigners to go that are good?

  7. I think the medicine they give you for your stomach is supposed to make you throw up actually. Usually stomach aches and pains are cured by getting rid of whatever might be bothering it. I could totally be wrong though.

    Also as a lot of people said, American health care is terrifying. The most hilarious and sad part is when they make you pay 2000 for an ambulance ride and you can choose to no have one which they tried to tell a woman, who was unconscious so of course she couldn’t even make that decision. So glad that Sweden has free or very low cost health care similar to South Korea. Dental is also extremely expensive, but I think a lot of countries have that issue.

    Also, Martina! If you could answer to this question that would be
    freaking awesome, or Simon could if he knows. The article says you’re allergic
    to cats (So sorry that kitty scratched you up. I’m the same way, I’d
    save a kitty in a thunder storm) but you guys have Dr. Meemersworth! I’m
    totally confused. I thought for a good deal of people if you’re
    allergic you can not have whatever animal you maybe allergic too. How
    are you able to do it? Do you take medication for it so you guys can
    keep Dr. Meemersworth? Or something else? My boyfriend and I want to get a cat and dog when
    I move to Sweden where he is, but he’s unsure if he might become
    allergic over time because his mom did and we don’t want to have to let
    go of a kitty if we get one and then he becomes allergic.

  8. army_kitten

    Intramuscular shots are usually given in the arm in the States and Canada because the risk of nerve damage is much higher with buttock shots (http://www.medicalprotection.org/Default.aspx?DN=97a3c277-c644-4a4b-a41c-8028e05f9c4b).

    I learned this the hard way when I had pneumonia in Korea a couple of years ago, and had to spend nearly a week in hospital (a scary, strange, and very boring experience). The doctors gave me some kind of butt shot right before I was admitted, and it hurt much worse than others I had had, to the extent that it caused me pain when walking for a week afterward. I tried to tell the doctor that it hurt more than it should, but she just laughed at me. Later, I realized I’d developed nerve damage there because I had a patch of skin that felt numb/tingly/sore that wouldn’t go away, and it was worse in cold weather. It’s been getting slowly better over the last two years, though, which is good.

  9. Marcus Lee Pernell

    Howdy! I’m a renal (kidney) patient and I’m currently on dialysis in Australia. What’s it like there for those of us with bad kidneys and how much is it to pay for dialysis out of your pocket there? Thanks!

  10. Lee Lee Lin

    Soooo did you guys put your stuff on this site or…
    http://www.howtohealthcare.com/tldr-health-care-in-korea/

  11. Soooo, I have a question; I know that foreigners can sometimes get away with stuff that Korean people can’t (ie: dyed hair, different clothing style, etc) and the pressures are different, but how do Korean people treat other Asians? For example, Chinese or Japanese people who grew up in America? I have a Chinese friend who looks like she’s Korean so when she went there, apparently some people gave her looks for her ‘foreigner-ish’ style since she lives in Canada but everyone thought she was Korean.

  12. Krista Robertson

    Man hospitals are so cheap in Korea! I went to the hospital last month here in LA and I just went in for 3 stitches… I wasn’t even sick! And they charged me $2,500…… Luckily I have health insurance so I actually only had to pay $100.

  13. Were they Chia seeds? They turn into a jelly-like substance when they’re hydrated. They can be used as a thickening agent in food but also people eat them raw for the health benefits! Sorry they made you feel yucky!

  14. beloved89

    Here’s 2 tips based on my experience – I went to Yeonsei Severance Hospital in Seoul because of a ridiculously high fever

    1. If you’re really sick, don’t go to the international clinic in the hospital (if there is one)…go to the ER. I know in North America we don’t really go to the ER for symptoms like fever, but they were much more useful and seemed to care a lot more than the doctors in the international clinic.
    2. Famous university hospitals in Seoul (like the one at Yeonsei U.) cost a lot more than smaller hospitals – but the service they provide in the ER is great. They literally tested for everything once I told them I had health insurance and they kept me there until they got my fever down (3hrs?). The wait time was also really short…like 5min? My bill for all the tests and IVs was somewhere around 800,000won. International clinic in the hospital was around 100,000 won but they were useless imo.

    Get well soon! (I’m sick right now too haha oh summer colds…aren’t they fun?)

  15. Christine

    good to hear that korea has a good health care system. i live in the US and recently went thru two major surgeries for a burst appendix. you know how much i got charged in total? roughly $102,000. ONE HUNDRED AND TWO THOUSAND FREAKING DOLLARS. luckily i had medicaid and it happened 2 months before my 19th bday so it paid for all of that shit but still, absolutely ridiculous how it is here.

  16. Aminah Henne

    can you do a tldr about woollim ent becoming woollim label/merging with sment c&c? with like how you feel about it and what fans in Korea feel about it?

  17. I really get the impression that in Korea (and Asia in general) there’s much less of a sense of personal space and privacy; not that it’s bad but just a really interesting cultural difference. In Australia people would freak out completely if their private innards were broadcast to an entire waiting room!

  18. valeee carrasco

    hi guys ! could you make a TLDR about korean birthdays? how korean people celebrate birthdays? what things you should not give as a present? The best and the worst gift you’ve received in korea? do you have any stories? thanks !!! pleasee !!

  19. Katelen Bennett

    I’m not seeing much about dental in the comments so I must ask, what do you mean when you say “dental work is money murder”? I’m supposed to be coming to Korea in a week for ten months and I have run out of time to get in with a dentist here. Side note; I live in the US and dental work is murder here, I’ve spent $200 average (each) on a few cavities and they estimated a root canal at $1200, which I thankfully didn’t need.

  20. Robyn kemp

    What about getting prescription pills you already know you need to be on. For instance I know I need to take certain pills at a certain dosage(and I know what it is), do I tell the doctor this, or what? :S ( I have epilepsy so it’s pretty important I’m on medication) :S

  21. What are some korean stereotypes by region (busan stereotypes, seoul stereotypes, etc)?

  22. Jasetyn Hatcher

    OK guys,. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea! But I payed quite a bit for my emergency surgery this year. It was about $4,000.00 US for several CT scans, loads of antibiotics tube food, etc, 8 hour surgery, 1 week in the ICU and 1 week in the regular ward. Make sure you have some cash saved up people, just in case! For reference I had emergency bowel strangulation surgery (awesome).

    • doublecitrus

      In the US, the ICU facility charge alone costs around $4000 per day. So even though it was a lot of money to spend, your medical emergency was downright cheap in comparison to the US. You would have been charged 4000 x 7 for the ICU, 7 days regular room charge, surgery charge, surgeon charge, anesthesiologist charge, other assorted doctor charges, medicines, procedures and supplies like the tube feeding and scans.

      Unless you had the absolute best insurance plan (of the hundreds of plans), you would have paid significantly more than you did in Korea.

      I live in fear of something like this happening to me or my husband. We have insurance (that costs ~9,200 for the two of us per year, not cheap) yet our deductible (what we have to pay before any hospital bills would begin to be paid by the insurance) is still 13,000!! Even after we pay that, we still have to pay 20% of the remainder, as well as anything that the insurance company decides not to cover.

      Furthermore, we have no choice at all about the insurance plan. It is chosen by our employer. Like most people, we cannot get private insurance outside of our employer because of preexisting conditions. Thank goodness when the health care reform goes into full effect next year, preexisting conditions will no longer prevent us from comparing and choosing a plan.

      Our hodgepodge of hundreds of different insurance plans in the US causes an absurd level of administrative cost. The doctor’s office has to negotiate with each one individually. Apparently my insurance company took a hard line on negotiations and in January tons of doctors stopped accepting it because it wasn’t worth it. My two doctors, my husband’s doctor, and the boss’s doctor all dropped it. When I asked my doctor for recommendations on a new doctor, it turned out none of them took my insurance either. I needed a certain specialist but there were so few of them accepting my insurance that I had to wait 7 months to get an appointment with one (and this is NYC, we have tons of docs). Our insurance plan does not allow any payments at all to docs who are out-of-network. So we were screwed. It was nightmare.

      I find it shocking that this passes for health insurance. When you get sick here, you worry that you will go bankrupt. That shouldn’t be a factor when your number one concern should be healing from an illness.

      My experience with healthcare in Korea was so much better, even though I wasn’t on the national insurance and had to pay the full cost myself. I never had to play a complicated game to figure out which doctor to go to. I never waited for months to get an appointment. And the full cost was always less than my copays would be in the US.

      • Jasetyn Hatcher

        Yes, you are very right about my home country (the US) being an absurd hodgepodge of fear for American citizens who get sick. It is genuinely appaling. However, I emigrated to NZ when I was 18 and my surgery, ICU costs, etc etc would have all been completely FREE, as in many other countries where expats and teachers in SK hail from, so I wanted them to know that it’s not the case here.

  23. Daniela Cardoso

    Hi Simon and Martina!

    Firstly, I hope you’ll get better soon!

    Secondly, here are some advices, if I may, as a medical student.

    Vitamin C: I saw someone writing about vitamin C strengthening your immune system. That is right, you take vitamin C to avoid getting a cold. Drink orange juice everyday, the fresher the better, as the vitamin C tends to “disappear” quite quickly, or buy some efervescent pills (more rapidly absorbed).

    Echinacea Purpura: Can be found in herbal shops. “The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) assessed[15] the body of evidence and approved the use of expressed juice and dried expressed juice from fresh flowering aerial parts of Echinacea purpurea for the short-term prevention and treatment of the common cold.”

    Also, if you have sinusitis you can try cleaning your sinuses daily with a lota or with a salted water spray; it will prevent the accumulation of mucus and therefore bacterial growth. There are other nasal sprays with corticosteroids, to reduce inflammation, but I think the first line of treatment should always be PREVENTION. If you guys don’t know what are you allergic to, than I’d recommend to do a skin-prick test; like this you will know what are you allergic to and you can avoid such allergens.

    You can also use house remedies such as drinking hot tea – lemon tea or ginger tea, both with honey which is antibacterial -, using mouthwash – in case your throat is affected; you can also do with honey and lemon juice. If you have a tonsillitis I recommend Betadine oral antiseptic, http://home.intekom.com/pharm/adcock/betadn-o.html .

    About the drugs you are taking:

    .Pseudoephedrine for the stuffy nose is good

    .Codeine or Ephedrine as antitussic (no more than 5-7 days), if needed

    .Ambroxol as mucolitic, if needed

    .Paracetamol, ibuprofen or nimesulide for fever and inflammation ( if you have asthma do not use ibuprofen)

    .Fexofenadine is a good antihistaminic since it’s non-sedative. You can also ask for a newer type of drug which might have less side-effects. These are use for allergies and as a way to stop mucus production.

    I do not recommend methocarbamol but, that depends on the country and the doctor’s philosophy.

    I DO recommend to ask your doctor to establish a plan with you and if your symptoms worsen to visit one.

    And as Simon wrote: ” I’m refusing all liability if you do something and explode from death.”.

    And don’t forget to eat!
    I hope I helped some!!

    Get well!xoxo

  24. Caitlin Burrows

    Regarding the multiple screens, my dad was brought to the hospital for what turned out to be an atrial flutter. They fixed it, and he’s fine now. But they didn’t want him to leave until they fixed it, so we had our Christmas Eve/Day celebrations that year in the hospital (and my dad had his surgery on the 27th. He came home after that, and I delayed my return to Canada and to work so I could spend more time with him, you know, out of the hospital).

    One day, while I was visiting him, he brought me out to the nurses’ station in his section and showed me a monitor. That monitor has split screens, and each screen had a number that corresponded with a patient’s room. My dad showed me his. Then he jumped around a little bit, trying to make the heart monitor jump.

    When i was recovering from my spinal fusion, I was hooked up to a heart monitor. Every time I had to get up to go to the washroom, I had to be unhooked and every time I got back into bed, I had to be hooked back up again. It got to the point where I got so tired of those fiddly little wires that I didn’t want them hooked back up. So my dad didn’t.

    That alarmed some people: “my” screen at the nurses’ station suddenly going blank? No wonder people came running into my room. They understood once we explained the situation. It was my spine that was recovering, not my heart.

  25. Roxanne Garcia

    lmfao poor simon and martina! But despite the obvious sickness, Simon was hilarious – I KNOW I’M GETTING SICK BUT HEY, I’M NOT AT MARTINA LEVEL YET, SO I’M ALL HAPPY AND CRAZY <3
    Ninja Meemerz <3
    Oh Simon, you and your Marriage Reminders, I swear this one takes the cake for me, 6 YEARS OF MARRIAGE, YOU GET SNOT ON YOU ARM!!!!!!

  26. You said 아빠. It should be 아파.

  27. I posted a TL;DR question on the Youtube link of this video but wasn’t sure if I was supposed to put it here or there, so here it is as well:

    Hey guys, I was wondering about money and/or classism in Korea.

    Ex: Do others look down upon poor/rich people? Moving there do you feel poorer, richer or about the same? Are there “Hollywoods” and “ghettos”, and what would they be like? Do you notice apparent differences between a very rich person and/or a poor person in public? How do Korean people prioritize their money? (Ex-I remember you talking about many Korean families living together because apartments are expensive).

  28. Get well soon Martina! I would send you a care package of wonderful North American comfort food but I’m pretty sure you’ll be 100% again by the time it would get there…You too Simon, feel better guys!

  29. Chantal Valentine

    its now decided…anytime im sick….i shall fly of to korea……
    P.S- Mr. Meemersworth is a wizard

  30. In Brazil we have a Needle-in-the-ass too, it’s called benzetacil. I think that the real name is benzilpeniciline, or something like that. Is super awesome, it works for almost everything. The downside is, it hurts really bad. People cry taking it. I actually have never had it for my mom has never let me. She says it’s better to spend a week on antibiotics, even if you feel like crap.

  31. How available is birth control in Korea?

  32. Jessica Lewis

    Hey, guys. I noticed something that looks like it might be a typo in your description of Korean sick terms. For “Constipation,” you wrote 변비 (byeon-bee), and then romanized it as byeong-bee? I know it’s minor, but I just wanted to make sure you knew.

  33. Tracey Levy

    I know of the needle-to-the-ass well, only with me it’s two & I’m sure its a completely different concoction then what you have. I suffer from ice pick migraines and the only thing that cures them are two needles in my butt (the doctor told me once that its better to have them in the most fleshy part of my body because it will get into my system quicker) they knock me out for twelve hours & I wake up feeling good as new. Get well soon Martina & Simon, we need you healthy for your Australia trip.
    Do you have the flu shot in Korea ?

  34. Pill cams sounds awesome! So does one get to keep the pill cam after they poop?

  35. kpopfan123

    It’s a good thing you named the medicine in the blogpost so people traveling to Korea, might know what to look for in case of sickness…

    Korea isn’t the only one where you need a recipe for pretty much everything.(except for cold purpose drinks : Fervex it’s perfect! but don’t know if other countries have it….and except for throat candy) and I can understand their policies. Many people don’t have the time or money to go to the doctor or hospital (not to mention ginormous lines to wait and you come back home even more sickened than you were initially…from all the sick people around you) so they buy medicine that THEY think it’s good for them. Some of the times the disease goes away but if the disease doesn’t go away and in the end … they still have to go to the doctor. Moral of the story is… if you take those medicine that you thought first to be helpful, but aren’t …those damage your stomach… even prescribed medicine by the book…damage your stomach but in a smaller amount.

    I’ve had some pretty scary experiences with “doctors” and I’m terrified of going to one in the future but I haven’t been to the doctor (physical) doctor for the past two years. I’ve been consuming aloe vera gel and eating a small piece of garlic every morning and that just solved it. I just can’t imagine how someone in Korea can catch a cold with all those spicy foods around… or is it that once you consume too much of it… the body gets too used to it and it doesn’t have any effect?

    About “I can see your insides” story…. *sigh* Martina, this is the first time I feel like scolding you!! “green tea like water + coffee” …coffee has already the property of fast digestion… if you drink green tea on top of it … that’s like doubling the effect + spicy food… I don’t even want to think about it > . < "Turns out" Simon…*sigh* please keep an eye on Martina from now and then will you? (it wouldn't hurt if you checked online with healthy eating tips either…or better ask a nutritionist…. now and then :P)

    Take care of yourselves guise! Martina is far more sick then I imagined….take this chance to get some more rest… ( I feel like I'd be a total nagger in your presence… for good reason of course! :P)

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  36. Kouadio Marie

    Wow it sounds totally insane to me … even paying a 100 bucks to go to the hospital is quite insane for me as I’m french because here health rekated services are basically free so …

  37. Bianca Christesen

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but when you come to Australia, you’re probably going to have a bit of trouble getting your hands on some Sudafed/other medicines containing pseudoephedrine, especially any which is strong. =
    They are pretty strict about controlling the sale of Sudafed here, unfortunately, as you typically, to be able to purchase it, have to provide your Driver’s Licence/Passport/Other form of reliable ID, which they’ll put into a database, so they can track any purchases made by you, to ensure you’re not buying copious amounts, from various different pharmacies, to use for making drugs. And, that’s just for weak, over the counter strength forms of the medicine… For any stronger medicines, you’d definitely a prescription, and they’d still put you into the database.

    I know you guys aren’t going to try make drugs, or anything of the sort, and are just looking for some relief from the dreadful cold which has been going around, but I just thought I would give you some warning, so you don’t get a shock from the pharmacy trying to get all your details, just from buying some Sudafed =P haha.

    None the less, I can’t wait for you guys to come visit here, and I hope you have a fantastic time! ^____^ See you at the KWAVE Festival~

  38. How did you get memmers if Martina’s allergic to cats?

  39. Gracie グレイス

    Even though you guys are sick, (get well soon!!) I really like the new “setting” for this video :D

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