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New website at drlesliekorn.com

Posted by lekorn on July 6, 2010

I have posted a lot of new photos and research pertaining to my work in Yelapa , Cabo Corrientes and west Mexico on my new website. Check it out!


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Shopping for food in Mexico

Posted by lekorn on December 9, 2009

I love shopping in Mexico. Yesterday I went to the Mercado Aramara, the last great open air market in PV that sits on historical grounds of the Wixáritari . I bought 3 kilos of Pargo (Lutjanus novemfasciatus) fish heads to make a gelatinous broth for the dogs. Its also known as dog snapper so I think its perfect for the dogs.  a 1/4 kilo of Dorado (aka Mahi Mahi or Coryphaena hippurus) cubed for ceviche Acapulco, a kilo of brown beans, a kilo of bananas, guavas, limes, avocados, a puño of cilantro, a bag of fresh wild strawberries, chiles tomatoes, onions, beets and carrots and finally squash flower blossoms which I immediately went home and sauteed in butter and ate. All this for for 250 pesos (20.00usd).

The fish heads go into a pot for an hour and then are separated from the broth and cooled. Carefully, I cleaned the meat off the head, making sure to catch any small bones, I saved the eyes for Flip whose eyes are starting to get that bluish tinge common in 11 year olds. Once in the fridge, the broth turns into a thick gelatin-pure protein which the dogs love. This dish is especially well-suited for dogs with allergies or digestive issues and is a good  supplement to kibble.Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,

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Posted by lekorn on November 6, 2009

Mexico has the most civilized hours for activities, even garbage is picked up at 11am, none of this running out at 6 am with the can to meet the truck…

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If you don’t know where your umblicus is buried, its as if you had no mother

Posted by lekorn on November 1, 2009

I have recently returned to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to live for the year on a Fulbright award that will enable me to continue my research on traditional medicine among rural indigenous women.  I first arrived here in 1973 and immediately went to live in Yelapa where I stayed. By 1975, I began my studies of local curanderismo, medicinal plant use and general beliefs about healing. I have lived much of my adult life here, with hiatus to both Boston and more recently Olympia. I am so happy to be back, but now in the city which affords the necessities required for translating the fieldwork into something productive.  I will focus this blog on writing about my research as well as my current writing on natural medicine in Mexico, diabetes, and  (since I am finishing up a cookbook with my co-author and husband Rudolph), on food and cooking. Of course news about our dogs, will also appear from time to time. I am delighted to find an active animal health and rights community here.. Women, primarily populate animal care activities everywhere  and we continue to carry out our traditions from the ancient times when dogs (OK, and cats, as well as other animals also) were our work and life companions. During the 19th century feminists also combined their activities of animal rescue and anti-cruelty with vegetarianism and women’s rights. One of my favorite writers on the subject is Carol Adams http://www.caroljadams.com/books.html… Well, since I got off on animals, here’s a recent photo of mine. They don’t usually wear bows, but my wonderful Spanish translator, Marcela, is also a groomer and she felt compelled.

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