Saturday, March 11, 2006

Infertility and the Dead Sea

I spent this past weekend at the Dead Sea. As far as I could tell, no one actually lives there, there's just a long row of hotels (actually 2 groups of hotels), a few (extremely) tacky shopping centers and some spas...

The Dead Sea water has a unique chemical composition that is known to be therapeutically effective for various health conditions - skin conditions like psoriasis, rheumatic diseases (e.g., osteoarthritis), respiratory diseases like asthma and many others. People come to the Dead Sea from all over the world for the one-of-a-kind treatments.

As I sat with my feet in the water (that has a kind of greasy feel to it), I wondered if there are any treatments for infertility that are associated with the Dead Sea... As soon as I got home (after sifting through my email) I searched for reliable information about such treatments. Unfortunately, I didn't find any. I guess that for people who believe that stress is a factor in infertility, the Dead Sea is a place where it's easy to relax...

On Friday, we went to Kibbutz Ein Gedi, and walked around the botanical garden. It's incredible to see the amazing variety of plants that grow there. Some like I've never seen anywhere else. It's hard to imagine, but there's desert all around and Ein Gedi is an oasis of greens, oranges, reds and yellows...

Thanks for hanging in there, I'll be back on track with the next entry. I just felt I had to share part of my experience.







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