From The Associated Press
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(AP) Carmen Gonzalez plucks one of the 50 frogs from the aquarium at her bus stop restaurant, bangs it against tiles to kill it and then makes two incisions along its belly and peels off the skin as if husking corn.
She's preparing frog juice, a beverage revered by some Andean cultures for having the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive. A drink of so-called "Peruvian Viagra" sells for about 90 cents.
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Gonzalez adds three ladles of hot, white bean broth, two generous spoonfuls of honey, raw aloe vera plant and several tablespoons of maca _ an Andean root also believed to boost stamina and sex drive _ into a household blender.
The third world is really embracing natural Viagra. In Dishes from March 20th and March 26th we referenced Malaysia and Chile’s attempts, respectively, to cash in on this phenomenon. It looks like people worldwide can use some extra pep in their step. But aphrodisiacs and potency remedies are not new and it’s only natural that people would seek out natural alternatives to Viagra. We’re hoping that there are two results from this: 1) big pharma starts looking to homeopathy for its next ED medication—that’s “erecticle dysfunction,” for those not in the know; and 2) third world countries start making TV commercials. Do you remember the commercials for Enzyte (meet Bob et cetera)? How much better would it be if ‘Bob’ was an Andean Native catching frogs before jumping into bed to impress his wife. We’re just glad that all of this energy and time is being put into increasing sexual pleasure, as until recently, sex was barely tolerable.