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Last night, I watched TV on the sofa and went to bed after Eun Jeong fell asleep. I noticed I had a small headache from the base of the neck, which I assumed was from my position on the sofa. I also felt colder than usual under the comforter.

I then woke up in the middle of the night dehydrated with a throbbing headache and massive chills. Yet I didn’t have a fever. My body temperature itself was lower. Eun Jeong heard my moans and promptly took care of me by giving me some aspirin, some Chinese medicine powder and some cold barley tea. She noticed that my body was cold to the touch, put me in my robe and two layers of comforters and proceeded to rub my feet as I fell back asleep.

I woke up again burning hot and sweating like I just broke a fever.

This morning it’s just the headache, and I’m out of aspirin.

That was a fast illness, and I don’t remember ever having something where my body temp went lower.

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Joe McPherson founded ZenKimchi in 2004. He has been featured and sourced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, KBS, MBC, SBS, Le Figaro, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, The Chosun Weekly, and other Korean and international media. He has consulted for "Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain," The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, the PBS documentary series “Kimchi Chronicles,” and other projects in the UK, Canada, and Australia featuring celebrity chefs such as Gizzi Erskine and Gary Mehigan. Mr. McPherson has written for multiple Korean and international publications, including SEOUL Magazine, JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald, Newsweek Korea and wrote the feature article for U.S. National publication Plate magazine’s all-Korean food issue. He has acted as dining editor for 10 Magazine and was on the judging panel for Korea for the Miele Guide. He spoke at TEDx Seoul on Korean food globalization, at TED Worldwide Talent Search on the rise of Korean cuisine, and in New York City on Korean Buddhist temple cuisine. The company ZenKimchi International organizes food tours for tourists and corporations and acts as a media liaison for foreign and Korean media and local restaurants and producers.
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