Enjoyed this Jerusalem Online report on Israeli consumption of garlic, second only per capita they say, to China. They make the claim that people who consume a lot of it get bitten by fewer mosquitoes and generally stay healthy.
Reminds me of my Texas mother when we lived in Libya when I was six. My sister and I liked to run barefoot through the dirt, which bothered mother no end. Whenever she caught us at it, she would turn to the lore of her Texas upbringing and make us eat a clove of garlic each to stave off ringworm, among other things. It was awful. So we worked hard not to get caught.