What makes Thai food special in Cuenca — The Thai Connection

    By Susan Burke March Although our local Ecuadorian cuisine is wholesome, it is often lacking in pizzazz. I find myself reaching for the aji even before tasting. But Thai food is quite different. How to describe it? Cookbook author and celebrity chef known as “McDang” says what makes Thai food special is its balance, detail, […]

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    Fuel for 2016 Olympians — They eat how many calories?

    Just like a finely tuned Ferrari, Olympians need high-test fuel to perform.  And you won’t believe how much! I can’t wait to tune in to see Olympians compete, but I’ll bet most casual viewers are not paying much attention to the training, equipment, coaching, rest, and most of all, the nutrition that makes these participants […]

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    Marijuana: The herb that is saving the U.S. Medicare system millions of dollars

    In this third of three columns about herbal supplements, I’m going to talk about a plant whose history dates back thousands of years across a number of cultures. It’s a highly misunderstood and underestimated remedy, and many will know it only as a recreational, mind-altering drug. I emphasized last week, herbal medicine is still medicine, […]

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    An investment opportunity in Vilcabamba and the beautiful Valley of Longevity

    By Susan Burke March If you’ve not yet visited Vilcabamba, now is the time. While Cuenca’s weather reflects the few degrees cooler temperatures during these “winter” months (June, July and August), in Vilcabamba, it’s eternal spring. Located at 5,000 feet elevation, it’s warmer and more tropically lush in these mountain foothills of Southern Ecuador. A […]

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    Plants & herbal supplements: They may be effective, but they must be respected, Part II

    Herbals as medicine form the foundation of medical history. Developed over thousands of years, people have identified and used medicines extracted from botanicals including basic aspirin, to penicillin, to morphine and more. Approximately 80% of the world’s population has used or use some type of herbal supplement. The use of herbal medicines, phytonutrients or nutraceuticals is […]

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    Plant medicine: Use and misuse, Part I

    Modern medicine is rooted in plants. Dating back thousands of years, according to Drugs.com, examples of important medicines extracted from botanicals include reserpine, morphine, penicillin, and vinca alkaloid anti-cancer drugs. According to the MedicineHunter.com, plants are the original source materials for as many as 40% of the pharmaceuticals in use in the U.S. today.  Plant-based […]

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    Another ‘diet’ whose time has run out

    My client said, “What do you think of the 8-Hour Diet? I’ve heard it really works”. Everyone, it seems, has the “secret” to weight loss. Celebrities, doctors, celebrity doctors, sports stars. Or just two guys who’ve lost weight, and want to parlay their experience into a book, website, and products. Don’t forget the products. The […]

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    Is there a cure for diabetes?

    Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are two very different conditions manifested by high blood glucose or blood sugar. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, in which the body attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, making lifelong insulin injection necessary. Insulin is the hormone necessary to “open” cells to energy from carbohydrate — […]

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