Is intravenous Vitamin C a treatment for cancer? How about coffee enemas?

    My client “Jean” said that she’d recently seen a expat post advertising home visits to administer colon cleansing, coffee enemas, and vitamin C intravenous injections for cancer. The woman who placed the advertisement writes that she’d lived in the U.S.A. for 23 years, and was a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) for 18 years, “taking care […]

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    Gluten-free: A health issue or a fad?

    Does going “gluten-free” mean you’ll automatically lose weight, shrink your “wheat belly” or prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Or as Jimmy Kimmel demonstrated quite hilariously, are you someone who has stopped eating gluten because someone in your Yoga class told you to? (Check out Jimmy’s segment on Youtube.com where he asked people on the street, “What is gluten?”) Can […]

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    Chemicals in cosmetics: Do personal care products increase health risks?

    According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), around the world the average adult uses nine personal care products each day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients. In the U.S., women use more — about 12 personal care and cosmetic products daily — men use half that amount. Many of these products contain potentially endocrine disrupting chemicals […]

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    Madre Tierra Eco Resort: Your stairway to heaven in Vilcabamba

    By Susan Burke March Are you sick of rain? Want some warmer weather? Looking for lush green mountains, great food, friendly people or just some TLC? Only a few driving hours south of Cuenca — an hour south of Loja — is the lovely Madre Tierra Eco-Resort, a full-service resort and spa. Madre Tierra is […]

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    What’s the scoop on milk alternatives?

    Last week my column covered dairy myths and facts. Nutritionally, milk is a “combination food” — that is, it contains the three major nutrients necessary for good health — protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Milk is also a reliable source of micronutrients — vitamins and minerals. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition reports, “despite […]

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    Cuenca’s new Vegetable Bar Café aims to keep expats and Cuencanos healthy

    By Susan Burke March Cuenca may seem like a city of almuerzos serving pollo, cerdo, y arroz, arroz, arroz, (chicken, pork, and rice, rice, rice!) so the opening of the charming Vegetable Bar on Paseo 3 de Noviembre signals a significant and positive change for the better. As a registered dietitian who has not eaten […]

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    The science of sweet: The varieties of sugar and the growing number of substitutes

    The fascinating thing about science is that it does not produce “the one answer”… ever. Science produces an answer, based on current knowledge and the ever-changing limits of investigation. The more we know the more we know we don’t know. It’s frustrating to some, but not to scientists. One hundred years ago, you had a […]

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    Track your way to weight loss: Digital fitness trackers provide the data and inspiration

    It seems as if everyone is wearing a wristband! You’ve probably seen them — colorful or black bands of plastic, sometimes metal, some of them with digital displays. Digital fitness trackers are all the rage and Livescience.com says that the overall market for devices for sports and fitness tracking devices, which includes things like heart-rate monitors, GPS watches […]

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    More about eggs and the vast variety offered in Ecuador’s mercados

    As I reported last week, the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines have dropped the 1960s-era blanket advisory to limit dietary cholesterol to 300 mg per day or less. The new guidelines reflect current science that shows a negligible relationship between high blood cholesterol and dietary cholesterol. The USDA says dietary cholesterol is not a “nutrient of […]

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