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Can the quality of your diet hasten or delay menopause?

Could the foods you eat help determine when you start menopause? They might, says a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers found that women who ate more fish and beans and other legumes started menopause at a later age, while women who ate a diet heavy on refined pasta and […]

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Shoulder your civic responsibility as an expat and pay your taxes

According to Quora Digest, the southern hemisphere houses 12.2% of the world’s population. I was aware of this prior to moving to Ecuador; it was one of several determining factors​ that propelled my decision to move here​. When I arrived, I quickly learned that the city of Cuenca ideally suited my needs in several important […]

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Sugar: Is it intoxicating? Do you need a ‘detox’?

By Ted Kyle Brush your teeth, wash your hands, take a shower. These are all good, healthy ways to clean up. Dietary cleansing and detox rituals? Not so much. So it’s surprising to see the Washington Post making itself a platform to promote a pseudoscience sugar detox cleansing ritual. Does It Work? n=1 The clickbait headline […]

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Vacas y campesinos de Galera

A couple of years ago, while in the far reaches of Ecuador’s northern coast, I found something out. I had known to never fully trust any map since I was a scout. But I didn’t know the inherent differences in a “lighthouse,” as the term is used along the Atlantic seaboard of North America, in […]

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The phantom hound: Making friends in the Blue Ridge Mountains

By Jeff Van Pelt I lost my German Shepherd, Klaus, at 11 years from a neurological disorder. Any dog owner knows that is like losing a child and a best friend at the same time. Klaus was my camping and cabin buddy in the mountains of Virginia (USA). The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of […]

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Serving up sweetness: Deborah and Dawn at Double D’s Delights do it right

By Sylvester Grahame I can be shameless. There have been times when I have used the ruse of conducting an interview when, in fact, I just want to chat with someone because I find them interesting. My preferred interviewing style is sitting back, sipping something dark, and asking, “Whattup?” So, I knew I was in […]

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Is it near the end? How to speak with your doctor about hospice

By B.J. Miller As a hospice and palliative medicine physician, my job is to help reduce suffering. At the end of life, that job becomes especially intense when time is short, when machines and data seem to be taking over, and so many intense emotions surround a body that is trying to die. But here […]

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It’s the time of year to bundle up

Dear Readers, It’s been noticeably cool of late, cold enough for the Canadians and Yankees who live here to agree on something, a rarity unto itself. The mornings are often crystal clear. Bracing even. Beautifully woven alpaca shawls of every hue are luxuriously wrapped over cotton blouses and swaying skirts buffering women scurrying to work, […]

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