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FDA’s supplement warning system has deadly limitations

By Ryan Felton In August 2011 a Colorado woman was rushed to an emergency room in cardiac arrest a day after her husband injected her with a mineral salt called cesium chloride. For the better part of a year, the 61-year-old had taken a dietary supplement containing cesium as an alternative treatment for breast cancer […]

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Combination of healthy lifestyle traits may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s

Combining more healthy lifestyle behaviors was associated with substantially lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease in a study that included data from nearly 3,000 research participants. Those who adhered to four or all of the five specified healthy behaviors were found to have a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s. The behaviors were physical activity, not smoking, […]

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Flushing may release coronavirus-containing ‘toilet plumes’

By Karin Brulliard and William Wan  Add this to our list of worries in these anxious times: coronavirus-containing clouds that waft into the air when a toilet is flushed. Scientists who simulated toilet water and air flows say in a new research paper that aerosol droplets forced upward by a flush appear to spread wide enough and […]

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Taste first! Take this quiz to see how much you know about salt

The World Health Organization, (WHO) based on peer-reviewed research and in concert with health experts throughout the world, writes that an estimated 2.5 million deaths could be prevented yearly if global salt consumption were limited to the recommended 2,000 mg daily. Cultures across the globe have adopted the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the number […]

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Helado

I don’t imagine that there are too many people in the world that don’t like ice cream.  It’s like the national dessert in Ecuador. Here, an indigenous woman and her daughter pause for a break at the Parque getting some cold and sweet refreshment! Whipped up on the street corner, while you watch, in a […]

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A tale of two pandemics: Covid-19 and obesity

By Marc Sollinger There are a lot of possible explanations for why Japan has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic better than the United States. It’s possible that the Japanese are more used to wearing masks, that the government used contact tracing to more effectively to contain outbreaks, and that handshakes aren’t a widespread cultural practice. But according […]

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U.S. FDA revokes hydroxychloroquine emergency approval as a Covid-19 treatment

By Lev Facher The U.S.  Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it had withdrawn an emergency approval for use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment. Almost since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic, U. S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders have touted hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment based […]

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Healthcare: An often-ignored aspect of the expat lifestyle

When you move to a new country, it’s important to understand the Healthcare system that you will be using going forward. Many countries in Central and South America have some of the best known healthcare systems in the world, for considerably less money and almost always less of a wait time. It’s also important to […]

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Should we be breathing a sigh of relief about Covid-19? Biology says no

By Erin S. Bromage, Ph.D. It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of […]

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Who are the ‘new vegan’ travellers?

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series on vegan dining options around the world. To read the first part and second parts, click here and here. By John Keeble It is tempting to think of the new vegan travellers being in the 16- to 35-year-old age group – that is where the […]

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Vitamin B12 — facts and fallacies

As always, before starting to work with a new client, I ask them to first send back a fairly comprehensive medical and lifestyle (diet and activity) survey. Alice (not her real name) wrote that her goals were to lose weight and eat better — she wanted to feel better about what she was eating. Alice […]

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Vegan travels – how easy is it? 

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on vegan dining options around the world. To read the first part, click here. By John Keeble How we travel after Covid-19 reorganises transport, accommodation and restaurants is far from settled – but one thing is certain: people will still want the adventure and pleasure […]

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Flying in the face of a meat storm

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on vegan dining options around the world. By John Keeble An interesting challenge came my way earlier this year and I grabbed it. Can a vegan survive in The Land of Meat? I flew to Buenos Aires and took an Airbnb in the historic and […]

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