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It could take months of social distancing to control Covid-19; Can the economy survive?

By Nell Greenfieldboyce The world and the United States is facing a grim dilemma: either effectively shut down society for months to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, or see health care systems overwhelmed by people needing treatment for severe infections. That’s the conclusion of a influential new analysis by a well-respected group at Imperial College […]

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For Ecuadorians and expats, it’s time to ‘shelter in place’ as Covid-19 begins its rapid spread

By Brenda Langdon Since I wrote about pandemic preparedness measures 11 days ago, the world’s cases of the Covid-19 virus have more than doubled from 100,000 to 232,616 (as of 1:30 p.m. March 18). This, unfortunately, is not a drill and we are collectively experiencing the world’s greatest health crisis of modern times. In turn, […]

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Leave it to Canadian dietitians to tell it like it is about avoiding pseudoscience and staying healthy

Thanks to Ted Kyle, of Conscience Health, for calling our attention to a useful post from the Dietitians of Canada. As Ted wrote in a recent post titled, Pseudoscience in the Midst of a Pandemic, “Perhaps this pandemic can sharpen our critical thinking. Pseudoscience in the midst of a pandemic is really intolerable. But why should […]

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As Peru bans international flights and shuts its borders, U.S. travelers struggle to get home

By Jennifer Hansler As nations around the world shut their borders in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of American travelers have found themselves stranded. In Peru, where President Martin Vizcarra issued a 15-day nationwide state of emergency and border closure Sunday, U.S. travelers say hundreds are stuck in the country without a […]

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Save your money and protect your health — debunking coronavirus quackery in Cuenca

Last week I reposted an article about food safety — this advice is relevant all year ’round, and certainly now that we all must take extra care to avoid contamination with the COVID-19 respiratory virus. I linked to Brenda Langdon’s important article about this contagion, and her wise prevention advice. Read it here. Readers who […]

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Mingling with the beautiful people

By Markku Sario First, may I apologize? I am Markku Sario of My Smorgasbord, not Robert Bradley, but merely a Bradley pro tempore with pretensions of adequacy. I am doing Robert’s column today while he is in the hospital with knee surgery that has become much more complicated — and painful — than expected. So, […]

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Las Alcachofas

Just a few scant miles west of Cuenca lies a small and quaint paroquia named San Joaquin. Edie and I have been fortunate to call this area our home for a couple of years. It’s where we moved after our exodus from a life in El Centro where we lived high in the sky, penthouse […]

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What should your poop look like?

Drug advertisements. Ugh. By the time they finish listing the side effects, you wonder why they even bother publicizing them?  Have you noticed that almost every advertisement on the U.S. news show ’60 Minutes’ is for some pharmaceutical drug, or more recently, for a test to detect colon cancer? But this ad doesn’t sound so […]

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Prepare for the Covid-19 virus: How to clean your fresh fruits and vegetables to stay safe

After reading Brenda Langdon’s excellent article about the Covid-19 virus and sensible precautions everyone can take to stay healthy I’d like to repost my column about food safety. One of the best reasons for living in Cuenca is the variety of vegetables and fruits, the freshness and the cost. Last year we visited Florida, “The Sunshine […]

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Oh! My aching head! Myths and facts about hangovers

Credit: NIAAA: Understanding the impact of alcohol on human health and well-being For many people, a night of drinking can lead to a painful morning after and the dreaded effects of a hangover. What does science tell us about this phenomenon? What causes the typical symptoms of a hangover? And the question perhaps as old […]

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Vilcabamba eco-lodge Izcayluma begins campaign to change the future

Examine the word responsibility —  response-ability — the ability to choose your response. Proactive people realize their responsibility; they do not blame circumstance, conditions, and surely not others, as a reason not to be responsible. Our behavior is a product of our own conscious choice, based on values rather than difficulty, or the conditions that […]

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Where there’s wildfire, there´s smoke! Climate crisis and health

By Jaime Moreno The Australian bushfires began in June 2019.  As of January 14, 2020, fires burned 186,000 square kilometers, as a reference 65 percent of Ecuador’s area. An estimated one billion animals have been killed. Air quality has dropped to hazardous levels. By January 7, 2020, the smoke had moved 11,000 kilometers across the […]

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Another way women are different from men — heart attack symptoms!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) to leads all other causes of American deaths daily, at least 2,200 each day. For reasons not yet understood, women fare much worse than men do after suffering a heart attack; twice as many women die within a year of suffering a […]

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