Contact us: 098-482-2495
Advertising: jonathan@cuencahighlife.com | Editorial: david@cuencahighlife.com

Susan Burke March, a Cuenca expat, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, a Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in smart solutions for weight loss and diabetes-related weight management. She is the author of Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally — a fun and informative book intended to liberate serial dieters and make healthy living and weight control both possible and instinctual over the long term. Contact her at SusantheDietitian@gmail.com

At the first signs of a stroke: Act F.A.S.T.!

By Susan Burke March |

New research from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association shows that although 35% of Americans experience warning symptoms of a stroke, only 3% seek immediate medical attention. And ignoring any symptoms can be deadly. Maybe  … Read more

Avocados: They’re so good but should you really eat them on a daily basis?

By Susan Burke March |

Avocados are one of the most healthful foods on earth, but should you eat them daily? After all, eating too much of this fatty fruit could result in weight gain, right? But what if the  … Read more

Raw or cooked? How to eat your leafy green vegetables (Hint: It’s not necessarily raw)

By Susan Burke March |

After writing my column on juicing a couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a reader asking why, if raw kale is purported to be so healthy, was I against drinking it. Another  … Read more

An update on ‘alternative treatments:’ Is intravenous Vitamin C a treatment for cancer? How about coffee enemas?

By Susan Burke March |

A year has passed since I posted another version of this column in CuencaHighLife.com. The more things change, the more they stay the same. But, what’s changed?  Time. A year has passed. What has stayed  … Read more

Prevention of non-communicable diseases

By Susan Burke March |

Last week, my column detailed the impressive increase in life expectancy around the globe. As reported in the National Institute on Aging, “The dramatic increase in average life expectancy during the 20th century ranks as  … Read more

When did doctors become allopaths?

By Susan Burke March |

What is allopathic medicine, and why do some people throw that term around so insultingly? Wikipedia reports that German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) invented the term “allopathy”. He conjoined allos “opposite” and pathos “suffering” to  … Read more

There’s no such thing as the perfect tan

By Susan Burke March |

If I were to enter a contest to see who has the highest risk for skin cancer, I might win. Thumbs down. My risk factors include: Lighter natural skin color; skin that burns and freckles  … Read more

Are bacteria having a party in your sink?

By Susan Burke March |

My morning routine includes listening to podcasts from a variety of NPR radio shows as I walk on the Tomebamba. Yesterday, I was in stitches listening to the food safety expert describing how most people’s  … Read more

How juicing Is overrated

By Susan Burke March |

Juicing. It seems like an ideal way to lose weight and get healthy, right?  After all, you’ve seen that babe holding a glass of juice, a tape measure conspicuously draped around her impossibly tiny waist.  … Read more

Fanesca in Cuenca: Keeping the tradition, making it healthier!

By Susan Burke March |

The days leading up to Easter in Ecuador has a very exciting vibe. We were just in Quito, and throughout that big city and here in Cuenca, all the mercados are stocked with salt cod,  … Read more

Busting sugar myths: Facts, fallacies, and recipes

By Susan Burke March |

Many of my column topics are inspired by statements made by clients and by posts that I see in social media websites.  Recently I’ve heard that “sugar is bad, but fructose is good.”  Also, sugar  … Read more

More fake health and nutrition news: Alkaline water

By Susan Burke March |

There’s no shortage of fake messaging, claims, myths, and propaganda surrounding health and nutrition. As defined by DifferenceBetween.net, the basic difference between fact and myth is … the ability to gather scientific evidence to support  … Read more

The ‘real’ fake health and nutrition news: Everyone should go ‘gluten-free’

By Susan Burke March |

In a sign that consumers are appreciating the research that supports the health benefits of plant foods, the Washington Post says that the biggest food trends for 2017 will be plant proteins, healthy fats, and  … Read more

Chia seeds: Truths and myths

By Susan Burke March |

Why do chia seeds top the Global Food Forums 2017 Food Trends? When I was growing up, “Chia Pets” were all the rage … I think they still sell them! You’d buy a clay figurine,  … Read more

Wonder why you have high blood pressure? The reason may surprise you!

By Susan Burke March |

No doubt you know that high blood pressure is creating a global health crisis. But, until relatively recently, infectious diseases were a bigger annual killer. Today, ‘non-communicable diseases’ have become more deadly, and most are  … Read more

Valentine’s Day: What’s on your aphrodisiac menu for February 14?

By Susan Burke March |

When did Valentine’s Day become all about food?  Isn’t it a celebration of love? Well…not really! The origin of Valentine’s day is attributed to an early Christian martyr named Valentine, who, after Emperor Claudius II  … Read more

When suppressing a cough is a bad idea

By Susan Burke March |

A recent discussion on an expat social media website had me worrying.  One expat asked where they could find a certain cough suppressant for a chronic cough that had lasted a “few weeks.” Another expat  … Read more

Drink to your health? Healthy or hype?

By Susan Burke March |

As a registered dietitian, I occasionally receive unsolicited emails from advertisers, including one recent offer of a free sample of a popular nutritional shake.  I clicked on the offer: Nutrition Made Simple. BOOST® Simply Complete™ 9  … Read more

Traditional and modern medicine — respect for the potency of plants

By Susan Burke March |

The history of modern medicine is grounded in plants. Over thousands of years, medicines have been identified and extracted from botanicals. Some familiar ones include basic aspirin, penicillin, morphine and more. Most of the world’s  … Read more

Traditional and modern medicine: A peaceful coexistence? Part I

By Susan Burke March |

Modern medicine is rooted in plants. Dating back thousands of years examples of important medicines extracted from botanicals include reserpine, morphine, penicillin, and vinca alkaloid anti-cancer drugs. Wikipedia.com defines herbalism (also known as herbology or  … Read more