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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

Are eggs healthy or harmful? Cracking open the latest nutrition advice

By Susan Burke March |

Whereas the previous Dietary Guidelines for Americans advised restricting dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams or less daily (just one large egg has about 186 mg. of cholesterol), the newly adopted 2015 Guidelines say that, “dietary cholesterol is  … Read more

How important is your pet In your life? Make sure you take care of their health

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March As AnimalPlanet.com reports, there are a number of proven health benefits associated with pet ownership, including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk for  … Read more

Acid Stomach? Heartburn? When symptoms may be a symptom of something else

By Susan Burke March |

You are what you eat, but sometimes no matter how well you eat, you may experience heartburn. A Billion-dollar treatment According to the Wall Street Journal online, nearly half of the U.S. population has symptoms  … Read more

Fight the high altitude, equatorial sun and pollution with a facial — and put your best face forward at the same time

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Ahhhhh, a facial. Finally! I’d been putting off my quarterly facial because my favorite “facialista” had to return to the States, leaving many of her regular clients feeling … well, at  … Read more

Vaccines: The myths, facts, and foolishness

By Susan Burke March |

A recent appeal for information in a favorite expat e-Newsletter got my attention. An unsuspecting reader posted a simple query: “Do we need proof of current yellow fever and typhoid vaccinations to enter Ecuador from  … Read more

Does living at high altitude, such as in Cuenca, really lower your risk for lung cancer?

By Susan Burke March |

A regular reader recently called my attention to a story reported in the New York Times: people who live at higher altitude seem less likely to get lung cancer. Immediately, I thought: correlation does not  … Read more

The elephant In the bedroom — impotence

By Susan Burke March |

It’s one of those conditions that no one wants to talk about — but one study shows that 50% of all men between 50 and 70 years of age have erectile dysfunction (ED), and by  … Read more

Can’t lose weight? Maybe it’s your medication!

By Susan Burke March |

Insulin and drugs for type 2 diabetes: In my recent article about diabetes for CuencaHighLife.com, I wrote about how lifestyle is so critical in living successfully with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. With  … Read more

The healthy truth about coconut oil — Good or bad, no one can deny it’s tasty!

By Susan Burke March |

Recent news reports have touted coconut oil as having a bunch of “surprising” health benefits. Some “experts” are making outsized-claims that coconut oil is the elixir of health, touting this oil as the one ingredient  … Read more

Phyiscal therapy in Cuenca: Integrative treatment and prevention that works

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Physical Therapy (PT) as we know it today, dates back to ancient times. Physicians like Hippocrates and later Galen are believed to have been the first practitioners of physical therapy, advocating massage, manual therapy techniques and hydrotherapy to treat people  … Read more

Are you confused about Diabetes? Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 Diabetes? Double Diabetes?

By Susan Burke March |

As a diabetes educator, I work hard to stay current with the latest research on diabetes treatments and findings. You may be familiar with the main two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2:  … Read more

Out with the old, in with the new? Top food & nutrition trends for 2016

By Susan Burke March |

According to the dictionary, a trend is “a general direction in which something is developing or changing”. At the end of 2014, PR Newswire reported on a survey of 500 registered dietitian’s predictions for food  … Read more

Everything you need to know about cholesterol: Truths and Myths y mucho mas

By Susan Burke March |

Science is ever-changing, and as noted in The Atlantic, “sometimes information we have is plain disproved by science, sometimes it is filled out so that we understand how it works better…” Heart disease is the  … Read more

New Years Diet? What happens on January 22?

By Susan Burke March |

Diet Excuses January 1st is just around the corner. Each year, well-meaning people make the resolution to finally lose weight. As if by magic, wishful weight-seekers desire … nay, believe that their bad habits will  … Read more

El Rincón Terracota: A special place in El Centro for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March The holiday season is upon us, and this year you’re aiming to find some special gifts for some special loved ones. Gifts that show you care — that no one else  … Read more

The ‘Patch Diet’ and other stupid ways people lose weight and money

By Susan Burke March |

The “patch diet” is a painful procedure that involves the sewing of a mesh patch onto a person’s tongue to suppress appetite. Sounds like something out of a horror movie, except people willingly undergo the  … Read more

Need relief from chronic pain? Shockwave therapy may be the answer

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MEd, RDN, LDN, CDE My “routine surgery” had turned into a nightmare. For three years prior to relocating to Cuenca in September 2014, I’d been plagued by a Morton’s neuroma in  … Read more

Belly Fat Myths & Truths: Take the quiz to see if you know the facts

By Susan Burke March |

Can you banish belly fat by going on a “belly fat diet”? Can you take a supplement and “bust” your belly fat? What’s the truth and what are the myths about belly fat? Take this  … Read more

Do you need a home-base for your exploration trip to Cuenca? Apartamentos Otorongo on the banks of the Rio Tomebamba could be the answer

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MSEd, RDN, LDN, CDE It’s no wonder that the Apartamentos Otorongo’s occupancy rate averages 80 percent, where most other hotels in Cuenca average about 40 percent. Theirs is a home-away-from-home for  … Read more

Nuts for the holidays! Adding nuts to your diet can add years to your life

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Nuts are healthy additions to your diet — as long as you stay clued in to how much you’re eating. Nuts are very high in fat, with some containing as much  … Read more