Tag Archives: Health & Fitness

In Case of Emergency… Huatulco Just Got a Bit Safer

By Brooke Gazer

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and holds second position in Canada. So it is good news that recently the physicians and other emergency personnel in Huatulco were offered a two day course designed by the American Heart Association. The “Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support” program, which was taught by faculty members from UCSD Medical Center, included recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest as well as peri-arrest conditions. Several years ago my husband suffered a heart attack here in Huatulco, which was neither properly diagnosed nor treated. He survived because I took him to Mexico City, but had the local doctors been equipped with the knowledge and understanding offered by the AHA then he would be a healthier man today. This program also provided hands on CPR training. About 90 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital; immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival. Continue reading In Case of Emergency… Huatulco Just Got a Bit Safer

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Exotic Seasonal Fruits

By Brooke Gazer

Sampling the fabulous fresh fruit found in this region is one of the many pleasures Huatulco offers. While some are available year round others are referred to as “fruta de la temporada” or seasonal fruit. Visitors and residents of Huatulco are fortunate to have access to almost 80 varieties of fruit from the extensive orchards of Hagia Sofia. Some are local to Oaxaca but Armando Canavati has introduced a number of interesting new crops from around the world. Three exotic examples are: Mata Sabor, Mangosteen and Rambutan. Continue reading Exotic Seasonal Fruits

Temazcal in Oaxaca Instills Sense of Community

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 12.59.23 PMBy Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the temazcal was a village sacrament for Mexico’s indigenous peoples. It involved cleansing body and mind with curative plants, heat and vapor. But it was the ritualistic aspect of the activity, with the uniting of tens of community members at a time, which likely led to the conquistadores outlawing the practice. Even if religion was not specifically expounded in storytelling, chanting and prayer, the mere acknowledgement of the power of nature was surely enough to create unease for those early, very Catholic invaders.

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In the village of San Juan Guelavía, a short drive from Oaxaca, Maestro Albino Melchor Cruz explains that while the Spaniards were concerned with permitting the practice of the temazcal as a traditional gathering of many, they were less apprehensive about its persistence on a smaller scale; perhaps an adobe hut into which a couple, or a shaman and an infirmed pueblo member entered. Thus, the more intimate temazcal continued, less threatening to the order the Spanish wished to establish and affirm. Continue reading Temazcal in Oaxaca Instills Sense of Community

Canada’s Doing It, the U.S. Is Sort of Doing It— How about Mexico? The Marijuana Legalization Movement vs. the Drug Wars

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 12.58.34 PMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

On October 1, Canada’s medical marijuana industry officially went mail-order. Medical marijuana has been highly regulated but legal across Canada for more than a decade; the government’s new approach is predicted to produce a “healthy commercial industry,” with sales of domestically grown pot reaching $1.3 billion. (FYI, the spelling in the Canadian law is “marihuana.”) In the U.S., 20 states and the District of Columbia have made medical marijuana legal, five of them way back in the 20th century. Continue reading Canada’s Doing It, the U.S. Is Sort of Doing It— How about Mexico? The Marijuana Legalization Movement vs. the Drug Wars

Pharmaceuticals in Mexico

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By Jan Chaiken and Marcia Chaiken

The production and distribution of drugs is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy in Mexico. Media in the United States and some other countries would have you believe that illegal drugs are the backbone of the Mexican economy. But in this article we are talking about life-saving and life-enhancing pharmaceuticals produced in Mexico, based on the cutting edge of medical knowledge. Continue reading Pharmaceuticals in Mexico

The Heroes of Health: 10 Lifesaving Superfoods

By Carole Reedy

There is no pill or medicine that can miraculously grant you good health and an ideal weight. But there are powerful foods to help you on your quest. These superfoods contain disease-fighting nutrients that bolster your immune system, thus preventing illness. They also lower cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer.   At the same time, they provide all the building blocks you need to stay healthy, maintain a healthy weight, and put you in a better mood.

How can they accomplish all this? Here’s a list some superfoods and what they can do for you. All are readily available at your supermarket. No need to search for specialty shops or health-food stores. Continue reading The Heroes of Health: 10 Lifesaving Superfoods

The Heroes of Health: 10 Lifesaving Superfoods

By Carole Reedy

There is no pill or medicine that can miraculously grant you good health and an ideal weight. But there are powerful foods to help you on your quest. These superfoods contain disease-fighting nutrients that bolster your immune system, thus preventing illness. They also lower cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease and cancer.   At the same time, they provide all the building blocks you need to stay healthy, maintain a healthy weight, and put you in a better mood.

How can they accomplish all this? Here’s a list some superfoods and what they can do for you. All are readily available at your supermarket. No need to search for specialty shops or health-food stores. Continue reading The Heroes of Health: 10 Lifesaving Superfoods

Fighting Obesity

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 12.57.35 PMBy Julie Etra

Mexico has finally surpassed the United States and has achieved the ignoble title of fattest population in the Western Hemisphere with 32.8% of the adult population deemed obese (as compared to 31.8% in the US). It is, however, surpassed by several Pacific Island countries including Nauru (71.1 percent), the Cook Islands (64.1 percent) and the Marshall Islands (46.5 percent). Seventy percent of the population is now overweight. This is due, in large part, to the exponential increase in consumption of sugared soft drinks, particularly Coca-Cola, and junk food. Add an increased sedentary lifestyle and poor diet, which includes malnutrition. Continue reading Fighting Obesity