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Beautiful mountain forest views at AmaTierra Learn About Detox Vacations in Costa Rica

What is the best way to detox? Read up on this important health practice from the perspective of nutritionist/clinical herbalist Jill Ruttenberg, AHG of AmaTierra Retreat & Wellness Center in Turrubares, Costa Rica. "Like" them on Facebook to learn about special weekend detox retreats for local residents. From time to time our bodies need a break, a fresh start to give us more energy, and t...

Source: Wikimedia Commons A Weight Loss Industry Flourishes in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons It is not a secret that people in Costa Rica (colloquially known as Ticos) are gaining weight at a gradual and steady pace, which is due in great part to the adoption of sedentary habits, the increase of car culture and the proliferation of fast-food outlets. To this effect, a veritable industry centered on weight loss and fitness is beginning to emerge, and some busi...

Growing Marijuana in Costa Rica Medical Marijuana: $9 Million Potential Revenue for Costa Rica

The medical use of marijuana by the public healthcare system of Costa Rica, known as La Caja, could generate $9 million in revenue, a figure that would be equivalent to 0.2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). Such is a legislative proposal that was presented last year by lawmaker Marvin Atencio, who represents the ruling Citizens' Action political party (Spanish initials: PAC). ...

Wikimedia Commons How the iPhone is Turning Into a Tool for Medical Diagnostics

By Teresa Bouza San Francisco, Apr 20 (EFE).- Apple and IBM have announced projects to enhance cell phones' use as medical devices that gather and analyze data on different conditions, turning the devices into tools in the diagnostic process. ResearchKit, a tool on Apple's iPhones, will be available starting Tuesday for medical researchers developing apps for diagnoses or to collect and anal...

yoga retreat Amatierra wellness center costa rica Choosing Your Style of Yoga in Costa Rica

This informative and comprehensive article was kindly provided to The Costa Rica Star by Jill Ruttenberg, yoga instructor and wellness director at the AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center. Once upon a time, when it came to physical practice, there was just Hatha Yoga from which all other modern-day styles emerged. Those who are new to yoga can get very confused by the many types that are offer...

london British Embassy in Costa Rica Updates Travel Advice

In light of the recent eruptions and increased activity at the Turrialba volcano in the province of Cartago, the British Embassy in Costa Rica has updated its advice to travelers. The Costa Rica Star has been closely following the announcements by our country's geologists and emergency officials with regard to this active colossus, which has been compared to a “pressure cooker.” The following u...

Thrive Medicinal Plant from Guanacaste Revolutionizes Men’s Grooming

SAN FRANCISCO, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Face it! Men want to look good and feel good, from head to toe, and are looking for better choices for their shave and skin care. With the sales of all natural and organic personal care products expected to grow to $13B by 2019 driving the growth of the overall personal care category and a population of 101.6 million men in America between 15 – 64 shopp...

Wikimedia Commons Chinese Restaurant Serving Dog Meat Shut Down in Mexico

Wikimedia Commons Tijuana, Mexico, Apr 8 (EFE).- The Lo Yen City Chinese restaurant in Tijuana, a border city in northwestern Mexico, was closed for using dog meat in its dishes and not having a business license. Eyewitnesses said a person called the emergency services number after hearing a dog yowl, looking through a gate and seeing cooks at the restaurant in the El Rubi district butcheri...

Jill Ruttenberg of AmaTierra Retreat in Costa Rica Greens You Should Not Eat Raw

Jill Ruttenberg of AmaTierra Retreat in Costa Rica This article was kindly provided by Jill Ruttenberg of AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center in Costa Rica.   Yes, there are Greens that should NOT be eaten raw! Recent trends in nutrition promote eating mostly raw foods. As a nutritionist I feel it’s necessary to qualify a few things about this popular new eating practice. First ...

AmaTierra Yoga Studio in Costa Rica You Need to Experience the AmaTierra Retreat in Costa Rica

Beautiful mountain forest views at AmaTierra In Costa Rica, there is a place where you can truly wash away stress and gain a new, healthy perspective on life. For countless people around the world, modern life is not conducive to relaxation due to its fast pace as well as countless factors that often make it difficult to just get through the day. At AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center in Cos...

Source: Flickr Commons Plastic Surgery Vacation Turns Deadly for Australian Woman

Source: Flickr Commons Mexico City, Mar 31 (EFE).- Health officials closed three clinics and a hospital therapy center in Mexicali, the capital of the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, in response to the death earlier this month of an Australian woman who underwent plastic surgery. The medical facilities in the Valley of Mexicali were shut down after inspections discovered viol...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canine Excretions Targeted by Legislators in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons If you are used to taking your dog outside for a walk, and for the purpose of tending to certain bodily process, your failure to pick up excretory byproducts could lead to an exorbitant fine ranging from about $800 to nearly $2,400. Such is the gist of a legislative proposal tendered in Costa Rica by the opposition party Social Christian Union (Spanish initials: PUSC)...

Livox app developer and his family honored by the UN An Emotional Mobile App For Those Who Can’t Type or Speak

Livox app developer and his family honored by the UN Sao Paulo, Mar 24 (EFE).- Inspired by his daughter afflicted with cerebral palsy, Brazilian inventor Carlos Edmar Pereira created the Livox app, which allows people with motor and audiovisual impairments to express emotions via a mobile device. Pereira told Efe that to improve communication with 7-year-old Clara he created an interface in...

Source: Waterfall Villas Rainforest Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica Offers April Special

Source: Waterfall Villas (PRWEB) March 23, 2015 - Waterfall Villas Wellness Retreat is located in the Baru Rainforest of Costa Rica's South Pacific region. If interested in a good travel deal this month, enjoy Waterfall Villas' Easter Week Special, including 7 nights at this spectacular resort. Join for adventure, romance, detox, yoga and waterfalls during the most significant and celebrated h...

Source: PriceSmart PriceSmart in Costa Rica Warns About Kraft Mac & Cheese

Source: PriceSmart A batch of boxed instant meals sold at PriceSmart stores in Costa Rica may contain dangerous metal fragments. Such was the message recently communicated by the Risk Management division of PriceSmart in Costa Rica by means of an online document  (PDF) that has also been posted in the company's store locations in our country. The alert issued by PriceSmart to its members in...

Source: The Retreat Costa Rica The Luxury-Wellness Vacation Segment Grows in Costa Rica

Source: The Retreat Costa Rica The fastest-growing specialty segment of the tourism industry in Costa Rica focuses on combining luxury with sustainability and holistic wellness. Celebrity nutritionist Diana Stobo is one of the latest business persons who are venturing into this burgeoning segment. Here's the official press release on the retreat created by Ms. Stobo. ATENAS, Costa Rica, Mar...

Source; Wikiemdia Commons Medical Tourist Suffered Ibogaine Death in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons A 42-year old woman from Norway who came to Costa Rica in search of a controversial addiction treatment suffered a fatal heart attack after ingesting ibogaine, a hallucinogenic substance derived from plants native to Western Africa. According to a news report filed by David Delgado of national newspaper La Nacion, the Norwegian woman passed away in 2014, but her cause...

Source: Rythmia Kardashian Spouse Travels to Costa Rica for Rehab

Source: Rythmia MALIBU, Calif., March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Disick is checking into Rythmia Life Advancement Center (RLAC) in Costa Rica to take advantage of the center's highly regarded iboga treatment plan. Scott Disick is better known as the husband of Kourtney Kardashian; they have three children. Kourtney Kardashian and her family are both notable and notorious for their starr...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canadian Surfer Attacked by Caiman in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

A tourist from Montreal who visits Costa Rica each year to enjoy surfing was unexpectedly attacked by a caiman (crocodile) while waiting for a set. The attack occurred last weekend in Tamarindo Beach, a coastal community that is home to many North American and European expats. According to a news report filed by Pablo Rojas of online news daily CRHoy.com, the Canadian surfer was sitting on his ...

Source: US DEA Party Time in Ireland? Drugs Get Legal Status by Mistake

Source: Wikimedia Commons Leo Varadkar, Ireland's Health Minister, introduced emergency legislation in the lower house of the Irish parliament yesterday evening, to negate the legal loophole created by a decision from Dublin's Court of Appeal that morning. Various hard drugs — including ketamine, ecstasy, and magic mushrooms — were rendered legal, following the law governing their prohibition ...

Source: Flickr Commons Emerging Business: Plastic Surgery Tourism in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons MUMBAI, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Cosmetic Surgery & Services Market Analysis 2015-2019 is the latest analysis on this vertically growing market. It is currently worth over $20 billion and is set to rise to over $27 billion by 2019. This comprehensive report is supported by 60 tables & figures over 275 pages and is presented as follows: Global mark...

U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. EFE/File U.S. Oil Firm Pays Off Peruvian Indigenous Communities

U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. EFE/File Lima, Mar 5 (EFE).- U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. Leaders of the Achuar people from the ...

Rachel Brathen at the Envision Festival. Source: Instagram Enjoy a Costa Rica Yoga Vacation From Home

Rachel Brathen at the Envision Festival. Source: Instagram One of the highlights of the recent Envision Festival in the pristine southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica was Rachel Brathen and her yoga sessions. Ms. Brathen is also known as Yoga Girl, and her yoga workshops and retreats in Costa Rica are legendary. In fact, she is currently conducting a Costa Rica yoga retreat at Selva Armonia in ...

Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema are among the areas contaminated to the point that dermatologists recommend avoiding skin contact with the sands. EFE/File If You Plan to Vacation in Rio de Janeiro, You Need to Read This

Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema are among the areas contaminated to the point that dermatologists recommend avoiding skin contact with the sands. EFE/File Rio de Janeiro, Mar 2 (EFE).- The sands on the beaches of this Brazilian tourist mecca are heavily polluted, mainly thanks to trash left behind by beachgoers, experts told Efe.   Rio de Janeiro's world-famous ...

Wikimedia Commons Swimming Pool Accident Claims Life of U.S. Child in Costa Rica

Source: Cruz Roja Costarricense A five-year old boy from the United States tragically lost his life while on a family vacation in Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Patricia Durán of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the unfortunate incident occurred in a rural hotel located about 13 kilometers away from the town of Buena Vista, in the Liberia canton of Guanacaste. The news report ex...

Public domain photo “Perfect” GMO Apples Will Reach the U.S. Market Next Year

Public domain photo By Elvira Palomo. Washington, Feb 24 (EFE).- Genetically modified apples that do not brown will be available in U.S. grocery stores by 2015 with the expectation that waste will be curtailed and sales will expand, despite criticism of altered foods by some groups. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that, after rigorous scientific reviews, it determined that the va...

Source; Wikiemdia Commons Luxury Rehab Facility in Costa Rica Uses Polemic Treatment

Bing Commons In Costa Rica, a few drug rehabilitation centers offer a controversial treatment that consists of taking certain amounts of Ibogaine, a substance extracted from a few plants that are native to Western Africa. Ibogaine is extracted from these flowering shrubs, and the result is a substance with psychoactive and psychedelic properties. Research on the therapeutic potential of Ibogai...

Source: Recovery Ranch A Clean and Sober Habitat for Humanity Project in Guanacaste

Source: Recovery Ranch One of the most important aspects of recovery from substance abuse is being able to once again provide meaningful contributions to society. Here is a very good example of such an action taking place in Costa Rica, specifically in the Nicoya region of the Guanacaste province. The Costa Rica Star thanks Recovery Ranch for this inspiring press release and for their excellen...

CIMA Hospital in San Jose is often visited by medical tourists Costa Rica is Still a Top Medical Tourism Destination

CIMA Hospital in San Jose is often visited by medical tourists Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) February 12, 2015 - Living in a sunny, low-cost, laidback destination overseas doesn't mean foregoing good healthcare. In many countries outside the U.S., the healthcare is excellent and affordable. Malaysia received the top score in the healthcare category of International Living’s just- released Annual Gl...

Wikimedia Commons Luxury Resort in Guanacaste Concedes Water

Wikimedia Commons For a term of 12 months, an upscale resort in the dry province of Guanacaste will provide some neighboring communities with desperately needed water. The resort in question is the Reserva Conchal, which has ceded rights to a local utility so that water can be extracted from the Nimboyores aquifer located beneath the surface of this private property. An agreement between Re...

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