The Value of Trees

Let’s look at the science, art and value of trees and many ways we can love (and profit ) from them.

I love reading Elizabeth Barret Browning’s  Sonnet 43 “How Do I Love Thee”.  I think first about my wife, children, mom, sister, friends and you, the reader, who adds so much purpose in my life.  This sonnet also reflects how I feel about trees.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.

Recently I was speaking with Tom Kerr, the editor of Independence Monthly about qualities I seek when looking at real estate.

One quality I pointed out was “I look for trees“.   Tom’s conversation on this subject sparked my imagination about the value of trees.

“Logically,” I told Tom, “trees offer logging opportunities”.  Sometimes land can be purchased for less than the income logging the trees will bring.  Then I have to be honest, even though sustainable logging can help a forest, Merri and I have not been able to bring ourselves to log a single live tree for the 20+ years we have been on our farm.

There are so many other ways to profit from trees. “Let me count the ways”.

First, there are health benefits.

An article at the National Library of Medicine “What’s in a Color? The Unique Human Health Effects of Blue Light ” (1) show that color has an impact on our well being and health.

The article says: A major milestone came with the 1998 discovery of melanopsin retinal ganglion cells, a new type of photoreceptor in the eye. These cells provide signals to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the brain’s master clock. They project to many other brain regions as well, influencing myriad aspects of human physiology.

Researchers have shown in humans that light influences hormone secretion, heart rate, alertness, sleep propensity, body temperature and gene expression.

Another article at “Does the color green boost exercises effects?” (2) zeros in on some health benefits from the color of green.

Working out in the great outdoors may produce more psychological benefits than hitting the gym, suggest researchers who say that “green exercise” may boost mood, self-esteem, motivation and enjoyment. But according to a new study, the positive effects of green exercise may have more to do with the color green than with being surrounded by nature.

The study is the first to show that the color green may contribute to the  feel-good benefits of outdoor exercise, the researchers said. The findings were published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology in August.

In other words, we gain health benefits from blue skies and green forests!

I definitely make sure I surround myself with green when I exercise.

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Exercising by the oak in our Florida front yard.  We have numerous huge oaks at our Florida home.  One grows right through the middle of our houses.  This tree makes an absolute mess of leaves every year.  We love it!

I use trees in play.


My grandson, Garren, and me in a tree house we built in our back yard.

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When my brain won’t fire right in North Carolina I pack up my computer, get the hounds and go work while sitting under a tree.


The satellite image above is of our house at the farm.  The house is at the top of the lower left meadow.  This sums up how we like trees.

The hundred year + oak below at the entrance of our Florida house, and six others around including the one growing in the middle of the house sold us on our home.


We earn income from wood.  I have never been able to log live trees but when they fall on their own, we harvest them and put them through a portable mill.


The wood is cured and used for different things.


We used this lot from a big poplar that died behind our house.  We used it to build our meditation and exercise Forest Room (below).

sustaibable timber

The view from the deck is perfect.  I lay on my yoga mat and look up at all…


the trees and blue sky.

Most summer days we eat on our porch while looking at trees.  (The porch table by the way came from a tree we salvaged on the farm.)  We build and sell them to add a bit of income to the local economy.


That’s the science, health and profit in trees but the deeper quality is reflected in the arts.  The book Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting sums this up with this poem by Hans Børli:

The scent of fresh wood
is among the last things you will forget when the veil falls.
the scent of fresh white wood
in the spring sap time:
as though life itself walked by you,
with dew in its hair.
That sweet and naked smell
kneeling woman-soft and blond
in the silence inside you,
using your bones for
a willow flute.
With the hard frost beneath your tongue
you look for the fire to light a word,
and know, mild as southern wind in the mind,
there is still one thing in the world
you can trust. — Hans Børli

A March 2017 National Geographic article “What We Can Learn from Trees?” (3) also shows and tells why we should look upon trees with wonder.

One of the trees that article shows is…


a Montezuma cypress known as el Árbol del Tule.  The trunk, 119 feet in circumference and roughly 38 feet in diameter, supports a crown the size of almost two tennis courts.

Here is another spectacular lesson we can learn from trees the article shares.


This Pando clone featured in the National Geographic spread is described:

Made up of 47,000 tree trunks covering 106 acres and weighing some 13 million pounds, is real.  It’s a single organism, a quaking aspen that began life as a single seed—possibly tens of thousands of years ago—and spread by sending up shoots from an expanding root system. (Pando is Latin for “I spread.”) Each trunk is genetically identical and no more than 150 years old, but the root system may be the oldest living organism on the planet.

That’s quite a lesson in longevity, of harmony and unity.  Maybe we should look harder at the wisdom of trees in our modern divisive world!

Whatever your reason for looking at real estate, to live on, to profit from or to protect, next time you look, stop for a moment (or two) and reflect on how many ways you can love the trees.

Learn about Independence Monthly below, a publication that can help you live a simpler, richer life among trees.


(1) What’s in a color

2)  Does the color green boost exercise’s effects


Regain Control

Here is how to take back control of your life as big business launches its most serious attack on being small.

When David Dao was recently dragged screaming from a United Airlines flight, his broken nose, broken front teeth and concussion were signs that when it comes to big government and big business “might seems to be right”.   Had it not been for wireless phones and the Internet United and the Chicago Airport police would have gotten away with this abuse.

The internet has been the common people’s greatest weapon in stopping big business and big government abuse.

Big businesses and government acts like we, the people, don’t matter any more?   The only leverage we had, the threat of taking our business elsewhere, or changing our vote has pretty much gone up in smoke?   We are caught in “take it or leave it, you’re just a number caught in a system”  rat race.

Has big government, big pharma, health care or big business ever made you feel metaphorically dragged off the plane because its inconvenient for them to serve you?   Are you concerned that your representative in government is more concerned about his welfare than yours?  Do you worry that you bank and credit card company are looking to rip you off rather than look after your savings?  Have you stopped complaining, because no one seems to care whether you are a satisfied customer or not?  Have you had to wait and wait on the phone or in a line to be served by anyone, a government official, doctor or service representative?

Welcome to our modern world, where markets are global, technology replaces people and we have become numbers, rather than human beings.  This is the world where words promising that we matter are only that, words.

Most people will lose even more privacy and control over their lives because as far as the big guys are concerned, we are simply numbers for sale.   Our loss of control is about to get worse… much worse due to changes in net neutrality.

Let me share some horrors that the end of net neutrality brings.  Then let’s look at a three step program you and I and a select few others can use to gain from this shift.

Here is the crunch when net neutrality ends and all traffic on the Internet is not treated equally.  Net neutrality is a concept that has truly expanded the freedom and strength of individuals and small businesses around the world.   A huge battle by big broadband providers is raging, right now, that will end the benefits for the individual.

The big guys offer us benefits that at first glance appear attractive for us as consumers.  They give us special services, such as unlimited video streaming.

There is a catch.

This means that powerful corporations can silence our voices as everyday people.  Our  phone Internet, TV, phone provider will be able to silence us if it our dissenting voices.  Even worse, new regulations now make your and my Internet records the property of the provider  (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) theirs to sell and use as they see fit.   So your ISP can look at what sites you visit and use that to profile you, sell to advertisers or provide to any other entity who could then profile you.   Television companies use which TV programs you view, which ads you watch or not and phone companies know who you call on your phone and even which words you say in those calls.

Without net neutrality your Internet provider can slow down your connection or make you pay more if you use rival competitive services.  In the worst example it’s possible that a PETA-controlled Internet provider could throttle connectivity due to the fact you looked at a hunting site or vice versa an NRA controlled provider could throttle connectivity if you were looking at a PETA site.

Our privacy would be gone.  A health insurance provider could be informed (for a payment to the internet provider) that you are looking at cigarette sites and up your premiums might rise.  The tax man could pay the provider to see how much you spend on the Internet.  Anyone can have a look if they are willing to pay.

Triple Danger

The risk grows because huge mergers, such as the AT&T- Time-Warner deal create providers who control your Internet, phone, TV and even the content you see.   This allows them to decide what messages go viral or not.  For example had United Airlines been a big client of  one of the big carriers they might have suppressed the video of David Dao being dragged from the United flight.

I invite you to get off this treadmill where we do not seem to matter and join a new movement.  Join us to become a Pruppie like my wife Merri and me.

I am sure you are asking, “what’s a Pruppie?”

Pruppies are those who use changes in technology to integrate the best features of Preppers and Uppies.  We all know about preppers.  They believe that the world, as we know it, is about to end.And we also know about Uppies, upward professionals as in Yuppies, young upward professionals.  Uppies expect their world to get better.

The reality is that the world might get better or it might get worse.  Pruppies are those who will gain either way! 

The world has changed and the events that unfold are totally beyond our control.  We do not know what unintended consequences will take place during changes with health care, in North Korea or the Middle East, or from tax reform.  The future and the global economy are unknown.   Even if we knew what would happen, we cannot do much about it.

We can do a lot about our lives and how we adapt to the change.  We can live happier, richer, low stress lives regardless of how the world turns.

I invite you to join Merri and me as Pruppies, because we expect the world to get better.  We live and earn based on that expectation but we also prepare for bad times as well as good.  Just in case… the world goes sideways… we Pruppies will still survive and prosper anyway.

We do not give up anything by being prepared either.  We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad, because we can pursue our passions in many small businesses and investments so that each small stream of income adds into a large flow of cash.

There is an incredible new economy that’s opening up for those who learn how to start multi dimensional micro businesses.   Tiny businesses can offer enormous multiple streams of income in good times but can work well in disaster scenarios too.

Let me provide one simple, concrete example of a small ginseng business.  This message is not about ginseng as we’ll look at multiple ways to put money in your pocket in a moment but I wanted to feature ginseng first because if you Google where ginseng grows, you’ll see this map.

Ginseng is a great health root.  Demand for ginseng is growing especially in China.  At times good dried ginseng sells for $1,000 a pound!  This is an easy crop to grow.   The less care you give it, the more valuable it becomes.  Yet if everything goes south and you cannot sell it, the health qualities are good to have and make it an excellent barter item.  Once you know what to do with ginseng, it’s easy to grow in your back yard, if you live in the right place.  Knowing the right place, fools a lot of people.


This map shows the accepted wisdom of where ginseng grows, but Pruppies do not accept just the established wisdom.  Thinking beyond the establishment can be profitable in the instance of ginseng because the mural below entitled “The Ginseng Story” is in Estacada and tells how Ginseng was an important crop for the local economy there before World War I.

Estacada is in Oregon.


The point is that Pruppies look for ways to make life better in non established ways.  New technology creates many new places and new ways to earn multiple small streams of income that have been forgotten or were previously unknown.

One of the best kept secrets is that ginseng and 125 other medicinal crops that are currently unsustainable, can be grown on land that is wonderful for low stress living and is extraordinarily cheap to own.

goldenseal ginseng

Ginseng growing in our back yard.  (I know about growing ginseng and want to show you how).  But enough about ginseng.  The earning potential of this medicinal root is just one small example of how to create large earnings in many small ways.

Any Passion Can Make You Rich

Let me hasten to add, I am writer, publisher and investor, not a farmer.   Yet I love agriculture and low stress rural living, so I earn multiple small streams of income in agriculture, plus enjoy the benefits of growing and raising some of my own medicine and my own food.   This is part of being a Pruppie. The small agriculture ventures that Merri and I do are fun and each activity earns a little, plus helps us have better health.  Gardening is good exercise. Eating the fresh food we grow is a lot better than any food we’ll find in big business super markets.   Big business food is grown for the corporate profit, not your good nutrition.  If times turn tight our small agriculture enterprises could become really big in lifestyle terms.

There are almost infinite ways to have never ending prosperity so it makes sense to earn doing what you love.  Yet many of our readers doubt that this is possible.  One reader for example  asked this question.

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Scott, I get pumped every time I read your reports and I am searching deep to figure out if my passion, which is gardening and growing exotic plants, can be turn into a money making venture. I considered a nursery but friends and family bring up the fact that many nurseries in my area were driven out by major outfits such as Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s etc. PLEASE ADVISE. Thank you again for your kindness. Be Blessed.”

I was delighted to have a question about gardening.  Obviously writing is my ultimate passion.  However several of my favorite hobbies include history, fishing, art, music  and gardening.

I pursue all of these passions in ways so that each can create a stream of income.

Here are  sun flowers I grow.


These sunflowers can be made into bouquets and floral designs that stimulate my artistic bent and sell well at the local farmers market.

Anyone can make good money in small time agriculture and its a growing trend.  Take Mike McGroarty’s gardening newsletter.  McGroarty has done just as the reader above desires, learned how to earn extra income from gardening.

His website begins:  “You Can Grow Small Plants in Your Backyard and Earn Thousands of Dollars! I sold $3,421 worth of small plants from my backyard in one day! We sold $26,000 worth of Plants from Home in 4 weeks!

You Can Earn up to $45.00 per Hour at Home, Growing Small Plants in Your Backyard! I’ll show you how I do it.  It’s a blast!

Hi there, I’m Mike McGroarty and I am going to take you on a tour of the fun and exciting Backyard Nursery Business.

Have you ever wished that you could find a way to make some extra money at home?  Does earning up to $45.00 per hour at home sound impossible? It’s not. I’ll show you how you can earn fantastic money growing small plants at home.  My plants net me thousands of dollars, and I’d like to share my growing and selling techniques with you. You can get started with almost no money at all, in a very small area of your yard.  This is one of the easiest home based businesses there is to start.

Growing landscape plants is much easier than you think.  It costs me just pennies to grow my plants, and I’ve sold thousands and thousands of them at $4.97 each!  I still can’t believe how well this works.  I started this as kind of a dumb idea, thinking I could probably sell a few plants.  Never did I think they would sell they way they do.  It completely boggles my mind when I think about it.”

McGroarty has learned how to create a small ways so the trickles amount to a sizable flow.

Pruppies earn in numerous ways because there is always something we do not know.   This is also a pretty good golden rule of business. That’s why Merri and I always try to enjoy several businesses.

We have our self publishing business.


Writing is a great way to earn.  Writers can work where they want, (here I am on our Blue Ridge farm front porch) when they desire and keep it casual.

We have other mirco businesses businesses as well.


For example, we have an orange grove.  Not a good earner right now with citrus greening but with huge fringe (AKA known as tax breaks) benefits.

We have a real estate rental business with annual leases and also use airbnb.


One of our airbnb listings.

We raise trout which we sell locally in North Carolina.


There are many benefits in having numerous ways of earning.

First, each activity is enjoyable… for us.   Remember our hobbies, art, fishing, agriculture and music?   We use each of our passions to create a small business.  This stops us from becoming bored or burned out.  A passion or interest, not the money, is always the starting point we use to find new ways to serve and earn.

Second, the diversification increases the odds that we’ll always have enough income.   The years bring ups and downs in our businesses, but something always seems up so we never live beyond our means.  When we are not pressured for immediate income, the ability to earn through slow times increases… a lot.

Sometimes unseen forces, totally beyond our control, will alter investments and business.

The Wall Street Journal article “You may be in a risky business if regulators find it distasteful” tells how changing enforcement of regulations can send a good business south in a hurry.

The article begins: Imagine you have a thriving business and one morning you get a call from your banker explaining that he can no longer service your accounts.  You try to open an account at another bank but are unable to do so.  The bankers all tell you the same story: Regulators have told them that they should no longer serve you, and if they continue to do so they will face significant regulatory penalties—even though you’ve done nothing unlawful.

That’s what happened to many business owners as the result of an Obama administration policy called Operation Choke Point.  In 2011 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. warned banks of heightened regulatory risks from doing business with certain merchants.  A total of 30 undesirable merchant categories were affected, including purveyors of pornography or racist materials, gun and ammunition dealers, firms selling tobacco or lottery tickets, and payday lenders.

The FDIC pressured banks with the threat of “unsatisfactory Community Reinvestment Act ratings, compliance rating downgrades, restitution to consumers, and the pursuit of civil money penalties.”   They  especially went after payday lenders, simply because senior policymakers in FDIC headquarters opposed payday lending on personal grounds based on personal moral judgments rather than legitimate economic concerns.

The FDIC didn’t make formal rules or announce penalties.  Instead, they relied on informal decrees called guidance, thus avoiding congressional oversight and normal legal procedures aimed at avoiding such witch hunts.

This was ethically, morally and probably legally wrong, but what is a small business to do?

Who could have foreseen that a batch of bankers would have chosen that particular industry?  But when you have more than one or tow or three sources of income you are protected.

Success in business depends on foresight,  determination, hard work, patience, persistence, good husbandry and good fortune.  We can dramatically influence six of these seven basics, but when it comes to fortune there is always the unknown that can impact our luck.  We should expect a fair share of good luck, but suspect that some bad luck will affect us too.

When we create businesses with multiple streams of income, we don’t make our luck, but we put ourselves in a position that whatever happens, whenever, we have improved our odds of always having enough.  This knowledge eliminates the stress and worry of running out of money and becoming dependent and useless in the future.

Having multiple streams of income adds comfort when thinking about the future and that comfort is a keystone to good health, just as good health is a keystone to wealth.

When you join us as a Pruppie you join a family of like minded souls who are looking to improve their lives by improving three basic qualities of real freedom.

#1: The first basic quality of real freedom is natural good health.   None of us can be truly free until we wrest ourselves from the grip of the expensive, big pharma fueled, health care system.  Plus it has been proven that we can live longer by living in rural settings.

According to a study at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health there is an amazing correlation between living in a home surrounded by greenery and longevity and mental health.

The study of more than 108,000 subjects across America found there was a 12 percent lower risk of death for those who lived in the greenest surroundings.

Subjects with the greenest vegetation around their homes were 34 percent less likely to die of a respiratory-related issue. They also found that those living in the greenest environments were 13 percent less likely to die of cancer.  The researchers were quite surprised by this strong correlation that also extended into mental health.  Subjects  living in the greenest environments were happier and less depressed.

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Imagine how working at our trout pond that sits just below our North Carolina home helps keep us stay healthy and relieves stress.

 I have been studying how to have natural health for decades since I first connected the relationship between good health and wealth over 45 years ago.  Over these four and a half decades as we traveled the world, Merri and I have kept a continual watch for new ways to be stronger, more flexible, in better shape and more immune from disease.

After decades of study with experts in Chinese and Indian medicine Merri and I moved to Ecuador and lived and worked with an Andean shaman for years.

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Merri and me with Andean shaman.

We learned that good health and longevity come from easy, low impact but special chants, internal exercises, good nutrition and deep sleep so our bodies are fit and strong and our minds clear.

#2: The second quality of real freedom is the ability to earn through service.

Have you ever wondered, “do I matter as a person any more”?   Certainly the hectic inhumane modern social structure where business and government all treat us as a number run through a system can make us ask such a question.

This is a life and death question.

Its little wonder that many of us ask it.  The establishment, business, government, law enforcement,  health care,  education,  everything big has grown so large and so computerized that we don’t seem to matter as human beings.

So many promises, from the purchasing power of money, to savings, pensions, health care, social security, financial security, and privacy, have all been broken, so many times that no promise made by big business or big government can be trusted.   These national and global systems are simply focused on the bottom line of profit and are inhumane.

It can be Fun & Fulfilling to Matter.

We can regain a true form of importance, fulfillment, wealth and freedom by serving others in a profitable way.  A multi dimensional micro business creates freedom as it redesigns your lifestyle by bringing profit, fulfillment and peace of mind, by helping others doing what you love.

The way to maintain freedom through service and continual lifestyle reinventions is to “Go Try Things”.

Here I am working in the woods on our North Carolina Farm trying to explain the importance of this phrase “Go try things”… which sums up why you not only can but should gain the benefits of a micro business.

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In the winter, I work at our Florida home instead.


We live in a fortunate era.  Throughout most of history, life expectancy and requirements of work meant that the most experienced sector of the work force was no longer physically able to continue.  In our high tech environment we have a chance to create their most important pinnacle career at a time when previously we would have retired.  This is the first time in mankind’s history when the value of our experience is worth more than the cost of getting it.

Today we have a global income with a self publishing micro-business with readers around the world, but run from our current homes in Smalltown USA.

I explained above how some of the small businesses we have are based on our passions, of art, music, fishing and gardening.

We have also made each of our homes multi dimensional… a home AND a source of income.  This is important because multi dimensional homes help us escape governments that cannot keep their economic promises.  History is littered with stories of serious national debt and economic problems that ruined pensions and retirees.  The burdens of debt and fiscal imprudence cause governments and societies to lose their ability to keep their promises.  Multi dimensional earnings can help overcome the risks these conditions create.

There are are specific places where you can reduce your living expenses and easily increase your income.  Scientific research has shown that being in such places actually make you smarter and healthier too.  Top this off with the fact that you might even get some tax benefits and you have to ask, “Where are these places?”.

I would like to help you learn about some of these specific places.  More important I want to share what makes them special so you can spot special places near you that I may not know.

This is why I want to offer you a second valuable report, “The Pruppie Factor”  also free, no strings attached.

As you will learn in this report, I became famous in a very small way (remember small is good) by being one of the first writers and publishers to recommend global investing 50 years ago.

Everyone thought I was crazy then.  Then we led investors to Hong Kong, London, Switzerland, Austria, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

 In 2009 after 50 years of residence, business and investing around the world, I returned to the the USA to enjoy a more carefree, simplified life in the countryside and Small-town USA.

If you are thinking about a simpler life in Smalltown USA, you have made a good choice.   Merri and I could live anywhere I want, but have chosen to live in the USA and on properties in rather remote rural areas of Appalachia and Central Florida.

There are compelling reasons why you may want to make a similar choice, which could represent a rather dramatic, pleasant and rewarding change in your lifestyle.

The background of this fact is important.  Merri and I have lived in some of the most crowded cities in the world (London and Hong Kong).  Now we choose to live in some of the most isolated wilderness one can find.

Here is some background.   I started buying real estate at age 19.  Since that time my wife and I have purchased real estate in five states in the US and eight non US locations, Fiji, London, Gloucestershire, Isle of Man, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, Ecuador both on the coast and in the Andes.

These purchases have ranged from raw land to condos to houses to farms to a hotel.

We have owned everything from an old manor house where construction was started in the 1700s.  Here it is, Forwood East in Minchinhampton.  Princess Anne was our next door neighbor, but we bought this house for a song.



This is our front yard at Rosasamba, our 962 acre hacienda deep in the Andes, about an hour and a half outside Quito, Ecuador.


In each case we used the same process to find and buy real estate.

Price was never the only key in these investments.  Our decisions have been based on having a better lifestyle and how it helped create multiple streams of income.  For example Rosaspamba was purchased with the idea of creating a healthy and remote healing center.

We never look for land that is simply cheap.  Instead we seek value within a particular market created by distortions in unrealized utility and value to our lifestyle.  In other words we look for property we love, where we want to live and that can help us earn extra profit.   These values are more important than just a low price.

 The Third Quality of Real Freedom is Safe, Profitable, Low Stress, Good Value Investing.

The answer to a better, freer life is to combine better health, higher income and greater savings for a happier, more resilient lifestyle. 

Merri and I are in our 49th year of living, working, investing and researching to find and share ideas on how to have simpler, low stress, healthier, more affluent lifestyles.  Our courses, reports and email messages look at ways to gain:

#1:  Low cost natural health.

#2:  Global micro business income.

#3:  Safer, more profitable, easy to make value investments.

Many readers use our services for just one of these three benefits.  They focus only on health or on earning more or on investing better.

27 years ago Merri and I created the International Club as a way for readers to join us and be immersed in all three of these benefits.   The International Club is a year long learning program aimed at helping members earn worry free income, have better affordable good health and gain extra safety and profits with value investments.

The three disciplines, health, earning and investing, work best when coordinated together.  Regretfully the attacks on our freedom are realities of life.  There is little we can do to change this big picture.  However we can change how we care for our health, how we earn and how we save so that we are among the few who live better despite the dollar’s fall.

We start with better lower cost health care.

Club membership begins by sharing ways to be free of the “Secret Hospital Charge Master”.   Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”.  Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen.  Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.

Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health.  One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.

Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there.  Governments and health care agencies agree  – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.”  An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know.  About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a 2013 report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.

Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals.  This is why charge masters are so often secret.  There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.

I have created three shamanic health reports are about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Each report is available for $19.95.  However club members receive these three reports worth $59.85 free.

Club members also receive seven workshops and courses on how earn everywhere with at home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • “International Business Made EZ”
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”

This program is offered at $299, but is available to club members free. They save $299 more.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio.  There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it ignores the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

There are seven layers of tactics in the Pi strategy.

Pi Tactic #1: Determine purpose and good value.

Pi Tactic #2: Diversify 70% to 80% of portfolio equally in good value developed markets.

Pi Tactic #3: Invest 20% to 30% equally in good value emerging markets.

Pi Tactic  #4:  Use trending algorithms to buy sell or hold these markets.

Pi Tactic  #5:  Add spice speculating with ideal conditions.

Pi Tactic  #6: Add spice speculating with leverage.

Pi Tactic  #7:  Add spice speculating with forex potential.

The Pifolio analysis begins with a continual research of international major stock markets that compares their value based on:

#1:  Current book to price

#2:  Cash flow to price

#3:  Earnings to price

#4:  Average dividend yield

#5:  Return on equity

#6:  Cash flow return

#7:  Market history

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

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Profit from the US dollar’s fall.

In the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said:  Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

Club members receive a report about opportunity in the  current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.   The dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.”   This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of  Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.

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With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events.  The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).   The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Silver Dip 2015” and updated this in 2017.   The report explains the exact conditions you need to make leveraged silver & gold speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.

The low price of silver offers special value now so I want to send you this report because the “Silver Dip 2017” offers enormous profit potential in 2017.

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