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Be Free of the Concept Conversion Trick


Happy 4th of July and Happy Belated Canada Day for our Northern friends.  Understanding how to maintain personal independence and freedom despite what happens in the world have been important to me since I left the US in 1968.

I expressed freedom concerns and described the Concept Conversion Trick in my first book about international investing   (published in the 1970s).

passport

That book was published at the epoch of the American Dream and the Concept Conversion Trick was described in this way.

“The Concept Conversion Trick works like this: A government starts when people agree on a good concept for working and living together.  The people go to work and if the concept is good they will create a paradise.  The government gives them a flag and a song.  Then they pull the trick.  They convince the people that the flag and song are important and while the people are busy watching the flag and singing the song the government replaces the concept with a set of ever increasing written rules and regulations administered by bureaucrats and backed up by a police force.”

I was worried about US debt and the Vietnam War back then and would feel somewhat prophetic if this trick had not been pulled again and again for thousands of years.

Since this celebration of US Independence almost coincides with Canada Day and Canada is having a special 150 year celebration, I am reminded of an article in the New York Times, “It’s Now the Canadian Dream” (1) by Nicholas Kristof  that highlights how much political trickery has taken place in the US since the 1970s.

Here is an excerpt from that article:  It was in 1931 that the historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase “the American Dream.”   Yet today the American dream has derailed, partly because of growing inequality.

Or maybe the American dream has just swapped citizenship, for now it is more likely to be found in Canada or Europe.   Canadians receive essentially free health care, while Americans pay for part of their health care costs with after-tax dollars.  Meanwhile, the American worker toils, on average, 4.6 percent more hours than a Canadian worker, 21 percent more hours than a French worker and an astonishing 28 percent more hours than a German worker, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Canadians and Europeans also live longer, on average, than Americans do. Their children are less likely to die than ours.  American women are twice as likely to die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth as Canadian women.  Most sobering of all: A recent O.E.C.D. report found that for people aged 16 to 24, Americans ranked last among rich countries in numeracy and technological proficiency.

If this drift away from the American Dream in America is natural, what can we do about it?   What changes can we make both to stop the loss of the American Dream and to adapt and continue to enjoy a great lifestyle?

There are several steps we can take.

The first is to take a realistic look at the state of the political system.  Do we see strong leaders who will turn things around?  If not then the answer is to look for the problems that weak leadership create.  Problems create opportunity.  Take for example US health care.  I do not see the US political or economic system fixing this soon, so I wrote a report on how to have good health by avoiding high cost disease management.

Next, let’s take a realistic view of the global economy.  Even during political turmoil and great socio-economic inequality there can be great economic opportunity.  There are huge new opportunities for micro businesses that arise every day.  Look for them.

Finally, don’t let the turmoil get you down.  Get on with life!  We did not make the state of the world and we cannot change what it is.  We can change our own life and make a positive difference IF we can change our reaction to events as they unfold.   We can use the business evolutionary cycle that we teach in our Self Publishing course to improve our lifestyle and make the world a better place.

A reader once asked about this evolution when he wrote: “Gary, I keep asking myself, how do Gary/ Merri Scott continuously continue to produce uniquely insightful information for readers?  How could I model just a small slice of Gary’s success online?  I truly do not understand how you have been able to continuously grow for decades while evolving from print to internet/online, covering totally new locations, new businesses and completely new subject matter (not only investing, but health, language, Real Estate Retreats, Import/Export, Publishing, Country- UK, US, Ecuador, etc).

“Other than sheer determination and follow-through, which are obvious requirements, what is your long standing secret to success in ‘lifestyle marketing’?

“What would you say to someone like me just starting online and hoping to succeed to even just a small degree of your success over the internet?  Of course, truly unique content and building a growing list of readers is the key, but how do you manage the load (so many subject matters – keeps me in awe) and yet you always deliver relevance and uniqueness?

“What angle on marketing (small secrets) has allowed you to continuously succeed? I realize there are no miracles other than hard work, but any pointers to leverage? Gary, you truly are in the genius category and I am a true admirer.

Here is what I replied:  “Take three steps.  Do what you love.  Start small and grow naturally.  Have a great day, every day.”

This may seem too simple. Yet this truly is why our business has evolved and why our business continues to grow and evolve.

We really do what we love.  We continually ask how we can turn our passion into profit and do business and invest in what we know.

Passionate beginnings allow the business evolutionary cycle to begin. An idea, dream or passion creates enthusiasm. Enthusiasm leads to education.

Education leads to action. Action leads to profit or loss and experience.

Experience leads to new ideas.

The process starts again, but in a larger way and again and again.

This is the start. Figure out what you are really interested in and become enthused about finding some small or large way to do some good as you make money from being involved.

Gary

 

 

 

Secrets of Wellness & Longevity


A midnight breeze kisses hemlock and pine in the deep embrace of an amber moon.  Dark clouds race and churn the lunar cream over the path I tread towards a cemetery just ahead.

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Family cemetery at our Blue Ridge Farm.

For over 50 years, my wife and I traveled the world writing articles for publications like Truth and Plenty and Independence Monthly.  We lived in Asia, Europe and South America as well as Smalltown USA.

During that time we lived and studied with the shamans of Ecuador to understand the longevity found in some areas that seemed otherwise poor.  For example, Dr. Alexander Leaf, a famous medical researcher from Harvard Medical School studied longevity in numerous mountainous areas on behalf of National Geographic Magazine.  This research looked at the people of Abkhasia in the Caucasus mountains south of Russia, those who lived in Vilcabamba in the Andes of South America and the Hunza, a mountainous valley in Pakistan.

These valleys had far less medical care and far fewer hospitals than most of us enjoy in the modern world, but the research showed that a much larger percentage of those populations lived 100 years and beyond, vital, active and in good health.

We found health secrets here in the Blue Ridge Mountains as well and have gained enormously by integrating the ancient health wisdom of each into our lives.

Standing in a cemetery at night may not seem the norm, but there is a healthy reason for some of us to stroll in the moonlight a night.  More on this in a moment, but first let me share another reason why I visit this cemetery to reflect on longevity and health.

There is a person in this cemetery that I admire.  Ida is her name and secrets she shares are the core of good health, energy and long life.  These are secrets for weight loss, stress reduction and longevity.  Ida has proven this fact by living to be 115!

These mountain cemeteries are dotted throughout the Blue Ridge, part and parcel of life up here in the High Country.  Several of her relatives lay at rest in this burial ground…all located on our Blue Ridge farm.

When I find myself forgetting what good health really is, I come here and think about Ida’s tales.   John is resting here.  He passed at age 91 and his wife, Jill, aged 95.  Two more of the same family name, but an era earlier, were aged 86 and 100 at death.

And then there is Ida, her message is strongest because she passed at 115.  The headstone says she was born in 1794 and left this world in 1909.  Imagine what she saw living during three centuries!

The secrets from their headstones are clear.  First, some places are healthier than others.   Second, lifestyle affects longevity more than quadruple bypasses, pacemakers, chemo, radiation, modern medicine and drugs.  These people were dirt poor mountain farmers and did not have health insurance, hospitals or regular checkups.  Some may have never seen a doctor.  Third, a simple, natural life is filled with good health, energy, relaxation and strength.

Clean air, pure water and fresh food are important medicines!  These hardy mountain people worked hard and kept life simple.  Longevity was their reward.  Modern medicine does many wonderful things to manage illness.  But the imbalanced Western way of life does not do much that encourages wellness.

I share longevity secrets gained from those five decades of travel in my reports on how to have natural health.  What good is it to make a ton of money if you cannot enjoy it because of poor health?

Merri and I have searched out health secrets during our global journeys, because medical expenses are the biggest threat to our wealth.   These secrets are gleaned and distilled from months and years spent with Vaidyas and Pundits of India, Sufi masters, Chinese herbalists, Tibetan Monks and Andean Yatchaks, who specialize in one aspect of longevity and rejuvenation or another.  The secrets also come from a continuing research about people who are active but aged over 100.

We have put the secrets we have learned in three reports on how to have natural health.

You do not have to be a Monk or even very disciplined to benefit from these secrets as they have been refined to work for modern people with modern lifestyles.

The reports do not aim to cure any specific ill but look at how to build stamina, vitality, energy and endurance so the body is better able to care for itself.   We share ideas we have learned and used to renew, rebuild and rejuvenate.

Here are a few of the longevity secrets in the reports.

Secret #1: Restrict your diet.  This first secret hardly seems hidden at all.  This is a simple, universally ignored reality.  Cut your caloric intake.  This is one of the few, the only scientifically proven factor that increases longevity.

Most of us cannot simply stop eating.  Hunger is too powerful a force!  We all need to learn how to change eating habits so we have plenty of beautiful food to eat, but less calories.  When we make the change we can eat more but still lost weight and reduced inches.

Don’t think this means you’ll be eating celery, lettuce, cardboard tasting crisp bread and such either.  Part of wellness is enjoying your food!  Learn to eat more effectively and discover good tasting, balanced, low calorie food.  Find out how to prepare this food so it’s more nourishing and filling and finally how to prepare it with herbs and spices that modulate blood sugar levels so hunger fades away.  There are many small, simple yet effective secrets that can make us crave good foods instead of bad.

An example is reducing calories with spice coordination.  When ginger, cinnamon and cloves are taken in correct amounts, at the right time, these spices crank your metabolism as they calm your appetite.  This is just one of numerous, simple health tricks.

The correct mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats for energy and weight loss is another example.   There are many easy-to-buy-at-the-supermarket foods.  For example, you can enjoy a breakfast of protein balanced pancakes with organic panella-canela syrup.  Every ingredient is inexpensive, easily obtainable yet this delicious sweet meal fills as it turns up the calorie burning process.

Eating secrets include seven easy ways to identify your body type so you can customize a diet and know when and what to eat in the right way.

Let me make one other point clear about food.  There are a lot of diets today that claim to be the one and only best way to lose weight.  Maybe they work or not.  Even those that do work may be inconvenient or expensive and do not work for everyone!  The nutritional plans in the reports are derived from diets created by mystic healers in many distant lands. The entire program has been modified for today’s lifestyles and tastes.  Practically all the food you learn about can be easily obtained.  Preparation, mixing, timing and method of eating are as important as the quality and type of food!

Unlock the Mystery of Key Muscles

Another nutritional trick unveiled has nothing to do with what we eat.  The trick is to energize and coordinate the digestive system by exercising a set of key muscles as we eat.  The body has a number of key muscles that regulate breathing, digestion, circulation, elimination and muscular motion.  During our wellness sessions we review how to energize these muscles which in turn coordinate every other muscle and organ in the body.  Eating in this way for example (most of the modern world does not) energizes just one key muscle that regulates part of our ability to burn sugars and fat.

Secret #2: have more than a routine Create ritual!  Those who live extra-ordinarily long lives seem to share this common trait.  Whatever they do, they do in moderation, in a very similar way and with great gusto.  For example, if they drink an ounce of whisky every day, at six o clock, they do not do this at five some days and eight others.  They do not have a half ounce one day and two another.  They tend to have one ounce at six p.m. every day.  This instills discipline, keeps life simple (very important) and allows the body to get used to doing whatever it is it has to do.  Take Chris Mortensen one of the oldest documented men in the 1990s who at 113 said of his weekly cigar, “If you take my weekly cigar away from me, I am going to die”.  The anticipation and ritual of whatever pleasure he receives from this is far more life-giving than the stress.  The world’s oldest documented woman in the 1990s, Jeanne Clement, at age 122 drank cognac and ate a pound of chocolate a week (but never two pounds).

Secret #3: remain independent, challenged, active and needed.  One of the most important features found in isolated Ecuadorian valleys where people live long lives is that old age was revered.  Often people at age 100, even 110 are still active and working!  Max Zimmer of Los Angeles came to the US from Austria in 1911 with only a two dollar bill.  At age 103 he still had the same two-dollar bill and had built and still ran a multimillion-dollar business.

One medical doctor, who specializes in anti-aging, points out that most centenarians seldom spend much time with doctors.  When they finally get sick, they die quickly and with little expense.  They depend on themselves to remain healthy, not others.

Part of the report focuses on how to have financial balance in investing and business so you can remain independent.

The report looks at oxygenation, coordination, purification, energy boosting, education, occupation and relaxation.

Oxygenation-Coordination:  Learn how to gain extra oxygen with the Llama Walk.

Purification: We look at Andean purification herbs and purifying teas.

Energy Boosting: Eating balanced, correctly prepared organic food and drinking herbal teas designed for body type and body imbalances.

Occupation: Physical labor, suited to your body type and condition range from gardening and animal care to path building and clearing the woods.

Relaxation: Learn how Meditation, L-Thianine and Baroque Music enhance thinking and relieve stress.

Body Types Made EZ:  Learn how they cause and influence nine body types and their imbalances.  Discover seven easy ways to determine your body type and how to keep it in balance.

Healthy Eating Made EZ:  Gain delicious, power packed weight reducing recipes from easy to obtain products from super market foods. Coddle Yourself Egg-High Protein Country Cottage Pie-Low Carb-Veggie Chile & Spaghetti- Weightless Bread-High Mountain Pure Protein Quinoa-Better Oatmeal of Steel- Several Soups for Super Strength-Berry Good Crunch Treat and Waist Less Apple Crumble are just a few.

Exercise for Strength and Better Health Made EZ:  Medicine is dose.  Too much exercise is as bad or worse as not enough. Learn how to let comfort be your exercise guide. Move with momentum-some exercises activate all muscles and provide the benefit of leverage, momentum and convenience so 12 minutes of exercise a day is enough. Blend body and mind-Alpha exercises take you into the zone so you win from the inside out.  Spin and bend-blend exercise secrets from India, the Andes and the East for easy and better health.  The Gentle Touch-if you have to breathe through the mouth you have done too much.

Here is what others have said about this information:

Though I ate more than ever, my weight dropped and I lost two inches off my waist.” – S.H. Oregon

The life path altering effects from the weekend with you and Merri continue. Thank you again. I have begun to change my diet. Bless you!” – D.B. Connecticut

You are indeed a spiritual pioneer, blending disciplines to create tools and resources for success in this new land of opportunity.  Anyone who thinks this is just all about money is missing the real message: This is about life in its most profound implications.” – W.P. Australia

I want to thank you for the wonderful time. I travailed from California to hear you convey your knowledge in the way you do so well, and I wasn’t disappointed.  The amount of information in the sessions was almost overwhelming, but it’s exactly what I went to hear.” – B.R. California

The technical information I gathered was most not new to me, but I like to compliment you for putting it all in the right perspective and to make it very understandable to all.  What was at our opinion one of the most important gaining of these 3 days is the opening of the new world, this new circle of what you call ‘normal’ people! (I call us ‘not normal’ as a matter of respect to the majority.)  But as we know, all is relative and depends at the point of view of each, His spiritual mind and his opinion about the senses of our being.” – E.V. Florida

People who, among other things, are active and productive and creative and resourceful, whose word can be counted upon; People who realize that spirituality DOES NOT mean sitting in a cave contemplating your navel and weaving baskets, nor does it equate in the Western culture with living in abject poverty.  People who realize that abundance is not a dirty word. People who understand that we are here to ENGAGE life, not to submit to circumstances out of fear and ignorance and apathy; People who don’t just use the most current ‘buzz words’ so they can feel like they are part of the group, but who actually DO something… Builders. Thank you for showing up in my life.” – E.W. Nevada

Good health is the most important asset in stressful times.  Beyond the fact that modern health intervention (ie. hospital) can destroy one’s finances, being in good health brings the energy and balance required to make sound investing and business decisions.

There are many ways to improve health naturally.

universal-frequency

Watching the sun rise promotes good natural health for example.  Our use of color and observing the correct colors (frequencies) at the correct time are important.

We have been incorporating the ideas of how natural health promotes everlasting wealth into our courses and seminars for decades and this report covers them all.

Here are 11 main points covered in the reports.

#1: Quantum mechanics, frequency, health &  wealth.  How they all connect.

#2: Three aspects of being – air – fire – water… how to balance and integrate them.  How a moonlight stroll reduces the risks of excessive adrenaline.

#3: Three ways to integrate brain waves and be in the zone… 60 cycle sound… L- theanine and meditation.

#4: The Andean – Indian Connection.  How Ayurved and Andean relate.  Three fundamentals of longevity. Eat right, work well and sleep soundly.

#5: How dis-ease develops and is stopped with nutrition, exercise and purpose.

#6: How to use cleansings. Melon, pineapple, apples-grapes, vareshna, chelating, cinnamon-sweet pepper tea, steam and mists.  Teas: How and when to use cedron, chamomile, lemon verbena, peppermint.

#7: Ways to relax.  How to use chamomile, valerian, lettuce and milk, hot water, vata press. Ways to calm down. How to use peppermint tea, aloe, cream massage, frozen grapes.  Ways to wake up. How to use cinnamon tea, paprika, cloves, ginger, ginger-black salt and lemon juice.

#8: How to use, colors and sound to stimulate organs and glands.

#9: EZ Shamanic exercises-yoga, llama walk, lizard, sun salute, crab and mouth release, ring chew, etc.

#10: How to use the senses, taste, six flavors.

#11: How to use essential oils to balance wellness.

I want to share these secrets of health and longevity with readers of Truth & Plenty, plus offer a special report on the almost unknown health booster, the hogberry.

Gain Huge Health Benefits from the Amazing Hogberry

More than 100 studies have found that physical activity can lower cancer risk and even help cure cancer.  Fortunately researchers asked why and one answer became clear…Body Fat.

Studies showed that those who were most active have a 25% lower chance of developing cancer because reduced body fat is a possible pathway to lowering cancer risk.  Time Magazine has some good information on the relationship between exercise and reducing cancer.  Have a look below if you want to research more deeply (1).

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Graph showing benefits of intermittent fasting.

Fortunately, there is a little known way to reduce body fat that does not even require exercise.  I’ll share more on this secret in a moment.

First, body fat and cancer?  Let’s ask why?

Part of the answer is toxicity.

Healthy bodies naturally and regularly remove water-soluble toxins from the body.  The blood and kidneys flush them away.

Fat-soluble toxins such as metals, pesticides, preservatives, and other pollutants are harder to flush out of the system.  Fat-soluble toxins must become water-soluble before the body can get rid of them.  The liver can do this conversion (bile emulsifies fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble).  This process requires healthy digestive and detox pathways.  When they become imbalanced, fat-soluble toxins are stored in fat cells and brain cells instead.   These toxins can remain for decades and create health problems.

The fat stored toxins cause oxidation (free radical damage) and degeneration as well as mutation.  Toxins in the fatty tissue of the brain become nuerotoxins that can cause cognitive problems and a host of mental and brain imbalances.

The way to avoid this storage of deadly toxicity is to keep stress down, while digestion and detoxification pathways remain good.

Burn Fat to Burn Toxins

When you burn fat not primarily for weight loss, (though you will lose weight) but for purification, you can turn on the body’s detox fuel.  Fat metabolism is the body’s natural form of energy.  Fat metabolism provides a more steady energy than glucose metabolism and flushes fat cells free of toxins.  As the toxicity drops, the nervous system has reduced stress and will naturally burn fat instead of sugar.

Intermittent fasting is one way to get the body to burn fat.  There is a way of eating that helps reduce weight, improve energy and purify the body as it returns to a state of natural health.

This is a simple easy way to improve and restore feeling good, but works best when combined with better nutrition, moderate exercise and a purification program that helps make sure that the body is not overwhelmed with too much purification at once.

This is why I have written a short report entitled “The FAST Way to Better Health” that features one special tea so an intermittent fasting routine becomes doable and enjoyable.

The Key is in the Hogberry

Intermittent fasting is guaranteed to work, if you have even reasonable nutrition, moderate physical activity and stick with it.  The problem is in the sticking.  When the brain is hooked on metabolizing sugar it can be very demanding.   When we try going an extended period without a sugar, the brain will have a hissy fit and demand that we eat or drink something sweet or starchy or alcoholic.

Sticking through a fast just does not work when the brain pulls out its bag of tricks, from sweet whispers (just one chocolate won’t hurt- but it will!)  all the way to chills sweats and dizziness.   Intermittent fasting, without help, can require enormous discipline that most of us cannot maintain long enough.

I know, I tried intermittent fasting several times and failed.  Then I accidentally stumbled across the Secret of the Hogberry that not only stops hunger but more importantly speeds up the process of switching from sugar metabolism to fat metabolism AND assists in the purifying process.  Once I tried using this support for the pancreas (among other things),  intermittent fasting became satisfying and enjoyable.  I am passing 45 days in this routine, and the steady energy just gets better and better.  I am not minding the reduced weight and better fitting clothing either!

“The FAST Way to Better Health” explains how intermittent fasting is not real fasting.  One does not stop eating with an intermittent fast, not even for a day.  You learn why this is such a healthy way to lose weight and detoxify fat cells to reduce risks of cancer, heart disease diabetes and senility.

More important you learn how to feel better almost from the very first day.  Reduce stress, gain smooth steady energy without 10:30 am and 3:00 pm  droops. Find out how to avoid being hungry right after you eat and how to make the cravings for sweets and junk food all but disappear.

I will send you this report “The FAST Way to Better Health” that reveals the secret of the Hogberry, FREE when you order my Shamanic Natural Health reports described below.

This is the only way to attain this report as it is not for sale or available to the general public.  Intermittent fasting can make your life better. It works best when you use the nutritional, exercise and purification tips outlined in these three reports.  As with all my reports and courses, satisfaction is guaranteed or your money back.  I want to be sure that the information in “The FAST Way to Better Health” works for you.  The valuable knowledge you’ll gain in these reports works better when the nutrition, purification and exercise reports are combined so I have made a special offer.

Here are three shamanic health reports about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Here is a special offer available for subscribers to Truth & Plenty when you order the three reports that normally sell for $19.95 each.

Order all three Shamanic Natural Health Reports worth $59.85 for $39.90 and save $19.95. 

You receive the report “The Hogberry’s Fast Way to Better Health” and  our 60 day, full satisfaction or full, no questions asked, refund.   

Gary Scott

(1)   time.com Exercise & cancer

 

 

 

Secrets of Wellness & Longevity


Secrets of Wellness & Longevity

A midnight breeze kisses hemlock and pine in the deep embrace of an amber moon.  Dark clouds race and churn the lunar cream over the path I tread towards a cemetery just ahead.

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Cemetery at our Blue Ridge Farm.

For over 30 years, my wife and I traveled the world writing articles for publications like Independence Monthly.  We lived in Asia, Europe and South America as well as Smalltown USA

During that time we lived and studied with the shamans of Ecuador to understand the longevity found in some areas that seemed otherwise poor.   For example, Dr. Alexander Leaf, a famous medical researcher from Harvard Medical School studied longevity in numerous mountainous areas on behalf of National Geographic Magazine.  This research looked at the people of Abkhasia in the Caucasus mountains south of Russia, those who lived in Vilcabamba in the Andes of South America and the Hunza, a mountainous valley in Pakistan.

These valleys had far less medical care and far fewer hospitals than most of us enjoy in the modern world, but the research showed that a much larger percentage of those populations lived 100 years and beyond, vital, active and in good health.

We found health secrets here in the Blue Ridge Mountains as well and have gained enormously by integrating the ancient health wisdoms of each into our lives.

Standing in a cemetery at night may not seem the norm, but there is a healthy reason for some of us to stroll in the moonlight a night.  More on this in a moment, but first let me share another reason why I visit this cemetery to reflect on longevity and health.

There is a person n this cemetery that i admire.  Ida is her name and secrets she shares are the core of good health, energy and long life.  These are secrets for weight loss, stress reduction and longevity.  Ida has proven this fact by living to be 115!

These mountain cemeteries are dotted throughout the Blue Ridge, part and parcel of life up here in the High Country.  Several of her relatives lay at rest in this burial ground…all located on our  Blue Ridge farm.

When I find myself forgetting what good health really is, I come here and think about Ida’s tales.   John is resting here.  He passed at age 91 and his wife, Jill, aged 95.  Two more of the same family name, but an era earlier, were aged 86 and 100 at death.

And then there is Ida, her message is strongest because she passed at 115. The headstone says she was born in 1794 and left this world in 1909.  Imagine what she saw living during three centuries!

The secrets from their headstones are clear.  First, some places are healthier than others.   Second, lifestyle affects longevity more than quadruple bypasses, pacemakers, chemo, radiation, modern medicine and drugs.  These people were dirt poor mountain farmers and did not have health insurance, hospitals or regular checkups.  Some may have never seen a doctor.  Third, a simple, natural life is filled with good health, energy, relaxation and strength.

Clean air, pure water and fresh food are important medicines!  These hardy mountain people worked hard and kept life simple.  Longevity was their reward.  Modern medicine does many wonderful things to manage illness.  But the imbalanced Western way of life does not do much that encourages wellness.

I share longevity secrets gain ed from those travels in my reports on how to have natural health.  What good is it to make a ton of money if you cannot enjoy it because of poor health.

Merri and I have searched out health secrets during our global journeys, because medical expenses are the biggest threat to our wealth.   These secrets are gleaned and distilled from months and years spent with Vaidyas and Pundits of India, Sufi masters, Chinese herbalists, Tibetan Monks and Andean Yatchaks, who specialize in one aspect of longevity and rejuvenation or another.  The secrets also come from a continuing research about people who are active but aged over 100.

We have put the secrets we have learned in three report on how to have natural health.

You do not have to be a Monk or even very disciplined to benefit from these secrets as they have been refined to work for modern people with modern lifestyles.

The reports do not aim to cure any specific ill but look at how to build stamina, vitality, energy and endurance so the body is better able to care for itself.   We share ideas we have learned and used to renew, rebuild and rejuvenate.

Here are a few of the longevity secrets in the reports.

Secret #1: Restrict your diet.  This first secret hardly seems hidden at all.  This is a simple, universally ignored reality.  Cut your caloric intake.  This is one of the few the only scientifically proven factor that increases longevity.

Most of us cannot simply stop eating.  Hunger is too powerful a force!  We all need to learn how to change eating habits so we have plenty of beautiful food to eat, but less calories.  When we make the change we can ate more but lost weight and reduced inches.

Don’t think this means you’ll be eating celery, lettuce, cardboard tasting crisp bread and such either.  Part of wellness is enjoying your food!  Learn to eat more effectively and discover good tasting, balanced, low calorie food.  Find out how to prepare this food so it’s more nourishing and filling and finally how to prepare it with herbs and spices that modulate blood sugar levels so hunger fades away.  There are many small, simple yet effective secrets that can make us crave good foods instead of bad.

An example is reducing calories with spice coordination.  When ginger, cinnamon and cloves are taken in correct amounts, at the right time, these spices crank your metabolism as they calm your appetite.  This is just one of numerous, simple health tricks.

The correct mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats for energy and weight loss is another example.   There are many easy-to-buy-at-the-supermarket foods.  For example, you can enjoy a breakfast of protein balanced pancakes with organic panella-canela syrup.  Every ingredient is inexpensive, easily obtainable yet this delicious sweet meal fills as it turns up the calorie burning process.

Eating secrets include seven easy ways to identify your body type so you can customize a diet and know when and what to eat in the right way.

Let me make one other point clear about food.  There are a lot of diets today that claim to be the one and only best way to lose weight.  Maybe they work or not.  Even those that do work may be inconvenient or expensive and do not work for everyone!  The nutritional plans in the reports are derived from diets created by mystic healers in many distant lands. The entire program has been modified for today’s lifestyles and tastes.  Practically all the food you learn about can be easily obtained.  Preparation, mixing, timing and method of eating are as important as the quality and type of food!

Unlock the Mystery of Key Muscles

Another nutritional trick unveiled has nothing to do with what we eat.  The trick is to energize and coordinate the digestive system by exercising a set of key muscles as we eat.  The body has a number of key muscles that regulate breathing, digestion, circulation, elimination and muscular motion.  During our wellness sessions we review how to energize these muscles which in turn coordinate every other muscle and organ in the body.  Eating in this way for example (most of the modern world does not) energizes just one key muscle that regulates part of our ability to burn sugars and fat.

Secret #2 is to have more than a routine Create ritual!  Those who live extra- ordinarily long lives seem to share this common trait.  Whatever they do, they do in moderation, in a very similar way and with great gusto.  For example, if they drink an ounce of whisky every day, at six o clock, they do not do this at five some days and eight others.  They do not have a half ounce one day and two another.  They tend to have one ounce at six p.m. every day.  This instills discipline, keeps life simple (very important) and allows the body to get used to doing whatever it is it has to do.  Take Chris Mortensen one of the oldest documented men in the 1990s who at 113 said of his weekly cigar, “If you take my weekly cigar away from me, I am going to die”.  The anticipation and ritual of whatever pleasure he receives from this is far more life-giving than the stress.  The world’s oldest documented woman in the 1990s, Jeanne Clement, at age 122 drank cognac and ate a pound of chocolate a week (but never two pounds).

Secret #3 is to remain independent, challenged, active and needed.  One of the most important features found in isolated Ecuador valleys where people live long lives is that old age was revered.  Often people at age 100, even 110 are still active and working!  Max Zimmer of Los Angeles came to the US from Austria in 1911 with only a two dollar bill.  At age 103 he still had the same two-dollar bill and had built and still ran a multimillion-dollar business.

One medical doctor who specializes in anti-aging points out that most centenarians seldom spend much time with doctors.  When they finally get sick, they die quickly and with little expense.  They depend on themselves to remain healthy, not others.

Part of the report focuses on how to have financial balance in investing and business so you can remain independent.

The report looks at oxygenation, coordination, purification, energization, education, occupation and relaxation.

Oxygenation-Coordination:  Learn how to gain extra oxygen with the Llama Walk.

Purification: We look at Andean purification herbs and purifying teas.

Energization: Eating balanced, correctly prepared organic food and drinking herbal teas designed for body type and body imbalances.

Occupation: Physical labor, suited to your body type and condition range from gardening and animal care to path building and clearing the woods.

Relaxation: Learn how Meditation, L-Thianine and Baroque Music enhance thinking and relieve stress.

Body Types Made EZ:  Learn how they cause and influence nine body types and their imbalances.  Discover seven easy ways to determine your body type and how to keep it in balance.

Healthy Eating Made EZ: Gain delicious, power packed weight reducing recipes from easy to obtain products from super market foods. Coddle Yourself Egg-High Protein Country Cottage Pie-Low Carb-Veggie Chile & Spaghetti- Weightless Bread-High Mountain Pure Protein Quinoa-Better Oatmeal of Steel- Several Soups for Super Strength-Berry Good Crunch Treat and Waist Less Apple Crumble are just a few.

Exercise for Strength and Better Health Made EZ:  Medicine is dose.  Too much exercise is as bad or worse as not enough. Learn how to let comfort be your exercise guide. Move with momentum-some exercises activate all muscles and provide the benefit of leverage, momentum and convenience so 12 minutes of exercise a day is enough. Blend body and mind-Alpha exercises take you into the zone so you win from the inside out.  Spin and bend-blend exercise secrets from India, the Andes and the East for easy and better health.  The Gentle Touch-if you have to breathe through the mouth you have done too much.

Here is what others have said about this information:

Though I ate more than ever, my weight dropped and I lost two inches off my waist.” – S.H. Oregon

The life path altering effects from the weekend with you and Merri continue. Thank you again. I have begun to change my diet. Bless you!” – D.B. Connecticut

You are indeed a spiritual pioneer, blending disciplines to create tools and resources for success in this new land of opportunity.  Anyone who thinks this is just all about money is missing the real message: This is about life in its most profound implications.” – W.P. Australia

I want to thank you for the wonderful time. I travailed from California to hear you convey your knowledge in the way you do so well, and I wasn’t disappointed.  The amount of information in the sessions was almost overwhelming, but it’s exactly what I went to hear.” – B.R. California

The technical information I gathered was most not new to me, but I like to compliment you for putting it all in the right perspective and to make it very understandable to all.  What was at our opinion one of the most important gaining of these 3 days is the opening of the new world, this new circle of what you call ‘normal’ people! (I call us ‘not normal’ as a matter of respect to the majority.)  But as we know, all is relative and depends at the point of view of each, His spiritual mind and his opinion about the senses of our being.” – E.V. Florida

People who, among other things, are active and productive and creative and resourceful, whose word can be counted upon; People who realize that spirituality DOES NOT mean sitting in a cave contemplating your navel and weaving baskets, nor does it equate in the Western culture with living in abject poverty.  People who realize that abundance is not a dirty word. People who understand that we are here to ENGAGE life, not to submit to circumstances out of fear and ignorance and apathy; People who don’t just use the most current ‘buzz words’ so they can feel like they are part of the group, but who actually DO something… Builders. Thank you for showing up in my life.” – E.W. Nevada

Good health is the most important asset in stressful times.  Beyond the fact that modern health intervention (ie. hospital) can destroy one’s finances,  being in good health brings the energy and balance required to make sound investing and business decisions.

There are many ways to improve health naturally.

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Watching the sun rise promotes good natural health for example.  Our use of color and observing the correct colors (frequencies) at the correct time are important.

We have been incorporating the ideas of Quantum Health and Quantum Wealth into our courses and seminars for decades and this report covers them all.

Here are 11 main points covered in the reports.

#1: Quantum mechanics, frequency, health &  wealth.  How they all connect.

#2: Three aspects of being – air – fire – water… how to balance and integrate them.

#3: Three ways to integrate brain waves and be in the zone… 60 cycle sound… L- theanine and meditation.

#4: The Andean – Indian Connection.  How Ayurved and Andean relate.  Three fundamentals of longevity. Eat right, work well and sleep soundly.

#5: How dis-ease develops and is stopped with nutrition, exercise and purpose.

#6: How to use cleansings. Melon, pineapple, apples-grapes, vareshna, chelating, cinnamon-sweet pepper tea, steam and mists.  Teas: How and when to use cedron, chamomile, lemon verbena, peppermint.

#7: Ways to relax.  How to use chamomile, valerian, lettuce and milk, hot water, vata press. Ways to calm down. How to use peppermint tea, aloe, cream massage, frozen grapes.  Ways to wake up. How to use cinnamon tea, paprika, cloves, ginger, ginger-black salt and lemon juice.

#8: How to use, colors and sound to stimulate organs and glands.

#9: EZ Shamanic exercises-yoga, llama walk, lizard, sun salute, crab and mouth release, ring chew, etc.

#10: How to use the senses, taste, six flavors.

#11: How to use essential oils to balance wellness.

Learn below about a special offer available when you order the reports and our full satisfaction or money back guarantee.

Gary

51 Year Currency Survival Lesson


We all matter.  Yet has big government, big pharma, health care and big business ever made you feel metaphorically dragged off the plane because it is inconvenient for them to serve you?  Or have you worried that your bank and credit card company are looking to rip you off rather than look after your savings?  Have you stopped with complaints, 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.

The biggest broken promise is that of purchasing power in the US dollar and, in fact, all currencies.   See three ways to survive this undermining of our freedoms through currency deterioration.

Merri and I always celebrate special freedoms in May because it was 51 years ago, in May 1966 I joined Prudential Insurance Company to begin learning about investing.

Two years later, May 1, 1968 I left the USA and arrived in Hong Kong May 2, 1968 and have been living, investing and doing business globally since.

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Here are some of the pages in my first passport.  (I have used up many more passports since!)

But it was two years later in May 1971 that one of my most important experiences took place then that can help you now have more freedom, less stress and increased profit despite the loss of the dollar’s purchasing power now.

I will never forget this currency survival lesson when the dollar was unpegged from the Bretton Woods Agreement.   I recall it well as in Singapore on May 5, 1971 with a seven day visa, to May 12, 1971.  I still have that passport though it expired long ago.

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Little did I know that this was a week that would change the world… for the worse.

The Raffles Hotel was a famous historic site.

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At that time it was colonially faded but offered a great outdoor restaurant just next to the Long Bar (home of the Singapore Sling).   They offered a traditional breakfast with old fashioned pots of thick cut marmalade and slightly burnt toast that stood in racks of sterling silver.  This elegant setting and the quiet service was an easy, wonderful way to start the day.  I felt in place, relaxed and comfortable, part of an ancient tradition, the modern link in a rite that this hotel had offered prosperity for so many generations past.  I sat back feeling that all was well.  I felt in control and on top of that modern era.

However, everything suddenly changed as I was about to learn a serious lesson in international currency safety.

I settled in for breakfast,opened the local paper (the Straits Times) and saw the four inch headlines that declared “U.S. Dollar Devalues”.

That comfortable era had just come to an end.  Currencies around the world were in turmoil.

That day, when the dollar devalued, money changers would not take the greenback.  I couldn’t pay for my hotel.  I couldn’t even pay for breakfast and I was 12,000 miles from home.  I had just moved into a new reality of freedom loss and was scared!

Since that day I have never trusted the US dollar or any other single currency.  This has reaped rich rewards.  Betting against the US dollar (as I have again and again over these five decades) has been exactly the right thing to do.

This is why at our website we continually look for ways to gain protection from the loss of purchasing power in all currencies.

In the last 51 years various currencies have risen and fallen versus one another, but all currencies have lost purchasing power in the process.   This is one of the greatest challenges to our freedom.  Our goal is to share ideas that enhance three basic qualities of real freedom.

The first quality of real freedom is natural health.  None of us can be truly free until we wrest ourselves from the grip of the health care system (aka disease management system) that is dictated by unfair prices charged by hospitals and big pharma.

The second quality of real freedom is the ability to earn through service.  We, the people,  all matter.  We all have value. We all can make our lives meaningful through service.

So many promises, purchasing power of money, savings, pensions, health care, social security, financial security, privacy, have been broken so many times that no promise made by big business or big government can be trusted.  The only true form of wealth is to have some value, to be able to serve (or produce) in a profitable way so we are useful, required and respected in our community.

The third quality is to use mathematics to seek good investment and currency value.   The only clear understanding of value of investments is that derived from mathematical based financial news rather than speculation based economic news.

A continual evolution based on these three qualities have helped Merri and me, our readers and our income continually grow… through good times and bad.

The reason we have progressed amidst never ending change is because we recognize that details and technologies change, but the fundamentals remain immutable.  “Plus ce change plus ce la meme chose”… the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Our business is totally online now… but the basics are the same… “to provide interesting, useful information and contacts that help make people’s lives better as they prosper from change”.

Life is a trip and we have an entire globe to enjoy the ride. Expanding our horizons beyond the education we gained within our local borders can help our visions penetrate the mists of tomorrow so we can adjust to gain opportunity in change and avoid dangers ahead.  This philosophy has reaped millions for Merri and me.  More important, this approach has helped us follow our purpose and feel that we are doing more for the world than just making a buck.

The increased pace of change leaves all of us with a lot to do.

We feel healthier and more energetic than 50 years ago.  I might not be wiser… but am more experienced and seem in a better position than when I took that first trip to Hong Kong 48 years ago today.

We’ll keep looking for better ways to improve our natural health, energy and desire so we can profitably serve and wisely invest for the future.

Merri and I look forward to the year ahead… and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Gary

The Power of Mood & Music


The ultimate form of success is an everlasting positive mood.   This is why there is power in music that can be used to trigger positive emotional moods.  See how and why below.

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Image from music quotes at quotehd.com.

Poets say it.   Robert Browning wrote:  “Who hears music, feels his solitude. Peopled at once.”

Scientists say it.   An NPR article ‘The Power Of Music’ To Affect The Brain (1) says:  “Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music.  Studies also suggest that someday music may even help patients heal from Parkinson’s disease or a stroke.   In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.

Musicians say it.   An example is the lyrics in Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”, a song about the love of  music.

“Day after day I am more confused – I am feelin’ the strain – ain’t it a shame?

“Rhythm, rhyme and harmony – You help me along – Makin’ me strong,

“Give me the beat boys and free my soul – I  wanna get lost in rock and roll and drift away”.

I say it  and use it.  Here is the tip on how you and I can use music as a positive emotional trigger.

When a person writes a lot and is on a schedule as I do and am, he or she has to be in an upbeat, positive mood.

The technique that is now so well supported by YOUTUBE is to use music from your past that triggers a good mood.

The beginning of a report entitled “Positive Emotions Trigger Upward Spirals Toward Emotional Well-Being” (2) by Barbara L. Fredrickson and Thomas Joiner at University of Michigan and Florida State University sum this up:  The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions predicts that positive emotions broaden the scopes of attention and cognition, and, by consequence, initiate upward spirals toward increasing emotional well-being.

For example, I work toward having a state of relaxed concentration when I write… call it smooth and easy, focused but not up tight.  Normally I use Baroque music, but at times, especially when I want to write from the deepest portions of my heart,  I seek something that is uniquely mellow to me.  I have an armory of Golden Oldies that evoke positive emotions.  When I was young something good happened as I was hearing these songs.  I don’t recall the events, but can feel the positive emotion.

All I have to do is listen for my emotions to drift away!

To create positive emotions that create upward spirals, figure out what music triggers your positive emotions.  Then when you need the emotional hit, listen to your music.

One warning, do not rely too much on any one song too often.  The law of diminishing returns kicks in.   That particular song becomes too much in the here and now and loses its energy to shift.

This is Dobie Gray’s  “Drift Away”.  Use it and enjoy.   Perhaps you’ll remember good things when you listen to it.

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We use music in our work and share how to use it in our super thinking sessions at the courses and seminars.

Gary

(1)  The Power Of Music’ To Affect The Brain

(2)  Positive Emotions Trigger  upward spirals

 

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How to Profit From Extraordinarily Ordinary


There is extraordinary power in being ordinary.  Look at who you are and figure out how to profit from it writing to a niche market about the ordinary. 

I once read about a research on what generations saw when they heard the word “Elvis”.

Early boomers such as Merri and me saw this.

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The next group, born later, saw this.

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An even younger generation saw Elvis Costello.

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We can gain from this knowledge, that “the same word… creates different pictures”.

This year Merri and I celebrate the start of our 50th year in business.  A lot has changed in that time, but we are still active and in business.  One way we have stayed on top of our little niche is by being so ordinary.

Those who have been sharing this site know that we have been recommending real estate in the Mt. Dora area since 2009.  The houses we look for are ordinary, just like ones we grew up in.

We use this tactic in publishing as well.  We write about what we find interesting knowing there are many who are much like us.

Merri and I, were born and reared thousands of miles apart, but as the first wave of baby boomers, we have a lot in common.  We saw the same shows on TV, Howdy Doody, the Cisco Kid, Ed Sullivan, Gunsmoke.  Roy Rogers, etc.  We read the same books in school such as the Bridge over San Luis Rey, the Red Badge of Courage.  We saw the same movies, heard the same radio, listened to the same Golden Oldies, read the same news, the same magazines, so it is not surprising that our tastes are pretty much the same.

In many ways we have more in common with peers of the same age who were born and reared great distances from us, than neighbors who lived next door but were born in a different generation.

The fact we are NOT special gives us the ability to understand (and communicate easily) what appeals to a very specific niche of baby boomers who have our same background.  This gives us confidence that if we like something, others will like it as well.  This gives us good judgement (from an investing and business point of view) when it comes to understanding appeal.  If something appeals to us, it will appeal to many others.

A New York Times article:  “Why a self help guru only owns 15 things” (1) shows how to create everlasting wealth by being ordinary.

The article is about James Altucher, a self-empowerment blogger and author of 16 books, including the Amazon best seller “Choose Yourself.”

It says that all his worldly possessions fit into a small canvas carry-on bag.  He moved out of his home and dumped or donated almost everything he owned.  Now he lives with friends or AirBnB rentals.

He still has plenty of money and more than enough income.  Several of his books sell well and his weekly podcasts are downloaded a couple of million times a month.

The article says that Altucher is practicing what he preaches because his college diploma, corner office and three-bedroom home seemed like a sham to him.  So, one by one, he has shed all of them.  His ambition is to have no ambition.

I suspect that his feelings that have created his existential crisis are pretty common in the Western world.

He feels that the American people feel the system is now a scam with income inequality, where college is a waste of money.  Spending the same amount on travel, an online education and starting a business is a better deal.

He believes home ownership is a rip-off, putting too much of one’s net worth into one investment that can become illiquid in hard times.  He thinks stock investments are a racket as well.

He made millions early on but the wealth and a lavish lifestyle did not fill his emotional needs.  He felt poor, like he needed $100 million to be happy.   He invested in ventures and lost almost everything around the time of the dot com crash.

Then he built a reputation as a stock investor, but was wiped out again during the 2008 financial crisis so he wrote posts like “10 Reasons You Should Never Own Stocks Again.”   His reason No. 1: “You’re not that good at it”, makes a lot of sense.

He was just like so many other people whose dreams had been wiped out. This helped him became successful again.  The No. 1 search phrase on Google that took people to his blog was “I want to die”.

His regular-guy appearance is a plus.  Sharing his losses as well as his triumphs has encouraged readers to see how they can succeed despite their flaws.

The article says:  Altucher’s philosophy is perhaps most clearly articulated in “Choose Yourself,” which he summarized over lunch like this: “If you don’t choose the life you want to live, chances are, someone else is going to choose it for you.  And the results are probably not going to be pretty.”

The main points of Altucher’s book are nothing new.  We have been recommending many of the same ideas often at our site. He recommends a wellness regimen that comprises the physical (eat well, try to go to sleep by 9 p.m. and rise by 5 a.m., break a sweat for at least 10 minutes a day), emotional (be around people you love, who love you), mental (write a list of 10 ideas each day to exercise the “idea muscle” before it atrophies) and spiritual (feel gratitude every day).

He also says: “Thanks to self-publishing, you don’t have to be Deepak Chopra to write books. “Everybody is or can be an expert on something,”

Merri and I are Boomers. James Altucher is a GenXr.   We see (and feel) differently about many things.  Yet whatever generation we are, there are ordinary parts of us that span all generations and we can take advantage of this fact to know and feel a lot about appeal.

Do you feel ordinary?  Be thankful.  Look at who you are and profit from it by writing about the ordinary.

Gary

(1) www.nytimes.com  James Altucher self help guru

 

50th Anniversary


Merri and I always celebrate special freedoms in May, but this May is golden and extra special for us. 

This May is unique in our lives because my global investing and business adventures began, five decades ago, when I joined Prudential Insurance Company in May 1966.

Then two years later, on May 1, 1968 I left the USA and arrived in Hong Kong May 2, 1968.

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My first passport.

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Here is my my first passport  and the first stamp issued May 2, 1968, allowing me to stay in Hong Kong until June 2, 1968.

I arrived in Hong Kong in the night, the tropical air so soft it was a velvet mist.  Thick evening scents in the fragrant harbor and mellow insects purring in rhythm with the cacophony of the great city!  What a an exotic adventure.

Kai Tak was Hong Kong’s airport then and being American born and bred, I knew nothing about investing aboard.

That was my first airplane trip, first time out of Oregon.  Portland to Vancouver, Tokyo to Hong Kong.  I melted in my heavy woolen blazer, was weary and afraid but excited too.  An incredible global investing journey had begun… and continues to this day.

I gained sales training at Prudential and used this to develop sales teams that sold American mutual funds in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.

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Here is one of my first sales teams… this one in Hong Kong led by John So Kwok Kee (far left).   You can guess which one I am!

I was 21 years old and had no idea how that trip would lead me throughout Asia for almost ten years and onto business and investing in Europe, California, London, Isle of Man, Florida, The Dominican Republic, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge and Ecuador.

In the last 50 years there has been a lot of change in our freedoms, and our goal at this site has been to share ideas that enhance three basic qualities of real freedom.

#1: The first basic quality of real freedom is natural health.  None of us can be truly free until we wrest ourselves from the grip of the expensive, big pharma fueled, health care system.

Good health is the most valuable asset of all.  I know because there are some moments, always remembered.  Peak experiences. Never forgotten spots in our existence that become crossroads that forever dictate the direction of our lives.  Sharing such a memory about good health from 30 years ago, may help you gain more freedom and wealth now.

A low rumble, the crowded city below, muffled through thick foliage and vibrated over the thin ribbon of asphalt that winds, flat as a snake, through the jungle ahead.

Warm fogs swept in from the South China Sea and hung like a humid blanket in the air.

Bowen Road, mid levels, Hong Kong 1973.  This narrow path flows through the middle of a thick boscage that looms above the most crowded city in the world. The green, freshness and cacophony of birds brought us here each morning.  Amahs that stretched on bent iron pipe handrails, ancient wrinkled men carrying caged sparrows and all types of early risers moved like shadows against the verdant forest in their motions of Tai Chi.

Me?

I jogged. 25 years old, this was the day when divorce papers were served and I also learned I was broke.

Working from the age of 21 for a new hot company my stock options made me a paper millionaire at age 24.  This unexpected wealth created bad spending habits and without the sense to sell, this portfolio was nothing but paper that became worthless.  Plus the ambition and my month-at-a-time tours to Asia had ruined my marriage as well.

So that day I stumbled, more than jogged, wondering what would happen now!  Everything seemed gone and for the first mile or so, I was just running and afraid.

The second mile absorbed me.  The self-pity and fright began to fade.  During mile three I began to sweat and the trauma literally evaporated.  Finally by the fourth mile I was taking stock.  My two kids were smart, strong and already used to my being away.  My soon-to-be-ex had the house, two cars, the boat, all the furniture and the 14 apartments we had managed to buy.  They would be okay.

So what about myself?

On the fifth mile I analyzed my position… No cash, no way to pay next month’s rent and no job. I  was thousands of miles from home.  Most of my clients were unhappy campers focusing their anger on the only Guello (foreign devil) who had not fled the city (me).

Yet as one foot plodded in front of the other, there were several things I realized that I did have.  Energy and the ability to work.  I had my good health.

I jogged along thinking about my many wealthy customers who had tons of cash and gobs of assets, but were mostly diseased, exhausted and consequently perpetually afraid.  If anything went wrong in their business, banking or the economy and politics, they were doomed.  They could not build again.  Life for them was just the paper they had already accumulated.  They were always bound up by that because they feared they could never last out tough times or rebuild.  They were trapped by their wealth and rotting lifestyles.

Suddenly over the last five miles I felt extremely rich and free!  That was the moment when I realized the basis of real freedom is good health.  Money can come and go, but if we are physically fit, with stamina and good energy we can always rebuild wealth.

That’s the moment I have never forgotten and over the past 40 + years I have kept a continual watch for new ways to be stronger, more flexible, in better shape and more immune from disease, in my global travels.

This search for health, vitality and longevity is one of the reasons why Merri and I moved to Ecuador and lived with an Andean shaman in a remote Andean hacienda for over a year.

Having lived with the indigenous there, Merri and I learned that good health and longevity come from easy, but special exercises, good nutrition and good 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.  So many promises, purchasing power of money, savings, pensions, health care, social security, financial security, privacy, have all been broken so many times that no promise made by big business or big government can be trusted.  The only true form of wealth is to have some value, to be able to serve (or produce) in a profitable way.

A multi dimensional micro business brings freedom as it redesigns your lifestyle by bringing profit, fulfillment and  peace of mind, through doing what you love.

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

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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 an international business.

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

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I started trying things in Hong Kong 48 years ago.

Then I moved onto Fiji and after a decade found “New Things” living in London.  While conducting London real estate tours, I spotted distortions in the Isle of Man that led to an Isle of Man business.  Years of real estate tours helped me pick up unimaginable profits… because I tried new things.

However Britain’s gray winters soon drove me to the sun.  Merri and I found ourselves in the sun watching sun rays sparkle on the emerald prisms of cool, spring fed pools in Naples Florida and the Dominican Republic where we found more “New Things”.  We conducted Dominican real estate tours but continued to self publish as well.  Then in the process of trying new places and new things, 20 years ago we stumbled onto Ecuador.

We continue to “Go try things”.

Our business has evolved over 50 years from Hong Kong to London to Europe to the Isle of Man to the Dominican Republic to Florida to North Carolina to Ecuador and back to Small Town USA. 

While in London in the 1970s, I wrote my first book, “Passport to International Profit”.

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One chapter in the book was about the “Concept Conversion Trick” and how it creates the “Soil Defense Syndrome”.

Here is an excerpt from that chapter:

“The Concept Conversion Trick begins when people agree on a good concept for working and living together.  The people go to work and if the concept is good they will create a paradise.  The government gives them a flag and a song. Then the government pulls the trick.  The government convinces the people that the flag and song are important.  Then while the people are busy watching the flag and singing the song, the government replaces the concept with a set of ever increasing written rules and regulations administered by bureaucrats and backed up by a police force.

“This trick trades people’s individual freedoms for a shiver up the spine when the song is played the piece of cloth is waved.  The Concept Conversion Trick turns spirit into matter.   Like trading love for a beautiful plastic doll.  When the trick has been pulled and the dust settles, the people realize too late what has happened.  Anyone who steps out of line is called unpatriotic or even criminal.  He is swatted down by the bureaucracy or police force, crushed with overwhelming power or made an example of so others will tow the mark ‘for the good of society’.  All this is done in the name of public interest.”

If this writing sounds prophetic having been written over 40 years ago, it was not.  A simple review of any previous great society shows that this trick was part of its evolution.  Like the Roman Empire, things may get better for a while, then worse and then better again.  In the long term, as societies age, they lose their original vibrancy and life.

That book began my self publishing career because I was fascinated by how societies differ, yet are so much the same.

This is how our business continued to evolve, trying things of interest and fascination to us.  Not once did business turn out as we expected… but always there was some success… happy customers…. good deeds…. great service… profit… fulfillment and adventure all originating from just trying new things or doing old things in new ways.

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.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire with a farm in North Carolina, orange groves and home in Florida.

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.

Starting without a penny… deeply in debt, writing and independent publishing have brought all of these material benefits to Merri and me, numerous homes… many investment properties and millions in the bank… all debt free.

We have lived in some of the most crowded cities in the world (London and Hong Kong) and now choose to live in some of the most isolated wilderness one can find.

Our secret weapon has been a personal anchor of value.

Recently as part of our 50th year anniversary I was interviewed on an investment webinar and the moderator asked me this question:

There are a lot of real estate investors who have been successful buying, selling and holding real estate in their own backyards.  A few have been successful investing in 2-3 markets in the USA.

But it is rare to find a successful real estate investor who has been investing in real estate all over the world.

And even more rare to find a real estate investor who has been successfully investing all over the world for FIFTY (50) years!

You are that guy!  What’s the secret?

My secret to freedom has been to use an anchor of value that I developed to invest in American residential real estate.  Though I created this anchor in the 1960s it has helped me invest in real estate, stocks, bonds and business around the world to this day.

The philosophy behind this strategy and tactics can be used to create your own anchor for investing in shares, bonds, currencies or commodities  as well as real estate.

Let’s look at value first.  The anchor helps me understand that I am investing for profit, not to be right. 

Based on the “profit rather than pride” principle  there are two (and only two) reasons why we invest in real estate.   To rent for income or to resell the property for more than we had invested.

Based on this reasoning, there are three ways to spot value in residential property.

#1: The first way to spot value is based on how much NET income can the property generate after taxes, insurance, maintenance and management costs.

#2: The second method is based on relative comparables.  Calculate how much similar properties in the area are selling for.  Also find out how much similar properties in other areas are selling for.

#3: The third method is to calculate how much a property would cost to replace with new construction.

What is the anchor?

We can build an understanding of residential value by understanding the monthly mortgage payment or rent a buyer or renter can pay.  In the USA, for example, the typical bank limit on monthly mortgage payments is about 28 percent of your gross monthly income.  Banks generally will let a borrower devote up to 28 percent of their household income in a mortgage payment and expenses (including taxes, insurance and HOA dues).

If there are many families in an area who earn an average of $4,000 a month, then this will be a good market for rentals at $1,000 a month.

This simple formula provides a basis from which all dependable value can be measured.   This is the science of the valuation.

Using this approach, years ago, Merri and I have been able to spot dozens of contrasts, distortions & trends in real estate value, everywhere.

An added factor to add into the mix is appeal.  You could call appeal the art of the valuation.

Sometimes an investment can be a really good value, but a hard sell.  The best investments are underpinned by appealing good value products and services.

Investing in what you know (and  enjoy) helps you understand appeal and makes it easier to mesh the art and the science of valuation.

For example, Merri’s and my background have a lot in common.  Merri’s formative years were in Georgia and mine in Oregon.  There were many differences between these states.  Yet as baby boomers we have much in common.  We saw the same shows on TV, Howdy Doody, the Cisco Kid, Ed Sullivan, Gunsmoke. Roy Rogers, etc.  We read the same books in school such as the Bridge over San Luis Rey, the Red Badge of Courage.  We saw the same movies, heard the same radio , listened to the same Golden Oldies, read the same news, the same magazines, so it is not surprising that our tastes are pretty much the same.

The fact we are NOT special gives us the ability to understand appeal.  There are 60 million baby boomers who have that same background.  This gives us confidence that if we like a house, others will like it as well.  This gives us good judgement (from an investing point of view) when it comes to appeal.

Our strategy is to buy houses that appeal to us which have a reasonable potential to return a decent income (and likely appreciate) based on rent in the $1000 a month range.

For example, we recently looked at a nice house just offered and with access to a wonderful lake, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, in very good shape with an asking price of $169,000.  The house fit the $1,000 profile and because it had a very nice guest cottage as well, meant we could likely charge $1,200 a month rent.  Merri and I looked the place over and felt just fine offering $140,000, knowing we could go up to $145,000.

How did we come to such a price?

The math worked like this.  The house will rent for $1,200 a month.  The rental market is strong and at this price it will rent quickly.  That creates an income of  $14,400 a year.  Our target ratio of price to rent is 10%.  We want a 10% cash flow, so $14,400 a year rent justifies a $14,400 price.

First, the area where we are buying is in a bit of a bubble.  Prices have started to rise beyond a reasonable expectation of return.  We did not think the house would rent for $1,300 or $1,400 a month so we were not willing to rise to the $169,000 price.

We did not get that house.  In fact this was the fifth house in a row on which we were outbid.  Because faith is vital to successful investing, we need to stick to our strategy, and our strategy is based around that 10% cash flow.  That percentage is sufficient to give us a reasonable return on our investment.

Just because everyone else is paying too much for houses, does not mean we should make this error as well.

Anchors of value help us remain logical so we don’t invest in trends that are turning into bubbles.  Anchors of value help us avoid giving back profits because we stayed in a trend for too long.

For example, my real estate anchor of value first created in Portland, Oregon in the 1960s helped me successfully understand good real estate trends in Hong Kong, Fiji and London, then the Isle of Man, Naples, Dominican Republic and Ecuador and eventually led Merri and me to invest in Smalltown USA in Mount Dora, Florida.

Real estate has always been in our blood.  I do not know why but by the age 21, I had already built a $2,000 windfall into seven duplexes and a house  on 14th Ave (mortgaged then to the hilt) in the small town of Gresham, Oregon.  I could have continued to buy, sell and rent real estate in Oregon but the wanderlust bug bit me and when I was offered a job to sell mutual funds in Hong Kong, I began to travel throughout Asia.

Owning those duplexes and that house left me with an anchor of value.  I understood rents (at that time the 1960s) from $125 in Smalltown USA to $250 a month in cities.

When I arrived in Hong Kong in 1968 real estate rentals were about the same as in downtown Portland.

Fear had created good value in Hong Kong.  In 1968 there were communist riots and bombs being set off in the streets.  The first day I arrived a motorcycle policeman had his leg blown off by a terrorist bomb.  The Chinese army was massed on the border and there were continual talks about an invasion. Hong Kong businessmen were fleeing.  Real estate was literally being given away.

Life went on.  We all figured out the fastest route to the British and American war ships in the harbor for a quick exit in case the Chinese decided to invade.  We watched out for boxes in the street that could be bombs.  Then we just got busy with life, working and earning so we could pay our rent.

I rented a huge apartment on Shouson Hill Road overlooking the ocean and the village of Aberdeen.  The owner wanted to sell this block of apartments but I had no money or experience then.  He was so desperate that he made a deal.  Instead of paying him $250 a month rent I invested $250 into mutual funds for him.

Then in 1970 the company I worked for sent me to London to spend a year at its headquarters developing a European sales training program.  I rented a nice house near Golders Green tube station on Finchley Road.  The rent was the equivalent of $250 a month.

In 1971 I was moved to work in San Francisco and I purchased a home in Petaluma, California.

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I bought this house in Petaluma California for $33,000 and assumed a 5% GI mortgage. Payments were about $175 a month.

In 1972 I returned and worked in Hong Kong for another four years.

The early 1970s was a time of serious inflation.  During that time I watched the prices and rents of real estate at the duplexes in Gresham, the house in Petaluma, and especially in Hong Kong rise… a lot!

In 1976, when I moved from Hong Kong back to London and noticed that London real estate was priced about the same as it had been in 1970.  This puzzled me. Why had London property prices remained flat despite inflation?

On investigation, I learned that there had been a huge real estate crash in 1970 continued to distort and dampen real estate prices six years later despite the rampant global inflation.  The British pound had also collapsed dropping 35% versus the U.S. dollar from 2.4 dollars per pound to a new all time low of 1.52 dollars per pound and at one point hit a low of one dollar per pound.  To my way of thinking, London houses, which I thought were already very cheap by world standards, just became 35% cheaper.

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The house in Bedford Park.

I could not resist and began property shopping and eventually bought a five bedroom house in Bedford Park in West London. I made a 10,000 pound down payment and took a 25,000 pound loan to meet the 35,000 pound asking price.

First, I was right. London property had been under priced.  I was able to sell the house four years later for 115,000 Pounds.  I made a profit of 80,000 pounds.  But the currency change helped enormously too.  The pound had risen to over 2.2 dollars per pound.  My 80,000 pound profit was now worth $215,000.

I was willing to make this  purchase because I could rely on a mental anchor of value… a residential property that a working person could rent in the $250 a month range.  I was investing in what I knew and was comfortable with.

Manx real estate came next.  In the 1980s I had an offshore corporate formation business and noticed that Isle of Man overseas companies were as good as Jersey and Guernsey structures, but cost less than half.  This led me to believe that the Isle of Man would increase in popularity as a financial center.  While visiting, Merri and I discovered that a long depression had forced over 2,000 properties onto the Island real estate market (population was only 60,000).  We began taking real estate buying tours to the Isle of Man because rents and house prices were so low.  Some delegates purchased remodeled beach front condos for $12,000.

Then while conducting a seminar in Florida, we saw that real estate in Naples, Florida was much less expensive than on the East Coast of Florida.  Rents in Miami  and Ft. Lauderdale seemed really high to us, but Naples prices were much lower.  Merri had been living in Naples for some time and found a wonderful old large house just off the beach.  We bought it for a song (compared to the price we sold it for!)

Naples prices skyrocketed while we were living there and in 1995 we visited Ecuador.  Merri and I saw Ecuadorian beach front lots that would cost two million dollars in Naples that were selling for $5,000.   We saw we could buy a house on Ecuador’s beach for a price that we understood and were comfortable with.

By 2009 Ecuador prices has skyrocketed and Florida real estate faltered.  We began selling out our Ecuador real estate and buying again in Florida.

In Florida we saw great rental value.  We also wanted to live closer to our children and grandchildren.  We knew that studies had shown that 80% of adults 45 and older believe it is important to live near their children and grandchildren.  Those 60 million people, just like us, were thinking differently about where they would buy and/or rent a home.

We selected Mt. Dora as a small town to buy rental real estate for numerous reasons, but the first feature was its proximity to our daughter and grandson.

I can look back through this 50 year travel and real estate adventure and see that my decisions and investments have all been linked to that original anchor of value.

We live in a turbulent world and can expect rapid change, hidden agendas, huge shifts in communication.  When we are caught in the currents of such rapid shifts, our anchors of value can help us remain steady and secure.

#3: The third quality of real freedom is to have a mathematically based financial information system that repeatedly reveals a diversified selection of good multi currency investment values.

I developed the international investing course Purposeful investing” (Pi) to share ways to reduce stress, add safety and increase profit.  This course is based on my fifty years of global investing experience and aims at creating restful rather than restless wealth.

Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing

A golden rule of investing is “there is always something we do not know”.  Investment ideas might have some connection to truth, but never contain the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Every investment is based on approximation.  Investments rise and fall in value, at least temporarily. The fluctuations create  stress, worry and fear, three of an investors’ worst enemies.  These emotions cause the “Behavior Gap”, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.

The “Purposeful investing” course helps learn how to avoid the Behavior Gap by creating easy to use, low stress, safe, profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal profit goals.

Pifolio – The Pi Model Portfolio

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of the Primary Pi Model Portfolio.  The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my (almost) 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of  Michael Keppler.

Our analysis begins with Keppler who continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each major stock market’s history.

From this research, Keppler develops his Good Value Stock Market Country Selection Strategies.  His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.

In my opinion, Keppler is one of the best market statisticians in the world.  Numerous very large fund managers use his analysis to manage funds such as State Street Global Advisers.

The Pifolio uses Keppler’s Country Selection Strategy to construct a diversified, risk-controlled, portfolio that invests in Keppler’s BUY rated stock markets.  The portfolio gives equal weighting to each BUY market.

To achieve this goal of diversification the Pifolio consists of Country Index ETFs.

Country Index ETFs are similar to an index mutual fund but is a share normally traded on a major stock exchange that tracks an index of shares in a specific country.  ETFs do not try to beat the index they represent. The management is passive and tries to emulate the performance of the index.

The portfolio does not contain any individual stocks because country ETFs provide diversification into a basket of equities in the country covered.

The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  The Pifolio is simply  a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  Investing in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

The original Pifolio began with 70% diversified into the following good value developed markets: Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

30% of the Pifolio was invested in Keppler’s Good Value Emerging Markets: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand.

The Pifolio consists of iShares ETF that invested in each of the MSCI indicies of these markets.

Developed Value ETFs in the Basic Pifolio:

Symbol         ETF               Country
EWA        iShares MSCI Australia
EWG        iShares MSCI Germany
EWU        iShares MSCI UK
EWQ        iShares MSCI France
NORW    iShares MSCI Norway
EWI         iShares MSCI Italy
EWO       iShares MSCI Austria
EWJ        iShares MSCI Japan
EWH       iShares MSCI Hong Kong
EWS        iShares MSCI Singapore

The Good Value Emerging Market ETFs  (30% of portfolio – except China)

Keppler’s good value emerging markets currently are: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand.

The ETFs we invest in are:

FXI       iShares MSCI  China  (China is given a developed market weighting)
THD     iShares MSCI  Thailand
EWZ     iShares MSCI Brazil
ICOL    iShares MSCI  Colombia
EWT    iShares MSCI Taiwan
EWM   iShares MSCI Malaysia
EWY    iShares MSCI South Korea
ECH     iShares MSCI Chile

When we are in good health and earning income, we also have to protect and increase our savings and wealth.  The only clear understanding of value of investments is that derived from mathematical based financial news rather than speculation based economic news.

Life is a trip and we have an entire globe to enjoy the ride.  Expanding our horizons beyond the education we gained within our local borders can help our visions penetrate the mists of tomorrow so we can adjust to gain opportunity in change and avoid dangers ahead.  This philosophy has reaped millions for Merri and me.  More important this approach has helped us enjoy amazing adventures as we follow our purpose and feel that we are doing more for the world than just making a buck.

Today, entering our 70s, we feel healthier and more energetic than 50 years ago.  I might not be wiser… but am more experienced and seem in a better position than when I took that first trip to Hong Kong 48 years ago today.

We’ll keep looking for better ways to improve our natural health, energy and desire so we can profitably serve and wisely invest for the future.

Merri and I look forward to the year ahead… and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Gary

 

Profit in Nature’s Rhythm


Get in tune with nature’s rhythm.

Numerous scientific studies have shown that nature’s clock, our circadian rhythms, have an important impact on hormone levels, metabolism, gene expression, sleep and wakefulness, and appetite.

Nature’s cycles are a foundation for natural health and longevity.

Disruption of these cycles can lead to numerous health concerns, including cancers, mental clarity, sleep, obesity, cardiovascular problems and more.

Stress, too much or too little  exercise, jet lag, poor diet and nature deprivation can all cause breaks in our circadian rhythms.

One recent study shows that by simply resetting a healthy lifestyle can help offset these potential risks from an unhealthy one.  One way to balance these rhythms is through meditation or listening to certain forms of Baroque music.

One way to rest your circadian rhythms is with our recorded relaxation session:

Gary Scott Relaxation session read by David Cross

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Click here to enjoy the Super Thinking Business Relaxation Session.

Golden Freedom


Merri and I always celebrate special freedoms in May, but this May is golden and special for us.  Let’s see if we can make it special for you.

There have been celebrations of freedom from winter as early as Roman times. The Romans celebrated the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.  Ancient northern hemisphere spring festivals may have begun even earlier to celebrate the richness and fertility of this time of year.

A number of countries like Cuba and the former Soviet Union celebrate Workers’ Day on the first of May but May Day has been celebrated even earlier in the USA.  This day began in the 1880s when there was a drive to improve the lot of the working man.  Working conditions were severe.  10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions were common.  Frequent workplace death and injury led to books like Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” and Jack London’s “The Iron Heel”.

Workers felt that capitalism was for the benefit of their bosses.  The political process had become so controlled by big business and the bi-partisan political machines that tens of thousands of politicians left their parties, rebuffed the entire political process, which was seen as nothing more than protection for the wealthy, and created new groups throughout the country.

The goal was to put an end to the hierarchical structures (including government) that controlled industry and wipe away the bureaucratic political process. The aim was to give workers an eight hour work day and in the 1880s more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first US May Day celebration.

Does that history sound familiar now?  Some things never change.

Politics have not changed all that much either.  The presidential election of 1880  (Republican, James A. Garfield – Democrat, Winfield Scott Hancock) began with the longest Republican convention in the party’s history.  There were three candidates but on the first ballot none were close to victory. After the thirty-fifth  ballot, two delegates switched their support to the new “dark horse” candidate, Representative James A. Garfield.  The bitterly divided Republicans chose Garfield.

The Presidential election was also highly contested but neither party had a clear plank on how they would improve the nation.  The contest was simply “Our man is better than your man”.

The Democrats campaigned on the character of the candidates and attacked Garfield for his connection with an earlier banking scandal.

The Republicans claimed that Hancock was uninformed on the issues, and gave critical speeches regarding his character.

Issues included:

* Immigration. This eventually led to the Chinese Exclusion Act, one of the most significant restrictions on free immigration in US history, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers.

* Racial inclusion. The Republican party’s courtship of black voters threatened the white Democratic establishment.

* Labor rights and trade agreements.  Garfield’s campaigners called Democrats unsympathetic to the plight of industrial laborers, a group that benefited from a high protective tariff.

When all the ballots were counted, fewer than 2,000 votes separated Garfield and Hancock, the closest popular vote of any American presidential election before or since.

As Garfield entered office in March 1881, the Republican party schism that had been patched up for the election tore apart once more.  Within months Garfield was assassinated.

How does that history sound now?  Some things never change.

However many things do change as well, including my life when my global investing and business adventures began, five decades ago, when I joined Prudential Insurance Company in May 1966.

Then two years later, on May 1, 1968 I left the USA and arrived in Hong Kong May 2, 1968.

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Here is my my first passport  and the first stamp issued May 2, 1968, allowing me to stay in Hong Kong until June 2, 1968.

I arrived in Hong Kong in the night, the tropical air so soft it was a velvet mist.  Thick evening scents in the fragrant harbor and mellow insects purring in rhythm with the cacophony of the great city!  What a an exotic adventure.

Kai Tak was Hong Kong’s airport then and being American born and bred, I knew nothing about investing aboard.

That was my first airplane trip, first time out of Oregon. Portland to Vancouver, Tokyo to Hong Kong.  I melted in my heavy woolen blazer, was weary and afraid but excited too. An incredible global investing journey had begun… and continues to this day.

I gained sales training at Prudential and used this to develop sales teams in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines at the same time so a month was plenty of time before I exited.

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Here is one of my first sales teams… this one in Hong Kong led by John So Kwok Kee (far left).   You can guess which one I am!

I built teams from the north in Japan down through Indonesia.

I was 21 years old and had no idea how that trip would lead me throughout Asia for almost ten years and eventually led me to business and investing in Europe, London, Isle of Man, Florida, The Dominican Republic, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge and Ecuador.

In the last 50 years there has been a lot of change in our freedoms, and our goal at this site has been to share ideas that enhance three basic qualities of real freedom.

The first quality of real freedom is natural health.  None of us can be truly free until we wrest ourselves from the grip of the big pharma fueled health care system.

The second quality of real freedom is the ability to earn through service.  So many promises, purchasing power of money, savings, pensions, health care, social security, financial security, privacy, have all been broken so many times that no promise made by big business or big government can be trusted.  The only true form of wealth is to have some value, to be able to serve (or produce) in a profitable way.

The third quality is to mathematically seek investment value.   The only clear understanding of value of investments is that derived from mathematical based financial news rather than speculation based economic news.

A continual evolution based on these three qualities have helped Merri and me, our readers and our income continually grow… through good times and bad.

The reason we have progressed amidst never ending change is because we recognize that details and technologies change, but the fundamentals remain immutable.  “Plus ce change plus ce la meme chose”… the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Our business is totally online now… but the basics are the same… “to provide interesting, useful information and contacts that help make people’s lives better as they prosper from change”.

Life is a trip and we have an entire globe to enjoy the ride. Expanding our horizons beyond the education we gained within our local borders can help our visions penetrate the mists of tomorrow so we can adjust to gain opportunity in change and avoid dangers ahead.  This philosophy has reaped millions for Merri and me.  More important this approach has helped us follow our purpose and feel that we are doing more for the world than just making a buck.

The increased pace of change leaves all of us with a lot to do.

We feel healthier and more energetic than 50 years ago.  I might not be wiser… but am more experienced and seem in a better position than when I took that first trip to Hong Kong 48 years ago today.

We’ll keep looking for better ways to improve our natural health, energy and desire so we can profitably serve and wisely invest for the future.

Merri and I look forward to the year ahead… and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Gary