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Rosaspamba Our Ecuador Sanctuary

Here is a shot taken from the front yard of our Ecuador sanctuary in the Andes.


This land is part of a cloud forest and we are often truly above the clouds!


Many valleys in Ecuador are famous for the longevity of the residents. Our search for such valleys led us to understand that we can use more than landscape to live better, richer and longer.

This article was written on May 2, 2009, on the 41st anniversary of starting my international business.  Yet I plan to keep writing and sharing information for 41 more years!

This was more than an idle boast.  The promise was made from a belief and understanding that  began to grow when we first arrived  in Ecuador and began searching for the longevity valleys there.

We purchased the 962 acre Hacienda Rosaspamba and lived and studied there for nearly a year with a Taita Yatchak and his apprentices.


Here is another shot at Rosaspamba of one of the yatchak’s apprentices.


Mountain mists are important to longevity.  One Ecuador shaman taught us that the hydrogen ions in the mists bond with free radicals on the skin to cleanse the body from the outside in.

Up here in these mountains people in decades and centuries past labored, breathed clean air, drank pure water and ate fresh food. These were hardy mountain people who worked hard, had little, ate little and with that made the most. Life was simple and they kept it that way.

The life here is healthy.


There is fresh water.  Here is the yatchak at one of Rosaspamba’s water falls.


Another waterfall at Rosaspamba.


At the hacienda you are always walking up or down.


Accommodations are primitive and…


The property is very isolated.


Here we are building some extra huts.


Hiking from the top to the bottom.


This is a grove of pineapples in the lower property.


The land is remote about and hour and a half from Quito.


The road in is primitive.



Radiation Attacks East & West

When it comes to radiation North America’s West is being attacked from the East and West.

Oregon shots

Lincoln City, Oregon… a great place to enjoy nature.  Merri and I go there often with my sister and mom.

Or at least it was and we did.

An article in the Yamhill Valley News Register entitled “Oregon bracing for tsunami debris” by Mark Floyd says:   As the one-year anniversary of the devastating March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake approaches, and debris from the ensuing tsunami moves closer to the West Coast, a group of Oregon agencies, university scientists, political staff, non-governmental organizations and others is preparing for its arrival.

This week, the group held a conference call to review Oregon’s response to the potential arrival of the debris and to chart a communication strategy to educate West Coast residents about what may happen. Questions directed at state and county leaders, Oregon State University Extension experts, the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and others are increasing daily.

When will the debris arrive? Where will it land? Is there any danger of radioactivity?

What shall we do if we find something?

Jack Barth, an OSU oceanographer and expert in ocean currents, said the debris is still months away from arriving on the West Coast, though it is possible that strong winds may push some floating items that rise high above the surface more quickly to the North American shore. Floats from Japanese fishing nets have washed up on the Washington coast in recent weeks, but those haven’t been tied directly to the tsunami.

“Material from Asia washes up on the West Coast routinely,” Barth said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean it is tsunami-related. A Russian ship discovered a small Japanese fishing boat in the waters north of Hawaii in October that was definitively tied to the tsunami – and it was about where we thought it should be, given the currents.” NOAA reports no radiation was detected on the fishing boat.

Barth, who is the associate dean of OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, has met with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, and representatives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and various Oregon agencies and organizations in recent weeks. He said it is difficult to calculate how much debris remains in the ocean, and what exactly will arrive on our shore.

When and how it arrives is a matter of ocean physics, he pointed out.

“What remains should arrive here at the end of 2012, or the beginning of 2013,” he added. “If it arrives in the fall and winter, it will get pushed up north by the currents to Washington, British Columbia and even Alaska. Debris arriving in late spring and summer will hit Oregon and be swept south into California waters.”

What does arrive is unlikely to be dangerous, according to Kathryn Higley, professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at OSU. Higley was one of the most widely cited scientists following the incidents at Japan’s Dai-ichi nuclear plant after the earthquake. She says the lag time between the tsunami and the nuclear incident, coupled with the vastness of the ocean, makes it unlikely that the debris will carry any danger from radiation.

“The major air and water discharges of radioactive material from the Dai-ichi plants occurred a few days after the debris field was created by the tsunami,” Higley pointed out. “So the debris field was spread out at the time the discharges occurred. This would have diluted the radiological impact.

“Secondly, wind, rain and salt spray have been pummeling this material for months,” she said. “The key radionuclides are composed of iodine and cesium – which are chemically a lot like chlorine and sodium. Most of the iodine has gone because of radioactive decay. The radioactive cesium, to a great extent, will be washed off and diluted in the surrounding ocean.

“Therefore, while we may be able to detect trace amounts of radioactive material on this debris, it’s really unlikely that there will be any substantial radiation risk,” Higley said.

NOAA is monitoring the debris from a national perspective and has a website that can educate the public and keep interested persons updated. It is at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/.  The agency suggests that beachcombers and others who find material they think may be from Japan report it at disasterdebris@noaa.gov – and use common sense.

They write: “As with any outdoors activity, it is important to follow common sense and put safety first. Avoid picking up debris that you are not well-equipped and trained to handle. For example, be careful of sharp objects that could cut yours hands; avoid picking up sealed containers of chemicals – they may crack or break and spill the content on you; likewise, report any full drum on the beach, and avoid handling it yourself. If you are uncomfortable handling any debris item, leave it where it is.”

Patrick Corcoran, an OSU Extension Sea Grant specialist for the North Coast, said the focus thus far has been on research and “building the capacity to respond” to the arrival of the debris. Specific information on Oregon resources and contacts will be forthcoming, he said.

We can be pretty sure that debris will arrive from the Japan Tsunami in the USA.

The problem is we cannot trust what we hear when it comes to telling us about the radiations.

I know.  I have proof and think this has affected my health since I was a kid.

This article is NOT about whether nuclear energy is good or bad.  Instead it focuses on these three points….

#1: radiation is dangerous and we need to protect ourselves against it.

#2: There is a lot of radioactive material and waste around and more is being produced every day.

#3:Governments almost everywhere have a history of misinformation about the risks.

Industrialized lifestyles surround mankind with increased pollution of all types. One of the worst forms of pollution is radiation.   This creates health risks and economic and lifestyle problems and adds to the growing cost of health care.

Now the risks of increased radioactive exposure may enhance this concern.

Regretfully radiation exposure is not new and this report outlines how my wife and I,  just in the normal course of life have been exposed to radioactive materials again and again.

I was born in Portland, Oregon in 1946 and grew up on the Columbia River… an area that has great beauty… where everything was natural and pristine.

Well… almost.

Oregon shots

Rooster Rock State Park Oregon

As a child, on the hot muggy days of summer I used to accompany my family to Rooster Rock State Park (about a 15 minute drive from our home) and soak for hours in the Columbia River on this wonderful beach.  Surrounded by nature… swimming  in the cool water… running on the warm sandy beach.

Oregon shots

Columbia River at Rooster Rock State Park.

This seemed wonderful for our well being and health.

Turns out this was not exactly correct.

A report “Radionuclides in the Columbia River” published by the Washington State Department of Health shows how beginning in the 1950s “For more than 40 years, the U.S. government produced plutonium for nuclear weapons at the Hanford Site in south central Washington state.”

The report outlines how that river I swam in every day was radiated.  Even worse it goes to tell how this information was not released.

Fwd: nuclear-sites

The Hanford site from http://www.hanford.gov

The Hanford Site is now a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex on the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington, operated by the United States federal government.  Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project in the town of Hanford in south-central Washington, the site was home to the B Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world.  Plutonium manufactured at the site was used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at the Trinity site, and in Fat Man, the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan.

Before we go further let me state again that this article is not arguing the good or bad pints of nuclear energy.  I know that this plant on one hand may have saved my life… or rather allowed it to begin.  My dad was a Seabee attached to the marines in WWII and was wounded in Iwo Jima.  He was sent to Hawaii to recuperate but was then scheduled to return for the invasion of Japan.  He told me that all his friends were really dreading this invasion. They dropped the bombs and the invasion disappeared and my dad came home.  Hence I came along (with 60 million other boomers) instead of more war.  Just maybe had they not had the bomb… I would never have existed….who knows?

Nuclear energy is a complicated issue… and maybe the government has a reason to lie about radiation.  The point here though is not to argue the pros or cons but to simply point out that they do…  lie about risks.  Or at least it has been proven again and again that they have lied… so what would make us expect they will be honest about radiation now?

When the government says there is no radiation risk from the Tsunami… we can’t just take their word for it.

Besides the tsunami radiation may be the least of our problems as we’ll see below.

Let’s return to Hanford on the Columbia River.  During the Cold War, the project was expanded to include nine nuclear reactors and five large plutonium processing complexes, which produced plutonium for most of the 60,000 weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Many of the early safety procedures and waste disposal practices were inadequate, and government documents have since confirmed that Hanford’s operations released significant amounts of radioactive materials into the air and the Columbia River, which threatened the health of residents and ecosystems.

A huge volume of water from the Columbia River was required to dissipate the heat produced by Hanford’s nuclear reactors. From 1944 to 1971, pump systems drew cooling water from the river and, after treating this water for use by the reactors, returned it to the river. Before being released back into the river, the used water was held in large tanks known as retention basins for up to six hours.

Longer-lived isotopes were not affected by this retention, and several terabecquerels entered the river every day. These releases were kept secret by the federal government.  Radiation was later measured downstream as far west as the Washington and Oregon coasts.

That is the soup I used to swim in daily and at that time my lymph system went wonky.  I have worked on keeping swollen lymph nodes in check for the rest of my life.  Doctors say it is has affected the entire left side of my body.  Maybe that’s the cause or not… no one can prove this one way or the other though there have been numerous class action suits over this which I believe are still in litigation.

What we do know is the government misled the public… dumped radiation into the river and did not tell us.

The Problem Grows.

Fwd: nuclear-sites

Caption of this photo from http://www.hanford.gov

An excavator carefully picks up a drum overpack at the of the 618-10 Burial Ground, one of Hanford’s most hazardous. The overpack is used to encapsulate materials found in the burial ground so it can be evaluated and properly disposed.

The most significant challenge at Hanford is stabilizing the 53 million U.S. gallons of high-level radioactive waste stored in 177 underground tanks. About a third of these tanks have leaked waste into the soil and groundwater.

2.8 million U.S. gallons (10,600 m3) of liquid waste, together with 27 million U.S. gallons (100,000 m3) of salt cake and sludge, remains in the single-shelled tanks.  That waste was originally scheduled to be removed by 2018. The revised deadline is 2040.

Nearby aquifers contain an estimated 270 billion U.S. gallons of contaminated groundwater as a result of the leaks.  As of 2008, 1 million U.S. gallons  of highly radioactive waste is traveling through the groundwater toward the Columbia River.  This waste is expected to reach the river in 12 to 50 years if cleanup does not proceed on schedule. The site also includes 25 million cubic feet of solid radioactive waste.

The Hanford site represents two-thirds of the nation’s high-level radioactive waste by volume.

Yet a USA TODAY January 18, 2012 article entitled  “Problems plague cleanup at Hanford nuclear waste site” by Peter Eisler, says:  HANFORD SITE, Wash. – Seven decades after scientists came here during World War II to create plutonium for the first atomic bomb, a new generation is struggling with an even more daunting task: cleaning up the radioactive mess.

Hanford’s Reactor B made plutonium for the first atomic bomb ever detonated. It also produced the plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II. It was shut down in 1968.

The U.S. government is building a treatment plant to stabilize and contain 56 million gallons of waste left from a half-century of nuclear weapons production. The radioactive sludge is so dangerous that a few hours of exposure could be fatal. A major leak could contaminate water supplies serving millions across the Northwest.

The cleanup is the most complex and costly environmental restoration ever attempted.

And the project is not going well.

A USA TODAY investigation has found that the troubled, 10-year effort to build the treatment plant faces enormous problems just as it reaches what was supposed to be its final stage.

In exclusive interviews, several senior engineers cited design problems that could bring the plant’s operations to a halt before much of the waste is treated. Their reports have spurred new technical reviews and raised official concerns about the risk of a hydrogen explosion or uncontrolled nuclear reaction inside the plant. Either could damage critical equipment, shut the facility down or, worst case, allow radiation to escape.

The plant’s $12.3 billion price tag, already triple original estimates, is well short of what it will cost to address the problems and finish the project. And the plant’s start-up date, originally slated for last year and pushed back to its current target of 2019, is likely to slip further.

“We’re continuing with a failed design,” said Donald Alexander, a senior U.S. government scientist on the project.

The Problem Does Not Stop in the West as it Moves East

Yet attempts to expand nuclear waste Eastward grows.  A 2011 article from the Billings Gazette by Joan Barron  says: CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A special task force studying ways to bring nuclear power to Wyoming wrapped up its work Monday but left the more controversial bills for another day.

The contentious bills that were set back included a proposal to authorize construction of one temporary high-level-radioactive-waste storage facility in Wyoming if at least one nuclear power-generating facility is operating in the state.

It Got Worse and Then Really All Went  South

South to the Savannah River.

Fwd: nuclear-sites

Photo from New York Times article “Cleaning the Savannah River Site”

The NYT article says:  The Savannah River nuclear site in Aiken, S.C., received one of the biggest stimulus awards — $1.6 billion — to clean up the radioactive waste from the production of nuclear materials for the nation’s weapons stockpile. Nearly a quarter of the money will be used to seal off two reactors that were built in the early 1950s to produce plutonium and tritium, including the P-Reactor, shown here.

The Savannah River Site is a nuclear reservation in of South Carolina, located on land in Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell Counties adjacent to the Savannah River, 25 miles southeast of Augusta, Georgia.  The site was built during the 1950s to refine nuclear materials for deployment in nuclear weapons. It covers 310 square miles (800 km2) and employs more than 10,000 people.

A major focus was cleanup activities related to work done in the past for the nation’s nuclear buildup.  However the site still has some operations as it is also home to the Savannah River National Laboratory and the nation’s only operating radiochemical separations facility. Its tritium facilities are also the United States’ only source of tritium, an essential component in nuclear weapons. And, the nation’s only mixed oxide fuel (MOX) manufacturing plant is being constructed at site. When operational, the MOX facility will convert legacy weapons-grade plutonium into fuel suitable for commercial power reactors.

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Then last September a huge problem began.  Because of the controversy about storing radioactive waster at Yucca Mountain Nevada the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Ellen Tauscher said on Monday, September 19, 2011, that high-level nuclear waste once destined for the Yucca Mountain repository will be sent, instead, to the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

Good thinking,  moving the waste from a remote place into the center of one of the most populated parts of the cuntry.


Savannah River project is at the marker.

A September 29th, 2011 article by Susan Trento entitled  “Savannah River Site Gets Nuclear Waste – National Academy of Sciences Draft Report Confirms Nuclear Weapons Testing Not Needed: says:

The decision to use the Savannah River Site in South Carolina as a permanent storage facility is controversial. It is the most radioactive site in the United States. Aiken County, in which part of the site is located, sued the Department of Energy unsuccessfully when the Obama Administration decided not to use the multi-billion-dollar Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada for high-level nuclear waste storage that was supposed to be removed from SRS.

Currently, millions of gallons of high-level nuclear waste are stored in 49 leaking tanks on the site as well as huge amounts of surplus plutonium. Deadly chemicals and radiation will contaminate the facility for thousands of years. “The Bomb Plant,” as locals refer to the site, is uniquely unsuitable for a permanent nuclear waste repository, according to leading geologists. It sits on an earthquake fault and one of the most important aquifers in the South. The sandy soil and swampy conditions make it highly vulnerable to waste.

Protect Against Radiation Report

We need our own defenses against radiation which is why I created the Emailed Report: “Seven Steps to Protect Against Radiation Poisoning“.

Industrialization and the western lifestyle means we are now surrounded with increased pollution of all types. One of the worst forms of pollution is radiation and as we can see the risks of increased radioactive exposure may enhance this concern.

Regretfully radiation exposure is not new and this report outlines how my wife and I,  just in the normal course of life have been exposed to radioactive materials again and again.

The report outlines how I swam in the Columbia River during the 1950s every day and have dealt with health issues since .

Then the report shares how Merri and I were later radiated during the Chernobyl fallout.

Learn the seven steps we took to restore our good health after a serious radiation exposure from the Chernoyl nuclear accident and how this may help you if North America receives fallout from the nuclear accident in Japan or problems at the Hanford or Savannah sites.

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The nuclear issue is complex.  Nuclear energy has good and bad points. Whether nuclear energy should or will be eliminated is not the issue here.

There are three facts.

#1: Radiation is dangerous and we need to protect ourselves against it.

#2: There is a lot of radioactive material and waste around and more is being produced every day.

#3: Many governments have a history of lying about the risks of radiation.

So each of us should protect ourselves from radiation. Hopefully our radiation report can help.

See below links to articles mentioned in this message and three online radiation tracking tools.


Two pluses for Ecuador… no nuclear plants and far from the waste from Japan.

Three radiation tracking tools:


Links to articles mentioned in this article

USA Today Problems plague cleanup at Hanford nuclear waste site

New York Times Cleaning the Savannah River Site

Billings Gazette article by Joan Barron

Savannah River Site Gets Nuclear Waste – National Academy of Sciences Draft Report Confirms Nuclear Weapons Testing Not Needed


Japanese Debris Arrives

Japanese debris is arriving on the US West Coast.

As kids we used to play in Oregon’s Pacific Ocean a lot.  Cape Lookout State Park… north to Seaside was our haunt.

This was dangerous… huge waves… strong tides and a lot of deadheads (old logs) moving like freight trains in the surf.


Here I am on the Oregon coast.

Now my enjoyment of Oregon’s beach is more relaxed but there is a new threat to that enjoyment as well.

Last April there was news about the potential of Japanese debris hitting West Coast beaches like an article in the Daily Mail that said:  Cars, whole houses and even severed feet in shoes: The vast field of debris from Japan earthquake and tsunami that’s floating towards U.S. West Coast

A vast field of debris, swept out to sea following the Japan earthquake and tsunami, is floating towards the U.S. West Coast, it has emerged.

This is not surprising. As kids we often found glass floats in the surf… that had made the journey all the way from Japan.


Last October 17, 2011 NOAA Predictions for Tsunami Debris Arrival at Oregon Coast: When, How Big, that said:

(Oregon Coast) – This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it predicts debris from the Japanese earthquake-driven tsunami this spring will start washing up on the Oregon coast some time in 2013. The announcement also came with a request for the public to report such strandings of objects – to keep an eye out on the oceans when that time comes (photo above: logs washed up at Rockaway Beach).

So far, all the predictions are being created by computer modeling, and scientists agree they are in uncharted territory. In the announcement by NOAA, the organization said independent computer modeling by NOAA and the University of Hawaii seem to be coming up with the same results.

“If the models are correct, debris could pass near or wash ashore in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in spring 2012 approach the West Coast of the United States in 2013, and circle back to Hawaii in 2014 to 2016,” NOAA said in an official release.

However, the debris has arrived sooner.

A December 16, 2011 CTVNews  article says “Japan tsunami flotsam begins washing ashore in B.C. says: Bottles, cans and lumber from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March began washing up on British Columbia shores this week, more than a year earlier than oceanographers had initially predicted.

Winds and currents have carried the items — emblazoned with Japanese characters — nearly 21,000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean. They began washing up in the Tofino area on Vancouver Island’s west coast earlier this week.

Enenews Canada TV says: Japan debris hits BC — Warned about radiation — “Never seen such a large quantity of debris” says resident — Moving much faster than expected — Estimated twice as big as Texas.

The debris appears to have reached further south in Washington and Oregon An associated Press article “Debris from Japanese tsunami reaches West Coast” says:   Jim Ingraham stands next to a Japanese float on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 in Port Angeles, Wash. The float, found two weeks ago near Neah Bay, Wash., is believed to be among the first identifiable debris from the March 11 tsunami in Japan found along the U.S. coast.   PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Some debris from the March tsunami in Japan has reached the West Coast.

A black float about the size of a 55-gallon drum was found two weeks ago by a crew cleaning a beach a few miles east of Neah Bay at the northwest tip of Washington, the Peninsula Daily News reported Wednesday.

The float was displayed at a Tuesday night presentation at Peninsula College by Seattle oceanographers Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Jim Ingraham, consultants who produce the “Beachcombers Alert” newsletter.

Tons of debris from Japan will likely begin washing ashore in about a year, from California to southern Alaska, they said. Items that wash up may include portions of houses, boats, ships, furniture, portions of cars and just about anything else that floats, he said.

That could include parts of human bodies, Ebbesmeyer said. Athletic shoes act as floats.

Flotsam in a current travels an average of 7 mph, but it can move as much as 20 mph if it has a large area exposed to the wind, Ebbesmeyer said. The latest float sits well atop the water, has a shallow draft and is lightweight. Similar floats have been found on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Models show currents could pull some Japanese tsunami debris into the Strait of Juan de Fuca as far as Port Townsend.

“All debris should be treated with a great reverence and respect,” Ebbesmeyer said.

If the debris has any kind of identifiable marking, such as numbers or Japanese writing, it may be traceable, Ebbesmeyer said. Families in Japan are waiting to hear of any items that may have been associated with their loved ones.

Ebbesmeyer is retired from a career that included tracking icebergs, the 1989 Exxon Valdes oil spill and Puget Sound currents that affect sewage outflows. He wrote the 2009 book, “Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How a Man’s Obsession with runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science.”

Ingram has retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he created computer models of ocean currents.

ap news photo

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To help reader see this information about radiation, we are providing a free continuing update of ideas about radiation protection and radiation protection risks.

The following note about radiation protection risks entitled “What you must know before taking Potassium Iodide for Radiation Protection” comes from the Vesica Institute.

What you must know before taking Potassium Iodide for Radiation Protection

We have received many calls and emails from students & friends concerned about the Nuclear Accident in Japan and potential radiation danger in the U.S. & Canada.  A large number of people have told us they want to know if they should take Potassium Iodide (hereafter PI), which is being heavily promoted now for radiation protection.

There is a huge amount of misleading promotion of PI right now, either from sellers of the tablets or from well meaning persons who are not aware of the facts.
To protect your health and that of your loved ones, our resident expert Robert J. Gilbert Ph.D. (a former Marine Corps instructor in Nuclear-Biological-Chemical warfare survival) has written the following special report on what you need to know to make an informed decision on whether or not to take these PI tablets.

Feel free to share this email with anyone you think will be helped by it. 
Robert is also working on other special reports to help you navigate the large amount of misleading or fragmentary information on this nuclear accident and on radiation protection in general, which will be sent out soon to everyone on our mailing list.


To protect your health and that of your loved ones, Here is what is essential for you to know:

*  Potassium Iodide only deals with one aspect of nuclear fallout (radioactive Iodine) and only protects one part of the human body (the Thyroid gland).

*  Potassium Iodide is not a complete protection against nuclear radiation.

*  Potassium Iodide, and other forms of Iodine, causes severe allergic reactions in some people.  Start with a very small amount to see if you have a reaction, before dosing large amounts.

*  If you know how to test energetically (either vibrational radiesthesia, kinesiology, or pulse diagnosis), then be sure to test yourself or other people for their not being allergic to the PI tablet before taking it.

*  Dosage levels of tablets sold for use after nuclear accidents are far beyond nutritional levels, and can be highly toxic.  They should only be taken in cases of certain exposure to high levels of radioactive iodine from medical tests or nuclear fallout.

*  High Dosage PI may cause birth defects, so pregnant women should take it only in cases of immediate radiation fallout danger (very “hot” zones.)

*  PI does not need to be taken far in advance of nuclear exposure.

*  PI should not be taken on an ongoing basis, and should be discontinued once exposure has ended.

*  Children should never be given the full dosage PI tablets which adults take; their dosage needs to be considerably reduced.

*  Natural sources of organic Iodine are much more bioavailable and less toxic than inorganic pharmaceuticals like PI tablets.

*  For more complete protection against radiation, there are specific foods and supplements which are needed.  Many people have survived severe nuclear exposure (especially in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) without any supplementation of high dosage PI tablets, by eating the correct radiation-clearing foods.

See a link to the entire PI article below.

There have always been risks when getting in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. Now they have increased at least a bit… perhaps a lot.  Time will tell.  If the debris from Japan has radioactivity, the time to start protecting should be early rather than late.


Radiation creates harmful frequencies. See how to use helpful frequencies and learn Spanish in four days.

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One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.   This is available at the highly reduced price of $79.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

Learn Spanish online $79

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

Learn Spanish online $79


Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

Learn Spanish online $79

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Protect Against Radiation & Travel Part Two

Protect against radiation & travel is part two of our protection Saturday Q&A.


Photo of Linda Norgrove from National Geographic.

#2: Protect Against Radiation & Travel

The editor’s note in the February National Geographic magazine struck a note. Here it is:

Linda Norgrove was taken hostage by the Taliban in September and died during a rescue attempt. Photograph by Nick Horne.

Local intelligence is everything when it comes to traveling in difficult conditions and dangerous places. Fixers, inside sources, and guides are the unsung heroes of every coverage. They point you in the right direction. They watch your back, saying, “Careful, not that close.” They tell you, “Go there,” or perhaps, “Don’t go there.”

Covering this month’s story on opium, writer Robert Draper and photographer David Guttenfelder depended on many people, including Linda Norgrove—the Scottish aid worker taken hostage by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan and killed in a failed rescue attempt in October 2010. Norgrove, Draper reports, spent evenings advising them on which of her projects to visit around Jalalabad’s outskirts—communities that had once relied on opium for subsistence—and which areas to avoid. “More than once,” he says, “Linda reminded us that certain roads were unsafe to travel. Sometimes, we had to take them anyway. Sometimes, she did too.”

Draper and Guttenfelder were seldom out of danger. Kidnapping and being killed were constant threats for them and their sources. In Kabul a former government official allowed himself to be interviewed, knowing that if he was found out, he and his family would be killed. “Covering this part of the world is a crucial undertaking,” Draper says. “But I confess I spent the entire month with my heart in my throat.”

This phrase Local intelligence is everything sums up the importance of safety when you travel.

In terms of radiation protection, Merri and fly at night when we can.

Here is an excerpt from our Protect Against Radiation Report that shows the seven steps we took after being exposed to lethal amounts of radiation during the Chernobyl accident:

#3: We try whenever possible to fly at night. The report “Inflight Occupational Exposures to Cosmic Radiation and Magnetic Fields” says: The health concerns about aircrew members’ exposure to  cosmic radiation are increased risk of cancer, genetic defects that can be passed on to future generations, and harm to an unborn child. Death from cancer is the primary health risk associated with occupational exposure to ionizing radiation; that is, damage to genetic material (DNA) in the cell is thought to be the mechanism that underlies the potential risk of increased cancer.

Yet there is more on safety when you travel.

A number of emails about Ecuador crime have come in such as the one a reader sent some time ago.

The people of Ecuador work hard. The indigenous code is “Do not be lazy – do not lie – do not steal.” The people is what we love most about Ecuador. Yet we get questions like…


“Gary Recent reports of attempted murder of an American tourist do little to inspire confidence in Ecuador. You need to publish this story!”

The story is entitled, “Vicious attack turns couple’s dream trip to nightmare Oregon man critical but stable after being stabbed on Ecuadorian beach.”  This article tells about a man who was stabbed in Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

I am not sure why this particular crime became international news. Had this stabbing happened in Oregon, it may not have even made the local news.

I know. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and there was plenty of crime there. What city may I ask does not have crime? Where in the US is a stabbing or even shooting (unless it is in a school or involves many people) that makes the global news?

Here is the bigger point.

Anywhere you go, even the city near where you live has places where you are more likely to be involved in a violent crime.

The people of Ecuador are by nature, sweet and gentle…but yes there is crime in Ecuador…like everywhere…just not as much violent crime as in many places.

Cotacachi hombre.


I regularly post warnings for my subscribers and recently wrote about Ecuador crime and safety. See a review of this warning here.

However, though one has to be careful wherever you go, that article shows that Ecuador is not even in the top fifty nations for murder rates. Colombia is #1, Mexico is 6th, Costa Rica 19th and the US 24th.

This is one reason why we recommend to our readers not to go too close to the Colombian border when they are in Ecuador…Esmeraldas borders on Ecuador.

Ecuador feels safe. You see children out walking playing, day and night.




and girls.


This is why it is so important to take extra caution when you travel until you have gained good sources of local intelligence. I grew up in Portland, Oregon the same state as the man who was attacked. So I know if anyone had asked him about going to Portland he would have warned them to avoid parts of Burnside Street. If one hangs in the wrong places on Burnside, there is a chance to be robbed, stabbed AND shot.

Some time back when Merri and I were visiting my mom, we had an unusual experience.  We wanted to go to a pharmacy near her house to buy some bandaids but were told by my mom that the store only had daylight hours.  Well, that surprised us because we’ve thought that pharmacies would be open 24 hours.  “Not true,” she told us, “too dangerous”.

I thought I knew this area since it’s where I grew up, but my local intelligence was far out of date!

Our 40 years of experience in global travel and more than a decade in Ecuador means that Merri and I have a lot of safety experience to share.

Many families have moved to Cotacachi,  Ecuador from the US and Canada. Here is a group on our real estate tour viewing San Miguel homes.


We have helped over 5,000 people visit Ecuador in the past decade and never had a single violent crime. Our close friends in Ecuador run a travel agency and the largest Spanish school for thousands of young people. Ditto…not one physical assault.

This is in part because we have current local intelligence and know which areas to avoid and we let our readers know.

You can subscribe to our Ecuador Living service here.

See part three about Radiation safety and Vilcabamba real estate here.



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Here are Merri and I hiking in an Ecuador cloud forest.  Despite radiation poisoning… though we can collect Social Security… and are past the age when many retire, we have more energy than ever, remain active and run our thriving publishing business in its 43rd year.

Learn Seven steps that Merri and I have used to protect against radiation after being exposed during the Chernobyl nuclear accident.


Ten years after my Doctor said I should be dead… here we are hiking above our home in the Andes.

One answer is that the typical western lifestyle is now surrounded with increased pollution of all types. One of the worst forms of pollution is radiation.  See why below.

One of the biggest economic and lifestyle problems this pollution creates in the Western world is the growing cost of health care.   Now the risks of increased radioactive exposure may enhance this concern.

Regretfully radiation exposure is not new and this report outlines how my wife and I,  just in the normal course of life have been exposed to radioactive materials again and again.

I was born in Portland, Oregon in 1946 and grew up on the Columbia River… an area that has great beauty… is natural and pristine.

Well… not quite.

As a child, on the hot muggy days of summer I used to accompany my family to Rooster Rock State Park (about a 15 minute drive from our home) and soak for hours in the Columbia River.  Surrounded by nature… swimming  in the cool water… running on the warm sandy beach.

This seemed wonderful for our well being and health.

Not exactly.

A report “Radionuclides in the Columbia River” published by the Washington State Department of Health shows how beginning in the 1950s “For more than 40 years, the U.S. government produced plutonium for nuclear weapons at the Hanford Site in south central Washington state.”

The report outlines how that river I swam in every day was radiated.

Then the report shares how Merri and I were later radiated during the Chernobyl fallout.

Learn the seven steps we took to restore our good health after a serious radiation exposure from the Chernoyl nuclear accident and how this may help you if North America receives fallout from the nuclear accident in Japan.

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Saturday Q & A

Here are our Saturday Question and Answers.

#1: Question on multi currency investing.

#2: Question about China and Russia cutting out the greenback.

#3: Question about renting in Ecuador.

#4: Comment on Super Thinking Spanish.

#5: Question about TSA pat down and XRays.

#1: Question on multi currency investing.. Hello,  I got your multicurrency course last year but this year the JGAM conservative strategy seems to be providing minimal income – only 4% return and after fees only 2%.  What strategies are you suggesting right now that will provide decent returns without too much risk? I have $100K to invest. Thanks

My Reply:  Because there is no magic bullet, yesterday I started a series on investing and terror.

This message pointed out that there are three ways that investors are being screwed.

Inflation is ruining the purchasing power of our wealth.

Western banks are keeping the money they have and the cheap money that the government gives them.  They invest it for more and keep the profits.  With this cheap government money they do not need deposits so traditional safe investments (dollar and euro bonds and CDS) don’t earn enough to protect against inflation.

Trading down keeps inflation down statistically… but means that your income and savings really buy much less.

This means that there are not decent returns available without embracing risk.

The best bets with maximum safety are a spread of bonds in a variety of emerging countries.

Since $100,000 won’t enable you to have a good spread emerging marker bond funds are probably a better bet.  Here are  three top performing funds in this sector that US investors can invest in. Shown is the fund’s name… its code and its performance for the last three months.

GMO Emerging Country Debt III –  GMCDX  – 12.43%
Invesco Emerging Mkt Lcl Ccy Debt Y – IYEMX – 12.35%
Morgan Stanley Inst Emerg Mkts Debt I  – MSIEX – 11.92%

#2: Question about China and Russia cutting out the greenback. Good morning gary.  Have you seen this article about China and Russia cutting out the US dollar?  What the the implications for the buck and , more importantly, the reprecussions for the U.S.?

The article in the China Daily News said:  St. Petersburg, Russia – China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.

“About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies,” Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

My reply: This is one more step in the continual 40 year decline of the US dollar.  This will increase inflation and cause imported goods to cost more as the US dollar falls. The solution is to invest out of the US dollar or even short the US dollar as I have been doing and writing about for many decades.

My report “Borrow Low Deposit High” can help develop a multi currency mentality as well as portfolio.


#3: Question about renting in Ecuador. You indicate that it would be proper for individuals to rent before buying in a location in which one is not familiar.  Could you, maybe in your Saturday Q&A, review what the rental market is for a one to three month rental in various locations around Ecuador? Thank you in advance.

I contacted numerous contacts across Ecuador to find out about renting in these areas.

Renting Reply from Bahia: Hi Gary, Yes we have a number of rentals and run from $100 to $800 per month.
The bridge opening was huge. Thousands of tourists and all in fun with no problems.

Renting Reply From Salinas:  December through April is high season in the Salinas area, with rentals at almost 100% occupancy, so it is good to plan well in advance if you are planning to visit in that time frame.  Off season it is usually possible to find a good rental with short notice.

Two properties on the market right now are a brand new, fully furnished 2 bedroom condo at our ocean front Spondylus 2 complex.  The owners purchased it with the intention to use it as a rental, but that doesn’t mean that they cut corners on the furnishings.  There are stainless appliances, custom made hardwood bedroom furniture, hardwood dining room set and sectional seating in the living room with a 32 inch flat screen TV.  The complex has a large pool, jacuzzi, bbq area, sauna and gym.  The unit is listed at $800 per month high season, with discounts available for off-season or long term rentals.

Another great rental is a one bedroom cottage in Ballenita.  It is just a few blocks from the beach on a property that has a huge social area with a pool and bbq area.  The first floor of the cottage has a kitchen, living room and dining area.  The second floor has the bedroom and bathroom.  The cottage has just been refurbished.  It comes furnished, with a/c and Direct TV.  The monthly rate is $650.

For those looking for longer term rentals, we frequently see nice houses just a block or two from the beach renting in the $300 per month range with an annual lease.

Rental Reply From Puerto Viejo: I know of at least three apartments in Crucita and several in Portoviejo.  Prices go from $200 to $500 a month depending on the location and size of the property.

Rental Reply From Cuenca: That’s going to be tough. Short term rentals are not plentiful and are hard to find. However let me do some digging and see if I can come up with a few to highlight. AND it will be important to state up front that by the time they are reading the article the property is unlikely to be available. They will simply be representative of the kinds of things that come on the market from time to time. A year long rental is a bit easier to come up with.

Rental Reply from Quito: I can provide a bit of help as I recently did a web search of available rental properties in Ecuador. There are ten links that have rentals such as  http://www.viviun.com/Rentals/Ecuador/.

WE help our Premium Ecuador Living subscribers find rentals all over Ecuador and have numerous rental contacts and links .  Learn how to subscribe here.

#4: Comment on Super Thinking Spanish: Hi Gary. Good morning to you, I was reading your Spanish, I recommend to buy one of many courses that they have to learned the second language I’m sorry for recommended because you have a errors in the spelling,this is my suggestion,also thank you for all the information that you has been sending to me regarding how you can do the investments in my country.

My reply: Jorge, You have many errors in your English… but I congratulate you as you are communicating which we believe is what is most important.

Yes after four days of teaching… though our students can already communicate in Spanish…. where most people give up because they do not learn after months…. they make some errors.

So what?

If you wish perfection then you should stop communicating in English as your English has many errors.

Our course is based on the importance of rapid communication not perfection and I believe that if you think about it… you would agree… getting started is more important than being perfect to begin.

Regards, Gary

Learn more about our Super Thinking Spanish course where you can learn Spanish in four days. Click here.

#5: Question about TSA pat down and XRays. The airline situation is a mess right now. There is increasing evidence from experts that the electronic screening methods could very possibly be a health risk when looking at it from a long term stand point. There have been so many things over the years that were said to be safe and then new evidence would point that what was stated as initially safe becomes unsafe as more time and data comes in. So basically one is rolling the dice when going through the electronic screening methods. Of course it’s stated you can have the option of having your body physically fondled instead.

A movement is starting, which I’m sure you have heard about that is encouraging people to boycott flying if at all possible. I feel the same way. I use to fly all the time, but now because of all the things stated above, I will not fly unless it’s an emergency. It’s just not worth it anymore.

I am seeing more and more people talking over the internet that they had intended to move to another country, but now with this huge flying problem, they have changed their mind. Who wants to commute back and forth between and U.S. and other countries having having to deal with these hassles and health issues?  With all this in mind, is there any other method you know of where you could reasonably get back and forth to Ecuador on a regular basis without going through these problems mentioned above?

Your response would be appreciated on this.

Another wrote: My best wishes to you and family on this this day that for sure is full of reasons to be thankful.  Gary, I’m a loyal reader of your daily E zines and highly value your opinion but I’m no sure if I missed any articles on the new TSA  airport security procedures, have you written anything on this subject?  Since you travel often, I like to know if you care to share your take on this matter. If one wants to get on an airplane there are only two choices: a body scanning machine that emits a dosage of radiation so small that they claim should not cause any harm or body search that some people say very invasive.  Would you care to share your approach?  Please give Merri my regards.  Gratefully yours.

My reply.  On this issue… I feel this is much to do about nothing in the little picture. I just flew to and fro across the US last week and nothing different happened.

I am sort of tickled that the TSA is doing this though, because in the big picture this extreme forcefulness has the potential to get so many voters so really angry that they really will force some change.  Let’s not forget Honest Abe Lincoln’s quote… “The way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it strictly”.

Already USA Today is running articles about the companies who build these machines having spent so much on lobbies.  Another USA Today article suggests that Americans are increasingly favoring the Tea Party, which I think is in part because of this ridiculous regulation that I suspect is more about making money for scanner makers than about increased security.

I am no security expert, but my study of history indicates to me that when people give up their basic human rights for security they give up both. A certain amount of personal space is certainly a human right and pat downs like this violate those rights in my opinion.   That’s the big picture.

In the small picture personally… no XRays for Merri or me. If you have read our reports for some time you’ll know that I was dosed with radiation in the Columbia River and both Merri and I were radiated during the Chernobyl accident. We won’t even let dentists Xray our teeth… which sadly means most US dentists can’t or won’t even clean our teeth. Thank God for Ecuadorian dentists who will.

Re the pat down.  I find 80% of the TSA employees helpful polite and I think they are diligent in their duties. Like in any organization there is that pesky 20%  who have refined the art of making others uncomfortable.

Odds are I won’t ever have to have a pat down and if so, odds are four to one I won’t have to face one of those nasties.

Should I be so unlucky despite the odds in my favor… should  some guy get his jollies fondling a 64 year old guy… then that’s his problem not mine.   I have had customs people hassle me before and the way I handled this was to complain  to my Congressman. He managed to get an internal investigation which at least I have the satisfaction of and at least put my complaint on record.

I would insist in an exceedingly polite way that the person doing the pat down put on a new set of gloves.

In the practical picture, right now flying is the only efficient way to get to Ecuador.  If you fly from or through the USA you face the risk of having to make this option.  This is reason enough for some people to choose to leave the USA.  Others are choosing to stop flying.

One reader wrote: Who wants to fly to Ecuador and put up with this?

Personally I won’t let this process wear me down.  I’ll grin… bear it… remember Abe Lincoln… keep letting my representative in Congress and the airlines know and always be super polite but also will stand my ground if they become too arrogant or forceful.  Nothing a lazy person hates worse than the words. ” SIR, PLEASE let me speak to you supervisor”.

Until some change comes along every person has to decide… flee, fly or not and if you choose flee… you’ll have to risk of a pat down or Xray at least once for now.


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Ecuador Sanctuary

Here is a shot taken from the front yard of our Ecuador sanctuary in the Andes.


This land is part of a cloud forest and we are often truly above the clouds!


Many valleys in Ecuador are famous for the longevity of the residents. Our search for such valleys led us to understand that we can use more than landscape to live better, richer and longer.

This article was written on May 2, 2009, on the 41st anniversary of starting my international business.  Yet I plan to keep writing and sharing information for 41 more years!

This was more than an idle boast.  The promise was made from a belief and understanding that  began to grow when we first arrived  in Ecuador and began searching for the longevity valleys there.

That longevity search an Ecuadorian  Taita Yatchak (Shaman of the highest learning) who told us there was an unoccupied valley with special healing powers.

He offered to take us there.  (More on why below).

Here is Merri and me with the Taita Yatchak after purifying in a sacred spring in preparation for the trip into the Ecuador longevity valley.


We invited friends and started our journey at 4:30 a.m.  hiking from 10,500 feet, to 14,000 feet. Here we are getting ready to go.


After hours of climbing we descended 4,000 feet down a hidden, mud, animal trail for three hours into a virtually impenetrable cloud forest, ripped by thorns, cut by razor grass, soaked, and caked in mud.

Here we are ready to descend.


And here we are in the cloud forest during  the descent.


By the time we arrived in the valley, it was just minutes before dark. We were fatigued by the high altitude, bone weary from our packs, every muscle aching from fighting all day with the sucking mud (which had regularly pulled off our boots).

We stayed in a floorless, leaky thatch hut, sleeping on dirt, no heat except the cooking fire, no running water, no nothing. The next morning, to our surprise we all felt and looked  wonderful! Those who had been injured had no sign of the injuries. We explored the valley which is perpetually wrapped in mist and fog. We swam in small icy, deep blue lagoons and did ancient exercises while the Taita Yatchak talked with us. We were continually cold, wet, dirty and cramped-all 12 of us in this tiny hut with its earthen floor.

I cannot describe how we felt except to say none of us had ever had so much fun and had such a sense of well-being.

There is something about the valley I cannot yet explain. Even at times when we were really worried about some of the party who had gone into shock from fatigue, there was never a moment of regret.

We discovered a magical quality to this Sacred Valley and even over a decade and a half after our return have found powerful emotional and physical evolutions happening to all of us. Merri and I, along with the others, feel physically stronger, more alert, more positive, more active and yet more serene than ever before in our lives.

After this journey we purchased the 962 acre Hacienda Rosaspamba and lived and studied there for nearly a year with the Taita Yatchak and his apprentices.


Here is another shot at Rosaspamba of one of the yatchak’s apprentices.

Living in a healthy place like Rosaspamba can help longevity.  More important is the fact that one can have longevity anywhere.  We discovered this at our other sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains where we also live.  The family cemetery on our farm has five headstones with people aged 86, 91, 95, 100 and 115 at death.

The 115 year old lived from 1794 to 1909. I  wonder what type of medical insurance she had… back here in these hills. Here is that cemetery.


Merri and I have studied global health secrets for decades and have lived with healing masters from China, Tibet, the Andes and India to learn that it is not only where you live.. but how you live that creates longevity.


Mountain mists are important to longevity.  One Ecuador shaman taught us that the hydrogen ions in the mists bond with free radicals on the skin to cleanse the body from the outside in.

Longevity does not come from quadruple bypasses, pacemakers, chemo, radiation and all the modern drugs so many people use.

Up here in these mountains people in decades and centuries past labored, breathed clean air, drank pure water and ate fresh food. These were hardy mountain people who worked hard, had little, ate little and with that made the most. Life was simple and they kept it that way. Longevity was their reward.

Now is the time to be thinking about longevity.

Many of us work so hard to build financial security then lose it through lingering illness or even worse death, heart attacks – stress, diabetes -bad diet, cancer – over-aggression created by the effort.


Good water is important to longevity. This is a mineral thermal springs near Cotacachi Ecuador that we visit for a soak on our Ecuador shamanic mingo tours.

Does this lifestyle make sense?

The answer, “No, it does not make sense” led Merri and me, many years ago, to sell our home in Old Naples, Florida, leave the stressful city and move here to our secluded Blue Ridge farm and Andean plantation.

We have learned that there are many simple secrets to longevity.  They are harder to use in busy cities.

Here are three secrets we gain from untold hours shared with clients and friends who are expert in all types of healing. These secrets come from years of experience with disciplines like acupuncture (when I first lived in Hong Kong) when they were still considered witchcraft in the Western world, and from our years of living with healers from India, Tibet and the Andes.

I share these as a layman, but one who has watched his weight melt from 220 to 150 pounds. They are shared by a 62 year old male with a pulse of 99 over 60 something and a resting heartbeat in the low 60s whose energy and stamina is high.

The secrets are not shared just to stop you from getting sick either. They are to help you have more stamina, vitality, energy, endurance as well as longevity so you can enjoy life more!

The first secret is not a secret at all, but a simple reality that most ignore.

Restrict your diet. Cut down your caloric intake. This is the only factor that I have studied that has been scientifically supported. Plus the residents in the three valleys where National Geographic documented extra longevity had caloric intakes ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 calories a day.

For example in Vilcabamba (one of Ecuador’s longevity valleys) over one person per thousand lived to be 100. In the U.S. the figure is one per 33,000! The average caloric intake in this valley (in the past) was about 1,200 calories a day.

Secret #2 is to have more than a routine.

Create ritual! Those who live extraordinarily 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 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).

Secret #3 is to remain independent, challenged, active and needed. One of the most important features that was found in every valley where people lived long lives was 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 MD, 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. Having a good savings and investment plan for old age is also an important factor to remaining independent. Are any of these factors in your routine and plans? Most of us have to answer “no”.

This is why Merri and I moved to our farm in North Carolina and Ecuador and have worked at instilling these simple formulas (and many others) into our lives.

We live in a rapidly evolving, often frantic and polluted world. Escape from the crowds may help longevity a bit.  However escape from bad lifetsyle habits helps longevity even more.  Merri and I look forward to sharing the longevity habits we learn with you.


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Learn more about our trip into the Llanganatis Valley here

Ecuador & Longevity

Ecuador is known for the longevity of many of its residents.

National Geographic published a great article, “Every Day Over 100 is a Gift” that outlined how and why residents in some Ecuador valleys like Vilcabamba live much longer (up to 130 years) than in the West.


View of Vilcabamba from Club Hacienda el Atillo , Resort and Spa.

Yesterday’s message Ecuador and global investing pointed out that May 2, 2009 was the 41st anniversary of my investing and working globally.  That message ended with my plans for sharing the next 41 years with you.

Don’t Believe it?

62? Plus 41?  103? Could this be true?  I have a great grandparent (from Wales) who lived to 106, so why not?

Expecting to live long (I mean really expecting) makes it is more likely that you will. One of the greatest health risks we have is buying into the social myth that we should retire at age 65.

Every ancient text of wisdom suggests that 50 years of age is the midpoint… the time when life becomes more spiritual, wiser and that we have 50 or  more years to go.  If you are Biblical try rereading the book of Leviticus.

I believe this.  Below you’ll see  someone who agrees!

How will you look when you are 97?


This is a photo of Shigeaki Hinohara this year at age 97.  The photo was taken from an article at japantimes.co.jp entitled WORDS TO LIVE BY Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara by Judit Kawaguchi.

Here is an excerpt from that article (the address for the entire article is at the end of this message).

At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing.

Always willing to try new things, he has published around 150 books since his 75th birthday, including one “Living Long, Living Good” that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.

Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.

All people who live long — regardless of nationality, race or gender — share one thing in common: None are overweight. For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.

Always plan ahead. My schedule book is already full until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work. In 2016 I’ll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the Tokyo Olympics!

There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65.

Share what you know.

When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.

To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff.

My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler.” My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.

Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.

Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.

Science alone can’t cure or help people.

Life is filled with incidents. On March 31, 1970, when I was 59 years old, I boarded the Yodogo, a flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as Mount Fuji came into sight, the plane was hijacked by the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction. I spent the next four days handcuffed to my seat in 40-degree heat. As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis.

Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do.

It’s wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one’s family and to achieve one’s goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.

These are some great tips and Hinohara is proof of the pudding that we can improve our chances of longevity anywhere!



Shamanic Mingo at Inkapirka.

Learn secrets of longevity on our Ecuador Shamanic Mingo Tour.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.

There is such an important connection between good health, longevity and wealth that Merri and I incorporate longevity sessions into our courses, especially your shamanic mingo tour.


Good food, like this fruit at the Cotacachi Ecuador farmers market is important to longevity.

Here is what some previous delegates have said about our tours.   These tours  change lives in more than just monetary ways as some of the delegates who have attended previous courses have written.

“For years and years I have searched for truly like- minded people to play with and work with… people who are deeply and honestly SPIRITUAL.”  J.M. Texas


Longevity comes in safe places were even small children like this Andean girl are allowed freedom from crime day and night.

Here is another rave from a delegate:

“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


Here is a sacred valley we will visit on our Ecuador shamanic tour and another rave”

“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


Knowing who supplies your food is important to longevity… as are places of person to person commerce, like these markets we visit on our Ecuador Shaman tour.

Here is what another delegate said.

“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


Having sources of fresh food, like this Cotacachi Ecuador corn field, nearby is good for longevity.

Here is another endorsement:

I want to thank you for the wonderful time. I traveled 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. When I try to engage intelligent, educated people on these subjects here at home, I usually get a blank look or “That’s interesting, but why are you thinking about that? “The setting at the farm felt like we were all sitting in the den after dinner discussing things among friends. The relaxed atmosphere seemed to encourage people to participate, asking pointed questions and relating personal experiences. The international flavor and attitude of the group was very stimulating, particularly when we split up into discussion groups. Those groups, taking walks together, allowed us to get to know each other on a personal level. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, that’s the most fun I’ve had for four days straight in along time! Thanks again.” B.R. California


Longevity and living in harmony with nature go hand in hand.  Here is a humming bird in Cotacachi. Ecuador has one of the largest bird diversities in the world.

One more comment from a delegate:

“A special warm ‘thank you’ to Merri for the wonderful cooking and the ‘feel at home atmosphere!’ I like to give a few comments about the past weekend.. It was relaxing, inspiring, informative and a spiritually balanced atmosphere with all these different, same thinking, like people. 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 a tour 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.”


Having special places to go and relax… like La Mirage Spa in Cotacachi shown here… help longevity too.

Learn secrets of longevity on our Ecuador Shamanic Mingo Tour.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour

June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.


Merri and me with friends and Taita Yatchak in Sacred LLanganatis longevity valley.

You can read the entire longevity article, WORDS TO LIVE BY Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara by Judit Kawaguchi at