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Cool Health Ideas


Here is a cool health idea. Eat watermelon.

See three great ways to reduce excess summer heat from the body and that can also make you look five years younger at the same time.

Eating watermelon is one.

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The last two messages on Ayrved, the Indian science of life and Andean shamanic cures, looked at health as a balance between three physical elements (called doshas), motion (vata), material (kapha) and digestion (pitta).

Reducing fire especially in the summer is beneficial for health because pitta rules digestion and when pitta is out of balance we do not digest any information correctly.

However, pitta also rules beauty because fire imbalances are reduced by the body through the skin. Too much fire creates rashes, acne, blemishes, poor skin luster, dull hair and much more.The three fire reducing tricks below not only enhance health, but also help clear your skin and make it glow.The first trick is to eat watermelon…lots of it at one time (and with nothing else) and fresh!

Watermelon is a cleanser.

Eat a whole, big one if you can.

This works in the spring and summer when the flushing action removes excessive fire, water and air.

The melon must be fresh, whole and cut within 20 minutes. Watermelon is a sponge that absorbs and flushes free radicals from the system. If you let the melon sit after cutting, it oxidizes and loses its cleansing capacity. Also, it can become a free radical itself.

The rule is “Eat it alone or leave it alone”.

Make the melon your entire meal and eat nothing for three to four hours before and after. Sound crazy? I thought so but tried it after watching a Shaman prescribe it for a woman suffering a severe rash (a summer fire imbalance). I felt so good that I now make this a regular habit during the summer…and thoroughly enjoy it!

The second tip can be romantic as well – moon bathing and calm conversation.

In the summer when we are at our farm as…

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the sun…

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sets in lavender glory, we move out on the porch… feel the cool night air… listen to the katydids and bath in the moonbeams.

This is cool… and cooling.

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This may sound even crazier than eating watermelon for good health, but try it.  I find the moonlight to be not only beautiful but calming.

Finally, be sure to eat breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day for reducing fire imbalances.When your doshas are in balance, you will feel stronger, think more rationally and do everything in greater peace and do it better! This helps you in every walk of life, health, wealth, business and investing.On the subject of health, may yours always be good…please see below the special health event for women in Ecuador!

Gary

Join Bonnie and Nancy in Ecuador for a Special Women’s Event in Ecuador, September 20-24, 2010.

Quantum Living Secrets:  Age is just a Number

Ladies, here’s your chance to be in Ecuador. We all know that it is the women in our lives who give so fully of themselves to create our beautiful homes, raise our children, excel in their careers, and—well, you get my point.

You have learned to multi-task so efficiently, that you don’t always leave enough time for yourself.  So here is the opportunity you have been waiting for to slow down, relax, and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.  Summer’s over with all of its obligations, and now is the perfect time to pamper yourself with a bit of exotic luxury.

I have written a number of times about how Merri and I are at retirement age, but we haven’t slowed down, or even considered stopping working, because we love what we are doing.  People can’t believe sometimes how we can keep the pace we do at our ages.  I’ve also written about how living in Ecuador can reduce stress, which is why we are so pleased to let you know about this exciting event put together for you by Nancy Showalter and Bonnie Keough.  Here’s what they have to say:

Whether you are young, old or like most of us, somewhere in between, we have put together a unique experience for you.  We have designed an event that will help you stretch your boundaries, do some things totally out of the ordinary and create lasting memories.

We’ve talked to many ladies who are interested in traveling to Ecuador, but hesitant to go on their own.

Well, this is your time.

  • Imagine yourself relaxing and rejuvenating for 5 full days in the mystical mountains of beautiful Ecuador as you redefine your concept of aging and reinvent yourself.
  • We will share practical tips and techniques for a more holistic and healthy lifestyle, and help you tap into your creative power to more fully live your passion.
  • You will have the opportunity to experience a different culture and broaden your perspectives, and we know you will just love the sweet people of Ecuador.
  • And how about some pampering at the luxurious LaMirage spa?  We have included a full treatment for each delegate.  You will get to choose from their menu of options:   the Lavender treatment, Cleopatra’s milk bath, the Kofan Amazon herbal treatment, Ecuadorian hot stone energy treatment, or the Kissed by Angels treatment are just a few of the choices.  The gardens surrounding the spa, guarded by resident peacocks, are filled with hummingbirds visiting the thousands of colorful, tropical blossoms.  You will feel like you’ve been transported to a slice of paradise.  It’s a wonderful escape.

We will also do some sightseeing and we’ll travel to some local restaurants, off the tourist track, but well known to locals for their spectacular setting and delicious meals.

As a special treat, we will participate in a sacred ceremony with our local Shamana.  She will bless us with good health, good fortune and happiness.

And, of course, we’ll sneak in a little time for shopping, you can’t be this close to the Otavalo Market and not visit!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the volcanic hot springs!  It’s one of our all-time favorite places on earth, high up on a tranquil mountain side with unbelievable views.

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As you can see, we will be busy, but we wanted you to spend a few days with us and leave with wonderful memories, new insights, new friends and a renewed sense of adventure.

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Nancy Showalter, who lives with her husband in Ecuador, will guide you through the journey of discovering 7 Secrets for Ageless Living and how you to apply them in your life.  Nancy is a great example of living the “age is just a number” lifestyle.  She will share her secrets with us for staying active, trim and happy.  She will show you easy ways to switch out unhealthy habits for beneficial ones.  Adding just a few healthy habits to your lifestyle can have a major impact.

Secret #1:  Invest in Yourself

There are two vital areas in life where you want to invest in yourself.  Learn what these are and why you do not want to ignore them.

Secret #2:  Use all of Your Resources

Discover keys to unlock the power that resides within you, and use that power for constructive change.

Secret #3:  Continue to Learn

Continuous learning is one of the greatest anti-aging secrets of all.  Learn why, and how to never stop.

Secret #4:  Do What Is Natural and Healthy

Health at all levels of your being is one of your greatest assets.  Learn healthier ways of living, unique ways to commune with nature, and specific practices that can improve your health.

Secret #5:  Simplify Your Life

There are cycles in life when it becomes important to let go—let go of things, of beliefs, of memories, or of desires.  Learn how to identify what—and when it is time—to let go, and ways to help you do it.

Secret #6:  Use the Tools at Your Disposal

Learn simple, but powerful tools to overcome your fears, release painful memories, better navigate the challenges of life, and be at peace with whatever life brings you.

Secret #7:  Be the Change

In order to change your condition in life, your relationships, or the world around you, you must first make the choice yourself to become the way you want others to be.  Discover the power of choice, and how to identify what holds you back from being who you desire to be.

Nancy and Carl Showalter reinvented their lives and moved to Ecuador over two years ago.  Having traveled to Ecuador several times in a previous job, Nancy loved the beautiful people and the special energy she felt in the Andes, and wanted to share the experience with Carl.  So in 2004, they registered for our International Business and Mystical Andes tour held in Quito that year.

Two years later, they attended our Super Learning Spanish course in July 2006.  During that course, they separately, but simultaneously, felt inspired to look for property to purchase in Cotacachi.  Through a series of events—and nothing short of magical—they found the property of their dreams.  By the end of that year, they were the proud owners of a charming little cottage on a lovely piece of  property just outside of town.

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After some remodeling and several trips back and forth, the property was ready.  They sold just about everything they owned and in May 2008, they moved to Cotacachi with 8 suitcases filled with what was left of their personal belongings.  They now live in a beautiful setting between two  picturesque mountains that not only foster a healthy, stress-free lifestyle, but is perfect for the publishing business they have since started in Ecuador.

Over the last 30 years, Nancy has taught self-empowering principles and their practical application in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.  In 2003, she and her husband founded Quantum Living Institute through which they teach.  They recently returned from Europe where they presented a two-day seminar on personal transformation.  Nancy is the author of two mini-books, Quantum Living, Keys for Transformational Change and Ascent Back to God.

She has a Bachelors degree in the Liberal Arts with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  As part of her studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, she traveled to the Middle East to Israel, Gaza, and the Golan Heights, meeting and discoursing with Israelis and Palestinians on their perspectives and hopes and dreams for a peaceful future—an experience she describes as life-changing.  Nancy is a teacher of Hatha Yoga, and has studied many of the Eastern mystical paths.  She has TOEFL certification for teaching English as a foreign language, and during her first school year in Cotacachi, volunteered her services in one of the underprivileged preschools.  Nancy brings creativity and a unique integrated perspective in her presentations that participants find to be both practical and personally transforming.

She says:

Ecuador is the perfect environment for getting away from it all, relaxing, and at the same time reenergizing your life.  The people here and the relaxed lifestyle invite us to reassess how we live our everyday lives.  When we moved to Ecuador, some of our friends were fearful and thought it was too big of a change.  They asked, “What if you don’t like it?”  Our answer, “Then we’ll do something else.”

Unfortunately we sometimes forget that we have choices and that change can be, and usually is, healthy when we embrace it.  I look forward to sharing the principles of living that I have found to be self-empowering, and that have the potential to transform a stressful life into a healthy, fulfilled life, no matter where you live or what your life circumstances may be.

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Bonnie Keough has made dozens of trips to Ecuador and has been conducting Ecuador export tours for several years. She has helped hundreds of Americans tour Ecuador. She brings extensive knowledge about Ecuadorian products and sales back in the USA.

The workshop will be held September 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2010 (Monday through Friday).  We will provide transportation back to Quito on the evening of September 24, 2010.

The price is $599/single or $949/double.  We encourage you to bring sisters, moms, daughters, grandmothers, friends and have offered a generous discount for two.  We are not excluding men, but we are encouraging the ladies.

Included in the tour:  all transportation during the tour, including pickup in Quito on September 20 and return to Quito September 24, all admission charges, LaMirage Spa treatment, lectures, ceremonies, everything except accommodations and meals.

Not included:  accommodations, meals other than breakfast which is included at Land of the Sun Inn. Rooms at Land of the Sun Inn … $59 to $79 per night plus 22% service and tax.

Please contact Bonnie at bonnie@garyascott.com to enroll or if you have questions.

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International Investment Purification


What is the difference between health and wealth? Not much, just WH.   They are very connected. Without good health, wealth may not last long…  nor is wealth very important when health fails, except to regain health.

We can apply an idea about having better health through purification, to enhance our wealth.  We can improve our wealth by removing toxic investments from our portfolio.

In a moment we’ll also look at investing in sustainable timber and see an Ecuador visa update.

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Sustainable Timber.

First, let me begin with a purification health tip.

The tip is in the summer eat a watermelon.  Many ancient healing traditions (including Andean) view the body as having several elements including water, fire and air. Imbalances of these elements reduces energy, vitality, even leads to illness. The seasons too contain elements of fire, water and air. Water is predominant in spring, fire in summer and air in autumn-winter. Our bodies tend to accumulate these predominances during the season. In winter we have air imbalances (leading to dry throat called colds). In spring we pick up too much water (runny noses we identify as allergies, etc.). So at the beginning of each new season, it’s a great idea to clean the system out.

Watermelon is a cleanser of heat. During the summer the body accumulates heat.  Eat a whole, big watermelon if you can. This works in the summer when the flushing action removes excessive fire, water and air. The melon must be fresh, cut and eaten within 20 minutes. Watermelon is a sponge that absorbs and flushes free radicals from the system. If you let the melon sit after cutting, it oxidizes and loses its cleansing capacity.

Sound crazy? I thought so but tried it after watching a Shaman prescribe it for a woman suffering a severe rash (a summer fire imbalance). I felt so good, I make this a regular habit each summer. About once a month I eat only watermelon… three in a day if I can.

So how do we purify our investment & business portfolios?

One really simple tip for detoxifying your investment portfolio is to sell your losers and keep your winners.

This sounds awfully simple but forty years of working with investors has shown that most investors do exactly the opposite… except the pros. They all know… sell the losers.  Next time you invest, set a limit you will allow the investment to drop before you sell.  Stick to it!

The second trick is review your portfolio now. Are there any investments you hold that you would not buy right now?  Consider selling them. Take the loss and look for something better.

Another way to purify business and investments is to simply take a holistic long term view with expanded horizons.

Since we were looking at watermelon purification, let’s take investments in nutrition as an example.

Here is an excerpt from an article in Time magazine entitled “The Real Cost of Cheap Food” by Bryan Walsh:

Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won’t bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he’ll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That’s the state of your bacon — circa 2009.

The U.S. agricultural industry can now produce unlimited quantities of meat and grains at remarkably cheap prices. But it does so at a high cost to the environment, animals and humans. Those hidden prices are the creeping erosion of our fertile farmland, cages for egg-laying chickens so packed that the birds can’t even raise their wings and the scary rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among farm animals. Add to the price tag the acceleration of global warming — our energy-intensive food system uses 19% of U.S. fossil fuels, more than any other sector of the economy.

And perhaps worst of all, our food is increasingly bad for us, even dangerous. A series of recalls involving contaminated foods this year — including an outbreak of salmonella from tainted peanuts that killed at least eight people and sickened 600 — has consumers rightly worried about the safety of their meals. A food system — from seed to 7‑Eleven — that generates cheap, filling food at the literal expense of healthier produce is also a principal cause of America’s obesity epidemic. At a time when the nation is close to a civil war over health-care reform, obesity adds $147 billion a year to our doctor bills. “The way we farm now is destructive of the soil, the environment and us,” says Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist with the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House garden has so far yielded more than 225 lb. of organic produce — and tons of powerful symbolism. But hers is still a losing battle. Despite increasing public awareness, sustainable agriculture, while the fastest-growing sector of the food industry, remains a tiny enterprise: according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), less than 1% of American cropland is farmed organically. Sustainable food is also pricier than conventional food and harder to find. And while large companies like General Mills have opened organic divisions, purists worry that the very definition of sustainability will be co-opted as a result.

But we don’t have the luxury of philosophizing about food. With the exhaustion of the soil, the impact of global warming and the inevitably rising price of oil — which will affect everything from fertilizer to supermarket electricity bills — our industrial style of food production will end sooner or later. As the developing world grows richer, hundreds of millions of people will want to shift to the same calorie-heavy, protein-rich diet that has made Americans so unhealthy — demand for meat and poultry worldwide is set to rise 25% by 2015 — but the earth can no longer deliver. Unless Americans radically rethink the way they grow and consume food, they face a future of eroded farmland, hollowed-out countryside, scarier germs, higher health costs — and bland taste. Sustainable food has an élitist reputation, but each of us depends on the soil, animals and plants — and as every farmer knows, if you don’t take care of your land, it can’t take care of you.

Big problems create opportunity and investments in apparently obscure but sustainable food and energy ideas can help take toxicity out of your business as well as investment portfolio.

Sustainable may not seem profitable now… but neither did Microsoft when the idea of individual PCs began.

Sustainability is vital to our future. Sustainability is a huge problem and hence opportunity so though it will not arrive overnight…this is a sector we can invest in to detoxify our wealth.

Since we are connected to our investments… this process will also help us learn to eat and live better and help purify our health as well.

Sustainable Tables

Another way to purify your portfolio is to look for opportunities where you invest your own energy as well as your cash… like we are doing with our value added sustainable timber below.

Here is one little idea we are trying in our new little Blue Ridge Crafts business.

For years I have written that timber is a great investment.  Timber is the only commodity where the supply increases even when demand is down.  All you have to do during bad times… of low demand… like now is don’t sell.  Your timber continues to grow!

Now we are doing a business using dead timber and adding value!

We are turning dead wood, like this poplar log, into a business.

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This poplar sitting right behind our house died a few years ago and dropped branches on the house all winter. This spring we trimmed off the branches and last week brought it down… cut it in three pieces and dragged them to one of our fields.

We set up a portable mill and…

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cut over a thousand board feet of nice poplar planks.

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We also…

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cut one huge 13 foot long slab for a table top so if anyone is interested in a 12 foot poplar table… that you help design yourself… let us know.

This is a pretty small step towards sustainability but if we all think about ways to purify our investments, our business and body, our health and our wealth…at the big level and small will improve.

Ecuador Visa Update

A reader who travels frequently in business asked how to handle  the fact that Ecuador immigration policy does not allow a new resident to leave for more than 90 days a year for the first two years.

We checked with one of our Ecuador Living advisers, an attorney who specializes in immigration, who replied:

Please notice that in theory all resident visas come with the obligation not lo leave Ecuador for more than 90 days a year in the first two years.

Nevertheless, please be advised that authorities until now have not automatically removed a resident visa for this matter.

We have noticed that once the visa is stamped and if the passport is valid for more than two years, then you do not need to go to the Ecuadorian immigration authorities for anything else. This reduces the risk of the authorities reviewing how long you have you been outside of Ecuador during the first two years.

A good number of our clients have obtained the resident visa and have been outside of Ecuador far more than the 90 days with no complication whatsoever.

Anther option is to travel into Ecuador on a tourist visa which allows a stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days every year and this can be extended  for 90 days more.

Whether you want to live, do business or and invest in Ecuador, Smalltown USA or anywhere in the world… if you think sustainable, you are thinking… the future. This is a great place to be.

Gary

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Read the entire article “The Real Cost of Cheap Food” here.