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Cotacachi Health Opportunties

Our Cotacachi Spanish course just finished and offered many health as well as learning opportunities.

Here are the Cotacachi delegates in the meeting room we use at the Cotacachi Museum next to our hotel Meson de las Flores.


Delegates loved the program.  In just four days they knew and could use 4005 Spanish words.

The most used expression from the Cotacachi delegates was,  “I could never have imagined”.

However this Cotacachi course taught much more than just Spanish including  plenty of Cotacachi health lessons and opportunities.  This course is about improving the mind and body…not just about Spanish.

Delegates learned about Cotacach nutrition during our coffee breaks.  No donuts and coffee here!   Each day the meals and breaks provided edible examples of good nutrition.  One day we served high protein maize and a herbal sauce…


made in this antique stone mortar & pestle


Another day it looked like ice cream at the break.  It was hand made iced fruit! Here is Eduardo preparing this delicious snack made from fresh local Cotacachi fruit.


Each morning at breakfast, special cleansing but delicious juices were served. Here is the morning table set with juice made from fresh Cotacachi alfalfa.


Plus delegates enjoyed a shamanic purifying ceremony and visited numerous shamans and shamanas. One of the most popular healers is Estrella, the shamana at La Mirage Spa. Here is the spa.


Tough life… this third world living.   The shamana treatment is special.

Here is a description of this Shamanic Purification Treatment: The Shamans possess a great vision for medicines in the countryside and in particular,  for plants often used-mainly for healing purposes. In addition, they are specialist in using elements such as Fire, Water, Earth and employee them in order to call the spirits for assistance. The Shamans use substance such as crystals, candles, smoke and eggs and the La Mirage Spa offers the healing powers of a female Shmamana who has inherited years of experience form her father a recognized Shaman in this region. The purification room at La Mirage is oriented towards the established indigenous healing practices of Body, Mind and spirit. Taking these concepts into account, her methods blend relaxation techniques using a float tank, the Shamanic Ritual and Aromatherapy Spiritual Massage.  This 90 minute treatment is only $65.    See more about La Mirage and healing treatments here.

Learning about and enjoying natural health opportunities grows in importance because the health system in North America is out of control. Here is an example.

Two of our health care advisers Dr. James Clary DO and his wife Sheri L. Clary MPAS, PA-C just sent me this note.

Gary, here is an important note to read from Dr. Al Sears:

Have you heard of HRT?

Known as “hormone replacement therapy,” it’s one of the things they’re
calling “drugs for elders” these days.

The problem with HRT is that it’s neither replacement nor therapy.
What I mean is this: The pharmaceutical products billed as HRT aren’t
hormones at all. And by taking them, you are not actually replacing

Real hormones are available. They’re called bio-identical hormones.
They are safe when used appropriately. And they are very inexpensive.
But being inexpensive is a problem.

You see, hormones are produced by your body. Therefore, they are
naturally occurring. If something occurs in nature, it can’t be
patented. To patent something, you have to prove that you invented or
created something exclusive or new.

If a drug company can’t patent a therapy, they can’t corner the
market. Other companies are free to produce the same drug at a lower
price. Competition drives down prices and profits far below what drug
companies are accustomed to.

Big drug companies don’t produce bio-identical hormones. There’s no
money in it. But that hasn’t stopped them from claiming they have
“replacement hormones.”

Take the prescription drug Provera as an example. It’s billed as
“progesterone replacement.” In truth, years of research and hundreds
of millions of dollars were spent to find a drug that was different
enough from progesterone to be patentable – even though progesterone
was already inexpensive and available.

Drug maker Upjohn won the race with the development of
medroxyprogesterone acetate, which they call Provera. And they won
big. In its day, Provera was one of the ten most profitable drugs of
all time.

But like the other synthetic chemicals billed as HRT,
medroxyprogesterone acetate is not a hormone and it never occurs in
your body. It is a chemical created to mimic a hormone so the
pharmaceutical industry can be more profitable.

Provera is synthetic. Your body never made it. Am I the only one who
thinks that you shouldn’t call taking something you’ve never had
before “replacement”?

If it’s not “replacement therapy,” what should we call these
pharmaceutical concoctions? I don’t think we need a new term. We
already have a word. It’s not what my father would call a
“pearl-handled word.” But it’s honest, accurate, and simple… and we
all already know what it means. The word is drug.

I no longer use these drugs in my practice. The alternatives are
safer. They range from herbal supplements to real hormone replacement.

If you want to replace declining hormones, the real ones are
available. We get them from compounding pharmacies. A compounding
pharmacist prepares customized prescription medications to meet
individual patient needs.

Your doctor may not be familiar with compounding. With over reliance
on pre-packaged drugs it has become a bit of a lost art. You can
assist your doctor by finding a compounding pharmacist on your own.
Thankfully, there has been a recent resurgence fueled by the growing
interest in natural alternatives.

A word of caution: Although bio-identical hormones are safer than
drugs, hormone tinkering is tricky business. Consult your doctor, have
your levels checked and educate yourself before considering any kind
of hormone therapy.

To help you with this, my friends at Total Health Breakthroughs have
put together a special report on HRT… it’s a must read.

The side effects of HRT are severe. They include higher risk of
stroke, heart disease and blood clots. But bio-identical hormones can
dramatically improve your quality of life. Many of my patients have
the energy, vigor and sexual appetite they enjoyed in their 20s and

Sheri clary will be at our February courses and available for consultations about bio-identical hormones. Our February Cotacachi schedule is:

Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

Join Merri, me and Blaine Watson, plus enjoy a shamanic ceremony in the Cotacachi Shamanic Valley.

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Join Merri, me and Peter Laub of Jyske Global Asset Management at OUR INTERNATIONAL INVESTING & BUSINESS COURSE IN ECUADOR. We review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio plus investing and business ideas for the months ahead.

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Here is some bad news created by good news.  I just received this note from the flower farm we work with.

“Gary, please stop Valentine´s orders, the flowers on pre-book are running out. Thanks.  Roberto Javier Ribadeneira”

The bad news is we are out of Valentine roses.

The good news is we sold almost 20,000 roses in just over a month and earned almost an extra $7,500 (which we are donating to help the poor of Ecuador).

We know how to help you create your own import export business to secure your purchasing power. Join us in march for our Cotacachi Import Export expedition and real estate tours.

This is why Merri, our webmaster and I decided to create a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course.

You can enroll in this special course for $299. However if you sign up for all three courses in February or March 2009, I will send it to you free. You save $299.

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March course and will be available to provide health balancing.

Get our web based course FREE if you join us in Ecuador this February or March.

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

Multi Currency Investing Ahead

Multi currency investments fight inflation and can enhance wealth but require a long view .

There is a screech owl that lives in our barn and the way I watch him is sort of how I invest.

Can you see the owl?

To begin, an investing idea starts with a speck of thought…seeing the whole picture, but without many details.

Then it’s time to connect dots to see a closer picture.

Then we begin gathering information so the focus is closer…

until we can finally zoom in.

At this stage when we have zeroed in, we can act.

One big idea I have been tracking and investing in, is water. Now I am zeroing in on a new sub interest…water desalination.

An article sent by a reader entitled “Australia Turns to Desalination Amid Water Shortage” by Michael Sullivan first piqued my interest.

The article told how the Kwinana Desalination Plant, near Perth, produces 40 million gallons of drinking water per day from the Indian Ocean.

The article says:

Perth, with a population of about 1.7 million, is growing 3 percent a year — about 750 families a week move to the city, says Gary Crisp of the Western Australia Water Corp.

The Kwinana Desalination Plant south of the city opened two months ago. The facility, the first of its kind in Australia, covers just a few acres in an industrial park next to the ocean.

The water is sucked in through a pipe about 650 feet offshore in Cockburn Sound, at a rate of about 0.1 meters per second, says project manager Simon McKay.

That is slow enough to let the fish escape, but fast enough to provide nearly 40 million gallons of drinking water each day — roughly 20 percent of Perth’s daily consumption. That makes the plant the single largest source of water for the city.

McKay says it doesn’t take very long for the seawater to be ready for the tap — about a half-hour from the time it comes out of the ocean until it’s processed and distributed.

Desalination plants have been around in places like the Middle East for decades. But they’ve always been expensive to build and expensive to run. New technology has made them cheaper and more efficient, but they still consume a large amount of energy.

Environmentalists in Perth balked at the idea of using coal-fired plants to provide power for the one here, forcing the Water Corp. to find a non-polluting, renewable alternative. It found that alternative — wind energy — near the town of Cervantes, a three-hour drive north of Perth.

The Emu Downs Wind Farm houses 48 wind turbines, each as high as a 15-story building.

Kerry Roberts, the facility’s general manager, says Emu Downs is among the top 10 or 20 sites for this type of energy alternative in Australia.

“If you look at the combined output of the wind farm at maximum wind speeds — 24 to 28 miles per hour — you’re looking at an output of close to 80 megawatts,” Roberts explains. That’s enough power to run Perth’s desalination plant, 160 miles to the south.

This successful marriage of renewable technology and necessity has Crisp, of the Western Australia Water Corp., thinking big: “I predict that desalination will account for at least half of Perth’s water in the next 30 years.”

Other water-stressed seaside cities in Australia are taking a serious look at desalination, as traditional water sources dry up because of lack of rain. Sydney, on Australia’s southeast coast, is expected to commission a plant even larger than Perth’s in the next few months.

Nonetheless, the desalination boom extends far beyond Australia’s shores. McKay — the man in charge of getting Perth’s plant running — will soon be off to Muscat, Oman, to build another. His company’s order book is filling up quickly, he says, and he doesn’t expect that to change in his lifetime. Neither does Crisp.

“The world is going reverse osmosis,” he says, naming projects proposed from California to Spain.

Looking around, I found that one of the largest desalination plants is not far from where I lived (Naples) for years, Tampa Florida. The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination facility is an integral part of the Tampa Bay region’s drinking water supply. This is claimed to be a drought-proof, alternative water supply that provides up to 25 million gallons per day of drinking water to the region.

There are large desalination projects underway in California as well. However a look at the top 50 desalination projects show that the majority of them are in the Middle East.

Desalination is a sector that is bound to grow. It is estimated that 2.8 billion people live in areas of high water stress and this number is expected to increase by 50% over the next 20 years.

Areas of greatest concern include India, China and the Middle East.

There are two forms of desalination, evaporation and reverse osmosis (salt water forced through a filter under high pressure). There are already over 10,000 desalination plants going, mostly in the Middle East.

There are huge expenditures underway for desalination and wastewater purification and a number of companies are cashing in on this fact.

General Electric may be in the lead. It purchased Ionics, which builds desalination plants and makes filter membranes.

The French company Veolia Environnement (VE) is a major desalination plant and membrane supplier. This company earns over a third of its revenue from water businesses. The Japanese chemical company Nitto Denko (6988.T) is a large membrane supplier as is Dow Chemical (DOW), DuPont (DD), and GE.

Desalination plant builders include Italian Impreglio (IPGOF), South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DOHIF), French Suez (SZEZY), German Siemens (SI), and Spanish construction companies Acciona (ACXIF) and Abengoa (ABGOF).

We have written often about Singapore-listed Hyflux (HYFL) which makes filter membranes used to purify water and builds desalination plants. Hyflux is building a 500,000-cubic-meter per day desalination plant in Algeria, which, when completed in 2011, will be the world’s largest. Hyflux is also building 40 water treatment plants in China, where it gets 81% of its revenue. This share is in our Green portfolio as is Japan’s Kurita Water Industries (6370.T) which builds desalination plants and sells other water purification equipment, getting all of its 205 billion yen [$2 billion] in revenue from water-related businesses.

Canadian H2O Innovation (HEO) makes filtration membranes for wastewater treatment. Austria’s Christ Water Technology (CRSWF) sells desalination and other water purification equipment. American Water (AWK), is in New Jersey and ran the desalination plant in Tampa, which is the largest in the U.S. Energy Recovery in San Leandro, Calif. has also sold shares to investors.

Desalination plants are expensive and create local opposition for several reasons.

First, they produce a waste of highly concentrated salt water that can destroy the surrounding ocean habitat. Second they require a lot of energy which if created by coal, creates air pollution.

The third concern, perhaps the biggest is concern for the organisms that are killed by the process of withdrawing seawater. Tiny fish larvae and plankton are killed in process.

Te nature of our existence is such that we cannot eliminate our foot print entirely. very solution to environmental problems seems to create others. Let’s hope that technology will help make desalination one of humanity’s solutions…not problems. Since desalination can produce fresh water where there is none, and water is one of the few items in daily life that has no substitute, I be looking to invest in companies that provide fresh water with minimal impact on the environment.

Once I find such a  company,  will have identified one of many filters we should use when we review value.  We look for shares of companies that have a product or service in a wave of the future…such as desalination.

Then there are still many questions to answer to determine if the share offers a good value or not.  The questions include:

#1: Are the shares traded in a good value market?
#2: Does the share trade at fair Price to Earnings and Price to Cash Flow ratios?
#3: Does the share pay a good value dividend?
#4: Do the shares have a good value relative to their previous price?
#5: Does the company have rising earnings?
#6: Has the share price been rising?
#7: Is the company’s management good.

My feeling is that desalination will grow especially, that which is provided by wind energy, which is often available at the ocean and in semiarid parts of the world.  Shares in companies that answer yes to the questions above  will be interesting places to invest.

Until next message, good global investing to you.


Learn more about economic safety this November. Join Merri, me, Steve, Kjetil Haugan or Thor Anderson of Vistazul and Peter Conradsen of Jyske Global Asset Management in Cotacachi Ecuador. We’ll review economic conditions, Ecuador real estate, my entire portfolio and investing and business ideas for the months ahead.

Nov 7-9 2008 International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador

See the wonderful balconies in the Primavera condos at for sale at $46,000 in Cotacachi.


Nov 10-11 Imbabura Real Estate tour

Then travel to the coast. Enjoy the Vistazul swimming pool on Ecuador’s Pacific.

Picture 9

November 12-15, 2008 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour; Quito Real Estate Tour

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