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Three Ecuador Shamanic Health Tips


Here is a quinoa eating tip.  Soak and ferment quinoa before you eat it.

See a great recipe for thermos quinoa kitchari below.

thermos quinoa kichari

Thermos Quinoa Kitchari.  Quinoa is a great vegetarian food because it is a complete protein and can replace wheat even though it belongs to a different botanical class.  Quinoa is a relative of spinach, beets and chard but provides all nine essential amino acids and is a source of fiber, magnesium, iron and riboflavin.

However quinoa contains three substances that may hinder natural health.  One substance are saponins, soap-like molecules that coat the exterior of quinoa. They can lead to digestive problems and even “leaky gut”. Another is prolamins that can extend gluten reactions even when gluten is not taken in. The third substance is phytic acid which actively binds to important minerals and makes them unavailable to the body. When quinoa is soaked 12 hours prior to cooking a great deal of the saponins are removed as well as 60% to 70% of the physic acid.  If the quinoa is fermented with whey for 18 hours even more of the phytic acid is removed.

Thermos Quinoa Kitchari Thermos quinoa kitchari is a very healthy, fast… easy… portable meal anywhere.

This is a meal you can live on… balanced with protein, carbs and fat… filled with nutrition, delicious and easy and fast to prepare.

Here is the recipe for Thermos Quinoa Kitchari.

1/3 cup organic quinoa (dry or fermented)

2/3 cup Mung Beans (or Yellow Split) or Green Split Peas.

Handful of Vegetables of your choice. 3 cups (approx.)

Water

A bit of Salt

1 tsp. Coconut Oil, Ghee or Olive Oil.

1 tsp. Cumin Powder

1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder

1/2 tsp. Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp. Fennel Powder

1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing) if this suits you.

If dry soak the quinoa in water overnight. Then pour out the water in the morning. Stir the dry quinoa, split peas (or mung beans), vegetables and spices with the water and bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Bring back to a boil and pour into a thermos.

Add the coconut oil on top.

Close the thermos.

Leave at least two hours.  Enjoy your walk. Open and eat!  Delicious. I personally like spinach or greens and celery as vegetables… ideally organic and ideally washed with Purely Green.

I cut them into smallish pieces so they’ll fit in the thermos. I also use organic spices… normally Frontier Brand purchased at the health food store.

Benefits of Omega 3

Omega 3 is important for longevity and good natural health.

Research has shown that high Omega-3 Index values are related to slow rates of “cellular aging.”

“No nutrient is more important for decreasing cardiovascular death – and more lacking – than omega-3.”  Bernadine Healy, MD  Cardiologist and Past President of American Heart Association  – Past Director of the NIH – Past Director of the Red Cross.

She concludes:   “Before long, your personal Omega-3 Index just could be the new cholesterol – the number you want to brag about.  Omega-3 content in red blood cells is a strong predictor cardiovascular disease.”

Low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with higher rates of:

* Heart Disease, including:

* Sudden Cardiac Death (Primary Cardiac Arrest)

* Mortality from Congestive Heart Failure

* Mortality after Heart Attack

* 2nd Heart Attack

* 1st Heart Attack in those with High Triglycerides/Low HDL 2nd Stroke Cellular Aging

*  Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, Inflammation ,Chronic Joint Swelling, Headaches, Prostate cancer.

In the USA and European Union, the average Omega-3 Index is 4-5%.

In Japan, the average diet is high in Omega-3 and the average Omega-3 Index is 9.5%.

In the USA, sudden cardiac death rates are about 20 times HIGHER than they are in Japan.

The importance of measuring your Omega-3 Index:

Omega Chart

In one study, the Omega-3 index was measured in 704 individuals, some were taking fish oil supplementation and some were not. Only 1% of the group not taking fish oil had an Omega-3 Index  of 8%.

However, in the group that was taking fish oil, only 17% had an Omega-3 Index above 8%.

83% of people in the study taking fish oil were NOT getting to goal!!!

Common fish oils don’t always supplement enough Omega 3.

Overall health can improve with a healthy omega index.  Heart disease is one area where omega-3s are known to benefit.  But there is also the fact that a healthy omega score slows down telomere reduction and cellular aging, limits cognitive decline and helps hold off Alzheimer’s and reduces overall inflammation levels in the body (thereby improving joint pain).

Inflammation is considered a major factor in all the diseases of aging and Omega 3 is involved in the process of reducing CRP (C-Reactive Protein) a major inflammation marker.  Omega 3 can help increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower readings of both triglycerides and PSA scores.

I use Athlete’s Best Omega 3 Supplement because it includes vitamin D, the anti oxidant astaxanthin  and a proprietary anti oxidant blend along with the krill oil and calamarine oil.

You can go on the Athlete’s Best website and pick up more information on the product.  A link is below.

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Micro Agri Story


See how your life can be better by turning  your passion into profit with a multi dimensional business: a  micro agri business.

When we are in North Carolina, we drive off  the farm early every Saturday morning and visit the West Jefferson Farmers’ Market.  A growing number of friends are becoming small time farmers that enjoy great margins selling organic, hand produced food.

In the past few years, the West Jefferson Farmers Market has grown from a tiny spot off the street to a really busy place.

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business-opportunity

One of our neighbors Ann Rose of Rose Mountain Farm went totally off the grid and not only grows naturally and organically but plows with a mule! Ann puts it, “My plowing machine creates gas and fertilizer instead of using it!”

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This is a huge growing arena… better…more nutritious less refined food, where you know the grower, requires less to make you full.  Plus it’s sold locally…taking less energy to get the food from the field to your mouth.

That’s the vision. Folks making a living being closer, friendlier…more efficient as we can be healthier…eating less of better while  we reduce the world’s need for food.

More supply…of a better product…and less demand. That’s vision and that’s food for thought and opportunity.

Ann Rose Site

Ann was recently featured  in the cover story of the Heifer International Magazine WorldArk .

She has also opened a micro agri business where you can obtain organic veggies and meat through the post.

Ann lives near us, off the grid in her hand-built cabin.  She worked for years as a nurse, but after her three daughters grew up and had their own lives, she left stress of hospital work and moved off the grid to create her organic farm.

She learned how to garden and how to raise and process hogs.

The Heifer.org article explains Ann’s passion.

“In her work at the hospital she often saw people in their 80s and 90s coming in to the emergency room for the first time, passing their hours stuck in a hospital bed fretting about how they needed to be home hoeing their gardens or tending their animals. Rose was convinced their active lifestyles and homegrown diets had kept them healthy for many decades.

And so she made her plan: “Instead of fixing people after they’re all broken up, let’s start with feeding them well.”

Rose  purchased a steep mountainside not too far from our farm and moved into a 300-square-foot shed with no electricity and no hot water. This was very similar to what Merri and I did when we moved into a small shed high in the Ecuador Andes.

She expanded this shed into a 650-square-foot  house with a wood-burning stove in the kitchen, a loft for her bed and tall windows to catch the sun and a rooftop water collection system. She grows all of her own food except a bit of organic coffee and organic cornmeal. She eats fresh eggs from her chickens, fresh milk from her cow, pork from her pasture-raised hogs, organic produce from her garden and apples from her trees.

Rose’s farm produces enough food that she has meat and produce to sell and has opened Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe in Lansing, our nearest town (which has a couple hundred friendly people).

Ann Rose site

Ann’s window front in Lansing.

Rose sells products from her farm and from other local growers and has created a way for our readers to enjoy healthy food without coming to the Blue Ridge (though we do hope you’ll visit us at a seminar here).

You can see more about Ann’s shop and how to create a healthy food program at her website: www.rosemountainbutchershoppe.com

(1) Heifer International article on Ann Rose

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How to Create Your Own Website Income

Learn how to earn online.  Our webinar on building your own website from scratch is available online.

Register here.

My webmaster, David Cross ran this webinar.

Why Trust My Webmaster?

David CrossDavid Cross’ background is in marketing (27 years and counting) and sales, but he’s also run a software development company and a web hosting company. David sees technology as a tool to help you, not something that should hold you back.

Over the years he’s built hundreds of websites, and managed countless projects from simple, small websites right up to multi-million dollar websites that continue to bring in millions of dollars in sales every year.

Nowadays, David seldom does “small” websites because it is just not economical for him, and as a small business owner or individual, you probably have not set aside a few thousand dollars or more to develop a website.

However… you still need a website that is going to give you the basis for good results.

This problem faces many small businesses, and is what gave David the idea…

“Well Begun is Half Done”

…an idea to create a special webinar where you do the actual “work” of creating the site, but with David guiding you.  This means you get the best start from his expertise, and the cost to you drops dramatically.

The webinar is being recorded too, so if you miss it… no worries (only a handful of people who registered for David’s recent SEO webinar attended the live event, but still benefitted fully from the recording).

On with the show…

The purpose of this 90-120 minute webinar is to guide you through everything you need to build your own website for your hobby, blog, business or… charity, school, project… fill-in the blanks!

You will learn all you need to build your website like adding words and photographs, and a way for your customers or prospects to contact you.

Plus, David will also share some things you probably don’t need when setting up your website… some of which might surprise you.

How Much Will This Cost?

The cost of this webinar/training $79. For that you’ll know how to create and update your own SEO-friendly website. All you need is the time to actually do what David outlines. And remember that if you are setting up a website for your intended-for-profit business, the cost of this seminar is probably tax-deductible.

And although I do not think you will need it… I am offering a money back guarantee. If for any reason you want a refund on the $79, just ask me and I’ll refund your money and you may keep the materials in the hope that they are of use to you in future.

After following this webinar, you could probably set up a small website of a few pages in a couple of hours. A bigger site would take a bit longer but it’s really up to you how big you want to create. It is entirely possible to create a multi-thousand page website using only the ideas we share in this webinar. You can create your site in stages and you can do a little whenever you have time… 5 minutes here and there, or a few hours at a time… however you prefer to work.

How We’ll Build Your Website

Together with David, using a system called WordPress – an easy-to-use website creation and content management system. It’s now powering over 1% of all sites on the Internet, and David has used it for hundreds of websites over the years. David uses it, I use it for my website…likely you’ve visited a WordPress website today. It will more than adequately power most anything you can throw at it… in fact, if it won’t… you need much more than this webinar could ever provide and $79 is not a realistic expectation for what you’ll need to spend!

The Technical Stuff…

The webinar assumes that you can use a computer connected to the Internet. You can already do that as you signed-up for updates about this webinar. That’s about as technical as it gets. However, normally you’d need to also set up the web hosting and WordPress itself along with the recommended additions to WordPress (“plugins”) that David recommends, to get the most out of the webinar.

David can provide a list of all you will need, the plugins, etc. and you can do that yourself, and set it all up for yourself if you wish. But if you want David to set everything up for you, and avoid all the technical stuff and configuration, we’ve worked out a way that I can do this at no additional cost to you and provide full details once you sign up.

What Next?

I think I’ve covered everything here and made it easy for you to sign-up, easy for you to get started, and easy for you to back-out after the event if you wanted.

If you have any questions please let David know.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Gary

PS: The links, again:

 

Pining for Good Health with Pineapple


Many of us pine for good health and pineapple can help.  Pineapple is a great healthy food.

However in the healthiness of pineapple there is confusion.

Pineapple

When is pineapple a health food… and not?

Blaine Watson our friend and Vedic Astrologer  send this tip from an Indian healer who we know is very experienced. He wrote:  Vaidya prescribes a few pieces of fresh, ripe organic papaya or pineapple after the lunch time meal. This is why pineapple is so good for you.

However we studied and worked with Ecuador shamans for years.

Eating the correct combinations of food for ideal digestion.

Andean nutritional ideals focus on combining foods in a way that avoid fermentation in the digestive system. Foods and spices are divided into three types: neutral, savory and sweet. Neutral can be mixed with savory or sweet, but no savory and sweet foods are mixed. The main neutral foods are grains, cereals, nuts and seeds. Meat and most vegetables are savory. Fruits are sweet. Cereals are ground and soaked to improve their digestibility. Sweet spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, mint. Savory spices include salt, pepper, chiles, oregano, corriander, bay leaf, cumin, saffron, fennel.  No two fats are mixed nor are fruit types.  This discipline says that there are three foods that should never be mixed with any other food… the rule for these three is “eat it alone or leave it alone”.

Those three eat alone foods are… watermelon… bananas and pineapple.

There you have it… two nutritional plans… both work really well… yet one says eat pineapple after each noon day meal. The other says never eat pineapple on a full stomach.

I understand the philosophy beneath each of these recommendations but often differences in advice like this create analysis paralysis!   Good nutrition needs to account for your body type… your current physical imbalances… your environmental surroundings… the availability of food and your schedule, routine and lifestyle. All these factors should be considered when you think nutrition.

Each discipline, Vedic and Andean, are good.  The question is when.   This is why it is good to know healers from many disciplines and look for the underlying connections in their advice… or stick with one adviser.    Just make sure the one is good!

Merri and I make the effort to know Vedic healers, Shamans, Chiropractors, Kinesiologists, massage therapists and MDs… who look at good health in different ways.  We listen to them… try what sounds right for us and observe how we feel.

For example, Candace Newman, our friend of several decades,  regularly inspires our thoughts of good health each time we meet.   Many readers now use her essential oil formulas (as Merri and I do)

Candace and her husband John recently visited us.  Shortly after Merri and I strolled through Mount Dora and I was so impressed with the signs at a shop in the town center, that fit Candace’s thinking on natural health.

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Sign at Painter’s Daughter, a shop in Mount Dora, Florida.

The shop is called the Painter’s Daughter, but it is the sign on this door that captured my attention.

Painters bench

This is such a healthy thought and came on the heels of a note that Candace sent to us last week.

She wrote: “The Touch With Oils® work I started in the early 1990’s has always been to me…  the kind of “work” Kahil Gibran described as the true meaning of “work” … Love in Action … and Love made Visible.”

She calls her Touch With Oils® … a language of no words.

Gary

Rosy Longevity Tip

Here is a really rosy longevity tip that can help eliminate a dangerous health risk and enhance longevity… using roses… and a bit more.

sacred valley

Merri and I lived and worked with numerous Andean healers and ayurvedic physicians for many years.  This photo was taken as Merri and I hiked into a sacred valley for purification in a grotto where healing waters flow golden from the hidden rock face.

We have taken hundreds there for cleansing ceremonies in…

ecuador purification

these waters and this is the healing tool kit the shaman brings.  The kit consists of flowers and…

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a blend of essential floral oils called “Agua Flores”.  The healers know the healing power of essential oils.

One of the most important lessons gained from these healers is that the first rule of good purification is “avoid getting impurities in your body in the first place“!

Merri and I take care in what we eat, drink and especially breathe and put on our skin.  The fastest way for any element good or bad to get into the blood stream is via the lungs and the skin.

This is why I smile at our seminars… when delegates ask about my great cologne… telling me how much they like it, even though…  I have not used cologne for something like 40 years.

The delegates are picking up the aroma of essential oils I use every day.  I use these oils for two important purification reasons.

First, essential oils help balance the system and eliminate impurities.

Second, essential oils eliminate daily applications of numerous toxins that most Westerners  are bombarded with.

Since it is difficult for most of us to avoid numerous daily poisons, this message looks at a longevity alternative and begins by showing  how and why, FDA regulations can actually make it harder for us to understand what should go on our skin and what should not.

This problem of trust in the government is growing in more sectors than just American health care, but the reality has expanded that health protection provided by the government is not always in the public’s best interest…. but protects big business instead.

Good health care is only available to an increasingly smaller portion of top earners and often really dangerous practices are condoned by health authorities or at the least ignored.

To overcome this problem Merri and I take many steps to improve how we feel each day and hopefully enhance our activity and longevity.

One regular practice on our part is to use essential oils instead of deodorants.

There is a disturbing article about the FDA and deodorants at impact.com entitled “Deodorants, Antiperspirants and Your Health.”   This article says:  The goal of this article is to provide an overview of the health risks that come with the regular use of most deodorants and all antiperspirants.

If you use deodorants or antiperspirants I recommend you read the entire article (linked below).  Here are few key points from it:  Sweat has no odor, the familiar unpleasant odor is caused by bacteria that live on our skin and hair. These bacteria metabolize the proteins and fatty acids from our apocrine sweat, causing body odor.

Deodorants deal with the smell by neutralizing it and by killing the bacteria that metabolize the proteins and fatty acids.

Antiperspirants on the other hand, try to prevent sweating by blocking the pores using aluminum. Without sweat, the bacteria cannot metabolize proteins and fatty acids that cause body odor.

Antiperspirants – The Over-The-Counter Drug

It might be a surprise to learn that the antiperspirant you use daily is in fact an over-the-counter (OTC) drug.  As mentioned, Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with aluminum salts in order to prevent the release of sweat, effectively changing the function of the body. Antiperspirants are considered to be drugs because they affect the physiology of the body.
Because antiperspirants are drugs, they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Consequently, every antiperspirant sold in the US has a Drug Identification Number (DIN), which you can find on the label.  A document called ‘monograph’ states requirements for categories of nonprescription drugs such as antiperspirants.  It defines for example what ingredients may be used and for what intended use.  If the standards of the OTC monograph are met, premarket approval of a potentially new OTC product is not necessary.

Antiperspirants contain many ingredients. However, part II and III of this series will focus on the active ingredient for antiperspirants: Aluminum. Most antiperspirants also contain paraben, an ingredient that is also used in deodorants.

Deodorants

As mentioned, deodorants deal with body odor by neutralizing the smell and by killing the bacteria that metabolize the proteins and fatty acids that occur in sweat.

In the last decade one particular ingredient in deodorants has become controversial: Paraben, a widely used preservative. Part IV will focus on paraben and its health effects.

Deodorants and Antiperspirants are Considered to be Safe

Both antiperspirants and deodorants are considered to be safe by the FDA, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the Mayo Clinic.

However, as you will learn in this series, FDA regulation does not mean that a drug is without danger. Like prescription drugs, the FDA oversees OTC drugs to ensure that they are properly labeled and that their benefits outweigh their risks.

There are many products or ingredients of products that have become controversial in regards to health effects. However, this does not mean that products will be taken off the market until deemed safe. Often, the FDA does not consider the evidence of danger to consumer’s health strong enough to take action.

The FDA will be the main subject of a future article, but if you want to research some of the bad decisions the FDA has made in the past, then Google some examples of product that only got pulled off the shelves when it became too obvious that people were dying due to heart attacks caused by these medications: ‘Vioxx’, ‘Celebrex’ and ‘Bextra’. The conclusion of this debacle according to leading cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol:

Neither of the two major forces in this 5-and-a-half-year affair — neither Merck nor the FDA — fulfilled its responsibilities to the public.

This is also why I have not used deodorants or cologne for decades and use essential oils instead!

Here is another reason.

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This chart show shows how many secret chemicals are in various perfumes and colognes. This come from a safecosmetics.org article linked below. This articles tells about secret ingredients in colognes and perfumes that you may not want touching your skin.

Another health warning comes from Mercola.com.  Here is an excerpt from that site:
99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)

Recent research found higher concentrations of parabens in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied, suggesting they may contribute to the development of breast cancer. One or more paraben esters were detected in 99 percent of the tissue samples collected from mastectomies. In 60 percent of the samples, all five paraben esters were present.

Overall, topical application of personal care products containing parabens appear to be the greatest source of exposure to these estrogen-mimicking chemicals, far surpassing the risk of the aluminum in antiperspirants.

Aluminum chloride—the active ingredient in antiperspirants—has been found to act similarly to the way oncogenes work to provide molecular transformations in cancer cells. Like parabens, aluminum salts also mimic estrogen, and bioaccumulate in breast tissue, which can raise your breast cancer risk.

Despite the fact that parabens are used in such a wide variety of products, their safety is primarily based on a rat study from 1956, as modern toxicology studies are lacking, and not a single study on the chemicals’ carcinogenity follow acceptable regulatory standard carcinogenity study protocols, according to a recent review.

New research examining parabens found in cancerous human breast tissue points the finger at antiperspirants and other cosmetics for increasing your risk of breast cancer.

The research, which is also reviewed in an editorial published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, looked at where breast tumors were appearing, and determined that higher concentrations of parabens were found in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually appliedii.

Parabens are chemicals that serve as preservatives in antiperspirants and many cosmetics, as well as sun lotions. Previous studies have shown that all parabens have estrogenic activity in human breast cancer cells.

Another component of antiperspirants, aluminum chloride, has been found to act similarly to the way oncogenes work to provide molecular transformations in cancer cells. According to the authors of the editorial review, the research shows “signals of concern that such compounds are not as safe as previously generally considered, and further research is warranted.” Furthermore:

“The data from this latest study, the most extensive examination of parabens in human breast so far published, confirms previous work and raises a number of questions on the entire parabens, personal care product and human health debate, particularly relating to the source and toxicological significance of the paraben esters.”

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Photo from Mercola.com article.

One reason I use essential oils almost every day is to avoid parabens.

I have been mixing up my own pure essential oil formula of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Geranium, Patchouli, and Rose Otto as a face cream after shaving.  I mix a drop with Lily of the Desert 99% organic Aloe Vera Gel which has no parabens.

I use… you’ll see why below… the same formula under my arms.

Now a new premixed formula of the same oils is available and I am using this. So can you.

Here is why you may want to.

Many Deodorants Contain Endocrine Disruptors

Another website lymphomainfo.net  has an article entitled “Just Say “No” to Endocrine Disruptors” Here is an excerpt:   The list is extensive and growing – bisphenol A, phthalates, parabens, PBDE’s (flame retardants), PCB’s, dioxins, atrazine, heptachlor, arsenic, mercury, lead among them. Referred to as “endocrine disruptors“(ED’s), a term describing their documented ability to mimic natural hormones and disrupt normal endocrine system functioning, this term certainly understates the myriad of ways in which these synthetic chemicals compromise our health.

Many of these compounds are lipophilic (stored in fat cells). Because women naturally have more fat cells than men, our bodies store more of these cancer-promoting chemicals than do men’s bodies. These chemicals can then be transferred across the placenta to a growing fetus.

This article (linked below) provides a list of individual steps you can take to reduce your and your family’s exposure to and bodily absorption of ED’s.

One of the steps is: Avoid products with added “fragrance” both in your home and on your body. A truly clean (and safe) home is a home without artificial scents. As a non-ED alternative to scented deodorants, try using a deodorant salt (the only safe deodorant during chemotherapy), complemented with a dab of your favorite essential oil just under your arms.

Lymph nodes are the most important part of the immune system and though they are spread throughout the body, there is concentration. Mostly they are concentrated in the neck, under the arms, and in the groins.

So I do not put chemicals  (Deodorants or Antiperspirants) under my arms in this important and sensitive lymph area… ever.

“These parts of the body are so important to health that my friend Jay Glaser M.D. even suggests avoiding regular soap for cleaning these areas. In his book “Body Renewal – The Lost Art of Self Repair” Jay writes: Use gentle glycerin soap only in the groin and underarms. Otherwise use mung bean flour, barley flour or chickpea flour instead of soap, available in Indian groceries (mung bean flour is usually best, but you can try them all). Keep your flour in a dry container near the shower, moisten it in your fingertips and gently apply it to the areas to be cleansed.”

Jay, by the way is one of the best healers I know… an MD and ayurvedic physician who spent years learning ayurved in India.  When Merri and I first began improving our health through Panchakarma.

Jay was the medical director along with John Douillard and Deepak Chopra at the health center.  Over the next seven years we developed a friendship and when we were invited to hike into the Llangantis deep in the Ecuador’s Oriente to learn more about the shamanic life…  Jay and his wife Danielle were the first we asked to join us.  Sanskrit is the root of Quichua the language of the Andes and Jay’s knowledge of Sanskrit and ayurvedic healing were invaluable in helping us see connections between Indian and Andean healing.

Jay’s book “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Repair” is a must read.  You can order it on Amazon.com.

Here Merri and I with Jay overlooking the LLanganatis.

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Hence everyone wanting to know about my (non existent) cologne.

Jay’s advice makes sense.  A medicalnewstoday.com article recently showed how there may even be a link between deodorants and breast cancer. The article begins:  A new study led by the University of Reading in the UK that examined breast tissue samples from 40 women who underwent mastectomies for breast cancer,  found they contained widespread traces of parabens, preservatives commonly used in deodorants, make-up, body lotions, moisturisers and many other cosmetic products. Although the study does not prove that parabens cause or even contribute to the development of breast cancer, it raises questions about their use.

Parabens are just one of the chemicals of concern in deodorants.  According to the Dr. Milker website’s list of toxins, the following can be found in Antiperspirants and deodorants:

* Aluminum: Central nervous system damage and linked to Alzheimers. Found in antiperspirant deodorants.

* Coumarin: Formerly the active ingredient in rat poison. A carcinogenic ingredient used in the manufacturing of deodorants.

* Formaldehyde: Suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin, it may be fatal if swallowed, absorbed through skin, inhaled or swallowed.

* Fragrances (Synthetic): Some perfumes / fragrances contain hundreds of chemicals. Some, such as methylene chloride are carcinogenic. Some cause brain damage or are neurotoxins. Avoid unless you can be sure they are not carcinogenic.

* Phthalates: Proven damage to liver, lungs, kidneys and reproductive system, especially forming testes.

* Propylene Glycol: Kidney damage, liver abnormalities, inhibits skin cell growth, damages cell membranes causing rashes, surface damage and dry skin.

* Propylparaben: Potential breast cancer risk and endocrine disruptor raising concern for impaired fertility or development, and increased risk for certain cancers, itching burning and blistering of skin, gastrointestinal or liver toxicity hazard.

This is why I use essential oils under my arms to eliminate poison instead of adding toxins.

For many years, with the advice of our friend Candace Newman, I have blended my own deodorant… getting the essential oils and organic jojoba oil from Candace and mixing them.

I am especially excited because Candace has now created her own secret blend of these oils that make a perfect replacement for deodorants and antiperspirants.  The blend is called Rejuvination Face Oil and contains Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Geranium and Rose Otto in an organic jojoba base.

I am using this now (instead of blending myself) and like it so much I decided to make it available to all my readers at a really special price… lower than I believe you can get a similar product anywhere.

This essential oil acts deodorant and more and helps improve rather than decrease natural health.

Let me begin by saying that essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA as cures for any specific illness.  This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease. Having said this I share a lot of data above that strongly implies that deodorants and antiperspirants may be dangerous.  Below is data that suggests that there are many natural health benefits in essential oils.

It makes sense to assume that putting essential oils under your arms is better for you then chemical laden deodorants and antiperspirants.

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Candace Newman with Merri and me studying herbs at an Ecuador market.

Candace learned about essential oils during the 1980s when failing health forced her to leave a lucrative position as Executive V.P. of a real estate company in Naples, Florida. Years of physical discomfort followed, caused by a cyst that eventually ruptured internally, nerve pain from spinal misalignment and incapacitating head and shoulder aches. The unbearable pain and stress caused sleepless nights and sapped her energy. After 15 doctors, numerous health retreats and two operations, Candace began the search for a way to get her life and spirit back.

When a therapist from England used essential oils on her, a light bulb went on that forever changed her life. The aromas gave instant relief and comfort to the emotional stress, anxiety and exhaustion, while the oils soothed the physical aches and pains. However, with her lifetime sensitivity to commercial perfumes and fragrances, Candace was curious as to why these aromas not only didn’t bother her, but also brought needed relief. This led to her worldwide studies with wonderful teachers from England, France, Germany, Canada and Purdue University.

Since 1993 Candace has been giving Aromatherapy massage treatments, developing formulas, writing, teaching and lecturing. During this time she has spoken at hundreds of events and on radio and TV, at conventions, retreats, lectures and classes for the general public. As a volunteer at Hospice, she taught more than 200 nurses, staff, caregivers and volunteers.

This new blend is Candace’s Rejuvenation Face Oil made from rare essential oils and 100% Organic Golden Jojoba.

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This  oil is really exquisite and has become Candace’s signature formula and top seller by far even though she just launched it several weeks ago.

It’s great for the skin, and people report the aroma is a great anxiety reliever. When the formula is used at night, it also promotes sweet sleep.

This oil also has excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The formula includes Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Geranium and Rose Otto… so the aroma is perfect as my deodorant but also provides many other benefits including:

* Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
* Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
* Calming of the nerves
* Lubrication of the joints
* Increased mental alertness
* Improved elimination of impurities from the body
* Softer, smoother skin
* Increased levels of stamina through the day
* Better, deeper sleep at night

The University of Minnesota website www.takingcharge.edu explores healing practices with essential oils.

Here are a couple of excerpts from the site (bolds are mine and a link to the entire site is at the end of this message):

How do I use essential oils?

Essential oils enter the body primarily in three ways—applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. Within each of these, there are many different kinds of application methods. For example, you can apply essential oils topically using compresses, sprays, baths, or massaging them into the skin.

Factors That Increase Skin Absorption

Different factors can affect the absorption of essential oils through the skin. If you massage the area first, it will increase circulation to that area, thereby causing an increase in absorption of essential oils. Heat will likewise increase circulation and thus enhance absorption.

Some researchers report that essential oils may be more readily absorbed from skin locations with greater concentrations of sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the genitals, head, soles, palms, and armpits (Battaglia, 2003).

Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)

During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”

The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998). This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions. Knowing this, we can hypothesize how inhalation of essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Helen Keller

Are Essential Oils Safe?

Most essential oils are safe and free of adverse side effects when used properly. However, as with any substance you are introducing into your body, it is important to use them intelligently. We recommend that you never eat or drink essential oils.
Can essential oils be toxic?

Toxicity rarely occurs with appropriate use of essential oils and is primarily attributed to misuse and accidental ingestion, especially in young children. Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand and Balacs, 1995, is a valuable reference to understanding potential toxicity and lethal dosages. Again, we recommend that you never eat or drink essential oils.

The Nature of Plants and Tiny Molecules

Essential oil chemistry is made up of very tiny molecules.  These molecules are much smaller than the molecules found in fatty oils.

The tiny size is the key that unlocks good health because they easily penetrate cell walls, even the blood-brain barrier.   This allows the essential oil molecules to reach parts of the body like nothing else in a really fast and positive way.

These tiny molecules work through the skin and reach most parts of the body almost instantly.

This allows essential oils to permeate your body with the plant’s healing energy.

Plant’s Healing Energy

Plants have an intelligence that allows them to grow and survive.  Essential oils are a concentration of this knowledge.

Plants have to beat back mold and fungi and overcome bacteria and viruses. That concentrated ability is carried into our bodies through essential oils.

Essential oils enhance the power of human immune systems just as they do for plants and make essential oils effective health promoters.

Essential oils help defeat molds, fungi, viruses and bacteria as they support the endocrine, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems.

Essential Antioxidants

Essential oils are also among the world’s most powerful antioxidants.

Remember essential oils are a concentrated form of a plant’s intelligence.  If eating a plant (such as a rose) creates great anti oxidant activity… then using the essential oil concentrates this healthy action.

In other words essentials oils are super scrubbers of free radicals. This is important because anti oxidation is known to slow the aging process and reduce the risks of cancer.

ORAC Value

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When a rose is more than a rose… a powerful anti oxidant scrubber.

ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity”.   This is a scientific measurement that measures the antioxidant capacity of a food item and or oil.  USDA researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, developed this laboratory test to measure the oxygen radical absorption capacity of different foods and natural substances.  This is known as the ORAC scale and is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring antioxidant capacity.

This scale helped the health care community learn about valuable antioxidant foods like Pomegranates that have an ORAC value 3,037 and Blueberries  with an ORAC of 2,400.

Fewer know about the anti oxidant ORAC scale of essential oils.

Rose essential oil for example has an ORAC value of 160,400!

This is more than 50 times the ORAC value of  pomegranates!

Other oils in Candace’s blend also have very high ORAC values such as :

Geranium     ORAC Value 101,000

Patchouli      ORAC Value  49,400

Here are the concentrated properties of each essential oil in Candace’s rejuvenation Rose Oil Blend.

Rose Otto essential oil:  Rose Otto is an anti-infectious, natural anti-inflammatory, relaxant, antihemmorrhaging, antiulcer, scar reducing, and has aphrodisiac qualities.  Rose Otto is used for anxiety, hypertension, viral infections (herpes simples), bronchitis, skin conditions (eczema, scaring, wrinkles, restores moisture balance, all skin types, dry or inflamed skin), menstrual problems, digestive problems, liver congestion, and headaches.

Rose Otto also has the highest frequency (320 Hertz) of all the essential oils.   This means that rose oil penetrates and energizes every cell in the body.

Frankincense essential oil:  Frankincense is antiseptic, a disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary.

Sandalwood essential oil:  Sandalwood has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate the digestive tract, fight urinary infections and eases inflammation in the nervous and circulatory systems.

Patchouli essential oil: Patchouli is an anti depressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, sedative and tonic.

Geranium essential oil: Geranium is anti bacterial and anti microbial and does not let bacteria or microbes develop. It facilitates blood circulation just below the surface of skin and also helps make distribution of melanin uniform plus promotes cell health and also encourages recycling of dead cell and regeneration of new cells. This helps in the growth of the body cells as well as gametes.

Geranium has an uplifting aroma and helps the body’s systems and functions work properly by influencing endocrinal glands for regulating secretion of various hormones, enzymes, acids and bile etc. and toning up the respiratory system, digestive system, circulatory system, nervous system and excretory system.

That’s quite a blend!  Your body will like it.  Others will like it on you as well.   Everyone comments on the aroma and it makes my clothes smell great!

An 1 ounce bottle of this retails for $45 which is a great price with the 100% organic jojoba base.

This may seem expensive compared to $8 or $9 for a 1.7-Ounce Stick of Men’s Gillette Clinical All Day Fresh Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant or $28 for 3 ounces of  women’s DERMAdoctor Total NonScents Brightening Antiperspirant.

The higher price of natural products versus chemical is understandable.  An ounce of good quality Rose Otto essential oil requires 60,000 roses and costs around $400.

On the other hand the health benefits of this blend make it a bargain.  According to answers.yahoo, the treatment cost for stage 3 non-hodgkin’s lymphoma can easily exceed $300,000 so cutting off  potential health problems at the pass makes sense.

You Actually Can Save.

Since you can also throw away expensive colognes, perfumes and face cremes as well as deodorants you save money as you gain a chance for better health.

Only one or two drops are required so a bottle of Candace Newman’s Rejuvenation Face Oil  goes a long ways. One bottle lasts for a couple of months for me.  If you use it for the face as well… obviously it will go faster.

You can order a bottle of  Rejuvenation Face Oil for $45 from Candace here.

Gary

Read more about Deodorants, Antiperspirants and Your Health

Details about cost of Lymphoma treatment

Lymphomainfo.net article  Just Say “No” to Endocrine Disruptors

The Dr. Miller list of toxins

Medicalnewstoday.com study on deodorant and breast cancer link

University of Minnesota website on essential oils

Dr. Mercola article 99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)

Not So Sexy safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=644

 

Ecuador Charity


See a link about Ecuador charity, giving and an Ecuador Living excerpt below.

Our Ecuador charity does not just give.   Just giving builds dependence which is not our goal. Our aim is to help the great people of Ecuador help themselves.

This is why our Ecuador charity, Land of the Sun Foundation  has had its greatest focus in the past few years on helping the hotel Meson de las Flores learn how to stand on its own.  We have helped the Meson staff take Meson from a crumbling empty shell and transform it into renewed facility and profitable operation.  All profits go back to improving the hotel or to the Ecuador Land of the Sun charity that aims to help expand business in Ecuador.  Merri and I do not make a penny from the hotel….our pay check  goes to the heart instead of  the pocketbook

For Meson’s success, we thank all of you who have visited us here.

The staff at Meson de las Flores asked me to send all of you their best wishes for UN MUY FELIZ ANO.  Here is Meson’s staff.

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From left to right Meson’s staff.  Ecuardo – maître d,  Alberto – sous-chef, Consuelo – hostess, Ray – global liasion, Rosita Elena – maid, Mauricio, – night assistant and tour guide, Santiago – chef,  Franklin – manager.  Not present Rosita De la Torres – maid.

The staff of Meson de las Flores are to be congratulated. They are remarkable people who have been willing to work hard for and to deserve their success.  Here is the type of comment I continually receive about service at Meson de las Flores.

Dear Gary and Merri,  From Mesón de las Flores I am sending you my very best wishes for this coming year!!!  I am at your hotel since Monday afternoon together with two good friends and we have really enjoyed the place, the warmth of your staff and the natural food.  I have particularly enjoyed the chance to relax, to do some sightseeing in Cotacachi and Otavalo.  2008 was a very busy year for me, but also a very blessed time for which I am very grateful to God.  I thank Him for the opportunity of having met during this year people like you who has a passion  for what they do and their work benefit many  people´s live. Have a wonderful 2009!!

The warmth of the staff at Meson is a continual refrain I read like this:

Hi Gary and Merri!  I  miss Ecuador so much!  It is amazing to me that, after only 90 days there I feel such a strong connection and love for Cotacachi and all the local people and the others I met there.  I am counting the days until my return.  You promised me that I would be pampered — and El Mason and the people
there really took care of me.  I think it is good to leave Ecuador and experience “home” — it really confirms that Ecuador is a beautiful place and the people there are so warm and welcoming.  Best thing I ever did!  Can’t wait to return!  Blessings to you both,

Having Ray as our global liasion at the hotel has been a hug addition that really helps guests.  We receive continual raves about Ray:

I LOVED the market in Otavalo and came home with another extra-large Ecuadorian bag loaded with rugs and wall-hangings. A very tempting place that I visited 4-times just to give you an indication of how much FUN I had there.
We’ll have to see how our retail season goes and if I can break away for a couple of weeks, I’ll travel back to Ecuador for two weeks in April.  Ray is a splendid character and makes one feel that “our casa is your casa” during your stay. He has that manner that invites and excites and I feel he is a huge plus to your organization. Everyone really likes Ray and I miss him already and his lighthearted banter and genuine care.

Next trip I’ll bring lots of ones and fives. Even twenties were a drag. Imagine! At home a $100.00 bill goes direct to pay one bill alone or one “small” grocery shopping without blinking an eye.

This guest is not alone in praising Ray. Meson has also become a  central meetng place for the gringo community in Cotacachi. Ray organized a Christmas party and this Cotacachi resident who emigrated from Michigan wrote:

Hi, Gary and Merri.  Just a quick note to say thank you for the great Christmas Party for Gringos at El Meson!  It was a lot of fun and we were amazed at how few of the people we actually had met.  Of course we solved that by making sure we met everyone there and invited them to visit us when out our way.  We wish you a very blessed Christmas and a fabulous 2009!  Looking forward to seeing you soon, Love.

Ray seems to help guests in so many ways:

Hi Merri  Returned from Cotacachi last Thurs after a great trip.  The woman that traveled with me wants to return this summer – she could not believe how nice the area is and the friendliness of the people.  I saw my apartment and am very happy with the bed and bedding that you added.  Thank you.  Ray Manna is a super nice person and very friendly and accomodating with the guests – a real plus.  Brought over 200lbs of clothing, school supplies, medical supplies and gifts for the children and nursing home.  Everything was donated – a very warm experience and shared joy.  I wish you and Gary a Merry Christmas – hope to see you in Ecuador in the Spring.  Hugs and love

From shopping to checking out and arranging tours. Another guest wrote:

Hi Merri, We are back from Ecuador and in a serious cold spell in Alberta. It is minus 30 C this morning but is beautifully sunny. We have a little snow so at least it feels like Christmas.  I just wanted to say thanks for your guidance in planning our trip. I also wanted to let you know what a terrific job Ray did despite the fact that he was a sick as a dog. His upbeat positive attitude and willingness to help was second to none. He is a real asset to your organization.  We enjoyed our stay at El Meson and found Cotacachi and the surrounding area to be both beautiful and peaceful.  We are already planning our next trip to Ecuador and are dreaming about its warmer days. Best wishes for the holiday season.

Ray and the staff make everyone feel like part of our family…and you are…when you stay with us at Mesons, as this guest noted.

I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how much myself and all of our “extended family” enjoyed the course that you, Gary, and all of your competent staff put on earlier this month.  I am really just getting my feet back on the ground and I think that we are finally there.  Gary was awesome as we expected and gave me as really a beginning investor many insights and new ideas to think about.  I am speaking for myself and several others.  You showed me that you are an expert planner and really went  out of your way to accommodate  us especially when we had people coming in at different times.   Last and not least was Ray who also handled so much on the fly and did it well.    Ray really helped with the leaving process.  We really enjoyed your hotel and the hospitality.  It was  memorable. Thanks so much and we hope to keep in touch and continue with Gary’s newsletters! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Ray helps in Cotacachi and elsewhere as this guest noted:

Merri, We have arrived at Palmazul and it is very nice.  I would like to tell you that Tina and I had a wonderful time at Cotacachi.  The staff and service at El Meson could not have been better.  I must tell you that Ray was an excellent host and was attentive to every detail of our stay.  All of the other guests love Ray. I will report back to you after our trip in Palmazul. Best wishes.

Guest also report feeling healthier and often lose weight..even though they eat more as this guest reported:

Hi Merri:  Back home after that long flight and am already ready to return to Cotacachi.  Gary’s e mail this morning about the essential oils and other things to reduce stress.  He left out the most important thing…..Going to Cotacachi, El Meson, meeting new friends, seeing old friends, and seeing all the wonderful smiles of your staff, and  the people of Ecuador.

When I go to Ecuador, after the first day, I take no medicine, eat healthy food, get lots of exercise, and just feel wonderful.  Since I have been home..ort on my travels home, I have had a who knows what hamburger, bag of fritos, diet cokes, processed cheese and other just total crap, and I bet I have gained back those four pounds I lost in Cotacachi…in just two days.

Guest really feel healthier and enjoy our philosophy of health at the hotel.

Dear Merri and Gary, How wonderful an experience we had with you…and how much respect we have for you both.   Thank you for the extraordinary services you are offering in these times to so many.   It is rare that we feel as aligned with people as we do with you on so many fronts at once – investments, political opinions, commitment to the indigenous, ‘being healthy,’ commitment to organics/biodynamics and a religion of being kind.   Wow.  With Appreciation.

A stay at Meson seems to be food for the body and the soul as this reader reports:

My Dearest Merri and Gary,  I cannot thank you both enough for your wonderful hospitality.  I just want you to know that everything I read about Ecuador from your news letters and emails was exactly the way you described it and better…………..

The day we were all returning to Quito to go our different ways at the end of the tour, I was overwhelmed with tears because you both had been so wonderful and I didn’t want it to end.  I was already missing you and the wonderful experience I had had during your Ecuador Tour Adventure……..You both are very special and I am honored to be a part of your Group.

I also want you to know that………

I fell in Love while I was there……………..I  fell  in  Love.

I fell in love with the Country, the People, the Mountains, the Sky’s, the Thousands of stars at night, the Flowers,the Rivers, the Ocean, the Villages, the Towns, The Taxi drivers who were so helpful and wanted to speak English and practiced on me……….The Ecuadorian people who seemed to have this overall feeling of Happiness and well being that was contagious where ever we went.  From the Bus driver who stood at the door of our bus and helped each and every member of our group, everyday, get in and out of the bus. He was always smiling and happy to help.  To the Indian women, who were washing the Family’s clothes on flat stones in the River.  They looked up from their work, as our bus passed by, waving to some of us staring in disbelief………….I waved back, with tears in my eyes. They smiled at me as if to say… all is well and you are welcome……

Everywhere we went I felt as though I was surrounded by smiling faces.  Just walking out of the Hotel in Cotacache, the Native Indians of the area were dressed in their Native costume, except it wasn’t a costume, it was their way of life……….Immaculate, clean clothes, beautifully embroidered blouses with wonderful long wool skirts, colorful sashes around their waists, carrying small children wrapped in beautiful fabric on their backs.  I was in awe………. I was feeling as though I was in a time machine that was set for the mid 1850’s.  I had indeed traveled back in time and landed in Ecuador…………….The air was clean, the water was fresh, the food was healthy and delicious…………..I kept thinking, Where am I?  Is it possible?  Am I dreaming?  Is it real?

After being there for a couple of days, and easing into the relaxed, tranquil, lifestyle.  I began to notice the little nuisances of the Indigenous people I was surrounded by.

Every morning, wherever I went, I was always greeted with Buenos Dias ( good morning).  It was so peasant and  so comfortable so nice.  I  forgot about where I had come from, and my only concern was finding out everything I could about this beautiful Gentle Country of Beautiful gentle people.

Everyday was a unique Visual Experience for me.
I remember waking up to the Church bell ringing at 6am and looking out the window and seeing the mothers walking their children to the school.  All cleaned up with fresh clothes, their native costumes, and smiles.  Walking along the  hand made stone sidewalks, skirts swaying as they walked, lightly brushing the sidewalk as they made their way to the school.  Just watching them gave me a feeling of well being, and a knowing sense that all is well.   No plastic, no tensil, no cartoon characters acting like humans.  It was real,
real people, real feelings, real emotions experiencing their version of life on Planet Earth…

There were many times I was overwhelmed with emotions of humility and feelings of being honored and grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this unique Gift in those present moments.   A Gift that you, Gary and Marri, have made available to a select few. You and Ecuador have changed my life and my thinking.  Thank you, I am so grateful.

See more about Ecuador charity in an excerpt from Ecuador Living

We invite you to join us in Ecuador this year.

Gary

Our January courses are almost full but we have plenty space in February and beyond.

Join us at a course in Cotacachi or on Ecuador’s coast this winter.

Jan. 16-21 Ecuador Spanish Course

Jan. 22-23 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

See condos like this in Cotacachi for $46,500.

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Jan. 24-27 Coastal Real Estate Tour

See Manta condos like this one. Delegates are inspecting the 1,000+ square foot patio.

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The patio has this view.

Feb. 9-11 Beyond Logic-Shamanic Mingo

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

Here is our Ecuador tour schedule for the balance of 2009.

Date                    Course                      Couples Fee

May 21-26  Ecuador Spanish Course         ($999)
May 27-28  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)

June 12-15  Shamanic Mingo Tour             ($999)
June 16-17  Imbabura Real Estate Tour      ($749)
June 18-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour         ($749)

July 2-7       Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)
July 8-9       Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
July 10-13   Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Sept. 17-22  Ecuador Spanish Course        ($999)
Sept. 23-24  Imbabura Real Estate Tour     ($749)
Sept. 25-28  Coastal Real Estate Tour        ($749)

Oct. 21-26   Ecuador Import Export Expedition ($1,499)

Nov. 6-8       International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador ($999)
Nov. 9-10     Imbabura Real Estate Tour          ($749)
Nov. 11-14   Coastal Real Estate Tour            ($749)

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

Better still join us all year in Ecuador! See our entire schedule of 27 courses, tours, mingos and expeditions we’ll conduct in 2009 and how to attend them FREE.

The course fee includes meeting at Quito airport (day before the
course)…transportation (by group bus) to Cotacachi and back to Quito.
Course fee does not include air are. accommodations, food or individual transportation.

Multi Currency Bank Safety


Multi currency bank safety has become a big concern in these troubled times. Trust has been eradicated from the system which leaves investors wondering more about risk.

Today is my 62nd birthday and I would like to thank you for sharing the day with me.

I will do almost anything to learn ways to help you. Here’s proof of the pudding.

Ecuador-Healing-Springs

This may look like I slipped and fell in the mud.

Actually I was trying out a little known volcanic pool near our home on Ecuador’s Pacific coast. The clay is said to purify and heal. Here I am in that pool with the natives!

Ecuador-healing-mud

Imagine this. I can now collect Social Security. I will, but this decision has nothing to do with retirement. See why and how my decision can help your wealth at Multi Currency Diversification.

Merri’s and my health, energy and vitality are good. We love what we do. Why not keep on going especially in these fun filled, challenging times of incredible opportunity?  But to take advantage of the opportunity we have to be sure we are not wiped out in the current volatility.

So let’s look at bank safety and since we share so much about Ecuador at this site, let’s look at Ecuador’s banks first.

Then we let’s look at the five safest banking countries in the world.

No bank can have a better credit rating than the country it is in!  Instead of looking at banks, Ecuador as a nation has a B3 Moody’s rating, CCC Fitch rating and B- from Standard & Poor’s. These ratings are somewhere between “highly speculative” and “substantial risk.” No matter how you cut it…the credit agencies are all saying “do not leave a lot of money laying around in Ecuador”. We just finished a lesson on what all the credit ratings mean in our multi currency course.

This is probably not an issue for most multi currency investors because they cannot even have an Ecuador bank account. We continually research to get answers to questions from our Ecuador Living subscribers.

One subscriber recently asked if non residents can open Ecuadorian bank accounts. Here is a reply from our attorney.

“We’ve spoken to quite a few banks about the subject lately and they all
require that the foreigners be residents for them to open a bank account
(checking account). Some banks, however, will allow non residents in the
process of obtaining residency to open a savings account. I will check with
some other banks but this does seem to be a general policy among them.”

If you have questions about Ecuador subscribe to Ecuador Living. We do our best to answer them.

Merri and I do not have a bank account in Ecuador. This has nothing to do with residency or bank safety. Our basic asset protection banking philosophy, which I originally published in the 1970s in my first book “Passport to International Profit,” is even more valid today than it was over 30 years ago. This is:

Live in one country
Bank in a second country
Invest in many countries
Earn in two or more countries
Use a company incorporated in a fifth country
Take a second residence

Since Merri and I live the most in Ecuador and the US, we do most of our banking elsewhere.

We use our ATM card to live on when in Ecuador. Our bank in Cotacachi is here.

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In this Cotacachi square.

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So where should a multi currency investor do the majority of his or her banking? Multi currency investors do not want to hold a good multi currency basket of investments in a bad bank…or even worse in a country where banks are unsafe.

A recent message Economic Safety in Troubled Times showed one way to gain US dollar bank safety in North Dakota.

There is even more safety a bit further north. Canada it appears may be one of the safest places to bank. Canada has many wonderful sites and scenes such as this British Columbia shot taken by our friend Dennis Goff.

High Energy Sunrise

Dennis by the way has a great web site about Ecuador at www.e-quator.net

I am really glad to see this and explain why in a moment. First, let’s review Canada and bank safety.

Canada has great bank safety according to a Yahoo Canada article entitled “Canada rated world’s soundest bank system” by Rob Taylor says: Canada has the world’s soundest banking system, closely followed by Sweden, Luxembourg and Australia, a survey by the World Economic Forum has found as financial crisis and bank failures shake world markets.

But Britain, which once ranked in the top five, has slipped to 44th place behind El Salvador and Peru, after a 50 billion pound ($86.5 billion) pledge this week by the government to bolster bank balance sheets.

The United States, where some of Wall Street’s biggest financial names have collapsed in recent weeks, rated only 40, just behind Germany at 39, and smaller states such as Barbados, Estonia and even Namibia, in southern Africa.

The article listed the top five safest countries as:

Canada
Sweden
Luxembourg
Australia
Denmark

Singapore was 13th and Switzerland 16th.

The current economic correction has reduced bank safety but there is another reason to be a multi currency investor. The current bailout will create inflation and currency corrections…including further weakening of the US dollar.

This leaves investors with three options:

Multi Currency Option #1: Earn more.

Multi Currency Option #2: Hold assets in other currencies.

Multi Currency Option#3: Live where life is good but costs are low.

This is why the focus of our three sites have these focuses, #1: to help develop small international businesses; #2: invest in many currencies and #3: live in Ecuador.

Our fourth focus is on natural health.

We enjoy Ecuador because life is good there. Prices are low and there are many natural health benefits.

However there are some risk…not in banking, not from Ecuador’s government and not from crime or civial unrest. The most realistic risk is from lack of experience in a new found place.

Earlier in this message I mentioned Dennis Goff’s new blog at www.e-quator.net. The blog features the Wall & Madison business run by Bob Lofgren and Deborah Nance. Dennis, Bob and Deborah are all long term readers who have become friends with Merri and me over the years.

Bob & Deborah were among the first readers to move to the San Miguel gated community. Here is a group of our real estate tour delegates visiting San Miguel.

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There are some very wonderful homes here. I helped one of my readers sell his recently for $85,000.

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Here is a typical San Miguel Home.

Let me say right here, that I have nothing financially to do with San Miguel in any way. I live nearby and most of the houses and lots in San Miguel are owned by readers. Otherwise I am not involved.

Bob & Debroah have started a business to help San Miguel owners because of a problem Deborah described in this note to me.

Gary, As you know, who you trust down here makes all the difference in the world. What should be one of the best experiences of your life can turn out to be a nightmare if you work with the wrong people. There are westerners here who came to Ecuador late in life with no money to make their fortunes before it is too late, and will tell a buyer anything to make the sale. Our attorney has examined contracts from two developers and says they won’t hold up in court. One contract was taken before a judge and pronounced completely useless. Being foreigners, buyers have very little legal recourse if they get hooked by one of these people.

Robert and I are not wealthy people, but we have enough money to live comfortably for the rest of our lives. Given the spectacular scenery, clean air and water, abundance of healthy food and sweet people, we certainly feel rich living here. Many people will attest that after talking with Robert and being very excited to buy and build, Robert will tell them there is no land rush, and to go home and think about it and be sure buying in San Miguel is what they really want to do. We care a lot more about our souls than our pocketbooks. We started Wall and Madison, not to make our fortunes, but to be of service and to do things right. Just yesterday two women from New Zealand were here. They told Robert that they had traveled all over the country, and the construction here at San Miguel is the best they had seen in Ecuador. Unfortunately, even the Ecuadorian builders who are honest often have no idea of Western standards.

Robert and I have spent a great deal of time and gone to a great effort, along with our attorney, to see that Wall and Madison is entirely legal and above board. Ecuador doesn’t exactly make it easy to comply with the law. Perhaps that is why most developers don’t. It really is a buyer beware situation down here. So I am glad that you are willing to feature Wall and Madison with your readers. I can promise you that we won’t let you down.”

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Safety appears to be more important in troubled times…but really finding safety with the banks, the people and currencies you deal with is ALWAYS important.

This is why multi currency safety is as important as bank safety. Investors who do not have multi currency diversification can end up holding assets in a safe bank but with a worthless currency. Do not miss tomorrow’s message as it reviews my multi currency diversification now.

Gary

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We’ll look at potential of real estate for sale on this lake.

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and the value of Ecuador homes at San Miguel and Prima Vera II.

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Primavera II $46,500 condos.

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We’ll review review potential on Ecuador’s coast.

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Salt or fresh water

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Until next message good global investing!

Gary

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May 29-31  JGAM Florida Investment Course

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July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
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July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

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Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
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