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Health Care Rising from the Ashes

More care in health care is a big reason I like small towns.

There is plenty of fuss about the problems of America’s heath care.  Quite rightly in my opinion.

As bad as the system might be, at least health care in small towns has (or at least seems like it has) more care.

Merri and I drove up to our Ashe county farm to celebrate my 73rd birthday.

The leaf change was late this year, but as this photo from our front yard shows, glorious.

The color’s turn came suddenly.  This day there was still a lot of green.


Next day, much more gold!

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The days are cool so I leave my shirt on, but I have to be honest… when the sun’s out, I love rambling around the forest shirtless or in a thin short sleeve T-shirt.

Now sun screen either.  I used to live that way in Ecuador as well, at high altitudes in intense sun.

I know. I know, this is a dermatologic nightmare.

In addition, the genetic makeup my ancestors passed on did not prepare me to live in high altitude, sunny places, so over the past 30 years, I have encountered numerous basal and squamous cell lesions and a melanoma.

I dealt with the first such incidence, a basal cell on my ear, in Ecuador decades ago.  An oncologist in Quito stuck on some thick gloves, took a rod (I assume was radioactive) and held it on my ear.  He timed this with a clock and it burned my ear pretty good.   The lesion went away, but later came back with a vengeance.  Then we tried a black, bloodroot based salve.  That really did the job.

That’s one thing I love about Ecuador… the care in health care not to mention the reasonable prices.

However I digress.  This missive is about health care in Smalltown USA.

There were no more skin problems for decades, but my son kept bugging me about a black spot on my back.  I finally visited a dermatologist in a large Florida city.  The biopsy determined it was a melanoma.   That dermatologist’s office was run like a meat processing plant, huge crowd, very impersonal, receptionists shouting out numbers and though I chose to pay for the visit in cash, I noted that the practice also tried to collect a second time from Medicare.

I passed on that dermatologist’s offer to assist and found a small  dermatology practice in Lake county.

They were gentle, caring, quiet and removed both the melanoma and a basal cell in one simple procedure and the cost (a couple hundred dollars) seemed very reasonable to me.  I don’t like or use health insurance and paid on the spot.

After this incidence, I started having exams every year and after a couple of years a couple of basal cells and one squamous cell lesions were spotted.

Regrettably the Lake county dermatologist’s practice had changed, either bought out by a company or merged with other doctors.

Instead of one, easy procedure, I was informed I had to come in separately for each procedure.  The cost was much, much higher, about $450 each for two of the procedures and as much as $1,000 for the third, a Mohs treatment. The Moh’s price depended on how many layers the surgeon had to remove.

The cost I was told could be as much as $1,900.

Plus I had to pay half the estimate  in advance.

“Fair enough” I thought. The price was a lot higher than before and the financial officer providing the quote was too harsh, demanding… it was like I was being scolded or suspected of not paying.  Believe me the payment was not a problem.  I had always paid previously on the spot.

So be it.  I paid the half and set up three appointments over upcoming months for the three procedures.

After the three procedures, I expected the bill to be less than $1,900 as the Mohs surgeon removed everything in one layer… a ten minute job at the most.

So I was surprised when the bill arrived in the mail and was a little more than the maximum $1,900 that had been quoted.

I called to ask… “why more than the quote”.  This is where events began to go horribly wrong in my opinion.   The person I was questioning on the phone was hostile… demeaning, rude, treating me like someone who was trying to avoid paying.

I’m stuck with this old time attitude that the customer is always right and asked to speak to a supervisor.   The person simply hung up.

That was bad enough, but then another bill arrived demanding $700 more, we were at $2,600 for a $1,900 quote and I couldn’t get an adequate explanation.

After several phone calls failed to get me to someone who could explain the bill, I wrote and used a time proven tactic…  “Explain or I won’t pay”.   That worked and I received a written reply filled with medical coding that honestly was meaningless to a layman.

All I understood was… the quote… $1,900 at the worst.  The bill… $2,600 and less than the worst had been required.

I  gave up and paid.  Life is too short to prolong a squabble over less than a thousand bucks.

But I was irked, so when when the next exam ($250 just for the exam) produced two more basal cell carcinomas and the staff started the same harsh procedure of quotes, separate appointments and payments in advance.

I decided to stop being their customer.

I wanted a doctor who treated me, with care as a person, not like a number to be processed in a system.

Shortly after, when we came to the farm, I got a referral from a friend and went in for an exam at a dermatologist in Boone North Carolina.

At the first exam, I was told, “we are not going to charge you today since we did nothing.   We’ll call you as soon as we get you records from the Florida dermatologist.”

No charge?  That was nice.  Not so much the savings as the thought.

A week later the Boone dermatologist called and said they had the records and could make an appointment to perform a simple procedure.  I was already in Boone getting new glasses when the call came in.  I asked, “any chance I could come now?”

After a short hold, the receptionist replied, “if you can come before 12:15, we’ll do it now”.

The time was 11:30 and I was ten minutes from the dermatologist’ office so off I drove.

Ten minutes after that, I was in.  16 minutes later an electrodesiccation and curettage had removed both carcinomas.  I paid the total bill of $162 and was done.  Compare that to $1,000, (half in advance and who knows what the bill would really have been) and the time to attend two procedures, plus the pettiness and hostility of being passed from department to department… finance, appointments etc… like on a conveyor belt.

More important was the feeling of friendliness and care.

I have been to both emergency rooms in Ashe county and Lake county for treatments of the stupid gene (chain saw cuts, falling from trees etc.)

The friendliness, care and personal attention seemed far more caring in Ashe county.

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Adventhealth Waterman hospital Lake county

I don’t think that this little Ashe county hospital has as many facilities as in Florida, but from my perspective, health care should have a lot of care and be a practice, not a business.

I do my best to avoid the evidence based allopathic medical system.  But when it’s needed… it’s needed.

My experience is that I have felt “cared for” in Ashe county but “subjected to” in Lake county.

There is a quote:  A wise physician said – The best medicine is LOVE.  Someone asked – What if it doesn’t work?  He smiled and answered – Increase the dose.”

Both Ashe county and Lake county are parts of Smalltown USA, but Florida as more people, far more non natives and is growing faster.

I have talked about with many friends who live both in Ashe county North Carolina and in Florida (during the winter).  One friend who is a 6th generation Ashe county resident perhaps had the best insight.

“We are just one generation away from subsistence living, so friendliness, cooperation and common sense are still hardwired  in the population, PLUS the health care givers are mostly likely related to or at grew up with half the people they treat.”

Merri and I love living in both Ashe county North Carolina and Lake county Florida, but most of the residents in Florida are strangers to each other.  In Ashe county they are life long neighbors.

We focus on healthy living rather than health care, but when allopathic medicine is required, we’ll be heading to the mountains.

Treatments of sincere care don’t rise from the ashes in Ashe county.  They never left.


Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere

A huge economic struggle is taking place.

The hazard began with the Bayer Monsanto merger.   Recent verdicts against Roundup have accelerated the risk.

Bayer shares have fallen dramatically due to the merger especially after an award of more than $2 billion in damages to a couple who alleged that the company’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup caused their cancers.

This third loss-in-a-row by Bayer in U.S. courts and highest award to date has put the company in a tailspin. It 13,400 more such lawsuits and shareholders have rebuked Bayer’s top management over its handling of the Monsanto acquisition and this litigation.  The chart below shows how this has wiped over half of Bayer’s market value .


See up to date Bayer chart at www.finance.yahoo.com

Bayer’s struggle to protect itself can create disaster in almost every part of our lives, from food to our pets to our medicine.

The battle could destroy what’s left of our privacy, the safety of our food supply, the control over our health, the safety of our money and even the sanctity of our opinions and thoughts could be lost.

Markets and social order can collapse at any time.  Schools, businesses, post offices, any public place, are not safe from shooters on the rampage.  Streets are in danger of terrorists ramming their cars into riders on bikes.  We are no longer safe… in shopping centers, at festivals, even in church.

Yet the bigger danger grows and the struggle is taking place, right now.

You can read about tiny parts of this conflict daily in the news.   Most of the clash however is hidden from view.  There are horrible consequences hidden beneath the visible spin.

There is an association forming that can ruin our health care, nutrition and the environment.  This group an control what you read on the internet, see all the words in our phone calls, watch what we see on TV and slant the trends we learn about in social media.

Everything you write or say can be recorded and used  to control what you hear and read.

The warning shot, above the surface, was the merger between Bayer and Monsanto.

Bayer and Monsanto each have each developed poisons that are harsh on our ecosystem.

The merger of the two firms should have been stopped to ensure human and planetary survival.

But these massive companies have invested so much into lobbying and financing political campaigns that they have the ability to shape political systems to their own end.

Scientific studies found that neonicotinoid pesticides made by Bayer have almost eradicated some bird populations and flying insects.

These pesticides, along with Monsanto’s toxic herbicide Roundup, have delivered a one-two punch against  butterflies, honeybees and birds. Roundup has also been linked to over 40 human diseases, including cancer.

But both the US and the European Union approved the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto.  This union not only increases the potential of adding toxic poison to the environment but also gives this giant form control over genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity globally.

This union is horrible enough, yet it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Seven companies are involved in a more sinister plot.

The momentum of this dangerous alliance has picked up faster than anticipated.

I began researching and preparing a report “Learn Anywhere, Earn Everywhere” when the Bayer-Monsanto merger was the big deal.   They were two of the seven firms involved in this almost invisible take-over of our food and medical services as well as the internet, cell phones and TV.

I started researching when I saw the hidden depths of this Bayer-Monsanto merger.  I was truly concerned and shocked because my research discovered that the consolidation of Bayer and Monsanto is not the biggest merger nor the most dangerous by far.

Due to the urgency created by the Roundup lawsuits I have miscalculated how much time we have.  I went to work on the report right away, taking my time to delve deeply, but even before I have finished the report, events have begun to heat up.   The pace of this hidden unification has increased.  Now another merger is taking place, far more destructive and the alliance has an incredible lobby program working to make sure that the deal goes through.

A triad of three huge concerns and four smaller ones with hundreds of billions of dollars have built one of the most formidable lobbying operations in Washington.  Nearly 100 registered lobbyists are already on retainer and they include former members of Congress.   One company in this heptagon is also the largest donor to federal lawmakers.

The donations we know of equal more than $11 million paid to 374 of the House’s 435 members and 85 of the Senate’s 100 members in this election cycle.

This deadly seven point affiliation is likely to snake into almost every part of our livelihood.

One part of the cartel will increase our dependence on modified food that can purposely increase our needs for pharmaceuticals manufactured and sold at outrageous prices by another arm of the group.

The organizations will know more about us than any other group in existence.  They will (in fact they already are) act as spies for the government.  This amalgamation will control what ads we see, the products we buy, listen into our phone calls and even monitor and influence what we see on TV.

Sadly most of the public will not even know that this fusion has taken place.  Life will appear to go on as normal.  They won’t even see the change as what’s left of their good life which could be drained away by corporate malfeasance.

This is why I am rushing a report to you so you can be one of the few who avoid the ruin of this alliance and gain rather than lose from the shift.

The report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” contains seven steps we can take to gain benefits and protection from this cartel.

Here is some background.  At the beginning of the 20th century, Carl Duisberg, the head of Bayer, created a profit sharing cartel from three firms BASF, Bayer and Agfa, called the Dreibund (Triple Alliance) or little IG.

This German chemical association dominated commerce everywhere under the name of IG Farben, the largest company in Europe, the 4th largest anywhere and the largest chemical company in the world.

Because “Power Corrupts” this company morphed into something truly evil before and during the Second World War.

After WWII IG Farben was considered so morally corrupt it could not be allowed to continue to exist and was split into its original constituent companies.  Today Agfa, BASF, Sanofi and Bayer (now expanded) remain.

This is where facts become truly scary.  Some of these very same companies have merged with other mega concerns to create a new American Dreibund (a Triple Alliance dominating the USA).   This new cartel has such power it can take control of your food, your medicine and even influence, if not control, what you read and the information you access for health and wealth.  Even worse, they can monitor everything you do and give it to others in government and business as well.

From a political point of view we cannot do much about this alliance.   The cartel has hundreds of billions of dollars and hundreds of lobbyists.  They are making their big move right now, to take advantage of the current political distraction.  They know that after an election politicians are willing to accept bad news because it will be forgotten in four years.

In addition their greatest enemy in the government has only a couple of months left as the head of the Federal agency that will fight this cartel.

Only a few people will know how to take advantage of the shifts created from the results of this alliance.

The sooner we act, the greater the benefits.   This is why I want to rush my newest report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” to you.  This report shares how to protect what you have from this coalition that is taking over mainstream media, our food supply as well as our medical history, health care and communications.

Fortunately a loophole can set you free.  You can protect what you have and actually improve your situation, a lot.  Merri and I have already jumped though the loophole and want to share why and how you should too.

How to Gain Extra Freedom – While Almost Everyone Loses Theirs.  Become a Pruppie!

May I coin a new word, Pruppie?

We all know about preppers.  They believe that the world, as we know it, is about to end.  And we also know about Uppies, upward professionals as in Yuppies, young upward professionals.  Uppies expect their world to get better.

The reality is that our worlds have changed and for most of us, there is still great opportunity for a better lifestyle, yet the preppies could be right.

I invite you to join Merri and me as Pruppies, those who expect the world to get better and live and earn based on that expectation but enjoy a progressive lifestyle of freedom that also happens to prepare us for bad times as well as good.

Just in case… the world goes sideways… we will still survive and prosper anyway.  We do not give up anything much.  We can enjoy the good parts of the new economy, as we protect ourselves from what can be bad.

For example in this report, you’ll see how to make your dining room table bring you more control, more time, more income and more freedom.  After all, what can be more accessible than a dining room table?


You’ll even learn how to turn dining room tables into income and tax deductions as we have with these dining room tables we build out of local wood.

Let me be clear.  I expect that the world will get better, at least for the few who adapt and avoid the dangers the American Dreibund has planned for the public.  The wealth of the world, albeit with inequality, has continued to grow.  There is an incredible new economy that’s opening for those who know what to do.  There are great new opportunities and many of them offer enormous income potential and they even work well in disaster scenarios.

Let me provide one simple, concrete example.  Ginseng.

This is a great health root.  The demand is growing especially in China.  At times good dried Ginseng sells for $1,000 a pound!  This is an incredible and easy crop to grow.   The less care you give it, the more valuable it can become.  Yet if everything goes south, the health qualities will be good to have and make it an excellent barter item.  Once you know what to do with ginseng, it’s easy to grow in your back yard.

Even better one of the best kept secrets is that ginseng and 125 other medicinal crops that are currently unsustainable but can be grown on land  that is extraordinarily cheap.

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Ginseng growing in our back yard.  I know about growing ginseng through experience and explain why and how in the report.

There are are specific places that reduce your living expenses, easily increase your income, make you smarter, healthier and provide tax benefits as well. 

Learn about these specific places.  More important learn what makes these places special and seven freedom producing steps that you can use to find other similar spots of opportunity.

Here are some of the experiences this report shares:

The report includes a tax and career plan broken into four age groups, before you finish school, from age 25 to 50 – age 50-to 65 and what to do when you reach the age where tradition wants you to re-tire.  (Another clue-you do not need to retire and probably should not).

The report is very specific because it is about what Merri and I, our children and even my sister and thousands of our readers have done and are doing.

Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere focuses on a system that takes advantage of living in Smalltown USA, but earning globally.

  • Learn about the magic of the north facing slope.   This is where Merri and I live almost half of our time.  North facing mountain land is some of the least expensive in the world but has hidden values that the report reveals.  There is a lot of this land and a lot of hidden value that you can tap.   When we bought our Blue Ridge farm (252 acres) I mentioned this to my Swiss banking friend.  “That’s bigger than the entire village where I live!” was his response.  Smalltown USA offers a last chance at having a lot of space.  By living in two Smalltown places there are enormous tax advantages as well.  One step in the system saves Merri and me over $28,345 in taxes a year.

The report shows how to buy cheap north facing slopes and create an income producing tiny home for $29,000 or less.

If you lack the $29,000 to invest, a start up using tents is even less.  These are tipis we put up at our farm before we built our first tiny home.  Learn how they can create tens of thousands of dollars in income for you.

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  • See ways that small businesses like Tipi rentals can create BIG tax savings as well as extra income.  For more than 30 years Merri and I have enjoyed a strong six figure income, some years more, in the millions.  Yet there have been very few years when we had to pay federal income tax.  The report lays out a three structure program and how it is used when you are in school (up to age 30), then from 25 to 50, 50 to 70  and beyond 70.   Learn why Chapter C corporations and pensions can be better than the normally recommended Chapter S.  See how new mileage log rules gives you a possible opportunity to increase your tax deductions using IRS Form 4562.  Using a two-vehicle strategy you can gain $12,976 in new deductions even if you do not have to drive one mile further or spend one additional penny on your car.
  • See how a greenhouse can help you eat better and be healthier, plus provide income and a tax deduction and be funded by a government grant.


Our North Carolina greenhouse.

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Our Florida greenhouse.

  • There are similar benefits from having a second home office defined in IRS publication 463 and IRS publication 587, even if your desk is a dining room table.  The report also shows how your dining room table can become an actual income producer as its creates a huge tax deduction at the same time, not to mention a great place to eat, work and lay out plans for a brighter, safer more lucrative and enjoyable future.
  • Living in this environment is also healthier, economically as well as physically.  You’ll see in the report how researchers at Harvard found an amazing correlation between living in conditions found on north facing slopes, longevity and mental health.  The researchers were quite surprised by this strong correlation that also extended into mental health.  In addition to feeling better, reducing stress and having more Joie de Vivre the places outlined in “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” can help you avoid hospitals, high cost disease management (aka health care) and BIG pharma while providing an investment opportunity in three plants that have some of the fastest growing demand in natural health care.  These three plants are just one of seven business opportunities that can create multiple streams of income.
  • How changes in cell phone and internet technology eliminated the need to be in one place.   An old law that creates new opportunity for small business in small towns is available to everyone.
  • Use the specific search and purchase guide.  Construction plans are included that show how to generate first tier income that leads to five, second tier avenues of earnings.
  • How to pay off old debt and avoid new debt by avoiding spurts and embracing value. 
  • Learn seven skills that will always have value.  See how to turn First Aid, medicinal plants, hospitality, food, trees, alternate energy and writing to sell into everlasting, low stress wealth.

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This pond at our farm is a pleasure but also helps create a safe, healthy food supply and creates a tax deduction as well.

My Guarantee

This may be the most important report I have written in 50 years.  The information is certainly the most urgent.  Do not delay.  The risks are upon us right now and you’ll understand how the final steps of the alliance are taking place as you read the current news.

To take any risk out of gaining this urgent information with my full satisfaction or money back guarantee.  If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.  I guarantee you can ask for a full refund any time within 60 days and I’ll refund your payment in full, no questions asked.

You can keep the reports as my thanks for ordering it.

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