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Ecuador Dental & Health Exercise


An Ecuador dental exercise can help you reduce your visits to the dentist plus improve  your health.

Almost anyone can use this and the other exercises below, with little time and no cost, below to enhance their health.

This is important because the existing health care system in the US is creating enormous stress and financial concern.

A recent article “Baby Boomers Struggle”in Baby Boomer Magazine pointed this out in this excerpt:

Paying for medical care has long been a struggle for many Baby Boomers as budgets tighten because of the economic crunch.  Even more obvious, Baby Boomers are skimping on needed treatment.

Nearly half of American Baby Boomers now report that someone in their family has cut back on their medical care or prescribed medications—postponing checkups, recommended tests and procedures; cutting pills or skipping doses of required medications; or not filling new prescriptions, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in October. That’s up from 42 percent of those surveyed six months earlier.

One in three Baby Boomers are having trouble paying medical bills, and one in five reports medical debt of at least $1,000.

“Even in 2007, before the economy really took a downspin, we saw that one in five people was having problems paying medical bills—up from one in seven in 2003,” says Alwyn Cassil, director of public affairs for the Center for Studying Health System Change, a nonpartisan health policy research organization in Washington. “But what we didn’t see last year were these rising rates in unemployment and the problems on Wall Street. The economy may not have been great then, but it wasn’t as bad as it is now.”

Before the fall economic fallout, at least 79 million Americans – including some 7 million Baby Boomers and older – were already struggling with health care bills. Now, more are doing what they can to avoid joining those ranks, even when it means their health and comfort suffer.

In a recent national survey conducted by AARP, one in five respondents blamed health problems on financial stress. About the same percentage said they had delayed seeing a doctor or other medical professional; many reported cutting back on drugs and necessary health care. Roughly one in five respondents also reported seeking outside assistance through drug companies, pharmacies and other programs to reduce their health costs.

Since the recent financial crisis made news, the American Psychological Association reports a 12 percent increase over last spring in people saying the economy is a significant source of stress; those hardest hit are women middle-aged and older.

The entire article shows how to reduce health costs (a link is at the end of this message) but misses ideas on natural… no cost health ideas like the Ecuador dental exercise below.

Actually these exercises are universal.  When Merri and I travel we watch for hints… ancient secrets that can improve our lifestyle.    Usually we find that the knowledge we learn in one country is connected in others.

Knowing how to simply maintain our good health and energy is really important during this economic downturn.

Recessions and depressions are the breeding ground for the next group of extreme rich.   Those who succeed need more than money.

They need good health and a great deal of energy and vitality.  These are the most important assets of all.

Plus the inflation that will come from all the government spending will make the medical systems even more expensive and less accessible.

Merri and I have enormous energy vitality and enthusiasm, running the farm, our publishing business and looking for what’s next.  Even though we collect Social Security, we feel as if we are just getting started.  Despite our heavy work load and travel schedule we seem to be getting younger.

One reason for this are some exercises we learned in Ecuador.

The first exercise is simply to have a cold shower in the morning.

In the early 1970s, Dr. Alexander Leaf was commissioned by National Geographic to study, and write an article about the world’s healthiest and most long-living people.

When Dr. Leaf began his study and his travels, three regions of the world were famous for the longevity of their inhabitants: the valley of Vilcabamba in Ecuador, the Hunza region of Pakistan, and certain portions of the Caucasus mountains in what was then the Soviet Union.

He traveled to these remote areas met, photographed, examined, and appraised these old and healthy people. Dr. Leaf listened to their hearts, took their blood pressure, and studied their diets and lifestyles. He watched them dance and saw them bathe in ice-cold mountain streams. He spoke with them about their daily lives, their hopes, their fears, their life histories. His goal was to separate fact from fallacy and determine the truth about longevity.

One of the Caucasus mountain centurions that Leaf interviewed made the comment. “If I have the strength to get in the creek, it is not my day to die”!

When Merri and I lived in the mountains with an Ecuador yatchak (one who knows), he taught us many exercises for vitality health and longevity.

Having read the National Geographic article, I was not surprised to see that one exercise each day was to, after exercise, bath in ice cold water… and then air dry.

The cold water after exercise rushes oxygen enriched blood to the organs. The hydrogen water molecules in the evaporation process binds with free radicals and helps purify the body via the skin.

In the Eighties, NASA research confirmed that regular cold water swimming leads to a series of bodily changes called “cold adaptation”, which lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and increases fertility and libido in men and women.

When Merri and I lived in our first house on the farm, we were next to Little Horse Creek… so each day I jumped in this chilled mountain stream… even in winter.

Here I am with our son Jake… one Christmas celebration amidst the ice and snow.

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Once we moved to our new house on the farm, we were away from the creek so for efficiency sake, I  installed a spring fed pond in our back yard… continually filled with the same 59 degree temperature water… so I can jump in after my morning exercises. ecuador-dental-exercise

Brrr!

So what exercise to do before that cold shower?

The yatchaks taught us many exercises for longevity.  One often visited markets and one day he bought me a wooden carving of an indigenous ancient in a position of what could be considered exercise and or prayer.  Much of the ancient knowledge has been passed on orally and via coded painted wood and also preserved in Khipus (strings that passed through a knotty alphanumeric system).

After learning this Andean exercise I began seeing how ancients all over the world knew about this.

After receiving the figurine, sometime later I was inducted into an ancient order, the Knights Hospitaler, which has roots dating back a thousand years. Early on as knowledge of symbols was shared with me by the Grand Prior, I spotted something that even he did not know.

He introduced me to one of the grand symbols of the Order.   I did not say a word but saw that the thousand year old symbol of the Knights Hospitaler and my wooden Incan figurine showed the same exercise.

Lessons From Continents Apart

I do this exercise each morning beginning with a stretch to the sun.

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Then squat down until your knee touches your opposite heel.

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Bring your hands down to absorb the earth energy but do not touch the ground.

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Then raise your hand to absorb the sun energy before standing back into the sun position.

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This first of all increases your odds for longevity because it improves your balance.

Balance is like a muscle. If you don’t use it,  you lose it.

The two main causes of death in people over 40 years of age (after auto accidents) are falls and accidental overdoses from legal and illegal drugs.

An excerpt from a msnbc.msn.com article about accidental death says:

Alan McMillan, CEO of the National Safety Council says deaths from workplace accidents and car crashes have been fairly stable.

Older motorcycle operators also add to the death toll, McMillan said. Thirty-five percent of motorcycle deaths in 2005 were among bikers age 45 and older. A decade earlier, 15 percent of biker deaths were among the older age group. Motorcycle deaths in 2005 totaled 4,232, more than double the number in 1995.

Tips to prevent injuries from falling

Here are some tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to help prevent injuries from falls.

Keep muscles and bones strong, by following an exercise regimen:

— Strength training with weight bearing and resistive exercise works for all age groups.

— Practice exercises designed to help improve balance.

— Exercise at least three days a week to improve strength, flexibility and balance.
— Choose low-impact exercises, such as yoga, tai chi and Pilates to avoid stress on joints.

— Stretch daily to improve flexibility and mobility.

The rate of deaths from falls for people 65 and older rose 31 percent from 1999 to 2003, the council reported, which means that deaths from falls are increasing faster than the older population is increasing. A death within one year after a fall can be attributed to the fall.

“We tend to see our home as our safe haven. The data tell us it’s not,” McMillan said, adding that families can take steps to protect the elderly from falls by removing hazards and installing stair rails and grab bars.

Accidental poisoning deaths, mostly caused by medication or illegal drug overdoses, increased from 17,550 in 2002 to 19,457 in 2003. The rate climbed from 6.4 to 6.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

In other words the first way to increase longevity is to exercise for flexibility and balance, avoid drugs and medicine and sell your Harley! Then to improve the quality of heath and reduce the odds of illness, improve your nutrition.

Good nutrtion begins with your food choices and your mouth.

This is where the Ecuador dental exercise helps.   These exercise exercises and strengthens the teeth and much more.  They are incredibly simple and easy to do.   They stimulate the teeth and gums, plus help promote digestion.

First,  run your tongue around your teeth like a toothbrush. This stimulates saliva.

Increased saliva helps digestion.  Saliva also triggers production of a hormone that helps prevent tooth decay. Third saliva kills germs in the mouth.

Finally this exercise strengthens the heart because the tongue is connected to the heart.

Second, collect the saliva in the mouth and churn it around like a mouth wash.

Third, click the teeth easily together three dozen times.  This stimulates and awakens the gums and teeth.

Good health is one of the most mportant assets we can have and is increasingly harder to attain in the West as health care grows in expense. We can use ancient wisdom to overcome and eliminate health problems like the Ecuador dental and other exercises above.

Gary

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We hope you’ll share our beautiful lifestyle in the cool Blue Ridge with us this summer. July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

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Enroll in our July 24-26 seminar and I will enroll you in our multi currency course and send this coffee investing report free. You save $175.

Merri and I love our life in the Blue Ridge… the rushing streams and..

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cool, green forest.

We invite delegates to the farm for lunch and we’ll take a walk through the woods with delegates who would like to…

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enjoy nature and the views.

We’ll have a wine tasting of Blue Ridge organic wines. Here are delegates at the tasting last year.

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I have just sent our multi currency email course subscribers a report on coffee related shares that now have a strong upward trend.

Enroll in our July 24-26 seminar and I will enroll you in our multi currency course and send this coffee investing report free. You save $175. July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Read the msnbc.msn.com article about accidental death at

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19080118/

Read the article Baby Boomers Struggle at

www.babyboomer-magazine.com/news/127/ARTICLE/1407/2009-03-20.html

Ecuador Tours & Courses – After the Fall


Here is an explanation of our investing, business and  Ecuador courses and tours for 2009.

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Ecuador real estate tour inspecting $30,000 coastal condos.

A recent message looked at how spring seems to explode upon us… how some types of change seem to happen in a very short time.. the buds appear… the dandelions suddenly open, etc.  This season roars in like a lion… as does other types of change.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour enjoying lunch on the beach.

Destructive change can also evolve in a sudden way.  One day the gates of Rome were sacrosanct.  The next day the barbarians were there… inside the gates.

The Soviet Union seemed to disintegrate quickly . It did not slowly decay.

So our courses and tours are based on seven foundations of  prosperity in change.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour taking a break on the beach.

Our mission is to provide useful interesting information that helps make our lives better.

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Delegates in the textile markets.

During this time of enormous economic, social and lifestyle change, the focus of this mission has narrowed to help readers combine more income with safer wealth and greater freedom.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour inspecting coastal house.

This narrower focus reflects itself in five ways:

#1: Ecuador Living.

#2: Multi Currency Investing.

#3: International Earning Potential.

#4: Natural good health.

#5: Fulfillment.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour inspecting $18,000 coastal condos.

These five focal reflections are supported by seven foundations of prosperity in change.

Here are the seven fundamental elements we look for in every business… investment and health idea we review.

#1: Is it good value?

#2: Does it provide diversification?

#3: Does it offer a service to the global community?

#4:  Is it healthy?

#5: Is it relevant to one’s individual circumstance?

#6: Is it practical and achievable?

#7: Is it part of one’s destiny?

Ecuador-tours

Imbabura real estate tour taking a break at Meson de las Flores.

We deliver the information we uncover in three ways.

Emailed courses and ezines.  We have four:

#1: Free. Garyascott/Ecuador information daily ezine.

#2: Ecuador living service. ($119 a year).

#3: Multi currency course. ($175 a year).

#4: Tangled Web – How to have a web International Business Made EZ Course  ($299).

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Delegates having fun… dancing in Meson at night.

International  Investing and Tangled Web Business Course Seminars. We have three more scheduled in 2009.

July 24-26 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina.

Oct. 9-11 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina.

Nov. 6-8  International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar Cotacachi, Ecuador.

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International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar delegates hearing from Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank.

Ecuador Spanish seminar courses, Export and Real Estate Tours.  We have 12 more courses & tours scheduled in 2009.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Delegates with Shamana of Zuleta.

July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Ecuador export delegates visit wood carvers’ village.

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Ecuador export delegates visit Otavalo markets.

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Ecuador export tour delegates see how natural alpaca tapestries are woven.

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

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Spanish course delegates in meeting room at Cotacachi Museum next to Meson de las Flores.

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

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Ecuador export tour delegates learn how to bargain.

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

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Ecuador tour delegates eat well. Here is Eduardo serving hand made chocolate coconut rolls at a Meson coffee break.

We provide discounts for delegates who attend two or three courses and tours in a month.

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.

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An Ecuador real estate tour delegate bought this beach condo for under $80,000.

Plus during the month of April, (this offer expires April 30) we are offering an extra special 2-4-1 deal.

Because we remain a small family business, we already offer our seminar and tours at about half the price of our competitors.  We recognize that many people have financial strains and we have made really special offers to keep prices low.

Our  2-4-1 offer lets you attend any one of the May or July 2009  Ecuador tours free if you enroll in one of our three International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ courses, in July, October or November.

Merri and I will not be on the May & July tours in Ecuador since we also have courses to conduct in the US those months.  The 2-4-1 allows those who want to see Ecuador in May or July to also be with Merri and me at another time without any additional fee.

You get two courses for the price of one.  Enroll in any of these courses that Merri and I will conduct below and choose any one May or July tour free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

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Imbabura real estate delegates inspect a mansion for sale.

There is no need to  hurry either.  If you are not sure about attending two tours,  sign up and attend the real tour now… then we’ll knock the tour fee off our International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ courses, in July, October or November fee later.

You can also still take advantage of the two or three course discount as well.

For example, if you choose to attend all three of the May or July Ecuador tours… both real estate and export tours, then you can have the two or three courses discount and still attend a July, October or November International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ course free.

You can enroll in one, two or three of these courses below

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17. $499 Enroll here.   $749 For a couple.

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21.  $499 Enroll here.  $749 For a couple.

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24.  $399 Enroll here. $499 For a couple.

Take Two for One. Attend any of the three courses below and select any one of the tours above free.

July 24-26 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

Oct. 9-11 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

Nov. 6-8 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

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Imbabura real estate tour delegates inspect mountain spa for sale.

Or sign up for two or three of the May or July 2009 tours and attend any of the International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ seminars FREE.

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.

This offer expires April 30 2009.

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Our Ecuador tour delegates learn from one another. Here delegates at Meson review their last lesson.

We hope to meet you.

Gary

Cotacachi Street Map


You can use this Cotacachi street map to find our hotel Meson de las Flores.

Learn more about Meson here.

The red lines are local bus routes, though they are about to change as a new bus road is added.

Many of the streets are named after famous Ecuadorians from Ecuador’s history such as Antonio Jose de Sucre or Pedro Moncayo.

Many streets are named famous dates such as 10 de Agosto (10th of August). August 10, 1809 was the date for a revolution in Quito.

Looking at the Cotacachi Street map below the main square is where the symbol of the uppermost church lays; between Bolivar and Moncayo and Sucre and Peñaherrera. Meson de las Flores is just one short block away, or 67 steps, on the corner of Sucre and Moreno.

The two main streets out of town are Peñaherrera and 10 de Agosto (pronounced DEE-EHZ DEH A-GOSTO) leading to the Plaza del Sol (Sun Square). The famous leather boutiques are on 10 de Agosto. The organic fruit market is at Salinas and 9 de Octubre.

Steve's Cotacachi street map

Here is an explanation of our investing, business and  Ecuador courses and tours for 2009.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour inspecting $30,000 coastal condos.

A recent message looked at how spring seems to explode upon us… how some types of change seem to happen in a very short time.. the buds appear… the dandelions suddenly open etc.  This season roars in like a lion… as does other types of change.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour enjoying lunch on the beach.

Destructive change can also evolve in a sudden way.  One day the gates of Rome were sacrosanct.  The next day the barbarians were there… inside the gates.

The Soviet Union seemed to disintegrate quickly . It did not slowly decay.

So our courses and tours are based on seven foundations of  prosperity in change.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour taking a break on the beach.

Our mission is to provide useful interesting information that helps make our lives better.

Ecuador-tours

Delegates in the textile markets.

During this time of enormous economic, social and lifestyle change, the focus of this mission has narrowed to help readers combine more income with safer wealth and greater freedom.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour inspecting coastal house.

This narrower focus reflects itself in five ways:

#1: Ecuador Living.

#2: Multi Currency Investing.

#3: International Earning Potential.

#4: Natural good health.

#5: Fulfillment.

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador real estate tour inspecting $18,000 coastal condos.

These five focal reflections are supported by seven foundations of prosperity in change.

Here are the seven fundamental elements we look for in every business… investment and health idea we review.

#1: Is it good value.

#2: Does it provide diversification.

#3: Does it offer a service to the global community.

#4:  It it healthy.

#5: Is it relevant to one’s individual circumstance.

#6: Is it practical and achievable.

#7: Is it part of one’s destiny.

Ecuador-tours

Imbabura real estate tour taking a break at Meson de las Flores.

We deliver the information we uncover in three ways.

Emailed courses and ezines.  We have four:

#1: Free. Garyascott/Ecuador information daily ezine

#2: Ecuador living service. ($119 a year).

#3: Multi currency course. ($175 a year).

#4: Tangled Web – How to have a web International Business Made EZ Course  ($299).

Ecuador-tours

Delegates having fun… dancing in Meson at night.

International  Investing and Tangled Web Business Course Seminars. We have three more scheduled in 2009.

July 24-26 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

Oct. 9-11 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

Nov. 6-8  International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar Cotacachi Ecuador

Ecuador-tours

International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar delegates hearing from Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank.

Ecuador Spanish seminar courses, Export and Real Estate Tours.  We have 12 more courses & tours scheduled in 2009.

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Ecuador-tours

Delegates with Shamana of Zuleta.

July 3-6 Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador export delegates visit wood carvers village.

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Ecuador export delegates visit Otavalo markets.

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Ecuador export tour delegates see how natural carpets are woven.

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

Ecuador-tours

Spanish course delegates in meeting room at Cotacachi Museum next to Meson de las Flores.

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador export tour delegates learn how to bargain.

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Ecuador-tours

Ecuador tour delegates eat well. Here is Eduardo serving hand made chocolate coconut rolls at a Meson coffee break.

We provide discounts for delegates who attend two or three courses and tours in a month.

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.

Ecuador-tours

An Ecuador real estate tour delegate bought this beach condo for under $80,000.

Plus during the month of April, (this offer expires April 30) we are offering an extra special 2-4-1 deal.

Because we remain a small family business we already offer our seminar and tours at about half the price of our competitors.  We recognize that many people have financial strains and we have made really special offers to keep prices low.

Our  2-4-1 offer lets you attend any one of the May or July 2009  Ecuador tours free if you enroll in one of our three International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ courses, in July, October or November.

Merri and I will not be on the May & July tours in Ecuador since we also have courses to conduct in the US those months.  The 2-4-1 allows those who want to see Ecuador in May or July to also be with Merri and me at another time without any additional fee.

You get two courses for the price of one.  Enroll in any of these courses that Merri and I will conduct below and choose any one May or July tour free.

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina + Tangled Web

Nov. 6-8  IBEZ Cotacachi + Tangled Web

Ecuador-tours

Imbabrura real estate delegates inspect a mansion for sale.

There is no need to  hurry either.  If you are not sure about attending two tours,  sign up and attend the real tour now… then we’ll knock the tour fee off our International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ courses, in July, October or November fee later.

You can also still take advantage of the two or three course discount as well.

For example, if you choose to attend all three of the May or July Ecuador tours… both real estate and export tours, then you can have the two or three courses discount and still attend a July, October or November International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ course free.

You can enroll in one, two or three of these courses below

Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour May 16-17. $499 Enroll here.   $749 For a couple.

Imbabura-Cotacachi Real Estate Tour May 20-21.  $499 Enroll here.  $749 For a couple.

Ecuador Amazon Herbal Tour May 22-24.  $399 Enroll here. $499 For a couple.

Take Two for One. Attend any of the three courses below and select any one of the tours above free.

July 24-26 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

Oct. 9-11 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

Nov. 6-8 International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ Seminar North Carolina

Ecuador-tours

Imbabura real estate tour delegates inspect mountain spa for sale.

Or sign up for two or three of the May or July 2009 tours and attend any of the International Tangled Web Business & Investing Made EZ seminars FREE.

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.

This offer expires April 30 2009.

Ecuador-tours

Our Ecuador tour delegates learn from one another. Here delegates at Meson review their last lesson.

We hope to meet you.

Gary

Power Distance Index Profits


Power can bring profits in many ways… the first via the Power Distance Index.

I recently wrote in Ecuador shamans and truth how Merri and I have been drawn more and more back to the USA.   We have enjoyed phenomenal success in Ecuador but we are pioneers… Our investments and business are early in and early out. Ecuador is now really well on its way and for us this is not so fun.

We’ll look at how the Power Distance Index makes Ecuador living better.  First more on PDI.

We’ll still enjoy time in Cotacachi and on the Pacific, but we are arranging for others to take over the day to day so we can  head off on a new adventure.

Part of our next horizon is to make our North Carolina farm much more self sustainable and to share what we learn in the process.

Thinking about this leads me to share some other thoughts on power and the Power Distance Index.

One powerful investing and business idea is to invest in countries with a low Power Distance Index (PDI).

Malcom Gladwell explains this in his newest book “Outliers” a book about what makes  success.

One part of the book looks at the importance of the Power Distance Index in each nation.  This is vital information because it explains how countries differ in their approach to dealing with risk and uncertainty.  The ability to handle risk and uncertainty  in changing times is vital.

Here is how the website www.kwintessential.co.uk describes PDI.

The Power Distance Index (PDI) is one of the five intercultural dimensions developed by Hofstede. In short this cultural dimension looks at how much a culture does or does not value hierarchical relationships and respect for authority.

Examples of cultures with high PDI scores include Arabic speaking countries, Russia, India and China. Those with low scores include Japan, Australia and Canada. See a world map of power distance index scores.

So how does this manifest in a culture or country?

In a high power distance cultures the following may be observed:

. Those in authority openly demonstrate their rank.
. Subordinates are not given important work and expect clear guidance from above.
. Subordinates are expected to take the blame for things going wrong.
. The relationship between boss and subordinate is rarely close/personal.
. Politics is prone to totalitarianism.
. Class divisions within society are accepted.

In a low power distance culture:

. Superiors treat subordinates with respect and do not pull rank.
. Subordinates are entrusted with important assignments.
. Blame is either shared or very often accepted by the superior due to it being their responsibility to manage.
. Managers may often socialize with subordinates.
. Liberal democracies are the norm.
. Societies lean more towards egalitarianism.

The Power Distance Index is a measure of the attitude toward hierarchy.  In short the PDI shows how much people overall, in a country, respect authority.

This index is really important in this rapid changing world because authority almost always lags behind reality.  Authority resists required change to adapt in altering conditions.  Countries with a high PDI suffer from change.

For example the US has a low PDI. Russia has a very high PDI.  Thus during the changing 1980s the Soviet Union disintegrated while the US rebounded and thrived.  PDI differences were not the only reasons for this but when a nation’s leadership cannot communicate with its people…  it cannot sense reality as times shift.

On the subject of the 1980s. Many readers are worried about the current economic downturn.  Current conditions are not as poor as during the twin recessions of the 1980s, when unemployment exceeded 10 percent.  This downturn is on track to be worse… but not yet.

Gladwell writes in “Outliers::  In low power index countries, power is something is something in which power holders are almost ashamed and will try to underplay.  In Austria (a low PDI country)  Prime Minister Bruno Kreiskt was known to sometimes take a streetcar to work.

Here are six countries with high PDIs:
Brazil
South Korea
Russia
Mexico
Philippines
Uruguay

Six Countries with low PDIs:
Austria
Denmark
United States
Ireland
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A low PDI can help a country adapt faster and better to change, so look for investments in countries with low PDIs. 

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However countries with high PDIs are often better for living.

I was thinking about this one recent morning while visiting Quito.  This is one of the world’s beautiful cities so I rose to watch the dawn.  The day broke in glorious rose patina.

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Like the days ahead…  the view was obscured until the light began…

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to reveal Quito’s beauty.

Ecuador’s Power Distance Index in Ecuador is a bit high. This does not stop a great city from growing. I loked out and saw that there was plenty here.  Riches enough.  All the …

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creature comforts…

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glowing in the daybreak.  Every material thing a person could want…

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As the light spread, i dressed and rode up to the hotel restaurant.

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I’ll looked out at Quito again in the light of day.

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There is amazing wealth here. The hotel restaurant is opulent.

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With amazing views around the city.  yet the prices here are low in part because…

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poor government is created with the help of a high Power distance Index. This  keeps most of the people in Ecuador poor.  This means that we can help bring and spending our money here.   This who do, help Ecuador’s poor and are rewarded with good living at a low price.

This reinforces what I wrote in “Multi Currency Bank Safety

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

On the subject of banking abroad Denmark has the second lowest PDI in the world (Austria is number one) so it is not surprising that for the last 20 years my major bankers have been in Copenhagen and Vienna.  I like the autonomy that investment advisers have in low PDI countries.

This is in my estimation one reason why Jyske Bank (Denmark’s second largest bank) was not caught in the sub prime or Madoff scandals.

Bank’s in countries with a low PDI are more likely to use the wisdom of their entire organization to head off trouble at the pass.

Organizations have enormous wisdom.

The book, “The Wisdom of Crowds, Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies and Societies and Nations” by James Surowiecki tells how potent the wisdom of a group can be.

The book begins by telling how at the annual West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition in the fall of 1906, a British scientist became interested in a weight judging competition. 800 people, smart, dumb, old, young in all types of professions guessed the weight of two dressed oxen. The correct answer was 1,197 pounds. The scientist’s research found that the collective estimate was incredibly close, 1,198 pounds.

The book suggests that there is an uncanny and generally unconscious collective intelligence at work. The book shows how clouds of birds seem to move in one mind but actually are each acting on their own following four simple rules:

#1) Stay as close to the center as possible.

#2) Stay two body lengths away from your neighbor.

#3) Do not bump into another bird.

#4) If a predator dives at you get out of the way.

The book suggests that rather than crowds being mindless mobs that the many are weirdly smart and effective even when many of the group are average or below in intelligence or experience.

A key point that the article makes is that there is incredible effectiveness in a diversity of individual intelligences and this is why we are sharing ideas about trends at this site. There are thousands of us reading these messages so perhaps our problem solving ability grows to the 4000th power.

However if a high PDI disconnects its leaders from this wisdom… the organization’s wisdom is wasted.

Bank safety is vital now and PDI can count. Here is a wonderful shot taken by our friend Dennis Goff.  Placid… yet most travel accidents… in air and by oat are caused by a high PDI. The Captain does not listen to his crew!

When you travel… wen you bank… when you invest look for low PDI!

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Until next message good global investing!

Gary

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