A recent article in USA Today shows that America may not need a Grinch to steal Christmas this year. Southwest U.S. ports are so clogged that many imported Christmas items may not reach retail stores in time. Read a timely tip that can help solve this problem at this November 8, 2004 Gary Scott message.
Here are gifts that can be ordered online for early Christmas shopping. These are really unusual gifts that can be enjoyed and have some environmental or social benefit.
#1: Give the gift of flowers and fruit with bees!
One of the world’s worst environmental dilemmas is almost unknown…a shortage of pollinators. The bees are dying in the pollution and without them we’ll have quite a fuss. You can help overcome this threat by giving a swarm of ORCHARD MASON BEES (Osmia Lignaria) called Blue Orchard Bees.
This small black gentle bee is a native of almost the entire continental United States and is Mother Nature's great spring pollinator, having pollinated fruits and flowers for millions of years before the first colonists brought the honey bee to North America.
This bee is not a hive dwelling social bee like the honeybee. It lays individual eggs in a mud walled cell that it has provisioned with pollen and nectar. Because it can not make its own hole, it depends upon others for the nest sites so one can provide proper holes for egg laying. They are completely non-aggressive and perfectly safe to raise in a backyard even with children and dogs. The males don't even have stingers and the females only use theirs in times of true distress. In fact, unless you actually squeeze one of the females between your fingers, it is almost impossible to get stung.
The bees come in a tube and can be held in a refrigerator until Spring. Knox Cellars has been selling Orchard Mason bees since 1990.
Check out their online sales section for a full description of all their products. They ship bees from November until spring. Go to knoxcellars.com or write Knox Cellars, 25724 NE 10th St. Sammamish, WA 98074
#2: Give the gift of affluence with my novel the 65th Octave. Obviously I am prejudiced, but this is a darn good read. Fun, fast- moving but with lots of really valuable thought.
In my first decades of global investment research I unearthed five golden investments that were among the century's best. Some readers made millions. Yet a haunting question gnawed at me. Information I gave delegates was the same, yet some investors earned fortunes, others made only a little and some lost!
What was the difference between those who won and failed? This haunted me. Finding the answer became an obsession! I reviewed thousands of economic experiences, talked to portfolio managers globally, even trekked jungles, through deserts and climbed high mountains to ask economic questions of wise men, Christian ministers, Incan Yatchaks, Andean Shamans, African missionaries, Hindu pundits in India, Sufi masters of Baghdad and Buddhist Llamas from Brazil.
I have written what I have learned into this novel in hopes that the process of understanding abundance and affluence would be enjoyable!
Right now until Christmas, I am sending autographed copies with the postage free! Details are at https://www.garyascott.com/catalog/65thoctave.html
#3: Give the gift of understanding with a special book on Genetic Engineering.
Understanding what is happening to our food supply is crucial so the next time someone tries to convince you that GE is good and safe, arm yourself with the facts. This book written by Charles Drace contains thousands of scientific abstracts, studies, experiences and comments, 36 chapters, 300 A-4 pages, up-to-date latest news about GE.
This has everything you need to know about Genetic Engineering that the government won't tell you.
The book pretty well documents that GE crops and food…
Are NOT safe,
Result in lower yields and higher costs to farmers,
Requires MORE not less pesticides and herbicides,
Damages the environment, possibly irrevocably,
Increases world hunger,
Destroys trade, etc.
The book retails for $39.95, but before Christmas Charles is sending these from New Zealand for just US$30 plus US$4 postage and handling.
Fax, post or email your name, mailing address, email address, and credit card number (and expiry date, name on card, etc) or check to Satori.cc publishers, PO Box 2850, Christchurch, fax 03-364-9132, email: email@example.com with $34 per book ordered and he'll send your order immediately.
#4: Give the gift of better health with coco oil.
Coconut oil is an edible oil that has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years. Studies done on native diets high in coconut consumption show that these populations are generally in good health, and don't suffer from many of the modern diseases of western nations.
Coconut oil was once prevalent in western countries like the United States as well. With a long shelf life and a melting point of 76 degrees, it was a favorite in the baking industry. But a negative campaign against saturated fats in general, and the tropical oils in particular, led to most food manufacturers abandoning coconut oil in recent years in favor of the polyunsaturated oils that come from the main cash crops in the US, particularly soy.
There is now mounting evidence of health benefits from coconut products, particularly coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal. Studies have shown effectiveness in lowering the viral load of HIV/AIDS patients. Coconut oil is being used by thyroid sufferers to increase body metabolism, and to lose weight. Merri and I tried this and found it has helped us keep our weight in control.
Virgin coconut oil is also used for making natural soaps and other health products, as it is one of the healthiest things one can put on their skin. we massage with it often.
We buy Spectrum Natural Organic Coconut Oil (about $6 for 14 oz.) at the health food store and plan to give these to our kids as stocking stuffers.
More details are at http://www.coconut-info.com/
#5: Give the book, “Virgin Coconut Oil. How it has changed people's lives, and how it can change yours!” by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy
Then your loved ones will know why coconut oil is in their stocking! See http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/book_virgin_coconut_oil.htm
#6: Give the Gift of energy and immune protection with Ginseng.
Long before the European invasion of North America, American Ginseng was used by the American Indians as a demulcent, a general tonic, as a natural restorative for the weak and wounded and to help the mind.
Edgar Cayce preferred American Ginseng. He called American Ginseng “the essence of the flow of the vitality within the system itself. It is electrifying of the vital forces themselves.”
Wild American Ginseng is rich in the Rb1 group of ginsenosides, which have a more sedative and metabolic effect on the central nervous system. This also increases stamina, learning ability, and has been used for stress, fatigue characterized by insomnia, poor appetite, nervousness and restlessness, and to regulate immune systems.
Ginseng has been found to protect the body & nervous system from stress, stimulate & increase metabolic function, increase physical & mental efficiency, lower blood pressure & glucose levels when they are high, and raise blood pressure & glucose levels when they are low, increase gastrointestinal movement & tone, increase iron metabolism, and cause changes in nucleic acid (RNA) biosynthesis.
In geriatric use, Ginseng has been proven beneficial in restoring mental abilities. It also helps by directly affecting the adrenal-pituitary axis, the result of which is manifested by an increased resistance to the effects of stress. This herb also aids mental function by improving circulation. Animal studies have clearly demonstrated Ginseng's ability to help the learning process.
Ginseng is available in many forms, dried roots, tablets or tea. You can get the prepared forms at most health food stores. Learn where to buy good ginseng at a consumer lab that conducts consumer tests.
Go to http://www.consumerlab.com/products.asp Merri and I chew the dried roost we obtain from Ginseng and Goldenseal Company. For details on cost and availability go to www.ncgoldenseal.com
#7: Give the humanitarian gift of learning in the sun.
Creativity, humanitarianism and prosperity come in many forms, but all of them require three things, understanding, communications and inspiration. We are surrounded in our communities and east and south by Spanish speakers. Getting along with them is one of our nation's greatest problems. Give someone this gift, three weeks of learning Spanish in the sun. This solves a social dilemma and a remarkable program offers studies in four regions of Ecuador, the Amazon, Pacific Coast, Quito and Cuenca. 70 hours of lessons, food and lodging are only $1000. Spaces are available for February, April and June 2005. See details at http://i-service-center.com/discover2004.html
I have finished my Christmas shopping and can get back to business and investing. I hope these ideas helped you as well.