Cotacachi Health Opportunties

by | Jan 22, 2009 | Archives

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

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


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

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

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

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


made in this antique stone mortar & pestle


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Have you heard of HRT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb. 13-15 International Business & Investing Made EZ

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

Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

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

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

The bad news is we are out of Valentine roses.

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

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

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

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

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Export Expedition

March 16-19 Coastal Real Estate Tour

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

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

Attend any two Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two

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