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A trip to Ecuador can be fun and good for your health and wealth as well.

Recently Merri and I visited a dermatologist to have some skin blemishes checked and I have to laugh (or cry). Laughter really is the best medicine (1). Laughter relieves tension in the whole body and leaves your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Having fun boosts the immune system, decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Smiling triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals (2). Cheerfulness improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Our journey into American health care system was the first time we have visited an MD in the US in many years. We have been through a similar exam in Ecuador. The dermatologist there has some form of light he placed on each blemish, quickly saying “no”, “no” “no”. The nos were good. No meant “no malignancy”. We stepped out of the office, paid $25 each for the exam and were on our way.

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Mount Ibarra. Ecuador offers more that just beauty and fun. See details about Ecuador Medical tourism

I did not expect the exam would be as good or as easy in Florida, so was pleased when we received an advance courtesy call from the dermatology office. Ugh, I was impressed that is, until I understood the purpose of the call. There were no medical questions but a rather harsh “How are you going to pay? What type of insurance?” They seemed surprised and confused when I explained we would pay since we do not like an insurance company to interfere in our relations with our doctor. I now realize of course that this was under the mistaken idea that the doctor would actually engage in a conversation with us, beyond “Do not question the system”.

On the day of the exam we arrived early and were told to sign in and wait. Around 30 people were seated, I had some other issues to attend to and thought, “Maybe I can run out and deal with them”. I went to the empty counter to ask… “How long?” The reply was “Wait your turn.”

About an hour later our turn arrived. A trainee first looked at us and fed data into a computer. Then a technician came. The tech spent her time explaining how the trainee was new, temporary and did not know anything. Finally an MD (I think) came. There was no introduction and I still do not have a name. After one quick look the result was. “We’ll need to take biopsies.” Then after a short procedure we were told we would have results in three weeks. Nearly many hours and $900 later, we have no clue about anything except in three weeks I am pretty willing to bet we’ll have the same results that cost us an hour and $25 in Ecuador a few years ago.

In Ecuador dermatologists and many other doctors and dentists in the province of Imbabura province have been helping us and our readers create wonderful treatments and huge medical savings over many years.

One reader wrote about the dermatologist: (bolds are mine). “Dear Gary and Merri, I have been in Cotacachi for several weeks and have watched many happy travelers come and go. After hearing the exclamations of a few who had wonderful, therapeutic dermatological facials from Dr. Alquilerra in Ibarra, I decided to try one for myself. My intention was to simply get the facial, but after arriving and meeting the doctor, I was so impressed with his professional demeanor and his spotless, modern office that I mentioned a cyst that had been bothering me for several years. Imaging my surprise when he said, ‘Of course, let’s take care of it right now.’ In less than half an hour I had the cyst excised painlessly and was bandaged and ready to go. After asking me about any allergies to drugs that I might have, I was handed instructions and a prescription. My total so far – a remarkable $40.00. Our wonderful driver stopped at the “farmacia” (pharmacy) and took my prescriptions to be filled. For a Z-Pak of zithromycin I paid a whopping $14.00. Along with a prescription for a pain medication, an antiseptic wash and bandages, my farmacia total was $27.00 and some change. Before traveling to Ecuador I had checked on having the cyst removed by a dermatologist in Texas. “Here are my savings – both doctors, in the US and in Ecuador, are specialists.”

Low Cost Health Care Comparison


“The San Antonio Dermatologist quoted $1500 – for simple surgery plus $ 125 – antibiotics and pain medication or a total of $1625. The Ecuador Dermatologist charged $40.00 plus $27.35 antibiotics and pain meds for a total $67.35. “Even factoring in my trip to Ecuador and a hotel bill, I am way ahead. My doctor was polite, efficient and well trained. His office was clean, bright and had the latest medical equipment. I was not asked for any insurance or any money prior to the procedure.”

This leaves me feeling increasingly cynical about the US health care system. How many procedures are American patients subjected to that do not mean a thing but cost a lot?

Take for example the annual checkup. A recent New York Times article “Skip Your Annual Physical” Ezekiel J. Emanuel (1) says: Not having my annual physical is one small way I can help reduce health care costs — and save myself time, worry and a worthless exam.

Around 45 million Americans are likely to have a routine physical this year — just as they have for many years running.

There is only one problem: From a health perspective, the annual physical exam is basically worthless.

In 2012, the Cochrane Collaboration, an international group of medical researchers who systematically review the world’s biomedical research, analyzed 14 randomized controlled trials with over 182,000 people followed for a median of nine years that sought to evaluate the benefits of routine, general health checkups — that is, visits to the physician for general health and not prompted by any particular symptom or complaint.

The unequivocal conclusion: the appointments are unlikely to be beneficial. Regardless of which screenings and tests were administered, studies of annual health exams dating from 1963 to 1999 show that the annual physicals did not reduce mortality overall or for specific causes of death from cancer or heart disease. And the checkups consume billions, although no one is sure exactly how many billions because of the challenge of measuring the additional screenings and follow-up tests.

Spend your time and money on fun instead. Get rid of activity that others have fooled you into taking for their benefit not yours. Observe nature’s way and let this more powerful intelligence educate you.

Take for example the power of fun. Have you ever noticed how young children are so curious and always want to play? Playfulness turns them into dynamic learners. Learning is fun.

Western culture tends to compartmentalize life into separate spheres: work, family, education, politics, religion, recreation and entertainment. Most spheres are seen as being serious. These assumptions of division are not natural and they certainly are not fun! Work becomes pressure. Education creates tension… politics… anger… exercise… work. This compartmentalization separates work from play. This is an error. Play is nature’s way of motivating us and helping us learn. Joy is the most powerful motivational force. Fun and games are God’s great teachers!

Society can beat the playfulness out of you. A myriad of rules and responsibilities make you serious. This creates stagnation, rigidity and fear of change at a time when flexibility can be your most valuable asset and embracing change your most profitable and enjoyable activity.

Reverse the process. If youth encourages play, then play encourages youthfulness. Start to play in your work and exercise and your business and your investing. Your health can improve if you add play to your exercise programs.

Have an adventure. Take a trip. For example a trip to Ecuador can be free.

One reader wrote to me: “Hi Gary, I would recommend medical care in Ecuador any day. I went to Dr. Alquilerra in Ibarra to have 22 cysts removed. It took one-hour 10-mins. and he was thorough and gentle and charged: $200.

Six months prior I had ONE removed in Waynesville, N.C. from a P.A. It was obvious she didn’t get all of it as Dr. Alquielerra noticed, so he removed the rest. The P.A. charged $120.00 at their medical practice that I have to say looks like something back in the ’50’s. Dr. Alquilerra’s “State of the Art” facility was unbelievable. Never have I seen any here in N.C. as clean, as well run as his.

“I would recommend medical care in Ecuador over N.C. I cannot speak for the other states, but people I know across the U.S. are complaining that, if they lived after a particular procedure, the hospitals were not State-of-The-Art”. They were not as clean as they should have been. They had infections afterwards that put many back in the hospital, and that the nursing care was not adequate but hostile. Is this where this country is heading?”

Another reader wrote: “I have just been to Dr.Roberto E. Alicivar Viteri —an Oftalmologo in Manta (Opthamologist) in Manta who also goes to Portaviejo. He speaks English and trained for 5 years in Mexico. His exam to check for a detached retina was $25.00.”

Which would you rather spend, a day in a clinic waiting for impersonal treatment at a high cost, or a trip to Ecuador? In many instances the trip and better treatment will cost you less in Ecuador. Plus taking a trip is fun!

Figure out how to have some fun. This really is the best medicine.

Gary

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Live Anywhere – Earn in Ecuador

Ecuador Export Business Idea

Live anywhere – Earn in Ecuador with an export business in Ecuador.

Create an Ecuador exports business with Roberto Ribadeneira’s Ecuador Export Tour.   Merri and I have worked with Roberto for nearly twenty years exporting many products.

You can arrange an individual tour designed especially for you.

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Lake Quicocha near Cotacachi.

Visiting another country is great, but it is even better if you can do business while traveling!

Come to Ecuador and learn all about exports to the USA, Canada and Europe while visiting amazing places and earning money.

* You may be able to deduct part or all of this trip from your taxes.

* You can buy products to sell back home.

* You can learn about exporting from Ecuador to anywhere.

* You can even bring ideas to manufacture in Ecuador with great quality and competitive prices.

Coming to Ecuador not only won’t cost money but will make money for you.

Here is a note from Roberto Ribadeneira:

Let me share all the knowledge, contacts and products I have accumulated over decades of exporting.  Make your trip to Ecuador the beginning of a great business opportunity.

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Otavalo Market.  Learn about Tagua…a vegetable, sustainable, renewable ivory.

Let’s see some numbers.

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Tagua bracelet. Cost in Ecuador is $2.50 it is sold in the USA for at least $12.

Tagua necklace. Cost in Ecuador is $3, it is sold in the USA for at least $15.

Metal Bracelet. Cost in Ecuador is $1, it is sold in the USA for at least $10.

Shawl. Cost in Ecuador is $2.50, it is sold in the USA for at least $11.

Scarf.  Cost in Ecuador is $3.00 it is sold in the USA for at least $12.00.

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Alpaca Scarves.

These are just few examples of products that are inexpensive and have huge margins.  But there is also another plus; you can request specific improvements on those products.

But let’s go over some numbers and specific ideas.

1-    You want to sell a tagua bracelet to a University in Colorado, but everyone can do that, what they can’t do is sell a tagua bracelet with the University’s color. We can dye the tagua bracelet to match the University’s color, same goes for any other tagua designs and even for shawls and other textiles. If you make just $9 on each tagua bracelet and you sell 100 units, you are making $900 on 1 order.  And this is just 1 product, and this is just 1 University.  You can apply this idea to any education center in the USA.

2-    You see designs of leather products that you think could be made better, or different.  There is a niche market where you can sell them.  The manufacturers in Ecuador can make any design, on any color with major improvements over the original idea.  You can even request to put a logo and special details on the products.  We have a major company in the USA that wants our leather iPhone 6 cases, but they want them with their branding and specifications that other cases don’t have.  So we are making the leather cases exactly as they want them.  Margins on leather products are around 60% retail and 20% wholesale. Orders for medium size companies come in the hundreds, so you can make good money selling leather. Customers and myself have made thousands of dollars selling these products.

3-    Selling Roses to final customers is another amazing way of making money.  What I am doing right now is reaching to people that want to raise funds for specific projects and teaching them how to use roses for that.  On one specific program we are donating $20 to $40 on each box sold to a Water Project in Ecuador.  The response has been unbelievable, people enjoy the beauty of Roses from Ecuador but also contribute to a good cause at the same time.  Since there is no limit on quantity of flowers that you can sell, there is no limit on the number of people that you can involve in this idea.

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Rose Farm Processing Facility.

4-    Selling wholesale. This is the main goal for the July course that I want you to take here in Ecuador.  If you find a store, a chain, a website or any other vendor that sells unique and cool products, you are in for a great business opportunity. Their orders are in the hundreds and even thousands of units.  Margins are lower, but since you are selling more, that compensates.  The nice thing about this part of the business is that these big companies are looking for different products, so if they buy 1 from you, there is a big chance that they will buy many, many others.  Remember that our manufacturers can make the products with the customer’s specifications, so there is no restriction on design that your buyer may want.

As you can see there are many ways in which you can make money while visiting Ecuador.  That is why I have designed an Ecuador Export Course that can be especially customized for you.

We work 3 full days together learning and searching for products that you could buy.  You and I will go over ideas, product designs, web design, shopping carts, SEO and other details on how to get as many customers as you can.

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Leather Duffel Bags.

The course includes taking you to the manufacturers, sellers and export companies so you will have all the contact information that you need to move forward on your business.  There are dozens of manufacturers that make every type of product that you can imagine.  Most of them already work with big importers all over the world and have proved that the quality of their products is amazing.

If you would like to sell retail, I will also show you how to design a website, create products, a shopping cart, how to set up the system to charge your customers online and the basics of promoting it.

There are plenty of places to visit and ideas to explore. Among the places that you will visit while on the Export Tour are:
–    Quito
–    Otavalo
–    Peguche
–    Ibarra
–    Cotacachi
–    San Antonio de Pichincha

This is not just another course, this is THE COURSE. I don’t just teach you how to Import Products to the USA, I also work on the import-export business myself, which means that I have the experience and knowledge to give you ideas and solutions.

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Jewelry is one of many Ecuador exports.

Ecuador has evolved as an export center and I have expanded my export service to create custom export tours that fit your schedule and particular desires.

I arrange for you to meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers of products that suit your business ideals and arrange visits of workshops, homes and markets.

You can learn about exports as diverse as jewelry or wood products.

Ecuador has great art exports.

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There are wonderful handmade crafts like the chess set below.

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This tour goes to the high Andes.

You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items.

Here you see them in hand sewn embroidery from the village of Zuleta. In this Andean community near us hand embroidery has been an important form of artistic expression and adornment for centuries. Andean cultures have long boasted superior textiles, far surpassing those of Europe. The weavers of the Andes could produce material with as many as five hundred two-ply woolen wefts per inch compared to one hundred in Europe.

The women of Zuleta are renowned for unique hand embroidered designs and colors. Their styles are so unique they have become a form of cultural identification.

Flowers are popular in Otavalan sweaters as well.  Plus the ladies of Intag make flowers from plant fiber.

My main exports are flowers, but we send many products and have the Ecuadorshop Logistics Service to help you become an exporter.

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Roberto speaking at a seminar about how he can shop, ship and charge for Ecuador export businesses.

Here is a Ecuador export business I arranged for a tour delegate who sold to the Texas Rangers.

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Texas Ranger badge.

Almost everyone has heard of the Texas Rangers.  They are the oldest law enforcement body on the North American Continent and have helped bring in many famous criminals like John Wesley Hardin and Bonnie and Clyde.

We were really tickled to hear from a delegate of the Ecuador Export tours that he had sold hundreds of embossed Ecuador leather backpacks to the Texas Rangers and that was just the first order.

Here are some of the services we offer to help you export from Ecuador to the USA.

#1:    A US company.

#2:   A continuous bond, which has to be purchased each year to be eligible to register to import with the US Customs.

#3:   A broker who has a power of attorney authorizing them to handle your imports.

#4:   A US bank account to pay US customs department when taxes and duties are due.

Plus if you are selling direct to customers and accepting credit cards, you need:

#1:   A verifiable credit history and Social Security number.

#2:  A gateway company to process the charges.

#3:   A credit card merchant account.

#4: A certified, secure  shopping cart.

#5:  An annual PCI compliance review and certification

#6:  An EIN number provided by the IRS

#7:  A sales number issued by the state of Florida.

#8: A Physical US address (PO box not allowed).

#9:  Monthly accounting system.

#10: IRS annual sales report.

We can help you organize all these steps.

Our Ecuadorshop Logistics Service provides all these services for exporters.

There are two more very special benefits.

First, our logistics service can pay manufactures in Ecuador.

Second, our service can monitor production and quality and assure timely delivery.

Many people try to export and find really great products that they sell really well.   However once they return to the US they can’t restock unless they return to Ecuador.  If they do reorder but are not present for delivery, they are at the mercy of the manufacturer… which creates a huge quality control problem.  These importers get whatever suppliers here send them.

Many don’t even try to reorder.  They don’t know how.  They don’t want to wire  money without seeing the product and being are of delivery.

Many others just have no idea or find that the income is not worth the time, effort and cost of all the red tape.

The good news is that I do not get in-between the importer and buyer either.  I set a price for my service and the importer knows his product cost.

Our service is provided for a set fee so the importer knows all costs and can price his product accordingly.

This is a great service that provides every detail for importing products into the USA.   We have used this logistics service ourselves for years.  One big benefit is that the service can send each product direct to the buyer in the USA.  We sell Ecuador roses… charge the customer and deliver the order to our logistics service.   Everything else is handled by the service.   The  tracking notice and the roses are delivered direct to the buyer.  The logistics service then charges our credit card and pays the supplier… so no money has to be wired to Ecuador.

The Ecuadorshop Logistics service makes large and medium scale Ecuador exporting possible.   Exporting can be fun and fulfilling as well as profitable.  Improved technology continually makes having your own global micro business easier if you have support.

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Wood Carver in San Antonio de Ibarra.

Come to Ecuador and make extra income while learning about global trade and expanding your possibilities.

Ecuador has amazing products that are unique and very affordable.  This makes them more attractive and more lucrative.  Additional to this you don’t need to make thousands of items to get a good deal. In Ecuador most products are hand made, which means that specifications and quantities match what the customer needs.

Have a great experience in Ecuador while doing business. You will learn about Ecuador, the products and the people.

In addition to help the success of your export business Gary & Merri Scott are giving each course attendee their online course “Tangled Web How to Have an Internet Business”.   This is a $299 online course that I asked the Scotts to provide to you free.

This course focuses on how to use modern technology to start and run or improve a global micro businesses… that can create valuable extra income with minimal investments of time and capital.

You learn how to start small and build with stepping stones and a harmonious focus… how to build a successful at home business via the internet using several profit generating phrases at Google.

You gain the secrets of how you can use words to create your own global income… whether you travel or stay at home.

The course shares how to create a website and utilizes the first four of “Seven Ps”  (Person, Problem and Promise, Product) to zero in on key word phrases.  Then you learn how to use the Fifth P Promise to develop new customers. The Sixth P is the Prospecting Path and Seventh P is the Presentation to create income.

You can gain all the facts on how to use the seven Ps to create internet sales.  The internet can support your Ecuador Export business.

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New Super Highway Quito Airport to Cotacachi.

Food, accommodations and travel to and from Quito Ecuador are not included.  Travel on the tour is included.

This is a three day customized tour.  We fine tune the schedule depending on what you would like to see more as you may have more interest in certain products.  We make adjustments based on your business needs so the tour will be most beneficial to you.

Here is a typical three day tour

Day One:  Leave from Quito to Cotacachi at 09:00.  Start at 12:00 in Cotacachi, visit to leather town to see what products you can make in leather. We visit suppliers and manufacturers for ideas on what you can buy or have made.

Lunch break 14:00 – 15:00.

16:00 – Go to San Antonio de Ibarra to see wood products, meet manufacturers and review designs that can be exported from Ecuador.  Visit ends at 18:00.

Day Two:  Start at 10:00 after breakfast at the hotel.  Visit Otavalo for Tagua and textiles.  Visit see manufacturers, review products on what can be purchased or made. See how to develop personal labels. Find volume discounts etc.   Meet with supplier for new products to make, high-end tagua items, new products of bamboo, baby blankets, baby products, Christmas products. Products made of Alpaca, specific designs.

Lunch break 13:00

14:00 – Talk to cargo agency, see packing, costs, how to ship, taxes, etc.  15:00 – Visit manufacturer for sweaters, shawls, and other textiles, he can make specific designs for you.  17:00: Create a website, a shopping cart, manage logistic, storage and shipping cost with FedEx or Mail Service.

Day Three.  Starts at 10:00 after breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Otavalo Market, fair day. See all the products available, purchase items for business, talk to all the vendors, see different products, low cost textiles, low cost jewelry, ponchos, sweaters, shawls, products for under $2 a piece.

12:00 – Tagua, jewelry, what designs you can make, cost of personalized items. Jewelry store for Tagua products, they create designs for inexpensive tagua jewelry.

13:00 – 14:00 lunch.  15:00, see rugs, alpaca products, honey products, flowers, etc.  End at 18:00

Individual Export tour for one $799

Individual Export Tour couple $999

“Tangled Web How to Have an Internet Business” will be emailed to you when you enroll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Laughter is the best medicine

(2) Health benefits of a smile

(3) Skip Your Annual Physical Ezekiel J. Emanuel