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  1. Get used to the weekend lockdowns. My contact told me before Easter that Panama would be locking down the weekends. THEN, the notices from the US Embassy said, if you go back and read them, saturday and Sunday will be total quarantine "for now", meaning Easter weekend. then the same "for now" message after Easter. The "for now" statement is there again this week. I was waiting to see who was telling the truth. My contact or the Embassy. My contact. What do you think the reason is they just don't forthrightly say, Only 5 day weeks from now on til we say so? They know full well that's the plan, but they're deceptively pretending that it's a week by week decision. They're waiting till they have everyone compliant like good children, then we can all go and play recess. This is not about health and well being. It's about control. The numbers just don't support this extreme measure.
  2. "Uncommon Knowledge" is a Hoover Institution program is interview format in which authorities on various topics discuss the issues of the day. This interview with Stanford Professor of Medicine and Research Associate, Jay Bhattacharya is quite informative. Just when I thought I'd OD'd on covid-19 info, I discovered this somewhat contrary information. For me, it was refreshing to hear.
  3. Not wanting to be insensitive to the importance of the ubiquitous information about covid-19 ; and the need to maintain "social distancing" which in the days before antibiotics, was the most effective way to manage contagious infections; life goes on for the rest of us who thankfully, are maintaining health. That said, what if there is a domestic emergency such as a plumbing or electrical problem? How can we address this without any open ferreterias? I've asked our friends and family who live in US states from East to West, and I'm hearing that the hardware stores are still open and considered ESSENTIAL SERVICES. And as "shut-ins", this can be a good time to take care of other hardware related maintenance issues at home. Is there any word on the status of when ferreterias will re-open for even a few hours a day, or on "men's days"? If this lockdown continues thru April as anticipated, and I've even heard from a Panamanian friend who said it could go on until June, it seems excessive to go without the essential service of ferreterias. We certainly wouldn't expect to go that long without groceries, which no one would doubt are also essential. Thankfully, we have plenty of well stocked supermarkets, as opposed to what is being experienced in some places in the states. What about ferreterias? Just asking... (wasn't sure where to post this)
  4. Last night I received a note from Melissa, Senior Vice President at PriceSmart. I asked her about whether PriceSmart only accepts their own credit card since now they're on a no cash basis. I'm sharing portions of her responses because of the frustrations members have expressed over the availability of favorite items. Shoppers aren't the only frustrated and/or challenged ones! I have not asked Melissa's permission to share this, but since it opens a bit of a window to the operations to one of our most frequented stores, and one for which we maintain high expectations, I took the liberty.
  5. Is there a published list somewhere of the number of cases of the virus in Panama. I recently saw a list of cases in Chiriqui based on where they were, i.e. Bugaba, Boqueron, Cerro Punta, etc. is there an updated list of incidences for the country as well as Chiriqui?
  6. PriceSmart has to deal with many bureaucratic procedures to import food stuffs and other products into Panama. I used to live and work in Saudi Arabia, and it was a similar issue. When something as simple as Peanut butter or tuna got stocked in the stores, the word would go out that those items were in, people would stock up on those items immediately, and then anyone who didn't get the items would wait sometimes for another 9 months until the next shipment came in and went thru the same importation bureaucratic process. That's how it is when living abroad. These are the threads from recent emails from PriceSmart regarding the lasagna. March 5: the Buyer is working on a replacement from Nestle Stouffers...but we're currently unable to provide a timeline. March 6: I received, today, from Nestle.- Lasagna – we have expedited this product, I have BuyDoc, Photos, and partially completed Technical Data Sheet – we are waiting for Certificate of Origin to proceed issuing the FTA, this takes the most time internallyNot sure which market SassyBlake is in but if it is Central America it will be a while before we get registrations. At least 6 months from the time we get all documents. March 15: About the lasagna - only 1 SKU is in the works due to limited space. note from SassyBlake: I'm assuming that the one SKU means the lasagna will be either meat of vegetarian, but not both varieties; at this time. They want to meet the requests, so if there is a demand and the item is a good seller, they'll do what they can to keep us stocked.
  7. Javier, have you thought about asking for 12 volunteers who would each commit to buying 1 large bag of dog food a month for 6 months, so to help with the food costs with Dog Camp? I think I remember that you use about 1 bag of food every 3 days. Is that right? So if 12 volunteers would each commit to one bag a month, that would keep your out-of-pocket costs down. I would commit to 12 bags; 1 a month for a year. If 12 people agreed to do it, then we could coordinate with you for our delivery days so you don't get overwhelmed with too many bags at one time.
  8. Hm-m-m. I sent them the photo of the screen, which is in English, and Schwab didn't indicate that, and neither did the Banco Nacional Rep. But it's an interesting thought. But why wouldn't the other ATMs from other banks have a similar message/disclosure?
  9. The Banco Nacional ATM shows that there is a $4 fee for cash disbursements. But when you confirm that you agree to this, the receipt shows it deducts $5.25. My husband discovered this at the Boquete Banco Nacional ATM. Today, I saw this again at a Banco Nacional branch in David. When I addressed this with the Customer Service person at the Boquete branch she rather defiantly said, "check your statement. If in fact, there is a $5.25 deduction, your bank must dispute it, and our bank will settle it with your bank." I checked my statement and sure enough, there are all $5.25 fees from the Banco Nacional ATM. I called Schwab, who issued our ATM card. They actually reimburse the ATM fees back into our account; so it's them whose being cheated. It doesn't matter to me who is paying the bill, it appears to be cheating on the part of Banco Nacional. Maybe someone can enlighten me, but it seems that when we agree to the $4 fee, that is a contract between the client and the ATM owner. Schwab had no idea that this was going on and they were alarmed that it was happening. Unfortunately, at least at the level of management that I was dealing with, they said it was not in their authority to pursue the bank. But if anyone reading this has to have the ATM fee taken from their personal account, please check your statements and be aware that it appears that Banco Nacional is cheating. When I told the Customer Service person that this appears to be fraud since we agree to the $4 fee, and then they assess a $5.25 fee. The Banco Nacional representative didn't seem the least bit interested, apologetic, or interested in trying to explain it--as if there is a legitimate explanation.
  10. I forgot to mention, they're the insulated bags for carrying hot or cold items--not together in the same bag of course!
  11. Sorry, I forgot to mention that. I bought it yesterday but I can't put my hand on the receipt at the moment. But it was $9+ change. maybe $9.95 or whatever change PriceSmart typically charges. So just figure they're about $10.
  12. I've purchased a ream of computer paper at mandarin in Boquete.
  13. The nice looking shopping bags are back at PriceSmart. Just came in a couple days ago. Only 160 came to our David store. Item number 377597. Not at the registers. They're in the back of the store
  14. In the past, there were some requests for real vanilla extract at PriceSmart. At the time of the inquiries, real vanilla extract was $30+ a bottle. It's still a bit pricey, $25 + change, but at least it's here now. I don't know anything about whether it'll be a regular item or for how long it'll be on the shelves. But if you need real vanilla extract, it's at PriceSmart now.
  15. https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/agq-encore/ttac/?utm_campaign=mail-agq&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email&utm_content=agq-docuseries-reg&utm_term=prelaunch to sign up for free viewing of the miniseries.
  16. are you suggesting that the clinical studies they cite are invalid just for the fact that Natural News cites them?
  17. It was gratifying to see this article of some clinical studies that validate the use of high doses of Vitamin C in treating cancers. In "The Truth About Cancer", series, I can't remember whether they mention Vitamin C. Of course, they mention many other very interesting approaches. So I've included the link to the article as a fyi for anyone searching alternatives. High doses of vitamin C aggressively kill cancer cells, research confirms https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-10-07-high-doses-of-vitamin-c-aggressively-kills-cancer-cells.html I mentioned earlier my successful treatment of feline leukemia with high dose Vitamin C. My awed Panamanian Vet, said, "I've never read anything in the literature about it." My American Vet thought it was very interesting. Actually, the medical literature has lots of references over the decades of the benefits of high dose vitamin C. The problem is that pharmaceutical companies can't patent "what God made", so Vitamin C hasn't gotten much "press". But anyone can research Linus Pauling M.D, and Thomas Levy, MD. The former was a pioneer in Vitamin C, and the later is carrying the torch. A beauty of Panamanian medical doctors is that they don't scoff at the use of 'alternatives'. They often admit they're unfamiliar with them, but they don't demean the patient for wanting to incorporate them-- that's my limited experience with docs here.
  18. Some of the "thinking" adults who have "educated" themselves are in fact licensed, practicing M.D.'s. Some are featured in the series, and others work in Private Practice in the States and elsewhere. As an aside. My husband's cousin is an M.D., and she watched the series, and said there is one M.D. in the series who practices in the Seattle area where she was working, and she was very aware of his work and told us he is pretty well known in the area for his good work, but he is persecuted horribly by the medical community there. One of the things I appreciate about Medical Practitioners here in Panama and in Chile (where we've also lived), aka M.D.s, is that their medical education doesn't teach them to be hostile to alternatives. And in fact, physicians here, at least the ones i've spoken with, even seem to know some things about alternatives. That's commendable. It makes them more objective about options. As was said earlier, there are no guarantees in life, or in serious-illness treatments, some people die whether they do one modality or the other. Question: If I recall Steve Jobs' tragic health issue, and I didn't follow it, didn't he have pancreatic cancer, which doesn't have an excellent prognosis? And didn't he also have a liver transplant which would compromise his prognosis? And actually, none of this back and forth matters, because in the end the posting of the Series is an invitation for open-minded, or curious individuals to be aware of the series and do what they will with it. Watch it or not. There is no agenda here to try to make anyone believe or discredit anything. It's just an announcement of a doc-series, which admittedly, does have an agenda. That said, so too, do the references you mentioned, have an agenda. People have to make their own decisions about the information and will act accordingly. Watch or not watch. It's just an announcement. I don't have a dog in the fight. There is no need to dissuade or convince anyone of anything. It's just the posting of an 'event'. All "thinking" and "educated" individuals will continue to think and educate themselves, and make appropriate life choices.
  19. I forgot to include in the post above: in reference to the doctors who themselves wouldn't opt for the very treatments they promote: we worked in orthopedics. We had doctors as patients. One of our patients was a prominent Oncologist in our medical community. wonderful man. well liked, well respected. When he himself got melanoma, he too, chose NOT TO TAKE traditional cancer therapy. These are all anecdotal instances. But we're not about censoring what people read, think, or watch. If nothing else, it's a very interesting series, and it's informational.
  20. For Dottie: I just got back from PriceSmart and the 5 lb ground turkey rolls are in! go get them. I only bought 1 so as to save some for you!! lol
  21. there are those who might think alternative treatments are controversial. Everyone is entitled to their perspective. I personally, have friends who when their children had serious health challenges chose NOT to have parts of their children's intestines cut out, and chose instead to treat alternatively, and the child is now grown and, is a father, and is in perfect health. I also, have a friend who was treated for prostate cancer by one of the doctors in the series, and he's doing great, even though the cancer was diagnosed as advanced. Also, while I was at a doctor's office many years ago, before we even knew what we now know about alternative options, and there was a magazine in the office wherein, doctors were interviewed about what their choices would be if they received a cancer diagnosis, and 100% of the doctors interviewed said while they'd recommend chemo and radiation to their patients, they themselves WOULD NOT opt for the traditional cancer treatments. That said, they didn't say they'd try alternative treatments, they said they'd just "get their affairs in order" and spend their days with their families. They said they were aware of the quality of life issues with traditional treatments, and chose not to go that direction. And finally, of course allopathic practitioners would poo-poo the series, as it is a direct threat to their cash cow. I've had 2 cats that had feline leukemia diagnosed. It is considered a death sentence for a cat. There is no cure for it. In both instances I treated the cats alternatively with a protocol I'd researched, and in both instances, the cats ultimately tested negative for feline leukemia after the treatment and went on to live healthy long lives. The Vets, were surprised and baffled. They couldn't believe it. All these examples are from my own little world. People die from traditional approaches and people die when they've tried alternatives. Ultimately, we don't control whether we die. It's in God's hands. But it's a quality of life choice in the end. People are in charge of their own health choices when they educate themselves. People who watch the series will make their own decisions about the validity.
  22. I have asked Melissa about the inventory control and other things mentioned in the comments above. She travels a lot for PriceSmart, so when there are questions on the table, she has to catch up with whomever it is that is in charge of the department the questions pertains to. if that makes sense... I'm waiting for answers, and will surely forward them when they come. one thing she has mentioned is that a lot of times, the "only once" items are things they got a special buy on, or are wanting to see how well they're received. THEN, they have to figure out, if it's any item they'll carry, where they'll put it in their limited shelf space. And that means having to delete something else which isn't moving so fast, and replacing it with the newly popular item. It's always a gamble when they introduce a new item that is popular at first. Because they have to try to determine whether the popularity is because of novelty or because it's going to be a good seller. Grey Poupon for instance: when I first came to panama, they had it. then, I never saw it again. I contacted them and plead the case for more. they said it wasn't a good seller so they discontinued it. I begged. I said the expat population is very fluid and so you never know whether there are folks here now who would buy it. So they told me, "ok. just this once. So when it comes, stock up because it's only a one time deal". I stocked up. A lot. And it's still there. I asked, "what's up with that?". They said it was such a good seller, they decided to keep it...until it stops selling... So I have an overstock of Grey Poupon. funny! But they had to delete something else in order to carry it. I have no idea what got deleted. but I guess it's not missed, what ever it was. Retailing is a tough business. Just like the restaurant business. Tastes/likes change. PriceSmart tries really hard to introduce new things, and balance it with the tried and true. About the napkins, and other inventory control issues, I don't know, but I've asked and am waiting.
  23. Mark your calendars "The Truth About Cancer” is a 9 part online docu-series about cancer treatment alternatives. The 9 part “The Truth About Cancer” series will re-air again on Oct 9. It’s free to watch, but you have to register. Here’s the broadcasting schedule for The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest docu-series beginning on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. All episodes begin streaming at 9:00pm Eastern US time on the date listed below and will be available for approximately 24 hours, after which time the next episode will be loaded onto our site. (Be sure to print out and save this email.) Episode 1: Tuesday, October 9th The True History of Chemotherapy & The Pharmaceutical Monopoly Episode 2: Wednesday, October 10th Cancer Facts and Fictions, Breast Cancer, Hormones, Skin Cancer & Essential Oils Episode 3: Thursday, October 11th Cancer-Killing Viruses, Cancer Stem Cells, GMOs, Juicing & Eating the Rainbow Episode 4: Friday, October 12th Excitotoxins that Fuel Cancer, Nature’s Pharmacy and Healing Cancer with Sound & Light Episode 5: Saturday, October 13th Cancer Causing Blindspots, Toxic Vaccines, Homeopathy & The Power of Emotions Episode 6: Sunday, October 14th The NOCEBO Effect, Healing Vaccines, Advanced Detoxing & Going Inside A German Cancer Clinic Episode 7: Monday, October 15th Heal Cancer with Clean Electricity, Unique Water, Natural Sunlight & Combining Superfoods Episode 8: Tuesday, October 16th Cannabis, Nature’s Epigenetic Switches, Peptides & Healing with Micronutrient Therapy Episode 9: Wednesday, October 17th Cancer Conquerors & Their Powerful Stories of Victory Again, all episodes start airing at 9pm ET US time and will be available for 24 hours. We will send you a reminder for each episode moving forward and the private link where you can watch it. God bless, Ty & Charlene Bollinger (who actually lived in Boquete for a time) P.S. - We’re putting together a sneak preview for you on the exact topics we’ll be diving into in The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest. To Register and watch for free, go to this site. https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com This will enable you to get the link to watch for free and receive the “sneak preview".
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