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  1. I am sending this out as a public service announcement. Most of us want to be reasonably healthy so that we can enjoy our lives and extend them through that "ripe old age" we all aspire to. These are my thoughts on how to do that. Doctors and hospitals kill people? Yes, there have been reports that people were being intentionally (or apparently intentionally) killed in Elmhurst Hospital in Brooklyn during the COVID-19 virus scare, but that is not what I am talking about here. According to a 2004 report authored by multiple medical doctors (entitled “Death by Medicine”), the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine in the US is an astounding 783,936 per year. You can read the article and the report, itself, at the link in the paragraph above. I believe that there is a place for doctors and hospitals, mostly in the areas of health maintenance, traumatic injuries and a few other areas. It is a choice for every individual to make. Unfortunately, most doctors are trained to believe that treatment with pharmaceutical drugs and with knives and saws are the best approaches to treatment when actually, they should be last resorts. I am now eighty-six years old and moderately decrepit but otherwise in rather good health. I have never had a broken bone and never had an operation inside my body. I have visited doctors maybe four or five times in the nearly twelve years we have lived in Boquete. I take no prescription medications. I do, however, take colloidal silver to strengthen my immune system and boron supplement to keep my bones strong. I also take a variety of carefully selected vitamins and supplements to maintain the health of my brain and body. I need to clearly say that I am not a doctor. I have a degree in biology and one in mathematics. My wife is a registered nurse; that's about as close as I come. But I study a lot about medical and health matters and am willing to talk with you and give suggestions for no charge with the caveat that they are only suggestions that you can follow or not follow. To the extent that I might recommend one or more products that I make and sell myself, this could be considered a form of infomercial. But as with any other recommendations, you can follow or not follow them. I have long followed the principle that I do not help little old ladies cross the street if they don't want to cross the street. Having said all of that, I would like to invite anyone who may have questions about how to maintain his or her health and possibly minimize medical visits and the use of pharmaceutical drugs to contact me and let me know a bit about your situation. Please be aware that one answer you could possibly receive from me is "I don't know." I only operate within the limits of my knowledge and experience, though I am willing to do some limited investigation. If you would like to receive a packet of information about my El Matador products, please mention that when you send an email. I can send it via email or WhatsApp. Feel free to share this post with other people you think may be interested. My email address is usn11958@gmail. com. Please mention CHIRIQUI.LIFE in the subject line. Thanks, Bob Gregory
  2. The El Matador Review The rainy season here has returned---with a vengeance. Rains in May and so far in June have been both heavier and more frequent. That's because of something called the Central America Gyre, a weather feature that can occur with changing seasons, leaving a low pressure system loitering over our area and dumping a lot of rain, often enough to cause flooding. One personal effect of this for most of us is more mold on furniture, rugs, draperies, shoes, leather jackets, coats, hats, etc. Preventive treatment with El Matador Mold Killer can save problems for you later. If you already are seeing mold, clean it off with a damp cloth and treat with the Mold Killer. El Matador products are mostly about your health, even the Mold Killer, because it kills and prevents mold in your home, reducing allergies and infections. El Matador Colloidal Silver can kill infections as well or better than antibiotics, but in a different way. It can kill bacteria, and, unlike antibiotics, not permit the bacteria to become resistant to it. It also kills viruses and fungi, which antibiotics cannot do. If you are ill with a cold, influenza or any viral or bacterial infection, two ounces per day for two days, followed by two tablespoons per day if symptoms persist will generally bring you back to good health. Prevention is even better than curing, and two teaspoons of El Matador Colloidal Silver per day will strengthen your immunity to many different kinds of infections so that you wil not be likely to become ill. You can also use El Matador Colloidal Silver on cuts, scrapes and, especially, burns. Keep some in your medicine cabinet. A handy adjunct to liquid El Matador Colloidal Silver is El Matador Ouch-Aid topical gel. It is made with stronger colloidal silver for topical use only, and it stays where you put it. It's great for cuts, scrapes, burns and for accelerating healing of all kinds, even after operations. El Matador Boron Supplement will strengthen your bones, prevent arthritis and osteoporosis and treat arthritis or osteoporosis if you already have them. It can also be used to treat internal candida infections. It that were not enough, it also helps balance both male and female hormones. A preventive dose is 3 teaspoons per day, and a treatment dose is six teaspoons per day. Other dosages apply for treating candida. With adjusted dosages, these products can also be very helpful for your pets. I also have available El Matador Pup-Fresh to make your dog smell better between baths and Nitenpyram capsules to kill fleas in 30 minutes with just one dose. I have a number of expat and Panamanian customers who regularly use these products and who may be willing to tell you about their experiences with them if you're interested. With the Tuesday market not currently in operation, most folks are coming to my house to pick up products. With email and WhatsApp texts, it's easy to coordinate a visit. For anyone who is interested, I can send a packet of information by email. There are prices and descriptions of the products and also documents that explain how to use them. One document is a 45-page Colloidal Silver Manual. If you would like this packet of information, please send your email address or WhatsApp number to usn11958@gmail.com. Use the subject line “El Matador.” Thanks, Bob Gregory
  3. I know, that got your attention, because it sure got mine !!!. https://www.sciencealert.com/virus Here is a little excerpt to wet your whistle .. .( not a politically correct expression these daze): A virus is genetic material contained within an organic particle that invades living cells and uses their host's metabolic processes to produce a new generation of viral particles. Are viruses alive? This is a question scientists continue to discuss as definitions of life and ecology change. Current thinking suggests viruses should be considered part of a complex living system, one that extends between all organisms. 'Virions' are the inactive particles that move through the environment, which we don't tend to think of as alive. Only once they're part of a cell do viruses take on living characteristics of their own, borrowing the host's biochemistry to reproduce. As such, it's more accurate to think of viruses as part of the continuum between chemistry and biology, one that isn't clearly divided into living and non-living.
  4. We are in a position of being unable to ignore the fact and the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But it need not be the all-consuming central focus of our lives. The subject is difficult to avoid on television, but I am able to go out to my workshop and spend quiet time straightening things and sorting nuts, bolts, screws and other hardware. Our dog is unaware of the virus problem and is still excited about hunting and retrieving his toys. There are meals to prepare and dishes to wash. Life goes on, but with fewer places to go. Though we don't need to constantly think about the virus problem, we remain aware of the need to take extra precautions, wash hands regularly and well and, when going out, to be aware of the need to wear gloves or sanitize doorknobs and various handles, such as handles of shopping carts. If we do these things well and limit or stop visits in our homes, we should be able to maintain a good defense against infection from the virus. However, as we all know, perfection is very difficult to achieve. What if you don't remember to remove your gloves before touching your own doorknob? What if you need to ride in a taxi or to give someone a ride in your car? What if someone you're sure is "clean" visits in your home but later realizes that he or she has been exposed? Sanitizing will become the order of the day. See the information below. Ozone gas has been proven to kill the SARS coronavirus, and since the structure of the new COVID-19 coronavirus is almost identical to that of the SARS coronavirus, it is relatively safe to say that it will also work on the new coronavirus, though it must be noted that there are no studies to date except one that is currently ongoing in China at the Institute of Virology in Hubei with regard to this. Progress of that study has shown that it works, and the study should be concluded by the end of this week and officially published in the journal Virology. There are more than 17 scientific studies that show Ozone gas is able to destroy the SARS coronavirus. Ozone is a naturally occurring gas created from oxygen atoms. The oxygen molecule is made up of 2 oxygen atoms. These oxygen molecules are broken into atoms by the corona discharge during lightning storms or by UV light from the Sun. Single oxygen atoms cannot exist alone without regrouping back into di-atomic oxygen molecules. During this recombination stage some atoms will regroup into loosely bonded tri-atomic oxygen. This new molecule is called Ozone or O3. Ozone generators are able to make ozone from normal air and are commonly used as room disinfectants. The antipathogenic effects of ozone have been substantiated for several decades. It can spread to contact everything in a house. Its killing action upon bacteria, viruses, fungi, and for many species of protozoa, serves as the basis for its increasing use in disinfecting municipal water supplies in cities worldwide. Typically, viruses are small, independent particles, built of crystals and macromolecules. Unlike bacteria, they multiply only within the host cell. Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, resulting in damage of the viral RNA. At higher concentrations, ozone destroys the capsid or exterior protein shell by oxidation. Numerous families of viruses including poliovirus I and 2, human rotavruses, Norwalk virus, Parvoviruses, and Hepatitis A, B and non-A non-B are among many others that are susceptible to the virucidal actions of ozone. Most research efforts on ozone's virucidal effects have centered upon ozone's propensity to break apart lipid molecules at sites of multiple bond configuration. Indeed, once the lipid envelope of the virus is fragmented, its DNA or RNA core cannot survive. Non-enveloped viruses (Adenoviridae, Picornaviridae, namely poliovirus, Coxsachie, Echovirus, Rhinovirus, Hepatitis A and E, and Reoviridae (Rotavirus), have also begun to be studied. Viruses that do not have an envelope are called "naked viruses." They are constituted of a nucleic acid core (made of DNA or RNA) and a nucleic acid coat, or capsid, made of protein. Ozone, however, aside from its well-recognized action upon unsaturated lipids, can also interact with certain proteins and their constituents, namely amino acids. Indeed, when ozone comes in contact with capsid proteins, protein hydroxides and and protein hydroperoxides are formed. Viruses have no protections against oxidative stress. The enveloped viruses are usually more sensitive to physico-chemical challenges than are naked virions. Although ozone's effects upon unsaturated lipids is one of its best-documented biochemical actions, ozone is known to interact with proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The new coronavirus is an enveloped virus. If you have an air freshening ozone machine such as an Alpine brand or similar brand, I suggest that you keep it operating in your home a lot of the time while limiting open windows. Just now, we are all properly taking serious precautions, and there seem to be few people in our area who are infected. That may or may not change. If you should know or have a strong reason to believe that an infected person has been inside your home (or car), and you want to sanitize with ozone, give me a call at 6745-2828 or send a WhatsApp message. The house would need to have all windows and doors closed, with no people, pets or house plants inside for four to six hours, depending on the size of the house. Incidentally, at the same time, the ozone would kill any mold and mold odors that may be in the house. Please understand that this is not crass commercialism or a big sales pitch. I provide scientific information, and you decide what to do. I have a high-output ozone machine usually used for controlling mold, mold odors, smoke odors and other odors. It happens that it is also effective against viruses, and I would not want to withhold that information or the machine's availability from anyone who should need it. The same is true of the use of colloidal silver to keep the immune system strong or to treat an infection. It is known that colloidal silver can kill more than 650 different bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is known to kill the SARS Coronavirus. If you would like more information by email, send a message to usn11958@gmail.com with the subject El Matador.
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    FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/ Introducing Boquete's First PLANT-BASED FOOD CHALLENGE - a full month of eating as many plant-based whole foods as you can. Join nutrition professionals, food specialists & wellness advocates for a guided journey towards better health. The step-by-step Challenge Guide, along with daily instructions, recipes, tips and resources are there to help you along the way. You'll also get access to special deals on gym passes, organic food products and more. What to Expect Each week, you will get an email with a new set of "challenge goals" worth points that you collect. Points are submitted and weekly prizes are distributed. Participants with the most points at the end of the month are deemed the challenge WINNERS. Participate alone or with a friend for a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE: a custom-made, plant-based meal for two, prepared by culinary master Chef Chris Young. Free to sign up and open to everyone. To participate, join this group and send us a message with your full name and email address. ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? To learn more, come to our Kick-off Event 2 PM on Feb 28th at Boulder54 Questions? Send an email to: wfpbchallenge@gmail.com FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/
  6. FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/ Introducing Boquete's First PLANT-BASED FOOD CHALLENGE - a full month of eating as many plant-based whole foods as you can. Join nutrition professionals, food specialists & wellness advocates for a guided journey towards better health. The step-by-step Challenge Guide, along with daily instructions, recipes, tips and resources are there to help you along the way. You'll also get access to special deals on gym passes, organic food products and more. What to Expect Each week, you will get an email with a new set of "challenge goals" worth points that you collect. Points are submitted and weekly prizes are distributed. Participants with the most points at the end of the month are deemed the challenge WINNERS. Participate alone or with a friend for a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE: a custom-made, plant-based meal for two, prepared by culinary master Chef Chris Young. Free to sign up and open to everyone. To participate, join this group and send us a message with your full name and email address. ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? To learn more, come to our Kick-off Event 2 PM on Feb 28th at Boulder54 Questions? Send an email to: wfpbchallenge@gmail.com FACEBOOK GROUP --> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BQTPBC/
  7. Calling all artists! Top Cat & Tails Gala Art Auction is soliciting donations for our online auction and live auction scheduled for January 23, 2020, at Boulder 54. The live auction is open now. Be part of the effort to raise awareness about the public health, ecological impacts, and economic advantages of humanely reducing the number of homeless cats in Boquete. This event is hosted by La Casa de los Animales, Amigos de Animales, Los Mininos Cat Sanctuary, and Salvadores de Animales, Inc. Our event is generously sponsored by Panama Relocation Tours. Art can be submitted here Follow the fundraiser on Facebook and on the website
  8. Boquete Newcomers - Useful resources (by no means, is this list complete but it can get you started with information about your new town) Public Facebook groups: (sign up for notices) - login into your Facebook page and search BOQUETE Examples: Boquete Community Group – information about what’s going on in town, places to rent, public notices Boquete Music Calendar – what’s happening at the bars / live music venues/ who’s playing Meet Boquete Newcomers – social group and information sharing efforts. BCP – Local Theatre, weekly talks, and sponsor of Tuesday Market 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon every Tuesday - across the bridge near the Feria. Mayor’s office : Alcaldia De Boquete ( public notices about water, elec., projects etc.) and Municipio Boquete Public websites: Sign up for notices news.boquete@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/News.Boquete/ http://www.chiriqui.life/ https://boquete.ning.com/ https://allaboutboquete.com/ APPs: Boquete and Beyond https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.chiriqui&hl=en ( listings of all kinds of things here – avail for Android) Panama Good Times (avail for Android and iPhone) – details about all types of things, tours, places, restaurants In need of health equipment /hospice /what to do if die in Panama : http:// www.boquetehealth.org ( can obtain printouts to complete) Emergency services/spanish translation/police contact/ambulance/fire contact/medical discounts: Rodny Direct ( subscription) https://rodnydirect.com/ Mail / shipping services : Post office is located across from the Park, in the corner of the Admin building MailBoxes Etc., EShop Boquete, UnoExpress (Alto Boquete), Fletes Chavales – overnight and goods shipping – approved by US Embassy Supermarkets ( Mercado ) e.g .Super Baru , Romero’s, Mandarin ( Bajo Boquete) and host of smaller ones; Alto Boquete : Ivan’s , Dorado, Mini Dorado, El Dorado Plus etc. (To get keys cut, plumbing parts and groceries = Mandarin) Banks: Multibank, Banco General, Global Bank, Banco National, Banistmo (David – has ATM in Super Baru) Cell phone services: Mas Movil, MoviStar ( have offices here) , Claro (David) Volunteer organizations: heaps of them!! for handicapped, dogs, cats, children, education, veterans, indigenous causes Social groups: several for women ( e.g. Chica’s, Girls and Gals ) and men ( e.g. Romeo’s) etc Boquete Newcomers - information sheet.docx
  9. Some of the most popular El Matador products "They kill what needs killing." El Matador Mold Killer and Preventer -- for leather coats, shoes, caps, backs of rugs and carpets, backs of furniture, draperies, backs and bottoms of upholstered furniture, etc. One treatment, and mold does not return. Available in spray bottles (16 oz, and 24 oz, depending on availability) $7 and $10 NOTE: I now sell the 24 oz size in 32 ounce bottles because I can no longer get 24 ounce bottles. If you want a full 32 ounce bottle, the price is $13. El Matador Colloidal Silver, 10-15 PPM -- For internal or external use. Available in eight ounce bottles ($15), sixteen ounce bottles ($24) and quart bottles ($45) The USFDA will not allow medical claims about colloidal silver because it is untested, but they won't test it because it can't be patented. Go figure. Meanwhile, we know that it kills over 600 microorganisms---bacteria, viruses and fungi. Use for colds, flu, gastroenteritis (stomach flu), cuts, scrapes, fungal infections, etc. Two teaspoons daily will strengthen the immune system and prevent many infections. Useful for pets. El Matador Colloidal Silver, 40 - 60 PPM -- For external use and for treating book spines and selected other materials to kill and prevent mold and mildew. Available in eight ounce bottles ($20) and quart bottles ($60) or for delivery into your clean, suitable container. Sometimes this is a special order item. El Matador Ouch-Aid Colloidal Silver Gel --- Made with 40-60 PPM colloidal silver. For topical use on cuts, scrapes, insect bites and particularly burns, for which it is miraculous. Useful for pet cuts, scrapes, skin infections, etc. Available in 90 ml jars. ($10) El Matador Boron Supplement --- Prevents and treats arthritis and osteoporosis. Balances hormones for both men and women. Treats intestinal candida (yeast) infections. Treats pet yeast infections which are marked by skin eruptions and listless behavior. Quart bottle lasts two months for maintenance, one month for treatment. ($12) El Matador Pup Fresh --- Don't wash your dog too often. It's bad for the skin. Between baths, use El Matador Pup Fresh to keep a nice, pleasant odor and to repel ticks and fleas. NOTE: Not for cats. 24 ounce spray bottle (Lasts a long time) ($8) Nitenpyram Capsules --- Your dog or cat swallows a capsule, and fleas are dying within 30 minutes. FDA-approved. From vets or online, these cost $2 to $3 for each capsule. Available from El Matador for only $1 each. Most people buy ten or more, but it's your call. (These are for large animals. Snip in half for smaller dogs or for cats.) El Matador Ozone Treatment Service --- Kills mold, mold odors, cooking odors, cigarette smoke odors, etc. in your house, apartment or car. High output ozone generator for shock treatment. Typically three to six hours for treating residences, one to two hours for vehicles. Machine rents for $20 for 24 hours, during which you have time for house, car, casita, bodega, etc. Refundable $50 security deposit CONTACT Bob Gregory at usn11958@gmail.com for more information. Use a subject line of “El Matador.” I’ll send you a complete list of these and other products, plus guide sheets and manuals for using El Matador products. You may send me an email with questions or orders for products. Products can be picked up at my house in Alto Boquete, or I can deliver them on Tuesdays at the BCP Market. I usually have a selection of products in my car at the market on Tuesdays. Watch for me in my white tee shirt with the red El Matador logo. Bob Gregory E-mail: usn11958@gmail.com
  10. CSI Bob as many know him or Bob Rees is in serious need of A+ or O- blood.. He is in the hospital and is waiting for blood. He needs transfusions and needs multiple pints. PLEASE HELP! If you can help please do so immediately. Contact his wife or me by phone or whatsapp. Her name is Yaneth Rees her number is 6351 8495. My name is Tim and my number is 6781-4145
  11. Hola from Finca Santa Marta We offer the freshest and largest variety of organic produce and near organic produce available at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market including near organic goat milk and goat milk yogurt. To insure that you receive all your requested products, please order by midnight Sunday from our web site. Seehttp://www.fincasantamarta.biz/ to see what all we offer. Looking for fresh, organic, and nutritious kale and collard greens? We grow the best. How about fresh turmeric? We grow it also. We have some very nice zucchini starting to produce this week. Check our web site for more information. We also deliver to Dolega and David on Tuesday afternoon on our way back to the farm. The 1st and 3rd Wed. afternoon of each month, our associate, Vicki Scher delivers orders to our Volcan clients. Contact us for more information. We again have hydroponic lettuce grown without using any pesticides. These include Butter Crunch head lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce and Romaine Lettuce and are grown in Boquete's largest hydroponic greenhouse. Or try our near organic Mixed Leaf Lettuce or Baby American Style Spinach grown in a large Volcan greenhouse also without the use of any pesticides. Here is short downloadable PDF from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute located in Panama that explains the overuse of pesticides in Panama in detail. https://www.stri.si.edu/english/PDFs/culebra_education_eng/pesticides_panama.pdf We grow and process free range chickens and eggs in a government certified processing area. We also offer a multitude of organic products imported from the USA including Brown Rice, Quinoa, popcorn, Bob’s Red Mill mixes and grains including oats and muesli, food grade diatomaceous earth, peanut and almond butter and much more. Also pure essential oils and numerous spices including turmeric and cayenne pepper. Finca Santa Marta is owned by Expats Ron and Kim Miller and operated by 16 dedicated Panamanians who are all committed to growing the healthiest and most nutritious food products available in Panama. Founded in 2007, we continue to evolve and grow... pun intended. What can we harvest fresh for you this week? Questions or comments? Phone Richard at 6242-9308. He is our bilingual farm manager or phone Ron at 6459-5218. Salud y Saludos, Ron and Kim Miller
  12. Anyone playing Pickleball in Chiriqui? Fastest growing Sport in U.S.
  13. Hello, Can someone please tell me how medicine is procured in Panama. For example, we have been living in SE Asia for over a year and we have been able to get all of our meds over-the-counter, in pharmacies. We take GERD, Cholesterol, Asthma meds for example. Do you we need to visit a doctor to get a prescription? Or, do they sell these over-the-counter? Thank you for your help.
  14. It all started a few days ago when Keith took me to task on this forum for commenting about what was said in a Tuesday Talk without providing full reporting about what had gone on for those who couldn't attend. I agreed with Keith's comments, so I decided to video the talk this Tuesday by Dr. Digna Diaz of the Alpha Clinic here in Boquete. Being a person who seldom needs medical help, I barely knew that the clinic existed, right across from Mailboxes Etc. So I did video the presentation, which was excellent and informative, and Wednesday morning uploaded it to YouTube for all to see, thank you Keith. After that I ambled downtown to do some errands and stopped off at Mailboxes. As I prepared to cross the street to return to my car. I stepped up not quite all the way onto the pavement, my heel rocked back, I heard a loud POP and found I was hustling across the street with one leg working and the other about as useful as a stick. Instantly I realized that the Alpha Clinic was only ten meters away, so I hobbled in their door and collapsed in a chair. As I knew from just having watched their presentation, the Clinic operates on appointments and is not an emergency room. None of the principal doctors had yet arrived for their 4PM appointments. However, the receptionist was very accommodating and within five minutes an on-call internist appeared and diagnosed my injury. Fortunately it was not as serious as I feared, the nurse gave me a painkiller shot and in less than 20 minutes we were done. All for the princely sum of $25. Later examination by a senior orthopedic surgeon friend who happened to be in Boquete for a dinner party confirmed both the diagnosis and the quality of the doctor who attended to me. Leaving the clinic, Dr. Sue and Dr. Diaz had arrived along with a gaggle of mothers and children. I couldn't help noticing the friendly and personal doctor-patient relationships that were expressed. Two of the people in the waiting room had been to the Tuesday Talk and were there to sign up. Which brings us to the topic of improved primary clinical care in Boquete. Had my injury been only a little more severe, I would have been schlepping down to David for a visit to an emergency room for an ultrasound, at huge cost in time, frustration and money. Why don't we have this basic equipment in Boquete? Medical providers frequently use pre-paid medical plans as a way to raise money to improve facilities and services. In the last two weeks, we have had two plans presented to us - one from the Panamanian-serving hospital Cooperativo in David and this Tuesday, the Alpha Clinic in Boquete. It is not my purpose to do a complete comparison, but having seen both presentations, one huge item jumps out. The Cooperativo plan provides discounts on some covered procedures. However, the math doesn't add up. If you purchase the plan direct from the hospital for $120 and receive a 30% discount, it means that you have to spend $400 at the hospital - on covered procedures - before you begin receiving ANY discount - you have to "pay off" your initial payment. For jubilados, the scenario is much worse. Dr. Wong is undoubtably a wonderful and sincere doctor, but this is a structural problem with their plan. With the Alpha Clinic plan in Boquete, you pay $200, but that includes three free email consults with each of the principal doctors at the clinic along with other discounts. In short, the doctors are investing their own time and effort to match your financial investment. If you have chronic medical problems, or had a serious procedure at the hospital and need local followup, this could be worth the price of admission alone. They also provide discounts to Rodny Direct members even if you are not in a plan. As the expat population in Boquete grows and ages, there is great need for a fully-equipped primary care clinic in town. If you watch the Alpha Clinic presentation, you will see that they have such a plan for growth and are evolving it to better meet the needs of the expat community. I was very impressed with both their forward-thinking professionalism and the friendly atmosphere of the clinic. In Coronado, Rodny's sister helpline, the Panama Helpline, partnered with the local Rotary Club to deploy defibrillators. Maybe it's time for some of our forward thinking expat community leaders to begin working on how we might "invest" in equipping a first-rate clinic that would benefit everyone in town and in the end save us all a great deal more money than simplistic discounts and more ambulances. Thanks Keith, without your prodding and an unplanned slip in front of Mailboxes, I wouldn't be writing any of this today - from my bed with my leg up... Best wishes to all for a great Christmas. Mark
  15. FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION ABOUT RODNY DIRECT - CLICK HERE
  16. December 16, 2016 For immediate release Rodny Direct Member Services announces: Health Discount Benefits for Rodny Direct members and their families Hospital Mae Lewis is offering Rodny Direct members a 20% discount on all hospital services, such as room rates, MRIs, ultrasounds, CAT scans, X-rays, lab work and more. It costs you nothing above your normal $80 annual Rodny Direct membership. This 20% discount is valid for all Rodny Direct members regardless of pre-exiting conditions or age. There is a 22% discount on the list price of medications. The discounts include the normal jubilado discount. But for those who are not jubilado, the full 20% is in effect. These discounts at Mae Lewis hospital begin January 1, 2017 and will be reviewed as to success in April 2017. Mae Lewis reserves the right to cancel the program on May 1, 2017. However, if the program succeeds as we expect, it will be continued thereafter. You may know that Rodny works closely with Irma Castillo Smith from Keep It Simple Panama to put this program in place and help manage hospital issues. Her consulting fee is $25 per hour, discounted to $15 for Rodny Direct members with the first hour free. Irma can also work for you as an advocate to obtain discounts from physicians who are not currently part of this plan. Rodny is not authorized to publish the Mae Lewis price list, but if you need prices for procedures, call Irma or Gloria. They have all the current information. This discount program is the first that we are announcing. It is possible because of your power as part of the Rodny Direct membership group. It costs you nothing above your normal $80 annual Rodny Direct membership. Summary: Hospital Mae Lewis - All hospital-provided services are discounted for Rodny Direct members - including pharmacy, MRI and CAT scans, room rates etc. No additional charge to RD members Covers your entire family under your $80 per year Rodny Direct membership Class A facilities, English-speaking staff No age or pre-existing condition restrictions In association with Keep It Simple Panama, your personal medical advocate if you so desire Simple, secure, professional online registration - no paperwork or Spanish contract to sign Rodny Moreno Fuentes President, Rodny Direct 6573-0141 Irma Castillo Smith President Keep It Simple Panama 6716-2843 Gloria Martinez Customer Service Manager Keep It Simple Panama 730 5263 or 730 5960 ***************************** How to register 1) You can register online at rodnydirect.com. The process takes less than 10 minutes. Any questions while you are registering, call Rodny at 6573-0141. There is no contract to sign. 2) If you prefer, email info@rodnydirect.com and we will set up an appointment to register you in person. 3) Once you are registered, and your payment received, you will automatically receive an authorization document listing your family members to be used when claiming discounts as a Rodny Direct member.
  17. Susan teaches Pilates at the Haven. Her regular classes are Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. at 8:30 am. A new beginner class is being offered for three weeks starting on Sept. 26. The fee is $45 for six sessions and the days are Mon and Fri at 10 am. Come to the Haven on Sept. 26, 2016 at 10 am and give it a try. You will feel stronger and have more energy! My hip pain disappeared after only one session! My back pain has improved noticeably. What is more important than our good health? If you are familiar to Pilates and want a fabulous class to continue building strength, flexibility, and good posture, plug into one of Susan's classes listed above. Phone no. at the Haven is 730-9345. Barbara Will-Wallace visit my website at www.barbarawillwallace.com
  18. Hola from Finca Santa Marta We offer the freshest and largest variety of organic produce and near organic produce available at the Boquete Tuesday Morning Market including near organic goat milk and goat milk yogurt. To insure that you receive all your requested products, please order by midnight Sunday from our web site. See http://www.fincasantamarta.biz/ to see what all we offer. We also deliver to Dolega and David on Tuesday afternoon on our way back to the farm. We again have hydroponic lettuce grown without using any pesticides. These include Butter Crunch head lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce and Romaine Lettuce and are grown in Boquete's largest hydroponic greenhouse. Or try our near organic Mixed Leaf Lettuce or Baby American Style Spinach grown in a large Volcan greenhouse also without the use of any pesticides. Here is short downloadable PDF from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute located in Panama that explains the overuse of pesticides in Panama in detail. https://www.stri.si.edu/english/PDFs/culebra_education_eng/pesticides_panama.pdf We grow and process free range chickens and eggs in a government certified processing area. We also offer a multitude of organic products imported from the USA including Brown Rice, Quinoa, popcorn, Bob’s Red Mill mixes and grains including oats and muesli, food grade diatomaceous earth, peanut and almond butter and much more. Also pure essential oils and numerous spices including turmeric and cayenne pepper. Finca Santa Marta is owned by Expats Ron and Kim Miller and operated by 16 dedicated Panamanians who are all committed to growing the healthiest and most nutritious food products available in Panama. Founded in 2007, we continue to evolve and grow... pun intended. What can we harvest fresh for you this week? Questions or comments? Phone Ron at 6459-5218 or Richard, our bilingual farm manager at 6242-9308. Or you can call our office at 777-9229 and leave a message and call back number. Salud y Saludos, Ron and Kim Miller
  19. Well it is Sunday morning again and time to place your order on Finca Santa Marta’s web site for pickup on Tuesday at the Tuesday Morning Market in Boquete or drop off in Dolegea or David on Tuesday afternoon. Check out our web site at http://fincasantamarta.biz/ to all the different items we offer including fresh organic veggies and free range chickens and eggs. Deadline for orders is Sunday midnight so place an order now while it is fresh in your mind. Questions may be emailed to us via the web site or by phoning Richard at 6242-9308. Have a great week and we will see you at the market. The Finca Santa Marta crew.
  20. Photo by Bob Gregory The rains have returned to the Boquete area. Of course we are glad to see the rain because the water is needed for agriculture and to operate the Panama Canal. But the rain also marks the the return of gray, fuzzy mold on shoes, coats, rugs, furniture, and other things in your home. Also we have received word of the spread of the H1N1 flu virus in Chiriqui, and we need ways to prevent or treat that kind of infection. So here comes a shameless promotion of El Matador Mold Killer and some other El Matador products that can be important in your life and health and the life and health of your pet. "El Matador" means "The Killer," and most El Matador products fit that description in one way or another. Here is a rundown of some principal El Matador products. El Matador MOLD KILLER -- Kills and prevents growth of mold on shoes, leather jackets, area rugs, draperies, backs of furniture, etc. 16 ounce spray bottle - $7 El Matador COLLOIDAL SILVER -- This miracle in a bottle kills over 600 different microorganisms. Take orally for colds, flu other viral infections, sore throat, candida, gastroenteritis, yeast infections, etc. Use topically for burns, cuts, scrapes, skin infections, etc. 4 ounces - $10, 8 ounces - $15, 32 ounces (quart) - $45. When bottles are available, 16 ounces - $24, 24 ounces - $35. Also great for pets. Completely safe. Long list of non-medical uses also, including sanitizing fruits and vegetables. El Matador BORON SUPPLEMENT -- "Kills" (prevents and cures) arthritis and osteoporosis. Kills candida infections. Boosts hormones. Important supplement because most farm soils have been depleted of boron. Good for preventing and treating arthritis in pets. Quart bottle - $12 (2 month supply for one person) El Matador PUP FRESH -- Kills dog odors between baths. Kills germs and repels fleas and ticks. Fresh, pleasant odor. Don't bathe your dog too often because it can be bad for the skin. Can also be sprayed on dog bedding NOT FOR CATS. 24 ounce spray bottle $8 For each of these products except PupFresh I furnish a guidesheet sent to your email address. Other free information, including eBooks, is also available to provide detailed guidance for colloidal silver and boron supplement uses for specific conditions. To order any product send an email to Bob Gregory at rhgusn@gmail.com or call 6745-2828. Also email for a complete product list and any detailed information you wish. Products may be picked up at my house in Alto Boquete or usually at the Tuesday BCP market by arrangement. For your convenience, Andrew Foote stocks the smaller sizes of El Matador colloidal silver at his Tuesday market table in the Hex Room.
  21. I would like to find information regarding health insurance for Canadians. I'm sure someone else must have had this problem - you are not a resident of Panama, over 65 and want long term health insurance. If anyone has information, or can recommend an insurance company, it would be greatly appreciated.
  22. Magda Crespo Insurance offers every type of insurance, health, auto, life, property, with integrity and customer service. English speaking staff can help you with all of your insurance needs. Office is located at Plaza San Francisco, open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday (closed 12 to 1:00 for lunch). Phone number 720-3240.
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