Archive for June 17th, 2009

Travel Essentials

17/06/2009

I’ve been on the road for a considerable time, vagabonding from Brittany France to Hawaii, and Patagonia or working as a guide. Either in between jobs, and most times, because of them, I’ve been fortunate enough to see some wonderful sites.   My wife recently visited an excellent travel clinic here in New Zealand called….The Travel Clinic headed by Dr Anwar Hoosen.  Their website is brilliant, which has tons of information for the traveler and the doctor knows his stuff.  Dr. Hoosen is only an email away for clients who have had an initial consult before their trip.

Pristine Bottle

Pristine Bottle

Not only did Amanda receive excellent advice, but the clinic had an array of products that I had to recommend here. All items can be purchased through Travel Clinic, or if your elsewhere, which is more than likely, simply do a Google search for the item, which is listed below by brand name .

Top on the list is the Pristine water bottle with built in charcoal filter. While climbing or trekking in the backcountry warrants a regular filter, this item is perfect for traveling. The doctor at the Travel Clinic takes this with him to India and beyond for use with tap water and clear sources.

Enerlyte

Enerlyte

Enerlyte is used to treat and prevent dehydration due to diarrhoea and traveller’s gastroenteritis in adults and children. While there are a number of products available, the packets/sachets are a good size for individual use and easy to pack. Some found abroad are larger doses.

HandClens is a foaming sanitizer and lotion which is alcohol-free. Most sanitizers contain alcohol. They come in 50ml sizes and can go a long way in prevention of germs.

Paper Soap

Paper Soap

Pocket or Paper Soap leaves are cool. They are a quick way to get soap in your hands without carrying a bar of soap in your pocket. Who would have thunk? The brand we picked up in NZ are made by Sea to Summit.

"Whiz Freedom"

"Whiz Freedom"

Whiz Freedom, or similar brand items have helped many a female client over the years, become more comfortable peeing outside or at public toilets. I’ve recommended this sort of thing on our mountain trips, but will also recommend them on front-country expeditions as well.

"GSE"

"GSE"

Grape Fruit Seed Extract or GSE, by Nutribiotic,  has been recommended for years as a bacteriacide and health supportive supplement. I’ve washed my veggies in a concentration for years, and taken it internally when sick at home or abroad. It kicks butt. If you’ve not heard of it, I highly recommend doing your own research on it. Available at most health food stores stateside.

SteriPEN

SteriPEN

SteriPEN makes hand-held water purifiers with ultraviolet light as the medium. Although I’ve not used them, I plan on purchasing one soon. The price is very affordable, and great for travel to places like Peru or India. They make a few different models, one for packing, traveling and a new version with digital read-out capability.

No-Jet-Lag

No-Jet-Lag

No-Jet-Lag is a homeopathic jet lag prevention pill with no side effects or drug interactions and is natural. While I’ve not used them, they have good reports. Made in New Zealand. Their packaging is now cooler than the image on left,  if that sways you in any way.
Coca leaves for altitude sickness? Hmmm. Stay tuned, I’ll tell you what I’ve learned in another post.

The New Economy Starts Here

17/06/2009

The New Economy Starts Now
by Sarah van Gelder, Editor Yes Magazine

"Wants Graph" from Yes Magazine

"Wants Graph" from Yes Magazine

As the financial system continues to crumble, a new economy is taking form. It’s an economy that recognizes that the only thing too big to fail is the Earth itself. It is designed to build sustainable wealth in communities and ecosystems, and it’s our best chance to improve prospects for future generations, instead of leaving them with ever-growing debt, conflict, and environmental destruction.

Our Foot Print

Our Foot Print

Politicians, pundits, and financiers defend deepening our national debt to bail out the institutions of a failed Wall Street system. But this system, built on speculation and the rule of money, is undermining the health of the planet and the well-being of all but the wealthiest few.  It’s time to let it go.    Read the rest of this article.

More Articles in The Latest Issue of Yes Magazine

Let Wall Street Go and rebuild a Main Street economy.

Just the Facts: Why we can’t go back to the old economy.
New Ways to Do Money: Made out of Thin Air, How Banks Create Money, Local Cash Currencies
New Ways to Do Finance: Small Banks, Radical Vision, Put your money where your Life is. Community Investment

Yes! Summer'09

Yes! Summer'09

New Ways to Do Work: Green Worker Co-ops, Mondragon Co-op Spain, Cleveland’s Worker-owned Boom
Jump Starting Local Economy: How to make it with less, share more, and put people and the planet first
Busted: 9 Ecomonic Myths: What the old economy didn’t do for us—and what a sustainable economy could do.
Age-Old Wisdom for the New Economy: Native peoples know a few things about surviving, together, through tough times.