The Expat Files: Living in Latin America A guide to moving to Latin America, finding work, and settling in.

September 13, 2013  
-Back on the health and food topic again: Health conscious gringos and wannabees want to know about the state of organic or certified organic labeling “south of the border”. Most folks who listen to this show realize that there is basically no truth-in-advertizing here therefore no monitoring or enforcement of product claims or labeling. That means a farmer or seller can say anything’s organic and get away with it. Then who can you trust?
-There are some US franchises you’d think wouldn’t have a chance in hell of succeeding in Latin America; for example GNC. But did you know that GNC now has hundreds of franchise stores both on and off the tourist trail in Latin America? Mexico alone has 400 and counting! And GNC product prices are even higher down here than the ridiculously high prices they charge back in Seattle and Cleveland (check alternative sources for vitamins and supplements on the internet, especially Amazon, and you’ll see what I mean). Now you might ask, if only 5% or less of the Latin population are health-conscious and educated enough to even know the proper mix of supplements to take (much less have the excess dough to be able to afford them on a regular basis), how then can the GNC business model possibly work down here? Any first-world analyst would predict that very low walk-in traffic and minimal product turnover would make GNC a loser. Hint: there are a handful of synergistic reasons for their huge success, not the least of which is that the good old “gringo advantage” rides again! Bottom line : when in Latin America you must constantly realign your premises.   
-People who know me well always ask me why I almost never get the stomach flu or any kind of even fleeting sickness from eating something that was either spoiled, unclean or just “off”. Well, over the years I have developed a set of hygiene habits and food sanitation rules and such that have served me well (while others occasionally suffer). So here now are some of my quick and easy food, cleaning and preparation tips. I do promise they’ll save you a lot of personal grief.       
-If you’re interested in getting in the waiting list for an Expat Wisdom Seminar (probably in January) just send an email ( and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop
“AN EXPAT’S GUIDE TO FIRST-WORLD  HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA”, That’s the name of my long awaited free report. It’s finally finished and will be available for a time at Grab a copy and than compare how 21st century Latin American healthcare stacks up to your Heathcare in the states. Read it and weep! And remember the report is free(at least for now).
 -For all of you curious about how our last Expat Wisdom seminar in June went down…  two of our attendees, Deane and Heather, put together a great 10 min slideshow/audio clip with some very cool visuals. Now you can see what it was like (and what you missed) as we all trucked around with our “boots on the ground” Just go to and click on the “slideshow” link.   
   -Follow the link on the main page at to schedule a private consultation with me. If you want to discuss the details of living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America, now you and I can talk about your situation one on one.
-And while you’re at don’t forget to pick up your free reports! 
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