Puerto Vallarta – not so small little town.


Our Lady of Guadalupe – downtown Vallarta

I have visited Puerto Vallarta several times. It’s always great and here are some things we did this time. You can always do the usual tourist things, and there is no shortage of websites and companies to lure you to join them.

Money: good exchange rate now, currently 18 pesos/$1. You can use ATM’s anywhere to change your money. Credit cards widely accepted at major tours and restaurants.



Family taco stand caters to vegetarians.


Fresh and safe to eat: 5 de Diciembre and Paraguay streets

Food: being vegetarian is no problem. Besides the vegetarian options at most restaurants, there are some fantastic vegetarian buffets. Planeta Vegetariano, which near the main church downtown has some of the best food ever. Great interesting salads, and soup, rice, black beans daily with a change of main course every day. Cost is 105 pesos, ($5.75 today) for all you can eat buffet, drinks, and desert. Similar fare is at Mary Restuarant Vegetariano. Also down the street from Mary’s, about a block from the beach (5 de Diciembre and Paraguay) is a family  taco stand on the street that serves up vegetarian options, the only one in town like this.


Good Veggie fare in Sayulita.


Above is one of the many unique places in Sayulita: Here you can sit with your feet in a fish tank and let the fish nibble your dead skin away-for a dollar a minute.


Lots’s of shops on the street to the beach in Sayulita.



Sayulita: about 25 North of Vallarta is a famous little surf town. We took a taxi there in 30 minutes for $500 pesos, but you can catch a bus near the VIP restaurant, near the Walmart for 30 pesos for an 1 1/2 hr trip. Good place to take surf lessons, lots of unique shops, touristy, but fun. Good vegetarian-option restaurant called Naty’s for tacos, quesadillas, etc. order and eat on the street. the streets leading to the beach is closed to vehicles.



a little boulder hopping along the river


Brisk waterfalls


inviting pools

El Eden: lot of tours will take you here, south of town. Known for ziplines, and the place where they filmed scenes from the Predator movie.  We went with friends, skipped all that and went for a hike up the river. There is a resturant straddling the river, but beyond that is an easy trail along the river. Lots of greenery, jungle and swimming pools and waterfalls with crisp cool water.


rented a boat out of the Marina, heading south to Los Arcos.


Arrived at Los Arcos, ready for some snorkeling.


Snorkeling sights at Los Arcos


Bring your Gopro for easy shots.

Snorkeling: lots of boats taking people daily in small or larger groups. We were strolling around the marina, and met an older guy that offered their boat for fishing, snorkeling, or whatever. Since it was a Sunday and they hadn’t been booked out yet, and no other customers to share with, I just booked it for the two of us for 4 hours . $200 after some bargaining. They had snacks and drinks, and we brought some of our own. Snorkel gear supplied. They plugged in our Ipod into their sound system for us and off  we went to Los Arcos, in the southern part of the bay, where other boats had gathered.  Along the way we were close to the coastline, and the captain (or “gordito” as I called him), pointed out the sights, the famous places, homes, hotels, restaurants, etc.   Later the crew loved it when I told them to put on some mariachi tunes. On arrival at the islands, they chummed the water by breaking up a loaf of bread…lots of fish. After an hour of snorkeling we headed back to the marina, and had a brief sighting of a whale along our path and some dolphins.



The Subtle Rock Eater, by Jonas Gutierrez. One of many unique sculptures on the Malecon.


Malecon: The boardwalk (no boards). Everyone goes here, even the locals stroll in the evening. Free entertainment with performers in the small amphitheater in the afternoons/evenings, lots of venders for souvenirs, and foods. Stop mid-way and venture up to the church for a look in side, about 2 blocks away. Our Lady of Guadelupe is one of the most recognizable buildings in town, with it’s crown on top, and chiming church bells.




Vallarta at night. Plenty of music clubs crank it up on the Malecon.

Sunsets: are free, and the sun always sets over the ocean here. At 9 pm every night the Pirates of the Bay tour boat  swings in front of the Malecon area and fires off a few fireworks. If you are on the boat it’s $85/4 hr tour, if you are watching from shore….the fireworks are free.




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There’s Nothing in Arizona


That’s right, Nothing, AZ. And there isn’t anything there. There is also Hope, Valentine, and Bouse. All spots on the state map. In 3 days we drove from Phoenix, and checked out some of these unique places : Nothing, Wikieup, Hackberry, Valentine, Kingman, Chloride, Oatman, Hualapai County Park, London Bridge, Desert Bar, Intaglio Fisherman, Bouse, Hope. Here is a map showing locations. Here a few pictures of the trip:

The Murals of Chloride, AZ. About 3 miles out-of-town on a rough road are some random murals painted by Roy Purcell in 1996, repainted in 2006.


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The London Bridge, Lake Havasu, AZ:

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The Desert Bar, East of Parker, AZ. Truly a desert bar, solar panels, live band and only open noon to 6 pm on the weekends. closed completely during summer months.Even has it’s on solid steel “chapel” :


Oasis in a rugged landscape.

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The burros of Oatman, AZ. They are technically wild, but used to people feeding them:

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Nothing – (I think the 4 people have moved out):

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Bagdad, AZ. No wars here, but there is a great diner:


Great diner in town.


Wikieup has some funky metal art:

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Bouse, AZ, a few miles outside of town, if you know where to look:


Drone shot of the image from above…barely able to make out the fish and water.


Hope, blink and you’ll miss it. Famous for the misspelled sign, still funny:

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Nutrition and Medical School



I just read an interesting editorial in “The Green Journal”The American Journal of Medicine (a prestigious medical journal) suggesting that perhaps we should quit emphasizing organic chemistry for pre-med students, and require a course on nutrition(!) I know I had very little if any training in nutrition in medical school. I’ve learned a lot just from the 2 conferences this year I have attended. Best food to eat, bottom-line? watch this 3 minute video: “Optimal Diet: Just give it to me straight, Doc”

The Lancet medical journal has also come out with a recent article stating that meat can increase the risk of colon cancer by 16%. Wow, that has rocked the meat industry. They are already trying to put the spin on it, making fun with the statements like- breathing air can cause cancer.

The research is coming in very heavy, in favor of a whole-plant based diet as the overall best diet for humans….something that so far is not even taught to medical students. IMG_1909

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6 Steps to Heal Disease


Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD Talks about REVERSING Heart Disease.


Brooke Goldner, MD shows pictures of vegan body builders.

I recently attended the Plant-Based Nutrition Conference in Anaheim, California and it’s time to post some pearls and pictures. This first blog is from one of our speakers, Dr. Brooke Golden, here’s her website.  An impressive speaker, and practices what she speaks, having cured her own case of Lupus, using diet, and currently off all allopathic medications, and has normalized her ANA and other Lupus blood tests.

Step 1: Eliminate Inflammatory Food. (chronic inflammation becomes the dis-ease)

Step 2: Add Healing Foods

Step 3: No Meat, No Dairy – eliminate animal foods

Step 4: No Processed Foods

Step 5: No Saturated fats/oils (eat healthy fats in flaxseeds & walnuts for omega-3’s.)

Step 6: Hypernourish (more raw foods, for faster healing – in smoothies) recipes to follow.

The conference fed all the attendees…breakfast, lunch and dinner. All foods non-GMO, whole-plant based nutrition….no one went hungry…check out these photos:

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Dean Ornish MD and Susan Benigas listen to speaker.

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Winning the Lottery


We won. Not money, but a permit to hike 3 miles to the Wave, in the Vermilion Cliffs area of North Coyote Buttes.  This was a rare chance to see one of nature’s beautiful formations. Its popularity as a Microsoft screensaver has given it free advertising around the world. Now photographers and hikers from the U.S. and around the world compete to get one of the 20 daily permits. As many as 500 people enter a lottery on-line 4 months in advance to have a chance at 1 of 10 permits. By showIMG_7131ing up at the Kanab, Utah BLM office at 8:30 a.m. you have a chance at 1 of the remaining 10 permits, for the following day.


Our winning lottery ball


A final warning in the lottery room.


Completing applications, including next of kin.


Gathering to hear the talk on why you should not attempt this.

The day we went, there were about 35 people gathered, from around the globe: China, Switzerland, California, Utah, Arizona, Germany.  The Chinese had a group of 6, and after they won, that left only 4 slots. But it was our lucky day. (They actually check permits out there, and the fine is $1200 if you are caught without one.)

The hike is 3 miles one-way in a wilderness area; there are no trails on the open rock, no cairns, no shade, 90 degrees or more in the summer. If it does rain, you have to worry about lightning, and then about getting out of the parking area. Flash floods can quickly isolate you, cutting off the dirt road there. They tell you to carry a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person. They explain how people get lost, and give you map with photos showing landmarks to get there, and to get back.

We were on the trail before 20 minutes before sunrise, to avoid the heat, and the “crowds.” Arriving first, I felt comfortable flying the drone for some overhead views, but the wind was up, and the clouds were getting dark. After an hour at the Wave, we got the expected photographs and it started to rain. There were about 10 of us there; we all headed back the 3 miles to the parking lot. ½ way we met 4 wet hikers, on their way in to the Wave. And then, about ½ mile from the parking lot we meet a guy on the trail who says “your name is Meyer, right?” Wow, they do check…he was heading out and had a list of names with permit numbers.

It was a dream come true to actually see it for myself, but even if you don’t get there, the surrounding area is full of beautiful landscapes: The Toadstools, White Pocket, Paria Canyon, Wirepass Slot Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, and many more.


At the parking lot: leaving early, moon up, before sunrise.

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the “wave”

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Hey, It’s Working!

A couple weeks ago my wife and fellow-homeopath Cyndi were hiking to the Wave, in the North Coyote Butte wilderness of southern Utah. It is difficult to get a permit to visit here, since only 20 permits are given per day, and usually there are several hundred people trying to get one. We got lucky.

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It’s a 3 mile hike each way, across mostly unmarked rugged rocky, sometimes sandy desert terrain. They tell you to bring at least 1 gallon of water per person and give you a map that includes photographs of the irregular terrain and buttes, to help you navigate your way there, and to get back. Needless to say, we were also carrying a small homeopathic first aid kit, with remedies for heat exhaustion, bruises, and sprains.

Among the others lucky to get to permit that day was a couple from Switzerland, and a group of 6 Chinese students, as well as a couple from Germany. We were the first one to arrive after an early morning departure, but the Chinese were about a quarter mile behind us and soon joined us at the Wave for the obligatory photographs.

On the way back in the rain that Cyndi slipped on some wet rocks and caused a bit of scare, and I also slid once and hit my wrist hard to break my fall. Glad we had the Arnica Montana with us.  About a half mile from the parking lot on the return the Chinese were with us, and on of the girls slipped and landed hard on her ankle. Evidently she had injured it early in the hike also. She was slowly testing her weight on it after this second injury. Cyndi pulled out the Arnica and we gave her a dose, (after telling them I was a doctor, and this stuff really works.)

We moved on, passed their group, and were on the sandy trail ahead. After 5 minutes we hear her yelling behind us “Hey it’s working! My ankle is better!” and she was walking in the deep sand without a limp. The “leader” of their group pulled out his cell phone and took a photo of the label on the Arnica bottle. We love spreading the word, and now there are some new converts to homeopathy.


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Nutrition Conference, Day 3

All good things come to an end….

Tumeric boosts brain DHA levels and black pepper boost the bio-availability of tumeric 20X! Probably associated with the MUCH lower rate of Alzheimer’s in India…so cook with both spices together!

Dental health: it is not so much the sugar you eat, it’s the contact time with the teeth. Eating some sweets fairly quickly is much better than sipping on your sweet coffee for hours. It’s about the contact time!

Eat a handful of nuts 4x a week, and some blueberries or strawberries 4x a week has definite positive effect on you health. that’s easy!

Throw out your teflon pans!…. use ScanPan…out of ceramic. No harmful chemicals enter your food, and they clean easy. available on amazon, recommended by Dr. Weil. Of course it is a little expensive, but cheaper than a slow poisoning…and lasts forever.


The secret to a kale salad? let it sit with lemon juice and salt first.

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Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz

Weil and Katz sounds like a new show...

Weil and Katz
sounds like a new show…

Weil and Katz sounds like a new show...

Weil and Katz
sounds like a new show…

Weil and Katz sounds like a new show...

Weil and Katz
sounds like a new show…

Laughing therapy

Laughing therapy

Dr. Weil learning from the panel discussion.

Dr. Weil learning from the panel discussion. With: Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD


Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD


Siri Chand Khalsa, MD

Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD


Beautiful flowers at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix


Victoria Maizes, MD


Stephen Devries, MD talks about fats


Carol Johnston, PhD, RD talks about vinegar


Arlin Wasserman, MS MP; Siri Chand Khalsa, MD; Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD


Michelle Brenner, MD; Stephen Devries, MD; Roberta Lee, MD


Hilary McClafferty, MD


The Cooking Demo was a big hit! With Dr. Andrew Weil and Rebecca Katz, MS


Stephen Devries, MD fielding some questions.


Carol Johnston PhD fielding some questions.


Carole Palmer, EdD fielding some questions.


Carole Palmer EdD, Carol Johnston PhD, Stephen Devries MD


Carol Johnston PhD, RD


Carole Palmer EdD


Carole Palmer EdD, Carol Johnston PhD, Stephen Devries MD

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