‘It’s Gonna Be an Ugly Christmas’

Enjoy this boom while you can…

Recently, I’ve traveled to Germany, Florida, and California. And I’m in New York right now. Planes are full and lines for taxis are long. In fact, I couldn’t even get a rental car at the airport in Santa Rosa, California because they had run out of cars to rent.

Longtime readers know these are the signs I look for in a healthy economy.

But I’m also starting to see signs of inflation… And more signs that people are going to hold on to their capital instead of putting it into the market.

I still expect to see a mini boom in the markets over the next six to nine months… something like what my colleague Steve Sjuggerud calls the “Melt Up.”

But as I recently shared with Stansberry Research founder Porter Stansberry…

It’s gonna be an ugly Christmas.

In a recent episode of the Stansberry Investor Hour, I told Porter and his co-host, nationally syndicated radio host and former CIA and New York City Police Department intelligence officer Buck Sexton, why I’m starting to get worried.

I also explained:

  • Where I’m seeing inflation…
  • Why I’m liking gold…
  • How to prepare your investments for the next bear market…
  • And my “100 year” investment idea.

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Q: Can you comment about the benefits of “essential oils”? They seem to be the rage today. – D.R.

A: I’ve been a fan of essential oils for decades.

Scents are a powerful tool to use to improve your health. And lavender is one of my favorites.

Scents like lavender help calm anxiety, boost your memory, and help you sleep.

For example, a Japanese study from 2009 followed Alzheimer’s patients receiving aromatherapy in the morning and in the evening, including the smell of lavender. After 28 days of therapy, all of the patients scored higher on four different cognitive-assessment tests.

Lavender can help anyone sleep. I’ve often put a drop or two of lavender on my pillow for this reason. I also travel with a bottle of rose oil.

Just make sure to stick to essential oils and not fragrances. Essential oils are stronger and natural. Avoid synthetic fragrances that contain harmful man-made mimics.

Essential oils also help keep bugs away.

An Australian study compared a 40% diethyltoluamide (DEET) bug spray with a 32% concentration of lemon eucalyptus oil. Both had greater than 95% success of keeping mosquitoes away. DEET lasted twice as long as the oil, but the fact that an essential oil did so well in the trial seems promising.

I use a brand called Repel, which makes a DEET-free lemon eucalyptus spray. Also, if you have an outside space you enjoy, try planting natural repellants like geraniums, mints (of all kinds), lavender, and pennyroyal. These plants keep away all sorts of critters.

Is a U.S. trade war coming? This week, research writer Amanda Cuocci asks Stansberry NewsWire analyst John Gillin if investors should be worried about a possible trade war. John covers what’s really happening in the market, what to make of recent volatility, and what you should do to stop worrying and love the hype. Click here to watch.

Q: I recently had my gall bladder removed. It has been suggested by family that I use enzymes before every meal. My main problem is gas. A lot of gas. Any suggestions on what one should do when they no longer have a gall bladder? – B.

A: Digestive enzymes are typically only advisable if you have pancreatic disease, or sometimes if you’re suffering from postcholecystectomy syndrome. That’s a condition after gallbladder surgery where you have symptoms like indigestion, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea. It can have a few causes, so you’ll want to check in with your doctor to determine what’s going on before taking pills that might or might not help… Especially since digestive enzymes cause a host of side effects, including gas.

One of the first things you should do before taking any pills is change your diet. Keep track of trigger foods – foods that tend to give you gas. Then either limit or remove those foods from your diet.

My research assistant Amanda had her gall bladder removed about a year ago. She found that one of her trigger foods is dairy. She saw huge improvements when she started limiting her dairy intake.

Also make sure you’re getting enough probiotics in your diet. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that keep our gut working properly. Illness can wipe out our natural bacteria, so it’s good to replace them from time to time. My favorite way to build healthy bacteria is plain yogurt or kimchi.

If you’re still having serious issues, it might be time to talk to your doctor.

We’re going to cover more on this in an upcoming issue, so keep an eye out for that.

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What We’re Reading…

Here’s to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,

Dr. David Eifrig and the Health & Wealth Bulletin Research Team
Buffalo, New York
April 6, 2018