Saturday morning coffee with Mr. Living in Peru!

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Hello there!

Every once in a while a really interesting video shows up on my Facebook account, like this week, when I was sent a video interview with Dr. Peter Gøtzsche – a Dane, who criticizes our excessive use of medicine, which is controlled by corrupt people on all levels. He is not the most popular Dane in the pharmaceutical world, but I think he has a point. I know of a few, who in my opinion are taking too many pills and probably would be happier and better without some of them.


(Photo: Whistleblowers from Here & There/Facebook)

The health industry is a BIG business and just like many governments, they sell FEAR to improve their business model. Just earlier this week, I saw a copy of a budget for a simple surgery, that you in Denmark would do in a few hours without having to stay at the hospital a night or two afterward.

Here in Lima, you have to take several tests before entering this so-to-speak simple surgery, which in general lasts no more than 30. min., where they demand you have 5 additional staff to measure, test and observe, “just in case”. Had it been an emergency, I doubt all this extra staff would have been necessary. According to another doctor, this procedure, which could be done within approximately 5-6 hours including a good sleep afterward, cost more than giving birth and staying at the hospital for a few days afterward.

You might ask yourself, why don’t these people just find another hospital? Good question! The thing is, their doctor, whom they know very well, only practices in that specific hospital 😉

Check out this interview with Dr. Peter Gøtzsche:


(Video: Dr Peter Gøtzsche la industria farmacéutica es crimen organizado/Youtube)

Please leave a message below about what you think about this video interview and the local public and private health system here in Peru.


(Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

This year, I’ve taken extra time to learn more about both off-line and on-line opportunities. This week, I bought 10 on-line courses, as Udemy.com was offering a fire-sale. I bought courses related to Personal Development, Digital Marketing, AI, Crowdfunding, Presentations, Design, Growth Hacking and more. Most of the courses cost up to $200, but this week, most of them are $10. If you regret your purchase you have a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

If you wish to learn something new, feel better about yourself, become smarter, expand your horizon, then it’s a good time to check out the latest courses from Udemy.com.

I hope you’ll find something really cool that will assist you in the future.


(Photo: PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DEL PERU/Facebook)

Last week the new list of the best universities in the world was published and “of course” MIT, Stanford and Harvard came in first, second and third, but going down the list I learned that Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) came in at no. 431 in the world and no. 21 in Latin America. Congratulations!

Unfortunately, I didn’t find any other university from Peru in the TOP 500, but the one that I did find on the list, PUCP, has increased their position every year for the last 3 years.

This week’s joke:

A blonde goes to her doctor and says that every time she drinks a coffee her eye hurts. The doctor prepared her a hot, fresh cup of coffee to see what really happens. She took a sip of the coffee and screamed, “Ouch, that hurts!” The doctor said, “I know your problem.” The blonde asked, “Is it bad, doctor?” The doctor replied, “No, you just need to take your spoon out of your cup before you drink your coffee.”

Looking for something fun to do today? Check out this book sale!

Have a great weekend – CK

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Carsten Korch

Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.

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