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  1. Looking for a good dr/specialist who also has the ability to test the adrenal glands, different hormone imbalances and treatment naturally. Lakeside or Guadalajara area.

    Friend recommended this Doctor

    Alberto Solano Sanchez, F.A.C.P. Fellow American College of Physicians

    Medicina Interna, Endocrinologia y Diabetes

    Tarascos 3426 In Front of Hospital Del Carmen

    Guadalajara Frac. Monraz

    tel 3813 2830

  2. The newest agreement is now 2007 and under cars can be imported at the border [under 1984 cars are classified as classics] ,

    "Beginning January 1, 2013, Mexico is obligated to not prohibit or restrict the import of used cars from the United States and Canada whose year model to be of six or more years old, in accordance with the Treaty of American Free Trade North (NAFTA).

    Until 31 last December, that same rule applied for vehicles whose year model was of eight or more years. Outside this exception, customs of Mexico impose a tariff of 50% for those who import used vehicles, very above the rate of 10% who must pay the units that enter within the clause of NAFTA.

    The new measure occurs when of October 2005 to October of 2012, latest available data, in Mexico were imported six million 532,000 used cars, an amount which equates almost to the totality (95.1%) of units new placed in the country during the same period.

    In NAFTA, Mexico agreed not to prohibit or restrict the importation of vehicles originating in the United States or Canada from 2009 to at least 10 years old and, from 2011, with at least eight years.

    U.S. and Canadian exporters remain the same right but reducing the old, used vehicles two years on, so that in 2013 applies to vehicles with at least six years old and in 2019 any used motor vehicle may sell it the Mexican market."


    Thanks for the post However, as usual the translation is at best gobbly gook- Maybe Intercasa or Liana can give us the correct version

    You have been very helpful -I dont think the question has been answered

    You did state the following-

    Mexicans can nationalize 10 year old or older cars with no duty or taxes

    I don´t know if it has to be done at the border.

    It appears a Mexican can buy your car through a form called Carta Responsiva legal form

    Then I would assume this person can nationalized the car under the SAT ADUANA rules that apply to everyone including any legal resident of Mexico [you]. What would be the point? Alan

    I am confused and guess the OP is as well as it is certainly contradictory if the OP sells or transfers the car to his wife

    Expats with Mexican family members should be able to use this option-


  3. I heard Dr. Villaran speak at the Women's Health and Beauty Fair last September. He speaks better English than some native English speakers whom I've known.

    It appears that he also has done additional training in the U.S. Señor Google is your friend:


    Sounds like a great career - But also states he RETIRED in 2009 -Is age a factor when doing fine facial surgery- usually surgeons stop practicing when reaching a certain age due to loss of manual dexterity

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  4. What's all this fuss about earthquakes? We don't live in an Earthquake Zone at Lakeside. Just because there are a few fault lines and we get tremors from Colima and Mexico City doesn't mean much.

    You're all looking at those sh*tty buildings and homes in Haiti that have NO STEEL or very little steel in them. Your house won't come crashing down here. At worst case you might get a few hairline cracks. These houses are built of brick or block with concrete between them, Dahlas (Armex) at the base of the wall, Castillos (Armex) at doorways and every couple meters tied into the foundation Dahlas and filled with cement, gravel and sand. The top of the roof should be capped with another Dahla (Armex), then wired to the vertical Castillos and filled once again with cement gravel and sand.

    Shira mentioned the 2003 earthquake in Colima. We felt tremors here in Ajijic as our ceiling fans and chandelier were swaying back and forth about three feet. We didn't know what to do or think, since we're from the East coast, so we called our neighbor from California. She said "don't worry about it, it's nothing".

    We checked the walls next day, not even a hairline crack.Having lived in earthquake country my whole life-and experienced some big ones- I don't lose sleep over the fact that we live in an earthquake zone- but the Haiti quakes have made me more observant of my surroundings here in Mexico.

    As I recall you told us Los Arroyos Sur is built on "Land Fill" probably a combination of soil and construction debris- the largest loss of life in the San Francisco quake was the collapse of a reinforced concrete freeway built on land fill, which pancaked on the section below- 42 people died. My brother had just crossed that section of freeway 20 minutes earlier on the way to the airport and LA- I did not know if he was safe for 36 hrs- we had no phone service.

    I don't lose sleep over the fact that we live in an earthquake zone- but the Haiti quakes have made me more observant of my surroundings here in Mexico.

    Attached is a photo of a brick facade that collapsed killing 5 people- building stayed put but bricks on the facade did not- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LomaPrieta-SOMA.jpeg--

  5. Folks in earthquake zones in the US are expected to have 72 hours of survival supplies on hand. There's a neat interactive publication I ran across the other day:

    72 Hours Survival Plan

    It works for pandemics, floods, terrorist attacks, and other disasters, as well. Some of the topics I hadn't thought of were pet supplies, back-up medications, cash, and bug-out bags (if you have to leave your home fast).

    This was recently created for San Francisco residents by the government who told them they shouldn't expect to get help from the goverment before 72 hours. I imagine the situation is similar in Mexico.

    Thanks for finding the site- I have an old list from the Chronicle that I have kept- I good way to store your supplies and first aid kit, flshlights, medicines, eye glasses etc is in 2 New large plastic garbage barrels- they have handles and are easy to move- but need to be kept in an area with easy access to outside.

    Also in Mexico you shouldn't hunker down next to an interior wall- since they are made of bricks and have been told that older homes are not solid concrete- they probably have bricks under the concrete- and who knows what the consistency of the concrete is -just look at the Presidential Palace in Haiti-

    When I first moved to Lakeside we had a small quake about 4.5 in the middle of the night- I was out of bed and down the stairs in about 20 seconds, I didn't live in a village and knew that my garden was the safest place to be- but couldn't get the iron and glass door locks open fast enough- Scary-

  6. The Haitian Earthquake has usurped the news of the number of earthquakes that have been shaking up No. Mexico and California in the past 10 days-

    David Brooks in the New York Times wrote an editorial last week about the difference in construction methods in 2nd and 3rd world countries comparing Haiti's 7.0 quake with 70,000 counted bodies as of today and almost total destruction of the capital city with the Loma Prieta 7.0 San Francisco quake in 1989 when there were only 63 deaths and damage was confined to small areas of the city sitting on land fill.

    California has banned the construction of any buildings made of brick- Old bldgs in Calif especially old cities like San Francisco must be earthquake retrofitted which costs $$$$$$ or demolished and every home built in the last 25 yrs must also be earthquake protected.

    Until you've experienced a big shake - you don't realize how 10 seconds can change your life - As a kid in elementary school in Calif. we practiced drills on how to survive an earthquake- Do you know what to do?

    Think about how our homes are built here in Mexico-When I lived at lakeside I watched a friends home being constucted in Chula Vista Norte and another in the upper Racquet Club- I could see daylight through the stacks of ladrillos- Builders don't always use metal reinforcement and rarely heavy rebar- one good shake of 30 seconds and down come the walls and boveda ceilings that could crush you.

    January 2010

    Jan 4- 5.8 quake with a series of stong aftershocks near Mexicali- skycrapers in San Diego were shaking- some reports of damage in Mexico

    Last week Eureka Calif 6.5 quake-0 deaths but $30,000,000 in damage to downtown offices stores, shopping malls and homes. a week of continuous aftershocks.

    Aug 9 2009 6.9 off coast of Mexico in Gulf of Calif.

    Look at the news reports from Haiti-Biggest problem for survivors is dehydration-If you've never lived in earthquake country - How prepared are you? Something to think about.

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