10 Brain-Boosting Foods That Just Might Make You Smarter (You’re Gonna Love No. 6)

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10 Brain-Boosting Foods That Just Might Make You Smarter (Our Favorite: No. 6)

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We have all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat,” but did you know you that what you eat can make you smarter?

In addition to helping your body stay healthy and strong, certain foods can help your brain work better and even protect against mental disorders.

“Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain,” said Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science who has researched the effects of food on the brain. “Diet, exercise and sleep have the potential to alter our brain health and mental function. This raises the exciting possibility that changes in diet are a viable strategy for enhancing cognitive abilities, protecting the brain from damage and counteracting the effects of aging.”

The food we eat can affect everything from our mood to our memory. Nutrient-dense whole foods can do more than just fuel our bodies; they can help us think more clearly.

According to Cynthia Green, PhD, an expert on memory and brain health, key nutrients — along with exercise and daily brain stimulation – help keep brain cells healthy and prevent inflammation. Green writes that a person’s memory, attention span and ability to learn all benefit from the right food choices.

Here are 10 brain-boosting foods to make a part of your diet.

1. Fish — Salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna, trout and sardines are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which experts believe are essential for healthy brain function.

Nearly 40 percent of the fatty acids found in brain cell membranes are the DHA variety, which are found in fish oil. Scientists have discovered that DHA helps the brain transmit signals between its cells. The body cannot manufacture fatty acids, so they must be gained through diet.

Just 30 Grams Of This Survival Superfood Provides More Nutrition Than An Entire Meal!

Tufts University researchers found that people who ate oily fish three times a week and therefore had the highest levels of DHA in their blood reduced their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by almost 40 percent.

10 Brain-Boosting Foods That Just Might Make You Smarter (Our Favorite: No. 6)2. Dark green leafy vegetables – Dark green vegetables, such as kale, collard greens and spinach, are excellent sources of vitamin E and folate. Folate may protect the brain by lowering levels of an amino acid known as homocysteine in the blood. Nitrates in spinach help increase blood flow to the brain and thereby improve mental performance.

Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which enhances cognitive function and improves memory. Leafy greens also contain carotenoids, which help protect the brain from damage from free radicals, the waste products the body makes when its cells create energy.

3. Nuts and seeds — As sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and vitamin B6 and vitamin E, nuts (especially walnuts) and seeds are good for the brain and the nervous system.

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds contain omega fatty acids, protein and B vitamins, which all can help provide you with an energy boost. These seeds also contain tryptophan, a substance the brain converts into serotonin to elevate your mood.

Eating a handful of seeds also can provide you with the daily recommended amount of zinc, which helps enhance thinking skills and memory.

4. Berries – Dark berries, such as blueberries, cherries and blackberries, are both good to eat and good for your brain. They contain anthocyanins and other flavonoids that improve memory function and cognitive function.

Research indicates that berries help protect the brain from oxidative damage and stress that can contribute to premature aging, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

5. Avocados — Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fats, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, potassium, vitamin K and vitamin E.

Consuming these nutritional powerhouses helps increase blood flow to the brain, lower “bad” cholesterol levels and absorb antioxidants. Avocados are delicious but high in calories, so consider adding just one quarter to one-half of an avocado to your daily diet.

10 Brain-Boosting Foods That Just Might Make You Smarter (Our Favorite: No. 6)

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6. Dark chocolate – Dark chocolate – the kind that contains at least 70 percent cocoa – can be a powerful brain booster. It contains important antioxidants as well as natural stimulants, such as caffeine, which help improve concentration.

The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help blood vessel function, which enhances cognitive function and memory skills.

7. Bone broth — When you sip a homemade stock made from animal bones, you can help nourish your brain.

Bone broth contains collagen, which helps keep cells, bones, ligaments and the brain healthy. Additionally, the glycine in bone broth helps improve sleep and memory.

8. Whole grains – The complex carbohydrates, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids found in whole grains help protect the heart and brain from cholesterol, blood clots and sugar spikes.

Whole grains – such as oatmeal, oat bran and brown rice — also contain B vitamins that enhance blood flow to the brain and improve mood and concentration.

9. Beets — Beets as brain food? You had better believe it. Beets are high in vitamin B9 and in nitrites, which help increase blood flow in the areas of the brain related to cognitive functioning.

They also are rich in carotenoids, which help boost brain functioning and improve mood.

10. Beans and legumes – An excellent source of complex carbohydrates and fiber, beans and legumes also offer a steady supply of glucose for the brain without the risk of potentially harmful sugar spikes.

Beans and legumes also contain omega fatty acids and an abundance of folate, both of which boost brain function.

Finally, don’t underestimate the role hydration plays in good brain health. Be sure to drink plenty of water each day to keep your body and your brain working at optimal levels.

The brain is approximately 85 percent water, and brain function – including thought and memory processes — depends on you staying hydrated. So drink up this summer!






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What do water filters remove?

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What do water filters remove?  Do water filter pitchers remove the same contaminates as water filter straws?  What is the difference between a water filter and a water purifier?  These are some of the questions I wanted to know when I started looking into which water filter to add myRead More

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Corruption Rife In Australia.

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Surviving Dental Emergencies When SHTF

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Surviving Dental Emergencies When SHTF Surviving dental emergencies, even in the best of times, can be very painful to say the least. In the most extreme cases, dental emergencies can be life threatening but thankfully, that is pretty rare. What if there was no dentist guaranteed to be available? What if they flat refused to help you …

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Survival Gear: Setting Your Group Standard

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

I am talking about the decisions you will make regarding the survival gear and equipment that your larger mutual assistance group is going to use. It is important to standardize on several major pieces of gear if you want to function cohesively as a unit.

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How to Test if Any Plant is Edible – The Universal Edibility Test

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How to Test if Any Plant is Edible – The Universal Edibility Test There are about 300,000 species of plants on this planet, so it is nearly impossible to learn whether each and every one is edible. This gets even more complicated when you add plants like rhubarb; where the leaves are toxic but the …

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How to Use Sandbags To Stop Water or Bullets

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How to Use Sandbags To Stop Water or Bullets Sandbags have been used for a long time to keep us safe in dangerous situations. Safe from rising flood-waters and from incoming rounds in combat. I started thinking about sandbags in terms of home security and the dual purpose they fill struck me. In some places, …

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Soilless Homestead Gardening Using Hydroponics

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Soilless Homestead Gardening Using Hydroponics Hydroponics is a fast growing way of gardening, it is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. The soil in my area is black clay and it sucks to grow in. Hydroponics would be great to use here. Almost any …

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133 Skills For The Modern Day Homesteader To Master

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133 Skills For The Modern Day Homesteader To Master There is something so empowering about learning how to do something new with your hands. Or mastering a skill that, at an earlier point in your lie, would have seemed completely foreign. This next year, I plan to use a lot of these skills in my …

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Democrat Delegate Confirms Gun-Control is about Banning All Guns – Explains how Hillary will Ban Everything

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Investigative journalist James O’Keefe went undercover to expose the truth about the Democrat’s so-called common sense gun reforms and it confirms what we’ve been saying for years: They want to ban all guns! […]

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Movie Monday – Supervolcano

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This Week On Movie Monday


A flash back to 2005 for this week as we see Supervolcano.  A little less informative and a bit of pure entertainment this week…all within the disaster theme, of course!

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Survival Medicine Hour: Snakebite, Bee Sting, Heat Waves, Zika in the US?

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bee stinger in a sting wound

In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD (Dr. Bones) and Amy Alton, ARNP (Nurse Amy) tackles a bunch of topics. First, new cases of Zika in Florida may not be related to travel outside the country. Until now, all cases were from people who returned from the epidemic zone in the Caribbean and Latin America. Puerto Rico now has 4000 cases, almost all locally transmitted, and the CDC thinks we’ll have some clusters of local cases in the continental U.S. as well.

snakebite ankle with bruising

snakebite wound

Also, summer is here and a murderous heat wave has gripped the Nation’s East, Midwest, and Southwest, causing at least 6 deaths and cause the heat index to feel like 100 degrees or more in locations that are used to much milder weather. Heat stroke is a major risk and you need to know how to identify and treat it.

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the “heat dome”

Plus, out in the woods you’ll encounter a lot of critters. Last week, we talked about bites and attacks from warm furry ones, this weeks it’s snakes and bees/wasps. Learn all the latest about how to deal with a snakebite when modern medical help is not available, plus how to use an epi-pen to treat severe allergic reactions like anaphylactic shock.

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton! To listen in, click below:


Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton


The Altons


10 essential herbs

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Here are 10 essential herbs, including some of their uses and guidelines to get started on your herbal apothecary. Health made simple and easy.
A few herbs that you can grow indoors or outside. Herbs you can use for preparing medicines with simple techniques as our ancestors did.

As far back as 5000 BCE, Sumerians used herbs in medicine. Ancient Egyptians used fennel, coriander and thyme around 1555 BCE. In ancient Greece, in 162 CE, a physician by the name of Galen was known for concocting complicated herbal remedies that contained up to 100 ingredients. Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century CE and far before.

Herbs have been used throughout the world, for a lot longer than we remember. Most believe from the dawn of mankind.

In general use, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs from spices. Herbs refer to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), while a “spice” is a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.

1: Aloe vera (Aloe vera): fresh leaves

Leaf juice is used topically to treat minor burns and wounds; it is antiseptic, digestive, insecticidal and emollient.

2: Chickweed (Stellaria media): fresh or dried leaves and flowers

Used internally to ease the pain of rheumatism and externally to soothe itching and other skin discomforts; it is an anti-inflammatory herb.

Caution: Pregnant women should not eat large quantities of chickweed.

3: Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): for external use—leaf and root

Contains allantoin, a substance that speeds the healing of tissue, and rosmarinic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory. It is an astringent herb used in the bath, poultices and fomentations to heal bruises, broken bones and torn ligaments.

Caution: Comfrey is not recommended for internal use because of the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can cause liver damage and cancerous tumors in the liver. Comfrey products should not be used on broken skin or be used by pregnant women, nursing mothers or children.

4: Garlic (Allium sativum): fresh bulbs (cloves), aerial bulblets, flowers
Cloves are used as a medicinal and culinary herb. The cloves are antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral.

5: Ginger (Zingiber officinale): fresh rhizome

Ginger is warming, antiseptic, analgesic and antispasmodic. It is a traditional remedy for digestive complaints, bronchitis, muscle spasm and rheumatism.

Caution: Garlic should not be used by anyone suffering from digestive-tract ulcers, high fever or inflammatory skin conditions.

6: Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): sustainably harvested fresh or dried rhizome

Rhizomes have been used to dye fibers and are still used medicinally. The yellow color of its rhizomes is attributed to berberine, a strongly antibacterial and bitter alkaloid.

Caution: Pregnant women and persons with high blood pressure should not use goldenseal. The herb should not be used for more than three months because the strong antibacterial action kills beneficial intestinal flora.

7: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): leaves and flowers

It is antibiotic, antispasmodic on smooth muscle tissue and a depressant to the central nervous system. We carry a small vial of the essential oil of lavender with us everywhere we go, to use as first aid for burns, wounds, headaches and nervous tension.

8: Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): leaves and flowers

Antibacterial, antispasmodic and antiviral, and is used as an insect repellent and sedative. The leaf is used in tea, tincture and in the bath for its calming properties and pleasant lemon scent.

Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should consult a medical professional trained in the use of therapeutic herbs before taking lemon balm. Consult with your physician before taking lemon balm with other medications.

9: Mint (Mentha spp.): leaves and flowers

Leaves are used in tea and bath blends for their flavor, stimulating properties and fragrance. Mint leaves are also taken in tea to aid digestion, reduce gas and treat headache, colds and fevers.

10: Sage (Salvia officinalis): leaves and flowers

Garden sage contains the powerful compound thujone that controls profuse perspiration and dries up lactation. Sage tea is a traditional remedy for sore gums and throat, skin infections and insect stings, and for sharpening the memory. Currently, Salvia species are being researched for their antioxidant properties, specifically for the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should not take sage internally. It should not be taken internally in large amounts or for extended periods because of the side effects of thujone.

Rich Beresford 2016 7 25
Written for AroundTheCabin.com

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Toll House Cookie Mix Test

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I was given a box of chocolate chip cookie mix to try out, which I did. During my testing of various mixes, my hands down winner is the Wal-Mart brand of, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Sugar Cookie mixes. Why? Because these mixes make twice the amount of cookies of the other brands at almost half the cost and they are excellent tasting!! Shelf-Life for all the mixes I’ve tried is one year although with proper storage conditions I would store much longer than that. Keep a few extra mixes on the pantry shelf. Remember during a sustained disaster event, treats will be a priceless morale booster and these premade mixes make it easy to do.
Here’s the latest mix I tried. Nestlé Toll House.

A Personal Letter

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Dear Readers,

I thought I would start a new monthly feature on TimGamble.com: a monthly letter to my readers giving the “inside scoop” on my personal preparations and thoughts. Most of what I write is more along the lines of general advice. This monthly letter will give you a more personal glimpse into what I am actually doing and thinking. I hope you enjoy it, and find it useful.

An Update on My Health

As many of my readers will know, I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes last year after developing serious eye problems. Thanks to some good doctors, some good medicine, major changes in my diet and lifestyle, and lots of prayer, my diabetes has been mostly brought under control. I am already of one of the medications I was initially given, and under my doctor’s supervision, I will be trying to stop the other medication this fall. Things are looking good for being able to control my diabetes through diet and lifestyle only (not bad considering my initial A1C score was 10.1 when I was diagnosed last summer). 

My eyes, on the other hand, have proven more problematic. After nearly losing my sight last year (severe diabetic retinopathy with wet macular inclusions), much improvement has been made, but only after a series of six injections in my left eye, nine injections in my right eye, and laser surgery to seal bleeding capillaries in the retina of my right eye. In fact, I had my ninth injection in my right eye just last week. Hopefully, it will be my last injection, but I won’t know for sure until after my next follow-up exam in late August. My eyes are much improved. I can see to drive and read (with reading glasses). But I am still experiencing problems, and would greatly appreciate any prayers for healing of my eyes and restoration of my vision. Thank you to those of you who have already offered prayers on my behalf.


I’ve had mixed success with my garden this year. My broccoli and peppers have been a huge success, as has the loose-leaf lettuce. In fact, I’m still getting lots of lettuce, which is surprising this late in July. Most of everything else has also done well – squash, zucchini, cucumbers, etc.  But what I am having trouble with is my tomatoes, which have been a  complete failure this year. I don’t understand why. I’ve never had problems growing tomatoes in the past. I’ve got three varieties planted, but about half the plants haven’t grown much and haven/t put out any tomatoes or even blooms. Those that have put out, the tomatoes are mostly staying small and green. Only a few have turned red. Usually by this time, my table is running over with tomatoes from the garden, but not this year. I’m at a loss, but am planning on testing the soil… Any ideas as to what might be going on?

Stockpiling Food and Supplies

I recently decided to double my food storage goals. This means I am going from a one-year to a two-year supply of food. Financially, I’m pretty drained at the moment due to medical bills, so I’m working on my food storage a little at a time. This month I decided to concentrate on stocking up long-term dairy – powdered milk, powdered buttermilk, powdered butter, and powdered cheese

I’m also working on increasing my stored water and ammo. 

What I’m Reading

I’ve gone back to basics this month and am re-reading a couple of James Wesley Rawles books: How to Survive the End of the World as We know It and his novel Patriots. Its slow-going, because it bothers my eyes to read for long periods of time. I used to have marathon reading sessions where I might read for hours in a single evening. Now, about 15 – 20 minutes at a time is the best I can do… 

What I’m Thinking

I’m thinking that things have gotten a lot worse, a lot quicker, than I expected. Anger, hate, violence, murder, terror… Major events seem to be happening weekly, or even daily. And our political leadership, both here in America and around the world, seem unable or unwilling to do anything tocorrect the situation. In fact, the political establishment seems determined to double-down on their failed policies that have caused this mess.  They are putting ideology and personal interests above all else, including commonsense. I don’t know how this election will turn out in November, but at this point I don’t think it matters. I hold no confidence in any politician or candidate being able to do anything positive. As I said when I started Patriots’ Prayers last year: “What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing.”

Things are going to get much, much worse over the next few years, Get ready. 


Tim Gamble

Media Ignores Mass Shooting in Florida – 19 Teens Shot, 2 Dead: Doesn’t fit Normal Agenda

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Last night there was another attack on a Florida nightclub. This time, 19 teenagers were shot, and 2 teenagers died. Normally this is about the time President Obama steps to the podium to talk about Gun violence, but this shooting is different…. […]

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21 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Everything Hits the Fan

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21 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Everything Hits the Fan via The Survival Mom

Stress happens. Whether at work or school, some days you’re pushed to the edge, you feel the tension all over your body, and you aren’t sure whether to punch something or cry. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had bad days. But it’s not the end of the world (yet), and there are plenty of wholesome and pleasant ways to center yourself again. Here’s a list of 21 ways to keep your cool.

  1. Diffuse a soothing blend of essential oils. Of course you’ve heard the saying, “Take time to stop and smell the roses,” but did you know that Rose essential oil is even more potent for relaxation than Lavender oil? Diffusing a blend of Rose, Lemon, and Lavender oil will chill you out, lift your mood, and make your house smell awesome.
  2. Stick your nose in the coffee pot. Coffee usually gets a bad rap, since the caffeine can cause stress for some people, but simply smelling freshly brewed coffee or warm coffee grounds can reduce stress. I switched to a French press a while back and will never again use a traditional coffee maker. If you’re worried how you’ll make coffee in a power outage, you need one, too!
  3. Listen to calming music. Whatever genre helps you find your zen, be it country or Celtic harp, listening to about 30-45 minutes of music with a slow tempo can clear your mind and relax your muscles.
  4. Read. Yes, put aside your computer, tablet, or cell phone, and take an hour or so to read something on paper. There is something very stressful and anxiety-triggering about being in front of a screen 24/7, and it is not good for your brain to be constantly switching from app to app, or scrolling through a dozen pictures at a time. Reading requires focus, and patience, and helps your mind to center itself after being stretched a thousand different ways.
  5. Color. I know, right? Crazy, but not only are adult coloring books are actually a huge thing right now, it’s also National Coloring Book Day on August 2! A good quality coloring book and some fancy Prismacolor colored markers and pencils, and you’re groovy. Many adults, both men and women, are enjoying the revival of this old-time hobby from their childhoods. (If you want something really special, Johanna Basford’s coloring books are amazing!! I’m working my way through “Lost Ocean“.)
  6. Drink some tea. Rose tea, chamomile tea, passionflower, or kava kava are all natural, caffeine free, soothing beverages that are perfect for bedtime or an afternoon chill session. For me, there’s nothing like sitting in a cozy corner of the couch with a cup of hot tea, slightly sweetened, and then finished off with just a tablespoon or two of heavy cream or almond milk. If you’re not into tea, just drink plenty of water, keeping your body hydrated and flushing out toxins.
  7. Go for a run. Put on some tennis shoes and pop outside to soak up some vitamin C and get your heart working. Many studies have shown that physical exercise of any sort can boost your mood. It also requires focus and mental discipline. Plus, who knows when you may need to run for your life? May as well get in some training for that.
  8. Clean up. You know that closet you’ve been meaning to go through for, like, ever? After a stressful day, it might finally be time to do that. Working with your hands, sorting, and seeing a tidy end result is rewarding and therapeutic. Turn on some music, podcast, or audiobook, and go to town! An organized space is soothing.
  9. Cook or bake something challenging. The same principle as cleaning up, but with more of a creative outlet and a delicious end result. Try a new recipe, technique, or cuisine! And it doesn’t even have to be duck de l’orange, your dish can be cheap and easy as a casserole or soup.
  10. Make a fruit salad to go with your dinner. Bananas, oranges, mangoes, and blueberries are examples of healthy fruits that contain stress-relieving, mood-boosting qualities. Plus, who doesn’t just like to say, “banana”? Even that will make you smile.
  11. Pick up a handicraft. Knitting, embroidery, whittling, you name it, just choose something that you enjoy, then plop into your comfiest chair and take your sweet time on it. Repetitive motion helps calm nerves.
  12. Pet your dog. Or your guinea pig. Or your cat, if she’ll let you (mine won’t). You don’t really need a study to be done to know that cuddling your furbaby, while whispering sweet nothings in their floppy ears as you rub their noggins, can just make everything magically okay in your life.
  13. Journal. Did you know that people who journal regularly actually live longer than people who don’t? Sit down during either breakfast or dinner and write about anything upsetting you or that you’re excited about.
  14. Get it all on paper. David Allen, in his book, Getting Things Donesays that writing down every. Single. Thing. On your mind helps you focus on the tasks at hand, and also helps prioritize what needs to be done. This is a good practice to add to your bedtime ritual. What you’re gonna have for breakfast, that guy you need to call for such-and-such a thing, your worries about the kids, a reminder to clear out your inbox, packing an emergency kit, etc. Just get it out on paper.
  15. Play. What?? First coloring, now playing? Yes! Some purposeless but fun and silly activity that you used to do as a kid, whether it’s tag, hide-n-seek, homemade play-dough, or finger painting. It’s a great way to unwind, and laughter is the best medicine.
  16. Put a pencil between your teeth. No, it’s not just to make you look dumb. Holding the pencil between your teeth forces your mouth into a smile. Staying like this for two minutes can fool your mind into producing your happy hormones. Who knew?
  17. Work on your survival breathing. Special forces operatives use this technique to steady themselves when in stressful situations. It lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and the extra oxygen clears your mind.
  18. Try acupressure. Gently squeeze the part of your hand between your thumb and index finger for thirty seconds, then switch sides. This has been shown to relieve tension in your upper body by about 30%.
  19. Clean up. Not your house this time, but you. Even if you showered that morning, grab some soap in a scent that makes you go, “Mmmmm“, like this bar of luxury soap, and let the hot water and steam relax your muscles. Then, ditch your work clothes and put on your comfiest clothing items.
  20. Spend time with family. Did you know that children whose families regularly ate together for meals were more stable emotionally throughout their lives? That same benefit can extend to parents, as well. So sit down, relax, and talk about your day with the people you love most. Here’s a fun idea for family conversation starters, if you need it.
  21. Spend time alone. When in doubt, kick everyone out. Just kidding, but truly, no one will blame you if you just need a break from society.

By the way, every one of these ideas come in handy during normal, humdrum stressful days but also keep them in mind for the severe crisis. No one is at their best and makes the best decisions when under high levels of duress. If everything hits the fan someday, you’ll need some time every now and then to unwind.

21 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Everything Hits the Fan via The Survival Mom

17 Things Preppers Should Do Around The House

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If you’ve been prepping for a long time, you might feel like you’re running out of things to do. Once you’ve gathered plenty of disaster supplies and learned all the most important survival skills, what else is there? A lot, it turns out. Ask a Prepper made a list of 17 things you can do […]

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EPA Raising Radiation Limits In Drinking Water, 100’s of Times Higher. Today is Last Day to Comment

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Apparently the 50,000 messages Food & Water Watch supporters sent back in March wasn’t enough to keep the EPA from caving in to nuclear industry pressure. Now, the EPA is moving forward with a guidance

to increase the amount of radiation allowed in your drinking water.

It’s not just a slight increase they’re proposing. We’re talking the equivalent of 250 chest x-rays a year!

The EPA quietly dropped the news on this so-called “protective action guidance” earlier this week, hoping we’d miss it. Not a chance. We’ve only got a short window of opportunity to make a big impact. Send a message to President Obama and the EPA — do NOT increase limits on radiation allowed in my drinking water.

You can drop a comment to the EPA at the above blue link, today is the last day.

I had this to say

I have a Masters Degree in Material Science from the U of Michigan. My education includes 5 years of study and research in radiation and heavy metals.

I am surprised and even shocked that an agency (that we pay your salaries, remember) created to protect the people, is proposing a standard that is effectively allowing an equivalent to 250 chest xrays a year.
This is shameful for a modern and so called civilized society to allow the people who pay your salary to protect them, to be exposed to these massive levels of radiation. Of course, internal radiation is far far worse than external radiation.

I also protest the “weasel words” of calling this “non regulatory guidance”. Those civic leaders who have no where near the education and experience that I have, cannot possibly take this “guidance” if passed, as anything other than a directive.

The EPA needs to fight back against the corporate and nuclear cartel that is pulling the strings to loosen up the rules so this top heavy and archaic “science” that we call Civilian nuclear power, can have a chance at existing. Start representing us, again, and stop the puppet like response to the $1.4 Billion per year that the nuclear cartel spends to promote themselves and influence the EPA. Make us proud! Don’t kill us. Don’t pre-plan and allow more tolerance for a nuclear disaster at our aging nuclear plants that are averaging 2 emergency shutdowns per week.

Thank you, very much. Be real men and women, don’t be a weasel.

Terrorists Are Eyeing These Vulnerable, Unprotected Parts Of The Power Grid — And There’s 10,000 Of Them

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Terrorists Are Eyeing These Vulnerable, Unprotected Parts Of The Power Grid -- And There's 10,000 Of Them

How vulnerable is America’s power grid? The Wall Street Journal recently did an in-depth study to find out the answer to that question, and the results are unsettling.

“Despite federal orders to secure the power grid, tens of thousands of substations are still vulnerable to saboteurs,” writes WSJ reporter Rebecca Smith in the July 14, 2016 edition. “The U.S. electric system is in danger of widespread blackouts lasting days, weeks or longer through the destruction of sensitive, hard-to-replace equipment. Yet records are so spotty that no government agency can offer an accurate tally of substation attacks, whether for vandalism, theft or more nefarious purposes.”

Smith reviewed dozens of reports of break-ins at power stations, including one last year at an electrical substation in Bakersfield, Calif. She discovered that despite federal orders to secure them, the nation’s tens of thousands of substations are vulnerable to attack.

Many substations have little to no security – sometimes only a chain-link fence – and if there is an alarm system in place, the alarms are often ignored.

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Abidance Consulting, a security company, inspected nearly 1,000 substations in 14 states over the past year. “At least half had nothing but a padlock on the gate,” Abidance’s James Holler told The Wall Street Journal. “No cameras. No motion sensors or alarms.”

When one utility lost a set of substation keys when a truck was stolen, the staff didn’t even change the substation locks, Holler added.

A big part of the problem with security is that although America’s grid system is federally regulated, in reality it is an interdependent collection of locations owned and operated by utility companies and grid operators.

The fragile electrical system was basically patched together over the decades since the early 20th century. Major power sources, such as gas-fired generators and nuclear-power plants, are linked with substations to carry electricity over a network of long-distance high-voltage power lines.  Using computerized technology, substations then lower the voltage in order to deliver electricity safely to homes and businesses.

Terrorists Are Eyeing These Vulnerable, Unprotected Parts Of The Power Grid -- And There's 10,000 Of ThemWSJ calls the grid “a giant puzzle that can be configured in different ways to deliver power where and when it is needed.” While Smith the writer, points out that the motive of most substation break-ins is theft, the locations also are a potential target for terrorists who may wish to gather information for a future attack or cause immediate damage to a region.

At a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) meeting earlier this year on grid security, Gerry Cauley, head of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., said the thought of “eight or 10 vans going to different sites and blowing things up” is something that keeps him awake at night. He estimated that recovery from a coordinated attack could take months.

Differences in power demand, which can be sparked by extreme weather and time of day, cause so much variability in the use of the grid that Smith writes, “What causes a catastrophe one day might not the next, which makes security issues complex. Small problems can quickly spiral out of control.”

Human error is another factor. For example, equipment problems combined with human error caused a large transmission line to trip out of service in Arizona five years ago. While that grid is designed to withstand the loss of any one line, in this case, the current shifted to nearby lines and overloaded them. Then two transformers at two small substations shut down defensively to prevent equipment damage. The result? San Diego experienced a blackout. Street and airport traffic was halted. Raw sewage was released into the ocean. And an estimated 2.7 million households were without power in California, Arizona and Mexico.

The National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences in 2012 examined the various parts of the power grid and concluded that substations are “the most vulnerable to terrorist attack.”

“We’ve known we had an issue for a long time and have been very slow to do anything about it,” M. Granger Morgan, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who studied the San Diego blackout, told Smith.

The Foundation for Resilient Societies has called for an analysis of the impact of simultaneous attacks, both physical and cyber, on substations. Thomas Popik, chairperson of the non-profit organization, told the FERC in June that the grid is “a battlefield of the future” that needs military-type defenses.

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Michael Bardee, director of the FERC’s Office of Electric Reliability at FERC, acknowledged to The Wall Street Journal that his agency could do more to study security vulnerabilities at substations.

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Meanwhile, some local power companies are trying to beef up security. The Vermont Electric Power Co., for example, approved $12 million for an improved security program after thieves broke into and stole copper from some of its substations dozens of times between 2012 and early 2014.

With more secure fencing and better security cameras in place, the utility has not had a break-in in more than a year.

However, WSJ found nine recent substation break-ins where theft did not appear to be the motive.

One of these was at the federally owned Liberty substation in Buckeye, Ariz., which is near Phoenix. In November 2013, an intruder cut fiber-optic cables that serve Liberty and the Mead substation near Hoover Dam. It took workers two hours to fix the problem.

Two months later, two men broke into Liberty again and left after they were unable to cut power to a security trailer that had lights and cameras installed after the first incident. Investigators later discovered that most of the new security cameras had not been properly programmed or installed.

The Liberty substation is operated by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), which controls power lines used by utilities serving some 40 million people in 15 states.

A federal audit last year cited WAPA for violations of security regulations, including broken or outdated equipment, poor control over keys to critical locations and failure to install security systems.

Keith Cloud, the WAPA’s head of security, told WSJ that he has received about $300,000 for security upgrades at some of the utility’s 328 substations, including Liberty.

But to protect the system’s 40 most important control centers, he said he would need $90 million. “I don’t have the authority or budget to protect my substations,” he said.

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Snake Safety

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My latest issue of Field and Stream arrived the other day.  On page 14 there is a short article about a fellow who is bitten by a timber rattle snake in Mississippi. His self aid procedures sounded good which were primarily keep calm and get to the local emergency room.

12 vials of anti-venom later he probably thought he was bitten again when the hospital bill rolled in with a charge of $420,000.00.  Though not mentioned, this fellow must have had a pretty lengthy stay in the hospital.

Check out my earlier post on Snakes .  Lots of good info on what to do when hiking in snake country.

If you hike with your pup take special precautions.  For example, I live in the high desert and right now I won’t let my labs romp through the green foliage near the river and I keep them on a leash.

Reflections on the Toxic Environment Mankind Is Creating On Earth

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 Per “GOM” at ENENEWS—–

What is “human”?
The world has changed, because we caused it to change, but WE haven’t changed one bit. If anything, we’re stupider, dumber and less learned then those who existed before us. We’re more callous, arrogant, indifferent and out of touch with each other then ever before. We’re better “informed”, but strangely, indifferent.

We understand almost nothing about the real world that exists outside of our cubicles and our office chairs. Beyond the city limits is the great unknown, that dirty, cold and brutal world we are desperately trying to enslave and master for our own exclusive use. We’re surrounded by shiny toys and distracting baubles to keep us from really thinking, but we’re really only being diminished as being truly human.

We’re entirely dependent now upon this vast social and technological infrastructure we have created, which makes us terribly vulnerable now as a species. We’re in a very dangerous place, but the warnings are being repeatedly ignored.

It is the lack of understanding the interconnections of all life forms on earth to human populations that will ultimately, destroy our species. If other forms of life cannot live here because of our excessive ways, our arrogance and indifference, then neither can we. Once we have irradiated the soils, polluted the atmosphere and the water, destroyed all forms of plant and animal life, all in the fools quest to “have it all”…

What then?

GOM well said, but what shall you do now? Can you help tip it? Obewan seems to think we have 500 years before all is gone.   Methinks it could be as short as 50 years. 

Keep in mind all this happening as the so called EPA is trying to raise “allowable” radiation in drinking water to be HUNDREDS of times higher than it is now.

And as Fisherman again begin plying the waters of Fukushima.   But they say “we are testing everything and finding nothing”.   Ya right.

Then you have others that partly recognize the problem, and then attack it in exactly the wrong way.   this from the Guardian, often a vacuous mouthpiece of UK goofiness


The only solution left to us is to change our behaviour, radically and globally, on every level. In short, we urgently need to consume less. A lot less. Radically less. And we need to conserve more. A lot more. To accomplish such a radical change in behaviour would also need radical government action. But as far as this kind of change is concerned, politicians are currently part of the problem, not part of the solution, because the decisions that need to be taken to implement significant behaviour change inevitably make politicians very unpopular – as they are all too aware.

stock here.    The earth would be better off with less people.   And the ones that are breeding like rabbits are effectively causing a “de-evolution”.    But we don’t need “less of everything”.   We need to reign in all of the corrupt cartels, eliminate insane industries like nuclear.

And speaking of energy, we need more of it, not less.   Energy improves lives.   We have all the energy we need, from the sun, PV solar electric.  Its a no-brainer, and its now cheap, maybe only Hydro is cheaper at this time.    And speaking of Hydro, I created a saying “fuck the frogs”.    Sorry, we are damaging the environment in many ways, but stopping a Hydro project for some small and rare frog or toad species is stupid.     Hydro is a great complement to solar.  Power our houses and businesses with solar in the day, and don’t run the Hydro….lets the water and pressure build up until the sun is down, then let it flow.     

Preparing for the Big One!

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First Aid and Other Supplies You’ll Need When Preparing

Make no mistake about it: The Big One is coming. This isn’t an irrational fear promoted by extreme preppers or the companies that market to them. It is a real fear that is fueled by real science. And, while many preppers are mistaken for people who believe that the Walking Dead could really happen, what we know is that our infrastructures are simply not built to withstand major earthquakes or other disasters.

On the West Coast, for example, Cascadia isn’t a rumor or an urban legend; it is a reality that is no longer a matter of “if” but “when.” And when that quake happens, the roads, the electrical grid, the municipal water supply, internet connectivity–they are all going down. Some experts say that it could take more than a year to simply get the basic necessities back into place. Estimates on life getting back to “normal” (like we take for granted now) say it will take a lot longer than that.

So: while a giant meteor strike or nuclear Armageddon might feel a little far-fetched, for a lot of our readers, the possibility of being cut off is something that must be dealt with. The best way to deal with that reality is to make sure you are prepared.

Experts agree that, at minimum, you should have enough clean water and food supplies on hand to last for six months to a year. You should also make sure that you are stocked up on first aid supplies and other necessities like comfortable and durable clothing, shelter supplies, etc.

If you are new to prepping, this can seem incredibly overwhelming. The good news is, you don’t have to go overboard with your disaster prep right now. We recommend building up your supplies slowly over time. Here is a tip list on how to start preparing for the worst:

1. Water

It is vital that you have enough clean water on hand to get you through at least a few weeks of living once disaster strikes. Remember, this water won’t just be used for drinking. You’ll also use it for cooking, bathing, etc. Collect enough for your entire family, both humans and pets. The simplest way to do this is to buy 1-2 five gallon drums of fresh water every time you go to the grocery store.

You will also want to purchase a portable filter and supplies for making polluted water drinkable. These will come in handy if and when your clean water supplies run dry.

2. Medical Supplies

Those cute little first aid kits that you keep in your bag or your vehicle are great for minimal needs, but you’ll want to step that kit up a few notches for your emergency supply. You are most likely going to want to stock up on disinfectant supplies and sterile bandages. After that, you’ll also want to keep basic sewing supplies and gauze in your kit, creating a small surgical kit of sorts. And, of course, this is a good place to store some extra matches–in addition to sterilizing instruments; fire can also cauterize deep wounds.

With all of this in mind, you might want to spring for a course on some basic medical training that you can use in the field. Sign up for first aid and CPR classes. Make sure you know what to do when you can’t call an ambulance, as being able to reach emergency personnel will be out of the question.


3. Food

Focus on non-perishables that don’t require cooking in order to be edible. Canned beans,  dried fruits and veggies, are a just a few examples. Add a few family sized cans to your cart every time you go grocery shopping to build up your supplies. There are some great checklists available that detail the types of food you’ll most want to have in case of emergency.



4. Shelter

You will want to be sure that you are sheltered from the elements in the event of an emergency. You don’t necessarily need to have an expensive or expansive tent, but a tent that can shelter your family and can be easily assembled and disassembled is recommended. Be sure to practice putting up and taking down the tent a few times to ensure that you know what you’re doing. Taking a wilderness survival skills course that will teach you how to build shelters “from scratch,” how to tell good plants from bad, how to make snares to catch small pretty, etc. will only further increase your chance of survival.

The main reason to do all of this, of course, isn’t to be the King of the Mountain once disaster strikes, but to simply survive long enough to have normalcy return. Having supplies on hand and knowing how to use them will help you stay calm in an emergency. Your calming presence, more than anything else, will help you keep you and your family alive in scary and dire situations.

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5 Survival Tips from “10 Cloverfield Lane”

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I’m a sucker for a good monster movie. Not only are they entertaining and suspenseful, but they also speak to the prepper mindset. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching “Godzilla” or “Pacific Rim,” the stories all basically start the same.

Life is mostly good and going on as it always does until a monster appears seemingly out of thin air and starts wrecking the place to the point of complete societal collapse. It’s at this point that those that are well prepared for a variety of situations step up and help lead humanity to a victory.

Ok, so maybe it’s hard to prep for a monster attack, but it’s not impossible. “10 Cloverfield Lane” is an ancillary movie to the 2008 found footage monster movie “Cloverfield.” It takes place alongside the events of the ’08 movie and is far more focused on suspense and interpersonal conflict than the actual running from monsters that its precursor was all about.

The majority of “10 Cloverfield Lane” takes place in a survival bunker that a prepper had built in case of a variety of disasters. For the survivalist, there were some definite lessons to be learned from “10 Cloverfield Lane,” both good and bad. If you haven’t seen the movie and plan on doing so, you should probably stop here and finish this after you see the movie as there are spoilers ahead for sure. Here are the five survival tips I learned from “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

1. Bunkers are pretty convenient


This pretty much goes without saying, but a well-built bunker that’s fully stocked and made to be comfortable is a pretty great thing. From storing the basics like food and water to giving you somewhere to hide from just about any type of disaster, bunkers are simply useful.

Sadly we don’t all have a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere to build said bunker, and even fewer of us have enough disposable income to build a proper bunker, but the usefulness of one can’t be ignored. If it weren’t for the bunker in this movie, none of the protagonists/antagonists would have survived the first 15 minutes of the movie.

2. Survival should be comfortable


Survival doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. Sure, your overall comfort is definitely going to be different in a survival situation, but a little extra effort would go a long way in making a bunker more comfortable.

Whether it’s music like the jukebox in “10 Cloverfield Lane” provided, the comfort of his grandparents’ table, or some games and puzzles, make sure to have some comfort items with you to make surviving a little better.

3. Knowing is half the battle


It doesn’t matter if you have the best survival plan ever created; if you’re not aware of what’s going on, not only around you, but in the world as a whole, it won’t do you much good. The reason Howard (John Goodman) was able to get to his bunker was because he paid attention to what was going on in the world.

Sure, you probably don’t have equipment to listen in on “satellite chatter,” but watching the news and paying attention to the little things that happen can help you get the big picture. Knowing about a disaster even an hour before it’s in full effect can mean the difference between life and death.

4. Help when you can, but carefully


It’s hard to see someone in need and not want to jump into action to help them right away, but in a survival situation you have to weigh this automatic desire to help with the understanding that whomever you help might be looking for a little bit more.

Even if they’re not actively looking to hurt or rob you, the act of helping them could put you into a situation where you end up in need of help, too. Whether that’s climbing down a cliff to help someone, diving into the water, or saving someone from a car crash, be careful who and how you help.

5. Medical skills are a must


Chances are that when the SHTF there won’t be too many MedExpress locations open to give you stitches or set broken bones. That means that something as trivial as slicing your hand while making dinner can become a real life-threatening ordeal.

Having a few medical books (real, physical ones) as well as a general understanding of the basics of medicine can really help you out when things get tough.

Bonus tip: Be careful who you trust


If you’ve seen the movie, you know that tips 1–5 above paint a very different picture of Howard than ends up being true. The fact of the matter is that even if someone offers you help, you might not want to take it.

Sure, Howard took Michelle and Emmett into his fully-stocked bunker to wait out the Cloverfield attack, but at what cost? In the end Emmett didn’t fare much better than if he’d been fending for himself, and Michelle had to fight for her life, literally!

Basically, the big tip this movie has to offer is this: Accept and give help whenever you can, but do so carefully and with an exit strategy if at all possible.

Natural Disasters; Are you Ready?

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When natural disasters comes to your town, what do you do? Most people aren’t prepared. And, because of that, they’ll suffer catastrophic losses and be totally blindsided by the fact that they don’t have electricity, clean water, and probably food. Here’s how you can prepare yourself so you’re not caught out in the unprepared.


Planning For Any Disaster

You’ll see common preparedness tips for every type of natural disaster, which is why a disaster preparedness plan makes sense. Most natural disasters will knock out, or limit access to, essential services. Services like police, fire, and rescue, but also services like food, water, and shelter.

You should be familiar with a disaster before it strikes. Because once it does strike, the only thing you can do is “press play” and carry out whatever plan you have in place. For most people, a basic survival plan includes a “bug out bag” or a “bug in bag,” which includes basic safety supplies, 3 ways to make a fire (including waterproof matches), waterproof clothing, a rain slicker, some food (freeze-dried or canned with a can opener), and a first-aid kit.

You will also want some basic tools like a hatchet, pick, walkie-talkies, and multi-tool. You need enough materials so you could survive for at least 72 hours alone, if you had to. If you want extra protection, give yourself a week’s worth of supplies and stock 2 of everything.


Preparing For An Earthquake

This is one of the hardest things to do, because of the nature of the disaster. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, you already know. If you’re not sure, use the Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program and the U.S. Geological Survey to map out where the high risk areas are. The USGS also uses a live map so you can see up-to-the minute activity.

There’s nothing you can do to avoid a quake, but you can give your home an earthquake checkup. Check for disasters, fasten shelves to the wall studs, and store anything breakable in a safe place. Store poisons in cabinets that latch shut. Put heavy objects on low shelves and secure heavy furniture. Practice earthquake drills with your family.

The most important thing you can do is get underneath something sturdy and find an open space. Most deaths caused by earthquakes come from flying debris and falling objects. Collapsing structures and walls are also dangerous. Your first priority is to minimize personal injury. Finally, avoid damaged or falling structures.


Preparing For Hurricanes

Like tornadoes, hurricanes produce very severe and fast winds that are damaging to people, buildings, vehicles, and the natural environment. The benefit is we often see them coming from many miles away and have technologies to detect them easily.

Hurricanes bring on flooding, fires, and other secondary disasters. They also bring on sustained winds and rain. Board up the windows and doors with plywood, install storm shutters, and secure your roof and siding. Bring in outdoor furniture.

Check the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood map database. If you have to evacuate, shut off your utilities, including the main power switch. Check with the local authorities about a main evacuation route, and practice it with your family.

Hunker down and evacuate when ordered to do so. Even weak hurricanes can kill. And when it’s all done, flooding cleanup may not be completed for days, meaning you’re stranded in a flooded area.

So, it’s usually best to evacuate, since rescue may not be able to get to you in time, and you won’t have anywhere to escape to.


Planning For A Tornado

A tornado can come on fast and be quite unpredictable. Tornados don’t just happen in the Midwest either. They can happen in the south, north, and west — basically anywhere in the U.S.

Anywhere a thunderstorm can form, a tornado can too. The amount of concentrates damage they cause is astonishing. Like most storms, the best way to handle one is get out of the way.

You can’t really prepare your home for a tornado, since they’re so damaging. Some homes are built to withstand tornado winds, and are protected by special shutters and siding, but even then there are no guarantees that the tornado wouldn’t destroy everything.

Tornadoes are accompanied by strong winds and storms. The wind might pick up for a while and then suddenly die down. Watch the sky. It will get dark and suddenly, you might hear a loud rushing sound, like a roar. Be on the lookout for clouds that rotate in a circular pattern. They strike quickly, and the trademark funnel cloud is a good sign but may not appear until debris is already picked up.

Listen to NOAA emergency Weather Radio, because severe storms will be reported here first. Listen for emergency broadcasts if conditions look right for a tornado. If one strikes, stay low and get to a place in the basement. Ideally, you will be on the lowest level of your home. If you’re in a highrise, try to get down to the lowest level quickly.

But, stay away from windows and outside walls. If you’re in a vehicle, this might seem scary but get out of it. Vehicles can be picked up and flung very easily by tornadoes. Get out and lay face down in a ditch or a very low area. Stay away from bridges and underpasses as the wind can be very harsh under them.


Charlie Lucas lives in a flood zone and has seen his beloved home, and possessions, destroyed by flood waters once already – He takes every measure he can so it doesn’t happen again and warns others too.

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Book Review: Zombie Apocalypse Preparation

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Zombie Apocalypse Preparation is a book of fiction.  I think.  I mean it says so in a disclaimer on Zombie Survival Guidethe inside first page.  If and when you buy this book purely for some humorous edification, you have to keep in perspective at all times and upon the turn of every day that the work is indeed fiction.  But you’re always going to wonder.  Houchins and Thomas’ tome is a fun read, if not admittedly outright silly at times and plain old stupid in some cases.  Remember, remember, its fiction.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

If you are a serious prepper or survivalist, then some of this material you might take as a personal affront, but I doubt it was meant to have that impact.  I mean after all, there is no such thing as a zombie to start with.  But if you substitute other character references such as roving thugs, Ferguson rioters, home invaders, home grown ISIS terrorists, and other such real criminals, then the book makes perfect sense, sort of.

Bullet Point Commentaries

As I was reading this 370 page paperback, I took a lot of random notes about thoughts, criticisms, Survival Guide for Zombiessalient points, useful information and many other notations, some which could only be summed up as questions which I will never have answered by the authors.  I present these bullet point thoughts here in no particular order.

  • At times you catch yourself asking “is this for real”, then you remember it is fiction.
  • The book puts down the very popular AR-15. Do these guys know guns at all?
  • Suppressors (not silencers) do require a Federal ATF NFA $200 permit tax, not a state tax.
  • The use of a slingshot to “sail” a fishing lure over water is ludicrous.
  • True military grade sniper rifles are only available to law enforcement or the military.
  • Discusses having firearms that are fully auto as if this were a common occurrence or option. It is not.
  • Who or what is a Johnny Two-Balls?
  • “Other bladed weapons” are highly impractical and most are unheard of.
  • Use of heavy equipment to kill zombies highly unlikely option. No access, no skills.
  • Concrete filled tires? During a SHTF, where or why find tires and fill them with concrete to roll down a hill?
  • 3 wheeled ATVs are no longer made and have not been for many years.
  • Mines in the yard? Where do they propose average citizens can obtain landmines?
  • “Mow Down Hoedown”? Too much gas, too much time for the effort.
  • Who is Fisherman F. Thompson?
  • There are comments here and there that are simply unnecessary such as “humping your mom last night.” Much of the foul language is unnecessary being a poor stab at humor.
  • Out of all the places listed to hide out, they left out elevators and forest service towers.
  • Oddly enough in this manual there is useful information intended as such or not, but you have to read close to glean it.
  • The book comes into its element in Section 8 , “Coping with Life in Zombietopia.”
  • Thoughts on dealing with assholes and malcontents is spot on.
  • The paragraph on Greed, page 204 in highly insightful. It is the root of all evil.  See Hillary and Bill Clinton.
  • Page 207, “Compromising is going to be a mainstay of your existence.” True that.
  • Page 246, “paying attention to the tiny details will prove to be a lifesaving hobby.”

Again, these are just some of the thoughts and comments I had about reading this book.  As a prepper, again, I found many items of useful information that could be put into practice, despite the book being fiction.  I do wonder if the authors intended that or just hit upon item merely by accident. Further, the reader has no idea who these authors are or anything about their backgrounds.  Perhaps their previous work was a romance novel or a skill guide to picking gardening tools.  It would have been nice to see their bio or if in fact these author names are even real.

Zombie Apocalypse Preparation is a laughable read.  You will get chuckles from it, but scratch your head at times.  Pick out what is useful or thought provoking and just laugh at the rest.  After all, it is a work of fiction.  Or is it?

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20 Iced Coffee Recipes You Have To Try

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20 Iced Coffee Recipes You Have To Try Iced coffee is a must in the spring and summer. If you like coffee but hot coffee makes you to hot then iced is the only way to go, plus there are so many more flavors and options that come available when you go iced. I scoured the internet to find some of the best iced coffee recipes. I came across 20 for now with another article coming soon with another 20. I think there are recipes that will suit all tastes and even put your taste buds in coffee heaven. Recipes:

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The Ultimate Survivor Skill Set That Every Prepper Needs

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It is firmly planted in our minds that a crisis scenario requires knives,  EDC  bags, lighters, fire-starters, waterproof matches, binoculars, compasses and so many others gear items. While these can prove helpful, and in some situations even essential,  without a doubt, more and more people pay attention to the most important element for surviving: themselves.

Disaster situations are undoubtfully more manageable when one has a trained mind and a trained body for that specific circumstance.

Often, sophisticated gear is simply not available or, even worse, simply useless and a person’s ability to understand and execute upon his or hers exact physiological and psychological status is crucial.

Maintaining Good Health

Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the body, and that your skin is one way that you can check your health even if you don’t have any medical equipment available?

For example, dark patches or yellow waxy bumps could mean that you are developing diabetes. If your skin becomes pale or dull then nutritional deficiencies may be to blame. Medical help is not always an option so monitoring your skin can help you avoid problems and maintain good health in any setting or situation.

What would you do if there was a serious medical problem and you were on your own, without any doctors or emergency rooms to turn to for help? Do you have enough knowledge about first aid and natural healing methods to make a difference?

Let’s look, as an example, at some ways to treat shock. Shock occurs when heart output and blood pressure is not sufficient to provide adequate blood and oxygen to tissues and organs. This is a life threatening condition that will typically result in death if not treated immediately. Shock can occur due to injury, psychological trauma, as an acute stress reaction, infection, heart disease, and other factors.

If someone is in shock you should lay the person down with their feet elevated approximately 12 inches above their head, check for any obvious injuries, and keep the person warm using blankets or clothing. During shock CPR may be necessary, and hydration is critical to replace blood volume.

Shock is a medical emergency and you should always seek medical assistance if at all possible. What if this help is not available though? In this situation, use some rhubarb to make a tonic which can help treat shock and any underlying conditions like inflammation or infection. Place a few handfuls of rhubarb stalks in 2 cups of water and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 8-24 hours in a covered container then strain. Drink small amounts of the tonic through the day. This may help treat the symptoms of shock and also any underlying infection and inflammation.

You can also drink clean water with a small amount of salt dissolved in it to increase blood pressure if you are awake and aware. A third option for treating shock when medical help can not be found is to drink hawthorn tea to regulate blood pressure. Add 1 teaspoon hawthorn berries to 1 cup of clean boiling water, cool, then drink.

Physical Endurance Regardless of Joint Pain

joint painThe goal here is to ensure that you are capable of all the physical tasks and  challenges that you will face in any type of adverse situation.

It won’t do you any good to have all the supplies you need if you can’t carry them with you or you are not capable of traveling a long distance if necessary.

In a disaster or survival scenario the physical requirements will be grueling at any age. You need to be up to the challenge.

Think about what you could have to go through if you need to go off grid and survive a disaster or other chaotic event.

Be realistic about how physically fit you really are and the challenges that you could face.

To survive you will need stamina, strength, balance, flexibility, power, speed, agility, cardiovascular, accuracy, and coordination. To develop all of these skills you must train and practice frequently. Before you start any workout and exercise always check with your physician to make sure that it is safe to do so.

Don’t let joint pain or arthritis keep you from being physically fit. By age 50 almost everyone has some joint pain or arthritis but this does not have to stop you from being physically fit enough to face any survival situation.

There are many modified exercises designed specifically for people who have arthritis or some other form of joint pain so that you can stay in the best physical shape possible without causing further pain, damage, or injury to your joints.

Some tips for exercising when you have pain or discomfort in your joints:

  • Ease into it if you have been sedentary for some time.
  • Apply heat to any sore joints before you start exercising. Use heat on the joints for 20 minutes and then do your workout. A warm moist towel, heat pack, or hot shower will do the trick.
  • Start every exercise session with 10 minutes of range of motion exercises to loosen up your joints and prevent injury.
  • Choose low impact exercise methods to minimize the impact on your joints.
  • Keep your movement easy and stop immediately if you feel sharp pain or other injury warning signs. Start slow and gentle to avoid harming your joints further.
  • Try to avoid running, jumping, and other exercises that have forceful impacts on your joints.
  • Apply ice to your joints for 20 minutes after you exercise to minimize pain and swelling.
  • Never exercise the same muscle groups two days in a row.
  • Even when you are having a flare up you can still perform range of motion exercises to keep the painful joints from stiffening up further.
  • Use strengthening and conditioning exercises that do not involve the painful or swollen joints.

In a bug out or emergency situation you may not have access to a gym, or even basic fitness equipment. In order to stay fit you may have to get creative and make do with the weight of your own body and any common items that you have on hand. You can lift bags or cans of food, filled bottles and jugs, and even small children instead of weights as long as you are careful.

There are also low impact exercises that use your own body weight for strengthening and conditioning, such as push ups and sit ups, and no fitness equipment or items are required to do them. You need to be physically fit and healthy in order to survive. Don’t let joint pain or arthritis keep you from this goal.

Unarmed Self Defense

Could you defend yourself or others if it came down to this? Do you understand the basic principles of unarmed self defense enough to use them when it matters most?

For example one of the first important principles of unarmed self defense is the plus one rule. Always treat every fight or other confrontational situation as if there is another assailant waiting in hiding because there might be. This could mean that sticking around to finish off an opponent after you have them stunned and defeated could be counter productive because more assailants could arrive while you are doing this.

Do you know which areas of the body are the weakest?

Even the biggest and strongest person in the world will have their eyes water if their nose is broken or they are poked in the eye, making them unable to see and to fight for a period of time.

There are a number of weak spots on the body that can not be trained and toughened up, and these are natural targets. The eyes, nose, throat, groin, and even the ears are all weak spots that can provide effective avenues of attack if push comes to shove and you must defend yourself or others.

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Do you know to always stay moving during a fight or confrontation situation?

This keeps your assailant from being able to set up before an attack and it takes you out of the kill zone. When you are on the move you will be harder to corner and far more difficult to hit effectively.

Unarmed combat does not mean that you do not have the natural weapons that God gave you, and these can be highly effective in a hand to hand combat situation when you know what they are. Your head, elbows, knees, palms, heels, and other very hard and tough parts of your body can do massive damage to your opponent while minimizing any pain or injury to yourself. These body areas can cause a great deal of pain and injury to any assailant when used properly.

Do you know enough to aim for your opponent’s head while always protecting your own from attacks?

Practice bringing your chin down to your chest, raising your shoulders up, bringing your elbows above eye level, and touching your open hands over your head. This will protect your head from devastating blows while still allowing you to use powerful strikes. You can strike your opponent in the nose, throat, back of the neck, or face and cause a great deal of pain and damage.

In any confrontation it is almost guaranteed that one or more attackers can move forward faster than you can retreat when a straight line is used. In order to address this you need to move laterally so that you move off the line of attack instead of staying directly in it. This will allow you to strike back while minimizing any impact or blows.

Another hard self defense fact is that in almost any violent confrontation you will be hit, and this is something that you need to expect so that you can keep going when it happens. If you are fearful of being hit then you may hesitate at the worst possible time. By using protective techniques and keeping your weak areas covered you will keep any pain and damage to a minimum so that you can still fight back and defend yourself.

Effective self defense also means being able to read silent cues and body language. Body language can be very telling, and silent cues can help you survive to be the last one standing if you know how to read these signs correctly. Aggressive or dominating body language can indicate a physical threat so it is important to recognize these signals as quickly as possible.

For example, if someone is clenching their fists or they have considerable muscle tension these are signs of anger or aggression. Narrowed or squinting eyes, negative facial expressions, changes in stance or posture, and unwelcome or unwanted touching are also signs of hostile intentions. Knowing these warning signs can keep you safe by helping you avoid the wrong people in any type of situation.

Survival Mindset

Your mind can be the most powerful survival tool that you have at your disposal when used properly. A survival mindset will help you survive even when you have no tools, equipment, or other supplies. Some refer to this as a will to live but a survival mindset is much more than just this single factor.

You will need to overcome fear and panic, deal with boredom and high levels of physical and mental stress, be mentally flexible and ready to adapt no matter what is thrown at you, learn to be a predator instead of prey, recognize danger instantly, and have a can do attitude that will keep you going no matter how bad things get. This type of mindset is prepared for anything, expecting and preparing for the worst but still holding out some hope that things will get better.

A survival mindset means managing your thoughts, anxieties, panic, and fears no matter how stressful a situation is. If you do not learn how to control your fear and other negative emotions then they will take control of you. Fear can quickly become overwhelming if you are not trained to deal with it, and this could leave you vulnerable.

The human DNA is conditioned for certain responses to stressful situations and chaotic environments, this can not be avoided, and in a survival situation these same responses could get you or someone else killed if they are not controlled and managed. You can gain all the knowledge possible about what to do in a situation but when things go haywire the actual stress of the situation changes things significantly.

Dissociation can be a good way to deal with fear and panic, and this technique is used by military members and special forces when they endure physical pain and discomfort or when dealing with fear and panic. These individuals are not immune to fear, they feel it just like you do, but they have been trained to disassociate from this natural stress response and focus their mind elsewhere instead.

By making an effort to dissociate from the negative physical or emotional state you are training your mind to refocus even when danger pops up or you are in physical pain. This will allow you to think carefully and quickly analyze a situation instead of letting fear paralyze you or panic cause you to make a grave error in your reactions.

Some ways that you can train to deal with fear and panic include:

  • Use disassociation first when you have pain, before reaching for pain medications.
  • Practice dissociation when you perform long sets of exercises that involve monotonous repetition, such as sit ups, push, ups, and other simple exercises that can be grueling over the long haul.
  • Try sitting in cold water for as long as possible.
  • When you experience fear or panic try to focus on people who depend on you instead of these emotions, whether this is your family, your team, or your co-workers.
  • Find your happy place. This is a place in your mind which causes you to experience positiv emotions and releases pent up stress that we all carry around.
  • Step outside of your comfort zone and set goals that challenge you in new ways.
  • Counter negative thoughts with positive ones. Fear, panic, and other negative emotions can lead to negative thoughts, and these can become contagious.
  • Use visualization and guided imagery in order to practice for a real life survival scenario.

If you go over situations in your mind in full detail then you will be better prepared when they play out in real life and less likely to react out of fear and panic.

During times of extreme stress it is essential to relieve some of this so that you can function as needed. You will need to have a clear head in order to make the right decisions and stay alive, and this means keeping your stress levels as low as possible in spite of the chaos all around you. Stress can cause a flood of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, fogging up your mind, initiating your fight or flight response, and keeping you from making wise decisions. If you can not calm your mind and body then you have lost the war before you even fight the first battle.

Some relaxation and stress techniques to use:

  • Meditation can calm your mind and relieve stress.
  • Yoga relaxes your mind and body both.
  • Visualization. Think about a person, place, or thing that is included in one of the happiest times you have ever had and use this for visualization. Add as many details and use as many senses as you can so that the visualization is highly realistic.
  • Physical activity can relieve some stress as long as this activity is necessary for survival and not a waste of energy.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation is easy to use and can have a very relaxing effect.
  • Deep breathing can be a great tool for relaxation.
  • Massage can help relieve stress, relax the muscles involved, and focus your thoughts and attention on the here and now.
  • Aroma therapy is very effective at relieving stress and negative emotions.

Each of the skills and techniques listed above must be practiced regularly in order to be effective in a survival situation. Just like any skill or muscle group the more you practice the better you will get, and the more effective the techniques and methods will be.

Communication Skills


Communication is an important element of any situation, and you must have the necessary skills and knowledge to communicate effectively with others and recognize any threats. Warning signs that someone does not have the best of intentions can include:

  • Aggression
  • Disregard for your space or property.
  • Threatening gestures like sudden movements, arm sweeps, or clenched fists.
  • Deceptive body language such as sweating, muscle twitches, or avoiding eye contact.
  • Excessive curiosity about what you have, or making demands of you.
  • Failing to heed posted signs or obey any reasonable requests.
  • Sneaky behavior like trespassing or going through your property without an invitation.

Whether you find yourself in a bug out situation, a natural disaster strikes, martial law is declared, or you just want to stay safe you need to know the best practices for communicating. These universal practices are known by most people and they can be very effective at keeping you safe while you communicate with others that you do not know.

Some best practices for communication that you should always follow include:

  • Speak at a distance. Keeping distance between you allows both parties to feel safe while still allowing effective communication. Never let someone get too close to you until you are sure of their intentions.
  • Use a loud verbal greeting to announce yourself from a distance if you come across a home, camp, or compound.
  • Dress in clothing and gear that is appropriate yet non menacing.
  • Always obey all posted signs that you come across.
  • Never trespass on property that is not yours or sneak around someone else’s camp because this could get you killed.
  • Carry a white piece of cloth so that you can display a white flag. This is not just a signal of surrender, it shows that you are willing to parlay or trade.
  • Always use a neutral tone of voice and avoid any aggressive or threatening gestures.
  • Comply with all reasonable requests when you are not in your own area. This shows that you are not a threat and will prevent them from becoming skittish enough to try and take you out. You should also expect others to comply with any requests that you make when they visit you as long as these requests are reasonable.
  • Stay calm and focused. If you become loud or excited then this could be misinterpreted and the event could end badly.

 Do you feel you have enough self-training to handle any crisis? Have you ever found yourself in an adverse situation where your survival was threatened or you were forced to physically and mentally defend yourself? What happened? What other survival tips can you share?


This article has been written by John Gilmore for Survivopedia.

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A Legacy For The Kingdom

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     For some reason, today my spirit is wishing to share some personal thoughts and revelations… I don’t receive a lot of comments or feedback from my blog posts, but that’s OK.  I don’t need accolades for me; I’d rather read and hear God being praised, but when I do, they are often times humbling and give me more credit that I deserve.  Readers are too quick to praise me for knowledge and inspiration that, quite frankly, I don’t feel worthy of.  The truth is, there have been people who have been instrumental in shepherding my foray into spiritual warfare, and who have validated the direction that the Holy Spirit is leading me.
     I am no different than any of you … My experiences and knowledge can be obtained by anyone wishing to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit and to earnestly serve the Kingdom of God. Perhaps I am just a tad more bold or daring; in fact, I have had other Christians tell me that I should be more cautious and less passionate.   But I have confidence in my discernment, and I am not one to waste time if I hear the Holy Spirit counseling me to step out in faith.  So, today, I’d like to inspire you by introducing you to a woman who has inspired a growing army of spiritual warriors for this Time and Place.

     First, let me say that I have been tremendously blessed to have a husband who has been an aggressive warrior in his own right.  If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time, then you know that his first and middle names literally mean “Peace-Loving Warrior”, and he exemplifies that strong and commanding image.  Together, the Lord showed us a couple of years ago where He wants us to stand, and the important work He needs done in His Kingdom here on earth.  By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we were led to study the spiritual realm and its influence on Christians.  Through encounters with entities from this realm, we have both been exposed to satan’s attempts to discourage the followers of Jesus from claiming their power and authority in the Name of our Savior.  And then, by Divine Appointment we came into contact with the woman who would become our mentor, our advisor, and our trainer in our Deliverance Ministry.
     Her name is Barbara Bucklin, and she is a tireless champion and advocate of Jesus as our Healer, our Deliverer, and our Savior.  She has more energy and passion than people decades younger than herself.  We first met Barb when we attended a conference she arranged, and which was taught by Dr. Charles Kraft, entitled Defeating Dark Angels.  At the time we knew, and were seeing, that Christians were being attacked and oppressed by demonic forces, but knew nothing other than praying for protection as a means of defeating them.  Dr. Kraft changed all that … He revealed that through his many years of missionary work and the thousands of Christians he had counseled, that most problems are spiritual, resulting in emotional difficulties that keep us from the freedom and intimacy with Christ that we (and He) desire.  And we learned that deep-level healing is the answer.  What exactly is this deep-level healing?  It is a Deliverance ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit that is aimed at bringing healing to the whole person:  spirit, body, mind, emotions, and will.  It is about hearts being set free.  And we, as the servants of Christ, are fully capable (through partnering with Him and the Holy Spirit) of continuing His work to “set the captives free”.
     The valuable information I received from a subsequent training season with Dr. Kraft was orchestrated by Barb, and in the months that have followed, she has been there to advise and instruct my husband and me as we enter into this new frontier of Christian spiritual warfare.  In fact, we just returned from a Healing and Deliverance training session with Barb this past weekend.  Thirty-five people signed up to hear Barb share her experiences in seeing hurting, scared, damaged Christians — people who have been subjected to the wiles and schemes of our Adversary — but who were transformed by a very real experience with Jesus as their Healer and Deliverer.  She conducted this seminar to encourage and instruct us in Deliverance Ministry; to give us a roadmap in which to work with Jesus to help those being oppressed by the Enemy.
    Now, 35 people may seem like a small number, but it is momentous when you consider that, very likely, each of these individuals represent 35 churches or communities who are in desperate need of receiving evidence that Jesus still heals and delivers His people.  If each of these people are fulfilling their commission to continue the work of Jesus, just think of the numbers they can impact.

     And impact is what Barbara Bucklin is all about.  She is an active supporter and vibrant part of what some call the “Texas Prayer Movement”.  She is a fervent believer that through Prayer and Intercession which is led by the Holy Spirit, Christians can chip away at the darkness that envelops the world, and let the Light of God shine through.  She is believing and trusting God for a revival in the Texas capitol city of Austin; that prayerful Christians can provide firm support for what God is working on to accomplish in that city, in its businesses, ministries, families, personal lives, and government. She is believing God that He will transform the City of Austin … and believe me, you don’t want to doubt her.
     She is also the President of Luke 4:18 Minstries.  That verse is the foundation of her belief in Jesus’ mission statement as He picked up that scroll in Isaiah 61 – out of all those other scrolls — and read it when He went into the temple. He said that the scripture was fulfilled that day. And what exactly was fulfilled?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; too set at liberty those who are oppressed [downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy]…”

     Her testimony, I believe, is similar to what God is doing throughout His remnant.  He is showing us that, if we are ready to listen, and use the tools He has given us to see people transformed and restored, He has a mission for us.  Barb listened, and beginning in 1999, she set about fulfilling her mission… and just like what has begun happening to my husband and myself, people began showing up at her doorstep.  They were people that could not be reached inside the four walls of a church building, because they were never going to approach the Church for the healing they needed.  They are people, as in the case of Barb, who were homeless and living under the bridges in Austin; or people the Church had failed to help, because the church was blind to the message of Luke 4:18.  And they were simply people on the margins of society, who were not even in view of the Church, because Church members were focused inward instead of outward towards the lost and hurting … the very people Jesus came to Save, Heal and Deliver.

     Listen to Barb, and see why she is such an inspiration and motivator for God’s spiritual army … “I believe that as we pray for people and see Jesus set them free, they are able to move into their gifts more fully and our city is being transformed one person at a time.  We see His Body move forward and unite in a different way, because it’s easy to unite when hearts are healed.  It’s difficult to work together when you’re suffering from pain, unhealed abuse and other hurts. Wounded people find it difficult to work together. But, once you have healing and joy restored, you have a new resiliency and vision and then you move into a Kingdom perspective and a desire to see His ‘Kingdom come and will be done’ … {Through our ministry], we want people prepared and equipped in ministry, that is why the gifts have been given to us — to equip the Body for ministry and to advance the Kingdom. We need to be walking in freedom and maturity so we can do the good works prepared for us … We also need to be alert, having our minds transformed to align with His words, increase our faith, and understand the prophetic nature of these days.”
     Perhaps most importantly, this faithful woman of Christ believes that God’s restructuring the Church. A while back, she says she got a word that He was rewiring, realigning, restructuring, and then re-anointing His Body.  She admits that this transition of the Church currently involves only a small number of the Body.  Most Christians are satisfied where they are; being comfortable and not liking any sort of challenge.  But she believes that the stirring within the Body towards ministries like hers [and that of my husband and myself] is actually God causing this discomfort; drawing us back to the basics, talking about the Cross and the Blood of Christ.  And she has done all that for me.
     She came into my life at a time when God was continuously trying to show me that He had work for me to do outside the walls of any Church.  Make no mistake, He didn’t tell me that the work of those inside the Church was necessarily unproductive — just that He was anointing me and my husband to do His work in a new “old way”, if that makes sense.  And then He pointed me to models that were according to His will … and that were working!  And that’s how I ended up being a part of the Healing and Deliverance Training Session this past weekend. I sat among 35 brave people who have been willing to go where the Lord is leading them, and to be mentored by a willing servant and her team;  all of us followers of Jesus who desire to see our fellow Christians walking in physical and spiritual freedom and restoration.  I am truly blessed to be a part of this faithful group.
     I want to leave you with one final thought … we all stand on the shoulders of others God puts in our lives.  I have heard from many of you that you are hearing from God, and know that the struggles in your life are spiritual; that you recognize that Jesus is the answer.  I urge you to seek a credible deliverance ministry, and then once you are healed and restored, then please help another person attain the freedom that Jesus has given you!  This is the structure of God’s Kingdom that has been shown to me by the Holy Spirit, and modeled so well by men and women like Dr. Charles Kraft and Barbara Bucklin.  There is no need to fear the unknown.
     As we ended our conference this weekend, Barbara circled the classroom, anointing each of the participants with Valor.  Our modern English definition of this word is “bravery, courage, boldness”.  But knowing Barb, I’m pretty sure that she anointed us with Valor, under the Hebrew interpretation, which indicates “the physical strength, power, and ability to perform in the battle that is in view”.  She knows, and has seen, [as we have] that we are engaged in a spiritual battle for the souls of men, both lost and saved.  She knows that we do not fight alone, but under the Authority of Jesus and through the Power of the Holy Spirit.
     In this one classroom, in one city of the United States, there were 35 people joined in fulfilling the mission we have been given … the mission that All are invited to partake in.  Just think what we can accomplish for the Kingdom of God, one person at a time; one community at a time; one nation at a time.  Let it begin with you!

Mark 13:34    “For the Son of Man is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper [guardian] to watch.”

Plantain – A common weed with medicinal properties

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Although it is seen as a garden weed in many parts of North America, Plantain is a powerful plant that has many medicinal uses. Even more, plantain is an edible plant that can be foraged in both wild and urban environments. Plantain is a truly wonderful medical aid and people should learn about its properties … Read more…

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72 Hour Kits-How To Have Food Ready For Survival

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I’m asked all the time, “What food should I put in my 72 hour kits?” There are many ways to do this, but I like to add items I can just add water to or I can eat right out of the can or a bag. I bought smaller size pantry cans with foods that I like and will eat if I have to evacuate and go down to a school gymnasium or church facility. Please remember, you need water, lots of water. I recommend 4 gallons per day per person. The American Red Cross suggests 1 gallon per person, I’m already thirsty just typing 1 gallon.

I remember teaching a class about food storage and I had prepared a package that contained TVP (textured vegetable protein). Okay, I realize I may be different, but if I can’t stand the smell of it I won’t eat it. Here’s the deal, I can still smell that stuff and it’s been a year! LOL! I gag even thinking about it. No, I really can’t smell it, but you know what I am saying. I could easily be a vegetarian. I would eat vegetables and several different kinds of beans. Add a few fruits and I would be good to go. My husband, on the other hand, loves meat! I keep suggesting to my husband, Mark, become vegetarians, it’s not working.

Here is the list I put together showing the food for the 72-Hour Kit to be used by my husband and myself:

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In the picture below I show all the contents spread out to help you see what I put together. The zippered bag is actually a sweater bag I bought that is 16 inches wide by 12 inches deep and 8 inches high. It is really easy to pack and label. Some of the foods have a shelf life as little as 5 years, and some have 25 years. Remember, it is all about the temperature where it is stored. I have a very small home in Southern Utah where the temperatures are way too hot during the summer months to store anything in the garage. Therefore, I store my 72-hour kits in the garage and my food inside my house because Southern Utah is too hot to store food outside.

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What Food Should I Put In My 72 Hour Kits?:

***These prices are as of last year 05/17/2015. I decided the prices could change from time to time, but this will give you a good idea of cost. I bought these from Thrive Life food storage.

Here are the bags I buy to store my food storage to grab and go: Set of 2 Medium Chests 12 Guage Vinyl 12x16x8 each

My 72 Hour Kits-Fruits:

2 pineapple pouches-5 year shelf life-$8.29 each

2 banana pouches-5 year shelf life-$7.29 each

1 blackberry pouch-5 year shelf life-$8.09 each

2 strawberry pouches-5 year shelf life-$5.99 each

2 seedless grapes pouches-5 year shelf life-$9.19 each

My 72 Hour Kits-Vegetables:

2 sweet corn pouches-5 year shelf life-$6.69 each

1 green bean pouch-5 year shelf life- only the pantry can was available today-$7.59 each

2 potato dices pantry cans-25 year shelf life-$9.79 each

1 freeze dried zucchini pantry can-25 year shelf life-$8.99 each

My 72 Hour Kits-Protein & Milk Products:

2 baked potato cheese soup pantry cans-8 year shelf life-Only available in pouch size today-$6.59 each

2 broccoli cheese soup pantry cans-8 year shelf life-out of stock-substituting baked potato soup today-$6.59

1 strawberry yogurt bites in a pantry can-25 year shelf life-$16.19 each

2 cooked white chicken meat pantry cans-25 year shelf life-$21.89 each

2 shredded Colby freeze dried cheese pantry cans-shelf life 20 years-$18.69 each

1 instant black beans-pantry can-$6.49

Approximate total for these food items is $249.35 plus tax and shipping. Remember, this is 13 days worth of fabulous food. I wanted 13 days because I know there will be people who have not prepared for any disaster. If my neighborhood must evacuate and go to a shelter like a school, or a church, I will have a little extra to share. I must say, please be prepared because I cannot feed the whole neighborhood. I would need a semi to drive there. Just saying.

And do not count on the government to have water and food waiting for you at the school, church or shelter. It might be days or weeks before anyone can deliver water, food or anything else. We are responsible for ourselves and our family. No excuses.

With the exception of the soups and the yogurt bites, these are only vegetables, fruits, meat, and cheese. All you need is water. The advantage to freeze-dried products is that you can eat the vegetables, fruit, yogurt bites and meat right out of the can. Of course, the soup would taste better with hot water, cheese and veggies added.

This may seem pretty expensive, but I don’t have to rotate very many things more frequently than every five to eight years! Most are 20-25 years. I love this. I bought a few at a time and filled the bag as I could afford them.

Another Option For A 72 Hour Kit On The Cheap:

A friend of mine, Kendra and I put together some 72-hour kits on a very low budget. We were actually very proud of the cost for 2 adults, and 4 kids with a budget of $60.00. Yep, we did it, including the cost of the gallon FoodSaver bags. Now, we realized these were not the healthiest meals, but we also know that not everyone can afford to go out and buy the food above for an entire family. Yes, you could acquire the food slowly, but we wanted to see what we could get on the cheap for a young family of six.

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In an unforeseen disaster or emergency, we will grab our water and 72-hour kits with our Food Storage Moms Emergency Grab and Go Binder contents filled out, along with our prescriptions and we are good to go! This is really quite easy to involve the whole family to choose the food they would like to eat for three days if you had to evacuate. Gather the family and go shopping together. Let me know what food items you would choose for you 72 hour kits.

Here is my FREE Emergency Binder Content Printable: Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download

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My favorite things:

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Mountain House Just In Case…Essential Bucket

Emergency Survival Food Supply 275 Meal Pack

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The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe Ever

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The Best Homemade Enchilada Sauce Ever @MamaKautz

First of all I am not going to be come a foodie blogger. Seriously. I HAVE to share this recipe with you.

It was so good. Leftovers the next day were better. I think I will try this again in the crockpot and see if that makes a difference as well.

2 C. Chicken Broth
2T Olive Oil
2T Flour
1T Garlic Powder (or more if you like garlic)
1/2 t Salt 1 t Cumin (I used 1.5t because we really like cumin)
2T Chili Powder (We used hot chili powder)
Pièce de Résistance 3 drops of Lime Essential Oil
Put Olive Oil in sauce pan over medium heat
Add spices until fragrant
Add Chicken Broth Reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes

Enchilada Seasonings
I buy my seasonings at a local store. I am all about supporting small businesses.

Seasonings and Olive Oil
Seasonings and olive oil, before I stirred. This is a red sauce. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the acutal enchiladas because they were so yummy and disappeared quickly.

I thought, on a whim, lets add some Lime. I was going to add 2-3 drops, it was more like 5 or 6 but it only added to the flavor. SO GOOD!

I am going to make a HUGE batch of this sauce and can it for my food storage.

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Money Mondays: Six Things I Did to Save Money this Weekend

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always looking for ways to save money so I can increase my prepping budget.  Some days I am able to net pocket change, but some days I succeed in saving a few dollars.  Here’s a snapshot of what I did this weekend: Six things I did to save money this weekend: Dehydrated herbs I do not own a food dehydrator, but found another way to dehydrate herbs without one.  I had […]

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Dehydrated Onions For My Food Storage

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some of my Vidalia onions During the time of the year when the harvest is plenty, it’s time to preserve the bounty. I have preserved batches of (Vidalia) onions with my dehydrator for my food storage, and here’s why and how I do it…   (UPDATED and re-posted for your interest, since we recently processed […]

Could you handle economic collapse?

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Welcome! You’re concerned about the economy and I have to say – I don’t blame you. No matter where you live in the world, the news is unsettling. Countries are going bankrupt, currencies are collapsing and there is no sign that anything is going to be improving soon.
We don't like thinking about the possibility of economic collapse, but it is increasingly likely as the world economic system destabilizes. Be prepared and survive.
When the economy begins taking a turn for the worst, knowing what to do to survive is absolutely essential, and this can change depending on the conditions you find yourself in.
In any scenario, though, saving up enough money and resources for basic sustenance is the first step. This preparation will reduce your dependency on your job and grocery stores.
Ideally, with zero income, your existing savings should be enough to sustain you for at least six months, and even then, it would be better to be able to rely upon alternative income sources to generate additional earnings.
Economic collapse - could you handle it? As currencies collapse and countries face bankruptcy, this is a reality many of us should prepare for.

When the Government Takes a Nose-Dive, Don’t Follow!

These preparations will enable you to stay afloat and even prosper in the worst financial conditions:

Consider your current lifestyle in terms of your future

Do you and your family spend money like there’s no tomorrow? If you do, when tomorrow does come, you’re likely to find it particularly difficult. Making a few changes now can vastly strengthen your situation.
Start thinking about what’s really essential for you and your family and budget for these things. Once you have these necessities taken care of, then you can include non-essential luxuries in your budget.
Look for ways to supplement your income and save even more. If there’s anything that you can be certain about, it’s that you surely can’t have too much money for the difficult times that may be looming ahead.

Accumulating gold and silver is particularly smart since the current currency may yield little to no value in a failed economy.

Stockpile essentials

Having the basics, like food, water, and tools, will enable you to survive. Having extra to sell or trade will help you prosper.

Ensure you’re sufficiently stocked up on food supplies, water, hygiene items, and other basic necessities.
If you can purchase a piece of land outside the city, especially one with a fresh water supply, you’ll have access to, and the means to produce more, fresh food and water.

Strengthen your survival skills

Survival skills are things like living off the land and natural medicine. Your community may offer inexpensive classes to increase your knowledge and skills.
In an economic collapse, these skills will not only help you survive, but others will gladly pay for your services as well.

Don’t be a lone wolf!

While the urge for you to “go it alone” may be really strong, the truth is that surviving all by yourself will indeed be a difficult and cumbersome task. This is something that I have repeated over and over again.
Historically, humans have always flourished the best when they worked together.

Being able to work together with others will be among the most important survival skills that you can have at your disposal.
Strengthen your bonds with your friends or neighbors and make plans together. For example, you could stockpile complementary items to share. Take note of the different skillsets among those you know and trust.
As cold as the world may become prior to an economic collapse, your kindness and compassion towards others will certainly pay you dividends you would’ve never expected otherwise!
Yes, you can survive – and even prosper – if the country suffers a financial collapse. Starting on these preparations now will give you greater confidence in your ability to provide for your family in the years to come.

Seven Places Where WW3 Could Start at Any Time

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It seems like you can’t watch the news anymore without stumbling onto a story that contains terrifying global implications. Not since the Cold War have tensions been so high among the nations of the world. You can strike sparks just about anywhere. The threat of another global war is downright palpable.

Most people shrug at the thought of World War Three, either because they’re ignorant or because they don’t think there would be any chance of surviving it, so why bother? But preppers know better. Just about anything can be survived under the right conditions and with the right preparations. And when it comes to World War Three, your best chance at survival rests in your ability to see it coming. And to do that, you need only pay attention to world events, and keep an eye on the following places:


At the moment, this fractured Middle Eastern nation is probably the most likely candidate to spark WW3. You have armed Russian and American aircraft in close proximity to each other at all times, radicalized Islamic extremists battling the Syrian government, Iranian backed Hezbollah units (who happen to be enemies of Israel), Turkish machinations, and Saudi financiers. And let’s not forget that all of these actors are in it for themselves, and alliances are constantly shifting. Syria is one hot stew that could boil over at any moment.

Eastern Europe

After the Ukrainian government was ousted by rebels who wanted out of Russia’s sphere of influence (and some say with the help of Western governments), Russia annexed Crimea and helped support counter rebels in Eastern Ukraine. And that may not be the end of it. NATO and the EU are constantly trying to wrangle Eastern European nations into their own sphere of influence, and the Russian government feels like it’s being encircled by the West. Their only remaining friend in the region is an aging dictator in Belarus who is deeply unpopular. How long before Eastern Europe blows up again is anyone’s guess.

East China Sea

The Chinese government claims that this region rightfully belongs to them. Why? Because there’s tons of oil there, which mainland China is severely lacking. However, just about every nation on the planet disagrees with their claim, especially their neighbors like Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam, who have fought countless wars against them throughout history. Two of those nations are close allies of the US, and are capable of building nuclear weapons at any time.

North Korea

The only thing propping up the North Korean regime is China, and for good reason. If North Korea ever fell under the influence of the South, then an American ally would be about an eight hour drive away from Beijing. They’ll do everything in their power to keep American forces away from their borders. Unfortunately, North Korea is run by the most insane and antagonistic governments on the planet. Any small conflict here could quickly escalate into a global conflagration.

Russia-Chinese Border

These days it seems like Russia and China are real tight. They’ve been building a military and economic alliance for many years now, as they both view the United States as their biggest threat. However, this is a relationship of convenience and nothing more. In fact, there is a long history of antagonism between the two nations, which came to a head in 1969 when the two nations fought a border dispute.

And there’s no doubt that this border dispute could flare up again in the future, and the reason why has to do with the demographics of these nations. On the one hand you have China, which is brimming with people huddled in overpopulated cities, and then you have Russia, which has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. The Russians fear that one day the Chinese will seek to expand their territory into Eastern Siberia, which is sparsely populated, poorly protected, and resource rich. Given those conditions, the lower latitudes of Siberia would certainly be a tempting conquest for densely populated China.

India-Chinese Border

India and China are natural rivals. They’re both large, post-colonial nations with over a billion people, and they’re both trying to leverage their massive impoverished populations to build their economies. Essentially, they’re both vying for the same niche in the global economy; that of a nation with an endless supply of cheap labor. However, there’s only room for one at that table.

So it wouldn’t be surprising if these two nuclear armed nations came to blows in the future. In fact, they fought a border skirmish back in 1962, which India handily lost. A lot of bad blood still exists between these nations, and they both still argue about the dimensions of their borders.


Most people don’t talk or even think about Kashmir anymore, but they should. This region is quiet now, but it’s at the center of the single most dangerous border dispute in the world. India and Pakistan fought a war over this territory in 1999, but China has also laid claim to parts of Kashmir. So you have three nuclear armed nations with nearly 3 billion people all vying for this single chunk of land. That should end well right?

And don’t forget that Pakistan is on the footsteps of Afghanistan; a nation whose central location in Asia has made it one of the most hotly contested regions in human history. The US is currently struggling to maintain control over Afghanistan, so obviously a war over Kashmir could easily pull us in. After that, it’s anyone’s guess what happens next.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Making Soap!

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Self-Reliance Skill: Making Soap Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” If you want to stay healthy post-disaster, then you need to learn how to make soap. Soap making is both an essential skill, and an easy craft to learn. Some people, however, are nervous to try making soap at home because it involves lye. Lye is … Continue reading Making Soap!

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