Free PDF: Canning Foods UT Extension PB 724

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Canning Foods UT Extension PB 724 comes from the Agricultural Extension office of the University of Tennessee.  I love the UT Extension, they have all manner of great resources for farmers, homesteaders, and preppers. When canning, you should always start with extension office information, the recipes and guides are scientifically proven to destroy any pathogens that will get you sick (or dead).  They are extremely conservative in their methods. From the introduction: Preserving food is more than an art; it is a science Scientists and home economists have established that certain procedures are essential for a given food to make

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Free PDF: Canning Foods UT Extension PB 724

Canning Foods UT Extension PB 724 comes from the Agricultural Extension office of the University of Tennessee.  I love the UT Extension, they have all manner of great resources for farmers, homesteaders, and preppers. When canning, you should always start with extension office information, the recipes and guides are scientifically proven to destroy any pathogens that will get you sick (or dead).  They are extremely conservative in their methods. From the introduction: Preserving food is more than an art; it is a science Scientists and home economists have established that certain procedures are essential for a given food to make

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Book Review: How to Convert Wood into Charcoal and Electricity

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How to Convert Wood into Charcoal and Electricity is a step by step (with detailed illustrations) guide to building a masonry furnace to convert wood into charcoal. Just his alone is worth the price of the book, however, Mr. Buxton then shows how to extract, filter, and condense the woodgas byproduct and use it to run an internal combustion engine to produce electricity. This is a very well written and easy to understand manual. Do not let the small size fool you, this is great material and well worth the read. This book is something that I have read and reread

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What kind of community member are you?

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What kind of community member are you?

Each one of us would like to think, we are the good neighbor. My question to you is, “do you really know your neighbors anymore?” Who lives next door, who lives across the street, do you know all these people?

I grew up in a small town, I kid you not, my family knew everybody on our street. If something happened to your house the neighbors were there. You started working on your car, people came over to offer assistance. We used to sit on the front porch and wave at the passing cars and talked with people that walked past.

Now days people don’t even know who lives next door to them. People don’t know who lives behind them, or across the street from them. Even people that live in apartment buildings don’t know many people that live on the same level! This is not how society should function.

Now I am not talking about liking everyone, that’s just not going to happen. But knowing our neighbors, being involved in your community, is what we should be striving for.

If the lady down the street goes to the hospital and somebody has to feed her cats, is there anybody to do it? Do you trust your neighbor enough to come in your house, and help you pick something up and move it if you can’t lift it by yourself?

We talk about self-reliance, but sometimes we can’t do everything for ourselves. We need an extra set of helping hands. Sometimes we need somebody to cheer for us, or give us some friendly advice. You never know, some person down the street might be able to teach you something, but you will never find out, if you don’t know who that person is.

In a community wide, self-reliance situation, you may not get much help, if you do not know whom the “community” are.

You should be ascertaining the assets of individuals in your area. You should be finding the strength and weaknesses in your community.

Yes “you”, should be knocking on the doors, handing out cookies, walking down the street and talking to neighbors. Get to be known as “that nice person in the neighborhood”. The one people can rely on for honesty and truth and a helping hand.
In the old days we said this person had “integrity”, this person was “okay”, and that this person was “good people”.

It may sound strange to some people. I know not everyone was raised like I was. When I come across a harvest of good vegetables, I will actually put them in bags and hang them on my neighbors doors. I can’t tell you how many friends this made. Every year I always have an oversupply of tomatoes, onions and peppers. Handing them out in my neighborhood, cracks the ice and opens quite a few doors, to make new friends.

So this year I have a challenge for you.
Go make friends in your neighborhood. It doesn’t cost anything to smile at people, and wave, and say hello. Now if you have the chance to hand out some goodies, like fresh baked bread or something home cooked, do it. Inviting neighbors over for a grill out, hot dogs are cheap. Go introduce yourself to the elderly people down the street, see if they can use a helping hand.

The more your community comes together, the better it makes your community.
The better your community is, the more self-reliant it will be.

Rich@AroundTheCabin.com
3/8/2018

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What kind of community member are you?

What kind of community member are you?

Each one of us would like to think, we are the good neighbor. My question to you is, “do you really know your neighbors anymore?” Who lives next door, who lives across the street, do you know all these people?

I grew up in a small town, I kid you not, my family knew everybody on our street. If something happened to your house the neighbors were there. You started working on your car, people came over to offer assistance. We used to sit on the front porch and wave at the passing cars and talked with people that walked past.

Now days people don’t even know who lives next door to them. People don’t know who lives behind them, or across the street from them. Even people that live in apartment buildings don’t know many people that live on the same level! This is not how society should function.

Now I am not talking about liking everyone, that’s just not going to happen. But knowing our neighbors, being involved in your community, is what we should be striving for.

If the lady down the street goes to the hospital and somebody has to feed her cats, is there anybody to do it? Do you trust your neighbor enough to come in your house, and help you pick something up and move it if you can’t lift it by yourself?

We talk about self-reliance, but sometimes we can’t do everything for ourselves. We need an extra set of helping hands. Sometimes we need somebody to cheer for us, or give us some friendly advice. You never know, some person down the street might be able to teach you something, but you will never find out, if you don’t know who that person is.

In a community wide, self-reliance situation, you may not get much help, if you do not know whom the “community” are.

You should be ascertaining the assets of individuals in your area. You should be finding the strength and weaknesses in your community.

Yes “you”, should be knocking on the doors, handing out cookies, walking down the street and talking to neighbors. Get to be known as “that nice person in the neighborhood”. The one people can rely on for honesty and truth and a helping hand.
In the old days we said this person had “integrity”, this person was “okay”, and that this person was “good people”.

It may sound strange to some people. I know not everyone was raised like I was. When I come across a harvest of good vegetables, I will actually put them in bags and hang them on my neighbors doors. I can’t tell you how many friends this made. Every year I always have an oversupply of tomatoes, onions and peppers. Handing them out in my neighborhood, cracks the ice and opens quite a few doors, to make new friends.

So this year I have a challenge for you.
Go make friends in your neighborhood. It doesn’t cost anything to smile at people, and wave, and say hello. Now if you have the chance to hand out some goodies, like fresh baked bread or something home cooked, do it. Inviting neighbors over for a grill out, hot dogs are cheap. Go introduce yourself to the elderly people down the street, see if they can use a helping hand.

The more your community comes together, the better it makes your community.
The better your community is, the more self-reliant it will be.

Rich@AroundTheCabin.com
3/8/2018

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Go deep

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One is none, forty thousand is one.

It occurs to me that one of the better reasons for having a ‘group’, rather than being solo, is to have some folks to help you carry the damn ammo up and down the stairs. Whew.

This will be Deep Sleep ammo. For target and plinking I’ll use whatever is available at WalMart or wherever, but this stuff goes right in there with the Mountain House stuff. The only time I expect to see it again is during some enormous crisis or when I transport it to the Beta Site. And, for the record, each 40mm ammo can holds 8,250 rounds…or 165 boxes of 50. And they’re heavy….right at the limit of man-portability.

Go deep

One is none, forty thousand is one.

It occurs to me that one of the better reasons for having a ‘group’, rather than being solo, is to have some folks to help you carry the damn ammo up and down the stairs. Whew.

This will be Deep Sleep ammo. For target and plinking I’ll use whatever is available at WalMart or wherever, but this stuff goes right in there with the Mountain House stuff. The only time I expect to see it again is during some enormous crisis or when I transport it to a secondary location. And, for the record, each 40mm ammo can holds 8,250 rounds…or 165 boxes of 50. And they’re heavy….right at the limit of man-portability.

On Life, Death, and Respect

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[Nyerges has led wilderness trips into the forest for over 40 years. He is the author of “Enter the Forest,” “Extreme Simplicity,” “”How to Survive Anywhere,” and other books. He can be reached at Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041, or www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com.]

Many years ago, I met a man named Charlie Locke who was a live-in caretaker for the Angeles Forest Service at a camp called Oakwilde. Oakwilde is about a five mile walk from the closest road.

I met him when I was leading a hiking class through Pasadena City College, taking the class down the old CCC road from the Angeles Crest Highway, into the Arroyo Seco, to Oakwilde. Little did I know that the trail was washed out, and half the class turned back. The rest of us hiked right down the ridgeline into the camp and there we met Charlie, living there with his many tents and many dogs. Charlie was your stereo-typical hermit mountain man, living the good life naturally and rustically.

We all enjoyed meeting this mountain man and talking with him about his viewpoints on life, gold-panning, Irish coffee, and many other topics.

I’d visit Charlie a few times over the next few years before he had a medical emergency and had to be airlifted out of the campsite, never to return.

Charlie told me that one day in his remote part of the canyon, an angry man with a dog came by and told Charlie that he was sick of life and that he was going to kill himself. The man climbed up a nearby cliff where he informed Charlie he was going to jump. Charlie told me that he had to think quickly.

“What about your dog?” yelled Charlie. “Who’s going to take care of Sampson?” The man responded that he was going to kill himself, not responding to Charlie.

“And are you just going to jump right there?” Charlie demanded. “You mean to tell me that you’re going to hit those rocks and let me or someone else clean up the mess?” Charlie acted as if he was angry. The man still seemed angry but seemed to be thinking about it.

“That’s not very considerate,” said Charlie. “I mean, if you’re going to kill yourself, you should at least get a home for your dog, and figure out how to do it so it doesn’t inconvenience other people.” The man remained on the cliff.

“I really don’t want you to jump,” continued Charlie. “I don’t have the time or energy to clean up your body and then go get the police or sheriff and then find your family. I mean, I’ve got to repair my tent, and I need to clean out the fire pits for the weekend hiker, and the rangers want me to keep the outhouse cleaned up for the hikers.” He was silent for a bit.

“I’ll tell you what,” said Charlie. “You can go ahead and kill yourself, but just not today. Why don’t you give me a hand with my chores, and when we’re done, I’ll make us some soup and potatoes and we can talk about it. What do you say?”

Charlie says that the man slowly came off the cliff, and then he followed Charlie back to the camp a short distance away. Charlie began by giving him a tool to cut down some of the tall wild grasses around the camp that were potential fire hazards. When the man was done, Charlie gave him another task.

Charlie told me that they had a very satisfying dinner, and neither brought up the suicide attempt again. The man stayed with Charlie a few days, helping out with chores, before he disappeared back down the trail and into the city.

“You see,” said Charlie, “perhaps all the man needed was someone to listen to him, and to make him feel important, that his life meant something. I didn’t do anything special, just treated him like everyone ought to be treated.”

On Life, Death, and Respect

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[Nyerges has led wilderness trips into the forest for over 40 years. He is the author of “Enter the Forest,” “Extreme Simplicity,” “”How to Survive Anywhere,” and other books. He can be reached at Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041, or www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com.]

Many years ago, I met a man named Charlie Locke who was a live-in caretaker for the Angeles Forest Service at a camp called Oakwilde. Oakwilde is about a five mile walk from the closest road.

I met him when I was leading a hiking class through Pasadena City College, taking the class down the old CCC road from the Angeles Crest Highway, into the Arroyo Seco, to Oakwilde. Little did I know that the trail was washed out, and half the class turned back. The rest of us hiked right down the ridgeline into the camp and there we met Charlie, living there with his many tents and many dogs. Charlie was your stereo-typical hermit mountain man, living the good life naturally and rustically.

We all enjoyed meeting this mountain man and talking with him about his viewpoints on life, gold-panning, Irish coffee, and many other topics.

I’d visit Charlie a few times over the next few years before he had a medical emergency and had to be airlifted out of the campsite, never to return.

Charlie told me that one day in his remote part of the canyon, an angry man with a dog came by and told Charlie that he was sick of life and that he was going to kill himself. The man climbed up a nearby cliff where he informed Charlie he was going to jump. Charlie told me that he had to think quickly.

“What about your dog?” yelled Charlie. “Who’s going to take care of Sampson?” The man responded that he was going to kill himself, not responding to Charlie.

“And are you just going to jump right there?” Charlie demanded. “You mean to tell me that you’re going to hit those rocks and let me or someone else clean up the mess?” Charlie acted as if he was angry. The man still seemed angry but seemed to be thinking about it.

“That’s not very considerate,” said Charlie. “I mean, if you’re going to kill yourself, you should at least get a home for your dog, and figure out how to do it so it doesn’t inconvenience other people.” The man remained on the cliff.

“I really don’t want you to jump,” continued Charlie. “I don’t have the time or energy to clean up your body and then go get the police or sheriff and then find your family. I mean, I’ve got to repair my tent, and I need to clean out the fire pits for the weekend hiker, and the rangers want me to keep the outhouse cleaned up for the hikers.” He was silent for a bit.

“I’ll tell you what,” said Charlie. “You can go ahead and kill yourself, but just not today. Why don’t you give me a hand with my chores, and when we’re done, I’ll make us some soup and potatoes and we can talk about it. What do you say?”

Charlie says that the man slowly came off the cliff, and then he followed Charlie back to the camp a short distance away. Charlie began by giving him a tool to cut down some of the tall wild grasses around the camp that were potential fire hazards. When the man was done, Charlie gave him another task.

Charlie told me that they had a very satisfying dinner, and neither brought up the suicide attempt again. The man stayed with Charlie a few days, helping out with chores, before he disappeared back down the trail and into the city.

“You see,” said Charlie, “perhaps all the man needed was someone to listen to him, and to make him feel important, that his life meant something. I didn’t do anything special, just treated him like everyone ought to be treated.”

Odd-Ball, Delicious Vegetables You’ve Never Grown

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It’s gardening season throughout North America, which means it’s nearly time to plant the tried-and-true staples you’ve always enjoyed. Lettuce. Tomatoes. Potatoes. And Beans.

 

This year, though, why not try something different? Why not grow something that is new, delicious, fun, and even quirky?

 

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio is Niki Jabbour, an award winning writer and the author of the new book Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix: 224 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun.

Niki tells us all about:

  • Alternatives to lettuce that you’ll love.
  • Bush berries that thrive in the garden.
  • Weird-looking but delicious fruits your family will enjoy.
  • Tomato varieties you should try.

Are you ready to try something new this year? Niki is here to help!

 

Mushroom Compost: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Make It

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Mushroom compost is a wonderful addition to your gardening efforts. A great soil builder, it’s also really useful for keeping the soil moist, and it helps to break down dense clay. But what is mushroom compost? How do you use it? Can you make it yourself? Let’s answer these questions and more! What Is Mushroom … Read more

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10 Ways To Avoid Diseases in Wild Game When Survival Hunting

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ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, for the most part, hunting season is over in most of the United States.  The reason for this article is if you must do any hunting after the “S” hits the fan.  There are a few things to keep in mind about diseases and wild game.  It is simple stuff, however, do not allow its simplicity to lull you into a false sense of security: these diseases can kill or cripple you.

Common Animal Diseases You May Come in Contact With

What we’re referring here to specifically are termed zoonotic infections.  These are infections that are concentrated and/or endemic to wild animal species and can be transferred (hence infecting) humans and/or domestic animals.

Some examples here are Tularemia (also known as “rabbit fever”) found in rabbits and hares.  It is brought on by ticks (indeed, many of these zoonotic infections are transferred to humans by arthropod vectors (disease-carrying arthropods, such as ticks or fleas), although it can persist into the winter months and infect a human before it kills the host animal.

Brucellosis is another one, and much costlier, as it spreads to livestock, causing cattle to spontaneously abort their young prior to completion of gestation.  Brucellosis can also pass to human beings.  Back in 1996, Cryptosporidium passed to an individual who used deer scent (a combination of deer urine and deer glands); it was passed through the bottle of scent.  Other diseases are Giardia (Giardia lamblia), Trichinosis, and tapeworm infestations.

One of the methods for these transmissions with wild game is the fecal-oral method of contamination.  The hunter touches the feces or urine of the slain animal and then manages to ingest it by touching it to the mouth.  Another way is when the animal is dressed out, fecal contamination of the meat occurs when the intestines are not controlled properly/tied off effectively, or perforations/cuts are made in the intestines that allow the feces or stool to leak out and leach into the abdominal cavity.

10 Ways To Avoid Diseases in Wild Game

The best way to prevent all this is to know these game animals carry contaminating organisms.  Let’s outline a few safety basics for wild game to help you prevent illness.

  1. If the animal defecated upon being shot, try and clean the feces off the exterior prior to incising and skinning. This is best accomplished with warm water and some type of sanitizer.  After a thorough scrubbing, even hand sanitizer (in copious amounts) will aid you in this.
  2. Tie off that bunghole properly: Really, this is a big one. There is a nifty little tool made of plastic that you insert into the animal’s anus and twist.  It latches onto the sphincter and enables you to pull out and cut around the bung.  Then, of course, tie it off well and tightly before you complete the skinning and gutting.
  3. Rubber Gloves: latex, rubber, or what have you. Use them, and do not use them sparingly.  When you dress a deer, you usually cut yourself if you’re not very careful.  Give yourself the edge and work with the gloves to keep contamination of feces and any blood-borne pathogens to a minimum.
  4. When butchering, never lay the meat on the ground. Tarps are good, but I prefer a folding metal table.  Keep the meat away from all the offal/guts, and any feces.
  5. Clean up by putting guts and fecal matter in a trash container/trash bag. Don’t just leave it out there in the woods for someone else to walk into.
  6. Have several washing stations set up, at least two: a “general” scrub station with plenty of soap and water, and a “final” cleaning station for the very end of it, complete with sanitizers and disinfectants.
  7. Utensils: this is a big one. Don’t be like “Windows” off of John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” who slices his thumb for a blood sample, gives the sample, and wipes the Barlow knife off on his pants leg…both sides of the knife.  That won’t cut it (no pun intended).  You need to wash and sanitize your skinning and butchering knives after you’re all finished, and especially after gutting…before those knife blades touch your meat.
  8. Cooking: you can be thorough (boil then burn – that is, boil the meat, and then burn it over the grill), or just ensure that it is cooked very well according to food safety temperatures that vary per type of meat or poultry.  If you want to be the “Werewolf of London” and have it rare?  It’s your roulette game.  Severe gastroenteritis is no laughing matter, and you’ll be a candle burning at both ends for about a week if you follow me.
  9. Do not allow your pets to eat any of the raw meat or waste products of the wild game! Your pet’s life can depend on it!
  10. There are many field guides available for the inspection and butchering of game animals. Invest in one so that you’ll know what an animal that is ill looks like…inside and out.

Just a few tips in case we “go dark” and it hits the fan…chances are that you’ll have to hunt to feed your family.  Make sure you do it safely.  Give yourself an “edge,” as in those times you’ll have enough to worry about without adding food poisoning or disease to the equation.  Get into good habits from the beginning, and then they become almost second nature.  JJ out!

 

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Is Australia’s Gun Grab About to Happen in the United States?

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by Isabella

In the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting, the gun control debate is once again raging in our country. People who know next-to-nothing about guns or gun laws are demanding vague “gun control” measures be taken to prevent another shooting while ignoring the many laws that were in place that should have stopped the Parkland shooting.

Whenever gun control discussions rear their ugly head in our national conversation, gun-grabbing zealots on the left bring up Australia as an example.

In 2015, following the shooting at a community college in Oregon, Obama remarked publicly that he looked to countries like the UK and Australia for their laws that supposedly eliminated mass shootings:

“We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings,” he said. “Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.”

Over the last week, the mainstream media, who has been pushing the gun control narrative since before the bodies were even cleared from Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, has been praising Australia for another mass round-up of civilian-owned firearms and not-so-subtly suggesting that the United States should consider the same measure.

Although liberals have been looking to Australia’s restrictive gun laws as a beacon of hope in the war against gun violence, gun-rights activists in the US and even the UK and Australia say that not only would mirroring Australia’s gun laws be a poor choice for the US, they haven’t even worked to reduce murder in Australia to begin with.

Now more than ever, it is important to debunk the notion that Australia’s gun laws have been anything but ineffective towards deterring crime and were the US to imitate their policy, it would be disastrous.

To start with, it is important to consider what President Obama was implying by the suggestion that the US might model Australia’s gun laws. In Australia, the government didn’t simply tighten restriction on purchasing and owning firearms, they actually rounded up and confiscated weapons.

While it is most commonly understood that, in 1998, Australia implemented several new gun control measures including a highly successful gun buyback program, what most mainstream media outlets won’t tell you is that this included widespread gun confiscation.

“The crucial fact they omit is that the buyback program was mandatory. Australia’s vaunted gun buyback program was in fact a sweeping program of gun confiscation,” says Varad Mehta of the Federalist, noting the lack of mention to this simple fact in mainstream media outlets calling for similar gun control measures in the United States.

Mehta notes that while many politicians call for Australian-style gun control, what it would take to actually implement this kind of confiscation in the United States would be incredibly dramatic: “New York and Connecticut authorities so far have shown no inclination to enforce their laws by going door to door to round up unregistered guns and arrest their owners.

But that’s what would be necessary to enforce the law. A federal law, therefore, would require sweeping, national police action involving thousands of lawmen and affecting tens of millions of people. If proponents of gun control are serious about getting guns out of Americans’ hands, someone will have to take those guns out of Americans’ hands.”

To think that gun confiscation would work in the United States is both highly ignorant and also borderline psychotic. Is the American government really going to pry hundreds of millions of firearms out of hundreds of millions of cold, dead hands?

Unlikely.

In a country like ours where the right to bear arms is not only deeply embedded in our national zeitgeist, it is a cornerstone in the foundation of our unique American liberties. We also happen to have hundreds of million gun owners.

Gun-control fanatics like to suggest, as you’re hearing constantly from the media right now as the character and morality of every gun owner in this nation is being questioned by a sickeningly biased media, is that we all know deep down we can stop gun violence but Americans simply love their guns too much. They also love to attribute the moral high ground in this regard to countries like Australia and the UK.

The problem is, as National Review contributor Charles Cooke pointed out following Obama’s 2015 comments, assuming that national gun confiscation would look anything like it did in Australia in 1998 would be an idiotic and fatal mistake:

“Contrary to the president’s implications, Britain and Australia are not “countries like ours” when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms; they are completely, utterly, extraordinarily different,” Cooke wrote. “When the British government banned handguns in 1997, there were fewer than half a million in circulation. Because there was almost no opposition, they were quickly collected up without fuss. Likewise, after the Australian government pushed through its ban in 1998, federal officials easily confiscated around 650,000 guns — between one third and one quarter of the total.”

Cooke continues: “At present, there are around 350 million guns in circulation in the United States — more than one for every person living here — and the American people enjoy constitutional protection of their right to keep and bear them. If the American government did what Australia did in 1998, they would bring in about 100 million guns but leave between 200 to 250 million on the streets (about as many as there were in total in 1994). This, obviously would be rather pointless. More important, perhaps, such a move would lead to massive unrest, widespread civil disobedience, and possibly even a war.”

This is truer still today, as the nation’s hundreds of millions of gun owners have no interest in turning in their guns and large swathes of Middle America are tight knit communities that are armed to the teeth, while the people who want to take all the guns typically have none (other than the government, of course.)

Gun-control zealots who know nothing about firearms have absolutely no idea how much more gun violence there would be were you try to take weapons from millions of people who know darn well they have a God-given, natural right to bear them.

In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Australian writer A. Odysseus Patrick explained that what made such extreme gun measures possible in Australia is they simply don’t have the deeply embedded cultural regard for the importance of bearing firearms. “We Australians have a profoundly different relationship with weapons,” he says. “Americans love guns. We’re scared of them.”

He continues to explain that Australians have no concept of firearms as an important part of their national identity, and I will note that they also clearly have no concept of firearms as an important part of national liberty, either.

Mehta shares Patrick’s views, noting “The crucial point is the final one: Australia does not have a bill of rights, and that, ultimately, is the reason it was able to confiscate guns. Australians have no constitutional right to bear arms, so seizing their weapons did not violate their constitutional rights. Gun confiscation in the United States would require violating not only the Second Amendment, but the fourth and fifth as well, and possibly even the first. Progressives generally have no compunction about breaching the Second Amendment, but one wonders how many others they would be eager to violate in their quest to nullify the second. Civil war and a tattered Constitution: such are the consequences of invoking “Australia.” It is not a model; it is a mirage.”

This explains why so many Australians adapt an attitude of scorn towards America’s love-affair with guns; they simply never had to fight for their own independence they way America did. Americans fought, bleed, and died, using firearms, for our liberty from the crown; Aussies still have Her Majesty on their money. We understand how important it is to maintain freedom from tyranny to have an armed populace; Australians are perfectly comfortable giving their security over to the government.

This just stands to further underscore how important the Second Amendment is to securing our  liberty. Without a national identity of self-reliance and self-defense, Australians gladly gave up their rights to self-defense without much of a fight. If you were to try to take this right from Americans, it would get bloody.

Regardless of this grim prospect, even if Americans were happily willing to part with their Second Amendment rights and lawfully turned in their weapons the way Australians did, there is the glaring problem with Australian gun control that it didn’t actually work.

As the Daily Wire points out, multiple studies have indicated the gun control measures taken in Australia made an insignificant impact on crime:

A 2007 British Journal of Criminology study and a 2008 University of Melbourne study concluded that Australia’s temporary gun ban had no effect on the gun homicide rate. Crime Research Prevention Center president John Lott had similar findings.

“Prior to 1996, there was already a clear downward [trend] in firearm homicides, and this pattern continued after the buyback,” wrote Lott. “It is hence difficult to link the decline to the buyback.”

“Again, as with suicides, both non-firearm and firearm homicides fell by similar amounts,” Lott continued. “In fact, the trend in non-firearms homicides shows a much larger decline between the pre- and post-buyback periods. This suggests that crime has been falling for other reasons. Note that the change in homicides doesn’t follow the change in gun ownership – there is no increase in homicides as gun ownership gradually increased.”

The 2007 study found the same trend, as National Review’s Mark Antonio Wright notes:

The Australian gun-homicide rate had already been quite low and had been steadily falling in the 15 years prior to the Port Arthur massacre. And while the mandatory buyback program did appear to reduce the rate of accidental firearm deaths, Baker and McPhedran found that “the gun buy-back and restrictive legislative changes had no influence on firearm homicide in Australia.”

This pattern is also mirrored in suicide rates, which is significant because in the United States currently, suicide accounts for the most gun deaths annually. “While [studies] show a steady decline in gun-related suicides, the reduction occurred at the same time as an overall reduction in the Australian suicide rate. What’s more, firearm-related suicides had been declining in Australia for nearly ten years before the 1996 restrictions on gun ownership,” Wright points out.

“Moreover, a look at other developed countries with very strict gun-control laws (such as Japan and South Korea) shows that the lack of guns does not lead to a reduced suicide rate. Unfortunately, people who want to kill themselves often find a way to do so — guns or no guns,” he adds.

Not only is the suggestion that the United States emulate the 1998 gun grabbing measures of Australia insanely stupid, it’s just plain insane. Not only would such measures be bloody and violent, they fundamentally undermine everything it means to be an American.

Liberals love the unique liberties and the founding philosophy of our country, but they have lost sight of the spirit that secured it for them in 1776. Our country was founded on the principle that no one but God need recognize the natural rights we have to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

If we fail to acknowledge that the right to life includes the right to defend our lives would strike at the very core of our American liberty.

We shouldn’t try to be like Australia in any way because we are not Australia. We are the United States, the greatest and most unique country in existence. The right to bear arms is one of the most important pillars this vision of liberty stands on.

Let Australia worry about their own guns–in America, we will defend our right to bear our guns if it kills us.

Does America really want to go down that path?

Survival Medicine Hour: Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery Off The Grid

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Survival Medicine Hour #378

Birthing a Baby Off The Grid

Birthing a Baby Off The Grid

It may not be the wisest move to be fruitful and multiply in the early going after a disaster. You need all your people at 110% efficiency, and that isn’t part of the deal with pregnancy, with all that fatigue, discomfort, nausea, and other symptoms. The best plans of mice and men often go awry, however, and you might find yourself taking care of a pregnancy and, eventually, delivering a baby.

Old Dr. Bones, retired obstetrician, and Nurse Amy, retired nurse-midwife, give you their perspectives on how to make labor and delivery manageable and result in a healthy baby and healthy mother. There’s more to it that we can fit in a one hour podcast, but you’ll learn a lot I’ll bet your didn’t know!

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP…

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

Joe and Amy Alton

Joe and Amy Alton

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The Micro Bugout for Family Security in a Collapse

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The Micro Bugout for Family Security in a Collapse
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The bugout is one of those things that you can deconstruct over and over again. You can add pieces over and over and still find something you left out. The bugout is a massive process that requires many levels of thought and planning before even considering a bag.

On this show we explore a concept that I learned from Dave Jones of Prepping up with the Jones, our Saturday night live show host.

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All About Arthritis

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ARTHRITIS

Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

The human body is a marvel of engineering. Its dexterity, strength, and stamina allow amazing feats of athleticism and, yes, survival in the worst adversity; but wear and tear takes its toll over time on just about everything with moving parts (even you). The resulting loss of work efficiency and mobility, bad enough in normal times, can decrease your chances to succeed after a major disaster.

The moving parts in our skeletal frame are known as joints. Each one has varying amounts of range of motion and strength. They are remarkably durable, but break down with time and strain. The longer lives of modern humans has, thus, caused a high prevalence of joint disease called “arthritis”.

It’s thought that 54 million Americans today suffer from some form of arthritis, and that the number will rise to 78 million by the year 2040.  Although you might consider arthritis a disease of the elderly, two-thirds of the cases occur in pre-retirement age individuals.

Some cases of arthritis get their start with an injury

Some cases of arthritis get their start with an injury

Risk factors for arthritis include:

Age: Many types of arthritis are more common as people get older

Sex: Women are more likely to get certain types, such as rheumatoid arthritis, while men are more prone to a form of arthritis known as “gout”.

Family history: Some types of arthritis seem to run in families.

Injuries: Increased strain can injure joints, which can eventually lead to arthritis. This is seen in athletes, but can occur from manual labor, after surgery, or an accident.

Obesity: Those who lead sedentary lifestyles and are obese suffer long-standing strain on the joints in the hips, knees, and back, which can lead to arthritis.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Swollen knee

Swollen knee

Symptoms of arthritis may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness and decreased range of motion
  • Reluctance to use the affected joint due to discomfort
  • Accumulation of fluid or other material (like uric acid in gout) in the joint space
  • Muscle weakness (with chronic arthritis)
  • Fever (if caused by an infection)

Types of Arthritis

 

Osteoarthritis

osteoarthritic changes to the knee

osteoarthritic changes to the knee

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, especially in older individuals.  It can affect just about any joint in the body.  Hands, feet, back, hip, and knees are most commonly affected, but osteoarthritis can occur even in the spinal column.

Osteoarthritis is acquired by daily wear and tear on the joints, although it can also be a long term effect of a previous injury which accelerates degeneration. Obesity can increase stress on joints and lead to osteoarthritis, as well.

Warm compresses are useful to treat discomfort and stiffness.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or aspirin are helpful, as is Capsaicin cream or ointment.

arthrocentesis

arthrocentesis

The worst cases may require oral or injectable steroids.  Sometimes, a needle is placed to drain excess fluid from an affected joint to give relief. This is call “arthrocentesis”. This procedure may decrease pain, but could introduce infection into the joint if not performed with care.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Severe rheumatoid arthritis

Severe rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common auto-immune disease in the world today. In RA. the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. The attack is not only directed at the joint but to other parts of the body.  Unlike some other joint diseases, rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect the same joint on both sides of the body. Women seem to be more susceptible than men.

Rheumatoid arthritis especially affects joints in the fingers and wrists, but is also common in knees and elbows. Over time, it can lead to severe deformities if not treated. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs in younger populations than osteoarthritis, even striking children on occasion.

Changes seen in rheumatoid arthritis

Changes seen in rheumatoid arthritis

Other symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis that you might not see with degenerative osteoarthritis:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dryness, Itching or burning in the eyes
  • Insomnia
  • Strange sensations in the hands or feet
  • Nodules under the skin
  • Chest pain when taking a breath

At present, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments concentrate on easing the symptoms. Medical therapy includes strong anti-inflammatory medications such as oral steroids (example: Prednisone).

Another auto-immune disorder that can cause joint disease is known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Although usually diagnosed by blood testing, Lupus can be differentiated from rheumatoid arthritis due to its one-sided nature. You will also see patients with SLE experience hair loss and body rashes. Lupus is often treated with long-term oral steroids.

Even though rheumatoid arthritis cannot be cured, it is thought to be possible to prevent the condition from worsening. Weight loss is one way to improve symptoms and prevent progression. Physical therapy to strengthen muscles and joints is also thought to be helpful.

 

Bacterial Arthritis

Bacterial arthritis (sometimes called “septic” arthritis) is often the result of some penetrating injury that allows organisms to invade the joint space. It can also occur from within, as when a blood infection (septicemia) or bone infection (osteomyelitis) has spread to a joint.

Common skin bacteria, such as Streptococcus and Staphylococcus, are the usual suspects; certain sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhea can also be the cause, although viruses and even fungi may be involved.

Typical symptoms of a bacterial arthritis are the same as osteoarthritis, except that the patient may have a fever and may exhibit redness or warmth over the affected joint. In addition to treatment for pain, arthrocentesis (removal of fluid with a needle) and intravenous antibiotics in the Keflex family (cephalosporins) or others may be helpful if the cause is bacterial.

 

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a relatively common skin condition that causes the formation of multiple red, scaly patches. This leads to itching and may be considered by some unsightly, but 30 per cent of sufferers also develop inflammation of the joints known as “psoriatic arthritis”.

Psoriatic arthritis victims may be differentiated from degenerative arthritis by nail changes that look like fungal infections, redness in the eyes, excessive fatigue, and swollen fingers and toes (the areas most commonly affected). The condition is most commonly treated with NSAIDs like ibuprofen for pain, steroids, and anti-psoriasis pharmaceuticals. Early treatment may lead to less severe damage to joints.

 

Gout

Gout with Tophi

Gout is another condition that destroys joints over time. Inflammation is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint.  Some people simply produce too much uric acid or don’t eliminate it well.  Obesity is a major risk factor, as is diabetes. This illness occurs primarily in men; a history of certain types of kidney stones may be associated with episodes of gout.

The presentation of gout will appear as:

  • Inflammation in one or two joints. The big toe is the classic example, but knees and ankles may also be affected.
  • Warm, red, painful joints. The pain is throbbing and often severe. Even laying a sheet over it may cause pain.
  • Fever.
  • Episodic repeat attacks (50% of cases).
What gout feels like

What gout feels like

After multiple episodes, permanent damage occurs and the joint loses its range of motion. Chronic sufferers may also develop lumps composed of uric acid crystals called “tophi”.  Tophi are lumps below the skin, mostly around joints like the big toe. They may drain chalky material from time to time.

Specialized prescription drugs are available for gout, such as Colchicine and Allopurinol.  If you have a family member with gout, encourage them to stockpile extra medications; they won’t be found in your standard medic’s storage.

Lifestyle and dietary changes may be helpful in improving the quality of life of individuals with gouty arthritis. Consider:

  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Reducing how many uric acid elevating foods you eat. These include: Liver, red meat, herring, sardines, anchovies, kidney, beans, peas, mushrooms, asparagus, and cauliflower. .
  • Avoiding fatty foods
  • Eat enough carbohydrates

Natural Options For Arthritis

Glucosamine/Chondroitin

Glucosamine/Chondroitin

From an alternative standpoint, there are various treatments for joint pain caused by arthritis.  Glucosamine supplements are popular. It should be noted that glucosamine sulfate preparations have more evidence for their effectiveness than glucosamine hydrochloride. Take 1,500 milligrams once a day on a regular basis.

Glucosamine, when paired with chondroitin sulfate 800-1,200 milligrams a day, has been shown to possibly slow progression of some arthritic conditions.

Two teaspoons of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of honey twice a day is a time-honored treatment.  Other oral supplements reported to be effective against joint pain are:

  • Turmeric powder
  • Soybean Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Rose hips
  • Fish Oil (no more than 3 grams per day)
  • Selenium
  • Bathua leaf juice
  • Alfalfa tea

For external use, warm and cold compresses are useful. Warmth increases blood flow to the joint, while cold decreases inflammation and swelling. Other options include:

  • Capsaicin ointment or cream
  • Use Arnica essential oil on affected areas (good for muscle aches as well)
  • Apply warm vinegar to aching joints.
  • Mix powdered sandalwood into a paste; it has a cooling effect when rubbed on a joint.

A number of other modalities may alleviate the pain of arthritis and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, massage therapy, and physical therapy may alleviate muscle spasms. Electricity delivered by a device known as a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit may be helpful. Other suggest magnets applied to injured joint. These are just a few of the many alternative remedies available. Do your own research and make your own conclusions.

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

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The Third Edition

The Third Edition

How to Make a Bacon Grease Emergency Candle

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The DIY never stops for the prepper.  In a true survival situation your ability to adapt and overcome will be all that stands between you and death. The more items you can manipulate to your benefit, the better your chances will be. Of course, we must remember that there are no guarantees in life and …

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Why Every Family Should Have a Survival Seed Bank

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Now, to a prepper like me this title seems almost silly. The seedbank was one of the first things I purchased on my preparedness journey. It could have been my understanding of history and how starvation can spring upon a society, quickly.  The idea that I needed to have an answer for food outside of …

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2018 Bug Out Bag Checklist

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Checklists, checklists and more checklists. Is there anything more prepper than a good checklist? What do you have in your basement, what do you have in your pantry? While it may seem redundant to some the checklist is everywhere because the checklist works. There is only one way to measure your level of preparedness and …

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6 Survival Life Hacks YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Ahh the survival hack. Some hacks can be garbage but some can change everything. Its probably worth creating a website dedicated to all of the great, old and new survival hacks of our time. There are just so many of them out there now its hard to catch them all in one place. I am …

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How “Offended” and “Emotionally Shaken” Lawmakers Responded to This Viral Gun Speech by Nick Freitas

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You may not have ever heard of Nick Freitas before, but I have a feeling we’ll all be hearing a lot about him soon. At first glance, this may seem … Read the rest

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8 ways to fight off boredom during a grid-down event

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I read so many articles on dealing with SHTF scenarios. Everything from bugging out, what gear to have, how to get home, to what to eat, etc. But I see very little on what people can do with their down time during long-term grid down situations. And trust me, after a few days without electricity […]

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5 Home Improvement Projects You Should Tackle Now

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The same old look can get boring for the eyes. Upgrades and updates are essential every once in a while. So, while your computer is getting an upgrade and you also plan a wardrobe update for spring, don’t leave your home behind. Home improvement projects will only add to your comfort. Another encouraging plus point is that the invested amount goes directly into the house by enhancing its value. 75 to 80 cents of all that you are going to spend on these projects go back to your home. Also, Doing It Yourself is a good means to move your

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5 Best Gun Shooting Bags to Look For In 2018

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Range bags have become very popular and handy over the years. They help in transportation and storage for several shooting accessories and handguns. Well, you might just ask, why not just go for an old bag in your closet? Do you really need a shooting bag? Shooting bags are very important for any shooter or hunter. They are designed specifically for carrying your ammunition, firearms, and anything else you want to bring along to the range. A shooting bag makes your work easier and enjoyable. You don’t have to struggle rummaging through your disorganized pocket to reach for your magazines.

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Fighting Our Fears

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     In the wake of all the Lord has shown me in the past few years, I am seeing a new paradigm rising in the Body of Christ.  It has a couple of different components, but at the foundation, it is rooted in Fear.  I know that’s not a new revelation about the Christian life, but follow me as I show you where I want to go with this…
     The spirit of Fear is as old as the Garden of Eden. In fact, my research has discerned that the first mention of fear is in Genesis 3:10, when Adam hides from the Lord after he and Eve have disobeyed His commandment regarding the tree of the knowledge (recognition) of good and evil. In response to God’s question of where he was, Adam replies, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”
     It is important for us to recognize that this fear was not in the sense of reverence for God, or standing in awe of Him, both of which are implied in a healthy fear of God. As long as Adam and Eve were in perfect relationship with their Creator, they knew only this kind of fear, and they exalted Him and recognized His power and position from their blessed state. But once they rebelled and lost that holy relationship, they were separated from Him spiritually, and to be in His Presence generated a deep-seated dread and terror of the Lord. Here, the sense of the word fear takes on a completely different significance.
     And who was there in the garden to exploit that dramatic change in the relationship between man and God? The Father of lies! He witnessed how terror and dread was a by-product of being out of right relationship with God, and it became a most useful tool in keeping man separated from His Creator and from restoring that full relationship. And today’s Christians, who are spiritually saved, are easy targets for the Enemy and his spirit of Fear. Along with the spirit of Anger, it is probably the most common attack that Mark and I witness in our ministry. 
     So, how does all this relate to the new paradigm in the Body of Christ that I mentioned in the first paragraph, and the different components of this paradigm? To begin with, Fear keeps the Church from walking in Jesus’s commands to help establish the Kingdom of God on earth. Fear then results in the two components within the Body: 1) the Christians who [because of their fear of what they don’t know] deny that we are to heal the sick, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead, which gives us the opportunity to share the Gospel; and 2) the Christians who recognize this is our mission, given by Christ, but who are afraid for various reasons to walk in that authority and power. Even if one can convince them that the doctrine of Cessationism is wrong — that Jesus’ commandments were just as much for us as they were for the Apostles — I have heard all the reasons they convince themselves that it’s either not God’s will for them to step into that assignment, or that it’s too difficult for them to do.  Let me share just a few…
     God is in control of everything.  If they or a loved one are ill, or suffer from depression or anxiety, or any number of attacks from the devil, then God is allowing it. Their suffering is a way to bring them into submission to God’s will for their life. Therefore, why would they go against God? After all, isn’t that what the Book of Job is all about? But the Bible says that God’s will is good, perfect, and acceptable. Did you get that? That is the description of His will — whether you are giving thanks; doing good; abstaining from sexual immorality; acknowledging that His kingdom has come; doing what is pleasing in His sight; doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with Him; confessing your sins; etc. — it is all His will [the desire of His heart] and His will is good, and perfect, and acceptable to Him. 
     It is NEVER His will to see His children suffer, just as no good father on earth would desire his child to suffer. Did you ever read in your Bible where Jesus told anyone, “I wish I could heal you, but my Father is telling me that you have to suffer a little in order to improve your relationship with Him”? No! The Bible repeatedly tells us that Jesus healed all who came to Him, or healed all who were ill (Matthew 15:30, 12:15). But the fear of God allowing the devil to torment us to test our faith is a wrong interpretation of Job, while being a very real apprehension for a lot of Christians.
     We must always be careful of being deceived.  Fear of deception by the devil is probably the most voiced argument I hear for not walking in our power and authority.  Peoples’ fears are often expressed like this … If we go outside of our denomination’s doctrine, how do we know our interpretation of Scripture is correct?  If hearing something different than the theology I’ve established for myself makes me uncomfortable, then it can’t be from God — it must be a deception by the Enemy… I don’t really trust anything I hear that’s not backed up and supported by my Church, my pastor, my Christian friends, the Biblical interpretation I’ve been taught, or fill in the blank.  
     But all I’m hearing in these arguments is the reliance on human wisdom. Where is the trust in God and the Holy Spirit to reveal their Truth to you? This sounds an awful lot like the religious skeptics in Jesus’ day. After all, Jesus invaded comfort zones and challenged religious traditions and ideas 2,000 years ago — and He hasn’t changed! 
     At some point, we must quit being afraid of being deceived and trust that God can still speak to us! We must see a God that is bigger than our concept of a deceiving devil. If we are afraid of letting the power of the Holy Spirit work through us [as He did Jesus] to battle sickness, demons, or to bring people to a decision for salvation, then we give the devil more power than he deserves OR has.
     I’m afraid I’ll do it wrong.  This would be a valid argument if you were doing it under your own power.  But you’re not!  Take a look at Mark 16:20… It reads, And they [the Disciples] went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs. The Disciples were doing what Jesus commanded them [and us] to do… preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, accompanied by the signs and wonders of healing the sick, casting out demons, etc.
     But look at the previous verse in Mark 16:19. So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.  Did you see what the Bible said happened? It was AFTER He ascended that Jesus worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs. I’ll say it again … This was after His resurrection! Yet He worked with them (partnered with them) to do the miracles of healing and deliverance after He had risen to heaven! He continued to work with them perfecting their abilities through His power. He is the same today as He was yesterday! He has sent the Holy Spirit to do the same with us. You can’t do it wrong, because it’s not you doing it — it’s Him! All He needs is willing partners, and your trust and faith in Him. But too many Christians let fear, doubt, and unbelief creep into their minds and hearts, therefore making it impossible for Jesus and the Holy Spirit to work through them.
     You need to be careful playing around with the Dark Side.  Once again, fear is the primary instigator behind this sentiment. Yes, the devil is our adversary, and a formidable one. We must have our spiritual armor on at all times, and be aware of his many schemes and tactics to overcome believing Christians. But the reality of this spiritual war is that we have nothing to be afraid of. A very telling passage of Scripture happens in Luke, Chapter 10, when the 72 Disciples Jesus sent out to minister healing and deliverance [and preach the Gospel] return. Read the following from the Passion Translation:
     When the seventy missionaries returned to Jesus, they were ecstatic with joy, telling him, “Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we commanded them in your name!”Jesus replied, “While you were ministering, I watched Satan topple until he fell suddenly from heaven like lightning to the ground. Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over his kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every powerSatan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority. However, your real source of joy isn’t merely that these spirits submit to your authority, but that your names are written in the journals of heaven and that you belong to God’s kingdom. This is the true source of your authority.”
     Jesus makes it pretty clear that we have nothing to fear!  We have been given all His authority, and He makes sure we understand that absolutely nothing can harm us.  And notice what else He says: that while we are carrying out our Lord’s commands to continue His work [which is our ministry], it causes Satan to topple from his place in heaven.  Remember: the Bible makes it clear that there are multiple heavens, and at some point, I plan on writing a post on where Satan rules his kingdom from. But for the sake of this article, I don’t want to get caught up in all the theological theories on when this happens, but want to concentrate on the fact that Jesus tells us that 1) we have all of His authority, 2) we have nothing to be afraid of, and 3) when we walk in our designated power and authority it causes Satan to “topple” or “fall”, as it is stated in the King James version. It is very possible that Jesus is telling us that our willingness to heal and deliver causes Satan to fall into ruin, or fail, and it happens as suddenly as lightning hitting the ground, every time we walk in that authority.  
    And the last argument from those fighting fear is this one:  I believe that you have to be specially anointed in specific spiritual gifts to do this work, and I don’t have the gift of healing.  It is my discernment that this argument comes from a lack of understanding of the Holy Spirit. If we are saved by grace for our faith in Jesus, then the Holy Spirit resides in us. And the Holy Spirit has produced all the gifts and has them with Him, with the ability to give any [or all] to us as we need them.  So that gift of healing is already present in you with the presence of the Holy Spirit. You just have to decide to be obedient to Jesus’ commands and cooperate with Him and the Spirit to see someone healed.
     If you will take a look at 1 John 2:27, I think you will find an answer to the fear of walking in the gifts. In reference to being deceived by false teachers or doctrines [or even the devil], John instructs believers: But the wonderful anointing you have received from God is so much greater than their deception and now lives in you. There’s no need for anyone to keep teaching you. His anointing teaches you all that you need to know, for it will lead you into truth, not a counterfeit. So just as the anointing has taught you, remain in Him.  
     If we have the Holy Spirit in us, we all have the anointing to do any of the gifts, as needed. The
“anointing” is the Holy Spirit poured into us, bringing life, illumination, wisdom, fruit, and power from the indwelling life of Christ. He covers it all — everything we need to defeat the works of the devil, just as He did.
     In summary, I don’t want to downplay the power that fear has in the lives of Christians. I personally know the all-consuming fear that can separate one from our Father in Heaven. And it is the fiery dart that the Enemy loves to use against me more than any other. But I continue to choose the Truth of the Word and the promises that Jesus has given us: we have authority over all the power of the Enemy and nothing can harm us. So, while not easy, to live freely, without fear, is a choice; a choice to believe — and when necessary, to repent for giving in to the snare of the devil, and to once again take that step of faith to walk in my true identity as an empowered child of God and co-heir of the Kingdom with Christ. I declare that the spirit of Fear is the real deception of the devil, and I walk in the perfect love of the One who died for me.

Psalm 56:4    What harm could a man bring to me? With God on my side I will not be afraid of what comes. The roaring praises of God fill my heart, and I will always triumph as I trust His promises.
     



 

    

      

How to Make Your Water Heater More Efficient

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It is estimated that your water heater accounts 18 percent of your energy bill. You can save money on your energy bill by making your water heater more energy efficient. There are many things that you can do to make your water heater more efficient. Lower the Temperature Most water heaters are pre-set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You will be able to save 3 to 5 percent on your energy bill by reducing the temperature on your water heater by 10 degrees. You can also reduce the risk of scalding by lowering the water temperature. Insulate Your Water Heater If

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SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL: Giveaway — Worm Bins & Seed Saving books!

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If you’ve pretty much mastered the art of planting seeds and/or seedlings, giving them the right amounts of sunshine, water, and fertilizer, you’re probably ready for some new challenges. Starting with your current compost pile or bin, have you considered adding worms to the mix, literally? A worm bin, or worm composting, can add a […]

Is Boot Camp for Weight Loss Ideal for Everyone

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Editors Note: A guest submission from Brian John to The Prepper Journal. Time to start prepping for swim suit season. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest AND have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

As preppers our most important tool, and our single point of failure, is ourselves and the shape we are in so many people have been wondering whether boot camp is an efficient way to shed off some weight. You may be one such person and that is why you are looking for information about this topic. There are a lot more, only that you will never hear them talk about it publicly.

Boot camp fitness can be equated to military training (though the editor recalls being called things in military boot camp that no paid instructor would dare say). The grunting and sweating which soldiers do experience while sprinting and jumping is probably the best way to get rid of some calories. The exercise is not always meant to determine how much torture one can sustain but rather meant to gain some fitness which includes losing weight.

In the same way, boot camp draws a lot from the military training. The concepts of interval workouts that are followed by the exercise of slower paces apply to both boot camp and military training. The boot camp will also equip you to be fit, hardy and acquire the necessary shape, body size and form that will be useful if you are thinking about dry camping.

Is Boot Camp Effective in Losing Weight?

Can you imagine that it has already been proven that boot camp is the best way to lose weight compared to the routine gym? The former is known to help in losing fat and calories within a short duration. Doing away with too much fat in the reservoirs is all that is needed for weight loss.

The fact that your muscles are allowed to work by themselves without any machine supporting the body makes boot camp more efficient. More calories are burnt as the core muscles are engaged.

Video: The Workout

Activities to Undertake During Boot Camp

Not all activities undertaken during a boot camp are efficient when it comes to shedding off the extra pounds. You need to only focus on the most efficient activities in order to get it right.

These activities are:

Cardiovascular Activity

The step to losing weight starts by identifying boot camps that have programs that you are sure will meet your goals. The best boot camp is, therefore, one that supports some advanced amounts of cardiovascular activities. You can always do some research prior so that you are well equipped with options to choose from.

The best way to do it is by having at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise in a week, that is less that 22 minutes a day – done right. You can start from moderate and change gradually to the vigorous levels as time goes by. The vascular activities can take the form of a jumping rope, sprinting, jumping sacks, navigating obstacle courses as well as running stairs.

Strength Training

There is no way you can lose weight without gaining some strength. The strength is usually gained on the muscles, core, lower and upper parts of the body. Multiple joints, tendons and muscles usually derive their strength from compound exercises like dumbbell lifting while doing triceps extensions and deep squats.

Remember to have the triceps extensions and lunges paired together. Some of the activities that are extremely good when it comes to gaining strength include:

  • Cycling
  • Squat jumps
  • Pushups
  • Pull-ups
  • Abdominal crunches
  • Jumping jacks
  • Burpees

As you gain some strength, the muscles gained replace fats which result in a raised metabolism. The end result is more burned calories. Do note that muscle is more dense than fat so a gain in weight can be a positive. Let common sense be your guide.

How Intense is it to Lose Weight?

There is no need to lie here. Losing weight is not child’s play. Exercise has to be intense to achieve the desired results. Nothing comes easy, remember that. This is not to scare you away, just to ground you expectations.

The boot camp workout should, however, be possible for any person. If it happens to be an impossible process, then I bet nobody will ever consider it as a way to lose weight. It is always a great idea to start by building your strength to endure the coming activity. From here, increase the effort gradually to get the best results.

It actually becomes easier as you progress. The challenge can, however, be felt. You should burn less fat and calories when the body starts to take the routine positively. Always try out different workouts to prevent the muscles from enjoying some comfort.

Important Tips That Should Be Followed

There are some basics that most people can ignore but they are very important. In this section, we are going to lay them bare and discuss them in details. It is only through this that no room will be left for mistakes.

Take Lots of Fluids

The first tip is to keep yourself hydrated. You are likely to sweat during the workouts. This means that a lot of water will be lost while undertaking the activities. The only way to keep your water levels balanced is by drinking some more.

Again, you need to remember that bouncing around with a belly full of liquid is difficult. Therefore, it is necessary that you take only a small amount of water. Otherwise, you won’t enjoy everything boot camp puts you through. But it is advisable to carry some bottles of water with you to the boot camp.

Build the Right Attitude

Secondly, weight loss is all about attitude. If you have the wrong attitude, you will not manage the activities involved. However challenging the workout is, just motivate yourself. At times, your muscles should burn and your heart should be racing. All you need to do is just laugh to release the tension so apparent on your face.

Obey the Instructor

Thirdly, listen keenly to your instructor. Listening is a virtue that can take you places. Do not concentrate on the pain. Quitting should never be in your vocabulary. Just keep going even if you are told of the next difficult steps ahead of you. If you keep your mind on your instructor, you will get your mind off the pain.

Take Deep Breaths

Breathing and working the abs/core are other important aspects of boot camp fitness so even though the toughest of exercises make sure to catch some breath. It should be a simultaneous process that also involves contracting your abs to protect your back.

At first, it appears uncomfortable and very awkward. Your body will, however, adjust itself with time to make deeper breaths whenever your abs gets engaged.  Your body needs a lot of oxygen at such a time.

Be Active and Always Try to Perform Well

Being the first during any fitness session is very encouraging. It does not only give you a clear view of the instructor’s directions but also makes you not feel lethargic. Whenever you are at the front, you will not be prone to the ideas of giving up.

Do not stop moving if you experience muscle soreness. Other serious health conditions like plantar fasciitis can take you down in the process of taking the routine activities. You will need the best boots for plantar fasciitis to help you work without any strains on the tendon and ligaments.

Avoid Mini Breaks

Mini breaks must be avoided to ensure that fresh blood is pumped into the muscles to prevent any kind of unwanted condition. Coming out of the boot camp injured is unrealistic. The aim of the boot camp is to lose weight and nothing else.

Take Some Electrolytes After Every Workout

 

Last but of equal importance as the rest is the need to load up electrolytes into the body after every workout. Sweating causes loss of essential electrolytes in excess quantities. The best you can do to your body is to ensure that the lost electrolytes are replenished by taking electrolyte-filled snacks and staying in a cool tent if you were undertaking the boot camp activities in the wilderness.

Proper Attire for Boot Camp Aids in Weight Loss

Regular workout clothes such as shorts, tank tops and t-shirts are just fine with boot camp fitness. You can always have clothes that you are not attached to if one of the activities you are likely to have is about groundwork such as rolling on the ground.

Your feet are also not left behind. Make sure that the footwear is good-fitting and breathable. This is the only way to reduce cases of having blisters on the foot while at the same time ensuring that you are comfortable during the entire sessions.

 

Another important thing to consider while choosing the right gear for boot camp is the weather. In the scorching sun of the summer, choose sweat-wicking and light fabrics. With such, you will surely feel like the hot sun is non-existent.

Additionally, during the snowfall during the winter, you need to stay warm and the best way is to ensure that you have heavy clothing with you. You should not overheat nonetheless.

Wrapping Up

Your desire to shed off some pounds will be like a drop in the ocean if you fail to choose an appropriate diet. Poor eating habits are what lead to your weight gain meaning that even if you perform perfectly well in the boot camp activities and maintain the usual meals, then there are high possibilities that you are not losing the weight.

I believe the tips on boot camp for weight loss have been of great help to you. Nothing has a lot of fun as enjoying an outdoor activity which at the same time doubles up as workout process.

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Author Bio

I am Brian John, I am very passionate about camping and any other outdoor activities. I take pride in interacting with nature in more special ways like camping, hiking, mountain climbing among others. I love sharing my experiences and ready to interact with other people who share the same passion with me through Enjoy The Wild blog.

 

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Is Boot Camp for Weight Loss Ideal for Everyone

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest submission from Brian John to The Prepper Journal. Time to start prepping for swim suit season. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest AND have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

As preppers our most important tool, and our single point of failure, is ourselves and the shape we are in so many people have been wondering whether boot camp is an efficient way to shed off some weight. You may be one such person and that is why you are looking for information about this topic. There are a lot more, only that you will never hear them talk about it publicly.

Boot camp fitness can be equated to military training (though the editor recalls being called things in military boot camp that no paid instructor would dare say). The grunting and sweating which soldiers do experience while sprinting and jumping is probably the best way to get rid of some calories. The exercise is not always meant to determine how much torture one can sustain but rather meant to gain some fitness which includes losing weight.

In the same way, boot camp draws a lot from the military training. The concepts of interval workouts that are followed by the exercise of slower paces apply to both boot camp and military training. The boot camp will also equip you to be fit, hardy and acquire the necessary shape, body size and form that will be useful if you are thinking about dry camping.

Is Boot Camp Effective in Losing Weight?

Can you imagine that it has already been proven that boot camp is the best way to lose weight compared to the routine gym? The former is known to help in losing fat and calories within a short duration. Doing away with too much fat in the reservoirs is all that is needed for weight loss.

The fact that your muscles are allowed to work by themselves without any machine supporting the body makes boot camp more efficient. More calories are burnt as the core muscles are engaged.

Video: The Workout

Activities to Undertake During Boot Camp

Not all activities undertaken during a boot camp are efficient when it comes to shedding off the extra pounds. You need to only focus on the most efficient activities in order to get it right.

These activities are:

Cardiovascular Activity

The step to losing weight starts by identifying boot camps that have programs that you are sure will meet your goals. The best boot camp is, therefore, one that supports some advanced amounts of cardiovascular activities. You can always do some research prior so that you are well equipped with options to choose from.

The best way to do it is by having at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise in a week, that is less that 22 minutes a day – done right. You can start from moderate and change gradually to the vigorous levels as time goes by. The vascular activities can take the form of a jumping rope, sprinting, jumping sacks, navigating obstacle courses as well as running stairs.

Strength Training

There is no way you can lose weight without gaining some strength. The strength is usually gained on the muscles, core, lower and upper parts of the body. Multiple joints, tendons and muscles usually derive their strength from compound exercises like dumbbell lifting while doing triceps extensions and deep squats.

Remember to have the triceps extensions and lunges paired together. Some of the activities that are extremely good when it comes to gaining strength include:

  • Cycling
  • Squat jumps
  • Pushups
  • Pull-ups
  • Abdominal crunches
  • Jumping jacks
  • Burpees

As you gain some strength, the muscles gained replace fats which result in a raised metabolism. The end result is more burned calories. Do note that muscle is more dense than fat so a gain in weight can be a positive. Let common sense be your guide.

How Intense is it to Lose Weight?

There is no need to lie here. Losing weight is not child’s play. Exercise has to be intense to achieve the desired results. Nothing comes easy, remember that. This is not to scare you away, just to ground you expectations.

The boot camp workout should, however, be possible for any person. If it happens to be an impossible process, then I bet nobody will ever consider it as a way to lose weight. It is always a great idea to start by building your strength to endure the coming activity. From here, increase the effort gradually to get the best results.

It actually becomes easier as you progress. The challenge can, however, be felt. You should burn less fat and calories when the body starts to take the routine positively. Always try out different workouts to prevent the muscles from enjoying some comfort.

Important Tips That Should Be Followed

There are some basics that most people can ignore but they are very important. In this section, we are going to lay them bare and discuss them in details. It is only through this that no room will be left for mistakes.

Take Lots of Fluids

The first tip is to keep yourself hydrated. You are likely to sweat during the workouts. This means that a lot of water will be lost while undertaking the activities. The only way to keep your water levels balanced is by drinking some more.

Again, you need to remember that bouncing around with a belly full of liquid is difficult. Therefore, it is necessary that you take only a small amount of water. Otherwise, you won’t enjoy everything boot camp puts you through. But it is advisable to carry some bottles of water with you to the boot camp.

Build the Right Attitude

Secondly, weight loss is all about attitude. If you have the wrong attitude, you will not manage the activities involved. However challenging the workout is, just motivate yourself. At times, your muscles should burn and your heart should be racing. All you need to do is just laugh to release the tension so apparent on your face.

Obey the Instructor

Thirdly, listen keenly to your instructor. Listening is a virtue that can take you places. Do not concentrate on the pain. Quitting should never be in your vocabulary. Just keep going even if you are told of the next difficult steps ahead of you. If you keep your mind on your instructor, you will get your mind off the pain.

Take Deep Breaths

Breathing and working the abs/core are other important aspects of boot camp fitness so even though the toughest of exercises make sure to catch some breath. It should be a simultaneous process that also involves contracting your abs to protect your back.

At first, it appears uncomfortable and very awkward. Your body will, however, adjust itself with time to make deeper breaths whenever your abs gets engaged.  Your body needs a lot of oxygen at such a time.

Be Active and Always Try to Perform Well

Being the first during any fitness session is very encouraging. It does not only give you a clear view of the instructor’s directions but also makes you not feel lethargic. Whenever you are at the front, you will not be prone to the ideas of giving up.

Do not stop moving if you experience muscle soreness. Other serious health conditions like plantar fasciitis can take you down in the process of taking the routine activities. You will need the best boots for plantar fasciitis to help you work without any strains on the tendon and ligaments.

Avoid Mini Breaks

Mini breaks must be avoided to ensure that fresh blood is pumped into the muscles to prevent any kind of unwanted condition. Coming out of the boot camp injured is unrealistic. The aim of the boot camp is to lose weight and nothing else.

Take Some Electrolytes After Every Workout

 

Last but of equal importance as the rest is the need to load up electrolytes into the body after every workout. Sweating causes loss of essential electrolytes in excess quantities. The best you can do to your body is to ensure that the lost electrolytes are replenished by taking electrolyte-filled snacks and staying in a cool tent if you were undertaking the boot camp activities in the wilderness.

Proper Attire for Boot Camp Aids in Weight Loss

Regular workout clothes such as shorts, tank tops and t-shirts are just fine with boot camp fitness. You can always have clothes that you are not attached to if one of the activities you are likely to have is about groundwork such as rolling on the ground.

Your feet are also not left behind. Make sure that the footwear is good-fitting and breathable. This is the only way to reduce cases of having blisters on the foot while at the same time ensuring that you are comfortable during the entire sessions.

 

Another important thing to consider while choosing the right gear for boot camp is the weather. In the scorching sun of the summer, choose sweat-wicking and light fabrics. With such, you will surely feel like the hot sun is non-existent.

Additionally, during the snowfall during the winter, you need to stay warm and the best way is to ensure that you have heavy clothing with you. You should not overheat nonetheless.

Wrapping Up

Your desire to shed off some pounds will be like a drop in the ocean if you fail to choose an appropriate diet. Poor eating habits are what lead to your weight gain meaning that even if you perform perfectly well in the boot camp activities and maintain the usual meals, then there are high possibilities that you are not losing the weight.

I believe the tips on boot camp for weight loss have been of great help to you. Nothing has a lot of fun as enjoying an outdoor activity which at the same time doubles up as workout process.

 Follow The Prepper Journal on Facebook!

Author Bio

I am Brian John, I am very passionate about camping and any other outdoor activities. I take pride in interacting with nature in more special ways like camping, hiking, mountain climbing among others. I love sharing my experiences and ready to interact with other people who share the same passion with me through Enjoy The Wild blog.

 

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Is Boot Camp for Weight Loss Ideal for Everyone

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest submission from Brian John to The Prepper Journal. Time to start prepping for swim suit season. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest AND have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

As preppers our most important tool, and our single point of failure, is ourselves and the shape we are in so many people have been wondering whether boot camp is an efficient way to shed off some weight. You may be one such person and that is why you are looking for information about this topic. There are a lot more, only that you will never hear them talk about it publicly.

Boot camp fitness can be equated to military training (though the editor recalls being called things in military boot camp that no paid instructor would dare say). The grunting and sweating which soldiers do experience while sprinting and jumping is probably the best way to get rid of some calories. The exercise is not always meant to determine how much torture one can sustain but rather meant to gain some fitness which includes losing weight.

In the same way, boot camp draws a lot from the military training. The concepts of interval workouts that are followed by the exercise of slower paces apply to both boot camp and military training. The boot camp will also equip you to be fit, hardy and acquire the necessary shape, body size and form that will be useful if you are thinking about dry camping.

Is Boot Camp Effective in Losing Weight?

Can you imagine that it has already been proven that boot camp is the best way to lose weight compared to the routine gym? The former is known to help in losing fat and calories within a short duration. Doing away with too much fat in the reservoirs is all that is needed for weight loss.

The fact that your muscles are allowed to work by themselves without any machine supporting the body makes boot camp more efficient. More calories are burnt as the core muscles are engaged.

Video: The Workout

Activities to Undertake During Boot Camp

Not all activities undertaken during a boot camp are efficient when it comes to shedding off the extra pounds. You need to only focus on the most efficient activities in order to get it right.

These activities are:

Cardiovascular Activity

The step to losing weight starts by identifying boot camps that have programs that you are sure will meet your goals. The best boot camp is, therefore, one that supports some advanced amounts of cardiovascular activities. You can always do some research prior so that you are well equipped with options to choose from.

The best way to do it is by having at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise in a week, that is less that 22 minutes a day – done right. You can start from moderate and change gradually to the vigorous levels as time goes by. The vascular activities can take the form of a jumping rope, sprinting, jumping sacks, navigating obstacle courses as well as running stairs.

Strength Training

There is no way you can lose weight without gaining some strength. The strength is usually gained on the muscles, core, lower and upper parts of the body. Multiple joints, tendons and muscles usually derive their strength from compound exercises like dumbbell lifting while doing triceps extensions and deep squats.

Remember to have the triceps extensions and lunges paired together. Some of the activities that are extremely good when it comes to gaining strength include:

  • Cycling
  • Squat jumps
  • Pushups
  • Pull-ups
  • Abdominal crunches
  • Jumping jacks
  • Burpees

As you gain some strength, the muscles gained replace fats which result in a raised metabolism. The end result is more burned calories. Do note that muscle is more dense than fat so a gain in weight can be a positive. Let common sense be your guide.

How Intense is it to Lose Weight?

There is no need to lie here. Losing weight is not child’s play. Exercise has to be intense to achieve the desired results. Nothing comes easy, remember that. This is not to scare you away, just to ground you expectations.

The boot camp workout should, however, be possible for any person. If it happens to be an impossible process, then I bet nobody will ever consider it as a way to lose weight. It is always a great idea to start by building your strength to endure the coming activity. From here, increase the effort gradually to get the best results.

It actually becomes easier as you progress. The challenge can, however, be felt. You should burn less fat and calories when the body starts to take the routine positively. Always try out different workouts to prevent the muscles from enjoying some comfort.

Important Tips That Should Be Followed

There are some basics that most people can ignore but they are very important. In this section, we are going to lay them bare and discuss them in details. It is only through this that no room will be left for mistakes.

Take Lots of Fluids

The first tip is to keep yourself hydrated. You are likely to sweat during the workouts. This means that a lot of water will be lost while undertaking the activities. The only way to keep your water levels balanced is by drinking some more.

Again, you need to remember that bouncing around with a belly full of liquid is difficult. Therefore, it is necessary that you take only a small amount of water. Otherwise, you won’t enjoy everything boot camp puts you through. But it is advisable to carry some bottles of water with you to the boot camp.

Build the Right Attitude

Secondly, weight loss is all about attitude. If you have the wrong attitude, you will not manage the activities involved. However challenging the workout is, just motivate yourself. At times, your muscles should burn and your heart should be racing. All you need to do is just laugh to release the tension so apparent on your face.

Obey the Instructor

Thirdly, listen keenly to your instructor. Listening is a virtue that can take you places. Do not concentrate on the pain. Quitting should never be in your vocabulary. Just keep going even if you are told of the next difficult steps ahead of you. If you keep your mind on your instructor, you will get your mind off the pain.

Take Deep Breaths

Breathing and working the abs/core are other important aspects of boot camp fitness so even though the toughest of exercises make sure to catch some breath. It should be a simultaneous process that also involves contracting your abs to protect your back.

At first, it appears uncomfortable and very awkward. Your body will, however, adjust itself with time to make deeper breaths whenever your abs gets engaged.  Your body needs a lot of oxygen at such a time.

Be Active and Always Try to Perform Well

Being the first during any fitness session is very encouraging. It does not only give you a clear view of the instructor’s directions but also makes you not feel lethargic. Whenever you are at the front, you will not be prone to the ideas of giving up.

Do not stop moving if you experience muscle soreness. Other serious health conditions like plantar fasciitis can take you down in the process of taking the routine activities. You will need the best boots for plantar fasciitis to help you work without any strains on the tendon and ligaments.

Avoid Mini Breaks

Mini breaks must be avoided to ensure that fresh blood is pumped into the muscles to prevent any kind of unwanted condition. Coming out of the boot camp injured is unrealistic. The aim of the boot camp is to lose weight and nothing else.

Take Some Electrolytes After Every Workout

 

Last but of equal importance as the rest is the need to load up electrolytes into the body after every workout. Sweating causes loss of essential electrolytes in excess quantities. The best you can do to your body is to ensure that the lost electrolytes are replenished by taking electrolyte-filled snacks and staying in a cool tent if you were undertaking the boot camp activities in the wilderness.

Proper Attire for Boot Camp Aids in Weight Loss

Regular workout clothes such as shorts, tank tops and t-shirts are just fine with boot camp fitness. You can always have clothes that you are not attached to if one of the activities you are likely to have is about groundwork such as rolling on the ground.

Your feet are also not left behind. Make sure that the footwear is good-fitting and breathable. This is the only way to reduce cases of having blisters on the foot while at the same time ensuring that you are comfortable during the entire sessions.

 

Another important thing to consider while choosing the right gear for boot camp is the weather. In the scorching sun of the summer, choose sweat-wicking and light fabrics. With such, you will surely feel like the hot sun is non-existent.

Additionally, during the snowfall during the winter, you need to stay warm and the best way is to ensure that you have heavy clothing with you. You should not overheat nonetheless.

Wrapping Up

Your desire to shed off some pounds will be like a drop in the ocean if you fail to choose an appropriate diet. Poor eating habits are what lead to your weight gain meaning that even if you perform perfectly well in the boot camp activities and maintain the usual meals, then there are high possibilities that you are not losing the weight.

I believe the tips on boot camp for weight loss have been of great help to you. Nothing has a lot of fun as enjoying an outdoor activity which at the same time doubles up as workout process.

 Follow The Prepper Journal on Facebook!

Author Bio

I am Brian John, I am very passionate about camping and any other outdoor activities. I take pride in interacting with nature in more special ways like camping, hiking, mountain climbing among others. I love sharing my experiences and ready to interact with other people who share the same passion with me through Enjoy The Wild blog.

 

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All American Pressure Canner That Will Last Forever…

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We have had this ‘All American Pressure Canner’ for a number of years and I just wanted to post about it because it’s so awesome. And before you panic at the price tag, remember this, you get what you pay for. And this one is no exception. While it’s different for everyone, there are certain things that I’m willing to pay for the best. Why or what? For the things that I plan on using for the rest of my life, only have to buy it once. Also for particular things that I feel are essential or very important to

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4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can

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Editor’s note:  We always recommend everyone keep a spare can opener around, but should you find yourself without one, it is good to know a few other ways to open a can. 4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can Written by Luisa Brenton Your face falls. The cold sweat breaks out. You look around at the deep wilderness that encircles your campfire and family. You shout, “Whaddaya mean nobody brought a can opener?” It can happen to everybody. That’s the problem […]

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Can you regrow a finger? (GRAPHIC)

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CAUTION: This article, and the photos in it, include graphic details related to losing and regrowing a finger. If you are disturbed by information and images of this nature, please use your own discretion when determining whether to read further.

In my own journey, I am working to heal my vision.  Many people don’t know that one of my earliest memories is of being in an eye hospital at about the age of three. There, I was declared legally blind.

Oh, I can see OK with a magnifying glass and can get around fine for the most part, but my vision is below 20/200 and I cannot drive a car.

I was told it was genetic, there was no medical procedure to repair it, and it cannot be corrected by lenses. So, for most of my life, I defined myself as a blind person.

But I decided a while ago that I would try to see if I could heal this condition. I have been making some amazing progress, which I’ll talk about later. And I’ve found the best way to do the impossible is to find other people who have done the impossible.

One of these is my friend Reneé Ainlay, who, at the age of 47, caught one of her index fingers in a grinder … and regrew it.

Here’s her story, as told in the Early Fall 2008 edition of “The Primal Diet Newsletter,” by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. He is the nutritionist who guided her in this regenerative journey.

“The following is a miraculously natural event from Mother Earth’s kitchen of therapies that I discovered through trial and error. Reneé, 47 years young at the time, caught one of her index fingers in a grinder. It was ground including bone. Not even one cell could be saved and reattached. I advised her to apply lime juice first to the open wound and surrounding area. Lime juice surrounds particles and dead cells of flesh, blood, lymph, and nerves so that white blood cells would not amass in the area that could complicate healing and regrowth. I suggested that she apply coconut cream over the lime juice, and apply unheated honey over the coconut cream, then lay a very thin slice of fresh beef or buffalo steak over her finger’s open wound. I asked her to cover the meat with a piece of coconut cream–moistened gauze to prevent the meat from drying and contracting her wound. I instructed her to place a piece of plastic the size of the gauze to cover the gauze and prevent the gauze from drying, then tape it all loosely with adhesive gauze. The following photos recorded her finger’s healing progress while Reneé adhered to my Primal Diet and followed my advice for her finger. The first 2 photos were taken within 3 days of injury on September 12, 2007. The third and fourth photos were taken November 6, 2007. The last 2 were taken September 22, 2008, one year after the incident.”

Here are the pictures he’s referring to (remember, they’re very graphic):

Renee's Finger 1

Renee's Finger 2

Renee's Finger 3

Renee's Finger 4

Renee's Finger 5

Renee's Finger 6

Isn’t that incredible? I know Reneé personally, and this event did actually happen the way it was written above. Stories like this give me continued hope for regenerating my eyesight….

By the way, if you want to learn a little more about Reneé, check out the interview I did with her on “Dissolving Kidney Stones Without a Doctor,” here:

https://youtu.be/MIJC8mL-gKA

You’ll notice that coconut cream is a common theme in both of these stories—in fact, Reneé believes in it so much that she cofounded Original Living Coconut, a Missouri-based company that processes and sells raw, organic coconut cream (as well as coconut oil, coconut cream-based desserts, and coconut kefir). You can check out the company’s website here: www.originallivingcoconut.com

Then, let me know your thoughts on Reneé’s story!

 

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EMP’s, CME’s and Nuclear Meltdown With Matthew Stein

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An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) or CME (Coronal Mass Ejections) have the potential to be one of the most disaster scenarios we can think of, yet it’s a disaster scenario that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. This may be because there isn’t an easy answer to preparing for an EMP or CME, or because it’s […]

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Survival Vehicles. Another 4×4.

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We have added another 4×4 truck to our family vehicles. This one is a Triton diesel single cab tray back. It has wide wheels, bull bar, tow bar, light bar, racks, & a long range fuel tank. Today I secured my high lift/Wallaby jack to the back of the cab & I secured the winch cable on the opposite side. The winch is in the truck tool box on the side along with a tool bag, wedges for wood cutting & an axle stand.