The Enemy Amongst Us

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By Charles Krauthammer, Oct 11 2017 An article from the New York Post: 

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called “Organizing for Action” (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current president’s administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!

Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s top dogs over to Organizing for Action.

OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for “progressive” change… Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-president’s message from the shadows: “Organizing is the building block of everything great we have accomplished Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond.” OFA’s website says it obtained its “digital” assets from the ex-president’s re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the ConstitutionalRepublic we know as AMERICA.”

Survival Talk – 9 Tips to Keep Unity in a Crisis or Survival Situation

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Has this happened to you? A small “thing” escalates to a full blown crisis because of poor or sloppy communication. Now imagine the stress and pressure of a real disaster, crisis, emergency or survival situation. To help, here’s 9 tips you can use to communicate more effectively and increase the chance of keeping everyone together and alive.

If you find yourself in a scenario where you are fighting for your life with others in a group context, be it two, or a tribe of people, it is going to be VERY important to understand basic group dynamics and communication.

How you communicate can literally become a matter of life or death. People are people and man, how many times I’ve said if there weren’t doggone people in the world, life would be so easy! (Um, this is not a very good heart posture, by the way.) It is critical to learn how to take the high road in challenging interpersonal interactions.

With the advent of internet and people hidden behind screens having venues to blab whatever they feel with no accountability, the fact that our culture has become very argumentative and divisive has been exponentialized. Everyone just wants to be heard and seems like no-one wants to listen much. (Discovering a focus beyond someone’s own self-interest is a rare and beautiful thing!) This generally shallow-minded approach to life is what we’re likely going to have to work with in a crisis situation.

So how do we break through the self-serving, self-focused- dominant mindset to create in people a real desire to serve within a group for the common good?

First, those who are leaders have to start at a place of realizing that most people’s moral compasses are broken. Some won’t even have one. Why that matters in a survival situation is that some won’t value your life one teeny weenie little bit. It literally will be, for them, all about doing whatever it takes to serve/save themselves and only themselves. Is it even possible to accomplish anything positive with a person like this as part of a group? I believe in some cases it can be.

As a Christian, I seek to follow the example of Jesus in how I approach people. Jesus validated people, treated the “least of these” with the “greatest of these” kind of kindness, yet he also confronted wrongdoing and evil. Now that did get him killed, but it was still the right thing to do…which gets back to having a moral compass. Figure out what your values are and how you will navigate a difficult situation by staying true to them. In the end, you have to know that you stayed true to your core beliefs.

So how do we navigate the gnarly world of multiple personalities trying to work toward a common goal? I have some key thoughts I’ve gathered through the years of walking through the world of mankind.

Listen.

If everyone is talking, no-one is listening. Validate people by engaging with them in what they are trying to communicate. Use eye contact. Treat them with respect as the image-bearers of God that they are. I have found that people decide within the first few minutes of speaking with someone whether or not they can be trusted based upon their communication style. When you do speak, realize that your words matter. In the Bible it says – “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” I have found this to be true! People reveal a lot about themselves by what and how they speak.

Let others lead.

Are you trustworthy? Do you have self-control? How do you handle criticism?  Do *not* assume a leadership role in a survival situation if you are someone who is insecure, always tearing other people down or in conflict. You need to see yourself clearly and honestly here for the sake of others! You can have all the skill in the world and destroy a situation with immature, emotionally-charged communication. I challenge you to ask someone else you respect to evaluate you in this regard before a crisis situation arises. We all have blind spots and tend to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.  It takes honesty and humility to be able to admit that someone else would be better fit to lead in a highly charged circumstance.  And there is nothing to lose with a good leader – because they will utilize your gifts for all you’re worth!

Ask good questions…

or probe to enable you to clearly understand what another person is saying. Some examples are: “Tell me what you are thinking.” “How can I help?” “Help me to understand.” “How can I make this work out for you?” “What is our common ground?”  Also, reflecting back to someone what they have just said to be sure you heard correctly is invaluable for both parties.

Kindness.

It is SO important. At the core, everyone wants to be valued and loved. Kindness communicates these things. Go above and beyond in random acts of kindness as the situation allows. Nothing builds goodwill better. When we engage people in a caring way – even if they approach us in a harsh tone – it reaches to another level of understanding of that person – realizing that their harshness is most likely not personal, but a manifestation of brokenness, fear or woundedness. Anger always has a history. We need to uncover what that is in a gentle way.
When people have concerns, start out by thanking them for trusting you enough to voice those concerns.

So there will be confrontation.

It’s life with people. It happens. So here we are in an emergency crisis situation and someone wants to make an incident. How do we deal with this and get people back to sanity enough to just be able to have a needed conversation? First, realize that a micro-confrontation within a larger survival situation is rarely about you -vs- them. Pull someone who is emotionally charged aside and ask those questions I cited above, telling someone, “I hear what you are saying.” “Can we agree to disagree and still work as a team?” Always remember, “A soft answer turns away wrath.” If you don’t feed someone’s fire, it will usually go out.

Along the previous lines, I remember reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People ages ago and the one principle of the many that has stuck with me is, when someone disagrees with you, get them to a place of agreement – a point of common ground, where they are saying “Yes, yes” with you on something. This puts you on the same team and deescalates conflict.

Know that when someone expresses frustration it is usually because they care deeply about something.

Find out what that something is and work through it with them. “So I hear your frustration. Do you want to help me understand why you are feeling so frustrated? I’d love to hear your heart about it.”

Grace-filled responses…

to educate someone or to agree to disagree are compelling to people. I find that people who daily cultivate a realization of their own need for grace -from God and others- are the ones who are able to lavishly dispense it.

A positive outlook…

cannot be overstated in its effects on everyone around you.  Responding in an opposite spirit to negativity and strife really can neutralize it.

Think of the leaders throughout history whom you hold in the deepest regard.

Are they not the ones who were able to lead in a way that cared for people deeply above themselves (usually borne out of a devotion to God) and yet commanded their respect and cooperation in engagements of war or other challenges in ways that made them a name in history not through self-seeking, but because they elevated the value of the persons under their leadership and usually humankind at large?

May we follow their example. ~Carin

 

Survival Talk – 9 Tips to Keep Unity in a Crisis or Survival Situation

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Has this happened to you? A small “thing” escalates to a full blown crisis because of poor or sloppy communication. Now imagine the stress and pressure of a real disaster, crisis, emergency or survival situation. To help, here’s 9 tips you can use to communicate more effectively and increase the chance of keeping everyone together and alive.

If you find yourself in a scenario where you are fighting for your life with others in a group context, be it two, or a tribe of people, it is going to be VERY important to understand basic group dynamics and communication.

How you communicate can literally become a matter of life or death. People are people and man, how many times I’ve said if there weren’t doggone people in the world, life would be so easy! (Um, this is not a very good heart posture, by the way.) It is critical to learn how to take the high road in challenging interpersonal interactions.

With the advent of internet and people hidden behind screens having venues to blab whatever they feel with no accountability, the fact that our culture has become very argumentative and divisive has been exponentialized. Everyone just wants to be heard and seems like no-one wants to listen much. (Discovering a focus beyond someone’s own self-interest is a rare and beautiful thing!) This generally shallow-minded approach to life is what we’re likely going to have to work with in a crisis situation.

So how do we break through the self-serving, self-focused- dominant mindset to create in people a real desire to serve within a group for the common good?

First, those who are leaders have to start at a place of realizing that most people’s moral compasses are broken. Some won’t even have one. Why that matters in a survival situation is that some won’t value your life one teeny weenie little bit. It literally will be, for them, all about doing whatever it takes to serve/save themselves and only themselves. Is it even possible to accomplish anything positive with a person like this as part of a group? I believe in some cases it can be.

As a Christian, I seek to follow the example of Jesus in how I approach people. Jesus validated people, treated the “least of these” with the “greatest of these” kind of kindness, yet he also confronted wrongdoing and evil. Now that did get him killed, but it was still the right thing to do…which gets back to having a moral compass. Figure out what your values are and how you will navigate a difficult situation by staying true to them. In the end, you have to know that you stayed true to your core beliefs.

So how do we navigate the gnarly world of multiple personalities trying to work toward a common goal? I have some key thoughts I’ve gathered through the years of walking through the world of mankind.

Listen.

If everyone is talking, no-one is listening. Validate people by engaging with them in what they are trying to communicate. Use eye contact. Treat them with respect as the image-bearers of God that they are. I have found that people decide within the first few minutes of speaking with someone whether or not they can be trusted based upon their communication style. When you do speak, realize that your words matter. In the Bible it says – “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” I have found this to be true! People reveal a lot about themselves by what and how they speak.

Let others lead.

Are you trustworthy? Do you have self-control? How do you handle criticism?  Do *not* assume a leadership role in a survival situation if you are someone who is insecure, always tearing other people down or in conflict. You need to see yourself clearly and honestly here for the sake of others! You can have all the skill in the world and destroy a situation with immature, emotionally-charged communication. I challenge you to ask someone else you respect to evaluate you in this regard before a crisis situation arises. We all have blind spots and tend to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.  It takes honesty and humility to be able to admit that someone else would be better fit to lead in a highly charged circumstance.  And there is nothing to lose with a good leader – because they will utilize your gifts for all you’re worth!

Ask good questions…

or probe to enable you to clearly understand what another person is saying. Some examples are: “Tell me what you are thinking.” “How can I help?” “Help me to understand.” “How can I make this work out for you?” “What is our common ground?”  Also, reflecting back to someone what they have just said to be sure you heard correctly is invaluable for both parties.

Kindness.

It is SO important. At the core, everyone wants to be valued and loved. Kindness communicates these things. Go above and beyond in random acts of kindness as the situation allows. Nothing builds goodwill better. When we engage people in a caring way – even if they approach us in a harsh tone – it reaches to another level of understanding of that person – realizing that their harshness is most likely not personal, but a manifestation of brokenness, fear or woundedness. Anger always has a history. We need to uncover what that is in a gentle way.
When people have concerns, start out by thanking them for trusting you enough to voice those concerns.

So there will be confrontation.

It’s life with people. It happens. So here we are in an emergency crisis situation and someone wants to make an incident. How do we deal with this and get people back to sanity enough to just be able to have a needed conversation? First, realize that a micro-confrontation within a larger survival situation is rarely about you -vs- them. Pull someone who is emotionally charged aside and ask those questions I cited above, telling someone, “I hear what you are saying.” “Can we agree to disagree and still work as a team?” Always remember, “A soft answer turns away wrath.” If you don’t feed someone’s fire, it will usually go out.

Along the previous lines, I remember reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People ages ago and the one principle of the many that has stuck with me is, when someone disagrees with you, get them to a place of agreement – a point of common ground, where they are saying “Yes, yes” with you on something. This puts you on the same team and deescalates conflict.

Know that when someone expresses frustration it is usually because they care deeply about something.

Find out what that something is and work through it with them. “So I hear your frustration. Do you want to help me understand why you are feeling so frustrated? I’d love to hear your heart about it.”

Grace-filled responses…

to educate someone or to agree to disagree are compelling to people. I find that people who daily cultivate a realization of their own need for grace -from God and others- are the ones who are able to lavishly dispense it.

A positive outlook…

cannot be overstated in its effects on everyone around you.  Responding in an opposite spirit to negativity and strife really can neutralize it.

Think of the leaders throughout history whom you hold in the deepest regard.

Are they not the ones who were able to lead in a way that cared for people deeply above themselves (usually borne out of a devotion to God) and yet commanded their respect and cooperation in engagements of war or other challenges in ways that made them a name in history not through self-seeking, but because they elevated the value of the persons under their leadership and usually humankind at large?

May we follow their example. ~Carin

 

Prep of the Week: Get Your Prepper Pantry Stocked Easy with 50% Off on Wise Food

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March is a great time to stock up on your pantry goods with deals around the internet. We found this special from Wise Foods that you should take particular interest in. First things first, I am not affiliated with this food company in any way, but a deal’s a deal!

Those of you who have purchased pre-packaged emergency food knows that it can be pricey. But a necessary expense.  Currently, Wise Foods have nine different food kits you can purchase for half off!

There’s Something for Everyone!

They’ve got everything from a basic 1-person five day supply to 2,160 long-term food supply on sale. I’m looking at the breakfast and entree bucket and maybe the fruit combo. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?

Related: Is Freeze-Dried Food Worth the Investment?

I’m a big proponent of having layers of preparedness especially when it comes to food. You never know how long a preparedness emergency will last. If you are new to preparedness, one of the most important facets of prepping is to have a solid food storage plan and having some freeze-dried foods is a great investment, in my opinion.

The Pros

There are many pros to having #10 cans of this long-term food source in your prepper pantry. Freeze-dried food is flash frozen and then put in a vacuum container causing the water to vaporize, and leaving the food item with 98% of its water removed. Nutritionally speaking, the food retains all the nutrients that it had in its original form after the freeze-drying process and contains little to no additives. This process keeps a majority of the nutrition intact. Gary Stoner, Ph.D., and the American Institute for Cancer Research have found that the antioxidant phytochemicals found in fresh fruits is about the same as in their freeze-dried versions. However, some ascorbic acid levels and the amount of polyphenol, a cell-protecting chemical in berries, were measurably reduced by freeze drying. Source

As well, the cook times are drastically reduced which is helpful during emergencies when energy must be conserved. Moreover, many find that when they are in the midst of an emergency, stress loads increase because of drastic changes and having these “just add water” meals ready to go cuts down on the stress of food preparation. It is estimated that 98% of moisture from the food is eliminated, thus reducing the weight of the food by 80%. Those who plan on evacuating will appreciate the lighter weight during transport – especially with all the other supplies they will have in their pack. Last but not least, the 25-year storage life makes this ideal for preppers who are looking for long-lasting food options. On a personal note, my family purchased freeze-dried food in 2004 and it’s still just as fresh as when we opened up the first can. Keep in mind, once your freeze-dried food can is opened, the shelf life quickly diminishes and you will need to throw it out in six months, and if you live in a humid area, the shelf life could be cut in half.

The Cons

While the pros are great, it usually comes with a hefty price tag (although at 50% off, you are getting a good bargain). The reason it can be pricey is from all of the specialized equipment and energy it takes to preserve the food for a long shelf life. One case of freeze-dried meals can set you back over a hundred dollars with shipping included. As well, having this type of food source for your long-term food needs will require extra space to store the food. An entire years supply fits into a 2 ft x 3 ft area, stacked 5 ft high. As well, food cans could be strategically hidden in the home, underneath beds, above kitchen cabinets, and in the closet.

If you are going back and forth about whether or not to invest in freeze-dried food or dehydrated food, here’s a good answer. Because 98% of the water is removed from freeze-dried foods, it will take more water to reconstitute it for meals as opposed to dehydrated foods needing a fraction of the water. An article on Modern Survival Blog gives a great explanation:

“It does take more water to reconstitute freeze-dried food than dehydrated food. I randomly pulled out a few freeze-dried food packets that I have on hand here, so that I could read the directions. The average amount of water required is a bit more than 1 cup of water per serving (which you would heat up first). On the other hand, some dehydrated food can be consumed without re-constituting with water (particularly fruits or meats). My experience with re-hydrating foods that I have previously dehydrated, are that I tend to use less than 1 cup of water per equivalent serving of vegetables than a freeze-dried food.”

Also, keep in mind that many of the freeze-dried meals are high in sodium. Many outdoor enthusiasts and hikers complain that you have to drink so much water to overcome the thirst the meals create. Make sure you have extra water on hand if you plan on using this as your main food source. As well, the high sodium can cause your bowels to become sluggish. To remedy this, purchase some over the counter meds for constipation or look for low-sodium freeze-dried options. One website states that the real key is the balance.

“If you are concerned about sodium content in your food storage items, keep in mind that you can balance out the higher sodium foods you consume in a day with lower sodium foods. For example, many freeze-dried vegetables contain low or no sodium. There are also many breakfast items, like granola or oatmeal, that have very little sodium, if any.

Just like with a fresh food diet, the key is balance. If the only thing you ate every day was chicken, you’d quickly find that your diet is not providing what your body needs. But when you add lots of fruits and vegetables to that chicken and you will begin to achieve a more balanced diet.”

In that same vein, I highly recommend you also investing in sprouting seeds to ensure you are getting some fresh vitamins into your daily diet.

Related: Is Freeze-Dried Food Worth the Investment?

Check out Wise Foods and see if any of their discounted items would be a good fit for your household.

 

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Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

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Free PDF: Animal Products

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Animal Products, their preparation, commercial uses and value, is an old document, but I still find it useful. It is dated, and you would probably get in trouble if you followed their guidance on whales and seals, but that does not mean its information of common farm animals is not useful. If you don’t have a background in hunting, and are starting in animal husbandry, the butchering and processing of animals can be a little daunting. I remember the first time I tried to butcher a chicken.  I made an awful mess.  Large animals are even harder. I bought some

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Book Review: Invisible Resistance to Tyranny

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When I saw Invisible Resistance to Tyranny in the Paladin catalog, I knew I had to have it. Laws are becoming more oppressive and politicians show a disregard, disrespect of, or ignorance toward our Constitution and the principles behind the document. I wonder how much longer sites like mine will be “tolerated”. However, I was a little disappointed in the book because the majority of the information is just plain common sense if you think about this type of problem. I did learn from the book, and It has a place in my library, but I have to wonder if someone

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So what’s a good folding knife?

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So for my 19th birthday that is coming up real soon, I’m very likely to be getting a new pocket knife to replace my old worn out one, I would prefer it to be a folding knife. Knife length isn’t a problem due to the laws of my state. So what do you recommend for a folder?

-Joe

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Hello Joe,

You’ve got a ton of options and it comes down to how much money you want to spend. These are all solid knives you can trust. A bit more money gets you nicer steel, materials and finish but any of these will last you a lifetime if you take care of them.

Under $50 range

Ontario Rat-1 $28.48

ON8848-BRK Rat-1

Kershaw-Emerson, CQC-10K $36.15

$50-$100 range

Cold Steel Voyager Vaquero Plain Edge Knife $61.26

Spyderco Endura4 $67.06

Benchmade – Griptilian 551 $102.00

+$100 range

Zero Tolerance Hinderer 0566 Carbon Fiber Folder $168.00

Lion Steel Knives SR2ARS $151.99

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

7 Ways to Beat the Flu with Holistic Remedies

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ReadyNutrition Readers, you are all undoubtedly aware of how this awful this flu season has been and still continues to spread. According to the CDC, the flu is still widespread in many parts of the country.

There is still concern to be had as medicine shortages continue to some parts of the country. Now, what can you do about it in the home? Let’s go over a basic list of some foods and herbs that can help you safeguard from illness.

Firstly, keep in mind: each strain of influenza varies. Secondly, there are articles I’ve written in the past pertaining to HFV’s (Hemorrhagic Flu Viruses) that it would benefit you to read or refresh upon. There are two factors: TNF-a, and IL-6, that are Tumor Necrosis Factors and Interleukin factors, respectively. These are cytokines that are crucial in white blood cell production to fight illness. The problem with HFV’s (to recap) is that they stimulate these two factors to overproduce: the body literally fights “itself” in what is termed a cytokine storm.

Beat the Flu with These Holistic Remedies

The Ebola Virus and the Avian Flu virus (commonly known as “bird flu”) are examples of HFV’s. I also did an article on what foods and herbs not to take. So, what’s a body to do? There are holistic boosters that you can take that will not raise the levels of these two cytokines during this flu season. Let’s list them here:

1. Garlic (Allium sativa) – simply put, the #1 herbal “broad-spectrum” holistic antibiotic. We’ve put together plenty of articles on it, and 2-3 cloves per meal will help strengthen your immune system and fight viruses, bacteria, parasites, and Dracula. As mentioned before, garlic tends to thin the blood and lessen clotting factors, so don’t use it just before or just after a surgery, or if you regularly have complications with clotting.
2. Vitamin C and Vitamin E: These two are mentioned together because they are complimentary…they each potentiate (or increase) the actions of the other. Preventatively, you can take 500 mg of Vitamin C per day…and (according to such notables as Dr. Linus Pauling) 4-5,000 mg during a time of illness. Vitamin C is water soluble: what you don’t use, you’ll excrete through the urine. Vitamin E you can take 400 IU per day, and it is good for tissue repair and potentiates the effectiveness of Vitamin C. As well, the elderly may benefit greatly from Vitamin E and it helps to protect their age group from pneumonia. It is a fat-soluble vitamin and will stay in your tissues longer than C. Both in tandem are excellent when a person is sick.
3. Fluid Intake: water is key. A person should take in anywhere from a ½ gallon to 1 gallon per day to maintain good hydration. Along with this, I did an article that mentions electrolyte packets you can take orally, available over-the-counter that replace Sodium, Potassium, and others…also containing Vitamin C.
4. Ginger Root: slice it up or dice it up, and throw about a teaspoon to a ½ tablespoon in a salad. It is very good for the stomach, and also aids against the flu.
5. Protein: Everyone who has been reading my articles know how much I emphasize the importance of protein in your diet. The building-block of muscle and of tissue repair, your protein levels become debilitated when you have the flu. Use high-protein sources, such as chicken breast, salmon, or lean beef or steak. You can combine any of these protein-laden foods with the next flu-fighter, that is………
6. Salads: Yes, green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and herbs such as cilantro. The latter removes heavy metals from the system, such as lead and mercury. The former two are packed with iron, potassium, and other vital minerals that you need to maintain fluid balance and to heal up.
7. Citrus Fruits: granted, we already mentioned Vitamin C, but the citrus fruits have more than just C. The principle of Herbalism is that the whole herb or food is always more effective than any of its individual parts. The whole fruit also contains other vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, an important part of your digestion (that normally slows down considerably during the duration of an illness such as the flu).

These are all guaranteed to give you a good start when combined with adequate rest and sleep. I want to close by stressing the importance of exercise and physical training as a preventative measure against illness of any kind. It has been proven time and again by physicians and scientists that the better shape you’re in, the more your immunities and the overall system will fight illness when it comes along. Here’s to your health, and stay in that good fight! 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.

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7 Ways to Beat the Flu with Holistic Remedies

ReadyNutrition Readers, you are all undoubtedly aware of how this awful this flu season has been and still continues to spread. According to the CDC, the flu is still widespread in many parts of the country.

There is still concern to be had as medicine shortages continue to some parts of the country. Now, what can you do about it in the home? Let’s go over a basic list of some foods and herbs that can help you safeguard from illness.

Firstly, keep in mind: each strain of influenza varies. Secondly, there are articles I’ve written in the past pertaining to HFV’s (Hemorrhagic Flu Viruses) that it would benefit you to read or refresh upon. There are two factors: TNF-a, and IL-6, that are Tumor Necrosis Factors and Interleukin factors, respectively. These are cytokines that are crucial in white blood cell production to fight illness. The problem with HFV’s (to recap) is that they stimulate these two factors to overproduce: the body literally fights “itself” in what is termed a cytokine storm.

Beat the Flu with These Holistic Remedies

The Ebola Virus and the Avian Flu virus (commonly known as “bird flu”) are examples of HFV’s. I also did an article on what foods and herbs not to take. So, what’s a body to do? There are holistic boosters that you can take that will not raise the levels of these two cytokines during this flu season. Let’s list them here:

1. Garlic (Allium sativa) – simply put, the #1 herbal “broad-spectrum” holistic antibiotic. We’ve put together plenty of articles on it, and 2-3 cloves per meal will help strengthen your immune system and fight viruses, bacteria, parasites, and Dracula. As mentioned before, garlic tends to thin the blood and lessen clotting factors, so don’t use it just before or just after a surgery, or if you regularly have complications with clotting.
2. Vitamin C and Vitamin E: These two are mentioned together because they are complimentary…they each potentiate (or increase) the actions of the other. Preventatively, you can take 500 mg of Vitamin C per day…and (according to such notables as Dr. Linus Pauling) 4-5,000 mg during a time of illness. Vitamin C is water soluble: what you don’t use, you’ll excrete through the urine. Vitamin E you can take 400 IU per day, and it is good for tissue repair and potentiates the effectiveness of Vitamin C. As well, the elderly may benefit greatly from Vitamin E and it helps to protect their age group from pneumonia. It is a fat-soluble vitamin and will stay in your tissues longer than C. Both in tandem are excellent when a person is sick.
3. Fluid Intake: water is key. A person should take in anywhere from a ½ gallon to 1 gallon per day to maintain good hydration. Along with this, I did an article that mentions electrolyte packets you can take orally, available over-the-counter that replace Sodium, Potassium, and others…also containing Vitamin C.
4. Ginger Root: slice it up or dice it up, and throw about a teaspoon to a ½ tablespoon in a salad. It is very good for the stomach, and also aids against the flu.
5. Protein: Everyone who has been reading my articles know how much I emphasize the importance of protein in your diet. The building-block of muscle and of tissue repair, your protein levels become debilitated when you have the flu. Use high-protein sources, such as chicken breast, salmon, or lean beef or steak. You can combine any of these protein-laden foods with the next flu-fighter, that is………
6. Salads: Yes, green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and herbs such as cilantro. The latter removes heavy metals from the system, such as lead and mercury. The former two are packed with iron, potassium, and other vital minerals that you need to maintain fluid balance and to heal up.
7. Citrus Fruits: granted, we already mentioned Vitamin C, but the citrus fruits have more than just C. The principle of Herbalism is that the whole herb or food is always more effective than any of its individual parts. The whole fruit also contains other vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, an important part of your digestion (that normally slows down considerably during the duration of an illness such as the flu).

These are all guaranteed to give you a good start when combined with adequate rest and sleep. I want to close by stressing the importance of exercise and physical training as a preventative measure against illness of any kind. It has been proven time and again by physicians and scientists that the better shape you’re in, the more your immunities and the overall system will fight illness when it comes along. Here’s to your health, and stay in that good fight! 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

Who you know

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There’s an old saying that every man needs to have five kinds of people in his life – a forgiving priest, an understanding mistress, a loving wife, a friendly banker, and a good doctor.

I was doing a little business the other day and it occurred to me that my circle of acquaintances encapsulates the survivalist version of that…cops, gun dealers, gold/silver dealers, a couple medical professionals, and a few other ‘useful’ people. It was brought home to me when I was given this:

See, one of the people I know runs a business where he resupplies and maintains emergency equipment for businesses. One of his tasks is to pull expired components from the first aid kits in the vehicles of a large regional company. What happens to those expired items? Well, they get thrown in a big box and whoever wants ’em can have ’em. Since bandaids and gauze pads dont really ‘go bad’ I took ’em for supplying some tertiary-level first aid kits.

But….it’s useful to know people who are in such businesses. I still need to establish relationships with a good realtor, and a doctor. But…I’ve got a pretty good grasp on a rather eclectic mix of other useful folks.

Networking, baby…………..

Who you know

There’s an old saying that every man needs to have five kinds of people in his life – a forgiving priest, an understanding mistress, a loving wife, a friendly banker, and a good doctor.

I was doing a little business the other day and it occurred to me that my circle of acquaintances encapsulates the survivalist version of that…cops, gun dealers, gold/silver dealers, a couple medical professionals, and a few other ‘useful’ people. It was brought home to me when I was given this:

See, one of the people I know runs a business where he resupplies and maintains emergency equipment for businesses. One of his tasks is to pull expired components from the first aid kits in the vehicles of a large regional company. What happens to those expired items? Well, they get thrown in a big box and whoever wants ’em can have ’em. Since bandaids and gauze pads dont really ‘go bad’ I took ’em for supplying some tertiary-level first aid kits.

But….it’s useful to know people who are in such businesses. I still need to establish relationships with a good realtor, and a doctor. But…I’ve got a pretty good grasp on a rather eclectic mix of other useful folks.

Networking, baby…………..

Who you know

There’s an old saying that every man needs to have five kinds of people in his life – a forgiving priest, an understanding mistress, a loving wife, a friendly banker, and a good doctor.

I was doing a little business the other day and it occurred to me that my circle of acquaintances encapsulates the survivalist version of that…cops, gun dealers, gold/silver dealers, a couple medical professionals, and a few other ‘useful’ people. It was brought home to me when I was given this:

See, one of the people I know runs a business where he resupplies and maintains emergency equipment for businesses. One of his tasks is to pull expired components from the first aid kits in the vehicles of a large regional company. What happens to those expired items? Well, they get thrown in a big box and whoever wants ’em can have ’em. Since bandaids and gauze pads dont really ‘go bad’ I took ’em for supplying some tertiary-level first aid kits.

But….it’s useful to know people who are in such businesses. I still need to establish relationships with a good realtor, and a doctor. But…I’ve got a pretty good grasp on a rather eclectic mix of other useful folks.

Networking, baby…………..

Why Keep “Daylight Savings Time”?

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME:
Why should we continue this useless relic from the past?
Let’s return to Standard Time All Year!

[Christopher Nyerges writes a regular blog at www.ChristopherNyerges.com, posts regular YouTube videos, and has led outdoor trips since 1974.  He is the author of How to Survive Anywhere, Extreme Simplicity, Foraging California and other books. He can also be reached via School of Self-Reliance, Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041.]
           
Our lawmakers, in their infinite wisdom, continue to tinker with time.  Manipulate the clocks and we can trick the people into saving energy.  And twice a year, we’re all subject to the changes and inconveniences that occur as a result of the springing forward or falling back.  We have to quickly adjust.  It is part of our annual ritual, our relic from the past, where we go back to standard time from  daylight savings time.  And now we are expected to extend this “better” time a few more weeks.
But are there real and tangible benefits from doing this?  Must  we continue to do so?
Daylight savings time is a manipulation of the basic solar time within each time zone’s standard.  It was said to be an idea of Benjamin Franklin, and was begun in the United States during world wars one and two, and eventually became “official” in all but two states. That right!  At least two states have said “No, thanks, we’ll stick to standard time.” And now a few states are saying, “We’re sick of changing our clocks twice a year – we want to keep daylight savings time all year.”
Daylight savings time is like a quaint tradition of a bygone era that refuses to die.  It is a pointless habit with little recognizable merit.  Michael Downing, author of “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Savings Time,” demonstrates that the clock-change saves energy in theory only, but not in practice.
David Letterman once asked the question to his audience during his monologue: “Why do we practice daylight savings time?  It’s so the farmers have more light,” he laughed, answering his own question.  “But how does that give the plants morelight?”  That’s a Letterman joke for you, but there is a truth hidden under his humor.  Most people queried on the street don’t know why we have daylight savings time, and fewer still experience any tangible benefits from it, except perhaps the pleasantness of a later sunset time in the summer.
There are two often-cited reasons for the use of daylight savings time.  One is so that the children can have more light going to school in the morning.  But consider:  the  children have an hour more of morning light in late October, when the clock is set back (“fall back”) to standard time.  That is, it is the very use of daylight savings time which creates a darker morning as the days get shorter and shorter.  The “falling back” an hour merely puts us back in sync with the local time zone.  It is the use of daylight savings time that created the problem of less light in the morning, and only in that sense can you say that the “falling back” to regular time gives children that extra hour of light.  In other words, this is a problem caused by daylight savings time.  This is not a bonafide benefit from daylight savings time.
My grandfather, and all my uncles on my mother’s side were farmers.  I have some knowledge of the schedule of farmers.  There is not one that I know who does not arise at the crack of dawn, if not sooner.  There is no other way to function as a farmer.  You then proceed to work as long as needed, and as long as you are able, daylight savings time or standard time.  The manipulation of clocks in no way affected how much work they got done, or not done. 
I have talked to many people about daylight savings time. Some like it, some do not. Some are annoyed by it, some find the long afternoons of summer very enjoyable.  Everyone has arrived late (or early) on the first Sunday (even Monday in some cases) after the changing of the clocks.  Daylight savings time thus gives millions of people a quasi-valid excuse for lateness at least once a year.

Let’s end daylight savings time entirely and adopt a year-round standard time.  If I were asked to choose between daylight savings time all year, or standard time all year, I would definitely choose standard time. Why? Simple! Standard time is the closest approximately of actual solar time. It more closely represents the real world than does the manipulation of daylight savings time.

Those who wish to start school or go to work earlier can do so!  Such voluntary time alterations are fine if those individuals and schools and businesses choose to do so. It may even make the freeways less crowded at rush hours.  But keep the standard time year-round.

Yes, this is a small thing in the context of a world at war, with hate and suspicion in all political camps, and endless economic hardships all over the world.  In that big-picture sense, this is just a little issue.  But this is still an issue that should be resolved, and dealt with.

Since daylight savings time is a state-by-state decision, we can begin with California. Write to Governor Brown and ask him to implement year-round standard time. You can write to Brown at Office of the Governor, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, or phone at 916) 445-2841, or on-line at www.govmail.ca.gov.  (if you live in another state, write to your governor if you agree).

Take a poll of your friends and acquaintances before you write to the Governor.  See if you can find anyone who derives tangible benefits from daylight savings time.  Secondly, there is always the initiative process where a Proposition can be put on the ballot to be voted on by the people.  This is a process that would take an organized effort and cost at least a million dollars, and probably more.  

Solar Motion Lights For Outside – Bright Enough To Be Useful

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Solar motion lights for outside. They are exceptionally convenient in that their placement can be just about anywhere. (Regular outdoor motion lights require a source of 120 VAC power) (…and a qualified electrician to install them.) Solar motion lights  get their power first from the sun using a mini solar panel that converts sunlight to electricity. A built-in battery is used for energy storage. The motion sensor and lights get their power from the battery. (See below for a specific recommendation)   Solar Motion Light Panels  — Two Configurations 1. Built in / attached mini solar panel. 2. Separate from

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March Question of the Month

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TGN Community members, please let us know:

What are your favorite combinations for companion planting?

Leave us a reply in the Forums, here: https://thegrownetwork.com/forums/topic/what-are-your-favorite-combinations-for-companion-planting

Then, stay tuned—we’ll be compiling your answers into an article soon!

 

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What Does The End Of The World Mean For Preppers?

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All of you believe that doomsday will come as a massive Earth destruction or regional crisis that would change the world forever. Some people believe that the massive asteroid will hit the planet and so on. However, preparing for the end of the world shouldn’t be taken literally. As a matter of fact, there are … Read more…

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Money Mondays: Stop Wasting Food and Save Money!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was catching up on my article reader and found these two articles about food waste that riled me up: About 40 Percent Of All Food In The United States Is Thrown In The Garbage  and Top 20 Foods Wasted It is such as shame that so much food is wasted while other people are going hungry.   We can’t do anything about industrial food waste, but we can certainly minimize throwing away good […]

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11 Best Knives to Have in a Disaster (and Why)

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A tool that has been around since mankind first began chipping rocks into weapons, few items are more essential to an outdoorsman or survivalist than a quality knife. As with any versatile tool, though, knives serve a wide range of purposes – some better than others, depending on the blade you choose. From skinning an […]

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Early Spring Foraging with Cat the Herbal Prepper!

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Early Spring Foraging with Cat the Herbal Prepper!

Early Spring Foraging
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

This episode on Herbal Prepper Live, we’re talking about early spring foraging. It may not feel it outside yet, but spring is just around the corner. Soon, there will be the first green shoots and tender new roots which will be ready for the picking.

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