Camping Trips Go Wrong, Could You Survive In The Wild?

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Camping trips, fishing breaks, and adventure holidays can all provide amazing memories.
On the other hand, any leisure activity in the wild has the potential to serve up some very
difficult moments. As a responsible traveler, being ready for all eventualities is essential.
After all, it’s not only your safety that could be at risk. Friends and family could be in danger

To stay in control of those situations, just remember to stay S.A.F.E!


Even if you’re lost without any power resources, you’ll have time to find help during the
daytime. Unfortunately, the nighttime is where real danger starts. While you may think that
this is due to animals and critters, it isn’t. The cold is the far bigger danger.The right products are key. However, you also need to know how and where to put the tentup. Making a poor decision here could open the door to a host of problems. Meanwhile,
sleeping bags will be crucial as you try to stay warm during the early hours.

Once again, as long as you’re safe at night, you have the day to find a solution.


A positive mindset can enhance your life in a whole host of ways. This is especially true in
life’s most challenging moments. Being stuck in the wild certainly falls into this category.
Whether you’re alone or in a group, your attitude will influence everything.

If you aren’t prepared to attack those problems, you may land yourself in serious danger.
Conversely, when you keep a clear mind and believe that a solution can be found, those
hopes will look brighter. Smart decisions made with clarity will always bring better outcomes.

If nothing else, it should prevent disagreements and fighting with your companions.

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Depending on the nature of the problems, it could be several days before you’re rescued or
find a way out of the predicament. Desperation can soon sink in if you don’t have the energy
levels required to stay positive. Nutrition is key.

Food and drink are two crucial aspects of a 72-hour emergency kit. These are primarily
thought of as home emergency resources. In reality, though, taking this package on your
next wild adventure could prove to be a life-saving decision.

First and foremost, it’s a matter of survival. The fact it will boost your comfort is a bonus.


If you’ve become lost, trapped, or in an unenviable situation, the right tools are key. A Swiss
Army knife should be kept on your possession at all times. In truth, though, this basic facility
is just one of several items that need to be mastered.

Do you know what is static rope? Are you able to tie various types of knots? Can you use a
compass and navigate yourself without Google Maps? All of those questions are crucial, and
the answers will guide you to the right resources and knowledge.

When combined with the other three points above, your survival hopes will look better than


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Father’s Day Camping Trip Essentials

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Father’s Day (17 June), is just around the corner, so why not take your old man on a
weekend camping adventure and enjoy spending some quality time together.

June is the perfect time to go camping, with temperature milder than earlier in the year so
you can have a wonderful time in the great outdoors.

Plan the perfect Father’s Day camping trip with these top tips.

Choosing the right location

Location is everything when it comes to planning the perfect camping trip, so you’d be wise
to do your research first. Some tips for choosing a campsite include looking for flat, dry land,
somewhere that offers shelter and avoiding being too near the water. It’s better to choose a
location you’re familiar with or ask friends and family for recommendations to ensure you
choose somewhere suitable.

Bring the essentials

Camping requires a lot of gear, so if you’re going to do things right, make sure you take all of
the essentials with you. At the very least, you’re going to need a weatherproof tent, sleeping
bags, and pitching supplies, as well as something to eat/cook with. If you’re going
somewhere particularly off the beaten track and a bit wild, then make sure you’ve got some
survival gear packed. Take sturdy walking shoes and plenty of weatherproof clothing to help
you battle any weather or dips in temperature that come your way.

Plan some activities

What will you do on your camping trip? While it’s nice to spend time together, you could both
find yourselves a bit bored after a few hours. Does your father have an interest in hunting or
fishing? That can be a great way to spend the weekend. Activities like hunting will require
some extra equipment, so why not surprise him with binoculars or other gifts as a precursor
to your trip? A good hike is another way to enjoy being outdoors together, and make sure
you take your camera to capture those great views.

Eating and drinking

You’re going to need to eat and drink during your trip, so it’s worth thinking in advance about
what you’re going to need to take with you. If you’re willing to carry a cool box, you can enjoy
a barbecue on your first day as well as some chilled beers, while cans are also good for
taking with you. You’ll be surprised at the different things you can cook on a camping trip, so
take a look and pack some easy-to-cook items. It’s better to take too much food than not
enough, as being hungry will only make you irritable!

Enjoy quality time together

If you live away from home or you don’t get the chance to spend much quality time with your
father, this can be a great way for you to both reconnect. Now will be the perfect opportunity
to get advice on everything from work to relationships as well as to find out more about
what’s going on in your father’s life. It’s easy to forget that our parents don’t always have the
answers, and might need some advice from time to time too. Use the time you have together
to bond and develop some great memories, you’ll be glad you did when camping becomes
more difficult.

Room for a four-legged friend?

Dogs make great companions for camping trips, so why not bring yours along for the ride?
They’ll keep you company and can be good to have around for hunting or fishing, while also
giving them some beneficial outdoor exercise. This is an idea that’s best kept for trained
dogs, so if yours is a bit on the wild side, they might have to sit this one out.

Let people know where you are

Heading out into the wilderness for the weekend is a fun way to spend time together, but you
have to remember to put safety first. Make sure you let people back home know where you
are and check in regularly with them. Cell service can be patchy in the mountains, to say the
least, so take a GPS system with you in case you get lost or there’s an emergency.

Father’s Day is a fantastic day for celebrating your dad and thanking him for everything he’s
done. Now that you’re older, and even maybe a parent yourself, you can appreciate him a lot
more and enjoy doing more together. Plan a great camping trip to trip for your father and
enjoy spending quality time together this Father’s Day.

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Foot Care, or You’ll Never Escape the Zombies With Blisters on Your Feet

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OW. Just, seriously…OW. Last week was at Scout Camp with my son, which was fun, except for my feet. I know the importance of good quality, properly fitting shoes. I also know wet shoes and feet are a very bad combination. I even know that summer camp can be both rainy and hot. Before camping, […]

Survival Gear Review: Thermarest Neoair Xtherm

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On my second Bug Out trip “Winter Warning” I made a mistake. Being new to the survival world I had not done enough research before tackling below freezing temperatures. The mistake was not having a pad to sleep on. I can still remember the endless night and the frightening chills that ran down my spine. Needless to say upon my return I sought out to find the pad that I continue to use today and it is the ThermaRest Neoair Xtherm. Knowing that I would be continuing to venture into the wild to further test myself and my gear in all 4 seasons I knew I was going to need a pad to match that.

By Grimm, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

With a R rating of 5.7 the pad has successfully kept my skinny body protected on the ground and in my hammock to temperatures below 0°F. Not only did I stay warm but I was comfortable as well because the inflatable pad reaches a thickness of 2.5inches which when laying on rocky ground those inches help out. No one would think with such a high R rating and thickness that weight would be a problem but ThermaRest did it again with having the pad only weigh 1lb 4oz.

Related: Military Sleeping Bags For Bugging Out

Unfortunately all these great features come at a price and a steep price at that. At 200 dollars this will be one of most expensive pads you purchase. You could say that its worth it, ( I do. ) but if you are not going out in freezing temperatures frequently then this might be a bit much. It is also an inflatable pad and anytime you blow something up there is a worry of punctures and then you have no insulation or comfort. Speaking of blowing it up. I would highly suggest you don’t try to blow it up by mouth but use the inflation bag that comes with it instead because it takes a lot of air and time.

At the end of the day I greatly enjoy this pad. I have been using it for over 4 years on many trips and not once have I had a rip or puncture nor have I had a cold back. Is it expensive? Yes, but as a survivalist and a Bug Out Boy I never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at me and I would rather be prepared for the extremes than suffer another night like I did years ago.

My Video Review of the Thermarest Neoair Xtherm

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Bug Out Tip: Think Before You Drink

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Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink, well not unless you want some pathogens swimming through your intestinal track. Without a doubt water is needed for survival. Three days without water and you die, and this “rule of thumb” doesn’t take into consideration physical exertion, wounds, illness, and environment. So now that we have established that water is crucial to survival we have to face the fact that long gone are the days that you could dip your cup into a pristine stream and chug water till your hearts content. Luckily many companies have come up with filters, pills, and processes to make water potable. Now you might think that with your new gadget you can once again drink away; well not exactly. The fact of the matter is no matter what filter, process, pill you have you need to Think Before You Drink.

By Grimm, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

No Silver Bullet

The last time I checked there is no portable filter that “does it all”. Each one has its strengths and limitations and its your responsibility to know what they are. Not only do you need to know the limitations of your device or process but you need to find out where the water you are about to drink is coming from. That water may look clean where you are but how does it look upstream? Is there a factory or city upstream? A farm? Are their other streams feeding into it? Is it moving? Is it stagnant? This information needs to be gathered so you know if your device/process can properly shield you from the possible threats or if you need to find a better water source.

Related: Sawyer Mini Water Filter Review

I always encourage people to have multiple ways of processing water from boiling to iodine pills. This not only provides you with a back up solution in case something breaks or runs out but it also gives you layers of protection from all the different contaminates that can be in our water. If you do your “recon” and ascertain that a filter that takes care of bacteria, cysts, and protozoa is sufficient then you can save time and resources by not using a virus filter or having to make a fire to boil water. Or you discover a settlement upstream and think it would be wise to go straight to boiling. In a Bug Out or survival situation sanitation is going to be at a minimum and even though you may live in a 1st world country it will not take long before some water is riddled with cholera, typhoid, polio or hepatitis A, so be prepared for more than your garden variety giardia.

Think Before You Drink

Now you’re probably thinking you will never drink from a stream or lake again. I wouldn’t go that far. I can say that I have been using my Sawyer mini for 4 years on its own and sometimes with a charcoal filter and have not had any problems. Is this impart to the filter? Yes, but its also because I will Think Before I Drink. I looked for water coming straight from the rocks. I avoided the stagnant cesspools or streams with an abundance of trash. If you do this you will not only stay healthy and hydrated but you will also prolong the life of your filters, pills, etc. because you will not overtax them or use a resource more than you need too. If you haven’t gone out to your Bug Out or Survival location and checked out your nearby water source you might want to do that and give it a “Think”.

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Volcano Update — June 7 — Calm Period — Just 18 EQ>2.5 Since the Predicted 5.6 at 4PM Yesterday

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Yesterday I emphasized the now clear patterns of swarms of small quakes preceding a big Quake, rather then the small 2.5’s releasing energy, and preventing a “big one”, they are a great signal to an upcoming “big one”

I also “discovered” something that NO ONE has talked about.    After the initial massive 6.9 EQ just barely off the shore, the 2 subsequent big EQ were not in the volcano but in the deep ocean debris field from the last Slump.   See yesterdays post for that, but it is very significant.

A disturbance of the debris field, can lead to a larger Slump, which in the recent past (1975 for one)

has caused 60′ Tsunami, nothing to laugh at.    The Tohoku Earthquake that caused Fukushima was smaller, but admittedly quite a bit wider than these “small slumps”.  

A Big Slump could cause a Tsunami of 1000′, almost hard to picture, and even after hours of research, I found no way to model it’s dispersion or land entry penetration depending on location and local bathymetry.

So after i predicted a “big one”, a 5.6 hit an hour later.   Since then, 19 hours ago, there have only been 18 EQ>2.5/19H.    A calm period.    Before the next storm……..

Kilauea Crater saw significant collapse.   See Image.


Big Emotional Toll on Those Affected  — One of the Things is “Inability to Forecast”

Free PDF: The Solar Water Heater Workshop Manual

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I got the Solar Water Heater Workshop Manual from my CD3WD set. Solar energy in its various forms can qualify both as a better source and a better use of energy in many applications. Individual, on-site collection systems (like oil water heater) can supply heat at temperatures adequate for space and water heating with simple. direct conversion of light to heat — without using greater temperatures than we need for the job. Electricity can be produced by the direct conversion of the mechanical energy in wind through windmills or (in the future) through quantum conversion, as in photovoltaic cells. High

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Spiritual Preparedness / Prepping for Persecution

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Ironically, I had already written the rough draft of this article a few days ago before this headline came out: Muslim Disrupts Pennsylvania Church Service, Tells Congregation They’re Going to Hell. Thankfully, he only interrupted the service with insults and verbal abuse, and not weapons. 

Modern society is growing increasingly hostile to traditional, Bible-believing Christianity. I could give example after example of traditional Christianity being disparaged in the media (both news and entertainment), banned from our schools and public squares, being kicked off of social media, etc. Individuals daring to expose their faith publicly increasingly face ridicule and even open hostility. Even our churches have literally become targets, as seen with the mass shootings at churches in Charleston, SC and Sutherland Springs, Texas. It is past time that Christians and Churches to prepare, spiritually and physically, for serious persecution.

I.)  Spiritual Preparedness

1- Figure out your relationship with God… Not Sure About God? Talk to a Bible-believing pastor or priest about your doubts. Make sure they don’t compromise on the Bible being the inerrant Word of God. Too many modern (read: liberal) “pastors” and other “Christians” try to compromise with Worldly Ways by deciding that certain passages (the ones that make them uncomfortable) are irrelevant today. Run far from these fake believers.

2-  Pray daily. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” — Colossians 4:2

3- Read/study the Bible daily. “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 (Jesus quoting Deuteronomy 8:3) 

4- Keep the Sabbath. Join with others in worship on a regular basis. Christianity isn’t meant to be a “do-it-yourself” religion. Christians are meant to be a part of The Church.

5- Men, be the spiritual leader of your family. Set the example of regular Church attendance,  daily prayer and Bible reading. and living by God’s Ways instead of Worldly Ways. Institute daily family devotionals. Pray for your family. Pray with your family. Read the Bible to your family. Better yet, read the Bible with your family. Take responsibility for raising your children to be godly men and women.

5- Commit to live God’s way, rather than by the world’s standards. Learn and obey His commandments and teachings.  Don’t compromise with modern world.  It won’t be easy, but will be worth it!

Quick, can you name all Ten Commandments without looking them up? Do you know how Jesus’ answer regarding the most important commandment fits in with the Ten Commandments? Hint: the first five tell us how to love God, the second five tell us how to love others.  

II.)  Prepping for Persecution 
1- Future crackdowns on Bible-believing churches by the government and other activists are likely in the coming years. The excuse will be stopping “hate” speech, which is whatever government decides is “hate” speech. Consider forming or joining a home church, even as you continue to participate in your larger church.  Alternately, having a small group Bible study that meets in private homes could become a worship group (home church) may be very useful should the Church in America ever be forced underground. Your church could & should work on such a “break up into smaller private house churches” plan that would be implemented under certain circumstances. 

2- Activists and others may infiltrate our churches to both spy on the “hate speech” and other disapproved activities within the church, as well as to sow discord among members. I suggest your church plan now for how to spot and deal with such individuals. “Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned.” — Titus 3:10-11

3- A local gay-rights activist comes to your church and demands that your pastor/priest performs his gay marriage at your church. How do you deal with his demand without violating his “civil rights?”  A suggestion (not original with me): Before this happens, put in your church’s official charter or by-laws that marriages are only performed for church members. In order to qualify, he must first join your church. Also in the by-laws, define how one becomes a church member. 

Example: he must get baptized after first attending a series of classes, he must make an honest confession of faith, he must be a regular church attendee for an established period of time, he must attend a series of confirmation classes, then make another public profession of faith to actually join the church, then must agree to a series of marriage counseling sessions before you can marry him…  The whole process could be designed to drag on for a year or more, and be very inconvenient for the gay couple. No way they’ll go through all that, and if they do, maybe all that exposure to Biblical teachings will change them. God works miracles. Talk to a Bible-believing attorney about the wording, and do it now. You won’t get away with doing it after-the-fact.

If your church is finally forced to perform a gay marriage, then dissolve the church before it performing the ceremony. You can then privately implement your house church plan. Figure out the details of how to dissolve the church now. Again, talk to a bible-believing lawyer.

4- Be diligent about church security. Direct attacks are already starting to happen (SC, TX) and likely will increase in the future. Self-defense is absolutely a Biblical concept. Persecution is coming. Jesus has told us it is coming and has warned us to prepare for it both spiritually and physically. (See my article Jesus, Self-Defense, and the Pajama Boy for a study on Luke 22:35-38. Also my article Self-Defense and the Use of Force.)

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The Complete Guide to 1911 Frames

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One of the very best handguns in the game, the 1911 has an incredible war fighting history. It is almost cult like when you consider the following of those who are in love with the 1911. The handgun is a necessary part of any loadout. Its crucial to our being able to protect ourselves. Its …

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Answer the Call of the Wild, and Hunt

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There is a popular myth that hunting in is the best way to procure food in a survival situation. The idea that if you can construct a quality primitive bow you can eat regularly. You may get lucky or you may have some significant skills in regard to hunting. Still, you are going to need …

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Rain Chains for Form and Function

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Rain Chains for Form and Function We have rain chains for four of our rain gutter downspouts, and we love them! A rain chain is a simple way to add visual texture and intrigue to your home with something that is also functional and soothing. If you love the sound of rain, imagine the tinkling …

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Tesla Vehicle On Auto-Pilot Slams Into Highway Barrier Killing Driver: NTSB

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The NTSB has released its report analyzing the March 23 Tesla Model X crash in Mountain View, which ended in the tragic death of a 38-year-old Apple engineer and took place while Autopilot was engaged – and while the driver had their hands off of the steering wheel. While many of the details were known previously, the most surprising revelation was that the vehicle actually sped up seconds before the crash.

As Bloomberg reports, the Model X that crashed in California while being guided by its semi-autonomous driving system, accelerated to 71 miles an hour in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, according to the NTSB investigators. In the preliminary report on the March 23 crash, investigators report that the driver’s hands were detected on the steering wheel only 34 seconds during the last minute before impact.

The investigation is the latest to shine a spotlight into potential flaws in emerging autonomous driving technology.

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Spanish Flu Survival Lessons – Are You Ready For A New Pandemic If History Repeats Itself?

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Mass graves being dug for Spanish flu victims who died in the Philadelphia area.

The Spanish flu was the single deadliest killer of the 20th Century and it’s been almost completely forgotten by Americans and by our historians as well.

Should we be worried about it happening again?
The Spanish Flu or influenza epidemic of 1918  killed between 50 and 100 million people. Some historians say even more.
The Spanish Flu killed more people than the Nazi Holocaust, World War I, World War II, or Russian Communism, Guardian Columnist Martin Kettle pointed out. The Spanish Flu came close to wiping out 5% of the world’s population, making it the worst pandemic since the Black Death in medieval times.
“Some people believe the Spanish Flu caused German defeat in World War I; which led to the collapse of Imperial Germany and the rise of Hitler and Nazism,” Kettle noted. That means a by-product of the Spanish Flu could have even been the Holocaust and World War II.

The Spanish Flu even came close to causing a civil war in one of the world’s most peaceful nations; Switzerland, Kettle claims. The Spanish Flu helped create the collapse of the greatest empire in history, the British Empire, by weakening colonial rule in India.

Just how deadly was the Spanish Flu?
The most frightening thing about the Spanish Flu is that nobody knows how deadly it was. Estimates of the death toll range from 20 million to 50 million to 100 million. The number of people infected was around 500 million.
Also frightening is the fact that nobody really knows the origin of the Spanish Flu. It simply appeared in Europe, the United States, and Asia in 1918 and started to spread rapidly. Around 675,000 people died from it in the United States.
It was called the Spanish Flu because Spain was hit especially hard, even the nation’s king; Alfonso XIII was infected. The outbreak in Spain was widely covered by journalists, while flu casualties in countries like the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom were covered up by World War I censorship.

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Very few Americans know Donald Trump’s grandfather died of the Spanish Flu.











Famous Spanish Flu victims:
•  Frederick Trump grandfather of U.S. President Donald J. Trump (R-New York) died in 1918.

• U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D-New York) recovered.

• Mahatma Gandhi recovered.

• Groucho Marx recovered.

• Walt Disney recovered.

• Franz Kafka recovered.

• Turkish general Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) recovered.

• U.S. President Woodrow Wilson (D-New Jersey). Wilson fell ill in 1918, and it is not known if the flu hastened the stroke that left him mentally disabled in 1919.

• British Prime Minister Lloyd George

• King Alfonzo XIII of Spain

• Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

The Spanish Flu killed more people than Hitler, Stalin, and Mao and World War I
More U.S. soldiers died from the Spanish Flu than from combat in World War I. Around 36% of the troops in the U.S. Army and 40% of the sailors in the U.S. Navy caught the flu.
The number of casualties during World War II is 50 million to 80 million people, the World War I death toll is estimated at between 16 million and 37 million. The Nazi Holocaust death toll cost 20 million lives, around six million of whom were Jewish.
The total death toll from all Communist regimes is usually estimated at 100 million. That number includes atrocities committed by dozens of governments and guerrilla movements in dozens of countries over a 70 year period. The greatest atrocity in human history was that committed under Mao Zedong in the People’s Republic of China, where up to 65 million were murdered in the 1950s and 1960s.

Will it Happen Again?
The most frightening aspect of the Spanish Flu was it that it took 90 years for doctors to figure out why it was so deadly.
It was not until 2008 that researchers found the Spanish Flu killed most people by weakening the respiratory system making victims more vulnerable to bacterial pneumonia. The Spanish Flu spread far and wide because it developed the ability to jump from human to human with exceptional speed.

That also increased the transmission rate in the crowded trench warfare, troop trains, POW camps, and troop ships of World War I. One additional reason the 1918 epidemic was so severe was that it broke out just as the war was ending and the troops were coming home. The vast numbers of refugees caused by the Russian Revolution and the collapse of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire also spread the flu.

Scientists believe that another influenza pandemic is inevitable. The influenza virus that caused the 1918 flu is still with us. It is similar to the H1N1 virus that caused the swine flu outbreak of 2008. The 2008 outbreak caused an estimated 12,000 deaths in the United States.

There have been two other influenza pandemics since 1918. An outbreak in 1957 and 1958 killed around two million worldwide and 70,000 in the USA. Another pandemic in 1968 and 1969 killed around one million people worldwide and 34,000 Americans.
Nobody knows how deadly a modern influenza epidemic would be.  Medical advances like antibiotics are likely to alleviate its effects to some degree. One thing is certain, such a virus would spread fast because of air travel.  Same-day travel to almost every corner of the world seems to be an important wild card. That also means containment by quarantine would be next to impossible in today’s world.

Important Note: Some University studies have also demonstrated that Spirulina inhibits influenza virus replication and reduces virus-induced mortality.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article:  The All-Natural ‘Flu Shot’ The Pioneers Used

Or download our free 19-page report that discusses the best pandemic defense strategies: Pandemic Survival Secrets

What do you think is the best way to combat pandemics like the Spanish Flu? Let us know in the comments below.

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How To Almost Completely Erase Your Digital Footprint

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Although its almost impossible to completely wipe out your entire digital footprint as if you’ve never had access to the internet, but you can get close. If you’d like to make an attempt to completely remove yourself from the internet, we’ve got a few tips and tricks that could help you along the way. 

To go the full off-the-grid route, “it’s cash, barters,” Bradley Shear, a lawyer specializing in social media told The Washington Post. “Do not use any electronic device that can lead back to your whereabouts.”  Which leads us to the first item to consider.

The first thing you want to do is the hardest for some, but its the most obvious. You need to quit appearing online.  Stop posting on Facebook or Twitter and no longer use search engines.  All of those will track your location and Internet usage leaving behind your digital footprint. Of course, just not using the internet isn’t quite enough if you’d like yourself completely gone in full-off-the-grid fashion.

The next step would be deleting your online accounts. Every single one of them. Having a social media account is, more or less, ensuring your active participation in letting the Internet learn more about you. Facebook, in particular, knows a lot about you and is very good at tracking what you do across the rest of the Web, even when you’re not actively using it. If you need help deleting your accounts, consider JustDelete.Me, which provides tips and links to remove accounts.  But you can’t just remove your accounts and expect that it’s done and over with. You will also need to remove any and all information and content that is posted about you by others.  This can get a little trickier, but you could consider trying Abine’s DeleteMe, which for a fee can assist in removing your personal contact information and your photos and will provide you with a regular report and updates.

Next, you want to search for yourself on the Internet.  This will help you discover if there are any old accounts (does anyone even remember MySpace?) that you may have forgotten you had just lingering around. If you happen to come across an account you cannot delete, just start falsifying the information.  Change the name on the account to whatever you want it to be, that’s different than yours, obviously. Change the city and state and leave the gender “unselected” if possible.  The less information you put in, the less you have to falsify.

You are also going to want to unsubscribe from all of those mailing lists you’ve accidentally signed up for during your Internet travels. That’s usually pretty easy to do.  Go into your junk folder and open up the advertisements.  Scroll to the bottom of the email and click the tiny word “unsubscribe.”  When it directs you to, make sure you choose to no longer receive ANY email that you’d consider “junk.”  Afterall, that’s why it was in that folder, to begin with anyway, right?

If you still need the Internet for work, you may have to stop here.  Having removed social media and cleaning up your email will go a long way in minimizing your online trail.  But for those who wish to continue on and “go dark,” your next step would be deleting search engine results. Google has a URL removal tool that could help. The next step would be contacting webmasters of websites you have no control over.  Be kind, and let them know you’d like your information and comments removed.  Be prepared to be told by some that all public information should remain public, in which case, you may be out of luck.  You’ll also need patience.  Not every single webmaster will get back to you in a timely manner.

Once you’ve completed everything listed above, you should consider removing your information from data clearinghouses.  Many companies track your online behavior and sell that data to others.  Intelius, Spokeo, and People Finders are a few examples of such data clearinghouses. In order to remove your information from these, however, will take up a lot of your time.  You’ll need to make a lot of phone calls and fill out tons of paperwork.  A paid service called DeleteMe could be considered if you’ve got some extra cash laying around.  For all others, you will need time and patience and determination to get through this step.

Once you feel you’ve gotten yourself removed from data clearinghouses, you should contact the phone company and be sure to make your phone number unlisted.

The last step would be to delete your email. “Every time you access it, they have your IP address,” Shear said.  This is last simply because, during the completion of the previous steps, an email address is likely going to be required at some point.

If you’ve decided you cannot completely “go dark” as far an internet use is concerned, consider protecting your data and information by using an encrypted email service such as ProtonMail. And if you want your activity not to be tracked across the Web, you would have to essentially use a virtual private network, or VPN, every time you access the Internet unless you exclusively access the Internet from public machines (such as those at a public library). For searching online, you can use sites such as DuckDuckGo instead of Google or Yahoo, or any other search engine that tracks you. Also, consider Signal, a text and phone-call encryption app that comes with a recommendation from Edward Snowden himself.

Although it seems it may be futile to attempt to “go dark,” you just might be successful. Best of luck to those who have the desire to disappear from the Internet, because you’ll need it, and all the patience you can muster.

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Soda Bread

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During a prolonged disaster aftermath bread will be like a comfort food. Here’s another simple bread recipe if you have no yeast in stock and you’re stuck at home or you’ve bugged out waiting for the aftermath to pass. This recipe tastes great, toasts well and can be sliced thin (1/2 inch) like regular loaf bread because of the Vital Wheat Gluten ingredient.

Firewood for Bugout and SHTF Situations

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  Firewood can be great for heating and cooking but what about if you are in a bug-out situation? In a bug-out situation, you may not be able to take a chainsaw suitable to cut firewood so a bushcraft bow saw or survival ax may be a useful addition to your bug-out bag. In a bug-out situation, it will help to …

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What You Need to Know About Firewood for SHTF Situations When You Need to Bugout

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When you are planning for a SHTF situation, the goal is to have everything accounted for. You’ve likely double- and triple-checked your bug-out bag. You’ve got a plan for where to go and how to build a shelter. You’ve probably got everything you need to make a fire to stay warm, sanitize water, and cook […]

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I AM Liberty Catch Up

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I AM Liberty Catch Up
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Hey! How’ve you been? We need a catch up show. We have had such tremendous guests on lately and there has been so much to talk about I think its time we slow things down and have some fun. I plan on coming to this show with a decent stack of ideas, articles and updates but I also want the chatroom and our listeners to dictate the direction of this show.

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6 High Quality & Cheap Pocket Knives

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There was  time when the word “cheap” had a different meaning. Today, there is a such a vast array of competition that cheap doesn’t necessarily mean its something of bad quality. Today it could just be the fact that the items is produced in China and finished in America or that it is being sold …

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3 Gun

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Shot my first 3 gun match. It was really fun. Its not particularly ‘tactical’ but its fun. Also the general theme of putting lead on targets faster/ more accurately is of obvious utility. It is good for pure gun handling. Also I found the rifle stuff to be a solid balance of close and intermediate ranges (we shot from roughly 10-200 meters) that is probably super realistic for actual practical defensive rifle stuff.

I was happy with pistol (actually really happy since I’ve been slacking on dry fire and range work) and rifle. Shotgun was better than I thought it would be but still by far the weakest link. Pump guns really aren’t the way to go for 3 gun. I could also stand to buy some dummy shells and practice reloading.

I am looking at getting a gamer shotgun. Probably a Stoeger M3K. It seems to be a really good option and at $600 ish I can afford one as a gamer gun with a secondary benefit of being a useful defensive weapon. Incidentally I would mention seeing real problems with a Mossberg semi auto (which a cursory google search says is fairly common) and a couple of Stoegers running like champs.

I really wish the AK style mag fed shotguns worked reliably in general and specifically with the kind of target loads I plan to shoot mostly. A Kalashnikov K 12 would be great but I have this phobia of unreliable guns.

My gear set up was pretty good as a concept. I want to solidify things. Related to that I plan to offer some stuff for sale to fund a Ronan Tactical belt and a couple of taco pouches. That should give me a good combo of practicality and usefulness for my new hobby.

Get out there and shoot.


A Backup Power Generator Is Crucial To Your Homestead and Emergency Preps. Learn Why!

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Everyone should have a plan for when the power goes out. We all know it will. Some face power outages more often than others. That’s the reality. What is your plan for when the power goes out. What are the first steps you take. Do you keep frozen water bottles in your freezer? They can …

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Spring Photos From The Farm And Garden – The Farm Comes Alive!

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Spring photos! There is nothing quite like the inspiring beauty of spring. The snow is long gone. The temperatures have started to climb. And everything, everywhere begins to burst into color. As we took our annual spring photo tour around

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Finding Our Place In The Lord

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     Today, I find myself being particularly introspective. Perhaps it’s because of the experiences I have had with a variety of Believers through our Deliverance Ministry; or what the Holy Spirit is speaking to Mark and I. But I sense a real desire among people committed to Jesus to find their place “in Him”.
    That phrase — to be “in Christ”, or to be “in the Lord” — is such an intrinsic part of the New Testament Gospel, occurring 164 times in the letters of Paul alone. But what does it mean, and how do we get there? Scripture tells us that He abides [dwells, continues, persists] in us, and we, in Him. If I may simplify this concept, I think it means that we have a relationship with the Lord that is so intimate and personal, that we are necessary parts of a whole. We are codependent on Jesus, if that is acceptable to you.
     But, as I go through my own process of uniting with Christ, I am aware that my fellow Believers are each uniquely involved in their own discovery of where they fit “in Him”. As we so often hear these days, Christians are struggling with their identities in Christ. Trying to figure out who you are, and your purpose in life, is a universal effort for everyone as they grown into their maturity. But it is particularly sensitive for Christians because I think we feel we are supposed to automatically be confident in who we are — it comes with the territory the moment we recognize Christ as our Savior, right?
     But as I meet all kinds of people who love the Lord — whether through ministry or friendships — it is becoming apparent that the Holy Spirit is working through individual lives to renew what it means to know your identity in Christ. Let me see if I can make this statement a little clearer … For so long, so many of us have been trained that our identities derive from Church doctrine based primarily on the writings of Paul. But we must remember that Paul had a specific purpose — he was assigned with the task of teaching the early church how to distinguish themselves from the unbelieving cultures [and nations] around them; to move from a self-centered, carnal existence to a unified body of believers that could represent a new governing body on earth: the kingdom of God. It was necessarily a corporate model where believers found uniformity and strength in a unified body.
     Now I am seeing that the Holy Spirit is calling believers to their personal identities! As the time of Jesus’s return nears, it seems as if the Spirit is calling people to personal account; what are we doing for the Kingdom? Because I will tell you that I have been discouraged by the lack of work for the Kingdom on the part of the corporate Church. And I’m not the only one. Individuals are not being fulfilled or fed within the Church walls to bring in the harvest of the Lord. People are no longer satisfied to be identified by a denomination or their “Church family”. The Spirit is awakening a desire within the hearts of believers to walk closer to Jesus and to experience the spiritual gifts that Paul says are the right of every Believer.
     And when you consider how many times Jesus spoke to the hearts of individuals, we see that He does have a purpose for each individual in His Kingdom. He not only spoke to huge crowds, but ministered directly to the woman at the well, the Samaritan woman, the woman caught in adultery, Jairus, Lazarus, the thief on the cross, and countless others that are not recorded in Scripture. And I think we find it difficult to find that kind of recognition within the corporate model. In fact, I think it is hard to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit if there is no encouragement to find your own path in the Kingdom. After all, we are each uniquely crafted to serve the King, and it would be wonderful if our uniqueness was commended and enthusiastically praised as a significant part of the whole Body. Unfortunately, we often find that if we don’t fit within the “accepted” pattern of our corporate community, we are relegated to the back row, or even more sadly, ignored. 
     That’s why I think we are seeing more individuals moving away from the corporate building in search for their relevance in the Kingdom through their personal experiences with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I see the King validating them in the role He would have them play in advancing His Kingdom; leading them and teaching them to walk in a specific assignment He has given them; THEN uniting them with others who are walking in their own unique Kingdom identities. In this way, each member of the Body of Christ is truly walking in close relationship with Jesus, and validated by Him, while excited to join with others in mutual encouragement and harmony. That is what I think the Church was designed to be!
     So, I want to encourage each and every one of you that you are uniquely and wonderfully made to serve our King, Jesus! He has known you from the foundations of the world and has determined that you were to be here, in this very place and time, connected to Him through His Holy Spirit who is eager to guide you and counsel you on what you bring to the Kingdom. Make HIM your priority in all you do and say. See HIM when you look in the mirror. And listen for HIS voice to tell you who you are. The identity the devil wants to give you is a lie. The identity the world wants to give you is false. And the identity the Church has assigned you may be incomplete. When you can walk in the fullness of your identity as a Child of the Living God; unique in your purpose and assignment, and in peace and harmony with your fellow heirs of the Kingdom, then you will have truly found your place in the Lord. Rest in that!

Romans 8:28     So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill His designed purpose.

25+ Foods With More Sugar Than You Think

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Are the negative health effects of sugar starting to freak you out?

Maybe you’ve tossed your candy, cookies, and daily desserts aside in the interest of eating healthier. That’s a great start, but in all likelihood, it’s only making a dent in your overall sugar consumption.

The truth is, most processed foods have far more sugar than you would expect from their taste alone. Sugar is used both as a preservation agent and a flavor mask when companies pull the fat content out of food, meaning that even seemingly savory dishes like tomato soup can be loaded with a full day’s supply.

Today, the average adult consumes almost 32 teaspoons (126 grams) of added sugars a day, much of it in seemingly healthy foods. In contrast, the American Health Organization1) suggests that adults eat no more than 6 to 9 teaspoons (36 grams) a day. This means that most people are eating four or more times the sugar they should—and much of it comes in forms they aren’t even aware of.

Navigating this world of added sugar is anything but easy, as most food manufacturers are keen to keep you in the dark about what their products genuinely contain. Understanding where added sugar lurks in your daily diet is the first step toward cutting it out for good, and this article is designed to show you how.

But first, why is sugar so dangerous in the first place?

Why Is Sugar Bad for You?

It might be hard to think of your daily candy bar as devastating for your body, but health research consistently shows that sugar might be one of the most damaging substances you can consume. Because the human body evolved during a time when sugar was scarce, it’s hardly surprising that our bodies haven’t adjusted to the plentiful portions available today.

This means that the approximately 300 to 500 empty calories from sugar you eat daily may someday lead to a variety of negative symptoms, including type 2 (and 3) diabetes, cancer, cavities, broken bones, general malaise, and more. Sugar has been linked to most chronic diseases, and cutting down your consumption is one of the best things you can do for your long-term health.

Creating Marketing Tactics in the Sugar Industry

It’s wrong to assume that the added sugar in processed food is an innocent mistake; in contrast, it’s part of a concentrated effort by the food industry to get us comfortable consuming more of their products.

In many ways, parallels can be drawn between sugar lobbies and the tobacco industry2), as both invest billions of dollars to circumvent scientific research and find new ways to convince consumers that their products aren’t as dangerous as they seem.

For instance, during World War 1, sugar was advertised as a quick energy builder that could build muscles in minutes, making it a practically patriotic item to ration for America’s soldiers.3) Later, it was advertised almost exclusively as a “chemically pure food” because of the lack of other ingredients contaminating its chemical structure—that these missing components were essential vitamins and minerals was conveniently left out.4)

Finally, rebranding sugar as a “carbohydrate” moved it from the realm of dessert to the largest food group. Most people know that they are supposed to eat several servings of carbs each day, and putting refined sugar into the same nutritional category as brown rice makes it seem significantly less threatening.5)

Thanks in part to this clever marketing, Americans have moved from consuming 60 pounds of sugar a year in the 1920s to over 130 pounds annually today.6) And in most cases, this sugar isn’t coming from homemade cookies—it’s found in a pernicious variety of hidden forms on supermarket shelves.

Where Is ‘Hidden’ Sugar Most Common?

It’s usually bad for business if companies let on about how much sugar their products contain, so the food industry has devised clever ways of concealing the sugar content in food. Today, there are almost 40 industrial names for sugar, including brown rice syrup, carob syrup, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, sucrose, and more.7) A cursory look at a food label often isn’t enough to track all these sugar references, which is what companies rely on to get their product in your shopping cart.

These 25 foods may shock you with their sugar content, and finding ways to quarter your daily consumption might come down to addressing their role in your diet today.

Remember: your daily sugar consumption should be around 30 grams, meaning many of these foods can put you close to the limit with a single serving.

#1. Barbeque Sauce

While this savory seasoning is synonymous with picnics and roasted meats, it packs a punch of sugar that will likely surprise you. Just one tablespoon contains at least 6 grams, and even a modest plate of ribs will quickly pile on 20 grams or more.

#2. Flavored Yogurt

Though touted as a health food, overly flavored yogurt can contain as much sugar as a candy bar. Fruit-filled flavors and brands marketed toward children tend to be the sweetest, and beware any advertised as “low fat.” It’s common for companies to make up for lost flavor in low-fat varieties by filling the void with added sugars instead, meaning the “healthier” product often has the same number of calories as the full-fat version. Many yogurts contain between 19 and 33 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving, making your “healthy” snack little better than a scoop of ice cream.

A better option? Buy your yogurt plain and add in your own fruit.

#3. Pasta Sauce

Few people think of spaghetti sauce as a sweet topping, but processed tomato products are notorious for being off the charts with their sugar content. While some of this sugar comes naturally from the tomatoes, it’s also added as a preservative and flavor enhancer. A single half-cup serving can contain 12 grams of sugar or more, and the damage is multiplied when you pair it with a starchy pasta that quickly breaks down into simple sugars in your digestive system.

#4. Soda

You know that soda contains tons of added sugar, but the overall amounts may still be shocking. A single 8-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains 29 grams, and a medium-sized fast food drink has 44 grams.

Even worse? Energy drinks.

These caffeinated cans are veritable sugar bombs, and some brands pack in 83 grams of sugar per serving.

#5. Agave

Being found in “healthy” foods doesn’t make this natural sweetener any better for your body than traditional table sugar. In fact, agave is 85 percent fructose, meaning that it strains your body when the liver metabolizes it. Despite convincing marketing by agave suppliers, your body is better equipped to handle sucrose-based cane sugar (though neither form has many redeeming qualities for your health).

#6. Instant Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be an ideal health food, but instant packets are usually stuffed with added sugar—as much as 15 grams per serving. For a healthier option that still has enough sweetness to keep you satisfied, opt for plain oatmeal and add fresh apple slices and cinnamon.

#7. Granola Bars (and Granola in General)

More often than one would prefer, granola bars are merely rebranded candy bars. Their chocolatey coatings can quickly add up to 12 grams or more of added sugar, and even “naked” varieties usually contain concentrated servings of fruit mixed with honey, corn syrup, brown sugar, and other sweeteners.

A bowl of granola can be equally damaging with 10 grams of sugar or more per half cup, and it’s all too easy to eat multiple servings in a single sitting. If you simply need to satisfy your sweet tooth, toss a small handful into your plain yogurt to ensure you maintain a healthy serving size.

#8. Breakfast Cereal

As with granola, almost all cereal brands are bad news for your sugar levels. Even “adult” brands like Raisin Bran contain 18 grams per cup (with about 9 grams of that coming from the raisins)[], meaning that you can easily get much of your sugar content for the day within an hour of waking up.

#9. Salad Dressing

What’s the easiest way to compromise the nutritional content of your salad? Coat it in sugary dressings. Sweet, fruity vinaigrettes can pass on 5 to 7 grams of sugar in just two tablespoons, turning your healthy salad into an unexpected sugar bomb. To avoid the threat, use a light homemade vinegar dressing and toss in some fresh fruit instead.

#10. Dried Fruit

As healthy as it sounds, dried fruit can quickly cause you to overload on sugar. Most brands list sugar as their second ingredient, and a 1/3 cup serving can quickly top 24 grams. You aren’t much safer if you stick to brands without added sugar, as the drying process concentrates fruit sugars in each piece, meaning that a half cup of dried apples can contain the same amount of sugar as two to three fresh ones, or 40 to 60 grams of sugar.

#11. Coleslaw

It turns out this supposedly healthy side dish is often anything but. A standard serving can contain at least 15 grams of sugar, usually because of the sugary vinaigrette that the cabbage gets drenched in. The good news? Making your own lets you control the sugar content and can let you keep this dish in your food repertoire.

#12. Bottled Tea

Staying away from juice and soda might be second nature for you, but it’s easy to forget that bottled sweet tea can be just as damaging. Many brands contain upwards of 32 grams per bottle, maxing out your sugar quota for the day in a single carton. A better choice is brewing your own and adding lemon juice for flavor instead of sweeteners.

#13. Ketchup

French fries’ favorite companion boasts an impressive sugar content. At 4 grams per tablespoon, it’s best to keep in mind that those squirts add up. For sugar-free flavor, stick to mustard or malt vinegar instead.

#14. Sushi

What could be unhealthy about rice and vegetables? In truth, cheap supermarket sushi contains much more than these wholesome ingredients. Sushi rice usually contains added sugar, and the imitation crab meat, sweet and sour sauces, and rice vinegar all lead to 2 to 4 grams of sugar per piece. If you wish to indulge, stick with high-quality sushi and sashimi instead.

#15. Smoothies

The term “smoothie” can refer to anything from a wheatgrass blend to pureed frozen yogurt, so making comprehensive statements about their sugar content is close to impossible. To keep yourself from sipping on a sugar trap, stick with homemade varieties that rely on plain yogurt and fruits and vegetables for nutrition. Otherwise, you risk having your “health drink” really be a fruity form of ice cream.

#16. Most Bread

It’s no surprise that white bread is filled with sugar, but the amount in most “healthy” breads may astound you. Many wheat breads are only brown because of caramel coloring, and a single sandwich can give you 3 to 5 grams of sugar from the bread alone. Be especially careful with premade sandwiches in the supermarket deli—many contain sugary dressings to remove bitter tastes. Bagels, muffins, and English muffins are even more sugar prone, especially if you top them with jam or peanut butter.

#17. Canned Baked Beans

Most canned foods have the potential to be a disaster for your health, but baked beans are especially notorious for their sugar content, which can top 30 grams per can. The good news is that making your own is easy, and the results are far more tasty and nutritious than their canned counterparts.

#18. Fruity Muffins

Despite its name, an apple-oatmeal muffin is rarely a health food. Many commercial muffins have quadrupled in size in the past decades, and their sugar content has increased to the point that they are basically personal-sized cakes. Treat these muffins like the dessert they really are by eating them in moderation.

#19. Alcohol

Mixed drinks pack a major punch of added sugar into your daily life, and overindulging on Friday nights won’t do your body any favors. One pint of hard cider can contain 20 grams or more of sugar, and sweet white wines can top 6 grams per glass. If you must imbibe, stick to dry red wines, as they tend to have less sugar—or fully fermented white or red wines[], which are statistically sugar free.

#20. Canned Soup

It goes without saying that canned soup is high in sodium, but this classic processed food also contains more than its fair share of sweeteners. Like salt, sugar works as a preservative to extend soup’s shelf life, and a single can often contains 15 grams or more. In fact, canned tomato soup easily tops 25 grams per serving, so you might be better off leaving it on the shelf.

#21. Frozen Dinners

Who knew meat and veggies could be so sweet? It’s shocking how much sugar can be found in these classic convenience foods, but one look at labels reveals that 30 to 40 grams of sugar per serving isn’t uncommon, WITHOUT counting the dessert.

#22. Natural Fruit Juice

It’s clear to most that it’s best to avoid high fructose corn syrup, but even natural sugars can have negative effects on your body. Eating a piece of fresh fruit provides your body with fiber, but just drinking the juice gives your system a rush of sugar that’s hard to process. Just one cup of unsweetened apple juice provides 25 grams of sugar.

#23. Canned Fruit

Canned fruit companies seemingly never got the memo that fruit is naturally sweet, because most forms are loaded with sugar-filled juices and syrups that act as preservatives. A single cup of canned fruit contains 30 grams or more of sugar, meaning you might as well eat seven Oreos and be done with it.

#24. Instant Gravy

Does your meatloaf really need an injection of extra sugar? Then stay away from instant gravy. In fact, since many types also contain palm oil and artificial colors and preservatives, sugar might be the safest ingredient in this side dish. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to skip out on the 2 grams of sugar per serving it contains.

#25. Peanut Butter

Though peanut butter sandwiches are a staple of childhood, many brands contain over 3 grams of sugar per serving. To avoid any added ingredients, stick to natural brands, and top your sandwich with fresh fruit, not jelly.

Bonus: #26. Infant Formula

Does your newborn baby need sugar? Then why on earth is it an ingredient in many infant formulas? Many U.S. formula brands contain corn syrup and sugar, but these companies often aren’t required to list their nutritional information.8) However, research shows that many brands include around 3 grams of sugar per serving.

Because sugar addiction starts young and can last for life, it’s important to think twice before feeding sweetened formula to your infant.

Less Sugar = Better Health

Hidden sugar is found in almost every processed food available today, but there’s a lot you can do to keep your levels in check and avoid the chronic disease it causes.

By avoiding these 25 sugar bombs in the grocery store, you can dramatically lower your daily consumption … and enjoy the sugar that you do you consume with more gusto—and better health.Save





























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Rechargeable Batteries Solar Charger For AA, AAA, C, D, & USB

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The following solar powered battery charger (pictured above) is a practical preparedness item to have for charging typical consumer-size AA & AAA batteries including C & D. When the power grid goes down, the sun keeps shining. We can harness that energy. And in this case as a rechargeable batteries solar charger: Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger I have two solar battery chargers that look nearly identical to this one (except they’re an older version that don’t have the built-in meter gauge). They are still working perfectly and I have used them countless times in the sun to recharge batteries for

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The Best Plants for a Happy and Healthy Home

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Written by Sarah Smith Today, more than ever, a majority of the population lives a very disconnected life from nature. It’s no secret that many of us fill our homes with synthetic furnishings, buy food loaded with preservatives, and live a very sedentary lifestyle compared to the generations that came before us. A majority of this can be blamed on today’s technology and improvements to manufacturing that make it easy to rely on store bought goods or medicines to make […]

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Simple Summer Project – Composting

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Composting is a natural, effective way of improving your soil quality – a must for any preppers who plan on doing any kind of gardening. As it stands, it’s possible to hit your local hardware store for a few bags of compost that you can integrate into your soil to help improve it, but post-collapse, this “black gold” of gardening is going to be in demand if you plan on creating bountiful crops. In addition, compost is also a highly effective method of ridding yourself of garbage without relying on the local garbageman.

Setting up a composting system is super simple, and is an easy project you could completely set up within two hour’s time. Following through with your system is an ongoing process, but only slightly more complicated than separating your garbage between regular and recycling piles.

What is Compost?

Compost is, essentially, decomposing plant material. When you toss out your leftover lettuce stumps, carrot heads, or onion skins, you’re wasting valuable compost material – simply burying or speed-composting this leftover vegetable mess could take all of the beneficial nutrients that are stored in the food and gift them back into the soil, to be pulled out in next year’s radish or broccoli crop.

The plants that you grow must take their nutrition from the soil around them. If your soil has been drained of nutrient resources, your crops may struggle to take root and get off the ground. Compost is part of the magic that keeps our natural life cycle running by taking the leftovers you wouldn’t use anyways and putting their nutrients back into the system.

Compost looks and acts just like a regular soil – it’s simply a little denser than normal soil, and a lot healthier than a chemical supplement like Miracle Gro.

How to Create Compost

At our house we have a variety of composting areas, because over the course of the year, we create a lot of vegetable garbage. When cooking, we dispose of our leftover pieces – the greens of cauliflower, the tough ends of asparagus, and the rinds of watermelons – and we put them in a bowl to be placed in a composter at some point later in the evening or the next day. Once the garbage is disposed of, you just need to wait for nature to take it’s course.

Some gardeners simply pile their compost in an area that’s outside of view, but I think that this is not the ideal method. Depending on how fastidious you are about what you put in the pile and how well you hide or cover the material, it may attract bugs or animal visitors that you don’t want anywhere near your home. Even tied-up or bound compost piles create some danger of this, and it’s slow. Because it’s open to the air, you may have to wait a year or more to access your compost.

The simplest method that I can recommend is using a compost bin. Ours is a round black trash can with hinge and a locking mechanism on the lid. I drilled holes in the top and bottom of the can to promote air flow, and as it starts to fill, I tip the can over and roll it around on the lawn to aerate the contents. If the bin is filled with the right mixture of fast-decomposing plant material (see later in this article) we can have compost ready in as little as two to three weeks, although in most cases it takes a month or more. Nothing has yet broken into my mobile bins, and I use two or three at a time to create a balance of rotting and readiness times.

Another very simple method to create compost is to use the trench method. This is pretty much exactly what sounds like – a shallow and narrow trench running through your garden where you place your composting material, then burying it as you fill it. If you do a lot of non-vegetable plant waste (i.e. grass clippings, wood, etc), then this is a great way to improve your soil quality. Some vegetables will sprout if you bury them, so you may end up with a few eggplant or pepper plants popping up if you compost these remains.

If you have particularly large things to compost – fallen trees, logs, etc. – then a hill compost may be best. Line up the material you wish to rid yourself of, wet it thoroughly, and pile dirt or sand on top. In as soon as four to five years, you should have the material completely broken down, and have a rich pile of soil just waiting to be transplanted into your growing areas.


Compost can be created using almost anything “natural” as well as many everyday products, like boxes from Amazon, coffee cups from many local establishments, cigars or bread and pasta products. The best mix, in my opinion, is a widely varied group of materials, but certainly, there are composting superstars. I like to call them “breakfast compost” – coffee grounds, egg shells and banana peels are three highly nutritional ingredients that can help to improve your plant’s conditions.

Generally speaking, the thicker and larger pieces you put in your composter, like straw, sticks, boards, root vegetables or cardboard boxes, will be slow decomposers. They have some nutritional benefit, but if not chopped or broken down before being added, it could be a while before they rot to the point that they make nice smooth consistency compost. Things which break down particularly quickly are grass clippings, ash, tea bags, bread, weeds, and dead plant material. Fallen leaves from your trees fall somewhere in the middle – occasionally they break down quickly, and at other times they take their time.

Do not add meats, dairy products, or animal feces to your compost mix. They’ll break down, certainly, but they smell, and can attract many animals. I’ve also seen people recommend staying away from composting citrus fruits and onions, stating that while they decompose, they can potentially harm some of the beneficial bacteria that you’re harvesting in your compost, and slow down the rotting process. I have not had detrimental effects, but as I do not use these products to great excess, I can’t say that I’ve added too many of either to my composter. A few never hurts.

With weeds and fruit parts, it is particularly important that you put them into a sealed composter bin. Both contain seeds, or at least, the impetus to spread. Planting either into a trench or pit composter may simply mean that you’ve moved them from one area to your garden into an area where they can propagate more quickly and prolifically. The high heat created by the rotting materials within a sealed composter will kill off any ability for these plants to grow, and will instead break the materials down.

Using Compost

Compost is a must-have. We use it as the basis for most of the soil mixture in our gardens, mixing it into the topsoil or commercial mixture because of it’s high nutrient content. We also use it as a soil amendment if we have a group of flowers or veggies that are not growing to their potential. Simply mound up a handful of compost around the plants which need a boost, and usually after a few watering’, they’ll perk up as the nutrients seep from the compost into the soil and root systems below.

Another method for using compost, or even just the ingredients for compost, is to put a handful of finished compost into a pot, and fill with water. Let it sit overnight, and then use that liquid to water your plants. I’ve had half-dead plants come back to life completely with one watering. Banana peels, particularly hard-packed into a jar, covered with water, and left in the sun, make a super effective plant tonic

A composting system set up takes two hours or less for the vast majority of people, and is an effective way to not only help out your garden, but deal with garbage and reduce the waste you create. What are you waiting for? Go get those trash cans!

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