Building Your Family’s Natural Home Medicine Cabinet

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Begin to prepare now by stockpiling time-tested treatments.

In a post-collapse survival situation having recourse to your own private, natural home medicine cabinet will be critical. You can begin to prepare now by stockpiling time-tested treatments that will allow you to delay or even avoid a trip to the Doctor. Included in the ailments you can treat on your own are: sore throats, infections, toothaches, back aches, stomach pains, chest pains, fever, cough and headaches. Here are some easily obtainable items that can go a long way toward treating the most common health problems.

Sore Throats

Sore throats are a common symptom of several diseases and are especially common in children. Usually these ailments are minor and will cure themselves in a few days. What is needed is a way to relieve the symptoms and prevent the infection from becoming worse. One of the basics in your home medicine cabinet will be the staple baking soda.  Gargling rinses of salt water, baking soda, green tea extract or garlic can all provide relief and help kill the streptococcus bacteria that are multiplying in your throat. Begin gargling as soon as you feel the first signs of a sore throat (usually a tickle) and continue until the symptoms disappear.

Inflammation

Inflammation can range from simple soreness after muscular exertion to chronic diseases such as arthritis. Nature provides us with several treatments for inflammation that allow us to avoid the side effects associated with man-made inflammatory drugs. Among its many other positive health effects, resveratrol has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory. This is the ingredient that gives red wine its health benefits and is now available in capsule form. SAMe, available in health food stores, is also a good treatment for inflammation. It can help with the pain brought on by osteoarthritis and has proved as effective as the leading arthritis medication, Celebrex.

Headaches,

Headaches are a common problem caused by numerous conditions and it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. A recurring headache could signal the existence of something more serious, but most headaches are caused by tension, dehydration and other minor problems. Magnesium supplements can help alleviate many of these minor headaches. Other supplements that can help are iron and CoQ10. Women are especially susceptible to iron deficiency and often suffer from headaches during menstruation.

Chronic Sinus Infections

This condition is usually caused by a fungal infection. It is fairly common in people who spend a lot of time in the waters of humid environments. Oil of oregano is a simple, natural product that can help fight this fungal infection. Oil of oregano can be found in health food stores in capsule form.

Intestinal Gas

Activated charcoal is very effective at eliminating gas and should be kept in all medical kits for use in cases of accidental poisoning. Fennel seed, common in Indian cuisine, is also effective in calming the stomach and intestines, and aiding in digestion.

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Indigestion and Heartburn

These conditions are most commonly caused by lifestyle, diet and nutrient deficiencies. Avoiding alcohol, spicy foods and over-the-counter pain medications will alleviate most symptoms. Mastic gum capsules and Quercetin are two supplements that can help with heartburn. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine found in red onions and red apple peel that can also be effective in relieving seasonal allergies.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an effective treatment for many types of infections, especially colds, flu, respiratory and middle ear infections. An hour of sunlight a day can produce 10,000 IU of vitamin D. If you can’t get the sun exposure, supplements can give you the needed dosage. Children are especially susceptible to vitamin D deficiency.

Bronchitis

Sulfur, which was commonly used to treat and prevent infection before antibiotics, is still an effective treatment and can be purchased over the counter. Sulfur supplements can be found in health food stores. An especially effective form is called N-acetyl Cisteine (NAC).

Hydrogen Peroxide

No home medical kit is complete without this simple, highly useful substance. Besides being effective in cleaning wounds, it can also be used to treat gum disease, toothaches, sore throats and ear infections. At the first sign of an ear infection, begin rinsing the ear with peroxide several times a day. Remember that ear infections in children can be serious and must be monitored closely.

Toothaches

The old treatment of using cloves to treat toothaches is still one of the most effective treatments, even in a world of thousands of man-made medicines. Depending on your condition, a clove or clove oil can be applied to a bad tooth to ease the pain until the problem can be treated. Clove oil has been shown to be as effective as benzocaine in treating dental pain.

Food Poisoning

Food safety should always be practiced, but even the best efforts can’t always prevent food contamination and food poisoning. This is a serious condition and needs to be treated quickly. To prevent food-borne bacteria, use a variety of powerful spices such as garlic, chile, onion, oregano and allspice. If you contract food poisoning, natural antibiotics must be taken. Garlic and oil of oregano are both effective in treating food poisoning and don’t lead to drug resistance the way man-made antibiotics do.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be a serious health threat if not controlled. Pepto Bismol or Milk of Magnesia are still some of the best substances available. This is often enough to cure the diarrhea, or at least slow it down long enough to allow you to get further treatment. Remember to drink plenty of fluids when you have diarrhea.

Many trips to the doctor can be avoided by either practicing prevention or by using a few simple home remedies. Start putting together a home medical kit and continue learning about holistic medicine and prevention. Though there are times when a doctor is needed, there are many other times when we can treat ourselves and our families. Once the health care system is overburdened with millions of additional patients, home treatment will become increasingly important.

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Why The House Health Care Bill Was Trash

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Michael CannonOne month after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill supposedly repealing Obamacare, the Senate has yet to act – and may not ever take up the issue.

Why can’t Congress agree on a bill to improve America’s health care?

That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Michael F. Cannon, a writer and the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty and limited government.

Michael tells us why those who believe in limited government should oppose the House bill, which, he says, would not repeal Obamacare and could make things worse and most costly.

Michael, who joined us last month, gives us an update from D.C. by also telling us:

  • What he hopes is included in the Senate version.
  • Why Congress is having trouble agreeing on a bill.
  • How politicians truly could make health care more affordable for everyone.
  • Why Democrats are more unified than Republicans on health care.

Finally, Michael tells us why health care costs in America are rising so rapidly.

If you’re frustrated with the health care system, then you need to hear what Michael has to say!

Another Obamacare Repeal

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Obamacare has been a thorn in Republicans’ sides ever since the then-Democrat controlled Congress passed the law in 2010.

There have been several reasons why Obamacare hasn’t been popular with the Republican Party and their voter base. Its great unpopularity is based upon it being seen as just one more tax on the middle class, so that the Democrats can give freebies to the lower class.

Originally passed as a purely partisan bill by the Democrats, the originally titled “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) was more about giving freebies to Democrat constituents, than anything else. But then, that’s what a lot of the bills out of the Democrat Party are.

While nobody is against lending a helping hand to those in need, there are a lot of times where the poor are receiving things paid for by tax dollars, which the middle class can’t afford for themselves.

The left loves to crow about how many people are on Obamacare now. But as per usual, they really aren’t telling us the truth.

The claim is that 20 million people have received insurance, who didn’t have health insurance before. But that information is based upon six years of surveys, not upon people who actually signed up. If we look at that, we find that there are about 14 million, a difference of 30%.

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The Medicaid Expansion

Of the 14 million people who signed up for health insurance through Obamacare, 84% of them are on Medicaid. That’s right, another 11.8 million people are receiving “free” health insurance, courtesy of the Democrat Party and paid for by the middle class.

Then there are all the people who lost their insurance due to Obamacare. While many of them have bought insurance on the marketplace, there are still some who don’t have insurance. These people make too much to get on Medicaid, but are not making enough to afford the higher cost of health insurance that Obamacare has caused.

Probably the worst hit of those people are the 15 million self-employed people in our country and their employees. To put that in perspective, three in ten workers, fall into this category.

They make too much money to receive Medicaid, don’t have an employer to pay for their health insurance and so must pay for it themselves. With the prices on the marketplace, few can afford health insurance.

Those who are self-employed and have employees working for them are even worse off, as well as their employees. The ACA doesn’t make any provision for these people, who work in businesses that have less than 50 full-time employees. The employers usually can’t afford their own health insurance, let alone buying it for their employees.

Suffice it to say that Obamacare has had winners and it has had losers. The winners are the 11.8 million people who are now receiving Medicaid. About half of those people qualified for Medicaid before Obamacare was signed into law, so counting them as Obamacare winners really isn’t fair.

But even so, fewer and fewer physicians are accepting Medicaid, so even the win that the winners got is somewhat shaky. What good is insurance that nobody will accept?

Politics Has its Costs Too

Yet Obamacare is the law of the land and getting rid of it is going to have a cost. Most specifically, it’s going to have a cost for some of the people who have health insurance now, but will lose it when Obamacare is finally repealed.

 

Not repealing Obamacare has a huge cost in the Republicans own constituency. For the last three election cycles, we’ve heard promises of repealing Obamacare; first to win the House, then to win the Senate and now to win the Presidency.

So if they don’t repeal Obamacare, the Republicans are going to break faith with their own people, resulting in a reduction of Republican voters in the next election.

What this means is that the mocking that the Democrats are giving to the Republicans is the opposite of the truth. They’re trying to say that repealing Obamacare will destroy the Republicans’ chances in the 2018 elections, when the truth is that not repealing it will destroy their chances.

It’s not like Republican lawmakers have lacked in practice in drafting a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare either. Through the last six years of Obama’s presidency, they’ve drafted over 50 bills to do just that. But unsurprisingly, none of those bills passed into law.

At first, the Republicans didn’t have enough votes in the Senate. Then once they won that, they still had the hurdle of Obama killing the bill with a presidential veto.

In a way, we can say that those repeal attempts were “safe” in that there was no chance of any of them passing. The Republicans who drafted and voted for those bills weren’t ever going to pay the price of having to face an angry public, whipped up to fury by the mainstream media, for passing a bill that takes health insurance coverage from some little old grandma.

But things are no longer safe in that manner. Whatever repeal and replace law the Republicans now come up with, they’ll have to live with. Democrat lawmakers and media pundits alike will be looking for every little error they can find, for the sole purpose of telling the nation how bad a job Republicans did in repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The Republicans’ first attempt was a bill designed to please the moderates, essentially creating an Obamacare II, the same thing with a different name. But conservative Republicans wouldn’t back it, making that attempt fail.

Now they’re working to pass a second version. This time, one that conservative lawmakers can truly get behind. That has managed to get the bill through the House of Representatives, although by a much narrower margin than they would have liked.

Now the question is whether or not this bill will make it through the Senate, where it needs 60 votes to pass. That means that they’re going to have to get some Democrats to break ranks and vote in favor of the bill.

That’s going to be quite a challenge, as the Democrats have been walking in lockstep for quite some time now. But some of the smarter Democrats are finally starting to realize that Obamacare is imploding.

Without Obama in the White House to keep writing executive orders to keep it alive, as well as channel money to Obamacare that is intended for other things, the law doesn’t stand a chance of surviving. It is better for them to see it replaced, before that can happen.

Some have said all along that Obamacare was never intended to succeed, but to prepare the way for a change over to a single-payer healthcare plan; something along the lines of the entire nation being on Medicaid. But that plan, if it even existed, required the Democrats maintaining control of both houses of Congress, as well as the presidency. There is no way that Republicans would vote in favor of such a thing. It smacks too much of socialism.

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The American Health Care Act – What Does This Mean?

Now we’ve got the American Health Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare Repeal and Replace II, going through congress. What does this bill mean for you and me?

First of all, I’ve got to say that it’s doubtful that it will pass. But assuming it does, the first thing it means is lower taxes.

The new bill eliminates both the individual mandate and the employer mandate, two of the most objectionable parts of Obamacare. It also removes a number of other taxes associated with the original Obamacare bill.

The thing it doesn’t do, or at least it doesn’t from what I’ve seen, is that it doesn’t mention any way for the government to pay for all the extra people on Medicaid. Part of that will be taken care of by reducing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, something that is supposed to happen in 2020.

This is a common tactic, used by both parties in Congress. They create a bill which they know will have negative consequences, but put an implementation date that’s a couple of years down the road. That way, most people won’t fret about the implementation, because it’s not now.

That mechanism was used quite successfully in creating Obamacare and it seems to be being used in getting rid of it too.

One of the things that Obamacare was touted for was helping people who have preexisting conditions. Many of these people were considered “uninsurable” by the insurance companies, because the cost of taking care of them was so high.

Putting them in a common pool with everyone else was supposed to reduce the cost of healthcare for them, by spreading the cost around to everyone else.

As nice as that may be for the people so afflicted, it’s part of what made Obamacare so expensive. The new bill puts these people in a separate insurance category, so that they can still get insurance, but it won’t affect everyone else as much.

Likewise, the same is being done with the elderly, who typically have much higher medical costs than those who are younger. The new law would allow their premiums to be higher, rather than making young people, just out of college, pay for their medical costs.

Another key element of the bill is allowing the states to opt out of providing some of what are considered the ACA’s essential health benefits. This means that each state can decide for itself whether it is paying for free birth control, health screenings and a number of other things that were mandated in the original Obamacare plan, whether the individual needed them or not. After all, men really don’t need free pregnancy screening.

Between these two measures, and others, Republican lawmakers are hoping that the American Health Care Act will counter the effects of Obamacare and bring insurance prices back down to a more affordable level. While we won’t really know if they succeed until the law is passed, it is looking promising. We’ll just have to see.

At the same time, the new bill doesn’t significantly change any of the core provisions of Obamacare. Dependents will still be able to stay on their parents’ plans until 26 years of age. Subsidies for insurance premiums wouldn’t go away.

Nor would the requirement that insurance companies cover people with preexisting conditions be removed.

So a lot of what made Obamacare look good is still going to be there, while getting rid of some of the things that made it bad.

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What Fox News And CNN Get Wrong About Obamacare

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For years, Republicans pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare, but now that they hold Congress and occupy the White House, they can’t agree how to do it.

What’s going on, and what – if anything — should replace Obamacare?

That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Michael F. Cannon, a writer and author and the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute

Cato is a public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty and limited government – and it has followed the Obamacare debate from the beginning.

Michael tells us:

  • Why Republicans are having trouble coming to an agreement on Obamacare.
  • What he thinks should be done to bring down health care costs.
  • Why the problems with health care began long ago – before any of us were born.
  • What an ideal “replacement” bill would look like.
  • Why repealing Obamacare won’t fix the health care system.

If you want to learn facts about health care that you won’t get on CNN or even Fox News, then you need to hear this week’s show!

What to Expect in 2017

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As 2016 draws to a close, it almost feels as if an era is ending.

The long and brutal election campaign that we’ve all survived through is finally over, with Donald Trump beating out Hillary Clinton both on November 8th and in the final vote by the Electoral College on December 20th.

While the Democrats are still having trouble accepting this fact, it signals a real change in the direction of our country.

The election is significant in that it has taken the progressive liberals out of power. For the last eight years President Obama has been running roughshod over conservative values, helped along by a feckless Congress who didn’t want to stand up against him on anything.

It was one thing when the Democrats controlled Congress as well; but when they lost first the House and then the Senate, it didn’t seem to make a lick of difference.

But now we have a new President-elect, who is making noises like a conservative. It should be giving hope to those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution. Even if Trump only manages to do half of what he’s said he wants to do, it will make a huge difference for our country.

But not everything that happens to our country is under the control of the President, no matter who he is or what political party he belongs to. While the president gets the blame and the credit for everything from the weather to nuclear war, in reality there are other forces in play. As anyone in the military knows, the enemy gets a vote too.

So, what can we expect to see in this new year? In truth, there’s a lot; and not all of it is going to be good. But, like all of life, we’ve got to be ready to take the good with the bad and make the best of it in our own lives.

Liberal Temper Tantrums on the Rise

The Democrats have already proven that they are not about to accept their loss.

Elizabeth Warren has already introduced a bill, making it easier for Congress to impeach the new president, due to his many businesses. Essentially, if his companies make any money which can be traced to foreign governments or foreign political figures, they can impeach him.

In a way, this is somewhat humorous, considering how much money Hillary Clinton made in her “pay to play” scheming as the Secretary of State. Perhaps Warren’s new law should be tested out on her first. But then, there’s little risk of it passing, as both houses of Congress are controlled by Republicans.

Compared to other liberal protests to the election, this one is actually mild, and I’m not concerned about it. What does concern me is the more violent protests for which groups like Black Lives Matter have become known. That group, in particular, has already stated that they will not meet with Donald Trump and want nothing to do with him. Instead, they’d rather spend their time and energy in holding more protests and destroying more property.

The Democrats and other liberal groups are going to keep themselves busy obstruction everything that Trump and the Republican Congress tries to do. That’s to be expected.

But the real issue isn’t what will be happening in Washington, but what will be happening in the rest of the country. It is there that the protests and violence might occur.

War Between Trump and the Mainstream Media

The mainstream media blew it on this election; there’s no other way to put it. Not only was all their pontification and their polls wrong, but they bet on the wrong horse to win.

In working so hard to see Hillary Clinton elected as the next president, they’ve shown their true colors, as nothing more than a liberal propaganda machine.

In the process, they made an enemy out of Donald Trump, attacking him while giving Clinton a free ride on everything. From what I saw in the campaign, making an enemy out of Trump is not something to be taken lightly. Yet they still haven’t seen the error of their ways.

The last press conference that Trump held was on July 27th, the third day of the Democrat Convention. Through the three presidential debates and winning the election, he hasn’t taken the time to meet with the press. Rather, he has used social media and the alternative media to talk directly with the American people, totally bypassing the left-leaning propaganda machine called the mainstream media.

While he hasn’t had a press conference with the media, he did make time to hold an off-the-record media summit with a number of media big shots in November. I don’t know what the media representatives were expecting, but the meeting was described as a “firing squad.” I have a feeling that they missed the part where he said his famous, “You’re fired!”

I wouldn’t be surprised if he continued like this. If there’s one thing that Trump is, he’s strong. He’s not going to be the first to cave; and in his eyes, he’s got nothing to lose.

In a way, Trump’s handing of the media has been highly amusing to me. For as long as I can remember, Republicans have feared the media and their attacks. Then here comes Trump, manipulates them to give him free coverage throughout his campaign, and then essentially fires them, bypassing them all together to speak with the American people.

Dismantling of Obamacare

Of the many things which President-elect Trump has promised to do in his first 100 days in office, one that has given the most hope to the American people is the elimination of Obamacare.

Republican lawmakers have been trying to do that since 2011, but with Obama in office, haven’t been able to. Now, with a Republican controlled Congress and Trump in the White House, we can expect to see it fall apart, bit by bit.

I say fall apart because at this point in time, it will be necessary to replace it piecemeal, rather than just nullifying it. There are too many people who would be hurt by a repeal; people who are on Medicaid, people who were uninsurable before Obamacare, and people who have bought insurance under Obamacare who would lose their insurance again, if it was repealed.

It’s going to take some time and a lot of work, but it will be replaced by something that serves the needs of the American people, rather than just serving the needs of bureaucrats in Washington.

Then, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see Trump himself personally attacking the insurance companies about high premiums and deductibles.

Improvement in the Economy and Jobs

More than anything, Trump is a businessman; not only that, he’s a highly successful one. Granted, he started out with a cool million in seed money, but he managed to multiply that at least 3,000 times! More if you believe the larger estimates of his net worth. There are few anywhere who can make such a claim.

We can see already, during the transition process, that he’s bringing that business acumen into his new job as the President of these United States. It is manifest in the selections he’s making for his cabinet, as well as the meetings he’s already had with foreign leaders and others who will be important to his success as a leader.

More than anything, I hope Trump will help the economy to grow. His deal with Carrier air conditioning is just the beginning. I believe that we’ll see a surge of investment by large corporations, opening of new factories, moving some manufacturing home and startups of new businesses.

What has held the economy back for the last eight years is uncertainty. Those feelings of uneasiness started when the housing bubble burst in 2008 -2009.

But then Obama took office and they continued. With his anti-business attitudes, he has created an atmosphere where corporate boards have avoiding investing in their businesses, rather putting the money away in offshore banks, to wait and see what would happen.

Now that Trump has been elected, confidence is growing and those same corporate boards are making plans to invest in their corporations. In addition, Trump has declared war on overregulation, which will make it easier for businesses of all sizes to operate profitably in the United States.

Ultimately, what this really boils down to is an increase in the workforce and jobs for those who want them. If he couples his business initiatives with a crackdown on welfare fraud, we might even see a reversal of the current trend towards living off the government dime, rather than getting a job.

Increases in business will also require an increase in the workforce, giving those people an opportunity to make something of their lives.

A Possible Financial Collapse

While I am sure that Trump’s presidency will be good for the economy, I am also concerned. In electing Donald Trump president, the American people have given the middle finger to the elites of this world, most specifically to the one-worlders. They are concerned and they have the power to push back.

While these people try to remain in the background, with their activities hidden from public view, they do make the occasional press release or even talk to the press. One such statement emerged during the presidential campaign, indicating that the Bilderberg Group was gravely concerned about Donald Trump winning the election and becoming president.

More than anything, the Bilderberg Group is the main motivator behind the one-world movement. An extremely liberal group, it consists of a number of major banking heads, international businessmen, politicians and even members of the press, they meet annually to discuss how to turn the world in the direction they want. That direction is always towards socialism and a one-world governmental system.

These people have enough financial power to control the world’s markets. It is they, not local forces, who create financial crises throughout the world. They do so for the dual purposes of making money off the crisis and molding the world into their image.

While I am not sure how soon they will decide to act, I believe that they are going to take some major action during Trump’s presidency. It may not be in 2017, but I seriously doubt we’ll make it to 2020, without some major upheaval, something along the lines of the Great Depression.

An Increase in Extreme Muslim Terrorism

As we all know, extreme Muslim terrorism is on the rise. Terrorist acts in Europe are increasing in frequency and scope.

But that’s only a smattering of the terrorism that is happening on a worldwide basis. Those Muslim terrorists are actually more active in their own countries, than they are in western lands.

We must understand that terrorism is a form of warfare. Their purpose is to force us to capitulate and allow Muslim control, most especially the implementation of Sharia Law in our countries. In this, they are working to take over the world.

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According to the Koran, Muslims are only allowed to migrate to Muslim controlled lands, unless it is for the specific purpose of conquering lands controlled by infidels. Called “hegira” this form of migration has been a major tool for the spread of Islam, every since the beginning.

Their twisting of western laws to get their way and gradually force their adopted country closer and closer to Sharia is no accident. Rather, it is a well thought out strategy, which has been used over and over again.

While Trump’s campaign promises to build the wall, crack down on illegal immigration and temporarily block immigration from Muslim countries will all help to slow the flood of Muslims who are entering our country, they can’t do a thing about those who are already hear. Nor can anything be done to stop the online recruiting of “home-grown terrorists” under Muslim control.

If anything, lessening the number of Muslims who can enter the country will merely motivate those who are already here to become more active. Many who are now sleeper agents will become active, taking a more aggressive role in attacking our country.

Iran and North Korea’s Nuclear Plans Going Forward

Trump has promised to do away with Obama’s disastrous Iran deal; but I fear it might be too late. Obama has already opened the door for Iran to increase the tempo of their nuclear research and their push towards becoming nuclear powers. At this time, it would be nearly impossible to stop them without military intervention.

One thing we could do unilaterally is to reinstate the embargos on Iran, at least as far as U.S. involvement is concerned. Perhaps this would encourage other countries to join in as well, especially European countries, and we could put an embargo in place that bypasses the treaty and bypasses the United Nations.

But it is clear that Iran will continue in their development of nuclear arms and a delivery system for them, just as North Korea is.

These two countries are the most unstable and most dangerous counties in the world today. We can be sure that we are high on the targeting list of both. While Iran might choose to go after Israel first, that’s a toss-up. They may choose to take us out of play before going after Israel. That would be a classic way to attack, something I am sure they are aware of.

If an EMP attack were ever to be committed against the United States, it would be by one of these two countries. From what I understand of North Korea’s nuclear capability, it is quite possible that they are already at the point where they could commit such an attack. Iran is still a few years away, but nowhere near as far away as I’d like.

This would actually be a “winnable” war for them, especially if they had enough nuclear capacity to take out our aircraft carriers, after the EMP attack on the country. That would cause us to lose the capability to retaliate, even if such an order were given.

A Final Word

While the world is still a dangerous place and there are many risks that we still face, I am optimistic about the future. With proper preparation and training, I believe that we can survive through anything.

In the mean time, even with all the risks, I believe we will see some improvements here at home in the next year.

The shift back towards a more conservative society will not happen overnight, nor will it be easy. As I already mentioned, the Democrats, other liberals and the media are all going to continue to be against us.

But for the time being anyway, we have the upper hand. We must be sure to make the most of the reprieve that’s been given to us.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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Trump & Obamacare: What Should Replace It?

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President-elect Trump has pledged to repeal Obamacare, and his recent nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services – Obamacare critic Tom Price — shows he is serious about overturning the law.

But what should replace Obamacare? And why does American health care cost so much more than it does in other countries?

Health care is the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we learn how the problems with health care stretch back decades, to World War II.

Our guest is documentarian Colin Gunn, who interviewed experts throughout the health care field for his recent documentary Wait Til It’s Free.

Gunn learned a lot, and he tells us:

  • What he thinks should replace Obamacare.
  • Why the employee-based health care model has been disastrous.
  • How competition across state lines might lower costs.
  • Why even the CEO of Whole Foods believes health care needs an overhaul.
  • How government regulation, implemented under both parties, has caused problems.

Finally, Gunn tells us why he labels President Obama a “crony capitalist” – and why that term is just as bad as being called a “socialist.” If you want to learn what the mainstream media isn’t telling you about health care, then don’t miss this week’s fascinating show!

Obamacare Is Quickly Unraveling (And The Reason Is Quite Simple)

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Obamacare Is Unraveling (And The Reason Is Quite Simple)

WASHINGTON — A critical component of Obamacare is in danger of collapsing as insurance companies pull out of the system due to huge financial losses.

UnitedHealth is pulling out of the exchanges because it lost $475 million in the exchanges in 2015 and may lose as much as $500 million in them this year, CNN Money reported. About 795,000 people were covered under UnitedHealth policies in the exchange.

The reason they are losing money is simple: There are not enough young people in the system. The theory behind Obamcare was that a large pool of healthy young people would buy policies, thereby allowing insurance companies to pay for health care for older people who actually do get sick and visit the doctor often.

Insurance companies need about 35 percent of their customers to be between the ages of 18 and 34. As of now, it is 28 percent, Politico reported. Young adults who refuse to purchase insurance face a penalty, but many of them are finding it cheaper to pay the penalty than buy insurance.

Another reason why younger people are not participating is that large numbers of employers did not stop offering health care to workers as expected. Instead, most people stayed on employer plans, and only a small number of less healthy individuals bought policies through the exchanges.

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“We have two years of data and everybody who’s in the individual market on average is not as healthy as we were led to believe,” Alan Murray, CEO of New York-based CareConnect, told Politico.

UnitedHealth is far from alone. Seventy percent of insurance companies offering Obamacare exchange policies lost money on them in 2014, the McKinsey consulting firm reported. McKinsey estimated that insurers lost $2.7 billion on the exchanges in 2014.

This summer alone, two major insurance companies – Aetna and Anthem – announced they would not expand in the marketplace due to financial losses, The Hill reported. All total, the five largest insurance companies say they are losing money through Obamacare.

“From a policy point of view, we’re basically seeing the exchanges unravel,” health care strategist Michael Abrams told The Hill.

Abrams’ clients include UnitedHealth.

Elsewhere, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina lost $400 million on Obamacare in 2014 and 2015, Politico reported.

The average price of an Obamacare exchange plan is expected to increase by 19.2 percent across the nation next year. Increases in some states will be much higher; the cost of exchange plans in Arizona, Oklahoma and Tennessee is expected to increase by 50 percent in 2017.

“The more competition you have, the better the pricing,” Mario Molina, CEO of Molina Healthcare, told Politico. “In some markets where there’s very little competition it’s difficult to get the prices that health plans need.”

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Readers of Last Minute Survival will know that I have discussed on many occasions the long term detrimental impacts of socialized health care. Some of the most serious problems that

The Coming Economic Crisis

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Economic crisisISIS; same-sex marriages; terrorism; the porous southern border; the Syrian refugee crisis; the presidential primaries; with so much going on, it’s hard to keep track of it all. One problem seems to cover up another, with each bigger than the last. But this doesn’t mean that the old problems have gone away, merely that the news has moved on to cover other things.

Underneath all this hubbub of crisis we still have an economy that is on the rocks. Regardless of what lies Obama tries to bring forth, the country has not recovered from the 2008/2009 bursting of the housing bubble and we are still in recession.

Unemployment is over 10 percent, perhaps as high as 14 percent, not the 5.5% that Obama is bragging about. If unemployment had really dropped as much as he claims, then why is the labor force participation rate still on the decline?

Our nation’s economy is no better off than it was seven years ago and might actually be worse off. It’s gotten hard to tell, with the true figures becoming buried underneath the hype.

Yet, businesses are still moving offshore, taking their jobs and their profits with them; major retailers are closing stores on a regular basis and more and more jobs are being outsourced to foreigners, rather than being worked by Americans.

It is clear that the labor part of the economy is not doing well. It has not improved under Obama and in fact is getting worse. Not only are there too many people out of work, but there are too many who are underemployed, working part-time jobs, when they should be working full-time jobs. We can thank Obamacare for that.

Obama’s answer to this? Import more foreign labor to take the jobs away from blacks, those in poverty, high school and college students, the very people who are the worst hit by current unemployment.

Then there’s inflation, which is also being reported incorrectly. Currently, we are actually in a slight deflationary period, with prices dropping, or at least… that’s what the government is reporting. But if that’s the case, then why are energy costs, housing and food going up?

It’s all about what figures you choose to use. Our current inflation rates are ignoring those things that are on the rise and paying attention to those that are staying stable or dropping. That makes Obama look good and that’s the name of the game for this administration. It doesn’t matter what’s really happening, as long as he keeps looking good.

But the big issue is and has always been our national debt. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s still climbing at an alarming rate. Obama tries to make it sound like it’s on the decline, citing how he has reduced excessive spending; but once again, it’s all about the figures you use.

In this case, he’s saying that his budget for this year is increasing the national debt less than it has any time in his tenure. So, the budget is still too high, but not as much too high as it was his first year in office.

Okay, so Where Does this Leave Us All?

First of all, we need to realize that a financial collapse is not a singular event, but rather a process. The housing collapse in 2008/2009 didn’t happen in a day, but rather started off slowly, as people’s balloon payments on their mortgages became due.

The event gained steam and grew until it was a nationwide issue. Likewise, the financial crashes in Argentina, Greece and Cypress weren’t events that happened overnight, but came on gradually.

Even the Great Depression didn’t happen overnight, although it almost appears that it did. Black Tuesday didn’t appear out of nowhere, but there was a growing financial problem which culminated in the crash of the stock market. Then, the Great Depression began.

Our stock market has been propped up way too long by quantitative easing. Now that it has been stopped, we are starting to see some uneasiness in the stock market once again. We’ve had a couple of times lately when the Dow Jones Industrial Average has taken serious hits, dropping several hundred points in a day. This is merely a sign of the winds that are coming to blow the house of cards down.

Another indicator is that the price of gold and silver has dropped. Considering the rest of the economy, this shouldn’t have happened. When the value of the dollar goes down, the value of gold and silver rise; that’s about as sure as the rising and setting of the sun.

Yet, even though the dollar has been greatly devalued by quantitative easing, the value of gold and silver are down. Any time in the past, when the value of the dollar has been down and gold and silver have dropped, we were at the brink of financial disaster.

It seems that every week someone new is predicting a crash of the economy. I say that we’re already sliding into it. Our unemployment rate and inflation rate are both going up, strong indicators that we are nearing the edge of the precipice. The only real question is what will be the trigger to set it off.

You see, the stock market is mostly about psychology. Everything is about trying to outguess others. While it is supposed to be based on the value of the companies, stock trading has become more focused on trends that are created by the investors, not changes in value created by the companies.

Being based upon psychology, any number of things can affect it, even if they have nothing to do with the value of the companies whose stocks are being sold. Rumors of a war in Zimbabwe could cause certain stocks to drop in value, not because those companies actually use any raw materials from Zimbabwe, but because investors wonder if they do. That wonder is enough to cause them to sell, just to play it safe, thereby dropping the value of that stock.

Currently, the stock market is being affected by the shaky economy in China. The Chinese government, being a communist government, is still trying to drive their economy, rather than just letting it run. For some reason, they just can’t keep their fingers out of it. While they have had exceptional growth over the last 20 years, that is slowing, so the government is trying to get their fingers in there and make it grow again. They need that growth to finance various projects that they have going.

The scary part is that the value of the stock market ends up affecting every other aspect of our economy. The banks where we have our money deposited invest in the stock market, making their financial solvency depend on how the stock market is doing. Since banks don’t actually have enough money on hand to cover their depositors’ accounts, a loss in the stock market could easily cause a run on the banks, leading to a real panic when the banks don’t have enough cash to pass out.

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So, How Can You Protect Yourself?

More than anything, we need to divest ourselves from the country’s financial system. That’s not fully possible, but we need to do what we can. I say it’s not fully possible, simply because we need banks to help us turn our paychecks into money, whether paper or electronic, so that we can then use that money to buy the things we need. But that doesn’t mean that we need to keep any more money in those banks than the absolute minimum.

There is no reason whatsoever to keep money in a savings account today. Interest rates are so low, that keeping money in a savings account or in a certificate of deposit is a guaranteed way of losing money. Oh, you’ll earn interest, but that interest won’t keep up with how prices are rising.

Keep some cash on hand, so that you have something to use in case of emergency. Even if the dollar loses all value, some people will still accept it, at least for a while. Cash on hand gives you flexibility, especially in the midst of a crisis. If you can, a couple of thousand dollars in cash is a great buffer against pending emergencies.

Even though gold and silver prices have been dropping over the last year, they are still the best investment around. Not only that, but with the current low prices, it’s a great time to buy. The value of that gold and silver will skyrocket when the financial collapse comes, allowing you to cash in and take advantage of the economic situation to buy property and other valuables at a discount.

The other excellent investment right now is food. Yes, simple food is a great investment opportunity. Not only will you need it during the collapse, but it has one of the highest inflation rates today. The average inflation for food is currently eight percent. That means that if you buy $1,000 worth of food today, in five years, it will be worth 47% more than that. That’s a pretty good investment.

You won’t even need to cash in on the food to make the profit. All you have to do is eat it, and recoup the money you would otherwise spend on food. For that $1,000 investment, you’ll have $1,470. There aren’t too many things that can give you that much of a return on your money today.

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This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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