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All too often, the world is shaken by a new flu bug or the resurgence of an old one. This article caught my eye, as it’s about a mutated version of avian flu H7N2 that was transmitted from a cat to a human, quite a rare occurrence. I also have a long enough memory to recall the Ebola panic just a couple of years ago and shaking my head at the incompetence and poor decision making by those in authority, including the CDC.
The history of Ebola, as detailed in this book, is helpful to know and understand how a deadly virus originates, mutates, and spreads.…Read More...
The older I get the more I see problems that older preppers face. Since prepping hit the mainstream back in 2008-09, we all have a good 8-9 years under our belts. My own kids were just 8 and 6 when my wife and I started prepping, and now our oldest is making college plans. Time flies.
I know you all plan to be that rare exception that is still able to walk long distances in your 90’s and not taking any medication. If that happens, then good for you! You were blessed with some amazing genes. Unfortunately, that will likely not be the case for most people, even the most devout prepper.…Read More...
For thousands of years people have survived without the use of antibiotics. Many early treatments for infected wounds involved honey. Both the Smith Papyrus of 1700 B.C. and the Ebers Papyrus of 1500 B.C. describe the treatment of severe wounds and burns with coagulated milk and honey held in place by a muslin bandage. Later, granulated sugar was used to treat sores in both horse and humans. How these ancient people learned that both honey and sugar are effective in helping wounds heal is amazing. Today, a mixture known as sugardine in widely used to treat sores and wounds on horses. …Read More...
Over the counter medications are well worth stocking. Many of them were originally prescription medications and some still are but in larger strengths. Most preppers are on a budget, so take advantage of coupons and store sales to stock up. Keep in mind that all medications should be stored in cool, dark, and dry locations to maximize their effectiveness.
These over the counter medications can be used to treat many conditions including: headache, fever, sore throats, dehydration, ear ache, menstrual cramps, heartburn, arthritis, ulcers, diarrhea, allergies, hives, congestion, dizziness, mild anxiety, nausea, vomiting, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, ringworm, eczema, insomnia, backache, gout, diaper rash, yeast infections, and many more common illnesses.…Read More...
Vinegar is a great multi-purpose item. It can be used for preserving food, as a condiment, a salad dressing, medicinally, as a disinfectant, and as a cleaner. There are numerous types on the market, but for the purposes of this post, but we will only consider white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar.
White vinegar will store almost indefinitely if tightly sealed in a glass or plastic bottle with a plastic lid. The acid it contains will destroy enamel-coated metal caps over time. White vinegar works well for pickling and most other uses.
Apple cider vinegar is sold in two types: one is a cider flavored distilled acetic acid, the other is a true cider vinegar fermented from hard cider.…Read More...
I have included a blood pressure cuff, also known as an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer in my medical supplies. Now I have had people tell me that this is not something that should be included unless you have had medical training. They argue that it will be useless to the average person.
However, I disagree a blood pressure cuff can be handy in many ways. If you have people in your group that have high blood pressure this can help you monitor them and determine whether exercise, diet or alternate medicines are helping them. Extra medical gear is always good to have, even if you don’t know how to use it. …Read More...
Feeding babies in an emergency has recently become more of an interest for me, since we have started to have great-grandchildren. While we have 17 grandchildren it has been some time since we have had any infants in the family. Now I am a believer in breastfeeding. When possible this is always the best option.
First I would like to dispel a few myths on breastfeeding in an emergency. This information is from WELLSTART International
- Misconceptions about breastfeeding in emergencies
- Women under stress cannot breastfeed
- Malnourished women don’t produce enough milk
- Weaning cannot be reversed
- General promotion of breastfeeding is enough
- Human milk substitutes (infant formula and/or milk) are a necessary response to an emergency
Women under stress CAN successfully breastfeed
Milk release (letdown) is affected by stress. …Read More...
I personally feel that part of being an older prepper is to stay in shape, both physically and mentally. Now six mornings a week I write this blog. Most of the time I have no idea what I intend to write about it just comes to me. Four mornings a week, I go to the gym and work out. I try to keep my weight down and have been fairly successful. Weight control is 80 % diet and only 20% exercise.
I have never been partially strong, but I have always been able to walk for long distance at a good speed. …Read More...
This last weekend while eating at a restaurant a friend of mine choked to death. The first thing that goes through your mind is why someone didn’t give him the Heimlich maneuver. Actually several people tried unsuccessfully to give it. He was a large man and his size may have made it hard to accomplish. The paramedics were unsuccessful in an attempt to resuscitate him.
Since then I have talked to several medical people about the Heimlich maneuver and have learned a lot. First it doesn’t always work. One friend who is a paramedic in Canada says that their procedure is to try the Heimlich 5 times, then bend the person over and strike between the shoulder blades with the palm of your hand 5 times and then repeat the Heimlich 5 more times. …Read More...
Plastic trash bags can make good emergency rain gear. Simply tear a hole in the bottom for your head to stick out and two holes in the side for your arms. If you have duct tape you can use it to reinforce the bags around the holes.
- If you have to build a lean to shelter trash bags can provide waterproofing for the roof.
- You can make improvised foot wear out of plastic trash bags. Step into the trash bag with your stocking feet and then put your shoes on. If you have a large trash bag, they can keep you dry quite high up on you legs.