Survive food crisis – the best way to “cheat” any food crisis

It really sounds funny when somebody talks about food crisis in America.

But is it really that funny?

If you have watched news on BBC, CNN or Fox when they predicted the food crisis, it will NOT sound funny to you.

If you have observed the recent devastations caused by Katrina, Irene and others, it will NOT sound funny.

If you are aware of the recent draughts in Oklahoma and Texas, it will NOT sound funny at all.

Natural disasters can occur any time and cannot be predicted, even by the latest technology. So you should better be safe than sorry. But how can you cope with these crisis situations? It’s not an easy job until you have a clear and straightforward roadmap. I have found this roadmap in the form of a groundbreaking guide, called survive food crisis, by Jason Richards.

When a disaster hits an area, the food can vanish from the shelves of the largest supermarkets in just three hours. One the other hand, it can take up to three weeks to fill these shelves with the commodes again.

How will your family survive during this time when you can’t even find a Twinkie to eat?

The smartest approach is to shortlist the most important and nutritious items and purchase them before anybody else does. Then, you will have to find ways to preserve this food, as the largest freezers can only contain food for a few days only.

But when calamities occur, you don’t even have time to put your shoes on and rush to the market. Therefore, it is a good choice to spend a few bucks and get the expert opinion how to handle such a situation.

The price of this guide is ONLY $27, and you don’t have anything to lose as they offer a 60-day money back guarantee.

If you want to keep your family from starving during the coming food crisis, click here to download your copy of survive food crisis instantly.

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Food shortage in America – Are you ready for it?

Food crisis can occur due to several reasons but following are the main three of them:

1.       Natural disasters

2.       Severe crop decimation

3.       Inflating food prices

Food prices in America are already increasing and it is expected that by the end of 2011, they will ‘go through the roof’.

Natural disasters like Katrina and Irene can occur any minute and leave even the Biggest Government helpless. During the two mentioned tragedies, many people were left on the roads without anything to eat.

This can happen to you during the coming food crisis – any minute!

Unfortunately, America is in danger of turning back into a long-lasting “Dust Bowl”. We have already lost forty percent of our rice crops and major portion of our corn is merely used for bio fuel.

Our crops are rapidly failing to feed the entire nation and we have already imported one third of our food.

But have you ever seen an empty supermarket, especially, when you needed the food most?

It happened during the World War II, and the prominent economists are predicting it to be repeated quite soon. We can call it the worst case scenario.

Nobody wants his family to be deprived of the basic necessities of life. But disasters don’t care. So, it is your duty to secure your clan from the coming food crisis with a long term plan.

But do you really know:

What are the essential food items to buy before stores are emptied?

When to buy the survival foods on just $10 (getting the best deal)?

Where and how to store your food to last for years?

There are some genuine solutions to food crisis which have the answer to these vital questions and one of the very best is available here for an instant download.

The best thing about this guide is that it doesn’t cost you a fortune and you can secure the future of your family in just $27 (with a 100% money back guarantee). If you think it’s a waste of money, get ready for the worst food shortage as the starving mob of people that will snatch everything away from you.

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Survive food crisis review – Do you really need to bother about it?

Have you ever seen an empty supermarket when you terribly needed to buy something?

I hope the answer is no.

American economy is going through one of the worst phases in the history. But, thankfully, the situation is not that severe that you should worry about how to survive food crisis.

If the situation is that nice, why am I wasting my time as well as yours, writing this survive food crisis review?

I just want you to get ready for the worst case scenario.

You must have heard the news about coming food crisis on the major news channels. You must have heard the same news by word of mouth. The recession and ever-inflating prices of commodities are initiating an alarming situation.

But the worst of all are the natural disasters, which can be neither predicted nor stopped. Same goes for severe crop decimation and draughts.

If you are like most of the other Americans, you would simply laugh at it and ignore it. People say they have already heard of a coming Armageddon several times before, which never came.

Remember what happened when preacher Harold Camping made his senseless prediction regarding “May 21st”? Most people, laughed at it, posted humorous comments about it on the internet and enjoyed themselves.

But what happened when 21st May came???

People forgot all the jokes and were extremely terrified. They had bought all the available food rations and the supermarkets were emptied by 6 pm!

Are you prepared for that? Maybe not! But you should take the precautionary measures to avoid any last-minute hassle.

Do you know the easiest way to defeat the coming food crisis?

Do you know which the 41 essential food items are that run out before anything else?

Do you know how to get one week supplies for you and your spouse in only $10?

Do you know how to store heaps of edibles for months?

If you do not know all these, it means you are not prepared for the crisis coming out way. But if you want to make sure that you and your family do not starve, you need to read the survive food crisis, by Jason Richards.

It has everything you need to know when there is a food shortage in America next time.

The price of this guide is nominal and you can instantly download it for only $27. Additionally, it is risk free because if you are not satisfied, you are entitled to get your money back in 60 days.

Remember when it is a matter of survival, Americans, the most civilized nation in the world, can turn into bloodthirsty freaks and they will not hesitate to snatch the last piece of food from you. You need to know how to tackle such a situation and also teach it to your kids!

Preparing yourself for the worst case scenario – is smart, not silly!

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Surviving a Venomous Snake Bite – What You Need to Know

The majority of snakes you come across in North America aren’t venomous, however there are a reported 7000-8000 bites coming from venomous snakes each year. Fortunately, very few of these bites actually result in death and this is for a variety of reasons, including awareness and antivenin treatments. Furthermore, snakes often deliver a ‘dry bite’ on humans so that they aren’t wasting their venom which is required to kill prey for food.

In North America, there are four types of venomous snakes: coral snake, rattlesnake, cottonmouth and copperhead. Each snake has their own distinctive markings which you can learn to recognise and this will become extremely useful for when you’re out and about. It’s important to learn the markings of these snakes as other non-venomous snakes have adapted to look like them, as a way to serve a warning to predators.

How to Identify a Venomous Snake?

Here’s an infographic, produced by the guys at Sniff Outdoors, which goes over each snake’s distinctive markings and some key features. This will also cover, briefly, what to do if you encounter one, which we’ll talk about in a bit more in-depth in the body of this article.

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How to Prevent a Snake Bite?

If you’re out for a hike or going camping with your friends, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and have a knowledge of which snake is likely to live in that habitat. With this knowledge, you will be far more conscious of where you tread or place your hands. A large majority of snake bites actually come from human error i.e. walking too close to where a snake is lying or turning over a log to find a snake was underneath.

 

Gaining an understanding of the habitats of each snake and being aware of some key behaviours will go a long way to help to prevent a snake bite from actually occurring. For example, does the coral snake prefer to hide under rocks and leaves? Do cottonmouth snakes only live by the water or do they bask on rocks too?

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The Coral Snake

This snake and its subspecies tend to live in forested areas, spending most of its time underground or hiding in leaves. As well as enjoying staying in jungle areas, they are also found in the sand hills of Southeast United States.

 

It can be hard to tell the difference between the coral snake’s head and tail which it uses to its advantaged when it feels threatened. It will coil its head into its body and raise its tail, which many people confuse with the head.

 

Keep in mind the rhyme ‘Red and yellow, kill a fellow. Red and black, friend of Jack’ if ever you come across one. On the venomous coral snake, the red and yellow bands are always touching. Some non-venomous snakes have similar colorings, however not in the same order.

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The Rattlesnake

The large majority of rattlesnakes are found in South-western United States. The most obvious feature of the rattlesnake is the tail, which acts as a warning signal to threats. As well as their rattle at the end of the tail, rattlesnakes also produce a hissing noise, in a similar manner to a cat hissing when threatened.

 

Rattlesnakes live in a variety of areas, including grasslands, swamps, bush and rocky areas. In warmer temperatures, they like so soak up the sun on rocks or open areas. However, they also spend a lot of time in rocky dens and some will hibernate in winter conditions.

 

Similar to coral snakes, when threatened, rattlesnakes coil their body, however instead of raising their tails, they will raise their head, which gives them a greater ability to strike if needed.

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The Cottonmouth

Also know as the Water Moccasin, this snake is semi-aquatic and prefers to live in and around water, such as swamp or marsh areas. When not in water, due to the fact they are cold blooded, they will spend time raising their body temperatures by basking on rocks.

 

The cottonmouth has a thick body with a blocky head and dark brown cross bands. Sometimes in older snakes, the skin coloring is so dark that it appears to have no visible markings, which can make it trickier to identify.

 

Living in Southeastern US, the cottonmouth can be found most places where water is involved, like ponds, rivers, swamps and lakes. Unlike most other snakes, the cottonmouth tends not to retreat in face of threat, which gives it a reputation for being aggressive. Similar to the rattlesnake, though, it will coil its body and raise its head to be ready to strike.

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The Copperhead

Its name is given by the light brown/read appearance and copper colored head. The outline of their cross bands tend to be darker, with the inside coloring being a lighter shade of brown. They’re at their widest at the top of their back and narrower down their side, which is the opposite of the cottonmouth’s cross bands.

 

The copperhead has a large range, across northern and southern US, with their largest range being from Alabama to Massachusetts and Illinois. Similar to rattlesnakes, they have a variety of habitats however primarily they like to stay in forested or rocky areas such as mountains, next to streams or canyons. It’s not uncommon to see them in suburban areas hiding under rocks or in old, abandoned buildings.

 

Although copperheads usually hunt alone, they can be found on rocks with other snakes and are seen as a sort of ‘social snake’. It can be hard to spot this snake, which means humans can easily make a mistake by treading too closely.

Precautions to Avoid a Bite

You should now have a fairly good understanding of venomous snake behaviour and their likely habitats. There are also some things you should and shouldn’t do, which will set you in good stead for preventing a bite from occurring. Prevention is much better than having to deal with a bite.

 

  • DON’T turn over logs or place your hands on rocks without checking first – these are perfect places for snakes to hide.
  • Watch your step – be careful if you’re walking in long grass or somewhere you can’t see where you’re placing your feet.
  • Always zip up your tent and keep your boots inside it – snakes love to slither into dark places.
  • DON’T fend off a snake with a stick – if you’re close enough to do that, you’re probably close enough to be bitten!

 

What Should You do if You’re Bitten?

If you do land yourself in the unfortunate position of becoming victim of a venomous bite, make sure to follow the next few steps. It could be the difference between a minor inconvenience to a bigger problem.

 

  • Seek medical assistance straight away and try to describe key features of the snake in as much detail as possible, including what kind of habitat it is in.
  • Lower the wound below your heart – this will stop the poison from spreading as quickly.
  • Minimise the risk of a second bite – often snakes give a dry bite at first and a venomous bite if they need to fend you off again so there’s no point in making the situation worse.
  • Keep your heart rate down and minimise movement – again, this is in an attempt to stop the poison from spreading quickly around your body.
  • If you’re not going to get help for a while, wash the wound with fresh water to prevent infection.

***Please note there has been some controversy as to whether or not you should apply pressure or use a tourniquet for a snake bite.  Please see the following resources and make an informed decision when deciding the best method to treat a snake bite.

“Applying [PBI] with a pressure between 40 and 70 mm Hg in the upper extremity and between 55 and 70 mm Hg in the lower extremity around the entire length of the bitten extremity is an effective and safe way to slow the dissemination of venom by slowing lymph flow (Class IIa, LOE C). For practical purposes pressure is sufficient if the bandage is comfortably tight and snug but allows a finger to be slipped under it. Initially it was theorized that slowing lymphatic flow by external pressure would only benefit victims bitten by snakes producing neurotoxic venom, but the effectiveness of pressure immobilization has also been demonstrated for bites by non-neurotoxic American snakes….”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/04/AR2006100401529.html

http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/snake-bite2.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3550186/

http://www.firstaidanywhere.com/snake-bite-first-aid.html

 

 

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When is it safe to start your garden?

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This great tool allows you to check the freeze threat in your area by simply entering your zip code.

It’s especially helpful for those in live in colder climates where it’s harder to tell when winter is actually over and it’s safe to transplant your seedlings outdoors. Upon entering your zip code the site returns a detailed report that provides the first and last freeze days in your specific city, county and region among other useful statistics.

Lookup your first and last freeze/frost dates by zip code

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The Ultimate Sprouting Guide

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Why Sprouts?

Sprouts are one of the most incredibly nutritious, affordable and easy to grow foods we have available. They are one of very few edible plants that can be grown with limited exposure to the sun, which is why sprouting should be an important part your survival strategy.

Sprouts are a living food.

Plant based foods in their original and uncooked form are what we call a “living” or “raw” food. Once any food has been cooked or heated, it loses essential vitamins and nutrients and becomes a dead food. Living foods still contain all the life giving nutrients (enzymes, oxygen, vitamins, nutrients and chlorella) that are absolutely vital to the proper maintenance of the human body.

Sprouting at home can help improve your health and provide fresh food during emergencies. In this booklet we will teach you everything you need to know about preparing, purchasing, growing and harvesting a year round organic sprout garden right in your own kitchen.

Nutritious

Ounce for ounce sprouts are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. According to Sproutpeople.com and Wikipedia sprouts contain:

  • Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K,
  • Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Chlorophyll, Phosphorus, Niacin, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid
  • Trace Elements
  • All amino acids
  • Protein: up to 35%”

Sprouts are alkalizing to the body
Most modern diets are incredibly acidic, which leads to weak bone, fatigue, weight gain and an out of balance digestive system. Eating alkalizing foods like sprouts help to balance the diet and lead to better overall health.

Sprouting helps your digestive system
Sprouts help to neutralize something called phytic acid, an acid in your body that binds with minerals like calcium, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium. When phytic acid is bonded to those nutrients your body is unable to absorb them. Sprouts will allow you to absorb these nutrients better, which help nutrient absorption from any food that you eat.

Sprouts also help to neutralize enzyme inhibitors, allowing healthy enzymes to operate. Adding them to your regular diet can also help with the breakdown of complex carbohydrates and sugars and turn them into glucose molecules making them easier for your body to digest. It has been suggested that sprouts even deactivate a carcinogen found in grains call “aflotoxins”.

*Under certain conditions food borne illnesses can occur during the sprouting process. Although this is somewhat rare (like with raw milk) since sprouts are grown in moist, warm conditions bacterial growth can occur. However most sprouting seeds are tested for bacteria and as long you use uncontaminated seeds and use clean equipment and water and refrigerate your sprouts the risk of bacteria is almost 0.

More on Sprouting Nutrition
http://www.living-foods.com/articles/sprouts.html

Nutritious

Sprouting kits and seeds are very affordable, particularly if you obtain seed from a farm store and buy in bulk. Some stores have 20 lbs of seeds for about 20 dollars; remember that a few tablespoons can fill up an entire jar with sprouts. A small package of live sprouts can cost 5 dollars or more at the grocery store.

Simple
Growing your own sprouts requires very minimal effort to get started. It’s easy, quick and fun. Get the kids involved and make it part of your routine. With a few minutes a day for 3-5 days you have a week or more worth of sprouts. See easy how growing your own sprouts can be.

Eco Friendly
When you sprout, or grow anything yourself, you are helping the environment by reducing the amount of energy and thereby reducing the amount of carbon emissions that are needed to bring food to your table.

Survival

Sprouts are a great survival food. Most stored foods loose nutrients over time; additionally cooked foods lose a great deal of the initial nutritional value. Sprouts are a quick and cheap food that can supplement the rest of your food storage.

Convinced yet? Now let’s explore what we can sprout and how to sprout it.

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Stock Market Crash 2016: This Is The Worst Start To A Year For Stocks Ever

Stock Market Collapse 2016We have never had a year start the way that 2016 has started.  In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 have both posted their worst four-day starts to a year ever.  Canadian stocks are now down 21 percent since September, and it has been an absolute bloodbath in Europe over the past four days.  Of course the primary catalyst for all of this is what has been going on in China.  There has been an emergency suspension of trading in China two times within the past four days, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next.  Eventually this wave of panic selling will settle down, but that won’t mean that this crisis will be over.  In fact, what is coming is going to be much worse than what we have already seen.

On Thursday I was doing a show with some friends, and we were amazed that stocks just seemed to keep falling and falling and falling.  The Dow closed down 392 points, and the NASDAQ got absolutely slammed.  At this point, the Dow and the NASDAQ are both officially in “correction territory”, and some of the talking heads on television are warning that this could be the beginning of a “bear market”.  But of course some of the other “experts” are insisting that this is just a temporary bump in the road.

But what everyone can agree on is that we have never seen a start to a year like this one.  The following comes from CNN

The global market freakout of 2016 just got worse.

The latest scare came on Thursday as China’s stock market crashed 7% overnight and crude oil plummeted to the lowest level in more than 12 years.

The Dow dropped 392 points on Thursday. The S&P 500 fell 2.4%, while the Nasdaq tumbled 3%.

The wave of selling has knocked the Dow down 911 points, or more than 5% so far this year. That’s the worst four-day percentage loss to start a year on record, according to FactSet stats that go back to 1897.

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Unique Survival Gear You May Not Have Heard Of

When it comes to survival gear, there is a lot out there to choose from. Here you’ll find some of the most interesting and unique survival gear we have come across over the last 7 years of prepping for the EOTW.

Adventure Medical Kits SOL Origin Survival Tool

AMK SOL Origin Survival Tool


Zippo Outdoor Line Emergency Fire Starter

Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit
Fire Starter Instructions

Don’t forget the
Zippo Tinder Sticks For Emergency Fire Starter
and the Zippo Outdoor Line Handwarmer (Silver, 4 x 2.5 x 0.5)

SteriPEN Handheld Water Purifier

SteriPen

Mountainsmith Dog Pack

mountainsmith dog pack

Kelty TC 3.0 Transit Child Carrier

 

kelty TC 3.0 transit child carrier


 

McNett Tenacious Tape

Tenacious tape

 

Lifesaver Water Bottle

Etón Raptor Solar Survival Tool

Eton Raptor Solar Survival Tool

Campa USA’s All Terrain ATT Unit

CampaUSA.com

Fenix HP20 Flashlight

Fenix HP20 FlashlightFenix flashlight modes

FenixLight.com

Soto Pocket Torch

Goal 0 Sherpa 50 Adventure Kit

Sherpa Adventure Kit

* Store 50 watts of power with the Sherpa 50
* Charge the Sherpa 50 with the Nomad 13.5 solar panel in about 6-10 sun hours
* Sherpa 50 Power Pack is equivalent to 30,000 AA batteries
* Nomad 13.5 is made from powerful monocrystalline solar cells

 

Like this list? Be sure to check out the latest survival gear ratings and reviews from fellow Preppers on our home page at http://www.survival-spot.com.

***This article was contributed by Chrystle Poss a.k.a. “Survival Girl”, Owner of this Survival Blog and devoted Prepper. She has been writing articles on survival and emergency preparedness since 2006. You can find her work on various websites and publications.***

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Christmas Gift Idea – ToolLogic Credit Card Companion


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Price: $13 – $15

The SOG Specialty Knives & Tools CC1SB Credit Card Companion is a credit card-sized multitool, complete with (9) essential tools that all fit conveniently into the compact case that can easily be taken on the go. Made of black ABS plastic, the holder sports a serrated 5Cr steel blade with satin finish, a combination can and bottle opener, awl, 8x power lens, compass, tweezers, toothpick and ruler. The blade, tweezers, toothpick and combination opener can all be removed completely from the holder for easy use. Razor sharp serrated edges on the 2-inch stainless steel blade allow it to cut through even the toughest materials with ease. The CC1SB has an overall length of 3.375-inches, overall width of 2.125-inches and a weight of 1.4-ounces. The SOG Specialty Knives & Tools CC1SB Credit Card Companion comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Each SOG product is created with the help of company founder and chief engineer, Spencer Frazer. Known for their uncompromising style and performance, these knives and tools showcase innovation, dependability and a unique, futuristic style that has garnered awards and recognition worldwide. SOG products have also won favor among law enforcement, military and industrial customers that rely on their tools to perform flawlessly in the toughest, most adverse conditions.

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Survivalism Goes Mainstream

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The day starts just like any other.  You wake up, get dressed and make your way into work, fighting the stress of the morning commute just like everyone else trapped in their cars on the gridlocked highway.  You finally arrive at work and settle in to start your day.  All of a sudden you hear a loud rumbling sound. At first you think it might just be a large truck driving by or something else shaking the ground.  But then the sound gets louder and the rumbling becomes more violent.  The lights go out, the shaking continues for a minute and then everything goes silent.  The next thing you know people are running outside in a panic, the shaking has started again but this time it’s a lot worse and you can’t keep your footing.  Books start flying off the shelves in your office as you try to make your way for the door.  “Could it be an earthquake?” you think to yourself.

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This is the scenario that has happened in numerous towns across America and people are starting to wake up to the possibility that it actually might just happen to them.  The trend towards emergency preparedness or “survivalism” has really started to take hold in recent years due to a number of natural disasters, mass shootings and other public safety threats that have come to the forefront.  This idea has been perpetuated by television shows such as AMC’s Walking Dead and TLC’s Doomsday Bunkers.  While some think that people with the preparedness or “Prepper” mentality are just paranoid tin-hat wearing fools, others have really latched on to the idea and started to incorporate emergency preparedness tactics into their everyday lives.  Is the recent infatuation with survivalism and emergency preparedness a valid, relevant movement that deserves a further look?  Or does it simply promote a fear mentality for people in an already insecure world.  Is there a need to prepare for the unexpected in today’s world or is the whole idea being oversold?  If history repeats itself as they say it always does, then we can look at examples of disasters throughout recent years to determine if preparing is a wise and necessary venture.  Otherwise this trend would be nothing less than a marketing tactic to push products that will likely never be needed.

What is “Survivalism”?

Wikipedia defines emergency preparedness or “survivalism” as “a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international.  Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may help them survive a catastrophe.”

The possibilities for calamity are seemingly endless in today’s world.  From nuclear threats to economic disaster, it seems as though there is always something to be worried about.  In such an uncertain environment, it would seem to be a wise choice to insure the safety of your family by stocking up on a few extra items that could possibly save your life one day.  We purchase health insurance to protect against a major injury and life insurance to protect our families in the event of an unexpected death so why not buy insurance to protect against the effects of a major disaster?  This move towards individual responsibility for your own well being is long overdue and will likely continue to expand over the next several years.

How Real is the Threat?

During Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, many families were left stranded without adequate food or water supplies.  Some were lucky enough to evacuate to higher ground before the flooding hit but others weren’t so lucky.  Circumstances in the local emergency shelters were less than adequate and sometimes even dangerous.  Only those who had taken responsibility for their own personal safety were able to weather the storm unscathed.  Just a few simple preparations such as extra food, clean water and medical supplies made all the difference when it came down to a real emergency.

Several studies have been conducted by Citizen Corps regarding emergency preparedness trends among governments, businesses and households in America. These surveys found that individuals and households are aware of the seriousness of a natural disaster, and say that they are willing to prepare for one, but relatively few households have acted to mitigate losses and reduce injury. With so much evidence pointing out the importance in being prepared in today’s society, it’s hard to understand why anyone would choose not act to protect themselves and their families in the event of a disaster.

Many people argue against preparedness citing paranoia and unrealistic expectations. This is especially true when you talk about preparing for societal collapse or doomsday. But preparedness extends far beyond zombies and bunkers. Preparedness could be as simple as knowing how to fix your car or having adequate food and lighting for your family if the power went out for days or weeks.

 

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark

 

People may be able to argue about the various reasons to prepare, however one thing is clear; preparedness is smart, practical and useful. After all “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark” as Howard Ruff would say. Whether you are preparing for something as extreme as the apocalypse or something as simple as a power outage, being prepared mitigates trouble, saves money and could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.

Someone once asked the founder of the Boy Scouts,  Robert Baden-Powell about the motto of the scouts “Be prepared”.  “Be prepared for what?” they asked. Baden-Powell responded “Why, for any old thing”. Being prepared for life and the chaotic challenges it throws at you and allows you to life happy, stress free and without regret.  If buying a few extra supplies means a happy, stress free life you can count me in!

 

Sources:

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/emergencies/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivalism

 

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11 Survival TV Shows Worth Watching

Dancing at Armageddon:  Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times

The Founding Fathers of Survivalism

 

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How to Make Bread the Easy Way

Check out this great video to learn how to make bread the easy way – by hand! No electricity needed…

How to Make Bread

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7 Clever Ideas to Hide Your Secret Stash

Most people already know the importance of keeping valuables and weapons locked up and out of sight from prying eyes. Guns should always be kept in a locked safe and out of the reach of children. But when it comes to keeping all of your weapons stashed, Preppers know better than to put all of their eggs in one basket.

While rifle cases can be a great way to store larger guns, they also make an easy target for criminals if they’re small enough to be carried or easy to break into. That’s why covert gun safes are becoming more popular these days as people try to come up with better ways to protect their property. As a Prepper, we always encourage readers of our survival blog to keep a geo cache stashed somewhere outside of the home whether it be in the back yard to protect against robbery or in a remote area close to home for bug out situations. But there are certain situations where you need to have a defense weapon that is easily accessible yet not obvious to the untrained eye.

The following list was compiled to give you some clever options to hide your secret stash.

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The Fluoride Debate

fluorideMost of us trust that the water we drink and give to our kids every day is clean and safe.  But the longstanding controversy regarding the addition of fluoride (“fluosilicic acid” or “sodium fluoride”) to the public water supply has many questioning whether or not the benefits really outweigh the risks.  Proponents of public water fluoridation claim that the rate of dental caries (tooth decay) has been on the decline during the second half of the 20th century (Center for Disease Control, 1999).  While adversaries claim that fluoride ingestion can lead to a plethora of unwanted health effects like bone cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer disease and numerous other health conditions (National Research Council, 1993).  Despite the tremendous controversy surrounding this practice, fluoride continues to be added to public water supplies to over 70% of American cities today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers fluoridation of water one of the ten greatest achievements in public health in the 20th century (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010).  The first known use of fluoride in water occurred in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 25th, 1945 (Bull World Health Organization, 2006). It wasn’t until the 1950’s that public water fluoridation really hit the mainstream, becoming official policy of the U.S. Public Health Service and being widely promoted among dental health authorities. Today, the American Dental Association claims that the fluoridation of public water has improved the dental health of over 200 million American citizens (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 2011).

Since the introduction of public water fluoridation there have been numerous studies which have sought to discover the effects of fluoride on tooth decay levels among different communities across the nation. The results showed a substantial reduction in tooth decay among fluoridated communities when compared against those who do not have fluoride added to their water supply. The addition of fluoride was found to coat the enamel of the teeth while also deterring bacterial growth (MMWR Fluoride Report, August 17th 2001). There are Federal guidelines in place which dictate the amount of fluoride that can be safely used in the public drinking water. These limitations exist because fluoride in concentrated doses can cause permanent staining of the teeth, while still making them stronger and more resistant to decay.

The benefits of water fluoridation are well documented and accepted among those in the dental profession.  The American Dental Health Association has been promoting the use of fluoride in water supplies, as well as dental hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouth rinse, for decades. A 13 year trial study conducted among 26 states concluded with a confirmed reduction of tooth decay among the population.  Early studies showed a 50% to 70% reduction in dental caries among adolescents, while later studies conducted in the 1980’s produced a mean reduction of only 18% (CDC, unpublished data, 1999).

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There are many proponents of fluoride, both in public and private sectors that take the stance that water fluoridation is a very necessary health measure which provides low barrier access to preventive health care. This cost effective prevention measure is able to be distributed widely to communities regardless of their socioeconomic status, which in turn reduces national spending on dental care. Dental care also happens to be the fourth most expensive health cost in the United States.  When comparing the cost of fluoride medication as a preventive health measure against the costs of reactive care as a result of dental cavities, it is easy to see the cost savings.  The average cost of water fluoridation is around $1 per person annually, compared to the typical $400 that can be charged for one emergency extraction caused by tooth decay.  “ One economic analysis estimated that prevention of dental caries, largely attributed to fluoridation and fluoride-containing products, saved $39 billion dollars in dental-care expenditures in the United States during 1979-1989” (CDC, unpublished data, 1999).

There is an often overlooked benefit of water fluoridation which is the reduction in costs for Medicare recipients who are already stretched thin financially.  Since healthcare policy rates are set on a cumulative scale based on the frequency of services, the reduction in dental health expenditures among the general population helps to keep group healthcare rates lower as a whole. This benefit is paralleled by the cost savings for those individuals in low socio-economic brackets, particularly children. Children in low income families tend to have less access to regular dental checkups and are less likely to practice daily personal dental care (MMWR Fluoride Report, August 17th 2001). It is generally agreed upon that affordable healthcare costs for low or fixed income individuals provides a positive effect on society as a whole because those people are the least likely to obtain adequate care. Healthy people generate countless benefits within society. “The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. “ (Benjamin Disraeli, 1877)

Water fluoridation is a highly controversial issue that has been debated for decades.  From the time that fluoride was first introduced in America, various non-profit organizations and public health “watchdog” groups have been blowing the whistle on the safety and effectiveness of this practice.  In recent years, many serious diseases have been linked to fluoride exposure ranging from bone cancer and melanoma to mental health disorders like Alzheimers and down syndrome.  The effects of such wide scale, unmeasured public medication are far reaching and have yet to be fully understood.
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Fluoride is a highly toxic substance.  Consider, for example, the poison warning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires on all fluoride toothpaste sold in the United States (American Dental Association, 2002). Unlike naturally occurring fluorine found in the ground, the fluoride compounds added to public water supplies and toothpastes are industrial waste by-products of the phosphate fertilizer and aluminum industry. These compounds are known to be contaminated with heavy metals and carcinogens, including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. Although proponents of fluoride claim that the levels are too small for concern, fluoride levels exceed the EPA’s health based Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL’s), which for lead and arsenic are set at zero.

One of the most perplexing concerns about fluoride is the fact that even though this highly toxic chemical is being added to drinking water, exposure can lead to serious injury or even death.  Individuals who work in close proximity to this substance are required to take classes that inform them of the dangers of a fluoride leak and the health effects that can occur as a result of exposure.  Due to the toxic nature of fluoride, the amount that is added to the water system is regulated at very small percentages because it has to be highly diluted to prevent the risk of being fatal.  This fact alone has many in the water cleaning industry asking why this dangerous chemical is being added to our public water supply.  This is the same water supply that we spend millions of taxpayer dollars to remove pollutants and toxins from.

Ironically, proponents of fluoride often tout the cost savings of public water fluoridation.  Assuming that this is a necessary health expenditure which many would argue that it most definitely is not, the undocumented wastefulness of this practice is not being considered. Not only humans but all creatures on this earth are being exposed. Therefore, when it comes to the overall cost savings only human consumption is being considered in those estimates.  What about all the money that is wasted fluoridating the household pets, lawns and gardens of 70% of American households?  Not to mention that which is wasted in other capacities, down the drains of sewers, etc.

Read More: Self Test the Amount of Fluoride in Your Water

A possible relationship between fluoridated water and cancer risk has been debated for years. When fluoride was first introduced to American households back in 1945, it was touted as an amazing public health accomplishment. Unfortunately, as the years passed and tooth decay was on the decline, other more serious and fatal conditions like prostate cancer and bone tumors were on the rise (Cancer Trends Progress Report, 2011/2012). Many recent studies show evidence of the cancer-causing potential of fluoridated drinking water in humans and animals.  A partial study from Harvard, published in 2006, confirmed that exposure to higher levels of fluoride in drinking water was linked to higher risk of a rare form of bone cancer in adolescent boys called osteosarcoma.  Another study from the US National Toxicology Program found higher rates of the exact same type of cancer in a study involving male rats that were given fluoridated drinking water for two years (National Toxicology Program, 1990). Also, the NRC recommends that further research should be conducted on the effects of fluoride on the risk of bladder cancer.

Beyond the physical health concerns, research suggests that fluoride has adverse effects on human neurological development as well.  In a telling review of a variety of studies that have demonstrated just how significantly fluoride can damage the brain and subsequently your IQ, Harvard University scientists stated “our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” New studies from China show that children whose mothers were exposed to fluoridated water while they were pregnant had lower I.Q. scores than those whose mothers lived in non-fluoridated areas during pregnancy.

Since it has been acknowledged that fluoride can be toxic to humans at high levels, many are concerned about inadvertent consumption through alternative sources.  Intake, absorption and retention will vary among each individual and since too much fluoride can be hazardous to your health, exposure levels need to be exact. Several different factors determine the level of individual fluoride absorption and retention.  Even if you are able to control your water intake by drinking bottled water, other sources of fluoride exist from toothpaste, soft drinks, and food.  Therefore intake levels cannot be measured accurately to determine proper dosage amounts.

While there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding this topic, one might question whether the concern is due to a genuine public health concern or simply an overall lack of evidence to support the safety of fluoride ingestion over an extended period of time.  While fluoride use may in fact reduce tooth decay, there is a strong possibility that the risks outweigh the benefits.  Ultimately, many reputable sources agree that the use of fluoride as an accepted method of dental health promotion is a very misunderstood practice that deserves a more in depth look.  In the meantime, I think I’ll stick with bottled water.

 

References

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  2. National Research Council. Health effects of ingested fluoride. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1993.
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Cancer Trends Progress Report, 2011/2012

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***This article was contributed by Chrystle Poss a.k.a. “Survival Girl”, Owner of this Survival Blog and devoted Prepper. She has been writing articles on survival and emergency preparedness since 2006. You can find her work on various websites and publications.***

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