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saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Prepper: Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era

Prepper: Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era
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We can learn from the philosophy of ‘using and reusing’ that Depression era folks were forced to live with. We can learn by examining what the skills were during the Great Depression era. Who were those that were able to find some work, those who were better able to survive those very difficult times?
What were the survival skills of that time and would they apply to surviving in a future post-collapse world?

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Perhaps the most learned skill during the era of the Great Depression was that of frugality. Frugality in all things.
People had no choice but to make do with very little. They managed to survive. The things we throw away today or the things we take for granted would be treasured and used to its fullest back then…
Every scrap of food. Everything. Every part was used to its fullest potential.
You know how most people throw out what’s left of a ketchup or mustard bottle (for example) with maybe that last inch of stuff on the bottom that won’t come out? Well they would get it out… Add a bit of water in there and shake it up, and it will come out. Things like that… frugality. No waste.
When clothes became too worn out, they were mended or patched up, sewn. (How many people can actually sew today?) When clothes became too worn to wear, the materials were used as rags, mops, whatever.
Frugality was a necessity of life. Nothing at all was thrown out.
They would improvise, adapt, and overcome.
A mindset.

Homesteading and Farming Skills

Farms. There were lots of farms back then. Today in the United States, fewer than 1 percent claim farming as an occupation.
The farm was a place where resources and nothing went to waste. The cows, chickens, livestock were mostly fed from the food that was grown on the farm as much as possible. Old bread, corn cobs, apple cores, and other kitchen scraps were fed to the hogs. Then the livestock’s manure was collected and used to fertilize crops.
The farming lifestyle was self-sustaining. Gardening. Food preservation. Outdoor skills. Animal husbandry. Butchering. It involved many and countless hands-on skills from building fences to successfully growing foods to managing livestock, and everything in-between. If you lived on a farm, and the farm was not indebted (or indebted beyond the ability to keep paying), then you could survive.

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A good handyman, someone with construction skills, someone who knew how to fix ‘anything’ so to speak, or patch anything up and make it work again, was someone who could perhaps occasionally find some work or trade his services for food or shelter for awhile. Subsets of a handyman might include carpentry, masonry, plumbing.
To become a ‘handyman’ requires practical life-experience knowledge and skills from ‘doing’. It is learned through action. Getting one’s hands dirty…


To fix machines, machined things, and/or vehicles. Someone who knows tools and has knowledge and skills using equipment like the lathe, the milling machine, the drill press, the saw, grinding, forging, welding, etc.. Knowledge of how vehicles work. Engines. Pumps. Hydraulics. And the tools to work with…

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Health care

There always was and there always will be those who need medical care. The field of health care, doctors, nurses, etc.. was and will always be a necessary service and skill(s). The advancements in this field have been tremendous and extraordinary compared to the era of the Great Depression. That said, without the technologies of today, there will still always be demand for those who can help others with their medical needs and conditions, emergency or otherwise.
I’ve listed a few depression era skills above, and I believe that they would apply towards what would be valuable during life in a post-collapse world where we’re set back in time so to speak.
Let’s hear your additional thoughts about what may have been ‘valuable’ skills back then, and what survival skills might be valuable in a similar (but probably much more dangerous) world of tomorrow… ?(source)

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The Ancient Off-Grid Heater That’s Far Better Than A Wood Stove

It’s the most reliable, safe and efficient way to produce heat with wood. So why do so few homes nowadays have them?
Masonry stoves have been used for centuries — across Scandinavia, France, Germany and Poland. But they were seldom found in Britain and it’s the early British influence on North America that may account for their relative scarcity in the US.
On a fundamental level, a masonry stove is a massive assembly of bricks that is designed to hold and radiate heat produced by a wood fire. When properly designed and built, a masonry stove can continue to radiate heat for up to 20 hours in a well-insulated home after the intense burning of a two-hour fire. On average, though, the two-hour fire will heat a home in winter for eight to 12 hours.
The brickwork in the chimney is designed to circulate the smoke through a system of channels that extract as much heat as possible before the smoke exits the flue. Because an intense fire is used to heat up the masonry, there is little creosote buildup and it produces a very clean fire.
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50 Critical Items to Survive Disaster

Highly Effective Multi-Use Survival Tools and Items for Surviving a Catastrophic Disaster or Economic Collapse
After all the basics are covered (think the top ten supplies to survive disaster), what else from the modern world would help a person, family, or entire community survive a widespread disaster or global catastrophe?
You may be able to buy several of these items listed below from second-hand stores, but always be sure of the quality of each critical survival tool before you simply buy it and hope for it to come through for you in a future emergency.

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Now, we know what the basic survival supplies are: Food; water; weapon or weapons for self-defense; shelter; clothing; map and compass; fire making materials such as a lighter or flint and magnesium; candle; flashlight; backpack or get home bag.
These are the basic survival tools. The top 10 — if you don’t have these top ten survival supplies when a serious disaster hits, you may be in trouble shortly, and you’ll want to figure out how to get each of these top 10 items as soon as possible.

But There’s More to Survival

But there’s more. Life in the wilderness and / or life in an urban disaster zone has a lot more dangers and challenges than you might expect. In the wilderness you’ll have to deal with dangerous wildlife. In an urban setting — dangerous people and sometimes dangerous wildlife (loose, dangerous dogs for example or even loose exotic pets or animals that have escaped from a zoo). If the “Big One” ever hits Seattle as is predicted to happen, the Woodland Park Zoo might be leveled, along with other parts of Seattle. What about Los Angeles? L.A. has a big zoo also.
So, there’s a lot more to survival than what you see on Man vs. Wild or Survivorman.
A lot of whether you survive or not will also have to deal with traveling — namely your ability to cross over rivers and your ability to cross over mountains and snow, ice, and glaciers.
Then there’s long term survival to consider when you’ve set up a base camp — whether that’s a bunch of tents pitched close together up in the mountains near a hot spring (congratulations if you can score that location) — or it’s a secluded cabin hidden in the trees up in the foothills or even near a remote coastal area of British Columbia, Canada, Alaska or parts of the continental U.S. coastline.

50 Speciality Tools Critical to Surviving a Catastrophic, Long Term Disaster

This section is going to discuss several survival tools that may add more weight to your pack, but may come in handy all the same. Depending on where you are when disaster strikes, and what kind of disaster and how big it is, you may or may not be able to load up your car, truck, or ATV and make the drive into the countryside. If you have to walk, and have too much gear to carry on your back, you need to consider getting your hands on a tow-behind cart — the same kind of tow-behind cart popular with big game hunters.
With that said, the first specialty tool to suggest is:

1) Deer Cart / Game Carrier

A deer cart is a hand-powered “game carrier” with two wheels and a handle and two sides that meet at the wheel base. It can be used both on-road and off-road to transport heavy gear or a carcass weighing hundreds of pounds (following a successful hunt where you’ve taken the life of a deer, elk, antelope, bear or other wild animal).

2) Wetsuit / Camouflage Wetsuit

Fact is many coastal areas and mountain lakes and rivers are cold much of the year — really cold — but if you have a wetsuit (that includes the foot coverings — called wetsuit boots — and wetsuit gloves — as well as a protective hood to wear over your head), you can swim in beach waters and lakes and rivers in an effort to spearfish under water or hunt for other types of sea-life you can eat. Your wet suit may also come in handy for cold water river crossings.
Tip: There are many dangers when it comes to crossing rivers as well as swimming off beaches when spearfishing, so make sure you know what you’re doing before attempting a river crossing or swimming in the ocean. Regarding the ocean, make sure you know how to escape riptides (which occur periodically along shorelines) before simply throwing on a wetsuit and diving in.

3) Spearfishing / Speargun

With a camouflage wetsuit you make it harder for sea life to spot you when in the water spearfishing. Now add a weapon that will take down sea life that ventures into your line of fire: A speargun. In different parts of the world, primitive people (including Native American tribes near the North American coastline) have been spearfishing for thousands of years. Now, spearfishing is even easier, thanks to the speargun. Recreational spearfishing is common place nowadays. In a time of collapse though, you won’t be doing this for recreation; you’ll be doing this for survival. The oceans (and a number of lakes and rivers) can provide an abundance of edible wildlife, even for large numbers of people — as early Native Americans new well.

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* Not only can you count on harvesting fish and other sea life on the ocean floor (such as crab) with a speargun, but in some situations a speargun can make an excellent stealth weapon, should a situation arise where to defend yourself you have to make an offensive move on a hostile group that is either sitting off shore on a boat or island or has it’s basecamp near the coastline on the mainland. Welcome to the Navy Seals.

4) Scuba Mask and Snorkeling Gear for Underwater Spearfishing

Goggles worn by scuba divers will allow you to see underwater when you want to search for edible sea-life or spearfish. Snorkeling gear will allow you to stay underwater for long periods of time, making it easier to spot sea-life and / or wait patiently for fish to come in to range of your spear. See: How to Use Your Snorkeling Gear. While you’re at it, grab yourself some good fins, which will give you more strength to propel yourself while swimming underwater.

5) Inflatable Boat with Hand Held (Manual) Pump and Trolling Motor

A flood may be headed for your community — rather than simply stopping at your porch this one may be a catastrophic flood that rises another ten feet or more, flooding the bottom story of your home, and forcing your family to evacuate upstairs to safety. You didn’t expect this. But you can be prepared for it. If you have an inflatable raft and can make your way onto the roof, inflate the raft with your manual pump (or inflate it on the rear deck of your home, if it’s up on the second story) and then load the family into the raft; include a few key survival supplies and simply float away (consider inflating the raft a couple days beforehand). Make sure you have some oars as well as plenty of rope. With rope you can tie yourself to light posts, to trees, or other fixed objects if you need to rest from rowing, or if simply the tide is pulling you toward the ocean faster than you can row inland.
* Note: The inflatable boat shown at the link above has a mount for a small trolling motor and space for an external battery. It’s also rated to hold up to 880 pounds. So that’s approximately 4 people and a couple hundred pounds of survival gear. The price for the boat, trolling motor, and battery is extremely low, considering how useful this boat could be in an evacuation; such as getting from an island to the mainland (if ferry service is down) or simply getting across a large lake or river, if a water crossing is part of your evacuation plans.

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6) Kayak / Sea Kayak

A kayak is an efficient and fast way to row across the water or travel vast distances along a coastline. Some kayaks are narrow and roll easily (such as a “white water” kayak) and should only be used by people who have experience and know what they’re doing. Other kayaks (such as a three person sea kayak called a “triple”) are heavier, have a wider base and aren’t subject to rolling — yet they move fast through the water; kayaks like these have room for a second or third person and over 100 pounds of of survival gear (if it’s packed in an upright backpack). If it’s just you, consider purchasing a “double” kayak (or two double kayaks, if it’s you and your wife for example). Keep these close by your home in case of catrastrophic flooding. If you own a couple “doubles”, then each of you has room in each kayak to carry over 60 pounds in survival gear (fill up a backpack and set your pack in the empty seat and bungee chord it down; put all the heavy weight in your pack at the bottom, so it sits low in the kayak; by keeping the weight at the bottom, this will help keep your kayak balanced in the water, giving you more stability).
Note: Don’t just store kayaks outside your home under a tarp. Tie your kayaks to a fixed anchor point so that sudden flood waters don’t sweep them away and prevent you from making your escape.

7) Life Vest

So you want to make that river crossing — but you don’t have a boat — and it’s deep and wide and moving relatively fast? Throw on a life vest and swim your way to the other side. Don’t just jump in the river, though. Calculate the speed of the river by how fast you’ll be able to move, and then go upstream quite a ways, jump in the river from there, and by the time the current carries you back downstream hopefully you will have made it to the location you hoped to land at. Not all rivers are the same though — some rivers this simply won’t be an option. Better to hike many miles along the bank until you can find a relatively safe place to cross. Remember, that large, slow moving rivers can have a strong undercurrent — which is why a life vest can be a life saver in a river crossing.

8) Grappling Hook

Here’s one way to cross a rushing river — jump in a river with a secured life vest on and once in range of the other side, throw a grappling hook (tied to a rope); with decent aim, a grappling hook can catch on to tree branches or thick brush; now simply hold on tight to the rope, and let momentum pull you to the shore.
The grappling hook has enough weight on it that you can also use it to bridge small gaps and creeks; from one side of the gap or creek (side “A”) you throw the grappling hook to the other side (side “B”) where it catches in the trees. Once secure (and you’ve tested it to ensure that — yes — it’s secure), you can tie the rope you’re holding high in a tree (on side “A”) so that the rope descends at an angle to the other side of the gap (side “B”). Then rig a pully system and either ride it down like a zip-line to the other side, or first send your packs down, then ride it down. There are ways to retrieve your rope — that’s too much information to go into detail here though. If you take a mountaineering course you’ll learn ways to use rope that allow for rope retrieval once you’ve gotten up or down an area. The same science to rope retrieval can be adapted for gap/river crossings. Congratulations — now you’re getting into special forces training.
Training with a Grappling Hook
Your ability to use the grappling hook in a time of a emergency — such as being pursued — is going to come down to how adept you’ve become with it after many hours of practice. Your aim will greatly improve, your ability to judge a location for hooking into will get better, and the speed at which you can climb (or descend) will get faster.
Don’t be careless and don’t throw a grappling hook without knowing where it’s going to come down. These things can kill. Pay attention to what you’re doing.
Keep a second rope handy used solely for climbing and descents when there is no wall or tree for your feet to “walk” up. Small knots at regular intervals in this second rope (every 18 inches for example) will give you an easy way to climb or descend (for example, onto a highway overpass or bridge, where there is no wall for your feet) as each knot will provide leverage. Consider the job you’re likey to use a grappling hook for that day and then choose a specific rope for beforehand — so you have it ready should an immediate need arise.
Tactical Uses for a Grappling Hook
Grappling hooks have been used in times of war to trigger wire obstacles and set off land mines before they can take lives. They have also been used in naval warfare to tie on to enemy boats or to dredge along the bottom of a lake or coastline for items that have fallen in the water.
You might not think of a grappling hook as an effective tool, but really, with some practice and ingenuity, you’re likely to find several uses for it. (Whichever grappling hook you purchase, be sure to check on the quality of engineering that has gone into it; it should be rated for actual tactical use. Do you want to gamble your life on a cheaply manufactured grappling hook? Don’t skimp on this one. Finally, seek out actual tactical training — you will be light years ahead of most readers here.)

9) Bolt Cutter for Chain Link Fence and Barbed Wire

If possible try to avoid cutting someone else’s fence. But in a life-threatening emergency, and when there’s no easy way over or under a fence, you can use a handy bolt cutter tool (you don’t need to buy a large one, just a small one that will do the job) to cut your way through the barbed-wire or chain link.

10) Crossbow and Arrows

A cross bow is relatively easy to learn how to shoot and easy to aim. While hunting with a rifle can be easier and more effective, there may be a time when you don’t want to alert people to your location with gunshots — and that’s why you should also have a crossbow around. They don’t have as much of a learning curve as a traditional bow and arrow or a compound bow. So it’s easier to teach others in your party how to shoot. Plus a crossbow can be kept loaded and ready to fire — which can be essential for self-defense purposes. Have plenty of arrows and choose arrows with brightly covered “flanges” so that if you miss your target you can more easily retrieve your arrow from the surrounding brush. Take down elk, deer, moose, dangerous dogs and even African lions with a crossbow or (if you’ve got the experience), a compound bow.

11) Long Range Rifle and Ammunition

Great for hunting wildlife at long range. It is easier to hunt with a rifle as you can be further away (with less risk of your scent being picked up) than a person with a compound bow or crossbow, who typically needs to be within closer range of an animal in order to get a good shot. Have a few long-range rifles for troop movement — by “troop” I mean the people you are traveling with, including any kids, women, and even any elderly.
Tip: If you want to survive in a time of widespread disaster or even the “apocalypse” or “Great Tribulation” that many are expecting is right around the corner, you need to think of your group as a team and ultimately as a platoon or troop. A little discipline and organization can go a long way to helping your “platoon” survive should dangerous wildlife or people threaten your lives. Organize a formation (train, train, and train some more with your group days and weeks beforehand), be able to move and fire in unison, while covering angles of incoming fire.
Organization will give you strategies for escaping an ambush, should enemies suddenly show up on all sides. If you fight as a team rather than individuals you’re a much bigger force to be reckoned with — which is exactly the reason that the first armies started winning wars early on in history.
Train to be ambushed. Teach your team what an ambush might look like and different ways to react and adapt to the terrain. Train to escape.

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12) Bear Pepper Spray

Use it on grizzly bears, mountain lions, and crooks (crooks that aren’t pointing a gun at you). Bear pepper spray is a good secondary weapon that children in your group could be considered being trained to fight with — you might not trust them with a gun, but they might be just fine with pepper spray — as long as they don’t freeze from fear.
Tip: In a time of disaster, put children through some training scenarios to help them be prepared for the day of battle. Pepper spray is a last resort weapon as it’s typically only effective in close encounters when an animal or a person is closing-in. Teach them to spray and run — but make that spray count. The closer they let the animal or person get, the better chances they have of the pepper spray striking it’s target with maximum impact. Teach them to be fearless. Make them realize that pepper spray when used at the right moment is a very effective weapon at disabling an opponent and creating a few minutes of time to make an escape — or it simply creates time to grab a follow up weapon such as a knife or spear. If we can teach kids to play baseball and football we can also teach kids how to fight and beat the bad guys when there’s no other escape possible. Teach them to move laterally — to the side — like a running back on the football field side-stepping from a charging linebacker. Spray, dodge, run.

13) Picks and Shovels

There’s a great chance that the ground underneath you is going to have rocks, or be hard packed, and simply not easy to dig with a shovel. Break up the ground with a pick until you have plenty of loose dirt, then shovel the loose dirt away, and return to using the pick.
If you plan to be rooted in place for a period of time, having a few good picks and shovels around can be very useful. With a small group working as a team large areas can be dug relatively quickly — such as underground shelters and even tunnel systems (learn the ins and outs of digging tunnels before you simply try to dig one yourself — not knowing what you’re doing is a quick way to die when the sides or roof collapse).
Note: If you plan on being part of any community r-ebuilding effort following a disaster, don’t just have one pick or shovel stored away; have a few of each. Digging is one task that you will appreciate having multiple people with multiple picks and shovels at work beside you. Shoveling is hard work — especially when a task takes many hours or even days to complete.

14) Axe

You can easily take down small trees with a good axe, as well as chop firewood. Don’t use the axe on anything but wood and never whack through wood without something else made of wood underneath it. You’ll chip your axe head on rocks if you do that.

15) Axe Sharpener

Keep your axe head sharp and able to cut through wood with a good axe sharpener.

16) Chainsaw

You’ll get through trees a lot faster with a chainsaw than you would with an axe. The chainsaw is going to be most effective in the early weeks and months of a widespread disaster, when there is still fuel to be had. Use it while you have it. If you’ve never used a chainsaw, be sure you’re shown how to keep the blade sharp as well. The points can dull up on you. See: How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Blade

17) Bow Saw

A good bow saw has a lot of life in it and can be used to cut through hundreds of large tree limbs and small trees. When it comes to survival, tree limbs and small trees can be used to construct everything from small cabins to defense walls around the perimeter of your camp; sharpen the points to help keep out dangerous wildlife as well as intruders.

18) Survival Knife / Bowie Knife

A good knife will go a long ways — from skinning an animal to cutting rope to simply scaring off a crook with a knife of his own. Use it to carve markings in trees to mark your path and signal others in your group to specific locations.

19) Rope

You can never have too much rope. If you have a lot of rope you can do everything from complicated tasks such as bridge building for river / creek crossings to simpler tasks such as pulley systems (for hoisting objects into the trees); then of course there’s the basic use of rope which is simply tying one object to another object, like a tarp to the top of a shelter — or a goat to a tree to be used as bait to draw in a lion or pack of wolves to an ambush where you and your team are waiting close by with weapons aimed.

20) Paracord

Many uses for paracord like this TOUGH GRID “military spec” rated at 750lbs. When living outdoors you’re going to find that you need rope / string to tie many things. Paracord has it’s origins in parachutes; what makes paracord different from traditional rope is that it’s made of many strings (the “guts” of the paracord) woven together inside a sheath of sorts – the outer-casing. When cut the guts are revealed, which can be unwound and used as individual thin strings for everything from emergency fishing line to shoelaces. An open flame will melt the paracord ends, sealing the casing again, enabling the paracord to continue it’s life as paracord — just a bit shorter now, with each length that you’ve cut from the original.

21) Tarp

Great way to weatherproof any shelter or provide temporary relief from the sun or rain. Also can be used as a rain-water harvesting system, where each corner is tied to a fixed location, and the lowest corner acts as a drain / spillway for any rain that is collected (that’s one method). Tarp can also be used to build solar stills. If you’re in a position to stockpile supplies, stockpile tons of tarp. Like rope you can never have too much tarp.

22) Nails / Roofing Nails / Plywood

High winds from a hurricane or tornado may have ripped shingles or even part of your roof or wall to your home away. You can do repairs with plywood as well as shingles you find around the neighborhood after the storm has past (use roofing nails for the shingles). Tarp also goes a long way to repairing roofs and walls that have been damaged by high winds or even fallen trees. Stockpile plywood. You can build sheds and even small cabins / living units on your property with plywood, nails, and tree limbs.

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23) Contractor Grade Garbage Bags / Waste Disposal

These things are a lot bigger (up to 55 gallons) and a lot stronger than typical heavy duty residential garbage bags. You’ll find many uses for these bags and will appreciate having them around in a time of disaster. With water and sewer lines broken throughout the area, working toilets will be a thing of the past for many. Your group will have to turn to chamber pots for solids, and these solids can then be dumped into large contractor garbage bags and then tied shut and even buried. It will go a long way to reducing the stench of human waste that is likely to build up around your camp or property after many weeks or months. Stockpile contractor grade garbage bags. They can also be used as a rain poncho (just cut out holes for your head and arms), as well as an emergency make-shift shelter — you may need two or three for that.

24) Bleach

A little bleach can go a long way. Have a second container that is mostly water. Use the mixture to sterilize knives and utensils and clean up cutting areas after any meat has been cut or deer / elk butchered. Stockpile bleach.
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25) Gasoline

If you have an emergency generator you can produce electricity after a disaster. Of course you’re going to need fuel to power it. Have fuel on hand as well for your car, should you be in a position where your automobile can be used for travel, such as in an evacuation, or if you simply live in a rural or semi-rural area that is not heavily congested by millions of people in an evacuation. Fuel (gasoline, not diesel) is also a great way to get a fire started in wet conditions. A little gasoline can go a long way in that regard.

26) Mess Kit

A good mess kit contains compact pots and pans that are designed to work as a set and pack within each other to compress to take up the least amount of space as possible in a backpack. These have been carried by soldiers in various armies as well as popular with modern day backpackers who don’t want to pack typical pots and pans along as they’re heavy and take up too much space. One difference between someone who camps and someone who backpacks is often a mess kit.

27) Whistles

Whistles are a great way to signal that you need help if you’re out in the wilderness or to communicate with others in your party who are within ear-shot — such as rescue workers or backcountry skiers who have drifted away from each other. In times of lawlessness or war whistles can be used by people posted as watchman on the outskirts of camp to alert the camp that an intruder — or worse — an invading force had been spotted.
Survival Tip / Caution About Whistles: If you’re traveling through an area and you hear whistles or whistling — be on the alert immediately. Someone may have spotted your group and is calling in bandits or gang members for an attack. You or your group may be about to be jumped, robbed, or raped. In the inner cities street gangs or simply criminals can use whistling to signal that a victim (you) has come into their neighborhood. If you hear a series of sharp whistles, this could be a signal for an attack. Pull out your weapons and make a run for it — it may not be smart to stand your ground because you just don’t know how many are coming and whether or not anyone will show up in a nearby window with a rifle and pick you off like a military sniper. Just get out of there.

28) Signal Mirror

Use it to signal other people in your group camped or positioned a distance away from you (if you have a communication system set up then you can even communicate simple commands with flashes of a signaling mirror at one another — think morse code.) Also use it to signal overhead aircraft should you be lost and you know that they’re searching for you. You can also use it on the shore to signal ocean going boats that you’re lost or stranded. See: How to Use a Signal Mirror

29) Machete

Great way to clear away brush. Great way to slash at the face of a dangerous animal though most people will end up maimed or killed if they try this. It just depends on how fierce and on target your initial slice is — if you can hit with pin-point accuracy — and you’ve got a good machete with a sharp edge and some weight to it — and your first strike is right across an eye and face, that animal that has attacked you may back-off for a few moments, trying to regain it’s sight. Continue to hack at it’s face, destroying it’s ability to see, and then take that opportunity to run or pull out a gun and open fire.

30) Slingshot

Highly accurate (after a few hours of target practice) and good for hunting small animals like squirrels and rabbits, grouse, and other birds. One hunter came up with the idea to shoot deer pellets (manufactured “pellets” that contain a scent for drawing deer to a hunting area) into the area he would be hunting. In other words, from his stand he shot deer pellets in several directions up to 100 yards or so away, rather than walking around, and leaving his own scent.
Deer are highly aware of odors and if they pick up a hunter’s scent will often flee without hesitation. A hunter’s scent can ruin the hunt. But deer pellets (also elk pellets) are created with odors that attract deer to the area. Regarding slingshots, there are toy slingshots then there are others such as those made by Trumark that can project shot at a speed up to 200 miles per hour and a distance of 225 yards. Yes, you could kill a person with a sling shot. Be careful with these. Don’t let untrained children run around with one of these weapons. David took down Goliath with a sling. It’s essentially the same idea.

31) Deer / Elk Pellets

As described above, have plenty of these on hand to aid in baiting deer or elk or even moose to an area within a shooting distance of your stand.

32) Propane Stove

If the power is out or your home destroyed by a disaster, a propane stove is an easy way to cook food, and a quality stove will give you many years of use. Cook with maximum efficiency to conserve propane as well as get the most heat out of an open flame. One trick is to wrap aluminum foil around the base of a pot — but far enough away from the flame as to not actually burn the foil. You can also do something even better than aluminum foil just by getting some thin stainless steel sheeting and cutting it / bending it to the right dimensions. Just one piece will go a long ways to getting more heat from your flame and you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

33) Nets

Great way to fish in rivers as well as in the ocean. Become familiar with fishing with a net and have different types of netting based on what you’ll be fishing for and how you’re most likely to use it. People have been fishing with nets for thousands of years.

34) Fishing Pole

If there’s any chance that you’ll be fishing in salt-water or when the salmon are running be sure to have yourself a strong fishing pole that can reel in a big fish and that’s not going to simply snap when a 30 pound fish or bigger is on the hook. Carry strong line with a high weight rating and you’ll be ready for most areas. If your pole does break or you lose it it’s not the end of the world — plenty of survivors have fished successfully with just line and a hook. You can cut fishing line out of parachord (just cut off a length and pull out the guts, and tie yourself a fishing line). Know how to find natural bait – and remember you can find nightcrawlers almost anywhere there’s dirt and rain.

35) Mosquito Netting

Keep the bugs out — more and more Westerners are seeing West Nile virus; the possibility for malaria taking off in North America exists as well — our world is going through changes; some call it Global Warming but others like myself believe this is from the direct hand of God. If so we may see a lot more disease carrying mosquitoes in the years ahead. Protect your homes and campsites the same way that many do currently in countries where mosquitoes are a daily threat. While on the subject of mosquito netting, get yourself an actual “hood” as well. Designed to be worn like a cap right over your head, the netting protects your face and neck from mosquitoes as you trudge through the woods or countryside or fish from the riverbank.

36) Toothpaste and Mouthwash and Floss

If you’re preparing for a widespread disaster, and a serious catastrophe has taken place, take care of your teeth as much as possible as there’s just not likely going to be a dentist in your area still open for business. Have the means to keep your teeth as clean as you can and take good care of them.

37) Coffee

If you have a large amount of coffee on hand you have a valuable resource for trading with your neighbors. A lot of people drink coffee and are hooked on the caffeine. That’s the plain and simple truth. Tea and coffee are valuable crops and when you can’t grow it it’s even better to have it canned and ready for the consumer. Think about this for a moment. When all your friends are eyeballing your survival stocks and you point to a few cases of coffee — you know they’re going to say things like, “Man, you got coffee? Hook me up.”

38) Campfire Percolator

If you want to brew coffee in a time of disaster you’re going to want a percolator that you can use right over a campfire or on your propane stove. Your Mr. Coffee maker back home just isn’t going to work out in Timbuktu when there’s nothing to plug into.

RELATED : How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

39) Spear Tips

You can use a spear for everything from fishing to hunting big game and even self defense against deadly predators like lions, grizzly bears, and wolves (don’t take on the grizzly, lions or wolves by yourself; it’s going to take a few of you with spears to do this effectively). Don’t wait until society collapses to have a few good spear tips on hand. There are different spear tips for fishing and then others for taking down wildlife such as boars and lions. Hint: Those same spear tips for taking down boars would work great against people should your life be at risk. Today, you can become Rambo and buy the entire spear, not just the tips, or you can be smart and realize that not many people are likely to buy spear tips — that way when you and your new companions (or family or friends or whomever you end up surviving with) admits that they didn’t prepare for doomsday, you can laugh and show them your collection of spear tips, and hand them out, one to each person in your group. Get to the task of spear making — cutting small trees / tree limbs that you can attach the spear tips to, and you’re set — your group will be ready to take down a mammoth or an angry sasquatch.

40) Pistols

While we’re on the subject of weapons for self-defense, if you have the means and the money to stockpile ammunition, have a number of pistols on hand. Like mentioned above, most people you know aren’t likely to prepare for a “doomsday” scenario. This step is really going the extra-mile but this is survival right? Stockpile a few pistols — and stockpile a ton of ammunition — and then be ready to hand these out to people in your group — people whom you can trust to handle a gun responsibly — also be able to teach them how to shoot because your lives may one day be in danger; teach them how to re-load their weapons quickly, how to shoot from cover, and how to work as a team to protect each other in a fire fight.
Tip: The best survival strategy for a fire fight may be to shoot and run, rather than shoot and stand your ground. The longer you stay in a fire fight the more chances you have of one of your team members being shot. If you’re living in an area of lawlessness, why shoot it out with the bad guys, especially if you’re possibly outnumbered and out gunned? Let your team members in front lay down fire while you’re guys in the back drop out of sight. Once they have cover, they can fire over the heads of their team members in front, or to the sides of their team members; the enemy may stay concealed for a few moments longer (to avoid these incoming shots) which gives your guys (or gals) in front time to make their escape also. This is guerrilla warfare 101. (we have an article on ambush survival — what to do if you’re ambushed, and how to get out of it — even when the people you’ve been ambushed by are trained soldiers; use the search bar at the top of the site to find it)

41) Ski Goggles

There’s a chance that you may find yourself traversing through a snowfield or even up and over a mountain pass with the sun high over head, or simply the snow coming down with winds whipping at your face. Ski goggles will give your eyes relief from the sun (get goggles with specialized tint) as well as your face relief from the wind chill and possible frost-bite. Soldiers on alpine missions are typically equipped for severe cold weather survival; take a lesson from these soldiers.

42) Ice Axe

So you find yourself climbing up a mountain pass (maybe it’s the Sierra Nevadas in California or the Rockies in Western Montana) but you underestimated the slope toward the top, just before the crest. An ice axe is commonly used by mountain climbers to ascend icy peaks. Rather than risk sliding back down the snowfield you just climbed up, use the ice axe in an overhead swing to grab on to the ice just ahead, and pull yourself forward. It may be slow going toward the top, but at the least it can get you over that crest, plus also allow you to make a safer descent down the other side, should it also have a steep grade. This technique of descending is called “glissading”.
Tip: With a little knowledge of setting anchors and tying rope, you can make it safe and easy to climb for anyone following below you. If you have the opportunity take a course in mountaineering. Also, become familiar with the dangers of crossing over glacial ice (many climbers have been lost their lives while crossing glaciers). Many of America’s early pioneers had to cross over mountain passes, as well as other explorers in earlier centuries. We’ve got a few more modern tools — like an ice axe and cramp-ons, which attach to your boots for digging into ice — that make this easier than they had it — but you’ve got to know how to use these tools first before they can help you.

43) Work Gloves

Cold Weather Work Gloves – If the weather is cold and you find yourself working outdoors — or worse, living outdoors — cold weather work gloves will be your best friend. Without proper protection for your hands from the severe cold, they’re just not going to be of any use for very long. Plus, if it’s cold enough and you’re outside long enough you risk frost-bite. Conditions are brutal when you work outside in the cold for very long without some protection for your hands from the frigid temperatures.
Standard Work Gloves – For warmer temperatures you’re going to want good work gloves that will protect your hands from debris, glass, wood, and just overuse should you have to work with tools for any period of time. The act of clearing brush with a machete also calls for work gloves — the moment your hands are blistering from failure to wear gloves is going to slow down your chopping through heavy brush, until you simply quit due to the pain and destructive forces tearing at your unprotected hands. Good work gloves will go a long way — until you can build up callouses from working with tools; then you may not need them as much.

44) Wool and Synthetic Clothing for Cold Temperatures

Wool is known to keep people warm, even when wet, which is the opposite of cotton. Cotton, when wet, in cold conditions can be deadly, as it quickly depletes the body of heat, leading to hypothermia. Wool was a clothing worn by many of America’s early pioneers, especially those living in cold conditions. Today there are both wool products as well as synthetic materials designed to do essentially the same thing and may even have more life and longer use than normal wool.

45) Cold Weather Sleeping Bag

You won’t appreciate this until you’re having to spend a night out in a tent when the temperature is in the 30s or simply if you’re in your home and the power has been out for many days and it’s the dead of winter and 10 degrees below zero outside. A cold weather sleeping bag can be made for different temperature ratings, so choose one that’s going to do the job based on record lows your area of the country is known for. In other words someone living in Western Washington isn’t going to need a sleeping bag rated for 40 below zero, but someone in North Dakota or Alaska would. And that still may not be enough. If you want to save a few bucks you can also take a lesson from the homeless and simply sleep under a pile of 8 – 10 blankets, and that will keep you warm even in severe cold temperatures.

46) Waterproof Rain Jacket and Waterproof Pants

Whether you’re in rainy, wet conditions, or trudging through the snow, waterproof gear is essential for protection from the elements. Often it’s lightweight and can be rolled / packed and even stuffed in a small cinch-tight bag to take up the least amount of space as possible in your pack. Most waterproof pants make a swish sound as they’re worn, which can be a bad thing if you’re trying to cross an area with as much silence as possible. There are now pants made for hunting that are waterproof that have been designed to make as less noise as possible. Go with one of these.

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47) Hip Waders

These are typically heavy duty waterproof pants that come up above the waist that are worn with attached suspenders. These are great for fly-fishing in rivers (you can stand in the river and not get wet) or fishing with a net or just a fishing pole down on the coast in an area of shallow salt water. Hip waders are also a good tool for keeping your feet and clothing dry when crossing shallow rivers, or trudging through swamps or pond areas, or areas that have been heavily contaiminated by sewage or an industrial disaster, where you want to avoid coming in contact with chemicals or contaminants.

48) The Splitboard

Here’s a modern tool that revolutionizes the idea of cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The splitboard is a snowboard that “splits” down the middle into cross country skis. With a splitboard a person can effectively snowshoe (but much more efficiently than traditional snowshoeing) and also cross-country ski through a snowy area. The snowshoe effect occurs on alpine grades, when it’s time to climb. Specialized “skin” on the bottom of each ski grabs the ice and prevents the skis from sliding backwards. You can climb a mountain on these skis and then at the top clip the skis together to form a snowboard. Now you snowboard (backpack and all) down the other side of the mountain.
What if you want to cross over a mountain pass that has an early season snowfall you didn’t expect?
Before you start splitboarding and snowboarding your way through the mountains — make sure you understandavalanche dangers and how to avoid getting caught in an avalanche (we have a detailed article on avalanche survival — use the search bar at the top of the site).
If you think that a splitboard won’t save the day when it comes to alpine survival, think again. How easy will it be for dangerous people to follow you into the snow if they don’t know how to move in the snow nor have the proper tools?
With the splitboard you have the advantage. Hostiles won’t be able to keep up — not without snow-mobiles. In that case, climb up into the trees, where their snow-mobiles can’t follow. But in a time of collapse, will snow mobiles be much of a threat? Not unless the people coming after you have plenty of fuel.

49) Escape from New York – Three-Piece Modular Kayak

A critical item for surviving (or escaping) a disaster is the modular kayak; I mentioned a kayak and sea kayak early on in this article but want to bring special attention to a modular kayak: It breaks down into 3 pieces for easy transport. And compared to most sea kayaks, these modulars are much cheaper.
I recommend a modular kayak specifically for people who live in major cities, like New York City, that rely on connecting bridges to the mainland to evacuate. This particular modular kayak holds two people or simply one person and a large backpack of gear (be sure to strap down your gear bag before making a water crossing).
Here’s how a modular kayak can be a life saver …
What happens if those NYC bridges are destroyed in a disaster or terrorist attack? What happens if terrorists attack Manhattan with a biological weapon, infecting tens of thousands with a contagious and deadly virus, and authorities respond by shutting down all bridges and tunnels to people fleeing the “red zone”? Now your stuck in NYC with millions of panicked New Yorkers and the possibility of a much larger terrorist strike with a WMD in the coming minutes or hours.
But what if you’re not stuck? If you keep a modular kayak and paddles in the trunk of your car or in the back room of your office building, you’ll have a way to get across a channel of water, like NYC’s Newark Bay, when there would have been no other way for you to evacuate.
There’s a good chance that someone with a gun is going to want your modular kayak, if they’re stuck in NYC as well, and see you trudging through the city with a means to get across the bay. With than in mind, keep two pieces of your modular kayak (it breaks into 3 pieces) in a large duffel bag, and carry the other piece in your hands or a second duffel bag. Most people won’t realize that you’re carrying a kayak and won’t give you a second glance. Make sure your kayak paddle is also collapsible (modular) and keep it hidden in one of your bags until you’re ready to use it.

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If you do this right, you just escaped a disaster that might take the lives of a few hundred thousand people. Not bad for a $350 investment.

50) Multi-Tool

Reaching for a multi-tool is as easy as simply finding one with pliers, and a phillips screw driver, right? Actually that’s wrong. A Phillips screw driver might come in handy on several occasions but there are a lot more screw head types that call for special fittings. These special fittings can quickly take parts off vehicles, remove hardware around locking mechanisms, and remove ventilation coverings. A good multi-tool is essential to urban survival, is made of stainless steel, and can withstand years’ of use. If you’re going to be anywhere near an urban environment, look, at the Swiss Tool Spirit Plus. Here’s a multi-tool with 38 functions, including a bit wrench with 6 bits (important for screw heads that a Phillips or standard screwdriver will not fit).
If you want a multi-tool for both urban survival and your firearms, you can purchase a Leatherman Tactical Multi-Tool, get superior construction also like the Swiss Tool mentioned above; be sure to get the the 40 bit add-on set (approximately $12). That’s 40 bits of various sizes; in an urban environment, you should be able to open just about anything you come across. It may get you into buildings. It may get you out of danger on more than one occasion.(source)

How To Get Started Prepping / Building Self-Reliance

Anyone paying close attention to the news recently, or closely following economic and political trends, knows it is very likely that something bad this way comes. I'm not sure exactly when or what, but the current worldly system is simply not sustainable for much longer. I hope folks will use the approaching new year (new year resolutions!) as motivation to prepare for whatever comes, and to build the self-reliance they will need to survive, and help their families & friends survive. Here are my suggestions on how to get started:

How To Homestead Without Land or Animals

When we first moved to our current home, I had no idea that I wanted to be a homesteader.

None at all. I didn’t know the first thing about gardening, chickens, ducks, rabbits, or even how to can food. I had some things to learn along the way, and I have made many, many mistakes. Well, “opportunities to learn more” is what we call them. There were days it was easier, and days it was much harder. You can easily learn how to have the mind of a homesteader, too. It just takes a few steps and you are on your way to becoming more self sufficient. And you don’t even need to own land, or have any animals. You don’t need to move to a tiny cabin far away from anyone or anything “modern”, either. Anyone can do these!

How To Survive Martial Law


Worst Nightmare Coming in this year?Martial Law Survival How To Survive Martial Law, Where would you flee if you had to survive?,FEMA Camps are Here & We’re on The Verge of Chaos,Economic Collapse Will Push The US Into A 3rd World Country Bill Holter,
What follows is just a small taste of what’s included in this package. How 300 bucks can get you 44 foods that will have you satisfied, nourished, and happy as a clam, no matter how long the food shortages last.
A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home
“Former Political Insider Discovers The Shocking Truth About A Vicious New Plan
To Institute Martial Law… And Reveals How To Get Out Of Harms Way Before Globalists Pull The Trigger”
Martial Law – My stomach turned at the thought of the military being used in a domestic capacity.
I had served in the military like millions of other American veterans, and my stomach turned at the thought of the military being used in a domestic capacity.
One of the first things you used to learn in boot camp is the Posse Comitatus Act, which was created 200 years ago to make sure the military was never used against the citizens. But, for all practical purposes, this law has now been completely negated through Executive Orders issued by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama(1).
The more of the report I read, the clearer it became that over many years the bureaucrats in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike – were carefully maneuvering for an eventual silent coup… one that would never make headlines but would result in the transfer of power from the American people to a secret group of wealthy bankers who already had everything they wanted… except total power.
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Shortly thereafter, I left my job and began making plans to prepare for what I see as a martial law lockdown or perhaps even a complete military takeover. That’s when a friend of mine (who still worked and ran in these elite circles) asked me to take a look at an advance manuscript that he had “acquired”. He said it was sending shockwaves through the establishment. He didn’t say how he got it, he simply urged me to read it.
I saw the list the government was compiling… I knew who was at the top… and I couldn’t believe what I was reading!”
I wondered how this advance copy came to be in my friend’s hands, but thought better than to ask. I was simply glad to have it… because in a clear and concise way it explained exactly what is happening behind the scenes and what establishment insiders want to happen. Even more importantly, the manuscript detailed precisely how the global elite and their families are preparing for dangerous times.
Look, if you’re thinking this is all just conspiracy hype, just consider for a moment some recent headlines:
“44,000 UN Troops Train in US in operation Agile Provider”
“Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Warns of Martial Law if Bailout Not Approved”
“General Barry McCaffery Confirms Thousands of Foreign Troops Are in the US to Assist with Domestic Emergencies”
“Federal Government Collecting GPS Data on Every American Household”
“Homeland Security Report Leaks; Tax Protestors, Abortion Opponents Are Terrorist Suspects”
Pennsylvania Chapter of NAACP Urges Martial Law
H.R.645 and the New FEMA Concentration Camps
The last one, H.R.645 was part of the plan I had read before and actually calls for Homeland Security to build no fewer than 6 national facilities for holding civilians. Trust me when I tell you that there is a plan in place for the suspension of all Constitutional Rights of Americans. The plan includes “interning” certain segments of the population if such a national emergency arises.

Almost daily you’ll find headlines telling the same story… and these are in establishment publications! The manuscript I had received ‘unofficially’ has now been rewritten to avoid security issues and copyright problems. It’s also been condensed to eliminate the fluff, tightly edited to deliver the more essential material and then finally republished with some very obvious pro-freedom observations.
And now, I’m risking it all to share it with you. But be forewarned, “Understanding and Surviving Martial Law”, is not for the faint-hearted, and may even shock you. Do Not read any further if you are easily frightened.
This new manual”Understanding and Surviving Martial Law” has demonstrated to me that our government is no longer concerned with protecting the public… our government now exists to benefit a select few and the rest of us are wage slaves. Listen, even though things on the surface seem normal, they are not. It’s the calm before the engineered storm.
I firmly believe that conditions in this country are going to deteriorate rapidly once the right “event” triggers a crisis. Despite advice from well meaning friends, I felt I owed it to my fellow citizens who have been lulled into pacifism by promises of “hope and change.” However, this information is only for the stout of heart, because what you will learn about it may shake your patriotism deeply… and perhaps even lead you to doubt your allegiance.
I had forgotten much of my history and was reminded of the history of many “dust bin” republics when reading Chapter One, “A Brief History of Tyranny,” about how tyrants use crises to grab more power, always holding onto that power until it is taken from them by force. This happened with both Greece and Rome, and in our own time dictators on the right and left have taken power during times of economic crisis.

RELATED : 10 Ways to Fool the Authorities and Escape Martial Law

The problem is that all the previous declarations of
Martial Law will pale in comparison to what our rulers have planned very soon.
Martial Law – Will you be ready when they ask for your papers?
Will you be ready when they ask for your papers?
Unfortunately, the framework for martial law has already been put in place by the last two administrations and now only needs a “trigger”. Interestingly enough, this country has a long history of evoking martial law, all of which will make it easier to declare the next one. The problem is that all the previous declarations of Martial Law will pale in comparison to what our rulers have planned very soon! Here are some previous examples:
Martial Law was declared by General Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812
President Lincoln declared it again during the War Between the States, arresting anyone who dissented from his war-time policies, including newspaper editors and legislators!
In 1931, Texas Governor Ross used National Guard troops to enforce limits on the size of private property!
Much of the Pacific Coast was under martial law after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Even worse, our country already has a history of the domestic use of the armed forces without a declaration of martial law.
In 1871, President Grant sent troops into South Carolina to confiscate all private guns.
In 1914, President Wilson ordered the infantry into Colorado to disarm everyone involved in a labor union dispute, including members of law enforcement and the National Guard.
In 1993, the US Army provided advice, tactical support and military equipment to the FBI and the BATF to raid the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, TX, resulting in the deaths of 74 men, women and children
In the first 130 years of our country’s history, federal troops were used more than 100 times without a declaration of martial law! The truth is that the unprecedented economic crisis afflicting the nation, along with building resentment over the new President’s socialist policies and questionable eligibility for office has the central government looking for a reason, any reason to pull the trigger. But trust me…

You Are Not Prepared For The Extreme Violence They Have Planned!

You may already know all this history. However, “Understanding and Surviving Martial Law” is much more than a history lesson. It is packed with valuable practical information that will empower you not just to survive… but perhaps even thrive during the coming police state.
And… How to survive and thrive in an urban warfare situation.
When the bullets start to fly in your neighborhood (they always do in a food shortage), you’ll thank everything holy that you had these no hold bar tactics in your corner.
Also covered: How to keep police and military OUT of your home, even if they’ve got an evacuation order.
Think of the lifetime nightmares you’ll save your children when you know this simple tactic.
And: How to NEVER find yourself in a government breadline.
You don’t want to be in the position of choosing who in your family gets the last piece of food.
With the information shared in this chapter you’ll know exactly… How to eat WELL… I’m talking COOKIES milk and brownies, even while your society’s infrastructure is collapsing around you.
It’s easier and CHEAPER than you think. How to not only protect but GROW your wealth amid chaos.
The elite understand that every problem has a silver lining to be exploited.

Financial advice and preparedness
Steal their tactics for using the crisis to come out on top of the economic food chain, every single time. How to exploit a living source of the world’s best water…100% free for life.
Most filters drain your water of essential nutrients you’ll desperately need in a crisis, this is the only smart way to do it. The TRUTH about having a gun. How to win the mental game of survival.
I’ve watched people die in mere feet of water, simply because of fear; they didn’t have the mental game of survival nailed down.
And at that point nothing else matters.
On the other hand, when your MIND is up for the task, you can do what others would think are impossible skills Learn how to almost instantly take on a ‘superman complex’ when you need it the most.
This will also show you how to approach the coming disaster from a place of CONFIDENCE and inner CALM, so you sleep well and maintain your focus, so you can rise to the occasion, instead of cowering in fear like a lemming.
Maybe most importantly… How to turn your personal home into a rock-solid “bunker”, practically immune from major weather disasters and home invasion so you can sleep soundly no matter what’s going outside.
You can make it happen with stuff you already have lying around the house. A stockpiling trick swiped from Navy Seals used to keep your food supplies as fresh as the day they were grown… for months and even years into the future.

Baking Soda and Honey Homemade Remedy That Destroys Even the Most Dangerous Diseases

Cancer cells love sugar – and mixing and heating alkaline bicarbonate of soda (BS) with sugar-rich maple syrup or honey, binds the two together such that the maple syrup targets the “sugar hungry” cancer cells (which consume 15x more glucose than normal cells), and thus “sneakily” also carries the baking soda into the cells, as if inside a proverbial maple syrup “Trojan horse”.
The alkalinity of the baking soda either kills the cancer microbe (or reverts it to its hibernation form) inside the cancer cell, such that the cell reverts to normal.  Or, it has an alkalizing effect forcing a rapid pH shift that kills the cell. The shock wave of alkalinity allows more oxygen into the cancer cells than they can tolerate. Cancer cell is reverted or eliminated before the sugar delivery can cause cancer cell growth. Here is the recipe of this amazing homemade remedy.
  • Baking Soda
  • Honey or Maple Syrup
Combine 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda for every 1 tablespoon of Maple syrup or honey. Because there are 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon, the ratio used is 1 part baking soda to 3 parts maple syrup or honey. For example, mix 4 tsp. baking soda with 4 tbs. maple syrup or honey. This should be enough for a week. When you mix these 2 ingredients, cook the mixture on low heat for 5-10 minutes. Do not refrigerate this mixture.
Take 1 tsp. of this mixture 1-3 times per day, for a maximum 1 to 2 month. Don’t take this mixture too close to mealtimes. During this therapy you need to change your diet. You need to decrease the meat intake, and no sugar or white flour.


Is the flu shot effective or just a big government-endorsed scam?


Everything You Need to Know About B12 Deficiency

 Vegetarians and vegans are not the only ones who can develop a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Whether you’re young or old; a Paleo, gluten-free, or raw foods enthusiast, you too can suffer from this. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, one in every 31 adults in the US, age 51 or older, is deficient in vitamin B12.

What is B12?
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin required for many reactions in your body as well as for the health of your nerves, red blood cells, and DNA. Its most important role is as a methyl group donor, which is a crucial step in many of our main detoxification pathways.
B12 has many forms, and the most common are cyanocobalaminandmethylcobalamin (methyl-B12). Cyanocobalamin is commonly found in supplements and energy drinks. However, in order for our bodies to use it, cyanocobalamin must be converted into methylcobalamin.
To make matters more complicated, about 50% of the population is estimated to have at least one mutation at theMTHFR gene and 10% has two mutations, meaning they’re less able to methylate B12 or convert cyanocobalamin to methylcobalamin. (I personally have two gene mutations.) In fact, the more mutations one has at this gene, the less able one is to make this conversion, requiring supplementation with Methyl-B12, Folate, and B6.
Common Signs of  B12 Deficiency:
Weakness, fatigue or low energy
Shortness of breath
Heart palpitations
Loss of appetite
Digestive issues such as diarrhea or constipation
Frequent bruising or bleeding
Depression or mood issues
Numbness and tingling in hands or feet
Brain fog, memory loss, confusion, dementia
If ignored, a B12 deficiency can affect the entire body, leading to permanent brain and nerve damage. Sometimes B12 deficiencies can be overlooked and misdiagnosed as other disorders like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, autism, and some cancers.
Best sources of B12Our bodies do not make vitamin B12, which means that we must get it through our diet or through supplementation. The average adult needs 2.4 micrograms a day, and the best dietary sources of vitamin B12 are animal products such as:
Vegan sources of B12 include nutritional yeast, algae, and seaweed, but studies have shown that these sources have little to no effect on B12 blood levels. READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://www.jbbardot.com/everything-about-deficiency/

Prepping 101 – Preppers List of Supplies

OK, so you have decided that you want to take steps to protect your family from unseen events. You may not know what events to plan for or you could have a much defined idea of the threats you see, but regardless you recognize a need. There are people who come to the Prepper Journal after they read something on another prepping blog or they may have been visiting our site for a year. The newer visitors are usually just getting starting in this crazy world of Prepping and if they are anything like I was at the beginning, knowing where to start can be pretty daunting. Prepping isn’t the same for everyone but most people eventually look for a simple guideline to follow so I have pulled together this preppers list of supplies.

How is this list of supplies you need going to be different than any of the 523 million other lists out there? Maybe it won’t be, but I am going to try and go in order of importance so you can follow along at home and let me know what I missed or what should have received priority.
Your list may be completely different than mine, but I believe the items contained in this list of supplies will be common to most people and more importantly will be required if you are going to be as prepared as possible if the manure hits the hydro-electric powered oscillating air current distribution device.  This list is not all encompassing either. I am probably not going to have blacksmith supplies or leather working tools although I can see the use in each of those. This list is going to be for the average person to get by if we have a SHTF event, not start a new life in the wild west. Please let me know what additional items you would recommend and I’ll keep this list updated so you can print it out whenever you need to purchase items or want to build your supplies out.
Lastly, this list is primarily for Sheltering in Place and the requirements/resources the average person would be able to lay their hands on. This doesn’t take more extreme climates into consideration but should still provide a base regardless of where you live. For other lists you can check out our Resources page. For something more specific to the Bug Out Bag checklist,click here. Also this list is going to be missing the specifics of the amounts because each family or individual is different. So without further ado, here we go.


  • Method of Disinfecting or Filtering Water
    • Big Berkey Light or similar gravity fed water filter (capacity 2.25 gallons). It doesn’t get much easier than this. The capacity in only one of these units might not be enough for a family of 4 in the summer though so plan accordingly. You can also buy the filters and make your own water filter much cheaper.
    • Paint or coffee filters – to remove sediment prior to filtering. This will keep your filters working much longer if your source is murky. Bandannas or old t-shirts can be used too.
    • Backpacking/ Camping Water Filters – MSR MiniworksSawyer for individual use or travel. Gravity filters like the Platypus are fastest and have less moving parts to break.
    • Bleach – Non-scented or Calcium Hypochlorite is a better long-term option that won’t go bad. For additional instructions on treating water, you can read this article.
    • Boiling water over a fire will kill organisms, but will not remove chemicals.
    • SODIS Method which you can read about online.
    • Water purification tabs – These are last on my list because they do notlast long.
    • Polar Pure is an iodine based disinfection method that will last far longer than any water tablets.

  • Short Term Food Items – This should be the food you eat every day. Just ensure you have 30 days’ worth of food storage at all times at the minimum. Build out to one year as your resources allow.
  • Long Term Food
    • Canned vegetables, fruits and meat (chicken/Tuna/Spam if you can stand it)
  • Staples (Food to make food taste better)
    • Flour
    • Salt – Will last forever if kept dry
    • Sugar
    • Honey – Will last forever…
    • Spices
    • Yeast
    • Baking Soda
    • Baking Powder
    • Powdered Milk
    • Vinegar
  • Ultra-Long Term Food
    • Freeze Dried foods would be the last item to stock up on unless you have an abundance of money and zero time. The benefit with these are super long shelf life and virtually zero work so even with the added cost, they are a really smart choice if you have the other bases covered first.
  • Misc


Personal/Home Defense

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Powerful Antioxidant NAC Treats Autism, Diabetes, Bronchitis and Removes Heavy Metals

 A metabolite from an amino acid which is classified as both a nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical drug, has been used to treat bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, autism and even cancer. It assists in the production of glutathione, which plays a key role in regulating many cellular functions and helps keep the immune system in check. Moreover, it helps detox the body chelating dangerous heavy metals.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is converted by the body into an amino acid called cysteine. Proponents claim that taking N-acetylcysteine supplements can protect against a wide range of health problems and the science backs up the claim.
Irritability affects 60 to 70 percent of children with autism. NAC lowers irritability in children with autism as well as reduced the children’s repetitive behaviors. The study appears in the June 1, 2012 issue of Biological Psychiatry.
Chronic Bronchitis
N-Acetylcysteine may help keep chronic bronchitis in check, according to a 2000 report in Clinical Therapeutics. Looking at data from eight clinical trials, the report’s authors found that long-term use of N-acetylcysteine may help prevent acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis and, in turn, lower healthcare costs.
NAC has been shown to reduce the proliferation of certain cells lining the colon and may reduce the risk of colon cancer in people with recurrent polyps in the colon. Its action as an antioxidant and a glutathione precursor may also contribute to a protective effect against cancer.
In a study conducted at 20 centers in Italy under the direction of the Institute of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, University of Genoa, Italy, involving 262 subjects, 78% of whom were age 65 years or older who either received 600 milligrams NAC or a placebo tablet twice a day (1200 mg NAC total per day) for 6 months, the effects of NAC were profound. Subjects given NAC experienced a significant reduction in the frequency of flu-like episodes as well as reduced severity of symptoms.
N-Acetylcysteine may aid in diabetes management, suggests a 2006 study from the Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology. Involving 32 patients with type 2 diabetes and 15 healthy controls, the study found that three months of treatment with N-acetylcysteine helped regulate glutathione levels in diabetes patients. The study’s authors suggest that regulating glutathione levels may help protect against diabetic complications brought on by free radical-induced damage.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
N-Acetylcysteine may help treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a 2007 study in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. For one menstrual cycle, 573 PCOS patients were treated with clomiphene citrate (a drug commonly used to induce ovulation). Next, 470 of these patients took a combination of N-acetylcysteine and clomiphene citrate for another menstrual cycle. Study results revealed that ovulation rates improved significantly after the addition of N-acetylcysteine.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
In patients with stable, moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), N-acetylcysteine may help improve physical performance. For a 2009 study published in the journal Chest, 24 COPD patients took either N-acetylcysteine or a placebo daily for six weeks. After taking a two-break (in order to eliminate N-acetylcysteine from the bodies of participants in the treatment group), the study participants were switched over to the alternate therapy for an additional six weeks. Study results indicated that N-acetylcysteine helped improve several markers of respiratory health, such as lung capacity and exercise endurance.
N-acetyl cysteine is also used to counteract acetaminophen (Tylenol) and carbon monoxide poisoning. It can be used for chest pain (unstable angina), bile duct blockage in infants, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), lung cancer, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, allergic reactions to anti-seizure medications and eye infections. It is also used for reducing levels of a type of cholesterol called lipoprotein (a), homocysteine levels (a possible risk factor for heart disease) and the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with serious kidney disease.
This powerful metabolite is also used against environmental pollutants including carbon monoxide, chloroform, urethanes, herbicides, pesticides, reducing toxicity of cancer drugs, hangover remedy, damage due to certain X-ray dyes; and for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
How Does NAC Do All of This?
Cysteine plays a role in the sulfation cycle, acting as a sulfur donor in phase II detoxification and as a methyl donor in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. Cysteine also helps synthesize glutathione, one of the body’s most important natural antioxidants and detoxifiers. NAC is the acetylated form of L-Cysteine.
Increases Glutathione Levels
NAC is rapidly metabolized to intracellular glutathione. Glutathione acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body. Glutathione also detoxifies chemicals into less harmful compounds. N-Acetyl Cysteine also protects the body from acetaminophen toxicity and is used in hospitals for patients with acetaminophen poisoning. It has also been shown to be effective at treating liver failure from other causes as well.
Chelates Heavy Metals
Heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic are detoxified and removed from the body by NAC . It also increases the excretion of zinc and other essential minerals when taken over an extended period. It is therefore necessary to supplement zinc, copper and other trace minerals when taking N-Acetyl Cysteine.
Enhances the Immune System
Glutathione is known to aid in the transport of nutrients to lymphocytes and phagocytes, two major classes of immune cells, and to protect cell membranes.

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How to Grow a Lemon Tree from Seed Easily in Your Own Home

Citrus fruits are packed full of vitamins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium – the list goes on. Even though they may not make for a balanced meal on their own, they sure do offer a huge list of benefits that can complement the rest of our diet. At the same time, they do tend to be high in sugar – so managing how much of them you’re eating is imperative when it comes to maintaining a balanced diet.
It’s kind of funny – you need them, but you need to keep yourself from going overboard at the same time!
Certain citrus fruits are easier to grow than others, and thankfully, two of the best ones can be grown right in your yard. By growing them yourself, you’ll be able to taste the difference in freshness and quality, and keep your body free from any chemical contamination associated with non-organic growing. Not sure which two I’m talking about? Here they are:
1. Lemons
I know the first part of this series was directed towards superfoods that you can grow at home – and don’t you worry, lemon is definitely a superfood too. But at the same time, lemons are so useful for so many different things that they kind of exist in another universe on their own. Whether you’re adding them to water or making use of their peels, the convenience of growing your own lemons is not something that should be ignored.
How can you grow them?
I recommend buying a baby tree (2-3 years) to get the best results with your lemons. Pick out a clay or plastic pot (with a lot of holes in the bottom), and make sure that it’s a bit larger than the actual root ball of your baby tree (when the tree matures, it may need a pot that’s about 12-15 inches deep, and 17-20 inches in diameter) . Get your baby tree into the pot, and fill the drainage container with stones to improve air flow. Then, fill up your pot with soil. Keep in mind that some soils are specifically prepared for growing citrus fruits, so they will likely yield better results.
That’s basically all the prep you need. Make sure you’re giving it about 8-10 hours of sunlight a day, and watering regularly (be careful not to over-water). Lemons take about 6-9 months to ripen, so when they have a full color and a slight give to their touch – you’re all set.
Or you can grow one from seed.
“To grow your own lemon tree, you will need to obtain the following:
  • An organic lemon since non-organic lemons often contain non-germinating seeds
  • Fertile potting soil, preferably containing peat, vermiculite, perlite, and natural fertilizers
  • A planting pot that is six inches wide and six inches deep
  • A seedling pot that is about 24 inches wide by 12 inches deep
  • A sunny, indoor growing location and possibly a grow lamp

Follow these steps to grow your own lemon tree:
  1. Moisten the potting soil so that it is damp, but not soaked, all the way through.
  2. Fill the smaller pot with soil, all the way up to an inch below the rim.
  3. Cut open your lemon and remove a seed. Remove all of the pulp from its surface. A good way to do this is to simply suck on it until it is clean.
  4. Do not delay to plant. The seed must still be moist when it is buried into the soil. Plant the seed about half an inch deep in the middle of the pot.
  5. Spray the soil that is directly above the seed gently with water from a spray bottle.
  6. Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap, seal the edges with a good rubber band, and poke small holes in the top with a pencil.
  7. Place the pot in a warm, sunny location.
  8. Spray on more water occasionally, not allowing the soil to dry out. Do not cause water to puddle though. Just keep the soil somewhat moist.
  9. After about two weeks, when the sproutling emerges, take the plastic covering off. If you need additional light for your lemon plant, you can use a grow light to supplement the sun’s light.
  10. Take care of the young plant by keeping the soil damp, by making sure it gets at least eight full hours of light per day, and by giving it moderate doses of organic fertilizer.
  11. Watch over your plant to ensure it is not attacked by bugs or diseases. Prune off brown, dead leaves when necessary. Use pesticides if you must. Protect your new lemon tree!
  12. When the plant outgrows its small pot, put it in the larger pot. You will go through much the same procedure when you re-plant it as when you first planted. Younger plants need more water than older plants, but they all do need adequate water. Don’t starve your poor plant after all that work of growing it!”(1)
2. Mandarins
I love mandarins because of their richness of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and more. They’re a good change from your regular “Florida” oranges, and it isn’t too difficult to grow them at home.
How can you grow them?
If you want to grow your tree indoors, I recommend going for a baby tree, the same way I recommended it for lemons. These baby trees just tend to have more successful growth records than starting with seeds. Prepare the pot the same way you would lemons (spacious with rocks, and drainage holes at the bottom), and give the oranges regular sunlight.
Mandarin trees are safe to grow indoors because they usually don’t grow much taller than 6 feet in height. Water them regularly but conservatively, and change the pot to a larger one once the roots grow back on themselves or poke out of your drainage holes. Pick the oranges as soon as they turn orange, because every moment after that means more and more flavor dying away.
Tip: Be careful twisting the oranges off of the tree – you want to make sure the little button at the top of the orange stays there.
So there you have it, two easy ways to get delicious citrus fruits on your table without any hassle.

Baby formula is loaded with GMOs - Avoid these brands

 A petition is circulating to persuade three of the top infant formula brands in the U.S. -- Abbott Laboratories (Similac), Mead Johnson Nutrition (Enfamil) and Nestle (Gerber Good Start) -- to stop using genetically modified (GM) ingredients in their baby products. Each of these powdered formulas is loaded with corn and soy byproducts, along with sugar, which means they are more than likely GM in nature and harming children.

Several years ago, Natural News warned our readers about these dangerous food products for infants, focusing specifically on Similac's "Go & Grow" formula. The product, which is marketed for babies aged 9 to 24 months, claims it contains "balanced nutrition for older babies." But as we pointed out, the product is nearly half composed of corn syrup solids (sugar), with the remaining 50-or-so percent composed of soybean oil, soy protein isolate, safflower oil and more sugar in the form of sucrose.

Besides being an absolutely unhealthy product in general, based on these ingredients, Similac Go & Grow is an utter freak show of GM additives, which are particularly harmful for developing children. GMOs have been linked to hormone disruption, gut damage and other problems that, again, especially in children, can lead to a lifetime of chronic health problems.

But Similac isn't alone -- practically every major brand of commercial infant formula is composed mostly of corn, soy, and sugar components, each of which is more than likely GM due to the fact that upwards of 90 percent of corn, soy and sugar beet crops planted in the U.S. are GMOs.

"For the infant that is unable to nurse I insist upon an organic commercial formula," stated pediatrician Michelle Perro, warning against commercial, GMO-laden infant formulas.

"Because of the toxic effects of herbicides, particularly glyphosate (due to its prolific usage) as well as other organophosphates and genetically engineered foods in non-organic commercial formulas, these are not an option for infant feeding. In order to ensure the health of our infants and children, there is no amount of acceptable herbicide or GMO that should be in their diets."

Major infant formula brands spent millions defeating GMO labeling

Beyond just poisoning our children, Abbott, Mead Johnson and Nestle all want to keep this poisoning a secret. As explained by GMOInside.org, each of these companies spent big bucks fighting California's GMO labeling initiative, Proposition 37, which would have required that infant formulas contain warnings about GMO content.

Abbott reportedly spent $334,500 in support of the "No on 37" campaign, while Mead Johnson, which has a much smaller market share, spent $80,000. Nestle, an industry leader in commercial infant formula, contributed $1,461,600 to block Californians from knowing what's in their food. Combined, these three companies raked in about $135 billion in sales in 2012.

"It's infuriating that parents in the United States are not given the same assurances as citizens in more than 60 other countries including China, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, when it comes to GM ingredients," said Green America President Aliza Gravitz. "All parents have a right to healthy food options for their children."

A Green America petition calls on these Big Three infant formula manufacturers to stop using GMOs, which have never been proven safe for human consumption. The long-term effects of GMOs in humans have never been studied, and because babies' bodies are already less equipped to deal with processing toxins, it is only logical to stop feeding them untested genetic materials that could lead to permanent health damage.

Method That Will Remove All Toxins and Prevent Most Diseases (Video)

Being able to cleanse the body of toxins, especially from the lungs, is very helpful in maintaining the body’s proper functions and ensures that we will experience better health and feel better all the way around.

This is critical for smokers. The proper function of the lungs leads to a better health and overall well-being and mood, and their cleansing from time to time is essential, since we are exposed to toxins on a daily basis.
Here is a cleansing treatment that takes 3 days with some points you can use in your regular health routine.
It is important that two days before you begin this cleansing program, to stop eating and drinking dairy products since the body needs to liberate itself from the toxins piled up in the body from their consumption.
Drink a cup of herbal tea before you go to sleep one day before the regime.
The tea will remove all toxins from the bowel. Keep in mind that you must not burden the lungs during the cleansing with heavy physical activities.

10 Of the Worst Mistakes to Avoid When Going Off Grid

The United States is entering what are sure to be desperate times economically. One economist, Peter Schiff, Says that Due to the Feds Antics, the Market is Very Dangerous Now, but what economic mastermind Dr. Jim Willie Says is the Most Terrifying: “The U.S. Dollar is Now a Matter of National Security Due to Poor Decisions.” 
If you listen to what Jim Willie reports, countries all over the world are dumping the US Dollar in mass, and the problem is so grave, that the Fed is operating with a Top Secret slush fund related to national security.
The slush fund has been purchasing the bonds as quickly as they are dumped, which has allowed the yield on Treasuries to remain virtually unchanged, but Americans should know, the stability we are experiencing (if you call last week stable) is 100% artificial and WILL NOT last. With that said, it might be wise to look into going “off the grid.” The following may help you understand what mistakes not to make! 
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Want to build your own life back on the land, instead of keeping pace in this insane society headed for implosion?
There are lots of things that you’ll have to learn the hard way in order to go off grid.
The path is not easy, but that’s no reason not to get started, and move forward on your ultimate plan to live more independently.
This off-grid couple, at Fouch-o-matic Off Grid, had to relearn some of the basics to figure out how to live an alternative lifestyle without losing their minds, or facing impossible, labor-intensive tasks.

Here are a few tips from those who’ve learned by trial, error and experience.
1) Solar power is worth it
2) Plants won’t grow without (good) soil, and you best be adding some organic material to your soil in order to enrich it.
3) Water runs downhill… a source of water that is already elevated can feed pressured water to your dwelling – gravity can work in your favor.
4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can.
5) Batteries run out, and LED lights can save a lot of energy when you need it the most; your usage will have to adapt to the available capacity.
6) Bears, etc. are attracted to trash and food waste. Plans must include strategies to keep away dangerous animals that could attack your family or pets.
7) Splitting firewood requires lots of tedious work.
8) The couple’s yurt was very well-insulated in the cold winter, but was very hot during summer, and needed additional ventilation.
9) Temporary is longer than you think – so plan accordingly, and allow for the possibility of “dealing” for much longer than you anticipated or hoped.
10) You can do things you didn’t know you could do.
Not only did these homesteaders find that they had to humble themselves to frequently learning new things, but they discovered that many of the things they needed to learn are strikingly simple.
So simple, it’s like they should have thought of it already. But you don’t know what you don’t know!
So try, and persist until you’ve made it and your dream of dropping out of the modern world for a better life can succeed.

Household Spices That Annihilate Cancer Cells, Prevent Heart Attacks & Improve Gut Health

Spices like turmeric & cayenne are inherent with medicinal properties that, when incorporated to our diet from an early stage strengthens our bodies against invasion of toxins, bacteria and virus. It sound amazing that household spice that could rebuild the gut wall to improve digestion, destroy cancer cells, stop a heart attack in its tracks.
Household Spices That Annihilate Cancer Cells, Prevent Heart Attacks & Improve Gut Health
Cayenne pepper
The hot fruit of the cayenne plant (“capsicum annuum”) has been used as a superb culinary spice for centuries and may be the most valuable medicinal herb. It contain a chemical, capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent cancers. Initial experiments in cancer cells and mice show that capsaicin causes prostate cancer cells to undergo a kind of suicide.
Capsaicin caused almost 80 percent of prostate cancer cells in the mice to die. In addition, prostate cancer tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice.
Traditionally used to calm the stomach, ginger is often used as a natural adjunct to chemotherapy, which often causes nausea and vomiting. Ginger extracts both inhibited the growth and caused the death of prostate cancer cells in mice when fed to them daily, without causing any toxic reaction.
It takes not more than a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder every day to keep cancer risk away. A natural food preservative, cinnamon is a source of iron and calcium. Useful in reducing tumour growth, it blocks the formation of new vessels in the human body.
The ability of cinnamon extracts to suppress the in vitro growth of H. pylori, a recognized risk factor for gastric cancer, gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma, and pancreatic cancer, has stirred considerable interest in the potential use of this spice to suppress human cancers.
Turmeric is one of the most medicinal spices on the planet. Its main antioxidant compound, called curcumin, has been found to destroy almost every type of cancer cell that exists. Scientists found that curcumin actually targets cancer cells while leaving normal cells alone.
Bay Leaves
Bay leaves (dried and fresh) are good for your digestive system because they act as a diuretic and eliminate toxins. Think B-vitamins, think bay leaves. Due to their high vitamin B complex, bay leaves also help support the nervous system to increase energy and amp up your metabolic rate.
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15 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning

If you are looking for an easy trick to improve your life and overall health, than look no further. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is a pretty simple routine to get into and will have tremendous effects on your overall health.
Since I started this simple and surprisingly healthy habit a few years ago, I definitely noticed the difference. Not only does the refreshing taste wake me up in the morning, it helps to kick start digestion and finalizes my body’s natural detoxification processes… And lemons are packed with vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants, and fibers.
According to the Ayurvedic philosophy, choices you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to diseases or tear it down.
So what are you waiting for to jump start your day with this incredible easy morning routine. Its benefits are endless and I listed the 15 most important ones for you in this article.

1.    Improves Digestion

Lemon juice has a similar structure to your stomach’s juices and helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive tract. Lemon juice can help ease indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. It also helps to move your bowels in the morning, hydrates your colon, stimulate bile production, and infuses water in your stool.

2.    Boost Immune System.

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immunes system and fights cold and flu. But not only vitamin C is important for a good working immune system, iron is another important nutrient, and lemons improve the ability to absorb more iron from the food you eat.

3.    Hydrates Your Body

It is important to stay hydrated. Especially during the summer months. Plain water is best, but many people find this boring and are not drinking enough of it. That’s where lemon comes into play to make things more interesting. So feel free to not only start your day with lemon water, but drink as many glasses as you wish during the day to stay hydrated.

4.    Boost Energy

Lemon water gives you an instant boost of energy and improves your mood right at the start of your day.

5.    Promote Healthy And Rejuvenated Skin

Lemons are a rich sources of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. These free radicals are responsible for pre-mature aging of your skin. Vitamin C helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity to prevent the formation of wrinkles and decrease blemishes.

6.    Reduce Inflammation

Lemons have the ability to remove uric acid from your joints. Uric acid built-ups are one of the major causes of inflammation.

7.    Weight Loss Aid

Although lemon water on its own is no weight loss miracle, it can definitely help you to achieve faster and long term results. Lemons assist in fighting hunger cravings, boost metabolism, and give you a stuffed feeling, making it less likely to snack in between meals.

8.    Alkalize Your Body

Although lemons have a sour taste, they are one of the most alkalizing food sources on Earth. Too much acids can cause inflammation, obesity, and major diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Click here to learn more about the importance of alkalizing your body.

9.    Cleansing Properties

Lemons help your entire body to flush out more toxins to prevent built-ups and damage to your cells, tissues, and organs. It stimulates your liver to produce more enzymes and work more efficiently. Lemon juice works as a diuretic to keep your urinary tract toxin-free and can also change the pH levels which discourage bacterial growth. This is very helpful for people who often suffer from UTI (urinary tract infection). And like mentioned before, lemons loosen and flush out waste from your digestive tract and cleanse your colon.

10.Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties

Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help fight the flu, cold, and soothe a sore throat. Although people who drink their daily lemon water every day are less likely to get these in the first place.

11.Reduce Mucus And Phlegm

Lemon water helps to reduce mucus and phlegm formation. People who drink cow’s milk are often more sensitive for mucus production. So starting your day with lemon water can definitely help to lessen mucus if you’re not ready to go dairy-free.

12.Freshen Breath

Lemons freshen your breath and fight mouth bacteria. Although lemons are great for your overall oral health, avoid drinking or using it undiluted. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so don’t brush your teeth with it, but have a glass of lemon water instead.

13.Boost Brain Power

The high levels of potassium and magnesium show beneficial effects on our brain and nerve health. Lemon water can give you the boost you need to fight depression and stress. It creates mental clarity and more focus, making it a great drink for students or people with busy and stressful jobs.


Lemon’s antioxidants not only protect your skin from ageing, but also reduce the risk of several types of cancer. They are great in neutralizing acids as well. Cancer loves to grow in an acidic environment. Alkalizing your body may stop cancer cells to grow and may reduce the risk of getting cancer in the first place.

15.Get Of Caffeine

Many people are able to get off caffeine by replacing their morning coffee by lukewarm lemon water. It gives a similar energy boost to wake your body and boost energy as one cup of coffee would.

How To Make Lemon Water

Making lemon water is super simple. It takes less than 5 minutes of your precious morning time. Just squeeze half a lemon in lukewarm water. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, use a whole lemon.
Why use lukewarm (or room temperature) instead of cold or hot water to make this healing morning drink? Well, hot or cold water takes more energy to process, so your first glass in the morning should be lukewarm or at room temperature to slowly wake your body and kick start digestion.
If you love the taste feel free to add more lemon water to your diet during the rest of the day, cold or hot. It adds up to your daily water need, is less boring than plain water, and adds tons of benefits for body and mind.


8 Toxic Toothpaste Ingredients Disrupting Your Thyroid, Endocrines and Hormones

Conventional toothpaste is full of toxins that make your teeth look pretty and feel clean while they slowly erode the tooth enamel and gums. Conventional whitening toothpastes are very toxic to the mouth. All of the conventional brands and many of the “natural” brands put chemicals in their toothpaste that no one would ever knowingly put in their body, except fluoride, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin that people have been brainwashed into believing is good for them.
If you’re shopping for an all natural toothpaste, here is a list of ingredients to avoid, and why:


Triclosan is used in skin care products, deodorants, laundry detergents, mattresses, toilet fixtures, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, and more. This chemical has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties, but it’s also been linked to numerous health problems. Triclosan impedes the thyroid gland, is likely an endocrine disruptor, and it may cause cancer. Triclosan is used in some of the most popular toothpastes.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

A common ingredient in toothpaste and another likely cancer contributor, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant that helps thicken toothpaste and is responsible for its foaming action. SLS is said to help dissolve dental plaque. It is a known skin irritant, it pollutes our groundwater, it is toxic to fish and other aquatic animals, and it’s a pesticide and herbicide that is used to kill plants and insects.
The manufacturers of SLS recently petitioned to have the chemical listed as an approved pesticide for organic farming, but fortunately the application was denied because of its polluting properties and its ability to cause environmental damage.The manufacturing process is also highly polluting, with cancer-causing volatile organic compounds and sulfur compounds that get released into the environment.
There have been many studies showing that SLS may contribute to cancer, teeth and gum problems, ulcers, and many other health issues.

Aspartame, Saccharine

These are artificial sweeteners that often show up in toothpaste formulas and many sugar free foods. Each has been linked to many serious health problems and should be avoided altogether.


Fluoride is an endocrine disrupter that calcifies the penile gland, and it can reduce thyroid and adrenal gland function. Fluoride increases cancer risk, causes damage to DNA, inactivates enzymes within the body, accelerates aging, disrupts the immune system, and should be avoided both in toothpaste and in water.
There’s a lot of talk of Nazi Germany using fluoride to pacify the Jews, but I cannot verify this to be true. If you have a strong source on this, please leave us a comment and let us know.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a form of mineral oil. It’s an alcohol that is produced by fermentation of yeast with certain carbohydrates.
Propylene glycol comes in several grades, and it has a variety of uses. The industrial grade is an active ingredient in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane de-icers, paints, enamels, and varnishes. Propylene glycol in pharmaceutical grade form is used in many products, including toothpaste, as a solvent or surfactant.
Adequate testing has not been done with propylene glycol, but the EPA considers propylene glycol to be so dangerously toxic that it must be handled with gloves, protective clothing, goggles, and proper disposal. Truth be told, that’s true with most of the other chemicals in toothpastes and other body care products, and many ingredients in our foods. Obviously, if you want a healthy mouth, do not put chemicals on your toothbrush. They virtually always prove to be problematic in the long run.


In itself, glycerin is not toxic. The problem is that glycerin, when scrubbed onto the surface of teeth, leaves a residue that is hard to remove. You can rinse your mouth two to three dozen times to remove it.
Calcium and phosphorus, minerals the teeth need which are normally present in our saliva, continually flow through of our teeth. Glycerin residue prevents this natural flow, the natural demineralization and remineralization process. This accelerates tooth decay and other dental problems.


Diethanolamine (DEA), is in products that foam like toothpaste. DEA disrupts hormones and forms cancer-causing nitrates. Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental health at University of Illinois, states that repeated exposure to skin may lead to increased risk of liver and kidney cancers.


Sorbitol is used as a thickener and a humectant to prevent toothpaste from hardening when the tube is opened or when the toothpaste is exposed to air. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol (similar to xylitol) used to sweeten some “health food” products. Some researchers have recently discovered that sorbitol found in chewing gum can cause chronic diarrhea. Very little research has been done on this chemical.


Don’t buy the brands with the aforementioned ingredients. A brand with any of the ingredients listed should not be a brand you trust. Try an all-natural toothpaste powder; you may find you love it like many others have. Or just make your own! Here’s a super easy recipe:
  • Equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda
  • Add essential oil to taste (I like peppermint)
  • Add stevia (if desired) to taste
  • Add a pinch of unrefined sea salt for a boost of minerals
If you suffer from serious tooth and gum issues, check out Heal Gum Disease and Cavities Naturally – Step By Step and Mercury Fillings, Root Canals, Cavitations – What You Need to Know, and see the first two articles below for more oral health recipes.



Why A Survival Plan Is A Good Idea And Some Reserve Food Tips



New to homesteading? Here’s a quick starter’s guide

(Homesteading.news) If you’re ever thought about what it is like to learn “homesteading,” there is no time like the present. Homesteading is not only relaxing and enjoyable, but the rewards you will reap in terms of self-sufficiency and life skills are going to be invaluable.
First of all, congratulations on taking your first step. You have a fantastic journey ahead of you – one that will be as exciting as it is fulfilling. And the great part is, you’re going to be able to take your family with you. Your children will learn right along side you and retain these skills for the rest of their lives, perhaps even passing them on to their children.

Now, by “self-sufficient,” we don’t necessarily mean “off-grid” living; you don’t have to dig a well and install solar panels (though you certainly can if you like). Rather, you’ll be able to cut out your trips to the grocery store, for instance, which will save you money and allow you to consume better, healthier foods. For one thing, you’ll actually know what’s in your foods; how’s that for a pleasant change?
You probably already know of the many farmers’ markets in your area. Maybe you’ve even been to a few of them. Well now, you’re going to have your own fresh foods and produce, and perhaps, if you’ve got some left over, you, too, can become a farmer’s market seller.
Okay, so let’s get started:
  1. What do you want to accomplish? The first thing you need to do is figure out to what extent you want to homestead. Do you want to raise chickens? Do you want to grow food? Raise meat? Have dairy cattle?
  1. Assess where you live: Can you homestead the way you want where you currently live, or will you have to buy some land?
  1. Decide first: If you believe you’ll have to move, then go back to No. 1 above so you can properly choose the property that will suit your needs.
  1. Don’t overdo it at first: Start off small; have realistic goals. Maybe just some tomato plants or other produce first, then move into other facets of homesteading.
  1. Put in the time to learn: Read what you can about the homesteading projects you want to take on before you actually do them. Get online and get involved in forums that discuss what it is you think you’d like to try. There is nothing like picking the brains of experienced homesteaders.
  1. Find a veterinarian: Before you purchase any kind of livestock you’ll want to check out the local vets and then register with or visit them to see if they treat the kind of animals you want to raise.
  1. Be ready for the circle of life: Living things die; that just happens. If your kids have never experienced this, think about how you’ll broach the subject with them before it happens.
  1. Fence it off: Good fences (for livestock) make for good neighboring. Check out the various kinds of fences; see what your neighbors are using. Ask around.
  1. Predators, anyone? You should know that wherever there are domesticated animals, there are going to be natural predators about. How you deal with them is up to you, but if you’re planning on using some sort of weapon, you must check with local authorities first to see what is and is not allowed on your property. Another potential solution is to get some dogs that will live outside; let them do the patrolling for you (because they will!).
  1. Try to plan ahead: This will be tougher at first because you’re just getting started, but as you get the hang of homesteading, you’ll be able to better plan your growing seasons, harvests and so forth.
Welcome to homesteading, and best of luck!

How to Use Pine Trees For Survival

If you find yourself in a survival situation in the middle of a pine forest, you actually have a lot of resources available in your natural surroundings. Most parts of the pine tree have some sort of survival use including the bark, sticky resin, and wood which is a good fire starter.
Resin is a liquid which is stored in the outer cells of pine tree’s branches and trunk. When a tree is cut or when a branch is cut off, resin oozes out and clogs the broken area similar to the way blood clots in wounds. Resin is normally red and clear. It starts off in a highly viscous state, and then as the damaged area heals, the resin gets harder.
How to Identify Pine Trees and Growth Habits
There are many different species of pine trees. They generally prefer open and sunny terrain for optimal growth. They are found abundantly throughout North America, Central America, Europe, parts of North Africa, in the Caribbean region, and in Asia.
Pine trees grow in an inverted cone-shaped, and can be referred to as evergreen coniferous resinous trees. They rarely grow as shrubs, and grow between nine and a half feet on the smaller side to about 260 feet on the tall side.
They can also be recognized by their bundles of needle like leaves which grow in clusters, as opposed to having single needles emerging from the branch. If the needles emerged singly from a branch, the tree is more likely to be a spruce or a fir instead of a pine.
Pine bark is usually reddish brown in color and grows in a rectangular scale like pattern around the trunk of the tree. The bark of most pine trees is thick with square scales. Some species have flaky bark that you can easily pick off with your fingers.
Most pine branches are produced in a very tight spiral appearance like a ring of branches arising from the same point. The new spring shoots are sometimes called candles, because they are covered in the brown or whitish bud scales and point upward at first, then later on turn green and spread outward.
Pine trees are long-lived, typically reaching ages of 100 years old to over a thousand years old. For example, one of the oldest living trees, now cut down, was dated at over 4900 years old. The age of the tree, which was located in the White Mountains of California, was obtained by counting the tree rings.

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Pines have four types of leaves.
  • Seed leaves: Are located on seedlings.
  • Juvenile leaves: Which follow immediately on seedlings and young plants. They are green or blue green in color, and arrange spirally on the shoot. These are produced for the first 6 months to 5 years.
  • Scale leaves: Similar to bud scales, small brown, and arrange spirally like the juvenile leaves.
  • Needles: These are the adult leaves which are green, bundled, and clusters. The needles persist from one and a half – 40 years, depending on the species. If one shoot is damaged, the needle fascicles just below the damaged area will generate a bud which can then replace the lost pine needles.
Most pine trees have both male and female cones on the same tree. The male cones are usually smaller than the female cones and are only present for a short period, usually in the spring to the autumn, and fall as soon as they have shed their pollen.
The female cones take 1.5-3 years to mature after pollination, with actual fertilization delayed by 1 year. At maturity the female cones are from 3 to 12 inches long depending upon variety. Each cone has numerous spirally arranged scales with two seeds on each fertile scale. The scales at the base and the tip of the cones are small and sterile, with no seeds.
Pin tree seeds are usually small, winged, and dispensed by the wind. Others are larger and have only a vestigial wing. These are usually dispersed by birds. At maturity, the female cones usually open to release the seeds. In some other species, they are only released when birds break open the cones. In others, the seeds are stored in closed cones for many years until the environmental cue triggers the cones to open then releasing the seeds.
The most common way that pine cone seeds are spread is by forest fires. The cone is is kept closed by a coating of resin. When there is a forest fire the heat melts the resin off the cones and the seeds are scattered by the hot winds of the forest fire.
Pine trees grow well in acid soils, but most require good soil drainage, preferring sandy soils. Some pine trees will tolerate poorly drained wet soils. A few species of pines are able to sprout after forest fires, and actually need the help of fire to regenerate their populations.
These species slowly decline under fire suppression regimes. Some species have adapted to extreme conditions imposed by elevation and latitude. While other pines are particularly well adapted to growth in hot, dry, and semi desert climates.
The many uses of pine trees
Pines are valued worldwide for their timber and wood pulp. In temperate and tropical regions, they are fast-growing softwoods that grow in relatively dense stands where their acidic, decaying needles inhibit sprouting of competing hardwoods.
Commercial pines are grown in plantations for timber that is denser, more resinous, and therefore more durable than spruce. Pine wood is widely used in high valued carpentry items such as furniture, window frames, paneling, floors, and roofing.
The resin of some species is an important source of turpentine. Many pine species make attractive ornamental plantings for parks and larger gardens with a variety of dwarf pines being suitable for smaller spaces.
Pines are also commercially grown and harvested for Christmas trees. Pine cones, the largest and the most durable of all conifer cones, are craft favorites. Pine needles are also used for making decorative articles like baskets, trays, and pots. Pine needle handicrafts are made in the US, Canada, Mexico Nicaragua, and India.
Because Pines have no insect or decay resistant qualities after logging, they are generally recommended for construction as indoor use only. This wood, when left outside can be expected to last no more than 12 to 18 months depending on the local climate.
For food – some species have large seeds called pine nuts that are harvested and sold for cooking and baking. The soft, moist, white inner bark found clinging to the woody outer bark is edible and very high in vitamins A & C. It can be eaten raw and slices as a snack or dried and ground up into a powder to be used as a thickener in stews, soups, and other foods such as a bark bread.

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Survival Uses of Pine Resin
An important use of pine tree resin in a survival setting is to make a torch. The following are the instructions on how to make a pine tree resin torch.
  • Choose a thick green branch pole for the base of the torch.
  • Cut the branch to create a torch head that is several inches wide.
  • Use your knife or saw to remove the branches from the torch pole.
  • To create a receptacle for the resin split the head of the torch pole. Create at least two deep cuts in a crossed configuration.
  • To make the split, use a saw, a hatchet, or an improvised wedge with one sharp-edged rock and another rock as a hammer to pound it in.
  • To hold the splits open, place a small rock at the bottom of the splits. This will form a natural holder for the resin.
  • To locate pine resin on pine trees, look for knots and gouges on the outer bark.
  • To collect resin, scrape it off the tree with a stick.
  • Press resin in the gaps of the slits on the torch head. Continue to fill the space in the splits with resin until the torch head is full.
  • Collect extra resin and place it on a flat rock or tin can if one is available. This can be used to refill your torch for future use.
  • Light the torch when you need it.
If you are going to use the torch in a fixed location, you will have to dig a whole about 1 foot deep and stack rocks around it to keep the torch in place. You must clear the area of all debris before lighting the torch.
If you have a tin can to be used for the pine tree resin holder, this is a lot safer then using a torch pole with splits at the top to hold the resin. If you are using a torch with splits on the top, there is a chance of flaming pieces resin to falling out of the torch and starting a ground fire. If you are using a tin can mounted to the top of the torch, you will not have this problem, or dripping flaming resin falling to the ground and starting unwanted fires.
Heat and light: Pine resin can be used to make a Lamp. Look for a stone with a depression. Next you will need a can, a clam shell or anything else that can be filled with resin. For a wick, use some twisted cloth or a piece of string. Fill the depression with the resin, lay the wick on top, and ignite the wick. The wick material will ignite the resin which will burn like a candle. Add more resin to maintain the flame.
To use pine resin as a heat source, get a metal container, like a drinking can, and punch holes in its side. Place this metal container over the ignited resin. The metal will absorb the heat and conduct it to the surrounding area. This will not heat a large area, but you can get enough heat to warm your hands and your feet.
Pine tree resin is very flammable and can be used as a fire starter. The pine tree knot can be used as a fire starter because of the high quantity of resin in it. If you are using green or wet wood. The tree knot will burn with a high heat and flame to help dry out the wood and help the green wood to burn better.
Another way you can use pine resin to start a fire in damp conditions is to look for some hardened pine resin and some pine sticks. You will see the streaks of resin when you split the pine sticks. Lay some dried pine needles on the resin. Use magnesium shavings and a flint bar to make sparks to ignite the resin. Another way is to use a Ferro rod to ignite the resin and dry pine needles. When you ignite the resin, it will burn long enough to dry the pine needles. Next, you can add small pieces of the pine sticks, which will burn even if somewhat damp because of the resin. Once you have a sizable flame going, you can start drying out other wood.
Pine tree infographic
How to Use Them for First Aid
Pine resin can either be chewed on or made into a beverage by mixing with water. It was known to be very effective in treating stomach ulcers and rheumatoid arthritis. Another medical use of the pine tree is to boil the pine needles to make a tea. This tea has 5 times more vitamin A and C than oranges.
Some also claim that pine resin has healing and antibacterial properties. Use the resin to treat burns, abscesses, and blisters. Like so many “old world”, non-pharmaceutical cures, modern medical experts have refused to verify the medical benefits of pine resin.
When you’re outdoors camping or in a survival situation, cuts and other wounds are bound to happen. Pine resin can be applied directly over the wound to stem the blood flow almost at once. The resin will also inhibit the growth and spread of bacteria because of its sticky nature, which will deny bacteria the moisture it needs to survive. Leave the resin in place until it dries out and then peel it off. The resin will close up the wound the same way stitching it up would. You may reapply resin as needed.
How to make pine pitch glue
  • Collect the resin from the pine tree. (Refer to the section on how to obtain the resin from a tree).
  • Melt the resin. If it ignites, blow out the flame, and move the container so the heat is lessened. Try not to overheat the resin, as the compounds are destroyed the longer they are subjected to heat.
  • Add one part hardwood charcoal powder. This helps temper the resin and reduces its stickiness.
  • Add one part filler material. This can be ground plant material crushed to a fine powder or animal scat or droppings dried and ground up. In a pinch you may also substitute sawdust, bone dust, or animal hair. The filling material help strengthen the glue compound.
  • If you wish to make the glue more flexible so it can be easily worked, add one part fat, tallow, or beeswax to the mixture.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • To help apply the liquid pitch, find a short green stick and repeatedly strike one end of the green stick on a hard surface to create bristles in the wood. This will make a nice, but crude paint brush to apply the liquid pitch. Another way to make a brush is simply chew on one end of the green stick.
  • After the glue dries it will resemble hardened glass unless you choose to add beeswax or fat in which case it will be more elastic.
How to save the extra pine pitch glue
  • Dried pine pitch glue can be reheated to converted back to its liquid state.
  • Dip a stick into the mixture and remove, allowing the glob of glue to harden on the stick.
  • Re-dip the stick to add additional layers of glue.
  • As the resin glue cools you may wish to roll it between your hands to compress and shape it.
  •  The finished pine pitch glue can then be carried with you and reheated when needed.
Pine pitch glue has thousands of uses in survival situations. Here are just a few that you should keep in mind:
With the pitch glue, it is possible to make or repair the following items:
  • Form fish hooks
  • Repair holes in water containers and food containers.
  • Repair the soles of your shoes
  • Apply feathers to a homemade arrows
  • Harden the end of hunting spears to keep them from splintering.
  • Apply to the material you want to make waterproof such as the lower half of your hiking boots.
  •  In boats to prevent leaks.
  • When using pitch to repair holes in canvas or heavy nylon, lay the material flat where the rip or the seam is exposed. Once the pitch is heated to a liquid form, apply using your homemade paint brush.
How to Collect Tree Resin
When you’re collecting your pine tree resin be conservation minded. First, look for damaged and fallen limbs before you purposely cut into a pine tree to harvest the resin. If you have to damage the tree do it in a small area on one side of the tree only. Only take as much as you need, because you must allow some resin to remain on the tree so it can protect the cut and to prevent boring insects from destroying the tree.
To begin with and to get the best results, find a mature, live, good size, and tightly barked pine tree for collecting the pine resin. Pine trees are evergreens, thus resin will run faster in the early spring, early fall, and in the warm weather.
  • Using a machete, or similar tool, hack away the bark from the wood about three feet from the ground to create a 10 inch wide by 6 inch high cleared area. It is in this area that you will score the tree to reach the resin. Do not cut all the way around the tree.
  • Place a bucket flat against the bottom of the cleared area and tie it tightly against the tree so it remains in place. The bucket will need to fit tightly against the tree to collect resin as it is oozing from the tree.
  • If the bucket is not flexible enough to conform to the shape of the tree, use a piece of metal flashing to form a funnel leading into the bucket.
  • Next hack”V”-shaped notches into the cleared area above the bucket.
  • The bottom of the scored “V” should point towards the bucket.
  • Leave the bucket attached to the tree to collect the resin as it drains from the tree wound. It may take days for the resin to ooze and collect in the bucket.
  • If the resin flow decreases cut additional fresh “V” notches in the tree.
  •  When you occasionally check the bucket, remove any debris that may have fallen into the container.
  • Now that you have enough resin collected, it is time to use it for your survival needs.
  • When done correctly, trees can be tapped for well over 20 years and are then used for other purposes including timber since the wood is not damaged during the tapping process.
Pine trees most suitable for tapping include:
  • Southern Yellow Pine
  • Black Pine
  • Loblolly Pine
  • Improved Slash Pine
In conclusion pine trees are very useful and valuable in a survival scenario. All of the parts of pine trees  can be used from the bark, branches and the tree trunk, knots, needles, and mostly important the resin. Pine trees can be found throughout the world. If you find yourself lost or in dire circumstances the pine tree will be there to help you survive.

Essiac Tea is a Cancer Cure Big Pharma Does Not Want You To Know About

A simple inexpensive four herb tea that cures cancer? Even AIDS maybe? This has been a critical concern since Essiac tea was introduced in Canada during the early 1920’s. For over 50 years, a humble nurse, Rene Caisse (pronounced Reen Case), used the tea successfully with many terminal cancer patients from her clinic in the tiny Canadian village of Bracebridge, north of Toronto.
At first, she accepted whatever anyone could easily afford, even eggs and produce, for her services. She turned no one down. After 1937, she charged no fees! She didn’t make money off the tea though she successfully treated many hundreds. Her rewards were harassment by the Canadian Health Ministry, and betrayal by a private corporation she had hoped would help make Essiac tea a legal cancer cure.
Though the name of the tea, Essiac, was derived from spelling Rene’s surname Caisse backwards, she was not the original formulator. The ingredients and recipe came originally from an Ojibway Native American medicine man in remote northern Canada.

Homeless Survival Lessons – Good tips for all

Can you imagine what life would be like if suddenly you lost your house, your bank accounts and almost everything that matters to you? What then? How will you survive being homeless? One thing is certain, it isn’t going to be easy and these homeless survival lessons learned from the less fortunate might come in handy one day.

There are those who struggle everyday…we see them but yet, we decide to ignore them as somehow, they are part of the background. The homeless are the real survivors of the concrete jungle and they have developed proven ways to survive against all odds.
It might surprise you, but there are homeless people interacting with you every day and you don’t even know they don’t have a place of their own. They look just like you and me, and they manage to survive in a world that doesn’t offer them much.
While working for a homeless aid organization, I’ve managed to get a glimpse of their world and learn more about their struggles. Some of their stories are real homeless survival lessons and we can all learn something from their ordeal.

Homeless survival lessons – Shelter in a time of need

For the homeless, shelter is probably the most important, basic needs of them all and they have developed ways to make this a priority. No matter the situation you’re in, a safe and warm place to rest is a given. Dan, 54, after living on the streets for several years is now working for a community shelter and was able to share some of his homeless survival lessons when it comes to securing a shelter.
You have to look for the following three major aspects when choosing a shelter: protection from the elements, warmth and concealment. There aren’t many options available and the following ones are the most exploited ones:
If you have a car, you are one of the lucky ones and it will become your ideal cover. Having access to a Wal-Mart parking, a major hotel chain or any other 24 hour parking will keep you safe and you’re less likely to have someone paying you a visit. Your car can provide you with heat and power for devices such as cell phones. The best part is that you can move your shelter and get away from any unpleasant situation.
Homeless shelters
These are beneficial for those struggling in urban areas and they are treasured by the homeless communities. However, staying in one can be a challenge and it’s one of those homeless survival lessons that you will learn the hard way. First, you have to sign up early to get a spot, and most of the time it requires you to be confined to the area. Second, you have to accept the idea that you will be sleeping in a large warehouse with other 400 or more men and it’s a dog eat dog world. And third, what’s yours can become someone else’s and you will experience the true nature of humans. As a tip for keeping what’s yours, Dan recommends sleeping with your legs on your suitcase and using your backpack as a pillow. Shelters are recommended to be used at minimum, and only around meal giveaways and personal needs, such as showering. The worst part about the shelters is that they house a lot of people that are on one drug or another and these individuals can become dangerous.

Urban campsite
This is the most common shelter for many of the homeless and building one is not as easy as it may look. It’s one of the homeless survival lessons that can come in handy during any emergency scenario and there are some good tips we can all use. When it comes to urban campsites, your enemies are moisture, the changing weather and environmental predators. Furthermore, in some cities outdoor sleeping can be illegal and you might be harassed or asked to move. If you find a place to build a campsite, make sure you divide it into three areas: where you sleep, where you cook and eat and where you take care of bodily functions. Make sure you pay a visit to the local restaurants to get some free napkins; they will serve as toilet paper if you can’t afford any. When choosing a campsite, most homeless people advise to go for higher ground, it doesn’t matter if it’s a hill or the rooftop of a building. Being elevated decreases your chances of sleeping in puddles or rainwater runoff. A tarp is an accessory that many homeless people carry because it can be used in many ways, it can easily be taken down, folded and carried. Tarps can easily be converted into tents and lean-tos. Heavy duty bags are also valued items because they can serve as both rain ponchos and storage containers.

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Moisture is your biggest enemy and it will compromise both hygiene and warmth. You should avoid sleeping directly on the ground because the cold will permeate your body quickly and hypothermia can set in. Always build a bed from cardboard, tree branches or even polystyrene foam before putting yourself or your sleeping bag directly on the ground.
You have to remain unseen and make your campsite portable as much as possible if you want to survive. A clean and nonvisible camp is crucial because it is less likely to be disrupted or detected. One of the survival lessons you learn when being homeless is that you don’t want to waste physical and psychological energy to always rebuild your campsite. Make sure your campsite can be taken with you if you need to relocate. Although urban camping laws are different from city to city, in the case of a catastrophic-level event or martial law, all rules will go out the window. Make sure you don’t draw negative attention for now.
One thing on which all homeless people agree is that cardboard is a vital survival item and many homeless survival lessons are built around it. It’s a perfect insulator and you can build various shelters from it. There are those less fortunate that seek out smaller rooms in abandoned building and insulate the entire room with cardboard. It’s an item that can protect you from the elements if you line it with garbage bags and it’s really lightweight compared to other building materials. Think about this next time you want to throw away the cardboard box from your new TV, you never know when you might find a good use for it.

Homeless survival lessons – Fire and Heat

Just like in any survival scenario, there are a few ways to create a heat source, depending on your situation or environment. For the homeless, cans are invaluable items because their size makes them easily concealable and they can be used for warmth or cooking. Coffee cans are the most used ones when it comes to cooking. They get petroleum jelly and lighters from a 99 cent store and using a wood, newspaper, cloth or cotton balls, they are able to improvise a portable cooking stove. Most of the videos you see online about DIY can stoves are survival lessons learned from the homeless. You will be surprised to find out how many of them have flint-and steel methods to start fires. They also like to pay a visit to local bars or hotels to re-supply their matches stock.

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Tuna cans are used to make candles and they’ve learned to use all sort of kindling in order to make a good fire.

Homeless survival lessons – Hygiene, staying clean in a dirty world

If you keep yourself clean you will keep attention away from you, attention from people who might prey on you or your things. It is crucial to blend in and leaving behind a trail of strange odors should be always avoided. The city shelters that offer hot showers are the most used methods of keeping a good hygiene, but there are other methods as well. Swimming pool showers are great for the homeless people that are located near a pool or beach and hotel lobby bathrooms are also a good choice, as long as you can sneak in. Saving towelettes that come with the fast food are great for when you need to clean your face, under arms and groin. Baking soda is used as both toothpaste and deodorant substitute. Hand sanitizers, toothbrushes, and razors are also cheap at the dollar stores and are highly recommended by all homeless people. Good hygiene is crucial if you want to walk around malls and department stores more freely without looking homeless. A foldable camp shower is also a good addition to any survival bag and it is easy to use if you have a nearby water source.

Homeless survival lessons – Clothing and bags

You need to keep your feet as dry a possible whenever you travel and if you are homeless, you will travel a lot. Taking off your shoes and socks when you have the chance to get comfortable is a rule that many respect. Procuring extra socks has become a habit for many of the homeless, especially since the socks are the most needed item that is donated the least. Think about this next time when you do a donation.
Having multiple items of clothing helps in multiple ways because you can change them often and keep the “dirty look” away from you. Having multiple layers of clothes is ideal when winter sets in because you can keep warm even in harder conditions. Many homeless people prefer to carry a backpack with just the essentials while having everything else concealed at their camp. Carrying only the essential will not draw attention to yourself and this is one of the homeless survival lessons they all know. Carrying your house with you, will just make you a target for the others and you won’t be able to blend in. Usually for them, their backpack is their whole world (it contains their birth certificate, social security card and all the money they have) and they learned to keep a good eye on it.

Homeless survival lessons – Food and water, the basic needs of humans

Finding food and water plays an important role in the life of every homeless person and they spend quite some time trying to get what they need. They have developed various strategies and these homeless survival lessons are used even by those who have a roof over their head, but have a hard time living from one paycheck to the other. Hotels often have free continental breakfasts and if you look clean, you can eat and load up on food such as dry cereal, peanut butter, breads and bananas. Most fast-food restaurants and pizza places have food that gets thrown away at the end of the business hours and you can ask for this food, and in time, you can develop a good relationship with the managers. They will provide you with left-over food, before it reaches the dumpster.
Dumpster diving is another activity that is practiced by many homeless people, but you need to know how to do it. You need to know your nearby completion, the best times and places to do it.

Soup kitchens, missions, churches and shelters also serve food, but the trick is knowing when to go to these places. Also, you can’t always carry the food back to your campsite because it will attract animals. If you can’t keep a campsite and you need to travel a lot, you will need to carry food that is light, portable and small. Simple to cook food that will not spoil quickly is what they all target.
Water sources are fairly easy to come by and many rely just on boiling the water. However, there are those who have a lifestraw type of water filter in their bag to avoid getting sick from consumption. They carry one or two water bottles that they fill up every time they find a fountain.

Homeless survival lessons – The mental courage only few of us have

Being homeless takes a great toll on your mind spirit, regardless if you have a camp or access to food and water. Depression and mental fatigue often leads to substance abuse and apathy. You will have to get used to hear No and you will have to learn how to deal with rejection, without focusing on the negative. Most of the homeless people focus on the day to day life and don’t put too much thought on what will come tomorrow. Most of them expect for everything to go wrong and they manage to roll with it when it comes. No matter what life throws at them, they manage to stay strong and find the inner courage to push forward. They use common sense and live for each day, hoping that things will get better. They try not to focus on the negative and make good use of the homeless survival lessons they’ve learned from others. They can survive for days, weeks or even months on the streets until they get back on their feet.

Suggested reading: Survivor mind – prepping starts with you!

Homelessness is a real problem everywhere and it’s a true survival tests for most of the homeless. Knowing more about them and learning from these homeless survival lessons is a good way to prepare for any emergency situation that can change or life in minutes.
During this time of year, don’t ignore the homeless and help them if you can. They are the real survivors of our cities and they have to face a harsh reality, a reality in which we can make a difference. If you donate clothes, don’t forget about the socks because as I said before, these are vital items that are overlooked by many of those who want to help.
Source: Prepperswill.com

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Russian officials propose bill to grant every citizen one hectare of farm and forest land to use for self-sufficiency

 The Pacific Rim of Russia could soon see a mass migration of young people if a government scheme to repopulate this largely uninhabited area is successful. In an effort to promote self-reliance and good land stewardship, the Russian government is planning to grant every Russian citizen who wants it one hectare of land for free as long as these landholders use their land for farming, self-sufficiency, and/or other legal uses.

Russia's vast Far East territory is currently home to about six million people, but this number has been waning in recent years. The Russian government estimates that once the land grant program is initiated, 30 million more people could flock to the region, infusing new life into an area of Russia that would otherwise qualify as uninhabited Siberia.

"Free land grants [are] a powerful potential for developing our Eastern territories and an opportunity to radically -- almost six fold -- increase the far eastern population from 6.4 million to 36 million people," stated Alexander Galushka, the minister of development for this region, to the Siberian Times about the program.

If everything goes as planned, the program will come into effect on January 1, 2016, and run for 19 years. Russian citizens who take residency on these appropriated land plots will have to prove during the first five years that they're using them properly. After this five-year probationary period, land occupants will be given full ownership of their land in perpetuity.

Based on a government survey, the vast majority of interested Russians have indicated that they plan to use their land for self-reliance. Others have said they plan to become farmers, while a select bunch simply plan to relocate somewhere new in order to start a new life.

Russia gives land to its citizens while U.S. takes land away through Agenda 21

Some are skeptical of the plan, however, recalling a Russian land-voucher scheme from the 1990s that ended up granting large blocs of land to "a few spectacularly rich tycoons," to quote the Siberian Times. However, others believe this latest land grant plan is worlds apart from the earlier one and that it will greatly benefit the average Russian citizen.

In either case, it's a far cry from how the American government treats its citizens when it comes to land ownership. Rather than try to increase land ownership and spread the wealth around, federal bureaucrats in the U.S. are actually stealing land from rural citizens in an attempt to force all Americans into densely-packed urban enclaves.

It's all part of a plan known as Agenda 21 that aims to "rewild" the vast majority of U.S. territory by forcibly relocating people out of their homes and into government micro-managed cities. The federal government already owns nearly half of the land area in nine U.S. states, it turns out, and U.S.A. Inc. is progressively eating up more of it with each passing day.

While Russia is working towards putting measures in place to expand freedom and land ownership amongst its citizens, the U.S. is being radically transformed into a massive, government-owned prison, with cities as cell blocks and all of that increasingly unattainable open space swelling in scope outside the prison walls.

"Rewilding is ultimately about property rights," explains Kelly O'Connell for Canada Free Press. "In transferring large tracts of land (a.k.a. Big Wilderness) into government hands it thereby cancels any rights of the original owners."

"This is, in fact, the entire goal of rewilding large, dangerous carnivores -- to take away mankind's property rights to big parcels of land so the elite caste might macro-manage earth according to their dictates."

Bullet proof immune system - how to not get a cold ever

 You don't have to catch the next flu. With the right combination of supplements, in most cases, you can knock out, or radically lesson the severity of an infection. If an illness is caught early enough, even people who eat a lousy diet can treat it with the right supplements before they feel really sick.

Infection remedies include virus, bacteria, fungus, and most of the parasites that make us sick. Believe it or not, candida (a type of fungus) can give us the same symptoms as a bacterial or viral infection, and many times people have multiple infections at once causing flu like symptoms. The only way to properly prepare your immune system to be as strong as possible is to have a diet and supplement regimen to address not just viruses, but all the other infectious organisms as well. The good news is that there are many different herbs and foods that none of these invaders and pathogens like.

The Foundation - Foods, Herbs and Diet for the Immune System

Infection wants an easy host. An easy host does not eat a healthy diet filled with lots of raw, fresh, organic produce, full of enzymes and vitamins. To be healthy, eat a salad every day with raw garlic. Don't eat processed foods, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or GMO foods. Don't eat any food with artificial colors, flavorings, or preservatives or MSG.

Take a really good whole food multivitamin with lots of easily assimilated vitamin C.

Drink plenty of fluids. Stevia sweetened cranberry lemonade with cayenne will help detoxify and flush the system, while making the body extremely inhospitable to infection (cayenne, cranberry, and lemonade are all very good at fighting off sickness).

If there is any sign of a cold or infection coming on, don't use cough drops, or nasal spray, or any over the counter medications. Stay away from anything sweet, even fruit (besides stevia, green apples, berries, and watermelon).

That's the foundation. With good sleep habits and a nearly perfect diet, there's no getting sick.

Bulletproof your immune system with the most powerful herbs

A Good echinacea, the pure, clean, and potent kind that makes your tongue feel as fuzzy as a shag carpet, will knock out a viral infection all by itself in most cases. When you combine echinacea with vitamin C, flu and colds don't stand a chance. Echinacea strengthens the entire immune system, but don't take it for more than a week at a time, as it loses its effectiveness if you take it for more than 7 days straight. Wait at least 5 days before taking it again.

Goldenseal is antiviral and anti-parasitic. It's also a powerful blood cleanser. It can be a little hard on the liver. Black radish can help offset that by keeping the gallbladder healthy and maintaining proper bile flow, and it's also antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic. Coptis chinensis, also known as goldenthread, is a very powerful aid to detoxification. It helps keep the lymph glands clean and running smoothly, and it's antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, and antifungal.

For those who don't take care of themselves, getting sick is a very good way to detoxify. For someone who doesn't eat as well as they should, and/or doesn't get enough sleep, getting sick is a way of taking out the garbage. Parasites, viruses, bacteria, and candida need weak cells to feed off of and to make a home. A poor diet, lack of sleep, and habits like drinking or smoking cause malfunctioning cells to develop. To use the methods that prevent infection, and to do so repeatedly, without taking care of oneself, can lead to serious illness such as cancer, or autoimmune disease.

Disease suppression is dangerous in the long run, even with all natural, perfectly safe remedies. With that in mind, if you need to make it through a stressful situation when the weather is changing and you know you won't get enough sleep for a while, and the food situation won't be ideal for periods (this certainly happens to me with business from time to time) without getting sick under any circumstances, then this protocol is what you need. On the other hand, these practices can also be used while detoxifying to strengthen the detox and to lesson the side effects and reduce the likelihood of a weakened immune system and getting sick. For more on foods and supplements covered, check out the sources. For more on the immune system, and recipes for formulas to strengthen it, check out Make Your Immune System Bulletproof with These Natural Remedies.

Survive What Is About To Happen To America: 70 Tips That Will Help You

You may have noticed that things are starting to get crazy. Financial markets are imploding, violent crime rates are soaring in our major cities, and we have witnessed a truly unusual series of natural disasters in recent months.
War in the Middle East continues to rage out of control, and Islamic terror continues to spread all over the globe. And many believe that 2016 is going to be a year of political shaking, civil unrest, governmental crackdowns and great economic chaos in the United States.
All it is going to take to plunge our society into full-blown panic mode is a major “trigger event” of some sort. Another 9/11, a new “Lehman Brothers” moment, a massive EMP burst from the sun or a historic seismic event are all examples of what this “trigger event” could look like.
So are you ready for what is about to happen to America? In previous articles, I have urged my readers to focus on the five basics – food, water, shelter, energy and self-defense. If you focus on those five things, you will probably be in pretty good shape during any major disaster or emergency.
In this article, I want to dig a little deeper and give people some more specific tips regarding what they can do to prepare for the times that we are now entering. The following are 70 tips that will help you survive what is going to happen to America…
1. A lot of the “experts” out there are urging people to get rid of all of their cash. That is a huge mistake. You are going to need cash to pay your bills – especially during the initial phases of the coming crisis. Today, 63 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and millions of them will be severely hurting almost immediately once they lose their jobs or their businesses go under during this new economic downturn.
2. Get to know your neighbors. As the coming time of trouble unfolds, you are going to want to have people around you that you can trust and depend on.
3. Learn how to grow a garden. Food costs will continue to rise and our food distribution system is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. Any way that you can become more “food independent” would be a good thing.
4. At this point, you should already have several years of emergency food stored up for each member of your family. And don’t forget to store additional food for friends and family members that haven’t prepared and will need to come stay with you.
5. Make a “bug out plan” for your family, and make certain that every member of your family knows what the rally points are in case you all get separated.
6. Every member of your family should have a “bug out bag“. These should contain everything that they will need in the event of a major emergency.
7. If you are going to “strategically relocate” before things get really bad in this country, hopefully you have already done so by now. If not, you are working on borrowed time.
8. When civil unrest starts really spiraling out of control, it would be in your interest to avoid “America’s death zones” if possible.
9. Always have the gas tanks in your vehicles at least halfway full. You never know when you will need to hit the road in an emergency situation.
10. Put away some extra fuel for your generator while fuel costs are low.
11. Think ahead about what medicines and medical supplies you and your family will need during a major crisis.
12. Try to stock up on things that will make good barter items when the overall economy begins to totally break down.
13. There are non-electric versions of various appliances. Some examples include washing machines and coffee makers.
14. How are you going to cook your food when the power goes out for an extended period of time? You may want to consider a sun oven if you don’t have one already.
15. Don’t have all of your eggs in one basket. That includes not having all of your money in one location. If you have a bank account, consider spreading that money around to two or three different bank accounts.
16. You will want to keep at least some cash at home in case you are not able to access ATM machines during a major crisis.
17. If you can get out of debt without jeopardizing your other preparations, you should consider doing so. Those that are “lean and mean” financially will be in much better shape – especially during the initial stages of the coming crisis.
18. Physical gold and silver are good ways to protect your wealth over the long-term. As I have warned repeatedly, we will continue to see big ups and big downs for precious metals, so if you are going to invest you have got to be able to handle the ride.
19. Reduce your expenses and get accustomed to a more minimal standard of living. Now is not the time to be spending lots of money on fancy new toys.
20. If you have the time and energy, starting a side business may not be a bad idea. That way if you lose your job, you still have some income coming in.
21. You need to have a plan for fresh water in the event of a major emergency. Without water none of us can survive, and is imperative that you have a plan to provide clean drinking water for your family when disaster strikes.
22. If you can afford to get partially or totally “off the grid”, that would be a very good thing. Many preppers are discovering that they can do amazing things with wind, solar and water power.
23. Anyone that has spent more than a few hours without power knows how frustrating this can be. You need to have a plan for how you are going to provide power to your home that is independent of the power company.
24. Rotate your food supplies. Eat your oldest stuff first even though it may be tempting to dig into the stuff that you just purchased.
25. If you have a baby, don’t forget the special things that your baby will need during a major crisis.
26. Many preppers totally forget about their pets. You should store the food and supplies that they will need during an extended emergency.
27. This may sound trivial, but the truth is that our entertainment-addicted society would become very bored and very frustrated if the grid suddenly went down for an extended period of time. Card games and other basic forms of entertainment can make enduring a crisis much easier.
28. In the years ahead, being able to defend your home is going to become increasingly important. When the economy crashes, people are going to start to become very desperate. And desperate people do desperate things.
29. No plan ever unfolds perfectly. When your plan is disrupted, what will you do? It will be imperative for all of us to have a back-up plan and to be flexible during the years ahead.
30. Do not go around and tell everyone in the area where you live about your prepping. If you do, then you may find yourself overwhelmed with “visitors” when everything falls apart.
The following are items that are commonly recommended by survivalist experts that you may want to consider storing in case they are needed during a major crisis or emergency…

31. Blankets
32. Warm Clothing
33. Gloves
34. Extra Flashlights
35. First Aid Kits
36. Lighters
37. Matches
38. Duct Tape
39. A Shovel
40. A Tent
41. Knives
42. Mylar Blankets
43. Body Armor
44. Salt
45. Propane
46. Vitamins
47. An Axe
48. A Can Opener
49. A Battery-Powered Radio
50. Extra Batteries
51. A Fire Extinguisher
52. A Sewing Kit
53. A Tool Kit
54. Comfortable Shoes Or Hiking Boots
55. A Map Of Your Area
56. A Compass
57. Sleeping Bags
58. Candles
59. A Camp Stove
60. An LED Headlamp

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61. Lightsticks
62. Heirloom Seeds
63. Clorox
64. Wood Socks, Sweaters And Mittens
65. Personal Hygiene Items
66. Ziplock Bags
67. A Watch Or Some Other Way To Tell Time
68. Extra Copies Of Your Financial Records
69. Spare Glasses
70. Prescription Medications