Vinegar As An Essential Multi-Purpose Tool for TEOTWAWKI- Part 1, by J.R.

During TEOTWAWKI, long-term survivability will depend upon more than adequate caloric intake and the ability to defend oneself and one’s family.  Historically, the leading cause of death during times of prolonged war, conflict, or natural disasters has not been violence or the direct impact of disasters, rather, most people perished due to rampant disease and infections caused by the interruption of access to medical treatment, clean water, and adequate hygiene.  In dire times, access to medicinal agents and the ability to both prevent food and water-borne illness and to maintain hygienic living quarters may make the difference between life and death.  Although various options abound to address one or more of those concerns, for the budget-minded prepper, tackling each of those categories can prove costly and confusing.  But what if we could utilize one affordable and easily obtainable substance to treat many medical conditions, preserve food, and provide for a hygienic environment?  Many people may be surprised to learn that such a substance does exist and has been known since ancient times.  That incredible substance is vinegar.   Even before the rise of civilization more than 6,000 years ago, vinegar was known among many cultures for its medicinal, preservative, and … Continue reading

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Three More Letters Re: Dental Emergencies

Hello, I saw the post about dental care on the site today and wanted to share a company I found that has injectable lidocaine. I have ordered supplies from them before and am in no way affiliated with them. I just wanted to get the info out there if it fills a need for folks and if it passes your standards as far as recommending. – P.L. o o o HJL, You can get lidocaine at Travel Medicine Inc. – S.F. o o o Dear Editor, Please check out how Christian Missionaries, ITEC USA, have solved the emergency dental issues for indigenous peoples. I am familiar with this organization, and they do phenomenal work on a budget that proves miracles still happen.

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Three Letters Re: Dental Emergencies

Jim and Hugh, The Sustainable Prep Expo in Grants Pass, Oregon in May, will feature Dr. Howard Shayne doing hands-on classes in “Emergency Dental Techniques”. Preppers in the Northwest might want to consider attending this. – N.M. o o o HJL, I have bought from these people before. They sell lidocaine and good antibiotics. – Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlogs Editor at Large o o o Hugh, It’s easy to purchase Lidocaine powder, store it long term, and make your own as needed for emergencies. LidoKing – Lidocaine powder How to make injectable Lidocaine HCL – V.F.

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Letter Re: Dental Emergencies

Hugh and Jim, Regarding the post on 3/7 about dental emergencies. A few years back their was a like minded dentist up in TN that taught some Field Dentistry classes in middle TN. Dr. Tom offered an excellent two-day class that focused on just this sort of stuff. He was not just some dentist that figured he could cater to the “prepper” market. You could tell Dr. Tom was a survivalist, and he had thought through some incredibly creative ways to handle what could be survival dentistry. He offered tools there as well as the instruction. We did a lot of hands-on training, including doing fillings, practicing extractions (we took prisoners the night before; just kidding), et cetera. I go to a lot of training classes, and this one I attended twice because it was so good. I’m not sure if he’s still offering them, but I know he likely reads the blog here, so hopefully he will see this and do some more classes. This sort of class isn’t as glamorous as shooting rifles, but it’s as important and perhaps more so. As survivalists, we should seek to be well rounded in our skill sets. – R.H.

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Household Basics in TEOTWAWKI- Part 2, by Sarah Latimer

I’m continuing my journey to consider some of the basics (beyond meat, eggs, dairy, grains, fruits, and vegetables) that I will want in my pantry in the event of TEOTWAWKI. Sure, if it is a matter of life and death, we will take what we have and make the most of it. However, like many others who have contributed to the wealth of information on SurvivalBlog, I am pursuing the idea of thriving rather than just surviving, and I know that knowledge and tools are far more valuable in a long-term crisis situation than having a finite supply of end product stored. In considering what basics we use on almost a daily basis, there are quite a few that we will need to either be able to eventually produce on our homestead, find acceptable substitute for, or establish a local/regional source where we can purchase or trade to obtain them. Last week, I took a look at baking soda, which has so many uses in the kitchen, around the house, and for health care purposes also. This week, I will look at a product that is sometimes used as a companion to baking soda, at least for cleaning. Today, I’m … Continue reading

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Food Storage: The Calories Count! by JWR

Many newbie preppers make the mistake of buying a packaged long-term food storage system withoƒstarut looking at the details, and they just assume that they are now magically “prepared”. But anyone who is shopping for packaged food storage systems should look with a discerning eye at any claims such as: “a six month supply for four adults.” Often these estimates are based on the manufacturers’ absurd assumption that a daily ration is around 1,500 calories per day. But that is actually a starvation ration that would not maintain the body mass index for anyone with an average body stature. In actuality, the average adult needs around 2,500 calories per day for normal activity and something closer to 3,700 per day for times of heavy exertion, such as strenuous manual labor or combat patrolling. You want to be living in Survival Acres, not Dachau! Once again, look very closely at those calorie counts. Next, consider the quality of the foods themselves. There should be plenty of essential fats and oils. If the food storage system omits fats and oils or if it includes lots of Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) as filler, then beware. Your family will need plenty of quality foods, … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Don’t Call Me 4 Eyes

Hi, Your readers who need glasses may want to consider learning how to order glasses at www.zennioptical.com. I first learned of them from an article in The Wall Street Journal a number of years ago. They are reputable, and the waiting period to receive your glasses is about the same as that at retail stores. I typically obtain glasses for about one-third of the cost at retail eye glass stores, and at that price you can afford the spares you want. – A.K.

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Letter Re: Copper as an Ebola Killer

Dear Hugh, After reading the letter and the attached article, I was interested in the feasibility of having copper contact surfaces, such as doorknobs or push plates. JW mentioned copper plating, so I did a quick search and found this video. I thought this might interest people because of the ease with which you could plate items, and my guess is a majority of readers would be able to do this with supplies they have on hand. Regards, RM

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Letter: Copper as an Ebola Killer

Dear Hugh, This research has been around for nearly a decade, but it is only beginning to surface. The purer the copper, the stronger the effect. Pure copper, or a 95 percent alloy, will kill 99.999 percent of everything within 30 minutes. Naturally, corporations are making copper alloy fixtures for hospitals that are 60 percent copper! Readers can do some of this at home by taking sheets of copper and cutting it into push plates for doors, covering countertops, etc. However, it is extremely difficult to find copper doorknobs, except for cabinets. Perhaps taking regular doorknobs and having them heavily copper plated would help. The copper must be left completely bare. Any type of coating on it prevents contact of the bacteria and viruses with the copper surface. This might make a good business for some of your readers who do metalwork. Once this news gets around, there will be a strong demand for copper doorknobs. Although brass also works to some extent, it must be very high in copper, and the percentage of copper is never given on commercial brass knobs. Furthermore, the protective coating that keeps the brass shiny makes it useless. Check out this great article – … Continue reading

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Roses Are Red and Healthful Too, by Sarah Latimer

We have had beautiful fall weather. However, my flower gardens are pretty well gone, as the brisk, cold fall winds blow and leave only a few dried flowers, seeds, and various remains to remind me of the brilliant colors that once adorned our property earlier in the year. If asked what is my favorite aromatic flower, I might say stargazer lily, gardenia, or rose. If asked what is the most beautiful flower, I would struggle to come up with just one or even three, as there are many I adore, but the rose would certainly be high on the list. If asked what is the most health beneficial flower to grow, again I would have to list several, including borage, echinacea, chamomile, lavender, and primrose. However, what are my all-around favorite flowers, I’d have to say rose and lavender, but the rose holds a tender place in my heart that no other can replace. I have quite a few “favorite” (actually sentimental) flowers that each remind me of loved ones and special times or places. However, the dozens of rose bushes on our property remind me of Mom. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of literally following her footsteps … Continue reading

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Seven Warnings to the Progressive Feminist, by J.E.

Considering we are at the precipice of the possibility for the first female, militant feminist to take control of the greatest country in the world, I thought this article appropriately timed. Feminists, who may read this, you need to consider some serious questions. Are you honestly prepared to endure the reality of the feminist ideology lived out to its fullest? What would this even look like? If this is a concept you haven’t pondered fully, would you consider listening to a well researched argument against the suicidal movement of militant feminism? Moreover, are you willing to listen without judgment rather than blowing off warnings from those who genuinely care? In this article I will spell out the worst case scenario of progressive feminism lived out to its fullest in seven corresponding warnings. Over the last several years I have worked hard to expose the lies and deception of the second, third, and now fourth wave feminists who hold men and women captive in this country with their lies. It has taken a lot of restraint to remain polite. I’ve been patient. I’ve kept my cool and taken the intellectual route. I’ve spent the last four years working diligently on a … Continue reading

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Gastroparesis and Stomach Conditions in TEOTWAWKI, by APS

Disclaimer: Gastroparesis is a serious medical condition where the stomach shuts down or severely slows down. The Vagus Nerve to the stomach has been damaged or does not work properly. Seek immediate professional help and assistance from your doctor or pediatrician as soon as possible. There are a couple of causes for this condition, mainly diabetes and Post-Infectious Gastroparesis (PIGP). Type 1 Diabetics can get this condition over the years, and Type II Diabetics can also get it depending on complications to the disease. I want to focus on the PIGP, because that is what our family went through with our eight year old son recently. Basically, he contracted a stomach virus that in turn shut his stomach down (or the nerve more precisely). The Vagus Nerve controls the stomach and tells it when to contract and push food to the lower intestine. This condition is common then for diabetics and people who have suffered from prolonged stomach virus. Why is this a survival topic and why care? In TEOTWAWKI, there will be serious medical issues that come up such as Gastroparesis. Medical conditions and sickness due to foodborne and water borne viruses will exponentially increase. People contracting viruses and … Continue reading

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