The difference between somebody who survives a tragic disaster situation may come down to ONE decision that they made: to base their plans on evidence-based preps instead of anecdotal based preps.
What on Earth is this guy talking about? Anec-what?
Let’s define the term anecdotal: Anecdotal is something that is not necessarily true or reliable, and the “evidence” that it works based on personal accounts rather than facts or research. This doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but it also doesn’t mean it’s right or complete.
Here’s a simple example: Susie was sick. Susie ate some of her grandma’s chicken soup. Susie got well. That is an anecdote. Did the soup make Susie get well? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe her immune system made her well. Maybe what she was allergic to went out of season. We don’t know, all we know is that she ate soup and got well. That doesn’t prove the soup had anything to do with her getting over the illness.
What is evidence? A whole bunch of people had Susie’s disease. Those that ate the soup mostly got well. Those that didn’t eat grampa’s tomato soup mostly stayed sick. Now there is good reason to think that the chicken soup helped them get well.
The tomato soup eaters are what is known as a control group (more on that later), they are just like the chicken soup eaters (except for the chicken soup).
Here my point is in a nutshell: If your and your loved ones lives are on the line, if you are depending upon these supplies to survive, you stone-cold need to know they are going to work. When you are on the survival edge, there is ZERO room for error. You need to know, FACT, that what you are doing is going to work… not “man, I hope that guy who sold me this was right” type of knowledge, rather you need to absolutely positively have evidence that it’s going to work.
Ahead of time.
While you aren’t hanging on by a thread.
While there IS room for error.
All too often in the prepping community (and the world at large) we hear things from other members of the community about some product or other that’s supposed to be the greatest thing ever… only to find out that after we buy it and try it, it’s not really what we were hoping for.
While that kind of stinks today, when the world is still functional, it would REALLY REALLY REALLY stink if we were in a Stuff Hits The Fan (SHTF) situation.
Hearing about it from somebody else, hearing that it’s the greatest thing ever, that’s all well and good but how do you KNOW it works. Have you read non-partial reviews from people who do not have a dog in the hunt?
If it’s something that you put in or on you, have you read the label for the list of active ingredients? Do you know exactly what’s in it if it’s a supplement? Do you know exactly what’s in it if it’s an alternative medicine? Do you have recommended dosing? Is there any peer-reviewed research on it?
If it’s something you buy, have you tried it in person to verify claims? Brand X of a supposedly shelf stable produce claims to have five-times the shelf life than brand Y, is there independent research to prove that it is true? Have you checked the daily calories per serving, compared that to your needs?
Where do you get your information, from a certified label or in the big type on a company’s website.
It’s so easy to go with “Well, I’ve been feeling a bit down this week, I’ve heard from a friend that Product X gives me energy…” and right now, unless Product X is actually harmful, then it’s no real problem to use your friends anecdotal advice to try it.
Here’s the real problem. If the SHTF, that’s not good enough. What you stock in your preps STONE COLD HAS TO WORK or you and your loved ones may die.
Since the start of this project, we have been committed to evidence-based information and testing to see if anecdotal stories about products and concepts hold water. We are going to continue to do this, and frankly we expect to make some people mad at us along the way, because we are wading into a lot of anecdotes in the future.
Honestly? Most anecdotes turn out to be either wrong, or entirely unsupported.
Who knows, they may be right and there’s just not any reliable evidence to support them out there at this time.
That’s not good enough.
If the SHTF, you can’t afford to be wrong.