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Hidden Danger: Spiders Can Hurt Preppers, Maim Or Even Worse

All he did was take a hike in the woods of a state park.  At the time, we didn’t notice anything amiss.  A thing like that shouldn’t take the wonders of modern medicine to keep from killing a guy, should… Continue Reading

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Ahead on Points: 6 Prepper Wins and 3 Prepper Fails on a Hiking Trip

I just got back from a hiking trip in the mountains, and wanted to share my experiences:  The good to encourage their use and the bad to save you from learning the Hard Way.  I had to be very selective… Continue Reading

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My Shoes Shrank! Four Approaches for Dealing with Leg Swelling

I’ve been working on a series to give people ideas for managing chronic conditions when they can’t get medical care (search the Bandages tag here on the BBBY site if that interests you).  This is just a slight change of… Continue Reading

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Breathing If The SHTF: Prepping To Not Have Asthma

One of the readers of one of my previous posts on asthma asked if there was a way to keep kids from getting asthma in the first place – really much nicer than having to manage it. Is there a… Continue Reading

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PTSD: What Is It Really? How Do Preppers Deal With It?

People toss around the name and diagnosis of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) a lot; but what is it really? I’m not a psychiatrist … but a good friend of mine is, and she has quite a lot of professional experience… Continue Reading

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Sanitized for Your Protection: 4 Cleaning Agents for Prepper Medicine Plus 1 To Avoid!

The world is chock full of germs that would love to live in your warm, food-rich interior.  If allowed, they’d move in, eat your food, change your TV channels, poop on your carpet, and generally trash the place. I use… Continue Reading

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The UnPanic Button: Two Strategies for Interrupting an Anxiety Attack Without Drugs

Your heart pounds.  Your breath comes fast and shallow.  Lunch is a hard, unmoving lump in your stomach.  Cold sweat trickles down your spine.  Nails dig into your palms as your fists clench.  Your eyes are wide as visions of… Continue Reading

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Breathe Deeper… Prepping for Asthma, Part II: Three Management Ideas

Part I of this series had some ideas on having less asthma.  But what if you do have it, and it’s hanging on like a bad house guest, and normal medical care isn’t available?  There are some suggestions here that… Continue Reading

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Podcast: Five Health Things To Consider Before The SHTF

Spice and Salty spill the beans on “health things to consider BEFORE the SHTF” in this week’s Beans, Bullets, Bandages & You podcast.  Recorded on a road trip to the People’s Republic of Illinois, the duo discuss a veritable plethora… Continue Reading

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Get That Junk Out: 3 Preps For Wound Care

I’ve been thinking about wound care.  Developing The Place and other prepping or emergency activities often involve sharp tools, lots of muscle, and people doing tasks they don’t do every day — good conditions for traumatic injury.  I’m no expert… Continue Reading

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It’s a House, Not a Solar Oven: Cool(ing) Ideas That Needs No Power

Because, Physics.   If you make air move faster, some of its heat energy is converted into the energy of motion, so it cools.  This natural law has being put to work on the porches of warmer climates for decades… Continue Reading

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Review: Anker Compact Car Jump Starter and Portable Power Pack

I mentioned this item before, as part of a ‘prepared car’.  Since I’ve had reason to use it lately, perhaps you might like to hear how it actually works. The idea is beautiful.  This power pack will jump start a… Continue Reading

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Breathe, Child: Prepping for Asthma, Part I – Avoidance

Ok, I know asthma affects many adults as well as children.  It is common in childhood though (about 13% of children in the U.S.), and what tugs at a parents’ heart more than a child struggling to breathe?  When the… Continue Reading

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BOL Invaded By Green Aliens! (And NO, It’s Not In Roswell, NM)

Spoiler alert:  It wasn’t These aliens: Having to weed a prairie is just not right.  I blamed the morning job on the blamed fool that decided that Sericea lespedeza would make a great import to northeast Missouri.  “It’s very hardy!”… Continue Reading

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Breathe Even While Sleeping: Three Preps for Sleep Apnea

For those of you who’ve never heard of apnea … I hope it’s because you don’t have it, rather than just because you haven’t been diagnosed with it.  Apnea means ‘no breathing’ so I’m pretty sure you don’t have it… Continue Reading