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House Plant’s Secret Identity Revealed: Aloe, Prepper Gold

When we came back from a day at the lake cooked to a painful red, Mom would pinch a leaf off one of her few houseplants, split it open with a nail, and smear the slightly sticky/slimy but clear and… Continue Reading

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Cold Turkeys: Prepping For When Your Meds Run Out

A week or so ago, a friend of mine up and quit taking his prescribed medications.  Didn’t think it would be any big deal; just a few days off the blood pressure drugs until he could get in to see… Continue Reading

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Natural Family Planning for Preppers

It’s hardly ever talked about … but it can be of vital importance.  During a crisis, access to normal health care, including contraception, might be interrupted.  It might be a really bad time to add a baby to the family… Continue Reading

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Should Essential Oils Be on a Prepper’s Shopping List?

The internet’s a wonderful thing, where you can wander down a path, take a left turn, and end up somewhere entirely unexpected.  That’s what happened when Salty sent me a link to a research article that seemed to indicate that… Continue Reading

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Four Things Preppers on Blood Thinners Might Like to Know

Ok, if you’ve read many of my health posts you’re used to the line about how I’m not a physician and I don’t give medical advice.  You can double that for this piece.  Even if I was a physician, no… Continue Reading

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Paranoid Prepper: You Can Prepare Anywhere!

You Can Prepare Anywhere By now you may have realized there is a prepper myth that I just don’t agree with.  The idea is that urban centers, and perhaps other locales, are simply impossible to survive in if SHTF.  I… Continue Reading

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Antibiotic Resistance and You: the Podcast

This podcast is Salty and I hashing out antibiotic resistance; how it arises and how to minimize the problems it causes you with the strategy of Go Big or Go Home. If you’re one who keeps ‘fish’ antibiotics on hand just… Continue Reading

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Mad Cows and Laughing Cannibals: Chronic Wasting Disease Info For Preppers

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a disease of hoofstock wildlife (deer and the like).currently spreading through North America.  Affected animals look … well, like this: Why should preppers care? Well, on one hand, there’s been no proven case of CWD being… Continue Reading

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What Would I Do, If It Were the Flu?

Why are people so concerned when it’s just a flu virus? And not even a flu virus that currently exists, at that?  Of all the “Stuff hits the fan, it reaches even down here to rural Missouri, and help is… Continue Reading

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10 Survival Things I Learned in the Amazon Jungle

Several years ago, I had the privilege to go to the Amazon jungle. It was a trip of a lifetime, and I have no desire to go back. The experience taught me much that directly relates to prepping. ALWAYS Have… Continue Reading

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Air ambulance membership as a prep? Really?

The first things most preppers think about, concentrate on, are large-scale breakdown low-probability SHTF situations. From large-scale grid-down TEOTWAWKI situations, nuclear attack, terrorist bombings, you name it… the sorts of events that invade the preppers dreams at night. Often, people… Continue Reading

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Two Keys to Prepping Against Antibiotic Resistance

After the development of antibiotics, experts in infectious medicine who’d seen the fatalities in their field drop by more than 90% trumpeted an end to their entire specialty; and many medical schools closed the infectious disease departments entirely.  Today, we’ve… Continue Reading

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Rock-hard muscles can be too much of a good thing: Tetanus

It’s called ‘lockjaw’ because the jaw muscles are among the first to be affected. They spasm and seize up, holding the jaw firmly shut.  The good news is, starvation is not likely to be a problem.  The bad news is,… Continue Reading

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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