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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Product of the Day

American College of Emergency Physicians First Aid Manual

The American College of Emergency Physicians has created an essential and comprehensive first aid manual with treatments and techniques explained, step-by-step and illustrated with hundreds of photographs to show how to perform them correctly. Featuring important life-saving procedures, including rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, treatment for a blocked airway, and other life-threatening situations, the book also provides detailed anatomical information and offers treatments for people of any age in any situation.


I hate New Years Resolutions. For most people it’s a form of dishonesty. They either promise themselves they are going to do something and then lie by not following through or they pick something easy so they can accomplish it and so tell themselves a little white lie. Little white lies have a place in life, usually involving the spouse. No honey, you’re not fat-just a whole lot of woman. Of course that dress doesn’t make your thighs look fat. Yes, your first attempt at writing a children’s book is good enough to sell. These lies are needed to reduce tensions and sooth over egos. Little white lies are good socially. Oh, no, my fault- I should have been looking where I was going. What you really meant was, pull your head out of your butt and pay attention moron but I can’t say that since you put Arnold to shame you are so buff and I don’t have insurance so I can’t afford for you to kick my ass.
But lying to yourself is just plain stupid. One, if you can’t be honest with yourself you are in denial and headed for some sort of a train wreak. And two, you are worthless and weak. Good morals are what you do when no one else is looking. So, you make a New Years Resolution and break it a week later and feel bad about it and so you dive right in to more self destructive behavior. Peggy the Pig decides to loose some weight. She is breathing hard from getting off the sofa and the last time she got lucky it was 2 a.m. and her date was so drunk he thought he was seeing double instead of just double-wide. So she makes a New Years Resolution to begin a diet. Within three days of drinking diet Coke and cutting down from three to one Big Macs for her mid morning snack, she can’t resist temptation and eats a triple layer wedding cake in the freezer from back when she married an illegal immigrant so he could get in the country and he paid her in Doritos and HoHo’s and she still didn’t get lucky. She feels so bad from being a big fat sloppy nasty pig she goes on a binger and gains back twice the weight she lost.
So instead of doing some lame New Years Resolution two days ago I just went ahead and did what I have been putting off for awhile on the last day of the year. That way I could look smugly down on all you failures and think good thoughts about myself. Ha! I finally ordered a Berky water filter. Not the whole unit that cost around $300 but a replacement filter for $43. The one filter can be placed in a poly bucket over another bucket and used to filter the water with just the one filter unit. So, $51 after shipping from www.lehmans.com was all it cost for up to about fifty thousand gallons of pure water. The poly buckets I will use from wheat storage. Just drill the appropriate size hole in the top bucket. Make sure it seals. I believe silicon caulking will work. But I’m not positive. If anyone has tried this let me know. Otherwise I will get back to you after I experiment. The only drawback is the reduced volume of clean water daily. But the low cost makes up for it.
The filter supposedly filters not only biological nasties but some chemicals also. And it is cheaper than Katadyn brand drip filters. It claims to filter from 13,000 to 60,000 gallons per filter, so its minimum is the Katadyns maximum. Too good of a deal not to get. I will not miss the $50, but I would sure miss clean water as I was projecting fluid from every orifice after drinking contaminated water. I will not be bothered by the volume of the filter as it can be my “base camp” filter and my pre-Y2K filter is a hiker unit and good for about 5,000 gallons. I will also buy one or two portable solar water units to stretch out my clean water supplies. Plus, I now have a paper book with solar distillation plans in it where as before it was all electronic books.
I always have a dozen gallons of water around since my pipes freeze almost every day in the winter. And a half dozen 6 gallon water plastic jugs in storage ( from when I tried to move to Elko and needed to haul water ). All in all I think I can now safely relax about a clean water supply. I don’t have the ability to store a large amount but at least I can clean whatever I come across. I live a few miles from a good size river so I am less concerned about supply than I am about the supply being polluted by every idiot in creation using the water as a latrine and hazardous waste dump. We would all love to own an underground cistern under a huge roof with solar panels and a back up manual pump, but for under $125 you can have enough redundant filters to assure your water is safe to drink.
$50 for at least 13,000 gallons of filtered water. A twenty dollar solar still will last for hundreds of gallons until it springs a leak from the flexible plastic from China ( well, it could last from dozens to thousands ). A sheet of safety glass can help build a permanent solar still and can be gotten cheaply at a car junk yard. A few sheets of plastic can make a temporary still and a few cheap books can provide the plans. A few bucks will supply iodine tablets for mobile use ( as can the plastic solar unit ). Have more than one means of purifying the water, but none of it needs to be expensive.

Original: http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/water.html

Link of the Day

Emergency Communications

During an emergency, normal means of communication may become inoperable. Communication needs should be addressed in ward and stake emergency plans.

I've run out of room!

Six years ago, our stake president challenged all of the families in our stake (group of local congregations) to complete their one-year food storage. We had just purchased our first home and were new members in the area. We'd made multiple moves across the country during that past few years and had some food storage, but not enough. I took the challenge seriously. Over the next year, I was able to gather a one-year supply. The foods recommended at the time were the basics -- and were very easy to store. I had mostly buckets and #10 cans.

Four years later, the new church recommendations were introduced in General Conference. We had recently added a little boy to our family and I needed to increase our food storage to include him. Because I had a full year's supply, I dragged my feet to implement these new recommendations - particularly the three-month supply of foods that we regularly eat since I knew I already had a three-month supply of the basics. In fact, part of the reason that I began this blog was because I knew I needed to follow that counsel. So, I'm working on my three-month supply right along with the rest of you.

Anyway, that's two long paragraphs to get to my point, which is that storing a three-month supply of foods that we regularly eat is harder than storing all the buckets and cans of a longer-term supply. I've been surprised at the volume of cans, bags and boxes that I've added to my food storage. I've had to purchase an extra set of shelves that are already full. I suspect that I could reduce the sheer volume of products by utilizing fewer canned foods, but I really want to make my three-month supply as user friendly as possible.

As I look at all this food, I'm wondering how to fit it all into my home. Having lived in even smaller quarters, I know that many of you are also having to be creative in storing your food storage. So where do YOU put it?

Here are a few of my ideas (I'd love to hear yours!):
* Use the space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling (in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room etc.). Put items in canisters, pots or cute baskets if needed (sometimes food storage can be decorative). Use curtains if needed.
*Utilize top shelves in closets and storage areas that might not have things on them because they are hard to reach.
*Store things under beds. You could even raise your bed with risers and store even more. Eliminate your bottom mattress and create a "foundation" using buckets and storage items.
* Store items under bedside tables or other decorative tables. Hide with a tablecloth.
*Store boxes in the bottoms of closets (shoes, boots, etc. can sit on top of the boxes).
*Insulate an attic space and add pull-down stairs.
*Basements, garages (might be too hot), cellars, sheds, cold-storage, etc.
*Dig a cold storage area.
*Pull a couch away from a wall and store items behind it.
*Free up cupboard space by hanging your pots and pans.
*Buy/make a decorative privacy screen and store items behind it.
*Buy an armoire and fill it with food storage.
*Use beds for the kids that are like bunk-beds, but that only have the top bunk. Fill the bottom area with home storage supplies. Cover with decorative fabric that matches the room. You could even use part of this space for storage and the other part for toys or a play area (separated by a desk or chest of drawers).
*Turn an extra coat closet into a food storage closet.
*Keep a box or two of food storage items in your trunk.

Keep in mind that idea food storage conditions are dry, dark and cool. You may or may not have an ideal place for your home storage. Be creative. If you don't have a place/way to store things in ideal conditions, then do your best. You might just have to rotate things through a little more quickly.

Original: http://iprepared.blogspot.com/2009/01/ive-run-out-of-room.html

Quote of the Day

Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum.
Jeffrey Immelt

So You Didn’t Marry a Survivalist

Following up on my SHTF Chics Rule! post, let’s say your spouse isn’t hell bent on bunker building, but you want his/her preparedness support. How does one accomplish that?

(Note that I’m now using gender neutral language on this to address Sena and Anna’s comments on the prior mentioned post. There are SHTF homegirls viewing this site as well.)

Well, this is a subject that’s been covered by others before, but let me give you the Ranger Man version. First off, let’s break the non-preparedness spouse down to a few manageable categories:

  1. No Way, No How;
  2. Whatever, I Don’t Care; and
  3. Fine

“No Way, No How”
The spouse that replies to your survival tendencies in this fashion either 1) is seeking to deny their TEOTWAWKI fears, or 2) thinks the whole preparedness thing is just plain kooky and shudders at the thought of being married to a weird survival ninja. This is obviously the toughest spousal preparedness situation to overcome, because not only is he/she not interested in taking modest steps toward preparedness, but he/she also doesn’t want YOU to take these steps. Good luck with this one. You can either try swaying the person’s mind, preparing anyway in secret (never good), or, as Sena suggested, “trade up.” I suppose dropping your preparation desires and forgetting sweet survival action altogether is another option . . . .

“Whatever, I Don’t Care”
For many people this may be as far as you get. It translates roughly to “I think the whole idea is dumb, but I have better battles to fight.” Take this and run with it, but you’re still on shaky ground. Start off slow with projects like building a pantry or buying a water purifier. Then you can move toward, “Honey, I think you need a .50 BMG.”

Reach this stage and you’re on your way to spouse survival success! The only thing better than this is when your spouse hops on the SHTF train and starts telling YOU how to tan a hide. “Fine” translates roughly to “okay, this sounds like something we might need to do . . . I’m intrigued.” Move on this action, but proceed cautiously. Don’t dive into the sky is falling lingo on bird flu, economic collapse and asteroids all at once. Encourage him/her to come up with ideas on their own.

Ranger Man’s Mrs. is at the “fine” stage. Anything more than that and she might start to scare ME.

SHTFblog Suggestions for Securing Spousal Support:

  • Start Easy, discuss current events and “what if” situations, there’s plenty in the news to spark preparedness suggestions.
  • Valentine’s Day is coming up. Head over to SHTFblog’s Amazon “store” and buy your spouse an emergency pack for his/her car. It serves two purposes: 1) it says you care, and 2) it plants a seed.
  • Watch a movie that could spark discussion on this subject.
  • Read a SHTF book in the presence of your spouse and mention the book’s details as you move through it. At this stage fiction works better than non-fiction, because the odds are higher that your spouse will be interested in a story’s development rather than how to store wheat for 4 years. One of my personal favorites is Parable of the Sower. It’s a newer novel that reads fast and offers real survival advice that could be applied to any TEOTWAWKI event. I’ll discuss this book further in future posts, because it’s that good.
  • Turn the Mrs. on to www.mrssurvival.com. That way she can talk about the subject with other women helping to break down the male dominated views on survivalism.
  • Engage in projects that serve multiple purposes. Gardening for example. You get outside, grow your own food, get some exercise, and save on your grocery bill.
  • Set this site as your homepage, so whenever your web browser opens - sha-zam! ;-)
  • Discuss the kids’ safety. That’ll get a parent’s attention any time. Even if he/she won’t prepare for themselves, they’ll prepare for their offspring. This is actually a big part of the reason I prepare. Even if TEOTWAWKI doesn’t hit in my lifetime, living a life with preparedness in mind helps children develop the necessary skills for their own survival. Chances are even higher that S will HTF in the next generation’s lifetime, but hey, you NEVER know when the shit is going down. Could be today, tomorrow or ten years from now.

Some of you may have more suggestions. I’d be particularly curious to hear any SHTF spousal transformation SUCCESS stories that YOU have to offer.

Original: http://www.shtfblog.com/so-you-didnt-marry-a-survivalist/

How to Build a Concrete Block Raised Bed Garden

So you have lousy soil or limited space, but you still want to garden?
Got cinder blocks?
Build a raised bed garden!

The advantages to raised bed gardening are many:

  • easier to weed
  • no tilling required (no soil compaction from stepping on the soil)
  • easier to work (no bending over)
  • build your own soil
  • warms earlier in the spring and stays warmer in the fall

The disadvantages are that they require extra labor and cost to construct, and they tend to require more watering. People build their raised bed gardens in a variety of ways. The super rich posh people may use red cedar or stone. Some use pressure treated lumber while others refuse. It’s largely a personal choice. The lowest cost option to build raised beds is actually free, you just pile the dirt into mounds. For flower gardens you can use railroad ties (if you like chemical shit leaching into the soil). Ranger Man uses concrete blocks.

Why concrete block raised bed gardening?

  1. Blocks are surprisingly easy to salvage from random places: vacant lots, behind barns, and wherever else.
  2. They provide a nice, wide platform that you can sit on to plant, weed and water.
  3. No drilling or screwing required, just drop into place.
  4. Easily adaptable to form hoop houses, screen plants, etc.
  5. I think they look kinda cool.

I began construction of the first bed late last summer so it’d be ready for spring action. Take a gander:


What may not be apparent in the photo is that I actually dug out dirt for the first row of concrete blocks so they’d sit in the ground. I thought this would help stabilize the bed. If I was making this bed over again I wouldn’t do that. I’m not sure it was necessary, it took more time, effort, and concrete blocks. You could also build it just one block high if you’re looking for something closer to the ground.

In the background you’ll see 4 piles of dirt. The one on the far left is aged horse shit. In the center at the far back is screened loam. The smaller, darker pile to the right of that is home made compost sweetness. And the pile in at the right, with the shovel sticking out of it, is the total CRAP I dug out.

To make soil of the Gods I mixed the aged horse manure, screened loam and compost together in the wheelbarrow (1/3 of each). Check the action:


You’ll see I had to fence the thing, because it’d be at perfect munching height for the damn deer. Know that you don’t have to cap the walls with additional blocks if you don’t want to. I just like the look (and I had some on hand). They also provide convenient sitting. I also find myself walking on it for various tasks. Some people fill the holes with soil and plant strawberries (or whatever) there. I’ve read people have mixed success with this. Call me lazy, but I prefer seating.

Here are some additional ideas you may want to consider if you’re building a concrete block raised bed:

  1. Concrete blocks may wick some of your water. You can line the inside walls with plastic if you want to prevent this. Hold the plastic down by the resting the top under the flat, seating capstones. Cut the plastic off at the wall’s base. Never run plastic under the bottom of the bed. You need the drainage.
  2. For super duper stability, you can drive rebar inside the block holes and back fill it with gravel. That was my original intent, but then the “can you say ‘overkill’” voice was ringing in my head. Besides, if blocks do move, they’re easily re-aligned. Because the soil doesn’t compact, it’s simple to shovel dirt away from the wall and fix any blocks. The soil stays fluffy.
  3. If you want to get raging cool, you can insert pieces of PVC tubing into the block holes every several feet then backfill around it with sand. I did this. Then you can buy pex tubing at your local Lowe’s or Home Cheapo and bend it across the bed and into PVC tubes on each side. Then run a PVC pipe with a small diameter lengthwise down the center of the bed, attached to the pex, for stability. This will create the frame for a mini-hoop house. You can cover it with plastic in the Spring and Fall, and substitute netting when the bugs are flying. It’s raging sexy. I had actually taken a picture the set up in action, but now I can’t find it.

Here are a few pics taken about 3 weeks ago:


C’mon, frontal view!


Food - it’s what’s for dinner. Pictured in that action is some eggplant lovin’, pepper insanity, broccoli action, and yo momma. Already harvested from the raised bed was radishes, carrots, 2 types of lettuce, spinach, and yo momma. The plants are all much bigger now. I planted the broccoli too close together. They’re freakin’ huge. Inside the bed you’ll see strips of scrap lumber I zipped off to measure square feet. Oh yes, I coupled the raised bed with the Square Foot Gardening technique of the garden ninjas. It’s a technique that’s similar to the long used “French intensive” approach.

- Ranger Man

BTW: You can even make money off your square foot garden.

Original: http://www.shtfblog.com/how-to-build-a-concrete-block-raised-bed-garden/

Folk Remedies

Survivalist Folk Remedies
Submitted by Anonymous Bill

The following is an assortment of tried and true home remedies from a variety of sources. While the author can't vouch for the particular effectiveness of any method, nor are any to be considered miracle cures, many people have found the following treatments to be an effective alternative to modern medicines or treatments. Of course, when serious illness or injury occurs you should seek out competent professional medical advice.


To lessen the effects of acetaldehyde, a by-product produced in your body from consuming alcohol, and what causes hangover symptoms, never drink on a empty stomach. One "old as the hills" suggestion to lessen the effects of hangovers is eating a large quantity of any member of the Cole family of vegetables (like cabbage) prepared in a acidic base before you start drinking. That's right. Old-fashioned cole slaw prepared with vinegar is claimed to prevent a hangover!

A night of heavy drinking tends to dehydrate one's body. The morning after, replenish water loss and possible electrolytes imbalances by drinking plenty of fluids, include something on the salty side like chicken soup, or canned tomato juice. Be careful if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease or if you must watch your sodium intake.

If you're already into heavy drinking, many swear by Chaparral a herb found in larger health food stores in capsule form. It is reported to help detoxify one's liver and is an old Indian remedy. The garden variety vitamin B in 50 mg tablets taken before you start drinking is said to help replenish it's loss from the body due to consumption of large amount of alcohol. If you already are suffering from the symptoms of a hangover and don't mind trying something that sounds totally ridiculous, try rubbing a cut lemon under each armpit. If you want to quit drinking try sucking on a whole clove. It's known to be effective in getting rid of the urge to consume alcoholic beverages.


Fed up paying big bucks for commercial products, then try baking soda. Mix two parts of cornstarch to one part baking soda. Best if used right after bathing. OK, still in the kitchen? Try cutting up a big cucumber that's high in magnesium and an effective natural deodorant. So is plain old vinegar. Its high alcohol content will destroy bacteria that causes unpleasant orders. Don't worry, that vinegar smell goes away in about twenty minutes to half an hour.


Forget about beefsteaks, apply ice or anything that's really cold. No ice? Try a package of frozen vegetables. Give it a few bangs with a hammer to shape into a useful shape. Many people suggest adding a grated onion and potato to a bowl of warm water for soaking your sore hand or foot. Pro athletes use the potato trick to relive minor swelling and soreness of injured fingers. Simply cut a large enough hole in the potato, plunge in your sore digit, and watch the starch in the potato do the trick.

Got a headache? Cut out a small piece of a regular brown paper bag of the type you bring home the groceries in. Dip in vinegar (white vinegar seems to work better) and place on forehead Your minor headache should be gone shortly! One off-beat remedy that may work at times simply requires that you flail your arms vigorously for several minutes. Most headaches are caused by constriction of blood vessels inside your head. By moving your arms as described, you reduce some blood flow, and may reduce swelling of affected vessels that give you the headache in the first place. Stop if you feel any discomfort, increased pain or get light-headed.


Try a small glass of cooked cabbage or carrot juice. Not too tasty? Grapefruit juice also works well as does prunes, figs, oat bran, over ripe bananas, avocados, raw apples, sauerkraut and beets. A small daily salad works well as does daily exercise. Foods that are known to cause constipation include alcoholic beverages, food with refined white flour, most spicy foods, all dairy products and chocolate.


Drink a glass of room temperature water mixed with a good sized teaspoon of cornstarch. Repeat after three or four hours. Another effective if unpleasant looking remedy is allowing a grated apple to brown, then slowly eat it. What happens is the pectin oxidizes and you're getting the same ingredient found in many over-the counter diarrhea medicines. One of the oldest remedies for diarrhea is blackberries. Try blackberry wine, or blackberry jam. About two ounces every three hours should give relief. A just barely ripe banana, white rice and any flavor Jell-O also provides an effective home cure that tends to work by soaking up excess water in your intestines and stops diarrhea naturally - without harsh medications.


Two effective treatments are lemon juice or witch hazel. Rub a small amount in the affected area with a cotton swab before going to bed. Each treatment may sting slightly. Also try rubbing in the oil from several vitamin E capsules.


Try dill tea. All it takes is a teaspoon of dill seeds added to a cup of fresh boiled water. Try breathing into a paper bag for a couple minutes. Eat several antacid tablets high in calcium. Last but not least slowly drink a large glass of water.


One of my mom's favorites and it really works is a few drops of oil of peppermint dissolved in a half a teaspoon of sugar. Also try peppermint tea, or a peeled and grated potato strained through cheesecloth, added to water. Drink slowly. Certain fruits have enzymes that calm down the most upset stomach. Try mango, kiwi fruit, papaya or fresh pineapple.

Gas can be a problem. To relieve, try ginger or anise tea. If you like beans but they cause you problems try cooking them with a few slices of potato which seems to remove to gas, and has no affect on the taste of the beans.

To control nausea, pick up and sniff a newspaper. An ingredient in the ink will quickly clear up that sick to stomach feeling for many people. Also try sucking ice cube or ice chips. For motion sickness try a half a teaspoon of ginger powder in a glass of water.


American spend billions of dollars every year trying to fight off the misery of the common cold. Want to try something different? Garlic is said to work wonders. Take a large clove, peel and keep it in your mouth. Bite down every so-often to release the natural juices. Replace with a new clove every four or five hours. Your cold symptoms are reported to be to gone in twenty four, to forty eight hours.

Your nose all stuffed up? Try eating some hot or spicy foods which should open up those blocked nasal passages and you won't have the rebound effect of taking too many nose drops! Not hungry? Try a few minutes of vigorous exercise. The increased oxygen demand of your body will almost certainly cause you to breathe deeper and help open-up your blocked nasal passages naturally. Chest congestion can be effectively cleared up by any of the over-the counter vapor medications, or try breathing a mixture of hot vinegar, or white wine. Breath in the vapors for a few minutes, and you should get relief!

Coughs and sore throats can be controlled with several home remedies. A classic required a large lemon. Start by slowing roasting it until it just splits open. Now take up to half a teaspoon of honey with the juice from the lemon. Repeat at hourly intervals until the cough is under control.


Every one's feet take a beating. Here's a few tips for common problems. Rejuvenate tired feet by pampering them with a soothing bath in a mixture of barley or millet. Use about two cups in ten cups of water. Slowly bring to a slow boil, once it gets to a soup like consistency take off heat, let cool. When at a comfortable temperature pour into large container and soak your feet for a half hour.

Ingrown toenails cause a lot of pain. This tip can work wonders! At bedtime put a lemon wedge on the sore toe and secure in place. By morning, the juices should soften the inflamed skin enough to allow you to trim the nail away from the skin it worked its way into. Trim toe nails flat do not round corners to help prevent reoccurrence.

Corns can be rubbed with castor oil or with a vitamin E capsule. Repeat daily for two weeks and you should be able to easily get rid of your corns.

Know someone who got really smelly feet? Try this. Let four to six tea bags steep fifteen to twenty minutes in a large bowl. Transfer to a good sized basin, add enough cool water to just cover your feet, let soak for half an hour. The tannin in the tea should get rid of the bacteria that cause the odor. Wash feet well after use to avoid staining. Repeat several times a day for a couple of weeks.

For broken nails rub an onion or garlic juice several times a day. Try eating almonds and lots of green vegetables. Brittle nails may be a sign of iron deficiency and some serious diseases.


For split ends comb in a mixture of warmed castor oil mixed with olive oil into your hair. Wrap with a towel, leave in place for half an hour. Shampoo with an added egg yolk. Add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of cool water. Rinse. Rinse with clear water to remove all traces of previous substances.

If your hair is thinning, try increasing you intake of foods high in sulfur. Cabbage, brussels sprouts, turnips, cauliflower as well as raspberries and cranberries are all high in sulfur Supplement your diet with foods high in the B vitamins. Give your hair holding power with flat beer. The smell goes away in a day or so!

For dandruff, wrap one or two ounces of fresh ginger root and an ounce of camomile flowers in a piece of cheesecloth. Drop in a gallon of water and boil for ten to fifteen minutes After you shampoo, massage mixture into hair, rinse lightly. Another popular method requires only apple cider vinegar. Rinse your head completely with the warmed liquid. Cover your head with a towel or shower cap, leave in place for half an hour. Rise completely. Repeat three times a week till dandruff is gone. Finally, try rubbing peanut oil into your scalp. Rise with fresh lemon juice. Leave for twenty minutes. Rinse well to remove all traces of mixture. Repeat weekly till dandruff clears up.


Pets have problems too. Here's a few quick tips for common problems. A lot of dogs develop a flea problem. try rubbing on garlic power - no more fleas. If Fido seem to have a severe itching problem try using a little apple cider vinegar on the affected spot. Diarrhea? Try a teaspoon full of carob powder mixed with his food. Worms? Garlic again. In fact, most dogs love the taste of garlic, and if you look at the label of many manufacturers pet foods you'll find it listed in ingredients!

Bad Breath? Give your pouch a sprig or two of parsley mixed in his food. When you give your dog a bath, add a few tablespoons of baking soda to both the bath and rinse water to give a shiny bright coat. If you have a long-haired dog that's shedding, rub a little olive oil a couple of times a week. A cat's litter box will smell fresh if you add a box of baking soda. Fur balls pass easier if your pet has roughage. Can't get him to eat dry cat food? Try mixing a little liquid from a can of tuna fish.

"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease." Voltaire, French philosopher, writer 1694-1778.

"Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey." Marcel Proust, French novelist 1871-1922.

Original: http://thesurvivalistblog.blogspot.com/2007/03/folk-remedies-for-common-ailments.html

Easy alcohol stove

Do you need a lightweight, cheap, easy to make, portable stove solution? I was messing around on arfcom today and came across a post on how to build an alcohol backpacking stove out of a couple of beer cans. I've made a few of these but I tend to give them away. Since they're so easy to make I don't think anything of it and then my BOB sits for weeks without an alcohol stove in it. The only reason that this is even remotely justifiable is because I also keep a Primus multifuel stove in it with a full bottle of Coleman camp fuel. The Primus is certainly a higher quality stove but it's also heavier, much more expensive (about $100) and it's got a lot of small parts that can fail (although mine has always worked for me without having to rebuild it).

So, anyway, I saw this post over at arfcom and it inspired me to go make another alcohol stove for my BOB. All that you need is a sharp knife, a 2x4 block and a couple of beer cans (the 2x4 block is really just a convenience). Stabilize the knife on the block and cut the bottoms off of a couple of beer (or soda) cans.

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Once you have a couple of beer can bottoms just put one inside of the other with the bottoms facing out. Then push them together to seat them. This is a lot harder than it sounds but eventually you'll get them to fit. Once the cans are seated properly you need to drill some holes for the burners. Start by putting a big hole in the center of the top. You can use a nail for this or just drill a hole with a 3/8" drill bit. You'll want to put a penny over this hole when you light the stove. Once you have the hole in the center you'll want to put several small holes along the rim. You can use a thumbtack, a very small nail or anything that's capable of poking small holes for this. I used a small hand drill that I use for modeling. If you're using a can that has numbers or letters stamped into the bottom then you'll have to sand it smooth around the area where you'll place the penny. After the holes are drilled and the bottom is smooth then just get a piece of aluminum foil and mold it around a tuna can so that it will hold a small amount of fuel. You can also just use a tuna can.

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Put the stove inside of the piece of foil or tuna can. Fill the stove with alcohol. You want to let a little bit of it overflow and collect in the primer area but not too much. Just pour it slowly until a couple of ounces drains into the center hole. After it's full put a penny over the hole. Next light the fuel in the primer area. The primer will burn off and the burners will continue to burn. How long it takes for the primer to burn depends on how much overflow you had. If you end up with too much overflow don't worry about it. Just go ahead and start boiling. Eventually, it will burn off. Here are a couple of pics. The first one was taken with the light on. The second one was taken with the lights and the flash off to show the flames.

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After the water started boiling I decided that I didn't want to waste a shot of everclear. I threw in some ramen and some cut up carrots and celery. Cooking dinner didn't take long at all.

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The pot is just a stainless steel pot that came in one of those chinsy camp pot sets. It's lightweight and I can unscrew the knob on the lid and screw it to the inside so that it doesn't snag on stuff in my pack. The stand is aluminum wire and aluminum tubing that's cut and bent to hold the pot properly over the stove. The windscreen is a coors light can. I just cut the top and bottom off and then split it down the middle. Everything fits easily into the pot which fits easily into my pack. Just carry a small flask full of everclear and you've got a fuel source that should last you at least a few days during an emergency. You can even take a nip or two off of it if the stress of bugging out is getting to you.

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What is a Survivalist?

When some people hears the word “survivalist”, instantaneously a portrait of a gun-toting, camouflaged burly man may come to mind. This is not surprising since Hollywood has painted these unique breeds of humans in a somewhat negative light. For instance, the 1990 movie Tremors, included in its list of characters Burt and Heather Gummer, a fanatical survivalist couple who had a basement stockpiled full of weaponry and other survival gear. In addition, there have been others since. However, what exactly is a survivalist and what benefits are there to being one?

What is a survivalist?

A survivalist is defined as a person who has survival of self and/or family as a chief goal during times of natural disaster, wartime, and/or complete breakdown of society. A survivalist can also be described as a person who “lives off the land” as some have the custom to call it.

A Survivalist during a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are commonplace in the world we live in. Some of the most frequently occurring natural disasters are hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires. When advance warning is given, the typical survivalist will be ready. He would have already had his emergency pack, or “Go Bag” as FEMA calls it, ready to take with him when he is called to evacuate. His advance planning would have made him a prime candidate for survival.

A Survivalist during Wartime

This is a time that can be most crucial. In wartime, people lose the human tendency to take care of one another. The attitude, which pervades is self-preservation. Survivalists prepare well in advance for times like these. Since 9-11, more people have become survival-conscious in light of the realization of how vulnerable we really are. When war strikes, the survivalist takes care to preserve his integrity and the integrity of his family. During wartime, and in most areas, taking up arms may be necessary to ensure survival.

A Survivalist during a Breakdown of Society

We see this happening all over the world in the African nations as well as the Central and South American nations. A total breakdown of society will cause a complete crash of its infrastructure and administration. When this happens, you should expect not to have any electricity, water, fuel/gas, or a supply of food. Being prepared for this is what will help the survivalist to achieve his goal of survival.

In the above-mentioned situations, although different in nature, the issue that remains constant is the inability to gain access to the utilities we now take for granted. During natural disasters, wartime, and societal breakdown, there will not be any clean water to drink, food to eat, electricity to light, or gas to burn! Survivalists are well aware of this fact so they take advantage and store up drinking water, non-perishable foods, canned fuel, and candles. Advanced preparation is the key to survival.

Although survivalists sometimes receive a bad rap, they truly are a unique breed of humans. Survivalists may be misunderstood, but as the saying goes: “Knowledge is power” and in the case of being a survivalist, knowing how to survive empowers the will to survive.

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