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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Taking Care Of Your Teeth

Should the SHTF there will most likely not be a dentist available, that is why it is even more important to take good care of your teeth now. Nothing is more debilitating than a toothache; not only that but any resulting infection could possibly be fatal if not treated properly.

Normal daily routine:

Brushing - this should go without saying. AT MINIMUM twice daily, preferably three times a day (morning, Noon, night). Use a baking soda based toothpaste. Brush gently in small circles and be sure to BRUSH YOUR TONGUE (Most bacteria hides there).

Flossing - should be done once a day, realistically I do this about 5 times a week. If you don't floss and you have continual bad breath, you need to start. Most of the reason for bad breath is people not flossing.

Antiseptic mouthwash - I use it after I brush, but I would use it a minimum of once a day. Use it after you floss to flush out all the crap the floss loosens up.

Yearly routine:

Dental appointments - You should get a cleaning twice a year; once a year is the absolute MINIMUM. They should do x-rays to check for hidden cavities and do a thorough cleaning. Do not skimp on visiting the dentist as it will cost you more in the long run when things start to "hurt".

Supplies to have on hand for the SHTF:

Extra toothbrushes - you should change your toothbrush at least every six months.

Plenty of toothpaste - Baking soda can be substituted, just make sure you stockpile some.

Plenty of floss - has a myriad of uses beside dental so keep plenty on hand.

Some type of painkiller - like Tylenol or Advil, you'll thank me when the toothache starts. If you can stock some topical anesthetic like Ambesol or something...it will help.

Dental wax - have some on hand to use a filling replacement should a filling fail. Place and form the wax to keep debris out of the sensitive area of your tooth.

...that is all.

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BeASurvivor/~3/m_CIx7ithgg/taking-care-of-your-teeth.html

Preparing Children

Originally posted on The ReadyStore Blog


Preparing Children

We don’t want to think that bad things will happen and the thought of our children being scared or hurt is a painful thought to parents. But you can prepare your children by discussing possible scenarios and how they should respond. Our children mirror our own emotions. If we are upset and panicked, our children will be too. If we are calm and thoughtful, our children will act the same way.

Do regular drills. We try to do fire drills at least twice a year as well as earthquake drills since we live in earthquake country. We remind our children never to return to a building that is on fire as well as our family emergency plan.

Play the “what if” game. Ask your kids, “What if there was an emergency and you were stuck at school? What would you do?” Or, “What if you came home from school and mom wasn’t there and the house was locked? What would you do?” Talk about family rules and who they can go to if they are in trouble.

By talking to our children and giving them information, we give them the power to make smart choices in whatever situation they may face.

Original: http://getmeready.blogspot.com/2009/01/preparing-children.html

Inventory Check: Duct Tape

Duct tape. You need it. For almost everything.... repairs to plumbing, vents, machines, boxes, plastic tubs, clothes, hair removal ... no one's survival kit should be missing lots and lots of duct tape.

Here's a few suggestions (from: http://thezac.com/ducttape/):

-Hanging posters.
-Decorative book cover.
-Fix broken tail light on vehicle.
-Twist a long piece into rope (thousands more uses).
-Tape wires down on floor or out of the way.
-Tape wires back together after splicing (much wider than electricians' tape).
-Reattach rear view mirror.
-Repair cracked windshield/window.
-Patch ripped clothing.
-Hide unsightly wallpaper seams.
-Repair broken hoses.
-Repair broken fan belt.
-Use as art medium.
-Fix broken book binding.
-Band-Aid for really big cuts.
-Attach leg splint to broken leg.
-Wallpaper your house (may be slightly expensive, but well worth it for the resulting sophisticated look).
-Reinforce pages in 3 ring binder.
-Cover up empty drive bays.
-Fold in half and use as bookmark.
-Disk labels.
-Rappelling harness.
-Toilet paper.
-Hinge on cabinet door.
-Repairing leak in tire/inner tube.
-Taping annoying people to walls, floor, ceiling, or bed.
-Holding together computer cases.
-Hold up exhaust pipe (doesn't last very long).
-Repair upholstery.
-Make lawn furniture.
-Make lawn decorations.
-Fix racquetball racquets.
-Roll into a ball for hockey practice.
-Mark lines on a sporting event field.
-Clothing (all sorts).
-Can be use to wrap duct work, but doesn't seal or hold up ducts very well.
-Use to pull unsightly hair.
-Keeps pledges in their place (also applies to siblings).
-Patches holes in vinyl siding.
-An entire roll can be used in place of a bedroom door to keep someone in for hours.
-Twisted correctly, can be used as a billy-club.
-Wrapped around newspaper to make a dog chew toy.
-Holding on book covers.
-Reflective lettering.
-Mute function for humans.
-Contraceptive device.
-Climbing rope.
-Cover old pocket folders -- lasts forever!
-Shoe designs.
-Sealing envelopes (in case you hate the taste of envelope glue).
-Replacement for airplane glue.
-For store owners: great way to keep the wigs on mannequins.
-Seat belts that'll REALLY keep the kids still.
-Closing chip bags.
-Make the stapler obsolete!
-Putting up Christmas lights (easy removal).
-Why bother with waxing...
-Add several layers to your car's bumpers for a much safer ride.
-Fix vacuum cleaner hose.
-Tape ski boot to your ski when the binding breaks.
-Repair seams of ski gloves.
-Wrap around your waist when your zipper splits in a one piece ski suit.
-Lift and separate when you don't want to wear a bra or can't have straps showing.
-Hold temple onto eye glasses.
-Fix printer.
-Make a wallet out of it.
-Hold car hood shut.
-Patch hole in canoe.
-Fixing sets for the school play.
-Making props look more realistic.
-Make letter for letter jacket.
-Hold your letter to your letter jacket.
-Re-enforce the phone cord.
-Hold batteries in remote control.
-Play a CD (reflect a laser beam onto a CD to play it).
-Stick pictures up in your locker.
-Fix holes in your Airwalks.
-Use instead of nail polish.
-Hold pens together.
-Wrap your ankle for sports.
-Can be used in place of handcuffs.
-Hold file cabinet together.
-Hold shoe laces together.
-Can replace shoe laces.
-Can be used in place of Velcro.
-Write term paper on it.
-Graduation present.
-Can be used to put back together a shredded term paper.
-Stop your jeans from fraying.
-Hair ties.
-Hold spikes to your cleats.
-Make a book shelf.
-Note cards.
-Remove lint from clothes.
-Makes great bumper stickers with a sharpie!
-Cook a baked potato in it.
-Hold car door shut.
-Tape plastic over broken rear window in car.
-Tape down ripped carpet.
-Tape sole of ratty sneaker to body of sneaker.
-Hold speaker wire to the back of speaker.
-Use it as a Biore strip.
-Practical joke toilet paper replacement.
-Makes a good bib.
-Put it on your lawn and paint it green. Say good-bye to mowing.
-Mouse trap.
-Fly paper.
-Tape your little brothers' mouths shut.
-Use as vinyl flooring.
-Cover rust holes in your car.
-Roofing shingles.
-Make a clothes line.
-Window coverings.
-Use a roof rack on your car for carrying luggage and other items.
-Fix a broken plate.
-Patch a hole in your swimming pool.
-Make a swing for your kids.
-Make a tent for camping.
-For the annoying mother-in-law.
-Lock people into their house, school, office, etc.
-Hold your car's bumper in place.
-Seat covers in your car.
-Fix holes in your sock.
-Fix the hole in your favorite coffee cup.
-Make a coffee cup.
-Retread your tennis shoes.
-Repair work gloves.
-Make work gloves.
-Home security system - tape up doors and windows.
-Watch band.-CD case.
-Wrap a soda can or bottle in duct tape to keep it cold.
-Makes stylish notebook decorations.
-Use it to fix old instruments.
-Use it as a dog/cat/rabbit/frog/lizard/etc. leash.
-Hold on toupees.
-Duct tape annoying, rambunctious students to their seats.
-Reupholster the roof on a '83 Mustang convertible (or any vehicle for that matter).
-Attach it to the end of a yard stick (sticky side out) as a way to get pennies out from behind the couch.
-Surgical bandage.
-Fix a cigarette that is broken at the filter.
-A clothesline when you're out in the middle of nowhere. (Peace Corps favorite.)
-Use it as a substitute for Bondo.
-Makes excellent streamers for bicycle handlebars.
-Toilet seat cover.
-Replace broken screen in your screen doors to create an excellent storm door for those cold -winter nights.
-Makes great posters with the aid of magic markers.
-Make a sheet for your bed.
-Wrap freshmen up in it.
-Use to make the lines in the middle of the road.
-Make a space suit out of it so you can walk on the moon.
-Use as a musical instrument.
-Make a hat.
-Make a wallet chain out of it.
-Stare at it and try to find new uses for it.
-Make a boat out of it.
-Throw it at people.
-Write on it and stick to someone's back.
-Put a few rolls on their side and roll them to have a duct tape race!
-Tape a hedge trimmer or chain saw to a long pole in order to trim or cut tall trees.
-Use it as hockey tape.
-Tape Tupperware containers together in a way that you can stack them on top of each other for more storage space.
-Use to keep the cover of an old ice cream maker securely attached.
-Cut a hole in a piece of cardboard, wrap duct tape around it and get a really inexpensive original looking picture frame.
-Tape Nerf basketball hoop to the back of a door because they just don't stay on their own.
-Make a pouch and attach it to a door so you can hold stuff.
-Repair smashed pumpkin.
-Waterproof sun screen for bald men.
-Snowmobile/motorcycle seat cover.
-Hold broken U-joints together on truck so you can make it home.
-Makes a good replacement for chrome.
-Patch holes in convertibles or soft top jeeps.
-Resurface your trampoline.
-Artificial lighting.
-Use it to tape 10 year olds with sugar highs to trees during boyscout trips.
-Can be made to fashion weapons in a pinch.
-Emergency limb replacements.
-Make fantastic puppets and other toys.
-Can be used to clean the floor when no vacuum is available.
-S & M.
-Make a ball.
-Repair trim on cars.
-Patch up fish tank.
-Halloween costume.
-Waterproof footwear.
-Make a makeup case.
-Repair leak in pilot gas line.
-Gagging device.
-Pin striping.
-Wrapping Christmas presents.
-Patch seams in carpeting.
-Patch a hole in a tent.
-No need for lunch box - just tape all your food together!
-Use to keep President Clinton's pants up.
-Cute plant holder.
-Keep hair in place.
-Make a tie out of it.
-Chastity belt.
-Blister repair.
-Censor speech on softball uniforms.
-Repair pantyhose.
-Roll it over a pool and make a trampoline.
-Keeping guitar strap on your guitar.
-Taping mic to mic stand (or a hockey stick).
-Taping mic stand to amp.
-Hold a float together.
-Fix mini blinds.
-Get rid of plantars warts.
-Hold telephone together.
-Hold computer mouse together.
-Write on vehicles.
-Make a Halloween mask.
-Decorate guard rifles.
-Make really cool underwear.
-Make a mummy costume for Halloween.
-When you get in a really boring conversation pull it out and ask the other person if they can name 101 uses for it (plus or minus 70 or 80).
-Attach underwater flashlight to underwater strobe for night dives.
-Hold a car battery in.
-Attach glow-in-the-dark bugs to people's houses.
-Fixing the toilet seat.
-Window shade.
-Hair extensions.
-Seat covering for a 1963 Vespa GS 160 (or any other vehicle for that matter).
-Wrap around cardboard tube to make fake swords for the kids.
-Waterproof apron.
-Beverage holders.
-Pet rain gear.
-Toilet paper roll cover.
-Cell phone holder.
-Tool belt.
-Shower curtain.
-Repair speaker cones.
-Poor man's Viagra - two Popsicle sticks and duct tape.
-Hold the plastic (or Mylar) on your car where the window should be.
-Wrap a "365 Uses For Duct Tape" calendar for Christmas.
-Hold up worn out socks.
-Tape keys to bottom of car so you never lose them.

Ok.. some of those were jokey and funny (do we need to remind you of our disclaimer?) but honestly, there are soooo many uses for duct tape.

'Nuf said.

Original: http://survival-cooking.blogspot.com/2009/01/inventory-check-duct-tape.html

Fear and how it effects Survival

Scary guy to illustrate fearFear is a natural part of life and something that has been hard wired into our DNA to help us survive. The Fight or Flight response is what kept early man safe, and it can do the same for you in a survival situation. Remember, even the strongest of man can not run from fear, but learning how to use it can greatly increase your chance of survival.

When used in a healthy way, the chemicals our body creates in response to fear can motivate us to take the right actions. It can help warn us of danger, and give us an added boost of adrenaline to handle the situation. So anxiety can be good, but if not properly managed it can have disastrous effects on your chances of survival.

A Survivalist needs to learn how to control his anxiety to ensure his survival in any situation. If you allow fear and anxiety to get the best of you, it hampers your ability to make good judgments and sound decisions. This is why you need to learn techniques to manage your fears and calm yourself in any situation.

So what can you do to control anxiety?

The worst thing you can do is to pretend that you have no fears. Fear is not bad, how you respond to fear is what gets you into trouble.

  1. Think about what fears you have when it comes to survival.
    What scares you? What would cause the most anxiety if you were forced to survive alone?
  2. Figure out why these things scare you.
    Is it that you are not prepared? Do you lack certain skills to deal with the situation?
  3. Take those things that scare you and train yourself to eliminate the fear. For instance, if one of your fears is that you would not be able to get a fire going in an emergency, start practicing your fire making skills. Or maybe your scared of how you would handle being alone in the wilderness. In that case, start taking some hikes by yourself. Slowly start to extend your time in the wilderness until you have control over your fear.

Managing your fears requires you to do the things you fear the most. Training yourself will give you the confidence you need in a real world survival situation.

Original: http://offgridsurvival.com/fears/

Citrus all year round

By Joseph Parish

I like to garbage garden as I call it. I will take sees that one would normally toss into the trash and plant them. The majority of the time I have a certain degree of success in growing these plants. One of them that I usually do very well with is lemons and oranges. Most citrus fruits are similar to what I am about to say.

After enjoying an orange or a lemon I will take the seeds and dry them out. Afterwards I place the seeds into a Dixie cup with some soil in it. Water it well but do not over soak the seed. Place the cup in a Ziploc baggy and sit it in a window area for some time. I generally continue to add to my Dixie cup as I eat the fruit. This provides a continuous supply of plantings.

Keep in mind that although these plants will grow fruit the fruit will be much less in abundance then if it were a tree outside. Of course you can place your trees outside in the summer time but never put them out in cold temperatures 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Eatable landscape is one of life best pleasures and I for one do as much as I can to promote it. I have included a recipe or tow for preserving your lemons and oranges would be preserved similarly. So without any further ado let’s review the recipe.

Nothing beats the taste of lemon in teas, on chicken, lamb or as an addition to soups. Just about any type of lemon can be preserved although Meyer’s lemon is the fruit of choice. The most important item to keep in mind when preserving lemons is to make certain that they are completely covered with salted lemon juice. When using preserved lemons you should always rinse them off before use to remove any salty taste. You can cook with the thick peels and marinate from the pulp. If you will be using a lemon with a thick peel it can be soften by merely soaking it in lukewarm water for about three days. Change the water on a daily basis.


5 ripe lemons

1/4 cup of salt

Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Cut he lemons into quarters starting at the top and work down to within 1/2-inch of the bottom. Take and sprinkle the salt on the exposed flesh of the lemon and then try to reshape the fruit. Place 3 tablespoon of salt in a 1 pint Mason jar.

Pack the lemons into the jar and push them firmly to the bottom. Add additional salt and lemon Juice if needed. Keep pressing down the lemons in order to release their juices and make room for the additional lemons. In the event that the released juice is insufficient to cover the fruit you should add additional lemon juice. Leave ¼ inch of air space at the top of the jar prior to sealing it.

Now the time consuming part. Let the lemons ripen for at least 30 days in a warm location. Occasionally shake the jar to distribute the juice and salt. When it is time to use the lemons rinse them well under running water then remove any of the pulp.

An interesting note here is that you do not need to refrigerate them after opening as your persevered lemons will keep for at least a year. As an added treat I have included a fun type recipe that you can try. It is listed below.

Preserved Lemons with Bay Leaves and Cardamom

6 lemons

½ cup of kosher salt

1 tablespoon of cardamom pods

4 bay leaves

1 cup of lemon juice

Start by cutting the lemons into quarters lengthwise. You can leave the stem ends attached to them is you like. Rub the flesh of the lemons with a little of the salt. Place 2 tablespoon of salt in bottom of a quart glass jar. Next place the lemons carefully in the jar trying to alternate between the remaining salt, bay leaves and cardamom pods. Finally pour enough of the lemon juice into the jar to cover the lemons completely. Place lids on jars and let them stand for about three weeks being sure to shake the jar on a daily basis in order to distribute the salt.

These preserved lemons will keep for about 6 months in your refrigerator as long as you keep the lemon juice over them.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.info/articles8/Citrusallyearround.htm

Bone Broth for Nutrients You Can Use

Yesterday, Fred and I went to the Amish farm as we usually do. As we came in the kitchen, we found Lydia and the girls getting ready to can some chicken they had just butchered. And in a big pile on the table were bones, lots and lots of chicken bones.

Hmmmmmm. Now, Fred's in his eighties and a child of the Depression, and I'm a thifty type and I looked at him and saw that we were both thinking the same thing.

So after our greetings and letting Lydia know what we needed that day, Fred asked what they were planning on doing with all the bones. Lydia said she'd hadn't thought about it--probably toss them.

"Can we buy the bones from you, Lydia?" asks Fred.

"Well, no," says Lydia. "But you can have them if you want."

See, these bones had already been cooked once. Lydia had already gotten her use from them, but there was still bits and pieces of meat on the bones and they'd still be good for bone broth. Which is another way of saying that even if you've cooked your chicken or beef or whatever, save the bones for broth.

Bone broth is very good for your health. Here's what Sally Fallon, author of the cookbook and encyclopedia on traditional nutrition, Nourishing Traditions, has to say:

Science validates what our grandmothers knew. Rich homemade chicken broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons--stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.

So we took the bones home, or rather I did for I'm the one with the stock pot. I put the bones into cold water, added a couple heads of garlic, an onion quartered, some onion skins and other veggie bits I keep in a bag in the fridge for broth-making, parsley and other herbs and a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar is important as it helps extract the minerals from the bones. The chicken bone broth has been simmering on the back of the stove for almost 24 hours now. About time to finish it off, which is merely straining it, cooling it, and putting it in appropriate containers.

This bone broth will go to Fred, for an all out attempt to get his elbow healed by the next time we have to go to his doctor. He's sick and tired of that cast on his arm. Well, I'll probably keep a quart of it for soup-making purposes, but he can have the rest.

The broth smells lovely. It smells like home, like health, like all good, simple things. And it will do wonderful things for a soup. You can't beat it. In a pinch, if I don't have any broth in the fridge or freezer, I'll use canned chicken or beef broth, and a decent bouillon cube (non MSG for me) if I have too, but you really can't beat homemade stock or broth for flavoring a soup or sauce.

It's great to know that this very simple cooking technique can give you such great health benefits as well as provide potent flavor. Peasant societies and all of our grandmothers knew what was best all along.

You used to be able to get critter and chicken bones from the butcher just by asking for them. These days you have to buy beef or lamb bones--they get packaged and sold with the meat. And that's a shame, but hell, I'll buy them. Or sometimes get lucky and stop by the Amish farm after they've been butchering....

For a couple of great articles that can explain the health benefits of broth better than I can, check here and here. You'll be glad you did, especially if you start making broth yourself.


Original: http://handmaidenkitchen.blogspot.com/2009/01/bone-broth-for-nutrients-you-can-use.html

A Natural Insect Repellant

By Joseph Parish

Have nothing to do during this long harsh winter? Why not make some good use of your indoor time and create a batch of insect repellant after all before long you will be starting that garden outside and along with a garden comes those pesky insects.

Deet is the main ingredient found in most of the commercial repellents and is generally deemed to be a health risk. The fact remains that there is another more natural option which you can take. Without doubt everyone is starting to go natural these days and insect repellant is no exception to this rule. It seems that the canon these days is to use natural ingredients in just about every product made. In view of this I have taken the liberty to write this article about the use of a natural insect repellant product,

Here I have listed a natural spray that is safe enough to spray on your complete body. This repellant is Deet free, non-toxic and safe for children.

Supplies required

1 - 8 ounce spray type bottle

1/2 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil

1 teaspoon of cedarwood essential oil

1 teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil

2 teaspoon of citronella essential oil

1 1/2 teaspoon of lemongrass essential oil

Peppermint, eucalyptus and citronella all have useful properties which tend to repel certain insect pests. This combination of essential oils represents a fool proof means of repelling the majority of insects.

Initially, when you begin you will need to mix together the above products in the 8 ounce spray bottle. Next you will need to fill the remainder of your bottle with some Witch Hazel.

Shake the bottle well before each use and apply as often as it is needed.

You can readily purchase essential oils at any health food store however ensure that the ones which you purchase as listed as "pure" essential oil on its bottle. If you fail to get the pure essential oils you will merely be wasting your money as you will not achieve the desired results.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.info/articles7/ANaturalInsectRepellant.htm

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