In my opinion, these are the best of the best of survival and preparedness articles gleaned from the 'net.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Survivalist's Bookshelf

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When it comes to preparing for disaster, almost everything you need to do/know/learn can be found online.  There may be a time, however, when power is not available, the internet is not available, and all of the information that you have so careful stored away in the cloud is unreachable.  This is why, even though nearly all of my survival-related stuff is online, I still have a stack of useful books in storage for use in the event that TSHTF and I need valuable survival information at my fingertips.  Here's some books that should be in your library:

That's a pretty long list but it hits all of the essential skills: how to find food, how to prepare food, how to preserve food, how to take care of medical emergencies, how to navigate, how to make shelter, and a multitude of other survival skills.




DIY Electrolyte Powders

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Most experts would agree that drinking water is the best way to curb your thirst.  According to experts, a good guideline to use when preparing for any type of outdoor activity is to drink two cups of fluid two hours before the activity.  That helps ensure you are well-hydrated before you ever go outdoors.  Then, during the activity drink 4-6 ounces every 15-20 minutes to keep your muscles well-hydrated.  If you are planning on an extensive outdoor activities, fill a water bottle with about 16 ounces (or two cups) of fluid and take it with you.  Last, drink up after you’re finished with your activity.

Making your own electrolyte powder is a low cost alternative to purchasing expensive sports drinks.  An added bonus to making your own electrolyte powder is it gives you complete control over the ingredients of the electrolyte drink.  Carrying the powders with you in your 72-hour bag, your vehicle, and even in your child’s back pack would be prudent especially during the summer months.  Using the correct proportions of water, salt, potassium salt and optionally baking soda, you can make a very effective electrolyte drink.  It will both rehydrate you as well as keep your electrolyte levels up to par. Let’s take a look at three recipes to make your own drink with electrolytes–two with sugar and one without:

Sugar Option 

This option is made with sugar: When you work out, your body does not only lose water and electrolytes, it burns energy as well. To make sure you can keep your activity level up, it is a good idea to add some kind of sugar to your drink.
2 quarts of water

5-10 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt substitute (potassium salt)

1 pack of sugar-free drink flavoring

Sugar-Free Versions

Sugar free: Although adding sugar to your drink will help you keep your energy levels up, it’s not a good option for everyone. People on a low-carb diet or people with diabetes, can choose a recipe that doesn’t add sugar to the electrolyte drink:
Version 1
1 quart of water

250 ml of orange juice (citrus juice is a natural source of potassium ions)

3 tablespoons of lemon juice

¾ teaspoon of salt
Version 2
2 quarts of water


1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt substitute (potassium salt)

1 pack of sugar free drink flavoring

Artificial sweetener to taste



Episode-689- Dr. Kyle Christensen on Herbal and Alternative Remedies

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Join me today as I welcome Dr. Kyle Christensen who is one of the people behind our sponsor Western Botanicals.  Kyle is a Doctor of Chriopractic (D.C.), a Master Herbalist (M.H.) and a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.). Today we will be discussing treating common and acute problems with herbal and natural remedies.  We will also discuss abuses in modern medicine and by the FDA along with our individual responsibilities to care for ourselves and demand more from our conventional doctors. Dr. Christensen created Western Botanicals with a sincere desire to establish “an herbalist in every home”.   Western Botanicals assist’s people in this effort through the workshops, herbal formulas and remedies they manufacture and the Herb Kits. Self-reliance and interdependence is the goal at Western Botanicals which is why I so enjoy the opportunity to share this interview with the audience. Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Fortress Defense Consultants – (sponsor of the day) The Berkey Guy – (sponsor of the day) Kyles Book – Herbal First Aid and Health Care TSP’s Youtube Channel Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please [...]




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