If you were in a SHTF situation, which one would you rather have – a bow or a firearm?
Before you gun nuts (me included) start saying there is no contest, I thought I’d use this article to maybe not so much change your mind but to expand your understanding of the capabilities and advantages of a bow that you may not have been aware.
So let’s take a look at some scenarios that you might face in a SHTF situation just to see how the bow stacks up:
The bow has been used as an effective hunting tool for thousands of years and continues to prove itself in this arena even in modern times. In fact, with improved technology, bow hunting has only gotten better.
For example, with the advent of compound bows, the improved performance along with their unique sighting systems makes accurate and effective shooting far easier to learn when compared to instinctive shooting methods required of recurve and long bows…
Crossbows further push the limits of performance by blending many of the advantages of rifle shooting (the use of a scope and shoulder stock) allowing a hunter to really spend time getting an accurate shot without needing to hold the bow in full draw:
The downside to the improved technology that comes with compound bows and crossbows is that with more mechanical features you have also a far greater chance of malfunction. This is where the old stick bow and recurve bow have the advantage.
In a bug out situation where you might be traveling longer than anticipated and ran out of supplies, a bow would be a handy tool to have for harvesting on route to your bug out location (yes, even cities have edible critters running around).
When it comes to being discreet, one of the greatest benefits a bow has over a firearm is that it is silent. Yes, I do understand that you can have silencers for your firearms, but have you ever really heard a silenced firearm? Other than with a subsonic .22 round they really aren’t that silent. Not compared to a bow releasing an arrow that is.
Also arrows, unlike bullets, are reusable. Even if you could find the bullet buried in the animal (or zombie) carcass, it would most likely be deformed. Then having to reload that bullet would require you to find the ejected case and have powder and a reloading press on hand – something not realistic in a bug out situation.
Finally, although it’s not as concealable as say a handgun, the newer take-down recurve bows can be taken apart and stored quite easily in (or strapped to the outside of) a bug out bag — so portability is really not a huge issue.
We’ve already discussed the silent advantage that bows have over firearms in a bug-out situation. This applies equally as well in a post-collapse situation.
In a situation where resupply is not possible, the ability to manufacture and maintain your own bow and arrows makes it an ideal post-collapse weapon.
I’ve successfully built both bows and arrows using materials found in nature as well as “urban” materials.
For example, using nothing but cedar for arrow shafts, glass bottle bottoms for arrow heads, and duct tape for fletchings, I’ve made very capable arrows that would do serious damage in both a hunting or self-defense situation.
For a bow stave, there are many things that you could use. In fact, people even make very powerful bows simply using PVC as you can see in the following video:
Using a Bow and Arrow in Combat
We all know that the bow and arrow has been an effective tool in ancient warfare for millennia. However, with the advent of the firearm it seems like the bow has played second fiddle.
When it comes to combat, most people think a bow wouldn’t be an effective weapon for modern times — especially when dealing with multiple threats. The thought is that “speed shooting”, as depicted by Legolas in The Lord of the Rings, isn’t possible.
You don’t either? Think again…
The reality is, not only is this possible but even faster speeds can be obtained. When it comes down to it, as we switched from bows to firearms, we lost a great deal of the combat abilities that were around during the ancient times with cultures like the Persians, Huns, and even our Native Americans. These ancient warriors were able to consistently shoot three arrows in under 1.5 seconds with deadly accuracy!
Still don’t believe me? Check out this video:
Another myth that people fall for is that arrows don’t have effective stopping ability. Having seen firsthand the damage a modern broadhead arrow tip can do to a deer, I’d much rather get shot by a .22 than one of those.
Finally, bows can be used to shoot arrows on top of structures or onto people hiding behind barricades. By taking advantage of its short parabolic flight by shooting an arrow at a steep upward angle, you can effectively hit the tops of structures and reach people behind barricades — something a firearm cannot do (at least the ones we have access to). Using flaming arrow tips to set roofs on fire are a perfect example of this.
Although I love shooting my recurve and compound bows, I am still very much a gun guy. And as such, I would prefer to have my guns with me in any of the situations above.
With that being said, I still do not disregard the extraordinary capabilities and effectiveness of archery in a SHTF situation and neither should you. Therefore I highly recommend you adding both firearms and archery to your SHTF plan.
Editor’s Note: In order to provide some inspiration and help others in their prepping journey, I like to include some personal experiences from my readers showing off some of their experiences and lessons-learned. Here’s the latest from Laurey in Vermont (one of my favorite states). If you have any experiences you’d like to share, feel free to send me an email via the contact form.
Hi everyone! My name is Laurey from simplyfarminvermont.com.
I have been gardening for over 24 years (that makes me feel old to say!!) However, with age comes experience, and experience brings wisdom!! Before I lived in the valleys of Addison County and started gardening, I lived in the mountains. On a logging road actually. And on the mountain is where I started learning about foraging. Slowly at first, and with just one or two edibles.
Blackberries were in abundance on logging trails, and as a child I loved going out and picking berries to add to my breakfast cereal and make pies with. That led to an interest in finding out what else was around me that I could eat.
Between gardening in the valley and the foraging in the mountains, I have had several years to learn about what is growing around me. I still love to garden, but I am a lot smarter about it now. And I have added chickens to my list of available foods as well.
Right now, I am living on a farm in the valley. I have four raised beds intensively planted with foods that do not grow wild around me. I considered the wild edibles when I decided what to plant in my garden, and determined what I could harvest from foraging instead of spending money, time, and space on planting a relative plant in the garden and caring for it.
I do not plant in rows, but rather blocks. This utilizes a lot of space that would otherwise be wasted. It is based somewhat on the book Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.
The basic principal is to divide your beds into square feet, then from the packets of seeds determine what the final seed spacing is for each plant.
Instead of wasting seeds planting a bunch and then weeding them out later, you measure off the final spacing for each square foot and plant the seeds.
Example: there is 144 inches in each square foot. Radishes have a final spacing of one inch. So you can plant 144 seeds in one square foot. Lettuce has a final spacing of 12”-18”. I usually go with the 12” because I have good air circulation where my gardens are. So there would be one head of lettuce per square foot.
Since I do so much preserving, and need substantial amounts of fresh to eat and through the year, I usually plant one type of vegetable per 4′ bed. I didn’t have that option this year, but what I would have liked to do was one 4′ bed for garlic, one 4′ bed for onions, one 4′ bed for tomatoes, one 4′ bed for green beans, and so on.
So far in the garden I have butternut squash, cantaloupe, and buttercup squashes that are in full bloom and starting to set fruit. The currants that have been on the farm for years have been picked and jellied or dried, as has the rhubarb. My potatoes are growing like crazy in the lower field, and my tomatoes are in flower and setting fruit. The green beans have all but gone by, thanks to the help of a very cute chipmunk that took them off at the knee, so to speak. My kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, onions, and brussel sprouts are growing great.
I usually grow spinach in the garden, but had noticed lambs quarters grow wild. For those who don’t know, lambs quarters are a member of the spinach family. I saw no reason to spend money on seeds, and spend my time planting and caring for them, when I had free volunteers growing all around me. Three and a half ounces (weight) of lambs quarters have 43 calories, 7 from fat, no saturated fat or trans fat, no cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber, and 4 g protein, 232 percent of vitamin A, 8 percent vitamin C, 31 percent calcium, and 7 percent iron. This is compared to Spinach’s 23 calories, 3 from fat, 0 saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 0 sugar, 3g protein, 188 percent vitamin A, 3 percent vitamin C, 10 percent calcium, and 15 percent iron. For no expense, not time commitment, and no maintenance cost, I chose the lambs quarters.
Also growing around me is wild spearmint, catnip, chamomile, ramps (wild onions), stinging nettles, burdock, carrots, parsnips, blackberries, blueberries, asparagus, dandelions, fiddlehead ferns, horseradish, red sumac, St. John’s Wort, plantain, oats, and clover.
I have dehydrated an abundance of all the above and more, and made some great dandelion wine for trading and bartering! I am currently working on strawberry rhubarb wine.
I have also added 42 chicks to my assortment of fresh foods.
The ones I bought are all layers, but there are several I chose specifically because they are of a size to make good dinners if they don’t make good layers.
I bought them as day old chicks in May, and they are now “teenagers”. I have turned them all out to forage for themselves, and they are growing fantastic.
I also had a surprise addition: one of my layers set on a nest and hatched out a baby too cute! Love watching them. The down side of where I live is the local fox, who got my last remaining rooster the day momma hatched out mini. I am glad to see I have at least one budding rooster in the new flock, and I’m hoping there are two more, but it is too soon to tell.
I would like to have my chickens do their replacement work themselves; I don’t have to buy replacements, and I don’t have to buy medicated food for babies. The mothers take care of everything. If I get too many extras, there is always the canning jars and dehydrator to solve the problem.
Either that or barter them off.
Although I have not raised them for food yet, rabbits are another fantastic back yard meat crop. Yes, I know, they are super cute! But they are also a very lean and prolific source of meat.
I had a friend who used to raise Rex’s for food, and it was fantastic. That and Rex rabbits give you great pelts! Bartering supply!
Like most people reading this, I am big into providing my own food. I garden, forage, grow, dehydrate, can, and occasionally freeze everything for year round use. I will say I am a little down on freezing, since my freezer broke down the end of the season last year and it took me three solid days to can up everything in the freezer.
I am much happier with my own homemade ready-to-eat soups, jams, pickles, and everything else sitting on a shelf at this point. And they are very easy to make. I usually just pull together seven canning jars, take what ever meat I have on hand, some fresh or dried vegetables, rice, beans, or whatever else I have on hand, and spices ( or a bullion cube) and put them in each jar. Add boiling water to half inch from the top, and put it through the pressure canner.
In sixty to ninety minutes I have seven pints or quarts of home made soup, ready for lunch, power outages, SHTF situations, or for giving to a sick neighbor. With three pressure canners, I can make 21 pints or quarts at a time.
I also use wild plants when possible to make my own salves, oils, and vinegars, and intend in the next few months to make soap. They are great for raising extra money for purchasing homesteading supplies, or for saving money by giving as gifts. I currently have a healing salve I am working on, one I have used for years for everything from diaper rash to sun burn, bug bites to cold sores. My daughter swears by the stuff! I’ll include the recipe with pictures in my posts on my web site, along with a download link for a document with pictures, nutritional information, where to find, how to harvest and how to cook other wild edibles. I will have it available in the next week or two.
Well, I guess that’s it for now!! I hope this gives everyone a place to start, or at least something to think about. Stay well!
As preppers we tend to accumulate stuff.
This, for obvious reasons, is a good thing, but on the other hand, our pantries, closets and other storage places tend to fill up. In many ways prepping and hoarding can be a fine line (except our stuff is much cooler ).
At any rate, to save space, it’s a good idea to store things that can serve multiple purposes. One of those things that is a great candidate for multi-purpose use is Baking Soda.
Not only does baking soda have an unlimited shelf life, but it kicks butt in the number and variety of uses that are great for preppers.
Here are [number] uses of baking soda specifically for preppers:
- Toothpaste and Tooth Whitener
As an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes, just dip your wet toothbrush into baking soda and brush. Not only does it do a fine job of cleaning, but it will freshen your mouth, neutralize odors (not just cover them up) and whiten your teeth. Try it for just a week and you’ll see…
- Oral Appliance Soak
For us older preppers (or those of us who didn’t take care of our teeth at a young age), baking soda is fantastic for soaking dentures and other mouth gear. Just add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to a small glass or bowl filled with warm water and drop your “appliance” in the solution. The baking soda solution loosens food particles and neutralizes odors.
- Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
By making a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, you can have an effective facial scrub and body exfoliant. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
Baking soda dabbed under your pits makes a great deodorant and avoids some of the cancer causing ingredients found in traditional deodorants.
- Hair Wash
For you ladies (and some guys) that will be using hair styling products after the SHTF, baking soda when mixed with your shampoo does a great job at removing the residue that those products leave behind.
- Bath or Foot Soak
Tired after a long day of hunting or scavenging for supplies in the post-apocalyptic world? Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath which will neutralize the acids on your skin, wash away oil and perspiration, and leave your skin rejuvenated and soft.
- Handwash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Just add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda with your dish detergent to the dish water and it’ll help to cut loose all the caked on rabbit and pigeon parts.
- Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Baking soda does a fine job at removing coffee and tea stains and getting rid of bitter off-tastes. Just wash your mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. If the stains are still there, try soaking overnight in the baking soda solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.
- Cleaning Your Off-Grid Stoves and Solar Ovens
Got a rocket stove or solar oven that needs a good cleaning? Baking soda is non-toxic, gentle and environmentally safe. Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven or all over the stove. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda. Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge or rag, and rinse.
- Clean Floors
SHTF living can cause a lot of dirt and grime to build up on your floors. Just mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water, mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse.
- Clean Furniture
Furniture can also be cleaned with the same solution as described above for floors.
- Strengthen Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
If the post-collapse lifestyle is really getting your clothes dirty, give your laundry a boost by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make your liquid detergent work harder. Since the the pH balance is now better, the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter.
- A Gentle Baby Clothes and Cloth Diaper Cleaner
Baby’s skin is quite a bit more sensitive than ours and requires the most gentle of cleansers. Baking soda is not only gentle but can help remove tough stains. Just add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bucket of water with natural soap. Let the clothes or natural diapers soak overnight and wash as normal.
- Deodorize Trashcans
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash smells at bay and the zombies away.
- Remove Odor From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest (if you’ve still got power).
- Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Since you’ll be servicing a lot of your small engines when the SHTF, use baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
- Keeping Battery Terminals Clean
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, farm equipment, etc. because its a mild alkali. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal (be sure to disconnect the battery first). After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion.
- Clean Your Bug-Out Vehicles
Use baking soda to clean your bug-out vehicle lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks (not that that really matters post-apocalypse). A simple solution is mixing 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, zombie parts, bugs and tar. For stubborn stains, use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.
- Cold/Flu Preventative and Cure
Studies have shown that when taken internally, baking soda can help maintain the pH balance in your bloodstream. This is likely the basic premise behind its recommended uses against both colds and influenza symptoms. Recommended dosages from the Arm & Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:
- Day 1 Take six doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals
- Day 2 Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals
- Day 3 Take two doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone.
- Ulcer Pain
I have personally recommended this to many including family members and have been surprised how remarkably effective it is. This would make sense, as the baking soda would immediately neutralize stomach acid. Dosing is typically 1-2 teaspoons in a full glass of water.
If you’ve ever read the baking soda boxes, you may have noticed that it can be substituted and used as an effective antacid for heartburn and acid indigestion. Just read the box for detailed instructions on how to use it in this way.
- Splinter removal
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
- Minor burns and Sunburn remedy
Add ½ cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for natural relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry, rather than toweling off the excess baking soda, for extra relief. You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.
- Enhanced sports performance Distance runners have long engaged in a practice known as “soda doping” – or taking baking soda capsules before races to enhance performance,3 a measure that’s thought to work similarly to carbohydrate loading. While I don’t suggest you try this at home, it’s another example of baking soda benefits.
- Insect Bites & Poison Ivy Remedy
A paste made from water and baking soda makes for an effective salve onto itchy skin caused by insect bites or poison ivy (and other plant irritants).
Used internally and externally, baking soda has been a great help for those suffering with acne.
- Canker Sores
1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of water and kept it in my mouth as long as possible. Repeat 3 times within 1 hour.
- Detox Bath
Baking soda and apple cider make a wonderful spa-like bath for soaking away aches and pains and detoxing. It also cleans the tub and the drain, as a bonus
- Cure for Cancer?
According to Dr. Mark Sircus (from Winning the War on Cancer), “Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is the time honored method to ‘speed up’ the return of the body’s bicarbonate levels to normal. Bicarbonate is inorganic, very alkaline and like other mineral type substances, supports an extensive list of biological functions. Sodium bicarbonate happens to be one of our most useful medicines because bicarbonate physiology is fundamental to life and health.”
- Clean and Freshen Your Hunting/Scavenging Gear
Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water) to clean and deodorize smelly hunting/scavenging equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into your boots and other clothes to help them become scent free — very important when hunting scent-aware animals.
Also, take your hunting clothes and place them in a plastic tote with sprinkled soda layered between the clothes. Then place an open box of baking soda in the tote and seal it up. By storing your hunting clothes in this manner it makes for an effective scent control method without paying the crazy prices of commercial scent control.
- Scent Control for Hunting
By taking a “soda shower” (mix a few tablespoons with some liquid non-scent soap) prior to your hunt, you can effectively descent your body.
And while out in the field, carry around a tied up sock filled with baking soda and “dust” yourself over your clothes, body and in your hair for a very effective scent control method.
- Shine Up Your Silver Before Barter
Looking to barter some of your silver for supplies in a post-collapse society? Be sure it looks as attractive as possible by making your silver super shiny. Just take 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
- Extinguish Fires
Throwing baking soda (as opposed to water which will make it worse) on a minor grease or electrical kitchen fires is a very effective way of extinguishing it. Why? It gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames.
- Post-Collapse Septic Care
Got a septic system? Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely (much needed when the septic man is no longer available). One cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.
- Making Baking Powder
Have a sweet tooth post collapse? By adding 2 parts of cream of tartar (also has practically unlimited shelf life) with one part baking soda, you can make baking powder — a necessary ingredient in muffins and cakes. Baking powder (since it’s mixed already with cream of tartar) absorbs moisture and will expire long before baking soda or cream of tartar alone. For more info check out a recent article: How to Make Baking Powder
- Bug-Out Cure-all
Baking soda is not only fantastic for your in-home storage but it’s a must-have for bugging out. It’s a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher, medical aid and many other uses listed here.
Sanitation and Cleaning
Miscellaneous Prepper Uses
Where to Get Large Amounts of Baking Soda
Instead of the small 1 lb boxes found in grocery stores, you can get larger 5 lb bags at Costco and Sam’s Club. Even better, check out Amazon for there 14 lb bags (click on the image to be redirected):
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What Is Happening
In recent years, especially in developing countries, national governments have been escalating their war on cash. Although the claim is for the safety and convenience of its citizens, it’s nothing less than “a despotic attack by the ruling elites on the personal privacy and liberties of their citizens.”
This drive towards a “cashless society” is being headed by the likes of the left leaning Ford Foundation who in 2012 with the cooperation of national governments and their central banks have created what they call “The Better Than Cash Alliance”.
What is it?
Here’s some commentary about it written by Joseph Salerno from the Mises economic blog:
Even more ludicrous and misleading than its name is the statement of purpose that appears on its website according to which it “ provides expertise in the transition to digital payments to achieve the goals of empowering people and growing emerging economies.”
That’s pretty comical.
Mr. Salerno continues:
In addition to the powerful Ford Foundation, the Alliance involves the following “partners”: the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and (surprise, surprise!) the failed and bailed -out Citi as well as credit card companies Mastercard and Visa. The United Nations is also involved, with the UN Capital Development Fund serving as the alliance’s secretariat. Among other UN agencies participating are the World Food Program and the United Nations Development Program. Other alliance members include several government agencies in developing countries and a number of private aid agencies such as Catholic Relief Services.
Here are some of the methods that alliances such as these and others are using to limit the use of cash in our society:
Method One: Limit Large Currency Denominations
One of the hidden ways that this is being done (especially in the US) is by limiting large denominations of currency to its citizens.
Unbeknownst to many, there was a time when US currency was issued in denominations running up to $10,000 (there were also $500, $1,000 and $5,000 notes). There was even a $100,000 note issued for transactions among Federal Reserve banks.
Nowadays, all of that currency has been taken out of circulation and the largest bill that we have is the $100 bill.
What makes it worse is our dollar has depreciated since 1969 by over 80% due to the inflationary monetary policies of the Fed. What this means is that our current $100 note is only worth $16.83 in 1969 dollars. That is less purchasing power than a $20 bill in 1969!
The Feds refusal to issue larger denomination notes makes it increasingly difficult for us to use cash in large transactions…which is exactly what they are hoping for:
Despite this enormous depreciation, the Federal Reserve has steadfastly refused to issue notes of larger denomination. This has made large cash transactions extremely inconvenient and has forced the American public to make much greater use than is optimal of electronic-payment methods. Of course, this is precisely the intent of the US government. The purpose of its ongoing breach of long-established laws regarding financial privacy is to make it easier to monitor the economic affairs and abrogate the financial privacy of its citizens, ostensibly to secure their safety from Colombian drug lords, Al Qaeda operatives, and tax cheats and other nefarious white-collar criminals.
Method Two: Limit the Amount of Cash Withdrawals
There have been two very recent accounts of large banks such as HSBC and Chase Bank limiting the amount of withdrawals that a customer can take out at one time.
You might not think dehydrated toothpaste blobs are such a novel idea but keep in mind, every little bit of weight savings helps in lightening the load of your bug out bag — making for easier travel when you need it most.
How to Make Dehydrated Single-Serving Toothpaste Dots
This process is so simple it’s definitely worth at least trying just so that you can see what I mean:
What You’ll Need
- aluminum foil
Making Dehydrated Toothpaste Dots Step-by-Step
|Step 1: Lay out some aluminum foil.
|Step 2: Squeeze individual toothpaste dots on to foil sheet. You should squeeze out the same amount of pasted you typically add to your toothbrush.
|Step 3: Let it dry outside in the sun for about a day or two.
Or use a dehydrator for around 6-8 hours on high…
|Step 4: Store them away in a Ziploc bag or other moisture resistant container and put them in your bug out bag. They should have the consistency and tacky feel of dried chewing gum. Also, if you’re worried about the dots sticking together, sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the bag or container and shake to sufficiently cover the dehydrated toothpaste dots. The baking soda is not harmful in any way but is in fact very healthy for your teeth.
|Step 5: To use, simply pop one in your mouth, mix it with your saliva and brush your teeth as normal. You could also add a little bit of water but I find my own saliva just as effective.|
Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only.Be certain to consult a medical professional before attempting any of the information herein.
What we nowadays take for granted, could become life-threatening in a collapse type situation.
For example, a good friend of mine got a simple scratch from his cat which developed into sepsis. Because he was able to get to a doctors and be treated with antibiotics nothing really happened but the thought came to him, if he didn’t have access to modern medicine, he probably would not be here right now.
For that reason, it is extremely important that you have a good stockpile of medication put away for a future time — antibiotics being one of the most important.
The problem is, it’s not very easy for the common layman to gather a good supply of antibiotics (or other medicines for that matter) without knowing an understanding doctor or being one yourself.
However, at least when it comes to antibiotics, there is a way around it. And that’s through…
Stockpiling Aquatic Antibiotics
What many new preppers don’t realize is that the fish antibiotics they commonly sell over the counter in pet or aquatic-pet stores is the exact drug found in antibiotics that you’d purchase through your pharmacist with a prescription at often 10x the cost.
Don’t believe me?
Well, there’s a simple test to determine what the ingredients of a drug are by the label that appears on the outside. To do that, all you need to do is head on over to http://www.drugs.com/imprints.php and put the details of the pill/tablet in question.
Here’s an example of the commonly sold “Fish Mox” you’d find at your local big-chain pet store:
Taking one of them out and you’ll find the following data printed on each of the red/pink pills:
Putting in the pill you can see that the results I come up are that are not some crazy special drug that is exclusive for fish but they’re nothing but 500mg of pure amoxicillin:
How to Use Fish Antibiotics in a Collapse Situation
Since I am no means an expert when it comes to pharmaceuticals and their use I’m going to defer this to two people that I highly respect in the prepper community that are also very knowledgeable when it comes to modern medicine. They are Dr. Bones (MD) and Nurse Amy.
If you haven’t yet heard of them you definitely need to listen to their show as well as buy their excellent book:
To learn how to use the various fish antibiotics, check out these great articles:
- How to Use Fish Mox (To treat your sick fish of course)
- Fish Antibiotics in a Collapse
- Antibiotics And Their Use in Collapse Medicine Part 1
- Antibiotics And Their Use in Collapse Medicine Part 2
- Antibiotics And Their Use in Collapse Medicine Part 3
- Antibiotics And Their Use in Collapse Medicine Part 4
Where to Purchase Fish Antibiotics
If you’re looking to purchase some aquatic antibiotics there are a number of places you can get them, such as most pet stores that sell common aquatic supplies.
If you’d rather purchase it online I would recommend going to one of my sponsors CampingSurvival.com. There you can pick up the whole gamut of fish antibiotics at some great prices. The antibiotics they have available there are:
How Long Can I Store Aquatic Antibiotics?
Although the expiration date listed on the packaging is typically about a year, recent studies have shown that expiration dates last much longer than that.
For example, in the respected medical journal “the archives of internal medicine” the following article was a breakthrough finding for preppers:
October 8, 2012 — An analysis of 8 medications indicates that most of the active ingredients they contain were present in adequate amounts decades after the drugs’ expiration dates, according to results from a study published online October 8 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Lee Cantrell, PharmD, from the California Poison Control System, San Diego Division, University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy, and colleagues used liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry to measure the amounts of the active ingredients in the medications. The medicines, which had expired 28 to 40 years ago, were found in a retail pharmacy in their original, unopened packaging.
To meet US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, an active ingredient must be present in 90% to 110% of the amount indicated on the label. Drug expiration dates are set for 12 to 60 months after production, even though many compounds can persist far longer.
In the new analysis, 12 of the 14 active ingredients persisted in concentrations that were 90% or greater of the amount indicated on the label. These 12 compounds retained their full potency for 336 months (28 years) or longer. Eight of them retained potency for at least 480 months (40 years). Dr. Cantrell’s team was unable to find a standard for homatropine, 1 of the 15 ingredients.
Only aspirin and amphetamine fell below the 90% cutoff. Phenacetin was present at greater than the cutoff in Fiorinal (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate, but was considerably less in Codempiral No. 3. The authors attribute the deficit in Codempiral to conditions that led to preferential degradation of phenacetin because of its amide group, compared with codeine, which is also in Codempiral but is more chemically stable.
Three compounds persisted in greater than 110% of the labeled contents: methaqualone (in Somnafac), meprobamate (in Bamadex), and pentobarbital (in Nebralin). These relatively high amounts may reflect degradation of other components of the compounded drug, the fact that the samples were produced before FDA-instituted quality control measures in 1963, or inconsistencies of the analytical techniques between when the drugs were compounded and now. The new findings are consistent with the efforts of the Shelf-Life Extension Program, which has extended the expiration dates on 88% of 122 drugs tested so far. Extensions range from 66 to 278 months.
“Our results support the effectiveness of broadly extending expiration dates for many drugs,” the researchers conclude. They also point out that extending shelf life can significantly lower costs to consumers.
Limitations of the analysis, the investigators write, include an inability to confirm the storage conditions of the drug samples, as well as imprecise dating of the samples. The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
In addition to the above study, there was another sponsored by the FDA in collaboration with the Department of Defense called the “SLEP” or Shelf Life Extension Program where they had tested a number of different drugs and have noticed that they far outlast the stated expiration dates on the packaging.
Now keep in mind that these test were done on medications that are in pill or tablet form. This does not apply to liquid medications which will lose potency far sooner than the pill or tablet form.
It’s no secret that the United Nations has been after global gun disarmament for all citizens of all countries for some time now.
They’ve even been pushing (thankfully, unsuccessfully so far) for a binding international treaty that will supersede the US Constitution — with the full support of our current administration let me add.
Here are some direct quotes from US delegates to the United Nations:
“In New York, right here on our own shores, we’ve got a Trojan horse. They won’t accept U.S. firearms policy. They want to take the decision away from the U.S. electorate and undermine our Constitution.”
Ambassador Faith Whittlesey
US Delegate to UN Small Arms Conference
“That’s really their ultimate agenda – to bring the United States down from the pinnacle of freedom to simply being another one of these socialists states where the government controls everything.” Former Congressman Bob Barr US Delegate to UN Small Arms Conference
If this is all new to you, the following video should be a real eye-opener:
So does the United Nations really have any power to take away our second amendment rights?
Luckily, not at this time. But with the current administration’s support of more involvement with foreign assistance during a disaster it might be a perfect excuse for foreign troops to be on our soil under the guise of “aid” — allowing for the implementation of some more draconian measures.
For example, check out this recent press release from The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense and Emergencies. They confirmed in 2013 that America’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be coordinating with foreign militaries and security teams during disaster operations on U.S.-soil:
Several documents signed during joint work of Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and seventeenth meeting of Joint U.S.-Russia Cooperation Committee on Emergency Situations, which took place in Washington on 25 June.
The document provides for expert cooperation in disaster response operations and to study the latest practices.
In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.
At the end of the meeting the parties expressed their satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States in the area of emergency prevention and response and agreed to develop it in order to respond efficiently to all kinds of disasters.
Source: Emergency Command of Russia
What This Means
Does this mean foreign troops are going to be here en masse during the next Katrina-level event? Not necessarily. This could very well be just a benign form of cross training and idea sharing. Nothing more.
However, what we do know is the current administration’s standing on the UN Small Arms Trade Treaty and if there is anything they can do that will help them put that in place (as well as support it) we as citizens need to be vigilant and put a stop to it.
What You Should Do About It
The first thing you should do is look out for and become aware of these types of things.
It takes some reading between the lines as well as searching beyond the mainstream media, and I’ll do my best to inform you of these kinds of developments but ultimately you need to be empowered to search these things out for yourself.
The other thing is you need to do is tell your representatives that in no uncertain terms should they be supporting any measure that would ultimately abdicate our rights to the wishes of a foreign power.
Baking powder is one of those must-have ingredients in everyone’s pantry. If you plan on cooking any type of cookie, pancake, muffins and so on and you need to have baking powder.
As far as prepping goes, the problem with baking powder is that it’s shelf life is only about 9 to 12 months. And what I’ve seen — especially when it’s been already opened — the shelf life appears to be even shorter than that.
So in an extended SHTF situation, what are you going to do if you need to bake some cookies (only slightly kidding here)?
Well, luckily the core ingredients of baking powder have an indefinite shelflife and there’s a good chance that they are already in your home right now.
How to Make Baking Powder
What You’ll Need:
- baking soda
- cream of tartar
This process is so simple I don’t even know why I bother to put up pictures but it basically goes like this…
Mix two parts of cream of tartar with one part of baking soda and there you go, you have baking powder.
The “two parts” can be anything from 2 cups to 1 cup, or 2 teaspoons to 1 teaspoon and so on. So, instead of making a huge batch all at once, the best thing to do is just make the little you need at that very moment.
Again, because cream of tartar and baking soda both have an indefinite shelf-life, these are fantastic additions to your long-term storage if they’re not part of it already.
If you like these kinds of tips, but want to go deeper in your preparations be sure to check out my step-by-step prepping program called Prepper Academy.
Take care and stay safe you guys,
Have you ever wished that you could get your hands on an invisibility cloak like what’s used in JKK Rowling’s Harry Potter series? Imagine the cool things you could do with that?
Well, we might not be able to have an invisibility cloak but there is a relatively new product on the market today that can very well mimic this sort of effect with surprisingly good results.
It’s called the GhostBlind and it is marketed to the hunting community but I see some fantastic applications for preppers (which I’ll get into in a second).
What’s a GhostBlind?
A GhostBlind is basically a portable hunting blind (or hide area) that conceals you from your quarry.
What makes it unique or different from other blinds?
Well, typically when you set up a blind it is either one that is made from natural materials or a commercially made “portable” blind.
The nature-made ones use materials from the land you’re hunting in and can be made to blend into an area with incredible effectiveness that man and animal will pass by without notice. Here’s a great example demonstrated by TexasHuntFish.com:
The problem is, once it’s set up (which can take some time), it’s not possible to simply pick it up and place in a new area. It’s basically married to the spot that it’s in.
To remedy this, the hunting-sport marketplace has a number of portable blinds that are basically camouflaged shelters that are easy to set up like a tent. These are intended to be placed in an area that is frequented by your game (like deer or turkey).
The problem with the portable blinds are that (unless blended in with natural materials) they don’t fool man or animal. They are pretty easy to pick out in the landscape:
The above picture is obviously an extreme example, but even when situated in an area that it’s intended for, they are still pretty noticeable:
Why use it in hunting? Well, the goal with this type of blind is that you want your quarry to become used to or “acclimated” to the blind, so over time they don’t see it anymore. Once they habituate around it, it becomes a very effective hunting tool.
What a Ghostblind does is takes the best of both worlds. You have a tool that can make you invisible in any environment AND it’s super portable.
How Does a GhostBlind Work?
The way it works is actually very simple.
The outer surface of the blind that faces your intended prey is very reflective (it’s made of Mylar). So after setting it up, the surface is naturally angled toward the ground and will reflect whatever ground area you have in front of it — making it appear that there is a seamless surface in front of you (check out the video of me demonstrating it):
Is it Really That Effective?
With regards to hunting (its intended purpose) I’ve had some fantastic results. Just recently, I was on a turkey hunt with my friend and I decided to test this GhostBlind out for the first time. My friend was buried deep in a thicket (how we normally hunt turkey), completely camouflaged from head to toe, and was making a hen call to draw out a Tom so that we could fill our tag.
Sure enough, after a few minutes a Tom, looking for some action, came strutting out into the open within 5 yards of my blind. Now keep in mind, I did not have any camouflage on whatsoever. Unlike my friend, I wasn’t buried deep in a thicket but I was completely exposed and out in the open. The only thing I did use was a camouflage headnet to break up the features of my exposed and non-camouflaged face peeking over the top of the blind.
So how did it turn out? Well, that turkey was on the menu that night.
For those of you who aren’t too familiar with hunting or hunting turkey, let’s just say it is even more impressive when you realize that one of the best senses a turkey has is its sense of sight. It’s actually quite amazing how good their sight is.
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If any of your camouflage isn’t just right, or you’re not hidden in the right way, or you make a wrong motion, then the turkey immediately will do it’s “putt, putt” alarm and take off running. They especially get super-wary at the end of the hunting season (which is when my friend and I were testing the blind).
The fact that I was completely out in the open and the turkey hadn’t noticed me shows that, for all extents and purposes, I was invisible to that very aware bird.
Using the Ghost Blind for Prepping Purposes
Besides hunting and acquiring food, how does the GhostBlind relate or apply to prepping?
Well, going back to hunting, one of the great things about this blind is that it is super light and easy to carry into the field. The advantage of this is that you can set the blind up practically anywhere with fantastic results.
So, in other words, you don’t need to set up a more permanent blind as you would normally do when you hunt – thereby making your presence known to others that might be hunting or traveling in that area.
So again, it allows for very easy setup and takedown which makes it super discrete.
The other advantage is that it works very well against two legged creatures – in other words, man.
For example, I love to do nature observation and photography and this blind has come in real handy for that. While I am out in the bush, I will set up the GhostBlind oftentimes in the middle of a field to observe deer and other wildlife in their natural environment.
I’ve often had hikers and other people walk right by the field within yards of where I was setup (again, out in the open) and not see me.
I’m sure by now the wheels in your head are spinning and you can see the application as far as defense of your retreat or home with a blind such as this.
Check out this video that I did that shows just how effective this blind is:
Since you know the secret of how this blind works, you may have picked it out but hopefully you still can see the benefit that it provides.
Of course, the downside of this blind is that it is not bulletproof — it may make for good concealment but it definitely makes for terrible cover.
If you did want to make a more bulletproof type of a blind then I would recommend making one of those bulletproof, portable walls I demonstrate in my Prepper Academy course. These would go hand-in-hand with this type of blind. Also if the blind were to be situated in front of some type of cover like a stone wall or something similar then it would also be very effective as both a great form of concealment as well as cover.
I’m sure you guys can think of a lot of other applications but so far these are some of things that have come to mind for me.
If you’re interested in getting one of these blinds yourself, the cheapest place I found them is on Amazon:
Take care guys and stay safe out there,
It’s no secret that the U.S. Government has been living WAAAY beyond its means for far too long now. Currently as it stands, the U.S. is 17.5 trillion dollars in debt and with a GDP of 16.7 trillion and tax revenues at 3.5 trillion, we won’t be catching up with the current rate of spending anytime soon.
Add to that the constant Quantitative Easing (ie “printing” of money) to pay off our debts, and what you have is the continual devaluation of the dollar.
So why aren’t we seeing huge inflation and a world-wide running away from the dollar as we have seen in Argentina or Zimbabwe? Well, one of the BIG reasons is that the dollar has been the world-reserve currency for some time now, but it looks like that is changing…
Not surprisingly, none of the mainstream media is covering this but what should be front and center for every “aware” American is that Russia is actually making a move against the petrodollar.
Again, this isn’t entirely new news. Since earlier this year in April, Russia has been talking about a “de-dollarization strategy” on the petrodollar (the U.S. dollar) as reported in The Voice of Russia:
Russian press reports that the country’s Ministry of Finance is ready to greenlight a plan to radically increase the role of the Russian ruble in export operations while reducing the share of dollar-denominated transactions. Governmental sources believe that the Russian banking sector is “ready to handle the increased number of ruble-denominated transactions”.
According to the Prime news agency, on April 24th the government organized a special meeting dedicated to finding a solution for getting rid of the US dollar in Russian export operations. Top level experts from the energy sector, banks and governmental agencies were summoned and a number of measures were proposed as a response for American sanctions against Russia.
The “de-dollarization meeting” was chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov, proving that Moscow is very serious in its intention to stop using the dollar.
This would be a HUGE economic blow to us here and would essentially end the dollar’s monopoly as the petrodollar.
So were they all talk back in April? Just mad at us for the economic sanctions we slapped on them earlier?
It looks like it’s really happening…
Russia is Abandoning the Dollar
Gazprom (who is our planet’s largest natural gas producer) has just finished signing agreements with some of their largest customers to switch payments for natural gas from U.S. dollars to euros.
So how does this relate to Russia? Well, the Russian government holds a majority stake in Gazprom, so this deal did not happen by chance, but happened with the full approval of the Russian government.
The following excerpt comes from a news report by the ITAR-TASS news agency…
Gazprom Neft had signed additional agreements with consumers on a possible switch from dollars to euros for payments under contracts, the oil company’s head Alexander Dyukov told a press conference.
“Additional agreements of Gazprom Neft on the possibility to switch contracts from dollars to euros are signed. With Belarus, payments in roubles are agreed on,” he said.
Dyukov said nine of ten consumers had agreed to switch to euros.
Gazprom isn’t the only large Russian corporation moving away from the dollar. Here’s another report by RT (Russia Today):
Russia will start settling more contracts in Asian currencies, especially the yuan, in order to lessen its dependence on the dollar market, and because of Western-led sanctions that could freeze funds at any moment.
“Over the last few weeks there has been a significant interest in the market from large Russian corporations to start using various products in renminbi and other Asian currencies, and to set up accounts in Asian locations,” Pavel Teplukhin, head of Deutsche Bank in Russia, told the Financial Times, which was published in an article on Sunday.
Diversifying trade accounts from dollars to the Chinese yuan and other Asian currencies such as the Hong Kong dollar and Singapore dollar has been a part of Russia’s pivot towards Asian as tension with Europe and the US remain strained over Russia’s action in Ukraine.
And to further pound the proverbial nail in the coffin, Russians have been pulling their money out of U.S. banks at an unprecedented rate:
So in March, without waiting for the sanction spiral to kick in, Russians yanked their moolah out of US banks. Deposits by Russians in US banks suddenly plunged from $21.6 billion to $8.4 billion. They yanked out 61% of their deposits in just one month! They’d learned their lesson in Cyprus the hard way: get your money out while you still can before it gets confiscated.
What This Means to You
Again, because the U.S. dollar is the world reserve currency, we gain a massive advantage in that the value of the dollar is kept artificially high and at the same time our borrowing costs artificially low.
Sure, if Russia pulls out of the dollar it will hurt us, but the REAL BLOW will come when other countries follow suit — leading to a financial avalanche.
This is just the turning point of the collapse of the dollar and our way of life as we’ve come to know it.
What You Should Do About It
I’ve always been a big proponent of holding a good portion of your assets in gold (and to a lesser extent, silver)…of course, AFTER you’ve stocked up on food, water and energy storage.
So if you haven’t yet, its time to start getting prepared. This collapse won’t happen immediately, but at the rate things are moving, I don’t think we have much more time.
If you’ve been struggling with getting prepared, and need a solid, step-by-step approach on how to do it, be sure to check out my “hold you by the hand, step-by-step” prepping program called Prepper Academy. Check it out here.