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32 Self-reliant resources: Preparedness skills that everyone should know

Over the last couple of decades the world has seen an unprecedented spike in technology and access to learning. Unfortunately, we've also seen a growing number of people who have used this technology to tune out, and lose their ability to be self-reliant.

Skills that were once part of our culture, ones that helped us survive, have been largely forgotten; replaced by a generation of dependent people that can't even balance a checkbook, cook a meal, or change a flat tire. Although we have more access to information than ever, the skills of our forefathers have been replaced by useless knowledge like how fast you can text a message, or knowing what reality TV star is doing what.



Talking to family about preparedness: How to get your family to start prepping for disasters.

The biggest preparedness challenge some of us will face is convincing our loved ones to get on board with our preparedness planning. Whether it's convincing your immediate family about the importance of prepping, or talking to extended family and friends about why they need to prepare, the conversation is something we need to have if we really care about our loved ones.




New genetically altered 'Enviro Pigs' want to go to market

Did you think the genetically modified pig was gone? It is true that Canada's "Enviro Pig" was scrapped in 2012 after consumer backlash and lack of university funding. That vacancy mainly left genetically modified salmon in the running to become the very first commercial GM animal.

But there are two new types of engineered pigs poised for approval in their respective countries. Now, with the secret Trans Pacific Partnership out in the open, it becomes clear that the deal opens the door for a swarm of global biotech ventures that can more easily glide their wares across country boundaries.

Comment: Oh geez! Like there isn't enough mad science going on in the world when it comes to creating 'new meats'. If it isn't meat glue in your fake steak, stem cell based lab-grown meat, schmeat or 'cloned beef' on store shelves causing a stir, it's back to genetically modifying pigs with less fat, more muscle and resistance to African Swine fever! This is not the first time biotech companies are messing around with the genes of pigs:


The rise of Functional Medicine & How it can change your life

Modern medicine is in crisis. The reason: it's just not working.

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, obesity, and allergies are increasing with no letup in sight and account for seven of the top ten causes of death as of 2010. Heart disease and cancer accounted for forty eight percent of all deaths. Modern medicine may be great at dealing with infectious disease and traumatic injuries, but has failed to stem the tide of chronic disease.

In addition, surveys indicate that two-thirds of patients feel disrespected by their physicians, forty-four percent feel doctors don't spend enough time with them and a quarter believe physicians don't answer questions and don't adequately involve them in treatment decisions, and use medical terms with no explanation.

Numerous health systems have gained prominence in the West as alternatives to what is known as mainstream or biomedicine. Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and Reiki have arisen as popular alternative healing methods. The most recent National Health Interview Survey estimates that up to forty percent of Americans have tried one or more of these alternatives and are spending $34 billion annually on them.

Comment: Dr. Mark Hyman is a functional medicine doctor, read his articles below to get an overview of the Functional Medicine approach:


Drug Cultures in the USA: The legal and the illegal

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Hidden dangers of legal highs
Currently, there's a huge debate about violence, especially firearms violence, in the USA, plus the restriction of gun and other self-defense weapons purchases, which I find amazingly attention-grabbing insofar as there are other causes of deaths that no one really is talking about and, seemingly, doing very little to curb.

The chart below drives home three high-profile killers: Drug-induced, Motor vehicle, and Firearms Deaths. Not surprising to me, at least, is that deaths due to firearms are the least of the three mentioned in 2013, whereas drug-induced drug deaths top out as the highest! Motor vehicle deaths are in the middle.

(U) Chart 1. Number of Drug Induced Deaths Compared to the Number of Motor Vehicle and Firearm Deaths, 2004 - 2013

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Meditative practices that don't involve sitting

No longer the sole province of the hemp-swathed sprouting enthusiast, meditation's popularity has exploded across our collective faces. Tech companies have embraced mindfulness meditation as the ultimate productivity. Google has "mindful lunches," complete with prayer bells and hour-long vows of silence. And as legitimate meditation researchers uncover more benefits to our brains, our bodies, and our psyches, diehard rationalists have been forced to accept the scientific merits of mindfulness.

My explanation for why interest in meditation has grown is that it's a replacement for the nature in which we no longer reside. For hundreds of thousands of years, we spent our days in natural settings where much of the mind chatter stops and we exist in the present moment. The falling leaves sparkling overhead with sunlight. The herky-jerk scamper of a startled lizard just off the trail. The erratic brilliant butterfly fluttering through the scene that you can't help but stop to watch. That was life for most of human history. It wasn't special. It was home. It's what we knew.

Meditation represents a return to that ancestral state of presence in the moment. And yet I get the sense that more people are talking about meditation than actually meditating on a regular basis. I'm one of them, quick to recommend meditation on MDA because of the irrefutable benefits but unable to actually sit for a productive session, let alone a regular meditation routine. It's hard. It's unnatural. And it's an artifice, albeit one made necessary by our environment.


Are you ready? The Vaccine Culture War in America

Unexplained chronic disease and vaccine injury are prominent in America. The future of our health freedom is in our hands.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with HIV 1 but government officials do not ban HIV infected children and adults from attending school, receiving medical care, being employed, or otherwise participating in society. In fact, there are anti-discrimination laws that guarantee civil rights protections for Americans infected with HIV or living with AIDS. 2


The holistic approach of Africa's rich resource of traditional medicine

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it has been estimated that "about 80% of the population in developing countries depends on traditional medicine for their Primary Health Care (PHC) needs." What is presently known as 'conventional medicine' has its origins in the West.

Though this is arguably the most prominent form of medicine today, it is not accessible to, or the first choice for, everyone. Therefore, many still rely on traditional medicine even today. Some forms of traditional medicine include: traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine (which has origins in ancient Indian society), and traditional African medicine. It is the last of these examples that this article will examine.

The Prevalence of Traditional African Medicine

In the continent of Africa, traditional (or ancestral) African medicine seems to be much more prevalent compared to conventional, Western medicine. In West Africa, for instance, it has been estimated that between 70-80% of the population rely on traditional medicine. Such figures, however, are not unique to that part of Africa alone, but may even be applied to the whole continent. In the countries of the WHO - African Region, it has been claimed that "60-80% of people rely on African traditional medicine for their primary health care."

Comment: Although Western nations have been heavily influenced by allopathic medicine, the wisdom of traditional medical and alternative healing practices has been gaining ground in the West, despite the machinations of BigPharma.


Toronto residents given iodine pills as nuclear disaster precaution

Comment: Iodine supplementation has many benefits beyond just protection against radiation.

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Residents and businesses within 10 kms of the the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations will receive potassium iodide pills, meant to protect in case of the nuclear disaster.
If you live in Durham Region or Scarborough, you may have just been mailed a package of pills in a calming sky blue box. Those pills are meant to protect you in the event of a nuclear disaster — a disaster that you, living within a sensitive 10km zone surrounding the Pickering and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations, would be on the frontlines of.

"A serious nuclear accident is extremely unlikely," says Ontario Power Generation (OPG) spokesperson Neal Kelly.

"(But) we worked with Toronto Health and Durham Health and we came up with a plan."

200,000 homes and businesses have just received potassium iodide (KI) pills in a $1.5 million OPG-funded project that is being run in conjunction with Durham Region and the City of Toronto. Also known as RadBlock, the pills prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine, thus reducing the risk of thyroid cancer in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. As a gas, radioactive iodine can travel quickly and is easily inhaled.

Bacon n Eggs

No more fasting during labor, a common sense approach


If you've given birth to date, then in addition to labor and delivery pains you likely experienced hunger and thirst pangs as well.
Many pregnant women may now be releasing a big sigh of relief, as the American Society of Anesthesiologists released new guidance last week reversing their long-held position of requiring women in labor to fast. They are now saying instead that "most healthy women can skip the fasting and, in fact, would benefit from eating a light meal during labor." New research presented at the Anesthesiology 2015 annual meeting in late October supports this recommendation.

Comment: It's only common sense that one would need nourishing food to fuel the body when in labor.
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