Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Long-Term Preparedness for Your Baby or Toddler, Part 1


from Survival Blog:

Feeding Your Baby or Small Child

Consider feeding your baby or small child in the midst of tropical storms, flooding, and with threats from nuclear testing. As world events are painting an increasingly grim picture, my husband and I have felt the urgency to set aside some backup resources in case of a long-term emergency. My husband is the “must-have-a-plan-for-everything” kind of guy. Therefore, he has excitedly mapped out our emergency storage space, along with the details of its contents. He is an avid “outdoorsman”, so many of the items that we would need for long-term preparedness are either already in our arsenal or familiar to him in some capacity.

But, when we found out we were expecting a baby, it added a whole other level of things to consider. How do you feed a baby or toddler in a long-term emergency? What about diapers? Medicine? With my background of farming, gardening, and canning, suddenly, my areas of expertise became valuable for our emergency storage preparation. Below are a few of the things that I find essential to have on hand when preparing to sustainably care for a baby or toddler in a long-term emergency situation.

Home-canned Foods

It is widely known that home-canned foods are some of the most nutritional options for long-term storage. Typically, with a shelf-life of 2-5 years, these should remain healthful long past the time required for feeding a baby or toddler. Before our baby girl was born, I took advantage of the abundant autumn produce at our local farmers market. I purchased a bounty of winter squash, organic carrots, and pears and took them home to put away for storage. Even though we are not in an emergency situation at this time, I am very grateful that I took the initiative to do this because those foods are a daily staple for us right now when she’s eight months old! Even though our daughter might move on to more normal food soon, I plan on replenishing my supply this fall to set aside enough resources for future children.

Balanced Diet and Essential Vitamins and Minerals

When planning for emergency storage, it’s important to include foods that allow a balanced diet and provide essential vitamins and minerals for your baby or toddler. It sounds gross to those of us with spoiled taste buds, but my eight month old daughter loves liver, and it provides the healthy amounts of iron that she needs to grow strong bones and teeth. It’s ideal to purchase grass-fed organic liver to feed your baby.

This is because the liver is a filtering organ, and you want to make sure that you aren’t feeding your child junk. Raw pack pressure canning is my chosen storage method because all of the nutrients are cooked together and not leached out by pre-boiling. This means that the “broth” left in the jar after the food is consumed is full of healthy vitamins and minerals. I often use this broth as a cooking liquid for quinoa or oatmeal for my baby and it is fun to know that I am giving her more vitamins than I would be providing with just plain water.

Not Puréed Food

Another thing you might notice is that I do not store puréed foods. The reason is that I think it is essential for babies to learn how to use their chewing mechanism as soon as possible. When you pressure can raw items, the long, high pressure cooking will make them soft enough that they will turn into mush if you pinch them between your fingers. You always want to double check this before feeding to your infant to make sure it isn’t a choking hazard. Personally, I prefer being able to pick up bite sized chunks of soft food with my fingers (and teach her how to do that herself) rather than feed my baby purée’s with a spoon. Any of these pressure canned items can easily be mashed into a rough purée, if you prefer!

Amounts and Options

When considering the amount to store, I plan on one pint jar of food per day while breastfeeding and two jars of food per day post-breastfeeding.

While these aren’t the only options, we keep the following items to feed our baby in our emergency storage space:

  • Butternut squash and carrots contain lots of vitamin A, protein, calcium, vitamin C, carbohydrates and many other vitamins and minerals that are essential for a baby’s health.
  • Bone broth is packed full of naturally occurring gelatin that is great for developing muscles, bones, joints and teeth. It is a great addition to a baby’s diet.
  • Quinoa is a high protein, high fiber, iron and vitamin rich grain that is healthful and filling. It is also one of the most soft, allergy friendly and palatable grain options for babies and small children.
  • Pears are high in fiber and vitamin C. These are a great treat for my baby girl, and they are easy to chew and sweet to the taste.
  • Grass fed liver and red meats are a surprising suggestion for babies, but they are inarguably one of the best foods to give a child for iron and protein content. Just ensure that you give your baby small enough pieces for them to swallow, as liver tends to be a bit chewy after pressure canning.

As an additional resource, a very helpful dry-stored food item that we keep on hand is organic oatmeal. This can be cooked in the leftover juices from any of these canned items, and it makes a very healthy option to use to stretch your canned goods. Properly packaged, oatmeal will safely store for a long time.

Basic Recipes

Below, you can find my basic recipe that I use to can various baby foods! Please keep in mind that canning must be done in a clean, sterile environment, while ensuring that the inside of the jar and the lid remains sterile until sealed. If I do anything that causes me to doubt whether or not something has been compromised, I clean and sterilize them again!

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Glyphosate Worse Than We Could Imagine

by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:

As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury case just ruled that Monsanto, now a part of the German Bayer AG, must pay $ 81 million in damages to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman who contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. The ruling and a line-up of another 11,000 pending cases in US courts going after the effects of glyphosate, have hit Bayer AG hard with the company announcing several thousand layoffs as its stock price plunges.

These are the Diseases that Could be Unleashed in a Bio-Weapon from North Korea

by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

There have been several articles circulating over the past several weeks pertaining to the Biological Weapons capability of North Korea, as well as delivery systems for those weapons.  I’m going to provide the title and the source for one of these articles for your perusal, and then we’re going to cover the “meat and potatoes” of this article: meds needed against such attacks.

North Korea is ‘mass producing biological weapons’ and could unleash smallpox, cholera, plague, and anthrax on US troops,” by Patrick Knox of The Sun, 10/22/17

Diseases that Could Be Used As BioWeapons

Let’s give brief overviews of the diseases, now.

  1. Smallpox: (bacterium Variola minor) A very horrible disease indeed.  The last naturally-occurring case was in 1977.  It was one of the most severe diseases to afflict mankind, and was “eradicated.”  Not in the labs, though.  Militaries all over the world (to include the U.S. and North Korea) possess it.  The disease is easy enough to reproduce, as cowpox (a similar disease occurring in cattle) can be mutated to form smallpox.  The treatment is the smallpox vaccine, which should be administered within 3 days to be able to arrest the disease and heal the patient.  The problem is the only smallpox vaccine supplies are controlled by the U.S. government…in their secret warehouses, in unknown numbers…at taxpayer expense.

2. Plague: (the bacterium Yersinia pestis) We just covered treatment medications for the bubonic plague in previous articles, as the pneumonic plague is spreading in Africa (11 nations at the time of this writing), a severe form of bubonic plague that affects the lungs.  We mentioned that Ciprofloxacin (or Cipro) is a drug with a long shelf-life that can be acquired for your pet fish from pet veterinary medication suppliers.  ‘Nuff said there.

3. Anthrax: (bacterium Bacillus anthracis) The spores of the bacteria are the method this disease is spread.  Two forms of antibiotics can be used to treat the infection…Doxycycline, and [Drum-Roll!] Ciprofloxacin, once again.

As I had mentioned in other articles, Cipro has a long shelf life, and as you see here, it can be used against both Anthrax and Plague

4. Cholera: (bacterium Vibrio cholerae) This disease attacks the digestive system and causes diarrhea and loss of electrolytes.  Vomiting and intensely-painful muscular cramps accompany it.  As vomiting and diarrhea are occurring, the body loses both acids and bases respectively, and dehydration (if left unchecked with good oral and/or IV replacement) can lead to death.  Doxycycline, once again, is effective, and guess what else?  [Drum-Roll!]  Ciprofloxacin, yet a third time!

Antibiotics Will Be a Lifesaver!

One of the reasons I’ve focused on Cipro?  Check it out yourself.  Try and get ahold of Doxycycline, and you’ll find it next to impossible.  This is because the government (that’s the U.S. government, starting under Obama) bought up most of it as it was listed as a “critical National Defense material” and stockpiled in those government warehouses, for distribution by the government…at taxpayer expense.

For the rest of us outside of the bunkers and not dining on steak and lobster at taxpayer expense, Ciprofloxacin is the way to go.

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Update: Mother Enraged As Cause Of Baby’s Death 36 Hours After Vaccination Ruled ‘Undetermined’

by Richard Enos, Collective Evolution:

  • The Facts:Catie Clobes’ daughter Evee died 36 hours after receiving her scheduled 6-month vaccinations. Although Catie was assured the impact of the vaccines would be determined, doctors refused to do these tests, leaving the cause of death as ‘undetermined.’
  • Reflect On:Catie Clobes’ words get to the heart of the matter about what we are dealing with in the Western Medical Establishment. Can they help galvanize us as a collective to continue to search for truth and no longer condone current medical practices?

Nip it in the bud: Natural remedies that prevent colon cancer


by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

The number of people diagnosed with colon cancer in the U.S. is increasing, and more than 50,000 people die from it. It is also the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and the third most common cancer in men and women. Despite these alarming numbers, colon cancer can still be prevented by making healthy changes to your diet. Here are some tips you can follow to prevent colon cancer:

Cultures Around the World Show Us How Life Purpose Fuels Longevity


by Alexandra Preston, Natural Society:

We know instinctively that meaning and purpose are necessary in order to live a fulfilling life, with those of us in a career we love often held in high regard. But regardless of how passionate you may be about your career, we all need a hobby – an interest outside of work that we truly love to do. The benefits of purpose and hobbies, however, go beyond quality of life.

Japanese culture has a concept called ikigai, which roughly translates to “purpose in life.” Ikigai has traditionally been associated with health and longevity. One study on over 4000 adults set out to determine if this theory was true.

All participants were over 65, with:

  • More than 1800 identified as at high risk of death
  • More than 1200 at high risk of losing ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • More than 1100 at risk of losing their ability to perform instrumental ADLs.

Data from February 2011 to November 2014 was used, which can be a long time when it comes to age-related disability. Compared to people who had both hobbies and an ikigai, having neither of these was associated with double the risk of mortality, close to triple the risk of losing ADL abilities, and almost double the risk of losing IADL abilities!

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The anti-depressive effects of the chili pepper


by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

Research has found that chili pepper (Capsicum annuum) possesses anti-depressive properties, which makes it a promising treatment for depression. The study, published in the European Journal of Medicinal Plants, aimed to determine the antidepressant potential of methanol fruit extract of chili pepper in mice.

  • Researchers from Kaduna State University in Nigeria used three tests: Force Swim Test (FST), Tail Suspension Test (TST), and Open Field Test (OFT).

These 5 Organizations Are The Reason Cannabis is Still a Crime

from The Mind Unleashed:

It’s often half-jokingly said that if there was one thing that could bring Americans together, it would be cannabis. That might seem a little farfetched at first, but once you discover how many people want cannabis legalized, it will make sense.

As of 2018, nine states allow recreation use in some form, while 30 allow medicinal use and 16 allow only CBD, an active component of the cannabis plant which aids in pain relief and sleep.

According to a poll from the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, 52% of American adults have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, while 44% of those adults who have tried it are also current users.

Stunning video shows how the vaccine industry has turned the measles, an ordinary, non-fatal infection like chicken pox, into a hyperventilated national emergency


by Isabelle Z., Natural News:

When you hear the word “measles,” what is your first reaction? No one would blame you for panicking and keeping your distance from those who have the disease, given all the hype over it, but what exactly is so bad about it? Do you even know?

Contrast this with your gut reaction to chicken pox. Many of us endured this in our childhood, and while it certainly wasn’t fun, outbreaks at school didn’t make news headlines and send people into mass hysteria.

Aspartame: Putting the DIE Into Dieting Since 1981

by Sayer Ji, Green Med Info:

Pushed globally as a beneficial to dieters since its approval in 1981, accumulating research indicates that aspartame may actually damage the brain and cause cancer, to name but a few of a wide range of adverse health effects consumers risk by using this ‘no-calorie’ sugar alternative.

Google “aspartame” and you will find on the first page search results. Billing itself as an ‘Aspartame Information Center,’ this website opens with “The Benefits of Aspartame,” discussing how as a ‘low-calorie’ sweetener aspartame helps consumers with weight control, diabetes and the prevention of tooth decay.

Your body’s ability to self-heal nerves in the brain can be compromised by a toxic internal environment – will researchers look for the diet connection?


by Rita Winters, Natural News:

Nobody can explain the processes of the brain fully, but there are some things we do know about it, such as the brain’s ability to repair itself called neuroregeneration. When the nerve fibers of the brain lose its protective coating, called myelin, the brain sends adult stem cells to regenerate a new myelin sheet. This process is called myelination (or myelinogenesis). Be that as it may, the regenerative processes is halted when the body is in disease.

Myelin is a substance that surrounds the stem, or axon, of nerve cells, providing the nerve cells with an insulating layer. Myelin is essential in the proper functioning of the nervous system. Unprotected nerve fibers are associated with the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injuries, stroke, neonatal brain injuries, and even Alzheimer’s disease. When nerve fibers lose their protective coating, it becomes extremely vulnerable, causing a loss of ability to transmit signals quickly. Direct results of unprotected nerve fibers include impaired cognition, loss of sensation, and loss of movement.

A study published in Nature Communications reports that blood-clotting proteins called fibrinogen ceases myelination, causing further harm to the individual. The study entitled, “Blood coagulation protein fibrinogen promotes autoimmunity and demyelination via chemokine release and antigen presentation,” was conducted by professor of neurology Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego and her team of researchers.

Fibrinogen is a glycoprotein produced by the liver, and helps form clots to prevent excessive bleeding. When this protein travels to the central nervous system, it stop the myelin-producing stem cells from continuing its process, resulting in further injury. The researchers are determined to figure out the mechanisms that drive fibrinogen to cause autoimmunity (immune responses against healthy cells and tissues). By eliminating fibrinogen from the process of myelination, the nerve repairs can resume.

Researchers are focused on conducting further studies to understand fibrinogen and demyelination (halting of myelination). The solution to this autoimmune event would prove useful in developing ways to restore regenerative functions in the central nervous system, which could then lead to groundbreaking therapies to help patients suffering from MS and other myelin-related diseases.

What you can do

Some studies note that lecithin (phophatidylcholine), a substance composed of cholineand other lipid molecules, promotes nerve transmission and can function as a source of choline. Choline is a member of the B-complex family of vitamins which helps the process of myelination. Various studies explain that myelination can be aided by a proper, balanced diet. Thus, regular intake of choline- and lecithin-rich foods may promote nerve health. These foods include eggs, fatty cuts of meat, peanuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, and oats. Other foods related to promotion of myelination include fish oil, soy beans, wheat germ, liver, Brussels sprouts, shrimp, and shellfish.

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