Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Maintaining Mental Health in the Face of Crisis: Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress

from Survival Blog:

Many of us have considered how we would provide for our family’s physical needs, including medical care, during a prolonged crisis. Indeed, it would seem foolish to be unprepared for trauma related to accidents, violence, fire, et cetera, when professional medical care might not be available for weeks, months, or more. What most of us don’t think about is the effect that a long-term crisis and/or exposure to traumatic events could have on our mental health. Next to food, shelter, and security, this may seem to be a low-priority concern, but depression and anxiety related to traumatic events can have lasting and highly detrimental effects, ranging from loss of productivity to violence and suicide.

Seaweed prevents Parkinson’s disease, according to new study


by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

Research has shown that certain seaweeds have the potential to prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at the ability of antioxidant-rich seaweeds to protect brain cells from the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA, also known as oxidopamine), a chemical used to simulate Parkinson’s disease.

In the study, researchers from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria in Portugal tested this theory using the human neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y, including its associated intracellular signaling pathways, and conducted an MTT assay to determine cell viability. In addition, the group assessed the intracellular signaling pathways hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production, changes in the mitochondrial membrane potential, and Caspase-3 activity. These parameters determine how healthy the SH-SY5Y cells are. Changes in these parameters affect cell viability.

A list of the most common deadly infections you are likely to contract after SHTF

by Vicki Batts, Natural News:

When catastrophe strikes, survival is what’s going to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Whether it be a natural disaster like a hurricane or a more dangerous threat, preparedness can help mitigate some of the danger that lies ahead. Necessities like food, water and shelter may be your top priorities, but there is a threat that can be forgotten amid chaos: Infection. Disease can spread like wildfire in stricken communities where modern luxuries are suddenly absent.

And in a post-disaster world, disease can easily mean “death.” When access to medical supplies and other life-saving goods (like clean water and food) are limited, infections are the last things you want to have to deal with. Here are some of the most common deadly infections that may crop up in a disaster scenario (and what you can do to prevent them):

The Many Ways Lavender Is A Must For Natural Health


by Sara Tipton, Ready Nutrition:

Most of us have already heard of a few of the many benefits of lavender, but its healing properties go way beyond simple aromatherapy.  Whether it’s in the form of a tea, an essential oil, or a dried herb for food, lavender is a must for those seeking a healthy way of life naturally.

Lavender’s history can be traced back all the way to ancient Egypt. Did you know that when King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1923, there was said to be a faint scent of lavender that could still be detected after 3,000 years? The Romans also used lavender to fragrance their baths and introduced both the baths and as perfumes.

How to Make Your LIFE a Declaration of Independence

by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

A couple of centuries ago, our country’s Founding Fathers wrote and signed a declaration of our independence from another country. They included a bill of the rights that they wished to ensure for their descendants. While not perfect people, by any means, they tried to create a nation of liberty that would go on for centuries to come.

What people seem to be missing is that the Bill of Rights isn’t a list of “privileges” granted to us by gray-haired rich men in the 1700s. We are endowed with natural human rights from the moment we are born.  We also bear the responsibility to protect our independence from those who would subjugate us.

Are You Preparing for SHTF or TEOTWAWKI- Part 2


from Survival Blog:

We are taking a look at the similarities and differences between preparing for a SHTF or TEOTWAWKIevent. In part 1, we left off with questions one and two of the four questions associated with not having the luxury of normal commerce and how that impacts preparations for TEOTWAWKI. Let’s continue and wrap up the two-part article.

Question Three

We have question three to answer, and it is a significant one. Once the stored inventory is used up, how will it be replaced with either a renewable resource or by manufacturing?

Keep your arteries ecstatic by eating these 12 foods every day


by Bridgette Wilcox, Natural News:

As common as heart disease is, there are many ways to prevent it — and perhaps the best (and most delicious) place to start is by cleaning up your diet. Supercharging your diet with fiber-rich food filled with healthy fats will allow you to eat your way to a healthy heart and clear arteries. Don’t know where to start? Here are 12 food items you should add to your heart-friendly grocery list, according to

Survival Basics: Buckets, Lids And Gamma Seals


by Gaye Levy, The Sleuth Journal:

Buckets are a fact of life when it comes to food storage. They are strong, light and moisture free, and, when sealed, will keep most, if not all pests at bay.  They are also readily available and the cost is nominal, if not free.

In keeping with the them of survival and food storage basics, in this article I share the ins and outs of food grade buckets, lids and gamma seals to safely store you bulk food items for the long term.

SELCO: These Are the Signs the SHTF Is Happening for Real

by Selco, The Organic Prepper:

How do you know if the SHTF is actually here? One of the cornerstones of survival is how to recognize that a situation has gone so bad that the S is truly going to hit the fan.

Basically, we are talking how to recognize that it is time to bug out or hunker down because it is going to be bad.

I call it “survival mode” (no, it is not invented by me), and it means that you at some point based on your own observations, feelings, the situation around you, events, etc. going to are going to jump into that mode where you gonna implement actions based on different priorities than everyday life.

Are You Preparing for SHTF or TEOTWAWKI- Part 1


from Survival Blog:

There is SHTF, and then there is TEOTWAWKI. There is a difference.


To me, SHTF means an incident that although it’s a disaster isn’t something that will collapse society as we know it. That is not to say that in a SHTF incident there won’t be looting or other behaviors outside societal norms, but for the most part order and daily life will be restored to some level in the foreseeable future. Hurricane Katrina is an example of a SHTF scenario.


TEOTWAWKI on the other hand is when societal norms are gone, with no recovery of vital infrastructure systems in the foreseeable future and the incident impacts large parts of the earth’s inhabitants. The keeping of societal norms will be challenged and in some areas will degrade quickly. Unlike a SHTF scenario, no one locally or from the state, federal, and even international community is coming to help.