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A 21-Piece First Aid Kit

January 24, 2013


20-Piece First Aid Kit

I spend a fair amount of time in the woods hiking, camping, and practicing survival skills. It’s nice to get out of doors and experience God’s creation first hand. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate during my outings; I haven’t experienced a serious injury or illness while in the bush. Still, I’m well aware that […]

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Whooping Cough: How It Can Affect Your Preparations

December 3, 2012


Recovering from Whooping Cough

“You’ve got a classic case of purtussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough.”, my doctor said in a rather matter of fact way. The expression on my face betrayed my surprise. I’d known that the airborne disease had made a resurgence in other parts of the world, including industrialized countries such as Ireland, but I was […]

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Survival Myth: You Should Suck Poison from a Snake Bite

October 29, 2012


Treating a snakebite

You’ve probably seen an old western movie at some point where some unsuspecting person is walking through rocky terrain. He steps over some obstacle and then it happens: a fierce strike from a poisonous snake. The man grimaces and falls to the ground. Satisfied, the snake slithers off. What happens next? The man’s friend quickly […]

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Preparing for Medical Emergencies When There Is No Doctor

July 27, 2012


taking care of yourself after TEOTWAWKI

The following article has been contributed by a fellow prepper named Mike. It has been published with permission of the author. It does not necessarily represent the views of When the SHTF, and it will, there will be enough things to worry about other than staying healthy.  Yet, even in good times we get sick […]

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A Homemade Cure for Dehydration

July 3, 2012


rehydrating yourself

I know what you may be thinking. Isn’t drinking water a good “homemade” cure for dehydration? For moderate dehydration, that’s true. But for more serious cases of dehydration, cases where the body has been significantly starved of the precious fluid or when the dehydration is brought about by vomiting or diarrhea, simply drinking water may […]

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Signs of Dehydration

July 2, 2012


parched earth

As a record heatwave strikes much of the country, many people are experiencing heat as never before. From New York to Nashville, from Washington to Wichita, record highs have been reached across the nation. Serving to intensify an already dire situation, a severe drought has also struck much of the United States. According to the […]

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Survival Myth: You Can Get Poison Ivy from Scratching

June 27, 2012


Poison Ivy

Have you had poison ivy? Most of us have at some point. If so this picture probably makes you itch somewhere. Exposure to Poison Ivy Poison ivy and other Rhus plants, like poison oak and poison sumac, contain an oily allergen called urushiol, which causes a reaction in up to 80% of the people who come into […]

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The Outdoor Pharmacy: Basil

May 1, 2012


Basil: a spice of life

On my list of “must have” spices, basil ranks in the top five.  It is one that you just can’t make due without for Italian-inspired dishes.  And just the thought of pesto makes me smile.  It turns out that basil is not only delicious, but it is very healthy and is said to even have […]

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Where the Wild Things Are, part 4: Chickweed

March 29, 2012



It’s been a while since I’ve done an installment in this series.  I took the winter off since many plants are either dormant or not in their most familiar form.  With this spring’s early arrival, I’m almost too late to get pictures of some of my favorites before they take a hiatus. This new one […]

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First Aid Refreshers, part 8: Constipation

March 27, 2012


constipation is no laughing matter

Okay, right off the bat, we’ll just say that this is no one’s favorite topic.  And maybe you have no personal issues with this (right now).  But, those who join you may or changes in diet in the future may make this an issue for you too.  So let’s go ahead and discuss prevention and […]

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