Survival and Nutritional Health

Survival Sam coaches me on things I should include on this blog, but I don’t always understand where he’s coming from. So I ask, just like I did the other day when I was at his house for a few minutes.

“Sam, why do you think I should have ads for herbal and vitamin companies on the blog?”

“That’s an easy one actually,” he said. “Remember our discussion a while back about deadly cold viruses?” I nodded. “I said then that it’s a good idea to take vitamins to build one’s immune system.”

“Is that the only reason?” I asked.

“It’s a key reason, but I personally believe it’s important to get acquainted with vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and homeopathic remedies as a means of staying healthy in general. There’s a growing alternative medicine industry out there, and nutritional and herbal products are a part of that.”

“How does this tie in with survival?” I asked.

“Once again, let me remind you of the survival attitude or mindset,” Sam began. “A significant component of that mindset is nonconformity or breaking ties with the established system. As this relates to health products, you’re far better off without drugs that can cause harmful side effects. When you get a headache, it’s not because your body is craving aspirin or some name brand pain reliever. Don’t buy into everything the drug companies are telling you with their fancy ads on TV and in magazines. We touched on that subject a few days back when we talked about the sinister intent of Big Pharma. I say you should go beyond what your doctor tells you and take control of your own personal health. And that doesn’t mean being foolish or falling for every nutrition fad that comes along.”

“You’re not against the medical profession are you, Sam?”

“If I break my leg, I want a competent medical professional to fix it up,” Sam said. “But if I get a cold or flu, I don’t need to run to the doctor’s office at the first sniffle. I’m sure my health insurance company appreciates that, too. If people knew how to take better care of themselves, it might put a small dent in the ever increasing cost of health care.”

“Don’t you think we could do just as well by improving our diets?” I asked.

“To some extent, yes,” Sam said. “No magic pill will replace a more healthful diet. There’s no question about that in my mind at all. Cutting out fast food and more vegetables and fruits is always the right way to go. However, the people who started ‘Organic Gardening’ magazine decades ago knew that modern agricultural practices are depleting the soil and our food of the nutritional value it once had. There’s a growing demand for organically grown foods and a backlash against genetically modified foods. Not all that science calls progress truly is progress. These days we each need to become our own health advocate for our personal health and well being. I do consider it a survival issue.”

“OK, so you recommend putting up a Health & Nutrition page?”

“Yes,” Sam said, “and your Prep Mart is just the place to put it. That way you’ll send your readers to find out what’s available for good health and survival.”


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.