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For yesterday’s DestinySurvival Radio I interviewed Wilson to find out more about Pantry Paratus and bring them to your attention. Whether you’re new to prepping or have been at it a while, consider Pantry Paratus as a helpful resource.
What’s in a name? One of my first questions was where the name came from. We all know what a pantry is, but what about that word “paratus”? It so happens it’s latin for “ready” or “prepared”. By the way, paratus is pronounced with emphasis on the second syllable, which has the short a sound.
Who is Pantry Paratus? They’re a small family owned and operated company with a desire to see you and me think seriously about what our families are eating, where that food comes from, and how we can preserve any surplus we may have. The goal is to prepare our pantries for the lean times, whether you go through unemployment or we experience a catastrophic crash.
Wilson says customer service is important because they want you to be able to get the help you need. If you buy a pressure cooker at a big box store, that store likely won’t be able to answer your canning questions. Why not be in touch with people who can walk you through your journey?
With much knowledge lost over the generations, Pantry Paratus offers beginner kits and supplies for skills like canning, bread baking and cheese making. They also sell heirloom seeds and encourage you to grow your own food wherever you live.
What do you need to know for survival? Pantry Paratus puts their focus on four core competencies for homesteading.
- Water purification
- Bread baking
- Pressure canning
What about ready-made storage food? Have it in your survival pantgry, but be careful to buy food that doesn’t have GMO products in it. You don’t want to eat something in times of stress that would make you ill.
If you know how to grow or raise your own food, you’ll have an ongoing supply. You’ll also put greater value on what you produce yourself.
What about a traditional food diet? Wilson and Chaya are very careful about what their family eats. They avoid foods with long lists of ingredients no one can pronounce. They eat meat, so they’re not vegetarians. They also enjoy whole wheat bread with no worries about gluten or bad carbs.
What about special needs diets? If you’re diabetic or have other dietary concerns, the best thing is to avoid as much processed food as possible.
For further reading… Two books you may find of interest are:
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition, by Carla Emery
Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
Your thoughts? I’d love to know what you have to say concerning what you’ve read here or what you’ve heard in my interview with Wilson. Share any comments you have with me and other readers.
When you finally do get outdoors, you’ll want to beware of garden injuries. The March/April, 2013 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #140) includes an article on how to handle it when you hurt yourself while you’re in your survival garden. It’s by Joseph Alton, aka Dr. Bones of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy fame.
No, this isn’t about being bruised by a berserk broccoli, punched out by a pompous potato or tortured by a tense tomato. Read the whole article to get helpful advice on real injuries like…
- Minor cuts (scratches)
- Abrasions (scrapes)
- Contusions (bruises)
- Insect bites
By Joseph Alton, M.D.
Cuts and scrapes are the most likely wounds gardeners incur (hopefully, not on that green thumb of yours). In many cases, these could have been prevented by simply using hand protection. Start off your gardening efforts by obtaining a good pair of work gloves; most injuries will occur on your hands.
Read the whole article here:
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
How do you deal with those survival gardening occupational hazards when they happen to you? Leave a comment below and share your words of wisdom with other survival gardeners.
That simple, daily action is washing out your nose. If that sounds gross, it’s not any more so than brushing your teeth. I’ve done it for over 17 years and can give testimony to its benefits.
In fact, several weeks back, I had the worst cold and sinus infection I’ve had in four years. No kidding. And I give credit to nasal washes with Nasopure for helping me get over the crud.
Two years ago I did a DestinySurvival Radio with Dr. Hana Solomon, inventor of Nasopure and author of the book Clearing the Air, One nose at a Time. I re-aired that interview yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio. As it happens, it’s a good thing I did. The link for the original interview apparently no longer works, and I wanted to be sure you have the information we discussed.
Dr. Hana, as she likes to be called, is a board certified pediatrician and is part of the team at the Solomon Family Medical Clinic, Columbia, MO. She’s president of BeWell, LLC, which is dedicated to helping people prevent diseases and become educated about nasal washing. .
I highly recommend Nasopure above any other method. A word of disclaimer. I’m not affiliated with BeWell Health , LLC, the company responsible for manufacturing and selling Nasopure. But I am a believer in Nasopure and encourage you to make it part of your daily routine as well as part of your prepping strategy for good health.
I really appreciate Dr. Hana’s attitude of helping her patients avoid prescription medications and antibiotics whenever possible. She must make a lot of mothers happy by offering such a simple, easy solution for colds and ear infections.
Believe it or not, children as young as two can wash their noses. The technique is simple and not painful or uncomfortable. Dr. Hana has videos on her site showing children using a Nasopure bottle.
Regularly washing our body’s breathing filter helps lighten the toxic load our bodies deal with. It greatly improves your chances for good health by helping to prevent diseases and even the need for most sinus surgeries. Nasal washing relieves allergy and asthma symptoms, too.
You see the Nasopure bottle pictured above. It’s different from other nasal wash bottles. The design of the bottle and the buffered saline solution used are ideal for flushing out the nose, not driving debris up into it.
Nasal washing has been practiced for centuries. According to Dr. Hana, poorer countries around the world practice it in the absence of the doctors and medicines we take for granted. We don’t hear much about nasal washing because there’s not much money to be made from promoting it.
One day we in America may be forced to rely less on doctors and medications. We’ll need low tech health solutions. That’s why I believe something so simple and basic as nasal washing should be part of your routine now and in the future. I truly believe Nasopure is the best way to go for keeping your nose clean..
When I asked Dr. Hana about her book, Clearing the Air, One Nose at a Time, she said it’s an owner’s manual for your nose. Incidentally, you can buy it from her site. And, of course, you can buy Nasopure products from there, too.
You might be able to find Nasopure products at a pharmacy near you. Check the Nasopure site at http://www.nasopure.com for store locations.
Buy Nasopure and Dr. Hana’s book. Get them for your own health and survival. My goal in telling you about them is to help you get informed and avoid health problems in survival situations.
Hear my interview with Dr. Hana Solomon by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for April 11, 2013.
Since cleaning your breathing filter with Nasopure is so easy and beneficial, why not get started on it today?
You may already know the sun has weather, too. And it affects us here on Earth.
NASA scientists predicted 2013 could be a bumpy year, since we’re in the maximum of solar cycle 24. But things haven’t been as active as predicted. They’re thinking now that we could be in the trough of a double peak solar maximum. Could this be the calm before solar storms?
You can stay on top of solar weather by subscribing to FlareAware’s phone text or voice alert service to get the most current alerts to space weather storms and conditions.
FlareAware reminds us that, as with all Earth based weather forecasts, solar weather changes on a daily and hourly basis. Predictions are subject to change at any moment. That’s why the FlareAware alert system should be an important tool in your arsenal for following solar weather.
A massive solar storm could blip out electronics and the power grid. But even if nothing so drastic happens, there are still potential problems the sun can cause.
Here’s what I mean. Due to risk factors associated with geomagnetic disturbances FlareAware has released the new Health Plus Plan designed to alert subscribers to periods of increased dangers such as…
- 210% rise in hospitalization due to heart attack
- 150% rise in hospitalization due to stroke
- 160% rise in occurrences of chest pain and irregular heart beat
- 10% – 15% rise in mortality rates, or death, due to the complications mentioned above
To get more information on solar weather and it’s effects please click on the ad banner below to visit FlareAware’s site. Check out their videos and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to get answers or to ask a question of your own.
You can also read a previous post here about an interview I did with FlareAware for DestinySurvival Radio.
Get out and enjoy the sun this spring as much as you can. But stay up to date on solar weather with FlareAware, just as you’d keep up to date on weather where you live.
Editor’s Note: Warmer weather isn’t far away. Late winter and spring often bring floods. Be ready. According to a recent long range weather forecast I heard a few days ago, Missouri (where I live) won’t have flooding like in 2011 because there’s not nearly as much snow pack to the North. We’re still in drought conditions.
But flash flooding can happen at any time. And so can floods from hurricanes in other parts of the country. Therefore, take a look at the following tips provided by Wise Food Storage.
The US experiences more damage than any other weather-related event…Stocking food for the family is one of the most important things to do. Dehydrated food or freeze-dried food such as Wise Food Storage products would be ideal because it is light and is easy to prepare. As an added bonus, Wise Food Storage gives you tips for staying safe and getting prepared during flood emergency.
Assemble an emergency kit. Red Cross recommends to include:
- Water – at least 3-day supply; one gallon person per day
- Food – at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food; ideally dehydrated or freeze-dried food
- Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multipurpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage
Stay informed. NOAA Weather Radio, the NOAA website, or local TV or radio stations will issue flood warnings and reports from the National Weather service. If a flood warning is issued for your area, be prepared to evacuate right away and move to higher ground.
Protect emergency food and water.
- Basements are excellent for emergency food storage because of their low, constant temperatures. Ensure that food is elevated enough to stay dry. Better yet, temporarily move your supply to the highest level of the house.
- Keep a supply of bottled water or keep a Katadyn water filter nearby. Do not use the water from a well until it has been tested and deemed safe.
- Wash fruits and vegetables and prepare baby formula with safe water.
- Don’t eat anything that’s come in contact with floodwater.
- Throw out food that is not in waterproof containers (screw caps, pull tops and crimped caps are not waterproof).
- Food in metal cans and flexible metal or plastic pouches can be cleaned by removing labels and sanitizing containers before opening.
- Thoroughly sanitize food prep pans, countertops, dishes and utensils with hot soap and water or a bleach solution.
- Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
- Before entering your home, check for loose power lines and damaged gas lines. If you see or hear either one, leave immediately.
- As you enter, be aware that wild animals, especially poisonous snakes can seek shelter in flooded houses.
- Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
- Contact your local or state public health department for specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area after a disaster as water may be contaminated.
As illustrated by recent events, even if you’re not in a designated flood plain you may be at risk for high water damage in extreme weather conditions. Take some time to assemble a kit and familiarize yourself with basic safety information. Be alert. Be prepared.
For more on flood awareness, go here for the FedHealth e-newsletter for March 2013.
Here’s my list of Survival and Collapse medical supplies with natural remedies included. We include natural remedies for first use or back up to save on items that won’t be produced in an austere setting. Dr.Bones and I spend a lot of time and energy researching “back-up” plans for traditional medicine. We want you to have the ability to provide medical help in a disaster scenario, and for that, you’ll need conventional medical supplies and some knowledge on what natural remedies are useful for certain situations. Below is a very ambitious list of things you should consider:
Oral antibiotics-(or if emergency, fish meds) may also include garlic oil, honey,cayenne,thyme oil,peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil as herbal alternatives or fresh garlic or ginger. If you can’t acquire prescription antibiotics, see our 4 part series that discusses antibiotics, their fish antibiotic equivalents, and how to use them. This is part one: http://doctorbonesandamyshow.blogspot.com/2011/11/antibiotics-and-their-use-in- collapse.html
Antibiotic ointment and/or antibacterial herbal salves ( with calendula/tea tree oil/lavender oils)
Multiple sizes of adhesive bandages- (spot, knuckle, size 1×3 or 2 x 4 is great to cover most lacerations
Ace bandages- multiple sizes
Self adhering “Coban” wraps
Kerlix or rolled gauze
Steri strips and butterfly bandages to close minor lacerations
TONS of gauze/dressings (BOTH: sterile and non-sterile 4x4s. Include lots of non-adherent “telfa” pads so healing wounds won’t stick to the dressing)
Xeroform petrolatum dressings (non stick)
ABD pads (usually 5×9), also called combine dressings
12×30 trauma dressings
Maxi Pads and tampons- multi use materials
Tapes- include DUCT, adhesive and paper ( for adhesive tape allergies)
Quality bandage scissor/trauma shears ( ALL METAL, the plastic handle ones break cutting jean material!)
Pliable splinting material (“sam” splints – everything from finger splints to 36 inch rolls that you can cut to size)
Cast material Kit (comes in fiberglass or Plaster of Paris)
Moleskin with padding- for blisters
Scalpels (#10, #11, #15 most popular)
Paracord- multiple uses for this
LOTS of nitrile gloves -hypoallergenic (NEVER touch an open wound with bare hands if you can help it)
A few pair of sterile size 7 1/2 or 8 gloves (or more!)
Hand sanitizer/alcohol for cleaning hands and instruments
Betadine swabs/wipes- wipes are great to make a betadine solution with water
60cc or 100cc syringe- for wound irrigation and cleaning
Antiseptics- get lots of various solutions, hibiclens is excellent
Universal Cervical collar
OPAs (Oral Airways) good for preventing occlusion of an airway due to an allergic reaction and while waiting for the epi pen or benadryl to reduce the swelling
BZK wipes-to clean hands/wounds – great for cleaning animal bites(may decrease rabies transmission)
Alcohol pads -to clean instruments/hands
Sting relief Pads
Masks- earloop surgical (for sick people)
N-95s (for healthy people to keep them from getting sick!)
Dermabond (Rx) or super glue ( may burn the skin)
Needle holder (if you are learning how to suture)
Sutures (2-0 nylon- don’t bother with 3-0 or smaller unless working with delicate skin on the face, eyelids, etc. (higher the number=smaller the needle!) – watch Dr.Bones’ youtube.com/drbonespodcast videos on How to Suture for instructions (in a collapse) and How to Staple Skin.
Skin stapler/remover and 2 adson forceps (if you or someone you know knows how to use properly)
Curved and straight Kelly clamps ( to remove foreign objects from wounds)
Several large safety pins
Light source -Pen light, head lamp, glow stick, flashlight
Some type of firestarter- to start fires for boiling water or sterilizing instruments, include a container for boiling water in your supplies!
Cold and Hot Packs (reusable and instant)
Cotton Sheets- can be cut into strips for multiple uses, or used to carry patients
Stretcher- lightweight, portable is best if one is needed
Cot/examining table- a bed is fine with clean sheets
Blood pressure cuff/stethescope- a good quality set would be best
Chux Pads- for use in austere conditions to make a clean surface, also used under a patient to catch fluids, leaking or with incontinence
Clotting powders/dressings (Quikclot, Celox)- cayenne pepper powder may help minor bleeding- use 35,000 HU as a minimum for bleeding.
** Remember- the more options available, the more likely you will find something that works!
Styptic pencil- minor bleeding
Tourniquet- such as CAT , only use in severe bleeding that will not stop with direct pressure or clotting agents
Pressure dressings – olaes modular bandage or Emergency Israeli bandage
Blood stopper dressings (dressing with 2 kerlix attached for wrapping)
Q-tips/cotton squares/cotton balls/cotton rolls
Cravat-style triangular bandages
Snake bit kit- must use within seconds of the bite or it is useless
Rubber bag (hot water bottle)
Re-useable GEL packs- can be cooled OR heated
Aquatabs -to help purify water
Fels naptha soap- to wash off poison Ivy,oak or sumac from skin and clothes (also a great clothes detergent)
Athlete’s foot powder (lasts longer than creams)
Monistat cream (or equivalent)- for vaginal yeast infections
Don’t forget that, in long-term survival situations, you will be responsible for dental care as much as medical care:
- Dental mirror,
- Dental extractors/elevator
- Cotton tip applicators / cotton rolls/ cotton pellets
- Dental filling material ( commercial or mix zinc oxide powder and 2 drops clove oil),
- Pill cups for mixing the dental filling
- Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and 2 drops of peppermint oil make a great gum treatment and toothpaste
- Hydrogen peroxide- makes a great oral mouthwash/gargle for gum swelling and irritations. Do not use on open skin wounds after the initial wound cleaning! HP may damage healing cells inside an open skin wound.
- Extra essential clove bud oil (numbs dental pain when applied directly
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Dental Floss
Just when you think you’re done:
Eye wash- weak Chamomile tea (1 tea bag for 2 cups water) makes a great eye wash also, may add 1/2 teaspoon raw honey to the tea for pink eye treatments
Eye pads/eye patch
An ear oil natural remedy ( usually has garlic oil and mullein oil)- use 2 warmed drops in the affected ear and place a cotton ball over the ear canal secured with paper tape, repeat 3 times daily.
Claritin (non-drowsy antihistamine)- hay fever/allergies
Benadryl ( drowsy antihistamine)-allergic reactions to stings/medication/food/contact with irritants/this is the other ingredient in tylenol PM! It really puts you to sleep at 50mg dose, but this is a better dose for serious allergic reactions!
Epi-pen (Rx), if needed for anaphylactic reactions
Eucalyptus essential oil- also a decongestant and good for coughs ( direct or steam inhalation/ a good insect repellent
Aspirin (not for children)
Witch Hazel- good for bug bites/stings and as an antiseptic for wounds. The main ingredient for treating hemorrhoids (with hydrocortisone cream).
Arnica essential oil/salve (great mixed with St.John’s Wort)- also an analgesic used externally in very dilute amounts (6-12 drops per ounce of carrier oil)Great for bruises, joint and muscle pain, fracture pain, use ONLY on intact skin.
Other Analgesic Essential Oils -Consider 1 or 2 of these – lavender,chamomile,rosemary,eucalyptus, marjoram
Gas X and Beano -to treat gas
hydrocortisone cream- anti-inflammatory, good for rashes
Gold Bond powder -for chafing, foot issues
Lip balm-I love carmex brand
Vaseline/Petroleum jelly- a million uses! Great to make non-stick dressings.
A&D ointment-great for rashes
Bag Balm-also great for rashes
Aloe vera- for burns
zinc oxide cream-useful for rashes and as a sunscreen
zinc oxide powder medical grade- to mix with Clove bud essential oil, and make a temporary dental filling
*RAW honey-externally for serious burns and wound treatment OR internally mix with garlic oil or fresh minced garlic for an antibiotic effect or sore throat remedy
Vinegar (apple cider)- a hundred uses like baking soda and raw honey!!
Tea tree essential oil-antiseptic/anti-fungal/insect bite tx/burn tx
Lavender essential oil-analgesic/antiseptic/calming effect for insomnia,stress/skin care-rashes and cuts
Peppermint essential oil-respiratory and nasal congestion/Headache tx 1 drop to temples or inhale vapors/also good for digestive disorders/achy joints and muscle tx/ use 2 drops on toothbrush with baking soda as a “toothpaste”
Geranium essential oil- decreases bleeding when applied to wound/lowers blood sugar/burn tx /antibacterial
Thieves blend essential oil- A mix of clove,lemon,cinnamon,eucalyptus and rosemary oils- Antibiotic/antiseptic/and a host of other actions.
Helichrysum essential oil- anti-inflammatory and, additionally, an analgesic
Garlic- fresh crushed if you can find it is awesome mixed with raw honey for a cold/flu/cough tx.
Chamomile tea bags- internally relaxing,headache tx and digestive problems/ external compress for burns,bee stings
Ginger tea bags- internally good for nausea, stomach aches, digestive problems like gas and bloating, also good for motion sickness (crystallized ginger is an alternative, but weighs more)
Echinacea/elderberry tea bags- supports immune system, decreases flu and cold duration
Laxative tea bags/(or OTC laxative)- usually contains senna mixed with other herbs for a better flavor powdered
Gatorade or rehydration tablets/powders- for rehydration drinks ( to tx dehydration)
Multi-vitamins, extra vitamin C (tablets and powder), zinc, and other supplements to strengthen the immune system
Herbal Tinctures for Sleep and Pain treatment. Headache, PMS, Joint Pain and Menopausal Tinctures may be helpful, depending on your medical issues.
I know this is a lot to stockpile, but you will be well-equipped to deal with multiple issues. With the above list you can handle:
- colds/flu/cough/sore throat/lung congestion aches and pains
- allergies/allergic reactions
- skin irritations and conditions
- achy joints/muscles
- digestive upsets and nausea constipation/diarrhea
- bug bites/ bee stings/
- contact dermatitis( poison ivy/oak/sumac)
- burns/sunburn minor cuts.
- bleeding, scrapes and lacerations-including wound cleaning, and closure materials such as: suturing or stapling
- sinus congestion
- ear/eye/dental issues
- fungal infections
- stress and anxiety
- oral hygiene and
- basic dental tx (treatment)with extraction/ dental fillers
- surface disinfectant
- insect repellent
- wash clothes!
Some items that are missing from this list are commonly part of some medical ktis. Unfortunately, chest decompression kits and ambu-bags are of limited help without a hospital to transfer the patient to. I would concentrate on the supplies you will need most and will likely be able use without too much training. You will still have the ability to deal with 90% of the medical emergencies you will encounter in times of trouble.
See also The Survival Medicine Cabinet: Infections for info on antibiotics and other anti-infection medicines to have on hand.
Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy provide a wealth of information on their site, which is a real public service to the prepper community at large. They also sell medical kits and supplies, which you can find here. And be sure to get a copy of The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook.