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How to Use Iodine for Survival

How to Use Iodine for Survival

You may have heard that iodine is an important item to stock up on for survival, but what is it exactly, and what do you use it for? Iodine in tables, as crystals, and as a liquid tincture, and has many applications, from sanitizing wounds, to protecting against radiation exposure. It’s most commonly known for sterilizing drinking water, and you may have seen the tablets for this purpose sold in outdoor stores. First off, it’s important to note that there is a difference between iodine and potassium iodine.  Potassium iodine, expressed as KI, is what you want to use for protection against exposure to […]

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Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Loperamide, commonly sold under the names Imodium, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Diamode, is an essential survival medicine that you should probably pretty much always have with you. The thing is, when you are traveling, or even going about your daily life in any kind of community, urban, suburban, or even country, if a natural disaster were to strike, one of the first killers might be water contamination. For this is definitely something you should have in your survival first aid stash, and lots of it if you can. But it is also crucial for your everyday carry, because, as we said, […]

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Wilderness Emergency Cast   

Wilderness Emergency Cast  

  Covering uneven ground, in varying weather, and while carrying a pack, can easily lead to a stumble or a slip.  And when falling on uneven ground while carrying a pack getting a sprang or even a fracture is not out of the question.  While a sprang or a fracture in and of itself is not a deadly injury, it can lead to a life threatening situation life-threatenings through diminishing your abilities to perform necessary tasks or remove yourself from the wilderness.  Stabilizing the site of the injury as much as possible will increase your ability to move, and therefore […]

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Stimulants for Survival

Stimulants for Survival

  Generally speaking, it’s sound advice for survival to stay healthy, avoiding drinking, smoking, and drugs.  But, there are times that you might want to get “high” to increase your survivability.  Survival situations can call for more than you have to give, more energy, more stamina, and more concentration.  Hitler’s forces were able to blitzkrieg across Europe because they had amphetamines, even modern fighter pilots receive amphetamines to take during combat.  But before you end up in jail for possession of a controlled substance, consider these over the counter medicines that have powerful stimulants in them instead.   Diet Pills […]

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Bird Flu Precautions

Bird Flu Precautions

The bird flu is back in the news again, spreading and mutating.  Most of the cases are in Asia which might make those outside the region feel that there is no need to be concerned.  But there are also cases in Africa and Europe, and if wild birds are infected it could be spread virtually anywhere.  Some birds winter in Europe, but fly to Canada to breed, 26 different species cross the Bering Sea seasonally, some of which travel to the West coast of America.  So, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for the avian flu to spread […]

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How to Get Antibiotics for Survival

How to Get Antibiotics for Survival

Disclaimer:  I am not a physician, the following is not a recommendation for treating illness in everyday life and the reader should know that they need to do their own research and use caution when ingesting any drug as there is always a chance of side-effects. The following is only meant to provide the reader with information that they can research on their own for use in a life or death survival situation where medical treatment from a licensed physician is not available. Even in our modern world with flush toilets, sanitation, and western medicine, bacterial infections are still a […]

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First Aid Uses for a Plastic Bag

First Aid Uses for a Plastic Bag

Plastic bags are cheap, easy-to-find and also have a number of awesome survival uses. Probably the most life-saving are the first aid applications. To choose the right plastic bags to keep in your survival stash, black garbage bags or kitchen bags work best as they are thick and difficult to tear. Don’t choose the scented ones (some kitchen bags are scented). You can often find cheap garbage bags at Costco or dollar stores. Here are some ways to use them for first aid: Irrigating a wound Poking a small hole in plastic bag can create a very efficient manner of […]

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5 Over-the-Counter Drugs to Stock Up On

5 Over-the-Counter Drugs to Stock Up On

When SHTF, drug stores will probably be one of the first places to be raided. In natural disasters, they often are. OTC drugs become scarce, and there’s a few essentials that you’d be very wise to hoard now, both for your own use and possibly bartering. OTC drugs are usually pretty light and don’t take up much space. While they come in pretty secure packaging most of the time, they do have expiration dates, so keep that in mind. Fortunately, most common OTC drugs are available in generic brands which can be very affordable, especially at places like Costco, Wal-Mart […]

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, then you’ve no doubt heard about the recent widespread outbreak of the Zika virus. New outlets all over the US are talking about it, but few seem to have any real information. So what is Zika? What are the signs and symptoms? What are your risks? Here’s everything you need to know about the Zika virus and the current outbreak. What Is Zika and Why Is It So Dangerous? Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that originated in Uganda, where it was first discovered in rhesus monkeys 1947. The first human case […]

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