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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

23 Reasons to Keep Prepping, 12 Powerful, Natural Antibiotics, More Tips


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23 Reasons To Keep Prepping Even If “Bad Things” Never Happen

People who prepare are actually better off than those who don’t prepare.  Here are 23 reasons why:

  1. Self-Defense: It’s no surprise that preppers are ready to keep their families safe. Having self-protection skills are a plus.
  2. Leadership: Every crisis needs a leader. Leadership skills help you at home, work or with friends.  Everyone wants to be around a strong leader.
  3. Inflation: Food storage is purchased at “yesterday’s” price insulating you to the loss of purchasing power or availability that occurs during critical times.
  4. First-Aid: People still get cuts, broken bones and need first-aid often.  Those skills and supplies may not go unused even if nothing disastrous happens.
  5. Droughts: To a prepper, it’s just another hurdle to tackle. Store water for rationing and purifying. The end of the world might not come but you won’t go thirsty.
  6. Discipline: Putting away food, water and training for the worst-case scenario develops self-discipline. Keeping at something that may never happen shows dedication.

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How to make a Cast iron skillet virtually non-stick

I love cooking with cast-iron. I avoid teflon when at all possible due to the health risks of using it, but being the chef in our house I really miss the convenience of a non-stick pan.

I have used the traditional methods for seasoning cast iron for years and they work so-so in my opinion.

But I recently found this hack that has me thrilled about using my cast iron skillet again. It takes a little time and effort, but I have been VERY happy with the results.


Saving money on grassfed beef

Depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find grassfed beef - and often times if you do, it isn't fresh and/or it costs an arm and a leg.

For the last 3 months I have been testing out this service called Butcherbox which delivers grassfed beef, organic chicken, and pork directly to your door - and the kicker for me is that it is cheaper than if I buy it locally at the store!

Each month I get a big box (insulated with dry ice) delivered and even in the summer the meat somehow stays frozen.
So far, I have been very impressed.

Save time, save money

Whenever I can free up time (by not having to think about buying meat) and save money in the process it is a no-brainer for me.

12 of the most powerful antibiotics known to man – and not a single one was created in a laboratory. [Related: Learn more about natural healing at]

  1. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): This plant, native to North America, is a traditional treatment for skin infections resulting from scrapes and cuts. The leaf extract is so powerful that it can treat not only minor abrasions, but even superbugs like MRSA – methicillin resistant Stapholococcus aureus.
  2. Garlic (Allium sativum): While many of us are very familiar with garlic’s delicious cooking properties, its powerful medicinal powers are less well known. Garlic is a potent antibacterial when crushed and exposed to air, and laboratory studies have found it as effective as penicillin at treating many infections, though studies on its efficacy against superbug infections is limited. [Related: Discover the healing power of garlic at]
  3. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Ginger is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibacterial, and is traditionally used to treat coughs and colds. It has also shown promise in the fight against more serious infections like pneumonia and even superbugs.
  4. Indigo (Baptisia sp.): The Indigo plant has proven to be an effective treatment against typhoid. While we do not see many cases of this disease in the U.S., it is interesting to note that typhoid and food-borne salmonella – which does affect about 1 million people each year – are very similar bacteria. It is therefore logical to assume that indigo would also be an effective treatment for cases of salmonella poisoning.
  5. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): This powerful anti-inflammatory is an excellent treatment for allergies and asthma. A word of warning, though: Pregnant women should not consume licorice, and it should be avoided by those with high blood pressure.
  6. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): This well-known spice is an effective treatment for gingivitis as well as other irritations and infections of the mouth.
  7. Honey: Honey is a powerful antibacterial that also speeds up recovery from burns. It can also prevent infection and promote healing.
  8. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of turmeric make it an effective healer even of wounds that are slow to heal like diabetic wounds and pressure ulcers. It is most effective when used as an ointment.
  9. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra): Elderberry boosts immunity, making the body better able to fight off any infection and helping to avoid the necessity for antibiotics.
  10. Echinacea (Echinacea purpura): Studies have found that Echinacea is at least as effective as pharmaceutical anti-viral drugs in the treatment of the common flu. Patients who take Echinacea have been found to suffer fewer complications and side effects than those treated with anti-virals.
  11. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum): This well-known Middle Eastern spice is a powerful antimicrobial, and can treat mouth infections that even antibiotics are useless against. It is likely, therefore, that it would be effective against superbugs.
  12. Cranberries: Cranberries contain anti-inflammatory properties which mean they can both prevent and treat urinary tract infections (UTIs). By preventing bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder, cranberries also help to prevent recurring bladder infections.

This homemade natural disinfectant cleaner can be used on kitchen surfaces or produce without worrying about it leaving harmful residue or tainting food. And you need just two ingredients: vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. A study by Virginia Tech found that misting one right after the other killed virtually all Salmonella and E. coli bacteria and was more effective than bleach.

8 things your plumber won’t tell you that could save you big bucks

What about you? Got anything interesting to share?

Yours for taking back your liberty,

Bruce, the Poor Man


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Interesting post-lots of useful info!

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