Category: survival

The Wasatch Fault

Of course, I decided to locate the Wasatch fault because my son is now living in Salt Lake City. And I know that the University of Utah where he is going to school is right up there against the Wasatch Mountain Range. I used to never think of Utah as an earthquake state. But I do now. Usually earthquake faults run at the base of the mountain ranges, but sometimes they criss cross. Utah is long overdue for one of those ground moving events. So you can imagine my thoughts when I located several faults branching off from the...

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The Survival Belt from SlideBelts

I’m all about that word “survival” even though it brings to mind everything connected with “disaster” — yea, not something we really see in our current civilization in the U.S. But history is awash with it for sure. And it seems to be a popular topic for reality t.v. I guess I just don’t want to be caught trying to survive when a disaster happens — be that any kind of scenario, from a simple back-packing expedition to some crazy earthquake disaster. I’ve written about my son and daughter-in-law’s business — Slide Belts. They have just launched a new...

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Where less people live

I grew up in southern California, in Los Angeles county — county of the Angels by name alone. Sometimes I can’t understand why. Maybe it was not so crazy-populated back in the 60s, maybe it was good for me to learn how to navigate chaotic freeways. LA county covers a large area, and we lived in the suburban neighborhood of Crescenta Valley  in Whiting Woods. We had lots of oak trees among the sage brush. And poison oak and rattle snakes. According to census data, by 1970, the La Crescenta – Montrose area had about 19,000 people. Whiting Woods was actually...

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Antibiotics for preppers

There’s a part of me that wants to live off the grid. And I’m not a camper. I like the comforts of power, water, and gas. I especially like to bath daily. And sleep in the comfort of my bed. And eat fresh foods. However, there’s no guarantee that the world as we know it will stay this way. Chaos is the natural order — so many things can happen to bring this about — natural disasters, wars, chemical warfare, accidents.   I just finished reading a book by Richard Preston, The Demon in the Freezer. I’ve written about...

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Is brewers yeast good for you?

When I was 17,  I got the kissing disease — mononucleosis — and I couldn’t seem to get better. I was in my senior year of high school, secretary of the Student Body, and I developed a sore throat that was larger than life. I couldn’t turn my neck without pain. I even took my stupid college entrance exams while sick. I stayed out of school for a semester and spent a lot of time on the couch in front of the TV. In 1972, ee didn’t have much to choose from on daytime television and I soon became...

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Herbs to Increase Energy

We live in an age when we get things instantly. We access the Internet for quick answers, we text friends and family as a thought occurs. If we are feeling low in energy, we might grab a Coke or an Energy drink, or a candy bar. I get it, and I’m guilty of looking for a quick pick-me-up. However, there are some better alternatives. Good old mother earth has produced herbs with qualities that will improve your ability to handle stress. They’re called adaptogens.  And when you take these herbs, they help your body adapt to physical and mental...

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The Hot Zone Ebola Virus

All of my kids have read the book about the first outbreak of Ebola in 1976, called The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus. If your kids are high school age, get them this book and of course, read it yourself. There’s plenty of information about Ebola in the news with the 2014 Ebola outbreak, but this book, The Hot Zone(links to my affiliate account with Amazon)will help you understand what this virus can do and why you need to know more about it. One of the best things about homeschooling your...

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Milk Thistle benefits

Milk Thistle is one of those plants that you often see growing along the roadside. It has bright purple thistles that look too pokey to pick (yet I have seen horses eat them). They have medicinal properties that date back to first century Greece. The plant is native to the Mediterranean and thrives in many soil types, even tolerating drought — hence seeing them along dirt roads. It’s considered an herb that is safe to use and quite valuable. History The purple flowering plant was most likely identified as an herbal remedy by Dioscorides, a first century Greek physician,...

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How to get rid of a beehive in the house

I came home one day to find about 10 bees in my house. As I scouted out their port of entry I found them swarming around the hole in the eaves of our roof. I knew we had to get them to move on to a better location because a couple of years ago we had a similar problem —  and didn’t think it was a big deal — no need to kill the bees — just let them do their thing.   But I found out that sharing your home with their hive is a smelly affair. My...

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Disaster preparedness free online course

Disaster preparedness is something I’ve been doing for at least 35 years. I’m not a prepper, but Mormons have always been storing a year’s supply of food and survival items. I remember getting pails and pails of wheat with my mom when I was a little girl. I don’t remember eating it though. I’m a little apprehensive right now, because I just dumped the water out of my giant storage barrels. It was time to change it out. But I haven’t re-filled them yet. And I read that book, Visions of Glory about the last days. I do have...

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Poison oak remedies

Poison oak brings back a lot of bad memories for me. When  I was about  12 years old, my girlfriend and I were walking from my house to her house, along Whiting Woods Road. We stopped at this large oak tree and I wanted to pick some of the red autumn leaves growing around the oak.   “Don’t touch that” she warned me. It was the first time I had heard about poison oak. But I didn’t really believe her, or I guess I wanted to know for myself, so I took a leaf and touched it gently to my...

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What is tetanus?

“You’ve got to get a tetanus shot for that, or you’ll get lock jaw.” I imagined my jaws locking together forever, and it sounded horrible. When I was a kid, I was afraid that I might get tetanus and the dreaded, “lockjaw” from rusty nails.  The fear of lockjaw caused me to imagine all kinds of horrible scenarios. Like the one in the photo by 1809 Dutch painter, Charles Bell — showing opisthotonos in a patient suffering from tetanus. Two of my sons were at BYU together. While they were visiting cousins up in Logan, Utah, Brigham, found an old dart in the...

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3 Natural ways to prevent colds

I hate getting sick, and the cold virus has so many mutants, that you are almost sure to get one. But you may pass it up with these 3 natural ways to prevent colds. Echinacea 1.  I reach for the herb, Echinacea whenever I’m exposed to someone sniffling and coughing. And it works for me. The trick is to take it early, not after you’re down with the cold. True. When I’m under a lot of stress and the people around me are sick, I take two tablets in the morning and if it is really virulent out there,...

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Homemade Anti-Fungal Cream

My husband has nightmares of his childhood undiagnosed itchy skin problems that were so severe on his feet that he couldn’t wear shoes. I think he had to wear socks and sandals to his “grammar school” and go home and soak his feet at lunchtime. He finally got better when he spent a week at Lake Elsinore in California and ran around barefoot. I don’t think they ever determined if it was athletes foot gone amuck or what. But that lake held magical properties. Now, he is always careful to treat every little itchy skin patch. But going to...

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Yikes, My Dog Has a Tick!

 We never had any ticks in Southern California, even on the hiking trails, we never had one of them hitch a ride. But here in Northern Cal, yep, ticks. These little arachnids, are really external parasites, and quite frankly, they give me the creeps. Here’s what you need to know about ticks and how to remove a tick. They carry diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and other things that can make you and your dog sick. True, they can be clean, but they can be dirty. In fact, around here, as mother Eve, I like...

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