"Is there a correlation between magnesium deficiency, inflammation, and certain diseases and ailments? Does magnesium play a crucial roll in immunity and anti-inflammatory? Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation, or injury. Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved, inflammation has different names when it appears in different parts of the body. Most allergy and asthma sufferers are familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways), but inflammation is also behind arthritis (inflammation of the joints), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and so on."
"One of the most difficult things for me, personally, is seeing what is going on, knowing (more or less) where it is going and then talking to people who have no idea what is going on and are absolutely unprepared. I often receive messages via email, through our website or on places like Facebook, which say, “I currently live in the US and survive on a pension that pays me $3,000/month which doesn’t go very far in the US and so I want to look at expatriating to a cheaper and nicer locale, what should I do?” Of course, for what I see coming, I recommend anyone who can to get out of the US now while they still can. But, in the case of those on pensions, I fear that they are being irrationally comfortable that their pension will still exist even a year or two from now. And, because of that, I fear they may move somewhere and just find themselves in a new place, unable to speak the local language, without a group of trusted friends and family around them, who are dead broke… penniless. I have visions of American street people, homeless, around the world, begging for money. Of course, that’s a big reason why we have set-up TDV Groups, which is a worldwide network of libertarian expats, to help… but I think people are being far too casual in presuming their pensions will just keep rolling in for a long time to come."
"If you have a traditional backyard garden with neat rows of plants, you will essentially be advertising the fact that there is food for the taking to anyone who happens to pass by with an empty belly. This is not an exaggeration; plenty of urban gardeners who have carefully tended a patch of tomatoes, peppers or corn have reported their crops being stolen in the dark of night just as the food was ready to be harvested. If that can happen in times of relative “plenty,” just imagine what things will be like after a real crisis. Therefore, it is crucial that you find methods to camouflage your survival garden. There are several ways this can be accomplished. Some of them are a bit involved and require a fair amount of knowledge and hard work, while others are relatively easy. Let’s first take a look at a somewhat complex approach."
"The answer really depends on where you live and the actual damage caused by the attack. Anyone that has been paying attention has likely gathered information about an EMP, and thus, has a reasonable expectation about what may happen. The expectations though, are not based on experiences by average citizens. Experts do know the damage that can be caused by an EMP resulting from a nuclear detonation however, because nuclear devices were tested decades ago."
(Sgt Trainer: Article regarding work at a store in Midland, TX.)
"Another closed Walmart has turned up. One “that’s not listed out of the five Walmarts that have been shutdown across the country” for alleged ‘plumbing issues’."
"Scholars are just beginning to pore over the text, the oldest known copy of Galen’s “On the Mixtures and Powers of Simple Drugs.” It may well provide new insights into medicine’s roots and into the spread of this new science across the ancient world." (Image Courtesy of the owner)
"Bob Roohparvar tells a killer story of industrial espionage. He says the robbery occurred last October at his Batteroo office space in a sprawling Silicon Valley office park. The target was intellectual property surrounding Batteriser, a simple metal sleeve that promises to give consumers up to eight times more life from their disposable batteries, AAA through D."
"Texas legislators approved two bills legalizing the open carrying of handguns in public and on university campuses, overcoming objections from gun control activists but caving in to pressure from law enforcement on some provisions. Known as House Bill 901, the open carry law would allow holders of the concealed-carry license to carry handguns in public in a hip or shoulder holster. After a week of fierce debate and a threat of a Democratic filibuster that never materialized, the bill cleared the state House on Friday with 102 votes in favor and 43 against. It was approved by a 20-11 vote in the Senate. “Open Carry just passed in both the Texas House & Senate. Next destination: My Pen,” tweeted Governor Greg Abbott."
"I wanted to get this on the site as soon as I could after witnessing certain trends from participating in, and observing many training scenarios and AARs. These principals glare at me each time I watch a medic go through a PFC scenario for the first time. The light bulbs then start clicking on and they begin working toward these same solutions while in the middle of the scenario, when it is too late. Learn from all of our hard-won lessons while you still have the luxury of doing so."
"If you carry a gun for self-defense, then you are engaged in the pursuit of defensive skills rather than shooting merely for the experience of shooting. To reach this goal, you engage in training, mostly in the form of practice on a range. How close you get to your goal will depend on the effectiveness of your training."
"If we are not heading into a recession, why does our economy continue to act as if that is precisely what is happening? As you will see below, we learned this week that factory orders have declined year over year for six months in a row. That is something that has never happened outside of a time of recession. We have also seen new orders for consumer goods fall dramatically. In fact, the only time we have seen a more dramatic decline in that number was during the last recession. And when you add these two items to what I have written about previously, the overall economic picture becomes even more disturbing. Corporate profits have fallen for two quarters in a row, our exports fell by 7.6 percent during the first quarter of 2015, and U.S. GDP contracted by 0.7 percent during Q1. Even though Barack Obama and the mainstream media are willingly ignoring them, the truth is that these numbers are absolutely screaming that we are going into a new recession."
"According to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of the 251 million tons of solid waste generated by Americans in 2012, more than 27 percent was paper. That was about 68 million tons and of that amount, 35 percent ended up in a landfill. Making your own paper can help reduce your footprint and give you a unique product for your own use or to sell as a homestead craft. It’s simply a great skill to have. Making paper isn’t as difficult as some would believe, although it can be somewhat time-consuming.
"Last week I mentioned that one of the concerns with freezing foods, particularly meat, is the risk of freezer burn. When foods are not properly sealed, being frozen renders them dry, tough, and with questionable flavors and textures. While they're still safe and nutritious to eat, they're far from pleasant. Thankfully, there are a couple simple ways to salvage freezer burned meats. The goal is to add moisture, tenderize the meat, and impart flavor. Both slow cooking and acid-based marinades accomplish these goals. (Be forewarned, trying both at the same time leads to disappointing results.*)"
"As a concealed carry license holder, I am always looking for the best way to carry concealed in whatever situation I find myself in. What I have found over many years is that this requires a little bit of flexibility and the method of concealed carry and more importantly, whether it will work for you, greatly depends on what you are carrying, where you are carrying and what you are planning on doing when you are carrying."
"Just to be clear, when I say “home invasion”, I’m also referring to your bug-out location which should also be enforced. The fact that you don’t visit your home much makes it that more vulnerable to people who might take over.
"These days, you can barely turn around without someone giving you advice on what you should or must do to succeed at prepping. This is all good news because four or five years ago, most advice you found would likely be highly militaristic, political, or simply over the top unreasonable. I can recall the days when the #1 survival tip was to establish a remote bug-out-location and prepare to live permanently off grid. Now really, how practical is that for most of us? Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with permanently bugging out; I am just saying that except in the most dire of world circumstances, doing so will not be practical or probable for most of us. That brings me to today’s topic: how to succeed at prepping. I have been thinking about this for awhile and whereas this list is not infallible, it may help you to foster a road map leading toward a positive prepping experience."
"Recently, there has been so much going on politically it has been easy to overlook writing on core survival/prepper subjects. To make sure our prepper followers don’t think I have forgotten about them, I wanted to note five preps that I see overlooked quite often. These preps aren’t vital like water and food or something like antibiotics that have been discussed repeatedly. These are preps that are important, but easy to forget when preparing for a long term post-SHTF world. By no means is this list all inclusive, but it does touch on some key items we take for granted. The following items should be a part of your stocked supplies and are listed in no particular order."
(Sgt Trainer: These are important and not commonly thought of.)
"Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong it will go wrong. We plan and prepare and yet, when the time comes to implement your plan it most likely will not flow they way you planned it to. My point here is plan that your plan will fail, because if Murphy has his chance, he will take it."
"Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) is a simple treatment for dehydration caused by diarrhea, resulting from cholera or rotavirus or other diseases. ORT is a mixture of salts and sugars that is taken by mouth. It is used around the world. In the developing world it saves millions of children a year from death due to diarrhea. In 1831, intravenous hydration was first used to replace the salts and water lost from diarrhea. The results were remarkable, and the mortality rate of cholera dropped from 70 percent to 40 percent with the use of IV solutions."