"Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric condition that often arises after an individual witnesses or is involved in a life-threatening event such as a disaster, rape or violent assault. Children and adults experiencing PTSD can relive the terrifying experience through nightmares, flashbacks and behavioral disorders including insomnia, crying and depression. They may feel estranged or detached from familiar surroundings, family members, friends and pets. In many cases PTSD can be so severe as to interfere profoundly with people’s daily life. PTSD is not new, being known by other names such as battle fatigue, shell shock, survivor’s guilt, and traumatic neurosis. Regardless of it’s name, the disorder is defined by a set of symptoms such as hypervigilance, being easily startled, anxiety, irritability, cognitive dysfunction, anger, mood changes, fearfulness, numbness, inability to experience joy or pleasure, loss of memory and avoiding areas associated with the trauma. Natural remedies can help ease symptoms and support an individual through their healing process to recovery."
"With all the hype over vaccinations, the question of what constitutes a strong immune system is a major topic–especially during cold and flu season. What makes a strong immune system? Can an immune system be so strong that vaccinations are not needed? We would answer yes. However, the health of one’s immune system hinges on one main factor: antibodies. According to Medline Plus, “an antibody is a protein produced by the body’s immune system when it detects harmful substances, called antigens. Examples of antigens include microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses) and chemicals. Antibodies may be produced when the immune system mistakenly considers healthy tissue a harmful substance. This is called an autoimmune disorder. Each type of antibody is unique and defends the body against one specific type of antigen.” Because antibodies are so important–and so specialized–it is important to make sure all your antibodies have the tools they need to operate effectively. And using natural medicine products can give your immune system the proper tools to fight infection:"
"Recently, I was sitting at my computer, typing away, when I heard the door opening and closing in the next room. It was around lunchtime, so I figured it was my brother (he came home for lunch, once in awhile). I turned toward the doorway, and was stunned to see a uniformed Pennsylvania state trooper striding into the room."
"At 9:52 p.m. CST I received a call from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It was a recorded message, a survey. They wanted to know how many people, including children resided in my household and how many of them were vaccinated. I was dumbfounded by the call, caught off guard, as I was already sound asleep after a long day at work. Although no children reside in my household, the call was terribly shocking to me as it has already been reported that parents of schoolchildren have been threatened with arrest for refusing vaccinations. So this morning I decided to call the number back and see who was on the other end. A woman answered who was trying to gain more personal information from me to see if I was “eligible”. I then explained to the woman that I was sleeping when I missed the call and asked if she could email me information on the survey. The email which I received from the CDC Nation Immunization Survey reads as follows:"
"Over the past couple of years, here in America….
-Contaminated water caused a complete loss of municipal services in both Ohio and West Virginia, resulting in almost a million people vying for the stock in local stores.
-A freak confluence of storms caused a “Superstorm” that took out power to much of the Eastern Seaboard, including New York City and the coastal parts of New Jersey. Nearly a year later, some families were still without electricity to their homes.
-Two winters in a row, a “polar vortex” caused horrifyingly low temperatures and paired with winter storms to make the mid-western US resemble the Artic Circle.
-A small town in Missouri was under siege twice in a few months due to a police shooting of a young black man, and the officer’s subsequent acquittal.
-A deadly virus that everyone thought would be relegated to the distant regions of Africa was diagnosed here in the US, not just once, but multiple times.
Now, read that and try to tell me that disasters don’t happen. Try to say that it’s impossible that they’d happen to you. If you say this, you’re deluding yourself because the reality is too unpleasant, and we both know it. If you’d like to continue deluding yourself, thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the articles about wholesome food, and pretend not to notice the articles that urge you to take responsibility for yourself and your family. However, if you’re ready to accept this fact, read on. I’ll tell you how to get started in a way that isn’t overwhelming. No bunkers, no wearing of tinfoil, no filtering and drinking of pee, and no building of Arks will be mentioned. That stuff is all in Prepping 201. (Kidding!)"
"Getting off quick, successive shots on target with a pistol is all about recoil management. Here are five things that will help all shooters conquer their weapon’s kick and allow for super fast and accurate handgun shooting."
"After Barbara Simons left her abusive husband and the house they lived in together six years ago, she had nowhere to go. She was without a job and her daughter, Jamie, was struggling with mental health issues. She ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and feared she’d become homeless. Then she heard about a program run by the state that would pay for her and Jamie to get an apartment with no strings attached. The Housing First program started in 2005, and Simons says it might have saved her life. “I don’t know if I’d be alive,” Simons told Mic by phone. “Or I’d be alive and living on the street. It just helped me get back on my feet. It showed that people cared about you.” Even though Utah is one of the most conservative states in the nation, it has become a leader in progressive policies meant to help the homeless. By proving that a conservative state could solve its chronic homelessness problem for less money than traditional homelessness policies, Utah has become a model for towns, cities and states across the nation. In an era when more and more cities and towns are effectively criminalizing homelessness – ticketing and arresting people for asking for change or lying on a bench – Utah has cut a different path."
"People are unaware of the vast scope of human experimentation in America."
"The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is disclosed or how it might be used was not immediately clear, but it can include age, income, ZIP code, whether a person smokes, and if a person is pregnant. It can include a computer’s Internet address, which can identify a person’s name or address when combined with other information collected by sophisticated online marketing or advertising firms. The Obama administration says HealthCare.gov’s connections to data firms were intended to help improve the consumer experience. Officials said outside firms are barred from using the data to further their own business interests. There is no evidence that personal information has been misused. But connections to dozens of third-party tech firms were documented by technology experts who analyzed HealthCare.gov and then confirmed by AP. A handful of the companies were also collecting highly specific information. That combination is raising concerns. Leading lawmakers on Tuesday asked the administration to explain how it oversees the data firms to make sure no personally identifiable information is improperly used or shared."
"Passwords come in all varieties, and most people think their clever password is enough to protect them from hackers and other online threats. However, many people out there still resort to unbelievably stupid and simple passwords, and as a result, they end up with a mess to clean up. Endgadget published a list from SplashData of 25 passwords that were the most hacked last year. Some of them will make you laugh at their simplicity, and others will make you wonder who’s stupid enough to still use something like it, but according to security expert Mark Burnett, these 25 passwords account for 2.2 percent of all exposed passwords. SplashData encourages everyone to use passwords that are at least eight characters long and combine letters, numbers, and symbols. They also say that you shouldn’t use words that are in the dictionary and can be easily cracked by a brute-force attack."
"The FBI wants to search through your electronic life. You may think it’s a given that the government is in the business of collecting everyone’s personal data — Big Brother run amok in defiance of the Constitution. But under the limits of the Fourth Amendment, nothing it finds can be used to prosecute its targets. Now the FBI is taking steps to carry out broad searches and data collection under the color of authority, making all of us more vulnerable to “fishing expeditions.” The investigative arm of the Department of Justice is attempting to short-circuit the legal checks of the Fourth Amendment by requesting a change in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. These procedural rules dictate how law enforcement agencies must conduct criminal prosecutions, from investigation to trial. Any deviations from the rules can have serious consequences, including dismissal of a case. The specific rule the FBI is targeting outlines the terms for obtaining a search warrant."
"Though taxes are the most common and recognizable source of state government revenues, it's important to remember that they're not the only source. In fact, state governments received 31.5 percent of their total general revenues from transfers from the federal government in the 2012 fiscal year. That number varies pretty widely for specific states, however. For example, Mississippi obtains 45.3 percent of its total state general revenues from the federal government (the largest share in the country). Also on the high end are Louisiana (44.0 percent), Tennessee (41.0 percent), South Dakota (40.8 percent), and Missouri (39.4 percent). On the other end of the spectrum are those states who receive a much smaller share of general revenues from the federal government. The lowest federal share occurs in Alaska at 20.0 percent, followed by North Dakota (20.5 percent), Virginia (23.5 percent), Hawaii (23.5 percent), and Connecticut (23.6 percent). Note that this measure of general revenue includes tax collections but excludes utility revenue, liquor store revenue, and insurance trust revenue."
"Students in the state of Illinois can now be legally compelled to give their teachers access to their social media accounts through a new law that’s intended to crack down on cyber bullying, but it raises concerns about personal privacy. The law — signed by then-Governor Pat Quinn in August and officially added to the books on January 1 — is reportedly now making waves after letters were sent to the parents of students last week outlining the rules. According to school and state officials, the new cyber bullying legislation gives educators the ability to access the social media accounts of their students, if it’s pertinent to preventing any hostile online behavior, including cyber bullying outside the classroom and school hours."
"A 68-year-old Ukrainian grandmother has been nicknamed ‘The Punisher’ after completing a gruelling military training alongside army cadets four decades her junior. Footage from the army’s training camp shows pensioner Ekaterina Bilyik rolling over snow-covered fields, leaping to her feet and firing assault rifles alongside the young men in her troop. She is now preparing to take part in the fierce fighting that has torn eastern Ukraine apart."
"More companies are producing readily accessible survival training these days, either through webinars, DVD’s or online streaming video presentations. I think this is great. Why not use technology to its fullest as a teaching tool, especially if it can help you survive? Recently Jim Cobb asked if I’d be interested in reviewing some DVD’s from Panteao Productions called Make Ready to Survive. He’s one of five instructors featured. Jim has been my DestinySurvival Radio guest a few times to talk about his books, and I was happy to take him up on the opportunity. After seeing the first three DVD’s in the series, I can highly recommend them to you. Let me first tell you a little about the company. Then I’ll comment on each of the DVD’s. I believe you’ll want to view them for yourself."
"There is an epidemic that I’ve mentioned in past articles, and it’s spread to every continent: the epidemic of antibiotic resistance. Overuse of antibiotics in both humans and livestock (80% of antibiotics go to animals we eat) has resulted in drug-resistant strains of various microbes, including tuberculosis and salmonella. A rare bit of good news, however, on the antibiotic front is the discovery of the first truly new antibiotic in decades: Teixobactin. It wasn’t born in a laboratory; it was found in the dirt beneath your feet. Researchers have suspected that the soil’s bacteria might have much to teach us regarding how to fight disease. Different species of bacteria battle each other every day. Most bacteria, however, don’t grow well in laboratories."
"Face it… if a SHTF event happens, you may have to endure many sleepless nights. This is especially true if you have not networked with other individuals who can help take shifts. Have you considered the sleep deprivation factor into your prepping? Even if you have thought about sleep deprivation and packed some caffeine tablets in your bug out bag, this article will give you a couple more tips to help keep you awake!"
"What no cows, no chicken, ran out of peanut butter....you need proteins! You can do bugs and trap small animals. But remember plants have proteins to. The US Department of Agriculture recommends that all men and women over the age of 19 should get at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day (or 0.37 grams per pound). That means a woman who is 130 pounds should get at least 48 grams of protein. So this is just a reminder to have these in your garden or at the least have these in your seed bank."
"Confession time: I’m a cheapskate. Some would say frugal, which sounds much more positive, but in reality I can be a real cheapskate. I am fairly frugal (though not always), but sometimes I take it too far: I have T-shirts with holes in them, I never buy new clothes, we’re shopping for a new couch because our current one has holes in it, and I ran my current pair of running shoes until the soles fell off. However, I have gradually learned to be frugal in many ways that I would recommend to others. I don’t think you should have holes in your couch, and you should definitely replace your running shoes more often than I do, but there are many ways to cut back on spending and live a more frugal lifestyle."
"You might have read several books about preparing for the worst case scenarios and might have practiced it several times at home, and that is good. Learning the basic skills to be prepared and to survive is a necessity and gives us the power of self-reliance. But knowledge is far different from habit, which is more important. Brushing your teeth is a habit. So is smoking. These actions come on autopilot and do not require you to stop and analyze it first. Whatever habit you may have, it is formed to free our brains for more complicated issues. It helps us save mental energy and prevents stress. Disaster preparedness is one habit that you certainly should have. Though most of these habits can be inherent or instinctual, some of them can be acquired or learned. Take a look at these habits of a prepper that you might discover you already have, or want to acquire."
"There are many reasons you might be thinking about making your own toothpaste: Questionable ingredients in conventional products, the high price tag on natural alternatives, the satisfaction of doing it yourself, and knowing exactly what you are putting in your mouth. Recipes for tooth powders and toothpastes abound, and sometimes it is hard to know where to begin. Today I am sharing a framework for both tooth powder and toothpaste. Mix in the ingredients you already have on hand, and brush your teeth with your own personal mix in a matter of minutes. Let’s start with the ingredients. (You’ll combine Base Ingredients with Liquids to make either the Tooth Powder or Toothpaste.)"
"A couple weeks ago I did a review of general surplus military equipment that was still very usable for camping and other recreational outdoor activities. That article spawned a conversation about knives and how old they had to be before you replaced them. I didn’t realize that AGE determined service life (I guess it does in we humans). So, I set about finding an old beat up surplus knife or bayonet that I could salvage for current use. My son showed up at home with an ugly worn and abused M3 Trench Knife. It was the perfect piece to work with. You should see it now. Before I tear into it I wanted to look at some various surplus knives I’ve found available through different searches and opportunities. All of them are still quite serviceable even though they may not be the prettiest things out there. With a little bit of work they can be cleaned up and serve well – and you can get them for bargain prices!"
"The fewer sunspot activities on the Sun witnessed since the last two solar cycles might lead to a "mini ice age-like situation" in coming years, Shrinivas Aundhkar, the director of Mahatma Gandhi Mission, Centre for Astronomy and Space Technology, Nanded, said here on Tuesday. "The sunspots that can be seen on the Sun have comparatively less temperature compared to other surfaces on it (Sun)," he said while addressing a gathering for a lecture, Get Ready for Little Ice Age, held as part of the Narendra Dabholkar lecture series. Aundhkar, who has worked with scientists across the world on Sun-Earth connection, said, "The Sun undergoes two cycles that are described as maximum and minimum. The activity alternates every 11 years, and the period is termed as one solar cycle. At present, the Sun is undergoing the minimum phase, reducing global temperatures." He said winter temperatures have dropped in the northern polar cap and is leading to severe winters. "This has also triggered the jet stream, which is active in the northern parts of the globe to shift in inter tropical climate zone like India. As a result, cold wind conditions were witnessed during the last two years. The unseasonal hailstorms in November and December are a result of the influence of the jet stream. This has also led to steady weakening of magnetic energy of the Sun, leading to mini ice age like situation," he said."