The Author of the link below- I hope you will go to for a read, and some important info on coping with the health effects of the Gulf Disaster, and for all normal times too. Well..
Hes COTO, just not onboard here:-)
He asks a Very valid question , which is WHY? is there No Advice of any import at all about the Fumes and chem and peoples health?
I noticed that the Oil spill cleanup crews media interest even online, let alone MSM, was dropped really fast. why?
For the Online posts I suggest that maybe the people arent round to ask..I really dont know, but the abscence of follow up has me perturbed.
Theres a You Tube clip showing that a tiny sample of the spilt oil can make a geiger counter flicker, now it’s slight on a small sample, but the combined total? someone needs to take a beach walk with a counter attached to their shoes I think.
Water can be treated for bugs with Iodine as well as Chlorine for eg, and the bonus of Iodine is that it also protects the Thyroid, and if theres Radioactivity around you..then thats a much better option.
There are some who have Iodine allergies or are Hyperthyroid, for them I guess its the conventional methods, you”d need to ask.
Some forms of Iodine CAN be used , even by those who Are Allergic, Nascent Iodine, I believe, is the form.
There is good advice on cheap, available forms of health assistance on Marks Pages and I would also suggest for some readers, who haven’t really faced it, that a Bug Out Bag needs be made ready for every Family member and Don’t Forget the Pets!
There are good hints to be noted on some Survivalist Pages, browse and learn.
Not all of it needs to be expensive either! A small PV Solar unit than can recharge Batteries for you is the sort of thing its worth looking into, if the Net isn’t down, but the power round you is, this could be a massive help to keep the phone and PC going for news.
Buy LED Torches, they use minimal power for a good output Light wise. Pure Beeswax candles burn clean, last many times longer, and wont harm your health, drops of the warm wax can be used for many impromptu uses too :-) I plugged a tooth when a filling departed over a weekend.
Digressing somewhat, planning for times of Power interrupts in Normal times, is always smart, having basic Kitchen tools that are “old Fashioned” ie hand worked is not silly.You may not leave your home, in a crisis , but will still need to eat and prepare food.
Trying to whip cream without a whisk, at least, if not hand beaters, is pure torture! Yes I am assuming such luxuries may be available for a while, or the lucky with acces to rural producers.
If the stupormarkets are low, shut, or boarded up, then home cooking from scratch means Dinner is Not in the Bag, Box or Microwave.
It, is- if you have some supplies in- in a jar or can, or bulk 20 litre bucket!
Beans, Non GM Corn kernels, peas, rice, Pearl Barley, Bulk sugar OR preferably honey, dry powdered mil( -ugh, but its better than none isn’t it?) DRY Goods are important, portable and energy dense.
No Matter how many cans you have stashed, they are hard to open without an Oldfashioned opener if the Electric gadgets arent working. Not all have that handy rip lid, and I wonder how long cans of that style keep their integrity anyway. It may be a selling point, but to me, there is a weak spot and a point where contamination is more possible, than on a solid old style lid.
I have seen quite a few of the MRE ( military style) Mentality products and while they may have their place, you also need a fairly healthy Bank account for purchasing them too.
I also noticed that the same nutrition can be acheived by preparing similar items at home, ie muesli bars, and I would suggest apart from cheaper they would be healthier! not containing HFCS and chem sweeteners, and none of the chem preservatives, OR Gamma radiation, so beloved of Big Food.
With the Financial crisis still growing, Not slowing, learning to feed yourself, and cook adequately( not to Haute Cuisine but edible) is good, will keep you fitter and more able to cope with the series of disasters that life sometimes seems to be a never-ending stream of.
It will save you a lot too, as a bonus.
Someone argued to me once, they could buy an Apple Pie for $4 and feed four to six.
Look into the weight and fillers ie Gums modified starches thickeners etc and realise that half what you buy isn”t food but fluff and water.
A real apple Pie may use $4 of Apples alone and flour and shortening, but oddly enough:-) it will weigh double the bought one, be better for you, actually have some taste, and feed 8 to 10 filling serves.
It being Summer in USA now, I do strongly suggest you take advantage of any Fruit and Veg thats cheap, and dry it for future needs, on trays in the oven at 100F works as well as the driers do.You do Not need to use the chem to stop fruit discolouring BTW, dip in lemon juice or vinegar and water as you slice dice whatever, drain , and dry.
Bought Jerky- costs a fortune, Home made is possible.
Harvests in Canada and elsewhere in the US this year aren’t looking wonderful, with the shortfall of Grain, the misuse of food growing land for Bio fuels, and the Idiocy of CAFO grain feeding, as stocks drop there will be a sell off at first, of cheaper beef etc, then as the supply of both feed and stock drops, Prices will skyrocket.
Russias having drought in some places, Europes got floods, India had either Hot , snow, or floods, Chinas flooding, even the Koreas are having cold weather , upsetting their plantings too.A million animals died in the snows in Central Asia. Africas had some serious floods in their better food areas also.
That is happening now in parts of Aus, with the big flooding removing soils and pasture and killing animals, and meaning theres no food even to graze, for those that survived. A big sell off, followed by shortages and price rises. It Takes years to build stock up and so it is’nt going to be over fast. America faces similar issues.
Corrupt Futures Trading in Food is going to create even more problems than what are naturally occuring too.
Vitamins and minerals, and some individual ones of import should be bought with as long a shelf life as you can find. Vit C is essential.
While funds may be an issue, do try and not buy the ultra cheap commercial brands, synthetic ingredients arent worth the cost, even if it seems cheaper. No use if they don’t work as well in the body and get wasted in the Municipal water Treatment.
Hope I haven’t bored anyone:-)
now read a Medicos Suggestions.