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The Amazing Benefits Of Turmeric And Why It’s The Single Most Important Supplement You Can Take

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:00

The benefits of turmeric are numerous as it’s an extremely versatile natural resource. Adding it to your diet can greatly improve your health.

You may be familiar with turmeric as the bright orange spice which gives Indian curries their distinctive and vibrant color. But did you know that this popular spice also brings with it a host of health benefits, both mental and physical? Here we’ll outline some of the most interesting benefits of turmeric. We’ll also discuss how you can ensure that you make the most of this amazing ingredient in your daily diet.

The Benefits Of Turmeric Memory Boost

Firstly, scientific testing of Asian populations has found a link between those who consume more turmeric-containing curries and higher scores in cognitive function tests. Studies have also proven that curcumin, one of the active compounds in turmeric, possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Many experts think that this may provide some protection against diseases of the brain (for example, Alzheimer’s).

Soothes Irritations

As mentioned above, one of the better-known benefits of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory quality. As we know, much of the discomfort caused by irritation of the body’s various tissues can be soothed effectively by reducing inflammation. Whether someone ingests it in its spice form or as a turmeric or curcumin supplement, there’s plenty of evidence which suggests that turmeric is an effective and natural anti-inflammatory.

 

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People in India have long been aware of the benefits of turmeric for the stomach. In addition to serving as a color and flavor enhancer, this spice also imparts a protective effect on the digestive system. Therefore, the evidence suggests that turmeric protects the delicate cells of the stomach lining from ulcer-causing chemicals. Furthermore, certain data indicates that turmeric has a calming and soothing effect on common stomach ailments.

Balances Sugar Levels

Blood glucose levels are an important indicator of overall health. Too much variance can lead to serious health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Endocrinology found that preparations of turmeric, including curcumin, had a positive effect on insulin-producing cells within the pancreas. These cells serve to regulate the body’s blood glucose levels.

 

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With over 30 million sufferers in the U.S. alone, osteoarthritis is a concern for many people worldwide. Examinations have comprehensively demonstrated the benefits of turmeric for sufferers of this disease. A 2016 research review showed that a month-long course of the turmeric extract curcumin had a positive effect. Patients reported reduced pain at a level similar to the traditional use of NSAIDs or glucosamine.

Adding Turmeric To Your Diet

If you’re a fan of Indian and South Asian cuisine, there are a wide range of recipes available which use turmeric as a key ingredient. These include meat dishes, vegetarian or vegan dishes, and even desserts and drinks.

It’s important to remember though that many of the benefits of turmeric described above focus on the active compound curcumin. While curcumin is present in raw turmeric, it makes up only about 3% by weight. This means that it can be difficult for a person to ingest the levels needed solely by consuming powdered turmeric.

A curcumin supplement allows higher levels of the active compound to be consumed at a standardized dose. This is the best route for those wishing to access the many health benefits associated with turmeric and curcumin. You can find supplements at most health food stores and they are relatively inexpensive.

Whether you’re interested in turmeric because of the unique color and flavor it brings to food, or you like the benefits associated with taking a standardized supplement, there’s no doubt that it’s an extremely versatile and valuable natural resource.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: How To Grow Turmeric Indoors (The Secret Is In The Watering)

What are your thoughts on the amazing benefits of turmeric? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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How To Stock An Emergency Food Pantry For Less Than $60

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:00

It is best to have a well stocked emergency food pantry.

Do you have enough food for an unexpected snowstorm? Are you ready for a natural catastrophe? If not, now is the time to start. FEMA recommends that you have at least 3 days’ worth of food and water stored. But that is not enough, because in a crisis it may take weeks to get the food back on the grocery store shelves and for power to be restored.

For less than $60, you can feed a family of two adults and two children for 30 days.

Sound impossible? It’s not! With just a few ingredients and two easy recipes, you and your family can survive a disaster.

 

Seven Emergency Food Pantry Items For Survival

Here’s what you’ll need to get:

  1. 10 lbs. of cornmeal
  2. 20 lbs. of white rice
  3. 16 lbs. of dried mixed beans
  4. 2 lbs. of granulated chicken flavored bouillon
  5. 1 gallon of pancake syrup (or honey)
  6. 1 lb. of salt
  7. 2 lbs. of vegetable oil

A few weeks ago I bought most of these items at Walmart and Sprouts, and it cost me less than $60 for everything. I found 20 pounds of white rice at Walmart for only $8, and Sprouts had a sale on dried, mixed beans for less than $1 per pound. And I also got a gallon of pancake syrup from Walmart for only $8 because it’s much cheaper than honey. But if you don’t mind spending more money, honey will be more nutritious and will usually last indefinitely.

Rice and beans will last the longest when stored in food grade enamel-lined buckets with a Mylar lining that will provide an airtight environment. It also helps to add a few crushed bay leaves. To store cornmeal, put it in the freezer for a few days to kill any bugs. Then store it in a bucket with Mylar lining. And don’t forget to use oxygen absorbers, too. Grains stored this way should last anywhere between 20-30 years!

 

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Cornmeal Mush

Want a warm, filling and inexpensive breakfast? Try cornmeal mush. This recipe makes 4 to 6 servings. And of all the breakfast foods that you can buy, this one is the cheapest.

 

Ingredients:

Canned goods from your garden are great to use when you are stocking your emergency food pantry.

Cornmeal  – 1 Cup

Cold Water – 1 Cup

Salt – 1 tsp

Hot Water – 1 Cup

 

Directions: Combine the cornmeal and cold tap water in a bowl to keep it from getting lumpy. Meanwhile, in a pan, combine the salt and hot water. Bring it to a boil over high heat. While the water is heating, add the cornmeal mixed with the cold water. When the water and cornmeal boil, reduce the heat to low. Allow the mush to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it is nicely thickened.

Spoon mush into bowls and serve with pancake syrup or honey, if desired. Don’t forget to set aside the leftovers to go with lunch and dinner! To fry, pour mixture into a loaf pan and chill completely. Remove from pan, slice and fry in a small amount of oil over medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Fried cornbread tastes great with soup!

 

Survivor Soup

Rice and beans are a survival staple. After all, they’re cheap and provide carbohydrates and protein. This soup is very hearty and filling. It costs just pennies to make, and it will give you enough energy to sustain you during a difficult time.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup of rice

2 cups of dried, mixed beans

1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)

1 tablespoon cumin (optional)

Bouillon (season to taste)

 

Directions: Add first six ingredients to a large kettle. Pour two quarts of water. Add bouillon to taste, chili powder, and cumin (if using). Bring to a boil and simmer for two hours. This soup is thick and hearty, and should be enough to feed four people for lunch and dinner.   

Although this soup is often bland by itself, it’s easy to add more ingredients. I usually add two cans of tomatoes, one diced onion, three diced carrots, two diced celery stalks, and two diced potatoes. It tastes great with canned chicken, ham and Vienna sausages for extra protein. And it makes a great meal when served with fried cornmeal mush.

I also like to top it with one of the following toppings:

  • Sirachi sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa
  • Jalapenos
  • Tortilla chips

 

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Other Survival Supplies For An Emergency Food Pantry

Cornmeal mush for breakfast and “survival soup” for lunch and dinner will help to provide enough food to feed your family for 30 days. I also recommend that you stock up on canned fruit and canned vegetables to supplement your diet. To help with any vitamin deficiencies, make sure that you have enough multivitamins for each person in your family. And make sure that you have some extra prescription medicine set aside, as well as pet food to take care of any animals.

Don’t forget to have plenty of water set aside. You’ll need at least 120 gallons for a family of four for 30 days. One of the cheapest ways to store water is to purchase a bladder that you can use in your bathtub.

If you have a fireplace, it’s also a good idea to have plenty of firewood set aside to heat your house and cook your food. But if you don’t have a fireplace, you can purchase a small gas burner and have plenty of propane to cook meals.

During times of economic uncertainty, it’s essential to be prepared. And if you buy these 7 foods for survival, you’ll be much more prepared in case of an emergency.

God’s Word shows us the importance of planning ahead. Proverbs 27:12 says: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

What food items would you add to this list? Share your tips in the section below:

 

 

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5 Off-Grid Reasons Everyone Should Be Growing Aloe Vera

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:00

Aside from its beauty and ease of care, people often use aloe vera as an herbal remedy.

Aloe vera is a popular succulent plant with a rich history. Aside from its beauty and ease of care, aloe vera is often used as an herbal remedy. The plant is referred to as “the burn plant,” “the wonder plant,” “the medicine plant,” or “the silent healer,” all in reference to its medicinal capabilities.

Everyone should have an aloe vera plant, whether it’s in a pot on their porch or in their garden (zone permitting). Here are five reasons why.

1. Aloe Is More Effective At Healing Burns And Injuries Than Typical Ointments

For first and second degree burns you can’t beat aloe vera. Not only does the gel take away pain and cool the burn, but it also speeds up healing compared to traditional ointments. In one study done at Naresuan University in Thailand, researchers found that participants who were treated with aloe gel healed almost nine days sooner than those treated with traditional ointments.

Aloe vera gel also is equally or more effective than ointments for treating various rashes, cuts, and abrasions. It also works well for blisters and other open surface wounds. Aloe gel works well in part because it protects the injury when layered as a thick gel.

The wonderful thing about aloe vera is that you can just clip off a leaf, cut it open, and put the gel directly on the wound. You can either leave it be or cover it with a bandage. According to most studies done, you really can’t overuse the gel, so feel free to apply it as often as you feel necessary. Since the gel is so gentle on the skin, you can pretty much use it on anyone. It helps as a non-toxic way of treating scrapes on young kids.

2. Keeping A Few Of These Plants Indoors Will Improve Air Quality

NASA has rated aloe vera as one of their top 10 approved plants for improving indoor air quality. The way the plant does this is by absorbing and neutralizing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and benzene. The harmful VOCs found in everything from plastics to household cleaners and prolonged exposure to them can cause a variety of health issues.

While an aloe plant isn’t going to completely clean your air, just having one plant in every room can actually make quite a difference. These plants are easy to care for and beautiful, so why not have a few pots around your home?

3. Aloe Gel Helps Heal Various Skin Conditions

When summer rolls around it’s pretty easy to find those bottles of green aloe gel in the same aisles as sunblock. Remember that study on burns under reason number one? The typical sunburn is a first-degree burn, which may be characterized by tender, red skin that feels hot. Aloe gel works perfectly for sunburns and this reason alone makes it a very popular product.

Aloe gel works perfectly for treating various skin conditions, and this makes it a very popular product.

Some other skin conditions or ailments that aloe treats include acne, painful pimples, psoriasis, and eczema. Aloe gel has also proven that it can revive skin from frostbite. Furthermore, many people have used this plant to treat warts.

4. Aloe Vera Reduces Inflammation And Itchiness From Bug Bites And Stings

Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory by nature, either when ingested or applied topically. Just as the gel soothes and burns, it also helps take away the itchiness and pain from bug bites or stings. Applying the gel straight from the leaf to a bug bite will either reduce swelling or prevent it altogether if you attend to it quickly enough.

An additional benefit of using aloe to treat bug bites is that it reduces the risk of infection. Most of the bug bites or sting sites get infected because a person scratches to try and alleviate the itch. Aloe is anti-bacterial in nature, so if you have been scratching then you’ll get a dose of infection protection.

 

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5. Consuming Aloe Soothes The Stomach And Improves Overall Digestion

Aloe vera isn’t just a topical treatment. You can use aloe gel (and sometimes the whole leaf –skin and all) to help with various digestion issues by ingesting it. There have been a couple of different studies done regarding the effectiveness of aloe on different internal issues. In one study, researchers found that aloe gel had a therapeutic effect on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Aloe vera, if ingested, also is a good natural laxative for people experiencing constipation. In fact, aloe is so effective as a laxative that you cannot use too much if you are trying to treat a different issue.

Harvesting aloe vera is the same for both internal and topical use. Cut off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and spread it to access the gel. Then you can use a spoon to take out all of the gel. This gel can then mix in water or juice, or you can add it to a smoothie. Some people put the entire leaf into the blender, although there is no real benefit except for some extra fiber.

Acquiring Aloe Vera

It’s possible to start your own aloe vera plants from seed, although there will be a long wait before you can harvest any leaves. A better idea would be to buy small plants from a nursery or online. Big retailers, hardware stores, and even grocery stores often carry small aloe plants for a good price.

Aloe vera is super easy to care for and really difficult to kill, which is a bonus for you “black thumbs” who struggle to keep houseplants alive.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: How To Know If Your Store-Bought Aloe Vera Gel Is Fake

What are other ways you’ve used aloe? Share your tips in the comments below.

 

 

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Plantain: The Ugly Little Edible ‘Weed’ That Heals And Soothes

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 09:00

Plantain leaves

If you do not chemically treat your yard, chances are very good that you have some plantain growing there. Plantain – not to be confused with the banana-like fruit of the same name – is a common weed found throughout North America.

Native Americans have called plantain “Whiteman’s Foot” because it seems to spring up everywhere. Although many consider plantain to be a noxious weed, it has been used for centuries by many cultures throughout the world, with the Saxons calling it one of their nine sacred herbs.

You can recognize plantain as a low, short plant with wide and round leaves that have parallel veins. There are many photos and videos online to help you identify plantain. What you may not know is that it is a very useful plant. In fact, it contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. So, instead of yanking out these common weeds in frustration, you can learn to cultivate them for all kinds of purposes.

 

Here are some common uses for plantain:

Plantain Leaves In a salad

Plantain leaves are completely edible, and they taste a little like spinach. Plantain is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, beta-carotene and calcium and is milder tasting when the leaves are small. Harvest young leaves for best taste. You can eat them raw in salads or sautéed with some olive oil and garlic.

 

As a tea

Dry, crush and then steep plantain leaves in steaming water to make a nourishing tea. Plantain tea is known to help to alleviate heartburn and indigestion in addition to it being an excellent source of iron and vitamins.

Plantain tea also soothes sore throats and coughs due to colds and flu. It helps clear phlegm from the lungs and nasal passages. You also can gargle with plantain tea to help heal and prevent mouth sores.

 

Plantain

As a poultice

Plantain is a handy and effective way to ease the pain of insect bites and stings as well as boils, rashes, cuts and scrapes. The weed works as a “drawing herb,” meaning it can pull out toxins and foreign substances from the body. To make a poultice, crush up some leaves or chew them. Then apply them to the affected area. You can cover the poultice with a Band-Aid to hold the poultice in place. Many people experience instant pain relief.

 

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In bathwater

Adding dried plantain to your bathwater can be soothing and relaxing. Its anti-inflammatory properties can be especially helpful to a mother recuperating from childbirth or to someone who has overexerted himself or herself with work or exercise.

If you would like to use plantain year-round, your best bet is to make a salve. Here is a recipe: Place one pound of fresh cut-up plantain leaves in a large non-metallic pan. Add one cup of olive oil or raw coconut oil. Put the lid on the pot and cook on low until all the leaves are soft and mushy and the oil looks green.

Then strain the mixture while the oil is still warm and store it in an airtight container. Add a drop or two of essential oil after the mixture has cooled, if you wish. You can use the salve on bug bites, skin conditions, burns and wounds. You also can use it as a moisturizer cream.

And here is a recipe for plantain tea: Bring two cups of water to a boil and then add two tablespoons of cut-up, fresh plantain leaves. Cover and steep for five minutes. You can add honey as a sweetener if desired. Sip the tea throughout the day to help fight congestion and other symptoms of cold and flu.

When you cultivate any weeds, it is important that you make sure they have not been treated with any chemicals. Plantain is generally considered a safe herb, but it is a good idea to consult your doctor before using it if you are pregnant or if you have any kind of medical condition.

How do you use plantain? Share your tips in the section below:

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How to Make Butter In An Emergency

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:30

Many families are learning how to make butter as a “just in case” strategy as well as for good ole fashioned fun.

You’re proud and secure in the fact you’ve stored weeks’ or even months’ worth of food for the inevitable collapse. But what happens if the grocery stores don’t reopen, and you’re living indefinitely off your own resources? There are some things you’d miss quite a bit – including butter. Here’s how to make it, plain and simple.

 

The ingredients are simple: 1 pint of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
Salt (to be added at the end of the process)

 

The equipment list is even more simple:
A glass jar

 

How To Make Butter:

1. Pour the heavy cream into the jar, tighten the lid, and shake! After about 7 minutes, the cream becomes whipped cream. After about 3 more minutes of shaking, the whipped cream begins to separate into butter and buttermilk.

 

2. Pour the buttermilk into a separate container. You can drink it or save it for cooking.

 

3. Now wash the remainder of the buttermilk off the butter by pouring enough clean water into the jar with the butter to cover it completely. Swish it around enough to rinse and then drain the water from the jar.

 

4. Place the butter in another container (such as a small bowl) and mix it around with a fork or knife to release any additional buttermilk and pour it off again.

 

5. Add salt to taste. You’re done! You’ve made your own butter. One pint of whipping cream yields almost exactly 1 cup of butter, equal to 2 sticks.

 

Interestingly, shaking works faster than a hand-held electric mixer, which can make whipped cream in about a minute, but takes about 14 more minutes to turn it into butter.

 

How To Make Butter From Scratch

One final consideration is where to get the cream if the grid collapses. Heavy cream is simply the cream that floats to the top of the milk (straight from the cow, that is). If you’re lucky enough to live near a dairy farm, you’ve got that option. Or you could get your own cow and make butter truly from scratch!

Learn other tips including Tips For Canning Meat!

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12 Unusual Cornstarch Uses

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:00

Cornstarch has many different uses.

Cornstarch is great in the kitchen, but you may not know that there are a slew of uses for cornstarch around the house.

Let’s look at 12 such uses:

 

1. Window cleaner.

Cornstarch is naturally abrasive and granular, so you can add a tablespoon of it to any window cleaner. It will make cleaning your windows much easier and leave them streak-free.

 

2. Remove grease stains.

If you have grease stains on the carpet you can get rid of them by throwing some cornstarch on the floor and letting it sit for about 20-30 minutes. The cornstarch will absorb the grease, and then you can vacuum up the powder for a fresh carpet.

 

3. Soothe sunburns and bug bites.

A paste made of cornstarch and water will help soothe sunburns and bug bites. Apply this paste over the affected area and let it dry. You can repeat this until the sunburn goes away.

 

4. Air freshener.

Cornstarch is naturally absorbent, so it also works well to remove bad smells from the air. Sprinkle it in shoes, let them sit overnight, and then shake the powder out in the morning. You also can apply it on a couch, leave it overnight and then vacuum it off the couch in the morning, giving it a fresh and new smell.

 

5. Custom body powder.

Stop buying body powder and make your own at home with custom scents. Mix one cup of cornstarch with a few drops of essential oils; shake it up.

 

6. Finger painting.

Need something to keep the kids busy during the summer or on the weekends? Boil cornstarch and water together for some homemade and non-toxic paint. Add food coloring in various concentrations to make different colors for the kids.

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7. Clean furniture.

Some cleaners leave a build-up or residue on wood furniture; fix this problem by mixing equal parts cornstarch and water, and then lightly buffing away any marks or build-up. (But test this on a small unseen area first!)

 

8. Refresh your books.

Cornstarch uses

If you have old classics sitting on your bookshelf that smell musty, then sprinkle some cornstarch on the books and leave them out for a day or two. Brush off the cornstarch and – voila – your bad smell will be gone.

 

9. Dry shampoo.

Sure, you may have seen advertisements for dry shampoo, but you don’t have to go to the store to buy a retail bottle. Make it at home.

Dust some cornstarch along the roots of your hair, along the crown and around the base of your neck. Follow by working the cornstarch through your hair and brush it out. As a bonus, you can use it on your pet, too.

 

10. Fix that squeaky floor.

If you have an old squeaky hardwood floor, then sprinkle cornstarch on the floor, leave it for a bit and then sweep it up. Cornstarch will work its way into the nooks and crannies of the floor, which will stop the squeaking as it fills in the space.

 

11. Chafing prevention.

If you are a regular runner or workout enthusiast, then you might be familiar with chafing problems. To prevent that, dab a bit of cornstarch in the problem areas; it will absorb the moisture that causes chaffing.

 

12. Homemade deodorant.

If you’re looking for a natural deodorant instead of using a store-bought one, then cornstarch just might be your answer. Start by wiping under your arms with rubbing alcohol and then sprinkle on the cornstarch.

What uses would you add to our list? Share your tips in the section below:

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Sadly, Most Americans Have Lost All Sense Of Truth

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:10

Bob Dylan said, “times they are a changing” … but does ultimate truth ever change?

It’s not a stretch in any sense to say that our postmodern world no longer believes in absolute truth. Objective knowledge and absolute truth are long since gone. Fragmentation, multi-culturalism, and rejection of any overarching meaning are now culturally normal assumptions. In essence, truth is “truth” for the moment. It becomes “truth” for this group of people or that group of people, for this occasion or that occasion.

The postmodern mindset sees every cultural community or social group generating its own “story,” its own explanation of the way things are in an attempt to empower itself. White Anglo-Saxon males, for example, supposedly have their own story and their own truth. African Americans have their story. Women have theirs. And so none of these collective stories are true in any absolute sense. Furthermore, none are an accurate representation of reality. That’s because for postmodernism, reality isn’t real, and truth is, at best, painfully relative.

The roots of modern relativism and irrationalism can be found in the rationalism of the Enlightenment and, beyond that, the rationalism of ancient Greece.  Though the Greek philosophers were perhaps more self-consciously religious than those of the Enlightenment, both spoke of man’s autonomous reason as a self-sufficient and absolute judge of what is and what can be.  Once “reason” pronounced judgment… the matter was settled.

Is Truth Limited To The Mind Of Man?

In fact, appeals beyond that autonomous reason to actual evidence, eyewitness testimony, or even divine revelation seem almost nonsensical.  History, human experience, and even the very being of God were only real because human rationality said it was. Moreover, truth was never bigger than the human mind. “Which human’s mind?” was always the awkward question that relativistic philosophers avoided at all costs. Additionally, the very same relativistic philosophers were notorious for rejecting each other’s metaphysical systems. It just makes sense, right?

The truth is that rationalism as a system of thought, in all its forms, was and is inherently irrational.  The choice of human reason as an absolute foundation for all intelligent predication and judgment ends up being radically subjective, arbitrary, and naïve. Seriously, how do the thought processes of a single, finite human mind bear any relationship to reality at large? This is an especially important question given the materialistic presuppositions of Rationalism. Why should anyone trust what happens in the neural pathways of a randomly generated, cosmically insignificant biochemical unit?

How Greek And Enlightenment Philosophers Sought Their Own Truth

The Greeks, again more self-consciously religious than their Enlightenment successors, could at least speak of man’s participation in divine Reason. In particular, they spoke of the eternal Logos that structures reality. But this was an act of religious faith. (And of irrational faith at that!) However, the universe never spoke personally to the Greek philosophers. Their Logos never took on flesh and revealed itself… at least… not the Logos that they thought they knew.  Ultimately, Greek rationalism rested on a ladder made of water in a bottomless sea.

The Enlightenment rationalists had even less of a foundation to build on—as Hume, Kant, and Hegel made clear.  They gave a  deistic “nod” to a divine Architect that quickly degenerated into pantheism. But not just that… their anti-emotional rationalism provoked an entire Romantic rebellion.  Man can’t live by reason alone, and autonomous reason in man’s mind alone can’t even account for its own existence.

God Is Truth

The Bible approaches matters differently.  The Bible tells us that God is truth.  He is absolute, uncreated Reality. In addition, God is self-existent and self-contained.  He is internally self-defined. Also, this God is the Creator of everything that is real.  His decree and providence uphold, determine, structure, and move all of creation.  All of creation bears His signature and testifies unmistakably to Him as its Maker (Ps. 19; Rom. 1). All His works are truth and are done in truth (Dan. 4:37; Prov. 33:4).

Because God is self-consistent and changeless, truth is objective (Jas. 1:17; Prov. 8:5-9). Notwithstanding, because man is finite and a creature, he can’t know every fact in the universe. This means that there’s an awful lot of truth that lies beyond man’s present knowledge and even beyond our ability to understand or interpret (Ps. 139:6; Isa. 55:8-9).  On the other hand, because man is made in the image of God, he can understand all the truth he needs to in order to serve God properly:  “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut. 29:29).

Man Depends Upon God’s Revelation For All Knowledge

Man’s knowledge, then, is entirely dependent on God’s self-revelation.  The general revelation of God in our own nature and in creation around us is a clear and sufficient testimony to the reality of our Creator (Rom. 1:18-22).  But from the beginning, God has also spoken directly to man in human language, in propositions that contain the real truth about God, man, and all of creation.  Initially, this supernatural revelation came in the context of general revelation. So, when God spoke originally to Adam, the first man, Adam knew with absolute certainty exactly who God was and precisely what He required of him. He knew that God’s word was truth (John 17:17).

Truth Is Propositional

The propositional nature of truth is something Scripture insists upon from beginning to end.  The Bible reveals God’s truth in words, words that include or imply assertions about God, man, and the universe.  Jesus, for example, repeatedly insisted on the historical accuracy of the Books of Moses (e.g., Matt. 19:3-8; John 5:45-47).  He also spoke against “vain repetitions” in prayer and worship (Matt. 6:7).  Paul insisted that the language spoken in church and worship be clear, edifying, and easy to understand (1 Cor. 14). And in the Book of Acts, we are told that he went into the Greek-speaking synagogues and reasoned with the worshippers “out of the Scriptures. . . Opening and alleging” that Jesus was the Messiah. On the whole, Paul reasoned to conclusions about objective reality from the words of Scripture.  He believed without a doubt that the propositions of Scripture communicated real truth.

Truth And History

We have already seen that God’s word comes to us in the context of His creation. That is to say, God reveals His truth to man in terms of the material universe and its history.  This crucial interplay between God’s word and history, between special and general revelation, are major themes repeated in Scripture.

For example, in Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the children of Israel that they were present at Mt. Horeb (Sinai). He also reminds them that they saw the darkness and the fire and heard the voice of God. Furthermore, they received stone tablets from the finger of God that bore the covenant law (Deut. 4:9-13). Later, Moses points out to them that they witnessed the miracles surrounding the Exodus and the wilderness journey. He stresses to them that they saw God drown the Egyptian army in the Red Sea. Moreover, they are reminded that they saw God open the earth to swallow Dathan and Abiram (Deut. 11:1-7).

Christ Displays God’s Truth Clearly In New Testament History

Moses isn’t speaking of visions, dreams, or upper-story spiritual experiences here.  He’s talking about events that actually happened in history. These were events which left their imprint and image on human memory.

This same binding of truth to history continues in the New Testament.   At the close of the Book of Luke, the disciples see the risen Christ. He speaks to them with normal words and ordinary grammar. They touch His body. He eats fish and honeycomb as they watch. He tells them bluntly that He’s no ghost, “for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39). Paul approaches Christ’s resurrection with the same attitude. It really happened in space and time. Paul even went on to say that if it didn’t take place… Christianity is a lie (1 Cor. 15). Paul leaves no room for a spiritual resurrection only or one that merely took place in the hearts of the disciples. For them, Christ is risen, risen indeed.

Truth As Law

Because God determines truth, His truth necessarily makes covenantal demands on all mankind. Man’s proper response to this truth is much more than intellectual assent. Scripture requires us to know, love, obey and rejoice in the truth (1 Pet. 1:22; Zech. 8:16-19; 1 Cor. 13:6). To reject or hate God’s truth then… is to reject and hate God.

Proverbs tells us that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. Additionally, it tells us that all those who hate Wisdom hate knowledge and love death (Prov. 1:7, 29; 8:36). Knowledge, then, is a religious act. It’s a matter of faith. Not blind faith, though. God has revealed Himself clearly, unmistakably, and sufficiently. Faith receives that revelation and unbelief rejects it. Faith is obedient… but unbelief is culpable. Yet, the rejection of God’s revelation makes knowledge a tricky thing. How can we rightly know the Creator’s world when we don’t admit that He even exists?

Denying God Means Denying Reason

Rebellion against God’s revelation leaves the mind “reprobate” and void of judgment (Rom 1:28) according to the Bible. As a result, those who hate truth then find it difficult to make what seem like the most obvious rational judgments. They mistake blocks of wood and stone for God. Likewise, they mistake living, breathing babies in the womb for “tissue.” In Nazi Germany, they mistook Jews for devils. Ultimately, those that hate God misunderstand any and all creature-Creator distinctions.

Obedience to the truth, on the other hand, means blessings from the Creator. Those who believe His truth understand reality for what it is. They know God, who is Himself life and joy. They think, learn, and make practical applications of God’s truth (stewardship) as a matter of course. And it’s their heavenly Father’s truth… that is by definition… a glorious inheritance indeed.

Conclusion: Truth As Covenant

To sum up, God’s self-revelation and truth is not only authoritative but clear. It is revealed propositionally in holy Scripture. God’s truth makes demands on us and it brings us blessings. It is genuinely an inheritance to enjoy and to communicate with our children.  Truth is covenantal. We receive it, obey it, develop its implications, enjoy its benefits, and defend it as our inheritance in the context of our covenantal relationships with God and one another.

Consequently, knowledge of God’s truth ultimately involves other human beings made in God’s image. This knowledge also brings us back to the first words of the Dominion Mandate and to the full scope of the Great Commission.

“What the Bible tells us is propositional, factual and true.”
Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time (1972)

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Old-Time Secrets To Getting A Good Nights Sleep

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:00

A good nights sleep can really leave you feeling rejuvenated.

There’s nothing like flying home to the Pacific Time Zone after spending time in the Central European Time Zone. You gain nine hours in the process, but the resulting jet lag is punishing to the body’s sleep cycle. Rapid travel across time zones disrupts our circadian rhythm — the inner clock that helps control when we fall asleep and when we wake up. In this article, we will go over some old-timer sleep secrets that can profoundly change your life for the better. Interestingly, these old-timer sleep secrets have great application in today’s jet age. They can provide you with an enhanced amount of daily energy, thereby giving you a boost in everything that you do.

After making the aforementioned journey this summer — and coping with the effects on my body’s natural rhythm — I have learned some fascinating information about sleep. What’s especially noteworthy is the notion that many of us may have the idea of “a good night’s sleep” all wrong.

 

Old-Time Sleep Secrets: Segmented Sleeping

In fact, our common practice of sleeping in a single seven to eight-hour stretch is a product of modern invention, not natural tendency. Did you know our ancestors commonly slept in two segments each night? Yes, it’s true! And here we see the first of many crucial old-timer sleep secrets that can swiftly produce immense benefits. As detailed in an article at SlumberWise.com, researchers have found that prior to the invention and use of artificial light, most human beings slept in two segments over a longer span of time.

The concept of segmented sleep was first revealed by historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In his research, Ekirch uses hundreds of references in letters and diaries dating as far back as Homer and Virgil and continuing into the 1800s to “first sleep” and “second sleep.”

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Most people went to bed about 9 p.m. or even earlier. They then awoke sometime after midnight and stayed up for two to three hours before going back to sleep again until morning. The wakeful period was often used to read, write, or for quiet contemplation. This is certainly one of the countless old-timer sleep secrets that many people today have unfortunately forgotten.

The Most Natural Way To Get A Good Nights Sleep

Segmented sleeping, which occurred over a 12-hour period, was the standard way to sleep. Many researchers believe we would benefit from going back to this natural rhythm.  For example, in a 1992 article published in the Journal of Sleep Research, Thomas Wehr found that in the intermediate waking period of segmented sleep, the body produces larger amounts of the hormone prolactin. Prolactin, which is responsible for lactation in mammals, often is called the “happiness hormone.” It is typically linked with relaxation and also helps the brain to function better.

Another benefit of segmented sleep is its effect on memory. Research shows that people who follow a segmented sleep pattern tend to remember information better (including dreams) and can stay alert longer. Many historical records reveal that people were active and creative during the wakeful period of segmented sleep. This time awake was embraced as a time to read, write, or socialize. It is quite a contrast with the panic most of us feel today when we feel wide-awake during the middle of the night.

The Wehr Study Proves The Effectiveness Of  Old-Time Sleep Secrets

In the 1990s, Wehr conducted a National Institutes of Health experiment on segmented sleep. He specifically wanted to find out if his subjects would fall into a segmented sleep pattern if they were removed from artificial light and distracting modern conveniences. His results were powerful.

Our common practice of sleeping in a single seven to eight-hour stretch is a product of modern invention, not natural tendency.

For the first month, Wehr’s subjects were removed from every possible form of artificial light from dusk to dawn. During the first three weeks of the experiment, the subjects slept about an hour longer than they usually did. During the fourth week, however, things began to change.

The study participants slept the same number of hours as before, but they began to sleep in two segments. They started each night with about four hours of deep sleep. Then they woke for two hours of quiet rest before sleeping for another four hours.

During the time between the two “sleeps,” Wehr’s subjects were in a relaxed, meditative state. They were neither fully asleep nor fully awake. The subjects reported that they felt peaceful and serene during these wakeful periods.

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Wehr discovered that prolactin reached elevated levels in their bodies shortly after dusk. The subjects remained at twice the hormone’s normal waking level throughout the full length of the night.

Getting Back To A Good Night’s Sleep

Historical research has shown that many of the world’s writers and thinkers created their works in the middle of the night.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of Americans say they do not get enough sleep. Many of us keep ourselves awake through the constant use of electronics, and sleep deprivation is a national health issue.

Could going back to the idea of segmented sleep help us to get the rest we need? Quite possibly, but unless we are willing to forego our lights and electronic devices, it is difficult to revert ourselves to this ancient practice. There are ways you can improve your sleep patterns, however.

Getting A Good Nights Sleep – From Harvard Medical School
  1. Avoid consuming chemicals that can interfere with sleep such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
  2. Make your bedroom a sleep-inducing environment. Keep it dark and comfortable and keep electronic devices out of your bedroom.
  3. Establish a soothing bedtime routine to help induce sleep. Taking a shower or bath, or quietly reading in bed can prepare the body for sleep.
  4. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
  5. If you take naps, keep them short and take them early. Try a power nap of 10 to 20 minutes before 5 p.m.
  6. Eat nutritious meals and get plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Whether you sleep in one eight-hour segment or in “two sleeps,” it is essential to rest your body. Think about the next time that you will find yourself counting sheep at 1 a.m, though. Why not try to get up to quietly read or to write down your thoughts? You may find that segmented sleep works for you. This is because of how effectively it can restore the natural rhythm and sleep pattern of your body.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: All-Natural Secrets To A Better Night’s Sleep

What are your secrets and tricks to a good night’s sleep? Are you sometimes creative in the middle of the night? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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10 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods Your Doctor Hasn’t Told You About

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:00

By including the best anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, you can greatly reduce the risk of unwanted diseases and illnesses.

Whenever you are sick, your body gets inflamed. Inflammation is a way for the body to heal and protect itself. However, inflammation can also be a negative thing. When it occurs, you are still in perfectly good health and your body tissues are okay. When you have inflammation over a long period of time, it can lead to negative effects. This includes you getting diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity among many others.

What Is Inflammation?

In the event that you hurt yourself, your immune system reacts by bringing white blood cells to the affected area. Your body will produce more white blood cells, cytokines and immune cells to help deal with the infection. This is signified by the soreness or redness that you will notice in the affected area. This is a good sign as it’s an indication that natural healing is taking place.

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Inflammation Causes

What you eat is the greatest contributor to inflammation. If you eat unhealthy foods, you are opening yourself up to all kinds of unwanted diseases and illnesses.

Top 10 Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods #1: Berries

This refers to different kinds of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Berries are beneficial as they contain anti-oxidants and help to minimize inflammation in the body and keep diseases away.

#2: Fatty Fish

Fatty fish is an anti-inflammatory food that’s rich in omega 3 fatty acids. This includes sardines, trout, mackerel, salmon and herring.

#3: Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are anti-inflammatory foods that have lots of antioxidants. This includes vegetables like cabbages, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach and cauliflower. They help to significantly minimize your chances of getting cancer or heart disease.

#4: Avocados

Avocados are quite nutritious. They have good fats, magnesium, potassium and fiber. They minimize inflammation and reduce your chances of getting cancer, plus they can help you lose weight.

#5: Organic Green Tea

Instead of taking your usual cup of tea, swap it with green tea. Put in some berries for additional flavor. This tea has lots of antioxidants and will greatly reduce your chances of getting cancer, heart problems or Alzheimer’s.

#6: Grapes

You can freeze grapes and snack on them throughout the day. You can also cut them up and include them in your salad. These fruits are anti-inflammatory foods and diminish your chances of getting heart problems, cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity and diabetes.

#7: Chili And Bell Peppers

Chili peppers and bell peppers are anti-inflammatory foods that are loaded with vitamin C and they are also full of antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties and will help to increase your metabolic rate.

#8: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Since you use oil all the time to cook, why not go for the best? Virgin oil is full of anti-inflammatory properties and is said to be as effective as ibuprofen when it comes to reducing soreness.

#9: Cherry

I like cherries a lot. I suffer from an illness known as CRPS, and I have come to realize that when I eat cherries, the pain I feel gets significantly reduced. The darker the berry, the more antioxidants it has. Freeze these anti-inflammatory foods and snack on them during the day. Just a handful of them can make a great difference in your life.

#10: Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has flavanols which are rich in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.

In order to get lots of antioxidants, go for chocolate that contains 70% cocoa.

Anti-Inflammatory Supplements

Some of the supplements you can take to help you fight inflammation include fish oil, ginger and curcumin (which can be found in turmeric).

However, we like to encourage our readers to get their nutrition from natural foods. That’s why we recommend that you eat lots of the best anti-inflammatory foods, and we won’t dwell too much on supplements.

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Conclusion

Whether you are just looking to improve your health, you are actively fighting inflammation, or you’re trying to lose weight, do this by watching what you eat. Try to incorporate more of the best anti-inflammatory foods into your diet while eliminating foods that cause inflammation. You can do this by gradually changing your diet. In addition, minimize stress since it can lead to inflammation and try to take things easy. Be patient with yourself as you make these changes.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Helpful Anti-Inflammatory Herbs When You Can’t Use NSAIDs

Do you have any ideas for other anti-inflammatory foods that someone could incorporate into their diet? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Storing Onions ALL WINTER Long

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:00

Storing onions correctly is no daunting task.

When it comes to growing vegetables, it doesn’t get much easier than onions. Just plant them in the garden, give them a little water, and these distinctive, dependable vegetables are ready to harvest almost before you know it.

Once harvested, onions can last weeks and even months if they’re properly cured and stored, and you can grab one for the kitchen whenever you need it. Here’s how to harvest, cure and store onions.

 

Harvesting Onions

Onions are ready to harvest when the tops begin to flop over and turn yellow. This means the plant has finished growing and the leaves no longer need to provide energy to the bulb. It isn’t necessary to wait until the tops are completely dry.

Don’t harvest the onions right away, though, unless rain is predicted. Instead, stop watering and give them a week or 10 days to finish maturing. If weather turns damp and rainy, then go ahead and harvest.

The best time to harvest onions is during the morning when weather is dry and sunlight is less intense. Loosen the soil around the plants carefully with a spade or garden fork, and then pull the onions gently from the ground. Lay the onions on top of the soil for a day or two to dry. If the weather is hot, cover them lightly with straw to prevent sunburn. If the soil is wet, put the onions in a protected spot like a patio or garage. Handle the onions with care to avoid cuts and bruises. You even can hang the onions over a fence if you live in a dry climate.

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Curing Onions

If you want to store onions, curing is a critical step that allows the onions to form a papery, protective covering. If you plan to use onions soon, don’t bother curing them, as there’s no need. Keep in mind that mild, sweet onions don’t store as long as sharp, pungent onions. If you grow both types, then use the sweet onions first and save the pungent onions for storage. Some popular onions that store well include Copra, Southport Red Globe, Redwing, White Sweet Spanish and Downing Yellow Globe.

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To cure the onions, place them in a clean, dry, shady, well-ventilated spot with stems still attached. If you’re short on space and need to cure the onions outdoors, spread the onions in a single layer and cover them with a light sheet to prevent sunburn, and then anchor the rocks in place with rocks. Never cover them with plastic, as lack of air circulation can cause the onions to rot.

Allow the onions to cure for two or three weeks, until the papery skin is tight and crispy and the roots are dry. Turn them every few days so they cure evenly. Set any soft onions aside for immediate use.

 

Storing Onions

Brush the onions gently with your fingers to remove remaining dirt, and then trim the tops to about an inch with scissors before you store the onions. You can also trim the roots.

Sort through the onions again. If any are bruised, store them in the refrigerator and use them soon. Like apples, one bad onion can ruin the entire batch. Also, do not store onions near potatoes.

Place onions in a wooden crate or a nylon or mesh bag – that is, a dark area — and store them in a cool, dry place where temperatures are kept between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but never freezing.

Check the onions every few weeks and remove any that are turning soft.

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Here’s How To Keep Google From Tracking Your Movements

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 15:00

Attempting to keep Google from tracking your movements is hard because many Google searches automatically report your precise location to Alphabet.

If you carry an Android phone or an iPhone, Google knows where you are. Many Google services on Android and the Apple iPhone track your location.

Some Google Apps will store a time-stamped history of your location without your permission. Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG), Google’s owner, will track your movement even after you tell it not to.

Attempting to keep Google from tracking your movements is hard. This is true even if you tell an Android phone, for example, to pause its location history. What most people don’t know is that many Google searches automatically report your precise location to Alphabet.

Worst of all, Alphabet lets advertisers track you through both Android and Apple phones. Google Marketing demonstrated an app that lets store owners track customers in July. Moreover, the app tells the merchant you are in the store and what you are searching for.

Keep Google From Tracking Your Movements On An Android Phone (Part 1)

Fortunately, it is possible to keep advertisers and Google from tracking your movements. Here is how to turn off the tracking in an Android device.

  1. Access Google Maps or the weather

 

  1. Go to Settings

 

  1. Select Google

 

  1. Tap on Google Account

 

  1. Choose Data & Personalization

 

  1. Tap on Web & App Activity

 

  1. Turn off Web & App Activity

 

Keep Google From Tracking Your Movements On An Android Phone (Part 2)

Unfortunately, that is just the first part of the process. You must turn off another feature called “Location History” to keep Google from tracking your movements. Here is how to turn off that specific feature on your Android Phone:

  1. Go to settings

 

  1. Select Google Maps

 

  1. Go to Data & Personalization

 

  1. Turn the Location History off

 

  1. Additionally, make sure you turn the Location History off for every device you access your Google Account with. Furthermore, this would include your phone, your personal computer, your tablet, and your computer at work.

Be careful because Alphabet can track you through any device you use to access Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, Google Play, Google Pay, or any other Google service or app.

Keep Google From Tracking Your Movements On Apple Devices

The bad news is that Alphabet can also track you through Apple devices such as iPhones. Nevertheless, the good news is that you can still keep Google from tracking your movements on all of these Apple devices.

In particular, here is how to turn Google tracking off in all Apple devices.

  1. Follow this link to the Google activity control page. Go there because Google and Android use a different operating system than Apple.

 

  1. Turn the Web & App Activity off.

 

  1. Turn the Location History Off.

You must do this if you access any Alphabet-owned service through an Apple phone, tablet, computer, watch, or TV set. Such services include Google, YouTube, Gmail, Google Pay, and Google Shopping.

In addition, a recent Guardian article has offered more tips on how to keep Google from tracking your movements.

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Tracking Your Movements Is Big Business

Alphabet is tracking your movements because it can sell the data for big money. In fact, selling personal data is a huge new growth field.  The numbers are staggering and there are billions on the line.

“Personal data is the oil of 21st Century,” German entrepreneur Dr. Christian Lange said. Lange should know as he has set up two companies that make money by tracking consumers. The companies then sell the data to big companies like General Motors and Procter & Gamble.

In short, your privacy is dead because big business makes money by tracking you. If you want privacy, you should learn the best ways to keep big companies like Alphabet from extracting your personal information out of every device that you own.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: How To Stop Windows 10 From Tracking Your Every Move

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Do you have any other suggestions on how to keep Google from tracking your movements? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Slow Up Type II Diabetes With Cinnamon And Ginseng

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:00

If you’re at risk of getting diabetes or already have diabetes, you should include cinnamon and ginseng in your diet on a regular basis.

Herbal medicines, which include such ingredients as cinnamon and ginseng, have gained enormous acceptability with the public in the past 10 years. They’ve accomplished this despite the fact that research in peer-reviewed journals has not supported them. This popularity spike has now been exacerbated by the entry of big money (drug companies) into the herbal market. They come along with their millions of dollars in promotional activity.

Now all the nay-sayers in the medical profession, who have been saying that herbal treatments are for barefoot doctors and goofy vegetarians, may have to eat crow. Two long-touted herbs are proving to be potent agents in the prevention and treatment of adult-onset diabetes. (This kind I like to call “nutritional diabetes,” as it’s the diabetes one gets later in life from carbohydrate and sugar abuse). In addition, the proving grounds for these two herbs, cinnamon and ginseng, are pretty impressive.

Cinnamon Maintains Your Body’s Insulin Levels

As for cinnamon, researchers from the U.S. Agricultural Research Service in Maryland say the herb may prevent diabetes by helping the body use insulin more efficiently.
The researchers have identified a chemical called “methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer” in cinnamon. It works, reports New Scientist magazine, by making fat cells more responsive to insulin. Here’s why this is important: experts call nutritional diabetes “insulin-resistant” diabetes in the trade because the body doesn’t use the insulin it has. Therefore, the blood sugar level goes up. (In childhood diabetes, the glands in the pancreas that make insulin go on strike and don’t manufacture any more insulin. This is called type I diabetes).

Nutritionist Richard Anderson of the Agricultural Research Service, said: “We recommend people take a quarter to a full teaspoon a day of cinnamon, perhaps in orange juice, coffee, or on oatmeal.” Thus far, researchers have only conducted tests on laboratory mice. However, the studies have demonstrated that the chemical in cinnamon – methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer – can reduce high levels of sugar in the blood.

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Scientific Studies Have Confirmed The Effectiveness Of Ginseng

The other herb that’s hitting mainstream medicine between the eyes is ginseng, a steady favorite with alternative medicine supporters. Until now, the big boys haven’t promoted ginseng because they didn’t have a “scientific handle” for it. There was nothing in the respected journals about ginseng. This is a euphemistic way of saying they didn’t have a way around the ever-watchful FDA. Now ginseng is coming out of the medicine closet because there is a very impressive report on this ancient remedy by a respected university.
Panax quinquefolius – American ginseng – is ready to be a major player in therapy for diabetes. This is because of impressive research reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Drs. Vuksan, Sievenpiper, Koo, Uljan, Beljan-Zdravkovic, and Xu did their research at the Department of Nutritional Sciences within the University of Toronto.

The experiment was uncomplicated and, consequently, not subject to many uncontrollable variables. This is the kind of study that you can usually trust. A group of type II diabetics was matched with healthy controls. The doctors gave them three grams of ginseng or placebo capsules. They did this either 40 minutes before, or together with a 25-gram oral glucose dose of sugar. The placebo capsules contained corn flour, in which the quantity of carbohydrates and the appearance matched the ginseng capsules. Blood samples were taken while fasting as well as periodically up to two hours after the glucose “challenge.”

In non-diabetic subjects, researchers found no differences in blood sugar levels between the placebo and ginseng when taken together prior to the glucose challenge. When ginseng was taken 40 minutes before the glucose challenge, there was a significant reduction in blood sugar in these normal subjects.

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Important: Normal, non-diabetic people should not take American ginseng except with meals to avoid hypoglycemic symptoms, such as irritability, fainting, and nervousness.
In subjects with diabetes, the same low-sugar response occurred whether capsules were taken before or together with the glucose challenge. Reductions in blood sugar were 18-31 percent for healthy subjects and 1,922-2,217 percent for subjects with diabetes when the ginseng administered was before or together with the glucose challenge!

This is indeed an impressive finding. It’s two giant steps forward for herbal treatment of a serious disease. But be careful. This absolutely does NOT mean that you can gorge on cinnamon and ginseng and go back to your old, bad habits. It’s not that simple, as type II diabetics have found out. They thought they could just take insulin and eat all the sugar and starch they wanted. You still have to watch what you eat. There is no Santa Claus for curing diabetes.

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Actions You Can Take To Manage Diabetes Action Number One (Include Cinnamon And Ginseng In Your Diet)

If you’re at risk of getting diabetes or already have diabetes, you should include cinnamon and ginseng in your diet on a regular basis.

 

Action Number Two (Testosterone Therapy)

Another treatment you need to consider for treating type II diabetes is testosterone therapy. Even with severe diabetes, testosterone therapy can be of great benefit, including treatment of the dreaded diabetic retinopathy, which leads to blindness. Dr. M.L. Tainter reported in the New York State Journal of Medicine that testosterone therapy improved vision, or at least stopped the deterioration of vision, in 75 percent of cases. To find out more about this therapy, talk to an alternative-minded doctor who understands hormone therapy.

Action Number Three (Chelation Therapy)

Try chelation therapy, as it reduces insulin requirements in some cases of adult-onset diabetes.

Action Number Four (Avoid Sugar, Starch, And TV)

Stop eating so much sugar and starch (potatoes, etc.) and don’t watch so much TV. I reported a couple of months ago that watching TV causes your heart rate to slow down. When your heart rate slows down, it causes your metabolism to slow down. This negative process causes your body to burn fat slower, thereby contributing to diabetes. Instead, eat a diet rich in protein and healthy fats and go for a long walk each day if possible.

You may also enjoy reading an additional Off The Grid News article: Natural Diabetes Helpers That Optimize Metabolism And Pack On Muscle

What do you think about using cinnamon and ginseng to treat and prevent type II diabetes? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Living On Solar: Is Ditching The Grid Realistic?

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 16:00

Living on solar can take another necessity that your family depends on out of the hands of the power company.

If you’ve ever thought about ditching the grid and living on solar power, then you’re not alone.

Questioning Your Local Power Company

Odds are that you’re living in a home right now that is tied into a nationwide network of power lines, water mains, and phone cables. Many of us depend on these things to provide services that supposedly are necessary to make our lives easier.

While services like electricity, running water, natural gas, and cable television are staples of the developed world, most Americans have unfortunately been sold a lie. The prevailing notion is that we must obtain these services from large utility companies.

Take your local power company, for example. What exactly is wrong with questioning why you’re having to pay exorbitant amounts of money each month for services that they’ve told you that you can’t live without?

Developing Your Independence From The Shaky Power Grid

And let’s even grant that you’ve adjusted to the consistent fluctuation in energy prices on a month-to-month basis. What about your dependence on the grid to provide you and your family with the power that you need to go about your daily lives? Is it really responsible to rest your family’s well-being in the hands of a company that could turn the lights off? After all, couldn’t they do this either knowingly or unwittingly at a moment’s notice? Moreover, we haven’t even discussed the power grid’s old age and lack of dependability. Furthermore, we haven’t even brought up the fact that past reports to Congress acknowledged that the nation could suffer a nationwide blackout if just nine of the 55,000 substations failed or were sabotaged.

Harness The Power Of The Sun When The Electricity Goes Out…

There are plenty of social stigmas in the U.S. today that cast a negative light on the way that some people live. Nevertheless, few things boast responsibility and independence more than a home that produces solar energy. It’s a place that is self-reliant and free from the shackles of local utility companies.

There also has never been a better time to fire your power company and go solar than right now. Living on solar may very well be the best homestead decision for you and your family that you’ll ever make.

How Practical Is Living On Solar?

Installing a practical solar energy system onto your own home can benefit both yourself and the environment.

Most people today know at least a little bit about solar panels. In fact, if you’ve never seen them installed on a house, odds are you’ve at least noticed some smaller black solar panels on a calculator or on your neighbor’s sidewalk lights. Most people consider solar technology nothing more than a neat invention with minimal, large-scale applications.

In reality, today’s solar power technology makes up a $100 billion industry with no signs of going away in the near future. Some of the largest companies in the world use solar panels at their various facilities across the country. Such businesses include Google, Walmart, Apple, and General Motors. They can utilize these power systems to generate millions of dollars worth of electricity each year.

So, the utilization of solar energy by large corporations seems to benefit both the companies as well as the environment. Nonetheless, how practical would it be to install a similar system on a smaller scale onto your residential home?

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Having a professional install a solar power system in your home can be practical in a variety of ways.  Consider the following:

  1. Your system may be smaller than you think. Most people assume that converting a home to solar energy means cutting down trees. After all, you need to fill up the entire front yard with sun-thirsty solar panels, right? Not true. Solar systems can be rather modest installations, depending on your energy consumption.
  2. You may have some help going solar. That’s because most states have several tax incentives that help reduce some of the costs associated with converting your home into a solar-powered residence. If you would like to learn more about some of the tax incentives for going solar in your particular state, then check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.
  3. You don’t have to fully commit right away. One of the best parts about living on solar today is the fact that you don’t have to ditch the grid completely yet. This is especially true if you’re already hard-wired into the grid. Many utilities can rig your home with a special meter. It’s a device that measures the amount of energy coming in and going out. This means that if you produce more than you use, then the power company will be paying you for the electricity that you are feeding back into the grid. However, if you do have a grid-tied unit, be aware of the following possibility. When there’s a blackout, you won’t have power despite having solar panels (that’s a requirement of utility companies). To get around this, you’d need a stand-alone solar generator that is not tied to the grid.
Conclusion

So is ditching the grid for a solar-powered system a realistic proposition? The answer is absolutely, and for lots of reasons.

Going solar will also take another necessity that your family depends on out of the hands of the power company. Consequently, you will find it directly in your own control.

Ditching the grid and living on solar isn’t just a realistic choice – it’s also a responsible one.

 

What are other reasons to “ditch the grid”? Leave your reply in the comments below.

 

 

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Sea Salt Benefits For A Healthy Body And Mind

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 15:21

Whether it’s body, mind or soul, it’s easy to enjoy sea salt benefits.

Where does your salt come from? Do you know what type of salt you’re using? Are you really getting sea salt benefits? You might think your kitchen salt is from the sea. Nevertheless, you may or may not be right as salt can also come from the land, and yes, even mountain ranges! Also, before it reaches your dinner table, sea salt is treated to take out its impurities. The primary procedure eliminates iodine, magnesium, and minerals. You should also know that companies add dextrose and iodide along with a bleaching agent to sea salt.

Before you puke, you have to understand that this is done to make it easy for you to add salt to your food. Also, all of the mentioned chemicals make salt more durable and attractive. That’s not all, however, as research has shown that salt has positive effects on the body.

 

Sea Salt Benefits Include: #1: Strengthens The Immune System

The minerals that salt (particularly sea salt) preserves can improve the natural defenses of the body. This benefit means that it is a great idea to start using sea salt, especially when summer is about to end. As you may already know, this is the time when viruses, flu, and colds are rampant. Salt, surprisingly, can offer protection against the many effects of sudden weather and temperature fluctuations.

 

#2: Helps Fight Depression

Melatonin and serotonin are the two hormones that your brain secretes for it to control the stress that your body experiences. As you go through depression, your brain won’t secrete these hormones. As a result, anxiety and sadness will overcome you. By consuming foods added with salt, it will be easier for you to preserve these happy hormones.

 

#3: Improves Blood Circulation

Salt (particularly sea salt) facilitates the flow of blood throughout your body. Your blood transports oxygen to several regions of your body to perform their respective functions. In the case of poor blood circulation, your energy levels will diminish and you’ll quickly get tired. You’ll also experience a loss of appetite. Sodium is necessary for improving your blood circulation, but it has to be limited as well. Excessive amounts of salt will cause uncomfortable bloating and will also raise your blood pressure.

 

Other Uses For Salt

#4: Natural Dandruff Treatment

Yes, you heard that right. You can use salt as a replacement for anti-dandruff chemicals. Try salt as your pre-shampoo treatment, as it will work well in scrubbing out those flakes from your head. You can also clean your hair more thoroughly with the use of salt. All you need to do is sprinkle a bit of salt into your scalp. Afterwards, massage your scalp for five minutes and then shampoo as you would normally.

 

#5: Exfoliates Skin

The weather is getting hotter by the day. This fact means that it’s time for you to make sure your skin is ready for the hot summer season. When removing dead skin cells, use salt as your scrub and exfoliant. You’ll be happy to know that it’ll also boost your blood circulation!

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How To Drill Your Own Water Well Using Only PVC Pipe

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 12:00

Water Well

There’s something that our ancestors all had on their property, which we don’t often have today. No, I’m not referencing a barn, although that would be true. I’m referring to a water well.

City water is something relatively new, at least as we know it. Before that, people had to rely on well water for everything. If they didn’t live close enough to their neighbors to share a water well, they had to have their own.

Today, having a well is rare. Few can afford the cost of having a well commercially drilled and even fewer try doing it themselves. But there are ways of doing it yourself, without having to resort to the time-tested method of using a pick and shovel.

The problem with using a pick and shovel to dig a well, besides it being back-breaking work, is that the well has to be big enough to climb in and work. That means displacing a lot more dirt in order to get down to the level of the water. The well also has to be shored up as you go, in order to prevent it from caving in while you are working.

But there is an easier way. You can actually drill a well fairly easily, using nothing more than PVC pipe and water. No, I didn’t invent this way, someone else did; but his method is so simple, it deserves to be shared.

 

The Right Soil

To start with, you have to have the right soil. Not all soil is created equal and the wrong soil will make it extremely hard to drill a well. The ground beneath our feet is divided into layers, and the composition of those layers will drastically affect how easy they are to drill through. We can have layers of:

  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Clay
  • Rock
  • Gravel

Soil and sand are really the only ones which are easy to drill through. Of course, if there are tree roots in the midst of the soil, you may have trouble drilling through them. Clay breaks up very slowly, and rock and gravel … well, they speak for themselves.

The layers of sand and gravel catch the water. So you eventually want to hit one of them, preferably sand. If you hit gravel with water in it, it could cause problems, as you actually have to get down into the layer to have a good water flow.

In much of the country, water can be found in a sand layer as little as 20 feet below the surface. Professional water well drillers won’t stop there, as they want to make more money and they charge by the foot. Besides, generally speaking, deeper water will be better quality water.

 

Making the PVC Drill

The PVC drill is extremely easy to make. All you need is some two-inch PVC pipe and some fittings. The “drill bit” itself is made out of the pipe, by cutting it. This can be done with just about any type of saw, but it is most easily done with a grinder.

In reality, all this is going to do is scrape at the dirt, breaking it up so that it can be removed from the hole. But that’s all it needs to do. You will be pumping water down that hole as well, which will be constantly flushing it out, removing the dirt and sand that the drill point is breaking up.

The same thing can be made out of galvanized plumbing pipe. That will stay harder, allowing you to drill through tree roots and even some soft rocks.

This same PVC pipe can serve as your water well casing with some minor adjustment. All wells need a “well screen” at the bottom. The purpose of this screen is to allow the water to seep through the casing, while keeping the sand out. To make your pipe function as a well screen also, cut a number of thin slits in the side of the pipe, staggering them, so that you don’t weaken the pipe. This is most easily done with a pneumatic die grinder or cut-off tool (they are essentially the same) and a small, very thin cut-off tool blade.

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Remember, you don’t want to weaken the pipe, so put about six slots in the pipe, lengthwise around the circumference of the pipe. Then move up five or six inches and do it again. Make sets of slots like this for the bottom three feet of your drill pipe.

The other end of the PVC pipe needs to attach two garden hoses. It takes two in order to have enough water coming into the drill to force the debris that I was just talking about, out of the hole. One hose won’t be enough. In fact, one of those hoses should be coming from a neighbor’s house, so that both of them will have a full flow of water.

The well head consists of a two-inch PVC “T” with adapters on both sides stepping it down to ¾ an inch garden hose connections. Put together all connections with PVC cement and primer, so that they don’t come apart. The rubber coupler is necessary, rather than a fixed connection, to add another section of PVC pipe.

This is where the water will enter the drill, so that it can flush out the hole. The water will travel down the length of the drill, inside the pipe and come out the bottom. It will travel up the outside of the pipe, enlarging the hole slightly and carrying the debris from the water well out.

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The only other thing you need is a handle. You are going to be the “motor” for this drill, so you’ll need to turn the pipe back and forth, causing the drill teeth to break up the soil. A simple piece of wood to cross the pipe will serve fine. You may want to round the edges and sand it, to make it easier on your hands. Then, attach it to the pipe with large hose clamps.

It will become important to be able to move your handle up the length of the pipe as the pipe descends into the hole. Otherwise, you won’t be able to keep drilling. So, don’t do something like using a PVC cross to make the handle permanently attached to the drill pipe.

 

Drilling the Water Well

If you have a post-hole digger, you might want to start the hole for your well with that. That will cut through grass roots much easier than the PVC drill will. Then, when you stand the drill up and put it in the hole, the hole itself can help hold it up.

To drill the well with this simple drill, start by connecting the hoses and turning on the water at both sources. Then put the bit end of the drill in the hole, standing it up. Adjust the handle height, if needed, so that it is at a comfortable working height. That would be somewhere between your upper chest and slightly below your waist. Any farther up or down will add strain to your body while drilling.

Start turning the drill back and forth, about a quarter turn in each direction. You will see muddy water start to bubble up out of the hole. You will look at that mud for the next few hours. The drilling action is slow, but not really any slower through dirt and sand than what I experienced using an air-driven drill.

Continue drilling until you hit water, adjusting the handle up the pipe as needed. It will be a little difficult to tell when you’ve hit water, simply because you are constantly adding water to the hole. So what you do is look for sand. The water is going to be in the sandy layers, so watch for sand to start coming out of the hole. When you hit sand, you should also hit water.

Don’t stop just because you’ve hit sand. Measure the depth of your hole by measuring how much pipe you still have above the ground. Then, drill into the sand. You will need at least three feet of pipe down into the sand so that you can have a constant water flow.

 

Finishing Off Your Water Well

The deepest you can practically go with this sort of well is about 20 feet. Past that point, you’ll need to pour some drilling mud into the well hole, to help stabilize the hole and keep it from collapsing in on itself. Even with the drilling mud, the deepest you can probably go is about 30 feet.

That’s really not a problem, as you’ll probably run into water by then. You also have to consider that a shallow well pump can only draw water up about 20 feet. So if you don’t hit water within that distance, this method may not work for you.

Once you have hit water, let your well sit overnight and check again the next day. Drop something down the inside of the drill pipe, tied to a string, to ensure that you have water in the well. Don’t close it off until you are sure.

To close the well off, temporarily cap the well with a plastic cap or duct tape and pour sand down around it to fill in the space between the well casing (formerly your drill pipe) and the edges of the well hole you’ve drilled. If you don’t fill this area with something, it will fill in on its own. By filling it with sand, you keep a porous material there that water can flow through.

That’s basically it. All you need now is a pump and your well is ready to go. The first few hundred gallons of water that come out will be murky. It will clear up after a while, providing you with cool, clear water. Have this water tested before drinking it, or run all drinking water through a purification process for your safety.

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8 Life-Saving Items Every Woman Should Have In Her Purse

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 10:15

bug-out bag

Ladies, this is for you. When it comes to carrying survival items with you wherever you go, you’re extremely fortunate. You have an entire purse at your disposal to stash as many survival items as you want. In what follows I’m going to show you how to cleverly turn your purse into a solid everyday carry (EDC) kit which might even act as a get-home bag (GHB) due to the size.

Speaking of which, the first thing you need to have is…

 

A Bigger Purse or bug-out bag

I won’t go into too much detail on what to get, but suffice to say that bigger is better, more are better and if you can get one with exterior pockets, you can keep a self-defense weapon there for quick access.

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1. A mini first-aid kit

I’m sure you already have some sort of medicine inside your purse (for headaches, for instance). There are plenty of mini first-aid kits on the market but, if you want to save some money plus the joy of doing it yourself, even better. Band-Aids, ibuprofen, alcohol wipes, finger splints, antibiotic ointment, burn and trauma dressings – put all of these in a Ziploc bag to keep them waterproof and then inside an airtight plastic container to keep everything puncture-proof.

 

2. Key ring items

There’re quite a few mini-survival items you can have on your keychain and, as a lady, this is a lot easier because you can keep the whole thing inside your purse and not show. We men, the more items we add, the harder it is to conceal everything inside our pockets.

Some of the items to consider for your EDC keychain: mini-flashlight, mini-multitool, a USB drive, a whistle, a lighter or even a striker.

The only downside is, you’re gonna have to pick all of these items up whenever you’re using your keys.

 

3. Self-defense weapons

Now I don’t know whether you like to conceal carry in your purse, so I’ll leave it up to you on what to add: a 9mm, a folding knife, pepper spray, a stun gun or a tactical pen. I would suggest you have at least a couple, just in case your attacker disarms you the first time.

 

4. Your cell phone

Everyone’s buying iPhones and Samsung Galaxies but have you ever heard about “rugged phones”? Some of the best such phones out there are the Galaxy Active, the Casio G’zOne Commando and the Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL Ultra Rugged IP-68.

And if you’d rather stick with your iPhone, that’s OK, too, provided you get a shock-absorbing case.

 

5. A multi-tool

bug-out bag

A good multi-tool can help you in numerous situations, including getting home or even bugging out if going home to get your bug-out bag isn’t an option.

You don’t need something as big as the Leatherman Wingman. The company famous for its multi-tools has smaller options such as the Micra Multi-tool or even the Squirt PS4 which you can attach to your keychain.

 

6. Shelter

Obviously, packing a tent or a tarp inside your purse is impossible but there are two good options out there. One is to get a smaller tarp, one that’s 5 feet x 7 feet, for instance. The other is to have a space blanket. Emergency blankets, though you can only use them once, are smaller and lighter.

 

7. Water purifier

Throw in a water purifier, a few water purification tablets and you’re good to go. Now, you could add a small bottle of water but then you’d have to carry it with you everywhere you go. Up to you.

 

8. Food

Energy bars, raisins, hard candy – those are all light and jam-packed with calories.

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You should also keep some cash on hand in case you need to get some food from vending machines.

 

Anything Else?

Sure. How about adding the following to your purse:

  • a few hair pins.
  • manicure scissors.
  • a pack of salt (use it as a self-defense weapon by throwing it into your attacker’s face).
  • chewing gum (can help relieve stress) when everything around you is falling apart.
  • a credit card knife (so you have a back-up self-defense weapon inside your wallet).
  • tinder (which needs to be kept inside a waterproof container)
  • an extra phone battery.
  • extra phone charger.
  • a whistle.
  • a bandana.
  • waterproof matches.
  • spare AA or AAA batteries (provided you have gadgets that use them).
  • Chapstick.
  • pen and paper.

So, can your purse make a good bug-out bag? I would say “no,” but that doesn’t mean you’ll be unable to bug out from your office directly to your bug-out location if needed. Maybe your home is in a restricted or inaccessible area or maybe it’s already down to the ground. Bugging out using only your EDC and get-home bag is a scenario I highly recommend you think about. Provided you won’t have to travel for days on foot, the items we talked about above are a good start.

And if you use your car every day to get to work, you can just keep adding stuff to your trunk instead of cramming them inside your purse. On the other hand, if you walk to work, reaching your bug-out location without going home first to get your bug-out bag is something you need to put some thought into.

What else would you put in a purse? Share your tips in the section below:

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5 Natural Gout Remedies Our Ancestors Used

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 15:01

Natural Gout Remedies

Our ancestors used to call gout “The Disease of Kings”.  That’s because in ancient times, gout was thought to be the punishment of a lifetime spent overeating rich meats and wine.

Today, we know that this disease is a form of arthritis, caused by high levels of uric acid. Although our kidneys normally remove uric acid, for those afflicted, the acid does not dissolve properly and forms large crystals which build up in the joints.

If you have experienced this, then you know just how painful it can be. We now have modern medicine to help relieve pain and inflammation. There is also medications that block the production of uric acid.  It makes you wonder, What did our ancestors do before pharmaceuticals? And what could we use if — one day — pharmacies are closed?

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Our ancestors relied on herbs and foods to help reduce the symptoms of gout, as well as to work as preventatives against future attacks. Here are a few natural gout remedies for you to try.

 

1. Cherries

Here is a sweet “cure” to be sure! There is research showing that they lower inflammation and uric acid levels. One study found that just 48 bing cherries a day lowered uric acid. Therefore decreasing the symptoms of gout, in just two weeks! Other studies show similar results — one with results in just 2 days. It’s worth noting that dried cherries or cherry juice works as well as fresh fruit.

 

2. Celery seed

Celery seed has long been used as a healing herb, as it has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, but modern research shows that celery seeds flush out urates from the kidneys. This lowers acid levels, including uric acid, in the body. Therefore making it a useful natural remedy for gout pain.

 

3. Burdock root

This is another ancient herb, used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions due to its anti-inflammatory compounds. The interesting thing about this root is that it can be used both internally and externally to help fight gout symptoms. Consumed as a tea, burdock root removes uric acid from the body and topically, it can be ground into a poultice and applied to the feet or other joints to help relieve pain.

 

4. Ginger

Like burdock root, ginger also can be consumed as a tea or applied as a compress to help relieve gout symptoms. Ginger has long been known to have anti-inflammatory compounds that help a variety of symptoms, including gout and arthritis. One study found that one of the active compounds found in ginger, 6-shogaol, lowered levels of urate crystals.

 

5. Nettles

Each time I even see the name of this plant, my fingers start itching from the memory of my one encounter with it. But fear not — you don’t have to handle the plant! Nettles are really powerful anti-inflammatory plants that can help stop the pain of gout. You can consume this as a supplement or buy dried leaves that have the stinging part removed so you can drink it as a tea.

There are other ways to help reduce inflammation in the body, such as fish oil supplements, pineapple and turmeric, but some of these items might be hard to find in difficult times. Consider stocking up on some canned cherries or ginger root and adding them to your pantry in case gout decides to make an unwanted appearance.

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional first about this method.

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Survival Trees – 5 Great Ones That Can Heal, Feed And Keep You Alive In A Crisis

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 12:30

It becomes clear that at certain seasons, trees can provide a wide variety of food supplies.

Survival Trees 

When we think of trees in survival situations, we tend to gravitate to the obvious. Trees give us wood for our campfires. They provide structure for shelters, materials from which shelters can be built. These are all accurate perceptions, but survival trees, if you recognize and utilize them correctly, can contribute much more to our chances of survival than just firewood and construction materials.

Consider for a moment the varieties of nut trees that grow on the North American continent. There are hickories, walnuts, buckeyes, pecans, and hazelnuts to name just a few. Then consider the wild fruit trees, from plums to persimmons crab apples to mulberries. I hope it will become clear that at certain seasons, many trees can literally become “survival trees” and provide a wide variety of edible opportunities.

 

1. Oak Tree

Even the oak tree produces acorns which can be turned into meal or flour; the trick is to leach out all the tannins using a lot of fresh water. After gathering acorns, they must be dried so that the kernels can be removed from the husks. Once this is done, the kernels are ground into meal. After grinding, the meal is repeatedly soaked and drained for up to 6 days. The tannins must be removed from the meal before use, or they can cause stomach problems, kidney problems or inhibition of nutrient uptake. Once properly prepared, however, acorn meal makes fine bread, pancakes, and other baked goods.

Obviously, it is a very good idea to become accustomed to the trees in your area from a food gathering standpoint. But the utility of trees does not stop at fire, shelter, fruits and nuts. If you take a bit more time to learn about your local trees, they can provide other foods, medicines and become survival trees.

 

2. Willow Tree

One of my favorites is the willow tree. Willow bark is known to be an analgesic, an anti-inflammatory, and a fever reducer. It has been used since ancient time to relieve a headache, lower back pain, Osteoarthritis, fever, Flu, tendonitis, and Bursitis. In the 1800s one of the active compounds in willow bark, salicin, was used to develop aspirin. It has been suggested that willow bark has more pain relieving benefits at lower dosages, and with less chance of side effects, than aspirin.

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To use willow bark you will need to boil 1-2 teaspoons of dried bark in 8 ounces of water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and then allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups daily. This bark can also be used to make tinctures, but the tea I have just described is the best method in a survival setting. It is critical to note that just like aspirin, willow bark should not be administered to those under the age of 16 due to the risk of Rye’s Syndrome. Chewing on Birch twigs, according to folk medicine and modern chemistry should yield similar results for pain relief.

 

3. Juniper

The juniper is another example of a fine medicinal survival tree. Here in the states, many of our junipers are known as cedars. Red cedars, both Western and Eastern, produce juniper berries. Juniper berries are actually very small, tightly compacted cones; more specifically, they are the seed-bearing female cones. The “berries” from this survival tree take 2-3 years to mature, and are ripe when they achieve a purple color. Dried berries have been used for centuries as a seasoning, and are reportedly excellent in conjunction with a variety of wild game. Juniper berries are even responsible for the unique flavor of gin.

 

4. Eastern Red Cedar

Medicinally, the leaves of the eastern red cedar have been used to treat rashes and skin irritations. Smoke from the leaves can be inhaled to treat colds, bronchitis, and rheumatism. The berries can be chewed to relieve canker sores and toothaches. A tea brewed from the berries can be used to treat colds, worms, rheumatism and coughs.

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Fruits can be chewed to treat canker sores. It has been suggested that red cedar has calmative and anti-spasmodic properties as well, and that it may be used as a nerve tonic, and that it may contain a cancer-fighting agent as well.  Now for the disclaimer: It has also been suggested by some that all parts of this survival tree may be considered toxic. As with any alternative medicine, do your homework on this one before trying it. The long history of medicinal use makes me confident, but weigh all the evidence for yourself! No matter what you decide, it is widely accepted that red cedar should not be given to pregnant women as it may cause spontaneous abortions.

 

5. Sassafras

Sassafras is another great little survival tree. For starters, it is excellent as a fire starter due to the very high concentrations of volatile oils in both the leaves and the wood, and this alone could save your bacon on a wet day when you need a fire in a hurry. Next up, the dried leaves of the sassafras make an excellent seasoning. Known as file powder it was a prime ingredient in the original gumbo. The root of the sassafras was the main ingredient of the original root beer. This little survival tree has had an undeniably huge impact on the culinary arts! It goes even further, though. This amazing tree also has medicinal qualities. It has been hailed as a treatment for Rheumatism, hypertension, scurvy, skin sores, kidney problems, toothaches, swelling and dysentery, to name a few.

Teas brewed from the bark have long been considered an excellent spring tonic to cleanse the system and the blood, and are a fine diuretic. Sassafras, too, comes with a disclaimer. Modern medicine sometimes seems bent on destroying the reputations of traditional or folk remedies, but do your research on this one as well before you make up your mind about it. Infusions should be made by boiling and steeping a tablespoon of root bark in a cup of water and taking not more than a cup a day.

 

In Conclussion

Trees are a wonderful gift in so many ways. Take the time to get to know the trees in your area and their uses so what seems at first glance to be ordinary, can truly become survival trees in a time of crisis. Knowledge is never wasted, and a little survival tree knowledge could help to save your life one day.

Do you have any beneficial trees you’d like to add to our list? Tell us why in the comments below! 

 

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What Is The Best Self Defense Rifle?

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 16:00

The best self defense rifle should be a weapon that you can easily carry in your bug out bag and use with limited defensive capabilities.

Let’s talk about these so-called self defense rifles. When I say self defense rifle, I am not talking about your main battle rifle. Your AR-15 is a good all-around rifle, but it’s best if you use it for self-defense. A self defense rifle in this sense is one that you can easily carry in your bug out bag and use for general survival measures with limited defensive capabilities.

These rifles are almost exclusively.22 long rifles, and while this limits defensive capability, it does still have considerable capability. The .22 long rifle is an excellent survival caliber for a lot of reasons. First off, there’s the sheer amount of ammunition you can carry. You can throw a 500-round brick in your backpack without a huge difference in weight, and it hardly takes up any room. The .22  rifle is often very cheap and common, except for the occasional ammo scare that dries up the supply. Because the rounds are cheap and easy to find, a person can get a lot of practice with their .22 rifle. These rifles are not only handy in a SHTF situation, but in any outdoor hunting and hiking situation.

These rifles will not replace your main battle rifle, but they will serve to complement your primary weapon. These weapons are designed to become very compact and disappear into a pack, making them very handy and very convenient to carry.

So, we will define these self defense rifles for the sake of this article as small, concealable, shoulder-fired, small caliber rifles. These rifles will be general-purpose rifles or even more like “jack of all trades” rifles.

Henry AR-7

We will start with an original rifle—a very unique, very odd looking little rifle. The Henry AR-7 was designed for Air Force pilots all the way back in 1959. Since then, developers have slightly upgraded the weapon throughout the years and it has become a camper’s best friend.

The AR-7 is a semi-automatic rifle that fires from an eight-round box magazine and comes with two magazines. The rifle is a takedown rifle and conveniently breaks down into three components. The rifle breaks down into the barrel, receiver, and buttstock. In addition, the barrel and receiver both fit inside the hollow buttstock. The buttstock is water resistant and has the ability to float (should it find its way into water), and if it takes a fall, it is impact resistant. The rifle only weighs three and a half pounds and is less than seventeen inches long when packed into the buttstock.

Putting the weapon together is incredibly easy and quick. The receiver attaches to the stock and the barrel screws into the receiver. Construction and take down is completely toolless. Both the barrel and receiver are coated with ABS plastic and Teflon to completely and absolutely resist corrosion.  Handling the weapon is odd at first, as you lack a forward grip and are forced to either grip the thin barrel or the front of the receiver. However, the light recoiling round makes it easy to control and shoot accurately. One of the key advantages I see for this self defense rifle is the price. In fact, for less than $300, this weapon can be yours.

M6 Scout

Now, this is another odd rifle that has been around for a few decades, but unlike the AR-7, the M6 Scout never made a huge splash in the firearms industry. This is probably due to the weapon’s odd appearance and limited capabilities. The M6 Scout is made by Springfield and has been around since the 1970s. Recently, the rifle has had a bit of a resurgence with the increase in people becoming more prepared for less-than-optimistic situations.

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The M6 Scout has the distinct advantage of being chambered in both .22 long rifle and .410 shotgun rounds. We’ve gone over the .22 long rifle, but the .410 is its own handy cartridge. Like any shotgun shell, there is a variety of different loads that the .410 can hold. The main three are birdshot, buckshot, and slugs. The .410 is capable of taking medium and small game at close range.

The .410 birdshot round is a proven snake destroyer, and the slugs have their place in self-defense and hunting. The M6 has one less than desirable feature: it’s an over-under double-barrel weapon. The top barrel is .22 and the bottom barrel is .410. The advantage of a .410 barrel is that gauge adapters will allow you to fire rounds like 9mm and 38/357 out of your shotgun barrel.

For compactness, the rifle breaks in half at the breech. Consequently, you can store the firearm in a very short package. The rifle is very lightweight and very Spartan. There is almost no furniture on the rifle, and this keeps the weapon lightweight and compact. The stock does open and it allows you to store ammo inside.

This is a very unique firearm that’s quite an interesting weapon to shoot. The ability to fire precision rifle shots or a wide variety of shot is something any backpacker or prepper can appreciate. This weapon may not match the firepower of the AR-7, but it does beat it in versatility.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown

The Ruger 10/22 needs no introduction. This self defense rifle has been the poster gun for all .22 rifles for the last 50 years. The Ruger 10/22 is an incredibly versatile rifle with more accessories than any rifle I’ve ever seen. This is America’s .22 rifle. The newest model combines the well-known Ruger platform with the ability for you to break it down into two pieces.

This rifle is probably the least compact of the three, but it offers the most comfort and reliability. The Ruger is an incredibly reliable weapon, and the amount of accessories available is staggering. The list includes high-capacity magazines, scope mounts, sights, and the ability to switch out the integral parts with easy-to-find match-grade pieces. Take this little .22 and load it with a BX 25 magazine and a red dot sight, and you’re ready to rock and roll all day long.

The weapon is probably easier to strap down than it is to pack. Even so, it’s still plenty easy to transport. Ruger even offers a backpack with Molle straps and a very prominent Ruger logo (not very discreet) that they’ve designed perfectly for carrying the weapon. You can never go wrong with a Ruger 10/22.

Bigger Bore Options

If you are interested in a larger caliber takedown rifle, I have recently come across two that are very interesting. The first is an AR-style carbine chambered in a variety or in pistol rounds. The next rifle is a full-sized Browning hunting rifle. These weapons are larger and heavier but considerably better for defense and hunting.

The Aero Self  Defense Rifle

The Aero survival rifle is designed to resemble the look and feel of an AR, but it is chambered in a pistol caliber. The little carbine accepts Glock magazines, so you know that plenty of high-capacity options will be available. The weapon is chambered in 9mm, .40 caliber, and .45 ACP. Moreover, the ammo can be interchangeable with your sidearm.

The rifle comes apart without tools, and it breaks into less than half its normal length. It drops easily into a backpack, giving you a close-to-medium-range hunting and self-defense weapon. This self defense rifle features some rail space for optics or folding iron sights as well as a flashlight or foregrip. The stock is an M4-style six-position adjustable.

Browning Lever-Action Takedown Rifle

Browning is a very well-known firearms maker of high-quality rifles, handguns, shotguns, safes, and just about everything else in the firearms world. Their lever-action takedown rifle is no different. This rifle is an excellent choice as a hunting rifle, and it even has some excellent defensive capabilities. For those poor folks who live in a less-than-free state like California or New York, this rifle is completely legal in either—for the time being anyway.

The weapon feeds from a detachable box magazine and can chamber full-powered rifle rounds. The weapon can be chambered in fourteen different calibers from 22-250 to .375. These options give you long-range and hard-hitting bullets. The lever action guarantees reliable and quick feeding.

The weapon weighs around seven pounds and is bulky compared to any other survival rifle that we’ve mentioned. Once the Browning is broken down, it still fits in a hiking pack though, and it is relatively easy to strap to the side or top. This rifle is an awesome choice when you need a full-sized and full-powered rifle to take game, especially at longer ranges. Browning has a winner with this rifle. I only wish it was easier to find.

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Do you have any other suggestions for survival rifles suitable for self-defense? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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5 Kitchen Cures For Soothing A Sore Throat

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:00

When you’re feeling under the weather, being able to soothe a sore throat can really help.

So, your kids are probably now all back in school. Unfortunately, mine have already come home complaining of stuffy noses.  Now, flu season is fast approaching, and a sore throat is one of the most common symptoms you might experience. A sore throat can be painful — and contribute to your misery during a sickness. Fortunately, there are dozens of kitchen remedies you can try to soothe your inflamed throat.

 

1. Honey

The first way to soothe your sore throat is to incorporate honey into your day. Honey is a traditional remedy for soothing throats. While all honeys are beneficial, manuka tends to be the most revered choice. Honey is antiviral and antibacterial, making it a great choice. Honey is also a wound healer. You can use it on wounds anywhere, which contributes to its effectiveness against sore throats.

You can use honey several ways. The first is just eating a tablespoon of honey, without anything else. The only deterrent here is the texture. You can mix honey with a delicious cup of herbal tea. Make sure you are taking honey frequently, ideally every hour.

Honey is a great choice for kids. Please always remember that honey is not safe for kids under the age of one year old. However, if your kids are old enough to consume honey, many parents believe it is just as effective as cough suppressants.

 

2. Salt Water

Gargling salt water can elevate some of the pain associated with a sore throat. While the taste might be unappealing, you can’t argue with evidence. Gargling salt water every hour will get rid of your sore throat in no time. Salt water also helps to kill bacteria in your throat and break down secretions.

To properly use this method, mix a half teaspoon of salt into a full glass of warm water. Gargle for as long as you want. Best of all, chances are you already have salt in your kitchen cupboard, so you don’t need to run out for special ingredients.

 

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3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is known for its calming and soothing effects. Aside from aiding sleeping problems, chamomile can also soothe your sore throat. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties, making it a great choice.

To use chamomile to soothe your pain, there are a few methods. First, you can try inhaling chamomile steam. Many people create a tent with a towel over a pot of hot water. You can add some drops of chamomile essential oil or dried herbs.

Another choice that tends to be the most popular is drinking chamomile tea. You can purchase pre-made chamomile tea bags in the store or make your own at home with homegrown herbs. Best of all, it will also help to boost your immune system to fight off whatever is causing the sore throat.

 

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Chances are you think that there is no way you will drink ACV. It seems so uncomfortable. However, ACV is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it an ideal choice to fight your sore throat. Also, the higher content of acid will help to break down the mucus leading to a sore throat and stop any bacteria from spreading.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to drink a glass of plain ACV. Instead, try diluting one to two tablespoons in a cup of water. Then, gargle it. Also, you can sip on warm water, ACV and honey. Together, they will pack a punch. Do this at least once an hour.

 

5. Garlic

No, you don’t need to eat a plain clove of garlic. Garlic has amazing antibacterial properties that will fight off infections. For example, it is one of the best treatments for a yeast infection.

So, to use garlic to soothe your sore throat, try taking a garlic supplement throughout the day. It is a good idea to include a garlic supplement all the time to reduce the risk of catching a virus. Add some garlic to your lunch and dinner today.

Your grandmother might have mentioned sucking on a clove of garlic to soothe your throat. Yes, this can be an effective treatment. However, make sure you brush your teeth very well afterward if you want to be close to your loved ones and friends.

What is your favorite method for soothing an irritated throat? Let us know in the section below:

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