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More political rallies turn violent over the weekend as radicals start openly calling for civil war and violence in the streets. […]
As a nurse, I am always looking for alternative methods of healing. Should we have a natural disaster, societal unrest, or pandemic, I want to find ways of taking care of my family’s medical needs. In those types of scenarios, a hospital itself could be lost or overwhelmed with patients during a crisis of some sort. I’m also not a fan of hospitals anyway, which are just large Petri dishes of highly resistant germs and microbes. It’s so ironic, that I am in this profession!
I have been trying a photo light therapy on myself, friends, and family to see if it really works. Although, its only been 3 weeks, the results have been so good that I want to share it with you. The benefits have really been amazing. Here’s how it all began.
Learning about photo light therapy
I have had a painful, inflamed, throbbing neck since 2010, as a result of a car accident. I’ve taken so much ibuprofen over the last several years, that I developed gastritis. I just couldn’t take the NSAIDS anymore, but I needed something for pain and didn’t want to start down the road of prescription pain meds. They can cause more problems than they help.
I stopped by my local health food store, Baum’s, and picked up curcumin capsules for natural pain relief. They were effective, but I went through a bottle in a week, taking some every few hours. At least they didn’t cause stomach pain. I went back for a larger bottle and received a promotional flyer at the checkout counter, along with my receipt. I love reading all the information in the flyer about their products, but they also have interesting classes and speakers from time to time. This time, I noticed a seminar for “All Natural, Non-Narcotic Pain Relief With the Power of Light”. I reserved a seat for myself, and my friend Madelynn.
The class was all about the healing benefits of various wavelengths of light. It was presented by Nancy Hutsenpillar and PJ Cordona. They use the “InLight Wellness System” to help increase circulation, relieve inflammation, decrease/eliminate pain, help skin conditions, depression, and so much more. The small machine has up to 6 different pads that are placed on the client. Each pad has rows of blue, red, and infrared lights.
Blue lights benefit skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. It is also the wavelength of light that is used to treat jaundice in babies in neo-natal units. According to PubMed, many bacteria are killed by blue light, among them are gram positive, bacteria, gram negative bacteria, Staphylococcus Aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, H. Pylori, and many more.
Red lights penetrate deeper than the blue, and these wavelengths go all the way into the cells. The mitochondria absorb this light, and causes a tremendous increase of ATP (Adenosinetriphosphate). Cellular activity is greatly increased. Nitric oxide is released into the bloodsteam, blood vessels “relax”, and circulation improves. This also promotes better wound healing by allowing more oxygen to damaged sites. The lymphatic system seems to drain inflamed areas of excess fluid, resulting in less pain.
Red light is used to promote healing in non-healing wounds, post surgical sites, knee, neck, back, shoulders, ligaments, and tendons. Diabetics are getting relief from neuropathy and pain in their extremities. Spas and Dermatologists use it to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on skin. Here is a link to a video explaining WHY it works.
The near-infrared light and infrared light is in the invisible spectrum, and these penetrate most deeply, all the way to the bone. It is serious therapy. It is being used for traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke, PTSD, non-healing ulcers, etc.
My personal experience with light therapy
After the presentation, we had a chance to try the lights. I explained to Nancy about my chronic neck pain. She placed several pads on me, including one for my neck, and a facial mask. The session lasted about 20 minutes. It felt very relaxing, but my neck felt maybe 20% better. However, my mid-back felt great, my knees were fine, and I felt very alert and happy. I didn’t expect any of those things, and mentioned it to Nancy. She explained that the treatment helps the whole body, not just where the pads were placed. I decided to rent the machine for a week to see if repeated treatments would help my neck.
My friend, Madelynn, who came with me is a harpist. Her thumb has been very painful, and she has been unable to play for some time. After her treatment, she did notice a difference in her thumb right away. It was much less painful. She also ended up renting a machine. She used it on her family members with excellent results, too. After her weeks rental was up, her thumb was back to normal.
After daily placing of the pads for a week, my pain was 90%-95% gone. I continued to use it for another 2 weeks and tried it on as many people as possible. The testimonials were quite dramatic. My sister had me wrap her ankle that was swollen. After 20 minutes, she said she didn’t feel different, just relaxed. But a few hours later, she went to go have a cigarette outside. She went to cram her foot into her shoe, and it slipped right in. She was amazed because it’s been months since she could slip her foot into her shoe that easily. The swelling was down markedly.
I’ve seen it help others, too
I also wrapped up a co-worker who had been bitten by dogs when she tried to break up a fight between them. She was very bruised and had puncture wounds. By the end of our shift, she had regained use of her bitten, swollen hand. By the third day the bruising was gone, and she only had a few superficial marks left.
My daughter has rosacea or cystic acne, we aren’t sure which. She has had the face mask on about 5 days per week, and by end of week 2, her skin was pink, not red and blotchy. The affected area is also much smaller. I’d say it’s about 50%-60% better. We have both noticed that we sleep better at night, too. I am not tossing and turning so much because my neck feels so much better.
I’d like to mention a few previous experiences with light therapy. I used to work as an RN at a Dermatologist’s office. I was the “Blue Light Therapy” nurse. I used this wavelength of light on patients who had psoriasis, vitiligo, and other skin conditions. Insurance covered these treatments because they got results, but it does take time. I also brought my dog to our local vet’s office for hip pain. They offered Red Light Therapy for $35.00 for each 30 minute session, and recommended it be done 3 times per week. It is a therapy that is recognized by professionals because it has long term benefits.
I have now decided that I will purchase the system. It is expensive, but it has helped so many people in just the short time I rented the units. I also only have one stomach. If I ruin it with NSAIDS, I can’t buy another, and I won’t have to go the route of “pain meds” for my chronic neck pain. I’d also like to work less at my traditional job and be able to turn this into a holistic healing type of job. Believe it or not, the crows feet around my eyes have flattened out, and my eye area is looking “refreshed”. I can’t wait to see the results in another month or two!
So, I like the whole concept of this type of healing. It’s non-pharmaceutical, non-allergenic, can’t overdose, & no “down time”. Its FDA approved, and is used on babies in the hospitals. If anyone is having chronic pain, I suggest they look into this and do your own research. However, everything I’ve seen has been very positive. Just make sure whatever system or device you use has American made diodes and not cheap foreign made ones that won’t work. They may look the same, but aren’t. I hope this will help people who are suffering, & have been unable to successfully treat themselves with other methods. It would be a great prep to have for medical emergencies.
This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
There is a great deal of concern in some circles about the stealth maneuvers of state that may be in the works.
Unlike other former presidents, who’ve sailed into the sunset, become mostly a fixture for autographs and nostalgia, and who’ve by and large stayed out of politics, former President Obama has set up shop in Washington, D.C. and he plans to stay in the game.
He is not only inside the beltway, but just a few blocks from the White House. His top advisor and perhaps his closest confidante, Valeria Jarrett, has moved in with him.
At this time, it’s not exactly clear what they have in store for America, but Obama 2.0 is taking shape, and many are already calling it a “shadow government.”
According to the Associated Press:
A Pennsylvania congressman has accused former President Barack Obama of staying in Washington solely to run a “shadow government” to undermine the GOP agenda.
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly made the claim to fellow Republicans at an event Saturday north of Pittsburgh.
A video clip posted to YouTube shows Kelly saying that Obama remained in Washington for “one purpose only … to run the shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda.”
Many figures on the right have been discussing their fears about an Obama-led shadow government.
If they are right, this is most certainly not politics as usual, and it is not necessarily an empty threat.
Already, there have been sustained protests against President Trump, and anyone associated with him. During the campaign, there were violent clashes in both political camps, and there has been the underlying sense that things are reaching some sort of maximum…
Is there subterfuge of our elected government? And who is really running things?
In the giving and taking of marching orders, former President Obama is a taker. He and his staff might be capable of advanced fundraising and organizing activities, but the agenda itself trickles down from bigger pockets.
If there is a shadow government in the works, and there are apparently several competing shadow networks, then Obama’s is certainly tied to the purse strings and upstart flavor of George Soros, surely the foremost patron of instigation during the Obama Administration.
After all, who got an unknown state senator the keynote speaking slot for the 2004 DNC convention? Who got this self-described ‘son of a goat herder from Kenya with a funny name’ into the White House only four years later? And who stirred the pot on gun control, with sensational hysteria over mass shootings, with Occupy Wall Street, with Black Lives Matter, with the Day Without a Woman marches and dozens of other astroturf “movements” that are designed to drive a wedge through society?
The danger of a Shadow Government is not one that will rule, but one that will sponsor an “American Spring” – a controlled opposition uprising that can be used to delegitimize the government and foster chaos.
If riots pop up in dozens of cities, and real violence spreads, the country itself could descend into madness. Similar efforts by George Soros – and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, another Obama shadow advisor – to create the Arab Spring, and before that, the color revolutions that unglued the Soviet Union by fostering opposition throughout Eastern Europe.
We’re entering into a phase where a cold civil war could spring up in this country, met with pockets of violence, plausible installation of martial law, and hare-triggered ideologues may clash in the streets.
As this coincides with dramatic pitfalls in the long-term economic collapse which is still ongoing, this stealthy action could undermine the larger fabric of the country – very Cloward-Piven Strategy. The left-right divide has never been more deeply felt, and ex-pres Obama is in the perfect position to give Soros & co. an assist in toppling things over.
So goes the nation?
By: Matt “Papa Bear” Wooddell
Many people, when first joining the preparedness community initially focus on guns and ammo. They want nice, useful, and effective weaponry and enough ammunition to last for years and years before needing to purchase more. After a few years of prepping and a few years’ worth of trips to the rifle range, those once fired brass rifle and pistol cartridges can really pile up, assuming they are collected after shooting. With about $300 to $400 invested in reloading equipment, all those hundreds or even thousands of once fired brass casings can be reloaded for a tremendous savings over buying factory new ammunition. Sometimes the savings can be as drastic as 80% of the price of purchasing new ammo! Most preppers on a budget can really appreciate that amount of savings. So, many of people will buy a single stage reloading press and keep the equipment at their primary residence, where it makes sense to store it, and cut the cost of their preps by reloading. But can reloading equipment be worthwhile to bring on a bug out?
When most people consider reloading equipment, their thoughts are of single stage reloading presses or progressive reloaders. This equipment is a great addition to anyone’s preps. But this stuff is heavy and bulky. Also, progressive loaders are best set up in the most efficient manner and left in place, not toted around in a suitcase or ruck sack. A single stage press can be more easily mobile than a progressive loader but is still not practical to pack along, even on a vehicle bug out or for an INCH kit when space and weight are limiting factors. That leaves a cartridge loader set for consideration as a practical way to include reloading in a bug out plan. Even though cartridge loaders and cartridge loader kits have limitations, they can be very effective tools to maintain an ammunition supply in a survival or grid down scenario. In the following discussion, these three reloading set ups will be examined for their strengths and weaknesses as related to bug out applications and some of the limitations of the different equipment will be addressed with recommendations to improve their practicality.
Most people begin reloading with a single stage press. It may not be the fastest method. It may not be the cheapest option either. However, the single stage press produces the consistent, accurate, and high quality ammunition that makes people want to start and continue in reloading. The single stage press is less mechanically complicated and less expensive than the progressive loader. It is easier to maintain consistency and precision with a single stage press than it is with a cartridge loader. For these reasons, the overwhelming choice for beginning reloaders is the single stage press. A single stage press makes a perfect set up for reloading to cut cost and maintain ammo supply at a home base. Some people will choose to buy a progressive loader after using a single stage press for a period. If the single stage press is replaced with a progressive loader in the home set up, it is a great idea to cache the single stage press that is no longer being used at a bug out location. Additionally, learning to reload and reload well on a single stage press will help the handloader get the best performance out of a cartridge loader. Because of size and weight considerations, the cartridge loader is the practical and effective equipment choice for reloading on the run.
Cartridge loader sets, similar to the Lee Classic Loader for example, have been in use since the proliferation of the metallic cartridge. Often, these were sold along with a new firearm just as safety locks are sold with new guns today. In the 1870’s it was likely that the local general store may not have ammo for a person’s new firearm, so the cartridge loader allowed the owner to keep firing his / her weapon after all the cases were spent. The principles of using the antique cartridge loaders and the modern ones are basically the same. The body of the cartridge loader, like the Lee Classic Loader, is assembled in different ways and struck with a dead blow or non-marring mallet to perform the different reloading tasks of depriming, forming, and bullet seating. These little kits are caliber specific, like a set of dies, and come with a little powder dipper. To get the best performance out of these kits and make them a viable bug out option, their limitations must be understood and minimized.
The Lee Classic Loader comes with the tools needed to perform the reloading steps of depriming, sizing, priming, and bullet seating. It also includes a powder dipper. However, there are a few extra things that will help with reloading ammunition on the move. A case mouth deburring tool is small, inexpensive, and useful for cartridge prep. Also, a dial caliper is needed to check cartridge case length and overall cartridge length. Additionally, a hard-plastic case for the dial caliper is necessary to protect it from damage. Finally, the issue of measuring powder must be addressed. A receiver failure during bug out would be unacceptable. The included powder measure is not acceptable as, and was never intended to be, a standalone powder measuring device for bug out reloading. There are many companies that will make custom powder dippers to exact specification and unless a scale is carried around this is a necessary purchase to add to this reloading kit. Even with the best custom powder dipper, some variation in powder charge from load to load is to be expected. To help minimize the variations, test the powder measure at home before adding it to the kit. Scoop the powder gently the same way each time so that more powder by weight is not compacted into the scooper. Level it by either tapping or by scraping across the top but do it consistently. Then, weigh the results on a scale to get an average weight and learn the best and most consistent technique. With powder charges, consistency is important! It is also necessary to add some case lubricant to the kit. Finally, the kit needs a non-marring or dead blow mallet to power the loading tool. The overachiever could add a cylinder type case length gauge to the kit as well. This reloading set up fits in a small toiletry bag with plenty of room to spare. Add some powder, primers, and bullets for a complete mobile reloading station capable of maintaining and extending a person’s ammunition supply.
There are limitations to this mobile reloading kit. Most notably, it is powered by a hammer which makes lots of noise. A bug out may not always include active evasion but it rarely includes active attention seeking either. For the rural settings, the noise of a hammer banging away carries a long distance over an open area. And if sheltering in an abandoned building in a urban setting, the banging noise will likewise give away one’s location. This kit is used in the interim to maintain the ammunition supply. It can be enhanced greatly by the addition of a few extra reloading tools cached at the bug out location. A triple beam balance powder scale and a powder trickler are inexpensive and would greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of ammunition loaded with the kit if these were placed ahead of time at the bug out destination. A hand priming tool would be convenient and easy to use. Additionally, a case trimmer and a cylinder type cartridge minimum / maximum case length gauge could go a long way to increase the number of times a cartridge could be reloaded in an extended bug out. A few extra tools in cache will greatly improve the reloading ability. Of course, if a re-loader had a progressive loader set up at home as a primary reloading means, the older and no longer used single stage press could also be left at the bug out destination. With these extra larger tools left at the bug out location and some components in cache, the survivalist can greatly extend his / her ammo supply.
In conclusion, may people do not consider reloading on a bug out to be viable because of the size and weight of traditionally considered reloading equipment. However, when packing for a vehicle bug out or putting together an extensive INCH kit, there is a great opportunity to include reloading equipment. By thinking outside of normal applications for reloading equipment, the resourceful prepper can benefit greatly from adding reloading to his / her tool kit. Aside from saving money in good times, reloading can stretch and extend the ammunition supply in an extended survival scenario. Aside from just stockpiling more and more ammo, give these reloading set ups some serious thought and consider how including reloading can benefit preparedness.
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There is no more fundamental need than a steady supply of water. Without it, our bodies cannot survive more than a few days. Yet when natural disasters or other emergencies take place, municipal water is often one of the first victims. And large-scale terrorism is likely to target water distribution as a key element of infrastructure to disrupt.
So it’s critically important that we take whatever steps we can to ensure that we can maintain a safe and adequate supply of water under whatever circumstances may occur.
The most important things are to educate yourself and then to prepare. Make sure you understand the implications of line breaks. Understand how to handle a boil-water advisory. And then get your home and your family ready for how to handle a disruption in water.
As you plan for the very real possibility of a water outage, there are some major areas of concern you should address.
Starting Off Right
Water failures are rarely caused by damage at the distribution points or purification sites. It’s generally a result of line breakage. Earthquakes are notorious for creating ground shifts that twist pipes and break their joints apart.
But other failures are less sudden. A period of unusually wet weather can leave heavy soils shifting and moving, causing rocks and other buried objects to rub against water lines and create leaks that can ultimately become large enough to disrupt service.
The ideal water pipe is reinforced with a chrome carbide overlay that will resist this type of damage. If you don’t know whether your utility has built lines with such materials, try to find out and then urge them to make the change if necessary.
Maintaining Your Own
Inside your house is the most complex part of the water delivery process. The many fixtures and appliances requiring water create a maze of pipes that must be carefully monitored and maintained.
It does you no good to have a great municipal water system if your own system will fail you! Slow leaks in crawlspaces may never impact you until the pressure from your supplier drops. And other malfunctions may be okay until the system shuts down, then reactivates with a surge of pressure that finally breaks a joint or connection that had barely been hanging on.
Keep your own equipment in top running order so that outside disruptions won’t be made worse.
Conserve & Plan
Although our home’s water supply is pressurized in most uses, it’s still functional when we operate with stored water. Toilet tanks can be easily refilled with jugs or bottles that you keep on hand. Water can be heated and dumped into the tub for easy bathing. You can even do laundry with a stockpile of water.
You’ll get creative if your system shuts down, but you have to make sure that you have first stored that water. Hang on to used milk jugs, juice containers, water bottles, and any other sanitary vessel you can get, then fill them with water and store them safely. Other containers can be used for non-potable water for toilets and laundry.
Even the best municipal water system will experience a failure here and there. You must be prepared to operate on your own when it happens. If you make the proper plans, you can get through until repairs are made.