Healthcare…Time to get your plans in order!

by Evan on May 17, 2010

Welcome to this week’s Urban Survival Newsletter!

This week was kind of a kick in the gut for me….and many Americans. Between the increasing number of foreign threats that want to destroy us and the domestic threats to our liberty, the last few days should serve as a wake-up call to make sure you are getting your plans squared away to survive breakdowns in civil order in your area.

I’m not going to go into depth on the healthcare bill right now. I probably will talk more about Obamacare in the coming days here on the blog/forum, but I will say that we just can’t afford it…even if the federal government stays out of the insurance side of healthcare, we can’t even afford for the federal government to oversee, let alone enforce the bill that was just passed. Here are two quick reasons why:

–    Social Security is paying out $29 BILLION more than it’s taking in this year…That’s roughly $90 for every man, woman, and child. This shortfall is AFTER quietly cutting payments to thousands of recipients already this year (including my parents).

–    Washington is spending $1 ¼ TRILLION more than it’s taking in this year…That’s $4,000 that our representatives borrowed on behalf of every man, woman, and child in the US…from China, who’s leaders have repeatedly said that they “hate” us and who’s military regularly trains attacking us with cyber attacks and Japan, who’s economy is such a messed up house of cards that it’s amazing it didn’t completely implode in the 90s.

Whether you think the bill is wonderful or horrible, and regardless of whether the bill ever gets enacted or not, this is a good opportunity to take some time and figure out how you can become more self-reliant in terms of trauma care, long term medical care, and sicknesses.

For trauma, consider taking a first responder class, buying and studying an EMT manual, or even taking an online EMT/Paramedic course with local hands-on tests. The classes are a little spendy…about $1,000, but the time and money that you spend on the training will seem like a bargain if you ever NEED the skills.

For short and long term medical issues, you might need to get creative, do some research, and get a small stockpile of non-prescription treatments for various ailments. I go into this in a lot more detail in the Urban Survival Guide, but I’ll share a few examples below. Keep in mind that I’m not a doctor and I’m not giving medical advice…just giving you a few things to talk about with your healthcare professional. These are all potentially life and death issues and choices that you shouldn’t take lightly. Do your research and talk with qualified people before changing medication or medicinal herbs.

If you’re hesitant to use any non-prescription solutions for medical issues, keep in mind that many prescriptions are refined or man-made versions of naturally occurring substances.

When I start to get a sinus or upper respiratory infection, instead of getting a Z-pack or other antibiotic, I use eucalyptus, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, saline washes with zinc, and other herbs/oils with antibiotic/antiviral properties.

That being said, I AM more than willing to use a prescription antibiotic if I can’t beat illnesses on my own. I don’t hate the medical system…I just value self-reliance, privacy, and solutions that have a minimum number of side effects.

If you have type II Diabetes, check with your healthcare professional about using cinnamon or other cheap, easy to find products to control your blood sugar levels.

If you take blood pressure issues and take beta-blockers or vasodilators, talk with your healthcare professional about using properly harvested & processed chamomile tea or the amino acid l-arginine.

If you take anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication, talk with your healthcare professional about using 5-HTP, melatonin, SAM-e, St. John’s Wort, amino acids, or simple sun exposure & exercise.

If you anticipate needing pain management in a survival situation, it might benefit you to learn the pain management techniques taught in the Bradley Natural Childbirth classes.

I realize that there may not be a non-prescription solution for your issue, like type I diabetes, chronic pain issues, organ anti-rejection medication, and more. Don’t waste time focusing on the things that you can’t change, but the more self-reliant you can become in terms of medical issues, the less vulnerable you will be to changes in the accessibility of the healthcare system due to economics, politics, or disasters.

If you are to the point where you are COMPLETELY prepared for probable events and have moved on to preparing for electromagnetic pulse (still frighteningly probable) & other mass-chaos, end of the world type events, you might want to consider buying poppy seeds as well. You will lose all your possessions and go to really, REALLY bad federal prison if you attempt to harvest opium when there are functioning law enforcement entities, but in a Mad Max scenario, a renewable supply of pain medication could save a lot of lives. (Really…don’t screw around with this.)

With all “herbal” or “natural” remedies, it is very important to study up so that you know you’re getting quality products. There are particular components of oils and herbs that have medicinal qualities and these can be ruined if the wrong part of the plant is processed, if the processing is done incorrectly, or if the final product is stored incorrectly.

With teas, as an example, some companies tend to use harvesting and processing techniques that give their teas the most flavorful or aromatic end result…which are not necessarily the harvesting and processing techniques that give the most medically effective tea.

Since these and other non-prescription items are all currently non-controlled items, it’s still possible to stock up on them if you find that they work for you.
There’s another angle that you can take with this as well. Let’s say that you don’t have type II diabetes, but you know neighbors who do. You might want to stock up on some cinnamon to have on hand as a barter/charity item. This strategy isn’t restricted to cinnamon…it can apply to ANY unique need that you see your neighbors having in a survival situation.

I want to hear what you think about the healthcare bill and what it means for YOUR future. Will it help or hurt your family? Tell me by commenting at

Until next week,

David Morris /

P.S. If you haven’t signed up for the Urban Survival Guide, you really need to. In addition to covering alternatives to prescription medications, we go over improvised trauma strategies, and tactical considerations you need to know before you are forced into a survival situation. To see the complete course description, please go to right now..

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