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I’ve got a somewhat embarrassing confession to share with you today. It wouldn’t be embarrassing for most people to find themselves in the position I’m in, but it is embarrassing for me. For the last 6 days, I’ve been sick with the flu and what looked like pneumonia. It’s the worst flu I can remember, and it’s all my fault.
How’d it happen? Pretty simple…I was running all-out for the last several months, planning on taking some time off around Christmas. But I didn’t take any real time off. And I hit a wall. It was like my body told my mind, “If you’re not going to take time off like you promised, we’ll MAKE you take a break!” At some point, practicing “mind over matter” will cause “matter” to smack you with a hard dose of reality 🙂
I know better. I know how important it is to let the body and the mind run at a variety of speeds—both high and low—to “shake the cobwebs out,” heal up, give the brain time to process, get depleted chemical and hormone levels back up and to just take a break.
In the military, that break is called R&R and it can be a few hours, 4 days, or up to 15 days. Interestingly enough, on January 11th, 2011, the millionth block of 15 day Rest and Recuperation (R&R) leave began. That’s impressive since the current Rest and Recuperation Leave Program only started on Sept 25th, 2003. You read that right—A MILLION blocks of leave in just over 7 years. It’s THAT important, I knew it, I ignored it, I’m suffering as a result, and I’m embarrassed.
Is there anything good coming out of this?
YES! I’ve worked with my doctor (ND) and have only taken things that I talked about in lesson 5 of the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course and other non-prescription items that will give my body the strength it needs to fight the viral and possibly bacterial infections on it’s own. Not surprisingly, it’s working quite well for me and after I got over my machismo and actually started doing something about it, I started getting better quite rapidly.
When I’m back to 100%, I’ll give you a rundown of the additional items that I used. It’s too early right now. I’m much better than I was, but I’m definitely not completely better right now. This article is my only goal for the day and will be my first “accomplishment” for the week so far.
Please note that I’m not a healthcare practitioner, my body is unique and that the supplements that work great for me may harm or kill you because of an unknown allergy, interaction, or an inability to break down some rare molecule. I can tell you what has worked for me, but you need to figure out what you’re going to use with a qualified healthcare professional. People who have tried emailing me in the past asking specific questions on supplements know that if they get an answer at all, it is, “consult with a qualified healthcare professional.”
Also, please note that I have been regularly monitoring my temperature, my distal oxygen saturation (and understand the drastic impact that hand temperature and body position have on SO2 Levels,) and even got a chest x-ray when my lungs didn’t sound right to insure that I wasn’t taking any unnecessary risks.
Why did I go through all of this trouble when I could have just taken Tamiflu and a Z-Pack? Two reasons:
- Tamiflu has way too many side effects for my taste. I’d rather just work through the flu than work through additional flu-like symptoms from a “cure” that only shortens the duration an average of a day.
Z-packs (Azithromycin) are great, broad spectrum antibiotics with a long half-life and my body has responded well to them in the past, and I’d like to keep it that way by avoiding their use unless absolutely necessary. In this case, the flu is a virus and Z-Packs won’t touch it. They’ll only help with possible secondary infections…but, they also compromise good “baby” bacteria in the gut. This “baby” bacteria will be full grown in 6-8 weeks and if I’m exposed to a bacterial infection when that compromised good bacteria is supposed to be my front line of defense, I’m more likely to get an infection.
This is why I load up on probiotics (good bacteria) after taking anti-biotics and why people who don’t are more likely to get a follow-up infection 6-8 weeks after taking antibiotics.
If my oxygen levels would have dropped off or my temperature would have spiked, I would have taken a Z-Pack.
- Because I wrote a course & book that discussed this exact situation and I’d be a big jerk If I didn’t handle the situation the way I had in the past and said I would in the future.
In other words, preparedness is REAL to me. It’s not a drill, it’s not a game, and I’m keenly aware that my family may be the first to suffer if I write on topics that haven’t been researched, tested, and proven out by others who I trust and/or myself.
If I write about how I’d handle a situation, like the flu, after a breakdown in the medical system and I wasn’t willing to actually use it when a relatively safe opportunity came up to re-test it, the information wouldn’t do me any good and it wouldn’t do you any good.
You see, I did the research for the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course primarily to help prepare my family for surviving breakdowns in civil order in urban areas in an urban environment after disasters. But the experts I originally consulted with wanted copies to share with friends and family.
It helps to understand that most military, law enforcement, and first responders are the “go-to” guys in their family. To make matters worse, the widely accepted consensus among “martial” trainers is that it is unwise for a trained spouse to teach their untrained spouse marital skills—and it really stings to pay someone else to teach my wife something that I already know. So, when disaster strikes, the assumption is that the “go-to” guy will be able to handle everything.
But when a disaster strikes, and the “go-to” guy is doing the work that they love to do, is injured, or ill, the rest of the family has to sink or swim on their own. The SurviveInPlace.com course finally gave military, law enforcement, and first responders a step-by-step process to go through with their families to get them up to speed and numerous opportunities to share real world examples from their pasts.
It turned out that the course was not only great for helping military, law enforcement, and first responders get their families up to speed, but also for lifelong preppers, and individuals & families just waking up to preparedness.
So, keep that in mind as you’re going through the course or reading the weekly or monthly newsletters. I write what I write to significantly increase the odds of myself, my family, my friends, you, and your family surviving breakdowns in civil order after natural or manmade disasters. In other words, if you have evidence or personal anecdotes that support or contradict things that I say, then PLEASE share them by commenting at the bottom of the appropriate article.
The Tucson Arizona Shooting
I’m not going to mention this piece of vermin’s name. My prayers go out to the victims who survived and the friends and families of all of the victims. And I hope that justice is served as quickly, humanely, and inexpensively as possible.
This guy was/is CRAZY and EVIL. Pure and simple. His actions were random, had no respect for life, and had no possible positive outcome. It leaves me shaking my head and wondering what kind of internal torment he must have experienced to think that ANYONE could be better off if he decided to start killing innocent people.
But this whole incident once again exposed the level of pent-up—almost insane—rage that the press has for people who believe we’re (T)axed (E)nough (A)lready and want to get government under control, people who support the First Amendment and listen to talk radio, people who support the Second Amendment and own firearms, and even a 5’5” 46 year old lady from a little town in Alaska.
At least ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, WSJ, and NYT all have come out since Saturday saying that the shooter is not connected to the above groups. But, until they realized the facts told a different story, most news agencies alluded to the fact that he MUST be inspired by Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, or TEA Party philosophies of lower taxes and limited government.
We’re at a dangerous time in our history. Both conservatives and liberals believe that the other is responsible for the troubles that our country / world is in. I think I can give you a mental image of where I see us right now:
If you heat up distilled water in a Pyrex container in the microwave, it can get over 220 degrees without boiling. This condition is called “superheated” and it is a very volatile condition. As soon as the container is moved or ANYTHING breaks the surface tension of the water, the water starts boiling quite rapidly and appears to “explode” out of the container and sometimes even out of the microwave.
It’s a surprising, irrational, violent response to something that would otherwise be considered normal.
The US and several other countries around the globe are, in many ways, “superheated” right now. This is playing out between countries, between parties in countries, and even everyday while driving.
The immediate verbal reactions to the senseless shootings in Tucson simply reinforce the possibility that a breakdown in civil order could quickly blow up like a superheated container of water.
What would that mean? It’s hard to tell, but it’s safe to assume that it would mean that you would have almost no opportunity to stock up or bug out and that you’d have to Survive In Place with the supplies you currently have.
If you want a step-by-step plan to follow to get you and your family prepared for breakdowns in civil order after disasters, then I suggest that you take a look at my SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course. As I’ve discussed, it will walk you through the steps necessary to get you and your loved ones ready to survive breakdowns in civil order when relocating isn’t an option.
Comments? Thoughts? Please share them below.
Stay safe & God bless,
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