Author Archives: Thoreau

Controversial Study cautions against Too Little Salt in the Diet

The Lancet published a peer-reviewed medical study based on data from over 130,000 individuals. The study compared salt intake to risk of death and risk of heart attacks (and other cardiovascular events) in people with and without high blood pressure. … Continue reading

Martial Arts as Self-Defense for Preppers

This article is an updated version of an older post. If you study any martial art long enough, it should serve you well in a hand-to-hand type of self-defense situation. But from a prepping point of view, you don’t want … Continue reading

Can Donald Trump be trusted on Gun Rights?

Here’s the news story, discussing Trump’s changing position on gun control. His current stated position, while running as the presumptive Republican nominee is simple: “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear,” says Trump on his site. “The right of … Continue reading

Belgium distributes Iodine tablets to all residents

Here’s the news story: Belgium Issues Iodine Pills to All Citizens in Nuclear Emergency Plan. “Belgium is to issue iodine tablets to its entire population as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan, a measure unveiled just months after it … Continue reading

The Top Five Challenges of Survival Gardening

Whether you are new to gardening or not, the use of a large backyard garden to produce food for survival is significantly different from recreational gardening. There are serious problems to be overcome, challenges to be faced, and failure means … Continue reading

3 Countermeasures against Radioactive Fallout

The information in this post comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website: Radiation Emergency Medical Management. A radiation emergency might occur from a nuclear bomb, a dirty bomb, or a nuclear power plant disaster. The … Continue reading

Hygiene – a Sensitive Survival Topic

This is one of my previous posts that I have updated and reposted. Any number of short to long-term disasters could leave you without power and/or running water. The result is a serious but difficult topic in prepping: hygiene. Without … Continue reading

A New Survival Air Rifle: folding, lightweight, quiet

Famed Russian airgun company, EDgun, has a new air rifle, designed for backpacking and survival. A PCP-type (Pre-Charged Pneumatic) air rifle, it is lightweight, trim, compact, and even foldable. What’s it called? Leshiy, which means “wood goblin”. Leshiy or Leshy … Continue reading

Annual Report: Global Catastrophic Risks 2016

Yes, this is a real thing. The Global Challenges Foundation’s “annual report Global Catastrophic Risks 2016 is the result of a continued partnership between the Foundation and researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Priorities Project at … Continue reading

Table Salt: a cheap and useful Prepping supply

Ordinary table salt is inexpensive, even if you buy brand-name at retail. It is cheap cheap stuff. But it’s also a sometimes overlooked prepping supply. This post is a quick overview of the usefulness of salt. First, table salt (NaCl) … Continue reading

Is Prepping a Hobby or a Way of Life?

The show “Doomsday Preppers” did much to damage the reputation of prepping, making it seem as if we preppers are so immersed in preparing for the worst, that these preparations consume our whole lives. And the version of prepping presented … Continue reading

Mosquito Control is More Important than Ever

Danger Mosquitos spread disease. The Zika virus is spread by two different species of mosquitos found in the U.S. See the CDC map here. And although we have not yet seen any cases of Zika in the 50 States from … Continue reading