Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #208. I hope you all survived your March okay and are ready to cruise into April. No April fools' jokes from HFS because we are surrounded by so many things we could categorize as April fools' jokes. Heck, we could declare some humans as April fool's jokes, couldn't we? Speaking of jokes, have you ever wondered where the white goes when snow melts? Okay, okay, have you ever wondered where common sense goes when politicians move to Washington D.C.?
In the past week I have met so many great Patriots who are just like us. They love God and our great nation. I had a great trip to the Kentucky Gun and Preparedness Expo in Leburn, KY. HFS ended up teaching four classes over two days and I enjoyed it much. This was a great event. I also got to meet Mr. and Mrs. Paul Valone, author of Rules for Anti-Radicals, Jim Cobb who is well known nationally for his preparedness books, magazines, and videos, and a new friend in Dr. Jason Hunt of Camp Craft Outdoors. Plus, I enjoyed great conversations with new friends I met from KY, IN, OH, WI, WV, TN and VA. Thanks to everyone who shared time with me to chat. While at this event I got to pow around and have dinner with several HFS family members from KY, VA, and TN. These are priceless times together relaxing, breaking bread, laughing, and fellowshipping together.
It seems lots of chatter is swirling around us regarding the rolling out of the digital platform soon. I also read that Mexico is trying to be part of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) group. Many news outlets outside the United States are discussing the demise of the Petro Dollar which will literally crazy the US dollar domestically, the way I understand it. Time will tell I suppose. I heard today is now officially a new Federal holiday as announced by the White House yesterday. Meanwhile the courts of NY flanked left and pulled the old trickery play by announcing the court was closed the remainder of the week and would continue the possible indictment against our former President. They come out the following day and throw the hail Mary by officially indicting him. It' a sad day in the history of our nation. I wonder if orange man is now regretting not locking her up. It is also pretty revealing how the former president, a Democrat, was loved by many while passing out checks. He puts the R by his title and the freeloaders blow flames and hate him to the point of trying to destroy him and his family. And we haven't even arrived to April fools day yet.
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Let us move along....
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Upcoming Training Opportunities -
- Mountain Readiness - Harmany, NC, May 5 - 7, 2023 - This is a family friendly event centered around learning the skills of our ancestors and an expo in which survival and readiness experts from across the country will gather to teach their craft. There will be live demonstrations, classes, and vendors. Mountain Readiness is an expo in which survival and readiness experts, presenters, and vendors will provide the knowledge, tools, and hands on training to further develop your self-sufficiency skills. HFS will be on site teaching classes at this event.
- Old School Survival Boot Camp - Vinton County, OH - May 12-14, 2023 - Survival and Homesteading Skills for the Modern World - go to www.oldschoolsurvivalbootcamp.com
Classes run from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Group discounts available. Old School Survival Boot Camp is a 3 day hands-on self-reliance event. This is not a sit and listen and take notes kind of event. You will be an active participant in the classes and receive skill building hands=on training.
- Heritage Life Skills - Lite - July 21-23, 2023 - Haywood Community College - Hope for Survival will be teaming with Carolina Readiness Supply (CRS) to put this event together and offer some mid-summer preparedness training in Clyde, NC. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2023. Visit the Carolina Readiness Supply website for more information.
We will continue posting more information on classes, guest speakers, vendors and more.
This is a great time to spend the weekend with likeminded individuals who may be in your community and wishing to build community teams, train together, and work together on projects.
- Project Appleseed - Project Appleseed | Project Appleseed (appleseedinfo.org) - This is a great program and opportunity to learn and spend time with a loved one, especially children. The link offers viewing for which states offering the Appleseed program. (Thanks Festus, for this submission)
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We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.
Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.
Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week
Wilson's Corner - "Amazing how the world sees us when it is they who hang out with nuts."
Gun control? A gun is a gun and a person who wants to do harm will find a way to do so. Pencils do not fail test; forks aren't responsible for over eaters either. Take away all the pencils, food, and guns, and we still have the same problem. A selfish unfocused political hack that does NOT feel your pain.
Politicians reaching for guns when an event occurs are using the event politically and failing to address the psychological health of our nation.
Fix Chicago and then let's talk. Hollywood, athletes, politicians and the rest, your words are not saving the children of Chicago or any other city. Get a spine and save a child.
Let us move along....
Active Shooters - It seems active shooter events are occurring more frequently in America. The media describes these events as mass shootings which does not meet the definition of a mass shooting and the weapons used are described as assault type weapons which isn't always accurate. This is a national debate brought on by politicians with their own agenda as well as the media pushing the same agenda. This is a entirely different debate for another time because when a gun is pointed at you or a loved one, the debate taking place is not going to matter.
We often here guns kill people. That is only partially true. People with guns kill people. Take away the gun and people with intent to do hard will find another weapon till deliver their intent. The focus does not want to focus on what drives people to kill or cause serious bodily harm. But, if this is true, why has software in predictive programming been created? Why not develop software that warns us when a firearm is thinking about jumping out of a safe and into the hands of a human and directing them to go kills others? Sounds crazy huh? Well, it is because a weapon is a tool used by a human to create violence. The person with intent will find and use any item available to deliver their intent. If you still want to believe guns kill people, then pencils are responsible for failing a test, and a fork is responsible for making people gain weight. Does this seem believable?
The truth is, when a violent person attacks another human being with a weapon, the person being attacked must be ready and prepared to react and this is based on being mentally prepared through training. So let us talk about what is important in the active shooter event.
When an active shooter is in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. If you have followed HFS for any time you should recall me talking about the three most important preparedness steps, you must be responsible for. Your spiritual, physical and psychological wellbeing. This applies in the active shooter scenario.
While working in my day job in emergency management and building plans to keep the work force safe, one of the areas I teach, and cover is active shooter. I wanted to share this with you to help keep yourself and family safe. Don't ignore it.
So, what is an active shooter? It is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of a firearm but can use another weapon of choice to deliver their intent.
- Victims are selected at random
- Event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
- Knowing what to id can save lives
In the active shooter event, you have three options to consider, and it is based on the specific event, where you are at the time of the event, and the physical layout of the location.
You need to consider the following steps:
--Have an escape route and plan in mind
-- Leave your belongings behind
-- Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
-- Help others escape, if possible
-- Do not attempt to move the wounded
-- Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
-- Keep your hands visible
-- Call 911 when you are safe
-- Hide in an area out of the shooter's view
-- Lock door or block entry to your hiding place
-- Silence your cell phone (including vibration mode), turn off your backlight, and remain quiet
-- Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
-- Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
-- Act with as much physical aggression as possible
-- Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter
-- Commit to your actions...your life depends on it
The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured. This is why it is important to keep your own personal tourniquet near you always. This is your tourniquet. If you wish to use one to save another life, then have two in your possession.
Once you have reached a safe location, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so. NOTE: Statistically, the odds are most innocent bystanders will flee the area before law enforcement is on scene and controlling personnel fleeing. If you run out of the building and do NOT find law enforcement on scene, remember Run Forrest Run, and get as far away as possible from the scene. Do NOT hang out on the facility exterior waiting on law enforcement to arrive.
What happens when law enforcement arrives?
- Remain calm and follow instructions
- Drop items in your hands
- Raise hands and spread fingers
- Keep hands visible at all times
- Avoid quick movements towards officers, such as holding onto them for safety
- Avoid pointing, screaming, or yelling
- Do not ask questions when evacuating
So, as you can see, your survival and well being comes down to you initially and knowing how and what to do at the time of the event. Train yourself and your family to be smart and always know how they would respond. Identify multiple exit doors at your local mall, schools, grocery stores, and churches.
Be safe and stay alive.
Medicinal Plants -
You can visit www.eattheweeds.com/category/medicinal to find an extended list of plants with medicinal uses. If I included them here, this information would be 100 pages in length. Here are some that may be recognizable.
Elderberries (Sambucus): Has been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence, the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections, and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995. Elderberry Syrup Recipe – (www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/simple-elderberry-syrup-boost-immunity) or (www.realfoodrn.com/homemade-elderberry-syrup)
You can find many other sites offering the recipe for free. The syrup has dried elderberry, ginger, and honey. Some folks put the syrup over pancakes. We make our own recipe and refrigerate during the period being used. I currently take an elderberry capsule in the mornings and chewable elderberry immune booster in the evening. (www.herbwisdom.com/herb-elderberry.html)
Thyme: This single herb gets its name because of its medicinal, microbial effects on the blood. High in Iron and excellent source for Vitamin K and an essential source for having normalized blood clotting. It’s not an overnight miracle worker, but with prolonged usage it will either be a preventative maintenance item or a remedy for specific illnesses. The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme are commonly used by people for the treatment of bedwetting, diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis, colic, sore throat, cough (including whooping cough), bronchitis, flatulence and as a diuretic (to increase urination). Thyme contains several anti-inflammatory compounds which may provide health benefits for people with certain anti-inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and inflammatory acne.
Essential oils such as oil of thyme are an excellent resource for your medical toolbox. Since they are concentrated, the containers can be easily stored. Be sure to also include a carrier such as coconut oil as some oils are not intended to be used at 100 percent.
Due to thyme oil’s antibacterial, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, expectorant, hypertensive, and calming properties, it has a long list of uses that include:
1. Home remedy: Thyme oil is used to relieve and treat problems like gout, arthritis, wounds, bites, and sores, water retention, menstrual and menopausal problems, nausea and fatigue, respiratory problems (like colds), skin conditions (oily skin and scars), athlete’s foot, hangovers, and even depression.
2. Aromatherapy oil: The oil can be used to stimulate the mind, strengthen memory and concentration.
3. Mouthwashes and herbal rinses: Like peppermint, wintergreen, and eucalyptus oils, thyme oil is used to improve oral health.
4. Insecticide/insect repellent: Thyme oil can keep insects and parasites like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, and moths away.
5. Relieve pain: Mix three drops of thyme oil with two teaspoons of sesame oil. Use this mixture as a massage oil and apply on the abdominal area to relieve pain. This may also be used as a massage oil to treat other types of pain.
6. Alleviate fatigue: Add two drops of thyme oil to your bath water.
7. Improve sleep: Add a few drops to your diffuser.
8. Promote oral health: Use thyme oil as a mouthwash by adding one drop to a cup of warm water.
9.Treat or protect against respiratory problems: Add 2 drops of oil to how water and use for steam inhalation.
Beauty Berry Natural Insect Repellent: Living in the wild means dealing with insects. Insects such as mosquitoes and ticks not only can make life miserable, but they can spread a number of diseases that can lead to your death. Dealing with biting insects without the benefit of modern DEET chemical repellents can at first appear to be a very grim situation. Ticks can be dealt with using Sulfur, but that is not something you are likely to be able to get on your own. Nature has provided us Beauty Berry. The leaves of Beauty Berry which is a deciduous shrub of the Southeastern USA contain a natural insect repellent that you can use to protect yourself from these pesky insects. For more information on identifying Beauty Berry and some of its other uses such as a food supply visit Beauty Berry Jelly.com.
You can crush the leaves and rub them on your body or clothing to repel insects for two to three hours. Since you may not always have a Beauty Berry Bush handy, an even better method is to crush up a bunch of the leaves and place in a jar. Cover with rubbing alcohol and let this setup for a while with a top on the jar and then remove the crushed leaves. Now you have a great insect repellent that you can store in vials for use. As great as this works it will need to be reapplied every couple of hours. More frequent applications will be required if you are working and sweating a lot.
Blackberry Root Tea: Blackberry roots are an excellent natural remedy for diarrhea. It contains tannins, which have a desirable astringent action on the intestinal lining. First pull up the roots. Wash away any dirt. Next scrape/whittle the bark of the roots into a pot. Then boil the root bark in water for twenty minutes, then strain. Now drink a quart of the water, but not all at once. Just drink a cup now and another a bit later. I say a quart because that is a good ball park figure of how much liquid you will want on hand if you are dealing with diarrhea.
CAUTION: Blackberry Root Tea is not recommended for individuals suffering from chronic gastrointestinal problems and not recommended for regular consumption.
Chamomile: Chamomile is a flowering plant in the daisy family. It can be used as a mouthwash to treat against oral mucositis, gingivitis, sore throat and sinus infection. The ancient Egyptians used it to help with menstrual cramps and there is scientific evidence to support this. German Chamomile Tea and/or mouth wash can help relieve symptoms of the above medical issues.
CAUTION: Some people have serious allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis) to chamomile. If you are allergic to other plants in the same family such as daisy, ragweed, aster, chrysanthemum, or marigold you should use caution when using chamomile. Chamomile should be avoided during pregnancy because it may act as a uterine stimulant and, therefore, can increase the chance of abortion.
Chaga Mushroom and Cancer Cures: Chaga mushrooms grow mainly on birch and some other hardwood trees. The birch grown mushrooms are considered to be the best for cancer treatment because of the high concentration of botulinic acid. Chaga is a strange mushroom that does not resemble most mushrooms at all. It actually looks more like a black infected wood to me than a mushroom. Chaga has been clinically shown to be effective against various cancers such as liver, uterus, breast, colon, skin, cervix, and lung cancers. Immune systems are enhanced by the beta glucans present in the mushroom which activate T-cell activity and the production of antibodies. Chaga can be made into a tea by grating into a fine powder then to make a tea, simply dissolve one teaspoon of the grated mushroom in one cup of water. The problem is that the usefulness of this is far below the full potential of the chaga mushroom. The chemicals you need from the mushroom are hard to extract. Modern techniques can do a much better job of extraction than simply making a tea with hot water. But still a weaker solution is better than no solution at all.
Greenbrier: Greenbrier is a thorny evergreen vine that grows in thickets, in woodlands and swamps. The fruit matures in September to November when it will turn black. The leaves are evergreen which means the vine will have green leaves year round. Rarely do you find huge amounts of greenbrier growing, instead it is usually a plant here and a plant there. It is not uncommon but it doesn't usually dominate the underbrush. The leaves of the different species should all look similar in that they are mostly evergreen waxy leaves, but some are deciduous that have small thorns along the margins. The leaves are always arranged in an alternate not opposite manner.
The roots are what we are interested in for medicinal purposes. The roots of the greenbrier plant are dug up, cleaned of dirt and then dried out. Once dried out you take the rhizome and grind it into a powder. This powder can then be applied to a wound and it will greatly aid in the clotting of the blood.
Milkweed: Milkweed is a common perennial plant found in fields and forest edges from the East Coast of the USA westward to Kansas and up into Canada. The plant usually forms a single erect stem that can grow to be as tall as six feet, but 3 or 4 feet is more common. The leaves are arranged opposite and have an oblong-ovate shape with a short petiole. Purple flowers in clusters from leaf axils will appear from June to August. The seedpods will have a warty look, which is useful in differentiating this plant from other closely related species. Some milkweed species are highly poisonous.
There is a long list of medicinal uses for Milkweed which include fever, asthma, arthritis, bronchitis, edema aka dropsy, kidney stones, some bladder issues, water retention, stomach ailments, gallstones and some female disorders.
To use Milkweed to treat gallstones you boil the plant in water (steeping). Place 1 teaspoon worth of Milkweed into 1 cup of boiling water. Drink this as a dose. Take 3 doses per day.
Milkweed tea can be used to help with arthritis. It isn't going to heal 100%, but it can help and any help is worth the effort. To use Milkweed for Kidney Stones you again steep the milkweed to make a tea and consume when you wake up and again shortly before going to bed. Milkweed use for asthma and bronchitis treatment proceeds as follows. Dig up the roots of the plant in the fall. Clean thoroughly and dry. Steep the crushed roots to make a tea. Milkweed tea increases the flow of urine to help with conditions of the bladder, such as a bladder infection.
Milkweed is helpful in treating a fever. Since Milkweed is a great diaphoretic, which means it can help bring on a sweat which will cool the body and help bring down a high fever. This should only be done when a fever is really bad because a fever is one way in which the body makes itself less hospitable to various bacteria and viruses that invade the body.
Milkweed tea improves lymphatic drainage. This makes it effective in the treatment of peripheral edema and glandular swelling. Edema is often brought on by age but other causes can bring on edema as well.
Muscadine: Muscadines aren't so much a medicine like you think of in a medicine cabinet, but are more of a preventative medicine like toothpaste and cavities. Research has shown that powdered muscadine puree has a lot of dietary fiber and is known to lower blood pressure, serum triglycerides, and both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Consuming Muscadines protects against coronary heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases, and colon cancer. So eat muscadines in whatever fashion you like, wine, puree, powder or jelly/jams as all are a great preventative medicine for a number of ailments mentioned above.
Red Alder: Red Alder is native to North America and one of the largest Alder species in the world. Red Alder can grow as tall as 100 feet tall. The bark and leaves are used to help identify this tree. The bark is mottled, light gray and smooth. The alternately arranged leaves are ovate about 4-5 inches long with blunt serrated edges. The leaf margin has an edge which is curled under. The male flowers are hanging reddish catkins about 5 inches long that are born in early spring. The female flowers are erect catkins which are considerably smaller.
One of Red Alders medical uses is that its leaves can be used to treat poison ivy, insect bites, and skin irritations. Pick green fresh leaves. Do not bother with old dead non-green leaves. Crush the leaves and make a tea with the leaves in hot water. Once the tea is made and has set for a while to allow the chemicals from the leaves to dissolve, wash the affected skin with the Red Alder Tea. Do this repeatedly periodically until the affected area has healed.
Stinging Nettle: Nettle is a small to medium sized perennial plant native to most of North America. Most Stinging Nettles do exactly what the name implies... sting you if touched, but one subspecies does not sting so don't use the fact that a plant doesn't sting to rule out the possibility that it is indeed Stinging Nettle. Stinging Nettle has historically been used as tea or fresh leaves to treat disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, skin, cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, influenza, rheumatism, and gout.
An enlarged prostate, which is a common problem for aging men, can cause an increased urges to urinate, an incomplete emptying of the bladder, even painful urination, post urination dripping and reduced urinary flow. Modern doctors have not been able yet to determine how Stinging Nettle helps with these problems, but it does. Stinging nettle root extract has also been shown to slow or stop the spread of prostate cancer cells. The root is used in connection with urinary issues. It's also possible that the historic use of these roots for bladder infections does have some basis in fact, but this isn't as well documented.
Studies support the use of Stinging Nettle leaves topically at the site of arthritis pain can decrease the pain. Some also take Stinging Nettle orally for arthritis. Stinging nettle has anti-inflammatory qualities that alleviate hay fever symptoms if taken early. Why? The leaves contain histamine! Yes, you might think that would be the opposite of what would help with allergic reaction, if so you will just have to trust me on this one or go read the study yourself where it was tested against placebos. Eczema, can be treated with Stinging Nettle both orally and topically. Preliminary studies have shown that Stinging Nettle taken orally can lower blood sugar and blood pressure. Keep in mind this was tested on animals and not people.
Toothache Tree: The toothache tree is a tree you will want to know about due to its great medical uses. Chewing on its leaves or bark causes a numbness of the mouth, teeth, and tongue. This is great if you have an issue inside your mouth that needs to be taken care of, and of course, this is where it gets its name.
Turmeric Spice: Turmeric, the spice used in curry has some great medical uses as well as a spice. Turmeric is a plant similar to Ginger which is grown in the USA. Turmeric plants are gathered for their rhizomes (roots) and can be propagated from the rhizomes the following season. Getting your hands on Turmeric after the SHTF is going to be impossible if it doesn't grow in your area so it is best to secure some of your own so you can become familiar with growing it yourself for an endless supply. Plant turmeric in spring after the last frost or start indoors in a container. The plant will grow to as much as four feet tall if you give it adequate moisture. After a stem has flowered, cut it off to encourage new growth. The plant will turn yellow and decline starting in the fall.
Turmeric's antiseptic and antibacterial anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice to treat indigestion, throat infections, common colds, or liver ailments, as well as topically on wounds and infections that appear on the surface of the skin such as staph. Ingest the Turmeric for most uses but for topical use for a paste with a little bit of water and apply to the infection. I cannot guarantee that it will absolutely cure an antibiotic staph infection, but it will 100% for sure help with the symptoms and help keep the infection at bay. Often you just have to live with these infections as many are common in people that never show any symptoms. It isn't always enough to consume Turmeric. Without fat, the active component in turmeric has a difficult time getting absorbed and making it into the blood stream. In order to make the most of turmeric, you must take it with a bit of fat. Taking it with black pepper also helps.
White Water Lily: Water Lily is an aquatic plant that has many medical benefits ranging from lung conditions, gastrointestinal conditions, and skin conditions. The rhizome (root) of this plant is an antiseptic as well as an astringent. To use the rhizome for this purpose you will need a small non-aluminum pot. Fill it with about a pint of water. Add a small handful of very well crushed up rhizome to the water. It is important to not crush up the rhizome until you are ready to place it in the water. Slowly heat the water. Do not add so much heat that the water boils. Let the water simmer like this until about 1/4 of it has evaporated. Strain the water of the solid matter and you have a concoction. The concoction is effective in curing dysentery or diarrhea caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Water lily can also be used to treat kidney pain, congestion, and can be gargled to help treat a sore throat. The rhizome of water lily also help alleviates pain and has sedative properties.
Yarrow: Yarrow is a wide ranging species of plant that is found throughout North America. Yarrow comes in many varieties which results in it having appearance differences depending on which part of the country it is found. The leaves of Yarrow serve to help open wounds or nose bleeds clot. The aerial parts stimulate circulation, and can be used for such things as high blood pressure, menstrual disorders, and as an effective sweating remedy to bring down fevers. For colds and fever use fresh or dried yarrow as a tea. CAUTION: Yarrow can cause severe allergic skin rashes in some people and prolonged use can increase the skin's photosensitivity.
Fish and Bird Meds
At this point I hear echoes from beyond saying, “Has he lost his mind?” Again, if you have nothing else in your tool box, and you or a family member falls ill, what are you going to do? Read the basics and you decide. In the past, I have used www.campingsurvival.com to purchase items below. You can purchase these items at most pet stores and box stores in the animal and fish department. If you are not comfortable with this remedy, find a local farmer with animals and talk to them about the use of these items. You will come away surprised.
Find a local pharmacist that you trust and discuss these options. Better yet, go on the internet and look at the pictures of the medicines side by side. You will be amazed at what you see. Here’s important meds you may need to combat different types of infections:
Penicillin: Penicillin is an antibiotic in the penicillin group of drugs. It fights bacteria in your body. Penicillin is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as ear infections, urinary tract infections, septicemia, meningitis, intra-abdominal infection, gonorrhea, syphilis, pneumonia, respiratory infections, ear, nose and throat infections, skin and soft tissue infections.
More information can be found here, including side effects, allergic reactions, etc. http://www.drugs.com/penicillin.html
Veterinarian Equivalent: 250mg Fish Pen
500mg Fish Pen Forte
Amoxicillin: A penicillin antibiotic that fights bacteria in your body. Amoxicillin is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as ear infections, bladder infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and E. coli or salmonella infection.
More information can be found here, including side effects, allergic reactions, etc. http://www.drugs.com/amoxicillin.html
Veterinarian Equivalent: 250mg Fish Mox http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Amoxicillin_Capsules_250mg/Oral_Antibiotics (for children) and 500mg Fish Mox Forte
Ciprofloxacin or Cipro: Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic in a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones. It is used as a potent, broad-spectrum antibiotic to fight bacteria in the body. It may also be used to prevent or slow anthrax after exposure.
More information can be found here, including side effects, allergic reactions, etc. http://www.drugs.com/ciprofloxacin.html
Veterinarian Equivalent: 500mg Fish Flox Forte http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Ciprofloxacin_Tablets_500_mg_strength_30_Tablets/Oral_Antibiotics
Cephalexin or Keflex: Cephalexin is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics. Keflex fights bacteria in the body. Keflex is used to treat infections caused by bacteria, including upper respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections, teeth and mouth infections.
More information can be found here, including side effects, allergic reactions, etc. http://www.drugs.com/keflex.html
Veterinarian Equivalent: 250mg Fish Flex http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Cephalexin_Capsules_250mg/Oral_Antibiotics and 500mg Fish Flex Forte http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Cephalexin_Capsules_500mg/Oral_Antibiotics
Doxycycline: Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body. It may be substituted in place of penicillin to treat common infections in those people who are allergic to that particular drug. Doxycycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, Lyme disease or tick bite infections, anthrax infections, cholera, periodontitis (gum disease), and others.
Exercise caution with expired Doxycycline / tetracycline and -cycline medications. There has been some documentation of liver damage and some have even labeled it toxic if used past the expiration date. However, Doxycycline provides a great alternative to penicillin medications for those who are allergic.
More information can be found here, including side effects, allergic reactions, etc. http://antibiotics.emedtv.com/doxycycline/doxycycline-uses.html
Veterinarian Equivalent: 100mg Bird Biotic http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Doxycycline_Hyclate_100mg_100ct/Oral_Antibiotics
Amoxicillin 250mg AND 500mg (FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE)
Ciprofloxacin 250mg and 500mg(FISH-FLOX, FISH-FLOX FORTE)
Cephalexin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-FLEX, FISH-FLEX FORTE)
Metronidazole 250mg (FISH-ZOLE)
Doxycycline 100mg (BIRD-BIOTIC)
Ampicillin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-CILLIN, FISH-CILLIN FORTE)
Clindamycin 300mg (FISH-CIN)
Sulfamethoxazole 400mg/Trimethoprim 80mg (BIRD-SULFA)
Thats all Patriots...
Preparedness News -
1. From Katherine Patterson - Ask a Prepper - Foods You Can Regrow From Scraps - Ask a Prepper - Recycle, refurbish, repurpose, and regrow. We all should be looking for ways to to use what we have in as many ways as possible.
2. From Tricia Drivets - Urban Survival - 13 Ways to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden | Urban Survival Site - It is interesting how this works and how not having pollinators will impact your ability to grow. I witnessed the fickleness of this in my neighborhood last summer.
3. From Prep School Daily - Prep School Daily: Managing Lacerations When There Is No Doctor - Good information we all should be tuned in to know and learn.
4. From Wade Truong - The Meat Eater - How to Bake with Animal Fats | Wild + Whole (themeateater.com) - Good article and very good website.
5. From Old World Garden Farms - 6 Simple Secrets To Grow Your Best Crop Of Cucumbers Ever! (oldworldgardenfarms.com) - Over the past few months I have heard numerous stories of folks having a bad crop of cukes last year. Ms. Lucy was chowing me a video of folks having success using Styrofoam as the base with a plant rooted in dirt buried in the Styrofoam
Other News -
1. From Brandon Smith - Alt-Market Right - Governance By Artificial Intelligence: The Ultimate Unaccountable Tyranny | ZeroHedge - Guess what? AI is here, like it or not. Are you ready for it? (Thanks Festus, for this submission)
2. From Paul Joseph Watson - Orange Man Bad?
3. There's several resource available where you can get quality and affordable preparedness training to help you and your family. Depending on the location you can get virtual and in resident training to include books and training materials. The pricing is different for what you want to learn, obtain, receive, and so forth. Most sights offer newsletters as well.
4. From Carlos Garcia - Conservative Review - Ron DeSantis issues fiery response to Trump indictment, says Florida will not assist in extradition request: 'It is un-American' - Conservative Review - Sooooo, the million dollar question is what is next and how, if at all, will the Patriots respond?
5. From John Daniel Davidson - The Federalist - Twitter Will Never Stop Censoring Conservatives (thefederalist.com) - I wondered why it took so long for this realization to go public.
That's all my Patriot brothers and sisters.
Prayers - Please keep our great nation, our elected leaders, military and first responders in your thoughts and prayers. We pray for good health and wisdom. Please pray for our leadership to find answers and guidance to the problems facing our great nation. May your faith remain strong and answers to the unknown provided. God is good and may our prayers blanket and protect you and your circumstances. I pray for each, and every one of our Patriots.
The HFS family needs lots of prayers right now. We have several sisters and brothers in great need of uplifting. Prayers are needed in Central AL up to Huntsville, AL and our Patriot brother who remains with serious health issues. Prayers are still needed in northern GA, MD, KY, NC and TN. Please pray for our Patriot sister near Nashville who experienced a health set back unexpectedly. As you can see, we have numerous prayer needs and many are long term illnesses.
May we pray for all the blessings and things in life to be thankful about and continued hope for revival around the world. We must continually pray for the unsaved, our family and friends who live each day without the protection for eternal life and salvation.
As Patriots we must stay strong and never give up. Our home, community, and nation need us now more than ever. Stay focused on your local community and things that will impact you around the nation. Don't allow the events around you to create fear in your life. Build your own self-reliance and focus on faith and hope. Remember we are a blessed nation, and we must continue to be great people today and make a better tomorrow. Keep charging.
Bravo Echo Out,