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Herbs, oils and the Plague

What is the plague and why should I be concerned?

Urgent update:

This video released late Saturday 11-4-2017  by Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Unless you have been out in your wilderness yurt or living in a cave somewhere with no internet access, you have been hearing people talk about the plague. I’m sorry if you hadn’t heard, I don’t mean to be the one to give you one more thing to worry yourself into sleepless nights about.  I do understand your frustration. But listen up. . .

Knowledge is the key here. Knowing what you are dealing with and how to protect yourself is paramount.

Copied from WHO website;

Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria, usually found in small mammals and their fleas. It is transmitted between animals through fleas. Humans can be infected through:
*the bite of infected vector fleas
*unprotected contact with infectious bodily fluids or contaminated materials
*the inhalation of respiratory droplets/small particles from a patient with pneumonic plague.
Plague is a very severe disease in people, particularly in its septicaemic (systemic infection caused by circulating bacteria in bloodstream) and pneumonic forms, with a case-fatality ratio of 30% to 100% if left untreated. The pneumonic form is invariably fatal unless treated early. It is especially contagious and can trigger severe epidemics through person-to-person contact via droplets in the air.
From 2010 to 2015, there were 3248 cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths.

Historically, plague was responsible for widespread pandemics with high mortality. It was known as the “Black Death” during the fourteenth century, causing more than 50 million deaths in Europe. Nowadays, plague is easily treated with antibiotics and the use of standard precautions to prevent acquiring infection.

According to the link above, it is the pneumonic form of plague now circulating in nine countries with a weeks worth of incubation time. Yes, it’s over there, but what if a nice young  guy is infected from over there, he doesn’t yet have symptoms and this nice guy climbs on that proverbial plane and lands in New York, or LAX or any other highly populated airport? Well, I guess you know it won’t take long before it wanders up your alley. I’m 100% sure you would not want your child, your wife or your neighbor inadvertently coming in contact with Americas ground zero. Also, do you remember recently, a couple of western states in the U.S. had several cases of Bubonic plague from contaminated critters who came in contact with youngsters and hikers?

So, what’s this pneumonic plague look like?

Again, from the WHO website;

People infected with plague usually develop acute febrile disease with other non-specific systemic symptoms after an incubation period of one to seven days, such as sudden onset of fever, chills, head and body aches, and weakness, vomiting and nausea.

Pneumonic plague, or lung-based plague, is the most virulent form of plague. Incubation can be as short as 24 hours. Any person with pneumonic plague may transmit the disease via droplets to other humans. Untreated pneumonic plague, if not diagnosed and treated early, can be fatal. However, recovery rates are high if detected and treated in time (within 24 hours of onset of symptoms.)


From the CDC;

Flea bites. Plague bacteria are most often transmitted by the bite of an infected flea. During plague epizootics, many rodents die, causing hungry fleas to seek other sources of blood. People and animals that visit places where rodents have recently died from plague are at risk of being infected from flea bites. Dogs and cats may also bring plague-infected fleas into the home. Flea bite exposure may result in primary bubonic plague or septicemic plague.
Contact with contaminated fluid or tissue. Humans can become infected when handling tissue or body fluids of a plague-infected animal. For example, a hunter skinning a rabbit or other infected animal without using proper precautions could become infected with plague bacteria. This form of exposure most commonly results in bubonic plague or septicemic plague.
Infectious droplets. When a person has plague pneumonia, they may cough droplets containing the plague bacteria into air. If these bacteria-containing droplets are breathed in by another person they can cause pneumonic plague. Typically this requires direct and close contact with the person with pneumonic plague. Transmission of these droplets is the only way that plague can spread between people. This type of spread has not been documented in the United States since  1924, but still occurs with some frequency in developing countries. Cats are particularly susceptible to plague, and can be infected by eating infected rodents. Sick cats pose a risk of transmitting infectious plague droplets to their owners or to veterinarians. Several cases of human plague have occurred in the United States in recent decades as a result of contact with infected cats.

What can we do to protect our families and pets?

Starting with your pets, they are closer to the ground and their warm fur attract fleas;

A good homemade recipe;

Diatomaceous earth, dried NEEM and dried yarrow in equal portions, mix together in a mason jar, shake vigorously. Sprinkle about the yard and entrances to help keep fleas at bay. Remember squirrels, chipmunks and mice all are harbingers of fleas too. Make sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth, however, as Fido and Kitty may lay where you sprinkled. Fleas, snails, ants etc. generally won’t venture into anything diatomaceous earth related because Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protest (a group of unicellular critters). They are rock like and powder easily but are extremely sharp to bugs, ripping open their hide.

Also, I read on a veterinarian website, you can give your dog a teaspoonful of quality coconut oil daily to keep fleas off your furry family member. They like it too.

For cats try equal parts of vinegar and catnip tea. Put into a spray bottle and spray your cat generously. A few drops of Cedarwood essential oil added to the spray bottle helps too.

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! Vacuum everything pet related.

Protecting your family

I’m sure you have heard this story by now, but if not, stay tuned.

Black Death, pandemic that ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1351, taking a proportionately greater toll of life than any other known epidemic or war up to that time.

There were recurrences of the plague in 1361–63, 1369–71, 1374–75, 1390, and 1400. Modern research has suggested that, over that period of time, plague was introduced into Europe multiple times, coming along trade routes in waves from Central Asia as a result of climate fluctuations that affected populations of rodents infested with plague-carrying fleas.

During one of the major infestations in Europe,  a group of thieves and grave robbers were apprehended by the constables while the thieves were busy robbing a dying victim. It seems the robbers were entering homes of the dead and dying, stealing anything and everything of value. As evidenced from their stash back at their hideout, they had been at it for quite some time.

“Such an immoral crime!” the Honorable Judge screams.  “However, we are willing to make a concession for a more lenient punishment in this case, if you confess your secret to resisting illness to your person while committing these heinous crimes.”

And so they did. These fellows had developed an essential oil formula that stayed off the plague along with many other bacterial and viral human diseases. By rubbing this mixture of essential oils on their hands, feet and stomach the disease couldn’t/ wouldn’t  infect them.

The recipe has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation because it works.

To make this fantastic formula at home;

Put all the oils in a small brown glass bottle and shake to mix.

Clove essential oil (syzgium aromaticum)                                        200 drops or 1/2 ounce

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)                                                     175 drops

Cinnamon Bark essential oil (cinnamoomun verum)                    100 drops

Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus radiate)                                    75 drops

Rosemary essential oil (Rosimarinus officinalis)                              50 drops

The blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils called Thieves oil for obvious reasons, was tested at Weber State University for its potent antimicrobial properties. This particular combination of essential oils was found to have a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. The oils are highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti infectious which helps protect the body against flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and more.

Just apply a few drops of this mixture to the bottom of your feet or stomach and rub into the skin. Modern day diffuser jewelry offer day-to-day protection in a fashionable way. The aroma of thieves oils is quite pleasing, almost like a cinnamon bun.

Other options would be to put a few drops into a small spray bottle with a little water and alcohol and mist the air in your home and car. Thieves oil works great in an electric essential oil diffuser for a whole room disinfectant.

The potency of this oil, when sprayed around the ankles keeps most ticks and fleas from going near your legs. Of course, you could attract someone looking for that delicious smelling cinnamon bun.

The internet is awash with Thieves oil for sale. Look for one that has no extra fillers or dilution. Amazon, Do Terra and Young living are good sources too.

Hopes this eases your mind a little, when these things or when the SHTF happens you are not helpless. Now you know. Survival favors the prepared.


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The Incredible, Edible, Goldenrod

When It finally happens;

For post-disaster radiation damage or severe case of UV sun exposure, this yellow darling can’t be beat. Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) was one of the first plants to make a come back around the devastated grounds near Chernobyl in the late 80’s, early 1990’s. In my area Goldenrod thrives in sandy or dry soils, along thicket borders, in open wooded areas or running wild in open fields on sunny rolling hillsides. Most everyone I know sees only an invasive weed, but we know better.

There are some 125 species of Goldenrods that grow in this country. All are native, most are found in the East.  A few Goldenrods have adapted to marshes, sandy beaches, deserts, and mountain areas. Most of this family of daisies are between 2 and 4 feet tall.100_2904

Now, let me set the record straight right off the bat. Goldenrod does not cause hay fever. Their pollen is too heavy to be carried by the wind.  A lighter colored, (greenish) Ragweed which blooms at the same time is the culprit for running noses and itchy eyes.

September is prime gathering time here in the Upper Peninsula when the blooms are beautifully yellow, fragrant and loaded with bees, butterflies, and bugs. To harvest, cut it about 18 inches long and bring to the house. Hang it upside down in a well ventilated room to dry or if you are in a hurry, place clean goldenrod on a cookie sheet and put in a gas oven and let the pilot light do the work. It is ready for storage or tincture when the leaves are dry and crispy.  Read more; herbs/

This beautiful golden plant is so misunderstood by the general public and often ignored in the herbal community because it is just so abundant.  Here at Handy Granny’s place, we use the leaves and flowers for teas, tinctures, or alcohol extract. Warm sweet goldenrod tea helps the body rid itself of mucus troubles such as Rhinitis and Sinusitis and slows or relieves  Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding.) Oh, did I mention, it makes a warm golden color when used for died fabrics and wools too.

Goldenrod, leaves and flowers make an aromatic beverage on it’s own but it also helps improve the flavor of nasty tasting remedies and other medicinal preparations. Chop the dried goldenrod flower, stem and leaves into pretty small pieces, place 1 tsp. into your tea strainer and put into your favorite cup. Pour boiled water into the cup over the herb and let steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the herb and drink. You can take 1 or 2 cups a day until any of the above mentioned symptoms are relieved, or just because you like it mixed with other herbs.

This is a very good herb to use for UTI’s, edema, acute anuria and kidney-related skin disorders. It works well in formulas for all sorts of kidney and bladder conditions.

I will tell you for sure, that goldenrod will be in my post disaster first aid kit as a tincture and for use as a tea.

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What Starvation Will Look Like

There will be plenty of food, but you won’t be able to buy it.” Pastor Lindsey Williams

Yesterday Hubby went to town for some needed supplies. Having lived in the forest for more 20 years we find town to be too noisy and filled with mindless zombies driving all over the place so when our shopping and appointments are done we point the car in the direction of home and GO! However, yesterday he made an extra stop at the video store on his way out of town. The weather is still quite shitty up here and without much TV(we get an ABC channel and a PBS one) he needed something to occupy his evening. One of the movies he brought home was “Martian.” If you haven’t seen it I would think you should enjoy as much as we did.

Being left for dead the protagonist (Matt Damon) is abandoned on Mars for a long while, but is eventually rescued. He struggles along and is able to grow a few potatoes and survives on some rations his crew left behind. His potato crop gets destroyed long before the scheduled rescue and has to cut his rations down to the bare minimum to stay alive. Although he is able to eat a little food every other day, his body begins the process of breaking down and starvation eventually sets in. This movie became the intention for this article here and now.


Without going into the hows and whys of the coming upheaval, it is a very real and likely possiblity for the near future for many of us.

According to the link above; The symptoms of starvation show up in three stages. Phase one and two can show up in anyone that skips meals, diets and goes through fasting. Phase three is more severe and results from long-term starvation and can be fatal. Here are the three phases:

Phase One

When meals are skipped, the body begins to maintain its own blood sugar levels by production of glycogen in the liver and breaking down stored fat and protein. The liver can only provide glycogen for the first few hours. After that, the body begins to break down fat and protein. Fatty acids are used by the body as an energy source for muscles, but lower the amount of glucose that gets to the brain. Another chemical that comes from fatty acids is glycerol. It can briefly be used like glucose for energy, but eventually runs out.

Phase Two

Phase two can last for up to weeks at a time. In this phase, the body mainly uses stored fat for energy. The breakdown occurs in the liver and turns fat into ketones. After fasting has gone on for one week, your brain will use these ketones and any leftover glucose. Using ketones lowers your need for glucose and your body slows down the breakdown of proteins.

Phase Three

By this point, the fat stores are gone and the body begins to turn to stored protein for energy. This means it needs to break down muscle tissues which are full or protein. The muscles break down very quickly. Protein is essential for our cells to work properly, and when it runs out, the cells can no longer function.

The cause of death due to starvation is usually an infection or other result of tissue breakdown. The body is unable to gain enough energy to fight off bacteria and viruses. The signs at the end stages include: hair color loss, skin flaking, swelling in the extremities, and a bloated belly. Even though they may feel hunger, people in the end-stage starvation are usually unable to eat enough food.

Becoming Aware

A dozen or so years ago, my oldest daughter set out on her own, her own adventure. Being motherly, I advised her to have a supply of extra food and water on hand for when the SHTF.

“It will hit you when you are least prepared.” I told her.

“Oh, Mother.” She explained. “You worry too much, I have a plum-tree in the backyard and a creek I can fish from just a short walk away. I’ll be fine.”

Dearest daughter has come a long way since then. She has suffered some really tough times. She now knows from the trepidation that I speak.

90% of the population lives in a normalcy bias, as did she.

Chances are, if you have traveled outside the U.S. to say Ethiopia or you have someone in your circle that is anorexic you may know true starvation. But most of us have never known real forced starvation. It is similar to a cancer in the way it eats up the body.

 Oh, by the way, 3 meals in a day from McDonalds constitutes nutrient starvation. Might as well eat cardboard.

Generally speaking, the typical human on this planet is pretty much nutrient deficient. It won’t take much for thousands/millions of us to bite the dust once the real SHTF.

There are many theories as to who or what is the reason for deleting the good stuff from the public food supply, but trust me when I say, it won’t take much to do us humans in when they are ready for depopulation. Even if you eat strictly organic, whatever is in those chemtrails that float to earth and covers the organic crops just as well as all the others are not healthy or healthful. Add GMOs, food additives, colorings and vaccines into the mix and the human body is stressed beyond it’s capacity to clean the system. And least we not forget, environmental pollutants the body deals with daily. Additives like high-fructose-corn-syrup bypass the regular fat making mechanisms and land straight into the belly as fat. 87% of newborn babies in this country are loaded with toxins the moment they take their first breath. But I digress.

In the movie “Martian,” Matt Damons’ character began his mission as a healthy, well conditioned NASA scientist. It took him over a year to deteriorate his body into severe malnutrition. Who do you see as among the first to begin the break down process of  physical deterioration should the SHTF? How long would it take? What could you do to help stop that deterioration?

In todays’ processes food culture, when the human body goes into starvation mode it will have only toxic chemicals to see it into death. Hence, it most likely will take a lot less time to complete the program, along with a whole lot more suffering.

Might I suggest that we could start by becoming more aware of the crap we are putting into our mouth and that of our children? We need to spread the word about reading labels and wean ourselves off of fast food and potato chips. And for Gos’ sakes get off of cigarettes!!You will be sooooo glad you did when they are no longer available.

Can you imagine what a house hold would be like when every body begins the withdrawal process of ordinary stuff like sugar? Or how about doing without things like coffee or Mountain Dew? If you think your family will not have a problem, try it for 2 weeks and see how you feel. Try living without bread or any grain product for a couple of weeks. It’s not going to be easy and the kids will not give you a break when government food stamps have stopped, the stores have shut down and the food pantries are no where to be found. Would you know how to make baby formula to feed your baby because you are not breast feeding? (There’s a recipe I my book for emergency baby formula)

During the great depression of the 1930s in this country a woman with 5 kids wrote in her diary that she cleaned up a leather boot and boiled it to make a broth. The leather boot broth became the childrens’ food source. Is that something you would have thought of?

It is time to think ahead, right now.

Posted March 20, 2016, very important!

Posted March 30, 2016;

A good place to get your research started is with “Dare to Prepare” by Holly Deyo  go to

And of course my book “How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out” It is more than a how to book. Sorry to say the sale price is off for now, but you can still get a book here for the old price. I have a few left if you hurry.

This just in from Steve Quayle website;

Dear Steve–

I work for a major U.S. railway carrier. Just got informed that the number of units being “laid up”, or being taken out of service, is now being increased from 1650 to 1800 motors.

With an average of 3 motors per train, that’s 600 trains that no longer need moving about every other day. About 50% of this power is for moving coal to power plants, and the rest is for grain trains and moving product from the coast to distribution centers. People are not buying as much so there is less to move.

Just wanted to possibly help confirm about the reduction of semi truck traffic, it’s simply because there is a lot less freight coming in at the ports. Drop in freight shipments is about 6 to 8 months lagging the BDI. Shipments seem to have followed the BDI, almost to a T.

Engineer’s and conductor’s furloughed have reached approx. 5000 employees. Seriously not looking good since the railroads are pretty much the start of the distribution of goods in the U.S.

Plan for the worst, but pray for the best. Thanks for all you do and have done for everyone, including me. It is much appreciated and received.
























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Killing Us Slowly

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 ” It is unfortunate that Americans are digging their graves with their knives and forks. The refined carbohydrates and processed food diet that many people live on leads to the development of degenerative illnesses as we age. . . ”  Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Fasting and Eating for Health 

In the winter months, those living in the darker, snow covered Northern Hemisphere tend to live on heavier, more calorie dense foods. These foods help keep the body warm and lack of sunshine takes the driver seat for our cravings. Lack of activity, sunshine and heavy foods lends itself to fat and sludge build up. But you knew this.

The heart pumps the blood and moves oxygen throughout the body. The blood filters through many organs to clean the unwanted waste material but the lymph nodes have no automatic pumping action. In order to work properly your lymph system  needs movement to clean  stagnant material that has been laying waste all winter. Exercise is the ideal mechanism for clearing out the gook, too bad most of us simply sit in front of the boob tube after work.

Our ancient ancestors recorded health conditions pointing to lymph system sludge thousands years before modern western medicine took over all our diagnoses and symptoms treatment. In many ways, the medicines and treatments from the past were far advanced from our pill and poison treatment of today.

Now please, don’t misunderstand. We have the best hospitals in the world for emergency care. Recently, my husband broke his 60 year old finger. I drove him to the ER of our local hospital where the Doctors and Nurses patched him up. They are wonderful people, everyone of them dedicated and pleasant.

While I waited in the lobby for the 3 hours it took for them to look after my hubby, I had time to look around. We live in a small community, the whole county only has roughly 30,000 people. During my wait, two ambulances came screaming in and at least 50 sick people paraded in and out of the waiting room. Most of them older people and parents with little children being seen at the adjoining walk-in-clinic.

I asked an attendant if it was this busy just because it was spring? She said, “No, it has been like this for awhile now. The clinic saw 63 patients just yesterday.”  Then I asked, if it was because of Obamacare? She stopped dead in her tracks, turned and just like a deer in the headlights, stared at me.  “Oh, uh maybe.” She whispered.

I came away from that experience with the inherent impression that  in this area at least, more and more older people are sicker and depleted. And that today young parents haven’t the first clue how to take care of their kids childhood illnesses. These kids seem to be less vibrant and defiantly nutrient deficient . Parents were feeding these toddlers, chips and candy from a vending machine to keep them manageable. One young mother was totally frustrated because the Doctor didn’t want to give her an anti-biotic for her child’s upper respiratory virus.  To placate her, the exasperated attending physician wrote her the prescription she wanted. But I digress. . .

When we arrived at the pharmacy to fill his prescription, there was a line and a wait for at  least another hour. So, this was my great awakening. Humanity is ill!

“The man is not sick because he has an illness, the man is ill because he is sick.”  Old Chinese Proverb

Having lead you down that depressing path, at the least I can do is redeem myself with an offering.

   Vis Medicatrix Naturae

“The Healing Power of Nature”

Springtime is the Moon of many gifts—Naa-yu

The influence on the human physiology is energetic, an inner strength and a will to fight physical ills. The perfect time for clearing out the old.  Following the natural rhythms of mother earth, the lymph system is eager to clean house. Tonics are the first line of natural cleaners.  There are several actually but I will give you some starter herbs and a couple of recipes here, it is up to you to do the rest.

A tonic uses herbs to restore and strengthen the entire system. Some herbs will help push or pull toxins from the body. Other herbs will produce and restore a normal tone to our fragile innards. General tonics are ones that braces and refreshes the whole system, such as dip in a cold pond.

Some of my favorite spring tonic herbs are;

Dandelion flowers— roots are used in the fall. The dandelion has two particularly important uses: to promote the formation of bile and to remove excess water from the body. By acting to remove poisons from the body, it acts as a tonic and a stimulant as well.

Red Clover— “Red clover is one od God’s blessings to man.” Quoted from Jethro Kloss  Red clover is a wonderful blood purifier.

Stinging Nettle– The entire plant is used as a pectoral, diuretic, astringent, tonic, stypic. A stypic in this use arrests hemorrhage and bleeding.

Mint— This includes peppermint, spearmint and Bee balm. These are used as a stimulant, meaning it increases the activity or efficiency of a system or organ.

Parsley –When fresh parsley is used it acts as a diuretic, gentle laxative, expectorant and contains loads of vitamin C.

Licorice root–Used as a laxative, tonic, and expectorant. Also, excellent for clearing out congestion from the lungs and chest.

Hyssop — Hyssop is recorded as being used in the Bible for cleansing the body. David knew the benefits to be derived from it’s use. Promotes sweating, slightly laxative.

Astragalus —mild diuretic, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant and also has anti-viral properties.

Chickweed — chickweed is a nourishing tonic herb for improving overall energy levels.

Cleavers — is a rich source of chlorophyll and is one of the premier spring tonic herbs used in promoting lymphatic drainage and blood purification. This herb is a strong diuretic.


To make a single herb tonic;

Dandelion flower tonic– pick and clean on ounce of dandelion blossoms at full bloom. Place the blossom/flowers in a glass jar and pour a pint of boiled water over the blossoms. Let steep for about 10 minutes, strain and sweeten. Drink everyday until the blossoms are gone. Be sure to pick young dandelion leaves for your salads as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Red Clover tea–  pick and clean about two cups of red clover blossoms. Add two thin sticks of cinnamon, chopped and one teaspoonful of dried, grated orange rind. Put all ingredients into glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake to mix. Take out one teaspoonful and put into a cup. Pour boiled water over the mixture and let steep 10 minutes, strain. Sweeten with honey.

The best multi-herb tonic for spring cleaning—

Using several of the above herbs in equal parts and place into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake to mix. Take a teaspoon from the mixture and put into a cup. Pour boiled water over the herbs and steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey.

According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, “Each person has a point at which his barrel of toxic chemicals overflows. At that point he has symptoms. . . .” From her book Detoxify or Die.

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Green Blood


Mr. D is a 90 year old senior with a really cool sense of humor and an excellent story telling skills. Today while we were making cookies for his freezer, Mr. D and I were discussing what life was like when he was a kid. As old people love to talk about “life in the old days,” he told me a story of an incident that could have turned out very tragically if not for an observant old time country Doctor.

As a youngster of the 1930s Mr. D was left pretty much on his own after his chores had been completed. At 12 years of age his mother had no worries about Mr. D and his buddies playing down by the pond several blocks past the old feed mill most every day. She knew basically where they were and when they became hungry, she was sure they would miraculously appear at the kitchen table.

Today the boys had been fishing down at the pond when Mr. D suddenly found a fish hook lodged in his wrist. One of the other boys whipped his pole to send his wormed hook out to the center of the pond. It didn’t make it that far before piercing the skin of Mr. Ds wrist, the barb of the fish hook securely embedded into the muscle.

He worked for quite some time to dislodge the fish hook, using his jack knife to help with the task. The boys all gathered around to watch with fascination as blood dripped from his wrist. Finally, he got the nasty fish hook out of his wrist and cleaned up the blood  with a little pond water and the boys resumed fishing until almost dark.

A few days later, Mr. D had walked several blocks to the towns only mercantile/ general store to purchase some things for his mother. With his arms loaded he was waiting at the corner to allow a car to pass before he could cross the street when it stopped in front of him. The driver was the village Doctor on his way to check on a patient. The good doctor rolled down his window and asked Mr. D if he and his load would like a lift home since the doctor was headed in his direction.

Mr. D climbed into the front seat next to the doctor and set his packages on the floor in front of him. It was about then the good doctor noticed the green line running up the inside of Mr. Ds arm. He asked what had happened to create such a nasty infection?

Mr. D had the doctors undivided attention so he spilled his story on him. After which, the good doctor told Mr. D to have his mother make a poultice of ground flax seed and wrap it around his wrist until the infection and gangrene was gone, and dropped the boy off in front of his house. Waving good bye, he drove off to his next appointment.

Mr. D showed his arm to his mother and told her what the doctor had said. She immediately went to work. She made a paste from the ground flax seed using a little water. Next she placed it directly on Mr. Ds infected arm, then wrapped it securely with a clean linen cloth. It was changed again before bed and the again the next day. Within three days the infection and the green line running up Mr. Ds arm had been healed by the flax seed meal. And so, Mr. D is still with us today.

Why whole plant Material heals?

Plants are chemically complex. The chemical elements of which plants are constructed—principally carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, etc.—are the same as for all other life forms animals, fungi, bacteria and even viruses. Only the details of the molecules into which they are assembled differs. This underlying similarity, plants produce a vast array of chemical compounds with unique properties which they use to cope with their environment. Pigments are used by plants to absorb or detect light. Perhaps the most celebrated compounds from plants are those with pharmacological activity, such as salicylic acid from which aspirin is made, morphine, and digoxin. Drug companies spend billions of dollars each year researching plant compounds for potential medicinal benefits.

When pharmaceutical drug makers isolate and concentrated an element from a plant they strip away all the complimenting molecules. All the plants chemicals work in synergy. When you take away one element and concentrate it, it is now possible to become a dangerous drug, poisonous. It is why pharmaceutical drugs are monitored and controlled.

So. . . .

Active compounds found in the plant such as chlorophyll are close to human blood. (Chlorophyll~~Chlorophyll is a chlorin pigment, which is structurally similar to and produced through the same metabolic pathway as other porphyrin pigments such as heme. At the center of the chlorin ring is a magnesium ion. This was discovered in 1906, and was the first time that magnesium had been detected in living tissue.)

The correct structure of hemin (heme) is part of the hemoglobin. ( hemoglobin is the red coloring of blood, the pigment, when combined with protein forms hemoglobin) Chlorophyll molecules closely resemble hemin. One of the major differences between chlorophyll and hemin is that chlorophyll contains magnesium while hemin molecule contains iron for the central atom. Owing to the close molecule resemblance between chlorophyll and hemoglobin is that chlorophyll and its derivatives is nature’s blood-building element for all plant eaters and humans.

Magnesium in plant chlorophyll picks up the blue light from the sun, add in plant carbs and proteins, which all contribute to turn the plant blood green. Iron plus proteins makes human and animal blood red. That’s why I say;

Plants are people too!!














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Natures Laws for Helping and Healing


As the scene opens, you and your immediate family have survived  *the end of the world as we knew it* situation. The electricity has been out for the better part of a month and someone you care about has taken ill. It is way too dangerous to venture far from your hiding place, there is no way to find a health care provider this far from town. Are you prepared to handle what you need to do?

Maybe I can help.

Natures Laws

The first law is to “Do no harm.” Primum non nocere

All healing practices and it’s practitioners hold this law as sacred.  M.Ds, O.D.s, Dentists, Naturopaths, Herbalists, EMTs, Nutritionists and dieticians and even Shamans are bound by this very simple phrase.

This phrase is a promise “to abstain for doing harm.” It reminds the health care provider that they must consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. Another way to consider it;  given an existing health condition or complaint, it may be better to not do something or even do nothing at all, than to risk causing more harm. Abiding by this first law of nature is not as easy as one might think. People, given our very nature, want to help, to do something.

Your family physician and related healthcare practitioners  most likely took part in this updated oath to receive their shingle.

             Hippocratic Oath — Modern Version

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.

(Any thoughts about this oath and how it does or does not comply with Obamacare in the U.S.?)

The Second rule of Natures Laws for Helping and Healing

When it is only you, your nurturing skills, and a few herbs, Mother nature lends us a second rule;

Give the gift of time.

If the problem does not require first aid, or immediate life or death intervention allow at least three days of treatment or herbal remedy to work it’s magic. Watch, monitor and record the patients response to that treatment. (First aid, immediate treatment, and intense  emergency treatment are saved for a another post.)

Herbs have the ability to work with the chemistry of the body directing it to a slower, more natural response. If after three days of teas or treatments, there is no change in an illness or condition, change the treatment. For chronic or long on going health  issues give one month of treatment for every year of a problem. Herbal remedies help the body restore balance and nudge it towards a healing state, pharmaceutical medications, which only treat symptoms, change the problem through chemistry.

During an illness, you should limit drinks to an acid such as grape, apple or cranberry. Acidic juices thin the body fluids, which helps keep things moving. Alkaline fluids (vegetable juices) thicken body fluids thus impeding circulation. Never sweeten fruit juice with sugar.

What ever us humans have done to ourselves, plants have been the basic source of health giving properties along an unbroken line far into prehistoric times. The first Chinese herb book, dating from about 2700B.C. lists 365 individual medical plants and their uses.

Three Basic Principles

When  considering a remedy, treatment or course of action keep Dr. Pickerings three basic principles of health in mind.

  1. You are automatically healthy by design, and sick only by default.
  2. You don’t catch disease;  you *earn* it, as it stems from *crud* in the blood from being drunk with junk.
  3. You get well by what comes *out* of you, not always by what goes into you.

In  essence, health is as much based on getting rid of toxins, bacteria and  substances as it is based on optimizing nutrition.

Your instincts will be of great value when there is no one but you. Mark Twain made a statement that we can take to heart.

“The two most important days of your life are the day you  were born and the day you find out why.”


With the above information  in mind, let us test your awareness ;

In a previously posted article, we discussed food and water borne bacteria if you would like to refer back to it.

Returning to the * after the SHTF* scenario;   your college age son has traveled the country side making his way home after this nation  wide catastrophe.

Summer break came early this year. The power has been out for more than a week with no end in sight. School administrators say they are are running low on food for the cafeteria, most of it having already spoiled. The Dean sent a runner to tell students they are closing the school. Everyone is free to go home or where ever.

Most of your small town has left for other places or have been evacuated. The last text you received from your son before your phone went dead was that he was on his way home. You and your family stay put to wait for him.

It took him 5 days to arrive home on foot and everyone is ecstatic to see him with hugs and kisses. But your dear son is not feeling well. His symptoms are as follows;

This 20 year old young man chalks up his general malaise and nausea to the heat, his long journey and excitement of being home. He has a restless night in his own bed and in the morning he is definitely feeling flu like symptoms, but without a fever. Over the course of the morning dear son has developed severe abdominal cramps, and begins to vomit. Next comes the diarrhea. What do you suspect is going on with him?

  1. He picked up a bout of Cholera
  2. He has Typhoid
  3. He has food poisoning
  4. He now has Hepatitis A


Is his illness contagious?

How do you know?

What is your first course of action?

What should you have done before you welcomed him into the group?

How does natures laws apply here?

Doctors, nurses  and other healthcare professionals know the answer to these questions, but does the average worried Mom? If it were my son traveling alone across those miles I would be rejoiced to see him safe, but that is the wrong way to approach the safety of the rest of your group. Anyone, and that means everyone, needs time to be isolated and monitored before being allowed into the general group. Please don’t rely on TV programs like the “walking Dead” or “The History Channel” for direction on post apocalyptic survival.

We got lucky with dear son, he has a nasty case of food poisoning.  Food poisoning is generally not contagious.  Depending on the type of bacteria ingested from contaminated food symptoms could take from 30 minutes to as long as 4 weeks from exposure to onset of symptoms.

Given that our young man is 20 years old, he will recover on his own unaided. He should be monitored for dehydration, however, and given plenty of fresh clean water to drink. An electrolyte, such as Gatoraid, would be helpful. (Home made hydration solution similar to Pedialyte, see page 19 in “How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out.”)

Cholera is usually not contagious, although, handling contaminated feces can get you sick. Symptoms are similar to food poisoning characterized by watery diarrhea, but this contaminated food or water bacteria brings on symptoms abruptly.

Typhoid is communicable disease, characterized by a fever of 103 to 105 degrees, fatigue, no appetite, chills headache, muscle pain and tenderness of the abdomen. Typhoid is a member of the Salmonella bacteria family. It is transferred from person to person by direct contact of body fluids of an active typhoid person. Think typhoid Mary of history.

Hepatitis A is a viral liver infection, highly contagious. Generally, hepatitis viruses are transferred by contaminated food, water and sharing syringes and sexual behavior. General symptoms are fever, weakness, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, drowsiness, headache, abdominal discomfort, and often jaundice.

Hepatitis infections are contagious two weeks before and one week after jaundice appears. Bathrooms should be decontaminated due to fecal matter containing the virus. Isolation is recommended. Signs and symptoms can last from 2 to 6 months.

Important Procedures

Now that we are aware of the importance of knowing a little something about post catastrophe diseases, we can use this to protect the rest of the group and from being over whelmed by following some simple procedures.

Isolation– Always isolate newcomers and those of your group showing signs of a fever–undiagnosed or suspicious rash–jaundice or abdominal pain. When in doubt, always isolate. It’s better to be safe.

Sanitation– The removal of waste material and an action to make clean  the immediate environment.

Hygiene– Is a system of principles that deals with the preservation of health. Without proper sanitation and hygiene even the healthiest, strongest, biggest fellow will have a tough time. Bacteria is the enemy during a crisis and can kill if let run unchecked.

Nutrition– An act or process of nourishing, supplying nourishment. To nourish, sustain, maintain and support.

The best time  to begin is now, before the lights go out.  A hard copy library in place  when the SHTF will be  your very best friend.





















health · homesteading · preparedness · self-reliance

Your Skills Will Be Tested to Their Fullest Extent

triage nurse            On Your Own. . .


The dreaded disaster everyone had been discussing and feared has happened and like it or not you are the last man standing, so to speak. When that proverbial day arrives and it’s just a matter of time you know, will you recognize a water borne illness? Will you know a highly contagious disease when you are asked to tend a sick person? The answer to those questions for most of us is a resounding “no.”

With the world changing at break neck speed, with out a doubt some of these diseases will find their way into those we love when it all comes to a disastrous sudden stop as it hits the brick wall.

So with that in mind, I offer the following as a brief overview of the most common diseases and bacteria you will likely encounter after any major catastrophe.

One of the first diseases to raise it’s ugly head would be Cholera and dysentery;

Cholera usually begins abruptly when contaminated food or water has been ingested, bringing on watery diarrhea. Dysentery is characterized by inflammation of the large intestine and rectum with frequent and bloody stools, abdominal pain and tenesmus.

Monitor these carefully because it is not always the toxins that cause the injury but in the case of cholera and dysentery it is the dehydration that kills. Treat the dehydration with a salty bouillon soup broth. Do not give the patient sweeteners or fruit juices.

“Disaster scenarios that cause contamination of water supplies can easily cause an outbreak of cholera in a community. Therefore, it makes sense for the medic in the family to know how to identify and treat the disease. Untreated, cholera has a death rate approaching 50-60%; if dealt with quickly, however, mortality goes down to 1%.” Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

Typhus–Typhus is caused by body lice, ticks and rat fleas from parasitic bacterium. It begins similar to a bad cold, after a few days a rash appears in the arm pits.

Typhoid fever–This is a communicable disease. It is contracted by ingestion of contaminated food which has come in contact with body fluids of an active typhoid person or by a person who is a carrier of the disease. It’s a member of the Salmonella family of bacteria.

Recognizable by fatigue, fever (103 to 105), no appetite, chills, headache, muscle pain and tenderness of the abdomen. Red spots from over the chest and abdomen with the spleen becoming very tender. Clean air and good ventilation are essential treatment. Keep fever under control. High enemas using white bark, red raspberry leaves will greatly relieve the patient and hasten recovery.

Pellagra–Lack of vitamin B3 (niacin). Find a clean source of liver and other organ meats, poultry, fish and peanuts. Milk and eggs are a good source because of their tryptophan content.

Vitamin D and C deficiency– In the northern most climates sunshine and fresh fruit is a limited commodity.

Hantavirus–Flu like symptoms from mouse droppings. This one has a 38% fatality rate.

Leptospirosis–A dangerous bacterial disease with a 10 to 50% fatality rate. Rodent urine found in warm stagnant water is the cause of this disease. The disease is usually short-lived and mild, but severe infections can damage the kidneys and the liver. The patient’s urine should be disposed of carefully to prevent spread of the organism.

Bubonic and Pneumonic plague—These two are caused by a bacillus introduced into the body by a flea that had previously bitten an infected rat.

Emerging diseases—These are diseases that are out there on the horizon such as Ebola, MRSA, H1N1, etc.

Heart attacks and strokes—mostly seen as extreme stress related and over exertion at this time.

Diphtheria—This is a life threatening disease mostly seen in children from about 2 to 6 years of age. It effects the throat and upper air passages. Impure blood, unhygienic conditions, contaminated milk and food, and excessive starchy diet may be a contributor. Untreated disease is often fatal due to heart and kidney failure. Recovery is possible but must be treated by a healthcare professional.

Tuberculosis–This disease is highly contagious. If possible, get help from a healthcare professional. Isolate the person. The care taker must take precautions, wearing a gown and face mask. Mostly strikes people between the ages of 15 and 35.

Food poisoning–depending on the type of bacteria ingested, it can take from 30 minutes to as long as 4 weeks from exposure to onset of symptoms.

Procedures for an illness when the cause is unknown.

Isolate anyone showing signs of a fever–undiagnosed or suspicious rash–Jaundice–abdomen pain–or oozing, pustules within a rash.

Contagion–A contagion is the medium by which a disease is transmitted.

Sanitation–The application of disposal of sewage and waste for the sake of cleanliness and the protection of human health.

Hygiene–The preservation of health and the prevention of disease through cleanliness.

Nutrition–The act or the process of nourishing, also obtaining the dietary requirements for proper health. The process of taking in and utilizing food material thus providing energy and healing.

Social Distancing— During an event or crisis before anyone new is added to your group they should be quarantined for the very least of 10 days. This protects your group as well as theirs. If after 10 to 14 days there is no signs of illness or contagions, they may be added to your groups general population.

Also, isolate anyone at any time that shows signs of a fever or illness. Undiagnosed or suspicious rash, jaundice, abdominal pain or serious infections. A wild animal bite would fit this category also. Unless you know specifically that the animal didn’t have rabies, it’s better to take precautions.

These are but a few diseases for which a crisis or long term power outage may see. Oh, and one more thing before I let you get on with your day. Tetanus (lockjaw) is very rare in the U.S., with only about 50 cases reported in a year. We should get to know the signs of a tetanus infection when society has been under a severe crisis for a long period of time, especially those children being born after the crisis is underway where a vaccination is unavailable.

The most common cause is a puncture wound to the skin. It can be as simple as a bug or animal bite to a splinter or stepping on a rusty nail. And the disease is not just limited to those, any injury to the skin is eligible; burns, crush injuries and lacerations can be entryways for the tetanus bacteria.
An excellent article can be found over at htt://

You can find “10 Diseases Seen First After a Disaster” and much, much more in **How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out**

Look for it on this site, or ask for it by name at your favorite book sellers.

An after publication update; This is an excellent article on EMP survival. I just thought it fitting to share here.

The Basic List For Your EMP Survival