The Vaccine War

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THE VACCINE WAR- AKA: THE WAR ON FREEDOM OF CHOICE

Before you have a self-imploded conniption fit (“someone is wrong on the internet!”) that I even dare mention Vaccines and getting yourself or children vaccinated or not vaccinated, please let me explain my position first and then make my post without the backlash of internet trolls seething red-hot hatred in my direction. This is not my normal post. I usually post on what are considered “prepper” subjects like canning jams and green beans, or purifying and filtering your stored water for an emergency situation. Don’t disregard me just yet, because I say I am a Prepper. I’m not prepping for the zombie apocalypse or for nuclear annihilation.  I’ve been through enough hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes to know having a stocked pantry is a smart idea. But the media hysteria over vaccinations has inspired me to tell my story.  Also, I am not a physician or medical doctor. I am not giving medical advice. I am merely giving my opinion, my research, and my experiences so that others may learn from my life.  I am a medical research scientist with a degree in Biomedical Science; minors in Chemistry and Psychology. I’m not going to talk to you with medical terminology that requires a dictionary to decipher. I’m not a stuck-up medical know-it-all. I’m a normal person, wife, and mother, just like the majority of people out there. So I will talk to you the way I talk to everyone. I will note that I am not a paid author and have no agreements with anyone or any entity or business/company.  THIS IS PROBABLY THE LONGEST POST I HAVE EVER WRITTEN, SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME AND READ THE ENTIRE POST.  ALSO- PLEASE SHARE IT!

I am writing this to get my story out there for others to read. I also have retired from the medical industry and I do not write or post on medical community sites or blogs. I do not receive compensation or any other perks for writing this article.  I now run our family business and I teach Prepper and Survival Classes as well, which is why I chose to post my story on a survival & prepper blog. I choose to remain anonymous to protect my family, especially my child from the over-reaching hand of government and CPS.

SAFETY PHARM

 First, my background.  I used to work as a pharmaceutical research scientist for many years. I am still legally bound even to this day to not reveal the name of the companies I worked for, so please don’t ask. It’s called a Non-Disclosure Agreement and I don’t feel like getting sued.          I wore the white lab coat, the safety goggles, the two-layers of rubber gloves while I hovered over laboratory beakers, test-tubes, and operated hundreds thousands of dollars worth of medical laboratory equipment. I wore the tyvex chem suits with protective boots, 3-layers of gloves, sleeves, ankles and neck-line all duct-taped shut with a hooded respirator while I administered pathogens to animals to make them ill so that we could test a new medication or vaccine. I drew blood hundreds of times a day on animals as small as mice and as big as rhesus macaque non-human primates (monkeys), risking contracting HIV, AIDS, and Hep B every time a needle penetrated their skin.  I worked in the Safety Pharmaceutical Department (or Safety Pharm as we used to call it).  I worked testing new pharmaceutical drugs on animals (pigs, dogs, rats, mice, cats, rabbits, monkeys, guinea pigs, etc) to determine if the drug passed FDA and medical standards for safety, meaning if the drug did not pass, it could not be manufactured and sold to human consumers. The drug had to pass Safety Pharm before it could go to Human Clinical Trials (drugs tests performed on humans).

The trouble with medical research and scientists like myself, is that we still hold the not-quite-naive child-like belief that we are actually performing research that will save lives and make the world a better place (and that the animals whom we test on are sacrificing themselves for the greater good of humanity- for all my animal loving friends out there).  I wanted to find a cure for cancer, stop Alzhemier’s, prevent diabetes, cure heart disease, and advance medicine for human benefit.  I was lucky enough to talk with and study under the doctors and professors at the University of Tennessee on the first cloned Jersey bovine calf and view their research. I took biology and medical classes and received EMT training. I did everything I could to learn as much as I could about medical research. I had hope for the future. That’s why we become research scientists in the first place (besides the fact that we are science nerds).  There are thousands of people like me in the industry who are research scientists who long to solve medical mysteries and help people. We also have morals and ethics. We want to do the right thing.   Read here:  https://truthkings.com/nursing-student-dismissed-for-refusal-to-lie-about-vaccines-wins-early-court-victory/#

The reality that hit people like me in the face after working for drug research companies is that despite all our hard work, all our genuine concern and hope to better the future, the research companies, Big Pharma, and the government only care about how much money they can make from said drug or vaccine.  Hopes crushed, world devastated, I spent several years trudging through my work, with a faint belief that perhaps we would come across something that would be a true life-saver, like a cure for cancer, or how to stop Alzheimer’s.  Unfortunately, none came.  Our research, time, and money was controlled by the “customer” (ie- big secret company paying for the research in the first place).  Sometimes we knew we were testing a new breast cancer treatment drug. Other times we didn’t know what (we weren’t allowed to know what) we were testing and what effect the drug was supposed to achieve. This could be scary because we didn’t know what we were risking our own exposure to.  Hint- most of these types of tests we paid for by foreign countries who were afraid America would steal their new patented drug, so they didn’t allow us to even know the chemicals we were exposing ourselves to. Perhaps 40 years from now we will all come down with a mystery cancer that will be linked back to the mystery chemicals we were all exposed to in the research labs, much like the sailors in the Navy were exposed to asbestos in the 1940s.   View a video: http://youtu.be/7yqtu9TRi7A

VACCINES

In addition to new medications, we also tested vaccines and vaccine safety.  No, the Center for Disease Control does not do all the testing. They are more of a regulatory agency than a true research facility. Yes, they do perform some research there. They do have labs, but their main purposes is to act as a government agency, issuing reports and regulations and tracking epidemics before they become pandemics. Actual scientific research is mostly done by privately owned medical companies and laboratories and then their reports are sent to the CDC for inspection and review, as well as independent testing for confirmation of results.  Specifically we tested the Gardasil vaccine. Here’s where it got hairy: Our report (which was not made public) showed that the Gardasil shot only prevented 2 of the 11 known HPV strains known to cause cervical cancer (and 2 of the known HPV strains that cause genital warts). That is a pretty bad rate to justify a vaccine’s manufacture and sale. Our research also showed that the shot caused health problems, paralysis, lesions, cancer, hearing loss, blindness, infertility, mental issues and even death. And it was originally approved for females only, never to be given to males. Now, males receive the shot and develop breasts, have hormone imbalances, and other side effects (many listed above) from the shot. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/02/05/hpv-vaccine-gardasil-has-a-dark-side-star-investigation-finds.html    We submitted our research and report, giving a dissenting opinion against the manufacture and sale of the Gardasil vaccine, and you know what Big Pharma did? They threw our report and over 6 years worth of research in the trash and pushed the vaccine through FDA regulations just so they could make money. Makes researchers wonder why they even bother. They did not care that there were major side effects to this vaccine that harmed people, and even lead to death in some cases.  They only cared about how much money they could make and how fast.  Want to know more? Go to the link posted below and scroll down to Table 9 & 10. Those are injuries/effects reported by patients receiving the Gardasil vaccine, but they refuse to link the vaccine with the injuries together (note the part about Regardless of Causality- their way of distancing themselves from any legal responsibility).  http://www.drugs.com/pro/gardasil.html        Read more here:    https://truthkings.com/gardasil-study-links-behavioral-issues-to-vaccine-is-promptly-thrown-away/#

HOW THE WAR BEGAN

See, due to government regulations and patent law, a R&D (research and development) company that produces a new medication or vaccine only has 10 years to recover not only all their expenses and cost to manufacture, test, research, and develop that medication or vaccine, pay their overhead expenses, employees and taxes,  but to also make a profit for their investors.  And we all know that NO ONE goes into any business without the intention of making a profit.  (Hell, even charities make profits while being listed as non-profits with the IRS- don’t believe me, google it). So with only the short window of 10 years to recoup millions or even billions of dollars, most pharmaceutical companies try to spend as little as they can on research and development, meet the bare minimum requirements that the FDA requires for production, and then work as fast as they can to get the drug on the market, being sold at every doctors’s office and pharmacy in the country and around the world. For the most part, they follow the regulations and laws set forth by the government, but sometimes they cut corners to save a few bucks, or downplay side effects, which leads to drugs on the market that have not been thoroughly tested and then every ambulance chasing lawyer wants to setup a massive class-action lawsuit for injured parties to try and get rich themselves.  You know you’ve seen the commercials on tv to call a huge law firm somewhere to get in on the class-action lawsuit they claim will net victims millions of dollars in settlement money. In reality, only the lawyers and Big Pharma get rich.   https://truthkings.com/this-is-how-a-vaccine-billionaire-lives/

The majority of childhood diseases were already on the decline (largely due to better medical care more readily accessible, improved hygiene standards and habits, and better diet) with most already being negligible before vaccines even came on the market (Google it!).  So if a disease is already declining, why do we need to create hysteria about a vaccine? To boost sales for Big Pharmacy of course!  See article: http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/an-honest-look-at-the-historical-evidence-that-vaccines-eliminated-diseases/   More on disease decline: https://healthimpactnews.com/2013/dr-kurt-why-i-will-never-choose-to-vaccinate-my-own-son-and-any-future-kids-my-wife-and-i-have/

The regulations set forth though, do not allow a company to financially be able to support researching side effects and long-term effects of a drug or vaccine for- say 20 years- to determine if the drug will have an adverse effect on humans or not.  So herein lies the problem- if a company actually spent the money to research a drug or vaccine for 20 years or more to determine long-term effects and overall effects on the population (and somehow did not go bankrupt in the meantime) and was able to pass FDA approval and be sold on the market, that drug would be so damned expensive that only people like Bill Gates could afford to purchase it.  And drugs and vaccines already cost an arm and a leg today. Big Pharma’s desire to make huge profits fast has created a war on the innocent. The Vaccine War. The Big Pharma War. And it effects all of us. The medical industry no longer is concerned with actually helping people, just making money. There is more money to be made in treating a disease and its symptoms rather than curing it.  It’s easy to see the conspiracy when I used to be one of the conspirators.    http://www.businessinsider.com/epipen-cost-increase-healthcare-insurance-2016-8

VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION FUND

Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund Program– This is Big Pharma’s own court and trust fund set up to pay out to families whose child was injured by their vaccines. They have paid out $2.8 BILLION to families already and the amount is growing everyday (UPDATE- it is now over $3.2 Billion as of 2016). The money is managed by the Department of Treasury and comes from a surcharge that’s attached to every vaccine (a tax if you will). Big Pharma has said vaccines aren’t safe, they even put it in their medical pamphlets (manufacturer’s insert) with the vaccine when it is sold, but because of this VICF court, they are no longer held responsible, cannot be sued, and do not have to report injuries to the public or the government.Now, other companies can be sued. If a child carseat is found to be inferior and caused deaths of children, not only is the carseat manufacturer sued, but sometimes even the vehicle manufacturer is sued too! We see it all the time with products on the market- recalls that then result in lawsuits  Hell, even pharmaceutical companies get sued over bad medicatons, but not vaccine manufacturers!  There is not a single mention of this in the media, anywhere!  VICP, $3.2 BILLION.  At least if a pro-vax parent’s child is injured or dies from a vaccine, there is a fund/program, (that they have already paid into) that will throw money at them to “replace their child” or pay their medical bills. You can’t go all “Erin Brockovich” on the medical industry anymore because they have side-stepped the legal system by setting up the VICF and Big Government has allowed Big Pharma to do it.  Where else do you find a fund set up for injuries caused by a product that is still being sold on the market (aside from Tobacco companies that are still paying out on lawsuits won against them years ago)?  The answer is You Don’t.  If a product causes injury or death, it is almost always RECALLED off the market and made illegal to sell/purchase. Then a compensation fund is set up for victims to submit claims through. See recalls on children’s carseats and cribs. Recalls on food, drinks, vehicles, electronic appliances, etc. etc. etc.  So if the VICF by itself doesn’t convince you that Big Pharma knows their products cause harm and death, and just doesn’t care, then I don’t know what will convince you.  To me, the VICF is a Big Red Flag while also being evidence hidden in plain sight.  Read more here: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html   and here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/06/23/vaccine-injury-data.aspx

SO WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL RESEARCH ARTICLES, DOCTOR’S OPINIONS, & REPORTS? WHERE IS THE PROOF THAT VACCINES AND MEDICATIONS ARE BAD?

For those of you who always want “proof to read” let me tell you that over 98% of all research reports are NEVER made public and never published for civilians to read. They are kept just between medical organizations or as private company property. Once in a while one escapes the blackhole of the medical industry and winds up on the internet, but very rarely.  Most physicians won’t publish dissenting reports (the proof you are looking for) because they will be laughed out of the medical community even if their research is viable and proves their theory.  The medical industry is a very tight-nit community (but what group of academia isn’t?) and they fear their peers disapproval and self-induced suicide of their careers.  It also costs lots of money for individual independent studies to be conducted by private companies in the medical industry. Most have to obtain grants to fund their research. And let’s not forget that for most physicians and scientists, if they are going to spend 20 or more years studying a theory, they not only need money to do it, but need to feel that the research will pay off in the end, whether that be giving them a reputable name in the industry, obtain tenure and retirement from a university, or allowing them to publish a best-selling book regarding their work. It may seem selfish, but its true. Even doctors and scientists have to feel that their time and money is well spent, not just in the hopes that they will prove whether or not a vaccine or medication is safe or not.

And how many doctors and companies have been accused and proven to have lied about their research or falsified their data? Read here: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-merck-gilead-20160608-snap-story.html  Their lies have damaged credible work on vaccine injuries. Doctors and researchers alike struggle to overcome the accusation of corruption and falsified data. Whistleblowers are coming forward though, slowly.  It will take time for enough “Edward Snowdens” of the medical industry to lay out the lies, corruption, and falsified data for the public, before the public will believe they were duped by Big Pharma and Big Government.

 What seem to be “rumors” (don’t get vaccinated, don’t eat GMOs, artificial sweeteners cause cancer, etc) that the public hears are often times medical professionals like myself who warn their family and friends against certain medications or vaccinations because we have “insider info” that we cannot release to the public in an official published document due to legally-binding Non-disclosure Agreements. But we want to prevent those we love from possible contamination and harm. We know what Big Pharmacy and the govt are doing is wrong, but there is not much we can do to change it without a complete upheaval of not only the medical industry, but government and government regulations. So it continues as a silent but growing problem.

Read Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s work. You can also find her on Facebook. Read Dr. Jack Wolfson’s work.  Read Dr. Joseph Mercola’s work.  Go to Vaxtruth.org.  Go to vactruth.com  Get on the Inside Vaccines webpage and the National Vaccine Information Center’s website. Both are also on Facebook as well. They post research, papers, interviews, opinions all the time.  These are real doctors. Accredited, licensed, practicing medical physicians. They are not quacks. They are not crazy.  They are caring, dedicated, real people, who like me, still have their original belief of wanting to help people, not harm them, and better everyone’s lives instead of worrying about making a million dollars a year.  And there are more medical professionals coming forward every day with dissenting opinions against the pharmaceutical industry. And they aren’t just going to go away.  Whistleblowers, truth tellers, and witnesses are finally being heard, listened to, and believed, after years of being scolded, shunned, told they were crazy conspiracy theorists and had their careers ruined…..The truth will always come out…..and the truth shall set you free…..https://truthkings.com/breaking-vaccine-myth-correlation-not-equal-causation/#

CORRUPTION

Also, I will make the point that it is hard to find individual independent studies on vaccine safety or on vaccine injuries and links to disease and disability.  Most studies that you can find to read are studies that were performed by the company manufacturing the vaccine or medication in the first place. A bit biased no? Definitely smacks of Conflict of Interest. Of course Big Pharma will release reports to the public saying their product is perfectly safe, and spend good money to squash any dissenting or opposing reports- they’d be stupid not to! They want to make money, so they “reassure” the public that they have conducted studies that will attest to the glory and wonders of said medication or vaccine, just to boost sales. We see it everyday with large corporations and businesses. Of course a company is going to protect its reputation and profits, even if it is through dishonest means.

One instance that has never left my mind was being told by my supervisor, our lab manager, that the medical community and research companies would “never test marijuana nor allow marijuana to be tested because if the medical community showed that there was actual medicinal and health properties to pot, then pot would be legalized and end the drug war and the government’s cash flow. It would be come privatized, instead of a off-the-books cash cow for law enforcement, the judicial system, and the myriad of alphabet soup agencies that get “slush funds” through the war on drugs. If marijuana is shown to not be harmful, then everyone would grow it and use it, and then corporations and government would lose out on taxation and regulation of marijuana.”  HIS WORDS, I kid you not! This was my supervisor, someone who had been in the medical industry for nearly 30 YEARS and was a certified medical doctor saying this! And he is not the only doctor I have heard similar statements from over the years. It makes sense- tobacco and alcohol (and I’m not debating their positive or negative health effects here), are easy to obtain, anyone can grow their own tobacco or distill their own alcohol, all for personal use, and while taxed and regulated by the government, it is not a huge money-making industry, when compared to black market drugs.  And all you have to do is look back to when tobacco was run by corporations (plantations) in the 1800s or when gangs and the Mob (another form of corporation) had the bootlegging racket during Prohibition in the 1920s. They were billionaires while it was controlled and/or illegal. Now that anyone can grow tobacco or distill alcohol, it doesn’t net the same sky-high profits as it once did.

I find it funny that we would perform tests on methamphetamine, cocaine, and other “hardcore” drugs, specifically on rats and mice, to show the harmful effects and addiction properties of these illegal substances, but marijuana was taboo and no research would be permitted because the science might prove that pot was harmless and probably good natural medicine that would COST the government money!

  I’m not here to start a war on the use of pot with any of you, I believe that too, is a personal choice that you are free to make in regards to use- the point I am making is that the medical community was willing to avoid testing anything that would lose them money because they couldn’t tax it, regulate it, or sell it!  I consider that very shady and underhanded.  How many other drugs that might actually show promise have been put on the back burner because they wouldn’t net billions of dollars in profit each year?  Has a cure for cancer been derailed because it didn’t prove profitable for Big Pharma and the government? Or was something that could be easily obtained by the general public- like pot, or elderberry syrup, or other herbal remedies- not tested because it lacked Return On Investment opportunities? What about a cure for Alzheimers? Or HIV? Or Diabetes?  Whereas treating someone with cancer each step of the way nets Big Pharma a sure paycheck…smells like corruption to me.

If you want more proof of these companies and government lying to you, hiding the truth from you, all you need to do is look at what is going on in the news today. Merck, the pharmaceutical manufacturer of the MMR live-virus vaccine, paid for fake peer-reviewed medical journals back in 2009 (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/business/14vioxxside.html?_r=0)  and now are being sued in federal court because a whistleblower from the CDC came forward with information regarding fraudulent, mislabeled, misbranded MMR vaccines that caused two known mumps outbreaks and could very well be linked to the current measles outbreak (http://vaccineimpact.com/2015/why-is-the-mainstream-media-ignoring-measles-vaccine-fraud-cases/).  Makes you wonder just how many other companies and if the CDC have done this in the past as well- pay for fake medical journals to be published to further their cause or sales numbers, claiming their products were “safe”…. And remember that medical review journals are PEER reviewed (by a panel of doctors who all belong to the Good Ole Boy Club) NOT independently tested and reviewed by unassociated companies or labs who aren’t being paid to give a favorable review.

Or let’s go back to the 1990’s and our military vets returning home with Gulf War Syndrome from the loads of vaccines they were forced to take and were not informed “what” they were being injected with or what cross interaction the vaccines might have:  http://www.naturalnews.com/042241_Gulf_War_syndrome_flu_vaccines_MF59.html

But you can take government and Big Pharma corruption back even further than current-day news.  A perfect scenario of corruption, crime, lies, and intentional harm occurred between 1932 and 1972 with the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.  Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment.

Read about the flu vaccine tied to fetal deaths here: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/press-release-cdc-covers-up-influenza-vaccine-related-fetal-deaths/

Or go here to read a great article with references on the Gay Vaccine Experiments:  http://rense.com/general94/gayvac.htm

And apparently the United States is not the only country to have concerns over vaccine safety: http://youtu.be/H6JiUwkrTNk   or how about this story, on the very vaccine that I researched:  http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/gardasil-vaccine-spain-joins-growing-list-of-countries-to-file-criminal-complaints/

Now we have Glyphosate poisoning us:  https://truthkings.com/report-vaccine-glyphosate-link-now-exposed/#

And there’s stray virus strains being found in vaccines now: https://truthkings.com/scary-effects-stray-viruses-found-vaccines/

Oh, how quickly we forget how many times these stories have come across our newspapers, our televisions, or the internet, and yet they seem to get swept under the rug as time passes and a new “crisis or epidemic” steals our attention. It’s time to see the history of patterns with the lies, the cover-ups, the corruption, that Big Pharma and the government have perpetuated over the years against innocent victims.

THE PHARMACIST, THE MEDICAL DOCTOR, AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL SALES REP

Your doctor and your pharmacist used to know each other, study with each other, hell, even play golf together. But the pharmaceutical sales rep came between them. Now, the sale rep shows up to the doctors office to convince him to prescribe the latest and greatest drug or vaccine to his patients without giving the doctor adequate knowledge of possible side effects or drug interactions, in exchange for payments or kickbacks. The pharmacist, while acutely aware of drug interactions because they are pharmaceutical chemists, does not have the lab, means, or money to test for interactions, allergies, or long term effects. They have been permanently separated by Big Pharma’s sales rep. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/does-your-doc-have-ties-to-big-pharma-how-youll-be-able-to-find-out/

SO WHY ARE WE SEEING AN INCREASE OF DISEASE THAT WE HAVE VACCINATIONS FOR?

You aren’t seeing outbreaks of these diseases because of unvaccinated people You are seeing 1 of 2 things happening:  1-You are seeing freshly vaccinated people go through Virus Shedding which spreads the contagion among mostly vaccinated people who did not develop immunity when they got vaccinated (Vaccination and Immunity are two different things).Or 2- You are seeing evolution of the virus. In a world where we vaccinate too much, where we have antibacterial soap and wipes and sprays everywhere, where we take a million over-the-counter and prescription drugs that destroy our natural immune system, where we eat food-like substances and genetically modified food, instead of real food, you are now seeing the next step that viruses and bacteria naturally take by evolving and mutating to become a more virulent strain that vaccinations don’t stop. It is the same problem that is happening with super antibiotic resistant bacteria we have emerging now due to over-prescription of antibiotics and anti-bacterial products. We are just more aware of it because we are recording it and studying it. Yes, there is an issue of both illegal aliens and our own citizens bringing disease back into our country from other foreign countries (immigrants are often lacking in proper hygiene care and habits which leads to further spread of disease), migratory animals like birds and insects carry strains of disease with them as they migrate, and people illegally import animals not-native to our country which enables new diseases to reach our shores, but I still maintain that you are witnessing the evolution of disease. In a few years (maybe sooner), you will read stories where some medical journal has confirmed that new strains of viruses and bacteria are being found.  Just wait and see. 90% of your immune system lies in your stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Considering we eat foods loaded with sugar, salt, artificial fats, and laced with chemicals, hormones, carcinogens, steroids, pesticides, and GMO materials, its no wonder our immune systems are having trouble fighting off a simple common cold. Our water contains chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, lead, hormones, steroids, and prescription medications. Our air and soil are full of pollutants. We have destroyed the strength of our immune systems with our diets and our environment. Returning to a healthier, less-processed, less contaminated diet would do wonders for our immune system and the effects of disease on humans.  I am a firm believer that there is a cure for everything in nature and it starts with what we eat and drink

The only way your immune system will ever develop at the same pace as theses viruses and bacteria is for people to become infected with them to build up antibodies against them. We are so busy trying to eradicate ALL illnesses that we have forgotten that illness plays an important part in developing our immune systems. One of the earliest cases of humans being infected was when a mitochondria bacterium infected a human cell. The relationship became symbiotic millions of years ago and now mitochondria are part of our DNA and every cell in our body. They once were a bacterial invader, but are the cell’s powerhouse now. We cannot live without them now.  I remember reading several years ago a medical article where scientists had successfully tracked genetic markers that were of Black Plague Survivors and showed that these same genetic markers had been passed down to their descendants through DNA. The Black Plague was a nasty bacterial infection that wiped out almost 60% of Europe and Asia in the mid 1300s. No wonder it was called the Dark Ages! But survivors of plague showed genetic evolution of their immune systems that could be passed down to their descendants. Researchers also found that plague-survivor descendants (even up to today) showed marked improved immunity towards stomach illnesses, chest infections, cancers, and general gastrointestinal problems, as well as clear genetic markers in their DNA! They have a genetically evolved immune system compared to people with no plague-survivors in their genealogy. Read more here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/black-death-survivors-and-their-descendants-went-on-to-live-longer/

here: http://www.livescience.com/43063-black-death-roma-evolution.html

and here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/mystery-black-death-clues-evidence/1490/

As a scientist, I question what next step of evolution are we as humans missing out on because we do not allow ourselves or our children to become infected and build antibodies naturally? Which is the definition of IMMUNITY.  Yes, illness can kill people, but it is generally a very small percentage of those who get infected. Yes that sucks, it is unfair, it is awful, and is sad to lose someone to disease, but it is part of the natural life cycle (God’s plan, if you will) that we are so busy interfering with through the use of medications and vaccinations.  Perhaps we have reached a point where medical achievements are no longer productive and good for humans, but are now hindering our natural biological progression and evolution. (And yes, you can be a scientist and believe in both evolution and a divine Creator at the same time. I’ll save that for another post though.)

The TRULY SCARY epidemic that we should be extremely concerned about (and is not in the media anywhere!) is NOT childhood disease, but rather HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTIONS like Staph, tuberculosis, strep, MRSA, Shigella and others.  Statistically 1 our of every 25 people who visit or spend time in a hospital or doctor’s office will contact a disease that is just crawling on the walls, floors, and bedpans. 1 in 25! Just think about that for a minute before you freak out over less than 100 people infected with measles at Disneyland (that is probably a wild-type strain of measles which the vaccine would not be effective against in the first place.) (UPDATE-the  disneyland measles were caused by a freshly vaccinated child who was virus shedding and caused already vaccinated children to contract measles, which we are finding is usually the case when there is an “outbreak”.)   It’s more dangerous to GO TO the hospital!

THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

All I ask is that people do the research themselves before making a decision whether to vaccinate or not. It IS a choice. If you are a truly free person, then no one can force you to put anything in your body or do anything to your body, or that of your children, without your consent. The Nazis happily (and horrifically) forced Jews and Christians to get serial numbers tattooed on them and then medically and surgically experimented on them. All against their will and consent.  Well, we all know how that turned out in the history books.  The point with vaccines is that you have a choice whether to vaccinate or not.  No one should force you to take medications or receive vaccinations.  We have a law in this country where you are allowed to REFUSE medical treatment and medications (including vaccines) its a law for a reason.  Read The Case for Putting Medical & Vaccine Freedom in the Constitution: https://truthkings.com/case-putting-medical-vaccine-freedom-consitution/#

Not  even government should have that power. If you decide not to vaccinate, you shouldn’t be jailed, sued, blamed, harassed, or ridiculed for your choice.  The argument that “if vaccines worked as well as government claims, then your vaccinated child has nothing to fear from my unvaccinated child” is a true statement.  If the vaccine has created anti-bodies in a vaccinated person to prevent them from contracting the disease, then please explain how vaccinated people are contracted the very disease they have been vaccinated against. I will tell you how- it is because not everyone who is vaccinated is completely immune from contracting the disease (they develop Resistance to the Vaccine). They did not develop IMMUNITY. Some contract the disease they were being vaccinated against because their immune system could not handle the vaccine or because the vaccine was old and degraded. Sometimes its because it is a live virus strain they were given, which causes virus shedding and makes the person contagious to everyone around them after receiving the vaccine. Some people can contract the disease and be a carrier for the disease,(asymptomatic carriers) having never suffered any signs or symptoms of the disease they carry, save for what a bloodtest could determine (see Typhoid Mary). And it used to be one vaccination was all that was needed to spur artificial immunity, but now a person must receive 4, 5, 6, or more shots over a span of a few years during childhood, and then get booster shots as adults. If these vaccines worked as well as the medical community claims, then you should only need 1 shot. After all, you only have to get chicken pox, measles, mumps, etc, once as a child to develop natural lifelong immunity.

Too many people rely on vaccines as a 100% fail-proof protection plan from disease. They’re not fail-proof. A few hundred people world-wide contracting a disease (whether vaccinated against the disease or not) is not really a call for paranoia or to panic and force vaccinations on everyone, not even if the numbers reach a few thousand. The 1 in a million chance that your or your child will contract a disease because they were not vaccinated against it, is just that- 1 in a million. There are 7 BILLION people on this planet! You have a better chance of winning the lottery, than contracting a childhood disease and being disabled or dying from it.   The same goes for those who were vaccinated and perhaps did not build a proper immunity against the disease, or are now able to be carriers for that disease.  Risk, albeit small, will always be there.  The risk of catching measles, Ebola, diphtheria, pertussis, or other “childhood diseases” or “travel diseases” pales in comparison for “riskiness”, when driving or riding in an automobile/vehicle will be the riskiest and most dangerous thing you do on a daily basis in your life. Deaths in a car wreck far outweigh deaths from measles or Ebola or other diseases. Heart Disease and Cancer still take the crown for deaths per year, so a better diet and some exercise would be better for your health than getting a vaccination against a disease that most likely won’t kill you (provided you treat the symptoms) and will only make you sick and miserable for a week or two, if on the off-chance you even contract the disease.  As far as pregnant women, we have seen mothers already vaccinated, still have their unborn baby contract the disease even though the mother is supposedly immune.  Its a risk, but a small one at that.  Watch VAXXED the Movie:  http://vaxxedthemovie.com/watch/

When I did  volunteer internships for several medical clinics and hospitals, I found the common cold and influenza, and diabetes regularly. Occasionally I would come across patients that had strep, bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, a variety of common STDs, and once in a blue moon I saw someone with tetanus, impetigo, or septicemia from an untreated cut. I came across chicken pox once and the child was absolutely fine and enjoying a couple weeks off from school. I saw 2 cases of shingles in elderly people, but after careful study, we found that their shingles was greatly exasperated by an already present autoimmune disorders and vitamin deficiencies and was easily calmed down by correcting their prevalent health issues, vitamin deficiency and diets. I never came across measles, Ebola, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, mumps, or meningitis in patients. All these “scary” illnesses that hospitals have to set up quarantine for and make reports to their local health departments and to the CDC…..illnesses everyone are terrified of….and we never encountered them.  I’m not denying these disease are out there, I am just making the argument that they are not as rampant as media and government would have you believe. It is because the disease were already in decline years ago, and better medical care, hygiene and diet have improved overall health around the world.  Vaccines didn’t eradicate the disease and save us. We built up natural immunity and improves our standard of living. This can be seen in third world countries where there are still outbreaks of measles or diphtheria or cholera or ebola. Its not due to lack of vaccines. It is because these people still live in a state of squalor- defecating and urinating in the same water source that they drink from and bathe in. They do not bathe regularly or wash their hands as a normal daily habit.  They eat improperly stored foods and improperly cooked foods leading to food-borne illnesses and stress on the immune system.  They have limited diets and have vitamin deficiencies.  It has nothing to do with lack of vaccination.  The WHO (world health organization) along with missionaries, church groups, and other health workers have diligently been vaccinating the unwashed masses of third world countries, and yet they have the outbreaks of disease. Its because of the lack of proper hygiene and nutrition.  If you  practice proper hygiene and have a good nutritional diet, you have an extremely low chance of encountering these diseases and an even lower rate of contracting them. It comes down to standard of living, not vaccination.

WHAT ABOUT HERD IMMUNITY AND HERD MENTALITY?

The 1933 theory on “herd immunity” has since been dis-proven and is an antiquated notion. Herd mentality though, is still prevalent in society.  Everyone loves to make the argument that “we should all be vaccinated for the safety of the whole”.  Oh Really? If cutting off one of your legs would prevent people from getting purple spots on their face (with the slim chance of Purple Spots causing death in 1 out of hundred-thousand people), would you cut your leg off?   Probably not, especially if contracting Purple Spots was rare, and even rarer, caused disability or death. Most people are not that selfless and would keep their leg. But the real question is- is it even fair to ask the person to cut off their leg for only a slim chance at prevention?  Most certainly not. That is what you have going on with vaccination.  There is already a slim chance that you or your child will contract one of these diseases, and even slimmer chance that you will have a horrid complication or death from having contracted the disease.  It is not a big enough margin to force others to vaccinate themselves.  People seem to forget that Darwin was right- it is the survival of the fittest. But not just in strength or speed or being healthy.  It is also in the selfishness of wanting to survive by what decisions we make. Yes, the medical community wants to improve the health and well being of everyone they can (after all physicians take the Hippocratic Oath to Do No Harm- which tells me Big Pharma is breaking their oaths with their products on a daily basis), but never confuse helping the human race with the inherent ingrained individual trait of self-survival and preservation over others. Humans are animals too and we will always choose self-survival first. We cannot help it. Our brains are programmed that way.   If I choose not to vaccinate myself or my child because there are chemicals or fetal tissue issues with the vaccination, or the risk of allergic reaction outweighs the benefits of the vaccination, yes I am being selfish. I am insuring the survival of myself or my child by not exposing ourselves to the chemicals or other problems/allergic reactions with vaccines. Am I risking the “rest of the herd” because I did not vaccinate? No more so than they are risking me by choosing to vaccinate and contaminate their bodies, immune system, damage their DNA and the genetic pool with pollutants and chemical,and cause virus shedding! No more than the risk that they WERE vaccinated and still did not develop proper immunity to the disease and contracted the disease or can now be a carrier for the disease (asymptomatic carriers or resistance to the vaccine).  https://truthkings.com/study-pediatricians-becoming-vaccine-hesitant/

My father had measles as a child and was fine. My mother had mumps and no ill-side effects. My brother and I both had Chicken Pox and were fine. My grandfather survived Rheumatic Fever and had no ill effects.  My husband endured Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a tick bite as a child and he has the “immune system of Zeus”, according to our family physician. I was born 6 weeks early as a premie and spent 77 days in the NICU in an incubator on lifesupport. *I* was one of those babies who could not be vaccinated until much older and was “at risk” of childhood diseases the media is warning you about. My mother never demanded that other people get vaccinated to reduce risk to me.  I never contracted any childhood disease as a child, save for Chicken Pox in the 3rd grade. Our “herd” survived childhood diseases and seem to have better immune systems for it. We all see vaccinations as a choice. I see this as no different than choosing not to smoke tobacco products, not to take drugs, not to expose myself or my children unnecessarily to chemicals, pollution, or GMO products, and not to vaccinate. The beauty is that it is my choice. And you don’t  get to make that choice for me or have government force me to vaccinate! Tyranny will not eradicate disease or make you safer. 

FREEDOM OF CHOICE 

The price of freedom is understanding and accepting that people will make decisions you don’t agree with that you have to accept, whether that be to not vaccinate or to do drugs, or to eat Big Macs everyday. That is THEIR choice, YOUR choice, MY choice, because we are all FREE.  For those who say “well your unvaccinated child made my child sick, so you should be blamed, harassed, sued, jailed, beaten, hung, etc. etc. etc.” let me say this, Prove It.  Prove that my child made your child sick, and that your child did not in fact become sick just from breathing air that could contain diseased droplet particles that could have come from anyone anywhere, or from your trip to your local grocery store or doctor’s office or school or daycare, or from someone sneezing or coughing on you and your clothing as you pass them on the street, or even been contracted from one of the vaccinated children who is now an asymptomatic carrier for the disease or is virus shedding and showing no signs or symptoms of illness.  Patient Zero is often difficult to find. Virus and bacteria particles can hang in the air for over an hour and live on surfaces for days, even weeks.  You could have been exposed to a disease that someone coughed out a week prior, and not even know it!  Think about all those door handles and grocery carts, and money you touch on a daily basis that all are filthy and hold virus and bacteria particles!  Perhaps if it was the other way around and my child became sick from you child, but my child’s symptoms were delayed in showing due to a healthier immune system than your child. Or perhaps your child was freshly vaccinated recently and they are in the virus shedding stage that makes them highly contagious, and my child contracts a disease from your child?  Then what? Shall I point the loaded gun at you and condemn you for allowing you or your child’s microscopic infectious particles to exit your body and enter mine or my child’s?  Not very nice when you think about the tables being turned, is it?  Do people not see or understand how utterly ridiculous that is?  The point is, you cannot punish someone for being human and for breathing or living. You cannot punish someone because they believe getting sick and then recovering from it promotes a healthier and stronger natural immune system than someone’s immune system who was artificially boosted by a vaccine. People do not intentionally make other people sick. Its random and accidental.  Not getting vaccinated is not the same as committing murder.  People who do not vaccinate are not “intentionally not vaccinating” to intentionally risk the whole population or “herd”.  They don’t choose to not vaccinate so they can sit back and laugh when your child gets sick. They are not evil master-minds who have a global plan to infect everyone with measles or polio or Ebola. They are just protecting their own health and that of their offspring naturally. (The doctor that was suspected of intentionally mailing anthrax in the mail as a biological weapon back in 2001, before he committed suicide, was vaccinated against the anthrax he used…and he was a doctor, a vaccinologist, and he worked for the government! But one bad-crazy-apple is not a reason to compare normal parents who are against vaccines to this nutjob.)   How long until everyone is suing each other or trying to put each other in jail because they caught the common cold or got a headache and don’t want to go to work? How long till everyone is taking advantage of the hysteria to get laws passed that allow me to sue you because you sneezed on me?  Or coughed in my general direction? Because that is the road you are headed down….

Too many people are willing to play the role of the next Hitler to force vaccinations on people.  But where does it stop? Next they will be forcing you to wear certain clothes, eat certain foods, do certain activities, take certain medications, have certain medical procedures, etc. etc. etc. It is control over your life and your freedom, which no one can ever be allowed to dictate your freedom. It is control were are talking about here. Not preventing disease or eradicating it. We are talking about freedom and people who want to control your freedom….your body….your mind….What you allow to be done to one person, will eventually be done to you and your family.  Its a slippery slope like that…..

The people who want to sue, jail, segregate, flog, impale, or hang unvaccinated people (am I being sarcastic? Just look at pro-vaxxer comments on the internet…these people foam at the mouth like rabid dogs when a person expresses their desire to not vaccinate!) They are just perpetuating hatred and bigotry.  We stopped segregating people back in the 1960s based on the color of their skin. What do you want the unvaccinated people to do? Get a tattoo showing they are unvaccinated? Round them all up into Ghettos? How about Death Camps for them because they refuse to take vaccines?  Where does it stop? Sounds too much like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews to me…..sounds too much like fascism and tyranny. This has become a 3-ring circus with pro-vaxxers and non-vaxxers about to go nuclear over this issue. There is no reason for any of it. Freedom of choice is the only option. Let people live their lives the way they want. There will always be the risk of getting sick (just as you are at risk or being mugged while walking down the street).  No amount of vaccines or medications will stop that. Life is Risk. Learn to accept it and move on.

Diseases will NEVER be eradicated from our planet, short of apocalypse. Disease is a natural part of life. We need to stop being fearful of disease.  It is part of the natural cycle of life. We will never eradicate every disease from the planet because viruses and bacteria will just continue to grow, evolve, and mutate. We will never stop that.

 We DO need to stop being scared and using panic to force lifestyle choices on people.  We need the medical industry to conduct more thorough testing and research on vaccines and medications before bringing them to market.  We need to conduct better tests for drug interactions and conflicts.  We need to conduct better studies on allergic reactions to medications and vaccinations. We need to do studies (and make public the research) on people who have been injured or killed by medications and/or vaccines.  I want to see an epidemiological study done on vaccines and medications.  I want to see studies done on populations that are vaccinated versus populations that are not vaccinated.  I want to see studies done on risks and benefits of following the current vaccine schedule as laid out by the CDC versus spacing vaccines out or postponing them till a later age or reducing the schedule amount entirely. I want to see studies done on drug interactions for the most commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals not only in children, adolescents, and adults, but in our elderly population who consume more prescription medications than any other age category. I want to see studies on how GMO foods, medicines, and other products that we consume, ingest, or use on a daily basis are effecting our lives and our very DNA! I want to see studies on risks or fluoridation of water and its effects on the population not only physically, but mentally! I want to see more proof and evidence that all this medical technology is actually performing GOOD things for humans, and not harmful effects. I want proof. I want evidence. I want science that unbiased people can stand behind and gladly support with no conflict of interest or government dollars lining their pockets. This is the only way we can improve science and health.  Science isn’t exact, but it doesn’t have to be kept in the dark by Big Pharma profits and stock holdings.

TO VACCINATE OR TO NOT VACCINATE….

For those who wish to vaccinate, good for you. And I mean that in a friendly way. It is your choice. Vaccines can and do save lives. Vaccines can be good medicine. And I believe that in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s that medical research was unbiased and true to its purpose.  I believe at that time, there was not the government influence and corporate corruption that started slipping into the industry until the 1970s. I believe that there once was a time where the medical industry truly wanted to help people over greed of profits…..but that day has long since passed.   Are all vaccines bad? We don’t know. Only time will tell.  If I was in the middle of an outbreak (a true pandemic, not a mere 100 people on the other side of the country or globe that are infected) and I felt that my child or myself were at risk, I would vaccinate, but only after proper research and understanding of the disease…I would not run in a panic to get a shot because there is a case of measles 2,000 miles away from me. I wouldn’t get a shot even if the case was 50 miles from me. Not unless I felt it was truly needed after I was properly educated and informed.  If one of us was bitten by a rabid animal, we would get the rabies vaccine without a seconds thought. But for now we selectively vaccinate in our family. We are nowhere near a ground zero outbreak zone that warrants us running to the hospital to get a jab in the arm.  If you do decide to vaccinate, I hope you will do your research first, consider your own and your family’s medical history, consider any allergies or allergy-prone indicators, before choosing to vaccinate. I hope you will review the risks of vaccinations before vaccinating.  I hope you will read all medical pamphlets and manufacturer’s inserts for any medications you are prescribed or purchase over-the-counter.  I hope you will get second and third opinions from physicians before considering vaccines, medications, or medical procedures. I hope you will make an educated and informed decision and not just do “what you are told” by government, schools, or your doctor. Always question authority.   I hope you will understand and appreciate your freedom to choose to vaccinate as you understand and appreciate mine and other’s freedom to choose not to. I hope you will consider my information in regards as to how the medical research industry and Big Pharma really works before you sign up for the next new drug or new vaccine.  I hope you will educate others on the freedom to choose when it comes to medical procedures, medications, and vaccinations. I hope you will remember the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” in all aspects of your life, not just medical decisions.  You don’t have to be religious or spiritual to respect your fellow man’s personal decisions or lifestyle.  I hope that if you do choose to vaccinate, that you will choose to spread the vaccinations out over a period of time and not get “combination vaccines” where it will be harder to determine which vaccine caused an allergic reaction if one does occur.  I hope that if you do vaccinate you will not only get individual vaccinations at separate times, spread out over several months or even years, but I hope you will carefully document your own or your child’s reaction(s) if any, to the vaccination so that better research can be conducted by people like me.  Having better facts, figures, and reaction data from patients who receive vaccinations or prescribed medications, can greatly aid researchers in “fixing” vaccines or producing better medical products that perhaps one day will not have as many chemicals in them, will not be as allergenic, and will not be contaminated with fetal tissue or GMOs.  There are still physicians and researchers out there who want to truly help people and make life better.  We are not all seeking fame and fortune with our research.

WHY I WENT FROM  A SELECTIVE-VAXXER TO AN ANTI-VAXXER

Before you call me a hypocrite, let me say that I have been at war with myself for years over whether to vaccinate or not.  We are a conservative Catholic family and do not believe in the use of fetal tissue for testing or research purposes.  I have read tons of studies, research, and opinions both for and against vaccines. I am aware of all the chemicals in vaccines as purifying agents and preservatives.  I understand the higher risks of a live virus vaccine being given to my child over a heat-killed strain.   I was a selective-vaccinator with my child for years. I think I became a selective-vaxxer when a childhood friend of mine (who was speaking, hearing, acting normal at home and in school) received a DTP vaccine (before it became the DTap Vaccine), and later that night had a fever spike to 106F and had a seizure. She was rushed back to the hospital, where her doctor determined she was having an allergic reaction to the mercury (thimerosal is a mercury-derived preservative) in the vaccine she was given.  Her fever and seizure permanently damaged her hearing in both ears and her speech was effected. She went from being a happy little girl to a child that was put in special needs classes, all because of 1 shot.

Then, as a research scientist, after I began seeing side effects and death in the animals I tested medications and vaccines on, I began to wonder if the benefits outweighed the risks. I personally spaced my son’s vaccinations (the ones I chose to allow him to have) out over several years. I did not let him get combo vaccinations all in one day. I spread out everything so I could monitor him for reactions.  Most pro-vaxxers are quick to say “why chance getting the measles or polio or Ebola?”  I ask, why risk having an allergic reaction (which is becoming much more commonplace) to a vaccine for a disease that you already only stand a 1 in a million chance of contracting? Its called Vaccine Injury.

This very thing  happened to ME:  I developed Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, know as Hugh’s Syndrome, a blood clotting disorder, that has ties back to the Tetanus shot given in the 1970s and 1980s. https://healthimpactnews.com/2013/tetanus-vaccine-causes-a-new-disease-known-as-antiphospholipid-syndrome/   Medical experiment confirming:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22235053  and here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22635209

It is a lifelong disorder that could kill me. I have to take a daily blood thinner medication for life and I had to have a blood clot filter surgically implanted in my Inferior Vena Cava to prevent blood clots from travelling to my lungs and killing me. I was vaccine-injured. And it could kill me. My brother has the exact same syndrome, also caused by the Tetanus Shot. We both have had emergency surgeries and hospitalizations because of the Hugh’s Syndrome and we both almost died.  Yes Lockjaw is no fun and blood poisoning is a possibility should you not have a current Tetanus Shot and step on a rusty nail, but Hugh’s Syndrome is FOREVER.  Think about that before you vaccinate. 

My son and I both also have seasonal allergies and asthma, which our Asthma & Allergy Specialists have admitted to us in their office behind closed doors, was caused by being over-vaccinated in our lives.  Read that again- a medical doctor who specializes in allergies and asthma has advised us AGAINST getting vaccines or further vaccination because it will perpetuate our current condition. Once my son had to begin a daily allergy and asthma medication and treatment plan, I became an ANTI-VAXXER.  Now my son is vaccine injured from even the selective and well-spaced out vaccines I consented to him having! Even my careful planning, research, and scheduling, still lead to him being injured!  Thank God he wasn’t injured with autism, seizures, cancer, or death!

DON’T FEAR CHILDHOOD DISEASES

The beautiful thing about our medical community now, is that should you contract one of these childhood diseases, the risk of disability or death is very, very low compared to 100 years ago. Now if you are sick and have a high fever, you can go to the hospital and they treat you for it. The fever no longer causes brain damage or kills you because doctors are able to treat their patients and keep them safe while their body naturally fights off these diseases (yes there are rare exceptions to this). Most of these diseases only cause some discomfort and minor pain, both of which can be remedied with over-the-counter common everyday pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. They are cheap, easy to obtain, and work great. Also, remember that it is ONLY childhood diseases that we pre-exposure vaccinate for.  We vaccinate for Rabies, Ebola, Anthrax, etc, AFTER risk of exposure or contraction, not before. 

Yes, I know there are rare instances of disability and death caused by these childhood diseases, but that is certainly no reason to mandate vaccines.  The argument of vaccinating healthy children (and risking their health in the process) to protect children with autoimmune disorders is also ridiculous. If your child has an autoimmune disorder, no amount of vaccines are going to prevent them from getting sick. They’d have to live in a plastic bubble to be 100% safe. We see this with HIV/AIDS patients, they often die of pneumonia or other infections for which there are vaccines for, proving that vaccinating children will not protect children with autoimmune disorders. I was one of those children with a compromised immune system as a baby. I was born 10 weeks early!  I couldn’t receive vaccines because I was a premie, but my parents did not create hysteria and put me in a bubble to protect me from a slim chance of contracting a disease that would greatly harm me or kill me. They didn’t demand other people get vaccinated just to reduce my risk. I’m here today, a grown woman and mother of a beautiful son.  I no longer work in the medical industry.  I couldn’t stomach knowing my research was not helping people or preventing bad vaccines and medications from being sold on the market. I couldn’t take being a patsy or a fool anymore. I couldn’t stand the corruption and lies.  I had to walk away.

My child has received some (very few in comparison to what the recommended vaccine schedule is) shots but not others, based on my research and based on that our family is Catholic and we do not believe in the use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. My life as a research scientist and seeing negative side effects up close and personal on animals and people also drives my decision.  I am aware of the chemicals as purifying agents and preservatives in the vaccines. I am aware of the higher rates of reactions with live virus vaccines versus heat-killed strains. I have spoken with many people who were injured or their children were injured by medications or vaccines. I base my decision off of a life-time of research and study, not some willy-nilly celebrity or some blog I read online. I have made an informed and educated decision. So I have moral, medical, philosophical, and religious reasons for choosing to not vaccinate. And as the years roll by, and more evidence comes to light regarding vaccinations and medications, I find myself wishing I had not vaccinated my son at all. We both suffer from vaccine-induced injuries that will cause a lifetime of required medication and treatment.  I worry what longterm effects we do not yet know about will rear their ugly head when he hits puberty….and then again as an adult….. It keeps me awake at night…..I have since decided to stop all vaccinations with my son and for our family.

LAST WORD

I applaud anyone who does their research and has enough concern for their well being and that of their child to question anything “government approved”. Remember, freedom of choice and to live your life the way you want comes first over the interests of the entire population.  Mob rule should never rule the day. Always question authority…..they do not always have your best interests at heart.

You can watch the BOUGHT movie here regarding vaccines and vaccine injuries, as well as government cover-up.  This is a fabulous movie that needs to be shared everywhere!  (I am not a paid endorser of this movie, I just found it incredible informative). UPDATE- Vaxxed, from conspiracy to catastrophe, a new movie is out- learn more here: http://vaxxedthemovie.com

Much love and freedom,

-S.

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Prepper Habits and Qualities

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Prepper Habits & Qualities:

Just as there are habits of highly successful people (regarding the workplace), there are effective habits that all Preppers should have.  When prepping becomes a habit, it builds a lifestyle. One that is more self-reliant, more secure, and almost stress-free!

1) Having a plan for everything-  Preppers should have plans that they discuss with their family (and/or close prepper-unit members) in regards to everything they can think of to do with self-reliance.  What are your plans for water?  Food?  First Aid/Medicine?  Hygiene?  Security?  Communication?  Caring for the young and the elderly?  Shelter?  Warmth?  Cooking?  Travelling?  Staying hidden?  Rendezvous point for your group?  Livestock needs?  Family pet needs?  Electrical needs?  Education?  Handy-man/Fix-it needs?  Tools? Bugging in?  Bugging out?

Having a plan will make you feel better, relieve stress, stay organized, and reduce panic when SHTF. Have more than one plan. Have multiple plans.  If you are planning on bugging out to a Bug-Out Location, do you have multiple ways to get there? Multiple avenues to travel as well as means of travel? If you rely on one person as your medic, have you begun teaching others in your group basic first aid, medicine and other illness-related needs?  If you have food in your fridge & freezer, have you begun storing canned goods in your pantry and freeze-dried foods for long-term storage?  If you have water in your hot-water heater in your house, have you stored more water, located nearby water in creeks, rivers, or lakes? If you have one person who is the “handy-man” in the group, have you begun learning basic repairs, electrical/plumbing/carpentry skills yourself or at least bought DIY books?  You must have multiple redundancy in your planning because if your medic is separated from your group (or injured/killed), others in the group will need to step up to fill that slot!  Same goes for all your planning needs. Everyone needs to be cohesive and flexible.  Everyone needs to be able to work as a group and as an individual in a SHTF scenario. Remember, you are only one serious injury or illness away from being useless to your group. Don’t be that person.

 

2) Small things may save your life-  Do you keep your gas tank in your vehicle at least half-full at all times or store extra gas cans?  Do you have extra cash and gold/silver at home to use as alternate currency if your credit cards no longer work?  Do you have extra copies of your vital documents? (Birth certificates, marriage license, SS card, ID, passport, titles/deeds to property, phone numbers written down, maps of the area, etc. It does cost a little extra to get copies, but it is money well spent if you have these documents in your BOB ready to go!)   Do you exercise at least 20 minutes a day? (Doing so can increase your strength and stamina, as well as add years to your life).  Do you read up on prepping-subjects at least a few minutes a day? (Knowledge is power and it weighs nothing, so read up on what you can! Plus it helps keep you mentally sharp!)  Do you set a daily goal, weekly goal, monthly goal, that you make an effort to achieve? (Starting slow, but having a goal to work towards in Prepping will help you stay focused and on track).  Do you have a Bug-Out-Bag and a Car-Kit in your vehicle, ready to go? (You may not have time to pack up and leave, so having the bare essentials in your vehicle at all times, is a MUST.)

 

3) Observation-  Do you pay attention to the news? (not just main-stream media, but alternate/individual journalists on the ‘net.  Do you “take the temperature” on the internet? With blogs, twitter, facebook and other social media, it is easy to become your own “web-bot” and “read” what is going on- do you see a lot of talk about economic collapse or stocks falling?  Do you see a lot of talk about martial law or war? Do you see a lot of talk about food or gas shortages?  Taking a reading of the internet daily via observation can greatly improve your preparedness plan and you can do it in just a few minutes twice a day- morning & evening.)  Do you practice your observation skills when you are out and about?  Example- It is safe to assume that a vehicle is not in running condition when you notice that the owners are mowing the grass AROUND that vehicle, but not under it- which in a SHTF scenario might mean a way to get spare parts or gas.  Do you pay attention to people’s behavior- are they acting suspiciously, following you, avoiding eye contact, acting jumpy or twitchy?  Their body language could mean they may want to harm your or rob you, so pay attention. Practice makes perfect.

 

4) Eat what you store and store what you eat (ROTATE!)–  Practicing proper rotation of your food and water storage not only ensures that you will KNOW what to do with your food storage (and all those great meals you have been practicing making), but it prevents you from moving from a Prepper to a Hoarder.  Preppers are not Hoarders, nor do they want to be. Preppers avoid this mistake and don’t allow their hard-earned & hard-money spent preps to spoil and go to waste. Preppers also only store what they like to eat, meaning if you and your group hate brussel sprouts, it’s probably a waste of money to store brussel sprouts. Sure, some might say “oh I could use brussel sprouts as barter since my group doesn’t eat them”, but honestly, there are wayyyyy better things to store for barter items, that won’t spoil and are a better use of money spent.  See our Barter Items post.  You can also track your food storage and rotation on a chart to not only keep track of what you need to replace when you go to the store, but to track what you and your group is eating. Are you watching your diet and trying to eat healthier?  Use your preps to do that! Your body will thank you!

 

5) Make time for flea markets, yard sales/garage sales, Goodwill/Salvation Army, antique stores-  This might sound weird, but making a weekly stop at either a flea market, yard/garage sale, Goodwill/Salvation Army store or antique store is a good habit to have.  Sure, 75% of them will have actual “junk” that you are not interested (think those damn McD’s beanie babies!), but many times you will find at least one item that would be good to have as a Prepper.  Examples of prepper things you could find-  oil lamps, a butter churn, grain mill, electronics, tools, real coins/jewelry for barter, sleeping bags/camping gear, hunting/fishing gear, cast iron cookware, sewing equipment/fabric, books, even vehicles or vehicle parts!   The list goes on and on, but this should be enough to get your taste buds wet and start looking for these prepper-supply havens in your area!  Remember, you don’t have to spend a ton of money and you don’t have to visit every, single, one.  Just make time to visit them to look for good deals when you can afford to and are able to.

 

6) Learning & practicing new skills– Knowledge may weigh nothing, but it is soon lost on the fool who does not put it to use.  Get some books on whatever skill you are looking to learn and then practice it!  Some folks call this “dirt-time” or “boots on the ground training”.  Practice in your own backyard if you can. Get the kids out there and make it a family event.  Other good ways to practice new skills (if you can’t at your home location) is to go to a working farm and see if you can volunteer in exchange for learning how to farm, tend animals, use equipment, etc. You could see if an Amish/Mennonite farm would allow you to volunteer, as long as you respect their religion and privacy.  Another way (greatly overlooked by Preppers)- is to join a Historical Reenactment Group- primarily either a Mountain Man/Rendezvous group or an American Civil War reenactment unit.  Why?  These two particular reenactment groups practice living life as if it was still the 1800’s- no running water, no electricity, no internet/phones, etc.  These people who reenact (usually for the general public education or school-program, and for fun of course), are used to living outdoors in tents, cooking over a campfire with cast iron, storing food that won’t spoil, using black-powder firearms (for demonstration/hunting purposes), are skilled at using knives and hand-sewing, and all without electricity or the internet to aid them.  Many reenactment units have “loaner gear” that they can let you borrow for a weekend at an event, to see if you like reenacting.  If they don’t have loaner gear, getting into the reenacting hobby is not as expensive as most think (plus a lot of the reenactment gear like the cast iron, tent, knives, etc are good prep items too!)  Find a reenactment group in your area (just search on the internet for groups), talk to them, explain you are looking to practice prepper skills outdoors and living the 1800’s (no-electricity) lifestyle.  Most reenactment groups are family-0riented and are willing to help others join a unit.  Most reenactment units go out and “reenact” their time-period one weekend a month during spring/summer/fall and are understanding of work/family/medical obligations, so its not a huge, life-changing commitment to join one of these groups (although there are reenactors out there that LOVE the reenactment lifestyle so much, that they do consider it a big part of their lives).  Besides practicing outdoor living skills, you might learn a thing or two about history that wasn’t taught to you in school!

 

7) Being realistic while questioning everything–  An excellent habit to develop is the ability to be realistic when it comes to prepping (maybe the zombies won’t come after all), but at the same time, still questioning everything. Question authority, question government, question anyone who wants to regulate, tax, or take-away your rights. Question products (is it a good product to buy? Will it last?).  Question skills (is there more than one way to do that?).  Question knowledge (did the news really just say that? Did that really happen that way or am I being lied to?).  We used to teach children in this country to question everything and research things themselves. We don’t do that anymore and it has resulted in the loss of common sense.  Keep in mind why you are prepping- be realistic with yourself and your group.  Are you prepping solely on the thought that a Super Volcano might erupt?  Or are you more realistic in prepping that you know prepping means being prepared for ANY scenario, not just a particular situation.  Be honest with yourself.

 

8) Mind your money or it will mind you– Being frugal and thrifty will not only save you money, but will curb that “impulse” buying that we have all come to know in America.  Buy as much second-hand items as you can (except for your food & water storage items, those should ALWAYS be brand new!), and save your money for special items you want for prepping, but cannot find used (like a solar oven or a good knife).  Take your savings and invest them in gold or silver coins that you have physical possession of, or just keep the cash at home.  Try to keep as little money as you can in the banks, stock market, or financial portfolios.  While people will tell you that your retirement investment is what you should focus on, what will you do if the stock market crashes, there is an EMP/computer glitch that fries the ‘net (since all money is digitalized now between your bank accounts), economic collapse where money is damn-near worthless, or if government just decides to seize your assets (like they have done in Cyprus and the European Union) and you cannot withdraw YOUR money?  All of a sudden, that retirement account is worthless if you cannot access it and get cash when you need it most.  Having some at home already will help. Your preps and supplies will also help. But make it a habit to NOT trust the bank.  Your grandparents survived the Great Depression and many of them still kept money at home, hidden away, because they knew not to trust banks, (especially since currency is fiat and not backed by precious metals and can be printed on a whim by any govt’ crony at the Fed.)  Having money at home will also teach you not to rely on money so much. If you don’t have it in the bank where you can just swipe your debit card, you won’t be tempted to blow through you paycheck.  And on that note- get rid of credit cards all together.  Credit as we know it today, is NOT how your grandparents or great-grandparents knew it. Credit back in the good ole days was strictly covered by a handshake and your honor to repay the debt, whether that be through cash, labor, or barter.  If the power is out, no one is going to be running a credit check on you to see your score!  So if you are using credit cards to build up your credit score so you can purchase a house or land, do so quickly, then get them paid off and closed out.  Use negotiation skills and barter to pay for thinks, or exchange of labor. Cut the bank out of your life as much as possible.  You can also keep a journal to track your expense so you can see where you can trim the fat, so-to-speak!

 

9) Learning to fix or re-purpose things-  Another great habit to have in a world where we are taught to throw everything away if it is broken and go buy new.  This one is pretty self-explanatory and goes-together with Habit #1 in this post. It will also save you some money.  Sure you could end up with a junk-yard if you aren’t careful, but if you properly organize broken items and save what can be either fixed or re-purposed through part use, you can avoid the “crazy junk-yard man” syndrome. This also goes for items that you might recycle- like glass jars, milk jugs, plastic cups/containers, etc.  These can be used for gardening and storage! So rinse them out and save them!

 

10) Learning to keep your mouth shut-  Today it is common to tell people what we are doing, where we are going, who with, etc. etc. etc.  We think nothing of letting strangers or fellow employees into the more intimate parts of our lives.  Just like the Prep Club Rules say- you don’t talk about Prep Club!  Don’t tell people you work with or people you strike up a conversation with in the store or on the internet about what you prep, why you prep, where it’s stored, what your plans are, where your money is, what your assets are, etc.  Cutting back on political and religious conversations in favor of personal details is partly to blame for the sorry state our country is in. We have stopped talking about politics and God’s role in the family so we can take pictures of our meals or post pictures of cats on the internet.  Speak up about politics and religion if you feel moved to, while carefully making sure you have a good, detailed, logical argument (so you don’t come off as a loony), instead of telling people that you are worried about a Super-volcano or zombies and that you have X-amount rounds of ammo at home!  The other reason to keep your mouth shut is that you don’t want the real “zombies” (the ones who have not prepared for anything and will become a raving pack of rioters when SHTF, looking to kill, steal, or maim anyone just to get some food or water), but you don’t want the government (on any level) to know you have preps and that your house is where they need to raid “for the greater good of society”.  And yes, government WILL do that and has the power to do that if they so choose to.  I saw it firsthand after a hurricane- city government came in and rationed out how much gas you could buy, how much food, where & when you could travel, etc.  It might sound like a good thing in a SHTF scenario, but it really is just controlled chaos and tramping on your freedom, all in the name of “greater good”.

 

11) Practice faith–  Whether you consider yourself religious or spiritual, take a few minutes everyday to pray, meditate, talk to God, read God’s word, center your Chi, or calm your inner being.  Making this a habit will strengthen your inner peace and inner mind as well as get you used to taking a few minutes each day to clear your head, gather your thoughts, de-stress, and become organized and prepared to tackle problems or stressful situations.  People who claim to be atheists are going to have a harder time collecting themselves if they don’t have something to believe in, whether that be God, Mother Earth, Chi, Budda, aura/6th sense/mind’s eye, etc.  It has been shown in scientific studies that people who practiced faith of some sort, even for just a few minutes each day, have better blood flow/circulatory system, better brain/cognitive function, and lower stress levels. It’s just plain good for your health!  Knowing yourself and having compassion for others are great ways to grow that “inner peace” we all need!

 

12) Develop flexibility-  Another habit to have in your arsenal is the ability to be flexible.  Flexibility is more than just being able to come in for a swing-shift at work on your day off.  It’s about understanding that as time goes on, some things change and some things don’t.  What you are prepping for now, might be different in 5 years or 10 years.  Disabilities or other medical conditions could come to the surface in you or your group, that you hadn’t had to deal with before.  SHTF scenarios can quickly change from a few day civil-unrest to a full-on martial law scenario overnight. You may be navigating across land only to come to a ravine you can’t cross.   Ability to be strong like a willow tree, but able to bend with the wind, is crucial to survival both short-term and long-term.  Practice this in your life as much as you can.  Be spontaneous with your family and test everyone’s flexibility that way.  You can be flexible to roll with the punches while still having perseverance.  You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.  Flexibility also goes hand-in-hand with problem-solving capabilities and interpersonal skills. You can use all of these to focus on your goal and achieve it.

 

There are probably another million habits preppers should have, anything from gardening, to starting fire with sticks, to rocket science, but I hope these 12 habits give you a good core to work with and are skills you will incorporate into your life on a daily basis!

Good luck Preppers!

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Why We Prep

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Some people prep because they are worried about an EMP attack, or martial law, or a Super Volcano erupting.

We prep because we have been through a majority of natural disasters ourselves and with the current state of the country, we feel that Economic Collapse is inevitable.  Sometimes I think that natural disasters are attracted to me…or maybe I am just always in the wrong place at the wrong time…..or maybe because I am prepared, they don’t seem as big a deal as they do to other people.

While my mother was pregnant with me in Spokane, Washington (and my father was stationed in South Korea with the Air Force on a TDY), Mt. St. Helens erupted. My poor mother was well over 300 miles away when the volcano blew its stack, but ash rained down on Spokane and the entire state of Washington. Airplanes were grounded, traffic impeded, water ways blocked, and deadly life-choking ash clogged the air. Everyone had to wear masks on the faces to prevent ash inhalation. My mother had to lock the dogs inside the garage to keep them from going crazy (they obviously knew something was VERY wrong, and proceed to claw the hell out of my mother’s Pontiac). Clean up was extensive and recovery took awhile. Years later (obviously after being born), we visited the Mt. St. Helens National Park and saw the still-active and smoke-spewing volcano. Now, geologists and vulcanologists are tracking the volcano’s growth and expect her to blow again in the near future.

I remember living in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan as a small child and snow piling up to the roof line after one blizzard! Us kids thought it was great because we could climb up the mountain of snow and walk on the roof of our 2-story house- our parents, not so much. It caused not only damage to the house and roof, but completely shut down the power and the nearby town.  It was a good thing we had a wood-burning fireplace and food & water stocked up.  The next summer, a lightening strike caused a wildfire to break out and nearly engulf KI Sawyer AFB (which we were stationed at with the Air Force at the time).  I remember my father coming and going, smelling of heavy wildfire smoke on his clothing, as he and the rest of the military personnel battled the wildfire to protect the base.  It wasn’t until I was older, after speaking to my father about it, did I find out just how close the wildfire had come to the base  and how we all almost perished (the wildfire had spread so quickly, completely surrounding the base, that air evacuation was the only option- no one was going to drive out of that area through the wildfire.) Thankfully, God made american soldiers/military personnel resilient, tough, determined people who would never give up!  The military got the fire put out, saving the base and many, many lives.

When I was a little older, we moved to California with the Air Force, only to experience the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, the 1994 Northridge and the 1996 earthquakes that left not only Los Angeles, but the entire San Joaquin Valley in disarray. There was looting and rioting abound and a slow recovery.  On top of these two major seismic events, California was in the middle of a 7-year drought that brought wildfires, crop loss, and rolling brown-outs to the area. (Brown-outs are usually intentionally done by the local and state authorities by reducing the electrical load to prevent a Blackout or complete loss of electricity. Brown-outs are known for their dimming effect as the electrical load “sags”). Because of the extreme drought, food prices were elevated; electricity and water were rationed.  If you want to know what a state-mandated water ration is like, especially long-term, all you have to do to experience this is to tell your family they can only run water for 15 minutes total per day. You get to decide whether everyone is taking a quick 3 minute shower today or whether you are washing clothes and filling water jugs that day, because you can’t do both! And forget about watering your lawn or garden, it didn’t happen!  The vast canal network in California it uses to maintain the irrigation for its year-round crop production was strictly monitored and smaller farms went bust because they could not afford the elevated water prices…only the corporate farms could.

I’ve been through a variety of tornadoes in Oklahoma, Ohio & Tennessee. Those are always fun- trying to guess whether your town is going to be hit or missed by Mother Nature and all her fury (can you hear my sarcasm out there?).  Tornadoes, while scary (yes, they do sound like a freight train barreling down on you), in some ways have an up-side (compared to other natural disasters)- tornadoes are usually over pretty quickly (even if damage clean-up takes awhile), while other natural disasters can last hours or days.

While I was in the middle of earning my college degree at the University of Tennessee, 9/11 happened.  Now, for those of you who don’t know where UT in Knoxville is located, it is only about 20 minutes west of Oak Ridge, TN.  What’s in Oak Ridge, TN you ask?  How about Site Y12. A little history for you- Site Y12 is where the government enriched uranium to manufactured the first atom bombs that were tested (Manhattan Project) out in the Nevada desert before atom bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II.  After WWII, Oak Ridge continues to be the only national security complex in our nation that manufactures atom/hydrogen bombs (my Nuclear Chemistry professor worked there when not giving lectures at UT).  Yep, the ONLY place where we make “the bomb”.   Back to my story- 9/11 happened.  The Twin Towers had just been hit and the country was freaking out.  Two other planes were still in the air (the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania had not been hit yet).  So imagine being less than 20 minutes from a crapload of nuclear bombs in a nuclear facility!  Talk about complete lock-down!  Our college campus went nuts! Classes were cancelled, professors went home, students who lived locally abandoned ship to return to their homes and families, and the rest of us who were out-of-staters (students who were from another state, attending college in Tennessee) were making plans to bug out.  After the Pentagon was hit, everyone assumed that Oak Ridge was high on the list of possible targets for the terrorists.  The freeways quickly became clogged with traffic.  All airplanes were grounded, so the airport was on shut-down.  My younger brother and I were quickly plotting out on a map, back roads over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we would go!  My grandparents were on the other side of the state, roughly a 6 hour drive from UT.  It took a lot of time, planning, patience, and map reading to get us to Memphis from Knoxville, without using the freeways, but we managed to do it.

Fast Forward:  A couple years before I met my husband, he endured Hurricane Floyd in coastal North Carolina. He lost his home, his SUV, furniture, everything. He filed his FEMA claim and you know what the government said the worth of all his lost property was?  $900. They sent him a check for $900 that was supposed to replace his house, his vehicle, and everything he lost in his home. Lesson learned?  Don’t rely on the government to bail you out or help you in any way. They are not your friends. And don’t count on your home owner’s insurance to pay for everything either. They have so many loop-holes to get out of paying for damages caused by storms and flooding, you wouldn’t believe it.

About 4 months into our wedded bliss in our small apartment, living the coastal beach life in North Carolina, Hurricane Isabel hit us. Everyone knew it was coming, thanks to the National Weather Service and the Coast Guard.  We were already preppers, but went down to the local Walmart to get a few extra supplies.  When we got there, it was a madhouse. We got to see exactly what civilization decays into at the very threat of impending doom. The shelves were completely bare, the camping aisle look like a tornado had hit it, and there were people fighting each other over the last can of beanie weanies. It was insane. People were running around in a panic like chickens with their heads cut off. The gas pumps had already shut down with a long line of customers waiting because no more gas deliveries were being made (due to the hurricane coming). If you hadn’t left town the day before, you were stuck there. We didn’t evacuate the area because we didn’t want to be one of the thousands who would be stuck on Hwy 70 out of town in a traffic jam. We managed to get a couple more canned goods, another water storage container, and a couple of Sterno cans. But that was it. Less than 48 hours till the hurricane was going to hit the coastline and Walmart was bare of supplies other than freezer goods (which no one would buy because they knew the hurricane would knock out the power).  Then Isabel hit with full force of a Cat 5 hurricane.

We lost power, had roof and structural damage and flooding. Our tiny town was damn near wiped off the map by the hurricane, but the news only portrayed the damaged caused to the shipyards in Norfolk, VA. They completely ignored the damage to the Carolinas. FEMA never showed up and certainly did not send anyone a check for hurricane damages.  Both our places of employment were completely shut down due to damage and flooding. Unfortuntely, when a storm shuts down business, you don’t get to collect unemployment, because you haven’t been fired and your work is not seasonal. You are just screwed on your paycheck until the business repairs damages and puts people back to work, or worse, goes out of business completely because repairs are too costly.   Thank God we had some money at home (banks and ATMS didn’t work- no power) and food and water stored. We would have been in a far worse boat if we had not been preppers. We even managed to give some of our prep supplies to our friends and neighbors who had not been smart enough to stock up before the hurricane hit.

Years later, we found ourselves living in Michigan (my second TOD to the Wolverine state!) and a bad thunderstorm with high winds came off of Lake Michigan and hit our little town, knocking power out for 3 days.  I was 5 months pregnant at the time with our son, and feeling like a beached whale in the hot humidity. (No power means no air conditioning!)  The hubby hooked up our gas-powered generator (running off our stored gas supply) and we were the only people in town to have lights and a cold, running refrigerator!  Well, almost the only people in town- the casino down the street that had its own back-up generators was happily taking gambler’s money and feeding a massive crowd at the buffet.  We kept the air conditioning off to save on electrical load (which made my bloated preggers body miserable), but we had lights and we happily ate a dinner I cooked in our home while everyone else was trying to find someplace that was open to purchase a meal (the grocery store was closed, everyone’s power was out, and no restaurants were open, save for the casino).  Being prepared has really paid off in our lifetime.

So what have we learned from all the natural disaster we have endured?  To continue to Prep and to always be Prepared!  Prepping has saved our lives more than once and has even helped us through periods of unemployment!  It has also exposed us to survival scenarios and how people react under pressure.  Prepping can save your life too if you start now!  You can learn from us, we teach Prepper and Survival classes to the general public for reasonable fees.  Just visit our website to find out more info.  www.schoolofselfreliance.wix.com/schoolofselfreliance

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-Sarah

Rules to Live By & Survive By

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RULES TO LIVE BY AND SURVIVE BY

1)  THE SIX P’s

PREVIOUS AND PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE.

(HAVE A PLAN BEFORE YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.)

2)  KISS

KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID.

(COMPLICATION LEADS TO CONFUSION)

3)  REDUNDANCY

SIMPLY DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET, HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN & GEAR. ONE IS NONE, TWO IS ONE, ETC.

4)  MINDSET

SURVIVING ANY CRISIS IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR MENTAL OUTLOOK AS WELL AS MAINTAINING A CALM STATE OF MIND.   FEAR AND PANIC KILL.  MAINTAINING A POSITIVE MENTAL OUTLOOK AND CONFIDENT DEMEANOR WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT YOU, BUT WILL BENEFIT THOSE AROUND YOU GREATLY.

5)  TRAINING

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR BEING TAUGHT THE CORRECT WAY OF DOING THINGS.

6)  SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

WHETHER IN YOUR OWN HOME, BUSINESS, OR OUT AND ABOUT, SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IS THE GREATEST AID FOR BEING SAFE, FOR AVOIDING A PROBLEM, OR AVOIDING A BAD SITUATION.  MOST FIGHTS, MUGGINGS, ROBBERIES, OR OTHER SITUATIONS CAN BE AVOIDED AND STOPPED BEFORE THEY START BY PROPER SITUATIONAL AWARENESS.

7)  BEING ARMED

JUST HAVING A WEAPON DOES NOT MAKE YOU ARMED ANYMORE THAN OWNING A GUITAR MAKES YOU A MUSICIAN.  LIKE WITH ANY OTHER PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, YOU MUST LEARN HOW TO USE IT.

Tough times DO NOT build character. Tough times REVEAL character

OPSEC- Rule of 4 & 7

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OPERATION SECURITY:

RULE OF 4 AND RULE OF 7

RULE OF 4:

In an emergency when the lights are out, when there is no food and almost no clean water, when there is no cop on the corner, when there is no 9-1-1 to call for help, when there is no information about what is going on, when there is no light at the end of the tunnel- IN 4 DAYS YOUR NEIGHBORS BECOME DANGEROUS AND SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE YOU ENCOUNTER.

RULE OF 7:

By Day 7 of an emergency scenario, with all the conditions of the Rule of 4, YOUR NEIGHBORS BECOME KILLERS!!! 

THIS IS AS SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK, IF YOU HAD NO FRESH WATER, NO FOOD, NO POWER; IF YOUR CHILDREN WERE CRYING AND THERE WAS NO WATER TO GIVE THEM, EXCEPT FOR THE WATER OUT OF YOUR TOILET BOWL, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GIVE THEM WATER?   ANSWER- ANYTHING!  HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO SUPPLY YOUR LOVED ONES WITH FOOD, WATER, MEDICAL CARE, ETC? YOUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, STRANGERS- ARE NO DIFFERENT.  THEY WILL KILL, LOOT, OR STEAL TO SUPPLY THEIR NEEDS AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR LIFE, JUST TO SAVE THEIR OWN LIFE. OR THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILY!

IGNORE THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL- YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

REMEMBER THE RULE OF 4 AND THE RULE OF 7!!!!

People often say that they would never resort to violence, looting or shooting in an emergency because they think they are somehow “better than that” or have been “raised better” or they are morally superior somehow. We call B/S on this because no matter what you or anybody thinks right now- how you will behave, react, and respond to stress, violence, threats, starvation and dehydration in a true SHTF emergency scenario is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than how you think you will.  Unless you are a combat veteran, a police officer, fire fighter, or EMT/Paramedic who have encountered high-stress situations with blood & guts galore and the threat of death imminent, then you cannot know how you or your family or even your neighbors will react when presented with a scenario where their lives may end due to violence, no food, no water, or no medical treatment.

If you want to overcome some of the initial shock that occurs, you and your family must prepare now and practice what you prepare!  Everyone should be involved in storing food and water, learning first aid skills, learning self-defense and use of weapons properly, and learn what to do when a threat occurs. Practice, practice, practice. The age-old adage even applies to Preppers & Survivalists.

WE DON’T ADVOCATE VIOLENCE (EXCEPT IN SELF-DEFENSE), BUT THIS POST IS TO REMIND YOU THAT OTHERS MAY WISH TO USE VIOLENCE AGAINST YOU OR YOUR FAMILY IN A SHTF SCENARIO.  KEEP THAT IN MIND AT ALL TIMES.

Rule of 3

RULE OF 3’S TO SURVIVE

The number 3 can be the key to your survival in an emergency. When you must prioritize your needs quickly, it helps to know what is most urgent. Knowing the rules of 3 can give you the information you.

YOU CAN ONLY SURVIVE . . .

3 SECONDS without hope
Most individuals freeze in an emergency. In the immediate confusion and chaos, the human brain tries to draw upon some familiar experience for a plan of action. Finding none, we become immobile. You have three seconds to decide that you have hope and move forward. Statistics show that in a plane crash, you have 90 seconds to exit the wreckage. Three seconds without hope can make the difference between whether or not you have time to clear the area.  Survival depends upon your ability to shake yourself out of the stupor of disbelief and hopelessness.

Walter B. Cannon studied the case histories of sudden, unexplained deaths from around the world. In 1942, he published his theory that the brain unleashes stress hormones that can cause fatal heart arrhythmias in individuals that have given up all hope of escape — they are literally scared to death. Use fear to spur yourself towards life-saving action. Determine to grasp onto hope and make a plan to live.

3 MINUTES without air                                                                                                             Few people can hold their breath for 3 minutes. In circumstances where oxygen is limited, your next priority is to get to a place where you can breathe.

3 HOURS without shelter (in extreme conditions)                                                                 Once you have breathable air, your next priority is to find (or construct) shelter. Those who take off on prolonged hikes may find themselves going in circles and/or racing the setting sun to construct safe sleeping quarters. In extreme conditions, you can live for a couple of days without water and weeks without food, but you cannot survive without shelter. You could suffer from hypothermia at 50 degrees, especially if the wind is blowing and you are wet. In warm climates, you will need shelter from the sun. Protect yourself from the elements.

3 DAYS without water                                                                                                                 The next challenge is to find clean water. This may mean collecting rainwater or finding a water source shared by plants and animals. Avoid activity that leads to lots of sweating and heavy breathing. This causes your body to lose water more quickly. Conserve what water your body has by working at a nice steady pace. Whatever your course of action, your body will need water soon.

3 WEEKS without food                                                                                                                   Some of us will survive even longer without it, but food will become an urgent concern for survival after a couple of weeks. With plenty of water, some can even survive longer than three weeks, but you will want to locate a source of nourishment while you still have the strength to do so.

3 MONTHS without companionship or love                                                                            This is actually part of the first rule of 3. In order to continue in a prolonged survival circumstance, most people need to have a sense of purpose and belonging. Knowing that someone is there for you and caring what happens to you can help you continue doing what is necessary for survival when the days and weeks seem to drag. Strong faith will make all of the difference for these survivors.