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  Exotac Fire Sleeve
Posted by: David - 12-23-2015, 02:38 PM - Forum: Fire - Replies (5)

Exotac Fire Sleeve

I believe Wolf purchased one of these.  I'd like to see his review.



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  Hammock sleeping
Posted by: oldmiser - 12-22-2015, 06:54 PM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (12)

well as you can see I have my hammock hung  I use the door hinge  posts from two different doors about 15 foot apart
Have a solid ridge line attached to hammock...  for my Hammock is 10 foot  so you figure 83% of hammock length that
gives me 90 inch's  using zing it line or 4mm am steel .  make eye's on each end for total length of 90 inch's..better have about 4 to 5 inch's
inside the cordage...the pull tight will be like china hand cuff's...will not pull back out...This ridge line will give you the perfect hang every time

The Hammock is a Trek Double

I sleep in my hammock every day...As well for a backpacking trip    click on the picture to see the ridge line
I just wanted too share this with you all.......OM



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  Cold and flu
Posted by: David - 12-22-2015, 04:22 PM - Forum: First Aid - Replies (2)

By Dr. Mercola

Quote:Millions of people suffer from sore throats and coughs each year. In the U.S., sore throat is often one of the first signs that you're coming down with a cold, especially if a runny nose and cough soon follow.
In most cases you don't need to see your physician for a sore throat, and fewer than 1 in 10 people actually do. Even so, sore throat is the second most common acute infection seen by family practitioners.1
In 85 percent to 95 percent of cases, sore throats in adults are caused by viruses.
Only about 10 percent are due to bacteria, including group A β-hemolytic streptococcus, while allergies, acid reflux, and even dry weather can also cause a sore throat. If you feel a sore throat coming on, you needn't suffer through it.
There are many natural remedies that can not only take the edge off but also help with healing. As a bonus, many of the remedies that follow work for both coughs and sore throats because they tackle the underlying viral infection.2

11 Sore Throat and Cough Remedies

Quote:
  1. Hydrogen Peroxide
    At the first sign of a cold, which is often behind a sore throat, pour a capful of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in each ear. This works remarkably well at resolving respiratory infections, like colds and flu.You will hear some bubbling, which is completely normal, and possibly feel a slight stinging sensation. Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside (usually 5 to 10 minutes), then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear.
  2. Vitamin C
    Vitamin C is best known for its benefits for infectious diseases. Research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that regular supplementation with vitamin C had a "modest but consistent effect in reducing the duration of common cold symptoms."3Kiwi fruits are exceptionally high in vitamin C, along with vitamin E, folate, polyphenols, and carotenoids. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that a kiwi-packed diet reduced the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections symptoms in older individuals.4Other foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, papaya, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
    The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may be useful for sore throats. Gargle with a mixture of about one-third cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water, as needed.
  4. Raw Garlic and Oil of Oregano
    Garlic is packed with immune-boosting, anti-microbial compounds that may fight off viruses. Take a clove or two and chew them, letting the juice get into the back of your throat, then swallow. You can do the same with oil of oregano.
  5. Lemons
    You can use lemons multiple ways to soothe a sore throat. Try cutting a lemon in half and sprinkling it with natural unprocessed salt and black pepper, then sucking it.You can also make a potent "lemonade" out of fresh lemon juice, water, stevia, and cayenne pepper (this will help promote detoxification too).
  6. Herbal Remedies
    Herbs such as eucalyptus, peppermint, anise, slippery elm, and fennel (and their oils) act as cough suppressants. Sipping an herbal tea or using the essential oils (in a diffuser or hot compress for instance) may help relieve your cough, while Echinacea and sage may relieve a sore throat.One study found an echinacea/sage throat spray worked just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray in relieving sore throats among children.5
  7. Licorice Root
    Gargling with licorice root, a traditional sore throat remedy, may soothe your throat. Look for it in liquid extract form, which has been shown to lead to less severe post-operative sore throat.6
  8. Raw Honey
    Raw honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and may also boost your immune system. It has also been found to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection in children.7
  9. Chicken Soup
    Chicken soup made with homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding healing and recuperation from illness. You've undoubtedly heard the old adage that chicken soup will help cure a cold, and there's scientific support8 for such a statement.For instance, it contains immune-stimulating carnosine to help fight off infection.In addition to the anti-inflammatory benefits of bone broth, chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily.Keep in mind that processed, canned soups will not work as well as the homemade version made from slow-cooked bone broth. If combating a cold, make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper.The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory mucus so it's easier to expel. Black peppercorns also contain high amounts of piperine, a compound with fever-reducing and pain-relieving properties.
  10. Salt Water Gargle
    One of the simplest ways to soothe a sore throat is to gargle with natural salt, which helps kill bacteria, ease sore throat pain, and prevents upper respiratory tract infections.9,10 Try a solution of one-half teaspoon salt in one-half cup of warm water.
  11. Colloidal Silver
    Last but not least, colloidal silver (silver that's suspended in a small amount of liquid) has long been used as an antimicrobial agent.Researchers from Brigham Young University tested colloidal silver against five pathogens, including streptococci, and found it worked as well as commonly used antibiotics.The researchers noted the silver solution "exhibits an equal or broader spectrum of activity than any one antibiotic tested" and could be "effectively used as an alternative to antibiotics."11 In this case, the silver could be especially useful for cases of strep throat.

Herbal Snuff Recipe (If You Dare)

Quote:The Epoch Times recently shared a bold "herbal snuff" recipe that is meant to be snorted, and can also be applied directly to your tonsils.12 It's not for the faint of heart, but the collection of ingredients just may send your infection packing:
Herbal Snuff Recipe

Ingredients
  • 7 parts goldenseal root powder
  • 7 parts bayberry bark powder
  • 1 part cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 part garlic powder
Method:
Grind up finely, mix well, and snort.
If you prefer an option you can drink instead, try the Epoch Times' Total Tonic recipe.13 For best results, swish it around your mouth and gargle with it before swallowing.
Total Tonic Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 handful of garlic cloves
  • 1 handful of chopped onions
  • 1 handful of chopped ginger
  • 1 handful of chopped horseradish
  • ½ handful of chopped habanero peppers
  • Raw apple cider vinegar
Method

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender, cover with an inch or two of organic raw apple cider vinegar, and blend.
  2. Consume the mash right away, or wait two weeks and use it as a tincture.

Have You Tried a Neti Pot?

Quote:Using a neti pot (a small, teapot-like pot) is a simple technique to safely cleanse your sinuses of irritants. It may help with nasal congestion and may also be useful for relieving cold symptoms. The technique itself is very simple. To start, you'll need:
  • All-natural Himalayan salt or sea salt (avoid using processed salt)
  • Sterilized water
  • Neti pot or bulb syringe
  • Towel or washcloth
Be sure that you avoid tap water, as it could potentially be contaminated with brain-eating amoeba or other contaminants. Only use water that is:
  • Distilled
  • Sterilized
  • Previously boiled for one minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes) and left to cool
  • Filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller
The technique, outlined below, may seem unusual at first. However, once learned, you will quickly realize how beneficial it can be for sinus problems.
  1. Locate a workable container. The neti pot is specially designed with a spout that fits comfortably in one nostril. Alternatives you can use include a bulb syringe, a small flower watering pot, a turkey baster, or just a teacup (though the latter will be messier).
  2. Fill the container with lukewarm sterile salt water. The salt-to-water ratio is 1 teaspoon sea salt to 1 pint (2 cups) water.
  3. Have some tissues within reach for this next part. Over a sink, tilt your head forward so you are looking directly down toward the sink. Insert the spout into your right nostril. It is important that you breathe through your mouth. Turn your head to the right and let water move into the right nostril and exit the left nostril.
    Normally, you will feel the water as it passes through your sinuses. It is fine if some of the water drains into your mouth. Simply spit it out and adjust the tilt of your head.
  4. After using a cup of water, repeat the above procedure for the other nostril.
  5. To finish, expel any remaining water by quickly blowing air out in both open nostrils 15 times over the sink. Avoid the temptation to block off one nostril, as doing so may force water into your eustachian tube.
  6. When you're finished, rinse the neti pot (or other device) thoroughly with sterile water (the same water you used to fill the pot), then leave it to air dry completely.
You can perform this nasal irrigation up to four times a day until your symptoms improve, which may take three to six months if you're facing a chronic sinus infection. Generally, however, if you follow the instructions carefully and continue the routine until all your symptoms resolve, it is a very effective, and safe, technique.

A Healthy Immune System Will Cut Your Risk of Sore Throats and Cough

Quote:The key to preventing colds, sore throats, and coughs – and recovering from them quickly – is to maintain a strong immune system. This includes optimizing your diet, avoiding sugar, optimizing your vitamin D level, getting enough sleep and exercise, managing your stress, and practicing proper hand-washing technique.
Detailed instructions that will help set you the right path can be found in my optimized nutrition plan, which is focused aroundreal food. Importantly, if you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu, avoid all sugar, grains, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods.
Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system, which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection. Foods that can help strengthen your immune response include the following:
Fermented foods help "reseed" your gut with beneficial bacteria (examples include raw kefir, kimchi, miso, pickles, and sauerkraut)
Coconut oil contains lauric acid that your body converts into monolaurin, a monoglyceride with the ability to destroy lipid-coated viruses, including influenza, HIV, herpes, and measles, as well as gram-negative bacteria
Raw organic eggs from pastured chickens
Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also help boost your immune function by raising alkalinity in your body.
Organic grass-fed beef is high in vitamins A and E, omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, zinc, and CLA. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid), an immune enhancer, is three to five times higher in grass-fed animals than grain-fed animals.
Garlic is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agent. As mentioned, ideally consume it raw, and crush it just before eating.
Raw, grass-fed organic milk contains beneficial bacteria and fats that prime your immune system. It's also a good source of vitamin A and zinc. Pasteurized dairy products are best avoided, as they may actually promote respiratory problems such a recurring colds, congestion, and bronchitis.14
Organic vegetables. Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard greens, and Swiss chard contain powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin C — all of which help protect against infections.

Ideally, opt for organic locally grown veggies that are in season, and consider eating a fair amount of them raw. Juicing is an excellent way to get more greens into your diet.

Herbal Remedies for Coughs, Colds, and Sore Throat

Quote:At first signs of a cold, you could also boost your immune function by taking a supplement or extract. The following are examples of immune-boosting herbs and supplements that may be helpful:
Zinc: Research on zinc has shown that when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the time you have a cold by about 24 hours.15 Zinc was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms.

Suggested dosage is up to 50 mg/day. Zinc was notrecommended for anyone with an underlying health condition, like lowered immune function, asthma, or chronic illness.
Curcumin, the pigment that gives turmeric its yellow-orange color, is known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Olive leaf extract: Ancient Egyptians and Mediterranean cultures used it for a variety of health-promoting uses and it is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.
Propolis: A bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world; propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important compounds that aid in immune response.
Oregano Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil.
Medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake, reishi, and turkey tail have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
A tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint, and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.
Echinacea is one of the most widely used herbal medications in Europe to combat colds and infections. One review of more than 700 studies found that using Echinacea can reduce your risk of catching cold by as much as 58 percent.
Elder flower extract: Rich in vitamin C and a wide range of valuable flavonoids, including anthocyanins and quercetin, elder flower has been traditionally used as a tonic to boost immunity.

It is also widely known to promote lung and bronchial tract health.
Elderberry: In one study, elderberry syrup reduced the severity of flu symptoms, and shortened their duration by about four days.16 Elderberry extract is also known for inducing sweating, and helps relieve congestion.



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  Falling Skies and other online TV shows
Posted by: mac66 - 12-22-2015, 12:25 AM - Forum: Survival on TV and other media - Replies (2)

First, let me say I don't watch much TV. I very seldom have the patience to sit through TV shows. I occasionally watch stuff on the History channel but mostly I watch stuff on Netflix if I watch anything at all. My wife told me about the show Falling Skies which is on Amazon Prime (which I just found out we get because my wife wanted to watch Downtown Abby).  So over the last couple weeks I watched the entire five seasons.  Seasons 1 & 2 were pretty good, 3 was pretty boring, 4 kind of jumped the shark but season 5 (which closed out the show) was pretty good.

For those that don't know it is about an alien invasion and the human survivors (militia) who fight them off.   The good is that they use lots of guns and seemingly endless supply of ammo as they try to survive and are pretty pro-gun.  The bad is that they use every conceivable plot device and TV trope ever invented. Overall a decent view of a post apocalyptic world.  I should note that there is a lot of parallels between the American Revolution and the story particularly since one of the main characters is an American history professor.

Another show I found on Amazon Prime is called The Man in the High Castle.  Based on a sci-fi book by Phillip Dick it is about an alternative history of the allies losing WWII and living under Nazi and Japanese rule. I tried to find the book at the library (or online) to no avail.   This is so far outside most people's paradigm that it is disturbing and  hard to watch. In the show based in the early 1960s Nazi Germany  rules north America from the east coast to just east of the Rocky Mountains. The Japs rule from the west coast to the Rockies with kind of a buffer zone in between.  Of course there is a power struggle going on between the two, plus insurgents, spies etc.   Kind of an frightening view of what it would be like living in a fascist country (or communist country since national socialism/fascism and communist socialism are branches of the same tree).  I am about halfway through the series and it is pretty decent.

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  Homemade FAK
Posted by: David - 12-21-2015, 04:59 PM - Forum: First Aid - Replies (6)



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Video hi from Italy
Posted by: Widget - 12-21-2015, 05:57 AM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (5)

Hi to all
I'm Vince from Italy... Known on the web scene as widget

Ghost invited me to this forum because we Italians because of our politicians, we must be ready for anything ... well to come back into the caves
So it's a great idea to learn surviving 
:-D

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  hi, all
Posted by: Tentacle Toast - 12-21-2015, 02:00 AM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (3)

Hi there...

...nice forum you've got. Someone from another forum to which I am a member suggested that this place is worth checking out, & he's a man whose recommendations I trust. From what I've seen so far, he was right again.

I'm sure I'll see you around.

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  Hi from Iowa
Posted by: Graywolf - 12-21-2015, 01:18 AM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (3)

Hi all,

My name it Todd.  I go by Graywolf in most of the forums I've been in.  Ghost says this is a good place to be, and after meeting him and his family this past summer, I trust his judgement and opinions on this subject completely.  I may not be very active, but I will be a lurker, soaking up as many tips and techniques as I can.  

Happy Holidays to all.

Todd

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  New member
Posted by: Alan - 12-21-2015, 12:26 AM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (3)

Hi all,
Just heard about this forum from Ghost from the slingshot forum.
This is just the kind of place I've been looking for for quite a while.
Hope to learn a lot here and I'm sure I will.

Regards
Alan

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  New member as of Dec 20 2015
Posted by: oldmiser - 12-20-2015, 10:53 PM - Forum: Forum News, Introductions and How-To Information - Replies (3)

Hello outdoor friends....I was invited here by my friend ghost...
Well to start off I am a old gezzer 70 years old....I am a long long time backpacker..Hammock Sleeper
yup you heard it right..I sleep in a hammock every day..Best sleep ever..Can't say when I have been in a reg bed..
I shoot only slingshots ...Use to have all sorts of weapons......I hope I will learn a few tricks from
some fellow member's & just maybe add a few of my own  ~AKAOldmiser

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