Friday, February 13, 2015

Day After Disaster: Discussion Topic #7


This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I have always had a close relationship with nature. As I grew older, I found out that all the pills we take originated in some plant somewhere. So I started to research medicinal herbs. What I found out was many of the active ingredients that occur naturally in plants also come with built in buffers for your body that are left behind when scientists remove the active ingredients to make pharmaceuticals. This was very distressing to me. If those buffers make medicines safer, why not include them? Well turns out the medication would not be as potent. I think we need to find a better balance between potency and buffering so now when I am sick I look to natural remedies first. There are many instances when western medical practices are essential life savers but if you can heal naturally why not try that first?

Turns out a lot of these medicinal plants are also very nutritious. They not only heal but help prevent problems. Many plants that we think are weeds are actually edible, nutritious, power plants that we overlook. If you were forced to survive outside of western society, having a working knowledge of these plants would be absolutely essential. You should know the plants available in your area but you should also get to know plants that cover many areas because just 100 miles from where you are the plant selection could be much different.

I am also a bow hunter and a meat eater. Meat, in my opinion, is an essential protein that has grown the human brain to the size it is over the history of man. You should be familiar with edible animals. Their feeding, watering, sleeping and mating patterns could be an essential piece to the survival puzzle of the future. You should be familiar with trapping and hunting techniques that do not involve a gun. Bullets and their ingredients may be hard to come by or way to valuable to use for hunting. Start researching ways to get meat on your table without a bullet.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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