Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Is the Constitution Still Relevent?

Episode 115: Season 3 ep. 34

In The Walls of Freedom story, Erika begins researching how the laws of The United States of America could have been dramatically altered. She reviews the Constitution. There are many folks that would say that the Constitution is irrelevant and outdated.  Our guest today, Dave Shestokas, strongly disagrees. Dave has been a practicing attorney for over thirty years and is the author of Constitutional Sound Bites and Creating the Declaration of Independence.

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“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."


Constitutional Lessons from Dave

After many years of practicing law, Dave was invited to talk to history classes at a high school. After asking some simple questions like: What year was our country founded or what day? He received many disheartening answers and decided something needed to be done to educate people on the Constitution. He wrote for a magazine, did a radio show, and wrote Constitutional Sound Bites.

Dave's book breaks down the concepts behind the Constitution. It also helps to translate old English to new. Some words had completely different meanings back then from what we understand them to mean now. For example, in the preamble, Gouverneur Morris wrote:  

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,"

The term "more perfect" can be rather confusing to modern ears. We see perfect as something that can't be improved upon. However, Morris was referring to the Latin word proficiere which meant to complete. Thus Morris was referring to a union that was more complete than the one witnessed under the Articles of Confederation.  

How can a document written in the 1700s still be relevant today? The Constitution was absolutely revolutionary. It was the first time people created a document to govern themselves. Nothing like it had ever existed. It established a rule of law to govern people over a vast expanse of land. Before the Constitution the world was made of Kings, Czars, Sultans, Chieftains, basically dictators. 

The Constitution is the legal document that executes the principles and ideas established in the Declaration of Independence and can not exist without it. American Citizens do not go into battle and die for political rules. They go in defense of the principles described in the Declaration, even though they swear an oath to the Constitution it is really those ideals they are fighting for.  That is why Dave wrote his next book Creating the Declaration of Independance. The Constitution is meaningless without the Declaration of Independence. 

Why is the Constitution still relevant?  Because it puts limits on our government to not participate in the activities that people were subject to before the Constitution was published. It upholds the universal and self evident truths given to each human being. The Constitution is still the law of our land. 

Unfortunately education on the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence is extremely lacking. The Declaration was also an extremely radical document. It talks about the consent of the governed and values individual freedoms. It explains the fact that the government is not the granter of rights but rather Law of Nature and of Nature's God is. The government was established to protect the rights of the people. This is a topic that can be very uncomfortable for an established government and thus teaching it to the youth is not a high priority of a government established school system. 

The founders established the first government meant to be ruled by law not men. They had to base it upon some truths that men could not alter, otherwise men are in control and not law. Politicians can't legislate away the law of gravity. It exists and can't be altered much like you can't legislate away a human's desire to be free. Wording it in this way took secular natural (science based) law into account and combines it with divine inspiration. Either way you want to look at it they both come to the same conclusion. An individual has inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

The founders recognized that overtime things would change and designed the Constitution to be flexible to accommodate those circumstances. However, if a government becomes destructive in the purpose of protecting the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the citizens have a right and a duty to change the government. This is known as the Right of Revolution as described by Thomas Jefferson. 

Article five describes the amendment process that has been built into the government. Amending the Constitution is not something that is done lightly but it is allowable and has been done twenty seven times.This process requires a super majority to take effect. The thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments were the "Civil War Amendments." They abolished slavery, provided due process of law and citizenship to former slaves and made it so that all men could vote. The nineteenth amendment was the woman's suffrage amendment that gave women the right to vote. There have been other amendments for technical questions that the founders got wrong or omitted. For example, the role of Vice President became more important over time and the 25th amendment provided for appointment of the VP in case of a vacancy of office or other technical difficulties. The twelfth amendment was put in place because the Vice President used to be the runner up in the election. As time pressed on this was not practical. The eighteenth amendment was the prohibition amendment. It was the only amendment to limit freedom and the only amendment that was repealed. The founders understood their work was not perfect and time would press on.

We are currently in the longest period of not making amendments to the Constitution. We have abandoned the process in favor of court rulings that change the interpretation of the law. The wording in the Constitution stays the same but the meaning alters. For example the abortion issue is an issue that continues to be hotly debated. This is because the decision was made by the court rather than through debate, decision and law establishment. When the courts overstep their bounds and get involved with political issues rather than judicial ones it is very dangerous. These types of social issues like same sex marriage have never been a federal issue but rather a state one

States used to be a laboratory of democracy where like minded individuals could test their ideals. These individual States formed together to form a Union with one another. They shared basic commonalities but still have control over their destiny, instead of being told what to do by some one hundreds of miles away. This issue of remote control was the basis of the Revolutionary War.  

After spending many years working directly with the Constitution, Dave has a couple suggestions he would propose. The first one amendment would establish term limits in the government. The system was not designed for career politicians. During the first one hundred years the average term in the House of Representatives was six years and the average term in the Senate was eight years. They received average pay and had poor benefits. People didn't stick around and develop kingdoms of power. There was always new blood and fresh ideas.

The second thing Dave would do is repeal the seventeenth amendment. This amendment provided for the direct election of US Senators. Prior to this they were chosen by the State Legislature not the general public. The House of Representatives and the Senate were meant to represent different interests. Now, with Federal Mandates on the states, both the Senator and the Congressmen are on a mission to bring as much money as possible to Washington so they can give it back to the people who elected them. This amendment has grown our government into the leviathan that it is now. The original intent was to pit these two sides in opposition so that the best decision was reached through debate but now 2/3 of the government is on the same page and all they are concerned with is growing government. This amendment has removed the checks and balances to their power.

The over-interpretation of the Constitution needs to come to an end. Jefferson himself claimed he was never trying to write radical ideas but rather explain the common sense of the matter. The heated debate during ratification over the issues contained in the Constitution gave birth to free speech idea. All ideas needed to be heard. The Constitution was written for everyone to understand so they could all be governed by the same laws.

David Shestokas
David Shestokas earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in June of 1987. In 1986-87 he served on The John Marshall Law Review. He studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Shestokas has been admitted to practice law before the Illinois Supreme Court in 1987, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1988, the Supreme Court of Florida in 2004, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 2006.
Mr. Shestokas founded the Law Office of David Shestokas in November, 1987. After practicing in areas such as criminal defense, corporate law, real estate, and business financing, he later served as Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, IL, from 1994 to 1998, involved in over 10,000 criminal prosecutions. During that time he also worked on the Felony Review Unit, participating in police investigations and making charging decisions in over 400 felony matters.

In 1992, after the Republic of Lithuania regained its independence from the Soviet Union, Shestokas
joined attorneys of Lithuanian heritage from around the world as a member of the First World Congress of Lithuanian Lawyers. The Lithuanian President, government officials, and the Lithuanian Bar worked with that Congress to restore the rule of law and a constitutional government after four generations of Soviet occupation.
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Along with volunteering at the Salvation Army providing pro bono legal services for the homeless, David has also given his time at the Quality Life Center to educate at-risk youth about the values ingrained in America’s Founding.

His latest book, Creating the Declaration of Independence,  takes you into the minds of Richard Henry Lee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the weeks before July 4, 1776. Experience Lee’s trepidation as he knows when he proposes American Independence to the Second Continental Congress that he is literally risking beheading. Join Adams and Jefferson at City Tavern as they begin crafting the Declaration and follow the story of how Jefferson came to reluctantly draft the Declaration when few others, including Adams thought that Jefferson’s assignment was important. You’ll even learn a shortcut Jefferson used to craft a document of such immortality on such short notice and how that short cut affects the work of the Supreme Court today.
He has worked with Dr. Berta Isabel Arias on the Spanish language translation of Constitutional Sound Bites: C├ípsulas Informativas Constitucionales . This work represents, in a format that modern media consumers prefer, a long tradition of informing citizens about the country’s founding documents in their native languages. In 1787, fully one third of Pennsylvania’s residents were German speakers. Accordingly, of the 4500 copies of the proposed Constitution that legislature ordered, 1500 were printed in German. Everyone understands important ideas best in their native language, and C├ípsulas Informativas Constitucionales recognizes the growing importance of making available crucial aspects of America’s Founding and Heritage to this growing community of Spanish speakers in America.


Sara F. Hathaway 

Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster, Without Land and The Walls of Freedom. 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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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dangers of Overconfidence

Episode 114: Season 3 ep. 33

In The Walls of Freedom story, Master Sergeant Bennet takes Erika and Dexter out to the Mille Lacks Mercenary Training Base. Erika learns a hard lesson about the effects of overconfidence. Today, I will present some of the dangers of overconfidence and how you can avoid them.

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Featured Chapter Quote
"If there's war...people will die on both sides and who knows what will become of this country after that."


Overconfidence Lessons from Sara

You need a little overconfidence if you intended on surviving when things go very wrong. However, there is a fine line between healthy overconfidence and dangerous overconfidence. The threats of  overconfidence can be the difference between life and death. Have no fear because with some simple checks you can make sure you are avoiding the pitfalls of overconfidence.

I found this quote while researching this topic and I don't think I could have said it any better myself:

"Confidence is an essential ingredient of success in a wide range of domains ranging from job performance and mental health to sports, business and combat. Some authors have suggested that not just confidence but overconfidence—believing you are better than you are in reality—is advantageous because it serves to increase ambition, morale, resolve, persistence or the credibility of bluffing, generating a self-fulfilling prophecy in which exaggerated confidence actually increases the probability of success. However, overconfidence also leads to faulty assessments, unrealistic expectations and hazardous decisions, so it remains a puzzle how such a false belief could evolve or remain stable in a population of competing strategies that include accurate, unbiased beliefs." -Nature.com

Learning the dangers of overconfidence and how they would apply to self-defense and prepping basics is essential for long term survival. ARTrainer.com outlines six threats that overconfident leaders face but I think it is safe to apply these principles to any activity which produces a feeling of overconfidence.


Overconfidence causes a dismissal of differing opinions, even from trusted sources. When applied to self defense, a defender might feel confident in their ability to avoid a certain attack. They may dismiss the advice of their instructor with excuses like they don't fully understand my abilities.

In prepping this happens a lot. Everyone has their opinion on food storage, water storage, ammo supplies etc. Once they have been engaged in a certain way of doing thing for a long time these individuals feel they are "experts" and don't need additional input from anyone because they already know the "perfect" system. They feel as if other folks don't have the experience and understanding of the circumstances the way they do.

Overconfidence causes believers to minimize negative indicators. In a self defense situation a fighter might feel like their supreme ability will best another person's skills. They may dismiss a key skill of the opponent with excuses about how even though that concern may be relevant for other fighters it is not relevant for them.

This downplay of negative indicators also happens in the prepping world. How many time have you heard, "I'm not preparing for that because there's no way that will happen here." There is a chance that any number of threats could produce themselves and to prepare for some and not others while being confident in your ability to survive anything isn't rational. I myself am guilty of this. A pandemic would be my worst nightmare. I don't prepare for it because I would never want to live through it, leaving my preps lacking in that area.

Overconfidence may cause an individual to take excessive risks. Knowing that you have the ability to defend yourself doesn't mean that you go looking for a fight. Any altercation you are never in is one you will walk away from. Don't let overconfidence in self-defense skills get you into trouble.

 The same is true for prepping. Just because you are prepared to survive a catastrophe doesn't mean you go and make one happen. The long term situations that are often discussed here will hopefully remain fiction forever. Personal and natural disasters are the main threats we prepare for and if a long term situation did happen I'm sure we'd all want our old lives back. Be careful what you wish for.

Overconfidence causes people to assume that past success will mean future success. This is easy to understand when applied to self-defense. The more you dominate in fights the more confidence you build that you will be able to win every fight. However, we all have bad days and there is always someone better. Confidence is essential but stay vigilant.

When applied to prepping it is also easy to see how this success leads to success theory can be very dangerous. For example people who survived one storm think they can weather them all. Or, we evacuated successfully last time so we don't need to give ourselves as much time next time. Both of these assumptions could be fatal mistakes.

Overconfident people rarely see themselves as overconfident. In self-defense situations they might not admit that they are walking into the fight with too much confidence they will win, only to be proven wrong. In prepping these people may boast how they are ready for any disaster and there is nothing that could shake them.

It takes a lot of hard work to rise to the top for any skill.  As you put in more and more time you start to feel like you have all the answers and your secrets to success will be yours forever, right? Wrong. Gary Korisko states in his article "What to Do When Success Bights You in the Ass," these people develop what he calls "expertitis." The overconfidence in their success causes them to believe they are fool proof and their pride, while healthy at the start, begins to blind them from threats. Gary advises us to "Stay alert. The answers change. Often."

Gary suggests five easy ways to check yourself:

  • Stay humble - Don't assume you know it all. There is always more to learn.
  • Stay approachable - Help others learn. Let them ask you questions, you may learn something yourself.
  • Stay imperfect - Being perfect puts you out of the realm of aspiration.  People want to know you are trying and having success and failures too.
  • Remain curious - Keep thinking. There is always a way to do something better, smarter, faster, etc. Stay hungry.
  • Realize you are never too smart to learn from anyone - That is the absolute truth. Take the time to listen to others. Even if you don't use the advice, you may find some gold nuggets where you least expected to find them.

These checks will ensure you avoid the pitfalls of overconfidence. Carefully examine your personal line between healthy overconfidence and dangerous overconfidence. A little overconfidence is essential for surviving and thriving but the threats of  overconfidence can be the difference between life and death.



Sara F. Hathaway 

Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster, Without Land and The Walls of Freedom. 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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Prepping for Your Pooch

Episode 113; Season 3, ep 32

Description of Today's Episode: Dog care becomes priority one as The Walls of Freedom adventure unfolds. Here to discuss how we can prepare for our pooches is retired veterinarian Dr. TR Hathaway.


Featured Chapter Quote:
"Don't you see what's going on here...Don't you see the division?"

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Dog Care Lessons From TR
The biggest risk to your dog in a disaster scenario depends upon the disaster. If it is a nuclear catastrophe, then you worry about nuclear fallout and contaminated food. However, if the disaster is flooding, concern shifts to different topics: disposal of waste, infection, infestation, diseases, etc.

In a situation like this you may be separated from your beloved pet and your dog might be housed with lots of other dogs. This could spread diseases like distemper. Distemper is a viral disease that affects a dog's ability to fight infection. Symptoms of distemper include respiratory problems, neurological problems, cough and nasal discharge. The disease can rapidly spread through animals without an immunity. Dogs can only get immunity from their mom, a vaccination or a very small exposure.

The number of dogs with rabies will increase in a SHTF situation because of a lack of vaccinated animals. You can expect to see the numbers increase amongst domesticated and wild animals of all types. Make sure you stay current on your vaccination schedule now so that if anything happens your animal had the most protection. If you suspect an animal has rabies, you should separate it from the others. An animal with rabies will have behavioral changes. For example a dog that is docile may become viscous and an aggressive animal may become docile. Unfortunately without access to veterinary care the dog will probably die from this disease.

Cats are of concern as well. Cats can carry viral diseases like Toxoplasmosis and Coccidiosis that can be harmful to pregnant women. Make sure your cats are vaccinated. 

Good sanitation is the best way to prevent disease. 

After your supply of dog food has run out, make sure you do not feed your dog a diet high in fat. Dogs need a grain rich diet with non-fatty proteins. You may think this is strange because dogs are carnivores but when dogs make a kill in the wild, the first part of the animal they eat is the intestines. The offal or innards of the animal are eaten first because they are rich in plant vitamins. Plan ahead and keep at least a weeks supply of dog food on hand for emergencies.

There is no special breed of dog for the apocalypse. A medium sized dog, about 40-50 lbs, can probably do the best. They have the least amount of medical problems on average and don't usually require as much maintenance as a toy dog. Make sure your dog matches the climate they are going to be surviving in.

Start preparing for your pooch. Here's a list to get you started:

  • Stay Up to Date with Vaccinations and Yearly Checkups.
  • Have a Carrier and Know Where the Animal’s Collar and Leashes Are.
  • Have Your Dog Chipped just in Case You Get Separated.
  • Have a Copy of Dog’s Important Vaccination and Medical Information in Your Important Document Folder.
  • Have Enough Medication to Last at Least One Week.
  • Have Extra Food to Last a Week. 
To combat fleas and ticks, you need to find natural repellents and soaps that will do the trick. For more information on natural flea repellents check out, DogsNaturallyMagazine.com/. The author, Rita Hogan has some great tips on how you can naturally keep these pests at bay. Start stocking up on collars, soaps and sprays, now.  

Heart-worm is another concerning disease. You may not even know your dog has heart-worm until it has heart failure. Heart-worm is carried by mosquitoes so controlling their population is essential. Try to eliminate standing water. If you are in flooding conditions, realize their may be more mosquitoes than normal and putting your dog at an increased risk. Use natural repellents or the specially manufactured dog repellents. If you are going to use human grade "Off" or deet based product, use it very sparingly. If your dog does have symptoms of heart-worm it will usually be coughing, and lack energy.  

The most frequent problems your dog might encounter are things like cold and flu viruses. A dog could become poisoned from eating old or contaminated food. They animal is likely to get an abrasion that may get infected. You should have a first aid kit for Fido with:
  • Lots of gauze and ways to soak up blood
  • Betadine or Hydrogen Peroxide 
Lyme disease is another disease that is worth mentioning.  Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria causes Lyme disease in dogs. Deer ticks, usually after feeding on the dog for 2-3 days, transmit the disease. –petmd.com Lyme is very serious disease but not always fatal. The severity depends on the animal’s ability to fight it and a large percentage of dogs that get Lyme, never exhibit symptoms. However, neurological problems can occur from it and some dogs may exhibit reoccurring lameness and kidney failure.

For more information TR suggests a visit to  www.avma.org

TR Hathaway


I grew up on a farm in North Dakota, that grew primarily wheat and had a feedlot some of that time.  I became interested in the field of Veterinary Medicine while in elementary school because of the local veterinarian in Beach, North Dakota.  During high school, I applied to Kansas State University Vet School in Manhattan, Kansas, since North Dakota did not have one, with the intention to return to North Dakota to practice.  In 1972, I graduated with a degree in Veterinary medicine with special emphasis on gastroenterology and small animals.  I practiced in a south Chicago suburban small animal hospital for 2 years before returning to Kansas State to obtain a Masters in Surgery & Internal Medicine again with emphasis in gastroenterology as well as Statistics.  In 1980, after getting my Master’s degree,  I went to work for Mobay,  a subsidiary of Bayer Industry, in Stanley, Kansas,  where I did work in the field of Toxicology.  There I became Board Certified in Toxicology in 1984.  In 1986, I began work for the state of California as a Staff Toxicologist in the Pesticide and DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control) divisions where I worked until my retirement in 2009.

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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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Survival Livestock with Rick Austin

Episode 112; Season 3, ep 31

Description of Today's Episode: The Walls of Freedom adventure continues as the family settles in to a new life in a new society. Farms and livestock have become an important staple in this new society. Here to discuss his Secret Survival books is Rick Austin, author of Secret Garden of Survival, Secret Greenhouse of Survival, and Secret Livestock of Survival.



Featured Chapter Quote:
"The gardens are huge! And we got to feed chickens and pigs."

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Secret Livestock Lessons From Steven
Rick Austin works with sustainable food forests. He uses ancient practices with no chemicals to grow all of his products.

There are lots of reasons to grow your own food. Food is grown today using mechanized monocrop farming methods. This destroys the natural way that food grows. There are no symbiotic plant relationships and chemicals have to fill the void this absence leaves. Chemicals also control the pests and weeks. These are poisons that fill your food and you.

In 1974 gylphosphate was manufactured into a product known as Roundup. It is now the most commonly used gardening chemical in the world. It is highly toxic and can be found in most of our bodies. This chemical bonds to gluten and makes gluten very hard to digest, resulting in thousands of cases of gluten allergies. It can be found in the main components of American diets, including: sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosphate causes all kinds of cancer and kills healthy gut bacteria.

The United States of America has the best doctors and medical systems in the world yet we rank lowest in health quality. This result from high ranking multi-million dollar farming companies working for the company, the FDA and the EPA. They ensure that the practices they are using are not restricted by the government, regardless of the cost to society.

The food pyramid we were all taught is wrong. You should not be eating a lot of grains. The gentleman who developed it had not scientific reasoning for his basis. This diet restricts good fat which is not bad for you. Protein is also restricted but should be a major part of your diet. A natural dies consists of meat or protein with fruits, vegetables and nuts , basically anything people could hunt or forage as they walked through the forest.

When animals are raised on mega farms for consumer consumption, their movements are extremely limited. The beaks are cut off of chickens and they wallow in their own excrement. These farms use antibiotics as preventative medicine because animals raised in this fashion are more susceptible to disease. These antibiotics are transferred to the consumers body when you consume these animals. This is bad because these antibiotics can kill the good bacteria in your system.

Monocrop farming and mass production of livestock has caused the nutrient value of our food to lose approximately one third of it's nutrient value when compared to foods of the past. Our bodies are telling us we are starving, due to this lack of nutrition. Even though we are eating astounding amounts and struggle with obesity. 

You can reap some huge rewards for getting off the "food grid." You will have the knowledge of knowing that your food is noon GMO. No pesticides or fertilizers were used to raise it. The cost savings of going off the food grid are much more lucrative than going off the power grid.

In Rick Austin's book, The Secret Garden of Survival, he explains how by using his system you will have fruits, nuts and vegetables. The majority of these items grow year after year without planting. Harnessing the symbiotic nature of the plant makes it possible to avoid pesticides and naturally repel bugs. There is no need to constantly weed or replant year after year.

Rick's book, The Secret Greenhouse of Survival, explains his greenhouse system that applies the same principles as his garden. The building is low profile and looks just like an add on to his home. It allows Rick to grow exotic plants, like coffee, in climates that would make that impossible. His baby animals and birds can be incubated there in the winter months. The building is composed of raised concrete beds which preserve the heat through the nighttime and prevents freezing. Plus, Rick heats his home and hot water by utilizing the natural heat provided by the greenhouse.
When looking into raising livestock, Rick applied the same principles. He wanted them to have a good return on investment. They needed to be low profile and they needed to be capable of living off the garden and greenhouse. Rick's barn is located directly adjacent of his home. This close proximity allows for better security and ease of access. The fertilizer can easily be transferred from the barn to his home. Rick's dogs also do their part to help with security.

Rabbits are the first animal Rick suggests raising. They are a great source of protein and breed continuously. Just three does (female rabbit) and one jack (male rabbit) will produce ninety rabbits in a year. Rabbits take about two months to get to market weight. There are a ton of great rabbit recipes to ward off food boredom. The rabbits are fed barley from the greenhouse. One pound of barley seed will turn into thirteen pounds of feed in just eight days. Some of the barely Rick lets go to seed to replenish the seed stock. Rabbit pee is very caustic and will eat through just about everything. Rick recommends using some plastic corrugated roofing to direct their natural supply of fertilizer towards a bucket. Rabbit excrement is on of the best natural fertilizers you can find. 

Honeybees are the second animal Rick suggests raising. They are easy to manage with modern equipment. The bottom big box is where the bees live, the queen lays her eggs, and the babies are born. The "Supers" at the top boxes where the bees store honey. Rick collects honey from his hive twice a year. The bees help pollinate the garden and the garden provides a nearby source of pollen. This allows the bees to make more short trips rather than long far trips so they can produce more honey. Bees are docile if handled correctly and the honey can be used as a preservative or sugar substitute. Honey is nature's perfect food aiding the body in many ways: digestion, allergy preventive, blood sugar stabilizer, cholesterol maintainer, kills some food born illnesses, plaque remover, dandruff remover, and so much more. You get about 60 Lbs of honey per hive per year and for a one time cost of $700 to purchase each hive. You can also utilize all of the wax that is left over.

Bees are in some serious danger right now. If the bees die humans will die as well. GMO's and Roundup are causing the colonies to die. The bees will develop dementia from consuming the pollen and no one will be left to take care of the queen. We should not be growing corn anymore. Ninety eight percent of all corn is genetically modified. Don't use Roundup anymore. It is killing the bees.

Ducks are the third type of animal Rick suggests. You need a small pond or water source so they can splash around. Peking ducks are a type of meat duck. They are slow and flightless. However, if you are looking for egg production the Khaki Campbell Duck is the best choice. They will lay about three hundred and twenty eggs per year. The eggs are bigger and have more protein than chicken eggs. They live off the garden and aren't given any feed. They eat the slugs and worms that are undesirable to us. Eggs can be preserved using dehydration. Take your eggs, scramble them, and then put them on a dehydrator tray. Once dehydrated they can be vacuumed sealed for easy transport and condensed storage. Once you add water to them, you will have scrambled eggs again. Once a year they incubate some eggs to restore their stock. After twenty eight days you can candle the egg to see if a baby is in there. If there isn't discard the egg. When the babies emerge they should not be assisted. Nature had developed a process and they must complete the process to tie off their umbilical cord if not the baby may bleed to death. You can process the duck and eat the meat when they are too old to be productive.

Dairy goats are next on the list of suggested survival animals. Rick raises Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats. They are small and don't take up a lot of space. They don't require pasture land and they don't eat grass. They browse on the woodland debris. In the fall Rick lets them into the garden and they naturally prune the trees and bushes. Rick grows about a half acre of alfalfa to feed them in the months were food is not plenty-full. One slice will feed about five goats a day. Compare that to a cow that requires forty pounds of food per day. The goats eat the weeds that are pulled during landscaping. They do require milking twice a day and the milk can be used to make cheese, ice cream, cheesecake, etc. In order to have milk the mamma goats have to have babies. Once mamma is no longer producing colostrum the baby is removed and fed milk that is milked from mamma. This acclimates the babies to people and allows the people to collect the milk. 

Rick raises fish in his pond and the pond water is also pumped into the greenhouse to create a long range aquaponics system. 

Rick doesn't like to raise chickens but they do. Chickens are more susceptible to disease. They scratch everything up. They are loud. If you are going to raise chickens he suggests a road island red because they are a duel bird, meaning you can get eggs and meat from them.

Pigs are next on the list. Pigs will root everything up and must be put in a pasture. They will eat acorns from the forest and just about everything else. There are a lot of different kinds but a heritage pig will live longer than one that has been bred for meat. These pigs usually only have about a two year life span. One downside to harvesting an animal this big is there is a lot of meat to process very quickly. You will need a team of helpers if you want to do it efficiently. 

To keep wild animals and potential intruders away from his garden and property Rick makes a thing called tangle foot on the other side of his fence. Small branches and picker vines are thrown on the other side of the fence forming a mass of material that is difficult to walk through. This deters predators and provides a great warning system.

Rick does not recommend raising cows because they eat to much, need too much space, and create a big target in an SHTF situation. Turkeys are not recommended either because they are require a lot of care and feed. Geese are not susceptible to disease but they will attack everything, including you. Horses are costly and require a lot of feed and pasture. Sheep are "stupid" animals and clothes are made so well now-a-days that if you stock up properly you should not have to worry about them for a long time. Rick also does not recommend exotic animals like emus or ostriches. 

Rick's systems are ground breaking for the survival community. As he says they allow him to not just survive but thrive.

Rick Austin
Rick Austin is known as the Survivalist Gardener, and is a preparedness, homesteading and off grid living expert. He is the author of Secret Garden of Survival-How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is now the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design.

Rick is also the author of the Secret Greenhouse of Survival, How to Build the Ultimate Homestead and Prepper Greenhouse.

Rick is a nationally recognized speaker on survival preparedness and has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, as well as in Newsweek, American Survival Guide, Prepper &Shooter, Prepare Magazine,  and in Mother Earth News (three times).

You can also hear Rick on his #1 rated radio show-  Secrets of a Survivalist  -on the #1 Preparedness Radio Network, where each week he talks with the world’s best survival experts that share their own secrets of survival..

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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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