Sunday, September 24, 2017

On Half Baked Commentaries

               

 


                If you read this blog frequently or even occasionally, you have probably noted that I haven't been reviewing or posting comments to the posts very often. Because I am ninety-thousand words into a fourth book a lot of my time is taken by the research and continuing work on that project, so I have not been as present as I once was on all of my blogs.  Secondly, and please believe me on this, only a few of the comments are worth approving for post.

                   Most of the comments commend the blog for providing full information on a subject of which they approve, and then they provide a link to their business, which is usually completely unrelated to the subject of the blog.  My post on the importance of durable dog houses in winter does not relate in any way to your sale of refrigerators in Mumbai. I don't think we have that many readers from India.
                    One post which gave very clear information on urinary tract infections and for strategies to avoid them, was accosted by a "spiritual doctor" who wrote a long comment.  May I suggest to you Sir, that if you spell vaginal as virginal, then you likely lack the education necessary in order to be providing medical advice, on my blog or anywhere else.      

                   Although I don't need anyone's political views to match mine, I certainly don't want people providing half baked, unsafe or irresponsible medical advice, particularly when I go to so much trouble to make sure that the information provided here, is as safe and as responsible as is possible.  Some time ago, the government of Iceland referenced this blog as a good place for general medical information for the public, and I would like to keep it that way.

                 So, if you wish to make a comment, then do so, but understand that if you are advertising a gentleman's club in Detroit that I am not going to be approving your comment to follow my post on strategies for safe emergency childbirth.

                     To those of you who are still commenting responsibly, I am sorry it takes me time to weed through the inane before approving your posts. I really do appreciate your readership and your commentaries.






Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Review of OTC Meds for Your Kit

 



To recap the medications I believe you should have, unless of course you are allergic to any of the elements, are:   This is a review:

You need medications in suitable form (tablet, chewable or liquid) for each of the persons in your family of the following medications:  These medications are available " Over the Counter" (OTC) in the US and in Canada.

1.Acetaminophen   (aka tylenol)
2.Aspirin   (Give no aspirin to children without a specific physician's order, as aspirin products and other salicylates are implicated in something called Reye's Syndrome which is a devastating illness in children and those under 18.)
3.Loperamide (Imodium AD)  Available OTC in the US and in Canada.
4.Pepto-Bismol  (This is a salicylate, check with your pediatrician as to whether in an emergency, or when he/she is unreachable, whether they wish your child to have pepto-bismol, in view of Reye's potential)
5.Diphenhydramine  (aka Benadryl)   (Please have in capsular and in liquid form, and in chewable if you have children.
6.Iosat (for all family members)  One source is www.nukepills.com   I will discuss at length later and
there is detailed information on the site also.
7. Omeprazole     Try to get brown oval tablets rather than capsules because they can be cut in half as needed.
8. Loratadine (aka Claritin, or Alavert) tablets and rapidly dissolving variety also.
     (You may substitute Cetirizine should it be more effective for you.)
9. Ibuprofen 200mg. tablets, and liquid should you have children.  (Clear this drug in advance with your pediatrician)
10.Ipecac syrup
11. Simethicone liquid for children, and capsules or tablets for adults.

You may also wish to add Mucinex tablets.  These are glyceryl guaicolate in Canada, ask your pharmacist for guidance.

 Generic medicines for these supplies are just fine. Try to find meds with expiration dates marked on the package that are as far in the future as possible.  Wal-Mart, because they tend to move a lot of generic product, often has lots of medicines which have an expiration date farthest in the future.

Always keep 30 days ahead on prescription medications if you can, 90 days if you are able..




Of course, OTC and any drug is dangerous to children, and so these need to be packed away or in a locked cabinet that you, the adult can quickly access.
I will speak of these at length in the future.


Revisiting Potassium Iodide in Radiation Emergencies










   This is a post originally written by me, in 2011.   With Kim Jong Un experimenting with Hydrogen bombs, everyone should consider being in possession of Potassium Iodide, in order to help to protect our thyroid glands.   Please read below.

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Potassium Iodide is a salt which when taken in the proper amounts, can block the uptake of radioactive iodine. It is frequently marketed in tablets, under the name of “Iosat”. Administering Iosat can be very beneficial because the thyroid can be quite vulnerable to radioactive iodine in a radiologic emergency, and because this strategy can benefit us in the prevention of later thyroid cancer. It is important to realize that even when properly used and taken as directed by public health officials, that the only organ protected by this practice is the thyroid, therefore evacuation from a contaminated area is always best. Since radioactive iodine has a half life of eight days, rational evacuation of a week or two may be all that is necessary. (Supposing that in this particular emergency, only radioactive iodine is released.) Following a radiologic emergency, a combination of administering potassium iodide tablets to human beings in the target area, coupled with evacuation, even for a week or two, is usually the best course.
Failure to take potassium iodide following a radiologic emergency may result in immediate or long term effects on the thyroid gland. Thyroid cancer, goiters, hypothyroidism, and thyroid growths may occur following untreated exposure to higher levels of radioactive iodine. Since thyroid failure in a child can impact intellect, and thyroid failure in a woman can impact successful reproduction, these are important considerations.
Many of us have chosen to keep an adequate supply of potassium iodide tablets for potential radiologic emergency in advance of such an occurence. This way, we sidestep distribution difficulties in a time in which our governmental and public health authorities will be most occupied. The tablets being sold now, most often have an expiration date of 2017. Those with small children, or with elderly family members may wish to consider buying the liquid preparation of this drug. The liquid version of this drug is said to expire in five years and is marketed as “Thyro-Shield”. In the past, I have purchased thyroid protective medication in advance of a radiologic emergency from the following sources:

http://www.nukepills.com/ potassium iodide
http://www.tacda.org/

potassium iodate
Please know that following the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear reactor disasters in Japan, many sources of potassium iodide are temporarily unavailable, as they help to meet the need in Japan, not only for the Japanese people, but for first responders from other nations as they rush to help. Please rest assured that all sources here in America, will likely restock very quickly thereafter.
Both the dose required is noted on each package, as is the expiration date of each package. These medications should be kept in a cool, dry place. They may be effective beyond their expiration date, but I have replaced them as we approach expiration, in the years that we have kept these in our emergency supplies. I keep the expired tablets, in a plastic bag, marked EXPIRED, and I save them. I save them in the event that in an emergency they could be useful to someone, or in the event that an official veterinary body makes an official recommendation for animals, as at the present time, they have not. Iosat is approved by the FDA for this use and is stockpiled by many arms of the US government.
Potassium Iodate is also marketed for the purpose of blocking radioactive iodine uptake by the thyroid. (One of the brand names is Rad-Block) Presently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) questions whether potassium iodate is as effective at blocking radioactive iodine uptake of the thyroid, as Potassium Iodide is. Therefore, Potassium Iodate is not approved by the FDA, but is in fact, available for sale at a variety of internet sources. The FDA also has voiced concerns regarding a higher potential for side effects from ingesting the Potassium Iodate preparation. Other nations may still stock and sell this in their pharmacies.
I think it is unquestionably wise for every family to invest the sum it would take to provide Potassium Iodide to their family members for a period of a few days, while planning to evacuate following a radiologic emergency. Although a “Dirty Bomb” is generally a local phenomenon, the potential for a nuclear bomb or even fallout from a local nuclear reactor, you may not even know existed in your area, is always possible. Although this does take some planning, reading and forethought, it is one of the easiest disaster preparations a family can make.
Although the news presently seems to indicate that the Japanese nuclear disaster will not adversely impact the contiguous United States, it is not over just yet. The Japanese still have six reactors in close proximity to one another, in tandem with spent nuclear fuel rods which are not yet being optimally cooled. This should be a lesson in the need for preparation for potential radiologic disaster for us all.


References and Sources for Additional Information:
http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/emerg-preparedness/about-emerg-preparedness/potassium-iodide/ki-faq.html
http://www.nukepills.com/
http://www.nukepills.com/potassium-iodate-vs-potassium-iodide.html



Monday, August 28, 2017

North Korean Aggression Continues

             
Photo EPA


           In Japan and in North and South Korea, and in Far Eastern Russia, it is already tomorrow. This is why the news outlets from that part of the world are announcing that Kim Jong-un has sent a long range missile over Japan on August 29th, 2017.  This missile landed in waters nearest Hokkaido.

                 North Korea's nutty little dictator is doing all he can to drag his country into a fight to the death with other nations where there can be no winners on any side.  Kim Jong-un has killed uncles. He is responsible for ordering the killing of his half brother using VX nerve agent wiped on his face in a public airport. He has imprisoned three generations of families in work camps and starved them until they die. We might never know what he did to Otto Warmbier.

                 If there is a war on the Korean peninsula then there will be only losers.  The losers will be the people of North Korea who will know starvation even worse than now, and atrocities. The people of South Korea will no doubt be bombed by their northern neighbors. The people of Japan may be recipients of bombs or even VX nerve agent. The people of Vladivostok, Russia are just forty miles from N. Korea, and a war just forty miles away will impact them, at the very least through refugees, the potentially through bombing errors. No doubt Russian troops will be moved to Vladivostok, not just the border or Primorskiy Krai. The people of China will also be adversely impacted by a war on the Russian peninsula. The people of Guam, Alaska, or the western coast of the US may be impacted, and it is possible that people anywhere in the US could be impacted by N Korea's madman.

               I ask China and Russia to intervene in any way possible. Surely you both have more to lose with a madman on your doorstep.  The US, will have to defend its allies and itself if necessary.

               I pray to God almighty to slow the collision course of this confrontation.


              If you are a person on Earth, I want you to consider for a moment what a World War III would look like in terms of your home life, your health care, your job and the futures of your family. Please make whatever reasonable preparations are necessary, and then pray to God to alter the course of this coming collision.




Friday, July 28, 2017

A Complete Survival Compound

 Although I don't recommend that everyone seek a survival home of this variety, it does have its purpose for those who are acclimated to rural living or who have multiple adult children and their families who could help to live in and maintain such a property. The price for all that is contained is excellent. It would require someone very knowledgeable as to such a compound's maintenance requirements. Also, your due diligence should include understanding the water laws and sources of water available to this compound.

 

 

Decommissioned Radar Base In Remote North Montana

$399,000  100 acres  Keith Connolly  

 




Remote, privately owned decommissioned radar base for sale. Perfect property to use as a survivalist retreat, bug out property, or just your own secluded full time residence.
Property is fenced and gated with 7 foot high chain link that is topped with 18 inch “V’d” barbwire. It consists of approximately 80 acres of bare land, with the remainder populated with multiple buildings and utilities including: a 4000 sqft 5 bay shop, a 2500 sqft mechanics shop, a 16 room motel/barracks, a 4 story radio tower with 1000 sqft per floor, an 18,000 sqft commissary building with commercial kitchen and walk in freezer and refrigerator, a 60,000 sqft steel and concrete reinforced above ground bunker/fallout shelter, a 3600 sqft “school” building, a duplex with 4 bedrooms/4 baths 1600 sqft on each side, 4 houses with 1 car garages consisting of 3 bedrooms/1bath and each 1600 sqft, an “office” building that is currently being redone, and several other outbuildings of little value in their current state.

The property currently has two sources of water including 7 drilled wells on the property complete with legal water rights from the State of Montana, a community water feed provided by a small water co-op, and there are three reservoirs that hold 100,000 gallons, 75,000 gallons, and 16,000 gallons respectively.

Property is currently connected to grid power but has two commercial grade windmills on site, fully connected and capable of providing power for the entire base just need to be serviced and turned on.
Sewer system for the property is a lagoon system that is currently connected to all buildings and ran throughout the base and is capable of supporting a population up to 2000. Property has “city grade” infrastructure for all utilities (power, sewer, water) that has been maintained and serviced annually.
Property is currently in an income generating state, with gross monthly incomes of $4k/month which you can continue to collect while you build out your retreat or discontinue upon purchase.
Terms are listed as cash or new loan but an owner carry would be considered with large down.

Please be respectful of current occupants when going onsite to view property unescorted.


24247 Base Rd, Havre, MT 59501, USA