Taking charge of your health in troubled times
No one likes to think of his or her lifestyle being disrupted,
especially by crisis; nevertheless, life can sometimes
present circumstances that challenge even the best of us.
A personal health crisis can change our lives in a matter
of moments as can financial loss, the loss of a job or
the loss of a loved one. Likewise natural disasters such
as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. can reshape our
lives forever. So, too, national or international emergencies
such as wars can arise overnight that change our lives.
Without a doubt, facing crises and coping with them
becomes an opportunity for us to learn the art of personal
History is replete with examples of human survival, the
accounts of which are both noble and profound. The
tales of those who survived impossible situations abound,
their recorded testimonies being an inspiration for the
living who draw courage from those who surmounted
great odds in their lifetimes to live and tell about them.
Indeed, times have not been easy for many throughout
history, and, as our present world continues to evolve,
the accompanying changes promise to challenge the
survival of man himself.
How can we survive in this changing world? How can
we maintain a healthy lifestyle in an increasingly unhealthy
world? While the answers to these questions may vary
according to the individual, the fact remains that we are
living in unprecedented times that demand our attention
and action. The earth is changing, governments and
institutions are falling, banks are failing, businesses are
closing, jobs are disappearing, unemployment is rampant,
Americans are losing their homes, their farms, and life
savings. Furthermore, they are rapidly losing their freedoms
and their Constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness. In light of these changes, how will we survive?
Suffice to say, the actions we take today will determine
the quality of our lives tomorrow.
What should we do?
While none of us can or would want to predict what will
eventuate in our lives, one fact is certain: we can take
measures now to sustain ourselves through all types of
adversity that may arise. These measures are called,
'preparation.' The Boy Scouts are trained to 'be prepared,'
and likewise we should be, too!
Preparation: what is it?
Personal preparedness covers a variety of topics and
represents an assortment of life skills which are vital
to human survival. Call it 'getting back to basics' or
whatever you will, preparing for emergency situations
focuses upon the essentials of life: the need for food,
water, clothing, and shelter.
Preparation: where do we start?
Start your preparation plans by examining your present
lifestyle. List those items/commodities that would best
perpetuate your daily way of life. Examine your needs to
determine how you could maintain your lifestyle in the
event of possible power outages, floods, earthquakes,
quarantine, nuclear attack, etc. Then draw up a plan
and list of items that you will need to obtain and/or
purchase in order to meet future survival needs.
1. Get healthy now- do all that you can to achieve
optimum health. If you are not on the living food 'Hallelujah'
diet, do so now! A strong immune system, a strong
physical body, and a clear mind are essential for survival.
If you are on pharmaceutical drugs, wean yourself off of
them, if possible, since medications may not be available
in times of emergency. If necessary, find natural, herbal
substitutes for medications. Stock up on any supplements
that you use daily.
2. Food- the healthiest food for nourishing the body in
times of peace or emergency is living food. Living food
delivers the highest nutrient value to body cells as
opposed to processed, cooked, animal-based foods
that contain little to no nutritional value and are toxic to
the body. Make food selections accordingly. Consider
stocking nutritionally-dense foods like 'superfood'
powders that can double as meal replacements, but make
careful selections because many such products contain
soy, soy derivatives, toxic preservatives, food colorings
or sugar, all of which are unhealthy. For safer, reliable food
storage freeze or dehydrate your own garden harvest:
greens, vegetables, and fruit.
Purchase bulk dry goods (grains, pasta, etc.), nuts,
seeds, herbs, spices, sprouts, and canned goods.
Bulk dry goods are best stored in lidded, plastic
buckets in a dry, cool but not cold place. Consider
purchases of quality, freeze dried and/or dehydrated
foods. Keep in mind that most pre-packaged, emergency
food units are not vegan. However, it is possible to
purchase individual items that support a healthy diet.
3. Water- it is possible to live without food for
many days, but the body can only survive three days
without water. Therefore, having a source of clean,
safe drinking water is essential. If municipal water
supplies dry up or are cut off, finding drinking water
may be difficult. Locating springs or accessing wells
may not be an option. In this case, a non-electric,
gravity-fed water purification system is handy. These
systems will purify many types of water (pond, lake,
mud puddle, rain). Units are available according
to capacity/output with various filters/replacements.
Plan water storage (both potable and non-potable)
and store in preferably glass bottles, large (food grade)
plastic buckets or drums.
4. Clothing- invest in clothing that is suitable for
seasonal wear, especially cold weather garments
such as long winter underwear, wool socks, thermo
boots, hiking boots/shoes, wool sweaters, and
undergarments. Have a good supply of wool hats,
mittens, gloves, and scarves. For warmer climes,
light-weight slacks, shirts, socks, etc. are important.
As much as possible, purchase natural-fiber content:
100% cotton, wool, linen, and hemp. Natural fibers
allow the body to breathe properly, i.e. perspire.
5. Shelter- In the event that you lose your home or
are forced to evacuate and/or relocate, having a
tent or similar portable structure comes in handy.
Tents are available in many sizes/styles. Screen
houses are also a wise investment. Homemade
debris huts, lean-to's, tee-pees or yurts are also
good shelter options for wilderness survival.
1. Plant a garden- grow your own food for a
safe, reliable, readily-available source. If trucks
don't run and store shelves become empty, what
you grow and store may be your only food supply.
2. Build a greenhouse- Give yourself the option
of growing your own food year 'round.
3. Sprout- live sprouts of alfalfa, mung bean,
barley, radish, etc.are nutritionally dense foods
that make perfect survival foods. Growing sprouts
is fun, easy, and affords healthy, economical,
4. Grow grasses- grow your own wheat or barley
grasses for juicing. Green grass juices are some
of the most nutritious foods on earth. They are
easy to grow, economical, and a reliable source
of living nutrition.
5. Purchase a generator- in case of a power
failure, a generator will keep essential appliances
6. Store gasoline- if gas becomes rationed or
gas stations shut down, have a few gallons of
gas in storage with added stabilizer. Be in the
practice of keeping your car's gas tank full.
7. Solar energy- consider investing in a solar
system as a main or alternative power supply.
Research local suppliers or shop on-line.
8. First Aid chest- stock band-aids, sterile pads,
epsom salts, and related medical supplies. As much
as possible, purchase natural solutions for colds, flu,
and infections. Include potassium iodate supplements
for protection against nuclear fallout. Investigate
home remedies and stock alternative medicinals
such as herbs, essential oils, bentonite, clay,
charcoal, colloidal silver, and wild oregano.
9. Alternative heat- if conventional methods of
heating are not available (heating oil, kerosene,
propane, electric), an alternative source of heat
will be needed. Consider installing wood heat,
especially if you live in colder climates.
1. Pack a 'Go Bag'- in case quick evacuation is
necessary, have a backpack, duffle bag, or
suitcase packed with personal essentials. Include
food, supplements, and medicinals as well as
a portable water filter unit or water purification
2. Have extra cash on hand- should banks fail
or other emergencies arise, cash will be needed.
3. Get out of debt- eliminate your debt burden
by paying off loans, mortgages, credit card debts,
etc. If possible, eliminate credit cards from your
4. Move out of populated areas- consider a
move to the country where you can begin to
homestead. If necessary, move in with family or
near friends who live in a less populated area.
Country living as opposed to city life is healthier
and most often safer.
5. Network with people of like mind- Associate
with others who understand and actively engage in
a healthy lifestyle. Supporting one another in the
process strengthens, extends, and often enhances
everyone's life experience.
6. Become spiritually tuned- be prayed up,
repented up, and in harmony with the will of YHVH.
If you do not know Yahshua Messiah as your Savior,
consider doing so now. Knowing Him and following
His leading could save your life.
Preparedness begins with awareness. Take a look
at the world around you and investigate the political,
social, and economic climate. Read about earth
changes and geophysical occurrences. Most of all,
read the scriptures and learn about the day of YHVH.
Study the writings of the minor prophets and the
prophecies concerning Messiah's second coming.
Know the times in which you live from a spiritual
perspective so that you will be better able to
understand events as they unfold. Pray for guidance
in making preparations for yourself and your family.
From a practical viewpoint, research the elements of
survival to gain more knowledge about topics that may
be unfamiliar. Purchase books, DVDs, tapes, and
magazines that will educate, especially with how-to's.
Take a survival course. Learn to economize and/or do
without. Shop thrift stores and yard sales to minimize
expenditures. Share information among family and friends.
Arm yourself with practical knowledge that is tailored for
survival. Learn or revive camping skills and scouting
knowledge. Put preparations into action by having personal
or family survival practices. Turn the power off for a day or
a weekend to sharpen your survival awareness. Learn
from your mistakes and most of all, have fun. Cultivate
a sense of humor even in hard times. Make preparations
a family experience that is not only educational but builds
relationships with those whom you love.
Preparation: assessing the cost
Making emergency preparations can be costly in
terms of personal time, effort, and financial investment.
Furthermore, it can generate conflict with family and
friends who do not understand or share your vision.
Many people cannot imagine that the world around them
could change instantly at any time. Disasters do happen.
Ask the victims of hurricanes, tornadoes,and the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill. Disasters planned or natural do happen
as do accidents. Politicians, governments, institutions,
and business people have agendas, many of which do
not serve the public good.
Allowing for the rise of lawless rulers that actively and
openly seize families, homes, farms, businesses, and
demonize homeshooling and alternative (natural) health
modalities, imprison innocent Americans, kidnap children,
and threaten to force vaccinate and bio-chip the populace,
outlaw home gardening, and force the American public
to take pharmaceutical drugs and eat genetically
modified food, it is no wonder that a 'survivalist' mentality
is sweeping the land. Noah of old was a survivalist who
dared to heed the voice of YHVH to build an ark. No
doubt his experience was a costly sacrifice, complete
with mockings, ridicule and persecution. Nevertheless,
when the rains came, Noah and his family survived.
Years of preparation and obedience to YHVH paid off.
Preparing for a better world
Those who make survival preparations are often
labeled 'doomsdayers,' 'extremists,' or 'kooks,' when
in fact the opposite is true. For the most part,
suvivalists are hard-working people who would rather
be self-reliant than depend on others, especially
organized government. They dare to have a vision of
a better world that is free from encroaching, oppressive
forces, and therefore prepare and work toward their goal.
This mentality is not new. Throughout history many
people went against the social, political, and religious
tide of their time in order to realize a just and better world.
Our forebears knew this struggle as did many pioneers
who braved the unknown to find a life wherein they
were slaves to no man.
Without a doubt, a new world is coming, but not as
men would think. It will not be by political design or
the edict of man, but by the ordination of YHVH. This
new world will be His kingdom come wherein truth
and righteousness reign. Only then will there be
peace on earth.
Therefore those of us at The Living Way encourage
you to make healthy survival preparations while there
is yet time and supplies available so as to meet the
demands of the day. The kingdoms of this world are
quickly falling. Prepare to enter YHVH's kingdom
...prepare to meet your YHVH.- Amos 4:12
The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye
in the wilderness the way of YHVH; make
level in the desert a highway for our
Almighty'- Isaiah 40:3.
Matthew 24, 25
Book of Joel
George Washington's Vision of America's Destiny
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1777
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