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How to prepare medically for an EMP attack

By Kellene Bishop 

When any natural disaster hits a region there will always be devastating consequences, particularly to those who are in ill health or who rely on medications and modern technology to get through their day.  Unfortunately, without preparing medically, these individuals will be the first casualties of such a disaster.  I understand that stating such a reality doesn’t make me popular or a preferred guest at your next dinner party, but I do feel compelled to teach you the real consequences of a crisis, while also teaching you to prepare medically so you can avoid being a death statistic.

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Photo c/o chip.state.il.us

First get the 10,000 foot view of how an EMP attack or a solar flare will affect your medical preparedness.  ALL electrical gidgets and gadgets will be fried and made useless, regardless of whether or not they are turned on, plugged in, or out of their styro-foam box.  So, if your “plan” is to race to Walgreens once you catch wind of an emergency, you’re in for a rude awakening.  Medical supplies such as prescriptions run on a one day delivery schedule.  That means that the most that pharmacies have on hand is ONE day of supplies for their regular number of customers.  Regular, as in a peaceful, calm, normal day.  If the “fit hits the shan,” you need to understand the mathematical problem in expecting your supplies will be on hand when you need them in a mass emergency situation.  You will have LESS than 30 minutes to get there, get it, and get out.  So you see why that’s not the best plan to prepare medically?  What you should do is to have a frank conversation with your doctor, tell him that you want and need to prepare medically for an emergency, and ask for a 1 to 3 month supply of your medications in addition to what you need to be taking.  So long as your prescription is not a controlled substance, you should be able to make a convincing argument to prepare medically.

If you are dealing with diabetic issues in which you need insulin, get what you can as a supply AND store advanced technology ice packs to prepare medically.  There are kinds of ice packs that look like a pox-marked quilt that stay frozen and distribute the cold for longer periods of time than simple ice.  There are also gel packs that can be heated or frozen.  They hold their temperature a lot longer than ice.  Keep in mind, if you store your insulin in the refrigerator, dramatically limit opening that refrigerator.  You will be able to keep it cool for a 50% longer period of time.  Other preparedness methods that you should explore are solar energy generators sufficient only to run a small refrigerator, a “solar oven” that converts to a refrigerator at night and how to construct an electricity free refrigerator (see Google).  Our forefathers did without electricity and so can we if need be.

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Photo c/o ehow.com

Another suggestion to prepare medically is for you to be certain that you are storing nutritious foods.  I hear folks frequently tell me that they will be able to survive off of their food storage simply because of all of the boxes they have of Kraft Mac and Cheese.  I assure you, that is not surviving.  It’s barely even living.  In an emergency situation your body is naturally in a heightened state of stress.  Your body needs MORE nutrition to “survive”, let alone to thrive.  Stress compromises your entire health system—especially your immune system.  Having proper nutrition in a crisis situation is the utmost of importance.  Multi-vitamins, essential oils, quality grains, sprouting supplies, etc. will all be crucial to you surviving not only an existing medical crisis, but one that may occur due to your circumstances as well.  You can not underestimate the power of nutrition for your health—especially in an emergency.

It’s easy for us in this country to become complacent with all that medical technology will do for us that we aren’t willing to do for ourselves.  On New Years Day this year, I looked at my nightstand and was struck by how many prescription bottles I had that I needed to take everyday.  I suddenly became very aware of how those prescriptions would compromise my ability to survive and emergency.  Thus in the name of emergency preparedness I made a vow that I would eliminate the need for all of them this year if it were at all possible.  As of May, I have eliminated all but one of these meds by being more conscientious of what I eat, how active I am physically, and using nutrition as my medicine instead of just as my food.  (Please consult your physician before attempting this.)

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Photo c/o flickr.com/photos/troikkonen

For the first 8 years of my marriage, my husband’s breakfast consisted of two handfuls of peanut M&M’s, a Cherry Coke, and a bag of Cheetos (he fondly called it “Vitamin C3”).  Throughout the day he would eat Lindt chocolate and any other kind of sweets that sounded appetizing.  I couldn’t get that man to eat veggies unless it was on a slab of beef.  Healthy, eh?  However, one day it hit him that he didn’t want to be a slave to these kinds of foods in an emergency.  So he went from a sugar addict to a “no sugar guy” overnight.  He’s now 2 years “sober”—all in the name of emergency preparedness.  He also runs up “Y” mountain in Provo, Utah every morning while stopping long enough to do a total of 600 push-ups along the way.  Each day it’s being prepared for an emergency that motivates him. (Please consult a psychologist before attempting this! :) )

While it’s not realistic to arm yourself with a year’s supply of medicine, you can arm yourself with as much health and strength as you can possibly store AND you can also have a year’s high-quality nutritional products on hand.  I’m not talking about diet shakes.  I’m talking about products such as Reliv, Sunrider, Young Living, Xooma’s water sachets, etc.  Worst case scenario, stocking up on some Ensure may save your life if you can’t get the other products.  I don’t recommend nutritional products such as these to make money in an “MLM.”  I recommend products like these to literally save your life.  (Which is exactly why I’m NOT going to provide you with contact information for these products. Please Google them.)  

Increase your knowledge of the use of essential oils, herbs, and alternative medicines. There is an abundance of information freely available.  Even cancer can be appeased with alternative medicine (click here) All of these chemicals we take have their own natural origins.  Go to the source.  Even diabetes can be made less severe with essential oils and herbs (click here).

Lastly, in order to prepare medically you need to keep in mind that in the event of an EMP attack, it’s not likely that you will have any notice.  Unlike a tornado warning, you won’t be able to go underground for safety.  BUT…if you DO have such a warning, then be prepared to flee into or to store vital items immediately in a Faraday cage or like protection.  (More info on that coming up this week.)  If you have a pacemaker or oxygen machine, get yourself as far below ground as possible.

The bottom line is, we do not have to be helpless medically in any event with some concentrated efforts to prepare medically now.  Remember, you won’t be able to rely on hospitals, doctors or emergency services to help amidst a catastrophic event (Think Hurricane Katrina).  But as you prepare medically, you can be self-sufficient with mental and physical preparedness now.

  • EMP 101: Part I–The Likelihood.
  • EMP 101: Part II–The Aftermath.
  • EMP 101: Part III–Prepare Medically.
  • EMP 101: Part IV–Faraday Cages.
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    By Kellene Bishop

    wheat-shortages-drought-spainWhile I reported on the looming wheat shortage in detail several months ago, it has caught my attention again due to how quickly it’s coming upon us and how much worse it’s become.

    A wheat shortage isn’t just confined to far off distant lands anymore.  It has definitely hit America.  Additionally, there is not a single country in the world that is not experience a wheat shortage.

    Nations all over the world are reporting a shortage of wheat.  Romania lost over two-thirds of their wheat harvest last year due to drought.  Hungary, Czech Republic and Bulgaria are all in the same boat.  Ukraine lost over a third of its harvest due to flooding.  This year Argentina is planting the smallest wheat crop in over a century!  They used to be the 5th largest exporter of wheat and now they will be consigned to importing it.  Zimbabwe’s largest bread producer has announced to the public several times in the last 2 years that they were completely out of flour or only had 2 days supplies left—and that is including their emergency reserve stocks.  Accounting for over 15 nations, wheat output has been declining over the last 2 years, while population has continued to increase.  Spain and Argentina have the largest declines of 48% and 34% respectively with Poland and Canada having the least output decline of 10% and 12%.

    Can you say wheat shortage?  

    This is a common story among major bread manufacturers worldwide—nothing left in their stores.  Several processing plants that used to employ hundreds have literally had to shut down completely due to a lack of wheat—not money.  Wheat shortage.

    The U.S. Government as a whole has a similar story as well.  In spite of laws which are still in effect to prevent this very crisis, the U.S. has exported ALL of their wheat surpluses to other nations simply so that they can survive and to prevent an even bigger economic meltdown.  In fact, though once the largest exporter of wheat in the world, the U.S. is now having to resort to IMPORTING types of wheat from other nations, paying top dollar to do so, which is obviously passed on to consumers.  In January of last year, the USDA reported that the hard wheat crop was smaller than EVER, thus forcing many buyers to spring wheat, which has escalated those prices to unprecedented highs.  Thus the price of wheat is skyrocketing due to supply and demand as well as a result of the value of the U.S. dollar.

    Photo by AP Photo/Shakil Adil

    Photo by AP Photo/Shakil Adil

    Wheat is indeed a valuable commodity, much like gold and silver.  Since the U.S. dollar has weakened dramatically due to the excessive “bail outs” and money printing, lifesaving commodities such as wheat are being hyper-inflated.  This, in part, explains why countries such as Pakistan and China are storing wheat at record numbers even in an attempt of secrecy.  Armies aren’t just guarding weapons and gold anymore.  Many, even our U.S. forces, are guarding wheat supplies in foreign nations.  When money markets go awry, commodities such a meat, grains, and other lifesaving assets go up.

    The credit eligibility of nations has been significantly downgraded as well—dramatically impacting the wheat shortage.  As a result, acquiring more wheat, seeds, appropriate amounts of fertilizer, etc. has become impossible for most nations.  Farmers in our own nation aren’t able to plant as much as in previous years to due to the tightening reign on credit and increasing taxes and export fees.

    Can I say it any plainer, folks?  There is NO storage of wheat now except what is in your own home.  Take a look at your food storage.  How does that make you feel?  Safe?  Secure?  Or in need?

    Is it any wonder that wheat has increased in price over 400% at the markets that I frequently shop?  World wheat prices are at record highs right now. 

    I have just received inside information from two chains that formal letters are being disseminated among grocery stores across the U.S. informing employees that wheat and affected prices will be doubling by the end of the summer.  Food prices in general have experienced the highest inflation rate of the past 18 years.

    Unfortunately all of these problems aren’t just affecting the wheat market.  As a result, ALL grains are increasing in prices, some such as corn and rice to record numbers as well.  Markets are depleted in soy (expected decline of 26% this year) and corn (expected decline of 46% this year) all over the world.  Is it any wonder why China’s imported 55.2% more soybeans this year than last? And yet the U.S. crop of grains is down by over 19% this year!  This also affects the feed availability for meat production.  No feed?  Then the number of cattle and fowl output will decline substantially as well.

    I’m thinking that you shouldn’t be waiting for wheat to come down in price before you obtain sufficient for your family—this includes any other grains as well such as rice, pasta, bran, etc.  Remember when I told you that I was convinced that a bucket of wheat would soon be worth more than a bucket of gold?  Do you now have some semblance as to WHY I would say that? 

    If you’re reading this, then you have been sufficiently warned, instructed, and encouraged.  You’ve seen evidence of wheat shortages.  You have no excuse to fail yourself or your family when a real food crisis hits your region.  You must take matters of survival into your own hands and stop being all comfy cozy and assuming that others will take care of you.  You cannot rely on the farmers to plant, on the truckers to transport, or the government to have a solution.  This isn’t to say that farmers, truckers, and government are “bad.”  They just aren’t superhuman folks.  They are HUMAN.  They can’t possibly be expected to take care of you.  Heck, some of your own parents who gave birth to you can’t even be expected to do that!  You need to take care of you, plain and simple.  Please, please get your grains now!  I assure you, a wheat famine is NOT pleasant to live through.  

    Copyright 2009 Preparedness Pro & Kellene Bishop.  All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Preparedness Pro & Kellene Bishop.

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