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Pretty Little Prepper Lies
Lies and misinformation preppers spread to other preppers

Lies - preppers tell them. It's human nature. It's instinctual.
People, preppers or not, tell lies for many reasons. They tell lies to keep a secret, to
hide something, to avoid hurting someone's feelings, to fit in, to brag, to sound
important or to appear more knowledgeable. The list of lies is endless.

Whether lies are secretive, boastful, or come from the misinformed, preppers need
to be aware of the lies about survival, and to take a measure of caution before
accepting and acting on survival ideas.

Keep your earmuffs on but ready for conversation with this partial list of pretty little
prepper lies (or misinformation in prepping), so you can take proper precautions to
prepare your family safely and effectively. Here is the truth about prepper lies...

Pretty Little Prepper Lies
The following lies are from possibly well-intentioned preppers; however, we're here
to set the record straight about dangerous, yet surprisingly common prepping

Get wise with this list of pretty little prepper lies:

Pretty little prepper lie #1: Move along, nothing to see here.
Preppers who have a "move along, nothing to see here" attitude in the prepping
community may be practicing a bit of a boastful lie. It's a brag about their capability
to direct force at those who may cross their territory.  When the truth is that hiding
behind their ammunition and firearms is not much in the way of food or tangible
goods to protect. There really is nothing inside worth dying for!

Catch yourself in this lie. Remember, you can't eat your bullets, so you best get
your beans and bandages in order first. Your prepping journey in self reliance
should begin with building up food supplies and water reserves, followed by the
stocking up on camping equipment, medical supplies, gardening tools and other
survival gear. These things come well before building an arsenal of guns, rifles, and
other hunting, weaponry and self defense tools. Stock your fortress before you
defend it, then build up your defenses before the enemy shows up.

Pretty little prepper lie #2: I'm going to steal from others.
This self-imposed prepper lie is more of a foolish plan than a downright lie. If you
think you will survive on other preppers' wares, you're fooling yourself and your
days will be numbered on the short end. It's a sinister plan flawed in every regard.

Don't be delusional enough to think you can survive from others. Most people aren't
preppers, though they should be. The truth is that likely there will be little left in the
wake of a terrible disaster. With resources at a minimum your plan has virtually no
chance at success. As well, there will be others with the same plan. Roving gangs in
extreme catastrophic conditions who are motivated by intense hunger certainly will
risk life and limb for a can of beans!

In short, stop lying to yourself. If you're not
hoarding food or stockpiling supplies,
then you're not really a prepper, are you?

Pretty little prepper lie #3: I'm going to hunt to survive the
The reality of this pretty little prepper lie is that in a total collapse of society there
simply won't be enough game in the wild to support nourishment of every person
who has the ammunition or arrows to hunt. The native Americans before us were
very careful to take down just enough game to allow nature to replenish herself:
and no more. This won't be the case with modern Americans in a greedy survival
situation. Hunger will drive people to hunt out of season and to break laws in
extreme conditions.

As a prepper this means you should anticipate a world without rule of law and
prepare to set out decoys, use electronic calls, or bait game. While it may be illegal
in your state currently to bait deer with corn, wheat or salt licks, for example, the
day may come when you'll need take action to get food on the table by any means

Also you need a balance in your preparedness plan. Make hunting a part of your
plan: not your only plan. In addition to hunting and gathering, your food strategy
should include growing your own, as well as relying on commercially canned foods,
home canned foods, dehydrated foods, commercially freeze-dried foods (particularly
dairy and meats), as well as bulk grains and legumes. In civil times, bartering with
neighbors will also help you round out your preparedness plans.

Pretty little prepper lie #4: I won't ever eat rats, squirrels or
"Never say never," as they say. While you can squirrel away preps today, you may
need to eat squirrel tomorrow (even if you weren't planning it). There's no reason
to turn down a reasonable source of protein. Be grateful and survive! Meats and
insects can fulfill 90% of your nutritional requirements.

Unusual meats and insects are a delicacy to many people:

  • Squirrels are a delicacy in the Southern United States. If you're not already a
    squirrel hunter, then get the tips from experienced squirrel hunters who bag
    their limit with 101 Squirrel Hunting tips, pictured left. Discover the
    traditionally the best squirrel guns and other unconventional weapons. Learn
    also  how to skin and field dress your kill, how to prepare tasty, hearty
    squirrel dishes, and much more.

If you feel wary about eating insects, consider that insect larvae, insects eggs, and
insect sacs and insect parts are already allowed in your processed foods by the U.
S. Food and Drug administration. It is sometimes unavoidable in food production,
which is why a percentage is allowed. In other words, you unwittingly already have
eaten insects! What the hey, it's a little extra protein.

Pretty little prepper lie #5: I have enough water.
The lie about water reserves comes from naivety. You must awaken with the
knowledge that the water bottles you have in storage simply aren't enough. The
truth is a family of four need 270 gallons for a month's supply of water for drinking,
cooking, and cleaning. The storage tank, pictured right, is the proper storage to last
a month for a family of four. It holds as much water as about five 55-gallon drums.
It's a good start. No matter how much water storage you have, your supply
eventually will run dry and you must find a water source in your vicinity.

You've got a pool you say? Still think you have enough water? You may be shocked
to learn that your water might not be potable. We'll get to that issue next. For now,
know this: the time to build a well is long before you're thirsty. If you don't have a
water source, you're good as dead in a long term off grid scenario.

Pretty little prepper lie #6: It's okay to use pool shock to purify
drinking water.
Prompting this pretty little prepper lie is misinformation coupled with wishful
thinking. Preppers see a vast storage of water in their pool and want to take
advantage of it during an emergency. True,
a pool can be an excellent way to
harvest water when done properly; however, drinking pool water used for
swimming is never safe! You've known this all along, but desperately want to
believe this nasty lie.

Preppers often turn to a cheap solution to make their water safe: Pool shock.
However, Pool Shock is not the proper solution.
Pool shock won't make your water
drinkable.  Pool Shock is a highly corrosive and caustic substance. It makes your
water safe to swim, not to drink.

It may be unsavory to think about it, but pool water contains human waste, nasal
fluids, saliva, menstrual fluids, semen and pubic hairs as well as unsafe to drink
chemical contaminants. If you must drink pool water or harvest rainwater in an
emergency, then filter your water through a gravity-fed water filtration system:

  • Safer alternative - AquaPail. With AquaPail 1000, you will safely purify 1000
    gallons of water.  Fast-flowing and continuous, you will get up to 1 gallon of
    drinking water in just 5 minutes. This gravity-fed portable water purification
    system with no pressure, no power, and  no pump has been tested to treat
    water that exceeds EPA and World Health Organization water safety

  • Safer alternative - Berkey BT2X2-BB Travel. A Big Berkey water filter is
    gravity fed and has the power to filter 3,000 gallons per filter element. The
    Berkey BT2XX-BB travel is a powerful system purifies both treated water and
    untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant
    ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be
    substandard at best. Perfect for outdoor activities and a must in hostile
    environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be
    available. The Travel Berkey® system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts
    and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides,
    pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also
    reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.
    This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without
    removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system
    can duplicate this performance.

Pretty little prepper lie #7: Tap water is safe to drink.
The lie about tap water is a lengthy discussion about what the government is doing
to your water to control you. They are medicating you with added ingredients.

Will you die from drinking tap water? Not immediately! Therein is the problem with
tap water. Because you won't immediately die from drinking tap water, you may
assume it is safe to drink, but nothing could be further from the truth.

There is
danger lurking in your tap water from fluoride among other carcinogens
and medications. Starting with fluoride, we will disclose that it is a medication.
Fluorine is an ingredient in Prozac and Paxil. Your tap water is being medicated to
placate you! There is something you can do: simply it is to filter your water. Filtering
water can restore the alkaline levels to make water healthy to drink. Other
ingredients of tap water may include arsenic, chlorine. There may be water
softeners also. Again, filtering your water with a Big Berkey water filter is a good
start. Having bottled water on hand also brings a multifaceted approach to your
water storage plan.

Pretty little prepper lie #8: All bottled water is the same.
If you're headed to Costco to pick up on extra cases of water, be careful to read
the labels. Man-made chemical salts may also lurk in your bottled water, along with
fluoride and other dangerous ingredients! (Read
bottled water dangers.)

Instead of drinking bottled water, filter it! The Big Berkey (Brisith Berkefeld) is an
optimal water filter eliminating fluorides and other contaminants.

If you must drink bottled water on a daily basis, drink an authenticated mountain
Spring water. This is the closest to pure natural water you can get. While it may
seem that water with the highest PH level (Fiji water and Evian) is good for you,
really you want something middle of the road because water that is too alkaline is
too much of a good thing and can backfire. According to
Dr. Mercola on the high
alkaline water fad, "You could do some major damage," in drinking water high in

Pretty little prepper lie #9: I have a year's supply of food.
This is another lie that's probably more of an inner wish than a reality. While few
actually think they have a
year's supply of food, it certainly is a difficult concept to
and there are different definitions.  These definitions are based on calories.

Freeze dried manufacturers all too commonly deceive the public about what is a
month's supply of food. While a bucket of emergency food is marketed as a month's
supply, the reality is that the container has perhaps 12 pouches, each with two
hearty sized servings (or more if you have children's portions). That will get you
through the first 24 days of eating two meals a day, and you'll starve for a week to
make it through the month. In other words, they neglect to tell you that you will be
on a strict survival ration.

This is a problem for preppers because they may be counting on three meals a day
with their normal caloric intake. If the manufacturers have already set up rationing,
it throws all your calculations out of balance. You have less food reserved than
you've planned.

Pretty little prepper lie #10: it's okay to store rice and water in a
soda bottle.
No! It's not okay to reuse a soda bottle. (Drinking soda is also not okay, but that's
another story.) Reusing soda bottles for food and water storage is more of
misinformation than an outright lie, but it belongs on the list of pretty little prepper
lies because it is a dangerous concept circulating on the Internet. Why not store
food and water in plastic soda bottles? Or milk jugs, juice containers? In short they
are for one use only! Previously used soda bottles, in particular may be
contaminated with microbes.

There are many reasons why re-using soda bottles is unsafe:

#1. Bacteria problem.  Soda bottles that reach hand and mouth will have bacteria
on them that is not easily removed. There are four solutions to the bacteria
    1.) Warm soapy and water can do the trick most of the time, but as canners
    know it's heat sterilizes, and plastic melt at boiling points.
    2.) Micro waving is possible, but plastic will release toxins in the process.
    3.) Bleach is the final option for cleaning plastic bottles if done in a 5-10%
    solution.  Disinfecting with bleach only reduces the number of viable
    microorganisms. It's only 99.9% effective and there are other problems,
    including leaching.
    4.) A U.V. lamp can also remove the bacteria, but who has one of those
    handy? (We're not talking about the lamps a manicurist uses.)

#2. Leaching problem. Soda is a mixture of caustic chemicals. You shouldn't be
drinking them for your health and you shouldn't be storing food and water in them.
Bottles crinkle and this means the integrity of the bottle is at risk for leaching of
chemical compounds. Certainly all BPA plastics will leach over time. Never use
scouring pads or anything abrasive on plastic bottles. What's more, Soda bottles
are not-BPA free. Many preppers think, if the plastic bottle is good enough for my
soda, then why isn't it good enough for my water or my rice or other dry goods? It's
because soda is caustic and begins to break down the bottle. Here's are several
controversial ingredients in your Coca Cola, including trace amounts of alcohol, citric
acid, phosphoric acid, mercury, and sodium benzoate.

Safer alternatives:
Preppers who have an extremely tight prepping budget may choose to disregard
this notification. Certainly it is better to store food in a soda bottle than to not store
it anywhere at all. Even so, there are better options (including dollar store plastic
food-safe containers):

  • Glass. Glass is always the best choice to store food and water when it comes
    to safety, though glass is not always practical for reasons of weight and
    breakage, particularly in earthquake prone regions of the country.

  • Mylar bags. Mylar bags are ideal food storage containers because they keep
    light from reaching your food. With the help of oxygen absorbers and a
    plastic food-grade bucket, you can keep food stored for upwards of 25-years
    in mylar bags. The nice thing too is that you can divvy up your supplies into
    small portions. This has the advantage of keeping vermin segregated if they
    get into your stores.

  • Stainless steel. Stainless steel is the safest alternative for replacing a plastic
    water bottle. Why do you think your dog's water and food dish is made of
    stainless steel? It's because not only does stainless steel resist stains, it
    also has antibacterial qualities. Get a Big Berkey water filter for filtering water.

So there you have it: Do NOT reuse disposable water, juice, milk and soda
Most disposable water, soda and juice bottles have polyethylene
terephthalate, also known as PET or PETE. While these bottles are safe for one-
time use, they may leach DEHP (a carcinogen) when used repeatedly.

Pretty little prepper lie #11: Ebola isn't airborne and you can't get
it from a handshake or through water.
Let's address all three pretty little lies given by the CDC to the prepper community
and the general public:

  • Airborne: Perhaps this pretty little prepper lie is more a matter of semantics
    or clever wording from the Centers for Disease Control than an outright lie.
    From a medical perspective, Ebola does not spread through the air meeting
    the technical definition; however, through the air tiny droplets can fly and
    infect others. The adjective, airborne, means simply, "transported by air."
    When a person in the vicinity coughs, sneezes, vomits, sweats or spits the
    droplets can fly through the air. In such a manner, the air transports
    contagion in droplet form. When you get away from the semantics and get to
    the facts you can see the inherent danger of being within six-feet of
    someone on a plane who has Ebola!

  • Handshake: The CDC vehemently denies you can get Ebola from a
    handshake. Again, here is where semantics come into play. Certainly you can
    get Ebola from a contaminated object. The CDC does not deny this point.  A
    reasonable person could argue that a hand could very well be a
    contaminated object if the hand of the person is infected. Using this logical
    inference, it's easy to understand that indeed a handshake could be deadly.
    The handshake is an outdated form of communication. Even a fist bump could
    be deadly.

  • Water: Water is life and clean water is essential in Ebola. Certainly water-
    borne bacterial infections such as cholera and dysentery exist, so why not
    Ebola? Certainly, personal hygiene is impossible to maintain without treated

Pretty little prepper lie #12: I'm going to rely on FEMA.
If you believe the lie that FEMA will come to your rescue, then you're not a prepper.
How did you get through this article so far? FEMA is for the non-believers, the
sheeple who are too lazy to prep. The sheeple believe that
preppers are crazy.

Pretty little prepper lie #13: I'm ready! Bring it on!
The truth is that no one is ever really totally ready for a catastrophe. Prepping is
much like building a brick wall for your fortress. You start with just one brick and
you lay it perfectly until you have a wall. That's a good start, however, one wall is
not enough. You must create a defensible position, which means you'll need to
build three more walls. This again is not enough. You'll need a roof. Think your
done? You'll need a bugout shelter and so the whole process begins anew. And
what about the food? After piling on enough food to feed what seems like an army,
you find that you have expired MREs and cans, which means it's time to restock!

Even the most prepared of preppers may feel a sudden panic now and again for
being unprepared. During the heighth of the
Ebola scare in October 2014, many
preppers scrambled to get their pandemic supplies, including in particular NATO and
gas masks. Amazon was sold out in a matter of days (and the
supplies have yet to be replenished! Even into the first quarter of 2015
manufacturers have not been able to keep up with the demand. The point is that
with each brick you lay in your prepping foundation, you'll be that much more
prepared than you were the day before. This truly is what prepping is all about:
laying one brick at a time.

Lies preppers tell aren't always malicious. There's much misinformation with
prepping, and you need simply to look past the prepper lies. Before you accept a
pretty little prepper lie as fact, take three basic precautions:

  • Consider the source. If Mykel Hawke, Bear Grylls or Cody Lundin are giving
    you survival advice, then likely it has the backing of show producers and their
    research teams, attorneys and editors. Take your medical advice from
    physicians and nurses, such as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, or Patriot Nurse
    over some random prepper who may not have any medical training.

  • Rely on your inner instinct to prepare safely for emergencies. You are built
    with an internal barometer. If you listen to your inner voice, you will have gut
    feeling about an idea and whether it is feasible or reasonable. Go with you
    instinct on the matter because a "gut feeling" is like a first warning.

  • Think critically to help you unravel the lies. Absorb the information you
    read or see in a video, and form an opinion of your own. In other words,
    don't just spout off a prepper's word as your own fact. You could be
    spreading the misinformation and lies.

Pretty little prepper lies abound in the prepping community. Misinformation is in
books, in prepper expos, in prepper forums and other social media. Whether these
lies are from secretive, boastful or misinformed preppers and survivalists, now you
can be aware and take a measure of caution to prepare safely for the end times.

Happy endings...
Learn to spot a prepper lie and save yourself some misery. Trust your instincts.
Prepare to live happily ever after.

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