Pretty little prepper lies

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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 practices.

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 apocalypse.

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 possible.

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 insects.

"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.

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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 standards.

  • 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 alkaline.

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 grasp
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 problem:
    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 bottles.
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 water.

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 NBC-
compliant
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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