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Secrets of the Plague and how to survive...

Secret #1:  One of the biggest secrets of the Black
plague is that there were many "super survivors."
When we think of the Black Plague, we often think of entire
villages getting wiped out by this devastating pandemic. The
truth is, however, that many of our ancestors remained
unscathed despite living alongside plague victims. In other
words, we didn't "all fall down" during the bubonic plague, which
was happy news indeed!

Even more happy news for mankind followed the plague when
all was said and done. Our ancestors, these "super survivors,"
were also healthier thanks to a better diet and lifestyle.  You
see, the survivors improved their living conditions, because
there were fewer people in the work force and they were able to
charge more for their labor. Diets improved because laborers
had more money to spend on meats and grains. This actually
made them healthier in the end. Our ancestors improved their

Secret #2:  Another great secret is that the plague
still lurks!
Unfortunately, the plague is still lurking and taunting humanity
though we seem to think of the plague as something we've

In fact, if you live in
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada or
New Mexico, the plague has already been in your state recently!
If you live in Australia or Europe, your territory has not seen the
plague since the end of World War II and you can sigh some
relief. Here is the latest plague scare:

The truth is that plagues come and go. We as humans get
smarter, and so does the bacteria. Currently the plague in
Madagascar is more virulent than the strain from Dark Ages. Of
119 cases,
the plague has killed dozens in Madagascar (January
31, 2010), according to the World Health Organization.

Secret #3: Rats aren't the cause of the plague.
Another dark secret is that rats aren't' the cause of the plague.
Images of rats and filth infiltrate when we think of the black
plague. While it's true that rats are a vector, they are only
partially responsible. It's the fleas that carry the disease and
hitch a ride on the backs of rats to spread the terror of the
plague. The true culprits are the fleas who hitch a ride on all
sorts of animals -- from small rodents all the way up to the
tallest camels. In the United states, you are not immune from
the fleas and here is just one example:

Secret #4: There are actually three kinds of plagues!
The plague has three other secrets. Medieval Europe suffered
from the bubonic plague, but two other plagues have since
emerged into our purview (and they all differ in symptoms and
in how the disease is spread). There are a total of three kinds
of plagues (and it's important to know which kind may lurk in
your area):

  • Bubonic Plague is spread through fleas and rodents (and
    sometimes also through infected clothing). The bubonic
    plague affects the lymph system (tonsils, adenoids,
    spleen, and thymus).

  • Pneumonic Plague is spread through the air, rather than
    just by contact. It is the most contagious form of the
    plague (and this is the one that has recently shown up in

  • Septicemic Plague is spread through fleas and rodents (it
    is rarely spread from human to human).

Secret #5: Survival rate is high if you have the right
The plague is highly treatable, which may make some people
sigh relief, but not true of preppers who know the coveted
treatment may be unavailable.

Before the discovery of antibiotics, roughly 60% of affected
individuals would die of the plague. Compare that to today's
10% death rate! The reason preppers should prep for the plague
is because antibiotics and prescriptions for them simply may not
be available!

Once symptoms start, and without treatment, the plague could
kill approximately two thirds of infected humans within four
days. For these reasons, it's wise to take a measure of
preparedness. Learn how to survive the next great plague!

How to Survive the Next Great Plague
Below we've outlined ten steps to surviving the next plague...

Step One: Know where and how plague transmits.
To stop the next infection from spreading, you must understand
how and where it spreads. This article aims to educate you

Where the plague has been found in the United States in the
past decated:
The plague has been found in the Western United States,
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Nevada and
  • New Mexico

How the plague transmits:
Most agree that the famous plague started through a bacillus,
vector borne transmission, carried by fleas; however, a plague
of the future might also spread by air, by direct contact,  by
contaminated materials or even by undercooked food.

  • Vector-borne: Transmission carried by insects, such as
    fleas, or other animals such as rodents. Get rid of pests
    and have flea traps and mouse traps on hand. Did you
    know that there are more than 200 different rodents that
    can serve as hosts to the plague? Hosts  may  include:
  • chipmunks
  • domestic cats and dogs,
  • marmots,
  • prairie dogs
  • squirrels,
  • deer mice
  • rabbits, hares,
  • rock squirrels
  • sheep.

  • Contaminated food or water: Transmission through fecal
    matter contaminating food or water.

  • Droplet contact: Transmission of infected person through
    coughing or sneezing on another. The plague may be
    transmitted through cough droplets according to the CDC.
    When a person breathes in bacteria containing droplets of
    the plague pneumonia, he or she may become infected.

  • Direct physical contact: Transmission by touching an
    infected person or animal.

  • Indirect contact: Transmission by touching contaminated
    soil or other contaminated surface.

  • Airborne: Transmission through air. The person breathes in
    the Yersinia pestis particles and becomes infected in the
    lungs (pneumonic plague).  "Becoming infected in this way
    usually requires direct and close contact with the ill person
    or animal," according to the Center's for Disease Control

Step two: Know the three kinds of plague.
The Bubonic Plague, also called the Black Plague, is a severe
and potentially fatal bacterial infection of the lymph nodes.
Many people do not realize that there are actually three kinds of
plague (all three plagues are bacterial infections):

    #1: Bubonic plague is an infection of the lymph nodes
    (and spread through flea bites). Symptoms of bubonic
    plague come after 2 - 5 days of exposure to the bacteria.
    Without treatment 50% of people with bubonic plague die.

    #2: Pneumonic plague is an infection of the lungs (and
    spreads from human to human). Symptoms of pneumonic
    plague appear 2 - 3 days after exposure to the bacteria.
    Pneumonic plague patients require isolation. As with
    exposure to Ebola, anyone who has had contact with a
    pneumonic plague patient, needs to self quarantine. As
    well, antibiotics are a good preventative measure for
    anyone who has been exposed.

    #3: Septicemic plague is an infection of the blood. The
    Septicemic plague is caused in the same ways as bubonic
    plague; however, buboes do not develop. Unfortunately,
    the Septicemic plague may cause death well before any
    symptoms occur.

Step Three: Know the Symptoms.
Raging thirst, fever of above 107, and delirium are the foremost
of symptoms. The plague, appears about two to five days after
exposure. Soon gangrene sets in, along with muscle cramps and
seizures, and the telltale swollen rings on the skin called
bubuos. Bleeding from the ears is another horrific symptom.

#1: Bubonic plague symptoms (lymph nodes), include:
  • Swollen lymph glands, called buboes, are often found on
    the neck, armpit and groin of the victim.

#2: Pneumonic plague symptoms (lungs), include:
  • The first signs of illness are fever, headache, and
  • Coughing up blood is the telltale symptom of pneumonic
  • Pneumonia sets in quickly with shortness of breath, chest
    pain, cough, and sometimes bloody or watery sputum.
  • It's the most contagious of the three types of plague.

#3: Septicemic plague symptoms (blood), include:
Symptoms of Septicemic Plague are rare, but include:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bleeding from the mouth or nose.
  • Bleeding from under the skin.
  • Diarrhea and
  • Fever and chills
  • Gangrene (blackening and tissue death of fingers, toes or
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Shock
  • Vomiting

Step Four: Know the Cures for Plague.
Currently, there is no plague vaccine available for use in the
United States; however there is a cure: antibiotics. (See the list
below of antibibiotics to cure the plague.) Patients also require
intravenous fluids, oxygen, and respiratory support.

Antibiotics to cure the plague include:
  1. Ciprofloxacin (veterinary equivalent is Fish-Flox)
  2. Chloramphenicol
  3. Doxycycline
  4. Gentamicin; Alchornea cordifolia is a shrub or small tree
    found in tropical Africa, which has herbal medicinal
    properties of gentamicin. Good luck if you don't live in near
    that shrub!
  5. Streptomycin
  6. Tetracycline (veterinary equivalent is Fish-Cycline)

Step Five: If possible stock antibiotics: ask your doctor!
While the plague is on the rise and fleas have developed a
resistance to insecticides, the good news is that with
antibiotics this ancient disease is treatable!

You may be able to secure a supply of appropriate antibiotics
for you and your family by consulting with your physician about
an emergency prescription, if he or she is sympathetic to your

While antibiotics might not be available because of high
demand, preppers can take heed to stock up on fish antibiotics
and learn how to use them.

Books, including
The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine
by "Dr. Bones" himself, Joseph Alton M.D. and his
wife "Nurse Amy" Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. Section 8 of their book
has a chapter on "How to Use Antibiotics." As well, preppers
should look at the
Natural Antibiotics available to stay healthy
and thrive during crisis.

Step Six: Get a pandemic mask.
A pandemic mask will come in handy for preventing the airborne
version of the plague, Septicemic plague symptoms (blood).

While rare, Preppers should be most concerned about the
pneumonic plague, as someone with advanced knowledge may
be able to aerosolize the bacterium where the particles of
Yersinia pestis circulate through the air. In such a case,
preppers would employ use of antiviral masks at first warning of
an outbreak.

Step Seven: Wear gloves if handling potentially infected
The CDC recommends wearing Nitrile gloves if you will be
handling or skinning potentially infected animals. Wearing
gloves will prevent contact between your skin and the deadly
plague bacteria.

Nitrile gloves, pictured immediate left, are manufactured using
synthetic polymers making them more puncture resistant than
ordinary rubber gloves. Double gloving is important for handling
bodily fluids of an Ebola victim (sick and deceased individuals).

Further the CDC says to "Contact your local health department if
you have questions about disposal of dead animals."

Step Eight: Minimize exposure to rodents.
The Bubonic Plague was the deadliest of epidemics in human
history, but few realize that even cows, pigs and sheep
succumbed to the disease, alongside the rodents who spread it.
Avoiding the other vector, rodents, who bring the fleas, is
another step highlighted by the CDC. They suggest making
"your home and outbuildings rodent-proof."

  • Install Pestplug Steel Wool. Pestplug Steel Wool, pictured
    immediate right, is a safe and environmentally friendly
    product that will help prevent unwanted pests and rodents
    from entering homes, buildings, RV's and many different
    structures. Because of the sharp fibers in our stainless
    steel wool, mice and rodents can not chew through it like
    many other products.

Step Nine: Minimize your Exposure to Fleas.
It's good to know that fleas don't reproduce well in low
humidity; however that won't save you. So how does a prepper
guard against the plague? Sadly, the best cure is prevention.
Here's precisely how to minimize the risk of exposure to fleas:

  • Walk your dog and keep your cats in doors during an
    epidemic. According to the CDC, "Animals that roam freely
    are more likely to come in contact with plague infected
    animals or fleas and could bring them into homes."

  • Keep pets off your bed! "Don't allow dogs or cats that
    roam free in endemic areas to sleep on your bed," the CDC
    advises. Why not start now? Kennel training your dog is a
    good way to start prepping with your puppy.

  • Use repellent on yourself when camping, hiking. Use
    repllant when hiking or camping in places where you may
    be exposed to rodent fleas.. Look for products containing
    DEET. If you don't want to apply DEET to the skin, you can
    apply the product clothing. You can also apply products
    containing permethrin to clothing to prevent fleas from
    biting you.

  • Give your pet a repellent. Pet Naturals of Vermont Protect
    Flea Shampoo for Dogs and Cats, pictured immediate right,
    will help reduce the problem if there is an outbreak of the
    plague. This natural repellent protect your pets from fleas,
    ticks, mosquitoes and flies, thereby keeping you flea free
    and reducing your exposure to the plague.

  • Get a flea collar for your pet. A flea collar will do little to
    prevent the problem, but your life depends on every means
    possible so try a collar and these solutions:

  • Consider Flea traps. Avoid fleas, like the plague! The non-
    poisonous, odorless flea trap, pictured at the top of the
    page is safe to use around children and pets. Patented
    design uses color, heat, light, and sweet odor to lure fleas;
    attracts fleas from 30 feet away in every direction.

  • Have hope for holistic options. Mint and pennyroyal may
    repell fleas. Garlic isn't just for vampires.  Some preppers
    argue that garlic will repel fleas by working its way to their
    coat via oil glands. The oil repels the fleas, so why not put
    garlic powder on your pets food?

  • Go for the Marigold! Marigolds produce a sap that is a bug
    repellent. Plant them plentifully in your garden though
    most of your garden is food, this will look lovely and help
    your veggies grow.

  • Get some help from a mum. Chrysanthemums are the
    plant that produces the very toxic pyrethrin which replaces
    DEET in several types of bug repellent and is also a contact
    insecticide. This is another flower that does the trick to
    repel and will help your food grow.

  • Employ the Help of Beneficial Parasitic Nematodes.
    These little killers infect fleas and lay eggs inside their
    bodies, which hatch. In turn, the larva eat the insides of
    the flea as it develops and finally leaves the empty husk to
    find a new living host to perpetuate the cycle.

  • Get rid of your pet! It's a difficult decision to get rid of a
    dog or cat because pets are treated like family. If getting
    rid of the pet simply isn't an option then you'll need to
    take extreme measures to protect yourself and your pet
    during an outbreak.

Step Ten: Consider Stocking Thieves Oil.  
Preppers looking for natural remedies, look to essential oils to
prevent or cure ailments (though the law specifically prohibits
natural remedies as a cure). Jump to the disclaimer at the
bottom of the page*.

For dietary, aromatic, or topical use,
Thieves Oil has a rich
history as an apothecary staple. During the 15th-century
plague, thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and other
aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.
In the
Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is
Not on the Way,
pictured immediate right,  by Joseph Alton M.D.
and Amy Alton ARNP, they recommend stocking Thieves Oil
(Page 78) for upper respiratory infections.

    An ingredient of thieves oil is camphor.

  • Camphor Essential Oil. It's interesting to note that
    Essential Oil of Camphor, an extract from the roots and
    branches of the camphor tree, was used in ancient Persia
    to combat the bubonic plague. Using camphor as a cure for
    the bubonic plague may hold merit to the use of thieves
    oil, which contains a percentage of camphor. Whether or
    not camphor actually helps cure the bubonic plague is
    another story. Whatever the case, camphor is an analgesic,
    anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic.

Risk factors for plague include:
  • a flea bite;
  • exposure to rodents (prairie dog, rabbits, or squirrels);
  • scratches or bites from an infected domestic cat; and
  • weaponizing. Bio-terror, or weaponizing the plague, is
    possible, but unlikely according to John D. Clements of the
    Tulane University School of medicine in New Orleans
  • Rodents that die. If many rodents die in your area, there's
    a good indication of a plague outbreak, and it's time start
    preventative action, including isolating pets. While a cure
    for the plague exists, prevention is the best solution and
    the way to do that is to minimize your exposure to fleas.

Facts about the Plague:

The Dancing Mania!
During the Bubonic Plague of 1347-1351 there was a "dancing
mania" that spread among those who remained healthy. The
survivors did a "happy" dance of sorts, expressing sheer joy for
having lived through those bleak times!

Perhaps the secret to their survival was
Thieves Essential Oil,
pictured at the top left of the page. Learn more  about how
Thieves Oil helped some survive!

After the population dwindled, the survivors could charge a
higher wage because there simply were fewer people left to do
the work; and fewer people also meant less of a demand for
goods and housing, so prices dropped. As well, plague survivors
likely lived to a longer life span, enjoying their old age, because
they had a hearty immune system. No wonder the plague
survivors did a happy dance! The survivors were grateful, though
many of them lost their entire family.

Indeed, being
happy and grateful is one of the ten habits of
happy preppers, but there's more.

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Happy endings...
May through October is a particularly vulnerable period for the
plague. If you have pets, you need to take extra precaution.

While the
Plague in dogs is rare, if you own a dog it's
imperative not to allow the dog out of your home during an
extreme crisis or you may risk getting fleas in your home. The
grave danger of the plague is that usually dogs have no
symptoms of the disease. Also, while the plague is rare in dogs,
the fleas your dog brings home is what puts you at risk of the
plague. If the fleas are bring the bacterial disease it could
infect you and not the dog.

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Get out your Thieves Oil* and have your pandemic masks and fish antibiotics*
ready, because there have been outbreaks of the plague in modern times...

Ashes to ashes we all fall down! The famous nursery rhyme and
children's game is with us still today to remind us of the
pandemic that almost crushed our civilization. The gruesome
Black Plague of the Dark Ages, also called the great pestilence,
was the greatest biological disaster of mankind.

Its name is Yersinia pestis, and this dreaded pandemic, known
to us as The Black Plague, is in the United States! Note that if
Bubonic plague is left untreated, the bacterium can travel to a
person's lungs, causing pneumonic plague. It's it just different
symptom of Yersinia pestis. It causes the disease plague, which
takes three main forms: pneumonic, septicemic, and bubonic

  • Oregon girl gets the plague (Oct. 29, 2015). Many people
    think of the plague as an ancient disease, but it still
    haunts us today. An Oregon teenage girl tested positive for
    bubonic plague, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

  • Colorado, June 2015 and August 2015: A 16-year old boy
    from Larimer County. Colorado died in June, and in early
    August officials from Pueblo City Colorado announced an
    adult had died from the plague; however, no detailers were
    released on the person who died.

  • Flagstaff, Arizona April 2015: Did you know that Arizona
    has had 64 cases of the disease since 1950?  The state
    averages about two human cases annually!

This is a
pandemic with a dark past and many secrets...
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