Homestead Seasonal Cleaning Tips, Tricks, and more!

How clean is your home? Let’s answer this question straight away: It’s not as clean as you THINK it is. After the shelves have been dusted, the windows washed, and the floors have been swept, scrubbed, and mopped, there are still overlooked spots where grime is hiding. Do you know where they are? Don’t worry! We’ve prepared our best solutions for helping you get to every corner.
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What Survival Gear is missing from your Medical Readiness Bag?

Do you have an Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) and/or a Blow Out Kit (BOK), a Medical Readiness Bag (MRG) or just your plain old run of the mill first aid kit? Asking any survivalist / prepper / homesteader / camper / hiker / mountain climber, what their most important piece of gear is and you’ll hear a vast number of of answers, but the least common answer will be a first aid kit. To make matters worse, the kits that are commonly used are so poorly equipped or under equipped, they are almost useless.
Rather than a collection of loose items, we suggest per-packaging treatment kits using zip-lock bags. One sandwich sized bag could potentially contain gauze, bandage, butterflies, prep pads, and tape. Everything to treat one moderate sized wound.  You can easily put all the prepackaged bags in one layer of your BOK for quick access. In a single toss to a team member you’re able to pass everything they need to treat most soft tissue injuries.
You are far more likely to find yourself in a situation where you must administer first aid than in a self-defense situation, yet hardly anyone in our community would consider leaving home unarmed—so what logical reason could you have for not carrying a properly equipped med kit? Here is a list of the very basics of items that we suggest carrying in your IFAK.
Nitrile gloves
Nitrile gloves are like an armor-plated version of latex gloves that will aid in keeping additional contaminants out of the wound while protecting you from bio-hazards. You’ll never have a completely sterile environment in a real world emergency situation, but these gloves will help you come a lot closer?
Tweezers & Magnifying Glass
Metal shavings, splinters, cactus spines, moderate sized debris etc. sealed inside a bandaged wound can lead to infections. More humans have been killed by bacteria than bullets. Not to mention how annoying a splinter or burr is. Tweezers can help clean a wound where just washing and wiping won’t. In conjunction with the tweezers is of course the magnifying glass, if you can’t see the item in question that needs to be removed, you don’t know it’s there.
Sewing Kit
This may sound a little redundant but a sewing kit with regular thread, as well as waxed thread can be very beneficial in a med kit. It can be used to stitch wounds. It can be used to repair torn clothing such as cold whether clothing to help prevent hypothermia. The needles can also be used to lance an abscess, or assist in removing a sliver from beneath the skin, or in conjunction with a pair of tweezers to remove a splinter.
Battle Dressing Bandage
You need something more effective, then your kids sponge bob, and hello kitty band-aids in most emergency survival situations. You can get by, as people have done for decades, with gauze pads and a strip of cloth, also known as a Pressure Bandage, or a Battle Dressing Bandage.
Tampons and Sanitary Napkin
Sanitary pads originated post WWI, from the development of field dressings. Their larger cousin the tampon evolved from a fast bullet wound plug, to its current use to assist in blood management during menstruation.  They can absorb a tremendous amount of blood given their small compact size, when used in conjunction with the next item on the list, they can serve to treat a vast number of soft tissue wounds.
Athletic Wrap Tape
Instead of adhesive tape, as it sticks well, but not to hard to remove. Wide, can be ripped narrow if you need to. Purchased in box of multiple rolls, price is better.  Reusable so allows the wound to be checked, and re-covered until the skin starts growing back in. Reduces problems with proud flesh, scar tissue, soft new skin splitting open after bandage removal. Little to no scabbing. May have some oozy drainage that a sanitary pad can easily soak up. So the wound heals from the inside out, just fills what is needed for repair on the leg. I am real happy with this method. You put in a LOT of time with daily wound checks and unwrapping / re-wrapping and washing at first, but once the soft tissue closes, a few extra days of covering the wound with this type of wrapping can limit the potential reopening of the wound.
QuickClot
QuikClot gauze is used by law enforcement, paramedics, and military. This is not standard gauze though; it’s designed for severe wounds that won’t stop bleeding with pressure alone, like deep lacerations or gun shot wounds. You pack this specialized gauze, which contains a clotting agent, into the wound and then apply a pressure bandage. It’s important to inform emergency personnel  that you used QuickClot, because doctors will have to take certain precautions when removing it to properly treat the victim, otherwise, they could cause additional damage.
Non-Stick-Gauze
Gauze pads are handy in a variety of first aid situations—especially when used with a pressure bandage, but after suffering several serious wounds over the years, I’ve developed a special appreciation for the non-stick type because it makes changing the dressing much less painful. Toss about 20 pads into your kit in a Ziplock bag and you should be prepared for most scenarios.
Tourniquet
Tourniquets have gotten a bad rap but the last decade of combat in Afghanistan has taught us that reputation is undeserved. Eventually, every wound will stop bleeding; the only question is whether that happens before or after the victim is dead. Extreme injuries, such as severed arteries, or even limbs often require a tourniquet; without one, the victim can bleed out in a matter of minutes. Having one AND knowing WHEN and HOW to use it may just save someones life.
Nasopharyngeal Airway
An unconscious victim may be unable to breathe because their tongue and throat muscles relax and obstruct their airway. A nasal airway device (which includes lubrication) is inserted to provide a semi-rigid airway, aiding continued breathing. This isn’t a buy and forget type of item though, like the tourniquet its use requires training and practice. But once again, could potentially save someones life.

Notice: This is not a list of any sort in its entirety, this is simply a list of the bare minimal items we would recommend, for a BOK. Remember a BOK is not your average everyday first aid kit. This is more of a trauma kit or a moderate to severe emergency kit.
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Did we miss something?
What would you recommend adding?
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Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk

Dairy farmers had quite a marketing plan back in the 1980’s that made them more than 13 billion dollars in recent years. With commercials touting milk mustaches and encouraging little kids to drink their milk (even if it’s chocolate, and full of refined sugar), should we question if cow’s milk is really that ‘good’ for the body? Many people don’t believe in drinking milk at all, but much of the world drinks more goat’s milk than cow’s milk, so what’s up with the American addiction to the cow? In this match of goat milk vs. cow milk, which will come out on top?
We begin life relying on our mother’s milk, and breast feeding research makes it clear that feeding babies with breast milk far exceeds anything made by any corporation. So perhaps our obsession with cow’s milk comes from this strange correlation. Maybe not. The bottom line, though, is that the rest of the world drinks goat’s milk because it is simply better for the human body.

Here’s why:

You don’t have to homogenize goat’s milk; it is naturally homogenized. Homogenization is a process done to cow’s milk to equally distribute the fat molecules so that when you purchase a jug from your grocery store it doesn’t have milk curd (milk cream) floating on the top of your milk. If you put two glasses of fresh goat’s and cow’s milk in the refrigerator overnight, the cow’s milk separates, and the goat’s milk does not. Homogenization of milk also causes fat cells to break, releasing a free radical called Xanthine Oxidase. As we know, free radicals aren’t good for you; they cause DNA mutations, among other things.
Cow’s milk sold in stores and not purchased fresh from a dairy farm is also pasteurized in order to kill any pathogenic bacteria, but this also kills all the good bacteria that contribute to healthy gut flora and proper digestion – of everything you eat, but also the cow’s milk you drink. Enzymes and vitamins A, D, and C are also eradicated in the process of pasteurization, and this is why Vitamin D is often added back into cow’s milk. Pasteurization kills the life out of the milk.
Goat’s milk is about 85% less allergenic than Cow’s milk, so people suffer intolerance less often. In children under three in the United States, milk is one of the most allergic foods
Goat’s milk is easier to digest for the majority of people than cow’s milk and most closely matches the milk produced by human body. The simplicity of digesting goat’s milk has to do with how fat is digested in the body. Basically, the fat molecules in goat’s milk are smaller, and therefore easier to stomach. Goat’s milk also contains less lactose, so there is less likelihood of developing an intolerance.
Goat Milk Advantages
The most significant difference between goat milk and cow milk is that fresh, unpasteurized cow milk forms a distinct cream-line at the top and goat milk does not.   The reason is that goat milk is naturally homogenized which means the fat molecules are smaller than in cow milk and so remain evenly dispersed throughout the milk.   The smaller size of the fat globules seems to make goat milk more digestible for some people but not all.   I personally find no difference in digestibility between the two.
While the protein structure of cow and goat milk is fairly similar, goat milk is missing an alpha casein present in cow’s milk.  In addition, when you drink a glass of goat milk and it reacts with the acid in your stomach, the protein curds that precipitate are smaller in size and a bit softer than the ones that form with cow’s milk.  This is another reason some folks find goat milk to be more easily digested than cow milk.
Cow Milk Advantages
Cow milk is higher is vitamin B12 which so many people are severely deficient in.  Goat milk also lacks folic acid making cow milk more suitable for homemade infant formula in the event the mother cannot breastfeed.
Cow milk is also higher in B6 making it a better choice for pregnant mothers who have morning sickness. My ex-wife suffered from B6 deficiency and morning sickness and found sipping fresh cows milk during the first trimester to bring almost immediate relief. Incidentally, B6 is destroyed by pasteurization so any sort of heat treated or pasteurized milk will not help in this regard.  The milk must be farm fresh and preferably grass-fed.
Cow milk is usually more readily available than goat milk and is typically a lower cost per gallon making it more suitable for tighter budgets.

And The Winner Is?
So in the fight of goat milk vs. cow milk, goat milk does indeed come out victorious. If you’re a milk-drinker, go goat.
Goat’s milk is just better for you, overall. It has a greater concentration of essential fatty acids such as linoleic and arachidonic acid than cow’s milk along with higher amounts of vitamin B-6, vitamin A, and niacin. The milk also has higher levels of bioavailable iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium which results in the restoration of altered haematological parameters and better levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH).

Sources:
http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/homogenization_T3.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070730100229.htm

Medical Preparedness – Burn Treatment

There will be times when no professional medical expertise is available. You’ll have to take care of yourself, your family, or your team, the best way you know how. When it comes to treating burns most people will aggravate the situation due to a lack of knowledge. There are many things that can cause burns, from heat sources to electrical wires, even UV radiation from the sun. Burn treatment isn’t overly complicated and should be learned by everyone.

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Ways to store Meat without Refrigeration

Living on a homestead, or in any rural area, or preparing for a potential natural disaster. Being 40 miles from the nearest grocery store tends to prompt one to learn good food storage.  Some homesteaders have our own cattle, and tend to large freezer filled with beef, or are hunters and have that same freezer filled with venison.  Freezing has become the perfect modern way to preserve our precious supply of good ole’ meat.

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The Lost art of proper Food Storage

A generation or two ago, families had the good sense to always maintain a good food storage program because they understood that bad things can happen, not just in life, but also to your food supplies. After the great depression, families who survived learned the lesson of being prepared for just about anything. Since the late 80’s early 90’s when food, and other household products became more and more readily available (think Walmart beings pushing mom and pop shops out of town), America became complacent and assumed that there would never be a time when we couldn’t get in the car, drive to the grocery store or restaurant, and find exactly what we wanted in bountiful quantities at cheap prices.

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Basic Dental Health Survival Kit Supplies and Oil Pulling

There are a multitude of reasons why we all need to ensure proper dental health. No matter hhttps://i1.wp.com/www.intelligentdental.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/image0071.jpgow high you think your pain threshold is, or isn’t. The pain you will endure due to a cavity, abscessed tooth, broken tooth, cracked tooth, or any of these that leads to an exposed live nerve encapsulated in your tooth. Truth me, even the biggest baddest guy you know, will be curled up in the corner crying like a little b***h with a skinned knee.