How Ancient Remedies are Changing Modern Medicine.

Photographs by Fritz Hoffmann

Many doctors and scientists dismiss ancient remedies as pseudoscience and quackery, and in some cases they may be right. But to ignore the wisdom of our ancestors is ignorant and arrogant. These ancestors may not have known the science behind why something worked, but they were very good at determining what worked.

Now, scientists and even large pharmaceutical companies are researching these ancient methods to discover compounds they can turn into medicines. Read more here.

Important: What You Need to Know For a “Water Boil Notice”

I wanted to share with you one of my most popular videos regarding water. The subject is “Boil Notices” or “Boil Alerts”, which is when your township is aware that there is biological contamination of your city’s water supply. This video includes some important points that you probably haven’t heard anywhere else.

(And yes, I try to make the starting image of me as dorky as possible).

This video originally appeared on my site.

Coyote Peterson: Fun Watching with the Kids.

Have you heard of Coyote Peterson? My son introduced him to me. Coyote Peterson is the new “animal guy”, and is trying to step into the shoes of people like Steve Erwin. He has a very popular YouTube channel, and his most popular videos are the ones in which he tries to figure out which insect has the most painful sting. And he’s the guinea pig.

Can you think of better father / son time than watching a guy cry in agony at such self-imposed stupidity? I can’t.

Coyote decided to explore the “Schmidt Sting Pain Index” which ranks and tries to describe the pain of stings from different insect species.The descriptions are quite fun, like you’re listening to a wine connoisseur talk about different types of reds.

Schmidt described the pain of a sweat bee (pain level of 1) as, “light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.”

The yellow jacket’s sting (pain level of 2) was described as being “hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”

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Revisiting Online Security (Part 1)

New Year’s Resolutions get a bad rap, but I have a suggestion that is simple and will have a big pay-off for you; improve your online privacy and security.

I know there are a lot of articles out there on this topics, but in my opinion, most of these articles are either shallow, clickbait type articles, or they dive right into the deep end and take privacy to the ridiculous extreme.

Yes, I’ve written about this before, but this is one of those subjects that is important to update often.

Now, just to be clear, I am not an expert in this field, but I have done a lot of research into this and I’ve worked hard to sift through the clickbait to find the really credible people to listen to.

I’m going to break this down into simple, easy-to-do exercises, and I’m not going to hit you with everything at once. This article will be the first of a series.

BEFORE I START, I want to talk about WHY you should focus on online security. It comes down to three points…

  1. The internet is a cobbled together mess of code that has so many holes in it that some people think that talking about internet security is, in fact, a joke. The founders of the internet didn’t design it for security, and attempts in 1978 to add encryption into the internet were shot down by the NSA. Since then, it’s become complicated beyond belief.
  2. The thieves of this world have turned to the internet, because they can make a lot of money (and cause pain) very easily by stealing from a lot of people at once. If you wonder how low these people can go, do some research on how people are hacking into medical devices in hospitals, and demanding ransom in exchange for people’s lives.
  3. There are some simple things you can do to make yourself more protected. Typically, these cyber criminals don’t set their sites on you and target you specifically (unless you’re rich, famous or unlucky). You are probably one of many people they are attacking at the same time. Make things a little more difficult for them and the hackers will probably move on to easier prey.

Let me tell you a quick story. I have a friend who is an uber-geek. He makes his living by keeping networks secure. I am also friends with his mother-in-law. She’s a wonderful person. Probably about 75 right now.

She got a call one day from someone claiming to be “Microsoft Support”. The guy said that he understood that she was having problems with his computer. She said, “Well, as a matter of fact I am.” They continued to talk and she then gave him remote access to her computer. Now, keep in mind that she could call up her son-in-law at any time and he would help her with anything she needed to have done.

As soon as she gave him access to her computer, she realized that she did something stupid. She wanted to cut him off immediately, but she didn’t know what to do. In a completely calm voice, the guy told her what he was going to do next. He proceeded to upload a virus to her computer that erased everything. He didn’t even try to steal anything (that we know of). He did it all just to hurt a random woman and to hear her scream on the phone.

So yes, it’s important to protect your privacy and security.

Here are some simple actions you can take now…

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Thank you!

I want to write a thank you letter to all of you who have been receiving my newsletter for the past few years. I am very grateful that you are here and that you care about what I have to say.

I really do put a lot of work and TLC into these newsletters. One thing you may have noticed over the past year is that I’ve not been talking about the Survival Still or preparedness, or even water purity much. I’ve tried to mix it up and talk about different things; things that I’m interested in and things that I think you will be interested in.

I’ve mixed it up for a few reasons…

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