Category Archives: Waste

Coping with hygiene and sanitation, being #1 in the #2 business!

Sam CoffmanHygiene and sanitation, how prepared are you really in regards to  and (in the worst case) coping with gasto-intestinal disease in a post-disaster environment?  Today, on The Human Path Sam Coffman discusses everything you ever wanted to know (and some things you maybe didn’t!) about purifying your water, taking care of human waste, and dealing with gastro-intestinal distress, using both orthodox medicine as well as a plant-medicine (herbalism) and common sense.

hygiene and sanitationNot only do we need to have several different “hygiene / sanitation” alternatives for purifying our water and cooking or preparing our food, but we also have more than one sanitation plan.  This means having enough water to stay relatively clean as well as having a way to dispose of human waste.  What are all your options?  You should be prepared to deal with hygiene and sanitation in several ways, because you can’t always know what to expect or what you will have to work with.  The key here is to be informed and to be adaptable to any situation.
Do you know what kind of diseases and toxins you need to be concerned with through your water and your food?  Do you know what kinds of filtration works with what kinds of pathogens and what kinds of toxins?  If you do get sick from bad water or food, what are the top antibiotics and top medicinal herbs you should have available (or be able to find)?  Join Sam Coffman as he shares his experience as a Special Forces medic in the field, working with exactly these types of issues on hygiene and sanitationin remote, post-disaster and medically underserved environments.

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Part 1 Communicable diseases and conditions caused by the lack of hygiene, sanitation and poor living conditions.

Nancy Nurse 150Over thousands of years poor living conditions, sanitation and lack of hygiene has caused some of the most devastating wide spread diseases and deaths in the history of mankind. Just think about Hepatitis A, Giardia, Cholera, Dysentery, food poisoning (Salmonella and E. coli), lice, and scabies. What causes the start and spread of the disease? What are the signs of an outbreak?  How to care for infected family or friends? What can you do to stop the communicability of a disease? How to prevent potential diseases? What homeopathic methods can we incorporate into our care?

Come join us in an open discussion as we talk through these questions and more on Band Aids and Bandages.  This topic is jammed full of information. So we will break the topic into two consecutive Fridays.

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Recycled materials, preppers recycling what we can!

Every day, as a society we throw away TONS of garbage. Almost everything we buy comes in some form of a package even if it is just the bag we bring it home in.  Many of us do try we use products made from recycled materials carry our own shopping bags and recycle what we can. But it is enough? Are we DOING enough? 

This shows topic on “The Homestead Honey Hour” is about re-purposing STUFF!  Now we have all reused our shopping bags, Ice cream tubs, and cardboard boxes…but I am talking about taking something that would otherwise be thrown away or even recycled and RE-making it into something that will be useful again for a long time. For Instance…In a small town I used to live in, there was a second hand store…now most of the stuff in there was donated books and clothes.  And unlike other BIG VALUE second hand stores this was small and local that supported the big brothers and sisters organization of Canada.When clothes sat on the hangers for too long and were obviously NOT going to sell rather than throw them out they would take a lot of them and make them into simple tied quilts using donated blankets and flat sheets that had also been donated but not sold.  These simple quilts were then sold for $20…and AMAZINGLY reasonable price! They also did something I thought was very cool. Old Sweaters were taken apart at the seams and the yarn unraveled and rolled into balls and sold as bags of knitting yarn. What a GREAT Idea!

We are coming into a time or realization…we are realizing that what used to be convenience is becoming decadence!! That disposable is a dirty word and that Buying New is not always the best course. It’s time to take our purpose driven lives a step further and RE purpose the things we can. Remember one Man’s Garbage is another man’s gold and everything old is new again!!
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Maintaining your environment!

Maintaining your environment during shtf on “Preparing For Life’s Storms“.
What are the three W’s and how do you maintain them (waste, water and washing). Come join me as we talk through the importance of the 3 W’s in a shtf situation.
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