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Community and School!

Community and School!
Host: Sam Coffman “The Herbal Medic

Community HerbalMedic2400x300In this week’s podcast, join Sam Coffman as he talks about some of the most critical concerns in trying to work with other preppers. To start this topic off, it makes most sense to talk about all of the growth that has happened at Sam’s survival school (The Human Path) over the past year. At The Human Path, they have been working on an intentional community for a few years, and it has really taken off. Sam will discuss all of the eco-building projects, the barter experiments, the herbal clinic, the Continue reading Community and School!

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Jack Spirko with guest Sam Coffman!

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Jack Spirko with guest Sam Coffman!

Jack SpirkoAnkle Wrapnew150x150Today we are joined by former special forces solider and wilderness survival trainer Sam Coffman of TheHumanPath.com to discuss survival training, permaculture, rebuilding after collapse and more. (Listen to Sam here every Tuesday 6pm/Pt.)

The Human Path is an ecology-based, wilderness-survival and wilderness-living school offering a huge variety of outdoor, bushcraft Continue reading Jack Spirko with guest Sam Coffman!

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Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine!

Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

Snake BitesAs we have talked about before, the three biggest issues after a disaster are very likely going to be food, water and medicine. Add to this the fact that most post-disaster environments are laden with potential health threats: Rubble, obstacles and hazards, open sewage and bacteria-laden water, disturbed wildlife looking for new homes, increased rodent population and more. A lack of medical services really starts to hit home when talking about severe, acute environmental or medical injuries. Two good examples of this kind of severe, post-disaster medical situation are infection and venomous snake bites in North America (e.g. Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Coral Snake, Cottonmouth). Continue reading Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine!

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Whooping Cough and Herbal Medicine

Whooping Cough and Herbal Medicine
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path

Whooping CoughCalifornia has officially declared a Whooping Cough (Pertussis) epidemic. This is a very serious illness that can even cause death. At a minimum, this illness makes it extremely difficult to function normally in the manner that a post-disaster environment would require. Basic necessary chores and working, exacerbates coughing spells, and of course noise discipline is non-existent if someone has this illness.

Thousands of people have been infected with Pertussis this year already, and it is not only infants who are coming down with it. Adults and children who HAVE BEEN VACCINATED are also getting Pertussis. This brings to question of course, the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine. Continue reading Whooping Cough and Herbal Medicine

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Growing your own medicine

Growing your own medicine
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path

Growing images500x500In the next 2 weeks’ podcasts, Sam Coffman discusses what is involved in growing medicinal plants for your own back yard “farmacy.” Whether you are growing medicine alongside your food in your backyard, or you have a “guerrilla garden” growing in the city greenbelt behind your house, Sam will address some of the most important points that can help you plan, create and harvest good medicine of your own rather than having to rely on a non-sustainable resources such as internet herb stores. Continue reading Growing your own medicine

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Herbal First Aid Kit, Making your Own (part 2)

Herbal First Aid Kit, Making your Own (part 2)
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path

Herbal First Aid KitSam Coffman continues this week with details on how to make your own first aid kit. Join him this week as he continues to talk about various herbal formulas and the specific herbs to use in those formulas for a post-disaster environment. This kind of herbal first aid kit could be a kit for home, neighborhood, the car or the backpack. Again, what should an herbal first aid kit contain? What are the top 5, 10, 15 herbs or herbal formulas that you would want to put into your own kit? Do you have specific family illnesses or health concerns that would determine what some of those herbal medicines should be? Continue reading Herbal First Aid Kit, Making your Own (part 2)

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Herbal First Aid Kit, Making your Own! Pt 1

Herbal First Aid Kit, Making your Own (part 1)
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

Herbal First Aid KitJoin Sam Coffman this week on The Human Path as he walks through the concept of building a first aid kit using primarily herbal medicine. This could be a kit for home, neighborhood, the car or the backpack. Sam will discuss the basic necessities of a trauma sub-kit for fundamental first aid, and then move into plant-based medicine for everything from wound-healing to viral infections, bacterial infections, acute illness, chronic illness and more.

What should an herbal first aid kit contain? What are the top 5, 10, 15 herbs or herbal formulas that you would want to put into your own kit? Do you have specific family illnesses or health concerns that would determine what some of those herbal medicines should be? Continue reading Herbal First Aid Kit, Making your Own! Pt 1

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The Herbal Medic, First Aid on the Street!

The Herbal Medic – First Aid on the Street in a Post-Collapse Urban Environment
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

Herbal MedicWidespread social and urban collapse is something that historically takes days, weeks, months or even years to happen. Rarely (outside of natural disaster in a confined urban area) does an urban area become complete pandemonium overnight. Leading up to more cataclysmic events like civil war, there are often protests, demonstrations, clashes between ethnic or religious groups, clashes between civilians and law enforcement or military, economic fallout, bank closures and gradual lack of a rule of law and other forms of gradually increasing social unrest. Continue reading The Herbal Medic, First Aid on the Street!

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Wound Healing and Herbs, Part 1:

Wound Healing and Herbs, Part 1
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path

Wound HealingIn last week’s podcast on “The Human Path” I talked about gunshot wounds in a post-disaster environment.  I know that this is a little bit of a depressing subject, because for a serious gunshot wound, especially a high-velocity round to the torso (as we discussed), there is not a very good chance of survival to be expected without higher medical care that includes surgery and pharmaceuticals.  However, to move back into an area that is one of those more optimistic topics for the next few weeks, I would like to discuss wound healing and herbs that work very well at helping wounds of all types, heal much more quickly. Continue reading Wound Healing and Herbs, Part 1:

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Gunshot Wounds in a Post-Disaster Environment!

Gunshot wounds in a post-disaster environment!
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

TeachingEverybody who prepares for the worst should have at least one firearm and preferably much more than just one. Pistol, rifle and shotgun are all necessary weapons to own for defense and hunting. Anyone owning weapons should also incorporate firearm training and maintenance into their regular schedule. However, the last thing that anyone should ever want to have happen is to be in a firefight. Especially in a post-disaster environment.

GunshotRegardless of how well you train, if you are in a gun battle, you stand a good chance of being shot. You must anticipate how to deal with a gunshot wound of yourself or someone else close to you, as seriously as you train with your firearm.

I will talk about first aid from A to Z (as much as I can in 1 hour) for a gunshot wound. This will include both immediate first aid as well as follow up medical care in the case that there is no higher definitive care available. As always, I will assume the worst and that you have a minimum of or even no pharmaceutical medicine available, and will talk about plant medicine and other ways of dealing with initial trauma and long-term infection. Continue reading Gunshot Wounds in a Post-Disaster Environment!

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Herbal Antibiotics, Post-Disaster

Herbal Antibiotics for a Post-Disaster Environment
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

AntibioticsBacterial infections are some of the most difficult of infections to deal with, especially in a remote or post-disaster situation. Aside from the continual evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria, unless you are a trained medical professional you may not even have access to antibiotics. On the other hand, even if you do have access, you may not have the training to use them properly, know which antibiotics to use for what types of infections, recognize dangerous side effects and allergic reactions or know correct dosages to avoid creating a super-infection. For these reasons alone, it is highly advisable to begin learning about how to deal with bacterial infections using medicinal plants. Continue reading Herbal Antibiotics, Post-Disaster

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Venomous Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine.

Venomous Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

InfectionsAs we have talked about before, the three biggest issues after a disaster are very likely going to be food, water and medicine. Add to this the fact that most post-disaster environments are laden with potential health threats: Rubble, obstacles and hazards, open sewage and bacteria-laden water, disturbed wildlife looking for new homes, increased rodent population and more. A lack of medical services really starts to hit home when talking about severe, acute environmental or medical injuries. Two good examples of this kind of severe, post-disaster medical situation are infection and venomous snake bites in North America (e.g. Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Coral Snake, Cottonmouth). Continue reading Venomous Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine.

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Urban Survival

Urban Survival – From Bugging In to Escape & Evasion
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

Urban SurvivalThere are a host of skills that a person must learn in order to be comfortable with survival in a post-disaster, urban environment.  Food, water, shelter, security, medicine, transportation, power and so much more.  How would you deal with life in an urban area if the grid went down and chaos ruled the streets?  Would you know how to stay safe, secure, well-fed and healthy?  Where would you get your water from if you ran out?  Most importantly, how would you get out of the urban area if you had to?  When would you make that decision and what would you take with you?  If you have friends and family, do you know how to travel in a caravan, pick the routes that will get you safely out of town and respond to everything from a flat tire to an ambush? Continue reading Urban Survival

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