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Monday, June 28, 2010

Create your own seed vault; bypass terminator technology!

This article originally appeared in both the print and online version of the October 2008 Idaho Observer

From the October 2008 Idaho Observer:
Create your own seed vault; bypass terminator technology!
By Kevin Swindle

In early 2008, the Svalbard seed vault in Norway opened. It is approximately 620 miles from the North Pole. Operated by NorGen, a gene bank, the seed vault is allegedly there to protect millions of varieties of food crops from being wiped out in wars, man-made or natural disasters. It is far more likely that giant agribusiness is using this facility to advance its genetic modification (GM) technology.

There is both anecdotal and scientific evidence supporting claims that genetically modified foods are harmful to humans and animals. Plus, a component of GM research is the propagation of "terminator seeds."

Farmers, for thousands of years, have traditionally collected seeds from the crops they grow for planting the following year. Terminator seeds are seeds genetically engineered to produce sterile seeds in the plants they produce, making farmers dependent upon agribusiness to supply seeds each year.

This would be an excellent mechanism for controlling the world’s food supply, a means of using food as a weapon. Food control could be used as a means of people control.

This terminator technology is created by inserting one plant gene and two bacterial genes into the seeds. Before sale, the seeds are soaked in the antibiotic tetracycline which activates a molecular switch in one of the bacterial genes. The inserted plant gene does not activate until the seed in the plant is near maturity. The inserted plant gene produces a toxic protein that kills the seed in it’s late stages of development.

Some scientists have speculated that the sterility trait produced by the terminator gene sequence might get into plants in the wild via cross-pollination. If such a thing did occur, over a period of centuries, "heirloom" varieties of plant life could disappear.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Mississippi-based Delta Pine and Land Company received U.S. patent number 5,723,765 for the terminator technology. Delta Pine and Land is now owned by agribusiness giant Monsanto.

Creating your own seed vault:

You may not know it, but most of you reading this article already have your own seed vault: Your freezer. At the temperatures inside most freezers, seeds will stay viable for about one hundred years.

While not absolutely necessary, some of you may want to purchase a dedicated freezer for your own seed vault, especially if the freezer you have now is extremely full. There are small chest type freezers that take up little space and are available for less than two hundred dollars.
So what seeds should you put in your own personal seed vault?

First, select non-hybrid varieties. Hybrids are the first generation (F1) offspring of two different varieties of the same species. Hybrid seeds will express the desired genetic traits of the parent plants for only one generation. As such, hybrids are not a good choice for long-term survival food production.

Second, purchase seeds from reputable sources that state in their catalogs that they do not use GM seeds. If possible purchase your seeds from heirloom sources.

Third, purchase seeds for a wide variety of food crops, both foods you like and foods you don’t like (remember, you are not just doing this for yourself, but for every person on the planet).

Even if the worse case scenarios regarding terminator seeds do not occur, having your own seed vault will be beneficial. You will have a supply of viable seeds to grow for food and you can make a contribution to agriculture by saving rare and heirloom varieties of seeds in your seed vault.

Fight the future! Just because a group of madmen want to control this planet by controlling the food, that does not mean we have to just go along with it! Teach your children the importance of food security. In the process of teaching you can introduce them to a wonderful hobby called gardening, a hobby that could potentially save their lives at some point in our increasingly uncertain future.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Understanding and Treating Anaphylactic Shock

Emergency Medicine

Understanding and Treating Anaphylactic Shock

1. While I do have a fair amount of medical knowledge, I am not a medical doctor. You should not attempt self-medication or self-treatment when professional medical care is available. However, for the purposes of this post, it is assumed that professional medical care will be delayed or outright unavailable. The treatments I recommend are the treatments I would give to myself and my family if professional medical care were delayed or outright unavailable.

2. Anaphylactic shock is a life threatening condition that can kill in minutes. Never, ever attempt self-treatment or improvised treatment for this condition when professional medical care is available. However, for the purposes of this article it is assumed that professional medical care will be delayed or outright unavailable.

3. For those of you with professional medical training, you will notice that I have over-simplified some of the material in this article, as it is not written for medical professional but for those with little or no medical training.

Anaphylactic shock is a life threatening condition that can be described as a system wide type 1 allergic reaction. It is most commonly caused by bee stings. Without quick treatment, this type of allergic reaction can kill in minutes.

Symptoms-flushing and itching of the skin, hives, feeling of warmth, swelling of the tongue and throat making breathing difficult, nasal congestion, throat tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, hoarseness, dizziness, low blood pressure, weakness, fainting, chest pain, feeling of doom, heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, bloating and cramps

Common sensitizing antigens come from the following: Bee stings, wasp stings, hornet stings, yellow jacket stings, ant stings (especially fire ants), penicillin type antibiotics, peanuts and food containing peanuts, tree nuts and food containing tree nuts, fish and foods containing fish, shellfish and foods containing shellfish, eggs and egg products, soy and soy products, milk and milk products, aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDS (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs).

The insects listed above are Hymenoptera type insects and between 0.5 and 3 percent of the population experience system wide allergic reactions after being stung by these insects.

In the foods listed above, peanuts and foods containing peanuts are thought to be responsible for 62 percent of the deaths caused by anaphylactic reactions to food.

COMMENT: Even if you have been stung by one of the listed insects in the past and not had an anaphylactic reaction does not mean you cannot have an anaphylactic reaction the next time you are stung. The last time you were stung could have been the sting that sensitizes you immune system to that particular antigen.

TREATMENT-Most of the items for standard medical treatment are prescription drugs. We’ll look at the standard medical treatment, then address how you can get those prescription drugs, the look at over the counter items you can use for improvised treatment.


1. The first line treatment for anaphylactic shock is epinephrine (also called adrenaline chloride) injected intramuscularly (into the muscle).

Adult Dose: 0.3 to 0.5 milliliters (0.3 to 0.5 milligrams) of 1:1000 epinephrine solution injected intramuscularly (IM). For more critical situations inject 1 to 2 milliliters (0.1 to 0.2 milligrams) of 1:10,000 epinephrine solution intramuscularly (IM).

Child Dose: 0.01 milligram of epinephrine solution per kilogram of body weight ? 1:1000 or 1:10,000

COMMENT: Epinephrine treatment of anaphylactic shock is essential. The injectable form of this drug requires a prescription. The inhaleable form of this drug is available over the counter in as Primeatine Mist. The tablet form of this drug, ephedrine, is available over the counter as Primeatine Tablets and as the white cross or mini-thin tablets in convenience stores. INHALEABLE EPINEPHRINE AND EPHEDRINE TABLETS ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR INJECTABLE EPINEPHRINE IN THE TREATMENT OF ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK. However, we will look at how they can be used as an improvised treatment if standard treatments are delayed or outright unavailable.

There are three ways to get injectable epinephrine from your doctor.

1. The multi-dose vial-This is a good option to keep around the house IF you have medical training and are comfortable giving injections to yourself and others.

2. The Ana-Kit-This is a kit that you can keep at home or keep on your person. (You could probably keep it in your car in a small cooler. Heat causes epinephrine to deteriorate.) I like the Ana-Kit because it has enough epinephrine for a second injection if necessary.

3. The Epi-Pen-This is a good option for people with little or no medical training and for people who are not comfortable giving injections to themselves or others. The Epi-Pen is an auto injector. You simply place it against your skin and activate it. When activated a spring loaded needle deploys penetrating the skin and injecting the epinephrine. If your really afraid of shots, this is the best option.

If you have never had an anaphylactic reaction, tell your doctor you simply want to be prepared just in case. Some doctors will say yes and give you the prescription, others will not. If your doctor will not write the prescription, consider asking your dentist or veterinarian. (I often find veterinarians are some of the most down to earth medical professionals. It’s hard to develop a God complex working on animals. Many times veterinarians will give you prescriptions for drugs like this, if you only ask. However, for liability and legal reasons, the prescription will have to be written for a pet, real or made up.)

2. In addition to the epinephrine, treatment with an antihistamine that blocks histamine 1 receptors, while not absolutely necessary, is highly desirable. The best drug of this type to use is diphenhydramine (Benadryl). The adult dose is 10 to 50 milligrams injected intravenously (IV) or intramuscularly (IM) every 4 hours as needed. If injected intravenously (IV) the IV rate should not exceed 25 milligrams per minute. The child dose is 12.5 to 25 milligrams by mouth 4 times per day.

COMMENT: diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is available over the counter in the form of syrup, capsules, and tablets. The injectable form of this drug requires a prescription.

If diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is not available, other antihistamines can be used, such as:

chlorpheniramine maleate (Chlor-Trimeton)-over the counter
promethazine (Phenergan)-prescription only in U.S., over the counter in Great Britian
triloprolidine-over the counter
meclizine (Antivert)-over the counter, also sold as Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula
cyclizine (Marezine)-over the counter

3. If possible, in addition to epinephrine treatment plus an antihistamine that blocks histamine 1 receptors, treatment with an antihistamine that blocks histamine 2 receptors can be useful. A common drug of this type, available over the counter is ranitidine (Zantac). The dosage is 150 milligrams by mouth twice per day. Cimetidine (Tagamet) is another drug of this type.

COMMENT: In the professional medical setting these drugs are almost always given by the intravenous (IV) route for the treatment of anaphylactic shock.

Optional #1. For breathing difficulties caused by anaphylactic shock that do not respond to epinephrine, inhaleable bronchodilators are useful. Albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin) is a drug of choice for this. The adult dose is 1 to 2 inhaled puffs every 4 to 6 hours.

Optional # 2. For very severe anaphylactic reactions or for the treatment of delayed effects of anaphylactic reactions, corticosteroids can be used. Methylprednisolone (Medrol Dosepack) or dexamethasone (Decadron) can be given by mouth in the form of tablet. These drugs can also be given intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously (IV).

Optional # 3. The drug glucagon (GlucaGen) and dopamine (Intropin) also have use in treating low blood pressure caused by anaphylactic shock that does not respond to epinephrine treatment.

Glucagon (GlucaGen) is for use in anaphylactic shock patients who are taking the non-selective beta-blockers like propranolol (Inderall) for blood high blood pressure. In these patients, glucagon should be used in addition to epinephrine, not in place of epinephrine.


1. Injectable epinephrine solution-absolutely essential
2. Injectable or oral diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or other anti-histamine-highly desirable but not essential
3. Oral ranitidine (Zantac)-desirable but not essential
4. Inhaleable albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin) for breathing difficulties that persist despite epinephrine treatment.
5. Injectable or oral corticosteroid treatment for delayed anaphylactic symptoms.


Anaphylactic shock is a life threatening condition that can kill in minutes. Never, ever attempt self-treatment or improvised treatment for this condition when professional medical care is available. However, for the purposes of this article it is assumed that professional medical care will be delayed or outright unavailable.

1. Epinephrine inhalers such as Primeatine Mist-These inhalers ARE NOT a substitute for epinephrine injection, however, if injectable epinephrine is delayed or outright unavailable, these inhalers are certainly better than nothing. Use according to directions on the box. The goal of this improvised treatment is to prevent airway constriction and to get some epinephrine into the bloodstream via absorption through the lungs.

2. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Syrup-Take 2 capfuls of diphenhydramine syrup and gargle for 1 minute then swallow. The goal of this improvised treatment is to keep the throat from swelling shut due to the anaphylactic reaction and to get the antihistamine into the bloodstream. If you do not have the syrup but have tablets or capsules, you can still make use of the drug. Chew the tablets and then put some water into your mouth and gargle the drug and water solution. If you have capsules, open them and mix them with water or any available liquid and gargle the solution.

3. Ephedrine tablets’ such as the white cross or mini-thin tablets sold in convenience stores. These tablets are also sold as Primeatine Tablets. Take 1 or 2 of these 25 milligram tablets. If ephedrine tablets are unavailable you can take pseudo-ephedrine (Sudafed) tablets or phenylephrine tablets (Sudafed PE). These are also beta-agonist like ephedrine and will give some degree of relief. The goal of this improvised treatment is to get epinephrine like oral drugs into the blood stream.

4. While not technically a drug, hot tea contains the drug theophylline, which is used to treat asthma and can be used to treat anaphylactic shock if other drugs are not available. If hot tea is available, drink two cups of it.

5. Mormon Tea is a herb that contains ephedrine. The seeds for it are available from Richters Herbs. The dried leaves make a good addition to a herbal medical kit. Drink the tea hot to release the ephedrine.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Food Storage and a Preparedness Fantasy

I hope all of my readers have now started some kind of food storage program. As I’ve stated before, for most people, money will be the limiting factor in your preparedness plans. Do the best you can with what money you have NOW. Even if you can only store a small amount of food, storing some food is better than storing no food.

Here is an example of what WILL NOT work if the situation is bad enough:

One preparedness/survival fantasy I’ve heard many people tell goes like this: “Kevin, if there is a food shortage I’ll just get out my rifle, go out to the woods, and kill a deer to feed my family.” Depending on what part of the country the person is from, they may replace deer with whatever animal is plentiful in their area.

What is my reply to this fantasy? Bullshit. Conditionally.

This strategy might work in the event of a severe economic downturn or other events that are relatively minor. However, if a “big” event occurs, this strategy will fail and will likely get you killed.

First let me define what I mean when I say a “big” event.

1. An exchange of as little as 20 ICBM’s (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) carrying nuclear warheads between the United States and a foreign power. Its worth noting that most ICBM’s can carry at least 6 nuclear warheads and each of those warheads can be independently targeted. In practical terms that means a single ICBM carrying 6 warheads can take out 6 cities. So in this hypothetical scenario of a 20 missile exchange, lets say that Russia launches 10 ICBM’s against the United States and the United States launches 10 ICBM’s against Russia. If each missile carries 6 independently targeted nuclear warheads (some ICBM’s can carry a lot more than 6) that means that 60 cities in the United States and 60 cities in Russia are either destroyed or non-functional. For our purposes, forget about the cities in Russia (I have no readers in Russia, yet.) However, do consider that 60 cities in the United States are either destroyed or non-functional. Do the math: 10 missiles with 6 independently targeted nuclear warheads = 60 cities destroyed.

(On a side note, if you are under the belief that the proposed U.S. anti-ballistic missile program could stop this, you are mistaken. Russia has developed a new missile called the Topol-M, referred to by the U.S. military as the SS-27. It is essentially the most advanced ICBM ever created, the fastest ICBM ever created, and it is invulnerable to EMP (electro-magnetic pulse). On 30 May 2007, the Russian news agency Pravda announced it tested the R-500 missile, a version of the Topol-M that can carry multiple independently targeted warheads. This missile traveled 3,400 miles in 24 minutes. Both of these missiles are carried on mobile launchers, so they are very difficult to target).

2. An asteroid as small as 1/10th of a mile wide hitting any spot on the North American continent, an asteroid as small as ½ mile wide hitting anywhere in the western hemisphere, or an asteroid 1 mile wide or larger hitting anywhere on the planet. If the 1 mile wide asteroid hit anywhere on the planet, it would kick up enough dust into the atmosphere to block out the sun for 3 months to 2 years or more, even if it hits in the ocean. Also, even if it hit on the other side of the planet, it would kick up debris so high they would go into space and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and fall back down on the other side of the globe. This would occur even if the asteroid came down in the ocean. We’re not talking about small rocks either. We’re talking boulder size or larger chunks of rock, chunks of rocks big enough to destroy anything from large buildings to small towns.

3. A civil war in the United States. This is not as far fetched as some of you might think. A massive economic downturn might be all that is necessary.

4. The U.S.A. is invaded by a foreign power. My nomination for the most probable invaders would be a Russian-Chinese alliance. Such an alliance would most likely have help from North Korea, Syria, and Iran. I think their strategy would be to first seize everything west of the Rocky Mountains, including Alaska and Hawaii. This would be done with a combination of airborne operations, amphibious landings and with containers on container ships modified to carry troops. Such an alliance could do this without using nuclear weapons. However, given the number of troops China has, the U.S. would probably have use tactical nuclear weapons (as opposed to strategic nuclear weapons) to stop this invasion.

Now that you know what I mean by a “big” event, let me explain why the survivalist’s deer hunting fantasy will not work if a big event occurs.

You may recall that in a past issue, I CONSERVATIVELY estimated that for every 1 person or family that prepares, there will be 200 who do not. In practical terms, that means when a big event occurs, there are going to be a lot of hungry people. When their small supply of food runs out, many of those people who own guns will head for the woods to try to kill deer or whatever animal is plentiful in their region.

Think about that for a minute. Tens of thousands of people in each state heading for the woods with guns. Most of these people will have no hunting experience, AND they will be starving. In practical terms, that means they will shoot at anything that moves, and they will not take the time to identify their target before shooting. Do you want to be in those woods with those people? Better bring your bulletproof vest and body armor.

Even if you are in those woods, it really does not matter. With that many people in the woods, the supply of game will be killed down to nothing in a very short time. It does not matter what state you are in and how plentiful your supply of game is. My state, Alabama, has one of the highest deer populations in the nation (some experts say that Texas is the only state with a larger deer population than Alabama). After a few weeks, the deer population in Alabama would be decimated down to essentially nothing.

However, it gets worse. In addition to having to dodge bullets from non-experienced, starving hunters who will shoot anything that moves, there are other dangers. If the big event # 1 that I listed previously occurs, and exchange of ICBM’s between the U.S.A. and a foreign power, any game you kill is likely to be radioactive. If 60 U.S. cities were hit, there is going to be a tremendous amount of radioactive fallout. It will be in the water the deer drink and in the plants the deer eat. So if you eat the meat from one of these deer, the radioactive fallout will be in you. Depending on how much fallout you ingest, you could live for years with almost a 100 percent probability that you will develop cancer sometime in the future, or you could die a gruesome death in a period of a few days. Still want to head for the woods to get them deer?

If big event # 2, an asteroid 1 mile wide or larger landing anywhere on the planet, land or ocean, occurred, it would kick enough dust up into the air to block out the sun for 2 months to 2 years or more. So if you are going to feed yourself and your family by killing deer, your going to need night vision goggles and a night vision rifle scope. But that ain’t all. An asteroid this large will kick large boulders up into space, and most of them will come down and re-enter the earth’s atmosphere. Because of something called friction, when these boulders re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, they will get very hot, red hot. If one of these red hot boulders comes down in a forest, your going to have a forest fire. So in addition to your night vision goggles and your night vision scope, you may want to bring some fireproof clothing and a portable supply of breathable air, or a device to filter the smoke from the air you breath. Still want to be Davy Crockett?

If big event # 3 or # 4 occurs, you still face the problems of non-experienced, starving hunters who will shoot anything that moves being out there, and the problem of all the game being killed off in a very short time. Also, in events # 3 and # 4, you may run into enemy soldiers who have guns. When they hear you fire at them deer, they will direct a lot of firepower in your direction.

It still gets worse. One word: cannibalism. Yes, it is sickening, but it has happened in the past under extreme situations and there is no reason to think it will not happen again when extreme situations occur in the future.

Picture this: A man who did not prepare for his family is out in the woods with a gun. He had enough food to last a week under normal conditions, but in the crisis of the big event, he stretched it out and made it last 3 weeks. After three weeks, he heads for the woods. All of the game has been killed. Suddenly he sees you, but you do not see him. Keep in mind he has a starving wife and 3 starving children. Do you think it is far fetched to think he might shoot you? After all, if he brings home fresh meat, do you think his starving wife and kids will ask where it came from? Remember, he butchered you in the woods, so there is no evidence that the meat is that of another human. If you think this is far fetched, go to the internet and do a search using the word “cannibalism”. You will see the many times it has happened in history.

So, if you have the survival feed your family by deer hunting fantasy, I suggest you give it up. If the previous material does not convince you to give up this fantasy, I doubt anything will.

So what kind of food should you store? Freeze-dried is by far the best. The company Mountain House is one I highly recommend. I have some of their individual meal packs I purchased in 1999, just in case the Y2K scenario came true. They are past the expiration date by at least 2 years and they are still fine to eat. Mountain House also manufactures freeze-dried food in large steel cans. They cover the outside of the steel cans with a chemical similar to clear nail polish to protect the food from oxygen in case there are any microscopic defects in the steel. Mountain House claims, and I believe their claim, that they have tested freeze-dried food in these steel cans that is over 20 years old, and that it was still fresh and good tasting.

The down side to freeze-dried food is that it is relatively expensive compared to other survival foods. Also, you need water to prepare freeze-dried food, so in an emergency freeze-dried food will take more of your water supply than other foods.

Dehydrated food also puts a drain on your water supply. However, it does not last as long as freeze-dried food. If you have to pick between freeze-dried food or dehydrated food, I recommend you go with freeze-dried. The cost difference between the two is not that great.

However, as I have stated before, for most people, the biggest limiting factor in their preparedness plans will be money. So what do you do if you can’t afford the freeze-dried option?

MRE’s (meals ready to eat) or as at least one member of the military has called them, “meals ready to exit”, are the field ration of the United States Military. I’ve eaten them, and the taste of some of the items is very good. However, the shelf life of MRE’s is highly dependent on temperature, much more so than freeze-dried food. ( NOTE: High temperatures will shorten the shelf life of ALL types of stored food.) If you have a cool place to store them, MRE’s are not a bad option. I WOULD NOT rely on MRE’s for more than 20 percent of my stored food supply. Why? In the military there is a saying that is often repeated: “Remember, your rifle was made by the lowest bidder.” So are MRE’s. What if you get a bad batch? If you buy MRE’s for food storage I suggest you buy them from many different suppliers. This will reduce the chance of any portion of your MRE’s being from a bad batch.

If money is a real problem for you in your preparedness efforts, dried beans and grains are what you may have to consider. I DO NOT ENDORSE VEGETARIANISM AND I DO NOT THINK IT IS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. Raising a child on a vegetarian diet is, in my opinion, child abuse. Why? Because a vegetarian diet lacks something that children need for development, vitamin B-12. Many vegetarians claim you can get vitamin B-12 from a vegetarian diet. They are wrong. What you get from a vegetarian diet are analogs of vitamin B-12, chemicals that have a similar but not the exact 3-dimensional structure of vitamin B-12. These analogs DO NOT function properly in the biochemical reactions in the body requiring vitamin B-12. Vegetarian diets are also low on another important nutrient, carnosine.

One can however, get all your protein requirements using dried beans and grains. Have you ever heard of a dish called red beans and rice? Do you know why red beans and rice is often associated with good health? Because this particular combination provides all of the essential amino acids in the proper ratios to produce a complete protein.

It is beyond the scope of this article to go into the details of what beans to mix with what grains. However, you can buy books that list the amino acid contents of all common foods. Using one of these books you can easily determine what combinations will provide a complete protein. You need a combination of beans and grains that provides adequate amount of ESSENTIAL amino acids to get a complete protein. Essential amino acids are the amino acids that your body cannot manufacture and must be obtained from food. If you use beans and grains as your primary method of food storage, you should also store supplemental vitamin B-12 in the form of tablets or in the sublingual supplemental form (a tablet or liquid of vitamin B-12 that dissolves and is absorbed under your tongue.). Vitamin B-12 is also available in injectable form, but you need a prescription to get it.

WARNING: I DO NOT recommend that you use soybeans as a storage food. Soybeans and soy products in general, like tofu, ARE NOT HEALTHY. Soybeans are loaded with phyto-estrogens. Phyto-estrogens are estrogens, female sex hormones, made by plants. DO NOT FEED YOUNG MALE CHILDREN SOY PRODUCTS, ESPECIALLY SOY “MILK”. In fact, don’t feed soy products to ANY children or teenagers. Soy products also contain chemicals that inhibit protein absorption.

You can buy a lot of dried beans and a lot of dried grains for very little money. You should store the dried beans and grains in plastic sealable containers in a cool, dry place. It is a good idea to put duct tape or Gorilla tape around the seals on these plastic containers as an extra precaution against insects getting to the dried beans and grain. When you put the dried beans and grains in the plastic containers, leave the beans and grains in the plastic bag in which they were purchased.

The company Emergency Essentials sells “SuperPails” of many beans and grains. These pails contain about 45 pounds of product. This company is also a good source for MRE’s and freeze-dried food, as well as other preparedness supplies. Their web site is: Their phone number is 1-800-999-1863. Call and request their monthly mail out. For the record, I have no financial ties with this company, but if they ask you how you heard about them, please mention this blogspot.