Vaccinating cats and dogs can cause a range of diseases and disorders – including autism – and veterinarians are often guilty of “over-prescribing vaccines to maximize profits“, according to a new study published by a U.S. Veterinary journal.
Annual vaccinations have been a cash cow, for vaccine companies and Vets, for many years now. However, according to a group of vets, this revenue is created under false and misleading science and unnecessary vaccinations are seriously detrimental to the health of our pets.
A group of Vets has also issued a Health Warning, advising pet owners to stop lining the pockets of vaccine companies:
“The present practice of marketing vaccinations for companion animals may constitute fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by silence and theft by deception.“
As far as Big Pharma are concerned, a fool and his money are easily parted, and pet owners are proving as easy to swindle as young parents.
Just like vaccinations for humans, the number of scheduled vaccinations cats and dogs now receive has gone through the roof compared to previous generations.
Unsurprisingly, domestic cats and dogs have never suffered as many health problems as they do now.
“22,000 cats develop cancer at the site of vaccination every year in the USA. American cats are now being vaccinated in the tail or leg so that they can cut it off when it becomes cancerous,” says doglistener.co.uk.
Cancer in domestic cats has now reached epidemic proportions. The vaccine industry claims “correlation does not imply causation”, but a degree of common sense is needed here. How many tails and legs must be amputated before Vets will begin to admit the vaccinations they are pushing are high-risk?
If these figures aren’t telling enough, a further study claims that “Sixty-six per cent of all sick dogs start being sick within three months of vaccination.”
And compromised immune systems are just the start. Vaccines are also responsible for causing a range of chronic diseases to take hold, among them autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, thyroid disease, arthritis and parvovirus. Vaccines can even make your dog autistic.
Vets, pressured by vaccine companies to continually increase profits, are over-vaccinating our pets. Annual vaccines have become normalized in the U.S., when most vaccines are actually designed to last for seven years.
The vaccine industry is now so powerful that Vets are being punished for daring to treat animals on a case-by-case basis.
Dr John Robb, a leading U.S. Veterinarian, was put on probation in 2015 by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine in Connecticut, for reducing the dosage in rabies vaccinations for small dogs.
“You’re telling me that if there’s a law that would force me to kill my patient, I would have to do it?” he raged.
However he received scant support from fellow Vets in an industry increasingly geared towards maximizing profit – at the expense of the health of our cats and dogs.
‘I’m Hurting My Patients With These Vaccines’
Like all veterinary students, Dr. Robb was taught in vet school that vaccines are good and prevent disease. But once he was a practicing DVM, he began to see vaccine side effects such as life-threatening anaphylaxis, as well as longer term vaccine-related disorders.
“I began to read the veterinary literature like JAVMA, the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association,” says Dr. Robb. “I started to research on my own. I came across veterinarians who had been showing that vaccines caused a lot of serious side effects, including hemolytic anemia and cancer at the injection sites.
“I had a problem now. I’m a veterinarian, and I’m hurting my patients with these vaccines.”
Dr. Robb began changing the way he did things in his practice. For example, he lengthened the intervals between vaccines, and lowered the dose because it was very clear to him that small pets couldn’t handle the same amount of vaccine as larger animals.
Unfortunately, Dr. Robb, with his singular focus on the health of his patients, is a rarity in the Veterinary world.
New vets are required to swear a solemn oath when they finish their degree, “primum non nocere” or “first do no harm”. However in the race for cash, not all of them are following that creed.
Does your dog tense up around sudden noises? Vets say they should be routinely assessed for pain, inflamed muscles
Ever wondered why your usually calm dog suddenly becomes nervous whenever he hears loud or sudden noises?
The poor pet may be in pain. That’s what new research from the University of Lincoln found out. Animal behavioral scientists from the U.K. and Brazil studied dogs who were extra sensitive to loudness, different pitches, or sudden noises. They found that dogs with musculoskeletal pain showed greater noise sensitivity.
The researchers say that pain, which could be undiagnosed, could worsen when noise makes the dogs tense up, or when these disturbances startle them. This adds stress to inflamed muscles or joints, and brings more pain. The dog then associates the noise with pain, and avoids the place or situations associated with the bad experience.
The researchers suggest that veterinarians should make sure dogs with problems related to noise undergo a complete physical examination to see if pain is making them feel afraid and anxious.
Meanwhile, professor Daniel Mills from the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences pegs the average age for the usual onset of pain in dogs at around four years. So owners must bring their dogs to the veterinarian even before they mark their fourth birthday.
Researchers further studied two groups of dogs. The first group had underlying musculoskeletal pain; the other one didn’t. Dogs avoided areas where they had a bad experience with noise. Later in life, these dogs showed signs of fear whenever they heard fireworks, thunderstorms, airplanes, gunshots, cars, and motorbikes. They were usually four years older than their pain-free counterparts.
Understanding dog speech
The situation becomes a lot easier for humans and dogs if they know how to communicate with each other. Humans can sense when their pet is feeling low, and the dogs can communicate their pain by the way they bark, yelp, or simply look at their human owners.
This takes time, but science shows that it’s possible.
New research on “dog-directed speech” showed that dogs understand our gestures regardless of age. You can try this test at home. Put two similar cups covering small pieces of food in front of your dog. Make sure he doesn’t see the food and has no idea what’s inside the cups. Point to one of the cups while looking at your dog. Your pet will approach the cup you pointed to and check it out, expecting to find something in it.
That’s because your pet knows you’re telling him something. The amazing thing is, even chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, can’t seem to grasp that humans want to point something out in this situation. Neither do wolves (the dog’s closest living kin), no matter how long they’ve been around humans.
This is because dogs adapt to their human masters. Living closely with them for more than 30,000 years has made pet dogs acquire communication skills that help them bond with human adults and children.
But there are marked differences between how dogs and children understand us. The theory is that, unlike children, dogs think we’re telling them where to go when we we point out something to them. Children, on the other hand, think adults are transferring information when they point at something. This ability to understand spatial directives is the perfect example of how dogs adapt to life with humans.
Our pet dogs show how much they love us by adjusting to our ways. The least we can do for them is pay attention to what they’re telling us through their body language, the way they look at us, and the sounds they make. They will reward us with an unconditional love that will see us through the worst of times.
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Author: Jessica Dolores
Have you ever wondered if your dog actually loved you, or was just in it for the food? A team of researchers at Emory University in Atlanta recently conducted a study to find out the answer.
What is known as the “Dog Project” began about 5 years ago, in which Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns took MRI scans of dogs awake and unrestrained. For the project, he recruited 15 human-dog pairings in the Atlanta area to take part.
Berns, who studies the evolution of dogs and authored the book “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Brain,” said:
“We are trying to understand the basis of the dog-human bond and whether it’s mainly about food, or about the relationship itself.”
For the trial, the dogs were trained to associated 3 different objects with 3 different things: food, praise, and a neutral control. Two dogs dropped out of the experiment, so 13 of them did 32 trials to see if their brains were more responsive to food or praise.
The results showed that almost all of the dogs responded better or equally to praise, while two of the dogs who participated actually preferred the food to their humans.
In the second part of the experiment, dogs were not given any praise, but only food for their efforts. Brain scans showed that most of them were disappointed in the lack of fuss from their owners.
For the final experiment, the dogs were asked to navigate a Y-shaped maze. On one end was their human owner, ready to lavish their animal with praise. On the other end was a bowl of food.
“We found that the caudate response of each dog in the first experiment correlated with their choices in the second experiment. Dogs are individuals and their neurological profiles fit the behavioral choices they make. Most of the dogs alternated between food and owner, but the dogs with the strongest neural response to praise chose to go to their owners 80 to 90 percent of the time.”
The scientist also says that this experiment may lay the groundwork for future interspecies experiments, as dogs and humans share a unique bond within the animal kingdom. 
The study was published in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
Author: ANNA SCANLON
The old saying “April showers bring May flowers” has never been more true, particularly in the Texas Hill Country, which has received its fair share of rainfall accompanied by hot and humid temperatures. Unfortunately, wildflowers aren’t the only ones flourishing, as fleas and ticks also thrive in warm, moist environments. If you’re a pet owner, and anything like me, you absolutely dread this time of year, as it’s often the start of a long, arduous battle against fleas.
As a reader of Natural News, you likely already ditched the chemical treatments long ago. However, despite knowing the dangers, I personally have still used chemical treatments to combat fleas in my two pet cats, mainly because giving them a pill is a lot easier, and I thought, more effective. However, the latter is proving to be less and less true, as pests grow increasingly resistant to these chemicals.
In the past, I’ve tried several natural methods for combating fleas, including squeezing lemon juice all over my poor kitty. Needless to say, she did not appreciate that, and her discomfort was in vain, as the treatment did not work.
However, thanks to Dr. Will Falconer, a homeopathic veterinarian located here in Central Texas, I’m proud to announce that I’ve finally stumbled upon some non-toxic methods that effectively control fleas and ticks without harming your pets.
The life cycle of a flea
It’s always good to brief yourself on how exactly the flea’s life cycle works, as it’s the vast number of eggs that are the most problematic. Adult-biting fleas constitute just 5 percent of the problem, while the eggs, laid both on and off your pet, make up 50 percent of the pyramid, explains Dr. Falconer.
Larvae, making up 35 percent of the flea cycle, “emerge from the eggs and feed on debris and organic matter in carpets, soil, or in cracks and baseboards.” Above that are the pupae, making up 10 percent of the flea’s life cycle, which remains “suspended in a cocoon that seems impervious to all control efforts, natural or otherwise.”
The best way to kill fleas is to attack the base, targeting eggs and larvae, says Dr. Falconer, adding that most conventional treatments, which are poisonous to your pet, wrongfully target the adult fleas.
Flea bombs, sprays and dips only lead to resistant fleas, and sick people and pets, says Dr. Falconer.
“It’s the same story that happens with any antibiotic, pesticide, or herbicide: a certain percentage of every population of ‘pest’ is resistant to any given chemical. When the chemical is used, these resistant microbes, parasites, or weeds breed and begin a new strain that simply ignores the chemical. New chemicals are sought that are increasingly less safe to the humans and animals they contact, and resistance develops at each new turn.”
Killing fleas outdoors
If you have your own yard, one of the best ways to manage fleas is to reduce their population outdoors. This can be done through “a biological control” called nematodes or tiny worms applied via lawn sprayer, that within 24 hours can decrease the number of flea larvae in soil by about 90 percent.
Dr. Falconer advises that the worms be applied following a good rain, adding that “predators need to be reintroduced periodically, because they eat all the prey species and die off for lack of food.” Nematodes can generally be found at your local pet or garden store; however, you can also purchase them here and here.
Killing fleas indoors
Next, you’ll want to tackle fleas indoors. If your home is mostly carpeted, you can get rid of flea larvae using boric acid products, which have limited toxicity to people and pets. These products, which are in powder form, work by being sprinkled onto your carpet and brushed in with a broom before vacuuming.
Dr. Falconer says most applications are good for a year, but make sure not to inhale as it can irritate your lungs.
For mostly bare floors, Dr. Falconer recommends Nylar, a “very safe chemical” that controls flea growth. Nylar should be applied anywhere your pet rests, including floors, kennels, bedding and furniture.
“Its action is to prevent eggs from hatching and larvae from molting to adults. It does this by mimicking a juvenile hormone in the insect, and keeps the young from ever becoming adults.
“Once-a-year application should be sufficient in most cases, unless floors or kennels are washed or exposed to rain. It is difficult to find this chemical alone. It is often combined with adulticides (read: poisons). So it becomes imperative for consumers to be label detectives.”
Killing fleas on your pet
Using a good flea comb is one of the best ways to rid your pet of adult fleas, which may live for several weeks, says Dr. Falconer. You may also bathe your pet in the Health Ranger’s Pet Shampoo or Dr. Bronner’s soap, but be weary that frequent bathing is inadequate for controlling fleas, and it dries out your pet’s coat.
For dogs, you may add a few drops of essential oil to the bathtub, including lavender, citronella, tea tree or eucalyptus. This remedy doesn’t work well for cats, as they’re much more sensitive to essential oils, and can get sick from them.
Indoors, outdoors and on your pet
Lastly, another nontoxic treatment that can be used outdoors, inside the home, and on your pet is a natural cedar oil product from Wondercide, an Austin-based company that extracts the cedar oil from trees cleared here in Texas.
“It turns out that cedar oil works well on both fleas and ticks (and yes, bedbugs), and is safe for the mammals, be they pets or human folk. It acts by interrupting the pheromones of these pests, which is the way they communicate and find their prey and their mates,” says Dr. Falconer.
Flea & Tick kills fleas and ticks, as well as acting as a pest repellent. Though it’s recommended for cats and dogs, Dr. Falconer is a bit wary about using it on cats, as again, they’re far more sensitive to essential oils.
He recommends starting with a small area on the body, such as between the shoulders. If your cat shows no signs of discomfort within 12 hours, go ahead and apply to the rest of the body.
My own personal experience using Flea & Tick goes as follows: one cat did just fine upon application, but the other not as well. My male kitty began drooling excessively after licking the cedar oil, and though he wasn’t harmed, it just goes to show that pets will react differently.
So, be sure to follow Dr. Falconer’s advice about testing the product in a small area on cats first, preferably where they can’t lick it off. The upside is that the product appears to work, and smells great.
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Author: Julie Wilson
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The website of Dr. William Falconer, a homeopathic veterinarian based in the Texas Hill Country, has come under attack since he exposed the harmful (and sometimes deadly) side-effects of a widely prescribed drug used to control allergic and atopic dermatitis in dogs, a condition characterized by chronic itching that results in red, irritated and inflamed skin.
Dr. Falconer, a conventional vet turned holistic, has been reporting on the “damaging side-effects” of Apoquel, an anti-inflammatory drug made by Zoetis, a subsidiary of Pfizer. Released in 2014, the drug promises to alleviate itching in dogs within 4 hours, and “effectively” control the problem within 24 hours, with “minimal side-effects.”
However, the potential side-effects, as documented by Zoetis, don’t exactly sound “minimal.” Apoquel (also called oclacitinib tablet), increases the risk of serious infections, and may worsen existing parasitic skin infections, as well as pre-existing cancers.
Yet, the drug continues to sell like “hot cakes,” says Dr. Falconer, resulting in mass shortages.
Though it may quickly relieve itching (temporarily), Apoquel is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s been linked to difficulty breathing, nose bleeds, weight gain, fever, papilloma lesions in the mouth, decreased appetite, abdominal pain and vomiting. Pet owners also report that the drug stops working after a while.
Dr. Falconer exposed the drug’s side-effects and its eventual ineffectiveness in an article entitled “Apoquel: Dog Miracle Drug With a Dark Side.” The story went viral, receiving 400 percent more traffic than other pages on his website, VitalAnimal.com.
(Click here to learn more about how to protect your pet from the harmful drugs and vaccines routinely pushed on them, as well as how to spot “fauxlistic” vets a mile away.)
The article was so popular that it showed up in the top search results on Google for “Apoquel,” ranking only second to Zoetis’ advertisements for the drug.
‘We’ve identified an ongoing attack targeting your site’
Soon, Dr. Falconer began receiving emails from concerned readers unable to access his site.
“Hi Will or support folks, I have been trying to read up on new things on your web site, and can not get in. It says it’s up and running, but won’t open. Just keeps saying to reload page and then error. Is there a problem that may be fixed soon?”
The emails kept pouring in, prompting Dr. Falconer to alert the support at his web hosting company, who replied, “We’ve identified an ongoing attack targeting your site.”
Because the attacks “paralleled” his viral post on Apoquel, Dr. Falconer finds it to be an unlikely coincidence.
The support staff assured him that the attacker is now blocked and the issue is resolved; however, his site keeps crashing, with no explanation as to why.
Is it possible that Big Pharma grew angry about the negative attention being cast on its lucrative drug Apoquel, and tasked operatives with disrupting the information? Absolutely, it’s possible. Remember, this is an industry that openly plots the death of those who stand in their way, as documented in court records.
Dr. Falconer concurs.
“As you might imagine, my post outlining the short-sighted design of this drug and growing reports of its serious side effects probably doesn’t set well with Big Pharma’s greedy goals. Keep the shareholders happy! Your animal’s health? Not so important, it would seem,” he wrote.
“When harm comes from tweaking your dog’s immune system with a drug, I think you need to know about it. Are you going to hear about it from Dr. WhiteCoat who sells Apoquel for dogs who itch too much? You can bet not.”
Chronic illness in pets means big money for Big Pharma
Allergies and chronic itching are the number one reasons pets see the vet, says Dr. Falconer, adding that the symptoms are the result of a confused immune system caused by over-vaccinating.
Vaccinating your pet annually is not only dangerous, but completely unnecessary, as most vaccines provide immunity for years or for the life of the animal, as stated by well-respected practitioners of conventional veterinary medicine.
A clear sign of immune confusion, as Dr. Falconer refers to it, is an overreacting immune system. “Immune systems are put into a state of confusion by vaccines whose sole purpose is to hype that very system.” Over-vaccinating often results in a number of chronic illnesses, including:
• Flea allergy dermatitis
• Atopic dermatitis
• Food allergy dermatitis
• Renal failure
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
• Autoimmune thrombocytopenia
Pets with any of the above listed illnesses (or any others) absolutely should not be vaccinated. Click here to learn what exempts your pet from annual vaccination, and for a vaccine-opt-out template made by Dr. Falconer.
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Is Urban Living Making Us Sick?
The last century, especially the last several decades, has seen a steep rise in levels of allergies, asthma and auto-immune disorders. What is interesting is that statistical analysis shows that typically these conditions are more prevalent in developed nations than in developing countries, and when families migrate from a developing country with a low incidence rate to a developed one with a high incidence rate, it only takes one generation for the conditions to present.
A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland suggests that exposure to farm animals in early childhood may play an important role in the development of a healthy immune system, specifically in regards to the role of dendritic cells and cytokine production. Dendritic cells are messengers that present antigens to other cells to elicit an immunological response. Via this mechanism they regulate cytokine (messenger protein) production, adaptive immune system response, and are essential for the establishment of immunological memory.
Many studies have noted that children who grow up around farm animals are less likely to develop childhood atopic diseases (like asthma and eczema). However, though a clear relationship could be found between growing up on a farm and the development of a healthy immune system, the mechanistic link between the two was unclear. This study attempted to understand the link.
Heidi Kaario, MSc, in her PhD thesis investigated whether farm and pet (cat and dog) exposure affect the phenotype and functional properties of dendrictic cells along with cytokine production in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of children at the age of 4.5 years in a subpopulation of a wider study, known as the Finnish PASTURE birth cohort study. Half the children in the study were from farming families and the other half were from rural, non-farming families.
The study found a lower percentage of dendritic cells in the peripheral blood mononuclear cell cultures of farm children as compared to those of non-farm children, when there was stimulation with lipopolysaccharide. The unstimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells of farm children produced more, in particular, non-allergic Th1-associated and regulatory (non-inflammatory) cytokines than those of their non-farm counterparts. The implication is that introducing children to foreign but benign animal cells and animal-associated bacteria promotes optimal immune system regulation, making their bodies less likely to overreact to allergens, and less likely to confuse ‘self’ with ‘other’. Thus, immune system modulation guards against chronic inflammation, inappropriate or exaggerated immune response, and the development of autoimmune conditions.
While this study takes us a step closer to understanding the complex mechanisms involved in the development of our immune systems, it also reinforces the idea that our concept of hygiene might be flawed and that nature, rather than a strictly scientific approach, might be the way towards a solution.
The Germ Theory
In 1846 a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that if doctors washed their hands before delivering babies, the death rates for both mothers and infants went down. At the time Semmelweis had difficulty convincing others of his findings. He was eventually fired and ultimately condemned to a mental hospital where he himself became infected by a deadly strain of bacteria.
However, though he was not acknowledged in his time, today his assertions are seen as the first step on our long and still incomplete journey towards understanding the true nature of our complex relationship with bacteria.
“Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness…”
Once we became aware that there were these miniscule entities that, though incredibly tiny, could make us very sick, a war began. We were indoctrinated to believe, as is so often the case in war, that the enemy was disgusting and evil and the only answer was, if possible, complete eradication.
As the idea of hygiene gained traction, households began to run with the notion and ultimately, as we humans have a tendency to do when we discover a good thing, it seems we may have taken it too far. “Cleanliness” was soon afforded “next to Godliness” status, and by the 1980’s we had chemical laden, anti-bacterial cleaners for just about everything in the home, including our bodies.
The Hygiene Hypothesis
When rates of allergies and other immune conditions began to sky rocket in the 1980s David Strachan proposed the hygiene hypothesis as a possible explanation. The hygiene hypothesis suggested that the illnesses that were becoming increasingly prevalent in modern societies were a result of infection preventing hygienic practices. Strachan proposed that childhood infections helped prime the immune system and that the decline in infections was responsible for the increase in immune related disorders. However, later studies demonstrated that the amount of infections a person developed in childhood had little bearing on the development of immune related conditions.
“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.” ~ William Shakespeare
The Old Friends Hypothesis
In 2003 the theory was revised as ‘The Old Friends Hypothesis’. This theory, which more and more evidence supports (including the study described above), proposes that rather than infection priming the immune system, it is actually the bacteria that humans have evolved with over time that are responsible for assisting the developing immune system by teaching it to recognise friend and foe. Because more than 90% of human evolution took place as hunters and gatherers, and in agricultural settings, deeply immersed in the completely unsterile natural world, we developed a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our environment.
A Fine Balance
Another similar and related situation we are currently grappling with is that our overly ambitious attempts to sterilise environments, like hospitals, has resulted in the creation of superbugs. Superbugs are bacteria that have developed a resistance to the products we use to eradicate them.
We are coming to understand that there will always be both good and bad bacteria, but in a healthy system the good outweigh the bad and keep them in check. So, rather than trying to eradicate bacteria, the solution is likely to work with them and create environments that promote those that work in harmony with our systems.
Living in dense human environments makes hygiene a necessity in order to maintain acceptable health standards. However, what is interesting is that it seems that once again nature may hold the key to our health. Studies have found that due to the complex chemical makeup of natural antibiotics and disinfectants, bacteria are less able to develop a resistance as they evolve.
The more we understand about our world the more we are coming to realize just how astoundingly amazing it is. The balance in nature is a delicate one. Because of the incredible intricate interconnection between everything in our environment it seems that every time we humans try to tip that balance in our favour we end up causing more harm than good, not only ourselves, but to the planet as a whole. Instead of trying to manipulate, supersede and outdo nature, it seems instead it would be wiser to look to nature as a teacher to connect with and learn from.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Most children, if permitted, have an innate affinity with nature. This study along with many others demonstrates this is something to be encouraged. Obviously most people are not going to make such drastic change as giving up their current lifestyle to start living on a farm. However, while cats and dogs do not provide as high a level of protection as exposure to farm animals they do provide some level of protection. Also more organic farms are opening their doors to the public and providing opportunities for kids to indulge their natural inclination to interact with animals.
Ultimately it seems it is time to stop being afraid of ‘germs’ and learn how to cultivate a love based, rather than fear based relationship with our miniscule friends.
- Early childhood exposure to farm animals and pets modifies immunological responses.
- The rising trends in asthma and allergic disease.
- The ‘hygiene hypothesis’ for autoimmune and allergic diseases: an update.
- The Hygiene Hypothesis.
- Exposure to Allergens Early in Life May Lower Children’s Allergy Risk
About the author:
Christina Lavers is a writer, an artist, a creative enthusiast, and an inner world explorer. Born in Montreal Quebec Canada, she now lives with her life partner and son in a rainforest pocket in the hills behind Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia. She spends her time playing, creating, growing and sharing. As well as teaching and running private classes and workshops, Christina has developed and implemented many projects for local organizations.
“My journey has been about personal alchemy… exploring the mysteries of my soul and my environment, and learning to bring all aspects, the light and the dark, together with the transcending ingredient… love. The more I uncover and nurture the wounded aspects of my being, the more whole and grounded I feel and the more my outer world reflects the love, wonder and magic I have discovered inside”.
Christina has recently published her first full length book, a memoir about her wild awakening journey entitled Jump Into the Blue, and she is currently working on the next one.
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The next great economic crisis is rapidly approaching, and most people are going to be totally blindsided by it. Even though the warning signs are glaringly obvious, most Americans continue to believe that our “leaders” know what they are doing and that everything will be just fine. But what will happen when the next great financial crash happens and trillions of dollars of “paper wealth” disappear into thin air? What will happen when the coming credit crunch causes economic activity to dramatically slow down and millions upon millions of people lose their jobs? This shouldn’t sound far-fetched to you. Remember, this is exactly the kind of thing that we saw back in 2008, and the next great financial crisis is likely going to be significantly worse. Our economy is in far worse shape than it was back in 2008, and government dependence is now at an all-time high even though most Americans are still enjoying debt-fueled false prosperity. We are living in the largest debt bubble in the history of the planet, and when it bursts we are going to experience a crippling “adjustment” to our standard of loving. Some people understand this and are busy preparing for what is ahead. It has been estimated that there are approximately 3 million “preppers” in the United States, and that number is growing all the time. Unfortunately, most Americans are not preparing for the coming economic depression and they are going to bitterly regret it.
So what does preparing for the coming economic depression look like?
Well, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of the things that you should do are just common sense.
But there are some people that take things to extremes. For example, a new National Geographic series is featuring a family that is actually constructing a “Doomsday Castle“. The former U.S. Army officer that is building this unusual home is trying to prepare for virtually every type of disaster that he can imagine…
Meet Brent Sr., the leader of the six-person family. Brent is a former Army Infantry Training Officer who is heading up the project to build an “EMP (electromagnetic pulse)-proof medieval castle in the woods of the Carolinas.”
According to National Geographic, Brent is teaching five of his 10 children survival skills.
The unfinished, fortified castle that Brent Sr. is building — an idea he got during the Y2K prep craze — will be able to sustain an EMP-event that could wipe out a power grid, but will also survive natural disasters like hurricanes.
He even plans to train his family members to use crossbows and a catapult to defend against potential home invaders.
Not many people out there are going to take “prepping” to such extremes.
But even if you don’t plan to build a “Doomsday Castle”, that doesn’t mean that you should be doing nothing.
Sadly, most Americans are quite ill-prepared for a major economic downturn at this point. In fact, most Americans seem to be doing almost nothing to prepare.
Just consider the following statistics. Most of these numbers come fromone of my previous articles…
-According to a survey that was recently released, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
–46 percent of all Americans have less than $800 in savings.
–27 percent of all Americans do not have even a single penny saved up.
-Less than one out of every four Americans has enough money stored away to cover six months of expenses.
-Each year, 12 million Americans take out high interest payday loans.
-It is estimated that less than 10 percent of the U.S. population owns any gold or silver for investment purposes.
–44 percent of all Americans do not have first-aid kits in their homes.
–48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies stored up.
–53 percent of all Americans do not have a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and water in their homes.
–One survey asked Americans how long they thought they would survive if the electrical grid went down for an extended period of time. Incredibly, 21 percent said that they would survive for less than a week, an additional 28 percent said that they would survive for less than two weeks, and nearly 75 percent said that they would be dead before the two month mark.
Those numbers are absolutely appalling.
When the system fails, most people are going to be completely blindsided by it and millions upon millions of people are going to absolutely freak out.
Don’t let that happen to you.
So what are some basic things that you can do to get prepared for the great economic storm that is coming?
The following are a few of the things that Nicole Foss suggests…
1) Hold no debt (for most people this means renting)
2) Hold cash and cash equivalents (short term treasuries) under your own control
3) Don’t trust the banking system, deposit insurance or no deposit insurance
4) Sell equities, real estate, most bonds, commodities, collectibles (or short if you can afford to gamble)
5) Gain some control over the necessities of your own existence if you can afford it
6) Be prepared to work with others as that will give you far greater scope for resilience and security
7) If you have done all that and still have spare resources, consider precious metals as an insurance policy
8) Be worth more to your employer than he is paying you
9) Look after your health!
I think all of those are great pieces of advice.
In addition, below I have posted some of the things that I personally recommend. The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles entitled “25 Things That You Should Do To Get Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse“…
#1 An Emergency Fund
Do you remember what happened when the financial system almost collapsed back in 2008? Millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs, and because many of them were living paycheck to paycheck, many of them also got behind on their mortgages and lost their homes. You don’t want to lose everything that you have worked for during this next major economic downturn. It is imperative that you have an emergency fund. It should be enough to cover all of your expenses for at least six months, but I would encourage you to have an emergency fund that is even larger than that.
#2 Don’t Put All Of Your Eggs Into One Basket
If the wealth confiscation in Cyprus has taught us anything, it is that we should not put all of our eggs in one basket. If all of your money is in one single bank account, it would be easy to wipe out. But if you have your money scattered around a number of different places it will give you a little bit more security.
#3 Keep Some Cash At Home
This goes along with the previous point. While it is not wise to keep all of your money at home, you do want to keep some cash on hand. If there is an extended bank holiday or if a giant burst from the suncauses the ATM machines to go down, you want to be able to have enough cash to buy the things that your family needs. Just ask the people of Cyprus how crippling a bank holiday can be. One way to keep your cash secure at home is by storing it in a concealed safe.
#4 Get Out Of Debt
A lot of people seem to assume that an economic collapse would wipe out all debts, but that will probably not be the case. In fact, if you are in a tremendous amount of debt you will be very vulnerable if the economy collapses and you are not able to find a job. Just ask the people who were overextended and lost their jobs during the last recession. So please get out of debt. Many debt collectors are becoming increasingly ruthless. In many areas of the country they are now routinely putting debtors into prison. You do not want to be a slave to debt when the next wave of the economic collapse strikes.
#5 Gold And Silver
In the long-term, the U.S. dollar is going to lose a tremendous amount of value and inflation is going to absolutely skyrocket. That is one reason why so many people are investing very heavily in gold, silver and other precious metals. All over the globe, the central banks of the world are recklessly printing money. Everyone knows that this is going to end very badly. In fact, there is already a push in more than a dozen U.S. states to allow gold and silver coins to be used as legal tender. Someday you will be glad that you invested in gold and silver now while their prices were still low.
#6 Reduce Your Expenses
A lot of people claim that they can’t put any money toward prepping, but the truth is that we all have room to reduce our expenses. We all spend money on things that we do not really need. Those that are “lean and mean” will tend to do much better during the times that are coming.
#7 Start A Side Business
If you do not have much money, a great way to increase your income is by starting a side business. And it does not take a lot of money – there are many side businesses that you can start for next to nothing. And starting a side business will allow you to become less dependent on your job. In this economic environment, a job could disappear at literally any time.
#8 Move Away From The Big Cities If Possible
For many people, this is simply not possible. Many Americans are still completely and totally dependent on their jobs. But if you are able, now is a good time to move away from the big cities. When the next major economic downturn strikes, there will be rioting and a dramatic rise in crime in the major cities. If you are able to move to a more rural area you will probably be in much better shape.
#9 Store Food
Global food reserves have reached their lowest level in nearly 40 years. As the economy gets even worse and global weather patterns become even more unstable, the price of food will go much higher and global food supplies will become much tighter. In the long run, you will be glad for the money that you put into long-term food storage now.
#10 Learn To Grow Your Own Food
This is a skill that most Americans possessed in the past, but that most Americans today have forgotten. Growing your own food is a way to become more independent of the system, and it is a way to get prepared for what is ahead.
#11 Nobody Can Survive Without Water
Without water, you would not even make it a few days in an emergency situation. It is imperative that you have a plan to provide clean drinking water for your family when disaster strikes.
#12 Have A Plan For When The Grid Goes Down
What would you do if the grid went down and you suddenly did not have power for an extended period of time? Anyone that has spent more than a few hours without power knows how frustrating this can be. You need to have a plan for how you are going to provide power to your home that is independent of the power company.
#13 Have Blankets And Warm Clothing On Hand
This is more for emergency situations or for a complete meltdown of society. During any major crisis, blankets and warm clothing are in great demand. They also could potentially make great barter items.
#14 Store Personal Hygiene Supplies
A lot of preppers store up huge amounts of food, but they forget all about personal hygiene supplies. During a long crisis, these are items that you would greatly miss if you do not have them stored up. These types of supplies would also be great for barter.
#15 Store Medicine And Medical Supplies
You will also want to store up medical supplies and any medicine that you may need. In an emergency situation, you definitely would not want to be without bandages and a first-aid kit. Over the course of a long crisis, you do not want to run out of any medicines that are critical for your health.
#16 Stock Up On Vitamins
A lot of preppers do not think about this either, but it is very important. These days, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get adequate nutrition from the foods that we eat. That is why it is very important to have an adequate store of vitamins and other supplements.
#17 Make A List Of Other Supplies That You Will Need
During any crisis, there will be a lot of other things that you will need in addition to food and water. The following are just a few basic things that it would be wise to have on hand…
– an axe
– a can opener
– battery-powered radio
– extra batteries
– lighters or matches
– fire extinguisher
– sewing kit
This list could be much, much longer, but hopefully this will get you started.
#18 Don’t Forget The Special Needs Of Your Babies And Your Pets
Young children and pets have special needs. As you store supplies, don’t forget about the things that they will need as well.
This may sound trivial, but the truth is that our entertainment-addicted society would become very bored and very frustrated if the grid suddenly went down for an extended period of time. Card games and other basic forms of entertainment can make enduring a crisis much easier.
In the years ahead, being able to defend your home and your family is going to become increasingly important. When the economy crashes, people are going to start to become very desperate. And desperate people do desperate things.
#21 Get Your Ammunition While You Still Can
Your firearms will not do you much good if you do not have ammunition for them. Already there are widespread reports of huge ammunition shortages. The following is from a recent CNS News article…
“The run on ammunition has manufacturers scrambling to accommodate demand and reassure customers, as many new and seasoned gun owners stock up over fears of new firearms regulations at both the state and federal levels.”
Don’t just assume that you will always be able to purchase large amounts of ammunition whenever you want. Get it now while you still can.
#22 If You Have To Go…
Have a plan for what you and your family will do if you are forced to leave your home. If you do have to go, the following are some items that you will want to have on hand…
– a map of the area
– a compass
– backpacks for every member of the family
– sleeping bags
– warm clothing
– comfortable shoes or hiking boots
One of the most important assets in any crisis situation is community. If you have friends or neighbors that you can depend upon, that is invaluable. The time spent building those bonds now will pay off greatly during a major crisis.
#24 Have A Back-Up Plan And Be Flexible
Mike Tyson once said the following…
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
No plan ever unfolds perfectly. When your plan is disrupted, what will you do?
It will be imperative for all of us to have a back-up plan and to be flexible during the years ahead.
#25 Keep Your Prepping To Yourself
Do not go around and tell everyone in the area where you live about your prepping. If you do, then you may find yourself overwhelmed with “visitors” when everything falls apart.
And please do not go on television and brag about your prepping to a national audience.
Prepping is something that you want to keep to yourself, unless you want hordes of desperate people banging on your door in the future.
For much more on prepping, I would encourage you to check out the dozens of excellent websites out there that teach people advanced prepping techniques for free.
So what do you think about all of this?
Are you getting prepared for the coming economic depression?
Author: Michael Snyder – http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/