We read a lot lately about Preppers, SHTF and Doomsday scenarios and what we should be doing to prepare for emergency situations. Living in the Midwest, we aren’t subject to earthquakes and hurricane food, water and gasoline shortages. If you follow any Prepper sites advice, where you live doesn’t matter. There’s always a risk of catastrophe of some sort and you should be prepared. There’s always the threat of foreign powers disrupting the fuel or power supply. Heck, right now, the threat is probably most from Washington D.C. and the political power struggle there. Never mind China, Russia or ISIS. It’s our political parties creating the most risk right now.
I was in Utah for a week with my kids speedskating at the Olympic Oval a few years back. Because we were there so long, we went to the supermarket for food rather than eating out all the time. One of the standout sights at the supermarket in Salt Lake City, were the aisles full of institutional sized cans and jars on the shelves. Far more than your typical Sams or Costco. This was to serve the large contingent of Mormons who regard it as their duty to be prepared, not only to care for their own families, but others as well.
I have a couple thoughts on this:
First, why not? We have insurance on our house, our cars, our health (well, that’s not insurance but we pay the premium anyway). We invest for a rainy day. The cost of having a month or 6 of food and water, always on hand, is certainly less than a year to insure your car. Makes sense. That’s insuring our food supply.
Second, the preparation in food supply and water is important, but what about the preparation of our bodies? Have we insured our health? I’m not talking about paying your health plan premiums. Really, if there is no gasoline and you need to get somewhere, you’re going to have to walk, run or ride a bike or something. Can you walk or run a mile or two right now? What kind of physical preparation can we make for this situation? Can your hips and knees take the extra weight we’ve been carrying around? Consider that you may need to obtain water from a distant source if the grid goes down and it no longer comes out of our faucets. How able are we to move 5 or 10 gallons of water at 8 pounds per gallon, a few miles? What if the natural gas supply gets cut off? Are you prepared to cut and split wood to supplement heating your home? This is the kind of thing Preppers think about.
Making sure that we can do these essential things is real health insurance. Paying our premiums to health plans in exchange for paying some of our medical expenses doesn’t insure our health. It ensures somebody’s gonna get paid to treat our disease but does not insure our health.
In the Past:
When I was growing up in the 60s, there were Duck and Cover exercises at school because the world wasn’t terribly stable. We’ve enjoyed a few decades of stability but lately I’d say the world is coming back to that Duck and Cover state. I was a child then, I can’t gauge what the adult politicians’ rhetoric was relative to today’s talks of impeachment, treason etc…. But, clearly, we are entering a less stable day to day than a decade ago.
What to do:
So, do nothing or get ready? For me, that means making sure my family is healthy now, so if things get more difficult in the future, we are prepared as we can be. Physically as well as shelter, food and water. That’s why my family gets adjusted at least weekly. We limit our inflammation inducing foods and maximize our fresh, organic nutrient intake. That’s what is going to prevent arthritis and the physical limitations that come with it. Making sure we are keeping fit to perform up to task if our lives depend on it.
Fortunately, no one in our family uses medication and would not be dependent on the supply chain in some upheaval. If you are, now is a good time to start reversing the disease process if possible. This can be done for lots of things. The top prescribed medications are for thyroid, cholesterol, asthma, heartburn and diabetes. Many times these can be reversed by adopting the lifestyle measures we teach at Vibrant Life Center. Now is a good time to start.
The best place to start is where the people live those principles. Don’t “ask your doctor” who prescribed the stuff unless he or she is free of medications themselves. Otherwise, it’s like asking poor people how to make a million dollars. Don’t ask sick people for advice on health. Ask healthy people how they did it and do it too. No need to reinvent the wheel. The rules of getting healthy haven’t changed. We’ve just been sold some bad advice. I’ll leave it to you to decide from whom.