Thursday, August 29, 2019

PSA - Suicide Prevention

Last week a neighbor committed suicide. He left behind a wife, grown children, and young grandchildren.

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of talking to a veteran who serves on the honor guard at military funerals. He told me about the number of funerals he has served at this year and how many of those were suicides. It was a shocking number.

There is definitely a suicide epidemic happening now.  So, I would like to take a moment to address the issue. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please ask for and get help. If you know someone who may be having suicidal thoughts, or who may be suffering from depression, PTSD, or other mental illness, please say something to encourage them to seek help. There are no easy answers, but silence is always the wrong answer.

Where to Get Help*
❗ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

❗ Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

❗ Anxiety and Depression Association of America Website:

❗ SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline – 1-877-726-4727  (Get general information on mental health and locate mental health & treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.)

❗ Refer to the article Finding Help: When to Get It and Where to Go on the Mental Health America website. 

❗ Local clergy (pastors, priests, rabbis) often will be able to refer you to local programs, support groups, and counselors that can help.

* Having relationship with God is a very important part of getting help. I encourage everyone to pray and read the Bible daily, and to attend Church regularly.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Five SHTF Events I am Preparing to Survive

I sometimes get the question "Tim, what are you preparing for? What do you really think is going to happen?" Well, here's my answer:

1) Life's Everyday Emergencies.  Life is full of smaller emergencies that fall short of being a civilization ending doomsday - house fires, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, power outages, car accidents, household accidents, recessions, an unexpected job loss, an unexpected illness, and even an unexpected death. These type of emergencies happen everyday to lots of people. They are so common, I guarantee that everyone reading this article will face some of these emergencies not just once, but multiple times in their lives. I certainly am preparing with these everyday  emergencies in mind. 

2) The Threat Within. There are elites in both government and corporate board rooms that want to destroy America and western civilization for their own benefit. They believe traditional western civilization and culture is bad, that America in particular is evil, and that Biblical values and ethics are too restricting (for them). They hate capitalism, even though they personally have greatly benefited from it. They look down on the lower and working classes with great disdain (we are uneducated, unsophisticated, vulgar...). They want to create a world with no borders, where they are basically global citizens unrestricted by normal laws and ethics. They desire a large underclass (they need workers), a small middle class (they need some working professionals), and a small but extremely prosperous upper class made up of themselves and their fellow elites. They want to create an elite class who, by virtue of their obvious superiority, have absolute rule over the lesser classes. 

Over the past decades, the elites have already done great damage. The introduction of centralized banking and fiat currency is one example, along with massive government debt they have generated. Destroying our educational system and dumbing down the people is another example. Their current attempts to restrict Free Speech and Free Press come straight out of the elites' desire to control the lesser classes, as does their desire to eliminate the Second Amendment, to ridicule patriotism, to end borders, to weaken the traditional family, and to greatly restrict parental rights. The attempt in recent decades to recast the broad Freedom of Religion our Founders gave us into the much more narrow freedom of worship is very much a part of their attempts to overcome traditional western civilization (see my article on the important difference between Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Worship and how the elites are weakening our freedoms in this regard). 

The threat within may lead to massive economic, political, and social instability, along with a loss of rights, traditions, and culture. In fact, we are already starting to see these things, and it will only get worse. 

3) The Stealth Invasion of the West. There is an active, but stealth, invasion of Europe and the Americas by Muslims through "peaceful" immigration, along with increasing (often violent) demands for various accommodations, privileges, special legal status, and the acceptance and even imposition of Sharia Law. This stealth invasion is well-documented by investigative journalist Leo Hohman in his book Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad. Also documenting this stealth invasion are Sam Solomon and Elias Al Maqdisi in their book Modern Day Trojan Horse: Al-Hijra, the Islamic Doctrine of Immigration.

Add to this stealth invasion the much higher birth rates of Muslims compared to native westerners, who have been convinced that large families are a bad idea (overpopulation, climate change), and you have a situation where western civilization is slowly being replaced by Islamic civilization.

It is worth noting that this stealth invasion by immigration is being fostered by western elites who have become so anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, and anti-traditional values, that they are willing to allow anything that might bring down traditional western civilization, so they might remake it to their benefit. Expect more economic, political, and social instability, violence, and loss of freedoms as this trend continues.

4) War with China. According to the historical concept known as the Thucydides Trap, which has been well-studied by academics and heavily discussed in diplomatic circles, a hot war leading to the destruction of either America or China is coming. Very simply, the Thucydides Trap states that when a rising great power (China, in this instance) threatens to displace an existing great power (in this case, America), a war that will almost certainly lead to the destruction of one of the great powers is almost always inevitable.

China is aware of this concept, and is making policy based on it. They are preparing. America is also aware of this concept. However, we are not preparing. Notice, too, the resistance from elites within our government and board rooms to Trump's attempts to be strong in regards to China. War is coming. Not tomorrow, but it is coming. 

5) Death. Even if nothing I've talked about in this article comes to pass, one SHTF event is certain. I will die. And so will you. At some point, everyone one of us will die. Spiritual preparedness is an important part of my preps, and hopefully, it is a part of yours, too. You may be interested in my recent article on spiritual preparedness for more on this topic. 

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Thucydides Trap and the War With China

by Tim Gamble

The current trade war with China is only a prelude to what is coming. China is preparing for what it considers an inevitable "hot" war with America within the next 10 years. China is convinced this war must happen because of a concept known as the Thucydides Trap. 

The Thucydides Trap isn't some conspiracy theory twaddle, but is a well-studied historical concept heavily discussed in academic and diplomatic circles. Very simply, the Thucydides Trap states that when a rising great power (China, in this instance) threatens to displace an existing great power (in this case, America), a war that will almost certainly lead to the destruction of one of the great powers is almost always inevitable.
The Chinese are very aware of this concept, and are actively making policy based on it. Again, this is known and discussed within diplomatic circles (i.e. cannot be dismissed as a conspiracy theory, but rather is known fact). It is the basis of their ongoing massive military build-up, as well as their interference in North Korea (the Chinese have always assisted North Korea with their nuclear and missile programs, and are pushing Kim Jong-un to stall in regards to denuclearization). It is also part of the reasoning behind their aggressiveness in the South China Sea (control over vital trade routes), including their building of artificial islands & military bases, as well as their economic & diplomatic push into South America and Africa (the later which includes a growing military presence), to obtain various resources. 

Take a look at a few recent headlines during the past week alone:

When Will This War Happen? 

An honest answer: I don't know. What I do know is that China is preparing for a hot war with the United States. I assume they are waiting for the right moment to strike, a moment when they feel ready and believe the US is at its weakest. I suspect they will wait to see what happens in the 2020 election (notice the last headline posted above is about China already meddling in support of the Democrats in the 2020 elections). 

I also know that we need to start preparing, as a nation and as individuals, for the coming war with China. History says it is almost certainly inevitable. The clock is ticking.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Skills vs. Gear & Supplies vs. Atitude vs. Health & Fitness

This is a multiple choice test. Choose one.

Q.  Which of the following is most important for survival and preparedness?

    A-  Skills
    B-  Gear & Supplies
    C-  Mental Attitude
    D-  Health & Fitness

Its a trick question. The correct answer is E- All the Above.

The simple fact is that skills, gear & supplies, the right mental attitude, and health & fitness are all important. Have one, or two, without the others, and you're going to be in a really tough situation when the S hits the fan.

The reason I bring this up is that I often see folks with long lists of gear, tools, and supplies that they recommend for survival. Then I see where others criticize them saying that skills are more important. Then others pipe in saying that what is needed is the right mental attitude, or health & fitness. This argument misses the point, in my  opinion.


Gear, tools, and supplies are useful, but without the right skills, they aren't going to be of much use, especially over the long term. Likewise, those wonderful skills aren't very useful if you don't have the right tools and supplies for the the job.

Likewise, mental attitude is essential. After all, if you panic in a bad situation, your skills and supplies won't be of much use. The same thing can be said about health & fitness. You simply cannot isolate one of these as essential over and above the rest. They all are essential.

The bottom line:  What I'm trying to get at in this article is to encourage folks to have a balanced approach to their preparedness. Work on all areas, not just one or two. Buy your tools, gear and supplies, but also learn skills. And don't forget your health & fitness, as well as the mental aspects of preparedness. Balance is key. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

SecuringYour Current Assets Before the Next Economic Downturn

Here are some ideas for securing your current assets before the next economic downturn:

1) Make sure the banks and insurance companies you use are financially healthy. There are rating services you can use, such as Bauer Financial and BankRate for banks and credit unions, and A.M. Best Company, Inc for insurance companies.

2) Pay off your mortgage if at all possible, or at least refinance into a fixed rate. For most people, their home is their largest and most important financial asset. Yet, in 2009 over 3 million homes were foreclosed on.  Don't be one of those in the next economic meltdown.

3) Pay off your vehicles, and anything else that you are making payments on that you don't want to loose. Can't pay off your vehicle anytime soon? Then trade down and get out from under that car payment. That clunker you own outright may look embarrassing, but it will be of more use to you than that shinny new car that gets towed away because you missed a payment. Same goes for other things that your making payments on that might get repossessed in a crisis.

4) Pay your taxes on time and in full. The government has given itself extraordinary powers to seize your paycheck, savings, investments, and property to collect back taxes.

5) Put a portion of your savings into silver, gold and/or other hard assets. How much? Depending on which "expert" is talking, anywhere from 5% to 20%. I lean on the high side of that range. Remember, certificates that say you own X amount of gold or silver being held for you by some bank or investment company will only be worth the paper they are printed on during a severe financial crisis. Take physical possession of your gold or silver before the crisis hits.

6) Guard against identity theft. Identity theft is a $20 billion dollar a year industry, and it will only increase as the economy worsens. Be careful who you share your information with. Shred or burn financial documents instead of just throwing them away. Be especially careful online, and keep your antivirus updated daily.

7) Take steps to protect your current job. Check out the article Fifteen Commandments of Keeping Your Job. Don't give your employer a reason to fire you.

8) Get ready now to look for a new job. Don't wait until you are fired. Keep your resume constantly up-to-date. Make sure you have updated contact info for all your references. Start networking now - you will be more likely to find a new job through a friend or colleague than from the classifieds or even employment services. Building a network is essential career advice, good times or bad. 

9) Learn new skills. Realize you may have to find a new job in a different field from your current job. Or you may have to go into business for yourself. Learn new skills. Take some classes at a local community college. Take a marketing and/or public relations class (surprisingly useful to most jobs/careers). Learn to sell (read the book SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham - considered a business classic). Brush up on your computer skills. Learn coding. Learn bookkeeping & accounting. Learn Spanish for the workplace. Consider learning a trade (electrician, plumber, welder, HVAC repair, etc.) as a back-up to your current career. The more you know, the more employable you will be. 

Don't wait until the next financial crisis hits to protect your assets. Start preparing now.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

A Survival Lesson from Everybody Loves Raymond

This morning while eating breakfast, I happened to catch a repeat of Everybody Loves Raymond.  This particular episode opens with Ray and Debra sitting on the couch watching TV. Debra is eating a piece of fruit when she gets choked on a bite. She jumps to her feet, coughing and wheezing, obviously having trouble breathing. Rather than patting her on the back or performing the Heimlich maneuver, Ray simply turns up the TV. Finally, Debra is able to dislodge the fruit from her her throat. Needless to say, she gets mad at Ray for not saving her, calling him useless in an emergency.

Ray, in his typical fashion, starts whining that he is indeed "good in an emergency." Its just that Debra's choking wasn't a real emergency, since she was able to cough up the piece of fruit on her own. If it had been a real emergency, he would have stepped up and saved her. Debra isn't buying Ray's spin, and again tells him he is useless in an emergency. Ray gets mad at this, and later goes to his mother, seeking comfort.

However, much to Ray's surprise, his Mother agrees with Debra, and tells Ray that she would rather have his father (a Korean War vet) or his brother (a police officer) around in an emergency. This only upsets Ray more, and the rest of the episode is centered around his whining and trying to prove himself (quite incompetently, of course).

The Survival Lesson - Taking Personal Responsibility

At one point in the episode, Ray's brother Robert, the police officer, tries to show Ray how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Ray  doesn't listen, instead getting mad at Robert for trying to "show him up" in front of Debra. Ray had no interest in learning what to do in an emergency. Rather, he just wanted people to treat him like he could handle an emergency, even though he clearly couldn't. He felt he was entitled to the credit and respect without having to do anything to actually earn it.

What Ray should have done, instead of whining and getting mad, was to take personal responsibility for his weakness - his lack of survival instincts and knowledge. He then could have done something about it. He could have listened to his brother, learned
the Heimlich maneuver, and even taken a first aid or emergency preparedness course. By actually doing something to correct the problem, Ray would at least have had a legitimate reason to hold his head high. Debra, and the rest of his family, would have renewed reason to respect Ray. But, Ray never really took personal responsibility. 

The episode ended, as most of their episodes ended, with Debra forgiving Ray despite Ray never learning, never changing, never growing up, never taking responsibility for anything. Well, it is just a sitcom.

The Bottom Line:  Survival is about attitude as much as anything else. Part of the survival attitude is the ability and willingness to take personal responsibility for your life. Its an attitude that is missing form most people's lives in the modern world. Like Ray, many people are too busy watching TV, or demanding respect they haven't earned. Don't be like Raymond.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Spiritual Preparedness

I've talked about this topic before, and I realize that some folks just aren't interested in it, but it is important. Here is what I want to share with my fellow preppers about Spiritual Preparedness:

I.)  Figure out your relationship with God.  This is the most important prep you can make, because the one SHTF event we are all guaranteed to face is our own death. Think about that for a moment. All the things we may be concerned about - an EMP attack, the collapse of the dollar, nuclear war, the Yellowstone super volcano, a worldwide pandemic, or whatever - may or may not happen in our lifetime, if it happens at all. But death is guaranteed to come for us all. We spend a lot of time and effort preparing for events that might not happen, so shouldn't we spend at least of little time and effort preparing for the one event that will happen? 

Not sure about God? I understand. It certainly took me a long time to figure out my relationship with God. I'm still figuring it out. My suggestions? Pray (a simple "God, if you exist, help me find you" will suffice for now). Read the Bible. Talk to a Bible-believing pastor or priest about your doubts. Make sure they don't compromise on the Bible being the inerrant Word of God. Too many modern (read: liberal) "pastors" and other "Christians" try to compromise with worldly ways by deciding that certain passages (the ones that they don't like or that make them uncomfortable) are irrelevant today. Run far from these fake believers.

II.)  All believers should pray daily. "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4:2). Prayer is the heart of our relationship with God. 

III.)  All believers should read/study the Bible daily. "It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God,’" (Matthew 4:4, in which Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 8:3).

IV.)  Keep the Sabbath. God created for six days, then he rested on the seventh day. Later, He engraved this pattern of one day in seven for rest in His Commandments. Set aside the Sabbath as a Holy day of rest, family, and worship. Join with other believers in worship on a regular basis. Christianity isn't meant to be a "do-it-yourself" religion. Christians are meant to be a part of the Church, supporting, encouraging, and helping one another.

V.)  Men, be the spiritual leader of your family. Leaders lead by example. Set the example of regular Church attendance, daily prayer and Bible reading. and living by God's ways instead of worldly ways. Institute daily family devotionals. Pray for your family. Pray with your family. Read the Bible to your family. Better yet, read the Bible with your family. Take responsibility for raising your children to be godly men and women. 

A real men is steadfast in his love for his wife and family. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25). We are to put our wife and family first - even to the point of being willing to die for them. This means to put them above ourselves, our career, our friends, and our hobbies. Above even our own egos. [Questions: Men, do you pray for your wife everyday? When is the last time you lead your wife in prayer?]

Commit to live God's way, rather than by the world's standards. Learn and obey His commandments and teachings. A line form an Orthodox prayer puts it wonderfully: "Instill in us also reverence for Your blessed commandments." Don't compromise with modern world. Don't be embarrassed by accepting the authority of God's Word over the whim of public opinion as the standard for right and wrong. It won't be easy, but will be worth it!

Quick, can you name all Ten Commandments without looking them up? Do you know how Jesus' answer regarding the most important commandment fits in with the Ten Commandments? Hint: the first four tell us how to love God, the rest tell us how to love others.  
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

More Fulani (Muslim) Violence Against Christians in Nigeria

The genocide against Christians in Nigeria by Muslim militants continues. Over the last 18 years, an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Christians have been murdered by Muslim groups, while another 2 million people have been displaced." Countless others have been injured. And the genocide is only increasing. The following unedited press release by International Christian Concern details the most recent violence. 

Three Young Men Wounded During Fulani Militant Ambush

08/07/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Thursday evening, August 1, 2019, Fulani militants ambushed and shot three young men, all members of the Baptist church in Ancha village of Miango District in Nigeria’s Plateau State. The three men were serving as part of the community volunteer watch. Thankfully, all three survived; however, they all suffered gunshot wounds and had to be admitted to the local hospital.

The three survivors, Akore Joseph (19), Nuhu Ishaya (21), and Achi Danjuma (22) shared their story with ICC. Akore began, “We had gone on patrol earlier [that day], and had left my mobile phone battery to be recharged in the next village. So I asked my friends to come with me to go and get it.  On our way back from picking it up, we were walking and talking [when]… all of a sudden, sporadic gunshots erupted from the corn farms. I turned to flee. It was as I fled that a bullet hit me.” Akore was shot in his right shoulder. After fleeing, the three men hid from their attackers until they felt it was safe.

Corroborating the incident, Nuhu Ishaya said, “We tried to hide as secure as we could.  They searched for a while, but didn’t locate us so they went away. We were bleeding. We eventually ran to the nearest village and told the villagers what happened to us.” Nuhu was shot twice, once on the left wrist and also on his upper thigh.

Achi Danjuma, the third survivor, recalled that they had been talking about a previous attack that took place in the village of Hukke, which they were returning from. As they discussed it, they were then attacked themselves. He explained, “The militants recently killed some boys at Hukke village.  It was the memory of that attack that came upon us and we became uneasy and talked about it along the way.” A bullet struck Achi on his right arm.

Pastor of the local Baptist church, Rev. Nanchwat Laven, lamented about the toll that the attacks have taken on his congregation. Yet, he continues to look up to God to intervene and bring them relief and peace. He said that after he learned about the attack, he called Nuhu Ishaya’s cellphone. Someone else answered and eventually told the pastor that he was Fulani, and that they were attacking the Irigwe (the major tribe in Miango), because they are proving “stubborn” by not letting the Fulanis’ cattle graze freely.

Nathan Johnson, ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, said, “This attack is deeply concerning. Ancha village is a small community that has suffered on numerous occasions. They lost 20 lives during an attack in 2017 and have suffered several other smaller attacks since. I have personally prayed over the mass graves in Ancha that these attacks have created. The Nigerian government must intervene, protect their citizens, and prosecute those who are killing wantonly.”
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Achieving Menos - Health, Energy, Fitness, and Vitality

The ancient Greeks had a moral value called Menos. Very loosely translated it means "life, energy, vitality."  More than just good health, the value also embodied physical, spiritual, and emotional fitness, as well as a certain vigor of life. Someone with menos is in excellent health, physically fit, mentally and emotionally fit, and highly energetic - ready and willing to enthusiastically take on life's challenges. The value of menos is one that I seek to build in my life, especially as a prepper, survivalist, and believer in self-reliance. Of course, I have a ways to go yet, but I'm getting there.

Here is a list of basic rules I've come up with to achieve menos in my life.  Healthy living is a much more complex topic, of course, but this list makes a good starting point.

1) Avoid smoking and/or abusing drugs or alcohol. This one should be obvious, but a lot of people fail to achieve this important step to improving their health.

2) Get between 7 & 9 hours of sleep per night. I know plenty of people who claim to get by on six hours of sleep a night or less. You might "get by" with less, but the research is overwhelming - adequate sleep is very important to good health and energy. Lack of adequate sleep not only makes you tired, but according to research, impairs your concentration, memory, fine motor skills, and negatively impacts your mood. Not only that, but a long-term lack of adequate sleep compromises your immune system and plays a role in developing high blood pressure, heart disease, type II diabetes, and even several forms of cancer. Getting enough sleep on a consistent basis really is a must for your health.

3) Be physically active everyday. Many experts recommend at least one hour of moderate exercise a day, at least five days a week. What is moderate exercise? It should be vigorous enough to cause you to break out in a slight sweat. Walking, hiking, swimming, and bike riding are excellent, ways to exercise, as are gardening and yard work (use a push mower - your riding mower doesn't count as exercise). Try to mix in some Resistance training, too. Resistance training typically means weight lifting, but also includes exercises utilizing rubber exercise bands or even your own body (push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, leg squats) to cause muscles to contract and expand. Don't want to join a gym? Me neither. Get yourself a set of exercise bands and/or dumbbells and use them at home!

NOTE: Use common sense - if you are elderly, pregnant, badly out-of-shape, or have a serious health condition, please get your doctor's advise before starting an exercise program.

4) Eat Healthy. An obvious step, but one that is difficult because so many people have radically different ideas of what constitutes healthy foods. Worse, many of those varying ideas are based not on facts, but on ideology and/or self-interest (think $). Since being diagnosed with diabetes (as well as high blood pressure, low testosterone, and mild anemia) almost five years ago, I've done a lot of research into what actually constitutes a healthy diet. Here is how I now eat:

I've eliminated all grains (including rice and corn), white potatoes, and refined sugar from my diet. Naturally, this means I no longer eat sweets and most junk foods.

Healthy fats make up the largest percentage of my diet. Examples of healthy fats include eggs, fatty fish (salmon, tuna, herring, trout, mackerel, shrimp, among others), butter, avocados, most nuts, olive oil, and coconut oil.

Eggs have become the staple of my diet. I eat two eggs for breakfast each morning and  usually have a hard boiled egg for an evening snack. In addition, I occasionally eat eggs at other meals. I typically eat two dozen eggs a week, and have for the last four years. Yet my cholesterol numbers and blood pressure are both well within the normal range without any medication. The bad reputation eggs have is based on extremely outdated science from the 60s and 70's, yet is so ingrained into the cultural psyche that even most doctors repeat that nonsense today.  

I keep my carbohydrate intake relatively low. The carbs I do eat are the high-quality carbs such as the cruciferous vegetables, which include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and various greens (spinach, turnip, mustard, kale, collard, etc). These are extremely nutritious and have only a mild impact on my blood sugar.  

Lettuces, summer (yellow) squash, cucumbers, onions, garlic, peppers, and radishes are also nutritious and have only a mild effect on my blood sugar. Tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and most beans are also okay, but have a somewhat greater impact on my blood sugar, so I am especially careful about serving size with them.

Because of their high sugar content, I have to be very careful with fruit. When I do eat fruit, I have a citrus fruit, a small apple or pear, or a small (1/3 cup) serving of berries. I do not drink fruit juice (too much sugar).

I've tested these dietary changes on myself, closely monitoring my blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, testosterone levels, iron levels, and weight as I made these changes. All my numbers are now within normal ranges without medication. That's right: after being diagnosed with diabetes with a A1C of 10.1 (very high),  I now maintain an A1C range of 5.5-5.7 without taking insulin, metformin, or any other drug, so I must be doing something right.

5) Consume much less refined sugar. I already mentioned reducing sugar, but it bears repeating. Our modern American diet suffers from an extreme excess of sugar. A major contributor to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer is the high rate of sugar consumption in all its forms, especially high fructose corn syrup. Cut back drastically on the amount of sugar you consume, and when you do use sweeteners, prefer natural sources such as fruit & honey.

6) Make regular visits to a doctor, dentist, and eye-doctor. Had I followed this advice, my diabetes would have been caught much sooner, before my eye problems developed, and would have saved me from the 70+ eye injections and five laser surgeries it took to save my eyesight. Find a doctor you like and are comfortable with, hopefully one who takes a holistic approach to your health care, and believes as strongly in preventing disease as he or she does in curing disease. What constitutes "regular check-ups" depends on your age & health conditions and should be mutually decided on by you and your doctor.

7) Remember that menos is about more than health and fitness. It is also about spiritual and emotional fitness. To that end, here are some tips to address those areas:
  • Be a life long learner. Always seek to expand your knowledge base. Read books. Take classes. Watch documentaries. Visit museums and historical sites. Stay up on current affairs. Work crossword puzzles and logic puzzles.
  • Deal with any addictions or mental health issues as soon as possible. See my article Prepper's Guide to Mental Health and Emotional Preparedness.
  • Develop your relationships with others - your spouse, kids, family, friends, neighbors...
  • Get right with God. Don't roll your eyes. This is important. Develop your relationship with God. Read the Bible and pray daily. Go to Church. Follow God's wisdom, not worldly ways. 
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

On Men, Marriage, and Survivalism

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I've been trying to write this article for over a year. It is a deeply personal article, for reasons I'll give in a moment, and I'm not one who is comfortable sharing such personal thoughts so openly. It will also be controversial, because the advice I give runs counter to modern "wisdom." Nevertheless, the advice is something I've come to believe because of my personal experiences over my entire lifetime.

Now, for that important, and perhaps surprising, bit of advice I would give anyone, male or female, prepper or not: Get married, and the sooner the better.

As I write this, I am single, never married, and have no children. At one point in my life, I was very happy (so I thought) with being a bachelor and enjoying the freedom (so I thought) that being single gave me. I was wrong. And I have suffered because of it.

Modern wisdom says to put off marriage so you can "grow up", build a career, mature, and discover what you want out of life. But in reality the opposite is true. Married people, especially married men, mature faster, are more responsible, work harder, and are more ambitious than their single peers. Married people tend to be happier, healthier, and live longer than single people. (For more on this, see the Prager U video "Be a Man. Get Married.")

What modern wisdom has given us is a greatly extended adolescence without responsibility, in which we have adults in their 20s, or even older, who are still childish in their behavior, pitch temper-tantrums and need "safe spaces" to sulk in when something doesn't go their way, and still need their mommy to take care of them. 

My singleness has become the biggest regret in my life. I do believe I am worse off for it. In being single, I lived most of my adult life for myself, and made many mistakes because of it. Far from giving me time to "grow up," my singleness actually delayed my growing up, as I had no accountability or responsibility to anyone other than myself. My thinking was self-centered and short-term. I lacked important long-range goals, useful ambition, and failed to establish important priorities in my life. Perhaps most importantly, I lacked a real partner in life to be there for me when I really needed someone, and to help me maintain focus on what is really important.

Marriage is good. It matures a person, provides stability, gives focus and purpose, and provides one with a partner to face the challenges of life with - something that I've come to realize is much more important than is commonly acknowledged. Finally, as a Christian (and I haven't always been one), I realize that God created and blessed marriage as something useful and good. Far be it from me to tell God He is wrong!

I fully realize that not every marriage lasts forever, or is perfect. Nor would getting married suddenly solve every problem one may have. But that is not the fault of marriage. People get married and people aren't perfect. Because of this there will be bad marriages, and there may be times even a good marriage experiences problems. Blaming marriage for those problems would be like blaming the hammer for hitting your thumb! Its not the hammer's fault. 

Marriage requires work. and it requires work from both the husband and wife. In many ways, it is that work that leads to the real benefits of marriage.

For the rest of this article, I am speaking primarily as a Christian man to other men, since that is my natural perspective. But women may find what I say useful, too. 

As to who you should marry, I have some general thoughts. Over the years, I've known any number of women who would have made a good wife for me, had I been smart enough to realize it at the time. I wasn't, but here is what I learned in hindsight:

Friendship - looks fade, and sexual and romantic excitement wanes over time, so be with someone who really will be your best friend throughout life, even after the looks and excitement fade for both of you. 

Compatibility - someone with similar values, beliefs, worldview, and goals as you. Looking at the marriages that failed over the years among people I know, this is probably the area that ultimately doomed most of them. They simply weren't compatible over the long-term, but chose to ignore those differences in "the heat of the moment" as it were, and got married anyway. When those differences created problems, one or both ultimately choose to walk away instead of working through those issues.

Loyalty - life is rough and you will face many challenges as individuals and as a couple, so loyalty to each other is extremely important. You want someone who will stick with you through thick and thin, not run at the first sign of trouble. 

Finally, Christians should check out what Proverbs 31: 10-31 has to say on the subject.

Once you find her, treat her well. She is your treasure in this life. Be loyal, kind, affectionate, caring, and protective of her. May she always feel safe with you, physically and emotionally. Never give her reason to doubt your love, friendship, or loyalty. 

A real men is steadfast in his love for his wife and family. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25). We are to put our wife and family first - even to the point of being willing to die for them, as Christ died for us.  As real men, we are to put our wives and families above ourselves, our careers, our ambitions, our friends, and our hobbies. 

Questions: Do you pray for your wife everyday? When is the last time you lead your wife in prayer?

Always be a man. Not a modern, watered-down, metro-sexual, wimpy version of a man, but a real one. Look to the Biblical standard of manhood. This means strength, courage, honor, integrity, leadership, self-reliance, self-control, sacrifice, among other virtues.  At the core of true manhood is your relationship with God. On this subject, two books that will be published in the 1990s would be good for you to read when: Point Man by Steve Farrar, and Tender Warrior by Stu Weber. Also, check out You Tube for presentations by both of these men. (By the way, I have a low-volume Twitter account, @ManUp2019, that deals with this subject.

Modern feminism, with its emphasis on tearing down men and the traditional family in order to promote some vague idea of Girl Power!, has damaged modern ideas of marriage and turned many women, and men, sour on the idea, but the traditional, Biblical version of marriage still rings true for many women. Find one, marry her, and be the man God intended for her. You will both be better off for it.

Easier said then done, I admit, but still a worthwhile goal.

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in my article: Skills Every Real Man Should Have 
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