"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." --Matthew 24:7 (KJV)
Do you bio-prep? Have you even heard the term "bio-prepping" before? For those who haven't. bio-prepping simply means preparing our bodies for whatever future hardships that we will face.
History, current events, common sense, and the Bible all tell us we will face wars, violence, famines, disease, and other physical hardships. Sadly, many of these hardships seem intentional, meant to reduce human population. They are messing with our food supplies and medications in ways that are damaging to the human immune system and reproductive system.
But as we face these challenges, medical care is increasingly limited by inflation, shortages (of doctors, nurses, medicine, and other supplies), and even by political ideology (folks who refuse the jab, for example, are often denied medical care, including patients on organ transplant lists). This situation will only grow worse.
How do we prepare for this harsh reality? The answer is bio-prepping. We must prepare our bodies by maximizing our health so that we are less likely to get sick, and less likely to need medical intervention when we do get sick. We also need to learn to take care of our bodies ourselves when we do get sick. And we must learn to reverse the damage being intentionally done to us. Here are some ideas:
1) Nutrition - Our health starts with what we put into our bodies. If we put bad things into our bodies, we will get bad health as a result. What bad things do we want to avoid? Eating junk food, sweets, and other highly processed foods. Avoid fake foods (lab grown meats and GMO foods, as well as bugs, worms, and other questionable substitutes for real foods that they are pushing). And don't eat too much food. Stop smoking and abusing drugs or alcohol.
What good things do we want to put into our bodies instead? Clean water, clean foods, coniferous vegetables, leafy green vegetables, eggs, fatty fish, healthy real meats, fruits, berries, nuts, honey... (Of course, be smart and don't eat anything you are allergic to.)
2) Control weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar - I certainly have had more than my share of health problems over the last eight years or so. I have learned the importance of maintaining a healthy weight, as well as healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. You accomplish these through a combination of a healthy diet, being physically active, and getting enough good-quality sleep. Vitamins and supplements can help, but only if you are doing those first three things as the foundation.
3) Physical activity - I am not saying you need to become a world-class athlete. I'm certainly not one. But we all can be more active and improve our physical fitness to some extent. No excuses. Regardless of our age, current physical condition, knee problems, back problems, lack of time, or whatever other excuses we may have, we can overcome those excuses if we truly want to overcome them. (Excuses can be real, and still be excuses.)
The oldest person to climb MountEverest is Yuichiro Miura, who did so at the age of 80 years and 224 days. At least five other people successfully climbed Mount Everest after the age of 70. Other successful climbers of Mount Everest include blind people, amputees, hemophiliacs, folks with MS, folks with cystic fibrous, folks with diabetes, and cancer survivors.
I am not telling you to climb Mount Everest. I am saying that if these folks found a way to climb Mount Everest despite their very real excuses, we can find a way to improve our own fitness despite our real excuses.
4) Enough good quality sleep - We live in a 24/7 world where folks often brag about how little sleep they can get by on. But there is a huge difference between "getting by" and maximizing our health. There is a mountain of solid research showing that a lack of sleep is a contributing factor to many diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. My own personal experience in closely monitoring my health since being diagnosed with diabetes in 2015 is that I have a much easier time controlling my blood sugar and my blood pressure when I am getting enough sleep versus when I am not. Modern folks may be getting by with less sleep, but the lack of sleep is also slowly killing us.
- Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal - I really like this book and refer to it often. Encyclopedia style entries on foods and medical conditions. Very useful.
- Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine (book) - 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments.
- Herbal Medic: A Green Beret's Guide to Emergency Medical Preparedness and Natural First Aid (book) - Great book for both the beginner (like me) and the more advanced at herbal medicine. I really like this book.
- Grow Your Own Drugs - Ethnobotanist James Wong shows that many easy-to-grow plants contain the same active ingredients as over-the counter drugs, and offers recipes to relieve a whole range of common conditions.
- ACEP First Aid Manual, 5th Edition - The Step-by-Step Guide for Everyone, and my favorite first aid manual.
- The Survival Medicine Handbook - The Essential Guide for When Help is NOT on the Way
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