Month: December 2015

Primer on Food Poisoning – Part I

This article is the first of a two-part series of articles concerning food poisoning. Part I covers the various types of common food poisoning, how food becomes contaminated, and food that is most susceptible for food poisoning.   Part II covers the best practices for preventing food poisoning. Normally, food poisoning is just an annoyance as normally you’ll  just be sick for a few days. Granted, you may wish you were dead. But, you’ll survive. However, when the SHTF or if you are in an outdoor survival situation food poisoning can be life threatening.  Below is an introduction to the various common type of food poisoning. The three types of food poisoning are intoxicants, infections, and food contamination.  The are explained below: Food Infection Food infection happens when you eat foods containing harmful microorganisms. Salmonella and E. coli are the most common types of foodborne infections. You may mistake a foodborne infection for the GI flu or vice versa. Symptoms of food infection poisoning are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or distress, and prostration. Figuring out that you are suffering from food infection is tricky as you’ll get sick only around 6 to 24 hours after eating infected food. Food infection microorganisms thrive in moist environments and protein foods. Therefore, shellfish and meat products are most likely to be subject to food infection as they tend to be...

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The M9 Pistol Intro And Basic Pistol Marksmanship

This powerpoint is an introduction to the M9, and it also has a basic self defense tips on shooting a pistol. Obviously, shooting a pistol is different than shooting a rifle. So, if you are going to shoot pistols or get your concealed carry license you need to learn how to shoot properly. This Powerpoint is a good intro to pistol and general marksmanship. For more info go here for a great video on the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship.  The US Army pistol manual was the basis for this...

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Prepping For Cold Weather Survival

Personally, I think the winter months are the most dangerous for the outdoor enthusiast or winter traveller. During summer if you are overheated you can usually stop, rest and rehydrate. However, during a winter storm if you either not properly clothed or sheltered you are in big trouble.  Prevention is the key to cold winter survival.  This article is not an exhaustive report on bush craft skills.  It does not teach you how to build a survival tent or hunt for game.  Click here for a more advanced outdoor survival guide.  However, it is an excellent introduction to cold weather...

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