Central Valley Preppers

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Flood Preparedness

What Causes Floods?

Flooding occurs in known floodplains when prolonged rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of time, or an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. Melting snow can combine with rain in the winter and early spring; severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer; or tropical cyclones can bring intense rainfall to the coastal and inland states in the summer and fall.

Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam, and flash floods can catch people unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan now to protect your family and property.

As land is converted from fields or woodlands to roads and parking lots, it loses its ability to absorb rainfall. Urbanization increases runoff two to six times over what would occur on natural terrain. During periods of urban flooding, streets can become swift moving rivers, while basements and viaducts can become death traps as they fill with water.

Several factors contribute to flooding. Two key elements are rainfall intensity and duration. Intensity is the rate of rainfall, and duration is how long the rain lasts. Topography, soil conditions, and ground cover also play important roles. Most flash flooding is caused by slow-moving thunderstorms, thunderstorms repeatedly moving over the same area, or heavy rains from hurricanes and tropical storms. Floods, on the other hand, can be slow- or fast-rising, but generally develop over a period of hours or days.

Learn about flooding and flash flooding in your area by contacting the local emergency management office, National Weather Service (NWS) office, your American Red Cross chapter, or your planning and zoning department. If you are at risk, take steps to reduce damage and the risk of injury or loss to your family.

Awareness Information

Know the difference between WATCHES and WARNINGS.

A National Weather Service (NWS) WATCH is a message indicating that conditions favor the occurrence of a certain type of hazardous weather. For example, a severe thunderstorm watch means that a severe thunderstorm is expected in the next six hours or so within an area approximately 120 to 150 miles wide and 300 to 400 miles long (36,000 to 60,000 square miles). The NWS Storm Prediction Center issues such watches. Local NWS forecast offices issue other watches (flash flood, winter weather, etc.) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible hazardous-weather or flooding event. Each local forecast office usually covers a state or a portion of a state.

An NWS WARNING indicates that a hazardous event is occurring or is imminent in about 30 minutes to an hour. Local NWS forecast offices issue warnings on a county-by-county basis.

Many more WATCHES are issued than WARNINGS. A WATCH is the first sign a flood may occur, and when one is issued, you should be aware of potential flood hazards.

Be aware of flood hazards. Floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Flood waters can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet and often carry a deadly cargo of debris. Flood-producing rains can also trigger catastrophic debris slides.

Regardless of how a flood or flash flood occurs, the rule for being safe is simple: head for higher ground and stay away from flood waters. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving flood water produces more force than most people imagine. The most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming, or driving through flood waters. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.

 

Plan for a Flood

Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Develop flood- specific planning. Learn about your area’s flood risk and elevation above flood stage.

Contact your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, local National Weather Service office, or planning and zoning department about your area’s flood risk.

Knowing the elevation of your property in relation to nearby streams and dams will let you know if forecasted flood levels will affect your home.

If you are at risk from floods:

Talk to your insurance agent. Homeowners’ policies do not cover flooding. Ask about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Use a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone-alert feature, or a portable, battery-powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information.

Develop an evacuation plan. (See “Evacuation” in the “Family Disaster Plan” section.) Everyone in your family should know where to go if they have to leave. Trying to make plans at the last minute can be upsetting and create confusion.

Discuss floods with your family. Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together. Discussing floods ahead of time helps reduce fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond.

 

What to Tell Children

If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around, and go another way. Climb to higher ground. If it is moving swiftly, even water six inches deep can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.

Stay away from flooded areas. Even if it seems safe, flood waters may still be rising.

Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in flood water. You may not be able to see on the surface how fast flood water is moving or see holes and submerged debris.

If you are in a vehicle and become surrounded by water, if you can get out safely, do so immediately and move to higher ground. Vehicles can be swept away in two feet of water.

Watch out for snakes in areas that were flooded. Flood waters flush snakes from their homes.

Stay away from creek and stream banks in flooded and recently flooded areas. The soaked banks often become unstable due to heavy rainfall and can suddenly give way, tossing you into rapidly moving water.

Never play around high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines, or culverts. It is very easy to be swept away by fast moving water.

Throw away all food that has come into contact with flood waters. Contaminated flood water contains bacteria and germs. Eating foods exposed to flood waters can make you very sick.

 

How to Protect Your Property

Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged during a flood.

Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home. Some communities do not permit building in known floodplains. If there are no restrictions, and you are building in a floodplain, take precautions, making it less likely your home will be damaged during a flood.

Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors or the attic if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded. Raising this equipment will prevent damage. An undamaged water heater may be your best source of fresh water after a flood.

Install check valves in building sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home. As a last resort, when floods threaten, use large corks or stoppers to plug showers, tubs, or basins.

Construct barriers such as levees, berms, and flood walls to stop flood water from entering the building. Permission to construct such barriers may be required by local building codes. Check local building codes and ordinances for safety requirements.

Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage through cracks.

Consult with a construction professional for further information if these and other damage reduction measures can be taken. Check local building codes and ordinances for safety requirements.

Contact your local emergency management office for more information on mitigation options to further reduce potential flood damage. Your local emergency management office may be able to provide additional resources and information on ways to reduce potential damage.

 

The Art of Washing by Hand

Many people make the decision to give up their clothes dryer — at least during the summer — to cut back on power use. Giving up your washing machine is much harder choice, but it is certainly possible to get your clothes just as clean with hand washing. There are quite a few tools available to make the job a little easier, but the only things you absolutely must have are plenty of water, a large container, some kind of soap or detergent, and a clothes line or drying rack.

Prepare your laundry by separating them into lights and darks. This isn’t strictly necessary unless your darks tend to bleed color or if you plan on using hot water to wash. Many people find that cold water works just as well, and some use water warmed by the sun in the summer. If you use sun-heated water, keep in mind that you’ll need a lot of water. Ideally, fill a large washtub in the morning and leave it outside to heat up for several hours.

Fill up your container you’ll use to hand wash your cloths with plenty of water. You can use a bathtub, a galvanized or plastic washtub, or even a metal water trough. As long as the container is very large and watertight, it’ll do the job, but shallower containers are easier to work with. You can save water by using separate tubs for washing and rinsing if you plan on doing several loads of laundry at once.

Add some kind of soap or detergent to the water — almost anything will work. You can grate homemade lye soap or laundry soap bars (available at most stores) into the water, you can use about a tablespoon of organic powdered detergent, or you can make your own laundry soap. Regular bar soap works fine, too. If you have nothing else, a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid or cheap shampoo will do the trick, but avoid using any kind of moisturizing commercial shampoo or body wash because they’re hard to rinse out.

 

Put your laundry in and agitate thoroughly. You can use your hands or a long wooden stirrer for this purpose, but one of the most effective tools is a modified toilet plunger. Cut diamond-shaped holes into the rubber of a (clean!) plunger to allow water to flow through it, and plunge away at your clothes. Depending on how dirty your clothes are, you may need to keep this up for several minutes.

 

You can use a washboard to scrub out stains. Add a bit of extra soap or detergent to the stained area and scrub as if you’re cleaning the washboard. Washboards sold by specialty shops can be expensive, but if you live near the border of Mexico (or know someone who does), they can be purchased in border towns for about five dollars. If you don’t have a washboard, just add a bit of soap and rub the fabric against itself.

Once the clothes are clean, wring them out thoroughly before you rinse. You can buy a wringer for this, but they’re quite expensive. You can put the wet clothes on a table in small piles and use a rolling pin to “squish” out most of the water, or wrap up bundles in a towel and stomp out the water. Avoid wringing by hand if possible — it’s not very effective and will wear you out quickly.

Rinse the clothes two or three times in clean water until there’s no more soap left, wring again, and hang to dry. Beating your clothes with a thick dowel rod or stick occasionally while they dry will help prevent stiffness. You can also make a homemade laundry softener to put in the rinse water by mixing 1 part vinegar, 1 part baking soda, and 2 parts water.

If all of this sounds like too much work, several companies manufacturer inexpensive crank-powered washing machines that use very little water. Inexpensive but sturdy models that hold a small amount of clothing are sometimes sold for as little as $50. Larger models that hold a full-sized load of laundry are much more expensive, but they have few moving parts and will last for decades. Here’s a link to one type you can buy at Macys Click Here.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Getting Started

Generally a rain barrel consists of three main components: a barrel, a top hole, an upper drain, and a lower drain.

Plastic 55-gallon drums are the recommended type of barrel to use for safely collecting water with minimal leaking. Habitat ReStore and other recycling centers are currently selling 55-gallon drums for a small fee.

A top hole should be cut in the top of the barrel for collecting water. Insert a skimmer basket like those found in garden ponds and swimming pools to filter out leaves and other debris. It is important to cover the basket with fiberglass window screen to prevent mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects from entering the barrel.

The top drain is a plastic faucet that should always be left in the “open” position to keep the barrel from overflowing.

The bottom drain is a plastic faucet that attaches to a hose for watering lawns and gardens. This faucet should be kept in the “closed” position when not in use.

 

Tools

  • 7/8″ spade drill bit
  • Electric jigsaw
  • Electric drill
  • Utility knife
  • Marker

 

Supplies

  • 1 – 55-gallon plastic barrel
  • 2 – ¾” plastic faucets
  • 1 – ¾” female coupling
  • 1 – Skimmer basket
  • 1 – Roll of teflon tape
  • 1 – All purpose caulk or plumbing sealant
  • 1 – 5-ft. section of garden hose
  • 4 – Hose couplers
  • 1 – 12″ x 12″ piece of fiberglass window screen

 

Top Hole

  • Use basket to trace template on barrel
  • Pre-drill small hole using 1″ spade bit
  • Make sure to drill inside the line
  • Use a jigsaw to cut out hole following the inside line

 

Upper Drain

  • Mark holes at least two inches from top of barrel
  • Use 1″ drill bit to drill hole
  • Screw plastic faucet into hole
  • Use utility knife as needed to alter hole
  • Wrap ¾” coupling threads in Teflon tape and caulk and screw onto faucet inside the barrel

 

Bottom Drain

  • Mark holes at least two inches from bottom of barrel
  • Use 1″ drill bit to drill hole
  • Screw plastic faucet into hole. Use utility knife, as needed, to increase hole size
  • Remove faucet, wrap threads in tape, caulk threads, replace faucet
  • Caulk area where faucet and barrel meet to reduce leakage

 

Attaching Hoses

  • Cut 2′ section of hose
  • Push each end of hose into a hose coupler and tighten screws
  • Screw 3′ section onto top outflow faucet and 2″ section to bottom faucet

 Final Steps

  • Build a base to elevate the rain barrel
  • Adjust downspout to flow into rain barrel
  • Always keep overflow valve open

 

The Benefits

  • Water Efficiency
  • Use water wisely by watering your garden with free water collected from your roof.
  • Very important to save water especially in areas that go through serious drought seasons.
  • Connect a soaker hose to your barrel, a great way to water shallow rooted plants such as rhododendrons.
  • Use your rain barrel in areas where you may not have a convenient spigot. Near your compost pile is a good idea to keep it as wet as a wrung-out sponge, promoting the composting process during the dryer months of summer.
  • Rain water is usually soft and free of dissolved minerals. This untreated water is great for your indoor plants, your garden and lawn.

California Finds Toxic Trio In Nail Polishes

Some nail polishes commonly found in California salons and advertised as free of a so-called “toxic trio” of chemicals actually have high levels of agents known to cause birth defects, according to state chemical regulators.

A Department of Toxic Substances Control report to be released Tuesday determined that the mislabeled nail products have the potential to harm thousands of women who work in more than 48,000 nail salons in California, and their customers.

Investigators chose 25 brands at random, including a number of products claiming to be free of the chemicals toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde, which are known as the toxic trio. Regulators said exposure to large amounts of the chemicals has been linked to developmental problems, asthma and other illnesses.

Investigators found that 10 of 12 products that claimed to be free of toluene actually contained it, with four of the products having dangerously high levels.

The report also found that five of seven products that claimed to be “free of the toxic three” actually included one or more of the agents in significant levels.

The agency said it did not have enough data to accurately estimate how many people were being exposed to the chemicals through the products.

“We know there are exposures at salons, both to workers and customers, and we’re concerned about potential harm,” said Karl Palmer, the DTSC’s pollution prevention performance manager who oversaw the report.

“Our strategy first and foremost is to shed light on the reality of what’s in these products and put this information out to everyone.”

Among the products tested that the state says were mislabeled were: Sation 99 basecoat, Sation 53 red-pink nail color, Dare to Wear nail lacquer, Chelsea 650 Baby’s Breath Nail Lacquer, New York Summer Nail Color, Paris Spicy 298 nail lacquer, Sunshine nail lacquer, Cacie Light Free Gel Basecoat, Cacie Sun Protection Topcoat, Golden Girl Topcoat, Nail Art Top-N-Seal and High Gloss Topcoat.

The DTSC says all three chemicals are linked to chronic health conditions and that the 121,000 licensed nail care technicians who work in the salons, many of them young Asian-American women, are most at risk.

The agency said the salons are often poorly ventilated, leading to exposure to a number of harmful chemicals.

“We are alarmed by the results of this report,” Julia Liou, co-founder of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and a public health administrator for Asian Health Services, said in a statement. “The misbranding of products is not only a major public health problem, but also interferes with a salon worker’s right to a safe and healthy work environment.”

While the use of the three chemicals in nail products is not illegal, agency officials said the false claims on the labels may be — but a final decision on that will be made by the state attorney general’s office.

DBP has been banned in nail products in the European Union, and the EU has strict limits on the amount of formaldehyde and toluene that can be used.

“We will need to examine the data for compliance with Prop. 65 and other state laws,” said Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.

Proposition 65 is a state law that requires that all harmful chemicals in a product be revealed by the manufacturer.

Mike Vo, vice president of Miss Professional Nail Products, Inc., the maker of the Sation products and others on the list, said he disputed DTSC’s findings.

“We will look at the report and challenge it,” he said.

Options For Being Prepared For Anything

What are the ESSENTIALS you can do to start living a better life and preparing right now?

BUY LOCAL
START CONNECTING ONE ON ONE
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE FACE TO FACE
GET OFF LINE
KNOW YOUR FRIENDS HOUSES, WHERE THEY WORK, HOW TO FIND THEM
BE INDEPENDENT
GET OUT OF DEBT
HAVE LAND W/WATER
GROW FOOD
GET OFF GRID
READ SCRIPTURES
GET HAM RADIO
HAVE JOURNAL
TRUST LESS LOVE MORE

BUY FARM LAND

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD.
LIVE NEAR PEOPLE AND BEGIN TO MAKE ALLIANCES OF SKILLS (BARTER)
LIVE NEAR FARM LAND

ELECTRONICS FREE
PAPER COPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
KNOW WHERE YOUR DEEDS ARE. TAKE THEM IN EMERGENCY

MONEY -
GOLD, FOOD, CIGARETTES, LIQUOR, SUGAR, AMMUNITION, GUNS, SEEDS,
SKILLS (BARTER) KNOWLEDGE
HAVE 30 DAYS CASH ON HAND
BUY A HOUSE
STOP ALL EXCESS SPENDING. BUY QUALITY ONLY. FORGET FASHION.
MEASURE TWICE – CUT ONCE. DO NOT WASTE.
CONSIDER A FUEL EFFICIENT – SUV/TRUCK
CONSIDER SOMETHING PRIOR TO 1979 FIX YOURSELF

LOCATION
LIVE NEAR LIKE MINDED PEOPLE. TEXAS, MOUNTAINS OR WHERE GOD STILL PLAYS A ROLE IN REAL LIFE
IF YOU CANNOT MOVE, CREATE YOUR OWN NETWORK

BUSINESS/WORK
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE. BE THE ONE EMPLOYEE NO ONE CAN FIRE
SMALL BIZ – BE THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE NO ONE CAN CANCEL
CONSERVE AND PRESERVE
LEARN FROM THE DEPRESSION -
ADVERTISE WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS: CHEVOLET
STAY IN BUSINESS BUT DOWNSIZE AND PRESERVE (ARCH)
HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND CHARITY.

LIFE
DO NOT PLAN YOUR LIFE AND THEN MOVE.
HONOR ALL OF YOUR OBLIGATIONS
PRESERVE – FOOD, TIME, MONEY, ENERGY
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE BASICS. VALUES/PRINCIPLES

DO WITH LESS NOW. LESS OF A SHOCK IF IT COMES LATER
SERVE/SHARE
LINK ON LINE. PHONE AND LOCATIONS
HAVE A MEETING PLACE ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY
READ THE BIBLE
HAVE A GUN AND KNOW HOW TO SHOOT IT.
RESOLVE THOSE ISSUES THAT ARE HOLDING YOU BACK
STOP ALL BEHAVIOR THAT DOES NOT EXPAND YOU OR OTHERS INTO GOOD
MAKE AMENDS FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
FIND PEACE AND GET TO WORK
TEACH CHILDREN WORK ETHIC
TOLERATE NOTHING THAT YOU FEEL IS WRONG BY REMAINING SILENT
LET YOUR CHILDREN SEE YOU STAND
BE HONORABLE IN ALL OF YOUR DEALINGS
UNDERSTAND THAT ANGER IS A PART OF LIFE BUT NEVER FEED IT
BE HAPPY AND OPTIMISTIC. LIFE WILL GO ON. MAKE PLANS FOR THE
FUTURE. GET MARRIED. HAVE CHILDREN.

New Study Links Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA Strain Between Humans & Livestock

Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter says the findings “eliminate all cause for delay” in dealing with antibiotics in livestock feed.
From the Office of Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), the only microbiologist in Congress, reacted to the February 2012 findings that conclusively link strains of MRSA between humans and livestock. MRSA is a deadly bacterium that killed over 15,000 people in the US in 2008. More people in the US now die from hospital-acquired MRSA than from AIDS.

The Translational Genomics Research Institute published a study that conclusively links the routine use of antibiotics in food-animal production to deadly, antibiotic-resistant MRSA that can infect humans. The study demonstrated that the deadly strain of MRSA originated from a weaker bacteria strain that could be cured with antibiotics. Once in animals, the bacteria became resistant to antibiotics — likely as a result of routine antibiotic use in food-animal production. After developing antibiotic resistance in animals, this strain of MRSA then jumped to humans.

Slaughter said of the findings, “We know that the routine use of antibiotics in livestock can create antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can kill humans. This discovery eliminates all cause for delay — we must raise our livestock in a responsible and sustainable way. Every day that we continue the routine use of antibiotics on healthy animals is another day that we encourage the growth of deadly superbugs.”

In response to an inquiry from Slaughter, the Food and Drug Administration released data in 2010 that revealed that in the United States 80 percent of all antibiotics are used in food-animals, not humans. Since then, and in conjunction with a rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the practice of routinely feeding antibiotics has come under scrutiny.

Slaughter has been working on the overuse of antibiotics in livestock and subsequent antibiotic-resistant bacteria for years. Since 2007, Congresswoman Slaughter has been the author of legislation titled The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), designed to ensure that we preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for the treatment of human disease. The legislation would prevent agricultural overuse of seven classes of antibiotics important for human health.

Slaughter sent a letter to over 60 food companies, including McDonalds, Kroger, Cargill and Walmart, requesting that each company disclose their policies on antibiotic use in meat and poultry production. Slaughter asked the companies to reply by June 15, 2012.

In December 2011, Slaughter hosted a briefing titled “Keeping Antibiotics Working” where farmers and successful businesses extolled the benefits of tapping into the growing domestic and international demand for antibiotic-free meat. The group urged congressional action to preserve antibiotics for the treatment of human diseases, an issue Slaughter has been working on for years.

More information on PAMTA, including a list of the more than 300 organizations who have endorsed Slaughter’s legislation is available by clicking here.

Homemade Peeps

The kids will love filling their baskets with these delicious Easter treats made from a classic marshmallow recipe.

Hop on into the kitchen and enjoy!

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

 

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Colored sugar crystals
  • Easter themed cookie cutters

Directions

1. Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle gelatin over a small bowl filled with 1/2 cup cold water; let stand to soften.

2. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, about 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and gently stir in gelatin mixture; set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. With the mixer running, slowly add sugar/gelatin mixture. Add vanilla and continue beating for 10 minutes until the mixture looks like marshmallow.

4. Transfer marshmallow mixture to prepared baking dish and spread evenly.

5. Generously sprinkle 1-3 different colors of sugar crystals across the baking dish horizontally covering any exposed marshmallow.

6. Spray a piece of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray and cover marshmallow. Let stand overnight.

7. Remove parchment paper and invert marshmallow onto work surface.

8. Generously sprinkle 1-3 different colors of sugar crystals across the marshmallow horizontally covering any exposed marshmallow. Try to match colors on the other side though it’s OK to have mismatched sides.

9. Use cookie cutters to cut marshmallows into various Easter themed shapes.

10. Transfer marshmallows to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; set aside. Repeat process until all the marshmallow is cut into shapes.

11. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes:

You may need to spray the cookie cutters with nonstick spray so the marshmallow releases easily. Wash cookie cutter between colors.

Sass it Up!

Use a skewer dipped in chocolate to make eyes or use chocolate candies such as Valrhona Perles Craquantes for a more dramatic effect. Use marshmallow crème as “glue” to attach candies to your Peep.

Cayenne Pepper: King of Medicinal Herbs

If cayenne pepper is not the king of medicinal herbs it is certainly a prince among them. Its health benefits are many, varied, and are truly astonishing.

Many from around the world recount amazing results from using cayenne pepper (or capsicum as it’s sometimes called) for simple healing as well in the battling and elimination of challenging health problems.

Cayenne pepper powder comes from red hot chili peppers that are not only good to eat but are great for your health. Taking it in powder form, however, is especially potent and powerful.

Where does cayenne come from? The fruit or body of the peppers are dried then ground down, pulped and baked into cakes, which are then sifted to make the spice known as cayenne pepper.

In case you may be slightly confused, red hot chili peppers are sometimes referred to as “cayenne peppers” as well. Cayenne’s botanical classification or genus is Capsicum annuum or Capsicum frutescens sometimes called Capsicum fastigiatum, which is a synonym of Capsicum frutescens.

Continuing, cayenne pepper has been used for centuries as a medicinal and culinary herb and undoubtedly most just think of them as “those hot red peppers” to be used for spicing up food or to be used primarily in cooking ethnic cuisine, but it is so much more.

Cayenne is said to have originated within Cayenne in French Guiana and is now produced or farmed in many parts of the world. It was one of the major foods of the Hunzas who are reported by many to have extraordinarily long lifespans, although this is debatable.

It was also used quite extensively by the Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, historians assert it was a staple of the Aztec diet.

Cayenne is also revered in the alternative health community and chiefly by medicinal herbalists for its remarkable array of health benefits.

Cayenne Pepper and Heart Health

So, why is cayenne pepper so great for your health? What are its great health benefits? The health benefits of cayenne pepper are far reaching and astounding. So much so that many think its benefits are exaggerated.

Consider this: cayenne pepper, through the instrumentality of its secondary metabolite capsaicin (pronounced cap-say-sin), is scientifically proven to kill prostate cancer cells, among other fantastic health benefits, and that is just the beginning as to the benefits of this humble, nondescript herb.

Much scientific research has been initiated to validate what naturopathic practitioners have known for years: It can stop heart attacks, nourish the heart with vital nutrients, remove plaque from the arteries, help rebuild flesh destroyed or harmed by frostbite, heal hemorrhoids, re-build stomach tissue, heal stomach ulcers, fortify your overall health, and mitigate the most wrenching of diseases.

Continuing, it improves circulation, rebuilds blood cells, lowers cholesterol, emulsifies triglycerides, removes toxins from the bloodstream and improves overall heart health. It’s even a great insect repellent.

As mentioned, it can also heal ulcers, which seems contradictory considering its native calidity or heat. It immediately equalizes blood pressure in your system, shrinks hemorrhoids, and heals the gall bladder too.

It can be used as a diuretic as well helping in elimination both with urine and with built-up fecal matter in the intestines. It has wonderful, scientifically-proven antifungal properties as well.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. So, why haven’t you heard of it? Because of money. I’m convinced Big Pharma knows about the remarkable healing properties of medicinal herbs and spices like cayenne pepper but they are not in the business of healing people but in making money.

According to my research, in 2008, within the U.S. alone, Big Pharma sold $160 billion dollars of drugs — $160 billion!!!

So, why sell a cholesterol-reducing drug when you can just take cayenne pepper and it will do the same while also removing plaque from your arterial walls without nasty side effects? Needless to say, it’s clearly because cholesterol drugs like Lipitor make billions of dollars for their makers. (Lipitor makes on average $8 to $12 billion a year for Pfizer.)

That’s billions with a “b” my friends. Now you know why. I’d love to be wrong but I don’t think I am. A little while ago, I was in a local supermarket where cayenne was selling for $1.67 a pound! “This humble medicinal spice is probably the greatest medicinal agent known to man and is readily affordable to all but many pass it by because of ignorance. How sad that almost no one knows about it,” I thought.

Just the cayenne pepper and heart health linkage is enough to make this a truly remarkable medicinal herb, but its uses and benefits go far beyond that remedy.

Capsicum, or cayenne pepper, truly is a king among the herbal family and is one of the greatest health secrets of all time. It is hot, yes, and tough to swallow, but that inconvenience is most tolerable when one considers that you can literally save your life and a bundle of money by taking it religiously.

The information in this site may be small but it’s packed with information on the incredible health benefits of cayenne pepper, health benefits that can be yours. That said…

I’m not a medical doctor so any sharing of health educational information in this website should be taken as just that — the sharing of educational information. Please see the disclaimer below for more information. If you have any concerns about taking cayenne pepper, consult your doctor.

Conclusion

In closing, let me say this: Please do your own homework, research and objective thinking. Don’t let anyone tell you how to think. If you are open minded, you will find some pearls of great price that will bless your health.

I truly believe you’ve found one of the greatest health secrets here for I and many before me have discovered for ourselves the incredible health blessings of cayenne pepper. Indeed, If laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps cayenne is the second best.

DISCLAIMER:
This website is for educational purposes only.
We do not diagnose or prescribe. It is not our purpose to replace the services of your licensed health care provider.
I offer this information to those who want to, and are willing to share responsibility for their own health with their health care provider. Cayenne pepper, a powerful medicinal herb or spice, which is what its true classification is, should be used only after talking with your doctor or as directed by your licensed health care provider. Do not self-diagnose.
Do not attempt to treat yourself for any serious condition. Consult your health care provider or doctor. Show him or her this material and undertake cayenne wisely using common sense and judgment.
Any information herein should be analyzed and used at the reader’s own risk. In the event the reader of this information in this site uses the information without the approval of a health care provider, he/she is prescribing for himself/herself and assuming full responsibility for it. This is his/her right to do so, but this site assumes no responsibility for his/her actions.

Easy Steps To Become More Self-Reliant

There are hundreds of small steps anyone can take to become more self sufficient. More popular, easy to do self sufficient living tips include:

  • Growing a garden and eating more produce you have personally harvested.
  • Planting fruit trees for a personal orchard.
  • Building a compost bin to recycle household waste to use as mulch and fertilizer for the garden, flowerbeds, and lawn.
  • Recycling leaves and grass clippings as mulch or part of compost.
  • Saving seeds from the previous year’s harvest to grow next year’s garden.
  • Building a rain barrel to collect rainwater for lawn and garden irrigation.
  • Installing solar panels with batteries to provide abundant household energy.
  • Adding skylights and large, energy efficient windows to take advantage of natural light.
  • Choosing a solar water heater or solar oven to replace inefficient appliances.
  • Learning basic appliance, car, and home repairs and maintenance to save time and money to keep items in good repair for a longer time period.
  • Using a clothesline instead of a gas or electric dryer.
  • Recycling paper products for reuse at home as scrap paper, homemade paper, packaging materials, pet bedding, and more.
  • Choosing reusable grocery bags instead of disposable ones, and reusing store bags as trash bags.
  • Growing indoor herbs for fresh recipe seasoning.
  • Opting for reusable cloth diapers that can be handed down to multiple children.
  • Learning to repair and sew new clothing and linens.
  • Learning basic culinary preservation skills such as canning or making fruit preserves to support a larger harvest.
  • Choosing to walk or bike to work or on errands instead of using a motorized vehicle.
  • Choosing a low flow toilet or composting toilet to conserve water.
  • Choose energy efficient light bulbs and appliances to minimize the need for electricity.
  • Using a manual push lawn mower instead of electric or gas powered models.
  • Buying products locally to minimize the resources necessary to bring them to market and to support others interested in self sufficiency.
  • Starting your own business to become economically self sufficient instead of relying on an employer.
  • Developing natural beauty without depending on cosmetics, hair dye, and other products.
  • Choosing self sufficient recreation such as camping, hiking, or other low impact activities that do not require extensive travel or elaborate assistance to enjoy.