The Sunday Survival Buzz #131

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 4, 2019

Welcome to this week’s all-new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This has been one of those weeks where life as I know it was temporarily turned upside down.  Without boring you with the unpleasant details, an urgent dental emergency cropped up a bit over a week ago.  At the time, it did not seem so bad but by last Sunday, it was dire.  As I write this, I am still in the Seattle area where a game of “stump the dentist” has been going on.

Perhaps the worst part is that as prepared and as focused I am normally, I left home without my natural remedies, most of my essential oils, and my common sense. The pain will do that to you.  Which, as a wake-up-call, reminds me that there are all sorts of emergencies that may require a bug-out, especially if you live in a location remote from a big city.

Turmeric Lemon Cayenne Cocktail

Even though I did not prep this week, I did learn a valuable lesson:  prepare a check list of those things you need to grab with you if you are forced to make a medical or dental evacuation.  Heck, I forgot my healing oils but Shelly forgot his socks.  Thankfully, we had clean underwear in our bug out bag but my oils?  A case of “I have not got around to it yet”.

So how did it all end?  It hasn’t.  I abandoned the heavy duty narcotic pain killers a few days ago.  Who needs that along with the associated brain fog?

But the real turning point was a concoction sent to me by the reader, “Dee”.  It is made up of 1 teaspoon of turmeric dissolved in 1 ounce of boiling water.  I mixed the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper together then combined the two mixtures, stirring well.  I have been doing a slosh and swallow with a half shot glass of Dee’s cocktail every 4 to six hours and indeed, I do feel better.

At the end of the day, we all need to recognize that regardless of how well prepared we are, something is likely to be overlooked.  We are human.  It happens.  Get over it and move on.

That about covers it for me this week.  Now for some announcements.


A reader comment in the article Survival Basics: What the Heck are Oxygen Absorbers got me thinking.

You’ll be just fine putting absorbers in with seeds to preserve them. In fact, rendering them dormant by taking away oxygen is exactly what you’re trying to do. When you want to plant them, take them out and they’ll have access to oxygen again and have no problem germinating.

I decided to ask Mike over at Seeds of the Month Club about this and here was his response:

That is an excellent tip!  Oxygen absorbers help keep moisture away from your seeds and keeping your seeds dry is very important.  The important thing is to keep your seeds in a cool dry location, and oxygen absorbers definitely help with the “dry” portion of that tip.


File this one away in your “good to know” file.  I have been storing my own seeds in sealed mason jars in my freezer but not with an oxygen absorber.  At about 10 cents a pop, I am going to take advantage of this tip.  Can’t hurt, right?

Some additional tips came in from “Learner”.  Bubbles and life jackets for the kiddos; what a great idea.

I keep bottles of bubbles (you know the ones with the wand you blow into) in my prep stuff because they keep forever, are cheaper than cheap, and are very effective at keeping kids calm in a stressed situation.

Lastly, I think parents should get a life jacket for their kids in case your evac might include crossing flood waters, or consider that traveling in canoes up and down creeks/rivers might be needed in a “bug out” situation.


The following giveaway is currently active.  This is a great book; a bit prophetic, actually.  Read the interview then enter to win a copy for free!

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The winner of a copy of Angela Paskett’s book Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival is Laura  W. (“Tina”) who have already checked in to claim her prize. Here entry was via the “Free Entry for Everyone” option.

The winner of the SunBell Solar Lamp was “Laurel B.” and the winner of the Little Sun was “Kris P”.  Both winners were selected a random based upon the “Leave a Comment” option.


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As I started out saying, this has not been very good week for me.  On top of other woes, I received a rash of hate mail and my Facebook page was littered with trolls claiming I was a plagiarist, content thief, pathetic b-word and worse.  My reaction?  None at all.  When these things happen I consider the source and make copious use of the delete key.

Sadly, preparedness has become a big money-making deal with a lot of anonymous site owners putting up marginally curated and sometimes stolen content merely to make a buck off the backs of legitimate authors and writers. I know that I am not the only blogger dismayed by this but at the end of the day, there is not a whole lot we can do about it.  Becoming a one-person police force is simply too time-consuming.

So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current.

Rhode Island Novelty Bubbles (12-Pack):  Kids of all ages love bubbles.  What a great idea for both bug-out-bags and hunker down kits!

Oxy-Sorb Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage:  A good rule of thumb is to use a 300cc oxygen absorber per gallon of dried or bulk product.  In a one-quart mason jar, I use these 100cc oxygen absorbers.

Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: This is a great knife that is currently priced at $8.73 with free shopping.  The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and can recommend it.  See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.  Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant.  I can not recommend these enough.

One Second After For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared.    If you have not read this book, you really should.

Coghlan’s Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each.  That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight:  FAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out.  It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. There is also a larger sized LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping.

AquaPodKit – Emergency Drinking Water  Have you considered storing water in your bathtub?  The AquaPod is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing.

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31 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz #131”

  1. Gaye, sorry to hear about your issues. Hope all will be better soon!
    I myself didn’t get much done, I’ve had some health issues of my own to deal with. Plus we had the biggie of sending my oldest to college this week. I made sure he has a plethora of basics with him for emergency use.
    Take care of yourself and hope you get better soon.

  2. RE: “I received a rash of hate mail and my Facebook page was littered with trolls”

    Well, that seems to me like a mark of success!

    Embrace it!

    They wouldn’t do that if you weren’t making some headway or touching on something sensitive The Empire and The Empire-Lovers didn’t want exposed.

    Have you read the bit about internet trolls, their methods, and Number 7?
    I’d post a link but I forgot to save it. It’s worth reading if you can find it.

    Also, I’m glad Dee’s recipe worked for you. My better-half and I went through some intense pain recently, we both tried it. I about half-forced her to take it – but – regretfully, it didn’t work for us. I was crushed, I had no alternative. My creditability suffered that week.
    About the only half-way natural thing that did work was Jack Daniel’s. …But still, I’d naw on a cayenne pepper every now and then,… maybe it helped a bit, maybe it didn’t, I don’t know?
    One thing we Did know, there was No Way In Hell we were going to use Tylenol, or Aspirin or some such variety after reading about how that stuff messes a person Up!

    Two things about dentistry I’ll mention: One, I’ve read that cavities can be healed. That’s an interesting read.

    And two, if you get those not-mercury fillings (the composite thingies) [HA! The word, ‘thingies’ is in Spellcheck] they might not stop the pain. I got some and I’m just at about the same pain level as before I got them when I’m eating hot things or cold things.
    The dental assistant said it took her a month or so before she stopped feeling these pains,… ah-yeah, that was her, not me. …And maybe not you too?
    Just a heads up.

    Oh yeah, and one other thing: I’ve read that you’re better off pulling a tooth and having a gap rather than getting a root canal done.

    Horrible notion, I know. …But read up on it and make your own choice. Ya might wanna use as a search motor on that. YMMV I suppose?

    That’s my Two Cents,… and a Quarter, and One Dollar input. For whatever it’s worth.

    • Helot, your experience with my pain tonic is a great example of why we need to have more than one way or method of doing anything. I do have other creations but this is my ‘go to’ because for me it works so well. Since we aren’t all carbon copies, we can be thankful for such variety as we have. So thanks for your nickel’s worth. 🙂

  3. Wow! Then you add in the 6.0 quake in northern California! What a way to top off a week!
    I do hope everyone in the affected area are doing fine – and you prepper may be converting some friends and neighbors to the prepping lifestyle.
    Gaye – I voted for you at top prepper and saw that you are still #1 even though that other site has slightly more ‘in’ votes! Like I said, I think they will have a very hard time beating you on the ‘out’ votes! 🙂
    Hope the next week is kinder to you!

    • Talk about spooky – I started reading Sara Hathaway’s book “Day After Disaster” yesterday. Guess where it starts! The exact location the earthquake hit! After that I really want to finish the book!
      Thank you Gaye – for the giveaway.
      And Thank You Sara Hathaway – for the great book!

  4. Good morning Gaye – I look forward to your Sunday Buzz email every week to see what you and our fellow like-minded folks are doing. So sorry to hear about your mystery dental ailment. Hope it is resolved quickly, inexpensively and painlessly. Thanks for including Dee’s cocktail recipe too.

    This week I used my prepping budget to clear out the local grocery store of 5 pound bags of pinto beans, which had been reduced in price since they intend to stop carrying that size. $100 equates to a lot of beans on sale! Also picked up several pounds of salt and steel-cut oatmeal to add to the pantry.

    Yesterday I partook in a military-styled obstacle course 5K to test my general fitness. Had no problem scaling the walls and rope ladders, or being winded on the run portions, so that is good. I may make it a point to do one or two of these races every year just to keep tabs on my endurance and strength levels.

    I started watching a film on Netflix called “Goodbye World” about life in CA after an event takes down the grid. The characters themselves are unlikeable, but some of the scenarios presented are thought-provoking. Have you seen it?

    Gaye, you are an importantant voice in our lives. Take care of yourself and don’t let the naysayers bring you down.

    • I have not seen “Goodbye World” but see that is is available for free streaming in Netflix. I must admit that lately, my attention span is not long enough to sit through an entire movie. Unlikeable characters, huh? I added it to my queue/watchlist.

  5. Gaye, I think I read that you have found your BOL, but in case you haven’t, consider Ky. Here you wouldn’t have to worry about a toothache, no one here has any teeth.

    Preps this week: The FedEx man is getting a hernia bringing in all the ammo I have ordered. I’m getting ready for my trip with my grandson and his father to go to Front Sight firing range in Nevada next month. This is the most exciting thing to happen in my life in a long time.

    • John R, we were thinking of a BOL in Kentucky, down around Russell Springs. Anything we should be wary of or considering while we looking?

    • That area is very beautiful. Lake Cumberland has some of the finest fishing in Ky. Dale Hollow lake, close by has about the best. The Cumberland river, just up river from Russell Springs has the only moonbow (a rainbow at night from the moon) in the country or maybe the world. It is more hilly than where I am. Not as much farm land. The people there can be categorized as the typical Kentuckian mountaineer you see on TV. Back woodsy. Once they get to know you though, they would have your back in a heart beat. Sparsely populated. Good fertile soil for a garden. Probably 90% of the people will have a garden. The National forest there would have great hunting.
      All in all, I think Russell Springs would be an excellent BOL. Caution. Don’t go there dressed up like a Revenuer.

  6. Sorry to hear about your health problems Gaye. This week I doubled up my baofengs(2is 1,1is none) and I got about a 100lbs of chicken at 88cents/lb. Dealing with a bad shoulder but the boy is helping out.

  7. Well my advice would have been to just ignore them, but it seems that you already have that covered 🙂

    No prepping for me this week other than working on my fitness. Had to deal with some problems of my own, mostly car related (first a flat tire and then it not starting). But I did receive a tent (actually two) that I wanted my birthday.

  8. Hi Gaye,
    I hope you are feeling well soon. It is hard to concentrate on other things other than the location of the pain, especially if suffering from pain within the head.

    I had a filling replaced with composite a few years ago, but it still hurt whenever I ate anything. After a couple months of misery, the dentist removed the filling, coated the nerve with some kind of nerve sedative??, and then replaced the filling. AAH, finally relief! Haven’t had a problem since.

    Was wondering if you know any essential oil recipes for mole removal and skin tag removal and skin discoloration removal? I’ve seen ads for them online and so recipes for these would be of great benefit for self-doctoring if needed.

    • Thanks, Jan, me too.

      For removal of skin tags and warts, we are using a mixture of 1/2 oregano oil and 1/2 coconut oil (fractionated, or liquid coconut oil). I put this combo in a roller ball and a number of my skin tags are all but gone. I don’t know about moles. When I get back home, I will look that up in my big fat desk reference manual that tells me almost everything I need to know about essential oils.

      I have always had a lot of facial skin discolorations and since using coconut oil as a face serum/moisturizer, they have faded to nothing. I had acne as a teen and horrible skin my entire life. My complexion is now radiant which I attribute to the coconut oil. I am told that adding lemon essential oil to the coconut oil helps with skin discolorations as well but I did fine without it.

    • Thank you, Gaye. I will copy and paste this info into my herb file for future reference. Simple, inexpensive, natural, and effective solutions.

    • To get rid of skin tags, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar & put it on the skin tag. Do this for several days. The skin tag will fall off in about 5 days.

  9. ok, i’m blushing a bit now for the mention Gaye but thanks for passing along the info. I am truely sorry to hear about your rough week, makes ya think about what would happen if this happened post SHTF! I have a question though. The earthquake in the news today has me thinking. I live in an area that would likely be affected if the New Madrid fault ever does what geologists think it will do(as it did some 100 years ago), but I have never been through an earthquake before. My dilema is conserning where do i store my preps. I want to keep them in home in case of a “bug in” situation, but what about if my home crumbles to the ground? does anybody have any ideas about this?

    • Some time ago (year or so) I saw a YouTube video about a hidden emergency cache. They used a 5 gallon bucket with waterproof lid. Pack survival items in the bucket then put the bucket into a shallow hole at a location you can easily find, but not in public view, and cover it with dirt and brush so it can not be easily seen if someone wanders by it. Do this in two or three locations so that at least one will still be available if needed.

    • I have done what JimW has said but have also included a cache for tent/blankets and extra water. Now since this is water proof. I have disguised one because over the top I have place the container which we collect our dog poo. 😉 Now you all know, just don’t figure you can find it cuz i have a few of those 😉 lol Seriously, plan on more than one cache so if you can get to one, you can to another.

    • Thanks Jim and Dee! That is definately do-able.

  10. Haters gonna hate! I think you’re great! 🙂

    Repeat in your head as necessary. Really, though. Your hardwork and dedication to share and educate others is appreciated. Thank you for doing what you do.

  11. So sorry for your woes, Gaye. I can recommend a top-of-the-line dentist if you need another opinion or decide to change providers.
    We live a bit north of Seattle and have a lovely guest room you and hubby may use anytime you need, including now. We’re very normal so no worries. My doctor, who was originally trained in Europe, had me gargle with a mixture of heavily steeped black tea witj baking soda to knock out infection and pain. It worked extremely well. I also just found that a salve or lotion of cinnamon leaf eliminates pain in minutes.
    On another subject… I’ve tried to pkg flour & rice in 1gal Mylar bags using 1-300cc oxygen remover each and sealing with a hair straightening iron but it didn’t work. I tried opening them, using 2 more, new oxygen absorbers & re-sealing but it didn’t again! Can you or anyone give me a heads up on what I might be doing wrong? Please…

    • JM – Thank you for your very kind offer. We rarely stay in private homes because we have a dog and you just never know LOL. That said, Tucker the Dog is a 7 pound Yorkie and well-behaved. I did all of his puppy training myself so that he can roam off leash and respond to hand signals. He is a great little guy but very full of energy.

      What makes you think your Mylar bags did not seal? Were they leaking or just not brick-like? I can probably help. Oh – just a question – are you sure the oxygen absorbers were good?

      Did you see where my endodontist totally agreed with my home remedy and we did not proceed with any invasive procedures? I was thrilled.

    • Hi Gaye, Yes, I saw that your doctor agreed with you using the natural remedy. Surprised and So happy you found one who understands that natural remedies are a help not some kind of “BS” as my father’s surgeon arrogantly put it.
      I owned a Yorkie years ago. I loved that dog & would’ve really enjoyed seeing yours but… our 18 & 22 lb cats might have been a bit put out. LOL
      Packaging in Mylar: I believe that the first oxygen absorbers were dead and several of the second set. I also noticed on the 2nd go round that the absorbers that we thought dead heated up after removing them from the Mylar bags and a cpl sealed a pint jar. We tried a third time using the newer batch of oxygen absorbers and 4 out of 13 bags did indeed seal up very tightly up. Seems hit and miss though. At this time I don’t know whether to try again with each bag or just put the sealed bags in a bucket with a bunch of absorbers sealed em in! I’d love some feedback…. JM

    • I had a bad batch of O2 absorbers recently. They started heating up as soon as they were removed from their original packaging so I knew something was wrong. I do not order from that Amazon supplier any longer. BTW, my favorite supplier is “Oak Tree” (on Amazon).

      Sometimes my own bags are not brick-like. That has a lot to do with whether most of the air is expelled first. (I sometimes get sloppy.) That said, I am confident that the oxygen is gone from your bags and only nitrogen/air remains. That is not uncommon. Anther thought. Could the bags themselves be suspect? Where did you get them?

      As you suggest, if it were me I would put the bags, as is, into a bucket with 1000 ccs of additional O2 absorbers and call it a day. Rice, especially, has a long shelf life even without all of the extra packaging. Sometimes I just pour the rice in a bucket, add a 1000 cc oxygen absorber and skip the Mylar bag. If there was no other food around, I am sure the rice would still be edible. The main thing is that the bucket will keep critters at bay.

  12. Gaye, sometimes in doing something by mistake good things happen. I will be making some of recipe I gave you by mistake and keep that for ‘special’ events. 😉
    I’m also working up some of your skin tag recipe but with herbs grown in my garden and infused. Though I may get some eo for those emergency times. 🙂

  13. Woot Woot! I just got back from my own endodontist (root canal guy) and we decided to do nothing dental-work wise. He said to stop the antibiotics, add some probiotics and mostly, continue with Dee’s cocktail for at least another week. He suggested adding some cinnamon indicating that both turmeric and cinnamon are “natures antibiotics”. Those were his words not mine.

    So thank you Dr. Alibhai and thank you Dee!!

    • I love the great news for you! I knew in India turmeric was considered “the holy herb” but didn’t know about the cinnamon. Hey that means we’re not too old to learn 😉 LOL

    • Now I know why I love cinnamon rolls! 🙂 🙂

    • ginger is a great antibiotic too.

  14. Thank you Gayle for directing me! Yes, actually had been doing a recipe like that, yet including Ginger, and hourly Vitamin C, and ingesting much Turmeric throughout these days! I am thrilled about this, and will discuss with my Dentist tomorrow what happens to the root when it is recommended for a root canal. Their diagnosis for me was: “Does it hurt your tooth with warm or cold liquids?” When you say “warm liquids”, they said “okay you need a root canal! “Right over the phone! I merely felt I had an infection in the area of the tooth. Thank you to all! I also use products like Salon Pas, especially those from Japan feel stronger to me!


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