The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 67

Sunday Survival BuzzWelcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

This week I have been continuing my experiments with coconut oil.  I have been using it on my face (as a face cream), on my hair (as a conditioner), and as a healing ointment for dry skin as well as a few burns on my arms and hands (don’t ask).

The results so far are surprising from the standpoint that it goes on extremely greasy but within minutes it is completely absorbed.  I am using the solid form of coconut oil, not the liquid fractionated oil, which would be easier to use, but more limited, I think, in usefulness.  The jury is still out but I hope to have enough experience in a few weeks to post a review.

Other than that, there has not been much prepping this week as I continue my travels in Alaska.  The weather has been grand and so far, the biking has been awesome.  On Wednesday, I traveled 15 miles starting at an elevation of 3000 feet and down to sea level.  Wonderful.

Gaye Biking in Alaska - Backdoor Survival

Needless to say, I have been out of touch with most news sources for a week and while I feel like I am in a bit of a vacuum, it is nice to go off-line for awhile.  As a result, most of what I share this week is an assortment of useful prepping articles that focus on practical tips to guide you along your preparedness journey.

But enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


7 Things About The Mainstream Media That They Do Not Want You To Know: Have you ever wondered who controls the mainstream media?  This quote from the article says it all:

“And of course the mainstream media desperately does not want you to look at “the man behind the curtain”.  They just want you to stay plugged into the “programming” that they are feeding you without asking any questions.”

6 Multiple Use Foods When SHTF:  This article lists lots of interesting uses for salt, honey, garlic, olive oil, coffee and lemon.  Except for the lemon, these are common pantry items found in most households.

Where to find ‘free’ checking with no strings attached:  A few years back when I was informed that my free checking account was no longer going to be free,  I switched to a credit union and never looked back. Yes, the process is painful and time-consuming.  But why line the pockets of the banksters with your hard-earned cash?

Should you tell stores your ZIP code? Privacy advocates say no: This is something you may be doing quite innocently. Time to stop. As a matter of fact, two states have now declared that the practice violates their privacy laws and recently, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that a ZIP code amounts to “personal identification information.” The California Supreme Court made a similar ruling in 2011.

The key to preventing moldy berries? Vinegar!: Here is a great tip for you. In my household, strawberries go moldy in a day or two so I plan to give this a try as soon as the local berries are ready.


From reader “James”:

When it comes to starting fires there’s nothing better than a Bic.  If you take a prescription medicine bottle you’ll find you can drop in a Bic and a wad of cotton to use for tinder and keep the lighter from rattling in the bottle.  Protects from water and accidental discharge and provides more lights than a large box of matches.  One of those little wonders of modern technology people take for granted that people would have killed for back in the days of flint and steel.

bic lighters


I was recently asked to respond to a couple of additional interview questions (see An Interview With the Survival Woman!) and thought you might be interested in the answers.

1. What are preppers primarily concerned about that moves them to prepare?

After recently polling the readers of Backdoor Survival, I can say without hesitation that preppers are preparing for an economic collapse and the social and societal chaos that will follow.

2. What should preppers be concerned about currently?

There is no one good answer to this questions so let me give you my opinion on the top three concerns.

1.         Economic collapse resulting in major civil unrest, especially in the urban areas

2.         Erosion of our constitutional rights including but not limited to illegal and immoral imposition of martial law

3.         Socialization of our food supply, medical services and other basics that were are dependent upon for normal life as we currently know it


My recent article, the “Ten Commandments of Survival” was recently featured in Minute Mom magazine.  You do not need to be a Mom – just a Mom at heart – to benefit from this website and it’s semi-annual magazine – all free.


An interesting side note from my travels is that most of the people I am meeting are oblivious to prepping.  I can not help but to be a bit of an evangelist when it comes to prepping – even if I am looked at a bit strangely.  A few have commented “Well, you don’t look like a survivalist”.  Jeesh – what is a survivalist supposed to look like?  Most of us are quite ordinary.

Anyway, until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin: Below you will find some links to the items mentioned in today’s Sunday Survival Buzz including the coconut oil I am testing as well as some lighters (the Bic and the ubiquitous Zippo!)

Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:  So far I am pleased with the Nutiva Coconut Oil.  It is pure-white, USDA-certified-organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within two hours of chopping. No refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees. I was able to easily liquefy a small amount and put it in a 4 ounce squeeze bottle where I re-liquefy by putting this smaller bottle in a glass of hot tap water.

Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter:  Zippo has been creating virtually indestructible, windproof refillable lighters for more than 75 years. The Zippo Street Chrome pocket lighter is no exception. This lighter features a classic textured chrome finish and carries the same lifetime guarantee–to either work or be fixed by Zippo free of charge–for life. This lighter uses butane fuel. All wearable parts including flints and wicks are replaceable.  Every prepper should own at least one Zippo!

BIC Disposable Classic Lighter With Child Guard:  This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally.  BICs just work – every time.

Wholesale Disposable Lighters – Pack of 50 with Stand:  This is a 50 pack of wholesale disposable lighters. Each ‘child-resistant’ lighter is standard size and also features an adjustable flame.  I have not tried these myself but for the price, they sound like a good deal.

Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord: You can get 100 feet of Paracord for very affordably. This is a real bargain but be aware that price can vary substantially depending on the color.  Also, I wrote a very popular article – 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival – be sure to check it out.

Cyalume SnapLight Chemical Light Sticks: Read all about light sticks at Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: Check this out.  I own two – they work great!  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.

UCO Stormproof Matches, twin pack (50 matches): This is another one of those items most people forget about. Each match burns for about 15 seconds even if it is windy, rainy, or cold.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.

Fruit Combo

I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.

The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries.

But not to be left out, there are veggies too. The deluxe supply of Freeze Dried Vegetables includes 18 #10 tins of the following veggies in various quantities: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Green Peas, Mushrooms, Potato Dices, Spinach, and White Onions.

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5 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 67”

  1. The coconut oil probably is too oily alone for most skin; here is my recipe for homemade skin treatment, but it’s also an excellent hair pomade (if you have dry hair for any reason, including aging); it’s very healing to skin; even like this, it may be too oily for skin that is already oily, but I have given it to friends who have undergone chemo and radiation therapy and they have been very pleased with the healing it provided their skins.

    1. African Shea Butter, Organic, (West African is the best) – start with about one-half pound; you can buy this from your local whole foods grocery, most nutrition shops, where you will pay dearly, or, purchase it from an online supplier. I suggest you “shop around”, but, be very careful from whom you buy. I use: Mountain Rose Herbs ( or, or; ebay might be an acceptable source, but BE VERY CAREFUL. Anywhere you find it, it will not be cheap, so, expect to pay for it.
    2. Pure, Organic Coconut Oil – you can buy this in the oils section of your local “Stuff” Mart, or you can buy it from a health food store or grocery, and pay a great deal more – either one will work well; you can also cook with it, of course! – about one-half pound
    (the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil are usually a 1 to 1 ratio; “tweak” it to suit yourself; if you want it a little less “malleable”, then use less coconut oil)
    3. Pure, organic bees wax – unfiltered. How much to use? Just enough to help it “set up” and make it easier to use. How much to add will depend on how you want to use the product. If just for skin, you may want it a little softer, so, use less beeswax – say, maybe, about 1/4 cup (1 bar), total. If you want to use it ONLY for lips, as in a “lipstick” type container, you may need more to make it work. Try:
    Melt all together; pour into a clean, sterile glass jar, such as a jelly jar; allow to cool. Cap and date.
    If you want fragrance, add a few drops (very few!) of your favorite essential oil. I like Lemongrass or Peppermint; there are so many to choose from, however. You CAN make one batch and set some aside without scent for faces, lips, etc. – you do not want the fragrance around your eyes or on your lips. It won’t really hurt you, but, it’s not food grade, and you surely don’t want it in your eyes!
    This is great to use on any part of your body. Very healing!

  2. Anti-semitism has no place here, IMHO.

    • Thank you for speaking up. The offending comment has been deleted. The odd thing is that I am Jewish.

  3. That’s funny! I am a Christian who understands that my roots begin in Judaism.

  4. So good to see SurvivalWoman and SurvivalHusband living Life! And such a good and natural example of how Life is best when balanced.
    As for the Coconut Oil… I have been benefitting from eating one large tablespoon of Organic Coconut Oil in the morning. It has the appearance of a “textured” Crisco… melts in your mouth like butter… and the ever-so-mild taste of… Coconut! Rather than mess around with all the gyrations of recipes and other gymnastics to absorb the coconut oil into your body… I choose to take it simply and directly like a tablespoon of “health” (medicine). I know that it is beneficial… or this guy wouldn’t waste a nano-second with it. But, I have found that by ingesting it as I do… it works all that benficial affects to my skin… from the inside out. Good stuff! Can be found at most health food stores and also at Costco. I’m definitely a coconutter! 😉


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