Tuesday, September 04, 2018 by: RJ Jhonson Tags: cow parsnip, giant hogweed, giant hogweed blindness, giant hogweed burns, light sensitivity, phytophotodermatitis, poison hemlock, poisonous plant, Queen Anne's lace, toxins, warning, weeds (Natural News) Plants are a prime example that just because something can’t move doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. Take the giant hogweed, for example. This large, invasive plant now terrorizes several states with its highly toxic sap that can cause serious injuries, including burns and complete blindness. Unfortunately, the giant hogweed shares its looks with many – some of which are completely harmless – plants, so knowing how to identify it is crucial to your safety. The most distinct characteristics of giant hogweed are its size and its cluster of white flowers. These are the very same traits that caused its uncontrolled spread in the United States. Originally from Eurasia’s Caucasus mountain region, it was … [Read more...] about How to identify the Giant Hogweed and protect yourself from its poisonous sap
By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 4, 2018 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: September 4, 2018 at 6:48 am Have you ever found yourself doing something purely out of habit? Like turning left at a light or grabbing a cookie in the snack room. There are things we do every day that are hard-wired into our brains. We don’t even think about them. They just happen. Some are positive, like taking the right route to work. Sadly, there are lot of things we do that aren’t good for us but we can’t shake them because they just feel right. That’s because many bad habits— smoking cigarettes or mindless snacking—involve the brain’s dopamine system, the feel-good reward response, Time reports. The first time you engage in a new, “rewarding” behavior, you get a euphoric feeling that leads to changes in the brain. These changes are part of why we form bad habits in the first place. “We … [Read more...] about How to break a bad habit, according to science
By Abdullah Ansari Published: September 4, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email What is wrong in sharing your life with your friends online? PHOTO: PINTEREST “You know what? You can travel to any place in the world without updating your status on Facebook!” “What’s the point of sharing your pictures on social media? What do you want to prove?” “What are people supposed to do with what you are having for dinner at XYZ restaurant?” To start off, I am not a big fan of changing my display picture every week or putting my selfies on social media; it doesn’t interest me. I never share where, what and with whom I am eating. I have never posted about how many pounds I lost or gained in the last month. Regardless of my personal preference, I do not pass the aforementioned comments when someone posts their personal stuff on social media, more importantly Facebook. I don’t do this because I understand the purpose of Facebook – a … [Read more...] about “It’s raining”: Do Pakistanis know how to use Facebook?
Monday, September 03, 2018 by: Zoey Sky Tags: bug repellent, Bug spray, bugs, how-to, insect bites, insect sprays, insects, mosquito bites, mosquitoes, natural remedies, off grid, outdoors, preparedness, prepping, remedies, Survival Tips, wilderness survival (Natural News) Outdoor activities can be fun and exciting, but it also means that you may have to deal with pesky bugs. On the other hand, during a survival scenario the last thing you want to do is look for ways to get rid of various insects that bite and sting. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com) To prevent mosquito bites, remember that they are attracted to: Carbon dioxide Heat Lactic acid – Lactic acid is the waste product produced during anaerobic respiration. Running fast can cause a lactic acid build up in the muscles, and this may cause cramps. Metabolic rate – Mosquitoes are more attracted to high resting metabolic rates. Both alcoholic drinks and exercise can raise your metabolic rate. Movement – … [Read more...] about How to prevent bug bites in the wild
Sunday, September 02, 2018 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: dehydrating, dry curing, emergency food, fermenting, food, Food Preservation, Food storage, food supply, Gear, Homestead, homesteading, off grid, preparedness, prepper, prepping, preserving food, survival, survival food (Natural News) Canning is one of the most popular methods for preserving food. However, canning extra food may not always be possible, which is why you need some alternatives. Here are three alternative methods of food preservation: (h/t: Survivopedia.com) Fermenting Fermentation is a traditional way of preserving food, like fresh produce and dairy, all around the world. This method allows natural microorganisms, like bacteria, to increase the lactic acid in food. The lactic acid preserves the food. Some of the most popular fermented foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, sourdough, and yogurt. Here’s a simple way to ferment vegetables: Slice your vegetables finely, then use a tablespoon of salt to remove … [Read more...] about How to preserve food without canning