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Health and Fitness

Is Two Step Water Purification Needed?

Maxpedition Condor II backpack next to creek

Is two step water purification needed? This could be in the event of a collapse of society, or on a hiking / camping trip.

There is a common misconception about filtration and purification. Filtration removes bacteria, protozoa and cyst, but does nothing to viruses. Purification affects bacteria, protozoa, cyst and viruses. Purification can be by any means – UV light, filters that remove a virus, chemical treatment.. etc.

Most water filters on the market have a pore size of 0.1 microns. The CDC recommends a maximum pore size of 0.01 microns for viruses. If a purifier says it has a pore size of .1 or .2 microns, it is only a filter. A virus will slip through a .1 or .2 micron filter. Continue Reading….

Physical Health After Disruption In The System

Couple of days ago I was watching naked and afraid, this guys body pretty much shut down and he had to be medivaced to a hospital. They were only 4 or 5 days into the show? The doctor said the problems were from a lack of vitamins and minerals. The guy said he ate something like 5,000 calories a day. I kind of figured he was going to have problems going from 5,000 calories a day to almost nothing. The guy on the show came across as a great person. He was friendly and had a wonderful attitude. However, it seemed like his body did not react well to be taken out of a certain setting. The vast majority of the public are use to Continue Reading….

Stockpiling antibacterial soap

Are you stockpiling antibacterial soap? If you answered yes, stop buying antibacterial soap and buy regular soap instead . Seems antibacterial has not been proven to be more effective than regular soap at preventing the spread of germs. In 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested antibacterial soap manufacturers prove soap marketed as “antibacterial” was more effective than regular soap.  As of 2016 nothing has been proven. Full FDA write up – Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It. From the FDA website: “Following simple handwashing practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness at home, at school and elsewhere,” says Theresa M. Michele, MD, of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products. “We can’t Continue Reading….

Took a look in the mirror

I took a long look in the mirror and did not like what I saw. What bothers me the most is how I have let myself go physically. Being overweight was never in my life plan. I never thought I would be out of shape and sitting at a desk job.

The sedentary lifestyle is one of the main reasons why I am looking for a new job. I am tired of sitting here.

In a way I am disgusted with myself. I put on so much weight and I feel like a pig.

Another reason I put on so much weight is I have a couple of beers before bedtime. The empty calories goes to the waistline.

Drinking was never in my life plan. I never drank when I was a teenager. I did not even drink in my early-20s. I did not start drinking until I was in my mid-20s. Why did I start drinking? I honestly do not know. What I do know is I regret the decision to start. Continue Reading….

Allergies Feel Like They Are Killing Me

What is up with my allergies this year? I have not felt this bad in years, and I mean years.

For the past couple of weeks allergies have caused sinus drainage into my throat. Over the past few days things have moved into my chest. Breathing has gotten difficult to the point where my wife made me an appointment with a local doctor.

My appointment was Thursday – The doctor said my lungs sounded good, but he gave me a z-pack and a one week supply of prednisone. A lung function test, EKG, chest x-ray and blood work was scheduled for Friday.

Friday – I got to the doctors office around 8:30 in the morning. First thing the nurses did was blood work. After the nurse got the needle out the last thing I remember was the nurse calling for a bottle of water. The next thing I remember was waking up on the floor with a dozen nurses standing around me. I passed smooth out.

I kept telling the nurses I was sorry for scaring them. They said it was ok that it happens all the time.

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I might have a touch of the flu

Gonna score me some natural antibodies.

Livelong resistance here I come.

Grandson rapid tested positive for a flu last weekend. His kindergarten teacher is out sick this week.

Yesterday I started feeling bad, so maybe I caught the flu.

I doubt this is going to be very rough as I had the flu in the 1990s.

As long as the strains of flu are genetically similar, naturally occurring antibodies will recognize the strain and attack it.

That is one reason why swine flu killed less Americans then it did Mexicans.

In the 1970s there was a flu outbreak, some baby boomers seemed resistant to the outbreak. Its been speculated that the people who were resistant caught a similar strain of flu when they were children.

People who caught the Russian flu in the late 1970s show resistant to the new strain of swine flu.

My goal in life is to build up natural antibodies that will hopefully carry into my old age.

When I get to be 70 years old, get my flu shot, and then guess what, the scientist guessed wrong on which strand of flu was going around. Then I am left with little or not protection against the new strain of flu. Continue Reading….

Two years of fatigue

After falling ill In early September 2010, I have been fighting fatigue for 2 years.

Labor day 2010 my family and I went to the camp for the weekend. I spent some time working on the shed, mowing, had a big cookout and spent some time with the family.

Tuesday after labor day weekend I started feeling bad. I brushed it off as getting too hot in the 100 degree heat of the previous weekend. By the end of Tuesday I was running a low grade fever of around 99 – 100. Nausea set in Tuesday night.

By Thursday night / Friday morning my fever w Continue Reading….

No more beer, sugary drinks or fatty foods

As part of my lifestyle change I am going to have to change the way I eat and drink. One of my biggest downfalls in weight gain has been cheese burgers, soft drinks and beer. In town taking care of business or doing some shopping, its too easy to stop at a fast food place and order a cheese burger, fries and a coke.  I literally lived off cheese burgers through jr. high and high school. When I was in high school, I would go McDonalds in Bridge City Texas.  My usual order 20 piece nugget meal, and a quarter pounder with cheese.  Or, O would order the quarter pounder meal and add a 20 piece nugget.  But either way it was the same thing.  Continue Reading….

Going to have to change my lifestyle

Lets just say that I dislike the word “diet”. Diet seems like a fad, rather then a real fix.

My weight is out of control. Ever since I took an office job I have been packing on the pounds. For the first 14 years after graduating high school I worked in various welding shops across southeast Texas. Being on my feet for 8 – 12 hours a day, and doing hard physical labor meant that I could eat just about anything I wanted.

I no longer work in welding shops. Nor I can I eat anything I want.

I guess I got spoiled to eating whatever I wanted and not gaining any weight. That is just how it was until I was in my early 30s.

In my late 30s I feel that my health started to go downhill. Weight started adding up, which was probably promoted through beer consumption.

There are two things I need to do – stop drinking and start eating healthy.

I feel better when I do not drink. As soon as I drink something I feel my blood pressure going up, and I feel bloated the next day.

Eating healthy, I like healthy foods. I will eat all kinds of fruit and I will eat spinach with just about anything. And not canned spinach either, I like the fresh spinach.

Oranges give me mouth sours, even though I love oranges I can not eat them.

For the past few days I have I have swapped a breakfast sandwich for granola and a banana. Changing my breakfast probably saved me 300 calories per day. And the granola and banana contain less fat then the cheese and egg.

Bedtime sank has been a kiwi and cherries.

Hunting season is just 2 and a half months away. I need to get active so I can walk to the deer stand. Continue Reading….

My wife had a hysterectomy part 1

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistMy wife, her name is Kristy, had a hysterectomy last week.

There are two types of hysterectomies out there:

1 – The woman has a hysterectomy for a none medical reason. Such as not having a monthly period to interfere with her sex life.

When I was doing some work in kingwood Texas area back in the early 2000s, some of the rich women told me they had a hysterectomy so they could provide sex to their husbands without a monthly period. The women worried if they were on their period, their sugar daddy husband would look for sex elsewhere. You would not want to lose your free ride now would you? Hysterectomy, boob job, tummy tuck, and that saggy 50 year old rich women might be able to hold onto her lying cheating sorry ass husband that brings home $500+k a year.

2 – The woman needs the hysterectomy for a valid medical reason.

Kristy fit under #2. Her left ovary was the size of a baseball, was growing, and had been causing shooting pains for well over a year. Also, I do not make enough money to pay for a boob job or tummy tuck. Our relationship is built off love, and not how much money I bring home.

After having 4 children Kristys bladder had been pushed out of position to the point where she some urine leakage. Kristy could not even walk to the mail box without her bladder leaking. The doctors were supposed to fix the leakage issue at the same time as the hysterectomy. I asked for a free tummy tuck for Kristy, but the doctor said no.

I was resistant to the idea of Kristy having a hysterectomy. Continue Reading….

July 20 2011 workout

For the first time in a couple of months I did a workout.  To be honest, I am ashamed that I have let myself get so out of shape.  When I was in my late teens and all the way through my 20s, physical fitness was important to me.  I never was bulked up, but my weight was under control.  Now, I feel that I keep putting on the pounds and getting out of shape. Last night 10 minute warm up on the treadmill for 10 minutes at 2.5 miles per hour 20 crunches on an exercise ball with 8 pound ball 20 presses on an exercise ball with 8 pound ball 3 minutes on the treadmill at around 2.8 mph 20 crunches on an Continue Reading….

30 day challenge no sweets or meats

I think I will issue a 30 day challenge to myself: 30 days of no sweets or meats – especially processed meats. Sweets are a weakness of mine. If there is a piece of chocolate cake in front of my, chances are its going to get eaten. I also keep a container on my computer desk with M&Ms, and other chocolates in it. Meats, especially processed meats have been shown to be bad for your health – due to the preservatives and salts used during the manufacturing process. Some studies link processed meats and colon cancer. For breakfast: The goal is to eat a breakfast bar, banana, yogurt, fruit,,,, or some other kind of natural snack. There for awhile I was eating breakfast burritos and Continue Reading….

Fitness update Arpil 13 2011

survivalistDid not do my workout last night (April 12, 2011), was in a 3 hour meeting from 6pm until 9pm. Not only that, but I was sore from the previous workout.

This 30 minute workout seems to make me feel better then the 60 – 90 minute workout. I am spending less time on the treadmill, but the time is more intense, and more time on the weights.

Tonights totals:
Total workout time – about 31 minutes. I was shooting for 30 minutes, but oh well.
1.401 miles on the treadmill
2,901 steps
23:18 minutes on the treadmill
110 curls with 50 pounds
220 military presses with 8 pound weight

I am a little disappointed that I did not hit my 1.5 miles + 100 curls within 30 minutes. But what can I say? I will try harder next time. Continue Reading….

Fitness update April 11 2011

survivalistTonight was my first workout in 3 minute intervals in a long time. For the past couple of months I had been doing 5 minutes on the treadmill, something, something, back on the treadmill for 5 minutes, something, something, back on the treadmill for 5 minutes,,,,.

Tonight I did this routine – 8 curls with 50 pounds, 3 minutes on the treadmill at 3.5 degree incline at 3.5 mph, 8 curls with 50 pounds, 20 military presses with 8 pound weight, 3 minutes on the threadmill 3.5 degree incline for 3 minutes, 8 curls with 50 pounds, 20 military presses.

The problem is, to reach my 1.5 miles in 30 minutes the treadmill had to be sped up to 4.0 – 4.6 mph a few times.

2 times in a row the treadmill was at 4.0 mph, but my sides started to hurt a little bit, so during the next treadmill it was slowed down to 3.5 and caught my breath.

Even though the target as 1.5 mile sin 30 minutes, I had to fudge it just a little bit and went around 33 minutes for my 1.5 mile goal.


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