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By John Longenecker
October 17, 2012

Nutritionals as an added layer of security in your own disaster preparedness.

For the longest time, experts have been urging households and motorists to have 72-hours of food and water on hand. Now, experts recommend 30-days' worth of food and water. I suggest a year's worth of food, and one more item in you rplans: Nutritional Supplements.

Food and water have been, literally, a staple of sustenance and survival. We eat every day. But what do we do when our foods are genetically modified to dilute or remove the basic nutrients from the produce?

Genetically modified foods are also social engineering in terms of results. Many foods are engineered to take longer to ripen, or some may be grown to sustain frost or other environmental hazards to their economy and harvest. Makes sense.

But for us on the receiving end, it's a shortchange of nutrients. You might say that it becomes a food shortage.

What this means is that the food we depend on in good habits of 'eating right' are no longer a reliable part of our health and wellness plan. It don't work no more. The practice of 'eating right' is short-circuited.

And when it comes to storing food and water for disaster preparedness, we're putting second-rate food on the shelf. It will be second-rate when it's needed in an emergency.

Fresh food or canned – it is increasingly subject to the harvest of this season and future seasons, such that practices and policies of genetically modified foods will be part of your storage.

External to the household, poring over scholarly articles about disaster management worldwide and documents on recommendations yields their sense of the mission. Many professors and agencies center about the chronically ill as 'vulnerable' in disaster; others report findings of additional hazards to the population; other treatises and monographs address severe weather warning systems while others talk about public education on the subject and are puzzled as to how to reach the public instead of listening to the public. Some even insist on more centralization of assets and authority.

Something is missing: how is the population going to endure the stresses and adversities of a disaster when genetically modified foods serve up depleted produce and few citizens actually consider wellness as a survival tool?

The key is to become aware of both and to remedy them for the household as part of your preparedness plan.

Enter the nutritional supplements of your own choosing for the menu of your own choosing for the safety plan of your own choosing.

Supplements are nutrients the body needs and cannot get as well as before. They are taking on a new importance in general health and wellnes due to shifts in politics and farming practices. Amid this, stress puts added demands on the body, and unrelenting stress is a serious hazard of a disaster. This is an opportunity for the opportunistic infections and other environmental hazards.

Useful nutritional findings are identified by experts: that our so-called recommended dosages of nutrients have been grossly under-estimated. Translation: our bodies need much more of those nutrients in order to fight off degenerative disease.

“How is the population going to endure the stresses and adversities of a disaster when genetically modified foods serve up depleted produce and few citizens actually consider wellness as a survival tool?”

Next, it didn't take long for diabetes experts to recommend megadoses of various supplements for that reason. Professionals have known forever that many degenerative diseases develop from poor nutrition and that health and wellness depend very much on good nutrition. Supplemental Nutrition has proven to be good intuition.

This brings us to the smart thing of adding supplements to your disaster plan when your safety depends on being alert and at your best. Beforehand in order to be throughout.

Now is the time to learn about the role of nutritional supplements in your safety and survival not only as part of your disaster kit, but as part of your disaster plan. That plan begins now.

Imagine trying to stay alert with a bad case of the flu and you have a good feel for your ability to function under the combined conditions of disaster and malnutrition.

Yes, malnutirion.

I described why nutritionals are essential to your safety in time of disaster, namely when you find yourself operating at 100% at times for extended periods. No one can do this for long, but for bursts when needed, optimal health can get you through. Ordinary food is becoming more depleted of nutrients and alternatives are fewer, including personal gardening. Any disaster condition may last for months, and how you come out on the other side will be directly proportional to how to go in. You'll want to be as healthy as you possibly can.

When I say healthy, I am not speaking about a physicality of strength and power, I am speaking about how nutritionals affect your survivability of the disaster's hazards at the cellular level. Your immune system, your alertness level, your ability to focus and concentrate, your ability to plan intelligently, coordinate with others when necessary, and avert stress – all of this I call your ability to cope, your objective.

For, it is not your ability to lift or run that will be life-saving, but your ability to adapt to changing situations, your ability to respond and not merely react; in short, your overall ability to cope with conditions. This optimizes your functionality when your life may depend on it.

When you are alone, or as head of household, you are the only person you can count on. Imagine trying to stay alive and alert with a bad case of the flu and you have a feel for your ability to function under malnutrition conditions.

Disaster and its stresses sets the stage for all sorts of conditions including malnutrition of even the healthy. With a very short supply as food pipelines break, shelves are empty and supplies dwindle quickly. Irrespective of how you might see the face of malnutrition, Americans can develop malnutrition in time of disaster, and this will affect your ability to protect your family.

For a family, acute malnutrition of children under the age of 5 sets in sooner than it does for adults. A sick child profoundly affects your head-of-household decisions. What some adults might believe is tolerable for themselves in terms of going without comes on sooner in their young children. Wasting is well known around the globe, but human physiology is what it is wherever it is, and it needs to be averted by not only plenty of food, but plenty of nutrition.The answer is not in vitamins, but nutrition.

World health scholarly articles address food availability and distribution in relief efforts. Though many of the experts clearly recommend supplements, this reliance on centralization means waiting. One of the greatest complaints in relief in the United States is in the waiting for the arrival and distribution of food and for the continuing, reliable distribution of whatever they have on the menu. Even that can be depleted or insufficient to make up the difference between your super-stress and your ability to function. They may still be operating on the old informaiton of smaller dosages of supplements, and all you get is what they hand out.

Why not have your own? Why not have your own supplements in the proper dosages? Why not have your own reaction time, comfort and security in better assuring your own nutrition for energy, immunity and alertness?

Nutritionals keep rather well and are the perfect complement to emergency food which can be good for decades. But time is running out. Focus on food and water is only part of the picture of preparedness; actual nutrition is a must-have for your ability to cope and survive. This means improving your knowledge base on the subject.

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Food Price Inflation is a new threat to your planning today for household safety tomorrow. Not only are foods being diverted to fuels or other ends, but pricing is increasing from other factors. This affects decisions made by households as budget considerations are shuffled to re-prioritize options. Nutritionals which also keep very well should be acquired and shelved in your preparedness larder while their pricing is unaffected. They should also be made part of your diet now to improve your overall ability to cope always.

As I write often, outcomes are what we medical people work for, optimal outcomes. Preparedness is a thorough undertaking, a serious-minded, attention-to-detail approach to pre-thinking need and instituting it before need for one outcome: survival, and surviving well. Making nutritionals a part of your health and your ability to cope will optimize your outcome come what may.

� 2012 - John Longenecker - All Rights Reserve

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John and his wife Aurea Operate Wellness Priority One, optimal health as another layer of security in your household's disaster preparedness plan.


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Food and water have been, literally, a staple of sustenance and survival. We eat every day. But what do we do when our foods are genetically modified to dilute or remove the basic nutrients from the produce?






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