While we were rushing towards the future and became completely reliant on technology, most of us never imagined that we would witness such challenging times as we do right now.
Yet, the entire world is in crisis, and many believe that the only way to survive these hardships is to go back to the roots. The older generations did not have the conveniences we do now, but they were taught to work hard and be self-reliant.
Knowing their survival skills nowadays would be invaluable.
If you were forced to leave the urban setting and move to the countryside, you would certainly face numerous difficulties adapting to the new environment. This is because we are highly dependent on technology, supermarkets, and our cars, to name a few.
While all the gadgets we nowadays use make our life easier, this has a disastrous effect of making us unable to survive without them. And if you believe that we would never be deprived of this chain of systems, don’t be so sure, as it has happened several times throughout history.
Yet, note that it is absolutely possible to regain this forgotten knowledge and take control of your survival.
Make sure you teach your children basic survival skills just in case, like growing and appreciating real food, creating and mending clothing, lighting a fire, navigational skills, foraging, fishing and hunting, and a few more.
Here are 10 basic skills of our great-grandparents that are forgotten these days:
1. Gardening for food
Nowadays, when someone mentions “garden”, we think of flowers. Yet, during World War II, many people planted “Victory Gardens” to avoid the effects of food shortages. The benefits of a garden with fresh produce are innumerable.
2. Cooking from scratch
These days, nearly half of the ingredients we use are already prepared. Think about dried pasta, canned beans, breadcrumbs, frozen fruits and veggies..Let’s not mention instant meals! Therefore, most of us do not even know how to prepare a meal from scratch.
3. Preserving food
Years ago, when people needed to save food for winter, they used to can food, smoke meat, and make homemade sausages.
4. Not wasting food
Due to the abundance of food, we trash almost half of everything we buy, believe it or not. In the past, our ancestors never wasted food, as it was scarce and took a lot of effort to find and cook.
5. Herbal medicine
Even nowadays, many people rely on natural, herbal cures. Our grandmothers treated almost every ailment with a herb, and many of these remedies have been confirmed to be effective.
Before GPS, people used old-fashioned maps, asked for directions, or used signs in nature to find their location or the place they needed.
7. Basic carpentry
People can save a lot of money if they have some basic home repairs and maintenance skills.
8. Basic mechanical repair
Apart from being impressive, mechanical savviness is extremely useful, and can also help you repair other equipment, like washing machines, power tools, and lawnmowers.
As prices are fixed, the skill of bartering no longer exists in the West. However, many farmers and people during the Great Depression survived on their bartering skills.
Take a second to think about the time you spent watching TV, browsing the Net, and posting on social media today. Well, our ancestors didn’t have those gadgets back then, but they were fully capable of entertaining themselves.
And they were much happier, healthier, and less stressed, I can assure you.
Patients who received the medicine in Shenzhen turned negative in a median of four days
The world is terrified by the coronavirus pandemic that shakes the planet, so scientists and researchers are racing to find a solution that would eventually prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19 and thus save lives.
With no vaccine expected anytime soon, many of them are working hard to determine if there is an existing drug that could temporarily fight the novel coronavirus, which is marked by fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
According to Japanese media, Chinese medical authorities reported that a drug used in Japan to treat new strains of influenza was effective in coronavirus patients.
Zhang Xinmin, an official at China’s science and technology ministry, stated that favipiravir, provided promising effects in clinical trials in Wuhan and Shenzhen involving 340 patients, 240 patients from Wuhan, China, and 80 patients in Shenzhen.
“It has a high degree of safety and is clearly effective in treatment.”
He explained that the medicine effectively treated coronavirus-related symptoms, including pneumonia, and caused no obvious side effects.
Public NHK reported that people treated with the medicine in Shenzhen recovered in just four days after becoming positive. The median time without treatment was 11 days.
X-rays showed that the condition of the lungs in about 91% of the patients treated was improved, compared to just 62 percent of people whose lung conditions improved without this medicine.
The drug, sold under the brand name Avigan, was developed by Fujifilm Toyama Chemical in 2014, but the subsidiary has yet to comment on the claims made by the Chinese authorities.
Reuters reported that, after Zhang’s report, shares of Fujifilm spiked over 15%, but the company does not expect an earnings impact for the drug, as its Chinese license on the drug’s key ingredient expired in 2019.
Japanese doctors use the same drug in clinical studies in the hope to prevent the multiplication of the virus in patients.
Yet, a Japanese health ministry source stated that it is not effective in people with more severe symptoms:
“We’ve given Avigan to 70 to 80 people, but it doesn’t seem to work that well when the virus has already multiplied.”
The source went on to say that studies have shown the same limitations in the case of a treatment that uses the combination of the HIV antiretrovirals lopinavir and ritonavir.
Favipiravir was used in 2016 to fight the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea. Yet, as it was originally intended to treat flu, the government will need to approve its full-scale use on coronavirus patients.
The drug could be approved as early as May, a health official stated, but “ if the results of clinical research are delayed, approval could also be delayed.”
89-Year-Old Eugene Campbell May Be The Oldest Person Among 75 000 Others To Recover From Coronavirus
These days, coronavirus is the term that causes panic, shock, fear, and anxiety the second we hear it.
Yet, as the focus is on its fast speed of spreading globally and constantly rising numbers of newly infected patients, the fact that more than 75,000 coronavirus patients have recovered remains ignored.
Coronavirus can cause varying degrees of illness, but it is the most troublesome in the elderly and those already at risk of serious effects, including pneumonia.
In most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms only, such as cough and fever, with the vast majority recovering from it.
According to the World Health Organization, people with mild symptoms can recover in about two weeks, while more severe cases may need three to six weeks.
Dr. Helen Wimalarathna, Lecturer in Health Sciences at the Open University, explained that the virus is less likely to cause more fatalities than SARS and MERS, even though it has infected more people:
“The evidence so far suggests that COVID-19 is spread more easily than either SARS or MERS, but that the consequences of infection are less serious – so for most fit and healthy individuals, a COVID-19 infection is likely to be something like a heavy cold.
For a small proportion of infected individuals, somewhere between one percent and three percent of those with a confirmed case of the disease, the disease can be fatal.
To put this into context, the case fatality of SARS and MERS were roughly 11 percent and 43 percent, respectively; while the case fatality of measles is around 15 percent.”
In mainland China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, over 80,000 people were tested positive for the virus, but more than 54,000 have already recovered.
As the difference in symptoms can be so great, global health authorities try to avoid panic but still alert the public to the dangers of the virus. The Associated Press maintains that even the most vulnerable patients can fight the virus.
This was the case with 89-year-old Eugene Campbell, who has been diagnosed with coronavirus and hospitalized in Edmonds, Washington, but is already recovering.
His son, Charlie, explained that his father looks good, his vital signs and heart rate are good, and he breaths normally, adding that he “may be the oldest person to recover from coronavirus.”
His doctor is cautiously optimistic, explaining that if these were normal circumstances, he would discharge Eugene.
He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 6, so he recovered from it quite quickly. The patient came to the hospital from Life Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkland, associated with many of the state’s coronavirus deaths.
As shown by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering live tracker, as of March 15, of the 162,687 patients tested positive for the virus around the world, 6065 have died, while 75,620, or 46,4 percent, recovered.
Dr. David Hicks, Deputy Health Officer at the Jefferson County Health Department said:
“We want people to remember the vast majority of individuals have a mild illness, mild symptoms so kind of like the common cold, maybe a mild flu and so most of those individuals will recover on their own with just lots of fluids. You can take fever reducers.”
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated:
“We need to remember that with decisive, early action, we can slow down the virus and prevent infections. Among those who are infected, most will recover.”
All babies are cute and adorable in a unique way. Babies melt our hearts, with their rosy cheeks, big eyes, little button noses, and amazing baby smell.
Their cuteness is a powerful force that can never be ignored and science has even confirmed that it is their most potent weapon.
Namely, babies have been designed adorable to they can receive all the love and protection they need until they become less vulnerable. Their cuteness triggers caregiving behaviors, and they end up receiving constant attention that helps them survive.
And now, you can show your little cutie to the entire world!
Infant nutrition brand Gerber looks for their new baby model within their customers every year, and the 2020 Gerber Baby Photo Search contest is on again!
Gerber was founded by pharmacist Henri Nestlé in 1867.
He created a nutrient-rich formula to help his neighbor, whose newborn was unable to breastfeed, and this became the first infant food in the world.
Other mothers wanted to try the formula soon after they saw that it kept the baby perfectly healthy.
Soon, the formula was sold all over Europe, and Nestlé founded Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé.
Years later, in Fremont, Michigan in 1927, the pediatrician advised Dorothy Gerber to start straining solid foods for her seven-month-old daughter.
The process was quite challenging, so Dorothy’s husband suggested trying to get the perfect consistency at the couple’s canning factory. Workers at the plant started asking for samples to take home to their children soon. Recognizing a business opportunity, Gerber began making baby foods.
In 2007, Nestlé bought Gerber.
In 1928, the Gerber company launched an art competition, and artists were asked to submit their works for them to choose the “mascot” of the company.
They received some extraordinarily detailed paintings and artworks, but in the end, they chose a simple charcoal sketch done by a woman named Ann Turner, that went on to be the face of Gerber for more than a hundred years.
The second competition was organized in 2010, and it became an annual competition for babies, and the winner, aside from the prizes, represents the brand for a year.
This year, for the 10th edition of the contest, Gerber has decided to accept both, photos and videos of the little adorable angels.
The early childhood nutrition company is celebrating 10 years of providing parents and caregivers across the United States the opportunity to see their little one become their next baby ambassador.
Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka stated:
“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary of Photo Search, we’re extremely proud to look back on all of the babies that we’ve celebrated and to continue Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby.
We always strive to make each year of Photo Search bigger and better than the last, and we encourage families all over the country to submit their little ones for a chance to be a part of this special year with us.”
Contestants must be the legal guardians of the baby, older than 18, legal residents of the U.S., and the baby must be between 1 day and 48 months old at the time of entry.
There is a limit of one entry per child per family, and duplicate or automated entries are prohibited.
Note that photos must be taken within a month before the date of entry, and children must be clothed, so no bathtub photos are allowed. Also, no family photos or collages, nor professional photos will be accepted.
The submission period started on February 5th at 12:01 am Eastern Time (ET) and will end on February 21 at 11:59:59 pm ET.
The judging period will last from February 5, 2020, at 12:01:00 AM ET until February 28, 2020, at 11:59:59 PM ET. Babies will be judged by their visual appeal in the photo or video, their expressiveness in the photo, and “consistency with Gerber’s heritage and its “Anything for Baby” mission.”
This year, the price is $25, 000 USD provided in a check that can (but isn’t required) be used toward that child’s education, and the baby winner will be named a Gerber Spokesbaby.
Good luck to all!
How far can a man go to satisfy his desires, his greed, his urge to feel omnipotent on the planet? Is it normal for a human being to be blood-thirsty and to enjoy killing innocent animals?
Is it fascinating to take someone else’s life?
The netizens were enraged to see the photos of Mike Jines, a partner in TopGen Energy, Georgia, with his “trophy” kills on a hunting trip to Zimbabwe in October 2018.
Darell Eisman posted the photos of Jines with the two baby elephants, and professional hunter Max Delezenne of Charlton McCullum Hunting Safaries, owned by Buzz Charlton, on his Facebook page.
The hunters are seen smiling proudly, with their guns on their shoulders, while the poor, lifeless animals lie on the ground in front of them.
“Apologies for the disturbing photo. If you’re really upset by what you see, then make this go viral along with an email letting Mike Jines know what you think.”
The post immediately went viral, with people commenting on how horrified, sad, and disgusted the photos made them feel.
One Facebook user wrote: “It utterly breaks my heart to see such cruelty going and those scumbags who killed this poor innocent creature should be punished, hunters should be banned as a lot of animals in Africa are now on the verge of extinction how tragic.”
“What an innocent, sweet animal. Elephants are known to be extremely social animals living in a pack. Not only is this unforgivable but the trauma it caused the tribe makes me believe those idiots should face that poor baby’s tribe without guns.”
A Twitter user commented: “You have no heart, no soul. This is sickening and pathetic. It’s just so sad to see this.”
Many have even called for a boycott of TopGen Energy:
“There’s evil, and then there’s you #mikejines one can only hope the universe and all that is just punish you for killing those elephants. Boycott #TopGenEnergy.”
“Boycott #TopGenEnergy. Mike Jines is a barbarian. Killing a baby Elephant for fun? How is this fun? Cruel and Heinous! An innocent, intelligent, and beautiful creature’s life was taken for NO REASON!”
After he faced the anger on social media, Jines stated that the elephants “were shot in self-defense, in an unprovoked charge and both elephants were fully mature cows, not juveniles”., and added that he would make sure people understand the actual facts and not the “mischaracterization of the information on social media”.
Moreover, he added that they were killed in full compliance with laws and regulations in both Zimbabwe and the US.