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My background is almost 20 years of U.S. government service doing everything from leading small teams deep in enemy held territory to helping businesses and facilities protect themselves from natural and manmade disasters in major U.S. cities. I don't have all the answers but I have a good basic fundamental foundation and can hopefully at least help point you in the right direction. I also realize that there are some really amazing folks that are readers of the Survival Cache website and have a wealth of knowledge. Between me and the other 200K + readers and contributors I'm sure we can figure out some interesting questions or just have some great discussions about pretty much anything survival related that may of interest. I'm really looking forward to seeing where we end up going with our discussions!
Hello. My name is Brian Hillard and I have just joined the Survival Cache Forum. I am the San Fernando Valley Chapter President of The Zombie Research Society, which, in and of itself, may sound weird, but I assure you all, this is an extremely legitimate organization who believes in being prepared for when the SHTF. We have taken the scenario of survival after a catastrophic event and placed it a world were a zombie infestation/pandemic has taken place, asking people what they would do to survive, or even if they are even prepared to be able to survive such an event (insert here all Natural or man-Made Disasters that we all know could take place - Earthquakes, Sun Flares, Terrorist Attack, Nuclear War, etc.) We at ZRS don't think that the zombie hordes will attack tomorrow, but if and when they do, we want to be prepared and create the best possible situation that will help keep ourselves, family and friends, alive and safe. Even if it isn't a full on, to the numbers "zombie outbreak", the results of certain events, and the actions that people would need to take to survive would be virtually the same. Whether that event would be a terrorist attack, natural disaster, small pox pandemic, flu, 2012, (if indeed that event does take place . . . which I am not too sure of that will be the case) etc., we would all need to learn and retain the skills of survival, and help our friends and loved one's do the same. I have taken initiative in my own home and started to prepare for the day when the event will take place. My wife and I have Bug Out Kits packed and ready, we have some food and water supplies put away. Every trip to the grocery store, we always grab a little something for the stockpile; canned food, healthy, calorie rich light snack foods, beef jerky, etc., etc. Both she and I come from a marathon/Expedition Adventure Racing background, and both stay in very good shape. We truly believe that not only must we prepare our food and water stores, but we must also prepare our bodies, becoming stronger physically, knowing that it can definitely help to keep us alive in a real world survival situation. We strengthen our bodies, become more physically fit, increasing our levels of endurance; and in doing so, also strengthening our minds and mental attitudes! So, that is a little about me. I hope to be able to share my experiences and lessons with you all and in turn, learn new lessons from you all. Here's to the 1-percenters and having a willingness to be prepared! Peace, Brian PS: As you can only imagine, this introduction only scratches the surface of what I contemplate on a daily basis, and would love to have the opportunity to discuss further with you guys and gals. These can indeed be "real life" issues and we must all do what we can to educate and help others be as prepared as they can. For those of you who are in Southern California and want to become a member of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of ZRS, please contact me through this thread and we can exchange contact information. As a chapter, we plan to utilize the Survival Cache website and community as a vital source of information!
Hi all, I'll post one of my articles from time to time on the forum. Here's one that's a general statement on my feelings about organized medicine. As an old "country" doctor (don't mind that creaking noise, it's just the rocking chair or maybe my joints), I have been saddened by the turn that traditional medicine has taken in the recent past. It seems that most young doctors today are becoming employees of large medical corporations. Instead of hanging up that shingle and really getting to know their patients, they have opted for the comfort of the corporate womb; they are assigned to a hospital or clinic, put in their 40 hours and let the next shift worry about how that post-op patient is doing. If one of their patients is in dire straits financially, they just ship them to the payables department with the disclaimer, "Sorry, I don't have anything to do with that". Our medical system is turning our medical students into drones, and making a generation of intelligent and mostly altruistic healthcare providers into cogs of a huge machine. A well-oiled one, perhaps, but still a machine. Not that I begrudge the young physicians of today a life. I remember the day when, as a resident, two of us were marched to the emergency room. The chief of the department said, "Ok, you two are in charge of the ER for the next six weeks. Divvy up your schedule however you want." I replied, "Umm, there's only two of us.." Chief: "Yep." I ended up doing 12 hour shifts every weekday, took Saturday off and worked 24 hours straight on Sunday (36 hours if you count Monday's 12 hour shift). So I understand that doctors today want to live a normal life. Many physicians today are women, and they want to have children and put together a normal home life for their family. Most doctors aren't given much training in running a practice, either, so it's a lot easier to have a corporate financial department run it for you. Despite this, there are still other options: Dr. Susan Rutten Wasson of Osakis, Minn. has figured out another way. Dr. Rutten Wasson is a throwback to the days before corporations took over the medical landscape. She visits patients at home and charges a reasonable fee. She'll see you the same day if she isn't already seeing someone else. She doesn't accept any insurance but isn't above taking eggs or the occasional pie as her gratuity. She hasn't raised her fees, even as medicine itself has become more costly, and works out of a converted gas station for an office. She didn't start off this way. She worked in a trauma center in St. Paul, and decided after a while that it wasn't who she was. Now she treats people in rural Minnesota, Amish farmers or Latin migrant workers who couldn't or wouldn't go to mainstream medical centers. She homesteads and lives a simple life. She won't be buying a Porsche anytime soon, but it's not her priority. Her patients are. Her practice is a statement: Medicine is a ministry, not an industry. That's the lesson I learned many years ago. It's a lesson that young doctors, and organized medicine itself, would benefit from. Dr. Bones www.doomandbloom.net