The Healing Power of Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed

I want to share a small post with the pack. I have been growing an herb that was a favorite among the Native Americans for a long time. I don’t remember where I read the first bit of information on it but I planted it in my herb garden 22 years ago because it’s very pretty towards fall when it has huge fluffy purple balls for flowers atop six foot stems.

I know it as Joe Pye Weed, some may know it as Gravelroot, Eupatorium spp. It’s an herbaceous plant meaning it dies off to the ground each year and grows back. I use a machete now to chop it down at the end of fall.

Folk Remedies That Work

Folk Remedies for

by Bill A The following is an assortment of tried and true folk remedies from a variety of sources. While the author can’t vouch for the particular effectiveness of any method, nor are any to be considered miracle cures, many people have found the following treatments to be an effective alternative to modern medicines or […]

The Survival Medicine Handbook – Review


I was contacted by Amy Alton – better known as Nurse Amy of the prepper duo of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy who just so happen to run the Doom and Bloom website about a review of their book, The Survival Medicine Handbook. I have had my own copy for some time and it has been sitting on my survival bookshelf for close to a year now with the intent of reviewing it on the Prepper Journal for all of you.

First Aid Tip : Medical Tape

by Becky B We prepare our medical supplies with the normal gauze, tape, band aids, medicinal creams. Most of our supplies are those we have seen our parents purchase and use. Rarely do we see what the medical field receives for a trail run before it is offered, if ever to the general public. When […]

Are you fit for survival?

By Dave Bailie owner Would you leave you rifle out in the rain or watch your water supply turn green with algae? Of course not you keep your preps squared away right? So why would you let the most important piece of gear you own fall into disrepair? The most important piece of gear […]

Are Preppers actually Prepared or Just Kidding Themselves?

When thinking of a prepper, most often we picture a person who has some sort of room in which they store massive quantities of supplies such as food, water, methods of self-defense and tools for hunting. They may have some limited training on survival or bush-craft and hopefully can properly utilize the firearms they spent all that hard earned money on. Ask a prepper what they are preparing for and they will mostly likely draw up some specific event or collapse of some kind. They may even go into their plans on how to survive it.

Questions and Answers with The Wolf Pack – Olive Leaf for antibiotic and antiviral medication

Question from Rex I probably should direct this to Michele and Bam Bam, but my gut tells me someone out there has had personal experience with this subject. I know from history that Olive Leaf has been used for antibiotic and antiviral medication. Once upon a time, long, long, ago in a place far away […]

Herbal Medicine: Influenza Pandemics and the Cytokine Storm by Michele and edited by Bam Bam


The year is 1918. World War 1 is over and solders return home carrying the influenza virus within their bodies The first wave of the flu was a typical flu – infecting many, but only killing the very old and the very young.

The second wave of the virus was deadly to those between the ages of 20 and 40. Why? Because it turned their own immune systems against them. It caused the immune system to go into hyper-drive, a cytokine storm, which filled the lungs with fluid, damaged the infected lung cells which burst open from the inflammation.

Additionally, unlike most influenza viruses, which stay mostly confined to the respiratory system, this virus spread to every mucous membrane system in the body, including the brain, the nose, stomach and intestines. These infected cells, like the lung cells, inflamed due to the massive cytokines the body was producing to combat the virus and burst open, causing massive bleeding from the nose, stomach, intestines, skin and ears.

How much toilet paper to stockpile…? None!

Letter from Thisall H How much toilet paper to stockpile…? None! I’ll explain I’m currently working in Africa it just stuck me while making a trip to the bathroom. Use a spray hose as they do. African/Middle Eastern public toilets are notoriously bad places to visit, I’ve found that when used within the home they […]

The Truth About Expiration Dates


by Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones of Expiration Dates and Preparedness Hey Preppers, As a physician, I get a lot of questions about expiration dates on medications, and whether medications should be thrown out once they hit that date. In the preparedness community, most of us accumulate medicines for use in an uncertain future. […]

What You Need to Know About Storing and Disposing of Medications

This is a guest post by CB and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Storing Medications There are some basic principles that need to be taken into consideration when saving medication, which includes the expiration date, storage conditions, and what type of medication you are attempting to store.  The easiest way to get extra medication would be to start […]

Don’t Lose Your Toes – What You Should Know about Frostbite and Immersion Foot

by Joe Alton, M.D. aka Dr. Bones of Exposure to cold may lead to injuries such as Frostbite and Immersion (Trench) Foot. The focus of survival medical training should be general, but also take into account the type of environment that you expect to live in if a  disaster occurs.   If you live in Miami, […]

Minerals in your diet – part 2

This is a guest post by Papabear  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Minerals part 1 covered some of the minerals that we need in our diet and what the recommendations are. This is a continuation Magnesium – Magnesium is an extremely important and valuable mineral, whose value for good health is now being recognized by conventional […]

Mystery Disease in Texas, H1N1 Pandemic and All is Not Right in Kansas, Dorothy

This is a guest post by Bam Bam  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I have been doing more research on H1N1 and two and two are not adding up. I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but I am presently inclined to say that the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic should never have been labeled a pandemic […]

How to Make Elderberry Tincture and Elderberry Cough Syrup

By Bam Bam With the increase in mortality and morbidity of H1N1 in the last few weeks, I thought I would repost some information on elderberry tincture and elderberry cough syrup. Both elderberry tincture and elderberry syrup work by decreasing the viral load of the influenza virus. It is thought that elderberry and star anise inhibit […]

Optical Eye Glasses and Dentures for Survival


Article by Jeff G A topic that I have never seen discussed is that of Optical Glasses, specifically, those things that let those of us with less than 20/20 vision see well. I also wear dentures and have foreseen the problems that would arise in a collapse situation. First off, we are now at the […]

Preventing Acute Illness in Ourselves and Others

This is a guest post by Denise H and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. In this present time of drug resistant bacteria becoming more prevalent, it is time for us to review some basic things all should be conscious of. Most of this will not be new to you, but I have not read it compiled together, so I endeavored […]