Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Revolutionize Your Survival Food Strategy Part I

I was sent the following information from someone I do not know on a personal nor professional level. After having read through the entire document (58 pages) I was impressed enough to post it here for my readers also. I have performed a cursory investigation into this information and was satisfied that it was not misleading in any way. Thank you Rich Loomis for sharing this with us.

Since it is so long a document to post on a blog, it will be broken up into relevant parts and be presented over a period of time. At the end of this series i will have a link to the original file (a pdf) and some of my research findings and relevant links.

Be Safe!

 Revolutionize Your Survival Food Strategy Part I
by Rich Loomis (

This could save your life; this could save your loved ones. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!
(p.s. -- I have no financial angle to any of this.)

You are about to read of a food source so unique -- and so perfectly matched to the pressing needs of today's retreaters and survivalists -- that you may very well wish to immediately revise your "prepper" plans forever!

This is not so much discovery of something "new" as it is simply a case of connecting-the dots in a different direction, having perhaps wider scope.

In short, this exposition merely builds upon what many other stalwart explorers and writers have progressively brought to light. We could be very blessed, however, if such light might now be reflected, re-directed, and focused in a manner specifically adapted to the vital question of the hour, i.e. -- how shall we best prepare our families to survive upset?

But before launching into the details, it would help to first indulge a short mental exercise. Have you ever allowed your mind to fantasize about what might constitute the "ideal" food source, whether for bug-out evasion and escape, or for normal home-style sustenance? Surely we all wish we could pull a small version of a Star Trek style "replicator" from our backpack or pantry, and simply "dial in" a delicious entrée, perhaps with a cool ice tea to accompany it, then -- Poof! There the meal would appear, with tendrils of warm steam
wisping savory foretaste of an effortless culinary delight!

Or, in an even more extreme science-fiction rendition on the theme, at regular intervals during the day or night a specialized bio-energy field would emit from our portable device, envelope the individual for a few moments, then transfer all necessary nutrients while simultaneously removing all waste products, such that the person always felt fully satiated and energized, without actually ingesting even a morsel.

It's not totally beyond reason that this sort of far-distant techno-biological "advance" might indeed become so commonplace and accepted that most of the populace would no longer even remember what "mouth eating" was all about, and wouldn't care to indulge it even if such "retrograde" plant-animal-killing and consumption was condoned!

Of course, the immediate objection from many might be that they would sorely miss the delicious taste-bud sensations and associated delights of chomping and chewing and swallowing -- and therefore would rarely if ever wish to be connected to or associated with such technology, even if it were invented and marketed tomorrow.

A valid concern, indeed, but the fact is that, when ones feels "full" and satiated as after a heavy feast, one does NOT mourn the lack of yet more taste-sensations, but rather one quite happily moves on to other realms of satisfying activity, rich sensory input, and purpose. This objection also fails to credit a truly staggering utility and revolutionary promise: it would eliminate ALL malnutrition and starvation, worldwide and forever, taste buds be damned!

Or, as a more "realistic" transitory compromise, the "tummy full" device would not rule out the indulgence of occasional culinary delights, even as it simultaneously released mankind from the enormously time-and-energy intensive labor of normal food production. No more need for monster-scale farming operations, bloody screaming slaughterhouses, costly transportation, and so on. The benefits would be almost endless, and would virtually transform the world as we know it.

But let's bring this illustrative contemplation back down to earth, and into the somewhat more severe realm of difficult-times "survival" sustenance per se.

Yes, this food item IS of potentially major importance, but it is also bland, in the same sense that potatoes and rice provide great food value without exactly provoking the same sort of food-lust as a chocolate cake or a bacon-and-eggs-and-hotcakes breakfast might inspire.

Yet, if potatoes and rice quite suddenly disappeared from the planet, mass starvation would quickly follow! Moreover, not just the Irish have experienced the sort of fundamental disruption to society and food chains wherein even the lowly potato became highly sought after and relished -- if for no other reason than starvation lent it a transitory "flavor" and vital interest that would otherwise be lacking in normal times.

We humans can and do mentally adapt ourselves to special circumstances, and are generally willing to relegate our "normal" bodily needs and habits and desires to the back burner, so to speak, if there is no immediate alternative. We tighten our belts and mutter, "it's not forever" and then we do whatever is necessary to get by. Or at least MOST of us do so . . while certain others who are constitutionally unable or unwilling to adapt give up and perish, altogether forsaking any pending "rainbow promise" or possible light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel.

It basically comes down to a matter of self discipline and willingness to forgo immediate pleasure in the interests of a much greater future reward: life itself. Civilization has always had its proportional mix of those who would sacrifice for a distant goal, versus those who primarily lived for the moment. And history clearly proves the lesson of which attitude has always been "most likely to succeed" in life.

Likewise today, some readers will immediately grasp the implications and powerful payoff associated with this special food item -- just as "most" of the Irish came to embrace the temporary blessing of TONS of potatoes in their diet -- while others will grump and dismiss and altogether fail to apply this "exotic" food-solution and associated survival strategy to the coming upset.

And most of them will die.

The fact is that, when hordes of ravening murderer/cannibals are in distant but determined pursuit of you and your family, the last thing on you'd wish to do would be to stop, lay out a picnic cloth, start a fire, heat your favorite freeze-dried entrée, start the coffee perking, and savor a protracted appreciation of the nuances of outdoor cooking.

What one might want instead (short of a replicator) would be something very lightweight in the backpack that would take little or no time or effort to prepare, could be eaten "on the march" and yet would infuse one with such energy that even the most fit among the hungry pursuers would gradually be left further and further in the dust, until -- lacking the same input of virtually "magical" sustenance -- they would be forced to quit in utter exhaustion and turn back to seek easier prey.

But happily for us all, such a food product already exists, has been proven throughout history, has been field-tested in modern times with conclusively positive results, and . . is far cheaper than any of the commonly-touted "survival food" plans currently promoted!

Although many preppers -- particularly those with a keen knowledge of nutritional raw foods -- may have heard or read about this item, due to the limited "context" in which it is usually presented they may have failed to grasp just why this food would be so ideally fitted to sustain individuals and families under supremely stressful survival situations.

Please try your best to "suspend disbelief" momentarily, because the following documentation will suggest a virtual paradigm-shift regarding how one might opt to stock either a bug-out bag, or one's home larder. The "too-good-to-be-true" syndrome may want to kick in (if it hasn't already!) and mistakenly dissuade many readers before they've given the information fair play. But for those able to resist any such knee-jerk rejection, the payoff may be enormous to both self and family.

To wit, I propose the following radical protocol: a mere ten pounds of this item in your Bug- Out-Bag or backpack -- at a cost of only $40 and change (if purchased in quantity) -- has the proven ability to sustain your body in full health, under the very heaviest stress of hiking or other labor, for 420 consecutive days. You read that correctly: nearly one year and two months of full energy and health from only ten pounds of product!

How many granola-nut bars, or pounds of beef jerky, or flour, or beans, or pemmican, or expensive freeze-dried entrees would it take to compare with that easily-toted pouch of sustained energy?

Although we allow that no single item could presently compete with a full spread of "mamma's cooking" as a "forever" proposition -- it must also be allowed that one especially nutritious food just might get us home someday so that we could once again savor mom's magic touch!

The scarcely-recognized historical grain we are referring to has a neutral/slightly nutty taste that does not offend the palette, but (like potatoes or rice) also mixes well with any suitable flavors that one might wish to incorporate into a larger "standard" meal -- provided one has the time and means. But it stands alone if need be, and swells in the stomach such that one feels full on the march, or in the wilderness cabin, or hunkered down for extended periods in a cellar or culvert or cave, etc.

Why is it that in my thirty-plus years of close attention to survival books, videos, classes, and (more recently) prepper forums and such like, that no one (to my knowledge) has properly noted the very special suitability of this item to individual and family survival situations?

It's because that, if it is mentioned at all, it typically appears strictly in the sense of its comparative vitamin/mineral/protein nutritional aspects, along with similarly grouped items like amaranth or quinoa. However, this sort of "health food" coverage entirely misses its spectacularly unique and historically documented complete food endurance and sustainability aspects, ideally matched to the needs of a retreater.

As anyone with experience in the field will tell you, having a relatively light pack -- yet holding enough food for a year or more! -- might make all the difference between life and death, comfort and burden, true sustenance vs having to hunt for every morsel and ounce of nutrition, frequently with slowly-debilitating results. Just ain't that many squirrels and dandelions, folks!

Yes it would surely be wise, perhaps even necessary, to occasionally indulge safe opportunistic scavenging of nature's bounty (if any!) so as to augment and diversify the diet. But having the bottom-line confidence that one need not daily hunt and forage -- possibly thereby exposing self and family to danger and discovery or mishap -- would surely help one to avoid growing desperation and bad decisions, should nature's cupboard contain less than expected. With this "core" sustenance at hand, one would always have the wherewithal to
move on to a more productive site without undue worry or headstrong, precipitous flight.

Bear in mind while reading the source material below, that over the course of many hundreds (even thousands!) of years, many very bright and observant men and women have been born into the various Indian or other cultures, and as with farming itself, much experimentation regarding long-trail sustenance was surely conducted by such individuals with other grains or foodstuffs yet only one item has subsequently emerged as worthy of both legend and continuity in real-world application.

Had other candidate grains or fruits or nuts etc shown a similarly amazing weight-versus energy and endurance utility, we would be reading about them instead of -- or along with -- the item featured in this article. But such has not been the historical record.

[Pemmican is often touted as the "gold standard" utilized as early-American "survivalist" rations, and indeed was very nutritious, could be consumed over long periods usually without total revulsion and boredom, plus had a reasonably long "shelf life" on the trail of four years or more if properly rendered from the best bone marrow, etc. BUT at a normal consumption rate -- tested and standardized by the Hudson's Bay Company -- of approximately one and three quarter pounds per person per day, an equivalent 420-day supply in a backpack would weigh 735 pounds! Even a mere one hundred day's supply of pemmican would tip the scales at over 175 pounds, whereas one hundred day's worth of this article's specialized sustenance would be hardly noticed in the pack at slightly over two pounds.]

So with the hindsight of many centuries of cutting-edge trial-and-error provenance, we should perhaps be very grateful for the keen observations of countless men and women who discovered and proved out this very lightweight, long-lasting food -- so perfectly adapted to our own present need! The wise reader should therefore show no hesitation in accepting both the lesson and the benefit of this hard-won knowledge.

Part 2 tomorrow.