Emergency Preparation: Target Focus Training

WARNING: This post is a departure from the normal topics on this website.

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Target Focus Training isn’t self-defense training, it’s target-attack training.

“Violence is rarely the answer but when it is, it’s the ONLY answer.”
Target Focus Training Sourcebook by Tim Larkin

While our children are in the household, we have the power to protect them from violence. But as our children grow and leave home we loose the power to protect. Therefore, it is our responsibly as parents to make sure our young adults are taught how to protect themselves before they leave the household.

I started looking for a self-defense training program for my daughters after a recent reminder of how dangerous this world can be for young women. I was looking for a no nonsense program that didn’t take years to master and could be learned quickly and forgotten until needed. I wanted a program that didn’t require size, strength or speed. I was also looking for a program that understood the true nature of violence and taught the participant when to use lethal force, if the unthinkable happens. I found all of this and much more with Target Focus Training.

TFT isn’t self-defense training, it’s target-attack training. “You do what you train.”

  1. TFT explains the difference between social aggression and asocial violence. “Social aggression is: avoidable, survivable and can be solved using social skills? Asocial violence is: lethal, unaffected by social skills and requires decisive action.” This training is only useful when a person realizes they are dealing with a sadistic bastard that’s going to maim, rape or kill. In that case, “injury him now.” This training would NEVER be used to solve social aggression issues.
  2. The techniques used by TFT are based on “spinal reflexes” which are predictable actions from a strike. It doesn’t matter that the person is “bigger, stronger, meaner and armed”, the spinal reflex will cause a predictable response, every time.
  3. TFT teaches over 200 points on the human body that can be struck with devastating effect. At the same time, you don’t need to know all the points to be effective. It doesn’t matter if you are small, weak or slow. Even a child can do many of these moves. Learning just a few target points will make a person very effective in a survival situation… But you have to have the will to destroy the target.
  4. TFT teaches that in a survival situation: “You do what you train.” This means, even having years of martial arts training might not be enough during a true survival situation because you will play fair and follow the rules. With Target Focus Training you will know when to get in there and “injury him now”.

Hopefully, my daughters will never need to use this training, but if they do, they will know what to do. If you are interested in Target Focus Training, they have video training programs and live training. I highly recommend the program. Stay safe.

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Target Focus Training will acquaint you with over 200 Achilles’ heels on the human body.

For more information please see the Emergency Preparation Series.

Car Camping, Special Diets and Nourishing Traditional Foods

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Making hot drinks and breakfast at a rest stop in the United States.

Recently, I did a 5000km(3000 miles) road trip in the United States. Travel for someone on a restrictive diet can be difficult. I would like to share some of my strategies for finding and preparing food on the road. Even if you don’t have a special diet, these tips may help save money on food while traveling.

  1. Be aware of restricted foods before crossing any borders. I found a list of food items for the border police is very helpful and speeds up the process. Also, have a list of items with prices to declare for the trip back.
  2. Bring water for your trip. I bring a minimum of 2.5 gallons per person. I refill the containers along the way and always have a full supply of water. I also carry two stainless steel water bottles for easy use and refill them daily.
  3. Bring supplies from home. Bringing food from home helps keep one’s diet as close to normal as possible. This avoids stress from changes in diet that may result in illness. Typical supplies are: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, coconut oil, creamed coconut, barley miso, chocolate bits, cocoa nibs, macha, coffee and tea. I also brought homemade salad dressing, homemade beef jerky, homemade nut granola, homemade coconut creamer and homemade mushroom broth.
  4. Bring a cooler with ready-made food that’s easy to eat. My ready-made food lasted for the first three days of the trip. My ready-made food included: bean salad, meatloaf, kimchi, butter, cheese and cream. Bring food that everyone enjoys.
  5. Have some way to heat water. Have enough kitchen equipment to cook on the road. Fill thermoses and travel mugs with coffee, tea and hot water in the morning for use throughout the day.
  6. Use new technology to find local, organic food. Finding food along the way can be tough but with new technology it’s getting much easier. Smart phones can search out organic food stores and other local food producers in whatever area you are visiting. If you don’t use a smart phone finding places to provision before you leave home is a must.
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Here’s my water heating system. I use a simple alcohol stove fueled by methyl hydrate. The front of the cooking box can be closed up to stop the wind from blowing out the stove.

Over the years I have used many different types of stoves and camping kitchen equipment. Right now I’m using a small alcohol stove fueled with 99.9% methyl hydrate. You can find methyl hydrate at the paint or hardware store. I carry two stainless steel pots. One small pot and one larger pot that can boil 1.5L of water. A French press is good for making coffee. Stainless steel thermoses and insulated travel mugs are a great way to keep coffee, tea and hot water warm all day.

Recently, I have started cooking in a cardboard box. This may seem like a strange idea but the box is good for storing all the cooking gear in one place, and acts like a wind shield, making cooking faster while conserving fuel. When the box gets dirty it can be discarded. Just cut one side of the box with a box-cutter and fold up that side when cooking to reduce air flow. Of course, while cooking always watch the box so it doesn’t catch on fire!

Camping kitchen kits are great too. You can make your own or buy a ready made one. I bought a ready made one years ago and over time customized it. My customized kitchen kit has a cutting board, box-cutter, sheathed knife, 2-4 spoons, 2-4 forks, spice and condiment bottles, a lighter, scrubby pad and small bottle of dish soap for clean-up. I carry 2-4 bowl-shaped plates for cutting-on and eating which also fit inside the kitchen kit. I carry a supply of paper towels in a zip-lock bag for eating and wiping-off eating equipment for those times when there’s no water for washing-up. I’ve started carrying some small bars of soap and shampoo packages like the kind you would get staying at a hotel.

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Here’s my customized, camping kitchen kit. It has everything I need to prepare simple meals. As you can see, the equipment sees heavy use. I really like having a sheathed knife to avoid damage to the kit. Bowl-shaped plates are great for liquids and can be used as a cutting board.

Here are some ideas for quick, simple snacks and meals while traveling:

  1. Soft-boil 2-3 eggs per person and serve with lots of butter, sea salt and pepper. It takes about 2 minutes to soft-boil eggs.
  2. Homemade nut granola with chopped fresh, local fruit served with yogurt.
  3. When there isn’t time to cook, add some butter, coconut oil or homemade coconut creamer in coffee or mushroom broth for a quick, filling hot drink.
  4. Eat a handful of whole nuts. On this trip, the local pistachios were fantastic.
  5. Eat a small amount of beef jerky.
  6. Eat cooked meats, chicken or fish using a lettuce leaf as a wrap. Add some fresh avocado slices for an extra filling meal.
  7. If you’re on the road and really desperate, Sally Fallon-Morell recommends eating pork rings with only added salt. I’ve found this advice has worked well for me even though I’m very sensitive to food additives.

For more information about my typical traveling rations please see: Emergency Preparation: Some Thoughts About Water and Food Security.

If you are looking for light-weight, calorie dense rations for travel please see: Emergency Preparation: Fasting or Ketogenic Rations.

Dutch Oven Pizza

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In the house or at the campsite, making pizza in a Dutch oven is great for summer cooking.

This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, GAPS or modified paleo diet.

If I have a chance, I always try new camping equipment at home before taking the new item into the bush. Sometimes the new item never even makes it through the home trial. I have no tolerance for poorly made equipment that doesn’t deliver on its promises.

This week I’ve been testing a new camping Dutch oven called the Lodge 6 Quart Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven. Keep in mind the Dutch oven is very heavy and would only be suitable for car camping, base camps, boating or canoeing.

Dutch ovens are not new to me. I’ve been using a Dutch oven my mother got at her wedding. That should be a testament to how robust a Dutch oven can be. This new Dutch oven is made for camping with a three legs on the bottom and the top of the lid. The lid is also extra thick and could be used as a fry pan or grill. These legs might not work on some stove tops but it worked well on my gas stove.

I seasoned the new Dutch oven with coconut oil before I started. This requires melting and letting the coconut oil just come to the smoke point and then to completely cool the Dutch oven. After the Dutch oven has cooled completely it is ready for cooking. This seasoning can be redone anytime the Dutch oven starts to stick.

I made an easy, paleo-pizza recipe for the test. This pizza is based on the recipe called? Upsidedown Pizza:

  1. I chopped and prepared the cheese, feta, pineapple, meat and vegetables.
  2. I precooked the meat topping. I browned the salted and finely sliced pork steak first, then added and browned the sliced onions. I set this aside for later.
  3. I took about a pound of meat and mixed it very well with some spices and one egg. After mixing, I made it into a ball which I pressed out to cover the bottom of the newly seasoned Dutch oven. This will be the meat crust of the pizza.
  4. On a medium flame, I cooked the meat crust. I spread evenly about 1/2 can of organic tomato paste while the meat crust was cooking. I did have to be careful not to burn myself on the hot sides of the Dutch oven.
  5. When the meat crust was mostly cooked through I topped the pizza with the cooked meat and onions. Then I added a layer of feta and two other kinds of cheese. I put the lid on and reduced the heat to low and simmered for 10 minutes. I removed the lid a few times to remove any steam (water) that would make the pizza soggy. The water collects on the lid. I dumped this water into the sink.
  6. The pizza was done very quickly and the house was not heated up by using the oven. I added some garden parsley and chives.
  7. This 9″ pizza was very filling. It fed two people to the overfull point. With a side dish the pizza could feed four people.

Healthy Household: Vertigo

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Here are the Epley Exercises for home-treatment of Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV).

Thank goodness for the wonders of the internet!

About a month ago out of the blue, I started having a very scary experience. I became plagued with dizziness and nausea. I would turn my head or even roll over in bed and experience vertigo. Usually, any health problems I have are connected to my diet so I cut out the iffy foods. That didn’t help. I started taking ginger and licorice extracts. The ginger extract did help with the nausea. I started drinking ginger tea but the vertigo did not go away.

After three weeks of vertigo, most people would run to the doctor. I’m not most people but I was getting scared. So, I decided to do some internet research on dizziness and after less than five minutes found this quote on Benign Positional Vertigo:

“A person who has short episodes of intense spinning sensations when looking up or even rolling over in bed, may have BPV. This is a condition that causes small calcium carbonate crystals to become out of position from the central portion of the inner ear, where it floats about in the semi circular canals, bouncing on nerve cells and making them fire the wrong signals to the brain.”

“Because of hormonal factors women develop this condition more frequently then men. The way women process calcium could also be a factor. A women 40 years old has a 1-3% chance of getting BPV. The risk is higher the older she gets. For women who are postmenopausal BPV is the leading cause of dizziness. Thankfully the treatment for BPV is very easy. Your doctor or a physical therapist can perform a maneuver to re-position crystals in the inner ear. By applying different swift head motions it can shift the crystals to a pocket in the inner ear that is less sensitive, and will later dissolve.”*

What caught my attention was the description of exactly what I was going through and that there were exercises that a doctor or physical therapist can do to re-position the crystals. Well, I could do the exercises at home if I knew what to do! It took another five minutes of research to find the exercises. There are a number of types of exercises. I tried the Epley Exercises which were stated to work for most people. Here’s a link to a PDF download for the Epley self-help exercises.

I had someone in the family read out the directions while I did the exercises. I did the exercises twice and 90% of the vertigo disappeared! Within another two days the vertigo was completely gone! I think I had done the exercises a total of eight times. The exercises are very easy to do. There was no need for a doctor’s visit or medications.

Like I said, the wonders of the internet! The internet is an amazing modern resource for finding health information quickly that would have taken days or weeks to research a generation ago. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the internet to help solve my own household health problems and not have to resort to using the medical system.

* Here’s the link to the original article on Benign Positional Vertigo which got me on the right track for solving my vertigo.
11 Causes of Dizziness

For more recipes please see Healthy Household: Staying Clean Safely and Saving Money.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

“Freedom refers inwardly to our moral lives, and outwardly to choosing among alternatives that define our lives. Liberty, in contrast refers to the physical aspects of freedom.”
The War Against the Family by William Gairdner

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I want to thank local farmers Magi and Don Buchanan of China Valley Poultry Farm for the delicious pastured turkey.

This Thanksgiving I have much to be thankful for. I have a healthy family, a successful business, and a happy marriage.

But during holiday times, food is always on my mind. I want to especially thank local farmers Magi and Don Buchanan of China Valley Poultry Farm for the delicious pastured turkey that honored my family’s table. The organic squash from Ed and Daniela Basile of Sun River Organics made a fantastic pumpkin dessert.

But I found myself looking at the richness of my holiday table. I could not name all the faceless, nameless people that have worked to provide such a rich bounty. I found myself grateful for the spontaneous order of the market — that like magic — had brought this bounty to my home.

“The expression ‘the paradox of freedom’ means that whenever we exercise our freedom we limit ourselves, simple by choosing one alternative over another… The important point here is that to use our freedom is to limit our freedom in all sorts of ways.”

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A BIG thank you to all the faceless, nameless people that make up the spontaneous order of the market and provide my family will such a rich bounty.

I know not everyone would like pastured turkey for Thanksgiving. I then thanked the free market for providing moose, lamb, pork, goose, fish and tofurkey (tofu turkey) for those that would prefer these options. I found myself glad that people that preferred to eat Thanksgiving at McDonald’s could do so, while others would enjoy a five course offering at the Brownstone.

I found myself thankful for all the choices that the market brings to my community.

“The glory of our freedom is that by limiting it in one way, and not the other, we define ourselves by our actions. We live and feel our freedom by making positive decisions to say ‘no’ to specific alternatives. At bottom, freedom is the ability to say ‘no’.”

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I want to to thank organic farmers Ed and Daniela Basile of Sun River Organics for the fantastic squash that made a delicious pumpkin dessert. The recipes are below.

Happy Thanksgiving! May we continue to have food freedom. May we continue to have the personal liberty to celebrate the holiday as we see fit.

Holiday Dinner Menu
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Crock Hot Peppers