The Left is Burying Us and The Many Ways To Support Our Efforts

By Ray & Tracye Gano

If you haven’t been paying attention, a number of ministries out there are being attacked head on and we are losing our income.

Our websites are being buried, hacked and taken down.

Google will not show results of our work even when you type in the title. Oh, you will eventually find it 7 pages down, but who goes 7 pages deep in a google search?  That means that our website is basically being forgotten. I used to get at least 1200 – 1500 unique visitors a day. Now, I get a couple hundred.

Twitter shadow bans me. That means that when I post, I think I am posting to the world, but no one see’s my post except me.

You Tube has defunded my channel, so we are not able to earn income from that anymore.

On top of that Christians are being demonized, demoralized, made 2nd and 3rd class citizens and God help you is your are a white male Christian Conservative and you just happen to wear a red MAGA hat in Walmart, you would think that one has committed some grievous crime or something.

If you watched the two AOC videos I sent out this week, you can clearly see that Marxist Communism is pushing very hard and ministries like ours are in the very middle.

So what are you getting at Ray?

To be blunt, we need your support and we have a number of ways that you can support our work.

Become a PZ Insider

We had a number of big contributors literally be called home to be with the Lord. Together they provided us about $650+ a month in support. Those are funds that are no longer coming in.  To top that off, Tracye’s web design has basically dried up. So, both of our income streams have slowed down drastically.

Let me ask you this… How many of you out there really benefit and love the articles and information I send out and yet you are not PZ Insiders?

Problem is that Christians are becoming more and more jaded and it seems like a “you owe it to me so why should I pay?” is becoming more prevalent and which is sad.

If it isn’t that, then it’s a “let the other guy cover it.”

Well, there are no more “other guys” covering it anymore.

It is attitudes like this that are the reasons so many small effective ministries are having to shut the doors.

Thing is that a lot of us make these sort of excuses and I am just as guilty at times. But since we have been put in this situation, we have tried to send our tithes out to a number of ministries that we love and support because we know where they are because we are there ourselves. So we truly understand how $10 more a month really does help.

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If you would like to subscribe or give using a check, please use the following address…

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Other Businesses We Are Involved In
&
Where You Can Support Our Work

 

Tracye’s Travel Business

FROM TRACYE — I am a Travel Agent and I love what I do!! I earn money 2 ways in the travel industry. By giving my clients exceptional service with all their travel needs and by building a team of travel agents.

I would love to help you with your travel plans. It costs you nothing. I am paid commission from the vendors(s) I book you with. Someone makes a commission no matter what. If you book through the online travel engines, they make the commission and you get no personal service. If you book your travel directly through the vendor company, they keep the commission they would have paid out and you get no personal service. If you book through me, I earn that commission and you do get personal service.

If being a Travel Agent sounds fun and intriguing, I would be happy to share details on how simple it is to build a travel business that you can run 100% from home. The travel industry is an 8 trillion dollar a year business. Everyone travels at some point or another whether for business or pleasure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4xH_XFq_c

 

CBD Oil

FROM TRACYE – I have been researching and watching this industry. CBD oil is helping a lot of people. I ran across this company while following a little girls cancer journey. This was the brand her parents have been using in conjunction with her treatments and there is no denying the results. I earn a commission on any orders placed from my site that is provided free when you become an affiliate. It is free to become an affiliate and when you do you can order from yourself and earn that commission as well as commission on sales that come in from your affiliate web site.

https://www.cbdbiocare.com?a_aid=tracyegano

 

Tracye’s Web Design Business

I do web and graphic design and would be happy to design your website, logo or any print collateral you need. In fact, if you are a PZ Insider, I will give you 20% off.

You can view some of my work here…

http://ww.abellasolution.com

 

Thrive Life

Tracye and I have been Thrive Life reps close to 8+ years now. We are big fans of the food and try to educate people on why having long term survival food on hand. In fact, Michael Snyder wrote a great article titled – “Historic Flooding Could See US Food Prices Skyrocket.”   Read the article, it is very eye opening.

One of the things I like about Thrive Life is getting on their monthly food purchasing program. For as little as $50 a month (plus shipping) you can have food sent to you. This is a great way to slowly build up your food supplies.

To learn more about supporting us via Thrive Life, contact me or check out our website.

https://www.thrivelife.com/Gano

 

Buy Things From Amazon Via My Links

Another way of supporting us is letting me know you want to make some purchases and let me give you affiliate links. So if you know you are wanting to buy some electronic or such, tell me what that product is, I can look it up and give you a special link to you to use. I then get commission credit for making the sale. The bigger the product, the more I make.

Also, when you are reading some of my articles where I am making recommendations, click on those links and purchase those products that I am writing about.

For example, one of my favorite things to carry is my Uzi Tactical Pen. They are an incredible covert weapon and really affordable at under $20.00.

Buy the Uzi Pen Now >>> https://amzn.to/2CCFnUV

 

Ray Gano’s Books

I have 8 books to my name and you can order them all on Amazon. Just do a search for Ray Gano.

Here is a link – https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Ray+Gano&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

 

Last Days Warrior Summits

Tracye and I have been producing special online summits. Kind of like watching a prophecy conference of sorts. We have gathered a number of speakers and presented topics. They then speak on that topic.

Our first Summit is on Prophecy & Patriots and our second is on Conspiracy.

IN FACT, we have just added Steven Menken to our Conspiracy summit. Here is a description of his first video he submitted and is already posted to the summit.

Blockchain Part 1

Is bitcoin the Mark of the Beast? Was it created by Deep State intelligence agencies? What about breakaway technologies and artificial intelligence? Before we can turn our attention to the mysterious nature of cryptocurrencies, we must first understand at a basic level what a blockchain is, how it functions, and what some of the implications of the technology are. Steven Menking, the Senior Editor of On the Objective, takes us through a visual demo of how a basic blockchain actually works. Because we are dealing with a relatively new technology, uninformed speculation has ensconced itself in the minds of many truth-seekers as unimpeachable truth. Let’s untangle some of the fundamental notions while setting the stage for a more comprehensive discussion of the deeper possibilities that lie before us.

Welcome to the Last Days Warrior Summit!

 

https://lastdayswarriorcon.com

 

We also have our Conspiracy Summit…

 

https://lastdayswarriorsummit.com

Now one would think that with all these things going on you would think that we would have plenty, but we don’t.  PZ and Tracye’s Web design has been the primary income. Those folks who went home to be with the Lord topped with Tracye’s business has hurt us both in a big way.

Even though we have poured ourselves into our summits, not many people have been signing up.

I am now selling Rainbow vacuums on the side just to try to make ends meet. This is why some of the newsletters have been a little late getting out there.

No matter what, we are doing everything we can to keep Prophezine alive and continue to be that voice I the wilderness.

In the near future, we are going to be taking on hard topics that people do not want to listen to, but needs to be said.

Our nation is under attack in a massive way and if Trump loses the 2020 elections, our nation is doomed.

And I am not the only one saying that. There are a number of respected commentators saying it as well.

Another thing that is being spoken about more and more… Civil War.

If the Marxist left steal that 2020 elections, which is a serious possibility, I can see guns in the streets, and it will get bloody. More and more people are talking about it and more and more are willing to do it.

This is a topic that I will be discussing more in detail and how we can prepare if something like that does take place…. Which again, is a realistic possibility.

So please, continue to support Tracye & I’s work here at Prophezine.

As of right now we are short $450 and have 3 days left in the month.

Pray that God raises up the resources to the point that I do not have that weight and stress at the end of every month.

Another way of helping is by giving. If you want to give to help cover that shortfall, please use the following link.

https://tinyurl.com/Stand-In-The-Gap

 

 

The Gano Medicine Cabinet

By Ray Gano

I consider myself a naturopath / holistic practitioner. I’ve spent a lot of years building my knowledge of natural remedies – and I’m still learning, but I am so glad I made the effort to acquire a basic understanding of how to apply natural substances to the goal of helping people in my family to feel well again when they are not feeling good.

Now don’t get me wrong, I use all kinds of over the counter products as well like Motrin, Bayer, Alka Seltzer, Tums, etc. But I like to try to use as many natural products to help heal the body when I am able.

With that said, what I want to do in this article is share with you what we keep around in our medicine cabinet.

The Gano Medicine Cabinet Staples

Activated charcoal – a natural detoxifier and remover of waste, charcoal is a substance that is used to carry out undesirable substances from the digestive tract. Make certain you find a variety that does not use petroleum as a base for the charcoal preparation and is considered “food grade” and comes from a source such as coconut or bamboo. Excellent to use when experiencing abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, upset stomach, or diarrhea. This supplement is normally effective when taken one to three times in a row, depending on the severity of the symptom. Baths – can also be used as poultice, compress or bath treatment for pain, infection, swelling, or detoxification purposes. We use Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal. Safe for children.

Aloe vera – aloe vera juice is great for digestion and immune system function and support and can be taken daily between (at least two hours after) or ahead of meals. Take 1 to 2 ounces daily. It is also great for the skin (both externally and internally used) and is a good base in making homemade cosmetics (think deodorant, tooth cleaners, soaps, shampoos, etc.) A good brand available from the health food store is Nature’s Way Aloe Vera. You can add your aloe vera juice to water (it basically tastes like water), juice, smoothies, or just drink it straight.

Apple cider vinegar – besides a great natural cleaning agent (dilute with water and use anywhere in your home), ACV is great as a daily supplement added to salads, water, or juice. When you are sick or have a cold or flu, it can be taken several times a day to add essential amino acid compounds and good bacteria to support your body and immune system. It is best to drink it with a straw, as repeated use of ACV can wear away the enamel on your teeth. I recommend raw apple cider vinegar that has not been processed nor pasteurized. Bragg’s is an excellent brand and contains the “mother”, a gelatinous substance formed during the final step of fermentation containing valuable minerals, enzymes, and nutrients.

Castor oil – useful for detoxification (for liver and other organs), sore muscles, strains, sprains, or bruising, and PMS. It is a versatile, natural oil used for many different needs. Castor oil packs are widely recommended by practitioners for patients, and especially for complimentary care in cancer treatment. Castor oil packs are also used to shrink tumors and cysts, as applied directly to the affected area. Keep castor oil in the refrigerator when not in use. If it becomes cloudy or discolored, discard.

Use a small piece of fabric (wool or cotton flannel is best); cut a square, tripled or quadrupled over – can be as small as 4 x 4 inches or larger, depending on the area you are treating. Get a small dish (such as a casserole dish) and pour castor oil over the fabric and saturate, taking care not to get oil on other fabrics, upholstery, and clothing.

Get a water bottle and fill with hot water (not over 120 degrees). Apply fabric pack directly to skin and place the water bottle over the pack. You can use an old towel or t-shirt to make sure castor oil does not spread to your furniture or bed. The best time to do castor oil packs is in the evening before bed, and you should leave the pack on for 30 minutes to an hour. Try to remain quiet and in a resting state, without interruption.

Cayenne pepper – a great remedy for sore throats, colds, flus, and respiratory infections. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, and also a good digestive and cardiovascular aid. Great for digestive woes like bloating, gas, constipation, stomach cramping, allergies, poor circulation, chronic pain, headaches, and toothaches. It actually works to expand blood vessels to aid in carrying nutrients contained in pepper and other foods to the cells in your body. Cayenne can help stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is also a powerful, natural detoxificant agent for the whole body. Dr. John R. Christopher’s (well-known herbalist) School of Natural Healing (book) and web site discusses many effective herbal remedies, including cayenne pepper.

To use cayenne pepper internally, add 1/4 to a 1/2 teaspoon to a cup of about 6 ounces or more of warm water. The mixture will be spicy, so use caution. Sip or drink as able until gone. For added detoxification benefit and taste, you can add some Grade B maple syrup and lemon juice. It can also be used topically to wounds or cuts. You can apply the pepper directly to the wound or use 1/4 cayenne in a home-made solution with salt water. Use a small amount of water and salt to make a paste and apply. If necessary, cover with bandages or gauze.

Coconut oil – a natural antifungal and antiviral oil that can kill yeast (it’s great for those experiencing candida), use on skin for body moisturizing, abrasions, sunburn, chapping or chaffing, cuts, bruises, scrapes, conditioner for hair, diaper rash, use in cooking as a healthy, medium chain triglyceride fat, and is also a great digestive aid and because of its caprylic acid content, can be used to help control candida issues – for use alone or with any meal.

Colloidal silver – this substance has many uses and can be taken internally as well as applied topically. We use silver mostly for cuts and wounds. It heals very fast. Just apply a small amount and cover with a bandage or gauze strip. Some people use it successfully as a nasal spray or in a neti pot preparation for sinus and respiratory issues and allergies. I have found it works best on cuts and wounds. We use Now Foods SilverSol.

Cranberry juice (unsweetened, concentrated) – this is a great juice to take every day for lymphatic health and detoxification. I use about 8 ounces to 64 ounces of filtered water and drink daily. If desired, you can add fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice to the mixture, and Stevia or raw honey if the natural tartness is too much. It’s great for kidney health and contains many trace minerals and vitamins. I enjoy mine straight.

Dental/tooth/gum -Tooth and Gums Tonic – an all-natural, highly concentrated preparation made from ecologically-produced and sustainably harvested wild herbs echinacea and gotu kola, and oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and lavender. This is one of the only substances I have ever found that works on canker sores (even over lysine), and is great for a mouthwash or substitute for brushing your teeth if you find yourself without a toothbrush. As it is highly concentrated, only small amounts are needed for use at a time, and depending on how much you use it, a bottle could last for months. Tastes amazing!

I have discovered another amazing natural dental rinse – kombucha! One way to relieve sore gums is by massaging the area several times daily and rinsing with a bit of kombucha. Hold it in your mouth for as long as you can (I try to do it for about 3 minutes or longer), it really helps the pain and tenderness subside.

Cod liver oil – load up on cod liver oil for dental and skeletal health and issues. I normally take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 at night with meals. Cod liver oil is so good for many health remedies, and I would think increasing your dosage to as many as 2 three or more times daily would be beneficial.

Carrier oils – pressed from the fatty portion of a plant or food (such as nuts, kernels, and seeds) and are used with essential oils (see below). These oils do not impart their scent as strongly as essential oils. Used to carry and dilute stronger oils which alone can cause irritation or burning. Here are some examples of carrier oils: sweet almond, avocado, borage, apricot kernel, jojoba, hemp seed, sunflower, sesame, pecan, macadamia, olive, or coconut oil.

Carrier oils go rancid fairly quickly (except for coconut oil) and should be used up or replaced often. You can use approximately a 5 to 1 ratio of carrier to essential oil mixture for topical use on the skin, or follow the directions on the package. Therapeutic grade oils are the best quality to use.

Echinacea – This is a great herb to have in the home. It boosts the Immune system, reduces upper respiratory issues, reduces infections, and can be taken orally or applied topically to combat pain.  Coming down with the flu? Take your echinacea in combination with Sambucol and activated charcoal. The one that we use is Now Foods Echinacea

Essential oils – are distilled from the bark, roots, and other aromatic components of botanicals, herbs, and plants. I use Now Foods & Young Living therapeutic grade oils.

Here are some of the mixtures I use:

Digestion: ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, anise, caraway, and coriander. When someone has an upset stomach, use a carrier oil and a few drops of these oils to massage gently into abdominal area and on the bottoms of the feet. You can also add a few drops to hot water and sip.

Respiratory/Allergies: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, melaleuca, laurel leaf, and tea tree oil. Use a few drops in hot steam as aromatherapy (breathing preparation) or in a neti pot or saline spray wash with a home-made saline solution and/or add some of the contents of a probiotics capsule as well.

Headache/stress/tension: lavender, lemon, peppermint, or melaleuca are all good oils to use – combined or alone. Use 2 – 3 drops essential oil to 3-4 drops carrier on a cotton ball and apply to affected area. We use essential oils on our foreheads and temples for headaches, which works quite well. Also make certain you a hydrated with filtered water that has minerals or add some unsweetened cranberry juice to your water. Minerals are essential in staying hydrated.

 

 

Immune Boosting/Prevention of flus/colds, and other illnesses: wild orange, clove bud, rosemary, eucalyptus, and cinnamon. Dilute and use as a gargle for prevention or when you feel a cold, flu, or sore throat coming on. Dilute in spray bottles with purified water to clean doorknobs, floors, countertops, and other public-use surfaces. Use a few drops in an empty gelatin capsule for immune support.

Respiratory/sinus: Oil of oregano, one of the most powerful, natural antibiotics can be used for various issues like stomach upset, diarrhea, colds, flus, and respiratory or sinus infections. You can buy good quality wild, Mediterranean oregano from most health food stores. The preparation is often contained in a carrier mix such as olive oil. You can also mix your own saline at home with sea salt and filtered water and mix oil of oregano along with clove bud oil, bay leaf, and sage for use in a neti pot or a nasal spray in a bottle.

Another great way to clear congestion and mucous out of your sinus and nasal passages is to put a few drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oil on a cotton ball. Put the cotton ball in a clean, empty bottle such as an old vitamin or mineral supplement container. Plug one nostril at a time and breathe deeply from the bottle multiple times. Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antiseptic, and disinfectant and its fumes are powerful enough to ward off an infection in your respiratory tract if started quickly enough.

Taken orally, I just add the Oil of Oreganol P73 by North American Herb & Spice to filtered water (read bottle directions, usually no more than 3 -5 drops) and drink it down. It has a strong, spicy flavor. Use a slice of lemon to remove the taste in your mouth, if desired, afterward.

Fermented cod liver oil – this is a food as well as a great remedy for colds, flus, and other illness. Although we take FCLO everyday, if someone in my family is sick, we load up on this important food which is packed with nutrients like Vitamins A and D. We use Green Pastures Blue Ice Royal.

Garlic – a great, natural antifungal, immune booster, and detoxifier. Eat raw (if you can stand it). Or, crush a few cloves of garlic and add to 4 cups water, bring to a boil and then sip. Garlic is good for infections – bacterial and viral. Also good for sinus infections and is good for digestion. Garlic oil is great mixed with other essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, and echinacea and a carrier oil (see above) for ear infections and stopped up ear canals.

Goldenseal root – this herb is a bitter tasting potent and used for aiding digestion, curing infections and inflammation, and can be purchased in powder form from the health food store. If you take to much Goldenseal, it can also hurt digestion. To much and it will affect the gut flora and kill it off. Although I have never used it for this purpose, it is apparently useful for canker sores and as an earwash as well, when added to warm water as a gargle or washing agent. It can also be applied topically to cuts, bruises, and infected areas of the skin.  Because it is expensive and concentrated, you only need small amounts at a time when purchasing from the store, and it is wise to remember that a little goes a long way.

Olive oil – use on your skin and body for moisturizing, eat on salads and light cooking (low temperature heat), and for oil pulling. Oil pulling is a useful way to detoxify your body and remove dangerous substances. Use 2 tablespoons of oil, first thing in the morning before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Swish the oil in your mouth for 10 minutes and then spit out into a garbage can. Oil pulling should be done multiple times for maximum effect. Improves mouth or gum disease, chronic infections and many other health issues.

Probiotics – if you are a person who regularly eats fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented vegetables, etc. you are probably getting a good supply of friendly bacteria from real food in your diet, which is essential to health. Sometimes though, we all need a boost. I keep therapeutic-grade probiotics in our house at all times, which we take daily, but also for when anyone is not feeling well – whether it’s a common cold, sore throat, flu, upset stomach, diarrhea, or anything else. Make sure you store them in the refrigerator, heat does effect probiotics. Here are the brands we use: BioKult, Biotics Research, Prescript-Assist, Advanced Naturals. It is a good idea to switch brands every few months to ensure diversity of bacteria in the gut.

Good quality probiotics are essential to your health; it’s not a good idea to skimp on quality because the majority of products on the market do not actually contain the strains nor the numbers of bacteria shown on the label, contain genetically-modified material, and some products are made from toxic sources such as (gasp!), human bowel waste.

Raw honey – Honey is a natural as a dietary supplement and as a topical application for infections, flus, and colds and supports digestion and immune function. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of raw honey in warm water with 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon or take straight several times daily for coughs, colds, and related ailments. You can also take raw honey and cinnamon with lemon in water as well for health.

Believe it or not, raw honey can also be used on the skin and will help heal because it is a natural antibiotic.

Sambucol – This is elderberry syrup and is a proven cure for the flu. In fact, if you take it at the first signs of symptoms, you will likely kick the flu bug and recover in just a day or so. Elderberry naturally boost your immune system and floods it with antibodies. So if you get some virus, drink up the Sambucol.

This is what we use – https://amzn.to/2Oe6s54

Sesame oil – is useful for massaging into the skin and for oil pulling (see olive oil above) to remove impurities and toxins from the body.

Conclusion

There are many other things you can add to greatly improve your medicine cabinet. Start researching today and please share ideas you have on item you have in your medicine cabinet.

Email me at ray.gano@raygano.com  and if I get enough ideas, I will put together another article to share with all the readers.

 

Q&A – What is the Shelf Life of Flour?

By Ray Gano

Hi Ray & Tracye,

Do you know what the shelf-life is of flour, and how do you keep it from getting weevils? – Peg

Hello Peg,

This is a great question, especially for folks who are setting up their food storage.

To give you a short answer, it depends on where you store it.

You can store it in your freezer for up to 12 months.

You can store it in your refrigerator for up to 6 months

Or you can store it at room temperature (your cupboards / pantry) for  up to 3 months

GETTING THE MOST FROM FOOD STORAGE

Before tackling the question, I want to talk a little bit about food storage.

When you store any sort of food, it is oxygen that is the enemy.  The more air you can take out of your food storage containers, the better.

One of the greatest investments Tracye and I have made is our FoodSaver. The one we own is the FoodSaver FM2435, and we love it. This one also has the ability to do wet / moist foods where older versions could not do that. These run about $100.00 and they are worth every penny.

You can get one on Amazon w/Prime for $96.47 – https://amzn.to/2XVmIfI

You do not know how much leftovers we have saved and not gone to waste because of this. This was one of the first “preparedness” products that we purchased.

I mention this product because with this you can help prevent getting those weevils in your flour and possibly even extend the food items you are storing.

If you do not have a FoodSaver, then you can also use 1-gallon Zip Lock Freezer Bags.

Don’t go cheap and get the regular 1-gallon storage bags, get the thicker freezer bags. They will prevent punctures a lot better instead of the regular bags.

Another item I want to mention are Oxygen Absorbers. These are the little packets you find in vitamin bottles, specialty chips, dried seaweed, basically anything that needs to maintain zero humidity in the package.

What these packets do is “absorb” the left-over oxygen in the package and helps prevent oxidization of the food product, which makes it stale and then rot.

Here are the ones we use – Oxygen Absorbers – https://amzn.to/2VRg74i

These come in two vacuum sealed bags. Just open one bag and use it and leave the other sealed. To protect the already opened bag of absorbers, put them in a mason jar and they will last a long time. When they turn pink, they are used up.

STORING FLOUR – WHAT YOU WILL NEED

With the FoodSaver
FoodSaver Vacuum Food Sealer
1 FoodSaver Bag cut to size and sealed on the bottom.
1 Oxygen absorber (optional)
1 Bag of Flour

Without the FoodSaver
1 Gallon Zip Lock Freezer Bag
1 Drink Straw
1 Oxygen absorber
1 Bag of Flour

HOW TO…

  1. Keep your flour in the packaging. This is yet another barrier to help keep your food safe and bug free.
    2. Put your bag of flour into a FoodSaver bag.
    3.  Add your oxygen absorber packet
    4 Suck the air out and seal the bag

Once you have done this your bag of flour has a pretty dense feel to it because almost all the air has been taken out of the package.

Now that you have this, you can store it in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer.

If you do not have a FoodSaver, you can achieve something close to these results by putting your flour in the freezer Zip Lock bag and zip it just about all the way.

Put your drink straw into the un-zipped portion of the bag and try to suck out as much air as you can. You can put your fingers around the straw and zipper opening and that will help you keep a better seal.

As you are sucking the air out and once you have gotten to the point where you are ready to seal, you need to pull the straw out while sucking and zip the bag all in one motion.

You may not get this on the first try, so do the best you can.

SAVING IN BULK

In today’s world I have been telling people to start looking at food as an investment. I have been tracking the commerce department’s Personal Consumption Expenditures Index and guess what, food and energy prices have risen about 15% + every year. So, the food you buy and store today, will be worth more tomorrow. This is a fact. Think about it, that is a good rate of return for your money. Money saved is money earned.

Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the prices are only going to continue to go up further as the years progress.

So not only is buying in bulk wise, it is also prudent of you to do so.

BULK STORAGE – WHAT YOU NEED

1 5-gallon Plastic Storage Container- this needs to be HDPE, which stands for High Density Polyethylene. If you look on the bottom of the bucket you will see the recycle symbol, a triangle of arrows surrounding the number 2.

If the bucket has this, it is food grade.

Now check what was stored in the bucket prior to storing your flour. Often dill pickles are stored in these, if you get them used. To check, just smell the bucket. You can tell what was stored usually by the smell. It might smell like maple syrup, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, there are a lot of things. If they smell, you may want to find a different bucket because your flour may absorb some of the smell.

1 5-6-gallon mylar bag
1 2×4 approximately 12- 14 inches long
1 cotton bath towel
4-5 oxygen absorbers
6-7 whole dried bay leaves

A cheap or used standard iron for ironing clothes – if you have a FoodSaver, you can use this as well.

You can get a great 10 Bag Mylar Bag Kit here — https://amzn.to/2Cf7CZn

The kit contains the following…

  • 10 – each 20″x30″ Foil lined, 4.3 mil Thick
  • Sealable With Hot Iron-Can Reseal After Opening
  • Ideal for Long Term Food Storage
  • 2,000cc Oxygen Absorbers made by Oxy-Sorb with indicator pill/eye
  • Light, Moisture, Oxygen Barrier and Puncture Resistant

You can use these for rice, beans, noodles, lentils, as well as flour. If you go with the kit, you will not need the smaller oxygen absorbers, but it isn’t a bad idea to add a few of these to the flour for extra added safety.

HOW TO…

Take your bucket and make sure it is cleaned out. In the bottom of the bucket put 1 oxygen absorber and 3-4 bay leaves.

Next, open your mylar bag and put it in the bucket. Push it down to the bottom and get a good fit.

Put an oxygen absorber into the mylar bag

Add your flour to half way

Add another oxygen absorber

Fill the rest of the bag to about 3 inches from the rim of the bucket

NOTE: You should have a good amount of bag left.

Put an 1-2 oxygen absorbers on top of the flour and close up the bag.

Make sure the bag is NOT folded but both sides of the bag can touch each other.

Wrap the 2×4 in the towel and put it across the rim of the bucket

Lay a part of the bag on the 2×4 and with the hot iron, quickly seal the bag.

Depending on how your bag is situated, you can seal 2-3 places.

Cut off any excess mylar bag

Put 1-2 more oxygen absorbers on top of the bag with 4-5 bay leaves.

Put the lid onto your bucket and seal it up tight.

On the lid or on the side tape a label telling you the contents as well as the date you sealed the flour.

If you have the room, store it in your freezer and it will keep up to a year, 6 months in your refrigerator or 3-6 months in your pantry depending upon the temperature.

Above all, make sure you rotate your stock and eat off of your food stores. In the end you will see your grocery bill start to go down because you are not shopping as much because you have purchased in bulk.

Now you can use this same method in storing dry goods like beans, lentils, rice and wheat. These items will keep for years.

Just to make a point, wheat discovered in King Tut’s tomb was still edible and able to make flour from it even after being over a thousand years old.

Finally, if you want to get flour with a 5 year shelf life, then look at purchasing some flour from our Thrive Life store.

https://www.thrivelife.com/Gano

A one gallon can (#10 can) is $13.29 per can.

We also have a gluten free flour and a whole wheat flour.

I hope that this has helped answer some of your food storage questions.

I enjoy answering these sort of emails, because it often leads to creating a great article that I get to share with all of you.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

Realistic Prepper Shopping

By Ray Gano

When you’re walking around a store – any store – and you’re doing your shopping, how often do you think about your survival supplies?

Is it something you make a list of and make a special trip to town?

Or do you incorporate your survival supplies shopping into your everyday life?

You want to know our secret? We try to buy at least $5 of something every time we go to the store.

Let’s take the other day for example, Tracye and I went shopping at the local Walmart here in Conroe.

While we were walking through the store, I picked up a 2 pack of strike on box matches. At 250 matches per box, that is 500 matches. I took inventory of my matches a while back, and it came to like 6 or 7 boxes of 250 matches per box. So that equals out to around 1,500 – 1,700 matches.

I am one who believes you can never have to many means to make fire, so I picked up another 500. I also got a box of Federal 9mm ammo & 12-gauge #4 shot.

When we got to the food section, we checked our grocery list and as I was walking around, I grabbed 2 jars of peanut butter to put up. One can never have to much peanut butter.

Tracye picked up some Jiffy corn bread mix. These are great. One box is good for one meal and all you have to do is add water. They cost some thing like $1.00 each. Our Walmart has them on sale all the time so you can pick them up for .75 cents a box at times.

While we were standing there in the isle, I was wondering “how well corn bread mix would store in vacuum sealed bags with oxygen absorbers? The mix has an expiration date of 2020. So, I bet storing them like that we can extend the life. That is the kind of stuff I think about when shopping. We got $5.00 worth of corn bread mix.

Here is what I added to my preps from this trip –

  • 50 rounds of Federal 9mm ammo
  • 25 rounds 12-gauge #4 shot – #4 is great for small game – rabbit – squirrel – etc
  • 2 jars of peanut butter
  • 5 boxes of corn bread mix
  • 2 boxes strike on box matches

The ammo is going to be put in their boxes and stored, peanut butter, corn bread mix and matches will be stored.

If I did not get the ammo, the cost of the food and matches was under $10.00.

Easy-peasie, you just have to think about it every time you go to the store. After a while it becomes habit.

I am mentioning this because I see new preppers / survivalist that put a lot of time an effort into their preps. If I put a “lot” of time and effort into it, I would probably get burned out. So, I try to take the slow and steady approach. This is why it has to be a lifestyle. Prepping is what you do all the time, and you do this by taking baby steps. An item here, jar of something there and once you do this for a month or two, you will be amazed at how much supplies you have on hand.

One of the problems that I see especially today, is that people put “too” much time and effort into survivalism. Yea, I know this is an “oxymoron” statement, but hear me out. They feel like they are behind the “8 ball” and they are trying to play catch up. They are prepping in a panic and always on the “go” with their preps. It’s like they jump in with both feet, take off running, but after a while get tired and drop out of the race. This is why I say take baby steps. Think like a turtle and be slow yet steady. Or think like a squirrel, a squirrel buries 1 nut at a time.

It is never too late to start, in fact right now with Easter approaching, it is an excellent time to start. There are many great deals on food as well as supplies. You can save a lot of money because all the stores are competing for your Easter food and gift dollars.

In the prepping world January is when many of the Mormon churches start the preps. Because of this many, prepping companies, like Thrive Life have great sales on their shelves and supplies.  In fact, Thrive Life should be ramping up their Super Sale they have every year around this time. This is a great time to buy and get some incredible deals and really stock up.

Now is a great time to start your preps, things are on sale and the ability to take baby steps will allow you to really make a good prepping effort in a short amount of time without burning out. Remember the corn bread mix? When you see sales like that, buy extra, you will be glad you did.

When I find good deals, I will try to share them with you so that you can take advantage of the savings as well.

In the meantime – check out my Thrive Life Store at …

http://www.thrivelife.com/Gano

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to answer your questions.

Gray Man – The Art of Blending Into Your Surroundings

By Ray Gano

Gray Man – A man who can blend in to any scene or situation without standing out , hiding his skills and qualities. Source – urbandictionary.com

Becoming the gray man, it will be an important skill; a skill you will need in the future days to come. You will need to learn how to blend into your environment, look like everyone else, and become the “average looking Joe.”

But what makes you different is that you are alert to your surroundings, you suspect everyone that comes within your 20-foot perimeter and you are ready to react if need be. The real mission is to just be left alone while putting off that “sheepdog” disposition instead of being one of the sheep.

You are not some weekend warrior or paramilitary nut, you are just like everyone else except your everyday carry gear probably includes keys, cell phone, wallet, wrist watch…. a folding lock blade knife, multi-tool, pepper spray, maybe even a flashlight and if you are C&C licensed, a handgun with an extra loaded magazine.

This is today and you have adapted to the “new normal” that we now call America.

Radicalized Antifa members conducting crime, looting, blocked roads, creating riots, muggings, theft, rape and murder. These are more common place today than the days of yesteryear.

Luke 22:36 (KJV) Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

We live in a time where going to the mega-mart or the grocery store is an act of bravery, determination, logistics and security. No longer is it just running to get a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs.

Not that way in your area yet? Just wait.

How To Be The Gray Man

Look around, what are all the guys wearing? Now I am focusing on the guys because I am a guy. Ladies, this is for you also, take my examples and adapt them to what you would wear and so forth.

Here in the Houston Tx area, the majority of men wear some sort of “cargo” shorts or jeans. They go above the knee and tend to be a little baggy. Beige, brownish red, or blue jeans tend to be the color of choice. If not shorts, then blue jeans are the norm.

For a shirt, one will wear a common “T” shirt that is lose fitting sometimes with a pocket on the left breast. Or if they want to dress it up a little, a button up short sleeve or a golf polo shirt will do.

When it gets close to hunting season, around the beginning of August, the “Real Tree” cammo “T” shirts become the norm. See here in Texas, hunting is a big deal, and everyone gets in the mode. It also helps that the local Walmart sells these cammo “Beefy T’s” for only $8.00 each.

On his feet, are ankle socks or rolled over tube socks, he wears hiking shoes, or some form of work boots.

If he is wearing jeans, then cowboy boots are usually the norm.

Finally, the common baseball cap on top of the head and sporting sunglasses.

This is what an “average Joe” looks like when he is in his casual dress out on the street.

This is how I dress, except I try not to wear loud logo-based shirts or something that has verbiage on it. I wear an over-sized survival bracelet on my left arm with my watch, my wedding ring on my left hand and a crusader’s ring on my right.

Now some of you may be asking why an oversized survival bracelet? This as well as my watch could help deflect a knife cut if I had to block a blow with my arm.

Now, of someone asked about you, could they describe you or would they be describing just about everyone else, the average Joe?

How you DON’T want to dress

Like I said You don’t want to attract attention towards yourself. Don’t wear bright colors or “haute de couture” fashion, nothing that makes you stand out.

Example: Here in Texas everyone thinks of the cowboy. We have a lot of cowboys walking around, but they are not dressed in the “A” typical cowboy dress.

The cowboys here are not wearing the long-sleeved shirt with fringes dangling, no 10 gallon cowboy hat, nor fancy rhinestone pants. Everyone imagines the average cowboy looks like Roy Rogers or Hop-along Cassidy, but they don’t.

The average cowboy looks just like the person that I described above except that he probably wears some sort of work jeans. Come fall and winter here in Texas, we all look like the average “cowboy.”

Once in a while you will see someone wearing a cowboy hat. Straw cowboy hats are acceptable for guys over fifty during the summer time. During the winter everyone switches from straw to a black felt hat or baseball cap.

Believe me, if you step out of this mold, you will get noticed and that is not what you want to do.

If you are a prepper, you do not want to be dressing in some sort of combat BDU pants, army boots, and definitely no shirts with paramilitary sayings like “death from above” or pictures that you see at all the gun shows. This is a dead give-away and shouts “HEY… Look at me, I am a weekend warrior.”

Become The Gray Man

Become the average Joe, blend into your surroundings. But walk with a purpose and be alert to what is going on around you.

While you want to look like the average person, you want to project a demeanor about you that tells the wolves “to leave you alone, you are not one of the sheep, don’t mess with me.”

See, the sheep will not notice you, just like real sheep, they do not really notice the sheepdog. But the wolves will see you. Wolves are cowards and seek out the weak, frail and innocent. They do not want to have to work too hard, they want to be in and out and be done with the job.

So, while you don’t what to be wearing some neon sign blinking ” GUN… GUN…. GUN … KNIFE … KNIFE … KNIFE … with an arrow pointing at you; you want to be acknowledged as someone who is alert, aware and not some soft target.

How you achieve this is by training yourself. Look like you are someone alive, not some drained zombie who stairs at the ground, shoulders slumped as if he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Make eye contact and smile at people, greet them and wish them a good day or just a simple nod of the head will do.

You don’t want to seem like some bodyguard type either. You know the guys with the little curly tube sticking out of their ear, dark Ray-Ban glasses, constantly scanning, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. That is going overboard.

I bring up the Mega-stores because that is where America shops, it is also where the wolves hang out for some quick prey.

When walking in the parking lot, have a determination to your step, enter Mega-Store and look the greeter in the eye, nod your head say hello and smile. Then take a basket, eye the cashier and the customers checking out, assess if anyone is out of place then move on for that gallon of milk, dozen eggs and a few extra boxes of ammo.

BUT for example, if you enter the store, scan the area and notice someone wearing a trench coat and it is 90 degrees outside. This should raise your red flags. If this happens, step up the pace and move into the store, get out of the general area and do your shopping.

Every Day Carry – What I wear

I do not want to go into much detail in this article as to Every Day Carry (EDC), that is for another article, but for your E.D.C. kit carry what you want. The items above are what I carry, and I don’t look like I am wearing Batman’s utility belt either. My clothes do not scream “Hey.. It’s Mr. Tactical Guy here” either.

I wear Wrangler brand cargo shorts. These have cargo pockets on each side as well as a cell phone pocket that opens above the cargo flap. They have side pockets which the right pocket has a coin pocket inside the deep right. Finally, there are left and right rear pockets.

As for a shirt, I wear a common black, blue, beige, Fruit of the Loom pocket “T” shirt or a short sleeve button up with a left breast pocket. If it is hunting season, which at the time of this writing it is. I also wear cammo “Real Tree Beefy T” shirts because just about every other guy is wearing them also.

An important item that I want to touch on is your belt. I wear a double thick “Justin Boots” black leather belt with a common cowboy belt buckle. Your belt needs to be sturdy enough to carry all your gear if you do not put the items in your pockets as well as hold up your pants. So, you do not want some inexpensive belt from the big mega stores. Invest some money in this and you will not be sorry. You would be surprised how much a cell phone, buck knife, and a Multi-tool weighs when you are carrying it on your hip. With a heavy-duty belt, it will also help distribute the weight of these items more evenly and honestly once you get used to them, you forget they are even there. Another thing, my belt is also a last-ditch defensive weapon. The buckle weighs a good 10-12 ounces and makes for a mean bludgeon and can help keep someone at arms distance if need be.

How I developed my EDC was that I slowly carried one item, then added another and another. It took time in getting used to carrying gear, finding the spot where it is easy to access and not have it banging around on my leg or chest. You will find that some things work, and some things don’t. Carry what tools and gear you need but don’t make it obvious that you are a prepper, or you will look like some paramilitary tactical guy.

If you can get away with it, use a back pack or messenger bag. Look at what others are carrying in your area and adapt to the look. If everyone carries a back pack, carry a back pack. If they carry a messenger bag, well then messenger bag. With this you can also carry a water bottle, small first aid kit and any other gear that is important to you.

Just remember to keep it light, you do not want to turn yourself into some pack mule.

When I dress up, I usually wear black jeans, black cowboy boots, a black long sleeve shirt and a tie. If need be and I need to dress up more, I wear a beige twill sport coat and in all of this, I can still carry most of my gear. This is what the average guy wears here when they dress up, so I am still blending in and looking good too.

If someone would describe me, they would say he had on black shirt, pants and cowboy boots. In other words, I look like every other Joe that walks into a nice restaurant or business meeting.

Becoming the gray man will be an important skill for you to develop, especially with crime on the rise, thanks to the socialist Marxist left pushing the “hate whitey” narrative.

You will need to be equipped to protect yourself and possibly others if needed. You will also want to blend in the background.

Above all, your goal is to get home safely that day. You are not some super hero nor are you there to protect the world. You are ready to defend yourself if you must, but your goal is not having to resort to that.

Finally…

Tactical retreats, AKA running away is totally acceptable. The only one who didn’t walk away was John Wayne and that was in the movies. You are not bullet proof nor knife proof, so run don’t walk if you think you need to get out of the area fast. Your spouse will be glad you did and so will you.

And as a last resort, always remember it is better to face 12 than to be carried out by 6.

So, if you have to protect yourself, fight to win because you will be fighting for your life.

 

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