Prepping for Ebola

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(This article, by John McConnell who runs The Peppy Prepper website I link to at the right, is a response to some of the latest news on the Ebola outbreak.  Things are changing every day, even every hour. The worst thing about all the changes are that every assurance the government and the Center for Disease Control gives turns out to be demonstrably false within a day or two. John is an old and dear friend. Ever since I have known him, he has led groups of men through the American Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Organization into the field to voluntarily help survivors of natural disasters. He was there for Katrina, there at Joplin, there at Sandy Hook and many others. He has averaged almost two major relief efforts every year for the last 10 years. He is not a theoretician: he is a man who gets his hands dirty. He does not work for the government; he does not do it for profit; he did not even much broadcast the work he did until recently when he wanted to start helping people prepare for these sorts of difficult situations, seeing that some terrible things were coming our way. I walked by the town of Wiggins, Mississippi on my pilgrimage, where John and his fellow volunteers spent about a month helping survivors of Katrina get their lives back on track.

May God prevent a pandemic here. It is clear that government won’t and can’t. But a host of things are drawing together at the same time. It is good to make what preparations you can. John will be providing updates – and I will reprint them as soon as he does. His site has been the one I have recommended for practical physical preparation since I began this site early this year. – because he has vast experience and he does what he does for love – both of God and neighbor.

In one of the early articles that appeared on me in Spirit Daily back in 2003, I remarked that our technology would fail. I meant what I said in the obvious sense – and also in the sense that we would be confronted with things we could not cope with save through a near-absolute surrender to and reliance on God. What I said then is true now. God does not leave us bereft. We have chosen to make the state our god…and now discover that not only does it have feet of clay, but legs, arms and a head of clay, too. Technology will not rescue us. But God set His rainbow in the sky after the Flood as His covenant with mankind. He has kept His promise even as we have abandoned ours. Take refuge in Him. I know it sounds too simple, but it is in acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to those around us that we will find security. Live it. For now, a few practical observations from a man who has busied himself taking the next right step in a very fundamental way for a good long while.)

By John McConnell

(Updated) Recently we have witnessed the arrival of the Ebola virus to the United States.  Last summer we had some medical missionary’s who were exposed in West Africa and came back for treatment which was successful.  More recently we had someone who lives in West Africa come to the US and who ended up being ill with Ebola.  After some confusing attempts to get medical help he did get admitted to  Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where he received treatment but died.  Now we are learning that the healthcare workers had little to no training…the CDC reportedly told them to give them a call for instructions!  These brave workers evidently didn’t even have proper haz mat suits for the first couple days.

We were assured by the CDC that they were “monitoring” the 76 healthcare professionals who had been in contact with the ill man.  Then we find out that one of the workers became ill with the virus.  The CDC claimed that she did not follow protocols, a claim which is being disputed by the Nurses Union.  Again, we were assured that this virus is under control and there is nothing to worry about.  Today, we learned that another healthcare worker has been confirmed to have the virus.  The CDC told us that she had taken a commercial airplane flight Monday from Cleveland back to Dallas.  We were assured that she had not shown symptoms until after she got back to Dallas.  Nothing to worry about…

Now it has come out that indeed she had a low grade fever and there were another 132 passengers additionally crew on the flight.  Not to mention other people she may have exposed at the airports, restaurants, etc. that she traveled through.  As you can see this situation is very confused without clear focus on containing the virus in a knowledgeable manner.

I have been doing disaster relief with the American Baptist Men Disaster Relief organization since Katrina.  I have been on over 18 missions indeed, most of the major disaster in the US since Katrina.  I was surprised to receive an email from Illinois VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) which is part of a national VOAD organization.  The CDC is using VOAD to spread the word to groups like the American Baptist Men Disaster Relief Organization to announce a national telephone conference this coming Saturday.  Part of the stated purpose is to be updated on efforts in West Africa.  The other purpose was put as stated below:

Please share this invitation widely with your colleagues and partners.

CDC will provide information about the Ebola outbreak, and updates on what CDC is doing to help stop it. Reverend Miriam J. Burnett of the Resource and Promotion of Health Alliance, Inc. will discuss the potential role of places of worship, community, and family in addressing Ebola concerns of those living in the US. “

Reading between the lines of government doublespeak I became a bit suspicious. The email also asked that if one has questions to email ahead of time as there is likely to be many people on the telephone conference and questions would not be taken live. So, I emailed the following question:

Will the CDC or some other governmental organization be providing training to help local groups handle possible scenarios in case of Ebola outbreak?  If yes, what kind of training, when and where?

To the point and difficult to dodge.  I did not expect to get an answer but was hoping to have it answered at the conference.

About twenty minutes later I received the following answer:

John,

Thanks for your inquiry.  We’re looking into what trainings may be available at the local level and will get back to you. 

Sincerely,

Vivi S

I am very pleased that the CDC is moving quickly to organize at the local level.  I also understand the ramifications of the probable meaning of the purpose of this conference.

It is time for those of us inclined to protecting our families to adjust our prepping strategies or rehash our existing strategy for preparing for Ebola risk.

Probably the first and to me the most difficult consideration is the trigger point at which to go full tilt from prepping to action.  I have not figured that out fully at this time…I have some general thoughts however that may help you.  I don’t think that a magic number of those infected alone is the correct answer.  For example, if we hit 10,000 infected that may not a adequate trigger point.  The reason being, I am thinking… is that the infected could be relatively limited geographically and perhaps proper restrictions on travel are in place to help stem the spread of the virus, so a simple number may not be a good trigger point.

Of bigger concern for me is the breadth of the infected area…the geographical range, as well as the growth rate of infected. Each of us will have to figure their own trigger point in which to take action.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently estimated that there have been about 1,000 new cases (worldwide) per week for the last four weeks.  However, their concern is that there will be somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 new cases per week within two months.  Read the report here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-14/who-sees-up-to-10-000-west-africa-ebola-cases-a-week.html

If we see the same kind of geometric increase here we can literally overrun our health care system.  We are quite limited presently with only a handful of facilities which are truly rated for adequately handling Ebola.  That is why the nurse whom just became known to be infected is being flown to Atlanta.  The possibility of over saturation of our capability to handle the disease is most worrisome.  That is probably why the CDC is very wisely acting now to activate local groups to help out.  There is a learning curve we will have to deal with in order to expand the ability to handle the spread if infections become even moderately widespread.

Consequently, the numbers do not have to be all that high, but for me the dispersion of those infected will in combination with the infected growth rate determine my personal trigger point for action.

What does that mean?  That is the point at which I bring my children, parents, and other family and some friends to my farm and we basically shut down.  I hope and pray that does not become necessary but so far this whole thing has been handled in such a  ironic collection of errors.  I was speaking with a young man I have known since he was a toddler.  He is in his mid twenty’s and is a farmer.  He is very concerned and been paying attention to the  news stories as they break.  He mentioned to me that it is like watching a B rated horror film where the actors are so stupidly oblivious to the danger that they literally stand and stare at the danger watching as it slowly comes their way leaving the audience screaming “MOVE”.  I think that is an apt description for what I see as well.  The CDC seems to have a leadership problem although I am confident their hearts are in the right place.  But, the collection of crazy errors in judgement, like just learning on the news that the second health care victim who flew on a commercial plane while having a fever had called the CDC before she flew and was told it was okay to fly even with her fever!  And they knew she had had exposure to the Ebola virus.  It is just crazy.

I had been investigating protective clothing and equipment recently and have learned that for a limited risk as hopefully we will be, we can get by with relatively inexpensive stuff.  For example, I have purchased some Tyvek suits complete with hoods.  I have also recently bought medical exam gloves, which I will wear under heavier rubber type gloves should I need to suit up.  I have military grade gas masks with respirator filter suitable for biological or chemical warfare that goes with my gas masks.  I need to pick up some goggles and shoe covers yet.  I have stockpiled some bleach and include spray bottles where I store them.  I found this site that appears to have good information and products, but I don’t endorse any particular business or products: http://ebolavirus.us/

Bleach kills all viruses and if you find yourself in a situation where you need to suit up for instance I would recommend a complete and very thorough bleach “shower” using the spray bottles you have stored with your bleach.  It may hurt your nose and eyes but it will kill the virus.  One of the major danger points for infection is when you have to undress from your protective clothing.  Hence the exam gloves under the rubber gloves.  Extreme care, even after the bleach cleaning, must be taken not to touch the outside of any of the gear which has been exposed to the virus.  You bag the Tyvek suits (they are disposable) your gloves, boot covers, etc. and wash the exam gloves with bleach (I would just plain immerse them while on my hands) then finally take them off and carefully place them in the bag, or a neat pile on the ground.  Pour gasoline on the bag or pile and burn it completely.  Here is what the CDC recommends:  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/prevention/index.html

Another consideration that you need to think about to design a good plan is how you will handle those who come to receive help.  They may be family, friends, or just some sadly desperate people.  If you decide to help them and a widespread infection is in affect for your region then you should quarantine them for at least 21 days.  Don’t touch them or things they touch without gloves.  You can have them sleep in a tent and do not allow them to come close to you or your living quarters during that quarantine time.

The experts claim that Ebola cannot be transferred by air, except in the case of sneezing,coughing, spitting or something like that…where you actually are receiving some body fluids which have traveled through the air.  However, there are some scientists who claim that the virus can live for several hours on a dry surface…like a glass or cup or plate.  And longer in moderate temperature liquids.  So, be very careful if you find you have close proximity to an infected person.  Best to get them to a local medical facility or area as quickly as possible and without putting them in YOUR car.  Hopefully, if it gets bad enough there will be military or volunteer help to bring infected individuals to facilities.  Here are the CDC thoughts on transmission:  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/index.html   I have read and listened to scientists who feel there is probably more propensity for even more casual transmission than the CDC lists.

Other issues like food, power, etc. for survival are in other articles and links on this site.  Hopefully you have been familiarizing yourself with prepping strategy and actually prepping yourself.  Remember, when disaster strikes your prepping is most likely over and you will be limited to whatever you have stored and prepared for up to that time.

As I get more information I will post more articles that hopefully will help you protect yourself and your family.  In them meantime, this is a very good time to open your heart to God and develop a very good relationship with Him.  He is all powerful and will protect your soul forever.  God bless.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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83 Responses to Prepping for Ebola

  1. Gary says:

    He forgot the Hawthorn Tea..

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    • marie says:

      Gary, I laughed like a drain when I read this comment ☺. Thank you for providing some comic relief in these otherwise very worrying days. Thanks, likewise, to aj for a brilliant quote from St Teresa.

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  2. Kris says:

    I bought hawthorne tea years ago in a mylar bag. How long should that be good for? Where do you get fresh tea?

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    • Mick says:

      Kris, tea in mylar bags that have been kept in a location that’s not to hot should have some potency for several years, as long as the bag hasn’t been opened. It may not be as potent as fresh tea, but it certainly shouldn’t be useless. Tea made from hawthorn leaves and flowers can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs (www.mountainroseherbs.com). Tea made from just the leaves may be purchased from Florida Herb House (http://www.floridaherbhouse.com/hawthorn-leaf-bulk-organic-p-2244.html).

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      • Observer says:

        I have a simple question…(I hope)…..since from what I’ve read about hawthorne leaves/flowers/berries and what conditions they are limited to, I see that they are mostly remedies for heart problems:

        Hawthorn can help improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during contractions, widen the blood vessels, and increase the transmission of nerve signals.

        Hawthorn also seems to have blood pressure-lowering activity, according to early research. It seems to cause relaxing of the blood vessels farther from the heart. It seems that this effect is due to a component in hawthorn called proanthocyanidin.

        Research suggests that hawthorn can lower cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad cholesterol”), and triglycerides (fats in the blood). It seems to lower accumulation of fats in the liver and the aorta (the largest artery in the body, located near the heart). Hawthorn fruit extract may lower cholesterol by increasing the excretion of bile, reducing the formation of cholesterol, and enhancing the receptors for LDLs. It also seems to have antioxidant activity.

        So I’m not sure that this alone is some kind of overall folk remedy for serious illnesses and if anyone should be taking anything else for heart/blood pressure/anxiety such natural remedies added to those can be quite dangerous. And anyone with serious chronic illnesses have to know the personal effects of various dosages. Of course if natural remedies are the only ones available if or when prescription medications won’t be available then people should probably get up to date with just what natural supplements are for what and in what amounts and just how they blend together before such a time could occur. Pretty complicated. It would seem that anything that helps build the immune system would be important so that the body can hold off any spreading diseases to begin with. All in God’s hands. I suppose such remedies are the last things that the victims of such sadistic attacks that are occurring in the Middle East these days are thinking about…or even had been thinking about in preparation!!

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  3. donna269 says:

    I was on a teleconference call with CDC and 5600 health care workers entitled Ebola: What Emory and Nebraska are doing right…..of course those are the two hospitals who have successfully treated active/viral Ebola victims from Africa (Brantley/Writebol and the journalist) and have not had retransmission in their healthworker populations….

    Texas Presbyterian is a joke but unfortunately represents most bureaucratic hospitals who don’t take Ebola virus serious enough and are ill prepared for any type of epidemic. They are the ones who put us all at risk as seen in the last two days coverage.

    More will be revealed. As a nurse, we shouldn’t panic but shouldn’t trust the CDC for our info and above all not Obama. You can see the problem with government controlled hospitals towing the party line.

    For myself and my family, I have slowly built up food and medical supplies in my basement and minor cash flow…..but most importantly I have God on my side. I am a nurse in a population of 3300 people….in one building. If this thing hits, I will be the first one exposed…..Public health….love it or leave it.

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    • Caroline says:

      God bless you Donna. I am a nurse as well, but work with mental health patients. You are right, we have God on our side, and what a lesson in trust this is.
      And Charlie, thank you for the rainbow image. I have a special love for them, doing anything to try to capture the right one. I am like a little kid chasing rainbows. My husband and I danced to Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole at our wedding. And my mom swears that there was a rainbow the day I was born (October 13, 1983) in the heart of Cajun country, Louisiana. The Father loves us so much.

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      • charliej373 says:

        (Caroline, don’t tell the folks in Colorado, but Southern Louisiana was absolutely my favorite state as I walked. My stars, every town was more welcoming than the next. I fell head over heels for it. If only it had some mountains… Shhh)

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        • I’m the other Caroline who posts on here and I’m in New Orleans, too!

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          • Caroline says:

            Hi Caroline! I’m from Lafayette. Now I live in NC, husband is a Marine. Nice to meet you!!

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          • charliej373 says:

            On my pilgrimage, my son drove up to meet me and spend a week together when I was in Baton Rouge. Good timing…we crossed the great Atchafalaya Swamp in his car, which would have been mighty tough otherwise…and spent several days in Lafayette, where he met a bunch of Disc Golfers at a club, who have remained friends since. In an audacious move, I made camp my last two nights there after he left right between the highways at the visitor’s center. Beautiful spot – and I had perfect cover, not 20 feet from the road.

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          • Becky-TN says:

            So glad you loved Lousiana, Charlie. Something special about it!

            Caroline’s, I’m originally from Lake Charles, though lived a couple of years in Metairie.

            God Bless,

            Becky-TN

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          • charliej373 says:

            Holy cow, Becky! Lake Charles was where a crazy young guy spied on me, followed me into the woods, and threatened me with a pistol. Other than that, it was great!

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        • Caroline says:

          I’m never surprised to hear how much people love South Louisiana. I am so proud of my Cajun roots, my grandparents grew up speaking French, and I didn’t know anyone who wasn’t Catholic until I was nearly an adult! My paternal grandfather walked all the way from Louisiana to Mexico City with the Cursillo movement to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Tepeyac) for her feast day back in the 80’s. I strongly believe the fruits of his walk and the faith of my ancestors have continued to bless my life. PS, you should try my momma’s gumbo!

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    • johnmcfarm says:

      Have you read of the student nurse in Africa who was able to keep three of four relatives alive who had been infected with Ebola? I have read recently that one of the things ebola victims die of is hydration…individuals who are ill with it lose up to 5 liters per day…this gal made makeshift hazmat suits out of garbage bags and gave her relatives IV’s…incredible story. I am wondering if you could provide some information on how to do a made from scratch saline solution and how to insert needle..set drip flow, etc.?

      Here is a link to the story… http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/25/health/ebola-fatu-family/

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      • charliej373 says:

        Why shoot, John…that is the sort of information I rely on YOU to provide!

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      • donna269 says:

        wow, what an amazing woman…I only hope I could do the same for my friends and family….Notice she purchased IV’s from local clinics. They MUST be sterile. You would kill your patient with an overwhelming infection if the IV was not sterile. So the answer is, you would have to be able to access sterile IV’s catheters and tubing for your sick. Starting an IV is a learned procedure. I think it most certainly can be taught but it is something I have honed over 35 years as a nurse. But we can learn anything if we need to and it’s life and death

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  4. aj says:

    “Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing dismay you, All things pass, God never changes. Patience attains all. He who has God lacks nothing: God alone suffices.”  St. Teresa of Avila

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    • Donna Franer says:

      The best comment by far. All the preparation, do you think you can do more than being at the mercy of our all loving God? You will find out all the preparation will be nothing. He wants us to rely solely on Him. (Gee, I think I read that somewhere on these sites.)

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  5. Mary A. says:

    From today’s Office: Comfort in a time of plague:

    Alone with none but thee, my God,
    I journey on my way.
    What need I fear, when thou art near,
    O King of night and day.
    More safe am I within thy hand,
    Than if a host did round me stand.
    My destined time is fixed by thee,
    And death doth know his hour.
    Did warriors strong around me throng,
    They could not stay his power;
    No walls of stone can man defend
    When thou thy messenger dost send.
    My life I yield to thy decree,
    And bow to thy control
    In peaceful calm, for from thine arm
    No power can wrest my soul.
    Could earthly omens e’er appal
    A man that heeds the heavenly call!
    The child of God can fear no ill,
    His chosen dread no foe;
    We leave our fate with thee, and wait
    Thy bidding when to go.
    ‘Tis not from chance our comfort springs,
    Thou art our trust, O King of kings.

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  6. ann says:

    Thanks to John McConnell. Very good advice and very much appreciated. Donna your comments too were helpful and reassuring, so thanks. AJ always glad to receive your wisdom so thanks to you too. God bless all here.

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  7. Mick says:

    It seems to me that we should all be wary of any information coming out of the CDC. Case in point: it turns out that the incubation period for Ebola (and thus the time necessary for quarantine) is not 21 days, as the CDC has repeatedly stated; but, rather, 42 days.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/047267_Ebola_outbreak_incubation_period_viral_transmission.html

    Also, a new study states that up to 12% of the cases show now symptoms for the first 21 days:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/047281_Ebola_symptoms_incubation_period.html

    I can’t imagine that most Americans would be capable of pulling off a 42-day quarantine. God help us all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I just want to add the actual World Health Organization (WHO) Report this is based on. While the WHO has not been completely accurate, it is of note that the report involved emphasized that the epidemic in Nigeria and Senegal has nearly burned itself out. It is a positive report. That up to 5% of cases go through a longer incubation period is not a shock to any who have some familiarity with disease control initiatives. There are always outlying variant cases. The WHO report is very optimistic. It may be a false optimism, but Natural News completely misrepresents the report and tries to inflame things. I should tell you that I do not have great regard for Natural News. It has had some rare good material, but it is largely an inflammatory unscientific publication that seeks to whip up fears where there is no need for any. I do not regard it as a credible source and would not use it in any research I do. I ask those of you who comment to refrain from citing this when making a case. Find another source.

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      • Mick says:

        Charlie, I’m sorry if I stepped in it with a reference to Natural News. I meant no harm. I don’t read much on their site, but they seemed to be following the Ebola thing pretty closely. Again, my apologies.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh gosh, Mick, I wasn’t at all irritated. It’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff when you are trying to get answers – and Natural News goes to some pains to look like a serious scientific site. It has, in fact, done some occasionally good work. It is just that it has a relentless agenda – and it makes stuff up to further its point sometimes. It is not a reliable site. That’s all. In the news business, I verified everything, particularly those that supported my perspective (those are the ones that will most often embarrass you because you are more likely to cite them unvetted). Over time, some sources became so consistently reliable, I would put their stuff up without vetting. Every once in a while, I got burned because of it.

          I thought today that maybe I should put up a list of banned references so people would know a few that just aren’t reliable….but then thought better of it. Your link to them DID lead us to the useful announcement by the World Health Organization. You have been very good here, Mick, offering some great insight and I don’t want to discourage the solid people who populate this site from doing the same. Every once in a while, I will note a particular site is not particularly reliable for certain things – but that has no bearing on the value of the commenter. It is hard to filter everything out – and I don’t try. Don’t feel constrained. I would gladly take a clunky link as the price of the other nine comments of deep insight you come up with. So keep those cards and letters coming!

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          • Mick says:

            Thanks, Charlie. However, I need to issue a mea culpa: Earlier today, I posted about a company called Florida Herb House, which claims to sell hawthorn leaf tea. However, when I was preparing to order some for myself, they admitted to me that their “hawthorn leaf tea” does in fact also contain flowers. My apologies to anyone whom I led down a rabbit trail.

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  8. Audie says:

    Thank you for posting this article, Charlie. I realize now that my family and I won’t be prepared in the way your good friend advises, but that’s alright. I’ll stick with what we’ve got so far and try my best to follow the three steps of acknowledging God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope and joy to others. I think our only preparation, in my family, will be to abandon ourselves to God’s Divine Will, and we’re all not there…yet. God bless you all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are definitely on the right track, Audie. I highly value what John has to say – because of his real-world experience, his deep faith in God, and his character. For him, providing this type of advice IS the next right step. For those who are able to prepare even small places of refuge for only one or two people, this is extremely valuable advice. For many of us, including me. I have taken no steps for preparation. God does not have a one-size-fits all emporium. We are all called to take the next right step according to our circumstances – and trusting in God, He will give us the help we need for our circumstances and the work we are called to. I publish this website for all the faithful – pastors and religious, the young and vigorous, the old and enfeebled…because we will all need each other. Not one of us is sufficient to ourselves. So seek God first, do what you can for your circumstances and then, as St. Padre Pio said, pray, hope and don’t worry.

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      • Audie says:

        Yes, I see that John is acting on his next right step. God bless him for that. I like the idea of how we all have our different stations and jobs to do. Some have huge jobs and others have more simple ones. I am grateful for your blog, Charlie! Thank you so much.

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  9. John,
    Could I ask ; you wrote of several serious mistakes being made. Have you ever considered that they may not have been, ‘Mistakes’, but part of a deliberate conspiracy?

    I don’t want to sound paranoid but when I heard of how very ,very poorly the CDC prepped the Staff in Dallas to treat Ebola, for instance, I am left wondering. Could much of this be part of a quite deliberate plot to spread this illness? ( I know this might be impossible to prove, but is there not strong circumstantial evidence?)

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    • charliej373 says:

      It’s a very legitimate question, Padraig. Came up at coffee this morning…and it is entirely plausible given the unbelievable sloppiness and incompetence here. But I have to tell you that, I had some dealing with Obama and his staff when he was a State Senator and a U.S. Senator in Illinois. While the scenario you raise is entirely possible, the far-progressive left really is that stupid. They are so busy patting themselves on the back for how special and super-intelligent they are, they rarely get around to examining facts and evidence or to figuring they have to have an actual plan. They really, honest to goodness, believe that if they say it, it must be so because they are the smartest, bestest people ever. They are shallow and divorced from reality. I have spent a lifetime popping some conspiracy theories internally by telling clients, no, they really are THAT stupid. The result is the same either way, whether they are maliciously venal or breathtakingly stupid. I suspect some of both is at work here.

      I know it is hard for ordinary people who work and have to be responsible to believe, but we have created a system in which anyone who is sufficiently loud and annoying, provided he is from the left, can be hailed as a genius. It has led to a serious hardening of the intellectual arteries. They really are that stupid.

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      • Audie says:

        Padraig and Charlie, I am not a highly intelligent individual, but even I can see the stupidity in the far-progressive left. The arrogance is sickening. I’ve also thought there is intention involved in the many “mistakes” or what is being allowed (open borders). Then, it makes sense again how God has removed his Hand in protecting us all who have brought this on. So much arrogance and no acknowledging our Creator.

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        • http://healwithgrace.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/lady-of-all-nations-co-redemptrix.html

          Fourteenth Apparition – December 26, 1947

          I see the Lady and She says, ” Disasters will overtake the world – from North to South, from South to West, from West to East…In and around Jerusalem, heavy battles will be waged…Great misery and distress are imminent…Economic warfare, boycottings, currency crises, catastrophes.”
          Now I see something like a cigar or a torpedo flying past me so rapidly that I can scarcely discern it. Its color seems to be of aluminum. All of a sudden I see it burst open. I feel with my hand and have a number of indefinable sensations. The first is a total loss of sensibility. I live and yet I do not live.
          Then I see faces before me ( swollen faces ) covered with dreadful ulcers, as it were a kind of leprosy. Then I am aware of terrible diseases ( cholera and so on ).
          Then tiny little black things are floating around me: I cannot distinguish them with my eyes and it is as if I were made to look at them through something ( a microscope ) and now I see slides of extraordinay brilliancy and upon them those little things enlarged. I do not know how I am to interpret this. ” Bacilli ?” I ask. The Lady says, ” It is hellish!”
          I feel my face swelling and it is swollen when I touch it, all bloated and quite stiff. I can no longer move. Then I hear the Lady again, saying, ” Just think! This is what they are preparing!” and then very softly, “Russia, but others as well.”Finally, the Lady says, ” Nations be warned.” – and now the Lady disappears.

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      • Pawel says:

        Isn’t it an example of ignorance on behalf of our president? Can Michelle feel secure?

        “Obama said he had no fear of catching Ebola last month when he visited Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where doctors successfully treated three Americans who’d been infected in Africa.

        “I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did,” Obama said. “In treating one of the patients, they followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so.” ”

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/obama-ebola-nurses-atlanta_n_5990584.html

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        • Pawel says:

          Again, is it wise to send 4000 US troops to fight Ebola in Africa?

          “President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

          Obama signed an executive order that allows the government to call up more forces and for longer periods of time than currently authorized. There is no actual call-up at this point.

          The U.S. has committed to send up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and humanitarian assistance and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.”

          http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/26808524/watch-live-president-obama-addresses-ebola

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    • Mick says:

      Padraig, my thoughts exactly.

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    • johnmcfarm says:

      I have a difficult time believing the staff is corrupted with such evil…but, having said that I understand that it can be a real possibility especially if we count just a few at the top…I was kind of thinking it is evidence of God’s plan…so many errors that potentially have such devastating consequences. If, there are some in power who would sabotage us so…it will come out eventually. But, for now…let’s focus on what we can do to bring comfort and sustenance to those in need. In the American Baptist Men Disaster Relief Organization our primary goal is to “help those who cannot help themselves…both physically and spiritually” the most important thing we do is to bring Christ’s grace to those in need.

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  10. Katherine Bailey says:

    Hi there; Spiritual preparation is of primary importance in my life, but practical preps can also be seen as using the commonsense God has given us . I have been on this prepping path for several years and will attest to a sense of peace, knowing that despite limited finances , I have amassed an adequate food stash and utilizing info from Preppy Prepper and other sites, have had a successful raised bed garden for the last 2 yrs., along with raising some chickens and hopefully a couple of goats , will have covered as many practical techniques as possible. I would like to have funds to put in a well, but, that’s up to the Lord. I am a strong proponent of discernment of the Lord’s will in all things and I know full well that all of the above would not have been possible in my circumstances, without His help. I did add the gear recommended in this article to the other medical and dental supplies, and look forward to other suggestions pertaining to health issues during the dark days we are facing. Charlie, keep up your inspired writings, they bring hope and a true sense of connection among God’s people. I will do my utmost to hang in there until Our Blessed Mother comes to rescue us sometime in 2017. God Bless you always.

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  11. I wasn’t just thinking of Washington Charlie but the European Union, Russia, China, Japan, the wealthy Middle East states; the United Nations,they all seem to have kind of stopped and stared, dome nothing, nothing , nothing while it grew by leaps and bounds. This against their own crucial security interests.

    Can this be pure stupidity and selfishness? Maybe.

    Maybe not.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yeah, I figured you were talking about all of it, Padraig. But my direct extensive experience is with American officials, so I limited myself to that. Their knowledge of history and law is so superficial you would not believe it. My first major statewide candidate Had a finance luncheon set up with seven senators once. We had extensive dealings with a Senate leader at the time. After that lunch, we were both very quiet in the van. I was pondering how astonished I was at how dull the leaders were and how much basic historical and philosophical knowledge was entirely alien to them. My candidate was, too. Then he looked at me dead serious and said, “Charlie, these guys are in charge of our national security.” I said I know. We did not know whether to laugh or cry.

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      • If I were an American I would be furious Charlie, apparently many are:

        http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-ebola-response-to-be-examined-by-congress-thursday-1413459734

        But I was praying tonight to Our Lady and I believe we must keep our eyes fixed on Her Son. Terrible events are happening , but we must keep our peace in prayer,

        pray,[ray , pray,

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        • charliej373 says:

          I have done some political work in recent years, not for the politics, but to live solidarity with people whose character I admire and who are friends. Otherwise, I have turned down all offers and recruitment efforts since I began my pilgrimage on February 11, 2011. Certainly, when old friends call me for counsel or advice, I still give that – again for solidarity only. All the people I am close to know that, beginning in 2007, I started telling them that traditional politics is a ‘dead man walking.’ It is over; utterly incapable of dealing with what confronts us. So I would be furious except I beat that rush long ago. Even when I was still in radio back in the early 90s I was telling people regularly where various nice-sounding but toxic policies must inevitably lead. Now, as the little girl said in the movie, “Poltergeist,” “They’re here!”

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      • BB says:

        Just an aside, but the night Obama got elected, I cried…both times.
        Before the election I often said to people who were going to vote for him, ‘if you knew the pilot of a plane you were about to board had never actually flown a plane, in fact, had only the most superficial knowledge of aviation, no matter how great he looked in the captain’s uniform, would you get on that plane?’ Usually there was no answer, just a blank stare.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I had mixed emotions. I was certain that Obama would be a disaster, but I prayed he would surprise. I felt particularly touched for some members of my family who are black. For them, it was as meaningful as the election of John Kennedy was for many Catholics. But I felt a sorrow, too, for I felt the first black president might be so bad it would be a long time before there was a second. Then I cheered up and thought, hey, my grandson could be the second black president – and the first successful black president.

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          • BB says:

            I understand how deeply many blacks were validated by the election of Obama. But how sorry I felt for them, because if it had been someone like Colin Powell or Herman Cain, then I could understand their pride and validation. But I thought it was such a sleazy trick to put forth an inept but young, attractive black man, and tout him as a real leader, and manipulate the black vote based on color alone. And then, if you were against him based on real issues, they could accuse you of racism.
            But now, blacks can only be disappointed in him. And embarrassed (if they tell the truth about him.) But to the politicians, the duties of the office, our country, meant nothing. Only winning the presidency.

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          • Mick says:

            Charlie, it sickened–but did not surprise–me how many blacks fell for Obama’s schtick back in 2008 and again in 2012. I say this as a black person who actually grew up in America (unlike Obama, who spent some of his most formative years in Indonesia), and whose ancestors actually were slaves in America (unlike Obama, who claims to be “down” for the “African-American” experience, even though his black ancestors weren’t American). I also say this as a person who lived in Illinois when Obama ran for the US Senate and won by clearing the playing field through dirty tactics. It stunned me how many people (white and black) couldn’t see through his charade as he pretended to be “above it all” and a “uniter” and a “moderate” when he ran for president. Thankfully, my immediate family (dad, mom, brothers and their wives) are all solidly Christian, politically conservative people who saw Obama for what he truly is. But my sister and her husband, as well as my entire extended family on both my mom’s and dad’s sides, saw Obama as the Second Coming (I jest only a little bit). I pray for Obama, and I’m heartened by your stating that he will eventually convert; but MAN is it hard not to be angry about all the harm that he has caused to the black community, the country, and the world.

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  12. jeanO says:

    A very simple thought came to mind about this. In a culture of lies, Ebola is truth.

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  13. Mary says:

    I have to tell you this right now. You will get a kick out of it. I was just having a conversation with a friend, telling her how much your blog has helped me, calm down, understand my station in life, take the next right step. I told her how down to earth you are. Remember when I asked you if Jesus was ever happy? I copied your reply to send to her, about the rollicking happy puppy. As I sent it, she was distracted by a commotion in her back yard. Two dogs playing happily, chasing each other. As close as possible to what you described. It made her so happy. She said Mary I’m so glad I met you. Life is amazing, God is amazing! Thank you Charlie!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh Mary…I can see the good Lord grinning His sly little grin and saying, “Hmmm…I think I will set these puppies at it to give my friends there a little embrace to know I’m with them and paying attention.” He loves when you see Him in such joyful simplicity.

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  14. Mary says:

    Mary, the minute you sent this I was pulled away and my attention drawn to my back door and backyard. I have a lot of animals running through my yard…wild animals…even a mountain lion once years ago.
    only this time what a surprise!!
    2 dogs out for a good time came rolling through my backyard…happy, leaping, sniffing, tails wagging

    2:34pm
    Mary
    Wow!

    I know they were sent to me just now to confirm and affirm the message you forwarded….my goodness life is good
    I am so very grateful for you, Mary.

    I should tell Charlie, he will get a kick out of this.

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  15. Mary says:

    Oh, Charlie! I will be smiling all day! And last night I finished a 3 day mission brought to my church by the Vincentians. The priest gave a homily that really hit home with me, what it really meant when Jesus said you should be like children. And he then went on to list the myriad of ways children are different from adults. Today I laughed with glee and abandonment and have the wonder of a child!

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  16. Mary says:

    I’m lucky if I can find a candle when the electricity goes out. I don’t know if it is sheer stupidity or defeatism or just God trying to teach me to depend on him, because of my life experiences, I am the type that has trust issues and I fear taking any step without thinking of every eventual outcome but I know every time I make a plan more often that not it falls apart. Maybe it just a life lesson stubborn me had a hard time learning but I tend to agree with Charlie, I can only prepare for one thing and that is learning to understand the bottom line, me and Him (The Lord).

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  17. Mary says:

    Although I should say I am learning how to discern by the fruits, what is a good direction and what is not a good direction but looking back I see the many ways he was teaching me personally to heal in me what needs taken care of as it pertains to my spirit and my spirit alone. Everyone has their own journey with him.

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  18. Okay, everyone stop commenting so Charlie can get those 2 other articles up already! 😄

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  19. Sheri G. says:

    This article has been so hard for me. It was such a relief to me when I found your website Charlie! I had more peace about the future than I had had in a long time. I have been reading messages for so many years and trying to store a little food,water etc .(A few years ago I threw away a few hundred dollars worth of food that had gotten way too old and my husband was not real happy about that) but when I would read some messages to different visionaries and then suggestions for things to store it would totally overwhelm me and I would feel paralyzed. When I found your site Charlie (thanks to Mark Mallett) and I read “acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those right around you.” I thought, “I think I can do this!” But now when I read these instructions for preparing I am getting overwhelmed and anxious again. Charlie, you can tell by my letter and comments I am a worrier by nature! I am trying to TRUST. Totus tuus, Maria! But I have no idea how I know, if and what I am suppose to store! Help!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Sheri, I am going to repeat a reply I gave to Audie earlier. Check the comments regularly before giving in to such worry. The answer is often there. But here is a rerun that I think might help you:

      “You are definitely on the right track, Audie. I highly value what John has to say – because of his real-world experience, his deep faith in God, and his character. For him, providing this type of advice IS the next right step. For those who are able to prepare even small places of refuge for only one or two people, this is extremely valuable advice. For many of us, including me. I have taken no steps for preparation. God does not have a one-size-fits all emporium. We are all called to take the next right step according to our circumstances – and trusting in God, He will give us the help we need for our circumstances and the work we are called to. I publish this website for all the faithful – pastors and religious, the young and vigorous, the old and enfeebled…because we will all need each other. Not one of us is sufficient to ourselves. So seek God first, do what you can for your circumstances and then, as St. Padre Pio said, pray, hope and don’t worry.”

      I would not withhold a column because it does not apply to all readers here. We all are tasked with different things. Live YOUR calling, not john’s or mine or anyone else’s. You will be fine. Much worry comes from trying to be who you are not or to do work you are not called to. Stay within yourself and what God calls you to and you will be amazed at how much worry evaporates.

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      • Sheri G. says:

        Hi Charlie, Yes, I had already read all of the responses (including this one). I guess my problem is I am not near as far along as most people here and I have a hard time discerning what God is asking ME to do. It sure seems like it would be so much easier if I could hear Him like Pelianito or see angels like you. Thank you for all you are doing for so many people!

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        • BB says:

          Sheri G.: I have a response to you, by way of an example, but it is a really long story that is amazing, but it would take a novel to tell the whole story, I will try to give you the Cliff Notes version (I hope!).
          My brother and sister in law were caught in Katrina, in Bay St. Louis, MS.: ground zero for the eye of the storm. (They are faithful Catholics, and were in their early 60’s then.) They did not evacuate. They woke up on Aug 29 with water on the floor around their bed. Outside the whole area was a “lake,” the car underwater, too late to get out. They went to the second floor of their home. By 9am, the water on the second floor was up to their chins. They had to get out of the house. They swam out the second story window, to a 35 foot pine tree that was growing on the side of their house. They clung to the tree for 7 hours in 150 MPH winds, debris and sand hitting them in the wind.
          We knew they were trapped because they spoke to their son on the cell phone telling him the water was up to their chins, when the cell phone went dead. All of us in the family began praying very hard for them, and my nephew (their son), being at work in Illinois at the time, told his coworkers. One coworker immediately put them on a prayer chain. Probably hundreds of people were praying for them during the storm and beyond.
          We did not hear from them until Aug. 30 about 6pm (about 33 hours after last contact with them). Their two sons feared they were dead. The house was demolished. They lost everything, and got away with just the clothes on their backs.
          But my sister in law said this: The whole time they felt totally at peace. They did not feel fear. They did not feel panic. And she said that at each juncture, they seemed to be led what to do next. For instance, go upstairs. Then, go out the window to the tree. Then, as the water began to recede, go over to debris that was part of what had been the roof of their back porch. Then, as the storm was winding down, and it was getting dark, they saw a small skiff that floated nearby, and they were able to get in and use boards to “paddle” to the highway nearby, which was free of water. Then they walked to the seminary that was about a mile from their house, where retired priests were housed. The priests took them in, and gave them dry clothes, and something to eat (hot coffee and sandwiches!) and sofas to sleep on. Then they got a ride with the older priests that were being evacuated to Mobile, AL, because there was a mechanical van that the priests owned (no electronic anything under the hood) that they were able to start. And my brother had dropped his cell phone while in the tree, and a voice in his head said, ‘Let it go. You don’t need that.’ But one of the priests had a cell phone that finally worked around Gulfport or so, and so my brother borrowed it to call my mom and dad’s phone: a number they have had for 50 years, and the only one he could remember! I was able to contact one of my nephews, who picked them up at at an intersection of two highways.
          But the message I want to convey, that comes back to me now as I recall those events, is how my sister in law said at each juncture they felt led to do the next right thing. Their plan had been, if it began to flood, to go to the seminary where the ground was a bit higher, and shelter there. But their plan fell apart. After hearing their story, we all thought at the time their Guardian Angels were with them, helping them, leading them to each next step, keeping them safe as they could be and to survive. As I think of what Charlie says here, I am amazed at how what Charlie is saying is just what my sister in law said it was like during that harrowing experience.
          They were able to find very few items in the rubble that had been their house. One of their cats was never found. The other they found about a month later, hiding in the rubble, and they wept to have him back.
          They called the 35ft pine tree, the “lifeboat tree.” And they thought it was ironic that it sprouted where it did shortly after they moved in into the house in 1975, and they really didn’t like it, and occasionally thought they should cut it down, but never did. But God had a plan. God had a plan.
          The whole point is, you can’t plan for what you don’t know. God IS leading you, and preparing for you, even if you don’t know it. Your angels ARE helping you, even if you don’t know it. So the thing to do is this: stay faithful to God. Pray. Do penance for the sins of the world. Ask God to forgive mankind. And then trust He will care for you, no matter what happens. Because He will. He has a plan.

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  20. Mary A. says:

    One more question about hawthorne tea…..an herbalist book I read says it can be dangerous to the heart. Any comments?

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    • Mick says:

      Mary, I’d be interested in knowing which book says that, because every herb book that I own states that hawthorn is a heart TONIC. I have seen the wonderful things that hawthorn can do for the heart, if used properly. Our youngest child was born with a massive hole in her heart and had to have open-heart surgery when she was 3 months old. I started giving her a glycerine-based hawthorn tincture about 2 months before her surgery. Even though she had pulmonary hypertension before her surgery, she never turned blue, never went into congestive heart failure, and gained weight like a champ. After her heart surgery, I continued to give her the hawthorn tincture. She grew so well that she was “jumping” growth curves on the growth charts. And by the time she was a year old, her pulmonary hypertension had almost disappeared; and the slight leakage in the valves between the upper and lower chambers of her heart had improved dramatically. Of course, all herbs must be used wisely, or else they can cause problems. But I’ve seen what hawthorn can do, and I’ve never heard that it can damage the heart if used properly.

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    • KW says:

      Good question. Some of what little I’ve learned: It can help improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart and improve blood flow to the heart (so has been studied at least a little as a heart failure treatment). It may lower blood pressure. My guess is that they’re concerned about an overdose (but you can overdose on anything, even water) or an interaction with prescriptions for heart issues (those seem more likely in my short amount of reading). Here’s a WebMD link: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-527-hawthorn.aspx?activeingredientid=527&activeingredientname=hawthorn

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  21. michelle dhuyvetter says:

    If you are dying, your heart might just need a kick!

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  22. dciavarella says:

    I don’t mean to get anyone panicked with my thoughts but when I hear about this Ebola threat it makes me think about the articles I have read and pictures I have seen about the possible FEMA camps and plastic coffin cases ordered by the government in the millions as though (the conspiracies say) they were preparing for something already. Or just maybe I am being a bit too gullible to these stories. Thanks for the practical advice and information John!

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    • johnmcfarm says:

      Please don’t get too concerned about FEMA camps…they were caught unprepared for handling the hundreds of thousands who needed housing after Katrina…remember how big of an issue that was? So, I believe they have since made basic preparations to be able to help people who have lost their homes on a large scale.

      In any event, for all our preparations…for all our “higher thinking” we are in the end at the mercy of God’s Will…trust in Him…he will not let your soul down.

      Yea thought I walk through the Valley of Death, I shall fear no evil…

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  23. dciavarella says:

    Don’t mean to create any unease with my thoughts but this ebola worry makes me think about all the reports I have seen about FEMA camps and plastic coffins by the millions stacked by the government. Or maybe I am succombing to conspiracy syndrome. Thanks for the great advice and information John. Always enjoy your wonderful and uplifting posts on Facebook!

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  24. Stephen says:

    Be prepared for every good plan could go to waste. I have been planning / prepping for almost forty years. I grew up in a house that was preparing for the three days of darkness in the seventies , a nuclear attack during the cold war in the eighties, y2k in the nineties, a resurgence of Marian prophecies and three days of darkness after the millennium and it continues today with even more urgency than ever. My wife, children, and I have enjoyed the self-sustainable lifestyle up until November 7th of last year (2013). We were raising a few hundred chickens both meat and eggs, milking several goats 6am &6pm everyday,pigs cows ,dozens of ducks and meat rabbits ,small wheat field for bread, two acres of vegetables and medicinal herbs.We were asked to give talks to several garden clubs on edible landscaping by exchanging your beautiful ornamentals to beautiful edibles from the trees to the groundcover and everything in between.
    On November 7th, 2013 our oldest 16 now 17 y.o.daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer. Faced with a major time commitment for 11 months, half of every month receiving intense chemotherapy, several surgeries, and relearning how to walk after the removal her knee and one third of her tibia and reconstructive surgery we decided to sell almost everything to free ourselves up to be able to care for our daughter and be fair to the rest of our children.
    I have recently had a vivid dream, normally I never remember my dreams, where Mother Mary told me to be prepared to leave in an instant all you have prepared. Now that our daughter is finished with chemotherapy and are waiting her results we are faced with should we begin rebuilding our preparations. I’m still unsure about whether to or not but I am seeing things much different now. I feel like we have already faced a storm and it didn’t go as I planned at all. Just held on for the ride completely in surrender to the will of our Lord. Not because of any great faith but because we didn’t like any of the other options.
    Now I’m more inclined to a little of what we were doing because we do love that lifestyle but only to the point where we can still enjoy each other and not be constantly over worked and two steps behind. It’s rather humorous for me slacking up so much just as we can start to feel the heat from the fire after forty years of prepping.
    When one of my daughter’s heroes Joan of Arc was asked why she wasn’t afraid she responded “I’m not afraid because I was born to do this.”
    If it’s in your heart to pray for my daughter you can get to know her a little bit more by YouTube’s “Michaela the brave”
    God bless, Stephen

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  25. MM Bev says:

    I am happy to include Michaela in my prayers, Stephen. And I will be watching YouTube in a short while.

    I too had prepared food items and found that if I didn’t give them to the food bank, they would be out of date and have to be thrown away later. So they went off to the food bank. I guess I will be one of the ones who is going to end up just trusting God will give me the courage and strength to cling to Him until I either die or it is over. I have sons here, one who is ill, and that means that God wants me here. That will be the next right step in my life until he dies, hopefully with me at his side–or if God decides, with him at mine. My eldest son bewilders me, because I cannot understand how anyone cannot see what is happening. I guess that unless a person is really looking, things can still appear normal and everyday. I saw a lot more clearly once I wasn’t working, and had more time to look. I have purchased a water filter, and hope to get the chance to purchase a store of extra food.

    I do plan to do the one thing I can. I have a very good copy of Our Lady of Tepeyac and I am going to walk down to the copying store and get it reduced to fit the frames that I do have. I have a lot of the Immaculate Heart, and I will give them to the Church goods store here. They can put them free into the bag when someone makes a purchase. And I can do larger ones of Our Lady of Tepeyac and put them in two Churches for people to take on her feast day. And I intent to email their store the information about the Miraculous Prayer, too, Charlie, because I feel confident that they will order them. They are aware of Our Lady’s warnings, but like most who, their lives are mega busy attending to building a business, and high school aged children. Everyone that I know is working, very busy, and believes all is a long way off.

    Whenever I read a lot about preparing, knowing that I can do almost nothing about it, I feel the pressure relieved thanks to your blog and the steps to take, Trust, Do, Love. This I can do. And this I can give to anyone who wants to listen eventually. I hope this current “job” of yours continues for a good long time before there isn’t an Internet. It has truly been a gift from God for me. Thanks so much, Charlie. I’m just an echo of so many.

    Meanwhile, I will remember what Gabriel said to Our Lady Mother, and hang on to it will all my might, “Nothing is impossible for God”.

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    • BB says:

      MM Bev said: ‘I guess I will be one of the ones who is going to end up just trusting God will give me the courage and strength to cling to Him until I either die or it is over.’
      This is exactly my mental state as well. I take care of my elderly mom (97 yrs) in her home. She’s paralyzed from a stroke. I can’t leave and she is not easily movable. I’ve been trusting intensely in God for the last 15 years since she got sick. And I realize, this is where He has put me, He’s taken care of us for a long time now (even before she got sick) and I could never have predicted the ups and downs, the fears that never materialized, the helps and gentle support I have felt from Our Lord over all this time. So now I know it really doesn’t matter what comes; Ebola, war, Marshall law, fire from the sky, no water or electricity: He will either protect me, He’ll have me be where I need to be for His plan, or it will be “my time.” I have learned to let go of my agenda of where I want to be. And it was hard. It was very hard. I still struggle with little parts inside that want to try to figure it out, and prep and plan, parts inside me that are sorry that it is not going to be as I wish it would be, as I hoped and planned things might be in my older years. I am sometimes tempted to take action for what might come, but then I realize, no, it’s futile to make my own plans. I need to just slow down, accept His will, and do what He set me out to do.
      Although I do not want my mom to die, I have sort of hoped she will go before all the worst comes, that she not have to go through the worst, and we will still have the ability to give her a Catholic burial. If I die before her, I cannot imagine what will happen to her.
      Whew, see, I still have a lot of work to do to let go of my own ideas and plans. God’s will be done.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Hmmm BB…during my pilgrimage I found myself in a few tight places where there was a little doubt in my mind on how I was going to get through. I always prayed, perhaps a little presumptuously, then, “Okay God. You say there is a lot of work you have for me and I am willing. But I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. So if you insist on me doing that work, you better take care of this, because I don’t see how I’m going to make it.” And then I would just continue, taking the next right step and not worrying. God always took care of it.

        Such things can be a little rough on your nerves, but over time, they build a rockbed of trust.

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  26. Sheri G. says:

    Wow Stephen! What a testimony!! My husband and I will pray for Michaela also! It just makes me think of how Charlie said that everything will be turned on it’s head and those who think they have it all figured out will be in for a big surprise! (or similar words. I’m not very good at quoting!) When I consecrated to Our Blessed Mother about a year and a half ago I heard in my heart “I am teaching you to trust!” For a while I had MANY awesome consolations but since then I have been pretty dry and with that fear and anxiety try to move in! Hearing your testimony has just reminded me that the most important “thing” I can do is TRUST and not worry about figuring it all out!! God bless you! Totus tuus, Maria!!

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  27. Carmel says:

    Stephen, thank you for the YouTube link; your family is beautiful and I am in awe of Michaela’s bravery. I will certainly include her in my prayers.

    BB my situation is very similar to yours and I have had very similar thoughts. Thankfully I’m not in change of things – the only safe place to live is in the Divine will.

    Charlie thank you so much for your constant reminders to trust God and joyfully do what we have to do in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Btw I’ve been following your posts since Mark Mallet introduced you in one of his posts. I live on the east coast of Australia – do you have many readers from this country I wonder? I thank God for you and Mark and also Pelianito as well as all the faith filled commenters on this and Peli’s blog. It’s so good to have access to this faith community. Praise God!😄

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    • charliej373 says:

      Oh yeah, Carmel, I average about 100 visits a day from Australians. If you check out the comments section of today’s round-up column you will find the cheers of one very proud Australian for your Cardinal Pell’s rising star. Glad to have you folks here.

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