The Truth About Expiration Dates

Survival MedicineExpiration Dates and Preparedness

From: Doom & Bloom

Hey Preppers,

As a physician,I get a lot of questions about expiration dates on medications, and whether medications should be thrown out once they hit that date.  In the preparedness community, most of us accumulate medicines for use in an uncertain future.  Part of that uncertainty is not knowing when or if our society will finally enter a full-blown collapse.  Even government agencies wonder if all the medical supplies they’ve stockpiledwill still be effective years after expiration. So, let’s discuss what an expiration date really means.

Expiration dates have been mandated for medications since 1979. The expiration date is the last date that the pharmaceutical company will guarantee that the drug is at 100% full potency.  Except in very rare cases,there is no evidence that suggests that there is anything harmful about that medication if used after that date.  In other words, they don’t magically become poisonous or cause you to grow a third eye in the middle of your forehead.  Now that you know that, the question is whether the drug loses its beneficial effects and how fast it does so. Continue reading

Sustainable Ways to Save Energy in Your Home This Summer

Save EnergyBy Jane Blanchard (Guest Contributor)

Maybe solar panels aren’t a viable option for you right now, but you still want to save as the sunny season sneaks upon us. You don’t have to go to drastic measures to keep from using too much energy in your home this summer. Instead, consider of a few small-scale improvements that add up to big-scale savings.

Turn off Your Cooling System at Night

Even if your home would be stuffy without air conditioning during a blazing summer day, summer nights can be mild enough for nothing more than open windows and fans. Remembering to turn off your air conditioning before going to bed is a big energy and money saver. Just don’t forget to close the windows in the morning to keep the sun from spiking up the temperature. During the day, set the thermostat as high as you can while still remaining comfortable so that your cooling system will come to life less frequently. Continue reading

Repeating Crossbow Plans

Crossbow PlansThis weeks featured free download is the plans for a repeating crossbow. The description for the project is as follows:

This repeating crossbows has all the handling characteristics of a fine repeating rifle of the slide action type. In the hands of an experienced crossbowman it will deliver five shots in five seconds with near-rifle accuracy over ranges up to 40 yards. Continue reading