Complementary Healthcare Self Sufficiency for Y2K

eJournal > Complementary Healthcare Self Sufficiency for Y2K

by the CompWellness Network group

In the Year 2000, we will be challenged in many ways: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As we have seen in previous articles, these challenges can effect our health. Our goal then, is to establish the maximum health state possible for ourselves and our loved ones, which is a state of wellness. In addition, we want you to be prepared for the many health conditions that occur in your family.

In our Wellness eJournal, re-read our entire four-part series, Wellness Components, by Pat Pine, Jennifer Workman, Philip Incao, Tom Goode, Arlene Green, Ronda Del Boccio and theComplementary Healing eGuide.

From this Wellness article, one of the four components is Nutrition. To maintain your wellness throughout this increasingly stressful period, you will need to be prepared in as many aspects of your life as possible, including your Nutritional needs. Therefore, we are making other recommendations for Y2K preparations in the latter part of this article.

Our Operating Paradigm

Early in the year 2000, the medical community may be crippled and then the conventional medication stream may dry up for a while. This has been verified by careful Internet and telephone research, and reports such as the latest, bi-partisan US Senate “100 Day Report” Healthcare Sector Report, specifically pp 37-39, and the latest report on Healthcare by a Washington non-profit, Center for Y2K and Society. In the Senate Report, Senator Dodd said, “Y2K-related failures could prevent life-saving devices from working, choke the supply chain of medical products, and cripple the financing of the healthcare industry.” An earlier Senate Report said that 80% of conventional medications come from overseas, mostly from poorly Y2K-prepared countries. Even though the drug industry has made reasonable preparations, it will suffer from the problems that many industries will suffer: supplier failures. The Center for Y2K and Society reported that in addition to the US Senate, the President’s Y2K Council and the US General Accounting Office (GAO) all agree that the healthcare industry has serious Y2K-related problems.

This soon-to-be urgent need can be satisfied by complementary healthcare methods, if implemented immediately.

Also, a paradigm that needs to be shifted for most of us is the duration of Y2K problems. The media, industry, governments and most citizens are focused on January 1st, the weekend and in rare instances, the first week. It is important to think of disruptions throughout the first three to six months of 2000. As you have seen from reports in this eLetter, delivery of many foreign goods will be a problem. In addition, US goods that are assembled in Asia will be delayed.

This will all be compounded by oil delivery – due to inadequate industry preparation or foreign maneuvering – that will effect shipping, manufacturing, electricity production and heating around the world. The problem was well described in World Oil in April 1998, which estimated that 70% of the systems in oil production would be left unremediated by January 1, causing shutdowns, and other major problems. This is supported, to a reasonable degree, by the US Senate “100 Day Report” Utilities Sector Report, specifically pp 26-27, showing the probability of oil import disruptions to be approximately: 24% high, 14% medium, and 28% unknown. Assuming that the unknown is an overall medium probability and that the remaining foreign and US suppliers are low probabilities, and that imports account for 55% of our consumption, we estimate a 40% chance of Y2K disruption of our oil supplies. This will be dramatic and have a major ripple effect throughout the world and oil’s biggest user, the US.

So think in terms of strong self-sufficiency throughout at least the first half of 2000, for healthcare, food and the other essentials in your life. After a flurry of events, outages and shortages in the first week, we will see major shortages and disruptions in later January and continuing on for a while. We start this article with First Aid – which you can extend to most other aspects of your healthcare – then we round out preparation suggestions in other essential areas.

It’s not too late to complete the preparation suggestions we are making.
Unfortunately for most, but fortunately for you, people are mistakenly ignoring prudent preparations leaving the products you need on store shelves.

First Aid Kit

For your general healthcare, we suggest that you include and do the following.

Print out and select remedies from the following Wellness eJournal articles, which constitute a large part of the eJournal:

  • Acupressure, by Monte Cunningham, The Acu-Ki Institute
  • Aromatherapy, by Laraine Kyle, Institute for Integrative Aromatherapy. Purchase at least the top five oils and add others for conditions that commonly occur in your household.
  • Herbology, by Christina Blume Endres, Rachel Lord, Feather Jones, Steven Foster and Susan Mallamo. Select herbs for conditions that commonly occur in your household.
  • More on Herbs, by Andrew Weil and Heirloom Seeds eLetter. Good information for growing and harvesting your own herbs. You can easily grow some medicinal herbs in a sunny windowsill in as mundane a container as an egg carton.
  • Homeopathy, by Standard Homeopathic Company and Natural Healing Alternatives. Purchase at least the small Hylands Kids’ Kit – about $23 – which has seven homeopathic remedies and a nice guide, very useful for adults as well as children.
  • Iridology, by Jeni Schraisuhm and Kathy Sincere. Purchase an Iridology guide or book, and try it out.
  • Breathing, by Tom Goode, ND. Practice and enjoy.

Purchase some pure bleach to wash out water and food containers, as well as implement Parcells’ Oxygen Soak and Water Purification, from Live Better Longer via Well Being Journal. You will be able to keep your foods longer, as well as easily purify drinking water (use 4 drops of bleach per gallon then air out in the sunshine or other natural light source).NOTE: We are researching Clorox’s new PLUS bleach to see if it is safe for this procedure.

Round out your kit with the most natural versions of:

  • First Aid Manual – The Natural Health First-Aid Guide is excellent, but out of print. Check your library and used bookstores.
  • Bandages – Self-adhesive (regular and specialty, such as butterfly), pads, gauze, tape, elastic
  • Tools – scissors, tweezers, sharp knife, dental pick, eyewash cup, needles and thread, small flashlight, multi-purpose pocket knife
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Small mirror
  • Thermometer
  • Matches
  • Distilled Water
  • Medicine droppers – for bleach and medicinals
  • Hot/cold pack – for microwave or freezer
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • Regular or garden gloves
  • Small chemical hand warmers
  • Chemical light stick – saves holding a flashlight
  • Paint mask – protects against noxious fumes while you help someone
  • Blanket – “space” and regular
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Hand towels – paper or cloth
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Cotton balls
  • Tissues
  • Antiseptic –alcohol, colloidal silver
  • Tongue blades – can be used as splints
  • Heavy string
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting)
  • Activated charcoal (use for poisoning as advised by the First Aid Manual)
  • Pain Relievers, such as Willow Bark
  • Anti-diarrhea remedy
  • Antacid
  • Laxative
  • Individual prescription drugs
  • Special needs, such as insect bite and snake bite kits
  • Dental and denture care
  • Contact lenses supplies
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Copy of health insurance cards

Store all first aid and medical supplies in a sturdy, portable box or bag so you can take it in your car.

Other Preparations

For a good list of ideas and items, see the American Red Cross’ Family Disaster Supplies Kit list, that includes

  • Possible Kit Containers, such as a duffel bag, trash can or storage bin
  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid Kit – limited version of ours above
  • Sanitation
  • Clothing and Bedding
  • Special Items
  • Entertainment
  • Games and books
  • Important Family Documents

Your local Red Cross and outdoors stores have small, medium and large emergency kits for sale to save you some time gathering all the items listed in the Red Cross and standard first aid kits. However, concerted effort at a large discount store and a healthfood store could probably complete your shopping in one or two days.

Store 1-2 gallons of water per person per day in carbonated-softdrink-type containers for a week’s to a month’s worth. Both outages and water contamination are possible anywhere in the US and world. You’ll want to drink one-half gallon per day, and use the rest to cook, wash and flush, as well as water the plants and the pets. You can also use a new, well cleansed trash can with a lid for large quantities of water, especially for non-drinking water, known as gray water. Store the trash can on an upper floor so you can siphon out the water with a clean hose to drain anywhere lower than the top level of the water.

Store 30 days worth of non-perishable food in your home. You may need it for outages, problems with grocery shipping, interruptions in employment, or helping a neighbor or extended family who didn’t prepare well. Some would call this hoarding, however, a major Y2K problem will be shipping and distribution, so it is better to have food in your home and therefore your neighborhood, than in a plant or warehouse across the city or country. Once you buy the food, the store will ship in more to replenish its stock.

Store three days’ worth of food and water in your primary vehicle and 1-3 days’ worth in your other vehicles These are the heaviest to move out if you have to leave quickly – gas leak or some other area emergency – which could happen at any time in the future. It generally takes three days for government services to arrive at the scene of any large emergency, and become fully prepared to serve. This time could greatly expand if there are multiple problems or wide-spread outages or shortages in an area .

If your locality freezes at night,:

  • Take out a small portion of the water, squeeze the container and reseal – leaves room for expansion
  • Store only dried food in your vehicles and, for some variety, a 1-2 cans of food per person in your portable, home kit

For all your canned-food storage, don’t forget a high-quality manual can opener – we’ve heard stories of cheap ones failing very quickly.

Non-toxic Antifreeze

Two mistakes will be made in our colder regions in January: not protecting water and drain pipes from freezing, or protecting them incorrectly. If you leave your house or the heat is off for more than a day or so, you will want to capture all the water you can then drain your pipes from the lowest point in the system. For further protection, add non-toxic antifreeze to inaccessible parts of the water system as well as the drains – toilets included. We have heard suggestions to pour auto antifreeze in their drains for protection, and the EPA had not issued a warning against such a practice when we checked in October. This could be very deadly to the populations downstream from your town, so use the non-toxic, “RV” type antifreeze designed for potable water systems – about $4.00 per gallon – and follow the instructions. Prestone suggests completely flushing all their product out of water systems before using them again. Other products, such as Camco may not be as careful. If you can, flush.

Foreign Goods

As we have mentioned several times in this 21st Century Wellness eLetter, most of Asia and much of South America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe are poorly prepared for Y2K. If you depend on or prefer goods from these countries, make sure you stock up for 2-6 months.


Attend classes on first aid, camping or emergency skills that may be offered in December or January by the Red Cross, local public and private community colleges. This will help you practice with your emergency kits – very important to their smooth use. Make sure the entire family is familiar with the items and location of your kits – you may be elsewhere when an emergency occurs.

Christmas Presents

You may want to give gifts this Christmas that triple as nice gifts, camping gear and Y2K preparation, such as:

  • Books, from your favorite bookstore:
    • Health Handbook, by Louise Tenney, MH (1994, Woodland Books, ISBN 0-913923-88-5, very handy pocket book, 262 pp, $7.95)
    • New Choices in Natural Healing, by Prevention Magazine (1995, Rodale Press, ISBN 87596-364-1, paperback, 700 pp, $18.95 and Pocket Books, ISBN 0-553-57690-9, handy pocket book, 800 pp, $6.95)
    • The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book, by Carla Emery (1994, Sasquatch Books; ISBN: 0912365951, voluminous paperback, 864 pp, $27.95)
    • Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook, by James Talmage Stevens (1997, ISBN: 1882723252, well-respected paperback, 240 pp, $22.95)
  • Crank/Solar Radio/Flashlight – $15-$35.
  • Warm Sleeping Bag – wide range depending on how cold your area can become. Remember that inexpensive “space blankets” ($1.50 – $2.50) can supplement your sleeping bag and bed.
  • Other camping and auto gear – there are many displays in outdoors and department stores with products for $10-$30.

The Wisdom of Preparation

Preparation, like insurance, is something we do, just in case and hope we never need to use. The Y2K Computer Bug will create interruptions and emergencies in many, many areas throughout 2000. We hope they will be minor everywhere, and non-existent where we and our loved ones live. But we can be neither useful to others nor to ourselves if we are scrounging for resources in the event of any emergency, Y2K or otherwise. So “Use what your Store, and Store what you Use,” “Be Prepared, NOT Scared” and “Prepare for the Worst, and Hope for the Best.”