Monthly Archives: April 2018

Episode-2207- Expert Council Q&A for 4-20-18

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on polycondritis, dams, PE ratios and investing, crypto currency,  pastured poultry, mead making, government schools and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss…

  • Two perspectives on polycondritis – Doc Bones and Gary Collins
  • Of muskrats, their holes and dam walls – Geoff Lawton
  • Understanding PE ratios – John Pugliano
  • Talking to business owners about taking cryptocurrency – Nicole Sauce
  • How useful is tether in cryptocurrency trading – Ben Fitts
  • All about raising pastured poultry – Darby Simpson
  • Special occasion meads in a short period of time – Michael Jordan
  • How close are government schools to death, closer than you think – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Episode-2206- Listener Calls for 4-19-18

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on social media, cash only medicine, gray markets, the hunter gatherer economy, starting plants, cryptocurrency and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Is social media about to fractionalize and who will win or loose
  • Thoughts on cash only surgery facilities
  • Thoughts on selling “gray market” eggs
  • More on the uber economy
  • Another listener is getting his Ark side hustle on
  • When is it too late to start pepper seeds
  • Thoughts on using hot water to clean storage bottles
  • Another positive story of a concealed carry encounter with police

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Some Updates from Jack

Travel Plans

First we have travel planned in June and we are going to be in need of a house sitter.  For this I would prefer someone from this community.  Total duration is about 11 days in June more specifics will be given to interested parties.

We have had folks do a “hand off” in the past, say one person do half the time and the other come spend one day with them to get briefed and do the other half.  We are paying 50 bucks a day for this and it is a lot like being on a free/paid vacation.  With the ducks gone there is may be 30 minutes of work a day and checking on the aquaponics system say twice a day.

There is no need to be here all day long and you can come and go as you please.  We do need the person to spend the nights here though as the old dog just doesn’t make it though the night any more with out needed a pee break.

In return you can hang out on our property, use our pool, our hot tub, internet, cable, etc.  In the past people who have done this have included home school families with their kids and we are fine with that.  Most people who have done this have really enjoyed it.  Interested parties should email me at jack @ thesurvivalpodcast dot com with TSPC House Sitter in the subject line.  Once I verify who you are more info and specific dates will be given.

Biltong for Breakfast

So we have really upped our game at BiltongForBreakfast.com.  We brought in our friend Hatch and invested in better audio gear.  Since then we have released two new episodes and the quality is really great.

It sure ain’t your daddy’s cooking show, lots of fun and banter between David and I and some really simple but elevated food.

The two new episodes are, Jerk Bird Salad and Snack Peppers and Cow Flesh – Part 1 of 2.  I also put my famous Acorn Squash Soup into a slide show video.

On top it it all we started something fun called the “Foraged Mary” and you guys can participate in that one.  Every Thursday I put out David and my Wednesday evening foraged Mary, and we will feature and photos from fans in that post who participated in any given week and provided a photo.

Here are our three latest videos and consider subscribing to us in any of the various ways we have available.  Its all free of course.

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A Call for Expert Council Questions

Do to travel next week to Tennessee Nicole Sauce’s awesome “Living Free in Tennessee” workshop there will be rewinds all week next week.  I will do an expert council show tomorrow but that will take me to dangerously low amounts of content even with a week off.

If you have always wanted to get a question into the experts, now is a great time, most of them have a clean slate (except for two on the pikers list, YOU KNOW who you are).  So check out the Meet the Expert Council Page to remind yourself of all the amazing people we have and get some questions sent in.  Remember to email them to jack at thesurvivalpodcast dot com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Farewell to Alice the Cat

Yesterday we had to make the always tough decision to have our little cat Alice put to sleep.  She was quite old an had and incredibly good life life, dare I say a spoiled existence.  She was likely the sweetest cat we have or ever will know.  Got along great with the dogs and never met a stranger she didn’t want to sit with.

She was certainly a “special kitty” in other ways, crossed eyed, 90% deaf and not exactly the sharpest tool in the drawer.    Due to all this she had to live most of her life as an inside cat.  But in her old age unable to get over a fence she got quite a bit of outside time in her final weeks and seemed to really enjoy it.

I buried her in our special spot for past pets, she now lays along side Blackie and Ralph.  Farewell Alice you will be missed, but your litter pan won’t be.

Thank You

Here at the end of these updates I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  Today I walked around my property and did some pictures of my various aquaponics systems.  Even I am amazed at how things are going this year.  But this is just one of so many blessings that Dorothy and I have in our lives because of you guys.  To all of you who have supported me for the last almost 10 years on this insane journey, simply thank you, so very much.

~ Jack

Episode-70- TSP Rewind – Making and Using Herbal Medicines

Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1769- Making and Using Herbal Medicines and was first published on April 19, 2016.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Comfrey - A Proven Medicinal Herb, With a Undeserved Bad Reputation.

Comfrey is an Amazing Plant.

Today we are going to cover Making and Using Herbal Medicines.  Note the making and using are not 100% connected.  What I mean is not only will I cover how to make your own and use those but also some off the shelf stuff you can buy and use as well.

Sometimes you can’t get a certain herb, sometimes a more professional preparation of extraction is better, sometimes well you just need it and don’t have the time to make it.

In addition to this show you may want to go back and listen to my previous Four Part Series on Herbal Actions  Understanding the language of herbs is highly beneficial, that also shows you their capabilities and makes it easier for you to do your own research.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why I love herbs
  • What herbs can and can’t do
  • How to Make Herbal Preparations
    • Water and Oil Infusions
      • Hot
      • Cold
      • Eliminating the risk of botulism in oils
    • Decoctions
    • Herbal Syrups
    • Herbal Salves
    • Tinctures
  • Things I Prefer to Just Buy
    • Capsules
    • Essential Oils
  • My Favorite Book for Learning about all of this stuff
  • 10 Herbs I Love to Work With and What they Do
    • Plantain
    • Comfrey
    • Lemon Balm
    • Garlic
    • True Cinnamon
    • Turmeric
    • Rosemary
    • Ginger
    • Valerian
    • Dandelion
  • Final thoughts, this is all as safe as you make it

Resources for today’s show…

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Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit.  I used this kit on Charlie and learned that he was a Pitbull (no surprise there) crossed with a Pointer (big surprise there) and that has gone a long way into knowing how to work with and train him on the farm.

I have misplaced Charlie’s results and my old account at Wisdom Panel doesn’t seem to work so I can’t share his report but I just did Lucy’s DNA test and once again I am really surprised at the results, yet now I see the traits in her as I know what to look for.

First up here is our rescued little gal, Lucy Lu Spirko, what do you think she is?

The most common guesses we have heard are Shepard mix and also Kelpie.  Now Kelpie’s are expensive dogs and a truly Australian breed, so I had my doubts but when I looked up the breed, it did seem plausible, look at this Kelpie here, looks a lot like Lucy Lu doesn’t it?

As to Shepard, sure some of the pattern matches but she is so light bodied and so damn fast, I mean the last dog I had that was this fast was Lakota, a Siberian husky, can’t be though right?

Um, well here is a PDF of Lucy’s breed certificate and a more detailed report of the full test.  She is fricken half Husky, in fact here is what Lucy Lu is made of…

  • 50% Siberian Husky
  • 37.5% American Stafford Terrier
  • 12.5% Dalmatian

I just got the results today and have been waiting for them to make this product my item of the day.  I have to say at first I was dumbfounded, but now it makes sense.  The speed this dog has and her agility are fitting with all the breeds but her light body weight really makes sense with husky blood.

Huskies typically look a lot bigger than they are due to all that fluff, but mix in two short hair breeds like Dalmatian and Stafford and you get a short haired Husky dog.  Take another look at my girl there, imagine she has blue eyes and longer hair.  Take that tail she always carries up and fluff it out, you have a dark colored husky.

It all makes sense now!  The stubborn attitude, the vocal objections to not being given a treat, the vocal greetings, the ru rur ru ru rrrrr rr ruh, when ever she wants anything including attention.  It is Lakota all over again.

So what does all this mean?  Well it means I have a stubborn dog when it comes to training her and I need to accept that and use my knowledge of dealing with Huskies in the past in dealing with her training.  It means on some things she is gonna be really smart and others a bit of a dim bulb, that is true of Huskies and Dalmatian’s as well.  It means she is going to be what we already knew about her, absolutely in love with children and protective of them.

Also now that I know she has Stafford in her, I will work harder to bring out more of her courage, it is in there.  She is the beta of the group, she was abandoned, not well cared for when we found her and quite timid but I have seen the courage come out.   She is so docile with everyone but when my bee mentor Jason had his half bee suit on and dared walk through the back yard I saw a different dog in her, I now know what it was.

Now I know what to encourage, what to discourage and what to simply accept.  She is always going to be a digger, she is always going to be vocal and her attention span will always be short.  She is never going to be a dog that I can trust to move birds only one I can train to not attack them.  There is just too much high strung in the Husky breed, you can turn them on or off to something but when it is on, it is on full bore all the way on.

The real thing though is it is just good and fun to know exactly what you have.  The added bonus is the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit also tests for the MDR1 Gene which makes certain medications potentially deadly to dogs.  Lucy is luckily free of this gene but it should be tested for before dogs go on a variety of medications including heart worm medications containing ivermectin.

This is something no vet ever told me about, it means that I risked every dog’s life I ever owned by just testing them for heat worm and putting them on the medication.  My vet and I are going to discuss this in depth next visit.  It annoys me that they want to annually test for heart worms which is totally unnecessary for a dog that has never been off treatment, yet won’t do this simple test to see if the medication itself may kill your dog.

I checked into it and a test for MDR1 is usually 35-45 dollars, half the price of the Wisdom Panel test that includes MDR1 and a complete breed ancestry.  You can learn more about the MDR1 mutation here.

In any event the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit to me represents a great value at 80 bucks with same day free shipping on Amazon Prime.  The process takes about 3 weeks once you send your sample in.  The test is easy to administer, both when I did Charlie and Lucy I was worried about how they would react.  You take two swabs and put them inside their cheek and turn them back in forth.

I was sure both dogs would go berserk and would have to be held down by one person and swabbed by the other, in both situations they just sat there like what is this all about.  I can’t promise your dog will do the same I am just saying it was easier than I expected.

So if you have a mixed breed dog of unknown origins check out the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit, I personally feel it will give you a much better handle on dealing with your dog, it will include the important MDR1 test and frankly it is just fun to know your dog’s actual breed make up.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Episode-2205- Modern Homesteading as Modern Survival Living

Today’s show discusses the concept of homesteading as a lifestyle design component and how that relates to preparedness.  On the surface this seems obvious enough, most homesteaders grow food, food is a key component of survival so isn’t that enough.  Well, I actually do think free high quality food from your back yard is enough, but that don’t mean it is all that you get from homesteading.

Also today while I am not specifically talking about “urban homesteading” I am really going to confine my dicussion to things that will by and large work anywhere that you have even a typical postage stamp sized lawn.  That said I can’t make your spouse agree or your HOA blue hairs go away.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • One of the original TSP core concepts from home to homestead
  • Some methods of food production and the good, bad and ugly about them
    • Basic gardening
    • Edible landscaping
    • Aquaponics
    • Green house growing
    • Poultry
    • Rabbits
  • Expanding beyond your property
    • Foraging
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Barter
  • Thoughts on preservation techniques
    • Blanch and freeze
    • Dehydration
    • Pickling with vinegar
    • Canning
    • Lactofermentation
    • Smoking and curing
    • All things with alcohol
  • The economics involved
    • Can you produce something for a strait profit
    • How much money do you save
    • How does it increase your property value
    • What is the value of the lifestyle and education
  • Why has homesteading grown so much in the last ten years
    • The internet
    • It works
    • People share food
    • It is in our nation to be horticultural beings

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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Frontier Co-op Organic Valerian Root – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Frontier Co-op Organic Valerian Root.  Before we continue due to the content below I have to give a disclaimer, I am not a doctor, I don’t even pretend to be one on TV.  While I am a life time user of herbs, I am also not a certified herbalist, nothing I am about to say should be seen is medical or nutritional advice.  It is just my personal experience.

So about two years ago I set out to create a “bed time tea”, my goal was a tea that would set the mind at ease and get you to sleep fast.  I built this tea on valerian root for many reasons.  You can find a wide range of Valerian’s uses at Web MD, chief among them though are insomnia and relaxing muscle and relieving aches and pains.

Now there are a ton of teas out there with Valerian in it, but I like to mix my own teas, simply put buying herbs in bulk saves money and you can make custom blends.  Last week I mentioned in my interview with herbalist Cat Ellis that I had a “night time tea that tasted like gym socks but would knock you flat out” and that resulted in a ton of requests for the recipe.

So I decided to feature Valerian today and give away that recipe, all but two ingredients can be purchased at Amazon, I’ll give a few sources for them in the P.S. below.  Note that the parts below are by volume, not weight…

I make this tea at about 2 heaping tablespoons to the cup, note that this doesn’t taste good.  Frankly it isn’t that bad, I am setting the expectation bar low however, unlike my other teas you are not drinking this one for the flavor.  I do sweeten this one with honey.

I can’t explain this but if you want this tea to work my best results seem to come from going to bed within 30 minutes or less of consuming it. If you wait much longer the effects seem to change to relaxed but alert.  However, if you go strait to bed you generally crash and sleep solid though the night, at least I do.

It also for me seems to increase the vividness of my dreams.  Note that I am a long time student of lucid dreaming and have trained myself to recognize dreams and awaken within them.  This is beyond the scope of this review but there is lots of info online about doing it.   I will talk just a tiny bit about it in today’s on air IOTD segment.

So if you want to give this a try, you can simply mix it up and give it a go, but I will caution that I take no regular medications and I don’t know what interactions these herbs could have with pharmaceuticals.  So please check with your doctor before using these are any herbs if you have any physical conditions or side effects.  Again I am not a doctor or certified herbalist, I am not giving medial advice, I am just telling you my personal experiences.

So check out Frontier Co-op Organic Valerian Root today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – The herb you can’t get on Amazon for some reason is Damiana Leaf.  You can make the tea without it, it will still work.  That said it is a wonderful herb that in my view really enhances this tea.  If you skip the Damiana increase the Valerian to 4 parts to rebalance the recipe a bit.

P.S.S.  Here is a simplified recipe if you just want to give it a try without all the other herbs.  Go with 2 parts of Valerian to 1 part of mint.  This will be a quite sedative tea and aid in falling asleep for many people.  Again I recommend hitting the pillow no more than 30 minutes after consuming it.

Episode-2204- Listener Feedback for 4-16-18

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on social media, aquaponics, home defense, carry guns, plant hardiness, squirrels as pests, the economy, real estate and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Why I am starting to build our social media presense on MeWe
  • The message of taking small steps on any journey
  • Getting started with small scale aquaponics and being able to scale up later
  • Defending your home without firearms
  • The 22 caliber pistol for self defense
  • Understanding plant hardiness zones and how it isn’t black and white
  • Dealing with squirrels eating fruit from your trees
  • Will we ever learn, look at what we are doing with mortgages again!
  • Choosing an above ground pool

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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The Basic Layout of my Three Aquaponics / Aquatics Systems in Video

This is our core system with a heart of two 330 gallon recycled IBCs, running 2 ebb and flow beds, 8 soil based beds and one deep water bed.

This system could be expanded to have dozens and dozens more wicking beds. Still running on a single pump.

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This system is far more an aquatic system with aquaponic elements unlike the first system. Still it shows what can be done with only one small energy input. This system could expand almost infinitely with wicking beds.

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The third system is built on the timber frame pond concept we developed last year. This system is growing a ton on thing on shelves in the pond, it is also running 3 wicking beds and one ebb and flow bed.

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Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder – Spice Grinder – Item of the Day

coffeeEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder.  And yes it does a bang up job grinding coffee and occasionally I grind up some Mai Thai Coffee and drop it in my french press, but that is not my primary use for this tool.

To me this is the greatest ever dried vegetables and spice/herb grinder you can get your hands on for under 20 bucks.  In fact for Prime members this awesome tool is just 18.56 with free shipping.

I use this grinder to make hot pepper powders.  Garlic and onion powder from a store?  Never I buy dried onions and dried minced garlic in large quantities, I then make up powders as I need them in small quantities.  Just smell fresh made garlic or onion powder and you will see why.

I whip up my own spice mixes like this one which is a great go to rub for almost any meat but especially chicken on the grill.

  • About a table spoon of each
    • Thyme
    • Dried garlic
    • Dried onion
    • Mustard Seed
    • Fennel Seed
    • Chili Powder
    • Dehydrated Celery (yea that is a secret)
    • Cumin
    • Tellicherry Black Pepper Corns (another secret)
    • Kosher or Sea Salt
  • Then about 3 table spoons of paprika
  • About 2 table spoons of parsley

This is all done by estimate by the way, not with spoons but you can do that if you want to.  This is a go to rub for poultry and fast grilled pork.  I just whipped up some for my buddy David to go on quail.  You can see that here.  The best thing with small pieces like quail, cut up chicken etc, is to put it in a large bowl and toss till well coated then grill.

Anyway it is unlimited what you can do, did you see the celery above, we always have it on hand, grinding it gives you the same type of punch as celery seed but it sure costs less and it is more versatile.  You guys that grow 15 different hot peppers can go mad scientist with pepper blends.

The Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder is also equipped with what they call a “Chamber Maid Cleaning System”.  This little device you spin with your finger and it helps get out all the stuff hiding on the edges.  For actual cleaning though, the bowl is water tight!  Fill it just below the max fill line with water (don’t get the base wet), put the lid on, pulse for a few moments, dump it out, set it upside down to dry, DONE!

Lastly I bought my first one of these before I even started TSP, it lasted until this year, when I stupidly tried to grind oyster shell with it!  So I got a new one, and I have found its limits, no rocks or shells, LOL.  Trust me no kitchen specifically no prepper kitchen should be without this tool.

This item has 1900 plus reviews and 76% are 4 or 5 star.  If you read the negative reviews they seem to be either coffee snobs that want a 18 dollar grinder to grind with the precision of a 500 dollar tool, or people to dim to get the cord out of the storage space on the bottom.  Friends you can’t fix stupid but you can fix up some amazing rubs and powders with this fool proof tool

Remember you can always see the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here.