Episode-837- Matthew Stein on Prepping, Herbals, Self Reliance and More

Mat Stein - Author of When Disaster Strikes

Mat Stein - Author of When Disaster Strikes

Matthew Stein is the author of When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival (Chelsea Green 11/16/2011). This book has received excellent advance praise from experts on survival and disaster preparedness. Stein is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.

As the owner of Stein Design & Construction, he has built hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes.  The mechanical engineering side of his firm specializes in product design and development. Among other things, Mat has designed consumer water filtration devices, solar PV roofing panels, medical bacterial filters, emergency chemical drench systems, computer disk drives, and portable fiberglass buildings.

He joins us today to discuss a variety of topics such as…

  • 2012 all hype, pretty much but a frightening time anway
  • Growing your own food
  • Herbal remedies you really want to know about
  • Colloidal silver the good and the mythology
  • What a financial collapse might look like
  • The skills you want to develop prior to a collapse situation
  • What we can learn from Cuba vs. North Korea about self sufficiency
  • The “pit of the stomach” exercise
  • The threat of emerging antibiotic resistant diseases like new strains of TB
  • The best case scenario for a pandemic and how bad even that would be
  • Simple steps to get on to a path of self sufficiency

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18 Responses to Episode-837- Matthew Stein on Prepping, Herbals, Self Reliance and More

  1. Patricia Bagley

    The inert ingredients in Vicks Vaporub or a generic brand of same also works to cure toenail fungus.

    MMS is also anthelmentic, kills internal parasites.

  2. On the subject of Russian collapse in 1991 vs. what it would be like in this country today, here is some very good 1st hand account info with commentary on exactly that. It is from a blog which I find to be very smart. The blog has some interesting thoughts and topics even though I may not agree with all of them.

    http://adask.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/what-if-us-collapses-soviet-collapse-lessons-every-american-needs-to-know/

    • Orlov is another good author to read with respect to the Soviet collapse and potential similarities & differences to expect in a US collapse.

  3. This episode was really helpful. I have been battling some kind of respiratory issue all year. I just can’t seem to shake it and my doctor says it’s asthma. I immediately ordered some Hyssop. I hadn’t heard of it prior to today and to be honest I’ve always sort of poo poo’d herbal remedies as hippie stuff. Mr Stein convinced me otherwise.

    I am also going to look into the diffuser and tea tree oil thing. Jack, you may have saved my life!!

  4. Very interesting episode. It would be good to make a summary of which herbs/meds are good to store & which ailments they are for from this episode.

    A thought: Wrt gold & silver in your portfolio, if you’re like a lot of us and actually have negative net worth in real estate, I think 5-10% in PMs is too low – that’s an awful lot of paper! If on the other hand you have significant real estate pieces of net worth, that is reasonable.

  5. Thanks Matthew and Jack for another great show. If anyone is interested, I first heard about Matthew and his book from a podcast called Taverncast back in 08. They did a survival theme show back then and was very funny.

    http://dl.affiliates.futureus.com/taverncast/taverncast-2008-09-21.mp3

    His interview starts around the 1:16 mark.

  6. I’ve had hyssop tea before. There is a book that I have that makes all kinds of wild claims about Hyssop. At first I believed it, then I had some doubts. It’s hard to find hyssop tea. I had to special order it from whole foods. I used it for awhile because it is supposed to help with anxiety. It seemed like it helped, but I also wondered if it could be one of those what do you call it sugar pill effects. I see sand mountain herb sells seeds for hyssop. Maybe I should get some.

  7. This turned out to be a good episode to get my non-survivalist wide interested. She digs the health aspect so herbal was cool.

  8. Good interview. I’m definitely going to look into having/growing(?) hyssop!

  9. Excellent show!!

    Regarding the diffusers, would it work the same to use a misting humidifier? I thought about making a “tea” using some lavender I have then adding that to the humidifier tank along with some tea tree oil.

    I am constantly battling sinus infections, 3 or 4 times a year. I hate having to take meds to clear it up.

    Thanks

  10. Great show. I am totally planting some hyssop in my garden this year!
    Question though: what is MMS?

  11. Jack,

    Great show. I’d love to see you go in depth sometime about Colloidal Silver. I’ve heard everything from it’s a cure all to it being nothing more than snake oil. Maybe an alternative health mythbusters type of episode with homeopathy and other more controversial methods.

    • Roger that, it would be a good show. Jack did cover the six basic herbs and growing them in conjunction with the medicinal/anti-viral attributes of them a few months back. That might be a good show to look up in the archives.

  12. Does anyone have a good book reference for wild edibles in the eastern USA? Would love to have one on my bookshelf.

    • There’s a Peterson’s Field Guide out on wild edible plants. I take it with me when I hike sometimes and try and identify edible plants. It’s a really great guide and very durable. They also have a medicinal plant guide.