This past month brought news of a shortage in ADD/ADHD medicine, vaccinations, and even the not-so-lovely news of pharmaceutical drug prices hitting a 10 year high—news that only heavy stockholders would care about. For the rest of us, I hope that this is just nudging us more strongly to quicken our  pace in getting off of any non-emergency dependence on the medical society. (Attention naysayers: I said NON-EMERGENCY; which is a nowhere near  being the same as eliminating dependency on the medical society all together.) Here’s the snag, Friends. Our medical personnel bust their rear ends for 12 years on average for education, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses, time away from their families, etc.; but what they walk away with is an expertise in managing disease treatment.

Very few have even a few credit hours in matters of prevention or nutrition. Even worse, much of what they have been taught and paid dearly to learn is based on WRONG theories.  Case in point, we treat cancer today with only three approved methods: chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation. More and more are being treated with all three methods. Unfortunately, none of these procedures have been proven to “cure” cancer. On the other hand though, as early as the 1924, Dr. Max Gerson, unequivocally revealed that cancer is a fungus and should be treated as such both in preventative and in more aggressive protocols. For those who are tired of me beating that particular drum, allow me to share yet another example. Last month I had a guest on my Self-Reliance Radio Show. Dr. K. Steven Whiting. Dr. Whiting made it perfectly clear that our approach to heart disease is completely backwards. We treat cholesterol when in fact cholesterol is the final stage of symptomatic events of heart disease—NOT the cause. And yet when a person is diagnosed with heart disease, rather than attacking the real culprit—free radicals caused by toxic fats and other foods readily approved by our benevolent FDA and USDA—we instead prescribe statin drugs. For those of you who aren’t aware, statin drugs are the ONLY drugs other than anti-psychotic drugs, which require an evaluation every 30 days because they are seriously detrimental to the liver and can cause complete liver failure.  But hey, let’s use them to attack one of the SYMPTOMS of heart disease. We’ll make everything all better that way. My point in sharing all of this is to highlight the necessity of medical preparedness. We simply cannot be independent and free to act if we are completely at the mercy of economy, misinformation, etc. for our health. There’s not much that can conquer the human spirit aside from the risk of losing one’s own quality of life or the life of a loved one.  I am constantly hearing from folks who use the health of themselves or their loved ones as an excuse to not be prepared, aka self-reliant; when in actuality they are the ones that should be the most diligent in their self-reliance efforts. They are the ones who can tolerate very little modification in their environment before such alterations may result in death. Medical Preparedness involves getting the knowledge and the practice you need now so that you can eliminate your vulnerabilities in the future.  This not only means focusing on obtaining excellent health and fitness, but also knowledge in helping others to do the same.

This Principle of Preparedness also involves learning the most basic of emergency care. While it’s not fun to think about, what about the need to take care of a bullet or stab wound? What about CPR, field dressings, emergency tracheotomy, or the handling of seizures, etc.? I can tell you from experience that there’s nothing worse than watching someone suffer and be helpless to give them any beneficial aid. I’m sure you’ve at least experienced that feeling when your children have been ill. The remaining Principles of Preparedness can be an asset or a hindrance to our state of Medical Preparedness. We can take water for granted, or we can use it to combat diabetes, heart disease, and obesity now. We can use food to kill ourselves or to nourish every cell in our body. We can yell and scream at someone who has the audacity of calling out the canola oil industry, in spite of their medical expertise on such a topic (aka Dr. Whiting) or we can stop poisoning our body with free radicals and use alternative oils. Likewise, we can dismiss essential oils and call them “woo woo” as some elderly woman once did in a private e-mail to me (expressing her disgust with my even broaching the topic), or we can discover for ourselves if they may bring us more independence.

I wholeheartedly believe that we MUST take responsibility for our health and well-being.  As I write this article, I’m staying out of town for a week in order to learn and benefit from another method of alternative care which has delivered results in just one day that I’ve been unable to receive after tens of thousands of dollars spent on traditional medicine over the last 12 years. In my opinion, I have a responsibility to be independent; to not be a financial or even emotional burden to others. As such, I feel it’s my responsibility to continually pursue options which will mitigate any such vulnerabilities.  


Tamra · March 22, 2011 at 3:25 am

Do tell about this alternative method you are learning about this week!

tammy · March 22, 2011 at 3:26 am

great article! will look forward to hear about what you are learning this week also!

Sherise · March 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

Can’t wait to hear more!

Debbie · March 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

TRUTH!!!! I’m learning…thanks to you….soooooo much! I have so much more to learn though! I just bought a book on essential oils…a reference manual that lists medical issues and the essential oils that can be used to heal them! I’m very excited to get it and study it and get the supplies necessary to be prepared! Thanks so much for your motivation!

Kris · March 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm

LOVE IT! I second (or third, forth?) what else has been written thus far…learning SO much from you and looking forward to more knowledge. THANKS!!! And have fun learning for yourself over the next week.

Dawn Farr · March 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

There was a time in my life when I thought that all of these “new age” things (like essential oils) sounded a little hokey. But, once I opened my mind up and began to study and learn about essential oils and actually took the leap of faith to begin to exercise that faith did I find that every good thing I had been hearing about them was absolutely true! Open your mind and put in the time and effort to do the research then take a leap of faith and you will be amazed! BTW, essential oils have been around longer than the medical profession. I lOVE my oils! I will never go back to the old way again!

    James @ Survival Gear · April 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Essential oils aren’t the only miracle oils. Extra virgin organic coconut oil has so many wonderful properties that it deserves an article all it’s own. Article idea Kellene?

      Kellene · April 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      That must be why I’ve already written about it, James. 🙂

      Kellene Bishop · March 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      It’s already been written. Just do a search on the search bar.

Sheila · March 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

You hit the nail on the head! I began studying herbs and making herbal remedies, as well as, eating healthier over a decade ago. We were self-employed and unable to afford any kind of regular health insurance. I haven’t realized just how independent we have become from the medical field. I listen to those around me who have or are making doctors appts all the time and I am thankful it is not us having to do that, other than a yearly check-up. I believe this is one area that can be hard to prepare for since we can’t be sure of what we will need. But, any preparation is better than nothing.

razr · March 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Hey Kellene, great article as usual. Since I had that “little” accident almost a year ago…..I have been working on learning,getting stronger…I too love my oils and use them all the time….funny I have emphizema (hope I spelled it right) but the oils from my defuser do not bother me…and why should they I’s not asthma..,You have alway recommended some great books.
all of which I have bought and learned a lot from…still working on Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon…but could you recommend any good books on oils….also don’t you have a cd on oils…not sure there, but would sure buy…. right after I buy the coupon cd…best wishes and belated Happy Birthday

    Kellene · March 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Razr, Copiaba essential oil and eucalyptus is amazing for emphysema. Just FYI.

Patty · March 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I, also, would love to hear what you are learning about! The more prepared I can become now for medical problems (as well as handling current health issues) the better. Over the past two years, I have switched nearly 180 degrees in my thinking of health and medicine, practitioners, etc. I hope whatever it is does you a world of good!

Teresa Parker · March 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Is there an essential oil to help with your body producing too much acid? I used to live on Rolaids, but now take the generic for Prevacid. I would love to be able to not have to take medicine anymore. Also, what oils would you need for high blood pressure?

    Sue W. · March 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Teresa, first make sure you actually have too much acid. Many times, it is too little acid that is the problem. Next time you have an “acid upset”, try taking 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar in a cup of water (or better yet, apple juice to mask the unpleasant taste). Wait 10 min and see if you’re better. If you are, that is the problem, not too much acid.

    If it is too much acid, you might need to clean your colon. This will take about 3 months to get rid of the problem. In the mean time, you may also see other pleasant conditions disappear along with the acid problem. I used to have acid reflux so bad, I had to sleep upright to keep it from coming up and burning my throat. My girfriend then introduced me to AIM International brand of fiber (Herbal Fiberblend), plus a parasite remover (Para 90), which I took according to directions. I was faithful in taking and passed some of the most incredible things, which I won’t go into, but noticed that I was daily feeling better and getting rid of my acid problem, a life-long post-nasal drip I had so bad that I continually cleared my throat, life-long bad breath and gastro-intestional gas (continual grumbling in my colon); stinky flatulence, body odor (daily showering and antiperspirants couldn’t mask. I stayed on the fiber for four years, then backed off to using it only when I felt the need. I have never had any of those conditions since. I did the color cleansing about 15 years ago. When I went for a colonoscopy about 4 years ago, I had the cleanest colon the doctor said he had ever seen, and no pollops (I did have some diverticula – which I am convinced developed over the years I had chronic constipation and straining at the stool prior to colon cleansing).

    Try this two things, though, for your acid or lack-ther-of problems.

Jennifer W. · March 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Yes! I’ve been wanting to learn about medicinal herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, etc. I want to be able to grow my own medicine for my family and actually know what to grow and how to use it. I’ve been looking, but I can’t seem to find a good “herbal medicine for dummies” kind of thing. All I find is either “why you should know it” or stuff that seems way too advanced. Do you have any suggestions for books, websites, etc. for beginners to these subjects? Thank you!

    Kellene · March 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Jennifer, you may want to be sure to tune in to The Self-Reliance Revolution Radio Show that I do every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on The Preparedness Radio Network (via BlogTalkRadio). Every other week I specifically discuss alternative ways of taking responsibility for our health, in depth. I also do a my regular (everything preparedness) show, “The Preparedness Pro Radio Show” (I know…original name, eh?) on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon. (Mountain time). That show occasionally deals with that topic, however, there’s another great show that follows mine called “the Mad Herbalist”. Kal does a GREAT job with tons and tons of info on his show. Either way, you can listen to the previously archived recordings on various topics.

Lisa · March 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I need to learn more. I am in a bad possition I have Hypothyroid and I am told I will die if I do not have my meds, I am on 3 other meds also. I am trying to figure out what to do.

    Kellene · March 23, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I just sent you a private e-mail, Friend.

sarah b. · March 23, 2011 at 1:02 am

kellene… you are inspiring!!! i agree with you 100%. i could go on and on with my own story, but my new reality is this… alternative healing is an answer to a prayer. the emotion code and the body code by dr. bradley nelson are easy to learn and an amazing way to cure you and your family and of course remembering wholeness by carol tuttle. amazing!! i’m glad to see you agree 😉

Kathleen · March 23, 2011 at 2:59 am

I think we all need to remember to keep this all in Balance, use regular medicine when it’s really necessary like you are having a heart attack or a stroke or your child’s appendix is about to burst. But do take ownership for your own health. Don’t be irresponsible in your health and nutrition choices and expect your doctor or nurse to fix it, and don’t be intimidated to ask about alternative types of medicines or therapies.

Kandy · March 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

Hear, hear! My beliefs exactly! Thank you!

Karen · March 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

I can testify about the candid i had it very badly and thought i was going to die they finally figured out what it was and put me on a very strict diet i got it from continuous rounds of antibiotics. For a whole year i could not eat anything with sugar in it or anything with yeast in it and i truley belive that that is what cancer is i know people who have terminal cancer and haved cured themselves from changing there diet. I also came across this website by accident its there is a video you can watch this doctor will tell all cancers are a fungus its really good. anyway i thought i would share.

Glenda · March 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I, too, have hypothyroidism and am getting tired of forking out all that cash (no insurance) for meds. I don’t WANT to die, but if there is an alternative that’s viable then I would like to learn about it. Thanks so much Kellene.

David · March 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Can you send me also the private email on treating hypothyroidism. No sure what to do when my medicine is not available???


razr · March 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Wow Kellene….you just blew me away I thought Copiaba and Eucalyptus was for beg bugs….LMBO

    Preparednss Pro · March 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    that’s the thing about essential oils. They aren’t drugs that are synthetically isolated to work on just one thing. As such there are all kinds of glorious side effects when we use them IF we stick solely to the pure/premium ones.

Clair · March 24, 2011 at 1:38 am

I discovered PRN a couple weeks ago and you have quickly become my absolute favorite show. I make sure to download and listen to them while cleaning my kitchen 🙂 thanks for all the wonderful info!

    Kellene · March 24, 2011 at 4:27 am

    So glad you found us, Clair!

Leah · March 24, 2011 at 2:58 am

Teresa Parker,

Both my father in law and husband have suffered from severe acid reflux. My FIL has been on prescription medication for almost 10 years. He’s off now, and want to know the amazing secret? Apple cider vinegar. Often times when you are getting acid in your esophagus, it’s typically because the muscle that closes off the top of your stomach (LES) is not getting triggered. Surprisingly, this usually happens because there’s not enough acid. That muscle gets weak and starts allowing more acid to travel up. Taking 2 Tbsp. of vinegar in the morning or before meals will give your body that trigger to close off the stomach. It might take up to 2 weeks to rebuild your LES muscle, but give it a try. My FIL has been off his meds for over a year, and my hubby went from having heartburn every night to maybe twice a year.

Dietary changes help a lot, too. Reduce (preferably eliminate) dairy, meat, and sugar. Those are the 3 worst things for you in general, but especially for your digestion.

Betty · March 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm

People are so strange sometimes. I am very much a ‘live and let live’ kind of gal. If an adult bookstore bothers you, then don’t go in there! If you don’t like certain television programming, don’t watch it! If they don’t want to hear what you have to say, then why are they here reading it?? We DO want to hear your advice and benefit from your experience, which is why we are following your blog. If for some reason, myself or others don’t always agree, we are not contract bound, we are not sheep, no one is holding a gun to our heads to make us follow your lead, nor are we ‘brainwashed’ drugged, or otherwise forced into it. We have free will, and can make our own decisions. I say THANK YOU! Please keep on doing what you are doing, I appreciate it.

teri · May 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Someday, if you ever have the time and the inspiration to do it, would you consider a post on “HOW TO” make essential oils, tinctures, even hydrosols at home? It’s probably not a top priority topic, but it is helpful to people who may not know simple ways to make “medicines” at home. Not everyone will always be able to have pharmaceuticals for allergies, orthopedic issues, depression, or any other illness on hand. Simply making peppermint tea to help clear congestion is something people can do at home, and they don’t have to stock up on essential oils to do it. Not everyone can afford to buy up all those products ahead of time, so learning to make some at home is good, even though they might be a weaker, lower quality product.

Ady · March 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Personally, it bothers me when I hear herbal remedies being touted over traditional medicine. Sure, homeopathic has it’s place. But so does modern medicine, and I worry that some people will read these things and decide to drink vinegar instead of go to the doctor when they should… Earlier identification of a disease or illness is often key to overcoming it – as in, many cancers CAN be cured at stage 1, but not at stage 4.

There is a reason the United States has one of the longest life spans in the world, rather than places in Africa or India that use traditional healing… And there is a reason why our life spans are also so much longer than they were “back in the day”. Because medicine does work. To assume that it’s “all a conspiracy to keep you sick” would be to assume that every person in a high-ranking position in the medical, pharma, FDA, etc is a bad person who doesn’t want you to get well. I personally believe there are still plenty of good people out there trying to do their best, even ones with high-ranking jobs.

Pacific Islanders eat coconut oil; Pacific Islanders don’t have heart disease. Therefore, coconut oil prevents heart disease. Umm, does anyone else see the problem with this?? “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills” lol. There could be 101 other reasons why they don’t have heart disease – genetics, for example. To assume that was correct would be the equivalent of assuming the following is correct: 99% of prison inmates ate tomatoes when they were children. Therefore, eating tomatoes makes you develop a criminal mindset. Nonsense!

I would be EXTREMELY cautious when I took the opinion of a “few” doctors who recommend non-traditional methods… Maybe they have worked for a couple of people. BUT, it is worth looking into what that doctor is getting out of it. Is he selling books about his theories? Is he selling the method himself? Is he getting paid to speak about his theories? Just a thought…

Maybe you’re wondering why I’m so adamant about this. It’s because of personal experience. I have a daughter with severe disabilities, who DEPENDS on modern medicine to live every single moment. She is unable to communicate at all, and is likely unaware of what medicine she is receiving and what it is for – we don’t chat about her meds, we just tell her we’re giving them. Therefore, she is the PERFECT candidate to test for a placebo effect – or to test for the effectiveness of any holistic medicine, since she doesn’t know “it should be helping her”. We spent several years trying MANY different things – all of which people claimed had cured them, etc – including oils, sprays, dietary changes and supplements, trying to make her PH more “alkaline”, chiropractic, and hyperbaric oxygen. And guess what? The only thing that changed was the amount of money flowing out of my pocket. We even got a notice a few years later that a class action lawsuit was being filed against one of the supplement companies we had used – for false medical claims. So in my experience, when a single treatment claims to relieve or cure many unrelated conditions, it often could also be referred to as “snake oil”…

Also I can add the experience of my father-in-law with heart disease. For years he tried herbal remedies rather than traditional medicine (due to no insurance). His condition got nothing but worse until he gave that up and started the traditional approach. Then it got nothing but better.

So anyway, I’m not trying to be argumentative, and I really do value most things on this blog. But I’m just saying, if someone wants to throw extra time and money into holistic than go ahead, but just don’t abandon regular medicine as well… That could be dangerous. Those of us who depend on the modern society for life have just got to pray that it doesn’t end anytime soon… And stock up on our meds if we can.

    Kellene Bishop · March 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    So then, what is your solution when there’s been a financial collapse or an EMP or an earthquake and modern medicine is NOT available? Is THAT the time that we should start trying to look at alternative methods of health care? That kind of defeats the purpose of preparing now, doesn’t it?
    And by the way, the U.S. is the ONLY country on the planet that does not accept homeopathic remedies as a part of their medical practices. In France they prescribe homeopathic remedies 80% more than chemical ones and yet you don’t see people dropping like flies there do you?

    Additionally, any medical doctor today will tell you that the best way to manage heart disease and diabetes and depression is with ALTERNATIVE health care such as exercise, plenty of water, making wise food choices, and moderate cardiovascular exercise regularly.

    I’m all for people having alternative views, however, I don’t want people to risk their lives on something that won’t or can’t be around when things get very tough and then look back and regret that they didn’t do something now to learn so that they could be comfortable and healthy later. Worse, we’ve become SO reliant on chemical solutions that we’ve abdicated our own responsibility to take care of ourselves which is also counter to being self-reliant.

Tiff · February 4, 2013 at 4:29 am

One more thing for pregnant women to consider… the possibility of NOT having a hospital, doctor, or epidural during their delivery. I am pregnant and have chosen to go with a midwife based on other research findings anyway, but I feel confident (especially after delivering two others naturally) that I could deliver this baby on my own if I had to in an emergency situation. (And just to add, while I felt this comment was most appropriate on this post, it most definitely took Mental and Physical Preparedness to feel this confident 😉 ) I recently purchased this homebirth emergency kit so I would be prepared for the worst:

Renee Evans · September 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Recently ran across what
Recently ran across what “seems like” a DIY/diagnostics/natural/physician/researched approach to “CURE for ALL CANCERs” as Dr. Hulda Clark would say. Research started with Kevin Trudeau’s, “More natural “cures” revealed”, to “DSMO and Hydrogen Peroxide” website & articles, to “”,; Youtube: DrClarkOrientation; to “ HP Cancer Treatment”. Read all the warnings and decided to start with the “pH saliva test”.

I have been trying to use natural means to care for my family since 1983, learning as I go. I have NOT been diagnosed with cancer, nor “feel like” I “may” have cancer, although they say “we all have cancer cells in us.” I do however, have an “oxygen issue”. I cannot “maintain oxygen in my blood”. I don’t have “respiratory issues”, although I have had a cough since a really bad cold (which I’ve never had before or since) since apx. 2002, sometimes worse than others.

Anyway, I have been researching “oxygen/blood/breathing/cell” level. H2O2 & DMSO sounds great, but not if you have cancer. Then I found Dr. Clark. So, I have made a decision to start with pH saliva test to detect the possibility of cancer 1st, if so, follow her procedure 1st, then follow H202 & DMSO if I still need to, although, I can still use H202 & DMSO for other home remedies as well as pet/farm animals.

Final questions? Can it be “homemade”? *lol* I believe I read something, but I haven’t fully researched this part yet. But, there is always “vinegar”, also.

I believe at this time in my research, if we “can make” H202, DMSO & vinegar at home, we “may” have it pretty much covered. I would really like to hear what you think.

I don’t really expect this to be posted, I hope you will review this before it is posted. Everyone needs to DO THEIR OWN RESEARCH .. and then decide for themselves, if this will be part of THEIR OWN BELIEF SYSTEM.

Because the information you are sharing seems to be inline with what I also research and do, I thought personally, you might be interested.

I really appreciate your website and the fact that you have said “can I make it?” I like that!

Blessings, keep up the great work. Good/truthful websites are hard to find. If you can post some of your sources (especially on controversial issues/warning issues when necessary), that would be helpful. This does not necessarily mean “.gov”. I’m not sure there is anything pertaining to the .gov that I believe, except that they can’t be trusted.

DANA · October 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Sorry for the mistakes above.
Sorry for the mistakes above. My tablet does what it wants sometimes.

That was ER visits and truely found your calling.

Regina Morgan · December 3, 2013 at 4:13 am

Peppermint oil is an
Peppermint oil is an essential to have!!! Its good for a number of ailments from nausea to aches n pains…..herbal things are also less likely to have no to fewer side effects

    Preparedness Pro · December 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Yes, but ONLY Use the
    Yes, but ONLY Use the European medicinal grade quality.

Regina Morgan · December 3, 2013 at 4:25 am

Got MIGRAINES???? My Native
Got MIGRAINES???? My Native American Aunt taught me how to ease a migraine headache (which at first i thought she was crazy) lay in a dark room n sip pineapple juice slowly even eat some of the pineapple…lay n rest ,it seems to work…huh who knew

Regina Morgan · December 3, 2013 at 4:39 am

Forget it !!! Ive done post 4
Forget it !!! Ive done post 4-6 comments n they all keep disappearing. ….this is upsetting bc i really like your site

    Preparedness Pro · December 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    You need to have more
    You need to have more patience. All comments are approved prior to posting.

Vickie · January 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I was rereading some of the
I was rereading some of the old posts and am wondering what antibiotics you would recommend we have on hand both for our animals and for ourselves—we are allergic to penicillin

    Preparedness Pro · January 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Personally, I’m not a fan of

    Personally, I’m not a fan of anti-biotic use since they have no cellular communication capabilities. As such, I only use European medicinal grade essential oils and ones which I can use the right tool for the right issue; meaning that I’ll use an anti-bacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, or antiviral depending on the issue. However, I did write an article on Fish Antibiotics. If you look at that article you’ll see several links to Dr. Bloom and Nurse Amy links regarding anti-biotic use.

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