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Zika Virus – 4 Things Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You

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With everything going around about the Zika virus, did you know that there are still some things that the mainstream media isn’t telling you?

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Thanks to sloppy reporting, fear-mongering, conflicts of interest, and algorithmic decisions, Zika – a once-upon-a-time unpopular and relatively benign virus – has quickly become a rising star of menace and malformations.

In record time, the mosquito-born Zika has reportedly spread to three dozen countries, and health organizations are now predicting it may infect as many as three to four million people within a year.

Zika is being described as a global epidemic, but it’s actually the perfect cover for big business – a convenient and brilliant way to generate profits and curb overpopulation.

Thanks to Zika, governments and their investors have conveniently upped the ante on (supposed) protection by poison.

“Given the magnitude of the Zika crisis,” the WHO stated “encourages affected countries and their partners to boost the use of both old and new approaches to mosquito control as the most immediate line of defense.”

The Aedes aegypti strain, as it turns out, is an “aggressive daytime biting mosquito,” clever and quite “opportunistic.” “Females,” state the WHO “often use ‘sneak attacks, approaching victims from behind and biting on ankles and elbows, which likely protects them from being noticed and getting slapped.”

Consequently, we are now:

The CDC is even considering reviving DDT, according to one director.

You may think you’re a global citizen, armed with knowledge and that governments have your back, but nothing can be further from the truth. Consider who benefits from generating diseases and death. For instance, the WHO is privately owned. They call themselves an agency, but Bloomberg and others call them ‘a company.’ In 2010 -2011, their approved budget was $4.5 billion!

“The regulatory aspects of health organizations have been captured along with the capability of protecting We The People,” explains Dr. Leonard Horowitz, an expert in emerging diseases and author of Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola–Nature, Accident or Intentional? “They have been captured by what I call the ‘Military Medical Petrochemical Pharmaceutical Bank Cartel.’”

Here are 4 other factors you probably didn’t know about Zika.

1. Rockefellers: From African Forest To Online Shopping Cart

Despite CNN reports, Zika is not a “relatively new” virus. Two Scotsmen, virologist George Dick and entomologist Alexander Haddow, discovered Zika almost 70 years ago in a forest near Entebbe, Uganda.

That same year, the virus was extracted from a Rhesus Monkey and deposited with the Rockefeller Foundation. Later it was licensed to the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), a company that sells germs to vaccine makers and bioweapons contractors worldwide. Today, the Zika virus is a commodity that can be purchased for only 599 euros.

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Strangely, there have been no cases of Zika with birth defects in Africa where the virus was discovered. Also, there have been no cases of microcephaly in any country affected by Zika other than Brazil, such as Colombia, which has the highest incidence of the virus after Brazil.

2. Connect The Dots: No Real Link

Despite what the media and health organizations suggest, there is no veritable link between Zika and microcephaly.

“… A causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not, and I must emphasize, has not been established,” WHO General Director Margaret Chan said in an announcement to the WHO’s executive board. She then added that “the circumstantial evidence is suggestive [of a link] and extremely worrisome.”

There are others who are much closer to Brazil, Zika’s epicenter, who are also stating that there is no correlation.

“There is no direct evidence that the virus causes microcephaly,” affirms Dr. Patricia Pestana Garcez, a neurodevelopmental expert who studies microcephaly at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Upon further examination initial reports linking Zika and Microcepahly amongst patients were inaccurate, confers Dr. Wallace Ransom, an epidemiologist who has worked for the Centers for Disease Control.

It was the Brazilian Ministry of Health that quickly linked incomplete brain development to Zika, ignoring key factors such as the chemical model for vector control. Keep in mind that the Revolving Door is alive and spinning in Latin America too. Government employees used to work for global companies that manufacture and sell poisons.

Typically, Zika causes flu-like symptoms that are often mistaken for other arbovirus infections such as dengue or chikungunya. Symptoms include low-grade fever, myalgia, headache, retro-orbital pain, conjunctivitis, and a rash – not defects and brain deformations.

Meanwhile, microcephaly, which presents in babies with abnormally small heads due to incomplete brain development, is usually caused by an attack on the fetal brain. Causes may be alcohol abuse, a heavy blow to the body, or toxic exposure to a vaccine or pesticide. Not a bug bite.

A report issued by Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Villages notes that in December 2013, during the Zika epidemic in French Polynesia, an increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome was also detected. This neurological paralysis is often linked to immune disruption generated by viruses, vaccines and/or environmental toxins.

To reiterate, as of today, there is no definitive proof that Zika is related to microcephaly. (For those scientists who are sounding the alarm because Zika is showing up in pee, blood, amniotic fluid, and semen, let’s remind ourselves that humans have been cohabitating with viruses for eons.)

3. Bugging Out: GMO Mosquitoes

The WHO remarked that Zika “appears to have changed in character.” Apparently. But exactly how did Zika’s genetic make-up magically mutate? There has been no official explanation.

Could the recent rash of microcephaly cases – reminiscent of the thalidomide scandal of the late ‘50s and ‘60s – be an experiment gone wrong?

In 2014, a British company called Oxitec, along with the University of São Paulo and Moscamed, released 15 million GMO mosquitoes in Brazil in an effort to rid the world of the Aedes aegypti mosquito strain, responsible for spreading Dengue, a close cousin to Zika and the most common mosquito-borne virus.

Researchers inserted a lethal gene in male mosquitoes with the hopes they would mate with wild females. Their offspring then spontaneously die, soon after becoming a larvae, unless something in their environment interfered. In this case, the antibiotic tetracycline trumps the terminator gene.

I guess researchers didn’t account for the antibiotic’s prevalence in our environment, especially Brazil, and the very real possibility that it could actually increase the survival rate of the GMO mosquito. This means that a certain percentage of these modified freak mosquitoes could have lived and likely mated, perhaps even with other modified freak mosquitoes. (By the way, the mosquito population can be reduced with simple solutions, such as improving water supply and garbage collection systems).

Overall, depending on whom you ask, the experiment was a failure. And oops, in the process, we may have altered and mutated the Zika strain into an extremely pathogenic, neurological-destroying virus. Delivered by a clever and opportunistic insect.

“Think about it,” says Horowitz, “Viral vaccines are often made from attenuated viruses. In this case, researchers may have determined that Zika (a weaker strain of dengue) would be an effective means in immunizing people against dengue.”

“If you wanted to inject an experimental weakened strain you could go to a dengue fever infected population, such as Brazil, to do this experiment,” adds Horowitz. “It’s very plausible that they’ve injected toxic genes that can go through the placenta and enter the fetus’s brain and cause degeneration of the neurology, [which then] affects the embryological development of fetuses and the malformation of the brain and cranium itself.”

You may be thinking this all sounds effin nuts but the notion of swapping out vaccine needles for mosquito bites has been entertained before. Bill and Melinda Gates, for instance, are fans of flying geo-engineered vaccines and have funded efforts to bring this to fruition.

Around the time Oxitec et al were preparing to release GMO mosquitoes, three researchers in the Journal of Epidemiology and Infection warned how inoculating humans with a dengue fever vaccine induced a higher than normal chance of inducing antibodies.

In that study, writes Horowitz, mosquito control increased cases of dengue fever (DF), as well as the more life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), in areas of high-mosquito density where people had been exposed to dengue virus from earlier bites or vaccinations.

I think this is the opposite effect companies like Oxitec are officially going for, although Horowitz disagrees while evidencing the commercial network linked to Oxitec now poised to earn billions from “GMO mosquito control,” new vaccines, pesticides, and more.

“I know some of my concerns are too frightening for ‘normal’ people to consider, but genocides most often escape public perception and remedial action before its too late, courtesy of propaganda and the media. Fear and denial mechanisms in most humans make loving civilization most susceptible to being duped and depopulated.”

Ironically, even if Horowitz is wrong, GMO mosquitoes are one of the solutions being called upon to solve the Zika pandemonium.

4. Monsanto Connection: Poisonous Water

Another viable reason for the increase in birth defects in Brazil lies in the water. In June 2014, the Ministry of Health began adding a larvicide called Pyroproxyfen to reservoirs, starting in the state of Pernambuco, where the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is very high. Pernambuco was also the first state to report incidences of microcephaly.

This pyriproxyfen poison, which was created by Sumitomo Chemical, a Monsanto subsidiary, comes with a recommendation by the WHO. On its website, Sumitomo says Sumilarv (its marketed name), “not only poses minimal risk to mammals, birds and fish,” it can also be applied to drinking water. Drink up!

But let’s make no mistake, they’re adding a growth inhibitor, which alters the development process of larva-pupa-adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and causing their death or incapacity. Sound familiar?

“Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added pyriproxyfen to drinking water is not a coincidence,” reads a report written by Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns.

The report adds, “Evolution from zygote to embryo, from embryo to fetus and from fetus to newborn, is not far from the development process of the mosquito affected by pyriproxyfenin humans, 60 percent of our active genes are identical to those of insects such as the Aedes mosquito.”

Brazil’s southernmost state Rio Grande do Sul has just suspended the use of this poison.

Doctors from the Brazilian Association for Collective Health (ABRASCO) demand that urgent epidemiological studies taking into account this causal link be carried out. But the government firmly denies any link.

Depopulation, Death, And Disease

Perhaps all these factors serve as a perfect storm of defects, death and disease. According to the WHO, this Zika catastrophe, which has been grossly exaggerated, is due in part of the collapse in the late ’60s of mosquito control programs.

“As so often happens in public health, when a health threat subsides, the control program dies. Resources dwindled, … infrastructures dismantled, and fewer specialists were trained and deployed. The mosquitoes – and the diseases they transmit –roared back with a vengeance.”

But critics, such as those cited in the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns tell a very different story. They believe that areas, such as in Brazil, have experienced the mass usage of chemical poisons for the past 40 years with no results while “epidemics, poverty, social marginalization, deforestation, and climate change” continue to multiply.

As long as we wage war on the mosquito, the poisoning will continue at the expense of our health. Malathion (toxic to humans and bees) spraying in Brazil, Chlorpyrifos (shown to affect the developing brain of fetus and newborns) in Paraguay, Pyrethroids, (banned elsewhere) in Argentina. And the list goes on.

“The idea of poisoning to produce healing is literally psychopathic,” says Horowitz. “It’s insane. As is the extent that human beings have been persuaded to believe this all because the supposed gods of science have spoken.”

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Homemade Weapons You Can DIY To Awaken Your Inner Caveman

Learn to make your own homemade weapons so you’ll have a fighting chance in a survival situation where all you have is nature.

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How to Make Homemade Weapons

Why Should You Learn to Make Homemade Weapons?

Let’s say you got lost in the wild, and you somehow forgot or lost your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT (or whichever is the best survival knife for you). What do you do?

While your situation is most likely not quite as bad as Tom Hanks had it in Castaway, let’s face it. The only way you’re gonna get out of this situation in good shape is to let out your inner caveman.

Let me explain. Our very primitive ancestors lived in a time when every day was a survival situation. Any tools or weapons they needed had to be made from scratch.

So, should you be unlucky enough to have only the shirt on your back while you’re lost in the wilderness, you’ll have to follow suit. Let the training of your inner caveman begin.

Today’s lesson: how to make DIY weapons in the wild with only the resources nature provided you.

How to Make a Knife | Homemade Weapons

Having a knife, any kind of knife is probably one of the best things to happen should you suddenly find yourself in a survival situation. You can use it to help you find food, build a shelter, and defend yourself against wild animals.

So it’s highly fortunate nature is waiting like a momma at a craft table with lots of materials you can use to create one.

1. Stone Knives

Bone, shell, bamboo, wood, or even an old aluminum beer can may work to perform the puncturing function of a blade. You know you’ve seen these a million times when you’re out hiking.

They’re easy to crack or break or shape into a fairly sharp point which will do in a pinch. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to use a chicken bone or an expertly-shaped aluminum can point to skin, chop, baton, or any of the other necessary functions of a survival knife.

This is where the stone comes into play. I’ll start by saying making a knife out of stone isn’t easy, but it can be done.

You’ll need three things: a core rock, a hammerstone, and a pressure flaker. Remember, you’re going to be smashing these together in true caveman fashion.

So, having stones you can reasonably grip in each hand is going to make your life a lot easier. Although, it’s definitely an option to stand poised over one rock smashing down on it.

You, with a two-hand grip, pounding until you’ve chipped away at it a bit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

2. The Core Rock

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The core rock is what you’ll be making into a blade. Find any large stone, preferably made from obsidian, slate, chert, or flint with a relatively flat side.

In case you weren’t a rock collector in any of your previous lives, here’s another way to decide if a rock meets the requirements for good knife-making material. Tap or click a rock together with another rock and listen for a ringing sound (like glass).

The more rock sounds like glass, the better it is as a material for your core rock. If you can, choose a rock which is already a bit sharp to reduce the amount of time you’ll need to shape it.

3. The Hammerstone

The hammerstone is a medium-sized, spherical rock, preferably made of granite. It will be used to smash, chisel, chip and shape the core rock.

You’ll be using it to chip off pieces of the core stone and to narrow the edges to a blade shape.

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4. The Pressure Flaker

The pressure flaker, or flaking tool, is a rock with a sharp point to help you refine the blade’s edges. You’ll use your flaking tool after you’ve thinned the edges of the stone with the hammer stone to make the “blade” sharper.

When you start making your knife, you’ll want to be sure to wet the core stone to shorten the time it takes to shape it into a blade. Begin by striking glancing blows near the edge of the core rock with the hammerstone.

Chip away at the core rock until you get the general shape of a blade. Then, use the flaking tool to refine the edges you need to sharpen.

You can also use a stone with a rough surface such as a sandstone to sharpen the edge. Use some rope, cloth, or leather to lash the base and create a handle.

If you are having troubling shaping the rock into a knife, you can opt to create stone blades instead. Check out the videos below to learn how:

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How to Make a Spear | Homemade Weapons

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We’ve talked about how to make a spear using your best survival knife in a previous article. The same principle applies here.

Even without your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT or whichever survival knife you normally bring with you, you can still make a spear using your newly made stone knife. To make a spear, you’ll need to find a five-foot-long stick tough enough to endure repeated short or long-distance throws.

  1. First, pick the end of the stick which has a more rounded tip and use your stone knife to start shaving to create a spear. Once you’re done, be sure to heat the spear over some hot coals to make your spear sharper.
  2. As an alternative, you can also make a spear by tying your knife onto a stick. Find a stick which is about an inch wide.
  3. Measure about 2 inches from one end of the stick. Mark the point, then split the stick into two until you reach the 2-inch mark, creating a sort of Y shape.
  4. This will create a space where you can stick your stone knife before you lash it on with some twine, cord, or rope. To lock the blade in place, put some moss or lichen in the remaining space.
  5. If you haven’t had time to fashion your knife out of stone yet, you can also use broken pieces of shell or glass or splintered bamboo or bone and secure it to the end of your stick.
  6. If you find a way to split your stick without a knife, you can insert the splintered bone or bamboo into the wedge and tie it off like you would when turning a knife into a spear.

How to Make a Weighted Club | Homemade Weapons

While sharp pointy tools are all well and good, you can never go wrong with a blunt homemade weapon. You can use it for hammering or bludgeoning something such as a weighted club.

The weighted club could be one of the deadliest ancient weapons. To make one, you’ll need the following: a piece of wood around 14-16 inches, a medium-sized rock, and some rope.

  1. Once you have all the materials, you’ll need to wrap some lashing 6-8 inches from the end of the stick.
  2. Split the same end until you reach the lashing in order to create a V-shaped notch. The rock you picked out should be shorter than the length of the split.
  3. Insert the stone then lash it securely (above, below, and across the stone). The lashing on the stick above the stone clamps both sides of the split together providing the first point of security, so it’s especially important to create a good, tight lashing above the stone.
  4. You’ll want to make sure you bind the split ends securely so the stone won’t fall off whenever you use it to hammer or pound on something.

This video from Wannabe Bushcrafter will show you how to make a bamboo knife:

Now, hopefully, you never find yourself in a situation where making homemade weapons is going to be a necessity for survival. But, if you do find yourself in such a quagmire, this little bit of information and inner caveman training may be what saves your life.

Which of these homemade weapons do you want to make? Tell us your progress in the comments section below!

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5 Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

Know these home remedies for chigger bites, or better yet, avoid the bug's bites in the first place with helpful tips included here!

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In this article:

  1. What Is a Chigger, Exactly?
  2. Where Do Chiggers Live?
  3. Identifying Chiggers Bites
  4. Home Remedies for Chigger Bites
  5. Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

What Is a Chigger, Exactly?

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.

Adult chiggers are about 1/60 of an inch and have eight legs. The larvae are red, wingless, six-legged creatures which measure less than 1/150 of an inch.

Because of their red color, you might be able to spot the larvae when they cluster together, especially on white clothing.

What Is the Arachnid Family? It is a large group or class of invertebrate animals where the spiders and scorpions belong.

Where Do Chiggers Live?

Chiggers reside in tall weeds and grass, berry patches, and wooded areas. They could be in your backyard, by the lake, or your favorite hiking trail.

They are most active in summer and fall afternoons – the warmest part of the day.

Identifying Chiggers Bites

Only the larvae bite humans and they tend to choose warm, moist areas of the body.

Chiggers also have claws which help them grab onto your skin. The chigger then attaches its mouth to the skin and injects saliva.

The saliva contains an enzyme which breaks skin cells down to liquid form. Your body responds by hardening skin cells around the saliva, creating a tube (cyclostome) through which the chigger sucks the dissolved skin cells.

Chiggers can stay attached and feeding for several days before falling off.

When the chigger falls off, you are left with reddish bumps. You may notice a bright red dot in the center—this is a remnant of the tube your skin formed in response to the chigger's saliva.

The bumps may look like welts, blisters, pimples, or hives. Bites generally appear in groups and get larger for several days to a week.

While many insects bite exposed skin which is easy to get to, chiggers like to bite in folds of skin as well as places where clothing fits tightly on the skin. Most chigger bites occur around the ankles, waist, armpits, crotch, or behind the knees.

Home Remedies for Chigger Bites

Just remember, no matter what, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITES! I know, easier said than done. But, breaking the skin on a chigger bite can lead to infection.

Here are 5 home remedies to help with the itching and swelling.

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1. Vicks Vapor Rub

Vicks Vapor Rub can put an end to itchy chigger bites immediately and will even reduce the risk of blisters. It’s the cooling menthol in it which relieves itching by affecting itch receptors in the skin.


  • Take a hot shower (use antibacterial soap.) Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Take a small amount of the vapor rub and add some table salt to it.
  • Mix well and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat if the swelling continues (otherwise, there is no need to repeat the process)

2. Cold Compress

A cold compress can help reduce the itching associated with chigger bites. Its numbing effect helps reduce the sensation of itchiness.


  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth.
  • Apply the compress to the bites for 10 minutes. Repeat if needed to relieve itching.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another effective remedy to reduce rashes as well as itchiness. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer which helps relieve itching and reduces the risk of infection.


  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water.
  • Stir well and soak in this water for 15 minutes and pat your skin with a soft towel. (Do this once daily)

Another remedy using baking soda:

  • Prepare a thin paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.

Note: Do not use this remedy more than once or twice a day. Never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties providing instant relief from itching–one of the common symptoms of chigger bites. It is recommended to use colloidal oatmeal, meaning oats which are ground into an extremely fine powder.

(You can accomplish this yourself by grinding regular oats in a sealed Ziploc bag, using the backside of a spoon to crush the oatmeal.)


  • Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water
  • Stir thoroughly
  • Soak in this mixture for at least 15-20 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

5. Olive Oil

Olive oil can also be used to get relief from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which reduce itching and facilitate healing.


  • After rinsing the affected area with water, apply olive oil to the chigger bite.
  • Reapply several times a day.

Another option using olive oil:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the affected area.
  • Repeat a few times a day.

Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take the following precautions:

  1. When hiking, stay in the center of the trail and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  2. Wear long sleeves and long pants when going into the woods.
  3. Apply mosquito repellent on your hands, feet, and exposed skin on your arms before going outside.
  4. Shower immediately after being outdoors and use antibacterial soap.
  5. Wash your clothes in hot water.
  6. Resist the urge to scratch because breaking the skin on chigger bites can lead to a possible infection.

This video from Online Pest Control will show you tips to avoid chiggers and ways to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites much like other insect bites aren't only discomforting, they can be dangerous too. Many of these insects including chiggers carry diseases in some cases.

The best way to deal with these bugs is to avoid them or control them with our tips here. But, if you're so unlucky, you also now know the best home remedies to chigger bites!

Have you had to deal with chigger bites before? Tell us how, including more useful tips which worked for you in the comments section below!

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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Arm yourself with a survival stick, get savvy with it, but first, find out why as you read on!

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In this article:

  1. Survival Hiking Stick
  2. Survival Stick for Support
  3. Fetching/Reaching Things
  4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense
  5. Balance
  6. Gauging Depth
  7. Carrying Gear and Supplies
  8. Club
  9. Fishing Rod

Survival Stick: An Underrated Multipurpose Tool?

The Survival Stick in History

A walking stick or a survival cane were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword. Yet, the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

…They work! Even the animal kingdom is smart enough to know just how useful these are:

(It may be hard to see, but this gorilla is holding a walking stick to gauge the depth of the water as she sloshes along)

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea. In fact, the use of a walking stick predates history and its use continued on for generations including this present time.

Yet, it is one which is more often than not overlooked. When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a walking disability.

Far too few people even realize how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors. We will dig a little deeper into the many uses of a survival stick and maybe safely say, it could be the first multi-purpose survival tool.

Practical and Survival Uses for a Survival Stick

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles and hiking staff have quite a few different uses:

1. Survival Hiking Stick

Hold the survival stick in front of you and you can use it to clear your way by parting brushes and branches or leaves and thick tall grasses. You can also use it to clear spiderwebs, especially if you're not too fond of spiders.

Other insects, animals, poisonous plants, and even animal dung can get in the way. Use a survival stick to inspect or poke at those things if you are unsure, and never ever your hands or your feet.

2. Survival Stick for Support

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Making your way through an uneven terrain will be more manageable with a walking stick for support. Whether you're going up or down, use the walking stick to either slow you down or hold you up.

You can use your walking stick like breaks to keep you from speeding down or use it to latch on to a rock or crevice when you're climbing up. Besides for yourself, you can also use your multipurpose stick as a support for your tarp emergency shelter.

3. Fetching/Reaching Things

It happens–a supply or gear falling on water, mud, puddle or in an area you dare not walk into. You can fetch or reach for those items with a stick.

It also happens where you need an item over a physical barrier and only a stick can fetch the item for you. You can also reach for fruits, nest, or other food sources up a tree or high structure with a stick.

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4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense

To use a survival stick as a weapon, make sure it's a sturdy stick with a finished look and not just any stick you found along the way. You can use it to defend yourself from an attacker whether it's human or animals.

I would suggest to train yourself in some form of martial arts using a stick like a baton as a weapon to have a better handle at it.

You can also fashion a spear with your stick by tying a survival knife on one end. Don't throw this spear though or you risk damaging or losing your knife and stick.

Hold on to your homemade spear and only use it to thrust at your target.

5. Balance

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If you're up for it and if the body of water isn't too wide across, you can also use a long stick like a pole vault to cross over so you don't get yourself wet.

6. Gauging Depth

Relative to crossing bodies of water, a survival stick is handy in identifying dips beneath the waters which could cause you to stumble. You can also use the stick to identify where it's safe to take the next step.

You can also use this simple trick with the stick when you're traveling in deep snow, marshland, and even the dessert.

7. Carrying Gear and Supplies

Use your survival stick to help you carry gear and supplies. Pack your supplies with a shemagh, tie it tight to one end of your stick then place the stick over your shoulders in hobo fashion.

You can also carry more supplies with your survival stick. Even today, a carrying pole is used by indigenous people all over the world to carry heavy supplies you never thought possible.

Hang bags of supplies or jars of water on either side of the pole or stick, putting a stopper like a notch or tie on both ends so they don't fall off. Place the center of the stick over your shoulders and balance your load to your destination.

8. Club

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Use your survival stick like a club to knock obstacle down. A pillar of rocks or other objects may be on your way and a sturdy stick can help you safely knock those.

If you are in a building with glass doors or windows or inside a car, you can break the glass with a stick. Make to knock over pieces around your entrance or exit with the stick, too.

9. Fishing Rod

You only need to bring a fishing kit and your survival stick will make a good fishing rod. Tie a line on one end of your walking stick and fish away.

A DIY fishing pole is actually effective and many a fish has been caught this way.

As you guys and gals already know, I am a stickler for carrying things only if they have multiple uses. This guy managed to fit almost an entire survival kit into a walking stick he built from scratch, for under $20.00.

Check out this video from SOS 2054 I found, and find out for yourself, too:

A humble walking stick will indeed surprise you with what it can do for your defense, convenience, safety, and survival. Since you know now the practical and survival uses of this primitive multi-purpose tool, it won't surprise me if it lands a top spot on your list of survival tools for camping, hiking, or SHTF.

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick”? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 11, 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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