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"Preparing for 2012," by Robert Appel

This article originally appeared in Vitality Magazine (Toronto, Canada), April 4, 2012

If this period is genuinely heralding in a major geological event, some out-of-the-box thinking may be required.

On January 5th, 2012, at precisely 8:00 pm, Canadians who were already uncomfortable with the notion that our current year was in any way unusual or apocryphal were made even more uncomfortable by a very unusual event…

Was that event an earthquake? Meteor strike?

No, it was something even more startling. In a 60-minute special program on CBC-TV, no less an authority than our very own Dr. David Suzuki looked more closely at the hoopla surrounding the “2012 Prophecies” – the most well-known being the “end-of-the-world” 12/21/2012 prediction in the infamous Mayan stone calendar – and concluded there may indeed be something there.

Suzuki was careful to limit the range of his investigation to ongoing and startling changes in the magnetic field that surrounds us, a part of our daily lives we perhaps take too much for granted. Not only is this field going haywire, he concluded, but a major science lab in France has recently shown that not only is “magnetic pole reversal” possible, it is in fact both likely and probable. And the process of field reversal – one often associated with catastrophic weather changes affecting the entire planet – seems to have already started.

Something significant was afoot, the Suzuki program seemed to hint, but with typical Canadian deference and evasiveness, viewers were never really given the bottom line.
Other scientists are not quite as circumspect, however.

Viktor Seleznyov, director of the Geophysical Institute at the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has only recently granted interviews in which he not only confirms the data presented by Suzuki (on magnetic fluctuations), but specifically opines that these events could indeed precede an upcoming “extinction” event. He notes that, based on his data, the Kremlin has recently financed and erected some 10,000 shelters in Moscow alone, preparing for the worst. When asked why Western media in particular have been pooh-poohing this information, and not preparing (or informing) their citizens, Seleznyov is apoplectic. He has no idea why we are being kept in the dark.

But the dark is indeed where most of us may end up, nonetheless, if even a fraction of these 2012 predictions turn into reality. The sad and simple fact is that daily life in North America is a precarious balance which most of us neither perceive nor understand. Modern western living is heavily dependent on infrastructure that most of us take for granted – municipal water purification delivery and sewage systems, municipal and provincial hydro systems, air and ground transportation flows (which is where 99% of supermarket items come from, little is produced locally anymore!), and provincial systems of health care which are already overloaded and overburdened.

So what does one do?

What to Do IF the Lights go Out

Basic preparedness is something most of us can do instinctively. That is, storing canned food, bottled water, candles, batteries, grains and legumes, toilet paper, OTC pills and creams, and so on.

But if this period is genuinely heralding in a major geological event, or series of events, some out-of-the-box thinking may also be required:

Water Purification:
to prepare for ongoing disruption (or contamination) in the water supply, you need a free-standing device that has the ability to selectively purify water as and when needed. Most camping and hiking shops sell portable battery-run water purifiers which are themselves knock-offs of designs originally intended for the military. They are relatively cheap and the technology is reliable. For steady longer-term use, however, the only viable solution is a distiller. Recent improvements in this technology have made these units faster than ever, and they are not expensive. Assuming of course, that you have power to run them (see below);

Diesel Generator:
a greater challenge lies in augmenting or enhancing home power systems to prepare for prolonged, serial outages. Toronto chiropractor, Dr. Andrew Stillo, studied the problem for some time, and opted for adding a portable diesel generator to his residence. “The cost of wiring into the main electrical panel is itself 50% of the cost of the generator,” Stillo points out, but overall he is quite happy with his solution. Diesel, he points out, is stable, relatively cheap, and stores well. (Ed note: It’s also very polluting.)

Solar-Powered Generator:
if you want a greener solution, Costco in Canada is now stocking first-generation 100% solar “generators” from a U.S. maker called “Solutions From Science.” These appear to be the only ready-to-go units of their kind on the market presently, although more variety is expected down the road. An internal high-capacity battery stores grid power during normal times, and the included solar collector powers the unit when calamity strikes. They are not inexpensive, however, and Canadian sunless winters could prove to be a serious challenge for this technology.

Alternative Transport­ation:
If you really love your car, and most of us do, you might want to ask yourself how you will get around when there is no gas at the pumps? If you think that is impossible, ask your parents or grandparents what happened in the 1970s when supply was only “slightly” restricted, and for political reasons at that. (Ed. note: It’s always a good idea to keep a spare can of gas in your garage, tightly sealed of course.)

The most interesting emergency solution, experts agree, is an electric golf-cart, new or used. Cheap to buy and service, you get about 25 miles per cycle and you can charge from just about any power source. (In Southern Ontario, Canadian Cart Sales keeps a selection of literally thousands of used carts, some selling for less than $2,000).
• If you don’t have room for an electric golf cart, the next best thing might be an electric scooter or bicycle for emergencies. Companies such as Motorino, based here in Ontario, manufacture a range of electric scooters and bicycles. The electric scooters are sold at a number of distributors, including epRider in Toronto. This company also sells solar-powered laptop rechargers.

Colloidal Silver Generator: If access to drugs, especially antibiotics, becomes an issue, you might want to consider a “colloidal silver generator.” Ignore the naysayers on this topic. The last time “hard research” was done on colloidal silver was the 1920s and, at the time (before the widespread use of antibiotics), it proved effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It was a staple in many medical offices, and popular medical texts suggested 1,000s of ways to use the compound.

Popular Canadian vendor Biotronix currently fabricates a high-end generator (that also makes “colloidal gold,” hence the higher price) which is both reliable and portable. (The innovative firm also sells a customized water distiller made with extra-heavy duty parts, and their own version of the “Dr. Hulda Clark Zappicator,” which claims to remove toxins and bacteria from fresh foods by temporary exposure to a specific type of magnetic field.)

Techniques for Survival

Finally, if this article has done nothing else but simply make you more curious about the entire 2012 “prediction matrix,” you might want to want to have a peek at the just-published work from Dr. Douglas James Cottrell, Ph.D, entitled The New Renaissance, A Prophecy of 2012 and Beyond. Of the hundreds of books on this topic, this tome appears to contain the most specific and detailed information out there. Be warned, no punches are pulled. Cottrell, who has been the subject of more than 300 YouTube videos (all posted by third parties), is considered to be the only living exponent of the “Edgar Cayce” style meditative trance. In other words, the information is delivered from an altered or non-normal state.

The book even includes very recent material from the field of Quantum (small particle) Physics purporting to demonstrate that there is, in fact, a scientific basis for this sort of highly unusual “information retrieval.”

Among other things, the book ties the current period of our history to major astronomical cycles that repeat approximately every 24,000 years (just as the Mayan calendar suggests). The world is changing for the better, the reader is admonished, but the growing pains to get there will be especially difficult. Many specific hints and techniques for surviving the coming changes are offered. In spite of the dry topic, it reads much like a popular thriller and, once started, is actually hard to put down.

To handle short-term power disruptions (a day to a week), one highly recommended product is the “Original Pheylonian Life Lite”, described as the world’s finest survival candle. Made from beeswax, the candle comes in different sizes – from the pocket size ($4.95) which burns steadily for 4 to 5 hours, all the way up to the Omega size ($38) which can burn steadily for 80 to 100 hours. These candles can be used for heat, light, or cooking, as they come with a little gizmo that allows you to place a small pot on top of the candle. Beeswax is a clean-burning fuel which is safe and non-toxic. The company also makes candle lanterns which are recommended for disaster preparedness.

To prepare for extended power outages due to various weather and environmental catastrophes, the best strategy is energy self sufficiency. On the weekend of April 13 to 15, the Green Living Show will bring together an impressive array of renewable energy technologies, experts, and alternative vehicles that can be utilized to create energy independence for your home and cottage. Definitely worth a visit.

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