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  1. Simplified version as the body has extremely complex systems.....   


    Cytokines are small proteins produced by various cells in the body in response to an infection, autoimmune reaction, and etc.  They signal and regulate other cells to come to the aid of the body during an infection or 'invasion', such as with covid and many other diseases and situations.   Unfortunately in certain cases they can be overproduced and cause a cascade to occur where cell after cell are effected and more immune cells are produced than what is needed.  The immune cells can become so dysregulated they start to attack healthy cells and tissues as well rather than just the infection, disease, virus, etc and create what is called a Cytokine storm that can be more damaging to the body than the original malady.  


    All the other words he gave you were connected with the body's response.  They all effect the amount of cytokines produced. 


    It is believed that the cytokine storm is connected with the deaths in Covid of people who are obese or have immune systems that already produce more cytokines than needed, such as in autoimmune diseases or other underlying conditions.  (Allergies are even autoimmune related.)   Long Covid, where the symptoms linger for months and possibly years, is believed by some to be a cytokine dysregulation of immune cells.  It's possible that we aren't dealing with JUST the virus but with lingering illnesses.  :(   



  2. Is this a new threat to our world, with all these eruptions? Is the core temperature of the earth raising? Will it change the Teutonic plates (?) and we will see more earthquakes as well?  We seem to be seeing a lot of them as well along with more severe and unusual storms.  Or is this something that's been happening for centuries that we are just now becoming more aware of?  

  3. I thought I'd let you know that my brother came home today.  Even his doctor was surprised at how fast he was recovering.  He does have oxygen and meds and orders to rest but he's home.....  :cele: Thank you all for caring.  

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  4. Ambergris, the charts helped put some of this into perspective.  Thanks.  Cases up, deaths down.  Just like they 'said' it would be if people got the vaccine but I still can't quite see how that is happening with there being so few, at that point, that had been vaccinated.  (at least here in the US)  


    I'm not quite sure I trust the figures to be accurate. 

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  5. I keep trying to make sense of all the data and perhaps it is just me but none of it seems to correlate to any particular pattern.  Again, the enemy we can't see coming.  But thanks for posting these updates, Ambergris.  At least I can see where the states are going on any given week.  The county I live in here in Illinois was just put back on the warning list and will probably be set back into lower category of 'openness'.  :( 


    Thank you all for your prayers for my brother.  I haven't heard how he is this morning but MM, they started giving him the Antibody treatment as soon as he was diagnosed even though they wanted him in the hospital.  When his daughter talked to one of his nurses she was told that they've seen that treatment be very effective.  I can't help but wonder why it isn't given to everyone then.  


    DH and I had a surprise Easter visit from some of our family complete with a ham meal and all the trimmings.  There were 7 of us adults and three children but we spent most of the evening around a campfire outside.  We did not have masks on, hard to do when you are eating, but we kept our distance and didn't hug (except for the one I gave my new little great grandson (5 months) whom I hadn't yet seen.  The day before we had spent some time with other family members outside and never got within ten feet of each other except for one man who persisted in walking up to me. (without a mask though I had one on).  Seeing family was WONDERFUL.  :) The underlying concern not so much.:ph34r:  Now the two week waiting period begins.  

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  6. I just can't imagine anyone putting themselves in a crowd that way sick or not.  Have we come to the point where sports and etc are more important than our lives and the lives of those around us?  Yes, we deserve our freedoms, but at what cost?  



    I just heard last night that my brother has been hospitalized with covid.  He has asthma and has been extremely careful all along to NOT be exposed to it. 


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  7. Thanks Jeepers.  I guess I'd need to check out each town/etc that I might want to know about to find out. 


    I have been having the most wonderful time going back through the older posts here in the Urban Homesteading forum and it's two side forums.  There is so much information here for anyone, not just city dwellers.  Interestingly enough I even found some of my OWN posts that I found helpful......... :laughkick:


    Now I'm wondering if I could hide my own Easter eggs tomorrow and still have an Easter Egg hunt.  :008Laughing:

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  8. MM, thanks so much for the carrot growing video.  I've grown carrots in containers before but with varying results but that is exactly the thing so many people without access to garden space could use.  It's relatively easy to grow greens (and by the way carrot greens are edible so eat the thinnings) but root crops can give access to calories that would be so important in a survival situation as well.  

  9. Annarchy, We have basically been using our 1/2 acre yard for produce and even small stock for the last five or so years but it gets much harder to do from the wheel chair.  That's why this last year I've been turning to more apartment type production with our small greenhouse and the hydro and aquaponic systems.  I do a lot of sprouting and re-growing as well but I would like us to explore other areas too, like stealth gardens, defense and survival groups, and living gray in the city.   I'd like to see some posts that expand on what is already here so it becomes a guide for Urban self reliance and survival.  It would help if those like you who already live in the city and understand it's ways would come in and help out with whatever expertise they have.   


    I have a chicken grabber. LOL  I wouldn't have thought of catching a chicken in the city though.  Most cities don't even allow them.  Hmmm.  Is there a list of cities that do? And what size amounts and etc do they allow?  That might be helpful. Just in case I have to live in one eventually and need to take the catcher along, just saying..:whistling:

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  10. Did you know that you didn't have to live in the country to have a 'homestead'?  Did you also know that you really don't need to have livestock/animals to have an Urban Homestead? (Though some city dwellers DO have food animals)  There are so many things an urbanite can do to make life easier, cheaper, more self sustainable, and safer. 


    So many times Survival sites give the impression that you cannot survive after a SHTF situation if you don't live in the country or don't get OUT of the city.  Well depending on your advanced preps it might be totally possible to survive a crisis while living in the City? 


    On the other hand, did you know you didn't have to be a city dweller to benefit from city living ideas? This forum was made specifically for those who live and prep in the city but I've found it is also helpful for me as well.  I live on what used to be a fifteen acre fairly self reliant homestead complete with gardens; orchard; dairy, beef, poultry, and pork animals; and wild edibles.  I say used to be because aging, disability, and health issues have taken it's toll and neither DH nor I are able to sustain that lifestyle.  I have, however, found that we can still be prepared for survival using more of the Urban survival tips and tricks and have been enjoying it immensely.  


    This forum has been setting relatively idle and I'd like to see it become active again.  Not just for me but for the many members and guests who don't have acres for homesteading or the ability or even the desire for whatever reason to live that 'country' life. 


    There is a lot of info here but I'd really love to hear more tips and ideas for prepping, homesteading, survival, and thriving Urban/city lifestyles. It might help a lot more people than you realize. I know it would me.  :grouphug:

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  11. We have both wild and domestic berries all over our land.  The everbearing red ones as well.  I find it is less mentally demanding to just cut out the dead canes from our domestic ones each year.  The wild ones appear to do just fine on their own and still give us and the wildlife plenty of berries.  I do not compost mine though.  I usually burn them.  Not because they do not compost but because I prefer not running into a thorn from those that haven't yet.  


    An aside here.  Did you know that the leaves of the various blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and some other berries as well make a great herbal tea and are medicinal?  I use the spring leaves to drying for use and the light pruning the canes might get then seems to have no effect on the number of berries. 

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  12. This is only an opinion so please take it as such. 


    It seems that no one really does have a handle on what to do about this virus. Nor do they have an actual consensus how effective the vaccine is.   I have heard/read variously, from CDC and reports from other countries around the world, that the vaccine does not keep you from getting the virus yet it is being suggested that people can be around others who are vaccinated within two weeks of getting it, even, according to ads, be able to hug them.   However, 'they' say, even if you did have the vaccine you should still wear your masks and social distance. Would that mean hugging from afar? Still?


    It appears one consensus might be that the vaccine only confers that you won't get as seriously ill when you do get it and even then it's unknown how long the protection would continue.  That might help the hospitals and health professionals and probably the insurance companies.  But if children aren't vaccinated and they are hugged they could still get the virus, often without symptoms, which can still infect others?  That almost appears to me as if some care less about the spread of the virus and more about the economic impact.


    It is my opinion the vaccine can lower the risk of sever illness but will not stop the illness totally or the spread of it.  I believe nature will do that, eventually and despite the vaccine.  I really believe those who feel confident of receiving the vaccine should be allowed to get it but realize it's limitations and act accordingly for their own protection and the protection of others.    I believe all of our lives will be impacted in various ways by this virus for a long time to come yet. 


    One last opinion.  Aside from the virus I believe there are and will be other changes coming for us.  I see it in the political unrest around the world (not just the US); I see it in the changing weather patterns; I see it in the earth, in nature.  Change is inevitable.  We can disagree all we want about who is right and who is wrong but in the end survival comes from adaptability not strength.  We need to be prepared to adapt to the changes.   Part of that adaptability is what Mrs. S is about but we can only adapt if we are open to that adaption.  To do that I believe we need to be open to all sides of an issue and to be open to a change of our own opinions. 


    Okay, thanks for letting me opine!  :)

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  13. Years ago (1996), when I first contracted Lyme Disease I had a test through both the doctor's office and our County Department of Health.  The one from the doctor's office was positive, the one two days later was negative.  When I questioned it I was told that the CDC had 'changed' the criteria allowed to diagnose because of the criteria for studies being done.  Only certain ones were 'allowed' for the new studies.  The county nurse told me I was still positive, just wouldn't be part of the new study?????   Later, I had a test by Igenx Lab in Ca. which is considered the ultimate test for Lyme and it came back with two criteria, one for the CDC and one for their criteria.  Yup, positive for 'their' requirements complete with positive antibodies and negative for the CDC.   I guess that means I didn't get counted but it didn't stop the seriousness and continuing chronic effects of the positive ones I'd had.  


    I guess what I'm saying is that when studies are being conducted the criteria for testing is often changed to zero in on only certain aspects of a disease.  That may be what is happening now with Covid.   Lyme disease and it's numbers and treatment is still a hotly debated subject, especially Chronic Lyme.  There is a vaccine for dogs but no longer for humans because if you had the disease the vaccine could be deadly.  Dogs are tested before being given the vaccine.  Obviously Veterinarians can agree better than MD's. :shrug:

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