One disadvantage of living in the cotton wool society we live in now is that our bodies as well as our minds become weak. Living in a socialist state means we don’t have the balls to fight for what is right and wait for someone else to do it for us. We are a bunch of wimps.
It isn’t just our minds either. Our bodies are much weaker and although some of us are making decisions that we are not sheep. We will be dangerous to wolves we cannot control our bodies in the same way. We have adapted over the last hundred years or so and many things that may have caused our great grandfathers to be sick will kill us. We have removed the bugs and bad food so our bodies have not learnt to handle common bugs and we can not handle what was a minor bug over a hundred years ago. That is progress.
One big example is water. We used to drink water from rivers, containers and puddles just like animals. Sometimes the water was bad, an animal had died upstream or something, and we died. Sometimes we just got sick. Now all our water is treated. There is two multi billion pound industries supplying water from the ground. One our local water supplies and the bottled water companies. Our bodies now have not built up the antibodies necessary to fight dirty water and now even we, as preppers, have filters and water treatment facilities in our supplies.
The same with food, before we ate what we could find uncooked. Our bodies built up resilience and again, some died from eating food that was too bad but we were able to process meat as well as vegetables uncooked. Now we would become ill if we ate uncooked meat. Our bodies rely on cooking to destroy pathogens in the food.
Now I’m not advocating we go back to that. It is impractical for us to do so. However, we must remember that for after an event. We may be forced into things we would not normally do and fatalities will occur. We are much much weaker than our forefathers.
Just like some of us allow our children to play in the earth and we don’t disinfect them everytime they get a scratch or seem to be coming down with something after an event we will be forced into allowing them to eat grubs and other things we avoid now. We will try and avoid it but we cannot control every event despite our planning.
The big question is should we consider building up our immune system and gaining antibodies now? The plus side is obvious after an event we would improve our survival chances. We would not be so reliant on treating food and water. The downside is we could become very ill, even fatally ill, attempting to build up these immunities and there may never be an event. You will have suffered, perhaps even died, for nothing.
Myself, it is a step too far and I wouldn’t risk any of my families lives on this. Eventually, our supplies may run out, our cooking or treatment facilities may not work and we may be forced into drinking untreated water or eating uncooked food. Then we will just have to hope our immune systems will adapt quickly enough.
Some risks you just can’t mitigate against. The costs are too much.